- Pro-women demonstrations met with anti-feminist chants in Egypt — CNN
- NRA credits Sarah Palin for a rise in female membership — Double X
- Charlie Sheen drinks tiger blood — Huffington Post
- Meanwhile, who should replace him on Two and a Half Men? — BuzzSugar
- Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady are the queen and king of Carnival — PopSugar
- Oprah's OWN network already heading for a reboot — New York Post
- Shocking: women post photos online to raise self-esteem — Atlantic
- Facebook gets rights to stream WB movies — GeekSugar
Watch out Netflix, there's a new streaming site in town, and it already has upwards of 600 million users. This morning, Warner Bros. announced a new partnership with Facebook that will allow users to rent, or even buy, digital titles to stream over the social network from within fan pages. While there's only one title available now — The Dark Knight — the goal is to release more digital rentals in the coming months.
A movie will cost just 30 Facebook credits (or $3), and users have 48 hours to stream it. You can even pause and come back to it at a later time within that two-day window. You'll have access to your news stream while you're watching, so you can post status updates to let your friends know what you're up to. Live updating during a movie? Let's just hope this doesn't become another reason people unfriend.
When a baby is born, parents dream of their tot's future. They envision the child talking, walking, graduating, getting married, and having offspring of their own. They assume their healthy kid will be able to reproduce, but that isn't the case for the mom and dad of a youngster fighting cancer. A recent report talked about the medical advancements that are being tested (and the lengths that doctors will go to) to preserve a prepubescent patient's fertility. It said:
With childhood cancer survival reaching 80 percent, there's a growing need to find ways to preserve these youngsters' fertility — and patients like Dylan are on the front edge of research that's banking testicular cells and ovarian tissue to try.
Every eight years, the National Survey of Family Growth hops into bed with Americans between 15-44 to find out what every government wants to know about its citizens: how's your sex life? It can reveal useful and intriguing information, like teens are delaying sex, and women are twice as likely to have a same-sex encounter than men.
In fact, women who identify as slightly bisexual are having more sex with men than completely straight women. In the study, straight women were less likely to have had vaginal or oral sex with a man than slightly bisexual women. The explanation is deduced to women who identify as somewhat bisexual are more likely to be adventurous with both genders than completely straight or gay women.
While it's purely anecdotal to say bisexual escapades have become a trend among young women, I don't think many would fight that statement. But as girl-on-girl kisses fail to shock, I wonder what this report will look like by the end of the decade? My guess is interactions between "slightly bisexual" men will be on the rise.
Do you remember the Jet Blue incident in which flight attendant Steven Slater threw a fit and stormed out of the plane after dealing with one too many rude passengers? His over-the-top exit, complete with profanities and a neat escape down the emergency chute, certainly left people talking. And apparently, it's dramatic enough for theater — the notorious scene will be reenacted in a Broadway play called Wild Blue. Steven's role is to be played by actor Chad Miller. Here is a blurb from Wild Blue's website:
This production imagines the hysterical and haunting circumstances that caused former Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater to curse at passengers over the intercom, escape down the emergency slide, and become an instant Facebook sensation. After his breakdown, Steven flees to a cabin near the Canadian border, inhabited by famed 1970's airline hijacker/outlaw D.B. Cooper, now a micro-farming recluse.
I guess Steven's outburst really made an impact on people!
Source: Flickr User Moto@Club4AG
Go west if you want to be happy, a Twitter analysis found last year. But now a new study says not to stop in California if you want to be the happiest, because the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index named Hawaii the most content state in the union.
Is it any wonder? Hawaii looks like a day at the beach — it kind of is — and not even jobs and day-to-day demands seem to make its residents forget that. Honestly, though, I would never move there. The beach is lovely, but it also bores me. Not to typecast — actually, that's exactly what I am going to do — but I've seen House Hunters, and I know what kind of people move to Hawaii. They are optimists and take life as it comes. Regardless of their economic bracket, work is not why they're there. While, surely, there are exceptions, people go to Hawaii for Hawaii, not for affordable housing, career paths, or tax breaks.
Now that I've made all our Hawaiian readers unhappy, see how your state ranks below.
In less than four months, the state of Hawaii will be shark fin-free, and soon, the same could happen in California. The golden state is currently deliberating a piece of legislation that would ban the sale and possession of shark fins, too.
Proponents of the ban don't just cite the inhumane practice of cutting fins off live sharks, but the staggering drop in ocean shark populations as well: 73 million sharks are killed every year, and populations are just 10 percent of what they used to be. And, argues one San Francisco food critic, there are plenty of viable (and innocuous) substitutes for shark's fin.But not everyone feels this way. "The practice of shark's fin soup has been in our culture for thousands of years. There ought to be a way to find a balance between the environment and preserving culture and heritage," California state Sen. Leland Yee maintained.
"While we're at it, I'd also ban Caspian caviar and bluefin tuna until their fisheries recover. No doubt, that would raise an uproar in certain other cultural communities," Chinese-American chef Jonathan Wu retorted. Tell me what you think: is banning shark's fin environmentally conscious, or culturally insensitive?
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Opposite personalities may attract, but so do physical look-alikes. Yes, not only are we attracted to people who look like us, but we're attracted to people who resemble our opposite-sex parents. Personally, I think people just run in homogeneous circles and familiarity breeds comfortableness, but science disagrees. It's not just about hair and eye color or personal style, but facial structure.
FindYourFaceMatch.com is a dating site prepping to launch next month (its URL doesn't even work yet) that's like a celebrity doppelgänger generator meets every other dating site. Instead of starting with your interests, it begins with facial-recognition technology by Face.com, which focuses on nine points of the face — eyes, ears, nose, chin, and the corners and center of the mouth. It then runs your stats through Find Your Face Match's database and voilà! A list of eligible bachelors who resemble you awaits.
Afterward, you can weed out look-alike duds by doing the standard dating-site search for shared values and style. Then you and your twin can go see if you have more in common than the distance between your eyes.
Sound like a gimmick, or is it worth a try?
Listen up suspicious women! If you think your partner is cheating, you might want to listen to his voice before you start any Internet snooping. Men with lower-pitched voices and women with higher-pitched voices may be more likely to stray.
A person's voice can reveal high hormone levels, which science has linked to an increased likelihood of cheating. The deeper a man's voice, the more testosterone he has. The higher a woman's voice, the more estrogen she has. And people with high levels of testosterone and estrogen have been found to cheat more and have more sexual partners. Recently, Canadian researches determined that men and women can identify this connection. In a study published in Evolutionary Psychology, women associated deep male voices with cheating, and men did the same for women with high voices. The researchers say this voice-infidelity radar has been beneficial evolutionarily, helping humans gauge a partner's propensity for cheating.
I still wouldn't give up on a sexy deep-voiced man. Researchers still need to find a direct correlation between voices and actual cheating behavior. If anything, a low-pitched voice may set off your evolutionary paranoia and explain seemingly irrational suspicion.
It's Starbucks's 40th birthday this month, and it's got plenty in store besides that brand-new logo. Starting today, the coffee giant is launching a massive anniversary marketing campaign that'll include print ads, TV commercials, in-store promotions, and product lines.
In addition to new brews — Starbucks Tribute Blend coffee and a Via version of the same blend — the corporation is also rolling out a new cocoa cappuccino. But bigger yet, it's globally launching Petites, a new line of eight baked goods and treats under 200 calories, including mini cupcakes, cake pops, and whoopie pies.
Starbucks's slogan? "It's our anniversary, but you get the presents." When customers buy drinks at stores between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, they'll also receive free Petites items.
Does the Petites line sound appetizing to you? Will you take advantage of the excuse for a celebration?