Smart Girls Who Do Stupid Things

Sometimes…

I’m Basically Positive I’ve Seen This Shot Before

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This is the new Japanese Elle for April 2011. I know this shoot is several years old, and I’m pretty sure it’s from an old issue of Allure, since that’s the only ladymag I ever subscribed to regularly and its completely in their style of their shoots. Since they only do headshot covers, this isn’t a complete replica, but I’m dying for more information. Any thoughts? Proof? I wish I had my back issues with me right now…

Covers: Animal Carriers [Fashioncopious}

Teach Me Things About My Health, NYTimes

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All of the following is courtesy of everyone’s oh-so-scientific publication. Once upon a time, I eagerly waited for the Science Section every Tuesday. This was a time before I was blogging and when I actually had brain cells. Also a time in which I read the paper in HARD COPY over BREAKFAST. So, very very long ago.

Eating
Some people get old after a lifetime of eating whatever they want, get away with it, and celebrate this in unusual ways. The authors mother describes herself as “a very naughty girl.” Mary Pyland, 92, of Abilene, TX makes “a caramel pie that was just about the best thing you ever put your lips around.”

My Unhealthy Diet? It Got Me This Far [NYT]

Eating Things Off The Floor
Dr. Roy M. Gulick, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College says that “The five-second rule probably should become the zero-second rule.”

Think it’s all the upholstery’s fault, and you’re safe because you never take the couches you desperately want to haul up your five-story walk-up off the street? FALSE.

“With both wood and tile, more than 99 percent of the bacteria were transferred nearly immediately, and there was no difference by the time of contact. Carpet transferred a smaller number of bacteria, again with no difference by contact time.”

The 5-Second Rule [NYT]

Not Being So Hard On Yourself
“People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic.”

Why? Dr. Kristin Neff, an associate professor of human development at the University of Texas at Austin says “that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent. They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.”

What to do? “…Dr. Neff suggests a set of exercises — like writing yourself a letter of support, just as you might to a friend you are concerned about.”

Yeah, this isn’t going to happen. One time, it was April and I was about 11 and it would not stop raining. New York was the greyest, most dismal place in the world to live and I was so unhappy about it and actually beginning to develop SAD that I briefly renounced my atheism and love for said Science Times and started writing letters to God everyday, praying that he would stop the rain and make it sunny. I even put these letters behind this poem hanging on my wall because I thought that was the least sacrilegious place in my house and there might be a slightly greater chance that He would forget my transgression and help a pathetic, weather-obsessed child out. Moral of the story: letters don’t work. The weather just changes.

Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges [NYT]

Rainbows And Unicorns And Pop Stars Oh My

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Lady Gaga

Ke$ha

At least the powers that be acknowledge the connection:

Is Britney The Bitch, Or Are We?

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“The biotch is back, and better than ever”, Giuliana tells us. As we know, if Giuliana says so, it must be true.

“It’s Britney, bitch” was THE catchphrase from Ms. Spears’ “Gimme More” track off of her album Blackout, released in 2007. The track will forever be associated with a disastorous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, as Spears tried to rehabilitate her image after several years of very public personal struggles that had distracted from any talent she had as an entertainer. Since then, “It’s Britney, bitch”, called a “defiant, unnecessary assertion” by James Hannaham of Salon, has become somewhat a catchphrase of our time (or that time in 2007). The implication of this particular lyric is bold: we are the bitch(es), and she is Britney. In his review, Hannaham agreed, asking “What did she call us? Surely anyone who has seen a magazine in the past five years knows that she is our bitch. Our head-shaving, drug-abusing, rehab-escaping, ProTools-needing, coochie-flashing, K-Fed-marrying, K-Fed-divorcing, child-welfare-endangering, bonkers-going, MTV Video Music Awards-appearance-flubbing bitch.”

Time have changed. In this new cover for V Magazine, however, the implication seems to have changed: she is the bitch and we are merely…ourselves? From E! News via ONTD:

If we’ve learned anything from this linguistic switch, it’s that we’re all bitches. Britney included.

Vagisoft Is True To Its Name

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A story in pictures.

THE INTRODUCTION

THE BACKGROUND

THE NAME

Don’t worry, it’s actually this soft. Otherwise, they couldn’t legally call it that. How soft is it really? A comparison chart:

THE BIG GENDER ISSUE

Men and women like it, hence the two colors. Case closed.

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