Cute? Yes. That's obvious. But the best word to describe Slingshot Dakota goes deeper than what's on the surface: it's passionate. Passionate about doing what they love. Passionate about supporting their friends. Passionate about making a difference. Get the idea? Sure, Slingshot can easily hook you in with their poppy tunes and adorableness. But there's so much more behind the blast of sound created by an amped up Yamaha keyboard, a deafeningly loud drum set, ... Read More
The Artificial Virginity Hymen Kit has been causing a legit uproar in Egypt.  What's in the phony purity pack?  Why, a diaphragm that trickles a blood-like liquid, of course!  And it's all in an effort to trick new hubbies into thinking their brides are carrying a V-card. The kit is seen as a tool of empowerment to some, but Egyptian conservatives believe it promotes promiscuity and ultimately threatens Islam.  Members of the Muslim Brotherhood ... Read More
 Gabba Gabba Hey! Guess what? It's The Ramones Museum in Berlin's first Birthday!  A celebration is definitely in order, cause it's the only museum in the world dedicated to our favorite ripped-blue-jeans clad punk rockers. Museum founder Flo Hayler collected Ramones memorabilia for over 18 years, spending his hard earned euros on everything from original copies of famous photographs to a pair of Johnny's Levis.  That is, until his girlfriend ... Read More
  If watching Whip It! doesn't make you want to lace up your skates, I honestly don't know what will. By the time I left the theater this weekend I was smiling ear-to-ear and daydreaming about buying a new pair of wheels. Is skating making a comeback? The last time I strapped some wheels on my feet, my friends and I were surprised by the number of people at the rink. Of course, even more startling was having to show ID and get patted down to enter the ... Read More
''She's majoring in Fat Studies'' might sound like a cruel frat boy heckle, but the field of study really does exist--and an increasing number of identity scholars are out to prove that size does matter.  Have you ever stopped to wonder why Ursula, the evil sea-witch from the Little Mermaid, is characterized as larger-than-life?  Professor Julia McCrossin (pictured left) has.  She's researching the impact of literary characters' size in ... Read More
As summer slips away, these timberland-themed throws might be able to help cushion your transition into fall.  The birch logs were screen printed and hand sewn by My Imaginary Boyfriend (perhaps he's a lumberjack?), while the other backwoods bolsters were knitted into timber by Chick Sin Design.   Although I'm not looking to transform my apartment into a treehouse, it would be nice to create a proper habitat for all my bearded, ... Read More
The UK's Daily Mail is quickly becoming my favorite news source, mostly for the sheer hilarity of the surveys they deem ''newsworthy''.  Case in point: Today's tabloid-like poll comes from a survey of 15,000 women who were asked to rate men from varying nations on their bedroom abilities.  Germans and Englishmen topped the worst list, titles given due to bad body odor and lazy lovemaking, respectively.  Not too far behind are American men, ... Read More
When a Washington Post article about the possibility of women being allowed to serve on submarines popped into my newsfeed this morning, it was kind of a no-brainer that misogynistic reader comments would abound.  Still, I wasn't expecting one commenter to suggest women ''were sterilized'' before taking the plunge, or that another would recommend a plumber for all the tampons that block up the pipes on the seafarer.  Do people really still think like ... Read More
If you work hard for the money (so hard for it honey), you'll be excited to learn that museums nationwide are opening their doors to the penny-pinchin' public for free tomorrow.  That's right, absolutely zippo!  The Smithsonian-sponsored Museum Day just requires you print out a pass from their website, and you can walk right in to one of 1,200 participating art galleries, museums, and science centers. It's no secret that when it comes to cultural ... Read More
Tomorrow, September 25, the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day a group of ladies infiltrated their men-only bar, the Sazerac, and demanded a drink.  Previous to the 1949 ''Storming of the Sazerac,'' women were only allowed to enter the boy's club to partake in Mardi Gras activities.  Ever since that day, women have been admitted on the same basis as men (well, supposedly). To commemorate the momentous ... Read More
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