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Pepper spray seems to be the weapon of choice at the Occupy protests across the United States. Recent photos--like the one of the “pepper spray cop” who let loose on students peacefully protesting at UC Davis, and another which shows an 84-year-old woman who was sprayed at Occupy Seattle--have made people question how the police are handling the demonstrations. But the story of pregnant protester Jennifer Fox is garnering the most attention ... Read More
  The very wise Alicia Keys once asked, “Have you ever tried sleeping with a broken heart?” Well a new study says a lot of women have, and it’s not easy. The research, conducted by the American Heart Association, says that women are seven to nine times more likely than men to suffer from Broken Heart Syndrome, which occurs after someone “suffers from a sudden or prolonged stress like an emotional breakup or death.” Though ... Read More
Anna Lefler’s The CHICK-tionary is a hilarious must-read which includes more than 450 words, ranging from "A-Line" to "Z-Snap." The book does more than just provide definitions, though--it offers interesting comments, examples, and comic relief. Before reading this book, I had no idea that Mrs. Potato Head existed outside of the toy box, or likewise a puma outside the wild. Here’s a small glimpse at what the book has to offer: Mrs. Potato Head, noun : ... Read More
A trip to the DMV can be an exercise in patience for anyone—but for one transgender Tennessee woman, it became a fight for equality.  Andrea Jones of Morristown, TN, went in to change her sex from male to female on her driver’s license; when her request was denied, she walked out to the parking lot and took her shirt off. She was arrested for indecent exposure, and argued that if the state recognized her as male, she had the right to be topless in ... Read More
Last year, comedian Jenny Slate and director Dean Fleischer-Camp introduced us to the adorable Marcel The Shell with Shoes On and gave us a little insight into the life of an average mollusk. We learned that lentils make good hats, strands of hair can be used for basically everything and that it isn’t so easy being a little shell. Things sure have changed since the last time we heard from our favorite shell in pink sneaks though. First of all, ... Read More
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