"There's nothing we can do to bring back the lives of the animals that were skinned alive or beaten for frivolous fashion statements, but we can try to make some good in what is a horrible situation," PETA spokesperson Katie Arth tells Yahoo Shine about its program, which collects the coats from reformed fur wearers and then doles them out to the needy. While the organization may be most known for headline-grabbing stunts that have included using celebs to bare it all, requesting that Ben & Jerry's make ice cream with human instead of cow's milk, and issuing a poster with Pamela Anderson diagrammed like a side of beef,Read More »from Why PETA (Yes, PETA) Donated 100 Furs to Detroit's Homeless
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – 12 hours ago's "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" PETAcampaign is a nationally renowned, celeb-studded effort against creature cruelty. But this week, the organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, gave away fur coats to 100 lucky recipients in chilly Detroit. And that, they say, is no contradiction.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Holiday Gift Guide – Tue, Dec 17, 2013 4:30 PM EST
cash, right? Well, sort of. But just because you're throwing money around doesn't mean etiquette should get tossed out the window, warn experts.Greenbacks. Benjamins. Clams. Dough. Call it what you want, but everyone knows there's no better holiday gift than cold, hard
"People in certain situations are going to really appreciate cash," Diane Gottsman, etiquette trainer and founder of the Protocol School of Texas, tells Yahoo Shine. College grads, high school students, and newlyweds top the list of cash lovers, though there are many more. (Um, hello!) "What makes it warm is the way you present it — you're not going to hand over a wad of ones, for example."
So what are the guidelines to giving money? Stick to the following, and you should be fine:
- Streamline. Present as few bills as possible, Gottsman suggests.
- Personalize it. Enclose the cash in a nice note card and
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Holiday Gift Guide – Tue, Dec 17, 2013 2:22 PM EST
Santa Claus went viral this week because of its touching modesty: A box of paint, a school bag, and a bit of candy were the only requests on the list. And it got us wondering: How have Santa letters changed over the decades?According to the United States Post Office's Pete Fontana, "chief elf" of the national 101-year-old A preserved 1915 letter to Letters to Santa department, messages to the North Pole have taken a sad turn in just the 16 years that he's overseen the program. "Now they have a more serious intent," Fontana tells Yahoo Shine. "People talk about how they're poor, are living on low incomes — some even send their tax returns to prove it."
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That's because parents know the USPS program makes its letters available to the public, who can choose one to honor with generous gifts. "The biggest change is how many single moms are writing, making close to minimum wage, asking for the basics — clothing, even food," he Read More »from 'Dear Santa': Adorable Christmas Requests from Kids, 1900s–Now
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 2:39 PM ESTA Connecticut father was arrested on multiple charges Thursday following a fatal drunk driving crash that stemmed from a teenage party held on his property.
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Paul Sibiga, 50, who police say allowed his teenage sons and their friends to party on his Hebron property throughout the summer of 2013, was arrested on 28 counts of both reckless endangerment and permitting minors to possess alcohol — one count for each teen that was at the party, held in August, according to the Courant.
The charges came following a police investigation, launched after four teens left the party in a pickup truck and crashed into a tree. Seventeen-year-old passenger Paige Houston died, two others fled the scene, and the allegedly intoxicated driver, also 17, was charged Thursday on various counts, including first-degree manslaughter, drunken driving and reckless endangerment. The crash led police back to Sibiga’s vast, wooded property, Read More »from Father Arrested After Son's Party Leads to Drunk Driving Death
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 2:12 PM EST
Bruce Oreck, a guy with a quirky sense of humor and an infectious grasp of holiday spirit. Case in point: Last year he presented a holiday card featuring a Chippendale-like shot of himself in a suit, its left arm torn away to reveal his massively bulging bicep. It caused a lot of chatter, inspiring him to send out this year’s funnier follow-up: a photo of himself in a shirt and tie, surrounded by four shirtless, sweaty men in a Finnish sauna.If you’re not familiar with the U.S. ambassador to Finland, you’re going to want to be. Meet Read More »from Cheeky Ambassador Unveils Another Risqué Holiday Card
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“Last year, the lighthearted version of my holiday card received some notoriety because I was photographed flexing the bicep of my naked arm,” the card reads. “Well, I certainly learned my lesson. Happy holidays!” Fine print at the bottom says the photograph was snapped at the Finnish Sauna Society in Helsinki, in a 230-degree room, and notes that, just like last year’s photo, “this was
New Year’s Eve and never saw again, eliciting massive support from around the world. But despite online sleuths finally locating her, a dejected McKee has called off the effort, as it appears the object of his affection does not want to be found.Oh, to be young and in love — and naïve. Reese McKee, 25, launched an all-out Internet search to track down a young woman he fell head over heels for last Read More »from Lovelorn Man's Online Search for Woman Backfires
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The young woman, identified only as “Katie” from Washington D.C., with rosy cheeks and a warm grin, as seen in McKee’s single photo of her, reportedly deleted all her social media accounts after being bombarded with inquiries. And that’s left the young man, of New Zealand, slinking off into the sunset.
“It turned into a massive ‘let's stalk every Katie in the D.C. area,’” McKee tells the New Zealand Herald about how others interpreted his search, which apparently overwhelmed the young woman. “I was trying to get people
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Beauty – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 4:48 PM EST
Angelina Jolie’s. At least that’s the word from a dubious online survey that asked both sexes to pick and choose among the facial features of celebs to discern, in a high-school yearbook–reminiscent effort, who is “most beautiful.”Women love Scarlett Johansson’s lips while men are sticking with Read More »from 'Perfect Woman' Image Is a Freakish Mashup Fantasy
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“Would Mila Kunis’s seductive eyes, Megan Fox’s button nose and Angelina’s plump pout form the perfect visage?” British beauty retailer Escentual.com posited to its blog readers earlier this year. “Let us know whose facial features you think are the best. We’ll take your results and construct the perfect female face, according to you!”
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The just-released results are less than illuminating, with the male-idealized creation a creepy, dead-eyed combo of Kate Middleton, Jennifer Aniston, Mila Kunis, Miranda Kerr, Angelina Jolie, and Megan Fox — with blond hair (courtesy of
LinkedIn is a must these days if you’re career-minded, and surely, describing yourself as “responsible,” “effective” and “driven” in your profile is a great way to go about it, right? Um, wrong. Those descriptors land squarely on the networking site’s top 10 list of overused buzzwords for 2013, released Wednesday, and should actually be avoided at all costs.Selling your skills on Read More »from 10 Words Never to Use on Your LinkedIn Profile
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“These words are so overused that they've lost their meaning,” LinkedIn career expert Nicole Williams tells Yahoo Shine. "If everyone is 'creative,' what's creative anymore? Or even 'responsible'? It ends up being a nonword if everyone else is using it, too."
Instead, she suggests, make more of an impact by describing what you have accomplished in your career and backing it up with specific examples through the addition of photos, videos, and presentations. “Providing concrete examples to demonstrate how you are responsible or strategic is always better than just
Why is a man the boss while a woman is still called “bossy”? That’s just one of the eternal gender-stereotype questions tackled in an overseas Pantene ad that’s quickly gone viral on YouTube — with a little help from Sheryl Sandberg.
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“This is one of the most powerful videos I have ever seen illustrating how when women and men do the same things, they are seen in completely different ways,” the influential Facebook COO wrote on her Facebook page over the weekend, garnering more than 2,700 likes and 1,200 shares. “Really worth watching. Lean In prize of the day for sure!”
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The 62-second spot, created by the BBDO agency and aired only in the Philippines, has racked up more than 2.9 million views on YouTube since being posted a month ago. With a cover of Tears for Fears' “Mad World” playing in the background that’s haunting, the images are even more so: Read More »from Why Pantene's New Ad Has Millions Talking
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 2:08 PM EST
suspended 10-year-old Johnny Jones for “shooting” an imaginary bow-and-arrow at a classmate. But now the boy’s parents are firing back with the aid of the Rutherford Institute, a national civil rights group, seeking to have his record expunged.Disciplining students for having weapons in school is a no-brainer. But for having imaginary ones? Makes sense to at least one principal, in Pennsylvania, who Read More »from Fifth Grader Suspended for Aiming Imaginary Weapon in Class
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“He’s got a weapons charge — it’s crazy,” notes John Whitehead, lead attorney and founder of the Virginia-based organization, which sent a letter to South Eastern School District Superintendent Rona Kaufmann on Dec. 4. The letter calls the school’s action “ludicrous,” asking Kaufmann to remove the charge from Johnny’s permanent record and rescind his one-day suspension; it gives the school until Dec.13 to respond.
The fifth grader was disciplined at South Eastern Middle School-West, in Fawn Grove, in October, where Principal