Just before Bristol Palin took to the stage last night on "Dancing with the Stars", she said she hoped she wouldn't embarrass her mother. Then, dressed as mom, Sarah, she ripped off her campaign suit and stripped down to a red-fringed mini-dress. She then proceeded to shake, rattle, and toss her leg over the shoulder of her male dance partner seductively. It was hardly the "modest" promise the Palin spawn made when she announced her participation on this season of the series. While her moves were better than The Situation, it wasn't the kind of thing that would make most moms proud. Not to mention a mother considering a run for President.
But the Palin family have set the bar low when it comes to publicity stunts. And last night was no exception. If Bristol was hoping to differentiate herself from her mom's endeavors, she didn't do a good job. She chose Three Dog Night's "Mama Told Me Not to Come", noting the similarities between the lyrics and her mom's disapproval of her
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Last night, "Hawaii Five-O" returned to the small screen. Only this time, the Oh is a zero. The action sequences are louder and the beaches are seedier. Will this new series last 12 seasons like the original, which debuted in 1968? If it's anything like the film remake of "Miami Vice", not likely. From "The A-Team" to "Starsky and Hutch", Hollywood is turning to vintage TV for inspiration. But what about the shows made for women? The last century was chock full of sitcoms and dramas designed for the female viewer. Looks like we're still here. So how about bringing back some of the shows we grew up on?Read More »from 9 lady shows that deserve a remake
(Thinkstock Images)If your jeans have been sitting in a drawer all summer long, they could probably use a wash...in November. Denims should only be thrown in the washing machine every six months, according to Carl Chiara, Director of Brand Concepts at Levi Strauss & Co, who shared his tricks for jeans care with The Wall Street Journal. The reasoning behind this isn't laziness. In fact, Chiara's cleaning methods are far more meticulous than a standard wash-and-fold routine. Not only does he "freshen" his jeans on a hook outside a steaming hot shower, he also bathes them bi-annually. "Usually, he fills a bathtub to about six inches with room-temperature water and adds two tablespoons of Dr. Bronner's Magic Liquid Soap, which he likes because it is mild. Then, he immerses the jeans in the tub, laying them flat," explains author of the Journal article. After 20 minutes of soaking, he drip dries the denims with a homemade scented satchel tucked in a pocket. Not only do the pants come out smelling likeRead More »from 5 tricks for longer-lasting jeans
(ThinkStock Images)You're not alone. The recently launched, Sorry I Haven't Posted, is a collection of guilt-ridden apologies from bloggers who haven't updated their sites in while. Whether it's been an hour or a month, these apologies imply that readers actually care about the punctuality of their personal updates. That's probably not the case. More likely they suffer from the stress of self-imposed Internet deadlines. And who doesn't? Between Facebook, Twitter, IM, texts and good old-fashioned email, staying in communication with friends, coworkers and the random ghosts of the past is a full-time job. A Web sabbatical can result in missed job opportunities, insulted friends and if you're a blogger, a dramatic loss of readership. If only a simple apology would make it all better.Read More »from Do you have e-guilt?
Remember the age of the answering machine? When it was totally appropriate to return a call a few days after you got the message? Forgive me if I sound like Andy Rooney, but social Web responsibilities are starting to
President Obama just announced he's writing a children's book, called "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters." Set for release in two months, it's already in the top 25 list on Amazon.com. But not all public figures have had such success with kid's tomes. Consider some of all-time worst celebrity children's books ever.Read More »from 7 worst kids books by celebrities
(ThinkStock Images)Sometimes readers do a better job of writing the story. That was the case with "The Way We Grieve Now", a post published Monday about unique rituals of grief. From the moment it was posted, comments poured in. They were unlike any I've read before. More than 1,000 readers shared their personal stories of loss and life after the fact. Some had just lost a loved one last week, others wrote of grieving for 20 years. Instead of the usual disagreements customary to message boards and comments sections, the post turned into a forum for testimony and support. Readers offered each other comfort and advice without judgment. Personal stories were told with such specificity and vulnerability that they elicited gratitude from total strangers. Some wrote directly to the person they lost, others detailed the events of the worst days of their lives or the singular memory they hold of the dead. The circumstances and suffering varied widely, but the reader reaction was a reminder that despite ourRead More »from Your stories of grief
(Photo by Chuck Kennedy/White House via Getty Images) She never said anything! That's Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's stance on the claim that Michelle Obama griped to her in confidence. Figures.Read More »from Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: Mean Girl?
A new book, "Carla and the Ambitious," says Obama told Bruni-Sarkozy being First Lady is hell. Obama denies she said it. Bruni-Sarkozy denies she collaborated on the biography.
So who said what? And how did our two nations get embroiled in a showdown ripped from the pages of "Queen Bees and Wannabes"? Blame it on the Queen Bee.
Author Rosalind Wiseman, who wrote the handbook-turned-feature-film for parents of "Mean Girls" and their unlucky targets, profiles the typical powerful instigator as part "Queen of Hearts", part "Barbie."
"Through a combination of charisma, looks, money, force, will, and manipulation, this girl reigns supreme over the other girls and weakens their friendships with others thereby strengthening her own power and influence," writes Wiseman in the book's opening chapter.
A wealthy supermodel turn political royalty, Bruni-Sarkozy
(Photo by ThinkStock Images)Fifty years ago, the birth control pill revolutionized pregnancy planning. Today women are on the brink of another milestone: reversing the biological clock.
Research presented at the World Congress on Fertility and Sterility suggests that it's possible to undo the effects of early menopause with the use of stem cells. The conclusions, based on testing reproductive organs in rats, is still in early phases. But the breakthrough comes on the heels of another study, from Newcastle University, identifying the cause of "reproductive aging". The information could lead to even greater fertility extension.
And it can't come soon enough. Every childless women over the age of 30 is rattled by the shrill alarm that bleats: "you're running out of time!" It's become the topic of reality TV shows like "The Rachel Zoe Project", the "Real Housewives" and various Discovery Health series. It's in the news-most recently the impact of athleticism on fertility. And it's the subject of countlessRead More »from The biological clock: a thing of the past?
To be filed along with Pimp Halloween costumes and Ultimate Fighting, Morphsuits are the latest trend to tap a nerve with the penis-carriers of the world. For the rest of us, it's baffling.
Already a phenomenon in the UK, guys are wearing these full body suits to sporting events in the colors of their favorite teams. It hit the Philly area after a character in the show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" adopted the green suit as a look. Now it's an emblem of pride for Philly Eagles and Canadian hockey fans alike. But it doesn't stop there.
The head-to-toe body suits are being worn to parties, local events and trips to the supermarket. Proof is on the Morphsuits Facebook page, where users around the world post photos in their get-ups.
We don't get it. It seems high-maintenance. There's no pockets (although the company is selling attachable fanny packs for your suit). You can see out of them, but probably through a haze of neon. Although the website makes abundantly clear thatRead More »from New guy thing we don't get: Morphsuits
A new drug-resistant Superbug has been reported in three states. Believed to be coming from India, the disease is not reactive to antibiotics and is easily spread by hand-to-mouth contact. Doctors are already warning of a potential pandemic. And the CDC is advising isolation for patients showing symptoms.
But don't panic.
We've got these designer face-masks to wear if things get really bad. Not your standard white mesh medical mouth guards from the days of SARS (we were so young then!), these 'it' masks will turn any zombie apocalypse into a catwalk.
From the press release : "As a result of the alarming news, I would love to introduce Couture Brands™ and their launch of Fashion Face Masks, a N95 medical mask boasting stylish designs - shielding your family from infirmity and death."Read More »from What to wear to prom in a pandemic
Are we really there yet? Is it time to "own" our paranoia? Available with sparkly monogrammed initials and various prints, the company is particularly pushing for parents to buy the masks for their kids