Teen Mom star in court this week. (Paul Adao/INFphoto.com)The same day Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans showed up to court in shackles and prison stripes, the soundtrack to her life debuted on iTunes. For any other star on any other series this might be considered bad timing, but for the Teen Moms their real life has become a living movie. Their real-time horrors are like bonus clips.
Is it any surprise the network would want to squeeze out a little more entertainment from their exploits?
MTV's Teen Mom soundtrack, out this week, collects 12 songs featured on the series' five seasons. If you're familiar with the show, you might recognize some of the emo stirrings that tie up each subject's devastating issue with the same montage technique as Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Some one looks out a window. Another cradles her baby. Another drives silently in her car, while a song sums up a hack diary entry of their lives: "lost in a void that only grows/in a skin I've grown to hate."
That's the band E for Explosion, by the way. They're on the
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Moments Of Motherhood – Thu, Jan 19, 2012 4:08 PM EST
Teen Mom star in court this week. (Paul Adao/INFphoto.com)The same day Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans showed up to court in shackles and prison stripes, the soundtrack to her life debuted on iTunes. For any other star on any other series this might be considered bad timing, but for the Teen Moms their real life has become a living movie. Their real-time horrors are like bonus clips.Read More »from There's a 'Teen Mom' Soundtrack. Anyone Else Think That's Weird?
The earth weighs 5.9736×1024kg in case your kid asks. (ThinkStock Photos)Where do babies come from? That used to be every parent's dreaded question. You may not know how to respond, but hopefully you know the answer. A new survey of over 2,000 moms and dads suggests that the real tough questions for parents are the ones they don't have answers for.Read More »from The Questions Parents Fear the Most
The big stumpers:
"Why does the moon come out during the day sometimes?"
"How much does the earth weigh?"
"How do airplanes fly?
"Will we ever discover aliens?"
"Why is water wet?"
"How do I do long division?"
"What makes a rainbow"
"Where do birds fly in winter?"
And, of course, the age old noodle-softener:
"Why is the sky blue?"
For many of these common kid queries, there are legitimate answers easily tackled by meteorologists, earth scientists, engineers and everyone's faithful sidekick, Wikipedia. Some questions are more open-ended (i.e.: E.T. phone home) but enough data exists to point kids in a realistic direction. But not all parents are willing to do that under pressure.
Only a third of those
Now that the holidays are over it's officially chocolate season. That's the time of the year leading up to the day-long excuse to celebrate the world's best candy. Got it? Let's commence the celebration by pointing out just how versatile the ingredient really is. Some people see chocolate and think bar. Others see it and think former U.S. President with two swans emerging from his shoulders. It's all perspective. Here are some of the most indulgent, unlikely, even terrifying objects made from chocolate. Sweet dreams.
Take a look at a chocolate fashion in action. It's exactly as you might imagine it.
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Jan 18, 2012 4:34 PM EST
When Wikipedia shut down its site for 24 hours on Wednesday, the intention was to incite voters, not students. But the blackout, in protest of a web piracy bill that could censor online content, turned into a nightmare for pupils who rely on the user-generated knowledge base to complete assignments.
Buzzfeed collected a barrage of tweets from students Wednesday morning. They all went more or less like this:
"Wikipedia can't go! How on earth and I going to do my history homework?"
"They shut down Wikipedia? DAMN IT. I have a lab report due tomorrow."
"Dear Wikipedia, I get where you're coming from but this blackout business is bull. I have homework to do."
And this particularly hopeless plea:
"How am I supposed to do my homework without Wikipedia. Dear good grades, #yourtimesup"
Who knew the online encyclopedia was so vital to education?
Librarians, for one.
"Walk through our media center about any time of the day and you will see the Wikipedia screen well
Could one drink do a lifetime of damage? That's the alarming suggestion of a new study refueling the debate on drinking during pregnancy.Read More »from Pregnant Women Shouldn't Drink at All: Study
The only way to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome, according to pediatric researchers at University of California, San Diego, is to abstain from alcohol. Period.
"The fact that we didn't find a safe threshold is important," Christina Chambers, an associate professor of pediatrics who worked on the study, told USA Today. "Not every child of women who drink even very heavily has all the features, so there are certain susceptibility factors that we don't know."
The report, published online in the medical journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, followed the pregnancies of over 1000 women, monitoring their alcohol intake in detail. Then they followed up on their children's' health after birth.
Their findings linked shorter birth lengths with women who had at least one drink in any trimester.
They also isolated the worst possible time to take
Wait till you see what this thing does...
This week, America's hallowed inventor Ben Franklin turned 306 years old. In his honor, The Smithsonian and ePals, an education media company, recognized some of the world's youngest inventors. Fifteen students, from grades kindergarten through 11, won top honors for their home videos and written reports describing their inventions. We're not talking Westinghouse finalists, just yet. These kids, hailing from Turkey, India, Canada and the U.S., exhibited the kind of ingenuity of Home Alone's Kevin McCallister. Give them a staircase, a bouncing ball and a pair of pipe cleaners and they'll give you an imaginative prototype that might have the family dog running for cover. Check out some of the big winners....
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Pajamas or loose-fitting red snowman pants? You decide. One of the biggest problems afflicting our country today can be found on college campuses nationwide. That's right, pajamas as outerwear.Read More »from Ban on Wearing Pajamas in Public Proposed
A parish commissioner in Louisiana is making it his mission to stop the madness. He wants to ban pajamas outside of the home.
"The moral fiber in our community is dwindling," Michael Williams tells Cado's KSDK local news. "If not now, when? Because its pajama pants today, next it will be underwear tomorrow."
He's right. No-pants sinners have already infected the coasts. If his proposal comes to fruition, he may be able to thwart the trend from spreading to his home state.
Williams had his lightning bolt idea during a shopping excursion. "I observed a couple of young men in loose fitting PJ's on, probably with their private parts about to come out and no underwear," he says.
Aghast, he lined up an attorney to help write an ordinance he'll soon present to a local Louisiana commission. It's clear to Williams that continued fallout from Katrina and
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Jan 17, 2012 10:11 AM EST
Ben likes the feeling of a plastic sunglasses arm tickling the back of his neck.
Ben's Leap List:
Wear sunglasses on back, at least once
Climb a bridge
Ski in San Francisco
Find a bookcase that opens into a room, Scooby-Doo style
Reject a mortician
But let's backtrack: a Leap what? It all started when Ben mentions his Leap List. Like that's a thing. It's as if we're in Canada or in 1999 and nobody's seen Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson fall out of a plane. Then the girls pick up on it: "Your Leap List, sure, that's when you...." one explains as if she's the friend with a lot of information on a Birth Control commercial.
Right, so a bucket list.
DATE 1: Emily
It's not okay to fall.
One of the things on Ben's list is climbing a bridge with a woman whose worst fear is climbing a bridge. As poor Emily (the epidemiologist who's kind of awesome) conquers her fear and makes it to the top of the bridge without throwing up, there are a lot of metaphors about how love is like a bridge. "If Emily and I can climb the Bay Bridge together there's no telling how far we can take this Read More »from Bachelor Recap: Week 3 is when We Learn Way Too Much About Hondas
When someone who loves you nails that annoying thing you do, it's hilarious. Therapeutic even. When a bunch of other people start chiming in with even more gripes, it can turn into an attack. You start thinking, am I really that bad? Has everyone been hating me and just waiting for the right moment to let it all out? If you're a girl who enjoys the internet these days, you're likely to think that's the case. It's the S--- Girls Say effect.
Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard's video series, based on their brilliant Twitter feed tracking the bizarre speech patterns of women, was the funniest web-based skit in a while. Funny because it's true. Funny because it's about annoying people. Funny because it's about me too. Funny because Sheppard, who dresses in drag to portray the female embodiment of our bad habits, endears his subject just enough so that his commentary isn't scathing. Also it's just really funny.
Then came the knock-offs. Some were equally as clever (S--- Liza Minnelli SaysRead More »from Can Everyone Stop S---ing on Girls? Joke's Over
Christie Carr and Irwin pose for that weird dream you had. (Splash Photos)You can dress a kangaroo up like a traveling salesman and invite him into your bed, but that doesn't make him a good pet. So says lawmakers in the town of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The town's city council are requiring Christie Carr, proud owner of a kangaroo named Irwin, to get a permit for her life partner.Read More »from How Could a Kangaroo in a Suit Be Dangerous?
39-year-old Carr adopted Irwin while working at an animal sanctuary. At the time, Irwin was an injured Joey, suffering from a paralyzing neck injury. Carr nursed him to health, neutered him, and bought him some corporate casual clothes (from Babyland General perhaps?). Now he sleeps in her bed every night and sits on her lap like a marionette. The end. Or is it....
Labeled an exotic animal, Carr learned she'd have to pay for a $500,000 insurance policy if she wanted to keep her pet in her home. An anonymous donor who I'd really like to meet footed the bill for her. But officials say Carr still hasn't finished filling out the proper paperwork and are threatening to remove the