This past week Baby Jessica turned 25. We should probably drop the "baby" now.
In 1987, Jessica McClure took a step that would change her life. The toddler was playing by an abandoned water well when she fell in it and was trapped for over 58 hours. Her dramatic rescue was covered minute by minute by the media and she adapted the role of America's baby before she was old enough to read.
Now 25, Baby Jessica is a full-time mother of two with an $800,000 inheritance donated by the American public. After her birthday last Saturday she gained complete control over the sum of sympathy donations, which she may invest in her children's education.
Despite being an international superstar as a toddler, McClure has kept a low profile in her adult life. (The video above from the Today Show four years ago is one of the few media appearances she's ever made.) Over the years she's undergone 15 surgeries to treat the various medical afflictions caused by her ordeal. Still, she has no memory of
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Mar 31, 2011 11:48 PM EDT
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Beta-chicken: Federline with his four kids and his girlfriend Victoria Prince, who just confirmed her pregnancy. (GSI Media)Read More »from K-Fed sperminates again! Why some guys are super-fertile...
3 women, 5 kids, and all before he's 33. Say what you will about Kevin Federline, the man is a stud. In farmer's speak, that is.
Britney Spears' ex is about to be a dad again, this time with his long-term girlfriend Victoria Prince. Both Britney and Shar Jackson already have two kids with the stallion. His new child, expected to arrive in about four months, will have three half brothers, one half sister and two semi-moms.
Here's a question: does he practice incessant, hourly unsafe sex or he is simply more fertile than other men? Based on the guidelines for male fertility, K-Fed's lifestyle doesn't lend itself to so much baby-making. Drinking, smoking, weight gain, are all major deterrents in sperm productivity. He is still under 35, the age male fertility drops dramatically, but so are a lot of other men who can safely look at a woman without putting a baby in her body. So why is K-Fed, a man who struggles with the role of devoted provider and partner, so prone to being a dad?
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Mar 31, 2011 12:54 AM EDT
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We've lived a billion years without Rebecca Black's "Friday", but now it seems we can't go on for a few hours without her. The low-budget video that's been called the worst of all time, was removed from Youtube last evening. A few hours later it was back up.
Hackers are believed to be at the bottom of the hoax. That means someone invested more time than it took to make the video, to temporarily take it down. What's more, the hack made headlines. So did news of Black's new single, Black's Miley Cyrus blowout, Black's Stephen Colbert honor, Black's spawn of copy-cats, and Black's incomprehensible chart domination.
Remember when 15 minutes was all it took? Me neither. For the next several months, prepare yourselves for a constant stream of Rebecca Black merchandise, gossip and viral videos punctuated by new stories entitled "The Rebecca Black Effect."
I have a confession I will only share with the whole wide internet. I haven't watched the video. I get the gist of why it's funny and
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Wed, Mar 30, 2011 11:08 PM EDT
Top Chef's top female contenders this season couldn't make the final cut. (bravo.tv)On last night's season finale of "Top Chef: All Stars" four female contestants blanched, chopped, and sweated their way through the finale. But they weren't competing, instead they were serving as sous chefs for the two men in the finale. Mike Isabella and Richard Blais (who won), were presumably the two best chefs in the competition-but were they really? We asked the show's female veterans why women don't make Top Chefs.Read More »from Why can't women win Top Chef? Female contestants weigh in
"The boys play the game differently from the girls," says "All Star" contestant Casey Thompson, who made it to the finals in her first season on the show. "I don't think men are more professional, I think it's just how competition is built and played."
"Women can only go so hard without getting labeled a 'b-tch' but men can push to the end of the universe," says Tiffani Faison, another all-star contestant who served as one of Mike's sous chefs last night. She was particularly upset that Jennifer Carroll, who vehemently defended her dish at the judges' table, was
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Tue, Mar 29, 2011 10:24 PM EDT
Bars in Whole Foods make for a very interesting night of grocery shopping, as Paula Deen can attest. Side note: This apparently happened in February at a Whole Foods expo in South Beach. (Thank you, John Parra/Wire Image)After a night of partying, Whole Foods is where you go for your healthy holistic hangover cures. Now it's also where you go to get hammered. The health food super-chain has just installed wine and beer bars in several locations in Texas, Arizona, Illinois and California.Read More »from Drunken grocery shopping: The next big thing at Whole Foods
Hookups in aisle five! Bar brawl by the salad bar! Is the supermarket, nay, the world ready for drunken grocery shopping? Yes Please. Experience has taught me: Whole Foods should start over-stocking on frozen pizzas and cheddar puffs. The company has stated it hopes serving craft beers and wine in the cafeteria section of the store will create community, but they're also hoping to boost sales. Shopping when you're hungry already lowers your judgment, can you imagine what you'll buy when you're drunk? "$20 for a chocolate-covered honeycomb? If that's what it takes for me to understand what it tastes like, sure. (Andy Capp hiccup)."
It could also revitalize the singles' night shopping experience. Lame romantic advice
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Mar 29, 2011 8:58 PM EDT
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Mon, Mar 28, 2011 10:00 PM EDT
Ina Garten has agreed to cook with ailing 6-year-old, after internet uproar. (photo via The Food Network)On Friday, the entire internet got together to shake a finger at Food Network's Ina Garten, after she refused to grant a 6-year-old cancer-stricken boy's only wish to cook with her. It worked.Read More »from Barefoot Contessa to grant sick boy's wish! Happy ending to crappy celeb move.
The celebrity chef has decided to grant Enzo's wish, and "looks forward to inviting him to spend some time with her at the Food Network studios," her rep tells TMZ. She's also giving him a call today to talk, one foodie to another. Apparently, Garten didn't even know about Enzo's two requests to meet her until she was roasted all over the web this weekend. If that's the case, she needs to sit whoever is fielding her press requests down for a good, long talk entitled "You're fired".
TMZ first broke the story Friday, that Garten's rep had twice turned down requests from the Make-A-Wish foundation due to scheduling conflicts. That's when the charity had to go back to Enzo, the youngest and bravest of Garten's fans, and ask him to pick another wish. Now Enzo doesn't have to.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Mar 28, 2011 7:52 PM EDT
The next time Cameron Diaz is caught feeding A-Rod popcorn, it could be at the premiere of their romantic comedy. Weird. (WENN)Warning: there are rumors today that a romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez is in the works. If the off-screen couple takes their romance on-screen, we may be looking at the next Gigli. According to UK gossips at the Daily Express, she's "cooking up a new project involving him so they don't have to be apart during the new baseball season." Her idea is said to involve baseball and possibly the Yankee's starring role.
Separately, Cam and A-Rod have their strengths. But together, they're already hard to watch. Remember the popcorn feeding incident? Or their highly-competitive workout routine? Their awkward displays of P.D.A, very public romantic histories, and the fact that athlete-turned-actors are often worse than singers-turned-actresses, all add up to one thing: a Razzie award.
I don't want to get anyone's hopes up yet, but if this really strange idea gets the green light, Cam and A-Rod could be in good company. Some of Hollywood's most famousRead More »from A Cameron Diaz and A-Rod romantic comedy? Unwatchable couple alert!
(Think Stock Photos)Those heavy foundations and dark makeup shades may have worked for winter, but warmer weather calls for a whole new beauty routine. Spring 2011's best trends all involve an array of bright, fresh colors and smarter methods of skincare. We caught up with some of the country's top beauty bloggers who revealed their favorite tricks for updating your beauty regimen starting today.Read More »from Spring clean your beauty regimen
1. Toss the old: Before your bring in the new, you've got to clean out the old. Last spring's sunscreen is so last spring. "Toss anything with an SPF that's more than a year old, especially if it's separated or a weird consistency because it can lose its efficacy," suggests beauty blogger Karla Sugar. You can also trash any dried-out skincare products with crusty caps and foundations that don't look the way they used to. "You can tell when makeup has gone bad when it changes consistency, color, or smell," advised Sugar. "But powders, for instance, almost never go bad."
2. Build a better toolbox: Visibility is the
Would you pay someone to light your wedding? (Think Stock Photos)Read More »from Latest wedding craze: $10,000 light bulbs
We knew Chelsea Clinton's wedding wasn't cheap, but a lighting designer? According to The New York Times, the latest addition to big spender weddings is expensive lighting. Clinton had her own personal bulb-man, Bentley Meeker bask her guests in a flattering light. (In fairness she did have international press chomping at the bit for pictures of her high-profile crowd.) But Meeker, who also lit a Grammy party and several HBO premiere events, was brought on to cultivate the perfect vibe for Clinton's big day. "It's not illumination for visibility; it's illumination for atmosphere," he told the Times.
Some designers double as planners and florists, others are called in by planners to "art-direct" the event.
One couple had their lighting expert ship a 500 pound crystal chandelier to their reception tent on a Hawaiian Island. Others have paid bank for color changing lighting-a la Broadway theatrics- as the evening unfolds. All told, the cost to bathe your guests in a healthy glow can