The image of the plus-size version — apparently borrowed from the site Worth 1000, where it won a 2011 design contest to enlarge celebrity icons through photo magic — features a thicker waist and thighs, plus a triple chin, which has raised the ire of many commenters. "Get rid of the chins! Not all fat folk have multiple chins!" wrote one woman. She prompted a wave of chin critics, including one who added, "Ya the triple chin is too much. Most overweight people (me included) only have a double chin no matterRead More »from Plus-Size Barbie Image Sparks Heated Debate
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- Image via FacebookBarbie is once again at the center of a lively conversation on body image, this one fueled by a simple Facebook post that imagines a plus-size version of the notoriously skinny doll. "Should toy companies start making plus sized Barbie dolls? 'Like'= Yes, absolutely! Comment=No, bad idea," asks Plus Size Modeling, an online guide. It's received more than 40,000 likes and over 2,600 shares since December 18.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, Dec 23, 2013 3:01 PM EST
Granddaughter Stacy Salazar at the renovation. Photo: Courtesy KBPIChristmas came early for Colorado octogenarian Vivian Gallegos, who was treated to a home makeover beyond her wildest dreams thanks to the efforts of her granddaughter and a local radio DJ.
It started, as many good deeds do, with a Facebook post, this one by KBPI morning host Willie B. "What's something you've always wanted to do but couldn't because $$$ kept you from doing it???" he asked his fans in November. Out of more than 800-plus answers, it was Stacy Salazar's that captivated him the most: "Replace the carpets for my 90-year-old Grammy and fixing all the little things around her house. Just a small thank you for not giving us kids up to foster care when our parents died," she wrote.
"It was a very unselfish answer to a question designed to be selfish," Willie B, whose real name is Steve Meade, tells Yahoo Shine. He adds that, when he messaged her for more details, he found out the rest of the poignant story.Read More »from 89-Year-Old Grandmother Treated to Surprise Holiday Home Renovation
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Dec 20, 2013 2:39 PM ESTChrist has officially been removed from Christmas. At least that was the case at one middle school on Long Island, New York, where its holiday-concert chorus sang a version of "Silent Night" that had all references to "the savior" and "holy infant" removed by school administrators. But the effort to avoid alienating people seems to have backfired.
"It's offensive," one father of a student at the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School in Kings Park told CBS New York. "If you're going to remove words to not offend other religions, what about the religion that that song belongs to, which is Christianity?"
The fifth-grade students sang the edited classic — which mixed and matched verses in a way that left out the most religious references — at the concert, on Dec. 12. But that upset some parents, who felt the song was sacred and should have instead been left intact or instead been performed as an instrumentalRead More »from School Omits 'Christ' from 'Silent Night,' Upsetting Parents
breastfeeding as a sexual shame-fest should have a word with Pope Francis. The forward-thinking pontiff, in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa this week, gave the controversial practice his holy stamp of approval.Anyone who looks at public
In a discussion with reporter Andrea Tornielli about hunger, the pope shares a story about how he'd recently seen a mother standing behind the public barriers at the Vatican, holding a baby who had begun to cry.
"I said to her: madam, I think the child's hungry. 'Yes, it's probably time…' she replied. 'Please give it something to eat!' I said. She was shy and didn't want to breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing," he says in the La Stampa interview, released over the weekend. "I wish to say the same to humanity: Give people something to eat! That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone."Read More »from Even the Pope Is Cool With Public Breastfeeding
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Fashion – Wed, Dec 18, 2013 1:43 PM EST'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.
"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
- 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?A century ago, kids were unassuming and didn't ask for much; they became more and more emboldened over the decades, but it wouldn't be until almost the 1970s that they'd start really requesting items by brand name (thanks, TV advertising). A preserved 1915 letter to
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According to the United States Post Office's Pete Fontana, "chief elf" of the national 101-year-old 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."
That's because parents know the 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