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.
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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
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- 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
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
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 5:53 PM EST
Person of the Year.Miley Cyrus, Edward Snowden, and the Pope walk into a bar … Funny already, right? Except that it’s actually not a joke that the trio, along with seven other hugely disparate candidates, have landed on Time magazine’s shortlist for Read More »from What the Pope, Edward Snowden, and Miley Cyrus Have in Common
The highly eclectic lineup was announced Monday morning by managing editor Nancy Gibbs, providing both hope and fodder to folks on social media. “The fact that Miley is being considered for Time's Person of the Year makes me want to give up my status as a person,” noted one clearly annoyed Twitter user. But, wrote another: “Guess who made it? The always fabulous Edie Windsor! Fingers crossed she makes this cover.”
Below, please find a bit about each finalist, complete with each individual’s projected chances at winning (mathematical realities aside, natch):
Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
A claim to fame: being accused by the U.S. of being the mastermind of a horrific chemical attack on his own people during a bloody civil war (just for
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 3:30 PM EST
For women who choose to nurse their infants, sleepless nights might be just the beginning of resulting hardships, thanks to folks who think that breastfeeding belongs hidden behind closed doors. That’s the hard lesson new mom Danielle Gendron learned when a judicial marshal ushered her out of a Connecticut courtroom while she was discreetly nursing her 3-month-old son.Read More »from Court Apologizes After Tossing Out Breastfeeding Mom
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“That's never happened to me, so I wasn't sure she was speaking to me at first, so I kind of looked around, and she was like, ‘Get out,’” Gendron, 25, tells WTNH about the female marshal. Gendron was removed from family court on Wednesday as she waited to testify in a case. “It almost makes you feel ashamed, which is terrible, because you shouldn't feel that way,” she said.
But Connecticut is one of 45 states with a provision allowing women to breastfeed in public. After WTNH ran its story, the court backtracked, and apologized to Gendron's sister,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Holiday Gift Guide – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 5:05 PM EST
princess nor a video-game warrior, but a doctor, thanks to Disney Junior’s runaway cartoon hit Doc McStuffins.Brace yourselves for a nice surprise, parents: One of the most in-demand toys of the holiday season is neither a Read More »from Doc McStuffins Is Breakout Holiday Toy for Boys and Girls of All Races
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“Doc is huge,” Jackie Breyer, editor in chief of the trade publication the Toy Insider tells Yahoo Shine about the doll based on the character, as well as other related merchandise. “The Checkup Center is almost impossible to find at this point. But it’s all hot. Anything Doc is huge this year.”
Anyone with a little kid won’t be too surprised, as the relatively new show, about a 6-year-old aspiring doctor who admires her doctor mother and treats her toys with help from her dragon and snowman friends, is hugely popular with the 2- to-7-year-old set. It draws an average of 1.3 million viewers weekly, according to the latest Nielsen ratings, and has a viewership of both boys and girls.
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 2:48 PM EST
misdemeanors, as police say they knew their friend Jane Modlesky, also 17, was too drunk to drive when she got behind the wheel of an SUV in July before crashing into a tree and dying.Could you be held accountable for allowing someone else to drive drunk? Two 17-year-old boys arrested in Glastonbury, CT on Thursday are finding out the hard way that you can. They were charged with Read More »from Teens Arrested for Letting Friend Drive Drunk in Fatal Crash
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“They very well knew that she was intoxicated and should not have been driving,” Agent James Kennedy of the Glastonbury Police Department tells NBC Connecticut. (Kennedy did not return calls requesting comment from Yahoo Shine.)
The young men, one of whom was driving and the other of whom was a passenger before getting out of the car and watching Modlesky drive off into the early morning, were charged separately. One was charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, violation of passenger restrictions and operating a motor