Jessica Simpson's Elle cover.
Is a pregnant woman's body not safe for supermarkets? An Arizona grocery store is being accused of censoring an Elle magazine cover featuring a very pregnant Jessica Simpson in her birthday suit. Issues of the glossy are getting the Hustler Magazine treatment, placed behind a make-shift "shield" on the rack so only Simpson's face peaks out, according to Jezebel.
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A reader to the site sent in the photo of the cardboard-covered issue in a Tucson Safeway. It's unclear whether a shop clerk or a patron provided the cover-up. Jezebel's Cassie Murdoch followed up with the store's manager who claimed not to be aware of the cardboard shield. But at least one person was offended by the image.
"True, her breasts are somewhat exposed, but it's not too different than what you could see on this year's Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition cover," writes Murdoch. "And what do you think the chances are that they covered that up?"
For the record,
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 2:40 PM EDT
Jessica Simpson's Elle cover.Read More »from Elle's Pregnant Jessica Simpson Cover: Too Racy for Grocery Shopping?
Or a kid. Our new series Kid Logic brings you those epiphanies from the brilliant minds of young people. Listen and learn, grown-ups.Sometimes it takes a genius to point out the most obvious things in life. Read More »from KID LOGIC: Virginia is Confusing
If you ask a group of first-graders to write freely, odds are one of them is going to share something brilliant. The Huffington Post found this gem via Reddit. The assumption is that he or she was heading to Virginia the following day and would be absent from school. But something was lost (or found) in translation.
Do you have any awesome kid artifacts to share? We want to see it! Post it on Shine and leave the link below or share it with us on Facebook, because it makes us happy.
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Last year, Jirka Väätäinen, a student at Arts University College at Bournemouth in the UK, decided to bring Disney's most famous heroines to life. The 22-year-old graphic design student combined photos of real women with Disney's classic cartoon renderings using Photoshop, and created digital paintings that brought everyone from Sleeping Beauty to Princess Jasmine to life. Shine featured his work and 14,000 Facebook likes later, Jirka's art was a viral sensation.
Now he's followed up his series with six more realistic princesses. What took him so long? "Each art piece does take hours, and I usually don't finish my pieces till days or weeks later," Jirka told Shine on Wednesday. Despite all the attention he's received (his work has been shared by over 100,000 on Tumblr) he hasn't turned his passion into a profit. "I'm not currently selling any of my Disney inspired art, since I am afraid that there might be a copyright issue with these being so heavilyRead More »from If Disney Princesses Were Real: The Sequel
record-we-didn't-know-you could-break, a Romanian design house debuted the longest bridal train known to man.If your dress train is two miles long, then a hot air balloon is a practical method of transportation. As the latest Read More »from Bridal Gown Breaks World Record
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The Andree Salon, a Bucharest fashion label, hired 10 seamstresses to toil away on the Guinness World Record-breaking dress for 100 days. The imported material alone, including French lace and Italian taffeta, cost around $7,300. That's not including labor and the dramatic floating runway show.
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On Tuesday, a model wearing the dress was hoisted into the air outside Bucharest's Palace of the Parliament, for all the world to see- in particular- The Netherlands. The Dutch country previously held the longest train record (it wasn't even a mile, ha!).
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The victory was particularly sweet, in light of a feud sparked between
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | secrets-to-your-success – Mon, Mar 19, 2012 6:40 PM EDT
Shhh. She's working. Sleeping on the job is a requirement for the handful of writers hired by a travel website to test room amenities at China's leading hotels. Believe it or not, snooze button-hitting isn't even the easiest job out there. Imagine if your couch potato tendencies could earn you a living. How about your unique passion for luxury vacations. Most of us consider ourselves pros at napping and looking at cute pictures of kittens, but we don't expect to get paid for it. Maybe we should...Read More »from 8 Easiest Jobs on the Planet
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Fri, Mar 16, 2012 6:04 PM EDT
The Tropical Pie was just named the world's best pizza. (Courtesy of Goodfella's)Read More »from The World's Best Gourmet Pizza: 'Tropical Pie' Wins Highest Honor
To make the world's best pizza you'll need dough, mozzarella cheese and some top shelf tequila.
On Thursday, top pizza-makers from around the globe competed for the title of "World's Best Pizza" at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. At stake was $10,000 and the highest honor in the industry.
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This year's big winner was anything but traditional. The "Tropical Pie" - a blend melted asiago and mozzarella cheese, topped with shrimps, thinly sliced and twisted limes, a fresh mango salsa, all resting on a rich pineapple cream sauce infused with Patron.
The recipe, devised by mad pizza scientist Andrew Scudera of Goodfella's Brick Oven Pizza in Staten Island, was months in the making.
"I came up with idea to use tequila, but it was a collaboration," Andrew tells Shine. "Everyone here at the restaurant dived in and gave their input, helping to perfect the recipe by the time we brought it to the show."
The competition in Vegas was
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Mar 16, 2012 4:22 PM EDT
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(courtesy of Detroit Lakes Tribune/ In Forum/Forum Communications)Here comes the single bride. Last week, Nadine Schweigert married herself in a symbolic wedding ceremony. The 36-year-old divorced mom of three wore blue satin and clutched a bouquet of white roses as she walked down the aisle before a gathering of 45 friends and family members in Fargo, North Dakota.
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She vowed to "to enjoy inhabiting my own life and to relish a lifelong love affair with my beautiful self," reports Fargo's InForum newspaper . After the ring was exchanged with the bride and her inner-groom, guests were encouraged to "blow kisses at the world," and later, eat cake.
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Schweigert, who followed the ceremony with a solo honeymoon in New Orleans, claims the wedding was her way of showing the world she's learned to love and accept herself as a woman flying solo.
"I was waiting for someone to come along and make me happy," she told reporter Tammy Swift . "At some point, a friend
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Mar 16, 2012 12:09 PM EDT
Hey look donuts! Never mind, they're plain. (ThinkStock)Read More »from KID LOGIC: Why Plain Donuts Suck, by a 12-year-old
Sometimes it takes a genius to point out the most obvious things in life. Or a kid. Our new series Kid Logic brings you those epiphanies from the brilliant minds of young people. Listen and learn, grown-ups.
THE FAKE DOUGHNUT: A BRIEF ESSAY BY A 12-YEAR-OLD
"You know what I think is weird? Fake donuts, A.K.A. plain ones. I mean, you just stroll into a Dunkin Donuts and you see all the different flavors and types, like Glazed, Strawberry, Boston Kreme, and Chocolate Frosted. And there, just sitting there among the wonderful flavors, acting like it belongs there, is Plain. Right there, laying on the pink and orange tissue paper, with the little shiny silver walls of the crate it's in surrounding it, just like all the real ones. But it's not! It's not one of them. It has no frosting, no sprinkles, no glaze, no cream, no fillings or toppings at all! It shouldn't even be called a doughnut! Or a pastry of any kind. It's just a BAGEL! A BAGEL!
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Mar 15, 2012 5:49 PM EDT
You know what today is? It's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day. For the past 15 years on the third Thursday of March, Campfire USA has asked adults to write letters of inspiration to kids. The idea is to get grown-ups to impart wisdom today's kids, whether it's a letter to their own children or a blog post to a generation at large.
Not a bad idea, until you get celebrities involved. At some point during this 15 year history, a handful of celebrities were asked to contribute to the cause. On the AIKD homepage, everyone from Dolly Parton to, yes, Joanna Kerns, have imparted life lessons and well wishes to kids across the country. As you might expect, it gets weird. Here's a look at some of the best and most puzzling advice from stars to kids.
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Lennon Gruber has seen a lot of things in his first 12 months of life, but nothing compared to bubbles. The one-year-old is the latest baby to turn our adult cynicism on its head in less than 30 seconds. Dad Chris Gruber, of Westerville Ohio, posted the video of Lennon's first reaction to soapy air bubbles on Tuesday. By Thursday it was seen by 80,000 people. What's so special about a baby and a bunch of bubbles? See for yourself.
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