Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Mother Files $900 Trillion Lawsuit Against NYC After Losing Custody of Sons

    (ThinkStock Photos)(ThinkStock Photos)Can any amount of money compensate for losing your family? $900 trillion is a start, for one outraged mom. Fausat Ogunbayo is suing the City of New York for an almost incalculable amount, after children's services removed her sons from her home in 2008.

    Both boys, now 16 and 13, were placed in foster care after their mom was deemed mentally unstable and refused treatment, reports the Staten Island Advance. The city's Administration for Children's Services claimed the 46-year-old suffered from hallucinations and delusions and left the boys alone frequently.

    Read more: child custody and the new battleground for parents of obese kids

    Ogunbayo denies those allegations, and claims her family has suffered "over three years of terror, horror, grievous harm, time lost, substantial economic hardship and injuries" due to the separation.

    Taken from their mom at just 12 and 10 years old, the boys have been living in another borough for the past three years. During that time their mother has

    Read More »from Mother Files $900 Trillion Lawsuit Against NYC After Losing Custody of Sons
  • Bachelor Recap: Week 6 is when a Respectful Fight Breaks Out

    Wow. Something awful must have happened for her to make this face.
    The episode starts out with lots of teasers for this moment when Casey S. is sent home in a car that doesn't even look like a limo, while not wearing a cocktail dress. Obviously there's some very serious emergency, a tragedy even, because nobody cries like that over not getting a rose. But first....
    Here's where we are in Christopher Columbus terms.Here's where we are in Christopher Columbus terms.

    DATE 1: Kacie B
    So you guys are coming back in, what, an hour?
    Nobody is using the set of "Survivor: Panama" right now, so it's totally free for Ben to test the strength of his relationship with Kacie B. They're left by a helicopter on a private beach paradise without local servants or even a buffet cart. Today they'll "face their fears" and "work together as a team" to open coconuts because "if they can get through this together, they can do anything." Ben brings a machete to their date because he's overreacting about this whole island thing and because nobody ever told him not to bring a machete on a date. Luckily, Kacie B. is distracted by Ben's sexy determination to get coconut water from what might be a dinosaur egg.

    Hot coconut face.

    Read More »from Bachelor Recap: Week 6 is when a Respectful Fight Breaks Out
  • Would You Drink a Bacon Milkshake?

    It's for real, but is it really worth it?It's for real, but is it really worth it?Once upon a time, bacon was a side dish for eggs. Now it's a milkshake flavor.

    The California-based fast food chain, Jack in the Box, is selling a limited-edition indulgence not everyone will want to try.

    More totally insane fast food inventions here.

    The Bacon Shake consists of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a maraschino cherry and "bacon flavored syrup." Based on the ingredients-sugar, preservatives, artificial flavors, a whole lot of salt-there's not an ounce of actual bacon in there.

    But a 24-ounce cup does manage to pack a lot of calories. 1,081 to be exact. On the up side, it's got 17 grams of protein.

    Supermarket standoff: how to find the best-tasting bacon in the meat section

    But how does it taste? "Horrific" according to Brock Keeling, a blogger at SFist, who to took the meat-flavored milkshake for a test-drive. " A heavy, lingering bland with a touch of smoke that doesn't go away," is how he describes each gulp.

    That assessment would suggest a fast food fail, but

    Read More »from Would You Drink a Bacon Milkshake?
  • Are French Women the New Tiger Mothers?

    Are French kids raised better? (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)Are French kids raised better? (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) Parents used to look to doctors for advice on raising kids. Now they look to other countries. The latest contender for the world's best mom is from France. Author Pamela Druckerman's new book, Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, asserts that the Jerry Lewis-loving culture is better at raising children than Americans. Call her 'Le Tigre Mom', the French version of the 'Tiger Mother.' The latter refers to writer Amy Chua's popular Chinese parenting model emphasizing an extremely structured focus on academia.

    Read more about Tiger Mothers and Amy Chua's praise of Chinese parenting

    In contrast, the French parenting model, focuses on discipline, particularly in social situations.

    "Authority is one of the most impressive parts of French parenting," writes Druckerman, a mother of three, who spent years studying the culture's child-rearing methods. "Their kids actually listen to them. French children aren't constantly dashing off, talking back,

    Read More »from Are French Women the New Tiger Mothers?
  • Weirdest Chicken Wings Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

    This Sunday, Super Bowl fans are expected to eat more than 1.25 billion wings. Most will be drenched in buffalo sauce and dipped in blue cheese. But a few will be a little less ordinary.

    More wings recipes on Shine:

    Inside-Out Buffalo Wings

    How to Make Perfect Hot Wings

    The Best Buffalo Hot Wings in America

    Read More »from Weirdest Chicken Wings Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday
  • Celebrity Kids: Gay, Straight, Transgender. It Doesn't Matter to Mom

    Paltrow, with daughter Apple, who she recently referred to as a Paltrow, with daughter Apple, who she recently referred to as a When Warren Beatty's teenage son, born a girl, came out as transgender last year, the 74 year-old-actor remained tightlipped to the press and was rumored to be struggling with accepting his child's orientation.

    The new generation of Hollywood elite would have probably handled it differently. In fact, they already are. Angelina Jolie says 5--year-old daughter Shiloh Pitt "thinks she a boy," and encourages her to embrace all the male-oriented trappings - from cargo pants to swords- as she pleases. Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be following in Jolie's parenting practices: she's not concerned what her daughter Apple's interests may mean in terms of sexual orientation. In this month's Harper's Bazaar, she ruminated on whether her 7-year-old, who loves feminine outfits, could be a "lipstick lesbian." And despite have a child count of zero, Blake Lively told Elle Magazine, she's hoping if she has a son he'll be a "trannie" so she can dress him up in girl's clothes.

    Let's be honest, some of this

    Read More »from Celebrity Kids: Gay, Straight, Transgender. It Doesn't Matter to Mom
  • J.C. Penney Won't Fire Ellen. Anti-Gay Group Loses Battle

    A 'million' moms can't compete with 3 million daily viewers. After J.C. Penney announced Ellen DeGeneres as the department store's new spokesperson last week, a conservative  online organization launched a campaign to have her fired. Why? Because she's openly gay.

    The One Million Moms organization, an extension of the American Family Association, called on members to urge the company to rethink their decision. "Funny that J.C. Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," reads the call to action on the group's website. "The majority of J.C. Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there."

    Watch Michelle Obama's recent visit to Ellen's show

    Not likely. As one of the most popular talk show hosts on TV, with over 3 million viewers turning in each episode, Ellen has her own army of followers that transcend traditional demographics. Gay, straight, moms, dads, kids, and even

    Read More »from J.C. Penney Won't Fire Ellen. Anti-Gay Group Loses Battle
  • Why Do Books Love Bitches?

    Bitch, please.Bitch, please.Last week I got a press release for a new book called "Taming your Alpha Bitch."

    "Did you know there are five kinds of Alpha Bitches?" No I didn't. I also didn't know that being both "fierce and feminine" can get me "everything I want" but that "being an alpha-bitch can hurt my weight loss goals."

    I'm confused: is being a bitch a good thing? It is when you're writing a book. Go to the self-help section of Amazon, type in the word 'bitch' and you've got yourself 130 pages of books on the subject.

    The origin of owning the 'B' word may be attributed a 1999 book by Elizabeth Wurtzel called "Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women." But it wasn't until one of the great literary titans of the new millennium, Paris Hilton, used the word on TV, that the term became a symbol of privilege. In the Paris movement, bitch is a term respect for fellow females who don't really trust each other. It's like saying "I'm jealous of you, even though I'm usually the one people are jealous of."

    By 2005 Rory

    Read More »from Why Do Books Love Bitches?
  • Where Are Hollywood's Manly Men? The Last of a Dying Breed

    Is Liam Neeson one of the last of Hollywood's manly men?Is Liam Neeson one of the last of Hollywood's manly men?Liam Neeson is Hollywood's last real man. That's the gist of "The Grey" director Joe Carnahan's recent statement on his star's success. Carnahan tells Collider Magazine, "You have a town now that has put so much premium on boys instead of men, and has put so many shirtless 17-year-olds in front of the camera and tried to pass off as a masculine form. I have nothing against the younger generations, but I feel when I look in their eyes, I don't see s---, man. I don't see a life lived, I don't see experience, I don't see dirt under the nails, I don't see loss, tragedy, you name it. The reason that a guy like Liam, who's nearly 60 years old, is having this resurgent kind of career swing is because we are sorely lacking in his ilk in this business right now."

    Carnhahan makes a good point. Where did all the gristle go? Hollywood was once teaming with dirt-kicking, spit-shooting Steve McQueens, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwoods and Kris Kristoffersons.

    The next wave of leading men are more

    Read More »from Where Are Hollywood's Manly Men? The Last of a Dying Breed
  • A Million Birth Control Pills Recalled Again. Could the Pill Get You Pregnant?

    The latest recalled birth control pills.The latest recalled birth control pills.
    It's happened again. Just months after a major mix-up in birth control pill packaging, another alarming recall has been issued.

    On Wednesday, the drug company Pfizer announced the recall of more than 1 million packets of Lo/Ovral-28 (and the generic Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol) due to a packaging error.

    Read more: 9 surprising things you should know about birth control

    The problem stems from placebo pills that were possibly misplaced in monthly blister packs. So on days when women thought they were taking active hormones they may have been taking sugar pills. The mistake means that an unknown number of women may be at risk of an unplanned pregnancy.

    A public statement by Pfizer urged "consumers exposed to affected packaging" to "begin using a non-hormonal form of contraception immediately."

    In September, the drug company Qualitest Products failed to live up to its name when it recalled eight different brands of birth control after a similar factory-related packaging issue.


    Read More »from A Million Birth Control Pills Recalled Again. Could the Pill Get You Pregnant?


(1,309 Stories)