It's 'Fat Tuesday,' the international holiday where women flash their breasts for cheap iridescent beads. Apparently this is something we've been doing since 1889 on the balconies of Bourbon street (though others date it back only to the 1970s). Maybe back then the beads were of higher quality and the need for them was more pressing. But why are we still flashing?
One sociologist who interviewed what he described as "beadw----s" for the journal of Deviant Behavior, sites a rush of pleasure as the reason behind Mardi Gras flashing. He pegged the illegal "parade of stripping" as a "playful form of exhibitionism," according to Miller-McCune's website.
Relationship writer Rich Santos has a more dude-like take. He writes: "One night I was separated from my friends on a balcony, shaking beads at the girls in the street. These girls were desperate for beads, even though you could go into any store and buy the beads for a dollar...All the women who flashed were the same: over 25 and very
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It's 'Fat Tuesday,' the international holiday where women flash their breasts for cheap iridescent beads. Apparently this is something we've been doing since 1889 on the balconies of Bourbon street (though others date it back only to the 1970s). Maybe back then the beads were of higher quality and the need for them was more pressing. But why are we still flashing?Read More »from Why do women flash on Mardi Gras?
Now that Charlie Sheen is officially a free agent (he was fired from CBS), he's hiring an intern. Want the job? Here are the requirements:Read More »from Wanted: Intern for Charlie Sheen
Job Description: Star of film and TV, Charlie Sheen is looking to expand his brand with future web video development projects as well as an upcoming online memoir. Needs scrappy assistant willing to get hands dirty. A great first job for someone looking to break into the entertainment industry. Lots of opportunity to build contacts in a creative, unconventional work environment.
Requirements: Live-in position with 24 hour work schedule. Must be comfortable on camera. Must be willing to share a bed with two other women (and/or multiple items that resemble humans in form if not texture). Must be willing to follow boss's orders regardless of 'bad feeling' emanating from gut. May be required to facilitate outlandish impulse plan to cut off boss's arms while he watches "127 Hours." Also must have ability to never tire of same joke. Even if that joke is a
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Mar 7, 2011 11:39 PM EST
The reason you don't hear the announcement "please put all babies in the overheard storage compartment before take-off" is because babies shouldn't be put in overheard storage compartments. Obviously, one flight attendant for Virgin Blue didn't get the memo. After spotting a baby playing peek-a-boo with his dad on board, she thought it'd be a hoot to join in. So she allegedly grabbed the 17-month-old boy and stuck him in the overhead luggage bin and closed the door.Read More »from Flight from hell: baby stuffed in overhead compartment
The child's mother didn't think that was funny, like at all. "My husband, Shayne, was standing one metre behind my son, Riley, when the air steward picked him up and placed him in the overhead compartment," shocked mom Natalie Williamson told the Sydney Herald Sun."I stood up and there were people laughing and then I said 'Get my son out of there now.'"
Williamson, who was returning to Australia from Fiji, was offered two free flights as compensation for the airline gaffe. But she feels strongly that having her baby
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Mar 7, 2011 9:47 PM EST
A man's deep voice is both attractive and nerve-wrecking for women. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)How do you know if a guy's a cheater? Listen to his voice. If it's deep, you may be filing him under "player." A study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology found that female subjects were more likely to tag a guy as a cheater if he had a deep voice. In the study, men were asked to make vowel sounds and women were asked, based on the sound, to choose who was most attractive and most likely to cheat. You guessed it: the guy most likely to be singled out for both answers was also most likely to be singled out for a barbershop quartet.Read More »from The deeper his voice, the more likely he'll cheat?
Our cheater radar may not be rational, but according to the study led by McMaster University's Jill O'Connor, it is evolutionary. Here's the theory: the deeper the voice, the higher the man's level of testosterone. So a man with a really low voice is pretty much walking around with a sandwich board that reads "Kiss me, I'm fertile."
What female homo sapien isn't going to jump on that? But all that female temptation means a greater likelihood
A gown from a 2010 Alexander McQueen runway show. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)To McQueen or not to McQueen: that is the question on every royal wedding watcher's mind. This weekend, London's Sunday Times reported that Sarah Burton, the creative director for Alexander McQueen, was chosen to design Kate Middleton's wedding dress. Not longer after the story was published, the designer denied the claim. "I'm not doing it," Burton told Vogue.com. It's the kind of answer that should close the case.Read More »from Will Kate's wedding dress be a McQueen?
Except the royal wedding press office was suspiciously mum, neither confirming nor denying the rumor. "Because Catherine Middleton is keen to keep this private, we are not responding to this in any way at all," a spokesperson told The Telegraph.
So why is this all such a big deal? According to fashion insiders, the label's signature designs are a side-step away from more traditional royal bridal looks. And considering how much controversy Michelle Obama stirred up in her recent blood-red McQueen original, the label also has a tendency to garner as much attention as the
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Fri, Mar 4, 2011 11:50 PM EST
When it comes to baby-making potential, it's not the size of the boat, or even the motion of the ocean. It's the length of the AGD, the area between the anus and the underside of the scrotum. (Sorry, t'aint no other way to say it.) A study published in the journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, revealed that men with AGDs shorter than 2 inches were less fertile than those with longer sub-scrotal areas. In other-words, the shorter the AGD, the lower the sperm count. That's not to say it's a rule across the board, but researchers suggest it could be a signal for hopeful dads to book a fertility screening. What the researchers haven't looked into is the awkward geometry of taking measuring tape to your own middle earth.
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Fri, Mar 4, 2011 9:40 PM EST
Katie Holmes is suing Star Magazine over this cover. (Photo via Entertainment Weekly)Read More »from 6 new Scientology updates this week (for those who need a break from Charlie Sheen)
It's been a few weeks since the New Yorker's major Scientology expose, and the controversial group is still making news-though not as much as Charlie Sheen. To catch you up, here's a rundown of what's going on in the world of L. Ron, Tom and the whole tribe this week:
1. The new Scientology commercials look old for one reason: the in-house production team. The New York Times's Blog 6th floor took a look at the non-stop ads flooding networks in recent months. Why do they all seem so '70s? "The church does all of its ad campaigns in house and relies on marketing policies that L. Ron Hubbard wrote in the 1970s and '80s, according to Steve Hall, a former senior writer in the Scientology marketing department," writes the Times' Lauren Kerns. Hall revealed when he was on call to write spots back in the day, he made a meager $46 a week for up to 100 hours of work.
2. A major journalist may be a scientology spy. John Cook alleges in The New York Observer that a contributor for media outlets