Blog Posts by Jessica Ferri

  • Get Off My Back, Mom and Dad: A guide for grown-ups with overbearing parents

    Helicopter parents and boomerang kids = a bad combination. (Photo: Universal Pictures)In the old days, parents would breathe a sigh of relief when their teenagers left the family home. But it's become very common for college graduates to return to home to live with their parents. After all, Millenials are the most stressed-out generation. The combination between hyper-involved parents and young adult children is a recipe for disaster. But now kids have some ammunition to tell parents to lay off: actual scientific evidence.

    A new study from Virginia’s Mary Washington University found that children whose parents are guilty of “helicopter parenting,” being overly involved in their kids’ affairs, are more likely to be depressed. A whopping 55 percent of young men aged 18 to 24 have become “boomerang children,” moving back in with mom and dad after college. Even if you are technically an adult, if you live at home, you might find yourself with a bad case of over-parenting deja-vu.

    We spoke to psychologists Dr. Gerald Grosso and Dr. Elizabeth Waterman of Morningside Recovery

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  • Quick! Get Pregnant Today and Win a Free Ikea Crib

    Make sure to read the fine print. (Photo: IKEA)

    First comes crib, then comes baby? Drop whatever Valentine’s Day plans you had for this evening and get to work. Ikea Australia is offering a free crib to any baby born exactly nine months from today!

    Don't worry, our heads are spinning too. This has to be one of the weirdest promotions a business has ever used. First of all, you’d have to get pregnant today, which seems unlikely, and you’d have to deliver the baby in exactly nine months, November 14, which is nearly impossible unless you induce labor, and if you’re willing to do that for a free crib, we’ll just give you one.


    The cherry on top is you have to provide “proof of delivery” in order to receive the crib. Happy Valentine’s Day! Sheesh, we’ll just buy the thing.Read More »from Quick! Get Pregnant Today and Win a Free Ikea Crib
  • The Most Disgusting Drinks We’re Ashamed to Admit We Loved

    It's difficult to watch an episode of Sex and the City without cringing at the ridiculously girly cocktails-namely the Cosmopolitan and the Appletini-we once guzzled down in hopes of being cool. Unfortunately those aren't the only drinks we're ashamed to admit we loved. Here's a gallery of the grossest alcoholic guilty pleasures ever, from Smirnoff Ice to Four Loko.



    -Jessica Ferri


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  • Kate Middleton Pregnant Bikini Photos Published by Tabloid, Royal Family Fumes

    Kate Middleton's hopes for a private vacation have been thwarted. (Photo: Getty Images)Kate Middleton may be mother to the future King or Queen of England, but that can’t protect her from tabloid attention, much to the frustration of the royal family.

    Italian magazine Chi published two photographs of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge in a bikini on Wednesday, inciting protest and disapproval from the palace.

    Kate Middleton: Royal Pregnancy Mysteries Solved


    "We are disappointed that photographs of the duke and duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas. This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy," a spokeswoman from St. James Palace said in an official statement on Tuesday, when news of the photographs hit the Internet.

    The photographs show the Duchess, with her naturally curly hair, sporting a tiny baby bump in a blue bikini, walking along the beach with William in the Caribbean island of Mustique.

    In the press, pregnant celebrities often face unwelcome scrutiny over their changing bodies. But the royal baby fever is on an entirely

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  • Kate Middleton Pregnant Bikini Photos Incense the Royal Family

    Kate Middleton's hopes for a private vacation have been thwarted. (Photo: Getty Images)Kate Middleton may be mother to the future King or Queen of England, but that can’t protect her from tabloid attention, much to the frustration of the royal family.

    Italian magazine Chi published two photographs of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge in a bikini on Wednesday, inciting protest and disapproval from the palace.

    Kate Middleton: Royal Pregnancy Mysteries Solved


    "We are disappointed that photographs of the duke and duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas. This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy," a spokeswoman from St. James Palace said in an official statement on Tuesday, when news of the photographs hit the Internet.

    The photographs show the Duchess, with her naturally curly hair, sporting a tiny baby bump in a blue bikini, walking along the beach with William in the Caribbean island of Mustique.

    Chi is the same magazine that published 18 photographs of a topless Kate Middleton in September. Despite legal action from the Duke and Duchess,

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  • Six-year-old Creates Movie, Imparts Wisdom to All of Us

    "I was scared of a monster, and I thought of pizza."

    Filmmaker Bianca Giaever had the brilliant idea of asking six-year-old Asa Baker-Rouse what her movie should be about. In the finished product, "Scared is scared," which you can watch on Vimeo, Asa tells the story of the aptly named Asa Bear and Toby Mouse who must deal with the tragedy of their pool closing during the winter.

    Is Your Child Gifted?

    "I had this idea to ask a child about a movie they'd like me to make. My film professor had a six-year-old son, so that's how I found the kids. I was on a really tight schedule, so I was only able to talk to three or four kids. Some were way too hyper, but I found Asa in a downtime and we talked for an hour and half. It was one full take. I went to his house on a Sunday morning," Giaever told Yahoo! Shine.

    Giaever describes herself as a "radio, multimedia, and film producer originally from Seattle, Washington." She recently graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, and she

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  • What Has Amanda Knox Been Up To?

    Amanda Knox. (Photo: Getty Images)On Monday ABC announced that Diane Sawyer had won the highly coveted interview with Amanda Knox, the American college student who was convicted of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, while studying abroad in Italy. After serving four years in prison, Knox’s conviction was overturned and she was released in 2011.

    But what has Amanda Knox, now 25, been doing with her freedom since then?

    She’s been writing a memoir. The interview with Sawyer is scheduled to air April 30, the same day Knox’s book, “Waiting to be Heard,” will be published. According to reports, Harper Collins paid nearly $4 million dollars for the right to publish the memoir, which is based on diary entries Knox kept in jail. 

    When Knox returned to her hometown of Seattle, there was speculation if she would continue her relationship with her Italian boyfriend and co-defendant Raffaelle Sollecito. But their romance was not to be. Knox has since reunited with her ex-boyfriend, David Johnsrund. However, Knox does keep in

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  • Fast-food chain offers towering nine patty burger. Would you really eat that?

    The Triple Triple Burger. (Photo: Jake's Wayback)Major fast food chains are finding new ways to shave calories off their menu items, but one burger flipping franchise is going in the other direction. Jake's Wayback has made a towering burger with nine—count em, nine—patties, a permanent menu item.

    America’s Most Over-the-Top Burgers

    The east coast chain, which is currently expanding to 14 states across the country, has decided to put the Triple Triple on their menu after receiving over 100 orders during a test-month last year.

    The nine-patty Triple Triple—the tallest burger you can get at a major fast food restaurant—was originally offered as a limited-edition novelty item. A challenge for competitive eaters with a craving for cow, the company got a bigger response than they expected. “It’s crazy. We had one guy eat it in less than two minutes,” Gillian Maffeo, director of marketing for parent Jake’s Franchising LLC, told Burger Business.

    This week the company announced that the Triple Triple was here to stay. As of March 1,

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  • Fast-food Chain Offers Monster Burger with Nine Patties

    Popular television shows like Man vs. Food may have regular diners aspiring to wolf down super-sized food items, but if you indulge in this Triple Triple burger with nine patties, you might be looking at a triple triple bypass procedure.

    America’s Most Over-the-Top Burgers


    On their website, fast food chain Jake’s Wayback lists their regular cheese burger at 570 calories. If you multiply that by 9, you get a whopping 5,130 calories with approximately 117 grams of saturated fat. Even the enormous four-pound Fifth Third Burger, available at the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball stadium, comes in below the Triple Triple with 4,800 calories.

    Another way to think of it: the Triple Triple is the equivalent of eating nine and a half McDonald’s Big Macs. At $12.95, at least it’s a bargain! 

    The East-coast chain, which is going through a West-coast expansion and rebranding, has decided to put the Triple Triple on their menu after receiving over 100 orders during a test-month last year.

    The

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  • Though we usually associate Valentine's Day with celebrating relationships, believe it or not, it's also a deadline for dumping. We asked Maryjane Fahey and Caryn Rosenthal, authors of the hilarious advice book "Dumped," for their wisdom on knowing when to move on, getting over a break up, and most importantly, taking care of yourself. 

    Is Valentine's Day actually a popular day to get dumped?
    Caryn: I have heard of people getting dumped the day before Valentine's Day.
    Maryjane: Yeah, so that the guys don't have to give presents.
    C: There is a lot of pressure on Valentine's Day. One guy made a date with me on Thursday and then he realized what day it was and he totally cancelled.
    MJ: Also, right before the holidays is a really popular time to get dumped, for the same reasons.

    What are your ideas for fun things for single ladies to do on Valentine's Day?
    C: We're having a party on the 13th and we're encouraging women to do the same. Party with your friends! Celebrate yourselves!
    MJ: Don't

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