Blog Posts by Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff

  • Bill Cosby's Sweaters: Which One was Best?

    Rest assured that the significance of the Cosby sweater--the loud, busy knitwear worn by Bill Cosby during the eight-year run of "The Cosby Show"--has certainly not been lost on its star. A new poll on Cosby's own website is inviting fans to vote in different rounds, March Madness-style, on their favorites of 64 styles, neatly organized into categories of argyles, cashmeres, cardigans, pullovers, fleecy and the like. "I had suits made for him, but he really would rather be very comfortable, so I started doing sweaters," explained the show's costume designer Sarah Lemire, speaking in a recent TV Land video about Cosby sweaters on exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. Here, a romp through some of the funkiest examples from the legendary show, which ran from 1984 to 1992.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff


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  • What Makes a Perfect Man?

    Who can say what makes the perfect man? A random sampling of 1,168 American adults who answered a recent 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, that's who. So, for anyone who believes that that's as good a measure as any, listen up: You're about to be schooled about the importance of mothers, chivalry, sobriety and school.-Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff


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  • Barbie Gets (Another) Real Makeover

    A voice of reason for young girls everywhere, illustrator Nickolay Lamm is not letting up with his eye-opening series of Barbie critiques. First he focused on the icon's heavy makeup, giving her a more natural look. Then he went after her unrealistic body proportions. For that, he compared her side-by-side to illustrations of a mockup realistic version, based on average measurements of a 19-year-old American woman as provided by the CDC. And this time, through the magic of Photoshop and 3D printing, the Pittsburgh-based artist and blogger-whose other recent projects have taken on the Great Gatsby and how humans might look in the future-has "made" the true-to-life Barbie (on paper, at least). "So, if there's even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average sized woman in America, what's stopping Mattel from making one?" Lamm asked Yahoo! Shine. Good question.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff


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  • How an iPad and a Generous Stranger Changed a Boy's Life

    Charles Turner, who replaced the stolen iPad. Photo: KGWA 10-year-old autistic boy who relies on an iPad to communicate had heartbreak quickly turn to happiness last week thanks to the generous good deed of a fellow Portland, Oregon resident.

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    The boy, Corbin Murr, who sometimes uses a wheelchair to get around, had his custom-app–packed iPad stolen off his chair last week while he was up and about, playing with his older cousin and caregiver, James Freeman, at a local playground.

    More on Yahoo!: Innovative Ways the Autism Community Uses iPads

    “I felt really bad, you know, because that is his world,” Freeman explained in a local KGW TV news story about the theft. “That’s his toy he communicates [with], it’s always glued to his hand, he doesn’t like sharing it with other people, and it just keeps him in his own calmness.”

    Luckily, Portlander Charles Turner was watching the news that night. The real estate agent and father of one was so moved by the report that, after

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  • GoAir Drops Male Flight Attendants: Sexist Airline Policies Keep Coming

    Sexy flight attendants might have been a given during the golden age of travel, but most U.S. and European companies have grounded the aesthetic in order to comply with modern social (and legal) standards. Elsewhere around the world, though, airline sexism still flies. This week, India's budget GoAir announced it would hire only female flight attendants from this point on as a fuel-saving measure, noting that women are usually lighter than men. The discrimination is indeed two-fold--against men who want flight-attendant jobs, and against women who will only reign supreme in the cabin, as the female-only rule does not, naturally, apply to pilots. Here, a quick journey through this and other recent flight-attendant controversies of a sexist nature.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff


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  • Wendy Davis's Shoes: Everybody Is Going Nuts for Them

    The now-famous shoes, as seen on Davis. Photo: Eric Gay/Associated PressSince her abortion-bill filibuster Tuesday, Texas Democrat Wendy Davis has become a hero to many—and, apparently, a fashion trend-setter. Fans wanting to follow in the lawmaker’s footsteps have been going gaga for the now-famous Mizuno Wave Rider 16 sneakers she wore during her 12-hour political marathon, making it the top selling shoe on Amazon as of Friday.

    “Mizuno was surprised by the sudden spotlight focused on our flagship running shoe, the Wave Rider, earlier this week when Wendy Davis wore a pair during her filibuster in Texas,” read a decidedly non-partisan statement Friday on the website for Mizuno, whose “Never settle” tagline seemed downright apropos.

    “We are proud of the running shoes we develop for our customers and know the Wave Rider’s design is able to provide the comfort and cushioning needed for any ‘endurance’ event, whether it’s a 5K, a marathon or 10+ hour filibuster. We love seeing our running shoes on all consumers regardless of their political affiliation or

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  • Why You Should Take Stress More Seriously

    Stressed out? That could be dangerous. Photo: Troels Graugaard/Getty ImagesIf you’re someone who frequently declares, “I’m so stressed!” then you might want to pay attention to this: Your risk of heart attack could be double that of folks who don't think they're stressed, according to a new study.

    More on Shine: The Best Steps to Keep Your Stress in Check

    The findings, by French researchers and published Wednesday in the European Heart Journal, showed that people who believe that they are stressed—and that the stress is affecting their health—have more than twice the risk of heart attack as those who don’t feel that way.

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    “This indicates that individuals' perception and reality seem to be connected pretty well,” lead author Herman Nabi, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, told Yahoo! Shine in an email. “In other words, people seem to be aware when stress is affecting their health.”

    The researchers analyzed the data of 7,268 men and women from a previous study, the British Whitehall II

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  • Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Funnier Than You Think

    Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, are perpetually proper, right? Not exactly. And that's a good thing, as they are consistently looking like fun-loving, down-to-earth and, dare we say, normal people we'd really love to hang out with. We've rounded up some of the funniest moments captured on film of the royal couple--though, with a little one on the way, we're certain there will be plenty more to come.--Beth Greenfield, Yahoo! Shine Staff


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  • Kerri Walsh Jennings's New Beach Volleyball Partner: Meet April Ross

    Walsh Jennings, left, and Ross, competing in the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesThelma and Louise. Oprah and Gayle. Misty May and Kerri Walsh.

    The beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings stands firmly among the greatest female power duos of all time. So when the two parted ways last year following a spectacular victory in London and May-Treanor’s retirement, it was a sad day for fans.

    More on Shine: Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings Was Pregnant During Olympics. Still Beat Everyone.

    Things looked up this week, though. The three-time Olympic gold medalist (and mother of three) Walsh Jennings, 34, announced she’d be teaming up with yet another superstar of the sand: former foe April Ross, 31, who nabbed a silver medal in 2012 with then partner Jennifer Kessy.

    More on Yahoo!: Kerri Walsh Jennings to Go For 4th Olympic Gold, Asks April Ross to Be New Partner

    Neither player’s agent immediately returned calls for comment from Yahoo! Shine Thursday. But Walsh Jennings told People about her new partner, "She's a stud and has been working her butt

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  • Meet Edie Windsor, the 83-Year-Old Woman Behind the Gay Marriage Ruling

    "Windsor v. the United States" is the name of the Supreme Court case that wound up striking down the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday. But who is Windsor? She's Edie Windsor, 83, who had the gumption to challenge a hefty bill she received for federal estate taxes after the 2009 death of her soul mate, Thea Spyer. Shortly before Spyer's death, the couple married in Toronto--a long-awaited journey, as they had already been together for 41 years. But the U.S. government didn't recognize the union because of the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. She fought it. And the rest, as they say, is history.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff


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