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‘Twilight’ Star Hates Vaginas

He may be all the rage with young women, but “Twilight’s” Robert Pattinson is not a fan of their private parts. The actor recently told Details magazine, “I really hate vaginas. I’m allergic to vagina.” Everyone’s a critic.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Adopting From Haiti: Too Soon?

Indeed it is too soon, says actress Angelina Jolie, who has three adopted children, from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. In the wake of allegations of child kidnapping and fears of child trafficking in Haiti, Jolie has come out to make the very uncontroversial assertion that “an emergency is not the time for new adoptions.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Suzanne Pepper on John S. Service

A cautionary tale about youthful self-confidence and indiscretion, compounded by the enmity between conservatives and liberals during Cold War America’s attempt to fix blame for the “loss” of China.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


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British School Bans Valentine’s Day Gift Exchange

Valentine’s Day is often dismissed by critics as just one of many Hallmark-generated holidays with its heart in the wrong place, but a British primary school is taking the anti-Valentine angle quite literally, prohibiting students from exchanging cards and candies and warning that any attempt to swap sentimental greetings will be stopped on the spot—but it’s not exactly for the reasons you might suspect.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


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White Stripes Clash With Air Force Over Super Bowl Ad

The White Stripes are crying foul over what they call the unwelcome and unauthorized use of their song “Fell in Love With a Girl” by the U.S. Air Force Reserve during a Super Bowl ad last Sunday. The band, consisting of singer Jack White and drummer and ex-wife Meg White, issued a statement on their website ... (continued)

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Tracing the Neural Circuitry of Humor

Everyone’s going nuts for functional MRI in research circles these days, it seems. Why, a bunch of wacky neuroscientists from Dartmouth College have even used the technology to study what happens when we humans find something funny.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Larry Blumenfeld on Ned Sublette’s ‘The Year Before the Flood’

Four years after Katrina, New Orleans struggles against the odds to preserve its unruly spirit through its unique musical legacy.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Two Books Take On Tintin, Boy Reporter

Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” is in the postproduction stage—yet another sign that the appeal of Belgian cartoonist Hergé‘s Tintin is as timeless as his globe-trotting perma-adolescent wunderkind. However, as Pierre Assouline points out in his new book “Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin,” Tintin led a far more colorful life than his creator (born Georges Remi) did.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Pseudo-Reality Web Show Zooms In on Abortion Issue

Would any pregnant woman want American viewing audiences to decide whether she should keep or abort her baby? Luckily, even the producers of the new Web-based show “Bump” know that that kind of programming wouldn’t fly, but they did go so far as to dramatize that idea by using actors in various prenatal scenarios to stage their stories for an online voting audience.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Jobs, Googlers Spar Over ‘Evil’ Quip

Nothing like a good word war between übergeeks to stir things up: Apple CEO Steve Jobs made an incendiary jab this weekend at his counterparts over at Google, accusing them of going against their company mantra, “Don’t Be Evil.” The current and former bigwigs at Google weren’t going to take that lying down.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


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