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December 29, 2012

The Strange 46-Year History Of The Term "Fiscal Cliff"

The phrase isn't new. Here's how it traveled from speculation about a western movie in 1966 to become shorthand for Washington's current budget crisis.

The Effects Of Alcohol In The Body (INFOGRAPHIC)

Most of us know that drinking too much can lead to car accidents, addictions or worse. We know drinking a little can make us giggly or weepy, lose our balance or lose our lunch, feel ravenously hungry the morning after or want nothing more than to…

Courtney Love Is Done With Hole

She's sick of playing "oldies," so she's just going to perform as a solo artist from now on.

Top 10 Movies Of 2012, 2012 Best Films Of The Year

I present the Love-Hate Award to two movies I couldn't fully recommend, but that I've thought about many times since and had countless arguments over (has to count for something, right?). Prometheus asked some pretty deep questions for a 3D popcorn…

A Little Girl's Letter About Arian Foster's Heart

In the spirit of positivity, here’s my favorite story of the day — a young Houston Texans fan became concerned when Arian Foster left the team’s 23-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings early with an irregular heartbeat, so she decided to write him a…

Engagement Ring Face-Off: Jesse James Vs. Deadmau5! Who Picked The Better Ring For Kat Von D?

Kat Von D is obsessed with her new engagement ring from Deadmau5. (Most newly engaged girls ARE obsessed with their ring, right?!) On Sunday she tweeted: The biggest thank you to @thegreatfrogldn for handcrafting the most important ring I...

Janell Burley Hofmann: To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love

Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good and responsible 13-year-old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following…

Kat Von D's Engagement Ring Is Every Little Girl's Dream!

Come ON. Yeah, I get it, Kat Von D is like so much more edgy than me and I couldn’t possibly understand the symbolism of the skulls. But seriously? Skulls on an engagement ring? As someone who has watched all five seasons of Say Yes To The Dress and…

11 Recent Rape Awareness Ads [NSFW]

Unfortunately, rape is currently worldwide front page news. Here are some awareness ad efforts from around the world. [Ed. note: some disturbing imagery and partial nudity ahead]

A Collection Of Suspiciously Similar Book Covers

Sometimes, while we’re browsing through book catalogues, or idly pulling things off the shelves in bookstores, as we often do, we are suddenly struck with a sense of deja vu. Haven’t we, um, seen this book before? Of course, there are thousands of…

How Jennifer Lawrence And Tommy Lee Jones Made Our List Of The Year’s Best Movie Performances

Though Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln was the centerpiece of Steven Spielberg’s historical drama Lincoln, Corliss’s list singles out Tommy Lee Jones’s “inspiring” performance as House Ways and Means Chair Thaddeus Stevens — considered the…

6-Year-Old Newtown Survivor Seeks $100M

(Newser) – The family of a 6-year-old girl who survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary aims to sue the state for $100 million, reports the Hartford Courant. The girl, identified only as…

Kanye West Wore A Couple Weird Masks Last Night

At a performance in Atlantic City, first he was an owl and then he was crystals. Because Kanye.

28-Year-Old Benjamin Netanyahu On A Local Boston TV Show In 1978

The future Israeli Prime Minster and MIT graduate — using the Anglicized version of his name "Ben Nitay" — argued on the local Boston TV debate show The Advocate, that "the US should oppose the creation of a Palestinian state for several reasons."

LA Police Arrest Comedian Katt Williams For Child Endangerment

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police arrested comedian Katt Williams for allegedly endangering his four children by having guns and illegal drugs in his home, authorities said.

Obama Orders Pay Raise For Congress, Federal Workers, Joe Biden

President Barack Obama gave a New Year's gift to returning members of Congress, federal workers and Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, signing an executive order calling for an end to a years-long pay freeze. As of March 27, 2013, federal…

BEST OF 2012: Emma Watson’s Pasties

Greetings, exalted one. Allow me to introduce myself. I am The Superficial Writer, Jedi Knight and friend to Captain Photo Boy Solo. (He withheld sex until I wrote that.) I know that you are powerful, mighty reader, and that your anger with us not…

Claire McCaskill Highlights Fight With NRA In New Fundraising Pitch

Once a third-rail issue for moderate Democrats, opposition to the NRA is suddenly en vogue.

Powerful Photographs Of India Demanding Justice For Women

A woman who was brutally gang-raped by six men on December 16th died from her injuries on Saturday. The pressure on the Indian government to be tougher on crimes against women reaches its boiling point.

GOP Governors Deny The Poor Health Care In Opposing Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

Over decades, she made her living assisting elderly people in nursing homes in jobs that paid just above minimum wage and included no health benefits. So even as her feet swelled to such an extent that she could no longer stuff them into her shoes,…

India Gang-Rape Victim Dies In Singapore Hospital

SINGAPORE — An Indian woman who was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi died Saturday at a Singapore hospital, after her ordeal galvanized Indians to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence that impacts thousands of them…

Superspreaders Of Disease: SARS And Other Pandemics Are Spread By Modern-day Typhoid Marys.

If germs hung a recruiting sign for their hosts, it would probably be a version of the World War I poster of Uncle Sam pointing: We want YOU to help us reproduce. All hosts were equally eligible for service, infectious-disease researchers thought.…

Shocking New Anti-Smoking Ad

A cancerous tumor grows on a man's cigarette as he inhales.

The Hottest Stripper Moments In Film: Salma Hayek, Jessica Biel And Natalie Portman (PHOTOS)

Salma Hayek’s done it three times. Demi Moore turned heads in 1996. And this past summer, Channing Tatum and his Magic Mike crew joined the club. Whether it’s a sparkly ensemble or a pair of le …

A Selection Of Dead New Yorkers That Living New Yorkers Need To Get Over

New York is a city of con artists, cutups, philanthropists, philosophers, overachievers, and dealmakers. Legends are made, by putting a name on a skyscraper or on Page Six. These are the stories of eight legendary New Yorkers, all of whom you should…

Our 15 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013

So Christmas is done with for another year, which means that today is all about hangovers, indigestion and looking forward to 2013. We have good vibes in general about the year to come, and we’re hoping that it holds as much musical goodness as 2012…

The Best TV Of 2012, The Worst New Year's Eve, And More This Week On The A.V. Club

What you may have missed this week on The A.V. Club.

Nintendo 3DS Porn: 5-Year-Old Receives Refurbished Toy With Racy Photos For Christmas (VIDEO)

A Lakewood, Colo., dad thought he was getting his son a special surprise for Christmas, but it turns out that he got far more than he bargained for. Mark Giles bought his 5-year-old son, Braydon, a refurbished Nintendo 3DS from a local GameStop.

Alun Morgan, Englishman, Wakes Up From Stroke, Can Speak Only Welsh

An Englishman recently recovered from a stroke and awoke to find himself only able to speak in a language he says he never formally learned. Alun Morgan, 81, grew up speaking English, but lived in Wales temporarily when he was evacuated there during…

Obama: Take My Plan, Or Offer Alternative

(Newser) – The big powwow between President Obama and leaders of Congress has wrapped up with, surprise, surprise, no magical breakthrough on the fiscal cliff. But with four days to go before the…

Spanish Flu Mystery: Why Don’t Scientists Understand The 1918 Flu Even After Digging Up Its Victims?

Ninety-five years ago in the little town of Brevig Mission, Alaska, a deadly new virus called Spanish influenza struck quickly and brutally. It killed 90 percent of the town’s Inuit population, leaving scores of corpses that few survivors were…

Your Meal Plan Vs. Your Phone Plan

Right. So your smartphone plan is costing you two hundred fifty a month not including roaming/downloading/sexting fees. Did you know that Europeans go around spending DIMES on their phone bills because the shitty practices the phone companies scam…

Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Dating — New Year’s Eve Together?

Kristen was spotted at LAX on Dec. 27 by eyewitnesses, including one famous celeb! And she was on a London bound plane — is she going to see Robert Pattinson? Kristen Stewart is such a jetset...

Dolphin Blows Ring

If you think that's impressive, you should watch it play hacky sack.

TLC's Wives With Beehives Stars Women Who Want To Live In The 1950s

Now, before I explain exactly what that is, is it just me or are we at a point where it’s legitimately impossible to tell what a TLC show is about because they’ve gone so far off the rails? When Jenni asked me to cover Wives With Beehives for…

The 'Perfect Woman' In 1912, Elsie Scheel, Was 171 Pounds And Loved Beefsteaks

We generally hate any attempt to describe what the "perfect" woman looks like, weighs or does. But reading the articles written about Elsie Scheel, the 24-year-old Cornell student who was declared the ideal woman in December 1912, drove home just…

Weekend Movie Guide: Matt Damon's 'Promised Land' Makes Us Sad

Promised Land is the only new movie this weekend, as everything else came out on Christmas day.

India Gang Rape Victim Dies - She Couldn't Recuperate From Brutal Attack

(Newser) – The young woman whose gang rape galvanized supporters across India has died, reports AP. Her condition had deteriorated in recent days, as she suffered organ failure and brain damage.…

Books That Will Inspire You To Be A Better Person In 2013

The holiday season is traditionally a time for charity and warm fuzzy feelings, but sometimes we need a little extra inspiration. That is, a captivating read that will also make us want to be a better person — whether because of the sterling example…

BEST OF 2012: Katy Perry’s Bikini Fell Off

Greetings, exalted one. Allow me to introduce myself. I am The Superficial Writer, Jedi Knight and friend to Captain Photo Boy Solo. (He withheld sex until I wrote that.) I know that you are powerful, mighty reader, and that your anger with us not…

Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis Eat At Red Lobster With His Family In Iowa!

Topping off over a week's stay with Kutcher's family in Iowa for the holidays, Kutcher, 34, and girlfriend Kunis, 29, joined the actor's family for a festive dinner Dec. 26 at a Red Lobster in Cedar Rapids, multiple observers confirm to Us Weekly.

Game Of Thrones Star Emilia Clarke Recalls Awkward Nudity Convo At Family Reunion

The actress explains how she broke the news to her family members that she was stripping down on camera

Beyonce Gives Us More Blue Ivy Carter Photos At Last

Beyonce apparently had some down time over the holidays and decided to do a little blogging (and last minute Christmas shopping a Bergdorf’s, doye), producing the above photo of baby’s first* yacht trip and also the below photo of Baby’s Foot:

13 Awesomely Creative 2013 Calendars

As Julian Barnes writes in The Sense of an Ending, “I know this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time, the kind you wear on the inside of your wrist, next to where the pulse lies. And this personal time, which is the true…

Western Character Actor Harry Carey Jr. Dies

Harry Carey Jr., who was a member of John Ford's stock company of actors and played in a number of the director's classic Westerns, has died of natural causes in Santa Barbara, the Associated Press reported Friday. He was 91. His daughter Melinda said he died Thursday of natural causes surrounded by family at a hospice facility.

The Worst Moments In Technology In 2012

From Apple's Maps flub to Microsoft's removal of the Windows Start button, it's been a very strange year.

Inocentadas En Prensa 2012: Bromas Como Noticias El Día De Los Inocentes (FOTOS, TUITS)

Además de las bromas que te pueden gastar tus allegados y de la gala especial de la Fundación Inocente, otra tradición del 28 de diciembre es buscar las inocentadas en prensa. 2012 ha sido una mala broma para muchos -en Twitter muchos usuarios…

BEST OF 2012: Avril Lavigne, Breast Inspector

Greetings, exalted one. Allow me to introduce myself. I am The Superficial Writer, Jedi Knight and friend to Captain Photo Boy Solo. (He withheld sex until I wrote that.) I know that you are powerful, mighty reader, and that your anger with us not…

2012: Best New Spots - Drink - Washington DC

Stock up on Tide pens, because DC got a ton of new spots last year. Check out what our council of culinary craftspeople thought were 2012's best new joints.

VIDEO: The First Four Minutes Of Warm Bodies, A Zombie Love Story

Can combining two lame, played-out genres create something new? That’s the basic question behind Warm Bodies (based on the book of the same name), which combines the zombie movie with the unpopular-high-school-kid-in-love movie, in the hopes of…

Russia’s Ban On U.S. Adoption Leaves American Families In Anguish

The ban, called the Dima Yakovlev Law, throws families like the Smiths and tens of thousands of Russian orphans into the middle of a political tit-for-tat that began with the U.S. passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. That…

LinkedIn: 9 Mistakes You're Making

What separates the master networkers from the amateurs? The former tend not to make these mistakes.

2012: The Year In Celebrity Cleavage [107 PHOTOS]

Who would have guessed that 2012 would be a better year than 2011 in terms of celebrity cleavage? “Anyone who saw ‘The Year In 2012 Sideboob‘” is the answer, but that’s besides the point.Long ago, female celebs like Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn…

What Is It Like To Be An Adult And Not Have Kids?

We never wanted children. Forty-one years ago, that was a very unusual decision to make for two young kids. Everyone got married to have children. It was "expected" of you. It's hard to imagine, but women had a lot fewer choices then. Honestly, my…

The Essential Guide To Dim Sum For The Chinese New Year

Know exactly how to order thanks to this breakdown of 24 dishes, including photos and Chinese pronunciation.

Kendall Jenner: A Look Her Modeling Moments Of 2012 (PHOTOS)

In 2012 alone, the 17-year-old graced the cover of over five publications around the world and walked the runway at the illustrious New York Fashion Week. In fact, Jenner was even named Seventeen magazine’s newest west coast fashion contributor.

Holiday Box Office: 'The Hobbit' Reclaims No. 1 Spot With $10.1 Mil, 'Les Mis' No. 2

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey reclaimed the top spot at the North American box office Thursday, bumping Tom Hooper's Les Miserables to No. 2. Hobbit, from New Line and MGM, took in $10.1 million for a domestic total of $189.8 million. The fantasy-adventure is expected to cross the $200 million mark Friday in North America, while it earned another $26 million internationally on Thursday…

Petition Seeking David Gregory's Arrest Reaches 11,000 Signatures

A White House petition seeking the arrest of NBC’s David Gregory has attracted more than 11,000 signatures as of Thursday. Gregory is under investigation by Washington D.C. police for displaying what appeared to be a 30-bullet gun clip during an…

Housing-Market Rebound: How The Fed Helped Boost Home Prices In 2012

Without a doubt, the U.S. housing market has been the most successful sector of the economy this year, and Wednesday’s Case-Shiller home-price index report — which showed a fifth consecutive month of year-over-year increases in home prices…

China Opens World's Longest High-Speed Rail Route

China launched services Wednesday on the world’s longest high-speed rail route, linking the nation’s capital in Beijing all the way to the country’s southeastern hub of Guangzhou.

New Delhi Gang Rape Victim Dies

(SINGAPORE) — A young Indian woman who was gang-raped and severely beaten on a bus died Saturday at a Singapore hospital, after her horrific ordeal galvanized Indians to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence that impacts thousands…

13 Trends We Hope Die Out In 2013 (PHOTOS)

As the last month of the year comes to a halt, we're feeling a bit contemplative about all the stuff we wore this year. And let's face it, ladies: a lot of us looked the same in all the 2012 style trends: necklaces over buttoned-up collars,…

Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes Are Not The Only Scary Thing That Could Happen To You On January 1

President Obama returned to Washington to resume "fiscal cliff" talks on Thursday, after cutting short his holiday in Hawaii. Unfortunately, the likelihood of the president and Congress reaching a deal by the Dec. 31 deadline appears slim, as…

Kate Middleton's Style Isn't Always Fabulous, Hence These Lame Outfits From 2012 (PHOTOS)

We love Kate Middleton as much as the next girl. (OK, way more than the next girl. Like, we put that next girl to shame.) But even we can recognize that the Duchess of Cambridge doesn't always score a perfect ten in the style department. Just in…

112th Congress Set To Become Most Unproductive Since 1940s

According to a Huffington Post review of all the bills that hit President Barack Obama's desk this session, Obama has signed 219 bills passed by the 112th Congress into law. With less than a week to go in the year, there are currently another 20…

Movies Of Books: 11 Films That Are Better Than The Texts They Are Based On

After months of anticipation, Ang Lee's film adaptation of "Life of Pi" opened this November. The critically acclaimed novel of the same name by Yann Martel left Lee with big shoes to fill -- many questioned whether the dreamy adventure novel could…

Shark Tank Breaks In China, Floods Shanghai Mall (VIDEO)

Generally when you hear "shark tank breaks" your first concern would be for any humans in the area, but in this case it's the sharks that didn't survive.

PHOTOS. Après Avoir Vendu Sa Virginité Aux Enchères, Catarina Migliorini Pose Nue Pour Playboy

INSOLITE - Rappelez-vous, il y a deux mois Catarina Migliorini mettait aux enchères sa virginité dans le but de récolter de l'argent, dont une partie devait être reversée aux mal-logés de Santa Catarina, son état d'origine, dans le sud du Brésil. À…

Britney Spears Steps Out After ‘X Factor’ Firing Reports

Britney Spears Steps Out After ‘X Factor’ Firing Reports

Chris Brown & Rihanna Have Sex On Christmas — RiRi Knocks Karrueche Tran Out Of The Picture

After spending the early afternoon at the Lakers game on Dec. 25, Chris took Rihanna back to his modern Hollywood Hills home, where they cuddled and slept together. Keep reading for all the juicy e...

Tom Cruise New Girlfriend — Spotted DIRTY DANCING With 26-Year-Old

Just six short months after his divorce from Katie Holmes, Tom was allegedly spotted dancing the night away with a 26 year-old brunette from New York City! After dining with friends on Dec. 18 at a...

Sofia Vergara Shows Off Incredible Body, Cleavage In Revealing Swimsuit

Striking a pose on a boat in Miami, where she spent the holiday with fiance Nick Loeb, the Modern Family actress, 40, left little to the imagination as she showed off her voluptuous figure (and 32-F curves!) in a daring black-and-white cut-out…

Shia LaBeouf's New Girlfriend Mia Goth Reveals Her Dream Date!

Plus, find out how the Nymphomaniac actress got her big break in the modeling world at age

Video: The Funniest YouTube Comments Of 2012

This video-collection of the best (and some of the goofiest) YouTube comments proves that the YouTube community gets a bad rap.

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