On Wednesday, the Huffington Post published this story about a “pro-women” advertising campaign from a Kentucky-based all-girls prep school. Mercy Academy’s “You Are Not a Princess” campaign, which AdWeek featured earlier this week, challenges the young ladies of the world to “be more than just the fairest of them all” and warns them: “don’t wait for a prince” and “life’s not a fairytale.” This is the latest blow struck in the princess wars, which I have been fighting in my own home. Read more »
It was Kid’s Week on Jeopardy! last week. Thomas Hurley, an eighth grader from Connecticut came in second place after misspelling the word “emancipation” during the Final Jeopardy round. Had he not spelled it incorrectly as “emanciptation,” he would have still come in second as he was well behind the leader and his take-home winnings would have been the same: $2,000. Two grand is a lot of money, right? And it sure is a lot of money to a kid in middle school. But little Tommy felt he was robbed and his parents agreed, creating a controversy that made news and garnered a lot of sympathy for the sore loser.
Where do I begin? Let’s start with Jeopardy! and Alex Trebek, who took some heat for being mean-spirited and not giving the kid a break. When the answer was revealed, Alex said that the answer was “badly misspelled” then followed up with “That’s unfortunate. The judges are ruling against you.”
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Ever heard of parkour? Probably, but if you haven’t, here’s the deal: It’s basically really awesome, scary-looking acrobatics done in an urban environment. This scene from a French film is probably one of the best examples. Turns out there’s a parkour scene here in Philly (at the HFS Parkour Center in Kensington) and they made their own short film that features a lot of running and chasing. It’s not entirely understandable—why would that dude pause in the middle of chase to do a handstand?—but it’s kind of cool:
Knaidel: “A Yiddish term of German origin meaning “dumpling.”” When Arvind Mahankali, of New York City, was told which word he’d need to spell correctly to win the Scripps Spelling Bee last night, a knowing murmur rustled through the crowd. The 13-year-old, as die-hards know, had been knocked out in the last two years by German words. Here’s how it all went down.
They’re baaaack! Yesterday at 3:50 p.m., “100 to 200 young people were seen running near 15th and Chestnut Streets,” as an enormous fight either spontaneously broke out, or was planned from the start. “At some point, bottles were thrown at police,” a police officer noted. No need for Mayor Nutter to condemn the flash mob. We’ve got this video after all.
Update [3:50 p.m.]: Of the 14, 10 were young adults and four were juveniles. 11 were boys and three were girls. The kids’ parents claim this was no flash mob, but “a sudden fight involving some girls,” and that the suspects were in “the wrong place at the wrong time.”
After a student had a severe allergic reaction to Axe body spray, Freedom High School in Bethlehem has asked all students to stop using the noxious deodorant altogether. The student, whose reaction the school says could be life threatening, appears to have been recently hospitalized. Come to think of it, schools might want to just go ahead and ban the stuff anyways, whether or not their students are becoming sick. The students–and their girlfriends–will thank them later. [AP]
Temple News columnist John Corrigan has come up with a unique way of breaking up with his girlfriend — discussing her menses on the internet:
Lying in bed Sunday morning, I’m awoken by sounds much louder than any alarm clock.
Despite stuffing my face with eggrolls mere hours earlier, I hear growling echoing from under the sheets. Lifting my head from the drool-stained pillow, I stare in the face of a lion’s roar.
The agony, the torture, the fading chances of satisfying my morning wood…no!
Before I can escape the comforter’s clutch, my girlfriend’s hand grabs my shoulder. The calendar failed me once again, refusing to mention it’s that time of the month. No one prepares guys for how to handle their ladies’ menstrual cycle.
As far as prison breaks go, they start ‘em young in Jersey. Atlantic City police are on the hunt for a 10-year-old prisoner who busted out of the city’s juvenile detention center yesterday. The boy, who reportedly stands at 5-foot-7-inches and 140 pounds, was being held on robbery charges. So far, attempts to lure him back in with Mountain Dew and unlimited X-Box time have been unsuccessful. [CBS Philly]