3 Healthy Celebrity Gossip Alternatives

“Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.”-Joseph Conrad

This has been quite the week on celebrity gossip: Kim and Kanye had a baby (as of yet unnamed), Amanda Bynes…probably did something outrageous, Will.i.am shockingly did not get accused of stealing any more songs, and Demi Lovato made some sort of ‘therapeutic’ new album.

While you were probably following along ravenously as Amanda Bynes continued to tweet utter nonsense and critics tried to speculate on baby names of the newest Kardashian-West…weren’t there more important things going on? Here are 3 things you should be paying attention to instead of the latest celebrity gossip machine:

  1. Hassan Rouhani won the Iran election, becoming a controversial new leader in the shadow of former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who seeks to patch Iran’s relations with the global community.  Though some of dubious of whether this will bring peace to the region, for the moment it seems that there will be major positive changes in store (The Guardian).
  2. Brazilians are now protesting the FIFA World Cup, as they believe this high-cost event will suck money out of the country and locals will be barred from watching the events due to high ticket costs. Despite violent protests in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, local authorities report that they are confident they can maintain order in the streets (ABC News).
  3. A man from Oregon recently received letters written by his father during World War II. Initially won in an auction and gifted to Ms. Shawn Story as a birthday present, Story didn’t feel right keeping the letters and did research to find Army veteran Dilbert Steele’s (the author) family. She was able to track down his son, Gary Steele, 55, to Portland and gave the letters to him. Containing incredibly personal information, these letters brought closure to Gary Steele, and piece of mind to Story.

So the next time you feel tempted to dive into a fresh new post of PerezHilton.com or People Magazine, take a moment to type ‘world news’ into Google or Bing and read a few news articles that actually matter.

Happy Father’s Day

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Common Sense: Shit Not To Do

We interrupt our scheduled program of Viral Monday and Uncommon Verbiage to do a much-needed Public Service Announcement on proper common sense and the internet.

You may have heard recently about a less-than-brilliant quote made by the one and only conservative dingbat Todd Akin, who stated, “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Now as if that weren’t insult enough, he went on to say, “But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

That moment of ‘oh shit’ when you realize you’ve made a terrible mistake: He’s having it. Image courtesy of The Christian Science Monitor

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We Are All Animals: Electric Zoo!

Hey guys! You may have heard me excitedly posting that I will be attending Electric Zoo this year, but just in case you missed it: IM GOING TO BE AT ELECTRIC ZOO HECK YEA!

Yea, its pretty big. This is a picture taken at Electric Zoo 2010. Image courtesy of D-Series.

To explain briefly what Electric Zoo is, essentially it is one massive music event (concert is not a fully viable word for this magnitude). It features a colossal lineup of big names like Skrillex, 3Lau, Steve Aoki, and David Guetta. I could try to explain how the entire event is one dreamy techno/dubstep-filled atmosphere of joy and exuberance…or you could just watch the trailer:

Thinking you might want to join in on the fun? Here are some things you should do before booking your tickets:

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Air Conditioning and Heatwaves

At Goucher, I lived most of my four years in air-conditioned housing. Though we often don’t think much of how important air conditioning can be during the summer, this week I was promptly reminded. In New York City, when it gets hot outside, it seems that the entire city converts itself into a mass frying pan: the streets feel as though they are more suited to fry and egg and bacon on then walk across. Because the air conditioning has been acting up in the office I work at, I’ve decided to stay in the magic that is central air conditioning at my parent’s house.

NYC is immensely hot during the summer, as I have learned. Image courtesy of BWOG.

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