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10 Things You Should Think Twice About Naming Your Baby After

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
By Glinda


Now I’m all for being creative when naming your child. Nobody wants an entire classroom full of Michaels and Marys.


If you find yourself considering a name that meets any of the criteria below, proceed with caution.

1. Car brands

2. Greek gods (Diana=good, Zeus=maybe not)

3. Cities

4. Fruits and vegetables (Resist Apple! I don’t care if that’s what Gwyneth named hers!)

5. Historical figures

6. Names in literature, no matter how great the work (ixnay on the ersephone-Pay)

7. Most celebrity baby names (Pilot Inspektor, anyone?)

8. Makeup brands (Yes, Chanel was a trailblazer and fashion icon, but now all anyone ever thinks of when they hear the name is lipstick)

9. Names with, uh, creative spelling (i.e. Chrystyna)

10. Family names (Jedidiah may have indeed been your great-great grandfather’s name, but how about using it as a middle name instead? There is a reason names fall out of popularity)

What do you think, dear reader?

Friday Caption Contest Results: Disney Davos Edition and bonus Irish Edition

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
By raincoaster

We’re in for a double-header in the caption contest today. First up: Disney Davos, surely the strangest meeting of minds any conference centre has seen since Oprah crashed the party for Bono sponsored by the World Bank back in the day.

And our winnah?

Disney Davos

gemdiva Says:

He: Hurry up and take the picture already. Snow White’s grabbing my ass
She: Hurry up and take the picture already. Belle’s grabbing my ass.

and we, because we are way tasteful, yo, have no comment at all on why Cinderella has the biggest smile in the picture.

For our comment champ this week, we hypothetically offer the following, very princess-worthy, virtual iSwag: the Double Strand necklace from Ann Demeulemeestericon


Monday Teeny Poll

Monday, March 30th, 2009
By Glinda


Last week I wanted to know how you were doing in these uncertain times, and a disheartening number of you are not doing as well as you would like. I’m truly sorry for that, and all we can hope for is that the economy turns around soon. Which, unfortunately, may or may not happen. The Glinda household is holding the line for now, which is as good as can be expected.

Today I want to find out what you would do if your (possibly hypothetical) fifteen year old daughter was caught in a compromising position.

Cute Overload: white tiger cubs

Monday, March 30th, 2009
By raincoaster

Yes, we’ve had a raging snotload of videos lately, but watch this one and ask yourself how I could resist posting it. Go on, watch. White tiger cubs and kids staring at one another through a sheet of Lexan and going “oooooooh” in both directions.

Mind you, that really stripey one’s got quite a mouth on him! Good thing those kids don’t speak tiger!

Stolen from celluloidblonde

Listmania! Best Easter Books for Kids

Sunday, March 29th, 2009
By Glinda

Ahhhh, Easter. It’s one of those holidays that almost everyone celebrates in one way or another, whether by going to church or going on Easter egg hunts. Here are some great books for kids about the Easter hoilday.

PhotobucketThe Night Before Easter Written in a similar vein as “The Night Before Christmas,” bunnies take center stage!

PhotobucketEaster Bugs : A Springtime Pop-up A wonderful pop-up book which features a new bug on every page inside brightly decorated Easter eggs.

PhotobucketMy First Easter From uber-popular author/illustrator Tomie dePaola, this board book is a great introduction to Easter for the young ones.

PhotobucketWhere Are Baby’s Easter Eggs?: A Lift-the-Flap Book Kids adore lift-the-flap books, and this sparkly one will be no exception.

PhotobucketSilly Tilly and the Easter Bunny This Level 1 I Can Read book will have them volunteering to read about Tilly almost missing Easter because she lost her glasses.

PhotobucketMax’s Easter Surprise Read all about Max and Ruby and the big Easter parade!

PhotobucketWhat Is Easter? A fantastic book for parents who are looking to reconcile the religious and secular aspects of Easter.

PhotobucketThe Very First Easter A modern re-telling of the Biblical story of Easter.

PhotobucketDumb Bunnies’ Easter This extremely silly book has the dumb bunnies getting ready for Easter on December 24th and expecting the Easter Bunny to come in a “shiny red minivan pulled by eight flying pilgrims.”

PhotobucketThe Easter Story A masterfully condensed and simplified Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ for young readers, along with beautiful golden-hued illustrations.

PhotobucketThe Golden Egg Book The Golden Book Easter classic about a bunny—and a little duck that is about to hatch!

Recessionnary Career Tactics

Sunday, March 29th, 2009
By raincoaster

There’s just no denying it: simply everyone is having to re-think their career choices in light of current job market conditions. Many formerly high-flying executives are now going back to their roots, upgrading their education, and turning to a new profession to make ends meet.

Say hello to Darth Vader, math teacher:

Don’t underestimate the dark side of the Triangle

via SchoolGate


Saturday, March 28th, 2009
By raincoaster

Blessed with an overabundance of Cadbury Creme Eggs as well as time? Here’s your solution; the Rube-Goldbergiest, egg-smashingest contraption the universe has ever seen. Apparently Cadbury, having given up on hoping people will simply eat the decadently sweet concoctions, has come up with a cross between a trip to the candy store and Death Race.

Friday Caption Contest: Disney Davos

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
By raincoaster

The mind! It boggleth! What great international (indeed, inter-time/space-continual) meeting of the minds, what secret Bilderberg, what Bohemian Grove on the down-low could possibly have resulted in the following meetings of some of the greatest, and most disparate, minds of our time?

Explanations in the comments, please:

John Stamos and Tina Fey with other great thinkers of the world

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