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I can blissfully recall noshing on Oreo cookies after a particularly rough day of junior high school. No, the creamy goodness didn’t make any bullies disappear, but the sugar rush lasted me well into the evening (much to my parents’ dismay). So, when I logged onto Facebook the Monday after New York City’s Gay Pride parade, I was struck with an Oreo cookie so stuffed that I couldn’t even begin to think about the calorie count.

Summer means a lot of things: pools, slip n' slides, cook outs, struggling to install that window AC unit, and ultimately, vacation. Whether it's the days you take off from your 9 to 5 to vegetate in your bed watching Netflix, an escape to Europe, or a trip to the Jersey shore, vacation is a staple for summer. If you plan to escape to the wilderness for your vacation, you're going to need a baller tent to shelter you from the elements. Allow us to suggest Field Candy tents. These tents are way more spacious than regular two-person tents, with enough space for a "lobby" to dry damp items.

Today is a historic date. June 28th, 2012, will go down not as the day that Obamacare was bolstered by the Supreme Court's supportive 5-4 vote, but as the day CNN and Fox reported that it wasn't. At around 7 AM, both networks reported and discussed the court's decision to shoot down Obama's healthcare plan, one of the most, if not the most, crucial pieces of legislation to come out of his presidency. It goes without saying that most Americans and all of the major news networks were on the edge of their seat about this.

You may already know that beloved essayist, author, journalist and filmmaker Nora Ephron died Tuesday night of leukemia. She was 71 years old.  Ephron died a three-time Academy Award nominee for the films "Silkwood," ''When Harry Met Sally ..." and "Sleepless in Seattle." She was the boss in two very male dominated fields of her time: journalism and film. A graduate of Wellsley College, she was determined to become a journalist, and caught her big break during a writer's strike. She would go on to write for five years, landing bylines in the New York Times and Esquire.

We all know what the basis of the popular restaurant Hooters is: boobs and beer. The chain is famous for hiring busty females to serve up their wings, and from what I've heard, extremely tasty fries. They are clearly unashamed by this marketing strategy, boasting a moniker that is clearly a reference to their employee's chests. But when does using women turn from Hooters to harassment? 23-year-old Courtney Scaramella thinks she knows where to draw the line.

My inner Harriet the Spy came in handy when I was on the bus a couple of days ago, eavesdropping on a conversation between two elderly women (yeah, I know, I’m really that cool!) talking about a new exhibit that opened at the New York Public Library called “Lunch Hour NYC.” After a couple of minutes of listening to the women reminisce about how cheap food used to be “back in the golden days” when they’d hangout at diners with the waitresses on roller skates, I, myself, was nostalgic for a time I will never experience.

The 4th of July is in t-minus six days, which means that we all have one thing on the brain: wieners. That's right, wieners. Hot dogs, for all those with dirty minds. There's nothing quite as American as taking a bunch of weird leftover meat, putting it in a casing, surrounding it with carbs, topping it with liquid versions of vegetables that have almost no nutritional value and eating as many as your free and brave heart desires. But if you're getting a little bored with your wiener, this video is here to help.

Just a few days ago, the BUST blog reported on the huge fail of a campaign that the European Commission launched in a somewhat laughable attempt to “overturn clichés” related to women and science.  Now a recent series on the Txchnologist blog reminds us that, though there definitely aren’t enough women in science at the moment, women have done amazing things to help move our world forward for centuries. And Txchnologist somehow manages to convey the message all in a totally inoffensive (and lipstick-free) manner! Take note European Commission.

  Some of you in the NYC area may have noticed Amy Poehler at the 92Y on our Hot Dates calendar a few weeks ago, and hopefully a lucky few were able to catch the Parks and Recreation funny lady crack some jokes and talk about the importance of improv comedy to her life and her career, how much she loves her Parks and Rec castmates, (hint: she'd both take a bullet for them and sleep with them), and that time she played Dorothy in a 4th grade production of  The Wizard of Oz.

Polish-born musician Ela Orleans recently put out a music video for the song “Elegy,” off of her latest tape release, and it's just right for meadow naps during the golden hour. High Moon Low Sun is out now on Clan Destine Records, and is Orleans’ newest release since 2011’s excellent LP Mars Is Heaven. “Elegy” is a dreamy track, featuring the artist’s haunting vocals, some jazzy trumpet, and an uplifting jingling melody that carries throughout.
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