Who is the coolest woman of 2012? The above gallery is based on both your suggestions and additions from me. Feel free to nominate your own candidates or to choose one of the above. You can vote here, in the comments section.
If I were voting, I’d either go timely, with Lena Dunham, who has really had an anointing this year; or Hillary Clinton, who has emerged as probably the coolest woman in the world in the last few years; or Aung San Suu Kyi who has had a remarkable year and is a woman of great ongoing stature in the world. But those are just my opinions. This is not about moi, but vous. So you choose — and let everyone know about it.
And in case you missed it, here were the nominees for Coolest Man of 2012:
Michael Jackson released his “Thriller” album on Nov. 30, 1982, making Friday its 30th anniversary. In honor of the best-selling album of all time, here are our favorite parodies of the title song’s music video.
BBC’s Lenny Henry:
Joe Piscopo transforms to Jerry Lewis:
Filipino inmates dance to ‘Thriller’
In 2007, Filipino inmates who were required to dance as part of their rehabilitation, charmed the world with their “Thriller” rendition.
Sobe Life Water’s 2008 Superbowl commercial: Lizards dance with Naomi Campbell.
The entire music video recreated with Legos:
An entire wedding party does the thriller dance at a 2006 reception:
A Marine in Iraq does the famous dance:
And, since none of these videos could ever replace the original, no matter how many lizards they have:
So says a Facebook flyer from the student union at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Stressed-out students will soon get some relief at a “Puppy Room.” Next week, as classes end and exams begin, Therapeutic Paws of Canada will bring by some dogs for petting therapy.
The college isn’t the first to use canines to help students. The University of San Francisco School of Law recently allowed students to “check out” dogs for some one-on-one time, and other schools have tried similar programs.
The reaction at Dalhousie is pure excitement. One Facebook commenter said “This is the best thing Dal has ever done.” An alumnus posted “i think it should be open to Alumni. Granted we already wrote the exams, but i could argue we are still stressed.” And the school might be drawing new interest: Another person posted “hello, i will be transfering to Dalhousie for that week.”
The school says it will do its part for humane treatment by limiting the number of dogs in the room and making sure the dogs aren’t too young. But the room will still be a haven of cuteness.
Since the event is next week, there aren’t photos yet. But here are some other puppies. Just because. It’s like the Internet version of the Puppy Room:
An Oregon man checked in from a blizzard, and his status updates might have saved his life.
Outdoors enthusiast Jeff Kish got stuck in a sudden storm atop Mount Hood, Oregon’s highest peak, on Wednesday afternoon. From his iPhone, he updated his Facebook status:
You’re gonna hear about it in the news anyway, may as well spill it myself. Got stuck in a storm on the summit of mt. Hood. Stuck on cliffs over 10,000′ in a white out. Called 911 after several hours of trying to self rescue. Search and rescue has been notified. Wish me luck!
Thirty minutes later, he posted a screenshot to Facebook with his GPS coordinates and the message “Ok guys, I have no idea where I am, other than right on the edge of some gnarly cliff. Too far east or west?”
The Oregonian newspaper reported search and rescuers used the coordinate info, along with phone calls to Kish, as they set out to find him. They ended up at the bottom of a cliff, and saw Kish at the top.
Portland Mountain Rescue spokesman Mark Morford told the newspaper “but for him having a cellphone, it’s highly improbable that we would have found him.”
Kish, who had previously hiked the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, posted a lengthy version of the events Thursday afternoon. He admitted “things got really bad for me up there.” He concluded:
“I must admit I was getting pretty scared toward the end of my wait for rescue, but in the end, I still maintain – you can’t let fears dictate the way you live your life. The biggest rewards always come with some risk.”
A woman in Louisiana has been ordered by police to take down a Christmas light display shaped like a hand giving the middle finger, and the American Civil Liberties Union is sticking up for her.
Denham Springs resident Sarah Henderson said she feels the insulting display is the only way she can effectively communicate with her neighbors, with whom she has an ongoing dispute, Louisiana newspaper The Advocate reports.
An Advocate staff photo shows a blue-haired Henderson taking the lights off her roof. She told the newspaper that she might replace the middle finger with a swastika, adding “I’ve always been a little different.”
Henderson’s neighbor, Gemma Rachal, told The Advocate that her 6-year-old son saw the lights and tried to copy the offensive gesture.
The ACLU of Louisiana sent an open letter to the Denham Springs police chief, demanding that Henderson not be fined if she decides to reinstall her light display. “The law on this issue is perfectly clear: the City may not restrict Henderson’s expression purely because it, or Henderson’s neighbors, finds it vulgar or offensive,” the letter states.
Sometimes animals just have to get out, as shown in several viral videos this week. We can only assume they were bored and looking for some fun.
A zebra and a pony were found trotting around Staten Island together on Wednesday.
Maybe they were trying to meet up with a camel that escaped from the circus Friday and ran amok in Glendale, Calif., stopping traffic on a busy street.
A deer in Michigan, seemingly wanting to get its Christmas shopping under way, crashed through the door of a beauty supply store over the weekend.
The dogs of the world, living in comparable luxury, are much more relaxed than their hoofed friends. Watch this dog perform a conga dance to Gloria Estefan, in hopes of getting its paws on some leftover turkey.
Until a few weeks ago, Starbucks’ most expensive coffee was the citrusy, milk-chocolatey Jamaica Blue Mountain, available for $30 for a half-pound of beans, or $4.50 for a tall, brewed cup.
But that’s small beans compared with Starbucks’ newest premium coffee, the “Costa Rica Finca Palmilera.” Made from a rare, heirloom, hard-to-grow coffee varietal called “Geisha,” it costs $40 for a half-pound bag.
Or it’s $6 for a tall cup, and $7 for a grande. And that’s for plain, black coffee with nothing foamy, gingerbready or peppermint-mocha-y about it.
So who’s going to buy it?
For starters, not drive-through drinkers; Starbucks is only selling it in stores with Clover brewing machines. And not East Coast Dunkin’ Donut types. Starbucks’ Geisha coffee, named after the Ethiopian city where it was originally discovered, is only available in 48 Clover-equipped stores in the Pacific Northwest. About half of those stores are in Seattle. Starbucks has plans to offer Geisha nationwide next year.
Now you probably want to know: Is it worth it?
Depends. Are you a coffee nerd? (Don’t ask me; I’ve been known to microwave lukewarm office coffee when desperate for caffeine). At a tasting event Monday at Starbucks’ East Olive Way store in Capitol Hill, green coffee specialist Leslie Wolford described the brew with some delicious-sounding words.
“Lush, tropical, hints of white, not yellow, peach,” she said. “A little bit of pineapple. Herbal complexity. Super-clean. Vibrant. Sparklingness.” As for the price, she likened it to an indulgence in fine wine.
Aficionados have been geeking out for a while on Geisha (also spelled “Gesha”), which is part of Starbucks’ limited-edition, specialty “Reserve” line. An online Starbucks offering of it this month (slightly different than the stuff in stores) sold out in about 24 hours, and Stumptown hails it as “the champion of coffee varietals.”
Then again, would you pay $7 a cup for anything less than a champ?
Anyway, watch Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘taste test’ of the new coffee:
Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Credit: Bret Hartman/AP)
A gossip magazine claims Kate Middleton is pregnant and will announce the good news early December.
Middleton’s former schoolmate, Jessica Hay told Life & Style magazine, “I have this on the highest authority, and it’s not to be taken lightly. It’s going to be wonderful, happy news when it’s announced.”
According to the magazine, Hay attended the exclusive Marlborough school with the duchess and was a guest at the royal wedding reception last April.
She said the royal family is thrilled about the prospect of welcoming another member in 2013, adding, “They have been talking about William and Catherine having children for quite some time.”
And she expects the couple to make perfect parents: “William will definitely be a hands-on dad and not rely heavily on nannies to raise his and Catherine’s children. They both try to be as normal as possible in their private lives, and that of course is going to continue when they have children.”