December 27, 2015 |
INSIDE EVERY CAT is a lion. Or a tiger. Or a lynx. Or, really, all of these great hunters. And in your cat's mind, he's a wild predator, too. In fact, all cats are. They love to lurk, prowl, chase and pounce. An indoor cat doesn't have the opportunity to go after real prey (unless you have mice in your home), but he still has strong hunting instincts. This genetic coding doesn't disappear just because he lives a royal lifestyle in your home and has his meals delivered on the feline equivalent of a silver platter.
November 26, 2015
ISSUE | ABORTION A video review I am amazed that the commentary by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) about Planned Parenthood's supposed videos of the dismemberment of a fetus and illegal selling of its body parts was printed ("It's time to demand answers of Planned Parenthood," Sunday). Those videos were highly edited by the Center for Medical Progress, an antiabortion group. In July, a New York Times editorial exposed their lies after a years-long attack on Planned Parenthood.
June 1, 2015 |
Eyes. Lips. Nose. Chin. Cheeks. Neck. Breasts. Abdomen. Hips. The inventory of imperfect body parts that bother women and lead them to undergo cosmetic plastic surgery was already extensive. It has now reached bottom. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, during the last few years, demand for cosmetic labiaplasty, a trimming of the female genitalia, has increased dramatically. In 2005, this is how many labiaplasties Adrian Lo, a prominent Philadelphia plastic surgeon, performed: Zero.
April 13, 2015 |
BEFORE HIS sentencing hearing yesterday, Keith Tolbert - the pimp who chopped up a man's body with an ax two years ago, then dumped the victim's torso in the Schuylkill - told authorities what he allegedly did with the man's unrecovered body parts. In a private 15-minute talk with a police homicide detective, a Crime Scene Unit investigator, the prosecutor and his lawyer, Tolbert answered all their questions, his attorney Mary Maran said afterward. She would not disclose specifics of what was said, but said police were directed to search in the city's "rivers.
October 28, 2014 |
Doug Wright's over-the-top play is being given an over-the-top production by Luna Theater Company. Quills is about the over-the-top Marquis de Sade, who lent his name to sadism, sexual pleasure derived from inflicting pain, and who wrote novels of shocking, violent pornography. Excess is the name of the game here: sexually, literarily, and theatrically. As Wright explains in his notes on style, "Characters are not good or bad; they are either kissed by God or yoked in Satan's merciless employ.
October 4, 2014 |
To prepare their newest project, Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out , German anatomists Gunther von Hagens and Angelina Whalley needed a forklift. Von Hagens is famous for the 1977 invention of plastination, a preservation technique that allows the anatomy of once-living beings to be displayed indefinitely. He and Whalley needed heavy machinery to maneuver the body of a full-grown giraffe into various substances that would dehydrate and then plasticize its tissues and organs. The process took more than two years.
May 23, 2014 |
A LONG, LONG time ago, an Eagles player - one of those freakishly cut offensive linemen from back then, with no body fat at all - lost his mind on the practice field, just attacking everybody he could reach. It was quite a scene, a classic 'roid-rage incident. The next day, the club told reporters that they weren't sure, but they thought it might have been some kind of allergic reaction to a bee sting, and we all wrote it down and put it in the paper the next day. We were such idiots.
May 8, 2014
WE HATE the thought of you starting your day by conjuring a cringeworthy image, but, hey, we here at Tattle Central are sworn to deliver all the news that celebrity bottom-feeders churn up. And this one's a doozy: In the latest issue of GQ magazine, hot comic (and we mean that in multiple ways) Amy Schumer swears that 88-year-old showbiz immortal Jerry Lewis tried to use physical force (!) to get her on her back. It happened, said Schumer, who works in sex jokes the way Monet worked in pastels, last year at an event at the Friars Club, the venerable Manhattan showbiz hangout where mostly aging comedians overpay for mediocre food.
January 23, 2014 |
BOBBY Rydell readily admits that the Daily News already should have published his obituary. "You're not being overdramatic whatsoever," he responded, when asked if it would be too much to say that, logically speaking, he should be dead. "I [needed] a liver transplant, then found out I was going into renal failure and needed a kidney transplant - which, fortunately, boosted me up on the transplant [waiting] list. " The dire recollection of his July 2012 double-transplant surgery, proffered in the Eagles- and Phillies-decorated den of Rydell's Lower Merion home, was not at all hyperbolic.
July 26, 2013 |
MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE there have been so many rallies lately - for Trayvon Martin, for victims of urban violence. But there was a familiar attitude among those who stood vigil for a transgender woman allegedly butchered by a john in Strawberry Mansion: The media ignore us, and when they don't, they disrespect and misrepresent us. Society views us as disposable, expendable. I didn't totally disagree. But, as I stood in the crowd listening to friends and advocates mourn Diamond Woods, I wondered: If we can't even manage to care about the deaths of people we should be able to relate to - children - what chance do people often viewed as spectacles and freaks have at getting our attention, let alone our sympathy?