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Sound Smart at a Party for the Week of September 16 – September 23


Video killed the radio star. Then Reality TV killed the video star. But nothing can kill Lady Gaga’s career—except maybe allegations by former friend Lina Morgana’s mother Yana, who claims Gaga ripped off her daughter’s persona and used it to transform from Stefani Germanotta to Lady Gaga, just one month after Morgana jumped to her death from a Staten Island rooftop. In this photo, Gaga wears a dress—made entirely of raw meat—at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, September 12. Gaga was nominated for 13 VMAs, and walked away with eight. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

It’s certainly no disrespect to anyone that’s vegan or vegetarian…It has many interpretations, but for me this evening it’s, ‘If we don’t stand up for what we believe in, if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.’ Lady Gaga to Ellen DeGeneres on her meat dress (pictures)


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New analysis of Census data shows one in every 10 children lives with a grandparent. The Pew Research Center’s reports show this number has risen throughout the past decade and rose at an even higher rate during the recession. A grandparent is the primary caregiver for about four in 10 of these children. Almost half of children who are raised by grandparents also live with a single parent…

An Iraqi reality television show is making Punk’d look like child’s play. The show is translated as Send Him to Bucca, which is a reference to Camp Bucca, a former U.S. detention center in southern Iraq that closed last year. Iraqi celebrities are told they are on their way to be interviewed for another show, and are stopped by participating soldiers at a fake checkpoint. There they are told their vehicles are carrying car bombs, and are told they are going to jail or will be executed. The show has mixed reviews, with some viewers saying the show is great and others saying that it is in poor taste…

Daniel Goodwin, also known as “SpiderDan,” climbed a 58-story San Francisco skyscraper last week using nothing but suction cups. His three-hour ordeal up the Millennium Tower ended with police arresting him, but he was later released with two misdemeanor counts. This is not the 54-year-old’s first time scaling a skyscraper. In the 80s, he climbed Chicago’s then-named Sears Tower and the World Trade Center’s north tower. A cancer survivor, Goodwin wrote on his blog he climbed the tower, “to call attention to our nation’s continued vulnerability to attacks of terrorism upon our skyscrapers” and “increase public awareness of cancer.”…

Humans are not the only ones who adopt. Emmy, a cat in Mississippi, decided to take a baby squirrel into her litter after he fell out of a tree. Owners Jim and Karen Watkins say Rocky nurses with the kittens and has even learned to purr like a cat. He will never be able to live in the wild as a squirrel, but it seems like he’s quite comfortable with the life he has right now as a catsquirrel.

Travelodge, the popular hotel chain, reported last year it reunited 75,000 teddy bears that were left behind with their frantic owners. Take it from someone whose father had to drive back to Montauk to rescue a forgotten friend—the experience is an emotionally exhausting ordeal that still brings up raw emotion 19 years later. The chain also conducted a survey that showed a third of adults still sleep with a teddy bear, and many take them along on business trips for companionship. Regardless of why you’re traveling with teddy, always remember to check and double check before you check out—it will save you from a lot of tears.

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