National underwear day was August 5, but it seemsthe nation’s obsession with undergarments hasexperienced an interesting uplift in certain areas.
with its in
ux of tall, thin,
at-as-an-ironing-boardmodels, new online retailers have started catering tothose with, shall we say, smaller mammary endow-ments.In the past few months there has also been a re-surgence of pride among small-breasted women.Blogs like
smallbreast support group
forum arepopping up weekly, created by women looking toempower themselves by sharing wisdom, advice,and anecdotes about their “booblets.”Welcome to 21
smallbreast support group
is chock full of women al-ternately crowing and lamenting about their “littleones” and “teensy tatas.” Certainly the most en-tertaining part of the support group has to be theone male contributor, who goes by the screen name just_a_guy and describes himself as an “ardentfeminist” while comparing small-breasted women tosports cars and making comments like, “I love a lithelittle package 5’2” with A cups and 95 pounds soak-ing wet.” Charming.Of course what these websites fail to do in themidst of their lingerie reviews and me-thinks-the-la-dy-doth-protest-too-much small breast pride posts,is actually address the pertinent issue. Any feministworth her salt would tell you it’s probably unwise tonurse our cultural obsession with breasts.
at said,it’s di
ght oppressive beauty standardswhen you’re 95 pounds and soaking wet. –
POUR A ROUND FOR MOTHER RUSSIA
e Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin hascome up with a unique strategy to pull his coun-try out of an economic quagmire: feeding o
of hiscountrymen’s vices. A new tax on cigarettes waspassed by the Parliament in June that will raise thegovernment pro
t on 1000 cigarettes to $19.20from $11.39 by 2013, at which time an alcohol taxincrease is predicted to raise the price of a liter of the cheapest vodka from $2.81 to $4.71.“
ose who drink, those who smoke are doingmore to help the state,” Kudrin stated in an inter-view with Interfax News Agency.Not everyone is on board with the new policy.
last month to prohibit the sale of liquor between10 PM and 10 AM in an e
ort to cut consumptionby 50 percent.
e worst part of this policy is of course that the most popular anodyne to personaleconomic woes will now contribute to those woes,and won’t even be easily accessible.
ese laws lendsome truth to that old joke: in Mother Russia, thecigarettes smoke you. –
by Ashton Strait and Emma WhitfordIllustration by Manvir Singh
CELLOS, CITRUS, EXPLOSIONS
Last Friday, sixty-two year old Michael Edwards of the Electric Light Orchestra was driving his minivan onthe A381 in England. According to police reports, a 1,300-pound bale of hay rolled down the adjacent slopeand
ipped 15 feet over a hedge, striking the roof of his van. Edwards swerved into oncoming tra
c and hitanother vehicle.
e other driver was not harmed, but Edwards died on impact.
e Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) was a British band popular in the late ’70s and early ’80s that gaverock a classical bent with strings, horns and woodwinds. Its
rst hit single was “10538 Overture”—a songwith layers of overdubbed cello ri
s about an escaped prisoner called 10538. Edwards played cello for ELO,and was known for his tendency to trade in his bow for a grapefruit during concerts (a stunt that probablywouldn’t have gone over well at the Royal Academy of Music where he was trained).ELO had 27 Top 40 singles between 1972 and 1986. However, Edwards left the band in 1975 just as it washitting its stride. He turned from psychedelic rock to baroque orchestration, founding the Devon BaroqueOrchestra in Devon, England. Edwards had been slotted to perform with
e Daughters of Elvin, a medievalfolk band, in Totnes this Saturday night.
e police who responded to the scene identi
ed Edwards as a former ELO member using band photos
man responsible for the ‘Dying Swan’—a performance piece from the ELO days that concluded with an ex-ploding cello. –
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