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It is so exceedingly rare that I get to say something positive about stars. Usually all I have to say is some crap that Paris Hilton did or that Madonna decided to purchase another child from Africa. So I was pleased to be tipped off by Vaughan at Mind Hacks about this: did you know…

Virginia Postrel has an interesting column in Atlantic Monthly on the aesthetic purpose of fashion in museums: The Boston exhibit’s comment book records a debate between fans, mostly women, who praise the museum for displaying an “inspiring” and “seldom seen” art form and detractors, mostly men, who decry its descent into commercialism. “What’s next? Victoria’s…

Is Britney Spears high?

Not to be catty, but what the hell is up with that hat? Did Britney Spears skin Santa and send him to a furrier? Hat-tip: WWTDD.

A UK charity called Sense About Science is taking on celebrities who misrepresent scientific reality: MELINDA MESSENGER, TV PRESENTER “Why should I allow my body or my children to be filled with man-made chemicals, when I don’t know what the health effects of these substances will be.” Dr John Hoskins, toxicologist: “Away from the high…

I don’t even want to know how he got it: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have yet to show their baby daughter off in public, but eager fans were given an unusual preview with the chance to see a bronze cast depicting her first solid stool. The scatological sculpture — more doodoo than Dada —…

Useful Words

Whereas Merriam-Webster has been adding words to the dictionary like unibrow and drama queen, Time Out New York has some more interesting words. Check out definitions for underboob, aireoke, etc. Hat-tip: Gawker.

Kate Hudson sues magazine for pictures that made her look too skinny: Actress Kate Hudson accepted libel damages on Thursday from a magazine that printed a photo making her look too skinny, alongside an article that said her movie star mother Goldie Hawn wanted her to eat more. Hudson had sued the UK Enquirer magazine…