Blog Posts by Eric Pfeiffer

  • 83-year-old model Daphne Selfe says she’s never had cosmetic surgery

    83-year-old model Daphne Selfe (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)83-year-old model Daphne Selfe is making headlines this week for her age-defying beauty. But unlike so many of her younger contemporaries, Selfe says she has never taken part in any cosmetic surgery.

    "I've never had anything done to my face," she told the Daily Mail. "Not that poison, not a facelift. I think it's a waste of money. Anyway, I couldn't afford it!'"

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    As part of a marketing campaign, Selfe recently agreed to pose in a bra and corset ensemble first made famous by Madonna during her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour.

    Selfe joked that the replica outfit is "terribly unforgiving."

    "I thought they might have done a bit of airbrushing!' she told the paper.

    "My body is OK when I lie down, it settles rather. But, hey, what the hell, it was all for a good cause."

    Selfe took the photo for Oxfam's Big Bra Hunt, which is gathering bra donations to send to woman in developing countries who might not otherwise be able to afford or access them. The Daily Mail says the first shipment of donated bras will be sent to Senegal, West Africa. The group hopes to collect more than 1 million bras.

    And despite all of the positive attention her new photograph has received, Selfe says she wouldn't want to be a full-time model today, though she jokingly recalls some of her own past experiences in the industry, when her modeling career first began in the 1950s.

    "I started off modeling fur, which in those days wasn't controversial. I did mainly work as a house model, and a few advertisements," she said. "We were often photographed holding a cigarette, and I didn't even smoke!"

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  • 6-year-old’s lemonade stand raises $10,000 for Dad’s cancer treatment

    6-year-old Drew Cox (center) has raised $10,000 for his Dad's cancer treatment (Image: giveforward.com)

    UPDATE: Thanks to the incredibly generous donations of Yahoo News readers and others, an additional $16,000 has been raised for for Randy Cox's cancer treatment. More than $13,000 in new donations have come in the 24 hours since our story first went live. You can continue to make donations to the GiveForward account established in Cox's name until June 1.

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    Three months ago, Randy Cox was diagnosed with seminoma, a rare form of cancer. That's when his 6-year-old Drew decided to use his lemonade stand to help raise money for his father's medical bills.

    "He is so important to me, we love to play with each other," Cox told Texas TV station KLTV. "Lots of times we like to play games."

    At first, Drew's lemonade stand was a small operation. After all, how much can one small child really hope to raise toward paying for an expensive series of chemotherapy treatments? It was the thought that counted but not one that was likely to make a serious dent in Cox's mounting medical bills.

    But after word got out about Drew's heartfelt effort, the fundraising cause turned into a "block party," on Saturday morning with cars lining up around the block to contribute to the effort.

    By the end of the day, Drew has raised more than $10,000 with the help of his Texas neighborhood community.

    And the fundraising effort has now spread beyond Drew's lemonade stand.

    One of Randy's childhood friends has also set up a GiveForward account to help raise money for his cause. Tameka Loyd Royal has set a fundraising goal of $5,000, with $3,790 having already been donated toward the cause.

    On the donation page, Royal writes: "Doctors gave an excellent prognosis and thinks he only needs 4 cycles of chemotherapy using 2 medications. He goes 6 hours a day for a week and then off for two weeks before the next cycle begins."

    "Randy is a loving husband to Tonya Cooley Cox and has three adorable little boys Drew (6), Jake (4) and Micah (7 months). This is a family that has cast their worries upon God and has many prayer warriors."

    "As a grade school classmate of Randy's and dance class friend of Tonya's, my heart went out to them when I saw Randy's post on Facebook about his diagnosis and wanted to get them as much financial and spiritual support as possible."

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  • Before and after makeup: Reddit user’s startling photo

    "The power of makeup" (Reddit)In an upload titled "The power of makeup," Reddit user "munner83" publicly posted a picture of herself showing one side of her face with makeup and the other side makeup-free.

    The photo was originally uploaded last December but has jumped to Reddit's rankings today. Reaction to the photo has been mixed, with about 5,000 Reddit users "up" voting the picture, while nearly 4,000 have "down" voted it.

    What do you think? Was uploading the picture a brave statement about the sometimes-superficial nature of human behavior? Or does it speak to something else entirely?

    The woman's picture led to one Reddit user providing a link to this video, which shows another woman's routine of applying foundation makeup to cover up her acne. That video has generated more than 6 million views and nearly 60,000 "likes" on YouTube. You can view the video here.

    As one commentator wrote, "She's so brave for opening up like that. This video made me cry because I totally know what she's feeling. People who don't

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  • Thanks for pushing our Odd News Facebook page past 100,000 fans

    Odd News video host Greg Proops (Facebook)We'd like to give a special thanks to the readers of Yahoo!'s Sideshow blog. Over the weekend, the Facebook fan page we share with our friends at Yahoo!'s Odd News channel surpassed 100,000 fans.

    The Odd News Facebook page was first launched in October 2010 and has grown by over 60,000 fans in the past six months since the Sideshow blog first launched, thanks to your support.

    Become a fan of the Odd News Facebook page. We hope you'll continue to enjoy our content here on The Sideshow.

    And be sure to check out the weekly Odd News video from our collaborator Greg Proops.

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  • Cardboard cathedral planned for earthquake-devastated New Zealand city

    An artist's rendering of the proposed cardboard cathedral (AP/Anglican diocese of Christchurch)

    A famous church in New Zealand that was destroyed in an earthquake last year will be replaced by a cathedral made of cardboard.

    Anglican leaders in the city of Christchurch say the proposed 82-foot-high cathedral, made of 104 tubes of cardboard, will cost upward of $4.1 million, will house 700 people, and is expected to stay in place for around 10 years, according to the Associated Press. Concrete and wood will be used to give the cathedral structural support.

    "I think this building has the potential to become an icon in its own right," said church spokesman Rev. Craig Dixon. "I think it will be greatly loved for a long time."

    In last year's earthquake, the famous ChristChurch Cathedral was destroyed along with much of the city's downtown. In the disaster, 185 people were killed.

    The cathedral will be built across the street from where the Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapsed during the quake.

    "It's very symbolic that it's across the road from the CTV building. It's very poignant," said Richard Gray, who is chairman of the group organizing the cardboard cathedral project.

    The Transitional Cathedral is a symbol of hope for the future of this city as well as being sustainable and affordable," Gray told the Star.

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  • Teller of ‘Penn and Teller’ fame suing alleged magic-trick thief

    Magic performer Teller, right, is suing over an allegedly stolen trick (AP)He's almost as famous for refusing to speak publicly as he is for his magic tricks, but world-renowned illusionist Teller is ready to speak out in court in order to stop an alleged thief he says stole a signature act from the duo Penn and Teller.

    Teller (born Raymond Joseph Teller,) 64, filed a federal complaint against a Dutch entertainer, Gerard Dogge, who has allegedly misappropriated Teller's "Shadows" routine, according to Courthouse News Service. Dogge has been offering to sell the secret of Teller's "Shadows" performance to the highest bidder.

    According to Teller's complaint, Dogge has been performing the trick without permission. Teller first copyrighted the trick in 1983. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Teller filed his complaint under the name "Teller, an individual." The paper also reports that acts such as "Shadows" can, in fact, be copyrighted as "pantomime" routines.

    Dogge, who performs under the name "Gerard Bakardy," posted a video of the routine on YouTube, entitled "Rose & Her Shadow." The video was removed after Teller filed his complaint. Before filing the complaint, Teller contacted Dogge by phone and offered an undisclosed amount of money in return for Dogge not revealing the details of his trick. The two were reportedly not able to reach an agreement. Dogge was offering to reveal the trick to anyone who paid him $3,050.

    When Teller registered a copyright for his trick in 1983, he even included a detailed illustration explaining the details of the routine, during which he appears to clip the petals of a rose from a distance while interacting with the rose's shadow. You can view an image of the copyright illustration Teller created in 1983.

    The complaint was filed in Nevada, where Penn and Teller live and perform.

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  • Titanic discoverer says ship’s wreckage site being destroyed by tourists; how he plans to save it

    The man who first discovered the Titanic wreckage says tourists visiting the site are destroying the remains of the ship's hull.

    "They are loving the Titanic to death," oceanographer Robert Ballard said during an interview with Stephen Colbert.

    Ballard is using the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking to bring attention to what he says is the unnecessary destruction of the historic site.

    "They are landing on it, crushing the deck, knocked off the crow's nest, leaving all sorts of garbage," he said.

    Ballard said one couple was even married in a submarine that landed on the Titanic's deck, which he called, "a little over-the-top."

    "What we're trying to do is say, look, visit the Titanic. But you don't go to Gettysburg with a shovel. You don't take belt buckles off the Arizona. So, visit, but don't touch," he said.

    On Monday, Ballard will host Save the Titanic on the National Geographic Channel. Along with keeping tourists at arm's length, Ballard has another seemingly

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  • Nazis get their own lobbyist on Capitol Hill

    The American Nazi Party has its own Capitol Hill lobbyist (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)The American Nazi Party has apparently registered its own lobbyist on Capitol Hill, 2008 National Socialist Movement presidential candidate John Taylor Bowles.

    U.S. News found the PDF document which shows that Bowles registered with the Clerk of the House as a lobbyist on Tuesdayon LegisStorm.

    UPDATE: Gawker has an interview with Bowles about his new lobbying career. Despite belonging to an ideology rooted in antisemitism, Bowles said he'd be open to working with Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.

    According to the form filled out by Bowles, he registered as a lobbyist in order to pursue issues relating to, "Political Rights and ballot access laws." His form also reportedly cites accounting, agriculture, clean air and water, civil rights, health issues, the Constitution, immigration, manufacturing, and retirement as "general lobbying issue areas," according to U.S. News.

    "I don't see why not," Bowles told the paper when asked if he actually thought a member of Congress would be willing

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  • Texas hail and mud drifts ‘waist to shoulder’ high

    A motorist trapped in the Texas hail storm (Photo credit: Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management)Maintenance crews in the Texas Panhandle are working to clear roads after several inches of hail fell Thursday night. In some areas, the hail mixed with heavy levels of dust to create muddy drifts that were waist- to shoulder-high, according to the Associated Press.

    "It was crazy," National Weather Service Meteorologist Justyn Jackson said about the storm, which first hit Wednesday afternoon.

    Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas said that in rural areas, the hail mixed with rushing rainwater across dry land, which resulted in the mud and hail combination that accumulated to levels ranging from 2 to 4 feet in some areas.

    "There were just piles of hail," said Maribel Martinez with the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management. "Some of the cars were just buried in hail and people were trapped in their cars."

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  • North Korea launches long-range missile; launch fails

    UPDATE: [9:20pm ET]: This story will be updated as events unfold.


    • U.S. officials say they believe the launch failed.
    • U.N. Security Council is meeting Friday to discuss a response.
    • This is the third failed attempt at an orbital launch since 1998.



    Defying international pressure, North Korea launched a long-range missile Friday morning. However, U.S. officials say they believe the attempted launch failed before the missile was able to leave the Earth's atmosphere.

    U.S. officials confirm that a North Korean long-range missile appears to have broken apart midair after launch. Officials say they believe the missile fell apart within the Earth's atmosphere before crashing into the sea.

    "Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea's provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

    "The President has been clear that he is prepared to engage constructively with North Korea.  However, he has also insisted that North Korea live up to its own commitments, adhere to its international obligations and deal peacefully with its neighbors," Carney said.

    Japan's Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka has backed U.S. reports that the launch failed. "We have confirmed that a certain flying object has been launched and fell after flying for just over a minute," Tanaka said.

    South Korea's Defense Ministry first reported the launch, which is seen as defying international warnings and widely viewed as a provocation from the rogue state.

    The U.N. Security Council will meet Friday to discuss a response to the North's attempted launch.

    South Korea Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters in a nationally televised news conference that the rocket was fired at 7:39 a.m, local time Friday. "We suspect the North Korean missile has fallen as it divided into pieces minutes after liftoff."

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