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Ikea Creates Daycare For Grown Men and the Web Reacts To Gay Soldier’s Video Coming Out To His Father

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Move over dorm couches and bookshelves, Ikea is now in the business of making Mänland. An Ikea store in Australia has created a male wonderland where men can play Xbox, watch sports on flat-screen TVs, play foosball, and even scarf down free hot dogs. It's kind of like daycare dressed up as a bachelor pad. Mänland is the Swedish furniture store's attempt to curb men's hatred of shopping with their wives and girlfriends. But like all good things, Mänland comes to an end quickly. Women can drop off their men at Mänland for only 30 minutes at a time (so that Ikea doesn't run out of hot dogs). At drop-off women are given pagers that go off in a half-hour to remind them about pick-up. (Ikea thinks of everything, doesn't it?) Across the Web, some applaud the idea but others call it sexist. On Twitter, @RMurto called it "sexist more than funny," but @sillsmcgrills tweeted that it's "gënius." Either way, one thing's for sure: We've come a long way from department store "husband chairs."

A video of a gay soldier coming out to his Alabama father has gone viral, becoming the symbol of yesterday's historic repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Randy Phillips, a 21-year-old airman who's stationed in Germany, recorded himself while he made the call. He said, "Can I tell you something? Will you love me, period? You'll always love me?" Then he said, "Dad I'm gay. I didn't want to tell you over the phone. I wanted to do it in person. Do you still love me?" The father replied, "I still love you, son." The YouTube video has already topped 1.5 million views in just a day, getting nearly 17,000 "likes" to about 600 "dislikes." Hundreds have sent the soldier supportive tweets. @heyitsseanb wrote, "so cool, so brave, so real. thank you," and @sepelia tweeted, "I saw your vid and it brought me to tears...the US is blessed to have you defending our freedom." Share your reactions to the video with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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