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Proposal for City's Stinky Water? Add Pumpkin Spice

It appears petition in Tempe, Ariz., is a joke, but the water can smell and taste awful there

(Newser) - Residents of an Arizona city with foul-smelling, unpalatable drinking water have proposed a solution that would make Starbucks proud: have the water company infuse it with pumpkin spice flavoring. The Arizona Republic reports on Tempe's tap-water woes, which are so pervasive the city is forced to acknowledge them on... More »

Australia Behind Latest Hipster Coffee Drink

Introducing the avocado latte

(Newser) - We don't anticipate Keurig coming out with guacamole pods anytime soon, so in the meantime, we'll have to make do with a new concoction brewed up by Australia's Truman Cafe. That concoction, per BuzzFeed , is the avolatte, or avocado latte, which is pretty much exactly what it... More »

Introducing the 'High-Five Selfie'

NC man's impressive feat starts Twitter craze

(Newser) - Still taking ordinary selfies? Prepare to feel as old-fashioned as a flip phone. The "high-five selfie" is the newest trend, thanks to a North Carolina man's Twitter post on Saturday. "Today is the proudest day of my life. I successfully took a picture of me high fiving... More »

Facebook Dumps News Outlets as 'Trending Topics' Gauge

After allegations the social network was suppressing conservative news

(Newser) - Facebook is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic," a move adopted after backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views, the AP reports. Facebook's general counsel outlined the change in a 12-page letter Monday to Republican... More »

'Dementia Epidemic' Is Coming, Warns Group

Cases will triple by 2050, Alzheimer's group predicts

(Newser) - Dementia cases worldwide will triple by 2050 to 135 million sufferers, according to a new report from Alzheimer's Disease International. The group released the figures in anticipation of the G8 dementia summit in London next week, the BBC reports, and attributes the rise to climbing life expectancies, particularly in... More »

Class of 2017 Has Never Needed to Ask Directions

Beloit's annual exercise in making everyone over 18 feel archaic is out

(Newser) - If you've never asked directions, never had chicken pox, and tend to share everything, you could probably impersonate a member of the Class of 2017, according to Beloit College's annual Mindset List . Class members were mostly born in 1995, and they're very tech-savvy; indeed, "a third... More »

Young Women: Our Linguistic Pioneers?

Their speech patterns set trends the rest of us follow, say experts

(Newser) - Girls often get mocked for their uptalking—ending sentences at a higher pitch—or frequent use of "like." But it's time to give them credit for leading the way when it comes to language patterns, linguists tell the New York Times . "If women do something like... More »

What's Out, What's In in 2012

The 'Washington Post' predicts the whims of the new year

(Newser) - A new year dawns, and the trend-predictors at the Washington Post have fashioned a comprehensive list of what will be in and what will be out in 2012:
  • Out: Ryan Gosling
  • In: Michael Fassbender
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Next Year's Hottest Color Is ...

Orange is bold and upbeat—but may not last

(Newser) - Orange is making a comeback in everything from dishware to dresses to eyeliner in 2012, the Wall Street Journal reports. Don't quite believe it? Well, Sephora is designing orange eyelashes from feathers, and Pantone is calling "tangerine tango" the color of the year. It apparently boosts sales, too:... More »

After 15 Years, L'Eggs Ads Return to TV

Can new styles (and Duchess of Cambridge) revive fading fashion?

(Newser) - Pantyhose sales have been sagging badly for years now, thanks to more casual fashions, open-toed shoes, and changing tastes. Even First Lady Michelle Obama refuses to wear them anymore . But now that the decline has "somewhat stabilized," in the words of one retail analyst, and the latest fashion... More »

Sports Version of Planking: Tebowing

Football star's prayer pose goes viral

(Newser) - When Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow kneeled and prayed during his team’s victory Sunday, little did he know he was kickstarting the latest viral craze. Tebowing—when you “get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different,”... More »

Forget Planking, Owling: 'Horsemaning' Is Here

'Fake beheading' the latest photo trend

(Newser) - Forget planking , cone-ing , and owling : Horsemaning is the new trend when it comes to bizarre photo opportunities. Horsemaning, first made popular in the 1920s, is basically taking a picture where it appears you have been beheaded. The term comes from the "Headless Horseman," reports the International Business Times... More »

Forget Planking, Try Owling

Looks ... fun?

(Newser) - Planking is so over. The bizarre Facebook trend (blamed in the death of a man in May ) of taking a picture while you're lying face down in a weird location has been replaced with "owling." Owling, as the Washington Post explains, is the act of taking... More »

Ladies, Please: Stop Wearing Capris

Unless you like the 'cankle' look, put them away

(Newser) - Capri pants have “befouled the landscape for way too long,” and it’s time for you to stop laboring under the illusion that they look attractive, says Ellen Warren. “They make your legs look shorter—and stumpy. Who wants that?” she writes in the Chicago Tribune . In... More »

Hot Adult Accessory: Silly Bandz

Fad alert! Better buy a pack before they sell out

(Newser) - Thanks to schools banning Silly Bandz and putting them on the national radar, the elastics-slash-bracelets are the hottest new accessory…for adults. “If kids are going crazy over these, I have to have them,” says one 30-year-old who mixes her palm tree and monkey-shaped Bandz with her Rolex... More »

WTF Trend: Diapers for Brides

Won't that be fun to deal with at the end of the night?

(Newser) - Dancing at your wedding while wearing a wet, dirty diaper: Doesn’t that sound like every bride’s dream come true? Despite how bizarre and gross it seems, apparently there is a market for bridal diapers, Courtney Dunlop discovered. Sure, some dresses take a lot of time and effort to... More »

Schools to Kids: Lose the Silly Bandz

Teachers say the booming fad is a distraction

(Newser) - For those not plugged in to the school-age set, Silly Bandz are hot. They're like colorful rubber bands in the shape of animals or mermaids or whatever, and kids love to trade them or, to the great enjoyment of teachers, snap them in class. So much so that schools in... More »

Bad '90s Fashion Is Back

Oh, yes: You might find yourself wearing overalls again

(Newser) - It may be time to resurrect the flannel shirts and scrunchies—‘90s fashion, for better or for worse, is back. The Daily Beast points to 16 reemerging trends:
  • Grunge: Ripped jeans, fraying flannels, Doc Martens—remember those days? Trendsetters from Peaches Geldof to Elle style director Kate Lanphear are
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Isabella, Jacob Top Baby Name Lists

But it's not necessarily because of Stephenie Meyer's books

(Newser) - Has Twilight officially taken over the world? Maybe so, considering “Isabella” and “Jacob” are now the most popular names in America for newborn girls and boys, respectively. For those of you who don’t live and breathe the popular vampire franchise, Bella and Jacob are the names of... More »

Ferrets Cuddle Up in Celeb Handbags

Paris Hilton crowns them the new accessory pet

(Newser) - It looks like ferrets are the new chihuahuas: after Paris Hilton was spotted in Las Vegas with a pet ferret stuffed into her hoodie, ferret ownership is rising among women. But many people remain apprehensive about the offbeat pets, worrying about their ferocious appearance and reputed bad smell. Not a... More »

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