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Going through extreme measures to be thin is often thought of as a modern day affliction. But Cathie Jung of North Carolina is a rare reminder that the pursuit of "beauty" has always been popular and often times painful. Jung, also known as the corset queen, has worn a corset every day for the past 12 years to obtain her shockingly small 15-inch waist. Corsets were extremely popular in Victorian Times as a means to obtain the ever-desirable hourglass figure. They essentially squeeze the lower part of the rib cage together, compressing all the organs inside, most notably the lungs, bladder, and stomach, ultimately impairing the function of all three. The seriousness of health complications simply depends on the frequency with which a corset is worn and how tight a corset is laced. Cathie Jung claims that wearing corsets has never led to health complications for her. Although Jung holds the record now for smallest waist on a living person, the record for the smallest waist ever goes to Ethel Granger, whose waist measured an astonishing 13 inches. Jung commented on modern people’s take on this old fashion tradition, “A lot of people think its wonderful, but some people think it’s ridiculous, perhaps they’re jealous because they’re overweight.” Or perhaps it really is just ridiculous.


Prison Bikini Beach Bod

Besides your weird uncle Sharkie, it looks like the latest thing to come out of prison the nation’s newest fitness craze is—workouts developed and used by inmates to buff up while they were locked down. And the best part? It’s practically free. You don’t need a gym membership, fancy machines or even basic weights. The workouts are based on calisthenics such as push-ups, pull-ups and squats. According to Paul Wade, author of Convict Conditioning and former inmate at San Quentin State Prison, “You just need your body and your mind.” And in yet another twist of irony, these techniques developed by some of the nation’s most hardened criminals are being used to train some of the nation’s finest servicemen. Wade, for example, has trained both Navy Seals and Marines. He describes the workouts as “primitive, brutal, painful and incredibly rewarding.” Visit for a free workout program or to view videos of impressive regimens posted by prison workout enthusiasts.

Oh. My. God.


Freshly Ground Black People

Penguin Group Australia, the publishing firm that published a cookbook called the Pasta Bible, is paying 12,000 pounds to correct an embarrassing typo that appeared in the aforementioned book. A recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto was supposed to call for freshly ground black pepper but instead called for “freshly ground black people.” An obvious spell check mistake quickly grew into an unwanted issue so the firm has already destroyed seven thousand copies of the book. Copies of the cookbook already in stores have not and will not be recalled because of the difficulty involved, though the company has offered to replace any purchased books with the typo if the owners so wish.

Washington was also notorius for ruining books by reading in the bathtub ...and the Delaware.

Celebrity B.S.

George Washington Was a Scofflaw

According to a ledger from New York City’s oldest library, George Washington owes 220 years worth of late fees for two books he checked out during his presidency. The books were due on November 2, 1789, but were never returned, which merits a late fee of about $300,000 at today’s prices, adjusted for inflation. Though the library is not seeking payment of the fines, it would very much like the two books back. One was the “Law of Nations,” a book on international law, and the other was a volume of debates from Britain’s House of Commons.