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Eyebrow-Raising Trends from North Korea to the Catwalk

Long plucked, waxed, and trimmed into obedience, our furry little face frames have a newfound freedom of expression

Recently the world’s favorite whack-job dictator, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, brought an enduring human concern back into the news cycle through his crazy antics. This perennial topic has nothing to do with censorship, nuclear proliferation, or Russian foreign affairs (although Kim is certainly bringing those issues to the fore too), but it has everything to do with eyebrows:

Kim Jong-un testing the waters with his shortened brows and new ‘do. Image via KCNA.

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If you’re into reproductive rights and jewelry, then you’re in luck!

Etsy vendor and OB-GYN Dr. Virginia Smith has created the best of both worlds with her handmade IUD-shaped earrings. Smith has shipped over 200 pairs of her reproductive rights inspired jewelry to the state of Colorado over the past few months. She originally made them for fun, at the behest of a colleague in her hometown of Akron, Ohio, but once a handful of Colorado women’s health advocates discovered them and began wearing them around, they’ve become a bit of a political emblem in the Centennial State.

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Apes: They’re Just Like Us (When it Comes to Following Pointless Fads)

Research indicates primates may follow arbitrary trends, just like their more evolved cousins.

image via (cc) flickr user photogism

When it comes to following useless fads, we Homo Sapiens might not be the only game in town.

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Year in Review 2010: 2011 Food Predictions

What can an outpouring of 2011 food trend predictions tell us about today, if not tomorrow?


Earlier this year, Brendan Francis Newnam, co-host of American Public Media's Dinner Party Download podcast, predicted that one of the big food trends of 2010 would be food trends, as "more and more people get into the business of predicting what is going to be popular in food." It seems fair to say, as I wade through a sea of year-end food trend listage, that this is one prediction that has come true.

Newnam then went on to interview Kara Nielson, a food trendologist with the Center for Culinary Development, who shared some insights into the methodology of trendology as she explained her prediction that coconut is going to be big in 2011:

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