ANGELINA JOLIE has revealed that she had both of her breasts removed to prevent cancer. Don't worry . . . she had them surgically reconstructed afterwards.
In a piece in this morning's "New York Times", Angelina says her doctor told her she has the BRCA1 gene, which is one of the so-called "breast cancer genes".
And because of that, she had an 87% risk of getting breast cancer, and a 50% chance of getting ovarian cancer. So she made the choice to have both breasts removed.
She went through three months of medical procedures, which were completed on April 27th.
The implants were the final step . . . and apparently, the results were WONDERFUL. She says, quote, "There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful."
Angelina praises BRAD PITT for standing by her through it all . . . quote, "I am fortunate to have a partner who is so loving and supportive.
"Brad was [with me] for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has."
She adds, quote, "On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."
As for why she chose to go public, Angelina says, quote, "There are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer.
"It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options."
Eight days ago, Charles Ramsey became an Internet hero when he helped rescue those women who were kidnapped in Cleveland . . . then gave an interview that was enthusiastic and crazy enough to go viral.
Later last week, it came out that Ramsey had done prison time after three convictions for beating his wife. He's made amends and seems to have pulled it together, but still.
And now, the latest development in the Charles Ramsey story is . . . he's become a TATTOO.
34-year-old Stephen Munhollon of Cleveland just got Charles Ramsey's FACE tattooed on his right calf. Stephen's friend is a tattoo artist named Rodney Rose, and he offered to do it for free.
Stephen says people have loved his tattoo so far. Quote, "Everyone knows who this guy is now. I wasn't sure if people would think it was JIMI HENDRIX or BOB MARLEY, but everyone knew right away it was Charles Ramsey."
A Canadian astronaut named Chris Hadfield has been commander of the International Space Station for the past five months. But he's also a musician.
You might remember him from earlier this year, when he recorded a duet with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. And back in December, he released the first original song recorded in space.
Well, today he's finally heading back to Earth. But first he made one more video, and it might be his best. It's a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" . . . with some of the lyrics changed, so it's not all about being STRANDED in space.
And he posted a cool music video for it that he shot entirely on the Space Station.
You've probably heard that one year is equal to seven dog years . . . but that's not really accurate.
For instance, you might know someone whose dog lived to be 17 or 18 . . . but you probably DON'T know any 119-year-old people. So researchers at the University of Georgia came up with a more accurate way to calculate dog years.
Dogs age at different rates depending on their SIZE . . . and their aging slows down as they get older. So here are the rules to come up with a SMALL dog's age:
1. The first two years of a small dog's life are each 12-and-a-half dog years.
2. After that, dog years are different by breed. Each year is 4.32 dog years for dachshunds . . . 4.87 dog years for Chihuahuas . . . 5.55 dog years for cocker spaniels . . . and 7.65 dog years for French bulldogs.
3. So an 18-year-old dachshund is really 94 in dog years . . . not 119.
Here are the rules to come up with a MEDIUM dog's age:
1. The first two years of a medium dog's life are each 10-and-a-half dog years.
2. After that, the dog years are different by breed. Each year is 5.74 dog years for Labrador retrievers . . . 5.33 dog years for pit bulls . . . and 13.42 years for bulldogs.
And here are the rules to come up with a BIG dog's age:
1. The first two years of a big dog's life are each nine dog years.
2. After that, each year is 7.84 dog years for German Shepherds . . . and 8.90 years for boxers.
3. So a two-year-old dachshund and a three-year-old German shepherd are both 25 in dog years.
I guess Taco Bell feels EMPOWERED by their Doritos taco shells, because now they're getting even MORE experimental.
In Orange County, California . . . which is the home of the Taco Bell headquarters . . . there have been sightings of a new BREAKFAST TACO at various Taco Bell locations. And instead of a regular shell, it's wrapped in a WAFFLE shell.
The Waffle Taco has eggs and sausage wrapped in a waffle, covered in maple syrup. They're selling for 89 cents.
There's no word on if or when these could go nationwide . . . or, ya know, if or when they're going to take it even further and make a waffle taco covered in Doritos nacho cheese.
You've probably never heard of Dorset, Minnesota. It's a TINY town in central Minnesota with 22 residents. But THIS is going to get them on the map.
The new mayor of Dorset is . . . a FOUR-YEAR-OLD. His name is Robert "Bobbie" Tufts, and obviously he's the youngest mayor in the country.
Dorset doesn't hold elections for mayor . . . they just put everyone's name in a hat and pick out the mayor for the year. And this year, Bobbie won.
It's not entirely clear what his job duties are as mayor . . . we're guessing it's just a few public appearances and nothing else.
Other than having a random mayor, Dorset's other attempted claim to fame is calling itself the "Restaurant Capital of the World" . . . because they have more restaurants per capita than any other city. I think the mayor thing is a better angle.
Whether it's technology, smoking, or caffeine, ADDICTION in America is good business.
Here's a list of the seven most profitable products in the U.S., based on profit margin, revenue, and market share. Odds are at LEAST one of them has a deep, unbreakable hold on you.
1. The iPhone, 40% profit margin.
2. Marlboro cigarettes, 30%.
3. Monster energy drinks, 26.7%.
4. Coke products, 25%.
5. Enfamil infant formula, 24%.
6. Folgers coffee, 23.6%.
7. Garmin GPS devices, 15% profit margin. (Really? People still buy a separate GPS when their phone can do the exact same thing? This one can't last.)
This seems like pretty big news: We might be one generation away from the END OF GRAY HAIR. No more dying, plucking, or pretending that the "salt and pepper look" is sexy.
According to a study in a medical journal on experimental biology, scientists at the University of Bradford in England have figured out a definitive way to REVERSE the gray hair process.
A hair turns gray when there's a massive accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle. That basically makes the hair bleach itself.
So the researchers created a topical solution for your hair that stops it from going gray . . . and even gets it back to its original color. It's not a dye . . . it literally fixes your hair follicles and restores their color.
There's no word on when it could go on sale . . . but with something this potentially groundbreaking, you know these guys will be in a hurry to cash in.
You've spent your entire life listening to lectures from your parents about being frugal. Even as an adult, you STILL don't like telling them how you spend your money . . . because you know they'll JUDGE.
But at least they're consistent.
In a new survey, both mothers and fathers say they only EXPECT and WANT Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts that cost $30 OR LESS.
Both moms and dads ranked a GIFT CARD as the top thing they want. And clearly, they're not expecting more than, like, $25 to the Olive Garden.
And 59% of parents say they'd rather spend TIME with you on Mother's Day or Father's Day than get an expensive gift.
Here's an interesting dilemma: Would you be willing to get your company's logo TATTOOED on your body to get a MASSIVE RAISE?
There's a real estate company in New York City called Rapid Realty that's offering its employees that deal. Get our logo tattooed . . . and get a 15% RAISE.
There's no rule on how big the tattoo has to be, or where you have to put it on your body. As long as you get one, you get the raise.
Anthony Lolli is the owner of Rapid Realty. He says he got the idea from an employee who got the logo tattooed JUST out of loyalty. Anthony wanted to repay his loyalty, so he thought of the raise idea.
So far, FORTY of his employees have taken the deal, and gotten Rapid Realty tattoos. Anthony is also covering the cost of the tattoo itself.