Rebecca Stokes

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I'm a writer all over the web! I've contributed news, rants, funny lists and entertaining academic fakery at XOJane, The Hairpin, The Barnes and Noble Book Blog, and The Toast, to name but a few. When not writing for the internet, I spend my time writing plays and taunting my cat with bits of pretzel that I will ultimately not let him have. 


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    Fast food nutrition can be difficult. The snacks are always so good, which can blind us to those concerns. Where else can you grab your favorite ultra-savory or sweet treat in just seconds, and all for usually pretty decent prices? Not in my kitchen, that's for sure. I charge a premium rate for even toaster waffles. It's highway robbery.

    But it can be tough when you're ordering fast food to know what exactly is in what you're ordering. When we cook at home, it's so much easier to suss out how much of what we've used and do some quick math to let us know just how many calories and how much fat we're consuming. Sometimes with fast food, it can be a challenge.

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    Sure, Mad Men's final season is all about the crazy beauty of the '60s, but its stars are still thoroughly modern. When they aren't in front of the camera, we like to see them at their sleek, shining, sophisticated best. Unless you're Jon Hamm, in which case we just like to see you, period.

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    Plastic surgery has grown so extreme, it's made even routine things like travel difficult. Don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong, in my humble estimation, with getting a little nip or a tuck as the years go by. I haven't had any plastic surgery, but should I have the money and think it might make me feel better about myself, then I think that should be my prerogative. But there's a line that just shouldn't be crossed.

    Plastic surgery is enjoying such a boom that something truly problematic is happening. Folks traveling internationally after surgery? They are being turned away. Because they don't look anything like their passport photos! The solution to this seems obvious to me: Cut back on the face cutting! Plastic surgeons have another idea; they are handing out certificates to their patients to show officials who need more proof of their identity. *slaps forehead*

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    Tattoos are more mainstream than ever these days. Everyone has one; even moms are getting in on the action. Which shouldn't be that surprising. Moms have long been a popular topic in the tattoo world. Folks are forever getting tattoos dedicated to celebrating the special woman in their lives. Now moms are returning the favor and celebrating their own kids with ink.

    But the results aren't always touching and flattering. In fact, sometimes they can be downright ... disastrous. One bad tattoo artist or a joke gone too far, and these bad mom tattoos are emblazoned on someone's person forever. Too bad for them, and too funny for us.

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    This week on The Real Housewives of Orange County, we got to spend a little bit more time with one of the new wives, Shannon Beador. For the most part, we liked what we saw. Sure, she's a bit hypocritical, what with her passion for going green while still driving an Escalade, but you know what? The woman freely admits this and knows she's being a ridiculous contradiction. That earns her big points in my book. You know, Becca's Big Book of Housewives? It's bound with individual strands of Slade Smiley's hair, which I've been amassing for years.

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