Lisa Fogarty


I'm a former newspaper journalist and blogger who used to travel extensively, but hasn't watched a decent in-flight safety demonstration since Obama took office. I've been interviewed on NPR and have harassed countless politicians, fashion designers, and ordinary folk who probably despise reporters now. I live in Brooklyn with my husband and toddler girl, where I've picked up and put down Infinite Jest at least 200,000 times. 

Sipping on:

Lately, wheat beer. And malt beer. And beer with chocolate.

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    If you just so happen to be shoplifting with an infant in tow, as so many of us often do, and you are unlucky enough to get caught, naturally, you should flee with $86 worth of merchandise and leave your baby behind, right? Right?!

    Shockingly, Djuna Tansmore, 48, isn't the first woman to abandon a child while stealing from a store, and we're guessing she won't be the last. The Pennsylvania woman was reportedly swiping five containers of laundry detergent and Miracle Whip -- for a total value of $86.58 -- when the store's loss prevention officer approached her. Her infant niece, who was strapped in to the shopping cart, was apparently strapped in pretty tight because Tansmore couldn't remove her. No worries, she allegedly took off with the mayo and detergent, leaving the tot behind.

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    There's no question that a great many kids learn best when they use their hands and create something. I can speak until the cows come home to my daughter about a cube, for example, but the day she built one using her magnetic shapes was the day she truly understood what one was. Same goes for reading about history in a book versus taking a trip to Ground Zero and letting your child feel the enormity of what happened on 9/11.

    I'm guessing (maybe?) the same idea was behind the creation of a new set of coloring books aimed at little kids that allows them to use their fave crayon shades to color pics of Islamic terrorists, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, AND a crucified Christian, beneath which reads the message: "This is what ISIS wants to bring to America and its people. What are you going to do when they come for you?"

    Color them Mango Tango while I drink my Capri-Sun because I'm 6?

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    An astounding number of teens -- 32 in total -- reportedly escaped the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville last night. Police are still searching for 17 youth offenders who remain on the loose.

    Cops say the incident happened at around 11 p.m. last night after a shift change at the detention center. The kids, ages 14 to 19, reportedly crawled through an open spot in the fence that surrounds the yard's facility and fled on foot. Authorities are unsure of whether the escape was spontaneous or planned out.

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    Before she became the Queen of Twerk, Miley Cyrus was a young woman who was very much in love and in a committed relationship with actor Liam Hemsworth. The two kids were adorable together -- they were spotted out and about doing everything from boring chores to attending Red Carpet events.

    And they weren't just messing around. They were in L-O-V-E -- so much so that he proposed to Miley with an insane 3.5-carat ring. But things didn't work out between these two and they eventually called it quits. We considered them totally kaput -- until Miley recently dropped a bomb that makes us wonder if these two lovebirds will make it work.

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    A man installing lights on the outside of an apartment building in China was just doing his job -- a job that naturally involves making a little bit of noise -- when a 10-year-old boy couldn't take the way he was disrupting his cartoons and did something absolutely frightening: he cut his safety rope with a knife.

    For the next 40 minutes, the worker was left dangling 100 feet above the ground. Now, if you have children, this is the point where you might be wondering how you would proceed. Send him to boot camp, perhaps? You may be surprised when you find out how this child's dad reacted to him nearly killing a man.

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