Maressa Brown

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I am a writer and occasional editor. My work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, First for WomenWoman's World, AOL, YourTango, and various other publications. Interests include holistic health/fitness, beauty/style, reading, pop culture, astrology, summer, baking, and cooking with lots of veggies and spices! I've lived in Chicago, Boston, London, L.A. and Manhattan and now reside in north NJ with my Jersey boy husband. In our free time, we frequent BYOB spots, buy overpriced (but so yummy!) eats at Whole Foods, and do bizarrely huge loads of laundry.


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    If you thought women turning themselves into "Human Barbies" were all the rage, think again. It's just part of the rage! A 30-year-old woman from Latvia, who calls herself Victoria Wild, is now making headlines for spending big bucks ($49K, to be exact) to turn herself into a "living sex doll."

    Wild, pictured here before her transformation, now works as a "model, TV personality, and 'bombshell.'" She says she began having operations at age 25 in an attempt to look more like a blow-up sex toy, and now she's up to three breast enlargements to get to a 32G, a nose job, lip implants, and Botox. Eesh.

    Wild told the Mirror that she loves the attention she gets and wonders, "Who wouldn’t want to be treated like a bimbo doll? It’s such a sexy look.”

    Here's just one of the many eye-popping full-length images she has shared on Twitter.

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    Ask just about any devoted dog or cat owner where they'd draw the line when it comes to what they would spend on their pet's care, and they'll likely tell you they would do everything within their means for their beloved companion. So why shouldn't a beloved goldfish get the same care?

    That's the question one couple from Australia must have asked themselves when they chose to spend hundreds of dollars to have their 10-year-old pet goldfish named George undergo "high-risk microsurgery" for a brain tumor. The fish had reportedly developed a huge growth on his head over the past year that required an urgent, life-saving treatment.

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    He may always be angsty teen filmmaker Dawson Leery to legions of adults who grew up watching the WB, but these days, James Van Der Beek, who will star in the upcoming CBS series CSI: Cyber, is all adult -- and dad! He and wife Kimberly are proud parents to three adorable children: almost-4-year-old Olivia, 2-year-old Joshua, and 9-month-old Annabel. As a result, they've had reason to become extra health-conscious.

    "[Olivia and Joshua] got the flu last year, when my wife was nine months pregnant, which was no fun," he explains. The experience inspired him to join a campaign to dispel common misconceptions about the nasty virus. Of course getting vaccinated, with the FluMist nasal-spray flu vaccine, is a must now for his whole family. 

    At the same time, James, Kimberly, and the kids follow various other healthy habits to stave off illness. The Stir recently caught up with the TV star, and he shared his and his wife's best healthy living tips for their family of five.

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    No matter how liberal or uptight you are about nudity, you've gotta agree: The Colombia women's cycling team uniform, also referred to as a "kit," is a total jaw-dropper! 

    The IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar cyclists made international headlines this weekend for appearing at a race in Tuscany, Italy in the uniform, which features skin-colored lycra around the waist, hips, and between the legs. And due to some unfortunate lighting in one of the team photos, it looks like the uniform only covers part of their thighs and torso -- and we're staring right at their naked ladyparts! Agh!

    Take a peek for yourself.

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    Whether it's because they're feeling awkward or just plain old at a loss for words, people say some crazy things to newlyweds! It's almost as if, faced with a couple who has just vowed to spend the rest of their lives together, they can't stop themselves from delivering cliches about marriage up the wazoo! Many of them downright offensive, by the way.

    Granted, many times, people are speaking from their own (often negative) experience when spouting their kookiest gems, so maaaybe we need to give them a break.

    But if you're that loved one without a filter, maybe you could also use a tip! And if you're that newlywed barraged by inappropriate platitudes, you could probably use a laugh. Here are 10 things never to say to a newlywed. Take note, Aunt Edna!

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