Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School New Jersey No Hugging Allowed - 6024051456
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A middle school in New Jersey has come under fire for banning hugging among students.

According to a CBS New York report, Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler Blackmore made an announcement last week following "incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions" reminding students that Matawan-Aberdeen was a "no hugging school."

Students say they risk detention if caught embracing.

School Superintendent David Healy commended Blackmore for acting responsibly, saying the students needed to learn about "appropriate interactions." Still, he said the announcement was being blown out of proportion and students caught hugging would not be suspended.

"It’s stupid, I’ve never heard of such a thing," said one parent. "Why can’t you hug? That’s how we grew up, with affection."

Seriously, what's next? Banning best friends? Oh, wait.

[nj / cbsny / thesun.]

All Kinds Of Wrong Jenna Talackova LGBT rights Miss Universe Canada - 6023938816
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Miss Universe Canada announced yesterday that 23-year-old finalist Jenna Talackova of Vancouver was disqualified from the Donald Trump-owned beauty pageant, but didn't provide a reason.

"She did not meet the requirements to compete despite having stated otherwise on her entry form," competition officials said in a statement. Talackova, however, says she knows exactly why she was disqualified: She was born a man.

The 6'1" bombshell underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2010 after living most of her life as a woman.

She wouldn't speak with the press concerning the unceremonious scrubbing of her profile from the Miss Universe Canada website, but did take to Twitter to bemoan being "disqualified for being born."

Many have noted that Miss Universe Canada's only expressed requirements are that the contestant be a Canadian citizen and between the ages of 18 and 27. Nary a mention of gender confirmation surgery as being grounds for dismissal.

On Twitter, Talackova implied that she's down but not through. "I’m disqualified, however I’m not giving up," she tweeted. "I’m not going to just let them disqualify me over discrimination."

[theprovince / ctv.]

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Boasting three computer-controlled fountains installed by the LA-based company behind the world-renowned Fountains of Bellagio, Salt Lake City's new City Creek Center is significantly more magical than your average shopping mall.

Two of the fountains, "Transcend" and "Flutter," use WET Design's proprietary "bloom nozzles" in conjunction with fire and music to create a display that WET co-founder Mark Fuller says is "like looking at something in Fantasia."

See for yourself above.

[sltrib / h/t: sisfti.]

John and Frances Canning Prince Philip Queen Elizabeth II Royal Wedding Crashers - 6023605504
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Newlyweds John and Frances Canning were informed a while back that a VIP would be at Manchester's town hall on the day of their wedding.

When later they learned that the very important person would be Queen Elizabeth II, they decided to send her a "lighthearted" invitation. They didn't expect to hear back from the Queen, much less see her at their wedding.

But that's exactly what happened.

"When we had our ceremony, the staff asked us to wait for a moment in the corridor and just a few minutes later the queen arrived," Frances Canning told the Manchester Evening News. "She knew both our names and apparently we had been especially added to her rota."

Mr. Canning said the monarch congratulated them and asked them how they were feeling, while her husband inquired about their Italian honeymoon plans.

The Queen and Prince Philip were in town as part of HRH's Diamond Jubilee tour.

In related royal news, a significant number of MPs from all three major parties have proposed renaming Big Ben in honor of the Queen on the year of her Diamond Jubilee. The proposal is gaining traction after being backed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader Ed Miliband, London Mayor Boris Johnson, and even Prime Minister David Cameron.

[menmedia / belfast.]

ben stiller Najib Razak owen wilson zoolander - 6023523840
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Zoolander IRL of the Day: Actor Owen Wilson recently had a chance to reenact a Zoolander scene in real life when he encountered the Prime Minister of Malaysia last Thursday. Luckily, no harm befell Najib Razak -- most likely because the person behind the camera was none-other-than Wilson's Zoolander co-star Ben Stiller.

The timing of the reference to the decade-old cult film could be calculated: A Zoolander sequel is known to be in the works, but little has been heard from Stiller since he informed The Hollywood Reporter back in October that the script was finished.

[@redhourben / thr.]

Magical Wardrobe Narnia IRL Upgraded Childhood - 6022316800
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When Redditor kelseypolo's friend and her husband were building their new home, they found they had some extra space adjacent to their daughter's bedroom, and decided to transform it into a real-life Narnia.

[reddit.]

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Here are 130 episodes of The Simpsons -- 13 from each of the first 10 seasons -- running simultaneously side-by-side for three minutes and 20 seconds.

If you're wondering why, it's because you're not high enough.

[gizmodo.]

Disney Animation End Of An Era Glen Keane Mouse House - 6020331008
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Legendary character animator Glen Keane, best known for designing such beloved Disney characters as Ariel, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Beast, and Elliot the Dragon, announced today that he will be leaving Disney Animation after nearly 38 years.

"I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate art form of our time with endless new territories to explore," Keane wrote in a letter to his Disney colleagues. " I can’t resist it’s [sic] siren call to step out and discover them."

Rumor has it he's headed to DreamWorks. When TAG asked him about it two weeks ago, he would only admit to "doing due diligence, looking around, seeing what's out there."

[cartoonbrew.]

infographic This x That - 6020245248
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This x That:

Know This:

Read This:

  • President Obama's campaign team marks two-year anniversary of Affordable Care Act by launching initiative to take back "Obamacare."
  • Rick Santorum retracts remarks suggesting he would rather have Obama as president than Mitt Romney.

The Other:

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Mameshiba are a decidedly unappetizing race of dog-faced legumes that spout bizarre, unsolicited trivia nuggets.

They initially starred in a series of 20 interstitials produced by the Tokyo-based advertising agency Dentsu.

Here are all 20, in chronological order.

[d-a-n.]

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A 1000fps look at the lithely motions of two Berlin State Ballet dancers, set to "Everything in Its Right Place" by Radiohead.

[hyst.]

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Using your cat as a light switch -- pro: Effectively extinguishes even the highest sources of light; con: Doesn't care if you actually wanted the light left on.

[dpaf.]

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Bent Jensen is something of a rockstar in the world of upper-level dressage, and its not hard to see why. Here he is performing with Liberty Light at Dressage Under the Stars to LMFAO's "Sexy And I Know It," among other interesting song choices.

[thanks erin!]