Honey Boo Boo Goes Global

TLC has announced its popular reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is going international. The show will now be available on TV screens in Australia, the Netherlands, Italy and Latin America, among others. Yet another way for America to enhance its reputation overseas!

Honey’s already a hit in Eastern Europe. And despite only recently going on air in Poland, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has already taken the No. 3 spot in the TV ratings. H/T Next Media Animation

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Babes of Burlesque: 59

VICKY BUTTERFLY

Last but certainly not least in our series of profiles introducing the hottest performers in the world of Neo-Burlesque, Great Britain’s Vicky Butterfly has undeniably selected an appropriate stage name. She evokes a dreamy, gossamer past — the bygone world of vaudeville, silent cinema and naughty Belle Epoque entertainment. She cites a host of artistic influences, ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Surrealist insurgents of a century ago. It’s a rarified realm she inhabits, befitting the daughter of an Irish showgirl and an eccentric Viennese aristocrat.

In “Ghost of Love,” she uses Chinese silk fans to present a delicate dance bathed in mystique.

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Remember John Travolta’s TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble? In “Sur L’Eau” or “The Bubble,” Vicky Butterfly delivers what might be the first burlesque dance ever choreographed inside a plastic bubble. It’s actually quite erotic, and certainly original.

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If you want to see more, visit the Butterfly website at http://www.vickybutterfly.net/Home.html

Ironic that we should wrap up the Babes of Burlesque inside a plastic bubble. Hope you’ve enjoyed this series, but all things — entertaining or otherwise — must come to an end. We’ll be launching a new series tomorrow — something fun and surprising. We’re not going to give you any advance clues this time, except to say: Having exhausted the creme de la creme when it comes to funny beer commercials and dancing women, we’re moving into new territory. Drop by to see what we’ve got in store. Same time, same place.

How Lipids Keep You Safe

The cell membrane, like a good jacket, protects the cell from everything outside of it. How is it simultaneously sturdy, flexible and capable of allowing the right things to pass through? Ethan Perlstein introduces the scientists who have changed the way we study the membrane and the cell as a whole. Much of this research focuses on the amazing qualities of lipids. H/T TEDEducation

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Tempo Giusto

Slow down. Relax. Take a breather. You might be wasting some time, but also prolonging your life. Chanya Hetayothin created this clever animated PSA based on Carl Honore’s book In Praise of Slowness. Originally from Thailand, Hetayothin studied at UCLA’s Animation Workshop, and now is a postdoctoral research student at the University of the Arts in London. Visit her website at http://chanya.blogspot.com/

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STRAWBERRY SIREN

Circus performer, showgirl and burlesque artist, Strawberry Siren won the coveted Miss Burlesque Australia award in 2011.  Hailing from Melbourne, she calls her style of performance “Cirlesque.”  She’s acrobatic and also a shade dangerous. Wrote the Australian Stage, “Strawberry Siren stands out with her good looks and peculiar but hypnotic brand of Burlesque tease.”

Here’s a small, but quite delectable taste of what she serves.

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In “Jail Bait,” she stages a prison “bustout” that puts her in Houdini’s class, although she certainly looks a lot hotter than the famed escape artist.

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To visit her website, go to http://www.strawberrysiren.com/