Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Friday Links: September 21

Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

“Call Me, Maybe” is so Summer 2012. New season, new obnoxiously catchy dance song. Here, the U.S. Naval Academy gets in on the action and takes on Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”

From Slate: “Why I Eloped. And you should, too.”

From Buzzfeed: “A Love Story In 22 Pictures”

From The Hairpin: “Moving Day,” a story about long distance love.

From CNN: “Kate’s breasts, Pussy Riot, virginity tests and our attitude on women’s bodies”

From The Oatmeal: “My Dog: The Paradox,” a comic about the inexplicable love we have for our dogs.

Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to [email protected] and if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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  • iwannatalktosampson

    iwannatalktosampson September 21, 2012, 1:13 pm

    I challenge everyone to look at that 22 pictures article and not cry.

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      jlyfsh September 21, 2012, 1:19 pm

      yeah i cried for that one and the one about the dogs. because in my head my dogs are going to live as long as me. now i need to go look at something happy.

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        rachel September 21, 2012, 1:27 pm

        I cried over both of those too.

        IWTTS, if you want to cry even more, there is a photo blog written by one of the guy’s good friends telling more of their story. So beautiful and inspirational.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson September 21, 2012, 1:41 pm

        Shoot…send me the link. It’s a masochistic kinda day.

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        rachel September 21, 2012, 1:59 pm

        I think most of photos on the buzzfeed link might be from this guy.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson September 21, 2012, 1:27 pm

        Yeah I can’t even handle looking at the dog one after that love one. It’s too much for a Friday. It’s been a long week, haha.

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        rachel September 21, 2012, 1:34 pm

        The dog one is hilarious, and then gets sad. Soo…yeah look at your own risk.

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        Ladybug September 21, 2012, 3:16 pm

        For any of you who love canine cuteness and troublemaking, check this out if you haven’t already:

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        jlyfsh September 21, 2012, 3:27 pm

        oh yes i love that site! and i love the one up right now with the trash. i have done that so many times!! right now we’re super classy and have our trash can inside of a rubber maid that is sitting on top of two others.

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        rachel September 21, 2012, 3:36 pm

        Haha, yeah my cat and my dog will totally work together to get to the trash if it’s not in a closet. For a while I had it surrounded by a series of boxes propping it up.

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    • JK

      JK September 21, 2012, 1:20 pm

      I managed not to cry. And I´m a weeper. It was beautiful though.

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      kerrycontrary September 21, 2012, 2:00 pm

      This is why one night I cuddled my dog and told her she can’t die until she’s 17 and she must die in her sleep.

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        jlyfsh September 21, 2012, 2:03 pm

        17? i told my dogs they are living to at least 70. ah now i’m going to cry again thinking about how that’s not true 🙁 i’m glad it’s the weekend so i can give them a few extra belly rubs.

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        rachel September 21, 2012, 2:28 pm

        When my sister was little she used to pray that her, me, and my mom would all die together when we were all in our 80’s. Yeah, so she clearly didn’t have a good sense of numbers yet, haha. But I would love for my dog and cat to somehow live exactly as long as I do.

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    • MaterialsGirl

      MaterialsGirl September 21, 2012, 2:19 pm

      wow yeah. big tears

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      Jessibel5 September 21, 2012, 4:43 pm

      I’ve seen them in person around town here, while he’s been at the National Military Medical Center. Actually, you can see the bar I used to work at in one of the pictures. They are incredibly sweet and he’s got a GREAT attitude. If you want to read more about his story, http://www.taylormorris.org or

      When I saw him for the first time, I was struck by how very handsome he is. And his girlfriend Danielle…she’s just incredibly amazing, but they’re both beautiful inside and out.

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    • bittergaymark

      bittergaymark September 22, 2012, 2:21 pm

      Tragic. Even more so as that war so shouldn’t have ever happened to begin with. Yay! America! Yay Bush! Yay Republicans AND Democrats who ALL overwhelming voted for it even though it was plain as day to anybody with a brain — yeah, this included me, big time — that this fun quick and easy war would prove to be one big, long, unmitigated disaster.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        Iwannatalktosampson September 23, 2012, 4:05 pm

        Right? We should have just nuked Iran and Iraq and wiped our hands of the whole thing. (then stole all their oil. Nukes don’t destroy oil do they?)

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark September 23, 2012, 4:38 pm

        Um, no… Instead we should have just stayed out of the region entirely. The wars certainly haven’t done us any favors. They left our nation bankrupt and made much of the world lose all respect for us — and that’s something more people should REALLY be worried about us. Oh, and it also certainly didn’t make us ANY safer either.

        911 Casualties: 2,977.

        U.S. Iraq War Dead: 4488
        U.S. Iraq War Injured: 33184
        U.S. Afghanistan War Dead: 1961
        U.S. Afghanistan War Injured: 17,619

        Do the math? What harmed more Americans? The horrible terrorist attack? Or our own governments incredibly stupid and short-sighted response to it?

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      • Cara

        Cara September 23, 2012, 11:41 pm

        Hope you´re joking.

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    ele4phant September 21, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I could have written the Slate article myself. Exactly how I feel.

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  • katie

    katie September 21, 2012, 1:32 pm

    i really liked that eloping article. i go back and forth whether i would want to elope or not… but one thing struck me- the line about not thinking that you are “above” wedding planning, but knowing you would be able to succomb to all of it and turn into a crazy person. i worry about that too.

    but i will say, if i have a regular wedding, i am most certainly going to eat. thats going to be like a focal point. i dont know how you could not eat… lol

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    • iwannatalktosampson

      iwannatalktosampson September 21, 2012, 1:43 pm

      Well at the wedding I went to last weekend I didn’t eat because I was 3 glasses of wine deep and as soon as I’m tipsy my appetite just disappears. After the ceremony the wedding party went upstairs to this private deck to party while the bride and groom said hello to most of the guests.

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      • katie

        katie September 21, 2012, 1:52 pm

        haha im usually the opposite, i drink too much wine and then i get mad because the wine takes up too much room in my stomach and i end up eating too much and getting a stomach ache. lol. thats happened more then once to me.

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    • theattack

      theattack September 21, 2012, 1:46 pm

      I’m really convinced that I’m going to eat at my wedding too. But I just watched one of my best friends say the same thing and then spend her entire wedding walking around from table to table laughing with everyone. I think it’s just hard for brides and grooms because everyone they love is in one place. They haven’t seen many of them for years, and they most likely won’t get to again either. It’s like missing out on a reunion with some of your favorite people so you can eat that piece of chicken. It has to be a hard position to be in, which is why it’s always best to plan for someone saving you leftovers!

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      • katie

        katie September 21, 2012, 1:50 pm

        bring the chicken with you!! lol thats what i would do. OR have everything be finger food so you can just eat and run/eat and talk. or, my grand plan, is to have the food be part of the whole thing. like, the center of the whole night. (food is a big deal to me)

        i dunno i guess, honestly, i would miss out on some of a big event to eat the food at it. haha

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        jlyfsh September 21, 2012, 2:04 pm

        yeah i think i said something before about how a friend had them make a ‘picnic basket’ to take back to the hotel room with them of all the food they served. otherwise yeah i think all she did was eat the cake and drink wine.

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        rachel September 21, 2012, 2:06 pm

        In England weddings basically last all day for this reason….at least the one I went to did. After the wedding there is a meal, with a smaller group of people and they do speeches and junk. And the couple can eat then. And then more people show up and it becomes more of a party type reception with dancing and snacks.

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    • mandalee

      mandalee September 21, 2012, 1:56 pm

      I’m with you on the eating at the wedding, Katie. At our wedding, food was very, very important to me. We had the wait staff bring my husband and I a huge plate of appetizers and we sat and ate them during the first few minutes of cocktail hour by ourselves. It was magical haha I also ate my whole dinner and the cake. I mean, if you’re shelling out for good food, why on earth wouldn’t you eat it??

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      lemongrass September 22, 2012, 4:46 pm

      Everyone said to me before my wedding “you aren’t going to feel like it- but make sure you eat on your wedding day!” I scarfed down a chicken club sandwich 10 mins before my ceremony. It was delicious. Also- at my reception we had a buffet and I sat down with my plate and was stuffing my face when halfway through it I realized that people might be watching me and I should probably eat a little more gracefully.

      The article was okay but it really irritated me that the author says everyone should elope. It worked for her, fantastic. I’m sure it was the “right way” for her but that doesn’t mean it is for everyone. Yes, planning my wedding was hard work but hard work isn’t a bad thing. It paid off and I couldn’t be happier that I put that effort in. Doesn’t mean I think that everyone should do it.

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  • LK7889

    LK7889 September 21, 2012, 1:59 pm

    I love The Oatmeal. The Bob Cats comics there are priceless.

    Also, I enjoyed Naomi Wolf’s article and think she’s got a very good point. Part of keeping women powerless is focusing on what they are doing with their bodies and limiting their control over their bodies and lives.

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    rangerchic September 21, 2012, 2:13 pm

    lloooovvvveeeed the dog one. I was rolling with laughter until the end….when it stated what is just most real and I don’t really think about it because I can’t imagine my life without my dogs. And they are both terrified of the hair dryer too! But they are always, always super excited when we get home. So lots of truth in that one ;0

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  • Classic

    Classic September 21, 2012, 2:18 pm

    They are just so darn cute. The Naval Academy guys. I love them. Yup, all of them.

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    • MaterialsGirl

      MaterialsGirl September 21, 2012, 2:23 pm

      i do to, that was really well done. wow do i miss uniform thursdays at college.

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        Visharoo September 22, 2012, 3:55 am

        That’s my alma mater! We used to have to make up dances to popular songs back when I was a freshman to “entertain” the upperclassmen, but You Tube didn’t exist so the world didn’t get to see it. I love how the underclassmen have been posting so many fun videos lately! If you look on You Tube you can find all sorts of videos midshipmen have made for popular songs!

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  • thewriteway

    thewriteway September 21, 2012, 2:41 pm

    I must be a complete cynic, because even though I have nothing but respect for the military, I really don’t think Gangnam Style is all that funny or cool. I watched the original video and listened to the song, but I just don’t see what’s so great. But I still think military guys can be hot!

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      ele4phant September 21, 2012, 2:49 pm

      I think the appeal (to me at least) is that its just so bizarre. I mean, perhaps to a Korean audience, it would make more sense, but as an American I watched that video and thought “WTF is going on?” Everything about it to me was just so odd, and therefore hilarious. The dance, the settings, whatever sort of narrative was going on, it was just…funny. The part that got me was when they were in a horse arena, wearing pristine white, space agey looking clothing and doing that odd shuffle of a dance. I mean, what WAS that?!

      Its all subjective, of course, but most people I known were drawn in by just the strangeness of it all.

      And, if you hear it enough times, it does kind of stick in your brain, like “Call Me Maybe.” It did for me, at least.

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        rachel September 21, 2012, 2:51 pm

        Yep! Agree completely. Though I now feel like I should maybe listen to more K-Pop

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark September 22, 2012, 2:15 pm

    If Kate thinks her fucking tits are so fucking precious she should maybe stop laying about with them hanging out… Seriously, Kate! You live in a fucking palace and have untold millions… Surprise, surprise! The price that you must pay is either always wear a bikini top — or simply accept the fact that photogs will peddle boring pictures of your dreary and otherwise rather unremarkable tits.

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark September 22, 2012, 2:51 pm

    The unintentional homo-eroticism — or is it INtentional homo-eroticism? — gleefully displayed in all these military dance clips is fascinating. And the lead here is hot as hell. (woof! woof!) With all that thrusting and even a giant-cannon-as-my-cock shot, I really just wish they’d grab one another and start making out and finally get it on and over with already. Really — this clip was all just one big long tease… 😉

    PS — Boy, does that one guy “bounce” in his gray shorts a lot or what?

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      Megan_A_Mess September 23, 2012, 11:06 pm

      That was the first time I pointed out to my BF, BGM.

      “Um, either those shorts are really flattering … Or he. Is. PACKING!”

      I give them major props, cause when I was in the Navy, NO one looked THAT good in a uniform, and they can dance pretty well for dudes.

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