A global warming PR stunt is too hot for West Virginia greens

An advocacy group is asked not to melt a politically charged ice sculpture on Capitol Hill. Plus, ‘pro-anorexia’ site comes under fire, ‘Ted’ the star of new NSFW Axe spot, edible QR codes, sneaky apps, the Cookie Monster takes on Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.

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Although global warming is a hot topic these days, one advocacy group was asked to freeze an icy PR stunt meant to highlight the problem. During last week’s extreme heat wave (and in light of the strong thunderstorms that ripped through nearly half of the nation), 350.org planned to melt a large ice sculpture spelling out “HOAX?” in front of Capitol Hill, but greens from West Virginia—a.k.a. coal country—put the brakes on the stunt for fear it would give their opponents an advantage.

Another hot topic that has yet to melt is the “pro-anorexic” website Skinny Gossip, which recently mocked Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model Kate Upton in a blog post for having what it deemed “thunder thighs,” also calling her a “piggie.” The anonymous “Skinny Girl” behind the site has not come forward, but has responded, deny that she’s “pro-anorexic,” despite posting a “Starving Tip of the Day” for years.

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