A 28-year-old woman who walked away from a May 7 Rihanna concert with a face full of herpes is suing MAC Cosmetics, alleging that she contracted the virus from a shade of special Rihanna-themed lipstick she sampled at a MAC popup shop she visited while attending the singer's performance at the Barclays Center.
Poor Marcus Bachmann. The gleefully gay-seeming, possibly pushy, highly catty Christian therapist husband of Michele Bachmann suffered two humiliations this week: First, his wife called out his doggie sunglasses shopping spree on live TV. Then, the famously press-conscious fashion fiend ("All I want to know is what they're saying about me," he told New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza) was forced to stand next to Michele in the critical final moments of her campaign with a giant cold sore on his mouth! Must have been the stress. Tasteful doggie eyewear is not easy to find in Des Moines.
As if it wasn't annoying enough that you have hang your head in shame every time a cold sore appears on your lip: According to a new study, the herpes simplex virus is a possible cause of Alzheimer's, too. But at least Katie Holmes will one day have a great excuse for forgetting about those years she spent as Mrs. Tom Cruise. [NYDN]
Another (self identified) REAL Starbucks employee has come forward to give us a peek behind the coffee company's chipper training day iron curtain of enthusiasm. This tipster confirms that Tuesday's mandatory job training was, in fact, for nerds, but then rises to a stirring defense of the company. The argument: "Sure, I got a nasty case of herpes on my hand because management is too cheap to buy more than one pair of rubber dishwashing gloves for a staff of fifteen. But hey, I'm insured to the hilt, so the Valtrex to quell said herpes is deeply discounted." Solid! The full, amusing email after the jump.
Williamsburg's "Herpes Avenger" responds to concerns that she herself might be spreading something nasty: An untruth! "Do i know that without a doubt, 100 % absolutely positively that Drew gave me herpes? Do we ever truly know anything?" Ha, all ontological and shit. But seriously: "I spoke to my doctor, and going over my sexual history she agrees that it would be quite an amazing scientific feat for me to have coincidentally had my first outbreak of herpes the week after having unprotected sex with a shady character in the midst of two months of sexual isolation." Okay, carry on. [Williamsburg's STD All-Stars]
"Do you live in the Williamsburg Greenpoint area? I know you probably love it. I love it too. But you should be aware of some things. Living here is much like living in a college dorm. It's a hotbed (no pun intended) of sexually transmitted diseases. But it doesn't have to be like this." We agree! Well, maybe up until the last sentence. Anyway, one woman has made it her mission to stop the spread of herpes by, for starters, making it impossible for the guy who gave it to her ever to get laid again.