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Produce

In a recent episode, the men were catapulted into a lake if they couldn’t guess the conspiracy theory that the princess genuinely believed (spoiler alert: it was that planet Earth is secretly governed by a race of giant lizard-people). Then they were made to dress as birds and sproing up and down on a trampoline while a tiny jester fired footballs at their faces, all to protect a framed photo of the princess’s puppy. Next they were plunged neck-deep into puddles for not guessing which of two men was covered in tattoos of the Corrs, before being blindfolded and asked to charge headfirst into a wall. And finally, the winner was asked to belt out an abysmal karaoke rendition of Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship right into the princess’s face, instead of just saying hello to her.

You get the feeling that it took a lot of clever people a lot of time to produce something as gleefully stupid as My Little Princess. It’s as if someone made a Frankenstein’s monster of The Princess Bride, Adventure Time, Takeshi’s Castle and My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, then lobotomised it and stood around taking pictures on their phones as it toppled down the stairs. It’s endless, compulsively inventive and brilliantly subversive.

There are some problems, of course. Not least that weird king/princess business. Although it adds a hint of tension to proceedings, inviting the female contestant’s dad along to help her find a nice boyfriend seems very odd. And then there’s the title. Somehow, My Little Princess feels like it does less for gender equality than Take Me Out, and that can’t possibly be a good thing.

But if you haven’t watched it yet – and ratings suggest that you probably haven’t – then I urge you to give it a try. It would be crime if an oddity like this slipped away without notice.

Life

Volcanoes roiled the Earth at a time when most land was united in one big continent, spewing out roughly 10 million cu. km of lava. Over time, the eruptions split the supercontinent apart and led to the creation of the Atlantic Ocean.

For the study, scientists analyzed rock samples from Nova Scotia, Morocco and outside New York City, all of which came from this once-united landmass, known as the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province.
An analysis of the decay of uranium isotopes in the basalt, a type of rock left by the eruptions, offered researchers more precise dates.
The eruption in Morocco was the earliest, followed by Nova Scotia about 3,000 years later and New Jersey 13,000 years later.

Sediments that lie below that time hold fossils from the Triassic era. Above that layer, they disappear, the study said.
Some of the lost creatures include fish resembling eels, called conodonts, early crocodiles and tree lizards.

“In some ways, the end Triassic extinction is analogous to today,” said lead author Terrence Blackburn, who carried out the study while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but is now with the Carnegie Institution.

“It may have operated on a similar time scale. Much insight on the possible future impact of doubling atmospheric carbon dioxide on global temperatures, ocean acidity and life on earth may be gained by studying the geologic record.”

New normal

Nate Berkus Dating Jeremiah Brent, Rachel Zoe’s Former Assistant.

Nate Berkus is dating again, and the new man in his life is equally as stylish as him.

Berkus is dating Jeremiah Brent, the former assistant to designer and stylist Rachel Zoe and a regular on “The Rachel Zoe Project,” Us Weekly confirmed.

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The interior designer and TV personality was seen getting cozy with Brent in New York City recently, Page Six reported. They were spotted at Barneys on Madison Avenue on Dec. 2 “kissing in the men’s section,” according to a source. They later enjoyed a visit to Central Park’s ice rink, according to Brent’s Twitter posts.

Brent also made an appearance at Berkus’ book signing for “The Things That Matter” at Bergdorfs on Dec. 4. “So proud @Nate_Berkus. Beautiful evening promoting truth, love and education loveislove,” he tweeted.

Although he is happy now, Berkus faced tremendous sorrow after his boyfriend, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, was killed in the December 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. The designer and his boyfriend were vacationing in southeast Asia when disaster struck. The two were swept from the hut they were staying in and separated by the force of the current. For months, Berkus couldn’t even leave his house.

“Grief in and of itself, I don’t wish on anyone,” Berkus told HuffPost live during a recent interview while promoting his book, “but it’s also a very personal process everyone has to go through in their own time and in their own way… the goal, no matter how long it takes or how cyclical it is, the goal is to not get stuck in the grief.”

Instead of getting stuck in that greif and let it define him, Berkus created a new normal. “It’s the idea for me of not getting stuck, however that works for you, being able to take even the smallest step to move forward,” he told HuffPost Live.