Woman renews vows with mannequin husband after 14 years [Exclusive pics & interview]

July 23, 2014 | No comments

In February, we featured a series of photos by Suzanne Heintz with her mannequin “family,” (“Single Woman Spends 14 Years with Mannequin Family to Make a Point“). In the spirited comments section, the photos were called “creepy,” “brilliant,” and everything in between.

Since then, Suzanne and I have kept in contact, and a couple months ago I got the skinny on her planned “chapter two” of her project, officially called “The Playing House Project,” in which she and her stoic mannequin husband renew their wedding vows.

I took the opportunity to send Suzanne a few questions to get a deeper understanding of her project. She graciously took the time to thoughtfully answer them, and to give us an exclusive scoop on the renewal ceremony photos.

You’re the first to see these, so enjoy!

Artist buys imitation family to satirize conformity

Suzanne, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. I came across your work in mid-February this year and was delighted by it. Since then, on our site alone, it’s been shared 150,000 times on Facebook. And I know you’ve had a lot of press elsewhere too. But you’ve been committed to this project for a long time. How does it feel to see something into which you’ve invested so much time and energy garner the exposure it has recently?

It’s just like jumping into a hot spring. Shocking at first, and wonderful once you get used to it. I’ve said before that I’m pleased as punch to be born at the time I was. Not only because as a woman, I’ve got more choices in life than any generation before, but I’m also amazed at how much opportunity, and exposure, living in the information age provides.

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Jews join their Arab friends, families, and lovers to oppose hate in these 9 powerful photos

July 22, 2014 | No comments

With violence escalating in the Middle East, social media has become an outlet of hate for many people on both sides. In response, a social media campaign has taken off on Facebook and Twitter where people post pictures like this with the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies…

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@81059sredding

Organizers of the campaign acknowledge that political differences can’t be solved simply through social media, but they hope to at least change the tone of discourse online, noting

While we may not agree on the political developments of the Arab-Israeli conflict, we must demonstrate that we refuse to be enemies. We stand in solidarity with the Arab and Jewish populations who went to the streets of Israel/Palestine to demonstrate that they refuse to succumb to the hatred sentiments of the minority. We don’t believe that if we will all be friends the core issues will disappear and we don’t have to agree on everything, but we do need to show that we won’t be enemies.

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@zeynepdoruk

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Conan O’Brien and Dave Franco join Tinder, get matched with a 74-year-old, then go on a date

July 18, 2014 | 1 comment

From setting up their accounts with fake names to finding dates to actually going out on a date, Conan O’Brien and Dave Franco give the matchmaking social network a hilarious try…

20 Sex Myths Debunked

July 15, 2014 | No comments

Over the years, thanks to urban legend, prudishness, and bad science, many people have believed some very strange things about sex. In this video, Dr. Aaron Carroll looks at a few of these and applies actual data.

As he says at the beginning, “Fair warning here. This is…about sex. If you think that’s inappropriate or it’s not your thing, it’s probably a good idea to turn this off now.”

For the rest of you…

Dad overwhelmed when stepdaughter surprises him with the dream car he gave up to marry her mom

July 10, 2014 | No comments

Back when Kristin Russell’s mom got remarried, her new stepdad Dave gave up his dream car — a 1973 Porsche 914 — to pay for the wedding.

To say thanks for what an amazing dad to her and husband to her mom he’d been over the years, Kristin spent two years tracking down a nearly identical version of the classic Porsche, having it transported across the country, and getting it running.

All of her efforts led to a huge surprise for her stepdad…

(FYI, Dad is mostly speechless in shock but does let one PG-13 word slip…)

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7-year-old says she has enough toys, tells friends to bring donations to her birthday party instead

July 9, 2014 | No comments

When young Abigail Walsh turned seven, she got together with her friends like many first-graders do for a birthday party. Unlike most first-graders though, she specifically asked her friends not to bring presents, requesting books for a local hospital instead.

Abigail’s friends delivered on her request, bringing 125 books to her birthday party. KSL 5 News was there when Abigail brought her generous gifts to Primary Children’s Hospital…

3-year-old boy races lawn mowers with an unlikely best friend — his 89-year-old neighbor, a WWII vet

July 8, 2014 | No comments

When Emmett Rychner was just 2 years old, he made fast friends with his neighbor, as many toddlers do. His new friend, however, wasn’t another toddler.

Erling Kindem is an 89-year-old World War II veteran who got to know little Emmett when the curious boy asked Erling about the tomatoes in his garden. Though Emmett’s parents hardly knew the man they’d lived next door to for nearly ten years, their son developed a touching friendship with his new, much older best buddy…

Paul McCartney invites man onstage to propose, but didn’t expect how awesomely he’d do it

July 8, 2014 | 4 comments

John and Claudia of Rochester, New York attended Paul McCartney’s concert on Saturday with two signs. Hers said, “He won’t marry me ’til he meets you.” And his read, “I have the ring and I’m 64.”

The silly signs worked and McCartney invited them on stage to get engaged. How John went about his proposal, however, was completely unexpected and incredibly awesome…

Hilariously bitter little sister is completely prepared for when her brother disappears

July 7, 2014 | 1 comment

A Redditor posted this pic of “my daughter’s list in case anything happens to her older brother.”

It seems Ethan’s sister isn’t his biggest fan. And, while this note doesn’t make any direct threats against Ethan, if he does happen to go missing, little sis might be a good place to start any inquiries…

Ethan's Gone List