NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Naked parties appear to be the latest fad to streak across East Coast universities, it was reported Tuesday.
After apparently gaining a foothold at Brown and Yale, the fad has caught on at New York's Columbia University, the New York Sun reported.
All the parties have one thing in common -- all articles of clothing are left at the door. Among the reportedly banned items are cameras, masks and "spikey things," the newspaper said.
Students told the Sun the parties are more social than sexual. One Columbia student said he was surprised the trend even caught on at the basically conservative university.
"Columbia students are generally not into the exhibitionist realm," senior Zachary Bendiner said. "Rightfully so, because by and large they aren't terribly attractive."
Groups claim Bratz dolls are too 'sexy'
NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the licensee of the popular Bratz dolls and their Fox cartoon show says critics that consider the dolls too sexy are "perverts."
The National Research Center for Women & Families and the anti-pornography group Morality in Media have come out against the multi-billion dollar doll franchise, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.
"It's really shocking that 6-year-old girls are playing with these very sexualized dolls -- and even girls younger than that," Research Center Diana Zuckerman told the newspaper. "In my opinion, there's just a pedophilia quality to the marketing -- and it might inspire young girls to dress like sluts. When girls dress like this, they can become targets."
Isaac Larian of MGA Entertainment, the firm that holds the licenses for Bratz, countered the morality groups are the ones that are "immoral."
"How do they know that something is sexy if they are not just reading sex into it themselves," he said. "I say they are perverts."
Xbox 360 developer doesn't play games
SEATTLE, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The guy who designed Microsoft's Xbox 360 doesn't even play video games.
The latest gaming console went on sale across the United States Tuesday with many video fans waiting through the night to get their hands on the console that plays games in high definition and is a digital video recorder and player as well.
Jonathan Hayes, 37, who led Microsoft's design team told Tuesday's Washington Post he's a "weird, idiosyncratic guy" -- a hardware designer in a software company full of engineers.
The Seattle resident describes himself at work as "the sand in the oyster."
Hayes' dad, Robert, taught manufacturing at Harvard Business School for 35 years.
"He's a laughingstock at Microsoft because he's so uneducated electronically," Robert told the Post. "He's not a computer geek. He's not a gamer. He can barely navigate his way around e-mail."
Fleiss to open Nevada 'stud farm'
CRYSTAL, Nev., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Former "Hollywood madam" turned Nevada "stud farm" wrangler Heidi Fleiss says hundreds of men want to work at her all-male bordello.
Fleiss has received 500 e-mails from men seeking employment at "Heidi's Stud Farm," the brothel she plans on opening in Crystal, Nev., the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.
Fleiss told the newspaper she is no longer in business with brothel owner Joe Richards and plans on seeking a license from the state on her own.
"I'm doing it on my own," Fleiss said. "I'm not looking for a pimp." She declined to say what caused the split.
Fleiss said she plans to have her stud farm operating on the 60-acre ranch she owns 80 miles outside of Las Vegas by Valentines Day.
Fleiss also said her efforts to start up her business are being documented by the premium cable channel, HBO.