Michele Bachmann Unfazed by Bad Cougar Joke

Jim Newell · 09/16/11 12:00PM

Outrage at the University of Iowa Twitter Command Center! Because yesterday, after reports of mountain lion or cougar sightings near the Iowa City campus, the school's politics account tweeted, "I didn't know Bachmann was in town. Bah-dum-bum." Golly, what do those two things have to do with each other? According to the AP, "A cougar is a term used to refer to older women who seek out younger men." That simply cannot be true.

Woman's 'Rowr, I'm a Cougar' Prank Results in Gunfire

Lauri Apple · 07/27/11 11:12AM

Early Monday, Vilas County, Wisconsin sheriff's deputy Ty Peterson spotted a cougar—no, not a mythical, middle-aged, sex-seeking ladyhuman, but a large pouncey cat—prowling around in his backyard. Using this information, a relative of Peterson's decided to play a practical joke on him. It succeeded—in a way.

The Eastern Panther is Extinct

Adrian Chen · 03/04/11 01:08PM

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has has determined that the legendary Eastern Panther (also known as the eastern cougar, puma, catamount and mountain lion) is extinct, and likely has been since the 1930s. There have been numerous reported sightings throughout the years, but the FWS says they were other species, "including South American cats that had either escaped from captivity or were released to the wilderness as well as wild cougars from Western states that had migrated east."

Google's War on Cougars

Adrian Chen · 05/15/10 12:40PM

God damn it, Google somehow made us sympathetic towards a really dumb dating website. Amazing! CougarLife "is the premier online dating service that pairs women in their prime with younger men." Google refuses to run their ads, because of sexism.

Dog Saves Boy From Cougar Attack

Whitney Jefferson · 01/05/10 02:02PM

A golden retriever named Angel lived up to his name when he fought off a cougar attacking an eleven-year-old boy. The dog was thought to be dead after the cougar finished with him, but he miracuously sprung "back to life."

Katie Couric's Forbidden Dance of Gin

John Cook · 11/23/09 10:29AM

When CBS News anchor Katie Couric isn't asking Sarah Palin gotcha questions, she's doin' Da Butt, or the Lambada, or whatever white ladies do when the Black Eyed Peas are on the sound system. More unbelievable images after the jump.

Mysterious 'Cougar' Woman Discovered in Middle America

Hamilton Nolan · 09/03/09 01:52PM

The 'Cougar' phenomenon—which never grows old, or loses its journalistic depth—is trickling down to the more...average precincts of American trendwatching. The Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times Leader went "on the prowl" for local cougars, get it? They found one!

Sarah Palin vs. Liz Lemon: Who'd Make the Better Veep?

Kyle Buchanan · 08/29/08 01:38PM

Shocking news today as John McCain refuted his choice of Heidi Montag as vice president, instead settling on heavily lip-glossed Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. As Jeff Wells notes, Palin has a certain resemblance to Tina Fey as Liz Lemon: the horn-rimmed glasses, the messy up-do, the required fealty to an older, conservative man in charge. But where does each stand on the issues? We combed through their records (and Hulu) to find out — the results, after the jump:

'90210' Stars Jennie and Shannen: Ladies Don't Punch, They Scratch

Kyle Buchanan · 08/27/08 07:15PM

Despite the fact that Jennie Garth is still taunting Shannen Doherty with expertly crafted put-downs, EW was able to wrangle the two 90210 stars for an arm-in-arm photo shoot and revealing Q&A. In it, Doherty reveals that she never really liked Brenda Walsh ("They just took her in a really odd direction that I didn't necessarily agree with at the time") and that she still harbors insecurities begun by the seminal "I Hate Brenda" newsletter. All well and good, but what about the matter everyone still cares about: the long-rumored Doherty/Garth catfights?

Gossip Girl Casts Older Woman - I Mean 'Cougar'

Richard Lawson · 06/18/08 02:35PM

Warning! Cougars are everywhere! They're reading you your evening news, confusing dead people, and threatening day hikers and naturalists nationwide. And now they're going to be on the damn Gossip Girl. Yes, impossibly-named actress Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks) has just been cast on the Upper East Side teen soap as Catherine Mason, an older woman who aims to seduce our prettiest young thing, Nate (played by Chace Crawford). Well, that's good news I suppose. Nate could use some spicing up, as his character is currently about as bland as impossibly gorgeous bland people can get. Also nice to hear that they shored-up some casting after their Hamptons open casting proved to be a complete disaster. But "cougar." Grr. (Noise-pun not intended). That may just be EW's word, but we kinda doubt it. Is anyone as sick of that term as I am?