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Kaia Gerber Hires the Kardashians’ Stylist, Making Her Transformation into Kendall Jenner Almost Complete

The Kardashian ladies have a very particular style M.O. It’s an oft-imitated uniform that typically consists of a whole lot of body con dresses, plunging necklines and bra tops mixed in with a handful of floor-skimming dusters and more chokers than anyone previously knew existed on this planet. The family’s go-to stylist, Monica Rose, has extended this style domination to stars including Chrissy Teigen and Gigi Hadid, but perhaps her most formidable conquest has just occurred.

We already warned you that this day was nigh, but the day is now officially here: teen model Kaia Gerber (a.k.a. Cindy Crawford’s daughter) has enlisted the services of Monica Rose, and her up-and-coming-Kendall moment has arrived.

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Rose is the driving force behind all those quintessentially Karjenner looks (think everything from Kendall‘s love affair with a wide leg trouser to Kim‘s year of chokers with a touch of fur).

Her roster of A-list celebrity model clientele is steadily growing (in addition to Teigen and Hadid, she’s got Bella Hadid, Chanel Iman and more). And she’s just signed on with Kaia, the 14-year-old up-and-coming model, who made her Coachella debut under the stylist’s sartorial tutelage this weekend.

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For the first outfit Monica created for the 14-year-old, she went with a look we’re going to refer to as “festival goth,” pairing a Forever 21 top with a sheer black chiffon Michelle Hébert kimono, One x OneTeaspoon high-rise black shorts, a lip-print scarf from Rockins, Ray-Ban sunglasses, boots from Alexander Wang, and a backpack and jewelry from Chrome Hearts (a natural choice, given Kaia currently serves as the face of the last two brands). Of course, chokers and layers were key.

Her second outfit was right out of the Karjenner playbook as well: a tiny romper with a gauzy duster, accented with suede heels and a scarf-turned-choker.

While we all know Kaia won’t have truly reached peak Kardashian until she starts wearing neon-hued wigs, sheer Wolford turtlenecks, and Yeezys with every ensemble, we think it’s safe to say she’s about to follow in Kendall’s well-shod footsteps right onto some major catwalks.

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Just How Badly Do Some People Want To Get Into The Guinness Book?

If records are made to be broken, now is the time: It’s Guinness World Records Day.

2015 marks the 11th year of the event, which annually takes place during the second week of November.

Guinness World Records officials estimate that 650,000 people are attempting to earn their way into the record books this year.

But not all record breakers are human. Otto the Skateboarding Bulldog set a record in Lima, Peru, for “longest human tunnel travelled through by a dog skateboarder.”

Otto doggedly rode through the legs of 30 people on his roll to glory. 

Meanwhile, Japan’s Kenichi Ito scampered into the record books by reclaiming his record for the “fastest 100 meter running on all fours” (by a human).

Ito shaved 0.15 seconds off his previous record of 15.86 seconds for a new mark of 15.71 seconds.

The Harlem Globetrotters may have scored an unofficial record for “sports that set the most world records in one day.”

Globetrotter players established seven new Guinness World Records titles at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, including “farthest kneeling basketball shot made backwards” (60 feet, 7.5 inches), “longest basketball shot made blindfolded” (69 feet, 6 inches) and “farthest blindfold basketball hook shot” (50 feet, 3.5 inches).

But while records are made to be broken, some might make you wonder why they were attempted in the first place.

Benedikt Mordstein of Freising, Germany, set a record for “fastest time to type a text message on a mobile phone while performing head spins.”

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BURBERRY AND SNAPCHAT, TAKE TWO: Burberry is taking to Snapchat again, this time recoding the production of its spring 2016 ad campaign for the ephemeral social network.
The brand tapped Mario Testino to shoot images and video of the making of the campaign in London Thursday to create an exclusive campaign for Snapchat followers. Testino will publish content in real time to the brand’s Snapchat account starting at noon and the images and videos will disappear after 24 hours.
Last month, Burberry partnered with Snapchat on a multitiered program surrounding its spring runway show. In addition to snapping sneak peaks of looks the day before they were sent down the runway, there was Live Story coverage of the show (including both crowdsourced and brand-created content).

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Trevor Noah To GOP: Paul Ryan’s ‘Just Not That Into You’

Ever since House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) ended his bid for Speaker, Republicans have been pushing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to run instead. Even some of the actual candidates have said they’d drop out to support him.

Ryan has repeatedly insisted he doesn’t want the job, but that hasn’t silenced the rumors. And as “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah said on Tuesday night, it might be time to give it a rest.

“Leave Paul Ryan alone! He’s just not that into you,” Noah said. “At this rate in a few days, you know I feel like Paul Ryan will probably grow a beard and someone will come and be like, ‘Are you running?’ And he’ll answer the door and be like, ‘Paul Ryan? You just missed him. I’m his brother, Paul Brian. Yeah, I don’t know why our names are like that either.”

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Obama Gives Kanye West Some Advice About Getting Into Politics

President Barack Obama gave Kanye West some advice about getting elected on Saturday. 

The rapper recently announced he was running for president in 2020. Obama, alluding to the inability of House Republicans to find a new speaker, suggested Kanye could be a candidate for that position instead.

“You may have heard that Kanye is thinking about running for Speaker of the House. It couldn’t get any stranger,” Obama said at a fundraiser in San Francisco. He dispensed some tips ”in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing, or as Kanye calls it, ‘Peezy.'”

“Do you really think this country is going to elect a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States?” Obama said. “That’s cray.”

“Saying you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy — that’s what’s known as ‘off message’ in politics,” he continued.

Obama also suggested that West’s appearances on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” might serve him well in politics.

“You got to deal with strange characters who behave as if they are on a reality TV show,” Obama said. 

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Sarah McQuaid Tours and Enchants With Her Brilliant New Album, Walking Into White

Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid. The soulful singer, smart and sensuous songwriter, and scintillating guitarist has been hidden in plain sight with three gorgeous solo albums, and her fourth — the recently-released, critically-acclaimed Walking Into White — reveals a truly magnificent artist primed to enchant the masses. Sarah’s current U.S. tour continues through October before she carries on in the U.K., and listen: I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever. One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.

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Sarah McQuaid

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While Mrs. McQuaid and her Jedi-esque manager-engineer Martin Stansbury log thousands of highway miles, it’s my pleasure to join them for terrific Thai cuisine and discuss the storied life and career of this focused yet easygoing chanteuse. We promptly explore Walking Into White:

“It was new territory for me in a number of ways,” reveals Sarah. “I was working with my cousin, Adam Pierce, as producer, whereas the previous three albums were all recorded in Ireland with Gerry O’Beirne producing, and this one was recorded in Cornwall, New York, with Adam producing. Another change is that the previous albums were all made over fairly sizable periods of time — where I would kind of go in, and do a recording session, and then come back out, and then go back in and record some more.”

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“With Walking Into White,” the artist continues, “I already was in a really hectic tour schedule when the album was being planned, and over the few years in between The Plum Tree and the Rose and Walking Into White, I was constantly jotting down song ideas — both using audio memos on my phone, jotting down little melodic ideas, and chord progressions and so on — and also writing down bits of lyrics. Because the tour schedule was so hectic, I hadn’t finished a single song by the time we booked the studio time. We really just had 15 days in three weeks to do the whole thing: to record and mix the album. That actually turned out to be a really good way of working, and I’m going to do that again.

“Because the songs were all written in one intensive session, I think they fit together really well, and I think also I was conscious of making them all quite different from each other, in terms of: rhythmically, and what keys they’re in, and what I was doing with the guitar, and what the general feel of the song was. I was thinking, ‘I’m putting a suite of music together, and I want to make sure there’s plenty of variety and contrast.’ And also they all came out of the same kind of creative space, in a way, if that’s not too airy-fairy a way to talk.”

For new songs “Where the Wind Decides to Blow,” “The Tide,” and the title track, Sarah illuminates in her new album a literary inspiration perhaps unfamiliar to American audiences.

“It reflects a moment in time, and what themes are running through my head, and I guess one big theme would be the natural world and how we interact with it: partly because I was reading this series of books to my kids — Swallows and Amazons, which are all written by Arthur Ransome — and thinking about how a lot of situations in the books were kind of wonderful kind of metaphors for life, you know — and metaphors drawn from the natural world.”

Born in Spain, Sarah grew up in Chicago and Washington, D.C., before carrying on through disparate locales such as France, Pennsylvania, and Ireland — eventually settling in England’s west country. Since she impressively cites the decidedly-not-Disneyfied Wind and the Willows chapter, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” as an inspiration for “Pipe and Tabor” (from her album Crow Coyote Buffalo, with singer Zoë Pollock, together as duo Mama), I ask if she also grew up with the Swallows and Amazons series.

“My husband had read them as a kid,” she clarifies. “They were written back in the ’20s and ’30s, and they’d been read to my husband by his mum, and at some stage, when the kids were young, my in-laws, his parents, gave us a box set of all 13 books. He was like, ‘Oh, these are great!’ And I had never come across them, because I don’t think they really made it over to this country. They’re very English books — and they’re of their time. There are a few politically incorrect moments in them — which I kind of fudged over when reading them aloud to my kids. (laughs) With asides of, ‘Now, this is the way people used to talk in those days.’ (laughs) ‘We don’t do this anymore.'”

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“And songs that aren’t drawn from the Swallows and Amazons series,” Sarah elaborates, “like ‘Yellowstone’ was inspired by a thing my son wrote on a piece of paper. Basically he was lying awake at night and worrying about things, so I said to him — because this had worked for me — I said, ‘Why don’t you try writing down your worries on different pieces of paper, and once they’re written down, they’re on the paper, and they don’t have to be in your head anymore.’ He did that, and that worked for him, but of course I being his mother had to go and look through the bits of paper where he’d written down the things that he was worried about. And one of the things that he was worried about was this underground volcano underneath Yellowstone, and the danger that it would erupt and somehow set off a chain reaction of volcanoes.”

Sarah notes that at the show I attended, a geologist approached and explained to her that her son’s elaborate chain-reaction concerns were unfounded. But still that volcano is potentially problematic. I ask how her son found out about it.

“Well, he’s an inveterate reader of Wikipedia,” she laughs. “So, we don’t have TV at all, but we do have computers, and he’s a mine of information which he gets off Wikipedia. He comes up with the maddest things like: gummy bears came up in conversation one time. I don’t know — somebody mentioned gummy bears. Were you talking about Haribo, Martin?”

“I think we were talking about Haribo,” responds the stalwart Martin. “We’d been in Germany.”

“You want peanut sauce?” knowingly asks the server.

Affirmative on the peanut sauce. Sarah cheerfully continues:

“Somebody was talking about gummy bears, and my son said: ‘Gummy bears were invented by so-and-so in such a year, by somebody in Germany in 1926’ or whatever — and I was like, ‘Really?! Let’s see if he’s right!’ and I got out my phone, and looked it up, and he was right.”

I let slip a flash of sincere wonder.

“He just has the most amazing ability to retain information,” adds Sarah.

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Between tour dates in Toledo and Chicago,
Sarah makes a new friend in South Bend, Indiana

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One of the standout songs on Walking Into White is “Jackdaws Rising,” which makes for brilliant and unusual performance material, with Sarah delivering its polyrhythms via stomps and handclaps, plus a round of three simultaneous verses, all looped live by maestro Martin. I ask if she’s dealing in metaphor, but not particularly: these jackdaws really swoop where she lives, and this is a word painting.

“I’m just describing what I see. I guess the kind of metaphorical bit, where I get kind of dreamy about it, is I’m thinking about the whole thing of twilight, and the whole thing about the crossing of worlds, and that this is the time when there’s a window through to the spirit world, and it’s supposed to be the time when all the ghosts are about, as well. It feels kind of spooky, because — you can imagine, this cloud of black birds suddenly all flying up at once into the sky, and making huge amounts of noise, and then they [whooshing sound effect] back into the tree again. It’s an amazing time.”

(“Damn, you’re cool,” silently reflects the journalist. “Why aren’t more people cool like you?”)

In closing, I ask the inspiration for the album’s lovely opener, “Low Winter Sun.”

“‘Low Winter Sun’ — that also is kind of a word picture of a very specific time and place. It’s driving up the hill from my house up to the nearest village — especially in winter, when the sun is low. As you’re driving up the hill, the sun just hits you straight on in the face, and blinds you, and you can’t see anything. And there’s these wonderful kind of stunted hawthorn trees, and the wind has shaped them, so they’re kind of curved over. And when it’s winter, and the branches are really clearly outlined, and the sun is hitting you in the face, you see this branch shape against the light, and it’s just really stark and very intense.

“It’s funny,” smiles Sarah, patient as her Pad Thai cools, “because I try to write songs that are universal in the sense that anybody can listen to them, and feel like it’s about their life in some way, but with imagery, I tend to pick on a particular, very specific piece of imagery. But hopefully my emotional reaction to that very specific image is similar to the emotional reaction another person would have to the same image. So if I describe the image, then maybe the emotion can be universal.

“If that makes any sense!”

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Yes, Sarah McQuaid is a major discovery, her devotion to songcraft impressive, her nuanced delivery grounded yet heavenly. As music magazine The Living Tradition aptly put it, Sarah is world class. And she’s presently touring. Seeking treasure? Here you go.

Images and videos courtesy of Sarah McQuaid.

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Woman Transforms Into 6 Versions Of Taylor Swift In One Minute

Taylor Swift is a bonafide style star. But before she was rocking a lob and walking the red carpet in serious designer looks, TSwift was a country princess with cute, blonde ringlets.  

In the video above, created by Time Inc.’s online beauty destination MIMIchatter, you can see Swift’s red carpet transformation in just under a minute. Recreating six iconic looks, a makeup artist and model perfectly capture Swift’s evolution. 

And just for kicks, check out these gorgeous throwback photos of the singer: 

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Taylor Swift is a bonafide style star. But before she was rocking a lob and walking the red carpet in serious designer looks, TSwift was a country princess with cute, blonde ringlets.  

In the video above, created by Time Inc.’s online beauty destination MIMIchatter, you can see Swift’s red carpet transformation in just under a minute. Recreating six iconic looks, a makeup artist and model perfectly capture Swift’s evolution. 

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Magician Turns Girlfriend Into His Fiancee With His Best Trick Yet

For Neil Henry, the writing wasn’t on the wall, it was in a can of alphabet soup. And it spelled “–M-A-R-R-Y—M-E–“.

Henry, a professional magician, employed all his skills earlier this week to surprise his girlfriend, Charlie Gardner, by proposing to her in front of a live audience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, inviting her on stage under the pretense of needing an assistant.

Henry set up the bit by first downing a cold can of alphabet soup and slurping up a long piece of string, then asking Gardner to join him on stage.

As she looked on suspiciously, Henry proceeded to slowly pull the string from his mouth. One by one, letters popped out, attached to the string as if by magic, slowly building to one big question.

Gardner reacted with disbelief at first, which quickly turned to shock and tears as she realized just what was happening.

“Having you in my life is real magic,” Henry told her as she stood on the side of the stage, “and I never want that magic to end.”

With a magical flourish, he then lit a piece of paper on fire, somehow turned it into a ring, and popped the question.

Gardner, in between squeals of “oh my god!” said yes.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Henry explained the alphabet soup bit regularly features in his show, though it involves a random audience member and a random word.

“When I decided to ask Charlie to marry me (easiest decision of my life by the way!!), the idea of vomiting up the proposal made me laugh so much I just had to do it,” he said. “I told my mum and she said eeewww… it was then that I knew it was perfect!”

He said he considered tying the ring to the end of the string, “but thought that was just a little too gross!”

Afterward, Henry said he bought the entire audience a drink, then the happy couple went out and grabbed a bite to eat. 

“Charlie once said to me that if I was ever to propose it better be amazing as I’m a magician, so I was really keen to do something cool,” he added. “I’m so happy she liked it…and even more happy she said yes!!!”

 

Sure beats another rabbit-in-a-hat trick.

 

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23 Year-Old Jordanian Singer Songwriter Jaafar Smashes Into the US with His New Single ‘Sixteen’

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Jordanian chart-topping singer-songwriter & producer, Jaafar, discusses his new single “Sixteen” and his upcoming debut album. Jaafar’s Website.

I wasn’t looking for a different type of music to listen to. My loyal readers know I love metal, hard rock, 80s, hip hop, rap and reggae.

Then pow. Jaafar, who is from Jordan, landed in my speakers. Now I can’t get his “Sixteen” song out of my freakin’ skull. “Sixteen” tells of a girl aged only 16 in a war torn area just dreaming for a better tomorrow and the hope of reaching her 18th birthday.

Jaafar is cute, too – you know, for a dark haired boy. 😉

Your much anticipated single “Sixteen” is on iTunes. What did it take for you to get your music on there?

I really just wanted to make my music readily available so I put it up on iTunes as well as most major online music stores and streaming services. The point was for the song to be easy to find, download, and stream. Getting paid for downloads really depends on several factors, like how much the store takes off the top and if you’re on a label or not.

What’s the difference between touring with someone else and funding your own tour? Which do you prefer? Tell us about the cities you have played and visited.

I think it’s any artists’ dream to headline their own tour. That’s the goal, at least for me. Opening for another artist or playing a festival is great too, though. That’s exposure to an audience that may not have ever heard of you or your music before. My favorite part of what I do is definitely performing live; it’s a big thrill. I’ve played in some incredible places and on some iconic stages around the world. Earlier this year I played at the Fonda Theatre in LA, which was amazing. I’m from Amman, Jordan so to play in the entertainment capital of the world in a venue with such great history is a big deal to me. When I saw my name on the marquee it was very surreal. My manager sent me a picture a couple of weeks later with the Rolling Stones name on the same marquee, THE ROLLING STONES, that’s crazy! Another memorable show that I’ve played was in the historic city of Jerash in Jordan last summer. I played on the North Theatre… that stage has been there since around 165 AD!

What is it about Miami that keeps you grounded, why did you decide to move there?

I moved to Miami originally because I had been working sporadically with a producer who was based there, and I felt that was a good way for me to get in to the music scene there. Also, I was accepted in to the University of Miami, so I went there to pursue my undergrad degree. Miami has been really great to me in many ways. I’ve been able to meet and work with a lot of talented people. Some of them, legends whose work I grew up listening to, and others who were sort of coming up in the Miami music scene at the same time I was. I was very proactive about making music and soaking up knowledge from the people I was working with during my time in Miami. I moved there in 2010, and in the short time I was there I really feel like I learned and grew a lot.

What is your day like in the studio when you are recording? Do you have daily routines such as voice warm-ups, certain work-outs?

I like to record in the afternoon. Otherwise, I don’t have any energy. I’m not one of those guys who can start a recording session at 11:00 PM. There are definitely some routines I have and little things I do, especially if I’m recording vocals. I’ll often go on complete vocal rest, cut out caffeine and dairy, and basically avoid anything that might irritate my voice. Most importantly though I try to just take it easy and avoid stressful situations, which is easier said than done!

Have you ever been stopped on the street by fans?

Let’s be honest, it’s always nice when someone comes up to you and is genuinely excited to meet you and talk to you about your work. People at parties and restaurants have come up to me to tell me they ‘love the music’ or ‘can’t wait to hear what’s coming next’ sort of thing. So far I’ve only had very positive and respectful interactions with people. It hasn’t got anywhere near the point where I can’t walk down the street without being mobbed though. There’s still a certain level of privacy I have and I enjoy that. If one day that is no longer the case, then that’s what I signed up for, and as long as people are listening to my music it’s all worth it.

What /who inspires you to do the music that you do?

With a lot of the songs that I’ve written for this album in particular, I was inspired or should I say affected by what’s going on in the world today. Lyrically and in terms of subject matter, there’s a lot of commentary on the state of humanity and the deterioration of society. It’s not all doom and gloom though, it’s important to always hold on to hope and I think the music portrays that aspect as well. Sonically, this album is a departure from my older material. Strangely enough though, I only now feel like I’ve stumbled upon ‘my sound’, which if I could describe in simple terms is a fusion of Middle Eastern and Western Pop-Rock sounds.

What did you do for a living prior to your music career?

I’ve always done music. I feel like it’s a part of my identity as opposed to just a profession. Before recording this album, I was a student at the University of Miami. I actually started recording the album while I was still at school. Throughout my time at school I was always making music and actually put out two successful singles in my country while studying in America. ‘Sixteen’ I would say is my first international effort.

Being from the Middle East and crossing over to the United States, what hurdles have you jumped through?

I wont lie and say that it was easy leaving Jordan. I’m still not entirely used to it to be honest. More than anything else, being away from my family, friends, and the city I grew up in was a big adjustment for me. Aside from that, being in the music business itself, I feel I jump though hurdles on a daily basis. There’s a lot of ugliness that comes with the beauty of making music.

How do you feel about your followers on that social media? How has the response from your fans help your music?

Honestly, it’s very weird to see a number on social media and believe that those numbers represent real people, even though they do. It’s great that people follow me and care what I have to say. The lack of real human interaction on social media just makes it all seem unreal to me though. When someone sends me a drawing they’ve done of me, or leaves a kind comment on my page that makes it a little more real. I really appreciate that sort of thing. The fact that someone takes time out of his or her day to connect with me is humbling.

What did it feel like the first time you were on stage in front of an incredibly huge audience?

It’s really hard to describe. It’s a high that is unparalleled and one that you don’t ever want to come down from. Watching people’s reactions and emotions while they enjoy your music and sing along to melodies and lyrics you’ve written is an addictive thing.

Tell us how you give back to the youth and the community, either here in the States or in Jordan.

Firstly I try to raise awareness through my music. I’m not into writing music about being in the club. “Sixteen” for example, is about children during wartime; Killed, left alone, misplaced… There is no greater injustice in the world. I also try, like anybody who can should, give back to any community I’m in. I try to donate things like food, clothing and toys to local charities whenever I can; my parents always taught me the importance of that. In today’s world I don’t think that’s enough though. I do feel like I could be doing more, and as a result I have been looking at different charities, not only on a local level, to get involved with.

Anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me! I’d like to ask anyone who hasn’t yet heard my music to please check out my current single “Sixteen”. To those of you who have reached out with such nice words, THANK YOU! You’re support and encouragement is not lost on me. Look out for new music soon and I hope to see you on the road in the not too distant future!

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Take Your Love Life Into the Woods (And I Don’t Just Mean Sex Outdoors)

2015-08-21-1440186047-1294493-ID10073595.jpgIs your love life the romantic equivalent of a suburb? All plotted and predictable bits of grass and shrubbery; quiet, controlled, and so boring you want to blow your brains out? Time to leave the suburbs—and head into the woods.

This lesson comes to you by way of an unlikely source: Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods.” The main story line is this: a childless baker and his wife, in a land far far away, are sent into the woods by a witch who promises to lift the childless curse she put on them if they bring back a few ingredients. Sort of like a very dramatic, life-or-death errand run. And it will require bravery, brains, and a little trickery to get it done.

The baker is a nice enough guy, but he’s a victim—of a spell, of circumstance (none of this is his ‘fault,’ etc.). Not the manliest of men. But all of that changes when he heads into the woods, which, here and in every other fairy tale, represent all that is dangerous and risky and unpredictable about the world and ourselves.

The baker’s wife follows her husband into the woods and is struck by what she sees. She sings in “It Takes Two”:

You’ve changed.
You’re daring.
You’re different in the woods.
More sure.
More sharing.
You’re getting us through the woods.

You’ve changed.
You’re thriving.
There’s something about the woods.
Not just
Surviving.
You’re blossoming in the woods.

She’s getting hot for him again, plain and simple. Not only because he’s being decisive and exhibiting a stronger, more manly appeal, but because, well, they’re not where they were. They’re not stuck in their little hovel with their same old worries and habits and flaws. They have risen to a new occasion.

At home I’d fear
We’d stay the same forever.
And then out here—
You’re passionate
Charming,
Considerate,
Clever…

The woods has tested their relationship, and revived it. Then, together they go and rip off poor Jack by trading him five magic beans for his aging cow. But that’s another story.

My point is this: We spend so much time seeking comfort, order, predictable assurance in our lives and our relationships that we mistakenly beat back what remains of the woods with a lawnmower and call it adulthood.

In her fantastic book Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel tells us that “the challenge for modern couples lies in reconciling the need for what’s safe and predictable with the wish to pursue what’s exciting, mysterious, and awe-inspiring.”

We expose the deliciously dark shadows of mystery and domesticate every last bit of wild within us. Responsibility. Maturity. And with it goes our wilder, untamed, but undeniably exciting nature, our lustiness, our sensuality, and our passion.

Here’s how to get back into the woods:

Embrace uncertainty. One of my colleagues, Matthew Walker, coach and author of Adventure in Everything, teaches this concept in his workshops. He says that what we endeavor to do in our lives, careers, and relationships is made that much more rewarding if it has an uncertain outcome. Meaning: When you only go after what has a certain, predictable result, you don’t get a fraction of the fulfillment from it. If you’re single, it means throwing yourself in the dating wilderness and seeing it not as a chore or a dreaded, horrible thing, but as an adventure.

Explore fantasy. This is what Fifty Shades of Grey did for hundreds of thousands of wives (and husbands, too). It didn’t have to be a literary masterpiece to do what it did: Lured people into the woods of their erotic imaginations. Sure it felt a little wrong—that’s why it worked. Erotica is one way to do it, but even more fun is talking about your own darker urges, and possibly trying them out for real.

Go somewhere a little risky. Skip the tame pool-side excursion and opt for an adrenaline-inspired adventure (whether it’s literally hiking thru the woods, or rock climbing, etc.). You need to be somewhere vastly different than you’ve been. You may bring the partner you have known, but he (or she) may look a little different on the journey. A friend of mine goes away with her husband to far-flung places like Egypt and Peru every year. Seeing him in unfamiliar settings and sharing adventures keeps their relationship alive. If you’re single, take a solo trip. The sheer adventure of travel opens you up to all kinds of romantic interludes.

Create some distance. Perel writes, “There’s a powerful tendency in long-term relationships to favor the predictable over the unpredictable. Yet eroticism thrives on the unpredictable.” Do something out of character. Get dressed up, wear a new perfume, change your hair—whatever. Tell your partner you have plans, but be vague. Or, have him meet you at a restaurant where you haven’t been. Allow some silence, distance, mystery, and you reintroduce a little of the initial chase you had when you were first courting. Let him guess what you’re up to. Be coy. Sly. Inviting. As opposed to, say, peeing with the door open. Start acting like the person you were before you had a partner—the very person he or she was attracted to. Put yourself somewhere where he has to come find you. It’s hard to long for someone when they’re sitting right there. Make him follow you into the woods.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Proust

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A Year Into Marriage, Lauren Conrad Shares the Best Part—and the Hardest

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The White Buffalo Roams into Hearts of Listeners on Latest LP

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When Sons of Anarchy took its final ride last fall, they went out with a song that perfectly captured the spirit of the characters and as Jax Teller reconciled with the fate he had chosen, the vocals of Jake Smith were played. Smith, aka The White Buffalo, has been captivating audiences long before SoA went off into the sunset and is making his mark again with his brooding vocals, deep and heavy lyrics with his latest record, Love and the Death of Damnation.

The record, which is another personal journey for Smith, hears the singer / songwriter branching out and finding more about himself both as a person and as an artist. I spoke to him about the new album, having his work become a part of pop culture, and his life on the road. Take a look, below:

The new album is titled “Love and the Death of Damnation,” what does that mean to you personally and musically?

I wanted a title that had elements of the album in it but with broader strokes. There’s some love, some spirituality explored in this album as well as the idea of heaven and hell.

This is your fifth record, what did you do differently on this record that you haven’t done before?

There are a few tracks that I kept feeling and sounding good. I didn’t take them to a darker place, which has taken me awhile as a songwriter to feel comfortable doing. Musically it’s more varied groove-wise than anything I’ve ever done. There are some swampy jams, there’s even a gospel song.

Many of your records are concept albums, is this record?

No, but the very first song on the album I wrote while writing my last album. It’s a bit of a continuation from the last album I guess you could say, like a bookend. This one’s just songs though for the most part.

Last fall, you were part of TV history singing “Come Join the Murder” on the finale of Sons of Anarchy. The song was written by series creator Kurt Sutter, what was it like singing lyrics written by someone else that wasn’t a cover and being a part of that important moment?

It was actually co-written with Bob Thiele and I as well but the lyrics were primarily written by Kurt. It was a unique experience as far as singing somebody else’s lyrics. It was a bit harder to feel it, but it was definitely emotional. It took me awhile to get it, the wordplay of “Come Join the Murder”. He actually wrote those lyrics without the intent of it being the finale episode’s song. It was for an earlier episode, but he loved it so much that he decided to use it as the finale.

Other songs of yours were also used in SOA; were you a fan of the show when you let the songs in the show?

No, I had actually never watched it until I got a song in it. Then I got hooked and became a diehard!

Many of your other tracks have been used in other TV/ film related projects like Californication, West of Memphis. Lone Ranger, and others. There is still a majority of people who have no idea who you are (blows my mind), but also a majority of people who discovered you through projects like this. Do you find this to be an effective way of getting your music out there?

Yeah, absolutely. Probably SOA more than any other show just due to the fact that the way they used music was so in-your-face. With the montage scenes, they really made it a part of the story and not just background fluff. Having so many songs has also helped guide people to the rest of my catalog.

While I am sure you have gotten this before, why did you opt to go under the moniker ‘The White Buffalo’ instead of using your birth name? Did you take the name from the Charles Bronson film?

Can’t sell T-shirts with the name Jake Smith on it! The idea was that The White Buffalo would be a bit more grand than just a singer-songwriter project. Could be a solo artist, a full band, trio, etc.; it adds a bit of mystique as well.

A majority of your songs are very dark, deep, and come from intense places. What is it like bringing them to life night after night on stage and playing them again? Is it a cathartic experience for you?

I try to feel the lyrics every night but it’s not exactly cathartic. In the performance, I’m trying to be passionate and think about what I’m saying which definitely gets me to a good place.

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Cockatiel Lip-Syncs Her Way Through Nelly’s ‘Dilemma’ And Into Our Hearts

Nelly’s 2002 R&B hit “Dilemma” was adored by swooning lovebirds everywhere, but it really hit home with one bird in particular: a cockatiel named Patrick Jane.

As seen in this YouTube video uploaded on Saturday, Patrick Jane loves nothing more than to lip sync to some quality early-aughts R&B.

Patrick Jane is about 1 1/2 years old and female, “although we thought she was a ‘he’ when we first brought her home,” owner Dean Jeffs told The Huffington Post in an email.

“What Patrick is actually doing in this video is clearing her crop,” Jeffs explained, emphasizing it’s a lip-sync video and has been edited slightly to match up with the song. “She does this often and I’ve always felt like it looked like she was singing. … So I filmed her a few days ago and put the music behind it.”

Jeffs said the song has “always been one of my guilty pleasures.” 

“Patrick doesn’t really have any other favorite songs, but she LOVES people,” Jeffs said. “She tweets maniacally when people leave the room (especially me), and is most happy when she it sitting on someone’s shoulder.”

Lip-sync or no, Patrick Jane, we’re crazy a-bird you. Why don’t you go ahead and play us off:

I love you SQUAAAAWK,

and I need you SQUAAAAWK, 

No matter what I do SQUAAAAWK,

All I think about is you SQUAAAAWK.

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Mississippi Man Turns Saucy lyrics Into Dollar Menu Delight

A talented Mississippi man recently turned some saucy freestyle lyrics into a dollar menu delight at a fast-food restaurant.

“Ain’t got no big money, ain’t got them racks. What you got on the dollar menu, I don’t need a Big Mac,” 25-year-old Chase Carter sang into a drive-thru intercom at a Hattiesburg McDonalds late last month.

Carter (pictured below) told The Huffington Post he composed his soulful lyrics on the spot. The idea, he said, came about when he and best friend Michael Sykes made a pit stop after spending the afternoon putting in job applications.

“He was like, ‘Man you gotta get your talent out there bro,'” Carter explained. “I said, ‘That’s stupid, I ain’t doing that.’ He said, ‘Trust me,’ and it just went from there.”

Carter said the impromptu drive-by concert turned out “better than expected” and the reception he received by store employees made his day.

“They were going crazy,” he said. “A lady said, ‘Boy, you can sing. You better get in the studio.'”

Carter’s video has since gone viral and has been featured on Good Morning America and Mississippi’s WDAM-News.

“It’s a blessing,” Carter said of the exposure. “I didn’t expect it to get this far and I just thank God.”

Carter’s mother is a gospel singer and his father is a traveling musician. He has been producing and uploading music to Soundcloud in hopes of getting a big break.

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Amazon Steps Further Into Fashion, to Sponsor India Couture Week

MUMBAI — Amazon India has stepped in as the official title sponsor for another major fashion event, India Couture Week.
The week will open for its sixth season on July 29 and run for five days at the Taj Palace hotel in New Delhi.
A large part of couture in India caters to the huge wedding market, which has long provided the main livelihood for designers.
“We want to work across the fashion spectrum,” Vikram Raizada, director of category management at Amazon India, told WWD, explaining that the e-tailer is extending its association with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) with the sponsorship.
“The association will also help extend the fashion segment further across the 19,000 pin [zip] codes that Amazon reaches across the country,” he said.
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“This is in line with our vision of transforming the way India sells and shops for fashion online,” Vikas Purohit, head of Amazon Fashion in India.
Amazon India stepped into the fashion limelight as title sponsor of India Fashion Week in March.
India Fashion Week, held twice yearly in New Delhi, is organized by the FDCI, which is the apex body of fashion in India.
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Fabletics to Make Big Push Into Retail

DOORS OPEN: Fabletics, the activewear brand that counts Kate Hudson as a cofounder, is aggressively pushing into bricks-and-mortar this fall.
The brand, owned by El Segundo, Calif.-based JustFab Inc., will open six stores in September and October at malls owned by Westfield and General Growth Properties Inc.
The company is set to open its first two doors simultaneously Sept. 3 at General Growth’s The Mall in Columbia and Bridgewater Commons in New Jersey. That will be followed up by an already announced third store Sept. 17 at the Village at Westfield Topanga.
Another three will open at General Growth’s Christiana Mall, Saint Louis Galleria and Kenwood Towne Centre by early October.
The brick-and-mortar growth for the brand, which is currently sold direct to consumers online, follows the recent launch of its men’s athletic line FL2.

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Kendrick Lamar To Geraldo Rivera: ‘How Can You Take A Song That’s About Hope And Turn It Into Hatred?’

Kendrick Lamar’s opening performance of his new single “Alright” at this year’s annual BET Awards sparked some debate over at Fox News last week.

During a June 29 episode of Fox News’ “The Five” co-hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Eric Bolling, and Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera took aim at Lamar’s performance, saying that the song’s lyrics are “not helpful at all” in improving police relations in the black community.

Rivera stated:

“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message. And then to conflate what happened in the church in Charleston, South Carolina with the tragic incidents involving excessive use of force by cops is to equate that racist killer with these cops. It’s so wrong. It’s so counterproductive. It gives exactly the wrong message.”

Rivera’s claim that Lamar “conflates” police violence and the June 17 massacre of nine black Americans by a white gunman misrepresents “Alright,” which appears on Lamar’s sophomore album “To Pimp A Butterfly” released in March. Following Rivera’s comments, Lamar responded during an interview with TMZ Live in which he clarified the song’s message.

“How can you take a song that’s about hope and turn it into hatred?” he said. “The message, the overall message [of ’Alright’], is, ’We gon’ be alright.’ It’s not a message of ‘I want to kill people.’”

After asked by TMZ Live host, Harvey Levin if the symbol of Lamar performing on top of a vandalized cop car validates Rivera’s claim of “sending the wrong message,” Lamar said the problem has more to do with the reality of the police killings and than his BET Awards performance.

“I think his attempt is really diluting the real problem, which is the senseless acts of killings of these young boys out here. And I think for the most part, it’s avoiding the truth,” the Grammy Award-winner said. “This is reality. This is my world. This is what I talk about in my music. You can’t dilute that.”

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Lamar went on to explain how he hopes to influence change among young people through his music.

“Hip-hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem of the situation…This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner.”

Check out more of Kendrick Lamar’s interview in the clip above, and his BET Award performance below.

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Tattoo Artist Turns Girl’s Leg Braces Into A Pair Of Wicked Awesome Disney Villains

A tattoo artist helped to make this girl feel like a Disney star; not a princess or queen, but an awesome villain.

Aaron Guillemette, a tattoo artist in Fall River, Massachusetts, created a set of Disney designs for 8-year-old Hope Laliberte’s leg braces, Today Parents reported. The illustrations feature two villains from classic animated movies — Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” and Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmatians” — and they’re wicked awesome.

“I’m glad to be in a position where I can help the community in any way,” Guillemette told the news outlet. “When I was first approached about designing Hope’s braces, I thought it would be an awesome idea — especially when I heard what the subject matter would be. Hope wanted Disney villains on her braces, not princesses.”

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Hope and her twin sister were born premature at 24 weeks. The 8-year-old has cerebral palsy and a rare form of epilepsy, Yahoo reported, but her sister, Paige, does not. Hope has been wearing leg braces for the past four years but the clinic at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, where her braces are fitted, has limited designs.

Knowing their daughter was a big fan of Disney villains, Hope’s parents, Aaron Lebeau and Pamela Laliberte-Lebeau, turned to Guillemette, who owns the tattoo studio Up in Flames, for some custom designs.

Guillemette painted the Disney characters on sticker paper, which he then applied to Hope’s braces with coats of polyurethane to ensure they stuck, the artist told Herald News. The designs recreated the villains, but also incorporated Hope’s name — making them extra special.

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And when Hope first saw her braces? “I screamed,” she told the news outlet.

The experience was special for Guillemette too, as he told Today Parents, “The look on her face when I gave them to her was worth everything it took to make them.”

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Anonymous Artists Smuggle Mysterious Treehouse Into An LA Park, Hearts Explode Accordingly

If you head to Los Angeles’ Griffith Park, start on the Charlie Turner Trailhead for the Mt. Hollywood Hiking Trail, across the parking lot from the entrance to the Griffith Observatory. Keep walking through the Berlin Forest until you cross a bridge spanning the Mt. Hollywood Drive Canyon Road tunnel. Keep on weaving up the narrow trail, which will take you up to the unofficially named Taco Peak. When you arrive, you’ll see an 80-square-foot teahouse, plopped into the middle of mother nature.

You’ve reached your destination. Relax, have some tea, and enjoy the view.

Overnight on Monday, June 30, a group of anonymous artists smuggled the diminutive yet sturdy teahouse onto the premises. The structure is made from reclaimed wood from 2007’s Griffith Park fire, along with felled redwoods on the verge of being mulched. The structure resembles a traditional Japanese teahouse, with a sleek slat roof and windows that frame a breathtaking view. “It reminds me of some of the ones used by ancient Japanese tea masters,” tea expert Tiffany Williams explained to Carolina Miranda. “They liked to keep things very simple, very rustic.”

A dangling sign invites visitors to inscribe their dreams and thoughts on the wood. “Write a wish for the city. Maybe a love letter. Or a memory, an observation, a constructive criticism. Ring the bell to seal your wish.” If Yoko Ono had a guerrilla art phase, she’d definitely pull a move like this.

Since the installation earlier this week, many Angelenos have flocked to this mysterious sanctuary. However, according to the artist collective, the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks is threatening to remove the gift to the city from the premises. There’s a petition circulating online to protect the teahouse, and as of now, it already has over 1,500 signatures. The petition is addressed to the L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks, City Councilman David Ryu, who represents Griffith Park in his district, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Art should not be destroyed and the tea house is a gift to the city,” the petition states, “a ‘love letter’ celebrating LA. It’s a place for reflection and wishes. It breathes life back into things destroyed, made from reclaimed wood from the Griffith Park Fire. It’s a gesture of peace and a celebration of the artists’ love for Griffith Park. There should be tea houses this meaningful in every park in the world.”

However, there is hope! According to Modern Hiker, the Griffith Park employees encountered seemed smitten by the tiny tea den. “I expected them to be gearing up to take the whole thing down, but they actually seemed fairly charmed by it,” Casey Schreiner explained. “They noted the construction was good, was limited to the already existing concrete, and seemed to be an improvement.”

It’s hard to say how long the enchanting space will be in existence, so visit while you have the chance. And definitely visit before the zen art project sells out.

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The Right Chemistry: 108 Enlightening, Nutritious, Health-conscious And Occasionally Bizarre Inquiries Into The Science

The Right Chemistry: 108 Enlightening, Nutritious, Health-conscious And Occasionally Bizarre Inquiries Into The Science


A big part of Dr. Joe''s job as director of McGill University''s Office of Science and Society is persuading people that the pursuit of science knowledge is a potential source of wonder, enlightenment and well-being for everyone. And as a chemist, he''s particularly keen to rescue chemistry from the bad rep it''s developed over recent decades. There is more to chemistry than toxins, pollution, and Don''t drink that soda–it''s full of chemicals. The evangelic zeal Dr. Joe brings to his day job is of course also the driving force behind his work as an author. Once again, here he is to tell that everything is full of chemicals, and that chemistry means health, nutrition, beauty products, cleaning products, DNA, and the means by which Lady Gaga''s meat dress was held together. In the style established with the bestselling Brain Fuel, each section here is themed and contains a mixture of short, pithy items and slightly longer mini-essays. And as before–but never with such energy and relish–Dr. Joe goes on the attack against charlatans in the alternative health trade, naming and shaming them in a particularly entertaining and edifying section of the book called Claptrap.You will learn whether to put broccoli on a pizza before or after baking, whether beauty pills are worth taking, and whether the baby shampoo you''re using is poisonous. You will discover but not use, please, the recipe for a Molotov cocktail. You will be enabled to enthrall fellow dinner guests with the derivation of the name Persil, and the definition of a kangarian (it''s someone who only eats kangaroo meat).As ever, this torrent of entertainment is delivered in Dr. Joe''s unmistakably warm, lively and authorative voice.
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Carly’s Journey into Submission

Carly’s Journey into Submission


Cynna Rein offers a sizzling hot and graphically described erotic short story. Carly was on a personal mission to be noticed by her boyfriend, even though she was hot he was not noticing. She resorts to a personal ad to find someone who can take care of her dark fantasies. Will Carly’s ad be answered by the Dom in her dreams? Will he have her begging at his feet? She was hoping she could find someone who could sate her lust at least for one day {blocked for ratings}. If you like the idea of a little Alpha male domination in your romance you will love Carly’s Journey into Submission. This is an erotic introduction into the Carly’s Journey into Submission series. Coming next is Carly finds her Master stay tuned to see what Carly will do for the right man. If the thought of a female willingly submitting to dominant men isn’t your style this book is not for you. This story contains graphic adult content with a BDSM theme and is not for anyone under 18 years of age.

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Teen Dupes New York Times Into Reporting That Dylann Roof Was A Brony

Amid the whirlwind that is a national breaking news story, one British teen wanted to see whether a major newspaper would publish utter lies.

Benjamin Wareing, 16, told a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with The New York Times that he knew Dylann Roof, the suspected shooter in the killing of nine people in a Charleston church last week. He told the Times that Roof’s racist manifesto that surfaced online was eerily similar to a Tumblr page Roof posted on, and noted that the alleged murderer is a fan of “My Little Pony.”

But as Fusion points out, Wareing made it all up. He never knew Roof, never saw a Tumblr page — and never provided proof of its existence to the Times — and certainly didn’t know whether Roof was a Brony.

Wareing had tricked The Gray Lady’s Frances Robles into reporting this:

Benjamin Wareing, a blogger in Britain, said the writings are nearly identical to blog posts that Mr. Roof posted several months ago on a separate Tumblr page. Mr. Wareing was preparing to write an essay on the dangers of Tumblr and troubled youths, so he took notes on the writings.

“He just made really stupid but obvious statements about people from other races,” Mr. Wareing said in an email. “He would call black citizens ‘nuggets’ and such. He never made direct threats at all on Tumblr, at least it didn’t seem like that, just weird ramblings about how he felt he ‘didn’t fit in.’”

Among his writings were images of 9/11 “memes” and of “My Little Pony,” Mr. Wareing said.

The paragraphs were only available for a few hours, and Robles was working furiously to update the story during a time when every news outlet was trying to get exclusive information. Fusion reports that she updated her story more than a dozen times in 12 hours. But Wareing’s trick shows just how hungry publications are, and how quickly reporters — and their editors — will grab at sexy information and overlook the verification process.

Wareing said on his own blog that a friend of his in South Carolina — who was a “friend” of Roof’s on Facebook but didn’t know the suspect — was getting hassled by reporters on social media who were eager for a scoop. So Wareing gave the Times’ Robles some juicy information: the Tumblr anecdote, which was republished by several other news outlets.

“I told her that Dylann Roof had some ‘elusive’ and mysterious Tumblr page in which he posted his deepest thoughts,” Wareing wrote. “Without providing any screenshots or ANY proof of its existence other than my own word, the reporter published it as fact. Oops.”

Wareing also published email correspondence he had with Robles to back up his claims.

Wareing told The Huffington Post that no Times fact-checkers reached out before or after Robles’ story was published. He said her final message to him said, “A few readers are telling me you were a hoax…”

“People could think that this was a joke or a lark, but it wasn’t,” Wareing told Fusion, noting that he wanted to be a reporter some day. “Our ultimate goal of this was to see if a reporter would publish something that was completely untrue.”

The Times story has since been corrected and the following note attached:

Editors’ Note: June 22, 2015
An earlier version of this article included a reference to a British blogger who claimed that Dylann Roof’s manifesto was similar to earlier blog entries Mr. Roof had written. That passage was removed from the article after questions were raised about the blogger and his claims. Subsequently, the blogger said in a post online that he had fabricated the information about Mr. Roof’s supposed earlier blog entries.

The New York Times declined to comment further.

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An elephant did something unforgetable this week.

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Truck Drivers and Casual Sex: An Inquiry Into the Potential Spread of HIV/AIDS in the Baltic Region

Truck Drivers and Casual Sex: An Inquiry Into the Potential Spread of HIV/AIDS in the Baltic Region


Truck Drivers and Casual Sex is part of the World Bank Working Paper series. These papers are published to communicate the results of the Bank’s ongoing research and to stimulate public discussion. Workers in the transport industry, including long-distance drivers, are at a high risk of HIV infections. Frequent traveling, long absences away from home, long waits at border crossings and the apparent abundant presence of commercial sex workers at these places mean truck drivers are particularly vulnerable to engaging in casual sex. While the threat of an HIV/AIDS epidemic cannot be taken lightly in any country of the Europe and Central Asia region, four countries – Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – stand out as being particularly vulnerable. First, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is relatively high and is rapidly increasing in locations neighboring these countries, like Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova, where public health conditions are also rapidly deteriorating. Second, because of their geographical location, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand at the crossroads of the main East-West and North-South transport corridors, and represent the link between countries of the former Soviet Union and western Europe. The open borders and rapid transit threatens to broaden the sweep of the HIV epidemic, from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as drug injectors and sex workers come into contact with other population groups in these countries. Truck Drivers and Casual Sex is based on a survey that explores the practice of casual sex among truck drivers and commercial sex workers in the border areas of Poland and Lithuania at a point of time. It uses this evidence to extrapolate the potential impact of these practices on the spread of HIV/AIDS in these countries.

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Sofia Hellqvist, Kate Middleton, and 9 More Non-Royals Who Have Married Into Royalty

When former reality-TV star Sofia Hellqvist swapped vows with Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip on Saturday, she certainly wasn’t the first commoner to marry into royalty—she wasn’t even the first in the family. Carl Philip’s older…




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Into Our 40s: 10 Signs You’re Comfortably (and Happily) Married

I’ve been married 15 years, and no, it hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s been a 15-year Ironman that requires the equivalent of a daily training regimen. Throughout the years, we’ve confronted major adversity and also have experienced moments of nirvana and immense joy. We’ve grown to appreciate that marriage is a lifelong journey we’re on together. And it has taken us 15 years to get to the place we’re at today and like all other couples, are continuously evolving in our communication, roles and relationship as a whole.

So without further ado, in true Letterman fashion, I humbly present my top 10 signs you’re in a good place:

1. You either finish each other’s sentences when out in public or sit comfortably in absolute silence when alone together.

2. Daily dialogues exist in your own peculiar code language. For example, taken from your network of contacts, you’ve developed a vast database of aliases whereby each one conveys an entire life perspective. Thus, when your spouse’s behavior requires a tune-up, you effectively snap him to his senses with a quick “alias (name) drop.”

3. You still make each other laugh a lot, and have built up a repertoire of witty material that would rival that of any career comedian.

4. You’re 100 percent yourself and unreservedly confide your hidden agendas and Machiavellian aspirations.

5. You come clean about your biggest insecurities, anxieties and fears and encourage each other when the other feels weak.

6. Your kids know they face a united front and no longer bother trying to play one parent against the other.

7. You challenge your spouse to sniff unwashed parts of your body — just for kicks, because you’re still immature like that.

8. Your spouse forces you to look in the mirror and face your biggest flaws then mercilessly challenges you to somehow work them out.

9. You attend weddings and witness newlyweds profess their undying love and devotion to one another. And in unison, nod knowingly, for only through pain and suffering will those proclamations ultimately prove true or false.

10. You know that together, you can conquer the world and have the years, wrinkles, gray hairs, and history to prove it!

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Wave Gothic Festival Storms Into Germany

You’ve goth to see this.

Around 20,000 people trudged into Leipzig, Germany, this weekend for the annual Wave Gothic festival, according to the Associated Press.

The first Wave Gothic festival took place in 1992 with around 10 bands, the Orlando Sentinel reports. But the four-day event now includes more than 100 acts.

Take a look at some of the participants from this year and years past.

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Adventures into the Unknown

Adventures into the Unknown


You are invited on ten adventures along side detectives fighting for justice in alternate realities, spies confronting the deadly forces of evil, heroes battling impossible odds risking everything to save the world. In these stories you will travel through time and space, span galaxies, and battle the forces of evil with adventurers from the past, the present, and the future. So leave your world behind and come along for the ride of a lifetime and journey into the unknown.

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Honest Nutrition: A Descent Into The Ocean Of Nutritional Prattle, And Coming Up For Air

Honest Nutrition: A Descent Into The Ocean Of Nutritional Prattle, And Coming Up For Air


Honest Nutrition is an attempt to do what textbooks and hundreds of diet books do not. Nutrition textbooks do not tell you that this science is in its infancy, nor how many scientific claims are open to question, based on faulty research or simple hunches. If they include some of the biochemical and physiological context of nutrition, they still omit financial, social and political aspects.
After attempting to understand the prejudice against vitamins and supplements among the industrial-medical-political Big Brother (IMP-BB) and the lack of evidence for most alternatives, there is still some useful information.
Opposing philosophies are denoted as SUPR (SUrgery-PRescription orientation) and UTHR (Unconventional Therapies, Herbal Remedies.)
Honest Nutrition uses a large alphabetical section to give easy access to useful information about many diseases and nutritional therapies.
Honest Nutrition includes information about hormone resistance diseases, cryptic infections as a cause of unknown etiology diseases, and the effect of nutrition on behavior and criminality.
Some claims:

1. Obesity always involves hormones, sometimes with positive-feedback loops, which is why Just eat less and exercise seldom works.
2. A major factor in arterial disease is viscous blood, resulting in part from a lack of omega-3 fat. Cholesterol lowering does not help.
3. Some heart attacks may be due to hormonal effects, involving the hormone ouabain, and preventable with an extract of the herb strophanthus.
4. Many, or most North Americans suffer serious lack of nutrients: vitamin D, magnesium, and plant nutrients.

The author challenges the medical establishment to examine their doctrines and learn how to help people suffering from nutritional diseases.
Many technical terms are included. The non-scientific reader is asked to skip over these, to gain a useful knowledge of nutrition.
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The Surprising Hangover Helper You Need to Tuck Into Your Wedding Guests’ Hotel Bags

Considerate brides and grooms have been gifting their wedding guests with hangover relief kits for ages. Water? Yes! Advil? Dear Lord, please! And if you really want ’em bright-eyed for your morning-after brunch, try this…




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Commencement Into This New World

2015-05-15-1431707088-276241-Commencementgraduatesback.jpgMay is the season of Commencements and as New England Conservatory and other schools of music prepare to graduate a new class of wonderfully gifted, creative, and idealistic young musicians, one can’t help but contemplate the world in which they will make their way.

For music and the arts in general, we are living out the famous Chinese curse: these are “interesting times.” (Well, yes, we do know that the phrase is not really Chinese. Nor is it a curse. Nor is harm or danger intended by it. Click here for more on that. ) There is clearly turbulence in the education and arts world, although there are different opinions about what that means. Some would say we are at an inflection point in our evolution. Others, more Panglossian, might suggest that all is well with our orthodox approach to the arts and education and the world in general. Still others might suggest that we need a massive revolution to stir the pot and take us out of our complacency.

As I look at the world our students will enter, I recognize both huge problems but also a giant opportunity to put our energetic arms around the issues and do something about them. Indeed, we must do this. This is our world after all and we are responsible for what happens now and for the future.

I have always considered education as a given in our society. Something that is prized as a priority supporting the essential upward trajectory of our world and, at its very best, available to all. But that view is up for debate these days with the value of liberal arts education, in particular, being questioned and the cost of education putting it beyond the means of ordinary people.

2015-05-15-1431707149-35342-STEMdiagram250px.jpgThe emphasis is very much upon families with resources and the technical side of education that promises an immediate return on tuition investment. The so called STEM curricula: science, technology, engineering and math, are now considered the gold standard. By contrast, the arts are clearly not valued–at least in certain quarters. Which leads us to ask: are we looking at a purely technocratic world for the future, one that is easily understood in engineering or scientific terms but whose creative essence is lost in an equation somewhere?

2015-05-15-1431707206-679745-costoftuitioncopy350px.jpgJust as contentious is the cost of education, an issue that seems to be brewing up a storm on a global basis. Having spiraled over recent years (see graph), annual tuition in the U.S. is typically in the region of $ 50,000. This has resulted in what is often referred to as the “scholarship arms race,” with various institutions competing for the best students with the best possible discount rate. And this, in turn, has placed even greater strain upon colleges’ campaigns to raise money for endowment funds. In Europe, which has traditionally subsidized higher education at 100%, governments are cutting back; the UK, for example, is now charging £9,000 annually. Only countries like Germany and Norway still offer full tuition discount, but for how long is to be questioned. Does this portend a draconian shift of policies, new curriculum priorities, and escalating personal costs?

Within this Darwinian analysis of higher education, what is the state of play in the performing arts and where exactly is their place in our contemporary world?

The performing arts tend to be highly conservative and resistant to change, which makes them vulnerable and often weak. As someone once said, failure is not fatal, but failure to change can be fatal, and we have seen this played out across the U.S. in recent years. Numerous opera companies and orchestras have gone out of business or are operating with drastic reductions in budget, output and personnel. 2015-05-15-1431707351-5877756-detroitstrikers.jpg Those that have survived–like the Detroit and Minnesota orchestras–are slowly recovering from debilitating internecine warfare. Such crises usually ignite a cauldron of blaming and shaming instead of collaboration and partnering. Yet this is exactly where opportunity can surface and creative, flexible minds can envision a new course far more relevant to contemporary society. That’s not to say that we should dumb down the arts. Far from it. It’s about preserving what we love while building the new relationships and establishing the new priorities we need now.

The arts really are among the most powerful forces in our culture. Access to the arts and a meaningful interactive experience should be the birthright of all, not merely the highly educated elite. This is a basic tenet I think we would all defend. Nonetheless, there is dissonance between this tenet and the current arts delivery system, which has buried itself too often in tradition and reliance upon accepted relationships. We need to be striving for the full democratization of the arts which would redefine and sustain its legitimate place in society and move it away from the periphery and into the center.

Our agenda for the future should be about bringing all the elements together: a changing world, the arts’ place in that world, the need for a training and educational program which are reflective of all these needs, and arts and education leaders who have the thoughtful insights and courage that make change happen at all levels. This would involve how resources are used, how we plan, where the relationships are, who the audiences should be, and, most significantly, what the role of artists should be in the C21. (See an interesting article on this subject.)

2015-05-15-1431707463-1483899-thumbsup300px.jpgSuch a thorough reassessment is a daunting prospect. Many artists might be tempted to throw up their hands in despair. They could understandably claim that they didn’t go into the arts or music or the theater or dance for that kind of job. They would rather just perform, realize their passion. Well, they can do all these things but with a different understanding of what is needed. Traditional forms of employment–never plentiful–are melting away. Getting a permanent job where a company or institution look after you, pay you a regular salary, and offer healthcare benefits and generous pensions has never been more difficult. And it’s not because artists aren’t good enough but because the economic landscape is changing, and we need organizations and training programs that will take all this into account. Then, when we enter the professional world, we can devise some models of good practice, or continue with research and development. But what is clear is that the artist’s mission must be to strive and reflect and respond in partnership with society as a whole, not as a small element in its elite wing of entertainment and prestige.

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You’ll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch

You’ll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch


Used – Titch is sick of having clothes passed down to him, to be told that he’ll soon grow into them – until the day he gets his own new clothes, and the chance to cast off his old ones – to the baby. By the author/illustrator of “Where’s the Baby?”, “Silly Billy!” and “Tidy Titch”.

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You’ll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch

You’ll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch


Used – Titch is sick of having clothes passed down to him, to be told that he’ll soon grow into them – until the day he gets his own new clothes, and the chance to cast off his old ones – to the baby. By the author/illustrator of “Where’s the Baby?”, “Silly Billy!” and “Tidy Titch”.

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Study Yields Genetic Insights Into Pancreatic Cancer

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Fabulous Impact: Step Into the New You & Rewrite Your Own Script

Fabulous Impact: Step Into the New You & Rewrite Your Own Script


Fabulous Impact is one of those rare books that can change your life. TV personality, international professional speaker and life coach Nicci Roscoe repeatedly makes a fabulous impact – and she equips you to do the same. Her book shows how you can step into the new fabulous version of yourself – and arms you with the confidence, courage and energy to bring it off. If you want to create a richer, fuller, more vibrant vision of what your life can be – and then make it happen – this is your roadmap and your inspiration. Here’s what those who’ve witnessed the Nicci Roscoe experience testify: “It’s her voice that is the true barometer of boundless energy. Fast paced, empathetic, infectiously upbeat, Nicci’s conversation exudes her zest for life.” – You Magazine, Mail on Sunday “Nicci’s book is brilliant. It inspires confidence, courage, energy and so much more to make positive changes. She is full of energy and verve and has an appreciation of life few others can match, exuded throughout this book which is full of stories and great film examples to help your business succeed and lifestyle improve. Fabulous ” – Dan Portanier, Celebrity Fitness Trainer “Nicci is a highly talented coach, speaker and author. I have seen the incredible impact she has had on numerous people I have recommended to her. She is full of positive energy and it is infectious.” – Devesh Modi, Leadership Coach and Facilitator, Grant Thornton

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Postmodern Jukebox Turns ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Into A Jazzy, 1920s Number

YouTube’s Postmodern Jukebox is back this week with a new toe-tapping cover. This time, it’s a 1920s-style rendition of the 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

The song, by rapper Coolio, appeared on the soundtrack of the Michelle Pfeiffer film “Dangerous Minds.” It’s previously been covered by artists like British singer James Morrison and was even parodied by Weird Al Yankovich. But we’re pretty sure you’ve never heard it quite like this.

Postmodern Jukebox’s latest cover has been viewed more than 400,000 times to date. Watch it above.
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Pencil Drawings – A Look Into the Art of David J. Vanderpool

Pencil Drawings – A Look Into the Art of David J. Vanderpool


Starting off with the artist’s top winning pencil drawings from 2010 through 2012, this autobiography style book allows the reader an opportunity to not only learn the process it took to complete most of his drawings (created between 2008-2013) which are shown within these pages, but offers a personal look into who the artist is as a man. From portraits to figure drawings, David J. Vanderpool shares how simple pencil lines can be used to create masterfully crafted drawings – all while working through obstacles he would later encounter as an artist. Proving that art isn’t always about who the artist is, but rather who catches his attention at that moment. Closing with several fan-favorite drawings from his other top selling books, this book offers his most completed works to date. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED: This book contains adult male nudity. NOTICE: This book is not a “how-to book” but rather as one review noted, “An Art Exhibit And Fan Book.” The inside pages are not glossy.

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Genius Makeup Artist Transforms Himself Into Kim Kardashian, Dakota Johnson, Other Female Celebs

Paolo Ballesteros, a 32-year-old Filipino actor, model and makeup artist, wowed the Internet last year with his jaw-dropping ability to transform himself into seemingly any female celebrity under the sun — with little more than some deftly-applied makeup.

Ballesteros is making waves yet again this month with several new transformations. He made himself up as Kylie Jenner and as the newly-blond Kim Kardashian, as well as Dakota Johnson, the star of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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Ballesteros, host of the Filipino variety show “Eat Bulaga,” told The Huffington Post in an email Tuesday that he started experimenting with celebrity makeup transformations after watching tutorials on YouTube. He made a few attempts, he said, and was “surprised” at how quickly he took to it.

Over the past few months, Ballesteros has transformed himself into several female celebrities. They include Cate Blanchett…

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Cher…

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Jennifer Lopez…

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Ariana Grande…

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…and Jennifer Lawrence.

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Ballesteros told HuffPost that the hardest part of his metamorphoses is getting the nose just right.

“My nose is smaller and shorter [than most celebrities],” he said. “It took me a while to figure out how to do it. By drawing new nostrils, it made my nose more pointy or bigger.”

For see more of Ballesteros’ celebrity makeup transformations, visit his Instagram page.

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Routes into the Abyss

Routes into the Abyss


Examining the 1930s and the different reactions to the crisis, this volume offers a global comparative perspective that includes a comparison across time to give insight into the contemporary global recession. Germany, Italy, Austria, and Spain with their antidemocratic, authoritarian, or fascistic answers to the economic crisis are compared not only to an opposite European perspective – the Swedish example – but also to other global perspectives and their political consequences in Japan, China, India, Turkey, Brazil, and the United States. The book offers no recipe for economic, social, or political action in today’s recession, but it shows a wide range of reactions in the past, some of which led to catastrophe.

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Out of the ‘Boat’, And Into the Frying Pan

When I was young, friends would always excitedly tell me that I look just like Lucy Liu. Though absolutely complimentary, these occurrences were mildly confusing as I eventually came to realize that I share nearly no physical similarities with the Charlie’s Angels star, besides the fact that we are both thin Asian females with freckles. Her squared jaw and almond shaped eyes are distinctly different than my own less angular, heart shaped, wide-eyed face.

Despite that, one other similarity I share with Lucy is that we both come from Chinese families. It has never occurred to me that using chopsticks isn’t like second nature to some people. I’ve had many a friend genuinely ask if I really eat orange chicken for dinner all the time. (The answer is no. Never.) Besides when checking a box on standardized testing forms, being Asian has rarely ever been a conscious label I carry with me as an American citizen. Sure, around the dinner table with my family or during summer visits to China, I’ve come to realizations of how incredible it is to share my food, language, and history — our culture — with my grandparents and cousins. But I have never felt outstandingly foreign to my fellow peers.

That is, until recently.

In a span of just a few months, Asian people have suddenly been thrust into the Hollywood spotlight. Like a juicing fad, Oriental racial diversity is now the new hot topic that the entertainment industry has decided to contend with. Seth Rogen and James Franco brashly tackled the North Korean enigma of Kim Jong-Un by attempting to poke fun at the ludicrousness of the situation in The Interview. John Cho was casted as the first ever Asian American romantic lead in U.S. television history for his role on Selfie, which was unfortunately cancelled before its initial 13 episodes even finished airing. Tyra Banks almost moved a girl of Asian descent to the Top 4 of the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model, marking the farthest a female Asian contestant has achieved since its 2nd season. Now, ABC is ready to jump into the pool with its newest family-friendly primetime comedy, Fresh Off the Boat.

The series, loosely based off of Eddie Huang’s autobiographical memoir of the same title, follows a transplanted Taiwanese family of five during their first months of adjustment in the “Wild Wild West,” more commonly known as Orlando, Florida. Fresh’s protagonist is young Eddie, the “black sheep” of the family who finds solace in hip-hop legends, trying his best to balance his strong Asian background while attempting to find his own identity in the predominantly white school cafeteria.

In all honesty, I was dubious. The title itself was enough to spark hesitancy: “fresh off the boat” has been historically used as a derogatory phrase to describe immigrants from foreign, usually Eastern Oriental countries. Though I’ve been lucky enough to avoid ever being called a ‘chink,’ I’ve dealt with what I like to refer to as “racial confusion” all my life. Jokes about getting all A’s, commentary about my eye size, and shock that I’m not a bad driver — it’s just a dose of the daily for any Asian American with friends of different ethnicities and backgrounds.

To me, these stereotypes have been harmless, but it isn’t always the case. At my own relatively liberal hometown high school, a Vietnamese American student once was stabbed to death while coming to the defense of his fellow Vietnamese friend who was bullied by a Caucasian student. In 2011, a study discovered that teen Asian students were the most bullied in U.S. schools over any other ethnic group, with 54 percent reporting having experienced bullying in the classroom and 62 percent that had dealt with cyberbullying online.

In effort to keep Fresh within the family-friendly zone, the series only merely touches upon these unsung facts, hinting at discrepancies when Eddie finds himself shunned from a group of white friends upon pulling out strange, pungent Asian noodles for lunch during the series pilot. But more importantly, the ABC network show is giving the American population a brief, but authentic window into the life of an Asian American family — giving them a chance to further understand this group of people beyond the stereotypes.

The series has already received glowing praise for its revolutionary new perspective: The Los Angeles Times calls it a “satire that works” and Slate.com claims that the show is “the latest reason to be grateful.”

As many other fellow ABCs (American Born Chinese) have confirmed via Twitter which exploded with positive, approving Tweets during the two-episode premiere of Fresh on Wednesday, we are grateful. The appreciation is in the details — from the all too familiar red and gold plastic Chinese bowls that the Huang’s pass around the dinner table to the CLC (Chinese Learning Center), it’s the first time I’ve felt a striking sense of familiarity on my television screen. It may come as a surprise to some that my family has never gathered to eat pancakes for breakfast while my father sits at the head of the table, flapping through a newspaper with his briefcase on hand — my mother has always reserved the pristine dining room table strictly for formal occasions, a tradition many other Asian families also emulate. Instead, breakfast involved my father sitting with me at our circular, less formal kitchen table, laughing while I tried to grip a baozi (a steamed bun with meat or vegetables inside) with my child-size chopsticks. My mother and I converse in what many have dubbed “Chinglish,” or sentences with both Chinese and English mashed together. We take our shoes off when we enter a home, we exchange hongbao (red envelopes filled with cash) during special holidays and yes — I’ve eaten chicken feet. And it’s pretty good.

TIME has hailed the Eddie Huang creation with “the makings of an American original.” And that’s exactly what we are — American originals.

It’s been 20 years since the end of Margret Cho’s All-American Girl, the last all-Asian comedy series that graced the U.S. television network. Fresh Off the Boat, with its refreshing open-door policy to Chinese culture and just the right dosage of family — friendly humor, may have just what it takes to break that spell of silence — hopefully for good.

Deep down, I have always hoped that future young Asian Americans of all appearances — Koreans, Japanese, Thai, and Chinese — will have more than just Lucy Liu or Bruce Lee to consider as their celebrity Doppelgänger because more than likely, like me, they are unique and come in all different shapes and sizes. Just like everyone else. To the many strangers who have asked me, “So, where are you from? No like, what are you?,” perhaps someday “American” will be a sufficient answer. The conversation has been sparked, and I rest a little easier knowing that it begins today with the Huangs and their journey on Fresh Off the Boat.

What ABC has begun to uncover can open the door to a world of rich, diverse culture, with so much to offer and share to curious friends, neighbors, and strangers who have never had the opportunity to join us at our dinner table. When they’re ready, my mom will roll out the formal dinner plates, unleash endless plates of colorful Chinese dishes, and without a doubt, won’t let them leave hungry.

Starting today, Eddie is making it okay to bring noodles to the table. Perhaps he, or his late mentor Notorious B.I.G. said it best: “If you don’t know, now you know.”

New episodes of Fresh Off the Boat air on ABC Tuesday 8/7C.
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Rice University Student Turns His Dorm Room Into A Ball Pit (VIDEO)

By now, you’ve probably heard every reason ever to come back to a guy’s room. From watching a movie to checking out his fish tank, the opportunities are endless. While it’s easy enough to turn down a night spent getting halfway into The Notebook before the MO begins, it’s almost impossible to turn down a quick tumble in the ball pit. No, that’s not a double entendre, this college student quite literally built a ball pit in his dorm room.

David Nichol, a Rice University senior is obviously brilliant — and not just because he’s majoring in computer engineering.

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22 Of Your Favorite Movies Got Turned Into LEGO

It’s not the “LEGO Movie,” but everything is still awesome!

Adly Syairi Ramly already showed us what it would look like if bands were turned into LEGO. Now, the artist is back, and this time your favorite movies are getting new LEGO posters:

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NFL looks into texts sent to Browns’ sideline

The NFL is investigating whether text messages were sent to the Cleveland Browns’ sideline during games because doing so is against the rules, league spokesman Michael Signora said Friday
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Mom’s Movie Minute – Into the Woods

Are your kids ready to go Into the Woods? Tara McNamara has the bottom line on this week’s Mom’s Movie Minute.
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Squeezing Your Size 14 Self Into A Size 6 World: A Real-Woman's Guide to Food, Fitness and Self-Acceptance

Squeezing Your Size 14 Self Into A Size 6 World: A Real-Woman's Guide to Food, Fitness and Self-Acceptance


Have you ever browsed through the latest magazines or fashion shows and felt pressured to change who you are? Have you tried to meet other people''s expectations, only to find yourself disappointed or worn out? How many diet books and articles have you purchased while chasing an unrealistic body image? Area you ready to give up on the whole fitness scene? Don''t! Instead, stop trying to squeeze yourself into molds that were never intended for you in the first place with the help of author Carrie Myers Smith.

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Should We Bring Marriage Into Our Love Lives?

I once wrote an article about how love fits into marriage but after co-writing, The New I Do, Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels, with Vicki Larson, I realize that a better question to ask is how our outdated paradigm applies to the way people in love couple these days.

For the first time in literally thousands of years, marriage in our Western culture has viable, socially acceptable, competition and the pressures (and necessitation) of marriage have diminished greatly.

In the past 50 years, the marriage rate in the U.S. has fallen dramatically. In 2008, a mere 26 percent (one quarter) of people in their 20s were married as compared to 68 percent (two thirds) in 1960.

We have not stopped coupling in our culture (although staying single is a perfectly acceptable lifestyle choice for younger adults). Rather, increasing numbers of up-and-comers have rejected tradition not legalizing their unions; even when they go on to have children.

Having lived with two serious boyfriends at different points in my life, I understand this choice and in many ways, I think it makes sense. There are things you learn about togetherness in general and your partner in particular that you might not learn any other way. There is also a stronger sense of commitment (albeit unspoken in most cases) in a relationship when you live together.

What’s the advantage to shacking up over marriage? You can have a lovely relationship, be very committed in the moment, and yet, if or when you break up, you can simply go your separate ways back out into your single worlds. It’s certainly easier and cleaner to split when you don’t have all the legalities to contend with: Maybe just a few dishes, airline points or pieces of furniture to split, but nothing small claims court can’t handle.

But here’s the rub: Big problems emerge when couples make other kinds of long term commitments that do bind them legally — like buying property together or worse, having children together — without having protections in place. As outdated as marriage can be, one thing it does do is provide important protections to both parties if a breakup occurs.

No one knows that better than the one who got the raw end of a real estate deal (with no recourse) or the one who got booted out on the street with a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old. While there are laws that protect children in those situations, there are not the same protections for partners as there are for spouses.

As we watch the pendulum swing toward a less structured paradigm, I think we’ll start seeing and hearing more about this kind of fallout. And it won’t be pretty.

Why can’t we have more options than risking so much by coupling but avoiding marriage or opting for security by marrying someone we may not want to be with forever? It’s not as if it’s never been done before.

The Romans had three different levels of marriage: Confarreatio, the most formal option had more religious overtones; Coemptio, was a less formal and more business-like union; and Usus, was an informal marriage that occurred by default when a couple lived together for more than a year. (Confarreatio and Coemptio required ceremonies but Usus did not have a marriage ceremony).

Throughout history, people have married for all kinds of reasons that had nothing to do with love–primarily for business and monetary gain, for political gain and to procreate. Love was even seen as an impractical emotion in these relationships. The Greeks, seeing the insanity caused by those in love, coined the phrase “lovesick.” Indeed, some cultures even described love as dangerous when it came to setting up stable family structures.

Having spent the past two years (and more) researching the subject of marriage for my book, I can tell you that informal changes are actually happening to the institution behind closed doors.

Unbeknownst to family, friends, and clergy, young couples tying the knot are agreeing to themselves the conditions they want to see in place. Ryan and Lisa is one such example: These twenty-somethings are marrying with a purpose and an end date (rather than out of love “because it’s what you do.”). They agreed to have children together but they also agreed that their marriage would end when the kids are out of the house (the option to stay married was there, but not the expectation).

At the other end of the age spectrum, unapologetic third-time marriers (many of whom are Baby Boomers) are stating unequivocally that they want only the best parts of marriage. How are they doing this? Many are vehement about maintaining their autonomy. Some are choosing to live in separate houses, others are asking for open marriages, and still others are quite frank about needing practical things like someone to grow old with, someone with insurance benefits or someone who has financial security.

Far from breaking from traditional marriage, these seeming rebels are reverting back to ways of old. Yet, because they fear being judged, many of these couples keep these arrangements secret. But why? Are they really doing anything wrong? Are these couples harming themselves? Are they harming anyone else? Are they taking anything away from anyone?

If you think about it, marriages based on love often have the most fallout because love is fragile. Love can easily turn to dashed expectations (especially since expectations are so much higher for lovers than they are for friends), jealousy, betrayal and even hatred. These are the things that crimes of passion are borne out of.

Now, I’m not saying that love has absolutely no place in marriage, but perhaps love shouldn’t be in the number one spot. Perhaps we should rethink purpose-driven marriages rather than emotion-driven ones. Perhaps we should give individual couples the right to pick and choose aspects of relationship that they want rather than assuming that monogamy and forever are right for everyone. As things stand now, those who don’t play by the current rules are told they are doing something wrong, or they are looked at as odd, damaged or unlucky.

Whether you agree with this article or not, I hope this topic will get you talking with others about the shame-based all-or-nothing paradigm we have set up now.

We received a terrific compliment recently from a TV talk-show producer. He said that before he read the book, he was against the concept. He fully expected to disagree with us. But, when he read the book, he realized that what we said made good sense and he thanked us for writing it.

If you’d like to open your mind and read more about these ideas, pick up a copy of The New I Do, Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebels. If you know someone who’s just about to get married or re-married, do them a favor and get them a copy of The New I Do. And, finally, if you or someone you know is considering ending their marriage, tell them to read this book first. There may be a creative solution to their problem in its pages.


A previous version of this article appeared in Susan’s Contemplating Divorce Column on PsychologyToday.com

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Trippy Time-Lapse Video Packs 12,500 Photos From The ISS Into Just Six Minutes

It doesn’t get any more awesome than this.

A new time-lapse video from the European Space Agency (above) lets you look back at six months of photos from the International Space Station in just six minutes.

The time-lapse features 12,500 photos captured by ESA astronaut and social media celebrity Alexander Gerst. The images include shots of auroras, the Milky Way, lightning, cities at night, and more. Gerst shared many of the images on Twitter over the past year during his time aboard the ISS.

“Seen from a distance, our planet is just a blue dot, a fragile spaceship for humankind,” Gerst said in a written statement. “We need to understand the Universe we live in to protect our home.”

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So That Happened: Obama’s Cuba Plan Turned Some Folks Into Wind-Up-Toys Of Outrage

So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would make an effort to normalize relations with Cuba, ending a decades-long policy of distance that had been surprisingly effective in doing nothing in particular. We’ll talk about the new plan, and the people who are hopping mad about it.

Listen to this week’s “So That Happened” below:

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Some highlights from this week:

“Those two, when they got the news, I don’t know. It was like they became weird wind-up-toys of outrage.” — Jason Linkins

Meanwhile, a Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy has been canceled, because North Korea apparently now dictates what movies we watch in our spare time? How did something so simple get so out of hand?

“Films that relate to things in North Korea will not be made now and that is just outrageous. Something has got to give.” — Arthur Delaney

And finally, we’re taking a look back at 2014 — a great year for garbage monsters. What are our least-favorite things about the past year? Well, this is going to take a while.

“2014 has been f*cking terrible and at least in the world of public affairs, there have been almost no redeeming aspects to this terrible year.” — Zach Carter

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We’re very happy to let you know that “So, That Happened” is now available on iTunes. We’ve been working to create an eclectic and informative panel show that’s constantly evolving and as in touch with the top stories of the week as it is with important stories that go underreported. We’ll be here on a weekly basis, bringing you the goods.

Never miss an episode by subscribing to “So, That Happened” on iTunes, and if you like what you hear, please leave a review. We’d also encourage you to check out other HuffPost Podcasts: HuffPost Comedy’s “Too Long; Didn’t Listen,” HuffPost Weird News Podcast, HuffPost Politics’ “Drinking and Talking,” HuffPost Live’s “Fine Print,” and HuffPost Entertainment’s Podcast.

This podcast was edited by Ibrahim Balkhy and sound engineered by Brad Shannon, with assistance from Christine Conetta, Chris Gentilviso and Adriana Usero.

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Word Of Mouth: Nashville Conversations: Insight Into The Drive, Passion, And Innovation Of Music City's Creative

Word Of Mouth: Nashville Conversations: Insight Into The Drive, Passion, And Innovation Of Music City's Creative


Right now, there is no city in the United States hotter, cooler, or more it than Nashville, TN. With a booming economy, a great quality of life, and a creative, collaborative entreprepeneurial community, Nashville is on the short-list of living and travel destinations for passionate and innovative minds. As many newspapers, magazines, and websites have pointed out, one of the critical components to Nashville''s growth and popularity is it''s thriving and cutting-edge music, culinary, and artistic communities.
Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations is an elegant collection of interviews by Nashville writer Lily C. Hansen, highlighted by stunning, black & white photography from some of Nashville''s finest photographers, that captures the drive, passion, and innovation of several prolific Nashvillians who have thrived in – and helped drive — the art, culinary, and music industries. Also included are several wild card personalities: those who possess talents that defy labeling and elipse categorization. Word of Mouth is an inside look at the exploding community of Nashville and a multifaceted portrait of the intellectual and inventive capital that makes the city hum with energy.
It''s title reflects what makes Word of Mouth special: by interviewing each of these personalities, Word of Mouth relies on the classic form of intimate conversation to gain insight and understanding of each personality while also capturing the organic and tried-and-true method – word of mouth — through which each have attracted their fan-base and support network. Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations is a testament to Nashville''s incredible mixture of artistic talent but also it''s zest for collaboration, rather than competitiveness: similar to the artistic community''s nonexistent hierarchy, up-and-coming talent is interviewed alongside illustrious, internationally-recognized artists.
While Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations focuses on the creative entrepeneurs of Music City, it is a book that knows no geographical limits; it is for every creative entrepreneur, everywhere. As a collection of anecdotes, quotes and wisdom shared by those pursuing their dreams or those who have already obtained commercial fruition, it presents the stories and the insights that any innovative mind, young and old alike, needs to hear as they follow their heart and pursue their own creative path.
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Ridley Scott Sends His ‘Martian’ Script Into Space

NASA’s Orion spacecraft was designed to shuttle astronauts to Mars some day. When it made its first successful test flight on Dec. 5 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral, the 11-foot-long capsule didn’t blast anyone to the red planet, but it did keep with the theme, completing two orbits of Earth while carrying the front page of the script for “The Martian.”
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Why You Can’t Help Turning Into Your Teenage Self When You Go Home For The Holidays

There’s a joke that captures the feeling of “regression” that many adults experience when they go home to spend the holidays with their families. It goes like this: For every day you’re home with your family, you lose five years. So you should keep your trip short enough that you’ll be old enough to drive away.

Many adult children know well that returning to the nest can be even more challenging than visiting your parents in another context. You might go home for the holidays and suddenly be surprised to find yourself behaving like a 16-year-old: You fight with your mom over doing chores or going out with your friends instead of participating in family activities. Maybe you’re still criticizing your little brother and his new girlfriend — or you return to that teenage insecurity of feeling like you can never do anything right.

“It’s variable. At different stages of your life you might regress more or less,” Nadine Kaslow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Emory University and editor of the Journal of Family Psychology, told The Huffington Post. “Maybe you go back to your room, which may still be more decorated like a child’s room. You return to the patterns you had when you lived there. It’s challenging, especially early on, to find your way as an adult.”

While regressing doesn’t happen for everyone, it is a fairly common occurrence. And it’s most common among 20-somethings, according to Kaslow. There’s often more flexibility and ease in the relationship once children establish themselves as adults and perhaps start their own families.

But regression can persist until late in life. As psychologist and family counselor Marie Hartwell-Walker, EdD, wrote in a PsychCentral blog, old family roles die hard.

“Never underestimate the seductive draw of what is familiar,” Hartwell-Walker wrote. “It just feels natural to snap back into our well-rehearsed part. The ‘responsible one’ volunteers for more than she really wants to do. The ‘baby’ goes back to playing the cute card in spite of herself. When with her dad, the independent woman can slip once again into the ‘princess’ role she had as a child while her brother starts to swagger a bit like his former teenage jock self.”

Regression is most common when there’s a struggle to transition the parent-child relationship into an adult-adult relationship. Having a successful adult relationship with your parents requires that you feel able to be your own person, and that you’re able to assert yourself without arguments or power struggles, said Kaslow.

For instance, if you bring home a significant other and would like to sleep in the same bed together, but your parents won’t allow that, it’s important to negotiate the situation as adults.

“It might mean you have to get a hotel room … if you want to respect the family values,” said Kaslow. “If you just disrespect what they say, then you’re like a teenager. But if you just do it because they say so and not because it’s right for you, then you’re not really being an adult either.”

Unresolved family conflicts can also make it difficult for family members to break free from old roles and break out of old habits that no longer serve them. “Those families also have a harder time switching to developing those adult relationships,” said Kaslow.

In a healthy adult relationship, information and stories about one’s life are shared equally between parents and children. The parent and adult child can engage in shared activities together, but there is also a level of freedom for alone time.

In an unhealthy relationship, the parents are often critical or unwilling to adjust old traditions to bring in new ideas and traditions. But don’t confuse parental care, affection or doting for an unhealthy inability to change old habits — your parents will always see you as their child, and may enjoy the feeling of taking care of you.

Creating an adult relationship with your parents starts with taking responsibility yourself to make compromises and respect their wishes — even if it means dishing out the cash for that hotel room.
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Habs lose Pacioretty after hit into boards

The Canadiens were instantly deflated when Max Pacioretty went down with an injury. Montreal lost its top scorer and then the game as the league-best Ducks won 2-1.
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7 Ways To Incorporate Antiques Into Your Wedding Décor

By Libby MacCarthy for TheKnot.com

If you love going antiquing or live by the philosophy that one man’s trash is another’s treasure, you’re in for a treat. While antique, vintage and retro props are nothing new to weddings, lately we’ve been seeing couples getting creative with everything from salvaged windows to funky brass figurines and rusty trinkets to make some totally enviable ceremony and reception decor.

Weathered wood accents pair perfectly with a rustic, country affair, while silver, brass or copper accents will add a refined edge to an industrial-inspired event. Check out some of our favorite ideas below!

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Christian Louboutin Gets Into Lingerie With Dita Von Teese

Consider it basic math: When you add one sexy factor with another, you’re going to get even more sexy. Such is the case with news that Christian Louboutin is joining forces with Dita Von Teese on a limited-edition lingerie collection called XXXtian (a nod to the way the shoe designer signs his notes “Xtian”, according to WWD). The black-and-white floral print was designed by Mr. Louboutin.

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The line will retail only at French lingerie site glamuse.com, though it appears that shipping to the U.S. is possible. It’s aspirational underwear too, with prices starting a little over $ 100 for a pair of panties and almost hitting the $ 1,000 mark for the kimono.

How often do you shop for lingerie? Is it a category you invest money in?





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Blackhawks’ Toews exits after hit into boards

It appears the Chicago Blackhawks dodged a bullet on Thursday night as top-line center and captain Jonathan Toews is expected to be OK after leaving the team’s 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in the second period.
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An Inquiry Into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue in Two Treatises

An Inquiry Into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue in Two Treatises


Francis Hutcheson’s first book, An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue, was published in 1725, when its author was only thirty-one, and went through four editions during his lifetime. This seminal text of the Scottish Enlightenment is now available for the first time in a variorum edition based on the 1726 edition. The Inquiry was written as a critical response to the work of Bernard Mandeville and as a defense of the ideas of Anthony Ashley Cooper, Lord Shaftesbury. It consists of two treatises exploring our aesthetic and our moral abilities. Francis Hutcheson was a crucial link between the continental European natural law tradition and the emerging Scottish Enlightenment. Hence, he is a pivotal figure in the Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics series. A contemporary of Lord Kames and George Turnbull, an acquaintance of David Hume, and the teacher of Adam Smith, Hutcheson was arguably the leading figure in making Scotland distinctive within the general European Enlightenment. Wolfgang Leidhold is Professor of Political Science at the University of Cologne. Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History and Director of the Centre for Intellectual History at the University of Sussex, England.

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Breathe Into Your Chakra And Enjoy These Delicate Artworks Of The Occult

1. Breathe in through your base chakra to your solar (666) chakra.

2. Hold your breath as long as you can, comfortably, and focus on your 6th chakra/pineal gland. You should feel a bit of pressure on the 6th chakra.

3. Exhale, and repeat for as many rounds as is comfortable.

It’s certainly not your average artist statement. But supernaturally inclined artist Joseph McVetty has always tended towards an outsider’s point of view. “I believe my interest in the occult was born out of a curiosity in the narratives of cultural outsiders,” McVetty explained to The Huffington Post. “I have always had a mysterious attraction to the worlds these groups built around secrets, rules and symbols as a way to exist outside of the mainstream.”

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McVetty creates delicate paintings on paper using latex paint, gauche and pencil, depicting seances, meditations and other unearthly rituals. Rendered with fine lines and colors so muted they threaten to fade from view, McVetty’s subjects play with crystals, masks, energy fields and skulls in various permutations — often donning only their underwear. The Portland, Oregon-based artist conjures an image of communal magic in the contemporary age, and like so many things in Portland, that magic is very much DIY.

The artist’s interest in communal rituals stems from the mundane yet just as logically strange routines manifested throughout daily life. “The uniforms, rituals, nicknames and guidelines — where does that urge come from?” McVetty asks. “And why are people so willing to join up? Some people join mainstream cults like the military and the police force that are certainly cruel in the end, I find those groups repellent. Other individuals find a group of yo-yo’s in matching sweats that are waiting for a comet to come scoop them up and I think, yeah, these are my people.”

McVetty’s canvases appear somewhere between the bewitched drawings of “witch woman” Cameron and the balaclava-clad strangers of Carrie Yury. Although there’s a sense of darkness to the unknown rites taking place on the page, the ominous aftertaste is subdued by the incredible lightness of the artworks themselves.

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“The reason I work with such a muted palette has to do with emotional tone,” McVetty explained. “These are calm drawings. My intention is to be inviting, to create a space for the viewer to invest some time without being overwhelmed by the noise of color. The focus is always on the direct subject matter, you won’t see a background in this work. The focus of this work is the figure and interactions happening between these figures. For me the material world outside of their bodies is unimportant in the context of these drawings.”

Although McVetty does see some parallels between art making and a more spiritual ritual, he views the two embodied experiences as entirely different. “The relationship between art and the supernatural for me stems from the notion of conjuring or making the unseen seen or the unheard heard. But that would be as far as it goes for me. I have found that art and art making is very far from supernatural in fact it is very workman-like. Any maker will tell you, you have to put in the work; bang away at those keys and write, pick up that guitar and practice. It’s long, boring, tedious work that requires focus, sacrifice and discipline, nothing supernatural there.”

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Although McVetty’s whispered images primarily depict scenarios you’d find in a dream, a Stanley Kubrick film or a Marina Abramovic performance, he argues the spirit of such communal rites can extend to more everyday practices. “My work right now depicts communities working together in order to conjure up the supernatural. Because of my attraction to the occult tradition and folklore, I began use the existing imagery in order to invoke a sense of magic, and cosmic collaboration. The occurrences happening in my work are much more connected to the outside world than my own personal experience. A perfect example is the recent wave of civil resistance movements from Ferguson to Hong Kong. These sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches and rallies are exactly the kind of energy gathering rituals that I hope to invoke with my work.”

“As far as my spiritual beliefs go,” McVetty concluded, “I believe in Love, no god, but maybe Satan. My rituals at this point are purely domestic magic; hugs, kisses, making coffee, getting everyone to school, changing diapers, cleaning the house and making love.” Breathe deep into your chakras and enjoy a sample of his work below.


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Dog Sees Sunny Field, Instantly Transforms Into Kangaroo

It’s entirely possible that no dog on Earth was as happy as Megan the lurcher when she found this grassy field.

Watch Megan get some serious air as she and her Jack Russell friend Molly discover the joys of life:

Though the video was posted in 2012, it’s never too late to be reminded what ultimate bliss looks like.
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How to Break Into Pro Wrestling

How to Break Into Pro Wrestling


This is a discontinued title offered at over 75% off the regular price. Buy now while supplies last. So you want to be a pro wrestler. Well, take it from “Judo” Gene LeBell, it can be a rough business. The son of a wrestling and boxing promoter, “Judo” Gene grew up in the biz, gaining an insider’s understanding of the wild world of pro wrestling from the perspective of both promoter and wrestler. A former pro himself, he knows firsthand what it takes to enter the ring, and he’s here to tell you, you’d better be prepared to work, sweat and bleed, because beyond all of the glamour you see on TV, it’s damn hard work! If you think you’ve got what it takes, then you can take your pick from one of the professional schools listed in the book and go for it. But first, “Judo” Gene gives you a taste of the blood, sweat and tears you will leave on the mat along the way, schooling you in the basic techniques you’ll need to know to make the big time: classic holds like the full nelson and the Boston crab, powerful pins like the reverse cradle, illegal moves like elbow grinds and fishhooks, aerial maneuvers like flipping off the top rope and much, much more! Closeout item – Reduced price while supplies last. Order NOW!
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Lena Dunham Wants To Turn ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’ Into A Movie

Lena Dunham discussed a wide array of topics with writer and author Ariel Levy during the 15th annual New Yorker Festival on Friday night, including her aspirations to turn Karen Cushman’s “Catherine, Called Birdy” into a feature film.

“This is actually my first time talking about it publicly,” Dunham said about the project. “I’m very excited about it. I’m not sure when it’ll happen, but I’m in the process of [working on it].”

Written by Cushman, the 1994 novel — which won the Newbury Prize in 1995 — tells the story of Catherine, a 12-year-old coming of age in 1290 England. “[She] gets her period and her father basically says, ‘Well, it’s time for you to get married,’ and she’s like, ‘Uh, no,'” Dunham told the crowd. “But it’s hyper realistic and really pretty and it’s full of incest and beatings, but it’s a child’s story. I’ve been obsessed with it since I was a kid.” Dunham previously cited “Catherine, Called Birdy” as one of the two best books she’s ever read about young girls in an interview with the New York Times in 2012. (Her other selection was Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.”)

“It’s a really interesting examination of sort of like coming of age and what’s expected of teenage girls,” Dunham said. “I’m going to adapt it and hopefully direct it, I just need to find someone who wants to fund a PG-13 medieval movie.”

Dunham plans to produce the film through A Casual Romance, the production company she started with “Girls” executive producer Jenni Konner. According the 28-year-old, “Catherine, Called Birdy” is one of many projects the duo are working on at the moment “that sort of aren’t set in the here and now.”

“Nothing I’ve done so far has required any research of any real kind beyond, like, going to a diner,” Dunham said, acknowledging how “Catherine, Called Birdy” is not necessarily what some fans have come to expect from her as a writer-director. “So this is a whole other world. But the source material makes me so happy and I’m so excited, because I’ve been working on ‘Girls’ [for five years] and I also wrote this book of personal essays. So the idea of engaging with some of these topics that are important to me, which are — surprise — women and feminism, but finding a way to kind of look at them through a historical lens is sort of like where feel myself going.”

Dunham, who is currently promoting her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” said she’ll connect with Cushman to discuss “Catherine, Called Birdy” during a visit to Seattle next weekend.
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Eric Zammitt : Unprecedented Insight into Process (video)

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Los Angeles native, Eric Zammitt, in his Altadena studio near Pasadena. Photo by EMS.

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In my latest documentary film, Breaking Beautiful , Los Angeles based artist, Eric Zammitt, takes it to another level in my Take 1 Art Series. Take 1 is a series of short films I’ve directed over the years on creative people and art exhibitions throughout Southern California.

What makes this film special in the series is the unprecedented access Zammitt gave me to his process, a process bordering on acute lunacy, obsessive eroticism, and a determined prowess to enlighten and mystify. Numbered as Film # 461 in my Take 1 Art Series, I have never before visited a studio to film an artist in such a short amount of time. It took approximately 13 visits over a few months to produce this 24-minute film.

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Eric Zammitt in the studio. Photo by EMS.

In the film you will witness interwoven and glued polymers that are sanded and polished into what Zammitt confidently calls “paintings.” Unconventional to most viewers vocabulary of what a painting is, Zammitt utilizes acylic plastics to shape them into layers of Plexiglas resolved into abstract geometric layouts in arrangements that are modulated. The breathtaking machine work is so precise, yet awesome in micro and macro.

What fascinated me the most is the machinery in the film that are essentially functioning art pieces Zammitt designed to create his work. When I asked Zammitt if he was worried that other artists may copy his methods by the information laid out in this film, he simply replied, Let them try.”

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Eric Zammitt in the final stages of a painting in its final stages. Photo by EMS.

Whether its alien or ancient sci-fi language, there’s a simplistic micro-edge fetishism in Zammitt’s work that is more Zen and clarity, then actual process. However, in this film I’m proud to show that the process is the art and that the becoming that inevitably hangs on the wall is the mere monument of the process. See the film below…


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A Taekwondo Match Unexpectedly Turns Into a Dance Battle; Everyone Wins The Round

A Taekwondo match can sometimes look like a beautiful, choreographed fight, almost like a dance. But sometimes, it can be an actual choreographed dance.

Watch the fighters above get down to the “We No Speak Americano” song as they put the combat aside, and battle with their dance moves instead.

Kevin Bacon would be proud.

Though the video made rounds on the Internet in 2013, we are thankful America’s Funniest Home Videos reposted the clip this week to remind us that combining dancing and fighting never gets old.

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The Principles of Industrial Economy: Illustrated by an Enquiry Into the Comparative Benefits Conferred on the State and on the Community by Free Trad

The Principles of Industrial Economy: Illustrated by an Enquiry Into the Comparative Benefits Conferred on the State and on the Community by Free Trad


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These Photos Offer A Glimpse Into The Lives Of The Belarus Women Who Served On The Front Lines Of WWII

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“The Other Hundred” is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of people around the world who are not rich but whose lives, struggles and achievements deserve to be celebrated. Its 100 photo stories move beyond the stereotypes and clichés that fill so much of the world’s media to explore the lives of people whose aspirations and achievements are at least as noteworthy as any member of the world’s richest 1 percent.

During World War II, many women in Belarus served on the front lines. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, most of these women were between 16 and 18 years old. For the next four years, they served as nurses, truck drivers, partisans and communications operators. At the end of the war, they were awarded medals and prizes and named “Heroes of the Nation.” As they approach the end of their lives, and despite the breakup of the former Soviet Union, their contributions are still remembered with invitations to attend parades and to visit schools to tell children about their experiences.

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Photographer: Agnieszka Rayss

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Lida Pietrovna Bondar, nurse.

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Zinaida Konstantinovna, now of Grodno, Belarus, worked for Soviet Army Communications during the war.

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Elizaveta Ivanonvna Zienievich, partisan nurse.

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Anastasia Konstantinova Wishnievska, truck driver.

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Maria Antonovna Pospielova of Zaskovichi, Belarus. She served in the partisan resistance force against the Nazi occupation.

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Maria Antonovna Pospielova’s dress uniform with her military honors.

God gave me the courage to fight for the truth, and I have never been afraid to speak the truth. I think that if someone is righteous, God sees it and protects him. That’s how it was with me. When I was already in the partisan force, I was walking alone through the woods and I got surrounded by a pack of wolves. I thought I wasn’t going to make it. I had a pistol with only two bullets. I climbed onto the trunk of a felled pine tree, crossed myself, and they finally left” — Maria Antonovna Pospielova.

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Zinaida Nikolaieva Famienska, partisan.

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Valentina Pietrovna Baranova, army communications worker, head of the veterans’ union in Grodno.

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Galina Ivanova Pagarelava of Shchuchyn, Belarus, served as a nurse in the war..

“I was a nurse and I got into the front-bound ambulance train. I was at the front, I collected the wounded and drove them to the hospital. They were heavy — one had to carry them on one’s own arms and back. When we took the wounded away, we were often bombarded by the Germans. We had “death passports,” metal tags with our name and last name to identify us in case we were killed. This is how the four years of war went by. I was at the Leningrad front, the Baltic front and the Karelian front all the way beyond the Arctic Circle. It was daylight all the time at the Arctic front. We wrote letters on the train — at night. Belarus is my second homeland. I was born in the Ural, and I have lived in Shchuchyn since 1954. I have no regrets. My son turned out great. I had an interesting life” — Galina Ivanova Pagarelava.

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Crash into Me

Crash into Me


Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides…and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living–or if there’s no turning back. “”Crash Into Me” puts readers in the driver’s seat with four teens teetering on the edge of suicide. But will their cross country odyssey push them all the way over? Only the final page turn will tell, in Albert Borris’s finely-crafted tale of friendship forged from a desperate need of connection. An exceptional first novel.” –Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of “Crank” “Take a bathroom break and be sure you have a few free hours because from the moment you open this book you’re going to be on the ultimate heartbreaking, poignant road trip to a place you never thought you’d go.” –Todd Strasser, bestselling author of “Give a Boy a Gun” “Albert Borris is a powerful and insightful new voice in young adult fiction.” –Neal Schusterman, author of “Unwind”

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7 Steps to Ease Into Meditation

As a business owner, mom of two, wife, speaker, and consultant, managing each day effectively can be a challenge. I am sure I don’t have to tell you. You know. My mind, like yours, is often filled with to-do lists, schedules, and responsibilities. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed sometimes, but my secret to mental serenity in the face of a harried schedule is meditation.

If you are a meditation skeptic, please stay with me. You might be thinking you don’t have time for one more thing. I understand. Fortunately, just a few minutes of meditation can be as powerful as an hour. When you experience all of the benefits of meditation, it will likely become a part of your life. Meditation has taught me to relax, clear my mind and has helped boost my productivity. It has made me happier as I practice focusing on the present moment, and has helped me become a better listener which is helpful in forming better connections with people at home and at work.

Here are seven steps to ease into meditation:

  1. Write it down. Chances are that you walk around every day with a list of to-do items in your head. One idea that helps me meditate is writing down my to-do lists before I begin to meditate. I write down everything that is on my mind, from small things (send mom a birthday card) to big things (work on a branding strategy for a client). I keep writing until I run out of things. It takes a few minutes but it does happen.
  2. Make an appointment with yourself. It’s important to schedule the time for meditation. If you think you’ll find time during the day it won’t happen. I usually meditate first thing in the morning. Sometimes I only have 5 minutes other times I can find 30 minutes. Just try to be consistent. They don’t call it a practice for nothing.
  3. Let go of preconceived notions about meditation. You don’t have to be in the lotus position, sitting on a fancy cushion. You can sit in a chair and be comfortable. Ask your family to give you a few minutes without interruptions. Find a quiet and comfortable spot. If you want, you can light your favorite candle and listen to some music that relaxes you. Wear comfortable clothes. Don’t put unrealistic expectations on yourself to achieve a perfectly serene mind.
  4. Pay attention to your breathing. Check to make sure you are comfortable, close your eyes and pay attention to your breathing. Once your breathing is slow and steady, visualize a ball of light around your body. Focus your full attention on the brilliance of this light. Notice if there are any colors, and notice how you feel. Bring your full attention to this experience. With each breath, release your shoulders and relax your body.
  5. Imagine yourself sitting in your favorite place in nature. You can visualize a place in your backyard or half way around the world. Notice as many details as you can. Bring your full attention to the experience. If your mind starts to wander, gently bring your attention and focus back. Relax and enjoy. Stay with the visualization for as long as it feels wonderful and warm.
  6. When you are done, allow yourself a few minutes to transition. You can set an alarm, but I would say just follow your body’s rhythm. You can stop when it feels like you are done. When you are feeling good, you won’t want to stop. So just stop when you “feel” done. Gently move your fingers and toes to bring your attention back. Move your neck and slowly open your eyes. Just stay still for a minute to get your full attention to your body. Write down your experiences while they are fresh in your mind. You can write down one word that feels right to you, or you can write down your entire experience in as much detail as possible.
  7. Realize there is no right or wrong way to do meditation. I know this advice is counterintuitive and different than many of the things you have heard and read. In 10 years of leading meditations, I have learned that many people are intimidated by the idea of meditation. When I tell them “there is no right way or wrong way, there is only your way” they seem empowered to try.

Meditation has so many benefits and some day you may be able to sit in a lotus position on a fancy cushion for 30 minutes and meditate with complete clarity, until then, try my easy methods and notice the benefits firsthand.

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The “I Hate to Exercise” Book for People With Diabetes: Turn Everyday Home Activities into a Low-impact Fitness Plan You’ll Love

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Artist Launches Bonsai Trees And Other Lovely Plant Arrangements Into Space

We’ve heard that outer space is, visually speaking, a pretty majestic experience. Yet although the galaxy beyond is undoubtedly filled with stars and misty clouds for days, there aren’t any decorative touches around to spruce up the space.

Enter Tokyo-based artist Azuma Makoto, aka the official interior decorator of outer space. For Makoto’s recent artistic endeavor, entitled “EXOBIOTANICA,” he launched a 50-year-old Japanese white pine bonsai, along with an arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, into the great beyond.

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The carefully arranged greenery was expelled from planet earth from Black Rock Desert, Nevada — also the location of the Burning Man Festival. The whole project was taped, thanks to the six GoPro cameras strapped to the balloons which carried the plants. As you could probably guess, the juxtaposition of crisp floral arrangement and the empty wilderness of outer space is a surreal sight to behold.

“I went to Amazon, Brazil last year and created art pieces with plants that were full of aliveness in dense forest where I could hear groan from the earth,” the artist explained to the Huffington Post. “This was a mind-blowing experience since I really felt that I was arranging the plants onto the earth. For this EXOBIOTANICA project, one of my inspiration sources was curiosity – I asked myself, ‘what would it happen when I arrange plants on the globe, from up in the sky?’ as a concept that is completely opposite of what I did in Brazil.”

The goal was simple: “I wanted to explore how flowers and plants would bloom, decay and change outside of the earth. I wanted to seek and tell how their beauties will look with the earth as its background.”

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Before actually launching the flora into outer space, Makoto, in collaboration with John Powell of JP Aerospace, “experimented number of times under low-temperature and did rehearsals for camera’s angles beforehand so that we would able to estimate what would happen to some extent.” Despite all the preparations that took place, nothing could predict the staggering beauty that results from the strange and enchanting vision of a domesticated floral arrangement floating through the unbridled Milky Way.

Now that he’s tackled outer space, Makoto has set his sights on artistic destinations closer to planet earth, though just as visually compelling. “For the next steps I would like to try various conditions such as the bottom of the sea, volcano, the Arctic and the Antarctic to see what kind of expressions flowers and plants would display. These challenging concepts make me excited by only thinking about it.” We cannot wait to see where Makoto brings his lucky bouquets next.

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‘True Blood’ Turns Ted Cruz Fundraiser At George W. Bush Library Into A Bloodbath (SPOILER ALERT)

True Blood” fans know to expect plenty of bloodshed, often in unique circumstances. But on Sunday night’s episode, the show stepped it up a notch.

SPOILER ALERT: STOP READING IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THIS EPISODE.

Vampires Eric and his progeny Pam attended a Ted Cruz fundraiser supposedly held at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas to search for the parents of their enemy, Sarah Newlin.

Trying to blend in, Eric dons a Western-style suit with a bolo instead of a necktie while Pam puts on a purple dress worthy of a gala on either side of the aisle.

But when she catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror, Pam utters a line that would light up Twitter:

Even some on the right admitted they got a kick out of the scene:

When Sarah shows up with the yakuza in hot pursuit, a bloody massacre ensues.

“True Blood” is in its final season so you can expect even more bloodshed before the Aug. 24 series finale.
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Ramadan Reflection Day #6: Bringing Life Back Into Our Work/Life Balance

Imam Khalid Latif is blogging his reflections during the month of Ramadan for the fourth year in a row, featured daily on HuffPost Religion. For a complete record of his previous posts, visit his author page, and to follow along with the rest of his reflections, sign up for an author email alert above, visit his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.

Today is the fourth of July, America’s Independence Day. Many of my community members have been trying to figure out how amidst the World Cup, Fireworks, BBQs, Suhoors at IHop, Iftar with friends, and taraweeh, they are going to use the free time that comes with the holiday. A constant thought that surfaced in many discussions last night: “It’s so nice to pray without the anxiety of knowing that I have to go to work tomorrow.”

The real world and the responsibilities it brings can get pretty heavy at times. We get pulled day to day by a monotony of distractions that give us a semblance of relief but usually are the cause of most of our tension. Chasing after the material world and everything it seems to offer can get heavy at times. A breather is both deserved and necessary for all of us. Those moments of taking a step back and making time for ourselves are crucial.

As much as I love my job, it has me on my feet a lot. The last couple of years has gotten better only because I’ve been deliberate in making time for myself and changing how I do things. Getting to that point necessitated me realizing how my individual growth was being stunted by an absence of self-care. A step deeper helped me understand that if I wasn’t growing, the people around me who count on me to keep moving forward wouldn’t be getting what they deserve from me.

We host iftars every night at our Islamic Center at New York University and have been doing so for about 15 years now. Five years ago when we were renting space in the basement of St. Joseph’s Church on 6th Avenue a few blocks away from Washington Square Park, I was regularly working all day and all night and taking no breaks or advantage of any opportunity for outlets. In those years I found myself getting sick quite often, my mood was highly irritable, and in that Ramadan in particular I lost more than 20 pounds. Towards the end of the month, I was losing more than a pound a day. It didn’t really make any sense why that was happening.

Even though I don’t probably do what most people do for a living, I was making the same mistakes that many people make in regards to how they prioritize their careers over themselves. I was so driven at “succeeding” at my work that I was willing to give up anything I needed to for it. Aside from my physical health being impacted by lack of sleep, I stopped exercising regularly, ate very poorly when I actually ate at all, and complicated the situation even moreso by not building any deep relationships or friendships. I didn’t see my family as much as I could have or should have and let myself be driven towards anxiety and stress that I could easily have stepped away from had I took a step back and saw what the issues were actually rooted in. I wasn’t married and didn’t have a child at that time, but in retrospect had I had either, I probably would have been very neglectful of them. The worst part was I could justify it all because I was doing “good” work. Again, it made no sense.

True richness is not having many possessions. Rather, true richness is having a richness of the soul.” ~ The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.

What really makes like fulfilling? What gives us real contentment and not fleeting moments of satisfaction? As much as we want to keep moving forward, we sometimes need to take a step backwards to truly understand where it is that we are going and how to relates to where it is we’d like to be. By no means am I saying to give up on hopes and dreams or to stop being inspired towards any sense of aspiration. But really think about what it is you are giving up in order to “succeed.” I could introduce you to 20 different people from my community right now who would tell you that they wouldn’t give up the prayer that they prayed in the late hours of last night, free of stress and anxiety and aware only of the One they stood in front of, for any amount of wealth or material possession. Even if every night can’t be like that, definitely more than what we are letting be at this point could be like that. It’s for us to decide what we prioritize.
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Bravest Guy In Whole Wide World Wears Mentos Suit, Drops Into Tank Of Diet Coke (VIDEO)

This just may the bravest guy in the whole wide world. Or, at least, a moderately smart man in an ad for a new TV series.

For those of you who grew up believing the myth that consuming a Mentos candy with Diet Coke will make your stomach explode, the video below could be too much to handle:

Have no fear. As Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” site explains, “When you open and drink a Diet Coke, it releases much of the pressurized carbon dioxide that forms the carbonation. As the soda warms while traveling to the stomach, the gas continues to vaporize. Any remaining might cause your stomach to expand, but it isn’t enough to spark a dangerous gassy rebellion if you chase the soda with a pack of Mentos.”

The ad was released by Epic Meal Time, a TV show premiering on FYI July 26.

Lest we forget Joshua Jackson’s haunting Pop Rocks scene in the 90’s film “Urban Legend,” you can never be too careful with candy:


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This Artist Turned A Major Street In Bristol Into A Huge Water Slide

That’s no street — that’s a slip ‘n’ slide!

So it was Sunday, when some 360 people in Bristol, England, went careening down Park Street on a 300-foot homemade water slide.

The slide, a crowd-funded project by artist Luke Jerram, was built from little more than plastic sheets, hay bales, water and a dash of liquid soap.

If you look at photographs in the 1900s you see these beautiful empty streets with all the kids playing out.” Jerram said to the BBC, explaining part of his inspiration for the slide. “It’s an extraordinary thing and all that has been taken away.”

According to NPR,nearly 100,000 people applied to take a run down the slide — unfortunately, only 360 riders ultimately got to take the plunge.

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Walk into Shape

Walk into Shape


The all-in-one guide to walking one's way into shape, this book shows readers how to walk off fat without starving, walk their way to increased aerobic fitness, choose shoes for comfort, protection and performance, dress for all types of weather, find time for fitness in their hectic life, and much more!
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5 Realistic Ways to DIY Your Wedding Without Going Into the Red

It’s no secret that wedding planning can be a rabbit hole to an empty bank account if you allow yourself to get too carried away. That’s why more brides (and even their supportive grooms) are turning to do-it-yourself projects as a way to cut costs and create a completely customized aesthetic. But it’s easy to underestimate the amount of work (and precious time) it takes to achieve a certain look. Before taking the DIY plunge, it’s important to establish a creative vision for your big day. From there, you can then separate the details into “to DIY” or “not to DIY” categories before embarking on a craft supply spending spree, only to realize you could have saved money by renting or hiring someone to execute certain elements.

For those of us who aren’t queens of crafting (let’s be honest, that’s most of us) or don’t have bottomless budgets, making wedding décor can be a daunting task. Here are five simple elements you can DIY that are (practically) foolproof and won’t break the bank:

1. Centerpieces and Table Décor. Collect various vessels of different sizes, shapes, colors and heights such as vintage bottles, teacups and drinking glasses from your cupboard. Group them in interesting ways, placing anywhere from three to seven in the middle of the table, and fill them with different florals, feathers, berries, pinecones and even pods, acorns or sticks collected from your yard. For example, one table might have a vintage brass pot with a succulent planted inside, a low ceramic vase can hold large bright blooms, while a delicate glass beaker with long ethereal greenery adds a lush feel. One of our favorite couples collected miscellaneous vessels for months, saving bottles from grocery items, perusing flea markets and dusting off family heirlooms. They grouped them at each table with florals of different heights and shapes hand-cut from their garden in addition to loose ones from the florist. The result: a boho-chic menagerie that delighted guests and made for great table conversation.

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2. Favors. Invite guests to take one of your handmade table setting arrangements with them at the end of the reception. If you want something more uniform, baked goods in brown paper bags tied with baker’s twine and a tag have a homemade feel. One of our couples knew there would be excess dessert at their wedding, so they placed brown paper boxes near the table towards the end of the night, and invited guests to take treats to go, sealed with a custom sticker ordered inexpensively online. Favors don’t have to be extravagant, just thoughtful.

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3. Programs. You don’t have to be a graphic designer to make eye-popping programs. While you may want to get some design inspiration from an Etsy vendor, or a website like Wedding Paper Divas, it’s easy to add that little something extra to your printed pieces. One of our couples glued one side of their card-stock program to large popsicle sticks for instant fans — perfect for their orchard wedding in the heat. They had their program file printed, and painted the sticks for added pizzazz.

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4. Photo Booth Props. Lots of couples are opting for photo booths to capture images of their guests on their special day. The best part of the photo booth is, of course, the props! We’ve found it’s so simple to cut out bow ties, mustaches and lips from funky patterned paper and attach to striped paper straws. Collect old hats from friends, family or thrift stores along with boas and glasses. You can also make crowns out of paper, and embellish them with rhinestones, ribbon or feathers from your local crafts store. Put all your props in a basket with a hand-drawn sign or chalkboard.

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5. Cake Topper. Forgo the porcelain bride and groom figurines. Think about what is special to you as a couple. If you met at a baseball game, that ball you caught, causing you to fall into your destiny (literally), might make the perfect topper. Fresh flowers from the rose garden you so lovingly tended together, or fresh pine branches from the spot he proposed are all easy, inexpensive and meaningful ways to add that finishing touch to your cake. Some of our favorite cake toppers have included fresh cut greenery with a few well-placed blooms on a plain white cake and a bird’s egg found outdoors in a nest, embellished with the couple’s name and a few craft feathers.

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Remember, your guests are there for you — not to be wowed by an over-the-top affair. Above all, have fun and know that all these little things add up to one special day that signifies the beginning of your new life with the one you love the most.
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Shift Points: One Hundred Ideas to Shift Your Organization Into Top Gear

Shift Points: One Hundred Ideas to Shift Your Organization Into Top Gear


“Shift Points “provides an overview of the Seven Accelerators(TM) model, and is essentially a prequel to” Decide One Thing.” Written in the same fast-reading style as “Decide One Thing,” it features One Hundred innovative ideas, each of which is summarized in just One Page. Taken individually, each idea can be a catalyst for your organization. Taken holistically, they represent a comprehensive roadmap that will shift your performance into top gear. Decide One Thing. Align Everything. Win “SHIFTPOINTS helped us analyze every aspect of our business, both internally and externally, and helped us grow from M to M in four years.” – Jim Bognet, Bognet Construction “We routinely see record sales months because our message is crisp, our team is aligned, and we have a much better understanding of our market.” – Brad Hill, President, Site Organic “SHIFTPOINTS helped us decide on our One Thing, and then aligned everything in the organization around it. As a result, we have won the Best Places to Work award twice ” – MJ Wivell, Chief Executive Officer, BTI360 “Our rebranding effort, led by SHIFTPOINTS, has resulted in a remarkable makeover for every aspect of our company, from logo through performance metrics.” – Michael Tinsley, Chief Executive Officer, NeoSystems Corp. “FCA Golf is now aligned to our primary target, and is positioned to become truly great at One Thing.” – Jim Esary, Executive Director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Ministry

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Kim Kardashian Stalker Taken Into Custody After Appearing At Mother’s Home: Reports

A man who claimed to be Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend was found outside the home of the reality TV star’s mother, Kris Jenner, according to reports.

“The man claimed he had been invited to visit the Hidden Hills resident, so he drove out from Arizona,” a sheriff’s department statement cited by the Los Angeles Times said. “Deputies described the man as disheveled and said he talked to himself during their contact.”

Kardashian, fiancé Kanye West and their baby daughter North have been staying at the Jenner residence while their own home is being built.

TMZ reported that the alleged suspect may have claimed to have been the boyfriend of Kardashian’s younger half-sister, Kendall Jenner, and that he also said he was Justin Bieber’s stepbrother.

The website says the man allegedly made it onto the property and even managed to peek in the windows.

The suspect has been taken to a hospital and placed under a psychiatric hold, the Times reported.
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Adele Gives Rare Glimpse Into Her Private Life, For A Good Cause

Adele has achieved international superstar status at the tender age of 20 but she has managed to keep her personal life almost entirely private in the five years since. Until now, that is.

Promoting World Water Day on Saturday, March 22, Adele posted a four photo collage to her Twitter account. The clues we can glean are few but precious: Adele has a small fish tank, Adele looks positively stunning without makeup, and Adele’s 17-month-old baby boy Angelo is growing up so fast!

Gwyneth Paltrow, Britney Spears, Bar Refaeli and Katy Perry have also endorsed the important cause, aimed to provide clean water to the 800 million people who lack access to it, on social media this weekend.
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A Deeper Darker Truth: Tom Wilson’s Journey Into The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy

A Deeper Darker Truth: Tom Wilson’s Journey Into The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy


In the late 1980s Tom Wilson a retired research and development engineer with US Steel Corporation designed a state-of-the-art image processing and computer analysis system using technology already employed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In doing so he perfected a method (based solely on hte physics of light) that could extract information from materials and images that were beyond human visual capabilities. Tom could for example detect flaws in a steel plate. This accepted methodology allowed him to serve as a consulting technical expert in criminal law cases where his image processing was accepted as hard evidence in American courts of law. For more than a decade Tom Wilson applied his computer image processing system to countless images of the Kennedy assassination. He stripped away layers of information to reveal truths that had never before been known. Some of his findings include: Shooters behind hte picket fence on the grassy knoll; Alteration of the Zapruder film; Fakery of the Oswald backyard photographs; An individual in the “sniper’s window” of the Texas School Book Depository who was nto Lee Harvey Oswald; An exit wound in the back of President Kennedy’s head (just as the doctors who attended the President at Parkland Hospital had described.); Exact location of the final and fatal head shot; Alteration of autopsy x-rays and photographs contained in the National Archives. Reading like a mesmerizing whodunit murder mystery A DEEPER DARKER TRUTH chronicles Tom Wilson’s evolving series of startling discoveries that show President Kennedy was assassinated by a group of assassins on November 22 1963.

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The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care, 1880-1970: Critical Insights into Psychology and Medicine, 1880-1980

The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care, 1880-1970: Critical Insights into Psychology and Medicine, 1880-1980


Conflicting models of selfhood have become central to debates over modern medicine. Newspaper columnists and new age gurus claim that the roots of many of our physical ailments lie in repressed experiences and emotions. Critics of biomedicine argue that a renewed engagement with the patient’s inner feelings is needed to humanise contemporary clinical practice. Government initiatives extend medicine’s remit beyond the maintenance of the population’s health to the achievement of ‘well-being’: the psychological state of the population is now used to benchmark the effectiveness and success of policies. These debates, in turn, have helped shape contemporary culture. Concepts of ‘stress’ and ‘psychosomatic illness’ have become part of every-day speech, allowing us to interpret physical disorders as a commentary on our personal troubles or adverse circumstances. Yet we still lack a clear historical account of how this psychological sensibility came to be established.Psychology and Medicine in Modern Britain will remedy this situation by demonstrating that there is nothing inevitable about the current connection between health, identity and personal history. It traces the changing conception of the psyche in Britain over the last two centuries and it demonstrates how these changes were rooted in transformed patterns of medical care. The shifts from private medicine through to National Insurance and the National Health Service fostered different kinds of relationship between doctor and patient and different understandings of psychological distress. Psychology and Medicine in Modern Britain examines these transformations and, in so doing, provides new critical insights into our modern sense of identity and changing notions of health that will be of great value to anyone interested in the modern history of British medicine.

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How 2013 Transformed A Great Big World Into The Next Pop Sensation

Pursuing a full-time career as a musician is a risk that pays off for few. Most spend year after year working side jobs, pouring every dollar they collect into recording, touring, and merchandise, often ending up in the red, or, if they’re lucky, breaking even. Despite talent, many are forced to put down their instruments and enter a new field. But every once in a while, a confluence of frustration, sleepless nights, empty stomachs and talent makes for a perfect storm as an artist is suddenly propelled into the spotlight.

Such is the tale of A Great Big World, the rising project comprised of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino. It all began during their college days at New York University. Axel transferred to NYU during his sophomore year, placing him in the awkward position of having missed out on freshman orientation, rendering him friendless. All Axel knew was that he wanted to make music and that he needed a partner in crime. In his search, the first person he met was Vaccarino, and, for reasons that can’t be explained, he was immediately drawn to him.

Sharing a music business class, Axel approached Vaccarino with a few songs, hoping he would give them a listen. However, Vaccarino kept putting Axel off, telling him he was too busy at the moment. Determined to conquer his dodges, Axel figured out Vaccarino’s practice room schedule, and gave him a performance he couldn’t ignore.

“The moment I heard Ian play, I freaked out,” Vaccarino said in an interview with HuffPost Entertainment. “I was like, ‘We should totally be friends and start playing together.'” ‘

What Axel didn’t expect was for his new friend to compliment his voice, as his pursuit of Vaccarino was heavily driven by the knowledge of his singing capabilities. Vaccarino’s managerial instincts immediately kicked in, setting up vocal lessons for Axel. The two began writing together, working a solo career under Axel’s name. They performed at open mics until they got their first solo gig, which was attended by only few friends and family.

Out of nowhere, though, their song “This Is The New Year” made its way across the Internet and received a few TV placements, garnering the attention of a small label. But as quickly as the duo picked up momentum, the fire died, bringing them back to square one.

“We didn’t know how were going to pay rent or record at that point,” Axel said. “We wanted to get six songs laid down and in the hands of our fans, but we needed to rebrand ourselves. We put up a Kickstarter and in only two days, we raised 22 grand. And that’s why we decided to call ourselves A Great Big World.”

As if their sentiment was heard by the heavens, what followed in 2013 can only be described as the most incredible year of their lives. “Glee” producers had chosen to perform their own rendition of “This Is The New Year” on the show’s Jan. 31, 2013 episode, “Naked.” Shortly after, L.A. Reid signed the group to Black Magnetic/Epic Records. The band headed into the studio to record their debut album, “Is There Anybody Out There?” As that wrapped up, “So You Think You Can Dance?” featured their single “Say Something” in the show’s final, a cut that almost never was.

“We almost didn’t put ‘Say Something’ on the album, wanting to switch another ballad in place of it,” Vaccarino said. “But then Epic put it out as a radio single, which we were totally against at first. Most of the music on the album is really upbeat, and we just didn’t think it was going to fit in.”

“It was a really dark time for us, both just in difficult places even outside of relationships,” Axel said. “Going through some really intense heartbreak, the song was such a cathartic experience. It was the only song we had written in a year’s time, but I needed to write it right that second. Whatever spare time I had, I couldn’t stop writing it. It came out so fast, and I think we found closure in the song. It isn’t about hanging on in the end.”

A quick glance through the song’s lyrics proves that it is an anomaly among the feel-good roster of their debut, but its inclusion was essential. Soon after the “So You Think You Can Dance?” final, Axel and Vaccarino received a call from Christina Aguilera, asking if they would re-record the song with her on it. Axel performed the song with Aguilera on “The Voice,” and during the American Music Awards. Then in December, Axel performed “Say Something” during the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

“I had to close my eyes for some of it because I was a little nervous and there was just so much going on,” Axel said of the fashion show. “The girls were coming out with their wings and it was so dramatic and they were touching the piano. We had a couple rehearsals, but it was with the stand-ins, not the models, so I didn’t know what it was really going to be like live. When I opened my eyes at the end it felt so good. It was so fun and everyone was so welcoming and supportive of what we were doing.”

So what can fans expect to hear on the album, which drops on Tuesday, Jan. 21? Besides being an excellent collection of radio ready hits, one of the first things listeners will notice is that the record is very clean and simple — almost all of the focus on the vocals and piano. Much of today’s mainstream pop music has layer after layer, often creating a barrier that allows artists to hide behind. But there’s no room for that on “Is There Anybody Out There?” The end of “Rockstar,” the opening track, is the most congested it gets on the album. There’s no synth overtones, no bass wobbles, no heavy distortion. While those elements certainly have their place in their respective genres, they can be deceiving, too. “Is There Anybody Out There?” breeds the same authentic feel of something like Ben Fold’s “Songs For Silverman.”

“We’re really big fans of the craft of songwriting, Ian and I,” Vaccarino said. “Our big goal was to deliver the songs as pure as they could be without going overboard. We want to be able to recreate this live, we want to give an accurate sonic interpretation. I would find simplicity as a compliment, things need to be effortless.”

While Axel and Vaccarino struggled to find the proper words to capture the message of their album, the best comparison available was the concept of a cosmic pool of consciousness.

“It’s funny that you say pool because when we write our music it feels bigger than us and it comes from everybody,” Axel said. “We feel that everything is so very connected. We are wearing our hearts on our sleeves, and want to find out if anyone is listening on the other end.”

After rocketing through 2013 at warp speed, Axel and Vaccarino have no intentions of slowing down in 2014, looking to bring their craft to the stage in more than one manner.

“We opened for Maroon 5 on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, giving us a taste of what it is like to perform for 8,000 people. I would love to do that nightly,” Axel said. “We also have been working on a musical for over a year now. Producers on Broadway approached us with an original script after relaunching ourselves as A Great Big World, and wanted us to write the music. They asked us to make the music we would sing if we could, and so we can go a little crazier. We refer to it as ‘our music on steroids.'”

“We’re also kind of space nerds, and we want to play in outer space one day, but I think Lady Gaga is gonna beat us to that one,” Vaccarino joked.

“Is Anybody Out There?” Track By Track, As Explained By A Great Big World

1. “Rockstar”

“We were feeling our age more than ever and feeling like we were stuck in our routines and settling on day jobs that weren’t right for us. We wanted to remind ourselves to keep dreaming as big as we did when we were kids.”

2. “Land of Opportunity”

“We had a falling out with a friend when we wrote this song. And were really inspired by The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ album and ELO’s “Mr Blue Sky” at the time. Chad had also just started playing the trumpet again, so he took a solo!”

3. “Already Home”

“This was actually one of the first songs we ever wrote together. It was originally an Ian solo song. Over the years, we just kinda forgot about it. It was put on the back burner. It wasn’t until we were choosing songs for the A Great Big World album that we stumbled upon a demo of it and it just hit us differently than it ever had. We were on the road a ton and were dealing with being away from home and loved ones. The idea is that we are always ‘home.’ Love transcends any distance.”

4. “I Really Want It”

“We had recently quit our day jobs and were ‘full-time’ musicians and writers for the first time. We were stepping into a new role in life and really honing in on our dreams. This was us venting and sort of rebelling against the norm and what was expected of us. It was a way to tell ourselves that we could have it all if we wanted it.”

5. “Say Something”

“We were both in a dark place with our relationships. Writing this helped us to heal and find closure. We had never had a more powerful experience writing a song. It was ‘religious’ in a way. It’s funny … sometimes we joke around and say that we’re both the same person. The fact that we were having similar experiences at the same time and were able to write about it was very special.”

6. “You’ll Be Okay”

“We wrote this when we lived in a one bedroom apartment in Queens, NY. Chad was living in the kitchen, and our apartment became infested with bedbugs. For five months, Ian was sleeping on the couch (in the kitchen) and Chad was on an air mattress. It was one of the lowest points in both our lives, and we had just gotten through the ‘Say Something’ relationships! Thus, we felt it was appropriate for this song to follow that one.”

7. “Everyone Is Gay”

“Our friends at EveryoneIsGay.com asked us to write the ‘gayest song ever’ for their compilation album they were putting together. They give advice to kids who are struggling with their sexuality. We wanted to speak to the kids who are bullied for being who they are, and to write a song we wish we could’ve had growing up. Because in the end, we’re all human, no matter who you love.”

8. “There Is an Answer”

“This song came from the awe that we both share at the interconnectedness of all things.”

9. “I Don’t Wanna Love Somebody Else”

“This was inspired by a toxic relationship that I (Chad) was in. In a weird way, I enjoyed the pain I was feeling from it. I thought it was better than feeling nothing at all. And I didn’t want to let go of it. I also made up the whole thing in my head. So there’s that.”

10. “This Is the New Year”

“In 2008 we went to the most epic New Years party ever in the middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania. On our way back, we felt incredibly inspired by life. This song came from a place where making changes and resolutions in our lives seems to only happen once a year, and we feel like they should be and can be made every day.”

11. “Shorty Don’t Wait”

“Ian was playing around with the line ‘Shorty don’t wait’ and we both thought it was the funniest thing ever for him to sing that … and it stuck. This was just a fun tune to write and we just tried to inject some positivity into the world through a three-minute song. Ultimately, we decided Chad should sing it because the word ‘shorty’ sounds more natural coming from him for some reason.

12. “Cheer Up!”

“We had just visited Yosemite and saw all the stars for the first time. You just can’t see any in NYC. And seeing them gave us a new perspective on everything. When we got home, I [Ian] was talking to my parents and they were stressed out about something, and I wished they could’ve gotten to see what we saw in Yosemite. That’s what inspired this song. And also the fact that I had just gotten myself a Casio keyboard from the ’80s, and also that we have a friend who we SWEAR is from another star system.”

13. “Say Something ft. Christina Aguilera”

“After ‘Say Something’ was featured on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ it started generating some buzz. Christina heard it, called us up and wanted to record a new version as a duet. We are so grateful for what she added to the song, and for everything that happened as a result. We feel like the luckiest two guys alive.”
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Turning Fat Into Love: Downsize Your Body by Supersizing Your Mind & Heart

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1. What if you could easily transform and love your body, without struggling or feeling deprived? 2. What if you could attract and integrate an abundance of love instead of judging or criticizing yourself or others? 3. What if you could achieve your dreams by mastering your thoughts and actions instead of sabotaging your own future? You can Dutch dietician, nutritionist, and self-development expert Pauline Kerkhoff has helped overweight women all over the world transform into their naturally energetic, beautiful, and powerful selves by teaching them the secret other weight-loss books don’t address: to lose weight long-term, we must address the internal reasons why we overeat in the first place. In “Turning Fat Into Love,” Kerkhoff shows you how to release excess weight not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well–and release it for good. Far from your ordinary diet book, “Turning Fat Into Love” is a transformational self-help program that shows you how to: – Supersize your heart and gain emotional strength by creating and attracting an abundance of love and happiness, so that you feel fulfilled instead of deprived. – Grow your brain through personal exercises and nutrition, so you can improve your daily thinking in a way that helps you instead of sabotages you. – Transform your body through a holistic program that uses love, self-leadership, and expert nutritional advice rather than diets, pills, powders, or deprivation. Pauline Kerkhoff is a dietician, nutritionist, and founder of Weight Management Institute in Soest, the Netherlands. With her unique blend of nutritional expertise, practical insight, and inspirational outlook, she has helped overweight women around the world lead happier and healthier lives for more than fifteen years. Kerkhoff has been featured on Dutch television and print media, and she lives with her two children in Soest.

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‘Awkward’: Jenna Slips Further Into Her Bad Girl Phase, Gets Caught Smoking Pot With Collin

Is Collin a bad influence for Jenna on “Awkward“? This week, he convinced her to give marijuana a try, which seemed to quickly push her into the world of teenage pothead. Suddenly, she wanted to light up any time life started stressing her out. One of the things stressing her out was the fact that she’d lost all of her friends. In fact, other than Collin and pot, she had no one and nothing. This is not the lovable Jenna who started the series.

All teens go through experimental phases, but with each passing week this one is becoming more and more uncomfortable to watch. Jenna’s dad declared Collin a bad influence, but she had her mother on her side — at least until she betrayed her trust to sneak out and hook up with Collin. And they did hook up.

Afraid that she would lose him if she didn’t — and he did quickly start looking at his phone when she rebuffed his advances — Jenna ultimately decided to have sex with Collin. She didn’t do it out of love or because she really wanted to. She did it for an absolutely terrible reason. Clearly Collin is representing the “bad decisions” phase of her life, but how long will it last? Like everyone else in her life, we miss the old Jenna.

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Weeklings!: Let’s Harass the Remaining 35 States Into Gay Marriage (VIDEO)

Congrats to my home state of Illinois for becoming the 15th state to legalize gay marriage! Thanks to your kickass House and Senate, you’ve narrowly dodged this list.

Today we’re harassing the 35 states without official gay marriage legalization into changing their tune. From Virginia to Hawaii, Oregon to Michigan, we’re snarling at them all. Come on, states. Let’s finish this up.

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