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This Star Wars Day Is Better Than Every Other Star Wars Day

This Star Wars Day Is Better Than Every Other Star Wars Day

We have new Star Wars movies now—and they’re great!—and an ever-expanding world of fandom to enjoy. That’s why this should be the best May the Fourth ever. The post This Star Wars Day Is Better Than Every Other Star Wars Day appeared first on WIRED.
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This Is The Actual Inspiration Behind Those Crazy Outfits At The Met Gala

Monday night’s Met Gala left onlookers speechless with the elaborate gowns and overall commitment to the theme, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.”

This year the annual exhibit, which opens up to the public at the Metropolitan Museum of Art shortly after the eve of the gala, examines the relationship between hand-made and machine made garments over time. The result? An even bigger display of mind-blowing gowns than those usually seen on the red carpet. 

The museum’s website explains that the exhibit, which features over 150 ensembles, will “address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production.”

There are feathers! There is intricate design! And if you thought the train on Zoe Saldana’s dress was long, well:

 

Enough said.  

Feast your eyes on the gorgeous gowns below, and if you’re in New York, be sure to visit the exhibit, which runs May 5 to August 14.

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This Kendall Jenner Vs. Britney Spears Fashion Faceoff Was 14 Years in the Making

We’ve already caught Kendall Jenner channeling Britney Spears in the past, and now the supermodel just took her appreciation for all things ’90s style to the next level by wearing almost the same exact diamond choker as Brit, 14 years after the pop princess first rocked it.

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Jeweler to the stars Lorraine Schwartz pointed out that she made an almost identical diamond choker for Kendall’s White House Correspondents look to the one Britney wore in 2002 at the MTV Video Music Awards

“The first one I made in 2002 that #britneyspears wore to the 2002 #vma’s to the one #kendalljenner wore to the 2016 #whcd it shows that a #classic is classic forever even if it’s a little #funky ???? #lorraineschwartzjewelry #goodthingslastforever,” she shared on Instagram.

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If only Instagram existed in 2002, we know Brit would have posted a similar photo to Kendall, showing off the goods.

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Bella Hadid hit the Met Gala afterparty circuit in a body-hugging Atsuko Kudo crop top and pencil skirt, as previously seen on Kim Kardashian. The reality star is a huge fan of the latex brand, and has stepped out in a number of second-skin looks from the label over the years, even during her pregnancy with Saint!

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While Kim may have stepped out in the latex look first, Bella still gets some serious points for that sexy, ’90s inspired topknot she paired it with.

What do you think of Kendall and Brit’s choker faceoff? How about Bella and Kim? Vote in our polls below, and be sure to share any additional thoughts in the comments.

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This 4-Year-Old Darth Vader Is Wickedly Adorable

Who knew an evil Sith Lord could be so darn cute? 

Photographer James Hopkirk, who’s a huge Star Wars fan, cast his adorable 4-year-old son Harry as Darth Vader in the photo series below. In it, The small Sith Lord does everyday tasks in a way that’s just sinisterly adorable. 

The project, called “Little Lord Vader,” was shared on Tumblr just ahead of Wednesday’s “Star Wars Day.” 

The small Darth Vader is seen doing anything from munching on a burger to changing diapers (probably with the use of The Force). The photos were shot over a few months, and Hopkirk told the Huffington Post that the 4-year-old was actually behind the concepts for some of the shots. 

“Harry had lots of ideas,” the London-based photographer said. “And he insisted that we include his little brother Ted in the pictures.” 

Hopkirk told HuffPost in an e-mail that his son’s love of Star Wars began just before the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” last year. It didn’t take much for the tot to get hooked.

“I decided that, even though he’s quite young, I couldn’t deny Harry the chance to see a brand new ‘Star Wars’ movie on the big screen, so I had to quickly show him all the other films first,” he explained. “He was just completely in awe of them. I’m a massive fan myself, but I didn’t need to do any selling — he fell in love with them straight away.”

Interestingly enough, Harry gravitated toward the notorious Sith Lord the most. 

“He loves all the characters, but for some reason he went nuts over Darth Vader — to be fair, he is pretty awesome. When we play together he always wants the Dark Side the triumph. Hopefully that’s not a reason to be concerned,” Hopkirk joked. 

After the dad bought his son a Darth Vader costume, he realized just how kickass Harry looked. Pretty soon, a photo series was born.

So far, there are 15 photos in the series, but Hopkirk isn’t done capturing the cutest villain in the galaxy yet and promises there’s more to come. 

To see more of Little Lord Vader and his antics, head on over to Hopkirk’s Tumblr page for the project here. 

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Warning: This Mother’s Day Surprise Will Have You Sobbing

We all know that grandmas are proud people, and mostly what they are proud of are their sons and daughters and grandkids — even if they don’t get to see them as often as they would like.

Enbridge Gas Company in Canada arranged a Mother’s Day surprise for a group of grandmas who live in an assisted care facility in Moncton, Canada. The women were told they were being videoed for a documentary about motherhood. We don’t want to spoil it for you, but just have a box of tissues handy before you hit play. 

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#ActionMovieCampaignSlogan Dials This Election Cycle Up To 11

If you ask us at HuffPost Comedy, there’s not nearly enough crazy stuff happening in this presidential election. We asked our thousands of comedy minions on Twitter to kick this political process in the balls with the hashtag #ActionMovieCampaignSlogan.

Many thanks to Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) for being this week’s special guest. Check out his podcast at www.gilbertpodcast.com. And look for him in the upcoming movie “Life, Animated.”

Here are some of the very best of our “Stupor Tuesday” tag, #ActionMovieCampaignSlogan.

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Fully up-to-date for 2015, this guide is packed with advice and information from celebrity baby names and trends to tips on choosing a name and dealing with family expectations. In its 4th edition Baby Names 2015 now has over 8,000 baby names inside, alongside meaning and origin, so parents-to-be can choose the perfect name for their newborn.
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In addition to being a supernatural gothic romance, Showtime’s drama is also catnip for bookworms. These are the novels you should read to know everything. The post 5 Books You Must Read to Truly Get This Season of Penny Dreadful appeared first on WIRED.
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Feeling Entitled to a Little Gratitude This Mother’s Day?

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Here’s an icky confession: Since becoming a mother, I have dreaded Mother’s Day.

The whole holiday has, somehow, left me feeling unappreciated. I’ve tended to get in a funk, and not out of grief or some sort of well-defined pain — I can only imagine how hard Mother’s Day must be for someone who has lost their mother. I feel bad in a bratty way, like a toddler who is pissed that she’s not getting what she wants. The worst version of myself has typically made her appearance, ironically, on the day that we were supposed to be celebrating my best, most beloved, self.

What is it that has left me so resentful on Mother’s Day? What have I wanted so much that I haven’t been getting?

Until about an hour ago, I thought it was about gratitude. I wanted to be appreciated on Mother’s Day in the way that we used to show appreciation to my mother. Research shows that when we express gratitude in our relationships, we become more attuned to our family member’s efforts on our behalf. I was hoping for a little more attunement to all the work I do as a mom — mostly from my husband, but also the kids.

At least the way I remember it (I’m a little afraid to ask my mom for verification; it just now occurred to me that my memory is probably a little rosy), we’d bring my mom breakfast in bed, showering her with homemade cards and gifts. My dad would give my mom a funny card and a gift that he’d bought. We’d take a family bike ride on the path around St. Mary’s College, with a picnic that my dad and I packed with help from the deli at Black’s Market. Norman Rockwell could’ve painted us.

None of that actually seems hard to recreate, but for the love of God my family has never even come close. Last year I laid out my expectations clearly for my husband. “I’m fine with no gifts,” I explained, “So long as there are cards and a family activity.” This did not happen. With four active teenagers and a husband who refuses to plan anything more than a day in advance, our only family outings are planned by me.

For the record, three of the four children made me BEAUTIFUL, heartfelt Mother’s Day cards. Kelly-Corrigan-level cards. They were practically set to music they were so thoughtful and moving.

But that was not enough for me.

Expectations are a tricky thing. Unfulfilled, they set us up to ruin what is actually happening by ruminating over what we think ought to be happening. Painful thoughts — How could he not do this for me given all I do for this family??! Does he not appreciate me at all?start to loop endlessly, triggering waves of disappointment.

So how could I make this year different? I already lowered my expectations to no material gifts, and that didn’t help me much; I’m not sure I can lower them to nothing. In past years, I’ve made a massive effort to focus on myself less by helping others, but ultimately, even that didn’t really prevent me from feeling unappreciated myself. I felt entitled to a little gratitude, damnit.

(Let’s not miss the irony here: Entitlement is pretty much the opposite of gratitude. Rarely do we attract the opposite of what we feel. Just as we don’t foster other people’s love by lashing out at them, my unbridled sense of entitlement wasn’t exactly generating a mountain of appreciation.)

Emotional traps like this — obsessing over my feelings of unmet expectations — are usually triggered by a mistaken belief. So where was the error in my thinking?

I really was feeling unappreciated by Mark, my husband. I felt like I sacrificed more for our family and children, and that he should recognize and feel grateful for that. I held a deep seated conviction that I gave more. I spent more time doing the hardest parenting work, creating and enforcing structure and discipline, managing the near-constant drama of life with three teenage girls and an active adolescent boy.

Now, I should mention that, according to research, I am not alone in believing that I do more for our family than my husband — but I might not be correct. When researchers add up the percent of work each person in a couple says he or she does, they consistently find that the total ends up being more than 100 percent. So if a mom says she does 65 percent of the household work, and her husband says he contributes a solid 50 percent… there is a 15 percent error in there somewhere. Perhaps this was the heart of my mistaken belief?

My Mother’s Day funk did grow out of my belief that I do and sacrifice more for our family than Mark does. And weirdly, I somehow thought that this seemingly massive imbalance could be righted through a Mother’s Day display of profound appreciation.

This is funny to me now, because clearly even the most magical Mother’s Day outing would not dissolve my resentment. We needed to deal with the source of my resentment.

“We need counseling,” I announced to Mark. I sat down to work through what I wanted help resolving. What did I want Mark to do differently?

What I found, when I really thought hard about it, was that my assumptions about our division of labor were blatantly untrue. Believe me, I was shocked by this revelation. But it turned out that I had loads of evidence suggesting I don’t do more for our family than Mark.

True, I do the bulk of the emotional labor. But he does nearly all the house and garden maintenance. We spend about the same amount of time in the car driving kids around. I plan our meals and cook; he shops and cleans up. We’ve got a division of labor where he does the things he likes to do best (like mowing the lawn) while I get to do the things that I love to do (like talking to the kids about their feelings). I am lucky to have a truly equal partnership.

I was harboring resentment out of habit rather than reality. At times, being a mother can feel so overwhelming; when the kids were little, I sometimes felt a little victimized by it all, a little trapped by the sheer magnitude of the way they’d taken over my life. My husband simply couldn’t do many of the things that I was doing. Pregnancy, labor and delivery, and breastfeeding bred loads of occasions when only mama would do. My family could never repay me for the sacrifices I’d made for them — but they could, and should, show me a little gratitude for it. Hence my feelings of entitlement to a little Mother’s Day appreciation.

Billy Collin’s wrote a poem about this. In it, Collins recounts the thousands of meals his mom made him, and the good education she provided, and all the other zillions of things she did for him. In return he gave her… a lanyard he made at camp. Collins concludes:

And here, I wish to say to her now,

is a smaller gift — not the worn truth

that you can never repay your mother,

but the rueful admission that when she took

the two-tone lanyard from my hand,

I was as sure as a boy could be

that this useless, worthless thing I wove

out of boredom would be enough to make us even.

Now, this is what I wish to tell my children and husband both: We are even, with or without lanyards and family outings on Mother’s Day.

Because I am not trapped. I have not been victimized. There is no need for reparation. You don’t owe me a darn thing, even gratitude. I don’t have to do any of the many things I do for you or our family. I choose to do them. I do them because I love each of you so very much. Moreover, this love that I feel for you is the greatest gift I’ve ever been given. It is a great joy to be a mother in this family, your family. I’m deeply, profoundly grateful for all we are and all we have — together.


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This Hoodie Is Specially Made For Avid Huggers

These sweatshirts are making it easier to hug it out. 

The clothing brand Chukcha launched a Kickstarter last month to support its special hoodies that have a pocket in both the front and back called Together Wear. So basically, your boo thang or BFF can slip their hands into your hoodie back pocket for a perfect cozy hug. 

Seriously, you and boo can just hang out in that embrace. 

The cold won’t even bother you, anyway. 

Professional freeskier Artem Glebov says he came up with the idea for the hoodie after falling in love, he says in a video about the product. 

“Being in love, I realized how important it can be just hugging with my sweet,” Glebov said in a video. He later explained that that product “gives you the ability to share the world with your sweetheart and feel like two parts of a whole one.”

Seems like the idea has appealed to huggers across the Internet. The Kickstarter raised its $ 30,000 goal in three days. The fundraiser is still ongoing and the brand hopes to expand the number of models and colors. They also plan to add an +XXXL size. 

The brand plans to start manufacturing the Together Wear hoodies in June and begin shipment a month later. 

‘Til then, it looks like we’ll have to hug the old fashioned way. 

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Taylor Swift, is that you?!

The singer recently stepped out in a look that’s so far from her signature crop top and circle skirt combo that it required a comically over-the-top double take. Is this the further influence of boyfriend Calvin Harris on her off-duty style? We investigate.

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Over the last couple of years, Swift’s ultra-feminine style (think: girlie matching sets, prim purses and glam heels) has become her signature. But lately, the 1989 singer been stepping out in looks that are so far from her go-to girly and frilly ensembles to much more dressed-down outfits. And it’s all culminated in this.

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Swift stepped out in a pair of itty-bitty denim shorts, an oversize camo-printed military jacket, an oversize black Saint Laurent bag and … a pair of sneakers! Yes, the queen of heels ditched her usual sky-high footwear for a toned-down (and comfortable) pair of Coachella-inspired, fringe Saint Laurent sneakers during a girlfriend get-together in Malibu.

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This isn’t the only look that supports our theory on Tay’s evolving style. A few weeks ago, she wore a show-stopping silver metallic two-piece set (technically still in her style wheelhouse) with sexy cutouts and a daringly high hemline. She teamed the form-fitting number with strappy black sandals and a Jimmy Choo burgundy chain-strap purse. (And we can’t forget her weekend filled with sheer, shimmery LBDS.)

But we’re still stuck on those jean shorts and fringed sneakers. Is she prepping for a Calvin Harris set at Coachella? Will we next see her in a crochet bikini top and Frye boots? We’ll find out this weekend.

What do you think of Taylor’s new style? Do you miss her circle skirts? Share below!

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Avoid a Winter Workout Rut With This Awesome, Art-Inspired Gear

There’s nothing worse than working out in an outfit you hate—unflattering leggings, dingy sport bra, stretched-out top. Catching sight of your blah reflection in the mirror as you lunge your way through boot camp is enough to make you want to throw in the towel on the working out forever.

Luckily, that’s not as much of an issue as it used to be: Cool athletic brands are popping up faster than you can say “jump squat,” and the (well-documented) athleisure trend shows no signs of stopping. But while there are plenty of attractive activewear items on the market, there haven’t been many that incorporate art—until now.

Just in time for Miami’s upcoming Art Basel, cool-kid fitness retailer Bandier has released a series of capsule collections with well-known artists and activewear brands. All of the pieces not only feature eye-catching original prints, they were also created to be flattering on the body. Think: high-waisted leggings, sheer layers, and architecturally cut crop tops. These pieces look good at the gym, and they look awesome outside of it too. Just the thing to help avoid a winter workout wardrobe rut, don’t you think?

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This Incredibly Warm Jacket Is Lined With Bison Fur

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Check Out This Handcrafted, Made-in-America Shoe Collaboration

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The 18 Most Awesome, Luxe Gifts to Give This Year

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Is This the Worst NYC Apartment Listing You’ve Ever Seen?

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Here’s Everything On Our Holiday Wishlists This Year

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See Who Got Married This Weekend!

Wedding season may be winding down, but that didn’t stop our readers who tied the knot this weekend from going all-out with their celebrations. 

Check out some of the lovely photos from their big days below: 

If you go to a wedding or get married yourself, hashtag your photos #HPrealweddings or e-mail one to us afterwards so we can feature it on the site!

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[Bong Rip] … Can You See the 500 Sheep in This Photo?

Dude.

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Cat Videos Are Awful But This One Is Awesome

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The Prettiest Instagrams We Saw This Week

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This Woman Explained Why She Doesn’t Need to Smile on Command. Then the Rape Threats Started.

“When you say something like this to a woman, you have no idea what she’s been through.”

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People Believe One of the Kids in This Photo Was Murdered Years Ago on Halloween Night

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The Prettiest Instagrams We Saw This Week

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This Is What It’s Like to Fall in Love With Your Sibling

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Star Wars’ Carrie Fisher Tells Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley “Keep Fighting Against That Slave Outfit” and More Major Moments This Week

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Cute Fall Work Outfit Ideas for Every Day This Week

It’s about that time on a Sunday where we have that mid-brunch epiphany: I’ve got to plan my work outfits this week. But we’re here to tell you, stop fretting and enjoy that second mimosa. We’ve planned a stellar week of fall work outfits for you. All you need to do is follow these easy outfit formulas and tomorrow morning you’ll have that extra time to wait for the latte instead of that plain black coffee. Hey, you deserve it. And now, your week’s worth of outfits:

Monday
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Make-it-easy-Monday: Try a midi skirt with a fitted turtleneck. Pair them with midheeled pumps and you’re on your way! Now, coffee.

Tuesday
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As the week gets a move on, bust out your favorite fall sweater. Try a cable-knit style in any color with a black A-line skirt. Bonus points for slouchy knee-high boots.

Wednesday
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Hump day! You’re midway through the workweek—keep that style momentum going with a cute button-front denim skirt and a long cardigan.Team it up with booties or midcalf boots.

Thursday
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Have fun going-out plans tonight? Throw on a printed blazer atop a pair of cropped trousers. Add edge to the look with boots instead of loafers or ballet flats. Remove the jacket once you leave the office and show off your sexy chemise for work-to-date perfection.

Friday
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TGIF! Your made it through the workweek. Make it easy on yourself and go for monochrome. When styling an all-black look, make sure to mix up the textures, so your look doesn’t fall flat. Grab your go-to moto and black skirt and throw on some sheer hose. Add flat ankle boots for sweet relief after a long week of heels and hard work!

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Heidi Klum Gives Exciting Behind the Scenes Look at Her Halloween Costume This Year

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You Can Be Whatever Princess (Or Prince) You Want This Halloween

 Since I was 5 years old, nearly every Halloween someone has told me to go as Princess Jasmine from “Aladdin.” I mean, I get it — we’re both stunningly gorgeous and brown — but it always felt so limiting. I contain multitudes and I can go as any princess (or animal or superhero or pun) I want.

YouTuber and makeup artist Deepica Mutyala decided to take tired assumptions about what women of color should — and shouldn’t — be, and turn them on their head in a fun video. Through the power of makeup (and fast-forward), she proves that skin and hair color have little to do with what makes an incredible and believable costume. Jasmine? Cinderella? Little Mermaid? You name it, Mutyala can be it.

Through the power of makeup (and fast-forward), she proves that skin and hair color have little to do with what makes an incredible and believable costume. Jasmine? Cinderella? Little Mermaid? You name it, Mutyala can be it.

Whether you’re black, white, brown, yellow, blue, or any color in between, we all deserve to be whoever/whatever we want to be,” Mutyala wrote in an Instagram post about the video.

And if you think a woman needs a man on her arm to make her costume (or life) complete, think again. As Mutyala says, “I can be my own Prince Charming.” Watch to the end of the video to see just how serious she is about that statement.

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Larry David Was Pretty, Pretty Good As Bernie Sanders, But This Comedian Is Even Better

The Internet agreed that “Seinfeld” co-creator and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David did a pretty, pretty good impression of Democratic presidential candidate (and fellow Brooklyn native) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on “Saturday Night Live.” Even Sanders himself loved it, joking that he’ll invite David to his campaign rallies because “he does better than I do.”

But here’s one that rivals David’s portrayal, from comedian James Adomian, who performed his own Sanders impression last week at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York.

Watch Adomian as Sanders in the clip above, participating in a “debate” with Donald Trump, played by comedian Anthony Atamanuik.

And here’s David again, in case you missed it.

 

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What Did This Politician Say That Was Weird? Take The Fark Weird News Quiz

An Arizona politician said some things that were definitely weird.

If you know what he said, take the Fark Weird News Quiz.

Post your score!

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This Guy Planted Fake Halloween Costumes In A Real Costume Store

Jeff Wysasky of the site Obvious Plant had a great response to the ridiculous costumes you find at most Halloween shops. They’re cheaply made, they’re inexplicably expensive, and of course, there’s always a sexy option.

So Jeff added a few new costumes to the mix.

Check out out the rest if you want, but unfortunately, you can’t actually buy them. So your laughter will be followed by your tears.

 

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Read This And Die!: An Interview With R.L. Stine

In a two-story house in suburban Ohio, something was lurking.

Was it a strange presence in the attic, whipping around corners and rattling the floorboards, that lent the house an air of eeriness? Or was it a shadowy figure sitting stone-still in a dark basement, patiently awaiting the next underground visitor?

More likely, neither of these mystical beings were present in the childhood home of horror writer R.L. Stine. It was the absence, rather than the presence, of such scary creatures that allowed him to dream them up over the course of his storied career.

And what a storied career. Stine has written hundreds and sold millions of books over the past few decades, most of them belonging to his beloved Goosebumps and Fear Street series, made popular by TV and movie adaptations. He’s still writing Fear Street books and scary adult stories — in his most recent, The Lost Girl, a yearbook from decades earlier clues a clan of kids into a classmate’s spooky identity. 

Stine’s life as a writer of the weird and wicked will be celebrated in a kid’s movie starring Jack Black, highlighting the nostalgic monsters from Goosebumps books.

“He’s a good R.L. Stine. He’s a lot more sinister than I am, Jack. He’s a lot more evil,” Stine said in an interview with The Huffington Post.

He’s right: Stine might’ve shown up to meet me wearing all black, but nothing else about his appearance alluded a witchy interior life. The creator of stories that haunted so many ’90s kids’ childhoods was mostly kind, if matter-of-fact. “Kids are always disappointed when I visit schools and come out,” he said. “They expect me to be evil or maybe wear a black cape or have fangs or something, and then this old guy walks out and they say, ‘Oh, no.’”

For our full interview with R.L. Stine, listen to the audio clip.

Though capeless, Stine offered me anecdotes from his childhood, and insights into the decidedly practical writing process that would lead to such whimsical tales of horror and intrigue as Night of the Living Dummies and Say Cheese and Die. In the latter book — a philosophical story as far as Goosebumps goes — a mythical camera has the power to cast its subjects forever into the afterlife, or at least give those who pose for it minor injuries. Like many of Stine’s books, there are cultural references embedded within it. In fact, Stine got the idea for the book from a similar episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “A Most Unusual Camera.”

“A lot of the Goosebumps titles are from these ’50s horror movies my brother and I saw every week,” Stine said. “‘It Came from Beneath the Sea’ became a Goosebumps book called It Came from Beneath the Sink. That kind of thing.”

Aside from the horror movies he saw on Sundays with his brother — which, it’s worth noting, Stine found more funny than scary — his childhood was typical. Beyond being bullied as a kid, there wasn’t much for him to be afraid of, at least within the walls of his own home, where Stine would stake out for hours, typing feverishly on his aunt’s typewriter.

“I was like nine years old, and I’d be in my room, typing, typing up joke magazines and funny little comics,” Stine said. “I never planned to be scary, I always just wanted to be funny. And I’d be typing up these funny stories, but I don’t know why. And my mother would be outside my door, and she’d say, ‘What’s wrong with you? Go outside and play!’ And I’d say, ‘It’s boring out there!’ Someone asked me what’s the worst advice anyone ever gave you, and I had to say, it’s my mother saying, ‘Stop typing and go outside and play.’”

Stine had been writing humor magazines for decades, developing his voice while contributing to Ohio State University’s satirical paper The Sundial in the mid-’60s, before he fell slantwise into writing scary books. Under the pen name of “Jovial Bob,” he wrote 101 School Cafeteria Jokes, The Cool Kid’s Guide to Summer Camp, and, yes, 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and many others until he wrote his first horror story in 1986. Even with his Goosebumps and Fear Street series, Stine insists that it’s never his aim to write straightforwardly scary books; his stories are, in his opinion, a combination of humor and fear.

“It’s the same kind of guttural reaction,” Stine said, adding, “I’m kind of odd because scary stuff doesn’t scare me. Horror always makes me laugh. I’m always the one in the movie theatre and the shark comes up, and it chews the girl up — I’m always the one laughing. I don’t know why.”

Perhaps its his ability to view scary situations as an objective outsider rather than a participant. When Stine describes how he began writing Goosebumps books, or where he gets his ideas for his scariest scenes, he’s notably hard-nosed. He has no illusions about divine inspiration or the uniqueness of his ideas. Instead, it’s clear that Stine views writing as a job, and his celebrated series as his successful business.

“I was so pleased with myself,” Stine said about the day he conceived of his first horror series. “I had individual titles of teen horror, I was just starting out. The first one was called Blind Date. The next was called Twisted. And the publisher wanted one a year, and I thought, gee, one a year? There must be a way to do a series. And then we started thinking about location and that kind of thing, and I thought, if I can think of a good name for the series, I’ll be off to a good start.”

The name popped into his head, a punchy-sounding packaging: “Fear Street.” From those words, he came up with a concept: rather than a recurring cast of characters, which would be impractical for a genre that concerns itself with killing off protagonists, the events would all center on a cursed residential street — one that could exist in any suburban town.

“Of course, I always wonder why they don’t move to Happy Street,” Stine joked, adding that it was essential to him that the setting be Midwestern. Although he promptly moved to New York City after college, and still lives there with his wife and son Matthew, Stine won’t set a horror book there on principle.

“It’s a superstition,” Stine said. “I’ve never done it. A lot of kids don’t know New York. They know a nice suburban backyard, but they don’t know New York City. It’s kind of elite in some ways, I think. I think it would make the stories more obscure for kids.”

So, guided by his principles about relatable storytelling, Stine was sure to set each Goosebumps and Fear Street book in a nondescript, middle-class kitchen or basement. This virtue-driven approach echoes throughout his entire approach to writing: Stine praises the merits of a detailed outline, and of writing the titles and the endings to his scary stories first, “so I know how to fool the reader and keep them from getting to the end [before me].”

“I work backwards from most authors,” Stine said. “Most authors have an idea for a book, they write, they’re writing, later on they think of a title. I have to start with a title. It leads me to the story. Kids always ask — everyone asks — ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ I wanna say, ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ Because we all get ideas. Mine actually come from thinking of the title first. The first of the new Fear Street books — Party Games — I had that title, and I thought, it lead me to the story. There’s a party. Maybe it’s a birthday party. Maybe they’re playing some kind of games and the games get out of hand.”

Next, Stine painstakingly drafts a 15-20 page outline that includes plot and dialogue before he sets out to fill in the holes. The biggest point of deliberation that he dwells on is making sure the scares in his works are suitable for the age group he’s writing for.

“I’m very careful in Goosebumps,” Stine said. “I have to make the kids know that what’s happening in the book couldn’t really happen. That it’s just a fantasy. And then when I write a Fear Street book or an adult book, I have to make people think it could happen. It’s kind of the opposite.”

Still, he insists that most fears are universal, existing from when we’re young and gullible, through the travails of adulthood.

“I think we all have the same kind of fears. And it’s the one thing that doesn’t change. Fear of the dark, fear there’s something in the closet, fear there’s someone under your bed waiting to grab your ankle when you sit up,” Stine said. “People always say, ‘How’ve kids changed? Over all the time you’ve been writing these books, how have they changed?’ And I always say, well, the technology has changed but the fears don’t change.”

Stine, the master of crafting scary scenarios, counts himself exempt from these universal fears. When I asked him what he was scared of, he said, “Not a thing.”

Laughing, he added, “Normal adult things. All these years and I don’t have a good answer for that question. That’s terrible, isn’t it?”

 

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All This Pug Puppy Wants In Life Is To Go For A Ride On Tiny Scooter

We don’t think this little pooch will be owning a Vespa of his own anytime soon. 

A video uploaded to YouTube features a pug puppy in Udon Thani, Thailand, attempting to join his bigger pug friend on what appears to be a toy scooter. To make matters cuter, the scooter is being pulled by another small motorcycle, driven by an adorable boy is taking his ride very seriously. 

The clip was shared on social media by Viral Hog, but ended up generating quite a bit of attention across the Interwebs when it was shared on Unilad’s Facebook page, where generating more than 3 million views. You don’t have to do much analysis to see why the video is so popular. Adorable kid + chill dog + pug puppy = a serious recipe for success. 

Just observe the adorableness in action. The puppy tries and tries to get back on the scooter but the other dog is all DGAF. Meanwhile the child, who starts the ride off excited, quickly gets down to business, keeping his eyes glued to the road. 

We’ll never know if the pup ever gets to ride out his dreams, but we are sure that this little trio has stolen our hearts. 

If this video has inspired you to get a little ride-or-die pup of your own, consider adopting a rescue pet. The ASPCA is a great place to start your search! 

 

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Watch This 92-Year-Old’s Beautiful Reflection On Aging

Wanda B. Goines is an Internet sensation. The 92-year-old Portland, Oregon, woman wrote a poem about aging, “The Gift Wrap & The Jewel,” that reminds us all about what’s really important: not the packaging we come in, but what’s inside. 

Goines recites the poem on a video taped by her caregiver, Kathryn Clausnitzer Wilson, who loved it so much that she uploaded to Facebook, where it has been viewed over 4.5 million times. Wilson could not be reached for comment, but described Goines on her Facebook post as “the precious lady I am honored to care for.” 

Wanda Goines, mother to eight children, grandmother to 15 and great-grandmother of four, lives in the Cave Junction, Oregon house that her father built. Her eldest son is internationally known artist David Lance Goines, who told The Huffington Post that his mother was an accomplished artist and calligrapher who at age 87 wrote and illustrated her first published book, Bunnyfluff Wants To Fly. David Lance Goines’ posters are collected by museums worldwide, and he credits his mother with being the only art teacher he ever had.

The poem going viral has been a source of comfort and joy to the Goines family, David said. “She is not long for this earth, and it delights her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as all those who know her and love her, that she is able to make a contribution to the world, even as she is leaving it,” he told HuffPost. 

Here is the poem that catapulted Wanda to Internet darling status, but be sure and watch the video to see what happens at the end — and get the tissues ready.

 


“I looked in the mirror and what did I see, but a little old lady peering back at me

With bags and sags and wrinkles and wispy white hair, and I asked my reflection,

How did you get there?”
You once were straight and vigorous and now you’re stooped and weak, when I tried so hard to keep you from becoming an antique
My reflection’s eyes twinkled as she solemnly replied, you’re looking at the gift wrap and not the jewel inside
A living gem and precious, of unimagined worth
Unique and true, the real you, the only you on earth
The years that spoil your gift-wrap with other things more cruel, should purify and strengthen, and polish up that jewel
So focus your attention on the inside, not the out
On being kinder, wiser, more content and more devout
Then, when your gift-wrap’s stripped away your jewel will be set free, to radiate God’s glory throughout eternity

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This Couple Lives On 6% Of Their Income So They Can Give $100,000 A Year To Charity

Julia Wise is a social worker and her husband, Jeff Kaufman, is a software engineer. In 2013, their combined income was just under $ 245,000, putting them in the top 10% of US households. And yet, excluding taxes and savings, they lived on just $ 15,280, or 6.25% of their income.

 

What happened to the rest of their income, just under $ 100,000? They gave it to charity.

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You Can Help Pick This Year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced this year’s nominees for induction into its ranks. The 15 nominees — including Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths and Chaka Khan — span many genres, styles and time periods, though to qualify, they have to have released their first album or single at least 25 years ago. 

Here’s the full list of nominees, in alphabetical order:

  • Chicago
  • Cheap Trick
  • Deep Purple
  • The Cars
  • Chaka Khan
  • Chic
  • The J.B.’s
  • Janet Jackson
  • Los Lobos
  • Steve Miller
  • N.W.A.
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Smiths
  • The Spinners
  • Yes

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — located in Cleveland, Ohio — doesn’t have a set number of slots open for induction each year, though a representative said that they usually aim to admit five performers, plus several more in other categories. 

The final list of inductees will be determined by votes from more than 800 musical artists, professionals and historians from around the world; each will be able to select up to five of the nominees. 

In addition, fans everywhere will be able to vote for inductees online — including right here:

The five artists that get the most votes from online fans will be added to a “fans ballot” that will be tallied along with the ballots from the Hall of Fame’s panel.

The names of the inductees will be revealed in December, and the actual induction will take place April 2016 in New York City. 

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You Can Help Pick This Year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced this year’s nominees for induction into its ranks. The 15 nominees — including Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths and Chaka Khan — span many genres, styles and time periods, though to qualify, they have to have released their first album or single at least 25 years ago. 

Here’s the full list of nominees, in alphabetical order:

  • Chicago
  • Cheap Trick
  • Deep Purple
  • The Cars
  • Chaka Khan
  • Chic
  • The J.B.’s
  • Janet Jackson
  • Los Lobos
  • Steve Miller
  • N.W.A.
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Smiths
  • The Spinners
  • Yes

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — located in Cleveland, Ohio — doesn’t have a set number of slots open for induction each year, though a representative said that they usually aim to admit five performers, plus several more in other categories. 

The final list of inductees will be determined by votes from more than 800 musical artists, professionals and historians from around the world; each will be able to select up to five of the nominees. 

In addition, fans everywhere will be able to vote for inductees online — including right here:

The five artists that get the most votes from online fans will be added to a “fans ballot” that will be tallied along with the ballots from the Hall of Fame’s panel.

The names of the inductees will be revealed in December, and the actual induction will take place April 2016 in New York City. 

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During the “Hashtag Wars” skit, with the theme #HipHopCartoons, the comedians fused the titles of classic TV cartoons with the names of famous rappers, hip-hop albums and lyrics. Check out the hilarious results below.

But the remixes didn’t stop there.

The Internet jumped in the on the fun, too, and #HipHopCartoons began trending on Twitter. Scroll down below to find out what happened when the titles of throwback cartoons got a hip-hop twist. 

 

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There is Nothing Dead in This Grandiose Former Funeral Establishment of the City of Paris.

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Art Galore.

The 104, as it is called, spelled out in French as Le Centquatre-Paris, is a multimedia art center partly funded by the city of Paris. Located in a vast compound of gigantic halls and structures, it houses dance floors, exhibit halls, stores, libraries, workshop classes and stages. Calling itself an artistic and cultural factory, the place is geared towards public service — Art as a public service is definitely a great concept!

On any given day a buzz of artists, dancers, yogis, actors, painters, sculptors, fill the cavernous space with laughter and life. Visitors pop up at the arts library, shoppers stroll through the Emmaus thrifstore. It’s at the same time neighborhoods hang-out for young skaters, and an elite art space for openings and happenings.

Its success is real and tangible. You can witness art in various forms glow right under your eyes, and see how art really is a street expression in its best form. Over 60 percent of the performing artists at the 104 are not French.

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The fall schedule of exhibition is heavy with many new shows coming up: dance performances, visual arts, circus acts, theater and music fests. Solo acts or ensemble pieces, no matter what month you are able to go, several art forms will be on display or happening, including a ball in April open to all. About 50 artists in residence are planned to offer their creations for the 2015-2016 season.

An official opening was held Sept. 26 to present the 25,000 square feet of available galleries and open spaces to the public for the new season. On Oct. 3, a Nuit Blanche (White Night) is planned, when the space will stay open all night. The calendar is so full of events that it would be impossible to see and hear everything offered to each senses.

Les Pompes-Funèbres : From Death to Life.

Located on the site of a former municipal undertaker, the name comes from the original entrance’s address, at 104 rue d’Aubervilliers. This was not the mom and pop funeral home where one would visit one deceased family member in a flower-filled room and weep. This was where hundreds of horse-drawn hearses used to park and be maintained. Now an artistic factory, it churns out events and gatherings at a vertiginous speed.

The buildings were erected in 1873 by the diocese, ruled by religious staff; later on, with the separation of state and church, the city created in 1905 the Service municipal des pompes funèbres (Municipal Service of Funeral Process), considered at the times as a liberal progress, as it meant that from then on, regardless of religion or condition, everyone was due a proper funeral.

Before that, divorced women, suicide victims, atheists, all were to be buried at night without any dignified ceremony or family members present. The municipal monopole was taking care of everything, from coffins to hearses, from porters to cemeteries. One of the important rituals after a death was to wrap the front door of the building where the deceased laid with massive black curtains on each side of the front door – those were called the pompes.

This black veil was used until the 1980s. The Municipal Monopole was still in practice until the middle of 1997. Since then, the ceremonial is now left to family and private companies.

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At the Pompes Funèbres, 27,000 hearses were in use, with a staff of 1,400, only forty of which were women. Carpenters, wood workers, steel workers, mechanics, auto body specialists, seamstresses, cooks for the on-site workers’ cafeteria. Civil servants, horse caterers and other employees were lodged on the premises. There was even a football team, musicians, and firefighters dedicated to the ensemble of constructions. The funeral parlor did not handle corpses – that was done in private parlors. Except in times of war, when the bodies of soldiers were given back to their families.

Creativity at its Best.

So the place was truly always alive (pun intended) in a way, but for some 15 years when it was closed down, before the re-birth as an art center in 2008. When I last visited at the beginning of September, I saw several artists using the multi-levels center floor as a dance stage and yoga space, kids running around huge sculptures, workers having a sandwich on beach chairs, the feel of community involvement was very tangible.

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At each end of the space giant art pieces jetted to the open sky – this is a place that could easily accommodate one of Louise Bourgeois giant spider sculptures. Not every art space can. An enormous funky piece made of hundreds of bicycles wheels and frames in a sculpture by Chinese Al Weiwei named “Stacked” was taking one end of the forum – representing the transportation mode of his native country, while a metal snake of rust-color boxes was being installed for the upcoming vernissage.

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Concerts for all ages and all style are planned for the fall schedule. Several art shows will also open at the various venues encompassed in the buildings. It’s a real artistic community all housed under one roof. A glass roof that is.

The architecture is reminiscent of the former market halles (market halls) that were once famously popular in the center of the capital. Why waste beautiful edifices? The eco friendly turn-around of the classic buildings is a testament of the creativity of its new users, all artists.

Side Shows.

A food truck selling pizzas is permanently parked inside the Centquatre. The Emmaus store resales clothes and furniture pieces at very low prices, and involves members of the community to work there. Canvas beach chairs invite people to lounge at will. Several corners are meant to be used as sitting areas, or even picnic settings.

The café’s menu is full of childhood favorites, such as toasts, soft eggs, fries and milk-shakes. It is named the Café Caché (the Hidden Café). Another resting place for food is the Grand Central restaurant, the loft-like space offering traditional French dishes at a medium range price – think sausage and lentils, beef cheeks, mussels and fries, rabbit with granny smith apples, steak with Béarnaise sauce, etc..

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The CentQuatre had a challenge — to fill the enormous spaces spread on several city blocks, and despite its sheer size, the place works — it is both a community haven and a convivial space for all. Despite being located in an untrendy area of Paris, that has not stopped Parisians of every corner to make the trip for the sake of art. Over half a million visitors/spectators came by last year. Bravo!

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If you go:
Le CentQuatre is at 5 rue Curial, Paris 75019.
Open Tuesday-Friday noon-7 p.m. Weekends 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday.
Métro stop: Riquet.
Bus 54 or 60.
http://www.104.fr/english/

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What This CEO Did Proves That Introverts Make Great Leaders

 

In this video, Susan describes one quiet leader you may not have heard of — a former CEO whose shyness and introversion guided, rather than inhibited, his leadership style.

The results were nothing short of remarkable: during his tenure, his company’s employee engagement, which had been among the lowest in the Fortune 500, rose to among the highest-ranked.

Have a question for our Chief Revolutionary? Email us via the Contact Susan page. You can also ask via Twitter with the hashtag #AskSusanCain.

 

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11 Un-Boring Ways to Wear Black This Fall, Courtesy of Style Icon, Kate Moss

Though this fall is all about rich, jewel-tones (think ruby, topaz, and sapphire), if you’re a. in a rush and don’t have time to contemplate what colors match before speeding out the door, or b. just simply aren’t into color, a black outfit tends to be your go-to.

The trouble is, sometimes black can read a bit boring.

Leave it to Kate Moss, whose style we pine over by the day, month, year, and decade (seriously, we’re still trying to copy her outfits from 1992), to find fresh ways to wear black for fall. Whether you’re aiming for a head-to-toe look, or just want to include few simple black pieces in your outfit, here, Moss offers 11 innovative fall outfits that are guaranteed to have you out the door and looking fabulous in 5-minutes or less. Hey, they don’t call her a style icon for nothing!

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The supermodel tops a basic black top and trousers with a spotted coat and matching belt. Easy!

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She makes black jeans look more put-together with a fine-striped T-shirt, a black blazer and a mini scarf.

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Here she rocks a striped T-shirt again, this time it’s with black trousers, thigh-high boots and a peacoat.

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We love a good utility jumpsuit and here, Moss cinches her’s with a black belt and tops it with a black jacket, giving it a bit more edge.

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For another un-boring black jeans outfit, pair a white or blue button-down shirt and top with a bomber jacket in army green, black, or navy.

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Moss tones down a pair of leopard-print pants with a gray T-shirt and a black blazer.

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A printed skinny scarf adds some dimension to an all-black look. Be sure to choose accessories with texture or embellishment, like these fringed booties.

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Capes can be a bit dramatic, so by pairing her fringed black cape with skinny black trousers, she makes the look less runway, more real.

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If you love wearing head-to-toe black, consider investing in a statement coat to make every single one of your outfits pop. Leopard may seem like a busy print, but it takes on a neutral vibe when paired with black.

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Pair your leather trousers with a subtly-printed silk blouse and a faux fur jacket.

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When in doubt, choose one item in your outfit to focus on and keep the rest to black. Moss makes her high-waisted army green trousers more tame with a black top and shoes.

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No matter what your Labor Day plans are (a final summery date night? alcoholic popsicles?), be sure to carve out just a little bit of time to do some shopping. It’s the last retail hurrah of the summer, and nearly every brand is celebrating with extra percentages off and beefed-up sale sections. Check out the below deals and get ready to get clicking.

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3×1: The celeb-loved denim label (Kendall Jenner is a big fan) is giving you 40% to 60% off spring ’15 styles.
Aldo: Spend some, save some with the brand’s tiered system of handing out coupons after you’ve shopped.
Amazon: See what style items the internet giant has on offer. Through Labor Day you can get 25% off jewelry and watches via code EXTRA25OFF and 20% off clothing and shoes via LABORDAY20.
Bailey 44: The sale section has been packed with items up to 60% off.
Beau & Ro: Come see what a chic fanny pack looks like and try your own. Code HANDSFREE gives you 30% off.
Beckley: Starting Friday you can find some major deals, with pieces being reduced by 75% with code beckley75.
Beyond Yoga: Workout togs are reduced by 10% with code PICNIC; use the same for an additional 25% off sale.
Blank NYC: Stop looking for high-quality faux leather and try essentials from Blank, all 20% off with code BLANK20.
Bluefly: There’s no way you won’t find a sale you like here. There are 5,000+ items in the sale section and some are up to 90% off.
Calypso St. Barth: Get excited about another 50% off sale items through Tuesday.
Cambridge Satchel Company: Take 20% off some of the newest bags through Monday (prices already reduced).
Chelsea Paris: Treat yourself to a fun new pair of shoes; get 25% off spring and summer styles Friday through Monday with code CPLABOR25.
Comptoir des Cotonniers: NYC-based shoppers can pop in the downtown store location and get an extra 30% off two or more pieces from the sale rack.
COS: Selected pieces are reduced by 30% through the weekend.
Dannijo: Starting tomorrow and going through Monday you’ll get 20% off everything (except fine jewelry and gift cards).
Dav: Get a stylish new pair of rainboots, with certain pairs on sale for 25% off.
Delia’s: Everyone’s favorite teen staple wants to treat you as an adult. Nearly everything is 40% off with code 4REALZ through the long weekend.
DL 1961: You can score new season denim on sale for up to 35% off and sale will be reduced by another 30%.
Dr. Scholl’s: Marc Jacobs made ’em cool again, and now you can catch a retail break. Get $ 15 off $ 75 or more though Sept. 9.
Forever 21: Browse a range of outerwear reduced to $ 21 tops and shorts reduced by 30%.
Gap: The brand is celebrating with lots of deals, including tons up to 40% off.
Glamourpuss NYC: Shop the spring and summer collection at 50% off (and free shipping) when using code Americanwoman.
Havaianas : Take 25% off regularly priced items with code LDAY15.
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A hair cream that gives good wave; an all-natural eye cream for even the most sensitive eyes; and the perfect transitional nail polish for fall.
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Open This Box!

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Shanghai in the 1980’s. A German man drowns his sorrows in the Seaman’s Mission bar and chats to Jim and Carmen. The day after tomorrow they will take the Trans-Siberian Express train from Beijing to Berlin. They are excited, but their new German friend has some words of warning for them. Their food, books and other valuables will be confiscated by the over-zealous border guards who board the train at various points along the way through the wilderness of Mongolian and Siberia. It is almost impossible to avoid. Jim however, takes this as a challenge and devises an ingenious method of deception. On the train, other passengers can be heard remonstrating with the guards, but to no avail. Two Americans are arrested and removed from the train. Miraculously though, Jim’s scheme works. The result, however is a matter of personal humiliation for Jim in front of his girlfriend.

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The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week

The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant — but succinct — wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections. 

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Kendall Jenner stars in a Modern Muse campaign for Estée Lauder, Gigi Hadid perfects geek chic with pastel specs, and Jennifer Lopez proves she’s ageless. (Yes, again.)
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The 2015 VMAs and More Picks to Watch, Read, Stream, and Listen to This Weekend

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Donald Trump Collects Fees Insisting ‘This Is Not A Fundraiser’

NORWOOD, Mass. (AP) — Donald Trump held a $ 100-per-person campaign event — which he repeatedly insisted wasn’t a fundraiser — outside of Boston on Friday evening as he backpedaled on his previous pledge not to accept contributions for his campaign.

“This is not a fundraiser tonight, just so you understand,” Trump told reporters at the sprawling Norwood property owned by local car dealership owner Ernie Boch Jr. A combination of die-hard fans and those curious to see the spectacle were treated to food from chef Tony Ambrose and a live cover band, in addition to a speech from the billionaire businessman and Republican candidate.

 

 

Trump said the money raised was only being used to offset the costs of the event and said people attending could choose to pay whatever they wanted.

That’s despite multiple signs that were posted at the property’s entrance telling those arriving, “Please have cash ready or make checks payable to: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.” and “Entry Fee $ 100 Per Person.”

 

 

The event comes as Trump has reversed course on his early pledge to self-fund his campaign entirely.

“I don’t need anybody’s money,” he said in his announcement speech, declaring: “I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”

But Trump’s tone has changed in recent weeks as he’s warmed to the idea, adding a contributions page to his website and attending a fundraiser held by a super PAC supporting his candidacy.

“I actually like the idea of investing in a campaign,” he told CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. “But it has to be no strings attached.”

 

 

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said earlier Friday the campaign had received tens of thousands in small-dollar donations in the last eight weeks from people eager to contribute to Trump’s effort. But he said the campaign had not made any efforts to solicit money and said contributions would remain “a very small portion” of the campaign’s funds.

Boch said the event had “started out as a fundraiser because (that’s) the usual thing for candidates.” But Boch added: “It wasn’t like that with Mr. Trump. He likes the idea of having people come in. So the money was not what he was interested in.”

Speaking to attendees under a giant tent on Boch’s yard later in the event, Trump continued to boast about all the contributions he claims he’s turned down.

“I feel a little bit like, ‘What’s going on?'” he said. “We’re turning down millions of dollars.”

He also launched into a personal attack against Huma Abedin, a top aide to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has recently been swept up in the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

 

 

Trump, mispronouncing Abedin’s first name as “Uma,” suggested Abedin had shared classified information with her husband, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned after sending explicit images of himself to women he’d met online. Trump called Weiner a “perv,” and “one of the great sleazebags of our time.”

 

 

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill responded with a statement saying, “Trump has spent the summer saying offensive things about women, but there is no place for patently false, personal attacks towards a staff member.”

“He should be ashamed of himself, and others in his own party should take a moment to stand up to him and draw the line for once,” Merrill said.

 

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Found: This Is Where All the Male Plus-Size Models Are

The conversation surrounding plus-size models has been going at a mile a minute as of late—think Melissa McCarthy’s comments about getting plus-size clothing displayed in stores more prominently and top models like Amber Tolliver saying “clothing options shouldn’t be different for curvy women.” Yet until very recently, it’s been all about women. Most agencies include divisions specially for the category and are supporting an industry that’s beginning to cast curvy beauties in mainstream campaigns. While it certainly all seems like progress, there’s an interesting catch: just where are all the male plus-size models?

The answer would appear to be Germany! It’s where there are multiple agencies with special categories (and the majority of the men are busy working).

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A model in Ralph Lauren’s Big & Tall line

“The market seems to be different in Germany,” Curve Model Management owner Mona Schulze told The Guardian. “Customers want to be able to identify with the models, they want them to mirror them.”

Men need to be around a size 42 to be considered plus, though that’s not a term that the agency endorses. Schulze says she scouts a lot on the street since men aren’t as likely as women to pop in for consideration; when she sees a guy with potential, she uses terms like “standard” and “everyman” to discuss his build.

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Billy Reid’s spring 2015 runway shows what the typical male runway model looks like

A check of the top agencies in the United States doesn’t reveal any plus-size category for men. Fitness categories include males who are beefier than runway models but still appear super in shape. Jermain Hollman, 6’5 with a 36-inch waist, is considered plus-size but, hello—he’s got some serious abs going on in his Facebook profile pic. Thirty-two inches is the average waist size for working male models, and while those in the biz say they haven’t seen things in the past, there’s hope that the positive attention being shined on women’s plus-size divisions will affect men as well.



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Found: This Is Where All the Male Plus-Size Models Are

The conversation surrounding plus-size models has been going at a mile a minute as of late—think Melissa McCarthy’s comments about getting plus-size clothing displayed in stores more prominently and top models like Amber Tolliver saying “clothing options shouldn’t be different for curvy women.” Yet until very recently, it’s been all about women. Most agencies include divisions specially for the category and are supporting an industry that’s beginning to cast curvy beauties in mainstream campaigns. While it certainly all seems like progress, there’s an interesting catch: just where are all the male plus-size models?

The answer would appear to be Germany! It’s where there are multiple agencies with special categories (and the majority of the men are busy working).

ralph-lauren-mens-big-tall-plus-size-clothing

A model in Ralph Lauren’s Big & Tall line

“The market seems to be different in Germany,” Curve Model Management owner Mona Schulze told The Guardian. “Customers want to be able to identify with the models, they want them to mirror them.”

Men need to be around a size 42 to be considered plus, though that’s not a term that the agency endorses. Schulze says she scouts a lot on the street since men aren’t as likely as women to pop in for consideration; when she sees a guy with potential, she uses terms like “standard” and “everyman” to discuss his build.

billy-reid-male-models-finale-spring-2015

Billy Reid’s spring 2015 runway shows what the typical male runway model looks like

A check of the top agencies in the United States doesn’t reveal any plus-size category for men. Fitness categories include males who are beefier than runway models but still appear super in shape. Jermain Hollman, 6’5 with a 36-inch waist, is considered plus-size but, hello—he’s got some serious abs going on in his Facebook profile pic. Thirty-two inches is the average waist size for working male models, and while those in the biz say they haven’t seen things in the past, there’s hope that the positive attention being shined on women’s plus-size divisions will affect men as well.



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This Is Not a Drill: Taylor Swift and Lisa Kudrow Sang “Smelly Cat” Together On Stage

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This Devastating Proposal Fail Has A Very Happy Ending

Matthew Picca was about to propose to girlfriend Kayla Harrity on dock in Southport, North Carolina on Saturday evening when the unthinkable happened: he dropped the ring into the ocean.

The couple of six years was vacationing with Kayla’s family when he popped the question at a waterfront bar called Old America Fish Co. 

“I turned around and he was getting down on one knee,” Kayla told WECT News. “As he opened the ring box, the ring fell out of the box and fell through the cracks on the deck and into the water. I didn’t even get to see it before it dropped.” 

“I was in total shock,” she told The Huffington Post. “I knew he had a great plan for the proposal and when the ring fell I was devastated. I knew we had to find the ring.”

Right away, family and a group of onlookers banded together to recover the ring. Some jumped in the water in their clothes, other locals helped by bringing flashlights and goggles. 

An hour and a half later, a man named Kyle Blusher found the ring. 

“We were ecstatic,” Kayla told HuffPost. “We couldn’t have been happier!”

Everyone began cheering, and Matthew got down on bended knee for the second time that day — this time with the ring firmly in hand. 

“It was the best feeling in the world,” she told WECT. “My fiancé, soaking wet, smelling like salty, fishing water, proceeded to get down on one knee and put the beautiful ring on my finger!” 

 

 

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This Is The Kind Of Bullsh*t You Face As A Woman In The Music Industry

With the help of women on Twitter, a music critic has shed light on an uglier aspect of the industry she works in.

Jessica Hopper, music and culture critic and senior editor at Pitchfork, sparked a conversation on Twitter when she asked women and “other marginalized folks” among her almost 28,000 followers when they first felt like they “didn’t ‘count'” in the music industry. 

What came after was a disturbing look at what women face in the industry as Twitter users shared their experiences of sexism and misogyny. Many who are musicians, journalists, photographers and crew members explained that they were often not taken seriously and frequently mistaken for groupies or girlfriends.

Others highlighted the crude comments and casual sexism they experienced on a daily basis.

The most unsettling examples of misogyny came from Twitter users who bravely spoke up about being sexually assaulted, and the troubling reactions they received afterwards. 

Though the majority of the responses highlighted sexism in the music and journalism industries, Hopper’s tweet also motivated others to share their experience with sexism in other fields and with racial stereotypes. Since receiving so much feedback, Hopper has shifted the conversation and asked women about their accomplishments in the music industry and other fields using the hashtag #WomenInMusic.

Considering the obstacles they overcame for these accomplishments, these women deserve a round of applause.

H/T Newsweek

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This Devastating Proposal Fail Has A Very Happy Ending

Matthew Picca was about to propose to girlfriend Kayla Harrity on dock in Southport, North Carolina on Saturday evening when the unthinkable happened: he dropped the ring into the ocean.

The couple of six years was vacationing with Kayla’s family when he popped the question at a waterfront bar called Old America Fish Co. 

“I turned around and he was getting down on one knee,” Kayla told WECT News. “As he opened the ring box, the ring fell out of the box and fell through the cracks on the deck and into the water. I didn’t even get to see it before it dropped.” 

“I was in total shock,” she told The Huffington Post. “I knew he had a great plan for the proposal and when the ring fell I was devastated. I knew we had to find the ring.”

Right away, family and a group of onlookers banded together to recover the ring. Some jumped in the water in their clothes, other locals helped by bringing flashlights and goggles. 

An hour and a half later, a man named Kyle Blusher found the ring. 

“We were ecstatic,” Kayla told HuffPost. “We couldn’t have been happier!”

Everyone began cheering, and Matthew got down on bended knee for the second time that day — this time with the ring firmly in hand. 

“It was the best feeling in the world,” she told WECT. “My fiancé, soaking wet, smelling like salty, fishing water, proceeded to get down on one knee and put the beautiful ring on my finger!” 

 

 

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The Touching Thing This 5-Year-Old Did After Losing Her Dad To Cancer

A Wisconsin preschooler celebrated her fifth birthday with a special tribute to her father, who died of cancer. 

Olesia Clark was 2 years old when her dad Kyle passed away in December 2012 after a 17-month battle with brain cancer, her mom Elizabeth told The Huffington Post. 

“Olesia and Kyle were very close,” Clark said. “They spent a lot of time hanging out, going for long walks and reading books. He even took her to the gym with him where he worked part-time where she would sit behind the desk with him to greet clients.”

Around the time school ended last year, Olesia asked her mom if she could cut her hair and give it to kids who have cancer. When Clark asked her daughter why she wanted to do that, “she said that a friend from her class had done it and that she thought it was a really good thing to do,” the mom said. 

As Olesia and her mom were starting to plan her fifth birthday party, they decided that would be the perfect time to make the hair donation. On July 18, Clark’s stylist friend Tracie came to their house, and cut off 12 inches of Olesia’s hair to donate to Wigs for Kids.

Though the little girl “seemed a little nervous,” her mom said Olesia’s face “lit up” in excitement when Tracie handed her the freshly cut ponytail.  ”It was a really hot and humid day so when her new cut and style was complete, she kept running her fingers through it telling me that it felt ‘so cool.'” Clark said.

Olesia then celebrated her fifth birthday with friends and family, but instead of opening traditional birthday gifts she asked guests to make donations to the Aurora Health Care Foundation to support neuro-oncology research at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. 

The donations in lieu of presents idea was a suggestion from Olesia’s mom. “I asked her, ‘Would you like to ask for birthday gifts for your birthday like you do every year or since you are going to be donating your hair, would you also like to ask your friends to make donations to help people like your daddy instead of bringing gifts?'” Clark told HuffPost. “Without hesitation, her response was, ‘I want to help people like my daddy!'”

Clark said Olesia still cherishes her memories of her father. “The thing that she remembers most about him is how much fun they used to have together,” the mom said. “He was a really funny guy and she remembers that he was really funny and made her smile a lot, even when he was in the hospital.”

The mom also believes Olesia’s selflessness is making her dad very proud. “He was always proud of her, from the time she took her first breath until the time he took his last. There is not a doubt in my mind that he’s up there in Heaven, smiling down on her with pride at this very moment,” she said.

Clark hopes her family’s story will raise awareness and inspire people to donate to brain cancer research. She also hopes Olesia can inspire other people who have lost loved ones to cancer to get their children involved in the cause. 

“Olesia went through a lot when her dad died and still struggles with the aftermath of losing a parent. Making the decisions to cut her hair and then to collect donations instead of birthday presents gave her a new sense of healing from her experiences,” the mom said. “It opened up an opportunity for her to talk about her dad and help others in the process. And she didn’t miss the presents at all — in fact, she still looks for donation notifications in the mail every day in hopes that more people are giving.”

H/T Babble

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This Is The Kind Of Bullsh*t You Face As A Woman In The Music Industry

With the help of women on Twitter, a music critic has shed light on an uglier aspect of the industry she works in.

Jessica Hopper, music and culture critic and senior editor at Pitchfork, sparked a conversation on Twitter when she asked women and “other marginalized folks” among her almost 28,000 followers when they first felt like they “didn’t ‘count'” in the music industry. 

What came after was a disturbing look at what women face in the industry as Twitter users shared their experiences of sexism and misogyny. Many who are musicians, journalists, photographers and crew members explained that they were often not taken seriously and frequently mistaken for groupies or girlfriends.

Others highlighted the crude comments and casual sexism they experienced on a daily basis.

The most unsettling examples of misogyny came from Twitter users who bravely spoke up about being sexually assaulted, and the troubling reactions they received afterwards. 

Though the majority of the responses highlighted sexism in the music and journalism industries, Hopper’s tweet also motivated others to share their experience with sexism in other fields and with racial stereotypes. Since receiving so much feedback, Hopper has shifted the conversation and asked women about their accomplishments in the music industry and other fields using the hashtag #WomenInMusic.

Considering the obstacles they overcame for these accomplishments, these women deserve a round of applause.

H/T Newsweek

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This Foolproof Guide Will Help You Get Out Of Things You Don’t Want To Go To

It begins innocently enough.

Your neighbor casually mentions an upcoming BBQ and you respond that it sounds like fun. The conversation turns to golf or harpoon guns or something else banal and you forget about the BBQ. Next thing you know, your family is responsible for bringing the potato salad to an all-day birthday party in a park across town. At the same time as the Niners game. And it’s the playoffs. And you hate potato salad.

We’ve all found ourselves committed to social events that either sounded like a good idea at the time but something came up, or that we were roped into against our conscious will. Bound by merciless societal norms, backing out sans excuse isn’t an option.

To help the over-committed un-commit gracefully, we’ve partnered with US Cellular to bring you a step-by-step guide to smoothly getting out of an undesirable party, shower, or event. To avoid awkward run-ins with the host in the future, read carefully and don’t skip a step:


1. Display Genuine Regret

First and foremost, you have to convey how unfortunate it is that you won’t be able to make it. The whole plan will fall apart if you don’t sell your regret. It reassures the host that you’re only skipping out because of unforeseen, uncontrollable outside factors. If you’re having a hard time with the delivery, channel your inner Ryan O’Neill or Tom Hanks (and not so much your Space Odyssey HAL).


2. Finely Tuned Excuse

A good excuse should be specific, but not too specific. Specific enough that it seems credible, but not so overly detailed that it feels forced. Illness is fine, but it’s tougher to give advance notice of an illness and you don’t want to inconvenience the party thrower unnecessarily. Instead, stick to events that came up without warning that take precedence for an obvious reason, like work-related projects or business trips. If necessary, you can also use family members as an out — blame it on the spouse or kids.


3. Pledge Future Commitment

This one is tricky because you don’t want to land yourself in the same predicament. Nevertheless, showing an interest in future plans reinforces step #1 and can often allow you to take the initiative. If your neighbor always throws BBQs on game day, you can propose something that fits your schedule better. If it doesn’t work out, it becomes more of a mutually unfortunate thing than just you being reticent.


4. Follow-up

The follow-up is key. Repeat steps #1 and #3 (not step #2 — remember, no over-selling), and reinforce the fact that you were genuinely interested. A simple text asking how it went usually works best.


5. Don’t Screw It Up

If you had to back out of the commitment for a less than savory reason (not everyone thinks football is as important as you), you want to make absolute sure you don’t screw it up by Tweeting “Touchdown” 10 minutes into the BBQ when you’re supposed to be at your spouse’s work function. Your digital trail is more closely watched than you probably realize. It also helps to have support from your family which brings us to…


6. Rehearse Alibi With Family

Your kids go to school together, your spouses go to the same gym, and you know people who know the same people. To make sure you don’t reveal conflicting stories, it might be helpful to rehearse the established alibi with the family.


7. Revel In Your Guilt-Free Freedom

Look, at the end of the day, the fact is that time is precious. Don’t spend your life doing things you don’t want to do. We all have to face uncomfortable social situations from time to time, so it’s best to do so with a plan. A well-crafted strategy will let you enjoy your activity of choice with peace of mind and ensure that you aren’t burning bridges or hurting anyone’s feelings. If you executed said plan well, make sure you enjoy the moment.

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This Foolproof Guide Will Help You Get Out Of Things You Don’t Want To Go To

It begins innocently enough.

Your neighbor casually mentions an upcoming BBQ and you respond that it sounds like fun. The conversation turns to golf or harpoon guns or something else banal and you forget about the BBQ. Next thing you know, your family is responsible for bringing the potato salad to an all-day birthday party in a park across town. At the same time as the Niners game. And it’s the playoffs. And you hate potato salad.

We’ve all found ourselves committed to social events that either sounded like a good idea at the time but something came up, or that we were roped into against our conscious will. Bound by merciless societal norms, backing out sans excuse isn’t an option.

To help the over-committed un-commit gracefully, we’ve partnered with US Cellular to bring you a step-by-step guide to smoothly getting out of an undesirable party, shower, or event. To avoid awkward run-ins with the host in the future, read carefully and don’t skip a step:


1. Display Genuine Regret

First and foremost, you have to convey how unfortunate it is that you won’t be able to make it. The whole plan will fall apart if you don’t sell your regret. It reassures the host that you’re only skipping out because of unforeseen, uncontrollable outside factors. If you’re having a hard time with the delivery, channel your inner Ryan O’Neill or Tom Hanks (and not so much your Space Odyssey HAL).


2. Finely Tuned Excuse

A good excuse should be specific, but not too specific. Specific enough that it seems credible, but not so overly detailed that it feels forced. Illness is fine, but it’s tougher to give advance notice of an illness and you don’t want to inconvenience the party thrower unnecessarily. Instead, stick to events that came up without warning that take precedence for an obvious reason, like work-related projects or business trips. If necessary, you can also use family members as an out — blame it on the spouse or kids.


3. Pledge Future Commitment

This one is tricky because you don’t want to land yourself in the same predicament. Nevertheless, showing an interest in future plans reinforces step #1 and can often allow you to take the initiative. If your neighbor always throws BBQs on game day, you can propose something that fits your schedule better. If it doesn’t work out, it becomes more of a mutually unfortunate thing than just you being reticent.


4. Follow-up

The follow-up is key. Repeat steps #1 and #3 (not step #2 — remember, no over-selling), and reinforce the fact that you were genuinely interested. A simple text asking how it went usually works best.


5. Don’t Screw It Up

If you had to back out of the commitment for a less than savory reason (not everyone thinks football is as important as you), you want to make absolute sure you don’t screw it up by Tweeting “Touchdown” 10 minutes into the BBQ when you’re supposed to be at your spouse’s work function. Your digital trail is more closely watched than you probably realize. It also helps to have support from your family which brings us to…


6. Rehearse Alibi With Family

Your kids go to school together, your spouses go to the same gym, and you know people who know the same people. To make sure you don’t reveal conflicting stories, it might be helpful to rehearse the established alibi with the family.


7. Revel In Your Guilt-Free Freedom

Look, at the end of the day, the fact is that time is precious. Don’t spend your life doing things you don’t want to do. We all have to face uncomfortable social situations from time to time, so it’s best to do so with a plan. A well-crafted strategy will let you enjoy your activity of choice with peace of mind and ensure that you aren’t burning bridges or hurting anyone’s feelings. If you executed said plan well, make sure you enjoy the moment.

Many people are stuck with a decision they made — whether intentionally or unintentionally — in the past, but U.S. Cellular is offering an opportunity to walk away from your wireless ones. Switch to U.S. Cellular, get a better price, and get your entire existing contract paid off.

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“Always put the listener first” has been NPR’s mantra since its inception in 1970. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, NPR’s programming attracts over 27 million listeners every week. This beautifully designed volume chronicles NPR’s storied history, featuring dozens of behind-the-scenes photos, essays and original reporting by a who’s who of NPR staff and correspondents, transcripts of memorable interviews, and an audio CD of the most memorable programming throughout the decades. Beyond an entertaining and inspiring tribute to NPR’s remarkable history, this book is an intimate look at the news and stories that have shaped our world, from the people who were on the ground and on the air. With contributions from Steve Inskeep, Neal Conan, Robert Siegel, Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Scott Simon, Melissa Block, P.J. O’Rourke, David Sedaris, Sylvia Poggioli, Paula Poundstone, and many more, this is the perfect book for any NPR supporter, fan, or devotee. -Jacketed hardcover with audio CD -100 color images & photographs -256 pages By Cokie Roberts, Susan Stamberg, Noah Adams, John Ydstie, Renee Montagne, Ari Shapiro, and David Folkenflik
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Tired Of Baby Questions, This Couple Took Pics With Their Pup Instead

Australian couple Matt Kay and Abby Lee were tired of people asking them when they were going to have kids.

With the the help of their photographer friend Elisha Collins of Elisha Minette Photography, the couple of two years came up with the idea of of doing a newborn-style photo shoot with their canine bundle of joy instead. 

“Our families joke around about when are we having kids,” Abby told The Huffington Post. “We thought the newborn shoot would be a humorous response.”

“We came up with the idea when we were on the long drive home from picking Humphrey up from the groodle (golden retriever-poodle mix) breeder,” Elisha told HuffPost. “Abby and I have the craziest sense of humor and we feed off of each other with ideas.” 

 

The pictures of the impossibly photogenic pup and his fur parents began to go viral after Elisha posted them to her Facebook page earlier this week. 

 

“We did this shoot just for a little bit of humor between ourselves and our closest family and friends that have the same sense of humor as us,” she said. “We did not expect this to get as big as it has.”

Elisha stressed that the photo session was not intended to make fun of new parents or those who enjoying sharing about their kids on social media. 

“This was just clean, simple Sunday afternoon fun,” she added. 

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This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories By America's Best Women Writers

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New short stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • Aimee Bender • Judy Budnitz • Jennifer S. Davis • Jennifer Egan • Carolyn Ferrell • Mary Gordon • Cristina Henríquez • Samantha Hunt •Binnie Kirshenbaum • Dika Lam • Caitlin Macy • Francine Prose • Holiday Reinhorn • Roxana Robinson • Curtis Sittenfeld • Lynne Tillman • Martha WittChick lit: A genre of fiction that often recycles the following plot: Girl in big city desperately searches for Mr. Right in between dieting and shopping for shoes. Girl gets dumped (sometimes repeatedly). Girl finds Prince Charming. This Is Not Chick Lit is a celebration of America’s most dynamic literary voices, as well as a much needed reminder that, for every stock protagonist with a designer handbag and three boyfriends, there is a woman writer pushing the envelope of literary fiction with imagination, humor, and depth. The original short stories in this collection touch on some of the same themes as chick lit–the search for love and identity–but they do so with extraordinary power, creativity, and range; they are also political, provocative, and, at turns, utterly surprising. Featuring marquee names as well as burgeoning talents, This Is Not Chick Lit will nourish your heart, and your mind. “This Is Not Chick Lit is important not only for its content, but for its title. I’ll know we’re getting somewhere when equally talented male writers feel they have to separate themselves from the endless stream of fiction glorifying war, hunting and sports by naming an anthology This Is Not a Guy Thing.”–Gloria Steinem“These voices, diverse and almost eerily resonant, offer us a refreshing breath of womanhood-untamed, ungroomed, and unglossed.”–ELLE
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Lily Tomlin May Be A ‘Grandma,’ But This Is Her Year

It’s been 39 years since Lily Tomlin’s first Oscar nomination and 44 years since her first Emmy nod. But if headlining a film is what makes someone a movie star, then Tomlin is only now earning her due. And if top billing on a series makes someone a television star, then Tomlin didn’t accomplish that either, until just a few months ago. Now she has a lot to show for it: Her film, “Grandma,” which opened this weekend, has attracted glowing reviews and Oscar buzz since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and the first season of her Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie,” led to Tomlin’s umpteenth Emmy salute

“I’ve never thought of myself as a movie star,” Tomlin said when I sat down with her at a Manhattan hotel during the Tribeca Film Festival, where “Grandma” screened in April. “I’m considered a little eccentric in a way.”  

It’s not hard to pinpoint the origins of Tomlin’s self-assessment: Her breakout stint on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in the early 1970s included such characters as fast-talking, nasally 5-year-old Edith Ann and the condescending telephone operator Ernestine. She smoked pot with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the 1980 feminist comedy “9 to 5” and became a fixture of Robert Altman’s sprawling ensemble films about the idiosyncrasies of the American experience (“Nashville,” “Short Cuts,” “A Prairie Home Companion”). “Grandma” fits in nicely with that catalog. Tomlin portrays a crusty, weed-smoking lesbian poet who assists her teenage granddaughter in cobbling together $ 600 for an abortion. And in “Grace and Frankie,” she plays a breezy, weed-smoking painter whose longtime husband leaves her for another man.

These eccentricities don’t always extend to Tomlin’s real life, however, as much as her reputation may assume otherwise. She and Fonda, who portray “Grace and Frankie’s” title characters, did take peyote to prepare for a pilot’s hallucinogenic scene, but Tomlin has repeated time and again throughout the “Grandma” press cycle that she rarely smokes pot and certainly doesn’t consume heavier drugs with any regularity. (“I’m too wacky and nutty and foggy anyway,” she told The Daily Beast. “I don’t need to get too blissed out.”)

What does factor into Tomlin’s real life is the excellence of her “Grandma” performance, which the actress said is the closest she’s come to playing herself onscreen. 

“I don’t know why I didn’t think of this a long time ago,” she said of portraying a semi-analogue. “I identified with many things in the script: the fact that she was a lesbian. I’m not a poet, but I kind of wish I was.”

I told Tomlin that comedy could be considered a form of poetry. She beamed.

“Well, that’s true,” she responded. “Thank you! Bless you. You sound like Diane Keaton. She said, ‘Comedy deserves something good,’ and then she got an Oscar for ‘Annie Hall.'” 

Part of the reason “Grandma” hit home may be that Paul Weitz, who directed her in the 2013 Tina Fey-Paul Rudd comedy “Admission,” wrote the script with Tomlin in mind. (The same goes for “Grace and Frankie,” which “Friends” scribe Marta Kauffman co-created for Fonda and Tomlin.) She’s shared the screen with the likes of Bette Midler (“Big Business”) and Steve Martin (“All of Me”), but this is the first movie in which Tomlin is the one true lead. At 75, that sounds like a feat, especially when she reveals that “not very many” scripts drift her way anymore. 

“It’s an age thing for me right now,” she said when I asked why more casting directors aren’t ringing her up. “What’s going to come across your desk is not going to be a lead role, and you’re not going to be a romantic interest in a conventional movie. I didn’t get a romantic lead when I was 30, though. I was thought of as a comedian.”

She doesn’t see herself as the lead of “Grandma” either, though. Tomlin was “over the moon” when she learned that Julia Garner had been cast as her granddaughter, Marcia Gay Harden as her stuffy daughter, Judy Greer as a doting ex-girlfriend and Laverne Cox as a tattoo-artist pal. Oh, and she got to clobber “Paper Towns” star Nat Wolff with a hockey stick in one scene, too. 

But “Grandma” is Tomlin’s movie. Perhaps she’s taking a modesty cue from her own mother. I asked whether the film’s family dynamics resonate, and Tomlin launched into an account about sometimes needing to act as a parental figure while growing up. Like that time she called a door-to-door salesman who’d duped her mother, too intimidated to tell him no, into purchasing 10 vacuum cleaners at about $ 300 a pop. She ordered him to come to their home and refund her mother’s money. 

“I was all piss and vinegar,” she recalled. “I was just cursing him and telling him that if he didn’t come I would throw it in the street. He finally came out and said, ‘Your mother bought that vacuum cleaner’ and all this stuff. And I pitched it out off the stairs. I was forever doing stuff like that. I just railed against it. In the early years, my mother would have been more concerned about what the neighbors — or the relatives in the South — would think. I was a Detroit kid, a street kid, so I was kind of tough. I would stand up for myself.”

That resolve worked in Tomlin’s favor over the years, including the many times she’s said she has no regrets about turning down an offer to reveal her sexuality on the cover of Time magazine in 1975. The same forces that prevented her from accepting the deal — potential career suicide at the time — would have stymied a pro-choice, pro-weed, pro-sexuality, pro-aging movie like “Grandma” from being made even a decade ago. 

“I just feel like so much progress has been made on those fronts, although a lot has been a pull-back, too, in certain regions,” she said. “And I know that because my family is Southern. My generation has come around tremendously. My mom’s generation, they’d just be negative, negative, negative: ‘Did you hear about that Mary Jean?’ That’s my real name. My mother would be 100 years old by now, and even though my mother came to terms with my brother and me both being gay, my relatives would have been gossiping about us for days. But my younger relatives are much more lenient, much more tolerant, much more accepting. Their minds are just open to things. And yet I can’t even talk about this in a way because so much other stuff is so horrible in the world — the inequities and the prejudice and the hate and the killing.” 

She’s right, of course, but “Grandma” is a phenomenal signpost of the incremental progress this country has seen in recent years. It’s also one of the year’s best indies to date — a yarn about old connections resurfacing and disparate generations merging their value systems. In an ideal world, Tomlin would add an Oscar nomination to her list of 2015 successes. 

After our 20-minute chat, the publicist said it was time to part. I instantly protested, not wanting to end a great conversation. Tomlin stood and threw her arms around me for a hug. She would never admit it, but somewhere, she must know, 44 years after her first Emmy nomination, that this is her moment. 

”Grandma” is now in limited release. 

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It’s been 39 years since Lily Tomlin’s first Oscar nomination and 44 years since her first Emmy nod. But if headlining a film is what makes someone a movie star, then Tomlin is only now earning her due. And if top billing on a series makes someone a television star, then Tomlin didn’t accomplish that either, until just a few months ago. Now she has a lot to show for it: Her film, “Grandma,” which opened this weekend, has attracted glowing reviews and Oscar buzz since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and the first season of her Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie,” led to Tomlin’s umpteenth Emmy salute

“I’ve never thought of myself as a movie star,” Tomlin said when I sat down with her at a Manhattan hotel during the Tribeca Film Festival, where “Grandma” screened in April. “I’m considered a little eccentric in a way.”  

It’s not hard to pinpoint the origins of Tomlin’s self-assessment: Her breakout stint on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in the early 1970s included such characters as fast-talking, nasally 5-year-old Edith Ann and the condescending telephone operator Ernestine. She smoked pot with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton in the 1980 feminist comedy “9 to 5” and became a fixture of Robert Altman’s sprawling ensemble films about the idiosyncrasies of the American experience (“Nashville,” “Short Cuts,” “A Prairie Home Companion”). “Grandma” fits in nicely with that catalog. Tomlin portrays a crusty, weed-smoking lesbian poet who assists her teenage granddaughter in cobbling together $ 600 for an abortion. And in “Grace and Frankie,” she plays a breezy, weed-smoking painter whose longtime husband leaves her for another man.

These eccentricities don’t always extend to Tomlin’s real life, however, as much as her reputation may assume otherwise. She and Fonda, who portray “Grace and Frankie’s” title characters, did take peyote to prepare for a pilot’s hallucinogenic scene, but Tomlin has repeated time and again throughout the “Grandma” press cycle that she rarely smokes pot and certainly doesn’t consume heavier drugs with any regularity. (“I’m too wacky and nutty and foggy anyway,” she told The Daily Beast. “I don’t need to get too blissed out.”)

What does factor into Tomlin’s real life is the excellence of her “Grandma” performance, which the actress said is the closest she’s come to playing herself onscreen. 

“I don’t know why I didn’t think of this a long time ago,” she said of portraying a semi-analogue. “I identified with many things in the script: the fact that she was a lesbian. I’m not a poet, but I kind of wish I was.”

I told Tomlin that comedy could be considered a form of poetry. She beamed.

“Well, that’s true,” she responded. “Thank you! Bless you. You sound like Diane Keaton. She said, ‘Comedy deserves something good,’ and then she got an Oscar for ‘Annie Hall.'” 

Part of the reason “Grandma” hit home may be that Paul Weitz, who directed her in the 2013 Tina Fey-Paul Rudd comedy “Admission,” wrote the script with Tomlin in mind. (The same goes for “Grace and Frankie,” which “Friends” scribe Marta Kauffman co-created for Fonda and Tomlin.) She’s shared the screen with the likes of Bette Midler (“Big Business”) and Steve Martin (“All of Me”), but this is the first movie in which Tomlin is the one true lead. At 75, that sounds like a feat, especially when she reveals that “not very many” scripts drift her way anymore. 

“It’s an age thing for me right now,” she said when I asked why more casting directors aren’t ringing her up. “What’s going to come across your desk is not going to be a lead role, and you’re not going to be a romantic interest in a conventional movie. I didn’t get a romantic lead when I was 30, though. I was thought of as a comedian.”

She doesn’t see herself as the lead of “Grandma” either, though. Tomlin was “over the moon” when she learned that Julia Garner had been cast as her granddaughter, Marcia Gay Harden as her stuffy daughter, Judy Greer as a doting ex-girlfriend and Laverne Cox as a tattoo-artist pal. Oh, and she got to clobber “Paper Towns” star Nat Wolff with a hockey stick in one scene, too. 

But “Grandma” is Tomlin’s movie. Perhaps she’s taking a modesty cue from her own mother. I asked whether the film’s family dynamics resonate, and Tomlin launched into an account about sometimes needing to act as a parental figure while growing up. Like that time she called a door-to-door salesman who’d duped her mother, too intimidated to tell him no, into purchasing 10 vacuum cleaners at about $ 300 a pop. She ordered him to come to their home and refund her mother’s money. 

“I was all piss and vinegar,” she recalled. “I was just cursing him and telling him that if he didn’t come I would throw it in the street. He finally came out and said, ‘Your mother bought that vacuum cleaner’ and all this stuff. And I pitched it out off the stairs. I was forever doing stuff like that. I just railed against it. In the early years, my mother would have been more concerned about what the neighbors — or the relatives in the South — would think. I was a Detroit kid, a street kid, so I was kind of tough. I would stand up for myself.”

That resolve worked in Tomlin’s favor over the years, including the many times she’s said she has no regrets about turning down an offer to reveal her sexuality on the cover of Time magazine in 1975. The same forces that prevented her from accepting the deal — potential career suicide at the time — would have stymied a pro-choice, pro-weed, pro-sexuality, pro-aging movie like “Grandma” from being made even a decade ago. 

“I just feel like so much progress has been made on those fronts, although a lot has been a pull-back, too, in certain regions,” she said. “And I know that because my family is Southern. My generation has come around tremendously. My mom’s generation, they’d just be negative, negative, negative: ‘Did you hear about that Mary Jean?’ That’s my real name. My mother would be 100 years old by now, and even though my mother came to terms with my brother and me both being gay, my relatives would have been gossiping about us for days. But my younger relatives are much more lenient, much more tolerant, much more accepting. Their minds are just open to things. And yet I can’t even talk about this in a way because so much other stuff is so horrible in the world — the inequities and the prejudice and the hate and the killing.” 

She’s right, of course, but “Grandma” is a phenomenal signpost of the incremental progress this country has seen in recent years. It’s also one of the year’s best indies to date — a yarn about old connections resurfacing and disparate generations merging their value systems. In an ideal world, Tomlin would add an Oscar nomination to her list of 2015 successes. 

After our 20-minute chat, the publicist said it was time to part. I instantly protested, not wanting to end a great conversation. Tomlin stood and threw her arms around me for a hug. She would never admit it, but somewhere, she must know, 44 years after her first Emmy nomination, that this is her moment. 

”Grandma” is now in limited release. 

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This Artist Is Using ‘Artivism’ To Break Down Queer Stigma And Stereotypes

A Venezuelan artist is making a bold statement about queerness and art’s power to aid in the breaking down of stereotypes related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity.

 

The “I’m Not A Joke” campaign from Daniel Arzola is a series of images inscribed with compelling truths about human diversity that encourages individuals to live as their authentic selves. He wants the images to eventually appear on buses and subways, exposing audiences to the realites of queer experiences in an attempt to breakdown prejudice in a form of activism that he calls “Artivism.”

 

Much of Arzola’s work comes from personal experience as an LGBT person growing up in Venezuela. “I had an violent adolescence because of [Venezuela’s intolerance],” he told The Huffington Post. “When I was 15-years-old they tied me to an electric pole and tried to burn me alive. I was able to escape that but I spent six years not being able to draw because they destroyed all of my drawings. After escaping that I transformed everything into lines and colors instead of returning the violence – I wanted to break the cycle.”

 

The Huffington Post chatted this week with Arzola about “Artivism,” his artwork and what he hopes to see accomplished through the “I’m Not A Joke” series.

Want to see more from Arzola and his “I’m Not A Joke” series? Head here to check out the artist’s Tumblr.

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This Theory Perfectly Explains Why ‘The Hobbit’ Movies Were So Bad

Look, some of us liked “The Hobbit” trilogy. They’re not the perfect movies, but it’s a perfect adventure. Oh, and there’s a dragon who’s a total baller.

Other people, however, didn’t really appreciate the films. In fact, they really hated them.

And that’s how frenemies are made.

The criticism has been that the movies were overly exaggerated, there was too much CGI and it didn’t need to be stretched into a trilogy. Now, a fan theory suggests the films were actually meant to be a little ridiculous and needlessly drawn out.

The Theory: “The Hobbit” films were bloated with CGI and long-winded because they represent Bilbo’s own exaggerated retellings of his adventure.

Redditor Questionbdp posed the idea as “internal justification” for why the movies were a “disappointment,” and it actually makes sense. The Redditor explains:


What Bilbo actually experienced during his adventure with the Dwarves was probably far less significant and monumental than the movies make it out to be, because the movies show how Bilbo retells his adventures, not how he actually lived them.

The theory goes on to say Bilbo probably felt bummed after he returned from his adventure to find all the other Hobbits didn’t care and were selling off all his stuff. (You nasty Hobbitses!) Because of this, he makes his story larger than life and “events which only filled a small book turned into three separate movies.”

Commenters called the theory “brilliant,” and one even joked, “Lol, Peter Jackson, is that you?”

Speaking of Jackson, even he says “The Hobbit” movies were meant to be a different tone than “Lord of the Rings,” but could this be the reason why?

In J. R. R. Tolkien‘s original stories, Bilbo authors his own memoir, There and Back Again, so it’s entirely possible that he embellished a bit. The dude was pretty good at making stuff up when explaining how he escaped the Goblin tunnels to his Dwarf bros, after all. And how else would you explain Legolas running up a crumbling tower?

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Ugh … #SMH.

Jackson said he doesn’t have regrets when it comes to the films, so we’re thinking he either completely missed that Legolas scene, or perhaps there’s a bigger plan at work.

Please let there be a bigger plan at work.

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Stop What You’re Texting And Look At This New Emoticon

Hello, everyone. It is the year 2015. We still punctuate our emails and texts with little human faces; we’ve just moved on to emojis, where the faces are a little cuter. And there’s one that looks like poop.

We’re not too good for emoticons. They’re just not the novelty they once were in, say, 2001. Some we never really figured out — looking at you, weird dollar sign mouth (“:$ “) — so we stick to smiles and frowns. They’re pretty old news, TBH.

But what if we told you there’s a new emoticon? That you haven’t seen? Even though you’ve seen all of them? 

Behold!

What? Where? Why? Glad you asked. 

What it is: An apostrophe, a comma, a colon and a closed parenthetical mark make up this new sassy smiley. ‘,:) 

Where it came from: We found it on someone’s Tumblr, above the comment “10/10,” and was originally posted by user failsyndrome. It is not listed on Wikipedia’s list of emoticons. If you’ve been using it this whole time, congratulations on your genius, but no thanks for not sharing.

Why we need it: The human experience encompasses a wide range of emotions which are sometimes conveyed visually in the form of facial expressions. This one, to us, is the face you make when you go, “Really?” while you’re trying to size someone up in a friendly way but you’re right on the edge of getting real. Like this:

Also, we just want to point out that if it’s 2015 and people are still discovering new ways to anthropomorphize punctuation, then there are probably some other emoticons out there waiting to be found. Happy hunting.

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This Theory Perfectly Explains Why ‘The Hobbit’ Movies Were So Bad

Look, some of us liked “The Hobbit” trilogy. They’re not the perfect movies, but it’s a perfect adventure. Oh, and there’s a dragon who’s a total baller.

Other people, however, didn’t really appreciate the films. In fact, they really hated them.

And that’s how frenemies are made.

The criticism has been that the movies were overly exaggerated, there was too much CGI and it didn’t need to be stretched into a trilogy. Now, a fan theory suggests the films were actually meant to be a little ridiculous and needlessly drawn out.

The Theory: “The Hobbit” films were bloated with CGI and long-winded because they represent Bilbo’s own exaggerated retellings of his adventure.

Redditor Questionbdp posed the idea as “internal justification” for why the movies were a “disappointment,” and it actually makes sense. The Redditor explains:


What Bilbo actually experienced during his adventure with the Dwarves was probably far less significant and monumental than the movies make it out to be, because the movies show how Bilbo retells his adventures, not how he actually lived them.

The theory goes on to say Bilbo probably felt bummed after he returned from his adventure to find all the other Hobbits didn’t care and were selling off all his stuff. (You nasty Hobbitses!) Because of this, he makes his story larger than life and “events which only filled a small book turned into three separate movies.”

Commenters called the theory “brilliant,” and one even joked, “Lol, Peter Jackson, is that you?”

Speaking of Jackson, even he says “The Hobbit” movies were meant to be a different tone than “Lord of the Rings,” but could this be the reason why?

In J. R. R. Tolkien‘s original stories, Bilbo authors his own memoir, There and Back Again, so it’s entirely possible that he embellished a bit. The dude was pretty good at making stuff up when explaining how he escaped the Goblin tunnels to his Dwarf bros, after all. And how else would you explain Legolas running up a crumbling tower?

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Ugh … #SMH.

Jackson said he doesn’t have regrets when it comes to the films, so we’re thinking he either completely missed that Legolas scene, or perhaps there’s a bigger plan at work.

Please let there be a bigger plan at work.

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On This Week’s Cheap Celeb Finds, Kylie Jenner Wears A $40 Bikini Top

For those of you who haven’t been on Instagram (or the Internet) this week, you may be blithely unaware that the Kardashian-Jenner crew is on what looks like the best vacation ever. And of course, when the Kardashians go ANYWHERE, we always get the photos to prove it. 

And on this trip to St. Barths, their bikini game was on fleek. Two members of the crew, Kylie and Kourtney, stepped out in bathing suits that we can actually afford (well, one is a LOT more affordable than the other). But for those not in the market for swimwear, other celebs wore some other pretty cheap items you can scoop up, too. 

Check out all the affordable items Hollywood wore this week:

Kylie Jenner’s bathing suit top

Carbon Smash, Maddox Top, $ 55 AUD (approx. $ 40 USD) 

 Kourtney Kardashian’s bathing suit


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Emoji Fleece Robe, $ 38 

Elle Fanning’s skirt

American Apparel Tennis Skirt, $ 54

Selena Gomez’s crop top

 Topshop Ribbed Crew Neck Cropped Sweater, $ 50

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Meet the First Transgender Real Housewife and More Major Moments for Women in Hollywood This Week

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This Comic Captures The Two Types Of People In Every Relationship

In any relationship, there are two kinds of people: the one who orders the side of fries and the one who claims he or she doesn’t want any, and then promptly goes to town as soon as it arrives. 

Cartoonist Adrienne Hedger of Hedger Humor self-identifies as the second type. 

“I never order French fries because I think I don’t want all those fries,” she told The Huffington Post. “So I just tell my husband, ‘I’ll have a taste of yours.’ And in the moment, that’s my honest intention. Just a few — maybe five — fries. And the next thing you know, you’ve eaten half the fries.” 

Hedger recently created a hilariously relatable comic that captures this all-too-common dynamic. Check it out below:

 

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Take a Spin in These 6 New Shoe and Boot Trends this Fall

Everyone enjoys a social media moment that goes viral, but one such viral moment last week hit home for the team here at Conde Nast, Glamour’s headquarters. And Louboutins were involved.

Serious Louboutin drama in the Conde Nast lobby…

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Yep, right here at Glamour HQ, one nameless woman’s Christian Louboutin pump got lodged in the slats of our escalators. While we’re glad to report the shoe’s owner was ok, the stilleto, alas, was not. The picture, taken by our very own Lead Writer, Leah Melby, was picked up by blogs and papers across the city, including The Cut and The New York Post. RIP pretty pumps.

The Louboutin debacle got us thinking…there’s no better place to show off your shoes than on an escalator! So our Senior Accessories Editor, Elissa Velluto, curated a selection of the best fall shoe styles, which were filmed (safely) on those very same escalators.

And perhaps that’s the last pair of stilettos to go down via the well-shod steps of the Conde Nast escalators—because fall 2015 is all about chunky heels, embellished flats, and low-heeled Mary Janes, with nary a skinny stem in sight. Check out the best of the best shoes, booties, and block-heels in our brand-new video! Hey, it just might go viral.



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This Is How Many Plus-Size Models Appear In September Issue Fashion Editorials

Sometimes it seems as though the fashion industry is more inclusive than ever before. In the past year, there’s been an increase in the number of mature models fronting ad campaigns and more people with disabilities on the runways of New York Fashion Week. Right now, eight black women are featured on September magazine covers

But there are definitely major strides to be made

We flipped through the September issue fashion editorials of seven major magazines — Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle and Cosmopolitan — to see if we could find any plus-size models. 

The results weren’t great.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average waist size for women aged 20 and over is 37.5 inches. Depending on which retail store you consult, this translates to a slightly different pant size, but all of them qualify as plus-size. (At Gap, a 37.5 inch waist is between a size 18 and a size 20, at Coldwater Creek it translates to roughly a size 16. At Lane Bryant, it’s about a size 18.) 

So, if the average woman is plus-size, why are there zero plus-size models in these fashion editorials?

Yeah, we’re not really sure either. 

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Bad Girl City This Is Essex Style Independent Woman Sexy Cool T Shirt Present Womens Fitted

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This item is also available in Men’s – please see our other listings. tdm-style clothing was created in the cultural quarter of Bristol – Stokes Croft. Surrounded by the coolest Street Art and inspired by various Banksy pieces, Stokes Croft has quickly become the go-to place for musicians and artists alike. Our designs call upon the style, art and bohemian culture, to bring you the freshest designs from the streets. Using local artists and supporting the local scene, you can be sure your garment is highly original and of the highest quality. Our T-Shirts are all printed to order using the latest in Direct to Garment printing technology. We print the ink pigment directly within the fabric of the shirt, which gives a superior quality print that that will withstand repeated washing but is soft to the touch and doesnt crack like many screen printed shirts do. Your T-Shirt will be manufactured expertly and with care in the UK and shipped to you rapidly with our no quibble satisfaction guarantee. We only use the latest, top of the range printing techniques and equipment, for the ultimate in long lasting design wear and only the highest quality of garments. All have a classic contemporary cut, ensuring you always look good. T-Shirt Selection info and size guides: Women’s Premium: Genuine Russell Brand J155F Slim T 100% Ring Spun Cotton (or equivalent) * Side seamed for a feminine shape. * Back neck tape. * Superior fine gauge knit fabric for excellent decoration results that last. Fabric: 100% ring spun cotton Weight: Colours: 145g/m2 White: 140 g/m3 Size Guide: XS – 8, S – 10, M – 12, L – 14, XL – 16 Machine washable, do not dry clean

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Love Kim Kardashian West’s Style? This Budget-Friendly Line Is Going to Be Your Everything

Over the past few years something chic has been happening to Kim Kardashian West‘s style (and it may or may not have to do with the Kanye closet rehaul that left her in tears). Gone are the loud animal prints and sparkle of her 2009 closet, replaced by sleek, minimalistic outfits in neutral and monochrome palettes. And while the majority of Kim’s actual wardrobe is high-end designer, Australian label Bossa has captured the same vibe with wallet-friendly prices (and the brand ships to the U.S.!).

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Last summer Kim lived in a bodysuit, showing favoritism to the American Apparel style she rocked several times. Bossa’s got an equally steamy version, plus an elongated faux suede pencil skirt that really finishes off the look (the entire outfit will run you a little over $ 150 in U.S. dollars).

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Kim’s LBDs usually hit at her calf, and while some have plunging necklines, others are actually pretty covered up. She foreshadowed this fall’s favorite neckline (get ready for the turtleneck trend!) by rocking a slim-fitting frock with a mock neck. Bossa’s similar version is online here.

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And while KKW loves her some pencil skirts and tight dresses, she’s also cut a stylish figure in wide-leg trousers. She covered up her creamy pair with a long vest in the same palette, but the look works in contrasting colors too. The Aussie brand created the same ensemble with a tank dress that doubles as a vest when worn open.

The coup de grace for Kim style lovers? There’s a high-gloss pink dress on offer that looks to be very much inspired by the latex looks she’s rocked.



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Hillary Clinton Will Be a Character On One of Your Favorite Dramas This Season

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This Supremely Awesome Wedding Cake Will Make You Do A Double Take

They say marriage is all about compromise. If that’s the case, newlyweds Kia Parsons and Billy Bunning are off to an excellent start.

The UK couple had different visions when it came to their wedding cake; the bride wanted an all-white tiered cake with cascading sugar flowers. The groom, on the other hand, wanted to incorporate his love of comic book superheroes into the confection. So they met somewhere in the middle:

Julia Baker of Tier by Tier cake design created the cake for the couple’s August 14 wedding in Milton Keynes, England. One side is the traditional-looking cake the bride wanted. On the other side, icing curtains reveal the logos of Marvel characters Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man, as well as Batman from the DC Comics camp. 

“I loved every minute making this cake, as I knew it would be something that people would be surprised at and appeal to all the Marvel fans!” Julia told The Huffington Post. 

In all, she spent 40 hours on the cake. It took 12 hours to make the sugar flowers, and the cake-baking and building took about 28 hours. 

Needless to say, Kia and Billy were thrilled with the finished product. 

“Julia did such a fantastic job and we were completely overwhelmed by how brilliant it looked!” the bride told HuffPost. “From most angles of the room, the cake looked like a traditional wedding cake — just what we had wanted. It wasn’t until the cake was moved for us to cut that our guests realized there was a hidden extra.  Some didn’t even realize until the photos went online after the wedding!” 

On Tuesday, a photo of the cake began going viral when it was shared by the Life Of Dad Facebook page. 

“I was surprised at how popular it was and how quickly the pictures circulated on social media,” Julia said. “I have plenty more ideas to work on and I am calling these ‘double-take cakes.'” 

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This Elle Spread Is A Reminder Of Fashion’s Major Diversity Issue

Elle magazine marked its 30th birthday with a fashion spread called “The Elle Look” in its September 2015 issue. The magazine called upon 30 prominent designers and their muses to recreate “The Elle Look,” which the publication describes as “channeling our rich history of strong, sexy women with great personal style.'”

Of the 81 designers and muses chosen for the story, only one is black: English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who is biracial. The collective number of Asian and Latino or Hispanic designers can be counted on one hand, while the muses that represent each designers’ ideal were overwhelmingly white. 

The spread serves to highlight an issue that runs rampant in the fashion industry: a lack of diversity both within the pages of magazines and on the runways. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pose alongside Beatrix Ost, Giorgio Armani is pictured with model Karolina Kurkova, and the list goes on.

Bethann Hardison, a former model and a prominent fashion consultant who has been calling for diversity for decades, was surprised by the magazine’s glaring omission.

“When [then-publication director] Regis Pagniez brought Elle to the U.S. in the ’80s, he put black girls on the cover. Gail O’Neill, Karen Alexander, Kirsti Bowser. Conde Nast had to step back; it blew their minds,” she told The Huffington Post. This spread is just an example of Elle “feeling precious,” Hardison added. 

That history is why, then, it’s more than a little disappointing to see one of the most influential fashion magazines showing an utter lack of responsibility when it comes to choosing people that represent their vision. Elle didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post, but one thing’s clear: When designers, magazine staffers and industry insiders visualize their “girl,” that vision continues to omit people of color. 

 

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This Supremely Awesome Wedding Cake Will Make You Do A Double Take

They say marriage is all about compromise. If that’s the case, newlyweds Kia Parsons and Billy Bunning are off to an excellent start.

The UK couple had different visions when it came to their wedding cake; the bride wanted an all-white tiered cake with cascading sugar flowers. The groom, on the other hand, wanted to incorporate his love of comic book superheroes into the confection. So they met somewhere in the middle:

Julia Baker of Tier by Tier cake design created the cake for the couple’s August 14 wedding in Milton Keynes, England. One side is the traditional-looking cake the bride wanted. On the other side, icing curtains reveal the logos of Marvel characters Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man, as well as Batman from the DC Comics camp. 

“I loved every minute making this cake, as I knew it would be something that people would be surprised at and appeal to all the Marvel fans!” Julia told The Huffington Post. 

In all, she spent 40 hours on the cake. It took 12 hours to make the sugar flowers, and the cake-baking and building took about 28 hours. 

Needless to say, Kia and Billy were thrilled with the finished product. 

“Julia did such a fantastic job and we were completely overwhelmed by how brilliant it looked!” the bride told HuffPost. “From most angles of the room, the cake looked like a traditional wedding cake — just what we had wanted. It wasn’t until the cake was moved for us to cut that our guests realized there was a hidden extra.  Some didn’t even realize until the photos went online after the wedding!” 

On Tuesday, a photo of the cake began going viral when it was shared by the Life Of Dad Facebook page. 

“I was surprised at how popular it was and how quickly the pictures circulated on social media,” Julia said. “I have plenty more ideas to work on and I am calling these ‘double-take cakes.'” 

H/T Life Of Dad

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Real-Life Barbie Shoes Are Coming Your Way This Fall

Quirky-cool shoe designer Sophia Webster’s latest collection is sure to please both the current you and the version circa 1995—she’s celebrating all things Barbie! The nine-piece collection has six styles for adults, three for children, and includes sneakers, heels, and flat sandals. Pieces will be up on her website and ready for shopping next week.


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“I love that this concept strikes a balance between dreams and reality,” she told British Vogue. “Getting to be a part of her embracing flats for the first time made it extra exciting.” The shoe news she’s referring to is the summer reveal that Barbie’s ankles would now be articulated, allowing her to switch between heels and flats (finally!).

Webster called the range a “dream project” and, honestly, we should’ve known it was coming. She hinted at the news to fashion reporters not too long ago with a sly pledge of love to Barbie.

While there’s no pricing info, it’s reasonable to expect the items will be similar to her other stuff. The pink winged heel looks like a version of her Chiara, which retails for $ 580.



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This Gay Man Was ‘Humiliated’ And ‘Degraded’ Trying To Get Married In Texas

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage, Jim Cato and his partner of 27 years were “ecstatic.” But their euphoria was curtailed three days later when they called their county clerk’s office in pursuit of a marriage license, Cato recounted to HuffPost Live on Thursday.

After going to the office, the couple was told that “it was against the religious beliefs of the county clerk” to wed them. They were then “kicked out” with the assistance of six sheriffs.

“It was just like someone had sucked all the air out of you at that time,” Cato recalled of the experience. “We just couldn’t believe it. It was a clear violation of our civil rights. … After waiting 27 years, just to wait one more hour, to me, was unacceptable. We were humiliated. We were degraded.”

Cato secured a marriage license on July 6, 12 hours after filing a case against the Hood County Clerk’s office in federal court, but his lawyers are continuing on with the lawsuit until the country clerk vows to stop turning away other gay couples.

Over a month later, Cato says fighting for the right to marry was entirely “worth it.”

“I would do it again and again if I had to,” he affirmed. “Whatever you have to do to assure your civil rights and the civil rights of others is important.”

Watch more from HuffPost Live’s conversation on states refusing gay marriage in the wake of SCOTUS’ decision here.

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In This Day and Age?

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Dr. Isaac Namdar is a successful doctor in private practice in a major metropolitan area. He recently married his long-term same-sex partner in a very intimate ceremony. They later had a dinner party to celebrate their union with family and friends. Dr. Namdar comes from a Sephardic background, and is part of a tightly-knit community of first generation immigrants. Since the general position of his community on homosexuality mirrors the Biblical prohibition, Dr. Namdar chose to keep his sexuality and his wedding private from his ancestral community. Two months after the wedding party, a fellow community member found their wedding photos online and proceeded to forward the link to everyone else. Within a day, a thousand new hits were registered to the website, and the news of the first same-sex wedding of a community member spread like wildfire. While the leaders and the Rabbis of the community took steps to excommunicate Dr. Namdar solely on the basis of his sexuality, a great debate ensued on the rights of homosexuals within the community and the society at large. In this book, Dr. Namdar provides us with just enough insight into the customs of his community for the reader to appreciate the implications of his story. He then chronicled his experiences through a series of communications in the form of emails, phone call, and Discussion Board entries to give the reader a first hand account of the extreme events surrounding his outing. Many people believe that gay rights are the most important outstanding civil rights issue of our generation. Through this book, the author attempts to highlight the range of attitudes that exist in contemporary society regarding this issue. What makes this book unique is that the arguments are not written by a single protagonist with his own biases. Rather, the range of opinions are expressed by many different people in their own original language.

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David Zinczenko is the New York Times bestselling co-author (with Matt Goulding) of the Eat This, Not That! series (which has sold more than eight million copies in North America), the Abs Diet books, The 8-Hour Diet, and most recently Eat It to Beat It! He is the award-winning former editor in chief of Men’s Health and editorial director of Women’s Health, Prevention , and Best Life magazines. An ABC News health and wellness special correspondent, he is also editorial director of Men’s Fitness and CEO of the media company Galvanized. He lives in New York City. Matt Goulding is the former food editor of Men’s Health and the co-author of the New York Times bestselling Eat This, Not That! series. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Food & Wine, and New York . He divides his time between the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and the open skies of rural North Carolina.
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This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers

This Is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers


New short stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Aimee Bender – Judy Budnitz – Jennifer S. Davis – Jennifer Egan – Carolyn Ferrell – Mary Gordon – Cristina Henriquez – Samantha Hunt -Binnie Kirshenbaum – Dika Lam – Caitlin Macy – Francine Prose – Holiday Reinhorn – Roxana Robinson – Curtis Sittenfeld – Lynne Tillman – Martha Witt " "Chick lit: A genre of fiction that often recycles the following plot: Girl in big city desperately searches for Mr. Right in between dieting and shopping for shoes. Girl gets dumped (sometimes repeatedly). Girl finds Prince Charming. "This Is Not Chick Lit "is a celebration of America’s most dynamic literary voices, as well as a much needed reminder that, for every stock protagonist with a designer handbag and three boyfriends, there is a woman writer pushing the envelope of literary fiction with imagination, humor, and depth. The original short stories in this collection touch on some of the same themes as chick lit-the search for love and identity-but they do so with extraordinary power, creativity, and range; they are also political, provocative, and, at turns, utterly surprising. Featuring marquee names as well as burgeoning talents, "This Is Not Chick Lit "will nourish your heart, and your mind. ""This Is Not Chick Lit" is important not only for its content, but for its title. I’ll know we’re getting somewhere when equally talented male writers feel they have to separate themselves from the endless stream of fiction glorifying war, hunting and sports by naming an anthology This Is Not a Guy Thing." -Gloria Steinem "These voices, diverse and almost eerily resonant, offer us a refreshing breath of womanhood-untamed, ungroomed, and unglossed."-ELLE
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Can We Please Talk About This Very Tiny Unicorn

Once upon a time, circa 1505 or 1506, the great High Renaissance painter Raphael painted a little known worked titled “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn.” As you can see, said painting does indeed feature one lady and one unicorn.

Except the title sort of downplays the whole mystical horned horse aspect. Raphael’s unicorn, it should be noted hyperbolically in the headline, is a BABY unicorn that could easily be mistaken for a furry teacup puppy or a very amiable kitten. It’s tiny mouth appears to be neighing, for crying out loud! Cue immense d’awwwwww.

This blessed portrait, originally housed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, caught our attention when a curious press release landed in our inboxes, announcing the painting’s debut appearance in the United States later this year. The exhibition, very correctly titled “Sublime Beauty,” will bring what is inarguably the world’s most adorable baby unicorn first to the Cincinnati Art Museum and then to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Calif. We can hear the lines forming now.

But why does one lone painting of a lady and her pet unicorn deserve the attention of the Internet? According to Dr. Esther Bell, curator in charge of European paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” is not only “a stunning masterpiece of the Italian High Renaissance,” it’s also a bona fide art world mystery.

The identity of the blond woman behind the unicorn, it turns out, is unknown, as is the meaning or iconography of the bite-size unicorn in her lap. Some scholars believe the painting may have been commissioned for a wedding; the unicorn could be interpreted as a symbol of chastity. For example, Alan Riding, in a 2001 article in The New York Times, speculated that ”Portrait of a Lady” originally showed a betrothed woman holding a dog, “a symbol of fidelity.” However, when the subject’s marriage was called off, Raphael may have replaced the dog with a unicorn, a nod to her virginity.

Others note the portrait’s resemblance to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” referencing minute details like the painting’s half-length format, the presence of folded hands and the distant landscape in the background. Not to mention, that stare. Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino — aka Raphael — is known in part for his association with masters like Leonardo, Michelangelo and, thank you “TMNT,” Donatello. Leo and the much younger Raphael were both creating works in Florence, Italy in the 16th century, so it wouldn’t be much of a stretch if the latter was influenced by the former’s style.

“The ‘Mona Lisa’ is the singular portrait of the High Renaissance, but we find ‘Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn’ to be just as beautiful and compelling,” Bell told the San Francisco Gate. “We believe Raphael was familiar with da Vinci’s work, and there is definitely a stylistic tie to be made to the ‘Mona Lisa.'”

In the aforementioned press release, Bell teases that the “Sublime Beauty,” which opens on Oct. 3, will introduce new scholarship on the miniature beast and his mysterious owner. The New York Times’ recently reported that the woman in the painting, curator Linda Wolk-Simon believes, could be the daughter of Pope Alexander VI’s mistress, Giulia Farnese.

Until October, all we can do is feast upon the tiny creature’s beauty here. While some museums are paying homage to contemporary cat memes, and others are celebrating the squee-inducing kitties of art history past, members of the Cincinnati and San Francisco art communities have this to say: don’t forget about the baby unicorn.

 

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This Parody Of Bollywood ‘Party Songs’ Is Too Good, Yaar

Any behemoth industry has its lazy side. In Bollywood, this has to be the “party song,” a seemingly requisite scene in a certain kind of blockbuster, governed by a crude formula that audiences still, somehow, go wild for.  

There’s so much to satirize about the genre, from the requisite objectification of women (water must always meet clothing) to the reliable co-opting of black culture — with an always sub par rap interlude, à la Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” that belies the culture’s prejudices (against dark skin, and African-origin people, subservient in the insidious hierarchy that still lingers from colonial times).

Thankfully, India finally has satirists up to the task. In the long but worth it video above, the popular sketch comedy troupe All India Bakchod teams up with scene-stealer Irfan Khan  – you know his scene thefts from “Namesake,” “Life Of Pi,” and “Jurassic Park” — for a parody that perfectly skewers Bollywood’s particular hypocrisies.

Based on “Party All Night,” a hit song from 2013, the satiric version calls out everything from censor boards (Bottles! Girls! Because this is a song, censors will let it go!) to cynical producers who know the music-leading structure of the industry means they can make a hefty salary off a movie with a single catchy song and little else of note. Even for those unfamiliar with Bollywood, the tropes should feel relevant, given that every American party anthem music video engages in parallel ones.

As a side benefit, it’s fun to see Khan — a hidden gem in Bollywood’s thicket of Ken-doll clones — playing diva, in the leisurely intro. “I don’t want to brag about myself, but I … can … do … anything.”

Respectfully requesting a parody of Indian cable news next.

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