No, Kylie Jenner didn’t wipe out $1.3 billion of Snap’s market value

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On Thursday, the business news site Bloomberg published a story under a shocking headline: “In one tweet, Kylie Jenner wiped out $ 1.3 billion of Snap’s market value.”

The story was pegged to a 7 percent decline in Snap Inc.’s stock price, and it would have you believe that one tweet — just 88 characters — was able to destroy a significant portion of the company’s market valuation.

For reference, here’s the tweet in question:

sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.

— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018

Yes, Kylie Jenner, the 20-year-old reality TV star, is one of the most popular Snapchat users. And yes, the Kardashian family is incredibly powerful. But let’s not crown Kylie the queen of Snap’s stock decline despite how fun this image is: Read more…

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For Bisexual Black Girls Who Didn’t Know Janelle Monáe Was Going to Create Their Anthem Today

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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Remember that date. It marks a historic moment in your beautifully intersectional identity as a bisexual Black woman.

Perhaps you didn’t know this day was going to be anything beyond the 53rd day of 2018–and another dreaded day under the 45th president. But on said day, you watched Janelle Monáe’s music video for Make Me Feel. It was the antithesis to everything that gives the White House and 46.1 percent of Americans a fright: queers, Blacks and queer Blacks.

Monáe simultaneously dropped the music video alongside the visuals for her other newly released single, Django Jane.

Once you were done watching the Django Jane video, you surely didn’t think it could get more enthralling than a rapping Monáe. You thought you’d walk away from Thursday having only gained a bomb Black female empowerment anthem. (Which is still spectacularly uplifting in its own right–but you simply didn’t expect your sexual preferences to also get a four-minute shout-out as well).

Make Me Feel is a love ballad that’s already inspired comparisons to pop legend Prince. While that’s immensely respectable and all, we don’t care to pay attention to that aspect. Not today. Because today we saw what is arguably the most feminized and sexualized Monáe you’d ever seen. And she’s seductively shimmying as she puts on for your ever-so-fluctuating sexuality.

Throughout the video, Monáe unapologetically embodies bisexuality. When she simultaneously teases her goodies to a random man and Tessa Thompson, she emboldens those of us who have found that our attractions weren’t dictated by anatomical make-up. For those who are or were once perplexed by the absence of an actual sexual preference, the video is affirming.

Make Me Feel draws from one of the most iconic episodes of Netflix’s Black Mirror series in which two women find eternal love upon meeting younger versions of themselves. It’s the series’ queerest episode, a unique love story and it makes the video all the more powerful. But aside from simply representing for bisexual Black girls, there’s another element about the artist that makes these visuals even more empowering: Monáe has never declared her sexuality, so it may be safe to say the reclusive 32-year-old isn’t using sexual preferences as a marketing ploy. She’s simply expressing herself. And that (plus equality) is all the LGBT community has ever wanted.

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Florida school shooting survivors delivered powerful speeches at an anti-gun rally, and they didn’t hold back

Florida school shooting survivors delivered powerful speeches at an anti-gun rally, and they didn’t hold back


Florida school shooting survivors delivered powerful speeches at an anti-gun rally, and they didn’t hold back

The survivors of the devastating school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland aren’t staying silent. On Saturday, February 17th, students, staff, and members of the community joined together at a Florida school shooting protest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The survivors spoke out against the gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, and the lax gun laws that led to the tragic events of February 14th.

The Rally to Support Firearm Safety Legislation was a raw, intense affair. Still fresh from the events that left 17 students and staff members dead, survivors shared their stories and experiences with the large crowd. High school senior Emma Gonzalez was among those who spoke for the victims, and those left behind.

“Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving,” Emma Gonzalez said in her speech at the Florida school shooting protest. “But instead we are up here standing together because if all our government and President can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see.”

Gonzalez has been an especially powerful voice in the days since the shooting. During the attack, she sat with fellow students in the auditorium of her school, not knowing what would come next. But at the rally, she was one of the survivors who spoke out against gun violence the loudest.

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Senior David Hogg spoke too, urging those in the crowd — and the millions watching across the world — to vote out politicians who support the gun lobby.

“This is not just another mass shooting. No shooting is just another mass shooting,” Hogg said. “This needs to be a turning point. This shooting was the result of a number of situations and individuals, but action can still and should still be taken to prevent something like this from happening. People in Congress, people in state legislatures, just lawmakers in general, need to stand up and not let these political divisions prevent them from saving children’s lives.

Gonzalez, Hogg, and other speakers weren’t shy about getting political.

From Florida Senator Marco Rubio all the way to Donald Trump, the students were ready to call out anyone who was content to offer nothing more than ‘thoughts and prayers.’ And it looks like this is just the beginning of the activism of the Florida school shooting survivors. Staff and students alike have vowed to bring about change in an era of escalating gun violence.

“We will be the last mass shooting,” Gonzalez told the crowd. The shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, is charged with killing 17 people and injuring many more in what has become one of the deadliest school shootings in history.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the families and the survivors. We can only hope that the words of Emma Gonzalez prove true.

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I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a postpartum identity crisis

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It’s taken me a long long time to realize I should have gone to a counselor after my first baby was born.

I didn’t exhibit any of the classic signs of postpartum depression — the ones they warn you about. I didn’t want to hurt anyone, including myself. Sure, there were a few bouts of uncontrollable crying here and there, but I chalked it up to hormones and a lack of sleep and…I was fine.

But there was a lot going on in my head and no one to talk it out with. I was the first of my friends to have a baby, and I opted to stay home. So all of my friends were still working all day. I didn’t have any mom friends yet. I didn’t know where to go during the day with my baby. It was all I could do to shower.

It was also the first time since I was 12 years old that I wasn’t earning my own income. I’ve always had a job. I had a full-time job lined up before I graduated college. It was exciting and often fast-paced and going from that to staying home with a newborn was a HUGE shift.

I started freaking out because now my husband was the sole provider for all three of us and I worried about what would happen if he decided to leave or died. My head played an endless loop of things I should probably do to make him happy so he’d be sure to stick around. Let me be clear — he never once gave any indication he was leaving. He would have been mortified to know that I was thinking all this. And I didn’t dare say any of it out loud in case he thought I was being unreasonable…and decided to leave me. It was an endless cycle in my head and it was exhausting. It was also not at all like the independent woman I’d been until then.

How could I dare be unhappy with someone this cute around?

Even if I’d had other mom friends, I probably wouldn’t have talked about any of this with them. I’d just had a beautiful baby. I was #blessed. I knew there were other parents who would love to be able to stay home with their children and couldn’t…so who was I to complain about being bored or unsure of what I was doing? Obviously, I was being ridiculous.

I also didn’t know if therapy was covered by our insurance. Now that we were down to one income, there’s no way we were paying out of pocket. The thought of trying to navigate our health insurance to see if they covered therapy for someone who didn’t really need it was daunting.

Things got much better after that first year. I made friends who had young children. As he grew, my son and I filled our days more and more, getting out and exploring together, running errands, communicating with each other, and getting more involved in the community. By the time his sister came along, a lot of those early worries were gone (replaced by other worries, of course, because that’s what we parents do.)

I keep thinking about what I would have done differently. It would have been nice to have some mom friends lined up ahead of time (can you do that? Mom-date before your baby is born?) I would have talked honestly with my husband about this weird power shift that occurred when he became the sole provider.

I did eventually take over our budget, which helped me feel like I had some control. And I would have looked into counseling. I still have no idea if it’s covered by our insurance, but I would have checked. We wouldn’t have hesitated to get our son any help he needed. I wouldn’t have hesitated to get my husband or any of our other children that help. It’s taken me years to realize it would have been okay to get help for me if I needed it, too.

How was your first year as a parent?

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The Wardrobe Staple You Didn’t Know You Needed This Time of Year

As we make the transition from winter to spring and slowly start to shed those layers, it’s natural to want to skip straight to spring and put on the first little linen dress we can get our hands on. But alas, regardless of whether or not the groundhog sees its shadow (it did this year), winter isn’t over, and you’re going to want to dress accordingly. That said, we’re not saying that a parka is in order. In fact, there’s something that’s perfect for this time of year that you may not have thought of: blanket coats. 

The beauty of blanket coats is that they’re effortlessly chic and lighter than, say, a wool coat or parka (as they’re often unlined), but they’re voluminous enough to bundle up in if needed. While said voluminosity is certainly cozy, it can make styling them a little tricky, but luckily, skinny jeans and leggings are the perfect slim counterpoint to the oversized outerwear style. With that, shop 15 blanket coats we’re coveting below.

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Things you didn’t know about the Black Sea

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One of the most famous bodies of water in the world, the Black Sea is located in the Atlantic Ocean. The Black Sea is actually pretty well-known and has been for some time, and this is largely due to the infamy is has earned thanks to its name. The name denotes a rather chaotic and inhospitable sea that you wouldn’t want to cross on a dark, stormy night.

Now, historically, the Black Sea has been so inhospitable because it is actually very difficult to navigate. Though it has become easier in recent times, the iconic name still remains and evokes all kinds of thoughts and feelings about the sea. Check out some of these cool and fun facts that we guarantee you never knew about the Black Sea.

It’s surrounded by 6 countries

One of the most interesting things about the Black Sea is how it looks on the map. It is surrounded by six countries; Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Georgia. In fact, looking at the sea on a map, it has the shape and size of being a country itself. It also appears landlocked, but it’s not – access top the Aegean Sea (and the rest of Europe) is possible through Istanbul. There are several rivers that flow into the Black Sea as well, including the River Danube.

Landing point of Noah’s Ark

Now, whether you believe in the Bible or not, the Black Sea has something of a biblical history because of its link to Noah’s Ark. Mount Ararat runs along the East coast of Turkey, and this is believed to have been where Noah landed his Ark in the Old Testament. Of course, there is no definitive way of proving this, but the rumor has led to a reasonable amount of fame for the Black Sea, and it’s a popular place for tourists to scope out the famed mountain.

It’s home to many small islands

You might not know this, but there are actually many tiny islands that run along the inland of the Black Sea. There are about ten of these islands, and they are packed full of loads of natural beauty, not to mention historical and cultural significance. These islands span three of the six different countries, and this adds an extra dimension to the Black Sea, setting it apart from many of the other seas of its kind.

The water level never changes

Unlike a lot of seas that can be tumultuous and choppy, the Black Sea actually has no fluctuation of water levels at all. The reason for this comes down to the fact that there are no high or low tides, and, as such, the water level doesn’t change. This keeps it calm and serene on the surface and is one of the key factors that make the Black Sea such a popular destination for cruise ships.

The Black Sea is one of the most interesting bodies of water in the world. Its location and makeup ensure that it’s a fascinating sea to study. There are also plenty of tourist attractions on offer around the sea, and it borders six countries, making it the perfect place to access Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

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PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron, among his many talents, has emerged at the world’s greatest Trump whisperer. He’s apparently able to get the American president to go places, say things, and maybe do things nobody else thought possible.

That first became apparent last summer, when Macron invited Donald Trump to Paris for the Bastille Day parade and celebrations. Trump clearly loved the pomp while seeming almost oblivious to the circumstances, including what veteran journalist David Andelman noted as Macron’s “underlying agenda.”

It “may not be immediately apparent to the American President,” Andelman wrote, but “Macron is bidding for France to become the central pillar of a resurgent Europe. And if becoming Europe’s Trump whisperer has to be a part of it, he seems willing to grit his teeth, smile winningly, and pitch right in.”

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Nicolas Cage on Going Where Few Actors Dare: ‘I Didn’t Get Into This for Awards’

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PARK CITY, Utah — Nicolas Cage really gets into character.

As legend has it, while filming his role as a cocaine-huffing, Vicodin-popping, gleefully unhinged cop in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Cage was spotted in between takes doing bumps of a mystery powder out of a vial. When the film’s director, Werner Herzog, approached Cage to ask what he was snorting, the actor spun around and yelled, “It’s fucking coke!

“That was an interesting day,” Cage says with a chuckle, readjusting the glistening gold rings adorning his fingers. “I had this little vial of inositol, which is a saccharine substitute. It looks like blow…but it’s not. I would do it to psych myself up all day long and really feel, from an impressionistic level, what that experience was like. And I got so into it that Werner would say, ‘Now Nee-co-las, vat is een that vial?’”

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PARK CITY, Utah — Nicolas Cage really gets into character.

As legend has it, while filming his role as a cocaine-huffing, Vicodin-popping, gleefully unhinged cop in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Cage was spotted in between takes doing bumps of a mystery powder out of a vial. When the film’s director, Werner Herzog, approached Cage to ask what he was snorting, the actor spun around and yelled, “It’s fucking coke!

“That was an interesting day,” Cage says with a chuckle, readjusting the glistening gold rings adorning his fingers. “I had this little vial of inositol, which is a saccharine substitute. It looks like blow…but it’s not. I would do it to psych myself up all day long and really feel, from an impressionistic level, what that experience was like. And I got so into it that Werner would say, ‘Now Nee-co-las, vat is een that vial?’”

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After loss, I didn’t have sex with my husband for 6 months 

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Two weeks after my D&E, my doctor informed me, “You are cleared to have intercourse.” I remember looking across the desk at him through dead eyes. “I don’t feel like having sex,” I said flatly. He smiled and remarked, “You may change your mind.”

Except I didn’t.

Then, weeks later, I had a saline sonogram to ensure my uterus looked healthy, in case I wanted to try and get pregnant again. “Refrain from intercourse for about 5 days,” my doctor advised. Inside I laughed. Oh, I’d been refraining. In fact, I felt like my sex drive died right along with my baby. Right along with that part of me that would ever feel like I deserved happiness again.

Now, six months after losing the baby I’d longed for for years, my husband and I only recently made love. It was quick; it was because I felt like it was time. It wasn’t passionate or special.

But we are closer than ever.

Sex after loss takes on a new meaning

Losing a child affects a marriage deeply. There were days I thought it ruined us. That we’d lose our family too. Working through those devastating moments, when I looked at him and truly believed we had nowhere to go from here, slowly revealed a new level of love. I now see a man who stands by me during the darkest times life can serve up. Through hopelessness and despair and a depression so deep that walking across a room felt impossible.

On the other side of all of that is a bond so strong that it survived the longest romantic dry spell our marriage has seen in 10 years.

Not that we were doing it all the time before our loss. With three children, the reality is that making time for intimacy wasn’t always on the top of our, ahem, to-do list.

But now, as I continue to work on putting my life back together, I still can’t wrap my mind around returning to our former married maybe-not-even-so-exciting sex life. How can we just casually jump back in bed, and resume the act that created this situation in the first place? How can I let go of all my grief long enough to enjoy sex again? How can I allow myself to experience pleasure in the midst of my pain?

These questions and more swirl around in my head every time I even consider letting a rare smooch session turn into more. Every time a cuddle starts to feel like an opportunity to let my hands wander. The moment I feel a pang of what-if, it’s struck down by the knowledge that things are different now. I am different now.

The few times I’ve given in, I feel like a scared teenager again, sans the raging hormones of desire, slowly, tenuously letting my husband kiss me. He’s holding me close, he’s stroking my hair. That’s as far as I let him go most nights.

Maybe next time, I think. To me, that’s progress from where I started, completely closed off to the idea of intimacy.

For now, I’m lucky to have a man who is satisfied with being married to a woman who chooses to just keep going. Who, just this weekend, felt up for having friends over. Who made a joke the other day. Who smiles almost every day.

I’m lucky my husband isn’t pressuring me, and that every time the subject of sex comes up, and I get teary-eyed and apologize for not feeling like I want to, he smiles at me with kind eyes and says “Whenever you are ready.”

He’ll wait for me. As if this were a new relationship; because it kinda is. Now, we are a couple who lost a baby. One day I hope we are a couple who lost a baby and has a steamy sex life. We will be two people who made it through a devastating storm, and survived. And finally feel ready to celebrate the sh*t out of that.

When did you feel ready to have sex again after loss?

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When We Criticize Survivors, We Ignore Those Who Didn’t Survive

In a piece for the New York Times, writer Daphne Perkins criticized the #MeToo moment’s takeover of the Golden Globes—and pushed back against conversations exposing sexual harassment. Unfortunately, she also forgot in her critiques of living survivors that their actions also speak for those who can’t.

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“I suspect, many of us, including many longstanding feminists, will be rolling our eyes, having had it with the reflexive and unnuanced sense of outrage that has accompanied this cause from its inception, turning a bona fide moment of moral accountability into a series of ad hoc and sometimes unproven accusations,” Perkins predicted of last week’s awards show. Her misgivings were ultimately revealed to be myths: In the end, celebrity efforts to center conversations about sexual harassment and workplace discrimination at the Golden Globes and in the time since have also centered activists, many of them women of color, who have done critical feminst organizing throughout their lives—women like Marai Larasi, who fights violence against women of color through her UK-based organization Imkaan; Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; and Monica Rameriz, co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, which fights for equality for women farmworkers.

When Perkins falsely positions feminism in direct opposition to the solidarity celebrities and feminist activists are attempting to build around these issues, she forgets that solidarity-building is feminism—and that celebrity women can offer unprecedented power and a massive platform to the work activists know all too well can often be overlooked.

But it isn’t just the celebrity feminism that bothers Perkins—it’s women’s stories, and the consequences men are (finally) beginning to face for their bad behavior. “Some women, including random people I talk to in supermarket lines,” she observed, “have gone so far as to call it an outright witch hunt.” Those grocery story conversations not only create contention and divisiveness within the global feminist movement, but also erase and minimize the real, lived trauma many women carry due to predators with power—and the risks women have taken to expose them. And as conversations around sexual exploitation and abuse reach a fever pitch, Perkins forgets the myriad women who never had the chance to fight back against their harassers, assaulters and rapists—or tried and paid with their lives.

In 2007, 25 percent of female homicide victims were killed by someone they knew. That same year, Black women homicide victims were twice as likely as their white counterparts to be killed by a spouse and four times more likely to be murdered by a dating partner. By centering her own concerns (about “what happened to flirting,” no less) in the midst of a collective, intersectional and historic push for an end to rape culture at work and everywhere else, Perkins demeans the work of women whose communities face the biggest losses in this fight.

 

The fact that white women in positions of social power are not only collaborating with Black women and other women of color, but are also connecting with women of color activists, shows a burgeoning sense of feminist solidarity and awareness across class markers that is imperative for this time. This conversation cannot wait, and this is certainly not the time to tear down anti-sexual harassment activists. We must keep moving forward—not pushing back. For women of color in particular, that is the only way to survive.

Jordannah Elizabeth is an author, lecturer, music critic and feminist writer. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Bitch Media, LA Weekly and Village Voice and is bi-coastal by nature. She is the author of Don’t Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As.

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The Best Games You (Probably) Didn’t Play in 2017

2017 is almost over – and what a year it’s been for gamers. With the medium giving us everything from mind-blowing AAA epics like The Legend Of Zelda: The Breath Of The Wild, to heart-wrenching indie masterpieces like What Remains Of Edith Finch, interactive entertainment has had one of its finest 12 months in recent memory. Yet, despite us being being able to whittle that lofty list down to the ten best games of the year, there were also a lot of brilliant releases that we feel didn’t get the love they deserved. Here are 2017’s best kept gaming secrets:

10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2



OK, OK, we know that in the great scheme of things, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 isn’t exactly a hidden gem. Yet, with this beautifully crafted RPG launching right at the end of the year, its bound to looked over by the vast majority.

Serving as a numbered sequel to the Wii’s critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles, this standalone adventure helps Switch owners scratch that open world itch. While its characters my be grating for everyone but the biggest JRPG fan, the game’s rich and expansive world is one that is definitely worth exploring. Boasting over a hundred hours of gameplay and some of the best (docked) visuals on Nintendo’s new console, this is a highly ambitious game that largely lives up to its potential.

It may not be getting the attention of Nintendo’s other first party releases, but make no mistake, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a Switch game that’s definitely worth your time and money.

  9. ODE



The poor old rhythm game genre hasn’t exactly had the best run of it recently. With both 2016’s Guitar Hero and Rock Band 4 failing to find an audience, its once again fallen to Indies to keep the pulse-pounding, rythmic action alive.  Or in Ode‘s case … Indie-ish. Developed by Ubisoft Reflections, (the team that brought gamers the brilliantly bizarre platformer Grow Home)  the studio’s latest project has once again successfully flipped a well-worn genre on its head.

Doing away with flashing icons, rhythm meters and any other user interface you’d rightly expect from a video game, Ode takes the musical platformer back to basics. Playing as an adorable marshmallow-esque creature trapped in a ball, Ode sees you joyously bouncing into everything around you. As you bombard your surroundings, a pleasing little rhythm section beings. Yet its when you collect items that the real fun beings. As you roll into glowing orange orbs or fallen stars, you turn the game world into your very own interactive orchestra.

It’s a game that can’t help but put a grin on your face, leaving the player in charge of amassing more orbs and conducting their very own masterpiece. If you own a PC, this little gem is definitely worth a download. Once again, Ubisoft Reflections has proudly proved that less really is more.

  8. Ruiner



2017 has once again been a good year for indie darlings Devolver Digital. Making its name with indie breakout hits like Hotline Miami, the last twelve months saw the sassy and subversive company release the unique 3D fighter Absolver as well as a mind-bending VR remake of The Talos Principle. Yet, for our money its best game this year went completely overlooked — Ruiner.

Ditching the 2D side scrolling of Hotline Miami, this neon-soaked nightmare takes the top down shooter and drags it kicking and screaming into 3D. Set in a predictably nasty post apocalyptic city called Regnkok, this unforgiving action game takes its visual cues from Akira and Blade Runner.

Thanks to some unique teleport mechanics and its wonderfully seedy sense of atmosphere, Ruiner takes a well-worn formula and pummels it into an experience that’s entirely its own. If you’re not afraid of a game that challenges you, Devolver’s latest perfectly blend frantic gameplay with a compelling dystopian setting. Mindless violence doesn’t get much cooler than this.

7. Golf Story



There are some age old combinations that just work. Chocolate and peanut butter, whiskey and coke … and now it seems you can add the blend of golf and old school RPG to that list. Golf Story is a Switch exclusive indie game that relives the glory days of the 90s with Camelot’s Mario Golf series.

These beloved handheld golf games saw players attempting to rise up through the ranks and become the greatest golfer in the mushroom kingdom. Yet, with recent entries sadly lacking the RPG elements that made the series so well-loved, developer Sidebar Games has decided to pick up the putter and put the genre back on course.

With some brilliant writing, suitably charming retro visuals and more angst-fuelled gold than you can shake a wedge iron at, Golf Story is a brilliantly nostalgic game. If you’re looking for an indie game to play in bed while you watch crap TV, you could do far worse than this wonderfully endearing adventure.

6. ECHO



Imagine a game where the AI not only watches you, but learns from your every move too. That’s the premise behind ECHO, a tense sci-fi stealth-em-up from Danish indie studio — Ultra Ultra. Created by ex Hitman developers who branched away from IO interactive, this developer’s debut title took the stealth genre into new and surprising territory.

In this sci-fi adventure, players are tasked with exploring a mysterious AI-controlled palace that watches their every move. As the game takes you deeper into its eerily abandoned passages and elaborately decorated hallways, you soon discover an almost infinite number of AI apparitions waiting for you.

The twist? These disturbing robots look identical to the player’s avatar. If that wasn’t bad enough, thanks to the ever watchful eye of the palace, these replicas slowly begin to mimic your actions too, learning from your every move.



While this may sound like little more than a gimmick, ECHO’s core gameplay loop is actually as alluring as it is terrifying. Every time you enter a new area, your disturbing doppelgängers are initially fairly harmless as you scout out the room before you. While they can grab you if you get too close, they can only walk very slowly, lacking any kind of ranged weaponry or an understanding of how doors work. You’d almost feel sorry for the dopey bots, if they weren’t watching intently, waiting for you to slip up.

This 2017 gem is one of the most original and intriguing releases we had the pleasure of playing this year. In a time where graphics are looking their best but AI hasn’t made that next-gen leap, avoid this ambitious gem at your own peril.

5. ARMS


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In a year that’s arguably been dominated by flagship Nintendo franchises its easy to forget that 2017 also saw the Big N launch its first new hardcore gaming IP in two years. Just like it did with its squid-based shooter, Splatoon, this time the Japanese giant has decided to take apart the fighting genre and reassemble it into something equally fresh.

Created by the team behind Mario Kart 8, ARMS is (unsurprisingly) another game that’s almost overwhelmingly colourful.  Thankfully though, this game is more than just a looker. Bringing back motion controls with a vengeance, Nintendo proves that the Switch’s Joycon are a far cry from the inaccurate waggling that plagued the Wiimote.

Initially, you’d expect motion controls to reduce this unique-feeling brawler to little more than a basic flail fest. Yet, surprisingly, ARMS intuitive control scheme actually offers players a fairly extensive amount of tactical options. With the Switch’s joy-con able to accurately read precisely how you choose to curve your fighter’s stretchy limbs, playing locally or online makes each battle a delightfully tense reading of player tells.


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Unfortunately though, it lacks the meaty single-player component of a game such as Splatoon, which combined with its dubious looking motion controls led to many Switch owners giving this fighting gem a mess.

In short, ARMS lives and dies on local and online multiplayer, but with Nintendo churning out more free DLC content than you can shape a floppy arm at, there’s a hell of a lot of multiplayer fun to be had here.

 

4. RIME


Rime by Tequila Works

While most games delight in immersing us in fictitious worlds, when it came to RIME’s fantastical setting, developer Tequila Works decided instead to take inspiration from its own backyard – The Mediterranean. Boasting a gorgeous cel-shaded art style, RIME’s sun-soaked vistas feel immediately evocative of Spanish beaches, with the game’s massive island oozing colour from every pixel.

Waking up on this strange but alluring island, RIME sees players exploring its beautiful and mysterious locales. Taking cues from games like Journey and The Witness, this puzzle-heavy exploration game drops dialogue and combat in favour of immersing players inside an atmospheric adventure. If you’re looking for a calming game to play after a long day, this is the perfect interactive stress buster.

To reveal more about what makes this touching tale so special, however, would be spoiling the experience. If you’re after a more laid-back, Team Ico style gaming experience, this indie gem is just the ticket. The less said about the terrible Switch port, however, the better.

3.  Little Nightmares


Little Nightmares

At first glance, Little Nightmares looks like a nice side-scrolling adventure from the team that brought you Little Big Planet Vita. Look a little closer and you’ll discover that things aren’t quite as sickly sweet in this terrifying world of Tim Burton-like horror.

Putting players in the shoes of a nameless protagonist, you awaken to find yourself trapped in an unfamiliar and giant world. It doesn’t take long to realize how dangerous and twisted these bleak new surroundings really are.

Feeling like Coraline, the video game, gorgeous visuals, spine tingling sound effects and brilliantly implemented puzzles make Little Nightmares a wonderfully atmospheric and unique experience. With an intriguing new DLC released for the game a few months back, and the main game currently on sale on STEAM, now’s the perfect time to dive into this captivating little horror title.

2.  Hellblade



It’s not every day that a game developer manages to combine atmospheric action with a poignant look at mental health. Yet, somehow, that’s exactly what DMC creators Ninja Theory have pulled off.

Inspired by Norse mythology, Hellblade puts players in the shoes of Senua, a warrior who is determined to rescue the soul of her dead partner from the goddess of Hela. Yet, while her journey to Helheim would be difficult enough with just the dangerous foes that stand before her, at the same time she faces another equally deadly enemy – psychosis.

Made in combination with British mental health charity, The Welcome Trust, Hellblade effectively and respectfully tackles mental illness in a harrowingly effective way. With each of your in game actions scrutinised by a cacophony of arguing voices, and your brain often warping the environment around you, Hellblade leaves players in a constant state of stress. Are the demons Senua is facing real?  Can you trust any of the voices that are guiding her?

Hellblade is a game that’s brave, beautiful and utterly unforgettable. If you’re looking for a game that feels great to play and simultaneously gives you insight into a difficult topic, then there are few better examples than Hellblade.

1. Night in the Woods



Following in the footsteps of our favourite college-dorm adventure, Life Is Strange, Night In The Woods is another cleverly written narrative-driven experience that swaps arcade thrills for real-life struggles. Put in the shoes of struggling 20-year-old Mae, players find themselves suddenly returning to her quiet home town after a mysterious incident sees her dropping out of college.

What starts off as a quirky adventure slowly unfolds into a surprisingly moving tale that tackles everything from depression to existentialism … all while letting you eat pizza with your pals and slap some mean bass lines along the way.

Thanks to a beautiful hand-drawn art style and its (at times) heart-wrenchingly relatable dialogue, you’ll soon find yourself invested in Possum Springs’ loveable cast of animal characters. We’re still not sure why this story about the hardships of being human is full of animals, but it looks great, so who cares?

If you’re after an easy-to-play and moving adventure, this well-written and charming little indie is one of the most intriguing things you can play this year.

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The NFL Tried to Bribe Players with $100 Million to Stop Kneeling and Protesting During Games, It Didn’t Work

The NFL tried to buy their players off with almost $ 100 million so they’d stop protesting at games — but no deal was made.

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The NFL recently proposed a deal in which they’d contribute $ 89 million over seven years to 2 organizations focused on African-American causes, as well as to the Players Coalition so they could use the money for whatever causes they wanted.

In exchange, the NFL wanted the National Anthem protests to end — but the deal seems to have failed. Many players continued to kneel and demonstrate during this week’s games.

The L.A. Chargers’ left tackle Russel Okung raised his fist during the National Anthem Sunday, and the Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch remained seated for the song. L.A. Rams player Robert Quinn raised his fist as well, and other players linked arms in solidarity.

At least 6 other players between Miami, New Orleans and San Francisco all took a knee after some of them publicly raised issues with the proposed deal from their bosses. 

We’re happy the players kneeled stood their ground.

 

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Things that you didn’t know about Vatican City

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Vatican City might be the holiest place on the entire planet. If you have ever been to Rome, you’ll understand the high regard in which the Vatican is held, and how much it means to the citizens of Rome. For Catholics around the world, this is their spiritual home and a place of great religious significance. It’s also the home of the Pope and the beating heart of the Catholic church.

Anyone who has ever been here, and seen the Sistine Chapel will understand just how incredible this place is. There are a lot of different things you probably already know about Vatican City, but, we reckon there are quite a few you don’t know as well. So, let’s look at some of the things you probably didn’t know about the Vatican City.

It’s the world’s smallest country

You might not know it, but the Vatican is actually classed as its own country – making it the smallest country in the world. It might sit within the city of Rome, but it has its own laws and governance and is classed as an independent city-state. The Vatican has a 2-mile border, covering a little over 100 acres, which makes this country one-eighth the size of Central Park! And it’s not just a token title either – the Vatican issues its own passports, mints its own Euros, has its own media outlets, and a separate flag. The whole shebang!

For three score years the Pope refused to leave

There was a 60 year period in the 1800s and 1900s where the Popes actually refused to leave the confines of the Vatican. This was largely a result of a small war that broke out between the Vatican and the Italian government in around 1870. The Vatican refused to recognize the authority of Italy as their country and government, and so the Popes refused to leave and yield to the country for almost 60 years. We hope there was enough for them to keep busy, we’d have gone stir crazy!

But Popes didn’t live here until the 14th Century

It might seem surprising, but no Pope lived at the Vatican until the year 1377. Popes generally lived in Lateran Palace, this was even after the erection of St. Peter’s Basilica. Then, in 1309, the papal court moved to France, and Popes (all French) ruled from Avignon. It wasn’t until 1377 that the Popes returned to Rome. Lateran Palace had been burned down by this point, so the Popes relocated to the Vatican, and they’ve been there ever since.

There’s a secret passageway

For the longest time, there has been rumors of a secret passageway in the Vatican. Of course, only those who live there might know if it exists. But, it’s thought that back in 1277, a secret passage was created called the Passetto di Borgo. The passageway was designed to link the Vatican with Castel Sant’Angelo. The purpose of the secret passageway was to provide an escape route for the Pope, should he ever need it. It was allegedly used by Pope Clement VII in 1527 to escape the sack of Rome.

These are just a few of the cool and unique facts we bet you never knew about the seat of the Catholic Church. If you have never been to Vatican City, we suggest you try to book a trip when you can – it’s certainly an eye-opener. You have to make sure you experience this center of religious beauty and wonder.

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What you didn’t know about the Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is one of the most historically and culturally important constructs in the world. The 15th Century Inca citadel based in Peru is one of the most iconic structures in the world. And attracts millions of tourists every year. Archaeologists have determined that it was constructed for the Incan emperor of the time, and it’s considered perhaps the most enduring symbol of the Incan Empire.

It is believed to have been constructed sometime around 1450 and then abandoned by the Incas around 100 years later. The citadel is one of the most stunning constructs on the planet and was finally awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, here are some amazing things you never knew about Machu Picchu.

The numbers don’t lie

We all know Machu Picchu is a wonderfully impressive construct, but you may not be aware of just how impressive it is! The temple is located almost 8,000 feet above sea level in the Cusco Region of Peru. The site also covers a jaw-dropping 80,000 acres and includes three primary structures – the Intihuatana, the Room of the Three Windows, and the Temple of the Sun. These all combine to make one of the most culturally significant constructs in the world. There are also loads of outlying buildings, and, in 1976 there was a restoration project to help restore and rebuild some parts of the citadel and the surrounding area.

It was never meant to be discovered

The history books tell us that the Incas abandoned Machu Picchu in the wake of the Spanish Conquest. The conquistadores were ruthless with their sacking and destruction of many of the Inca constructs. So, they decide to hide it from the Spanish, abandoning it, and burning the forest in the process. The idea was that the forest would regrow and hide the place, as well as disguising the trails that led into the mountains. This actually wound up working brilliantly, and the Spanish never discovered Machu Picchu. It remained hidden by the jungles of Peru until it was accidentally discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

It has a dress code

Of course, back in the day, this wouldn’t even have been a thing, but, it might surprise you to learn that, these days, there is actually a dress code for entering and visiting Machu Picchu! No, honestly, we’ve not made that up! As you enter the site, there are rules on which it clearly states that visitors are not allowed to enter the ruins wearing another country’s national dress! Quite why you would visit these iconic ruins in any sort of national dress is a mystery, but it must have happened in order for the rule to be generated. Make sure you bear this in mind before you visit.

Discoveries are still happening there

For a place so full of magic and wonder, we have taken so much from Machu Picchu, and it’s not stopped there. Incredibly, there are still discoveries being made here of an archaeological nature. The Incas, it would appear, had many secrets, and we are still unearthing a lot of secrets even now. In 2014 a secret door was discovered that is believed to be the door to one of the royal burial chambers. However, the Peruvian government won’t sanction the opening of the door, as it could cause significant damage to the temple.

Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing constructs in the world, and a place of supreme cultural importance and significance. Many millions of people each year have visited the ruins of Machu Picchu for an important spiritual journey. There are so many amazing things about this construct, as well as so many things you definitely had no idea about. We hope these amazing facts will open your eyes to a new way of looking at Machu Picchu.

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Queen’s ‘News of the World’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Though now rightly regarded as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen were experiencing something of a midlife crisis in the summer of 1977, when Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor reconvened to begin work on their sixth studio album.

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Trump: I Didn’t ‘Specifically’ Authorize Botched Niger Mission

President Trump on Wednesday claimed he did not “specifically” authorize the military operation in Niger that resulted in four soldiers dead. The botched mission has come under intense scrutiny as questions emerged over how the four men died and why they were ambushed by armed militants affiliated with the Islamic State. Asked whether he greenlit the operation, Trump said: “No, I didn’t. Not specifically. But I have generals that are great generals. These are great fighters. These are warriors… I gave them authority to do what’s right so that we win… I want to win. And we’re going to win.”

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News Wrap: Sessions insists he didn’t lie about Russian contacts to Senate

HARI SREENIVASAN: In the day’s other news: Attorney General Jeff Sessions insisted he never lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign. At a hearing today, he bridled at Democratic Senator Al Franken’s accusation that he’d — quote — “moved the goalposts” on the nature of his discussions.

SEN. AL FRANKEN, D-Minn.: First it was, I didn’t have communications with Russians, which wasn’t true. Then it was, I never met with any Russians to discuss any political campaign, which may or may not be true.

Now it’s, I didn’t discuss interference in the campaign.

JEFF SESSIONS, Attorney General: Well, let me just say without hesitation, that I conducted no improper discussions with the Russians at any time regarding the campaign or any other item facing this country.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Sessions has recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling.

President Trump had new criticism today for former FBI Director James Comey over the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe. He complained again that Comey decided to clear Clinton before she was even interviewed. That’s based on newly released draft statements by Comey from May of 2016. FBI officials say it was already clear that no charges were warranted.

On another issue, the president faced fallout over the death of Army Sergeant La David Johnson in Niger this month. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson says she was with Mrs. Johnson when the president called. The Florida Democrat told The Washington Post that Mr. Trump said — quote — “He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.”

The sergeant’s mother confirmed it, but the president denied it, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went after Wilson.

SARAH SANDERS, White House Press Secretary: This is a president who loves our country very much, who has the greatest level of respect for men and women in uniform and wanted to call and offer condolences to the family, and I think to try to create something from that, that the congresswoman is doing, is, frankly, appalling and disgusting.

HARI SREENIVASAN: The Post also reported on another incident today. It quoted the father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan as saying the president offered $ 25,000 from his personal account, but never followed through.

We will get more detail on all of this after the news summary.

The death toll in Northern California’s wildfires rose to 42 today. Officials in Sonoma County found the remains of the latest victim, as they searched hundreds of burned homes. Meanwhile, fire crews made new gains overnight with the help of cooler weather and low winds.

A two-time Olympic medalist says the former team doctor for U.S. women’s gymnastics sexually abused her for years. McKayla Maroney is the highest profile athlete to come forward in the scandal. In a statement today, she said Dr. Larry Nassar began molesting her when she was just 13. He’s awaiting sentencing on a child pornography charge, but has denied any sexual abuse.

More questions tonight about drug pricing. A new study finds the costs of injectable cancer drugs, approved since 1996, rose an average of 25 percent over eight years. That’s far higher than the rate of inflation. The study was based at Emory University and published in “The Journal of Clinical Oncology.”

And on Wall Street, health insurers and IBM fueled a surge in stocks today. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 160 points, more than half-a-percent, to close above 23000 for the first time. The Nasdaq rose just a fraction, and the S&P 500 was up two points.

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I Didn’t Know About Worker’s Comp Until a Lizard Bit Me

As summer gave way to fall, Wal-Mart transformed over the course of a few days. Beach towels and boogie boards gave way to pencils, folders and backpacks. Overnight, I got reassigned from the garden section to grocery. The change proved disastrous, or at least comical.

 

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A mere 10 minutes into my shift, I reached under some shelving to grab a small piece of trash. All at once, a sharp pain ran through my hand, and the tip of my finger became numb. “Owww!” I yelped. Whipping my head around, I caught site of the culprit. A black-and-yellow lizard darted out of the risers.

Jerome, my shift manager, screamed like a little girl. He grabbed boxes and tried to trap the lizard. In a panic I reached down for the lizard and picked it up with my bare hands. The lizard writhed in my hands, and I threw it in the nearest trash can.

“That lizard tried to eat you,” Jerome said. My heart was beating out of my chest, but I said, “It’s really no big deal.” The lizard was no more than eight inches long if you excluded its tail.

Jerome sent me to our HR representative to fill out a first report of injury. “Won’t that end the 375-days-without-injury streak?” I asked. “I would rather forgo some ice cream than have you die from lizard poison,” he said.

I walked to the HR office. Over the intercom I heard Jerome say, “We have a lizard situation in the trash can on aisle 24.”

In the office the HR representative had me fill out the report. She asked me if I needed to visit urgent care. I told her that I wasn’t too worried. She went on to explain my right to workers’ compensation insurance: “I’m serious. If you need medical attention, Wal-Mart will pay. That’s your right, you know.”

I assured her that I was fine, and I went back to work. Still, I felt thankful that my employer took the time to explain my rights.

Small Businesses & Workers’ Comp

Workers’ comp is part of a suite of business insurance coverages you may want to consider depending on your business and how many workers you employ. By law, employers who employ five or more workers are required to buy workers’ comp insurance, with the major exception of farm owners. It covers medical care for injuries or illnesses caused at work, and replaces income those employees lose if they must miss work. It also helps you protect your business from lawsuits by injured employees who may seek damages for pain, suffering and mental anguish. 

Workers’ comp also covers retraining costs and compensation for permanent injuries. It even provides a death benefit should an employee die on the job. It’s not health insurance, though, and it isn’t disability or life insurance. 

As an employer, you’re also responsible for informing employees that you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance.

Large companies train managers on how to handle potential workers’ compensation claims. This ensures that employees get the medical coverage that they need. 

An Employee’s Perspective on Not Having Coverage

I’m not the type who wants to forgo any legal rights, but workers’ comp insurance seems to favor employees. I certainly prefer the push for workers’ comp after the treatment that I got at my first job.

As a high school junior and senior, I worked at a small Italian restaurant. The restaurant was owned by the most stereotypically Italian grandparents you could think of. Giuseppe and Maria bickered constantly in the kitchen, but they made the most delicious … everything. Only a dozen people worked at the restaurant, and we all pretended to be Italian.

One night a couple came in just minutes before closing. I seated them and took their order right away. The cook rushed through their order and had their food ready in just seven minutes. I grabbed the plates, but I noticed that the marinara sauce was missing. I told the cook to sauce the plate. He whipped around with a ladle full of steaming marinara and poured it all over the food and my arm. Tomatoes and olive oil seared my skin.

Holding in a scream of pain, I set down the plates and ran my arm under cold water. “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,” the cook said over and over.

Meanwhile, our manager cleaned the plates and took them out to the waiting customers. She helped me make an ice bag and sent me home with some burn cream. She didn’t suggest a trip to urgent care; she didn’t fill out a form to document the incident.

I had the right to medical attention, but my manager didn’t mention it. To be honest, I don’t think my manager or I knew about workers’ comp. Her job was to run the restaurant, not to deal with workers’ comp.

Knowing what I know now, in a similar situation, I would ask my manager to type up and sign an incident report so that, if I sought medical attention, the company would compensate me for it later.

Small employers have most of the same rights as larger employers. However, small employers aren’t likely as familiar with compliance, which can wind up hurting both the business owner and the employee. That’s why it’s important to get informed, provide employees with the information they need and provide them with the tools they need to make informed decisions.

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Beautiful places you didn’t know existed in Europe

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When it comes to finding your perfect vacation destination, most of us like to avoid the tourist traps – because nobody likes to bump into thousands of sweaty bodies all day every day and miss the beautiful sights because of the constant wall of selfie sticks. Thankfully, there are some hidden gems on one of the most incredible continents in the world; Europe. Europe is full of wild and wonderful spots that have been left untouched by travel agents and tour guides. Check out the most beautiful places you didn’t know existed in Europe.

Burano, Italy

If you’re going to take a trip to Burano, you’ll need to remember your sunglasses – and not because of the sun. Located just a short boat trip away from the bustling streets and canals of Venice is the island of Burano. This little island is truly a sight to behold. With houses of every color adorning the bright green canalways, you won’t know where to look first. Luckily, you’ll get a good view of the Instagram-worthy location, as very few people take the trip to this color-crazed residence. Follow the canals to reach the enormous bell tower, and look over towards those who are slightly less comfortable in Venice. Bonus.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Choosing a destination in Europe is super easy; but for some reason, most people forget about Scotland. The Isle of Skye lies just off the coast of the north west of Scotland and is like a fairytale. There is no other way to describe this destination. It really is otherworldly. With mystical lakes surrounded by mountains, with some of the best sunsets in the United Kingdom, and some of the most beautiful little coastal towns, the Isle of Skye needs to be seen to be believed. No trip to the Isle of Skye would be complete without a trip to the Old Man of Storr, a rocky hill that looks like it has been taken from the pages of Lord of the Rings.

Sintra, Portugal

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway; look no further. Over the course of thousands of years, Sintra in Portugal has been the inspiration for hundreds of novelists, poets, and artists who have all been charmed by the intense romanticism of this city. This lovable little city is nestled in between the statuesque Sintra Mountains on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, and boasts some of the most impressive architecture in Europe. You can explore the numerous hilltop Romanticist palaces and castles, the beautiful gardens, the colorful buildings, and views across the impressive ocean and surrounding forests. This place will truly take your breath away.

Hvar, Croatia

Unfortunately for lovers of beautiful places, tourists are slowly but surely realizing the true potential of Croatia and taking over. Thankfully, they haven’t managed to steal all of the hidden gems just yet. Hvar is still relatively unknown to the tourist trade and is ready and available for true adventurers to explore. This Mediterranean island is full of terracotta roofs, hilltop fortresses, beautiful churches, and beautiful scenery. Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, this destination offers some of the most astounding beaches in Europe on the coast. Yet, as you go inland, you’re greeted by magnificent fields of lavender that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Bohinj, Slovenia

Thankfully, the whole of Slovenia is normally kept off the tourist destination list – which is great for us folks who love to explore untouched gems. Although you have the whole country to choose from, Bohinj is one of our favorite destinations in Slovenia. Bohinj is less of a destination and more of a landscape. Located in the valley of the Julian Alps, Bohinj is a conglomeration of humongous lakes, mountains, valleys, and National Parks that are just screaming to be explored. Because of this, there is so much to see and do. You can kayak on Lake Bohinj, you can take the cable car up the to the top of the Bohinj Basin, or you can just take a wander through the majestic Triglav National Park.

If you’re looking to explore a hidden gem for your next vacation, get ready to book your flights to these beautiful places you didn’t know existed in Europe.

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The little parenting moments you didn’t know you’d miss

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I am, decidedly, done having kids.

After I had my third, I remember talking to my mom and saying, “Wellll…I’m not sure if we’re done or not.” She responded, “Ohhh. You’ll know.” She was right. I had our fourth and my husband and I looked at each other and just knew. We love them all, we’re glad we had each and every one of them, and… we’re done now.

So I view everything my youngest does, knowing that I will never have another baby or toddler or kid who does these things. We experience every milestone knowing it’s going to be the last time we do these things. And after doing them all four times, it’s hard to know there won’t be any more.

I did expect this, of course. I expected to get sentimental over her first steps, and first words, and first days of school. Everyone expects that. Our kindergarten even has a “Tea and Tissues” morning when parents send their babies off to school for the first time. So it shocked me that those weren’t the moments that made me well up inside and get teary and wistful. The moments I miss…I didn’t even know were moments at the time.

I miss going to adventure. 

I miss sitting in the purple swing at the park, reading library books at 10 in the morning.

I miss eating lunch with whichever kids were young enough to be home from school at the time.

I miss hearing someone lisp “vegpitals” instead of “vegetables.”

I miss The Naked Dance that every single one of my kids decided was necessary before bathtime when they were two.

I miss people waking me up at 6:20 in the morning to ask me whether lobsters have brains.

My husband was baffled when we came home from a minor school performance — it wasn’t the big end-of-the-year show, it was a low-key Thanksgiving celebration with a song or two — and I lost it. I sat at the kitchen table and had a good, long cry and I can’t explain why that small event hit me so much harder than the bigger ones. Maybe because big events aren’t common. The small things that stop happening remind me that life as a whole is changing.

“Great news, Mom! We get to keep the kazoos from our performance!!” Okay, maybe I don’t miss the kazoo…

This is a good thing. I love watching how my children are growing, and the talents and activities they’re discovering, and the passions they’re developing. I don’t want to go back.

But every once in a while, I just need to miss the little people they used to be and have a good cry about it all.

Are there any little moments you miss that surprised you?

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If you were anywhere near the internet yesterday, you’ll probably have seen the latest Star Wars announcement: Colin Trevorrow, the director attached to Star Wars: Episode IX, is no longer a part of the picture.

According to a statement released on the official Star Wars website, Lucasfilm and the director have “mutually chosen to part ways”.

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Now that I’m a mom I’m very aware of what a new mom needs after she has a baby. When I shop for baby shower gifts, I try to include a few small things that the mom can use to help ease her into motherhood.

Sure, you can buy baby clothes, a changing pad, or baby’s stroller if you like, but it’s always nice to think of how the mom will feel and what she might enjoy as she enters motherhood.

Here are 5 baby shower gifts you probably didn’t think of but should add to your list:

1. Water bottle

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After I had each of my kids I had unquenchable thirst. I could drink water all day long and often kept a water bottle on me at all times. I love this Thermos water bottle because it keeps my drink cold and holds a good amount of water. Most importantly, it doesn’t leak!

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2. Robe

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In those first few weeks of motherhood, even getting dressed is a challenge. Why not treat the new mom-to-be with a sensible robe she can throw on over her pajamas during her maternity leave? I know several moms who added robes to their baby registries and they all received them as gifts at their baby showers.

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3. Protein Bars… or chocolate

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Quick, filling snacks for the parents are key to early parenthood survival. I preferred chocolate and my hubby preferred protein bars. We considered both to be a suitable lunch for at least the first two weeks after our first child was born.

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4. Anything handmade

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Not everyone agrees with me but I absolutely love homemade blankets, quilts, hats, and such. They are so precious and special and mean more to me than any gift anyone could buy.

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5. A waterproof mobile phone cover

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Before long your baby will get his hands on a phone and you want to be prepared with a waterproof (read: drool-proof) phone cover. It’s a long story but I once dropped my phone in its Lifeproof case off a second floor balcony into a pool and the phone was perfectly intact.

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These gifts may seem unconventional for a baby shower gift or to put on your baby registry, but every mom I know would love to receive something she can use after baby’s delivery in addition to traditional baby gifts. Happy shopping!

What unconventional item did you put on your baby registry?

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5 things you likely didn’t know about Guam

As tension escalated this week between the United States and North Korea, the world turned its attention to the U.S. territory of Guam, which North Korean state media reported had become the target of a retaliatory attack. North Korean military officials said a plan to fire four mid-range missiles about 25 miles off the island’s shores would be finalized later this month. The threat comes after President Donald Trump warned that North Korea would face “fire and fury” if it continued to threaten the United States, a warning he reiterated Thursday.

The tension comes on the heels of an intelligence report that suggested North Korea has miniaturized nuclear weapons to fit on missiles.

Guam is a relatively isolated island known for little more than its U.S. military port. Here are five things you might not know about the territory.

1. 7,000 U.S. soldiers are stationed in Guam.

Guam is home to U.S. Naval Base Guam and the Andersen Air Force Base. Located on the northeast side of the island, the Air Force base retains a fleet of B52 bombers and fighter jets. The naval base, located on the southwest part of the territory, has nuclear-powered submarines. About 7,000 U.S. soldiers and their families live on the island, which has a population of 160,000, according to the Associated Press. As a result, Guam’s economy relies heavily on the U.S. Armed Forces, which owns a third of the island. The tourist district, Tumon, is located between the two military bases.

2. Those born in Guam have American citizenship.

Spain claimed Guam in 1565, more than 40 years after Ferdinand Magellan landed on the island. Spain’s colonial rule continued until the U.S. took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. Spain officially handed over the land under the Treaty of Paris.

Japan temporarily controlled the island after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, but allied forces reclaimed the territory three years later. Guam officially became a U.S. territory in 1950 and was put under the administration of the Department of the Navy.

That same year, Congress passed the Organic Act of Guam, giving Guamanians American citizenship. However, Guamanians are still not allowed to vote in the U.S. presidential election.

Guam elected its first governor in 1970 and, since 1972, has had one nonvoting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

3. Guam is closer to North Korea than it is to Hawaii.

Guam is the closest U.S. territory to North Korea at a distance of approximately 2,130 miles. That is close to half the distance between Guam and Hawaii, which sits about 3,960 miles away.

Guam is the southernmost island in what is known as the Mariana Archipelago and the largest island in Micronesia. It covers a total of 210 square miles — approximately the size of Chicago.

4. Guam is culturally diverse.

About 40 percent of Guam’s residents are Chamorros, the name for the native people. About 24 percent are Filipino, 18 percent identify as several races, 7 percent are white, and 10 percent are of other Micronesian descent.

The official languages of Guam are English and Chamorro, which means ‘noble.’ It’s a Malayo-Polynesian language that has incorporated Spanish words over time.

5. Guam was the first U.S. territory to recognize same-sex marriage.

On June 5, 2015, Guam became the first U.S. territory to legalize same-sex marriage. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood ruled in favor of Kathleen Aguero and Loretta Pangelinan, who became the first couple to obtain a marriage license. Three weeks later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage was legal throughout the U.S., including all its territories.

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No, you probably didn’t escape a sex trafficker at Ross

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Laura Falin

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I’m in quite a few Facebook moms’ groups. Some are local, some are with parents all over the country. If you’re in any as well, I’m betting you’ve seen the same “warnings” I have. There was one here just last week.

A mom warned us all that when she’d been at a local Ross store, she spotted three men in the store shopping for kids’ clothes. She says their behavior was suspicious, and called it “sex trafficking behavior at its best.” She posted pictures of them.

This post was shared more than 50,000 times (in more than one of the groups I’m in), and even our local news weighed in. According to police, the men had done nothing wrong and there was no indication of sex trafficking.

We had another incident here about a month ago, where a woman accused a man of sex trafficking outside a library…because he moved her stroller to get into his car.

I was reading the comments on this latest story, and even after a police report stating nothing was wrong, people still argued in the comments over whether this was a dangerous situation or an overreacting mom. There were a lot of people saying, “Human trafficking is a huge problem, and even if it didn’t happen this time, it could have — watch your kids!” and similar things.

I agree, keep an eye on your kids when you’re out shopping with them. I do, mostly because mine would fill my cart with sparkly shoes and stuffed animals the minute my back was turned. But this isn’t how sex trafficking works.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, of the 20,500 missing children last year, 1 percent are abducted by non-family members. I’m not sure if this will make you feel better, but your kids are at least three times less safe driving to the store with you than they are when you get there. The same website says:

Of the more than 18,500 endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2016, one in six were likely victims of child sex trafficking. Of those, 86 percent were in the care of social services when they went missing.

-National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

This is important to us as parents for so many reasons. Most sex traffickers find victims in runaways, kids who have slipped through the cracks, kids who are looking for validation and support and not finding it. Traffickers look for easy targets and, frankly, you who keep an eye on your children and love and support them — you’re a pain in the ass. Our job isn’t to freak out every time someone comes within ten feet of us. Our job as loving parents is to support our own kids…and other kids who might need it. When we’re scared, we turn inward and only protect our own, when to combat trafficking, we need to be looking out for other kids, too.

Maybe we help with scout troops, or volunteer at a shelter, or help with programs that give kids purpose and importance and a network of people who care about them. Maybe we’re the house where kids choose to hang out. Maybe we just listen to kids — any kids — who want to pull up a chair for a minute and talk.

We can’t be scared every time we head to the store or the library or anywhere. We’re parents. We have so many things to think about, and so many things to do, we can’t be sidelined by fear, especially irrational fear.

So yes, we should keep an eye on our kids. They’re little and unpredictable and they do weird things we can’t explain. But let’s not be paranoid about this. Let’s be the helpers instead.

I linked to this article earlier in the post, but I really encourage you to read it. It’s a very thoughtful opinion from someone with a lot of experience in the matter.

Have you seen warnings like these on social media? How do you react?

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Chris Christie Commends His Self-Restraint After Getting in a Heckler’s Face: ‘I Didn’t Dump the Nachos On Him’

Leave it to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to find the upside to a tense, nacho-related confrontation.

The embattled politician made headlines in recent days when a photo emerged of him getting in the face of a fan while cradling a bowl of nachos at Sunday’s Brewers-Cubs game at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Now, Christie is patting himself on the back for the restraint he showed during the exchange.

“ those of you who know me, I think I was fairly restrained,” Christie said Wednesday during a news conference in Trenton, reports NJ.com. “I didn’t dump the nachos on him or anything, which was an option.”

Christie, 54, mockingly told the fan “you’re a big shot” in an exchange captured on video and widely shared via Twitter. It was the second time in a two-week period that the governor had an awkward encounter at a MLB event: On July 18 he was mercilessly booed after catching a foul ball at a Mets game.

Even so, the governor — whose son Andrew works for the Brewers organization — was defiant when asked whether he’s “swearing off” big league games for good.

“No, I’ll go more,” he retorted.

The fan, Brad Joseph, shared a lengthy Facebook post about the incident, apologizing for yelling “You suck” at the governor while also offering additional details about the heated exchange. Joseph, who said he is a registered Republican and voted for Donald Trump, said he does not apologize for calling Christie a “hypocrite.”

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Christie, meanwhile, further defended his conduct during the confrontation — which comes just weeks after he was sharply criticized for images that showed him lounging on a New Jersey state beach he had closed to the public over the July 4 weekend because of a budget-related government shutdown.

“When I’m at a baseball game with my son on a Sunday afternoon, I do have a right to be able to sit there and enjoy the game,” Christie said, per NJ.com.

“The fact is I’ve made this my policy over eight years: I will take a certain amount of abuse. If you’re a public official, you have to,” he said. “But usually it’s one. You get one shot to call me a name or curse me out. And I gave him that shot.”


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Fifth Harmony Explains Why They Didn’t Change Name After Camila Cabello Left

It’s been six months since Camila Cabello decided to leave Fifth Harmony after four-and-a-half years together as a girl group. Immediately after the departure, questions were raised by fans: Will they get a new member? Will they change their name? Well, 5H says they’re sticking with the name and revealed who they consider their newest fifth member.

“It was obviously a thought, because it was a prevalent thing that there’s 4 of us not 5. Regardless, we were all very united in the fact that we didn’t want to change the name,” said bandmate Lauren Jauregui to MTV News. “Fifth Harmony is the name we grew up with and we worked for and it’s our brand. It’s who we are. It’s our entire moments. It’s what we spent five years on.”

It doesn’t seem like they’ll be adding a new member as they already filled the spot in a special way. “The fans named us Fifth Harmony,” Dinah Jane Hansen said. “And now they’re the fifth member.” Aw!

Fifth Harmony released their first single as a foursome earlier this month titled “Down,” featuring Gucci Mane. When Cabello was asked if she listened to the song, she admitted to catching some of it and sent positive vibes to her former group. “I’ve heard some snippets of it. I haven’t had a chance to hear the whole thing, but I thought it was pretty cool,” she told AMP Radio. “I wish the best for them and I’m sure they’re going to kill it and I’m super happy making my own music.”

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My Mom Gave Me The Best Wedding Gift Of All, And It Didn’t Cost A Dime

There’s a piece of advice my mom gave me before my wedding ― long before I was engaged, even. I’ve passed the wisdom on to other friends who married both before and after me.

It goes like this: Before each big moment ― walking down the aisle, being introduced as a married couple for the first time, toasting the marriage during speeches ― take a mental picture in your head. Use your eyes to mimic the flash of a camera shutter. Blink, we’re doing our first dance. Blink, we’re feeding each other wedding cake. 

My mom says she used this trick ― really an exercise in mindfulness, long before it became a buzzword ― at her own wedding over 30 years ago and remembers the day with great clarity. She recalls seeing my dad at the end of the aisle as she entered the synagogue with her mother, my father stepping on the glass as is custom at Jewish weddings while the guests yelled “Mazel Tov!” She remembers being introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs., cutting the cake and asking my dad not to smush it all over her face (he put a dollop on her cheek instead). She talks about taking portraits before the ceremony at the Bel Air Hotel and retreating there at the end of the night; my husband and I chose to do the same to capture a bit of their wedding magic on our own big day.  

But it’s really her advice that brought the magic. Sure, the wedding was only seven months ago, but I remember it in vivid detail ― it didn’t pass by in a whoosh like other friends and colleagues described. The night goes by fast, but making a conscious effort to be in the moment helped me memorialize both the big and little moments that made the day so special: walking down the steps of our high school where my husband and I first met to snap some photos by our lockers. Seeing our reception space for the first time, taking in all the beauty and hard work that made it happen. Singing softly to each other as we did our first dance. Feeling immensely loved by all our family and friends who had counted down as eagerly to the wedding as we had; my mom actually recalls the same of her big day. 

Below, I’ve shared photos of some of the treasured moments I took snapshots of in my head. But my takeaway is this: Don’t let the day pass you by. Do whatever you can to be present and in the moment ― even if it requires a few extra blinks here and there.

Planning and coordination: Paige Blatt of Geller Events // Venue: Skirball Cultural Center // Photography: Kevin Weinstein // Videography: Bluecat International // Floral Design: The Hidden Garden // Entertainment: Ground Control for Élan Artists and Unite Entertainment // Bridal Gown: Sabrina Dahan // Bridesmaids Dresses: Assorted from Bella Bridesmaids // Jewelry: Rahaminov Diamonds // Beauty: Blushington and Drybar // Groom’s Formalwear: Armani Collezioni // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop // Lighting Design: Lighten Up Inc. // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Rentals: Luna Party Rentals

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17 Confessions From People Who Didn’t Marry For Love

Real talk on marriage: Love is not always at the heart of every union ― and in some cases, it never was. 

Below, men and women on Whisper — an app that lets users anonymously share their thoughts —reveal the real reasons they married their spouses. 

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Why Kristina From ‘The Bachelor’ Still Thinks Nick Didn’t Give Her A Fair Shot

One of the most universally beloved contestants on Nick Viall’s season of “The Bachelor” was undoubtedly Kristina Schulman. The 24-year-old Kentucky dental hygienist won over Bachelor Nation when she spoke movingly about her childhood in Russia and her eventual adoption and emigration to the United States. 

HuffPost’s Here To Make Friends podcast got a chance to speak with Kristina about how she ended up on the show, her take on all the Corinne-Taylor drama, what it was like to have her immigration story air during such a politically-charged moment, what it was like to be on a news blackout during election season, and why she might be taking a permanent break from margaritas.

She also explained that she still believes that Nick didn’t give her a fair chance. “Our time came so late,” she said. “And I’m the type of person to try it all before I really call it quits. And to this day I feel like I’m left with, ‘what if?,’ but I’ve come to terms with it.”

Take a listen below:

Do people love “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” or do they love to hate these shows? It’s unclear. But here at “Here to Make Friends,” we both love and love to hate them — and we love to snarkily dissect each episode in vivid detail. Podcast edited by Nick Offenberg.

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Burn-Master Michael Jordan Once Told a Teammate He Didn’t Deserve to Wear Jordans

“My sneaker’s for All-Stars.”

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This Bride Didn’t Think Her Sick Dad Would Make It To Her Wedding. But He Did.

Andre Pearson never thought he would make it to his daughter’s wedding.

The 61-year-old arrived at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in March with heart and kidney failure, according to a press release from the hospital. At the time, doctors thought his condition was so bad that he only had one more year to live. He underwent surgery to repair his heart valve and dialysis treatments, which improved his health, but he was told he was still too sick to fly to his daughter Alexandra Price’s wedding. The plan was for him to watch the Palm Springs, California, ceremony Saturday on FaceTime.

But last week, Pearson’s medical team did a reevaluation and decided he was well enough to fly. They told him they were going to send him to the ceremony at Desert Ridge Estate in Indio so he could surprise his girl, according to local TV station KESQ.

“I really didn’t expect it. It came out of left field,” Pearson told The Huffington Post during a phone call Thursday. “I said, ‘No way this could be happening.’ The first thing I thought was Oprah coming out of the hallway. That would’ve been my next thought, that Oprah’s got a trip for me or something. But it was good.”

His surprise was only matched by his daughter’s, who burst into tears Friday when she opened the door of the house where she was staying and saw her father outside.

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“Everybody was excited,” Pearson said. “Especially when I was rolled in the wheelchair into the house where she was at and she had no idea that it was coming, but it was all of a sudden tears everywhere. Tears of joy.”

Price was thrilled.

“I knew he wasn’t coming because I knew the circumstances and everything and I just feel shocked; it feels like a dream,” she told KESQ. “It was amazing since he wasn’t supposed to be here. It was just amazing to have him, sickness and all, here and it just made me feel really happy and whole and complete.”

Pearson, the brother of former Dallas Cowboy Drew Pearson, said his favorite part was getting to walk Price, who is his youngest daughter, down the aisle.

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“I gave her away at the altar, that was very special, as well. Then I got a chance to go back to my seat and I started crying right there,” he said. Pearson also got a son that day, he said. “My wife and I never had any sons; we have all girls. I told [Price’s husband] that I just gained another son,” said Pearson, who has another son-in-law who lives in Texas. “Now I have two sons and I’m thankful for that. It’s wonderful that they’re the right guys and will take care of my girls, especially my youngest, my baby.”

After successful treatment at the Mayo Clinic, Pearson is now well enough to likely return home to Nebraska within the next month, according to the clinic’s press release.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’

As summer approaches, all we really want to do is what you did in years past. Or, you know, get Jennifer Love Hewitt to talk to us about her iconic role as Julie James in the 1997 slasher, “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Here are some stories JLH told The Huffington Post about the horror flick:

1. The famous scene where Hewitt yells in the street was thought up by a fan who got to tell the actors what to do.

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According to Hewitt, a fan who loved horror movies “got the chance to come to the set and choose a moment in that movie for somebody to do.”

Hewitt said that it was never supposed to be her line and she wasn’t supposed to do the iconic scene originally. In her recollection, the fan said, “I think that she should stand in the middle of the street and spin around and say, ‘What are you waiting for?'” When Hewitt was told about this scene she responded, “You want me to what?! How am I going to look like a normal person doing that?”

Now the moment is a “really sweet memory” for Hewitt and has a special place in her heart. “People don’t know that that was just like some kid who loved horror movies,” said Hewitt. “I’m glad I got to do that for him.”

2. Hewitt didn’t know that Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar were going to end up together.

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Prinze and Gellar would eventually get married in 2002 — half a decade after the movie came out — but at the time of “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” Hewitt didn’t see the inklings of a lasting relationship just yet.

When asked about it, Hewitt laughed and said she was “just trying to make it through [her] first lead role” and wasn’t concentrating all too much on those two.

3. “I Know What You Did Last Summer” was based on a book.

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“I Know What You Did Last Summer” is based on a book with the same name. There was controversy at the time the movie came out as the original story wasn’t intended to be a slasher.

Hewitt eventually read the book, but “way after the movie.”

4. Hewitt was actually really scared while filming the movie and had trouble sleeping.

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Hewitt said her young age contributed to this and explained a specific instance of terror involving the villain. “So, three o’clock in the morning, you’re running in fog in the middle of North Carolina from a guy that you barely know, with a hook on his hand,” Hewitt laughed. “You’re supposed to be scared out of your mind.”

The filming sometimes affected her sleep schedule as Hewitt explained, “There were definitely days where I went home and was like, ‘I’m supposed to be asleep now. I don’t think that that’s going to happen.'”

“There were definitely moments where it felt actually scary, but it was fun.”

5. Filming the escape scenes from the killer led to real bruising.

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“I was bruised a lot from falling and chasing and running,” Hewitt admitted.

Hewitt said that it was “a lot of hours” and “a lot of work,” but still thought the process was “just kids sort of playing around, but doing this really important big thing.”

All images from “I Know What You Did Last Summer” unless otherwise noted.

This interview took place as part of Hewitt’s promotional tour for Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, which she has used throughout her current pregnancy.

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I Didn’t Keep My Promise

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Remember way back when I promised that I’d lie in my hammock for 10 minutes at least three times a week?

Well, I didn’t.

What do now — beat myself up? Say what a slacker I am, especially since I’m the “expert” on self-care and re-wiring our brains towards healthy habits?

Nah, that’s a sure waste of energy and of my brain cells. Better to get real and ask myself:
OK, what’s the situation now and what can I do and want to do about it?

Situation now: two feet of snow in the backyard and on the streets.
What do? Funny thing. Just got an e-note from my coach colleague Jean Stetz-Puchalski:
“The snow is so deep here I can’t even get out my driveway. But the light is gorgeous, so I decided to go out and make a snow angel.”

Great idea. I haven’t done one of those angels since I was a kid. I went out and did it.

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Moral of the story?

Do what you can with what you’ve got. You know, lemons to lemonade.

As stress management researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn says,
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

Translation for 2015 in Northeastern USA:
You can’t stop the snow, but you can flap your wings.

Thanks, Jean, for reminding me to “change my channel.
It took only a few seconds. Didn’t cost a cent. Gave me a true OASIS in the Overwhelm.
A super snowy thanks to you!
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SNL Made This Kyle Mooney Video For Their 40th Anniversary But Didn’t Air It. AWKWARD.

Have you heard about Kyle Mooney?

Kyle is awkward. Really awkward. So awkward it’s funny.

His video for Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special didn’t get any airtime, though maybe it should have.

There’s really only one way to describe that decision: awkward.
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‘Too Long; Didn’t Listen’ Ep. 6: ‘Women Aren’t Funny’ With Bonnie McFarlane And Marina Franklin

HuffPost Comedy Editors spend all day looking at funny things on the Internet. Now, they have a podcast. This is, “Too Long; Didn’t Listen.”

In a special sixth edition of “TL;DL,” Katla McGlynn sat down with the very funny Bonnie McFarlane and Marina Franklin ahead of their New York Comedy Festival panel entitled, “Women Aren’t Funny: Debunking The Myth” on Nov. 6 at Caroline’s.

Instead of our usual segments, comedians Bonnie and Marina offered their thoughts on the viral catcalling video and the comedy community’s various responses to it, then moved on to discuss the unfortunate misconception that women aren’t as funny as men.

Listen to Bonnie and Marina talk about their experiences as women, both on the street in NYC and on the stage as comedians in the episode below. Be sure to check out Bonnie’s documentary on the same subject, “Women Aren’t Funny,” and Marina’s all-female podcast, “Friends Like Us,” both on iTunes. Tickets are available for their NYCF panel featuring Blair Breard, Lea DeLaria and Judy Gold here.


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I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales

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For years, Todd Snider has been one of the most beloved country-folk singers in the United States. He had a Top 40 hit with “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” which gave national audiences the first taste of his insightful songwriting, at once satirical and sincere. Hailed by critics as one of the top albums of 2004, “East Nashville Skyline” was followed by “The Devil You Know” and “The Excitement Plan.” Snider’s songs took on George W. Bush and America’s recent involvement in foreign war, along with a host of more intimate topics. As good as Snider’s albums have been, his in-concert monologues are even better. His shows are a loose-limbed, informal experience: it’s often just him and a guitar. He introduces songs with stories that can run as long as twenty minutes, always displaying his charm and wit. As he’s allowed his storytelling to evolve along with his music, Snider has become not only a modern day Bob Dylan but a modern day Will Rogers as well–an everyman whose intelligence, self deprecation, experience, and, above all, humor make him a uniquely American character.

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These Are All Of Kimye’s Wedding Guests (And Those Who Didn’t Attend)

This weekend, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West went from being #theworldsmosttalkedaboutcouple to the #worldsmosttalkedaboutmarriedcouple. After weeks of speculating wildly about who might be present for this very Instagram-able event, we finally have some confirmation as to who watched Kim’s third walk down the aisle. This post will be updated as various outlets scrounge through the seating chart.

Those Definitely Came
Khloe Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian
Kylie Jenner
Kendall Jenner
Bruce Jenner
Kris Jenner
Jaden Smith
Serena Williams
Steve McQueen (“12 Years A Slave” director and person who was “spotted limping back to his room, as if he had danced too much,” according to People)
David Blaine
Lana Del Rey (was paid “huge amounts of cash” to perform, according to Gawker)
Andrea Bocelli (performed “Con te Partiro,” and “Ave Maria” as Kim walked down the aisle, but it was romantic and nothing like a Buitoni commercial, according to E! news)
John Legend (also performed)
Chrissy Teigen
Jaden Smith
Serena Williams
Larsa Pippen
Scottie Pippen
LaLa Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
Lorraine Schwartz
Rachel Roy
André Leon Talley
Q-Tip
Tyga
China Black
Brittny Gastineau (Kim’s best friend, according to Hollywood Life)
Rick Rubin

And Those Who Didn’t
Beyonce (is “Irreplaceable,” but sent up this loving Instagram in lieu of her presence)
Jay Z
Brody Jenner
Rob Kardashian (flew back to L.A. before the ceremony, according to US Weekly)
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8 TV Scenes You Didn’t Know Were Improvised

Over on Reddit, humble users “TRULY_MAGNFICENT” and “MakeMeASteak” have been rounding up famous movie scenes that were “unscripted.” There’s Full Metal Jacket, The Shinning, and Good Will Hunting, among others, as well as hundreds of suggestions for other films from equally modest commenters. It’s a pretty decent read, so I thought I might be interesting to round up TV scenes that were either entirely or partially improvised.
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