Not everyone is on board with that wild Oumuamua ‘alien’ theory

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Earlier this week, the mysterious interstellar object Oumuamua was back in the headlines. It didn’t resurface because of any new observations or studies since its pass through our solar system back in late 2017, but rather because of a new paper that not-so-subtly hinted the object was actually of alien origin.

The paper, which was penned by researchers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, talks about the behavior of the object as it looped around the Sun and zoomed back out into space. It highlights the fact that the object appeared to speed up as it left, wrapping up with some vague suggestions that maybe it was an alien ship or even a piece of extraterrestrial space junk. Not everyone in the scientific community is willing to take the theory at face value.

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Lisa, a mom desperate to give her son a little brother, is looking to trade embryos with another mom. Doing so, she’s wading into legal territory colored in shades of gray, experts say. Only a handful of states — including Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Georgia — have passed legislation regarding embryo donation. (New York is…
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The myth of the starving artist is no myth.

When Patti Smith got off the bus in the Port Authority in 1967, all she had were some art supplies and a book of poems. She slept in doorways. She scrounged for food.

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Why Instagrammers Are Going Wild Over These Debt-Free Coloring Charts

In 2009, Heidi Ifland Nash and her husband were paying off $ 38,000 of debt.

They’d been working on it for several years. At one point, Nash wanted to see tangible progress, so she decided to track their payments on paper with a chart she could color in as they inched toward their goal.

“The very first chart I made was just a big square with lines,” she said, laughing. “I said, ‘This is so boring! I’m gonna put some words on it.’”

She typed the words “debt free” in white text over a black box and added evenly spaced lines from top to bottom. She divided her debt by the number of lines and added the increments to the side. It was the first official Debt Free Chart.

“I was looking for something more inspiring than just the big ugly square that I’d made, and the thermometers just didn’t do it for me,” she said. “[They] just felt like a guilt-based fundraiser.”

Then, she uploaded her chart in the Living Like No One Else forum for people paying off debt. Soon, people started asking for personalized charts.

“I was custom-making everyone’s numbers,” she said. “It didn’t occur to me for months to make ones with just lines and no numbers on the side.”

From there, people asked for different words. First was “car loan.” Other types of loans followed. The first 16 to 20 designs came from requests from the forum.

Nash wanted to make them available to anyone, so she uploaded them to a Blogspot blog in 2010. Then, she forgot about them.

Over the next seven years, Nash had no idea that word of her charts was spreading on social media and Pinterest. People were downloading them constantly.

Why Coloring Can Help You Reach Your Goals

One of Heidi Nash's charts is incorporated in this vision board created by The Penny Hoarder.
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Studies have shown that envisioning yourself doing something can help you actually accomplish it.

People often make vision boards with pictures of trips they’ll take or the car they’ll upgrade to once their debt is gone. But a vision board celebrates future achievements. It’s just as important during the journey to remind yourself of what you’ve already accomplished.

That’s what Debt Free Charts offer. They make the stale process of paying off debt interactive. Every payment is a celebration of moving one step closer to that vision board goal.

Now, almost a decade after Nash uploaded her first chart, when you search through the #debtfreecommunity on Instagram, it won’t take you long to find photos of brightly colored pages with the words “credit card,” “student loan” or “emergency fund.”

“It’s a great visual motivator to keep going,” said Michelle Brady, who’s using the car fund, credit cards and savings challenge charts.

How Debt Free Charts Got a New Life

One of Heidi Nash's charts is incorporated in this vision board created by The Penny Hoarder.
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In December 2017, Nash got a chart request. It was the first in a while.

She had become debt-free and gone on to home-school her kids while trying various entrepreneurial ventures in the years since she’d uploaded the charts.

After checking her blog, Nash realized the file storage system and a lot of the links to charts weren’t working. So she moved the charts their own website.

She got the idea to post pictures of people with their charts. She knew some YouTubers had filled out the charts, but she didn’t know what to expect beyond that.

What she found were hundreds of pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #debtfreecharts.

“It’s kinda taken on a life of its own,” Nash said. “It’s doing things I never expected it to do.”

Nash never expected her first Debt Free Chart would turn into the more than 80 she has on her website now. Most cost $ 1, but 20 are free.

At $ 1 each, she isn’t looking to get rich on chart sales. She wants to break even for the cost of running the website. She’d rather use the popularity of the charts to give more away for free.

Nash’s goal is to give out 150,000 free charts in 2018 — and she’s already 50,000 charts toward her goal.

Which ones are her favorites? She loves seeing people post their finished starter emergency fund charts.

“It’s such a ‘Wow, I can do this’ moment for people when they fill that one out,” she said.

Another favorite is the adoption fund chart.

She’s also starting to run challenges to help people meet their savings goals faster. She wants to create a sense of community among those paying off debt.

“You see their joy and relief, and you see the pride in the work that they’ve done to pay off the debt,” Nash said. “It’s something I never expected to feel.”

Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives money-saving and debt-payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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The Wild History of Poison Rings

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast

Life is tough; there are tremendous amounts of dastardly and deadly substances out there, with all sorts of malicious properties. The only logical protection against them, of course, is magical jewelry.

While this might sound crazy to 21st-century minds, jewelry was used as the first line of defense against many forms of devilishness for centuries. For instance, a gold or silver rattle with a piece of coral on one end served two purposes: the coral was porous and a relatively soft material, perfect for teething infants, but coral has also long been used to ward off evil spirits and as a protective charm. If the coral helped a screaming child through the pain of sprouting a tooth, then perhaps the magic charm was real enough, after all.

Medicine, magic, and religion all were once intermingled in the ancient psyche, and the most superstitious answer often won out. The mystical solution for any given problem, like a pregnant woman’s baby being swapped out for a changeling, could easily be attributed to the magical powers of a stone or a protective charm.

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AMAs 2018: Twitter Goes Wild Over Camila Cabello’s ‘Consequences’ Performance

Camila Cabello was all the rage at the 2018 American Music Awards on Tuesday, October 9.

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Camila Cabello performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

The 21-year-old songstress stunned as she took the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for her first ever AMAs performance, belting out her hit song “Consequences.”

The Cuba native wore a classy pink-and-black ball gown paired with long silky gloves with her dark hair flowing in loose waves.

It didn’t take long for Twitter to go wild over Cabello’s production.

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Camila Cabello performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018. Kevin Winter/Getty Images For dcp

“And again I’m surprised by your voice! Your vocal is wonderful you have a huge talent. I’m proud to be your fan 💗 EU TE AMO @Camila_Cabello,” one commenter wrote.

Another added: “You’re the cutest most talented, brilliant, amazing, incredible girl!! You killed that performance!! It was 100% perfect!! 😍😍 I loved it so much, and didn’t want it to finish.”

“@Camila_Cabello the holy vocals, the orchestra, your beautiful dress… my princess, everything about this performance is just AMAZING. I’m so proud of you 🌹❤ #AMAs,” another tweeter chimed in.

And social media wasn’t alone. Those in the audience — including her pal Taylor Swift — couldn’t help but react with joy to Cabello’s performance.

Cabello, who brought her father as her date to the star-studded event, gushed over her excitement on Twitter leading up to her time on stage. “Let’s do this!!!” she wrote alongside a series of photos earlier in the night. She also added two photos of herself with her dad writing, “my plus one!!!!! aguevoooooo 💞

The “Havana” songstress won the American Music Awards for both Pop/Rock Song of the Year as well as New Artist.

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Trend: A Nod to the Wild West

I mentioned in my trend report that Western wear is getting its fashion moment. A nod to the Wild West also made my seasonal must-haves list for Fall and Winter 2018. It’s a Trendy Classic, iconic, timeless, and always in style. But because it’s fashionable at the moment, you’ll see larger and deeper assortments at retail. 

Western wear is generally an earth-toned and neutral palette, but these days pink cowboy boots are not uncommon. When I think of Western wear, cowboy boots and all sorts of variations of them are top of mind. But there’s also ornate cowboy belts, felt and straw cowboy hats, fringed anything, suede and shearling jackets, shearling vests, sheepskin, pony and cow print, plaid barn jackets, moccasins, bootcut jeans, ponchos, ruanas, tiered skirts, ruffled blouses, studded bags, saddle bags, prairie dresses, denim jackets, denim shirts, bandanas and checked shirts.

You can interpret the trend as fully as you like, especially when you live in an area of the US where Western wear is a stylish staple. Others might prefer to add hints of Western wear to their outfits. Or remix Western items with their avant-garde, hard-edged, Preppy, Modern Retro, Punk or Sporty styles.

My clients run the gamut. Some adore Western wear, and are never without a pair of cowboy boots and bootcuts. Some like fringe, suede and denim shirts, while others are into denim jackets, ponchos, ruanas, weathered brown leather and ruffled plaid blouses. And some don’t fancy the vibe at all.

Personally, I like the irregular juxtaposition of adding a Western element to a polished, pretty, crisp, dressy and very un-rugged outfit. That’s my ‘80s gene coming through, which is why I bought a pair of optical white Western shooties at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year. I LOVE these shoes, and they’ve become unexpected wardrobe workhorses. I thought I’d wear them from time to time, but instead want to wear them all the time. They’re very comfortable, and add a fresh 2018 component to my outfits. 

For example, I’ve been wearing the new white Western shooties with a few Fall midi dresses, a ruffled midi skirt, and a pair of high-waisted black skinnies. For toppers, I’ve worn my old Smythe equestrian blazer and new cape coat over the floral midi dress. I’ve worn the navy polka blazer, denim jacket and old navy Theory blazer with the navy ruffled skirt and a form-fitting top. I’ve worn the black high-rise skinnies with a tucked striped top and cape coat. In every outfit, I sported high-contrast sheer black hosiery or socks with the white Western shooties, and finished off the look with a light blue bag and white pearls. The white pearls and my blonde hair effectively bookend the white footwear. I’m enjoying the new-to-me vibe VERY much. The happiness factor is high, and here are the exact items from my wardrobe used to create the outfits.

Over to you. Will you add a nod to the Wild West to your style? If so, how do you wear the trend?

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Looking back at past Yankees wild card games heading into do-or-die matchup with A’s

The Yankees and A’s, two teams well acclimated to the highly-debated wild card system, will battle it out Wednesday night for a chance to take on Boston in the ALDS.

Let’s take a look at the Bronx Bombers’ history in the do-or-die wild card game, infamously introduced for the 2012 season.

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Big Wave Season Opens October 1st | Get Ready, It’s Going to Get Wild

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The WSL Big Wave Tour will witness the world’s best big wave surfers charging massive waves at three of the world’s premiere breaks: Mavericks, Jaws, and Nazaré. This is over the edge.

We’re on the lookout for storms that generate HUGE waves – and when they do – the surfers, fans, and a whole lot of cameras fly in from all corners of the world to put on a spectacle unlike any other. Check out the three places we’ll be competing this winter:

  • Mavericks is a heavy wave that breaks so powerfully that it shakes the ground. It’s three, four, sometimes FIVE stories of terrifying ocean.
  • Jaws, originally known as Pe’ahi, is Hawaiian perfection at 10x the size, which means peril for anyone who makes a mistake.
  • Nazaré is a liquid mountain. That’s not a metaphor — it’s consistently where the biggest waves in the world have been ridden.

Get ready to witness something truly incredible. The holding period is now open and runs through March 31, 2019.

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