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19 Oct 04:27

Tiny Hedgehog Goes Camping, And His Pics Are The Best Thing You’ll See Today

by Stella


We know you remember Azuki, the tiny Japanese hedgehog who goes on big adventures. His perky ears, button nose, and delightful roundness is just impossible to forget. Well, Azuki recently traded his cozy dream house in for a set of miniature Coleman camping gear and took a trip to the great outdoors. Equipped with his own tent, kayak, and barbecue, he was all set for success, and pretty much had the time of his life. Just looking at his photos makes us want to get our camp on. It also really, really makes us want a hedgehog. Like, right this second.

Take a ride on the wild side and see the best moments from Azuki’s camping days below, and don’t even try to tell us you’ve ever been as happy as this magnificent little guy.

More info: Instagram

30 Sep 10:10

Tiny Rock Hyrax Triplets Born at Chester Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman


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Three baby Rock Hyraxes have made their public debuts at Chester Zoo.  The pocket-sized pups, which are yet to be named or sexed, arrived to mother Dassie and dad Nungu on July 21 weighing just over half a pound (250g) each – no heavier than a bar of soap!

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Rock Hyraxes may be short in stature but these tiny animals have a surprising genetic link: they are more closely related to Elephants than any other species on Earth. Scientists posit that Hyraxes and Elephants evolved from a single common ancestor.

Rock Hyraxes’ two tusk-like incisor teeth constantly grow, just like the tusks of an Elephant. The two species also have similarly-shaped feet and similar skull structure.  

Small mammals often experience a short pregnancy period, but Rock Hyraxes are different, with their pregnancy lasting more than seven months. The young are well developed when born, just like miniature adults.

David White, Team Manager of small mammals at Chester Zoo said, “Rock Hyraxes have helped conservationists learn so much about the evolution of different animals, and how animals can evolve and adapt to the environments where they live – they really are special little creatures."

In the wild, Rock Hyraxes are known as ‘Rock Rabbits’ or ‘Dassies’ and can be found in large colonies across Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Scientists believe they even have their own form of language, using 20 different vocalizations in particular tones and orders to convey meaning.

More photos below!

As their name suggests, Rock Hyraxes live in rocky terrain, where they use their suction cup-like soles to grip and clamber down steep slopes. Hyraxes don’t drink much water, because they obtain most of the moisture they need from the plants and insects they eat. They have a special eyelid (called a nictitating membrane) for sun and dust protection.  A bulge in each iris acts as a built-in sun visor.

Rock Hyraxes are listed as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), meaning they are not under threat at this time.

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26 Sep 21:12

White woman who ‘transitioned’ races to Black is back

by Ana Valens

Martina Big, the women who declared she’s “transracial,” is back in the spotlight. The former “model” was first known in Europe for her enormous breast implants, but then stole headlines several months back for undergoing injections to darken her skin. Now, a recent appearance on Maury is giving the world a chance to see just how her racial “transition” is going.

Maury Povich sat down with Big earlier this week, and throughout the interview, Big insisted that she considers herself a Black woman.

“I am Black,” she told Maury’s producer. “That is my race. I can’t wait to go to Africa because I hear the food is tasty!”

Big tried to defend herself, stumbling across her words, but the audience had no room for sympathy. Many were shocked at her statements and visibly offended by her insistence that she could change her race from white to Black, not to mention her complete ignorance of race, racism, and Black culture.

Maury, of course, didn’t let Big off the show without asking some stern questions.

“Everyone who’s watching this, who’s a person of color is going to say it’s not just skin-deep,” Maury told Big during the show, to standing ovations and roaring applause. “Do you think you want to learn about the Black culture, and do you think you can absorb all that?”

“I know, I feel a lot of this stuff,” Big replied.

Maury closed out the show asking Big if she felt like she was offending the Black community by changing her race. Of course, she wasn’t repentant in the slightest.

“I don’t want to offend them,” Big said. “It’s not my intention to offend somebody.”

White people living in blackface made a national splash two years ago when Spokane, Washington’s NAACP president Rachel Dolezal was revealed to be a white woman. Dolezal has since gone on to claim that she faces more oppression than transgender people do because she thinks she’s Black.

While there is much to unpack here with these white women’s assertions, let’s just kept it to science and say both Big and Dolezal somehow missed that unlike with gender, race is not an identity experienced on a neurological level. In other words, no matter what you say, ladies, you’re still white and you’re still deeply offending Black people.

H/T the Root

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19 Sep 17:21

Langur Babies Debut at Los Angeles Zoo

by Chris Eastland

I! Got! A! Post! On! ZooBorns!

Francois Langur Baby Photo 1 of 5 by Jamie Pham

The Los Angeles Zoo welcomed two bright orange male François’ Langur babies this summer. The first born was on June 23 to eight-year-old mother Vicki Vale and the second on July 12 to five-year-old mother Kim-Ly. The infants recently joined their mothers and 19-year-old father Paak in the outdoor habitat, a dense forest filled with tall trees and plenty of branches for climbing and swinging. The babies will eventually be introduced to the rest of the family on exhibit, 26-year-old female Mei-Chi and two-year-old Tao.

Francois Langur Baby Photo 2 of 5 by Jamie Pham
Francois Langur Mom and Baby Photo 3 of 5 by Jamie PhamPhoto Credit: Jamie Pham

“We’re very excited for guests to be able to observe this blended family in their new group dynamic,” said Roxane Losey, Animal Keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo. “Once the two boys are a little older, they will join their brother Tao and things will probably get a little rough and tumble when they play. These Monkeys are very acrobatic and like to jump and leap from branch to branch.”

The Monkey babies have a long tail, striking eyes, and orange and black fur that will fade to full black over time. François’ Langur infants nurse for close to a year, so they can often be seen in the arms of their mothers. This sometimes proves difficult for mother Vicki Vale who suffered a past injury that left her with limited mobility on her left side. Vicki Vale’s baby has adapted to the unique situation by sometimes hoisting himself onto his mother’s back to leave her hands free when navigating the branches in the habitat. This is not a trait you would find in the wild, as it leaves the baby open to capture by predators or being knocked down by tree branches. 

The babies will also spend time with the other adult female members of the group through a practice called alloparenting. This trait lets young females  gain experience caring for infants and builds bonds within the troop. It also gives mom a break! Sometimes, though, the animals disagree over how to raise the babies or how they interact with each other.

“The whole family will have minor squabbles from time to time, but you will actually see them come to each other and make up, sometimes with a hug,” said Losey. “You won’t see a lot of Monkeys with this hugging behavior, but Francois’ Langurs are a very gentle species.”

Native to southern China and northeastern Vietnam, François’ Langurs feed on shoots, fruits, flowers, and bark collected in the treetops or on the forest floor. François’ Langurs are listed as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List due to deforestation and illegal capture for use in traditional Asian medicines sold on the black market.

See more photos of the baby Langurs below.

Francois Langur Mom and Baby Photo 4 of 5 by Jamie Pham
Francois Langur Mom and Baby Photo 5 of 5 by Jamie Pham

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19 Sep 17:19

Snow Leopard Siblings Debut at L.A. Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

Another one! ^_^

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The Los Angeles Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of two endangered Snow Leopard cubs!

A male and female were born on May 12 and May 13 to a three-year-old mother, Georgina, and a five-year-old father, Fred. The cubs are the first offspring for the adults, who were paired together in July 2015 as a part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP).

The new siblings spent several months behind the scenes bonding with their mother and getting to know the animal care staff. At four months old, the cubs have now gained enough strength and coordination to navigate their outdoor habitat and make their public debut.

“We’re so excited to welcome these cubs,” said Stephanie Zielinski, animal keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo. “There is less known about these beautiful cats than most of the other large cat species due to the extreme habitat Snow Leopards have evolved to live in the wild. This is why it’s such an honor to be able to educate the public and give them the opportunity to observe this elusive species here in Los Angeles.”

The Zoo’s animal care staff began working with the cubs early on, separating the mom for short amounts of time to allow her rest and to help her grow accustomed to animal care staff being around her young. These interactions with the cubs helped animal care staff conduct regular exams, give vaccinations, and eventually lead to an easier transition when introducing the cubs to the outdoor habitat.

2_Snow Leopard Mom & Two Cubs 9-11-17  Photo By Tad Motoyama

3_Snow Leopard Cub Female by Jamie Pham

4_Snow Leopard Cub Male by Jamie PhamPhoto Credits: Los Angeles Zoo / Tad Motoyama (Images: 1,2,5) / Jamie Pham (3,4,6,7)

Snow Leopards in the wild are found in unforgiving environments in the cold, high mountains of Central Asia throughout 12 countries. The habitats range from alpine meadows to treeless, rocky mountains. Due to the high altitudes of its habitat, the animal has evolved to have a large nasal cavity to breathe the thin air and can retain oxygen well. The cats have a thick fur, which allows them to keep warm, and a long tail they can wrap around themselves for added warmth and protection for their ears and face. Their paws have hair cushions that act as snowshoes and also provide protection from sharp rocks. Smoky gray and blurred black markings on the cat’s pale gray or cream-colored coat provide them with handy camouflage in the mountains. Snow Leopards can tolerate extreme temperatures of 104 degrees Fahrenheit down to 40 degrees below zero.

While Snow Leopards have perfectly adapted to the cold, barren landscape of their high-altitude home, human threats have created an uncertain future for the cats. Habitat destruction, prey base depletion, illegal trade, poaching, and conflict with the local people have led to a significant decline with only an estimated population of between 2,000 to 7,000 Snow Leopards left in the wild.

Guests of the Los Angeles Zoo can now visit the cubs, currently weighing in at around 22 pounds each, and see firsthand how energetic and playful they are. The cubs and their mother will transition, on and off exhibit, at various times throughout the day, allowing outdoor time for the adult male Snow Leopard, Fred.

5_LA Zoo Snow Leopard Cub Hiding in the Grass 8-30-17 by Tad Motoyama

6_Snow Leopard Cubs 1st Day on Exhibit by Jamie Pham

7_Snow Leopard Cubs by Jamie Pham

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18 Sep 19:33

A Dadbag That I Made For People Who Want A Dad Bod Without Eating Junk Food

by Albert Pukies

I made the dadbag because I’m desperate to have dad bod but I’m also very concerned about the health risks associated with it. The solution is quite simple, a bumbag with a proper dad belly printed on it. Now I can put on a dad bod whenever I feel like it and even store my valuables in it.

The Dadbag is currently not available to buy, but I’m on the lookout for partners and manufacturers to hopefully go into mass production soon.

More info:

01 Aug 22:37

Great Job, Internet!: Prehistoric fidget spinner discovered

by Randall Colburn

The world’s fascination with fidget spinners may be dwindling, but that hasn’t stopped the media from debating their peculiarities. Do they really help promote concentration? Are they actually a health hazard? How quickly are they turning our children into literal zombies?

We obsess over them because, well, they’re new. Or at least we think they are. But, as the Book Of Ecclesiastes reminds us, there is no new thing under the sun. Wired’s Arielle Pardes stumbled across what appears to be a fidget spinner dating back to roughly 1800 BC.

This particular spinner, however, featured “animal heads,” marking an evolution of the toy that, based on a cursory Google search, we have yet to exploit.

The image of hyperactive kids in ancient Babylonia seems to have captivated the ...

26 Jul 02:51

Distracted Walking Puts Us at Risk

by Patricia Lombard

The Operations – West Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department recently sent out a community flyer urging citizens to “look up – phone down” when walking. It makes sense that you should watch where you are going but apparently distracted walking is becoming a public safety issue, just like texting while driving. (Hopefully, you […]

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04 Jul 02:01

Baby Armadillo Drinks Milk From Tiny Dish

by Chris Eastland


When a Southern Three-banded Armadillo pup was born at Poland’s Zoo Wroclaw one morning in May, zoo keepers kept a close eye on how the mother, Hermiona, interacted with her newborn.  By that afternoon, the staff realized that Hermiona was showing no interest in her pup and did not nurse him, so they decided to hand-rear the infant.

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The little male pup is named Spock. Getting Spock to eat was a challenge at first – he would not drink from a bottle. Keepers tried using an eye dropper at feeding time, but Spock didn’t like that, either. One day, Spock started licking milk from a tiny bowl. With practice, he is now a pro at slurping up his supper.

The zoo reports that Spock is developing well and tripled his weight by the time he was 6 weeks old. 

Southern Three-banded Armadillos are native to the southern interior of South America. They collect ants and termites on their long, sticky tongue. The shell, which is made of keratin, is the same material that human fingernails are made of.  Southern Three-banded Armadillos are one of only two types of Armadillo that can roll completely into a ball for protection.

Once Spock is mature, he will likely be moved to another zoo, where he will be an important part of the breeding program to support this species, which is listed as Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Destruction of the dry chaco habitat and its conversion to farmland are the major threats to the species.

See more photos of Spock below.

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02 Jul 23:41

Newswire: James Franco talked in Tommy Wiseau’s voice while directing The Disaster Artist

by Katie Rife

If The Disaster Artist, James Franco’s upcoming dramedy about the making of The Room, has a disproportionately large amount of random rose petals and awkward games of catch, at least now we know why. According to comedian Jason Mantzoukas—who has a small part in the movie as a guy who runs a video rental house—Franco directed the film in character as Tommy Wiseau. Or, at least, he directed it in Tommy Wiseau’s voice, which is apparently tricky enough to replicate that once you’ve got it, it’s best to keep it going for the rest of the day.

“Once [Franco] started the day doing Tommy’s voice, he would spend the rest of the day doing the voice,” Mantzoukas tells Entertainment Weekly. “So, it wasn’t like he was pretending to be Tommy, but it was like James using Tommy’s speech pattern and accent ...

27 Jun 00:49

This guy polishing a rusty, $3 knife is the coolest thing you’ll see today

by Jay Hathaway

A Japanese YouTuber named Jun, of the channels Jun’s Kitchen and My Husband Is Japanese, was feeling a bit ripped off after paying a man $3 for a dull, rusty kitchen knife. Luckily, there was real treasure hidden underneath all that rust. In an extremely satisfying YouTube video, Jun polished the knife to a mirror sheen and sharpened it enough that it can now cut thin, translucent slices of vegetable.

After making the video, he tracked down the exact model of knife online and discovered it retails for around $100. All it needed was a little work.

This was the most popular video on Reddit Monday, and for good reason. It’s soothing to watch the rust disappear and then watch the knife cut through food with incredible precision. It offers the same warm fuzzy feeling as those relaxing hydraulic press videos, the “1,000-degree knife” series, or the various contenders for “the most satisfying video in the world.” In fact, one of those videos showed a knife gliding smoothly through a tomato—knife skills are a staple of the “most satisfying” genre.

“This video has everything,” wrote one Reddit commenter. “A disgruntling sales story that ends in pro revenge, a rusty old knife being meticulously cleaned and polished into a work of art, insane cutting and artisan chopping skills, some minor food porn, a good looking man, an adorable kitty that gets scritches. 15/10, would watch again.”

Jun definitely got more than his money’s worth with this knife, and we got more than our money’s worth with this video.


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24 Jun 18:38

Great Job, Internet!: You have earned 5 minutes of insane floppy naked people

by Dan Neilan

Computer-generated imagery technology has come a long way in the past few decades. Using various techniques, filmmakers can now create realistic-looking humans out of thin air and ask them to perform tasks that would otherwise be impossible for flesh-and-blood actors. Of course, the ultimate purpose of all these advancements is to give creatives the freedom to finally achieve the height of artistic expression, i.e. hordes of floppy naked people. On the forefront of the floppy genre is filmmaker David Lewandowski, who previously released the short films Going To The Store and Late For Meeting, and has now returned with his magnum opus, Time For Sushi.

While his previous efforts focused on the adventures of one floppy protagonist, Lewandowski’s newest piece features an entire army of flailing naked people squiggling along to a happy jazz tune as they make their way through a Japanese city to their true home ...

24 Jun 17:45

White woman undergoes cosmetic procedures to make herself ‘black’

by Samantha Grasso

Just passing the two-year anniversary of self-proclaimed “transracial” woman Rachel Dolezal being outed as a white person in blackface, it’s only completely rational that another white woman come along and try to outdo her. And holy shit, outdone her she has.

According to the Root, a white German “model” by the name of Martina Adam has how taken the crown for most offensive blackface portrayal in modern history.

Adam, known as “Martina Big” for allegedly possessing the largest breast implants in Europe and for her appearances in Botched, claims she’s well on her way to becoming a “black girl” now that she’s undergone a series of “tanning injections” to darken her skin, and has somehow convinced an “African” hairdresser to give her black, textured hair.

In her latest post regarding the offensive transition, Adam says she’ll be undergoing consultation for a butt “enlargement” and for “African facial features.”

I have great news :)I had done the next step in my transformation to a black woman :)Yesterday I was with an African…

Posted by Martina Adam on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Here’s a photo of Adams before her she began her breast enlargement and plastic surgery process compared to one partway in:

Here's an example of my transformation in recent years.

Posted by Martina Adam on Friday, January 9, 2015

Aaaand here is Adams claiming to be an actual black woman:

May I introduce you to my new body modification project?As you know I like the extreme look :)Since a real life Barbie…

Posted by Martina Adam on Sunday, February 19, 2017

My three new FILL UP VIDEOS are ready 🙂 (1) The before-comparison videoWith firmness test, weighing of my breasts,…

Posted by Martina Adam on Sunday, May 28, 2017

Despite arguments previously made by Dolezal (that would almost expectedly be parroted by Adams, too) that she’s “transracial,” there is no psychological proof that black and white Americans are different neurologically (yes, Adams is German, but the argument stands). In no way are the experiences of these white women linked to those of transgender people, who really do experience their gender identity on a neurological level.

Additionally, Dolezal has attempted to bolster her argument that being “transracial” is a thing by claiming that mixed-race women have spoken to her about the frustration they face in identifying as two or more races. Which, yes, is a complete and total thing, especially when it comes to facing colorism or being a white-passing person of color. But Dolezal, much like Adams, is white, and only white, and doesn’t know what it’s like to move through the world as even a white-passing woman of color.

Maybe Dolezal will help Adams out when it comes to picking out her “authentic African” name. The rest of the world surely doesn’t want to be bothered with this mess.

H/T the Root

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24 Jun 17:16

Augmented reality takes Super Mario Bros. to a whole new level at Central Park

by Samantha Grasso

Nothing is more nostalgia-inducing than picking up a gaming controller for a li’l Super Mario Bros. revival. Unless you’re playing Mario himself IRL, that is.

Programmer and developer Abhishek Singh’s latest project has turned the beloved game into a livable jungle gym of entertainment. Using Microsoft HoloLens, Singh has recreated the first level of Super Mario Bros. into an augmented reality game that allows the user to venture into a 3D version of the favorite childhood game themselves.

In this demo video, recorded in Central Park, we watch Singh’s perspective directly from the HoloLens as he makes his way to the flagpole. An inset video in the top right corner shows him bumbling down the path, reaching upward toward blocks, flinging attacks at Goombas, and hopping forcibly onto power-ups.

Yes, he appears completely ridiculous doing it, dressed in a Mario costume with no context, but little do passersby know how amazing his prototype walkthrough really looks from his perspective.

Singh’s repertoire is filled with tens of other cool inventions, most notably Peeqo, a cute Disney-esque robot assistant who replies in GIFs, that he created for his college thesis. Maybe, like with Peeqo, Singh will release his finalized future augmented reality work as open source for all of us to enjoy this first-person wonderland.

Watch Singh’s take on IRL Super Mario Bros. below:

H/T TechCrunch

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20 Jun 09:57

For Our Consideration: How it became impossible for Americans to buy horse meat

by Kevin Pang

Cure, a well-regarded Pittsburgh restaurant along the Allegheny River, found itself on the brunt end of the internet police stick last month. It happened after a one-night-only collaboration dinner with several Canadian chefs in which Cure served a food almost never seen at American restaurants today: horse meat.

The dish was not intended to attract publicity—Cure is a five-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Award, and the dish was presented as tartare (with cured egg yolk and black garlic aioli), a popular preparation in Western dining cultures where horse meat is served. But news of the menu item quickly spread, and critics flooded Cure’s Facebook page expressing outrage, many decrying the immorality of eating a beloved domesticated pet, others noting the danger of consuming an animal with a reputation for being administered growth- and performance-enhancing drugs. (The post also had its share of supporters as well, arguing ...

20 Jun 06:26

Sofia Coppola Hasn’t Heard of the Bechdel Test, But The Beguiled Passes It

by Hunter Harris

How has nobody mentioned it to her?

Writer/director Sofia Coppola attends the premiere of Focus Features'

When Sofia Coppola sat down to talk all things Beguiled with GQ, a curious factoid emerged. Coppola has spent her career making movies exclusively about (white) women, but she’s unfamiliar with the Bechdel test, which tests whether a movie shows two female characters talking to each other about something other than a man. When GQ asked Coppola if her tale of Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning objectifying Colin Farrell counts as the “rare feminist film that struggles to pass the Bechdel test,” Coppola seemed unaware of the term. It’s really not that shocking, just random. “The what test?” she asked. Observe:

GQ: The Bechdel test.

I’ve never heard of that. What’s that?

It’s a test to see if two or more women in a movie talk about something other than a man.

Oh, I guess I’ve never studied film. That’s so funny, but there are a lot of women talking about a man in this.

09 Jun 19:31

Amanda Bynes Explains Her Infamous Drake Tweet: “I Was Serious But I Was Also On Drugs”

by Stereogum
Back in 2013, former Nickelodeon shining star Amanda Bynes was going through a rough patch. Four years later, she seems to be doing a lot better -- go Amanda! -- and she recently gave her first interview in a long while on YouTube talk show Hollyscoop. During her time in the spotlight, she cultivated a … More »
05 Jun 07:23

Please don’t put these wasp nests in your vagina, no matter what you read

by Karen Fratti

Please don’t put these wasp nests in your vagina, no matter what you read

Please don’t put these wasp nests in your vagina, no matter what you read

Attention everyone with a vagina, we have a very special announcement for you. No matter what you read or hear about it, do not put wasp nets in your vagina. Seriously, why anyone would put anything named “wasp” in their vaginal canal is beyond us, but we all do weird things in the name of self care — just don’t let this be one of them. Apparently, there’s a rumor going around about the medicinal properties of the wasp nets to help you tighten your vagina.

The concept is simple: You take the tiny balls that the wasps used to deposit larvae and shove it up there.

It’s supposed to work much the same way those jade eggs are supposed to work. But both wasp nets and jade eggs are not good for your hoo-ha.

The jade eggs aren’t good for you because seriously, there is no such thing as replenishing your “feminine energy,” we’re sorry, although it does sound nice. The jade eggs are also porous and could give you an infection. On the other side of things, wasp nets are a little rough around the edges. If you pop one up inside your body, according to Dr. Jennifer Gunter, the voice of reason when it comes to these often dangerous trends, you can really hurt yourself.

Wasp nets are abrasive and will likely leave a mark. If you don’t mind the pain, that’s one thing. But if you have an open wound in your vagina, you’re more likely to get STIs, especially HIV. The wasp nets will also apparently kill your vagina’s good bacteria, and we all know how important those are for keeping your vagina itch and infection free. There could also still be larvae inside the bark ball — and that’s just creepy AF.

In addition to sticking the whole thing up there, there are other recommended uses. Like grinding them up, which takes care of the abrasive thing, but, the Etsy seller write, “stings due to gall’s astringency.“Ouch!

So just use your common sense when it comes to wasp nets. Your vagina is likely just perfect as it is already. And kegels don’t sting or cut you.

02 Jun 10:48

I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style

by Alisa

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I Make Jewelry From Polymer Clay In Unusual Style


01 Jun 23:49

Disneyland just low-key teased a new Avengers expansion at the park

by Rachel Paige


Disneyland just low-key teased a new Avengers expansion at the park

Disneyland just low-key teased a new Avengers expansion at the park

Now that you’ve braved the crowds and waited 5+ hours in line for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission – BREAKOUT, what’s next? Well, if Disney has it their way, you’ll come back to the park — again and again – and start getting psyched for what’s coming next. Like, say, an entire land dedicated to the Marvel superheroes we know and love. Or, at least a rollercoaster or two.

The idea of a Marvel land is nothing new to Disneyland.

There’s been a rumor flying around for a few years that, eventually, the Hollywood Land area (and, possibly A Bug’s Land) would be re-done and re-branded as an all-Marvel all-the-time space. The Guardians ride was just simply the beginning of this beautiful new expansion.

Seeing as how well that is going, it sure appears that Disney is ready to start teasing everything they have coming down the road. As those on social media started pointing out over the weekend, there’s an odd Avengers reference next to the building formerly known as Tower of Terror. It appears to be some sort of manhole/vault/hatch cover, branded with the Avengers “A.”

Sure, it could just be a nice Avengers nod (seeing as how the Guardians and Avengers have YET to interact on screen), but…probably not. This hatch is, without a doubt, a nod to what’s in store. A Marvel expansion was even just recently hinted! At a panel during the grand opening of Mission – BREAKOUT, Bob Chapek, the chairman of the Disney Parks, was eager to tease more Marvel stuff: 

“This is just the beginning of what will become an even bigger superhero presence at Disney California Adventure,” He told the crowd. “With the strong partnership between Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering, we’re very excited about what is to come. And it’s sure to please Marvel fans hungry for more magic at Disney Parks.”

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From the posts on social media, it appears that the Avengers hatch doesn’t…do anything. Like, at all. It’s just THERE. But, speculation has already begun to run wild, with many assuming that this is just the beginning of what’s coming next.

Also, there couldn’t be a more perfect time to start teasing. Disney’s convention, D23 Expo, is coming up in July, and you know what was revealed at the last D23 in 2015? Star Wars Land.

Knowing there’s a Marvel Land coming down the road…well, the wait time for Guardians is still 300 minutes, so we might want to get in line right now.

28 May 15:54

This award-winning designer was inspired by feminist activist Angela Davis, and the clothes are awesome

by Kitty Lindsay

so here's a bunch of white models

This award-winning designer was inspired by feminist activist Angela Davis, and the clothes are awesome

This award-winning designer was inspired by feminist activist Angela Davis, and the clothes are awesome

Fashion designer Gabriela Hearst is bringing feminist activist Angela Davis’ signature fierceness to her fall 2017 collection — and we can’t help but raise our fists!

Davis cuts a powerful figure as a civil rights activist, educator, and feminist revolutionary. As an African American woman and radical during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the Women’s Movement of the 1970s, Davis was often targeted by United States government forces for her association with black nationalist groups like the Black Panthers and the communist-leaning Che-Lumumba Club.

In fact, her wokeness so threatened the status quo that in 1969, then-governor of California Ronald Reagan attempted to bar her from teaching at any university in the state.

Those achievements inspired Hearst, who was in the midst of preparing her collection last year when she attended a New York Film Festival screening of filmmaker Ava DuVernay‘s scathing indictment of the American justice system, 13th.

“Angela Davis is one of the people featured in the documentary,” recalled Hearst in an interview with Coveteur, “and [in that moment] I was like, ‘Oh, her — she’s the muse.’”

Inspired by Davis’ strength, passion, and fighting spirit, and distraught over the U.S. presidential election results, Hearst added Davis — and women political leaders like Tammy Duckworth, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Kamala Harris — to her collection’s mood board.

“It was very clear,” said Hearst. “Once you start thinking about Angela Davis, you start asking yourself the question ‘Will Angela Davis wear this?’ I can design accordingly.”

And what a statement Hearst’s collection makes!

From plaid power suits…

…to classic trench coats…

…to this in-your-face gold jumpsuit…

…Hearst’s collection challenges our ideas of femininity and power through fashion. And designing for formidable women is kind of her thing.

“I’d love to dress the CEO of Planned Parenthood [Cecile Richards] — she’s amazing, I’ve heard her speak a few times now,” said Hearst, who won the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize. “Angela Davis I’d like to dress, and Robin Wright. I love people who use their attention and focus to enlighten or serve others. Robin Wright won’t go to an event unless it’s for a charity or a cause that she feels strongly about. I love people who have those types of values.”

25 May 16:51

The internet is losing it over the true crime documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest”

by Jill Layton

True Life: My Coworker Told Me I Kind Of Look Like Gypsy Rose Blanchard

The internet is losing it over the true crime documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest”

The internet is losing it over the true crime documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest”

The story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard is heartbreaking, disturbing, and incredibly fascinating. The HBO true crime documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest, from director Erin Lee Carr, explores the lives of the these women — and the real-life horrors of Munchausen by proxy (more on this in a second).

Their story has garnered widespread interest after BuzzFeed reported on the mother and daughter back in 2016. For Gypsy’s entire life, her mother Dee Dee took care of her every need. Gypsy was told she had numerous illnesses, including epilepsy, paralysis, and leukemia. She was kept in a wheelchair, and Dee Dee told everyone that she couldn’t walk or care for herself.

But that wasn’t the case. Even though she appeared to be, Gypsy wasn’t sick.


They were dealing with a mental illness called Munchausen by proxy, a rare form of child abuse that involves exaggerating or completely making up illnesses or symptoms by a parent or caregiver. Before long, Gypsy couldn’t live this way anymore — so in 2015, she ordered her secret boyfriend to kill her mother.

And now their story is a true crime documentary.

Mommy Dead and Dearest premiered on Monday night on HBO, and people are expressing their thoughts about it on Twitter. And for the most part, their thoughts are pretty much “WTF.”


People can’t get over how insane the story is. Because you guys, it’s insane. You have to see it to really believe what went on, but even then you’ll have a million questions.

A lot of f-bombs were used, but that just shows the level of cray we’re dealing with.

And then there were those who said exactly what we were thinking:

Ultimately, we were all left with our jaws on the floor.

So yeah, if you haven’t already seen Mommy Dead and Dearest, check it out on HBO and prepare to have your mind blown.

23 May 22:28

This woman took the fidget spinner craze to the next level by putting one on her nail

by Caitlin Gallagher

This woman took the fidget spinner craze to the next level by putting one on her nail

This woman took the fidget spinner craze to the next level by putting one on her nail

Doing your nails is always in style, and combining nail art with the latest fad is just a natural progression. But a fidget spinner for nail art? Inconceivable! Well, this abstract idea has been put into practice, thanks to British nail professional Natasha Lee. If you’re fascinated by both elaborate nail art AND fidget spinners, then this tutorial is for you.

Using Prohesion liquid and powder (which she says is pretty much acrylic), Lee creates a tiny fidget spinner for her nail. If you aren’t into acrylic, Lee also says in her tutorial that you can make a tiny fidget spinner out of paper. Either way, once it’s created, you use a pin, a bead, and some acrylic or nail glue to place the toy on your nail.

Even if you hate the divisive fidget spinners, you gotta admit that what Lee has done is incredibly impressive.

If you aren’t familiar with the controversy surrounding spinner toys, the issue is that some schools have banned them for being too distracting. Yet, students with mental health issues or attention disorders, like ADHD, actually benefit from their use.

While these nail art spinners weren’t necessarily created to be therapeutic, they do actually spin. So they are practical as well as stunning.

Beyond using nail polish, Lee even painted her fidget spinner with a top coat that it glows in black light. It’s perfect for black light bowling — although, that would ruin all the work you just put into your nails.

This isn’t the first time the fidget spinner has been used in the name of beauty, and we’re sure it won’t be the last. And while we are far more likely to go out and just buy a fidget spinner for our finger, we have to applaud all the effort that went into this elaborate — and fun! — look.
23 May 10:33

Apparently Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Were Invented By a Janitor in Rancho Cucamonga

by Farley Elliott

In case you didn't know that Flamin' Hot Cheetos were invented by a Frito-Lay janitor who's now a head marketing exec at PepsiCo, it's a great story!

Plus The Bruery sells to an investment firm, and Indian street food on the Westside

The Hot Cheetos story

Hot Cheetos are among the most popular after-school snacks for kids in all of America, even if they occasionally lead to ER visits. The Frito-Lay spinoff of the popular regular Cheetos wasn’t been around forever, though; it was thought up by a janitor in Rancho Cucamonga.

The Daily Bulletin has the full story on Richard Montañez, the man credited with creating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. A first-generation Mexican-American and high school dropout, Montañez turned to a job as a janitor for Frito-Lay because of the promise of steady work. After a late night run to a local elote man, Montañez had the epiphany to spice up the Cheetos brand, and was ultimately able to take his idea to the top. Today, he’s a North American sales and marketing director, and kids still can’t get enough Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Bombay Frankie time

Frankies are a Mumbai street food staple, but not altogether common in the States. That’s about to change for one lowly Chevron gas station at Santa Monica and the 405, Food GPS tells Eater, because a new tenant called Bombay Frankie is heading in soon to cook.

Baldoria has a ball

To celebrate their first anniversary, Baldoria in Little Tokyo is doing a full run of awesome deals starting May 28. From $1 pizzas to aperitivo nights to a pizza party raffle, it’s all happening.

Retro LA

LA Mag has compiled a fun list of places to check out if you’re really into the throwback lifestyle. From Mel’s Drive-In on down, it’s a cool look at what this young-ish city still has to offer by way of history.

A North Hollywood gem

LA Weekly manages to make it out to North Hollywood for a look at Twin Castle, an out-of-the-way fast food stop that apparently makes one of the county’s best teriyaki burgers.

Miro’s big day

Miro in Downtown is also turning one, and is partying in their underground whiskey lair with steak and whiskey pairings, drink deals, and more. On June 1, they’ll actually be doing an open party with live music, passed apps, and more.

The Bruery buys in

Looks like changes could be coming to The Bruery, one of Orange County’s most celebrated craft beer breweries. The company announced just days ago that they have partnered with Castanea, an investment group from the East Coast, and now fans are worried about what could become of the brand.

Since 2008, The Bruery has been family owned and operated solely by our CEO & Founder, Patrick Rue, and his father, Mike Rue. Over the years, we’ve worked diligently on careful, continuous growth and improvement, making positive changes along the way in order to create high-quality, innovative beer more efficiently for our fans (and ourselves) to enjoy. Today we have some exciting news about our future growth and capabilities on the horizon. We are pleased to announce that we have plans to partner with Castanea Partners, from Newton, MA, which will enable us to continue to grow in ways consistent with our ideals. We’ve shared some more information on this news in our blog, which you can read here via the link in our profile.

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23 May 04:28

This burger includes fried chicken and ramen, and we have thoughts

by Karen Belz

This burger includes fried chicken and ramen, and we have thoughts

This burger includes fried chicken and ramen, and we have thoughts

We’ll always think of ramen fondly. It’s not just for college students, you know. In fact, one restaurant in Australia uses ramen as a coating for fried chicken in a very special chicken burger. The noodles, officially, are Mi Goreng noodles, manufactured in Indonesia — but they’re pretty similar. (As in, they often have a flavor packet, and can also be made in an instant.)

The fried chicken burger creation is from a place called Guilty — and we totally get the name. This lunch choice definitely incorporates so many delicious guilty pleasures. And to be honest, it’s making us want to book a flight out to Sydney, Australia ASAP.

We mean, just look at it.

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Let’s check that out from a slightly different perspective.

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And, here’s another one. Because we can.

Whoever is in charge of their social media account is right — it IS beautiful.

The burger in question also includes pickled carrots and wombok (which is a type of cabbage) along with fried shallots and chili sauce. But the most unbelievable part is that this beautiful burger is simply called the “Chicken Sandwich No. 3.” There are so many better names for something like this. Perhaps the chicken noodle burger?

Their other burgers are nothing to sneeze at. Here’s the “Chicken Sandwich No. 2.”

That one incorporates Twisties cheese snacks from Australia, along with slaw, bacon, jalapeños and a spicy lime aioli. And cheese. You can’t forget about the cheese.

Even if you’re not a fan of chicken, there’s still plenty of solid eats available for you at Guilty. For example, this:

…And now, we’re officially hungry.

22 May 03:02

When TV Logos Were Actual Physical Objects

by Stella

When it comes to modern TV logos, any kind of design can be dreamed up and produced with a few swift clicks on a screen. Back in the day, however, producers had to get a little more creative, and you may be surprised to find out that many iconic TV logos still in use now were physical objects fashioned for filming.

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The most famous example of a ‘living logo’ would have to be Leo the Lion, the official mascot for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, who you’ve definitely seen roaring at the begininng of countless films. MGM had filmed a variety of real lions for their opening sequence since 1917, but they found a true superstar when they discovered Leo in 1957. He’s been featured inside the studio’s golden frame for 60 years now, making him the longest-used MGM lion by far.

See amazing behind-the-scenes photos of several notable logos being crafted by hand below, and breathe a sigh of relief at the advent of animation technology. (h/t)

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22 May 02:58

Zoos turn to crowdfunding to save this adorable penguin species

by Jessica Machado

We have obligations to the AZA to promote the Kickstarter, which is challenging since there are no penguins at our zoo, so our email marketing is like, "The L.A. Zoo is not home for penguins. NEITHER WILL THE WILD BE if u don't back this kickstarter"

At just over two feet tall, African penguins are optimized for swimming; they spend most of their time in the water and dive for an average of 2.5 minutes as they hunt for their fishy prey. They make a distinctive donkey-like noise and are apparently awkward as hell on land. Oh, they are also just pretty cute.

African penguins, found nowhere outside their native shores of South Africa and Namibia, are the only penguin species that breeds in Africa. They are also an indicator species—how they are doing can give researchers a sense of the ecosystem’s overall health — which is why it’s scary that they may not be around much longer. The International Union for Conservation of Nature considers the species endangered and their population is declining fast — in 1900, there were about 3 million African penguins, but by 2009 that number had dropped by 97 percent to 80,000.

A lot of the species’ issues amount to a lack of breeding sites. African penguins dig their nests in guano, and the monogamous pairs return to the same site year after year to breed. Unfortunately, companies have been mining guano for years to use as fertilizer. As a result, the picky penguins have no safe place to breed, and their numbers continue to decline.

A team of researchers affiliated with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has a solution. On Wednesday, they launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund 1,500 artificial nests that could help the African penguin bounce back. They spent three months testing 15 different prototypes in zoos and aquariums to figure out the ideal parameters for penguin nests. Now that they have the final design, more prototypes are going into these artificial penguin habitats for additional testing. If the project is funded, each of the nests will be made individually by hand in South Africa and Namibia, then gradually installed in 12 of the penguins’ breeding grounds over the next six to 10 months. They hope that safe nests will help the penguins produce more offspring, buoying their numbers.

The AZA is taking the conservation of African penguins pretty seriously. In 2014, the organization brought together South African conservationists, bird experts, nonprofits, academics, and government representatives to plan eight different projects to save the African penguin. Producing and installing artificial nests was one of these projects, experts’ bet in the high-stakes game of the penguins’ survival.

At the time of publication, the campaign has raised about $60,000, more than a third of its overall goal. The team has another 29 days to raise the total $150,000 they need for the project.

This story originally appeared on Vocativ and has been republished with permission.

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19 May 10:10

The 17 Biggest Red Flags From This Season’s Bachelorette Bios

by Samantha Rollins,Sarah Caldwell

The wait is over: It’s Bachelor(ette) season again. After being deprived for nearly three months of regular rose ceremony-induced drowsiness, the franchise is back with its first black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay at the helm, and her contestants are actually a lot more diverse! One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the contestants’ confounding abilities to wave around red flags in their bios like they’re directing air traffic. In fact, this season’s crop of eligible men seem to have divulged even more questionable facts in their bios than ever before. Who has already stated outright that they’re really on the show to be famous? Who believes marriage is an “institutionalized sham”? And most importantly, who listed their occupation as “Whaboom?” Let’s find out.

Adam, 27
What is the most romantic present you have ever received and why?
Threesome. It was my birthday.

Do you consider yourself a good cook? Yes! I used to cook four-course meals in college and charge people. LOL

Alex, 28
Who are your top 3 favorite groups/artists & why?
Coldplay, Beatles … Can’t really think of a third one. Music isn’t a big part of my life.

Blake E., 31
What is the most outrageous thing you have ever done?
Get engaged to a crazy girl.

If you could watch any movie right now, what would it be, and why? The new 50 Shades of Grey movie because I love taboo sexy stuff.

Milton, 31
What do you hope to get out of participating in this television show?
Real answer? Discovered. Everyone tells me I’m made for TV/movies. Doesn’t mean I’m out here hoping for that, but I would like to break into writing or acting.

Lucas, 30

If you could have lunch with one person, who would it be and why? Dead: Bruce Jenner, Alive: Caitlyn Jenner …. Would be a very interesting convo.

Kyle, 26
What are your three worst attributes?
Don’t trust most people, general disdain for perceived corrupt authority, I can be very blind and outspoken, sometimes I don’t think before I speak.

Kenny, 35
What’s the wildest thing you’ve done in the bedroom?
Had sex with a wife while her husband watched.

Jonathan, 31
Tickle Monster

Jamey, 32
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I am trying to not make plans in life.

Describe your best friend of the opposite sex and why she deserves that title: I do not have female friends.

Iggy, 30
Ever have trouble in the bedroom? Or been turned on during the wrong time? We want to hear what happened!
I once got a boner during a board meeting. I had to present sitting down.

Diggy, 31
Tell us a fun story about a one night stand.
I spent all day with this girl and she ended up coming home with me and we had sex. She then received a text saying her brother was missing, so I played asleep so I didn’t have to help!

Dean, 26
What does being married mean to you?
I think marriage is an institutionalized sham derived from religious beliefs. That said, when I get married, it’s a life-long commitment.

Bryce, 30
What’s your biggest date fear?
The chick is actually a dude.

18 May 21:04

Val Kilmer Credits Love and Jesus With Curing His Cancer

by Jordan Crucchiola

had no clue he was a christian scientist

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Val Kilmer did his second Reddit AMA of the year yesterday, and it seems like this guy loves being in touch with the people. In addition to giving long, thoughtful anecdotes about movies he’s worked on (like the time Tony Scott put his life on the line for a great shot in Top Gun, or how Kurt Russell basically took over directing duties on Tombstone) he also shared details on how he beat back cancer. (The initial disclosure that he had cancer came last month, in his first AMA.) According to Kilmer, who is a Christian Scientist, he was healed through the power of love and prayer. “Many many people have been healed by prayer throughout recorded history. And many many people have died by whatever was modern medicine,” he explained. “It didn’t matter in Jesus’ day whether the patient believed. It doesn’t matter today. Love doesn’t care about our tiny human thoughts. That’s how I understand it anyway. I’ve probably tried to convince people when I was younger. I try to mind my own business now that I’m older. I also hope I never turn down Love again.” The actor also said in his AMA that he’d love to do both a Doc Holliday prequel and a Top Gun sequel, so hopefully the unstoppable power of love will get those projects off the ground.

18 May 19:50

Country singer Toby Keith is doing a special men-only concert in Saudi Arabia for Trump’s visit

by Jeva Lange

County singer Toby Keith may have made a name for himself with songs like "Beer For My Horses," "Whiskey Girl," "Red Solo Cup," and "I Love This Bar," but this weekend he will be performing in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, where alcohol is prohibited, in a concert that coincides with President Trump's visit.

The show, on Saturday, is free but open to men only. In addition to Keith, it will feature "an Arabian lute player," The Associated Press reports.

A professed love of beer and whiskey aside, Keith is a curious choice of performer for the conservative Muslim country as he's also written tracks like "The Taliban Song," featuring lyrics such as "I ain't seen my wife's face since they came here/They make her wear a scarf over her head that covers her from ear to ear."

Keith's concert will likely follow President Trump's speech on the topic of Islam, which is "intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America's commitment to our Muslim partners."