6 Places Moms Shouldn't Bring Their Babies (If They Want to Stay Sane)

I know there are some of you out there who have babies you can take anywhere in the world, any time you'd like. I don't. While my daughter is somewhat easygoing, I'm well-aware of my limits. We've taken her on a few airplane rides (some better than others), and on occasion, we'll go out to an earlyish dinner -- but there have definitely been times when said dinner turns into a "You know what? Can you box this up for us?" kind of night. It is what it is. I've accepted it. But I'm not going to lie, sometimes, I wish I could take my baby anywhere, any time.

What places can or can't you bring your baby?
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Teen Attacked By River Otter Says It Was Like a Horror Movie (VIDEO)

A teenage girl heading over to Grandma and Grandpa's river cottage to enjoy a little quality time and fun in the water. Sounds like a safe, fun weekend, right? Right. Well, for 13-year-oldKierra Clark, her visit to Grandma's took a disastrous turn for the worse when Kierra was attacked by a crazed animal while playing with her cousin in a nearby river. Not just any animal, though. A river otter. 
... A very angry river otter. 
Her grandmother described the encounter like "a scene out of Jaws." Kierra had her own thoughts on the frightening interaction

300-year-old stolen violin found in central England


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Stradivari made his last violin in 1737 when he was 92.

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Advice for the 'professional bridesmaid'


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Ladies, can you imagine being a bridesmaid in 12 weddings, attending 75 and spending about $10,000? 

Like Katherine Heigl in the movie," 27 Dresses" - Stephanie Gallman has said "I do, I do, I do" to being a real life bridesmaid a total of 12 times. 

Gallman is a CNN National Desk Assignment Editor- and it seems when she's not working, she's at a wedding! Total attended? She stopped counting at 74.

Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/Advice-for-the-professional-bridesmaid#ixzz2adgj5mnW

Dog eats owner’s testicle in Arkansas, dog euthanized Read more

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TRUMANN, AR - A paralyzed Arkansas man who recently took in a stray dog woke up to find his new pet had eaten one of his testicles, according to a KAIT 8 report.

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Principal Forces Two Kids To Hold Hands In Front Of School

The two teenage boys were forced to sit in chairs and hold hands with each other. Meanwhile the rest of the school’s students paraded around them and made fun of them. This is a type of public shaming that has become a popular form of punishment. Perhaps due to the embarrassment, the two boys will remember this punishment for the rest of their lives. In addition, hopefully the example set forth by these two boys will deter other students from wanting to fight each other on campus.
In addition to just the shame suffered by being seen holding hands with each other, the students also faced verbal abuse and ridicule from other students at the school. Some students harrassed the two young kids by asking them if they were both gay, and others took video of it with their cell phones and posted it to the web. The entire time, these two boys knew that their faces were going to make it to the web, so they tried their best to cover their faces in shame.
The principal was investigated for his unusual choice of punishment, but was later found to have done nothing wrong. He was able to keep his job as the principal of the school.
Do you feel that the principal was out of line for making the two kids hold hands like this? Would he have been better off just suspending the two boys, or perhaps giving them after-school detention instead?
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An Arizona High School Principal Forces Two Students To Hold Hands In Front Of The School After Catching Them Fighting


What Is The Best Non-Prescription Eyelash Enhancer?

Eyelash enhancers are the latest beauty trend these days, and cosmetic companies everywhere are launching products that promise to give women longer, fuller, and darker lashes without the fuss of mascara or false lashes.  But, with all these options, it’s hard to know what really works and what doesn’t.
Luckily, there are reputable beauty sites out there that have put many of these eyelash enhancers to the test.  The results for this year’s top-performing eyelash enhancers are in … with SmartLash coming in with a solid 5-star rating on DermStore.com, the #1 online destination for skin care and beauty.

Explanation: How Brain Training Can Make You Significantly Smarter | How Life Works

As many people hit middle age, they often start to notice that their memory and mental clarity are not what they used to be.  We suddenly can't remember where we put the keys just a moment ago, or an old acquaintance's name, or the name of an old band we used to love.  As the brain fades, we euphemistically refer to these occurrences as "senior moments."
While seemingly innocent, this loss of mental focus can potentially have a detrimental impact on our professional, social, and personal well-being. 

Explanation: How Brain Training Can Make You Significantly Smarter | How Life Works

Do Something Impossible

Go ahead, do something impossible." -- Seth Godin

I recently read a great call-to-action article -- one that would make you stop and realize that you're going to die someday and there's precious little time to do what you're here to do.
But the truth is, most of us realize time is short.
Of course, we don't walk around with this knowledge at the forefront all the time, but there are quiet moments when this truly sinks in and we get it on a visceral level.
The problem, I think, is less that we're blind to the fact that we need to act fast, and is more related to the confusion about what the hell we're supposed to do.

10 Sweet & Strange Things About Sugar You Probably Don't Know

t's addictive, delightful, and maddening all at once. It's been called toxic. It's the arch nemesis of politicians, the one food health gurus can all seem to agree iseeeevil, and like it or not, a staple at any celebration big or small. It's sugar -- the one ingredient it is way too easy to have a love-hate relationship with.

So, in honor of our on-and-off again affair with the sweet stuff, here, 10 facts about sugar you may not know ...
  1. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. The average kid: 32 teaspoons. But women should have no more than 6, while men can have 9.
  2. It's hiding in foods you'd never expect it to be in. Consider the following: Mayo, processed meats, French fries, pasta sauce, salad dressing, etc.
  3. Brown sugar is made up of sugar crystals that have been combined with molasses for taste and color. Confectioner's sugar (or powdered sugar) is white table sugar that has been pulverized into a very fine powder and sifted.
  4. In 327 BC, Alexander the Great discovered the sugar cane. After that, it remained a little known crop in Europe for over a millennium, sugar a rare commodity, and traders of sugar wealthy.
  5. Sugar works like a drug -- it releases an opiate-like substance that activates the brain's reward system.
  6. But you can wean yourself off of it.
  7. Over the last 20 years, sugar consumption in the U.S. has increased from 26 pounds to 135 pounds of sugar per person per year. Whoa.
  8. In 2001, scientists found the presence of sugar in space!
  9. Vegans may opt to buy vegan cane sugar as opposed to regular, because cane sugar may be filtered through activated carbon (charcoal) which may be of animal, vegetable, or mineral origin. Over half of the cane refineries int he U.S. use bone char (charcoal made from animal bones) as their activated carbon source. Hence why vegans would prefer to buy a product that is guaranteed to not have been filtered that way. 
  10. Sugar’s name originated from the Sanskrit word “Sharkara,” which means “gravel" or "sand."
What's another little-known fact about sugar?

10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar

10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You)

Excessive sugar in the diet is not the best idea when it comes to healthy living. Nonetheless, few of us are consuming sugar in recommended moderate amounts and most of us are eating tons of it. In fact, worldwide we are consuming about 500 extra calories a day from sugar. That's just about what you would need to consume if you wanted to gain a pound a week. 

Most people know that sugar is not good for them, but for some reason, they think the risk of excess sugar consumption is less than that of having too much saturated and trans fat, sodium or calories. Perhaps it's sugar's lack of sodium or fat that make it the "lesser of several evils," or perhaps people are simply of the mind frame that what they don't know won't hurt them. If you really knew what it was doing to your body, though, you might just put it at the top of your "foods to avoid" list. Here are ten things that may surprise you about sugar.

Mystery Of The Swastika Forests

Over 20 years ago, a landscaper in eastern Germany discovered a formation of trees in a forest in the shape of a swastika. Since then, a number of other forest swastikas have been found in Germany and beyond, but the mystery of their origins persist.


Laverne Cox Reveals AMAZING Secret Behind Filming As A Man


6 Places to Find Great Summer Reading

6 Places to Find Great Summer Reading

Earlier I wrote about some of my favorite summer movies. Now, it’s time to write about books. Like films, there are so many different choices and so many reasons different books are deemed a “must read.” Some people love only certain genres, be it horror, comedy or drama. And some, like everything.
So how do you choose what to read during the summer? What books do you think just say “summer”? Do you read only trashy novels? Or, do you delve into the classics? Are you an environmentalist or nature lover? Are you a foodie or locavore? The options are endless.
If you aren’t sure where to start, one great place to begin is your local library. Most libraries have a summer reading list not only for kids, but also for adults. Not sure about your own library? Visit the New York Public Library, which has recommendation lists by age and interest.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-places-to-find-great-summer-reading.html#ixzz2aXz98ynQ

6 Most Dangerous Beaches in the World (Slideshow)

6 Most Dangerous Beaches in the World (Slideshow)

When we think about beaches, relaxation, fun, and beautiful scenery usually come to mind. But that’s not always the case — whether due to pollution or  dangerous animals, several of the world’s beaches are not the vacation destinations they seem like. Click through to check out some of the worst

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Pope Francis speaks of homosexuals, the "gay lobby"

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"The problem is not to have this trend is lobbying. This is the most serious problem to me. If a person is gay and seek the Lord with good will, who am I to the judge? " he asked.

Black Hole Spin Rate Discovery May Shed Light On Evolution Of Galaxies

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A newly discovered way to determine the spin of monster black holes could help shed light on the evolution of these bizarre objects and the galaxies they anchor.
Astronomers watched as a black hole that sits at the core of a spiral galaxy 500 million light-years from Earth gobbled up gas and dust from its surrounding accretion disk. They were able to measure the distance between the inner edge of the disk and the black hole, which, in turn, allowed them to estimate the black hole's spin.
“If a black hole is spinning, it drags space and time with it, and that drags the accretion disk, containing the black hole's food, closer towards it," study lead author Chris Done, of the University of Durham in the United Kingdom, said in a statement. "This makes the black hole spin faster — a bit like an ice skater doing a pirouette."

6 Things You Thought Wrong About Introverts

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If common stereotypes have anything to say on the matter, it's that introverts are socially awkward loners who abhor large crowds and don't like people very much. An introvert may not be a particularly friendly or happy person, but hey, at least they're smarter and more creative than the average extrovert.
Despite comprising an estimated one-third of the general population, introversion may be one of the most frequently misunderstood personality traits. But the silent revolution of introverts -- catapulted into the spotlight largely by the work of Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking -- is shedding light on the experience of introverts living in a culture that tends to value extroverted qualities like assertiveness and outspokenness over solitude and quiet contemplation.

15 Cool Pictures of Sun Rays Through Trees

Perfect shots need the perfect setting. A little bit of mist, a low and bright sun, and some trees equals 15 cool pictures of sun rays through the trees.
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