People are pissed about the sexist and ageist reaction to Madonna twerking

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LONDON — Fans are reeling after TV personality Piers Morgan called Madonna’s twerking on ‘Carpool Karaoke’ “utterly embarrassing” and made him feel physically sick. 

In a TV segment on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Morgan hailed the pop star as a “walking talking trainwreck” and that it was embarrassing to watch “a 58-year-old” twerking. 

ICYMI: Moment @Madonna made me physically sick this morning:https://t.co/KUSutsITq0 @GMB pic.twitter.com/3DFrtKsAAM

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 6, 2016

Madonna recently appeared twerking in the trailer for James Cordon’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden.  Read more…

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Don’t be like me: How to keep your desk plant alive and happy

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My desk plant is dying, and I am devastated. 

For a little over two years, I’ve kept a pothos plant, aptly named Plant, at the corner of my desk at work. It was gift from an editor in my first few days of work, and it’s been with me ever since. It thrived under the harsh fluorescent lighting in our old office, and when time came to move to a new, sunnier space, I cradled Plant in my arms for the 7-block walk to its new home. 

The new office’s enormous windows were a welcome change, and for a while they suited Plant and I just fine. Every Friday I would carry Plant and its increasingly long vines to the office kitchen where I would water it.  Read more…

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Christmas lights are the only way to accessorize your beard this season

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LONDON — We’ve heard of beard baubles, glitter beards and even jingle bell-adorned beards.

Now a new trend has hit the beard scene and it’s about to light up this festive season in a big — and very literal — way. 

Twinkling fairy lights are the latest addition to the ever-burgeoning list of ways to bedazzle one’s beard this Yuletide.

One pop-up is bringing the twinkly lights to bearded Londoners, with one-off beard decorating sessions and stylist consultations. 

Image: Mikael Buck / East Village

Bearded hipsters can have a go at embellishing their whiskers with lights at a beard grooming stall at East Village E20’s Christmas market in east London on Sunday, Dec. 11

The “pimp my beard” pop-up will offer bearded gentlemen the chance to have a signature look crafted for them by a professional beard stylist.  Read more…

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David Beckham’s tattoos turned into animated illustrations for an important reason

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LONDON — David Beckham’s tattoos have been transformed into powerful animations in a film highlighting the lasting impact of physical and psychological child abuse. 

The film — released by children’s charity UNICEF — shows the footballer’s tattoos coming to life in shocking scenes depicting physical and psychological abuse. 

The first animated tattoo in the film features the words “violence marks forever” wrapped around a heart, while another shot shows a tattoo of an angel with tears rolling down its face

The other animated tattoos in the film depict traumatic scenes in which children are being assaulted and verbally abused.  Read more…

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Your Starbucks cake could have more sugar than 5 Krispy Kremes

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LONDON — Cakes sold at leading coffee shops could contain “staggering high levels” of sugar with some containing as much as 18 teaspoons per slice — according to new research.

The research was conducted by the campaign group Action on Sugar (AoS) at Queen Mary University of London. It surveyed 67 cakes from 157 UK coffee shops and supermarkets. 

Data on the product’s nutritional information — found on labels and brand websites — were used by researchers to compare sugar content on servings of “fruity cakes”.  Read more…

The worst offenders 

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Lady Gaga shares empowering message about mental illness and trauma

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LONDON — Lady Gaga made a powerful announcement at a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth, stating that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

During a segment on the TODAY show, the singer went to the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, New York, to hand out presents before delivering a powerful message to a group of young people. 

“I don’t have the same kind of issues that you have, but I have a mental illness and I struggle with that illness every day. So, I need my mantra to help keep me relaxed,” Lady Gaga told the group.  Read more…

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The disastrous phone calls we all want to avoid

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Answering the phone when an unknown caller is on the line – or worse, a number you don’t recognize – is like talking on speakerphone in a public place. It’s just not something you do.    

More than 1 out of every 7 calls in the U.S. is a fraud or scam, according to DU Caller, a new smartphone privacy app. From your standard telemarketers all the way up to professional scam artists, unwanted callers are a drain on time, energy and money.   

“At the very least, scam calls are a personal intrusion into our lives; at the worst, they can cause huge financial losses,” says Keskin Zhao, DU Caller product manager.    Read more…

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How to make sure your laptop isn’t one of thousands left with the TSA this holiday season

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With Thanksgiving just past us and Christmas still to come, we’re right in the heart of the holiday travel season, so it’s a good time to remind you to stop leaving your laptop at TSA airport checkpoints.

This was underscored last week when a rep from the TSA shared a tweet (below), showing dozens of laptops stacked on a shelf, all left behind at TSA checkpoints at Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.

About 70 laptops left at @TSA checkpoints at @EWRairport since October. Leave an item at a checkpoint? Contact us: https://t.co/mnPs9ccz15 pic.twitter.com/1y7wbjiCf9

— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) November 28, 2016 Read more…

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Tougher, Better, Faster, Stretchier: The technology behind clothing and fabric

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The clothes on your back don’t just make you look good. They keep you warm and dry, make movement easier and make your life better.   

Fabric technology has a huge impact your day-to-day. From early advances with chemistry that gave us synthetic fabrics to treatments that are revolutionizing the idea of what clothing can do, textile tech is expanding to new and exciting places.   

Here we’ll explore the technology behind these advances, take a look at how far we’ve come and peek ahead to see where we’re going.      

Spandex 

Invented in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers, this stretchy synthetic fabric had a major impact on the clothing industry after it was introduced to the public in 1962.     Read more…

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How to have a sustainable holiday season and help make the world a better place

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The planet needs our help.   

According to the United Nations, less than 3 percent of the Earth’s water is drinkable, one in nine people in the world today are undernourished and some 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills.   

But by doing our part and starting at home, we can all make a difference. From deep economic chasms and climate volatility to increased needs in the fields of health, food systems and more, making positive changes to help create a better world is more important than ever.   

During the busy holiday season, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget what’s really important.     Read more…

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