Saturday, January 31, 2015

We Asked 25 Psychics Across The Country To Predict Who Will Win The Super Bowl

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We Asked 25 Psychics Across The Country To Predict Who Will Win The Super Bowl

If you believe our country's psychics, the New England Patriots are about to win Super Bowl XLIX.



The Huffington Post reached out to psychics across the nation with an "odd Super Bowl request" -- we wanted to know who they thought would win Sunday's game. Although it must be stressed that this is outside the normal purview of their job, 25 psychics got back to us to give a prediction for fun. As Beth Bennet of Georgia aptly put it: "Psychic abilities just don't work like this, but that's not what you want to know..."



Many of the psychics who wrote back with predictions expressed that they like to have a sense of humor about the job -- so even though it's not what they usually use their abilities for, they were willing to try to figure out who will win the game. Marcel Cairo of Ohio wrote in an email, "I'll ask the ghost of Walter Peyton to tell me the outcome (joke). :-)"



Of course some psychics may end up predicting the wrong score, a fact that a few pointed out. "If I'm wrong, please try to make my name as small as possible. 3 point font. Har har," wrote Jessica McKay form New Jersey.



Some of the psychics circumnavigated the question a bit by bringing in outside teams. When psychic Tristan Rimbaud of Kentucky tuned in, he said he saw the New England Patriots beating the Minnesota Vikings, a team that didn't even make the playoffs this year. Others expressed how they know borderline nothing about sports and had to look up who was playing and how points are scored.



In any case, all these psychic predictions mean the information below should probably be considered a definitive source of knowledge for how the upcoming game will turn out. Gathering all the psychic data, here are a few main things to note...



Key Takeaways:



16 out of 25 psychics chose the New England Patriots to win.



The rough mean score from all the answers was New England Patriots 23, Seattle Seahawks 21.



The most common score predicted for the New England Patriots was a tie between 21 and 23, which were each predicted three times.



The most common score predicted for the Seattle Seahawks was a tie between 17 and 24, which were each predicted four times.



Note: Two of the psychics gave multiple score possibilities. We used the first score they listed for the map below.




The map of predictions:








Here are the psychics we interviewed:



Alabama: Judi Lynch, Arkansas: Gabbie Chase, California: Anthony Teresi, Connecticut: Jeff McBride, Delaware: Deanna Fitzpatrick, Florida: Joseph LoBrutto, Georgia: Beth Bennett, Idaho: Kerry Ryan, Indiana: Jeffrey Poe, Iowa: Jessica Climer, Kentucky: Tristan Rimbaud, Maryland: Tanisia Smith, Minnesota: Alison James, Missouri: LA Martin, Nebraska: Kelli Miller, Nevada: Terri Jay, New Hampshire: Gwen Houghton, New Jersey: Jessica McKay, New Mexico: Karen Tallkat Conley, Ohio: Marcel Cairo, Oklahoma: Terry L. Blackshire, Pennsylvania: Bob Kenney, Washington: Marc Lainhart, West Virginia: Aeson Knight, Wyoming: Amy Woods




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Soccer-Huddersfield player stable after airlift drama

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Soccer-Huddersfield player stable after airlift drama

(Adds player staying in hospital overnight) LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Tommy Smith, a footballer for second-tier English club Huddersfield Town, had to be taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering a head injury in their game against Leeds United on Saturday. "We are pleased to report Tommy has been sitting up and talking to members of Huddersfield Town's staff who have visited him on Saturday evening," the website reported. Straight after the game, officials were still so concerned about his condition that they organised an air ambulance helicopter to land on Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium pitch to fly Smith to hospital in nearby Leeds.




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'Zombie Cat' at Center of Pet Custody Battle

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'Zombie Cat' at Center of Pet Custody Battle

'Zombie Cat' at Center of Pet Custody BattleThe so-called "zombie cat" that seemingly came back to life after being buried is now at the center of a custody dispute between his original owner and the Tampa Bay Humane Society, according to the Humane Society. The cat, named Bart, made headlines after his owners reportedly found him hit by a car and buried him. According to the Tampa Bay Humane Center in Tampa, Florida, the cat with nine lives had fairly severe injuries including a broken jaw, facial lacerations and a damaged eye that had to be removed. "Therefore, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay does not intend to return Bart to the Hutson family.





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Watch A Man In A Wingsuit Fly Over The Pyramids Of Giza

Ancient wonder, meet modern daredevil.



Cedric Dumont toured the Pyramids of Giza Thursday by air, flying in a wingsuit for a view that many tourists and history buffs would envy.



Dumont's stunt had to be cleared with Egypt's defense department, sponsor Red Bull noted, but it was well worth the effort.



"Flying over the pyramids has such a mystical and unmatched energy, one of the most incredible flights I have ever performed," Dumont told Red Bull.



The Belgian said on his website that adventure sport "takes me to amazing places."



We'll say.



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How To Stream The Super Bowl For Free Online In 2015

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and you are frantically searching for some way to watch the game with all those friends you invited over at the last minute, right? That, or you are at home alone with a pint of ice cream.



Either way, it's OK, and everything is going to be fine! It's actually super easy to watch the Super Bowl online this year. Just click over to NBC, and they'll have everything set up for you. You don’t even need proof of a cable subscription or anything.



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Yes, dear American, your online dreams have been answered



Want to watch 10 straight hours of Super Bowl coverage in what can only be described as the modern-day equivalent of Chinese water torture? You can! NBC will start its livestream at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, Feb. 1, and will continue to stream Super Bowl coverage until around 10 p.m., when it’ll throw on a new episode “The Blacklist.” The actual Super Bowl starts around 6:30 p.m. on NBC.



This isn’t the first time NBC has streamed the Super Bowl, but it is the first time it’s been able to include the halftime show in the stream, which is good news for those of you who are forced to watch the Super Bowl but hate, you know, football.



One thing to note: The streaming service won’t work on your smartphone. But honestly, you don’t want to be that guy anyway.




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'Zombie Cat' Should Not Go Back To Owner Who Buried Him Alive: Humane Society

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'Zombie Cat' Should Not Go Back To Owner Who Buried Him Alive: Humane Society

Rescue workers who helped save Bart -- the “zombie cat” who clawed his way out of an untimely grave last week -- don’t want the resilient feline to return to his former family.



“I met with the owner for about 40 minutes,” Sherry Silk, executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, told The Huffington Post. “I told him at that time some things had come to light that I was really uncomfortable with.”



Ellis Hutson, Bart’s owner, told ABC News this week his pet was hit by a car a couple of weeks ago. Hutson said he was sure the animal was dead and enlisted his neighbor to bury the cat near his home. However, Bart returned -- severely injured and covered in dirt -- five days later.



Humane Society workers posted Bart’s story on the organization's blog, calling him the “miracle cat.” But now, Silk told HuffPost that the team is suspicious of some of the circumstances surrounding Bart's injuries and Hutson's story about them. They don't want to return the cat, she said.



Hutson told ABC Action News that he wants the cat back.



"If we have to go to court, we have to go to court," he told the outlet. "I haven't done anything wrong, and I don't think it's right to take my cat."



Dusty Albritton, who the Tampa Bay Times reports is Hutson's neighbor, set up a GoFundMe page on Jan. 23 for the cat's medical expenses. As of Saturday, it had raised over $7,000. An update posted Saturday afternoon and signed as coming from both Albritton and Hutson accuses Silk of not telling the truth about the situation.



The update also noted that the account was initially set up "solely for Bart," but that they did not expect so much money to pour in. It said funds will be donated to emergency veterinary services "in Bart's name."



Albritton did not immediately return a request for comment Saturday, and attempts to reach Hutson were unsuccessful.



The Humane Society website notes that it is not affiliated with the GoFundMe campaign, and as of Friday had received no funds from the account. The site also states that Bart's medical expenses have already been covered by the organization's emergency medical fund.



In a YouTube video that appears to show Bart and is posted to an account listed under the name "Dusty Salas," a voice is heard saying, "He might not have been dead. 'Cause when I found him … he was moving and stuff." A Facebook page under the name "Dusty Albritton" has linked to the YouTube account repeatedly.



Silk told HuffPost she does not believe Hutson will be able to provide a home environment suitable for Bart's fragile state of health, and expressed concerns that Bart will not be kept indoors.



“I just don’t want [Bart] to go there,” Silk said. “If it’s a legal issue, and it could be, we may very well lose. But we’re going to fight to do what we think is right for this cat.”



However, Hutson also told WFLA that he promises to keep Bart indoors.



Silk says she hopes that Hutson will ultimately surrender Bart to the Humane Society so they can find him a home more suited to his situation. While not everyone is equipped to care for a special-needs cat, Silk said she urges those who are moved by Bart’s story to adopt another shelter cat in his honor.




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How To Stream The Super Bowl For Free Online In 2015

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How To Stream The Super Bowl For Free Online In 2015

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and you are frantically searching for some way to watch the game with all those friends you invited over at the last minute, right? That, or you are at home alone with a pint of ice cream.



Either way, it's OK, and everything is going to be fine! It's actually super easy to watch the Super Bowl online this year. Just click over to NBC, and they'll have everything set up for you. You don’t even need proof of a cable subscription or anything.



nbc sports

Yes, dear American, your online dreams have been answered



Want to watch 10 straight hours of Super Bowl coverage in what can only be described as the modern-day equivalent of Chinese water torture? You can! NBC will start its livestream at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, Feb. 1, and will continue to stream Super Bowl coverage until around 10 p.m., when it’ll throw on a new episode “The Blacklist.” The actual Super Bowl starts around 6:30 p.m. on NBC.



This isn’t the first time NBC has streamed the Super Bowl, but it is the first time it’s been able to include the halftime show in the stream, which is good news for those of you who are forced to watch the Super Bowl but hate, you know, football.



One thing to note: The streaming service won’t work on your smartphone. But honestly, you don’t want to be that guy anyway.



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Social Media and the Illusion of Intimacy

I recently read this article about how the nude selfie and the culture of social media in general is changing our perception of what "normal" behavior is. We hear about nude photos being leaked and condescendingly roll our eyes.



Why did she take it?

Why did he share it?

Because we are like dogs.



In the 1890s Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov discovered that when he rang a bell to signal meal time to dogs, they would begin to salivate whether he brought food or not. There has since been ample research to confirm Pavlov's findings and in more recent years, brain scan researchers have found that people have more brain activity anticipating a reward than receiving one. So when you hear the "ping" of your phone it sets off a dopamine loop in your brain. Dopamine is not simply a pleasure chemical but a wanting chemical. It propels you to do something. In this case, people send the naked picture or text message for the anticipation of the other person's response.



All of this got me thinking about relationships in this digital era. It has become more and more normal to "meet" online and carry on relationships (romantic or platonic) wherein physical interaction is minimal or nonexistent. When you are holding your phone you are holding the idea of a person; an idea you probably helped construct. It's hard to judge someone's character online because you are only seeing that which they choose to show you and which you interpret with prejudice. A person may seem so perfect online but turn out to be nothing more than a very good salesman. That friend may seem like your kind, but she's taken subtle cues from you and tailored her responses accordingly. It is a bit like the Emperor's New Clothes. We walk around cloaked in the illusion of intimacy. And on some level we must realize it, but we want so badly to believe that it's real, because even with all the followers and likes and Facebook friends we are somehow lonelier than ever.



Alternately, when you are talking to a person in real life you don't have minutes to carefully choose your words. There are no filters. You can't sit in silence for two hours ruminating over what to say next. In real life it's impossible to control all the variables that you can online. Real life forces you to be present in a way that online interactions do not. (Though if you've ever seen two people on a date each gazing lovingly into their phones then you know that even real-life interactions are changing.) I've written about this in the past, but no matter how honest you feel you're being online, the temptation to project what you think people want is often too great.



There really are no victims in this dilemma. No one's forcing any of us to feed the machine, and yet we are, and in return it gives us a compulsion of the peripheral, creating a generation that is perpetually dissatisfied, easily bored, and emotionally detached. So what should we do? Social media is an integral part of our culture now and one that is not inherently bad, yet I am very uneasy about what the future will look like if we continue to prioritize instant, fleeting gratification over real life connections.



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Chile's Bachelet takes on conservatives with plan to ease abortion ban

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet speaks at a news conference after her welcoming ceremony in the presidential palace in Guatemala CityBy Anthony Esposito SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, unveiled plans on Saturday to ease a complete ban on abortions in the socially conservative South American country. In a televised address, leftist Bachelet said she was sending Congress a draft bill that would permit abortion when a mother's life is at risk, a fetus will not survive the pregnancy, or in the case of rape. The outright ban on terminations was put in place during the final days of Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship. A number of attempts since then to legalize abortion have been blocked by right-wing legislators.






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Soccer-Player airlifted to hospital after injury in English game

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Soccer-Player airlifted to hospital after injury in English game

Tommy Smith, a footballer for second-tier English club Huddersfield Town, had to be taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering a head injury in their game against Leeds. Smith, a 22-year-old defender, had to be taken off the pitch on a stretcher late in the Championship game after a collision with his own goalkeeper Joe Murphy. Straight after the game, an air ambulance helicopter landed on Huddersfield's John Smith's Stadium pitch to fly Smith to Leeds General Infirmary.




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Pivotal time for trans people as rigid notion of gender challenged: TRFN

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Pivotal time for trans people as rigid notion of gender challenged: TRFN

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Kate Bornstein, the American author and pioneer gender activist, this is a pivotal time in history for transgender people as the rigid concept of two sexes is challenged by a growing number of individuals who don't conform to either. "That's very different from their parents or even their older siblings," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview. "In the early 1990s, there might be one 'trans' student in six or seven colleges and now the audience is filled with female to male...or really cool gender queer (people)," Bornstein, who does not identify as male or female, says in a new film about her life. In the United States and beyond, a growing movement views gender as a complex, mainly psychological phenomenon in which a person's external anatomy is no longer the defining factor.




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New York Measles Case Could Have Exposed Thousands of Travelers

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New York Measles Case Could Have Exposed Thousands of Travelers

ABC News' Ron Claiborne reports the morning's top stories.


Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of Scrimmage

Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of ScrimmageModern medicine has some things in common with football -- or maybe I just have the Super Bowl on the brain. Both, it seems to me, tend to foster our occasionally-overinflated hopes, leaving us at times to contend with a relatively, well, deflated reality.Both are team sports, advancing courtesy of collective effort. And by and large, progress...




White House urges parents to heed advice urging childhood vaccines

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. measles cases on the rise, the White House on Friday urged parents to heed the advice of public health officials and scientists in getting their children vaccinated. "People should evaluate this for themselves with a bias toward good science and toward the advice of our public health professionals," President Barack Obama's spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. Asked whether people should be getting vaccinated, Earnest said: "That's what the science indicates." "The science on this is really clear," Earnest added. The measles outbreak has renewed a debate over the so-called anti-vaccination movement in which fears about potential side effects of vaccines, fueled by now-debunked research suggesting a link to autism, have led a small minority of parents to refuse to allow their children to be inoculated.


Woman convicted of endangering children in her decrepit NYC home

A woman who was raising three children in a decrepit New York City house that lacked some exterior walls and a part of the roof was convicted on Friday on charges of endangering the children's welfare, the local prosecutor's office said. Katherine Vartholomeou, 48, had no running water in her home in the borough of Queens, and powered lights and other devices by running extension cords from a neighboring house, according to the Queens district attorney's account. The police had entered with a search warrant while investigating Dimitrios Vlahakis, Vartholomeou's 24-year-old son, for a string of burglaries. The home's structure had previously been damaged in a fire, and police feared another fire might be imminent as they found extension cords, lights and refuse in combustible proximity.


POM Wonderful loses bid to tout health benefits in drink ads

Pomegranate juice maker POM Wonderful cannot advertise that its pomegranate drinks treat or prevent heart disease or other ailments unless it has proof, a U.S. appeals court said Friday, upholding an order by the Federal Trade Commission. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit largely upheld a 2010 order by the Federal Trade Commission, which found that POM Wonderful's advertising was misleading in claiming its products would treat or reduce the risk of diseases ranging from heart disease to prostate cancer to erectile dysfunction. "Many of those ads mischaracterized the scientific evidence concerning the health benefits of POM's products with regard to those diseases. The FTC Act proscribes — and the First Amendment does not protect — deceptive and misleading advertisements," the court said in its ruling.



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Patti Smith's Advice About What Really Matters In Life Will Give You Chills

If you're feeling down on your dreams today, Patti Smith has something to say about that.



In 2012, the punk rock icon spoke to a group of young people about what life is really about. Her speech may be a few years old, but her message is a timeless one:



I’ve done records where it seemed like no one listened to them. You write poetry book that maybe, you know, 50 people read. And you just keep doing your work because you have to, because it’s your calling ... What matters is to know what you want and pursue it. And understand that it’s gonna be hard. Because life is really difficult. You’re gonna lose people you love, you’re gonna suffer heartbreak, sometimes you’ll be sick, sometimes you’ll have a really bad toothache.



But on the other end, you’ll have the most beautiful experiences. Sometimes just the sky. Sometimes, you know, a piece of work that you do that feels so wonderful, or you find somebody to love, or your children. There’s beautiful things in life. So when you’re suffering … it’s part of the package.



I say, stay strong, try to have fun but stay clean, stay healthy, because you have a lot of challenges ahead, and be happy.



Although Smith is full of wise words these days, once upon a time she was a 20-year-old college dropout hoping to make it in the music scene. She had her struggles, but she was relentless.



"That wasn't much fun, but I had my mantra, 'I'm free, I'm free.' ... I wasn't worried, though," she wrote in her 2010 memoir Just Kids. "I just needed a break and I wasn't going to give up."







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Mysterious Space Globule Looks Undeniably Beautiful

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Mysterious Space Globule Looks Undeniably Beautiful

Some astronomers call it "God’s Hand." Others say it looks like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature.



Featured in a new image taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, a small cloud of gas and dust dubbed CG4 is nothing short of stunning. Just check it out below.



The image of the so-called "cometary globule" -- which lies some 1,300 light years from Earth -- shows a close-up of the space cloud's head, and was released by ESO on Jan. 28. Although the globule shines bright in the image, it's a faint object in reality and, therefore, difficult to detect.



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A Very Large Telescope image of the cometary globule CG4, which has a comet-like shape with a head and tail.



The head of CG4 is around 1.5 light-years in diameter, while its tail is about eight light-years long -- that's so big that it basically dwarfs our entire solar system, according to Discovery News. Astronomers hope to study more cometary globules -- like CG4 -- to solve the mystery of why they have their distinct comet-like shapes.



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Africa looks to extend new disaster insurance to Ebola-like epidemics

Health workers carry the body of a suspected Ebola victim for burial at a cemetery in FreetownBy Daniel Flynn DAKAR (Reuters) - African countries want to extend a new catastrophe insurance fund, which made its first payout of $25 million this month, to include protection against epidemics in the wake of the devastating Ebola outbreak. The African Risk Capacity (ARC) agency, a specialised body of the African Union, launched a scheme last year to insure against natural disasters. It is an effort to break Africa's reliance on foreign aid and address the impact of climate change by using innovative financial techniques. The ARC paid $25 million in its first year of operations to Senegal, Mauritania and Niger to mitigate the effects of a severe drought in the arid Sahel region south of the Sahara -- well above the $8 million in premiums paid by those countries.




Do You Have Metabol-Envy?

Yesterday, I sat with a friend, and she said if she could have one wish it would be to be able to eat whatever she wanted and not gain weight. I clarified, "You mean instead of your family being healthy or world peace?" She said, "Well one wish or thing I could change about myself." I think I believe that last part. The truth is, I hear all...


Athletes' biological clocks affect their performance

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – A week before the Super Bowl, a new study suggests that players' performances may depend at least in part on how the game's timing aligns with their body clocks. “The reason why we did this study is that all the existing literature talking about circadian rhythm in sports performance came to the same conclusion: that athletes give their best performance in the evening,” said Roland Brandstaetter, the study’s senior author from the University of Birmingham in the UK. As reported in the journal Current Biology, Brandstaetter and colleagues studied the performance of 121 athletes who competed in competitions. When the researchers separated the athletes into three groups based on their internal clocks, they found that those who naturally get up early reached peak performance in the early afternoon.


Measles Outbreak has Spread to 14 States, 84 Cases this Month

Arizona health officials??? concerned virus could spread during Super Bowl.


Father of Psych Ward Stabbing Victim Says Mental Patients Treated Like 'Prisoners'

Father of Psych Ward Stabbing Victim Says Mental Patients Treated Like 'Prisoners'The father of man stabbed to death by his roommate in a southern California hospital psych ward won $3 million in punitive damages this week against the hospital where his son died. "Mentally challenged individuals have just as many rights as other people," Joseph Camacho, 79, told ABC News. His son, Dean Camacho, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was attacked at Pacifica Hospital of the Valley in Sun Valley, California, by his roommate, Jerry Romansky in 2011, according to court documents. Though rooms throughout the hospital were equipped with emergency buzzers, they had been disabled in the mental health wing, according to Joseph Camacho's lawyer, John Marcin.





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WATCH: Beauty Pageant Runner-Up Grabs Tiara From Queen's Head

A beauty pageant contestant should be graceful and compassionate. But oh how they can be such sore losers.



Just take a look at this Brazilian pageant runner-up, who nearly took the queen's head off when she lunged to the front of the stage to snag the Miss Amazon 2015 winning tiara for herself.



The drama unfolded just moments after judges announced the winner, Carolina Toledo, according to The Mirror. The runner-up, Sheislane Hayalla, at first forced herself to congratulate Toledo, but that was about as long as the sportsmanship lasted.



Footage shows Hayalla yank the tiara, spike it at the ground, point her finger at Toledo (rude) and insult her before storming off stage.



In a way, it was beautiful.



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Mysterious Space Globule Looks Undeniably Beautiful

Some astronomers call it "God’s Hand." Others say it looks like the gaping mouth of a gigantic celestial creature.



Featured in a new image taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, a small cloud of gas and dust dubbed CG4 is nothing short of stunning. Just check it out below.



The image of the so-called "cometary globule" -- which lies some 1,300 light years from Earth -- shows a close-up of the space cloud's head, and was released by ESO on Jan. 28. Although the globule shines bright in the image, it's a faint object in reality and, therefore, difficult to detect.



(Story continues below image.)

space globule

A Very Large Telescope image of the cometary globule CG4, which has a comet-like shape with a head and tail.



The head of CG4 is around 1.5 light-years in diameter, while its tail is about eight light-years long -- that's so big that it basically dwarfs our entire solar system, according to Discovery News. Astronomers hope to study more cometary globules -- like CG4 -- to solve the mystery of why they have their distinct comet-like shapes.


Creepy Medical Supplies Found Amid Wreckage Of Pirate Blackbeard's Ship

Ahoy! Archaeologists excavating pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship, named Queen Anne's Revenge, recently unearthed from the wreckage various medical devices--and some of them look pretty darn terrifying.



Among the grisly finds were a urethral syringe that would have been used to treat syphilis, two pumps, and a porringer that would have been used in bloodletting, Live Science reported.



"We just have to understand that these people were suffering," Dr. Linda Carnes-McNaughton, an archaeologist with the U.S. Department of Defense who volunteered on the excavation, told CNN. "They were seeking relief for any kind of ailment, and certainly if there was warfare on the water, there were wounds among other ailments that needed treatment. It wasn't always a formally trained person in desperate times. That's probably more common than we know."



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A mortar and pestle that was likely used to grind ingredients to make medicine.



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Supplies used to measure medicine.



Blackbeard lost his flagship when it ran aground off the coast of North Carolina in 1718. The ship was hidden by water and sand for more than 270 years until it was rediscovered in 1996. Now, the shipwreck is being closely studied as part of the Queen Anne's Revenge project of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.



Thanks to the medical artifacts found aboard the flagship, archaeologists are learning more about how Blackbeard's crew treated not only small wounds and ailments, but also chronic illnesses.



"Because his passion for piracy [sic], I think he cared very much about keeping it going, and to keep it going, he had to have a healthy, functioning crew," Carnes-McNaughton told The Washington Post.



She described the new findings at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual meeting on Jan. 8, 2015.




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Best Tweets: What Women Said On Twitter This Week

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Best Tweets: What Women Said On Twitter This Week

The week started off with a general panic when the Northeast learned it could be getting up to three feet of snow. Some were not too happy with Storm Juno and decided to vent their frustrations on Twitter: "Maybe if Winter Storm Juno had used protection with Winter Storm Michael Cera we wouldn't be in this mess," OhNoSheTwitnt tweeted.



Fortunately, the blizzard was rather underwhelming for those in NYC, leaving a whopping eight inches of snow on the ground. Akilah Hughes put it perfectly when she tweeted, "This is not the first time a man didn't know what 8 inches actually looks like. #Snowmageddon2015." Truth.



In other news this week, the cast for the all-female "Ghostbusters" remake was revealed and it did not disappoint. Twitter user Bab$ Gray highlighted an important concern, tweeting, "FACT: Female #ghostbusters are paid 78% of what male ghostbusters make for the SAME GHOSTBUSTING." Inconceivable!



For more great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.



I'm gonna need everyone to stop milk chocolate shaming

— Chelsea Fagan (@Chelsea_Fagan) January 25, 2015





If she were really miss universe, she'd gradually grow more chaotic until she was, by the end of her term, a weak void.

— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) January 26, 2015





my brother just texted me to say that Ross on Friends kinda reminds him of Drake (in case u want to know what Canada's like)

— SarahNicolePrickett (@snpsnpsnp) January 27, 2015





They named the blizzard Juno because it will probably cause a bunch of teen pregnancies

— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) January 27, 2015





Hey kids, remember to use protection during Juno or else you'll end up like that short cute lesbian girl in the movie Juno.

— NYC BLONDE (@NYC_Blonde) January 27, 2015





Maybe if Winter Storm Juno had used protection with Winter Storm Michael Cera we wouldn't be in this mess.

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FACT: Female #ghostbusters are paid 78% of what male ghostbusters make for the SAME GHOSTBUSTING

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Just remember: If you didn't insta the #snowpocalypse it didn't happen

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Within 12 hours we'll be smearing peanut butter directly on the Hershey bars, and within 36 hours we'll be eating each other. #snowpocalypse

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To the lady who maybe didn't check the weather and wore platform heels to slide down 6th avenue: I am so sorry.

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About to go pre-blizzard grocery shopping. Do I need anything other than wine?

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Some folks say feminists are boring and ugly which is weird because I'm fascinating and hoooooooooooooooootttttttttttttt as fuuuuuuuuuccccck

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So basically we all panicked, bought too much eggs and bread, and gave ourselves a day off. I can live with this.

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I'm dressed to like the 4 and a halves right now.

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I would see the shit out of an all-male Steel Magnolias.

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"WOMEN are DESTROYING my CHILDHOOD" - someone whose parents already took care of that

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Sometimes, all people need to know is that someone will always be by their side.



Preferably someone they've met, cuz otherwise it's weird.

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if we collectively crawl back into bed as a nation, no one will get into trouble

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Every day that I don't change my Twitter name to Super Nintendo Chalmers is a active refusal to live up to my ultimate potential

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This is not the first time a man didn't know what 8 inches actually looks like. #Snowmageddon2015

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Women make better Ghostbusters than men because we are used to caring about invisible problems no one else believes in.

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My favorite kind of mansplaining was when a guy was like "You're masturbating and that's great but lemme show you how girls do it in porn."

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my snapchat username is fucknoidontwanttoseeyourdick

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Can't wait to see what flavor of shade Taylor Swift tries to throw at Katy Perry during the Super Bo- (sound of gunshot)

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Whoever speaks at my funeral will probably just look over at my casket and say "well, she was always kind of like this."

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I would walk 500 miles

And I would walk 500 more

Just to be the girl who walked 1000 miles and brags about it constantly and has great legs

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Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate’s 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever. Yet abolishing the tax won’t be easy, even though Republicans rank it a top priority and are backed by Democrats from states that rely on the industry for jobs. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever.




Pivotal time for trans people as rigid notion of gender challenged

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Kate Bornstein, the American author and pioneer gender activist, this is a pivotal time in history for transgender people as the rigid concept of two sexes is challenged by a growing number of individuals who don't conform to either. "That's very different from their parents or even their older siblings," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview. "In the early 1990s, there might be one 'trans' student in six or seven colleges and now the audience is filled with female to male...or really cool gender queer (people)," Bornstein, who does not identify as male or female, says in a new film about her life. In the United States and beyond, a growing movement views gender as a complex, mainly psychological phenomenon in which a person's external anatomy is no longer the defining factor.


GMO mosquito plan sparks outcry in Florida

A British company's plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases has sparked an outcry from fearful residentsA British company's plan to unleash hordes of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida to reduce the threat of dengue fever and other diseases has sparked an outcry from fearful residents. The company, Oxitec, said it wants to try the technique there in order to reduce the non-native Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in south Florida and beyond. "They are more than just a nuisance as they can spread serious diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya," Oxitec said on its website. The process involves inserting a gene into lab-grown, male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.




Spain uses stem cell therapy to treat damaged hearts

A Spanish hospital has successfully used stem cells, like those pictured here, culled from healthy donors to treat heart attack victimsA Spanish hospital has successfully used stem cells culled from healthy donors to treat seven heart attack victims, in what officials said was a world first. Madrid's Gregorio Maranon hospital plans to treat 55 patients in all with the technique in a clinical trial, the regional Madrid government which runs the hospital said in a statement. "Seven patients have already been operated on and they have progressed very well despite having suffered serious damage to their heart tissue," it added. It is the first time that allogeneic cells -- stem cells that come from another person -- have been used to repair damage to a heart caused by a heart attack, the statement added.





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Justine King Arrested While Allegedly Sitting Pantless On Whisky Bottle

A woman arrested on suspicion of DUI made a memorable impression on officers for allegedly sitting naked on top of an empty bottle of whisky.



Justine King, 33, was arrested Sept. 30, after officers allegedly found her sitting naked from the waist down in a blue Chevrolet Malibu that she crashed, KDKA TV reports.



King's pants were under the car's pedals and she was sitting on a bottle of Black Velvet whisky, according to an affidavit filed Jan. 15 as part of the court case against her. The documents were obtained by The Smoking Gun.



Officers told King to put her pants and exit the vehicle. She allegedly responded, “I don’t have any pants! I left my home without them!” the affidavit said.



The report says King was finally pulled from the car, handcuffed and placed into a cab, all while being “extremely belligerent, kicking, pulling away, and struggling."



The suspect initially refused to identify herself, telling authorities, “The government got my name. You ain’t getting it! Ask the government." On the way to the station, officers said King kept "banging her head off the inside of the window panel."



King was taken to a nearby hospital, but refused to take a blood test or put on pants, according to SundayWorld.com.



King was arrested on charges of drunken driving, resisting arrest, reckless driving, open lewdness, and disorderly conduct.



She is due in court Feb. 20 to be arraigned on charges of drunk driving, resisting arrest, reckless driving, open lewdness, and disorderly conduct.



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Balloon Pilots Break World Record With Trip Across Ocean


By Joseph J. Kolb

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan 30 (Reuters) - A pair of balloonists trying to fly to North America from Japan passed a major milestone on Friday that could soon be declared a world record for the length of time spent in the air by a gas-filled balloon, a spokeswoman said.

The feat came a day after the team of Troy Bradley, an American, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, a Russian, logged what they also believe to be the distance record for such flights, flying more than 5,260 miles (8,465 km) by Thursday afternoon, according to a tracking website (http://www.pacificballoon.com/) set up for their journey.

The existing distance record, set in 1981, also came on a transpacific flight, of 5,209 miles (8,383 km). The existing record for time spent in the air is 137 hours, set in 1978 by a team crossing the Atlantic.

Bradley and Tiukhtyaev, who call their team and balloon Two Eagles, hope to land on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico on Saturday morning, spokeswoman Kim Vesely said. The pair took off for their trip on Jan. 24.

"The team is now fully focused on the final and most important task: landing the balloon safely after a successful crossing of the Pacific Ocean," she said.

Vesely said she did not formally call the team's feats a record because that designation will be decided by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and the Fédèration Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the international air sports federation.


(Reporting by Joseph J. Kolb; Editing by Sharon Bernstein and Eric Beech)




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What's Really Happening In Your Brain When You Multitask

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What's Really Happening In Your Brain When You Multitask

You probably think you have to multitask to accomplish everything on your to-do list and still have a few precious minutes to unwind at the end of the day. But research suggests you're probably not as good at doing things at once as you might think.



In fact, your brain can't consciously focus on more than one thing at a time, according to a new video created by Amit Sood, M.D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and the author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.



When you think you're multitasking, your brain is actually rapidly toggling between tasks, and because "each toggle depletes energy," multitasking can actually drain you, leading to fewer accomplishments rather than more.



Watch the video above for three tips about when to multitask and how to do it right.



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8 Ways To Recommit To Your Resolutions

By Laurel Leicht for Life by DailyBurn



A month into the New Year and you've already wavered a bit on keeping up with your resolutions. Work has picked up, keeping you at the office late, and you've caught up with old friends over cocktails -- plus, the football playoffs have meant beer and wings galore. Studies show that only 46 percent of people who make resolutions end up sticking with them. But aren't you tired of making excuses? Especially in January? We've made it simple to resume your healthy goals for the New Year. Just follow this step-by-step game plan to schedule your day -- from when to exercise to the best time to nap -- and get back on track.



1. Take a big gulp.

Make it a habit to drink a glass of water soon as you get up -- even before your morning cup of coffee, says Nicole Boger, owner and head coach of Soul Sports Training in West Palm Beach, Florida. "You've spent the past six to 10 hours without water," she says. "Your body's been using that time to repair itself from everyday damage, but starting off the day even slightly dehydrated can make you feel sluggish."



Continue sipping on water or a calorie-free sparkling water throughout the day; Boger suggests adding mint leaves or slices of lemon, lime, or watermelon to it for nutritious additional flavor. Unsweetened herbal iced teas, like hibiscus, are a healthy option, too.



2. Exercise in the a.m.

Trying to shed some pounds? Get sweaty as soon as you get out of bed. A pre-breakfast workout may help your body burn fat more efficiently, according to research published in the Journal of Physiology. Exercising in the morning can also help put you in a healthy mindset for the rest of the day. Strength training is another good way to start your day, especially if you're planning to run later on: Lifting weight in the a.m. improved exercisers' sprinting performance in the afternoon in a study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.



3. Have a high-protein breakfast.

Studies have shown that bypassing a morning meal can lead to people eating more later and making less nutritious decisions. And those decisions can wreak havoc on your health: Forgoing breakfast led to a 27 percent higher risk of heart disease in research from Harvard University. Eating an early meal high in protein is a great choice, and not just because it keeps you full until lunch; a protein-packed breakfast can also help prevent cravings and encourage people to make healthy food choices for the rest of the day, according to a new study from the University of Missouri.



4. Keep it moving.

By now, it's fairly common knowledge how unhealthy sitting for prolonged periods can be: It leads to conditions like increased blood pressure and ups your risk of heart disease. Throughout the day, walk a lap or two around the office or get up and circle the block at lunch. To remind yourself to do so, set an alarm on your phone or watch to beep every hour; get moving every time you hear the buzz.



5. Make a meal plan.

To avoid reaching toward the junk food cabinet or heading to the vending machine for a mid-day snack, instead, have meals and snacks prepped and on hand. "Spending an hour in the kitchen each Sunday -- or another day that works best with your schedule -- making lunches to go and portion-controlled snack bags will save you time during the week and make nutritious choices easier," says Boger. She suggests packing them with veggies and hummus, nuts, lean meats, or hard boiled eggs.



6. Take a cat nap.

When you feel that mid-afternoon energy slump, recharge your battery by squeezing in a brief snooze (if you can close your office door or sneak away from your desk during the week). A 10-minute nap in the afternoon is enough to improve alertness and cognitive ability, according to a study published in the journal Sleep. While it might be hard to fall asleep quickly at first, with a little practice it will come easier and make all the difference.



7. Plan tough workouts after work.

Save your speed session for late afternoon or evening. Tunisian researchers found that soccer players improved their sprint performance when exercising at 5 p.m. rather than 7 a.m. Your muscles are more flexible and your lungs perform more efficiently later in the day, which can both help you power through tough intervals or sprint repeats. To ensure you have enough energy to power through a tough session, eat a snack of 125 to 250 calories an hour to 90 minutes beforehand, advises Boger. Then help your muscles repair themselves afterward with a snack or meal containing about a 3 to 1 ratio of carbs to protein.



8. Hit the hay early.

Even if you already sleep for seven or eight hours a night, snoozing for longer could be beneficial. Getting more sleep than usual -- as much as 10 hours a night -- improved basketball players' performance and lowered their levels of fatigue in research from Stanford University. Aim to get in bed five or 10 minutes earlier each night until you're getting adequate Zzs -- and prepare to wake up feeling fresh and ready to take on another healthy day.



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The Idea That Milk Is A 'Perfect Food' Has Been Discredited

NEW YORK (AP) — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product.



But how healthy is it?



While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to suggest potential ill effects from drinking too much of the white stuff. It gives a body pause, so to speak.



Here then is a quick review of what science currently says about milk's health benefits:



THE OLD HURRAH



A diet rich in milk has long been promoted as a way for children to build strong bones and muscles, and stave off the harms of osteoporosis in seniors. Proponents have especially noted its calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D content. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends daily consumption of fat-free or low-fat milk or dairy products, at 2 to 2 1/2 cups for younger children and 3 cups a day for older children and adults.



RAW MILK CONCERNS



Some consumers say the healthiest type of milk is raw milk, straight from the cow. But health officials say milk must be pasteurized to kill off disease-causing germs like campylobacter and salmonella. Studies indicate pasteurization can affect a few of the vitamins found in milk, like thiamine, vitamin B12, and vitamin C — but milk is only a minor source of these vitamins. Overall, pasteurization does not significantly change the nutritional value of milk — and it may save lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



RECENT QUESTIONS



Some scientists have begun to question previous statements about milk's benefits. For example, some researchers have noted low fracture rates in Asian countries where little milk is consumed, and questioned whether there is enough evidence to support the federal milk consumption recommendations. What's more, some studies have linked milk to risk of ovarian and prostate cancers — though many scientists believe more research is needed before drawing conclusions about milk as a cause.



THE SWEDISH STUDY



Last year, a Swedish study published in a British medical journal found women who drank three or more glasses a day died at a nearly twice the rate of those who drank less than one glass a day. Broken bones were more common in women who were heavy milk drinkers, too. Other dairy products were not linked to such problems. The study's lead author — Dr. Karl Michaelsson of Uppsala University — called the results too preliminary to merit a change in dietary recommendations, and said differences in the American diet might diminish the kind of potential harms seen in the Swedes in his study.



THE MILK INDUSTRY SAYS



The Swedish study prompted media headlines such as "Milk may not be very good for bones or the body." Calling it a breaking point, milk producers decided to do something more to address declining milk consumption and anti-milk messages from vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and others. The new social media campaign highlights, for example, how much more protein a consumer can get from cow milk compared to almond milk. Milk producers also are arguing the importance of milk in a culture where soda consumption is high and many kids don't eat recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables.



LESS THAN PERFECT



"The idea that milk is 'a perfect food' has been discredited," said David Levitsky, a nutrition and psychology expert at Cornell University. But it remains a rich source of calcium and is still viewed as a valuable part of a well-balanced diet — especially for kids, Levitsky said, adding that the bone-building benefits of milks fall off for people during their 20s. "It's a good food," Levitsky said. "But you shouldn't look at it as a magic food."




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Second patient hospitalized in California undergoes Ebola testing

Hours after a suspected Ebola patient in Sacramento, California, was found to be free of the virus, a second person hospitalized in the city was reported by public health officials on Friday to be undergoing testing for the deadly disease. The second patient was admitted to Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center on Wednesday and, like the previous case, is considered to be at low risk of having contracted the virus, the hospital said in a statement.




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What's Really Happening In Your Brain When You Multitask

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What's Really Happening In Your Brain When You Multitask

You probably think you have to multitask to accomplish everything on your to-do list and still have a few precious minutes to unwind at the end of the day. But research suggests you're probably not as good at doing things at once as you might think.



In fact, your brain can't consciously focus on more than one thing at a time, according to a new video created by Amit Sood, M.D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and the author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.



When you think you're multitasking, your brain is actually rapidly toggling between tasks, and because "each toggle depletes energy," multitasking can actually drain you, leading to fewer accomplishments rather than more.



Watch the video above for three tips about when to multitask and how to do it right.



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9 Tiny, Easy, Delicious Ways to Make Your Meals Healthier

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Since it's almost February, your New Year's Resolution to eat healthier might feel like a distant dream.



We've all been there, done this before, no? What if, instead all the negative food-body thoughts, feeling like a failure, and regret-eating, we could have a lighter more positive touch and just make a few super do-able substitutions to our recipes? We can still have cake, but we'll have this chocolate zucchini cake. Sound good?



Keeping Michael Pollan's quotation "Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants" close to my heart, I designed an organized guide (because order makes me feel calm) for easy cooking and baking replacements. I offer you nine tips from this free guide so you can make your meals more plant-based while maintaining your peace of mind and positivity.



1. Explore new cooking methods.

Sautéing and frying aren't the only games in town. Roasting brings out sweetness in anything -- Brussels sprouts, carrots, even cauliflower. And what about steaming and braising? They're quick, healthy, and don't add any fat or oil to your dish.



2. Swap out eggs for tomato paste.

If you're making a vegetarian meatloaf or spicy black-bean burgers, nudge your dish in the direction of a more plant-based approach by binding things with tomato paste instead of eggs. It's also super flavorful!



3. Give firm tofu a serious try.

Many of us have tried soft, under-spiced tofu cubes and thought "Never again." But firm tofu can be marinated in just about anything and if you freeze and defrost it before marinating, you'll find it has a texture much closer to meat!



4. Add tons of roasted garlic or shallots.

Roasted garlic and shallots add a deep, satisfying, almost-meaty flavor to savory dishes. I've been known to add an entire head of roasted garlic without any complaints from my guests!



5. Try canned, pureed pumpkin in your baked goods.

You'll be able to reduce the oil and eggs in your cakes and cookies but they'll still come out moist. The puree will add a slight pumpkin flavor to your recipes so it's probably best to stick with chocolate or cinnamon flavors which pair well with pumpkin.



6. Swap mashed banana for some of your eggs.

You probably don't want to completely remove all the eggs, from every recipe, but you can certainly use fewer eggs when you add half a mashed banana to your recipe. Bananas won't help the batter rise, so use them in conjunction with baking powder or baking soda.



7. Use more (and different!) spices and herbs.

We so frequently rely on butter, cream, oil, and meat to flavor our dishes -- what if we used spices and herbs to increase flavor. Think out of the box and use ethnic spices or spice mixtures for different flavors. What about smoked serrano chili powder, turmeric, saigon cinnamon, or vanilla paste? Of course, fresh herbs add a jolt of taste, color, and texture, too!



8. Mustard, balsamic, and Sriracha for everyone!

These three condiments are almost universally loved. Use them as marinades, as a main ingredient in a dressing, or just delicious flavoring agents.



9. Bake instead of fry.

So many recipes can be baked instead of fried! When the recipe calls for frying, try baking instead.



What is one way you are making your meals healthier (and more delicious) this week?


The 11 Beginner Yoga Poses Everyone Pretends To Know (But May Be Doing Wrong)

Remember when you resolved to do more yoga? And then you sat at the back of a yoga class as the teacher said ridiculous things like "juice your spine" and you wondered what the heck you were doing?



Yeah, we're here to help.



Yoga doesn't need to be shrouded in mystery. This week, we caught up with Lisa Sochocki, owner of Yoga Loft Hawaii on the island of Oahu, to talk plainly about how to achieve each basic yoga pose with perfection.



Sochocki has spent the last 16 years practicing yoga around the world and the last 10 teaching it. She has helped hundreds of aspiring yogis turn their awkwardly stiff downward dogs into seamless standing splits, and she knows every mistake a rookie yogi will make on the mat.



"A lot of people think that in order to start doing yoga, you have to be super flexible. But the reality is that everyone has to start somewhere," Sochocki told The Huffington Post. "And it all usually starts with the first breath. If you remember to breathe, then everything else will fall into place."



So take a breath, relax and let this blissful yogini walk you through all the beginner's yoga poses you need to know to master your practice. Your computer-hunched spine will thank you.



Hold each pose for three to five deep and slow breaths, in and out of your nostrils.



1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

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Stand tall, spine straight with feet parallel and big toes touching. Look straight ahead.



Common mistakes: The ribs and butt should not stick out too far. Try to keep your spine, from the top of your head to your tailbone, in one straight line.



Sochocki says: "Unlike regular standing, here you stand with a purpose, feeling the four corners of your feet, lifting up the knee caps, engaging the legs, drawing the the tailbone down and lifting the belly button in and up. Soften the shoulders down the back and turn the palms to face forward, imagine you have heavy rocks in your hands. Look straight ahead and feel the power of the Mountain!"



2. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

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Knees bent over the ankles, thighs as parallel to the floor as possible. Torso should form a right angle over your thighs. Move the feet closer together for a more advanced pose. Inhale as you raise your hands up.



Common mistakes: Knees should not go past the toes.



Sochocki says: "Place more weight over the heels to pull the knees away from hovering over the toes."



3. Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

(Top photo is for beginners, bottom photo is for advanced students.)

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This pose opens up the back of the legs, allows the spine to decompress and lets fresh blood move from the heart and into the head.



Start in mountain pose. Hinge from the hips on an exhale and fold over forward, keeping the spine as straight as possible. Let the head hang heavy, and relax the jaw. Keep feet hip-width apart for beginners or touching for intermediate/advanced students.



Common mistakes: A straight spine is more important than having straight legs. Bend your knees as much as needed to keep a straight spine with your chest touching your thighs.



Sochocki says: "Consistency in yoga is important and over time, the back of the legs will open in forward fold. Keep the knees soft, and don't lock them."



4. Downward-facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

(Top photo is for beginners, bottom photo is for advanced students.)

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This inversion opens the entire body. From plank position, with your feet hip-width apart and hands shoulder-width apart, lift your hips toward the ceiling on an exhale until your body makes an inverted "V." Eyes are looking between the legs or toward the belly. Pull the belly and ribs in.



Common mistakes: People with tight hamstrings and calves tend to form boxy poses. To correct this, bend the knees more, and draw the chest toward the tops of the thighs, pressing your hands firmly against the floor to pull the hips back.



Sochocki says: "It is more important to keep your back straight and less important to keep the legs straight." You shouldn't be afraid to bend the knees or lift the heels if needed. "Imagine that you are a fish and you've been hooked at the tailbone and are being pulled back to the boat. This will help lift the hips back and up."



5. Warrior One (Virabhadrasana 1)

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From downward-facing dog, step your right foot forward between your hands, turn your left heel in, and raise your torso and arms up on an inhale. The front foot's heel should line up with the back foot's arch, with the front of the knee directly over the ankle. Face both hips forward, draw the tailbone down, and pull the ribs in. Repeat pose on the opposite side of the body.



Common mistakes: The back hip should be facing forward and not outward, and the back foot should be closer to a 45-degree angle, not a 90-degree angle.



Sochocki says: "Imagine both your hips are headlights. You want both headlights facing forward."



6. Warrior Two (Virabhadrasana 2)

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Similar to warrior one, but with arms stretched out in opposite directions, parallel to the floor and in line with the shoulders. Raise arms and torso on an inhale. Back foot should be at a 90-degree angle, and front thigh should be parallel to the floor, with the front of the knee directly over the ankle. Eyes should look out over middle finger. Repeat pose on the opposite side of the body.



Common mistakes: The butt or belly should not stick out, and there should be no arch in the lower back. Foot alignment is also often wrong. Make sure that your front foot's heel aligns with the back foot's arch.



Sochocki says: "Imagine you are spreading your mat apart. To align your hips, place your hands on your hips to make sure you're not leaning too much on one hip."



7. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

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tri back

Step feet wide apart, creating a triangle from your feet to your pelvic bone. Start with turning one foot out by 90 degrees and the other inward by 15 degrees. Stretch arms out in line with the shoulders, and, on an exhale, rotate torso toward the outward-turned foot. Fingers should touch the shin for beginners or slightly touch the floor for advanced. The other arm should be reaching up with eyes looking at the raised hand, neck kept long and away from the shoulders. Shoulders and arms should form one line.



Common mistakes: The front hip should not jut out, and the back hip should not drop down.



Sochocki says: "To ensure good alignment, go into the pose very slowly."



8. Child's Pose (Balasana)

(Top photo is for beginners, bottom photo is for advanced students.)

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Child's pose is a pose of surrender. Starting from a kneeling position, with toes touching and knees as wide as the shoulders, draw your hips down to your heels as your arms extend forward on the floor and your forehead lowers to the ground. Close your eyes and let your forehead rest on the ground. Breathe in whichever manner is comfortable to you.



Sochocki says: "There is no wrong way to do Child's Pose. However, if you have tight hips, it can be helpful to place a blanket or pillow between your hips and heels and a block for your forehead."



9. Baby Cobra (Ardha Bhujangasana)

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This pose is done on the belly, with the pubic bone and the tops of the feet pressing into the ground. Feet are as wide as the hips and straight back. Hands are resting beside the rib cage, and elbows are squeezed back, reaching toward one another. Using the strength in the lower lumbar spine, peel the chest and upper ribs off the floor. Lift up on an inhale, take a few breaths, and lower down on an exhale.



Common mistakes: Hands should not be in front of the shoulders, and the shoulders should not be by the ears. To correct this form, draw the shoulders down the back, and pull the shoulders away from the ears.



Sochocki says: Your elbows should be at a 45 degree angle and you should use your lower back -- with minimal push from your hands -- to pull your torso off the floor.



10. Seated Twist with Leg Extended (Marichyasana)

twist front



twist back

The seated spinal twist neutralizes the spine. Start from a seated position, with butt on the ground and both legs parallel in front of you. Extend your left leg straight out, and flex the foot. Bend your right knee, and cross your right foot over the extended left leg. Left elbow pushes against the outside of the right knee, and right hand is placed on the floor on the right side of the body. Right hand should be planted behind the right side of the spine, supporting it. Look over the shoulder or as far as the neck allows. Repeat pose on the opposite side of the body.



Common mistakes: Do not round your back. Lengthen your spine by lifting your back up. Make sure your back hand is helping you life the spine up.



Sochocki says: "Exhale as you twist your spine. Inhale to create the space [in your torso] and the exhale will move you deeper into the space you've created."



11. Upward-facing Dog* (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

*Our yogi says it can be dangerous to assume that the upward-facing dog is a beginner's pose. It is, in fact, an intermediate to advanced pose because it is a deep back bend that requires a lot of power. Sochocki suggests that beginners start with baby cobra and build their way up to upward dog.

updog

From the plank position, with feet hip-width apart and arms shoulder-width apart, exhale and use your arms to slowly lower your body down until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Use your toes to tilt your body forward and roll over your toes so the tops of your feet are flat on the ground. On an inhale, straighten your elbows so your entire torso, knees and thighs are lifted from the ground. Your hands and feet should be the only parts of your body touching the ground. Look slightly upward, past the tip of the nose. Exit the pose on an exhale.



Common mistakes: "I most commonly see students go into this pose before their back is ready for it. You can tell when their shoulders are high and near the ears. I recommend that beginners start with a cobra pose, closer to the floor. Cobra has little to no weight in the hands and will slowly build up the strength in the back."



Sochocki says: "For those who are determined to master the up dog, make sure you press firmly down with the feet and keep drawing the chest through the arms. Lift from the center of the heart while pulling your shoulders down your back."



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