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    The internet made sooooo many jokes about Trumps fake news trophy tweet

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    Perhaps the biggest bummer about Twitter's new 280-character limit is that it allows the current president to compose tweets like this one:

    On Monday morning, President Donald Trump hit Twitter to suggest a "FAKE NEWS TROPHY" for whichever news network he deems produces "the most dishonest, corrupt" coverage of his presidency. As usual, Fox was excluded from Trump's media rage.

    In the same tweet, Trump referred to himself as the American people's favorite president with a parenthetical "(me)." According the most recent Gallup(opens in a new tab) poll, the self-described "favorite" president's approval rating currently sits at 37 percent.

    Naturally the internet jumped all over Trump's first tweet of the day. Some even have a solid suggestion for Trump's proposed "FAKE NEWS TROPHY":

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    Project Entrepreneur expands accelerator program to help more women entrepreneurs build scalable companies

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    Since launching in 2015, Project Entrepreneur(opens in a new tab) — a media partner of Mashable — has trained more than 1,200 aspiring entrepreneurs representing 131 U.S. cities. Its annual venture competition has yielded an alumnae community of nearly 400 women entrepreneurs, with the 2016 finalists reporting $10+ million raised in seed and pre-seed funding.

    Now entering its third year, Project Entrepreneur (PE) — an initiative from the Rent the Runway Foundation and UBS Elevating Entrepreneurs(opens in a new tab) — is expanding the number of winning companies in the accelerator from three to five.

    “We are so excited to continue working with UBS in providing women with the tools they need to create high-growth companies, and see their visions through,” said Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway. “Past participants in our accelerator continue to inspire us with their incredible progress, including closing rounds of funding. We are eager to provide the next class of talented female founders with the tools and support they need to scale, and to see the disruption their companies bring to various different industries.”

    PE's annual venture competition is open to female founders who are in the prototype or beta stages, have their first paying customers, or are generating revenue. The top 200 applicants will be invited to attend the PE Intensive in New York City on April 13-14, 2018, a free two-day event comprised of in-depth workshops, expert speakers and a pitch competition. The five winning founders will each receive a $10,000 grant, a spot in the five-week accelerator program at Rent the Runway’s New York office and mentorship and engagement with UBS executives, entrepreneurs, and investors. Founders interested can apply online(opens in a new tab); but don’t wait, as the deadline is December 1st!

    Last year’s winning companies included: New York-based LOLI Beauty(opens in a new tab), the first BIY (Blend It Yourself) clean and green beauty brand; Scottsdale-based The Touchpoint Solution(opens in a new tab), a neuroscience wearable that alleviates stress by altering the body’s stress response in as little as 30 seconds; and San Francisco-based Lace & Liberty(opens in a new tab), merging direct-to-consumer convenience with luxury bespoke bridalwear. Two additional New York-based companies were hosted by The Knot/XO Group Co-Founder Carley Roney and designer Rebecca Minkoff: Repeat Roses(opens in a new tab), a sustainable floral waste removal business that gives back to people and planet, and Reboundwear(opens in a new tab), athleisure wear with a purpose, respectively.

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    “The caliber of companies we're seeing through Project Entrepreneur further validates what we've always believed — that there is an incredible population of talented female founders in cities and towns across the country,” said Lori Feinsilver, UBS Head of Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas. “Being able to reach these women and provide them with access to resources and support that will help fuel their growth gives us confidence that we can indeed level the playing field.”

    Visit projectentrepreneur.org/apply(opens in a new tab) for details on Project Entrepreneur’s Venture Competition, and check out PE’s resources including #theTools podcast(opens in a new tab), blog posts(opens in a new tab) and educational modules(opens in a new tab).


    This article is part of a media partnership between Mashable & Project Entrepreneur. For more information, visit here(opens in a new tab).

  • Two people trying to run

    Two people trying to run the same government agency makes for a really awkward first day

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    Revolutionaries, take note -- if you're planning a government takeover, please use high quality breakfast pastries.

    That's a lesson that White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney(opens in a new tab) apparently hadn't learned when he stepped into the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau today. He was there to take on an additional job as the agency's director.

    The only problem? The agency's acting director, Leandra English, refused to cede it to him, in the workplace drama of the decade.

    As a Trump appointee, Mulvaney wasn't exactly welcomed at at the job, so he brought crappy Dunkin' Donuts as a way to "ease" himself into an agency he's expected to destroy.

    SEE ALSO: Sorry, Cards Against Humanity can't stop Trump's wall

    On Friday, Director Richard Cordray(opens in a new tab) stepped down, leaving English to serve as acting director. Last night, English filed a lawsuit claiming that she is the "rightful acting director" of the agency. English has asked the court to impose a temporary restraining order to prevent Trump from appointing anyone, arguing that she is entitled to her position under the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Law(opens in a new tab).

    None of that stopped Mulvaney. On Monday, the Budget Director stepped into the CFPB, ready to take on his new job.

    This is how English responded in an email sent to 1,600 staff.

    "I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving in mind, I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude to all of you for your service,” English said(opens in a new tab), signing the note with her title, "Acting Director."

    And that, my friends, is what we call a death drop.

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    Here's how Mulvaney responded:

    “Please disregard any instructions you receive from Ms. English in her presumed capacity as acting director.” Mulvaney said(opens in a new tab). “I apologize for this being the very first thing you hear from me. However, under the circumstances I suppose it is necessary. If you’re at 1700 G Street today, please stop by the fourth floor to say hello and grab a doughnut.”

    If Mulvaney, a budget hawk, thinks he can sway members of an agency whose jobs he's poised to eliminate with Dunkin' Donuts, he's out of his mind. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau(opens in a new tab) was explicitly designed to protect consumers from banks and credit card companies. Mulvaney once famously called the agency "sad" and "sick." He is not, as members of the agency likely know, their friend.

    And dude, if you're going to try and win your staff over with breakfast pastries, at least go for something slightly more delicious than Dunkin'. Some suggestions:

    • Krispy Kreme

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    • Savory bacon cheddar scones

    • Literally anything else

    The case is currently being decided. In the meantime, here's Twitter's majority opinion on the issue:

    Chef José Andrés, the man who single-handedly served 3 million meals to Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria, had the best response of them all.

    Case closed.

  • Woman posts video of cro

    Woman posts video of crocodile attack, and it is heartstopping

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    Welp, this is a close call.

    A tourist was bitten on the leg by a crocodile on at Cape Tribulation in Queensland, Australia on Monday night, while standing on a creek bank close to the waters edge.

    SEE ALSO: Maybe don't get a photo with your friends inside a crocodile trap

    A Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) spokesperson said in a statement the crocodile was estimated to be 2 to 2.5 metres (78 to 98 inches) long.

    A video posted on the Facebook page of Ally Bullifent shows the crocodile attack, which comes out of nowhere. It'll be sure to give you a shock.

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    The EHP said it would carry out a site assessment of the area on Tuesday, and will possibly target the crocodile "for removal" as it has displayed dangerous behaviour in a designated area. This means it'll be moved to a crocodile farm or a zoo, according to the Cairns Post(opens in a new tab).

    For authorities, it also serves as a reminder about staying safe in areas where crocodiles might be around. Earlier this year, an 18-year-old boy was attacked by a crocodile while reportedly trying to impress a girl.

  • Town crier who announced

    Town crier who announced Prince Harrys engagement to Meghan Markle is 100% fake

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    England, with its quirky traditions and old-fashioned customs, is a land of endless fascination for outsiders, nominally for people from the former colony of the U.S.

    SEE ALSO: The most adorable revelations from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first interview

    So it's understandable why a town crier -- with his elaborate, red and gold robed dress and tricorn hat -- attracted people's attention on social media when he was depicted in an ABC News video as he announces the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement outside of Buckingham Palace:

    "Oyez, oyez, oyz!" He yells in the video. "Buckingham Palace is proud to announce the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. God save the Queen!" 

    It can't get any more British than this.

    Business Insider posted a similar video, calling him "the Royal Town Crier":

    However, it turns out the eccentric guy is not officially appointed by the Queen, nor is he a real town crier. His real name is Tony Appleton, from Romford, east London, and he's been making royal announcements for years, bell and scroll on hand.

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    In 2013, he fooled prominent American broadcasters(opens in a new tab) including Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper when he announced the birth of Prince William and Kate's firstborn, Prince George, outside St. Mary's Hospital.

    "I'm a royalist. I love the royal family," he told (opens in a new tab)AP(opens in a new tab), while acknowledging he had no official royal role. "I came unannounced."

    Still, many Americans fell for it:

  • Cheeky theory is the bes

    Cheeky theory is the best explanation yet for the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement

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    News of the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caught Americans' imagination just like any other story about the British royals -- births, anniversaries, celebrations, jubilees, and so on.

    SEE ALSO: 'Town crier' who announced Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle is 100% fake

    But what if behind the jolly facade of a couple in love wishing to declare their commitment before God and the nation there's an actual conspiracy to reclaim a former colony, lost in a never-forgotten, embittered war?

    That's the joke Greg Pollowitz, editor at Twitchy.com, dug up to explain the royal announcement:

    Meghan Markle is American, so the future offspring will be Americans! Da-daam! Boom! Mic drop!

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    It was just a cheeky tweet, but it went absolutely viral and people just loved it:

    There was the obvious Brexit reference:

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    As well as the Trump one:

    Some conjectured a crossover between two incredibly popular TV shows:

    But in general the tweets reacting to the joke were just hilarious:

    While someone took it a bit too seriously:

  • Dog, sick and tired of w

    Dog, sick and tired of waiting in car, slams his paw on the horn

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    It will be a long time before America finally grants dogs the right to drive.

    Until then, dogs will have to do what they can to keep themselves entertained. Take this pup, who was recently left alone in a parking lot in " target="_blank">Nanaimo, British Columbia(opens in a new tab), and slammed its paw on the car horn out of exhaustion. And then it kept it there. For a long time.

    SEE ALSO: Calm your dogs down with this fabulous doggy leotard

    The video was captured by Joris Wiggers and posted on Facebook by Elizabeth Herman(opens in a new tab). It's not entirely clear that the dog knows how to get his paw off the horn, but no problem, doggo, that's what driver's permits are for.

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    Can someone please call this dog an Uber?

  • Arbys bought Buffalo Wil

    Arbys bought Buffalo Wild Wings, so heres what a combined menu would look like

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    On Tuesday it was announced that Arby's owner Roark Capital will acquire(opens in a new tab) Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.4 billion (or roughly(opens in a new tab) 162,271,805 orders of BWW House Samplers).

    Per Reuters(opens in a new tab), though the wings restaurant will become property of Arby's, it'll still operate on its own.

    SEE ALSO: This edible Alien Facehugger chicken will haunt your dreams

    We think this is a huge mistake.

    Consider the disturbing menu possibilities a marriage of Arby's meats and BWW wings might afford us.

    Our suggestions for this menu full of abominations below:

    • A half-pound Beef 'N Cheddar sandwich dipped in Bourbon Honey Mustard sauce, rolled in Desert Heat seasoning and deep fried

    • An entire smoked brisket coated in Blazin' hot sauce and served whole on a bed of deep-fried Cheddar Cheese Curds

    • Potato cakes drenched in Wild sauce

    • Beer-battered roast beef tacos

    • An Arby's House Sampler, featuring 12 classic Roast Beef sandwiches stacked in a pyramid

    • A Crispy Chicken Farmhouse Salad dressed with Hot BBQ sauce

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      Boneless Wings coated in Cheddar Cheese sauce

    • A Corned Beef 'N Cheese Slider cut up into pieces and sprinkled over Buffalo Mac & Cheese

    • A Cheese Curd Bacon Burger with a Pizza Slider speared on top

    • Every Arby's slider stacked in a tower and adhered to each another with smears of Parmesan Garlic sauce

    • The pastry shell of an Apple Turnover, filled with the B-Dubs Blender shake flavor of your choice

    • A large Ultimate Chocolate Shake blended with a slice of Chocolate Fudge Cake and drizzled over a plate of Dessert Nachos

    • Cheesecake Bites

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    How to travel with sex toys

    For some, holiday travel is a nightmare of logistical snarls and social minefields that leaves them stressed out and desperate for a little release. For others, it's an escape from the grind of the rest of the year, which may give their libido a little boost(Opens in a new tab). In either case, sex toys can offer some assistance. Natasha Marie of the sex tech company MysteryVibe refers to them as "a lifeline to sanity" over the sometimes tense festive season, or "extra holiday spice" for either solo or partnered sex. 

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    But the prospect of taking a toy on a flight can feel daunting at the best of times, thanks to popular horror stories(Opens in a new tab) about airport security agents pulling them out in front of a crowd during a search, or freaking out when a vibrator accidentally goes off inside a bag. Staying with family or friends over the holidays can add an extra layer of concern about discretion: What if someone you don't want privy to your intimate life finds your favorite toy in a shared space — or hears you using it? 

    These concerns are all valid. But a dozen sex toy makers and retailers and sex educators, told Mashable they're all easy to mitigate or avoid — if you keep a few basic tips and tricks in mind. We've compiled all of their advice into a quick and dirty guide to holiday travel with toys in tow. 

    Of Toys and TSA Agents

    Here's the good news: In theory, U.S. airport security(Opens in a new tab) and airlines allow all kinds of sex toys in both carry-on and checked bags. (Most nations are similarly permissive. But it's worth noting that sex toys are illegal in a few countries(Opens in a new tab). So, always check local laws before you fly abroad.) 

    However, in practice there's one big caveat on this general allowance: If a security official thinks you could use a toy as a weapon, then they won't let you take it onboard in a carry-on bag.

    Unfortunately, it's hard to say what kinds of toys will trigger this kind of scrutiny with certainty. A big dildo made of metal, for example, might make it through one security screening without issue, but get flagged as a potentially dangerous cudgel on another. Much of this comes down to the perception and discretion of individual TSA agents(Opens in a new tab), who Carol Queen(Opens in a new tab), staff sexologist of the toy retail chain Good Vibrations, notes are often overworked and may be unfamiliar with the full spectrum of toys. But she and others have found that BDSM gear tends to trip security's danger senses more often than other items. "Ropes, cuffs, impact toys — especially solid ones like wooden bats or high density plastic paddles could ring bells for a screener," explains Queen.

    Given these inconsistencies, Queen and others advise erring on the side of caution and checking any toys that you worry an uninitiated eye could view as a weapon — or shipping them ahead. 

    However, you might still get stopped and screened in airport security even if you haven't packed anything that looks remotely dangerous in your carry-on, either because you seem anxious(Opens in a new tab), you end up on the wrong end of a random(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) bag check(Opens in a new tab), or the agent reviewing your bag is confused by something they see or hear. "If screeners see something they don't recognize in your luggage, they may want to inspect it," Queen notes. "If your toy has batteries in it or, heaven forfend, has switched itself on and is vibrating, they'll probably want to figure out what it is, as well." 

    "If it’s in your carry-on, they might hold it up in front of a very crowded room full of people going through security," Queen adds. 

    Amy Boyajian of the sex toy retailer Wild Flower recalls that a close friend had to deal with a bomb squad after their Magic Wand went off in their luggage."

    If the thought of such a public airing of your private items mortifies you for any reason, then sex therapist Dulcinea Pitagora(Opens in a new tab) recommends checking all of your sex toys, even if they are in theory carry-on friendly, just to play it safe. "Checked bags can still sometimes get searched, but at least in that case there wouldn't be a public aspect to the search," she pointed out.  

    However, checked bags sometimes get lost. And travelers occasionally report toys going(Opens in a new tab) missing(Opens in a new tab) from checked bags in transit. "Losing a sex toy in a checked piece of luggage would be quite sad!" noted Jenni Skyler, a sexologist who works with the major toy retail chain Adam & Eve. 

    If for whatever reason you can't check a bag, or don't want to risk a loss, then experts suggest packing a small, discreet toy that could pass for something else to avoid possible embarrassment during a potential public search. "There are small vibrators that look like lipstick cases that can be tucked into your makeup bag, as well as vibrators created to be worn as beautiful necklace pendants, that can be packed with your jewelry," says sex therapist Sari Cooper(Opens in a new tab). Small items have the added bonus of freeing up luggage space and keeping your carry-on lightweight. 

    Folks who don't give two figs about people seeing their sex toys in public and pack explicitly erotic items do occasionally report getting hassled by sex-negative airport staff, Pitagora notes.  Having a showdown about sexual biases and/or bigotry at a security checkpoint may not go over well. So, Queen suggests that, "if you get slut-shamed, you should take people's names and badge numbers, get on your flight, and report them later."

    If you pack your sexual paraphernalia in a carry-on bag, then remember that any lube you bring is subject to TSA liquid rules. You can find travel-sized lube bottles. Or, MysteryVibe’s Marie notes, if you're worried about people seeing that you've packed lube during a public check, "use an unmarked travel container" to store your lube — multiple containers if you want to bring lots.  

    Kim Airs(Opens in a new tab), a sex educator and toy seller, adds that when she's traveled with masturbation sleeves made of TPR(Opens in a new tab) or TPE(Opens in a new tab) materials, she's found that they sometimes "show up on TSA X-rays as large bags of water, which is of course a no-no." To avoid trouble you may need to check those toys, or leave those behind. 

    Regardless of whether or not you check your toys, the experts Mashable spoke to all noted that if your toy uses batteries, you ought to take them out to avoid accidental activation that could lead to a security scare, or just overheating in your bag. (Some airlines have specific rules(Opens in a new tab) about if and how you should pack batteries, so you'll need to check your carrier's regulations.) If your electric toy uses a charger rather than batteries, consider running down its charge before you travel. (Just don't forget your charger!) Some modern, high-tech toys also include travel lock features that allow you to skip this onerous process and travel without fear of a buzzing disaster. 

    SEE ALSO: We're in a sex toy revolution. Here's how you can join.

    Put all of your toys in a clear plastic bag as well, suggests Boyajian, so that if security personnel take them out of a checked or carry-on bag for a quick exam they'll be visible but remain clean and sanitary. Label your toys as well, they added, so that security officials know what they're looking at. "This can be especially helpful for sex toys and tools that look more abstract or artsy than your classic dildo or bullet," they noted. 

    "If you still have the original packaging," it may be useful to pack some or all of that as well, says Julia Lopez of the sex toy brand Dame. "I find that the TSA rarely opens a box that has print reading 'vibrator.'" A product description and image next to a loose item in a Ziplock bag will also likely allay any concerns or confusion that an agent might have about a given item.  

    And of course, if your toy is delicate — like a porcelain or glass toy — make sure that you pack it in a secure travel container. Or at least wrap it in clothes. You don't want it to shatter in transit. 

    Home for the Holidays 

    "Some people might not have any issues with others knowing they use sex toys or seeing their sex toys," says Pitagora. "But others might prefer to keep that part of their life private." Yet privacy may be hard to come by when you share a house with friends or family for the holidays. 

    If you're mainly worried about people hearing you using a toy while in a packed house, you can always use a toy that doesn’t make any noise, like an analog dildo, says Skyler, then muffle your own vocalizations. However, many people prefer — or need — toys with a motor. 

    Companies do make toys with quiet settings and whisper motors, Skyler noted. But if you don’t already own and enjoy one of these, sex therapist Rosara Torrisi(Opens in a new tab) cautions against buying a new one just for travel. "It would be deeply disappointing to get to your destination, whip out your new toy, and find that you're not as in love with it as you'd hoped," she says. "Cue sad music."

    She suggests just checking the volume of your tried-and-true toys by turning them on, then stepping into another room and closing the door. If you can hear it whirring or buzzing, experiment with putting it under the covers, putting a rolled towel by the bottom of the door, or putting it in the bathroom while the shower's on to see if that sufficiently muffles the sound(Opens in a new tab). (Bathrooms are a good choice for privacy in a shared space, and showers give you cover for extended usage. But don't use a toy in the shower unless it specifically notes that it’s fully waterproof.)  You may also consider hanging back while other people head out of the house for optimal toy usage privacy. But Cooper notes that this makes many people feel awkward and self-conscious.

    Discreetly storing your toys may be tricky(Opens in a new tab), as you will likely have less control over the space you're staying in, and fewer storage options, than you would at home. In theory, just keeping your toys in your luggage, perhaps wrapped in clothes or stashed in a toiletry bag, should be sufficient for keeping your private items away from prying eyes. "Most folks travel with a toiletry bag, and your hosts won't think twice about seeing it" in the open, argues Boyajian. 

    However, presumptive relatives could snoop through your bags and belongings. Young kids especially may get curious and grabby, Cooper notes, and may bring "your dildo into the living room where your family is hanging out." 

    SEE ALSO: The best budget-friendly sex toys under $50

    If you're particularly concerned about discretion and security, Queen notes that you can find a few slim and lightweight storage boxes with locks on them. Boyajian cautions that these lock boxes can eat up space, and may actually "catch the eyes of intrusive folks" themselves, though, inviting scrutiny and questions. Likewise, packing a toy that doesn't look like a toy may solve discretion issues in some cases, but may invite so what’s that thing type questions from nosy folks that you don't want to deal with. So, you'll need to weigh some pros and cons against your particular concerns and circumstances when deciding on an ideal low-key storage approach.  

    Also, consider that trying to keep your toy out of view from others may limit your ability to plug it in for a recharge. Skyler suggests bringing a battery-powered toy, and bringing spare batteries, to avoid any potential charging issues. Johanna Rief of the toy brands Womanizer and We-Vibe notes that you could also just invest in a portable charging block, which you can use in optimally private spaces. If you recharge that in public, you can just say it's for your laptop. 

    Similarly, if you don't want to tote your toy around a shared space — and you don't want to or can't use it in the bathroom — then you may need to find "some way to clean your toys that doesn't include bringing them to a sink," Airs says. She recommends investing in "a small packet of baby wipes… that do a very effective cleaning job and are easy to toss into the trash." 

    Mix and Match 

    Rief points out that a number of companies make specifically travel-friendly products, which work well with most or all of this advice. But it's worth keeping in mind that a travel-perfect toy may not actually be perfect for your body, or your sexual wants and needs at any given moment. If that's the case, buy or bring the toy that's right for you. Then mix and match bits and pieces of advice from this guide, as well as your own commonsense, to work with your own toy, travel concerns, and wider circumstances. 

    "At the very least, practice saying, 'it’s a personal care item' while looking a person in the eyes."
    - Carol Queen of Good Vibrations

    And even if you buy a perfectly discreet toy and follow all of the advice in this guide to a tee, there's always still a chance that a nosy security official or family member is going to get their hands on your toy and ask you some questions about it, possibly in front of other people. That's why Queen believes that, "if someone travels with toys, they should be prepared to speak up about them. At the very least, practice saying, 'it’s a personal care item' while looking a person in the eyes, as though there's nothing to be ashamed about. Because there isn't!" 

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    Matt Damon has more to say about sexual harassment and, oh boy …

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    Matt Damon needs to stop talking about sexual harassment until he actually gets it.

    After a whole week of being lambasted by folks like Alyssa Milano following his unfathomably misinformed ABC News interview, the Hollywood star has more to add. More!

    SEE ALSO: Matt Damon attempts to speak about sexual harassment and shows he STILL doesn't get it

    In fact, Damon thinks we should be talking more about the men in Hollywood who aren't sexually assaulting people. In an interview with Business Insider(opens in a new tab), promoting his new film, Downsizing, Damon said he thinks men "who don't do this kind of thing" should be given a pat on the back.

    “We’re in this watershed moment, and it’s great, but I think one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole s—load of guys — the preponderance of men I’ve worked with — who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected.”

    Look, Damon appears to be coming from a good place, but dude, this moment in history is not about men who "don't do this."

    Damon goes on to congratulate himself on being one such non-harasser, and refers to an ambiguous "sexual harassment thing" that he would totally sign, guys.

    "If I have to sign a sexual-harassment thing, I don’t care, I’ll sign it. I would have signed it before. I don’t do that, and most of the people I know don’t do that.”

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    It may surprise you, but the reaction to Damon's comments has been less than positive.

    Look, we get it Damon, you're trying to be supportive of your workmates who haven't assaulted anyone, that you know of.

    But perhaps, given the circumstances surrounding your ol' pal Harvey Weinstein, who is facing sexual assault and harassment accusations from over 100 women, it'd be the perfect moment to lend support to victims, acknowledge Hollywood's systemic sexual harassment problem, and shut the hell up.

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    Genius ushers in 2018 with iconic moment from Beyoncé and Nicki Minajs Feeling Myself

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    There's only one person in this entire damn universe with the power to command the world to stop—Beyoncé.

    In the final milliseconds of 2017, the dulcet sound of Beyoncé ordered the world—and year— to stop. And, as 2018 began, she gave the world permission to "carry on."

    This was no coincidence, friends. Ingenious Twitter user @xavierliciouss(opens in a new tab) spent New Year's Eve conducting an extremely important experiment involving "Feeling Myself" by Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.

    SEE ALSO: Blue Ivy makes her acting debut in the music video for Jay-Z's 'Family Feud'

    "So I tested out the theory that if you play "Feeling Myself" by Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé at exactly 11:58:50 pm on New Year's Eve, Beyoncé will say "world stop" in 2017 and "Carry on" in 2018, AND BITCH IT WORKEDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!" she wrote.

    And, here's the proof...

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    This is the only worthwhile way to bring in the New Year. Thank you and good night.

    Carry on, world.

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    Facebook freezes Venezuela presidents page for promoting a false COVID-19 cure

    Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, had his Facebook page temporarily frozen for violating the tech giant's policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19, Reuters reports(Opens in a new tab).

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    Back in January, Maduro publicly advocated that Carvativir — a traditional remedy derived from thyme — was a "miracle" treatment that cured coronavirus. But without scientific evidence to support it, the claim was never approved by doctors.

    Maduro also took to Facebook to post a video promoting the medication. In the video, he refers to Carvativir as "miracle drops" which can be used to both cure coronavirus and prevent a person from contracting it. Given that the video spreads false claims, Facebook removed it from Maduro's page.

    But the social media company didn't stop there. A spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that, “due to repeated violations of our rules, we are also freezing the page for 30 days, during which it will be read-only.”

    SEE ALSO: 12 people are behind most of the anti-vaxxer disinformation you see on social media

    Additionally, the social media company made it clear that Carvativir is not a cure or preventative for coronavirus. “We follow guidance from the WHO (World Health Organization) that says there is currently no medication to cure the virus,” the spokesperson told Reuters.

    Maduro isn't the first politician to promote a "cure" for COVID-19 on Facebook. Former President Donald Trump also used the platform to falsely claim that REGN-COV2, the antibody cocktail given to him in the hospital after contracting COVID, was what he called a cure.

    But regardless of whether you're a political figure or just a regular person posting on Facebook, the same rules apply. As stated under its Community Standards(Opens in a new tab), Facebook says it will "remove misinformation when public health authorities conclude that the information is false and likely to contribute to imminent violence or physical harm.

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    Man accidentally buys 1000 hens from online auction

    Steve Morrow had no idea what he was getting into when he put in a peculiar bid on the New Zealand auction site Trade Me.

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    The sale was for "one 1000" hens, according to Stuff(Opens in a new tab). The ad also read, "As a matter of urgency we need to move approximately 1000 hens." A small free-range egg farm was closing down and needed to re-home its birds. Morrow thought the auction winner would be allowed to take as many hens as he or she pleased, but uh, that's not how it worked.

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    "When the auction closed, I thought 'this is great', I could take as many birds as I wanted," Morrow told Stuff. "But when I spoke to the man and he said it was for 1000 hens ... holy moly, I was stunned, I can tell you that."

    Morrow said the wording of the ad was "confusing," but the seller, Matthew Blomfield, didn't agree. He told Stuff he thought the ad, which mentioned 1000 hens three times, was clear.

    "It's pretty bloody hard to get that wrong," he said.

    Now Morrow, the maybe-not-so-proud owner of a 1000 hens, is trying to find homes for the birds.

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    "He didn't just make a mistake and not follow through," Blomfield told Stuff(Opens in a new tab). "He contacted Animal Sanctuary and they're helping us interview those that have put their hands up – we want to make sure these birds are going to safe homes." Morrow appears to be making significant progress.

    After he posted about the incident on social media, at least 700 of the hens reportedly have new homes lined up. Morrow is keeping 20 himself.

    So that leaves only about 280 hens still in need of new owners. Any takers?

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    Race horse loses rider but wins our hearts by racing without him

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    They're calling him a dark horse, but we see nothing but a bright beacon of what perseverance in the face of adversity looks like.

    At the Preakness Stakes show Saturday on Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, the take-no-sh*t horse named Bodexpress bucked off his rider before even leaving the gate. But he wasn't gonna let the split on the account of their creative differences keep him from doing what he does best: racing his goddamn heart out.

    Embodying the #resistance movement, Bodexpress persisted, completing the entire race without his jockey.

    His joyride of freedom might not have been within the rulebook of the Pimlico Race Course, but it was a victory for the spirit. Bodexpress became an internet sensation, even getting his own Twitter moment(Opens in a new tab).

    Despite stealing the show, though, he was ultimately disqualified for not finishing the race (which is BS, if you ask us). Ironically, the much less strong-willed horse named War of Will took the prize home instead.

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    Bodexpress' jockey, John Velazquez, was thankfully uninjured -- aside from the hurt to his pride.

    "When the doors opened, I was off right from the start. He kind of jumped sideways," he told ESPN about their disastrous start. "I had my feet out of the irons, so I lost my balance then, I went off."

    But honestly we get it. Maybe Bodexpress just got tired of only getting half the credit while doing most of the work. Maybe he's a symbol of the proletariat revolt that late stage capitalism needs. After all, it's the horse who's out there busting his ass winning races yet this guy gets all the fame and glory? Not in our America, buddy.

    "He was just not behaving good in the gate. He was not sitting really well," said Velazquez, in a completely incorrect assessment of this very good boy horse's behavior.

    We don't care if you didn't officially win, Bodexpress. You're a hero. And you don't let The Man tell you what races you can and can't participate in.

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    Thigh cut-out jeans are a hellish nightmare for anyone with chub rub

    The sun is shining, your skin is glowing, and your thighs are...on fire. Yep, the season of "chub rub" is upon us.

    Behold, a pair of jeans guaranteed to be the arch-nemesis of anyone whose thighs rub together during those sticky summer months.

    SEE ALSO: Butt rip jeans are the latest terrible jeans trend that we definitely never needed

    ASOS is selling a pair of jeans with something called a "suspender detail," which essentially means there's two giant holes on each thigh. Somewhat crucially, these holes expose the area of skin prone to chafing, which could make these jeans very uncomfortable.

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    For those unacquainted, the term "chub rub" refers to thigh chafing which occurs to people of all shapes and sizes due to increased heat and sweating.

    For those of us who spend our summers trying to avoid this particularly unpleasant aspect of warm weather, these jeans are basically our worst nightmare.

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    The jeans will set you back(opens in a new tab) £17.50 ($23) from ASOS.

    No thank you!

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    Feisty young racehorse escapes stables, rampages through betting bar

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    After the week that was, there's nothing more satisfying than watching a young racehorse rampaging through a French betting bar.

    Customers merrily spending their morning at a local establishment in Chantilly, north of Paris, were rudely interrupted by a young bucking horse around 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24.

    SEE ALSO: A police horse walks into a bar and no one is sure what's going on

    In CCTV footage taken from the PMU bar (that's Pari Mutuel Urbain, France's national betting system), the lively and seemingly panicked filly prances through the tables and chairs, while customers flee.

    According to French newspaper Ouest France(opens in a new tab), the hoofed anarchist had fled approximately one kilometre (0.6 miles) from its stable within a training facility near Chantilly's racecourse.

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    According to witnesses who talked to the publisher, the bar door was slightly open, and customers saw the horse coming, but didn't think it would actually come into the bar. Luckily, no one was injured.

    "She came in, pushing the door. She raced all the way to the PMU corner. Then, the filly turned around, breaking a table and chairs," bar owner Stéphane Jasmin told the newspaper, as per Google Translate.

    So, how did this young rebel escape? The horse's trainer, Jean-Marie Béguigné, told OF: "Between the track and the stables, his rider fell. The filly escaped by going on the road, crossing a roundabout before entering this bar."

    Although the renegade was reportedly apprehended in a car park, and returned to the stable, Béguigné said the horse has "a penchant for escape."

    Needless to say, folks were rather taken with this cheeky cheval.

    The irony was not lost on those with local knowledge that the young budding racehorse had rampaged its way through a bar where people can bet on horse races — in Chantilly, of all places, which is renowned for its horse racing industry.

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    Of course, this young'un wouldn't be the first horse to walk into a bar.

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