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July is here. Keep cool with these summery picks from Walmart

2023-03-22 14:47:33

July is here. Keep cool with these summery picks from Walmart

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The dog days of summer have officially arrived — a period running from July 3 to August 11 which technically gets its name from the aligning of Sirius (the Dog Star) with the sun, but for most of us, it just translates to blazing hot days when we just want to kick back in the shade and take a nap. (Another fun fact? Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky.)

When just thinking of the weather outside makes you start sweating, reach for one of these easy solutions from Walmart to cool the heck down.

Lounge in an inflatable pool

Technically, this is a kiddie pool for tykes 2 years and older, which could serve as a ball pit in the off-season. But there’s no shame in turning it into a shallow lounge pool for you and your grown-up friends when it’s sweltering hot and you’re hanging in the yard with some cool drinks.

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Whip up smoothies and frozen cocktails

Summer is unofficial smoothie season. With serious horsepower, this versatile blender looks retro chic in your kitchen and gets the job done with seven functions to blend fresh or frozen fruit and veggies — and crush ice — in seconds. It has an easy-to-use touchscreen and removable, dishwasher-safe parts.

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Turn your backyard into a playground for the kiddos

Entertain the kiddos away from screens with this easy-to-assemble swing set. Along with swings, this mini playground has a high-rail wave slide, rock wall for climbing, spacious sandbox, and top-level clubhouse for kicking back and talking about kindergarten. There’s also a built-in chalkboard for when creativity strikes.

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Set up a pet-friendly splash zone

Keep your pup cool with this durable pet pool you can set up in the backyard or at the beach (no inflation required). It has a marked waterline for easy-filling and an antiskid bottom to prevent slips. On a hot day, we say go ahead and jump in with them.

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Cart your all your beach gear in a wagon

Streamline your schlep with a smooth-rolling beach wagon. Pile in beach bags, sunscreen, towels, umbrellas, cooler bags, and all the other gear you’ve assembled for your beach day. For max durability, it has a steel tube frame with powder coating.

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Throw down a colorful towel

Made from super-soft, 100% cotton, this easy-to-spot towel is perfect for claiming your space on a crowded beach or having a laidback picnic in a park. The oversize design is also just right for throwing over a lounge chair by the pool.

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Take your party to go

For ultra-portable refreshments, this roomy cooler tote bag accommodates up to 24 cans and ice. It has a front zipper pocket and side storage pockets for stashing other essentials like your wallet, keys, and phone, or a small portable speaker for really making your party mobile.

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Keep iced drinks cool outside

Designed by a woman-owned company based in Austin, Texas, this double-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless-steel tumbler exudes positives vibes with its cheerful smiley faces. Stay hydrated out there!

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    Black creators are parodying the low-effort dances that white creators came up with. Credit: Tiktok / itskeonluv29
    Black creators are parodying the low-effort dances that white creators came up with. Credit: tiktok / theericklouis

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    "The instructions are right there."

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    "The fact she's giving y'all instructions in the songs makes no sense," Moore captioned a video posted this week(Opens in a new tab).

    Moore was amused that the dances by white creators didn't follow the "instructions in the song." Credit: Tiktok / jazmine moore
    Moore was amused that the dances by white creators didn't follow the "instructions in the song." Credit: tiktok / jazmine moore

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    "We contribute to the app so much that now people are slowly realizing that not every popular creator is creating these things," Moore continued in a DM. "It really does show that even when Meghan was giving instructions, they really didn't know what to do without our help."

    When white creators do try to follow Megan's lyrics, the results are absurd. Marcus Greggory, a 21-year-old creator, joked that hip-hop isn't for everyone in response to a video of a confused white teenager(Opens in a new tab) trying to figure out what Megan meant by the lyrics "hands on my knees." The oblivious TikTokker thought Megan was referring to the move known as "Bee's Knees" or "Knocky Knees,"(Opens in a new tab) popular in Charleston routines.

    "I think we all kind of knew that Black creators were behind everything, but now it’s just so blatantly obvious that the alternatives are pretty freakin funny," Greggory said in an Instagram DM. "It really just shows what we been knew, man[.] We are the thing holding this app up."

    One clueless white creator at least tried to follow Megan's lyrics. Credit: tiktok / jestereater
    "The alternatives are pretty freakin funny." Credit: tiktok / mynameisnotgreggory

    A few Black creators are still dancing to the song, despite criticism from their fellow dancers. Lifestyle YouTuber and TikTok creator Skai Beauty posted her dance routine to "Thot Shit,"(Opens in a new tab) choreographed by herself and fellow TikTok creator sir.rez.

    One comment, directed at Charli D'Amelio, told the TikTok star to "keep swiping." Another commented, "Y'all better get the credit for this dance cause the YTs [an acronym for white] on this app will take it and rinse the seasoning off and act like it's giving." One TikTok user praised them for an excellent performance, but reasserted, "WE WERE NOT SUPPOSE TO MAKE DANCES TO THIS SOUND."

    Though the reception to the 22-year-old creator's dance was overwhelmingly positive, many commenters fretted that the choreography would go uncredited. Within a day of posting, Twitter users found videos from white creators using her routine without adding a dance credit.

    Skai Beauty told Mashable that she didn't know about the strike until she posted the video, and had started choreographing the dance just two hours after the song was released. She added that Black creators "shouldn't have to be silenced" to get their point across, and was disappointed that white TikTokkers performed her routine without tagging her for credit. After seeing predominantly white dancers recreating her work without crediting her, Skai Beauty said she understands why other Black creators called for the strike in the first place.

    "People who have talent or who [are] creators live to create. We shouldn't have to suppress our talents because our oppressors are obsessed with theft."

    "It shows their blatant disrespect and disregard for Black creators," Skai Beauty, who asked to be referred to by her username only, said in an Instagram DM. "However it's [the strike] still a loss for us in the situation because people who have talent or who [are] creators live to create. We shouldn't have to suppress our talents because our oppressors are obsessed with theft."

    The noticeable lack of dynamic choreography to "Thot Shit," a song made to go viral on TikTok, shines a light on the impact Black creators have on the platform's culture. This strike against creating a trendy dance to the song is not in protest of white creators dancing at all, but of white people continuing to profit off of Black labor.

    TikTok has a history of discriminating against people of color on the platform, particularly Black creators. In 2019, Black creators alleged that TikTok was actively suppressing their content by designing an algorithm that worked against them. Two months after Mashable reported on the creator-led campaign calling for better visibility on the For You Page, TikTok admitted that its moderators were trained to suppress content(Opens in a new tab) by users marked "vulnerable to cyberbullying," including disabled, fat, and queer creators.

    During the height of Black Lives Matter protests last year, it appeared TikTok was blocking hashtags related to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement(Opens in a new tab). The company apologized for the "technical glitch," and promised to better support the Black community on the app. Nearly a year later, NBC reported that little had changed(Opens in a new tab). Black creators' content was still appearing below that of white creators, and some alleged that their videos were inexplicably removed. Black creators also complain that videos they've made addressing racism have been flagged as hate speech.

    Whether the strike is working is still up for debate. Greggory is doubtful that meaningful change will happen after the strike because "TikTok is famous for suppressing Black voices."

    "When we're trying to do something meaningful, they only want our trauma. I doubt the majority of white people have any idea what's going on."

    "Especially when we're trying to do something meaningful, they only want our trauma," Greggory added. "I doubt the majority of white people have any idea what's going on."

    Moore made it clear that most Black creators participating in the dance strike aren't opposed to white creators dancing entirely, but that the community wants to be recognized and appreciated for carrying TikTok's culture. Blatant racism is still rampant online, especially on TikTok, and the same content that's ridiculed by non-Black users often grow into massive trends when white creators imitate it. The app should be fun, Moore said, as long as creators are "giving credit when it's due."

    "People still need to acknowledge Black creators and not ignore us in any community that we partake in," Moore said. "To not belittle us or demonize our content for their amusement. We have each other in the long run and will succeed collectively as a family."

    Skai Beauty, in the meantime, plans to keep posting her dances even if it means giving white TikTokkers the opportunity to benefit from her creativity. For Skai, not dancing is worse than not receiving credit.

    "I'm not doing it for them," Skai Beauty said. "But they will be held accountable for their actions sooner or later."

    UPDATE: June 24, 2021, 3:27 p.m. PDT Updated with comments from Skai Beauty and Marcus Greggory.

  • Someone has to make the family mac and cheese. I worried it couldnt be me.

    Someone has to make the family mac and cheese. I worried it couldnt be me.


    Mashable bites into a creamy, nutty, gooey, and sometimes stinky world during our first-ever Cheese Week.

    Black people don’t mess around when it comes to macaroni and cheese. The great African-American culinary tradition demands excellence in all aspects of its existence. Bad macaroni — dry, crunchy, lacking smoothness and squelch — is an abomination, a stain on the institution of soul food. Good macaroni is a point of pride. Many mac and cheese recipes, like the one in my family, are passed down from grandmothers who created the standard upon which all iterations of the dish are compared, and the person responsible for keeping that recipe alive is someone I call the Keeper of the Mac.

    My grandma’s mac and cheese slaps. It is the ultimate Black Grandma Mac and Cheese. I’ve had it straight from the source on a few memorable occasions but more often I ate my mother’s version, meticulously copied from her mother-in-law’s legendary recipe. I don’t know when my Puerto Rican mom interrogated Grandma for the specifics of her macaroni and cheese, but I know how precisely she wrote them down on one yellow page in the recipe book she’s kept since before I was born. I could always tell from the outline of that page, with each measurement and temperature laid out in Mom’s impossibly perfect cursive, that she took her responsibility as Keeper of the Mac seriously. It’s one of my dad’s favorite dishes. It must have felt so important to her that she got it right.

    I was a fiend for that mac and cheese when I was little. More precisely, I was a pint-sized mac and cheese snob. The platonic ideal of macaroni and cheese was How Mom Makes It, and I suffered countless disappointments upon sampling other, lesser preparations at friends’ houses and restaurants. I could feel the mac and cheese’s presence before it was even made, noticing the telltale stack of shredded cheddar in the fridge or the cardboard tube of breadcrumbs retrieved from a hard-to-reach cabinet before Mom even started cooking the pasta. The signs of the mac were clear, and I lurked in the kitchen like a cheese-crazed stalker while I waited for it to come out of the oven.

    SEE ALSO: Don't do this: 10 of the worst crimes against mac and cheese

    As I got older and more trustworthy, those kitchen-lurking moments transformed into kitchen-helping moments, which turned into part-time sous chef responsibilities. By the time I was coming home from college for major holidays, I was a partner in the Thanksgiving/Christmas (standard mac and cheese days) meal-making business. I snapped many a green bean, boiled hamhocks, mixed salty rubs to smoosh over gorgeous, bloody cuts of prime rib. I did it all — except the mac and cheese. I’d shred some cheddar if asked, maybe pour the roux over the pasta if I was feeling myself, but the mystery of the mac was something I only trusted in my mother’s chosen hands.


    My time came three or four Thanksgivings ago; the memory is traumatizing and therefore hazy. Mom and I had planned a menu out, but the chaos of the day-of kitchen duties landed me with the task of making the mac and cheese by myself. The recipe book could not have been more clear — shredded cheddar, both sharp and mild — but I cut corners and chopped a block of cheddar into cubes. We had gouda in the fridge, and I added some of that in as well. The butter in the bottom of the pot nearly burned while I struggled to crack open the two necessary cans of condensed milk, and the result was ... really crappy mac and cheese.

    My mac and cheese looked like it wanted to speak to your manager. It had just ordered a gender reveal cake with "Touchdowns or Tutus?" spelled out in frosting.

    The cubes were too big to melt completely and the gouda made everything dry. A cross-section revealed chunks of unmelted cheddar floating amongst the pasta like baby carrots suspended in some horrible old-timey gelatin mold. Everyone was painfully nice about it, even my dad who subsists on mac and cheese leftovers for a solid week every time we have it, but I could see the disappointment in my family’s eyes and on their forks.

    I imagined a picture of my mac and cheese somehow making it onto the internet, where Black Twitter would be right to roast me over my dumpster fire of an attempt. “This is why you ask who made the mac and cheese before you put some on your plate,” one tweet might read, or maybe “which white woman did this I just wanna talk.” My mac and cheese looked like it wanted to speak to your manager. It had just ordered a gender reveal cake with "Touchdowns or Tutus?" spelled out in frosting. I had failed my heritage, failed the yellow page, and failed my mom’s tradition of Keeping the Mac.

    It was another few years before I trusted myself to try again, or maybe I selfishly wanted a couple more Thanksgivings with guaranteed perfect macaroni and cheese before I stepped up. I regressed, mac and cheese–wise, shirking my inevitable duty in favor of remaining that child for whom the mac appeared as if by magic. Nobody can stay a child forever though, and somebody has to keep the mac. Last year, I tried again.

    And I messed it right up. I misjudged when to put the flour in and wound up with a goopy pancake flopping around the bottom of the pot. Was I upset? Absolutely. Did I panic? Hell yeah. But my mother, who had been watching my second attempt, remained calm.

    By the same magic that produced the completed mac and cheese every year of my life, my mom revealed backup bags of shredded cheddar and two more cans of condensed milk. She took the flour back out of the pantry and helped me strain my milky pancake out into the garbage. “Put the heat lower,” the Keeper of the Mac advised her reluctant apprentice, “and stir while you pour the flour in. You’ll get it.”


    Reader, I got it. The roux was smooth and when I stirred it into the pasta it squelched. My breadcrumb cover was even and the paprika sprinkle on top straight up belonged in the MoMa. When this macaroni and cheese came out of the oven it smelled right, the way it did when I was little, and it scooped out all creamy like Mom’s, and like Grandma’s. I’m for sure making it again this year (with my mom keeping an eye on me, just in case), and will continue to make it in years to come. My family’s mac and cheese will live on, with me as its Keeper.

  • Pornhub traffic doubled in D.C. on Election Day

    Pornhub traffic doubled in D.C. on Election Day

    The 2022 midterm elections proved that the youth vote is strong — and that polling measures are, maybe, not. Now that Election Day has passed, there's one metric yet to explore: Pornhub views, of course.


    Two years ago, during the presidential election, Pornhub traffic dipped around primetime, with an 11 percent drop around 6 p.m. This year, traffic decreased around the same time(Opens in a new tab) — but not as much. The tube site received only a seven percent drop at 6 and 7 p.m. Compared to a typical Tuesday, however, traffic didn't recover; after 4 p.m., it remained lower than average throughout the night.

    Pornhub had the biggest drop in traffic during primetime on Election Day, just like in 2020. Credit: Pornhub
    SEE ALSO: How Pornhub changed the world

    Pornhub dove even deeper into the data and separated it out state-by-state. The biggest jump was Washington, D.C, where traffic to the site nearly doubled on Election Day. There, Pornhub traffic was 92 percent higher on Nov. 8 than traffic on a typical Tuesday. Perhaps staffers needed to let off a little steam?

    The biggest Pornhub traffic changes state by state (these are the top 10). Credit: Pornhub

    Meanwhile, in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Colorado — where there were highly-watched races — traffic went down: four percent in Georgia, 10 percent in Pennsylvania, and 11 percent in Colorado, according to Pornhub. Seems like if anything were to get people off Pornhub, it'd be these hot-button elections.

    U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • Looking for your next great binge? Head to Cameo.

    Looking for your next great binge? Head to Cameo.

    In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal.


    Actor Tom Felton wishes a woman a happy engagement anniversary while wearing a purple sweatshirt covered in Care Bears. Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan stands in front of a bed while calling strangers "super fetch." Carole Baskin of Tiger King wears a flower crown and sings 50 Cent's "In Da Club." Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci dump a guy named Brayden on behalf of a girl named Cheyenne as the result of a prank(Opens in a new tab).

    This collection of beautifully random, awkward, yet highly entertaining content can only be found on Cameo(Opens in a new tab), a platform where people can pay for custom videos from celebrities.

    For those unfamiliar with Cameo(Opens in a new tab), the app was launched in 2017 to serve as a modern-day autograph from actors, musicians, comedians, athletes, politicians, and other noteworthy figures. The service, which was recently valued at more than $1 billion(Opens in a new tab), has been used for years, but it became especially popular during the pandemic(Opens in a new tab) when much of Hollywood shut down and people were in search of special gifts to send loved ones in quarantine.

    One might assume that Cameo(Opens in a new tab) videos are to solely be enjoyed by their intended recipients, but I'm here to shatter that misconception. At least once a week I head to Cameo and binge the hell out of videos that have been created for other people.

    If binge-watching Cameos sounds like an impossibly ridiculous leisure activity, that's because it is. But damn, it's entertaining. I'll head to Cameo to browse celeb videos if I finish a movie or series and can't decide what to watch next, if I'm struggling to fall asleep, or if I'm just plain looking to kill some time. Before you judge, let me explain.

    How I became a person who watches Cameos for fun

    Something you should know about Cameo is that in addition to its ever changing regular lineup of mostly C and D-list stars, the platform occasionally welcomes big names who record videos for charity(Opens in a new tab). That's how Cameo finally got my attention.

    To celebrate my first quarantine birthday in April 2020, my mom surprised me with a Cameo from *the* Connie Britton. Up until then I'd fully ignored the app, but once I saw the Friday Night Lights star (who was donating her Cameo proceeds to Feeding America(Opens in a new tab)) let out a cheerful "Happy Birthday Nicole" and deliver a much-needed pandemic pep talk I was hooked.

    That same birthday, my coworkers gifted me a joke Cameo from Barbara Weber, mom to former Bachelor lead Peter Weber. As I toggled between videos from the woman who played Tami Taylor and Pilot Pete's mom on my phone, I knew I had to investigate further. Connie taught me that Cameos could be wholesome, hopeful, and tear-jerking, but Barb reminded me they could make you do a spit take and double over in laughter. Curious about who else the app had to offer, I started browsing Cameo's catalogue of stars. And once you start, it's hard to stop.

    In the year since I became someone who watches Cameos for fun I've learned that there's a Cameo out there for everyone and every mood. If I'm feeling nostalgic I'll watch videos from stars like The Nanny's Fran Drescher, Fresh Prince's Alfonso Ribeiro, Bill Daniels (Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World), singer Jesse McCartney, or Simple Plan's Pierre Bouvier. If I want a mini concert I'll watch a musician like Rebecca Black and Imogen Heap sample requested songs or belt out beautiful renditions of "Happy Birthday to You." If I'm obsessing over a TV show I'll type it in the search bar to see who's featured and make my way through the results.

    Cameo has actors from current series like Better Call Saul, Grey's Anatomy, Ginny & Georgia, Bridgerton, and Virgin River, but it also features stars from older series, including The Sopranos, The OC, Gilmore Girls, The Office, and Smallville. It has Olympians, familiar Bachelor franchise faces, Scott Evans (brother to Chris), Disney Channel stars you've nearly forgotten about, voice actors, influencers, streamers, activists, and, yes, even animals.

    If you're a fan of reality TV or spend your evenings catching up on Deux Moi gossip(Opens in a new tab), try binging Cameos. Not only does the service reacquaint you with long-lost washed-up celebs you didn't even realize you were missing, but it also offers a peek into celebrities' real lives by showing them in more personal, vulnerable settings.

    The way Cameo celebrities approach the task at hand — whether it's wishing someone a happy birthday, happy graduation, or happy anniversary of some sort — also speaks volumes. Are the videos short, sweet, and to the point? Does the celeb appear disinterested, stiff, or like they're reading a script? Are they clearly going out of their way to make the stranger on the receiving end of the video special and give the gifter their money's worth? You can tell a lot about a celebrity by the quality of their Cameos.

    Harnessing Cameo as a source of free entertainment

    I can confirm that receiving a personalized celebrity video is fun, but it always comes at a price. Watching videos that celebrities make for others, however, is free and nearly as entertaining.

    Want to watch some Cameos for yourself? Just head to the platform and click on a celebrity's account(Opens in a new tab). There, you'll see their bio, average request response time, reviews, and pricing — along with the number of people they have in their Fan Club. Joining a celebrity's fan club is free, and it gives you access to additional content, and alerts you when there's a price drop. But if you're mass-browsing celebrities to watch videos for fun you probably don't want to join a bunch of fan clubs.

    Have no fear: In most cases, even without joining Fan Clubs, the account features five videos that the celebrity has recorded for others, along with their intro video to the platform, which is always a delight.

    Ethan Craft is on Cameo :') Credit: screengrab / cameo

    There's something supremely entertaining about watching a celebrity take a few random facts about a stranger and try to turn them into satisfying content. And if you're lucky, the celebrity will share facts about themselves in the process.

    Did you know Tom Felton's manager has a cat called Draco Meowlfoy or that Breaking Bad's Dean Norris has been with his accountant for at least 30 years? I did, because binge-watching Cameos has turned me into a fountain of highly specific celebrity facts.

    It's interesting to browse and compare Cameo's celebrity video prices, as well. See what kind of content Donald Trump Jr. is creating for $500, find out who's charging $1 or $2,500 and decide if you agree or not, and see if you think Leslie David Baker should be the most expensive Office star on the app.

    Cameo's trove of celebrity videos is vast and just waiting to be watched. So decide who you're in the mood to hear from, take advantage of the platform's category and search features, and start binge-watching, baby.

  • Jared Kushner apparently got coronavirus advice from a Facebook group

    Jared Kushner apparently got coronavirus advice from a Facebook group

    When White House Senior Adviser (and presidential son-in-law) Jared Kushner needed resources to help fight the frightening coronavirus outbreak, he reportedly(Opens in a new tab) turned to the same place your kooky aunt might: Facebook.


    Politico reported on Friday that Kurt Kloss(Opens in a new tab) — father-in-law to Kushner's brother — asked for coronavirus advice in a group for emergency room doctors so he could pass it along to the White House adviser.

    “If you were in charge of Federal response to the Pandemic what would your recommendation be. Please only serious responses,” he wrote, according to Politico. “I have direct channel to person now in charge at White House.”

    Related Video: Here are some ways to ease your coronavirus anxieties

    The Spectator first reported(Opens in a new tab) that these posts existed on Thursday.

    Hundreds of people responded, and Kloss reportedly ultimately explained that Kushner had asked for advice. The FB group Kloss consulted — called EM Docs(Opens in a new tab) — has almost 22,000 members and reportedly requires folks to provide credentials to join.

    SEE ALSO: Here are some ways to ease your coronavirus anxieties

    The posts from Kloss came as Kushner reportedly took on a more active role in combatting the coronavirus crisis, and as the nation began taking drastic steps to increase social distancing. The Washington Post reported this week(Opens in a new tab) that the presidential son-in-law had "seized control over some aspects of the government’s coronavirus response." Trump's largely disastrous Wednesday night speech, for instance, was reportedly written(Opens in a new tab) by Kushner and Stephen Miller.

    The Em Docs posts related to Kushner were ultimately deleted from the group, Politico reported. A later message from Kloss reportedly indicated the White House senior adviser was reading the advice from the group.

    Politico reported earlier(Opens in a new tab) in the week that Trump was holding off on making a wider emergency declaration — which would make available funds and resources to states — until Kushner could talk to "relevant parties and presents his findings" to the president.

    Apparently that research involved hitting up Facebook.

  • This Blue Planet II vessel is now on Airbnb and you can actually go under the sea

    This Blue Planet II vessel is now on Airbnb and you can actually go under the sea


    What better place for a cosy vacation than the icy depths of the abyss?

    SEE ALSO: Penguin jumps into man's boat for a quick hi-bye

    Remember Blue Planet II, the show that roundhouse-kicked your soul with the majestic beauty of the ocean? Well, now they've teamed up with Airbnb(opens in a new tab) so you can spend three days and two nights on the Alucia -- the research vessel featured in the series -- and even go down in one of the submersibles.

    Okay that's pretty cool... Credit: Carrie jones/bbc worldwide
    And cosy! Credit: carrie jones/bbc worldwide

    "You’ll dive deep beneath the waves aboard one of the two submersibles on the ship, the TRITON 3300/3 or the Deep Rover, crafts well equipped for marine science research, shipwreck reconnaissance, and undersea videography," reads the AirBnb description.

    "Highly manoeuvrable, able to withstand hundreds of pounds of pressure, and with almost 360 degree views, this is light years beyond the average vacation snorkel."

    Mmm, restful. Credit: carrie jones/bbc worldwide

    Unfortunately you can't just book on to stay on the ship willy-nilly, there is an element of competition. To be in with a chance to stay in the Alucia, participants must write an entry between 50 and 550 characters that answers the question:

    “You don’t need to be an astronaut to discover a new world. Our oceans are teeming with bizarre species and dramatic, alien-like landscapes. Tell us about your ideal deep sea adventure--what do you dream of exploring beneath the waves?”


    Prepare to imagine the infinite bounty of the seas. Credit: bbc

    The vessel will be in the Bahamas, specifically Cape Eleuthera -- and be aware, the vessel has a set of "house rules" by which to abide:

    - No skinny dipping. You never know when the fish might be watching.

    - Avoid watching Jaws or The Abyss before your trip.

    - No sleepwalking or night swimming.

    - No selfies with the deep sea creatures.

    - No fishing--we don’t eat our research subjects.

    - Leave the high heels and tie pins at home--this is a research vessel, not a cruise ship.

    - The Alucia is manned by an English-speaking crew, and all safety briefings will be in English, so all entrants to this competition must be fluent in English. Please submit answers to the competition question in English only.

    So best to shelve those ambitions of getting that nude selfie with a giant squid. Still a pretty cool opportunity though.

  • YouTube star Ryker Gamble dies after falling from waterfall


    YouTube star Ryker Gamble dies after falling from waterfall

    YouTube star Ryker Gamble died after falling from a waterfall in British Columbia, Canada. He was 30 years old.

    A travel vlogger for popular channel High On Life(opens in a new tab), Gamble was one of three people who were confirmed dead on Thursday by federal police, the Associated Press(opens in a new tab) reports.

    SEE ALSO: 6 tips on how to cope with tragic issues

    According to AP, search and rescue teams found Gamble and the two yet-to-be-named victims, who had gone over Shannon Falls, the third-tallest waterfall in British Colombia.

    After swimming in a pool at the top, the trio had walked along a ledge at the top of the falls before falling approximately 100 feet over the edge.

    One of Gamble's family members confirmed to AP that he was dead.

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    With almost 500,000 subscribers on YouTube and 1.1 million on Instagram, High On Life featured Gamble and his team engaging in extreme activities like parkour, cliff jumping, giant rope swings, waterfall sliding, and kayaking all over the globe.

    "We post weekly videos to inspire our viewers to get out and explore the world," reads the group's YouTube page.

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    The channel includes videos from some of the world's most stunning national parks and natural landmarks, everywhere from India and Thailand to Nepal and Greece.

    Gamble's partner, Alissa Hensen, posted a moving tribute on Instagram.

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  • Feminist font will amplify your messages of gender equality


    Feminist font will amplify your messages of gender equality

    Next time you have something loud to say about gender equality, use the right font.

    Championing feminism and equal rights, fonts have been emblazoned across Women's March and #MeToo protest signs, in capital letters in impassioned #TimesUp tweets, and on "The Future Is Female" T-shirts, championing loud and proud statements. Now, there's a new typeface specifically designed to this amplify these voices.

    SEE ALSO: Facebook just made it easier for female entrepreneurs to connect

    The Feminist Letters(opens in a new tab) were created by New York-based ad agency Y&R in collaboration with Women of Sex Tech, another New York-based group of entrepreneurs dedicated to increasing the diversity of sex tech.

    Each letter has been designed to call attention to things that either are uniquely experienced by or associated with women, and serious issues facing many women today, whether it be equal pay, reproductive rights or protection against sexual harassment.

    A is for "ass kicking career women," B is for "birth," C is for "campus assault and safety laws," and so on all the way through R for "religious freedom," to X is for, of course, "X chromosomes."

    Credit: The Feminist Letters

    U.S. feminists, got something seriously loud and proud to tweet at your local representative? Click on one of the letters that speaks to something you're passionate about, and you can send a note right from the website. Outside the U.S.? Download the font and craft an image to go with your next social post.

    For example, you could (and should) write, "Speak up for women."


    Or campaign for equal pay.


    Or throw out a big reminder for reproductive rights.

    Credit: the feminist letters

    The font first debuted at the Women’s March in January 2017, where the letters were used on signs in NYC, LA, Philadelphia and other U.S. cities, as up to 5 million women worldwide marched for equality (and notably, in many rallies, against the election of President Donald "Grab 'Em By the Pussy" Trump).

    Along with Y&R and Women of Sex Tech, the font is being launched with support from a handful of powerful female-led business: New York-based women's publisher Bustle, Brooklyn customised clothing startup Bow & Drape, women-led mezcal company Yola Mezcal and the 3% Conference, which champions creative female talent and leadership through its events and online community.

    “We’re in a critical moment for women’s rights, with movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo inspiring women everywhere to take action," said Chief Creative Officer for Y&R North America, Leslie Sims, in a press statement.

    "The Feminist Letters gives activists a way to send a message in a font that really sends a message. There are so many organizations advocating for gender equality, and The Feminist Letters offers a shared language that encompasses all of these issues."

    Give 'em a whirl.(opens in a new tab)

  • Gabbie Hanna returns to social media

    Gabbie Hanna returns to social media

    Nearly two months after leaving social media, Gabbie Hanna returned to YouTube with an explanation.


    "I'm well, thanks for asking," Hanna said toward the end of her latest video. "Surprise! I'm still here"

    In a 46-minute video titled "i'm back. (why i left, why i'm scared for my life, the shadowban, & everything else)" Hanna explained that she had been "some kind of manic" after becoming a TikTok meme and deleting Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

    She had gone viral and became the butt of online jokes after she posted a video accusing YouTube of suppressing her content. Being involved in years of creator drama fueled her critics, whom she infamously referred to as "high school fucking bullies." Hanna described the actions leading up to her departure from social media as a "mental breakdown," and said she needed to separate herself because it brought back trauma from being part of a "toxic, abusive friend group."

    "I was dealing with some really heavy shit that I wasn't able to properly process with all those eyes on me," Hanna said in her return video. "I needed to fuck off with the internet and handle this shit the right way."

    Leaving the public eye didn't stop the harassment, Hanna said, which followed her to a private Discord server she uses to communicate with fans. She added that "they" — she believes former friends are leading the harassment campaign against her — began harassing her fans, a majority of whom are minors. Hanna said the harassment aimed at her fans pushed one to self-harm.

    Addressing accusations of YouTube shadow banning her channel, or preventing users from seeing her content, Hanna clarified that the platform has listed her channel as restricted before. She said that in 2018, after going viral for her botched Genius interview, YouTube added a "Restricted" tag to her videos, which meant it was unavailable to underage users and those trying to view her content on public Wi-Fi, like libraries.

    Hanna touched on her ongoing feud(Opens in a new tab) with fellow creator Trisha Paytas. Paytas previously claimed that Hanna told her then-boyfriend that Paytas had herpes, which Paytas disputed and found wildly inappropriate. Hanna said breaking down her feud with Paytas would require a whole video in itself, but expressed concern that her side of the story would never be taken seriously because of her involvement in past scandals.

    "I feel like YouTube has fostered a really toxic, harmful environment where people have figured out the quickest way to make a name for yourself is to destroy the name of somebody who has already made theirs," Hanna said. "YouTube rewards that heavily."

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    She said that seeking treatment for her mental health and being in a healthy relationship has helped, and that she had considered taking legal action against her harassers. Her Twitter(Opens in a new tab) and Instagram(Opens in a new tab) accounts are public again.

    "I'm not this devil everyone makes me out to be, but I'm not a fucking angel," Hanna concluded. "I have a lot of issues that I'm working through and will continue to work through for my entire life."