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2023-04-26 15:55:03

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Woman finds contact lens thatd been lodged in her eye for 28 YEARS

Is there anything more annoying than losing a contact lens? A woman in the UK thought hers fell out until doctors found it embedded in her eye decades later.

A recent BMJ Case Report(opens in a new tab) detailed the 42-year-old woman's horrific experience. She had visited her eye doctor for painful swelling in her upper eyelid. An MRI revealed a cyst in the eye tissue, which ruptured during the removal surgery. That's when doctors found a WHOLE CONTACT LENS that had been lodged inside the patient's eyelid tissue for 28 years.


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Here's some backstory that will probably make you scream: According to Health(opens in a new tab), the report says that the contact was "a rigid gas permeable (RGP)" lens which the woman hadn't worn since she was a teenager. When she was 14-year-old, she was hit in the eye during a game of badminton and thought that the lens fell out.

Except, it hadn't. Until her surgery, the lens had been lodged in her eyelid for for almost three decades. The woman didn't experience any symptoms until that cyst formed.

"The patient never wore RGP lenses following this incident," the case report concludes(opens in a new tab), according to Health. "We can infer that the RGP lens migrated into the patient's left upper eyelid at the time of trauma and had been in situ for the last 28 years."

The only story that one ups this nightmare is the time surgeons in the UK found a staggering 27 contact lenses balled up inside a patient's eye during what was supposed to be a routine cataract surgery.

If you wear contacts, just...check you eyes every now and then. Please.

[H/T: Teen Vogue(opens in a new tab)]

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    Journalist Christopher Hope tweeted on Thursday, putting a Brexit spin on the Royal Mail's new commemorative owl stamps.

    Can Brexit rotate its head 270 degrees? Scientific facts aside, the ineffable J.K. Rowling (or should we write that J.K. rOWLing) had something to say on the matter.

    As you may have guessed, Rowling is anti-Brexit. But more importantly, she is pro-owl.

    Via Giphy(opens in a new tab)

    Here are just a three ways in which owls are totally rad.

    1. The feathery ear-looking bits on some owls are called "plumicorns"(opens in a new tab).

    2. The Eastern Screech Owl furnishes its nest with actual snakes for house-keeping purposes(opens in a new tab).

    3. When owls twist their heads around exorcist-style, their blood vessels balloon out(opens in a new tab) to create blood reservoirs.

    Bear these facts in mind when participating in this very official poll.

    Owls vs Brexit, the most unlikely fight you didn't know you wanted to see.

  • The reason high school bullies get back in touch later in life

    The reason high school bullies get back in touch later in life

    Back in the days when people my age were still interested in Facebook, I got a friend request from someone I used to know.


    It was not the kind of blast from the past that might send a wave of happy nostalgia over me. Instead, it was a surge of panic. Hell would sooner morph into a colossal iceberg before I'd consider accepting it.

    "Yeah, nope," I said aloud, wondering at the sheer audacity of the sender. I rejected it immediately.

    The sender was someone I'd gone to school with. A girl who terrorised me until I no longer wanted to co-exist in public spaces with her. We'd started off as friends, as most of these stories go. What ensued caused untold damage to my self-esteem, the effects of which I'm still working through 15 years later.

    I'd forgotten about this unwelcome contact attempt until this year, when another one of my former high school tormentors followed me on Instagram and began replying to my Stories as if nothing untoward had ever happened. My last memory of this person was of him delighting in telling me I was ugly for the umpteenth time.

    Which is perhaps why I have found it utterly astonishing to see this man periodically slide into my DMs like a thirsty fuckboy trying to curry favour in my Insta inbox.

    Is he just horny and sliding into everyone's DMs indiscriminately?

    It was weird. I had questions. Did this person look me up and realise that I'm actually pretty hot? Is he just horny and sliding into everyone's DMs indiscriminately? Or, did he remember everything he's ever said to me and feels bad? Why the hell would a high school bully get back in touch like this?

    When I tweeted about this, scores of people messaged me to say that their high school bullies had also reached out to them. And some of them had even apologised for their behaviour.

    I asked Dr Andrew Kirton, a lecturer at Leeds University with expertise in the psychology of ethics and guilt, why a high school bully might want to slide into a person's DMs years later. "One way of interpreting what's going on might be that the guy on some level acknowledges that he was a shit to you in earlier life," he said. "But that truth is quite a painful one to acknowledge."

    "The way you deal with that, when you've been a dick to someone, you do these tentative little gestures of bowing your head in shame and guilt without really saying, I'm really sorry about that. You kind of dance around it."

    SEE ALSO: I haven't had a boyfriend for a decade. Here's what I've learned.

    Asked if high school bullies go on to be haunted by their past behaviour in later life, Kirton said it would be wrong to make a blanket statement, but did suggest that there could be instances where people simply do not have any recollection of their past actions. "You might get cases where people are just divorced from the impact of their actions because maybe they've just never been forced to confront that they've caused people upset. So, it might just be a kind of cognitive block that they've got," said Kirton.

    I spoke to people who'd been bullied about what it felt like to hear from their schoolyard demons.

    Jeffrey Ingold posted a photo on Facebook after meeting Mariah Carey along with a caption about the impact her music had on him. "I essentially talked about how her music saved my life when I was in high school. I experienced loads of homophobic abuse that pushed me to the brink of suicide," he said.

    "One of the guys who bullied me sent me a message saying: 'I was reading your post I just remembered a few times where I said some dumb stuff based on your hobbies and idols and the like' and added: 'Wanted to tell you I'm sorry if I was a jackass all those years in high school. If I made it any harder, I'm sorry.'"

    "I had to reel out my emotional trauma for him to realise he should apologise."

    Ingold said he felt "quite ambivalent" when he received the message. "While I think it was a sweet/kind thing, it also annoyed me that it took me highlighting how shit things were for me for him to reach out and apologise," he said. "So even though I was grateful to receive it and felt a sort of validation or vindication, it also struck me that I had to reel out my emotional trauma for him to realise he should apologise."

    Seven years after Kimberley Bond left school, her bully made countless attempts to get in touch with her.

    "Someone who literally made my life a nightmare reached out to two of my best friends to try and 'apologise' — and was left feeling a bit shaken by the whole thing," she said. He'd reached out via her friends because Bond had blocked him on everything.

    The messages sent to Bond's friends had said he was sorry "if" anything he'd done had ever upset her. That language was jarring given the actual impact of his behaviour, for which she'd seen a counsellor. "The way it was worded made it seem like it was an accident or mistake that I'd ever been upset," said Bond. "I also felt as if he was only asking for forgiveness because he wanted to redeem himself, and not because he knew he'd done wrong."

    Bond felt angry when she heard about the messages. She felt that by blocking him, she had shut him off from her life and that had allowed her to get over the situation. "Him contacting me to apologise brought all that pain and emotion back to the forefront of my mind again, and I remember feeling angry with both myself and him for still having the power to upset me," she said. "I'd gotten over it and, in a way, forgiven him on my own terms, and didn't need him trying to send a shitty, meaningless apology just because it was going to help him feel good."

    After blocking him on all platforms, declining Facebook and LinkedIn requests, Bond felt she's given him the message loud and clear: "I didn't want to hear from him or speak to him again."

    "I feel that he ignored all these signs to just barge in and offer an empty apology only to make himself feel better," she said. "Even now he still tries to check my LinkedIn and it's just like, take the damn hint."

    For some, hearing from a former bully who wants to apologise can be a positive, welcome act. When Anna Menta's middle school bully apologised for his behaviour, she deeply appreciated it.

    "It was emotional to receive but also validating — sometimes you wonder if you imagine how people are mistreating you, or exaggerating it, playing the victim, so it was nice to have my hurt feelings affirmed," she said.

    One thing I learned from my own high school experience: one unkind word can lead to a lifetime of hurt for someone. It is not fun being the person living with that emotional pain. But living with the knowledge that you've caused someone pain is a weight that I would not wish to carry.

    We can't change the past. We can neither erase the way others have treated us, nor can we hit delete on the way we've treated people. Sometimes an apology is welcome, other times it can reopen a wound that had long healed.

  • 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.

  • Jell-O unveils pre-made, edible Instagram slime

    Jell-O unveils pre-made, edible Instagram slime


    There are tons of slime recipes on the internet, even edible ones(opens in a new tab) that leave out the borax powder. Now, Jell-O is getting into the slime game with two pre-made edible offerings.

    The fruity new slimes come in two flavors: strawberry and lime, both(opens in a new tab) of which(opens in a new tab) you can pre-order now on Amazon. They'll be sold as a "pre-made mix," presumably a powder, to which users add water. Thus, the slime is born.

    SEE ALSO: 37 snacks that will take you back to the '90s

    Judging by the press release, the products seem pretty similar to the Insta-slime we know and love, though we'll have to wait and see if it truly captures its texture and, more importantly, its ASMR-friendly sound.


    The release is part of Kraft-Heinz's JELL-O PLAY line(opens in a new tab), which encourages kids to play with their food and parents to become very upset. (Just kidding.)

    The slime will hit IRL retailers in December.

  • Will and Grace takes on the not-so-innocent bystanders in #MeToo episode

    Will and Grace takes on the not-so-innocent bystanders in #MeToo episode


    In December of last year, two months after the Harvey Weinstein exposé, Matt Damon made the point that "one thing that’s not being talked about is there are a whole s—load of guys [...] who don’t do this kind of thing and whose lives aren’t going to be affected."

    His comments were swiftly derided because no one deserves a pat on the back simply for refraining from abusing someone.

    Perhaps, though, in an odd sort of way, he did have a point. What about the guys "who don't do this kind of thing" – all the well-meaning folks who are neither victim nor perpetrator? How are they part of this narrative? What role do they have to play?

    SEE ALSO: The Louis C.K. apologists are missing the point

    Those bystanders are the focus of Will & Grace's latest episode, titled "Grace's Secret." In it, Grace explains to her father that decades ago, when she was 15 years old, his best friend Harry – her boss at the time – sexually assaulted her one day at work.

    But this isn't really a plot about the horrors inflicted on young women. Sickening as it is, that narrative is familiar enough by this point that Grace's reveal is not shocking in itself.

    Instead, it's a story about Grace and Martin – the caring father who genuinely had no idea this had happened – and about all the responsibility of men like him in stories like these.

    When Grace finally tells Martin what happened, he's visibly horrified. He reacts as if it physically pains him to hear what she's saying, yelling "stop" at one point when he can bear it no more. "Why didn't you tell me?" he pleads afterward.

    Rather than accept "I didn't know" as an excuse and move on, Grace asks, "Why didn't you see?"

    The question is sincere. Yet from the perspective of the viewer, it's completely obvious why.

    In the moments leading up to that reveal, we've seen Martin flirt shamelessly with the waitress, telling Grace that "they love it." We've heard him scoff that people are "so sensitive nowadays," and complain that "men can't be men anymore" because of #MeToo.

    He's described Harry as a "flirty guy," a "good guy," and a product of "a different time." He's told Grace to "calm down" when she angrily points out that that doesn't make it okay.


    "How could I?" she responds to his question. "What if you didn't believe me? What if no one believed me?"

    Indeed, Martin has given no indication whatsoever that he'd believe his own daughter's account over his own impression of a now-dead man. Even before she launched into her full account, Martin was already trying to discredit it – suggesting that she was "misremembering" events, and protesting that he didn't want to talk about it.

    This, too, is nothing new. It's Jason Bateman leaping to defend Jeffrey Tambor's abuse of Jessica Walter on Arrested Development. It's Michael Ian Black wondering how much more poor Louis C.K. must suffer. It's Roman Polanski's supporters insisting that things were just different back then.

    WILL & GRACE -- "Grace's Secret" Episode 208 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) Credit: Chris Haston/NBC

    But Will & Grace isn't done interrogating Martin's role in all of this. Rather than accept "I didn't know" as an excuse and move on, Grace asks, "Why didn't you see?" The show points out the red flags he missed, and the opportunities he had to dig deeper.

    Instead, it seems, he assumed that Grace meant Harry was simply "flirty" when she described him as "creepy." He took at face value Harry's side of the story, that Grace's employment with him ended when she stole money from his office. (She had, but only after the assault, in order to get a cab home.) He knew Grace disliked Harry, but until this moment, never got around to figuring out why.

    Ultimately, Martin agrees with Grace that he should've seen what was going on, and apologizes. That is the point of this storyline – not the information that Grace was sexually assaulted as a teenager.

    Too often, the burden of noticing and reporting predatory behavior is put on the victims. It falls on them to share their traumas, to offer up their unhappy experiences so other people can take them to heart or pick them apart. There's power in sharing these stories, and they can be effective tools for change; look at what #MeToo and Time's Up have been able to accomplish by encouraging women to come forward.

    This is between all of us – including, yes, all those "good guys who don't do this kind of thing."

    But "Grace's Secret" shifts some of that responsibility onto all the bystanders in those scenarios, poking holes into the plausible deniability that so many of them – so many of us – hide behind.

    How often have we seen people shrug, in response to allegations against a colleague, that they never saw that business going on, and surely would've stopped it if they had? How frequently do we hear people try to minimize or excuse allegations by saying that, gee, that doesn't sound like the good guy they know, so it must all be some kind of misunderstanding?


    It's never going to be the case that all of us are magically able to suss out misdeeds when they happen. No matter how observant we are, some nasty secrets will be better hidden than others, and we'll be taken by surprise from time to time.

    But it's not too much to ask that all of us – but especially men who think of themselves as the "good guys who don't do this kind of thing" – be a little bit more aware. It's not too much to ask that a father listen to his daughter, rather than leap to his friend's defense. Or that he ask what it means when a man is described as "creepy."

    It's not too much to ask that we, in our day-to-day lives, be conscious of the message we're sending when we make thoughtlessly inappropriate jokes, or complain that others are just being too "sensitive." It's worth considering that someone you love might be listening, and deciding silently that you are not to be trusted.

    And it's not too late to try and do better, even if we've failed others in the past. Near the end of the episode, Grace goes to the cemetery to visit her mother – the only person she'd told about the incident before.

    "So I told him, Mom, but you were wrong. He did okay," she says. "You know, I always thought that I needed an apology from Harry. But it turned out I really needed one from Daddy. I feel better."

    It's not just the predators who need to take a good hard look at what they've been doing. It's not just the victims who should be seeing and calling out unacceptable behavior. It's not just women who need to be vigilant about men's behavior toward women.

    This is between all of us – including, yes, all those "good guys who don't do this kind of thing."

  • The best weed gifts for a very special Mothers Day


    The best weed gifts for a very special Mothers Day

    Mother's Day is just around the corner and let's face it -- the typical gift of flowers is just boring. Your mom deserves a better flower.

    Given the recent leaps in cannabis legalization, there's a good possibility your mom enjoys toking up, or at the very least, is open to the possibility. So, this Mother's Day, consider giving your mom the gift of weed.

    SEE ALSO: From smart bongs to home growing kits, the best marijuana tech gadgets

    Whether it's a lotion to ease some aches and pains or a nice vape to help bring your mom's toking into this century, check out the list below for some gift inspiration this Mother's Day.

    Lord Jones CBD Gumdrops(opens in a new tab)


    Lord Jones CBD edibles for some relaxation without the high. Credit: lord jones

    CDB-only edibles are the perfect way to introduce anyone who may be apprehensive trying cannabis.

    These gummdrops from Lord Jones lack THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that so many associate with the plant. However, each candy contains 20mg of cannabidiol, better known as CBD. Like THC, CBD is an extract that's found in cannabis, and many claim it carries some of the same benefits(opens in a new tab) as its fun cousin, but without the high.

    Given the fact that it won't get you stoned, this is the perfect gift for someone that's just entering into the wonderful world of cannabis. Also, who doesn't like candy?

    Awaken Bath Bomb(opens in a new tab)


    Marijuana CBD bath bombs perfect for unwinding after a long day. Credit: kush queen

    For a more relaxing vibe, consider gifting mom a nice bath bomb, with weed, of course.

    In states where weed is legal, you can pick up a bath bomb that contains both CBD and THC. But, if you live in a location that's not so pot-friendly, you can pick up one of these CBD-only bath bombs to help mom relax after a long day of dealing with your petty crap.

    According to Kush Queen, the bombs are designed to "rejuvenate both mind and body," and who doesn't need that?

    Papa & Barkley Tincture(opens in a new tab)

    $75 - $99

    Papa & Barkley THC and CBD tinctures. Credit: papa & Barkley

    If mom is ready to make her foray into some more psychedelic pot products, tinctures are a great place to start. Remind her, though, that any time you're ingesting THC you need to take it slow and keep the dosage low. Edibles can take hours to kick in, and the peak can take another few hours. Here's a handy guide to edibles if you or mom are diving in for the first time.

    Papa & Barkley's relief tinctures are perfect for taking the edge off without taking a journey, as they contain just 1mg of THC at a ratio of 1:30 against CBD. With a dosage this low, mom may feel a little something, but won't be begging you to turn on "Stairway to Heaven." (Obviously, everyone reacts differently to cannabis, and some moms really like Led Zeppelin.)

    Papa & Barkley also offers a 3:1 ratio, for someone looking for a little more of a kick.

    Sadly, it appears this product is only available in California(opens in a new tab), but there are plenty of CBD-only tinctures out there for people who live in lame states.

    PAX Era(opens in a new tab)


    The PAX Era vaporizer is used to vape concentrated cannabis. Credit: pax vapor

    Simply put, the best part about the PAX Era is that it's so easy to use, you can't mess it up.

    While the PAX 3 remains one of the best vaporizers in the world of cannabis, its younger brother, the PAX Era, deserves an honorable mention, and would make a perfect no-hassle gift for mom.

    The wide world of vaporizing various forms of cannabis can be a bit overwhelming, so if you're looking for something without a ton of frills, buttons, and options, the Era is a perfect gift. Simply pop on a cartridge pre-loaded with your favorite cannabis oil, and you're good to go.

    Obviously, this gift is only available where recreational cannabis sales are legal.

    Apothecanna Relieving Body Cream(opens in a new tab)


    Extra Strength Relieving Body Cream from Apothecanna is perfect for easing those small aches and pains. Credit: Getty Images/EyeEm/apothecanna

    Everyone's got their own aches and pains, and what better way to help ease the discomfort than getting your joints a little high?

    Apothecanna's Extra Strength Relieving Body Cream is said to "relieve stubborn aches and stiff joints" with its mix of arnica, peppermint, juniper, and of course, cannabis.

    While the $60 price tag is a little steep, the lotion landed itself on High Times' 10 Best Topicals of 2017(opens in a new tab) for its ease of use on deep muscle and tissue pain.

    Joint roller(opens in a new tab)


    Joint rollers are a simple and easy way to roll the perfect joint. Credit: amazon

    Chances are, mom's first introduction to weed was through a joint, and there's nothing wrong with the classics.

    Rolling a joint, however, takes a bit of skill. Sure, you can buy your mom a preloaded cone, but if she's a regular smoker that can get pretty expensive. Thankfully, these handy joint rollers are incredibly cheap to buy, and produce a solid Seth Rogen-approved cigarette nearly every single time.

    Rolling papers(opens in a new tab)


    Raw joint papers are a timeless classic for smoking marijuana Credit: amazon

    While you're at it, you may as well pick up some rolling papers (and a fat sack) for mom.

    There are endless options out there when it comes to rolling papers, but you really can't go wrong with the classic Raw or Zig-Zags.

    Golden Bell Herb Grinder


    Herb grinders will help you grind your weed while keeping your hands clean. Credit: amazon

    While you may like the smell of cannabis, nobody wants the sticky icky all over their fingertips, and we're guessing your mom probably feels the same.

    So, if you are going down the joint route, it's a good idea to pickup a herb grinder as well. It saves time, it saves weed, and it's much easier on the hands. This model is available for $7.99 on Amazon, but if you're willing to spend $11.99 you can get a variety of different colors, including rose gold(opens in a new tab).

    Firefly 2 Vaporizer(opens in a new tab)


    The Firefly 2 is a great vaporizer for both marijuana flower and concentrates. Credit: The Firefly

    If mom prefers flower over concentrates, but prefers vaping over smoking, a flower vape such as the Firefly 2 is the perfect solution to her very specific cannabis needs.

    The Firefly 2 is extremely easy to use, it's completely portable for those on the go, and comes in a variety of different colors. It just makes sense, which is exactly what you want in a handheld vape, especially with that price tag.

    The Firefly 2 can also works with concentrates, just in case mom ever wants to venture into some harder stuff.