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2023-05-17 11:14:38 author:sh419

I love Instagram décor photos, but where is everyones actual stuff?

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I love to decorate, and I love it more when it's difficult. Small spaces, strange corners, storing six pairs of socks inside a boot so it looks nice on a shelf --- sign me up. I love it all.

To make the most of living in a small apartment, I often consult the internet for decorating tips. A particularly good resource is Instagram, which is full of professionally staged homes as well as personal shots. I prefer to look at the latter, though. Since I have a real home, I want to see what someone's real home looks like.

So where the hell is everyone's stuff?

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Look, I get why people aren't leaving their dirty socks in the corners of their 'grams. Clutter makes for less serene, less "aesthetically pleasing" images. And yes, I have certainly moved my plastic cup and used napkin out of an otherwise Insta-ready food shot.

But I also have beauty products that I must store on a shelf, and bags of coffee that are just going to be on the kitchen counter because that's where I make coffee, and a bathrobe to hang behind my bedroom door, and a bag of flour that I have no interest in replacing with a glass canister of flour(opens in a new tab). These things aren't inherently bad. In fact, they're as much as a part of my life as a cute succulent or a jute rug would be. On Instagram, though, they're often nowhere to be found.

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On my weekly forays into the home décor Google chasm, I often come across variations on this quote: "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." A textile designer, writer, and socialist thinker named William Morris said this(opens in a new tab), and it makes a lot of sense!

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The issue, though, is that on the internet, this sentiment has somehow morphed into "everything in your home must be both useful and beautiful." Thus, average-looking things that we actually use -- plastic spritz bottles for our plants, puzzles, travel knick-knacks, hot water bottles -- are hidden away, leaving only the delicate taupe blankets and pink slipper chairs in the frame. The blankets and chairs are beautiful, yes, but they're not the only things you see around you every day. They star in a home you look at, not a home you live in.

I want to see your ugly stuff!

Say you have a stapler. It is plastic and a garish red, but it is a useful stapler, and you staple things with it all the time. Then, at the store, you discover another stapler. This one is also a functional stapler, but it is gold. It matches some other belongings that you have. You buy the new stapler. The old stapler goes into a drawer. The new stapler appears in a photograph. Now you effectively only have one stapler, but you technically possess double the staplers. William Morris would be annoyed with you, probably! And I am, too.

I want to see the stupid red stapler. I want to see your ugly stuff!

And that brings me to the most obnoxious reason I want décor Instagram to change: good-natured voyeurism. It is simply less fun to look at homes that do not have personal affects in them. Would you rather watch a Raymour & Flanigan commercial or a Sweet Digs(opens in a new tab) video on Refinery29? I rest my case.

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I am certainly not excusing myself from my role in perpetuating ultra-matchy, minimalist Instagram. (The stapler story is semi-autobiographical.) And I am not saying I want to see your used napkins! Please continue to Instagram your well-lit plants to your heart's content, even if it means making some temporary for-the-'gram rearrangements.

But it would be nice to see images that don't make me feel bad for possessing things that are only useful -- images that aren't perfectly curated, but that still look good. A lot of people don't have the space, the time, or the stapler budget to make their homes go full KonMari, but that doesn't mean their homes can't look good. Exposed microwaves and all.

After all, possessing only beautiful and useful things isn't necessarily inspiring. But living a life? That is pretty cool!

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    Dopamine, pleasure, and addiction

    When you smoke or vape, nicotine quickly fills your lungs and can hit your brain within seconds. In your brain, it stimulates the release of dopamine(Opens in a new tab), a naturally occurring chemical messenger, or neurotransmitter, which is part of your body’s rewards system.

    Dopamine is your body’s way of giving you a thumbs up, and the chemical is linked to learning, attention, and mood, among other functions. Dopamine is the brain’s treat to make you want to do things. It can feel pleasurable. You also get a little dopamine kick from things like buying new sneakers or smelling a homecooked meal. But, on the dark side, dopamine makes addiction complicated as heck.

    The more you vape, the more you condition your body to crave the fleeting release of dopamine from nicotine. Once you are fully hooked on nicotine, you’re basically vaping to avoid withdrawal. 

    The younger you are, the more prone you are to learning this addictive behavior, because the human brain is still developing until around the age of 25. You build synapses faster, which means getting addicted more easily, and that’s why you’ve been a prime target for vaping companies — pretty much since you were at summer camp.

    Drawing attention to youth vaping and mental health

    Last year, truth(Opens in a new tab) launched a campaign to bring attention to the connection between youth vaping and mental health. Their most recent effort — Breath of Stress Air(Opens in a new tab) — builds on that campaign, by busting the myth that vaping is a stress reliever.

    This latest campaign turns the idea of vaping nicotine for stress relief on its head. It’s no accident that this myth exists. The tobacco industry has used the illusion of nicotine being a stress reliever as a tool for decades, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    When things started to go topsy-turvy, several vape companies leveraged the idea of providing an escape from what was going on to promote their products. But in reality, vaping nicotine can add to your stress and can also amplify feelings of depression and anxiety. In fact, according to Truth Initiative survey data, 93% of vapers reported that vaping negatively affected their lives(Opens in a new tab) because it made them feel more stressed, depressed, or anxious.

    Many tobacco users also falsely believe tobacco products can relieve stress or anxiety. In fact, what may be going on is they’re interpreting the ability of these products to curb the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal as a beneficial effect on mental health, according to research on the effects of quitting smoking on mental health. 

    In other words, vaping is relieving the stress of not vaping; it’s an amplifier — not an alleviator — of stress. 

    Selling the myth of stress relief

    It’s no mistake that the illusion of nicotine as a stress-relieving tool exists. It is an extensive, decades-long marketing campaign, in which the tobacco industry has invested significant resources to try and convince consumers there is a connection between tobacco use and mental well-being, stress relief, relaxation, and pleasure(Opens in a new tab)

    Some e-cigarette brands are now tapping into themes of stress relief(Opens in a new tab) and mental well-being as well, including one popular disposable e-cigarette brand which during the pandemic marketed its product as a way to “stay sane,” advertising it as “the perfect escape from back-to-back Zoom calls, parental texts, and WFH stress.”

    In addition to supporting research that positions cigarettes as a way to self-medicate, and using stress relief themes in marketing, the tobacco industry has even gone as far as giving away cigarettes to psychiatric facilities(Opens in a new tab).(Opens in a new tab)

    The ways to take back your freedom

    Research shows that quitting nicotine has been linked to lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as improved positive mood and quality of life. Truth Initiative survey data show that 90% of those who quit said they felt less stressed, anxious, or depressed.

    Launched by truth, This is Quitting(Opens in a new tab) is a first-of-its-kind, free, and anonymous text message program created specifically to help youth and young adults to stop vaping nicotine (to sign up, all you need to do is text DITCHVAPE to 88709). A recent clinical trial(Opens in a new tab) found This is Quitting from truth increased quit rates among young adults aged 18-24 by nearly 40% compared to a control group. More than 425,000 young people have used the program as part of their journey to quit. 

    Trading ‘Stress Air’ for fresh air

    Nicotine cravings cause stress and anxiety. Breathing exercises can help. Breathing is a proven method to reduce anxiety and can help curb cravings. Breathwrk and This is Quitting from truth have partnered(Opens in a new tab) to create quitting-specific breathing exercises to help young people cut nicotine cravings and reach their quitting goals. 

    This partnership between truth and Breathwrk offers three custom breathing exercises designed to help young people relieve anxiety, strengthen lungs, and ease cravings while trying to quit vaping.

    Each exercise serves a different purpose: the No Worries provides stress relief; the Strong Lungs helps strengthen your breathing muscles and builds lung capacity; and the Craving Curber helps shift your focus away from the nagging need to vape. Additionally, all users of This is Quitting can get free access to the full Breathwrk app for 6 months. 

    Every breath counts

    By taking online breaths and hosting offline “breathe in” events, young people nationwide are joining truth to demand action from decision-makers to declare vaping as a mental health issue. Join them for a Moment of Action: in a new tab).

    There is no better time to trade "stress air" for fresh air.

  • Gun-toting dads threatening joke about his daughters prom date didnt go over well


    Gun-toting dads threatening joke about his daughters prom date didnt go over well

    Threatening murder to control your daughter's sex life is soooo funny, right?

    Oh, wait, no it's not. It's horrifying — a fact that seems to have escaped gun-toting Dad and former NFL player Jay Feely when he tweeted out a picture of himself standing between his daughter and her prom date, pistol in hand.

    SEE ALSO: The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine

    "Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom," he wrote.

    With the hashtag #BadBoys, Feely is clearly making a reference to a scene in Bad Boys II where the main characters threaten a 15-year-old boy taking one of their daughter's on a date.

    That movie came out in 2003, and it's debatable if the joke was funny even then.

    It's certainly not now.

    Obviously, we're in the middle of a heated national conversation about gun violence following too many mass shootings to count. But there's also something to be said about the way Feely's "joke" denies his daughter's agency -- which is to say, her ability to think and act as a free-thinking human capable of making her own decisions.

    That kind of attitude should (in a just world) be as out of style as, well, treating a deadly weapon as a source of humor.

    Feely did tweet out a clarification, noting that it was all just a joke and that he takes "gun safety seriously" — adding that "I did not intend to be insensitive to that important issue."

    But, again, Feely is missing the point. Guns, even when they are "not loaded," aren't jokes. And his daughter is not his property.

    In other news, Friday was the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting that left 23 students injured as well as 12 students and one teacher dead.

  • Lets bring back the super weird 1990 Rock the Vote campaign

    Lets bring back the super weird 1990 Rock the Vote campaign


    We're just a month away from the midterm elections, so...where's Megadeth when you need them?

    By now, you're probably familiar with Rock the Vote(opens in a new tab), a voter mobilization nonprofit started by Virgin Records executive in John Ayeroff in 1990(opens in a new tab). The campaign blew up when it partnered with MTV in advance of the 1990 midterm elections.

    The nonprofit is as active as ever. Still, it's the 1990 campaign – featuring LA Gear, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Megadeth, and freaking Deee-Lite – that we need today.

    SEE ALSO: How to register to vote in less than two minutes

    In 1988, less than 40 percent of eligible 18-24 year olds voted(opens in a new tab). According to the Pew Research Center(opens in a new tab), just 20 percent of voters aged 18-24 vote in midterm elections nowadays. That's a marked decrease from 1964, where just over 50(opens in a new tab) percent of eligible voters in that demographic did.

    These kids!

    Ayeroff started Rock the Vote in 1990 to mobilize this population and, according to an MTV News report at the time, fight artistic censorship and "anti-rock politicians."(opens in a new tab) Bless those innocent times.

    The initial campaign didn't simply feature a ton of sexy celebrities. It was also deeply weird, kinda hot, subtly queer, and sometimes *gasp* funny.

    Take the most famous advertisement to come out of the campaign, starring Madonna draped in an American flag next to two male models wearing stonewashed denim short shorts.

    "If you don't vote, you're gonna get a spanking," the artist warns.

    I'm also a fan of Megadeth's staid approach:


    Lenny Kravitz, meanwhile, starred in his own delightfully melodramatic, sexy Rock The Vote ad. Voting, he contends, is a form of self-expression and a right – "It ain't illegal, yet."

    Have you ever seen something so Generation X? It's so earnest and moody.

    Deee-Lite (of "Groove Is in the Heart" fame) made a similar pitch: Voting is self-expression for cool kids. The '90s were all about "self-expression," whatever that means.

    (To watch the full ad, fast forward 34 seconds.)

    Democrats are going(opens in a new tab) to need millennials to turn out in greater numbers than they have before if they have any chance of taking back the House this November. There are now dozens of Get Out The Vote (opens in a new tab)campaigns out there, some of them led by Parkland student activists, and many with quirky, celebrity-led campaigns. Yet all could stand to benefit from the 1990 Rock the Vote angst aesthetic.

    Look at Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers rocking the shirtless overalls lewk while mobilizing young people to vote. Kiedis had nipple power, man:

    "What I consider the most beautiful and powerful ingredient in this democracy we call America is freedom," Kiedis says with the full emotional force of a college admissions essay.

    Come on. The early '90s were way cooler than we give them credit for. Watch this other Red Hot Chili Peppers Rock the Vote ad. It's way hotter than any cornball GOTV video Macklemore could come up with:

    There's really no explanation for this Michael Penn pitch (besides the conventional "school is conformist" take) but I love it:


    Ozzy Osbourne's ad follows a similar format, but with a more dire message: If young people don't vote, he warns, they won't be able to read "the books they want."

    Remember when American youth worried about things like "artistic censorship," and not the likelihood that World War III will break out after the president calls the leader of North Korea fat on Twitter? Oh, the good ol' days:

    It's not that Rock the Vote isn't doing great work now. Major celebrities like Kendall Jenner(opens in a new tab) and Miley Cyrus(opens in a new tab) have starred in ads for the campaign in the past few years, and in 2016 Rock the Vote even partnered with Tinder to produce "Swipe the Vote." Research(opens in a new tab) has shown that young voter turnout improves in areas where the ads are shown.

    I simply miss the original punk-lite spirit of early '90s Rock the Vote. We xennials know it was was a better time. Just compare President George Bush Sr. to President Donald Trump, or Madonna to Post Malone.

    If only we had rocked the vote harder, we might not be where we are today.

  • Todays best deals include an Apple Watch Series 7 at its lowest price ever, a cheap Ninja blender, a

    Todays best deals include an Apple Watch Series 7 at its lowest price ever, a cheap Ninja blender, and more

    We've rounded up the best deals we could find on Feb. 24 — here are some of our top picks:

    • BEST TECH DEAL: The Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm, GPS + Cellular)(Opens in a new tab) is back to its previous lowest price— $279 $529 (save $250)

    • BEST AUDIO DEAL: The Anker Soundcore Space Q45 noise-canceling headphones(Opens in a new tab) are a solid, budget-friendly pick for upcoming spring travel — $99.99 $149.99 (save $50)

    • BEST FLOOR CARE DEAL: Score a huge discount on the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni robot vacuum and mop combo(Opens in a new tab) — $999.99 $1,549.99 (save $550)

    • BEST KITCHEN DEAL: The Ninja BL770AMZ Mega Kitchen System(Opens in a new tab) is a worthy investment for smoothie lovers — $119.99 $199.99 (save $80)

    Just got paid and ready to splurge? You can treat yourself without blowing all your hard-earned dollars — you just need to know where to look. We've rounded up all of the best deals we could find on Feb. 24 so you can save money on your splurges.

    On today's menu, there's an Apple Watch Series 7 back at its all-time low price, a Ninja blender system for a steal, a massive discount on the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni that might make it worth it, and many more deals. Whether you're searching for tech, home, fitness, or other products, there's likely a deal waiting for you on this list. Scroll to start shopping.

    Best tech deal

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    Our pick: Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm, GPS + Cellular) (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $279 at Walmart (save $250)
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    Why we like it

    Back at its all-time low price of $279, the second-newest Apple Watc(Opens in a new tab)h in the most pimped-out configuration (45mm, GPS + Cellular) is a total steal. Unfortunately, the green model is the only colorway on sale at this price — the others will cost you $329, which is still a solid discount. The biggest difference between the Series 7 and the newer Series 8 is the chip that runs it, a new low-power mode that extends the battery life, and a couple of new health and safety-related features (namely, a body temperature sensor, crash detection, and fertility tracking). If you're not pressed on getting the latest and greatest device, the Series 7 will suit you just fine — especially at this price.

    Laptop, tablet, and monitor deals

    • Samsung 8.7-inch Galaxy Tab A7 Lite (32GB, WiFi)(Opens in a new tab) — $109.99 $159.99 (save $50)

    • Samsung 34-inch LED ultra WQHD monitor(Opens in a new tab)$199 $399.99 (save $200.99)

    • Dell Inspiron 13 laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD)(Opens in a new tab)$349.99 $829.99 (save $480)

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      HP Pavilion 15 laptop (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD)(Opens in a new tab)$716.11 $944.99 (save $228.88)

    • Samsung Odyssey Ark 55-inch curved gaming monitor(Opens in a new tab)$1,999.99 $3,499.99 (save $1,500)

    • ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 gaming laptop (AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD)(Opens in a new tab) $1,999.99 $2,499.99 (save $500)

    Audio deals

    • JBL Tune 125 TWS earbuds(Opens in a new tab)$59.95 $99.95 (save $40)

    • JBL Tune 225 TWS earbuds(Opens in a new tab)$79.95 $99.95 (save $20)

    • Sony SRSXB33 wireless waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab) $89 $178 (save $89)

    • Anker Soundcore Space Q45 true wireless noise-canceling headphones(Opens in a new tab)$99.99 $149.99 (save $50)

    • Beats Fit Pro with $25 Amazon gift card (Opens in a new tab)$199.95 $224.95 (save $25)

    • Beats Studio3 wireless noise-canceling headphones(Opens in a new tab)$199.95 $349.95 (save $150)

    • JBL Xtreme 2 portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab)$199.99 $349.99 (save $150) + four free months of Amazon Music Unlimited + four free months of SiriusXM

    • Bose SoundLink Revolve+ (Series II) portable Bluetooth speaker(Opens in a new tab)$229 $329 (save $100)

    • JBL PartyBox portable Bluetooth party speaker(Opens in a new tab)$229.95 $349.95 (save $120)

    • Bose portable smart speaker(Opens in a new tab) $319 $399 (save $80)

    More tech deals

    • Anker 621 5000mAh magnetic wireless portable charger(Opens in a new tab)$34.99 $59.99 (save $25)

    • Apple TV 4K 32GB (2nd generation)(Opens in a new tab)$104.99 $179.99 (save $75) + four free months of Apple Music, four free months of Apple Arcade, three free months of Apple TV+, and free 30 days of FuboTV

    • Orion Observer 90mm equatorial refractor telescope(Opens in a new tab)$219.99 $279.99 (save $60)

    • Amazon 43-inch Fire TV Omni Series(Opens in a new tab)$229.99 $409.99 (save $180)

    • Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (44mm, Bluetooth)(Opens in a new tab)$259 $309.99 (save $50.99)

    • Toshiba 50-inch C350 LED 4K UHD smart Fire TV(Opens in a new tab)$269.99 $429.99 (save $160)

    Best floor care deal

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    Our pick: Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni robot vacuum and mop combo (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $999.99 at Amazon (save $550)
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    Why we like it

    The Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni(Opens in a new tab) is an exorbitant purchase at $1,549 — one we couldn't justify with some of the annoying issues we came across when reviewing it. But at $550 off, its biggest discount to date, we might just consider it. Reviewer Leah Stodart liked a handful of features: it's quieter than most robot vacuums, the auto-empty bags last months, it washes and dries its own mopping pads, it doesn't get stuck on furniture, and its built-in camera doubles as a pet cam. Just be warned: it's not as hands-off as you may think.

    More floor care deals

    • Shark S3501 steam pocket mop(Opens in a new tab)$59.99 $89.99 (save $30)

    • Bissell Little Green Pet Deluxe portable carpet cleaner(Opens in a new tab)$114.19 $139.99 (save $25.80)

    • Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAX robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$149.99 $249.99 (save $100)

    • iRobot Roomba 692 robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$189 $299.99 (save $110.99)

    • Shark RV915S EZ robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab) $223.20 $299 (save $75.80)

    • Dyson V7 Advanced cordless vacuum(Opens in a new tab) — $229.99 $399.99 (save $170)

    • iRobot Braava Jet M6 robot mop(Opens in a new tab)$314 $499.99 (save $185.99)

    • Shark IZ682H Vertex Pro cordless stick vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$399.99 $499.99 (save $100)

    • iRobot Roomba i4+ EVO robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab) — $419 $649.99 (save $230.99)

    • Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal cordless vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$449.99 $549.99 (save $100)

    • Roborock Q5+ robot vacuum(Opens in a new tab) — $499.99 $699.99 (save $200 with on-page coupon)

    • Dyson V12 Detect Slim cordless vacuum(Opens in a new tab)$519.99 $649.99 (save $130)

    Best kitchen deal

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    Our pick: Ninja BL770AMZ Mega Kitchen System (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $119.99 at Amazon (save $80)
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    Why we like it

    While it's not quite its lowest price ever (that would be $99.99, which it hit during Black Friday season), snagging the Ninja Mega Kitchen System(Opens in a new tab) at $119.99 is still a great deal. You'll save 40% on a 1500-watt motor base, 72-ounce pitcher, eight-cup food processor bowl, 16-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup with a to-go lid, a stacked blade assembly, dough blade assembly, and chopping blade assembly, plus an inspiration guide for all the concoctions in your future.

    More kitchen deals

    • Bella Pro portable to-go blender(Opens in a new tab)$14.99 $49.99 (save $35)

    • Dash Tasti-Crisp digital air fryer(Opens in a new tab)$59.99 $79.99 (save $20)

    • Keurig K-Slim single-serve K-Cup pod coffee maker(Opens in a new tab)$89.99 $129.99 (save $40)

    • Instant Vortex Plus air fryer oven (6-quart(Opens in a new tab)) — $129.95 $169.99 (save $40.04)

    • Ninja AMZ493BRN Compact Kitchen System(Opens in a new tab)$129.99 $159.99 (save $30)

    • Ninja OL701 Foodi 14-in-1 Smart XL pressure cooker (8-quart)(Opens in a new tab)$279.99 $349.99 (save $70)

    Other home deals

    • 'LectroFan Alpha non-looping sound machine(Opens in a new tab)$24.99 $27.95 (save $2.96)

    • 'LectroFan Evo white noise sound machine(Opens in a new tab)$39.99 $59.95 (save $19.96)

    • TP-Link Kasa smart 2K HD home security camera(Opens in a new tab)$39.99 $69.99 (save $30)

    • Eufy Security E130 retrofit smart lock + wireless keypad(Opens in a new tab)$115.99 $169.99 (save $54)

    • Flexispot white standing desk(Opens in a new tab)$179.99 $249.99 (save $70 with on-page coupon)

    • Eufy Security eufyCam 2C Pro 2-camera kit(Opens in a new tab)$199.99 $319.99 (save $120)

    Health and fitness deals

    • Amazon Halo Band(Opens in a new tab)$24.99 $69.99 (save $45 with code HALOBANDFEB)

    • Amazon Halo View(Opens in a new tab)$34.99 $79.99 (save $45 with code HALOVIEWFEB)

    • Fitbit Inspire 2 fitness tracker(Opens in a new tab)$55.44 $99.95 (save $44.51)

    • Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT V1 GPS bike computer(Opens in a new tab)$149 $229.99 (save $80.99)

    • Peloton Guide(Opens in a new tab)$195 $295 (save $100)

    • Sunny Health & Fitness magnetic rowing machine with extended slide rail(Opens in a new tab)$224.98 $399 (save $174.02)

    • Sunny Health & Fitness premium magnetic rowing machine(Opens in a new tab) — $310.49 $449.99 (save $139.50)

    • Sunny Health & Fitness ASUNA premium slim folding treadmill(Opens in a new tab)$399.90 $699.98 (save $300.08)

    • Sunny Health & Fitness Evo-Fit cardio recumbent bike(Opens in a new tab)$426.89 $548.90 (save $122.01)

    • Sunny Health & Fitness Obsidian Surge 500 water rowing machine(Opens in a new tab) — $485.99 $649.99 (save $164)

    Streaming, subscription, and software deals

    • Apple TV+(Opens in a new tab)free $6.99/month (save $20.97) for three months

    • Apple Music(Opens in a new tab) free $10.99/month (save $43.96) for four months

    • Dashpass(Opens in a new tab)free for Roku users $9.99.month (save $59.94) for six months

    • Grubhub+(Opens in a new tab) — free for Amazon Prime members $9.99/month (save $119.88) for one year

    • SiriusXM(Opens in a new tab)free $9.99/month (save $39.96) for four months

    • Sling TV(Opens in a new tab)$20/month $40/month (save $20) for your first month

    • Tidal(Opens in a new tab)$1 $44.97 (save $43.97) for three months

    • Disney+ Basic(Opens in a new tab)$6.99/month $7.99/month (save $3) for three months

    • YouTube TV(Opens in a new tab)$54.99/month $64.99/month (save $30) for your first three months

  • Women have resorted to farting to deflect sexual harassment

    Women have resorted to farting to deflect sexual harassment


    And now, a dispatch from our sad reality: women are farting -- or pretending to fart -- in order to stave off sexual harassers.

    A particularly salient example comes from the r/TwoXChromosomes(opens in a new tab) subreddit. In a post called "I got my sexual aggressor fired from work today. I'm quite satisfied," user ThankCod(opens in a new tab) details her use of the fart to repel a co-worker who'd been "accidentally" touching her at the office.

    SEE ALSO: Sharon Stone laughed for 10 seconds after a man asked if she'd ever faced sexual harassment

    "I walked by him and turned my butt right next to his hand and just full on farted," she wrote. "Loud and angry. It's gross, I know. But if he's going to make me feel gross and 'claim my ass' I'm going to make him feel gross and 'claim his hand.'"

    I got my sexual aggressor fired from work today. I'm quite satisfied.(opens in a new tab) from r/TwoXChromosomes(opens in a new tab)

    The dude, of course, "freaked out." But when the office began to gossip about the fart incident, ThankCod's boss called her and her aggressor into the office. And when ThankCod explained what had been happening, the aggressor was fired.

    Yes, that's right: the straw that broke the harasser's career was the same bodily function that 12-year-old boys across the nation are giggling about as we speak.

    And this Reddit saga isn't the only recent case of farts as Bad Man Repellent. In a viral tweet several weeks ago, author Olivia A. Cole relayed the tale(opens in a new tab) of a woman faking a fart when she noticed a creepy dude approaching her and her friend at the gym.


    It worked.

    Obviously, none of the events in these anecdotes should ever have to happen. Women should not feel so unsafe that we have to flatulate in order to sufficiently gross out predators.

    But if you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation at the workplace or the gym or anywhere else you are simply trying to live your life, know that... farting is an option.

    We truly reside in hell!

  • U.S. tourists arrested for baring their butts outside a Thai temple for Instagram

    U.S. tourists arrested for baring their butts outside a Thai temple for Instagram


    It's all fun and games on Instagram until you post a partially naked photo of yourself in front of a sacred Thai temple and get arrested.

    That's how the saying goes, at least for U.S. tourists and Instagram stars Joseph and Travis Dasilva, who were arrested(opens in a new tab) in Thailand on Tuesday and charged with public indecency after snapping a photo of their bare bums in front of Bangkok's famous Wat Arun temple.

    As The Bangkok Post(opens in a new tab) noted, immigration police apprehended the 38-year-old U.S. citizens at Don Mueang airport on warrants pertaining to the revealing pictures on their Instagram account, "Traveling Butts," which soon went viral after being posted.

    SEE ALSO: Instagram's most popular posts of 2017

    The Dasilva's use the Instagram account to document their rear ends as they travel the world, their housesitter, Nyx Blue, told(opens in a new tab) NBC 7, explaining that the men were in Thailand to celebrate their first year of marriage. They figured they'd celebrate the occasion with another post, but their placement was a huge mistake.

    The Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, is one of Bangkok's most famous temples(opens in a new tab) and a central place for Buddhists to worship. The Bangkok Post details(opens in a new tab) strict etiquette to follow when visiting, including removing your shoes, hats, or sunglasses, dressing modestly, which means no sleeveless tops, and never turning your back to the Buddha statue.

    Despite the popularity of the landmark, Blue told NBC 7 the men were unaware they were causing any harm or disrespect. "They didn't know it was a temple. It's just like a building."

    Thai Immigration Police with the two US citizens arrested for public indecency. Credit: THAI IMMIGRATION POLICE/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock
    Thai Immigration Police pictured with the two US tourists who were arrested. Credit: THAI IMMIGRATION POLICE/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock


    Though the Instagram account has reportedly been deleted, the damage was already done in the eyes of Bangkok officials.

    "Once they are through with the charges, the Thai immigration police will revoke their visas and push for deportation," Col. Choengron Rimpadee, deputy spokesman of the Thai immigration police, told the BBC(opens in a new tab). "They will also be blacklisted from coming back to Thailand."

    While the charges of public nudity come with a $150 fine for each of the men, Colonel Jarupat Thongkomol told(opens in a new tab) the Straits Times, "We are now seeking court approval to prosecute them on Computer Crime Act for uploading pornographic pictures."

    If those charges were to stick the men could be in far more serious trouble, however, San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez told the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News he's trying to help(opens in a new tab) them avoid serious punishment.

    "Though I am very disappointed in their actions, I am talking to U.S. government officials to see what assistance we can give them,” Murray Ramirez said, explaining the men had reached out for assistance after their arrest.

    If you learn anything from this tale: always be sure to do your research before traveling. And remember, sometimes the Instagram is really not worth the trouble.

  • Donald Trump just called his remarks boring and threw away his notes


    Donald Trump just called his remarks boring and threw away his notes

    Just when you think Donald Trump can't shock you, he manages to pull another rabbit out of his hat.

    SEE ALSO: The Russian Embassy Twitter accounts troll like Trump, but with better English

    Speaking at an economic roundtable on Thursday afternoon in West Virginia, he exhibited a little of that devil-may-care Trumpitude that fared so well with his base on the campaign trail but left the rest of us stunned.

    Rather than read off his prepared remarks, Trump called his notes "boring" and just tossed them away because off-the-cuff Trump is most definitely not boring.

    Oh, you scoundrel!

    Wonder how his speechwriter feels right about now.

    Anyway, while Trump's "tell-it-like-it-is" approach is hardly new, maybe sometimes it's okay to be boring when trying to defend something like tax reform. But having patience and being able to explain things in a clear and coherent manner has never been Trump's strong suit and he's speaking to a friendly crowd.

    Other than the toss-seen-round-the-net, Trump also took the opportunity to hit on immigration, the opioid crisis, and to slam West Virginia's Democratic senator Joe Manchin who voted against Trump's tax reform bill.

    Oh, and he trotted out one of the Trump classics: undocumented immigrants are committing voter fraud.

    So far, though, facts have shown that there's only one group of people that interfered in our election and they're from Russia.

    But, hey, facts are boring, right?

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    Oh, hey, it does work!

  • Watch a mob of golf spectators swarm Tiger Woods as he clinches first win in five years

    Watch a mob of golf spectators swarm Tiger Woods as he clinches first win in five years


    Tiger Woods, arguably the greatest golfer ever, tasted victory on the PGA Tour for the first time in five years on Sunday.

    The victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta(opens in a new tab) set off a frenzy across the sports world and social media as Woods notched his first win since 2013, an interim in which he underwent multiple back surgeries.


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    But that was nothing compared to the commotion that surrounded Woods as he walked up the fairway at the 18th hole at the East Lake Golf Club with a throng of spectators following closely behind and roaring in approval at his impending victory.


    There's no rest for Woods after career win number 80 as he and several other golfers representing the U.S. are already in France, prepping for this week's Ryder Cup competition(opens in a new tab).