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

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

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

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

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

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

It can't get any more British than this.

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

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

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

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

Still, many Americans fell for it:

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    2. A cute new keyboard

    Azio IZO Wireless Keyboard(Opens in a new tab), $139.99

    Look at that adorable work from home setup! Credit: Azio

    Some of us are still working from home or in a home-office hybrid situation these days, and never took the time to deck out our home desk setups. The IZO Wireless Keyboard from Azio gives users a beautiful keyboard with a super functional layout for all their working (or gaming!) needs.

    The keys are satisfyingly clicky, and the keyboard comes in three colors (Blue Iris, Baroque Rose, and White Blossom) with gold accents. You can toss in a wireless mouse and calculator from the IZO collection too if you want to gift a complete set.

    Bonus: A mobile monitor

    Lenovo HD L15 Mobile Monitor(Opens in a new tab), $229.99

    Double down on screen space. Credit: Lenovo

    Many of us have bought additional monitors for our WFH days, but a mobile monitor is a great gift idea for anyone who works from multiple locations. Instead of squinting at your tiny laptop screen when you’re on the go, just connect to the Lenovo HD L15 Mobile Monitor(Opens in a new tab) via USB-C, and you’ve virtually doubled your screen real estate with its 15.6 inch anti-glare screen.

    3. A protective phone case

    Otter + Pop Symmetry Series(Opens in a new tab), $59.95

    A great phone case AND a phone grip? Yes, please. Credit: Otterbox

    If your practical person tends to go for the lowest price rather than the best quality when buying a phone case, take this holiday season as a chance to upgrade their gear.

    OtterBox, which is known for making super sturdy products, has partnered with PopSocket to make cases with a built-in customizable phone grip. Having a phone grips helps minimize the chances of dropping your phone and makes holding a bigger phone more comfortable.

    We recommend checking out the Symmetry series, which is available for the iPhone 8 and newer and the Galaxy S20 and up, for a perfect combo of durable and decorative.

    4. An air fryer

    Ninja AF100(Opens in a new tab), $89

    This gadget churns out some of the yummiest crispy foods. Credit: Ninja

    For the cooking fanatic who may not have time to babysit an oven recipe, an air fryer solves a lot of problems. Not only are air fryer recipes all the rage on TikTok these days, but popping your food into an air fryer almost guarantees a tasty and quick meal that takes very little effort.

    For an air fryer that takes up the least counter space, check out the Ninja AF100. If you're willing to sacrifice a little square footage for more features, we also love the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer.

    5. A smart speaker

    Amazon Echo(Opens in a new tab), $99 (on sale at time of print for $49)

    A smart speaker makes controlling your music that much easier. Credit: Amazon

    While not entirely necessary, a smart speaker like an Amazon Echo just makes life more seamless.

    If the person you're gifting likes to jam out to a playlist while doing chores or add products to their Amazon cart throughout the day, the speaker's Alexa voice assistant makes all of it easier.

    Of course, if your practical person is all in on the Apple or Google ecosystems, definitely go the route of a HomePod mini(Opens in a new tab) or Google Nest. Either way, their home DJing skills are about to level up.

    6. Slippers

    Bombas Gripper Slippers(Opens in a new tab), $45

    Nobody doesn't like slippers. Even the most practical person will appreciate some cozy footwear to shuffle around the house. Our favorite sock brand Bombas makes some colorful knit slippers that have little grips on the bottom because slipper safety is important. You could also go the classic route and gift some L.L. Bean slippers(Opens in a new tab) which are beloved for their shearling lining and iconic look.

    Cozy and cute slippers are always appreciated. Credit: Bombas

    7. A really good vacuum

    Dyson V8(Opens in a new tab), $349.99

    The gift of a vacuum may have been a little Stepford Wives in the past, but vacuum tech has come a long way. Nowadays, nothing says "I love you" like giving someone a powerful cordless Dyson or a zero-effort Roomba. You're basically gifting someone hassle-free cleaning, which any practical person can appreciate.

    A gamechanger for practical pet owners. Credit: Dyson
    SEE ALSO: The best robot vacuums for every budget

    8. A handy entryway key holder

    Yamazaki Magnetic Key Holder(Opens in a new tab), $29

    Optimizing your entryway is the ultimate organization flex. Instead of throwing your keys, mail, sunglasses, hat, etc. on the nearest surface like Miranda Priestly, a wall organizer provides a home for it all. The practical person in your life will appreciate something that keeps your entryway organized and clutter-free.

    This one from Yamazaki has five hooks, and a compartment for holding anything else. Plus, it can be mounted magnetically, so you don't have they don't have to worry about drilling holes in the wall.

    A dream-come-true for entryway organization. Credit: Yamazaki

    9. A fanny pack

    Cotopaxi Kapai 1.5 L. Hip Pack(Opens in a new tab), $30

    Fanny packs, or belt bags, if you wanna be cute, are the ultimate practical gift. So practical, in fact, that they used to be considered the accessory for people who had zero vanity or interest in style. But now, the hands-free and secure convenience of a fanny pack is fashionable. You opt for the chic minimalist look with a black leather belt bag(Opens in a new tab) or lean into the gorpcore aesthetic with a color-block fanny pack made of rugged nylon with multiple compartments.

    Who would've guessed the practical fanny pack is now trendy. Credit: Cotopaxi

    10. A dual-purpose charging lamp

    West Elm LED Wireless Charging & USB Task Lamp(Opens in a new tab), $150

    What's more practical than a lighting or a phone charger? A product that combines the two. Give the gift of multipurpose functionality with a charging lamp. This one has a small footprint so it doesn't take up too much space on a bedside table and the base has a wireless charging dock and has a USB port so you can charge multiple devices.

    Your giftee probably loves it when form meets function. Credit: West Elm

  • Meme page creators want Instagram to be more transparent

    Meme page creators want Instagram to be more transparent

    They called it the "Instarrection." On Saturday, July 23, meme page creators took to the streets to demand more transparent community guidelines outside Instagram's New York headquarters.


    As expected, the admins and their followers came prepared with dozens of meme-inspired cardboard signs. One read, "What if we kissed in IG banned hell." And another offered support with a simple message: "In solidarity with my fallen oomfs [one of my followers]." The protest culminated in several meme page admins handcuffing themselves to the building.

    One of the dozens of tongue-in-cheek signs at the protest. Credit: Justin Skrakowski

    The protest was spearheaded by eclectic meme accounts @hornymermaid(Opens in a new tab), @neoliberalhell(Opens in a new tab), and in a new tab) in response to Instagram's content moderation policies. According to these creators, they're being deplatformed without clear reasoning. "Accounts get deleted all the time, and you have to follow everyone's back up. Then half my feed is people complaining about Instagram, so we wanted to do something about it," Anjelica, one of the co-organizers of the protest and the creator behind @hornymermaid, told Mashable. Anjelica has had 10 accounts deleted by Instagram.

    I've faced harassment, and when I've reposted messages I've received I've gotten flagged for violation. It's a very broken system.

    "You get one violation, and then it becomes a downward spiral of stricter moderation of what they perceive as hate speech or violence when it's really just words and pictures being picked up by algorithms," Ana, the co-organizer of the protest who runs @neoliberalhell, told Mashable. "I had my whole account wiped for referencing 'Work Bitch' by Britney Spears because I used the word bitch. Meanwhile, there are lot of men who harass women online. I've faced harassment, and when I've reposted messages I've received I've gotten flagged for violation. It's a very broken system."

    In an infographic posted to the Instagram account used to publicize the protest, @antizuckprotest(Opens in a new tab), the organizers laid out their list of demands. It included things like, "We demand that artists, creators, and activists who monetize via this app are protected and have real support systems with real moderators to help users." Many creators rely on Instagram for their livelihood, making the lack of security caused by shadowbanning and deplatforming a workers' rights issue.

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    While the protest was planned by meme creators, sex workers, activists, and artists on the platform also attended.

    Speakers at the protest addressed the hypocrisy of Instagram deplatforming users with OnlyFans links in their bio while allowing PornHub and OnlyFans to have verified pages, as well as issues of censorship. "It's not just a problem that a few niche online personalities face. We want the platform to be a better and more secure place for everybody with more transparent guidelines. The guidelines are opaque and they can ban you for pretty much everything," Ryan Pomarico, who runs the accounts @antizuckprotest and @antiart, told Mashable.

    The protest culminated in several meme page admins handcuffing themselves to the building. Credit: Justin Skrakowski

    Organizers pointed to the Wall Street Journal(Opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) investigation(Opens in a new tab) that found that high-profile Instagram accounts are exempt from normal content moderation guidelines and its enforcement as evidence that the system needs to change. They also expressed concern about censorship on the app, pointing to the recent example of Instagram blocking abortion information.

    "Yes, the people that are organizing it run meme accounts, but we're also independent artists and creative people that really do care about the platform as a whole. We want to maintain the integrity of having everyone be able to express themselves freely, and have algorithmic justice," said Anjelica. "Things need to change and censorship and silencing of artists, creators, and marginalized voices is a very important thing [that needs to be addressed]."

    The protest is just the beginning of their efforts to change Instagram. Ana and Anjelica have been in contact with Ricky Sans, the head of memes at Instagram, and they hope to start a dialogue and working relationship with him and other higher-ups at the company.

    They also plan to continue the momentum of the protest by planning other follow-up events and community organizing efforts.

    Yes, the people that are organizing it run meme accounts, but we're also independent artists and creative people that really do care about the platform as a whole.

    Ahead of the protest, head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, responded to a tweet from Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz, saying "We love memes, so I'm curious to learn more."

    In response to the concerns raised by Instagram creators, a Meta spokesperson told Mashable, "Meme creators have become a pivotal part of emerging culture and are vital to the Instagram community. We appreciate the concerns being raised and have begun a direct dialogue with the organizers to address their complaints. Our goal is to make it easy to understand our policies, have fair and transparent ways to know what is going on with their accounts and allow them to appeal when they think something’s not right. We are grateful for their feedback as we continue to explore ways to best support creators of all types on Instagram."

    Meanwhile, broader criticisms of Instagram's algorithmic updates are mounting as the platform becomes increasingly reliant on ads and Reels. Even Kylie Jenner, who has more than 360 million IG followers, recently reposted an infographic to her Instagram Story(Opens in a new tab) with a simple plea: "MAKE INSTAGRAM INSTAGRAM AGAIN."

  • Theres a typo on State of the Union tickets because America in 2018 is just one big typo

    Theres a typo on State of the Union tickets because America in 2018 is just one big typo


    On Tuesday night, Donald J. Trump will address Congress in his first official State of the Union address as president, but some attendees are reportedly still waiting for their tickets because of a typo.

    SEE ALSO: Museum masterfully trolls Trump's request to borrow a Van Gogh

    It seems that tickets set to be given to guests of the House of Representative(opens in a new tab)s(opens in a new tab) labeled the event as the "State of the Uniom," causing a delay in their distribution.

    Now, lest we put the blame for this muck-up squarely on Trump's shoulders -- and, given his history of spelling mistakes(opens in a new tab), one can be forgiven for the suggestion -- Politico notes(opens in a new tab) that the President is off the hook, for once. The responsibility for these tickets falls to the office of the House Sergeant at Arms, Paul Irving(opens in a new tab). Mashable has reached out to Irving's office for comment.

    Besides previous Trump misspellings, the bumbled ticket also brings to mind the time Hofstra University misspelled Hillary Clinton's name on tickets for the first 2016 presidential debate.

    All that said, maybe the misspelling is on purpose, Irving's attempt at sneaking out a metaphor of the state of America in 2018. Maybe Irving is sending us a message that, hey, yes, things are messed up but we can get through this if we work hard at fixing the mistakes in our country and that only through these efforts can we truly be united once more.


    Or maybe his office just needs a copy editor.

  • How to find an account on TikTok

    How to find an account on TikTok

    So you've made your TikTok account. What now? Maybe you want to follow some of your friends that are already on the app?


    The easiest way to see the content you want to see is by interacting with content you like and following creators who make that content. Maybe you have some people in mind already. That's great! Now, how do you find them?

    There are a couple ways to do this, and in this article we'll cover everything from simply searching names and usernames, to syncing your contacts and Facebook friends.

    Search from the Discover page.

    1. Navigate to the Discover page by tapping the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of your screen.

    Navigate to the TikTok "Discover" page. Credit: andy moser / tiktok

    2. Type the name or username of the creator you're looking for in the search bar.

    Let's say you're looking for Miley Cyrus. You can sort results by users, videos, sounds, and more.

    If you're looking for Miley Cyrus, type her name into the search bar at the top. Credit: andy moser / tiktok

    3. Tap the account you're looking for, and you'll be taken to their profile. Done! Tap the Follow button to follow that creator.

    Search from your profile page.

    1. Instead of tapping "Discover" at the bottom of the screen, tap "Me".

    2. Tap the "Find friends" icon in the top left corner of the screen.

    "Find friends" using the button on the top left corner of your profile page. Credit: andy moser / tiktok

    3. Type the name or username of the account you're looking for in the search bar.

    Finding a TikTok account using the "Find friends" button on your profile page. Credit: andy moser / tiktok

    4. Tap the account you're looking for and you'll be taken to their profile. Tap the "Follow" button to follow that creator.

    Find friends via contacts or Facebook

    You can also use the "Find friends" button to find TikTok accounts from your contacts or Facebook friends.

    To do so, you'll have to go into your phone settings and allow TikTok access to your contacts. For Facebook, the app will prompt you to sign in to your Facebook account, displaying a warning that says "This allows the app and website to share information about you" like your Facebook name and profile picture.

    Either method involves potentially widening your TikTok network and sharing your account with others. Additionally, you'll be handing over some of your personal data to TikTok, so before you decide to follow the next steps, make sure this is something you comfortable in doing.

    Find friends via contacts

    1. Go to your profile page and tap the "Find friends" button in the upper left corner.

    2. Under the search bar, tap "Find" next to "Contacts."

    3. You'll be prompted to open your settings and allow TikTok access to your contacts. Tap "Open settings" and ensure TikTok has access to your contacts.

    4. Navigate back to your TikTok app, and you'll see a list of accounts TikTok was able to find from your contacts.

    5. Tap "Follow" on all the accounts you want to connect with.

    Find friends via Facebook

    1. Go to your profile page and tap the "Find friends" button in the upper left corner.

    2. Under the search bar, tap "Find" next to "Facebook friends."

    3. TikTok will prompt you to sign in to your Facebook profile, which will allow TikTok access to information about your Facebook account. Tap "Continue" to see more information and sign in.

    4. You should see a page that says "TikTok will receive the following info: your name and profile picture and friends list."

    5. Read the warning at the bottom of the page. It will say: "By continuing, TikTok will receive ongoing access to the information you share and Facebook will recored when TikTok accesses it."

    6. If you want to continue, tap "Continue as [your name]."

    7. You'll see a message that says "Facebook wants to open "TikTok." Tap "Open."

    8. Tap "Find" next to "Facebook friends" just as you did before.

    9. You'll be prompted to sync your Facebook friends list with your TikTok account to find your friends. Tap "Sync" to continue.

    10. Tap "Follow" on all the accounts you want to connect with from your Facebook friends list.

    If you want to remove your synced contacts or Facebook friends, go into your privacy settings on TikTok and tap where it says "Sync contacts and Facebook friends" (which, of course, you can also use to sync or re-sync friends and contacts). Then, just tap either "Remove contacts" or "Remove Facebook friends," which will turn off syncing and remove the data you previously synced with your TikTok account.

    Tap "Remove" again when prompted, and you're done.

    You can follow all kinds of accounts on TikTok. Follow celebs and influencers. Follow your friends. Follow your friends who may happen to be celebs and influencers. You can even follow brands, if you must.

    The more accounts you follow, the more content you'll curate in your TikTok space. So get out there and start following.

  • All the horses of pop culture, ranked

    All the horses of pop culture, ranked

    For many millennials who labored under the daily grind of rural American culture, the fundamental hobbies revolved around the ability to do them in cowboy boots. We went to the washes at night for frog gigging — hunting frogs with a spiked tennis ball and frying their legs up for dinner. We played music in the barn, because the reverberations of the guitar on the metal stalls acted as a DIY amplifier. We had bonfires. We shot empty beer cans with guns. And we definitely rode horses.


    The digital world's erosion of our selfhood means that last hobby — riding horses — also became a sort of one-dimensional expression of identity. If you were femme and you rode horses often, you didn't just ride horses: You were a Horse Girl. There's plenty to be said about society's inability to let women have a hobby without it being one of their defining features, but for better or worse, I was a loud member of that club. I wasn't the kind of Horse Girl who played h-o-r-s-e on the playground — although I have nothing but respect for my comrades. I was, instead, a Horse Girl of proximity who grew into an obsession with steeds. I rode a horse to the corner store. I worked as a stablehand for the better part of two decades. I had a humiliating number of horse stuffed animals decorating my bed until well into my teenage years. 

    Now, I live in Brooklyn and only see horses when I visit my family in rural Arizona. But I firmly believe that my nearly 20 years of experience as a Horse Girl makes me uniquely qualified to rank the most important 25 horses of pop culture. 

    While ranking these steeds, I asked myself five questions: 

    1. How important was the horse's role to the plot of the film/TV show/general lore? 

    2. Do I personally think the horse is pretty? 

    3. Does the horse have an attitude I can respect? 

    4. How long did the horse maintain relevance? 

    5. Could I ride that horse?

    Before we get started, it should also be noted that I'm only including horses. This includes big (#24) and small (#19) horses, but not unicorns or thestrals or pegasuses. Not all important video game horses are being ranked, as that's already been done by one of my gamer colleagues. I am also not including any of the ponies from My Little Pony because I have, miraculously, avoided all information about those animals and wish to continue my streak of spectacular good luck. 

    Not horses, but notable steeds:

    • Donkey as a donkey from Shrek

    • The Trojan horse

    • Hippocampus, a sea horse that pulled Poseidon's chariot

    • The unicorn Voldemort drank right up in Harry Potter

    I have to be clear that this list is just my opinion. It is also indubitably correct. If you disagree, keep it to yourself.

    25. Artax 

    Artax is Atreyu's best friend in the movie The NeverEnding Story. They're searching for a cure for the Childlike Empress, and he dies in the Swamp of Sadness. All this horse had to do was turn around and follow Atreyu out of the swamp and he did! not! do! it! He's brought back to life when Bastian recreates Fantasia, but I'll never forgive that horse.

    24. The Budweiser Clydesdales

    Credit: Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

    While I think I could absolutely ride these horses, and I personally think the Budweiser Clydesdales are very pretty, they stopped maintaining relevance around the time the Got Milk? commercials stopped airing. Plus, I have a hard time looking at any carriage-drawing horses without considering the mistreatment of the horses in Central Park(Opens in a new tab). Not the fault of these Clydesdales, but still puts a real bummer in the enjoyment of this particular gang of horses.

    23. The horse version of Donkey in Shrek 2

    Freaks me out Credit: Screenshot/ Amazon Prime/ DreamWorks Pictures/ Shrek 2

    This list doesn't include donkeys, so I couldn't give credit to Eddie Murphy's character in the original Shrek. But in the second Shrek movie, Donkey takes a potion and becomes a magnificent white stallion, much to his joy. However, this version of Donkey gives me a general air of malaise. He was better as the original!

    22. Cochise

    An obviously beautiful Appaloosa stallion ridden by John Wayne in the movie El Dorado, this horse is so low on the list purely because of the racism of it all. I'm putting all of the horses John Wayne has ridden in this category.

    21. All horses from Disney movies

    I hate to say it, but all the horses in Disney movies have virtually the same personality. Bullseye from Toy Story; Captain from 101 Dalmatians; Frou-Frou from Aristocats; Khan from Mulan; Major from Cinderella; Maximus from Tangled; Phillipe from Beauty and the Beast; Altivo from The Road to El Dorado. It's a good personality! But I'd like to see more diverse equestrian attitudes from Disney going forward.

    20. The Kardashians' 14 gorgeous Friesians 

    I don't feel like I need to say much more(Opens in a new tab) to defend this ranking.

    19. Li'l Sebastian

    He's a good mini horse... but he's still a mini horse Credit: Screenshot/ Parks and Rec/ Peacock TV/ NBC

    I am biased when we talk about mini horses, because I spent much of my youth employed as a stable hand at a mini horse farm. They are the Chihuahuas of the horse world — little bodies, huge attitudes. But Li'l Sebastian of Parks and Rec fame is one of the best of his kind: a noble little steed of his own volition.

    18. Tornado 

    This unbelievably helpful equine from Legend of Zorro has a rich history with plenty of different personality tropes. For instance, in the 1957 TV series, he can bring keys to a jail cell and can be called with a whistle. In the 1990 TV series, he's smart and loyal. And, of course, Antonio Banderas gets him drunk in The Legend of Zorro, which rules.

    17. Roach

    Mmmmmmm Credit: Screenshot/ Netflix/ The Witcher

    This Nilfgaardian Thoroughbred stallion from The Witcher somehow, miraculously, makes Henry Cavill even hotter. For that alone, he receives the coveted #17 spot on this list.

    16. Hidalgo

    This 2004 Western was based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo, a horse that I personally think is very pretty; whose identity was very important to the plot of the film; who has an attitude I can respect. But I am not convinced that I could ride that horse, so he sits at #16.

    15. Secretariat

    Also known as Big Red, this American Thoroughbred racehorse was the ninth winner of the American Triple Crown who set the record for the fastest time in all three races. He's one of the greatest racehorses of all time, and the movie about him absolutely rules. But I do not think he's particularly pretty, and also I would be too afraid to ride him. 

    14. Joey

    Joey was the name of the first horse I rode and showed in Hereford, Arizona, and is also the name of the horse in the novel-turned-movie War Horse. Both horses absolutely ruled, but I have to say I think War Horse Joey maintained a stronger societal cultural relevance and more important role in the film and novel than Hereford Joey did in either.

    13. Diablo

    I'm talking specifically about Diablo from the iconic book and TV series The Saddle Club, whose air of spooky mystery held me and my friends by the neck for years. Also in this category is Diablo, the black and white pinto from the Cisco Kid movies.

    12. Pie-O-My

    Tony's love for this horse... We love love. Credit: Screenshot/ HBO/ The Sopranos

    Ralph Cifaretto's horse from Episodes 44 and 48 of Season 4 of The Sopranos. The horse is a massive symbol and point of tension in Tony Soprano's relationship with Ralph, which becomes a source of his infamous depression when he demands a painting of the horse be destroyed. Pie-O-My also becomes one of the more significant mysteries in The Sopranos, as we don't ever find out who is truly responsible for the horse's death.

    11. Seabiscuit

    Credit: Photo by Robert Beck / Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

    The film Seabiscuit was based on a true story(Opens in a new tab), which is a wild one. But the real reason Seabiscuit makes it so close to the top of the list is because of the absolutely killer acting by King Tobey Maguire, who plays a jockey with a storied history of injuries that teams up with Seabiscuit, a temperamental, undersized racehorse.

    10. Swift Wind 

    Swift Wind is a horse that She-Ra unknowingly turned into a unicorn (so still technically a horse but also a unicorn?) in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Swift Wind is She-Ra's noble steed who can talk, is very funny, and has a mental connection with She-Ra. The horse helps save the world.

    9. Black Beauty

    I'm not personally a huge Black Beauty fan, but this animal might just be the original horse influencer. For that reason alone, we reach #9.

    8. Argo 

    Shadow of the Colossus is an action-adventure game that follows the main character, Wander, as he tries to save a princess from dying. He has to traverse lands and battle colossuses with no one but his horse Argo. Argo became as much of a character as the rest of the more human characters, and also controls super well for a video game horse.

    7. Daredevil 

    Spooky Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus

    This big boy is the horse ridden by the headless horseman, potentially the steed with the longest maintained relevance of any horse. Shout out to Gunpowder, Constable Ichabod Crane's horse in the film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, who has the same spooky energy but far less longevity.

    6. Penny 

    Felicity is an American Girl doll who rescues a beautiful horse, Penny, from its cruel owner. Penny was originally released as the American Girl Horse in 1998, but the real claim to fame for this horse was when my dad cried while watching Felicity: An American Girl Adventure in theaters in 2005.

    5. Mister Ed

    "A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course." That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed. Mister Ed, the main character in the 1961 TV show of the same name, speaks only with his owner Wilbur. This show absolutely slaps, and Mister Ed has an unmatched attitude.

    4. Shadowfax

    Galdalf's steed, Shadowfax, in the novels-turned-films Lord of The Rings, is commonly referred to as the most beautiful horse of all time. 

    3. Khartoum 

    This horse faced an unkind fate in The Godfather, but his presence was of unbelievable importance in one very important film. Plus, it gave me an entirely new fear to fall asleep to.

    2. BoJack Horseman

    Time to cry :) Credit: Screenshot/ Netflix

    This is one of the best TV shows of modern time and features an animated horse BoJack as the main character. More human than most of the other steeds on this list, BoJack is one of the few horses to give me a full existential crisis.

    1. Spirit 

    🥵🥵🥵 Credit: Screenshot/ Peacock TV/ DreamWorks Pictures

    This buckskin stallion from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is the perfect horse. Wild, pretty, kind, a little queer: He has it all. I had a really hard time writing this blurb without making it sound like I have a big crush on Spirit, but then I realized that's okay to admit. This horse is hot.

    And, finally, lest we forget: The horse you rode in on.

  • Yellowjackets Season 2: A cheating and cuckolding fetish explainer

    Yellowjackets Season 2: A cheating and cuckolding fetish explainer

    If Season 1 of Showtime's Yellowjackets was any indication, Shauna Sadecki (Melanie Lynskey) isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. From surviving the wilderness as a teenager by any means necessary to committing murder and covering it up, Shauna goes after what she wants — even if it's morally dubious. 


    Last season, for instance, Shauna had an extramarital affair with Adam (Peter Gadiot) only to murder him in his apartment because she believed he was blackmailing her, when in reality it was her financially unstable husband Jeff (Warren Kole). In the Season 2 premiere, Shauna and Jeff visit Adam's art studio to destroy potential evidence.

    Here, the couple discovers that Adam painted several intimate portraits of Shauna, which upsets Jeff. But then, in a moment of rare vulnerability, Shauna tells him, "The thought of you with someone else always scared me, but it also turned me on. Someone else's tongue in your mouth, their smell on you." She goes on, "I used to think that made me some kind of pervert."

    Jeff asks what she thinks now, and Shauna said, "That I like being the way I am," which leads them to get hot and heavy in the murdered man's studio.

    Shauna isn't perverted; in fact, in terms of the connection between jealousy and arousal, this is a fairly common experience, Dr. Jess O'Reilly, ASTROGLIDE's resident sexologist(Opens in a new tab), tells Mashable. Of course, Shauna is fictional, but desires of cheating and cuckold/queaning are real. We asked the experts where these desires stem from, and how to act them out ethically. 

    What are cheating or cuckold fetishes?

    Some people refer to what Shauna describes as a version of "hot husbanding," said O'Reilly: arousal from seeing your partner sexually engaged with someone else. We typically see this as "hot wifing," or when a husband enjoys seeing his spouse with another. The husband is referred to as a "cuckhold" in this instance.

    Shauna may also be describing a form of cuckqueaning, says sex therapist Stefani Goerlich(Opens in a new tab), certified sex therapist/clinical sexologist and author. A "cuckquean" is a woman whose husband is cheating on her, but in the BDSM community, that's expanded to mean a woman who's aroused from knowing her husband is being unfaithful.

    SEE ALSO: A beginner's guide to understanding Dom/sub dynamics

    "A lot of fetishes are about experiences that are perceived as off limits or unachievable," says sex worker and dominatrix Alexa Eason(Opens in a new tab), who's been engaged in BDSM for over a decade. Our brain releases dopamine(Opens in a new tab), known as the "pleasure chemical," when we're presented with something new, exciting, or unusual. "Many fetishes are taboo, and the idea of a novel or exclusive experience contributes to the excitement, thereby creating a dopamine rush," explains Eason.

    And cheating is obviously taboo, especially in our society where monogamous marriage is the ideal. Fantasizing about possibilities — like kissing or sleeping with someone other than your partner — can provide a dopamine rush. "It feels good to be bad," Eason summized. 

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    Escort, sex worker, and professional girlfriend Mia Lee(Opens in a new tab) says the taboo of bucking social norms is one of the most common reasons straight women in (previously) monogamous relationships derive pleasure from sleeping with others and sharing that experience with their partners, based on her experiences with clients. Another reason is attention and desirability from men other than their partner.

    In Shauna's case, it's obvious that the thrill of the taboo pushes her buttons, says Eason. (Remember, Shauna was secretly sleeping with Jeff as a teen before the plane crash, even though he was in a relationship with her best friend, Jackie.) "As a teen she enjoyed the thrill of secrecy," she says, "and as an adult she continues to seek that dopamine rush."

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    Beyond taboo and desirability, watching a partner with someone else could be arousing due to power play, O'Reilly adds. "Some folks enjoy the fact that they are partnered with the object of other people's desires," she says. "They've got the prize, so to speak." Other factors can be emotional-erotic engagement — the range of feelings from jealousy to joy and everything in between — and compersion, or obtaining pleasure from your partner's pleasure, O'Reilly continues. 

    "In the world of [ethical non-monogamy], many folks will talk about compersion," Goerlich says. "In cuckqueaning, that pleasure is extended into knowing that their husband is being sexually satisfied." Since, in these scenarios, everyone involved knows that extramarital sex is occurring and experiencing pleasure because of it, it's not truly a form of cheating. Goerlich would say these agreements are "a form of fetishized ethical non-monogamy." 

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    How to ethically practice cheating or cuckolding fetish

    "As with any fetish, consent and communication are key," says Lee. 

    If you're interested in hot husbanding/wifing (or otherwise exploring how jealousy can be arousing in the bedroom), have an open and respectful conversation with your partner. Discuss boundaries, comfort levels, and sexual safety, Lee advises. For example, will all sex be protected? Will everyone get tested beforehand? Is everyone knowledgable about boundaries and safe words?

    Share fantasies and how you feel in your fantasies, O'Reilly says, and also share concerns, hesitations, and insecurities. Talk about monogamy and non-monogamy more generally, as well — what appeals to you about either structure? How will you navigate your relationship arrangement as your desires evolve?

    People get off on cuckolding/queaning for various reasons. For some, it's rooted in a desire for degradation and humiliation play, Goerlich explains. For others, however, it's about the "pride and ownership" aspect. Different reasons create different headspaces, so communication with your partner is a must so everyone's on the same page of why they enjoy this fantasy.

    "Shauna vocalized her undisclosed lust and thereby was able to cash in on the transcendent experience of truly being accepted by her romantic partner."
    - Alexa Eason

    If you play with this fantasy IRL, don't forget that the other people you sleep with are people, too. Include them in these conversations early and often, and be transparent about what you want from the experience. Afterwards, debrief your encounters to ensure that you all feel cared for and safe. 

    Opening up about desires isn't easy, but it's worth it. "Being vulnerable is one of the hardest things we do in our lives, because the potential for rejection looms heavy," Eason says. "But being honest about any and all of our desires can also open up the potential for truly transcendent experiences with the people you love most."

    "Shauna vocalized her undisclosed lust and thereby was able to cash in on the transcendent experience of truly being accepted by her romantic partner," she continues. "As someone who's passionate about sexual liberation this feels like a heartwarming story line. Murder notwithstanding!"

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