Archive for December, 2019


This macrophotograph of a snowflake shows the classic, six-sided structure that we’ve come to associate with the tiny winter marvels. Until the advent of macrophotography and microphotography in the late 1800s, it was impossible to study the structure of snowflakes they melted too quickly to be accurately sketched under a microscope. Enter Wilson ‘Snowflake’ Bentley.

snowflakeA farmer and self-trained scientist from Jericho, Vermont, Bentley was the first person to successfully photograph an individual snowflake. Over his lifetime, he would produce over 5,000 different images, a feat that led him to be the first to observe that every snowflake is unique. He backed up his observation with some math and meteorology as well. He understood that snowflakes form as they fall through the sky, and their growth and appearance are shaped by hundreds of changing conditions, from altitude, temperature, humidity, and more. The combinations multiply exponentially until there are more design possibilities than molecules on Earth.

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uggsWhen winter’s biting winds swoop in and whisper suggestively in our ears, “Put on your Uggs. Just do it,” as a fashion editor, people begin asking me what I think about the long-lasting footwear trend. Which I translate as “Can I pull my stained and stretched-out Uggs from the back of my closet and still wear them in public without looking like I stepped out of an episode of The Simple Life?” To which I *would* like to politely request “Please don’t.” Alas, the answer is more complicated than that, so here’s my ultimate take.

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block_out_noiseBlock Out the Noise

If you’ve lived in an apartment building with neighbors on all sides, chances are you’ve had to deal with some unwanted noise infiltrating your home. Maybe it’s the thump of bass from a set of speakers in the room above or the sound of a laugh track from the tv next door keeping you up at night. Whatever the cause, unwanted noise in your home is an annoyance that nobody should have to deal with. Luckily, there are a few ways to soundproof an apartment without having to undertake major construction projects.

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When you think of a vegetable drink, V8 is probably the one that comes to mind first. But is it really a healthy drink? Some beverages might seem healthy at first glance, but they can be sneaky sources of sugar, sodium, or calories.

v8To help clear up all the health advantages and disadvantages associated with drinking V8, I checked in with Morgan Brod, RD, CDN, to help us break it down once and for all. While V8 comes in a plethora of savory flavors including Spicy Hot, Low Sodium, Essential Antioxidants, High Fiber, Low Sodium Spicy Hot, Hint of Black Pepper, and Bloody Mary Mix, as well as a slew of fruit and vegetable blends and an Energy and Hydrate line we honed in on the V8 Original drink specifically.

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tatooLet’s face it: Getting a tattoo can be scary! It’s not exactly a life-changing choice (as long as it’s done safely), but it is one that’s painful and very difficult and time-consuming to remove if you ever change your mind. So, I wanted to be sure I was doing absolutely everything by the book. When I finally decided to go for it. I reached out to three of the best tattoo artists I know for what not to do when getting your first tattoo. With their help, I finally did it, and I’m so glad I did!

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Nala The Christmas Cat

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Nala the cat is so popular that she has her own brand of cat food. She’s also available for meet and greets, if you want to give her some in-person pets. Not a stranger to dressing up, here she is in her Christmas best, circa 2015. With over 4 million followers, she knows that she’s got to look her best for Santa Claus, even though there’s no way she’s going to end up on the naughty list.

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pickleWe all have our Christmas traditions, but here’s one perhaps you haven’t heard of: The Christmas pickle.

Believe it or not, some people hang a pickle ornament from their Christmas tree. The first person or child to find the ornament gets a present. Others believe the finder will be the recipient of good fortune in the new year. However, no one seems to know where the tradition comes from.

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Santa Claus may be the world’s biggest celebrity this time of a year but this season, he’s getting help spreading holiday cheer from the world’s most famous hippo, Fiona.

fiona1The beloved hippo sprang to fame in 2017 after she was born six weeks premature at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Weighing just 29 pounds, she wasn’t expected to live. But thanks to the dedicated care of the team at the zoo, she beat the odds and not only survived  she now weighs more than 2,000 pounds  but captured the imagination and hearts of millions of Americans.

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snakeA couple in Brisbane, Australia discovered some live garland decorating their outdoor Christmas tree on Thursday. Leanne Chapman said that when she and her partner returned from work, they noticed some birds acting bizarrely on their porch. "We came home from work and there’s a couple of butcher birds that visit every day and they were just kicking off on the balcony, going crazy," Chapman said. Her partner went out to take video of the birds, and was leaning on a Christmas tree to do so, when he suddenly realized the focus of the birds’ fear.

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Zombies: The Real Story of the Undead

Posted: December 15, 2019 in Did you know?
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zombie_bwFrom "World War Z" to "The Walking Dead" to "Shaun of the Dead" to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and countless brain-dead rip-offs, zombies  re-animated corpses with an unstoppable craving for human flesh, especially brains  have invaded pop culture like never before. For staggering, slow-moving monsters, zombies have become quite a force in the entertainment industry over the past decade.

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