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France outlaws lewd cat-calls to women in public amid attack uproar France voted to outlaw sexual harassment on the streets, leaving cat-callers and aggressively lecherous individuals facing potential on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros as part of tougher legislation to fight sexual violence. Good. Somebody at Fitbit needs a lesson on the menstrual cycle How long was your longest period? Eight days? Ten days? Two weeks? A month? It’s the “how long is a piece of string” of the female body, isn’t it? I’ve had periods that have lived, like a Mayfly, for a single day. In 2016, I had a period that lasted the entirety of the Rio Olympic games. More women in tech would help with this …

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What made Darth Vader such a visually iconic character Darth Vader was only on screen in the original Star Wars movie for 8 minutes and for a little under 34 minutes in the whole original trilogy. I can STILL remember that opening scene. Scary. Volcano Coffee Recyclable pod coffee – not an advert – I ordered some and they are fab. I swapped apps for dating in real life – this is what happened Over the past five years, my online dating CV looks like this: two one-year relationships, five four-month relationships, several flings, 30 first dates, and around 2,500 Tinder matches. No frickin comment. Liberty Media’s Ellie Norman: ‘We want to show F1’s raw emotion’ These are challenging times …

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Worcestershire from You’re Probably Pronouncing These 30 Food Words Wrong I’ll raise my hand, it’s not “kweynoah” (quinoa) Elena Ferrante: ‘I used to devour news. Now, the uninterrupted rain of it feels like chaos’ I don’t feel desperate to be informed about everything that happens in the world. As a girl, I merely glanced at the newspaper headlines and occasionally watched the TV news. But a growing interest in politics, which erupted when I was around 20, inspired me to amass information. Chaos is the word. Where is the truth and who knows it? Bet You Didn’t Know These Animal Facts Vanilla flavoring comes from *what*? My favourite ice cream flavour just got complicated.. 34 years ago, a KGB defector …

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An Honest Look at The Personal Finance Crisis Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. And the rich keep getting richer. Hello dystopian future. 100 Best Movies to Stream on Netflix Right Now Some belters in here. Some I’ve never heard of, time to explore! Leader comment: A denunciation of Donald Trump Donald Trump, due to arrive in the UK later today, is a racist, a serial liar, and either a sex abuser or someone who falsely brags about being one in the apparent belief that this will impress other men in a metaphorical “locker …

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Did blogs ruin the web? Or did the web ruin blogs? Here are three essays that make very different arguments but are worth reading, and (I think) worth reading together. Introspective time for bloggers. Why Women’s Friendships Are So Complicated When Deborah Tannen, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University, was in grade school, one of her best friends abruptly stopped talking to her. Genuinely offered without comment. Because I … just can’t. HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 4 EASY STEPS I’ve spent the past year losing 80 lbs and getting in shape. A lot of people have been asking me how I did it; specifics like what diet I was on, how many times a week I worked out, etc etc. …

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Knitting at the end of the world I love this picture of actor Nicholas Hoult knitting on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. As do I. Contrasts are always interesting. Trent Reznor Thinks Artists Should Speak Out “Bad Witch,” your ninth studio album with Nine Inch Nails, is the final record of a politically-minded trilogy you began in 2016. If you have a platform you must use it, now more than ever. Now is the envy of the dead Do not lose time on daily trivialities. Do not dwell on petty detail. For all of these things melt away, and drift apart within the obscure traffic of time. Live well, and live broadly. You are alive and living now. …

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Philosophy shrugged: ignoring Ayn Rand won’t make her go away Philosophers love to hate Ayn Rand. It’s trendy to scoff at any mention of her. One philosopher told me that: ‘No one needs to be exposed to that monster.’ Many propose that she’s not a philosopher at all and should not be taken seriously. The problem is that people are taking her seriously. Academic arguments aside, if it works for you, it can’t be all that bad. Can it? Disposable America A straw is a simple thing. It’s a tube, a conveyance mechanism for liquid. The defining characteristic of the straw is the emptiness inside it. This is the stuff of tragedy, and America. As we ban plastic ones, look …

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Can our phones solve our love lives? It would be most of our first choices to have relationships in the real world; but for many of us, it is a great deal more plausible to pursue them with, and via, our phones. Phones provide exemplary compensation for the frustrations of living with actual people. Solve? My phone IS my love life! This Dr is demanding to be addressed by her title, and the men aren’t happy A woman on Twitter had the audacity to ask to be referred to by her earned title of Dr and, unsurprisingly, drew ire from a gaggle of angry men online. The end of angry men cannot happen quickly enough Open Ocean: 10 Hours of …

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Why are (some) Star Wars fans so toxic? With at least one new film every year, you’d think it would be easy being a Star Wars fan in 2018, but it isn’t. That’s not because JJ Abrams killed off Han Solo in Episode VII, or The Last Jedi snuffed out Luke Skywalker. I love Star Wars. It’s my childhood universe. How can it bring so much hate? Ersatz Free Trials On Monday Apple announced that they are officially supporting so-called “free trials” for non-subscription apps. The reaction has been a breathless celebration that Apple has finally relented and given developers something we’ve been asking, no begging, for since the dawn of the App Store. Apple are relentless at maintaining their …

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10 Strikes and You’re Out – the iOS Feature You’re Probably Not Using But Should For many years now, iOS has offered an option in the Passcode section of the Settings all: “Erase all data on this iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts. tldr; the timeout between attempts increases, would take 4 hrs to get through all 10. Wearing glasses may really mean you’re smarter, major study finds If you wear glasses I’ve got some good news: you may well be smarter than the average person. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications has found that needing to wear glasses is associated with higher levels of intelligence. But you probably knew that already. Does having glasses but not wearing …

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