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Helen Mirren made an incredibly astute point about Melania Trump

Dame Helen Mirren has recently shared her thoughts on America’s First Lady Melania Trump.

The First Lady has kept a relatively low profile of late, passing on many of the traditional hosting and policy duties to First Daughter Ivanka Trump.

In an interview with Allure magazine, Mirren had this to say about ‘old Mel’

You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take him down

Allure write Michelle Lee says Mirren continued, mischievously:

She almost did that with the hand. [She puts on a Disney Evil Stepmother voice and mimics the hand brush-off seen round the world.] ‘Don’t touch me.’

Mirren was referring to footage released in May that appeared to show Melania slapping away the President’s hand.

 


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We looked at the numbers and Trump is telling ten times the number of lies as Obama did

A recent reddit post claimed that Donald Trump is on pace to tell 52 times as many Politifact “Pants on Fire!” Lies as Obama did by the end of his Presidency.

This is incorrect, strictly speaking. Donald Trump has amassed 67 “Pants on Fire!” claims on the Pulitzer-Prize winning factchecker’s website.

However, only five of these have occurred since the start of his Presidency – so it’s misleading to say he’ll tell 52 times as many overt lies in his Presidency.

Obama told a total of seven in his presidency (out of nine on the website), with five occurring in his first term.

 

So, Donald Trump’s still outpacing him.

At his current rate he’ll tell 7 times as many lies in his first term, compared to Obama’s. If he serves two full terms, he’ll have outpaced him tenfold.

He’s on pace to finish his first term having told 35 (to Obama’s five), and his second term with 70 (to Obama’s nine).

Here’s a rough projection of his current rate.

 

So there you are – Donald Trump is, according to Politifact, only ten times the liar Obama was.

Of course, Politifact are human fact checkers with only so much time to record every utterance. We should also note that some will dismiss their analysis as partisan and fake news, because it criticises Donald Trump’s serial lies frequently.

Which bodes well.


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Helen Mirren said what no female celebrity will about Ivanka Trump

Dame Helen Mirren is a national treasure; like a cup of tea, tutting politely, or that woman with the crown that Dame Helen Mirren played that one time in a movie.

She’s an outspoken feminist, a superb human rights advocate and will always tell it like it is – a quality that she’s exhibited from the very beginning of her career.

This ability to speak candidly was perfectly on show during a recent interview with Allure magazine. 

The subject she spoke on; the women closest to President Donald Trump – namely Ivanka and Melania.

Speaking to Allure magazine, Mirren said of Ivanka Trump: 

[Ivanka] talks a good game, but there’s no substance. Her book is so ignorant about how the majority of women live, talking about ‘Make time for yourself to have a massage.’ Puh-lease.

The book is question is Ivanka’s latest title: Women Who Work: Redefining the Rules for Success, which was on the receiving end of some deliciously scathing reviews. Particularly as its release coincided with her becoming a White House advisor and receiving her own West Wing office space.

Dame Mirren also shared her thoughts on the First Lady Melania Trump, referring to her as “old Mel”

You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take him down.

Then, writes Michelle Lee, this happened.

She almost did that with the hand. [She puts on a Disney Evil Stepmother voice and mimics the hand brush-off seen round the world.] ‘Don’t touch me.’

We all know which moment she’s talking about.

 

I have one piece of advice for Ivanka and ‘old Mel’ if they wish to respond to Dame Mirren’s analysis. 

If you come for the Queen, you best not miss.


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TV star beautifully shut down homophobes on his Facebook page

Stephen Amell, the Canadian actor and star of The CW’s super hero series Arrowattended Vancouver LGBT Pride this year, and posted a series of photos from the event on his Facebook. But it didn’t go down too well with some of his followers. 

The actor who plays Green Arrow and who identifies as straight, is shown in one picture wearing a bunch of balloons arranged to look like a colourful peacock. 

Because Pride is great.

 

Another photo shows him posing on a rainbow-painted pavement with his wife.

 

Most of the comments underneath the posts were nice, as you’d expect. But as always, there’s always a troll or two that has to ruin things for everyone else.

 

 

Some made fruitless comments about the cost of Pride. And definitely got the maths very wrong:

 

Amell responded in a later post, to say that he had been “taken aback” by some of the comments he’d read.

He wrote:

I had a fantastic weekend in Vancouver with my wife and friends, met some terrific people and more than anything just tried to soak in all the positive energy from people living their best lives. If I’m in Vancouver next year I won’t just go back, I’ll walk in the parade. So for everyone in their negative pants: Go be on the wrong side of history on somebody else’s Facebook page.

 

That’s not all, Amell also reposted the photos from Pride with some messages for the trolls themselves.

 

That should do it. 


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A motorway got shut down after a pizza explosion

On Wednesday, a lorry containing frozen pizzas shut down a busy Arkansas highway for over four hours while the delicious spill was cleared away.

Picture: Associated Press

 

According to the Associated Press, the crash occurred on Interstate 30, south of the Arkansas capital Little Rock.

No injuries have been reported from the incident.

An 18 wheeler was reportedly sliced open during the incident after it caught a bridge support, spilling the pizzas across the road.

The bridge was left undamaged from the incident.

The pizzas in question were made by DiGiorno and Tombstone, according to the Metro.

Images of the incident were made available by the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

 

The social media team at the department have capitalised on the pun potential.

They clearly fell like dominos.

HT Metro


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8 books you should read before the world ends

It might be sooner than we had anticipated.

Prepare for the aftermath of nuclear armageddon by reading one of these eight books set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

The writers at indy100 have spent National Book Day living in fear of the oncoming ‘fire and fury’ that Donald Trump has promised, so to ditstract ourselves we’ve put together a little list of the best reads.

Some of them have been made into films, in case you worry you won’t read them all before the bomb drops.

1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Picture: Amazon.co.uk

 

McCarthy’s novel follows a nameless father and son as they try to survive in a world destroyed by an unspecified cataclysm.

The landscape is never explained, but the devastation and daily struggle to survive is gripping.

McCarthy previously flexed his bleakness muscles in No Country for Old Men and Child of God.

The Road won the 2007 Pullitzer Prize for fiction.

2. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Picture: Amazon.co.uk

 

First published in 1951, the work is a cornerstone of the post-apocalyptic genre.

While the work does sketch out the horrific event – a comet shower that blinds most of the population – the action focuses on survival in a world filled with flesh eating plants.

Reflecting the Cold War era in which the work was written, the protagonist suspects that these plants ‘the Triffids’ were bioengineered by the Soviet Union.

Survival tips for anyone in the Wiltshire and Sussex countryside area abound within.

3. The Stand by Stephen King

Picture: Amazon.co.uk

 

Some would classify this as horror, but if your post-apocalyptic setting is anything less than horrifying, it isn’t much of an apocalypse now is it?

Set in an America ravaged by an influenza epidemic, King’s novel has been reissued multiple times, shifting the date at which events take place from the early 1980s to the early 1990s.

According to King, writing in his non-fiction book Danse Macbre, the Stand was intended to be an epic in the style of modern day Lord of the Rings.

4. Pandemic: The Extinction Files by A.G Riddle

Picture: Amazon.co.uk

 

Top of the Amazon bestseller list is Pandemic The Extinction Files by A.G Riddle.

The contemporary work, set mostly in Kenya, follows the outbreak of a mysterious disease and the attempts by scientists at the CDC and WHO to contain it.

Is the pandemic a true outbreak, or a sick conspiracy?

Guess what, read it and find out.

5. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Picture: Amazon.co.uk

 

First published in 1959, Frank’s work concerns a small town in Florida, which, by some miracle, survived a nuclear holocaust that destroyed the rest of the United States.

The nuclear blast is just the beginning, as the inhabitants of the town of Fort Repose join together to ward off bandits and raiders from the town, while news trickles through on the radio of America’s collapse.

6. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Picture: Amazon.co.uk

 

Another novel which borders on the genre of horror and a post-apocalyptic world, Swan Song tells the story of life after a Soviet nuclear strike.

Swan, the titular character, is a young girl with powers that could heal mankind.

If you don’t have one of these, McCammon’s novel nevertheless provides over 850 pages worth of survival tips, for living our existence in an abandoned petrol station,  

7. Children of Men by P.D James

Picture: Amazon.co.uk

 

The film for this by Alfonso Cuarón is also brilliant, so you’re excused if you just watch that instead, though the plots do differ significantly.

James, most known for crime fiction, sets her novel in a Britain where infertility is more or less universal. The last generation to be born maraud the countryside in hunting packs, while the cities are filled with the aged and the infirm.

Nuclear radiation is one probable cause for the state of infertility, but the true horror of James’ novel is the world where women like men have become unable to create, only to destroy.

8. World War Z by Max Brooks

(Picture: Amazon.co.uk)

 

Written by the son of Mel Brooks, the book’s full title is ‘World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War’.

Unlike the Hollywood blockbuster starring Brad Pitt, the book World War Z reads more like a collated account of survivors from around the world. Each chapter reveals a story of a survivor who have overcome the zombie hoard in their own way; be it the traditional fighting sense, or simply organising and micro-managing a civilisation. It’s the sort of thing you’d despair to read now, if the subject matter concerned the gradual reconstruction of a country that had at some point fallen to civil war – but throw some crazy virus infected monsters in there and you have a real page turner.

The Z are Zombies, and although that’s not currently on the cards, we will not be ruling anything out.


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This BBC newsreader really does not care about surfing dogs

On Monday, the enthusiasm of BBC newsreader Simon McCoy was killed live on air, as he reported on a dog surfing contest in America.

 

It was like that, but not in an Adam McKay film.

McCoy reported on the World Dog Surfing Championships in Linda Mar Beach, California, with just a hint of sarcasm.

If you listen closely to the voice over, you can hear the BBC’s Simon McCoy losing the will to remain in journalism.

Oh no. We’ve run out of pictures.

Picture: BBC News/Screengrab

 

The audible sighs and sarcasm are reminiscent of former-BBC curmudgeon Jeremy Paxman.

In 2011 Paxman amused us all with his sardonic take on a Weather forecast.

It’s April. What do you expect?

The humorous clip made it onto topical panel show Have I Got News For You.

 

For those interested, the Independent covered the dog surfing championships in 2015.


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The difference between Barack Obama’s vacation and Donald Trump’s vacation

Presidents have found a variety of ways to escape the stresses of the job.

The Kennedys vacationed at Hammersmith Farm, Rhode Island, Nixon had the ‘Winter White House’ at San Clemente, California, and the Bushes had the Bush Ranch in Texas.

President George W. Bush takes a break from cedar clearing at his ranch August 9, 2002 in Crawford,Texas. (Picture: Eric Draper/White House/Getty Images)

 

Even President Bill Clinton liked a little golf.

Farm Neck Golf Club, Martha’s Vineyard, 23 August 1999. (Picture: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Image)

 

President Trump, has repeatedly criticised his predecessor for taking breaks.

 

 

 

 

 

Yet since taking office, President Trump has spent an sizeable amount of time at his own golf courses.

At the weekend the President tweeted to say he was doing a ‘not on vacation’ in Bedminster New Jersey, the site of one of his golf courses.

 

The optics are not great, especially when this photo of him behind the wheel of a golf cart was leaked.

 

Since leaving office, President Obama has been photographed on what appears to be permanent vacation.

Anegada, British Virgina Isands. 8 February 2017. (Picture: Jack Brockway/Virgin)

 

 

Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland. 26 May 2017. (Picture: Robert Perry/Getty Images)

 

However, he’s left office, while Trump is currently supposed to be running a country.


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Five female authors you need to read this month

Any time of year is good to read a book but it’s important to be aware of special events that are happening in the literary world.

Take for instance this month, which is Women in Translation Month, an initiative created by literature charity The Reading Agency.

The aim of the month is to celebrate and spread the word about female writers from around the world. 

According to the charity, books written by foreign female authors don’t receive as much translations as books written by men .

Of all the literary translations in the UK and America, less than a third are by women. 

Now that there is a whole month we thought it would be best to shine a light on some of the most important female writers ever.

Rather than simply giving our opinion on who we think are the best here is a list of all the foreign female novel writers who have won the prestigious Nobel Prize and some of there most noteworthy books.

Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlof

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Swedish writer Selma Lagerlof was the first woman to ever received the literature prize, way back in 1909.

Her most notable book, Jerusalem was an epic two part tale published between 1901 and 1902. 

It spans several generations of Swedish emigrants in the 19 century who moved to Jerusalem, as well as families in Dalarna, Sweden.

The novel, which is based on true events has since been adapted into films and stage productions.

Reeds in the Wind by Grazia Deledda

Deledda was the writer of many famous Italian books that were adapted in to films, TV shows and plays.

Reeds in the Wind, or Canne al vento in Italian, is set in the harsh landscape of Sardinia and focuses on the themes of poverty, society and industry.

First published in 1913, it remains the most widely regarded of the authors work.

Deledda received her Nobel Prize in 1926 but passed away just 10 years later, aged 64.

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset

Sigrid Undset was a Norwegian writer, who was originally born in Denmark.

She often wrote realistic and contemporary novels about adultery and undoubtedly her most famous work was Kristin Lavaransdatter.

The book is a series of three novels focusing on the titular character, a fictitious woman living in 14 century and the various conflicts she experiences in her life.

These books helped Undset win the 1928 Nobel Prize and was first translated into English in the same decade.

The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

Female sexuality, abuse and the battle of  genders are the main points of topic in most of Austrian writer, Elfriede Jelinek’s work.

The 2004 Nobel Prize winner is an outspoken and controversial individual whose writing and political activism often inspired fierce debates.

Her 1983 novel The Piano Teacher was her first novel to be translated into English and follows an repressed piano teacher who enters a sadomasochistic relationship with her student.

In 2001 it was turned into an awarded winning film directed Michael Haneke and starring Isabelle Huppert. 

The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller

Picture: (Ralf Juergens/Getty Images)

 

Romanian – German author Herta Muller, depicts the aftermath of violence in her work, for which she was awarded the Noble Prize in 2009.

At the time they described her as “who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossesed.”

The Hunger Angel which was translated into English in 2012 is her most famous novel.

Inspired by the experiences of her mother and the poetry of Oskar Pastior, it follows the troubled lives of ethnic Germans living in Stalinist Romanian during and after World War II.

HT Nobel Prize Metro


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Woman starts photo series explaining what the world doesn’t understand about sexual harassment

Eliza Hatch is on a mission to spread the word about what people need to understand about sexual harassment. 

She’s  created Cheer Up Luv, a project enabling women to have their voices heard and “take ownership of experiences that were out of their control” – while also turning vulnerability into empowerment. 

We spoke to Hatch about her fantastic project. 

Picture: Eliza Hatch 

Hatch explained to indy100 that starting the project was drawn from the appalling frequency of sexual harassment women face every day. 

I became increasingly shocked at the sheer amount of sexual harassment women experienced. Right at the beginning, I wasn’t aware of the scale that it was taking place, but now, it seems as though every woman I speak to has at least three examples they can give me. 

Unfortunately it’s just a normal part of day-to-day life for women, and so much so, that sometimes we barely acknowledge that it’s a form of abuse, i.e. being told to smile, or being beeped at by a car.

 

Picture: Eliza Hatch 

 

She added that women have “really opened up” to her when speaking about their experiences. 

The general sense has been relief, because we are finally talking about something that barely gets any attention. There is also understandably a lot of anger and frustration surrounding the issue, but ultimately I try and turn these negative thoughts and experiences into something positive. 

Picture: Eliza Hatch

 

Hatch also explained that she was made aware of sexual harassment from a young age. 

I grew up in a big city and am used to being catcalled and sexually harassed. When I was younger, I was more oblivious to the fact that it was happening to everyone, and didn’t care as much. You either just brushed it off and carried on, or mentioned it to a friend, only to find out that they had had similar experiences. It was only until earlier this year, after one particular cat call, and a heated debate with my close friends, that something switched inside me and I decided enough was enough. 

Picture: Eliza Hatch 

 

Finally, Hatch told us exactly why she thinks these unacceptable acts still happen so frequently. 

There are two problems; one is that nobody really talks about it, and two is that when it does happen in public, it is generally completely ignored.

It has happened to me many times, and it will continue to happen as long as we keep normalising harassment. We just need to change our attitude to sexual harassment and stand up to it.

You can find out more about Cheer Up Luv right here.


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This mum’s brilliant selfie test to check in on her daughter is going viral

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that some parents can be a little overprotective.

No matter your age, your mother or father are always likely to be checking up on you just to make sure you have you are OK.

This has become even easier for parents to do in the modern age, when the majority of people in the Western world have the best technology available at their fingertips. 

Rather than send a quick text, one mother from Huron, Ohio has requested her daughter send selfies as proof of where she is.

Heather Steinkopf gets pictures from her 18-year-old daughter is Kaelyn Demmon, to prove she’s ok.

Last Friday Kaelyn was hanging out with her friend Stevie Holbrook.

When Heather asked where Kaelyn was, her response of ‘a movie night with Stevie’ wasn’t enough.

Not to be deterred, her mother wanted further proof and requested photo evidence. 

This is where the game between the two truly began.

Heather knows that Kaelyn keeps a camera roll full of selfies just for occasions like this, so when the first picture arrived she had a series of demands prepared in order to test her daughters honesty.

They started off fairly normal.

Picture: Twitter/ Screengrab

 

Picture: Twitter/ Screengrab

 

Heather wasn’t being fooled, and suspected that her daughter might have edited her friend into the photo.

This called for the ultimate request, a selfie while Stevie was giving her a piggy back and a thumbs up.

Picture: Twitter/ Screengrab

 

Picture: Twitter/ Screengrab

 

W o w.

Kaelyn, who is starting college next month, shared the conversation on Twitter and it quickly went viral.

 

Her post inspired others to share stories of their moms.

 

Speaking to BuzzfeedKaelyn admitted that her Mother’s paranoia comes from previous occasions when Kaelyn lied about where she was.

 There’ve been times when I’ve said I’m at Stevie’s when I’m at a bonfire or something.

However, there is a twist in the tale as it appears Heather concocted the whole scenario for her own amusement.

I knew she was where she said she was, but it was more fun to keep her doing different things.

Parents – where would we be without them?

HT Buzzfeed Bored Panda


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Mexico publicly called out Trump and it was incredible

Earlier this week, United States President Donald Trump claimed a number of bizarre things in an interview with the editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal.

One of these was that he had not received negative comments about his overtly political speech to the Boys Scouts of America Jamboree:

Gerard Baker quoted the President as saying:

I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there.

That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.

He had, in fact, been widely criticised.

Regardless, Trump continued:

And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful.

So there was — there was no mix.

The Boy Scouts of America told TIME magazine that they were unaware of any call from national leadership placed to the White House, and referred to a 27 July statement from Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, who said of Trump’s speech:

For years, people have called upon us to take a position on political issues, and we have steadfastly remained non-partisan and refused to comment on political matters.

We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.

White House press-spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders later confirmed no call had been placed, but that “multiple members of the Boy Scout leadership” had “offered quite powerful compliments.”

I wouldn’t say it was a lie. That’s a pretty bold accusation. The conversations took place, they just simply didn’t take place over a phone call … he had them in person.

Trump said in a Cabinet meeting later this week:

As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they’re close to 80 percent stoppage.

Even the President of Mexico called me.

They said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment.

On Wednesday, Mexico’s Government replied that the leaders’ last contact was at the G20 summit in Hamburg.

The AP reported Mexico’s foreign ministry as saying in a statement that President Enrique Peña Nieto

has not recently spoken to President Donald Trump over the telephone.

The statement read:

During the meeting the two heads of State held last July 7th in Hamburg, Germany, the topic of migration was a topic of conversation approached by both.

President Peña Nieto shared that repatriations of Mexican nationals from the United States had fallen 31 per cent between January and June 2017 in comparison to the same timeframe in 2016.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said that Trump had been:

referencing a conversation that they had had at the G-20 summit where they specifically talked about the issues that he referenced.

Donald Trump’s most recent daily net approval rating with Gallup hit -24 for 1 August.

 

Donald Trump’s average net approval rating for his term is -14.52 per cent. Obama’s average of his weekly average ratings is 2.32 per cent.

Obama’s worst weekly average rating in office was a -14.

Trump’s best daily rating was 1, achieved for two days on the 24 and 25 January, shortly after his inauguration on the 20th.

HT The Hill


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Queen Elizabeth II drinks 4 cocktails a day, officially making her a binge drinker

God Save the Queen.

On Wednesday the story that Queen Elizabeth II likes to put away the booze circulated on viral news websites such as Unilad, NewsAU, and the New York Post.

The titbit, that HMQ regularly drinks four cocktails a day, has thrilled her subjects the world over.

Picture: Saul Loeb/Getty Images

 

The source cited in these stories, is none other than the Independent, in a post written in 2012 to coincide with her Golden Jubilee.

According to Margaret Rhodes, the Queen’s cousin, HM’s alcohol intake never varies. She takes a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. She will take wine with lunch and a dry Martini and a glass of champagne in the evening.

The piece continued, making the same point made by Unilad and others five years later:

That comes to 6 units per day, which would make Her Majesty a binge drinker by government standards.

Using the NHS alcohol units and calories calculator, indy100 find this is actually closer to 5.8 units per day.

Picture: Yui Mok/WPA/Getty Images 

 

The government states that men and women should not exceed 14 units per week.

If Rhodes is correct, and this is indeed how much Queen Elizabeth drinks per day, then she is on 40.6 units per week.

Picture: Rex Features

 

Cheers Ma’am.

HT The Independent, Unilad, NewsAU


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11 jokes only smart people will get

Because nothing says you’re a great person like smirking to yourself after your own joke, then explaining it.

indy100 has found 11 smart jokes from the web.

You probably won’t get them but they are actually hilarious.

We assume.

1. What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?

 

2. There are 10 kinds of people in the world.

Those who read binary and those who don’t.

Picture: iStock/Getty Images / Getty Images

 

3. There’s a fine line between a numerator and denominator.

 

4. A Freudian slip is when you mean to say one thing but you accidentally say Mother.

 

5. ‘Welcome to plastic surgery addicts anonymous. I see a lot of new faces tonight, which is disappointing’

Picture: iStock/Getty Images

 

6. A photon is going through airport security. The TSA agent asks if he has any luggage. The photon says, ‘No, I’m travelling light.’

 

7. C, Eb, and G walk into a bar. The landlord says ‘Sorry, we can’t serve minors’.

Picture: iStock/Getty Images

 

8. A palindrome walks into a bar, says “Yasraba Otni Sklawem Ordnilapa”.

 

9. Entropy isn’t what it used to be.

Picture: iStock/Getty Images 

 

10. Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Bat Man

 

11. The new band called 1023MB. They haven’t had any gigs yet

 

If you got any of those without the help of Google, we salute you.

HT Reddit, Buzzfeed, Readers’ Digest, IFL Science, 9Gag, Noted


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This woman transformed her body in just two years with these simple changes

Altering your day-to-day habits is easier said than done. 

Eating a little snack in favour of a piece of fruit or catching the bus when you could easily walk are little flaws that most people suffer from.

Imgur user Melephants was one of those individuals.

One day she decided enough was enough and made some changes in her lifestyle.

The 20-year-old once weighed 143lbs, but by erasing a few unhealthy habits from her routine she managed to drop 30lbs in the period of just two years.

She did this by eating healthy, watching her calorie intake and putting in the hours at the gym, at least four or five times a week. 

Small things also helped like standing rather than sitting on a train and drinking lots of water.

See the results of her transformation below:

Picture: Imgur/Melephants

Picture: Imgur/Melephants

 

With regards to her new diet, Bored Panda quote her as saying:

I base my meals around a source of protein now (chicken, fish) and lots of veggies.

I don’t eat carbs that much, more on lifting days.

Picture: Imgur/Melephants

Picture: Imgur/Melephants

Picture: Imgur/Melephants

 

Her exercise regime now varies between High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and weightlifting.

She decided upon this after she saw no benefits from using the treadmill – it might be worth bearing in mind if you are clocking up the miles on those machines.

 

Picture: Imgur/Melephants

 

Picture: Imgur/Melephants

 

Picture: Imgur/Melephants

 

Her transformation has since gone viral and it has also improved her mental well being too.

It’s not only benefited my physical health but my mental health too.

Best decision I’ve ever made!

HT Bored Panda Imgur


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These are the best images from the World Bodypainting Festival

Nudity warning: Some of these photos contain (painted over) nudity


It’s that time of year again, the World Bodypainting Festival.

This is proper bodypaint, not the kind you get at a colour fight or holi festival, done solely for the profile picture potential.

Festival goers spend six hours being transformed into works of art.

In late July, participants assembled in Klagenfurt, Austria (where else), and here’s some of the amazing images from the 30,000 strong festival.


 

Picture: Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images

 

 

2017 is the 20th year of the festival.

 

The week long festival ran from July 24 to Sunday 30.

 

 

With body paint dominating the daylight hours, night time activities included DJs, a fine art exhibition, a ‘Zombie walk’, and a ‘body circus’.

 

Categories include types of painting (such as brush/sponge techniques), UV effects, and best professional make-up artist.

HT Mirror


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These are the non-cheating acts that people still consider a betrayal

What constitutes cheating isn’t always so black and white, but we have a rough idea what it we’d call unfaithful.

But there are some things we consider cheating that really aren’t. And people took to reddit to confess what they are. 

reddit asked: “What’s the least cheating-like thing you consider cheating in a relationship?” and people answered: 

1. Ignoring our recommendation, then taking someone else’s

2. Commissioning the competition 

 

3. Bingeing alone

 

4. Dream-cheating 

 

 

5. “Time cheating”

6. Food fights

7. Not calling you first

8. Personal grooming

Okay, that last one’s quite specific. But now you know – keep your hands away from any beards that occur outside the relationship. Unless your partner gives you permission, then you’re all good. 


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Someone has an incredible theory for why Donald Trump puts random ‘words’ in quote marks

Whichever way you look at it Donald Trump and Twitter were pretty much made for each other.

It’s quite rare now for a day when a 140 character declaration by the US President doesn’t create a major news story.

Whether he’s criticising members of the press or vowing to ‘Make America Great Again,’ Trump has turned Twitter into a kind of art form which always warrants attention.

Often, his ramblings can be a little confusing,especially as he tends to put quotation marks around random words.

Here are a few recent examples of this habit:

 

 

Quite why Mr. Trump continues to do this remains unknown, but one person has a theory. 

Twitter user Danny Page has done some research and discovered something rather fascinating. 

 

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Who would have thought that Trump would have invented one of the modern worlds great memes?

If you haven’t quite picked up on what is happening here, Danny has Photoshopped  quotes around certain Trump tweets in order to spell out the first few lines of the 1999 song ‘All Star’ by Smash Mouth.

It’s all an elaborate ruse for internet based hijinks.

Alas, Donald Trump does put quotation marks around a lot of words, but so far they don’t spell out anything particularly meaningful.

Eventually we might be able to spell something out of them, but for now we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

HT Twitter


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Hot Pie from Game of Thrones sells his own Direwolf loaves in real life

Warning: Baking based spoilers below.

 

If you’re an avid fan of Game of Thrones, you may remember Hot Pie.

He gave Arya a Dire Wolf loaf of bread as a parting gift in season three, forgoing a stint in the night’s watch to be a baker.

Probably a good move.

 

 

Having said that – that “loaf” doesn’t look like anything.

Anyway, the actor who played Hot Pie, Ben Hawkey, teamed up with Deliveroo to do them properly and sell them in time for the season premiere.

A batch were sold through the app on 17 July when the new season launched – they were made of wholewheat corn bread and orange zest.

Picture: Deliveroo

 

The kicker? The popup was called: 

You Know Nothing John Dough

Of course.

Sadly it’s closed now and is not taking further orders.

Reach for the pitchforks.

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Alt-right commentator claims Romans weren’t ethnically diverse, gets owned by actual historian

If you’re going to pick a fight with someone over ancient Roman facts, arguing with a historian is probably not the best course of action.

Infowars editor-at-large and right-wing YouTuber Paul Joseph Watson recently tweeted an insinuation that Roman Britain wasn’t ethnically diverse. 

A bit of a bizarre claim to make out of the blue, but the reason for his outage stemmed from a five-and-a-half minute BBC educational YouTube video on what life was like in Roman Britain. 

 

The video, aimed at supporting teachers, is suitable for seven to 11 year-olds and details what life was like for a typical family during the Roman period.

The cartoon that accompanies  the video features everything from gladiator battles, the purpose of Hadrian’s Wall and the religious make-up of Roman society. 

It also features a series of ethnically diverse characters, which is what appeared to anger the Infowars host, who implied that the BBC didn’t care about ‘historical accuracy’.

 

It was following these claims of historical inaccuracy that historian Mike Stuchbery stepped in.

In a series of hugely informative tweets, he described how Roman Britain was ethnically diverse “almost by design”.

He explains that Roman troops were drawn from other parts of the empire, and occupied Britain. 

 

He goes on to explain that there are also accounts of Iraqi & Syrian soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall, adding:

 

And just to hammer the point home, Stuchbery adds:

 

Now that, is a Twitter thread and a half. 

 


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James O’Brien explains why the latest media’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn is just ‘bonkers’

LBC host James O’Brien makes the correct point that the promise to eradicate student debt does not appear in the Labour manifesto.

Yet it was still something they said they would do.

In an interview with NME published a week before the election, Corbyn spoke about those who had already paid the £9,000 a year tuition fee, and taken on maintenance loans.

Yes, there is a block of those that currently have a massive debt, and I’m looking at ways that we could reduce that, ameliorate that, lengthen the period of paying it off, or some other means of reducing that debt burden.

He added.

And I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 period should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that come after. I will deal with it

‘I will deal with it’.

The policy was also stated in the terms of eradicating existing debt by one of Corbyn’s Labour candidates, who was previously and is once again the MP for Bradford East.

On Tuesday the journalist Ella Wilks-Harper shared this Facebook video of a shadow Justice Minister Imran Hussain explicitly making the pledge.

 

In the video Hussain says:

Just this morning it has been announced by Jeremy Corbyn that the tuition fees will be abolished straight away from September if there’s a Labour government, and that will bring back EMA, and also that every existing student will have all their debts wiped off.

 

Since the election, the wheels have come off the suggestion of an idea.

The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell announced that the policy was an ‘aspiration’ rather than something that was promised.

In addition, Corbyn admitted he did not know the cost of eradicating historic student debt when he spoke before the election.

He told Andrew Marr on Sunday that when he said he would ‘deal with it’, this was not a promise.

What I said was we would ‘deal with it’ by trying to reduce the burden of it. We never said we would completely abolish it because we were unaware of the size of it at the time.

‘Bonkers’

The broadcaster James O’Brien has called the media’s coverage of these events ‘bonkers’.

The Tories famously made a promise in their manifesto to make changes to social care funding, which they then promised would not happen.

And O’Brien says they’ve basically abandoned most of their ‘promises’.

Much of this can be explained due to parliamentary arithmetic, and a belief that the 42 per cent of the popular vote they secured did not give them enough of a mandate.

O’Brien slammed the media:

Apparently if you are a certain type of journalist – that apparently you think people are so stupid that when you tell them Jeremy Corbyn told a porkie-pie that wasn’t in the manifesto, that he never actually told, you’ve got such faith in the stupidity of your readers and your audience that you think they’re going to start gnashing their teeth when you tell them that’s he told a lie.

He continued:

If you need a better illustration of how bonkers the British media has become, surely that would be it.

It is possible ‘the media’ has focused on the perception that Jeremy Corbyn was dishonest. This concept, and the stories surrounding untruths, are only made more appealing to journalists because Jeremy Corbyn is the one who once pledged to create a new ‘Straight Talking, Honest Politics’.

Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 29, 2015 in Brighton, England. (Picture: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

 

To the glee of writers, he is being held to a tangible standard that he and his party set. 

Jeremy Corbyn has been an MP for 34 years and James O’Brien is correct that the Labour manifesto did not contain a promise to abolish existing student debt.

Indy100 has contacted Imran Hussain MP for comment.


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When she was tweeted Islamophobia, Nadiya Hussain had the perfect response

Nadiya Hussain, the 2015 Winner of the Great British Bake Off had a showstopper response to one of her critics.

On Sunday, Hussain and her family appeared in the property section of the Sunday Times magazine.

An image from the story was shared on the Sunday Times Home Twitter account.

Twitter user Nick Zen passed comment on the head covering warn by Hussain.

Why doesn’t the man have heavy fabric tightly wrapped around his head and neck.

 

Hussain has been wearing a headscarf since she was 14-years-old.

In 2016 she told the Sunday Times that after her Dad gave her a poor quality hair cut, and she chose to hide it beneath the headscarf.

[The scarf was] probably to cover up my bad hair more than anything else. He cut it really badly…

It wasn’t easy for them, I have to admit. I was the only child in my school wearing a headscarf. My mum said: ‘What’s wrong with her? Why does she want to cover her hair?’

And I said: ‘Well, I don’t care what society thinks, I wear it because I want to.’ 

Shortly after Nick Zen’s comments on Sunday, Hussain cheekily responded:

I don’t think that pink would suit my husbamd.

 

The answer pleased the people of the internet:

 

 

 

See ya Nick Zen.

 


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Two men tried labour pain simulators to prove ‘women exaggerate everything’. It didn’t go well

For women, there is probably nothing more painful in the world than childbirth.

Hours upon hours of labour are both a physically and mentally demanding test for mothers around the globe.

Men on the other hand, can only bare witness to the pain their female partners have to go through and can only offer soothing words as a consolation.

Until now, it has been believed that barring a biological miracle, men will never experience the true agony of childbirth.

However, new technology has emerged that allow men to undergo a simulated version of labour pain by sending electrodes to their abdomen for one hour.

Two confident husbands, who didn’t possibly believe that the pain could be that bad, decided to partake in the experiment, conducted by Kensington.

They got more than they bargained for. 

 

Even in the early stages of labour they were pleading for mercy.

That was early labour? It feels like someone is taking a saw and just carving up my abdomen.

Picture: (Kensington/Vimeo)

 

As the pain increases one man declares that he might ‘throw up.’ Thankfully he didn’t.

Picture: (Kensington/Vimeo)

 

 

At least their wives seem to be having some fun.

Picture: (Kensington/Vimeo)

 

At the end both men gave their honest assessment of what they had just gone through.

That was not good. 

That sucked. It was horrible.

To make matters even better, the two gentlemen recorded their experience on Mother’s Day and one participant had a parting message/apology for his Mother.

Mom, if anything that I experienced was as close to what I did to you all those years ago. I’m sorry. You’re like a super hero. Happy Mother’s Day.

HT Bored Panda Vimeo Twenty Two Words


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200 stones found in woman who regularly skipped breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it can be very easy to skip.

Hectic morning schedules and a lack of time, mean that odd bowl of cereal or slice of toast are sometimes forgotten about.

Although we don’t condone missing breakfast a recent medical case in China might make you think twice about making a habit out of it. 

Surgeons at Guangji Hospital in Hezou reportedly removed 200 stones from a woman during an operation last week. 

That’s right, 200 stones were found in her liver and gallbladder and according to doctors skipping breakfast for more than 10 years may have played a part in it.

Picture: Hezou Guangji Hospital

 

The patient in question, 45-year-old Ms Chen, was reluctant to have the operation but was eventually admitted to hospital when her abdominal pains became unbearable, according to the Daily Mail.

The operation lasted over six hours with surgeons stating that some of the darkly coloured stones which were extracted were as big as eggs.

Ms Chen, who had first made doctors aware of her abdominal pain 12 years ago, reportedly had an irregular diet had often dined on leftovers.

Stones of this kind are usually made up of cholesterol that form in said organs and are common in overweight people who are over 40.

The NHS say that the stones often don’t require treatment but should they get trapped can cause intense pain.

Dr Quan Xuwei, who worked on the operation said that gallstone sufferers were often found to have skipped or rushed their breakfast, which can cause their gallbladder to stop shrinking or expanding.

This then leads to a build up of bile and increased levels of cholesterol and calcium.

Picture: Hezou Guangji Hospital

 

HT Daily Mail NHS Guangji Hospital


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A security robot killed itself in a fountain and now people are mourning him

Friends, we’re gathered here today to mourn the sad passing of Steve, the security robot. 

Steve was a Knightscope security bot, and spent his days patrolling around a number of offices and the Georgetown Waterfront shopping complex in Washington DC.

Knightscope robots are fitted with multiple data inputs; including facial recognition, high definition cameras and infrared sensors.

These were sadly not enough however, as Steve sadly plummeted to his death into a water fountain and went offline earlier this week. 

The pictures were dramatic. 

 

Like, really dramatic. 

 

Greg had a pretty valid point. 

 

People had some theories on what drove Steve the robot to enter his own watery tomb. 

 

Steve was so loved by the office community that there is now a small Steve shine to the dearly departed securitron.

 

To be honest, it’s all gone very Douglas Adams. 

 

Hey, let’s look on the bright side, at least the robot uprising has been delayed a day or two. 

 

Steve’s replacement has now arrived. According to eye witnesses, she’s a bit of a looker.

 


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Guy tells girlfriend he’s going for a quiet pint, ends up in Ibiza

You know how it is. You say you’re going for one quiet drink and you end up stumbling home at 4am wonder what on earth happened.

But Gareth Kelly took this to a whole new level when his civilised drink ended up turning into a three-day holiday to Ibiza.

His girlfriend Hannah received a text from Kelly saying he was going for a “quick pint”. Then later on, a message saying:

Babe I’m on way to Cardiff airport random holiday I know but I’ll be back in 3 days

Picture: Mercury Press and Media Ltd

 

Hannah didn’t believe him, naturally – so she FaceTimed Kelly and saw that he really was in the back of a taxi on the way to the airport.

He also texted his boss, to break the news he wouldn’t be in work the next morning.

Hannah added to Mercury Press:

I didn’t believe him, I FaceTimed him to see where he was and who he was with, he was just laughing at me in the back of the taxi and telling me he was going to Ibiza.

I genuinely thought he was taking the p***, he was just being a clown like he always is, he does normally go for a couple of drinks in the pub at the weekend but never ends up flying to Ibiza.

I did find it hilarious though, I feel quite laid back about it.He told me not to worry as he’ll buy me a fridge magnet. He could at least buy me some perfume from duty free

Picture: Mercury Press and Media Ltd

 


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