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Dos & Don’ts Of Hilarious Online Shopping Fails

Online shopping is a tempting treat. Such luxury was unimaginable fifty years ago. Futuristic movies and novels could only imagine what technology is currently capable of – how, with just the click of a mouse, items we want or need can be bought and shipped right to us. No crowds, no lines, great sales – why leave the house?

People spend hours at a time shopping online (even at work), so it’s safe to say that online shopping is now a key part of the global marketplace.

Yet, as wonderful and time-saving as online shopping can be, the risk of buying something defective or something that just didn’t match what you were looking for is much higher than if you were in the store.

Unfortunately for some, the convenience of an online marketplace ended up being a huge loss – but, luckily for us, some losses are quite hilarious!

Browse through the results below, and have a good laugh thanks to online shopping gone wrong.

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Online shopping is a tempting treat. Such luxury was unimaginable fifty years ago. Futuristic movies and novels could only imagine what technology is currently capable of – how, with just the click of a mouse, items we want or need can be bought and shipped...

Celebs Lifestyle

Which Members of the Royal Family Fly Commercial, and Why

With recent developments and concerns regarding the environment, the ethics of flying private have been in debate, so after the siting of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex on a private jet to Spain and France, many questions have arisen in terms of if and when royals fly commercial.

Prince Harry and his spouse have voiced concerns multiple times about the current condition of the environment and where it’s headed; they have shown themselves to be highly committed to environmental efforts, but it was exactly this that confused many when they flew to Nice with their son Archie on a private jet provided by Elton John and David Furnish.

Friends With Jets

Elton has been Princess Diana’s – Harry’s mother – friend, for quite a long time, so when contention arose, he tweeted that the flight was made carbon-neutral by donating efforts to reduce emissions.

This occurrence has many wondering, however, how often royals are flying on private jets and if they fly commercial at all. According to Hello!, most royals fly commercial some of the time.

The main exception to this is the Queen herself. Her Majesty only flies private, so you would never site her on a commercial flight. Both Prince William and Prince Harry, however, have flow commercial on multiple occasions.

They even flew economy during a low-profile visit to the States in 2014. People have also seen William and Kate on commercial flights, but most often in the first-class section.

Harry and Meghan along with a few bodyguards were spotted last December in the back row of a commercial flight to France, according to the Telegraph, but they kept a few empty rows between them and the rest of the plane.

Very recently, on August 22, the Daily Mail reported that the entire Cambridge family took a budget flight to Scotland.

Of course, they were surrounded by security guards and assistants – so much so that you may not even be able to see members of the family even if you’re on the same flight!

One passenger professed as much to the Daily Mail: “The family were sat right at the front. I fly this route all the time and we were none the wiser. No one knew they were on the flight. Later on, I realized that Kate’s mother was sat a few rows in front of me.”

When the royals do fly commercial, they often try to fly with British Companies, specifically British Airways, according to Hello!.

The royal family has a special connection to the airline since the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents both worked for them back in the day before shifting to a party décor business in the late 1980s. In fact, it’s where they met and fell in love!

Depends Where They’re Going

According to Vogue, however, the main factor that influences whether a royal chooses to fly private or commercial is why they are flying.

Basically, if a royal is on public or state business, he or she is able to fly on a private jet, most often because senior members of the royal family are traveling as representatives of the family and British government.

If a royal is traveling for family trips or personal travel, they are to travel just like any other private citizen – on a commercial jet.

Of course, because of their wealth, they can always fly first class or purchase all the seats around them in economy, but they do fly commercial when it’s for their own personal purposes because of both budget and public perception.

In addition, concerns of the environment’s state have also come into play.

Many protested back in 2011 when Prince Charles borrowed a friend’s private jet. According to BBC, the royal family claimed that it was a cost-saving measure.

It most likely was, saving tax-payers from having to pay for his flight, but many were still displeased with the future king’s apparent disregard for the environment.

With recent developments and concerns regarding the environment, the ethics of flying private have been in debate, so after the siting of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex on a private jet to Spain and France, many questions have arisen in terms of if...

Celebs Inspiring Stories

Jay-Z Ready ‘To Go into Action’ with NFL Partnership

It wasn’t too long ago that Jay-Z was attacking the NFL for their treatment of Colin Kaepernick who took a knee during the national anthem in protest, yet he has just signed a deal with the NFL.

According to the famous hip-hop singer, he isn’t “selling out,” but rather partnering with NFL to take action against racial injustice.

However, Kaepernick has been out of a job since he made his silent statement, and though he won a multimillion-dollar settlement from the NFL in February, Jay has received a lot of criticism for his recent relations with NFL.

For instance, Eric Reid, who protested with Kaepernick and also won an NFL statement but now plays for the Carolina Panthers, said of the Roc National-NFL deal, “The NFL gets 2 hide behind his black face 2 try to cover up blackballing Colin.”

Jay said that he did talk with Kaepernick before announcing the deal, yet he didn’t disclose the content of their conversation.

Time for Action!

Last Wednesday, Jay said, “I think we are past kneeling. I think it is time to go into action . . . Kneeling, I know we are stuck on it because it’s a real thing, it is a form of protest. I support protests across the board . . . [But] everybody knows what the issue is now, OK, so what are we going to do about it?
The kneeling wasn’t about [Colin] not having a job, it was about social injustice. So now how do we deal with injustice? What is the way forward?”

Defending the deal, he added, “For me, [this is] action . . . What are we going to do together? . . . Or will we get stuck on Colin not having a job?”

An inside source said of Kaepernick, “He is not blackballed [from this conversation]. He started this. If Colin has a plan of action for change, he is very welcome at the table.”

The source has also divulged some of the agreements the NFL and Jay have come to already, like including tracks from selected artists across broadcasts, giving profits to the league’s Inspire Change program, and working on job creation and community initiatives in cities where football is played.

NFL is also preparing things like player podcasts and issue-based docs for streaming services.

In the future, Jay also plans to tackle diversity in team ownership and executive leadership as well as the lack of black quarterbacks. In the years to come, Jay-Z is considering taking part ownership of an NFL team, but he’d have to eventually sell Roc Nation Sports to do so.

It wasn’t too long ago that Jay-Z was attacking the NFL for their treatment of Colin Kaepernick who took a knee during the national anthem in protest, yet he has just signed a deal with the NFL.

According to the famous hip-hop singer, he isn’t “selling...

Animals Funny Stories

Lazy Cat Sleeps on Busy Thai Restaurant Floor, Refuses to Move for Waitresses

This lazy cat was in no mood to move – and she simply sprawled out on the floor of a restaurant. The tabby named Thongdang was filmed sleeping coåmfortably on her back on the wooden floor in Chachoengsao, central Thailand on July 27.

When waitresses had to pass by carrying plates, Thongdang would not move and the staff had to step over the cat.

The restaurant boss said: ”She’s the kind of cat that does what she wants and everybody else has to accommodate her.

”But we still love her, even when she lays on the ground and won’t move.”

This lazy cat was in no mood to move – and she simply sprawled out on the floor of a restaurant. The tabby named Thongdang was filmed sleeping coåmfortably on her back on the wooden floor in Chachoengsao, central Thailand on July 27.

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Have You Ever Wondered Where The Smiley Face Emoji Came From?

You might not even know what an Emoji is!  These images are faces we use in our text message to display emotions such as blushing, smiling, or scowling.

Whether you want to end your message on a high note, add a smile in the middle of your text, or wishing someone a happy birthday, there’s an emoji for you.  We use them in messages on social media, in our emails to one another, or in other ways to convey an emotion or sentiment.

What you might not know, where did the original smiley come from?  This concept actually started back in the 60s when Harvey Ball created the very first smiley face drawing.  Over the years, the image began to change and develop into smiley emoji drawings that we all love and enjoy to use.

How It All Began:

Graphic artists, Harvey Ross Ball created the first smiley face without giving it much thought, let along turning it into an international icon!  Possibly, he was just doodling while coming up with ideas in his head for his next project.

He was originally hired by State Mutual Life Insurance Company as a graphic artist to produce an image that would encourage their employees to smile more often during their time at the workplace.

It took him less than 10 minutes to draw this cute smiley face and was only paid $45 for his artwork.  While the image probably did nothing to ramp up morale in the workplace, this smiley face caught on like wildfire!

It was printed on buttons, posters, shirts, etc.  Even though Ball never copyrighted the design, saying he was not a man of means or money, his smiley face continued to gain in popularity in our culture.  Before he knew it, even the company workers stood up and took notice of his simple cute drawing.

How The Smiley Face Evolved:

Through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the little yellow smiley face started to evolve and soon became an image of happiness and peace within pop art and started appearing on tee-shirts and posters.

As mentioned earlier, Ball never claimed the copyright but someone else stepped up to the plate to promote and commercialize this little yellow face.  Franklin Loufrani, a French journalist, was a driven man and he decided to attached this smiley drawing to all his positive newspaper stories and received a lot of attraction from readers.

At one point, he copyrighted the image and made a lot of money selling just about anything he could with the image printed on it.  He named the image simply “Smiley” and started the Smiley Company selling tee-shirt transfers to anyone who wanted to show off this positive image.

Even though the image was created long before the cell phone, this French journalist’s company played an enormous role in the production of the 21st-Century Emoji!

The Birth Of The Emoji:

If you’ve ever wondered how this little smiley face ended up on the internet, we’ve got you covered!  Scott E. Fahlman was a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon. He is the man who got the idea that would eventually lead to becoming known as an Emoji.

He decided it would be a great idea to have some visual way to express emotions that are funny to text messages, especially at the closing of a message with either a happy or sad face.

Then, Shigetaka Kurita, a Japanese interface designer started sending out cartoons in his company messages that were emoji-like faces.  So in some ways, he is the one who created the emoji!  He used a 12 x 12 grid to produce the pixel images such as laughing faces, hearts, and of course, the original smiley face.

This new concept remained only in Japan for almost 10 years.  Meanwhile, Loufrani’s son Nicolas was working on the smiley replication of emojis.  He created an amazing 470 emojis during 1999 and licensed them out to phone companies for a price.  Finally, in 2010, emojis hit the public internationally with 722 emojis being released on iPhone and Android devices.

Now in the age of cell phones, there are approximately 3,000 emojis available for our devices. It’s almost impossible for any of us to imagine not having these emojis for our messages.  Though I must look back and say it’s a shame that Ball only received a total of $45 for a design that was formed in his head alone.

You might not even know what an Emoji is!  These images are faces we use in our text message to display emotions such as blushing, smiling, or scowling.

Whether you want to end your message on a high note, add a smile in the middle of your text, or wishing...

Health Lifestyle

5 Chamomile Tea Benefits Your Body and Mind Need

I just recently returned from a trip to England, and out of all the habits or rituals I could have picked up from there, I think the one I’ll hang onto is tea, tea, and more tea.

You have it with breakfast, some at lunch, then there’s afternoon tea – or cream tea, my favorite – and some to finish your day. And when I say tea, I’m not talking one cup; most British people have an entire pot going all throughout the day, even for just one person.

Besides the fact that I love how afternoon tea is just an excuse to eat a small meal between lunch and dinner, the great thing about regularly adding tea into your life is the benefits a lot of teas have for your body and mind.

Chamomile has a range of benefits, for example, from sleep or digestion aid to mental health to heart health and more.

The chamomile flower contains flavonoids, sesquiterpenes, and antioxidants, and in a dried form, it can also be utilized for natural and herbal remedies. And it’s caffeine-free!

It’s not magic; the benefits of drinking chamomile tea are real, and here are a few of them.

Sleep

I think what we all know chamomile tea best for is that drinking a cup of it before you go to bed helps you get to sleep faster and have better quality sleep.

Thanks to an antioxidant called apigenin, which binds to certain receptors in your brain to reduce anxiety and initiate sleep, it has a natural and gentle calming effect.

A study was done in 2016 to find the links between sleep quality and depression in women and chamomile tea found that the group who drank chamomile before bed every night for two weeks had better sleep than those who didn’t; what’s more, when they stopped, the effects were reversed!

Anxiety

Anxiety has nearly become a chronic illness these days; in fact, 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, according to Medical News Today.  It’s the most common mental illness in America, and while some people use medication, this isn’t the answer for everyone.

Many people have begun using chamomile as a stress-reducer, either by dinking of cup of tea or using it in capsule form, as it benefits anxiety symptoms and helps to calm and ease insomnia.

If you’re struggling with anxiety and depression, you should consult a doctor. Chamomile may not work the same for you as it does for another.

Stomach Issues

If you ever suffer from menstrual cramps, an upset stomach, abdominal gas, indigestion, or irritable bowel syndrome, the anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and carminative properties chamomile tea contains help to soothe your stomach line.

It may even help decrease acid reflux, though more research needs to be done in order to confirm this.

Blood Sugar

If you or someone you know has diabetes, take note of this:

Drinking chamomile contains an antioxidant called quercetin which impacts particular enzymes that play a part in the diabetic process, so drinking chamomile tea may help lower blood sugar, according to research from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran.

The university conducted a small-scale study where 64 participants, between the ages of 30-60, with type 2 diabetes were observed. Half of them had chamomile every day at every meal for eight weeks while the other half just drank water.

After the eight weeks were up, the blood pressure of the first group was significantly lower on average than the latter group. More research needs to be conducted before these findings are conclusive, however.

Heart Health

Finally, some of the antioxidants you’ll find in chamomile are flavones, which have been studied over the years to measure their effectiveness in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol – including “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Since drinking chamomile tea regularly reduces stress, promotes sleep, and relaxes the blood vessels and arteries, it has the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels if you drink it regularly.

Warning: If you’re on blood thinners, note that chamomile could increase the risk of bleeding, so be sure to consult your doctor.

So, maybe we should all do as the British do – or at least take up the habit of having a cup of chamomile tea before we go to bed at night.

Just like any other herbal tea, however, chamomile has some side effects, such as severe allergic reaction, eye irritation, hypersensitivity reactions, and vomiting.

Most likely you won’t encounter any of these, but it’s good to know the good and the bad and to check in with your doctor before you make it a regular part of your routine!

I just recently returned from a trip to England, and out of all the habits or rituals I could have picked up from there, I think the one I’ll hang onto is tea, tea, and more tea.

You have it with breakfast, some at lunch, then there’s afternoon tea –...

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New Alan Turing Banknote

Earlier this year, Alan Turing was named the most iconic figure of the 20th Century.  He is now the new image on the Bank of England’s £50 Note. What’s interesting, this is the last banknote to move from paper to polymer.  People will be able to use this note at the end of 2021.

Alan Turing worked for the British Government’s Code and Cipher School before WW II, He was a brilliant mathematician who cracked codes during World War Two. It is believed that he and other code breakers shortened the war by several years.

In 1939, he worked at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire. He was involved in top-secret work and was able to crack Germany’s military codes. Turing’s main job was to crack a code known as the Enigma Code. The code got its name from the machine called the Enigma used by the Germans to send secret messages.

Turing and Gordon Welchman, another code breaker, invented the machine called the Bombe.  This machine helped to significantly reduce the work of the code-breakers.

Because he spent the majority of his life working in secret, it was not until many years after his death that his legacy, life, and work came to light.  Due to his efforts during the war,  he had an enormous influence on the development of computer science and artificial intelligence.  There is no wonder why Alan Turing has been honored on the £ 50 note!

Decriminalization

Because being homosexual was illegal in Britain back then, in 1952 Turing was arrested for being gay. In 2013, he was posthumously pardoned which is the term for being pardoned after one’s death.  Turing died on June 7, 1954. In 2017, the government agreed to officially pardon men accused of similar crimes and expunged their criminal records.

This pardon is known as the Alan Turing Law.

Earlier this year, Alan Turing was named the most iconic figure of the 20th Century.  He is now the new image on the Bank of England’s £50 Note. What’s interesting, this is the last banknote to move from paper to polymer.  People will be able...

Celebs

Obamas and Clooneys on Double Date

Photos have been released showing Barack and Michelle Obama having a great time with George and Amal Clooney during a boat excursion in Italy.  The two couples were spotted enjoying each others company while on a lake located close to the Clooneys’ Italian villa.

Both men were smartly dressed in gray suits, with the former US-President opting for a darker shade of gray.  Michelle sported black trousers teamed with a white blouse, while Amal chose a long floral dress.

They looked set for an evening out and it is likely that the two couples were en route to a dinner supporting The Clooney Foundation for Justice.  The charity was founded by the Clooneys in order to tackle worldwide human rights injustice.

Long-time Friends

Of course, the couples have been friendly for a long time.  George Clooney has been a long time supporter of Obama and back in 2012 he held a fundraiser at his home in Los Angeles on Barack’s behalf.

It was during this event that it was revealed, by Barack, that the “Hope” poster by was inspired by a photo of himself and George at the event.  Barack laughed that it was the only time where George Clooney had been edited out of the photo, speaking highly of the actor, his work and his congeniality.

 

June has been a great month for the Obamas.  As well as their outing with the Clooneys their daughter Sasha, 18, graduated from High School back on June 9th The whole family attended the High School graduation ceremony including Sasha’s older sister, 20 year old Malia.

Photos have been released showing Barack and Michelle Obama having a great time with George and Amal Clooney during a boat excursion in Italy.  The two couples were spotted enjoying each others company while on a lake located close to the Clooneys’ Italian...

Animals Cool Stories

Study: Dolphins Form Friendships Based on Shared Interests

Just like humans, male dolphins have been shown to form long-lasting bonds and These ties are formed with those who have similar interests or traits.

It is well known that dolphins live in social groupings, known as pods, and carry out quite complex social interactions. However, this study is another indication of the level of intelligence they possess.

The international group of scientists from Australia, Switzerland and the UK studied dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia.  The particular pod of bottlenose dolphins has been observed before and it was discovered that the female pod members had developed a unique method of foraging using marine sponges in order to find food.

This behavior, known as sponging,  has not been seen outside this group and has been passed down from mother to calf.

Male Bonding

The scientists wanted to return to Shark Bay to look specifically at the behavior of the males in the group and studied 124 male bottlenose dolphins in their study which lasted from 2007 to 2015.

They found that some males used the sponging technique while others did not but those that did tend to associate with other sponging males.  They also spent more time foraging than the other males and less time sleeping.

It seems that, like the female dolphins, the males have formed social bonds based on the shared activity of sponging.

Another finding of the study is that the social alliances play a key role in the males’ mating success and that the bonds formed indicate, not only that the males can form social bonds based on similar traits, but also that these bonds can last for decades.

Just like humans, male dolphins have been shown to form long-lasting bonds and These ties are formed with those who have similar interests or traits.

It is well known that dolphins live in social groupings, known as pods, and carry out quite complex social...

Health Lifestyle

Sore Back From Sitting? Try This Simple Solution

Are you like me, sitting in a chair most of the day? It’s quite sore, isn’t it?

For someone who is comfortably over the average height, too, living a quite sedentary life means having consistent back pain. It’s an irritant most of the time, but it can be a properly debilitating experience when it’s at its worst.

So, I have suffered from back pain since my late teenage years, and it has never gotten any better: well, until now. Now? I might have just found the perfect solution to a sore back that won’t go away.

If you are like me and you manage to spend most of the say slouched forward or leaning back in equal measures, you’ll have all manner of pains and aches in the body. Well, I want to help you understand that it does not have to be this way. In fact, all it takes is a very simple change to how you sit!

What can I do to help my back problems from sitting?

So, for me, the best thing I can recommend is simply sitting a bit straighter. I know, it’s not the most revolutionary idea in the world, but a change in how you sit is essential to reducing back strains. Often, we sit in a manner that means our neck, spine, and back – as well as our hips – are out of sync with one another. This leads to the strains and complications that we often end up facing for most of the afternoon.

So, the best way to sit is to avoid slouching forward or leaning too far back. Hunching over means putting excess pressure on the muscles that you are supposed to be keeping stable and supported. This forces needless pressure on the discs in the back, leading to the pain that you feel.

The best way to solve that, though, is to simply roll up a thick jumper, or even a pair of jumpers. Once you have it around 6” in thickness when rolled up, and now sit yourself as straight as you can. Basically, get the seating potion that you know you should take, but often find it hard to maintain.

Now, take your rolled-up object and shove it down between the back of your chair and down to where your belt would normally sit. This makes it easier for you to have no space to slouch into; it will force you to retain the position that you just took. As such, your back will remain much straighter.

The closer to where your spine meets the pelvis that you can get the jumper, the better. This will leave you to get the help that you need to avoid excess extensions on the back and should play a role in helping you to avoid the curve in your back becoming a source of needless, excess support.

This simple but effective tip – the simple rolling-up of a jumper – can be all that you need to turn poor posture into a perfect posture in a short space of time.

Are you like me, sitting in a chair most of the day? It’s quite sore, isn’t it?

For someone who is comfortably over the average height, too, living a quite sedentary life means having consistent back pain. It’s an irritant most of the time, but it can...

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Why Do My Canned and Bottled Soda Taste So Different?

Do you ever buy a can of Coke, for example, and wonder why the canned stuff tastes so different to the stuff in the big, plastic bottles?

You aren’t alone. Most of us struggle with this from time to time, and it can be quite annoying when you cannot work out why the taste is so different. In a bid to help you out with that issue, we recommend that you take a look at why this unique difference in taste even exists. Most of the time, you would probably never guess why it exists!

The recipe is, according to the manufacturers and the ingredient lists on the back, identical. So, what is there such a clear and obvious difference in the taste? It’s hard to deny.

One of the main reasons why is that a can of soda often tastes milder and less ‘juicy’ – which some people prefer – due to the polymers in aluminum soaking it up. However, by the same token, if that makes you think that sounds dodgy, it’s believed that the acetaldehyde in the plastic can adjust the flavor of your juice, too.

How should I drink my soda, then?

Glass bottles, then, are where to go if you want something that is as close to the ‘real’ taste as is possible. However, one thing to note is that if you think canned soda tastes quite metallic, you are likely to be more sensitive to metals than the average person.

Therefore, it’s not so much that the soda tastes of metal, but that you’ve noted a heightened sensitivity to the taste of metal as soon as your lips touch the can.

So, keep this in mind the next time you buy a soda. The best way to get something close to the real thing is to buy it from a glass bottle. Then, find the best way to store it. Putting it in the fridge makes it extremely cold, but the coolness can actually limit how much the taste manages to come out from the drink: something near freezing cold will just taste fizzy and cold!

Always be sure to take the time to look at what kind of soda you prefer. We all have our own choice when it comes to the kind of bottle/can we like to drink from. Find yours, and enjoy it!

Do you ever buy a can of Coke, for example, and wonder why the canned stuff tastes so different to the stuff in the big, plastic bottles?

You aren’t alone. Most of us struggle with this from time to time, and it can be quite annoying when you cannot work...

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Hottest Mugshots of All Time

Not all mugshots are created equal, and while you would imagine the snap taken before you’re put behind prison bars is probably not the most flattering picture, this group of baddies may have broken the law, but they looked ridiculously hot doing it.

Orange Is the New Hot

Maggie Simmons was arrested back in 2010 for the classic driving after drinking one too many gin and tonics.

Her mugshot was later released on the internet, and as you can imagine it went viral. People could not get over those smoldering eyes which seem to be complemented by her orange prison wear!

Don’t let your guard down yet, there’s more…

Not all mugshots are created equal, and while you would imagine the snap taken before you’re put behind prison bars is probably not the most flattering picture, this group of baddies may have broken the law, but they looked ridiculously hot doing it.
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