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The Quirky Story of Mia Khalifa

Mia Khalifa (Arabic: ميا خليفة‎;) is a social media personality you mig2ht be familiar with, and a lot has happened since her short stint in the adult industry. After gaining notoriety around the world for her countercultural career, Mia is now in her mid-twenties. And she has a lot to say about the drama, the gossip, and the image she ended up with — for good and for bad!

Continental Shift

Everyone has a story, and Mia is no exception. Let’s take a look at where she came from, and what really happened in her 2young life as an immigrant in the United States.

After internet infamy and ISIS death threats, recent interviews in America and the UK show a very different girl than the public might expect. We’re happy to get to finally get to know the real Mia — a complex, three-dimensional person! Let’s explore, shall we?

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Mia Khalifa (Arabic: ميا خليفة‎;) is a social media personality you mig2ht be familiar with, and a lot has happened since her short stint in the adult industry. After gaining notoriety around the world for her countercultural career, Mia is now in...

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The Quirky Story of Mia Khalifa

Mia Khalifa (Arabic: ميا خليفة‎;) is a social media personality you might be familiar with, and a lot has happened since her short stint in the adult industry. After gaining notoriety around the world for her countercultural career, Mia is now in her mid-twenties. And she has a lot to say about the drama, the gossip, and the image she ended up with — for good and for bad!

From Zero To Hero

Everyone has a story, and Mia is no exception. Let’s take a look at where she came from, and what really happened in her young life as an immigrant in the United States.

After internet infamy and ISIS death threats, recent interviews in America and the UK show a very different girl than the public might expect. We’re happy to get to finally get to see the real Mia — a complex, three-dimensional person!

Want to know more?

Mia Khalifa (Arabic: ميا خليفة‎;) is a social media personality you might be familiar with, and a lot has happened since her short stint in the adult industry. After gaining notoriety around the world for her countercultural career, Mia is now in...

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The Quirky Story of Mia Khalifa

Mia Khalifa (Arabic: ميا خليفة‎;) is a social media personality you mig2ht be familiar with, and a lot has happened since her short stint in the adult industry. After gaining notoriety around the world for her countercultural career, Mia is now in her mid-twenties. And she has a lot to say about the drama, the gossip, and the image she ended up with — for good and for bad!

Continental Shift

Everyone has a story, and Mia is no exception. Let’s take a look at where she came from, and what really happened in her 2young life as an immigrant in the United States.

After internet infamy and ISIS death threats, recent interviews in America and the UK show a very different girl than the public might expect. We’re happy to get to finally get to know the real Mia — a complex, three-dimensional person! Let’s explore, shall we?

Want to know more?

Mia Khalifa (Arabic: ميا خليفة‎;) is a social media personality you mig2ht be familiar with, and a lot has happened since her short stint in the adult industry. After gaining notoriety around the world for her countercultural career, Mia is now in...

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Meet the Top College Cheerleading Squads in Every State

We were all pretty fascinated with the routines (and drama!) in Bring It On, and millions of fans secretly wished they could have been part of the squad. Cheerleading has had a special place in American culture since the 1950s, often an elite social clique in our high school experience.

For better, or for worse — we all noticed them!

Plenty To Cheer About

While your high school team seemed like it was full of cheer and fun, the college level has been transformed into a serious athletic endeavor in recent decades!

Around 98% of female cheerleaders are trained gymnasts, and it certainly shows in the high velocity moves broadcast on ESPN every year. Let’s take a look at the most competitive university-level teams in every state today.

Ready? Tuck, tumble, go!

We were all pretty fascinated with the routines (and drama!) in Bring It On, and millions of fans secretly wished they could have been part of the squad. Cheerleading has had a special place in American culture since the 1950s, often an elite social clique...

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The Weirdest Stuff People Say While Sleeping

Pop artist The Weeknd sings, “I hear the secrets that you keep when you’re talkin’ in your sleep.” Many of us may wonder if that is really possible! Somniloquy is the scientific name for sleep talking, and the full-blown disorder affects 5% of adults nationwide.

Sleeping, Dreaming, Speaking

But most people have mumbled silly things from time to time, and that’s perfectly normal. Only our partners are witnesses, and we certainly hope we don’t say anything out of character!

Today, we’ve collected some of the wackiest sleep conversations revealed on the net. Along the way, we will share fascinating factoids about the real science of sleep — laughing and learning can’t be beat!

Let’s find out more about dreamworld, shall we?

Pop artist The Weeknd sings, “I hear the secrets that you keep when you’re talkin’ in your sleep.” Many of us may wonder if that is really possible! Somniloquy is the scientific name for sleep talking, and the full-blown disorder...

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Jet Skier’s Unbelievably Skillful Prank

A cyclist making his way along a country road stopped for a drink and a little rest on a bridge overlooking a large river below. It was no coincidence that Dave stopped here while out pedaling.

He’s been cycling this road for years and he knows that the bridge over the Otonabee River is an excellent place to pause and look out over the water. There is a beach and conservation area in sight of the bridge and there are often boats, Seadoos, and other interesting things to look at for a few minutes.

Dave doesn’t go far without his GoPro camera and when he saw that there were two jet skiers zipping around on their machines, he started to film them. One of them was hopping his jet ski over waves, submerging it, and doing various tricks.

He was obviously very skilled and very athletic, but the trick he was about to pull was something Dave didn’t even think was possible.

Without seeming to look up at the bridge, the jet skier made it appear that he wasn’t even aware that he was being watched. He drove under the bridge, turned and came back.

He slowed down exactly under Dave and whipped around onto the front of the jet ski with impressive speed and agility. Dave was wondering if the jet skier was showing off, or performing a trick for the benefit of the camera.

He didn’t realize that this was about to be an incredible prank that would knock his glasses off, knock his bike over, and leave him completely drenched.

How it’s done

By sitting on the nose of the jet ski, the skier was able to tilt the back end, including the jet, right out of the water. He pressed the throttle and sent a jet of water upwards that was as powerful as a fire hose.

With unbelievable precision, he blasted Dave with hundreds of gallons of water. The jet hit Dave so hard that his bicycle was knocked over and his sunglasses were washed off his face onto the ground.

Dave was soaked from his head to his feet and so was the entire bridge around him.

Luckily, this was a hot day and the soaking was refreshing. But even if it hadn’t been so hot, there’s no way you could help but applaud such a brilliant and well executed prank. Dave laughed in disbelief as the jet skier rode away to meet his friends and share a laugh about what he had just done. Who would ever expect to be soaked from below when you are high above on a bridge?

Dave was so impressed with this display of skill that he cycled down to the park below and shook the jet skier’s hand. They both shared a laugh over what had just happened and the fact that it was all caught on camera.

The jet skier’s name is Brian and if you’re ever standing on a bridge over a river, you better hope he’s not down below on his jet ski. This seems like something Brian has done many times and it’s not likely he’d pass up a chance to do it again.

A cyclist making his way along a country road stopped for a drink and a little rest on a bridge overlooking a large river below. It was no coincidence that Dave stopped here while out pedaling.

He’s been cycling this road for years and he knows that...

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From The Red Carpet To The Black & White! Celebs With Rap Sheets

We see our favorite (and least favorite) celebrities in movies, on TV, and in magazines, but sometimes, we also see them in a different way. Celebrities, like the rest of us, sometimes make bad decisions and end up arrested in the back of a police car.

If you think the life of a celebrity is all glamour and fame, think again, because these mugshots are far from the red carpet. Get ready to find out what landed these famous faces behind bars. The crime may not be what you thought! You won’t believe who ended up on the list…

Alec Baldwin

Rap sheet:
  • 2018: Arrested for punching a man in the jaw is a dispute over a car spot
  • 2014: Arrested in New York City for cycling the wrong way on a one-way street
  • 1995: Arrested for allegedly hitting a paparazzi in LA

In November 2018, Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested and charged with assault and harassment. Why? You ask. Because of a dispute over a parking spot. And that’s according to New York police. The “other guy” is a 49-year-old man, and he sustained an injury to the left jaw after being punched.

However, some tweets, which seem to have come from Alec himself deny it all. “Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story. However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false. I wanted to go on the record stating as much. I realize that it has become a sport to tag people with as many negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment. Fortunately, no matter how reverberating the echos, it doesn’t make the statements true.”

See who else had an interaction with the police:

We see our favorite (and least favorite) celebrities in movies, on TV, and in magazines, but sometimes, we also see them in a different way. Celebrities, like the rest of us, sometimes make bad decisions and end up arrested in the back of a police car.
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Watch: American History Found In A Dumpster

Sometimes, I’ll find myself sitting around in the middle of the day, perhaps waiting for a parcel. I’ll find myself half drifting in and out of some kind of show whereby people ring through trash and mess to try and find a few items that have genuine value. Most of the time, I laugh and cringe at the absolute tat that people try to sell off at auction houses, with inevitable failure. Sometimes, though, I’ll see someone make so much from a finding that I start gazing around Google Maps to find local sites to start scrounging around in.

While I never do it myself, some people do it plenty – including Max Brown. Max was picking through a dumpster for a part of a community project in Incline Village. As he kept digging, he found an old classic set of 1980s cassette tapes: as a bit of a collector, he had a quick look to see what he had found. Underneath them, he found a pile of about 15 books – well-worn, but very important looking. As the rain began to pick up, he grabbed the books and made for safety. A massive snow-storm hit that night, and wiped out the dumpster’ remaining ingredients.

What Brown did pull out, though, would be mildly life-changing.

After a good few months had passed, Brown decided to take a look at the cover of the books. On the first page, he found the words “from the library of Thomas Jefferson” written down. For three years, Brown spent his time analysing the books and eventually going through close to 220 years of American history to find some answers.

Sadly after going to an appraiser, he was told that these were not real: fakes, he was told. A waste of time, effort and money.

A Turn Up For The Books

However, Brown was later watching an episode of Pawn Stars and came across a book that seemed to match the one that he had found. Invigorated by the contradiction in what he was previously told, he got back to investigating the book.

After much searching in the Library of Congress, Brown found that the books in the dumpster appeared to be re-bound by Jefferson himself in 1818. Upon further investigation, he found that this was none other than Pierre Charon’s “De la Sagesse”, a hugely important 17th century book on topics like morality and wisdom.

Claiming to have ‘inherited’ the books, he took them to Endrina Tay, who works part of the Jefferson presidential library. After some back and forth, it was confirmed: these were indeed the books of Thomas Jefferson himself.

Sadly, he had already sold the books on for a decent but undervalued four-figure sum when he was low on cash. For another two years, though, he spent some time looking closer into how the books had been thrown out in the first place.

All the books he had found, upon further investigation, belonged to the Kellogg family. The books remained in their family for generations, before the trail runs cold at the name of Violet Cherry: a descendent of the family themselves.

While it means that Brown missed out on the chance of holding on to a rich part of American history, he was able to give back a photo album to the Cherry families living relatives. It might not have ended in the life-changing fortunes or fame that some would hope from finding something so special, but it’s a life experience that Brown is unlikely to ever forget.

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Watch: Motorcycle Show Off Fail

Boys may eventually grow up and become men on the outside, but they will still be little boys in their hearts. Their toys also change – from the plastic bike in the dollar store to the big, heavy machine that requires real manpower to handle and costs thousands of dollars.

While on the subject of toys, one thing is for certain. New toys are the best kind, right? They shine and glisten in the sun. Their lines so sharp, you think you will cut yourself if you touch it. But new toys also bring a sense of false confidence in their owner’s soul, which eventually brings us videos like this one.

Shot on the streets of Bellshill in Scotland, UK, a guy tried to do some sort of stunt with his brand new dirt bike, only to lose complete control of that thing and slam it several times. What was he thinking? He sure looks like he is ready for this endeavor he is about to face. Dressed in the signature dirt biker garb, with the armored suit and the proper helmet. But something seems to be missing…oh, that’s right – the proper know how to handle a bike that strong!

The guy mounts his bike and revs that engine so hard, sparks could be flying out of the exhaust. Too bad the filmer sat across the street, so we can’t tell for sure. He revved it too hard though, launching the beast from beneath him, straight into the window of an Indian takeaway restaurant. They both slam on the pavement and it seems that this is where his little adventure will end, but nope…

Our brake biker tries to get up and tame his beast, to little avail. Trying to grab the bull by the horns, it looks he mistook the throttle for the brake, making the bike go wild. And he loses control of it again, sending it straight for a parked car out front. The store window did not sustain damages, although the same can not be said for the car. Duuuude!

A lot of people complain about the revving of cars and motorcycles at night, and we guess that this guy suffered a bad case of karma. He wanted to show off his brand new GSXR’s beast of an engine, so he was probably revving that thing at max, which is also probably why this person got out on their balcony to record this idiot.

Unfortunately, he must’ve revved it too hard, since he flipped it over and wrecked it bad. Thankfully, the driver is left without a bruise, although the same can not be said about his dented wallet. And maybe his right ankle, since it did look like he twisted it during the fall. He does limp on it a bit.

Whenever handling a motorized vehicle, or any vehicle on that note, it is important to operate within safe circumstances. Safety should always be your primary concern. Thankfully this man was not injured. As for his ego, well…let’s leave it to the imagination.

Boys may eventually grow up and become men on the outside, but they will still be little boys in their hearts. Their toys also change – from the plastic bike in the dollar store to the big, heavy machine that requires real manpower to handle and costs...

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His Wife Died After Giving Birth. What He Did Next Was Remarkable

This is a love story that is as beautiful as much as it is heart-breaking. They met, fell in love, had a baby, but Liz died while giving birth. What Matt did after her death was inspiring on another level.

It all started when high school students Matt Logelin and Liz Goodman met one sunny afternoon at a gas station. Both grew up in the Minnetonka, Minn. but when they met, it fuelled the beginning of a real love story.

Liz and Mat were both seniors in high school. Matt caught her eye and she approached him, the sparks flew instantly and the two became inseparable… that is until college time approached…

Overcoming Long Distance

As graduation crept closer, the high school sweethearts had to deal with the fact that they were enrolled in college in different parts of the country! Liz was headed for California while Matt was staying close to home at the University of Minnesota.
However, the distance was nothing for this couple who endured through it and stayed together throughout their degrees. Matt went on to complete his master’s at the Loyola University of Chicago. While contemplating the prospect of getting a Ph.D., he decided he needed to follow his heart, not his head.

Matters of the Heart

Matt realized he could no longer bare being so many miles away from his love. In 2005, he packed up his stuff and moved halfway across the country to reunite with Liz in Los Angeles.

Tying the knot

From there on out, the two lived their lives to the fullest. Liz and Matt, their love better than ever, traveled around the world making memories and exploring each other and the world around them. It was only a matter of time before Matt realized this was it and got down on one knee to propose to Liz in Nepal.

Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them

The day was August 13, 2005, when they said their vows to love each other endlessly in front of their friends and family. It was a joyous occasion to see these lovers taking life and their love by the horn… everything seems to be going great for the young couple.

Prosperity

Not only was their love life better than ever, but professionally the two were thriving also. In California, Matt worked as a project manager at Yahoo! While Liz was a financial executive at Disney. The two made the most of their new financial security and bought a home together. Things only got better form there.

The Baby Makes Three

It had been two years of marriage when the little family of two decided to expand in 2007, the pair were ecstatic to find out that Liz was pregnant with their first child!

Nesting

The pair was on top of the world and told their happy news to their loved ones. The couple began to prepare to welcome their little one to the happy family they were creating. Little did they know that their lives were about to experience challenged they could never have dreamed of.

Launching a Blog

Many of Liz and Matt’s friends and family were still in Minnesota and were unable to be around for every step of their exciting journey to parenthood. The soon-to-be parents decided to do something about this and created a blog in order to keep their loved ones in the loop and update them on all the adorable steps of Liz’s pregnancy process.

Just an innocent photo

Matt’s favorite photo that they posted was one of Liz in which the excited soon-to-be mother is glowing and pointing to her growing belly. Little did they know that in the months that would follow, that very picture would become part of a widespread sensation.

Not the Easiest Pregnancy

Although the path seemed bright and happy for the loved-up couple awaited their first child, Liz did not have the easiest pregnancy. She was having severe morning sicknesses and after a while, the doctors ordered were for her to take a few weeks to rest in bed.

Hospital

Matt, the protective husband about his wife carrying his child kept a close eye on his wife. It was hard to see his usually active and healthy Liz having to stay put in bed. She was then hospitalized for a few more weeks of bedrest. Throughout this all, Matt continued to keep updated on the pregnancy blog they had created. He could never imagine the words he would soon be writing on that very blog.

Rushed to the Delivery Room

Since Liz’s pregnancy was classified as high risk, she was wheeled to the delivery room twice, both times at least 7 weeks premature on false alerts. The doctors did not want to take any chances and kept a close eye on her progress.

Emergency

Finally, it was actually time for the baby to enter the world. Liz was still barely two months premature and had to have an emergency C-section operation. It was then, March 24, 2008, that Matt and Liz Logelin’s life was about to change forever.

A Brief Look

The surgery went well and the pair welcomed their new daughter, Madeline (Maddy) Logelin. She weighed barely 3 lbs. 14 oz. The new parents were so happy and Liz got to see their beautiful baby girl for a short time (photographed). Because she was born premature, the hospital staff had to take her quickly to the neonatal ICU.

Updating with pride

Matt happily rushed to their pregnancy blog to let family and friends know about the birth, and wrote “The proud parents will continue to update everyone on our beautiful baby. Look forward to evening more good news.” But no one was expecting the news that would follow.

Waiting to Hold the Little One

Liz was not able to hold their daughter right away as she was still placed under bed rest for 24 more hours post-birth to monitor her. but once that had passed, Liz was prepped and ready to see her baby girl who was healthy and awake. Played in a wheelchair, she began to be wheeled to the ward.

Matt, who could not wait to have both of his woman in his arms, was there to help his wife practice walking around the room before they headed to the ward. It was about to be the moment they had all been waiting for, bonding time for the mother and child. But then, tragedy struck.

A Terrifying Blur

Matt carefully and caringly helped his wife into the wheelchair when she suddenly uttered “‘I feel light-headed” and collapsed in his arms. The nurses tried to calm Matt down and explained to him that it was common for women to faint post-birth.

But Matt could sense that something was not right, it was something worse than just a faint. Doctors and nurses began to react with more urgency, rushing frantically around the room. It was then that Matt was ushered out the room. left alone, feeling more helpless than ever he could not contain his panic.

27 Hours After Birth

“Suddenly there’s this ‘code blue,’ people rushing past me,” Matt painstakingly recalled. “All of a sudden it hit me,” he tearfully told The Guardian in 2011. “She was going to die, today, here in this hospital. And she was never going to hold her baby.”

It was only 27 hours, just more than a day after giving birth to their daughter Madeline, that doctors realized that a deadly clot had traveled to Liz’s lungs and caused a rare, fatal pulmonary embolism. This deadly clot took Liz’s life at just 30-years-old, hours after she had brought a life into the world. Matt was left a widow, a day after he became a dad.

Heartbreak

It took just one day for Matt go from being on top of the world to feeling like his life was over. He was devastated. He was meant to be filing the pregnancy blog with pictures of the new happy family, and instead, his next post was only heartbreak.

From an elated birth announcement days before, Matt was now tasked to break it to their friends and family and post a heart-breaking obituary for the love of his life. “Five weeks ago … things were perfect,” he mournfully wrote in the blog entry entitled “Liz.” “On that same day, my world fell apart.

A Bittersweet Realisation

Can you imagine the conflicting and intense emotions experienced by the new father… his world turned upside down, he found himself a grieving devastated widow and at the same time an enamored new father. Not only this, but he was faced with the reality of having to learn how to raise Maddy by himself.

He was instantly smitten with his gorgeous little baby girl, but he had always imagined raising his child with the help of the love of his life and partner, faced with the prospect of going on the parenting journey alone along with the grief of losing his soulmate, Matt could not see the light,

Intense emotions

Matt was left in a haze of grief, coming to terms with the fact that he had lost his partner of 12 years. The only place he could find any hope or respite was through his baby girl. Taking Madeline from the tearful nurse, he held his daughter for the first time, understanding that his wife would never get to hold their baby girl.

After the funeral, the new father rushed straight back to the hospital still in his suite. Trying to come to terms with grief and single parenthood, when Madeline was released from the hospital Matt recalled: “when I finally got to bring Madeline home for the first time, I felt the house alive again.”

Agonising Reminders

Those first weeks were the most painful Matt had ever experienced. He could not bring himself to remove the wedding ring from his finger and every Tuesday at exactly 3:11 pm, he found his mind right back to that fateful moment where his life changed forever. There were times were he truly questioned how he could cope with his new reality without Liz by his side.

Coming home had its own challenged. Matt was surrounded by painful reminders of Liz in every corner. Even leaving the house was challenging, when strangers asked where the babies mother was Matt would honestly and openly claim “She passed away the day after the baby was born,”

Coping with Reality

The one source of comfort Matt felt in those first moments as a widow was the knowledge that his baby daughter needed him, and the belief that a part of his beloved wife lived on in Madeline. The hardest thing about being by myself after Liz died was just not having her around me when she wasn’t here to share in the joys of having our brand-new daughter with us.”

Despite the heartache that encompassed him, Matt was determined to do his best at raising his daughter. Looking to find a way to express his feelings and fear. He started posting to an online parenting forum hosted by his hometown newspaper, The Minnesota Star Tribune. But it didn’t stop there.

Extreme Highs and Extreme Lows

He also turned Liz’s pregnancy blog into more of a personal parenting blog. The writing gave him solace as he was able to pour his heart out and use words as a desperate source of solace for the intense emotions he was processing.

As a parent and a widow, his honest writing allowed Matt to fend off the grief from consuming him completely. He also sought out support of other parents for advice and help during the difficult time.

A Transformative Process

Matt was devoting his time to making his little Madeline happy and sharing memories of Liz, so his daughter would have an idea of the amazing woman she was. “I have great memories of Liz and I can tell her all about these things.” But Maddy wasn’t the only one who would land up hearing these memories.

“Some minutes, I am extremely happy and there are other minutes when I am so down I don’t know what to do. That’s what I try to convey through the blog,” he has said. Before long, the blog transformed again into something broader that would have lasting effects on the small family.

An Overwhelming Response

Matt was not exactly sure what the blog would become, but he was thinking to make it into a virtual scrapbook for Madeline to have when she got older. He changed the name to “Matt, Liz, and Madeline: Life and Death, All in a 27-Hour Period,”. However, this forum would soon not only be a personal record for him and Maddy but a widespread internet phenomenon.

Matt was receiving advice on all things Maddy related, from how to deal with things like diaper rash to how to work nasal aspirators. He had also created a place for other parents in similar situations to related to one another. In addition, the forum was attracting tens of thousands of page views a day and about 1 million to 1.5 million visitors per month. But where would it take Matt?

Easing the Pain

The blog became a source of help, hope, and inspiration out of something unthinkably tragic. It served as a cathartic outlet as well as a well of important advice from other parents. along with valuable words of support, the online community also came together for something truly heartfelt.

While it was never his intention, Matt started receiving not only advice, but complete strangers who were touched by his tale began sending a variety of items. People sent all sorts of helpful things for Maddy to help ease the pressure of the situation and help the single dad focus on raising his child and dealing with his grief.

Unimaginable Care

He began receiving items he had no idea he even needed! Stuffed animals, baby clothes, toys, you name it. He even received diaper bags, baby formula, and hair clips after he wrote about how nervous he was that he would not be able to dress little Madeline as Liz would have wanted.

The house was soon so filled with gifts it was overflowing “I never imagined that people would care about us the way they do,” he said. With the help of some of his avid readers, Matt eventually set up a charity organization in Liz’s name to spread the love and support further than he thought was possible.

The Liz Logelin Foundation

Run by volunteers, the Liz Logelin Foundation organized fundraising events like 5-K walks and runs in her memory. One event raised $4,400 that was intended to go to Matt and Maddy. However, Matt had another idea about how to honor his wife’s memory.

“Matt asked me if it was OK if he gave away all the money that had been raised for him and Madeline to the widows and widowers he had met through his blog,” recalled the foundation’s co-executive, Rachel Engebretson. “They didn’t have the same network of support and he wanted to help them.”

Remembering Liz Around the World

The Liz Logelin Foundation created several activities such as the Celebration of Hope gala, held on the closest weekend to Liz’s birthday which is on September 17. They have several auctions benefiting the foundation. They also hold a traditional 5-K walk/run which is held close to her hometown in Minnesota.

The foundation has the same 5K Walk/Run but it happens in several places around the globe. People are encouraged to buy race packets, and walk or run in their own hometown. All the profits from this activity go directly to the Liz Logelin Foundation. Liz was a runner, so it is really heartwarming to see these activities come to life. But the story doesn’t end there.

A Love Letter

Time past and Matt not only realized how much little Maddy resembled his late wife, but he realized the entire blog had been essential to his coping process and his survival. “In many ways, it’s a love letter to Madeline and to Liz,” he said.

“Liz will never read it, of course, I want Madeline to know that her dad didn’t just curl up in a ball and start drinking heavily. I want her to know I was out there, doing as much as I could for her, and trying to make her as happy as I could,” he told the Daily Mail. Still, he didn’t intend to keep the blog active forever.

The Year Milestone

Matt expected to end the blog after a year, but it had become a point of connection and support for so many widows, widowers and empathetic parents. Its popularity and the incredibly positive effect it had on so many people meant otherwise.

Matt was shocked at the overwhelming response his blog had encouraged, Matt and Maddy were now also heavily invested in helping others in similar positions. But the two would soon start on a new path that would again change things in a big way.

Happy Birthday, Maddy!

Just before Maddy’s first birthday, four numbers suddenly popped into Matt’s head while he was driving. He doesn’t remember what he was thinking about. He remembered that those numbers where the PIN number for Liz’s bank account. And yes, he has forgotten about that account long ago.

So Matt decided to use the money he found in the account to throw his little daughter a big birthday party. Because it was not only her birthday, it was also the one year mark of Liz’s passing away.

Full Circle

2009 was a year of change for Matt and Maddy, he decided to quit his job and invest on a cathartic travel for him and his Maddy. The two traveled to India where Matt was able to take the time and the quiet to pen a memoir. India was a location of particular significance as Matt and Liz had traveled there a year after their wedding.

Not only did he get to instil a love for travel, which was to dear to Liz, to his baby daughter, but the time of invaluable for the father and daughter to connect away from the busy city life, the two months gave him the time to write his story, Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love.

The book became an instant New York Times bestseller… but the tide had only just begun to change for the better.

Being a single father

Matt was interviewed once about his story, and about his life as a single father. He said that he’s been getting praise from all around for raising Maddy on his own, But he doesn’t feel like he’s doing anything differently from other parents.

For the first few years of Maddy’s life, Matt chose to be a stay-at-home-dad and to devote his time to raising her. However, he doesn’t feel it’s special. He feels as if he is simply being a father and fulfilling his human instinct to take care of his daughter.

Another Chance at Love

The year that the book about his first year as a widower and single dad came out, it seemed love may even be on the cards for him once again. He started seeing one of the volunteers of the Liz Logelin Foundation, Brooke Gulliksen.

The two had met the previous year at one of the organization’s annual fundraiser runs. It took a whole year after they met till Matt felt ready to ask her on a date. Brooke said she knew nearly instantly that Matt was the one and she met Maddy by Christmas. Finally, things seemed to be looking up for the young widower.

The Word Got Out

When Brooke made the big move from Minnesota to Los Angeles in order to be closer to Matt and Maddy, he felt he needed to give an explanation on his blog. The forum had become sort of like an online family and he felt the need to be honest and open and explain his decisions. Underlining that he hadn’t replaced Liz, he wrote: “But even in my darkest … moments there has been happiness and with Brooke now in our lives, there’s even more happiness.”

While the couple had initially wanted to keep a low profile regarding their relationship, the word soon got out. However, not everyone was as enthusiastic. While most of Matt’s blog readers were supportive, others were more critical and accused him of having “swept Liz under the carpet.”

Mommy and Brook

After Brooke and Maddy met, it was clear to both that things were getting serious between them. Brooke made it clear from the beginning that she was not replacing Liz as a mother, and she would talk with Maddy often about it.

Brooke was asked if Maddy calls her mom, and Brooke replied that she calls her ‘Brookie.’ The change of status from single woman to mother-figure wasn’t easy for Brooke, but Brooke said that she wouldn’t trade her relationship with Matt and Maddy for anything.

Life With a Widower

In an interview, Brooke was asked about life with widower Matt Logelin. She said that she started reading about it and even read Matt’s own memoir. She wanted to gain perspective of how a person handles widowhood. She hoped it would help her in her relationship with Matt.

Brooke got help from other sources as well. One of the avid fans of Matt’s blog, a woman who also married to a widower, offered her some advice. The two women started talking quite a lot and became close friends. But things between Matt and Brooke were not so bright.

Going Their Separate Ways

The word was out, and they could no longer keep a low profile. Soon after Brooke conducted an interview with Parenting.com in which she opened up about her feelings and thoughts on being a “replacement mom.” By the summer of 2013, things between Matt and Brooke fizzled.

Matt took to Facebook in a post that confirmed the couple had gone their separate ways, but despite the relationship with Brooke not working out, love was still on the cards for Matt.

A New Romance

After Brooke Matt took some time to be on his own and focus on Maddy and himself. However not too long after rumors began making their way about him and the writer for the animated series Bob’s Burger, Lizzie Molyneux.

The rumors seemed to be confirmed when the two appeared together at a benefit comedy show for The Liz Logelin Foundation in the fall of 2016. The couple wanted to keep quiet and avoid any gossip circulating about their romance. But inquisitive fans did some investigative work and found out something wonderful.

A Secret Ceremony

Matt learned from his relationship with Brooke that keeping things private is essential. He and Lizzie Molyneux largely kept their relationship under wraps for the sake of their and Madeline’s privacy. However, some fans decided to go snooping, and stumbled across something astounding!

The fans discovered a wedding website for Matt and Lizzie! Little did anyone know but this hush-hush pair had already taken their relationship to a whole new level and secretly gotten married in a ceremony in Palm Springs, California on February 2018. Although Matt prefers to be more private these days, his chronicles about Maddy have caught the eye of one particular A-lister.

On-Screen Adaptation

Back in 2012, the Lifetime network considered making a screen adaptation of Matt Logline’s book Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love. Martia Kauffman was meant to be the shaker and mover of the TV project, however, it did not land up turning into anything.

In 2016, the rumor was that none other than Channing Tatum was going to take on a bigger-budget Hollywood film adaptation of the book. The popular actor is slated to serve as executive producer and might even start in the pending father-daughter drama. But where does this all leave Matt and Maddy?

Long Process

No one can argue that Matt has experienced his fair share of terrible tragedy. But it is this unexpected path of pain, challenges, and hope that has allowed him to understand and inspire others on how to pick yourself up after a tragedy and make the best out of what seems like the worst situation.

Matt also has expressed how Liz was always the more outgoing one while he took more of a background role. In light of everything, he has increasingly broken out of his shell as a guest speaker at multiple grief and widowhood summits and as a guest-columnist for Glamour magazine. But how it little Maddy doing after all of this?

Maddy Today

Maddy Logelin turned 10 years old on March 24, 2018. That date also marked 10 years since the tragic passing of her mother, Liz. In spite of the tragic circumstances of her past, her father, family, and friend have done anything and everything to surround her with love and happiness.

Matt has made the details of his blog less intimate as Maddy has grown older. “The minute Madeline says stop, that it. The plug gets pulled,” he always vowed. Over the years, Maddy has grown to know her mother through stories and pictures and her curiosity only increases.

Moving Forward but Never Forgetting

She constantly asks her father questions about what he and her late mother used to do together, but one question really choked Matt up, “Daddy, did you hold my mommy’s hand when she died?” she innocently asked one day.

Matt tried his best to be open and explain things to his young daughter, “but what I said will never take away what happened that day.” Looking back on the exchange, Matt revealed that Maddy knew what he needed to hear and then said: “Daddy, I love you.” To which he returned: “I love you too, Maddy.”

Sources: The Guardian, The Daily Mail, People

This is a love story that is as beautiful as much as it is heart-breaking. They met, fell in love, had a baby, but Liz died while giving birth. What Matt did after her death was inspiring on another level.
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Is The Online World Taking Over?

There is no question that advances in technology have brought huge benefits to humanity – the eradication of diseases like smallpox, space travel, an internet that allows us to communicate with people across the planet in seconds and software that makes our everyday lives easier.

From online gaming to social networks and smartphones, we live in a very different world to that of our ancestors. But as these advances have come about, they have precipitated the rise of the robots.

From simple repetitive manufacturing tasks to advanced artificial intelligence, automation is becoming a bigger part of the global economy day by day. South Korea, for example, has 437 robots for every 10,000 employees – and the advance is showing no signs of stopping. In fact, it’s speeding up.

Robots and algorithms taking over industries

 There are even hotels in South Korea which employ robots to carry out tasks responding to guests’ requests in different languages, cleaning the rooms and preparing food. The idea there is to replace 90% of its hotel staff with robots – a scary prospect but one that frees people up to explore other avenues, at least.

In 2015, the chief economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, predicted nearly half of all occupations in the UK were likely to go to the robots. That’s some 15 million jobs.  Although robots represent the sharper, scarier end of technological progress, tech, in general, is causing massive disruption across every sector of the world’s economy.

The high street is giving in to the online world – especially in the world of retail, where ecommerce is increasingly taking over through highly refined strategies aimed at winning more customers. Bricks-and-mortar stores are disappearing, and bank branches have seen a 32% decline in business as more people are using apps to manage their money. Technology is also well embedded in the world of fashion, with VR headsets being used at some of the showpiece events in the fashion calendar.

The online world is also starting to take over the world of gambling. Gambling has become a largely digital phenomenon, particularly in the UK, where it now accounts for 33% of all gambling revenue. Bingo is hugely popular in the UK – and accordingly, online bingo has exploded in popularity. And that’s hardly surprising, with it being a no-brainer to gamble online from the comfort of your own home rather than find your way to land-based bingo premises. Online gambling is increasingly realistic, even replicating the community aspect of the traditional game using lively forums and bingo chat rooms. And like other brick-and-mortar stores, online bingo sites offer loyalty programs to reward their customers based on the frequency they play on the site.

 The absurdity of automation

One of the worries about automation is that it will mean the consumers who might have previously spent their wages on products will no longer be able to afford to – because their jobs are now being done by robots. The World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, said in 2016 that up to 77 percent of all the jobs in China and 85 percent of those in Ethiopia are under threat. The cost of a production robot, it seems, is even cheaper than a worker in China.

So are the industrialists taking us down the route of no return? Some experts predict that robots will become so sophisticated they’ll be able to repair the other robots when needed – and even build new factories.

How humans will adapt to a post-work age 

Automation could usher in a golden era of leisureWhat will we do when we’re no longer working? This change in our lives, although likely to happen in a relatively short space of time, won’t happen overnight. But this kind of revolution is nothing new. Humans have always been adaptable to new situations, and it is likely that we’ll quickly get used to a new world of leisure. When the industrial revolution came along in the nineteenth century, millions of people left their rural lives to move to the factories to work. This was a huge demographic change – marking the shift from an agricultural society to an industrial one in only a few decades.

If a similar sort of change occurs, think of all the things that we manage to do now when we’ve finished work for the day. Think what new things we would be able to do with all the extra time? Think how much more time we could spend with our families and our loved ones. There’s also a good chance that any new social order will require us to spend more time helping those less able than ourselves – which could be a brilliant thing for humanity.

So keeping fit, for those that enjoy running or cycling or simply going to the gym, could result in some seriously fit people. Perhaps traveling is your thing. With more people available to travel at any time, the world would get even more interconnected and empathetic – potentially breaking down borders across the globe. Going out with friends was usually limited by time but the new world wouldn’t any such constraints. If it is sunny, then we’ll go to the beach every day – until it rains.

So let’s not despair that everything is changing. The lives of people have always changed, and although some people are resistant to it, change has made all our lives better. Advanced robots that ‘do all the work’ are going to make our lives exactly what we want them to be. Try to imagine a life where the hardest part of your day will be deciding what to do first. The likelihood is that we’ll still be complaining because there won’t be enough hours in the day to do all the things we want to rather than all the things that ‘have’ to be done. And how awful will that be, exactly?

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80’s Kid Stars – Where Are They Now?

 

Where have these 1980’s child actors been? You adored them back then, are they still adorable now? Stop asking and start discovering what these actors and actresses are doing now. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised or a bit sad. Some managed to go beyond their 15-minute glory while most decided to pursue a career path that had nothing to do with entertainment.

Think what you want, say what you want. These kids went through hell and deserve a break. Give them some attention, why don’t you?

Let’s begin…

80’s Teen Idol Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman was the most popular and recognizable teen actor during the 1980’s. He was merely a toddler when he started in show business via a Mcdonald’s commercial. His first TV appearance was in the series “Bad News Bears”. But his role in the movie “The Goonies”, sealed his place in 80’s pop culture. He also starred in the hit movie “Stand By Me” as well as “The Lost Boys”.

He is currently trying his hand in music as a singer and is also attempting to expose Hollywood’s sinister pedophile ring.

 

 
Where have these 1980’s child actors been? You adored them back then, are they still adorable now? Stop asking and start discovering what these actors and actresses are doing now. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised or a bit sad. Some managed to go...