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Queen Elizabeth II Has Finally Unloaded All Real Fur

Well, it seems Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, has decided to drop using real fur and adopting faux fur in its place.

The Queen’s dressmaker has revealed that after 67-years of reigning, the Queen has dropped all real fur for fake fur.

She will be attending an engagement during cold weather in Britain as of right now, fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm as reported by Angela Kelly author of her new book “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser, and the Wardrobe.”

Buckingham Palace has also confirmed the news.

Why Now?

Although it’s not clear what the reason behind her decision is, she has received criticism from many animal welfare groups for using real fur in the past.

Claire Bass, Executive Director of Human Society International told Insider that they are thrilled with Her Majesty officially going fur-free.  Queen Elizabeth’s decision to “Go Faux” is the perfect reflection of the British public as the majority of people detest real fur and want absolutely nothing to do with it.

The majority of people in the UK believe the Queen’s decision to go fur-free is a very powerful message that is, without a doubt, out of fashion and does not belong in Britain.  The UK banned fur farming almost 20 years ago because it’s considered cruel and also believes it’s time for them to wrap it up by banning the sale of real fur.

Bass also stated that she believes that the British government should follow suit of the Queen’s decision and make the United Kingdom should be the first country in the world to ban the sale of animal fur.”

It’s also worth mentioning, the no-fur ruling only applies to outfits worn by Her Majesty.  Therefore, the entire palace is not fur-free.

Animal welfare groups have been protesting the royal family’s wearing fur for many years now.  In 2006, activists from The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as PETA,  staged a naked protest outside Buckingham Palace trying to get the palace guards to give up wearing bearskin hats.

There are more and more people, worldwide, that are fighting back about killing animals for their fur.  Many international designers have moved away from fashion that incorporates real fur.  Animal advocates in the United States have also been very vocal about real fur.  Only time will tell so all we can do is wait and see if animals will get the much-needed recognition they deserve.

Well, it seems Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, has decided to drop using real fur and adopting faux fur in its place.
The Queen’s dressmaker has revealed that after 67-years of reigning, the Queen has dropped all real fur for fake fur.
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Your Hairstylists & Colorists Want You to Know…

I’m sure you know the basics for your next salon appointment including being there on time, leaving a 20% tip, do not make annoying phone calls, etc.  What you might not know, what your stylists really wants you to do before, during, and after your appointment.

We spoke with a few professional stylists to find out their biggest pet peeves and offer some advice you should take advantage of.

Do Not Show Up With Filthy Hair:

Many professionals could not express strongly enough, there are clients who show up with hair that hasn’t been washed for at least a week and expect the stylist to do it for them.

What many clients do not seem to understand, having tons of chemicals and products building up on their hair makes it very difficult for a color to go on evenly.  You do not have to have perfectly clean hair just at a level that is passable.

A professional colorist from New York City, Raisa Cabrera, said you should never scrub your scalp just before having color applied because it can cause your skin to become overly sensitive to the dye.

One valuable hint – if you know your hair is really dirty and it grosses you out, wash your hair the night before your appointment because the chances are, your stylist is going to disgusted as well. Washing your hair the night before will please your stylist and you will get so much more out of your color.

Show Patience With Your Color:

Sheenon Olson, celebrity hairstylist and creative director of ATMA salon in Miami, said when you are getting ready for a major color change, be realistic what can be achieved in a single appointment.  You cannot show up with black hair and expect to walk out as a platinum blonde in one day.

You must be patient and take the needed steps, gradually, to protect your hair.  He recommends you ask your stylist what you can expect to achieve in one day.  If you know it’s going to take longer than the time you have set aside, reschedule when you have more time.

Be Upfront And Honest About Your Hair’s Color:

You must be honest with your colorist about your hair’s history. Was your hair a gloss, toner, Brazilian blowout, box color, etc.  This can make all the difference when treating your hair, according to Miguel Angarita, master colorist at Mizu salon in NYC.

He strongly suggests you talk with your stylist about the upkeep and your budget before getting in over your head.  There are certain colors and cuts that require more attention and trips to the salon for something that will look great when your hair grows out.

You Must Have an Open Mind:

Always come to your appointment with an open mind and take professional advice.  What you have in mind might not work with your skin color or the style won’t work for your type of hair.  Your stylist will work with your skin tone, the shape of your face, eye color, or other features.  You will get the best cut or color that is customized for you and you will look great.

Provide A Picture:

If you have a style in mind, bring a picture with you to show your stylist. Better yet, bring several examples from different angles and in different lighting. Also, be specific about what you want done.  Cutting dead ends or trim are two very different lengths.

Choose A Time For Your Appointment That Works:

Avoid taking the last appointment on a Saturday.  If you are a new client and want a major change to your hair or your hair needs a lot of work, you should book an appointment earlier in the day or, if possible, in the middle of the week.

If you can book in the middle of the week, it’s easier to get and your stylist will have more time to spend on your hair.  If you are not sure how long your appointment will take, call your stylist beforehand and get a consultation first so you can explain what you are looking for.  They will be able to block the proper amount of time you will need.

Take Good Care Of Your Color:

Choosing a high-quality color will make all the difference.  Some clients think a stylist is simply trying to sell a product to make money but that’s just not true.  You want products that will make your color last longer, allowing for a longer period of time before returning to the salon.

Products that are not designed for color-treated hair will strip the color out your strands, leaving your hair looking dull and lifeless.

You are a walking advertisement for a stylist’s or colorist’s work, so they want the very best for you.  Listen to them and take their professional advice.  You will look so much better in the long run.

I’m sure you know the basics for your next salon appointment including being there on time, leaving a 20% tip, do not make annoying phone calls, etc.  What you might not know, what your stylists really wants you to do before, during, and after your...

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Get Ready for Halloween With These Cute New Ideas!

Ok, so you’ve decorated your home, found costumes for your kids and pets, and added some fun decorations for your front door. Some designs are just too cute to pass up while others are just spooky and festive. Each year, trends for Halloween change so let’s see what’s hot for 2019!

Bring Your Planters Into The Festivities:

There are so many really adorable, fantastic decorations to brighten up your planters that will bring a smile to your face. 

From ghosts to skulls, and even monsters planters, they have all increased in sales for October 31! These designs are perfect for all you minimalists as well.

Check It Out!

Your Front Door Will Take Center Stage:

Your front door is a huge focal point for Halloween decorations. Neighbors and trick-or-treaters will love the designs that are coming out this year. Look into some spooking wreaths, add some classic cobwebs with dangling spiders, or fun doormats.

Add a few Boo” signs in your front yard to usher Halloween in with a bit of pizzazz and a whole lot of fun!

For Your Door

Get Ready For Doggy Costumes!

Whether your dog will appreciate being dressed up for Halloween or not, these costumes are just to die for! Shopping for dog costumes is on the rise this year, though I think probably every year!

There are so many really cute costumes to choose from in all sizes and shapes!

Woof-Woof!

Spooky Candle Light!

What Halloween décor is complete without candles? Whether you want to go crazy or just add a touch, candles are ready for Halloween as well.

Place a few on your mantle place, on your bookcase, end tables, and everywhere else!  You are ready to go!

Check It Out!

Ahh, Spooky Nostalgia!

There are decorations, costumes, hats, cats, and everything else that seems to evoke yesteryear and never grow old.

So many shoppers will look high and low for vintage, classic styles, and designs from as far back as Victorian times! Who wouldn’t fall in love with a Victorian Witch’s get up?

BOO!

Dress Up As A Lion!

Whether you are a kid getting ready for trick or treat or a young adult heading to a masquerade party, the oldest question of all times – What am I going to be? There seems to be a rise in lion costumes, elaborate masks, and aliens!

Alien costumes can be adorable, comfy, or a tad bit naughty! Add a cute mask or grab some glitter make up and have fun designing your face. The sky’s the limit!

What could possibly be cuter than dressing up like an adorable lion and knocking on someone’s door?  If you are not into costumes, how about just grabbing a really cool mask?

Trick-Or-Treat!

Ok, so you’ve decorated your home, found costumes for your kids and pets, and added some fun decorations for your front door. Some designs are just too cute to pass up while others are just spooky and festive. Each year, trends for Halloween change so...

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Find Out How KFC Creates Such Perfect Crispy Chicken!

If you’ve tried to emulate KFC’s crispy chicken and failed, read on and discover their secret recipe.  Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed a bucket of KFC’s crispy fried chicken along with their side of mashed potatoes and a biscuit.

Even though their prices are the best, their popularity is due to how crispy their fried chicken is.  You now have the golden opportunity to find out how you can create the best crispy chicken with KFC’s incredible recipe!

Follow the directions below and I promise you will not be able to tell the difference.

Start With Their Spices:

First off, you must include their 11 secret spices and their incredible recipe for the breading with 2 cups of flour and coating the chicken pieces in their batter made from egg and milk.

The Scoop:

  • Two-thirds tablespoon of salt
  • Three tablespoons of white pepper
  • One tablespoon of black pepper
  • A half tablespoon of basil
  • One tablespoon of celery salt
  • One tablespoon of dried mustard
  • Two tablespoons of garlic salt.
  • One tablespoon ground ginger
  • One-third tablespoon oregano
  • Four tablespoons paprika
  • A half tablespoon thyme

Fry Right Away:

According to KFC, you should never let the coated chicken sit for any amount of time.  It should be fried right way,  If left to soak in the batter, the bread and skin will very easily soften and slide off the chicken, making for less than a crispy outcome.

You must fry at a high temperature using a good pressure cooker for that extra crispiness.  Even though you cannot deep fry with a pressure cooker, you can still get that extra crunch using a Dutch oven or a pot with a very heavy bottom.

Heat your oil to 350° or 360° and leave each chicken piece in the oil for 12 minutes.  If you have never fried, go to this link for the best results.

Now For The Secret Ingredient!

To create the perfect crispy fried chicken you need one very important ingredient to seal in all the spices, is MSG or Monosodium Glutamate which is the perfect flavor enhancer.

You can either include it in your seasoning batter or sprinkle it on after you have finished frying,  This is a very important ingredient that should not be overlooked,  If you can’t find MSG at your store, you can buy it online.

Let Your Chicken Cool A Bit:

Anyone who has enjoyed fried food knows you do not immediately dig in, it’s way too hot! Place your chicken in a warm oven for just a few minutes.  Another choice, according to KFC, set your oven to 175° and let continue to cook for approximately 20 minutes.

All said and done, you might not be able to exactly create their crispiness from your home because you really need a restaurant-grade pressure fryer for perfection. If you still need some support for frying view this handy guide.

Bon Appetite!!

If you’ve tried to emulate KFC’s crispy chicken and failed, read on and discover their secret recipe.  Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed a bucket of KFC’s crispy fried chicken along with their side of mashed potatoes and a biscuit.

Even...

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‘NCIS’: How Michael Weatherly Really Felt About Cote de Pablo

NCIS fans followed faithfully the romance between Tony Dinozzo, played by Michael Weatherly, and Ziva David, played by Cote de Pablo, since they first appeared on the series.

The two had such undeniable chemistry that weekly watchers couldn’t wait to see what adventures they went on together next and often even wondered if there was more to their relationship off the screen. However, though they acted wonderfully together on set, the two enjoyed a very professional relationship offset and have never even dated.

Weatherly has been married to Bojana Jankovic (his second wife) since 2009 while de Pablo dated Diego Serrano, an Ecuadorian actor, from 2000 to 2015. However, Weatherly’s answer was surprising when asked what his first impression was of De Pablo.

So What Was It Like?

Entertainment Tonight interviewed the pair and asked what Weatherly thought; he responded that he was quite taken with the actress and had nothing but good feelings about her right away.

“My first impression was that you were a very put-together young lady from New York. I was amazed by the focus and the clarity of the performance, and before I knew it, I had fallen hopelessly, desperately into an enchanted spell,” said Weatherly. Impressed with his response, de Pablo exclaimed, “Wow. That was quite the answer!”

Fans had taken to referring to the pair as “Tiva,” combining Tony and Ziva together, so de Pablo asked Weatherly what couple name he would give them in real life if they were actually romantically involved. He humorously responded with the nickname, “ham and cheese.” But who is the ham, and who would be the cheese? Weatherly said that de Pablo would be the cheese while he would be the former.

According to Cote de Pablo, she and Weatherly’s chemistry was so great because of their audition. Weatherly was playful and flirty, and when he later drove her home, they realized that even off the set they got along famously. De Pablo said that it was evident that they “totally clicked” during that car ride – and from there sprung our beloved “Tiva!”

NCIS fans followed faithfully the romance between Tony Dinozzo, played by Michael Weatherly, and Ziva David, played by Cote de Pablo, since they first appeared on the series.

The two had such undeniable chemistry that weekly watchers couldn’t wait to see...

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Instagram Account Devoted to Spotting ‘The Dress’

If you’re headed to Zara any time to get a new dress any time soon, you may want to read this article first to make sure you’re not buying the same exact dress that it seems women all over the world have been drawn to.

It’s relatively well-known that Zara has fashion-forward designs that are, at the same time, affordable; as a result, it has become quite popular among young shoppers, but one particular design seems to be a favorite. In fact, it’s become viral in Britain! People know it so well that it’s referred to as just “the dress” and has an entire Instagram account dedicated to sightings of it.

To give Zara credit, the dress is extremely appealing – I’m tempted to go pick one up myself! The website describes it as a “flowing, round neck dress with sleeves falling below the elbow. Featuring a ruffled hem and a buttoned opening in the back” and is selling it for $69.90 in sizes XS to XXL, according to The New York Times.

The Dress gets Social

The Instagram account, run by stylist Faye Oakenfull, is called “Hot 4 The Spot.” Oakenfull told The New York Times, “‘The Dress’ and I originally met on a set back in Easter when both the art director and makeup artist came in wearing it.

I posted it on my Instagram story as an ‘awkward fashion moment’ […] It then started to escalate, with many people sending me their own sightings. After a few weeks it seemed to be so popular on my stories that I decided to start a new account to keep on top of the content.” The account bio describes it as “A safe Space for *the dress*.”

Oakenfull has even come up with the typical person you’d see around the UK wearing the dress:

“I can be pretty certain where she’ll be hanging out at weekends,” Oakenfull told The Times. “She loves a bottomless brunch, food markets, day festivals, tennis, baby showers (sometimes hers), hen dos, polo, work parties, weddings, rooftop bars, and poolside prosecco. Most of all, she just really loves food shopping in [the British retailer] Marks & Spencer.”

With over 5,000 followers, the account regularly posts not only photos of people in the dress all over the world, but also memes about people’s love for the dress. There has been some opposition to the account, however, reports The New York Times.

Some of the posts are pictures people have taken of themselves, but many are candid shots taken without people’s knowledge, though the posts don’t include their faces.

“Let women wear the same dress or coat as everyone else. Let them meet their friends or go to the supermarket without fearing that they’ll end up the butt someone else’s joke online,” Sophie Benson wrote for Metro.

The account presses on despite some criticism, and its growing number of followers don’t seem to resent it. In fact, it’s not the only account of its kind. An account wholly devoted to leopard midi skirts has also begun as a result of their popularity in the U.S., especially in New York City.

If you’re headed to Zara any time to get a new dress any time soon, you may want to read this article first to make sure you’re not buying the same exact dress that it seems women all over the world have been drawn to.

It’s relatively well-known that...

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Social Media Actually Saves a Girl

Ashley Rosenbaum & J.P. Say A Commenter On Social Media Diagnosed Daughter’s Torticollis

Ashley is the mom of a son Fordham, age 4, and a daughter Essex, age 2. Although everyone has an opinion when it comes to online comments but for some reason, the Bachelorette star Ashley Rosenbaum paid close attention to one commenter on social media.

The commenter said that her daughter, Essex should be taken to her doctor.  It seems the commenter’s diagnosis was actually very accurate.

Twisted?

J.P. said this all started when Ashley posted pictures of Essex on social media.  He said someone sent him a message saying that we should get Essex checked out by our doctor because she always looked twisted, leaving the commenter to believe she has torticollis.

The commenter said that getting her checked out was important because their son had the same thing. Torticollis is an issue that involves the muscles of the neck to tilt downward.  Tortus means twisted in Latin and collum means neck.  It is suggested if your baby has suffered from this condition from birth, it’s medically called congenital muscular torticollis.

Wry Neck is another term for this condition which is pointed out by a disproportional, lopsided position of the head or neck.  This condition is caused by a number of reasons.

Ashley Rosenbaum & J.P. Say A Commenter On Social Media Diagnosed Daughter’s Torticollis

Ashley is the mom of a son Fordham, age 4, and a daughter Essex, age 2. Although everyone has an opinion when it comes to online comments but for some reason...

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2019 Fashion Week – Part 2

  1. Go for Gothic

A lot of neo-Gothic looks are appearing on the streets this year.  It’s an easy look to replicate by pairing a head-to-toe black outfit with some up-to-date accessories.  You can use whatever takes your fancy but the mood needs to be kept dark, moody and chic.  Adding a deep red lipstick can add that bit of extra glamour.

  1. Bright Coloured Tartan

Another popular print for the 2019 show season has been the brightest colors of tartan.  This look has been seen across London, Paris, New York and Milan this summer.

Anything but subtle, the brightly colored tartan is striking and chic, pairing the classic tartan pattern with bright, bold and unique color combinations on jackets, trousers, or skirts in the classic tartan pattern.  Be right on trend by keeping accessories plain to accentuate this bright, modern look.

  1. Bringing Back the Bucket Hat

 

The bucket hat was really the must-have accessory back in the 1990’s and it has made a big return this year.  If this is not on your fashion shopping list for this year, then it should be!  It is functional, giving great sun protection, but also stylish enough to be perfect for your weekend get-together.

The hats come plain or with logos and patterns and can be worn with multiple outfits – dresses, boiler suits, whatever takes your fancy.

  1. Perfect Patchwork

 

Patchwork has become one of fashion’s hottest trends this year; seen on the streets in all of the major fashion cities.  Using different fabrics to create a wonderfully eclectic look these outfits are sure to catch the eye.

It is a creative and modern look for dresses, pants, jackets and more.  The patchwork is sure to be the focal point of your ensemble so team it with something plain and simple to maximize the impact.

  1. Shrunken Bags

Size is what defines this year’s ‘must have’ handbag.  The 2019 bag can be any shape but size is everything – these diminutive bags are designed to fit only the bare essentials.  The smallest can barely fit a mobile phone and a lipstick but it is perfect for those who want style over functionality.

If you want the top look this season invest in one of these tiny shrunken bags.  It may not carry very much but it looks good and you won’t be tempted to load it up.

Go for Gothic

A lot of neo-Gothic looks are appearing on the streets this year.  It’s an easy look to replicate by pairing a head-to-toe black outfit with some up-to-date accessories.  You can use whatever takes your fancy but the mood needs to be kept...

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2019 Fashion Week – The Top 10 Summer Trends

As fashion month heats up in Paris, Milan and New York all of the latest trends are on show.  The runway gives us a look at what is coming in the future and inspires us to keep on trend, but on the high street, we can see what is the must-have item for right now.

We’ve taken a look at the top high street fashion trends to look out for this summer.  We’re sure you are going to want to add some of these amazing looks to your own wardrobe.

  1. Bike Shorts Paired with Blazers

Super chic and versatile athleisure is sure to be an ongoing trend for the foreseeable future.  This pairing – bike shorts with a blazer – is proving popular among trend-setters at the shows this year.

The use of sportswear plus the tailored jacket will be sure to make you stand out in any crowd.  It’s not a style you could wear to work or the gym but it is perfect for seeing and being seen at all the trendy spots in town, or just for meeting with friends for a summer lunch in the pub garden.

  1. Be an Animal!

Leopard print has made a real return this fashion season and all of the top style icons can be seen in bold, wild animal prints.  Leopard print has been particularly popular this year and is appearing on trousers, coats, suits and dresses and so much more!

Pair up the print with some bold colors and you will be right on trend.  Alternatively, go for the complete bodysuit in leopard print, paired with some colorful accessories.  Of course, you can go minimalist with a plain outfit paired with a playful pair of leopard print shoes or a funky bag.

Whatever you choose, embrace your wild side!

  1. Boiler Suits are Back!

The boiler suit is one of a variety of utilitarian designs making an appearance in all of the major fashion week shows this season.  Formerly used as work protection the boiler suit is dominating this year, being both functional and fashionable.

These suits come in multiple cuts and colors so you are sure to find one that appeals.  You will never be short on choice, with short sleeved versions for hot summer days or the longer sleeves for cool summer evenings.

  1. Lavender is In

Lavender is the color that most fashionistas can be seen in this year, so you can be sure that anything that comes in light purple is hot on style.  You can choose the head-to-toe lavender look, or stick to an accent like a handbag or boots.

Lavender dresses and coats give a chic and feminine look. If you want to keep your style up-to-date and understated you could do worse that trying out the lavender look this year.

  1. Pretty Puff Shoulders

This year minimalism takes a back seat in favor of fabric – an abundance of fabric in fact.  Lots of bold ruffles, along with puff shoulders are making a comeback on blouses and dresses.

These give an 80’s retro look and feel with a stunning modern twist.  This look would certainly give you a stand-out style, however, be sure to pair it with something less bold to keep the look tasteful.

As fashion month heats up in Paris, Milan and New York all of the latest trends are on show.  The runway gives us a look at what is coming in the future and inspires us to keep on trend, but on the high street, we can see what is the must-have item for right...

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Is Elsa Getting Married in Frozen 2?

For any parent, the joy/fury of listening to your kids singing songs from Disney classic Frozen has been a double-edged sword. It’s great that our kids have such awesome content to watch and to get inspired by, but you might find it hard to actually do the job that you intended – you know, raising them.

With them forever bursting into songs from the classic, you might find it hard to actually teach them about life and the wider world. Well, (some) parents will be happy to know that the sequel, Frozen 2, could be doing a bit of teaching to your kids about the modern world.

It could, for example, introduce your kids to the concept of same-sex marriage. Raising such a topic with your kids is often a bit of a challenge, so some parents might enjoy the rumor that Elsa might be getting a female bride. In an interview with the writer and co-director, Jennifer Lee, there was a rather interesting non-denial, non-confirmation answer given about the topic.

#GiveElsaAGirlfriend

Weirdly, the Twitter world was obsessed with the idea of Elsa having a female partner as far back as 2016. Can anyone else remember the #GiveElsaAGirlfriend hashtag that polluted social media for what felt like forever?

Personally, I’m not really too bothered the gender of a love interest of cartoon characters. However, it is definitely interesting that Disney – and other companies – appear to have a desire to make this more of a theme in their work.

When speaking to the Huffington Post about her next movie, A Wrinkle In Time, Lee said: “I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film—that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people,

“It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations.”

When pushed further on the idea of Elsa being of such a persuasion, Lee said: “For me … Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us,

“I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.”

So, yeah, not exactly a confirmation or a denial. It is, though, going to be quite an interesting topic of debate as more information comes out about the movie. One thing that shouldn’t happen, though, is that this shouldn’t become the overarching plot of theme of the entire movie.

While it would be cool to see Elsa end up with a female partner – it feels very much fitting to the character – it seems a bit OTT to make it the primary plot device. Thankfully, that does not seem to be happening.

I look forward to the oppressed, furious heteronormative community absolutely losing their minds about this, too. I’m sure that a kid’s movie having an LGBT protagonist is going to really help this kind of individuals see things clearly. Really.

In fact, the only downside of this story is that could end up becoming the primary narrative about what is, remember, a kids movie. That would be tragic. The movie, though, is sure to be as magical as the first: female partner or not.

For any parent, the joy/fury of listening to your kids singing songs from Disney classic Frozen has been a double-edged sword. It’s great that our kids have such awesome content to watch and to get inspired by, but you might find it hard to actually do the...

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Billionaire Pays Off Student Loans in Act of Kindness

In a world that is as rampantly unequal as the world we live in, it’s easy to feel disdain for the haves and the have-nots. It’s a world that can feel really unfair at times, as we watch people earning millions of pounds per year take control of every industry.

We sit back and watch the become increasingly unequal, and it creates a natural and understandable bitterness towards the ‘billionaire class’ – but, from time to time, we get some solid proof that not all billionaires are the loveless, empathy-free caricatures they are often made out to be.

Take the story of Robert F. Smith, a popular billionaire. He went down to Morehouse College to see the graduating class of 2019 and congratulate them for their success. More importantly, he gave them a wonderful parting gift: he paid of all of their student loans.

During his commencement speech, the billionaire started and said: “Men of Morehouse, you are surrounded by a community of people who have helped you arrive at this sacred place on this sacred day,

“On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”

Lifting the Burden

Now, for those who think that might be a small gesture, estimates reckon this covers as many as 400 graduates – and could be as much as $40m in total to cover the costs. That’s a truly incredible sum of money to donate to people who he has never met before in his life.

We’re often told we should be thankful because some super-rich individual has donated a relatively small portion of money to a good cause. To spend $40m of your own money lifting one of the biggest burdens on the next generation of successful students, though, is nothing short of incredible.

Robert F. Smith is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Business School. He made his money as a smart investor when he was CEO at Vista Equity Partners. He managed to become the wealthiest African American, with a net worth of over $4bn. While that’s an eye-watering sum of money, it’s nice to see such an act of kindness carried out with that money, helping those who really need the support.

When asked to comment on the act of generosity, President of Morehouse College David Thomas remarked: “Robert Smith has set an example that others will follow, not just for Morehouse but for other historically black colleges and universities.”

In a world that is as rampantly unequal as the world we live in, it’s easy to feel disdain for the haves and the have-nots. It’s a world that can feel really unfair at times, as we watch people earning millions of pounds per year take control of every...

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Yuk! Bugs You’ll Want To Keep A Distance From

For anyone who enjoys watching I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, part of the enjoyment is watching your (least) favorite celebs take on horrifying acts of self-destruction. While there is lots to ‘enjoy’ about the show, one of the less enjoyable parts is seeing the uniquely horrifying collection of critters they share their time with.

Let’s take a look at some of the haunting critters that you might run into in this world. We’ve combed the Guinness World Book of Records to find some creatures that will probably make you take a good few looks around at night.

South American Super Spiders

While a trip to the Latin paradise of South America is very fun indeed, many of us who hate spiders should think twice. You see, the continent is home to the goliath bird-eating tarantula. Huge in nature and in size, it’s a terrifying beast who has legs alone which can span as much as 11cm.

They are fat fellas, too. the heaviest ever found, Rosi, was found by the GWBOR to weigh as much as 6.1oz. That’s seven times the weight of your average mouse!

Size Counts

When it comes to length, then the outrageously horrifying stick insect found at the Museum of West China in Chengdu. It was a whopping 25.1” in length, verified in 2017. It’s absolutely massive, and it makes it very easy indeed to see why the stick insect is so easy to forget about when it comes to their style.

Despite being so long, they blend in with the rest of the world with consummate ease: so much so you could easily look beyond it!

Knockout Blows

One of the most terrifying prospects of finding an insect you do not know about is that you might fear it stinging you. well, one of the most powerful stings ever was recorded by Justin O’Schmidt. Throughout this career, he’s had more than this fair share of bites and stings, which he records in his Schmidt Insect Pain Index.

Within that index, he noted that being bitten by a bullet ant might just be the sorest bite that you could ever feel – it’s almost akin to the pain of being shot by a gun, apparently.

Beauty To Finish It Up

Butterflies are among the most stunning animals in the world, but did you know that they are prolific travelers, too?

Indeed, the monarch butterfly of North America often flies as much as 100 miles in a single day. they often fly around the place without much work at all, and in a year could cover the equivalent distance of a flight from London to Vancouver!

Indeed, they are among the most commonly and vociferously travelled insects on the planet: not bad for a piece of natural eye candy, right?

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