Author - Emily Smith

Twenty-one years old, with green eyes, pretty good teeth and currently venturing through Philosophy and Literature degree. But all that is semantics.
What’s important to know is that I have a passion for creative writing, reading and travelling and a love for deep ideas, deep people and deep tubs of ice cream.

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Game Of Thrones Stars Before Fame

Game of Thrones is the most pirated television in history with Rolling Stone naming it one of the “greatest television shows of all time”. Whether they’re an honorable Stark, a fierce Targaryen, or a cunning Lannister, a mystifying Arryn, an enigmatic Greyjoy, or treacherous Frey, see the stars behind your favorite characters before they appeared in the lands of Westeros and Essos.

Peter Dinklage

Born with achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism, even as a struggling actor, Peter Dinklage turned down many roles in fantasy films out of the fear of being typecast as a magical dwarf or little person for the rest of his career. The American was author George R. R. Martin’s first choice to play Tyrion Lannister in the series.

About the show, Dinklage said, “Game of Thrones is an amazing show, and I have no problem speaking of the virtues of HBO.” The actor has won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2011, 2015 and 2018) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2012) for his performance as Tyrion Lannister.

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister is one of the leading characters in the series. George R. R. Martin, the author of the book series on which the show is based, has stated Tyrion is his favorite character. The son of Tywin Lannister and younger brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, Tyrion uses his wit and intellect to overcome the prejudice he faces as a dwarf.

After being abducted and escaping from Catelyn Stark for a crime he did not commit, he is made acting Hand of the King and successfully defends King’s Landing against Stannis Baratheon at the Battle of Blackwater. Following being adjudged guilty for the death of Joffrey Baratheon, despite being guilty, he switches sides and becomes the Hand of the Queen to Daenerys Targaryen. He has appeared in every season of the show.

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Woman Turns 110-Year-Old Tree Into Library

Sharalee Armitage Howard is making news headlines for transforming what was once the headache of her neighborhood into something that will make a positive impact on the community.

A dead tree had become a problem in her neighborhood and she turned it into this cute little library for her neighbors-inspired by a nonprofit organization devoted to reading.

A Problem For The Community

The dead cottonwood tree was in the front yard of this artist and librarian from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and had been there for about 110 years! The tree was quite the problem as it was breaking down more and more every day.

According to Sharalee, the tree was dropping massive branches onto the street and sidewalk, even when the weather was not windy. The entire neighborhood was always worried that someone would get hurt and one day, a branch finally fell on her son’s car.

Instead of completely destroying the tree, she decided to do something else with it. She was given inspiration by a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to learning.

Little Free Library

A nonprofit called Little Free Library is an organization that is devoted to inspiring, in communities all around the world, a love for reading. They help people create mini-libraries for themselves and for members of their community to enjoy.

Also, they provide books to their supporters at discounted rates. With the idea of exchanging books, people can create mini-libraries open to everyone to borrow books from.

They could also leave their books there for other people to read. People have created over 75,000 mini-libraries in 88 different countries since the launch of the organization.

A Tree-mendous Idea

Sharalee to the decision to turn this tree into a little library for her own community, using resources given to her by Little Free Library. They carefully cut down most of the tree, leaving only the stump behind.

She, with the help of her family and other members of the community, carved the inside of the stump and topped it with a roof. They installed lights on both the inside and outside, a glass door, and shelves to put the books on.

The transformation of this old tree is absolutely remarkable. Sharalee says she still has a little bit of work to do on it, but so far, it looks amazing! The most important part is that she has created a library, and this will serve her community well. Well done to her!

Sharalee Armitage Howard is making news headlines for transforming what was once the headache of her neighborhood into something that will make a positive impact on the community.
A dead tree had become a problem in her neighborhood and she turned it into...

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Bridal Heaven: Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses

Some would say that a young couples’ happiest day is the day they tie the knot. So when it comes to the celebrities we like, it’s not only a happy day for them, but for us as well. This list of celebrity bridal gowns gives us a bit more information about the stars we follow. We get to feel closer to them.

So if you need an idea for your wedding, or someone close to you, take a look at these celebrities and their amazing dresses.

Priyanka Chopra

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra confirmed their newlywed status by sharing photos from their wedding held at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India on 1 December 2018 on their social media accounts.

The couple celebrated two ceremonies in order to honor their diverse backgrounds.

The pre-wedding ceremony featured a mélange of embroidered patterns and flamenco sleeves which the actress demonstrated by twirling in an open courtyard.

The couple married in accordance with Christian traditions on 1 December, followed by a Hindu ceremony on 2 December. The Christian ceremony was officiated by Jonas’ father, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr.

Ralph Lauren dressed the couple as well as members of the wedding party for the first ceremony. Chopra was dressed in a custom gown while Jonas was fitted with a custom Purple Label tuxedo.

Chopra posted, “One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other’s faiths and cultures. And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so, so amazing.”

Daniella Pick

American director Quentin Tarantino married Israeli singer and model Daniella Pick, daughter of musician Svika Pick on 28 November 2018 in an intimate Los Angeles ceremony. The wedding marks the first one for them both.

For their wedding Pick wore a white strapless dress, white veil, with a sweetheart neckline and tiara. Tarantino meanwhile wore a sleek black suit.

The two first met while Tarantino was in Israel promoting Inglourious Basterds in 2009. The couple dated on and off before finally getting engaged in the summer of 2017. Tarantino, 55, had previously broken up with Pick, 35, but reconnected in 2015.

News of their engagement last June came only eight months after the director announced his impending retirement, which he said would come after he directed two more films which he plans to complete before age 60 in order to focus on novels and literature.

Tarantino finished wrapping up filming of his penultimate film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, only days prior.

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Some would say that a young couples’ happiest day is the day they tie the knot. So when it comes to the celebrities we like, it’s not only a happy day for them, but for us as well. This list of celebrity bridal gowns gives us a bit more...

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Bucket List: 2 Best Snorkeling Hot Spots

For anyone who enjoys the act of snorkeling, your main problem is probably going to be finding good locations. While snorkeling is a very fun and widely practiced experience, it does rely upon having a quality location to do it.

This is why snorkeling is something you might not get the chance to do too often; you might simply not have the opportunity. If this sounds like the problem that you face, then we have two recommendations for you to check out: Jamaica, and the US Virgin Islands.

Jamaica For Snorkeling

If you are serious about enjoying the unique art of snorkeling, then you should probably look to take a trip to Jamaica as soon as you can. These kinds of experiences are best enjoyed if you head out towards Negril, Booby Cay. If you got to here, you will find a small island that was more or less made to be a snorkeling paradise.

Indeed, fans of Disney films like “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” will immediately notice the similarities that exist here. This stunning location is known to locals as Gilligan’s Island, named after the birds that float around the location.

It’s one of the best places to come and visit for those who enjoy a spot of snorkeling away from the usual. If you are serious about making sure you can enjoy the underwater cave systems of the region, then this is the place to start.

You will find that you get to enjoy many little trips through caves where you will see amazing coral reefs combined with amazing fish of all styles and varieties floating all around you.

As far as enjoying snorkeling goes, a trip to Gilligan’s Island is absolutely up there for places to go and see.

U.S. Virgin Islands For Snorkeling

If you like to take your snorkeling extra serious, though, you want to make sure that you come to the US Virgin Islands. Few other parts of the sea can promise to give you such a rich helping of culture, and nowhere else could really offer you the same opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment. Specifically, though, we recommend that you come and check out the amazing Trunk Boy over at St. John.

The reasons why are immediately apparent when you arrive. It’s the smallest of the three islands, around 673ft in length, but it’s amazing. It’s got some incredible underwater snorkel trails for you to head along, and it often gives you the chance to see all of the various living organisms that live around this part of the sea.

If you are serious about making sure you can have some proper fun, though, make sure that you take a trip over to the St. Thomas island as well. It’s the largest of the three islands, and is far busier and teeming with life. Definitely worth your time, though, if you want to enjoy getting up-close and personal with one of the most stunning snorkeling sites known to man.

For anyone who enjoys the act of snorkeling, your main problem is probably going to be finding good locations. While snorkeling is a very fun and widely practiced experience, it does rely upon having a quality location to do it.

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Best Health Related Tech Innovations of 2018

Gradually, the year is coming to an end, and the New Year’s Eve Ball would soon drop in Times Square. So, there’s no better time to look back at the highlights that made 2018 better. Here’s our top five inventions that made a world of difference in 2018.

A Smartwatch That Predicts Epileptic Seizures

Epileptic patients are unaware of what the next few seconds would bring. Would they have a seizure or not? The recent approval of a smartwatch by the FDA would bring a striking change for people living with the disorder. The design of the watch allows it to detect subtle changes in the body of its wearer, and to determine when a seizure is about to happen. The device places an automatic call to the wearer’s caregiver once it detects conditions that would lead to a seizure.

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes That Could End Malaria

Various scientists started researching ways to end malaria. And in 2018, they decided to achieve this by modifying the genetics of mosquitoes. With a potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives, this innovative step would have a lot of impact in the future. As a result of the impact that it is projected to have, it has gained a lot of financial support, including a 4.1 million dollar investment from the Gates Foundation.

US Hospitals Are Working Together To Fight High Drug Costs

The cost of prescription drugs has been on the rise for several years. And this has strongly affected people seeking for medical care as well as their families. This has been very disturbing, and as a result, some hospitals swung into action. In a bid to improve patient’s welfare, and slash the costs of prescription drugs, they formed Civica Rx – a drug company. Currently, up to one-third of US hospitals have gotten involved or indicated interest.

Healthcare Workers Upgrade A Tool That Fights World Malnutrition

Malnutrition can now be detected with the use of a simple armband. Due to the design of the equipment, children had to travel down to get treatment from a healthcare center upon diagnosis. 2018 birthed a new and improved armband, which came off the efforts of the International Rescue Committee. Now, children can get help around where they live. This innovation has a lot of potential. Results from the initial trials were good; they were able to reach out and help more children.

Better Data To Help Refugees

Before you proffer solutions to any problem, you need to have complete knowledge of what you’re dealing with. This also includes the world’s refugee crisis. In an effort to understand this problem, the United Nations Refugee Agency in conjunction with the World Ban Group formed a Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement in 2018. This step is aimed at obtaining data, and using it to get a better understanding of refugees, in order to provide them with improved support in their places of refuge.

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Meghan Markle’s Pregnancy With Style

We all remember the wedding of the year, and we’ve been waiting for the announcement about a baby! And indeed, an announcement was made in the third quarter of 2018. By the way, that means she’ll be giving birth around April of 2019, exactly when the last season of Game Of Thrones will air. Coincidence? :-)

It was on October 15, 2018, that the exciting news went public, a royal announcement was made at Kensington Palace just before the pair went on a 16-day tour to Australia. They confirmed the Duchess and Prince were expecting an addition to the family!

Using Hypno-birthing

The Queen must be so confused with Meghan Markle and all her antics. The newest news to come out of Kensington is the fact that Meghan will probably be using Hypno-birthing. What is it you ask? it’s a practice that includes “special breathing, relaxation, visualization, meditative practice, attention to nutrition and positive body toning” to help a woman give birth.

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We all remember the wedding of the year, and we’ve been waiting for the announcement about a baby! And indeed, an announcement was made in the third quarter of 2018. By the way, that means she’ll be giving birth around April of 2019, exactly when...

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: Everything There Is To Know

Here it comes!!! Season 8 is just around the corner and many of us expect it to be awesome with a grand finale… but sometimes a twist is needed, and that means bad news for some... So… what’s up with season 8?

The Trailer

The trailer, which was released on January 13, 2019, got us all riled up with its dark symbolism, but did it give us much to work with when coming to predict season 8? It shows Sansa, Arya, and Jon, the surviving Stark siblings in the crypt of their ancestors as eerie music plays on. It left us with questions, where is Bran? Could this be one of his psychic visions? WE WANT MORE

Any New Characters?

As we know, every season we have met more and more interesting people with fascinating backstories that somehow intertwine perfectly into the plot. But will we meet any new kids on the block in season 8?

Well according to a fan site, Watchers in the Wall, a major casting call was made for a character called Harry Strickland who features in the books as the leader of a mercenary group named The Golden Company. He will apparently play a new villain in the plot and be embodied by actor Marc Rissman.

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Here it comes!!! Season 8 is just around the corner and many of us expect it to be awesome with a grand finale… but sometimes a twist is needed, and that means bad news for some... So… what’s up with season 8?
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Favorite Celebs Turning 70 in 2019!

In the world of Hollywood, 70 is the new 50. Just as this list of celebs who have aged incredibly gracefully and are greeting the big seven-oh in 2019. Get ready to be surprised with some of these celebrities who you would never have believed are 70!

Meryl Streep

It’s hard to believe that the iconic Meryl Streep who has won more awards during her time acting in Hollywood than anyone else is turning 70 this year! Meryl’s birthday is on June 22, 2019, marking fifty years since she started her career since 1969.

Hollywood Hero

With talent as timeless as hers, we are having trouble believing she is the ripe old age of 70. But we are positive Streep, who has been coined ‘the actress of our generation’ has many fine years to come!

In the world of Hollywood, 70 is the new 50. Just as this list of celebs who have aged incredibly gracefully and are greeting the big seven-oh in 2019. Get ready to be surprised with some of these celebrities who you would never have believed are 70!
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The Cast of ‘Game of Thrones’ in Real Life

Game of Thrones is on its way, and we’re all getting ready. Check out our favorite cast members when they’re not on screen.

Jon Snow

Dark, brooding and loyal, Jon Snow has always been an audience favorite. Brought up as a bastard son, Snow went through countless obstacles until he finally became the King of the North.

Kit Harington

Although Harington’s aspirations when he was younger were to pursue journalism, his natural acting ability landed him his role is GOT and he has been making a name for himself ever since. His personal life has also come a long way with his marriage to fellow GOT star Rose Leslie had girls around the world in tears.

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Game of Thrones is on its way, and we’re all getting ready. Check out our favorite cast members when they’re not on screen.
Jon Snow

Dark, brooding and loyal, Jon Snow has always been an audience favorite. Brought up as a bastard son, Snow went...

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3 Biggest Pop Culture Imaginary Stories And Rumors

People are bored. When people are bored, they tend to come up with weird and wonderful conspiracy theories, often about those that in the spotlight.

Some of them are eerily convincing (I personally believe Michael Jackson is chilling on a beach in Hawaii somewhere) while some are outright wacky. Here are the three best and funniest pop culture conspiracy theories that will have you scratching your head for the rest of the day.

Michael Jackson And His Sister Latoya Are The Same Person

While I am of the belief the King of pop is still alive, many have a wackier theory that Michael Jackson and his sister Latoya are one and the same (that picture of them together must just be some genius photo cropping)

Theorists seemed to ignore the fact that they have appeared together multiple times and that the two were born two years apart.

Want to read more big pop culture conspiracy stories? Continue here

People are bored. When people are bored, they tend to come up with weird and wonderful conspiracy theories, often about those that in the spotlight.
Some of them are eerily convincing (I personally believe Michael Jackson is chilling on a beach in Hawaii...

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3 Biggest Pop Culture Imaginary Stories And Rumors

People are bored. When people are bored, they tend to come up with weird and wonderful conspiracy theories, often about those that in the spotlight.

Some of them are eerily convincing (I personally believe Michael Jackson is chilling on a beach in Hawaii somewhere) while some are outright wacky. Here are the three best and funniest pop culture conspiracy theories that will have you scratching your head for the rest of the day.

Lorde is older

This conspiracy even sparked a South Park episode, so you know it’s good… when Lorde emerged with her hit “Royals” in 2013, a group of people dedicated to the truth claimed she was way older than her said age of 17.

Luckily this rumor didn’t gain too much ground and was put to rest when The Hairpin requested a copy of her birth certificate. Lorde happily complied, and it was proved that Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor was indeed born on Nov. 7, 1996.

Michael Jackson And His Sister Latoya Are The Same Person

While I am of the belief the King of pop is still alive, many have a wackier theory that Michael Jackson and his sister Latoya are one and the same (that picture of them together must just be some genius photo cropping)

Theorists seemed to ignore the fact that they have appeared together multiple times and that the two were born two years apart.

The Simpsons Predicted 9/11

It’s been a freaky phenomenon for years- the Simpsons creator somehow knows how to ‘predict things’ or so they say. In the shows ninth premier “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson,” Lisa holds up an ad for a $9 trip to Manhattan that shows the “9” next to an image of the Twin Towers….apparently that translated as a 9/11 prediction somehow or another.

Coincidence or not you’ve got to admit its kind of freaky.

The episode was taken off after 9/11 occurred but has since been put back on rotation. It follows the Simpson family on a trip to Manhattan where their car was abandoned near the world trade center.

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People are bored. When people are bored, they tend to come up with weird and wonderful conspiracy theories, often about those that in the spotlight.
Some of them are eerily convincing (I personally believe Michael Jackson is chilling on a beach in Hawaii...

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Funniest Parenting Pictures Ever

Parenting is tough. Kids are great, the light of our lives, but sometimes they can really try our patience. That’s why it’s so important to have a sense of humor because if you didn’t, they would literally drive you insane! These parents have got humor by the bucketload and they use it in the best possible way.

Sometimes it’s just not enough to be able to laugh off kids bad behavior, many of these parents come up with genius and hilarious pranks to get a little subtle revenge on their offspring as well. From mastering the art of the embarrassing dad to reminding your adult kids who’s still boss.

Son’s Birthday Is Coming Up

This dad decided to take his sons gift request a little too literally when he asked for a remote-control car. You have to admit, it is pretty hilarious!

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Parenting is tough. Kids are great, the light of our lives, but sometimes they can really try our patience. That’s why it’s so important to have a sense of humor because if you didn’t, they would literally drive you insane! These parents...