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16-Year-Old Snowboarding Sensation Suffers Sickening Crash In Halfpipe Final


During the men’s halfpipe final on Wednesday, 16-year-old Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka crashed into the upper lip of the halfpipe while performing his second run.

It was a violent crash and it left those in the crowd and the commentators watching speechless.

After the crash, Totsuka lay motionless on the ground and had to be stretchered off the course by medical staff.

It was a somber moment in an otherwise exciting event. After the brief interlude, American snowboarder Shaun White later won the gold medal and Totsuka’s teammate, Ayumu Hirano won the silver.

Very little was said of Totsuka’s status during the event, other than that he had been evacuated from the mountain and taken to the nearest hospital.

Washington Post’s national sports reporter Adam Kilgore recently provided an update on Totsuka’s status with a tweet that said: “Quick update on Yuto Totsuka, the Japanese snowboarder who suffered a horrific crash yesterday: He was transported to a hospital for tests and a CT Scan. He has hip pain, but no broken bones. He’s back in the Olympic village.”

Time Magazine reached out to the Japanese Olympic Committee for comment on Totsuka’s status but has yet to receive a response.

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Aly Raisman Shares A Naked Photograph From Her ‘Sports Illustrated’ Shoot To Highlight An Important Issue


Sports Illustrated has seen some significant departures from their usual conventions in the latest issue. The changes are rather apparent and have received widespread support. Instead of photoshopping the images of their models, which is the usual practice of magazines, they have opted to use photos that haven’t been touched up.

This change is something we can all get behind. In a world where ‘perfection’ implies hiding and/or changing a part of yourself, it’s refreshing to see a publication subvert these conventions. You may have already heard of Genie Bouchard, who recently shared her father’s sweet reaction to a sizzling photoshoot she took for the magazine.

Still more recently, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman shared a photograph from her own photo shoot for the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated on her Instagram account. She included this powerful message: “Women do not have to be modest to be respected– Live for you! Everyone should feel comfortable expressing themselves, however, makes them happy…”

She added: “Women can be intelligent, fierce, sexy, powerful, strong, advocate for change while wearing what makes them feel best. The time where women are taught to be ashamed of their bodies is OVER. The female body is beautiful and we should all be proud of who we are, inside and out. Thank you so much @si_swimsuit@mj_day @darciebaum @ja_neyney@taylorbphoto & the rest of the team.”

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Winter Olympics Figure Skater Manages To Keep Her Cool Even After Nightmare Wardrobe Malfunction


During the first week of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the world witnessed South Korean ice dancer Yura Min suffer a wardrobe malfunction just seconds into her routine with partner Alexander Gamelin. Now, the Washington Post reports that yet another nightmare wardrobe malfunction has taken place during a separate ice dancing competition.

French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis and her partner Guillaume Cizeron were skating for a shot at winning a gold medal. Their routine was almost flawless except for a hurtful nightmare wardrobe malfunction that may have cost them a gold medal.

The nightmare wardrobe malfunction came just seconds into the routine when the costume pulled apart from her back. Despite the delays that the adjustments caused the pair during their routine, they still managed to get a good score that put them in second, with the free dance still to come.

Papadakis was visibly upset after the routine was done. She admits that it’s very difficult to keep your dress on when you’re constantly rotating. Cizeron also voiced his frustration by saying that it’s extremely upsetting to miss out on a few points because of a wardrobe malfunction, which can be the difference between a medal and no medal at all.

In addition to the performance being televised worldwide, the incident was apparently replayed in slow motion in South Korea’s Gangneung Ice Arena, where the event took place. Despite this incident, I give full credit to the pair for not panicking and putting on a tremendous performance that showed a lot of perseverance. But the question is, how can figure skating avoid wardrobe malfunctions in the future?

USA Today’s Martin Rogers says that one way to prevent this from being a worldwide scene is by allowing the judges to make an exception on deductions for wardrobe malfunctions. In my opinion, I believe that Rogers is right. These ice dancers work extremely hard to get ready for the stage, and losing points can cost them a medal, so they may refrain from fixing the malfunction. But if there are no points deducted, it keeps it fair and saves the embarrassment of the skaters.

Rogers adds that these costumes need to be created with the understanding that they are for athletic competition, not a walk down the fashion runway. Take Papadakis’ dress for example; it was held up by just one strap around her neck.

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Astronaut Kept Space Treasure Secret From NASA Until His Deathbed


According to NASA’s biographical data, Gordon Cooper, who was an astronaut with NASA, was selected as a Mercury astronaut in 1959. On May 15-16, in 1963, Cooper piloted the Faith 7 spacecraft on a 22-orbit mission. Cooper also served as a command pilot of the 8-day 120 revolution Gemini mission which started on August 21, 1965. It was during that flight where he and fellow astronaut Charles Conrad established a new space endurance record. Cooper also became the first man to make two orbital flights. Cooper died in 2004 due to heart failure but revealed a space treasure secret that he had been keeping from NASA for many years, according to CBC News.

CBC News reports that Cooper was instructed to find potential nuclear threats by pinpointing magnetic anomalies while he was piloting the Faith 7 spacecraft for the Mercury-Atlas-9 expedition. Unfortunately, the anomalies that he was recording were much too small to be nuclear devices.

According to Darrel Miklos, who is a professional treasure hunter, he says that Cooper knew right away that they had to be shipwrecks because they were smaller and in the middle of nowhere–they were found in very isolated regions throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, he told the As It Happens host Carol Off.

CBC News reports that Cooper recorded these coordinates in a notebook, and when he finally returned to earth; he started mapping them out on a sea chart. Miklos calls this “a treasure map from space.” These coordinates consumed most of Cooper’s life, CBC News reports. He compiled research about famous shipwrecks that matched coordinates on his map. Cooper’s findings led him to believe that the shipwrecks could be from the colonial period. During this period, ships would constantly travel to Europe from America, carrying treasures full of gold and silver.

According to Miklos, a lot of that treasure in that period never made it back. He also added that some of it could be from Christopher Columbus’ lost fleet. According to the National Geographic, in 1494, Christopher Columbus made his second journey to the Americas. He took more ships and more men because he wanted to create the first European colony in the New World. Unfortunately, in just a few short years, his settlement would perish. Almost one-fifth of his inhabitants were dead and at least six of his ships were sunk at the bay.

Cooper had plans to organize an expedition to find these buried treasures, but as I mentioned earlier, he passed away in 2004 due to heart failure before he could finish his work. But before he passed away, he did what any good adventurer would do; pass on his knowledge to another adventurer. Cooper gave Miklos the map and research with it.

Miklos says that he hopes that Cooper’s map and research can help bring light to the shipwrecks that have yet to be discovered. He wants to tell the stories of these shipwrecks and show the world and share it with host countries that allow him and his team to conduct research and survey their countries.

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Woman Hasn’t Shaved Any Body Hair In A Year And Her Husband Loves It


A 28-year-old Polish woman by the name of Sonia Cytrowska started shaving her body hair at the age of 12. According to The Sun, Sonia said that she began shaving her body after seeing hairless women on TV and magazines. In a similar article done by Unilad, Sonia admitted to spending more than three hours a week shaving her body hair which ultimately left her insecure about her natural look.

Society, along with social media, has placed upon us a whole bunch of gender roles and norms. Whether it be the man playing the ‘breadwinner’ or the woman being a ‘stay-at-home mom’ these ideas and roles are not only antiquated but sexist. And nowadays, almost ironically, it is the use of social media that has dictated the beginning of the end of these gender norms and roles.

But Sonia has rejected all of these gender roles. More than a year ago, she decided to stop shaving and showcase her ‘Body Hair Movement’ on her Instagram page as well as on her blog.

In her blog, Sonia wrote: ‘Body hair movement is women who have not shaved their body in a joint project with me. The same women thought it would be easy, but they got scared of the partner’s reaction. They have realized that they are dependent on the opinions of others and are afraid of loneliness and rejection. Have they abandoned their resolve to accept their natural body to keep in touch with people who love them for being…unproblematic?’ In the article done by Unilad, Sonia explained how initially her husband was uncomfortable with her ‘au naturel’ appearance but after some time he got used to it and even began to love it.

‘At first, my husband was shocked because he’s known me for eight years and I was always shaving all my body. And actually, he prefers a shaved appearance but we talked a lot, I explained to him that it is so important for me, to live with my natural body hair and he decided to accept me and support me.’ She continued: ‘My husband, who ‘did not like me like that’, yet he did not try to divorce me, decided to change his standards of beauty for me and treat these changes as challenges and not an attempt on his aesthetics.’

On her Instagram page, which has more than 7,500 followers, she spoke about living a double life and also documenting her journey to embracing her razor-free body. In an interview with The Sun, she spoke about revealing her body positivity journey online to her thousands of followers but not opening up to her closest friends. She also spoke about the difficulties of ignoring people’s thoughts and opinions of her.

She said: ‘But it is still hard when I meet new people, for example when I was searching for a new job or going to lectures at university. Sometimes there are days where I don’t care what anyone in this world is thinking about my body hair, because I fell in love with my natural body and I believe that every woman should have a choice.’

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I Lived By The One-Minute Rule For A Weekend


Got a minute? Gretchen Rubin’s One-Minute Rule, where you do any task that can be done in under a minute without delaying, might just change your life.

Back in 2006, author Gretchen Rubin wrote a blog post outlining her one-minute rule. Essentially, she has herself do (and not delay!) any task that can be done in under a minute, like putting away dishes, answering an email, or making her bed. She noted that it’s easy to make herself follow the rule because it involves tasks that can be done in under a minute, which overrides her initial instinct to procrastinate it. Inspired by a recent Buzzfeed article where writer Natalie Brown did the same, I tried my best to follow the one-minute rule for a weekend. Here’s what I learned.

1. It gets easier as you keep at it: At first, I definitely still resisted doing it (especially with washing dishes, my personal chore nemesis). But the more I kept at it, the more it became second nature. It got so that finishing little tasks actually started feeling rewarding instead of draining! Well, except for washing dishes, which still totally sucked.

2. It made a disproportionate difference: I mean, it’s not going to immediately fill your bank account, deep-clean your house and fill you with a sense of overwhelming purpose. But the one-minute rule can help you tackle small chores before they become big chores. Instead of having to pick up a pile of clothes off the floor, I only had to toss a shirt in the hamper, instead of having to answer a backlog of five emails, I only had to send off one. Getting small tasks done meant that I didn’t have to do bigger tasks later, which made a huge difference in my productivity.

3. It made other tasks easier to do as well: Obviously, there are tasks you can’t do in under a minute: updating your resume, taking your dog out for a walk, or cooking a meal. But just getting started on the one-minute tasks gets you into the right mindset to start these bigger tasks; instead of losing yourself in shame and frustration that you can’t start this Huge Big Task, you start thinking about how you can do a little of the task. By the time the weekend was done, I set up the Etsy store I’d been meaning to, bought a cable so I could start drawing with my tablet again and got 2000 words of my novel written. Pretty cool for a one-minute activity project, huh?

4. You can take out your garbage from your third-floor apartment in under a minute if you run: but you probably shouldn’t.

And if you’re liking the sound of this one minute rule, it’s not the only timed method for helping concentration-deprived people get stuff done:

The fifteen-minute rule: For those whose goldfish-like attention spans trap them in an endless purgatory of refreshing apps and checking emails (guilty as charged), the fifteen-minute rule helps get over the initial focus hurdle. The rule is this: you do whatever you’re supposed to be working on for just fifteen minutes, and you can decide whether you want to keep going after those fifteen minutes are done. The secret is that once you’ve focused on your activity for fifteen minutes, it’s much easier to keep going. While this strategy hasn’t always worked for me (sometimes you just can’t get through the work doldrums) it’s worked more often than it hasn’t.

The twenty-minute rule: In 2016, writer Thomas C. Corley suggested a twenty-minute rule: devoting twenty minutes a day to a goal or aspiration of yours, like playing the piano or writing a novel. Corley says that he developed the habit after “5 years of studying rich people,” which seems a little excessive for a habit that’s basically “do stuff you want to be good at.” But I’ve been doing a fifteen-minute form of the task since last year and have found it to be extremely helpful.

The ten-minute rule: Michelle L. Bryant suggests a ten minute rule, where you break down all the items on your to-do list into bite-sized, ten-minute tasks. I haven’t tried this one yet, but it looks extremely helpful for my wildly-distracted, ADHD brain.

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People Caught Vaping While Driving Could Lose Their Licence


In the United Kingdom, police are warning drivers to beware of vaping while driving as it can cause a distraction and a potential fatality. While it is not illegal to use a vape while operating a vehicle, police are warning drivers to be careful while vaping inside a car since the big clouds could potentially obscure vision.

As reported by Unilad, police are warning drivers in the UK that vaping in a car could result in a prosecution, demerit points on the license, a fine of up to 2,500 pounds and a possibility of losing their driver’s license.

While it is not illegal to use an e-cigarette while operating a vehicle, police say that it is dangerous to vape in a car because the big, dense clouds can obscure vision and can potentially cause a crash. According to the Daily Mail, new statistics in the United Kingdom show that more than three million people use e-cigarettes with a majority of them smoking behind the wheel.

Sergeant Carl Knapp, who is with the Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: ‘the smoke caused by vapes are a distraction and the consequences of them can be dire, all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and even worse, a fatality.’

The officer who has been with the force for more than 22 years continued by saying: ‘there are no laws prohibiting vaping, however, you need to be in full and proper control of your vehicle at all times. If you are going to vape I advise that you open your windows and blow the vapor directly out, just ensure that you are in full control of your vehicle before doing so.’

While there are no direct laws that prohibit drivers from vaping inside a vehicle, it is up to the discretion of a police officer to decide what is and isn’t a distraction. Sergeant John Davis, who is with the Surrey Police, said: ‘any person who is distracted in any way could be guilty of an offense – whether that be smoking, vaping or eating. With regards a scenario where someone could potentially be either distracted or have reduced visibility then there is potential for a crash.’

A road safety charity group in the UK which focuses on preventing road deaths and injuries have recently spoken out about the dangers of vaping while driving. A spokeswoman for their group said: ‘driving is the most dangerous thing most of us do on a daily basis; it is a complex task, that requires your full attention to do so safely. Vaping while driving increases your risk of crashing, causing visual disruption and physical and mental distraction. Attempting any type of activity that takes your eyes off the road increases your chances of causing a crash, and killing or seriously injuring someone. Our roads are busy places, and we would urge drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times.’

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Barber Tells This ‘Shy’ Insurance Man To Grow A Beard, And It Ends Up Transforming His Life


A red-haired man from Rugby, England lived a fairly ordinary, albeit unfulfilled life until one day he got some unexpected advice from his barber.

33-year-old Gwilym Pugh used to sell insurance out of his home when he was 22-years-old. He was struggling with his body image, his health was plagued with injuries, and according to Pugh he was unhappy and couldn’t even leave the house. That’s when Pugh’s barber suggested the young man grow a beard, which was the spark he needed to transform his life. Pugh got to work and transformed into an active, healthy lifestyle which also transformed his career.

Now, Gwilym Pugh is a social media influencer and professional model. He got his big breakwhen he was asked to become the face of Nathan Palmer Clothing according to Wikipedia. Soon after this experience, Pugh was sought after by many different photographers for their portfolios. It would be his ginger beard that got him noticed though, after appearing on the back cover of 100 Beards by Jonathan Daniel Pryce.

Gwilym Pugh’s Instagram account (@gwilymcpugh) is filled with photos of the man’s transformation. The phrase #inspireHappiness appears at the top of his profile, showing us all that he remains humble about his origin and hopes to inspire others to transform their own lives.

This is Gwilym Pugh before he decided to transform his life and become a model. It’s hard to believe that this is the same man that he once was. It seems true that a beard really can change a person.

This before and after picture on Pugh’s Instagram really shows off the transformation. Pugh himself says on his page, It’s amazing what a difference 10 years can make! I really want to hammer that home… 10 years… What I’ve done has nothing on countless people out there who have changed their lives for the better.”

This Fashionista looks way more rugged with the inclusion of a beard, which truly brings out the masculine nature of his inner beast. This photoshoot shows us how, with some lifestyle changes and effort, we can transform our lives to be the person we’ve always wanted to be.

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8 Signs A Marriage Won’t Last, According To Wedding Photographers


Deciding to get married is a life-changing decision. It can be filled with joy and happiness provided that both partners are ready for the commitment. But there are times where one or both partners are not completely honest when it comes to taking the big step, and that can end in disaster down the road. But according to a report done by the Huffington Post, wedding photographers can see signs a marriage won’t last from the actual wedding day.

You’re probably wondering how a wedding photographer can make such an assumption. But if you think about it; wedding photographers (experienced ones), have spent many long hours with couples. All the time they have spent would give them a pretty keen eye for signs that a marriage is doomed from the start.

Below you will find the top signs that a marriage won’t last from the point of view of professional wedding photographers.

One Partner Is Not Interested In Photographs: According to Rob Greer, a professional wedding photographer out of LA, California, when one partner doesn’t show interest in the photographs each day, it can be a telltale sign. Rob references a couple that he did early on in his career. Although many partners do not like being photographed, they do it anyway because it makes their partner happy. But Greer explains that when he arrived on the wedding day for this couple, the bride told him not to point the camera at her at all today. According to Greer, the couple divorced three months later. The willingness to consider the needs of your partner will help a relationship last.

More Than 20% of Invites Were Rejected: Brian Delia, who is the owner of Brian Delia Photography in Clifton New Jersey, explains that it is very common to have between 10-15 percent of invitations rejected. Some people have prior plans that just cannot be changed. But he adds that if you have between 20-25 percent of rejections, there might be a deeper reason why. Delia remembers a wedding he was photographing and the couple invited 250 guests and paid for the venue which seated at least 200. Only 60 people showed up to the wedding. Delia regrets to inform people that he recently found out that the couple separated. One reason Delia thinks people didn’t show up is that they knew that the couple was not going to work out.

Forced Chemistry: Gretchen Wakeman, a wedding photographer from Scottsdale, Arizona, wants to capture the magic when she is taking pictures of couples. Unfortunately, she has taken pictures of couples where one partner has to overcompensate for the other because the picture is looking dull. Wakeman knows that the best pictures are the ones that show natural chemistry, not the ones that look like they are posing for a social media picture.

Fighting Amongst the Bridal Party: It’s never a good sign when you find out that there is fighting amongst the bridal party, says Matt Adcock, co-founder of Del Sol Photography. Adcock remembers one wedding that he was shooting; he was 10 minutes from arriving at the wedding when he received a phone call. The bride was on the phone telling him that the wedding was canceled. She was saying that the bridal parties were not getting along. According to Adcock, the best man apparently slept with the maid of honor, who was actually the matron of honor because she was married. Adcock also states that there was a huge brawl between the guys as well. Adcock is unsure if the couple is still together, but he assumes they probably aren’t after a horrific day like that.

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Do You Remember Gabrielle’s Kids On Desperate Housewives? Well, Here’s What Juanita And Celia Look Like Now


Desperate Housewives was a show a lot of us looked forward to after our long day of work or school. Some of us still watch reruns to take us back to the good ol’ days. Well, who remembers Gabrielle and Carlos’ two adorable daughters on the show?

Anyone who watched the show know that Juanita and Celia Solis were the comic relief on the dramatic series. They were often rebellious on the show, but if TV genetics exists, Eva Longoria definitely passed on her good looks to the teenagers.

The show wrapped up a while ago, and since then the two little girls have grown up to be absolutely gorgeous! Clearly, puberty worked in their favor. The oldest sister Juanita was played by Madison De La Garza.

Madison happens to be the younger sister of the well-known singer Demi Lovato. The younger sister on the show, Celia Solis, was played by the young actress Daniella Baltodano.

Baltodano was only three when the show first appeared. She is now 15 years old. Even though she hasn’t been in a serious role since the popular series, she has appeared on the hit show, Shameless, back in 2014.

She’s generally remained out of the spotlight. De La Garza, on the other hand, was only six years old when she first appeared on Desperate Housewives. She is now 16-years-old and has been seen far more than her co-star.

She’s gone to act on a variety of TV and film roles, most notably she’s been acting on the TV series Bad Teacher. She played one of the main cast members, Kelsey, who happened to be a student at a school where the series was set.

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