The Bustle Huddle: What Bustle's Editors Are Talking About On Dec. 15
You've made it to the end of the week, everyone! Well, almost. Thursday might not quite be the weekend, but hey, it's close enough. After a week that included horrific violence, the death of a beloved TV star, and Donald Trump yelling at Vanity Fair, I think we could all use a headstart on getting our relaxation on, don't you think?
Before you switch completely into weekend mode, though, catch up on all the news and events that had Bustle's editors talking today, Dec. 15.
Donald Trump + Vanity Fair
Oh, Donald. The president-elect has always had a hard time ignoring critical articles about him, and the latest one, a hilariously negative Vanity Fair review of his restaurant Trump Grill, got him so fired up that he — of course — took to Twitter to voice his complaints about the magazine. Naturally, many people have had fun sharing the article and criticizing Trump Grill, but many others are wondering why Trump isn't tweeting about some more important issues, like what's going on in Aleppo.
EgyptAir Update: Back in May, an EgyptAir flight crashed in the Mediterranean, presumably killing all 66 people on-board. Now, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry has announced that they've found traces of explosives on the victims, reinforcing the idea that terrorism could've been involved in bringing down the plane. Hopefully, more answers will be found in the days to come.
Narcissism + Your Dating Life
Admit it, you've done it — regardless of all the warning bells that've gone off in your head (or your friends' warnings to you) — you've dated a total jerk at some point or another. In the newest episode of Bustle's Love, Factually, psychologist Alice Sohn explains the science behind why we're all drawn to narcissists, even if we should know better. Watch it before your next first date.
New Year, New You: Still looking for a New Year's resolution? Consider urging yourself to take up running in 2017. Not only is it a great way to get exercise and go outdoors, but research has proven that running can strengthen your mind, too. Get going, y'all.
2016 + Must-See Movies
In a year as crazy as this one's been, spending the occasional night at the movie theater with a bucket of popcorn in your lap has never been so needed. Luckily, there were plenty of great movies to watch in 2016, from the dreamy musical La La Land to the sci-fi thriller Arrival. If you're way behind on your viewing list and want to know which films to watch before the year ends (or at least before the Oscars), check out Bustle's list of the 10 best movies of 2016 for some solid recommendations.
Quiz Time: Love nothing more than a good old-fashioned Christmas song? Then you'll enjoy taking this quiz, which determines which cheesy holiday song are you. Here's hoping it's not "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer."
Trans People + Employment
In the latest episode of Bustle's NSFWomen video series, several transgender people explain why it can be so hard for them to get work. 29 percent of transgender Americans live in poverty — it's time for a serious change to be made, and the stories of the people interviewed in this episode will move you to take action, perhaps by donating to the ACLU.
Behind-The-Scenes: "It was an eye-opening experience to realize how many things are out of our control while working on this episode of NSFWomen," says Bianca Consunji, Bustle's Director or Video. "Many states don't adequately provide enough support for the LGBTQ+ community, so many trans people experience discrimination with nowhere to turn. But the subjects we worked with dealt with their situations with grace and humor, and it was inspiring to watch in real life."
Shark Tank + Amazon
Whether it's your friend, your significant other, your mom, or you yourself, you probably know someone who can't get enough of Shark Tank, the ABC reality show in which entrepreneurs pitch their products to a team of investors in the hopes of getting funding. If you've ever wanted to own one of the items featured on the show for yourself (or are thinking of gifting one to someone for the holidays), check out these 25 genius Shark Tank products, all of which are available on Amazon. Don't blame us if your shopping cart is filled in five seconds.
Pro Tip: Love gel manicures but don't want to spend the money at the salon? Here's how to do a gel manicure at home, complete with all the tools you need to get the perfect look.
Today's WTF Moment: Thursday marks the last day to order the Hunt a Killer box, a monthly subscription service that allows users to solve detailed fictional murder mysteries, in time for a Christmas delivery. Yes, this is a real thing, and yes, your Serial-loving friend will want it.
What To Watch: Heard about a little Star Wars movie called Rogue One ? The new film comes out tonight, so grab your friends, buy some popcorn, and get yourself to a theater to see Jyn Erso and her band of rebels cause some serious mayhem in the galaxy.
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