JR Thorpe
JR Thorpe lives in Britain, collects vintage ball gowns and poetry books, and has had blue hair for ten years.

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Bizarre Beliefs About Dreams From History

Despite huge advances in sleep science and our understanding of the human brain, our understanding of what on earth specifically makes us shut our eyes and vividly hallucinate for 8 hours a night rema...
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Bizarre Anxiety Cures From History

If you're living with an anxiety disorder, you're not alone; the Anxiety Center of America estimates that around 18.1 percent of the American population have an anxiety disorder of some kind or anothe...
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Can Having A Garden Improve Your Health?

There's a lot of evidence that gardens, lawns and natural places — "green spaces," as they're called — are psychologically and physically healthy for humans. They offer stress reduction and other appa...
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Science's Weirdest Sleep Hacks From Science

Yes, you do in fact need to get a good night's sleep, and no, I am not just imitating your mother when I say that. Scientific research keeps reinforcing the value of sleep for our mental and physical ...
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Tired Of Succulents? Try These Bizarre Garden Trends From History

Whether you're a green thumb or, like me, have never met a green plant you couldn't kill, you can still thoroughly enjoy National Garden Month. These days, gardening has become more lo-fi and adaptabl...
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Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Leads To Some Weird Royal Traditions

It must be good to be Queen — well, most of the time, anyway. Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 91 today, is the English nation's longest-living monarch, and along with her famous corgis (whose names, I f...
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The Most Sexist Inventions Of All Time

When surveying the catalogue of human ingenuity that is the history of invention, a few things stick out. One is that we are an extremely innovative species who can solve basically any problem (and in...
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Was Donald Trump On The First 'TIME' 100 Most Influential People List?

Today is one of the days each year that marks out a reckoning in American culture: it's the debut of TIME's annual 100 Most Influential list, which has been a part of the landscape for 13 years since ...
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Why Reading Poetry Is Good For Your Brain

Get out your Emily Dickinson and brush off your Sylvia Plath: it's National Poetry Month. In between appreciating your favorite poets, though, you may want to consider another way poetry can light up ...
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Badass Inventions That Changed The World For Women

When it comes to identifying spectacular innovations that have changed the world for women, there are quite a lot of candidates. Getting rid of the corset? A+++. The realization that "hysteria" is act...
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Why Climate Change Is Bad For Your Mental Health

In a world where it often feels like climate change is an unstoppable force (for instance, the Great Barrier Reef is now "officially" dying, according to news out earlier this week), most of us are pr...
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Why Does It Feel Good To Shop?

Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never...
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What Does An Incompetent Leader Do To A Country?

If there's one thing that many Americans have been wondering about since, oh, let's say some time near the end of January, it's the impact an incompetent political leader can have on a country — even ...
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History's Most Awful Punishments For Not Paying Your Taxes

Ah, the smell the scent of desperation, W-2s and anxious calls to the IRS's office about whether your 14 pugs qualify as dependents. It must be tax season. If you're feeling particularly nervous about...
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Can You Train Yourself To Be More Patient?

Would you describe yourself as impatient? Jumpy? Unable to wait more than three minutes for something to happen, and liable to get irritated with anything that delays or seems unnecessarily slow? Ther...
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History's Most Absurdly Spoiled Pets

Did you wake up this morning feeling a little more inclined to love your flea-bitten furball than usual? That makes perfect sense, because it's National Pet Day — hence why Instagram is crammed with l...
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What is "High-Functioning" Alcoholism?

Most of us are familiar with the concept of the "high-functioning" (or just "functioning") alcoholic — a person who, contrary to popular stereotypes about addicts, manages to hold down a job, pay thei...
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Antibiotics Could Help Fight PTSD

Over the past several decades, a lot of work and scientific effort has been dedicated to finding new methods of treating post-traumatic stress disorder, an extreme anxiety disorder that triggers sever...
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The Bizarre History Of STD Treatments

April is many things — a month that contains a wide variety of holidays including Easter, Passover, Earth Day, and two weeks of breaking out into a cold sweat over your taxes — but it is also STD Awar...
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Heavy Drinking Can Make Your Anxiety Disorder Worse

When it comes to heavy drinking and mental health, odds are high that the first psychiatric condition that springs to mind is depression. And it's true, drinking can play a role in cases of depression...
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