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This La Croix Cake Is Peak Millennial

If you weren’t expecting to be spiritually moved by a baked good today, you might want to brace yourself for this: You can learn how to make a La Croix Cake with this pretty easy video tutorial. On th...
By Mia Mercado

How Views On Interracial Marriage Have Changed In The Last 50 Years

This year marks five decades years since Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court case which ruled bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional. A recent report from Pew Research Center shows some ...
By Mia Mercado

Dunkin' Donuts Is Offering Free Frozen Coffee Today

Are you a human who likes free stuff? I mean, are you a human? Because then you probably like free stuff. Well, my fellow free-stuff-loving human, you need to stop whatever you are doing because Dunki...
By Mia Mercado

An Image Series Entitled "Let's Talk About Race" Is Going Viral

The role race plays in our culture is so deeply embedded we often can’t see the kinds of racism and racial power dynamics we encounter on a regular basis. In a photo series entitled “Let’s Talk About ...
By Mia Mercado

Beards May Affect Long Vs. Short Term Relationships

To beard, or not to beard? That is the question researchers set out to answer in a recent study on whether men with beards are seen as more desirable than their non-bearded counterparts. Much of what ...
By Mia Mercado

This Woman's Fiancé Told Her Not To Breastfeed On Social Media

It’s probably not surprising that the topic of breastfeeding would come up in a show entitled The Mummy Diaries, a UK reality program featuring celebrity sisters Sam Faiers and Billie Faiers and their...
By Mia Mercado

Your Sparkling Water Might Make You Hungrier

Science is good because it gives us things like cars and cellphones and no more plague. But sometimes science is like that person who asks if you’re sure you want to have another piece of cake given y...
By Mia Mercado

These Pregnant Women Can Make Their Bellies "Disappear"

In case you haven’t properly had your mind blown today, you need to see these videos of moms-to-be making their pregnant bellies “disappear.” Just so you’re fully mentally prepared, the videos show wo...
By Mia Mercado

Proof Of Parallel Universes Might Exist In This "Cold Spot"

If current events have you hoping for an alternate universe in which the news cycle isn’t a slow march toward destruction, there is hope yet. A new study on the "Cold Spot" in space suggests there may...
By Mia Mercado

A Warning To Parents About Fidget Spinners

PSA to anyone with a fidget spinner: Spin it to your heart’s content ... just please don’t put it in your mouth. After her 10-year-old almost choked on a fidget spinner, a woman from Texas wants to ma...
By Mia Mercado

Support for Marriage Equality Is At An All-Time High In The U.S.

In news that will hopefully restore some of your faith in humanity, U.S. support for marriage equality is at an all-time high. According to a recent Gallup poll, 64 percent of Americans support the le...
By Mia Mercado

7 Types Of Sexual Assault We Need To Stop Minimizing

As a society, we still can’t seem to agree on what is categorized as sexual violence. Questions like “Can sex workers be raped?” or “Is it still assault if the people involved are married to each othe...
By Mia Mercado

Coincidences Have More To Do With Math Than Magic

Some coincidences feel like fate. When you meet a stranger who inexplicably shares your birthday or somehow run into an acquaintance while you’re both far away from home, you’re often left asking, “Wh...
By Mia Mercado

Here Is What Mansplaining Actually Looks Like

Sometimes mansplaining is easy to spot, especially if you follow the trail of sentences that start with “Well, actually…” However, examples of mansplaining aren’t always overt; indeed, they have often...
By Mia Mercado

This Daily Habit Could Make You Happier

Have you said something nice to yourself lately? Well, you should. Not only because you’re great, but also because research suggests reciting a mantra can make you happier. Doing something as simple a...
By Mia Mercado

Mental Health Stigma Is Keeping People From Getting Help

Our cultural conversations about mental health have an impact on people beyond the way we talk or, more often, don’t talk about mental illness. As shown in a new survey, stigmatization has very real a...
By Mia Mercado

15 Quotes About Health Care That Prove It's A Right

Feeling frustrated beyond words about the House passing the American Health Care Act yesterday? Girl, same. If you’ve run out of four-letter feelings to give, let these quotes about why health care is...
By Mia Mercado

The One Thing You Can Do Right Now To Stop The AHCA

On Thursday, the House passed the American Health Care Act with 217 representatives voting favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) and replacing it with the Republica...
By Mia Mercado

How Republicans & Democrats View Poor Vs. Rich People Is Staggering

What do you think makes someone wealthy? I don't mean in the philosophical “is true wealth actually happiness and not money” sense; what I mean is, why do you think some people are rich and others are...
By Mia Mercado

11 Organizations to Support During Mental Health Awareness Month

When it comes to conversations on mental health, our culture is still fairly silent. The stigmatization of mental illness in our country creates an environment where talking about mental health is tab...
By Mia Mercado