James is a queer and transgender writer on a mission to watch every horror movie ever made. They are a Scripps alum and former small-town general assignment reporter, and now write about pop culture, general geekery, LGBT interests, and fat positivity. They own a small tan velociraptor.

6 Apps That Will Help You Remember To Drink More Water

I suck at drinking water. It wasn't until I went to the hospital for migraines when I was younger that my family realized I have a habit of just not drinking water at all — and not surprisingly, that was contributing to my near-daily migraines. Ever …
By James Loke Hale

The Way Your Office Is Set Up Could Make You Way Less Productive, A New Study Shows

If, over the past few years, you've worked in an office, been anywhere near an office, or been remotely close to anyone who works in an office, you probably know open office layouts have been the hot topic in corporate office design. Proponents of th…
By James Loke Hale

This Kind Of Super Rare Asteroid Was Discovered Pretty Close To Us

When near-Earth object 2017 YE5 recently swung by Earth, scientists made an incredible discovery: Not only is 2017 YE5 actually two asteroids orbiting each other, not one solo asteroid, but the truly special part is that those two asteroids are rough…
By James Loke Hale

Beekeepers Are Debunking The Internet’s Most Precious Myth

If you've ever been on the internet, it's virtually impossible to avoid coming across some version of the ultra-cute advice suggesting you give a little spoonful of sugar water to bees who are tired. There's almost nothing more adorable than imaginin…
By James Loke Hale

100 People Have Now Gotten Sick From Salmonella-Tainted Cereal

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a July 12 update that it continues to recommend consumers not purchase or consume any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of best-by date, as 100 cases of salmonella linked to the cer…
By James Loke Hale

Some SNAP Users Won’t Be Able To Use Their Benefits At Farmers Markets After This Month

Folks who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly referred to as food stamps, face a near constant barrage of proposed cuts to the system, from the Trump administration's idea of replacing SNAP with food boxes to the pr…
By James Loke Hale

Your OCD Risk May Go Up If You Don’t Get Enough Sunlight, A New Study Suggests

We already know that getting less sunlight can affect people's mental health. Around six percent of folks in the U.S. experience seasonal affective disorder, where the lack of sunlight over the winter months can cause symptoms of depression. But acco…
By James Loke Hale

The Thai Soccer Team Used Meditation To Keep Calm While They Were Trapped In The Cave

In news that was heard around the world, all 12 members of the Thai soccer team, the Wild Boars, along with their 25-year-old coach Ekapol Chanthawong, have now been rescued from the cave where they were trapped and are recovering at a hospital. All …
By James Loke Hale

Science Says Your Brain May Be Just As Unique As Your Fingerprints

A distant sci-fi future where people can be identified using quickly taken MRI scans of their brains sounds far-fetched and not terribly practical, but according to a recent study, it may be possible to identify each and every individual person becau…
By James Loke Hale

Starbucks Is Officially Getting Rid Of Plastic Straws In Stores

It's official: your daily iced coffee will come sans single-use straw in the next few years. Starbucks will stop using plastic straws in its 28,000-plus stores around the world by 2020, the coffee brand tells Bustle via email. The company says it wil…
By James Loke Hale

Surprise: The Earth Is Actually As Far Away From The Sun As It Can Get Right Now

Unfortunately for us, it doesn't matter how far from the sun we get: The Earth is still going to be hot as heck. On July 6, Earth was at aphelion, officially at its farthest from the sun, orbiting at a distance of 94,507,803 miles, as opposed to its …
By James Loke Hale

You Can Now Take A Tour Of The Louvre Inspired By Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s “Apesh*t” Video

If you're understandably obsessed with powerhouse creative couple Beyoncé and JAY-Z, get ready to get hyped: following the success of their song "Apes**t," for which the music video was filmed entirely in the Louvre, the Paris art museum has created …
By James Loke Hale

Your Summer Picnic Could Put You At Risk For Food Poisoning — Here's How To Protect Yourself

Getting out in the sun and enjoying a barbecue or picnic is an essential part of summer goodness, but health experts caution that between gabbing with your friends and fam and going for a dip in the lake, you should be keeping an eye on your food to …
By James Loke Hale

You Can Now Get A Subscription Box Of Non-Toxic Cleaning Products & Your House Will Thank You

Cleaning your house is one of those activities that's kinda hard to make exciting. We all have to do it, and whether we opt for traditional cleaners or more modern natural options, the end result is ideally the same. But green cleaning company Cleanc…
By James Loke Hale

No, Your Smartphone Isn’t Listening To You — But It *Can* Track You In This Sneaky Way

Paranoia that our cellphones are secretly allowing corporations or even governments to track our every move has been around since, well, the moment cellphones hit store stands. But given recent concerns about how apps treat users' personal and privat…
By James Loke Hale

Twitter Is Hilariously Divided Over How Long A Nap Should Be — But Here’s What Studies Say

When it comes to naps, there's all sorts of conflicting information available about exactly how long the perfect nap should be. There's the 26-minute NASA nap, the "Dalí nap," a micronapping method developed by painter Salvador Dalí that lasted no lo…
By James Loke Hale

This Airline Will Let You Eat Like An Astronaut & The Menu Is A Childhood Dream Come True

Passengers on German airline Lufthansa's upcoming long-haul business class flights are in for an out-of-this-world treat. The airline developed an astronaut-inspired menu to celebrate the current mission of German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who trave…
By James Loke Hale

Twitter Is Obsessed With This Simple But Genius Hack For Repelling Ants

It's summer, which means whether you're at a picnic, chilling in your yard, or (worst of all) lying in your own cozy bed, there's a chance an ant may just be waiting to invade your space. OK, so maybe ants aren't that sinister, and most of the time t…
By James Loke Hale

Bed Bath & Beyond Is Testing A New Rewards Program & You're Going To Want To Join ASAP

Get ready for some good news, Bed Bath & Beyond fans, because your ability to snag new décor for your pad is getting a serious upgrade. Bed Bath & Beyond just launched its new rewards program, Beyond+, and it comes with two big-time benefits that wil…
By James Loke Hale

9 Houseplants That Can Keep Bugs Out Of Your House

There are few things more unpleasant than being curled up in bed with a good book, your pup on your feet, about to sink into sleep... and then feeling the particular unmistakable tickle of a bug crawling across you. It is the worst. And if you keep u…
By James Loke Hale