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.

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This Is Why You Might Want To Use A Weighted Blanket

When ThunderShirts rolled onto the market, aimed at helping dogs with anxiety by providing the calming feeling of being swaddled, I couldn't help but be intensely jealous. I've always been an anxious person, and was eventually diagnosed with generali…
By James Loke Hale

5 Random Chronic Pain Triggers You Didn’t Know You Could Avoid

Chronic pain affects a massive number of people. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, it affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined, and is the most common cause of long-term disability. …
By James Loke Hale

This Is Why Your iPhone Keeps Randomly Shutting Off By Itself

I became an iPhone convert several years ago, which means I've had one long enough to know that new iOS rollouts can be fraught with all kinds of issues. But the rollout of iOS 11 has seemed like even more of a nightmare than usual, from reports of u…
By James Loke Hale

Searches For Flat Earth Theory Have Tripled In The Last 2 Years & What Is Even Happening

According to Mike Hughes, who recently canceled his plans to launch himself 1,800 feet high in a homemade scrap metal rocket to prove the Earth is flat, "There’s no difference between science and science fiction." It may shock you to find out Hughes'…
By James Loke Hale

These Are The Healthiest In-Flight Meals On 12 Different Airlines

It's no secret that keeping yourself healthy while traveling can be difficult. We have to think about everything, from maintaining a good sleep schedule to mitigating the stress traveling puts on our bodies. It can be especially hard to make sure we'…
By James Loke Hale

5 Apps That Actually Helped Me Save Money

Debt is a major drain on our happiness. On average, millennials who are paying down their student loans have to shell out more than $350 a month, according to Forbes, and for people in entry-level jobs, that's a huge bite out of a small salary. One o…
By James Loke Hale

8 Physical Symptoms Of Stress You Should Never Ignore

2017 has been a rough year for pretty much everyone. And while chances are you're aware you're stressed — maybe a little too aware you're stressed — you may not realize just how many physical symptoms of stress you can feel. Sure, stress has noticeab…
By James Loke Hale

A Teacher Called The Police On A Muslim 6-Year-Old With Down Syndrome, Allegedly Calling Him A Terrorist

On Nov. 30, Fox 26 News reported that the father of a six-year-old Muslim boy with Down Syndrome claims that a substitute teacher allegedly said his son was a terrorist, and called the police on him. According to Maher Suleiman, the boy's father, the…
By James Loke Hale

This Google Chrome Extension Lets You Hide Any News Story That Makes You Sad

In the old days, you had to go looking for crushing existential horror. Now, you can just wake up and glance at literally any social media site, and a bevy of it will be waiting for you. That's where Google Chrome extension Sadblock comes in. It help…
By James Loke Hale

I Didn’t Know Health Anxiety Was A Thing — Until I Was Diagnosed With It

On a spring day in 2015, I woke up to the news that a reporter had died of a brain aneurysm. Shortly after completing an assignment, she had collapsed in front of her team, and despite being rushed to the care of a top neurosurgeon, she died from int…
By James Loke Hale

Sophia The Robot Was Asked If She Wanted A Family, & Her Answer Will Freak You TF Out

Sophia the robot has had a busy year. First, she became the only robot in history to receive citizenship, which set off a debate about the rights of women in Saudi Arabia, then she became a knowledge ambassador for the the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makt…
By James Loke Hale

You Officially Need A New Computer If Yours Does Any Of 5 These Things

If you've ever owned a computer, you know the heart-sinking sight of the Blue Screen of Death. Most times, a blue screen and other worrying computer issues can be fixed with a good ol' turn-it-off-and-back-on, but sometimes those issues are symptoms …
By James Loke Hale

This YouTuber’s Video Of Her Coming Out To Her Family Is Giving The Internet So Many Feelings

Get ready for your heart to melt like a summertime popsicle. Canadian YouTuber ElleoftheMills, aka Elle Mills, came out as bisexual by sharing a touching video of her family members' and friends' reactions to the news, and the video is giving the int…
By James Loke Hale

Upside-Down Christmas Trees Are Trending This Season & Twitter Is Very Confused

Get ready to celebrate the holidays Stranger Things style. Upside-down Christmas trees are now officially a thing, and Twitter, as per usual, has a lot to say about it. As the trend's Twitter Moment puts it: "They're in hotels and they're on sale in …
By James Loke Hale

This Couple Is Naming Their Baby After Olive Garden For A Truly Adorable Reason

Let's be real, coming up with a name for your kid that you and your partner both love is a huge trial. But one couple has found a way to make that decision easier: Name your kid after something you both love. Like, say, Olive Garden. That's right — A…
By James Loke Hale

This Prongles Chips & Cards Against Humanity Conspiracy Theory Just Broke The Internet

A mystery is afoot. You could even say a mystery is popping. And, of course, "Once you pop, that's great!" — at least, according to Prongles, the mystery chip brand appearing in Target stores across the U.S. Luckily our trusty internet sleuths are at…
By James Loke Hale

7 Signs You're Going To Be A Toxic Mom

The fact that parents can easily mess up their kids is one of the top running gags in film. Comedies are chock-full of daddy issues jokes, dramas are fraught with portrayals of damaging mother-daughter relationships, and in very few of these movies d…
By James Loke Hale

This Is Why Anxiety & Depression Get Worse Over The Holidays — And Here's How To Cope

While the winter holidays hold fond memories of family gatherings and giant dinners for plenty of folks, they're also one of the biggest stressors people face all year. In fact, 64 percent of people say their mental health stress level increases expo…
By James Loke Hale

7 Intersectional Ways To Observe Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Nov. 20 is the 19th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, on which we as a community pause to remember trans folks whose lives were taken by anti-transgender violence and prejudice. Nov. 20 is also home to the Transgender Day of Resilience, an art-b…
By James Loke Hale

The Editor Of An LGBTQ Magazine Was Fired After Old Anti-Semitic Tweets Were Discovered

Josh Rivers, the recently appointed editor of Gay Times, and the first Black editor of a gay men's magazine, was fired from his role after it was discovered that he reportedly tweeted comments offensive to different marginalized groups as recently as…
By James Loke Hale