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

What Your Sleeping Position Says About Your Personality, According To Science

Sleeping position can be more than just the arrangement of limbs your cat finds a way to tread on every morning. Your sleep position can reveal a surprising amount of things about you, from your personality to clues about your health. For instance,…
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Here’s How To Sleep Better When You Share A Bed With Someone Else

Sleeping is amazing — and while relationships are great, the presence of another person in your bed-space can take time to get used to. If you get territorial over your share of duvet, or like stretching out like a starfish, you might be struggling…
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How To Deal With Giving & Getting Presents From Toxic Family Members

The holidays can be a difficult time if you have toxic family members. Given that the holidays emphasize family and togetherness, it can be hard to square the glossy, warm-and-fuzzy hype with the sometimes difficult realities of toxic families. One…
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An Aquarium In California Called Out The Squid Emoji For This Major Design Flaw

Whether you're an early adopter or a begrudging tap-backer, you probably come into contact with emojis everyday. While hieroglyphs and symbols have been part of human communication for thousands of years, emojis are now the modern way to wear your…
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6 American Holiday Traditions That Meghan Markle Can’t Take Part In Anymore

The holiday season is a time to enjoy traditions that have been celebrated for years on end. We all get a bit upset if the holiday rituals we've enjoyed since we were kids get disrupted (What do you mean I can't run around playing with my presents…
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5 Ways To Make Your Holiday Gifting More Sustainable

The holidays are a time for generosity and tasty food, but its environmental impact can be a bit more sobering. Want to make your holidays more eco-friendly? You're not alone. According to data by Stanford, it's the peak time for rubbish heading to…
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4 Science-Based Hacks To Fit Even More In Your Suitcase

Whether you're packing a bag to visit your parents for the holidays or looking at six weeks' worth of clothing for a trip to Europe, the struggle to be efficient with your packing can be highly confusing. Everybody has their "own" system, but it…
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The Random But Real Difference Between A Boil & A Pimple

Unless you're incredibly lucky, you've likely had a pimple or some kind of skin infection in your life. They're very common, particularly during adolescence, but many of us experience minor acne well into our 20s — or even 30s. However, there are…
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I’d Never Heard Of This Bacteria That Can Affect Pregnancy — Until I Found Out I Carried It

Last week, as part of a test for another issue entirely, I found out that I have a condition called Group B Strep, or Streptococcus agalactiae. It's pretty common — the National Health Service estimates that it's carried by around 20 to 25 percent…
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Here’s What The Royal Family’s Holiday Meals Look Like

The holiday season is known for many things: cozy winter weather, family time, but above all, food. This isn't any different from the holiday habits of royal families, since after all, they need to eat too. What do royals eat during the holidays?…
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8 Science-Backed Tricks To Help You Deal With Holiday Travel Anxiety

Traveling during the holidays can be intense. There are more people in transit than at any other time of year, and for every charming "home for the holidays" story, there's an over-tired passenger who's had two flights canceled and is panicking…
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Science Says Your Cat’s Tongue Is Way More Powerful Than You Thought

Cats always choose to clean themselves at really opportune times — when you're giving your date a tour of your apartment, or having an awkward conversation with your parents, they'll decide it's the best possible moment to sit with their leg in the…
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6 Subtle Signs You Have High Functioning Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a common problem; many of us just aren't able to get enough ZZZs, and have to deal with the consequences the next day. But sleep deprivation doesn't just look like endless yawning, tiny "microsleeps," and general fogginess. A…
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Here’s How Feeling Lonely Changes Your Brain, According To Science

Everybody has felt lonely. It's one of the quintessential human experiences, and feeling lonely can trigger a period of sadness — or a period of self-discovery, depending on how you approach it. Benedictine monk Laurence Freedman, an advocate for…
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If You Always Wake Up Dehydrated, It Could Be A Sign Of These 6 Things

Waking up in the morning with a mouth drier than ash and a feeling of general malaise often points to one particular condition: dehydration. If this is a regular feature of your morning routine, and it doesn't coincide with hangovers, there could be…
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6 Weird Royal Holiday Traditions From History

The holidays at the royal households around the world are full of age-old ritual; royal holiday traditions of the British royals are famously off-beat, as are those of the Swedish royals, who eat special jellied fish dishes, or the Danes, who attend…
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7 Ways To Make Your Pet Feel At Home If You Just Moved Into A New Place

Moving a pet to a new place can be the most stressful part of the entire ordeal, including signing the contracts. I would know; I just moved my elderly rescue cat to a new country via a 14-hour trip in the back of a car. Miraculously, she doesn't…
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5 Tricks To Keep Yourself From Getting Sick While Traveling

We all have our own tips and tricks to not get sick when we travel. Stay away from the sneezing family in the airport lounge; carry hand sanitizer; get every recommended vaccination and make sure all the others are up to date — these are obvious,…
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6 Things To Say To Diffuse The Inevitable Family Argument Over The Holidays

No matter how well your family gets along most of the year, the holidays are a particularly fertile time for a family argument. Put a lot of family members together in a small space for an extended period, add sugar and boredom, and submerged feuds,…
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Here’s Why You Feel Physically Exhausted After Therapy, According To Experts

People who've recently started therapy or have begun doing what my therapist called "deep work" — delving deeply into serious, sometimes upsetting personal issues — may be unfamiliar with what can come next: the therapy hangover. It can feel like…
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