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

If You’re Big On JOMO, You’re Going To Love Niksen, The Dutch Concept of Doing Nothing

So long, hygge. Bye bye, lagom. This year, we're taking inspiration from the Netherlands for a concept that helps us prioritize health and wellbeing through basic hanging out: the art of niksen. Carolien Janssen, in her book Niksen: The Dutch Art Of…
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6 Apps To Keep On Your Phone In Case Of An Emergency

Even though it shouldn't feel this way, being a woman in public can sometimes feel very unsafe. Research conducted by Cornell University in 2015 found that 85 percent of women in the United States have experienced street harassment before the age of…
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4 Supplements To Take When You Have The Flu & 2 To Avoid

During cold and flu season, most of us just want to huddle under the covers with Netflix, a box of tissues, and enough flu medication to build a small castle. If you like to go the supplements route to boost your recovery, be aware that supplements…
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9 Old-Fashioned Ways People Used To Try To Prevent The Flu

The flu has been around in some form for thousands of years. The Greek physician Hippocrates is thought to have written about the flu as early as 412 B.C., and around that time, it was thought that the flu came from "bad air" or misfortune in the…
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The Extremely Creepy History Of Ouija Boards

There are plenty of horror movies that use Ouija boards, usually involving extremely attractive teenagers who unwittingly summon an unfriendly demon. (Sad!) But the history of the Ouija board itself is more complicated and fascinating than Hollywood…
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Yes, You Can Get Breast Cancer Even If It Doesn’t Run In Your Family

Thanks to the popularity of at-home DNA testing kits, it's now pretty widely known that some people's risk of breast cancer can be hereditary, and science is better than ever at detecting those genes that can raise your risk of breast cancer. But…
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A Huge New Study Destroyed That Myth That Girls Are Worse At STEM Than Boys

One of the biggest fallacies about the lack of women in STEM — aka, science, engineering, technology and mathematics — is the widespread, incorrect belief that their brains just “aren’t made for it.” Despite copious evidence that women do just fine…
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3 Women Share How Their Mastectomies Changed Their Relationships With Their Bodies

Every year, over 250,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Breast cancer can be treated with different therapies, including chemotherapy or radiation, but one common course of treatment…
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Yes, You Can Have A Cold & The Flu At The Same Time (Unless You Do This)

Every flu season, you stock up on your favorite home remedies — chicken soup, echinacea, warm honey, and serious OTC medicine — and aim to keep clear of anybody sneezing on the subway. However, it's called cold and flu season for a reason — and it…
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7 Myths About IVF We Need To Talk About After Watching 'This Is Us'

The new season of This Is Us is getting praise for tackling the subject of IVF, as Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) start the process of in-vitro fertilization to try to have a family. The show brings much-needed awareness around the…
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Being Nice To Someone Literally Makes Your Brain Light Up, Science Says

Being kind and helping others is a great way to boost your mood. However, the mechanisms of it have remained a bit obscure. Now, a new overview of brain studies published in NeuroImage has found, for the first time, what kindness looks like in the…
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6 Habits Of Sociopaths That Are Pretty Common In Non-Sociopaths

You've probably heard your friend call that potential date who ghosted her a "sociopath," but actually being a sociopath is far different than movies make it out to be. People are fascinated by others who exhibit the characteristics of both…
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7 Girls Who Changed History You Probably Didn’t Learn About In School

From Malala Yousafzai to Anne Frank, world history is full of girls who contributed massively to the biggest events in human civilization while still not being quite 18 yet. But as world history has shown us, it's rare that girls and women get the…
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Here's What Food Will Be At Princess Eugenie's Wedding Reception

The best part of a wedding is the food, even if it's your own wedding. (Trust me, I've had three separate wedding parties.) And gourmets around the world have been watching the royal weddings of the past few years with anticipation to see what…
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The Scandalous Reason Why There Was Never A Duchess Of Sussex Before Meghan Markle

Titles in the English peerage — duke, baron, earl and other fancy names — aren't a simple matter. They aren't always handed down through families, and while some survive for centuries before dying out, others disappear for years before being "given"…
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A New Study Says Baby Aspirin Can Help Lower Your Ovarian Cancer Risk

The idea of taking a daily aspirin as a way to lower your risk of health issues has been debated by scientists for some time. A 2007 study found that some women who took a daily dose of aspirin were less likely than others to die of heart disease,…
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8 Podcasts About LGBTQ History You’ll Learn A Lot From

Queer people have always shaped world history, even if historians have often been wary of talking about it. From ancient LGBTQ history, when Roman Emperor Hadrian built a city for his partner, Antinous, after the young man drowned in the Nile in AD…
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I’m Not American, But The Anger Around Columbus Day Still Hits Close To Home

Every year around Columbus Day, the holiday to commemorate Italian-born explorer Christopher Columbus' contributions to what's now the United States of America, people ask why we still even have the holiday at all, which most only observe with a day…
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This Is Why You Might Be Feeling SAD Symptoms Already

The beginning of cold weather and shorter days means a lot of shifts are coming: swapping out your outdoor runs for treadmill sessions, salads for soups, and cute summer clothes for cozy sweaters and socks. However, for some people, the start of the…
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Australia Is On Track To Eradicate Cervical Cancer In The Next 20 Years, Thanks To This Vaccine

A new report published this week suggests that Australia is on track to eradicate cervical cancer, with diagnosis predicted to drop to nearly zero in the next 20 years. The report, published in the The Lancet suggests that a coordinated attack on…
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