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This Is What Happens To Your Brain When You Watch A Pimple Popping Video

There are two kinds of people on the internet: those who love to watch pimple popping videos and those who do not understand why people watch pimple popping videos. I am in the latter camp. Based on the amount of time I spend picking at my own face, …
By Mia Mercado

Do This To Make Sure You Never Get An Infection From A Menstrual Cup

Trying new things can be intimidating, especially when that new thing involves managing your period. If you’ve ever considered switching from your tried and true tampons or pads to a menstrual cup, questions like “Is it safe?” and “Can I get an infec…
By Mia Mercado

This Is The Sneaky Way Mercury Retrograde Can Mess With Your Sleep Patterns

This time of year is not lack for things to keep us up at night: the stress of the holiday season, Trump, the stress of holiday gatherings where family will want to talk about Trump. Now, there’s another thing to add to that list because Mercury retr…
By Mia Mercado

This Dad Just Sent The Most SCATHING Letter About Sexism To His Daughter’s School

If you’re looking for a particularly salty new way to call out sexism, take a note from this dad’s book and do it with a heavy dose of sarcasm. In a tweet that has since gone viral, Stephen Callaghan shared a letter he wrote calling out sexism at his…
By Mia Mercado

“Headline Stress Disorder” May Be The Reason You Spent More Money On Alcohol This Year

Stressing out about the current news cycle is about the most American thing you can partake in nowadays. Second only, perhaps, to drinking away said news cycle stress. If you feel like the news is making you drink more, you’re far from alone. In fact…
By Mia Mercado

Science Says This Holiday Song Will Make You Happier Than Any Other

People’s opinions on Christmas music are held at practically a sacred level—which songs are the best, which ones are overplayed, and just how soon is too soon to start playing it. There’s now one holiday song debate science has supposedly settled for…
By Mia Mercado

These 10 Powerful Quotes From 'TIME's "Silence Breakers" Will Stick With You

2017 has been the year of long overdue cultural conversations, namely those surrounding sexual harassment and assault. Now, TIME magazine has named ‘The Silence Breakers’ as their 2017 Person of the Year. The magazine’s much-anticipated profile recog…
By Mia Mercado

The Sexiest Thing About You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Who among us hasn’t felt extremely unsexy at least once or twice or seven hundred times in their life? On our least sexy-feeling days, when even the sexiest of sexy Beyoncé songs can’t bolster our confidence, we’re left asking ourselves what qualitie…
By Mia Mercado

An Airline Allegedly "Brushed Off" Randi Zuckerberg's Harassment Claims — So She Went To Twitter

In a tweet posted to her account Wednesday evening, Randi Zuckerberg called out Alaska Airlines for allegedly enabling a passenger seated next to her who she claims sexually harassed her repeatedly on a recent flight. Zuckerberg, who is the CEO of Zu…
By Mia Mercado

This “Magic Potty Baby” Commercial From 1991 Is 29 Straight Seconds Of “WHAT?!”

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night, drenched cold sweat, suddenly overcome with pangs of pure embarrassment from something so stupid you did, like, 20 years ago? Something that probably, hopefully, nobody remembers except you? That’s what…
By Mia Mercado

Dolphins Bring Each Other Gifts To Mate & It's Precious As Heck

Because the world deserves some pleasant news (and also for scientific purposes, I guess), researchers have released a new study with evidence that male dolphins give female dolphins gifts as an apparent part of their mating rituals. ‘Tis the gift-gi…
By Mia Mercado

The Scary Reason Why You Should Check Your Airbnb For Hidden Cameras

In “everything is creepy and terrible” news, you probably should start checking any Airbnb rooms you book for secret cameras. Complete with photos of the spy cam in question, one person recently took to Twitter to share the experience of a colleague …
By Mia Mercado

10 Women Reveal The Career Advice They'd Give Their 20-Year-Old Selves

As much as my undergraduate self wanted to wish it true, there is not a three-credit class for every aspect of life. There are, however, plenty of people willing to offer pearls of wisdom they’ve gathered along their own job paths, passing along the …
By Mia Mercado

An Alarming Number Of Men Think People Are “Too Sensitive” About Workplace Sexual Harassment

Americans’ views on sexual harassment and its severity appear to be changing as each day brings to light a new set of allegations against another powerful person. However, a recent Gallup poll on sexual harassment reveals just how far we have to go w…
By Mia Mercado

9 Fun Old-Fashioned Weekend Activities We Should Bring Back

Some weekends, it can be hard to think of anything to do that isn’t cozying up on the couch and marathoning a show on Netflix. If there’s any time to binge watch yourselves into hibernation, it’s definitely on a lazy Saturday. However, if you and you…
By Mia Mercado

The 4 Least Common Birthdays All Have Something Bizarre In Common

Fellow Virgos, I come bearing some unfortunate news: we are ... aggressively average. According to data compiled in 2016 by the website FiveThirtyEight, September is the most common birth month in the United States, with nine out of the ten most popu…
By Mia Mercado

The Career You Should Consider Switching To, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Figuring out what job you were born to do is far from easy. (I mean, understanding our life’s purpose is only the question that’s plagued humans for, like, millennia.) In fact, some may argue there is no single job anyone was “born to do.” But they p…
By Mia Mercado

The 3 Main Symptoms Of Tonsil Stones Are Also Super Subtle

If you are among the population of people endlessly fascinated with tonsil stone removal videos, you’ve probably paused one of those videos to asked yourself, “Wait...do I have tonsil stones?” Even I, a person who goes “yuck yuck ew no” and quickly s…
By Mia Mercado

The Percentage Of Black Writers In Television Writing Rooms Is Shockingly Low

The lack of racial representation in media is a problem that extends beyond who we see on our screens. As a new study on race in writers’ rooms shows, there are alarmingly few people of color behind-the-scenes in television. This recent report specif…
By Mia Mercado

7 Ways Staying Up Late Could Be Harmful To Your Health

Getting a good night’s sleep is often easier said than done, especially when things like Netflix and Twitter and beating the next level of Candy Crush exist. But it is going to bed in the wee hours of the morning really that big of a deal? Is staying…
By Mia Mercado