Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies Philosophy and her caffeine tolerance. Her work can be found on the Huffington Post, XoJane, and on her critically acclaimed Pinterest boards.

How Do The Disney Parks Differ Around The World?

Many people think only of Disney World in Orlando when they hear the phrase, "Disney Park," but there are actually six different Disney Parks around the world, including a soon-to-be-opened one in Shanghai. The question that arises for any Disney…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

Can You Drink Too Much Coffee?

Every now and again I like to test the limits of things. I'm a person of extremes: I don't want a strawberry, I want a carton of strawberries. I don't want to watch Harry Potter, I want to watch all eight movies in one day. So for me, it's important…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

What Does "Finna" Mean?

Slang changes as quickly as fashion does (or as quickly as Heidi Klum claims fashion does on Project Runway): One day you're in, and the next day you're out. It's almost not worth keeping up with what the cool kids are saying these days, because as…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

Do We Really Need Fart-Stopping Undies?

You know how certain products are phenomenal about making people feel like they should be embarrassed about natural things their bodies do? That's sort of what I feel like Shreddies, a company that created a line of underwear that filters your…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

Young People Aren't The Only Ones Binge Drinking

It looks like rich, well-educated people don't give up their binge-drinking habits once they get their grown-up lives together (thank goodness — that's such a relief). A new study revealed that healthy, active, and sociable adults over the age of 50…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

9 In-N-Out Secret Menu Items Everyone Should Try

Some life experiences are just important to have had. Everyone should, for example, fall off of a bike at some point. Everyone should fall in love and have her heart broken. And definitely, everyone should experience the joy of animal style fries at…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

"Sleeping On It" Is a Valid Way To Solve Problems

In today's episode of "things your mother was right about all along," it turns out that "sleeping on it" actually does help us solve problems. This is excellent news, because it means that whenever you're dealing with what feels like an…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

Does Alcohol Go Bad?

There's a lot of misinformation out there about alcohol, which can lead to innumerable questions about drinking. Is tequila actually an upper instead of a downer? No. Will I really never get sick as long as I stick to one color of liquor? Again, no.…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

The Body Positive Bikini Pic You Need To See

Considering how much negative messaging we get about our bodies in simple day-to-day life, and how constantly we're told that only a certain type of body is desirable or "bikini ready," it's awesome to hear about women like Michelle Elman and her…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

How Do I Order The Secret Menu At In-N-Out?

There's a certain body of knowledge that you have to acquire as a kid growing up in Southern California. We learn young that there's simply no way to get across the 405 at 5 p.m. on a Friday night (which means you better make friends who live on…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

You'll Never Guess What This Is

When I first heard the term "hair ice," I thought it was some kind of beauty trend, possibly involving '90s-esque rhinestones that you iron into your hair. I was therefore quite disappointed to find out that it has nothing, in fact, to do with me…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

The Crackdown On Revenge Porn Is Getting Stronger

It's an all too common scenario: A person takes (or allows someone she trusts to take) naked photos and sends them to a loved one. There is nothing wrong with taking nude photos, and in a perfect world, anyone who takes them shouldn't have to worry…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

But First, Watch This Sloth Take A Selfie

I'm going to say what we've all been thinking: Sloths are under-apreciated, majestic creatures. If you really want to live your life to the fullest, and you do, you really ought to start increasing your daily sloth video intake by roughly 300…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

Selfies Indicate Narcissism, But Who Cares?

The selfie is having a cultural moment, and for better or for worse, we're going to have to talk about it. These unassuming, front-facing camera pictures are the subject of highly volatile and emotional debates, and unsurprisingly, have spawned…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

Do Our Friends Decide Our Relationship Fate?

I have a tendency to seek out reasons to end relationships (is my endgame to make myself completely undatable by saying stuff like this on the Internet?), and one of the easiest methods of finding them is to introduce a guy I'm dating to my friends.…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

How Much Does The McDonald's Secret Menu Cost?

The McCat is out of the McBag: McDonald's has a secret menu that you can order off of, filled with options that range from the relatively mundane (like the Mc10:35, which is an Egg McMuffin with two McDouble patties inside of it) to the completely…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

McDonald's All-Day Breakfast Is So Very Close

I don't know about you, but I think it's downright irresponsible that McDonald's has historically only served breakfast until 10:30 a.m. McMuffins are the world's best hangover food — but since many of us just can't drag ourselves out of bed at that…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

How Do I Use Emoji On Twitter? A Handy Guide

Honestly, when it comes to things you need to keep on fleek, it's best to keep a running list so that you don't overlook anything. Eyebrows, of course, but what about your emoji-game? Sure, you use emoji on iMessage, and Google Drive, but do you use…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

7 Things You Didn't Know About Wine Chemistry

There are very few things in the world that will make you sound as intelligent as knowing about wine will. It's just one of those things that makes someone seem smart, no matter what — kind of like British accents or a snappy pair of spectacles. And…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

5 Lessons We Can Learn From Love Letters To Trees

In 2013, the city of Melbourne in Australia issued ID numbers and email addresses to its trees in order to allow citizens to report threats to trees' health and to guard them from vandalism. The project didn't go as planned — but I mean that in the…
By Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie