A Word With: Matthew Goode Knows How to Charm. Just Ask Lady Mary and Princess Margaret.

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Bringing to Life the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Only Her Family Knows

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Luka Doncic isn’t your average rookie, and he knows it

The Mavericks phenom possesses a rare blend of skill, savvy and swag that is leaving his veteran teammates in awe.
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PCAs Style Star Finalist Blake Lively Knows How to Rock a Red Carpet

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Todd Gurley knows your fantasy football joys and pains

The Rams running back knows how valuable and popular he is to fantasy football players, and he’s paying back the loyalty.
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What Your Car Knows About You

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Jimmy Kimmel Thinks He Knows Where Trump Finds His Cabinet Picks

Just click for “thousands of high-paying jobs you shouldn’t be within a 1,000 miles of.”
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What Mark Zuckerberg Didn’t Say About What Facebook Knows About You

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told Congress you have ‘full access’ to the information the social network gathers about you, but it keeps some personal data that you can’t control.
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Father knows best — just ask Madison Bowey

When Madison Bowey made his NHL debut, his dad missed the game because of a travel issue. But Will Bowey has been there every other step of the way. The Capitals rookie and his dad dish on shared role model Willie O’Ree and finding camaraderie with Ovi.
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Lisa Kudrow: The Friends Cast Knows About Fake Movie Trailer, But I Don’t Know What to Do With It

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Karlie Kloss Knows Exactly How To Pair A Purple Leather Skirt With A White Tee

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Prince Harry Really Knows How To Rock A Casual Look

Like a fine wine, it appears Prince Harry just keeps getting better (and better dressed) with age. 

Harry attended a mental health conference in London Thursday dressed sharply in a gray jacket, white button-front shirt and blue pants. It’s not necessarily a bold or fresh new look, but he definitely wears it well.  

Just look at the fit on this thing. 

Harry met with former armed services members and one particularly adorable assistance dog, who made us realize for the first time ever that Harry is basically a human golden retriever: handsome, eager and slightly red-headed.

We’re not implying that girlfriend Meghan Markle dressed him for the occasion, but she does star on a show called “Suits.” Just saying. 

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This robot knows when it screws up by reading your mind

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Netflix Knows About Your Binging Breathers, And What You Do With Them

Fulfilling its role as wise omnipotent narrator, Netflix has surveyed its vast subscriber base of 86 million happy couch potatoes and discovered patterns in our binging once again.

We like TV. But we still aren’t bored with movies. After we finish watching all available seasons of a TV show on Netflix, most of us (59 percent) take at least a one-day breather ― the average is three days ― before committing to another show.

In a report released Wednesday, Netflix says most people who take breaks (61 percent) like to watch a movie or documentary during that time between shows “to keep the binge feeling alive,” a statement reads. The streaming service also noted the types of movies viewers are likely to go for based on which series they’ve just finished. 

For a lot of TV-movie pairings, the rationale is clear. After “House of Cards,” some moved on to “Beasts of No Nation,” which features a different ruthless leader, and after “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” some move on to “The Princess Bride,” another quirky comedy. Many “Gilmore Girls” viewers moved on to pop culture classics “Sixteen Candles” and “Dirty Dancing”; many “Luke Cage” viewers switched to U.S. criminal justice documentary “13th.”

The exception is when viewers choose a comedy flick. According to Netflix, people tend to choose comedies when they need a change of pace ― after watching the scary series “American Horror Story” or “Stranger Things,” for example. 

“It’s interesting that in this golden age of television, movies are consistently in demand on Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer. “What we’ve come to figure out is that movies are really an important part of people’s viewing routines and complementary to the way they watch and enjoy TV.”

Take a look at some of their other findings below:

The company looked at viewership data from 86 million subscribers. To find popular TV-movie pairings, Netflix analyzed over 100 TV series to identify which movies were paired “most frequently per market.”

The report comes on the heels of an announcement this week that Netflix will spend a cool $ 6 billion on original content in 2017, up from a measly $ 5 billion in 2016.

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name and Accepts Your Politics

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10 Things Everyone With An Opposite-Sex Bestie Knows To Be True

Rom-coms like “When Harry Met Sally” are at least partially responsible for planting the misguided idea that men and women are incapable of being “just friends” without eventually falling in love or having sex.

We recently asked real-life, opposite-sex best friends to set the record straight once and for all. Below, 10 things opposite-sex besties wish other people understood about their bond: 

1. We love each other (as friends!) but We. Are. Not. Attracted. To. Each. Other. 

“Ryan and I have been best friends for 16 years. He’s been my roommate on two separate occasions, including once with my then-boyfriend. We have never so much as even kissed. Truly no attraction, just a deep bond. Our respective significant others have handled it differently over the years, but eventually they all realized it will forever be platonic. He is my best friend. My big brother. He taught me to drive a car, I taught him how to cook. We love each other like family. We fight like family sometimes too, but that’s what makes it special.” ― Channing L. 

2. The friendship isn’t a threat to our romantic relationships.

“If the trust is there between you and your spouse and your best friend, it works fine. My best friend Jason was in my wedding and is now good friends with my husband. And my husband’s best friend Christen was also in our wedding and has become one of my closest friends. If anything the best friend is an ally to your spouse because they can exchange advice on how to deal with you!” – Kayla D.

3. But some romantic partners just won’t understand it. 

“I’ve had problems in dating where people don’t trust me or the other person in my friendship. Too many people are putting too much emphasis on sex. I don’t know about you, but I can honestly say I’m not sexually attracted to every single person on the planet and I can find value in a person other than what’s in their pants. Imagine that.” ― Jesse E. 

4. Everyone ― from waiters to people on the street ― assumes we are husband and wife. 

“My friend Chris and I have been friends for 23 years and now as married adults (just not married to each other!), there is a stigma about our friendship. Our spouses don’t care that we are still great friends but when we are out together, people assume we are married to each other. So to counter those assumptions, we make jokes like, ‘I’m one of the wives…’” ― Erica W. 

5. Or that we’ve had sex. 

“Everybody will think you slept together. And even when you try to explain how that would be so unfathomable, unthinkable, and probably impossible, they think you’re lying.” ― Kira L. 

6. Or that we’re secretly in love.

“Jeff and I are best friends and there are people that refuse to believe that after 28 years, we haven’t at some point liked each other or had something going on. Anyone who really knows us knows we are like brother and sister and protect each other as such. We have love and respect for each other’s spouses and I think the old argument that men and women can’t be just friends is sexist.” ― Lauren Carter

7. Well-meaning people will inevitably ask eye-rolling questions.

“Cole and I have been through a lot together. We’ve also been to a lot of parties or social gatherings together. At these gatherings, there’s always at least one person who will ask one of many annoying questions ranging from ‘Why we haven’t mashed our fun bits together?’ to ‘When will the wedding invitations will be in the mail?’ The one I’ve grown to resent the most is, ‘You guys should really date, you’re so perfect together!’ Please excuse me while my eyes roll completely to the back of my head. The fact that we are so good together and have managed to stay friends is because at some point in our 17-year friendship, we drew a line in the sand and we knew not to cross it if we wanted to keep our friendship strong. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.” ― Natalie F. 

8. And critics might just be projecting their own insecurities. 

“Any time a man or woman has expressed disbelief in the existence of opposite-sex, platonic friendships [to me], it has always been due to a serious case of projection. Just because you can’t maintain platonic, opposite-sex friendships doesn’t mean that everyone else is suspect. I’ve met a lot of men and women whose blanket disapproval of their partners’ opposite-sex friendships stems from a personal history of being unfaithful, and the inability to keep it in their pants.” ― David D. 

9. It’s possible to be affectionate with your bestie in a completely platonic way. 

“My best friend and I are of the opposite sex, even though I technically identify as gender fluid. Yes, we sleep in the same bed. Yes, we cuddle. Yes, we show affection. Are we in a romantic relationship? No. We’re both gay. I think it’s important to understand that you can be affectionate and show love to someone of the opposite sex without them being your significant other. I love my friend very much and he loves me. It really bugs me when people make gibes at us and call us ‘lovers,’ especially since neither of us is interested in the opposite sex.” ― Calley T.

10. And it’s even possible to have a non-sexual friendship with someone you’ve had sex with in the past. 

“Chris and I have been BFFs for like eight years now. We were in the Marine Corps together, did the dirty twice, and beyond all of that, have formed an incredibly solid friendship. He actually introduced me to my boyfriend because he felt that my boyfriend and I would click. He was 1000 percent correct. The thing I wish people knew about different-sex friendships is that just because you may have been horizontal with them at one point doesn’t mean it’s something that will happen again ― especially after a certain number of years of being each other’s wingperson. You know things about them (and they you) that make having sex super weird.” ― Rachael G. 

**Some responses have been edited or condensed for clarity. 

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Carol Burnett Is A Feminist Hero Whether She Knows It Or Not

Carol Burnett is a bonafide feminist hero. She rose up at the helm of her own variety show decades before the question of whether women are funny was somehow a thing. While her brand of humor never contained explicitly activist messages, the very fact of her presence during the women’s lib movement, of performing each night as the first female host of a comedy variety show, was a feminist act — whether she realizes it or not.

“You know, Carol, variety is a man’s game,” CBS told her at the time, trying to talk her out of creating what would become “The Carol Burnett Show.” She didn’t listen to them, of course; she just did what she wanted to do.

As Burnett tells it, her contract stipulating guest appearances on “The Garry Moore Show” contained a clause that allowed her to pursue a variety show within five years of her 10-year contract with the network. On the last day of that fifth year, she decided to push the button.

 ”They had forgotten about it,” she said, laughing at the implausibility of her rise to prominence on a technicality.

CBS initially asked Burnett to consider a sitcom instead, but she balked at the idea of doing the same thing each week. She wanted to play different characters. She wanted to have musical numbers. She was a Broadway baby, after all.

“The Carol Burnett Show” debuted in 1967 and ran for over 10 years. It was a ratings gem for the network, heralded as a good enough excuse to stay in on Saturday nights. Burnett made waves bringing in huge names for her musical acts and convincing them to participate in sketches, with the likes of Bing Crosby entangled in her physical comedy. She parodied entire movies, using the typically uneven genre of the variety show to deliver lengthy one-acts based on cultural staples. (See: That “Gone With The Wind” skit, in which Burnett emerges in the dress made of curtains, curtain rod and all.)

In 1978, Burnett ceased production on her own, having tired of the format in the shifting landscape of TV. “I’m sorry to see attention spans so short,” she said, when asked if the show could exist today. “You know, because we did longform. Sometimes, we had sketches that were 12 or 15 minutes. We took the time to build.”

Now, nearly 50 years after the premiere, Burnett is just as affable and giggly in interviews as during her famous question-and-answer sessions. On the phone with The Huffington Post, and in conversation with Ellie Kemper at the Paley Center, she talks about her impressive legacy with a sense of bemused incredulity. Her mode of looking back at “The Carol Burnett” show is perhaps best summed up by the shruggie emoji with a speech bubble reading, “I know, right?!” 

While speaking with Burnett about the release of her “Lost Episodes” DVD collection, she tap danced around the question of taking up space in a man’s world. I attended her event at the Paley Center, hoping she’d saved her discussion of women in comedy for Kemper.

The event was punctuated with clips from the show, most of which Burnett would chuckle at as though they had happened mere days before. She discussed her early years, of having first moved to Manhattan and working on “Once Upon A Mattress.” She remembered her time on “The Garry Moore Show” as the inspiration for her titular variety hour. She was as charming and wonderful as you would hope, but when Kemper asked about the current moment for women in comedy, Burnett giggled something like, “Oh, it’s all so great!” and waved her off.

Each question about the “current state of comedy” aimed at Burnett is a request for a mission statement, a call to action with hope that Burnett will urge the current generation to continue on the path she forged in Lucille Ball’s footsteps. But Burnett is elusive. She doesn’t overanalyze her impact or think about her career in such theoretical terms as “what she means” to the industry.

“My feeling is that if I had never been born, those women like Tina and Amy would still be doing what they’re doing today,” she said during our call.

Pushed to elaborate, Burnett shrugged again. “I never thought, ‘Oh gosh, I’m doing something only the guys could do or should do.’ I never felt that. Once we started the show I was the person who wanted to be funny and sing a song or two. I never analyzed it.”

At first glance, it might seem disappointing that Burnett doesn’t own — or maybe isn’t surprised by — her impact. But, on some level, her irreverent stance is even more defining than a fiercely defensive one might be. 

Whether the result of her whimsy or intention, there is power in refusing fearfulness, in combatting the obstacles by pretending they simply don’t exist.

When Burnett first started on the “The Garry Moore Show,” she leapt out a window during one scene and screamed with relief when she hit the mattress below. She had no experience with stunts and no idea it would be there.

“I was so naive!” she gasped. “I just thought, ‘Well, I’m just going to jump and land on the floor!’ I was never taught how to do it.”

Five decades ago, she broke down barriers with the same free-wheeling bravery she used to hurl herself off Moore’s set. In that skit and across her career, Burnett has never been totally sure that anything would be there to catch her when she fell. And it never totally mattered. She became a goddess of comedy by some mythical combination of transcending the sexist nonsense and not really worrying about it in the first place.

“You just have to go out there and do it,” she said, when asked what advice she’d give young comedians before hopping off the call. “I just went out there and did it. The more experience you get, the better you’re gonna be.”

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What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of the popular National Public Radio show, This American Life.

Each week, This American Life is broadcast to more than 1.7 million listeners across 500 different radio stations. For Glass, who is featured in almost every episode, the show has led to a wide range of opportunities including book deals, feature films, and appearances on popular television shows.

Of course, it wasn’t always that way.

What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

Glass started out at NPR as a 19-year-old intern. The next decade was filled with a lot of hard work and very little payoff as he worked as a reporter.

Fifteen years into his career, Glass finally began co-hosting his first show, which was called The Wild Room. The show was his idea, but Glass would later describe it by saying “one show would be horrible and two shows would be decent.” The Wild Room aired during a particularly unpopular Friday evening slot and in Glass’ words “it deserved its time slot.”

After struggling through two years of The Wild Room, Glass finally pitched the idea for This American Life and received meager funding to get it started. Over 15 years and millions of listeners later, the rest is history.

But here’s the part that I find really interesting.

Check out how Ira Glass describes his long struggle to create something noteworthy:

From Ira Glass:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, and I really wish somebody had told this to me.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there is this gap. For the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good. It’s not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not that good.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you. A lot of people never get past that phase. They quit.

Everybody I know who does interesting, creative work they went through years where they had really good taste and they could tell that what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be. They knew it fell short. Everybody goes through that.

And if you are just starting out or if you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you’re going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.

I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It takes awhile. It’s gonna take you a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just have to fight your way through that.
–Ira Glass

If you’d like to hear Glass say it himself, listen to the audio clip below.

The Thing That Got You Into The Game

We all have reasons for being pulled to the things we love.

When he was just a 19-year-old intern, Ira Glass had a taste for journalism and storytelling. He knew what good journalism looked like when it was done well. But it took him 17 years of work before he could start to do it well himself. And, as he says above, that was frustrating.

I think you and I face a similar type of battle.

  • Spend a year or two in the gym and you’ll start to recognize good technique, even if your own could use some work. This is something I’m struggling with right now. I know a great clean and jerk when I see one, but when I grab hold of the bar it’s still hard for me to pull it off.
  • Start writing consistently and you’ll begin to take notice when you read great work. But good luck trying to produce your own brilliant words. In the beginning, it can be difficult just to get something on the page. And even when you can hammer out sentences, young writers quickly learn that all words aren’t created equal. Even with consistent writing each week, I still feel like I fail to produce something of note.
  • Watch a dozen TED Talks and you’ll be able to point out what you like and don’t like about certain presenters, but jump up on stage yourself and the difficulty of captivating an audience — even for a minute or two — becomes quite apparent.

And so it goes for virtually any skill. There is always a gap between being an apprentice and being a craftsman. The apprentice has the taste, but not the skill. The craftsman has the taste and the skill.

It’s easier to recognize beauty than it is to create it. You’re good enough to know that what you’re doing isn’t good, but not good enough to produce something great. When you find yourself in this frustrating limbo, the challenge is to never forget what got you there in the first place. Remember that thing that got you into the game.

Your love. Your passion. Your taste. That’s the reason you’re here. You still belong, even if you don’t feel like it right now. Your taste can be killer even if your ability is questionable.

Commit to the process and you’ll become good enough, soon enough. Put in a volume of work. Close the gap.

What to Do Next

Developing skills that are as good as your taste comes down to habits. The ability to “fight your way through” as Glass says, hinges on your consistency to show up and do the work. Can you build the habits required to make small improvements day after day?

I don’t claim to have all the answers, but my hope is that I can help a little bit. I’ve spent the last year writing and researching the science of habit formation. Much of what I have learned (including strategies for becoming more consistent and improving your performance) is covered in my free 46-page guide called Transform Your Habits. It’s available for free to anyone who subscribes to my weekly newsletter.

If you haven’t already read it, you can download a copy here.

James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares science-based ideas for living a better life and building habits that stick. To get strategies for boosting your mental and physical performance by 10x, join his free newsletter.

This article was originally published on JamesClear.com.

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This Music Festival Knows It Can’t Stop People From Doing Drugs, So It’s Trying To Keep Them Safe Instead

The upcoming Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival, which starts Thursday in Bradley, California, is a drug-free event. But rather than pretend this label and any effort to enforce it will create a drug-repellant force field around the festival, organizers say they’re preparing for the inevitable: They know some drugs will find their way through security and into people’s bodies, so they’re offering a host of resources to help minimize the potential negative effects on users.

As part of this effort, Lightning in a Bottle and its coordinators at the Do Lab are partnering with two groups, DanceSafe — a health organization that focuses on harm reduction and education at music festivals and nightlife venues — and the Zendo Project — a program sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies that offers help to anyone going through a difficult experience while on psychedelic drugs.

Part of DanceSafe’s operation involves providing a judgment-free space to proactively address drug dangers before they emerge. The group believes educating people about potential problem signs associated with recreational drug use — often simple things like heat stroke, dehydration and even hyponatremia, a life-threatening condition brought on by drinking too much water — will help users seek treatment earlier rather than later. DanceSafe also offers condoms, earplugs, free water and an open line of communication to anyone who wants to talk about how they can make sure their good time doesn’t become a bad time.

Meanwhile, the Zendo Project offers what Stefanie Jones, nightlife community engagement manager for Drug Policy Alliance, a progressive nonprofit that advocates for drug policy reform, referred to as “mental health services” for people on psychedelic drugs. Anyone who may find themselves confused, upset, uncomfortable or in need of help anywhere else along their psychedelic trip can turn to one of the project’s trained therapists.

DanceSafe has also made a name for itself by offering on-site drug checking, which tells users which substances they actually have and how to use them responsibly. Jones told The Huffington Post that these services will not be available at Lightning in a Bottle due to concerns that organizers could be prosecuted under a federal law that prohibits the “maintaining of a drug-involved premise.”

Music festivals have attracted scrutiny in recent years following a spate of drug overdoses and drug-related deaths. With the growth of cheaper and ever-changing synthetic substances, the music festival drug market — where baggies of different colored powders and pills are often passed between strangers in porta-potties — is only getting harder and more risky to navigate.

Last year, a documentary filmmaker followed a group that offered drug testing services at popular festivals and found that 100 percent of the people who came to them thinking they had MDMA, also called “molly” or “ecstasy,” actually had bath salts, a term that has come to refer to any of a number of popular synthetic drugs. They also found examples of drugs being cut with powerful or dangerous adulterants that would almost certainly change a user’s predicted experience.

While these trends are frightening, they don’t mean fewer people are experimenting with drugs at festivals. This has led to some differing opinions on how to approach the problem.

In New York, the popular electronic music festival Electric Zoo rebooted in 2014, a year after two drug-related deaths made national headlines and forced the event to shut down a day early. Hoping to avoid another death or PR disaster, organizers opted for an enforcement-first approach. Here’s how Billboard described the scene:

In an effort to prevent against casualties, the festival has overcorrected and made widely known its use of high-tech cameras, drug-sniffing dogs and ramped-up security. The substance checkpoints are more thorough, requiring attendees to remove shoes, and cops — both in uniform and undercover — seemed to almost outnumber the fans.

Festival-goers were also required to watch an anti-drug PSA before attending, and organizers dispatched a group of medical students called “Zookeepers” to help with any emerging issues.

In past years, Lightning in a Bottle has also been targeted by intense drug enforcement activity. In 2013, when the event was held in Temecula, California, undercover officers arrested 58 people for drug-related offenses. Many of the suspects claimed they were coerced into selling drugs and accused officers of calling them “hippies” and “brain-dead retards.”

Organizers at Lightning in a Bottle have limited control over how law enforcement chooses to get involved with their event, but they are being more vocal than in years past about their harm-reduction policies.

While DanceSafe has been present at Lightning in a Bottle since 2013 and the Zendo Project joined last year, the festival is making a greater effort this time around to let attendees know that these services are available. They’ve built a “harm reduction” section into the festival’s official code of conduct and, according to DPA, will link to the page in a newsletter they send to attendees. The Zendo Project has also scheduled a basic training on Friday to tell attendees about its services.

After the festival ends, organizers will coordinate with Mutual Aid Response Services, a risk management consulting company, to evaluate the effectiveness of the services and the efforts to promote them, and to determine ways to better integrate these approaches into future events.

Harm reduction is one of many issues being championed by Lightning in a Bottle, which, according to its website, include encouraging people to think hard about whether they should wear a Native American headdress to the festival. To anyone coming from Coachella, the answer is no.

Jones said Lightning in a Bottle is one of the first festivals to get on board with DPA’s push to encourage groups to take more pragmatic approaches to drug use. A guide released by the group lays out the essential considerations and strategies for anyone planning a large-scale event.

And while Jones admitted there is still work to do to break the stigma surrounding drug use — including allowing for on-site drug checking so people can make sure they’re not about to eat rat poison — she praised Lightning in a Bottle for taking such an open and comprehensive stance to harm reduction.

“What they’re doing is a heroic,” Jones said. “They’re making every effort in a tough environment to keep their attendees safe.”

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17 Things Every Former Tomboy Knows To Be True

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In fourth grade, I wore the same pair of overalls every day for an entire year. In fifth grade, it was a pair of Adidas sneakers, which I insisted on slipping my feet into every day until there were gaping holes in the toes. (The only way my mom got me to stop wearing them was by throwing them in the garbage while I was sleeping one night.) I hated the idea of looking “pretty,” I always wondered why I had to play softball and not baseball with the boys, and I was never ready for school picture day. I was a “tomboy.”

Tomboys are, by definition, young girls who tend to conform to traditionally masculine characteristics and habits when they’re young. As a former tomboy, I’m no stranger to dirt, sweat and an overwhelming obsession with Michael Jordan (he was and still is the King).

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being a girl who’s more interested in learning to bead or braid than play sports or prefers pink to green. Being “girly” is nothing to be ashamed of — I was just never that.

My childhood was filled with bruised knees, softball tournaments and cleats. And I know there are many women out there who can relate. These experiences shaped who I am today, leaving me with amazing memories, a specific fashion sense and a wicked competitive streak.

This one goes out to every lady who still has trouble putting on her $ 1.99 CVS eyeliner. Here are 17 things every former tomboy knows to be true:

1. Your shoe obsession will always be with sneakers, not heels. Practice makes perfect except when it comes to heels and… walking in them.

2. Your favorite movie as a kid was a straight-up action flick. And people still look at your weirdly when you tell them that. (For me, it was “The Fugitive.”)

3. You appreciate the beautiful simplicity of a ponytail. Everything else takes too much time.

4. You know how to stand up for yourself. After years of proving yourself on the kickball field with the boys you’re not afraid of a conflict or some friendly competition.

5. Putting on makeup is still a big mystery. When you’re forced to get dressed up, half the time you walk out looking like this.

6. Your childhood pictures are more embarrassing than most, because you look like a little boy.

7. Sweatpants not leggings. Always and forever.

8. You pride yourself on being competitive in every single sport. Maybe a little too competitive.

9. The girly clothing store “Limited Too” still makes you cringe a bit. So. Much. Glitter.

10. You were one of the only girls who played the saxophone or trombone in middle school. You wanted to be with boys and the flute just didn’t do it for you.

11. Wall ball was your jam in elementary school. And if anyone ever challenged you today, you could still (gleefully) crush them.

12. You’ve broken a bone — probably more than once. Whether you were playing sports or riding your skateboard, you were always falling and breaking something.

13. Pink will never be your color of choice. In the words of Amy Poehler, “Good for her! Not for me.”

14. You constantly have to remind people that just because you happen to be a woman doesn’t mean you don’t understand sports. So please, stop explaining football to me.

15. You said “dude” a lot, growing up. And you probably still do. .

16. LEGO space ships remind you of your childhood — not Easy Bake ovens.

17. Instead of hopping on the elliptical at the gym, you head straight to the squat rack. So please, dudes in the weight-lifting corner — stop looking surprised when I know what a hang clean is.

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Baby Knows Best

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What Justin Timberlake Knows for Sure About Hard Work – Oprah’s Master Class – OWN

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Justin Timberlake’s parents told him when he was growing up to put 115 percent toward anything worth doing. Watch as the Grammy winner reflects on that lesson and explains why hard work up front brings the best rewards in the end.

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The Skinny: What Every Skinny Woman Knows (And Won't Tell You!)

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Ever wonder how skinny women stay skinny?  (Hint: it''s not their metabolism.)Forget diet books.  You''ve read them.  You''ve tried them.  You''ve lost five pounds . . . and gained back six.  It''s time you learned the truth about weight loss from those who know–the skinny women who have successfully (and secretly) dropped pounds and stayed slim.Do skinny women skip breakfast? Taint half their portions with salt, pepper–or Clorox–to make sure they don''t eat it? You bet they do.  You''ll get the inside story on the dieting tricks, shortcuts, and closely guarded secrets of women who stay a perfect size 6 . . . forever.  From using depression to lose weight (God makes you miserable for a reason) to the calories you unintentionally consume in cough syrup . . . or by licking a stamp, everything you really need to know about losing weight is right here in the first anti-diet diet book.  So put on a pair of tight jeans (you''ll find out why), say no to bagels, sprinkle sweetener and cinnamon on just about anything, and start reading.
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This Married Couple Knows Each Other A Little Too Well (PHOTO)

After 32 years of marriage, couples are bound to start thinking alike.

This couple certainly is. A redditor posted this photo Monday with the caption, “My parents got each other the same Valentine’s Day card by accident.”

The long-married spouses were 240 miles apart at the time the cards were bought, the Redditor explained, so they didn’t buy them at the same store.

At least they can agree who the “fartsy” spouse is!

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Newly Single Woman Knows Exactly How To Avoid Wedding Bouquet Toss

There is only one place you want to be when attending a wedding after a breakup: far, far away from the bouquet toss.

But if you do end up getting corralled into the crowd of single ladies, have no fear, there are ways to avoid catching it, and we’ve got Redditor’s mom crapsnackle to show us how it’s done.

“[Here’s] my mom’s reaction to getting married after her recent divorce,” the Redditor captioned the photo below:

We’re not sure if the divorced mom is the woman off toward the sidelines with her hands firmly on her hips or the jean-clad woman who’s duck and covering, but it’s clear that these ladies both have the right idea.

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Baby Beatboxer Knows Exactly What It Takes To Become A Star

Now, this is why you have babies — for their brilliant comedic timing.

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Amy Poehler Knows How ‘Parks And Rec’ Will End

While “Parks And Rec” fans are mourning the hiatus we must endure until 2014, Amy Poehler is opening up about the show’s inevitable end.

“To some extent, with the exception of one or two seasons, we never really know if we’re coming back,” Poehler said in an interview with Paper magazine. “I know how this season ends — it could be an ending for the show, or it could be an ending for the season.”

“I think I know how the show ends,” she added.

First Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones leave, now Poehler’s preparing for the end? This is too much for our Pawnee-loving hearts to handle.

“Parks And Rec” returns to NBC in 2014.
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