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I Can’t Run For A While, So What Do I Do Now? Advice Please!

I love the natural high of exercise. To me, it serves as a kind of pseudo anti-depressant* that puts me in an instant good mood, and I like to alternate new workout plans to give me something to look forward to during dull or stressful stretches of time (like, say, the bulk of winter). For most of my life, largely because of Lululemon models that looked nothing like me and my overall hatred of gym class, I thought of myself as the opposite of a “fitness person.” I was on a sports team for a few years of high school, but I still felt like I’d never be someone who exercised of my own accord, and I dreaded “mile run day” in school like it was the plague. At that point, I figured I’d be doomed to choose between either a sedentary life or one full of countless miserable, wasted hours forcing myself to break a sweat when I’d rather be reading a book. I can’t pinpoint exactly when that changed, but sometime within the last few years, I started to kind of like going to the gym. I started to realize (and this is going to sound painfully obvious, so don’t laugh) that exercise is not just for those among us who are ultra-thin and have $200 Nike fitness gear, or something that only some people are “good” at. Instead, it’s an amazingly simple, egalitarian way to improve your life and practice keeping promises to yourself (for real, this was an actual surprise to me). These days, I get twitchy after a few days without a workout, which has me in a bind, because I just injured my foot and am totally out of commission. Keep reading »

Kat Dennings And Josh Groban Are An Item

  • Kat Dennings and Josh Groban are reportedly dating. I find this incredibly bizarre for reasons I can’t quite articulate, but if they’re happy, I’m happy. [People]
  • Here’s what it’s like to undergo IVF at 30. [YouBeauty]
  • Lady Gaga and boyfriend Taylor Kinney held a commitment ceremony at Gaga’s parents’ restaurant in New York City. They intend to have a wedding next year when they have more time to plan it. [MTV UK]
  • Amal Alamuddin is now using George Clooney’s last name in her professional life, further proving Amelia’s brilliant theory (nay, truthful revelation that just has yet to be confirmed but will be, dammit) that George is planning to run for office. You heard it here first, people. [People] Keep reading »

Homeowner Takes Halloween Decor To The Next Level With “Bohemian Rhapsody” Light Show

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And You Thought YOUR Decorations Were Impressive

Friends Nick Thomas and Steve Jandick begin prepping their Halloween decorations a year ahead of time. They’ve been doing hardcore light shows for the past 15 years, but this season’s spooky lineup at the “Thomas Halloween House” in Naperville, Illinois may be their best year. It’s set to songs by artists like Queen, AC/DC, System of a Down, Michael Jackson and Animal Collective. Last year’s show had about 4,000 visitors per weekend! [Neatorama]

Bill Hader Brought Stefon Back To “Saturday Night Live” And It Was Glorious

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Oh Stefon, We've Missed You

On Saturday, Bill Hader made an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and his legendary character Stefon paid a visit to Weekend Update for the first time since Hader left the show. The segment’s “city correspondent” hasn’t changed a bit — and that’s how we like it. Watch him do us all a public service by delivering the latest news about the city’s hottest clubs while attempting to stifle his own laughter. [HuffPost]

Everyone Watch This Video About The Ways Society Enables Sexual Abusers

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Eye-Opening

This video by psychologist Dr. Nina Burrowes explains the smoke screen that keeps society blind to what sexual abuse really looks like and makes it more likely for abusers to get away with what they’re doing. Obviously, abuse is a horrible thing, and it is never anyone’s fault but the abuser. That said, society as a whole buys into misleading stereotypes that enable abusers to continue what they’re doing and to emotionally manipulate their victims into thinking what happened wasn’t abuse. The cliche image of creepy men in public alleyways committing sex crimes makes it harder for most victims to be taken seriously, because most instances of abuse happen behind closed doors and are carried out by someone the victim trusts. While disturbing to think about, this video is full of insights you may have never heard before, and awareness like this is the key to making life easier for victims and tougher for abusers. [Everyday Feminism]

5 Ways To Support Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai’s Mission

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for girls’ education rights, just became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Price. She shares the award with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian advocate who campaigns against child labor and exploitation. Yousafzai came into the international spotlight in 2009 when she began blogging anonymously about life under Taliban rule for the BBC and expressed her desire to continue her education. Her community in the Swat region of Pakistan had been overtaken by the Taliban the year before, and local schools had begun closing left and right. Eventually Malala was publicly identified as the blog’s author, and in 2012, Taliban forces barged onto her school bus and shot her in the head. Malala miraculously survived and was airlifted to England for recovery, where she still lives with her parents and brother. Instead of intimidating her into silence, the shooting made Malala even more determined to fight for the thousands of girls around the world who are still unable to attend school without fearing for their lives. After the jump, a few ways we can all help further her cause!  Keep reading »

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