Eleanor Longdon was a college student when she began hearing a totally neutral voice in her head that would narrate her daily going ons in the third person. “She is leaving the room.” She is going to the lecture.” Longdon’s relationship with this innocuous narrator eventually turned into what she called a “psychic civil war” where the voices multiplied, becoming both her “persecutors and her only perceived companions.” This eventually led to a diagnosis of schizophrenia and complete mental unraveling, which caused her to go so far once as to try to drill a hole in her head to get rid of the voices. Keep reading »
If there’s an upside to spending most of your life in abject poverty and soul-sucking alcoholism, it’s that you become an expert in shit-handling. Many of you out there can testify that it doesn’t make you panic any less when personal disasters do pop up, but it seems like the more frequently you fall into a sewer, the more skilled you become at battling the turtles that reside within.
But no matter how skilled we get at handling a good old-fashioned clusterfuck, there are still some basic reminders that we could all use when we’re right in the thick of it. Read more at Cracked…
For years, Sanjay Gupta has been among the voices calling medical marijuana illegitimate, even writing a 2009 Time article entitled “Why I Would Vote No on Pot.” “Well, I am here to apologize,” the celebrity doctor writes today at CNN. Gupta has spent a lot of time researching pot for his new documentary “Weed,” and has arrived at a conclusion: “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.” Read more at Newser…
Kelly Osbourne is all about speaking her mind and her latest interview with Cosmopolitan U.K. is no exception.
Gracing the publication’s September 2013 issue, the “Fashion Police” host opens up about her past drug addiction and how her mother, Sharon Osbourne, even had her placed in a padded room in order to help her kick the habit. Read more at Celebuzz…
Overthinking everything is my Achilles heel. If I get into my Crazy Thinking Place, as I refer to it, I can loop around on one idea for hours, like a dog chasing its tail. It can be about anything — from what I want to eat for lunch to what I’m going to say when I have that heavy conversation — and where does it get me in life? Absolutely nowhere. All I’ve done is waste one hour of my life deciding which route to take so I can get done with my errands faster. Oh, the irony.
Scientist Taraz Lee of UC Santa Barbara was interested in the overthinking phenomenon that plagues so many of us, so he conducted a study about the effect of thinking on long-term memory and performance. “There are always examples of professional golfers who have the lead on the 18th hole, but when it comes down to one easy shot, they fall apart,” Lee explained. “That should be the time when it all comes out the best, but you just can’t think about that sort of thing. It just doesn’t help you.” Tell me about it. Story of my life. Keep reading »
A new study suggests that girls suffering from anorexia display similar personality traits to those with autism, such as lack of empathy, high focus on detail, and rigid behavior. In some instances, girls with anorexia scored five times higher in autistic qualities than non-anorexic girls on the Autism Spectrum Quotient. Keep reading »
Amazing, miraculous news out of Little Rock, Arkansas! The poor 12-year-old girl who contracted a rare brain amoeba from swimming in a water park is showing signs of improvement. If she survives the amoeba, which eats away at brain tissue, she will be the third known person in the world to do so. From the beginning, Kali Hardig’s mom has been adamant that her little girl will be the third person, even making up T-shirts saying “#3″ — and she hopefully will be right. Kali is awake now and has even squeezed her mom’s hand. Read more at The Stir…
Once you hit your 20s, there’s a reason “Girls” becomes your favorite show. It’s as if you were waiting in line for the quarter-life crisis you heard about and got called sooner than expected. All of a sudden you’re trying to get your life together while juggling things like a career and dating (when really all you want to do is travel the world before, quite frankly, you’re too old). The next time you feel confused about where your life is headed, pick up a quarter-life crisis book guaranteed to lift your spirits and click through these hilarious GIFs. Above all else, know that just about everyone else your age is going through the same thing and that one day soon you’ll laugh about it — from your throne, of course, where you rule the world. Read more at Tres Sugar…
This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The first half of our conversation about contraception ran yesterday.
The participants are:
- Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You can find them on Twitter, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and many other social media platforms as ‘rosefox’.
- Carrie Murphy is a poet, freelance writer, and birth doula. She tweets @carriemurph.
- Patricia Valoy is a civil engineer, writer for Everyday Feminism, and host for Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. You can find her on Twitter or read her blog on feminist issues from the perspective of a Latina. Keep reading »
Models: they’re the editorial picture of loveliness and good breeding and long legs and dagger-like cheekbones, and, well, many of them smoke like chimneys. This is not to say that all models are smokers, or that all smokers are models for that matter (no, what?), but you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a well-publicized fashion model who hasn’t been photographed with a cigarette in hand at one point or another. At some glamorous fête? Yep. Outside of a show? Of course. Backstage? Oh, definitely. It’s kind of ironic that, out of the entire industry, Victoria’s Secret models are the ones who are generally encouraged to maintain a squeaky-clean, wholesome, “just us girls havin’ some fun in tacky lingerie and a huge fucking set of wings” image (like, good role models or something?). But, you know, if you’re not that girl, you’re just not that girl, and I guess Leonardo DiCaprio ex Erin Heatherton just is not that girl. In fact, she was photographed puffing on a cigarette just moments before walking into one of the chain’s NYC stores for an event, and made no attempts to toss it or cover it up. Nah, she just shot the paps a look, put it out when she was finished, and strolled on in there. Smoking isn’t Good For You, but honestly, I weirdly kind of enjoy that Erin was so nonchalant about the whole thing. You do you, Erin Heatherton, you do you. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]