Here’s why people hate the word “moist”

Mashable explains why so many people can’t stand the word “moist.” It turns out it has to do with both word association and the bandwagon effect. Read the rest

Track your BLT (and its carbon footprint) from farm to table

The YouTube channel Skunk Bear breaks down the rather large carbon footprint of a simple BLT. Read the rest

An incredibly soothing pottery-centric Instagram account

If you need a break from the stress of the world, just sit back and watch these relaxing pottery videos from Chris Casey Art. You can learn more and purchase Casey’s pottery on his website.

Flossers are not only good for your teeth, they also work better than a needle tool or a cutting wire to level off the rim of a pot. Plus they're CHEAP. Like a pack of 100 for $3! That's basically a couple lifetimes supply or you can give them to every potter you know :D They can be reused many, MANY times! Not a one time use thing. . . . #potsinaction #pottery #ceramics #ceramic #satisfying #خزف #tools #keramik #contemporaryart #陶器 #céramique #cerámica #陶瓷 #howitsmade #도예 #spiral #cropcircles #Albuquerque #newmexico #керамика #sgraffito #ceramicartist #dash #cerâmica #clay #ceramiche #instaart #کوزه #howto

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🌊 . . . #potsinaction #pottery #ceramics #ceramic #satisfying #خزف #tools #keramik #contemporaryart #陶器 #céramique #cerámica #陶瓷 #howitsmade #도예 #spiral #cropcircles #Albuquerque #newmexico #керамика #sgraffito #ceramicartist #dash #cerâmica #clay #ceramiche #instaart #کوزه #radial

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A few people have asked about centering so here's a bit on how I approach it while throwing a vase. First step! Centering is easiest if you START out with something that is already ball shaped (for small things like cups) or cylindrical (for larger things like vases) This is a vase, so my clay starts out looking like a football (roughly cylindrical) Since you're trying to end up with a round object at the end, it doesn't make sense to start with an object with corners (such as a cube of clay), so squish those corners in!

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Why it took so long to get a Wonder Woman movie

Fandor points out that despite the fact that the comic book characters were created around the same time, we got seven Superman movies and nine Batman ones before Wonder Woman was finally allowed to make her big screen debut. Read the rest

Queer Kid Stuff teaches kids all about Pride Month

I’ve written before about my friend Lindsay Amer, whose web series Queer Kid Stuff makes LGBTQ issues easily accessible for kids. Now in honor of Pride Month, Amer is uploading a new Pride-themed video every week during June. In the above video, she shares a Pride Month song for kids. In her second video, she explains the Stonewall riots and the history of gay activism in simple terms that even very young kiddos can understand:

And her latest video explores the art of drag:

You can watch more Pride-themed videos throughout June on the Queer Kid Stuff YouTube channel. You can also follow Queer Kid Stuff on Twitter and support the series on Patreon. Read the rest

The top 5 best drugstore foundations (out of 100 tests)

Personally, I’m a Bare Minerals powder foundation gal, but if you’re looking for a new drugstore foundation, here are some options to try out. Read the rest

These aesthetically pleasing “fruit cards” look good enough to eat

On her Vegan-themed Instagram account Tropically Lina, Lina Saber uploads a delightful series called “fruit cards” where she arranges produce on paint card-style displays. I find these immensely satisfying to look at.

Which fruit card would you like? Only 2 fruits here have a ridiculously high amount of antioxidants compared to all the others, can you guess the two? ✌🍏🍌🍇🍈🍑 Will post answer here later. Answer for the other is now posted. Happy Sunday! 😊 Answer: Blueberries & blackberries. Blueberries: 9621 Blackberries: 5905 Pomegranates: 4479 Green Apple: 3898 Apricot: 1110 Banana: 795 Dragon Fruit: 760 Cantaloupe: 319 Cucumber: 232 ORAC Units (Antioxidants level) as of 2017 Source of the antioxidant level: Superfoodly

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Which fruit card would you like? Only 2 fruits here are currently in season for the month of May, can you guess the two? ✌🏼️🍋🍊🍓🍍🍒🍇 Happy Friday! 😊 Answer: Pineapple & cherries in the USA But many of you brought up an excellent point: it really depends on which part of the world you are in. And usually fruits are categorized by season vs. month, so strawberries are also in, but best in summer in the USA.

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Which fruit card would you like? Only 2 fruits here have an incredibly high amount of vitamin C compared to all the others, can you guess the two? ✌🏼️🍉🍓🍍🍈🍊 Will post answer here later.

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A surprisingly detailed history of choker necklaces

Beauty and fashion expert Safiya Nygaard digs into the long history of choker necklaces, which have been around since at least 2600 BC and have functioned as religious symbols, protective shielding, and, of course, fashion statements. Read the rest

A kitchen assembly line makes packing lunch a breeze

With a little prep, you can turn your kitchen into a convenient lunch assembly line for your kids or even just for yourself. Read the rest

A nuanced conversation about the biases against natural hair

In this Allure video, model/writer/activist Ebonee Davis and actors Zazie Beetz and Dascha Polanco discuss the cultural bias against natural hair and the way it’s affected them on both a personal and professional level. As the accompanying article explains:

For Allure’s April 2017 issue, 41 women of color were interviewed about how their appearance and how race played into their careers and experiences. Editor-in-chief Michelle Lee sat down with five women of color who come from various backgrounds in fashion, entertainment, and beauty, to talk about their experiences as women of color in their fields.

Conversations about race in beauty can very often veer towards shared experiences as to how one’s racial identity and appearance affects everything in their lives from how they are treated to the success of their careers. Hair has categorically been a hot topic especially when it comes to natural hair textures for WOC. When what grows out of your head becomes a topic of political and socio-political discussion, it can’t help but affect your sense of identity as well as a large part of the experience being a person of color.

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How do dry cleaners clean clothes?

The YouTube channel Today I Found Out digs into the mystery of what happens to your clothes after you drop them off at the dry cleaners. And the video also provides a detailed breakdown of the history of dry cleaning too. Read the rest

The Harry Potter books according to Ron and Hermione

German artist Floccinaucinihilipilification has a hilarious series in which she reimagines the Harry Potter books as seen through the eyes of Ron and Hermione. You can see more of Floccinaucinihilipilification’s work on her Tumblr and her Instagram.

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Heads up film fans: Here’s a list of female critics of color to follow

Given that film criticism is overwhelmingly white and male, film critic (and great Twitter follow) Valerie Complex decided to put together a list of women of color currently working in the field. She points out that while they may be underrepresented at larger mainstream publications, there are still many talented women of color working at smaller sites, self-publishing, or freelancing. And as she notes:

The perspectives of women of color are needed now more than ever. Especially, with the overwhelming amount of tone deaf articles produced in the media as of late (mainly by white men and women). In the Google age, why people are still oblivious to women of color who write and review film and entertainment is beyond me. But alas, here I am, writing this to inform the masses that in fact, women of color love film, love entertainment, like to write about it, and write about it very well.

Complex’s ever-growing list includes information on which sites these women write for as well as links to their personal Twitter handles. So if you’re a person who enjoys following film critics on Twitter, consider adding some (or all!) of these ladies to your feed. You can see the full list over on Black Girl Nerds. Read the rest

Everything you ever wanted to know about America’s northernmost town

The YouTube channel Wendover Productions took a trip to Barrow, Alaska to learn all about America’s northernmost town, where it snows during the summer and everyday items are incredibly expensive because it takes so much work to ship them in (a DiGiorno frozen pizza can cost $17; a pack of toilet paper can cost $20). The town is home to just over 4,000 people, the majority of whom are members of the indigenous Iñupia tribe. Since the area has been the cultural center of the Iñupia for thousands of years, Barrow (known officially as Utqiaġvik) is one of the oldest permanently inhabited settlements in North America. Read the rest

The oddly ubiquitous sliding scenes of the ’80s and ’90s

Though it might not be the most obvious film trope, this new Fandor video points out that movies in the ’80s and ’90s were filled with scenes in which characters went down some kind of slide. Fandor posits that these scenes were designed to mimic the feeling of an amusement park ride or water slide, which were becoming increasingly popular at the time. And they provided a kind of thrilling visual escapism from the turbulent social and political climate of the era. You can watch the full video essay right here:

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How Logan marks the evolutionary growth of the superhero genre

In this fascinating video analysis, Nerdwriter1 examines Logan through the lens of John G. Cawelti’s essay, “Chinatown and Generic Transformation in Recent American Films,” which tracks the evolutionary cycle of genre films. Read the rest

100 years of bridesmaid dresses

It turns out that back in the 1920s, bridesmaids often wore white to match the bride. Meanwhile, today’s bridal party looks tend to be cohesive but not identical. Read the rest

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