10 Amazing Photos Of The Human Body Under A Microscope

Some of these photos are artistic, others are terrifying.

Colin Salter’s new book, Science is Beautiful (Batsford, 2015), shows us some amazing images of the human body under a microscope. When the photos are colorized they look like masterpieces of art. Check them out below:

1. This is what bone marrow making blood looks like.

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Stem cells in bone marrow divide and transform into blood cells. This process is constantly happening because blood cells don’t live for a very long time: “Red ones about 120 days, some white ones as little as three,” writes science writer Colin Salter in his book Science is Beautiful.

2. And these are our lung cells.

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“Nuclei, which contain the cell’s genetic information, appear blue. Mitochondria, which generate energy for the cell, are yellow,” writes Salter.

3. These are adrenaline crystals.

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“[Glands that produce adrenaline] are controlled by the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for instinct and emotion,” writes Salter. We always have small amounts of adrenaline in our blood, but when we’re stressed we get more.

“It widens the airways of the lungs and constricts small blood vessels. This makes the muscles work harder and produces a ‘fight or flight’ response,” he wrote.

4. And these crystals are serotonin.

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Ninety percent of the serotonin in our body is found in our gut (yes our digestive system, this includes our bowels). Seratonin is often called the “happy hormone”, though it’s a lot more complicated than that. It also plays a part in memory, learning, mood, appetite and sleep.

5. This is a balancing stone from our inner ear.

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There’s a tiny stone in each of our ears that’s responsible for our sense of balance. The stones are attached to sensory hairs that are sensitive to gravity and acceleration. When we tilt our head the hairs send nerve impulses to our brain so that we can stay balanced.

6. These are insulin crystals.

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“Insulin is produced in the pancreas, and its function is to regulate blood sugar levels,” Salter wrote. If not enough insulin is produced then your blood will accumulate too much glucose which can lead to diabetes. Even if your body produces insulin correctly you can still get diabetes if your cells don’t respond to it.

7. This is what human skin really looks like up close.

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“The outer layer of the skin, the epidermis (top half of this image) consists of dead cells that are constantly sloughed off and replaced from below,” he wrote. The yellow things are a protein called keratin which makes the skin waterproof and strong, so that your organs inside don’t get damaged. The black things are hair follicles.

8. This is what melatonin looks like.

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When it gets dark, your eyes send messages to a gland that produces melatonin – a hormone linked to sleep. “In middle age, melatonin secretion drops off. This may be responsible for aging symptoms such as insomnia and irritability,” he wrote.

9. These are fat cells that have been emptied.

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Fat cells are some of the largest cells in the human body. The thick layer of fat under our skin cushions us and stores energy. In this picture, the fat deposits of the cells have been removed.

“When we put on weight, the cells swell with additional fat, and eventually extra cells are added too,” he wrote.

10. This is a a bacteriophage.

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“Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria,” he wrote. The orange spider-looking thing is a bacteriophage that has just injected its viral DNA into an E. coli bacterium (the blue image).

The “legs” are syringe-like tubes that puncture the cell membrane in order to empty its DNA contents into the bacterium.

“New phages then grow, kill and depart from the host cell within 30 minutes,” he wrote.

Reprinted with permission from Science is Beautiful © 2014 by Batsford, an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited.

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These Freaky Sports From Around The World Make Us Long For Football. Oh My…

When you think about it, a lot of our major league sports are pretty weird. Baseball, for instance, seems to be a competition in taking turns and standing around waiting for something to happen. Whenever I see baseball players doing stretching exercises I always laugh because baseball itself is so easy-going, it could be a stretching exercise for every other major sport.

As weird as that is, these sports from all around the world are even weirder. Check them out in all their glory!

1.) Gurning contest: Quasimodos from around the world compete to see who can make the funniest face.

2.) Extreme Ironing: It’s all about who can iron in the most remote/dangerous place possible. People say I’m weird for not owning an iron, but, I mean, this is way weirder, right? (Please tell my mom you agree.)

3.) Wife carrying: The man who carries his wife through the obstacles the fastest gets the lady’s weight in beer. Grown-ass men only, please.

4.) Elephant polo: Pretty self explanatory. It’s polo on Dumbos.

5.) Toe wrestling: Like thumb wrestling, but presumably smellier.

6.) Camel wrestling: Like toe wrestling, but definitely smellier.

7.) Buzkashi: In parts of the Middle East they like to play a game where the goal is to, while on horseback, get a goat caracas to the other team’s side. Sounds fun?

8.) Chess-boxing: Two opponents/ combatants alternate between moving the chess pieces and beating the crud out of each other.

9.) Kaninhop: This is essentially equestrian events but with bunnies. Disclaimer: As small as jockeys are, there are no jockeys that can ride bunnies as if they are horses. Sorry for getting your hopes up.

10.) Hemp Olympics: Athletes compete in ancient Bonnaroo events such as ‘joint rolling’ and ‘bong throwing’. I guess the second one is really just what they have to do when the cops show up.

11.) Cardboard Tube Fighting: Well so, you get a cardboard tube and you beat up other nerds up with it. The sport is surprisingly organized with the Cardboard Fighting League sponsoring games all over the Northwest.

12.) Kissing competitions: A real life, organized sport, not just a scheme Pepé Le Pew uses to try and seduce poor, uninterested cats.

13.) Woolsack Races: People of the world, I give the most British sport ever invented. A bunch of Brits get together and see who can run up a gentle slope the fastest with a giant bag of wool on their backs.

14.) Man vs. Horse: This is a marathon where humans prove they are superior to horses, which arguably is already undercut by the fact that people are also riding the horses. Also horses don’t wear clothes or know what a ‘marathon’ even is.

15.) Worm Charming: Whether its through shaman spells are just talking to the worms in a flirty sort of way, the only stipulation of this competition is to get as many worms out of the ground as possible.

16.) Hairiest Back Competition: Yeah, I mean you get it. I wonder if style also comes into play. Like, what if someone had back dreads?

17.) Ferret Legging: The goal is to see who can stand the longest with two ferrets in their pants. Something tells me nobody asked the ferrets whose pants they wanted to be in if anyone’s at all.

Gee, these athletes are so looney, I bet if you ask them who their favorite sports player is, they’d say Bugs Bunny when he played for the Tunesquad in Space Jam. Give this a share on Facebook, please. More people need to know about this insanity.

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This Photographer Roams The Streets To Honor One Of Life’s Most Amazing Bonds

When it comes to relationships, some are stronger than others. We find different forms of companionship in different people, and even if relationships don’t last forever, they all leave their respective marks. But one kind of bond leaves a mark that can’t be replicated.

It’s easy to think about the relationships between people and their dogs in black-and-white terms, but they’re usually far more complex than that. Conventional thought dictates that humans are the caretakers in these scenarios, but our dogs often care for us just as much in return. That is exactly what inspired photographer Robert Stoetzel to capture the exchange that happens between humans and the dogs that stand by them every day. Through a project called Human + Hound, Stoetzel celebrates that bond in the best way.

“It’s interesting to hear how people came to find their dogs and learn how they’ve changed each other’s lives,” he writes. “People are their truest, happiest selves when they’re with their dogs, and I love being able to capture that!”

When he runs into people and their canine companions, he asks them to talk about what makes their best friends so special. Whether simple or profound, their comments speak volumes about how powerful these relationships can be.

“Ghost is 9 months old. I’ve had him since he was 4 months old. He was never going to be small!”

Muhammad + Ghost — Midtown Manhattan

“Major’s the gallery greeter! Everyone knows him.”

Mo + Major — Louisville, Kentucky

“We’re best buds!”

Emily, Allan + Frankie — Time’s Square, Manhattan

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“He teaches me how to be patient all the time, since he’s still a baby and we’re learning together.”

Betty + Little Bill — NoHo, Manhattan

“He’s 11 years old, and he just got back from Spain and Italy.”

Greg + Oscar — Williamsburg, Brooklyn

“I started dressing him up mainly to keep his feet from getting dirty, but then he got used to it.”

Ryan + Shaggy — Union Square, Manhattan

“I just moved here from Florida a year ago, away from my immediate family. I still get really lonely sometimes, so I decided to get myself a dog! He’s been with me for about 5 months now, and he helps me with the loneliness.”

Yair + Cooper — West Village, Manhattan

“These kids crack me up! I can barely get off the ramp before they’re on the board and ready to go!”

Suzanne + Claire & Edie — Bellport, New York

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“He’s an 11-year-old Australian shepherd, beagle, husky mix. We come down to the beach because the exercise is good for him. It’s good for all of us!”

Dennis + Joey — Bayhead, New Jersey

“Bean is my best friend, my boss, my rock. He’s the inspiration behind both of our brands, and he lights up my life every day with his wiener dog ways!”

Claire + Bean — Williamsburg, Brooklyn

“She loves the snow. She won’t even walk on the sidewalk. She likes to check out every footprint!”

Susan + Lucy — Williamsburg, Brooklyn

“He saved my life while dealing with a bad separation.”

David + Hopper — Manhattan

So who’s really caring for whom? Sure, we feed them, rub their bellies, and view them as family, but they do way more for us than meets the eye.

If you want to hear a few more Human + Hound stories, be sure to check out Stoetzel’s website. For regular updates, follow the project on Instagram!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/human-and-houd/

Here Are The Healthiest Foods You Can Find At Fast Food Restaurants.

Historically, fast food restaurants have been bashed for their “unhealthy” food. While, yes, there are many unhealthy meals on fast food restaurant menus, that doesn’t mean all of them are bad. All restaurants have options that are unhealthier than others. After going through the menus of some fast food giants, I was able to find the healthiest options they offer. The results are pretty surprising.

Burger King Tender Grilled Chicken Garden Salad – 300 Calories, 16g of Fat, 33g of Protein.

Burger King Veggie Burger (No Cheese or Mayo) – 320 Calories, 7g of Fat, 23g of Protein

Taco Bell Fresco Burrito Supreme – 340 Calories, 8g of Fat, 49g of Carbs

Taco Bell Zesty Chicken Border Bowl – 320 Calories, 9g of Fat, 30g of Protein

Taco Bell Soft Taco (Beef, Chicken, or Steak) – 160-200 Calories, 5-9g of Fat, 9-13g of Protein.

Taco Bell Fresco Crunchy Taco – 150 Calories, 8g of Fat, 7g of Protein.

KFC Double Crunch Sandwich – 360 Calories, 4g of Fat, 27g of Protein.

KFC Tender Roast Sandwich – 300 Calories, 4.5g of Fat, 37g of Protein.

KFC Roasted Chick Caesar Salad (with Fat Free Ranch) – 250 Calories, 8g of Fat, 31g of Protein

McDonald’s Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich – 370 Calories, 4.5g of Fat, 32g of Protein.

McDonald’s Grilled Snack Wrap with Honey Mustard – 260 Calories, 8g of Fat, 18g of Protein.

McDonald’s Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken – 320 Calories, 9g of Fat, 30g of Protein.

McDonald’s Egg White Delight – 250 Calories, 7g of Fat, 18g of Protein.

Most of the “healthy” items you can order are salads or sandwiches without many toppings, but it can be done. If you’re ever on a diet and need fast food in a pinch, try one of these lighter options. They may be high in sodium, but the calories are still manageable. Staring at all of that food suddenly made me hungry… Share this post if you are a fast food enthusiast like me!

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The Terrifying True Origins Of Favorite Childhood Stories. YIKES.

As it turns out, children’s stories aren’t all puppies and sunshine (no matter what you thought growing up). As it turns out, most of the famous nursery rhymes and fairy tales have a really dark origin. 

1. Cinderella: Mutilation and Murder

“So, if I agree to feed you, you’ll totally blind my step-sisters, right?”

There are many different versions of the Cinderella story from all over the world, the earliest known variant being the Greco-Egyptian tale of Rhodopis. Most people today, though, know the story of Cinderella through Disney’s 1950 animated version. This version is based almost exactly on the 1697 version of Cendrillon by French author Charles Perrault, with some singing mice added in for fun. But this is the nice version. There are two others that were deemed unfit, and rightly so, for children. The Grimm brothers’ Aschenputtel features the wicked stepsisters getting their comeuppance by first slicing off bits of their feet to get into the famed slipper, which has been, over the years, glass, gold and fur. When that doesn’t work, they still attend the wedding, only to have their eyes pecked out by birds. The Italian version, Zezolla, or “Cat Cinderella,” by Giambattista Basile, finds the Cinderella figure killing her step mother by breaking her neck. 

2. Sleeping Beauty: Corpses and Sexual Assault

“Ugh, we really have to clean this castle out when you wake up.”

The Grimms’ Sleeping Beauty, also called Briar Rose, plays out similarly to Disney’s 1959 animated feature. Except for the hundreds of rotting bodies. See, everyone in the castle falls asleep for a hundred years and exists in a magical suspended animation. Outside, a thick forest of thorn bushes grow, preventing anyone from coming in and breaking the spell. That doesn’t stop people from trying, though, and as a result, they all die in the thorns. A century after the spell is cast, it expires and the briars simply turn into flowers by the time the lucky prince happens by. The flowers probably didn’t really help with all those corpses lying around, though. Going back farther, we find that, like with Cinderella, the Grimms borrowed heavily from a Basile story called “Sun, Moon and Talia,” in which Talia, the Sleeping Beauty figure, is raped by a king while she sleeps and gives birth to twins. The babies are born while she’s still sleeping, and wake her by sucking an enchanted splinter from under her fingernail. She marries the rapist king, but his jealous mother attempts to have the babies killed and served at dinner and to burn Talia, but everything works out and the queen is burned instead. Happily ever after!

3. Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: Torture, Religious Persecution and Political Upheaval

“Ha ha, where did you think I got those heads?”

Though there’s some dispute, this little rhyme is commonly associated with Queen Mary I of England, otherwise known as “Bloody Mary,” and who is possibly the origin of the mirror chanting tradition as well. She reigned for only five years, from 1553 to 1558, and was a fierce upholder of the Roman Catholic faith. During her short reign, she executed hundreds of Protestants. The “silver bells” and “cockle shells” are said to be torture devices, while “how does your garden grow” may refer to her lack of heirs. Conversely, the rhyme is also said to be about Mary, Queen of Scots or about Catholicism itself. 

4. Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe: Racism

“Eeny meeny…oh, isn’t there a rhyme that can help me choose that comes with less baggage?”

A favorite of indecisive schoolchildren everywhere, there’s nothing immediately about this rhyme. However, a tiger was not originally what they were catching by his toe. No, “tiger” is a relatively recent replacement for the original, which was the n-word. How charming. Even though most people don’t know this, it’s still an uncomfortable truth about the rhyme’s past and will probably leave a bad taste in your mouth. However, there have also been many similar “choosing” rhymes with origins in Ireland, England and Germany, usually using nonsense words and lacking blatant racism. That part came in with the American versions. 

5. Snow White: More Torture

“Oh, you’re alive? Well…okay.”

If you thought the 1937 Disney version where the prince kisses what’s essentially a dead person in the middle of the woods was weird, you haven’t even begun to dig into this story, which, by the way, also has variants from all over the world. For one thing, the Grimm’s version, which the Disney one is based on, has the wicked queen trying to kill Snow White three times, and in the end, the wicked queen is forced to wear red-hot iron shoes and dance in them until she falls down dead. The Grimms were really into cruel and unusual punishment. But wait. It gets better. Another Basile story, “The Young Slave,” has a young girl being poisoned and placed in seven nesting crystal coffins. However, she grows while in her magical coma. She’s wakened by a jealous aunt who beats her and makes her a slave until she is saved by her uncle, who helps her restore her health and marries her off to a baron. This story might have influenced both Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. 

6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Even More Torture and Execution 

“We’re in a Victor Hugo novel? Oh, this isn’t going to end well.”

In Victor Hugo’s original, Quasimodo is still in love with the beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda, and acts as a liaison between her and her lover, the already-engaged Phoebus. Also, in the book, she’s not actually of Roma heritage, because racism, and was actually kidnapped as a child. Anyway, the lustful Archdeacon also desires Esmeralda, and when he finds out about her tryst with Phoebus, he stabs Phoebus and frames her for the attempted murder. Both she and Quasimodo are tortured, and Esmeralda is hanged for murder and her body tossed into a mass grave. Quasimodo crawls in after her and curls up around her corpse and dies. Many years later, the crypt is opened, and their skeletons are found wrapped around each other. Yeah, the Disney version is a lot happier. 

7. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush: Prison Workouts

“This is pretty nice for a prison yard.”

Legend has it that this rhyme originated in Wakefield Prison, and English prison for women, where the inmates were brought outside to exercise around a shrub or tree in the yard in the mornings. Mulberries, actually, grow on trees, not bushes, but it’s still an interesting theory.

8. Ring Around the Rosie: Maybe Not the Plague, but Subversion at least

“Do we have the plague yet?”

The rhyme is famed for “actually” being about the Bubonic Plague, and I thought this, too, for a long time. “Ring around the rosie” was supposed to reference a skin rash that signified the onset of the plague, and “pocketful of posies” referred to the flowers people carried to mask the stench of death, which was believed to cause the illness. “Ashes” was thought to be a corruption of “achoo” as sneezing or coughing fits were the last symptom before “we all fall down.” You know, as in dead. However, historians highly doubt this. the rhyme first appears in writing in 1881, well after any major plague outbreaks. Early versions of the rhyme don’t even include lyrics about ashes or falling down and mainly seem to be about literal flowers. More than likely, the rhyme was simply rhythmic and charming, and was used by teenagers to subvert religious bans on dancing in the nineteenth century. Like with the Mulberry Bush rhyme, it’s possible that these have no “hidden meanings,” but rather that people just like to dance in circles.

9. The Little Mermaid: Suicide

“Okay, maybe I didn’t think this through.”

Hans Christian Andersen was not a cheerful guy, and his best known fables, this and The Little Match Girl, are evidence of this. In the original mermaid story, the mermaid, in love with a human prince, has her tongue cut out to become a human and, hopefully, win him over. Being a human is painful, though, and it feels like she’s walking on knives. But her love is so great, she dances for the prince anyway. The prince, though, ends up marrying another girl, who he really loves, and the mermaid is heartbroken. The only way for her to return to the sea, though, is to kill the prince. She can’t bring herself to do it, though, and hurls herself into the ocean, where she turns into sea foam. Later, Andersen amended the ending and had her become a “spirit of the air,” because I guess that’s more cheerful?

So, can you still look at your favorite childhood stories and rhymes the same way? Don’t worry, there are plenty more messed-up fairy tales from all over the world, some that stem from actual historical issues, and some just speak to the weirder parts of the human psyche.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/mary-mary-no/

This Disabled CrossFit Athlete Is An Absolute BEAST

CrossFit is one of the fastest-growing group exercise practices in the country, and the results people get from it are astounding. It combines speed, agility, and strength into a crazy-intense cardio workout that also aims to build lean muscle. People all over the U.S. are eager to get in on the action.

That includes the handicapped.

Lindsay Hilton, a disabled CrossFit athlete, shows that just about anyone can join in on the extreme exercise routines…

Watch as she totally crushes a workout.

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“One of our awesome adaptive athletes crushing 16.1!” —Jenny Mulock, CrossFit OnSide

Posted by CrossFit on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

But she’s not just amazing in the gym. She tackles each day with a passion for living.

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She’s an avid mountain climber…

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And she could probably take you to the cleaners in a game of rugby.

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Plenty of people have found inspiration from Hilton’s video, saying things like, “I’m lying here kinda depressed about my injury and then I see this amazing woman killin it and all my depression just melted away!” Another Facebook commenter said, “Lindsay, you are AMAZING!!!! There is no reason for anyone to say: ‘I can’t.’ …You are over the top with inspiration!!! Rock on!!!

Get out there and take life by the horns. If Hilton can do it, you can go and become the healthiest version of yourself too.

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We Tried Coca-Cola’s New “Premium” Milk So You Don’t Have To

Does it taste like normal milk? Not really! But maybe it’s not supposed to.

Last week, Coca-Cola launched its new “premium” line of milks, called Fairlife. The products are being marketed primarily on nutritional value and sustainability. To make them, milk gets separated into five component parts — water, vitamins and minerals, lactose, protein, and fat — then recombined in a specific ratio to end up with a rebuilt milk that boasts about half the sugar and double the protein of the regular stuff, along with being lactose-free.

The marketing push for Fairlife had a rough start with this summer’s poorly received pinup girls. Now Coca-Cola is highlighting sustainability along with nutritional value. Despite carefully avoiding the word “organic” in reference to the farms that supply the milk, the promotional materials for Fairlife focus, in pretty vague terms, on the traceability of its “grass to glass” production chain.

Fairlife milk’s national average price ($4.29 for a 52 oz. bottle) is over twice the price of conventional milk (about $2 for 64 oz.) and slightly more than organic milk (about $4 for 64 oz.).

All of which is also to say that Coca-Cola is likely betting on nutrition and production process, rather than taste, as the factors that will help its milk sell better than the traditional stuff, which has been declining in sales for years. Reviews of the product so far have been mixed. But we were still curious: Would normal humans be able to tell the difference between Fairlife and regular milk? And would they like it more, or less?

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So we set up a blind taste with a very small (but fiercely dedicated) panel of judges, squaring up Fairlife against Organic Valley, a comparably priced organic and hormone-free milk brand that’s available at most grocery stores. (We paid $2.99 per quart for Organic Valley 2% and skim at a Whole Foods in NYC; Organic Valley chocolate milk was $3.69 for a quart. The Fairlife was furnished to BuzzFeed for review.)

One thing I noticed right away at our taste test is that, although the Fairlife bottles are made with a noticeably different material and shape than traditional milk, the colors on the packaging of each type of milk still match Organic Valley’s and the rest of the milk industry’s — light blue for skim, dark blue for 2%, and brown for chocolate. That makes sense if Coke is trying to balance the brand’s image between fitting in (“it’s still milk!”) and standing out (“but it’s BETTER milk!”).

5. Our panel tasted three types of milk (skim, 2%, and low-fat chocolate), comparing Fairlife and Organic Valley side by side for each type.

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The judges, from left to right: Augusta, Jarry, Bryant, Spencer, and Arianna.

They had limited info. They knew that one of each kind of milk was Fairlife, but not which one. Everyone had to pick which milk of each type was their favorite, describe the differences, and say which one they thought was Fairlife.

6. So they sniffed…

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7. …and they sipped…

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8. …and came up with these results:

9. Most people (four out of five) preferred regular skim milk to Fairlife skim.

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Bryant thought the Organic Valley skim “tasted more like actual milk,” while the Fairlife was “dry” and had a noticeable aftertaste. The Fairlife skim also “has a weird old smell” according to Jarry, and Spencer suspected that it might actually be coconut milk (it is not).

10. But Fairlife 2% was a surprise winner! Three out of five people liked it better than regular 2%.

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Some compliments the Fairlife 2% received:

“Much thicker and richer, like a hearty drink that will keep me full for a few years. That’s a good-ass cup of milk.” —Augusta

“Kind of tastes like Lactaid, which I like.” —Jarry

“This one was super close. I think 2A [the regular milk] seemed a little sweeter.” —Arianna

11. The two chocolate milks were the most obviously different. Four out of five people liked regular chocolate milk better, and almost everyone mentioned that the Fairlife chocolate milk was really, really sweet.

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Jarry declared the Fairlife “grossly sweet and rich. Like chocolate ice cream that died in a cup,” and most people agreed. “SO MUCH SWEETER. It also smells like fake chocolate powder,” said Arianna. Augusta concurred: “SO goddamn sweet. Like someone dropped a bucket of sugar in there.” Bryant wondered if it involved almond milk (it does not).

Spencer, however, was an outlier strongly in favor of Fairlife’s gonzo approach: “It’s like a milkshake. It’s everything I hoped it would be. I want to take a bath in this chocolate milk. It’s soulful. The other [regular] milk is tame in comparison.

12. Across all three types, our tasters preferred regular milk over Fairlife milk two-thirds (67%) of the time…

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13. …and were able to correctly identify which milk was Fairlife three-fifths (60%) of the time.

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There wasn’t any noticeable correlation between people’s pick for their favorite of each type of milk and which one they thought was Fairlife. In other words, they weren’t more or less likely to prefer it based on what brand they thought it was.

14. The judges were able to successfully chug both milks 100% of the one time they attempted to.

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15. The bottom line?

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Here’s my ~personal~ review: Fairlife is a little bit creepy to drink. The texture is much more viscous and thick than regular milk, and the odor is really strong, to the point that it smells almost spoiled. It tastes OK, but has a slightly musky flavor that reminds me of shelf-stable or reconstituted milk.

Because I’ve never had any complaints about the nutritional content of non-“premium” milk, which I enjoy drinking (especially if a cookie or peanut butter sandwich is involved), and I’m very lactose-tolerant, I can’t ever see myself buying this.

The panel’s take was a little more mixed: Fairlife doesn’t taste quite like normal milk, but it doesn’t NOT taste like milk, either. So, if the nutrition or lack of lactose is a selling point for you, it might be worth a try.

The Fairlife milk used in the taste test was provided to BuzzFeed Life for review.

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My Weight-Loss Surgery Didn’t Fix My Disordered Eating

Two years ago, I had bariatric surgery. I still can’t stop bingeing.

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It was January 2013, I was a couple of weeks shy of my 25th birthday, and my BMI was over 40, the result of a lifelong addiction to food and a history of binge-eating. And after months, if not years, of dilly-dallying, I’d finally decided to seriously look into bariatric surgery. So I met with a doctor in a cold hospital room in Lebanon, where I live, to discuss my options. For an hour, he poked and prodded and checked for medical soundness as I stood self-consciously in my underwear.

His verdict was definitive: I was a good candidate. Knowing I would most likely change my mind if given enough time, I asked for the surgery to be scheduled the following week. But before I could go under the knife, I had to meet with a “hospital-mandated” therapist so she could assess my psychological state and whether or not I could withstand the procedure. She had me fill out a form, asked me a couple of questions in a laconic monotone, and concluded the session by informing me I was depressed. (Needless to say, this was not a surprising diagnosis.) Still, I was cleared for surgery, and so they sliced me open, stitched me back up, and sent me home.

Two years later, it’s 7 p.m. after a stressful day at work and I’m gorging on peanut butter ice cream in a supermarket parking lot, scooping it with my fingers with feverish haste like a savage who has no use for utensils. I stop after a few minutes, suddenly aware that people can see me and feeling like my reduced stomach is about ready to implode. I wipe the ice cream off my hands, my face, my shirt, my seatbelt. It’s everywhere. This is my crime scene, and I’m frenetically wiping off the blood, wondering what in God’s name I have done. As soon as I get home, I scour my kitchen for more unhealthy food to stuff down my throat. Unhappy with what I find, I take another trip to the nearest grocery store and load up on all sorts of carbonated, refined, artificial, and processed junk.

I wish I could say this was an isolated incident. But despite getting the operation, my binge-eating disorder is still going strong. On any given bingeing day, once the valves are open, it takes tremendous efforts to close them back up again, and not even the nausea and stomach cramps can quell the flood. Today, I don’t regret my decision to opt for surgery, but I can’t help but feel like I should never have been allowed to have it. The crux of the matter is, I may have been qualified for it physically, but I was far from ready psychologically.

Remember, this is all taking place in Lebanon, a small and conservative country known to outsiders for its beaches, its food, its indomitable will to party its way through troubled times. But to locals, it’s not’s an easy place to live in. There’s the volatile political context, the perpetual economic slump, the propensity for sectarian strife, the lack of social justice. And then there’s the fact that here in Lebanon, where looks and appearances are paramount, plastic surgery qualifies as a routine procedure. Imagine conventional standards of beauty on speed. Fall short of these standards and you’ll feel left out, ostracized.

Lebanese society is only part of the problem. Unscrupulous Lebanese bariatric surgeons who operate on patients with only 20 or 30 pounds to shed are also part of the problem. The media is part of the problem, so is my country’s defective health care system. Pattern-repeating parents are part of the problem. Admittedly, I’m part of the problem too. I could easily gripe at length about body image, about fat shaming, about the fat acceptance movement, about the assumption that happiness is not possible unless you wear a size 12 or under, about the way some people feel entitled to comment on women’s bodies. I could argue that it’s all very subliminal and insidious, and that once it takes hold of you, you feel unbelievably foolish for letting it define you, but at the same time, you feel so incredibly worthless that you forget how to function properly.

But over the years, I grew tired of pointing fingers. Personal responsibility, societal pressure, social construct — I no longer cared. The “why” of my dysphoria did not matter. I’ve tried to rationalize it too many times, going as far as standing in front of my bathroom mirror and sermonizing out loud as I scrutinized my bloated face: “I am not defined by my weight. It’s not me, it’s society. There is more to me than a number on a scale.”

It didn’t work. I had the surgery on the very day I turned 25.

There are different types of bariatric surgery procedures. Some can seem pretty scary. There’s the band, the sleeve, and the gastric bypass, among others. I settled on a procedure known as “gastric plication,” which entails creating a sleeve by suturing rather than removing stomach tissue. To my highly skeptical mind, it was the option that sounded less radical, and less invasive since it would be done laparoscopically. All I’d be left with, besides a significantly smaller stomach, were five small scars scattered across my belly. No foreign object inserted, no part of my stomach taken out, no organ rerouted.

The operation went well, but in the weeks that followed, I could barely eat anything. I’d only manage to get two or three bites in before I was overcome with the urge to regurgitate them. Going cold turkey from eating, let alone bingeing, was really tough. I keep one very vivid memory of my recovery, in the weeks following my return from the hospital: standing at 2 in the morning in front of my fridge, longingly sniffing every possible food item I could get my hands on. Ketchup, a can of tuna, I even once took a big whiff of a tub of butter. The compulsion was as irrepressible as it was indiscriminate. All the same, I lost a considerable amount of weight in the first six months alone.

Two years on, I’ve more or less managed to keep part of the weight off, although the numbers on the scale still tend to fluctuate greatly and I have yet to confront my eating disorder head-on. Food is still at the forefront of my mind every second of every day, and my struggle with addiction is not made easy by the ubiquity of junk food that I so frequently crave. I live in constant dread that I might one day lose my grip, and that my bingeing habits will resurface and plunge me back into an unstoppable maelstrom of weight gain and self-loathing. Some days, it feels like it’s only a matter of time. Think peanut butter ice cream, an entire tub of it, every day for 10 days straight (my personal best).

I don’t mean to discredit weight-loss surgery altogether. After years spent shrugging it off as a last resort, a cop-out, I now realize that it can also serve as an effective way to jump-start the process, and one particularly appealing to people faced with the dispiriting prospect of having 100, 150, 300 pounds to lose. But here’s the big “but”: There’s also something fundamentally wrong with bariatric surgery, in that it only serves to “fix” the body and not the mind. I can’t help but notice that it’s being increasingly touted as the panacea for our modern, busy, hyperactive times. But it is not to be treated lightly. Tremendous psychological work has to be done first or at least in parallel but it’s often overlooked in favor of the contemporary truism that weight loss is all about diet and exercise.

By the time I had my surgery, I had 10 years of bad habits under my belt, and the resigned understanding that I was wasting my life away for the most frivolous and shallow of reasons. To me, that was enough. I’d put myself through so much isolation, self-loathing, self-indulgence, phony excuses, missed opportunities, a succession of last straws that never quite decisively snapped me out of my funk and spurred me into action. I thought I was ready for my life to start, and that all these years of misery had helped prepare me for the transition.

But said transition turned out to be excruciatingly long and grueling, in a way I could never have expected. I’m still trudging through, making every possible mistake in the book. One recent snag comes to mind, after a boundary-pushing, stomach-stretching binge: me sitting on the edge of my tub, pressing my thumbs hard against my temples, trying to rationalize what I was about to do, soliloquizing that this would never happen again, that Monday was only two days away, a fresh start, a way to get back on track with a clean slate. Feeling nauseated, my stomach about ready to implode, trying to muster the courage to go through with my plan. Then finally sticking a finger down my throat. Gagging, but only for a couple of seconds, and taking my finger out immediately. That was my first ever attempt at bulimia, and it ended in abject failure.

I doubt there will be ever a second attempt. But I have to stop evading the issue. At some point, I’ll have to learn how to have a healthy outlook on food. Losing weight alone will not miraculously solve everything, and I can’t keep putting my life on hold with that quixotic prospect in mind. Sometimes, it feels like only yesterday I was 15 and just beginning to turn to food for comfort, putting down the foundations for the wall I’d spend years erecting around myself, growing increasingly quiet, withdrawn, painfully avoidant in the process. Then I come to and I’m 27 and feeling like I’m at a standstill, fumbling blindly for the play button on my life, the wall still very much intact albeit carved with scratch marks from my unfruitful attempts to climb my way out. The way things stand, I’m either staring at the slippery slope of self-destruction or looking up at a towering mountain toward salvation. All I need now is to figure out how to start climbing.


If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, here are some organizations that have trained support staff available by phone:

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Helpline: 1-630-577-1330

Binge Eating Disorder Association Helpline: 1-855-855-BEDA

National Eating Disorder Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237

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8 Dogs Who Love Going Above and Beyond Basic Fetch. Good Boys.

Dogs and fetch go together like, well, dogs and fetch. If you throw something in the vicinity of a dog, there’s a good chance that the object will be returned to you with a wagging tale and a bit more drool than when you first had it. And now you’re locked into a game of fetch.

Fetch is a great way to get some exercise for you and your pooch.

We have lift-off!

Some dogs are more naturally inclined to playing fetch, such as retrievers (they retrieve, get it?), but all pooches enjoy a good romp and the challenge of chasing down that pesky ball or Frisbee. While a stick is the classic fetch toy, vets warn that sticks can actually be dangerous for dogs, and suggest using a plastic or rubber toy instead. 

There are some dogs, though, take the classic game of fetch to a whole ‘nother level. These canine athletes up the ante by what they fetch, how they fetch and where they fetch. Check out our adorable collection of fetching dogs. It’s enough to make you want to start throwing things.

Blanket fetch

Who says dogs can’t multitask? This Corgi, named Yuki, has learned to manage the game of fetch all while hanging onto his security blankie.

Fetch training

Dogs know it’s important to train their humans from a young age so that they may develop healthy social habits.

Humanless fetch

Thanks to gadgets like the iFetch, dogs don’t even need a human for fetch. (Okay, they need a human to buy the iFetch.) The dog can learn to load a ball into the device’s funnel, and then iFetch shoots it across the room for hours of fun. Still, we recommend human-dog interaction as the ideal.

As you can see, this little weenie is a fan.

More humanless fetch

If you don’t want to shell out for a gadget, a staircase will do. This pup has figured out how to use gravity to its advantage for endless fun.

Tire fetch

When Frisbees and balls just didn’t cut it, this pooch (and its human) reclaimed an old tire for some heavy lifting fetch. Plus the dog gets to be a donut head on the way back, which is awesome. We don’t recommend trying this with Chihuahuas, though.

Cat fetch

The next step up from tires is a living fetchable object. Plus it doubles as a way to get your cat inside.

Wheelchair Fetch

You don’t need four legs to effectively play fetch. These pooches may be paralyzed, but that doesn’t stop them.


Not everyone is the athletic type.

The next time you’re out with the dog, see if you and your canine pal can top these epic examples of creative fetch. 

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Here Are 14 Fashion Trends We Wish Would Make A Comeback. Kind Of.

Fashion is a fickle mistress. One day something is in style, the next it is a fad we look back on and laugh at. 80% of the hairstyles from the 80s and 90s are jokes now, but back then? They were the best. 

Why did some of these go away? There were some great styles that we have just glanced over and never brought back. How does wearing a super-soft tracksuit sound like a bad idea? I’m making a campaign for bringing these fashion staples back into the mainstream. We can do it!

1.) Head to toe velour sweat suits. We need these back ASAP. That’s comfort, 24/7.


2.) Pirate gear. How else am I supposed to carry my sword around?

3.) Colonial wigs to look classy for any occasion.

4.) Zoot suits have always been known to be a riot.

5.) Street urchin attire (oh wait, hipsters may have already made this a thing).

6.) Beehive hairdos, because where else are you going to hide the candy you bring into the movie theater?

7.) Bondage pants for those who are into whips and chains. And knowing where their wallets are.

8.) Knight armor. It keeps you shaded and impervious to most physical attacks. Fashionable and purposeful.

9.) Sherlock Homes hats for when you’re out investigating the whereabout of that late night snack you desire.

10.) Bowl haircuts are not only fashionable, but easy to make happen, all you need is a bowl and some scissors!

11.) Hoop dresses, back when women had the most INSANE curves.

12.) Canadian tuxedos, not just for Canadians anymore.

13.) Propeller hats to let people know you are just a lovable goof.

14.) Sparkly tutus. If it worked for Richard Simmons, it can work for all of us.

Imagine how cool you’d look walking down the street wearing some of these items? The answer is “super cool.” Share this post with your fashion forward friends…or your fashion backwards friends. Regardless, show them this post. We need to make some of these things happen.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/fashion-comeback/