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Say hello to Florence Bearse, who just celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this month in Bangor, Maine. The upbeat centenarian, interviewed by her local television news station WLBZ at the Westgate Center for Rehabilitation, revealed that wine has helped her live a long, happy life. “Oh, I like my wine. Don't take it away from me,” she said, while wearing a pink-and-white Hawaiian lei and a beaded "Birthday Princess" necklace. Bearse, a former restaurant owner and recreational ballroom dancer from Massachusetts, fell in love with Maine’s scenery and...
  “The fact is, mere ordinary folk have not the remotest notion of the extravagant extent to which canine pets are pampered nowadays by their highly-placed mistresses.” - The Strand Magazine, 1896. In 1896, an enterprising young lady named Mrs. Nugent opened a fashionable club for dogs at 120 New Bond Street in London. It was called the Dogs’ Toilet Club and offered many services for the pampered pets of the wealthy and well to do, including grooming, pet sitting, veterinary care, and dentistry. For those who wished...
Nearly half of the food in the United States is thrown out, while 1 in 7 Americans go hungry. There’s no doubt this is a tragic paradox that demands transformation. The question is, how do we get food that will be wasted to people who need it? Leah Lizarondo, co-founder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue, might tell you the answer is technology — and plenty of volunteers ready to make a difference. Lizarondo co-founded an app that first connects food retailers with excess food to...

Let’s be real: 2017 is shaping up to be a bucket of stress, and many of us need help coping. Thankfully, we have the miracle plant known as cannabis to save us all from dissolving into a pile of tension-filled dust. But despite the legalization that’s sweeping the nation — eight states have authorized recreational and medicinal marijuana, with more likely to follow — not every form of cannabis is completely kosher, at least according to Johnny Law. Now there’s an option for folks who...

Growing up, I was always at my mother’s side. Whether it was at the grocery store, my hand carefully intertwined with the cart as we navigated the aisles, or at the library, where we sifted through the shelves picking out the next Judy Blume book that we would alternate reading from before bed – anything my mother set out to do, I willingly followed. As years passed, however, our dynamic changed. I outgrew our grocery store trips and bedtime reading. These activities were traded in for...
All all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan was denied the one-week travel visa necessary to attend the FIRST Global Challenge — an international robotics competition in Washington, DC scheduled for mid-July — leaving the girls feeling disappointed, excluded, and confused. The girls have experienced multiple obstacles while attempting to participate, including a late start constructing their ball-sorting machine due to their raw materials being held up in customs for months (resulting from concern over ISIS’s use of robots on the battlefield) and traveling 500 miles to the...
With rising temps and longer days comes the urge to whip up tasty cold drinks. This summer, say goodbye to plain Jane lemonade with agua de panela, as it’s known in Colombia: a simpler lemon or lime water sweetened with panela, the “original” brown sugar. Its delicate caramel flavors compliment the zingy blend of citrus juices for a beverage that’s more substantial, and a little less sweet, than standard lemonade. Plus, it’s a fantastic pick-me-up on a hot afternoon. Add this simple syrup to water,...
Adulting can be damn hard. In addition to dealing with political stress, financial struggles, and general life hurdles, our bodies come in contact with environmental toxins on the daily. One way to detoxify and de-stress is with a steamy, pore-opening shower. Add an exfoliating sugar scrub and you also get the benefits of aromatherapy and self -massage, which can have lasting effects on your mood and general health, not to mention it’ll give you the smoothest skin around. Customize your scrub for morning, midday (no...
When planning to have a baby, there’s a lot of things to consider - like neighborhoods with good schools and what kind of stroller is best - but you might want to look into the maternal mortality rate of your state. We recently wrote that Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate, and thanks to a recent article from Vox, we’ve learned that California has the lowest maternal mortality rate. California has managed to match the rate of the rest of the developed world, while the...
I can tell summer is here because I feel the need to take 3 showers a day and just got done scouring this guide to dealing with chub rub. But if you're looking for a more fun way to beat the heat, we've got you covered, sister. Introducing: Sloshies - slushies that get you sloshed. Genius. Keep scrolling to see our fave recipes from Jerry Nevins's Sloshies (Workman Publishing), for sale here. Try 'em out and thank us later with a drunk tweet @bust_magazine.  The Catcher 
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