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  An essential oils primer for smelling good and feeling fine Ever notice how inhaling a scent—of sliced orange, a rosemary sprig, or blooming lavender—can trigger a memory? Make no mistake: aromatherapy is real. The areas of your brain that process information from your olfactory senses—the limbic system and amygdala—are also involved in emotional learning and memory. In fact, the olfactory system is the only one of your senses that utilizes these two brain structures in this way. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the scent of...
Are you consumed by an overwhelming desire to drink every time you look at Twitter these days? Same. Luckily, we've found some easy ways to make pisco cocktails that are the perfect blend of sweet, sour, and heat — perfect for the "enraged liberal snowflake." Pisco Chile, the Chilean grape brandy which you probably know from Pisco Sours, is deliciously versatile. Have you ever had a Pisco Hibisco? Or a Polola? Here are three pisco cocktail recipes you can make at home (or, if you're too blinded...

Donald Trump sparked yet another social media firestorm, equipped with memes, gifs and a substantial amount of IKEA references, after his controversial allegations of a (nonexistent) terrorist attack in Sweden. #alternativefact At a campaign rally this past weekend, the “president” stated, “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers, and they’re having problems like they never thought possible.” What problems was he referring to, exactly? Why was he holding...
Thanks to Swedish nuclear physicist Elina Berglund, there is now an app that can replace your birth control. Berglund and her husband Raoul Scherwizl developed the app called Natural Cycles, together in 2015. After some issues with the Swedish Medicinal Products Agency and some resulting bad press (not by fault of Natural Cycles) the app lost its buzz. But now- coming out of the controversy stronger- the app is the first of its kind. Clinically tested, it is an alternative to other birth control methods. What the...
For those of you who have frequently thought that Trump’s America is comparable to the Upside Down — prepare to feel validated by the United States government. Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island took the House floor on Thursday to compare the current climate of America to that of the fictional Upside Down, the creepy and demon-infested parallel universe of Netflix’s Stranger Things. “Mr. Speaker, like the main characters in Stranger Things, we are now stuck in the Upside Down,” Cicilline began as he stood beside a...
We’re living in a nation where powerful women are told to sit down when they persist in quoting Coretta Scott King, and bigotry of every flavor is being loudly and systematically reinforced. There is a constant stream of alarming news and calls to action, and in case you need your hourly reminder, our president is a reality television star with the linguistic capability of a 10-year-old who hates to read. It’s a lot worse for some than for others, but it’s a chaotic time in...
In a rambling and downright bizarre press conference yesterday, Trump asked an African-American reporter if the Congressional Black Caucus were friends of hers. Having assured the public that he is “the least racist person,” Trump then responded to a question by April Ryan, a journalist for American Urban Radio Networks. She enquired about his campaign promise to revitalize the American inner cities and asked if he would be arranging a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss this. He responded: "Well I would. Do you...

Welcome to "What The Fuck Is Going On." Haven’t a clue? Don’t fret; neither has anyone else. It's been a week of colossal confusion and disorder that can only be accurately described by the above Mr. Krabs meme. Here, we have compiled a list of newsworthy happenings from Trump’s fourth week in office (yes, it has only been four weeks). The Michael Flynn Fiasco On Feb. 13, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was asked to resign (AKA politely fired) after reports claimed he lied about the nature of phone...
  Anti-semitic hate crimes have spiked since Donald Trump’s win in November, and it’s only been getting worse. CNN reported that in January alone, 48 Jewish Community Centers spanning across 27 states and one Canadian province received nearly 60 bomb threats. The threats were grouped together, coming in the form of phone calls, in waves on three days: January 9, 18 and 31. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency released a recording of one of the bomb threats made; the caller told the JCC that a C-4 bomb was...
During appearances on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and CBS This Morning this week, Emmy-nominated actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox drew a striking parallel between a plot line in Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures and recent anti-trans bathroom bills.  Cox stated on CBS This Morning: “What people should know about these bathroom bills that criminalize trans people... is that these bills are not about bathrooms. They’re about whether trans people have the right to exist in public space. If we can’t access public bathrooms, we can’t go...
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