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    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that there is a total solar eclipse happening on August 21st. Everyone and their mother is freaking out, and rightfully so, because it’s kind of a big deal. The thing is, total solar eclipses themselves aren’t actually a rare occurrence. According to Space.com, there is a solar eclipse visible from somewhere on Earth approximately once every 18 months. So why is this so exciting? This will be the first solar eclipse that is visible to all...
You take it for granted. Knowing where you came from, how you came to be in the world, where you got that laugh or why your legs are so hairy. Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for me and lots of other adoptees, not knowing who and where you came from is a phantom limb that aches. You want a backstory to help you move forward. See, stories matter. Each of us, we’re all stories. The stories we take to heart often become...
  "If this sort of thing keeps growing, it won’t be long before we shall hear of dog undertakers, and perhaps marble cutters who devote their time and talent to the construction of monuments to pet dogs. There is no calculating the extent to which infectious folly will go.” — The Saint Paul Globe, 25 November 1888. Of all the animals buried and mourned in the Victorian era, it was dogs who received the lion’s share of the funerary honors. The Hyde Park Dog Cemetery opened in London...
Last night in Durham, North Carolina, a crowd tore down a statue of a Confederate soldier that stood in front of a county administrative building as part of a rally to combat white supremacy and support Charlottesville, Virginia after it was attacked for planning to remove another Confederate statue. Protesters chanted, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” as they toppled the statue. As the crowd cheered, some kicked the statue. Via the Washington Post, the state’s governor objected to the removal of the statue, saying,...
Hummus was one of the first dishes I learned how to make early on in my catering career. I thought it was pretty darn great, until I hired an Israeli chef, and found out that I had a lot to learn. Like the fact that adding a pinch of baking soda to the chickpea cooking water helps keep farting to a minimum. And that beating the tahini with a fork makes for an extra-creamy result. Later, I went to Israel and found entire restaurants dedicated to...
This weekend, Charlottesville, Virginia erupted in white supremacists protesting over the proposed removal of a controversial statue of Robert E. Lee, a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The protest was planned months ago when the removal plans were announced, and the city braced itself for the “Unite the Right” protests from white supremacists. On Friday, hundreds of white nationalists marched and chanted racial slurs. The crowds were met with counter-protests, and the situation quickly turned violent. The Governor of Virginia, Terry...
What does terrorism look like in America? Well, despite Donald Trump’s rampage against Islam, statistics show that right-wing extremists pose the biggest threat. According to a new report from The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and The Center for Investigative Reporting, there were twice as many terrorist incidents by right-wing extremists as by Islamist extremists in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016. Add to that list Saturday’s attack in Charlottesville, VA. Sparked by the city’s decision to remove of a statue of Confederate icon Robert E. Lee,...
This past Sunday, BUST's own Callie Watts and her husband Camilo Salas renewed their vows on Fort Tilden's shores with a Wiccan handfasting ceremony. Callie, one of BUST's longtime staff, and Camilo, a freelance writer for the Latin American press, brought their friends and family together to the Rockaways for a one-year anniversary with an eccentric flair that perked up the heads of their fellow sunbathers. Handfasting is a neopagan ceremony celebrated by Wiccans that affirms a couple's commitment to each. When all the guests arrived,...

Before I open my eyes from a sleep that feels like never happened, I feel a familiar pit in my belly. It expands as my mind files through the events of the night before. I try to recall every word I said. Every person I spoke to. Last night was my first date with Andy. One Old Fashioned before he got to the bar — good for nerves. Three while we got to know each other. A pickleback to show him I could hang. It...
Checking Facebook at a red light; ignoring a convo because maybe that Bumble cutie wrote back; scrolling Insta the second you wake up – sound familiar? Internet addiction is real, and it’s taking a toll. According to Harvard Medical School scientists, using a cell phone or laptop at night upsets the body’s production of melatonin, majorly disrupting sleep. And a study in the journal Psychopathology reported that heavy internet users are five times more likely to suffer from depression than less frequent users. Plus, there’s...