National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is no longer just a made-up thing on 15 December – it can now legitimately get you special treatment. Alaska Airlines is running a one-day promotion in celebration, whereby passengers wearing ugly Christmas jumpers will get to board the plane 15 minutes early, skipping smugly past their staidly dressed counterparts. The perk is extended to customers on all Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air flights across its network of 115 cities, reports CN Traveler.
While Hanukkah is probably the Jewish festival with the most mainstream recognition, it’s far from the most important period on the Jewish calendar. London goes big for Hanukkah, with a giant menorah in Trafalgar Square – lit by mayor Sadiq Khan no less, and placed beside the equally giant Christmas tree. It’s no secret that it's the world capital of baked goods, but besides the usual brioches and baguettes, Paris is also a great place to discover Hanukkah’s traditional sweet, sufganiyot.
Meet Joey DeGrandis, the man with a memory that can be deemed as almost perfect. For DeGrandis, his whole life has been governed by a constant influx of memories and expansive knowledge. DeGrandis first discovered he was different as a child when his parents became aware of his enhanced memory, Time Health reports.
What with wrangling with relatives over who’s hosting the Christmas dinner, over-indulging way, way too much and the prospect of being in debt for the next 10 years to pay for all the partying and presents that will likely be met with a luke warm response. It’s little wonder the minute we hear a Christmas song in the supermarket we feel stressed. Reasons people gave for struggling at Christmas included getting into debt (41 per cent), feeling lonely (83 per cent) and just generally finding Christmas stressful (81 per cent).
Women have long moaned about the men in their lives coming down with “man flu” and turning into feeble, moaning boys. It all comes down to our cavemen ancestors - men have weaker immune systems than women which used to be in order to stop them going out hunting when ill. In what is thought to be the first study of its kind, Dr Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, analysed relevant research and found evidence that adult men have a higher risk of hospital admission and higher rates of influenza associated deaths compared with women, regardless of underlying disease.
A viral selfie documenting one woman’s skin cancer treatment prompted record high Google searches for prevention of the condition, a new study has found. Tawny Willoughby was 27-years-old when she posted the graphic snap to Facebook, which showed her scarred and scab-laden face alongside the caption “this is what skin-cancer treatment can look like”. The 2015 post, which has since been shared more than 105,000 times, triggered a wave of media coverage akin to the attention that is typically garnered by celebrity health stories.
Dr Sue argues that research points towards men having a weaker immune response to common viral respiratory infections and the flu. The fight against the ridicule of “man flu” has been taken up by a doctor who says, somewhat tongue-in cheek, that he delved into the issue after growing tired of being accused of overreacting. In a treatise based on previous studies – some scientific, some notably less so – the Dr Kyle Sue not only puts the case that men might indeed experience worse cold and flu symptoms than women, but also explores why such a difference might have evolved.
Following a froggy-green 2017, last week Pantone revealed the colour of 2018, a decidedly more wearable, uplifting hue of Ultra Violet. "We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination," Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute explained. "It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.
“The skin around the eye area is extremely fragile and is often neglected, and if not looked after correctly, can become dry, puffy and congested and age your face beyond your years," explains Noella Gabriel, cofounder of Elemis. Read on for our pick of the best masks for tired eyes, to see you through the end-of-year festivities.
Cats, dogs, introverts, extroverts; whatever you want to call it, most people would agree that there are two types of person in the world: the ones who can spend hours alone, reading books, ignoring their messages, content with their own company, and the ones who crave outward stimulation and rely on social situations for their fun. According to experts in personality type, extroverts are the happier bunch, but that might just be because society (by virtue of being social) conditions us to think that it’s the better way to be.
My life was sex and, unfortunately, drugs. In my case, sex work was a means to an end – a dark, dank end, in which I spent every minute of every day trying as hard as I could to not withdraw from drugs because the highs had long since evaporated.
It's hard to imagine a world without Facebook. For more than a decade, the social media platform has been a place where people could document and share every detail of their lives, from the articles they find interesting to what they ate for brunch. According to The Guardian, Palihapitiya recently said during a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business that Facebook, and social media usage in general, is ultimately a massive detriment to society as a whole.
Master of None just received a Golden Globe nomination for best comedy series, and fans couldn't be more excited. Both Ansari and co-creator and executive producer Alan Yang have been pretty tight-lipped about the future of the series, taking moments like the Emmys and the Golden Globes nominations to reflect on the importance of celebrating diversity on TV. Back in August, Ansari made it clear to GQ magazine that he wasn't prepared to get to work on the series because "his life has not progressed enough" to inspire binge-worthy material.
A federal judge has ruled that transgender people can enlist in the military starting on 1st January 2018, CNN reports. The Pentagon confirmed that it will move forward with transgender applicants on that date. Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the ban likely violates the Constitution, The New York Times reports.