Book Series To Binge While You Wait For ‘Game Of Thrones’ To Come Back Betches

Summer is officially over and I know this because yesterday a girl in Uggs spilled her pumpkin spice latte all over me. We’ve now moved into that weird in-between stage of seasons where summer is dead but none of your favorite shows are back on so you don’t have an actual excuse for why you ignored your BFF’s text about getting your ass down to the bars ASAP. Like, b*tch LET ME LIVE (my best life on the couch). But never fear, because where there’s a will, there’s a way for me to get out of being social, and that way is to binge read myself into a coma. That said, we’ve got some bangin’ book series to educate you with that are legit better than binge watching all seven seasons of Game of Thrones. You’re so welcome.

The ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ Series by Sarah J Maas

I’d been hearing about this series for years and never picked it up because I thought it would be another boring YA fantasy series, and also because I’m stupid. But once I started reading, I could not put these books down. It has all the intrigue and action of Game of Thrones but with twentysomethings and hotter people (if that’s possible). The books follow 19-year-old huntress Feyre who accidentally kills something she shouldn’t and ends up having to spend the rest of her life in a faerie realm. If I lost you just there, HEAR ME OUT THOUGH. At first it’s a little like Beauty and The Beast, but it’s so much more than that by the end of the book. Think epic world building, feuding kingdoms, and badass leading ladies who aren’t afraid to scheme the sh*t out of some men. The books are long AF, but, like, so is a Law & Order: SVU marathon and you people never miss that sh*t.

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The ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Series by Kevin Kwan

Would it be a comprehensive reading list if we didn’t include Kevin Kwan and the bougiest family we’ve ever f*cking seen? I think not. The Youngs make your family drama look like child’s play and theirs goes down on private jets. Advanced warning: You might want to settle in with your own order of dumplings, otherwise you’re bound to get very, very hungry while reading. And then go see the movie.

The ‘Addicted To You‘ Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Just gonna be real up front and say right now that this is a romance series, so don’t @ me in the comments when you get all hot and bothered on the subway because someone said the word “climax.” Let’s be real, these books are no dirtier than whatever you’re texting your ex after three vodka crans. Just saying. The books follow Lily Calloway and Loren Hale, two members of Philadelphia’s most elite families who both happen to be battling secret addictions while also trying to date each other. If that sounds a little heavy, that’s because it kind of is, but in the immortal words of Kim Kardashian West “it’s the good kind of baggage, like Louis Vuitton.” Seriously, this series is INSANE. Think Kardashian-level family drama meets the lux inner circle of Gossip Girl. Now go forth and binge.

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The ‘Thousandth Floor’ Series by Katherine McGee

I know I keep comparing sh*t to Gossip Girl, SO SUE ME. It’s not my fault that show was the voice of a goddamn generation. Anyway, moving on. Set in a futuristic Manhattan, the Thousandth Floor series follows five teens who live at the Palace hotel but on, like, steroids. You’ve got all the Upper East Siders and a Lonely Boy living in the year 3000 where not much has changed but they live underwater. I paraphrase; the book actually takes place in 2118. Whatever. In any case, it’s about a group of rich teenagers who all are hiding dark secrets. Dun dun dunnnn. This book is a fast AF read. It reads like a thriller element because each book opens up with someone dying—and you know we betches love death. Feel blessed, because there’s three books already out so that’s at least four happy hours you can miss in favor of binge reading.

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The Last Time I Lied’ by Riley Sager

This isn’t technically a series but both of Riley Sager’s books involve campy, Final Destination-like plots that are seriously addictive from page one. We love, love, LOVED The Final Girls and the author’s second book is just as binge-worthy. The book follows Emma Davis who, in a very Pretty Little Liars twist of events, realizes all of her BFFs have disappeared after playing a game of two truths and a lie at summer camp one night. It’s kind of like if all the Liars went missing and only Aria had to find out what happened to them (god help them). I’m telling you right now, once you start this book you won’t be able to put it down.  

The ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Series by Jenny Han

Look, I’m not trying to be judgmental, but if you haven’t watched Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before THEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE. I’m sorry, that was aggressive. But really, I’ve never loved a teenaged boy more and I hate how that sounds coming out of my mouth but it’s the honest goddamn truth. If you watched the movie and have a pulse then you obvi fell in love with Peter Kavinsky. I’m telling you now, the books are even better. Plus there’s already three books out in the series so if you’re looking for some more Peter in your life you’ve got at least 900 pages worth of reading material. You can thank me in the comments.

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When’s Happy Hour? By The Betches

Not a series, but you should read it anyways because it’s our third book and we wrote it and it will literally change your life. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Images: Vanessa Serpas / Unsplash; Amazon (7)

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Eric Trump Accused Of Anti-Semitism For Bob Woodward ‘Shekels’ Criticism

President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, is accused of making anti-Semitic comments in reference to Bob Woodward’s new book about his father’s White House.

The president’s son appeared on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning and denounced Woodward’s book, Fear: Trump in the White House, as fiction.

It all started when co-host Steve Doocy noted that the book and last week’s anonymous New York Times op-ed criticizing the president as amoral and vapid have stirred fresh chaos in the White House.

Eric Trump pushed back, saying the media only wants to make his dad look bad.

“Don’t you think people look through the fact, you can write some sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president,” Trump said. 

Then, in what some people interpret as a dog whistle to white nationalists, Trump added: 

It’ll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country, that’s doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric. Is that really where we are?

The shekel is the currency used in both ancient and modern-day Israel. Keegan Hankes, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which tracks hate groups, noted that the term also can be used as a slur.

“Shekels is a derogatory term used by white supremacists that ties into the myth that Jewish people only care about money,” Hankes told HuffPost. The term is tied to the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews control the financial system, she said, and is “used constantly by the extreme right and particularly neo-Nazis.”

Trump’s use of the word on Fox News “certainly seems like a dog whistle,” Hankes added.

Watch Trump on “Fox & Friends” below.

Unsurprisingly, Trump was heavily criticized on Twitter:

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/eric-trump-anti-semite-fox-and-friends_us_5b9954cee4b0511db3e89ab0

You Will Know When You Meet The Right Person

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You Will Know When You Meet The Right Person

Believe me, this subject is still relevant to me. I hear my friends complaining to me about their dreadful dating lives all the time and how elusive it is to find love in this era. And it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I used to think like this too.

That two years ago, I was in a perpetual heartbroken state feeling lost and hopeless. I didn’t know a thing about love or what I wanted. I didn’t know the person I was without a romantic partner to define me. I didn’t have any goals and dreams, or what I hoped to achieve in life. All I know was that I didn’t want to end up dying alone as I was convinced that nothing was worse than that.

My head was confused by the mixed signals, the complication, and drama. And my heart was hurting all the time. Even in the bliss of a thrilling new romance, I was plagued with insecurity and doubt. Ugly thoughts were relentless and I could seek no reprieve.

What if this doesn’t last? What if he couldn’t accept the person I am? What if we’re not suitable for each other? What if he stops loving me?

I didn’t know a thing about love but I sure know how to deal with a broken heart.

Sometimes, I feel that I couldn’t do a relationship because I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. I was cynical that anything good would happen to me. And when the relationship eventually ended as how I predicted from the start, I sprang into action taking care of my wounded self and battered soul.

I loved abrupt endings and unresolved endings. Nothing reveals someone’s true colors like when they’re breaking up with you. I loved how deathly calm and indifferent I appeared on the surface as if my heart wasn’t breaking into million pieces beneath the blank facade I was fiercely holding onto. I loved how I was cruelly pushed from cloud nine to rock bottom because at least, I was firmly in reality and my comfort zone now. I loved how I have to pick myself up and rebuild my life piece by piece as the promise of a new beginning gave me hope that things would be different next time.

I may not know a thing about making love last but I sure know how to make it hurt less.

And then I met him.

The demon in my head stops screaming. The cracks in my heart start to heal and I begin to see hope in the most unlikely place. The change happened gradually as I lower down my guard and let him into my inner world trusting him not to hurt me. It took a while but one day, I found myself thinking of our future together with a smile on my face giddy with happiness. I found myself wanting to stay with him forever and looking forward to the rest of our lives together. I found myself grateful that none of my relationship before him lasted because the universe is actually leading me to the right one.

I found myself unable to write about the excruciating pain of heartbreak because I no longer associate myself with it. In the comfortable and safety love he provided for me, I couldn’t remember what it was like before and I couldn’t imagine ever parting from him.

And I realized it wasn’t that I was hard to love or I couldn’t do relationship. It was that I haven’t met the right person yet. And I want to tell you that your turn will come soon. One day, you will meet them and you will know.

Liane White

I write about falling in love and out of love.

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Read more: https://thoughtcatalog.com/liane-white/2018/09/you-will-know-when-you-meet-the-right-person

Guy Notices Something Odd On Top Of Zeus Temple In 1858 Photo, Discovers What They Dont Teach At School

Being a history researcher means endless hours of poring over books, paintings, photos and manuscripts, looking for clues from the past to create an accurate picture of what things were really like.

Naturally, when following a lead it can be easy to be led down all kind of interesting ‘rabbit holes,’ and that’s exactly what happened to author and PhD student Paul Cooper, from Norwich, England, while researching the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, Greece.

Paul came across an incredible photo of the temple’s ruin, taken way back in 1858. “I was researching the forgotten histories of different ruined sites around the world for my PhD, which looks at how our attitudes and artistic representations of ruins has changed over history,” Paul told Bored Panda. “As a novelist and a writer of historical fiction, ruins are important in my work.”

This particular photo intrigued him, as there was something weird perched atop the temple pillars. What on earth could it be? The strange little hut-like appendage is nowhere to be found on the ruins as they stand today. It was also absent on an identical photo, that he had unearthed after further research.

Digging deeper, he found a painting of the temple ruins and more photos from a similar period. The little stone hut was there, sitting proudly atop the great temple again! The intrigue intensified, and so did Paul’s curiosity. Could there have been people living up there, perched precariously on top of one of ancient history’s great temples? Why was the hut included in some photos, but not others? And why isn’t it there anymore?

Paul loves exploring the stories behind the many ancient ruins scattered across the world, from North Africa to Cambodia and beyond. He spent time exploring the incredible ruins of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka whilst writing his first novel ‘River of Ink.’ “Many ruined sites have hidden or erased histories that take place after the building has been ruined,” he told us. “For instance, the ruins of the Acropolis in Athens were once the site of an Ottoman mosque, and the Colosseum held a Christian hermitage. The ruins of Palmyra in Syria were once home to a thriving town before it was demolished by French archaeologists in the 1920s.”

So what hidden secrets does the Temple of Olympian Zeus hold? Scroll down below to find out for yourself, as Paul uncovers the mystery in a viral Twitter thread. Let us know what you think about it in the comments!

This old photo of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the weird thing perched on top, sparked a fascinating discovery

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/ancient-ruins-mystery-temple-olympian-zeus-athens/

Oscar race heats up as star-studded Toronto film festival begins

New films from Oscar winners Barry Jenkins, Michael Moore and Steve McQueen will be unveiled as part of this years lineup

Much-anticipated new films from Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen and Michael Moore are set to be unveiled at this years Toronto film festival, beginning this week.

In one of the festivals stronger lineups in recent years, there will be 138 world premieres featuring a long list of stars, including Judi Dench, Julia Roberts, Steve Carell, Colin Farrell, Robert Pattinson, Viola Davis and Kristen Stewart.

The Oscar-winning writer-director Barry Jenkins will debut the follow up to his best picture winner Moonlight, an adaptation of James Baldwins If Beale Street Could Talk. The 70s drama follows a couple torn apart by a false accusation of rape and stars newcomer Kiki Layne alongside Race star Stephan James and Emmy winner Regina King.

The 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen will be premiering his new star-studded crime thriller Widows, based on the Lynda La Plante miniseries with a script co-written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Robert Duvall all star.

Its a genre picture, McQueen said to Variety. I liked the idea of going into a genre, but still having social realism involved. Chicago had all the elements that I wanted to investigate, those of race, class, religion, policing Its such a fertile narrative environment. It has this criminality that goes all the way back to Al Capone.

Set to be one of the festivals most talked-about titles is Fahrenheit 11/9, the latest documentary from Michael Moore. Its a look at America under the presidency of Donald Trump, its title a reference to the day he was elected. My choir is the American people, Moore said to HuffPost. The old guard of the Democratic party has failed to speak to them. I will at least give them a song they can belt out.

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Timothe Chalamet and Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy. Photograph: Courtesy of Amazon Studios

Toronto also gives Oscars prognosticators a chance to put this years race into focus, with many hyped films and performances set to debut. After breaking out last year with Call Me by Your Name and scoring himself a best actor nomination, Timothe Chalamet could return to the conversation with his role as a meth-addicted teen in Beautiful Boy, also starring Steve Carell.

Julianne Moore, whose winning performance in Still Alice premiered at the festival in 2014, will return with the lead role as a woman facing first dates in her later years in Gloria Bell, a remake of the acclaimed Chilean drama Gloria, both directed by Sebastian Lelio. Last years ceremony saw Lelio take home the Oscar for best foreign language film for A Fantastic Woman.

Best supporting actor winner Mahershala Ali hopes to repeat his Moonlight success with a role in 50s drama Green Book alongside Viggo Mortensen. The film sees the pair taking a road trip in the deep south and encountering racial divisions.

The festival has previously been home to world premieres for major awards contenders, including Silver Linings Playbook, The Martian and The Theory of Everything.

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Judi Dench in Red Joan. Photograph: 1996-98 AccuSoft Inc., All right/Toronto film festival

Other much-anticipated world premieres include the adaptation of award-winning police brutality YA novel The Hate U Give, Jamie Lee Curtiss long-awaited return to face Michael Myers in Halloween, Judi Dench playing the KGBs longest-serving British spy in Red Joan, Sam Taylor-Johnsons adaptation of James Freys controversial bestseller A Million Little Pieces, Kristen Stewart playing an unlikely literary sensation in fact-based drama Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy and Robert Pattinson heading into space for High Life, the latest film from Claire Denis.

Both Taylor-Johnson and Denis join an impressive list of female directors premiering their films at the festival after this years Venice film festival came under fire for its largely male list of film-makers. Cameron Bailey, who acts as both co-head and artistic director, is set to sign a charter that aims for 50/50 gender parity at the festival by 2020.

The move will be part of the festivals Share Her Journey rally aimed at shining a light on both womens stories in film and the harassment many of them face behind the scenes. This years event will also see Geena Davis and the British director Amma Asante speak.

Toronto arrives after both the Venice and Telluride festivals unveiled the first set of Oscar contenders. The most buzz has been circulating around Lady Gagas performance in Bradley Coopers remake of A Star is Born, Olivia Colmans turn as Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimoss period comedy The Favourite and Alfonso Cuarns Netflix drama Roma.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/sep/05/toronto-film-festival-preview-oscars-barry-jenkins-michael-moore

107 Baby Name Ideas For People Who Are Obsessed With Harry Potter

Twenty years have passed since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was first released in the U.S., but Harry Potter fandom is as strong as ever. Potterheads have found many ways to express their love for the series, including tattoos, photo shootstribute bands and even baby names. 

The Wizarding World is full of interesting names to inspire parents. Social Security Administration data shows that the franchise is already influencing American baby name choices, most notably with Luna. But the potential beyond that examples is endless.

We examined the books for some additional name inspiration. Here are more than 100 baby name ideas from Harry Potter characters ― the girls and the boys, the deceased and the living, the major and the minor, the good and the bad and the in-between.

Girls

Hermione

Luna

Lavender

Parvati

Padma

Helena

Molly

Violet

Lily

Rowena

Fleur

Helga

Lysandra

Sibyll

Rose

Ginevra

Alicia

Emmeline

Cassandra

Celestina

Kendra

Septima

Romilda

Marietta

Ariana

Cedrella

Nympadora

Alberta

Pomona

Poppy

Charity

Aurora

Eileen

Olympe

Daisy

Amelia

Elladora

Andromeda

Minerva

Narcissa

Pansy

Rita

Alice

Angelina

Gabrielle

Merope

Hestia

Rosalind

Petunia

Augusta

Bellatrix

Arabella

Penelope

Myrtle

Boys

Harry

Ron

James

Albus

Hugo

Severus

Sirius

Charlie

Oliver

Arthur

Seamus

Dean

Remus

Cedric

Amos

Lucius

Felix

Zacharias

Salazar

Dudley

Quentin

Kingsley

Rufus

Gideon

Fabian

Blaise

William

Edward

Garrick

Godric

Draco

Orion

Pius

George

Fred

Nicholas

Fawkes

Peter

Cormac

Antioch

Cadmus

Percy

Ernie

Trevor

Augustus

Gilderoy

Broderick

Tom

Viktor

Alastor

Lee

Geoffrey

Anthony

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/107-baby-name-ideas-for-people-who-are-obsessed-with-harry-potter_us_59430461e4b01eab7a2ca05d

The Betches Back To School 2018 Reading List Betches

The summer is almost over, and to distract myself from this deeply depressing fact, I will be losing myself in a good book and living vicariously through its characters. I already hit you guys with my summer reading list, so now it’s time for a back to school reading list. These are the best books you need to read before Labor Day. Okay, I know that’s kind of a tall order unless you’re a speed reader, so stock up on these for fall.

‘The Cheerleaders’ by Kara Thomas

I loved Kara Thomas’ adult thriller, The Darkest Corners, so I was expecting a lot from her YA thriller, Cheerleaders. It did not disappoint. Cheerleaders is about a small-ish town in which five cheerleaders and friends all end up dead within the span of a few months. Two die in a car crash. Two are murdered. One commits suicide. Or did she? One of the cheerleaders’ younger sisters works to unravel the mystery surrounding these deaths that have plagued her town and her family.

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‘Mr. Nice Guy’ by Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer

If you read my summer reading list, you’d know I’m not really a big romance novel person but I loved Mr. Nice Guy. The book is about Lucas Callahan, a nice Southern gentleman from North Carolina, who moves to New York to pursue his dream of working at Empire magazine. There he meets Carmen Kelly, Empire’s notorious sex columnist… and has sex with her. Only, he doesn’t realize it’s her until she writes a not-so-favorable column about his performance, prompting Lucas to start a column of his own. It’s fun, it’s cute, and holy sh*t it is so refreshing to read a book about the publishing industry that ACTUALLY gets it totally right for once. (*Glares at The Bold Type which I know is not a book, but still*).

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‘Sadie’ by Courtney Summers

Sadie is one of the most anticipated YA thrillers of the year, and for damn good reason. Sadie follows a young girl who goes missing following her sister’s murder. But here’s the good part: it alternates between Sadie’s first-person narrative and the transcripts of a podcast that’s working to find Sadie. If you’ve ever wished Serial was a book, this is the next best thing—maybe even better.

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‘When’s Happy Hour?’ by The Betches

F*cking duhhhh we’re putting our book on here. When’s Happy Hour? is the third Betches book, and as you may have guessed, it’s going to be about career advice. From crafting a resume to deliberating hooking up with the office hottie, we’re covering it all. Of course, with heavy doses of our signature snark. It doesn’t come out until October 23, so before you @ me in the comments, you should know this thing called preorder exists.

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‘The Dinner List’ by Rebecca Serle

You know that quintessential icebreaker: if you could have dinner with five people, living or dead, who would you pick? That’s the central conceit to The Dinner List. Protagonist Sabrina invites her ex-boyfriend, estranged father, beloved professor, best friend, and oh yeah, Audrey Hepburn, to dinner. The result is a fun meandering through time that also touches profoundly on the many different types of love we feel for others.

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‘Neverworld Wake’ by Marisha Pessl

I know this list is kind of heavy on the Young Adult thrillers, but you’re just going to have to deal. Young adults are the only ones actually going back to school right now, anyway. And in any case, this one is so good that you’re just going to have to read it. In this novel that combines mystery with the paranormal, five friends end up stuck in the “neverworld wake,” the place in between life and death, where they keep reliving the same day over and over until they can reach a unanimous vote on which one of them should live. Dun dun dunnnnn.

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‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens

We’re moving out of the Young Adult genre into a book that is decidedly adult. I loved this book. Full stop. The writing was gorgeous—almost like prose poetry. I still think about some of the imagery Delia Owens used. The plot was equally interesting. Set in a North Carolina town, it follows Kya, the town’s “marsh girl” who’s raised herself in poverty in the swamps. Then, a prominent young man in the town is murdered, and there are many twists as the cops try to nail down a suspect. That’s all I’m gonna say.

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‘The Bucket List’ by Georgia Clark

Getting a little meta with the titles over here, but I promise it’s not on purpose. The Bucket List is about 25-year-old New York transplant Lacey Whitman, who learns that she has the BRCA-1 mutation. For those of you uninformed, it’s what Angelina Jolie had that led her to get a preventative double mastectomy. Lacey decides to do the same thing, but before she gets rid of her boobs, she makes a boob bucket list and tries to cross off everything. It’s sexy, it’s fun, it’s flirty—The Bucket List is overall a breezy read with a little bit more heart than your typical beach read.

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50 websites to waste your time on

These fun websites are great for when you, a human, are bored. They're also great for dogs.
Image: Darwin WiggetT/Getty Images 

Bored with your usual digital stomping grounds?

Don’t fret, bored friend! There are plenty of sites other than Twitter or Instagram for you to waste countless hours on. Besides, it’s not like you could be doing something constructive at work or maybe, I don’t know, go outside. That requires like actually moving or interacting with other humans. Boo.

So if you prefer procrastination to productivity, this list of 50 websites should keep you amused for a few hours. Or you could sit there and keep refreshing Facebook until something interesting actually happens.

Useless Websites

1. Find the Invisible Cow

An Internet version of the hiding game Hot and Cold.

2. The Useless Web

Generates even more useless sites to waste your time.

3. Hacker Typer

Hollywood-style hacker code. Pound on your keys and freak out your boss.

4. Pointer Pointer

What’s the point of this? Yeah, I don’t know — just embrace the weird.

5. Staggering Beauty

Make the worm dance with your mouse. (Warning: Flashing images.)

6. Bees Bees Bees

This site reveals Oprah’s secret plans.

7. Shady URL

Changes URLs to look like viruses.

8. Don’t Even Reply

A collection of emails from awful people.

9. Shut Up and Take My Money

A shopping website of stuff you don’t need, but you really want.

10. Just this giant Wikipedia list of dogs

Space dogs? Check. War dogs? Check. Famous dogs? Check annnnd check. 

11. Drive Me Insane

Turn on the lights (or a disco ball) in someone’s home from your computer. The site has been running since 1997.

Educational Websites

12. Astronomy Picture of the Day

Stunning photographs of space.

13. Duo Lingo

Learn a new language for free.

14. Hubski

A forum of good ideas and conversations.

15. Lizard Point

Browser-based educational activities.

16. Music Theory

Learn the language of music.

17. Sleepytime

A calculator that tells you exactly when to wake up for a good night’s sleep.

18. Code Academy

Step 1. Learn to Code. Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit.

19. What Should I Read Next?

Suggests books and authors based upon your interests.

20. OnRead

Free e-books.

Creative Websites

21. Weave Silk

Draw stunning symmetrical images with the click of a mouse.

22. I Need a Prompt

An idea generator.

23. This is Sand

Draw things with sand.

Gaming Websites

24. Pokemon Showdown

A Pokémon battle simulator to waste hours on.

25. SNES Party

This site allows you to upload ROMs (legally obtained, _of course_, unless you’re a bad person) and play with friends within your browser. Pick a game, share a link to your room, and you’re set.

26. Sporcle

Brain games.

27. Poptropica

An interactive online RPG.

28. TagPro

Multi-player online capture the flag.

29. Cookie Clicker

Click for cookies and level up.

30. Foddy

A running game using your keyboard skills.

31. HabitRPG

A habit building app that treats your life like a game.

32. Flash by Night

A collection of addictive games.

Music Websites

33. Party Cloud

Automatically syncs music, now you’re a DJ.

34. You are Listening to

Syncs police scanners from different cities with ambient music.

35. Incredibox

Create your own music with just a few clicks.

Mood Websites

36. A Soft Murmur

Set the mood with weather sounds.

37. Rainy Mood

Sometimes, the sound of rain is soothing.

38. Good vs. Evil

When doing good in the world feels too hard, just vote for good. It won’t change the world, but you the distraction can be nice, even for a moment.

39. Free Rice

Each questions answered correctly translates to 10 grains of rice donated to a hunger charity.

Utility Websites

40. Do I Have a Dead Pixel?

Find out.

41. Da Font

So. Many. Fonts.

42. wallhalla

You probably need a new desktop background.

43. Retail Me Not

Deals and steals.

44. Mint

Tracks how you spend your money.

45. Taste Kid

Explores your tastes and preferences.

46. Addictive Tips

Tips to improve your digital experience.

47. Lifehacker

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that need improvement.

48. Instructables

DIY everything.

49. Snopes

Dig deeper and find out the truth.

50. Interface Lift

Stunning photography and backgrounds for all of your devices.

WATCH: Distract yourself with a bunch of animal videos

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/websites-to-waste-time/

7 Baby Shower Gifts Your Pregnant Friends Will Love Betches

Blessed be the fruit. Honestly, we’re a little shocked that we’re having to put up posts about baby gifts, but here we are. Unfortunately for all of us, at some point we’ll have to attend a baby shower and watch a v pregnant almost-mom open gift after gift of everything from oversized stuffed animals to nipple balm. It’s a thing, and it’s terrifying.

Anyway, if you want to be the real VIP MVP of the baby shower circuit, make sure your gifts are on point. Whether you shower the parents-to-be with amazingly hilar onesies or gift cards to the best area restaurants ensuring them a night out, don’t fall into the trap of getting boring, loud, or weird baby gifts.

Hilarious Onesies From Shop Betches

Shop Betches Cool Mom Baby Onesie 

I’m not going to NOT plug our own merch, which is like, rly cute. You may as well buy about 100 onesies for any new child, since they’re likely to go through anywhere from five to 500 in any given day. They may as well look cute while they throw up on themselves. Babies, they’re just like us.

Something For Mama

Nektek Foot Massager Kneading Siatsu Therapy Plantar Massage

Mama is going to get a sh*tload of stuff for baby, i.e. toys, diapers, more diapers, onesies, baby food puree systems, tiny shoes and socks, etc. Get something for the new mom to enjoy, like, a day trip to a really nice spa complete with an offer of babysitting (I KNOW), several bottles of wine that age well considering she won’t be able to drink it until she’s done breastfeeding (unless she pumps and dumps), or a foot massage system that she can sit in while ordering her SO to actually change a diaper for once.

Baby Food Puree Systems

BEABA Babycook 4 in 1 Steam Cooker and Blender

If mom is already the owner of something like a Vitamix or Ninja blender system, she’s probably going to love the Baby Bullet (kinda off on the name, there, marketing people) or a similar product. It allows mom to make her own concoctions of baby food. That means she doesn’t have to run to the store and buy 1,000 glass jars.

Quiet Distractions For Bae

Melissa & Doug Soft Activity Baby Book

You know what new parents don’t want? Any kind of toy/distraction device that sings a song or makes any kind of sound. They’re getting enough sounds every three hours, morning, noon, and night. Find a toy that makes no noise but will keep bae distracted so mom can, like, pour a glass of wine for herself. Try items made from fabric, like soft baby books, foam blocks, and other soft, soothing, items.

Tiffany’s Things

Love Feeding Spoon by Tiffany’s 

Call it bougie, and it is, but if this is mama’s first baby, you can’t go wrong by buying the classic silver baby spoon from Tiffany’s. This isn’t really something that serves a true purpose–it’s a keepsake. Tiffany’s also has baby brushes, rattles, and other silver things that, at the price of around $300+, will definitely get you into the good graces of the parents … hopefully, so much so, that they’ll never ask you to babysit. It’s a win-win for everyone, fam.

Diapers

Pampers Baby-Dry Disposable Diapers

This is neither classy nor cute, but the parents-to-be will be singing your praises. If there’s one thing that babies go through a lot of, it’s diapers. Duh. Build a diaper pyramid with about 15 packages of Pampers or Huggies or whatever, and the parents will be forever grateful. You’re essentially saving them a screaming argument at 3am about whose turn it is to do a diaper run. Praise be.

Baby Monitor

Babysense Video Baby Monitor 

Hey, you know what’s awesome? Being able to tune into baby in the crib without leaving the comfort of the couch. These days, there are tons of systems that include full sound AND video, so mom or dad can watch bae sleep (not in a creepy way) and decide whether or not the fussing is worth getting up for.

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Thomas set for Tour glory in Paris

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Geraint Thomas will become the first Welshman to win the Tour de France when he crosses the finish line in Paris on Sunday.

His place in the history books was assured with a stunning performance in a time trial on Saturday, when he retained the leader’s yellow jersey.

Tradition dictates that the wearer is given a free run to the French capital in a celebratory procession.

The Cardiff rider has been inundated with congratulations from Wales.

He will become the third Briton to win the Tour de France, after Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Sky team mate Chris Froome.

Buildings – including castles and the City Hall in the Welsh capital – were lit up in yellow overnight to mark the occasion.

The First Minister Carwyn Jones described Thomas’s success as a “fantastic achievement”.

“Wales will be cheering you on as you head to the finish,” he tweeted.

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Image caption Castles across Wales were lit yellow overnight in celebration, including Caerphilly

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns described the 32-year-old as an inspirational role model, adding: “His grit and determination over the last few weeks demonstrates how much he wants to win this epic race.

“Geraint is a brilliant ambassador for the sport, for Wales and thoroughly deserves his place in history – llongyfarchiadau mawr.”

Huw Jones-Williams, head teacher at Whitchurch High School. said: “It is amazing to see that one of our former students has won the Tour de France and become the first Welshman to do so.

“Geraint is already a legend at the school being a triple World Champion, double Olympic gold medallist and Commonwealth gold medallist amongst his many incredible achievements.”

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Media captionDancing in the Paris streets: Geraint Thomas fans celebrate

Thomas, a two-time Olympic Gold medallist, sets off on his final leg of the journey on Sunday afternoon, finishing in the Champs-Elysees at about 18:00 BST.

As long as he crosses the finish line, he will win the race.

He described Saturday’s penultimate stage as “insane”.

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Image caption Thomas’s wife Sara was a surprise guest at the finish line on Saturday

He was greeted at the finish line by his wife Sara, who had been secretly flown out for the occasion.

“I tried not to think about it, just take it day by day. I’ve won the Tour de France man, I don’t know what to say,” he said after crossing the line almost two minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Tom Domoulin.

“The last time I cried was when I got married and I don’t know what’s happened to me.”

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