1 in 4 Americans has a close family member they havent seen in a decade: report

One in four Americans have a close family member they haven’t seen in over ten years, a new study claims. (iStock)

One in four Americans have a close family member they haven’t seen in over ten years, a new study claims.

The new report of 2,000 people delved into the tradition of family reunions and holiday get-togethers to identify how families stay in touch. The results? Americans want more family time. 

Of those polled, 22 percent have never had a proper family reunion and 74 percent sadly felt they had a close family member they had lost touch with that they’d like to be reunited with.


The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Pit Boss Grills, aims to get Americans firing up the grill this fall and reuniting with family over great food.

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Mom Of Four Illustrates Her Everyday Motherhood Problems In 22 Honest Illustrations

Life as a parent can be hectic, but mother of four Kayela Larson has found a creative outlet for the chaos. Larson creates charming illustrations that depict life as a mother and all the humorous craziness that comes with it.

The artist’s love of art and animation was born from classic Disney movies like the Little Mermaid and The Lion King and continued to be a passion throughout her life. After college, she started a family and had kids and time for art slowly crept away. Larson said that the flame reignited one night at the kitchen table after a particularly rough day, “I decided I needed to engage myself in something that made me feel the most like me,” she wrote.

A passion that was once calming and cathartic felt awkward and foreign to her, “Staring at my ugly attempt of a portrait, I decided that “artist” was one part of my identity that I wasn’t quite ready to give up yet. I guess that was the wake-up call I needed because I immediately got to work.”

As is evident in her work Larson regained her confidence and fine-tuned her style. She now uses life to fuel her art with hilarious comics. Scroll down below to check out her work!

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#2 Tender Moments

#3 Sometimes I Think My Kids Just See Me As A Giant Pillow

#4 We Bought A Retractable Leash For The Dog A Few Weeks Ago, But We Haven’t Been Able To Try Out Yet Because Shortly After It Was Snatched By My 5 Year Old Who Uses It To Repel Down Our Stair Case

#5 At Least His Honesty Is Admirable

#6 They Keep Me Humble

#7 I Workout

#8 Always Take Advantage Of Life’s Teaching Moments

#9 Smooth Move…

#10 That Time My 6 Year Old Almost Helped Me With Chores Voluntarily

#12 Things I Find In My Shoes

#13 My 3 Year Old Gossips About Her Baby Brother Like He’s A Total Outcast In The Family

#14 I Think We’ve Figured Out Why He Is 16 Months Old And Still Hasn’t Learned To Stand On His Own Yet

#15 All I Want For Christmas This Year Is A Nap

#16 My 2 Year Old Has Hit That Fun Phase Where She Likes To Tattle On Everyone And Everything

#17 Unimpressed

#18 The Influence Of The Media

#19 Sleep Training Is Going To Be The Death Of Me

#20 Kids Are So Great For Your Self-Esteem

#22 Parenting

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Ryan Reynolds trolls Blake Lively over risqu Instagram pic


Blake Lively is taking her martini up — with a sexy twist.

In a salacious snap posted to her Instagram account on Friday, the “Gossip Girl” star shows who’s the boss in the kitchen, standing over a naked hunk who offers her a carefully balanced cocktail, his legs akimbo. Completing the power move, Lively’s caption reads “My turn…”

Lively’s hubby Ryan Reynolds, meanwhile, didn’t skip a beat. “He seems nice,” the “Deadpool” actor joked on social media.

Taken by photographer Tim Palen, the image is part of a campaign promoting the 31-year-old’s latest film, “A Simple Favor,” in which Lively plays a career woman gone missing. Lively’s kitchen aide is Thomas Canestraro, a martial artist who moved to the Big Apple seven years ago to pursue acting and modeling.

Ryan Reynolds trolls Blake Lively over risqué Instagram picThe martini in the photo is made from Reynolds’ booze line, Aviation American Gin. He became a “significant owner” of the brand in February of this year.

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25+ Times Things Matched Their Surroundings Too Well

Camouflage experts spend countless hours making soldiers and military equipment blend in seamlessly with their surroundings, deftly using shapes and colors that best suit the match the different environments in warfare.

This makes sense, as it does when creatures do the same in an effort to avoid predators. But everyday things on the street? Not so much. That’s why it’s hilariously funny when people and objects are spotted accidently going chameleon and hiding in plain sight. We here at Bored Panda have collected a list of just these occasions, as a follow-on to a previous post which you can find here. Scroll down below to check it out for yourself, and don’t forget to upvote your faves!

#1 Catouflage

#2 Anyone Seen My Cat? Ginger Tom, Missing Since The Weekend

#3 The Paint On This Building Is The Same Shade As The Sky

#4 He’s Fallen To Pieces

#5 I Looked Down To Find My Shoes Matched The Rug

#6 This Owl’s Camouflage

#7 Incredible Wax Job Gives Car Predator Level Camouflage

#8 The Chair And Shirt

#9 My Cat Has The Same Colors As The Carpet

#10 A Hatchling’s Camouflage

#12 The First Time My Friend Visited My Apartment She Was Mind-Blown That My Shower Curtain Looked “Exactly†Like One Of Her Shirts. The Following Week She Returned To Demonstrate

#13 My Dog’s Urban Camouflage

#14 The Vines On My House Have Changed Color To Match The Siding

#15 Transparent Socks

#16 I Guess I’m A Towel Now

#17 Meet Luke, Our Kitten Who Knows How To Expertly Camouflage

#18 Some Animals Have Evolved To Mimic Their Environment. This Adaptation Helps Them To Evade Predators

#19 The Way These Clothes Match The Background

#20 Tons Of Tiny Tree Frogs

#22 Camouflage Level: Expert

#23 My Friend’s Phone Case Blends In With This 1982 School Library Circulation Desk

#24 My Dogs Have Become Cuttlefish

#25 Four Pet Bananas, If I’m Not Mistaken

#26 Beautifully Camouflaged Into Nature

#27 Cougar Camouflage Is Lit

#28 I’m Dressed Like My Box Of Kleenex

#29 When I Try To Blend In At A Party

#30 Played At An Irish Bar Last Night And Accidentally Dressed As The Flag Behind Us. It Was Dubbed “Camouflage Show” By Someone In The Crowd

#32 Can You Spot Him?? Lost Dalmatian At The Top Of Knocknarea, Sligo

#33 I Blend In So Well

#34 I Am The Art, Damn It

#35 Brother’s Shirt Matches The Carpet

#36 My Son’s Shorts

#37 Now Where Did I Put My iPad?

#38 My Friend’s Shoes Blend In With The Rocks

#39 Matching Socks To The Carpet

#40 The Back Of This Sign Is Nearly Transparent Against The Color Of The Sky

#42 My Socks Blend In Perfectly With My Girlfriend’s Carpet

#43 My Sister Saw This Car While She Was Eating Those Shark Candies

#44 Who Wore It Better?

#45 The Girl In The Back Looks Like A Seat

#46 When I Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies, They Camo To My Counter Top

#47 Her Coat Had The Same Pattern As The Chair

#48 At The Right Time In The Right Place

#49 My Dad Caught A Bluegill And I Thought He Was Holding Up Air At First

#50 I Accidentally Matched My Sweater With My Daughter’s Birthday Hats

#52 Targeted

#53 Me At My Future Husband’s Bachelor Party

#54 These Pans On My Countertop

#55 Our Enthusiastic Trainee Chiara, Came Into Work Today Wearing The Same Patterned Top As Our Wall Paper

#56 My Skin Matches This Wall

#57 This Granite Obelisk At Prague Castle Blends With The Sky

#58 Expert Level Hide And Seek

#59 My Mother’s Scarf Camouflages Her Head With Those Chairs In The Background

#60 Always Take Inspiration From Your Surroundings

#62 Dog Or Log?

#63 My Strawberry/Pistachio Ice Cream Matched This Couple’s Matching Outfits

#64 This Vacuum Packed Pulled Pork BBQ On The Kitchen Counter

#65 Four Corners

#66 When You Became The One With The Public Transport


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Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area

From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco’s leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it’s leaving altogether and relocating its team to Austin, a spot that, among others the firm had considered, has “enough critical mass of a technical culture, an artisanal culture, an artistic culture, and [is] not necessarily looking to Silicon Valley for validation,” says firm cofounder Ajay Royan.

The move isn’t a complete surprise. Royan, who cofounded the growth-stage investment firm in 2012 with renowned investor Peter Thiel, hasn’t done much in the way of public relations outside of announcing MIthril’s existence. Thiel and Royan — who’d previously been a managing director at Clarium Capital Management, Thiel’s hedge fund — largely travel in social circles outside of Silicon Valley.

The firm has always prided itself on finding startups that don’t fit the typical ideal of a Silicon Valley startup, too. One of its newer bets, for example, is a nine-year-old dental robotics company in Miami, Fla. that says it performs implant surgery faster and more effectively, which is a surprisingly big market. More than 500,000 people now receive implants each year.  “It was a hidden team, because it’s in Miami, and it was a field that was under invested in,” says Royan, noting that one of the few breakthrough companies in the dental world in recent years, Invisalign, which makes an alternative to braces, caters to a much younger demographic.

Even still, Mithril’s departure is interesting taken as a data point in a series of them that suggest that Silicon Valley may be losing some of its appeal for a variety of reasons. One of these is so-called groupthink, which had already driven Thiel to make Los Angeles his primary home. An even bigger factor: the unprecedentedly high cost of living. As The Economist recently reported about the Bay Area’s narrowing lead over other tech hubs,  a median-priced home in the region costs $940,000, which is four-and-a-half times the American average. “It’s hard to imagine doing another startup in Silicon Valley; I don’t think I would,” said Jeremy Stoppelman — who cofounded the search and reviews site Yelp and took it public in 2012 — to The Economist.

Late last week, to learn more about Mithril’s move out of California and to get a general sense of how the firm is faring, we sat down with Royan at the space the firm will formally vacate next year, when its lease expires. We talked for several hours; some outtakes from that conversation, lightly edited for length, follow.

TC: You and I haven’t sat down together in years. When did you start thinking about re-locating the firm?

AR: In 2016. I started seeing a lot more correlation in the companies that we were seeing; they were looking more similar to each other than before, and the volume was going up as well. So to put that in context, 2017 was our largest volume in the pipeline, meaning the number of companies coming through the system. And it was also the year that we did the least number of investments. We made one investment, in Neocis [the aforementioned dental robotics company].

TC: You don’t think this owes to a lack of imagination by founders but rather serious flaws in the overarching way that startups get funded. 

AR: The problem is what I call time horizon compression. So a pension fund is supposed to invest on a 30-year time horizon, but if you look at the internal incentives, the bonuses are paid on an annual basis [and the investors making investing decisions on behalf of that pension] are evaluated every six months or every quarter. So you shouldn’t be surprised when people do really short-term things.

There are very short-term versions of investing in the private markets, as well. It’s the 15th AI company, or the 23rd big data company, or the 256th online-to-offline services company. A lot of the people making these investments are very smart. The question is: why are they funding these companies? And why are people starting them? I would suggest it’s because both are under tremendous time pressure, and pressure not to take real risk. If you’re really smart, and you’re told that you’ve got to make returns tomorrow and you can’t take a lot of risk, then you do a me-too company and you look for momentum funding and you try to get out as quickly as possible. It’s a perfectly rational response to bad incentives, and that’s part of what we started to see a lot of in Silicon Valley. I think you have a lot of it going on right now.

TC: It feels like the “getting out” part has become a problem. The IPO market has picked up, but it’s not exactly vibrant. Do you buy the argument that going public limits what a team can do because of public shareholder expectations?

AR: I think that’s fake. Private investors are maybe even more demanding than public investors, because we have material amounts invested generally. Certainly, we do at Mithril. When it comes to governance at our companies, it’s pretty tough, and we get a lot of insight into their activities. It’s not like a public board, where you get a quarterly meeting and a pretty presentation and then people go home.

I do think it’s risk budget and time horizon, bottom line. So the ability to take risks in ways that are not supported by historical models would be: if it goes well, people are happy; if it goes south, the public markets I don’t think will forgive you.

TC: What about Amazon, which went out early, lost money for years, was hammered by analysts, yet is now flirting with a $1 trillion market cap? 

AR: Amazon is like the sovereign exception that proves the rule. It’s like [Jeff Bezos] was structured to basically not care both in terms of governance, or he cared in the way that was actually constructive to building Amazon, which is, ‘I’m just going to keep reinvesting all my profits into things that I think are important, and you all can just wait,’ right? And not a lot of people have the intestinal fortitude to do that or the governance structure to sustain it.

TC: You’ve made some big bets on companies that have been around a while, including the surveillance technology company Palantir, which I recall is one of your biggest bets. How patient are your own investors?

AR: Palantir is still doing extremely well as a company. What’s interesting is 80 percent of our capital in [our first of three funds] is concentrated in, like, 10 companies. Our two biggest investments were Palantir and [the antibody discovery platform] Adimab [in New Hampshire], and I’d argue that Adamab is even bigger than Palantir. We actually helped them not go public in 2014 when they were thinking about it.

TC: How, and why was it better for the company to stay private? 

AR: Adimab was founded in 2007, so it was already seven years old when we encountered them. And I was looking for a company that would be not a drug company but instead [akin to] a technology company in biotech, and Adimab is that. The’ve built a custom-designed yeast whose DNA was redesigned based on the inputs from a multi-year study of about 120 human beings, I think at Harvard, where they assessed the immune responses of the humans to various diseases, then encoded what they understood about the human immune system into the yeast. So the yeast essentially are humanized proxies for the immune system.

TC: Which means … .

AR: You can attack the yeast with disease, and the antibodies the yeast produces are essentially human antibodies. Think of it as a biological computer that responds to disease vectors. We now have a database of 10 billion antibodies that we can use to figure out how best to interrogate the yeast for the next generation of diseases that needed an immunotherapy solution.

TC: Is the company profitable?

AR: It is. They don’t need any new money. We’ve just begun a program to help them restructure their cap table so they can take out early investors.

TC: An 11-year-old company. What about employees who are waiting to cash out?

AR: They want more stock, so we’ve created the equivalent of stock options that are tied to value creation.

A lot of biotech companies go public very early on. If Adimab had, they would have been under tremendous pressure to actually build a drug company. People would have said, ‘Hey, if you’re discovering all these antibodies and they’re empowering other people’s drugs, why don’t you just make your own drug?” But the founder, Tillman Gerngross, who’s also the head of bioengineering at Dartmouth, he doesn’t want to be in the position of having to sell or be under tremendous pressure [to create a drug company] when he thinks the full impact of what Adimab is building won’t be realized for another decade.

TC: In Austin, you’ll be closer to this company and some of your other portfolio companies. But are you really certain you want to leave sunny California?

AR: The cost of trying is what I’m worried about [here]. It’s that simple. That applies to people who are starting jobs in someone’s company, or trying to start a company themselves. If it’s expensive for the company to take risk, it’s going be expensive for you to take risk inside the company, which means your career will take a different path than than otherwise.

After [I was an] undergrad at Yale, New York was a natural place to go, but I never worked there. It just felt like a place that was externally very pressurized. You had to conform to the external pressures that dictated your daily life. Your rent was $4,000 to $6,000 a month for craziness for like a walk-up in Hell’s Kitchen. Social structures were fairly set, like, you had to go to the Hamptons in the summer or something. There were these weird things that felt very dictated and you had to fit and you had to climb the pyramid schemes that people had established for you. Otherwise, you were out.

What made [Silicon Valley] really attractive was it was a one giant incubator as a society, with a lot of pay-it-forward forward culture and a low cost of trying. Now I’m worried about all three of those.

I’m not saying that just by moving, that gets fixed. That’s facile. But if you conclude that this is an issue that you need to think through, and try to find thoughtful ways to get around, you have to enlist every ally you can. And one of those allies might be reducing unidirectional environmental noise, and having more voices that you can listen to and being exposed to more lived experiences that are varied… It builds your capacity for empathy, and I think that’s important for good investing and being a good founder.

TC: What are your early impressions of Austin?

AJ: It’s a great town. Everyone’s been super friendly. I get to wear my cowboy boots. You can actually do a four-hour tour of food trucks without running out of food trucks. Also, most of the people I’ve met are registered Democrats and like, half of them own really nice guns. And these are not considered contradictory at all.

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Ancient Mayan Site Reveals Surprising Details On How They Made, Used, And Traded Salt

Today, remnants of an ancient Central American salt mine rest below the brackish waters of a lagoon, but tools that have resurfaced at the hands of archaeologists are helping to illuminate what life looked like there more than 1,000 years ago and, among other things, how the ancient Mayans’ affinity for salt helped to expand their civilization through the production, storage, and trade of the mineral.

A new study published in PNAS reveals the Paynes Creek Salt Works in Belize was once the site of a salt kitchen used to produce and store the biologically and economically important commodity. At a time when society was shifting from hunters and gathers to agriculturalists, the need to preserve perishable food became crucial to the survival of stationary civilizations, leading to the birth of the salt-producing technique known as briquetage. Used across ancient Rome, Asia, and other civilizations, the technique calls for boiling brine in pots over fires to evaporate water, leaving salt behind. The salt in these pots would then be hardened into salt cakes, which could be used stored, transported to nearby trading hubs, or used to preserve fish and meat.

The 8-square-kilometer (3 square miles) site is surrounded by a mangrove forest that thrives on acidic soil, or peat, which disintegrates bone, shells, and other microfossils made from calcium carbonate but preserves woody materials. An international team of researchers mapped and excavated the site and found more than 4,000 wooden posts that indicate a series of buildings would have been used as salt kitchens.

“Our study suggests that salting fish was a significant activity at the salt works, which corresponds to Roman, Chinese, and other East Asian civilizations, where salt and salted fish were critical components of food storage, trade, and state finance,” wrote the authors.

But what tells a more interesting story is the presence of the tools found in the area. A microscopic analysis of 20 chert stone tools recovered from underwater show wear patterns that are consistent with fish preparations, despite there being no evidence of fish in the area.

“Since we found virtually no fish or other animal bones during our sea-floor survey or excavations, I was surprised that the microscopic markings on the stone tools, which we call ‘use-wear,’ showed that most of the tools were used to cut or scrape fish or meat,” said Heather McKillop, the study’s lead author, in a statement

McKillop believes fish, meat, and animal hides could have been manufactured here and, along with the salt, would have been traded at other centers.

“These discoveries substantiate the model of regional production and distribution of salt to meet the biological needs of the Classic Maya,” McKillop said.

The “surprising” find helps to explain how other marine resources – like conch shells, coral, and stingray spines – came to be found in inland caches and burials at Mayan sites around the region.

Scientists analyzed the microscopic markings on excavated stone tools including these to discover new findings of the ancient Maya from more than 1,000 years ago. LSU

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25 Things To Do On Christmas Day To Make It The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

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25 Things To Do On Christmas Day To Make It The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

There are more things to do on Christmas day than open presents. Spend some quality time with the people you love the most because it’s not often you are all together under the same roof.

1. Create decorations. By Christmas morning, you probably already have all of your lights strung and ornaments hung but you can always add to the collection. Set up a craft table with glitter, glue, and paint to decorate glass balls or string a needle through popcorn to make an extra piece of garland.

2. Marathon movies. If you were too busy to sit down and watch and  earlier in the season, you should gather your family around to watch the classics. With the help of Netflix, you can even skip through the boring parts.

3. Go iceskating. Hold the hand of someone you love while you skate around the rink. You can wear all of the new winter gear you unwrapped while you’re there.

4. Attend a tree lighting ceremony. You don’t have to live in NYC to see a beautiful, bright tree. Find a local tree lighting ceremony and watch from the sidelines while sipping from hot chocolate.

5. Get a picture taken with Santa. You are never too old to get an Instagram worthy photograph with Saint Nick. You could even find a location that takes pictures of your with Santa.

6. Bake cookies. If you have a holiday party scheduled for later in the day, you can bring them to share! Otherwise you can keep them all for yourself and eat them until the new year.

7. Spend time outdoors. If you are lucky enough to experience a white Christmas, you should release your inner child by building a snowman, making snow angels, or going sledding on a neighborhood hill.

8. Read Christmas cards aloud. Sit your family in a circle and read from the cards you were sent. Then take turns saying what you love most about the sender.

9. Donate toys. It’s the season of giving, so don’t accept all of your presents without giving something in return. Clear out some space for your new stuff by giving the old stuff to people who will appreciate it.

10. Hide an elf on a shelf. If there are any little kids in your family, place the elf somewhere around the house and see how long it takes them to spot him.

11. Volunteer. Hand out food or blankets at a soup kitchen. Spend time at a children’s hospital or an animal shelter. Give to others because they deserve happy holidays too.

12. Build a gingerbread house. Try to make it look as similar to your actual house as possible. Then eat it the next day when it’s time to take down the decorations.

13. Attend church. If you are religious, spend the morning in prayer. If you do not have the time to listen to a service, you can read through a few of your favorite passages from a holy book.

14. Drink eggnog. If you cannot make it through the holidays without a bit of alcohol, then sip on eggnog or make your own festive drink. You can even rim the glass with red and green sprinkles.

15. Drive around to look at the lights. You will be impressed by how much work some of your neighbors put into their decorations. Plus, you can get inspiration so you can make your own place look even better next Christmas.

16. Track Santa. There are websites that will tell you the current location of Santa. Pull the site onto a computer so all the little kids in your family can watch him move from place to place.

17. Listen to Christmas songs. You might be sick of the repetitive music by the time Christmas day arrives but you have to get into the holiday spirit! You can turn on a playlist from your laptop, you can dust off vinyl records, or you can watch the yule log flicker.

18. Go Christmas caroling. If you would rather be the one doing the singing, knock on neighborhood doors. Sing until your lungs give out.

19. Decorate ugly Christmas sweaters. Grab pipe cleaners, glitter paint, pom-poms, and a hot glue gun to decorate a plain old sweater. Challenge your family to see who can make the most obnoxious one.

20. Watch old home videos. Christmas is a time to cherish your family and friends. That is why you should look through pictures and watch videos from past holidays so you can bond over the memories.

21. Trade secret Santa presents. If your family is huge, save money by putting together a secret Santa ahead of the holidays. Then, on the 25th, you can deliver gifts and discover who picked your name!

22. See a Christmas play. Or, if there aren’t any playhouses nearby, then you can see a holiday movie in theaters. There’s always one or two around this time of year.

23. Find someone to kiss beneath the mistletoe. Make sure you take a boomerang to post on Instagram!

24. Play board games. They don’t have to be holiday based board games. You can play Scrabble, Clue, Charades, Head’s Up, whatever you would like. As long as you are spending quality time with your loved ones, that is all that matters.

25. Say Thank your loved ones for more than your gifts. Thank them for how much they have done for you over the year. Thank them for being a part of your life. 

January Nelson

January Nelson is a writer, editor, dreamer, and occasional exotic dancer. Her work has appeared on Facebook, …

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29 Differences Between Life In Your Early 20s Vs. Life In Your Late 20s


29 Differences Between Life In Your Early 20s Vs. Life In Your Late 20s

You’ve aged like a fine wine that you hopefully paid more than $3 for…

1. Drinking alcohol

Early 20s: How much of this vodka from a plastic bottle can I drink before I puke?
Late 20s: How much of this wine can I drink before I involuntarily pass out at 10pm?

2. Wine

Early 20s: [in grocery store] Ok, where’s the cheapest bottle or box of wine that I can find? I’ll take that one.
Late 20s: [in grocery store] Ok, where’s a $20 bottle of wine that’s on sale for $15.99 that also has a nice label? I’ll take that one.

3. The definition of a “big night out”

Early 20s: RAGE! All-nighter, it’s 6am, let’s start daydrinking. I’ll sleep when I’m dead!
Late 20s: It’s midnight and I ate too much ravioli, I’ll sleep right fucking now actually.

4. Hangovers

Early 20s: Me and ten of my friends are hungover together, hair of the dog, brunch!
Late 20s: It’s just me, my headache, a delivery guy, and a Netflix marathon through half-closed eyes.

5. Other people’s opinions

Early 20s: I want you to like me!
Late 20s: Bitch I do what I want.

6. Eating vegetables

Early 20s: I bought the tomato, garlic, and onion Ragu.
Late 20s: How much kale, celery, romaine, chard, spinach and carrot can I fit into this smoothie without it tasting like it was literally blended from the dirt?

7. Eating junk food

Early 20s: Kraft mac & cheese, Doritos, McDonald’s… all in one day.
Late 20s: Kraft mac & cheese, bathroom, Doritos, bathroom, McDonald’s, bathroom, antacid, bathroom, bathroom, antacid.

8. Kale

Early 20s: ???????? Um, no thanks, I’m not a rabbit thank you very much.
Late 20s: In everything!!!!!!!!!!!!

9. The movies

Early 20s: Here, fill this Coke bottle with whiskey, sneak it in, then let’s makeout for a while!
Late 20s: Are you seriously trying to makeout with me right now? I’m watching a movie that I paid $15 to see!

10. Animated movies

Early 20s: Cartoons? Lame!
Late 20s: Let’s all go see the new Pixar movie at 7pm on a Friday night and cry at the end!

11. Dancing

Early 20s: Something I do with another person that is reminiscent to dry humping.
Late 20s: Something I do completely by myself in my underwear in my kitchen listening to music from the 90s.

12. Speed limits

Early 20s: Is there a cop around? No? Weeeeeee!
Late 20s: I’m going to go maximum 5 mph over the speed limit because I am a safe and responsible driver. If that kid behind me doesn’t stop tailgating me soon, I’m going to go the speed limit so they learn their lesson about speeding. I’m delivering my own brand of vigilante justice. I’m Batman in a Prius!

13. Driving, in general

Early 20s: I think driving recklessly is fun!
Late 20s: Those damn youths make me terrified of being on the road.

14. Cleaning your apartment

Early 20s: Hahahah, clean? Me? Are my parents coming to visit? No? Then, put that vacuum away, sir!
Late 20s: If this apartment is not clean by every Monday morning, then I am going to lose my goddamn mind!

15. Hiking

Early 20s: Is someone going to have sex with me at the end of this hike? No? Ok, not going.
Late 20s: No, I cannot hang out Friday night, Janet, because my hike on Saturday morning is not going to hike itself!

16. Dating

Early 20s: OMG, does he/she like me baaaaaaack?! We hooked up, but I still don’t know!
Late 20s: We are either doing this thing or we’re not doing this thing, lemme know, I have shit to do.

17. The kitchen

Early 20s: A place that holds my microwave.
Late 20s: A place that holds the ingredients I will use to prepare meals with my own hands.

18. A clean kitchen

Early 20s: Ummmmm, yeah, I’ll just keep using dishes until I run out of clean dishes, then I will clean only one dish at a time as I need it, then when the sink is too full to even clean the one dish I need, I will relent and clean everything like I am on a coke high, except I won’t be, but it’ll like it.
Late 20s: My actual idea of torture would be if someone forced me to go to sleep before I was able to clean my kitchen.

19. Interior decorating

Early 20s: How much is that couch? Free off the street? Awesome, let’s get that one.
Late 20s: If my apartment does not look like an infusion of West Elm and Anthropologie, then someone is going to get cut.

20. Exercise

Early 20s: Meh, too much effort.
Late 20s: If I don’t exercise, I believe my muscles will actually atrophy. Also, everything fucking hurts.

21. Water

Early 20s: Something I drink to offset all the alcohol in my body.
Late 20s: Something I drink because my body is no longer working on autopilot and the struggle to survive is real.

22. Dishes

Early 20s: Paper plates unless it’s Top Ramen or cereal in which case I will use the one IKEA bowl I have in my entire apartment.
Late 20s: Fancy, casual, ones with black and white stripes, bowls of varying depth: which do you prefer?

23. Things to drink other things with

Early 20s: I’m still using the red plastic cups I bought in bulk for that beer pong championship.
Late 20s: I have red wine and white wine glasses, champagne flutes, juice carafes, coffee mugs, tea mugs, espresso cups. Basically, there is no drink you can throw my way that my cabinet does not have a proper container for. Come at me, beverages!

24. Organizing

Early 20s: Uhhhh, organizing? You mean like putting my papers into binders and shit?
Late 20s: OMFG, organizing shit GIVES ME LIFE! I may have actually gotten turned on the last time I was in The Container Store. Take me home, varying sizes of plastic containers that come with adhesive labels!

25. Farmer’s Markets

Early 20s: Whyyyyyy mom, are you dragging me to this at 8:30 in the morning?!
Late 20s: Hey hon, get the reusable bags, let’s get there before 8am to get the freshest peaches!

26. Date Night

Early 20s: This is a thing old people do, right?
Late 20s: The actual only way we’re going to keep this relationship from falling apart.

27. Sleeping

Early 20s: Five hours and I’m good to go, let’s party!
Late 20s: My entire day and possibly my week will be ruined if I do not get minimum 8 hours of REM cycle sleep.

28. Planners

Early 20s: Here’s where I put my loose suggestions of when I should go to class, even though we both know I won’t make it to most of these. Plus, who needs a planner? I live and die by spontaneity!
Late 20s: I literally forget all my plans unless I put them into a planner, which reminds me I need to get some fucking Gingko Biloba for my broken memory.

29. People who are 25

Early 20s: Oldddddddd.

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Meghan launches Grenfell charity cookbook

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The Duchess of Sussex has launched her first solo charity project as a royal – a cookbook in support of Grenfell families and others.

Meghan has written the foreword to a recipe book produced by cooks at the Hubb Community Kitchen, based near the tower in west London.

The duchess has been working with volunteers there since January.

She said she felt “connected” to the project as “a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together.”

The book, called ‘Together: Our Community Cookbook’, includes 50 recipes by women whose community was affected by the tower block fire in June 2017, which killed 72 people.

Crisis and joy

A group of women formed the community kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in the summer following the disaster, to prepare fresh food for their families and neighbours.

They gathered together some favourite recipes in the book, with the proceeds helping to continue the work of the Hubb in supporting Grenfell families and others in the community.

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Image caption Meghan has been working with the community kitchen since January

The duchess helped the group find a publisher and her Royal Foundation provided assistance with legal and administrative issues.

In her foreword, she said that the Hubb brought cultures together under one roof and allowed people to enjoy “the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy”.

‘Proper comfort food’

“Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive,” the duchess said.

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Image caption Two of the cooks, Intlak Al Saiegh and Ahlam Saeid, show off their work

Family recipes from across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean are featured in the book.

In their introduction, the women said: “Our kitchen has always been a place of good food, love, support and friendship.

“We cook the recipes we’ve grown up with; there’s no stress, and the recipes always work because they have been made so many times – it’s proper comfort food.”

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‘Ick’: rats, roaches and rank smells dampen NYC composting program

Plans to expand program are on hold as gag-inducing pong and vermin are holding back residents, foodies and hipsters from saving food scraps

It was meant to be an ambitious environmental program but efforts at composting in New York are breaking down amid rats, roaches and rank smells.

New Yorkers are relatively good at recycling but an ick factor is holding them back from saving food scraps for reprocessing, the authorities admitted.

In a sweaty city that regularly has back to back humid days in the eighties and nineties Fahrenheit all summer, some householders are recoiling from the scheme in a cloud of fruit flies.

Now plans to expand New Yorks organics collection program are on hold as even eco-minded residents, foodies and hipsters wrestle with the idea of bags of putrid mush sitting on their kitchen counter tops awaiting disposal.

City-issued large brown plastic collection bins that are put out on the sidewalk have special fastening lids to keep out vermin but, full of deteriorating leftovers, still often exude a gag-inducing pong when opened.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a pilot program five years ago, hoping hundreds of thousands of tons of this food-loving citys leftovers and grass mowings would be churning their way through the system, to be turned into alternative energy or fertilizing compost.

But expansion has been put on hold because there is insufficient participation to be cost-effective. The city collected only about 13,000 tons last year and found that the 3.5 million people currently in the voluntary program are only separating 10.6% percent of their potential scraps.

Honestly, I think its a complete waste of time, says Anselmo Ariza, who maintains the trash and recycling bins for several blocks of apartment buildings in Brooklyn. Some people use them, but most of them just put trash and plastic bags in there.
Marzena Golonka complained that the citys weekly pickup at her apartment building in Brooklyn is not frequent enough to keep the stink and rats away.

Its vile, she says. Until sanitation starts doing their job effectively, Im not going to have a brown bin.

De Blasios goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030 depends on residents and businesses separating their organic waste, which currently makes up a third of the trash that ends up in landfills and is a major producer of greenhouse gases.

The city is still committed to expanding the program to all 8.5 million New York City residents, but right now is focused on making the system more efficient, sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia said.

We are having to overcome the ick factor, Garcia said.

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