If one Russian lawmaker has his way, any and all apparel that suggests or promotes homosexuality will be made illegal
The brand that sparked controversy? Nike's own #BeTrue line, launched in 2012, which supports the LGBT community with clothing and accessories that come in a rainbow of shades
"This is another move to impose upon our people perverted values," said Vitaly Milonov in Russian newspaper Izvestia. Milonov is the conservative Russian member of Parliament behind the country's gay propaganda law that passed in 2013
As far as fruits go, watermelon is synonymous with summer. It's light, sweet and refreshing — and, at an impressive 92% water, it will help keep you hydrated on even the hottest days of the year.
But watermelon is packing more than just H2O. In fact, it's full of nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, lycopene, fiber and even a little potassium. So why not upgrade watermelon from an off-the-rind treat to a summer staple?
From sorbet to salsa, we've rounded up 10 simple watermelon recipes for your seasonal pleasure. And if you're a real melon-head, try hosting a watermelon-themed dinner party — water you waiting for? Read more...
And if you're out to dinner at a sushi restaurant, where going sans shoes is sometimes a requirement, or sleeping over at a lady friend's place, the sour stench is completely unavoidable.
So what's a man with good intentions to do? Go back to barbaric flip flops? No way
The first step in fighting stinky feet is knowing why they smell in the first place. Unlike common lore, foot stench doesn't come from sweat alone — which is virtually odorless. Rather, bacteria eats away at dead skin cells. They thrive in hot, enclosed environments and create a putrid scent similar to that of rotting cabbage Read more...
When she was only six years old, Maria Vertkin had to become the voice of her Russian Jewish family. She was the one who spoke English the best
She remembers having to translate medical information for her parents — an enormous, potentially dangerous responsibility for someone so young. In hospitals and clinics, one word can be the difference between life and death. When that word is in a language the patient doesn't speak, trained interpreters need to fill in the gap.
"If you're a kid in an immigrant family, you are the de facto interpreter and translator," Vertkin tells Mashable. "Because kids learn so much faster, and acculturate so much faster." Read more...
Friday night's blue moon wasn't blue, but its grandeur still prompted many to look up to the night sky in awe. People from all over the world gawked at the lunar rarity
A blue moon is when two full moons rise in one month and on Friday night, we saw the second full moon of July. We don't often get two full moons in one month. In fact, the next double feature won't be until 2018. The last was in 2012
For breathtaking photos of the blue moon from New Jersey to Brazil, keep scrolling.
It's always awesome to see what our global audience is up to, and there's no better way to share moments than in photos. From epic nature walks and extreme summer sports to delicious home cooking, we've seen it all. Scroll through the featured images below. Read more...
A group of 164 talented skydivers from Spain, Australia and the U.S. smashed the vertical skydiving formation world record set by a 138-person team in 2012. We can only imagine the sense of elation these skydivers had upon completion.
It's probably just the same as zooming in really fast on Google Earth surrounded by a bunch of friends. Probably.
Mozilla, the company behind the web browser Firefox, is accusing Microsoft of discouraging users from changing default applications in Windows 10.
Microsoft's latest operating system, released this week, changed the way to set preferred applications for Internet browsing, calendar and other apps. Now a user has to work through more options and pages to make basic changes.
The move drove Mozilla CEO Chris Beard to pen an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, urging the company to respect user choice
"It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows," he said in the letter. "It's confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost." Read more...
Some Android users since June have seen a small, but significant tweak to Twitter: more hearts and fewer stars. Now it's iOS users' turn
The social network has begun rolling out an experimental feature to some iOS users that largely swaps out stars for hearts when users "favorite" or save tweets. However different users are seeing different things. For example, some report seeing hearts only in the Notifications area, while others are seeing the symbols pop up in their feeds, too
Edward Droste is the lead singer of acclaimed indie rock band Grizzly Bear, a talented Instagrammer and an occasional Vogue columnistTaylor Swift is a pop star, Diet Coke salesgirl, cat person and friend collector. They do not get along.
Just after TSwift seemed so totally done with Twitter feuds for the time being, Droste went up to bat attacking the "Bad Blood" singer for being "calculating" and prompting her army of supermodels to defend her honor
It might seem random, but Droste and Swift have more in common than you might initially guess. They're both vocal advocates for fair music streaming for artists and — here's where there's a real connection — they're both honorary fourth Haim sisters. Read more...
College Board, the nonprofit organization in charge of Advanced Placement U.S. history courses for high school students has revised its standards to focus on the more positive points in American history.
After conservative groups criticized last year's course redesign for not being patriotic enough, College Board has implemented an amended framework that will include a section titled "American exceptionalism."
LOS ANGELES — "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, a pillar of professional wrestling in its 1980s heyday who always wore a kilt into the ring to trumpet his Scottish heritage, has died, TMZ reported Friday. He was 61.
Piper, a Canadian whose real name is Roderick George Toombs, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was declared cancer-free late last year. TMZ said he died of cardiac arrest sometime Thursday night.
Mashable's messages and emails left with listed representatives for Piper were not immediately returned Friday.
Intense, brash and loud but affable, quick-witted and always willing to indulge fans with handshakes and autographs, Piper was a mainstay of the WWF (which would eventually become the WWE) at the height of its popularity, and was always a fan favorite despite his usual “villain” mantle. Though he was from Canada he was billed as coming from Glasgow, Scotland, and during matches would often fly into a "Scottish rage." Read more...
As vehicles get high-tech upgrades, car hacking has become a much larger issue.
Samy Kamkar, a hacker who runs YouTube channel Applied Hacking, recently demonstrated a device which allows him to take control of a 2013 Chevrolet Volt equipped with General Motor's OnStar concierge service. The vulnerability, which theoretically impacts all OnStar-equipped vehicles with the RemoteLink mobile app, allows the hacker to take control of various vehicle functions.
Kamkar built a small $100 device with a Wi-Fi hot spot that spoofs familiar Wi-Fi networks (for example, "attwifi," commonly used at Starbucks). If a driver's phone connects to the hot spot and the RemoteLink app is then opened, the hacker will gain access to the app. Read more...
Whole Foods knows you work hard for the money. It remains to be seen how much it cares.
Facing slowing growth due to competitors and claims of overcharging, Whole Foods has created a new, lower priced branch of stores called 365 by Whole Foods Market, a hat tip to its own lower-priced brand
The first five store destinations have been announced, reports Reuters
The store announced the initiative via a press release in May 2015 and promises "a convenient, transparent and values-oriented experience geared toward millennial shoppers, while appealing to anyone looking for high-quality fresh food at great prices." Read more...
Myanmar and Bangladesh continue to see staggering amounts of rainfall as a tropical low pressure system that formed in the Bay of Bengal spins overhead, seemingly intent on taking up permanent residence in the area. A specialized NASA satellite detected rainfall rates of nearly 6 inches per hour when it passed overhead on July 30
The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission scanned the storm to produce a 3D view, finding that some of the storm tops were nearly 10 miles up, or about 50,000 feet high. At that time, the storm was known as Tropical Storm Komen, but that storm has since dissipated into a tropical low Read more...
Federal Pell grants provide money for college that, unlike loans, does not need to be repaid. Pell eligibility for prisoners was closed down in 1994, when then-President Bill Clinton signed what was arguably the toughest crime bill in the history of the United States. Soon thereafter, most college-in-prison programs closed their doors as well.
The few that remained in operation during the intervening 21 years were able to do so only through their continuous efforts to raise funds from generous private donors and a handful of philanthropic foundations. Read more...
After all, Jo March has been slaying the game since the 1860s. This is the woman who helped her impoverished parents by rocking a pixie cut long before millennials started doing it. This is the woman who casually got a book deal and used the money to send her stressed mother and sick sister on a vacation. This is the woman who refused to do anything other than achieve, declaring, "I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle, —something heroic, or wonderful, —that won't be forgotten after I'm dead." Read more...
It’s the first day of camp. The car pulls up to the green pastures of your sacred summer home, a place of many firsts — when you snuck away from evening program to share your first kiss, when your brave attempt to climb the ropes course without a helmet landed you your first concussion. Your first signs of puberty, your first feeling of complete acceptance. Because of camp, you lived ten months for two
Camp doesn’t have to end after graduating from camper status. Many, like myself, will continue on to work as counselors, instructors and unit heads far into their college years. As a counselor you experience your first dose of leadership and responsibility. But then you grow older, and summer camp is just another thing you have to give up. For me and for many others, saying goodbye to your years at camp is a loss that stays with you forever. Read more...
Sometimes after smoking the ganja you just want to crawl up on the couch and zone out to some TV for a few hours — okay, most of the time you smoke weed you probably want to do this
The last thing anyone wants to do when attempting to find TV to watch is fight with Netflix or Hulu. Sure, dramas are great forms of TV, but not always welcomed when your stoned senses are their most vulnerable.
Who wears short-shorts? Not JC Penney employees, apparently.
Sylva Stoel, a 17-year-old sales associate at JC Penney in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, was sent home for wearing shorts that were apparently not work-appropriate. The ironic part? She purchased the shorts at JC Penney in the store's "career department."
Subscribers who have access to Starz Play and Starz on Demand will be able to stream all episodes of the third and final season of Da Vinci’s Demons as well as all eight episodes of Flesh and Bone, in advance of their respective official episode premieres Read more...
LOS ANGELES — All is not as it appears with Maisie's Williams' character on Doctor Who
While executive producer Steven Moffat wouldn't say much about the Game of Thrones favorite's visit to the show, he did take time on Friday to bust a fan theory that emerged with the first trailer for the upcoming season: She's not someone from the Doctor's past.
"I think it's worth saying, as it keeps coming up as an issue: she's not playing a returning character," said Moffat, speaking at a panel for the show during the Television Critics Association press tour. "She's a brand new character." Read more...
Breakfast-related reports are continuing to bubble up around McDonald's.
Earlier this month, we learned that the fast food chain may be rolling out all-day breakfast in the United States — and now, it is reportedly testing gourmet breakfast offerings in at least one Brisbane suburb in Australia.
This isn't just syrup-infused pancakes or egg white sandwiches we're talking about. According to the website Burger Business, McDonald's is trying out items like avocado smash with crumbled feta; Belgian waffles with yogurt and berries; and a signature cafe breakfast with sourdough toast, two types of bacon, chipolata sausages, scrambled eggs, wilted spinach, grilled tomatoes and hash brownsBurger Business is a news, opinion and data collection site revolving around burger restaurants. Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced Friday that they're expecting a baby girl. But alongside the happy news, Zuckerberg revealed that the couple had suffered three previous miscarriages.
Though miscarriages are incredibly common — they occur in about 15% of known pregnancies — they're often an isolating experience for hopeful parents struggling to have children.
Rumors have been circulating about Samsung’s next smartwatch for weeks, but it looks like we know a bit more about one key detail.
Samsung reportedly confirmed its next Galaxy Gear smartwatch will have a round, rotatable bezel, according to SamMobile. The rotatable bezel, or a term for the metallic outlines around the watch face, will be used to navigate the interface easier and zoom in and out of photos. The device is also believed to have a circular face, so a user could then (in theory) be able to rotate the attached bezel to better that access content.
Game of Thrones and the board game Risk are both things that appeal to a certain type of person — a segment of the population that's far larger than a lot of non-geeks may realize
Both belong to the widest possible circle of casual geekdom. These are people who may follow sports or fashion during the week, but don't mind geeking it up with a good fantasy show or a bout of world conquest with friends at the weekend
So what happens when you put Game of Thrones and Risk together is just what you might expect: the two get along famously. The board game is now available on HBO's website and going into wider release in August — and it is a War of the Five Kings (up to Seven Kings, in fact) that even your grandparents would happily spend an afternoon fighting in Read more...