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A Brand New Set Of Emojis Is Here And The Collection Is Mystical AF

Just when you think there’s an emoji for everything, the emoji masters behind Unicode Consortium release a new version of their Unicode Standard.

In other words, new emojis are here and the collection is magical.

The update, 10.0, features additions like a sarcastic face with raised eyebrows(me,to be honest) alongside a handful of otherworldly figures such as fairies, genies, mermaids (I’ve already prepared my friends for an onslaught of this babe), wizards, vampires, and zombies.

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It’s almost as if Unicode peered into mysoul before releasing emoji versions of my current obsessions.

But seriously, it just got a lot easier to communicate the scary mood on nightswith those possessed-looking zombie emojis.

It’s also worth noting that all thesemystical creatures come in pairs with a presumed male and female option for each.

There’s even two dinosaurs! (Though Idon’t think they’re gendered.)

Besides the keyboard’s magical makeover, you can also expect to find freshfood options in your arsenal, including a juicy steak, a sandwich, a dumpling, broccoli, half of a coconut (side note: did you hear that coconut oil isn’t as healthy as we once thought?), and a pretzel.

I cannot wait to use these!

As an iPhone user, this is whenI, sadly, have to reveal the major bummer that often comes with emoji releases.

This amazing set won’t be available for iPhone until later this year, Emojipediapredicts.

Apple generally updates iOS with new emoji support in September-December each year, they noted in their write-up on the exciting update.

And so we have to wait.

In the meantime, check out this video to see how amazing they truly are.

Actually, I recommend bookmarking Emojipedia’s postas a reference. They’ve outlined all of ’em so it’s super easy to find what you’re looking for.

Personally, I’m most excited to start sending merpeople and wizards to my entire contact list.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/social-news/new-set-of-emojis-includes-mermaids-genies-and-fairies/1998180/

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Crazy Health Site Claims Coconut Oil Cures Alzheimer’s, Gets Promptly Called Out on Facebook

This the kind of shit that makes us want to scream!

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Here’s what you need to know about that study suggesting french fries increase your risk of death


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Alright, french fry lovers, you might have heard that apparently, the amount of times per week you eat fried potatoes could increase your risk of death.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who eat fried potatoes two or more times a week were at an increased risk of mortality.

But the results of this one study aren’t as scary or dire as they sound.

The 4,400 members of the study (aged 45 to 79) were divided into groups based on how often they ate fried potatoes per week. The study ran over the course of eight years and during that time, 236 of the participants died. Researchers helmed by lead author Nicola Veronese determined, “those who ate fried potatoes two to three times per week were twice as likely to die early compared to those who didn’t eat fried potatoes.”

However, noted nutrition, food studies and public health professor at New York University Marion Nestle says you don’t need to bemoan your last Sunday Funday fry-fest just yet.

She tells the Chicago Tribune, “”First, this is an association […] Fried potatoes are associated with somewhat higher mortality, but this does not mean that they cause death. People who eat a lot of fried potatoes might have other unhealthy lifestyle practices […]Second, the association is not strictly dose-related. At lower levels of intake, the association is not statistically significant.”

Adding to the good news, eating unfried potatoes didn’t impact health negatively and Time says, “more research with larger groups of people is needed to investigate the link before saying that overeating fries causes an increased risk of death.”

You mean fried potatoes aren’t a health food? This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news. Everything in moderation, after all. But that didn’t stop people from having a field day about the new info on social media.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/19/french-fries-bad/

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8 Benefits Of Coconut Oil That Your Entire Body Can Enjoy

Coconuts and their seemingly infinite uses have been a staple in Asia, Africa, and South America basically since the dawn of man.

But now, coconut products have made their way into mainstream supermarkets here in the US particularly coconut oil.

Seriously, this stuff is all over the place now. The rather remarkable natural substance is extracted from the meat of mature coconut palms, has uses up the wazoo, and benefits attached to all of those uses, too.

Its got vitamin E, lauric acid, protein, something called caprylic, (an anti-fungal fatty-acid), and the pleasant smell brings to mind a heavenly beach setting.

Plus, it doesnt hurt that coconut oil is pretty damnaffordable, too.

Here are eight ways coconut oil can work its magic on your entire body.

1. You Can Use It To Improve The Health Of Your Mouth

An Indian tradition of yogas sister science, Ayurveda, oil-pulling is a practice that entails putting a tablespoon of oil (usually coconut) in your mouth and swishing it around for five to 15 minutes.

It pulls toxins from your gums, tongue, and teeth, and is said to help with bad breath, tooth decay, heart disease, and it can boost your immune system.

If youre wondering if oil-pulling feels weird well, it does

I gagged the first time I tried it, and it has yet to make its way into my daily routine.

But I have to say, my mouth did feel nice after the fact.

2. Incorporate It Into Your Beauty Routine

Coconut oil makes for a really great eye-makeup remover, and apparently a solidcheekbone highlighter, too.

Plus, you can wash your face with the product tohelp fight acne.

While it might be too oily for some, I used this as a treatment for a particularly bad breakout, and I definitely noticed a decrease in the inflammation of my pimples.

3. You Can Moisturize Literally Everywhere With It

Ive used coconut oil both in and out of the shower to ease dry skin. In fact, I regularly use it to shave my legs, which always feel silky smooth afterward.

Coconut oil can also help soothe the burn of a new tattoo, if youve got some ink on your bod.

And if you ever find yourself looking after a little one, coconut oil can bea wonderful alternative to diaper rash cream.

4. LatherIt Onto Your Luscious Locks

Coconut oil can both moisturize and protect your locks from split ends and heat damage.

And, if you ever have the unfortunate experience of having to deal with lice, coconut oil is rumored to help get rid of those, as well.

5. It Can Help Make You Regular

This magical stuff can help with your digestion, it cancleanse your colon, too.

Some claim it helps ease constipation and helps you poop more, too.

And, honestly, at the end of the day, isnt that what we all want?

6. You Can Even Use It On Your Nose

Or, rather, your nose.

If you tend to suffer from nosebleeds, wipe the interior of your nostrils with a little coconut oil.

The product can help soften and moisturize the nasal passages.

Plus, youll get to enjoy that pleasant beach-y smell all damn day.

7. It May Serve As An Alternative Medicine In Some Cases

There are claims of all kinds that it might be an alternative preventative treatment for diseases, but one in particular is Alzheimers.

According to the Alzheimers Association website, the caprylic acid in coconut oil may provide an energy source for brain cells that have lost the ability to utilize glucose due to Alzheimers.

This sh*t is actually a miracle product, guys.

8. You Can Even Try Using It Down There

Coconut oil is a natural lube, and is often suggested as a remedy for yeast infections.

Some say you can even lather a tampon with the oil for a more directapplication.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/wellness/8-benefits-coconut-oil-entire-body-can-enjoy/1994639/

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So Coconut Oil Is Actually Really, Really Bad For You

Youd be hard pressed to find someone who doesnt like coconuts. They are furry spheres of deliciousness, after all. Coconut water though is pointless it doesnt have any clear health benefits and its just a saltier version of normal water.

Then theres coconut oil. Its the latest cooking fad, and people all over the Web are claiming that its much healthier than any other oil out there. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, coco-nutcases, but according to the American Heart Association (AHA), it is just as unhealthy as butter and beef dripping.

According to a key advisory notice published in the journal Circulation one which looks at all kinds of fats and their links to cardiovascular disease coconut oil is packed with saturated fats. In fact, 82 percent of coconut oil is comprised of saturated fats, far more than in regular butter (63), olive oil (14), peanut oil (17), and sunflower oil (10).

Saturated fat, unlike others, can raise the amount of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, which increases your risk of contracting heart disease in the future. It can be found in butter and lard, cakes, biscuits, fatty meats, cheese, and cream, among other things including coconut oil.

A recent survey reported that 72 percent of the American public rated coconut oil as a healthy food compared with 37 percent of nutritionists, the AHAs review notes. This disconnect between lay and expert opinion can be attributed to the marketing of coconut oil in the popular press.

A meta-analysis of a suite of experiments have conclusively shown that butter and coconut oil, in terms of raising the amount of bad cholesterol in your body, are just as bad as each other.

Because coconut oil increases [bad] cholesterol, a cause of cardiovascular disease, and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil, the AHA conclude. In essence, there is nothing to gain and everything to lose by using coconut oil in cooking.


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If you already have high bad cholesterol levels, then coconut oil is potentially quite dangerous to consume or use in acts of culinary creations. Swapping it out for olive oil, according to the AHA, will reduce your cholesterol levels as much as cutting-edge, cholesterol-lowering drugs.

So next time you see anyone claiming that coconut oil is good for you or that its pro-health and anti-everything bad! you can confidently tell them that theyre spouting bullshit.

Its important to remember though that a little bit of fat is definitely good for you, as fatty acids are essential for proper absorption of vitamins. Unsaturated fats are generally thought to be quite good for you in this regard; you can find them in avocados, fish oil, nuts, and seeds.

[H/T: BBC News]

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/coconut-oil-bad/

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Women Are Showing Off Their Cellulite On Instagram For a Very Important Reason

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8 Times Animals Just Looked Fabulous!

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Kourtney Kardashian Reveals How She Dresses Her Pint-Sized Frame!

Kourtney Kardashian is one stylish gal!

Recently, the KUWTK star did an interview with Amazon‘s Style Code Live where she reveals how she dresses her pint-sized frame!

Related: Kourtney Kardashian Reveals What Halloween Means To Her Family!

The 5’0″ diva said:

“I think knowing your body is the biggest thing because I feel like every trend isn’t for everyone… I am really petite, so I feel like [I should be] cinching my waist, you know?”

The mother-of-three avoids any pieces that are too long or drapey.

“I don’t look good in anything long because I’m so small and so it’s like I need to wear shorter things. And always a big heel”

Even though some of her sisters are much taller than her (ahem Khlo Kardashian), the entire family isn’t afraid to embrace the same style.

“We all will be into the same trends but will wear them differently… We’re all into thigh-high boots.”

However, Scott Disick‘s baby momma knows that beauty is truly skin deep.

“To me, beauty comes from within as well, so I have this avocado shake every morning… It has Manuka Honey in it. The honey and the avocado is so great for your hair. I do almond milk in mine or sometimes coconut milk. We just discovered that you could do the shake as a mask too and put it on your hair. Mix the avocado and honey. Or even coconut oil is a good one to put in your hair.”

Thanks for the tips, Kourt! To see the entire interview, ch-ch-check it out (below)!

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Asian Elephants Killed For Their Skin In Emerging Poaching Crisis

On Christmas Day last year, a two-month-old Asian elephant calf was found wandering alone near the beach resort town of Chaungtha in Myanmars Ayeyarwady region.

Forestry officials found the mutilated body of the calfs mother the next day. The female elephant had been killed by poachers, her skin peeled clean off her body.

Warning: Disturbing images below.

Elephant poaching has long been an issue in Myanmar, but there was something unusual and troubling about the grisly discovery: The endangered Asian elephant was female, and shed been killed for her skin.

Unlike their African counterparts, female Asian elephants dont boast the long tusks that poachers seek for ivory. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, this has allowed Myanmars female elephants to largely escape the deadly interest of poachers, resulting in imbalanced wild populations in which females significantly outnumber males.

But a recent and indiscriminate spate of elephant killings in Myanmar suggests a new threat is facing all of the nations elephants, and possibly those in other countries, too. Its no longer just the tusks that poachers are after, but elephant skin and other body parts.

Weve lost more elephants in the past five months than in the whole of 2016. This is just shocking. Rohit Singh, WWF wildlife law enforcement specialist

WWF said this week that at least 20 killed and skinned Asian elephants, including females and juveniles, have been found in the Bago Yoma and Ayeyarwady regions of Myanmar since January.

This is a very serious poaching crisis were facing, Rohit Singh, a WWF wildlife law enforcement specialist, told HuffPost over Skype on Thursday. Weve lost more elephants in the past five months than in the whole of 2016. This is just shocking.

Poachers use poison-laced arrows to kill the elephants, shooting the animals before stalking them as they die a slow and painful death. They then slice up the carcasses, pull the skin off in strips and chop off saleable body parts like feet (said to be tasty) and penises(for use in traditional medicine).

With the skin trade, all elephants are targeted, said Singh, speaking from his office in Cambodias capital, Phnom Penh. Weve found mothers and calves brutally killed and skinned.

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Elephant numbers have been plunging in Myanmar since at least 2012.

The government said in January that elephant poaching in the country had increased tenfold since then,fuelled by a growing demand for not just ivory but for elephant hide and other body parts.

Myanmar has the worlds second-largest population of Asian elephant (India has the most). Though precise numbers are unknown, WWF said the Southeast Asian country may have as few as 1,500 elephants now left in the wild.

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Elephants are being killed in Myanmar for their skins. 

The spiking demand for elephant skin in Myanmar appears to stem from a new fad in traditional medicine.The origins of this trend remains a mystery, said Singh.But elephant hides have been appearing with increased frequency in local markets across the country, where its touted as a miracle cure for skin problems like eczema and even pimples.

Singh was quick to point out that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that this is true. Its just skin, he said. Theres no medicinal value.

He added that its unclear whether elephant skin is truly even a traditional product.We have heard some cases in Africa where elephant hide has been used for medicinal purposes, but in Asia, this is the first time were hearing about it, he said. It may not actually have traditional value.

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A rectangular piece of elephant skin sold by a vendor near Myanmar’s Golden Rock Pagoda.

In January, AFP reporters described vendors selling slices of elephant skin, priced at a few dollars per square inch, at the foot of the famous Golden Rock Pagoda in Myanmars Mon State.

Elephants skin can cure skin diseases like eczema, said one shop owner, who was also hawking porcupine quills and snake skins. You burn pieces of skin by putting them in a clay pot. Then you get the ash and mix it with coconut oil to apply on the eczema.

The Guardian reported this week that elephant products from Myanmar have also been making their way across the border to China, where demand for body parts like trunks, feet and penises is on the rise. Elephant skin is particularly in demand for traditional medicine purposes, the outlet wrote.

Singh said that theres an acute concern that the medicinal reputation of elephant skin may spread across the region and elsewhere, thus boosting demand and posing a potential threat to elephants worldwide.

We know, for example, whats happening to rhinos, he said, referring to how the demand for rhino horn in Asian traditional medicine has fueled a poaching crisis not just in Asia, but in Africa, too.We know this sudden demand puts huge pressure on a species. If we want to protect the future of Myanmars elephants, we need to act now. We need to address the problem before it gets out of control.

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An elephant trunk hangs from a branch in Myanmar.

WWF launched a campaign this week called Save Their Skinsin an effort to raise awareness and funds to combat Myanmars poaching crisis. The organization said its now working closely with the Myanmar government to train and equip rangers with anti-poaching technology to tackle the problem on the ground. WWF said it also plans to engage local communities on the issue and to figure out ways to dampen demand for elephant parts.

The Wildlife Conservation Society has also worked with local officials to develop a conservation action plan to protect Myanmars elephants. The 10-year plan was unveiled in January.

Asian elephants are considered an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Over the past 50 years,more than 60 percent of the species has been lost in the wild.

Everyone talks about the African elephant and the threats facing them, said Singh this week, but the Asian elephant, too, has not been untouched.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/asian-elephants-skin-myanmar_us_593a5da3e4b0240268780d68

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Coconut oil isn’t that good for you after all

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For years, coconut oil has been heralded as a boon for your hair, skin, and heart. (And seriously, just try finding a dessert recipe on Pinterest that doesnt call for it.) But for all the supposed benefits of coconut oil, is it really that good for you?

Turns out, probably not.

Some background info: Coconut oil is 92 percent saturated fat. Yes, that kind of fatthe kind that the USDA and the American Heart Association say to limit because it can raise your levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol, and therefore, up your risk of heart disease and stroke. But despite its nutritional makeup, coconut oil has been touted online as good for your health. Why?

Got me, says Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who admits he’s confused by the notion that coconut oil is a health food. One guess: Some of its saturated fat is comprised of shorter molecules than saturated fat from dairy fat, and these do tend to raise HDL cholesterol more potently, he says. (More on HDL, the so-called “good” cholesterol, later.)

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Indeed, some people have argued that coconut oil acts differently in the body than other types of saturated fat. But a review of 21 studies published earlier this year in Nutrition Reviews refuted that claim as inaccurate. And while some researchers have noticed that people who eat a lot of coconut products dont experience negative heart complications, the authors discredit that point too. Those populations consisted of indigenous people who were eating either the flesh of the fruit or coconut cream as part of a traditional diet, the authors notenot just adding the oil to their Western-style meals.

Lastly, theres this idea that if coconut oil can raise your levels of the so-called “good” cholesterol, it could help protect your heartand that might be a reason to include more of it in your diet. But a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has suggested that HDL may not be as heart-healthy as experts thought. The researchers found that having high HDL did not protect against heart attacks or stroke. And people with the highest levels (over 70 mg/dl) actually had an increased risk of death from non-heart or stroke-related causes compared to those with more middling ranges (about 41 to 60 mg/dl).

The authors of Nutrition Reviews study concluded that there was no evidence that eating coconut oil would improve your cholesterol, or reduce your risk of heart disease. And Dr. Willett told Health pretty much same thing: Theres really no direct evidence that coconut oil is a healthy fat, he says.

RELATED: Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

The bottom line: Coconut oil has some unique flavors, so its reasonable to use it in special recipes when its called for, says Dr. Willett. But since it raises your bad cholesterol levels more than liquid plant oils do, youre better off cooking with canola, soybean, and olive oils.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

 

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