What No One Tells You About Sleep Paralysis

Picture this: it’s the middle of the night and you’re sound asleep.

Suddenly you wake up and it feels like something is on top of you.

But you can’t move, and you can’t scream, despite feeling conscious and aware of your surroundings.

This waking nightmare actually has a name: Sleep paralysis.

Sleep paralysis is a condition comprised of a number of symptoms, but is most closely associated with the experience of waking from sleep while experiencing paralysis of the body.

And if that weren’t terrifying enough, the other symptoms include hallucinations, a feeling of pressure on the chest, and intense fear.

So, why does it happen?

Well, paralysis is actually a normal and necessary part of sleep.

During REM sleep, which is when you dream, your eyes move around but your body is immobile.

One theory suggests that this occurs because if our bodies could react to what was going on in our dreams, it could be potentially harmful to ourselves or whoever we’re sharing a bed with.

As we enter REM sleep, our brains turn off the release of certain neurotransmitters in order to paralyze our bodies.

Now, normally, you become un-paralyzed before you’re consciously awake, but sometimes there’s a glitch.

In which case, a person may enter a state of conscious wakefulness before their body has woken up.

At which point the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that detects threats in the environment, signals a ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction.

Which creates an overwhelming sense of fear or dread and causes your brain to go, “hey get out of here! Hurry!”

But the body doesn’t react.

Some individuals have even reported sensing an “evil presence” in the room with them when this occurs.

Terrifying right?

Sleep paralysis has been around for centuries, and descriptions of the experience are all over ancient folklore.

It even shows up in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick when the narrator wakes up to discover that he is unable to move.

It’s also thought that Henri Fuseli’s painting The Nightmare is a depiction of sleep paralysis

It’s estimated that up to 30% of people will experience the condition in their lifetimes.

And it typically occurs either as you’re falling asleep, or right when you’re waking up.

While there is no direct cause of sleep paralysis, researchers have landed on a few risk factors including a lack of sleep, sleeping on the back, and other sleep conditions like narcolepsy.

Anxiety and depression have also been linked to sleep paralysis. Social anxiety in particular has been linked to patients who sense a nearby presence during an episode.

Fortunately, the experience doesn’t last long and usually sorts itself out within a few seconds to minutes, once your mind and body get back in sync.

And since there’s no single cause of sleep paralysis, there’s no direct treatment for it.

Experts recommend making sure you get enough sleep and try to relieve stress in your life.

Also, if you sleep on your back, perhaps sleeping on your side could ward off a potential sleep paralysis episode.

But if you do experience it often enough that it’s bothersome and affecting your waking life, see a doctor.

Really makes you re-think the whole “sleep with one eye open” thing huh?

Barack Obama’s Speech During John McCain’s Eulogy Called For Americans To Move Past “Petty Politics”

Back in 2008, John McCain and Barack Obama weren’t the best of friends due to being in a political race to become President Of The United States. What I remember when I watched their debates though is that it was like a chess match. Each man still respected each other at the end of the day and never went for the low blow.

Obama remembered that as many gathered for John McCain’s funeral this past weekend. Nothing but beautiful words were spoken by all, but of course Obama knew the perfect ones to say to remember his friend in the most endearing way.

He began by saying:

“To know John was to know that as quick as his passions might flare, he was just as quick to forgive and ask for forgiveness. He knew more than most his own flaws, his blind spots. And he knew how to laugh at himself, and that self-awareness made him all the more compelling.”

He then began speaking about how back in 2008 on the campaign trail, a woman said she could not trust Barack simply because he was an “Arab.”

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McCain responded to that racism with:

“No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

And at the end of the day isn’t that what politics really is? If you are a republican you shouldn’t hate a democrat for the shoes they are wearing or if they like to eat hot dogs with ketchup on them! You should respect them as a human being and just stick discussing politics in a civil manner.

Obama spoke to that interaction, saying:

“As Joe Lieberman said, it was John’s instinct. I never saw John treat anyone different because of their race or religion or gender, and I’m certain that in those moments referred to during the campaign, he saw himself as defending America’s character, not just mine.”

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Obama then began to touch on how our modern politics have changed since his time in office…

“So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty. There’s a politics that pretends to be brave and tough, but in fact is born of fear. John called on us to be bigger than that. He called on us to be better than that.

What better way to honor John McCain’s life of service than, as best we can follow his example, to prove that the willingness to get in the arena and fight for this country is not reserved to the few, it is open to all of us. In fact, it is demanded of all of us as citizens of this great republic.”

He concluded his speech with:

“There are some things worth risking everything for. Principles that are eternal. Truths that are abiding. At his best, John showed us what that means. For that, we are deeply in his debt.”

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Study Finds Talking To Your Dog Is A Sign Of Intelligence

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Who’s a good boy?

If you spend a lot of time talking to your dog, odds are, YOU are.

Nicholas Epley, a behavioral science professor at the University of Chicago, says that when we speak to our pets or assign them other human-like characteristics, we are anthropomorphising them, which he refers to as “a natural byproduct of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet.”

Epley says that as people age, we tend to stop anthropomorphising for fear it may make us look a little crazy to our peers.

“Historically, anthropomorphizing has been treated as a sign of childishness or stupidity, but it’s actually a natural byproduct of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet,” Epley told Quartz. “No other species has this tendency.”

This rule doesn’t just apply to pets — according to Epley, author of Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want, anthropomorphising can take on multiple different forms.

“We often name objects like cars, instruments, boats, and cameras — all items that we develop special relationships with and consider extensions of our own identities,” he said. “But it goes beyond naming: We think our cat is acting “sassy”; that the stock market is “angry” or “working to recover;” and we ask our car “why it won’t turn on” and call it a “rickety old man” when it starts to stall. This is just the byproduct of having an active, intelligent social cognition — of having a brain that is programmed to see and perceive minds.”

So keep on talking to your house plants and calling your car by her first name — it doesn’t mean you’re insane, it just means you’re brilliant.

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The “World’s Best Job” Pays You $120,000 To Hang Out At Luxury Resorts

You might be reading this on a Friday, counting down the minutes till you can stop pretending like you are working and enjoy a long holiday weekend. But what if you didn’t have to hate your job? Wouldn’t that be cool to not do the same boring, monotonous tasks every day?

Well do I have great news for you!

It’s literally being called the World’s Best Job and it sure sounds like it’s amazing.

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Basically the job is a brand ambassador for Vidanta which is a resort company in Mexico. Iván Chávez, who’s the Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta said in a press release:

“Considering all of Vidanta’s impressive resort amenities including gourmet dining, high-end spas, designer golf courses and our exclusive entertainment partnerships with Cirque du Soleil and Hakkasan Group, it’s an understatement when we say that the ‘perks’ of this position are endless.

In addition, the lucky applicant will fully immerse themselves in each of our resort destinations; from uncovering ancient Mayan ruins, hidden eateries and underwater cenotes to discovering the hottest new restaurants and nightclubs while attending the biggest shows and entertainment offerings in the area, this is truly the opportunity of a lifetime.”

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Oh and if that doesn’t sound amazing enough, they are paying the lucky person that gets the job $120,000 a year! They will also be paying for your travel from resort to resort as well as give you dining credits. So essentially you get a year-long paid vacation of your dreams.

The press release goes on to detail a bit more of the job “duties”:

“While there is no ‘typical work day’ for the “World’s Best Job,” the ambassador will create engaging content and inspire travelers worldwide by experiencing both the local culture and Vidanta resort life including breakfast in bed, getting pampered at the luxurious Spatium spa, enjoying a round of golf at the state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf, fist pumping to the world’s biggest DJs at OMNIA Los Cabos and soaking up the sun poolside, margarita in hand.

Destination highlights can include starting your day by watching a just-hatched turtle begin their life journey, zip-lining through the Riviera Nayarit jungle, swimming with whale sharks in the Caribbean Sea, soaring sky high above the waves on a parasail, enjoying a culture tour through the San José art walk, admiring the famous Acapulco cliff divers, learning about the El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and ending the night stargazing along the Sea of Cortez or taste-testing amazing new dishes prepared by one of Mexico’s most buzzed-about, culinary superstar chefs.”

Sounds rough right?

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Applying is pretty easy too, just go to www.worldsbestjob.com and fill out the application. You can also make a short Youtube video explaining why you are the best candidate. They say that “the ideal candidate will have previous sales or hospitality experience, a warmth in interacting with others, be willing to relocating to Mexico and have a genuine love for travel and new experiences.”

So be done with your boring job and move to Mexico now!

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Study Shows That Eating More Cheese Can Help You Live Longer

Have you ever met someone that doesn’t like cheese? Not in the matter of being lactose intolerant, but just not enjoying cheese? I’m pretty sure those people will eventually be admitted to an insane asylum at some point in their life.

If you are like me and want cheese on everything though, I have good news for you. Many of my friends used to say that eating too much cheese was bad for you, but now science is combatting those facts.

A study from the European Society of Cardiology begins with:

“The consumption of dairy products has long been thought to increase the risk of death, particularly from coronary heart disease (CHD), cerebrovascular disease, and cancer, because of dairy’s relatively high levels of saturated fat. Yet evidence for any such link, especially among US adults, is inconsistent.”

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So you’re saying when I had 4 grilled cheeses last weekend I was helping prolong my life? Okay go on…

Professor Maciej Banach and their team concluded:

“In light of the protective effects of dairy products, public health officials should revise the guidelines on dairy consumption. And given the evidence that milk increases the risk of CHD, it is advisable to drink fat-free or low-fat milk.”

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If you were wondering what other food could prolong your life, listen to this lady who recently turned 100.

Whenever someone gets to an older age, they are asked what the secret to their long life was. Some say finding someone you love, some have said Pepsi and even others have nodded to alcohol as their fountain of youth.

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Eileen Maher who just turned 100 years old has said the latter of those three and it’s not a beer I’d expect anyone to name and love.

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Eileen is from England and she celebrated in her senior living facility with friends and staff members. Her husband Frank passed away three years ago and that’s the reason she moved to the care home. They didn’t have any children. She did speak about how she met Frank almost 70 years ago, saying:

“My friend told me to go to a local hotel as there was a man who was a fantastic pianist.

It turned out to be Frank and I went and fell in love with him – he was a great jazz pianist.”

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She went onto say:

“We married in 1951 when I was 33.

We came to Blackpool for our honeymoon and never left.

We used to love to play tennis too but now I just enjoy listening to it as my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be.”

It may have taken a few more years than it should of, but she even celebrated with her first ever selfie!

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Since Eileen didn’t have any family members, her friend Pauline Green came to pay her a visit. She trekked 250 miles to celebrate this joyous occasion. Pauline said this of Eileen:

“Eileen was my mother’s best friend.

They went on holidays, even the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), together.

I see her as my auntie, she’s a wonderful woman.”

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Eileen was so surprised about her party, she said:

“It’s all been wonderful.

I didn’t expect a party but it’s lovely they have done something so special for me. Being content has helped me reach my 100th birthday.”

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So how did she get to 100? Elaine Wright who is the care services manager said that:

“Eileen’s not big on bubbly so her favourite tipple was on tap – Stella Artois!

With a packet of custard creams, it’s her not-so-secret self-indulgence.”

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So if you are looking to live a tad longer, maybe past 100 go grab a pint of Stella! You can tell the bartender that it’s for your health.

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10 Chipotle Hacks To Help You Save Money

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We all love Chipotle because of the portions and the variety.

But these tips will help you get even more at out of your next trip.

1. Pile on the beans: You won’t be charged extra if you ask for both black and pinto beans. So go ahead and have them scoop them on.

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2. Make sure to eat your veggies: Adding fajitas to your steak, chicken or carnitas bowl is free.

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3. Make your own burrito: If you ask for a bowl, double your beans and rice and ask for a tortilla on the side — you’re essentially getting two burritos for the price of one.

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4. Double wrap: You can ask for two tortillas when they wrap up your burrito that way you’re not losing any of your precious ingredients.

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5. Mix it up: Are you tired of just tasting rice in one bite and beans in another? Have your server mix up the contents before wrapping your burrito.

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6. The gift of giving: If you order a $30 gift card for someone, you won’t miss out either. Chipotle will throw in a free burrito with the purchase.

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7. Stay away from the buzzwords: ‘Double’ and ‘extra’ sound like they’re going to charge you more. Instead just ask for more meat or for them to load it on and you’ll get more bang for your buck.

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8. Hybrids are key: So the quesarito is a bit too daunting. Instead ask your server for its lighter cousin, the burritodilla — half of the burrito content stuffed with melted cheese — yum.

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9. Add some dressing: Ask for chipotle’s vinaigrette dressing to add some spice to your burrito bowl.

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10. Supersize everything with sides: If you order a burrito bowl without meat, chances are the server will compensate with tons of rice and beans.

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Would You Eat This Tarantula Taco Served That Locals Are Raving About?

Unless it comes from the sea, most people have a hard time imagining eating anything with more than 4 legs.

Yet one food stand in Mexico City is pushing the limits of taste, by offering a tarantula taco.

Of course, the idea of edible insects is nothing new. Technically it’s known as entomophagy, and humans have been harvesting insect eggs and larvae, as well as full-grown bugs, for thousands of years.

Cultures the world over eat everything from grasshoppers and beetles to crickets and ants.

Some experts even say that humans shifting to a diet that includes insects can help combat climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide generated in the raising and processing of livestock.

One restaurant in the United States even recently introduced a tarantula burger. The tarantula taco, however, is a particular level of creepy-crawly, seeing as there isn’t anything besides some guacamole and lime to mask the flavor.

So what does the arachnid taste like?

“It tastes a bit like seafood, like crab, but with a texture of pork rind — very hard.”

The dish’s creator, Edith Torres, says the idea to make a tarantula taco came about after a customer tried one of her other delicacies, scorpion, and was inspired to request tarantula.

She then found a farm in Mexico’s Veracruz region that breeds tarantulas specifically for human consumption.

From there, she had to figure out the best way to prepare the 8-legged creature.

“After tasting scorpion, I was led to try tarantula. Because I had already seen that it is edible. First, we need to freeze them. It’s the least painful method of killing them. After, we serve them, baked and for the last step we flame-cook them. The belly’s bristles, you can see here, are like those in little oranges. Those bristles are toxic. We need to clean them very carefully, that’s why we flame them so they can be eaten. In fact, this is the natural flavor. Its tastes like pork because it is from the breeder.”

The food stand offers a wide array of insect dishes, including scorpions and ants. But the main draw is the tarantula.

And if the idea of eating a giant spider doesn’t send you running for the door, the price might. The tarantula taco costs 500 pesos, or about $25.

Still, the idea of eating something so exotic is enough to overcome the sticker shock.

Would you be brave enough to tackle the tarantula taco?

This Barber With No Hands Is Inspiring Millions

When it comes to cutting hair, precision is the name of the game.

Which makes the haircuts on display at one Argentinian barbershop all the more impressive.

You see, this barber was born without both of his hands.

Gabriel Heredia has become an inspiration in his home country and abroad by exhibiting a level of dexterity most barbers with 10 fingers can only dream of.

Heredia says strong support from his friends and family encouraged him to live his life to the fullest despite his disability.

In fact, he began cutting hair by following in his mother’s footsteps. At the age of 14 he began to take interest in her work as a hairdresser.

“This being a barber came up eight years ago when my mom was a hairdresser and I had all of her tools, and I started to get curious to start grabbing the machines and start cutting.”

Although turning his skill into a profession didn’t happen until later.

“At first I took it as a hobby; and afterwards I took it more seriously when I saw that I liked it more and I started to cheer up. I liked it and now I love doing this. It’s a passion for me.”

He began working professionally in the Argentinian city of San Isidro. It was there he met the president of Argentina Corta, a charitable organization that offers assistance to barbers from around the country in addition to other community-building efforts like barber competitions, where Heredia is said to be a formidable opponent.

He then moved to Buenos Aires where he cuts hair today. And he gives back to the charity that helped him.

“I also participate in Corta Argentina. We do solidarity events, we help the soup kitchens, solidarity courts. I love people.”

And in spite of everything, Heredia says he wouldn’t change a thing.

“I give thanks for being born this way, because thanks to this I never set limits.”

It just goes to show that Mr. Heredia is truly a cut above the rest.

Here’s How Much Contestants On ‘The Amazing Race’ Make

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If you’re an adventure seeker and a lover of reality TV, then you’ve probably considered applying for Amazing Race at some point in your life. From contestants uncovering clues in a rat-infested Indian labyrinth to diving into an ice river and swimming to an exit hole, the show is filled with action and suspense.

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While the intense challenges and country hopping are two encouraging reasons to be on the show, the payout each season’s winner receives is a great incentive, too.

Each season, the first two-person team to fully complete the last challenge wins $1 million — but they aren’t the only contestants who make money.

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According to fan site TARflies, Aaron from season 6 of the show revealed that the second place team took home $25,000 and the third place team took home $10,000.

Aaron went on to explain that every team earned money — the team that came in dead last actually went home with $1,500.

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Cash prizes isn’t the only compensation, either. Contestants can receive anything from a new car to paid trips to any country in the world. The only catch to receiving the prizes is that the winners must claim them on their federal income tax returns.

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People Shared Some Of The Weirdest Food Combos They Enjoy And People Are Strange

I’m not going to lie, I’ve tried some weird food combos in my life. My favorite one of recent I’ve been eating (late at night) is peanut butter pretzels with Merkts cheese. I was recently introduced to this glorious type of cheese and now I put it on everything in my life. But to be honest, that food combo is pretty mild in comparison to some of these other people’s food choices.

This whole discussion began when someone posed the question on Twitter:

Since then, people have been replying with some combos that sound delicious and some combos that sound like they are straight from hell. Take a look for yourself!

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This Kid Probably Regretted Telling His Dad Not To Wave At Him In Front Of The School Bus Every Day

Parents are just here for two things in life. Firstly, they are here to make sure we navigate through life safely and understand how to do things properly with manners and poise. Secondly? They are here to embarrass the heck out of us!

The latter is what Dale Price was here to do for many, many days after his son Rain told him to not wave at him as he was getting on the school bus. Rain told The Metro once that:

“When he did it the first day I was in shock. You don’t want to see your dad dressing up in a wedding dress, waving at you on the bus.”

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What Rain didn’t know was that Dale was prepared to do this again, and again and again. Since that fateful day, Dale has dressed up in countless costumes to embarrass his son and we get to benefit from that with these amazing pictures. You can see more on his blog here.

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Bar’s Perfect Warning For Creepy Customers Goes Viral

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It’s no secret that a large part of any job in the customer service industry involves being nice to people.

So when a few creepy customers at The Beer Cellar, a pub in Exeter, England, began confusing female staff members’ friendliness with sexual advances, the bar expertly shut them down with a single sign.

In order to end any and all confusion surrounding the topic, the bar put up a simple pie chart on their cash register to help customers understand exactly why female cashiers are being nice to them.

The chart’s legend has two potential options to explain a female employee’s pleasantness: The color white suggests the percentage possibility that she is uncontrollably attracted to the patron, while the color black suggests the percentage possibility that it’s literally her job to be nice.

Naturally, 100% of the graph is black.

The pub shared a photo of the sign on Twitter, adding, “if dudes could stop trying to kiss our female bartender’s hands that would be great.”

The hilarious message has already racked up more than 51,000 likes and has been retweeted over 22,000 times since it was posted on May 25.

But no matter how funny the sign may be, it also highlights the serious sexual harassment problem workers in the hospitality industry deal with on a daily basis.

Beer Cellar bartender Lauren Dew told MUNCHIES that the sign was created in response to abuse she and her co-workers recently experienced at the pub.

“We put it up a few months ago after a pretty rough weekend,” she told the outlet. “We had to toss out a guy who was harassing myself and another female bartender.”

“We’ve thrown out people for groping staff, and I’ve had to be walked home because some guy was waiting outside for me one night,” she continued. “Don’t get me wrong, 98 percent of people are lovely, but it is more common than it ought to be.”

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Here’s How Much Each “The Office” Cast Member Is Worth Today

The Office ran for nine seasons and launched many people into stardom, but how much is each star worth today? Some might surprise you more than others but most of these make a lot of sense.

It was one of the best sitcoms ever, according to no official vote, but I’m pretty sure many people would agree with that. Also, 2018 was a big year for some of these Office stars. John Krasinski had success with his movie Quiet Place, Jenna Fischer was in another sitcom and even Oscar Nunez was in those dang State Farm commercials!

So take a look at some of the stars of The Office in order of most money to least!

Steve Carell – $50 million

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Mindy Kaling – $24 million

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John Krasinski – $20 million

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Ed Helms – $20 million

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Jenna Fischer – $15 million

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Paul Lieberstein – $14 million

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Rainn Wilson – $14 million

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Angela Kinsey – $12 million

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B.J. Novak – $8 million

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Catherine Tate – $8 million

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Phyllis Smith – $7 million

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Brian Baumgartner – $6 million

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Craig Robinson – $6 Million

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Ellie Kemper – $4 million

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Oscar Nunez – $3 million

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Leslie David Baker – $3 million

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Creed Bratton – $3 million

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Kate Flannery – $2 million

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Man From Colombia Has Cut Off His Nose To Look “More Like A Skull”

Sometimes people just aren’t satisfied with their own bodies. We’ve told you about the woman that wanted to be more like a dragon, or the guy that wanted to look like the Beckhams…but have you ever heard of a dude that wants to be like a skull? I bet you haven’t and this guy is…interesting to say it lightly.

Meet Eric Yeiner Hincapié Ramírez. For the past few years he has been modifying his body in very extreme ways.

Hailing from Columbia, Eric is a tattoo artist himself and that seems like one of the only jobs he can get after this most recent body modification.

He has split his tongue which many have done before as well as removed his earlobes. But now he has cut the tip of his nose off and many people can’t get over this last one.

Eric doesn’t go by his birth name anymore either, he goes by his Instagram moniker, Kalaca Skull. He spoke to Rio Noticias saying:

“Body modifications are a personal decision and should not be judged. It is like judging a woman for getting breast or buttock implants.

For me, a skull is like my sister, a part of my family really. I feel very attached to them.”

Kalaca was the first in Columbia to have his nose and ears modified which has brought the press knocking at his door according to the Daily Mail.

He loves the attention, saying that it’s a “dream come true.”

He concluded that:

“I am a normal person who just happens to look a lot different than most other people.

It’s like a different way of thinking, of dressing, a different style of music. I just feel good the way I am.”

I guess he has a point, we shouldn’t think of him as any different from you and I. If you can’t help it, I don’t blame you though…

If you’re interested in other body modifications, take a look at this Australia teen who is the most modified in his country supposedly.

Meet Ethan Bramble, who is only 21 years old and is already regarded as ‘Australia’s most modified youth.’ Now I’m not sure if there’s a competition for this, or maybe they just conceded this wild feat to him, but either way he doesn’t have much room for anything more. For some reason, I don’t think he’s stopping though…

When you are tattooing over your nipple, I don’t think there is anything he won’t do! He began his modification journey at just 11 years old after getting his ear stretched.

Since then he has gotten over 150 tattoos and received over 40 body modifications. If you are eating, I suggest stop doing that before you go on. Some of those modifications include getting his belly button removed (how do you even do that), splitting his tongue (like the dragon lady) and completely inking his eyeballs.

In an interview with News.com.au, Ethan said:

“Girls especially come up to me on the street and ask, ‘Why? Just why?’

And I ask, ‘Why do you dye your hair? Why do you put makeup on in the morning, why do you paint your fingernails?’

It’s the way you want to look, your appearance and I’ve always been a strong believer in you shouldn’t really judge people in the way they look.

The end product is 100 per cent worth the torment, if you’re committed to it.”

For some reason people reacted negatively to seeing Ethan with his eyeballs tattooed. I’m not sure why, but he said this about it:

“People’s perceptions of you change a lot.

You walk down the street and people cross the street to get away from you or think you’re really scary or something.

That first impression is everything, so even if you just see me and you’re looking at me trying to suss me out, your first impression is going to be ‘I’m f*cking terrified’. I’m a weird looking dude.”

So what did Ethan look like before all these modifications? Well I looked back as far as his Instagram goes, and this is what I saw. Keep in mind that he’s been doing this since 11 so there’s no pictures that show him as his true self.

He also posted this image as a more proper before and after with the caption:

“Little sneaky before and after photo for you all.”

Not really sure how “sneaky” it is, but some of the comments wished he hadn’t modified himself so much. Some read:

“You used to be so cute. Idk y u would do that”

“You were genuinely good looking :(”

“I can tell it’s definitely mental health problems. Something to do with parents?”

But one comment stood out because of it’s positivity:

“Wow the comments…Saying he ruined himself…at the end of the day if this is wat makes him happy, who are we to judge?..I get it, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but his opinion on himself is the one that matters…beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

What will Ethan do next to his body? Follow him on Instagram if you dare to find out!

Here’s All The Movies And TV Shows Coming To Netflix In September

Get your countdown clocks ready, because it’s almost time for September and that means grabbing a Pumpkin Spice Latte and binging Netflix forever as it begins to get colder.

The biggest add (perhaps in the history of Netflix) is going to be Marvel’s Black Panther. It will be added with other movies such as Nacho Libre, The Breakfast Club and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you aren’t into classics such as those movies, yes Nacho Libre is a classic don’t @ me, you will have a couple Disney favorites to choose from.

Lilo & Stitch and The Emperor’s New Groove are also going to be added and Twitter was quite happy learning about the latter of the two.

If you are looking for some Netflix originals though, they have a bunch more in store for you. Bojack Horseman season 5 will be coming out along with a bunch of original movies as well. Take a look below at some of the best and get ready for the September binge!

Coming September 1st:

10,000 B.C.
Another Cinderella Story
Assassins
August Rush
Bruce Almighty

Delirium
Fair Game
Groundhog Day
King Kong
La Catedral del Mar (Netflix Original)
Martian Child
Monkey Twins (Netflix Original)
Mr. Sunshine (Netflix Original)
Nacho Libre

Pearl Harbor
Scarface
Sisters (Netflix Original)
Spider-Man 3
Stephanie
Summer Catch
Sydney White
The Ant Bully
The Breakfast Club

The Cider House Rules
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Keeping Hours
The River Wild
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
Two Weeks Notice
Unforgiven

Coming September 2nd:

Disney’s Lilo & Stitch
Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove

Maynard
Quantico: Season 3

Coming September 3rd:

A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities (Netflix Original)

Coming September 4th:

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther

Coming September 5th:

Van Helsing: Season 2
Wentworth: Season 6

Coming September 9th:

Once Upon a Time: Season 7

Coming September 7th:

Atypical: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Cable Girls: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
City of Joy (Netflix Original)
Click
First and Last (Netflix Original)
Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Next Gen (Netflix Original)
Sierra Burgess Is A Loser (Netflix Original)

Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The Most Assassinated Woman in the World (Netflix Film)

Coming September 10th:

Call the Midwife: Series 7

Coming September 11th:

Daniel Sloss: Live Shows (Netflix Original)
The Resistance Banker (Netflix Original)

Coming September 12th:

Blacklist: Season 5
Life (Netflix Original)
On My Skin (Netflix Original)

Coming September 14th:

American Vandal: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

Bleach (Netflix Film)
Boca Juniors Confidential (Netflix Original)
BoJack Horseman: Season 5 (Netflix Original)

Car Masters: Rust to Riches (Netflix Original)
Ingobernable: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
LAST HOPE (Netflix Original)
Norm Macdonald has a Show (Netflix Original)
Super Monsters Monster Party: Songs (Netflix Original)
The Angel (Netflix Film)
The Dragon Prince (Netflix Original)
The Land of Steady Habits (Netflix Original)
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part A (Netflix Original)

Coming September 15th:

Inside The Freemasons: Season 1

Coming September 16th:

Role Models

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Coming September 17th:

The Witch

Coming September 18th:

American Horror Story: Cult

D.L. Hughley: Contrarian (Netflix Original)

Coming September 21st:

Battlefish (Netflix Original)
DRAGON PILOT: Hisone & Masotan (Netflix Original)
Hilda (Netflix Original)
Maniac: Limited Series (Netflix Original)

Nappily Ever After (Netflix Original)
Quincy (Netflix Original)
The Good Cop (Netflix Original)

Coming September 23rd:

The Walking Dead: Season 8

Coming September 25th:

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Coming September 26th:

Norsemen: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
The Hurricane Heist

Coming September 28th:

Chef’s Table: Volume 5
El Marginal: Season 2
Forest of Piano (Netflix Original)
Hold the Dark (Netflix Original)

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Lessons From A School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane (Netflix Original)
Lost Song (Netflix Original)
Made in Mexico (Netflix Original)
Reboot: The Guardian Code: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Skylanders Academy: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
The 3rd Eye (Netflix Film)
Two Catalonias (Netflix Film)

Coming September 30th:

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21 Times People Tweeted About Being A Middle Child That Only Middle Children Can Relate To

If you are a middle child, chances are you might have been forgotten at a restaurant when you were younger. Or perhaps your other siblings were up to no good and then put the blame on you. Either way, growing up a middle child is a tough act for any kid.

Take a look at some of these hilarious tweets and if you are one, you will definitely relate.

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One Of The Largest Grocery Store Chains Is Finally Banning Plastic Bags

Paper or plastic? Chances are, you have probably heard this phrase in your life but hopefully people that are growing up in today’s world won’t have to hear that much longer.

Many cities such as Chicago put a tax on the use of plastic bags to eliminate the use of them but now we finally have a big chain taking a stand against using plastic bags.

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Kroger just announced that they will be banning the use of single-use plastic bags in all its stores by 2025. Their CEO, Rodney McMullen said in a press release:

“As part of our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment, we are phasing out use-once, throw-it-away plastic bags and transitioning to reusable bags in our stores by 2025. It’s a bold move that will better protect our planet for future generations.”

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The Kroger owned retail store, QFC, will be the first ones to begin this process and will complete it by 2019.

Kroger’s executive vice president and COO, Mike Donnelly, also had this to say:

“We listen very closely to our customers and our communities, and we agree with their growing concerns. That’s why, starting today at QFC, we will begin the transition to more sustainable options. This decision aligns with our Restock Kroger commitment to live our purpose through social impact.”

Many people were excited about this step towards a cleaner environment:

Others were surprised that it really would really take seven years for this to take place:

Others didn’t see the bigger picture and wanted the plastic bags to grab their dogs poop. What do you think?

In other great elimination of plastic news, Starbucks released similar news recently…

You might have gotten an iced coffee recently from a Starbucks and been confused why they gave you a sippy cup to drink it out of. Well this is a part of a nation wide push for the company to be done with plastic straws.

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Plastic straws are becoming a huge problem in the world, because they often end up in the ocean and polluting the water. If the world continues on it’s plastic path, scientists say that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. That’s a crazy stat.

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So you’re probably wondering how your basic self will be able to drink your frappuccinos? Starbucks is going to be serving those with eco-friendly straws.

The press release from Starbucks reads:

“Starbucks has designed, developed and manufactured a strawless lid, which will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea and espresso beverages. The lid is currently available in more than 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada for select beverages including Starbucks Draft Nitro and Cold Foam. The lid is also being piloted for Nitro beverages in additional markets including China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition, Starbucks will begin offering straws made from alternative materials – including paper or compostable plastic – for Frappuccino® blended beverages, and available by request for customers who prefer or need a straw.”

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Kevin Johnson who is the CEO and President of Starbucks also said:

“For our partners and customers, this is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways.”

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Starbucks is continuing to innovate with their cups and straws so we shall see if they really come through with this huge goal.

Erin Simon, who is the director of sustainability research & development and material science at the World Wildlife Fund also said in the press release:

“Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species. As we partner with Starbucks in waste reduction initiatives such as Next Gen Consortium Cup Challenge and WWF’s Cascading Materials Vision, we hope others will follow in their footsteps.”

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Here’s what people are thinking on Twitter!

So what are you going to order at your next Starbucks run?! Sound off in the comments!

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After Seeing This Sad Looking Pup Online, Couple Drives Six Hours To Adopt Him

When you move in together with a significant other, your life changes greatly. Recently Jessica Williams did this with her boyfriend Jared and the building they moved into allowed dogs so you know that was high on their priority list.

Originally Jared told Jessica they would get a dog for her birthday in November but that’s a million years away in dog years so she figured why not just look.

(Trust me never just look, it’s a gateway.)

Jessica didn’t get a chance to hear my advice though, and she began perusing different shelter websites in preparation for November.

That’s when she saw Benji. He was a stray that had been found in Los Angeles and was taken to a shelter nearby.

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He was very scared of people and if anyone passed by his cage he would snap and growl. On top of that he also had a bad flea allergy which was causing him to lose his hair. Even though there were red flags, Jessica couldn’t stop thinking about little Benji.

She told The Dodo:

“He was at the shelter for 10 days and wasn’t handling it well. He would snarl and snap at people as they walked by. I had never seen a sadder dog and knew we couldn’t leave him there.”

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The couple were in Sacramento, but knew they needed to drive the six hours to rescue this poor little guy. Once they got to the shelter, even the staff tried to tell them Benji wasn’t suitable for them. Jessica went onto say:

“The shelter also told us he wasn’t friendly and refused to take us into a calm waiting area to get to know him because ‘he wouldn’t be a dog that would come over to us to be cuddly.’ We knew that he had a high possibility of being euthanized and didn’t want him to die.”

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They heeded the warnings of staff and eventually began the journey home with Benji in the car. At first Benji was very confused, as would any dog, to be traveling with strangers in a moving box.

The first few days at home were rough but the new family of three kept trying. Eventually he began to show signs of happiness…

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Speaking of the transformation they saw in Benji, Jessica said:

“He loves to come up and lick our faces and play with his toys. He is such a goofball now! He has crazy zoomies after he gets bathed. He will also start barking the second we get in the car as if to say, ‘We have to start moving! Let’s go!’”

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This just goes to show you that dogs just aren’t born bad. With the right amount of love and care, any dog can understand that humans just want to love them. Once they figure that out they are more than ready to reciprocate.

If you are looking to adopt a pup in your area, take a look at Facebook pages in your area or look at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals here.

Dwarf ‘Banned’ From His College’s Cooking Course Because He Was A Safety Risk

College is hard enough these days with the endless homework, projects and oh yeah managing to have a social life too. I think that last part should be a priority over everything but maybe that’s why I graduated with a 3.3 GPA. Anyways, recently Louis Makepeace, a student that attends Heart of Worcestershire College in England, was turned away from a certain class.

Louis was wanting to take the a Hospitality and Catering course, but the college eventually turned him away. Louis has dwarfism and stands just 3ft 10in. The college stated that he was too small for the kitchen.

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Louis was heartbroken by the decision and said:

“It was really upsetting as I had my heart set on this course. We are supposed to have equality of opportunity yet I’m not allowed to do something I love doing.

They are simply not prepared to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate me such as making the surfaces and hobs lower.”

He went onto say:

“We were prepared to be flexible and my mum said I could maybe do the cooking at home whilst the new equipment was installed but they kept saying no.

They said I would be a health and safety risk and disruption to the other students and get in their way, which was really humiliating.

It really has dented my confidence. How am I ever supposed to get the culinary skills that’s going to get me a job in a catering environment?”

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Louis also said he was a big fan of Gino D’Acampo, but perhaps he could make room in his heart for a new favorite chef.

Someone heard the news about this terrible discrimination and Tweeted a question to Gordon Ramsey.

He then Tweeted an amazing response back to which I think Louis should get on this offer right away!

Louis had said about the ordeal:

“I just want to be treated as a normal person without them laughing at me and go around and do quite normal stuff.”

I think that’s exactly what Gordon is doing, which is so nice and refreshing to see. The chef is usually one of the coldest out there when it comes to replying to things on Twitter.

Others commented on Gordon’s Tweet:

“Do it! He will make a great chef, and will be a fantastic apprentice simply because he has the passion to do it.

I really hope you give this young man a chance, and learning from you he could have a stellar career ahead of him.”

“This is why I have a lot of respect for Gordon.”

Others speculated on if Gordon would really come through, but if he’s offering it I doubt he’d ever go back on his word.

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It seems like all this is moving too fast for the Heart of Worcestershire College. A spokesperson let out a statement saying:

“As the student’s place at the college is still under discussion, we do not wish to make a comment.”

If they were smart they would have rescinded their awful decision immediately once this discrimination went viral.

We will keep you updated if Gordon and Louis actually link up!

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New Craze Amongst High Schoolers Is Extremely Dangerous

This article originally appeared and was published on AOL.com

Some trends among teenagers, like the mannequin challenge, are relatively harmless. Others, however, have the potential to be dangerous — even deadly.

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High schoolers in Australia have started doing what they call “balcony hops“: attempting to move from one hotel room to another by hopping on balconies. These have been on vacations during an Australian tradition called “Schoolies Week,” similar to spring break, which happens for three weeks in November.

In a Snapchat video acquired by Australian news outlet News 7, a young girl is seen balcony hopping:

The identity of the girl in the terrifying video has not been made. Unfortunately, stunts like these aren’t new. In 2012, an Australian teen died after a fall from a balcony.

Police in Queensland, Australia sent out a blast warning those against balcony hops:

The tweet urged teenagers to make good decisions and look out for their friends.

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