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Is watermelon a berry? This summer fruit is not what it seems

Summer is a time for waves — of the heat variety and ones crashing to shore — and, most importantly, good eats and summer fruit. New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells perfectly described watermelon — the pivotal part of any barbeque — as "social by nature"...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 5:29 PM

New study suggests that taking selfies is bad for your relationship

Whether your go-to is a side profile shot, you love the traditional head-on approach or you prefer spicing it up with some definitely-not-staged candids, taking selfies is part of social media culture.  Though self-love is undoutedly important, studies have shown that there are negative...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 3:08 PM

You might want to think twice before walking barefoot, even at home

Let’s talk about feet. Now that summer is in full swing, they're seeing a lot more daylight. Naturally, you may not hesitate to slip off your shoes to let your toes breathe — after all, walking barefoot can feel liberating — but this can negatively impact your stride and...

Friday, June 22, 2018, 11:58 AM

Kate Spade's dad dies the day before her funeral

Today, world-renowned fashion designer and handbag extraordinaire Kate Spade was put to rest in her hometown of Kansas City. But, the night before the funeral, Spade’s father passed away in his home. Frank Brosnahan was 89. Brosnahan, whose full name was Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr., had...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 5:43 PM

Melania Trump makes surprise visit to the U.S.-Mexico border

Yesterday, Trump signed an executive order to allow immigrant families seeking asylum in our country to be detained together, instead of separatedly, at the U.S.-Mexico border — though it doesn’t address the 2,000-plus children already separated from their parents. It also potentially...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 3:44 PM

What is the summer solstice?

The summer solstice is today, June 21 — which, for many, is a time of celebration. There are local music festivals and other outdoor activities in its honor. Dunkin Donuts is even offering free bottle service. But, what’s all the hype about? And what is the summer solstice, anyway?...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 1:24 PM

After 27 seasons, The Jerry Springer Show is cancelled

"ARE YOU READY TO TURN UP AND GET LIT AND CONFRONT SOMEBODY ON THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW?" asks The Jerry Springer Show homepage. "DO YOU LOVE TO STEAL OTHER WOMEN’S MEN?" If so, you bet producers want to hear from you. Except not anymore. The Jerry Springer Show is...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 10:55 AM

If you've ever wanted to see someone kick a subway rat, today's your lucky day

The subway is a magical place. Ok, I lied — but, much like the great outdoors, it’s a place where humans coexist with the wonderful creatures Mother Earth has to offer. Take, for instance, subway rats. Just like us, they’re constantly on the go, scrambling to avoid the general...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5:29 PM

What’s the difference between a presidential pardon and commutation, anyway?

In early June, President Donald Trump announced that he was commuting the jail sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother serving life for drug trafficking charges, on the recommendation of reality star Kim Kardashian. Before Johnson walked free, Trump granted a full pardon to...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 4:35 PM

The Bachelorette's very own colognoisseur, Jean Blanc, just released a perfume all about roses

We bid colognoisseur Jean Blanc adieu on Monday night’s episode of The Bachelorette. Despite the fact that he gave Becca Kufrin a hand-crafted perfume — and professed his flourishing love for her — this season’s Bachelorette said she wasn’t feeling it. In fact, she...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 12:44 PM

Ivanka wants Trump to stop separating families at the border

Ivanka reportedly urged Trump Tuesday night to put an end to separating families at the border of the United States and Mexico. Since his administration implemented a "zero tolerance" policy, there's been a spike in the number of children and their immigrant parents being torn apart...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 10:21 AM

How to help refugees in honor of World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is every June 20, but there's a special sense of urgency this year, thanks to the onset of mass unrest against the separation of families at the U.S. southern border — many of whom are seeking asylum from life-threatening violence and crime. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 5:42 PM

How to help families separated at the U.S. border

Images of children on concrete floors. Videos of them sitting in cages — and audio of kids' pleas for their mothers and fathers. The en-masse separation of children and parents has gone viral, and people across the nation are crying foul against the "zero-tolerance" Trump...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 2:34 PM

All the ways to watch The Bold Type season 2 right now

The world of Scarlet Magazine is everything a sassy, stride-making, unapologetic publication should be — and The Bold Type follows the lives of three young, unique-in-their-own-right best friends trying to navigate their personal and professional paths in NYC. The Bold Type season 2 is back...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 11:12 AM

John Travolta's Gotti movie gets 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

John Travolta has come a long way since his Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction days. The 64-year-old father of three has almost 80 film and TV credits to his name, but his latest movie — the biopic, Gotti — reportedly missed the mark (hard). Gotti received a 0 percent on...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 5:10 PM

5 must-know facts about the dangerous giant hogweed plant

Authorities have recently warned against the spread of giant hogweed, a poisonous, invasive plant that has spread to northern areas of Virginia for the first time — and it makes poison ivy seem like a friendly, no-hassle itch. Researchers at Virginia Tech's Massey Herbarium first...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 2:37 PM

Is Tiffany Haddish single?

Comedian, actress and Groupon extraordinaire Tiffany Haddish is the host for the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. You can stream the awards Monday night (tonight) — and Haddish promised it'll be worth a watch. With a best-selling book under her belt, an upcoming film alongside...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:30 AM

Worried about summer allergies? Write this down

Spring allergies have been particularly brutal this season. The reason? "We’ve had an unusually cold April, followed by a sudden hot spell that caused trees, grass and weeds to bloom and release bursts of pollen all together," Dr. Gregory Levitin, from the NY Eye and Ear...

Friday, June 15, 2018, 5:11 PM

6 Must-know facts about DWTS pro Jenna Johnson, Val Chmerkovskiy's fiancé

Ukrainian-American performer Val Chmerkovskiy (and his sultry scruff) has thrilled fans of ABC's Dancing with the Stars since 2011. And on Thursday, the 32-year-old two-time Mirrorball trophy winner nailed another thrilling performance when he proposed to girlfriend — and fellow DWTS pro...

Friday, June 15, 2018, 2:52 PM

McDonald's will start making the switch from plastic straws to paper

Earth Day was in April, but people are striving to treat Mother Earth better every day — whether it’s a brewery making beer out of wastewater, a Florida startup creating biodegradable six pack rings or cities, like NYC, banning styrofoam. Now, McDonald’s has announced it will be...

Friday, June 15, 2018, 11:41 AM