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Does It Really Matter How Fast You Type?

Apr 26, 2021

Photo: ArthurStock (Shutterstock) Technological advancement over the last 30 years have meant skills once rare to office workers are now commonplace. Chief among those skills is typing: Decades ago, one could ply their trade as a typist and make a living solely by striking keys on a typewriter. Back then, you might consider including your best words-per-minute time in a resume, as an indication of your efficiency. However, it’s worth asking this question in 2021: Is it as necessary a skillse ...read more

How to Get Rid of Cicadas When the Brood Arrives

Apr 26, 2021

Photo: DimaSid (Shutterstock) Remember when 2021 was the year things were supposed to get better? Well, sorry, people who live in a handful of eastern states— the cicadas are coming . If you’ve tortured yourself by doing images searches for the insects, then you already know that they’re not easy on the eyes. But are they dangerous? Either way, you’re probably want to keep them as far away from you and your home as possible. Here’s how to do that. What’s going on with cicadas in 2 ...read more

What to Know About Disneyland's Reopening Before Planning Your Visit

Apr 26, 2021

Photo: Steve Cukrov (Shutterstock) The original Disney vacation spot is reopening to the world. Unlike Disney World, which reopened in July 2020 just months after lockdowns began last year, Disneyland took a slower approach and is reopening later this month with things like tiered ticketing and capacity limits. Here’s what you need to know about the new phase of California’s mouse club. Which parts of the park are open? Disneyland is taking it relatively slow, and for good reason: Californ ...read more

Should You Really Only Buy Blue Dog Toys?

Apr 26, 2021

Photo: alexei_tm (Shutterstock) Dog owners often take canine comforts to dizzying extremes, like feeding their dogs home-cooked meals or enrolling them in fancy sleep away camps. When it comes to shopping for dog toys, it’s become popular to factor in the color of said toy when striving to make the best possible purchase. Since dogs are red-green colorblind and do not visually (or physically) navigate the world like their bipedal, human companions, some layman experts insist that dog toys be ...read more

How to Talk With Your Kids About Sexual Abuse

Apr 26, 2021

One of the hardest things about being a parent is living with the knowledge that there are so many potential scenarios or people in the world who could bring harm to our children. One of the scariest and most damaging things that can happen to our kids is sexual abuse or assault—especially given that the abuser so often is someone they know and trust, or someone we know and trust. That’s why it’s important to start conversations about safety, privacy, and consent while they’re young, an ...read more

24 Action-Adventure Movies With Ass-Kicking Women

Apr 26, 2021

Growing up, my favorite movies were Indiana Jones, The Lord of the Rings, James Bond—anything with action and adventure. They typically starred daring men, but as a young woman I started admiring more powerful, smart women who could command a room. Fast forward to today, and more women than ever are badasses who command the screen in an action movie. It’s a broader world out there for women characters in action, so here are 24 films starring badass women leads who keep the needle moving for ...read more

Should You Really Only Buy Blue Dog Toys?

Apr 27, 2021

Photo: alexei_tm (Shutterstock) Dog owners often take canine comforts to dizzying extremes, like feeding their dogs home-cooked meals or enrolling them in fancy sleep away camps. When it comes to shopping for dog toys, it’s become popular to factor in the color of said toy when striving to make the best possible purchase. Since dogs are red-green colorblind and do not visually (or physically) navigate the world like their bipedal, human companions, some layman experts insist that dog toys be ...read more

The Bare Minimum That Everyone Should Know About Ramadan

Apr 27, 2021

Photo: JOAT (Shutterstock) In the western world, we typically associate springtime with renewal and festivals of gratitude, and the Islamic calendar is no different: The month-long celebration of Ramadan, which is observed by the religion’s 1.8 billion global adherents as the holiest time of the year, is currently underway, bringing with it ancient traditions of fasting and spiritual pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (though pandemic travel restrictions apply to this year ...read more

The Three Types of Narcissists and How to Recognize Them

Apr 27, 2021

Photo: Anthony Smith - Linton (Shutterstock) You’re likely never going to encounter anyone whose grandiosity rivals that of The Talented Mr. Ripley, but narcissists of all stripes walk among us. Regardless of their varying quirks, however, the better known hallmarks of a narcissist are largely the same; those who suffer from the condition often crave outsize attention in groups, have trouble expressing sympathy or consideration for others, and navigate the world with an overwhelming sense of ...read more

How to Make Your Post-Vaccine Vacation as Cheap as Possible

Apr 27, 2021

Photo: Marie Maerz (Shutterstock) With ongoing vaccinations, we’re close to reaching some semblance of normalcy (or whatever the post-pandemic normal will be), and you might be ready and willing to go anywhere after being cooped up for over a year. But given the financial challenges of the past year, expensive travel might not be an option for many of us. But if you have some flexibility, you might plan to make your getaway with a much lower cost than if you had a specific destination in min ...read more

The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide To Kid Culture: Everyone's Falling for a Fake Proposal

Apr 27, 2021

Internet Culture Internet Culture It's hard to keep up with internet culture, but don't worry: Each week we'll tell you the best of what you need to know. This week, the good ship The Ever Given has the world asking, “Aren’t we all, really, a cargo ship trapped in the Suez Canal?” There’s also a surprisingly large number of people talking about forehead size on TikTok, and a failed proposal video that’s probably fake, but is fooling millions. Meme of the week: The plight of ‘The Ever ...read more