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Let’s start out by getting one thing straight: Gwen Stefani does not sing “Fancy.” I know. I was completely caught off guard, too. Like, showing up for your hair appointment a day late type of caught off guard — it left me feeling disappointed, but I welcomed the opportunity to get to know a new face.

Now that you’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s observe father-daughter bonding at its greatest.

Starting out by joking about all of the “Let It Go” lip-sync videos, which are totally getting old, these two make the most of their drive along what seems to be a lovely land of picket fences and lush greenery by pretending to sing Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” together. And no, the props are not forgotten.

As a side note, the girl could totally be a future model (don’t do it, girl; it’ll kill your soul) and the dad clearly stopped giving a sh*t about what people thought about him a long time ago. Family, first. Admirable.

Check out the video below, and share your thoughts on the lip-syncing movement going viral lately in the comments below!

SOURCE: YouTube
IMAGE: YouTube

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Ahh, high school. Good times, right? Well, maybe some of the time. There were the awkward phases and the braces, and of course the love of a classic white-boy choker necklace and starburst backdrop. Let the shame flag wave, and scroll slowly so you don’t miss one second of these old school pictures.

Strike A Pose

Maybe I should look like I’m lost in thought…or checking out a chick…or confused. Yeah, confused sounds like a classic pose.

Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Outfits Speak Volumes

You know you’re a badass when you drape yourself in a metallic vest and sport a mohawk.

Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

The Internet Miracle

Watch me use this cool device to watch myself look like a loser.

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Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

When The Bowtie Is Not Enough

The formal attire is cool and all, but I can’t get chicks without rocking a Roman cape while holding a puppy.

Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Dolla Bills, Y’all

I’m so rich that I can even afford a t-shirt that looks like a tuxedo.

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Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Are There Words?

This kid thought he was Will Smith back in the West Philadelphia days of Fresh Prince.

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Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Such A Lovely Day

No one could frown when he’s so prepared for a rainy day!

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Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Lasers.

Just lasers.

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Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Do you want to see more? You’re in luck! There are 26 other photos that will seriously send you back in time here at Distractify.

 

SOURCE: Distractify
IMAGES: Distractify

 

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Jaco Haasbroek, a 20-year-old artist known for quirky drawings that put the world on its side, has nailed workplace drama in a few simple lines. He uses funky characters that ooze irony to point out some of life’s most typical experiences, all while being terribly unsubtle and amusing.

The Superior Hypocrite

Just when you needed a pep talk from your boss, you get a brilliant revelation.

Credit: Courtesy of Viral Nova

Credit: Courtesy of Viral Nova

The Obvious Observation

When you’re so desperate for a job that you just throw all f**k to the wind and apply anyway.

Credit: Courtesy of Viral Nova

Credit: Courtesy of Viral Nova

Office Gossip

Because sometimes it just feels better to talk about other people.

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Credit: Courtesy of Viral Nova

A Sultry Coworker

When someone points out something that would’ve been good to know last week…

Credit: Courtesy of Viral Nova

Credit: Courtesy of Viral Nova

If you enjoy his work, you can even get the illustrations on simple tees at Threadless where he has been submitting designs for seven years. This Memorial Day weekend, the site is selling all pieces for 30-80% off, so jump on the site and add a little humor to your wardrobe!

SOURCES: Viral Nova | Threadless
IMAGES: Viral Nova | Threadless

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Here in Washington, D.C., we’re rather comfortable with newcomers that bring their own languages and cultures over borders and seascapes to the grand United States. Whether we’re conversing with a friendly Indian man or a welcoming Turkish woman, the immigrants are abundant. The nation’s capital, however, isn’t the only place people come to start fresh lives. All over the country, certain groups make their lifestyles known and these maps by Ben Blatt show how that has affected our populations in profound ways.

In this map, you’ll see the most common languages other than English or Spanish in the 50 states. Of course, English and Spanish would otherwise dominate nearly all of these states, so it is interesting to see the third most common in a graphic representation.

Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

Credit: Courtesy of Distractify

On the second map, you will see the country of origin of the immigrants in the United States, aside from Mexico, which again takes the cake for most states. It is interesting to compare the two maps and note how some expected correlations do not exist. For example, although the Russian language rules a good part of Oregon, the Chinese natives are more prevalent there. Fascinating!

Credit: Courtesy of Slate

Credit: Courtesy of Slate

Although the unexpected may make itself known here on the maps, it shouldn’t be surprising that countries all over the world come to the United States, an expansive representation of liberty. It would be interesting to compare these maps to past maps and see how recent wars and political upheaval have affected the incoming of immigrants from across the globe.

SOURCES: Slate | Distractify
IMAGES: Slate | Distractify | Business Insider

 

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It is quite difficult to fathom what losing a child to a horrible accident would be like, unless it has – God forbid – happened to you. Clearly, that’s what almost happened when Mr. Li, a friendly neighbor in the Guangdong China markets, prevented some very fortunate mother from losing a baby that fell two stories down from a window.

According to Daily Mail UK, CCTV caught tape of Mr. Li catching the child after other passersby set props around him to cushion the baby’s fall in a worst-case scenario. In what is an oddly emotionless video of the witnesses, Mr. Li describes his motive for catching the child, and it rings true.

Check out the video below to see a play-by-play of the horrifying incident:

SOURCE: Daily Mail UK
IMAGE: Daily Mail UK

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Elisha Cuthbert: “Perfect Situation” – Weezer

Robert Downey, Jr.: “I Want Love” – Elton John

Natalie Portman: “Carmensita” – Devendra Banhart

Gwyneth Paltrow: “I Want To Come Over” — Melissa Etheridge

Katie Holmes: “Got You Where I Want You” – Flys

Hugh Laurie: “Walking On Broken Glass” – Annie Lennox

Christina Hendricks: “One Hit Wonder” – Everclear

Angelina Jolie: “Has Anybody Seen My Baby” – The Rolling Stones

SOURCE: YouTube
IMAGE: YouTube

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For months I wrestled with whether or not to get a cleansing brush. I loved a good, cleansing facial, and I benefitted from a light exfoliation now and then. Plus, my good, skincare-savvy friends pointed out numerous times upon inspection of my face that my pores were getting larger and larger. So I decided to look into the hand-held miracles everyone was talking about lately.

After a bit of research, I realized I couldn’t afford a snazzy Clarisonic, but that the Olay ProX was affordable and essentially did the same thing with a different motion (Clarisonic vibrates and the Olay ProX moves in a circle). Once I found reviews and videos on people who had owned both, I decided that I would take baby steps, save a bit of money, and purchase the ProX.

Credit: Courtesy of Clarisonic

Credit: Courtesy of Clarisonic

Obsessed. That’s all I have to say about this thing. My skin was super soft and fabulously radiant, all from using the brush once every evening. I noticed, even after using makeup wipes or a makeup-removing rinse, the brush took off a whole other layer of my foundation and face gunk. It was wonderful!

Unfortunately, rinsing the brush head in the shower or in the sink with just heavy streams of water wasn’t really doing much in terms of cleaning it. How did I know? I started to break out — all over the place. My sub-par, lazy hygiene habits needed major renovation.

Credit: Courtesy of Making It Lovely

Credit: Courtesy of Making It Lovely

So if you find yourself having the same issues with whatever cleansing head you use, try a hearty solution of mild, unscented hand soap first. Remove the brush head from the handle and rub the soap into the bristles with clean hands until it lathers up really well. I usually rinse and repeat (habit from working at a salon, I suppose). If that doesn’t work out, try soaking the head in a shallow cup of hydrogen peroxide for ten minutes. It should sanitize effectively and be good to go in a few hours.

One of the most important parts of sanitation is to make sure the brush head dries completely between uses. If you live in a poorly ventilated or humid place, consider rinsing or soaking the brush as described above and then drying it with cool air from your hairdryer. Wet bristles lying around can harbor bacteria whether or not your rinse it off between uses.

 

Do you have other tips for the maintenance our facial-friendly devices? Let us know in the comments below!

IMAGES: Clarisonic | Making It Lovely | Beauty Devices

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Ready for a truly rockin’ rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”? This kid makes a valiant stride — erm, moonwalk — in terms of remembrance caliber for the King of Pop, which is a hot topic after the famous holographic performance of the late artist this month.

The student is Brett Nichols and he wins his talent show as a junior at Pittman High School in California. While he doesn’t sing, his imitation dance is seriously cool and we bet it got him some ladies. Who can resist a good pair of white socks and black, skinny slacks, not to mention the balls of a champion. His performance begins at 1:11 if your viewing device doesn’t automatically adjust to that point in the video:

SOURCE: YouTube
IMAGE: YouTube

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I’m a self-proclaimed ice cream junkie. I don’t really care much what flavor you hand me, I’ll go ahead and eat it. Strawberry cheesecake-flavored deliciousness and mint chocolate chip desserts make my fantasies squirm and blush, and I will basically kick a baby if it came down to that or not eating ice cream at all. Clearly, my love is real.

Unfortunately, so is the cellulite on my thighs and the squishability on my tummy. Not that those things are a big deal — I’m not being paid to be a Victoria’s Secret model so I’m sure as hell not going to starve myself like one, right? Nonetheless, I tend to feel less happy after eating ice cream than I do in the midst of a spoon-fest. So I needed to find alternatives. Here are my two favorites:

The NutriBullet

This device has a reputation by those who have never used it as a glorified blender. It probably is just that, but I’ve never had a blender that cost me more than $65 from Target so this thing is shocking and magical. Literally within 10-12 seconds, despite how much ice and frozen fruit I jam into it, the entire mixture is a smooth, creamy, pulp of a shake. Once in every 15 smoothies or so, I find half a carrot or a chunk of frozen strawberry that didn’t make the chop, but that’s a pretty awesome track record.

Credit: Courtesy of NutriBullet

Credit: Courtesy of NutriBullet

The idea of the NutriBullet is to force veggies and fruits into an awesome blender and up your health status by a lot (at least if you were like me and skipped the brussels sprouts and kale on most occasions in the past). It comes with a grinder of sorts for hard things like nuts and a multi-bladed head for everything else. In order to use the machine, you can’t really come into contact with the blades while they’re in motion, so the safety grade is pretty high in my book.

Credit: Courtesy of NutriBullet

Credit: Courtesy of NutriBullet

Although the guidelines recommend using the shakes from the book, I often use this machine to mush up frozen mango, banana, strawberries, and more with some ice, flavored milk, and water to create a less disastrous dessert (both on my budget and on my waistline) at night. Sure, the veggies make their appearance in the morning and during snack time, but if I’m not going to jump in the car to meet with my men Ben and Jerry, I need a sweet and delectable mixture to eat while I wind down from the day.


 

Yonanas

I have yet to try this thing, but it looks freakin’ fantastic. Rather than slurping my dessert with the NutriBullet (which I can overcome with less than healthy additions to the smoothie concoction if I so desire), I can be guaranteed to have an ice cream-like texture with the Yonanas machine without adding a bunch of Cool Whip or bottled cream to my fruity creation. Plus, I can use fruit that really isn’t worth eating otherwise. That sounds like a total win.

Credit: Courtesy of Yonanas

Credit: Courtesy of Yonanas

After seeing the Yonanas device on several television shows, including talk shows, I took down a few notes. First, it looked like a bit of an annoyance to shove the fruit into the appropriate tunnel in order to make the mushy-fabulous food. For someone like me who has no arm strength and minimal will to be healthy, this is a bit of a turn off. Not that I wouldn’t buy into it, because I totally would, but I just think it might take some muscle, so be ready for that. On the other hand, once muscle has been acquired, this thing left you with super fast dessert with a filling texture that might be enough to trick your taste buds into loving it.

Credit: Courtesy of Yonanas

Credit: Courtesy of Yonanas

I might wait until a newer edition of the Yonanas miracle comes out so that maybe some of the visually-apparent issues with use are addressed, but once that happens, it’s fair game. I will be first in line to buy one of these bad boys. (Note that in the video below, she doesn’t appear to be struggling at all, but that’s not what it looked like on other shows — my guess is the fruit is maybe not as frozen on some shows as on others or slices varied in size.)


 

Overall, if you can find something that ups your health and downs your cravings for things like ice cream and not-always-healthy smoothies, I’d say that it is an investment in your overall wellbeing and worth the price. Sure, I’m just a girl with a love for cookie dough in my vanilla cone, but experience has to count for something.

 

SOURCES: Nutribullet | Yonanas
IMAGES: Yonanas | Nutribullet | Her Campus

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In an image making the Internet rounds today, a U.S. Army Ranger speaks out about something many of us have already had in mind. While posting support in the form of hashtags on social media isn’t necessarily detrimental to any cause, in this case the Nigerian kidnappings involving over 200 female students, it arguably isn’t exactly doing anything, either.

In reality, some may say it’s not a matter of social rights in a First World country, where Twitter and Facebook majorities might actually spark movement, so the problem lies there for the Nigerian crisis. Additionally, it is beginning to look disturbingly like self-promotion, with hashtags like #bringbackourgirls accompanying forced sad faces because it’s the cool, social thing to do while you look for perfect #selfie lighting.

Here’s the photo sparking conversation amongst activists:

Credit: Courtesy of IJ Review

Credit: Courtesy of IJ Review

And here’s a sampling of images from social media featuring well-known figures jumping on the #bringbackourgirls bandwagon:

Credit: Courtesy of Mirror UK

Credit: Courtesy of Mirror UK

Credit: Courtesy of That 1960 Chick

Credit: Courtesy of That 1960 Chick

Credit: Courtesy of Fashion Gone Rogue

Credit: Courtesy of Fashion Gone Rogue

Credit: Courtesy of Daily Mail UK

Credit: Courtesy of Daily Mail UK

Credit: Courtesy of Rising Digital

Credit: Courtesy of Rising Digital

Credit: Courtesy of Bella Naija

Credit: Courtesy of Bella Naija

Credit: Courtesy of Facebook

Credit: Courtesy of Facebook

So now that you see the images, and the Ranger’s post, what do you have to say about #bringbackourgirls? Plus, we’d like to hear what you have to say about hashtag activism in general. Is it effective on a broad scale for cases like these? Let us know in the comments below!

If you’d like to know more about the how the United States is handling the Nigerian crisis from Chad, click here.

SOURCES: IJ Review | CNN
IMAGES: Facebook | Bella Naija | Rising Digital | Daily Mail UK | Mirror UK | Fashion Gone Rogue | That 1960 Chick | IJ Review