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This Breakup App Will Help You Get Over Your Ex

Breakups are rough, and there's not a lot beside time and drinking (or, IDK, something healthier like yoga or meditating) that can make them better. One of the major things that does help is talking about it. But after you've exhausted your friend resources and you know you can't handle checking Instagram anymore, there's now an app to help you through.   Mend, created by a former Google employee, is your "personal trainer for heartbreak," with the aim of helping you move forward with y ...
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The Hot (and Unlikely) New Collaboration? WeWork and J.Crew

Here’s a collaboration you probably weren’t expecting: J.Crew and WeWork are partnering together for a new collection — featuring WeWork employees as models — as well as a series of panels targeted to entrepreneurs. It kind of makes sense considering no one does business casual like J.Crew, but who knew coworking spaces would be collaborating on clothing collections? The collection will consist of wear-to-work pieces and a campaign where WeWork members will be styled in the collection availa ...
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150 New Emojis Are Coming to Your Smartphone This Summer

Over 100 new emojis are about to hit your smartphone this summer. Thanks to the folks at the Unicode Consortium, 150 new emojis will be available, and attention redheads: you're finally having your moment.  Redheads will now be an emoji option, in addition to new vegetables, a hot and cold face for extreme temperatures, a partying face (how was that not already an option?), and, my personal favorite, a kangaroo. The best emojis, in my humble opinion, are the most random ones, so the release of ...
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Chloe Kim Is The Teen Olympian We Need

If you need any further indication that Chloe Kim is our new hero, she was able to tweet about breakfast sandwiches, then go on to win a gold medal in snowboarding for Team USA. This Olympics has, in a lot of ways, been the Year of the Teen, with Kim, just 17 years old, winning gold and fellow snowboarder (and cool teen) Red Gerard oversleeping due to a late-night Netflix binge before winning a gold medal. Chloe Kim is the sort of seemingly well-adjusted, happy, driven Olympic hero we need — ...
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Gym Kardashian Is The Meme You Didn’t Know You Needed

You know how the perfect meme comes along sometimes, and it’s so on-the-nose and inexplicably perfect and bizarre? That is Gym Kardashian — the meme of a beefy, muscled Kim Kardashian currently making the internet rounds. Expertly timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day, Gym Kardashian is a reminder to us all that being an independent, strong woman is always a good thing. The meme was created by Twitter user Jay Paul George, when he Photoshopped a beefed-up Kim Kardashian with the caption “Ab ...
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It’s Time to Fall in Love With Romance Novels on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts! There are, in my humble opinion, two ways to approach Valentine’s Day — you can either hate it and view it as a commercial scam (whether you’re single or not) OR you can embrace the commercialism, the romance, the saccharine and have some dang fun! And what better way to wear your hot ‘n steamy heart on your sleeve than by revisiting some real barn-burners of the romance cover genre. AnOther’s tribute to “one of Britain’s most famous amourists” got me thin ...
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A ‘Black Mirror’ Button Tells You When Your Relationship Will End

In case you were looking to have a...rather dark Valentine's Day (or you're looking to deeply fuck with a coworker or friend), the folks from Black Mirror have created a button to tell you when your relationship will end. Referring to themselves as Coach Dating,  Black Mirror created a button inspired by the Hang the DJ episode of the show that featured a dystopian device called the "System," which measures compatibility between you and your date, and determines how long things will last. Reg ...
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Tumblr’s ‘Safe Mode’ Default Is Hurting Adult Content Creators

Tumblr has been making itself increasingly less friendly to the adult content creators. First, in June 2017, the platform introduced Safe Mode, a feature that displays a filter on images that are considered “sensitive” by Tumblr, which mostly means nudity, whether it’s for artistic or educational purposes. Even back in 2012, Tumblr enacted its “Safe Search” function, which de-listed adult content from search engines and Tumblr’s internal search. Now, Tumblr has turned Safe Mode into the defa ...
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The First American Woman Landed a Triple Axel at The Olympics

It seems hardly coincidental that in the same year as Tonya Harding’s biopic I, Tonya, Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Nagasu, 24, pulled off the triple axel just 21 seconds into her routine, landing and pumping both fists in celebration. The crowd, consisting of fellow American teammates and athletes from other countries, gave her a standing ovation. "I feel really great. Going into it, I was like a train and I wa ...
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“Fame Is a Facade”: COOLS Sits Down With Grime Pop Artist Richie Velazquez AKA Dela Deso

Richie Velazquez, the man behind Digital Death and Grime AKA Dela Deso, is an artist based in LA. The 31-year-old grew up in San Bernardino, California, and he credits the city’s gritty character as one of his biggest influences. The primarily social media-based artist is known for his #30DaysOfGrime challenge on Instagram and one of his most recognized "gag pieces" The Mona Pizza. He has recently had success selling his prints as a featured artist during the Bringing Back Broadway art sale in L ...

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Meet Vérité, the Alter-Ego of Singer-Songwriter Kelsey Byrne

Long before musician Kelsey Byrne became Vérité, the electropop chanteuse and songwriter hailed for her hypnotic, moody, and ethereal sound, she was a middle school punk in a perhaps too-literally named band like No Smoking or Shattered Windows. “It was just us learning covers and me being very militant and ordering these girls to play drums when they didn’t actually play drums,” she laughs. “I think that sort of laser focus has carried into every iteration of me making music.” You don’t get ...