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If you’ve never seen NBC’s freakishly difficult competition show American Ninja Warrior, here’s a reason to start watching.

On Monday, 24-year-old Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman ever to reach the show’s finals. (Watch her completely destroy the 10-obstacle course in the video above.) In the show’s six seasons, even Olympians and NFL players have tried—and failed—to advance to the finals. Catanzaro’s own coach and boyfriend Brent Steffensen couldn’t complete the qualifying course in May, even though he’s a veteran ANW competitor.

Catanzaro, a former Division 1 gymnast at Towson University, is 5 feet tall and weighs all of 100 pounds. It’s no wonder the hashtag #mightykacy trended worldwide on Twitter.

The New Jersey native is getting familiar with setting records. At the ANW qualifying rounds in May, she became the first woman to scale the 17-foot quarter-pipe called the Warped Wall. Here’s a GIF of her doing just that as she completed her first historic run.

Vulture interviewed Catanzaro about her workout routine and she says she and Steffensen do body weight exercises and circuit training four to six days a week, plus, she says: “we’ll always try and do obstacles at night for a couple hours.” Dang.

Catanzaro will compete in the ANW finals in Las Vegas, which will air in September on NBC.

7 Animals Who Are Handling the Cold Way Better Than You

The cold just won’t quit. Recent forecasts put temperatures this week 10 to 30 degrees below normal everywhere east of the Rockies (except for Florida, of course).

We know. This is awful news. To help you through it, we compiled some highlights from the animal world. These dogs, cats, and more know a thing or two about having fun despite frigid temperatures. Next time you’re feeling down about the cold, just try to channel these furry creatures and their excellent winter attitudes.

This adorable Corgi who has an epic belly flop game



These red pandas who react to snow the way we’re going to react the first day it hits 60°


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This cat who DGAF about snow banks



This baby panda named Bao Bao who’s like, ‘Yipee!’


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This Golden Retriever teaching her pups how to appropriately enjoy a snow day



This polar bear at the Columbus Zoo who’s really zen



This cat who’s like, ‘Forget the snow, this is war.’


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Mark Consuelos Defends His Bikini

Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa are currently living it up on vacation. While we suffered through storm after storm on the east coast, the parents of three were snapping sexy photos of one another on the beach.

Over the weekend, Consuelos posted a photo of his bikini-clad wife, writing, “Sultry Sundays with the sexy one are my fave … ” While many fans were quick to comment on the 47-year-old’s incredibly toned body, others took issue with her age, writing that she shouldn’t be wearing a bikini. I mean, obviously that’s insane. If I looked like this in a bikini, I’d wear one every single day of my life, rain or shine.

Anyway, the 46-year-old Riverdale actor let the remarks simmer for a while, but he eventually addressed the haters with a cutting message in the comments.

“I wanted to take a couple of days to weigh in. Probably should’ve earlier arguably. But I wanted to be above it. Well, not I’m not. I posted this pic of the women I most admire. As a playful tribute to my wife who I’m proud of in endless ways,” Consuelos began. “She works extremely hard in her professional life and her commitment to exercise, healthy diet is admirable and the benefits show. Yes she’s wearing a bikini at age 47 and will no doubt wear one for many years to come. If that offends you in some way, if it triggers you, or some other psychosis you’re suffering from, I suggest you get over it and get used to it. To all the males that had something negative to say. I suggest you bring it up with me if ever I’m lucky enough to run into you. I’m going to get back to my vacation now … thanks for allowing me to express myself.”

He added a second comment directed at Ripa as well: “I love you @kellyripa… keep killing it.”

We have a feeling bodyshamers will think twice the next time they want to disparage the hardworking host.

Boy With Cancer Who Took Picture With MLB Star Reunites With Him 13 Years Later as a Dodger

When Devin Smeltzer was just 9 years old, the young Philadelphia Phillies fan found himself frequently feeling the urge to go to the bathroom. Doctors would soon find a grapefruit-sized tumor pressing against his bladder, and he was diagnosed with cancer just a month before his 10th birthday.

Smeltzer, who started playing baseball when he was just 4 years old, found a bit of happiness while going through treatment when he was able to take to the field. The game of baseball gave Smeltzer a feeling of normalcy as going to crowded places like school and church were taken away because of his compromised immune system, he told Spectrum Sportsnet.

Smeltzer got his chance to mingle with major league players in 2006 when he visited Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the home of his favorite MLB team. It was there that Smeltzer—who, at that point, had lost his hair due to chemotherapy and radiation treatment for his pelvic rhabdomyosarcoma—was able to spend time with two of the Phillies’ players, pitcher Cole Hamels, and second-baseman, Chase Utley. A picture was taken of Utley signing his autograph on a Phillies hat for an eager Smeltzer, who was then a patient at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

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“The picture of me and Chase has been in the living room for a long time,” Smeltzer, 22, told the news outlet. “When I go back home, it’s always very humbling to see that picture because of where I’m at today. It’s crazy to believe that I was going through such a hard time at such a young age, and how far I’ve grown.”

In the years since, Smeltzer has maintained his love of baseball, and continued playing the game when he entered college. In 2016, he was selected in the fifth round of the MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his cancer is now in remission, according to the LA Daily News. A year before Smeltzer’s selection in the draft, Chase Utley was traded from the Phillies to the Dodgers, where he has played ever since.

Smeltzer has since been a pitcher in the Dodgers’ farm system in the minor leagues, and during spring training this year, the team brought him into the clubhouse where manager Dave Roberts had the picture of Smeltzer and Utley in hand.

After telling the team Smeltzer’s unlikely story, Utley and the pitching prospect had a chance to reunite, more than a decade after taking their picture together in Philadelphia.

“I was able to play through it,” Smeltzer said to Utley in the Dodgers clubhouse. “I just wanted to thank you for everything you did. It means a lot.”

Smeltzer is now leading a campaign to raise funds for Katie’s Krusaders, an organization that provides financial and personal support for kids with cancer or other childhood diseases. He hopes to raise money for every strikeout he throws this season, so he can help other children who are in the same position he once was.

“It’s a pretty special and unique story with Devin,” Utley told Sportsnet of Smeltzer. “I can’t even imagine what he was going through, what his parents were going through… Hopefully, at some point, he’ll be pitching at Dodger Stadium.”

Anne Hathaway Reveals She's Gaining Weight—and Preemptively Shuts Down Body Shamers

Anne Hathaway has a message for any future body shamers: don’t bother.

The actress, 35, posted on Instagram that she’s purposefully gaining weight for a new movie role, and that any critics have no need to comment on how she looks.

“I am gaining weight for a movie role and it is going well,” Hathaway captioned her post, which included a video of her workout. “To all the people who are going to fat shame me in the upcoming months, it’s not me, it’s you. Peace xx.”

She also added a cheeky note that she wanted to set her workout video to the Queen song “Fat Bottomed Girls” — “but copyright said no,” she explained.

In the video, Hathaway runs through an intense-looking routine of bench presses, ab work, push-ups and more.

Hathaway is mom to son Jonathan, 2, and has previously spoken out about body image, as well as the unnecessary pressure on new mothers to lose baby weight.

“There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all). There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer’s are just too dang short for this summer’s thighs,” she wrote on Instagram in August 2016. “Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It’s all love (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.).”

And after posting that body-positive message, Hathaway spoke to PEOPLE about learning to appreciate her new, post-baby shape.

“I think shape is an ongoing thing in everybody’s life,” she said in September 2016. “I’m not trying to recapture something that was. I’m going with what it is now.”

“Some things I guess are the same as they were, and other things are a little bit different. I’m just so proud of what the changes signify,” she continued. “So, there’s no rush to do anything. I’m so happy being here.”

Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Daughter Jasmine's Health Scare: She 'Had a Problem Breathing'

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s daughter Jasmine Lia has a clean bill of health now, but things “got a little hairy” early last month.

The Rampage star got candid with Extra about the incident, speaking to Mario Lopez about what sparked the family’s trip to the emergency room: “a croupy cough” that led to something a little more panic-inducing.

“So we experienced that, and then she also had a problem breathing in that moment … it got a little hairy,” Johnson, 45, told Lopez Wednesday at the Los Angeles premiere of his new monster flick. “Called 911. LAFD came so quick and I was very proud of them and very grateful for them, too.”

“She’s great,” he added of his the 2-year-old is doing now. “She’s really good.”

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The Fate of the Furious actor revealed in an Instagram video on March 6 that Jasmine had been taken to the emergency room that previous Saturday night.

“This past Saturday night something happened to me and my family that I would never want to happen to any of you guys out there,” he said in the video, which he took at the gym.

“Of course, emergencies do happen. We were up all night in the emergency room, we had something scary that happened to our little baby girl Jasmine — she’s okay now! — thank God,” Johnson added.

Jasmine is certainly back to her old self, slinging opinions about her little sister on the way — namely, that she’s not a fan of the situation.

“Out of the blue, about a week and a half ago, we were eating breakfast … and I mean, out of the blue, we have her cartoons on, she’s eating, she looks up and she goes, ‘I don’t want a baby sister,’ ” Johnson said during a Tuesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Firm, direct eye contact, and that was it.”

His response? ” ‘Okay, sure, great. Great. We’ll talk about it, let’s finish your breakfast and we’ll talk,’ ” the star recalled of his reply. “So I’m in trouble.”

Rampage opens April 13 in theaters nationwide.

10 Foods To Eat For Healthier Hair

It’s easy to run to the nearest beauty salon when your locks look dull or feel lifeless – but there are actually some natural solutions you can work into your routine from your very own kitchen.

Overall hair health, including strength and appearance, has been linked to the foods you’re eating. The basis of healthy hair starts with each strand’s individual composition, which can directly be influenced by the nutrients you may (or may not) be consuming.

Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, told Health that nutrients naturally found in some foods can influence the state of your keratin levels, the protein that makes up the composition of your hair and nails.

The key to hair production is protein and blood flow – the American Academy of Dermatology breaks down how each strand of hair begins to grow in the follicle, and it all starts with the root of your hair, which is made up of cells from protein. Your blood flow circulates across your scalp, supporting the root of each hair follicle, helping each strand to grow out fully over time. In addition to a myriad of other health issues, a lack of protein and poor blood circulation could affect how your own hair grows.

It might be tempting to seek out a short-term solution, but the secret to truly healthy hair lies in foods loaded with protein and nutrients that help restore strength and thickness to your locks.

Here’s a list of hair-strengthening foods and a few great ways to work them into your daily menu:


These nuts are full of shorter-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics say are officially known as alpha-linolenic (ALA) acids. These omega-3 fatty acids help keep your hair sleek and hydrated as they reduce inflammation in your scalp and provide natural moisturizers in each follicle, Health reports.

Try this: Pan-Seared Salmon with Pear and Walnut Spinach Salad


Foods full of antioxidants and zinc, like oysters, can help restore the fullness to your hair as well as overall shine, according to Health. If you’re not a big fan of oysters, you might try increasing red meat consumption instead – but moderation is still key.

Try this: Roasted Oysters with Lemon-Anise Stuffing


Vitamin C is necessary for your body to maintain its protein levels, including the proteins used in the creation of your hair follicles. A cup of strawberries is only 49 calories and delivers 149 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Looking for other sources of vitamin C? Many citrus fruits will do the trick, as well as the equally powerful guava.

Try this: Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Pecans


There’s a reason why the American Heart Association recommends two servings of oily fish, like salmon, each week. Salmon is enriched with omega-3 fatty acids that help maintain your scalp’s oil levels by improving heart health and blood flow, which can directly affect the hydration of your hair. Unlike walnuts, the kind of omega-3s found in salmon are long-chain fatty acids known as eicosapetaenoic acids (EPA) and docosahexaeonic acids (DHA). If your hair is feeling particularly dull or lackluster, salmon is a wholesome ingredient to consider consuming on a more frequent basis.

Try this: Sautéed Salmon with Citrus Salsa

Whey Protein

Without sufficient protein in your system, Health says your hair can enter what’s known as a “resting phase” which can result in noticeable hair loss. If you’re feeling like your mane is thinner than usual, your protein consumption might be lacking. Try tossing some whey protein powder into your morning smoothie for an easy, no-cook way to boost your protein.

Try this: Berry Green Smoothie


Biotin is another important vitamin that can help your hair grow longer and stronger. The National Institute of Health recommends that adults seek out biotin vitamins attached to natural proteins and points to protein-rich items, including legumes such as chickpeas, black beans, and lentils.

Try this: Chickpea “Meatballs” with Crunchy Romaine Salad

Brown Rice and Quinoa

Other essential vitamins for Rapunzel-esque hair include niacin as well as vitamins B6 and B12, all found naturally in whole grains. The University of Maryland’s Medical Center points to niacin’s ability to improve circulation in the bloodstream, a must for the healthy growth of individual hair strands.

Try this: Quinoa Bowl with Avocado and Egg


Eggs pack a one-two punch of proteins and biotin – a hearty breakfast could be a great way to ensure your body is producing sufficient keratin.

Try this: Half-Moon Browned Omelet


A big cause of hair imperfections and even hair loss, according to the Mayo Clinic, is simple – stress. If you’re continually stressed out, there’s a good chance your hair will be the first to show it. To aid your body in fighting stress, the University of Kansas’ School of Medicine recommends seeking out foods that are high in magnesium, the element that makes up the structure of your teeth and bones and helps keep muscles relaxed and blood pressure low. The National Institute of Health shares that an ounce of almonds can provide you with up to 20 percent of your recommended daily value of magnesium – leafy greens and whole grains are also great sources.

Try This: Avocado and Almond Leafy Salad


Another cause of thin and weak hair is iron deficiency. Many people with low iron turn to supplements, but you can actually find iron naturally in red meat, says the National Institute of Health. Other sources of iron include leafy greens, beans, and iron-fortified cereals and breads.

Try this: Slow-Cooker Thai Beef Curry

When changing your diet isn’t enough, adding a conditioning treatment can help strengthen, soften, and smooth your hair—from the inside out. Here are four products we love.

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

Deeply conditions with argan oil and anti-breakage ingredients that help improve strands’ flexibility. Can be used daily or weekly and works in less than five minutes. $15,

The Ultimate One Repair Mask

This luxurious mask from hair genius Frédéric Fekkai helps deliver less breakage after just one use. It mends split ends and shields against environmental stressors—plus, it smells amazing. $42,

Oribe Gold Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment

It may feel odd to add a treatment before you cleanse, but this product helps deeply hydrate, nixes frizz, and improves elasticity without weighing hair down. $68,

Budget pick: Garnier Fructis Treat Hair Masks

This is a one-stop shop: Use it as a hair mask, conditioner, or even as a leave-in treatment. Available in five different “flavors,” each delivering specialized results. $4.50,


Lin-Manuel Miranda has contracted . In a tweet posted on Thursday, the Moana composer explained his diagnosis and treatment plan.

“Hey, cool story,” he wrote. “This isn’t a migraine, it’s shingles! Caught it early, quarantined away from the baby, in a Phantom mask til further notice.”

Miranda first started talking about his symptoms earlier this week, complaining that he was experiencing the “worst migraine of [his] life.”

A headache can be one of many initial symptoms of shingles, but signs that you have this painful infection can appear in stages. Some people, like Miranda, experience symptoms of a viral infection, such as headache, fever, chills, fatigue, or nausea. Others may feel tingling pain or sensitivity across a band of skin, usually on one side of the body. Sometime between a few days and two weeks later, a red rash forms on the skin. This rash can look like  that eventually erupt into fluid-filled blisters that ooze before drying out and crusting over. It’s as unpleasant as it sounds; Health writer Amanda Macmillan, who developed the infection last year at age 34, called it “the worst pain I’ve ever felt.”

Shingles is . Sound familiar? That’s because the first time you contract this virus, usually as a child, you develop chickenpox. If the virus reawakens later in life, it’s considered shingles. Although we don’t know exactly why some people suddenly develop the virus a second time, it’s more likely to flare in those with weakened immune systems and people over age 60 (Miranda is 38). Most people usually contract shingles just once, but it is possible to get it a second or third time. And while there is a vaccine to prevent shingles, it’s usually recommended for people 60 and older.

And while it’s heartbreaking that the new dad can’t see his eight-week-old son Francisco, it’s probably for the best that he has quarantined himself: People with shingles are advised to stay away from premature or low birth weight infants until the rash has developed crusts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While you can’t pass shingles to another person, you can give them chickenpox if they haven’t had it before.

To treat his shingles, Miranda has most likely been prescribed antiviral medication—and hopefully, since he says he caught it early, he’ll be able to shorten the duration of the rash. Doctors may also recommend that shingles patients pop some Advil or Tylenol, since over-the-counter or prescription pain-relief medicines as well as topical numbing agents may help ease pain.

Shingles episodes typically last two to six weeks, and it can take five to 10 days for the blisters to dry out and form scabs. We’re wishing Miranda a speedy recovery so he can return to his new dad duties soon.

'Sleepy Stormi': Kylie Jenner Shares Photos of Her 9

Keeping Up with … Stormi!

Kylie Jenner shared new photos of her 9-week-old daughter on Instagram Story Thursday during a walk with the father of her child and rapper boyfriend, Travis Scott. “Sleepy Stormi,” the proud mom, 20, captioned one of two pictures that showed her baby girl napping in her stroller.

“Walk w mommy & daddy,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star captioned the other photo of Stormi looking at the camera.

Jenner and Scott, 25, welcomed their first child on Feb. 1 and announced the birth in a statement on Twitter and Instagram, as well as a video, titled “To Our Daughter,” shared on YouTube.

Stormi Webster

Stormi’s $400 PIPA lite lx car seat by Nuna is one of her parents’ go-to baby accessories, including a tricked-out pink stroller from CYBEX by Jeremy Scott. A source previously told PEOPLE that Jenner owns a pink version, boasting a pattern featuring cherubs, dollar signs, gold wheels and gold wings. According to the collection’s website, the three-in-one Priam stroller system comes complete with a carrycot and car seat.

The family walk is the latest photo of Stormi that Jenner has shared since Easter, when the trio celebrated the holiday with the KUWTK star’s siblings, momager Kris Jenner and friends.

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Stormi Webster

In a series of Snapchats on Sunday, Stormi couldn’t keep her eyes off her father as he held her and gave her a kiss on the cheek. Another video showed the baby cuddling up in his arms.

Other footage showed Scott holding Stormi facing him while Jenner cozied up beside him and reached out to lovingly stroke their daughter’s head.

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The couple, who has been dating since April 2017, is not yet contemplating getting engaged.

“It’s not anything that Kylie seems to be focused on,” an insider previously told PEOPLE.

However, the new mom has been sporting a symbol of their relationship — a diamond ring on her left ring finger with the initials “JW,” for Scott’s birth name, Jacques Webster.

Mom of Toddler Who Is Allergic to Water Says Her Condition Is 'Getting Worse'

The mother of the 21-month-old Minnesota toddler who has a rare and serious allergy to water says that while her daughter’s condition is worsening, she’s “grateful” for the dozens of people who have supported her daughter since the family first opened up about their story earlier this year.

In October 2017, Ivy Angerman, of Hastings, Minnesota, was diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria, a rare condition in which urticaria [hives] develop rapidly after the skin comes in contact with water, regardless of its temperature, according to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center.

“It’s something we still can’t wrap our heads around,” Ivy’s mother, Brittany Angerman, told PEOPLE in February. “It’s just heartbreaking.”

Everything from Ivy’s own tears to her sweat can cause a reaction. Brittany says even touching snow (something the family has had a lot of this winter in Minnesota) will make her daughter break out in hives.

The reaction can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, but if she takes an antihistamine — her only treatment — the reaction time is less. Brittany says the hives her daughter experiences have recently begun to feel hotter — Ivy is also starting to say how “hot” they are now.

“She used to love bath time and wanted to play in the snow,” she says of Ivy, who was diagnosed eight months ago. “But now she hides and doesn’t want to go into the bathroom or outside.”

For now, Ivy’s reactions happen after direct contact with water, but Brittany is frightened she could become allergic internally one day.

“There are so many unknowns,” she says. “It cause a lot of stress, but we get through it because we have to focus on Ivy.”

The lease on Angerman’s house — which was built in 1901 and needs major improvements— is up this month and the family is in a race against time to find a new home that has air conditioning and a better water system. Brittany is already dreading the warm weather that’s coming because the hot sun will cause her daughter to sweat, which will result in even more rashes and blisters.

Seeing her daughter afraid of her own body breaks her heart and makes her feel helpless, says Brittany. But creating a GoFundMe page and seeing the support they’ve received from strangers has raised her family’s spirits. They’re still hoping to raise money for a new home that will be better suited for Ivy.

“We can’t put into words how happy it makes us to know that strangers care,” she says. “It makes you realize how there are a lot of good people in this world.”

Brittany, 27, and her husband, Dan, 31, a truck driver, are also in awe of the 300 people who have written them offering words of encouragement and advice on what might help Ivy.

“People really want her to get better,” says Brittany. “We have a list of everyone’s suggestions that we are starting to try.”

The couple went from being able to give Ivy a bath twice a week to just once a week now. Her bedroom, which is on the top floor of the house, gets so hot that she’s starting to break out in hives in the middle of the night.

“She starts to kick under the covers like something is on her,” says Brittany. “It’s so hard to watch.”

One of the parents’ biggest struggles is trying to keep the almost 2-year-old calm so she doesn’t cry and create tears.

“The more she cries, the worse the reaction is,” she says, “but she’s too young to understand that.”

Brittany adds: “We don’t know what will happen, but we thank everyone for their support. It means the world. We don’t feel like we’re in this alone.”