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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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.”

British Airways Tests ‘Happiness Blanket’ to Measure In

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British Airways knows the importance of a “good flight’s sleep,” which is why they began testing its ‘Happiness Blanket’ on passengers last week. Volunteers on board the BA189 Dreamliner service from Heathrow to New York were among the first to try out the hi-tech throw woven with neurosensors and fiber optics to monitor a user’s relaxation patterns.

The custom sleep blankets change color to reflect different levels of brainwave activity; when a tense user starts to unwind, the glowing fabric fades from red to blue. The airline plans to use the transatlantic studies to optimize in-flight relaxation and lessen post-flight jet lag by changing aspects of service and cabin details. Such research could affect anything from meal timing and entertainment options to seat positioning and brightness.

This isn’t their only attempt at helping travelers catch more ZZZZZs—last week British Airways also announced the introduction of ‘Slow TV,’ wallpaper-style programming designed to lull viewers to sleep. Passengers can choose to watch footage of the hypnotic seven-hour train ride from Bergen to Oslo, Norway. BA was also the first airline to have full flat-bed seats in business class. Let’s hope this new technology makes it that much easier to reset your body clock abroad.

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5 Earpieces That Will Make You Want to Answer All Your Calls

Who has the luxury of doing one thing at a time any more? The last time you were able to give a phone conversation your complete undivided attention was probably ages ago. Fortunately, with the help of a headset, you can chat away—without breaking your neck—while you prep dinner, go for a walk, or scroll Twitter (for when you’re on hold, of course).

Plus, if you’re super cautious and you want to separate your head from the radio waves it emits, these are helpful for that, too. (As long as you know the health risks of cell phones are still extremely unclear, and most experts say the effects, if any, are likely negligible.)

All things considered, these headpieces are still pretty nifty. Check ’em out.

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So Seamless

The sleek Jawbone ERA ($100, amazon.com) attaches to the natural contour of your ear, providing the ultimate in comfort. For an extra $4, pick up its super cute carrying case ($4, amazon.com)

Pink Noise

Link the Sony Bluetooth Headset ($35, amazon.com) to your smartphone so you can easily take a call from your best gal pal or jam to your favorite tunes; use the bold-colored clip-on remote to adjust the volume.

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Rain Dance

Don’t let a downpour prevent you from taking that important call from a potential employer—the BlueAnt PUMP HD Wireless Bluetooth headphones ($130; amazon.com) are water resistant so it’s OK if they get a little wet.

Gold Digger

The Mini503 Universal Stylish Stereo Hi-Fi Bluetooth Headsets with Mic ($16; tmart.com) blocks unnecessary noise to ensure that you can hear all of your friends’ dirty little secrets. What’s more, they allow you to stream music wirelessly.

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Wild Child

You’ll make a statement when you pull the retro-looking Native Union Leopard Pop Phone Handset ($30; rakuten.com) out of your purse. Plus when this stunner is on display, folks will think twice about interrupting your chat time.

Fat

Why anyone would think it’s socially acceptable to publicly criticize someone else’s body, we can’t fathom. But it happened (once again) on Friday, when for some bizarre reason, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and radio talk show host Mike Gallagher felt at liberty to critique Kelly Clarkson’s post-baby body on the air.

“Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? … Holy cow, did she blow up,” Gallagher said.

“Kelly Clarkson’s got a lovely voice,” Wallace replied. And then came this dig: “She could stay off the deep-dish pizza for a little while.”

“Well, she had a baby, but man,” Gallagher added.

Their comments quickly went viral, and later that day one of Wallace’s colleagues, Greta Van Susteren, wrote a blog post calling for Wallace to apologize. On Sunday, he did. “I admire [Clarkson’s] remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her,” he told People in a statement.

Fortunately Gallagher saw the light, too. In a long apology on his show this morning, he admitted he’d done a good deal of soul-searching over the weekend: “The story went all over the world. It’s a bizarre feeling to get Google alerts and read your name in foreign languages…I really deserve all the flack that I’ve gotten.”

He went on to say that the experience has changed him on a deep level: “It’s time that I recognize that my words can hurt people. And there is no reason to be mean-spirited or to attack somebody personally. There’s no reason to be gratuitous…I don’t want to be a person who tears people down.”

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Clarkson hasn’t commented on the incident, but on an episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show that aired Thursday, the ‘Heartbeat Song’ singer and new mom (her daughter, River, will turn one this June) reflected on the body-shaming she’s been hearing since she first appeared on American Idol 13 years ago.

“I was the biggest girl in the show too,” she recalls. “And I wasn’t big, but people would call me big. Because I was the biggest one on Idol, and I’ve kind of always gotten that.”

Clarkson, now 32, has developed the perfect perspective: “We are who we are. Whatever size. And it doesn’t mean that we’re gonna be that forever.”

Our bodies change with time, and as we pass through phases, she pointed out: “Sometimes we’re more fit. Like especially me, I’m such a creative person that I yo-yo. Sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don’t, and I’m like…’I’d rather have wine.’”

Yep, sounds familiar! As is her style, Clarkson keeps it real in the face of ignorant criticism and negativity. Tonight we’ll be raising a glass to her.

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Worst Neighbor Ever Parks in Amputee's Designated Spot, Then Leaves Ridiculously Nasty Note

About a week ago Ashley Brady pulled up to the handicapped spot in front of her Miamisburg, Ohio, apartment complex to find another car (without a handicap plate or placard) already there. The 26-year-old—who lost her right leg in an accident last year and is still getting used to her prosthetic leg—decided to leave a note for the driver.

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“I was stern and confident in what I was saying and just letting her know she doesn’t know what its like to walk around without your own leg,” Brady told local ABC station WKEF-TV. She had spent all winter carefully making her way across the parking lot, even falling a few times, before her complex finally created a designated spot for her. It’s easy to imagine why she was unhappy with a non-handicapped driver parking there. But Brady never expected the nasty response she received. See below:

Right from the start, the spot-stealer addresses her as, “Hey handicap.” Whoa. Could this person be any more terrible? The letter-writer later goes on to say, “Honey, you ain’t the only one with ‘struggles,’ you want pity, go to a one leg support group.”

Brady’s sisters posted the photo of the letter on Facebook, and from there it went viral.

The one positive out of all of this is that Brady’s experience does help raise awareness about the difficulties and discrimination those with a disability often face. As her story has spread across the web, so has support for her. “She told me to cry to someone who cares, and I went to the Internet and it turns out a lot of people care,” she said.

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What to Do If You Have a Cancer Scare

Late last month, Angelina Jolie announced that she had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes with the aim of reducing her cancer risk. In her New York Times op-ed, she noted that she had recently had a cancer scare: Her doctor was concerned about some unusual blood test results, and sent her for further scans.

“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt,” she wrote. “I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren.” Fortunately, the follow-up tests showed no signs of cancer.

Chances are at least once in your life you’ll have some sort of cancer scare—a strange mole that needs to be biopsied, a repeat mammogram, an abnormal Pap smear. In most cases, it’s nothing to worry about: “This happens every day in doctors’ offices all across America,” says Richard Wender, MD, chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society.

But it can be hard to stay calm when it’s actually happening to you. Here are five things to keep in mind:

Take a step back

Abnormal cancer screening results happen all the time: As many as 35% of women over the age of 40 report having had an abnormal Pap smear or mammogram at some point. “The most common resolution of that abnormal test is finding that you don’t have cancer,” Dr. Wender says.

Remember, the reason these tests have such high cancer-detection rates is because they screen women for any small thing—like calcification on a mammogram—that could potentially indicate cancer.

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Make sure you’re hearing your doctor

“Sometimes, when I explain a screening test result to a patient, I can sense that she’s so anxious she’s not processing what I’m saying,” says Dr. Wender. Research shows that almost half of the details remembered from a doctor’s visit are incorrect.

Don’t rely on your memory, especially at an emotional time like this. Either jot down exactly what the doctor says (and don’t be afraid to have them repeat it) or make sure a friend or family member is either in the office with you or on the phone when you speak to your physician.

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Try not to stress about additional waiting

If suspicious mammogram findings mean your doctor recommends a biopsy, don’t worry if it’s several weeks away. “Waiting three weeks will not change the prognosis and outcome at all if it does turn out to be cancer,” says Dr. Wender.

You also shouldn’t necessarily be alarmed if your doctor doesn’t recommend more invasive testing—such as a colposcopy or biopsy—and instead suggests simply returning for follow-up screening in six months.

“Oftentimes a doctor or technician will see something that doesn’t look like cancer, but they just want to double check it in a few months to be safe,” explains Dr. Wender.

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Don’t go overboard on Dr. Google

Sometimes, Google can be reassuring: “If you type in ‘abnormal pap smear’ or ‘abnormal mammogram’ or even ‘suspicious mole,’ you’ll see how common the false positive rate is,” says Dr. Wender.

But other times, you’ll just scare yourself unnecessarily. “I had a patient recently who had some tests come back suggestive of a very lethal form of uterine cancer,” recalls Dr. Wender. “When I called her, I said, ‘Don’t research it on the Internet. Just don’t do it.’ She didn’t—and six weeks later, when we learned after a surgical biopsy that the results were benign, she was tremendously relieved.”

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Ask lots of questions

If you’ve got fears, articulate them. “If you ask your doctor what the likelihood is that your test result indicates cancer, they may not have exact numbers but they should be able to respond to you in a general way, which is usually reassuring,” says Dr. Wender.

And if they brush off your worries, or refuse to answer you, it may be time to seek out another doctor—or at least get a second opinion.

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Can my fibroids ever turn into cancer?

Can my fibroids ever turn into cancer?

Don’t worry: True uterine fibroids do not develop into cancer, and having them doesn’t up your risk of the disease, either.

Fibroids arise from the uterine wall; they often appear in multiples. As many as 25 percent of reproductive-age women may get them. In certain cases, fibroids can grow very large and lead to discomfort or pain. But for many people, they remain small and slow-growing and trigger only minor symptoms, like irregular bleeding, increased urination, bloating or longer periods—if they cause symptoms at all.

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There are a variety of ways to deal with them. Many folks just wait; fibroids often go away on their own. Birth control pills help ease any bleeding or painful periods. Drugs called gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists can shrink fibroids, though they’re linked with side effects like hot flashes. If you have a lot of fibroids or large ones, though, your best option might be surgery, either a full hysterectomy or a less invasive procedure. To help you decide, your doc should consider your age, the size and number of your fibroids and whether you plan to get pregnant.

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There is a rare type of cancer called a leiomyosarcoma that can initially be mistaken for a fibroid. But the good news is that far less than 1 percent of suspected fibroids turn out to be this type of malignancy.

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Health’s medical editor, Roshini, Rajapaksa, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and co-founder of Tula Skincare.

Why Inappropriate Texting Is Officially Out of Control

People are doing it at work. They’re doing it in the car. They’re doing it in the shower. And, it turns out, in a whole lot of inappropriate places. We’re talking, of course, about texting. A new poll from Penn State Harrisburg finds that college students even admit to texting during religious services, funerals, and sex (giving a whole new meaning to the term “sexting”).

Yet as associate psychology professor Marissa Harrison, PhD, found, the people surveyed were fully aware they were doing wrong, but couldn’t resist the lure of the screen. The urge may date back to our caveman ancestors, noted Harrison, who needed to be on constant alert for behemoths.

“We are all programmed to notice movement and change,” she said in a release, “so maybe those buzzes and bells of texting, just like certain sounds that used to indicate the charging of a predator, for example, reinforce the need to find out what is going on.” Make that a very pressing need; of the 152 students surveyed, 34% said they sent and received 100 or more text messages a day.

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Hardly any parts of life are text-free anymore. Even sleep texting has become a thing; CNN has noted that Twitter users admit to nonsensical messages with the tag #sleeptexting. Alarmingly, a 2014 study from last summer found that texting while walking (aka “wexting”) can pose a significant distraction to pedestrians and leave them vulnerable to harm. The habit’s not only dangerous, it can be downright embarrassing; perhaps you’ve seen that video of the woman in a mall walking, texting, and tumbling into a water fountain.

To be sure, texting makes life easier and more fun. But, yeah, let’s keep it safe—and let’s keep some situations sacred. Your partner and dearly departed Aunt Bessie sure do deserve your undivided attention.

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How One Man’s Photos Are Celebrating Athletic Women’s Bodies

The definition of a physically fit woman is often misaligned with being super skinny and seriously lacking in muscle. But Jasper, Indiana, photographer Cory Layman is out to challenge that stereotype with his riveting photo series “Body by Derby.”

Inspired by Howard Schatz’s Athlete, Layman’s snaps feature roller derby players of different ages and sizes, highlighting the variety of body types that engage in this highly athletic sport.

“I wanted to put together a source for skaters to come to, to see what real derby bodies looked like. And, at the same time, I wanted them to have context and understanding about that body,” he told Health. “I wanted them to see bodies which were similar to themselves and see that those bodies were beautiful, and maybe, for a brief moment, understand that their own body is just as beautiful.”

While Layman’s initial goal was to impact others by promoting body confidence, he admits that his project has had a profound affect on him as well. Specifically, one woman told him she decided against getting plastic surgery after she saw his portrait of her.

“For that skater to make such a profound decision based upon my photos of her is very touching,” Layman said. “How does one really come to grips with the idea that my vision allowed someone to understand how beautiful they are? I will never claim that I am a great or acclaimed artist, I’m simply someone who’s out to photograph people and try to show them what I see.”

Here are some of Layman’s powerful images of derby athletes:

Tru D. Vicious of Cincinnati Rollergirls in Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo: Cory Layman

G-Rocket of Naptown Rollergirls in Indianapolis, Indiana

Photo: Cory Layman

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Ginger Snapped of South Bend Rollergirls in South Bend, Indiana

Photo: Cory Layman

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T.K.O. Rose of Springfield’s Queen City Roller Derby in Springfield, Missouri

Photo: Cory Layman

Chokehold Chanel of Arch Rival Rollergirls in St. Louis, Missouri

Photo: Cory Layman

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