Kavya Ashok Kumar

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What’s So Gross About Madonna? Getting Older, It Seems

Her on-stage, enforced kiss with Drake got her critics worked up again. But is Madonna’s behavior that outrageous, or is sexism at play?<p>Madonna is …

Feminism

Why 'random' shuffle feels far from random

You’re listening to music on shuffle, and an artist appears twice in a row. It feels like more than a coincidence – perhaps your music player is …

Quirky First Date Photo Recreated Exactly 20 Years Later

A memorable first date with someone is made special because of the person you're spending it with. But, having a keepsake from it can be icing on the cake. Reddit user twilling8 recently posted a photo taken 20 years ago during his first date with his now wife. It features the two dressed up in …

Dating

'I need to sit that way because of my balls' — and 5 other misguided defences of 'manspreading' on public transport

Men spreading their legs into others’ space is taking place on public transport systems all over the world. It takes many forms, some slight, others …

17 Reasons This 'Rhiannon' Clip Is the Coolest Thing in the Universe

If you want to make the case for Stevie Nicks as the most powerful American rock singer of the Seventies, here's your Exhibit A. Behold: This insane …

Music

Breathtaking Aerial Photos of New York City at Night Captured From 7,500 Feet

Renowned French American photographer Vincent Laforet embarked on the photo mission of a lifetime when he soared 7,500 feet in a helicopter above New York City to capture breathtaking aerial photos of the glittering cityscape at night. Held in only by a full-body harness, leaning out of the chopper …

Photography

Might the Fat Gene Make You Fat If You Were Born After 1942 and Received Penicillin as a Baby?

Born before 1942? If you were and also carry the gene for obesity, relax. The gene won't make you fat. Born after 1943? Yes, the gene might have a definite impact on your size. A study using information from The Framingham Heart study looked at the link between the FTO gene for obesity and actual …

Curvology: the Origins and Power of Female Body Shape by David Bainbridge, review: 'strange and sometimes worrying'

A study that seeks an evolutionary explanation for the shape of the female body raises as many questions as it answers<p>You might think that the mooted abolition of Page 3 – there may soon be no more pictures of bare-chested women in the print edition of The Sun – marks a real breakthrough in …

Coal Mining

19 Breathtaking Photos of Winter Wonderlands Around the World

We're in the middle of winter here, so what better time is it to look at some of the most breathtaking photos of the season? We've looked through the web and we've found photo after photo of photographers who've shot, not just snow or ice, but trees covered in white, lakes dotted in ice. Around the …

National Parks

Delightful Illustrations Depict R2-D2 Dressed as Other Superheroes

Fantasy worlds collide in Steve Berrington's delightful illustrations that depict Star Wars icon R2-D2 dressed up as superheroes from other realms. The lovable droid crosses Marvel, DC Comic and Lucasfilm lines to don a Superman cape, pick up Captain America's shield and try on Wonder Woman's …

Art

Climate change inaction pushes 'doomsday clock' closest to midnight since 1984

The symbolic doomsday clock moved to three minutes before midnight on Thursday because of the gathering dangers of climate change and nuclear proliferation, signalling the gravest threat to humanity since the throes of the cold war.<p>It was the closest the clock has come to midnight since 1984, when …

Climate Change

Has Miley Cyrus gone too far?

Miley Cyrus has shared a new set of controversial photos this morning shot for <i>V</i> magazine's 93rd issue.<p>So far, nothing new. Cyrus poses for …

Nomadic Adventures of a Man and His Dog Highlight Their Bond

There are few bonds greater than the love between a dog and its owner. John Stortz is an illustrator and traveler who takes his gorgeous canine called Wolf on adventures around the United States. The duo visits beautiful locales like ghost towns in Nevada, Death Valley in California, and the …

National Parks

Humanity has developed far beyond its mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging days to become technologically and culturally advanced in many aspects. From …

Space

Infographic Reveals the Second Most Spoken Language in the World

Do you know what your country or region's second language is? And if so, do you know how to speak it? The website MoveHub.com is a resource for people who want to move abroad, and they recently released this fascinating infographic that shows the popular second tongue of every region around the …

Infographics

Protest kiss-in to be held in aisles of Brighton Sainsbury’s

A group of students are to stage a mass kiss-in on Wednesday in the aisles of a Sainsbury’s store in Brighton, in protest at the treatment of two gay women who were told a customer found them “disgusting” and threatened with ejection when they shared a brief kiss.<p>Annabelle Paige, 22, an English …

Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

You shudder at a split infinitive, know when to use 'that' or 'which' and would never confuse 'less' with 'fewer' – but are these rules always right, elegant or sensible, asks linguist Steven Pinker<p>Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about …

"Heard about the evil group who control the world’s cheese? The hallouminati" Alice Jones selects the 60 best Edinburgh festival one-liners http://ind.pn/1oPEF57

Wouldn't this be a fanboy and fangirl's dream? First of all, let me just say that I'm fully aware that this is very unlikely to ever happen, but it's …

Comics

Most creative projects hit budget constraints from time to time. Whether your budget allows for little more than tinfoil saucers and rubber-suited …

Cat People

The Friends Reunion Movie. It's been through the rumour mill as many times as Joey's been through the Manhattan babe pool. It's in higher demand than …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Superheroes are a relatively new breed having been around for less than a century. They have, however, become an ingrained part of popular culture …

Comics

20. It Feels Like We Only Go Backwards - Tame Impala

Music does many things for the body and soul, it makes us want to dance, have sex, communicate, show off, feel secure, wallow, you name it... But I'd …

Tame Impala

4. Tying The Past And Present Together

After months of hype and speculation, Barry Allen, aka The Flash, made his debut last week on Arrow's latest episode 'The Scientist'. It was easily …

Ra's al Ghul

<i>"I think I'll surprise John. Pop into Baker Street, who knows? Jump out of a cake."</i> <i>"Baker Street? He isn't there anymore. It's been two years. He's</i> …

Star Trek

16. Toby Maguire - Spider-Man 3

There was once a time when leading men in Hollywood had to be triple threats: singing well, acting out of their skin and - most importantly - dancing …

Spider-Man

10. Beethoven At The Mall €“ Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Sometimes in films, there are truly great moments. There are amazing fight scenes in action movies, there are memorable one-liners in comedies, and …

Bill & Ted

10. Bowser JR - Where Did He Come From?

Who would ever have thought that behind the caps, the moustache and the many, many shouts of 'It's a me, Mario!' there lived a whole secret world of …

Retrogaming

During the month of November I watched Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets on ABC Family no less than 37 times. Early projections are showing …

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

10. Only God Forgives

Trailers aim to generate excitement. That is their sole purpose. A simple modus operandi that is the beating heart of these two-minute marvels. The …

Drums