ODDITIES & SOCIAL BLAH BLAHS

By Malcolm Out Loud | The latest and hotest in social blahs and those oddities that leave you shaking your head.

"Because As I Said Life Will Happen" Dr Stem

When you are living a resilient life, you are living a fulfilled life, where you know who you are and you know what is important to you. You have a …

Happiness

Social media exposes naked man posing on top of dead shark

Commentary: A photo of a man and a shark goes viral. Speculation begins as to who the man is. Suspicion falls on a famous name.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>It was the photo that stuck in many craws. A few jaws, too.<p>Here was a large, …

Man Dies After Setting Himself On Fire On Facebook Live In View Of Ex-Girlfriend

A Tennessee musician died after dousing himself in kerosene and lighting himself on fire, according to local authorities. The event was streamed on …

Crime

Humans Are Genetically Predisposed to Kill Each Other

“Step back and view our species objectively from the outside, the way a zoologist would carefully observe any other animal, or see us the way every …

Psychology

Some of the most powerful people in the US are talking about a massive change to healthcare

Once confined to the fringes of debate, the idea of single-payer healthcare is making a comeback with support from some unlikely places.<p>The single-payer healthcare is a system used by countries including Canada, France, the UK, Australia, and others that in theory provides near universal coverage …

Health Care

Having a Midlife Crisis? Surprising Reasons Why This is a Good Thing

As I approach 60 in a few weeks, I find myself wondering how my life is going to change. After all, this is supposed to be such a monumental …

Middle Age

Man asks to submit his penis as evidence in choking death of his girlfriend

Some men might embellish their penis size, but one guy in Florida is going so far as to say that his dick accidentally killed his …

Crime

These two NFL teams aren't favored to win a single game during the 2017 season

If only these two teams played each other, then someone might be favored to win<p>After taking a look at the 2017 NFL schedule, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas have decided there's two teams in the league that they really don't like this year: the Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Rams .<p>Things are so …

NFL

Percentage of teens and young children hospitalized for suicidal thoughts doubled from 2008 to 2015, study finds

From 2008 to 2015, the percentage of children ages 5 to 17 hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions more than doubled, according to data presented Sunday at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco.<p>The study, led by Gregory Plemmons, an associate professor of pediatrics …

Suicide

Another Way Facebook and Google May Be Undermining Democracy

<i>Customized news feeds reduce our exposure to divergent viewpoints, according to new research.</i><b>By Tom Jacobs</b>(Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)Google …

Fake News

The other movie on Netflix about suicide that was actually created to save lives

In one testimonial on the film’s fan site, a girl posts a picture of her forearm where she has scrawled a tribute to the lead character in ballpoint. She shares with the camera both her love for the film and a row of razor-thin scars, relics of self-harm.<p>In another, a boy named AJ writes, “This …

Netflix

13 Reasons Why Will Return to Netflix for a Second Season

Netflix’s <i>13 Reasons Why</i> is the most recent, and most divisive, Beautiful Dead Girl narrative to infiltrate American popular culture. If you haven’t …

Mental Health

This site will send your ashes to a Republican congressperson if Trumpcare kills you

Are you one of 24 million people who could lose healthcare coverage under the American Healthcare Act (AHCA)? Should the measure replace Obamacare …

Health Care

Mean stream: how YouTube prank channel DaddyOFive enraged the internet

A US couple have lost custody of their children after featuring them in allegedly abusive prank videos. They’re not the first to go too far in search of hits<p>Pranks have been a booming part of YouTube’s scene for years – but it’s a subculture prone to attracting controversy. The latest incident has …

Pranks

Mets accidentally tweeted a picture of a dildo in a player's locker and the internet noticed

Yep.<p>The New York Mets are having a disastrous start to their season, but on Friday night, they came back to beat the Miami Marlins, 8-7.<p>That called for a celebration picture on the team’s Twitter account!<p>They chose to feature T.J. Rivera, who hit a game-tying double and a home run.<p>But the picture …

Major League Baseball

The FCC Is Getting Involved In The Latest Chapter Of The #FireColbert Saga

<i>Late Show</i> host Stephen Colbert found himself in hot water on Monday night after making an off-color joke about President Donald Trump in his opening monologue, saying “the only thing your mouth is good at is being Vladimir Putin’s c*ck holster.” The joke drew criticism from people saying it was …

Stephen Colbert

The Case For Drinking Coffee Is Stronger Than Ever

There are few things more more ritualistic—and to many, more sacred—than a morning cup of joe. 64% of Americans drink at least one cup a day—a …

Coffee

It’s Not Just You—the Lowly Phone Call Is Making a Comeback

Phone calls are back.<p>I noticed this a few months ago, when I received five phone calls in the span of a single afternoon from people who said they …

Relationships

10 Mistakes Smart People Never Make Twice

Emotionally intelligent people embrace mistakes for what they are—great opportunities to learn.<p>Everybody makes mistakes—that’s a given—but we don’t always learn from them. Sometimes we make the same mistakes over and over again, fail to make any real progress, and can’t figure out why.<p><b>“Mistakes are</b> …

Self-improvement

Why Social Media Might Be Causing Depression

A study [1] published in Depression and Anxiety found that social media users are more likely to be depressed. This was just one of the huge number …

Social Media Marketing

Are You Forcing Your Life? Or Living Your Life?

There is something about law school, they say, that makes everyone a little competitive and nutty. There are horror stories of law students …

Law

Sacred Selfless – One Woman’s Journey from Abuse and Madness

There are times in our lives when we have this serendipitous moment that makes us stop and realize there is no such thing as coincidence. It was one …

Child Abuse

5 Qualities Of Highly Attractive Women

Radiant confidence is the best aphrodisiac ever. Here's how to start cultivating it....

Relationships

When Does Facebook Start To Make You Unhappy?

What people who feel bad about Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other apps have in common.<p>When it comes to app use, less is — perhaps …

Happiness

The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

Behavior

A Big Change in NSA Spying Marks a Win for American Privacy

The charter of the National Security Agency limits its powerful surveillance to the rest of the world, not US citizens. But one controversial …

Surveillance

13 documentaries on Netflix that will change the way you see the world

Documentaries have a bad reputation, and that changes now. What some perceive as a boring genre is actually a home to some of the most inspiring, …

Documentaries

165 Street Artists Took Over an Abandoned Building in Berlin, and the Results Are Wild

Part funhouse, part haunted house, and part adult ball pit filled with touchable temporary work: come visit THE HAUS.<p>What happens when 165 street artists take over a single building in Berlin? The result is a five-floor urban art labyrinth boasting the work of creators from over 70 countries. …

Street Art

Watch a Rare Drone Video of a Blue Whale Feeding

Blue whales are picky eaters. It’s not because they’re finicky about flavors; it's the meal's size that matters. The ocean giants eschew small, …

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