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Metro.co.uk: News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro

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    Puntarenas, in Costa Rica. It’s pretty nice (Picture: Getty)

    Whether its beaches, jungle, hiking or adventure sports that you’re into, Costa Rica is pretty high up on many a travel bucket list.

    You’re going to find what you want in this small but perfectly formed Central American country.

    From ziplining in Monteverde, to marvelling at the white sand and verdant rainforest in Corcovardo National Park, Costa Rica has entertainment and enticement for all sorts.

    Brush up on your Spanish and dig out your hiking boots: here are seven things to know before you go to Costa Rica.

    Pura vida is not just a catch phrase, it’s the answer to everything

    Costa Rica’s famous slogan translates literally as ‘pure… Read the full story


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    A 26-year-old student who said she planned to sell her virginity to the highest bidder has found the guy to pay the price.

    Jasmin has chosen a ‘Hollywood actor’ from Los Angeles, who’s offered €1.2million (£1,046,216) for the honour of taking her virginity.

    By which we mean having sex with someone who claims to not have had sex before, because while virginity is an outdated social construct, there are still those who value it very highly.

    And why not make the most of that, if you’re in need… Read the full story


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    Metro Illustrations: If you're thinking about cheating, give this a read first
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    Infidelity can tear apart relationships.

    It feels like the biggest betrayal to be lied to in general, but when sex and love are mixed in, things get a lot less rational.

    There’s a reason we describe certain feelings as being a gut-punch or say we got a lump in our throat. It sometimes physically hurts to find out someone has been going behind your back.

    My recent experience of being cheated on had me going through a real rollercoaster of emotions. If you’ve just found out something you perhaps didn’t want to, here are the… Read the full story


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    Christian Riel, 24, was so inspired by his childhood favourite film The Little Mermaid that he decided to make his own sleek mermaid tail.

    Now Christian, from Florida, spends his spare time splashing about in his pool, wearing his custom-made, golden tail for which he paid £1,120.

    The college student regularly relaxes in the bathtub in the get up and even takes it for a dip in the ocean.

    ‘Disney’s Little Mermaid made me discover my love for the ocean and the sea,’ he explained.


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    Every day for the past month, I’ve received missives from PRs telling me how to enjoy a guilt-free Easter.

    In order to avoid burning in a firey pit of calories, you’ve got to calculate how many star jumps it’d take to burn off a Creme Egg. If you don’t want to end up in a never-ending spiral of shame, you’re best off avoiding larger chocolate creations or simnel cake and sticking with say, a boiled egg.

    Waitrose’s avocado Easter egg might look like a salad item but – shock horror – it contains 1,350 calories. That’s more than half of most women’s recommended daily allowance. The shame of buying it! The… Read the full story


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    Panama is often seen as a sort of in-between place, right on the cusp of South and Central America.

    Perhaps a place to stop over; a starting point to get your bearings or a crash pad before you fly back home from an extended Latin America trip.

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    There’s more to Panama than meets the eye. With generally great weather, diverse geography, and friendly people, it’s worth checking out as a destination in itself.

    Here are six things you need to know before you go.

    It has two independence days

    Panama achieved sovereignty… Read the full story


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    A trip to A&E: The one first no parent prepares for Baby parent crying sad child children unwell sick ill (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)
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    Becoming a new parent brings endless ‘firsts’.

    5 things new dads automatically get used to, from projectile pooping to sleepless nights

    From their first smile to their first words, the first time they crawl to their first steps, there are so many exciting times ahead when your bundle of joy first arrives.

    Heck, you even prepare for the first stinky nappy change.

    You may not look forward to it, but you know it’s going to… Read the full story


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    You might joke that you can eat your body weight in chocolate.

    But now Cadbury World has pretty much made that a real possibility. Well, almost.

    Ahead of the holidays, the famous chocolate brand has created a three feet tall, giant Easter egg which weighs roughly that of a 13-year-old boy, at seven stone.


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    Stefani Giraldi, from Italy, had her first baby at 37, and her second child at 39. For some reason, people think that’s a reason to make comments about her personal choices, like breastfeeding.

    When she was nourishing her three-year-old in public, Stefanie was shocked to hear two women in their 30s say she was ‘too old to breastfeed’ and discuss the dangers of ‘older’ milk on the child.

    So Stefani hit back at them, turning to face them and saying: ‘By the way, I am 44 years old, 45 next June and my milk is perfect!’

    It was priceless, she said.


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    Digital nomads: those mythical, magical people who travel around the world while working on their laptop.

    Designing websites while sipping mojitos on the beach. Running a blog from their swanky hotel room. Setting up their camper van with portable wi-fi and working from the road.

    4 actually realistic ways you can afford to travel more

    Well, it’s not just a myth.

    Of course only the highlights appear on social media: not the hard work, the constant battle for good internet connection, and the difficulties of balancing working with travel.

    But it’s still the case that there are people who do this.

    For their job. Permanently.

    If you’re… Read the full story


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    We’re very lucky here in the UK. If we need help with our mental health, we can access it for free.

    The length of time it takes for us to get this treatment, however, can run into the months and for some, even years.

    It seems that to bridge that gap, more and more people are taking matters into their own hands and buying drugs online or on the street to ease the pain.

    Self-medicating is nothing new – in fact, it can be done with alcohol, food, or otherwise legal substances – but the proliferation of benzodiazepines (particularly Xanax) is a worrying trend.

    Vice’s recent documentary Xanxiety looked at the… Read the full story


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    It can be a scary experience (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    You wake up, it’s 5am and you curse the fact you’ve been roused hours before you need to be up.

    Laying in bed, you suddenly realise you’re not alone in your room.

    From your position you can see a figure, loitering in the corner, watching you.

    You suddenly try and scramble up, ready to fight this intruder, except, you can’t.

    You open your mouth to scream because your body has temporarily failed you, but your voice isn’t working either, and the figure is now skulking towards your bed.

    Utterly petrified as the figure bears down on you, you resign yourself to the fact this… Read the full story


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    I never look this happy in the rain on the school run (Picture: Zero Creatives/Getty)

    If you have ever done the school run for any extended amount of time, you will be certain of one thing.

    There will be sun shining down in a deep blue sky all day and then 3pm comes along and bam!

    Grey clouds roll in, it starts to spit and before long you are drenched through waiting outside your son or daughter’s classroom, perhaps trying to shelter under one of those tiny child-sized umbrellas which provide zero protection.

    This will definitely happen on the days you decide to leave the car at home, forget your umbrella or have to bring home a… Read the full story


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    Getting better series: I don't know what to talk about in therapy
    When you’re single, people want to know why (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    One day, I was talking to an old colleague of mine who was known to obsess over finding a boyfriend.

    Our conversations would occasionally veer towards fashion, food or plans for the weekend, but they would always revert back to whether her most recent Tinder date could be ‘the one.’

    My colleague, let’s call her Andrea, seemed to always find it strange that I wasn’t obsessing too.

    And when I said I wasn’t looking for a boyfriend, she looked at me as though I had spontaneously grown three heads.

    ‘You… Read the full story


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    There can’t be many brides-to-be who don’t try and slim down or tone up for their big day.

    Dresses are bought in aspirational sizes, PTs are called in and the race to look the picture of lace-clad slender health begins.

    These days, however, starting a pre-wedding blitz is considered to be already too late.

    Because everyone’s now trying to get into ‘proposal shape’ – looking their best when the question is popped.

    If that seems ludicrously presumptuous, just look at how public proposals are these days.

    Proposal photos can cost big bucks so it makes sense that you look fly AF in them, particularly if you plan on having them hung up in your flat forever and ever. If you just take them yourself, chances are that you’ll upload them to Instagram for the world to see. That moment is the biggest event in a couple’s online history before the actual wedding.

    In some ways, it’s almost bigger than the wedding because it’s a chance for… Read the full story


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    Heart disease – or CHD as it’s known – is one of the UK’s big killers.

    That means if you experience symptoms like chest pain, struggling to breathe, or palpitations, it’s best to get it looked at right away.

    There are also other ways doctors can diagnose CHD, though, and one of them is called Frank’s Sign.

    It’s named after pulmonologist Dr Sanders T. Frank, who first noted the correlation between people with coronary heart disease and a crease on one or both of their earlobes.

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    The crease typically starts at the tragus and goes across the lobe, in some cases looking like the hole left… Read the full story


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    An ice cream shop has come under raging fire for what a select group of Christian people describe as blasphemy and satanism.

    Sweet Jesus is an ice cream store based in Toronto that serves all kinds of dairy-based deliciousness.

    We’re talking shakes topped with pretzels and caramel, s’mores hot chocolate, and red velvet ice cream cakes.

    All of which sound absolutely delightful. There’s just one little issue: What those delicious treats are called.

    Alongside the store’s name, Sweet Jesus, the ice cream shop has angered some Christians by naming one flavour of ice cream ‘red rapture’.

    The branding for Sweet Jesus also involves an upside down cross.

    Read the full story


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    You know that feel when you’re pumped, with adrenaline popping as you move from one thrilling ride to the other at a theme park?

    There’s one thing holding us back from that exhilaration, apparently – the bother of our phones running out of juice.

    So the scientists at Queen Mary University of London got their thinking caps on and developed an on-park charging unit, harvesting energy from vibrations from your screams.

    It’ll be available at Thorpe Park this Easter as they launch the UK’s first rollercoaster – The Walking Dead: The Ride –  which charges your phone while you, naturally, scream as loudly as possible.


    Thorpe Park rollercoaster charges phones with your screamsThorpe Park rollercoaster charges phones with your screamsfaimabakar1EDITORIAL USE ONLY The screamometer part of The Walking Dead: The Ride, which is the first ever rollercoaster that can charge mobile devices with the screams of its guests and vibrations from the experience, at THORPE PARK Resort in Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2018. Research has found that running out of battery life on phones is the biggest phobia for nearly three-quarters of millennials. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA WireEDITORIAL USE ONLY A visitor plugs in their mobile to the charging unit ahead of enjoying The Walking Dead: The Ride, which is the first ever rollercoaster that can charge mobile devices with the screams of its guests and vibrations from the experience, at THORPE PARK Resort in Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2018. Research has found that running out of battery life on phones is the biggest phobia for nearly three-quarters of millennials. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA WireEDITORIAL USE ONLY Kimberly Wyatt and Max Rogers visit THORPE PARK Resort to try its newest attraction The Walking Dead: The Ride, the UK???s first rollercoaster that charges mobile devices with the screams of its guests and vibrations from the experience, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2018. Research has found that running out of battery life on phones is the biggest phobia for nearly three-quarters of millennials. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA WireEDITORIAL USE ONLY The screamometer part of The Walking Dead: The Ride, which is the first ever rollercoaster that can charge mobile devices with the screams of its guests and vibrations from the experience, at THORPE PARK Resort in Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2018. Research has found that running out of battery life on phones is the biggest phobia for nearly three-quarters of millennials. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA WireThorpe Park rollercoaster charges phones with your screamsThorpe Park rollercoaster charges phones with your screamsfaimabakar1EDITORIAL USE ONLY The screamometer part of The Walking Dead: The Ride, which is the first ever rollercoaster that can charge mobile devices with the screams of its guests and vibrations from the experience, at THORPE PARK Resort in Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2018. Research has found that running out of battery life on phones is the biggest phobia for nearly three-quarters of millennials. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA WireEDITORIAL USE ONLY A visitor plugs in their mobile to the charging unit ahead of enjoying The Walking Dead: The Ride, which is the first ever rollercoaster that can charge mobile devices with the screams of its guests and vibrations from the experience, at THORPE PARK Resort in Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2018. Research has found that running out of battery life on phones is the biggest phobia for nearly three-quarters of millennials. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA WireEDITORIAL USE ONLY Kimberly Wyatt and Max Rogers visit THORPE PARK Resort to try its newest attraction The Walking Dead: The Ride, the UK???s first rollercoaster that charges mobile devices with the screams of its guests and vibrations from the experience, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2018. Research has found that running out of battery life on phones is the biggest phobia for nearly three-quarters of millennials. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA WireEDITORIAL USE ONLY The screamometer part of The Walking Dead: The Ride, which is the first ever rollercoaster that can charge mobile devices with the screams of its guests and vibrations from the experience, at THORPE PARK Resort in Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 26, 2018. Research has found that running out of battery life on phones is the biggest phobia for nearly three-quarters of millennials. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

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    You exercise.

    You try not to eat anything heavy after 8pm.

    You don’t sit down when travelling on the train because you’re stationed at your desk all day. And you generally do other forms of physical activities to get your heart rate going.

    So when your head hits the pillow, you should conk out straight away, right?

    In an ideal world, maybe. But the truth of the matter is, if you’ve had a particularly exciting day or done a lot of physical exertion, you won’t always fall into bed, ready for a night of delicious, uninterrupted sleep.

    So why do our bodies betray us and keep us away from dozing… Read the full story


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    If you were a kid who had sandwiches for packed lunch, the chances are that you were told to eat the crusts.

    Why? Because, your dad insisted, that’s where the real goodness in a sandwich lies. That’s the bit that makes your hair curl and the part that contains all the fibre.

    Except…it’s not.

    CNN asked Wesley Delbridge, a registered dietitian nutritionist who has taught food science for over 10 years at Arizona State University whether bread crust was more nutritious than its inner crumb.

    ‘I would say the answer is not necessarily,’ he says.

    ‘If you ask parents, a large percentage will say the bread crust is healthier … but… Read the full story


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