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Should you throw out your toothbrush after you get sick?

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After you’ve been puking or sneezing up a storm for the weekend, it’s natural to be hit with the urge to do a load of laundry, tidy up your tissues, and generally clean up all evidence that you were a poorly mess in the first place.

We know to stop the spread of infection it’s wise to do that – keeping your hands clean, washing your bedsheets, and making sure the mug you’ve been sipping Lemsip from is fresh out of the dishwasher all sound like good ideas.

But does your chucking out and cleaning up process need to include your toothbrush?

If you’ve been brushing your teeth while you’ve… Read the full story

10 commuters who’ll drive you into a needless and petty internal rage

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Why is commuting such a pit of aggression? (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

‘Death,’ said Plato, ‘is not the worst that can happen to men.’

And it turns out our Ancient Greek philosophising chum was bang on (aside from disregarding an entire gender).

He envisaged more than 2,500 years in advance the horrors of an 8am journey from Clapham Common Tube station into the heart of darkness of London’s Zone 1.

You must battle the heat, the confined space and the pressure of getting into work on time. And then there’s the swarming crowds.

When faced with the tortuous circumstances of the everyday journey, the Great British commuting public become the worst kind of throng.

They’ve… Read the full story

Lacoste releases new range of polo shirts to help endangered species

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Not crocs (Credit: Lacoste, Getty)

Lacoste are known for their polo shirts.

The brand’s shirts stand out from their competitors thanks to the little green crocodile embroidered on each one.

Until now, that is.

Lacoste have partnered with the International Union for Conservation of Nature to launch a brand new range of 10 polo shirts with different endangered species replacing the iconic crocodile.

Animals featured include the Anegada ground iguana, the Californai condor and the Cao Vit gibbon, and the number of tops produced correlates with the approximate number of that species left in the wild.

How to make a snowman

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Since we don’t normally get plenty of snow here in the UK, something like how build a snowman which may seem simple can elude us.

Okay, it might be easy enough to push snow snowdrifts together and call it a snowman, but to build a real masterpiece takes work and planning.

First thing’s first, you want to have your tools at the ready.

Dress up as warm as possible, and wear gloves and appropriate shoes for being out in the snow.

Then, you’ll want some short of shovel or spade to give yourself an extra hand, and whatever accessories you’ll be dressing your creation up in.

Three people reveal what it’s like to live with body dysmorphic disorder

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This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, a week when people who have struggled with an eating disorder come together to raise awareness of several conditions including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder.

One area that can come into all eating disorders is body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance, which are often unnoticeable to others.

For instance, someone may see themselves as larger than they actually are.

People of any age can have BDD, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women.

To get… Read the full story

You can now make seriously realistic teddy replicas of your pets

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You can now clone your pet. Because it’s 2018, and why the heck not?

Thanks to Cuddle Clones, an American toy retailer, you can now recreate your pet as a toy.

While most seem to be replicating their cats and dogs, the website offers recreations of all animals – including horses.

Cuddle Clones was created by a woman named Jennifer Williams, who was lying down with her best friend, her Great Dane, Rufus, when she thought to herself: ‘It would be great to have a stuffed animal of Rufus. Not a generic stuffed animal but one that was 100% custom-made to look JUST like him’.

Richard Branson is looking for a new PA to move over to Necker Island

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Richard Branson is looking for a new PA at Virgin and you get to live on Necker Island.

Yep, you can now move over to Necker Island, a 30-hectare island in the British Virgin Island just north of Virgin Gorda – and all you have to do is land a job in admin.

The job opportunity has come up on LinkedIn.

The main responsibilities include diary and email management, general correspondence, filing and archiving, booking travel and providing cover for Richard’s PA when they’re on holiday, among a load of other admin-related tasks.

Woman whose leg stopped growing says amputation has given her a new lease of life

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A woman who hid one of her legs for two decades now has the confidence to wear dresses after making the decision to have it amputated.

For years Kristy Wimberly, 32, was embarrassed by her right leg, which had stopped growing at the same pace as her other leg when she was diagnosed with a rare spinal cord tumour, astrocytoma, at age six.

The nerves connecting her spinal cord to her leg were damaged during surgeries to remove the tumour and further compromised during a surgery to insert titanium rods in her back to treat scoliosis.

The damage to Kristy’s nerves meant the growth of her right leg was stunted,… Read the full story

This hen party is stranded in Edinburgh because of the snow

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The hen party (right) and their pal, Tash, who is stuck in Sheffield (left)(Picture: Edna McWilliams-Peggie)

The snowy weather we’ve been having has been inconvenient, to say the least.

Many of us have had to find alternative ways to work, have had travel plans cancelled and have had to endure endless cute pictures of dogs in the snow – all thanks to Beast from the East and its new buddy, Storm Emma.

It’s annoying when your brunch plans are affected, or you can’t get to yoga, but imagine if your entire hen weekend – and birthday – were about to be ruined by the snow?

Jenny Slee is turning 39… Read the full story

Eating Disorder Awareness Week: We need to be taking chew and spit seriously

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When we talk about eating disorders, there are two big ones that usually come to mind: anorexia and bulimia.

It’s great that the world is understanding both disorders more, but this ‘easy’ categorisation of disordered eating can be troubling.

So many of us think of anorexia simply as ‘not eating a lot’ and bulimia as ‘throwing up after food’, seeing these two behaviours as instant signs that we may be suffering from an eating disorder.

This means that the less obvious, lesser known, signs can go unnoticed or swept under the rug, dismissed as not ‘real eating disorders’ because they don’t fall into either of those two big… Read the full story

This artist uses clay to help manage her eating disorder

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Candy loves sculpting women ‘with lots of rolls and curves’ (Picture: Candy Ward)

Candy Ward is a ceramicist from north London, who’s been spreading body positivity via clay since 2012.

She’s known for her beautiful boob cups that promote positivity about the feminine form, but Candy’s love for clay was actually born from a dark place.

24-year-old Candy has suffered from bulimia since she was 12, but lived in denial for many years.

During her Art Foundation degree, she began to explore working with clay, and decided to do a project about obesity, taking casts of her own body, and making them into bowls and wall hangings.

‘The idea was that if… Read the full story

Burger King is selling a Twix pie and it looks delicious

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Attention, fast food lovers: Burger King has just launched a new dessert and it sounds amazing.

Burger King has just added a Twix Pie to its US menu, and once again we’re questioning why fast food chains seem to hate us UK-ers.

I mean, first the McDonald’s Big Brekkie Burger, then the share box, then the Domino’s cheesy chips and gravy and now this? It’s a total travesty.

Obviously, we’re super jealous because it looks delicious.

According to Burger King, the pie, made with Twix, features a creamy caramel whipped filling topped with crumbled pieces of Twix bars, all ‘resting on a vanilla crumb crust’. Mmm.

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Woman with hump on her neck diagnosed herself with Cushing’s disease

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A woman who lived with unexplained weight gain and debilitating symptoms is finally getting her life back on track after self-diagnosing herself with a rare condition.

33-year-old Jennifer Trujillo was experiencing weight gain and muscle loss despite training for an athletic event in 2012. She sought help from doctors, but they couldn’t identify the cause.

As time went on, the music consultant and video director, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, noticed that her hair was falling out, her skin bruised to the touch, her face was increasingly round, and her bones were becoming more fragile, with her foot breaking unexpectedly. Her blood pressure had also ‘shot up through the roof’.

These… Read the full story

Mum-of-two has made thousands selling her breast milk to strangers with fetishes

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PIC FROM Caters News - (PICTURED: Rafaela Lamprous breast milk) - A MUM-of-two is raking in thousands selling her breast milk to MEN around the world. Married Rafaela Lamprou gave birth to her son Anjelo seven months ago and was producing excess milk which she had no room to store. Since then she handed out around 17,000 ounces of breast milk to strangers who pay thousands for it.SEE CATERS COPY
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A mum-of-two is raking in thousands selling her breast milk to men around the world.

Married Rafaela Lamprou gave birth to her son Anjelo seven months ago, and was producing excess milk which she had no room to store.

Since… Read the full story

33 of the fluffiest pets on Instagram to see you through this never-ending winter

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‘Spring’, they say? I see no evidence of it.

It seems that winter is here to stay a while longer and, with gas shortages predicted and taking place, you’d be forgiven for looking elsewhere for sources of warmth.

Enter, the Fluffs Of Instagram.

These dogs, cats, bunnies and rodents aren’t just any fluffs – they are the fluffiest of fluffs and exist solely to make you want to snuggle them until Spring comes.

1. These fluffy cushions

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2. This vocal ball of cotton wool

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3. This floppy, fluffy glove

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4.… Read the full story

Forget moving in together, here are 15 REAL relationship milestones

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Moving in together isn’t the only relationship milestone (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

People mark the progress of their relationships with both time and major milestones.

metro illustrations16 signs that your boyfriend really, truly loves you

Things like moving in together, getting engaged, getting a pet – they’re all good indicators of where your relationship is.

But there are smaller, no less significant milestones that give an even better idea of what stage you’re at – like whether or not you’ve farted in front of each other yet.

(Seriously, as soon as you intentionally fart in front of your partner, you’re as good… Read the full story

Why I decided to choose reusable nappies for both my children

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Why I decided to choose reusable nappies for both my children ? 500 words (Tola) Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk
There are lots of benefits to cloth nappies (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

I am a loud and proud fluff bum mum.

For those not down with the lingo, it basically means I use reusable cloth nappies.

Sleep training: what is it and does every parent need to try it?

My love affair with the fluff started almost four years ago, when I was prepping for the birth of my first child.

I was one of those mums-to-be who wanted everything to be perfect and… Read the full story

These single parents tell us what it’s like to live with depression while raising kids

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‘You feel stigmatised and that you are a failure’ (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler)

Raising a family is a dream for many of us, but the picture-perfect image of a two-parent household is actually a lot less common than you might think.

In fact, there are about 2million single parents in the UK, which makes up nearly a quarter of families with dependent children.

If raising kids as part of a dynamic duo is difficult then going solo is a job which undoubtedly requires extra support, and this couldn’t be more important for single parents with depression.

Statistics suggest that about 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents,… Read the full story

Vegan Baileys is finally available in mainstream UK supermarkets

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Hey girl, get in my basket (Picture: Baileys)

Vegan Baileys, hey? What a ride.

Back in May 2016, Baileys launched a (seemingly) vegan, dairy-free version of their creamy liqeur in the US, called Almande.

It was made with a mix of sweet almond oil, almond essence, cane sugar, purified water, and vanilla.

Oh, and, er…beeswax. Which is definitely not vegan.

Vegans were – understandably – distraught, and good old Baileys set to work reworking the recipe, retiring the bees.

UK vegans got on the blower to US relatives, considered booking flights to the States, or just sat twiddling their thumbs, waiting patiently for the creamy drink to hit our shores.

And hit our… Read the full story

The reaction to DAME’s reusable tampon applicator proves we need more accessible period options

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Earlier this month, news broke about UK-based startup DAME and their reusable tampon applicator.

On a mission to combat the enormous amount of waste that ends up in landfill, they’re currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

Their applicator is an innovative device designed to make periods more eco-friendly even if you use tampons, which isn’t something we see every day.

Made from medical grade Mediprene and antimicrobial technology, the company describe their applicator, ‘D’, as a period product for the 21st century.

Not everyone sees it that way.

After joining the discussion about this product online I noticed many couldn’t understand the need for such an item.

Some cannot get their… Read the full story

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