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Dog spends three days staring at a wall and nobody knows why

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Locals in Argentina have been left confused by a dog who’s been filmed staring at a blue wall at a bus stop for three days straight.

Nobody knows why the French mastiff-labrador cross, dubbed Chicho on social media, is constantly staring at the wall, but apparently he only takes short breaks away from it and nobody can seem to lead him away.

He was filmed in the Argentinian city of General Roca, and spends most of his time at the blue bus stop in the Stefenelli neighbourhood, where he is… Read the full story

How to recreate Meghan Markle’s wedding bouquet yourself – and at half the cost

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Picture: PA)

If you fell in love with Meghan Markle’s wedding bouquet, why not recreate it for your own wedding?

Meghan chose a delicate mix of spring blooms for her romantic bouquet, tied tightly together for a neat and full bouquet.

And whether you’re getting married yourself, you just love the bouquet and want to admire it in your own home or you fancy recreating it for… Read the full story

Why are plus-size maternity clothes so hard to find?

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As we all know, buying clothes is harder for plus-size women. 

Yes, of course there are places which make amazing plus clothing, but it’s sometimes more expensive, and lots of brands still don’t offer anything in terms of clothing over a size 14.

And, even more frustratingly, even those places with a great plus range seem to have a bit of a black spot when it comes to plus-size maternity clothing.

Maybe someone in an office somewhere has forgotten that plus-size women have babies, but a cursory look at most standard maternity ranges will tell you that if you’re bigger than a size 18, you’re going… Read the full story

The internet can’t cope with how buff this cat is

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If you’ve never seen a cat who looks like he works out at least twice a day, we’re about to change your lives forever.

One Twitter user came across an incredibly muscular cat last year.

This month, she shared a photo of the cat – and thus started an entire Twitter account dedicated to Buff Cat.

The cat is a tabby who has very broad shoulders and looks seriously buff.

Sharing a couple of photos of Buff Cat, the Twitter user wrote: ‘everyday I think about this buff cat i encountered last year’

Eating less meat & dairy is officially the best way to help the planet

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If you consider yourself a friend to the planet then the best thing you can do is skip meat and dairy, experts say. 

New research shows that if we got rid of meat and dairy consumption, farmland all over the world would be reduced by more than 75% – which is like the USA, China, European Union and Australia all put together, and still have enough farm land to feed everyone in the world.

The research also shows that meat and dairy just don’t pull their weight in terms of how much damage they do.

Meat and dairy provide only 18% of calories and 37% of… Read the full story

Who was Ali Banat, the Muslim philanthropist who recently passed away?

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Ali Banat sadly passed away after suffering from cancer for three years.

His death last week hit many people hard, particularly due to Ali’s extensive history of philanthropy.

Here’s what we know about this remarkable man.

Muslim humanitarian Ali Banat passes away from cancer MATW Project
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Ali Banat was… Read the full story

Rubble the oldest cat in Britain has just celebrated his 30th birthday

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Rubble the cat has just celebrated his 30th birthday – making him one of the oldest felines in the world, and Britain’s oldest cat.

Rubble, who lives with owner Michele Heritage, celebrated his birthday with a party at a vets in Exeter, Devon.

He was treated to some of his favourite cat food and a free checkup to mark the day.

‘He’s a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age,’ said hospital worker Michele.

Here’s what it’s like to get a bespoke fragrance made by the Queen’s perfumer

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Have you ever wondered what the Queen smells like? I’m talking about her fragrance, obviously. 

Me neither. That is, until I set foot inside Floris, the perfumer to the Queen based in London’s St James.

At present, it holds two royal warrants – one from the Queen as perfumers and one from the Prince of Wales as manufacturers of toilet preparations.

It means, potentially, you could walk into the shop and buy a perfume that the Queen is currently wearing, or stock up on soaps that Prince Charles is using in his home.

Given how tight-lipped Floris are about their royal connections – having been a royal warrant holder since the 19th century – it’s unlikely we’ll ever find out what the royal family actually buys from them, at least not from the perfumers themselves.

The rumour is, though, the Queen likes to wear the fragrance White Rose.

But I digress.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the book grownups most want to reread

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Childhood classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis has been crowned the children’s book the nation’s grown-ups most want to read again.

The fantasy novel, first published in 1950, beat titles such as Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, The Railway Children, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Animal Farm, which all appeared in the top 10.

The ranking came after sleep technology brand Simba commissioned a study in support of their Snore & Roar event in Central London with actor Bill Nighy, an evening hosted at Gladstone Library where Bill read an extract of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe to 32 adults.

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What happens when you introduce a sex doll into your relationship?

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Standing at 135cm tall, with a functioning vagina, anus, mouth, and soft-to-the-touch silicone skin, Meghan has been in Scott’s life for five years.

That’s longer than he’s known Marie, 29, his fiancée.

Marie is 29, a nurse, a mother, and engaged to Scott. Scott, 39, runs a successful business, is a father, and owns Meghan, a realistic life-sized sex doll.

Meghan had been in Scott’s life for two years before he met Marie, when she interviewed for a job at his company. At a time when he was totally immersed in his work and frustrated with the dating scene, a sex doll made perfect sense.

Once an underground taboo, sex dolls are growing in popularity at an astonishing rate. A doll like Meghan could set you back anywhere from £1,300 to in excess of £2,000, and in the UK, the sex doll market is booming, with Silicone Sex World, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of high-end sex dolls, estimating a 200% increase in sales… Read the full story

How to survive family dinner time when you are not Nigella Lawson

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Kids aren’t exactly grateful diners (Picture: Getty)

‘MUMMY, CAN I HAVE A BISCUIT?’

This is the 18th time my children have asked me this question since I started peeling potatoes.

If nobody in your house wears nappies then you really should give up baby wipes – and here’s what you should use instead

Apparently, the fact that I have said NO all 18 times (OK, 17, I’m not Supernanny) is not getting through to them.

I take a deep breath and tell them that dinner will not be long and they kindly retreat to the living room (OK, OK, I… Read the full story

Behold Crocs with built-in socks, the ultimate summer footwear

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Oh, so you thought Crocs couldn’t be any dorkier?

You thought we were done with bizarre Croc upgrades after Balenciaga’s platform Crocs?

You were wrong. We’re so sorry.

A collaboration between Crocs and streetwear company Alife has brought out a new take on deeply upsetting plastic shoes: Crocs with built-in socks.

And no, sadly, we are not talking about subtle trainer socks for added comfort. Stuck inside these shoes are full on tube socks that’ll pass your ankles; white with red and blue detailing.

Stunning resort on the Aitutaki lagoon is on sale for £17 million

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Aitutaki, Southern Group, Cook Islands, Aitutaki Atoll, Pacific
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Fancy quitting your job, packing it all in, and moving to a stunning island?

Do you also happen to have a spare £17 million?

If the answer to both questions is yes, you’re in luck. If the answer to one or both of those questions is no, we’re sorry.

The Aitutaki Private Island resort, located on Akitua Island and sitting directly in the Aitutaki Lagoon, is now on sale for a casual £17 million.

That’s a lot of cash, but it’s worth it. The resort is super luxurious, spanning 27 acres with 36 guest bungalows – seven of which sit over the… Read the full story

Hotel owners share the strangest breakfast requests they’ve received from guests

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We all have our preferences when it comes to the perfect hotel breakfast.

I’d pretty much like half my plate filled with hash browns, for example, while someone else might want to load up on bacon.

Hotel owners and chefs tend to be used to this after years of dealing with oddly specific requests.

But just because they’ll make the meal happen doesn’t mean they won’t judge you for it… or turn your breakfast choice into a funny anecdote they tell their mates.

And really, who can blame them? If you order something truly bizarre, it’s going to get some attention.

So we entirely understand why a bunch of hotel owners spilled guests’… Read the full story

Grumpy people really don’t like this J.Crew feminist tee for boys

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People aren't happy with J Crew for selling a feminist boys' tee
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Last week, the retailer J.Crew released a cute, rose-coloured t-shirt for boys with the slogan ‘I am a feminist too’.

Not only is it an adorable item that lets little boys embrace gender equality early on, but 10% of the proceeds of each shirt go to Girl Up, a United Nations foundation that supports girls growing up in developing countries around the world.

What’s not to like?

Lots, according to the angry commenters on J.Crew’s Instagram post who feel that gender equality is a wildly inappropriate ideology to ‘push’ on children.

I scrolled the Instagram comments so you don’t have… Read the full story

Is this the world’s most expensive sex toy?

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Million dollar vibrator
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At the totally reasonable price of $1.3 million (£974,003).

An Australian jeweller has created the Pearl Royale, currently the most expensive sex toy in the world.

It has a solid platinum body encrusted with blue sapphires, South Sea pearls and more than 2,000 white and rare pink diamonds.

The majestic tool has a crown-shaped top and is operated by turning the South Sea pearl and platinum orb atop the crown like a key. The orb can also be detached and worn as a pendant if that’s your jam.

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Colin Burn, the man behind this super-luxe vibrator, told The NY… Read the full story

Woman says she gets mistaken for Meghan Markle at least four times a week

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Oh, look, it’s Danielle Harris, a 33-year-old from the U.S.

Or is it Meghan Markle, former actor and the new Duchess of Sussex?

It’s easy to get the two confused, apparently, as Danielle claims she gets mistaken for Meghan Markle at least four times a week.

Just to add to the mass confusion, Danielle also got married (back in January 2017) and wore a white wedding dress.

So that’s two women who are mixed race, have freckles and dark hair, and were once a bride. How on earth are people supposed to tell these two apart?

Danielle’s wedding was a little different to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s, mind you, costing $50,000 – just… Read the full story

The next hot menswear trend is wearing trousers with a penis pocket

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Penis pocket pants
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Don’t worry, people who have penises: You aren’t being left out of all the ridiculous fashion going down.

The next hot trend is another take on trousers – the item of clothing that’s been the most messed with this year, from extreme cut outs to bum-flashing rips.

Rather than taking distressed denim to new heights, these trousers are, all in all, pretty complete. You bum isn’t on show, there are no giant slashes, and they do indeed function as trousers should.

There’s just one strange thing about them: they have a pocket directly over the penis area.

Not a subtle pocket, we add. A… Read the full story

The reality of dealing with your ‘recovered’ body after an eating disorder

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The eating disordered mindset doesn’t magically disappear once you’ve gained weight.

*Content warning: This article contains frank discussion of eating disorders and eating disordered thoughts*

I had an eating disorder for nine years. During this period, I was diagnosed with anorexia, multi-impulsive bulimia and EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified). My days consisted of starving myself, drinking gallons of nauseating calorie-free fizzy drinks, punching my growling stomach, sicking up any tiny little thing I did eat and popping diet pills.

I stole food from housemates, supermarkets and bins. My skin was constantly mottled with cold and I grew fine hair (lanugo) all over my body. Scabs on my skin wouldn’t heal, my nails went blue and my hair started to fall out. I was diagnosed with osteopenia in my spine, an early form of osteoporosis.

I was constantly light-headed, dizzy, irrational, experiencing extreme mood swings and unable to think in a clear or logical way. The majority of my friends decided they didn’t want… Read the full story

What dreams mean – the interpretation of 16 of the most common dreams

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Dreaming is not just your brain farting, it’s a way for us to work through the issues of our waking life (Picture: Getty)

Dreams are very mysterious things – sometimes horrifying, sometimes beautiful, usually impossible to remember.

Why do people say ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’?

What causes them? Scientists say that the pieces of synaptic info that make us dream are fired at random.

But they have no explanation for the images we ‘see’, ‘hear’ or even ‘taste’ while dreaming. Plenty of theories, but nothing solid.

Psychoanalysis has long been fascinated with dreams, and many people experience certain recurring dreams with set storylines or… Read the full story

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