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France now has an oyster vending machine because…France

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France has had its fair share of odd vending machines.

Sure, you can get pizzas and condoms from vending machines around the world but they’re small fry in comparison to what our Gallic friends have.

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They’ve got machines which produce anything from baguettes to short stories.

But nothing quite compares to a vending machine which spits out oysters.

Which is what one seafood vendor has invented.

Brigitte and Tony Berthelot, oyster farmers based on the Île de Ré (an island off the west coast of… Read the full story

Edinburgh has its very own Harry Potter shop

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Happy Hufflepuff (Picture: Center Press)

You might not be heading to Kings Cross to board the Hogwarts Express this summer. 

But, you could take a train to a very special Harry Potter adventure of your own. Because Edinburgh now boasts its very own Harry Potter shop.

France now has an oyster vending machine because...France

The shop is called Diagon House, and it’s located on Victoria Street in Edinburgh, which is allegedly the inspiration for Diagon Alley, the biggest shopping street in the Harry Potter books. And it sells pretty much anything Potter.

The shop is set over floors and is packed from floor to ceilings with wands,… Read the full story

IVF isn’t done on a whim – and NHS funding for it is a necessity

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When I recently read an article in which described IVF as nothing but ‘people’s whimsical obsession with baby making‘, I was mortified.

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The article came after it was announced that local NHS cuts have forced 13 areas of England to either restrict or altogether stop offering IVF this year, in order to save money.

I can’t argue the need for funding, but what I can do is stand up for people being demonised simply for wanting a family.

Within the article, views were expressed surrounding the need for privatisation in order to look solely after physical and mental health. It suggested people should adopt instead of expecting an NHS-funded IVF cycle, and likened the funding of unhealthy lifestyle choices to becoming parents if people ‘fancy it’.

I understand the fears surrounding IVF and its… Read the full story

This is not a drill: Burger King is now available for delivery nationwide

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We thought we had it good when it was announced that Five Guys had decided to bless us all by bringing burgers to our doorsteps.

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But now Burger King, is following in their footsteps and we couldn’t be more excited.

Burger King has joined forces with Just Eat to ensure we never again have to leave the house to order a beloved Bacon Double Cheese XL or a large portion of Chilli Cheese Bites – which according to Just Eat data are two of… Read the full story

Woman whose popped pimple was actually a severe skin infection shares warning about cleaning your makeup brushes

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Katie popped what she thought was a pimple. It was not a pimple. (Picture: Katie Wright)

Look, we all know we’re not supposed to squeeze our spots.

But it’s just so tempting.

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Let this story add to the pile of reasons you run through next time you’re staring in the mirror and thinking about going digging.

Katie Wright felt what she thought was one of those classic under-the-skin spots on her forehead. It didn’t have a head, just a sore bump.

So she tried squeezing it out.

That was a mistake.

‘I noticed it continued to get… Read the full story

45% of women say that they feel more body confident than ever

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Body positivity is something we bang on about a lot (read: every day) here at Metro.co.uk.

That’s because it’s important; we’re trying to make up for the last 200+ years of women being belittled and shamed for their natural states of being.

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Our mums, grandmas, great-grandmas all at one time or another had to put up with being told that they weren’t slim enough, didn’t have big enough tits, didn’t have a nice enough arse.

But our generation has had enough, which is why we’ve… Read the full story

Alexa can now play you ‘baby-making’ music on demand if you want it to

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You’re mid-seduction.

You’ve got the object of your desire back to yours – finally – and you’re now trying to seal the deal.

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The wine is flowing. The conversation is good. The lighting is subtle.

But what you really need to turn it up a notch is some good old fashioned sex tunes.

A bit of Marvin. A little Luther.

So you just yell out: ‘Alexa, play baby-making music’ and away you go. Sex, romance and baby making follows.

At least, that’s what the folks… Read the full story

Why do we feel the need to Instagram pictures of gifts?

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‘Ohhh you are SO SWEET. You shouldn’t have! I’ll just line it up here where the light is good and take a quick snap of it.’ 

Those are the words that any man wants to hear after he hands over a Christmas, birthday, anniversary or Valentine’s day present.

Why do we feel the need to Instagram pictures of gifts?

There was a time where how often a person wore or used a present you had given them was the indicator of how much they liked it. But not now. Now it’s all about the social media coverage.

One of my guilty… Read the full story

Behold the booze that’s officially been ranked the best in the world

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We’ve all got an aunt with that sign on her kitchen wall.

‘Life’s too short to drink bad wine’ it reads. She loves it.

Laughs at it every time. Spills wine down the side of her glass every time someone bring it up, she’s laughing so much. Does that thing only aunts can pull off, where they sort of touch the side of their head and let out an exhausted half-laugh half-sigh. ‘Brilliant’, she says to no-one in particular.

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Why stop at wine though? Why are we drinking bad anything? We’re… Read the full story

Walkers has launched three new flavours to compete with its most iconic flavours

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Walkers fans, the fate of your favourite crisps lies in your hands. 

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In a bid to see where the UK’s flavour loyalties lie, Walkers is launching a ‘Choose or Lose’ campaign, in which will see three classic favourites pitted against three new flavours from around the world.

Basically, you’ll be putting a few of these flavours to rest depending on how much support each one gets.

You can now get a peaceful night’s slumber in your very own giant pizza

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There’s few things we enjoy more than a decent night’s sleep, but pizza is most definitely one of them.

You can now get a peaceful night's slumber in your very own giant pizza

We don’t care what kind of pizza it is. As long as it’s smothered in cheese and comes on a nice doughy base, we’re sold.

But what we’re also sold on is combining pizza and sleep together – and that’s something one fabulous Etsy seller has done for us.

Bfiberandcraft has created a gigantic, pizza-shaped sleeping bag, so that we can all dream of the Italian dish while taking a… Read the full story

Dad writes hilariously inappropriate invite to daughter’s christening

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A child’s Christening is a wonderful affair. 

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It consists of some very special moments, especially in lead up to the event, such as picking your child’s outfit, selecting the godparents and getting all of your loved ones together in preparation for the lovely day.

Of course, to get everyone together you need some sort of invitation – or an events page, at the very least.

But one family learned the hard way to never, ever, trust dad to do the latter.

One dad decided to set up a… Read the full story

Twitter outed its own unpopular opinions, and some of them are truly terrible

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Think of your deepest, darkest secret.

Why do we feel the need to Instagram pictures of gifts?

Something that few people – if any – know about you.

One that would make neighbours move and family members seek restraining orders if it were to leave your head.

Got it?

Okay, now consider whether it’s worse than this:

…Your secret seems relatively PG now, right?

Twitter users across the globe have been using the hashtag #ShareYourUnpopularOpinion to… well, do exactly that.

Skipping past all the people using the hashtag as an excuse to… Read the full story

‘I love watching him having sex with other people’: 8 swingers tell us their secrets

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It’s all about communication (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

Whether they admit to it or not, most people have at some point fantasised about indulging in group sex.  

But what if you want to give swinging a try for real – are there secret rules you’re supposed to know before you go?

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Will anyone care if you just stand around watching?

And what if you’re single – will you still be welcome?

I spoke to people – both married and single – about their sexy secret lives. They gave me the… Read the full story

Metro’s A to Z of fetishes: G is for gerbils, glasses and grannies

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Grannies with glasses? Niche (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Since the dawn of time, we humans have found the sexy in everything: people get turned on by pretty much anything that moves and quite a lot of things that don’t.

Most fetishes are harmless fun.

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But in the language of human sexuality, even the most vanilla attraction sounds like something the tabloid newspapers would run scare stories about.

So for example, in this episode of our fetish adventures, we’ll discover psychological terms that just mean fancying the opposite or same sex.

Then… Read the full story

A beginner’s guide to spanking: Everything you need to know about making an impact

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Corporal punishment? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Spanking has been a popular activity in the bedroom for centuries.

It was mentioned in the ‘Harris’ list of Covent Garden Ladies’ (a Georgian review of prostitutes in London), with one practitioner being described as using ‘more birch rods in a week than Westminster school in a twelvemonth’.

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However, it’s definitely one to build up to. And you certainly shouldn’t run before you can walk, as it can lead to some rather painful injuries that would make life a little harder when sitting… Read the full story

National Book Lovers Day: 24 beautiful reading nooks that’ll make you green with envy

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A novel find: Seeking out a quiet place to read (Picture: Getty)

August 9 is National Book Lovers Day and bibliophiles all over the world are gathering in person and online to share their adoration of all things books.

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For bookish people there’s nothing better than curling up with your favourite novel and reading the hours away.

There’s also nothing a book aficionado loves more than the sight of a reading nook.

Whether it’s a bright window seat that looks out on beautiful countryside, a secret under the stairs alcove, or a cozy little corner that allows… Read the full story

Stop wishing summer away, you terrible people

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It’s drawing near.

It’s August, which means summer is going to start winding down soon. The long nights, cold days and slippy streets of autumn and winter are close.

And some dreadful human beings are very excited about it.

Starbucks has a brand new drink and it sound delish

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We’re not supposed to say that Autumn is coming, because not everyone spends all year lusting after knitwear and falling leaves. 

But like it or not, September is on its way, and not long after that we’ll be getting the drink of the season, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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Only, what if you can’t wait several months until that cup of hot spiced goodness?

If only there was something between the summery frappuccino and the autumnal PSL?

Oh my friends, there is. We are in for a treat.

Introducing the Horchata… Read the full story

Boy receives brilliant letter from the tooth fairy after asking her for a pay increase

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When one cheeky little boy wrote to the tooth fairy to tell her his teeth were worth way more than $1 each, he was quite confident in thinking he was going to start seriously cashing in each time he popped one under his pillow.

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The boy had asked whether his usual $1 could be upgraded to $5, and it seems the fairy wasn’t too pleased. Which is fair enough, how can she afford to pay $5 for a tooth, especially when she’s got so many teeth to tend to?

To… Read the full story

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