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The internet is freaking out over this video of a starfish walking

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There are some questions you never think of asking.

Wondering how a starfish walks has to be one of those questions.

I mean, who’s ever sat down and actually contemplated how a starfish makes its way from the sand to the sea? I personally just thought they got swept along with the tide like the lazy animals they are.

But I was wrong.

Starfish walk. They’ve got thousands of cilia under their legs which help them schlep from A to B.

And you know what else is cool about them? They can grow back legs and they have an eye at the end of each one. Madness!

So anyway, someone uploaded a video of a starfish… Read the full story

Why I refuse to tell new employers about my mental illness

Why bring it up in a job interview? (Picture: Dave Anderson)

As a mental health blogger I pride myself on being completely transparent about my mental illness online, but do I talk openly about my depression and anxiety during job interviews?

Hell no.

When you have anxiety, it can be very easy to catastrophise every situation

So why do I keep it a secret? Surely as a mental health advocate I should be itching to talk about my madness, right?

Well firstly, I like to think I have my mental illness under control to a point where it doesn’t affect my work.

I do have days where… Read the full story

Where is hot in December? Holiday destinations for some winter sun

Where will you chase the sun this winter? (Picture: PA / DPA)

The winter crispness is upon us and soon your scarf and gloves will become attached to your skin as you freeze in the biting air.

Sound appealing? Probably not.

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So why not search for a place to trot off to for the sun during the grim winter at home – although it may take more than a trot to find the sun at this time of year.

In December, there are few places left in the hemisphere we occupy that are truly warm, and… Read the full story

Queen’s former private chef reveals that the one food she never eats is garlic

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When it comes to food, the Royal Family has access to the best grub in the country.

They’ve had more Michelin starred dishes by the time they enter secondary school than we’ve had hot dinners…so it’s fair to assume that they know what constitutes a good supper.

But they actually seem to have way more simple tastes than you might imagine.

Take the Queen for example.

According to her former private chef, Darren O’Grady, the one ingredient she can’t stand to smell or eat is garlic.

So that’s any kind of Italian dish out of the window then. How utterly bizarre.

The challenges of being a black professional in a white corporate world

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Being a black man in a corporate world isn’t easy (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

This Black History Month is different to me.

At this stage in my life and career, the historical black figure who intrigues me most isn’t Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Kwame Nkrumah or any of the other greats.

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It is actually a rather quiet 65 year old American called Stanley ‘Stan’ O’Neal.

Stan O’Neal is the grandson of an enslaved African in America (normally crassly referred to as ‘slaves’). He also happens to be the former CEO of Merrill Lynch and once one of… Read the full story

Woman gives birth in Japan and shows the incredible food she got in hospital

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Hospital food, as a rule, is pretty disgusting.

If you opt for the halal option, you’re probably going to get a decent meal (that’s a fact – I’ve seen it with my own eyes), but otherwise, you’re fed slop which wouldn’t even make it into a prison.

And if you’ve just given birth, the very last thing you want is a cold bowl of slimy mashed potato and steamed veg.

But it’s not every health care system that serves such crap.

Over in Japan, pregnant women basically get gourmet dishes every day.

A woman who recently gave birth out there has been sharing 12 of the meals she was served during her stay in the… Read the full story

More than 80% of fitness Instagrammers are women but the top earner is still a guy

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that men will generally earn more than women in any given industry.

Even in female-dominated circles, men still come top – just look at womenswear designers and hairdressers.

And it’s also the case in fitness.

Despite the fact that personal training is one of the very few careers where women tend to earn more than men, when it comes to Instagram fitness, men still come out top.

Or rather one man: Joe Wicks.

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The Fit List, compiled by Forza Supplements, has calculated the earnings of the top ‘fitstagrammers’ based on how much they charge for social media posts… Read the full story

Can we be clear about what mansplaining actually is?

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It’s extremely rare that I have a word to say against womankind. 

I’m a girls girl through and through. But, much as I hate to admit that my gender might be even the tiniest bit wrong, I think we need to have a quick chat.

I’m seeing a little bit of a trend among women, especially young feminist women, that I think we need to have a bit of a chat about.


If you’ve managed to avoid the term, mansplaining is when a man explains to a woman about something which she already knows more about than he does. Sometimes this happens because she’s an Astrophysicist with a PhD and… Read the full story

You can now apply to work for Barack Obama and here’s how

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We’ve all watched West Wing and dreamt of someday sitting in the oval office drinking Scotch and making frantic phone calls.

Sure, you don’t know anyone who could pull any strings for you and you haven’t spent the past decade interning in politics but still. A dream is a dream.

But you know, it doesn’t necessarily have to be.

Because former president Barack Obama is looking for 20 talented people to work alongside him as part of his Obama Foundation Fellowship Programme.

He’s taken to Instagram to put a call out for ‘the next generation of leaders’ to take ‘their own crack at changing the world’.

The two-year programme promises to ‘train and support civic… Read the full story

Paramore’s Hayley Williams is launching vegan temporary hair dye and we want them all

Poser Paste is the latest product to come from Hayley Williams’ Good Dye Young company (Credit: goodDYEyoung)

Many people toy with the idea of dyeing their hair a crazy colour, but the problem is the process is long, expensive and hard to reverse.

(Remember when Metro.co.uk’s very own Jen Mills had a surprise radical hair transformation and ended up with pink hair?)

Another issue is that if you’re in a job with any sort of dress code, there’s a high chance your boss won’t be too impressed if you rock up sporting an unusual hair colour.

Which is what makes these new high pigment one wash colour pastes so amazing – you… Read the full story

IMPORTANT NEWS: Prosecco is getting way cheaper

May the prosecco price war rage on (Picture: Getty)

Sparkling wine is delicious but it can be pricey.

You’d prefer to have a cold glass of bubbly of a night but there’s rent to pay, food to buy…and so you often end up drinking something that more closely resembles flat toilet cleaner.

But a war is currently raging which could change all that.

The price of Prosecco is falling.

That’s right – thanks to budget supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi, other retailers are being forced to dip their prices and provide shoppers with ever more generous special deals.

A bottle of Prosecco now costs on average around £6.76 instead of £6.99 – a drop of 23p (hey, every little helps).

Read the full story

It’s okay to fall back on getting help with your mental health

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I write about mental health a lot. I tell people ways to feel better and am constantly banging on about things I’ve done to improve my mental state.

It’s hard sometimes, though, when I don’t feel like that myself. If all I want to do is lie under the covers and write a list of reasons why nobody loves me, it’s kind of disingenuous to sit here and tell you to try and be more mindful and head to your GP.

Chocoholics: You can now enjoy a bottomless, boozy chocolate brunch at this London café

Being a mere mortal,… Read the full story

Gigi Hadid is bringing out her own Maybelline collection

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Hanging out with the Kardashians must be a tall order.

None of them seem to have actual jobs but they all have some serious side hustle going on.

Whether it’s Kim’s children’s fashion business or Kourtney’s app or Kylie’s beauty empire, they’re the queens of money-making projects.

So it surely was only a matter of time before the Hadids caught up.

After all, no one is *just* a model anymore.

Enter Gigi Hadid, who has announced that she’s officially dropping a makeup line of her own in collaboration with Maybelline New York.

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We don’t know exactly what’s going to include but Gigi has shared a picture… Read the full story

I have three children: here’s why I don’t want another

‘Every second spent with one child is a second you can’t spend with the others’ (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

I have three children already.

This is a fact which is going to make what I’m about to say sound contradictory: I don’t want any more kids.

Having my son made me realise that dads crying is a good thing

My daughters are step daughters that came beautifully packaged as part of the deal when I met my now wife. We then added our son, Corben, to finish off the set as it were.

I love the children I have too much. The thought of loving… Read the full story

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Why do people stay friends with people who commit sexual assault?

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When a person sexually assaults or rapes another person, there is more than one victim.

The victim themself is, of course, the most injured party. But secondarily to that and to a lesser degree, there is also very genuine trauma for the assailant’s family and friends.

It’s truly horrific to discover that someone you love has done something terrible. Suddenly an act which is so easy to decry when it comes from a stranger, is called in to question. Even those of us who believe women as a default can be tempted to search for an alternative explanation when it’s someone we love who’s at fault.

When Donald Trump was… Read the full story

Chocoholics: You can now enjoy a bottomless, boozy chocolate brunch at this London café

All this and more could be yours, my friend (Picture: Kirsty Owen)

If you were ever questioning the existence of a higher being, then your queries have been answered, my friend, because we have been blessed with the introduction of a bottomless chocolate brunch.

Jaz and Jul’s Chocolate House in Islington has already been serving up chocolate-themed weekend brunch for a year, but they’ve gone one step further with the introduction of bottomless chocolate cocktails. Oh. Stop.

Yup, that’s right – you can enjoy both savoury and sweet chocolate delights, while sipping on chocolate cocktails (or prosecco/speciality hot chocolate/hot drinks/orange juice) and man, we are sold.

You get to choose a savoury item, sweet item… Read the full story

National Curry Week: Which curries are vegan?

Steer clear of the butter chicken obviously (Picture: Getty)

National Curry Week is a time of jubilation for the masses, as who doesn’t like a well-seasoned extravaganza of tastiness shining up at you with a side of scrummy rice and addictive poppadoms.

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While the rest of us are throwing curries into our mouths, for vegans, eating a curry can be a kind of minefield of foreign language and nondescript dairy products in the path of feeling like you are going to burst Masala style.

Vegetarian curries are ubiquitous, however, when you go that… Read the full story

The long distance parent: How to cope when your kid moves to the other side of the world

‘Bye Mum, thanks for the 18 years of food and shelter!’ (Picture: Getty)

‘I’m moving to Australia for six months, a year. Maybe two. I’m not sure, I‘ll let you know.’

When my 18-year-old casually slid those words my way between mouthfuls of his dinner one night I took it well.

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Better, in fact, than even I had expected, despite knowing this day was coming.

I didn’t cry, I didn’t rend my garments, I didn’t lay some big guilt trip whilst moaning, ‘how can you leave me, your mother, the one who raised you and has sacrificed all for you?’

Instead,… Read the full story

Please stop telling IBD sufferers that you can cure their disease naturally

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Anyone who lives with inflammatory bowel disease will tell you that it’s incredibly hard work.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two of the most prominent IBDs, and while they affect different areas (Crohn’s affecting the entire gastrointestinal tract and UC affecting mainly the large bowel and rectum), they both entail similar symptoms that negatively affect not just your health but your way of life.

Stomach cramps, bleeding and fatigue are just minor occurrences when living with IBD.

Sadly, neither illness is curable without surgery, and even with surgery, your symptoms can be unmanageable.

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