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People Are Getting Married to Themselves

It's hard to find the perfect person that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Today, some people, particularly women, are participating in a new self-love practice called "sologamy".Erika Anderson, whose self-marriage ceremony helped this trend go viral, said it's more than just the dress:

"I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves. It means that we are enough, even if we are not partnered with someone else."


Anderson, 37 years old, said she grew frustrated after being asked so many times why she hadn't settled down with anyone so she decided to take matters into her own hands. Anderson was accompanied at her ceremony by many friends and family.

This isn't a process that you no longer have to go through alone, it's now becoming an industry. With small businesses like IMarriedMe.com and husband-and-wife team Jeffrey Levin and Bonnie Powers, you can accomplish your goal of self-marriage with a wedding band, vows, and daily affirmation cards for about $200.

One [small] unfortunate side is that self-marriage is not legally recognized, so don't expect any additional tax breaks.

So is sologamy going to be the next "big thing" in commitment? Jonathan Bennett, counselor and co-founder of The Popular Man isn't convinced, stating:

"Formalizing the single life through marriage to oneself is rare. I don't see it catching on. Humans, hardwired by evolution, possess a basic need for companionship and completely writing off romantic relationships won't be appealing to most men and women."


What do you think of sologamy? Do you think it's something that will catch on in the near or distant future, or at all? Is it something that you would do? Let us know what you think below in the comments.
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Wannabe by the Spice Girls

Women across the world give new meaning to

The Global Goals, an organization created to help put an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change, has put together this video of women dancing their hearts out to "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls. The video was created to establish awareness of women's rights and how you can be part of a movement to help obtain those rights.

In 2015 world leaders promised to put girls and women first when they signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fix climate change and tackle inequalities.
Girls and women are disproportionately affected by these challenges and are key to building resilient communities to withstand them. This movement has one goal in mind: to ensure World Leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations listen to the voices of girls and women and put them first in policies and plans.

You can use the #WhatIReallyReallyWant hashtag on social media to share a photo of yourself holding up what YOU really, really want for girls and women.

Join The Global Goals movement
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Pepper spray

New Pepper Spray Takes Photo of Attacker and Notifies Police

The Defender is a new pepper spray that delivers a highly concentrated pepper spray, takes a photo of the attacker, and notifies the police with the photo and your GPS location via text message and email. The device can also flash a bright light in the attackers face as well as emit a loud alarm to alert other people who may be nearby.

The Defender pepper spray can be linked to your Android or iOS device via Bluetooth. Geolocation to notify authorities of your current location will work as long as you're in the United States or Canada. I have not read any information on whether or not geolocation will work if it's turned off on your device or whether they plan to expand to other countries in the future. However, the device itself contains a speaker that alerts you when it's connected to your device and when it's not. Your smartphone must have a WiFi or data connection established for the device to notify authorities.

You can also send medical alerts to people of your choice from your device's contact list. When you send this type of alert, text and email notifications will be sent containing your personal description and specific medical issues.

The Defender is available now for pre-order on the official Defender website at getthedefender.com. The release date is estimated for Q1 of 2017.
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The Bone Church

This Chapel Uses Human Skeletons As Decorations

"The Bone Church", located in the Czech Republic, is alive and well, complete with a chilling backstory to accompany its creepy facade.

The chapel is decorated with thousands of dead people's remains, coincidentally underneath and ancient burial site. The bones were used from residents of a former graveyard which became full up after a period of war and disease. Skulls and body parts can be seen any direction you look. All of the bones decorating the chapel have been bleached to retain their white color.

The chapel, officially called the Sedlec Ossuary, was founded in the 1200's and became the final resting place of over 30,000 people by the 1400's. With no more room to bury anyone else, all the remains were eventually dug up and used for decoration in this underground chapel.

In 1870, a family hired an artist named František Rint to turn the bones into the decorations that you see today in the images of the chapel.

Take a peek at the bone chilling imagery this chapel has to offer below and let us know what you think. The grand chandelier you'll see is apparently made from a copy of every bone in the human body and forms the centerpiece of the cavernous building.


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Biking nuns

Hundreds of Nuns Trained in Kung Fu are Biking the Himalayas for the Best Reason

Five hundred Buddhist nuns from the Drukpa lineage, clad in black sweatpants, red jackets, and white helmets, are cycling through the Himalayas' narrow mountain passes from Nepal to India. The distance totaled 4,000 km, starting from Nepal's Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India.

Their reasoning was not for financial gain or global recognition, but to raise awareness on human trafficking in the remote region.

22-year-old nun Jigme Konchok Lhamo stated:

"When we were doing relief work in Nepal after the earthquakes last year, we heard how girls from poor families were being sold because their parents could not afford to keep them anymore. We wanted to do something to change this attitude that girls are less than boys and that it's okay to sell them. Women have power and strength like men."


Kung Fu Nuns

From honor killings in Pakistan to feticide in India and child marriage in Nepal, women face a barrage of threats, although growing awareness, better laws and economic empowerment are bringing a slow change in attitudes.

This was the fourth journey they have made involving meeting locals, government officials, and religious leaders to spread messages of gender equality and respect. They also deliver food to help the poor, help villagers get medical care, and are dubbed "Kung Fu nuns" due to their training in martial arts.

"People think that because we are nuns, we are supposed to stay in the temples and pray all the time. But praying is not enough. His Holiness teaches us that we have to go out and act on the words that we pray. After all, actions speak louder than words."


The Drukpa nuns said the earthquakes were a turning point in their understanding of human trafficking and that they felt a need to do more than travel to diaster-hit mountain villages.
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Bullying

Strangers watched a guy being attacked. The way they reacted will tell you a lot about bullying.

Bullying has been a big problem for decades, resulting in injuries, depression, anxiety, and sometimes suicide.The Bullying Experiment takes a look at how strangers respond when bullying gets violent and what happens when no one stands up to help. It's an experiment to see who and how many people will step in to help where needed.

What would you do? Avoid confrontation by not getting involved and or step in to help the victim?

Source:  fouseyTUBE on YouTube
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Mall

Man commits suicide in mall after girlfriend refuses to stop shopping

Tao Hsiao, a 38-year-old male from Xuzhou, China, was shopping with his girlfriend at the Golden Eagle International Shopping Center when he just had enough and committed suicide by leaping from the seventh floor to his death after his girlfriend refused to stop shopping.

According to an eyewitness, the couple got into a heated argument after five hours of shopping over the amount of shoes his girlfriend already owned, debating that it was pointless for her to buy and more.

Source:  gawker.com
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Halsey Parkerson

100 friends arrive at school to help kid subdue bully

The tables were turned on a bully in Salem, Oregon when Halsey Parkerson's aunt visited him at his high school and overheard a bully telling Halsey that he didn't have any friends and no one cared.  Halsey's aunt, knowing this was a common occurrence for her nephew, created a Facebook invitation to her car club to come to the high school and rally around him.  Over 50 cars and 100 supporters arrived, stood behind Halsey, and confronted the bully.  Under the weight of the pressure, the bully approached Halsey and apologized.
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Capitol building

Congress makes deal to end Government Shutdown

Sixteen days after the government shutdown commenced, Senate leaders have made a deal to get back to work.  U.S. Senate leaders announced a last-minute deal to avert a historic lapse in the government's borrowing ability and a potentially damaging debt default with a proposal to raise the borrowing limit.

The House of Representatives will first vote on the proposal, which is expected to pass with mostly Democratic votes, then be passed to the Senate for final congressional approval, which would then be signed into law by President Obama.  Moving the deal through the House first will not be necessary if senators can reach a unanimous agreement to expedite the measure.

Both Democrats and Republicans are confident that the House of Representatives will have enough votes to pass the bipartisan Senate plan.
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Erin Cox

High School student suspended for being a designated driver

17-year-old senior, Erin Cox, who attends North Andover High School in North Andover, Massachusetts was suspended for helping drive a drunk friend home from a party.  When Erin arrived at the party to pick up her friend, police cleared her and confirmed that she had not been drinking alcohol.

The school said it came to its decision because Erin was in violation of its zero-tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use, resulting in a suspension plus removal of her honor student's title of captain of the girl's volleyball team.

The Cox family hired attorney Wendy Murphy in hopes to reverse the school's decision while Erin's friends are currently starting a petition.
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