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What Fashion Trend Should You Look For Based On Your Zodiac Sign?

Sometimes we can’t decide what to wear in or outside our homes. When undecided, some people turn to astrology for guidance. While it isn’t scientifically proven, there’s no harm in following horoscopes! Did you know that your zodiac sign can influence your style? Nylon has the details: 

Goxip, a fashion and beauty search platform, partnered with astrologer Francesca Oddie to uncover why certain signs gravitate toward certain trends.
"Your horoscope affects what you wear since your horoscope reflects and defines your tastes. It defines your psychology and is your DNA," said Oddie in an official statement, provided by Goxip. "It's just intrinsic to who you are and the way you make decisions. The best way in life to be fulfilled is to really, really live out the truth of your horoscope."
Goxip has also picked out the most popular trends best suited for each sign.

Check out what you should look for based on your zodiac sign here

image via Nylon


What Are The Benefits Of Stress Baking?

With most of us working or studying at home, we tend to find other hobbies to keep us distracted from the current situation. Many people have started baking bread, until it escalated as a major trend. Stress baking actually has a lot of benefits, so if you’ve seen your friends bake more treats that you imagined, know that it’s also mentally good for them: 

That’s why channelling your focus on one thing, otherwise known as mindfulness, can be a necessary break for both your brain and body.
Harvard Medical School says mindfulness “teaches people to live each moment as it unfolds. The idea is to focus attention on what is happening in the present and accept it without judgment.” Allow yourself the time to bake without a deadline. Slowly measure each ingredient and notice its texture, colour and smell. You should make baking about the journey, not the destination.

Check out more benefits of stress baking here

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Here’s What You Need To Know About Collecting Vintage Jewelry

Collecting vintage jewelry is a difficult task. The market for these prized jewels are enormous, and some people might not know what to actually buy for their personal collection. Some would ask consultants to help them build their collections and obtain some rare pieces. Forbes asked jewelry expert Jill Heller to give some tips on what to look out for: 

Buying vintage jewelry is an investment that can take a lot of time and research. It’s an intimidating process for people who don’t know the ins and outs of the business, so that’s where a jewelry consultant like me steps in. I tell my clients what’s worth spending money on and what’s not, and I help them build the right collection. I’m also their connection to a network of vintage dealers all over the world who give me access to exclusive pieces that aren’t available to the public.

image via Forbes


Meet The Popular Sock-Shoes For Those Who Hate Slippers

If you hate wearing slippers at home but also hate going barefoot, you might want to consider an alternative: sock shoes. FitKicks is a pair of super durable socks made from water-resistant athletic material, and they give you all the slip-on comfort of wearing socks around your house, but with extra support and grip. This popular $20-footwear has over a thousand reviews, as Southern Living has more details: 

In theory, thanks to a sturdy rubber sole, they can also be just as useful for those pursuing active ventures like yoga and kayaking as they are for when lounging about the house, ice cream bowl in hand.
One reviewer raves, “I have four pair already and have my eye on another pair…I don’t like wearing shoes I’ve worn outside the house inside the home. These can be easily washed, so they are perfect.” Another shopper on her fourth pair says, “They’re addicting!” Proceed with caution, folks.

image via Southern Living


Space Bag

Space Bag

Do current events in your life have you feeling like you could use a little more space? Well, we have the perfect pouch for you. The Space Bag will have you feeling like a star.

The Space Bag features drawings of Cassini, Kepler, Juno, and Tess. It is a wonderful way to keep mission essentials organized. 

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great items. New stuff arriving all the time. 

Don't forget to also stop by the shop to see our large selection of customizable apparel and accessories. We specialize in curvy and Big and Tall sizes. We carry baby 6 months all the way to 10 XL shirts. We know that fun and fabulous people come in every size. 


Would This Be Black Panther’s Motorbike IRL?

The MIMIC e-bike is a crouching-jungle-cat bike designed by Roman Dolzhenko. It looks like it came straight out of Tron Legacy. The bike has a dual-lamp headlight at the front, as if they are the bike’s eyes, as Yanko Design details: 

Outfitted with what looks less like a body and more like armor, the MIMIC e-bike comes with a rounded, Tron Light Cycle-inspired form with rounded elements and just an overall absence of straight lines or sharp edges. The e-bike has a dual-lamp headlight fitted on the front, looking almost like a menacing pair of eyes, and a dashboard that lays flush against the e-bike’s curved panther-esque body. Wakanda Forever!
Other noteworthy details include a cantilever seat, inverted handlebars with the brake levers facing the rider, and a three-hexagon logo on both the front and back wheel, a detail that pays tribute to Daniel Simon, designer of the Tron Light Cycle, who uses a similar hexagon insignia to mark his designs.

Do you think this e-bike can be the king of Wakanda’s sweet ride? 

image via Yanko Design


When World War II Started, the U.S. Government Fought Against Victory Gardens

During World War I, millions of Americans planted gardens in their yards or on public property to raise vegetables for the war effort. When the second World War broke out, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wanted to set an example and plant vegetables at the White House. But Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard was against the idea. He saw the gardens as a waste of time and resources.

Novices, especially those in cities, Wickard feared, would plant in poor soil. They would try to cultivate crops ill-suited to their climate. They would fail to recognize cucumber beetles and tomato worms. They would start with enthusiasm and then abandon the project. And, worst of all, they would waste valuable resources: seeds and fertilizer the country’s farmers needed.

Instead, Wickard’s Victory Garden program was aimed at the farmers themselves. Their know-how and equipment would make short work of tending a few extra rows of beets, spinach, and peas, planted alongside the commodity crops in their fields. Those vegetables would feed the farmers’ families while saving valuable canning tin and transportation fuel. Wickard wanted to see 1.3 million new farmer-grown victory gardens in 1942. Those who “gardened for pleasure,” as one advertisement put it, should limit themselves to flowers, shrubs and trees. “This, of course, is for Morale,” it explained. “Because Morale is equally important as Nutrition.”

Morale is one thing, but the patriotic feeling of doing one's part is even stronger, so people sowed their yards with vegetable plants anyway. Read about the rise of World War II Victory Gardens at Atlas Obscura.


Roundhay Garden Scene, England,1888

Louis Le Prince was a pioneer of motion pictures. He was the first person to shoot a motion picture with a single lens camera and a strip of film. His ultimate masterpiece was called Roundhay Garden, Leeds Bridge, produced in 1888. Who knew motion pictures went back that far? Prince mysteriously vanished in 1890, believed to be a suicide, and never publicly showed the film. Now the original exists as 20 still frame shots.

Denis Shiryaev took those 20 frames and restored the film using artificial intelligence. He explains what he did in the video, but if you want to only see the animation, skip the first two minutes. The restoration contains 250 frames. And he added sound effects. -via Geekologie


The Dos and Don'ts of Rick and Morty

Any ongoing comic or animation series needs to set standards, in order to keep consistency over time.  Sure, the very earliest Simpsons cartoons are different from what you are used to, but after the first couple of years, they've pretty much remain unchanged for three decades. That's because there are rules.

If you've wanted to make your own Rick and Morty drawings, but can't seen to get it just right, maybe you need some guidance. There's plenty of it, in notes from designer Maximus J. Pauson and co-creator Justin Roiland. They have apparently made all these mistakes in the past so that you don't have to. See more of these Rick and Morty drawing guides at Cracked.

(Image source: Character Design References)


Behind the Scenes of Classic Disney Films

Video artist Duncan Evans gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how Disney created the special effects in the 1942 movie Bambi. You always wondered how they did that, right? Then he skipped to 1994 with a special look at the making of The Lion King.  

See more of Evans' creative videos at Instagram. -via Everlasting Blort


John Dean: Celebrity Shipwreck Survivor

The British ship named the Sussex, commissioned by the East India Company, sank off the coast of Madagascar in 1738. It was more than two years later that the home office learned that sailor John Dean had survived the sinking.

It took Dean 16 months, most of which was spent walking across Madagascar, to find a European ship to rescue him.  That ship transported him from Madagascar to Bombay, where his story was transcribed, then sent on to the East India Company in London.

By the time Dean reached London in September 1741, a year had passed since the Company’s Court of Directors had learned of his survival, and his story had been published at least twice as a 22 page booklet.  Soon after his return, a risqué mezzotint portrait of a shirtless John Dean was also published in London, showing him standing on a rocky shoreline, holding a spear, with the Sussex sinking in the background.  This rugged image of Dean most likely increased his celebrity, and parallels were made between his story and Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe.

Dean became a hero of sorts to the public, and even more valuable to the East India Company. See, Dean's account of the Sussex shipwreck varied from that of the captain, who had also survived but was rescued much earlier. Read the story of shipwreck survivor John Dean at the British Library blog. -via Strange Company


The Wine Window: Contactless Delivery in the 17th Century

When the bubonic plague returned to Florence, Italy in the 1600s, enterprising wine merchants found a way to continue selling their wares to fearful customers. They cut tiny windows into their exterior walls through which they could pass bottles or glasses of wine. About 150 remain in place today and some, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, have been returned to service. The New York Post describes this revived architectural phenomenon:

“Everyone is confined to home for two months and then the government permits a gradual reopening,” the Wine Window Association website reads. “During this time, some enterprising Florentine Wine Window owners have turned back the clock and are using their Wine Windows to dispense glasses of wine, cups of coffee, drinks, sandwiches and ice cream — all germ-free, contactless!”
“Everyone is confined to home for two months and then the government permits a gradual reopening,” the Wine Window Association website reads. “During this time, some enterprising Florentine Wine Window owners have turned back the clock and are using their Wine Windows to dispense glasses of wine, cups of coffee, drinks, sandwiches and ice cream — all germ-free, contactless!”

-via Comfortably Smug | Photo: Wine Window Association


50 Overdramatic Cats Who Deserve An Oscar

(Image credit: DrBirdBrain)

Someone once said that cats don't show emotion in their faces. Cat owners know that's not true at all. While some cats are stone-faced, which is actually good for predators, many pet cats can be drama queens. Kiwi, above, panicked when he saw his human apparently drowning in the bathtub. He went into emergency mode, calling for someone to save him/her. Believe it or not, Kiwi is just one of four black and white cats upset at the idea of a bathtub in this gallery.

This looks like my Marshmallow, who also has a resting concerned face. See 50 dramatic cats putting extra mustard on their situations at Bored Panda.


The Science Against Making Tea in a Microwave

A current topic that is sure to start an argument is how to make tea. Should one use a tea kettle, or just put a cup of water in the microwave? I use the barbaric American method of microwaving the water, because I need some hot caffeine in a hurry, and I already have a microwave that needs to justify its continued existence. Really, is there a difference in hot water made by one method or the other? Yes, according to research from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

Typically, the study describes, if you're warming a liquid like water on the stove or within a kettle, the heating source warms the container from below. This is when a process called convection happens, when the liquid at the bottom of the container warms up, diminishes in density, and moves to the top, letting the remaining cooler liquid to get access to the sweet, sweet heating source below. This results in even, uniform temperature throughout the container.

But if you're throwing your cup of water in the microwave for 90 seconds, like the researchers did, the device's electric field heats it from all angles, not just from below, so while the top part of the cup's water may be sitting at boiling point, the bottom may not. "Because the entire glass itself is also warming up, the convection process does not occur, and the liquid at the top of the container ends up being much hotter than the liquid at the bottom," reads the study.

This is crucial, since the temperature of the water affects the taste of the tea. However, different types of tea require different temperatures. The researchers came up with a solution, which is to invent a new gadget you can put on top of your cup while you microwave it. I think it might be simpler to just use a spoon to stir the water after microwaving it, and then see if the homogenized water is hot enough. Your microwave time can be adjusted accordingly. Read the findings on this important subject at Mashable.

(Image credit: Liebesland)


The Nazi Interrogator Who Killed Them With Kindness

Hanns Scharff was drafted into the German army during World War II. Terrified of being sent to the Eastern Front, he used his family connections and ability to speak English to work his way into the position of interrogating Allied POWs for the Luftwaffe. The Nazis had established brutal tactics for extracting intelligence from captives, but Scharff found them distasteful and decided to go his own way.

And so it was that Scharff would use the role of “Good Cop” to achieve his goals. Scharff first gained the trust and confidence of the captives, plying the captives with long walks in the woods, his wife’s baked delicacies, casual conversations, good medical care, and even letting one POW fly a plane. Beyond all these little kindnesses, he would sell himself as their biggest advocate with his superiors. He was the one who could keep them from the Gestapo, but only if they worked with him and played ball. No Nazi dentist would dig into their gums and ask them, “is it safe?”

His methodology was as follows: get to know the POW, and then allow him to talk without coercion. Along the way, Scharff pretended to know everything beforehand, but stated that his superiors insisted that the information come from the captive. Then he would either confirm that he knew the information or discontinue the conversation. This eventually became known as the Scharff Method, and it was highly successful. POWs often offered up vital intelligence on their own through his trickery. No brutality, no torture…no raising of voices. No use of the Gestapo.

Scharff didn't follow the manual, but the Nazis couldn't argue with his success. Read about the life and legacy of Nazi interrogator Hanns Scharff at Today I Found Out.

(Image: not Hanns Scharff)

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