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Big W recalls Christmas product after X-rated complaints

<p>Aussie retail chain Big W has been forced to recall a popular Christmas item after it was not what it seemed.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook, a customer shared a photo of a seemingly X-rated bath bomb, suggesting it looked like something phallic.</p> <p>“If anyone’s looking for bath bombs … I think Big W might have got their candy cane a bit wrong!” she captioned the image.</p> <p>Her hilarious suggestion quickly prompted the retailer to pull the $2 item from shelves across the country.</p> <p>The post in the group Big W Mums Australia was inundated with comments from shoppers also poking fun at the Candy Cane Bath Fizzer.</p> <p><img style="width: 363.024px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838932/screen-shot-2020-11-26-at-105143-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a1b38f95cd004c5f9311cd018299afbf" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Credit: Big W Mums Australia</em></p> <p>“The label clearly states for external use only. Calm down guys,”’ one customer joked, while another added, “Now that will be a jolly good time!”</p> <p>“I just spat out my drink!” a third person said.</p> <p>“Bath bombs are going to be popular in some household stockings this year, especially all those single ladies,” said another.</p> <p>After drawing attention for all the wrong reasons, Big W recalled the pink item.</p> <p>“We are aware that the candy cane bath bomb in our range did get some attention on social media and we certainly didn’t intend to offend our customers,” a spokesperson said in a statement to news.com.au</p> <p>“Thanks to their feedback, we withdrew the bath bomb from our range on Thursday, November 19.”</p>

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“Should we pixelate that?” Sunrise reacts to X-rated Greg Norman photo

<p>Golfing legend Greg Norman has shocked fans after sharing a very revealing photo to social media.</p> <p>The 65-year-old took to Instagram to post an image of himself walking his dog down a beach in Florida wearing a pair of board shorts.</p> <p>The post is captioned: “A man and his dog on a Sunday.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CH56_o8p7H4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CH56_o8p7H4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Greg Norman (@shark_gregnorman)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>But it was an X-rated detail in Norman’s swimmers that has left the internet buzzing.</p> <p>The image sparked plenty of cheeky comments when it was shown LIVE on Sunrise during Wednesday’s episode of the Channel 7 breakfast show.</p> <p>“Shouldn’t we be pixelating parts of that?” Host David Koch asked.</p> <p>“I don’t know what you mean Kochie, what are you looking at?” newsreader Edwina Bartholomew responded.</p> <p>“It’s just a photo of Greg Norman and his dog going for a stroll on the beach.”</p> <p>Samantha Armytage jumped in, saying that “it pays to advertise.”</p> <p>“It’s a world where you’ve just got to put it all on Instagram.”</p> <p>“Well, he certainly put it all out there!” Koch added.</p>

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Fascinating origins of everyday hand gestures

<div id="page1" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>When was the last time you responded to someone’s text with a thumbs-up or clapping emoji? Or maybe you crossed your fingers while waiting to hear back about that promotion? You might not think twice about why or how these common hand gestures came to be, yet we still use them in our everyday lives. Unsurprisingly, each of them has its own unique history – and some are darker than others. Learn the meaning of ten often-used hand signs, and then check out another 100 facts about practically everything.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div id="page2" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <p><strong>Handshake</strong><br />Let’s dial it back to the basics, starting with the good, ol’ handshake. Whether you’re greeting someone for the first time, closing a deal, or making amends, shaking hands is usually the go-to gesture. Handshakes are so important that some people often base their entire first impression of you on how firm, limp, rushed, or long yours is. But if you think about it, shaking hands is a little weird. Who decided on this customary gesture, anyway?</p> <p>As it turns out, the handshake has been around for thousands of years – one of its earliest depictions in art is from the 9th century B.C., while Homer mentioned it in The Odyssey a century or two later – and there are a couple of theories about its origin, according to History.com. The first theory suggests that showing someone your empty, weapon-free palms conveys peaceful intentions, while the shaking motion would dislodge any weapons that might be hidden up a sleeve. The second theory has to do with the clasping motion when two hands meet, which symbolises good faith and a sacred bond.</p> <p><strong>The middle finger</strong><br />Ah, the middle finger. As one of the most, if not the most, offensive hand gestures, it’s no surprise that its origin is also vulgar. The hand sign’s meaning is actually phallic, and it’s believed to date back to ancient times, with the Greeks using it when referencing male genitalia and the Romans calling it the “digitus impudicus,” or the “shameless finger.” Its earliest documentation in the United States was in 1886, when a pitcher for the Boston Beaneaters “flipped the bird” in a photograph with the team’s rivals, the New York Giants. Speaking of rude hand gestures, here are ten that are OK to use in the United States but are pretty much equivalent to the middle finger if you’re abroad.</p> <p><strong>Bunny ears</strong><br />Putting two fingers up in the shape of a “V” behind your friend’s head to make them look like they have bunny ears makes for a great photobomb, but the cute hand gesture has a surprisingly dark origin. In the Middle Ages, the bunny ear gesture was referred to as “cuckold’s horns” and was used to shame a man whose wife was unfaithful; sometimes the shamed men were even forced to wear antlers on their heads. The hand sign’s meaning is also said to symbolize donkey ears, which was a common insult in Medieval times. (Think of another word for donkey to get the full impact of the insult.) Another weird gesture? Prince Harry’s frequent hand placement.</p> <p><strong>Crossed fingers</strong><br />How many times have you crossed your fingers when hoping for something to happen? Or maybe you crossed them behind your back when making a promise? Either way, people have been doing this for centuries. The original gesture was an ancient pagan custom that required two people to cross fingers, notes the BBC. The idea was that the wishes would be kept safe at the point where their fingers crossed until they came true. Pagans weren’t the only ones to cross their fingers for good luck, though. Early Christians would often cross their fingers when faced with persecution to invoke the power of Christ’s crucifixion or to absolve themselves from sin. Some would also cross fingers with fellow Christians before Mass to form the symbol of the ichthus, or the sign of the fish.</p> <p><strong>Thumbs-up and thumbs-down</strong><br />We’ve come to know and love the thumbs-up and thumbs-down emojis, but these hand gestures haven’t always been so innocent. As TIME reports, referees originally used the gestures in Ancient Rome to determine whether a gladiator should live or die – but thumbs-up meant death and pressing your thumb down on your fist meant life. Eventually, the gestures’ implications largely swapped meanings, which is why we now know thumbs-up to be positive and thumbs-down to be negative.</p> <p>Some people also believe early pilots used the thumbs-up gesture to communicate with the person starting the propeller during pre-flight checks. However, the first recorded positive association with the thumbs-up gesture wasn’t until 1917, in a book titled Over the Top by Arthur Guy Empey. Empey was an American who served in the British Army during World War I and explained that UK soldiers used the phrase thumbs-up to indicate that everything was well.</p> <p><strong>High five</strong><br />Whether you got a promotion at work, won a sports match, or scored an awesome discount while shopping, you’ve probably given or received a high five before. The gesture requires two people to reach up and slap each other’s palms in an act of celebration. Regardless of its popularity, no one really knows who to credit the gesture to – but we do know it’s likely the creation of an athlete in the late 1970s.</p> <p>The first theory claims the high five was created on October 2, 1977, when Los Angeles Dodger Glenn Burke thrust his hand over his head to greet another Dodgers player, Dusty Baker, and Baker smacked it. “His hand was up in the air, and he was arching way back,” Baker told ESPN. “So I reached up and hit his hand. It seemed like the thing to do.” The second theory attributes the origin of the high five to Derek Smith, a University of Louisville basketball player who supposedly invented it at practice during the 1978–79 season. As the story goes, another player, Wiley Brown, tried to give Smith a low five, but Smith asked for one “up high” instead – and voilà, the high five was born.</p> <p><strong>Clapping</strong><br />Clapping, of course, signifies approval or praise. Whether it’s clapping after a show, a speech, or a safe plane landing, it’s often considered rude not to do so. Although the exact origin of clapping isn’t known, applause dates back to ancient times – it’s even referenced in the Bible. In Western culture, its popularisation is thought to have originated in the ancient Roman theatre, according to the Atlantic. From there, applause made its way into politics, where Roman politicians gauged their popularity and approval based on how much applause they received when entering the arena. Applause was so highly respected that it was essentially used as a way to collect data and determine leadership value..</p> <p><strong>V sign</strong><br />Holding up your index and middle finger to form a “V” sign can be a symbol of peace or an insult, depending on where you live. In the UsK, if your palm is facing yourself while you’re making the V sign, it’s equivalent to the middle finger in the United States. However, if your palm is facing outward, the hand sign’s meaning is simply the number two. Like most hand gestures, the V sign’s true origin is a bit murky. Some people believe it originated during the Battle of Agincourt, when the French would capture British archers and cut off their index and middle fingers so they couldn’t draw a bowstring. This story continues to be debated by historians and scholars.</p> <p>What we do know, however, is how the V sign (with your palm facing outward) played a role in World War II: Many people, including Winston Churchill, often used it to signify “victory.” As the 1960s rolled around, the hand sign’s meaning also began to be known to signify “peace” by American and British youths, which was perhaps influenced by Churchill’s use of the gesture.</p> <p><strong>Salute</strong><br />The salute gesture is the movement of raising your right hand to the brim of your head cover with your palm facing down. This hand sign is primarily used in the military and is a gesture of respect; it also informs others that you aren’t carrying any weapons. Some people believe its origins date back a few thousand years, when assassins were more prevalent in the military and government; the gesture was an effort to ensure no one had ill intentions. Another theory dates back to medieval times, when knights lifted their visors to show their identities to superiors. Saluting is also thought to be a replacement gesture to removing one’s hat out of respect. Regardless of what its true origin might be, today’s standard salute was an official military gesture by 1820 and is still rendered regularly by service members as a sign of respect.</p> <p>Before we jump into this one, it’s important to note that the sign of the horns gesture has a lot of possible origins. The hand gesture is made when you hold up your pinky and index finger and hold down your middle and ring fingers with your thumb. This isn’t to be confused with the “I love you” symbol in ASL, which requires the thumb to also be out.</p> <div id="page1" class="slide-show"> <div id="test" class="slide listicle-slide"> <div class="slide-description"> <p>The first potential origin is related to music. If you’ve ever been to a rock or metal concert, you’re probably familiar with this popular hand sign. Many people attribute the gesture’s popularisation to Ronnie James Dio in the late 1970s…but he claims he wasn’t the one who invented it. Dio says his Italian grandmother inspired him to pick up on the “corna” gesture to ward off the “evil eye” and bad luck. It’s possible his grandmother might have been inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel<span> </span><em>Dracula</em>, which mentions characters using the gesture to protect themselves from the evil eye. In other words, we know the sign has been around since at least the end of the 19th century, but its exact origin remains a mystery.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Brittany Gibson. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/see-the-last-photos-ever-taken-of-nelson-mandela"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p> </div> </div>

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Sarah Harris unveils jaw dropping body transformation

<p>Studio 10 host Sarah Harris has unveiled the results of a dramatic-year-long body transformation in a stunning cover shoot for the latest Stellar Magazine.</p> <p>The mother-of-two overhauled her fitness routine in mid-2019 and has since lost 6kg - but as she tells Stellar’s Angela Mollard, the aim was always straight, fitness and mental health, rather than weight loss.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHlumr_MOoa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHlumr_MOoa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sarah Harris 📺🌮 (@whatsarahsnapped)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It wasn’t about losing weight but getting stronger. Carrying two heavy boys [sons Paul, 4, and Harry, 2] had put a huge strain on my back. So last year, after quite a while of having my back taped, I started running and strengthening my core. This is the only body I’ve got, so I want to take care of it,” she told Stellar.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHj0OJesID5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHj0OJesID5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sarah Harris 📺🌮 (@whatsarahsnapped)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“In the past, body image has affected my mental health so I don’t want to put the message out there that you should be able to snap back to your [pre-baby] body,” she says. “I’m in awe of what my body has done. I’ve not only grown these two awesome kids, but birthed them as well … Women are phenomenal. We have to get off our own backs. If I can pass that on to the sisterhood, that’s one of the lessons I’ve learnt.”</p> <p>The 39-year-old began working out with the help of a personal trainer, taking up pilates and becoming a regular runner.</p> <p>Harris said running “helps with my anxiety”.</p> <p>She also opened up about Studio 10’s on-air cull, which saw Kerri-Anne Kennerley axed and Harris’ “TV husband” Joe Hildebrand replaced with Tristan McManus.</p> <p>The TV host confirmed a rumour which claimed Harris asked for a pay cut so Hildebrand could stay, one that was declined. </p> <p>“I’m fiercely protective of Joe,” she says. “He’s my brother. That’s what families do.”</p>

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Hugh Grant reveals panic-inducing COVID-19 symptoms he experienced

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Actor Hugh Grant went into graphic detail about the strange symptoms he experienced while battling coronavirus this year.</p> <p>Grant, 60, and his wife Anna Eberstein were struck with the illness and Grant made the detailed confession on <em>The Late Show</em> with Stephen Colbert.</p> <p>The pair suffered from normal coronavirus symptoms, which included a tightness in the chest and a loss of smell but also experienced other odd symptoms.</p> <p>“It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat,” he said, describing it as “like a poncho of sweat.”</p> <p>“Then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and this … a feeling as though an enormous man was sitting on my chest, Harvey Weinstein or someone,” he said.</p> <p>Grant started "to panic" when he lost his sense of smell.</p> <p>“I started sniffing flowers, nothing. And you get more and more desperate. I started sniffing in garbage cans. You know, you want to sniff strangers’ armpits because you just can’t smell anything,” he explained, telling Colbert he even resorted to spraying his wife’s Chanel No. 5 perfume “directly” into his face.</p> <p>The pair have since recovered from the illness and a recent test reveals he now has antibodies for the virus.</p> <p>He's not the only celebrity to experience odd symptoms from COVID-19, with actress Alyssa Milano losing a lot of her hair after just one brushing as she was diagnosed with COVID-19. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Thought I’d show you what <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Covid19</a> does to your hair. Please take this seriously. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WearADamnMask?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WearADamnMask</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LongHauler?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LongHauler</a> <a href="https://t.co/H0wCmzYswV">pic.twitter.com/H0wCmzYswV</a></p> — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) <a href="https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/1292540903047852034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“I am what they call a ‘long hauler’. Last night, I had real heaviness in my chest. I went to the ER just to make sure it wasn’t a blood clot. Thankfully, it wasn’t,” she wrote on Twitter, seemingly having the same symptoms Grant experienced.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Rebel Wilson shows off incredible transformation at Halloween party

<p>Rebel Wilson has showed off her incredible weight loss transformation in new photographs wearing a coronavirus-themed Halloween costume. </p> <p>The Aussie star dressed as a warrior princess, opting for a skin-tight leotard, a cape and purple boots.</p> <p>Sharing a number of posts to Instagram, the 40-year-old also showed off her skills with a pair of nunchucks.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHA6ULWAxqK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/rebelwilson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Rebel Wilson</a> (@rebelwilson) on Oct 31, 2020 at 9:15am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Just call me: RONA (Warrior Princess) ...destroying ‘rona wherever I go,” she wrote in one post.</p> <p>In a second post, Wilson was flanked by two other women, including her sister, who also had nunchucks.</p> <p>“TOGETHER WE ARE: THE NUN-CHICKS,” Wilson wrote.</p> <p>Rebel also posted a video to her stories showing her destroying a coronavirus cell-shaped piñata ball.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; 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font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/rebelwilson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Rebel Wilson</a> (@rebelwilson) on Oct 31, 2020 at 1:42pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I’m going to crush this coronavirus,” the 40-year-old said in a video.</p> <p>In another snap, Wilson was seen posing with boyfriend Jacob Busch.</p> <p>Wilson has shared several photos of her weight loss journey over the past few months.</p> <p>The 40 year old announced earlier this year she was embarking on a “Year of Health” in 2020.</p> <p>She revealed in October she was only 3kg away from her goal weight of 75kg.</p>

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“Ugly and repulsive”: Acid attack survivor slams troll after undergoing 400th operation

<p>British TV personality and model Katie Piper has shared the vicious taunt she received from a troll on Instagram, calling out the cruel nature of the comments.</p> <p>The 37-year-old has been the subject of vicious trolling since suffering a horrific acid attack in 2008.</p> <p>The mum was assaulted by an ex-boyfriend while walking in the street in London, and has since undergone almost 400 surgeries to correct the damage that resulted from the attack.</p> <p>Sharing a screenshot of the message she received on her Instagram, the troll wrote: "You're the most repulsive and ugliest thing I've ever seen why even bother with make-up."</p> <p>In response, the TV presenter noted "more work needs to be done" to combat online harassment.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFeJjjvj3lt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CFeJjjvj3lt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Morning 🌻🌼 Amongst all this uncertainty the sun and being able to take walks has provided some consistency and peace. What’s providing you with a little escapism and clarity at the moment? Big or small My dress is @ted_baker</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/katiepiper_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> K A T I E P I P E R</a> (@katiepiper_) on Sep 23, 2020 at 12:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I've posted this message from my inbox to show you all the work and conversations around diversity and inclusion, the everyday reality for anyone who is in the minority category," she wrote.</p> <p>"The everyday existence is very different to the positivity campaigns. More work needs to be done."</p> <p>A week before, Piper shared a health update after having an operation on her right eye.</p> <p>The TV personality was left blind in her left eye following the March, 2008 attack.</p> <p>A representative for Piper told the Mail Online she was "being as brave as ever" in the lead up to the procedure and "remains positive about the future."</p> <p>"The operation was a skin graft to her upper eyelid using skin from her left arm. She is currently resting to minimise the threat of infection and to ensure a quick recovery. Katie thanks everyone for their care and warm wishes," they added.</p> <p>Piper sustained the injuries from her ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch and accomplice Stefan Sylvestre.</p>

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Pete Evans puts forward “hugging” and “self-love” as "the best vaccine in the world"

<p><span>Celebrity chef Pete Evans has suggested that “hugging” and “self-love” could be "the best vaccine in the world" during an interview with an anti-vaxxer political candidate.</span><br /><br /><span>The former My Kitchen Rules judge spoke candidly with Allona Lahn, a Sunshine Coast candidate in the Queensland state election for the Informed Medical Options Party, in a controversial interview last week.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Lahn’s is a self-described “natural health advocate and freedom of choice ambassador” who believes “it is time to investigate Australia’s mass drugging agenda with vaccination and fluoride being first and foremost,” as per her website.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair discussed a wide range of controversial topics, including COVID-19, vaccination, home schooling and politics. </span><br /><br /><span>He kicked off the interview by sharing an experience he had while walking his dog, saying that along his trek, he saw a mobile vet van that advertised microchipping and vaccinations.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s so fascinating when you see it’s right in our faces,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“They talk about ‘microchipping will never happen’ (but) they’re doing it to our pets.”</span><br /><br /><span>The two also openly discussed the “insanity” surrounding a potential COVID-19 vaccine. </span><br /><br /><span>Evans went on to claim that he had spoken with “so many experts around the world” who told him the coronavirus crisis was over.</span><br /><br /><span>“If people want to have a vaccine then so be it. That’s their prerogative, it’s their choice,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And if other people don’t want to have a vaccine then that’s their choice too.</span><br /><br /><span>“The insanity about a COVID-19 vaccine, I mean, I’ve spoke with so many experts from around the world — they’re all basically saying it’s gone now, it’s done, it’s finished.</span><br /><br /><span>“Anybody that doesn’t believe that it’s finished is insane or they have an agenda, because next year another virus or another form of whatever it will be will travel the world again.</span><br /><br /><span>“It won’t be COVID-19, they’ll make up some other f...ing name, excuse my language.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve heard that they’re calling it COVID-21 next.”</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Lahn told the chef that his theories “resonated with her”.</span><br /><br /><span>Evans also took aim at Australian political leaders such as Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, saying the political system was “crumbling under its own weight”.</span><br /><br /><span>“The system is corrupt. Every single which way you look at it.”</span><br /><br /><span>He also highlighted the ICAC hearings in New South Wales, and used the turmoil surrounding the Victorian government as an argument - saying politics in general is “a sh..show” and saying “they are clowns without a ringleader”.</span><br /><br /><span>“They’re actors on a stage, and very bad ones at that. They don’t even know their lines.”</span><br /><br /><span>The TV star also went on to say that politicians and public figures such as billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates are not the vaccination experts they claim to be.</span><br /><br /><span>“Maybe these experts know that there are other options out there rather than mandatory vaccines,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Maybe sunlight could be the best vaccine in the world. Maybe good nutrition could be the best vaccine in the world.</span><br /><br /><span>“Maybe self-love, maybe hugging and connecting to other human beings and looking at different points of view could be the best vaccine in the world for our community moving forward.”</span></p>

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Non-smoking mum reveals symptom she ignored that turned out to be cancer

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A Brisbane mum's lung cancer symptoms were masked by her pregnancy for months and almost was diagnosed too late.</p> <p>However, she's warning other mums to not make the same mistakes she did and get tested early.</p> <p>Samantha Bladwell thought something was wrong as she was 30 weeks pregnant but figured it was to do with the baby.</p> <p>She would be short of breath in weird situations, such as walking up a hill or giving a presentation at work and had decided to take herself to her GP.</p> <p>Her GP wasn't convinced but sent her off for tests anyway.</p> <p>After a CT scan, a biopsy and conversations with specialists, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, which was in her spine, her brain and both of her lungs.</p> <p>“It was very surreal, and all a bit of a blur,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.kidspot.com.au/parenting/real-life/reader-stories/i-thought-i-was-rundown-and-pregnant-but-the-truth-was-so-much-scarier/news-story/c8e65317b91a044635f6e93ea65c3073" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Kidspot.</a></p> <p>“People assume if you’ve got lung cancer, you smoke, so it’s your fault. I’ve never smoked a cigarette in my life,” she said.</p> <p>‘The truth is anyone with lungs can get lung cancer. No-one deserves to have lung cancer, it’s horrible.”</p> <p>She's now urging other mums to get tested as she initially blamed her shortness of breath on the expected baby.</p> <p>The mother-of-two is now undergoing target therapy which works to specifically kill cancer-causing cells.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Kidspot</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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How to stop your glasses from fogging up while wearing a mask

<p>The COVID-19 pandemic brings with it a problem unique to those who wear glasses: The moment the face mask goes on, those lenses instantly fog up.</p> <p>It’s an annoying quirk that boils down to the difference in temperature between your body and your glasses. When you breathe, the warm air that leaves your mouth and nose escapes through the top of your mask, turns into condensation, and fogs up the cool surface of your lenses.</p> <p>Though foggy glasses are inconvenient, widespread mask-wearing remains one of the most important public health measures we have to protect ourselves against the novel coronavirus, says Dr Anna Banerji, an associate professor at the University of Toronto. Since the virus is airborne, wearing a face covering like a mask creates a physical layer of protection between you and any air droplets from infected people. “And, if you wear a mask properly, it protects someone else because your droplets aren’t going to the nose or mouth of someone and potentially infecting them,” Banerji says.</p> <p>The good news? There are measures you can take to ensure your vision remains crystal clear throughout the pandemic. Here are five tips to help you avoid foggy glasses while wearing a face mask.</p> <p><strong>Use soap and water</strong><br />Banerji suggests washing your glasses with soapy water and then wiping them dry. “There’s a film of soap that’s left over which might reduce the risk of fogging,” she advises. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, glasses get foggy because of the surface tension between the water molecules in your breath. The thin film left behind by the soapy water reduces the surface tension and causes the water molecules to spread out evenly, rather than cluster on your lenses to create fog.</p> <p>It’s best to use dishwashing detergent or a basic hand soap – anything that is for sensitive skin or contains lotion might get stuck to your lenses and smear.</p> <p><strong>Wear your glasses over your mask</strong><br />Changing the position of your glasses might divert the warm air away from your lenses. If you’re finding that your vision gets cloudy with every breath you take, try pulling the top of your mask higher onto your face so that your glasses are sitting on top of the material.</p> <p><strong>Mind the gap</strong><br />You might be having trouble with foggy glasses because your mask doesn’t fit tightly enough. The result is a gap at the top of the mask, by the bridge of your nose, that lets warm air escape behind the lenses of your glasses. Make sure that your mask fits securely over your nose. If you have a mask that has an adjustable nose bridge strip, mould the strip to follow the contours of your nose for a tighter seal.</p> <p><strong>Tape it down</strong><br />Another way to close the gap at the top of a mask is to tape it down across the bridge of your nose. Even before the pandemic, some health care professionals who regularly wear glasses would put a strip of surgical tape along the top of their masks to prevent the warm moist air from escaping. Just make sure you’re using medical tape or sports tape that’s safe for use on skin.</p> <p><strong>Use a tissue</strong><br />If you’re still having problems with your glasses fogging up, try folding a facial tissue horizontally and placing it under the top of your mask at the bridge of your nose. The moisture from your breath should be absorbed by the tissue instead of escaping behind your glasses.</p> <p class="p1">Written by <span>Rebecca Gao</span>. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/how-to-stop-your-glasses-from-fogging-up-while-wearing-a-mask"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</p>

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12-year-old autistic boy "left to die" after drinking bleach

<p>A 12-year-old boy has been "left to die" after being tricked into drinking something that his mother believes was laced with bleach.</p> <p>Ronnie Phillips was left in an induced coma after sneaking out of the house with his younger brother to meet some other children.</p> <p>It was here that the other children gave Ronnie the drink, which he took as he thought it was alcohol.</p> <p>Ronnie's heartbroken mother Danielle Potter told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/sussex-news/crawley-boy-12-left-die-4597796" target="_blank">SussexLive</a></em> that her son collapsed and his brother was screaming for help as he thought he died.</p> <p>“I just want to make people realise the dangers of drink, drugs, playing stupid games and running away leaving a child to die,” Danielle told the publication.</p> <p>“Kids will be kids but this sort of stuff is just ridiculous and dangerous”.</p> <p>Sharing her son’s experience online as a warning, Danielle added: “What my 12-year-old thought would be a laugh and a bit of fun with his mates has resulted with him like this in a coma, a machine breathing for him and in ICU.”</p> <p>His grandmother posted an update to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/fq96f-ronnie?utm_source=facebook&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&amp;fbclid=IwAR2zp7jBuyRAVDGQTn4JQjQaVSkdzDbMpNWqxA83MLKfVKNMLP0Ez1CPW50" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>GoFundMe</em></a> page updating people about Ronnie's condition.</p> <p>“This is my 12 year old grandson who is autistic. On Friday night some older children tricked him into drinking bleach and the result was him having to be put in a induced coma!” Tracey Willmor wrote.</p> <p>“He is now awake but can’t understand why no one likes him and would do this to him when he thought they was his friends! I want to show him that people do care and are not all nasty”</p> <p>Ronnie has since recovered and is due to return home soon.</p>

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Mother gives grave warning after daughter loses leg

<p>A mother is urging parents to think again before they let their children near and around adult equipment after her own daughter lost her leg in a horrific lawnmower accident in August.</p> <p>Mum Sarah Reardon said her three-year-old daughter Abigail Reardon, is dealing with her new circumstances “far better than all the adults in her life” after she was reversed over by the mower in Franklin, Massachusetts.</p> <p>The horrifying accident took place on August 22 and resulted in extensive damage to Abigail’s left foot and leg. </p> <p>It left her needing an amputation from her mid-calf.</p> <p>Ms Reardon said the accident happened quickly. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838231/baby-loses-leg-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3ab4b3d15ae448858175ce9b20d1172b" /></p> <p>“She was out playing and the lawnmower was put into reverse and she was there,” the heartbroken mother told Boston 25 News.</p> <p>The driver of the ride-on mower has not been identified because what happened was an accident, she said.</p> <p>Abigail spent 16 days at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. </p> <p>The little girl has undergone five surgeries and her mother said more surgeries are likely to come.</p> <p>Ms Reardon aid she had an “amazing, determined, resilient little spirit”.</p> <p>“Abby lost her left foot and leg up to the middle of her calf, endured plastic reconstructive surgery, has significant soft tissue injuries to recover from, and is fighting bacterial and fungal infections from her wounds,” she wrote on a GoFundMe page.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838232/baby-loses-leg-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f7598eb86a447d78768670d345f38d9" /></p> <p>Her mum also said she faces ongoing issues, including requiring medications, and “will need many prosthetic leg fittings over the course of the next 15+ years, or until she’s done growing”.</p> <p>“As the bones in her amputated leg grow, it’s likely the skin won’t stretch fast enough to keep up, so she’s expected to go through many procedures to ‘shorten the bone’ as she grows.”</p> <p>The mum said the accident was also witnessed by Abigail’s older sister Alexa. </p> <p>She has also expressed she wants said Alexa to begin counselling to help her understand the accident.</p> <p>Ms Reardon said she wants parents to be aware of the dangers of ride-on mowers. </p> <p>“They’re obviously very dangerous machines,” she said. </p> <p>“I’ve learned way more statistics than I wanted to about what happens to over 9000 children a year.”</p> <p>Ms Reardon was citing statistics from the American Academy of Paediatrics. </p> <p>AAoP advises children be kept indoors while ride-on mowers are in use.</p> <p>A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Abigail’s family pay for medical costs.</p>

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10 easy ways to improve gut health

<p><strong>How to improve gut health naturally</strong><br />At any given moment, there are trillions of bacteria living in your gut. Known as a ‘microbiome,’ this culture of microscopic organisms is essential to gut health, playing a role in everything from the digestion of food to the regulation of metabolism. What’s more, research suggests the condition of your microbiome can also impact your mood and your ability to fend of illness.</p> <p>Although the market is saturated with expensive probiotics that can give your microbiome a boost, it turns out you can actually change your internal ecosystem simply by adapting your lifestyle.</p> <p>“The gut microbiota is very dynamic, so if you start taking up healthy food habits, it will respond and will modify very quickly – even within 48 hours,” says assistant professor Corinne Maurice. But to improve gut health in the long-term, you need to stick to those healthy habits, because the benefits can disappear just as quickly. Here’s expert advice on how to improve gut health naturally.</p> <p><strong>Foster gut health by diversifying your diet</strong><br />Maurice explains that most people who are sick with a gut-related disease – or even other conditions, like diabetes and allergies – have one thing in common: a lack of variety in their microbial populations. It’s clear that a healthy gut is a diversely-populated gut, and one of the best ways to build a diverse bacterial community is to eat a wide range of healthy foods.</p> <p><strong>Eat yoghurt and kefir for a healthy gut</strong><br />Consuming cultured dairy products, such as yoghurt and kefir, introduces healthy bacteria into your gut. Those bacteria may not take up permanent residence there, but they can have positive effects even while passing through. A 2011 study found that, when a strain of bacteria that’s common to yoghurt was ingested by mice, it regulated their moods. This has led scientists to believe the bacteria could have the potential to treat depression in humans, too.</p> <p><strong>Don’t give up cheese in the name of gut health</strong><br />Could cheese be good for gut health? It seems increasingly likely. A study conducted by the American Chemical Society found that people who ate cheese had higher levels of a certain by-product of gut bacteria that’s been associated with a reduction in cholesterol. There’s a caveat, however: Maurice says it’s mostly unpasteurised cheeses that have those good-for-you microbes.</p> <p><strong>Be diligent about your dental health</strong><br />It might seem strange to mention oral hygiene when discussing how to improve gut health, but it’s all connected. Multiple studies, including one conducted by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found that harmful forms of bacteria that grow in the mouth often make their way into the gut or even the bloodstream. Regular brushing can keep those potentially harmful microbes in check-and your gut bacteria in balance.</p> <p><strong>Cook whole grains</strong><br />Whole grains, like quinoa, barley and oats, have dietary fibre that can’t be broken down by your intestines. That means they reach your colon intact, where they become food for the microbes and can help boost their populations. “When we give these [whole grains] to animals or humans, we note an increase in microbial diversity,” says Maurice.</p> <p><strong>Snack on nuts</strong><br />Like grains, nuts are also packed with fibre. In a 2016 study published in the journal Advances in Nutrition, researchers found that mice that were fed walnuts experienced changes in their gut microbes and developed fewer instances of colon cancer.</p> <p><strong>Spice things up</strong><br />Cooking with spices like garlic, ginger and turmeric, doesn’t only make your meals delicious; it can also curb the growth of harmful bacteria in your gut. “These spices actually contain very powerful antibacterial chemicals,” says Maurice. “But they’re not bad for your good bacteria; they’re bad for your bad bacteria.”</p> <p><strong>Indulge in dark chocolate</strong><br />Dark chocolate contains fibre and plant-based molecules called polyphenols. Since both of these compounds are difficult for the intestines to digest, they can travel deep into your gut where they’re fermented and metabolised by microbes. This process in turn releases health-promoting anti-inflammatory chemicals.</p> <p><strong>Sip some polyphenols</strong><br />A 2013 study from the journal Food Research International found that drinking black tea and red wine could improve the bacterial composition in the gut. That’s because, like chocolate, wine and tea contain microbe-feeding polyphenols.</p> <p><strong>Don’t give up on antibiotics</strong><br />Ever heard that taking antibiotics can throw your microbiome out of whack? It’s true to an extent, as antibiotics have a habit of destroying the microbes in your gut indiscriminately; but, as Maurice notes, there’s no other therapeutic alternative at the moment. Instead of avoiding antibiotics altogether (or failing to take the full dose as prescribed by your doctor), she recommends counteracting the effects on your gut by eating a diverse diet or even taking a probiotic temporarily.</p> <p><em>Written by </em><em>Jill Buchner</em><em>. This article first appeared on </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/10-easy-ways-to-improve-gut-health?pages=1"><em>Reader’s Digest</em></a><em>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><em>here’s our best subscription offer</em></a><em>.</em><em> </em></p>

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Olivia Newton-John gives sweet update on cancer battle

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Olivia Newton-John has been battling breast cancer since 1992 and has given her decades-long friend Richard Wilkins an update on her health.</p> <p>She's also started a new foundation, called the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, which aids the global fight against cancer.</p> <p>The Foundation joins the Olivia Newton-John Centre in Melbourne, which has been helping Australians fight cancer since 2012.</p> <p>"My dream is to find kinder therapies for cancer," Olivia said beaming.</p> <p>"When I was going through chemotherapy, radiation and chemotherapy, as I've done for the past 28 years, I've always dreamt of kinder ways to treat people. I've seen so many go through these processes and I know there are (other) ways we can research.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF-X2T0DXuk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF-X2T0DXuk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">I am proud to announce the establishment of the Olivia Newton-John Foundation. With your help, we will realise a world beyond cancer. Please check out and follow my new @onjfoundation. See the full video on the ONJ Foundation website. (Link in Bio.) Love and light, Olivia 🧡 #onjfoundation #beyondcancer</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/therealonj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Olivia Newton-john</a> (@therealonj) on Oct 5, 2020 at 1:03pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I want to bring the science to different things I have done to still be here. This is my life mission. I have wanted to do this for such a long time.</p> <p>Olivia has also been isolating and taking care of her health in the American countryside.</p> <p>"I feel great and I'm so grateful I'm able to be in the countryside. I feel so much for people stuck in cities or apartments, or alone," she said.</p> <p>"I have my animals and my husband. This has actually been one of the rare times in my whole life where I have been in one place for more than three weeks.</p> <p>"I feel guilty admitting I've enjoyed having the excuse to be home. I can't go anywhere, I'm in that bracket with an underlying condition and have to be careful.</p> <p>"Everybody is going through dreadful times and having to worry about their immune systems and are very conscious of their health. People with cancer have had this concern always.</p> <p>"Cancer was here before COVID and it's going to be here a long time after."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Treat yourself”: Rebel Wilson’s offers diet advice to fans

<p>Australian actress Rebel Wilson has shared some health advice with fans while posting more snaps from her recent trip to Monaco.</p> <p>The 40-year-old shared multiple photos to her 8.7 million followers on Instagram on Sunday.</p> <p>The pictures were taken at the end of September when the star took a trip to Monaco, where she attended a charity gala with her rumoured boyfriend, Jacob Busch, and an exhibition at the Nouveau Musee National de Monaco.</p> <p>“Remember though girls, you still gotta treat yourself,” she captioned a photo of herself dressed up on a balcony eating a cake.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF7zz5-ASpK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF7zz5-ASpK/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Remember though girls, you still gotta treat yourself 😘 🍰 (I just do it with food now only once or twice a week...and substitute bubble baths on alternate nights)</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/rebelwilson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Rebel Wilson</a> (@rebelwilson) on Oct 4, 2020 at 1:10pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I just do it with food now only once or twice a week... and substitute bubble baths on alternate nights,” she wrote.</p> <p>The actress also updated fans on her health journey progress, after revealing she wants to reach her goal weight of 75kg.</p> <p>“Gearing up for a great week ahead,” she wrote alongside a picture of herself on a hike.</p> <p>“This week was super busy but I got up super early 3 times and went on a hike ... even did a couple of 100m sprints to get the heart rate even higher (although my ‘sprint’ is probably someone else’s ‘slow jog’).</p> <p>“I felt proud of myself and now only 3kg away from my goal weight!”</p>

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12 bizarre aphrodisiacs from around the world

<p><strong>Fugu<br /></strong>There’s nothing like a near-death experience to get you and your partner in the mood. Handled improperly, fugu (or blowfish) has enough tetrodotoxin to poison you 30 times over! Many people have died from eating fugu, but if prepared the right way, it leaves adventurous eaters with a tingling sensation that is said to be one of the reasons it increases libido. You can safely help yourself to fugu in Japan, as long as the chef who prepares it has the special license and technique to handle it properly.</p> <p><strong>Ambergris</strong><br />Secreted by a sperm whale, ambergris is used both as a food and as an ingredient in some luxury perfumes. Casanova apparently used ambergris-infused perfume to make the ladies swoon, and it has a history in the Middle East of being consumed to increase a man’s virility. One royal family in that region reportedly combines ambergris with milk and honey to create the passion-inducing dish.</p> <p>Ambergris is banned in many countries however, including Australia and the US, because of the endangered status of the sperm whale. But in other countries, including the UK and those in the European Union (EU), it is legal to salvage a lump of ambergris from beaches and sell it. Although all whale and dolphin species are protected under EU law, ambergris is regarded as an excretion, and therefore a benign byproduct.</p> <p><strong>Spanish fly</strong><br />Whale secretions aren’t the only kind on this list. The secretions of the Spanish fly (which is really a type of beetle) are thought to be nature’s Viagra. Consuming it can prepare a man’s body for sex (if you catch our drift), but it can also come with some pretty uncomfortable side effects. Blistering and urinary tract problems can occur as a result of consuming the Spanish fly’s secretions. Still, people buy it all over Europe.</p> <p><strong>Maca root</strong><br />Maca has been used as a libido enhancer for thousands of years, and it has been scientifically proven to increase sperm count and arousal in animals. Whether it does the same job for humans is still up for debate, but that hasn’t stopped people from using maca to increase their sexual desire. Unlike ambergris or Spanish flies, you can easily put maca powder into a smoothie.</p> <p><strong>Cobra blood</strong><br />There is no scientific data supporting the claim that cobra blood increases desire or virility, but many people in Asian countries, including China and Vietnam, believe that drinking a glass of cobra blood heightens a man’s strength and libido. Because the snake is revered by people of these nations, they believe that the strong qualities of the cobra will be transferred to you if you drink its bodily fluids. Some drink it straight, while others mix it in with rice wine for a cocktail. Your average Bloody Mary looks much tamer now, doesn’t it?</p> <p><strong>Bird’s nest soup</strong><br />The can of Campbell’s soup in your cupboard might have cost you a buck or two, but 30 grams of bird’s nest soup costs $100. So, what is so special about this soup that makes it so expensive? Bird spit! This Chinese dish is made from the nests of a type of bird called a swiftlet, which fortifies its nest with its saliva. Harvesters go to great lengths to procure this rare ingredient, as swiftlet nests are found high up in cave walls.</p> <p><strong>Sea cucumbers</strong><br />There are foods that are thought to be aphrodisiacs simply because of their shape. The sea-floor-dwelling cucumber is such one. Its phallic shape is part of the reason people believe it can increase your sex drive. (The power of suggestion, right?) Valued by people from China, it represents a multi-billion-dollar industry. Over 1400 species of sea cucumber are said to exist, but only around 70 of those species are harvested. WARNING: Of these 70 species, 10 per cent are now regarded as endangered, due largely to exploitation.</p> <p><strong>Durian</strong><br />Durian is a very divisive fruit; some people love it, some hate it because of its notoriously foul odour. A study done in India has proved that consumption of the durian fruit increases male sex drive and sperm count. So, if you can make it past the stench, you might be curious to see what it can do for you.</p> <p><strong>Mustard</strong><br />You may not think about it when you’re snagging a sandwich on your lunch break, but mustard is actually a documented aphrodisiac. The Ancient Greeks figured out that mustard seeds improve overall blood flow, which is important for men when it comes to getting it on. The Chinese think it promotes sexual desire because of the spice’s heat factor. It looks like a little spice in your meal can spice up your bedroom!</p> <p><strong>Caterpillar fungus</strong><br />Found only on the Tibetan plateau, caterpillar fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis, is the world’s most valuable parasite. A relative of the tropical fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, which turns ants into zombies, caterpillar fungus infects the larvae of ghost moths. Known as “the Viagra of the Himalayas”, it has long been part of traditional Chinese medicine, and in recent decades, demand for it has risen so sharply that it can sell up to three times its weight in gold – around $130,000 a kilo. A Tibetan text from the 1400s describes the fungus as being most helpful in the bedroom, increasing one’s sex drive and overall virility.</p> <p><strong>Leafcutter ants</strong><br />If your in-laws gave you a box of ants as a wedding gift, you’d probably never speak to them again. In South American countries such as Colombia, though, this is a common practice. Leafcutter ants are considered an aphrodisiac in that region and are often sold roasted on the street as on-the-go delicacies.</p> <p><strong>Duck eggs</strong><br />A popular street food in the Philippines and Laos are duck eggs, known as balut. But these aren’t the kind of eggs you keep to fry up at home; these eggs contain a duck fetus that is already a few weeks into its gestation period. It may not sound appetising, but it is filled with nutrients and is said to increase a person’s energy. If you’re lacking energy in the bedroom, this could be the snack you’ve been looking for.</p> <p><em>Written by Taylor Markarian. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/12-bizarre-aphrodisiacs-from-around-the-world?pages=1">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe">here’s our best subscription offer</a>.</em></p>

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Jane Fonda releases new exercise video to encourage voting

<p>Jane Fonda, well known for her exercise videos which were initially released in 1982, has gotten back into the swing of things and released a new video.</p> <p>In her latest Instagram video, she's teamed up with Register2Vote to lead Exercise That Vote, which is a video promoting voter registration and voting on November 3rd in the US election.</p> <p>"Hello, class, we're bringing back the movement," Fonda says as neon graphics fill the screen and '80s music plays in the background. </p> <p>"We need you to be in shape in the upcoming race. I need you to be strong, I need you to be laser focused, I need you to be fully committed to the task at hand, so let's get ready to exercise our right to vote."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF-FJGop3lP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF-FJGop3lP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Let’s Get Registered!!!! 💪. We’re getting in shape for the race of our lives this November and it has never been more important to exercise your right to vote. Many states have registration deadlines today so do not wait! Head to the link in my bio and check your registration status now! LET’S DO THIS!!!!! #ExerciseThatVote</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/janefonda/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jane Fonda</a> (@janefonda) on Oct 5, 2020 at 10:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The video features a wide range of celebrities in 1980s workout gear, including Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Ken Jeong, Ashley Benson, Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer and Shaquille O'Neal.</p> <p>"Exercise your glutes, exercise your quads and most of all, exercise your right to vote," Fonda says.</p>

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BREAKING: Donald and Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19

<p class="p1">US President Donald Trump and his Melania have both tested positive for the coronavirus.</p> <p class="p1">Trump took to Twitter to announce the news saying he and the First Lady would begin their quarantine and recovery process immediately.</p> <p class="p1">“We will get through this together,” he said.</p> <p class="p1">Mrs Trump also posted a statement, saying she and her husband were “feeling good”.</p> <p class="p1">“As too many Americans have done this year, POTUS and I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19,” she said.</p> <p class="p1">“We are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together.”</p> <p class="p1">The President’s physician, Sean Conley, released a letter saying he expected Trump to continue working.</p> <p class="p1">“This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive,” he said.</p> <p class="p1">“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.</p> <p class="p1">“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions. Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments.”</p> <p class="p2"> </p>

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“Act immediately”: Mum’s chilling warning after red line discovery

<p>A mum has issued a stark warning to parents after her eight-year-old contracted sepsis after falling at the zoo.</p> <p>The UK woman said she was in “two minds” about whether she should share her son’s story, but later on decided to do so to ensure other parents were aware of the “sign” of a serious infection.</p> <p>"I am sure there are other parents who wouldn't know either," she wrote in her original Facebook post. "The only reason I knew is because it had happened to a friend's son two years ago and she had shared."</p> <p>The mum’s warning was posted alongside a photo of her son’s arm, which was covered in a bandage with a red line merging from it.</p> <p>The original post has since been deleted, but Australian group Tiny Hearts Education, chose to re-share the photo to their social media pages in order to reach as many parents as possible.</p> <p>"A week or so ago the littlest fell over at the zoo," the mum wrote.</p> <p>"He took quite a bashing but once we got home I cleaned him up. I rang school on Farm school day to make sure he washed his hands after digging and I tried hard to ensure it was kept clean (hand and elbow). He's an eight-year-old boy, however.</p> <p>The mum explained that while the wounds didn't look infected or 'gunky', they had gotten bigger. </p> <p>"I wasn't happy as I as I noticed red tracking down his vein," the concerned mum said. "I then checked his elbow - the same."  "I took him down to the out of hours feeling a bit silly but when the doctor saw it he commended me on recognising it and getting down ASAP."</p> <p>The mum then found out that her son had “blood poisoning/sepsis” and he was immediately treated with antibiotics, which fortunately worked on her child.</p> <p>"If you spot this red line running from a wound get your child is seen straight away," she urged. "It isn't something you can 'leave' until Monday when the doctors are back in the office."</p> <p>"Hopefully, my post might help someone the way my friend's post from 2 years ago helped me." </p>

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