Body Shamers Started Hating On This Olympic Gymnast And The Internet Came To Her Aid

You have to be a special kind of idiot to body shame an Olympian. Their bodies, for years, have been stretched and developed and pushed to the limits of the human anatomy for them to be the best at what they do.

But because the internet is full of people who like to sit back and say that they could do something better than a f*cking OLYMPIC ATHLETE, we’re treated to wonderful tweets like this.

Which translates to:

“Alexa Moreno, another example of pseudo athletes sent by the CONADE [Mexico’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport] just to fullfill the quota.”

Alexa Moreno, a Mexican gymnast, is getting hated on by people like the moron above, for being “fat” and “out of shape.”

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Despite the fact that she’s able to perform amazing feats of athleticism like this:

…bullies are still being total jerk faces.

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“Exclusive pictures of Alexa Moreno at the end of her gymnastic routine.”

However, the internet wasn’t going to let a bunch of jabronis roast an elite, professional athlete.

“Congratulations to #AlexaMoreno for your great participation in the Olympics! One more reason to be proud despite all the criticism.”

Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to insult an Olympian?!

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17 Absurd Headlines That Should Not Have Happened This Week

The truth isn’t always stranger than fiction, but in these cases, it totally is.

1. Police: Arkansan accused of recording woman in shower tells officers he intended to film himself urinating

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Oh well that’s an honest mistake.

2. Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has started a rock band in Colorado prison

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I smell an Oscar-grabbing biopic in the making.

3. Pony breaks into pub, gets drunk, is coaxed out with crisps

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AKA my Tuesday night.

4. Pence: ‘Name Calling’ Has No Place in Politics

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Look. Who. You’re. Backing.

5. Welcome to Asia’s Latest Organic Retreat: North Korea

This picture taken on August 31, 2011 sh
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Apparently oppression is organic.

6. Scientists fight crab for mysterious purple orb discovered in California deep

No, this isn’t a Skyrim quest, just boring old science.

7. Saguenay man has barn walls stolen. Are design trends to blame?

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“Curse the molding! Curse it!”

8. Court rules for middle school, officer in teen’s burp arrest

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You don’t even wanna know what the other kid got for farting.

9. ‘Webcam hackers caught me wanking, demanded $ 10k ransom’

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That’s why you own that sh*t and look directly into your laptop’s camera whenever you do the deed.

10. Aggressive Beaver Scares Swimmers at B.C. Swimming Hole

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I’d be pissed if people were getting in the way of my constructing a dam, too.

11. Australia has moved 1.5 metres, so it’s updating its location for self-driving cars

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When’s the last time they updated their freaking maps?

12. FBI: Woman robbed Wyoming bank to return to prison

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All right, some people are just way too into Orange is the New Black.

13. Russian politician behind anti-gay law wants to decriminalise domestic violence

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He’s probably just upset because his wife keeps denying his advances to “just try something real quick” after he watches WWE.

14. Pupils given detention because their parents cannot afford school meals

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“Oh hey, you’re hungry? I hate hungry people!”

15. Sports Authority plans to pay top executives $ 2.85 million in bankruptcy bonuses

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Sh*t, I need to get on that CEO level and deliberately run a business into the ground.

16. Atheists urge Australians not to joke around by putting Jedi as their religion on the census

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Aren’t most atheists atheists because they think religion is a joke anyway?

17. CBC programming terrifies British badgers, study suggests

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Some would say that programmers were badgering the badgers.

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This Skydiver Is About To Be The First Person To Jump Without A Parachute

Those of us who play it safe in life could probably learn something from Luke Aikins. One of the best skydivers in the world Aikins has made a total of 18,000 jumps in his life. He’s set world records, trained elite divers, and performed stunts in movies… But his most recent project takes things to another level.

He’ll be the first person ever to jump 25,000 feet without a parachute or wingsuit and (hopefully) land safely. 

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“I’m trying to treat it like just another jump,” Aikins told CBS Los Angeles

Well, we’re not convinced that’s possible since all the other jumps have had that handy parachute there, but what do we know? 

When speaking to U.S. News and World Report, he mentioned that he thought the idea was crazy several years ago when some Hollywood producers pitched him the idea in an attempt to create an epic reality T.V. stunt. He recalled the conversation he had with his wife at the time:

I said, ‘You won’t believe these guys. They want me to jump out without a parachute.’ She said, ‘Oh, with a wingsuit.’ I said, ‘No, they want me to do it with nothing.’ We both had a good laugh about that.

Turns out, the producers planted the seed in his head— and he had to try it out.

As far as qualifications go, Aikins couldn’t be better prepared. 

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The forty-two-year-old has a lifetime of experience skydiving. He made his first jump at age twelve and her first solo jump at age sixteen— and he’s done around eight hundred jumps a year since then. 

Aikins has previously taught skydiving, worked with skydiving instructors, and even done some stunts for Iron Man 3. The guy knows what he’s doing.

And there are some safety measures in place. 

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Aikins will drop into a literal safety net— one that is about a third of the size of a football ball and twenty stories high. Allegedly, the net will provide sufficient space to cushion his fall while ensuring we won’t bounce out. 

And he doesn’t take this endeavor lightly; he has a wife and a four-year-old son to come home to after the jump. “If I wasn’t nervous I would be stupid,” he told U.S. News And World Report. “We’re talking about jumping without a parachute, and I take that very seriously. It’s not a joke.”

Don’t worry, there have been some ‘rehearsals’ for the big event.

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During test runs (with parachutes) at the drop location, Aikins has landed in the same spot seventy-three times in a row. 

…Here’s to hoping it happens a seventy-fourth time.

Yes, you’ll be able to watch the jump (if you dare). 

Fox will be broadcasting the two-minute jump live at 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday. We recommend watching with a drink and stress ball in hand. 

So, why do this?

“To me, I’m proving that we can do stuff that we don’t think we can do if we approach it the right way,” Aikins answered.

…Fingers crossed. (h/t us news and world report)

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This Garden Is Going To Smell Like Dead Bodies Tonight, And That's A Good Thing

It isn’t often that not being able to smell a dead body in the room is a cause for concern.

But that was the case last week at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, when the much anticipated and incredibly pungent bloom of the Corpse Flower (real name Amorphophallus Titanum) didn’t happen as scheduled.

After waiting nearly ten years for this particular one to bloom, the concern is understandable, though luckily things went smoothly today as the flower revealed its striking red interior and utterly foul stench.

The NYBG website gives us an idea as to how rare of a view this is:

“Each day of careful tending and feeding has led up to this moment: a brief yet glorious window in which the enormous plant (up to eight feet high) will unfurl, displaying the striking red interior and uncanny scent to which it owes its name. This is the first time that a blooming titan-arum has been put on display at the Garden since 1939.”

The event only lasts 24 to 36 hours, and the NYBG has extended their visiting hours and set up a livestream so no one would miss it


They will undoubtedly post a time-lapse video after the event

The first Corpse Flower found its way into their garden in 1932 and bloomed five years later.  It was adopted as the borough of the Bronx’ official flower soon after in honor of the bloom, and remained the official flower until it was replaced by the Daylily in 2001.

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This Mother And Fitness Model Wants Women To Focus On Their Bodies Instead Of Their Scales

Diet shakes, fat burners, green tea extract, body wraps, crash diets, liposuction, and gastric bypass.  If you’ve ever contemplated dropping a few (or more) pounds, you’ll have come across a number of those options, either by reading articles on how to ‘tone up’ or through ads that would start pelting them your way after you’ve searched google twice for a diet plan.

For as long as I can remember, women around me, regardless of age, ethnicity, or cultural background, were obsessed with losing enough weight to hit a specific number.

I recall my mother and her friends exchanging tapes with one another, have seen people go to homeopathic doctors and come back with overpriced generic supplements, and have read article after article of people opting to go on extreme crash diets for month to reach that oh so very special number, be it the incredibly flawed BMI scale that’s seen posted on the walls of every school gym or in pursuit of a dress size that’s also regularly a hot button issue in society today.


According to this I’m roughly the height of a redwood

I didn’t learn about body composition until I started participating in competitive strength sports in my late 20s, which was also (coincidentally) the same time I actually started getting healthy.  I can write a separate article on men if there’s demand for it, but the social pressures nowadays really don’t target us.  No, those crosshairs are always their way, it’s people like Kelsey Wells that are going to help change that.

Wells came out of her pregnancy 25 pounds heavier than she did when going in. She decided to get back in shape 8 weeks post partum, picking a training program that appealed to her and went to work.

The photos show her at her starting weight, 8 weeks post-partum, the lowest weight she reached after 8 weeks on the program, and the last one has her looking much healthier months later and near her initial starting weight.

The Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program she was following recommended that people using it take full body photos along the way and not just base progress on the readout from their scale.

I weighed 130 before getting pregnant, so based on nothing besides my own warped perception, I decided my ‘goal weight’ should be 122 and to fit into my skinniest jeans. Well after a few months of BBG and breastfeeding, I HIT IT and I fit into those size 0 jeans. Well guess what? I HAVE GAINED 18 POUNDS SINCE THEN. EIGHT FREAKING TEEN…

I have never had more muscle and less body fat than I do now. I have never been healthier than I am now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now.

Wells went into detail in her post, saying that had she kept to tracking progress through the scale only, she would’ve given up, decorating the caption with a catchy #screwthescale hashtag that caught on rather quickly.

Yesterday she appeared as a fitness model on Cosmo, a move which may have prompted her to show the behind the scenes work that went into securing that photoshoot.

The big takeaway that Wells was pushing for was for people to not attach their self-worth and progress to a number on a scale.  

The fixation has led to a $ 62 Billion supplement industry and $ 58 Billion (2014 figures) weight loss industry, which includes the assorted diet drinks you see decorating the shelves in your local Walmart.

Have an opinion on the topic, or would you like to see something else written about it?  Leave a comment under the article and I’ll drop by.

(h/t elitedaily)

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18 Absurd Headlines That Should Not Have Happened This Week

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. In these cases, it totally isn’t.

1. Tall Man Accused of Driving While Standing Through Sunroof

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It’s like a bad joke come to life.

2. Verizon will cut off unlimited data users who use too much unlimited data

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This is why I’ll never go to a Verizon-owned all you can eat buffet.

3. Beware of seagulls tripping on acid from flying ants

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I have so many questions but the most important is where I can find these acid ants.

4. CrimeStoppers joins search for giant missing duck in N.J.

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Now that’s what I call a ducking mystery.

5. Tattooist jailed after drawing penis and swear word on woman’s back, instead of Yin Yang symbol

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This is why you don’t get your tattoo from a ninth grade boy on the football team.

6. Colorado man lassoes, wrestles bear with Cheese Balls jug stuck on its head

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You don’t f*ck with a man’s cheese balls, bear or not.

7. Places you shouldn’t play Pok​émon Go: during a government briefing on Isis

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But what if there’s a legendary?!

8. Man Overdoses Twice in One Night: Police

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Say what you want, but I want to party with this guy.

9. Japanese company offers ‘armpit fan’ to fight summer heat

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Not all heroes wear capes.

10. Man is convicted of plotting to kill a judge with a wood chipper in a case resembling ‘Fargo’

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At least he’s a creative attempted murderer.

11. Scientists looking for invisible dark matter can’t find any

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“Guys, I think we’re going about this all wrong.”

12. Isis terror threat forces Michael Caine to change name to Michael Caine

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It’s because his real name is Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, so he just changed it to his stage name. Guess ISIS isn’t a fan of Get Carter.

13. Man cooking urine causes evacuation at North Amherst apartment complex

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If I was the officer assigned to that case I would have so many questions.

14. Cleveland Police: Protester Lights Himself On Fire While Trying To Burn American Flag

Protestors Rally Outside Republican National Convention In Cleveland
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These colors don’t run…and they’ll burn your ass.

15. Nice Attack: Has a Bisexual Muslim Hustler Put France on the Path to Civil War?

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I guarantee this is the first time this sentence has ever been written.

16. School bans clapping and allows students ‘silent cheers’ or air punching but only when teachers agree

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What. The. Hell.

17. Charges: South Jordan man opens fire on man who said he liked his hat

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“How dare you compliment me!”

18. Pastor arrested for breaking into rival church.

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This HIV-Infected Man Is Paid $7 To Have Sex With School Children

In remote areas of Malawi, it’s traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a “hyena” as soon as they reach puberty. Village elders believe the act is a form of “ritual cleansing,” but the BBC recently interviewed one “hyena” who is HIV positive and has had sex with hundreds of girls.

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Eric Aniva, who is in his 40s, is a sex worker in the Nsanje district of southern Malawi. He was described as “enthusiastic for media attention,” and he told the BBC:

“Most of those I have slept with are girls, school-going girls.”

“Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older. All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman.”

But girls in a nearby local village told a different story:

“There was nothing else I could have done. I had to do it for the sake of my parents,” one girl told the BBC. “If I’d refused, my family members could be attacked with diseases – even death – so I was scared.”

Locals consider the “cleansing” necessary in order to “avoid infection with their parents or the rest of the community.” Sex with the hyena must never be protected with the use of condoms. They believe that a hyena’s good morals will protect their daughters from being infected. 

In actuality, it’s led to Malawi having one of the highest rates of HIV in the world, with more than 1 million living with the disease.

While officials know the rituals need changing, they stop short of condemning it. Dr May Shaba, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Gender and Welfare, said:

‘We are not going to condemn these people. But we are going to give them information that they need to change their rituals.’

One of Aniva’s two wives, Fanny, told the BBC that she does not want the ritual to happen to her daughter: 

“I don’t want that to happen,” she says. “I want this tradition to end. We are forced to sleep with the hyenas. It’s not out of our choice and that I think is so sad for us as women.”

“You hated it when it happened to you?” the interviewer asked.

“I still hate it right up until now.”

“Not my daughter. I cannot allow this. Now I am fighting for the end of this malpractice.”

“So, you’re fighting against it, but you are still doing it yourself?” asked the BBC. 

“No, as I said, I’m stopping now.”

“Really?”

“For sure. For real, I’m stopping.”

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Celine Dion's Rihanna Impression Is The Greatest Thing To Happen This Week

While we thought our shameless love for Celine Dion couldn’t grow any more, she proves how flawless she truly is. Sure, she’s sustained a successful music career for over thirty years. But she also handled a tragic year with the utmost grace. She lost her husband of twenty-one years, René Angélil, and her brother, Daniel, just two days later.

Despite all the hardship, she’s continued to work enthusiastically and received the Billboard Icon Award at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. 

Simply put, the woman is legendary.

Her appearance of Jimmy Fallon last night was nothing short of incredible. The two played an epic game of “Wheel Of Musical Impressions.”

Because who doesn’t want to hear celebrities impersonate one another singing childhood songs? Previously, Celine herself was imitated by Ariana Grande on the show. 

At First, Celine seemed pretty nervous about the game, but, of course, she dominated and it’s entertaining AF. She channeled her inner Cher, Sia, and Michael Jackson. But her ultimate performance was a rendition of “Row, Row, Row You Boat” as Rihanna. Spoiler alert: it’s to the tune of “Work” and it’s awkward and entrancing.

Here’s a little sneak peak of Celine getting pretty into it. 

…Those moves. Even Jimmy was concerned. 

You can watch the hilarious clip below. 

The Rihanna magic begins at 2:36. You’re welcome. 

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This Koala Broke Into A Woman's Home And Tried To Pole Dance

Thanks to all those seasons of Law and Order: SVU, pretty much everyone is terrified of finding an intruder in their home. Unless, of course, the assailant is cute and furry. Nikki Erickson, an educator and competitive pole dancer from Australia, came face- to-face with a pretty cute trespasser in her home a little over a year ago— but she just released a throwback video of the incident. And the Internet cannot get enough. 

The video that Erickson uploaded to Facebook features a sneaky Koala who broke into her house…and tried its hand at pole dancing. 

The unexpected visitor actually showed up at a good time. Erickson returned from a long day at work was ready to “dance the shitty day away” when she bumped into the cute little intruder. Apparently, the koala was a well-behaved house guest: it “sat there while [I] talked to her and took photos and did not growl once,” she wrote on Facebook.

Naturally, the video has been shared 2,000 times. 

Now, we don’t mean to make generalizations about the species as a whole, but it seems that koalas probably aren’t natural pole dancers.

“She wasn’t so impressed with my shiny slippery chrome tree,” Erickson wrote. But the performance certainly made her day.

Unfortunately, the koala couldn’t stay forever. 

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According to the Huffington Post, the little goofball was rescued by Queensland’s Daisy Hill Conservation Park and named Larissa. “They made sure she was okay and in good condition, then released her,” Erickson said. Larissa even made the Conservation Park’s staff Christmas card. Because it’s hard to top a pole dancing koala. 

“I will never forget this day,” Erickson wrote. 

We understand. It’s hard to forget your first koala pole dance performance. (h/t mashable)

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