Pope Francis has shared his top 10 secrets to a happy life in an interview with an Argentinean newspaper, and advised people to slow down and enjoy a "healthy sense of leisure," to take care of nature, and to respect other people's beliefs, among others.
Catholic News Service posted Pope Francis' list on Tuesday, published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva."
The list goes as follows: more >>
The first official trailer for "Fifty Shades of Grey," a film based on the bestselling E. L. James book series, hit the internet last week like a tidal wave, spawning various reaction videos and a media frenzy.
The trailer shows the book's character Christian Grey seducing the young Anastasia Steele through various unconventional sexual encounters. He utters the words "I don't do romance" during the clip, setting the tone for what type of experience viewers should expect.
Dr. Juli Slattery, clinical psychologist and co-author of Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy and the Longings of a Woman's Heart, feels that the movie will add to a movement that has already been working to normalize pornography for women. more >>
National Milk Chocolate Day 2014 arrived on Monday and people across the U.S. are celebrating the sweet treat.
The holiday arrives each year on July 28 – just weeks after National Chocolate Lovers Day takes place on July 7. However, National Milk Chocolate Day honors the specific flavor of chocolate that is made from solid chocolate blended with milk on the form of milk powder, liquid milk or condensed milk. The special chocolate is different from other common chocolates such as dark and white chocolate since it contains 25 percent or less cocoa.
When milk is added to chocolate, the sweet treat takes on a smoother and sweeter taste that many chocolate lovers prefer. Milk chocolate can be found in candy, baking recipes, and hot chocolate, to name just a few items. It is important to note that milk chocolate is different from chocolate milk, which is a drink where chocolate is stirred into milk. The drink may also be served hot in a treat that is known as hot chocolate. more >>
An associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara has pleaded no contest to criminal charges related to her assault on a group of pro-life students in March, which was partially captured on video.
The Santa Barbara Independent reported on Thursday that Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, who had been accused of stealing and destroying an anti-abortion posted during an event, as well as pushing and scratching the activist, is pleading no contest to the charges of grand theft, vandalism, and battery.
"Today's plea brings us one step closer to seeing justice done in this case," said Katie Short, mother of the 16-year-old activist that Miller-Young is accused of assaulting. "Pro-life advocates should not be subjected to intimidation and violence for lawfully exercising their right to free speech, and we are happy to see that Ms. Miller-Young is being held accountable for her actions." more >>
New-age author and physician Deepak Chopra has offered prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins a $1 million prize challenge to offer a scientific explanation for the biological basis of thoughts and ideas.
Addressing what he called a "tribe of militant new atheists," naming Dawkins, James Randi, and Daniel Dennett, Chopra announced the challenge in a video uploaded on Youtube earlier this week.
"Can you please offer a scientific understanding for the biological basis of a first-person experience? Any experience – mental experience, or perceptual experience. So for cognition, or for perception. And I'll even make it more simple. Can you offer a scientific understanding for the biological basis of an idea, a thought?" Chopra asks in the video. more >>
Photos of Mariah Carey taken by Terry Richardson leaked online this week, revealing extensive airbrushing and Photoshop.
Carey is well known for her carefully groomed image, but the unretouched photos by Richardson reveal the multi-Grammy Award-winner's true appearance. In the first photo for Wonderland magazine, the singer poses wearing black with one hand behind her and the other holding a glass of champagne. However, after comparing the leaked photo to that which was published in Wonderland magazine, it is immediately clear that alterations were made to the image. Changes include adding volume to Carey's hair, jawline thinning, creases removed on her neck, waist pulled in, and drastic color correction. See the photos obtained by Jezebel here.
In a second photo by Richardson, Carey kneels on the floor beside her two children wearing a bandeau. When compared with the same image in Wonderland magazine, the unretouched photo reveals added eye shadow, neck and jawline alterations, her waist pulled in, breast enlargement, and bronze coloration added. more >>