These YA coming-of-age novels will make you cry, laugh, and appreciate life. Okay? Okay.

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1. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

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What it’s about: In this story about falling in love for the first time, teenage misfits Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus and connect over comic books and music. They deal with issues of race and child abuse, and cling to a relationship that is inevitably doomed to fail. The honest writing is both funny and heartbreaking.

Amazon review: 4.6/5 stars

2. If I Stay, Gayle Forman

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What it’s about: Seventeen-year-old Mia slips into a coma after a bad car accident. She has an out-of-body experience, watching as friends and family visit, and needs to choose to live a difficult life or die peacefully. The highly anticipated sequel Where She Went is just as good as its predecessor.

Amazon review: 4.3/5 stars

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

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What it’s about: In this coming-of-age novel, 15-year-old Charlie writes letters to an anonymous friend and shares the story of his painful freshman year at high school. Charlie is a wallflower, quietly observing everything around him — both good and bad — and has deep feelings about his experiences. This book is an emotional roller coaster and will captivate you right from the start.

Amazon review: 4.5/5 stars

4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews

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What it’s about: Greg and Earl, two high school social outcasts, spend their free time making their own (terrible) versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. This twosome made movies for themselves, until Rachel came along, a girl diagnosed with leukemia. When she decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl make her a film that forces them to step into the social spotlight and take a stand.

Amazon review: 3.9/5 stars

5. Looking for Alaska, John Green

Looking for Alaska , John Green

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What it’s about: Miles “Pudge” Halter has lived a safe, uneventful life, and he transfers to Culver Creek Boarding School junior year in search for a “Great Perhaps.” He is obsessed with reading biographies and subjects’ last words. When Miles goes to Alabama, he meets Alaska Young, a girl who is gorgeous, clever, funny, unstable, and utterly fascinating. She steals his heart and nothing is ever the same.

Considering this book is also by the author of The Fault In Our Stars, I think it’s clear that this should definitely be on your reading list!

Amazon review: 4.5/5 stars

6. Zac and Mia, A.J. Betts

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What it’s about: “When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” Zac Meier, a 17-year-old cancer patient, endures a long, grueling leukemia treatment when he meets Mia, the patient next door. She’s beautiful, feisty, and has questionable taste in music, but the two find themselves enwrapped in a surprising friendship. Told in alternating perspectives over nine months, Zac and Mia follows the relationship of two teens put in an unimaginable situation.

Amazon review: 4.5/5 stars

7. Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall , Lauren Oliver

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What it’s about: Samantha Kingston was a popular high school senior who lived at the top of the social pyramid. Feb. 12, known as “Cupid Day,” is supposed to be one big party filled with valentines and roses — and it is — until she dies in an accident that night. But come morning, Sam wakes up and relives the last day of her life, seven times, in fact, seeing how the slightest changes could affect everything.

Amazon review: 4.2/5 stars

8. 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher

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What it’s about: Clay Jensen returns home from school and finds a package on his porch from Hannah Baker — his classmate and crush — who committed suicide two weeks prior. Inside he finds cassette tapes, and Hannah’s voice tells him there are 13 reasons why she ended her life, Clay being one of them. If he listens to them all, he’ll find out why and learn a truth about himself that he never wanted to face.

Amazon review: 4.3/5 stars

9. Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta

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What it’s about: Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was 11, Taylor Markham, now a 17-year-old leader of her boarding-school dorm, is being confronted with her past. When she seeks help from Hannah, the closest adult she has to family, she finds that Hannah has suddenly vanished. Taylor quickly realizes that nothing is as it seems, and the more clues she finds, the more she tries to pinpoint the connection between her abandonment, Hannah’s disappearance, a mysterious stranger, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived in Jellicoe in the ’80s, and the ever-magnetic Jonah Griggs.

Amazon review: 4.6/5 stars

10. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson

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What it’s about: Amy Curry’s life isn’t going so well at the moment. Her father recently died in a car accident and her mother decides to move from California to Connecticut, just in time for Amy’s senior year of high school. Amy embarks on a road trip from the home she’s always known to her new life. She is joined by Rodger, the son of Amy’s mother’s friend, and as the miles roll on, so do her feelings for her road trip passenger.

Amazon review: 4.6/5 stars

11. The Beginning of Everything, Robyn Schneider

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What it’s about: Varsity jock Ezra Faulkner had every intention of being homecoming king — until he got in a car accident that shattered his leg, his athletic career, and his social life. This coming-of-age novel tells the tale of new beginnings after tragic endings.

Amazon review: 4.2/5 stars

12. The Spectacular Now, Tim Tharp

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What it’s about: Sutter Keely is the guy you want to party with, but he’s not the type you take home to mom and dad. He’s not an academic star by any means, but he’s fun and pretty content with life right now — until he wakes up on the front lawn and meets Aimee. Aimee is a hot mess, a clueless social disaster in serious need of help. What starts out as an unexpected friendship turns into something more, and Sutter can make a difference in Aimee’s life — or ruin it forever.

Amazon review: 3.6/5 stars

13. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, Matthew Quick

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What it’s about: Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday, and he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol. Before he sets his plan into motion, he leaves gifts for his four friends so he can say good-bye properly. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

Amazon review: 4.4/5 stars

14. Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins

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What it’s about: Anna is approaching her senior year and is pretty happy with her life. She has a loyal best friend, a good job, and a crush that is becoming something more. So you can guess that she’s less than thrilled when her father ships her off to boarding school in Paris — until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the definition of a perfect guy. The problem is, he’s taken, and she might be too if her crush develops further. Despite the cute title/cover, this book is filled with sarcasm, razor-sharp humor, drama, and much more.

Amazon review: 4.6/5 stars

15. Every Day, David Levithan

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What it’s about: This unique love story follows A, a teen who wakes up in a different body every day, always living a different life. He keeps to himself and avoids getting too close to anyone, until he wakes up in Justin’s body and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. A’s rules no longer apply, for he’s finally found someone he wants to be with, day in, day out, no matter what body he’s in.

Amazon review: 4.3/5 stars

16. Ask the Passengers, A.S. King

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What it’s about: Astrid Jones is desperate to confide in someone, but her parents have proved untrustworthy. She therefore spends her time on the picnic table outside, asking the passengers in the planes that fly overhead very personal questions — like what it means that she’s falling in love with a girl. Her secret relationship excels and her friends are demanding explanations, but she can reveal the truth only to the people who won’t judge her, those who are 30,000 feet above her and have no idea she exists. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers’ lives — and her own — for the better.

Amazon review: 4.5/5 stars

17. Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

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What it’s about: For an English class assignment, Laurel was asked to write a love letter to a dead person. She chose Kurt Cobain because he died young, just like her sister May. Soon Laurel finds herself writing endless notes to people like Janis Joplin and Amelia Earhart, revealing secrets about her family, friendships, first love, and the abuse she suffered when May was supposed to be protecting her. Only when Laurel has written down the truth of what happened to herself does she begin to accept what happened to May. And when Laurel finally sees her sister for the person she was — amazing but deeply flawed — she can begin to discover her own path.

Amazon review: 4.4/5 stars

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Mitt Romney is poised to take advantage of either the defeat or the survival of President Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul, he told a crowd in Virginia today.

As the political world waits for a Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act expected Thursday, Romney laid out two different talking points in a Virginia speech: One to use if the law is overturned, and another if it’s upheld.

“As you know, the Supreme Court is going to be dealing with whether or not Obamacare is Constitutional,” he said.

“If Obamacare is not deemed Constitutional, then the first three and a half years of his President’s term will have been wasted on something that did not help the American people,” Romney continued. “If it is deemed to stand, then I’ll tell you something, we’re going to have to have a president, and I’m that one, that’s going to get rid of Obamacare. We’re going to stop it on day one.”

The rhetoric amounts to a preview of two different messages the campaign is likely preparing for later this week. If the law is overturned, Romney will spend the rest of the election casting Obama as an abject failure — an economic lightweight who wasted his time and energy on a misguided policy initiative, only to see it immediately dismantled by the Courts. The president has other accomplishments to run on, of course — the auto bailout, Dodd-Frank, etc. — but this was by far the most high-profile.

If the law is upheld, on the other hand, Romney will continue promising from the stump that, if elected, he’ll be the guy to repeal Obamacare. Polls indicate that a solid majority of Americans say they oppose the Affordable Care Act, though individual aspects of the legislation tend to poll better when separated from the polarizing legislation. Romney will take advantage of the unpopularity of “Obamacare,” as a political term, and continue his crusade to get rid of it.

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I recently asked the women of the BuzzFeed editorial team what their pet peeves or biggest turnoffs were when they walked into a man’s apartment, and here are some of the crucial things they all agreed on. So gentlemen, please take notes.

1. Put your dirty clothes in a hamper.

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Nothing is more horrifying for a potential overnight guest than seeing your dirty underwear and socks scattered across your room. Having a hamper (and using it) will not only help keep your room tidy, but it will also help keep rank odors at bay.

These low-priced hampers by Ikea have a slim profile that allows them to be tucked nicely into a closet.

Bonus: Buy two and instantly separate your dark and white clothes; it will save you time on laundry day.

P.S. Don’t forget to wash your clothes, regularly.

2. Keep a trashcan in the bathroom.

Keep a trashcan in the bathroom.

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Do yourself and your guests a favor, keep a trashcan in the bathroom. It also might just save you a call to the plumber for a clogged pipe.

Ikea has this nicely designed trashcan that you likely won’t get tired of looking at.

3. Clean your bathroom and kitchen sink.

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Nothing looks grosser than a bunch of beard trimmings in a bathroom sink or a kitchen sink that is dirtier than the dishes that are in it.

Bonus: Bon Ami makes a great powder cleanser that is also nontoxic.

4. Clean your toilet.

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Yes, people are judging you based on how clean your toilet is. Remember a guest might need to use it. Also, for the love of God, please clean underneath the toilet seat.

Also, if you’re looking for something nontoxic, Method makes a great antibacterial toilet bowl cleaner.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to keep EXTRA toilet paper on hand.

5. Keep hand soap in the bathroom.

Keep hand soap in the bathroom.

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Want to disgust a potential overnight guest or just a regular guest? Let them know that you don’t wash your hands after you use the bathroom.

6. Keep lots of extra hand towels on hand.

Keep lots of extra hand towels on hand.

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Towels can quickly accumulate musky and mildewy odors, so switch them out regularly.

Also, keep an extra few on hand so that if you have an unexpected guest come over, you can quickly switch them out.

7. Have a few extra bath towels on hand.

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An overnight guest is not going to want to share your bath towel, especially if it smells.

8. Hang curtains.

Hang curtains.

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No, that dirty old sheet is not a curtain. Buy curtain panels, not only will it help dress up a room, but it will also block out lots of unnecessary light, giving you a better night sleep.

Also, if you have too much light coming in, invest in blackout curtains. They’ll not only help you sleep better, but can also help reduce noise and keep your room cooler.

9. Buy shampoo and conditioner.

Buy shampoo and conditioner.

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If you plan on having a lot of overnight guests, they might not want to shower with your Axe three-in-one shampoo.

10. Matching dishes.

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It’s a small detail, but I promise it won’t go unnoticed by a guest.

P.S. And don’t forget to wash them, every day.

11. Get a lamp.

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Bad overhead lighting (especially a bare lightbulb) can throw off an unflattering light. A nice statement lamp will give off a warm glow that can help your living room or bedroom not look so cold and institutional.

12. Make your place smell better.

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Sometimes opening a window is not an option, so it’s key to have a candle or a spray on hand to help freshen up the smell of a room (like a bathroom). Just remember to go for things that are fresh scented and stay away from flower-scented sprays, which tend to smell the most artificial.

13. Organize your paperwork.

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Even if your life is a mess at least give the appearance that you’ve got it together. Get a mail organizer to help keep your bills all in one place, while small to medium storage boxes are great to keep everything from receipts to instruction manuals, to old magazines and photos.

14. Upgrade your art.

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If you’re no longer in college, you shouldn’t have that Bob Marley or Animal House poster hanging on your wall.

Check out sites like Etsy and Society6 for great affordable art. Also, flea markets and thrift stores are great places to score artwork like old prints, maps, and even paintings at low prices.

15. Frame and hang your artwork and photos.

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Nothing gives off a creepier vibe than bare walls. These frames by Ikea are not only well-priced, but also come pre-matted, which will instantly give your artwork a gallery feel.

16. Decorate with books.

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Ideally books that you like and have read — but if not, look for vintage hardback books at thrift stores and flea markets; it will help give some life and personality to any room.

And no, college textbooks don’t count.

17. Get a bedframe.

Get a bedframe.

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Invest in a bed frame! There is nothing more depressing (not to mention creepy) than a mattress thrown on the floor. There are great affordable options at Ikea or on Craigslist, if you’re on a budget.

Bonus: If you live in a small place you can get a ton of extra storage space underneath the bed with a frame.

18. Have more than one bed pillow.

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An essential when having overnight guests, nothing is worse or more uncomfortable than having to share one pillow.

19. Have extra clean sheets on hand.

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Nothing is more of a mood killer than dirty sheets. Don’t scare off a potential overnight guest with your old sex sheets or just plain filthy sheets. Keep an extra set or two on hand; this will allow you to quickly change them out if you have an unexpected overnight guest.

These jersey sheets are not only well-priced, but are as comfortable as sleeping in old T-shirts.

And remember, MAKE YOUR BED.

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¡Oye! ¡Oye! – ¡de esto (chica ‘nerd’) es de lo que están echos los sueños!

1. El señor de los anillos

El señor de los anillos

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Esta bufanda presenta el guión del ‘Anillo único’.

¡Disponible en Etsy!

2. Los Vengadores

Los Vengadores

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¿Es linda la historieta de los Vengadores? No hay suficientes idiomas con los que se pueda decir “¡SÍ!”

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3. Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

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Expresa tu amor por el recientemente fallecido Breaking Bad. ¡(Regresa, BB)!

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4. Sobrenatural

Sobrenatural

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Los demonios estarían demasiado atemorizados de esta bufanda para molestarte.

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5. La guerra de las galaxias

La guerra de las galaxias

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El buen R2.

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6. Las crónicas de Narnia

Las crónicas de Narnia

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Aslan está de acuerdo.

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7. Dexter

Dexter

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Porque ¿quién no querría usar una bufanda con manchas de sangre estampadas? Quiero decir, ¿puedes decir antipatico?

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8. Buffy la cazavampiros

Buffy la cazavampiros

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Únete a la Whedonverse.

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9. Sherlock

Sherlock

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Arréglate con esta bufanda hasta la 4a temporada (¡por favor sal pronto!).

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10. Loki

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EHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE

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11. Doctor Who

Doctor Who

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¡Tal vez el doctor te escoja como su acompañante si usas esto!

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12. Universo Marvel

Universo Marvel

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Bam. Genialidad al instante.

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13. El Hobbit

El Hobbit

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Esta bufanda te mantendrá caliente cuando vayas y vengas de regreso.

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14. Disney

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Apoya a los villanos con esta bufanda.

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15. Mi villano favorito

Mi villano favorito

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¡MINIONS!

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16. Batman

Batman

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¡KA-POW!

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17. Juego de tronos

Juego de tronos

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Una bufanda apropiada para quien se siente en el Trono de Hierro.

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18. Star Trek

Star Trek

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Larga vida y prosperidad (mientras lleves esta bufanda).

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19. Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

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Garantizado que te hará sentir muy querido.

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20. Divergente

Divergente

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¿Por qué unirte a una facción cuándo puedes llevar las cinco?

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21. Hora de Aventuras

Hora de Aventuras

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¿Acaso no querrías ir a algunas aventuras locas con esta bufanda?

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22. SuperWhoLock

SuperWhoLock

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Para aquellos de ustedes que no lo saben, eso es Sobrenatural + Doctor Who + Sherlock. La trifecta dorada.

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23. La mujer maravilla

La mujer maravilla

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Serás 10 veces más cabrona cuando uses esta bufanda. Hecho.

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24. La leyenda de Zelda

La leyenda de Zelda

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Enlace en 8 bits. Dicho lo suficiente.

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25. Harry Potter

Harry Potter

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¡BUFANDAS ACCIO!

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1. Oona Chaplin & Charlie Chaplin



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Relationship: Granddaughter/grandfather

Acting is clearly in the blood of the Chaplin family. A century after her grandfather was one of the first great movie stars, Oona Chaplin landed the role of Mrs Robb Stark in Game Of Thrones.

2. Daisy Lowe & Gwen Stefani



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Relationship: Stepdaughter/stepmother

In 2004, Lowe discovered that her father was Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, who has been married to Gwen Stefani since 2002.

3. Max Irons & Jeremy Irons



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Relationship: Son/father

Twenty-seven-year-old Max has recently appeared in The Host and The White Queen. Not bad, but considering his dad was Scar in The Lion King, he’s got a lot of catching up to do!

4. Harry Melling & Patrick Troughton



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Relationship: Grandson/grandfather.

In other words, Dr. Who is Dudley Dursley’s granddad. That’s some geek-friendly genes they’ve got going on!

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Relationship: Brother/sister

Brother and sister duos don’t come much cooler than this. One is a multimillion-selling pop star, and the other is a resident of Westeros.

6. Alfie Allen, Lily Allen, & Harry Enfield



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Relationship: Stepchildren/stepfather (sort of)

Though you probably know that Alfie and Lily’s dad is Keith Allen, what you might not know is that comedian Harry Enfield was, for a time, their stepfather. Though he never actually married their mother, he lived with them for three years and helped to raise the kids.

7. Holly Valance & Benny Hill



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Relationship: First cousins twice removed

What do you mean you can’t see the family resemblance? The Aussie soap siren’s grandfather was the first cousin of the man behind Ernie, The Fastest Milkman in the West.

8. Redfoo & Berry Gordy



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Relationship: Son/father

The founder of one of the greatest and most prolific record labels of all time is the dad of the guy who brought us “Sexy and I Know It”?! No comment.

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Relationship: First cousins four times removed

The wife of the former PM is a distant relative of Abe Lincoln’s killer. This must have gone down well when the Blairs were invited for dinner at the White House.

10. Ed Sheeran & Gordon Burns

 

Relationship: Cousins

For years Krypton Factor host Gordon Burns must have been smug in the knowledge that he was the most famous member of the family. But then along comes Taylor Swift’s favourite redhead to ruin everything. Poor Gordon.

11. Rick Stein & Judge Jules



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Relationship: Uncle/nephew

One the U.K.’s foremost TV chefs, Stein is the uncle of world-famous DJ Judge Jules (real name, Julius O’Riordan).

12. Mariah Carey & Ashley Cole



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Relationship: Very, very, very distant cousins

Well, we didn’t see this one coming. But in a 2007 interview, Mariah said, “It’s fascinating. My grandmother was a Cole before she married, and it turns out she comes from the same area of Alabama as Ashley’s ancestors”.

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Relationship: Cousins

OK, so maybe the name gave it away, but the highly regarded journalist and documentary maker is a first cousin of the American actor, writer, and director.

14. Tom Cruise & William Mapother



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Relationship: Cousins

Not only is Tom a first cousin of the Lost star, but his real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. Yeah, changing it was probably a good idea.

15. Jack Whitehall & Nigel Havers



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Relationship: Godson/godfather

Actor Havers is one of the many famous faces who has been represented by Jack Whitehall’s talent agent father. Others include Daniel Day Lewis and Judy Dench.

16. Halle Berry & Sarah Palin



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Relationship: Who knows

This one appears to be tenuous at best, but in an interview with Extra, the Hollywood star said, “Somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative]”. And let’s be honest, if it wasn’t true, it’s definitely not something you’d make up!

17. Rashida Jones & Quincy Jones



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Relationship: Daughter/father

When your dad has produced the best-selling album of all time (Thriller), it’s fair to say there’s quite a lot of pressure. But after landing roles in Parks & Recreation and The Office, it’s clear Rashida’s star is on the rise. Watch out, pops.

18. Kate Middleton & Guy Ritchie



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Relationship: Sixth cousins

It may be pretty distant, but it turns out our future queen was once related to the ‘queen of pop’, as she is apparently a distant cousin of Madonna’s ex, Guy Ritchie.

19. Prince Charles & Lord Voldemort



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Relationship: Eighth cousins.

OK, so by Voldemort we actually mean Ralph Fiennes. It turns out the actor comes from good stock — the future king is his eighth cousin. I wonder where that puts ‘He who must not be named’ on the line of succession…

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/robinedds/celebrities-you-didnt-know-were-related

On Tuesday, Judge Sheri Pym of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ordered Apple to help the FBI hack into an iPhone used bySyed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Apple, however, refused and is fighting the order:

It’s actually not as black and white as it sounds. Apple is accusing the FBI of overreach and says what they’ve been asked to do will create a “backdoor” of sorts that can be used to hack any iPhone in the future. Tim Cook posted this open letter on Apple’s website:

Donald Trump was asked about the case on “Fox & Friends” this morning and slammed Cook for his stance:

FWIW, Justice Scalia’s voice on this subject will be missed:

Apple has 5 days to respond to the order:

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2016/02/17/donald-trump-slams-apple-tim-cook-for-refusing-to-hack-iphone-of-san-bernardino-terrorist/

Inspired by the brilliant book “The Empire of Death” and our own deep love of all things morbid and creepy we are presenting this list of 10 incredible images taken from ossuaries and charnel houses around the world. This is a truly macabre tour around Europe’s most famous places of rest for the dead.

In the Ossuary Chapel of the Cathedral of Otranto, Italy, the remains of the victims of a massacre in 1480 preside over the high altar straddled by rich gold candlesticks. The most famous victim of the Massacre was Antonio Primaldo who was the first to lose his head to the invading Turks. As soon as his body hit the ground it stood upright – headless – and even an ox could not move him. He remained standing until the last victim was murdered.

The Ossuary Chapel of San Martino Della Battaglia in Italy is the most ordered of all the bone houses on this list. Row upon row, column upon column of human remains rest in perfect order as if they were books in a macabre library. In all there are 2,619 deceased here with 1,274 skulls.

By no means the most extravagant collection of bones on this list, the St Hilaire cemetery in Marville, France gets its beauty from simplicity. It is unique in that may of the skulls are housed in small cabinets inscribed with funerary inscriptions.

The Chapel of Bones is in the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo in Faro, Portugal. In addition to the walls and ceilings of bones of members of the religious Carmelite order, death is even found underfoot where the paving stones are headstones for the deceased priors and local dignitaries.

The skulls at the Chapel of St Michael in Hallstatt, Austria are famous for having been painted. The painted skulls are almost all male as they were outlived by their wives who would decorate them. Unfortunately the wives’ remains were left to their children who were less concerned with decorating the dead so they remain unpainted.

The Sedlec Ossuary (Ossuary of All Saints) in the Czech Republic is one of the most famous bone houses in the world. It doesn’t just lay the bones to rest – it uses them as extravagant deathly decorations. It is especially famed for the huge chandelier made entirely of human remains – part of which can be seen in the top left of this photograph.

This bonneted lady can be found in the Chapel of Virgins in the Crypt of the Monastery of Santa Maria Della Pace in Palermo, Italy. She is one of four virgins placed on a ledge holding palm fronds signifying the triumph of faith.

Vincenzo Piccini is the only clothed mummy in the Chiesa Dei Morti of the Confrternity of Buona Morte in Urbania, Italy. He is dressed in the robes of the religious order he was a member of and he wears the silver badge of death.

The Bones of St Pancratius are found at the Church of St Niklaus in Wil, Switzerland. He was originally robed in clothes by nuns in the late 1600s but in 1777 – the centenary of his bones arriving in Wil – he was dressed in this magnificent commissioned suit of armour.

St Gratianus is enrobed in rich jewels and fine fabric befitting his state as a martyr. It is known he died for his faith because his bones stand above a chalice filled with dried blood. His remains are on display in the Basilica of Waldsassen in Germany.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2012/12/17/10-incredible-images-of-death-in-bones/

It’s hard to tell just how many people have been fooled by a photoshopped tweet that makes it look like it’s from Donald Trump, but it’s a lot.Twitter user @Rivermansky63 posted it yesterday morning and it’s been retweeted a staggering 11,000 times since then:

He was quickly told it was a fake, but it was “so funny”:

According to @Rivermansky63, the tweet was created by Jared Oban:

Here’s what could be the original that started it all dated October 13:

2300+ retweets on that one.

Author CJ Werleman posted it later yesterday afternoon and hasalmost 5000 retweets on his version:

Verified users are passing it around, too, including Joan Walsh:

Come on, people. Enough already!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/10/16/people-keep-retweeting-this-fake-donald-trump-tweet-screenshot/

From floods to earthquakes to revolutions, 2011 has come and gone at a high price.The last year has seen a lot of changes both politically and economically, and as we move into 2012 there is a lot of rebuilding to be done. In many ways 2011 was the end of an era. No more space shuttle launches, no more Oprah, no more bin Laden, and no more Steve Jobs. In spite of all that, however, it was also a year of new beginnings as entire nations found their independence, a royal wedding captivated the world, and revolutions brought freedom to millions. These were the most defining moments of 2011, and they will not be easily forgotten.

25. Rioting In England

forbes.com Following the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by London police officers riots ensued resulting in thousands of arrests and hundreds of millions of pounds worth of property damage.

24. Royal Wedding

As one of the few non-depressing entries on this list, the Royal Wedding managed to capture the world’s attention for at least a little while, especially with the fairytale-like fact that Kate Middleton was a “commoner” marrying into the aristocracy.

23. End of NASA Space Shuttle Program

csmonitor.com NASA’s Space Shuttle program saw its final launch on July 8th when Atlantis took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The shuttle flew on 33 flights spanning a career of 26 years.

22. Casey Anthony Trial

In one of the most scrutinized trials since OJ Simpson, the world watched intently as the lawyers put forth their cases over whether or not Casey had murdered her daughter. The verdict of “not guilty” led to several protests.

21. End of Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah took the stage for the last time as The Oprah Winfrey Show drew to a close after 25 years.

20. Obama Releases Birth Certificate

factcheck.org Putting to rest (sort of) the speculation that he was not a natural born American citizen, President Obama produced a copy of his birth certificate to skeptics who claimed he should not be allowed in the Presidency.

19. News of the World Scandal

After 168 years in print one of the largest English language news papers in the world closed its doors due to allegations that its editors had been involved in phone hacking.

18. U.S. Credit Rating Drops For First Time

dailymail.co.uk For the first time in history the United States credit rating was downgraded from AAA to AA+ by Standard and Poor.

17. Jaycee Dugard Kidnapping Case Ends

Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to kidnapping Jayce Lee Dugard and holding her in a concealed area behind their home for over 18 years.

16. Weinergate

On June 16th Anthony Weiner announced that he was going to resign from congress following allegations that he had sent sexually suggestive links to several women using his Twitter account.

15. Gaddafi Killed By His Own People

On October 20th, Gaddafi’s convoy was hit by a French air strike. Although he survived the strike he was then found hiding in a storm drain by rebels and killed.

14. Attempted Assassination of Congresswoman Giffords

Jared Lee Loughner opened fire on a crowd surrounding congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords killing six people and critically injuring Giffords.

13. Death of Amy Winehouse

The popular singer was found unresponsive in her London home on July 23rd with a blood alcohol level 5 times the legal limit. Her death led to numerous memorial concerts around the world.

12. European Debt Crisis

zimbio.com The United States isn’t the only nation experiencing issues with credit. Over the course of the last year the European financial situation has steadily worsened, particularly in countries such as Greece.

11. Christchurch Earthquake

brisbanetimes.com.au In February a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island killing 181 people.

10. Norway Terrorist Attacks

news.com.au Two terrorist attacks were carried out by in Norway on July 22nd. The first was a car bomb in Oslo, the capital, and the second was an attack on a summer camp organized by the ruling labour party. 8 people were killed in the car bomb explosion and 69 people, many being children, were killed when Anders Behring Breivik opened fire on the summer camp.

9. South Sudan Gains Independence

bbc.co.uk After years of turmoil and civil war, South Sudan became an independent state on July 9th. There are still many issues to be solved in the new nation, however, as it deals with in-fighting, extremely poor healthcare, and widespread poverty.

8. Occupy Movement

ibtimes.com Born of a simple suggestions on the Canadian based Adbusters website, Occupy Wallstreet quickly became an international phenomenon. Although it has drawn both praise and criticism the movement has undeniably managed to draw worldwide attention.

7. Death of Kim Jong-il

telegraph.co.uk Having established himself as the supreme commander of North Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong was ranked as the 31st most powerful person in the world by Forbes before his death on December 19th, 2011.

6. Horn of Africa Famine

un.org On July 20th the United Nations officially declared a famine for the first time in 30 years. Affecting Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya and endangering over 13 million people it has led to numerous deaths and millions of displaced refugees.

5. Iraq Withdrawal

csmonitor.com The last American soldier left Iraqi soil on December 18th thus bringing an end to a war that lasted 9 years and cost 4,500 American lives.

4. Death of Steve Jobs

csmonitor.com On October 5th the world mourned the loss of one of the most respected technological visionaries of our age.

3. Arab Spring

Starting in December of 2010 the Arab Spring, otherwise known as the Arab Awakening, has led to 2011 being a year of revolutions and deposed dictators in countries such as Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt.

2. Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

bbc.co.uk Although its epicenter was located offshore, as one of the five most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in world history it triggered a massive tsunami which led to widespread destruction throughout Japan, including the ongoing nuclear reactor crisis.

1. Death of Osama bin Laden

abcnews.go.com On May 2nd a group of U.S. Navy SEALS with CIA support launched a raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Afterwards, his body was taken back to Afghanistan for identification and then buried at sea within 24 hours.

Read more: http://list25.com/year-in-review-25-most-defining-moments-of-2011/

The Catholic church has approved an app that lets you track your sinning so that you can offer a more accurate confession.

First you select the commandment you broke, then you check off the individual ways you did so.

If your evil is more outlandish than the creators of the app expected when they wrote up the list of possible transgressions, that’s OK. You can enter your own custom iniquities as needed.

Even noncatholics might be interested. Because, who doesn’t want their feelings of crushing guilt to be extremely thorough and specific? Am I right?

Hopefully, in the next version, they’ll add a submit button you can press once a week rather than actually going to talk to a priest.

(via Engadget)

Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/are-you-a-sinner-theres-an-app-for-that-church-approves-confession-app/