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Watch Gymnast Nadia Comăneci Score The First Perfect 10 In Olympic Gymnastics History

Forty years ago today, Nadia Comăneci became the first gymnast to score a perfect ten in the Olympics. The Romanian athlete was just 14 when she nailed the score for her uneven bar routine at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Because judges had previously considered a perfect score impossible to achieve, the electronic scoreboard in the stadium didn’t even have enough space to accommodate all four digits needed to display her score. (It had to be displayed as 1.00 instead of 10.00!)


What’s even more amazing is that she wasn’t done slaying after that historic routine. Comăneci went on to earn six more perfect scores throughout the Montreal Olympics and won three gold medals. Four years later, she won two more gold medals at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The woman is an absolute legend. You’ve got to see it to believe it, so take a look at her epic routine below!




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Three Police Officers Killed, Several Wounded In Baton Rouge Shooting

Possible multiple suspects shot and killed three police officers, injuring several more, on Sunday morning in a Baton Rouge shooting.


According to CNN, police received a call about a man with an assault rifle seen walking down Airline Highway. When officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office responded, at least one suspect (and possibly two more) opened fire on the officers.


“Multiple officers from both agencies sustained injuries and were transported to local hospitals,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office.


Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards called the shooting “an unspeakable and unjustified attack” in a statement and offered all of the state’s available resources to apprehend the possible remaining suspects. According to reports, one suspect is dead, and the East Baton Rouge sheriff’s office confirmed that the two additional alleged suspects may be at large.


The Baton Rouge shooting comes as tensions between civilians and law enforcement have continued to mount this month. On July 5, a Baton Rouge police officer shot and killed Alton Sterling. A police officer also shot and killed Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 6. These were followed by a deadly sniper attack on police officers on July 7 at a subsequent Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.


This post will be updated as more details about the shooting come to light.


For more Glamour coverage of gun control and gun violence in the U.S., see:


President Obama Announces Executive Actions to Control Gun Violence


“We Have to Stop the Violence”: How 8 Survivors of Mass Shootings Are Fighting to Make Everyone Safer


How Losing My Friend to Gun Violence Changed Me


Originally Written By Chelsea Stone, Glamour.


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BRB, Moving To This Place In England Where Misogyny Is A Hate Crime

Excuse me while I pack my things and move to Nottinghamshire, a county in England that just classified misogyny as a hate crime. Thanks to the county’s local police force and women’s center, pretty much any sexist act in Nottinghamshire will now warrant a police investigation-meaning this county is about to become a pretty excellent place for women to live.


“What women face, often on a daily basis, is absolutely unacceptable and can be extremely distressing,” Nottinghamshire Chief Constable Sue Fish told the BBC. “Nottinghamshire Police is committed to taking misogynistic hate crime seriously and encourages anyone who is affected by it to contact us without hesitation.” The force’s definition of misogyny is pretty straightforward: “incidents against women that are motivated by an attitude of a man toward a woman and include behavior targeted toward a woman by men simply because they are a woman.” That’s a little wordy, but it basically means that sexism-in all its many forms-is a crime. Period. This is especially excellent in cases of cat-calling (ugh) and casual workplace sexism (double ugh), because these previously legal activities are now lumped in to the category of criminal activity. Meaning that asshole who whistles at you every morning needs to think twice before doling out another cat-call. That’s criminal now, sucker.


“We’re pleased to see Nottinghamshire Police recognize the breadth of violence and intimidation that women experience on a daily basis in our communities,” Melanie Jeffs, the manager at Nottingham Women’s Centre said. “Recording this as a hate crime will give us a detailed picture of how often, when and where it is happening. It has been very difficult to build that picture before but we will now get detailed data to analyze.” Not to mention, Jeffs said, “Showing that the police take it seriously will also give people the confidence to come forward and report offenses.”


Incredible. Seriously, incredible. Well done, Nottinghamshire. Don’t be surprised if you see an influx of women moving to your communities sometime in the near future. (I’ll probably be one of them.)




Also: Women Are Taking Over The World





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7 Times Paulette Bonafonté Was The Best Part Of ‘Legally Blonde’

Legally Blonde just turned 15. I know-I feel old too. And to celebrate this momentous occasion, we wanted to turn our attention to Elle Woods’ partner in crime-Paulette Bonafonté-who is low-key the best part of that movie. Whether she’s accidentally smacking the guy she likes during her attempted bend-and-snap, or standing up to the douchey ex who stole her dog, Paulette is a true queen. And we’re here for her.


Here are seven of her best moments in the Legally Blonde franchise. Because let’s be real, we could all use a little more Paulette in our lives.


1. When she and Elle led a casual bend-and-snap session in the middle of the salon.


2. When she accidentally bent-and-snapped her love interest’s nose.


3. Every time she served up the sass.




4. When she understood the importance of a good hot dog-regardless of the circumstances.


5. When she kept it real while comforting Elle post-breakup.




6. When she nailed the bend-and-snap and bent-and-snapped all over the place.




7. And of course, when she stood up took her ex and reclaimed her puppy.


Clearly, she was doing a lot of bend-and-snapping. But she also played one of the most heartwarming, entertaining, and interesting characters in the franchise. This one goes out to you, Paulette!




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Snapchat’s New Memories Feature Takes Your Selfies From Temporary To Everlasting

Your selfies are about to get a lot less temporary. Snapchat has announced plans to roll out a new feature, called Memories, within the next month. Now, instead of Snaps disappearing after 1-10 seconds (or 24 hours if you’ve uploaded them to a story), you can save them within the app ~forever~ and relive them any time you want. Crazy, right?


So let’s get some things straight. First, the app won’t automatically save all your embarrassing selfies, sexy pics, and dog filter photos. You have to do the archiving yourself. So if you see a Snap you want to keep, simply hit the save button in the bottom left corner (looks like an arrow pointing down at a bracket), and voila-Memories made. This button previously saved pics to your phone, but now Snapchat is cutting out the middleman and saving them in-app in its new feature. So don’t worry, if you snapped a photo so humiliating it shouldn’t see the light of day, you can still send it to a friend knowing it will disappear within 1-10 seconds as planned.


Second, not everyone has access to Memories yet. The update is widely available, but Snapchat is selectively activating the new feature phone-by-phone. So you might have it, but you also might not (I don’t). To find out if you do, try to save a pic using the save button. If it saves to your phone, you don’t have it yet. If it saves to “Memories,” well, you’re one of the lucky few who have the feature already. To access your Memz archive, swipe up from the camera screen. There, you can sort snaps into different stories (combining different snaps to create a new story or compiling several stories into one massive one-whatever ya want). Oh, and you can send any of these Memories snaps to your friends and add them to your story for a little #tbt action. The app will just throw a frame around the image to indicate that it’s an oldy (but a goodie!).


One more thing: If you have some ~interesting~ content that you don’t want others to be able to see, you can send it to the “My Eyes Only” portion of your Memories archive. This is so you can show your Memories to your friends in a fun social setting without revealing anything too sketch. To be clear: Memories are private unless you send them to people, add them to your story, or show them to others in-person. But this can help you avoid showing your parents an R-rated Memory while sharing a Memory story from a recent vacation.


Happy Snapping. Looks like it’s time to make some ~Memories~.


Watch a full demonstration of the new feature below.




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What Leaky Gut Syndrome Actually Is-And How To Know If You Have It

If you’re suffering from bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or any other handful of gastrointestinal symptoms, you hope that visiting your doctor will end with a diagnosis, treatment, and relief. Unfortunately, there are many people who continue to suffer with GI issues because doctors are unable to figure out what’s going on. This prevalence of mysterious GI conditions, combined with the recent evidence that gut health impacts so much of our well-being, has led alternative medicine experts to suggest a condition called leaky gut syndrome is to blame.


Leaky gut syndrome is marked by symptoms like bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, aches and pains, and overall malaise. It’s not an official diagnosis, and many in the traditional medical community don’t consider it a real condition. But for those who have gone through the wringer in trying to decipher what’s ailing them and are left with no answers, leaky gut syndrome may help explain their symptoms-and finally bring relief.


“Some patients go down all paths for typical mainstream diagnoses-they’ve had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, blood work, tests for bacterial overgrowth, seen allergists for food sensitivities-and none of these things help,” Felice Schnoll-Sussman, M.D., gastroenterologist and director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, tells SELF. “These people may wind up getting diagnosed with leaky gut when they end up in the hands of an alternative medicine practitioner.” And whether or not it’s a “real” illness doesn’t really matter if it ends in them finding relief.


What does it actually mean to have a leaky gut?


“Leaky gut occurs when our bodies are bombarded by toxins-whether from the environment, prescription drugs, processed foods, home cleaning and personal care products or other sources,” Josh Axe, a doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist, and author of Eat Dirt, tells SELF. The thought is that these toxins kill good bacteria in the gut, allowing bad bacteria to thrive. “This causes the lining of our intestines to become more permeable, literally allowing undigested food particles, toxins, and other foreign invaders to escape the gut and enter the bloodstream where they can cause a variety of health concerns, from skin issues like psoriasis, to brain fog, to liver and gallbladder disease.”


Schnoll-Sussman says that there haven’t been any substantiated medical studies showing that food particles can actually slip through the gut into the bloodstream. But she says that for those who haven’t been able to find an answer for their symptoms, it’s worth considering the idea of a leaky gut-whether or not what’s happening is really as literal as the name implies.


What causes a “leaky” gut?


There are a handful of theories on what can lead to a so-called leaky gut, but anything that impacts gut health can be considered a contributing factor. “Some people believe it could be related to stress,” Schnoll-Sussman says. The thought is that chronic stress can weaken the immune system, affecting our ability to fight off bacteria and viruses and affecting the permeability of the gut. 


Other factors that are thought to contribute to the incidence of leaky gut: diets high in refined sugar, chemicals and preservatives in foods, overprescription of pharmaceutical drugs (especially antibiotics), and chemicals in our environment. “The problem now is that our bodies are being attacked from so many directions simultaneously, and it’s too taxing on our systems,” Axe says. “All of these things working in tandem have created the explosion of leaky gut and overall sickness in this country.” Schnoll-Sussman adds: “What’s very popular now is the idea that gluten is doing it. Some people believe they might not have Celiac but rather a sensitivity to gluten that can be an instigator for this.”


How is leaky gut syndrome treated?


“It’s hard to get a specific treatment for a disease that has no specific ideology,” Schnoll-Sussman says. But treatment usually revolves around diet. “I believe that food is medicine,” says Axe, who outlines eating patterns to treat leaky gut in his book. Identifying foods that might be causing GI distress is the first step. Schnoll-Sussman recommends seeing an allergist to figure out if you have any unknown allergies, and then working with a dietitian to come up with a healthy eating plan around that. She also suggests upping fiber intake and adding probiotics to your diet. “Helping to reinoculate the gut with beneficial bacteria really does help.” Eating probiotic-rich foods like yogurt or kefir every day, and taking a probiotic supplement, can help. 


If you have a GI problem that’s been impossible to pinpoint, seeking help from holistic or alternative health practitioners is a smart next step. “I always recommend that people find a health practitioner they can trust and who is also well-versed in the latest natural and pharmaceutical-free ways to heal their bodies,” Axe says.


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4 Couples Share How They Knew They’d Met The One

It’s true that relationships are work, but the work isn’t trying to figure out if you should be with someone, or convincing someone to be with you.


For a number of long-term couples I’ve interviewed through the years, the expression, “When you know, you know,” rings true. Not all knew immediately, but ultimately, all had clarity that they had found their match.


I spoke with happily married men and women to find out if there was a moment in time and/or a specific feeling they had that their partners and their partnership felt different from all the rest.


Vicki & Lisa, married in Toronto in 2005


Over a decade ago, Vicki met her future wife, Lisa, at work and developed a friendship with her before having the courage to ask her out. 


Vicki’s wedding ring is engraved with the word “Flutter” and she admits that over a decade together and two kids later, her partner still makes her feel this way. 


Vicki knew almost instantly (on their second date) that she wanted to grow old with Lisa. She said, “I remember waiting for her at the corner, near my apartment. I saw her riding her three-speed bicycle. In her basket, which she had decorated with plastic flowers, she carried a huge baguette and a bottle of wine. She couldn’t see me, but her smile was so wide, I just knew I wanted to be the reason for her happiness. Eleven years later I’m still thrilled to see her first thing in the morning and last at night. “


Without question, Lisa was distinctly different from any other person Vicki had ever been with. In this way, the expression “When you know, you know” resonates. 


“(Lisa) was the first person that ever made my heart flutter. I never grew tired of spending time with her. I woke up thinking about her and went to bed thinking about her. The first time she kissed me, I thought my chest would explode. This whole ‘love thing’ finally made sense to me”, Vicki said.


Ron & Sari, married in Los Angeles in 2008


Ron and Sari met online and a few weeks into dating, they realized they had relatives in common. (Ron notes, “I know that sounds gross, but thankfully it was just through marriage…but we get the joke that we’re kissing cousins.”) They’ve now been together for a decade and have two children.


Both Sari and Ron agree with the statement, “When you know, you know,” though they admit that they knew the other person was right for them at different times.


Ron said, “We both connected on our first date, but neither of us left that first date saying, ‘That’s the person I’m going to marry.’ We were excited to see each other again, but were both in the middle of dating other people, because that’s just how online dating goes… .”


Sari said she knew she felt a deeper connection after her third date at a Lakers game with Ron, when they sat and talked. According to Sari, it felt different to be with Ron because she felt so comfortable, “Like I had known him my entire life.”


Ron said, “For me, it was a bit later because I’m a dumb man. After our one-year anniversary, we got into an argument because Sari was frustrated that we’d never discussed our future together. I said I like to wait until I’ve dated someone at least a year until discussing a future because relationships change after a year. She shot back that relationships change after one year, two years, five years, 10 years-it’s not the fact that they change, it’s how we change together. That’s when I knew,” he admitted.


Ron continued, “(The discussion) forced me to consider my life without her and the thought of life without her scared me. My favorite quote from When Harry Met Sally popped into my head, so as soon as I realized I wanted to be with her for the rest of my life, I wanted the rest of my life to start as soon as possible. Soon after, I proposed.”


For both, this relationship felt different from the rest.


Ron said, “It felt different for me to be with her in that I genuinely could laugh with Sari. Also, she was a very direct communicator, which, while horribly uncomfortable at first because I was immature at the time, turned out to be a blessing because most girls I’d dated were horrible communicators. Being able to communicate our way through issues quickly was pretty amazing.”


Mitch & Alejandra, married in Montreal in 2012


Mitch and Alejandra met on a dating site around the time that each of them decided to de-activate their accounts. As Alejandra said, “We almost missed each other.”


Their first date, which was supposed to be a simple Saturday afternoon meeting over ice cream in the park, lasted 10 hours because they kept talking and extending the date to include dinner, drinks, and a late-night stoop chat about everything, including personal things like their families and future goals.


Alejandra admits that she felt something different when she first spotted Mitch walking down the street. “I just had this feeling, ‘Yep, this is it’ before we were even in front of each other”, she said.


After their initial meeting, they both knew that something was different.


Alejandra said, “I had a weird calm certainty with Mitch, almost immediately. I had never had that feeling to that degree. Usually when you date, you’re showing the best side of yourself and not really being totally authentic. Or, you’re giddy and really excited and only seeing the things you want to see. But in this case, there was a weird dimension and depth to the relationship that I had never really experienced before. Early on, I thought ‘Yeah, this is happening. We’re going to do this.’


Mitch says he felt the same way.


“Is it true that when you know you know? In our case, it absolutely did happen that way. This relationship felt different and it felt like we had known each other forever.” Alejandra said.


Debbie & Neer, married in New York City in 2014


Debbie and Neer met twice. First, in grad school when they dated for just a month, and again, 13 years later, when they “randomly” met on an online dating site.


According to Neer, he had a moment of clarity when he knew he had found his match. He said, “We were in Amsterdam for Debbie’s birthday and part of the celebration was a romantic dinner at an amazing restaurant inside an enormous greenhouse. As we were eating dessert, Debbie looked up at me from her plate. Time stopped. And I knew I would marry her.”


Neer said that being with Debbie allowed him to have a certainty that was absent from his previous relationships “and much more laughter too.”


For Debbie, her certainty initially came from the intellectual connection she and Neer shared. Debbie said, “I knew I wanted to marry Neer when we stayed up until four in the morning discussing physics for videos I was working on. Physics has always been my first love and to be able to share that world with someone was a one-of-a-kind sensation. I live to think and analyze things so for me, it was deeply important to have a partner that respected that part of me and to be with someone with whom I could share that intellectual spark.”


Debbie noticed that after years of unhealthy relationships where she didn’t feel fully respected, Neer seemed committed to her success. “I’m already a perfectionist and push myself hard, but he was pushing me to be better in a beautifully comfortable way,” she said.


She admitted, “It’s the first relationship where I feel truly loved and appreciated even for some of my quirks, which I once saw as defects. Being with Neer elevates me and makes me a better person and a lighter one too. He makes me laugh a tremendous amount. I just really enjoy being with him.”


Originally Written By Andrea Syrtash, Glamour 




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