current location: Home > glv5

Check your kids Halloween candy memes hilariously mocks hyped drug warnings

2023-03-26 06:57:21

Check your kids Halloween candy memes hilariously mocks hyped drug warnings

Every Halloween police(Opens in a new tab) departments(Opens in a new tab) and certain parents do the same, pretty tired thing. "Parents be warned," they say, "people are lacing candy with drugs/razor blades/poison/whatever."

Check your kids Halloween candy memes hilariously mocks hyped drug warnings(图1)

These old tropes and fears are trotted out despite zero evidence(Opens in a new tab) that deadly Halloween candy is a thing. Also do people understand how expensive edibles are? Why in the world would anyone pass out weed candy? Why would anyone decide to kill kids at random with razor blades?

SEE ALSO: The best outdoor games for kids

People online latched onto that idea and began posting funny memes poking fun at the idea that some neighborhood sadist is trying to hurt kids with Halloween candy.

The funny thing is, is it really any more ridiculous to think that people would slip Rich Dad Poor Dad into a piece of candy than a razor blade? OK, it's a bit more ridiculous because of the size impossibility. But it's a reversal of the old trope: Wealthy enclaves fear the insidious interloper, all hopped up on drugs, hurting their children. What if everyone else worried about the rich folks indoctrinating their children with the prosperity gospel?

Of course, I could also be overthinking all this. Sometimes stuff is just funny because it's funny.

Anyway, be safe out there. And remember to check the inside of your child's candy. With reports like these, who knows what you're going to find.

Also, take at least a few pieces for yourself. You know, to test it out.

Website of this article:

Go to Baidu to see more

Comments from netizens


contact us



Popular articles


  • Can you masturbate too much?

    Can you masturbate too much?


    Wherever there is content extolling the benefits of masturbation, so too will you find a whole onslaught of voices condemning it. The topic always comes along with conversations about frequency, namely: Doing it too much. "While anxieties and negative attitudes about sexuality can be found throughout history, masturbation has particularly been a behavior of concern," says Sarah Melancon(opens in a new tab), Ph.D, a sociologist, clinical sexologist, and resident expert at The Sex Toy Collective.

    Libido is built out of our reward system — and so the more positive experiences you have, the more you want. Masturbation and orgasms beget wanting more masturbation, sex, and orgasms. TL;DR: masturbation is amazing. Solo sex is a fantastic (and free!) way to de-stress, unwind, and boost positive neuro-transmitters(opens in a new tab). It can also help boost mood and self-esteem.

    At the same time, there is nuance. Zachary Zane(opens in a new tab), author of Boyslut: A Memoir and Manifesto(opens in a new tab) and sex expert for Momentum Intimacy(opens in a new tab), points out, you can do pretty much anything too much. "Masturbation only becomes an issue if it's negatively affecting other aspects of your life," he says. For instance, if your masturbation habits have you skipping work, ditching sex with your partner, or are causing pain or injury, then it may be worth it to reevaluate your masturbation habits. "But if it's NOT negatively impacting your life in any way, then keep at it! Enjoy it," Zane says.

    In all likeliness, your wanking habits are probably completely normal and fine.

    In all likeliness, your wanking habits are probably completely normal and fine. And so, for this glorious month that is Masturbation May, we will be doing away with the pervasive idea that if you’re getting off too much, you’re doing something wrong or shameful or might break your dick/clit. Let’s shift the mindset.

    The roots of 'dangerous masturbation'

    Why are people so obsessed with how often you touch your junk? Melancon says that it’s pretty heavily based in religion. "Many religions condemn sexual activity(opens in a new tab) outside of heterosexual marriage, including masturbation," she says. "In Judeo-Christian religions, masturbation is considered a sin." This harks back to the "spilling the seed" story of Onan in the Bible. Onan was having sex with his brother’s wife and instead of climaxing inside her, he pulled out so that she wouldn't carry his off-spring. You know, a really cute and chill situation. God obviously curses him for spilling his seed because, well, The Bible. Ironically, the story on which this concept is based actually describes Onan pulling out rather than masturbation. 

    Want more sex and dating stories in your inbox? Sign up for Mashable's new weekly After Dark newsletter.

    In the Victorian era(opens in a new tab), masturbation was thought to cause mental illness. These pervasive views on the dangers and evils of masturbation may be  more coded in 2023, but the ghosts of the past still seem to follow us.

    Can you actually masturbate TOO much?

    Basically, not really. As long as you’re not rubbing yourself raw or ditching work to pound it out 24-7, Silva Neves(opens in a new tab), an accredited psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, says that getting yourself off is not an issue you need to be worried about. "There is no evidence to suggest that masturbation is bad, and there is no agreed definition on measuring what is 'too much,' because everybody's limits are subjective and individual," he says. 

    SEE ALSO: Sex addiction isn't recognised by science. So, why are people still being diagnosed?

    What’s more, there is no evidence that frequent masturbation is in any way bad or addictive. The idea that masturbating too much can become a problem is heavily steeped in shame and sex negativity. Neves tells us that using terms like "porn addiction" or "sex addiction" is highly problematic — as it both increases shame around sex and is not endorsed by either the ICD or the DSM-5 as an addiction. 

    Long story short: You can’t masturbate too much as long as you aren’t hiding away in your room, ignoring your friends, family, and obligations in order to get off constantly. It’s about cultivating healthy habits.

    How you feel about masturbation informs how you feel about your behaviors.

    It’s not usually about whether you’re masturbating too much, it’s about how you FEEL about the behavior. A recent study(opens in a new tab) found four groupings of individuals based on masturbation frequency and sexual satisfaction. 

    1. High masturbation frequency + Satisfied

    2. Low/no masturbation frequency + Satisfied 

    3. (图2)

      High masturbation frequency + Dissatisfied

    4. Low/no masturbation frequency + Dissatisfied

    For those who reported high masturbation frequency and dissatisfaction, Melancon says that this group probably consists of people who view masturbation as being either bad or "less than" partnered sex. "This would likely include individuals using masturbation as a coping mechanism as well as individuals who are lonely and would rather at least some of their masturbation was actually partnered sexual activity instead," she says. What’s more, studies have shown(opens in a new tab) that people who have higher levels of religious belief are more likely to view their masturbation habits as "addictive," when the behaviors themselves are by no means clinically compulsive.

    SEE ALSO: Celebrate Masturbation May with sex toy deals from Satisfyer, Lelo, and more

    If you can shift away from the idea that masturbation = less than, gross, wrong, or addictive and into a mindset of masturbation = happy, healthy, and normal, you’re likely to see a massive improvement in how you perceive your habits. After all, masturbation is a healthy and OK form of sexual activity. Enough with the shame.

    Dealing with death grip.

    Like all good things in life, you might run into problems. Death Grip refers to masturbating in a repeated way, with a very tight grip on the penis. It can also refer to clitorises that are receiving the same, intense form of stimulation (often with a vibrator), leading to temporarily diminished effectiveness of other forms of sexual activity. The term "Death Grip" was originally coined by sex columnist Dan Savage in 2003. Savage was also the first person to coin the term "pegging" (when a cis-man is anally penetrated by someone wearing a strap-on or dildo).

    Death Grip is not an official medical diagnosis — it’s a recognized phenomenon that has been seen in many clinical settings. But, the aim should be dealing with it without pathologizing people. Death grip is actually highly treatable and highly subjective. It’s only a problem if you believe it’s a problem and want to do something about it. There’s nothing wrong with preferring or even needing one form of stimulation to receive pleasure, if that’s what you want. 

    If you’re experiencing Death Grip and feel like you’re losing sensation, change up your masturbation habits. Kenneth Play, an international educator and the bestselling author of Beyond Satisfied: A Sex Hacker’s Guide to Endless Orgasms, Mind-Blowing Connection, and Lasting Confidence(opens in a new tab), refers to "Habit Loops That Rule Our Sex Lives." He tells us that "The more you masturbate in a particular way, the more deeply ingrained a particular pathway to orgasm becomes, and our sexual identity forms around it. Our habits create a fast track to pleasure, and they can put up roadblocks to other forms of sex." 

    "When we masturbate in different ways for a couple of weeks, we start to rewire our habit loops, and we can learn new ways of getting pleasure."

    It’s not that you’re damaging your penis/clit or causing permanent desensitization, it’s just that you’ve gotten used to masturbating in a certain way — and so other forms of sex don’t feel as intense. "We can break our habit loops by turning down the volume on them for a while. We can put the vibrator away or relax the death grip on our penises," Play says. "When we masturbate in different ways for a couple of weeks, we start to rewire our habit loops, and we can learn new ways of getting pleasure."

    Melancon also suggests bringing in a mindfulness practice. “Mindfulness-style practices can help one expand one’s sensory awareness, so over time a lighter grip can become more pleasurable,” she says. Staying connected to our bodies can help to foster stronger connections between our genitals and our minds.

    It’s not that you’re masturbating too much, it might just be that you’re masturbating in the same way a bit too much. It might mean that you’re masturbating in a way that isn’t super connected to your body and doesn’t foster a ton of awareness. Masturbation frequency doesn’t need to cause problems if we cultivate a creative and positive mindset around it. Death Grip isn’t permanent and it simply means a change-up might be in order. 

    All in all, your masturbation habits are probably completely fine and we’d do better to celebrate self-love, rather than demonize it.

  • Bobcat rescued after being stuck in a cars grill for miles on Thanksgiving

    Bobcat rescued after being stuck in a cars grill for miles on Thanksgiving


    A bobcat just received the best Thanksgiving miracle: a second chance at life.

    Richmond Animal Care and Control(opens in a new tab) in Virginia rushed to the aid of the wild, big kitty after it was struck with a car on Thanksgiving Day by a citizen on her way to work.

    According to their Facebook post(opens in a new tab), the woman parked her car only to find the bobcat unable to move inside the grill.

    SEE ALSO: Rescue dog uses his smile to help find a forever home


    Rescuers rushed to the scene where they sedated and freed the bobcat, according to the Facebook post. He was then transferred to another animal care center, the Wildlife Center of Virginia for further treatment.

    Luckily for the cat, he only endured one minor scrape on his back.

    I bet this little guy is quite thankful.

  • Trump praises Native Americans and uses racial slur in the same sentence

    Trump praises Native Americans and uses racial slur in the same sentence


    You may have survived Thanksgiving with your racist uncle, but President Donald Trump won't let that feeling of relief last long.

    At an event honoring the Navajo code talkers who played a vital role in the U.S. military during World War II, Trump couldn't stop himself from making a racist dig at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, calling her "Pocahontas."

    SEE ALSO: John Oliver calls President Trump's Puerto Rico comments 'horribly racist'

    After three of the 13 remaining Navajo code talker veterans had the chance to share their history in the Oval Office on Monday, the president got up to give his remarks. The Navajo code talkers(opens in a new tab) served in the Marine corps during World War II, communicating top-secret messages in a code derived from their complex native language.

    Trump immediately handed over a binder of his prepared statements to the veterans, and proceeded to go off book. And that can only mean disaster with him.

    In his typical image-obsessed fashion, he first complimented the "good genes" of the elderly veterans. Then things got downright offensive.

    After admiring the Native American veterans' long history in the United States, he told them, "we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her 'Pocahontas.'"

    And the moment was as horrifying and awkward as it sounds.

    The president's derogatory nickname for Warren stems from the Massachusetts senator's claims that she has Cherokee ancestors. Although Warren was criticized by the press during her 2012 Senate race for not being able to back up these claims, Trump seems to think it's okay to make up a racist nickname for her.

    And as many have pointed out, it's not okay.


    Some also pointed out the tone deaf juxtaposition of celebrating Native American war heroes in front of a presidential portrait of Andrew Jackson, who was responsible for the death and displacement of many Native Americans, and who also happens to be one of President Trump's favorite predecessors.

    Sen. Warren responded to the president's remarks on television shortly after the event.

    Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had other ideas, telling the press corps that she thought categorizing Trump's "Pocahontas" jab as a slur was "ridiculous."

    UPDATE Nov. 27 3:55 p.m. PT

    The Navajo Nation responded to the incident with a statement, insisting that "cultural insensitivity is unfortunate."

  • Terry Crews on alleged sexual assaulter back at work: SOMEONE GOT A PASS

    Terry Crews on alleged sexual assaulter back at work: SOMEONE GOT A PASS


    Since practically Day 1 of the sexual misconduct reckoning in Hollywood, Terry Crews was one of the strongest voices speaking truth to power. Now that his alleged harasser has been welcomed back to work, he's not backing down.

    Crews famously accused a "high level Hollywood executive" of groping him at a 2016 party, leading top WME talent agent Adam Venit to take a leave of absence. Mashable has confirmed that Venit returned to work on Monday.

    For his part, Crews did not mince words in his response to this development:

    Sources familiar with the situation tell us that after a two-week internal investigation, Venit was suspended for 30 days without pay and demoted from head of the powerful agency's motion picture group. Even without that title, Venit is a true Hollywood power broker who represents high-profile celebrities like Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Emma Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth and Steve Martin.

    Presumably, Venit returns to WME even while still under investigation by the LAPD, after Crews filed a police report about the incident last month.

    Crews says that personally called on Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of WME, with his concerns. In a Tweet, Crews posted pictures of a HuffPost article Emanuel wrote in 2011 demanding that Mel Gibson be blacklisted from entertainment for his infamous anti-Semitic tirade.

    According to Crews, he gave Emanuel a printout of the article with a few edits. Emanuel – the man who in all likelihood chose to reinstate Venit – allegedly handed it back to Crews, claiming that "it's different."

    In the past month, Crews has gone on record about the incident, while also shining a spotlight on how both race and gender factor into sexual harassment.


    ABC Breaking News(opens in a new tab) | Latest News Videos(opens in a new tab)

    As this cultural shift in sexual assault continues to unfold, it's important to note which victims and predators slip through the cracks. Crews remains steadfast in his bravery as he demonstrates that victims are often not treated equally.

    And, in some cases, alleged perpetrators are still apparently considered too big to fail.

  • Fake Roy Moore accuser tries to trick the Washington Post and fails spectacularly

    Fake Roy Moore accuser tries to trick the Washington Post and fails spectacularly


    Project Veritas, you just played yourself.

    The group, founded by conservative "guerrilla journalist" James O’Keefe, tried to expose the Washington Post(opens in a new tab) but ended up looking pretty dumb in the end.

    It all started when a woman approached the Post with a story. She said that when she was 15 years old, she'd been impregnated by Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting teenage girls.

    SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert dissects Roy Moore's sexual assault allegations with brutal wit

    But when the Washington Post fact-checked her story(opens in a new tab), it didn't add up -- and then they watched her walk into the New York offices of Project Veritas. The "sting" was supposed to expose, I don't know, some liberal conspiracy against Moore. Instead it showed just how professional and thorough the Washington Post is when it comes to checking facts.

    The story was met with delight online.

    The botched undercover investigation shouldn't come as a surprise. This is the guy whose organization failed to get a CNN reporter onto a boat filled with dildos(opens in a new tab), and who outed its own plan to infiltrate a George Soros event by forgetting to hang up the phone(opens in a new tab).

    The conversation between the woman and Washington Post reporter was supposed to be off the record. But when the Post found out her true motives, all bets were off, according to executive editor Martin Baron


    “We always honor ‘off-the-record’ agreements when they’re entered into in good faith," Baron said. "But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us. The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap. Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled, and we can’t honor an ‘off-the-record’ agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith.”

    O'Keefe didn't respond when the Post asked "if he was working with Moore, former White House adviser and Moore supporter Stephen K. Bannon, or Republican strategists."

    But he did try to defend himself by bragging about trending on Twitter, and then releasing a totally unrelated video before asking his supporters for more money.

    So, take that, competent mainstream media.

  • Blogger gets seven years in jail after writing about toxic spill in Vietnam

    Blogger gets seven years in jail after writing about toxic spill in Vietnam


    A court in Vietnam has sentenced a blogger to seven years in jail for reports he wrote about a toxic spill in the country.

    On Monday Nguyen Van Hoa was found guilty of spreading "anti-state propaganda" about a chemical spill that occured in Vietnam in 2016.

    SEE ALSO: Trump slurps shark fin soup as U.S. works to remove itself from the shark fin trade

    The spill, which occured in April, has been dubbed the country's worst environmental disaster. It happened when Formosa Ha Tinh Steel, a Taiwanese-owned steel factory released chemicals which included cyanide, into the sea.

    The discharge killed marine life, causing at least 70 tonnes of dead fish(opens in a new tab) to be washed ashore and destroyed some 200 hectares of coral reef. Hundreds of people were believed to have fallen ill after eating the poisoned fish.

    Thousands of demonstrators had come out to the factory protesting(opens in a new tab) and demanding compensation. It was these protests that the 22-year-old blogger wrote about that led to his arrest earlier this year.

    “The sentencing of Nguyen Van Hoa shows how profoundly the government’s paranoid desire to maintain political control trumps notions of justice and human rights," Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch Asia told the New York Times. (opens in a new tab)

    "How else can one explain that executives of an international firm that poisoned the ocean... are free to go about their business while this idealistic young journalist is heading to prison for helping expose their misdeeds?"

    'Defaming' the government

    But Nguyen isn't the only blogger to be affected.

    Another blogger, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as Mother Mushroom, was jailed earlier in June(opens in a new tab) this year for 10 years, for distributing propaganda against the state.

    Mother Mushroom first rose to prominence in 2006 writing about political and environmental issues.


    Her blog was frequently critical of the government, and she wrote about controversial issues like Beijing's financing of a bauxite mine in Vietnam and the government's handling of the toxic chemical spill.

    At a closed-door trial, a judge said she had defamed the government(opens in a new tab) and published inaccurate information, among other charges.

    Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as "Mother Mushroom" (L) Credit: AFP/Getty Images

    Vietnam's government was heavily criticised after it remained silent for weeks after the chemical spill incident, only coming out later in June (opens in a new tab)to acknowledge that Formosa had indeed leaked chemicals into the South China Sea.

    The company later admitted responsibility and agreed to pay $500 million in damages.

    It re-opened (opens in a new tab)in May this year, with the organisation saying it would "improve environmental safety measures" and aim to re-start commercial production by the end of the year.

  • If Trump doesnt believe the Access Hollywood tape is real, he should just ask Billy Bush

    If Trump doesnt believe the Access Hollywood tape is real, he should just ask Billy Bush


    That President Donald Trump would buy into a conspiracy theory isn't a surprise.

    That he would concoct a new one that attempts to completely retcon his own history shows that, even after an absolutely bananas 10 months in office, he still has the power to stun us.

    SEE ALSO: Trump's tweets since he was elected president: A complete breakdown

    But that's where we're at as word continues to spread that Trump is privately suggesting the infamous Access Hollywood tape -- the one published by the (opens in a new tab)Washington Post(opens in a new tab) in which Trump audibly advocates sexual assault to a chuckling Billy Bush -- may not be real.

    The New York Times first reported(opens in a new tab) the whisperings as a buried nugget in a story about how Trump is tacitly endorsing Roy Moore in the Alabama senate race despite the heap of allegations facing Moore.

    And, on Monday, the Times' White House reporter Maggie Haberman said a third person has reported Trump's doubts over that being his voice on the tape.

    This all despite the fact that Trump fessed up and even offered an apology(opens in a new tab) for his statements after the story broke and his continuing to defend the conversation as "locker room talk."

    But no matter how much Trump may be trying to convince others -- or even himself -- that the video isn't him, if there's one person who knows the truth, it's Billy Bush.

    A littler over a week after the Post published the tape, Bush was fired by NBC(opens in a new tab) from his job at The Today Show. And though it would take months for Bush to publicly address the incident, he gave no indication that the conversation is, in any way, fake.


    Speaking to (opens in a new tab)The Hollywood Reporter(opens in a new tab) in May 2017, Bush said:

    "Looking back upon what was said on that bus, I wish I had changed the topic. [Trump] liked TV and competition. I could've said, 'Can you believe the ratings on whatever?' But I didn't have the strength of character to do it."

    When considering he was fired for his part in the conversation but Trump was elected president, Bush noted, "the irony was glaring."

    And if there's a guy who you think would try to claim the "tape is fake" card, it's the guy who actually lost his job because of it.

    The conversation was recorded in 2005 and one can forgive a fuzzy memory, especially from a man who has spewed so much vitriol just in the last 2.5 years, let alone the last decade. But even Trump can't possibly be this delusional, right?

    For their part, the folks at (opens in a new tab)Access Hollywood(opens in a new tab) are standing firm and saying that, yes, the tape is real.

    Bush hasn't commented on this latest wrinkle but he was recently hit in the head by a golf ball(opens in a new tab) which, frankly, would give him a far better excuse than Trump for having a hazy recollection.

  • Donald Trump just retweeted anti-Muslim videos from a British extreme far-right group

    Donald Trump just retweeted anti-Muslim videos from a British extreme far-right group


    UPDATE (3:15 p.m. ET): Updated to include White House comment on the videos.

    U.S. President Donald J. Trump woke up Wednesday morning and retweeted three anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, unverified videos from the deputy leader of one of Britain's most extreme far-right groups, Britain First.

    SEE ALSO: Trump's latest tweets lashing out at UCLA players are his most unpresidential yet
    Credit: realdonaldtrump/twitter

    The Twitter feed of Jayda Fransen, who was convicted(opens in a new tab) of religiously aggravated harassment last year after hurling abuse at a woman in hijab in front of her four young children, is basically just a stream of hateful content targeting Muslims and immigrants.

    Fransen was charged again(opens in a new tab) with religiously aggravated harassment in September this year.

    She was ecstatic that the U.S. President retweeted her unverified videos:


    Last year, Britain First announced(opens in a new tab) it was launching "direct action campaign against Muslim elected officials" targeting "where they live, work, pray". They singled out Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, and Sajid Javid, cabinet minister.

    The killer of British MP Jo Cox, Thomas Mair, reportedly shouted “Britain First”(opens in a new tab) as he shot and stabbed the Labour MP last year, one week before of the EU referendum.

    Cox's husband tweeted in response to Trump's retweets:

    The first video tweeted by Fransen is entitled "Muslim migrant beats up migrant boy on crutches" but according Geenstijl(opens in a new tab), the news site that posted it, "the perpetrator was not Muslim or a migrant, but a Dutchman."

    Credit: Geenstijl/screengrab

    On Wednesday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that whether or not the videos were real, "these are real threats we have to talk about.

  • Meghan Markle started on Deal or No Deal way before her big royal engagement

    Meghan Markle started on Deal or No Deal way before her big royal engagement


    Meghan Markle knows all about making important decisions.

    Before she became a paralegal on Suits and Prince Harry's future bride, she was a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal.

    According to TMZ(opens in a new tab), she appeared in 34 episodes and modeled three different briefcases.

    SEE ALSO: 6 things you need to know about Meghan Markle now that she's about to become a royal

    "I went from working in the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to ending up on Deal. It's run the gamut," she told Esquire(opens in a new tab) back in 2013. "Definitely working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing."

    Although she appreciated the opportunity, Markle didn't shy away from telling the publication about the tiring experience: "I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick me so I could go and sit down."


    Despite her time as a case model, people applaud her for where she ended up -- being future royalty.

  • NBC employees reveal chilling details of Matt Lauers alleged sexual harassment

    NBC employees reveal chilling details of Matt Lauers alleged sexual harassment


    Details on the alleged inappropriate behavior leading to Today co-host Matt Lauer's ouster from NBC have surfaced – including sex toys as gifts, coerced sex with female employees and the disturbing report that Lauer had a button under his desk that could lock the door to his secluded office from within.

    NBC's initial statement Wednesday cited one complaint from a fellow female employee dating back to the Sochi Olympics. But in a memo, NBC News chairman Andy Lack said that "while it is the first complaint about his behavior" during his 20 years at the network, "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

    Hours later, Variety(opens in a new tab) revealed numerous, corroborated accounts of Lauer's widespread sexual harassment at the network from women who declined to be named.

    SEE ALSO: Resurfaced video shows Katie Couric saying Matt Lauer 'pinches me on the ass a lot'

    Allegations ranged from inappropriate "games" regarding coworkers' sex lives, to gifting a female colleague a sex toy with a lewd note about how he wanted her to use it, and even exposing himself to an employee in his office before berating her for not performing sex acts on him. Ten employees described Lauer's "fixation" on women, both at 30 Rockefeller and out in the field on assignment, including frequent comments on female staffers' appearances and sex lives.

    Perhaps most chillingly, Lauer reportedly had a button in his office desk that could discretely lock the door. Two victims of his harassment said this emboldened his inappropriate behavior.

    The New York Times(opens in a new tab) later reported Wednesday that NBC subsequently received at least two more complaints, one from a former employee who said Lauer summoned her and had sex with her in his office in 2001. The unidentified woman told the Times "she felt helpless because she didn’t want to lose her job, and that she didn’t report the encounter at the time because she felt ashamed."

    Though the network insisted it received its first complaint on Monday, many victims say they'd previously brought his behavior to the attention of NBC executives. One former reporter said that "management sucks there," and claimed executives "protected the shit out of Matt Lauer."

    Lauer is the third high-ranking NBC employee to recently be terminated from the network for inappropriate sexual behavior at the workplace, joining Today correspondent Mark Halperin and senior top talent booker Matt Zimmerman.

    The network initially declined to comment on Variety's story. But a spokesperson gave a CNN reporter a statement(opens in a new tab) claiming that, "We can say unequivocally, that, prior to Monday night, current NBC News management was never made aware of any complaints about Matt Lauer’s conduct.”


    While sources accounted for consensual relationships between Lauer and some NBC staffers, they also questioned the enormous power discrepancy involved. Producers from the network echoed the worry that denying Lauer's alleged advances would pose a risk to their careers.

    "He couldn’t sleep around town with celebrities or on the road with random people, because he’s Matt Lauer and he’s married," one producer told Variety. "So he’d have to do it within his stable, where he exerted power, and he knew people wouldn’t ever complain."

    As for the alleged Olympics incident cited by NBC, it appears to have been par for the course: Sources described how Lauer often initiated late-night hotel room visits with female employees during multiple Olympics.

    Lauer often presented himself as a bastion of progressive ideals on camera. Only three months ago, he interviewed his essential equivalent star at Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, grilling him over his own sexual misconduct in the workplace.

    Lauer has yet to comment or issue a statement.

Random articles


  • The internet is (hilariously) predicting 2023 trends

    The internet is (hilariously) predicting 2023 trends

    Listening to Jimmy Buffett unironically will be in next year if I have anything to say about it. Smash-burgers, however, will be out.

    With 2022 winding down, the Extremely Online have taken it upon themselves to predict the trends of 2023 — what's in, what's out, and what will (maybe) happen. Like anything on the internet, there's a mix of people posting their sincere predictions and using the trend to fire off a few jokes. In fact, most folks, like yours truly(Opens in a new tab), posted a mashup of both real predictions and jokes. It's up to you to figure out which is which.

    The posts were funny and good and, in some cases, actually kind of helpful in thinking about the year to come. For instance, some of the pop culture predictions, while hilarious, do seem kind of reasonable.

    OK, honestly, it seems like some of these could definitely happen as well.


    Some of these are let's say...overlapping...with other viral posts, but these are some specific predictions.

    And this one has a few that will definitely happen.

    The general predictions were great, but so were the calls on what would be in and out in 2023.

    These sorts(Opens in a new tab) of posts(Opens in a new tab) are all over Twitter and TikTok, taking over the internet heading into the new year. I'll be interested to see what actually comes true. Personally, I am very invested in making Jimmy Buffett and frozen drinks a thing, so, you know, please help spread the word.

  • Thieves on the run after stealing solid gold toilet from Winston Churchills home

    Thieves on the run after stealing solid gold toilet from Winston Churchills home


    If you're going to do an art heist, perhaps you shouldn't select a target that's as cumbersome and obvious as a solid gold toilet.

    A golden toilet was stolen from Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, the palace announced on Twitter(Opens in a new tab) Saturday. The toilet, an art piece called America, was part of a collection by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan that was on display at Blenheim Palace.

    The toilet was stolen from the palace around 4:50 a.m. local time by a group of people, according to a statement from Thames Valley Police. Although police have not yet recovered the toilet, they did arrest a 66-year-old man in connection with the heist.


    While it is an art piece, the toilet is actually fully functioning and was hooked up to the palace's plumbing facilities. When the thieves removed it, they caused flooding and significant damage, according to a statement by Detective Inspector Jess Milne obtained by CNN(Opens in a new tab).

    SEE ALSO: This art installation combines computer generation and nature

    The toilet is estimated to be worth about $5 million, a palace spokesperson told CNN.


    Before going on display at Blenhiem Palace, America was on display at the Guggenheim Museum(Opens in a new tab) in New York City where it replaced an existing toilet and could be used by visitors.

  • Gucci serves Game of Thrones realness on the runway with Khaleesi-style baby dragon

    Gucci serves Game of Thrones realness on the runway with Khaleesi-style baby dragon


    The mother of dragons is an inspiration to us all. Even Gucci, by the looks of things.

    SEE ALSO: Gucci posted a load of weird memes and the internet is cringing hard

    At Milan Fashion Week, Gucci was serving Game of Thrones realness in its Fall/Winter show.

    One model carried a baby dragon down the runway à la Daenerys Targaryen.

    Mother of dragons. Credit: Pietro D'aprano/Getty Images

    Could 2018 be the year of the dragon accessory?

    Credit: giphy

    Models also wielded severed heads as part of their aesthetics.

    And, just in case that wasn't creepy enough, these unusual accessories were replicas of the models' own heads.


    Is Gucci channelling a bit of Ned Stark gore?

    Not creepy at all. Credit: Pietro D'aprano/Getty Images
    WTF. Credit: Pietro D'aprano/Getty Images

    What should we expect next season, Gucci? White Walker chic?

  • I hacked my face in Vegas

    I hacked my face in Vegas

    The casinos and convention centers of Las Vegas with their recirculated air are some of the least friendly places for your skin: think cracked lips, sallow cheeks, dry patches everywhere.


    They're also where scores of beauty companies are eager to analyze and quantify your face, and suggest products to freshen you up. This year, I decided to take them up on the offer and see if I could hack my beauty routine.

    From free smartphone apps to expensive futuristic helmets, the beauty industry sure is positing that makeup and skincare is about so much more than just moisturizer and lipstick. That's because the "smart" beauty devices biz represents a $74 billion opportunity(Opens in a new tab), according to a 2020 market analysis by CB Insights.

    The thirst for a slice of that cosmetic pie was on full display at CES 2020. Household name and less familiar brands alike were happy to reveal your skin's problem areas using face-scanning apps or other hardware, and serve up customized products that would moisturize, protect, and mask all those pesky "imperfections."

    "AI is king in 2020," Adam Gam, beauty brand YouCam's CMO, told Mashable. "This is about leveraging beauty tech to give you a solution where AI knows you better than you know yourself."

    That's a frightening prospect in many areas of life, but a potentially useful one in the beauty realm, if you're into that sort of thing.

    My beauty routine is pretty low maintenance. I'm blessed with relatively hydrated, mostly acne-free skin, so I wear face sunscreen everyday, and moisturize in the morning and at night — and that's about it. If I wear makeup, I turn to brands like Glossier for the ever-so-trendy "no-makeup" makeup look.

    Which is why subjecting my face to analysis by beauty pros was more than a little humbling. What's with these bags under my eyes? Are my "spots" really a problem? Should I make a Bold Lip a regular part of my routine?!

    The analysis and tools "smart beauty" provides are interesting and cool if you're a skincare and makeup devotee. What's more, some companies position their innovations as a way to sell you fewer products that will actually work better for you.

    That may be true, but after hacking my face in Vegas, there was only one possible conclusion: smart beauty is just another way to sell you products under the assumption that you can, and should want to, look "better," whatever that means.

    Here are some highlights from the world of high-tech beauty.

    YouCam (+ Neutrogena)

    The YouCam app is well known for its face-tuning abilities; you can upload a photo and smack on super realistic-looking lipstick or highlighter before you upload it to the gram. But the brand also has a bunch of partnerships and new tools that show off its skincare analysis and diagnostic abilities — plus seriously impressive AI to help you "try on" makeup and hair products before buying anything.

    A new tool for 2020 is its "A.I. Beauty Advisor." Previously, YouCam's tech helped you audition various shades of lipstick or eyeshadow looks with its AI mapping digital makeup onto your face. But this takes it a step further.

    Via Giphy(opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab)

    While visiting the YouCam booth, I started the process by letting the app scan my face from straight on, left, right, up, and down; YouCam says this enables it to create a "3D Face Mesh" with 106 real facial landmarks. This allows for digital makeup that actually looked like I was wearing it and looking into a mirror. It did not have the AR-feel of a sticker superimposed on top of my face. Instead, it looked like the makeup was actually applied in three dimensions, and moved where I moved.

    Now, instead of just choosing from a bunch of random shades and looks, the beauty advisor surfaces celebrity and celebrity-inspired beauty looks that it determined would look good with your face shape and coloring. I tried several, and not all of them were a hit. I learned, definitively, that nude and peach lipstick is not for me! But I found a bold lip color that really worked; YouCam of course then serves up several products to achieve the color. Trying on this many shades and styles at a store would actually be impossible. Hack: achieved!

    YouCam also has a face-scanning technology that’s more than skin-deep. It’s previously been able to analyze aspects of your skin health, like under eye circles, spots, texture, and wrinkles. It licenses that tech to brands: recently, Neutrogena launched an iteration of its Skin360 app, which now uses YouCam’s tech to track your skin health over time (and of course, suggest Neutrogena products).

    YouCam's score of my face could have been worse? Credit: rachel kraus / mashable

    In 2020, this feature’s abilities increase. It can now sense hydration, oil, and redness. Looking at all this info is enlightening, if a bit harsh: it assigns your skin scores and a “skin age” — mine was a year older than I currently am. I blame Vegas!


    I can't lie. I gravitated to the new Lumini Home because it was a pretty pink mirror.

    Pink... gold... prettyyyy... Credit: zlata ivleva / mashable

    LuluLab is a Korean beauty tech company that makes tools that analyze your skin, and then suggests seriously hard core products to make you #flawless. The LumiHome is a consumer version of its previously released Lumini tech, which it sold to businesses, not consumers.

    During a short demo after a busy day in Vegas, my scores were pretty humiliating: temperature detection showed that my face was super hot, and also depressingly dry. It suggested a four-step "Basic Program" that involved an LED mask (the one they suggested looked like headwear fit for a fashionable storm trooper(Opens in a new tab)), moisturizing serum (duh), and two sessions with a "hot and cool iron."

    Umm, any routine that suggests that helmet is gonna be a no from me, dawg. Credit: rachel kraus / mashable

    What I learned from this attempt to hack my face? LuluLab's cute hack was too rich for my blood — it doesn't even have a price yet, but I know I can't afford a $600 helmet.

    L'Oréal Perso

    This skincare giant has been putting out high-tech beauty since 2012. It even collaborated with the Apple Store a few years ago to release a charm(Opens in a new tab) that tracks UV and weather conditions, so wearers can get recommendations on the appropriate product combinations.

    I got a peek at its new product, called the Perso, in a chic hotel room where I felt ashamed to show my beleaguered skin. Perso is an all-in-one device that creates either customized lip shades or face serums. Basically, these attractive, six-inch-high tubes contain all the ingredients to make the custom color of your choice, or the foundation that's appropriate to your environment and the needs of your skin.

    To try out the Perso, I first, once again, scanned my face with an app. This also allowed me to check out what different lip colors would look like, and even pull from pictures on Instagram. Once I selected my perfect tint, the machine squirted out three dollops of color at the top. I mixed it with a little applicator, et voilà, a custom lip color! This truly did seem like a hack to never have to chance buying a terrible, useless color at the drugstore again.

    Then again, you can't take your smart makeup tube on the go (though I'm sure you could plan ahead and put some in a little container, if you're organized like that).

    The skincare option also dispenses three liquids, which produces moisturizing color and coverage appropriate to the climate you're in. The app took sensors and location data, as well as knowledge about my face, and dispensed a light, rejuvenating mixture that also gave me some highlights and much-needed moisture. Since the serum is supposedly linked to your specific needs and the environment, this also felt definitively like a hack. However, I'll never know exactly what it dispensed and in what amounts, since it's all contained in that sleek gold tube.


    Precision skincare doesn't sound sexy, but it sure feels good. Opte is a company and device incubated out of Proctor & Gamble. The Opte is a small handheld device that supposedly does rapid imaging of your skin as you rub its pleasantly ticklish tip along your dermis.

    Those little needle-looking things actually felt really nice. Credit: Opte / p&G

    The imaging detects all those freckles and sun spots, and then dispenses a super light and moisturizing coverage cream that actually did noticeably smooth my skin when compared in photos side-by-side.

    Before. Credit: rachel kraus / mashable
    After. Any difference? Sorta! Credit: rachel kraus / mashable

    The spokesperson said that it leaves your "good skin" exposed, only camouflaging the spots that mar your visage. I think all my skin is "good," but this impressive device did make my sun spots vanish with an almost undetectable amount of product. Measured by sheer volume, that's a hack if I've ever seen one.

  • Watch Obama tell a great story about getting kicked out of Disneyland


    Watch Obama tell a great story about getting kicked out of Disneyland

    President Barack Obama has been out campaigning the past few days, much to the delight of our mostly-destroyed brains. On Saturday, he appeared at a rally for California Democrats, where he told an entertaining story about getting kicked out of Disneyland.

    Apparently, Obama once journeyed to Anaheim to see Kool and the Gang during his stint at Occidental College. During the trip, he and his friends found themselves smoking (cigarettes) in some gondolas in the Magic Kingdom, which sounds fun in a "we are currently enrolled in college" kind of way.

    SEE ALSO: Ultimate dad Barack Obama accidentally plays matchmaker at campaign event

    Unfortunately, a Disney security officer discovered the teens and escorted them off the premises. He did, however, note that they were welcome back at the Magic Kingdom anytime, which seems like a pleasant way to be involuntarily ejected from a theme park.

    Watch the whole pleasant anecdote for yourself below.

  • Royal family introduces social media rules following online abuse of Meghan and Kate

    Royal family introduces social media rules following online abuse of Meghan and Kate


    In an unprecedented move, the Royal Family has introduced a set of social media rules(Opens in a new tab) in order to create a "safe environment".

    Under the new rules, users posting abusive comments will be blocked or reported to police, and comments in breach of the guidelines will be hidden or deleted.

    The move comes after reports(Opens in a new tab) that royal staff are inundated with abusive comments aimed at Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. The guidelines will apply to comments posted on channels run by the Royal Family, Kensington Palace, and Clarence House.

    SEE ALSO: Why the royal statement on trolling is unprecedented

    Comments must not "promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age."

    "Comments must not: contain spam, be defamatory of any person, deceive others, be obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence," the guidelines read(Opens in a new tab).



    "We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities," the guidelines continue.

    Per these rules, anyone engaging with any of the royal family's social media channels will be subject to these requirements.

    Anyone in breach of these rules will be blocked or even reported to the authorities.

    "We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines," reads the guidelines.


    "We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law."

  • Meghan and Harry share adorable photos from baby Archies christening

    Meghan and Harry share adorable photos from baby Archies christening


    It's a big day for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but an even bigger day for royal baby Archie.

    On Saturday, Meghan and Harry's son Archie was christened, and the royal family shared two photographs on Instagram so people all around the world could join in celebration.

    View this post on Instagram


    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    "This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby," the post from the Sussex Royal Instagram account began.

    SEE ALSO: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just released the first picture of baby Archie for Father's Day

    "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment."

    Though the names of the godparents remain private, the first photograph shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with family members, including Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland; Prince William; and Duchess Kate.

    The second black and white photograph shows a more intimate moment between Harry, Meghan, and Archie in the Rose Garden at Windsor Castle.


    According to the photo caption, Archie carried on tradition and was baptized while wearing the "handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years."

    It's not often that the royal family shares family photos with the public, but when they do it's always a treat.

  • A third monolith has now appeared in California

    A third monolith has now appeared in California

    First we had the Utah monolith. Then we had the one in Romania(Opens in a new tab). Now a third monolith(Opens in a new tab) has appeared, this time on Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California.


    The 10 foot tall metal structure was discovered at the top of the mountain on Wednesday morning, with hiker Ray Johnson telling The Atascadero News(Opens in a new tab) it has not been there the previous day. Like its predecessors, there are no clues as to how the Californian monolith got there or what purpose it serves — other than to spark rampant speculation.

    The monolith's construction appears similar to its siblings in Utah and Romania, being a smooth, three-sided structure with a triangular footprint. It also seems to be made of reflective stainless steel, put together with rivets and welding.

    However, unlike its predecessors, the Californian monolith was not cut into the ground. It could even potentially tip over if someone pushed it, though we stress that this is not a challenge. The monolith is estimated to weigh a few hundred pounds, and could severely injure someone if it were to fall. As such, it's probably wisest to give it a wide berth.

    The local authorities are aware of this latest monolith, but have no plans for it at present.

    "Just heard about it a few minutes ago," Atascadero Mayor Pro Tem Charles Bourbeau told Mashable in an email. "I’ll have to check it out."

    It's just as well though — if the last two monoliths are anything to go by, it's likely this one will mysteriously disappear within the next few days.

    SEE ALSO: Germany's giant wooden penis has gone missing

    It's still unclear whether these structures bear any connection to each other. It's possible that they're just copycats who heard about the first monolith and had some scrap metal lying around. It's also possible they're all part of a big marketing stunt, and that some brand will tell us to buy their new Monolith energy drink by year's end.

    Either way, it's certainly caught the attention of our distraction-seeking brains during this pandemic. According to analytics firm Talkwalker(Opens in a new tab) there have been 168,000 monolith mentions on Twitter over the last week, generating 1.5 million engagements.

    These past few weeks have been an unexpected renaissance for unexplained phallic sculptures. Aside from the trio of monoliths, a six-foot wooden penis also disappeared from Grünten mountain in Germany this week. At least we can be fairly certain the outsized dildo caper is unrelated to the monoliths' 2001: A Space Odyssey shenanigans.

  • Parkland survivors slam Trumps tweet about the Texas school shooting


    Parkland survivors slam Trumps tweet about the Texas school shooting

    The United States experienced yet another tragic school shooting on Friday morning, after someone opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, reportedly killing(opens in a new tab) at least eight people.

    But a second furor broke out over President Trump's initial response. Many, including survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are calling him out for his comments.

    SEE ALSO: Parkland activists had breakfast with the Waffle House hero and they were all thrilled

    Shortly after 11 a.m. ET, Trump tweeted, "School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!"

    Parkland school shooting survivors Cameron Kasky and Jaclyn Corin slammed the president for what they considered a greatly insensitive and tone-deaf statement.

    Kasky and Corin were joined by other Parkland survivors, including David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who sent condolences to the Santa Fe High School victims and shared more feelings based on their experiences surrounding the Parkland shooting.

    Adding to the emotions, Parkland students were watching events unfold(opens in a new tab) in Texas on the final day of class of their tumultuous school year.

    Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jamie, was killed in the Parkland shooting, also weighed in, saying Friday's shooting was his fear confirmed.

    Speaking at a prison reform panel at the White House, both Vice President Mike Pence(opens in a new tab) and President Trump made mention of the shootings, which he called a "horrific attack," but neither went beyond the usual "thoughts and prayers" theme.

    Trump later tweeted the above video(opens in a new tab) with a text excerpt of his brief words on the shooting.

    According to the Houston Chronicle(opens in a new tab), at least 8 people were killed and 12 injured during the Friday morning shooting. The Chronicle also reports that the alleged shooter is in police custody.

    UPDATE: May 18, 2018, 11:53 a.m. EDT Updated to include statement from President Trump and additional tweets from Parkland survivors.

  • What the staff bought in October 2021

    What the staff bought in October 2021

    If you follow Mashable Shopping's coverage, you know that we live to bring you the best product recommendations we can find based on countless hours of online research. But what about the stuff that we buy for ourselves? The stuff that made it into our shopping carts? Well, we're here to tell you about those things, and we'll be back every month to do so again.


    Here's what the staff bought in October 2021.

    The perfect fall sweatshirt(Opens in a new tab)

    "I'm a hard-core Swiftie, so it's no surprise I'm counting down the days until Red (Taylor's Version) drops. Naturally, I already pre-ordered the album on vinyl, and this time around, I knew I also was going to need some clothing merch for all my Sad Girl Fall™ needs. A cozy sweatshirt complete with the gorgeous new and improved album artwork looks like it'll do nicely for singing in the car and getting lost upstate." —Erin Strecker, Entertainment Editor

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Taylor Swift
    Taylor Swift crewneck (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $60 at Taylor Swift Store
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    An IG-famous facial cleanser(Opens in a new tab)

    "I’ve been on the hunt for a new facial cleanser for a while now. My last one did the job fine, but left my skin a bit tight. I’ve always loved the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser precisely because it did the opposite, but I went with a different influencer-friendly option this time: the Cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser. I’ve seen Instagram ads for months, with the cleanser oozing out of the tube in a hypnotic spiral, and couldn’t resist it anymore. It is truly oil-to-milk as is the name: The texture out of the tube is jelly-like, but when wet it dissolves into a milk-like consistency right away. While the smell isn’t my favorite (though not horrible either), I love how it feels on my skin — and it leaves my face supple, just like I wanted." —Anna Iovine, Culture Reporter

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Cocokind
    Cocokind Oil to Milk Cleanser (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $18 at Cocokind
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    A toothbrush upgrade(Opens in a new tab)

    "I've had a Quip electric toothbrush for a couple of years now, but I recently bought the smart motor to upgrade my brush. It uses Bluetooth to pair with an app on my phone where I can see stats on how I brush and keep track of my brushing streak. The app shows data like how long I brush, how long I spend brushing my top teeth vs. my bottom teeth, strokes per minute, and the intensity of the brush. After the first couple of uses, I learned I wasn't giving my top teeth enough love, and I've since corrected it." —Miller Kern, Assistant Reviews Editor 

    Get Mashable Deals delivered to your inbox daily
    Be the first to know about price drops on Apple products.
    By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use(opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab) and Privacy Policy(opens in a new tab)(Opens in a new tab).
    Thanks for signing up!
    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Quip
    Quip smart motor (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $25 at Quip
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    Some winter Crocs(Opens in a new tab)

    "I became a Crocs person during the early days of the pandemic, and now I own three pairs. I wear my classic clogs around the house pretty much 24/7, so I decided to get some winter Crocs for the colder months. I opted for the lavender pair of the lined clogs, which are basically like slippers. I also got a little rollerblade Jibbitz charm to put in my Croc holes. Crocs, please sponsor me." —Miller Kern, Assistant Reviews Editor

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Crocs
    Classic Lined Clogs (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $59.99 at Crocs
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    The trendiest hiking boots(Opens in a new tab)

    "It seems like every cool outdoorsy person I know has a pair of Blundstone boots, and after years of feeling left out, I finally bought myself a pair. I got the rustic brown color (obviously) so now I can pair them with my Patagonia fleece to signal that I am absolutely down for camping or hiking at any time." —Jae Thomas, Shopping Reporter

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Blundstone
    Blundstone Chelsea boots (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $199.95 at Blundstone
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    Some extremely cute dryer balls(Opens in a new tab)

    "After ditching dryer sheets, I bought these precious dryer balls to further green-ify my laundry process. (Not-great chemicals apparently seep off of dryer sheets and are single-use, of course.) I’ve definitely noticed that the movement of the dryer balls keeps me from having to turn the dryer on a million times to dry towels, and clothes still feel fluffy (they just don’t smell like Bounce). I chose sloths, but penguins, sheep, and more little creatures are available from Free the Ocean." —Leah Stodart, Shopping Reporter

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Free the Ocean
    Sloth Squad dryer balls (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $28 at Free the Ocean
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    Some shampoo(Opens in a new tab) for a bathtime-hating pup

    "My dog is very well-behaved, but when it comes to bathtime, she becomes a bit difficult. She's afraid of water, and I personally hate having to make her uncomfortable just to get her clean. I saw this dry shampoo in a TikTok and thought it might be the perfect thing for my dog, seeing as you don't need to get them wet to use it. She seems to love it, and now she can smell great without having to get soaked." —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Dr. Cuddles
    Foaming pet dry shampoo (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $19 at Dr. Cuddles
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    Some really nice gym headphones(Opens in a new tab)

    "I go to the gym almost every day, but I've neglected to get myself a good pair of headphones to accompany me during my workouts. (Pro tip: AirPods and sweat do not work well together.) Though they're pricey, I've always wanted a pair of Powerbeats Pro for their overall quality and secure ear hooks. I spotted them on sale, and decided that it was now or never. Honestly, they're one of the best things I've picked up all year." —Dylan Haas, Shopping Reporter

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Apple
    Powerbeats Pro (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $249.95 at Amazon
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    A new gaming headset(Opens in a new tab)

    "The plug of my cheapo Turtle Beach Recon 70 decided to randomly break into three pieces (???) so I upgraded to the well-reviewed SteelSeries Arctis 3 when it went on sale at Best Buy. I actually bought the slightly fancier Arctis 5 first, but then had to return it because the only one left at my local store was missing the Xbox adapter. There really doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between them (aside from the 5’s RGB lighting), so no complaints." —Haley Henschel, Freelance Deals Writer

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: SteelSeries
    SteelSeries Arctis 3 headset (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $69.99 at Best Buy
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    A sunscreen(Opens in a new tab) with a little something extra

    I'm a sucker for cute packaging, but I'm definitely not a sucker for making impulse purchases, so I don't know why seeing a few TikToks of this Tower28 foundation compelled me to open my Sephora app at 10:46 p.m. on a Wednesday. I don't even usually wear foundation. With that said, this product gives that perfect just-there glow, feels super lightweight, and doesn't break me out, so I'm glad I gave in to the algorithm." —Bethany Allard, Shopping Reporter

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Tower 28
    SunnyDays tinted sunscreen foundation (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $30 at Tower 28
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)

    The new MacBook Pro(Opens in a new tab)

    "I bought a 14-inch MacBook Pro. I've been waiting for this laptop for six years; I got my last personal MacBook in 2015, and since then have been decrying Apple's lousy keyboards, lousy port selections, and general lousy design choices through a long, dark night of the laptops. Deliverance is at hand! The new MacBook Pro is everything I've been waiting for, and even the base model is probably more power than I need. Hopefully this will last at least another five years." —Sascha Segan, Lead Mobile Analyst for PCMag

    (Opens in a new tab)
    Credit: Apple
    2021 MacBook Pro (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)
    $1,999 at Apple
    (opens in a new tab) (Opens in a new tab)