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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 25: Shailene Woodley attends the ‘Red Lights’ New York Screening at Sunshine Landmark on June 25, 2012 in New York City. Craig Barritt / Getty Images

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In Praise Of Kate Upton

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Kate Upton at amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2012 in France.

I think Kate Upton is great.

Sure, I don’t know her personally and am perhaps most familiar with her in GIF form. But I don’t think I’m alone among straight women, who I suspect are also Upton fans because she doesn’t look like she spends all her time juice-fasting, working out, and popping metabolism-enhancing supplements. And yet, she’s been embraced by the fashion industry.

It’s hard to remember a model achieving the kind of fame Upton has as quickly as she has or in quite the same way that she has. She’s in Vogue and GQ at the same time, demonstrating her firm footholds in both the high fashion and men’s markets. This is something only a select few models — like Gisele and Miranda Kerr — manage to do. Yet unlike those ladies, she’s not famous for a six-pack.

Her figure is spectacularly proportioned, but it’s not scary thin or self-consciously toned like so many fashion models (or even red carpet-walking actresses, frankly). But because of her softer-looking figure, the pro-thin community on the Internet is attacking her. The blog “Skinny Gossip” wrote, “She looks like a squishy brick. Is this what American women are ‘striving’ for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for?” They also accused her of having “thunder thighs” and exclaim, “eww.”


Upton has previously been called fat by a site named The Dirty, where commenters jumped to her defense. Victoria’s Secret’s casting director Sophia Neophitou even told the New York Times the brand would never cast the 19-year-old Upton for a fashion show because she looks “too obvious.” Neophitou added, “She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.” Again: huh? Nonsensical statements like that that are what make the fashion industry one big punchline in movies like Zoolander. Upton is actually the opposite of “too obvious” since many of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show models are the same girls with the super-thin frames that have been dominating fashion runways for years. Unlike many of the models walking the Victoria’s Secret or other fashion shows, Upton wouldn’t have to stuff her bra with gel inserts so that she looked like she had cleavage, which certainly does not seem to be in vogue on the runways at the moment.

So haters can go on hating, but any model that doesn’t fit into a the runways’ preferred insanely skinny — yet muscley! — mold is more than alright by me.

Supermodel and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show model Anja Rubik.

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21 cosas a las que se parece el cabello de Robert Smith

Cabellos no lloren.

1. Una decoración navideña colgada delicadamente sobre un árbol.



2. Un tonto pato real de paseo.


3. Una máquina atrapadora poco colaboradora en una sala de juegos.

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4. Un furioso incendio forestal fuera de control.


5. Una antigua cámara de vídeo.


6. Un hongo de Super Mario Bros.


7. Un agitado perro de caza acechando a su presa.


8. Una solitaria planta rodadora fuera en la pradera.

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9. Una maravillosa cascada oculta, situada en un parque nacional en Australia.

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10. Un Joven manos de tijera de la vida real.

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11. Un fragmento supernova explotando en el espacio.

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12. Cortinas fantasmagóricas soplando con el viento.

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Niño triste meciéndose en frente de ellas, opcional.

13. Un Airedale Terrier premiado y orgulloso.

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14. Una red global de telecomunicaciones.

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15. Una gaviota triunfante.

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16. Un calamar solitario.

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17. Un puerto de montaña cavernoso.

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18. Una manada de arañas terroríficas.

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19. La planta araña que tu compañero de cuarto dejó morir.

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20. Patético algodón de azúcar.

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21. Una maravillosa fuente explotando.



Gracias a Abby Rubin.

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Mom Shares Heartbreaking Message After 6-Yr-Old Son Dies in School Shooting #PrayersForJacob

After being declared clinically dead twice, Jacob Hall has finally lost his fightbut he left this message of hope behind…

A South Carolina teen opened fire on a playground at Townville Elementary School last week Wednesday. One teacher and two students were left injured.

One of those students was 6-year-old Jacob Hall.


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Diane Sawyer’s Zany Election Performance Inspires ‘Drunk Diane’ Twitter Account


Election night is like no other for on-air journalists. It’s what Christmas is like to Santa Claus, Flag Day is for Betsy Ross and the Super Bowl for football players.

It’s a non-stop night of filler coverage, while pundits and political reporters stare as maps slowly change from gray to blue and red. It can be enthralling for us at home, but for those in the studio, it’s a little bit of a (nationally broadcast, live) mess.

So no one can blame Diane Sawyer if she needed a little liquid courage to help her with the nerves of the night (or just help keep the night moving along). OK, so we don’t actually know if Sawyer had been drinking, and ABC reps told The Daily Mail she was “exhausted” from having to cover Hurricane Sandy in the days prior, but nonetheless, the anchor was a sight to see.

Sawyer was slurring words, going off on tangents, propping herself animatedly on her desk with her arms and even asking for music cues.

“I wanna — can we have our music, because this is another big one here?” Sawyer said, going on to call President Obama, “Orama.”

Before long, the tweets started rolling in, making Diane’s alleged drinking a trending topic. A parody account was even opened — @DrnkDianeSawyer — with hundreds of followers before the election results were even announced.

Turns out even the office had a chuckle at the tweets and rumors.

“Rumors that Miss Sawyer had been a tad tipsy had been met with ‘a lot of laughter’ around the office,” according to a source The Daily Mail was in touch with.

But Sawyer’s “drinking” was the least of ABC’s struggles throughout the night; its studio in Times Square lost power for 20 minutes during the broadcast.

The network tried to avoid any hitches by simply shifting Sawyer and her co-anchor George Stephanopoulos to a different area and used shots of the people crowding into Times Square to distract the viewers.

Sawyer herself thanked the ABC team for quickly dealing with the situation and even gamely acknowledged the tweets from the previous night.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, david_shankbone.

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A Pill To Treat Coeliac Disease? Not Quite Heres What The Science Says

The ConversationRecent headlines proclaimed an Australian-developed pill might help those with coeliac disease eat wheat without becoming ill.

The pill, GluteGuard, was developed by the Melbourne-based biotech company Glutagen. It contains an enzyme called caricain, found naturally in papaya, which can break down proteins, including gluten.

But GluteGuard is not suitable as a treatment for coeliac disease. This position is supported by Glutagens disclaimer, which states the product is not a suitable replacement for a gluten-free diet and should not be used to treat, prevent or cure any disease.

According to Coeliac Australia, the only treatment for coeliac disease is the strict, life-long avoidance of foods containing gluten. The potential complications of consuming gluten for people living with coeliac disease are serious and include osteoporosis, anaemia and some cancers.

Remind me, what is coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition, where sufferers react to gliadin, one of the two proteins that make up gluten. Gluten the substance that gives wheat dough its stretch causes the immune system to destroy the microscopic villi (the finger-like lining) of our intestine which absorb nutrients from our food.

Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity is a wide range of conditions that can mimic the diarrhoea, discomfort and bloating seen with coeliac disease. However, it does not result in antibodies appearing in the blood or the damage to the intestine typical of coeliac disease.

Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity can often be mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Although people with IBS are often advised to use gluten-free foods, this is not related to the gluten. Instead it is linked to particular carbohydrates that people with IBS struggle to digest, which are known as FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols). FODMAPs are often found in grains containing gluten such as wheat, rye and barley.

Coeliac disease is diagnosed by a blood test and biopsy sample from the intestine. If tests are clear, IBS and non-coeliac gluten intolerance may be diagnosed.

What does the science say?

The Glutagen website says the product is designed to digest gluten.

But other sources suggest caricain is a general protein-digesting enzyme, meaning it could break down any protein, not just gluten. This isnt necessarily a problem, but could influence the amount of enzyme needed if youre also consuming large amounts of protein for instance, in a burger.

It is possible that caricain enzymes could reduce the symptoms for someone with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity but is not an advisable treatment for coeliac disease. Although the enzymes may help break up gluten, it is unlikely that in people with coeliac disease it would be able to adequately digest dietary gluten enough to avoid risk of long-term damage.

At the moment, it is not a suitable replacement for a gluten-free diet.

GluteGuard is not unique; similar enzyme products have or are undergoing trials in Europe and the United States.

Research into GluteGuard and similar enzyme products shows some interesting initial findings. After taking enzyme pills, users with coeliac disease or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity may have improved tolerance to gluten, with fewer symptoms and possibly less damage to the intestine.

However, the control group (those who didnt receive the enzyme pills) did not all get worse, so its hard to say definitively the enzyme pills are better than the dummy pills. The measurements of effects on the immune system (antibodies that recognise proteins in gluten) and intestines (damage to the lining) were inconsistent.

The quality of the research published, including work linked to the Australian product, which was carried out in Poland, could also be questioned. The researchers used a small number of patients; and the research design did not meet the expected standards.

If the manufacturer states the product should not be used to treat any disease including coeliac disease, how is it listed with Australias regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as a complementary medicine?

The scheme it is registered under states it should not contain a poison and only approved ingredients. This is a largely self-certified scheme, and so it only has to be safe and it does not necessarily have to work.

Small benefit for some

All this appears to have parallels with the A2 milk story. This milk does not help people with cows milk allergy or lactose intolerance, but may have some modest benefits for those who report being intolerant to milk protein.

The risk with both A2 milk and gluten digesting enzymes is that consumers choose these products thinking they will help their conditions, but they could in fact be harmful.

Although products such as these may have some benefits, theyre likely to be useful only for a small group of people. And at just under A$45 for 60 tablets, GluteGuard is expensive to try.

Instead, people with coeliac disease should aim to maintain a strict gluten-free diet.

Duane Mellor, Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Canberra

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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What’s The Heaviest Burrito In San Francisco? An Important Investigation

10 brave burritos entered the ring. One champion emerged.


There’s a constant debate raging in SF about where to get the best burrito. But we can all agree on one thing: a stellar burrito should be stuffed to the motherfucking max.

We visited 10 of the Mission’s major burrito joints and brought a kitchen scale to see whose was the most big-boned.


1. The burrito used for random sampling must be a super burrito — i.e. comes with guacamole, sour cream and cheese — with carnitas.
2. When given a choice of beans, they must be black beans.
3. Acceptable dad jokes include: exclaiming the burrito is “bigger than my torso!”, bicep-curling the burrito(s), claiming you “got your cardio for the day,” and putting the burrito near one’s crotch to make a mildly funny penis joke.

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed


Though the burrito at La Taq (2889 Mission St.) was recently lauded as the “best in America,” its lack of rice lands it dead last in the weight competition, clocking in at a piddly 1.076.

Of course, if you’re a burrito purist who thinks rice is the Nickelback of burrito ingredients, you’ll be fine with this. But if you’re going for sheer volume, you’re going to want something a little heftier than La Taq.

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed


The super burrito we got from Little Chihuahua (581 Valencia St.) was, well, little. Unlike La Taq, this burrito does have rice, but only weight one-third of a pound more.

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Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed


More like Taqueria CAN’T-cun.* (2288 Mission St.)

*Joke submitted by Mat Honan

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Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed


The burrito at El Buen Sabor (699 Valencia St.) came with a generous portion of carnitas, but its dearth of sour cream landed it in the average range.

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed


La Cumbre (515 Valencia St.) is famous for being the birthplace of the “mission-style” burrito, but when it comes to quantitative juiciness of carnitas, La Cumbre lands smack-dab in the middle of our list.

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed


Pancho Villa (3071 16th St.) is probably more known for their incredible salsa bar than their burritos. Their burrito was certainly pretty and packed a solid carnitas punch. After, we amassed a full second meal from the pickled vegetables at the salsa bar.

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Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed


Papalote (3409 24th St.) DOESN’T HAVE CARNITAS, so we settled for chile verde pork instead. This is one hefty burrito, and clocking in at $10.73, it’s also the priciest one we sampled. Good for when drunk you feels a little ~fancy.~

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Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed


A towering burrito legend, there was no way El Farolito (2779 Mission St.) was going to let us down in the weight department. All that unhealthy but delicious rice and cheese put this bad boy well over the 1.5 threshold, and at $7.34 for a super carnitas, it was also the cheapest. Vaya con dios.

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We made it this far without a horrible “size matters” joke, but let’s just say: the super burrito we got from Taqueria Vallarta (3033 24th St.) was GIGANTIC. It was as big as a human forearm! (Above: forearm for scale.) Overflowing with carnitas, Vallarta’s effort came in like a wrecking ball.

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed

Mathew Guiver / BuzzFeed


THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE MISSION. Guadalajara (3146 24th St.) is a little off the beaten path, and it’s hardly the hipster hangout with it’s Chi-Chi’s-in-the-’80s decor (although perhaps both of these things would qualify it as the ultimate hipster hangout.) But Taqueria Guadalajara served us the heaviest super burrito we could find, punching us in the jaw with over one and three-quarter pounds of swift burrito uppercut.


Best bang for your buck: El Farolito, at $4.50/pound of burrito
Worst bang for your buck: La Taq at $9.04/pound (Little Chihuahua for the burritos with rice at $7.75/pound)
“Size Matters” Honorable Mention: Taqueria Vallarta
Burrito we would probably get while shitfaced taking all of this into account: El Farolito

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