25 Couples Who Totally Dominated Cosplay At Anime Expo

These people absolutely nailed it.

1. These masks are LEGENDary.

These masks are LEGENDary.

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2. Jason (or Tommy) and Kimberly (or Kat). Either way you look at it, IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!

Jason (or Tommy) and Kimberly (or Kat). Either way you look at it, IT'S MORPHIN' TIME!

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3. You can’t have Anime Expo without these two veterans: Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask.

You can't have Anime Expo without these two veterans: Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask.

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4. These two would make Miyazaki proud.

These two would make Miyazaki proud.

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5. Quintessential Reese and Cyrus cosplay brought to you by these awesome people.

Quintessential Reese and Cyrus cosplay brought to you by these awesome people.

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6. Props to these two for personifying what EVERYONE was thinking about Ryuko and Mako! Go you!

Props to these two for personifying what EVERYONE was thinking about Ryuko and Mako! Go you!

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7. There are not enough words to express how gorgeous these two look in those outfits.

There are not enough words to express how gorgeous these two look in those outfits.

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8. The epic badassery that is the Lagiacrus armor.

The epic badassery that is the Lagiacrus armor.

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9. These two are like two wonderful works of art. You can’t help but admire the detail.

These two are like two wonderful works of art. You can't help but admire the detail.

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10. These two prove why Miyazaki characters will ALWAYS be timeless.

These two prove why Miyazaki characters will ALWAYS be timeless.

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11. Tyrael and Imperious looking quite sharp.

Tyrael and Imperious looking quite sharp.

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12. Ryuko and Satsuki chillin’ like two homegirls who just finished beefing.

Ryuko and Satsuki chillin' like two homegirls who just finished beefing.

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13. OF COURSE! Only Deadpool can chill like that with Akuma.

OF COURSE! Only Deadpool can chill like that with Akuma.

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14. “HEY! LISTEN!”

"HEY! LISTEN!"

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15. Here we have Jayce from League of Legends trying to charm his way into the heart of a sorceress.

Here we have Jayce from League of Legends trying to charm his way into the heart of a sorceress.

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16. PURE. BADASS.

PURE. BADASS.

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17. This pink and red color combination between Madoka Kaname and Sakura Kinomoto is quite breathtaking.

This pink and red color combination between Madoka Kaname and Sakura Kinomoto is quite breathtaking.

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Not to mention Kaname’s bow and arrow with a flower on top.

18. Prepare for trouble! Make it double!

Prepare for trouble! Make it double!

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19. Ash and Pikachu look shockingly stunning together.

Ash and Pikachu look shockingly stunning together.

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20. Master Roshi with Bulma in a rare appearance outside of Kame House.

Master Roshi with Bulma in a rare appearance outside of Kame House.

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21. Fortunately for everyone, Androids 17 & 18 were much calmer than usual.

Fortunately for everyone, Androids 17 & 18 were much calmer than usual.

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22. The awesomeness that is Black Butler is demonstrated by these two.

The awesomeness that is Black Butler is demonstrated by these two.

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23. Most adorable duo must go to these two who brought Homestuck from MS Paint to real life.

Most adorable duo must go to these two who brought Homestuck from MS Paint to real life.

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24. Not too sure what’s happening here but they’re awesome.

Not too sure what's happening here but they're awesome.

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25. And finally, a set of little Mystiques. Not anime, but damn. If you don’t think that’s cute then YOU’RE not human.

And finally, a set of little Mystiques. Not anime, but damn. If you don't think that's cute then YOU'RE not human.

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‘Too Full To F*ck’ Song Perfectly Describes Your Post-Thanksgiving Sex Drive (Video)

WHO’S EXCITED FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER?

Sure, your family can be a little too much to handle, and spending time with your significant other’s parents might be less-than-desirable. But, it’s easy to look past the negatives of the holidays when you have asweet and savory Thanksgiving indulgence to look forward to.

Mashed potatoes with gravy pools, sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallow, moist dressing with its crispy edges, juicy turkey … Good god, my mouth is watering.

The heartfelt holiday celebration leaves us grateful for family, friends and our significant others.

But, at the end of the night, no matter how attractive your man is for handling your heckling aunts so well, your sex drive is nonexistent.

No matter how cute she was carving the turkey with your pops, you can’t even lift your arms topick her up and toss her on the bed.

The video above, created by our friends at Huffington Post, perfectly sums up how every couple feels after Thanksgiving dinner: too full to f*ck.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/humor/thanksgiving-song-sex-drive/1298982/

How Social Media Helps Romantic Relationships Thrive

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Once upon a time, all singles needed to worry about was waiting long enough in between dates to place the next phone call. Now, daters must think about the “right” time to send a Facebook request or start Twitter following the person you’re dating — in addition to refraining from Internet stalking a new crush.

Besides the obvious — like, not friending your new boyfriend or girlfriend’s pals before meeting them — we’ve spoken to leading relationship experts for the nitty-gritty.

Below are some modern social media guidelines that will propel new, and long-term, romantic relationships.

When Done Right, Social Media Is Like Glue

Self-described Internet geek, wife and mother Alexandra Samuel, Ph.D., believes that the Internet sustains and builds relationships.

Social media is a daily point of contact for Samuel, the director of the Social + Interactive Media Centre at Emily Carr University, and her husband of 12 years Rob Cottingham. Social media allows the busy couple to connect while apart.

“We’re all really busy and it’s very hard to find time for your partner,” Samuel tells Mashable. “Rob and I stay in touch throughout the day. We can also stay in contact indirectly because we monitor each other on Twitter.”

The couple uses Twitter to keep in touch, cheer each other on and “share the love.”

Their regular tweet conversations have garnered fans. The Twitter couple won a Shorty Award for the website WeTweet.ca that pulls all their tweets to each other into a stream.

“People will also tweet at us about what a cute Twitter couple we are,” she says. “These little reflections on your marriage or on your relationship from other people are incredibly valuable.”

For the couple, social media came naturally with equal interest. With other twosomes, one person could be more active on social media, Samuel says. If social media preferences are off balance, then couples will need to have a talk to lay out guidelines.

“You have to sit down and have a conversation about what you feel is private and what you feel like is enough attention when you’re together,” Samuel says. “What things about the relationship are okay to post and what hours it’s okay to be online.”

The duo has learned from experience to follow some guidelines. One rule prevents oversharing. “Our policy is I wouldn’t tweet something he said or vice versa without asking,” Samuel says.

Samuel also suggests that couples should not get mad at each other for missing or seeing public tweets. “You need to assume that anyone you see has read nothing that you’ve posted,” she says. “But equally, consider the possibility that anyone you know could have read or seen anything you’ve posted.”

Social Media Guide for New Couples

Meeting someone new used to be more exciting. Being able to Google someone and read their Facebook, Linkedin, About.me and Twitter profiles in full, takes all the initial mystery and intrigue out of getting to know someone.

This is the new dating mistake many are making, says Julie Spira, online dating and netiquette guru and author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating.

“When your relationship is new, I say avoid connecting on social media sites at first,” Spira tells Mashable. “Sure he or she may be excited about your relationship and can easily follow you on Twitter, but if you receive a friend request before or after a first date, it’s best not to accept it.”

A Facebook request or Twitter follow may seem harmless. However, experts warn being fast friends on social media could result in hurt feelings.

“Remember that it’s a new relationship and one may still be playing the field while the other only has eyes for you,” Spira says. “Becoming friends prematurely may result in hurt feelings when you see his photo posted hugging another woman. Even though it may be his cousin, your feelings will be hurt and you might be jumping to conclusions.”

How long should love birds wait? It could take a couple weeks or a couple months. It really depends on the individuals in a relationship, experts say.

“I think once you’re dating somebody, if you’re not at the stage where you feel comfortable asking them if you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook, then you’re probably not ready to follow them on Facebook or Twitter,” Samuel says.

But, it’s important to remember, “there’s a difference between friending someone on Facebook and just seeing their stuff as it comes up and going through their entire Timeline. You don’t need to go through the archives,” Samuel says.

Guidelines for Long-Term Couples

Social networks are a place for sharing the great moments in life. But, experts warn not to overdo it.

Coupled up individuals may prefer to present themselves differently online, so it’s always best to talk about what to post and what not to post.

“One might want to post a photo with a passionate kiss, where the other may view social networking sites as a business networking tool, so don’t tag your sweetheart in a photo that his or her boss shouldn’t be viewing,” Spira says.

Even with serious partners, individuals should give each other some breathing space. It’s easy to obsess over a girlfriend or boyfriend’s every move. However, romantic duos should showcase trust by avoiding cyber stalking at all costs.

“Understand that every couple needs space, both online and offline,” Spira says. “Keep separate profiles and avoid staring at and obsessing about what they’re doing during your busy day by checking to see their whereabouts on Foursquare.”

Dr. Karen Ruskin, a licensed marriage and family therapist, believes social media is a great way to propel the relationship. But, like anything good in life, social media is only valuable with balance.

“I am thumbs up, high up there for the use of technology in connection for social, fun, pleasure, for growing a relationship and enhancing a marriage,” Ruskin says.

When it becomes too frequent or invasive for one person, the couple should take a step back, Ruskin says.

“It absolutely can be too much, if it’s too much for one partner and not the other,” Ruskin says. “If one person feels it’s smothering, that can be very uncomfortable. They can feel enmeshed rather than feeling individuated. You’re constantly together even though you’re supposed to be independent individuals.”

Even with social media, it’s important to maintain “healthy individuation,” experts suggest. Limits are up to the couple to decide.

“We often identity who we are in our relationships and connections with the other person or people we’re with,” Ruskin says. “We don’t want to lose ourselves in our connection with others through technology.”

Other Helpful Online Tips for Couples

  • Take down your old dating profile once you’re serious about someone.

  • Don’t do anything on social networks that you wouldn’t tell your partner about.

  • If mentioning the other person, ask before posting.

  • Reminder: Social networks are public. Always avoid posting details about your sex life.

  • Avoid airing dirty laundry or having “digital spats on Facebook and Twitter,” Spira says.

  • Be aware of the effects of social media on your lives. “No matter what type of romantic relationship you’re in, you want to think consciously about how you want your time spent online to support your own love life,” Samuel says.

How do you use social media in your romantic relationship? Share with us in the comments whether or not protecting your partner’s privacy and autonomy is a priority.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/09/new-social-media-love-rules/

17 Of The Most Romantic Gestures Of All Time

And they say romance is dead.

1. This classic poem:

This classic poem:

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2. This romantic text:

This romantic text:

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3. And this romantic text:

And this romantic text:

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4. This hand-made note with a gift:

This hand-made note with a gift:

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5. This sweet stuffed animal:

This sweet stuffed animal:

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6. This hand painted masterpiece:

This hand painted masterpiece:

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7. This honest, romantic text:

This honest, romantic text:

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8. This person’s efforts to make sure their loved one isn’t bored:

This person's efforts to make sure their loved one isn't bored:

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9. This proposal:

This proposal:

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10. This loving card:

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11. This mix CD:

This mix CD:

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12. This nice note to come home to:

This nice note to come home to:

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13. This hand written confession of love:

This hand written confession of love:

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14. This admittance of true ~ feelings ~:

This admittance of true ~ feelings ~:

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15. This well thought out confession of love:

This well thought out confession of love:

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16. This passionate treat:

This passionate treat:

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17. And this heartfelt poem:

And this heartfelt poem:

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17 Expert Tips To Help Couples Actually Solve Relationship Issues

These relationship hacks might change everything.

1. Sit on a comfy couch if you want to negotiate.

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A study published in 2010 by professors at MIT, Harvard, and Yale showed that when people sit on a “hard wooden chair,” they are more inflexible. But when they sit on a “soft cushioned chair,” they are more accommodating. This can lead to a faster and smoother resolution.

2. Start conversations with “I” instead of “you.”

“Saying ‘you’ starts the conversation off as an accusation,” New York-based individual and couples therapist Irina Firstein, LCSW, told BuzzFeed Life. “Always begin an important conversation with something like, ‘I have something that I wanted to share with you,’ to keep the other person from feeling defensive.”

3. Take an adult time-out, but with a set amount of time.

“The adult time-out is a crucial relationship skill that you should talk to your partner about beforehand,” psychotherapist, author, and host of VH1’s Couples Therapy Jenn Mann, Ph.D. (also known as Dr. Jenn), told BuzzFeed Life. “Make a commitment to each other that if things get too heated you’ll take a break.” To keep your partner from feeling like you’re storming out on them, give them an ETA on how much time you need. “I think it could be helpful to say something like, ‘I’m feeling really heated and would like to talk about this when I’m in a better place, so I’m going to take a five-minute walk.”

4. In an argument, put your hand on your heart.

“Sometimes I find that if you do that while looking at the other person, it can show that you’re coming from a loving place,” says Firstein. “It can really soften the mood.”

5. Work out or run together to release anger safely.

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“Afterwards, ask them if they want to talk about what’s going on or how they’ve been feeling,” licensed therapist and relationship expert Rachel A. Sussman, LCSW, told BuzzFeed Life.

6. Hold hands before a big talk.

“Physical touch releases oxytocin — a pleasure hormone — in the brain,” couples therapist Lori Gottlieb told BuzzFeed Life. “You’d be amazed to see how hard it is to raise your voice at someone who’s holding your hand.”

7. Turn your feeling into a request.

“Instead of, ‘You always have your nose in your phone,’ try, ‘Why don’t we have a phone-free glass of wine together at 10 tonight?’” individual and couples therapist Jean Fitzpatrick, L.P., told BuzzFeed Life.

8. Don’t have a big discussion right before bed.

Because having a serious conversation that will keep you up all night thinking about it never helped anyone. “If you want to set aside time to talk with your partner, try something like: ‘Listen, there’s something I’d like to discuss with you. Can we spend a few minutes after dinner?’” says Fitzpatrick.

9. Wait a beat before responding to them.

“When you have strong feelings about something your partner has said or done, the first step is to have an inner dialogue with your feelings,” says Fitzpatrick. “That way, instead of just blowing up, you can consider how to express yourself calmly and constructively.”

10. Set ground rules for arguing.

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Arguments will happen, but make a pact that you will fight fairly (and that might look different to each partner). “There should be no name-calling or threatening touching,” says Mann. And ask your partner if there are certain words or actions that they find especially triggering.

11. Ride out the negotiation phase of your relationship.

“The negotiation phase, which occurs right after the honeymoon phase, is a crucial time in the relationship during which you are determining how you define yourselves as a couple and how you handle conflict,” Mann says. Some couples might argue more during the negotiation phase, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the relationship is unhealthy. “Both people are trying to figure out how to meet their own needs while fulfilling the needs of the other person.”

12. Address them with a nickname.

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“Using your partner’s full name can make you seem overly formal and cause more distance between you,” Gottlieb says. “Lower your voice and, if you’d like, use an affectionate nickname to show them that you care.”

13. Recognize the signs of when your fighting has become toxic…and don’t be afraid to get help.

If you’re arguing about the same issues with little growth or feeling shut down around your partner, consider couples therapy. “There are situations where one person wants to go to couples therapy and the other person will say, ‘But we’ve only been together for however many months!’” Mann says. “But most couples need to learn relationship skills and the earlier you can learn them, the better your relationship is likely to go.”

14. Use your feelings to make a change.

“Your feelings are important, but they are most useful when you recognize them as a signal,” says Fitzpatrick. “Everybody vents sometimes, but rather than just letting them out, let your feelings guide you to recognizing the relationship change you’d like to create.”

15. Don’t vent to friends about your partner until you have made some headway in the argument.

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“Talking to your friends about an argument you’re having with your partner might just make you feel more rigid and angry,” says Gottlieb. “Vent to friends after the issue is somewhat resolved so you discuss it with some clarity.”

16. Try a few sessions of premarital therapy.

“I’ve had a lot of engaged couples in perfectly happy relationships come in to talk to me the way people used to go to priests and rabbis before getting married,” Gottlieb says. “We usually do 4 sessions that cover the topics of money, children, work, and conflict resolution.”

17. Encourage your partner to learn more about themselves.

“I think we have a responsibility to ourselves and to our partners to be the best that we can be in our relationships,” says Mann. “If we are struggling with an issue, we have to take responsibility for it and go to therapy.”

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisoncaporimo/couples-therapists-on-how-to-argue

Same Couple, Different Makeup, Clothes and Hairstyle (9 pics)

Spanish photographer Nacho Rojo made a playful series called “Couples”. 9 different shots of the same couple in the same angle but in different clothing styles, hair and makeup. Never underestimate the power of style.

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Love Is In The Little Things (15+ Pics)

LoveByte has been helping couples stay together even when they’re apart since 2014, but they aren’t just an app designer: their Love Is… webcomic has become a favorite for those struck by Cupid’s arrow.

“The app aims to help couples stay connected and create their love story by documenting their happy memories in their own private space, LoveByte told Bored Panda. We started these mini stories to capture the different interpretations of love and the special connections and moments that lovers share.

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/love-is-little-things-relationship-illustrations-lovebyte/

23 Cross-Fandom Couples That Should Have Been

You down with OTP? (Times twenty-three.)

1. Johanna Mason + Sherlock Holmes = Sherhanna

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Why: They’re both highly intelligent fighters who aren’t the best with emotional entanglements. Her raw power and his raw intelligence would make for one serious power couple.Ideal date: Dinner in an abandoned mineshaft.Do they make it? Yes. They fight a lot and aren’t strictly monogamous, but they always come back to each other in the end.

2. Aragorn + Daenerys Targaryen = Daeragorn

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Why: They’re both strong, fierce leaders who maintain their empathy and humanity in the face of battle.Ideal date: A steak dinner and a romantic dragon ride.Do they make it? Yes. All the way to the Iron Throne of Gondor.

3. Inara Serra + Angel = Anara

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Why: They’re both very sensitive, and Inara’s centeredness would balance out Angel’s angst. Her job might be a little bit of a problem, but at least Angel would never have to worry about losing his soul.Ideal date: Tea and cookies (and blood) in Inara’s shuttle.Do they make it? Ultimately, no. Angel’s immortality and Inara’s job come between them, but they learn a lot from each other and part ways amicably.

4. Kaylee Fry + Samwise Gamgee = Kam

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Why: They’re both sweet, incredibly strong, loyal, and often undersung heroes. They’d be very supportive of each other, and very committed.Ideal date: Picnic with strawberries and cream.Do they make it? Yes, and it’s adorable.

5. Peeta Mellark + Rose Tyler = Pose

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Why: They’re both extremely loyal and loving. Rose’s sense of adventure and morality would keep Peeta interested, and Peeta could give Rose the long-term love she wants and deserves.Ideal date: A small Dalek battle followed by dessert.Do they make it? Yes, they’re both patient and loving, and the small fights they do have are few and far between.

6. Jim Moriarty + Bellatrix Lestrange = Moriartrix

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Why: Because they’d achieve world domination.Ideal date: They achieve world domination, get bored, and duel to the death.Do they make it? Nope, they kill each other.

7. Mulan + Willow Rosenberg = Willan

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Why: Mulan’s tenacity would challenge Willow’s natural shyness. Plus, Mulan’s power as a fighter and Willow’s magic would strike fear in the hearts of evil-doers.Ideal date: Mochas in the forest.Do they make it? Yes, which is surprising to most of their friends since they fight often, but they’re both opinionated people who love a good debate.

8. Donna Noble + Simon Tam = Dimon

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Why: Donna’s sense of humor and boisterous personality would push Simon out of his shy, polite bubble of intellectualism.Ideal date: Dinner in the Tardis, dessert on Serenity.Do they make it? Unfortunately, no. Donna moves on to less complicated pastures.

9. Jack Harkness + Gellert Grindelwald = Jackerwald

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Why: Jack could show Grindelwald the power of do-gooding — and even if Grindelwald used black magic on Jack, Jack would still never die (for long).Ideal date: Dinner in the Forbidden Forest, dessert in the Tardis.Do they make it? No, they have a tumultuous and passionate relationship that ends badly, but both walk away wiser.

10. Regina Mills + Severus Snape = Severina

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Why: They’ve both lost love, battle their own capacity for darkness so that they can serve the greater good, and look fantastic in a cape.Ideal date: Drinks in the Slytherin Dungeon.Do they make it? Yes, they serve as anchors for each other, and since they both have to deal with keeping their dark powers at bay, they make each other stronger.

11. The Doctor + Hermione Granger = Hermiodoc

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Why: Hermione’s intelligence and bravery would give even The Doctor a run for his money, and she could hold her own in the face of any evil — human and alien alike.Ideal date: Drinks at The Three Broomsticks, dinner at the Sapphire Waterfall.Do they make it? For a while, yes, but like all The Doctor’s relationships, it ends. Hermione chooses to return to London, now wiser about the universe, and The Doctor always misses her.

12. Malcom Reynolds + Buffy Summers = Muffy

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Why: Mal has just the right mix of sarcasm and toughness to keep Buffy on her toes, and he’d be up to help with all of Buffy’s world-saving. Plus, they’re both intensely loyal.Ideal date: Patrolling the Sunnydale Graveyard, and sharing a thermos of coffee.Do they make it? Yes. Buffy finally finds someone who can keep up with her, and Mal finally finds someone who challenges him. They make it all the way.

13. Emma Swan + Han Solo = Swan Solo

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Why: They’re both sassy, strong, and fierce protectors of the people they love. Plus, they’re both loners, and would be able to give each other the right mix of commitment and independence.Ideal date: Whiskey at the Mos Eisley Cantina.Do they make it? They end up parting ways because of individual obligations, but whenever their paths cross, things get fiery.

14. Katniss Everdeen + Jacob Black = Jacniss

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Why: They’re both very outdoorsy. Jacob is a great mix of sensitivity and strength, which is perfect for Katniss, who would need someone patient and unwavering to complement her independent nature.Ideal date: A weekend camping trip — they catch their own food.Do they make it? Yes, they go through rough patches, but they never forget their mutual respect for each other.

15. Tris Prior + Gale Hawthorne = Trale

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Why: They’re both fearless fighters who believe in going against the grain, even if that means fighting the government. They’d accomplish any goal.Ideal date: Weekend retreat in the mountains.Do they make it? No, they are both ultimately more committed to their ideals than making their romantic relationships a priority.

16. Sookie Stackhouse + Spike = Spookie

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Why: Sookie would appreciate Spike’s no-nonsense sass, and Spike would dig a chick who can handle his dark side. Plus, Sookie could keep Spike in line, no problem.Ideal date: Wine (and blood) on a blanket in the bayou.Do they make it? No, Sookie ends up continuing her search for a non-paranormal relationship, and Spike runs back to Drusilla.

17. Catelyn Stark + Obi-Wan Kenobi = Cobi

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Why: They’re both grounded, tactic fighters. They’re also both fiercely loyal to the few they let into their circle, and could strategize a swift and decisive end to the Sith/Lannisters.Ideal date: Fencing lessons followed by a hearty dinner at Winterfell.Do they make it? Their romance fails, but they stay friends and allies.

18. Jon Snow + Elsa = Jelsa

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Why: His last name is “Snow,” so. Plus, they’re both introverts who are often forced into the limelight, and are very dedicated to their families. Plus, Elsa could help Jon relax, and show him how to…let it go.Ideal date: Dinner in Elsa’s ice castle, where Elsa’s giant magic snowman could fend off the White Walkers.Do they make it? No, they both decide to focus on their lives outside of romance, but they stay friends.

19. Anna + Ron Weasley = Ronna

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Why: They are both adorkable, redheaded underdogs. They’d appreciate their shared goofiness, and probably wear awesomely nerdy matching Halloween costumes.Ideal date: Netflix and a bottle of wine at The Burrow.Do they make it? Yes, they have common interests, and their shared sense of humor keeps them together.

20. Loki + Mystique = Lostique

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Why: They’re both highly intelligent, highly capable fighters who have their own definition of morality. Mystique wouldn’t buy into Loki’s deceitful charm — they’d challenge each other. Plus, they’d do some seriously hot damage.Ideal date: Feast at Asgard.Do they make it? They both end up trying to use the other to gain power, fail, and break up.

21. Éowyn + Sirius Black = Sirowyn

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Why: Both have a fiery nature, and Éowyn’s tenacity would keep Sirius on his toes. Plus, they’re both capable fighters, romantics at heart, and intensely loyal.Ideal date: A feast at The Golden Hall, and drinks at 12 Grimmauld Place.Do they make it? Yes, though when they fight, it’s legendary. Mostly, they balance and support each other.

22. Neville Longbottom + Molly Hooper = Hooville

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Why: They’re both intelligent, brave heroes who are often overlooked. Plus, they’re both naturally shy and loyal and would be deeply committed to each other.Ideal date: A day trip to Hogsmeade, and an evening watching NCIS.Do they make it? They break up once, but quickly realize how right they are for each other and reconcile.

23. Bran Stark + Luna Lovegood = Bruna

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Why: They’re both sensitive souls who see things other people often miss. Luna’s eccentricities would blend well with Bran’s special abilities, and their quiet natures would mix well.Ideal date: Movie marathon at Winterfell.Do they make it? Yes, they rarely fight and recognize that their relationship is a rarity.

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It’s Not Often That Serial Killers Work In Pairs, But These 5 Couples Are Exceptions

When we hear the words “serial killer,” we tend to think of a lone wolf who commits heinous crimes out of view.

However, that isn’t always the case. While some killers are joined by their children, others make up halves of murderous couples. Whatever it may be that motivates them to kill, it’s clear that some love doing it together. Here are five deadly duos you’d never want to run into alone.

1. Suzan and Michael Bear Carson, the San Francisco Witch Killers

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After Michael divorced his first wife, he got remarried to Suzan.

The couple became heavy drug users and began going by “the Bears” after converting to Islam and moving to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Fransisco. They committed their first murder in 1981, stabbing their 22-year-old roommate, Keryn Barnes, 13 times and crushing her skull with a frying pan in their shared apartment.

They killed at least two other people between 1981 and 1983, claiming that their victims were all witches that needed to be exterminated. When they were finally caught after a high-speed police chase, they called a press conference to confess to all of the murders, but later withdrew their confessions before standing trial. They were both convicted of the three killings and received 75 years to life in prison.

2. Alton Coleman and Debra Brown

Coleman and Brown killed eight people and raped most of them across six states in 1984.

Many of their victims had been their friends’ young daughters. The two only met a year before that when Brown was engaged to be married, but she quickly left her fiance and moved in with Coleman. Brown suffered head trauma when she was a little girl and was diagnosed with dependent personality disorder, so her relationship with Coleman became akin to that of a master and slave, though she willingly helped with the murders.

When they were arrested for their crimes, they were both sentenced to death in Ohio, but Brown’s sentence was changed to life in prison because of her low IQ scores and the belief that Coleman had influenced her actions. Coleman was executed in 2002.

3. Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood

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These two met while working at the Alpine Manor Nursing Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

They became lovers in 1986 and went on to smother five elderly women together in the next year. Wood later claimed that the murders had been a game and a bond of love for them, since they counted and kept track of each kill.

The couple eventually broke up, and Wood’s ex-husband went to the police in 1988 after finding out about the murders. In exchange for reduced murder charges, Wood confessed everything and received two 20-year prison sentences. Graham received five life sentences.

4. Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka

This Canadian couple videotaped raping, torturing, and murdering at least two young women together between 1990 and 1992.

Before that, Homolka allowed Bernardo to rape her own sister after he’d become obsessed with her, and she died as a result of being drugged. However, her death was ruled an accident.

They were arrested in 1993, but Homolka only received 12 years for manslaughter after successfully getting a plea deal in exchange for testimony against Bernardo. She told investigators that he forced her to join in on the murders, but the videotapes later proved that she was very willing. She was released from prison in 2005 and changed her name to Leanne Teale and married another man. Bernardo was sentenced to life in prison without parole for at least 25 years. He’s still in jail today.

5. Fred and Rosemary West

This English couple may look innocent and wholesome, but they were cold-blooded killers, rapists, and torturers.

When Fred went to prison in the early 1970s, Rosemary savagely beat his step-daughter, Charmaine, and became angry when she wouldn’t cry. She killed her while Fred was still incarcerated. The couple also murdered Charmaine’s mother, who was Fred’s ex-wife.

In addition to raping their other daughters, they murdered at least 11 women together. Their horrific crimes also included torturing and mutilating their victims before burying them in and around their home, which became known as the “House of Horrors.” Rosemary was finally convicted of 10 murders in 1995 and was sentenced to life in prison. Fred killed himself in jail while awaiting trial.

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What disturbs me the most is how ordinary some of these people look. It’s terrifying to think that we’ll never know the what people we pass on the street every day are like behind closed doors.

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15 Powerful Portraits Of Interracial Couples Paired With The Racist Comments They Received

We might not be done with racism just yet. Donna Pinckley highlights this issue by taking photos of interracial couples in the Southern states of the US and pairing them with the hateful comments they’ve received over the years. She takes the photos in black and white to emphasize the affection these couples have for each other instead on focusing on their skin tones.

The series titled “Sticks and Stones” was inspired by a girl from the photographer’s previous project. “Her mother and I were catching up in the kitchen when she told me of the cruel taunts hurled at her daughter for dating a boy of another race,” Pinckley wrote in her artist statement. “As she was speaking I was reminded of another mother in another kitchen many years ago, whose daughter had been the object of similar racial slurs. What struck me was the resilience of both couples in the face of derision, their refusal to let others define them.”

“Don’t like black women?”


 “They’re disgusting”


“Look at you taking another one of our good black men”


“There’re other black girls out there”


“All she wants from you is a green card”


“You’ll never be able to give her what a white man could”


“Why are you with her?”


“No other man will ever want you”


“I’ll bet your parents are really proud of you”


“Bitches like that are the reason we can’t get a good black man”


“What are you doing hanging out with n*****s?”


“What’s wrong with American women? Do you not like American women?”


“If she can’t use your comb, don’t bring her home!”


“You must like milky way”


“I told you a black woman lived with a white man in that house!”

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/interracial-couples-racism-sticks-stones-donna-pinckley/