A new year!

So, unfortunately, I hadn’t been able to keep up with blogging because of a difficult semester at college. Not just academically, but also because of some issues at home (since I commute I had to learn to deal with both). So that’s why I stopped blogging like 5 months ago. I’m really, REALLY sorry about that!

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Watch This First-Person Point of View of Going Down an Absolutely Terrifying Ski Line

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The ski community has been in awe of professional athlete Cody Townsend after he skied down a long, extremely narrow, steep path in Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountains. The skier can be heard saying, “Oh I’m getting nervous!” in the minute-long clip that now boasts more than 1.3 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on December 8. Powder magazine has recognized the mountain skiing feat as the line of the year.

Turns out, Townsend had wanted to conquer a straight line like that for about four or five years. “Since there were five years that went into it, actually skiing it wasn’t that hard,” he told Power magazine. “I felt like I was so prepared for it… I had skied it a thousand times in my head that, you know, it felt like it was meant to be.”

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How the Average American Man’s Body Compares to Others Around The World

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Pittsburgh-based digital artist Nickolay Lamm was on vacation in Catalonia, Spain, last year when he noticed something. “I think I’m being objective when I say that a lot of the people were just very fit,” he says. At least more fit than what he saw back home. And so Lamm decided to dive into body measurement statistics collected by organizations like the CDC to create models that represent the physique of the average man from different countries.

“Basically, I wanted to represent how we as a country are a little overweight when it comes to other countries,” he says. “Obesity is a huge issue, it costs our health care industry so much money, so I just wanted to create a simple way to illustrate something people probably know in the back of their minds, they just haven’t seen it all laid out so clearly.”

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This Puppy Is the Face of Budweiser’s Tear Jerker Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign

Excuse me while I sob into my pillows.

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Budweiser, a leading expert in interspecies friendship, released a poignant PSA Friday with a resonating message: Don’t drink and drive — You will break your puppy’s heart.

Anheuser-Busch InBev used ad agency Momentum Worldwide to create the 60-second spot, which shows the evolving relationship between an adorable man and his adorable yellow lab, the same breed used in Budweiser’s successful Super Bowl ad campaign.

In a moment of worry, the man is shown leaving his house with friends and a few buds and not coming home. The dog whimpers. The audience holds its collective breath. While we fear for the worst, in the end it turns out that he just spent the night at his friend’s house to stay safe. The puppy might have peed on the floor (that’s our guess of what cut footage holds), but at least the best friends will be able to play for years…

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What The Music You Love Says About You And How It Can Improve Your Life

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The Music You Love Tells Me Who You Are

Ever been a bit judgey when you hear someone’s taste in music? Of course you have.

And you were right — music tells you a lot about someone’s personality.

Research has learned a great deal about the power of music:

  1. Your musical tastedoes accurately tell me about you, including your politics.
  2. Your musical taste is influenced by your parents.
  3. You love your favorite song because it’s associated with an intense emotional experience in your life.
  4. The music you enjoyed when you were 20 you will probably love for the rest of your life.
  5. And, yes, rockstars really do live fast and die young.

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But enough trivia. It also turns out music affects your behavior — and much more than you might think.

Studies show music can lead you to drink more, spendmore, be

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