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Exhausted wives looking after husbands who can’t handle having a cold share their horror stories (including one whose partner planned his route to A&E just in case)

The long-suffering wives of man-flu sufferers have taken to social media to vent their frustration, and Bored Panda has compiled some of their best horror stories.

One under the weather hubby planned his route to the emergency department just in case his cold took a life-threatening turn, while another nine-months pregnant wife said her sick husband complained more than she did.

The post Hilarious Posts About Husbands Who Catch A Cold And Think They’re Dying appeared first on No Straight News.

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A recent CBS News probe has revealed why only 2 Icelandic children are born with Down syndrome each year on average, and their findings have sparked a fierce ethics debate online.

Landspítali, or the National University Hospital of Iceland, has been offering prenatal screening tests to pregnant women since the early 2000s, an essential step in detecting development problems in a fetus – including Down syndrome. Unlike the estimated 67% of women in the US who choose to terminate their pregnancies upon diagnosis of the disorder, nearly 100% of Icelandic women do so, making Down syndrome extremely rare in the island nation. “My understanding is that we have basically eradicated, almost, Down syndrome from our society,” geneticist Kari Stefansson told CBS.

“Some of them were low risk in our screening test, so we didn’t find them in our screening.”

Helga Sol Olafsdottir counsels women who are considering ending their pregnancy over a foetal abnormality.

She says she tells mothers: “This is your life. You have the right to choose how your life will look like.”

She told a reporter: “We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended.

“We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication… preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder — that’s so black and white.

In response, people have been sharing stories of their own loved ones living with Down syndrome

The post Why Down Syndrome in Iceland Has Almost Disappeared, People’s Reactions Are Heartbreaking appeared first on No Straight News.

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Doctors are usually regarded as the pinnacle of knowledge or the epitome of high-level education but apparently, some people don’t always listen to doctors.

So with all these visits and all these people, within just a year, doctors must go through a wide assortment of faces, bodies, and attitudes. So at Providr, we decided to scour the internet in search of stories from doctors themselves that showed how funny, silly or downright stupid some of their patients were. Whether it be ignoring their medical advice or blatantly going against what they say, here is a compilation of hilarious stories from the health care professionals themselves.

‘I had a guy come into the emergency room once with burns on his lower extremities. Apparently, he had been trying to use a propane-powered weed burner in his yard (a flamethrower) while being extremely inebriated. His shoes and the bottoms of his pants were almost completely burned away.’ (Sanfranshan)

Surgeon here. Was doing varicose veins surgery on a very posh middle aged lady. Very cut class accent. There was an anaesthetic that we used that sometimes induced some hallucinations either going under or coming out of anaesthesia and heard some funny things.
Anyway this lady was in recovery just coming out of the anaesthetic. The team were around waiting for her to wake up and gag a little on the tube in her throat (for breathing) so we knew it was time to remove it. She gagged, we removed the tube, she smacked her lips and said loudly, in her incredible accent:
‘That’s the best bit of cock I have had in years!’
The whole recovery room just fell about laughing. Luckily she didn’t remember it.

Source: DrWYSIWYG

As I leaned in to check her eyes, my older patient got a little frisky.
“You remind me of my third husband,” she said coyly.
“Third husband?” I asked. “How many have you had?”
“Two.”

Source: Dr Leon Pendracky

When I went to the ER to have a painful ingrown toenail removed, I was sobbing, gagging, petrified … the works. But my doctor knew how to calm me down.
“Don’t worry about a thing,” he assured me. “I just looked up how to perform this operation on YouTube.”

Source: Chelsea Bender

When I came out from having my wisdom teeth pulled I apparently shot up, looked at the doctor and said “Charlatan! I demand you return my teeth! They are mine and I will choose where they are to be spent!” My dad said he couldn’t stop laughing because I wouldn’t leave without them. When I woke up at home I asked my dad why my teeth were in a plastic bag on the table, he told me everything and promptly started calling me Lord Molar for the rest of the night.

Source: CrossFox42

“Here,” says the nurse, handing the patient a urine specimen container. “The bathroom’s over there.” A few minutes later, the patient comes out of the bathroom.
“Thanks,” he says, returning the empty container. “But there was a toilet in there, so I didn’t need this after all.”

Source: Dr Travis Stork

Was at a urologist in a hospital and there were a couple of power cuts. Lights dipped out, generators kicked in.
As he’s finishing the examination, mid-sentence, the lights go out again. He gets up and walks out to check on things.
Fifteen minutes later I’m still sat on the bed with my old chap out and pants around my ankles. A nurse walks past the open door and does one of those comedy double-takes.
“….do you…do you have an appointment?”
Turns out the doc had actually finished the examination, and returned to the ward some 15 minutes ago. To the nurse I was just some guy who had walked in and pulled his pants down and left the door open.

Source: Hitz365

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Zainab Merchant, a graduate student at Harvard University and the founder and editor of the website Zainab Rights, was already anxious about traveling from Boston to Washington, D.C., for a speaking engagement. As a Muslim woman, she was all too aware of a frightening pattern in her travel experiences.

But Merchant, who is based in Orlando, Florida, knew what to prepare for. She knew to get to the airport much earlier than the suggested two hours before her flight, since she expected Transportation Security Administration agents to pull her aside, rummage through her bags and subject her to additional pat-downs and screenings. She said the ordeal has been her new normal for the last two years.

What she did not expect was for a TSA officer to announce to the other agents at the security checkpoint that she needed to take “a deeper look” after publicly patting down Merchant’s groin area.

Merchant said she resisted at first, telling the two TSA officers that she was on her period and therefore wearing a menstrual pad. She insisted that any additional screening be done in public, fearing that if she went into a private room without any other witnesses, the situation would only escalate.

But according to Merchant, TSA officials refused and said that if she did not comply, state troopers who were on standby would intervene. Pressured into a private screening and forbidden to call her lawyer, she was led into a private room where TSA officers demanded that she pull down her pants and underwear, she told HuffPost.

Horrified and alone, she acquiesced and revealed her bloodied menstrual pad, she said. After complying with the bizarre and intrusive request, she asked for the officers’ names and badge numbers to report the horrifying experience, but the TSA officers covered their badges with their hands and walked away, she said.

“Every single time, I was being put through extra screening,” she said. “It was the same exact thing every time. By the third time it happened, I realized this is not random. There is definitely a pattern to this, and I’m on some kind of list that is making me go through this again and again.”

The complaint, signed by Hugh Handeyside, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU handling Merchant’s case, details at least 10 times she was subjected to excessive searches by airport officials upon entering an airport, at a gate in front of other passengers and even during layovers. It also describes the time that the TSA called in an explosives unit to search her and her family despite having cleared her minutes earlier and a time that a TSA worker called a team of dogs to search her and her bags.

TSA Targets Graduate Student - YouTube

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Fox News host Tomi Lahren is making a big push for the proposed monument to intolerance on the southern border. It’s not going too well.

Lahren tweeted a plea for a mere $5 billion in tax dollars to spend on Trump’s wall (which he continues to wrongly claim is already being built and that Mexico is paying for) and she capped it off with “America FIRST!”

$5 billion spent on a wall will be the BEST $5 billion taxpayers EVER spent! Build the wall. Secure the border. America FIRST! I’ll discuss on @foxandfriends in 10 mins!

— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) December 12, 2018

Unfortunately for Lahren, Mari Copeny AKA ‘Little Miss Flint’ had a much better idea for how that money could be spent:

$5 billion for water infrastructure upgrades and testing in schools seems like a much better way to spend that much money…but what do I know…I’m just a kid from Flint who was forced to learn all things water after the government poisoned us

— Mari Copeny (@LittleMissFlint) December 12, 2018

The community of Flint in Michigan has been without clean drinking or bathing water for years following a contamination. The district, which is not affluent and populated with a high density of ethnic minorities, has been largely overlooked.

Lahren makes a living acting like a professional child on social media. But getting outsmarted by an 11 year-old, albeit a brilliant one, must surely be a new low.

The post Tomi Lahren Got Fact Checked by an 11-year-old and it Was Glorious appeared first on No Straight News.

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She has a very famous dad

While Anna is dating photographer Michael Barrett, Chris finally confirmed his relationship with Katherine Schwarzenegger on Instagram yesterday. The man knows how to make a collage, and he knows how to make it extra adorable. Katherine’s a lucky lady.

If you can read, you’re probably thinking: wait…Schwarzenegger? As in Arnold?

That’s the one!

Fans were excited to see the pair make things social media-official.

The post Chris Pratt Just Confirmed His New Relationship With An Adorable Instagram Post appeared first on No Straight News.

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Christian blogger, the Transformed Wife, who went viral after sharing a post on Facebook shaming working mothers.

Lori Alexander, the woman behind the blog and book, The Transformed Wife, recently shared a post asking if mothers should have careers. Included was a handy chart for others to follow along.

In the chart, the ‘Transformed Women’ blog owner states a rather debatable opinion on how women should choose to stay home over any type of career.

This isn’t the first controversial post the blog site has shared

Some commenters wondered where the husband was in this situation. “So I guess in both scenarios the husband is somehow unable to contribute to raising the kids he helped make?”

This is not the first brush with negative feedback for Alexander, who has four grown children and writes for a living. Earlier this year, another one of her articles, “Men Prefer Debt-Free Virgins Without Tattoos,” drew ire.

The post This Woman Goes Viral for All the Wrong Reasons After Shaming Working Moms appeared first on No Straight News.

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Stacy Rosenbaum, University of California, Los Angeles

Paternal care – where fathers care for their children – is rare among mammals (that is, animals which give birth to live young). Scientists have identified more than 6,000 mammal species, but paternal care only occurs in 5 to 10% of them.

Humans fall into that category, along with species like mice and lions. There are also a number of South American monkey species where males take on equal or greater childcare burdens than females. But these species are the exceptions, not the rule.

Scientists believe the reason so many male mammals don’t get involved in caring for their young is because they get higher “returns on investment” if their energy is spent seeking out more mating opportunities rather than actively parenting. Simply put, male mammals that spend their time producing more infants rather than taking care of the ones they have will leave behind more offspring. Over time, natural selection favors males who use this strategy, so fathering behavior rarely gains an evolutionary foothold.

Mountain gorillas, found in the mountains of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, are among the exceptions to the rule.

Though mountain gorilla groups are full of complex social dynamics, just as human families are, in many groups some of the strongest social bonds we observe are between adult males and infants – even when the infants aren’t the males’ own offspring. From the time that young gorillas are old enough to move away from their mothers, they follow males everywhere. Males, in turn, are extremely tolerant. Some regularly hold, play with, groom, and let infants sleep in their nests with them.

In a recent study, my colleagues and I set out to determine why this might be the case, since this behavior didn’t seem to only benefit their own infants. We found that the gorillas who spent the most time with any young, not just their own, also sired the most infants.

This is a notable finding, since mountain gorillas are not a species in which scientific theory predicts this sort of behaviour, much less a connection to the males’ eventual reproductive success. They have the behavioural and physical characteristics of a species where males are expected to invest their energy in finding mating opportunities, not bonding with infants.

The study

For our study we used 30 years of genetic paternity data to determine which males sired which infant, and compared that to hundreds of hours of data on their behavior. We recorded what percentage of each male’s time he spent grooming and resting with infants. In total, we included data from 23 males, who collectively sired 109 infants.

Our models show that, across the course of their lives, males who do the most grooming and resting with infants are expected to sire about five times as many infants as the males who do the least. This is true even after controlling for other very important factors, such as how long the male lived and what dominance rank he held.

This is a surprising finding. When we observe paternal care among mammals, the vast majority of the time it is in species that are monogamous – that is, males only mate with a single female, and vice versa. Gorillas are not monogamous, and the males’ very well developed characteristics for fighting (like large muscles and teeth) suggest that their primary strategy is to fight for new mating opportunities, not to care for infants.

Though we cannot be sure exactly why the males who care more for infants fare better than their peers who don’t, our best guess is that female gorillas prefer to mate with the males who are nicest to infants. There are other possibilities that need to be explored, however – for example, maybe the males who have personalities that females like are also more inclined to interact with infants.

Regardless of exactly how the connection between males’ relationships with infants and their reproductive success occurs, if males who have the strongest social bonds with infants are also leaving behind the most infants, then we would expect that over time a larger and larger proportion of male gorillas would engage in this kind of behavior.

Presumably, something similar could have happened among the now-extinct species that led to modern humans. Our ancestors, like the gorillas, were probably not monogamous. And yet at some point males in these species must have also started interacting with, and caring for, infants.

The kind of care-taking that male gorillas do is extremely rudimentary in comparison to what humans do. Nonetheless, it is notable because of the insights it can provide into how male care-taking in the lineage that led to humans might have overcome the usual evolutionary payoffs that kept it from evolving in most living mammal species.

Stacy Rosenbaum, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

The post The More Male Gorillas Look After Young, The More Young They’re Likely To Have appeared first on No Straight News.

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Carly McCann, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Donald T. Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought renewed attention to workplace sexual harassment. However, the vast majority of allegations go unreported, and those who do report tend to face troubling outcomes.

Our new research, released on Dec. 12, analyzed all sexual harassment complaints filed with the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state Fair Employment Practices Agencies between 2012 and 2016.

We found that nearly all sexual harassment goes unreported, and those that do report tend to face severe retribution and limited redress.

Based on national survey data, we estimate that about 5 million people experience sexual harassment at work every year, yet on average only around 9,200 file a charge with the EEOC or state Fair Employment Practices Agencies. In other words, 99.8 percent of people who experience sexual harassment at work never file a sexual harassment charge.

Most of these charges are judged by the EEOC to be potentially legally actionable when they are first filed. This suggests that the vast majority of sexual harassment discrimination charges appear credible and meet the high legal bar for a finding of sexual harassment. Compared to all other discrimination complaints, we find that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission treats charges of sexual harassment discrimination quite seriously and did so even before the #MeToo movement.

Of those whole file a charge, only 1,800 will receive any redress.

How do employers respond to sexual harassment complaints?

The very low proportion of employees who file sexual harassment complaints is likely a function of employers’ typically punitive responses: 68 percent of sexual harassment allegations include a charge of employer retaliation.

Almost two-thirds of people who file a charge lose their jobs as a result of their complaint. Our analysis shows that job loss is somewhat higher among white women and men who file sexual harassment charges, while retaliation is somewhat higher for black women.

We do not know whether job loss or retaliation occurred after the target reported the sexual harassment internally in their workplace or after the charge was filed with the EEOC or state Fair Employment Practices Agencies. What is clear is that complaining about sexual harassment is quite dangerous, inciting employer retaliation and firing in most instances.

This pattern of extreme retribution fits with past research. Employers, following the advice of legal counsel, often react to internal discrimination complaints with aggressive attacks on those who complain. This tactic is designed to isolate the charging party and to send a message to other workers that the cost of pursuing legal remedies to discrimination will be prohibitively high.

Are there any benefits to filing a sexual harassment charge?

After the charge is filed, the EEOC has several routes to resolve charges, any of which can lead to monetary or other benefits for the charging party.

On intake, the EEOC judges 88 percent of sexual harassment charges as plausibly legally actionable. Many of the rest are excluded for administrative reasons, such as late filing. False claims appear to be quite rare.

At the same time, most people who file discrimination charges, including discrimination charges that the EEOC initially judges to be legally actionable, do not receive any benefit. Only about a quarter of people who file sexual harassment charges – and do not withdraw their charge sometime in the process – receive some benefit, most commonly monetary compensation.

High-profile media cases often focus on large monetary settlements for the targets of sexual harassment. For example, Fox News paid former broadcaster Gretchen Carlson US$20 million to settle her sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

But outcomes for most sexual harassment charges are much smaller. Charging parties who received monetary compensation for being sexual harassed at work were awarded $24,700 on average. About half received less than $10,000.

Big paydays for sexual harassment discrimination charges are vanishingly rare – only 1 percent of charges resulted in monetary compensation over $100,000.

Only 12 percent of cases result in some agreement to change workplace practices.

Are harassment claims a legal problem or managerial problem?

Current practices do not appear to serve charging parties well. Most cases appear legally plausible, but most receive no benefits. For those who do receive money, the amount is typically meager, typically less than $10,000, even when someone loses his or her job in the process.

We believe that the current legal route is unlikely to create safer, less abusive workplaces. Sexual harassment, and perhaps discrimination of all types, might be better addressed by managers treating harassment claims as managerial responsibilities, rather than outsourcing them as strictly legal problems.

Past research suggests that the most effective routes to ending sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination are through getting managers to take ownership of the problem.

The EEOC made precisely this recommendation in its 2016 report on harassment. To educate employers as to how to reduce sexual and other forms of harassment at work, the agency has introduced training courses in managerial practices and the creation of respectful workplaces.

We think that shifting responsibility from the law to management makes good business, moral and even legal sense.

Carly McCann, Research Affiliate at Center for Employment Equity, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Donald T. Tomaskovic-Devey, Professor of Sociology; Director, Center for Employment Equity, University of Massachusetts Amherst

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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A UK based company called, aptly, ‘The Nosewarmer Company‘ is producing nosewarmers in a variety of styles and colors, and it might just become the essential accessory for this winter. “I got the idea in 2009 when I had a genuine cold nose,” founder of the company Sally Steel-Jones

“It looks a bit silly,” you say? So do Christmas jumpers and bobble hats, but plenty of people wear those. With enough cold-nosed people out there to create a demand for the warmers, one day it might be you looking silly walking around with your red, bare nose!

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