What happened when my flight was invaded by ants

Little did I know that after tweeting about my nine-hour saga, the story would go viral around the world and I would find myself embroiled in a freedom of press issue Thats odd, I thought when a large, fat ant strolled across my pillow as the plane lined up for take-off from Venice to Newark last week. The flight, as I would discover shortly into the nine-hour journey, was infested. Midair, I tweeted about the saga, partly to take my mind off the creepy crawlers, but mostly for the benefit of my sisters, who would, like all good siblings, inevitably find great mirth in my absurd predicament. Little did I know that, by the time we landed, a TV crew …

‘Im such a big fan of the menstrual cycle! the women asking whether its possible to have a better period

Exhausted with doctors not taking periods seriously, a new wave of authors is asking whether menstruation can ever be tolerable even enjoyable A tiny drop of blood on our bathroom floor was what gave me away. My mother took it as a sign that, at the age of 15, my period had arrived. After popping out to the shops, she came to my room with sanitary pads and a bunch of flowers; the pads came with a brief lesson on how to use them while the gerberas were left behind without explanation, some unspoken symbolism for my blossoming womanhood. The truth was, I had had my period for two years. It had arrived without fanfare when I was 13, but, …

Pennies from heaven: whats it like to suddenly become rich?

Weve all daydreamed about an unexpected windfall that would change our luck. But whats it really like to come into money? Michael Segalov meets five people who did Desiree Home: lottery winner, 1,000,000 Our routine was always the same. Wayne, my husband, would pop into the post office on his way to work to get our lottery tickets, and hed get up early the morning after the draw and check the numbers. Hed forgotten to check the Tuesday night Euromillions till the Thursday. Anyway, he checked the main draw, no match. Then he checked the lucky dip millionaire raffle. The letters matched. The numbers matched. He didnt believe it. He knew Id bite his head off if he woke me …

Green new meal: restaurants can charge diners to reduce their carbon food-print

California program will add an optional 1% surcharge to diners checks to help fight climate change Dining out isnt the most eco-friendly activity, thanks to the carbon footprint of food brought in and the waste inherent in running a restaurant. Now, an effort by California restaurants wants diners to help fight climate change by paying more. Concerned eateries can join the Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Shades of Black: how readers responded to our series on the colorism taboo

We asked readers if they had experienced colorism. We received a huge range of responses from people of color, both men and women, belonging to many different ethnicities Our weeklong series to encourage conversation about ‘People don’t even look at me’: eight black women discuss politics of light and dark skin video Habeeb Akande, United Kingdom As a medium-tone black man living in the UK, I have experienced and perpetuated colourism several times. As a teenager, many black girls I pursued told me that they were only attracted to light-skin black boys. For many black men, an attractive golden complexioned woman is a sign of success and status, as is evident from the skin tone of highly successful black sportsmen …

‘Bike country No 1’: Dutch go electric in record numbers

E-bikes now outsell standard bicycles in Netherlands, with quality prized more than price In what was already a long-running purple patch for the Dutch cycle industry, domestic sales records have been broken in the last 12 months despite spiralling prices, as technological developments push the standard push-bike into the annals of history. The Dutch love affair with the bicycle is well chronicled there are 22.5m of them in a country of 17 million people but has moved up a level, according to a study by the RAI Vereniging, an organisation representing the automotive and cycling sector. More than 1m bicycles were sold last year in the Netherlands, up 5.7% on 2017, and at the same time Dutch consumers appear willing …