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  1. Joleen Diaz, a 43-year-old woman from California has been dubbed “the world’s hottest mom” on social media, with millions commending her for her incredibly youthful looks, which often get her and her 19-year-old daughter confused for siblings. Ab elementary school teacher by profession, Joleen says that she doesn’t mind getting mistaken for her daughter’s sibling, and neither does she. She had Meilani when she was very young, so it’s not entirely possible to believe that they could be sisters; plus, while growing up Meilani would always hear people tell Joleen they thought her mother was her sister, so she is used to it. Still, the 43-year-old looks pretty incredible for her age, which she attributes to her religious skin care. “I religiously take care of my skin, and everyday wash my face in the morning and before I go to bed,” Joleen said in a recent interview. “I began taking care of my skin at a young age, around 12 or 13. My mom used to buy Mary Kay and I would secretly use her skin care products. A product that has shown dramatic change for me is, tretinoin. Most people know it as Retin-A. I’ve been using it now for about a year and a half, and I’ve seen my skin just get better and better.” “Having good skin gives me confidence, even on the days I don’t look my best,” Diaz added. Full article
  2. A Malaysian student was evicted from her rental house in Perth, Western Australia (WA) because her landlord believes she had picked up the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or COVID-19) when she returned home for the Chinese New Year. The student of Chinese descent, identified only as “Helen,” traveled to Malaysia on Jan. 24 to celebrate the Lunar New Year with family and friends. She flew back to Perth on the morning of Feb. 4, but only to find out that she no longer has a place to stay. A sign on her door greeted her in capital letters, saying, “WARNING: NO TRESPASSING — HOUSE IN LOCKDOWN DUE TO CORONAVIRUS.” “Due to your failure to stay in contact with me with World Health Organisation GLOBAL EMERGENCY over coronavirus you are no longer welcome in this house,” the sign continued. The owner, who claimed to have contacted Helen “many times without success,” ended the note warning that the house is under surveillance. Helen claimed that she did not receive any text message from her landlord while she was in Malaysia. Instead, she started receiving them after landing in Australia. “I was so confused and upset,” Helen told ABC Perth. “I feel so sad.” Full article
  3. A single man has managed to bag himself a Valentine's date - after spending more than £400 to advertise himself on a billboard. Mark Rofe took the drastic measure after becoming fed up with online dating, and seeing all his close friends get married. The 30-year-old bought the ad space in Manchester - and has since had more than 2,000 applications - including one (he claims) from Maya Jama. Announcing the news on Twitter, he said: "It feels odd sharing my love life, but since people keep asking. I do have my first date arranged for Valentine's Day. "I thought the best approach would be to break it down and go through the applications bit by bit, and I've started with the first 100 so far." Mr Rofe closed the applications after 2,363 people signed up. In response he posted on his website: "I've had over 2,000 people apply to go on date with me, from all over the world. I honestly never expected such an incredible response - thank you! Full article
  4. A Utah man is facing criminal charges after admitting to releasing rodents in at least three different hotels in order to then complain about the pesky critters, and get compensated with a free room. According to police, Ryan Sentelle State, 37, would check into hotels and sneak rodents like mice and hamsters as well. Once in the room, he would release the rodents and then call staff and complain about the terrible hygiene. He would point out the droppings and in some cases the rodents themselves, and ask to be exempt from paying for the accommodation. He obviously got away with this tactic a few times, as he is accused of scamming at least three hotels, although authorities believe he has scammed several more hotels in the area. It’s not clear exactly how State was finally caught, but he has reportedly confessed to releasing rodents inside multiple hotels, as a way of scamming them into offering him a room for free. He now faces five charges: faces five charges: three counts of criminal mischief and two charges of theft by deception. Full article
  5. A black man seen wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood at a Virginia shopping center Tuesday told sheriff's deputies that he was performing a social experiment, according to authorities. The Stafford County Sheriff's Office was called to a Target store at the Stafford Marketplace around 2:30 p.m. to investigate reports of someone wearing the costume, Maj. Shawn Kimmitz said in a video statement posted to social media. Deputies found the person in the robe, identified him as a black man and determined he didn't live in the area, he added. Deputies warned him about wearing a mask in public and he left the scene, Kimmitz said. Virginia law prohibits wearing masks with the intent to conceal identity in public. Full article
  6. The coronavirus wreaking havoc in China right now has really turned things upside down for a lot of people, but not even it can come between a marathon runner and their training. Like many of his countrymen, Pan Shancu, an amateur marathon runner from Hangzhou, in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, is trapped in his apartment because of the coronavirus epidemic, but he didn’t let that small detail stop him from keeping in shape for his next race, whenever it may be. He has been using the small space in his apartment as a miniature track, jogging around two tables and the short length of a small hallway, and recently posted on social media that he had covered a distance of 50 kilometers (31 miles). “I have not been outside for many days, but today I could not bear sitting around anymore,” Pan wrote. “Let’s run laps around the two massage tables in the room then! Yes, one lap is about eight meters (26 feet) and I ran 50 kilometers (31 miles), I did it in 4:48:44. I am sweating all over, feels great!” The runner, who has a marathon best of two hours and 59 minutes, also wrote that he considers his neighbors while jogging, trying to step as lightly as possible on the floor as not to disturb them. He completed 6,250 circuits in one of his rooms in four hours, 48 minutes and 44 seconds, and his neighbors have yet to complain. Pan Shancu’s feat went viral this week, with people commending his training ethic, and confessing to adopting similar strategies to stay in shape. Full article
  7. A Houston mother is hoping to reunite with her 2-year-old son who is stranded in Wuhan, China, which has been on lockdown due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) breakout. Fen Xin’s 2-year-old son Allen traveled to Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, with his grandparents to celebrate the Lunar New Year. However, the virus broke out in mid-January right around the time of the celebration, according to ABC13. Xin spends most of her days glued to her phone checking on updates about the situation and waiting for phone calls or messages from her relatives in the city. “He’s my son, I’m the mom. So, at this moment, no matter what, I want to be with him,” she told the news network. The United States government has started evacuating Americans stranded in Wuhan. Around 500 Americans have already returned to the U.S., according to AsAm News. Allen’s trip back home, however, encountered an obstacle as his grandparents were not American citizens and only carried valid travel visas. “What if my parents get infected? Nobody can take care of Allen,” Xin said. “If they get infected, you have to be separate from Allen or he will get infected, right?” Full article
  8. A hacker in Hong Kong has won thousands of followers — including tech VIPs — for publishing new features in popular apps ahead of their official announcement. Jane Manchun Wong, who does so out of “curiosity” and “personal amusement,” has even been called “a better source” on new projects than internal communications teams. The 25-year-old software engineer began digging into application codes years ago in an attempt to understand updates commonly described as “bug fixes and improvements.” She first taught herself how to code from books and guides on the internet. “I guess it’s just my curiosity that drives me,” Wong told Business Insider. “To me, this is a puzzle, and I have to solve it.” Wong’s process is fairly straightforward: every time one of her apps gets an update, she locates the new code/s, reverse-engineers it/them and finds new features before their official announcement. So far, she has dug and publicized unreleased features from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Pinterest, Uber, Lyft, AirBnB and Slack. Wong’s constant discovery of new features — which come at three a day, according to her estimates — has made her a stable source of news for many users, including employees from the apps’ companies themselves. “For real. Jane’s Twitter is a better source on projects going on across the company than internal comms,” wrote Colin Higgins, a data scientist at Instagram. To date, Wong has amassed 64,300 followers on Twitter, where she primarily posts her updates. Among her VIP followers are Adam Mosseri, head of Facebook’s Instagram, and Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, head of Facebook’s hardware initiatives. Full article
  9. Aided by virtual reality technology, a South Korean mother was recently “reunited” with her daughter who passed away in 2016. “I Met You,” a televised documentary from the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, told the story of Jang Ji-sung, a mother whose 7-year-old daughter Nayeon died of an incurable disease. The program uploaded a touching clip of the virtual reunion on its YouTube page on Thursday. Nayeon was digitally recreated and placed in a virtual world that Jang entered with the use of a VR headset. Jang can be seen standing in front of a massive green screen wearing her headset and gloves which appear to provide haptic feedback for a more immersive experience. The green screen allowed viewers to also visualize how the interaction between Jang and her daughter would have appeared in real life. Jang was emotional upon seeing her virtual daughter come to life. “Where have you been, Mom? Did you think about me?” the virtual Nayeon called out to Jang. “I do all the time,” she responded. They talked, held hands and celebrated a birthday party together. Nayeon’s father, brother and sister were also evidently emotional seeing Jang relive her moments with her daughter. Full article
  10. A nutritionist who claims to not have consumed any water for a year has sparked controversy online by suggesting that her long-term dry fast has greatly improved her health and well-being. 35-year-old Sophie Partik used to suffer aching joints, puffy eyes, food allergies, bad skin and digestive issues, but claims that all these problems went away when she started dry-fasting. She doesn’t touch any liquids for 13-14 hours a day, and when she does it’s only living water, like the juice of fruits and vegetables. The most she has gone without any liquids was 52 hours, but she dreams of the day when she will be able to dry fast for 10 days. Sophie hasn’t drunk bottled or faucet water in a year, and claims that the need for water is only in our heads. “It’s in our mind that we need water, I know I am not dehydrated but it takes patience to overcome our desires,” Partik said. “At the beginning it’s hard but then It’s very releasing, it’s the best psychotherapy, instead of eating and drinking I have so much time to focus on other things.” The nutritionist, who currently lives in Bali, said that she had extreme swelling in her face and joints, as well as puffiness, but doctors always told her that there was nothing wrong with her and that if she wanted to look less puffy around the eyes she should get plastic surgery. But then one day a friend suggested that she try dry fasting and she saw the positive changes almost immediately. “Pretty much straight away the puffiness started to get better so I wanted to research a bit more,” the 35-year-old told Caters News. “I have been looking for answers all my life and I thought that the universe’s way of sending them to me.” Full article
  11. Comedian Matt Rife has been accused of racism after posting a tweet that supposedly poked fun at cast members of Bong Joon-ho’s history-changing “Parasite” at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The 23-year-old actor, who recently appeared in “Fresh Off the Boat,” “joked” that everyone at the Oscars were “waiting to see if the cast of ‘Parasite’ coughs” — an apparent reference to the notion linking people of Chinese, Japanese and Korean origin to the spread of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The tweet, which included the popular GIF of a sweating Jordan Peele, was quickly taken down but it was up long enough to stir some controversy from infuriated users. In a follow-up tweet, which was also subsequently deleted, Rife clarified that it was just a “joke” and slammed those who reacted negatively as “a bunch of cry babies.” Rife, who started doing standup comedy at 15, has toured around the world with big names such as Dane Cook, Ralphie May, Finesse Mitchell, Mike Epps and Deray Davis. Full article https://nextshark.com/matt-rife-racist-oscars-parasite/
  12. Only married couples can have sex, according to a legal loophole still on the books in Virginia. Democratic state legislators in the Virginia House of Delegates repealed the "crime of fornication" last week--in the state that has long used the slogan, "Virginia is for lovers" to attract tourists, FOX 40 reports. Currently, fornication is a Class 4 misdemeanor and carries a fine up to $250. “It’s a stupid law. It’s crazy," Democratic delegate Mark Levine, who introduced H.B. 245, said. “No one should think they can be prosecuted for this common practice." The Virginia Supreme Court struck down the law in 2005 as "unconstitutional government intrusion," though it remains in the Code of Virginia. The bill now moves to the Senate. “Now that the Democrats are in power, I’m thrilled to get it off the books,” Levine said. Levine said the old law leads to contempt among his fellow citizens because so many Virginians already have committed the so-called "crime." Full article
  13. After struggling to convince members of his community to join him in making their streets and beaches cleaner by picking up trash, an Indonesian man put on a superhero outfit in hopes of becoming more convincing. Rudi Hartono, a cafe worker from Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi, had long been struggling to persuade residents of his small coastal community to get more involved in keeping their home clean by picking up the plastic trash strewn on streets and beaches, but had had little success. But then he put on a Spiderman suit just to amuse his nephew, and people took notice. He accidentally became somewhat of a local role-model, and people started following his example. “At first, I did the same activity without wearing this costume and it did not attract the public’s attention in order for them to join and help pick up trash,” said the 36-year-old Hartono, wearing his red and blue Spider-Man costume,” Hartono told Reuters. “After wearing this costume, it turns out the public’s response was extraordinary.” 36-year-old Rudi bought the Spiderman costume in 2018, as a way to entertain his 2-year-old nephew, but the toddler only got scared and started crying whenever he saw Rudi dressed as the popular superhero, so the costume went unused for about a year. Then, one day, he got the idea to put it on before going on one of his frequent trash-cleaning missions, and the response from the community was instantaneous. People who had simply ignored him when he was cleaning streets, gutters and beaches of plastic trash as a normal man, started following his example when they saw him dressed as Spiderman. The effect was so overwhelming that he took to Facebook and made a video dressed as the Marvel superhero, inviting other Pare-Pare inhabitants to join the fight against littering and pollution. Full article
  14. A Chapman University student has been unenrolled after making racist and homophobic remarks in a campus classroom. The incident, which was captured on video by several students, took place on Tuesday. According to the Orange County Register, 21-year old Dayton Kingery was removed during a lecture by several students before being arrested by Orange County police. In the videos, Kingery can be seen drinking from a plastic bottle and using derogatory slurs, including the N-word. “I’ve been drinking Barcardi all day, [N-word]. I <deleted> hate [N-word],” Kingery says. “I <deleted> hate faggots, too.” Kingery is then forced out of the classroom while asking for his backpack. After one of the students hands him a backpack that is not his, Kingery throws the backpack and stomps on it. According to the Registrer, Kingery was later taken into custody by Orange Country Police on suspicion of felony vandalism and making criminal threats. He was released the next day after posting bond. Chapman University President Daniele Struppa later tweeted her statement. “While I cannot go into detail on a student matter, I want to be clear that appropriate legal and disciplinary processes are being implemented,” Struppa said. “We are also taking strong interim action to ensure the safety of the classroom involved as well as campus housing.” Full article
  15. A group of thieves in Utah failed to make off with an ATM early Saturday despite smashing the money machine to pieces with stolen “heavy equipment,” investigators said. The botched robbery unfolded at a Wells Fargo Bank just after 4 a.m. in Hurricane, a city in southwestern Utah, police said in a news release. The suspects triggered several thousand dollars in damage in their attempt to rip out the ATM using a stolen truck, a trailer and heavy equipment, cops said. They did not elaborate on what the “heavy equipment” exactly was. Pictures from the scene showed pieces of the ATM at the bank’s drive-thru service strewn around the area along with panels from the overhang above. Unable to remove the machine, the suspects sped away and crashed the truck a short distance from the bank, police said. Despite efforts from officers and K-9s to search the area, they did not immediately find any suspects. Full article
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