The too-good-to-be-true: In October, a St. Louis bartender was shocked to receive a $200,000-plus payout on a bill totaling just $111.54. Using the name "Randomdayzee" on Reddit, she shared her experience of waiting on two sisters, one of whom left the exorbitant tip. The shocked server alerted her manager, who called Visa and learned that tips deemed "excessive" would not be processed. The incident caused some redditors to speculate that the tipper was a scam artist who knew that her credit card would reject suchRead More »from The Best (and Worst) Restaurant Tippers of 2013
Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff
- Most restaurant servers have good and bad tipping stories they never forget, like the quiet guy who ordered only coffee and left a really generous tip or the patron who vanished without leaving a gratuity. But this year there were plenty of tipping tales that got way wilder than those. Here's a look back at the ones that made headlines. Whether these servers were naughty or nice, they were the recipients of the most outrageous, heartwarming, and cringeworthy tips of the year.
Stop being so tough on yourselves! That's the message one cereal brand wants to send to women as part of a new campaign called "Shut Down the Fat Talk."
For the campaign launched Tuesday, Kellogg's Special K scoured social media in search of some typical self-deprecating messages women post online that shame their bodies, such as, "My face is so fat today. Gross!" "I just wish I was skinnier #fatty" and "Feeling so disgusted about my figure at the moment #cow." The company then created a fake clothing store, posted the messages on tags on the various clothing items and on signs around the room, and caught women's reactions on tape. The odd project's goal? To emphasize how damaging these thoughts can be when women go shopping. Upon reading the phrases, the female shoppers appear horrified and upset. "These are all things that I've said," one woman admits. Another exclaims, "This is like looking at the inside of my head." Another: "I didn't realize how bad it was. It's like you'reRead More »from Is Special K's 'Fat Talk' Ad a Hit or Miss?
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 12, 2013 12:29 PM EST
On Wednesday, Liedtke tweeted that he drove around, iPhone cookie in hand, and that it didn't take long for a cop to cruise by.Read More »from Comedian (Unsurprisingly) Regrets Pranking Cops With iPhone-Shaped Cookies
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Dec 11, 2013 2:39 PM ESTIt began with a simple online search. Jes Baker, a plus-size, 27-year-old blogger from Tucson, Arizona, was doing research one afternoon and noticed that when she typed in the search term "fat people," autocomplete terms such as, "fat people are disgusting" and "fat people deserve to be bullied" popped up. But instead of getting angry about it, Baker got creative.
The result is her photo series, "Bodies Aren't Ugly. Bullying Is," a compilation of images of herself and her plus-size friends overlaid with Google autocomplete searche terms on "fat people." In addition, Baker created her own taglines for each photo: "Just because it's accepted, doesn't mean it's acceptable," "It's not about sensitive feelings. It's about respect," "It's not about the weight; lose the hate," and "Big bodies aren't ugly; bulling is." On December 2, Baker posted the project on her website "The Militant Baker," then challenged her social media followers to send in their own photos — and 500 submissions later,Read More »from Blogger's Awesome Photo Series Exposes Online Fat Shaming
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Beauty – Tue, Dec 10, 2013 4:50 PM EST
Who needs makeup when you can airbrush your photos?
That's the question photography major Anna Hill, a senior at East Carolina University, is asking with her new photo series, "Beauty Is Only Pixel Deep," self-portraits that mock the beauty industry's overuse of airbrushing applications that many magazines and other media use to retouch images. "I taught myself Photoshop when I was 14, and ever since, my eye is trained to see exactly where models have been altered," Hill tells Yahoo Shine.
The 24-year-old, who created the work as part of a class project, uploaded the series to Reddit on Monday night and says the response has been overwhelming. "I think people like to be reminded that the beautiful models we're surrounded by daily aren't actually as real as they seem - without extensive makeup and editing, many don't look that much better than the rest of us," says Hill.
Below, Hill explains the inspiration behind each photo:
"I was researching beauty advertisements from the 1950s andRead More »from Photographer Examines Our Obsession With Beauty, Airbrushing
Here's motivation to live a healthier lifestyle: Following a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a low body weight, avoiding smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption can help reduce the odds of dementia, according to research published Tuesday.
Researchers at Cardiff University in the U.K. studied 2,235 men and found that those who adopted all five, or even four, of these healthy behaviors experienced a 60 percent reduction in dementia and overall cognitive decline (with exercise being the strongest mitigating factor). Seventy percent fewer cases of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke were found in those men, compared to people who didn't practice any of the behaviors.
Yahoo Shine could not reach the lead study author, Professor Peter Elwood, for comment; however, he said in a press release, "What the research shows is that following a healthy lifestyle confers surprisingly large benefits to health — healthy behaviors have a far more beneficial effect than any medicalRead More »from 5 Health Habits That Reduce Your Risk of Dementia
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 5:44 PM EST
A Flint, Michigan, man has had a busy December so far, popping the question to two different ladies in his life: his girlfriend and her 6-year-old daughter.
Jeff Andres, a pediatric physical therapist, and Shana Warner, a corrections nurse at a local prison, had been dating for almost two years and knew they wanted to get married, but Warner wasn't certain when Andres would ask her. However, the couple knew one thing for sure: Warner's daughter Ally would be a part of the engagement.
On Dec. 1, Andres turned 34 and during his birthday party that night, he stood up and thanked friends and family members for attending. "I knew something was up when he asked me to stand up as well," Warner, 28, tells Yahoo Shine. "He told me that all he wanted for his birthday was me, and then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him." Warner said yes, and Ally was delighted. "She asks us all the time when we're getting married," says Warner.Read More »from Man Proposes to Girlfriend — and Her 6-Year-Old Daughter
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Dec 9, 2013 3:49 PM EST
A Twitter photo of a sign many have called racist has landed the fast-food restaurant chain Sonic in hot water and prompted the company to issue a public apology.
The controversy began after a Sonic location in Belton, Missouri, put up a sign on Sunday that encouraged the Kansas City Chiefs pro football team to "scalp" the Washington Redskins and send them "2 [the] reservation." Soon after, passerby Delores Schilling snapped a pic of the sign and posted the following tweet:
Yahoo Shine could not reach a Sonic representative for comment. However, on Sunday, Patrick Lenow, vice president of public relations at Sonic, told NBC News, "The remarks posted on this message board were wrong, offensive and unacceptable ... In a misguided effort to support his football team an independent franchise owner allowed passion to overrideRead More »from Sonic Apologizes for Offensive Chiefs-Redskins Sign
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Fashion – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 6:58 PM EST
Middleton paired the piece with a cream-colored Roland Mouret gown and wore her hair in a casual ponytail — a departure from the previous evening, when she showed off a glittery tiara (a family heirloom valued at quite a bit more than $35) for an event at Buckingham Palace.
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It's no surprise that shoppers swooped in to buy out the necklace — Middleton's ability to excite and influence the fashion masses is a phenomenon dubbed the "Kate Effect." When the duchess posed for her engagement photo with Prince William in 2010, she wore a blue Issa London wrap dress, which sold out in 24 hours. In order to keep up with the demand (stillRead More »from Kate Middleton's $35 Zara Necklace is (Unsurprisingly) Sold Out
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 4:48 PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel figured out a way to pare down Santa’s Christmas list: Hook up kids to a lie detector device and ask them whether they’ve been naughty or nice.
In a segment that aired on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday night and was posted to YouTube on Friday (racking up nearly 51,000 views), Kimmel, who dubbed himself “The Lie Detective,” invites two brothers into his interrogation room to meet with him and “The Truth Fairy,” a.k.a., his sidekick Guillermo, who is dressed in a pink, fuzzy dress with wings. First up is 6-year-old Fletcher, who Kimmel hooks up to the phony machine. “Fletcher, have you don’t anything naughty this year?” asks Kimmel. “I think I forgot,” he replies. The device beeps, so Fletcher confesses to tackling his 4-year-old brother Sammy (but only because he started it). Next is Sammy (also hooked up to the lie detector), who admits to tackling his brother, but only because Fletcher bites him. Though Sammy says he’s sorry, the lie detector buzzes. So, Kimmel puts Read More »from Jimmy Kimmel's 'Naughty or Nice' Prank Is the Best Thing About Friday