Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Read Parent's Facebook Response to 'Ridiculous' Common Core Math Homework

    Facebook/The Patriot PostA Facebook update from a father frustrated with the Common Core math program at his son's school is making the Internet rounds after the father Jeff Severt expressed (via what looks like a kid's homework assignment) how convoluted the teaching approach is.

    The worksheet posted to Facebook shows the elaborate Common Core (CC) formula for solving a math problem (as opposed to the simple strategy of subtracting the smaller number from the larger one). It instructs the student to explain why a fictional kid named "Jack" should be using common core strategies to solve the problem: “Jack used the number line below to solve 427 - 316. Find his error. Then write a letter to Jack telling him what he did right, and what he should do to fix his mistake.”

    Severt's response reads, “Dear Jack, Don’t feel bad. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering, which included extensive study in differential equations and other higher math applications. Even I cannot explain the Common Core

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  • 5 Bizarre Reasons You're Not Pregnant Yet

    You're not eating enough of this. (Photo: Corbis)If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it's hard not to wonder, “What’s wrong with me?” but try not to overthink it, as stress can harm your fertility, according to a study of 500 women published Monday in the journal Human Reproduction. “This is the first time that stress has been scientifically proven to affect fertility,” lead study author Courtney Lynch, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University, tells Yahoo Shine. “Until now, the stress-fertility link has only been anecdotal.”

    The study found that women with high levels of a stress indicator called “alpha-amylase” are 29 percent less likely to get pregnant each month and more than twice as likely to meet the clinical definition of “infertile” (the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected sex.) “It’s important to pay attention to the signs; if you’ve been trying for five or six months and are worried, talk to your doctor about relaxation techniques,” says Lynch. But stress is just one

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  • Wedding Guest Etiquette: 6 Golden Rules

    Instagram/I Do Bridal CoutureLike most brides, Jamie Lynn Spears wore white at her wedding last week in New Orleans — but, interestingly, so did her mother, Lynne Spears (also mother to Britney Spears), who attended her daughter's nuptials wearing what looked like a wedding gown. The two reportedly shopped together, so it wasn't a surprise, but it did break the cardinal rule that white is reserved for the bride. In fact, there are plenty of rules to follow if you want to be a fantastic wedding guest. Here are six to keep in mind when you attend your next nuptials.

    Can you wear white?
    “It’s generally not a good idea for guests to wear white to avoid drawing attention from the bride,” Jamie Miles, editor of, tells Yahoo Shine. “However, there are two exceptions: if you know the bride is wearing a colored dress or the wedding has, say, a ‘black-and-white’ theme.” Ditto for ivory, off-white, blush, or champagne. However, if you’re determined to wear white, opt for a short dress (provided the bride is

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  • Bruno Mars Turns Sleeping Baby Into Dance Machine

    Can’t get up in the morning? Take a cue from baby Christian, whose parents wake him each day by playing “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars. As soon as he hears it, Christian starts busting a move and shaking his butt, and then segues into an air-drum sequence that’s equal parts impressive and adorable. Enjoy.

  • You Too, Old Navy? Thigh Gap Strikes Again

    Old NavyHere we go again. Old Navy is the latest target of Internet fury after a blogger noted that a mannequin on the brand’s plus-size section of its website looked as if its thighs had been unrealistically airbrushed.

    The photo in question is of a pair of legs wearing Women’s Plus The Rockstar Mid-Rise Cropped Jeans. There’s a significant white spot carved out in between the thighs that makes them appear thinner than they might normally be on a person of that size. After Jezebel pointed out the thigh gap, an Old Navy rep sent the website the following statement:

    "At Old Navy we strive to show our customers the most accurate representation of how product fits the body. This includes pinning garments on body forms to show how they will actually appear. While we do remove these pins in post-production, we do not use any photo-altering techniques to deliberately distort the actual look or fit of our product."

    More on Yahoo Shine: Nicki Minaj Claims She Was Airbrushed 'Wrong.' What Does That

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  • Do Celebrities Belong in the Vaccination Debate?

    Getty ImagesBy now, you’ve probably heard about the measles outbreak in New York City. As of Tuesday, 20 confirmed cases (11 adults and 9 children) have been identified, according to the New York Times, and city officials are warning unvaccinated New Yorkers to get shots or, in some cases, to get revaccinated. 

    Measles is a highly infectious viral disease that causes a blotchy rash, fever, and tiny white spots inside the mouth and can lead to further complications such as pneumonia, conjunctivitis, ear infections, and even death, says the Centers for Disease Control. It’s spread from person-to-person, usually by airborne droplets from a sneeze or cough or from direct contact from touching contaminated surfaces. Since it can be prevented with the measles vaccine, doctors recommend that children receive shots between the ages of 12 and 15 months and again between 4 and 6 years.

    If measles sounds like an old-fashioned disease, that's because it mostly is. Measles was virtually eliminated in the United

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  • Remembering Designer (and Mick Jagger's Unique Paramour) L'Wren Scott

    photo: Getty ImagesIt’s a sad day in the fashion world. L’Wren Scott, designer to the stars and long-time girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, has died from an apparent suicide at the age of 49, Reuters reported.

    While the details are scarce, Scott allegedly texted her assistant at 8:30 a.m. Monday to “come by” her Manhattan apartment. When the assistant arrived 90 minutes later, she found her boss hanging from a doorknob. According to Jagger’s representative, the 70-year-old singer, who is currently on tour with his band in Australia, is "completely shocked and devastated by the news."

    Raised by adoptive parents who named her Laura “Luann” Bambrough, she changed her name to “L’Wren Scott” after moving to Paris at the age of 18 and becoming a model for Chanel. In 2001, after she had been living for years in Los Angeles, she met Jagger on a photo shoot, and the two become became a couple. Though Scott, at 6’3", towered over 5’10" Jagger, he kept a sense of humor about the height difference —

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  • Memo to Hollister: Superskinny Models Are out of Fashion

    HollisterThat was fast. Fashion teen brand Hollister quickly removed a photo of a model from its Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday after people complained that her legs were “too skinny” and “emaciated.”
    "Leading a healthy and active lifestyle is a core part of our brand and company culture. We think these are qualities that appeal to our customer base," a company spokesman tells Yahoo Shine. "Because the photo may not have been consistent with this message, we have removed it."

    On Twitter, the photo has gotten plenty of negative feedback:

    More on Yahoo Shine: ELLE Magazine Under Fire for Melissa McCarthy Cover

    Hollister's parent company Abercrombie & Fitch has had a rocky year with its anti-plus-size messages. In May, CEO

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  • 5 Surprising Secrets To a Happy Marriage

    CorbisTurns out the adage, 'Happy wife, happy life," may not be true. New research conducted by the University of Chicago finds that a happy and healthy husband is the key to having an awesome marriage. “We studied older, more conventional couples, but results may apply to younger generations since people tend to become more traditional as they age,” lead author, James Iveniuk, a PhD candidate in the department of sociology, tells Yahoo Shine. Chalk it up to cultural norms: “Even in the most modern marriages, there are gender role expectations,” he says. “Women tend to police the emotional temperature of the home, so if a husband is sick or being difficult, women are often the ones to smooth things over, versus men who are more avoidant.” Here are four more factors that make marriages tick.

    An average-looking husband: So, you didn’t marry David Beckham — that’s a good thing. Plain-looking men make better husbands, according to the Journal of Family Psychology. Researchers filmed 82 newlywed

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  • Would You Shave Your Head For a Friend With Breast Cancer?

    This will restore your faith in friendship: 11 women in South Africa recently put their hair — and their vanity — on the line by shaving their heads in solidarity with friend Gerdi McKenna who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February. “I learned one thing this morning and that is that hair is but a small part of you, and your biggest gift is that you are healthy,” said one woman after shaving her head.

    Photographer Albert Bredenhann captured the altruistic act in a 4-minute video and photo shoot, set to the Meatloaf song “I Would Do Anything For Love,” along with McKenna’s stunned reaction when she arrived at what she assumed was just another group gathering. “You girls look awesome!” says a teary McKenna.

    Watch, cry, then go hug your girlfriends.


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