Blog Posts by Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff

  • How Facebook Fans (and Channing Tatum) Are Helping a Teen Accomplish Her Bucket List

    Photo: Alisa's ButterfliesWhat do residents of a small Kansas town, 15,000 Facebook users, and Channing Tatum have in common? They're all helping a terminally ill teen check off the 48 things she has on her bucket list.

    Since doctors found a tumor in her brain In July 2012, Alisa Finley, now 18, has been undergoing treatment for the Stage 4 glioblastoma. Sadly, doctors have exhausted all of their options trying to shrink the cancerous growth and Alisa, who lives in Colby, Kansas, (population: 5,600), is now in Hospice care. But Alisa is still determined to accomplish a lot in the time she has left, so she's put together a bucket list and, with the help of thousands, she's been ticking off one item at a time. 

    The 48 things that Alisa hopes to do (and has done, in some cases) range from the easy paying for something entirely in pennies or driving around all day blasting music, for example to the trickier, like traveling to Europe, Australia, and all 50 states. And then there are a few that seemed nearly

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  • Katie Holmes Cuts Killer Bangs, but Should You Follow in Her Follicle Footsteps?

    Katie Holmes before bangs and after. Photos: Getty Images
    When Katie Holmes changes up her hairstyle, women of the world usually follow suit. (How else do you explain everyone getting a bob in 2009?) The latest breaking update on the star and her chocolate-colored tresses is that she’s sporting some new bangs. But before you go and copy the actress’s latest look — because let’s be honest, you might very well already be on the phone booking an appointment — read through this checklist of must-ask questions first to ensure that the same cut will look bangin’ on you too. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

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    1. Do you have fine hair?
    One of the reasons why Holmes makes for such a great hair chameleon is because she has a low-density head of hair, meaning she actually has fewer strands of hair than the average person. While that might not sound like a good thing, it lends itself well to bangs, in particular, because of the style's tricky nature. Dominick Pucciarello, a master

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  • You've Got Tweets: Woman Uses Twitter to Track Down Missed Connection, Love Ensues

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    What's a modern-day girl to do when she's sure she's just met the guy she's going to marry, but she didn't get his digits? Take to Twitter, of course. Erica Domesek, who lives in New York City, was traveling on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Calgary, Canada, when she hit it off with a handsome stranger in the seat next to her. While the pair exchanged pleasantries, they neglected to trade last names or contact information, so Domesek decided to tweet the airline for a little help.

    The airline didn't bite at first, simply replying, "We hope your paths cross again," but Domesek didn't let their unenthusiastic reply stop her from pursuing them for more information. 

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  • P.S. I Made This Uses Twitter to Track Down Missed Connection on American Airlines Flight

    What's a girl to do in 2014 when you've met your future husband but didn't get his digits? Erica Domesek, founder of the DIY lifestyle brand P.S-I made this, was traveling on an American Airlines flight from Dallas, TX., when she hit it off with a handsome stranger in the seat next to her. While the pair exchanged pleasantries, they neglected to trade last names or contact information, so Domesek took to Twitter to ask the airline for help.

    The airline simply replied with a "we hope your paths cross again," but Domesek didn't let their unethusiastic reply stop her from pursuing them for more information. 

    Maybe it

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  • The Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson Face Mash-Up Is Here to Break the Internet

    Photo: Getty, imgurWorld, meet Jennifer Watson. Or Emma Lawrence. Or Hermione Everdeen. Whatever you want to call her, she's gorgeous and totally fake. Someone with a lot of time, and a passion for both Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson, used photo manipulation software to create a hybrid starlet from the future. 

    We already know that both Lawrence and Watson are universally adored all over the world (and especially around the World Wide Web) so it comes as no surprise that someone decided to combine the two. J. Law is fawned over for her penchant for  public spills, and real girl coolness. Watson exudes all the same qualities but she's British. Also, they’re both pretty great actresses.

    With so much to love about these two 23 year olds, it was only a matter of time before they came together to form what has been dubbed an "Internet Goddess." Uploaded to Imgur Thursday, the facial amalgam already has over 150,000 views.

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    Bear in mind, celebrity face mash-ups

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  • Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Is Even Better With Wine Glasses and Pans

    Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” has arguably one of the most appropriate song titles in music history. The hit, filled with uplifting lyrics like “can't nothing bring me down” and set to a catchy, head-bopping beat, is an instant mood booster. Because of the infectious cheerfulness of the chart-topper off of the artist’s album “G I R L,” it has recently inspired thousands of covers — but none come close to topping Dan Newbie’s unique and creative version.

    Newbie uses number two pencils as drumsticks and hits them on water-filled wine glasses and cooking pans to emulate the dance-party-like rhythm in the “Despicable Me 2” track. While the original was composed using more conventional instruments, Newbie's version still manages to exude similar euphoric emotions using only stuff you'd find in a kitchen cabinet. Even without words, award-winning quality production, and a 24-hour long super buzzy music video, Newbie’s video rivals the Oscar-nominated number.

    Not since Sandra Bullock played wine

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  • Little Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Sings ‘Ho Hey' in Viral Video and It’s Amazing

    Six-year-old Van Bernard has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which means he’s wheelchair bound, but he doesn't let the disability hold him back from belting out his favorite song.

    For the annual Walk for Muscular Dystrophy in Halifax, Canada, Van performed The Lumineers’ hit song “Ho Hey,” accompanied by Tom Curry, his music therapist. SMA is an incurable genetic disease that attacks nerve cells in the spinal cord and can have an adverse affect on motor skills such as walking, swallowing, breathing, and head and neck control. Music therapy for SMA patients can help both emotionally and physically, by strengthening the respiratory system as a whole. Curry and Van, who was diagnosed with SMA at 10 months old when his mother noticed that he wasn’t meeting his gross motor skills, started working together two years ago and their time with each other has been very well spent. Not only has therapy helped with the boy’s health, but his emotional outlook has been enriched as well. “Van is very

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  • Happy Birthday, Barbie! Still Looking Good After What We've Put You Through

    March 9 is beloved Barbie’s birthday and to celebrate the fabled figurine turning 55 — side note: damn girl, lookin’ good — we put out a call to our Facebook fans to share their most poignant memories of playing with the plastic doll. Some of your recollections were sweet; others crafty; and many involved soapy love stories (sometimes Barbie couldn't resist a man in uniform, choosing G.I. Joe over Ken). Many of you revealed that the iconic toy played an important role in crafting future career choices, which include fashion designer, tattoo artist, hair stylist, masseuses, architect, archaeologists, and cinematographer, while several divulged some disturbing sociopathic-like tendencies (often involving dismemberment). All in all, it’s safe to say that, when it comes to Barbie, we’re all in the same boat (or, more fittingly, the same Barbie cruise ship): Everyone’s a little wacky. And we all loved our Barbies.

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  • Meet the Other Rachel Canning (the One Not Suing Her Parents)

    Rachel Canning, 18, of New Jersey is suing her parents for financial support. College student Rachel Canning of Florida is using the teenager’s headline-making antics, and a case of mistaken identity, to do some good. 

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    Canning, the brunette legally challenging her mother and father in court to pay for school tuition and living expenses, gained international infamy this week for her lawsuit. Some people looking to connect with her online mistook her for the 22-year-old blond University of South Florida student. The two women look markedly different in social media profile photos, but this didn't stop commenters from inundating the wrong woman's account. Their thousands of messages range from lectures about how she should live a better life to remarks about how ungrateful she is. "It's really shocking how bold people can be when they're behind a computer screen," she says. "I think it really just speaks to how rampant

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  • Wake-Up Call: Kids Today Have No Idea What a Rotary Phone Is


    Floppy discs, Walkmans, cassette tapes, CDs, and beepers are all considered museum-ready relics today. If that makes you feel old, wait till you watch "Kids React to Rotary Phones," the latest viral video from Benny and Rafi Fine — the vloggers behind the viral videos, “Elders React to Eminem” and “Teens React to Gangam Style." The Fine Brothers put a spin-dial phone in front of 12 kids from the iPhone era and totally blew their minds. The video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was posted this past Sunday, proves that kids today need a history lesson, or at least a rotary dial app on their smartphones. Not convinced? Here's how the kids, ages 5 to 13, responded to some very simple questions about the common rotary phone. 

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    Question 1: What is that?

    All of them correctly answered that the rotary phone is a telephone. Phew. Some of the best responses: “A telephone but it’s oldish,” “This is like a phone that

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