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Real back to future? Man’s 1993 Yearbook Photo Predicts Chicago Cubs Win 2016 World Series 

Chicago Cubs fans are looking at a 1993 yearbook photo taken in Mission Viejo, California as a sign of good fortune.

The Cubs last won a World Series in 1908, but in 1993, Michael Lee outrageously predicted a World Series win for the Cubs in his yearbook picture.

He cheekily added, “You heard it here first.”

Michael Lee’s 1993 yearbook photo predicts a 2016 World Series win for the Chicago Cubs

The photo has since gone viral after Twitter user Thomas J. Dale posted a photo of the yearbook prediction that he said his mother found.

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*mom walks into my room* -look at my yearbook from ’93 #…
This dude called the cubs winning the series in 2016 for his senior quote.

Admittedly, faking a yearbook pic is well in the realm of a capable photoshop hoaxer.

However, one Reddit user named number1makeitso claims to have found four other copies of the same yearbook, and that Lee’s prediction is in those yearbooks as well. The user posted them on Imgur as evidence:

And Lee’s former classmate Marcos Meza never forgot the prediction, according to WGN TV.

“When [Lee and I] connected on Facebook in 2009 I sent him the photo and told him we were nearing 2016. He posted the photo of his prediction on August 8th,” Meza told the station. “After my Dodgers lost it was time for me to make this go viral and BeLEEve in the Cubs for 2016.”

The station has been in contact with Lee, who, fittingly, lives in the Chicago area and is waiting to see if his prediction comes true.

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A Supermoon Like This One Won’t Come Again Until 2034 


On Nov. 14, skywatchers will be treated to a supermoon so big and bright that it’s being billed as a “super-dupermoon” or an “extra-supermoon.”

Supermoons aren’t especially uncommon, but this will be the nearest that a full moon has come to Earth since January 26, 1948. The full moon won’t get this close again until November 25, 2034.

The term supermoon refers to a full moon that occurs when our planet’s natural satellite is at its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit. Astronomers call that point perigee, and so “perigee moon” is another term for supermoon. (The point at which the moon is most distant from Earth in its orbit is known as apogee.)

A supermoon can appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon, according to NASA. The effect is most pronounced when the moon is viewed near the horizon.

This supermoon is one of three to occur during the last three months of 2016. There was a supermoon on Oct. 16, and there will be another on Dec. 14. But this one coming up will be the most special of the lot ― so try not to miss it.

What’s the best way to see the supermoon?

“Just find a dark area clear of trees,” Dr. Noah Petro, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, told The Huffington Post in an email. “Anytime after dark is good and once the moon is up. There is no prime time when people have to do it, but the moon has to have risen for people to see it! : )”

Nuff said.

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Is There an Age Limit on Wearing Jeans?

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The incredible reason east sides of cities are poorer than west sides 

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A sign outside a second hand shop on New York’s Lower East Side in 1955.

The east sides of New York, London and Paris are noticeably and famously poorer than their western sides. And it turns out there’s a reason for that.

Researchers have found that it’s due to the impact of air pollutants at the time of the Industrial Revolution, as prevailing winds in the U.S. and Europe typically blow from west to east. And it’s an impact that has lasted into today.

A paper from the Spatial Economics Research Centre examined 5,000 industrial chimneys in 70 English cities in 1880, and then re-created the spatial distribution of pollution. That historical pollution explained up to 15% of within-city deprivation in 1881.

“A pollution differential equivalent to the one between the 10% and 90% most polluted neighborhoods of Manchester would be associated with a gradient of 18 percentage points in the share of low-skilled workers,” the paper found.

Perhaps more incredibly, that difference has continued to this day even though the pollution that caused them has waned.


“Past pollution explains up to 20% of the observed neighborhood segregation whether captured by the shares of blue collar workers and employees, house prices or official deprivation indices,” the paper written by Stephan Heblich and Yanos Zylbergerg of the University of Bristol and Alex Trew of the University of St. Andrews found.

The researchers say the findings have practical implications both in the developing and developed world.

The success of urban policies to revitalize deprived areas depends on their position relative to the tipping point. For countries like China where pollution is a current challenge, there also are long-run consequences to consider, they added.

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I Just Got A Big-Deal Job. How Can I Look The Part Without Going Broke? 




Mary is a 29-year-old analyst who just got a big promotion at the large corporation in Philadelphia where she works. In two weeks, she’ll be supervising a team of 16 people, 9 of whom are men older than she is.

She’s thrilled about the new position, which she’s worked hard to earn, but she knows it’ll be an adjustment to project her leadership to her colleagues. She’s getting a pay raise and wants to buy a couple of things that will convey “boss” and help her be taken seriously (and, if she’s being totally honest, to reward herself for getting the job). She’s seen how her male and female co-workers judge the way people look, and she wants to make sure her appearance works in her favor.

From a financial standpoint, what are the best investments for her to make? She doesn’t want to spend unnecessary money or look like she’s trying too hard, but she’s willing to put down some cash if it’ll help her career. What should she get, and how much should she spend?

Congratulations on the promotion! Bravo. And while I want to say it doesn’t matter how you look as long as you work hard, that would be a lie. You’re smart to be strategic about this.

There are plenty of terrible “How to Dress for the Job You Want” lists out there, and most of them are about the same: a great watch, a nice bag, heels, signature scent, blah, blah, snooze. But there’s a grain of truth to the idea that some things are worth spending more money on than others — and it’s a fact that people judge you by the way you present yourself. Much as I wish we were all evaluated by our performance alone, the truth is, we’re not — particularly women, as studies have showntime and time again. Or, put differently: Our looks are part of how our overall performance is perceived.

But there’s a grain of truth to the idea that some things are worth spending more money on than others — and it’s a fact that people judge you by the way you present yourself.

Two years into my first magazine job, a colleague told me that she remembered the dress I wore on my first day, a royal blue shift with white stitching along the edges. It wasn’t anything special, but it wasn’t bad, either, and that was important. Whether you’re in a corporate or creative field, every workplace has unwritten codes that show you “get it,” and when you don’t, it sticks. Studies have shown that first impressions are made in less than one-tenth of a second, and it’s tough to shake that initial imprint.

On a positive note, feeling great in your clothes is equally important. Thus, your goal for this shopping venture is twofold: You want to find things that project a take-no-prisoners attitude, but also make you stand tall and genuinely enjoy your day. The psychological aspect of your image is part of the outward-facing package, and the best purchases check both boxes.

You may be aware of the term “enclothed cognition,” which came out of a 2012 study in which test subjects performed a task wearing white lab coats (which were determined in a pretest to be generally associated with carefulness and thoughtfulness). In the first experiment, subjects wearing lab coats functioned more effectively on attention-related tasks than those who wore their normal clothes. In the second experiment, subjects all wore the same coat, but one half were told it was a lab coat and the other half were told it was a painter’s coat. Guess which group focused better? You get the gist: Wearing an outfit that you associate with competency can have a concrete impact on your actual work.

Obviously, you’re not going to show up at your office suited up to split atoms, so how should you translate the white-coat effect to your own life? I called up Sylvie di Giusto, a professional “image consultant” who spent over two decades working in HR and now trains corporate leaders on how to “package themselves,” for her take.

“In the corporate world, your goal must be that your appearance is a non-topic,” she said. “You want to be known for your knowledge and your excellence, not for how you appear.” Okay, but your colleagues have eyes, don’t they? How can you use your appearance to stack the career deck in your favor?

‘In the corporate world, your goal must be that your appearance is a non-topic,’ she said. ‘You want to be known for your knowledge and your excellence, not for how you appear.’

“When it comes to appearance in a corporate workplace, people never talk about what others do right,” Sylvie pointed out. “Nobody leaves a meeting and goes, ‘Wow, everyone was so impeccably dressed!’ Or ‘What a great day — nobody had on a bad outfit!’” (Clearly, she has never worked at a magazine, where post-meeting chatter is dominated by shoe compliments.) “But if something is off, people will talk about it,” she continued. “And usually, that’s because you did something that’s too much — too much hair, too much makeup, too much jewelry.”

However, there’s room for tactical maneuvering — and you should still like the way you look (a lumpy pantsuit is hardly empowering, for most women at least). “First of all, I always tell my female clients: Do not dress like a man,” said Sylvie. “Many women who work in a male-dominated environment adjust to look more masculine, but that is not the way to go. Embrace your femininity in a way that is appropriate to you.”

That said, she does advise staying away from anything that might read as soft, young, or sexy. “For women who are looking to project authority, I recommend wearing power colors. These are usually cold colors — navy-blue or charcoal-gray — as opposed to warm colors, like a light-pink or pastels,” she said. “I would also recommend that she wear power fabrics in power cuts, which are more stiff and architectural. Not flowy. And definitely nothing cute — stay away from small prints or anything girlish.” In other words, stick with silhouettes that you like, but bulletproof them. You want to look like the toughest version of yourself.

And in case it hasn’t been hammered into your head by every women’s magazine ever, get a tailor. “Know your body, and make sure your clothes fit you properly,” Sylvie added. “I tell all my clients that the best designer you can wear is confidence in yourself and the body you’re in. No matter your age, gender, or whether you’re short, fat, or thin, you have to dress in a way that suits you physically.” That might mean that you don’t even go shopping at all — instead, go through your closet, find the basics that are almost perfect but not quite, and haul your uniquely shaped butt to someplace that will make your clothes fit.

Now for the dry part of this equation: finances. You might be gung-ho to cough up for high-quality, career-advancing purchases, but that can be tricky when you don’t actually have that job’s paycheck yet. It may go without saying, but don’t let these expenses get in the way of your savings (or, even worse, put you in debt).

“One approach to affording these ‘evergreen’ pieces is to apply the 50/30/20 rule,” said Manisha Thakor, the director of wealth strategies for women at the BAM Alliance. “In an ideal world, 50 percent of your take-home pay goes towards ‘true’ needs — housing, transportation, essential food, insurance, mandatory debt paydown. After that, 30 percent goes towards ‘wants’ — all the fun stuff, including investment clothing and accessories. Then, 20 percent is savings for the future, like retirement and emergency funds. So if you have the funds available from your 30 percent discretionary pool, use them on these types of purchases.”

Manisha followed her own advice early on in her career, and it worked. “I used my first big pay raise to invest in three timeless, classic work outfits — two suits and one dress — in high-quality fabrics and neutral colors (black, charcoal, and navy), and then had them tailored to fit me perfectly,” she said. “I also made sure to always keep them properly dry-cleaned, and so on. Twenty years later, I still have all three, believe it or not! We make impressions on people very quickly in the workplace, especially when you are young and female, so showing that you have the good taste — in a simple, elegant, quietly confident way — speaks volumes.”

Finally, when it comes to big-ticket “status” items, like bags and shoes and jewelry, what’s the best use of your money? Literally every woman I spoke to placed footwear at the top of their list, followed by a bag, and then jewelry as a distant third (many mentioned that anything flashy can actually work against you, by acting as a distraction).

My friend Allison Kant, who runs a 12-person team as a marketing director at the Dow Chemical Company, bought a pair of $750 black Ferragamo pumps right after business school and before starting her new job. “I didn’t even have an income again yet, but they were beautiful, fit extremely well, and felt like ‘go-to’ pumps that I could wear everyday in the office or in a meeting with my boss’s boss,” she told me. “At the time, it felt imprudent, but I’ve never regretted it. I’ve run through airports in those shoes, advocated to my boss for raises for my team in those shoes, and made great decisions in those shoes. They give me another four inches of height, which I swear gives me better posture and more confidence. And I think they sometimes help me intimidate people, which isn’t always a bad thing, in my line of work.”

Of course, a lot of that impression also comes from the way you carry yourself, and that’s affected by much more than shoes. For some people, that might mean a fancy gym membership, making a budget to take colleagues out to drinks, getting manicures, or heck, just paying down your student loans on time.

For my friend Katherine, a doctor, it’s her car. “When I became an attending, I bought myself a beautiful bright-blue BMW. Obviously, that’s way more expensive than a bag or shoes, but totally worth it. It brings me joy every time I get into it, and it makes going to work, an inherently dreaded activity, fun. It’s my way of celebrating myself and my many years of tireless work and study to get where I am. And I won’t lie, I love the looks I get as a 31-year-old woman driving around in a gorgeous BMW — I always think, ‘I dare you to think I didn’t earn this.’”

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Yes, Lisa Frank Hair Is A Trend That Is Actually Happening 

If Calvin Klein crop tops and mom jeans can make a ‘90s comeback, then so can Lisa Frank.

We already told you how to Frank-ify your face, but now we’re here to tell you that Frank-ifying your hair is a trend that is HAPPENING.

It’s basically just rainbow-striped hair, and it’s all over Instagram (#LisaFrankHair).

Hair stylist Caitlin Ford talked to Allure about the trend because her take on Lisa Frank hair is downright inspired.

The color palette in Ford’s rendition of the trend is a bit more muted than the bright one from our desk supplies of yore. “I love working with softer color palettes because it means I can use the gentlest measures to remove these colors should my clients change their minds later,” Ford told Allure.

If you want to snag these waves of multicolored beauty for yourself, be aware that hair dye will take to everyone’s hair differently so your hair may look slightly different than whatever photo you bring to your salon.

As long as you’re open to any sort of rainbow delightfulness, a Lisa Frank look could be in your future.

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