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Gluten Myths People Still Believe
For most people, a life without warm bread and starchy pasta is a kind of unimaginable hell. I harbor deep sympathies for those diagnosed with the three conditions that require strict avoidance of gluten (the proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley that give bread that heavenly elastic quality we’ve come to love). If you’re not one of those people who has been told my a certified health professional that gluten is slowly killing you from the inside out, but have instead chosen to jump on the gluten-free bandwagon by choice, I hate to break it to you, but your deprivation (probably) isn’t doing you any good.
Movies and TV That Helped Shape the Modern Superhero Universe
With the recent release of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix, and its overwhelming popularity, it’s not hard to see the impact that superheroes have on our culture. The show is a great example of the clever, in-your-face, modern superhero entertainment Marvel has been providing us with for almost ten years now.
Sex and Relationship Podcasts That Should be on Your Radar
Odds are, you probably didn’t have the best sex education. It’s more likely that you fidgeted through a couple health classes over the years where the most you could hope for were a few pieces of vaguely detailed info on how to use a condom and successfully avoid STIs. And sure, your parents might have explained things to you once or twice, but let’s be honest, that was probably so traumatic that you just blocked it out. Aside from these imperfect introductions into the world of sex and relationships, most of us have had to muddle through to the best of our ability, picking things up from movies, TV, the Internet, friends, dirty books covertly checked out from the library, and, of course, our own fumbling first experiences. But even with all of the information out there, it can be hard to find truly helpful advice, relatable storytelling, and fresh perspectives on the timeless questions of love, romance, sex, relationships, hookups, breakups, and everything in-between. Have no fear, though, because the following podcasts offer the perfect antidote to all the complications, contradictions, and misinformation you've most likely picked up along the way. I promise that your confused, hormonal 9th grade self will thank you.
Health Foods That Aren’t Actually Healthy
Navigating the dusty isles of the grocery store can be a daunting enough task itself. Combine that with the often overwhelming options of “health foods” that promise to help you lose weight, gain muscle, or generally keep your body in peak condition. While many of these foods do provide nutritious benefits, many provide nothing more than false promises.
The Best Gender-Swapped Comic Book Characters
Every once in a while, comic book characters are in for a serious makeover, whether it’s because sales are dragging, or there's been a fundamental change in the comic book universe that requires men to be ladies (it happens) or just simply because someone got bored and drew Batman with boobs.
The Best Mobile Augmented Reality Apps
While the hysteria that is Pokémon GO only began a few short months ago, it’s trending power has significantly lessened since then. While still more popular than Tinder, and once surpassed Twitter in daily active users, it’s not surprising that a fad that came on so quickly would loose it’s steam in the same way. Despite its drop in success, the game has only helped fan the fire of augmented reality.
The Fandom Dictionary
Are you fresh on the fandom scene and a little confused by all the lingo? Well, I don’t blame you, young padawn. Even if you’re overwhelmingly informed about all your favorite fictional worlds—and know how to say “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” in Elvish, Entish and High Valyrian—the world of fandoms has a vocabulary all it’s own, one you’ll need to know to navigate the waters safely.
Best Paranormal TV Shows
Paranormal investigation shows have been around for a while now. Initially presumed to be something of a fad and heavily expected to quickly drop in popularity, that hasn’t proven to be the case. With fan favorite programs like SyFy’s Ghost Hunters, Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and several YouTube channels run by investigation groups, the options for the paranormal enthusiast are almost limitless.
Do Cleanses and Detoxes Actually Work?
Health crazes are nothing new, and neither are cleanses for that matter. Colon cleanses, juice cleanses, sugar detoxes, fruit detoxes – if you’ve ever read a magazine, watched TV, or scoured the Internet, than you’ve heard these names before. But what exactly are they and do they actually work?
Bizarre Fan Festivals You'll Actually Want to Attend
Are you a fan of all things extraterrestrial? Do you still wear bellbottoms and secretly horde scrunches? What about all night Walking Dead marathons and cult TV binges? If any (or all) of these things apply to you, than have no fear, there is a fan festival out there waiting for you.