Cursed: The dark side of the Kennedy family
The Kennedy family tree is extensive, complex, and powerful. The first generation of 'celebrity' Kennedys was that of John F. Kennedy and his eight siblings, which included his brothers Robert and Ted who joined him in politics, and his sisters, Kathleen, Jean, and Rosemary. John F. Kennedy was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 1947, and since then there hasn’t been more than a two-year period where a Kennedy wasn't holding office. The Kennedys are leaders, politicians, ambassadors, captains of industry, philanthropists, and environmental activists. At the same time, they’re seen as reckless philanderers, drug abusers, scandal-mongers, and, perhaps, the victims of a curse. Click through the following gallery to see why the Kennedys have such a complicated reputation and why many believe them to be cursed.
A Breakdown of the Royal Line of Succession
Breaking it down. The royal line of succession has been shaken up and moved around — but where do members of the British royal family stand when it comes to their place in line to the throne? Prince Charles's Quotes About Becoming King: Everything He's Said Read article Queen Elizabeth II had been head of the Commonwealth since 1952 when she died in September 2022 at the age of 96, making her the longest-reigning British monarch in history. She and the late Prince Philip‘s eldest son, King Charles III, was officially anointed king at his coronation ceremony in May 2023. Prince William follows close behind Charles as next in line for the throne. Though it would seem Prince Harry would be after his big brother, he was bumped back following the birth of William and Princess Kate‘s children. In order to view the video, please allow Manage Cookies When Kate and William welcomed their first child, Prince George, in July 2013, the little one took the spot above his uncle. The Cambridges later welcomed Princess Charlotte in May 2015 and Prince Louis in April 2018, who then entered spots three and four, respectively. Harry, who is currently fifth in line, is followed by his firstborn, Archie, whom he shares with Meghan Markle. The former military pilot and the Suits alum — who wed in May 2018 — announced news of their first child in an Instagram post in May 2019. Harry later beamed with joy as he addressed media after the arrival of his newborn. “Meghan and myself had a baby boy early this morning — a very healthy boy,” the Duke of Sussex gushed to press. “Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. This has been the most amazing experience I could possibly imagine. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we are both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everyone out there. It’s been amazing. So we just wanted to share this with everybody.” A Timeline of Meghan Markle’s Ups and Downs With the Royal Family Read article The duo later revealed the little one’s name. “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” the couple announced via Instagram. “This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and the duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion.” In January 2020, the duo caused a stir when they announced that they would be stepping away from their senior royal roles. Two months later, they settled down in California with their son. After a year of ups and downs, Buckingham Palace confirmed in February 2021 that Harry and Meghan would not be returning as working members of the royal family. The news came days after the pair revealed that they were expecting baby No. 2 after Meghan previously suffered a miscarriage in July 2020. During their first televised interview since their royal exit, the twosome announced that they would be welcoming a baby girl. “Just to have a boy and a girl, what more can we ask for?” Harry gushed at the time. “We’ve got our family. We’ve got, you know, the four of us and our two dogs, and it’s great.” Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron and More React to Queen Elizabeth II’s Death Read article Their second child, Lili, arrived in June 2021 and became seventh in line, following her brother, Archie. Scroll down to see where each royal stands in line for the throne.
Absurd dating rules from the '30s, '40s, and '50s
Dating in the modern age is a minefield, especially in the digital era with apps, texting, and entirely new codes of technological behavior in the mix. There are a lot of things to think about—you have to pick the right platforms, figure out how to properly construct your profile to attract the right kind of people, and not fall for any false advertisements. You also have to navigate texting (how soon is too soon to reply?), cope with the inevitability of being ghosted, and deal with a lot of things that are separate from actually meeting someone. Because of all these new complications, we seem to have a romanticized idea of dating in the past. In our collective imagination, romance "back then" was filled with meet-cutes, chivalry was alive and well, and there was an added air of mystery because you couldn't stalk a person's entire digital history online. Plus, you could lie about your age! But in all seriousness, dating in the 21st century is nothing compared to the strict social codes permeating the first half of the 20th century. Magazine columns and entire books were dedicated to teaching young folks the proper etiquette when it came to courting and being courted. While very detailed and highly regarded at the time, those guides have not aged well in the least. From shockingly sexist gender roles to hilariously ridiculous things that were considered in "bad taste," nearly every single one of these rules should be broken in today's age. You may be surprised at how far we've come since the 1930s, '40s, and even '50s, though it's equally surprising just how many people relied upon these guides to determine another person's character. Check out this gallery to see the most bizarre etiquette rules from not-long-ago-enough, and revel in the dating freedom we have today.
Guess what this bicycle is made of: they look like cherries, but they are not
Thousands of people gathered in Santiago de Chile's Parque O'Higgins on Saturday, 27 May 2023, to break the Guinness World Record for the largest human bicycle ever created.The governor of the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Claudio Orrego, delighted an enthusiastic crowd of about 2,000 people at Parque O'Higgins. The attempt to beat the Guinness World Record, which has yet to be validated, served as a catalyst for a campaign to promote the use of bicycles as the best means of transport in the Santiago region.However, the goal was to assemble a group of at least 3,000 participants to break the current record, held by Russia, where a human bicycle of 2,620 people was formed in front of St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow in 2019.
Things we should stop feeling embarrassed about
Shame and embarrassment can hinder people from experiencing some of the greatest happinesses that life can offer, and all because we’re scared of what other people will think. To make matters worse, the things we’re embarrassed about are often founded upon flimsy, made-up social norms that force us to tone our humanity down. Fear of embarrassment is extremely time-consuming as well, and hurts our self-confidence, which is essential in our personal, professional, and spiritual lives. So, how can we counter it? Well, unfortunately, practice makes perfect. Embrace the things that might have made you sweat nervously before so that you can stop letting them control you today! You’ll soon find that life continues on after these experiences, and other people’s opinions will matter less. Hopefully you also help set an example for others. Click through and see all the things we should stop feeling embarrassed about.