Stephanie Buck

I Attended a Halloween Rave for 6-Year-Olds

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“Everything glows in the dark!” shouts Katourna. She asks me to reattach her glow stick bracelet. I can barely hear her over the thumping electronic music in the club. People are wearing blinking green sunglasses. Some girls are dancing on tables

Before today, Katourna didn’t know what a black light was, and she certainly didn’t expect it would make her Ariel costume glow green. Katourna is six years old, as are many of the children at this nightclub. Instead of cocktails, they’re balancing cupcakes. Rather than bottle service, it’s literal bottles of milk

Halloween Extravaganza is a “cool kid’s dance party” for six- to 12-year-olds, presented by CirKiz. We’re at a nightclub called VIP Room, in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Only it’s a Sunday afternoon, and enough time has passed that the fumes and pheromones of last night’s 21+ crowd have dissipated Read more…

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I Attended a Halloween Rave for 6-Year-Olds

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“Everything glows in the dark!” shouts Katourna. She asks me to reattach her glow stick bracelet. I can barely hear her over the thumping electronic music in the club. People are wearing blinking green sunglasses. Some girls are dancing on tables.

Before today, Katourna didn’t know what a black light was, and she certainly didn’t expect it would make her Ariel costume glow green. Katourna is six years old, as are many of the children at this nightclub. Instead of cocktails, they’re balancing cupcakes. Rather than bottle service, it’s literal bottles of milk.

Halloween Extravaganza is a “cool kid’s dance party” for six- to 12-year-olds, presented by CirKiz. We’re at a nightclub called VIP Room, in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Only it’s a Sunday afternoon, and enough time has passed that the fumes and pheromones of last night’s 21+ crowd have dissipated. Read more…

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What Do Baseball Players Feel When They Hit a Home Run?

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Major League Baseball athletes play it pretty cool and collected. They stroll up to home plate with a wedge of gum between their teeth. They ritually tap the bat a couple of times, sinking down to stare at the pitcher. It’s a dance, methodical and focused.

That is, until the crack of his bat hurls a ball high into the air, toward the outfield bleachers, farther and farther. The batter is already rounding first, a surprised and hopeful wince on his face. He appears to be praying for a couple more feet, inches at least

Then finally, the ball lands amid a sea of upstretched hands. Home run

The batter’s face changes — sometimes he looks down and cracks a huge smile, a silent amen. Other times, he pumps his fist into the air and yells a warrior cry, either to a roar from the crowd or chants of “booo.” Read more…

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70% of People Worldwide Pronounce ‘GIF’ With a Hard ‘G’

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You can’t imagine how painful it was to write this headline. For those of us who are correct human beings, our brain juices boil to hear that hard “G.” And don’t throw Obama in our faces; he’s not the inventor of the GIF, after all.

Regardless of what’s right, 70% of the world pronounces it “ghif.”

Mashable partnered with Column Five to poll 30,000 people from 191 countries about how to pronounce six divisive tech terms: GIF, meme, data, Wi-Fi, Linux and cache. Aside from “GIF,” we discovered a few surprises

Since we asked respondents to share their professions, we found that people who work in computer/software/IT pronounce “meme” as “me-me” more than any other industry — shocking. Read more…

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70% of People Worldwide Pronounce ‘GIF’ With a Hard ‘G’

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You can’t imagine how painful it was to write this headline. For those of us who are correct human beings, our brain juices boil to hear that hard “G.” And don’t throw Obama in our faces; he’s not the inventor of the GIF, after all.

Regardless of what’s right, 70% of the world pronounces it “ghif.”

Mashable partnered with Column Five to poll 30,000 people from 191 countries about how to pronounce six divisive tech terms: GIF, meme, data, Wi-Fi, Linux and cache. Aside from “GIF,” we discovered a few surprises

Since we asked respondents to share their professions, we found that people who work in computer/software/IT pronounce “meme” as “me-me” more than any other industry — shocking. Read more…

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Your 10 Biggest Fears, According to Yahoo

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Warning: This post contains potentially disturbing or triggering images and video.

The Internet is quite literally a fear factory.

Yahoo shared the top 10 phobias its users searched for over the past month, just in time for Halloween. (Which reminds us, there is such a thing as fear of Halloween, called “samhainophobia.” So that’s fun.)

Topping the list is agoraphobia, which is an anxiety disorder in which people fear being trapped in situations or places that cause panic. So maybe work up to haunted houses another year… Read more…

1. Agoraphobia

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18 Whimsical London Fashion Week Photos That Will Make You Smile

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Some people think of British fashion as prim and coquettish, probably with ruffles — you know, something you could wear to a polo match. On the contrary

London Fashion Week, which started Friday, proves the UK has its own brand of fashion whimsy. Designers and tastemakers are eager to share their style sense through garments and accessories. With cartoonish colors and cheeky statement jewelry, Brits continue their time-honored tradition of challenging the style status quo.

It’s only day two of London Fashion Week, and our heads can’t stop spinning. From neon vinyl and fuzzy sandals to ironic swim caps, here are the favorite finds that made us smile: Read more…

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You Need 3D Glasses to Fully Experience These Clothes

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NEW YORK, New York — American fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff debuted garments that featured stereoscopic 3D fabric Friday at New York Fashion Week. Show attendees were each provided a pair of 3D glasses to view the final five looks of the the label’s Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear line

However, the 3D looks at the Rebecca Minkoff show fell flat

After the first 27 ensembles sauntered down the runway in crisp whites and springtime cottons, the lights in the Lincoln Center theater turned low. The glitterati and fashion bloggers donned their 3D glasses in anticipation. Yet when the looks turned the corner, people squinted to spot the illusions. Read more…

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Women, You Don’t Have to Be Loud to Be Good Leaders

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It was a Friday afternoon in New York City, chilly inside the auditorium. Women crowded toward the front of the stage, their goodie bags spilling Luna Bars and lipstick samples into the aisles. For the first few hours of the conference, a parade of charismatic executives in color-blocked dresses had urged attendees to “speak up,” “sit at the table,” become vocal members of the C-suite.

The popular refrain for today’s latest women’s movement (Need I say it? “Lean in.”) is a tidy sound bite that encapsulates a powerful message. Sheryl Sandberg rightly encourages women to be assertive and test their fears, primarily in the workforce. Yet many women are misinterpreting this feminist battle cry to mean aggressive assertiveness, loud doggedness Read more…

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15 Horrifying Signs That ’90s Claire’s Is Dead

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I was on the hunt this week for a tattoo choker. My other one snapped in half, and the beads exploded everywhere — it was a disaster. I don’t want to talk about it, whatever.

Like any sensible girl raised on scrunchies would do, I headed to the nearest Claire’s (also because Limited Too is called something lame different now). Not only were they out of stock, I soon learned what nightmares awaited me. Claire’s Accessories had changed since the ‘90s.

The mood-ring selection was horrifyingly tiny. The keychains contained pictures of men who were not Leonardo DiCaprio. And there were no alien iron-on patches — anywhere. Read more…

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