The polar vortex engulfing the US has left 21 people dead. Here’s why events like this might be getting more common.

AP The polar vortex swept parts of the US Midwest and East Coast this week, forcing millions of Americans to contend with subzero temperatures.  The polar vortex is an area of circulating cold air that rings the planet’s North and South poles. Sometimes that vortex destabilizes, sending surges of Arctic air south. Windchill temperatures were as […]

Judi Dench in hilarious ‘erection’ gaffe: People ‘walked off the stage in shock’

The iconic actress was speaking on The Graham Norton Show – due to air tonight – about her new film All Is True when she recalled making an error during a performance of The Merchant Of Venice. The star singled out the play as her least favourite by the Bard, and it seems she has […]

People in Malaysia are being threatened with prison for tweeting mean things about their royal family

AP Photo/Yam G-Jun, File People in Malaysia are being warned that criticizing their monarchy could land them in jail. Three people were arrested this month under the colonial-era Sedition Act for allegedly tweeting that the country should get rid of the royal family. The government pledged to abolish the Sedition Act last year, before changing […]

Most people like PopSockets phone grips, but I think they’re overrated — here’s why I prefer the Speck GrabTab instead

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Connie Chen/Business Insider While many of my colleagues and friends love their PopSockets grips, I think they’re overrated.  In my experience, the Speck GrabTab ($ 9.95) is a […]

A new meme asks ‘How Hard Did Aging Hit You’ since 2009 — and people have the perfect responses

Fox Searchlight Pictures A viral photo challenge asks people to show how much they have changed in the last 10 years. The “How Hard Did Aging Hit You” challenge got an earnest start on Facebook. But on Twitter people are treating it as a joke. Here are some of the best memes. A lot can change […]

Norovirus outbreak: 500 people affected by Royal Caribbean sickness – compensation latest

Cruises are notorious for the quick spread of illness and passengers on board the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas are the latest casualties of winter vomiting bug norovirus. Cruisers first started feeling sick when the cruise ship departed from Port Canaveral in Florida, USA last Sunday. It was due to sail for a week […]

6 weight-loss tips from people who have dropped between 20 and 250 pounds

Tanvir Alam / Flickr Finding the right motivation to lose weight often comes from others who have similar experiences. Losing weight requires lifestyle changes you can sustain. The initial weight loss is only part of the equation. You need to have a plan in order to maintain your loss. Making a lifestyle change to get […]

Washington will be the fifth state to ban assault riles for buyers under 21 after gun violence killed 14,577 people in 2018

Elaine Thompson/AP Washington state has now banned anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle, effective Wednesday. The new measures come as 14,577 were killed from gun-related violence in the US in 2018, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive. A spokesperson at the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility called the new law […]