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Edwardian Era Fashion + The Realities of The Female Menstrual Cycle

Reality check: as any woman will tell you, your uterus doesn’t care how good you look in white. Periods are the number one way to ruin a pretty pair of panties, a nice dress or a pair of khakis. I don’t know about you, but I don’t take the luxury of black sweatpants lightly during my “monthlies” (as they were once coyly termed). What, then, was an Edwardian gal to do? Not only did they “dress for dinner” – they dressed for everything . It wasn’t uncommon for women of the aristocracy (think Lady Mary of Downton Abbey) to change into multiple dresses a day. That’s why having a lady’s maid was somewhat non-negotiable: have you ever attempted to get in and out of a corset on your own? Me neither, but it doesn’t look pleasant.

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This Is What 7 Feet Of Snow Looks Like: The Buffalo Blizzard In Photographs

Be thankful you don’t live in Buffalo, New York — this week, record snowfalls pummeled the area, leaving some stranded or trapped in their homes, schools, and offices for days. Lifelong Buffalo residents are calling it worse than the Blizzard of 1977, the infamous snowstorm that created snow drifts up to 30 feet high. These photographs show just how intense and crippling this week’s storm has been:

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A lone resident of Buffalo braves the storm.

A lone resident of Buffalo braves the storm. Source: Buffalo News

Aerial view of Buffalo blizzard rolling in.

Aerial view of Buffalo blizzard rolling in. Source: WEBN

Snowfall trapped this Buffalo resident inside his home.

Snowfall trapped this Buffalo resident inside his home. Source: Twitter

Behemoth storm clouds entering Buffalo.

Behemoth storm clouds entering Buffalo. Source: YouTube

Clouds roll in for Buffalo blizzard.

Clouds rolling in for the Buffalo blizzard. Source: Instagram

Snow covering a baseball stadium in Buffalo.

Snow covering a baseball stadium in Buffalo. Source: Tim Ballisty

Two Buffalo residents wait for the bus.

Two Buffalo residents wait for the bus. Source: Reddit

Buffalo blizzard as seen from above.

Buffalo blizzard as seen from above. Source: Twitter

An expected 50-70 inches (1.3-1.8 m) of snowfall in Buffalo.

An expected 50-70 inches (1.3-1.8 m) of snowfall in Buffalo. Source: Instagram

Instagram user Kyhenders shows the blizzard's path.

Instagram user Kyhenders shows the blizzard's path. Source: Instagram

A car with several feet of snow on its roof.

A car with several feet of snow on its roof. Source: AP

A dog navigates the heavy snowfalls in Buffalo

A dog navigates the heavy snowfalls in Buffalo. Source: Reddit

Bulldozer attempts to clear snow in Buffalo, NY.

Bulldozer attempts to clear snow in Buffalo, NY. Source: Mike Groll for AP

Stranded cars in a Buffalo parking lot.

Stranded cars in a Buffalo parking lot. Source: Buffalo News

Aftermath of the Buffalo Blizzard.

Aftermath of the Buffalo Blizzard. Source: Buffalo News

Massive snowfalls pile up on a roof in Buffalo.

Massive snowfalls pile up on a roof in Buffalo. Source: Aaron Lynett for Reuters

Walking down a street, abandoned due to blizzard conditions.

Walking down a street, abandoned due to blizzard conditions. Source: Mike Groll for AP

A massive snowcloud descends onto Buffalo.

A massive snowcloud descends onto Buffalo. Source: Lindsay Dedario for Reuters

Man shovels out massive snowfall in Buffalo, NY.

Man shovels out massive snowfall in Buffalo, NY. Source: The Buffalo News

Snowfalls heavy enough to break down doors occurred in Buffalo.

Snowfalls heavy enough to break down doors occurred in Buffalo. Source: Reddit

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The heavy, lake-effect snow (totaling 85 inches in some areas) has led to abandoned vehicles, food shortages, accounts of looting, and at least 7 deaths. Warmer temperatures are making the cleanup effort a bit easier, but Buffalo city officials warn that flooding and roof collapses might soon follow.

The people of Buffalo are resilient to this bitter weather, however– there have been at least two reports of Buffalonians braving the blizzard with sleds packed full of cold beer. If that wasn’t enough to convince you of Buffalo’s unshakable character, here’s a video of two brave Buffalo residents surfing Lake Erie during the blizzard:

Can A No-Ransom Hostage Policy Really Save Lives?

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People were outraged when word of American aid worker Peter Kassig’s beheading hit the newsstands. Kassig was the third American citizen to be publicly beheaded by the ISIS militant group this year, raising a slew of questions and concerns about the validity and success of the United States’ no-ransom hostage policy, among other things. For better or worse, here’s a breakdown of the seemingly callous approach.

Peter Kassig No-Ransom Hostage Policy

Peter Kassig. Source: ABC News

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Tokyo From Above

Tokyo Aerial Photograph

One of the 47 prefectures of Japan, the most populous metropolitan area in the world almost looks serene from this vantage point.

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