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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises.
Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!
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In Sad Twist On Proud Tradition, Captains Let Others Go Down With Ship
For the second time in just over two years, a sea captain — first in Italy and now inSouth Korea — has been among the first to flee a sinking vessel, placing his own life ahead of those of his terrified passengers.
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Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders
KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) - A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow.
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Sometimes matzoh just isn’t enough.
Macaroni and Cheese
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Hope you get a high score.
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I think Bey would approve.
Transform boxed mac ‘n’ cheese – and more – with five ingredients or less. Mom would be so proud.
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a. Three-Ingredient Shepherd's Pie Topped with Ramen
Just add: Ground beef, onion, frozen peas.
Brown some ground beef, toss in chopped onions and peas, top with ramen – then stick everything in the broiler until the noodles are crisp. Get the recipe.
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b. Ramen with Fresh Veggies & Egg
Just add: Egg, mushrooms, green onions, spinach. (Optional: Sriracha or chili paste.)
Give this dish a fancy finish by carefully cracking an egg into the hot broth and letting it poach. Or, even easier? Crack an egg, break the yolk, and slowly stir – you'll get instant egg ribbons, like in egg drop soup. Get the recipe.
And the facial hair made all the difference…
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A.k.a. WONDERPOTS, a.k.a. the thing to make on that night when you Just Can’t.
One-Pan Enchilada Pasta
Not all about bunnies laying eggs, after all.
So, after Jesus was crucified he was put in his own tomb.
(Very nice accommodations.)
THEN SUDDENLY a violent earthquake struck and everyone was like, "WHAT'S THAT? WHO'S THERE?"
“I was a little pressured,” he said. “Everybody expected me to do it.”
A York, Penn. high school student tried to create a night to remember when he asked Miss America Nina Davuluri to prom during a school assembly, but was instead given a three-day suspension.
Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves.
The Central York High School senior had already been told by administrators not to perform the stunt, which was rumored to be happening during the assembly.
"At that point in time, it was 10 minutes before the presentation, and I was pretty much set to do it," Farves told the York Dispatch. "I was a little pressured. Everybody expected me to do it. I'm the kind of person who, if someone says I won't do something, I'll prove people wrong. I will."
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Despite the warnings, the 18-year-old got up the nerve to ask the beauty pageant winner to prom in front of the whole student body, even bringing a plastic flower to her on stage.
She laughed after Farves ran up to her and asked her to take a selfie with him.
"Maybe later," the 24-year-old New Yorker replied.
After asking her to the dance, Farves broke out in a little jig.
You’ll remember these songs forever, so make ‘em count.
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Classic Wedding Processional Songs
1. Johann Pachelbel, "Canon in D"
2. Johann Sebastian Bach, "Air on the G String"
3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Andante"
4. Claude Debussy, "Clair de Lune"
5. Johann Sebastian Bach, "Sleepers Awake"
6. George Frideric Handel, "Air"
7. Richard Wagner, "Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)"
8. Johann Sebastian Bach, "Arioso"
9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "March of the Priests (from The Magic Flute)"
10. Ennio Morricone, "Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission soundtrack)"
Fact: No one does an Easter Egg Hunt better than Jiff the fluffy pom.
Jiff the Pomeranian stopped by outside BuzzFeed to host an Easter Egg Hunt for the Animals team.
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He surveyed the land to see where the best hiding spots were and hid eggs around the park, each complete with a special task.
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If we found the eggs and completed the assignments, we were promised a big surprise from Jiff. And so we set off to our scavenger hunt!
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“Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.”
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2. "If" by Rudyard Kipling
"When I was growing up, my dad had a beautiful calligraphy copy of the poem on his bedroom wall, given to him by his father. Before we could read, he would read it to us, and once we began reading he encouraged us to practice by reading it aloud to him at night. The second stanza is the first part of anything I ever memorized. Dad not only had us read from it, but would ask us what we thought it meant. It's got such a beautiful message of how to deal with life and those around you, how to temper yourself but not lose your joy. When I was a kid, my dad would change the last line for me and my sister to 'and what's more, you'll be a woman my daughter' and that just meant the world to me because yes, you can do all these things that a century ago made you a 'man' but you can own them as a woman."
3. "Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note" by Amiri Baraka
"Really incredible poem. For me, it's a perfect metaphor for feeling stuck in life, and learning how to push past that feeling. Everyone, at some point in their life, has felt this sort of sourceless sense of existential dread that comes along with routine. This poem captures that feeling, and reminds the reader to find joy and redemption in small moments."
4. "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
"This 'Poetry Alive!' group came to our middle school, and they did this awesome reading of 'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe. We'd read it in class but I didn't really understand it fully until I heard it read out loud, and it was just so morbidly strange and sad. It was the first time I took genuine interest in a poem — I'd always thought they were dry and difficult to relate to before that. I used it to audition for my first play in high school."
5. "I Remember" by Anne Sexton
"Newly into my twenties, this poem was a perfect picture of how even simple, fleeting love could be really powerful and beautiful — and worth remembering."
6. "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
"The first time I read this poem I was still a young girl, trying to figure out who I was and frankly what the hell was happening to my body. Maya Angelou made me feel like who I was becoming — a woman — was something very special, ancient, and wonderful. I physically remember breathing out and sitting up just a little bit taller because of her words."
7. "Out, Out" by Robert Frost
"A Frost poem changed my life. It is called 'Out, Out' and it is about a farm boy who accidentally cuts his hand off with a buzz saw and dies. It reminds us of the extraordinarily short duration of life and the related denial we must impose upon ourselves to avoid all-consuming despair."
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8. "Lady Lazarus" by Sylvia Plath
"They made us read Plath in high school and I immediately became obsessed with her. This particular poem I read when I was going through a rough, dark, teenage time and it felt like someone got how I was feeling."
10. "A Pity. We Were Such a Good Invention" by Yehuda Amichai
"I love this poem by the Israeli writer Yehuda Amichai, which spoke to me immediately because I often dated people my parents disapproved of and I like to blame them for all of my problems."
11. "The Healing Improvisation of Hair" by Jay Wright
"Jay Wright's poem is the first poem that I read with hair in its title. It was 2009, and the context of the moment is this: How the hell do I write about hair, my hair? I was a MFA student, working in the jazz library on campus, and at the time I wanted the first section of my thesis to be about hair, symbolism for so much especially personal power. "The Healing Improvisation of Hair" came into my inbox like a voice from a burning bush. It was a powerful encounter on levels beyond language. I was blessed and bothered by this poem. Blessed by its beauty and bothered by the same as with any saving grace."
—Zahra Marie Darby
12. "Changing Everything" by Jane Hirshfield
"After a breakup, I found this poem that I still have up on my wall. Every time I read it it reminds me that the decisions that change my life the most were not always the ones that looked the most significant to anyone else."
13. "What I Am" By Terrance Hayes
"This poem came into my life when I was having my most difficult time in college. I was black as hell in the middle of the whitest winter in the whitest state I know, Wisconsin. I was feeling so othered, like being a black man was the strangest thing on the planet, but it was the only truth I knew. This poem made me feel normal in its everydayness. In this poem, I was reminded that I am not an oddity, that life is as complicated as it is lovely, and just because the world around me may not know what I am, that doesn't mean that I am not whole."
Do you know what they call a quiz in Paris?
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It’s rest-ercize. Halfway between yoga and a nap.
This Butt-Sculpting Lift
The movement is incredibly small but effective. Directions here.
These Leg Spinners
Work those abs. More here.
Liiiift! Then rest forever. See how here.
Bonus: This leg toner also helps prevent varicose veins! Directions here.
Sugar, da da da da da da.
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At least it was a clean break.
One minute, you're walking along through life, trying to figure out what it is you're going to do for dinner — maybe you'll be really ambitious and buy a cookbook, or maybe you'll just order Chinese food because that other thing sounds like a lot of work. Maybe you're just sitting in a coffee shop, minding your own business, playing your favorite game. My personal favorite is called "Let's Lie to Everybody!" and the rules are very simple: When someone asks you what you're doing with your life, you say, "I'm working on a screenplay!" It's a lie. You aren't.
Or maybe you're in the shower, listening to your boyfriend brush his teeth — because you're so close that you can both be in the bathroom at the same time — thinking about how great it is that your ingrown toenail has sorted itself out. Then your boyfriend pointedly clears his throat. He finishes brushing his teeth. He says, "Look," clears his throat again, and breaks up with you. While you're in the shower.
"Oh my, wait, this can't actually be happening, can it? This is something that only happens in Forgetting Sarah Marshall," you say to yourself as your boyfriend breaks up with you while you're in the shower. "I was gonna order Chinese food," you whisper, stark naked and dripping wet, standing in front of your boyfriend who just broke up with you while you were in the shower. Then he starts to pack his duffel bag. He starts to leave with all of his worn-out T-shirts that you really love sleeping in, and you're just not ready to part with those T-shirts. You're just not ready.
You try bargaining with him, naked. "Chinese food! I'll pay! Totally on me!" But he doesn't want to do that because he thinks that eating dinner together after breaking up would be inappropriate, and also, you are naked. You start threatening him. "If you leave now, I will make sure the Chinese food place knows that you broke up with me while I was in the shower and they won't ever serve you again!" And then he's gone. And the shirts are gone.
You don't move for a while. You stand there, air-drying, not quite sure what to do. You wonder for a brief moment if you're dead. You move your arm, but suddenly realize that that thing isn't your arm anymore. Maybe it was your arm before your boyfriend broke up with you while you were in the shower, but surely in this brave new world, there are no arms. There isn't anything. There's just this numb pit where your stomach used to be. "At least it was a clean break," you say to the empty room, and expect to laugh. But you don't.
Then your phone goes off, and suddenly you're alive and you have arms and you're vaulting yourself across the room. It's a text from Your Boyfriend Who Broke Up with You While You Were in the Shower! "I left some old takeout in the fridge, you're welcome to eat it. Sorry." You realize that eating his old takeout is the closest you'll ever come to having dinner with him again, and in that moment, your heart splits.
Some days you wake up and you're fine, then you see a romantic Verizon advertisement plastered on the side of a bus and you turn into a human black hole of despair. You walk out of your apartment on St. Patrick's Day and it smells like beer, and Your Boyfriend Who Broke Up with You While You Were in the Shower drank beer sometimes, so you cry. You've become prone to these random, irrational crying sessions in public. When that happens you usually duck into a Starbucks and start cleaning the condiments table to distract yourself. Inevitably, one of the employees asks you what you're doing, and you leave. You're running out of Starbucks locations close to your apartment.
You used to be terrified of construction sites, but now you begin walking under them on purpose, fingers crossed that something will fall and your injury will serve as an excuse for feeling this way. You try to go to the gym, but suddenly you realize how depressing your entire iPod is. You'd think you have clinical depression if you didn't already know that you have clinical depression. You watch Something's Gotta Give three times in a row and begin to feel that maybe Diane Keaton is your spirit animal, so you buy a bowler hat. You wear it once and take it back. You start watching the It Gets Better campaign videos and pretend that they were made specifically for you and not at-risk gay teens. You stop showering. The shower is where the bad things happen.
Thankyou, Portuguese Navy.
The Portuguese Navy tried to launch an experimental drone in a ceremony at Lisbon Naval Base on Wednesday. It... didn't quite work out.
Defence Minister José Pedro Aguiar-Branco, who was at the drone's launch ceremony, commented that it showed why it was "necessary to invest a lot in training".
Let's look at that from another angle.
Man dressed as a ninja throws plane in harbour. Textbook.
In fairness, as the video shows, the UAV did eventually take flight on a second attempt.
Hallelujah for fluffy, baked eggs that can feed everyone you love by the dozens.
When two minutes can feel like a decade.
2. I really hope there's no line.
3. Of course there's a line.
4. Wasn't I here 10 minutes ago?
5. I have the smallest bladder.
6. This is starting to be a problem.
7. I didn't need that fourth cup of coffee/beer/soda/juice.
8. You can't die from holding it in too long can you?
9. I should probably see a doctor.
10. Oh right, that's kidney stones…
11. WAIT that sounds terrible.
12. I'm probably missing out on something cool right now.
13. I wonder if my friends are talking about me?
14. Oh god.
15. My friends definitely hate me.
16. This is taking years off my life.
17. What are they fucking doing in there?
18. Should I knock?
19. Nah, I'll look like an asshole.
20. I'll look like a bigger asshole if no one is in there.
21. OK, I'll knock lightly so they know I'm here.
22. Maybe they didn't hear it. I'll knock louder.
23. OK, NOW I'm an asshole.
24. Shit, I might piss myself.
25. Should I just piss myself?
26. That would probably be nice and warm.
27. Babies do it.
28. But then I'd have to do laundry.
29. I probably have to do laundry anyway.
30. Fuck that. I can hold it.
31. Who's this asshole trying to cut the line?
32. I'll stab anyone that skips the line.
33. I've never seen an attractive person wait in line for the bathroom.
34. Now that I think about it I've never seen an attractive person in line for anything.
35. I bet Sting never has to use the bathroom.
36. I feel like I'm going to explode.
37. Please no one talk to me.
38. Stop thinking about TLC's "Waterfalls."
39. That's a dope song though.
40. Maybe I'll just go pee outside in an alley.
41. Why don't more people pee outside. Dogs do it.
42. Never mind I can't afford getting a ticket.
43. Why did I wear a belt today?
44. Is it socially acceptable to unbutton my pants while I wait?
45. Why can't I just ignore it like when I have to poop?
46. Don't fart. Don't fart. Don't fart.
47. This place needs more bathrooms.
48. What the fuck is wrong with this person?
49. DON'T THEY KNOW OTHER PEOPLE ARE HERE?
50. What's taking so long?
51. Did someone die in there?
52. There should be separate lines for pooping and peeing.
53. I bet hell is just a really long bathroom line.
54. Was that a flush?
55. Seriously, is anyone in there?
56. Waiting for things should be illegal.
57. This is getting awkward.
58. I feel like crying.
59. Wait, I am crying.
60. [ponders every failure in life]
61. Pull yourself together.
62. I've only been here for 3 minutes?!?!?!
63. OK, that was definitely a flush.
64. HERE WE GO.
65. How long can someone wash his or her hands for?
66. YOUR HANDS ARE DRY DUDE COME ON!!!!!!
67. I'm gonna give this person a piece of my mind.
68. Maybe, I'll just give them the stink eye.
69. The people behind me are so lucky I'm a pro pisser.
70. This is gonna be the best 12 seconds of my life.
“I don’t care what nationality somebody is, I don’t care how tall somebody is, I don’t care how big or small they are. A person is beautiful because they are true to themselves.”
We invited members of the blind community to describe what beauty looks like to them. Their responses might change the way you see things.
Many people view beauty as something you see with your eyes, but when you can't see beauty, you have to feel it. Whether it's the beauty in simplicity...
Or the ones you love, there's so much more out there than what we can see.
Patrick Stewart and Bryan Singer on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past
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Bryan Singer will not be doing any press to support his upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past, BuzzFeed has learned from sources with knowledge of the situation.
The decision is perhaps an obvious one in the wake of the legal nightmare Singer has found himself in, after a federal lawsuit was filed accusing the filmmaker of using drugs and alcohol to force a teenage boy to have sex with him in 1999. Singer has vehemently denied the allegations through his lawyer Martin Singer (no relation), who calls the claims made against Singer "completely fabricated."
Yesterday, BuzzFeed learned Singer would no longer attend the fan convention WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif. — X-Men: Days of Future Past producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg is stepping into Singer's press obligations for that event. But Jeff Herman, the attorney who filed the lawsuit against Singer on behalf of his client Michael Egan, said yesterday at a press conference that more lawsuits will be filed on the matter next week. This story is not going away any time soon, and although Singer did direct the first two X-Men movies in 2000 and 2003, he is a director for hire in the seventh film in the $2.3 billion franchise that stars Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence. Any public appearances Singer could make on behalf of the film would be overwhelmed by the lawsuit, which would be bad for Singer and the film itself.
20th Century Fox did not offer any comment.
With a budget of $200 million, Days of Future Past is one of the biggest films in Singer's career, which is in a precarious position after his last film, last spring's stinging box office belly-flop Jack the Giant Slayer. The film opens in North America on May 23; for the foreseeable future, the best thing Singer can do for the movie and himself is not talk at all.
Correction: This article initially stated that X-Men: Days of Future Past had a reported budget of $225 million. BuzzFeed has learned that the budget was in fact $200 million.