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How to cope with the unique pain of synced menstrual cycles in quarantine

How to cope with the unique pain of synced menstrual cycles in quarantine

Quarantining during the coronavirus outbreak with my roommates was going well. I live with two friends from college, Madde and Nicole, and we planned out activities and shows to watch together.

Things in the outside world may have been very bad, but we did actually manage to make the best of the situation — until we all got our periods at the same time, and the energy in our apartment changed. 

Menstrual syncing is the idea that pheromones cause people who spend a lot of time together to get their periods at the same time. It’s a much-debated phenomenon, but there is no conclusive evidence to support it. Whatever the reason, my roommates and I have managed to get our cycles matched up, give or take a couple days. Read more…

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Twitter’s quarantine house meme is full of terrible roommates and hard choices

Twitter's quarantine house meme is full of terrible roommates and hard choices

The coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to hole up at home for weeks now, and cabin fever is sweeping the globe. Millions are climbing the walls, wistfully reminiscing about last year and wishing they were anywhere but where they are.

Being confined to your home for weeks on end tends to do a number on your mental health. However, a new Twitter meme reminds us that, for those whose homes are otherwise safe and comfortable, it could be much, much worse.

Twitter users have been compiling lists of (usually terrible) housemates, and asking each other to choose which group they would socially distance with if forced. It’s like 2019’s cafeteria meme, only instead of sitting with them for an hour you’re stuck with them for the foreseeable future. Read more…

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Neighborhood ‘bear hunts’ are an adorable cure for kids’ social-distancing boredom

Neighborhood 'bear hunts' are an adorable cure for kids' social-distancing boredom

With schools closing and people warned to stay home due to the coronavirus, parents and caregivers are working extra hard to keep their children engaged and not climbing the furniture. Fortunately it’s still safe to take brief, socially-distanced walks outside, provided there aren’t many others out and it’s done responsibly. 

Just be careful — there are bears out there.

To heighten the fun of these jaunts, and keep local community spirit alive, people around the world are putting stuffed toys in their windows for children to spot on “bear hunts.” 

It isn’t clear exactly where the trend started, but it’s gained momentum over the past few days. Read more…

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If you’re going to fake paying attention with Zoom backgrounds, make it a looping video

If you're going to fake paying attention with Zoom backgrounds, make it a looping video

As the coronavirus pandemic forces many of us with desk jobs to work from home, some people are getting creative with conference calls.

Zoom has become the go-to video platform for remote calls, online classes, and social distancing parties. Creative users figured out how to spice up their calls by changing their backgrounds. Rather than calling in from the same boring old bedroom, they can instead appear to call in from a tropical beach or the peak of a mountain. 

Others took it a step further, customizing their backgrounds with a photo of themselves so they seem like they’re present in a call while they’re really taking a midday nap.  Read more…

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