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This Is What Magic Mushrooms Do To Your Brain

People have some pretty wild experiences while on ‘shrooms, reporting everything from vivid hallucinations to spiritual awakenings to intense euphoria. But exactly what happens inside the brain to produce such a trip?

That’s the subject of a new video from the guys at ASAPScience.

According to the video, the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms is psilocybin, a compound that the body breaks down into a mind-altering substance called psilocin. To find out what it does to the brain, just check out the video above.

Scientists believe magic mushrooms and other psychedelics might have significant therapeutic uses for people with mental health problems like depression and PTSD. But scientists say more research is needed–and maybe a change in laws governing the use of the drugs.

As ASAPScience’s Mitchell Moffit says in the video, “Ultimately, scientists believe that the laws need to change around clinical testing of the drugs so advanced research can be executed to fully understand both the positive and negative effects that this ‘magic fungus’ has on our brain.”

15 Hangover Horror Stories That Will Make You Want To Never Drink Again

Should we call the ER?

The Hangover / Via Warner Bros.

Maybe two hours into my alcohol-induced slumber, I’m lying on my back, my eyes suddenly rip open, and I spew vomit into the air and SOMEHOW managed to turn my face to the side before it came back down so as to not get hit with a face full of vomit. I lay completely still for probably two to three minutes, trying to figure out da fuq just happened, and applauding myself for not waking my friend up. Until I heard her say from behind me, “Uhh, you want a towel?” A couple hours later I came out to her mom and her aunt, who were visiting, applauding me and offering me a joint.

Sometime after I got home the dog was in bed and I managed to vomit all the food I ate all over my bed/shirt/hair. When I woke up in the morning I realized that the dog had chewed the vomit out of my (then waist-length) hair only on the left side of my head. I had to drive my husband to help find his car from the night before and while doing so ended up pulling out handfuls upon handfuls of half-chewed-up hair. After trying to suppress vomit all day I had to go to the hairdresser and explain why half my hair was missing.

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My ‘F*ck You Fifties’


I remember, a few years ago, sitting in a parenting group with a dozen women in their forties, all of us with daughters in middle school. As we swapped parenting stories, sharing the inevitable girl drama, hurt feelings, rejection, and exclusion our daughters faced, we felt a little overwhelmed.

We felt a little sad, too, as memories of our own teen struggles surfaced — and, frankly, relieved that those difficult years had passed.

At some point, we wondered aloud: If we could go back in time, what would we want to say to our younger, teenage selves?

The near unanimous response? “It gets better.”

While even today, at 51, friendships still disappoint, here’s the difference: I know now that, for the most part, the deepest friendships survive. As for the others, well, maybe they were never solid enough to last.

With age comes perspective. If nothing else, my years of struggle and disappointment have taught me that things have been, and always could be, worse.

It’s in this spirit — motivated by writer Suzanne Braun Levine — that I am fully embracing my “F*ck You Fifties.” I’ve finally arrived to a place where I care less about living up to others’ expectations and more about being who I want to be.

I’m tired of regrets. Are there roads I wish I’d taken and choices I wish I hadn’t made? Absolutely. But I’ve stopped wringing my hands over those. I can’t undo the past, so I’m trying to live in the present.

I let very little drama into my life. I just don’t have the patience for the little things that used to bug me or the perceived slights that caused me to ruminate for days on end.

I’m a lot braver than I was in my youth, more willing to try new things and less worried about failure or rejection. From self-publishing a book to starting a blog, I’m looking for purpose beyond being a wife and a mother.

I’m defying my natural introversion by reaching out to interesting women and asking them to meet for coffee. I’m saying yes to spontaneous invitations to dinner or a lecture — and letting my husband and kids fend for themselves.

I’m joining a group of women I barely knew — now my friends — for a regular Estrogen Poker Night, learning Texas Hold ‘Em and betting with money for the first time.

And I’m making some bucket list dreams come true. Just last month, I jumped out of a plane.

With this new attitude come smaller, but still meaningful, changes too. Where once I was concerned with appearance above all else, I now live in my comfy leggings and oversized sweaters.

While I’m busy saying yes to new experiences, I’m also allowing myself to say no more often. Whether it’s not answering the phone during dinner or declining invitations to tedious gatherings, if I don’t feel like doing something — and I don’t need to — I take a pass.

This goes for people, too. If spending time with someone leaves me feeling worse about myself, I’m done.

And my filter is going. Don’t “old people” drive you crazy with all the inappropriate things they say? Well, with each passing year, I find myself just saying what comes to mind.

But that’s not all bad. In fact, it’s allowed me to be a lot more generous with compliments, even to strangers. In the past I’d think “wow I really like the way she did that.” Now, I find myself saying it out loud.

While my “F*ck You Fifties” have caused my teen daughters some embarrassment (so, what else is new?), I hope they’ll find themselves in the exact same place in 30 years.

So to all you young women, let me say it again: It does get better. And one day, like me, you’ll end up in the “F*ck You Fifties,” and you won’t want to look back.

You’ll be having too much fun playing poker and saying crazy shit.

Earlier on Huff/Post50:

The ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit Just Revealed How Much Money Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, And T.I. Made

robin thicke and pharrell williams

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If you haven’t been keeping up with the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit, here’s a quick refresher (or just skip to the next paragraph for the dollar amounts). Marvin Gaye’s family contends the song is too similar to “Got to Give It Up”, while Pharrell Williams and T.I. haven’t said much and human Ken doll Robin Thicke contends he was too high to be blamed and we should all point the finger at Pharrell and Beethoven instead. It turns out Thicke’s stiff doll arms can move well enough to throw Pharrell under the bus.

And now, the money. According to court proceedings unearthed by The Wrap, “Blurred Lines” has earned $16,675,690 so far, and that’s not including an additional $8 million in publishing revenue and nearly $12 million in Thicke’s tour earnings. Of the almost $16.7 million in main earnings, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams each received over $5 million, T.I. made over $700,000, and their record labels (Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, and Star Trak) split the nearly $6 million remainder.

Nancie Stern, the vice president of Quincy Jones’ music publishing business, testified that, had “Got To Give It Up” been licensed for “Blurred Lines” in the first place, Gaye’s family would likely have been offered 50 percent ownership. That may or may not include a chunk of the publishing revenue and tour earnings.

The court papers also reveal what Universal Music Group claims to have spent on promoting “Blurred Lines”. The company’s Senior VP of Finance Jason Scott Gallien testified the song cost over $6.5 million in overhead (9.6 percent of the company’s expenses). That’s a lot of Beetlejuice suits.

Pharrell Williams and T.I. are set to take the witness stand later today. We’ll keep you posted if anybody wears a funny hat.

Via The Wrap


by Barbara Johnson Paul McCartney finally reacted this morning to the controversial declarations made last Wednesday by his former bandmate, Ringo Starr, during an interview with the Hollywood Inquirer. Ringo alleged that the “real” Paul had died in 1966 and had been replaced by a look-alike named Williams Shears Campbbell, a claim which Paul

This Rare “Alien-Like” Goblin Shark Has Been Found Off The Coast Of Australia

The Australian Museum showed off the specimen in a video uploaded at the weekend.

Someone has claimed the rarely seen shark is “beautiful”. What do you think?

Have you ever seen a goblin shark before? Do you want to? Great – watch this.

The Australian Museum showed off the specimen in a video uploaded at the weekend.

The 1.26-metre-long shark was caught in a net by a trawler off Gabo Island in January, Sky News reported.

It was held at the Wharf Aquarium in Merimbula before being taken to the museum.

Australian Museum / Via

The Australian Museum said what made the rarely seen goblin shark so unusual was its “alien-like” jaw.

The Australian Museum said what made the rarely seen goblin shark so unusual was its "alien-like" jaw.

Mark McGrouther, the fish collection manager at the museum, told Agence France-Presse: “I suspect because it has got soft, flabby musculature, it doesn’t need much energy … so it will swim slowly over the bottom just using its snout like a metal detector.

“It will be sweeping over the bottom and when it detects a small fish, or a crab or a squid it will shoot those jaws out ‘wham’ and capture whatever it is.

“It will spear it with those sharp pointed teeth and then just wolf it down whole.”

Australian Museum / Via

McGrouther also said he thought the shark wasn’t hideous, but beautiful.

McGrouther also said he thought the shark wasn't hideous, but beautiful.

Australian Museum / Via

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Beck fan redirects visitors to website to Kanye West’s Wikipedia page

A self-confessed Beck fan who owns the URL has redirected all visitors to the site to Kanye West’s Wikipedia page.

Despite an apology from the rapper following his comments about Beck’s need to “respect artistry” following The Grammy Awards last month (February), it appears that fans of the artist have not forgiven West. Anyone currently visiting will find themselves on the Wikipedia page for West. ‘Loser’ was the name of Beck’s worldwide 1994 hit single.

CBC reports that the original URL was first registered by the telecommunications company Tucows in Toronto in 1995. Twitter user Amy Bustle Connelly (@AmyBustle) is claiming credit for being behind the prank. Connelly was approached for comment by NME but has yet to respond.

Yall…I’ve owned since Prince was on Appolonia…since OJ had Isotoners. Isn’t something I purchased to troll kanye— Amy Bustle Connelly (@AmyBustle) March 2, 2015

Bustle states that she owns the URL and has bragged online that she is responsible for the prank, linking to news coverage of the story.

However, one domain registar claims that the move could have been done not to spite Kanye West but to drive up the value of the URL. “I would imagine would make the top 10 sales if sold today, probably for around $500,000,” a spokeperson for Netristrat Ltd. told Metro. “It might even make 7 figures if bought by a big brand.”

Yes. And I’m saying that I am a golddigger…and would love to sell this domain— Amy Bustle Connelly (@AmyBustle) March 2, 2015

Johnny Depp joins Marilyn Manson on stage for ‘The Beautiful People’ performance

Johnny Depp continued his run of notable gig appearances by performing alongside Marilyn Manson in Brisbane on Friday night (February 27).

As reported by Noise 11, the actor played guitar on a rendition of Manson’s 1996 single ‘The Beautiful People’.

The pair are long-time friends and Depp has performed with Manson and his band numerous times in the past. They also worked together in 2012 on a cover Carly Simon’s 1972 hit ‘You’re So Vain’, with the Rum Diary star playing drums and lead guitar and Manson providing the vocals.

Depp is currently in Australia to film the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean movie and was spotted early this week at a Foo Fighters gig, also in Brisbane. He is due to perform at this September’s Rock In Rio festival in Rio De Janeiro alongside Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry as The Hollywood Vampires. But despite moonlighting as a musician, the 51-year-old has insisted he has no intention of ever making music into a second career.

“That whole idea for me is a sickening thing, it’s always just made me sick,” he told reporters at the Berlin premiere of his latest film Mortdecai in January. “I’ve been very lucky to play on friends’ records and it’s still going. Music is still part of my life. But you won’t be hearing The Johnny Depp Band. That won’t ever exist.”