At this point, it’s common knowledge that vaccines haven’t been linked with autism. Doctors have checked and checked again, but nothing credible has ever come up.
Still, there are people who identify as ‘anti-vaxxers’ and decline to vaccinate their children. Now, in a packed Reddit thread, those peoples’ children have a few things to say about it.
Check out stories from 30 children of anti-vaxxers, who each feel quite different from their parents!
One redditor always thought they had been vaccinated—until their employer discovered otherwise.
I had an idea they were anti-vaxxers, but it was never confirmed.
They mentioned my younger brother wasn’t [vaccinated] but it was “justified” because we were living in the mountains of Montana and it was too far a drive to the Doctor.
I assumed I had been as I was born in civilization and we didn’t move to the hills until I was 3.
We were homeschooled, my older brother had trouble at college with his immunizations and Mom said all the paperwork was lost when they moved.
I was 30 years old and I was offered a job at a university helping train doctors, started getting paperwork asking for proof of vaccinations, I just said test me and give me whatever I need.
But I know I’ve had Chicken Pox.
Turns out I had nothing, no antibodies and I’d never had Chicken Pox either (Mom said I had). Lit up both arms with a run of shots over the next 3 months.
Never forgot telling my boyfriend and he yelled “You’ve been to Mexico, TWICE, and Europe. Oh my god.”
Called my mom and said “Hey I’m getting a job and they say I’ve never been vaccinated. Was I?”
She got very defensive and said no, she hated making us cry as babies and they’re bad for little kids.
Also, did I really need them? She then tried to talk me out of them.
Since I know how they work I felt very okay letting her know I’d already started the process.
I’m so thankful for all of you protecting me until I found out. –sirenssong
This redditor, unfortunately, suffered the consequences of a disease for which a vaccine exists.
Mom got rubella when pregnant with me. As a result, I was born severely deaf so there ya go.
Life’s not the best. –strangeunluckyfetus
This person’s parent had to see them with measles to understand the importance of vaccination.
I got measles, as a 22-year-old, in my first week of moving to London.
I’d previously lived up north, and on my first day of working immediately after finishing uni, I began feeling lethargic. By the second day, I felt pretty bad but soldiered on.
Third day, I began taking (fairly effective) painkillers for the remainder of the week. Saturday, attended a local fair, after taking my morning painkiller.
Had a bottle of beer with my dad and felt very strange afterward, almost floaty but in a kinda bad way.
Decided to stop taking the painkillers, woke up with a raging fever and intense coughing on Sunday.
Hobbled out of bed, feeling dizzy and horrible and noticed in the mirror of the bathroom that I looked like an Oompa Loompa (red splotchy rash all over).
My step mum had been feeling similar symptoms that week, she decided to call an ambulance, who checked both of our conditions and turned out I had a raging (41c) fever and low oxygen.
They took me to A&E and I was given fluids via a drip.
Later, my step mum came in and was given the same treatment; the doctor on call said it’d probably be a general viral infection.
At home, took the week off work and recovered. Step mum took off two weeks. She went back to A&E a couple of days after; the doctor on duty immediately spotted that it was measles.
Thing is, in England if you get it, an organization called Public Health England has to be legally informed by your doctor, which informs your workplace about your illness.
Cue an embarrassing email being sent by your new boss to everyone in your company before you’ve even met most of your colleagues.
Took a while to recover. In a week I felt well enough to be out and about. You’re only infectious when you have the rash (and a little before and after).
I still felt out of whack for several weeks. This happened in July, and I didn’t feel quite fully recovered until October or so.
Obviously, neither myself or my step mum had been vaccinated with the MMR. My dad and sisters had had it as children. We immediately got both jabs, after we were told how painful mumps could be.
Strongly recommend everyone gets the MMR vaccine. It’s straightforward and time-honored.
Measles is unpleasant and can cause complications in adults. My intense coughing almost certainly caused some lung damage, and my hair just kind of… fell out in the months following.
My graduation ceremony was a couple of weeks after this. My actual mum saw how ill measles had left me and changed her mind on vaccinations.
Shame it had to be that way, though. –AdamJay26
It’s a good thing medical professionals are often ready to help kids of anti-vaxxers, even later in life than usual.
My parents chose not to vaccinate my sister and me. They have some… unique ideas about science and medicine.
We were also homeschooled if that clarifies anything.
We both wound up volunteering at hospitals at different points in our lives, so we had to get caught up anyway. For me, it was at age 20, for an internship at a mental health facility.
It was a little awkward explaining to the nurse why I had nothing on my record, but she was understanding overall.
My big concern now is what will happen when I get around to having children of my own in a few years.
I think they’ll see me as a bad mother if I get them vaccinated, so I’m anticipating some fireworks. –Arihagne
This redditor’s struggle wasn’t for their own vaccination, but their parents’.
I was vaccinated when I was a baby as part of a mandatory vaccination program in the Soviet Union, but my parents wouldn’t vaccinate/get boosters after we moved to the States.
My family is pathologically distrustful of doctors and medication of any kind and prefers homeopathy and alternative medicines.
I didn’t realize I wasn’t fully vaccinated until I went in for a physical in college.
Up till then, I’d just assumed I’d been fully vaccinated in Russia (Because that’s what my parents told me).
I got all my shots up to date and I just never mentioned it to my parents.
Their anti-medicine stance has softened as they age, but I generally avoid the topic because I can’t handle their bullshit and it never goes anywhere anyway.
That said, I had a baby this past December in the middle of a really bad flu season and I told my parents that they weren’t allowed to see the baby until they could produce proof of a flu shot (this is absolutely something they’d lie about, so yes, I demanded written proof).
They both got one as soon as they realized I was serious. –Kookalka
Next up, another redditor gave their parent the same choice…and the answer wasn’t so peaceful.
This person’s mother had a different answer to the ‘get vaccinated for my baby’ ultimatum.
I said the same thing, and my mum opted not to see the baby for 3 months. Bizarre life choices.
Ultimately she hasn’t had a lot to do with raising her grandson, which might be for the best.
To her credit, she is honest. –actuallyarobot2
When in doubt, go with science.
I was not vaccinated as a child because my mother thought vaccines were evil, unchristian, and other ridiculous things.
This was in the early ’80s before all the autism BS, but she had her own unique theories. I got myself vaccinated when I went to university.
My mother was disappointed and wanted to write a letter to the school explaining her religious views on vaccines (as she had done for years to keep me exempt), but I decided to go with science. –squeezymarmite
Even a medical degree didn’t change this redditor’s anti-vaxxer parents.
I didn’t receive any vaccinations through childhood due to my parents’ beliefs.
Once I got to college, I did my own research on them, learned the actual science behind them, and got all vaccinations.
I then went to medical school, and yet they still don’t believe me and my medical degree regarding vaccinations.
Holidays can get awkward. –guardian528
Starting college without your vaccines adds an extra few hurdles.
When I was 19, I had to get some vaccines in order to start college, and my mom was NOT helpful.
First, she tried to get me exempt from the vaccines, and when that didn’t work, she sent me into the clinic (alone) with completely false/outdated info.
I was super embarrassed when the nurses looked at my notes and told me that none of it was correct.
But luckily they helped me figure out what I needed and didn’t shame me too much for not having a previous vaccination record. A couple years later I went back in to get the rest of the recommended vaccines.
My sister had her first kid (and the first grandbaby) last year, and our mom has been pushing her not to vaccinate. Fortunately, my sister has chosen to vaccinate.
She still is trying to get us to watch a documentary about it to change our minds.
Now all us kids just don’t talk to our mom about vaccines because it always turns into an argument. –itsshamefulreally
And the process of applying to college is hard enough without parents interfering.
[My mom] sabotaged me getting into the college I wanted simply because they did not accept religious exemptions and she couldn’t trick any doctors into signing a health exemption.
I wanted to go do it myself, but they were through accepting applications by then, and I was desperate to go to some college, so I found a different one. –eXpialidocious_
On the next page, one child of the anti-vaxxers has a response to an anti-vaccination “documentary” that made the rounds a few years ago.
There’s an anti-vaccination film called ‘Vaxxed’ (made by an ex-doctor whose license was revoked), and these redditors are NOT about it.
We had our first child at the very beginning of the year and had to tell my father that since he won’t get vaccinated, he won’t be able to see his grandbaby until the baby gets their shots.
The baby had their first round of shots a few months ago, and my father can now visit. It pained me to do that, and I know it pained him, but I was not putting my child at risk for his choice.
This last weekend we visited my father. At the end of the visit, he handed me Vaxxed.
He knows our feelings on the matter – preventable diseases should be prevented, herd immunity protects those most at risk, autism is not caused by vaccines.
It’s just… disrespectful.
I know he thinks he’s trying to protect his grandson from harm, but it’s coming from the completely wrong direction, and no one can seem to change his opinion on the matter. –humplick
More often than not, anti-vaxxer parents are trying to protect their kids—until they realize where the real danger is.
My mum didn’t get the measles vaccination because at the time she thought it caused autism; she was kinda one of the first anti-vaxxers, wrote to papers about it everything.
Anyway, a girl in our social group caught meningitis and died, basically freakishly uncommon.
After that, mum was really scared the same thing could happen to me with any disease and basically begged me to get up to date with my shots.
I guess the main takeaway is that when my mum was younger and inexperienced, she thought everything was a danger; she honestly thought she was doing best by me, I guess. –bellend_bellend
This redditor’s mother eventually turned it around herself!
My parents didn’t give us the whooping cough vaccine under the advisement of our pediatrician.
I actually didn’t know this until last year, so I went and got vaccinated on my mom’s recommendation. She wrote my siblings and me the following email to bring it up:
As a parent, you are bound to make many mistakes.
For me, not having the advantage of younger siblings, the internet, or (initially) many friends with babies, I think I learned to parent on the fly.
At the time, there seemed to be a compelling reason not to include the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine along with whatever else was the recommended protocol for infants under the age of one year.
I think we had read that it was one vaccine too many to be included in the series, and our first pediatrician felt strongly that it might have harmful side effects.
Gramps had told me that he remembered having whooping cough as a child, and although it was harrowing, he survived.
Draw your own conclusions here!
However, I would now hope that you all might consider following up with your doctors to see if you should be vaccinated now as adults.
Out of guilt, I’d be willing to sweeten the deal by paying for whatever isn’t covered by your healthcare. (Tetanus shots, flu shots, etc. aren’t a bad idea either, although you’re on your own there!)
Also, I want to apologize to [Sister], [Sister] and [Brother] for the time we went to the geneticist who took punch core samples of your skin for testing.
We had no idea–and there’s no excuse for our ignorance–that it would be a process painfully administered without anesthesia. I feel traumatized to this day, so I can’t imagine how awful it was for you.
I was reminded of those procedures recently when I heard Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, George Church tell his story on The Moth: My Life as a Guinea Pig.
I love you all dearly!
So, I didn’t get them on my own in contradiction to my parents’ decisions, but at their request, after they realized they had made a mistake. –affixqc
Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about concerns—they’ve done this many times before.
When my daughter was born, we were terrified of the mercury. We asked a doctor, who explained everything to us clearly.
The poor doc had that look though— “Oh shit, not this again”… –cat_of_danzig
In fact, this redditor got an idea of how much doctors have to explain the necessity of vaccinations.
When we had our first kid, we were shopping around for a pediatrician, and I was astounded how many doctors specifically told us they would only be our general doc if the children were vaccinated.
I had no idea how often they must have that conversation.
Apparently, in some places, the percent of anti-vaxxer parents is as high as 10%.
The number of parents who are reluctant to give their kids vaccines can be as high as 25%. –dsf900
Keep reading for a crazy story of how far one parent went to prevent their child from receiving certain types of medical attention.
Sometimes understanding takes a while, and now this redditor needs all their shots together.
My parents were very against it.
Never particularly vocal about it, but growing up, my schools would organize mass vaccinations for all the kids (MMR, etc.) and I was always mysteriously off sick those days.
My school never noticed, and I was always pretty happy as I have a terrible phobia of needles and never really understood the health implications.
I’ve never had any health problems, but I’ve had partners weirded out by it. I was dating one guy who didn’t want to go near me once he found out I hadn’t had any vaccinations. That felt odd.
Last year there was a measles outbreak at my university, and I was very nervous about it.
Called my parents for advice and their response? “Go get the vaccine.”
I’m guessing their opinions have changed over the years, but they’re too proud to say outright that maybe they were wrong and their children’s health could now be at risk.
About time I got the rest of them done! –1742587
This redditor’s mother was not only anti-vaccination, but anti-doctor altogether. It resulted in a medical emergency.
My mother is just plain crazy when it comes to medical topics, and thinks that hospitals and doctors only want your money.
So I was never vaccinated. For a little insight into the craziness, when I was 14, I was a breath away from dying from a burst appendix.
My mother refused to take me to the hospital despite the pain.
It was only when I started urinating blood that my father said he was taking me to the hospital. I was in and out of consciousness while he carried me to the car.
My mom physically fought him as he carried me.
I was medevaced to a larger hospital and had emergency surgery. The doctor told me in recovery that the infection was spreading to other organs, and my body was starting to shut down.
If it had been a couple of hours or more, it would have been too late.
Fast forward four years later when I joined the Army…the gauntlet of shots I received to get all the vaccinations was something else.
I literally walked almost naked down a row with multiple medical staff on each side poking me with needles everywhere as I was told to keep walking forward and not stop.
I am 35 now and feel just as healthy now as I did as a kid.
Never had any other issues except for a hernia from strenuous exercise. Vaccinations do more good than harm. –Kukulcan83
Lack of vaccination lead to a terrible bout of whooping cough for this redditor—and four siblings!
My parents used to not vaccinate me or any of my four siblings, but when I was like three years old me, and my siblings all came down with whooping cough.
It scarred my lungs, and I have yellow stains on my teeth because the high fevers cooked my adult teeth inside my head. My parents vaccinated us after that.
I am not and have never been mad or spiteful toward my parents for not vaccinating me.
They were just naive, and doing what they thought was best for my siblings and me. –Volcano_gurl
Herd immunity is the key to ridding ourselves of dangerous contagious diseases.
What people don’t understand about vaccination is it isn’t just there to protect the vaccinated.
It protects the “herd” (herd immunity); the people who can’t be vaccinated for whatever reason.
This is part of the reason being vaccinated if you’re able to be is so important. You’re not only protecting yourself.
You’re protecting those around you whose immune systems aren’t up to it and could be hugely negatively impacted by their fellow neighbors refusing for their own uneducated reasons. –hihelloneighboroonie
This child of anti-vaxxers has plenty of reason to discontinue tradition.
My dad was the anti-vaxxer, my mom was mostly ambivalent. Neither my brother or I were vaccinated at birth, and I didn’t get my shots until I turned 19.
My brother had to get a tetanus shot once when he was six, due to an injury. It burned my dad up for a while.
His reasoning was typical: he believed that the mercury in the vaccines would cause us to somehow develop autism.
My parents were also pretty hippy-dippy compared to most baby boomers, so they were concerned about chemicals and all that as well.
Jokes on them, though, because both my brother and I have [Aspergers] regardless of being unvaccinated.
It was always a pain in the ass whenever we had to do school-related paperwork or field trip stuff because my parents would have to produce a letter stating that it was their “religious right” to keep us “untainted” by vaccination (we were never a religious family).
I wasn’t a super sickly child (with a few exceptions), but my younger brother suffered a lot.
He got pneumonia when he was little, like 3-4. They had to keep him in the hospital and I remember my dad taking care of me at home while my mom stayed in the room with my brother.
About a year or two after that he got walking pneumonia and again was hospitalized.
He’s also allergic to damn near everything and has bad asthma now. He has epilepsy, and we both have chronic migraines.
I never had anything seriously life-threatening in terms of illness, but there was a nearly yearlong period where I had strep throat almost every other week.
I should have had my tonsils out (they wanted to intubate me at one point but for whatever reason changed their minds?), but my dad threw a fit about having any surgeries performed.
I also developed shingles when I was 13, which my father initially treated as poison ivy and left mostly untreated until my mother intervened.
I still have little to no feeling on swatches of the left side of my body from the blister scars. That sucked.
I did, however, have to get my vaccinations when I turned 18 and enrolled in college. He was not pleased about that, and actually, we didn’t talk for almost a year because of my decision to get vaccinated.
Eventually, we worked things out, but it took a while. I’ll be vaccinating any children I may have in the future, though.
Tl;dr: wasn’t vaccinated until I chose to do so myself as a legal adult bc parents were afraid of autism.
My brother and I were sick a lot as a kid, with some really preventable and stupid illnesses. I plan on vaccinating any children I have. –Larktoothe
Keep reading to see how one member of Reddit shut down their family’s objections like a boss!
Here’s how one redditor put it to their anti-vaxxer grandpa:
My grandpa is convinced on the whole vaccines cause autism thing.
When I was pregnant with my first kid, he harped on it so much until I finally said, “it doesn’t cause autism, but even if it did I would still do it. I’d rather have an autistic kid than a dead one.”
Shut him up fairly well. –HCGB
This child of anti-vaxxers changed their mind about it after seeing the effects first-hand.
My mom is against vaccines, and I grew up in a very anti-vaccine school and was treated by homeopathic and holistic doctors.
I used to believe all that. Then I started med school and changed my mind to “vaccines aren’t bad, but they aren’t necessary.”
Then I did a rotation at a pediatric hospital in the neurological area. That was a huge eye opener!! Meningitis is an awful disease, and anti-vaxxers never talk about it.
The children I saw were the ones that survived and had brain damage afterward.
It was awful to see kids that could have had a perfectly normal life to end up like that. –anesthesiagirl
This redditor got their MMR vaccine in the nick of time.
My parents were against the MMR vaccination as my older brother was diagnosed with Aspergers shortly after he received it.
I’m the youngest child and so never got the jab, even though mumps actually caused my mum to go half deaf as a teenager.
It always made me uncomfortable knowing I wasn’t protected and I was of a strong mind to do it eventually, but of course it’s hard going against your parents’ beliefs when they felt so strongly at what had happened to them.
To me it felt like a form of denial of the autism in the family, which they see as much worse than it is—my brother is an amazing guy, and they should give him more credit.
Before you go to Uni you have to get a meningitis jab; while I was at the doctor’s, the doctor suggested giving me the MMR.
I told her my parents were against it and she said she’d give it to me now and then in a few months I could tell them and prove that I was absolutely fine. So I did that.
A few months after receiving the full vaccination, my flatmate and close friend got diagnosed with rubella.
It spread all over her body causing glandular and scarlet fever, she spent over a month in the hospital and was in a fatal position.
If I hadn’t done it at that moment, I could’ve been in serious trouble. And rubella isn’t common here at all.
So if in doubt about going behind their backs, do it for yourself and your own safety, and that’s the only excuse you need. –lazyswayz
Pro tip: protect yourself from cancer wherever you can.
When the HPV vaccine came out, there was a bunch of stories on the news about girls having poor reactions to it, getting seizures, comas.
Most of it nonsense, but my mother saw the news stories and chose not to get me vaccinated. But then, right after college I had a brief bout of thyroid cancer and decided I would take every precaution I could to not get more cancer.
So I got the shots. I think at the time I didn’t tell my mom, but afterward, it came up.
She was more huffy than anything else, and defended her thoughts at the time, but accepted my decision and reasoning. –xrf_rcc
This redditor caught three diseases that could have been prevented with one shot.
My parents never explicitly said they were anti-vaccine to me, but I was never vaccinated as a child.
I actually caught Measles, Mumps, and Rubella on separate occasions, luckily diagnosed quickly enough to not cause any major health implications long term, but still a pretty miserable experience each time.
So yeah, thanks for that. –otto82
Finally, read up on the next page about one redditor’s reliance on ‘herd immunity’ (and family troubles because of it), plus an Autistic person’s response to anti-vaxxer concerns.
One redditor can’t even visit the in-laws.
I am immunosuppressed due to transplant, and my husband’s side of the family are anti-vaxxers.
I don’t think they believe I’m serious about not attending family gatherings ever again.
I know I can bump into a nonvaccinated person by just being out in public, but if I can avoid a known risk, I’m going to do it.
Thank you, everyone, who’s had their shots for helping keep me alive and healthy!! –auntiepink
Tragedy turned this redditor’s mom into an anti-vaxxer.
My story is a bit complex. My mother is an avid anti-vaxxer, but didn’t become that way until after my late sister died.
She blamed the vaccines she got a few weeks before her death (she was 3 months old) for it, instead of the SIDS tragedy it was.
My next youngest sibling was ‘allergic’ to eggs, and so didn’t get any vaccines until she was 8, after my parents were divorced and we had to move to a new state with new laws.
My two youngest siblings have never been vaccinated against anything. –MomentoMoriBenn
Even if vaccinations and autism were linked (they aren’t), autistic people are here to tell us it’s not the worst thing that could happen.
As an autistic person here as well it hurts to know that so many parents think it’s the worst possible thing that could happen to their child.
I would think dying of measles ranks a bit higher on that scale. –el1414
This redditor had a scare after a childhood of anti-vaccination rhetoric.
My mom had a child who became brain damaged during birth due to a hole in the umbilical cord.
She became convinced that there was some malpractice cover-up and gradually that all of medicine is one big conspiracy.
I stopped getting vaccines around 10 due to a mysterious ailment I had that turned out to be recurrent benign positional paroxysmal vertigo.
For some reason, doctors couldn’t figure it out and thought I had brain cancer.
My mom became convinced it was vaccine-related, and claimed she “traced my vaccine” and it was a “bad batch” that had killed a boy who got it.
I stopped getting vaccines and turned in forms to school every year claiming “personal objection” exemption from all vaccines from that point on.
I ended up deciding to become a biomedical scientist and enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
The Hep B vaccine was recommended for all students, and I received the first course of the vaccine…and then mentioned it to my mom.
She FLIPPED OUT.
She told me she couldn’t believe I would do something so stupid, and that there were so many bad reactions I could have and they didn’t all happen immediately.
I started reading horror stories online about bad Hep B shot reactions. And I panicked.
I really thought I may have done something really stupid.
This was pretty ironic since I was in a science Ph.D. program, but I was still making sense of what part of my childhood brainwashing was true and still coming to my own belief system.
In my hesitation/uncertainty, I failed to get the next dose of the Hep B shot in the required time window. I did intend to get it, but I forgot about it in the craziness of grad school.
Fast forward to my 3rd year; I was studying liver cancer and working with a liver cancer cell line called Hep3B.
I was reading the literature and stumbled on a paper that said that scientists had found that Hep3B cells are infected…with LIVE HEPATITIS B VIRUS.
That was really terrifying because I had been working with them for months and definitely had not taken the precautions you are supposed would take if you are working with active human pathogens.
The fact that I passed up a free HepB shot and could have stupidly contracted HepB really crystallized the importance of vaccines for me that day.
I didn’t ever have obvious symptoms of HepB, but nonetheless, I worried that I might have it up until I got pregnant with my daughter and tested negative during the prenatal tests.
Needless to say, my daughter has gotten 100% of her vaccines and will continue to. I chose for her a pediatrician who refuses to see patients who don’t get all of their vaccines on schedule.
I don’t even want to share a waiting room with unvaxxed kids. –the_real_dairy_queen
Some parents have selective hearing when it comes to vaccines.
My mum was completely against vaccinations.
I only got the MMR by mistake because they didn’t ask the parents – just lined us up outside the library and we went in one by one.
She was furious when I told her what had happened.
I caught whooping cough at age 34, and it was hell.
My partner hates her for putting me through that. I’ve since had a few vaccinations for travel, as has my younger sister.
Neither of us would ever tell our mother that we have had them though.
There was a slight hint a few years back, and she was already through the roof before my sister corrected herself and lied to cover the mention.
We will never tell her. –realbasilisk
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With so many tutorials flooding the Internet lately, you’d think people would have the hang of this DIY craft thing by now. They don’t. They’re still failing and it’s still hilarious.
We get that directions are sometimes hard to follow. It’s totally true that things rarely look the same as on the screen. Come on, though. Did these people even try?
Have a look, and a laugh, at some of the worst outcomes of best intentions we could find below. If your DIY project didn’t go as planned either, add it to our list below, because there’s no shame in failure if you at least put in 50% effort.
#30 It’s So Easy, They Said. Simply Squeeze And The Dino Egg Soap Will Come Out In One Piece, They Said
#69 Tried To Diy A Lightbulb Changing Stick. Mop. Rubber Glove. Tape. Bulb Got Stuck Going In. Fail Chandelier Was Born
#93 First Attempt At Making Homemade Snow Globes. Care Bear Seems Really Uncomfortable In His New Environment
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In what can only be described as a stoner frat bros dream come true, two trucks carrying beer and chips collided in an accident that shut down parts of I-95 in Florida.
As youll see in the photos, there were piles of crushed beer cans and bags of chips scattered on the side of the road. All we needed was some Top 40 bangers playing at top volume and it would have been a party.
And, as one would expect, there are some great jokes on Twitter about the seemingly predestined accident.
Fortunately, neither driver was severely injured (although the driver of the Busch Beer truck was ticketed for failing to stay in a lane), and no one was desperate enough to scrounge up the undamaged beer cans and chips. So, overall, a decent day in Florida.
Photo via @ValleyNewsLive/Twitter
2016 has taken so much from us: Brangelina, the orange and avocado shortages, and Kim K’s social media presence. Ever since she was (allegedly) robbed in Paris, Kim disapeared from Snapchat, Insta, Twitter, Facebook, her app, and Kik (but nobody uses that shit anymore, so who cares). Well yesterday our lives were blessed with the greatest miracle since lite beer: Kim Kardashian posted on Facebook.
But unlike a betch who has just come back from summer camp and shares all of her summer pics, Kim just did a bunch of promotional stuff. She did a lumee advertisement and a Steph Shep (read: a extra) blog post. Maybe Kris Jenner and her social media endorsements finally told Kim her vacation was over. But still, if this is a sign of things to come aka nude selfies, artsy photos of North and Reign, and another Snapchat takedown, I’m willing to be patient.
Update:Apparently the reason nobody seemed to go apeshit over this news is because Kim’s posts were taken down hours after they were put up. Someone told that the posts were “an error” and that Kim is still “figuring out when is the right time for her to come back.” In related news, Kim’s social media intern was definitely fired.
Mexican food has become one of the world’s favorite foods, and it’s easy to see why: It’s delicious, satisfying, exciting and affordable. However, some people may view Mexican food as fattening or unhealthy; I thought the same thing, and during my 30 years of struggling with my weight, I avoided Mexican food.
The truth is that when you know how to prepare healthy Mexican food, you will have found the effortless and delicious way to maintain weight, and even eat a balanced diet while burning fat, regaining your energy and helping to prevent diseases.
I was born and raised in Mexico City until I emigrated to the United States to attend Harvard Business School, graduating with an MBA.
I always had a busy life with no time to take care of my health. When I was stressed, I ate unhealthy food, and lots of it. The next day, I would eat nothing or very little until I could not resist my cravings for sugar and unhealthy foods.
For 30 years my weight was up, down, up, down, until diets stopped working and I found myself 60 pounds overweight. I also suffered from depression and health issues that no doctor could help me overcome. One day, I decided to go back to school to learn how to eat to get healthy, lose weight and feel great again.
I was very excited to discover that healthy Mexican food, the kind I grew up with, was the best way overcome the two things that were keeping me fat, sick and sad: my uncontrollable cravings for unhealthy food and the many negative effects of all those years of unhealthy eating.
With this powerful discovery in hand, I began writing my book, “The Mexican Food Diet.” I wanted to help people who wanted to lose weight or feel healthier without feeling hungry, deprived or bored with bland foods. This book is the perfect example of what I teach today in my programs: healthy eating that feels like cheating™.
The Mexican Food Diet™ has two primary objectives. The first goal is to replace cravings for unhealthy foods with cravings for delicious, nutritious and satisfying foods. The second goal is to give the body the nutrients it needs to fight inflammation and keep people healthy and happy.
Our featured Cinco de Mayo feast was created for maximized detoxification and effortless weight loss.
Margarita Detox Shooters
Think of this as a healthier version of the traditional Margarita which uses a lot of sugar in the form of syrups and mixes. In my version, I use 1.5 ounces of tequila and mix in 3 ounces fresh lemon juice, 3 ounces of fresh orange juice, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and 1 jalapeño (take out the seeds and the vein). My shooters are also loaded with vitamin C from the lemon and orange juices (25 percent of your daily requirements in 1 shooter) and antioxidants to boost the immune system and get healthier, younger-looking skin. I made them even healthier by adding chia seeds to provide fiber and protein. This Mexican grown seed also helps reduce the impact on blood sugar and insulin, which can prevent fat gain and disease.
Detox Blueberry Mole
Our main dish is a delicious nutritional powerhouse. Each serving provides significant amounts of 14 vitamins and minerals that are essential for optimal health and weight loss. My mole sauce can be a meal on its own. It has healthy protein and fats (almonds and pecans), healthy carbs and spices with detox and anti-inflammatory power (blueberries, hot peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onion, cinnamon), as well as high levels of fiber from the veggies and nuts. Eating balanced meals like this one helps you keep blood sugar and insulin at healthy levels, which will help you with appetite, weight loss, energy and mood.
I pair it with organic, pasture-raised chicken, but it would also be delicious on fish, meat or a mix of roasted veggies.
Mexican-Style Cauliflower Rice
I made my rice with cauliflower instead of traditional rice. One serving of rice made with cauliflower has 100 calories, 9 grams of healthy carbs, 7 grams of fiber and high amounts of a variety of vitamins and minerals. The same dish made with white rice has 350 calories, 47 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber, and very low nutrient content.
Guacamole Ice Cream
We finish our meal with a delicious sweet guacamole ice cream that will satisfy the sweet tooth while burning fat and powering up your brain, energy and overall health. I transformed my famous guacamole recipe into a dessert by using sweet healthy ingredients while keeping the guacamole look. My ice cream has only 160 calories and 1.5 grams of sugar (all from whole nutritious foods), compared to a regular ice cream which has at least 250 calories and 20 grams of sugar (most from added sugars and syrups). I use avocado and coconut milk as the base instead of the regular milk and cream used in traditional ice creams.
Maru Dávila is a certified integrative nutritionist, weight loss expert, healthy chef and author of the bestselling book The Mexican Food Diet: Healthy Eating that Feels Like Cheating.” Maru struggled with her weight for 30 years, eating disorders, depression and other health issues. Maru discovered that the one thing she’d feared and fought with her whole life was the one thing that could save her. For more information on Maru and her company go to http://www.TheMexicanFoodDiet.com/
The 22,547-seat behemoths size means most fans are isolated from the action on court. The once sparkling newcomer has become a loathsome dinosaur
Twenty years ago, Arthur Ashe Stadium opened as the centerpiece of the USTA’s National Tennis Center with a stirring dedication ceremony headlined by Whitney Houston. It’s been mostly downhill from there.
Aerial shots of the US Open’s octagonally shaped main show court have become a signal of New York City glamor beamed round the world. But while the pictures may look attractive to the millions who will never get the chance to attend the season’s final grand slam in person, the real-life experience is anything but. Clumsy design, tepid atmosphere and just plain bad luck have all conspired to hasten Ashe’s life cycle from sparkling newcomer to loathsome dinosaur. Two decades on, it endures as the worst major sports venue in America.
Any criticism of Ashe will start with the size of the thing. The 22,547-seat behemoth is the largest purpose-built tennis stadium in the world – and it’s not particularly close. The upper bleachers are thrust even further above the court by a ring of 90 luxury boxes, so high that standard etiquette is no longer enforced and spectators are permitted to roam freely between and even during points. If you’re seated in the ominously designated Row Z in the upper promenade, situated a nosebleed-inducing 120 feet above the court, the match below is but a rumor.
Naturally, this embodiment of American excess was erected with a primary objective of printing money hand over fist and to that end it’s been wildly successful. The US Open makes no secret of the huge crowds it attracts: more than 700,000 fans generate ticket revenue of over $100m during the two-week tournament. But the fan experience at the principal show court, at least for those in my tax bracket, is as lousy as it gets for a major sporting event.
The worst kept secret among Open regulars is there’s really no reason to set foot in Ashe unless you’re left with no other choice. That’s especially true during the first week. Since the tournament prioritizes the biggest names for Ashe over the best match-ups, the opening days offer a virtually uninterrupted string of one-sided matches played out before two-thirds-empty crowds – all while the outer courts are a blur of thrilling upsets, breakout performances and evenly matched marathons. Watching a top-50 player from 20 feet away is a far more rewarding experience than watching a top-fiver obliterate some qualifier from a distance where you can hardly hear the ball come off the racket.
When Chris Leslie revisited Sarajevo to document the 20th anniversary of the peace accord, he accidentally uncovered the story of two relationships that crossed bitter national divides in this war-scarred city
It was a typical Saturday evening in downtown Sarajevo: in the Underground nightclub, a local heavy-metal band was about to hit the stage. I was in Bosnia documenting 20 years of peace, trying to cover stories of the younger generation the so-called war babies who had been born during or just after the Bosnian war, and were now coming of age.
It was my fourth day in the city, and I had expected this day in particular to be a bit special: exactly two decades ago, the Dayton Peace agreement had been signed. It signalled the end of nearly four years of brutal war between Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), and the end of the siege of Sarajevo the longest siege in modern-day history.
But aside from a pompous ceremonial event at the heavily guarded and fortified American embassy earlier in the day (which wasnt exactly a public event), there were no other events in the city to commemorate the anniversary. Twenty years to the day, and it seemed there was nothing for me to photograph.
There was certainly no anniversary event at the nightclub that evening. The young people drank, smoked and partied on regardless perhaps unaware of the 20-year anniversary, or just too busy with Saturday night to care.
I took a few photographs of the crowd and the band (who werent going to be signed any time soon), but there was scarcely enough light to capture any photos. I scanned the crowd looking for some ambient light and interesting faces. The one image I saw was of a woman and her boyfriend, about to kiss. I wasnt really comfortable with the idea of being a paparazzo, or secretly invading someones intimate moment. But I took the shot anyway and then left with a sore head from the heavy metal and cheap beer, but happy Id got at least one usable photo from the night.
Two weeks later, Guardian Cities published the image as part of a photoessay of my project. Soon after, I got a surprise email from the woman in the picture: Lejna elebii, a 20-year-old radiology student who was born the very same week the Bosnian war ended in 1995. She began the email saying:
I noticed that you took a photo of me and my boyfriend! I have had people from all over contacting me saying I am on the Guardian website. It was amazing to me that you took that photograph of us because it fits perfectly with this article as my boyfriend is Serb and I am Bosnian.
In a country where memories of the war are still raw and painful, Lejna and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Damir Marilovi, are something of a rarity. Nationalism is still very much the norm here: tensions and divisions remain, and to cling on to power, most politicians and their media allies promote increasingly nationalist agendas.
Separate education systems work to replicate the divisions, and each side enforces its own historical perspectives and political ideologies. There seems to be almost no scope for integration. Young people such as Lejna and Damir are the rare exception, challenging the consensus that even two decades after the war, the nationality of your boyfriend or girlfriend is important.
It is only when Lejna tells me the story of her parents marriage that I realise her leap across the political and ethnic divide actually runs in the family.
Her mother, Ivona, is a Catholic Croat and her father, Elvir, a Bosnian Muslim. They met and fell in love on Valentines Day 1994 in a small village outside Sarajevo. Ivona and her family were living there as refugees after fleeing Sarajevo, while Elvir ended up being stationed there as a soldier.
It was a time of intense combat between both sides, and their relationship was frowned upon by everyone. Within a few weeks they decided to move back to Sarajevo, breaking into the city through a secret tunnel that ran under the airport to avoid the frontline checkpoints.
Sarajevo in 1994 was not the ideal location for two star-crossed lovers to begin their new life together. The war was still raging: Sarajevo was completely surrounded by Bosnian Serbs, and was being systematically and indiscriminately destroyed with shelling and sniping daily. Yet Ivona chose to follow Elvir to the city they called home.
While most people were desperate to leave Sarajevo, I was heading straight towards it, Ivona recalls. I didnt think of the dangers, I just knew Elvir was my soulmate, my other half. When I came out of that tunnel at the other end, Sarajevo was laid out in front of me devastated, desperately sad, but mine.
Elvir was born and bred in Sarajevo and, like all Sarajevans, fiercely proud and protective of his home. Despite the siege, he has fond memories of the survival spirit of the city at that time.
Despite the horror in which they lived, the people of Sarajevo were laughing and more alive than they are today. People loved and shared with others even if they did not have much. They clung on to what culture was left or available: some of the best local rock music was created in Sarajevo during the period rock under siege, we called it. I saw Waiting for Godot directed by the late Susan Sontag, who visited Sarajevo. These marked some of the happy moments of that unfortunate time, and kept our city alive in some way.
The pair were married in Sarajevo in August 1994, and in March 1995 Ivona became pregnant with Lejna. During her pregnancy, Elvir ended up in hospital after being injured on the frontline by a grenade that almost caused him to lose his leg. Ivona carried on as best she could, walking six miles daily avoiding shelling and snipers to go to work and visit Elvir in hospital.
Living under siege, there was little in the way of luxury or money. In the last few weeks of her pregnancy Ivonas neighbours would rip up the floorboards from their homes for firewood so she didnt get too cold. Lejna was born on 14 November 1995 and, one week later, the Dayton Peace agreement was created.
We had survived nine months of the war as one in my body, Ivona recalls, surviving a hail of bullets and grenades on many occasions. We had lived like this day by day, not imagining life could be any different once Lejna was born. Then one week after she was born the guns stopped, and we started a new life under peace.
The Sarajevo of 20 years ago, the war-torn city where Elvir and Ivona set up home, is a very different place today. In the centre the physical scars of war are almost impossible to find as Sarajevo puts on a brave, cosmopolitan face for the international community. The rebuilding process has rebranded it with shopping malls, hotels and apartment blocks to make it look like any other European city. But for Elvir and Ivona, something important has been lost:
Our feeling is that the Sarajevo and its citizens have shown their strength in the war. Courage, solidarity, sacrifice, pride and defiance are the qualities that this city showed when it was the hardest and most necessary. Today we are missing that. We know that period of the war in Sarajevo has a special place in our hearts, and will be there until our last breath.
Today the countrys unemployment rate is around 43%, and political and economic corruption and mismanagement plague civic life. Lejna admits it is hard-going in Sarajevo at times, and she is unsure if she and Damir will remain there after they both graduate. But for now, the couple are happy being young and in love, reliving the lives of Lejnas parents in Sarajevo without the backdrop of war.
At the end of our conversation on Skype, Lejna thanks me again for photographing her, but tells me I got one thing badly wrong. Children born 20 years ago when the war ended are not war babies, as I had called them quite the opposite. She and others of her generation, regardless of nationality or ethnicity, should be known as the peace babies.
Sacrilegious as it may be to ’90s kids, I was never a big Sonic the Hedgehog fan. I watched some of the (terrible) cartoons as a kid, but never having owned any Sega consoles, the history of the franchise itself is lost on me. So when Sonic Mania Plus was touted as improving upon last year's Sonic Mania with the thrilling additions of "Mighty the Armadillo" and "Ray the Flying Squirrel," I was confused. Deep-cut character additions can be revelatory for hardcore fans; for someone who doesn't have the Sonic rings as their ringtone, though, I worried whether there would anything compelling about the update.
To my happy surprise, I found something very compelling indeed: a remix.
Games don't get remixed often. To remix a game the way one would a song—rearranging parts, adding in new elements, creating a renewed experienced that minimizes some parts of the original while emphasizing others—is a lot of work. The elements of a game aren't always recombinable, and the merged arts that contribute to a game are so fiddly that a remix can easily go awry, failing to capture whatever made its original inspiration work.
And yet even if it introduces new flaws, a good remix can be a thrilling means of encountering a fantastic game in an entirely new context. One of my favorite gaming experiences in recent memory is playing through Dark Souls 2: Scholars of the First Sin, a rejiggered version of the original Dark Souls 2 that moves around the enemies, adds new plot elements, and slightly changes the ending. It's a journey of discovery and surprise, the type of transformation that's able to make a familiar thing new.
Encore Mode, the centerpiece of Sonic Mania Plus, does the same thing for one of the best 2D platformers of the generation—and the game that won me over on Sonic in the first place. In additiong to tweaked color palette and stage designs, Encore Mode introduces the new characters, alongside the more familiar Tails and Knuckles, as consistent companions to Sonic. You collect these characters during the levels, and can switch between the two you've had for the longest amount of time. When one character dies, you don't start over—you just start as the next character. When you run out of characters, though, it's game over.
To further complicate this, each character has different abilities: Knuckles can glide, Tails can fly upward, Mighty has a powerful pound attack, and Ray can fly horizontally just about anywhere. Play, then, becomes an exercise in improvisation, mastering and strategically employing each character's skill set in a constantly changing situation. Combined with the increased difficulty of the new stages, Encore Made is less about speed than dexterity, less about excellence than survival. It's a more advanced Sonic for a more advanced player. I'm not that player, honestly, but the creativity on display is still exciting.
And as Caty McCarthy at US Gamer points out, it might be a promise: a suggestion of what this Sonic team, made up of ascended fans who deeply understand the franchise and its strengths, could do with a wholly original followup. Encore Mode suggests a deep insight into what makes Sonic Mania work, and though it's sometimes messy—punishingly hard at places, without effective tutorialization—it has the power to share some of that insight with the player. So far as I'm concerned, that's what a good remix does. It lets you see a thing you love that much better. By that metric, Sonic Mania Plus is a huge success.
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Now that Labor Day is behind us and summer is officially over, we can all stand together in a moment of silence to prepare for the pain and suffering of sweater weather. I mean, there are obviously (a couple) good things about cold weather, but for the most part, betches peak in the summer, so the Sunday night regrets are starting to kick in. We’ve also been eating and drinking like assholes all summer, so our bodies are feeling it, to say the least. If you’re sobering up and notice you’ve grown a legit beer belly this summer, here are six things you can do to fix it without becoming like, a CrossFit freak.
1. Eat Bigger Meals In The AM
The science behind eating a small or early dinner has never been 100 percent confirmed, but a lot of studies have shown that by eating earlier in the day, you’re setting yourself up for faster weight loss. Instead of skipping breakfast (and no, cold brew isn’t breakfast), eat a filling meal in the morning and a filling meal for lunch. Then, when you get to dinner, eat something smaller and preferably easier to digest. This way, you’re giving yourself enough energy for the day and not starving your body to pig out at night. By the time you go to bed, your body won’t have to work super hard to digest your biggest meal of the day, since it’s been doing that for hours already.
2. Do At-Home HIIT Workouts
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’ve been raving about HIIT since the day we discovered the phenomenon, and we still swear by our short at-home workouts. HIIT, short for High Intensity Interval Training, is actually not as scary as it sounds, and it gets the job done in a short amount of time. Skip your 60-minute spin class and do a 20-minute bodyweight workout. Working hard in short intervals allows you to continue burning calories after your workout, so you basically can’t lose here. You’ll start seeing results fast, and you don’t even have to starve yourself to get there. Yay exercise!
3. Limit Restaurant Foods
Cooking is like, the most annoying chore ever, but if you can get yourself to stay away from restaurant foods for a few days, you’ll see major changes in your body. Here’s the thing about restaurants: even if you order the healthiest thing on the menu, you have no idea what’s going in your food. With the amount of butter, oil, and salt that they’re putting in every dish, a side of roasted vegetables can be up to 600 calories, and that’s a fucking waste. Like, it took every morsel of strength in me to say no to the bread bowl, so why would I waste calories on unnecessary oils? Try cooking for a few nights. Unless it’s your first time using a stove and you set your house on fire, there’s really no downside to it.
4. Eliminate Your Salt Intake
It’s been proven time and time again that salt makes you bloated. So, naturally, if your goal is to slim down your stomach from a summer of binge-drinking, it’s probably not your brightest idea to eat salty foods. Sodium drains your body of water and potassium, so it’s important to eat potassium-rich foods instead, like bananas, oranges, tomatoes, and spinach. Say no to the extra soy sauce and put down the salty potato chips. They’re not doing your body any good, so you’re only fooling yourself. You can start eating salt again when you look good in time for Halloween. I mean, those sweatpants are all that fit you right now.
5. Up Your Water Intake
This ties in with the salt tip, but it’s probably the BEST thing you can do for your body right now. Aside from the occasional watermelon slice by the pool (and in your margaritas), you probably haven’t been staying hydrated all summer, and rosé doesn’t count. Your body naturally bloats when you’re dehydrated, so that could be why you’re feeling puffy and gross right now. Try drinking two liters of water a day for the next week, and see if you feel the difference. Not only will you get your metabolism moving again, but you’ll also be filling your body with water, which will make you less hungry throughout the day. Start chugging…..now.
6. Chill On The Alc
This is probably the hardest tip, but we’re gonna be harsh here: you’ve had your fun. You’ve been wasted since May, and your body could use a break from the unnecessary calories that come with alcohol. From every time you went too hard during boozy brunch at Gurney’s to the nights you blacked out while looking for Scott Disick at AM Southampton, you drank your way through summer, and you can use a brief intermission. By cutting out alcohol for a week, you’ll automatically feel slimmer and healthier, and you might even wake up without a hangover, which is hard to imagine at this point. Like, who knew life existed before 11?