She's not afraid to start from the bottom.
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She proved that all it takes is one good idea, and a lot of determination.
Which led her to become the first billionaire from writing books.
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But she fell off Forbes' Billionaire List thanks to all her charitable donations.
Here are the winning images from National Geographic Traveler Magazine ‘s 2014 photography contest, chosen from over 18,000 entries.
Winner, Grand Prize – "The Independence Day", Julesburg, Colorado, USA, by Marko Korošec.
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While on stormchasing expeditions in the Tornado Alley in the USA, I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching the storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on 28 May 2013. The storm was tornado-warned for more than one hour, but stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain.
Via Marko Korošec.
Second place – "First Time", Mea Shearim, Jerusalem, Israel, by Agnieszka Traczewska.
Agnieszka Traczewska / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest / Via travel.nationalgeographic.com
Mea Shearim, in the ultra-Orthodox district of Jerusalem. Newly married, Aaron and Rivkeh are, after the wedding ceremony, to stay together for the very first time alone. Their marriage was arranged by families. The 18-year-old candidates confirmed the choice from one meeting only. Since then, until the wedding day, they were prohibited to meet or even talk.
Via Agnieszka Traczewska.
Towels: yes. Cars: no.
Environmentalists in Italy are fuming over what's happening at Pergole Beach in Realmonte, Sicily, The Guardian reported.
MareAmico, an Italian environmental group, flew a drone over the beach over the weekend to show cars swarming the beach, just at the water's edge.
"Reckless parking on the magnificent Realmonte beach flourishes again this year, despite the promises made in winter by the council, which said it wanted to solve the problem," the group said in a statement this week, The Guardian reported. "It is not even August yet and the season hasn't fully got going, and on Sunday dozens and dozens of cars were parked just a few centimeters from the water without this uncivil practice being forbidden by any authority."
“Shout out to all you kids buying bottle service with your rent money.”
In the new video for Prism track “This Is How We Do,” Katy Perry teaches us how to do it just like her and her crew.
First, you chill laid-back by the pool.
After that, head to La Super Rica, grab some tacos, and check out all the hotties.
Talk astrology, get your nails did, all Japanese-y...
Turns out actual hedgehogs are revolting.
According to reports, people saw one giraffe knock its head as a truck transporting two of the animals drove under a highway bridge. The second giraffe was taken to a clinic.
The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed the giraffe had been killed. "All we can ascertain at this stage is severe head trauma. We are continuing our investigation with the view to possibly lay criminal charges against those responsible," SPCA's Rick Allan told Eyewitness News.
Sure, we like to Shire. Sorry, but we’ve never read or seen anything related to LOTR.
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The Shire is known to be a village where all the hobbits live.
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Legolas is the elven character that Orlando Bloom plays. He was part of the Fellowship of the Ring.
AKA the most interesting Muggle in the world.
J.K. Rowling met a Hell's Angel biker who later became the inspiration for Hagrid.
According to Robbie Coltrane who plays Hagrid, he was "based on a Hell's Angel she knew in the West Country. ...He was just huge and terrifying. And then he would sit down and talk about his garden and how his petunias had been very bad that year."
J.K. Rowling never specifically brought up religion in Harry Potter because she was afraid her Christian readers would be able to guess the ending.
"To me [the religious parallels have] always been obvious," she said. "But I never wanted to talk too openly about it because I thought it might show people who just wanted the story where we were going."
She included Hedwig's death in Deathly Hallows because it signaled the end of Harry's innocence.
"The loss of Hedwig represented a loss of innocence and security. She has been almost like a cuddly toy to Harry at times. Voldemort killing her marked the end of childhood. I’m sorry… I know that death upset a LOT of people!"
Rowling turned down a Michael Jackson-produced musical of Harry Potter.
"Michael Jackson wanted to do a musical. I said no to a lot of things. For me, I love the films, I love the books, and there's elements that I love around it...but I only wanted to do it because I knew it would be incredible."
“It doesn’t mean you’re not normal. It means you can achieve anything you want to do, you can be attractive, and you can lead a normal life.”
And then, in October of last year, Beckford had an operation at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford in which doctors removed his entire colon, diverting his small intestine through his abdomen and into a colostomy bag.
After he left hospital he was told he would never be able to train again at the level needed to become a model.
But, um … why isn’t anyone singing?
The first trailer for Disney's highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical Into The Woods has finally dropped!
And it looks gorgeous, from the elaborate and ornate sets to the lavish fairytale-inspired costumes. But, this is a musical, sooooo... Why isn't ANYONE singing?!?
Sam Smith’s reaction: “Surreal. Thanks man haha.”
During a recent press junket, UK radio station Capital FM got Vin Diesel to sing Sam Smith's devastatingly good summer jam, "Stay With Me":
Remember when Vin Diesel danced to "Drunk In Love?"
Never change, Vin.
Shonda Rhimes Held The Power Meeting Of All Power Meetings With Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, And Viola Davis
The leading ladies of Rhimes’ three shows — Grey’s Anatomy , Scandal , and How to Get Away With Murder — tried to find out what’s in store for their characters.
It was a hard list to trim down.
Sharknado 2: The Second One, which premiered on Syfy on July 30, opens on Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and April Wexler (Tara Reid), newly re-engaged after having survived a Sharknado in Los Angeles, and en route to New York City where April will be signing copies of her book How To Survive A Sharknado when their plane flies right into a sharknado.
And the ridiculousness had only just begun.
Chance The Rapper Released His Cover Of The "Arthur" Theme Song And It's More Amazing Then We Ever Imagined
It’s going to be a wonderful kind of day.
Everyone knows that, of all the wonderful things about beloved '90s PBS Kids show Arthur, the theme music, originally written by Ziggy Marley, nears the top of the list.
"It's a simple message, but it comes from the heart." ~wipes tear~
Chance The Rapper, in a stroke of pure millennial genius, has been doing an awesome cover of the song on tour this year with his live band The Social Experiment.
Last night, he released a jazzy studio version of the cover featuring guest vocals from the likes of Jessie Ware, Wyclef Jean, Francis and the Lights and Elle Varner. It's soaring and big-hearted and actually just restored our faith in humanity.
How have we lived without this song for so long? Thanks, Chance.
Poseidon, but instead of a trident, he’s got a lacrosse stick.
1. A single dot.
2. A half of a grapefruit.
3. A hang in there cat.
4. A fighting Irishmen fighting a boxer.
5. A pile of tricycles crashing into each other.
6. A mole tattoo in a sea of arm moles.
7. A face on your knee.
8. A mosquito behind your ear.
9. The phrase "McMuffin Zone" above your lady parts or man junk.
10. A single soup dumpling on a spoon with motion lines around it to indicate that it's wiggling.
11. Gene Wilder's face on your thigh.
12. A poop emoji under your eye like a teardrop.
13. An octopus with bananas for tentacles.
14. Your own face on your face.
15. An upside down BuzzFeed viral arrow tramp stamp.
16. A receipt from TGIFridays.
17. A Marilyn Monroe or Cindy Crawford tattoo that incorporates a preexisting beauty mark.
18. A couple's tattoo where one person has a block of cheese and one has macaroni.
19. A random obituary from a random newspaper.
20. A snake riding a motorcycle. And the motorcycle is on fire. And the snake riding the motorcycle that's on fire is fighting against an eagle that's wearing a Guns n' Roses cutoff shirt. All this is taking place against the backdrop of a TGIFriday's parking lot. 'MURICA.
21. A Prancercise lady hand tattoo, with two fingers as her legs.
22. Knuckle tats that say ALAN ALDA.
23. Knuckle tats that say "beans" and "beef."
24. Or knuckle tats that say "cats" and "meow."
25. Macklemore's face on your face.
26. One of those index finger mustache tattoos, but instead of a mustache it is just a smaller finger.
27. Alternately, a tattoo of a finger with a mustache tattoo right over your mouth.
28. The word YOLO in the shape of the infinity symbol.
29. Cats in the shape of Mt. Rushmore.
30. A realistic spider vein on your leg.
31. "Nickelback" and "Nickelfront."
32. "Your Welcome" as a tramp stamp.
33. "TL;DR" on your inner lip.
34. Your full name, last three addresses and social security number.
Tumblr has spoken.
It's unclear what the argument was over, and neither party has officially commented on the incident.
But it wasn't long before everyone began sharing their opinions - with most people seeming to be #TeamBloom.
There was a lot of talk about Orlando deserving a knighthood. Or at the very least, a Blue Peter badge.
And there were a few Game of Thrones references.
It seems to come quicker every year.
Flip your back and forth.
The Snooki "I'm Too Hungover For This" Hair Flip
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The Justin Bieber "Little Big Man" Hair Flip.
The Cher Horowitz "You're Such A Baldwin" Hair Flip.
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The Conan O'Brien "Fills You With Dread" Hair Flip.
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“If we have hurt or disappointed anyone, we are very sorry. Of course that was not our intention.”
A video in which three students from Offenburg in Germany helped a homeless man raise some money has now received almost 10 million views.
The clip was created by a group called Be Japy, who are hoping to make the world a better place by encouraging donations to numerous causes.