A NOCTURNAL ANIMAL’S GUIDE TO THE COUNTRY’S BEST SPOTS AFTER DARK

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When it comes to a night out, hitting up bars and dance clubs is for the basic. Why cram yourself into an overcrowded bar when you can wander dark streets and go on uncharted adventures until 5am, encountering all the fun the night has to offer while the rest of the world is sound asleep? For the night owls who are up all night, there’s a ton of unusual late-late-night spots to choose from around the country, each proving that the real freaky fun starts after dark. Whether you’re after burlesque shows, late-night art galleries, or looking to get some ink, there’s something for everyone. Trust us.

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The Box

The Box 

New York, NY
8pm – 5am

New York is overflowing with nightclubs, but The Box is unlike anything else the city has to offer. Owned by several theater moguls, this exclusive Lower East Side club offers its stage to performers and musicians, but is specifically home to The Hammerstein Beauties, a group of decadent burlesque ballerinas who entertain their late-night guests with salacious dance routines. But at 1am, the real show begins. Staff remain tight-lipped on what to expect (apparently you have to see it to believe it), but they do promise some serious entertainment. In the meantime, sip on some specialty cocktails, check out the aerial dancers hanging from the ceiling, and enjoy what the ladies have to offer until 5am. While it might not be for the faint of heart, is anything tame that late at night/early in the morning?

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Room Escape

Room Escape

Los Angeles, CA
Open until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays

Instead of being trapped inside your house when the clock strikes midnight, why not trap yourself in a Zombie Lab and save the world? Los Angeles’ Room Escape offers an intense hour-long escape mission, where visitors in groups of two to six race the clock to crack the code and get out of creepily-themed spaces. With rooms like Central Bank, the Cold War Bunker, the Zombie Lab and Prison Break, it’ll be hard to decide where to get locked up first, but regardless of your final choice, an adrenaline rush will follow. When you’re stuck in a Zombie Lab with bloody handprints on the wall in the middle of the night, you’re going to want to get out of there — quickly.

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NYC Ink

NYC Ink

New York, NY
Open until 2am on Thursdays, until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 1am on Sundays

What better time is there to get a last-minute back tattoo and tongue piercing than at 3am? Greenwich Village’s legit late night tattoo parlor NYC Ink looks like a highly impressive smoke shop when you walk through the door, but the neon purple “tattoo” sign in the back instantly reveals that it has more to offer. Late night patrons have the option of going through shelves of elaborate glass pipes before taking on the needle — or heading straight to the one-room ink station where artists take their designs to new levels. But the best part about dropping by right before the store’s 4am weekend closing? No lines, no noise but the needle, and no chance to turn back. Plus no one will look twice when you request a tramp stamp of a unicorn puking a rainbow.

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House of Yes

House of Yes

Brooklyn, NY
Open until 3am on Tuesdays, until 4am on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and until 4:30am on Fridays and Saturdays

Despite being the hipster capital of the world, Bushwick’s House of Yes is one of the few places in Brooklyn where beanies and flannels are exchanged for psychedelic sideshows, trippy decor, and titillating burlesque dancers eager to put on a show. The neighborhood’s underground venue is home to eclectic late night performances, including immersive movie screenings, elaborate circus productions, live music, and innovative fashion shows. As if that wasn’t enough to ward off boredom, the club also delivers various themes throughout the week, and visitors who dress in costume are often rewarded with priority entry and free drinks. Once you walk through that door, there’s not a dull moment until you make your way back to the real world at 4:30am.

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Can Can 

Seattle, WA
Open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays

While sitting through two hours of Ewan McGregor singing isn’t everyone’s ideal way to spend a Friday, hanging out at the Can Can at 1am is. Seattle’s Moulin Rouge-inspired cabaret mixes interactive performances with comedy and cocktails, providing an incredibly intimate setting for those looking to experience a very thin barrier between performers and audience members. On weekends, head to the Midnight Show, which features a rotating cast of singers, dancers and performers who are as unconventional as they are shocking. In a venue this tight, you’ll see every provocative angle the show has to offer. What’s not to love?

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Art All Night

Art All Night

Trenton, NJ
24 Hours

This 10-year-old art movement annually takes over Trenton, New Jersey’s industrial Roebling Wire Works to provide art junkies with 24 hours worth of art and entertainment. Every third weekend in June, artists ranging from abstract novices to well-seasoned veterans to that kid in high school who really liked making collages in their spare time, submit their work free of charge so thousands can discover their talent in a gallery-like atmosphere. In-between paintings and sculptures is live music on multiple stages, interactive art, films, lectures, and food. With 50,000 square feet of space, there’s no shortage of things to see into the wee hours of the morning.

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Full Body Cast

The Full Body Cast

Boston, MA
11pm – 2am

You don’t need fall foliage and jack-o-lanterns on the ground to see Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Boston’s theater troupe the Full Body Cast proves it. Their version of the deviant 1975 cult classic film is reenacted every Saturday night while the original plays in the background, but it’s hard to pay attention to Susan Sarandon when you’ve got a real life scantily-clad Columbia, Rocky, and Dr. Frank-N-Furter standing in front of you. Tickets are $15, but the real money should be spent on the $2 sh*tbag, which includes a newspaper, a noise maker, a party hat and toilet paper that is specifically encouraged to be thrown at the actors. The best kind of freaks definitely come out at night.

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Pick Me Up Cafe

Chicago, IL
Open until 2am

While the rest of the city tends to pass out after eating too much deep dish, some people aren’t as lucky. That’s where Pick Me Up Cafe comes in, a retro-inspired cafe where writers, students and late night workers gravitate towards secluded booths, sip on massive Zombie coffees, and hide behind their laptops in hopes of productively passing the time. Drop in at 1am to spend the night with the rest of the city’s writers desperately looking for inspiration in the dark. Genius strikes at strange hours, so stay late and hope you find it.

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7 Innovators That Are Changing Up The Art World

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Peter Nicoll

For many, art can be hard to get into. When you spend $50 to get into an exhibit that only shows a huge block of paint on the wall, you can’t help but wonder: what did I just pay for? But when tech is added to the situation, it makes things a bit more interesting. And considering the modern world has the attention span of a goldfish, interesting and innovative twists are 100% necessary. Below are eight innovators that combined tech, art and culture to create something you really have to see to believe.

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Knot Standard
Founded by John Ballay and Matt Mueller
New York, NY
The Innovation: Knot Standard’s mission is simple: to make men look like BAMFs without breaking the bank. The innovative fashion company takes a new approach to modern tailoring by creating a 3D image of a client’s measurements to ensure exceptional fit. After three to four weeks, clients will have a precise, handmade suit that’s perfectly fitted to their body.

The Inspiration: While living in Dubai, Mueller and Ballay were constantly traveling to and from the US for various occasions that required dress attire. Unable to find anything that fit exceptionally well in the US, both Mueller and Ballay would get their suits tailored in Dubai, and would return home to countless compliments on their style. Because they were never able to get what they were looking for in the US, the two men wanted to make sharp tailored suits more prevalent back home without attaching the usual astronomical price tag. In 2010, Knot Standard was born, relieving bespoke suit junkies from the $2,800 to $4,800 fee they’d become used to and replacing it with a more reasonable price average of $1,200.

How Knot Standard is improving the fashion industry: “For the first time in history, men can digitally create and visualize custom suits, blazers and pants in lifelike 3D form,” says Megan Glynn, Knot Standard’s Director of Customer Acquisition and Growth Marketing. “After two years of development, Knot Standard is the first company to successfully launch real-time visualization of custom menswear.”

“I think one of the best things about Knot Standard is our style advisors and the personalized experience that our clients receive when they walk into any of our seven showrooms nationwide,” Glynn says. But you don’t have to track down a store to look like 007. The Virtual Studio is another unique aspect to their company, a design element that combines “the best of the old world tailoring process with modern online shopping convenience [and] personalization.” For those looking for a quick customization, shoppers can enter the Virtual Studio and pick from four “starting point” designs. From there, they are able to customize the suit to their liking, picking everything from the suit’s fabric, to the color, to the style of the pant loops’ button. Considering the team’s end goal is to change the luxury menswear industry, they’re already way ahead of the game.

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Spector
Founded by Fiona O’Leary
Dublin, Ireland
The Innovation: Dublin designer Fiona O’Leary is changing the way people create typography. As most designers are probably familiar with, there tend to be major differences between the digital design and the print version, with typefaces looking completely different on screen than they do on paper. So O’Leary created a product that would relieve this creative frustration. With her tool Spector, users are able to create a finalized product digitally without having to print it out several times as testers to see what it would really look like once it’s finished. So not only is she saving the environment (less paper, less trees killed!), she’s also saving your precious time.

So how does it work? The Spector software — which looks to be a hybrid between an elaborate stamp and a Pokéball — is an InDesign plugin that also has a live feed of a camera. After placing Spector over an intriguing typeface, users are able to see it directly transfer to a computer for digital design, where fonts and colors can be more accurately analyzed for a final product.

The Inspiration: Contrary to popular belief, great things come from being incredibly irritated. “I came up with this idea from my frustration with designing for print on screen. It never looks like it does on screen as it does on the finalized print,” O’Leary says. “I came up with the idea if you are going to design for print on screen, why not start with print material? And why not make it interactive? As designers we always collect nice samples of inspiration and I wanted to utilize these samples.”

Why it’s awesome: “It’s a new way of seeing how to understand typography and making typesetting more transparent by communicating invisible factors such as size, kerning and leading,” O’Leary explains. “I also see it as a new way of taking the guessing game out of typesetting. So when it comes to printing your book or page from Adobe InDesign, you already know what it’s going to look like because you took it from a piece of printed material.”

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Caress of the Gaze
Founded by Behnaz Farahi
Los Angeles, CA
The Innovation: Behnaz Farahi is an architect and designer who’s giving new life to the fashion industry with her creation Caress of the Gaze, a 3D-printed garment that is able to detect another person’s gaze and reacts by changing shape. Along with inadvertently warning off predators, the high tech cape is also really, really cool.

A camera lens smaller than 3mm is embedded inside the garment and is able to detect a person’s stare. A computer algorithm can tell exactly where the person is looking, and spines attached to that spot would start to move in response. Farahi calls the reaction similar to “actual skin goosebumps,” and also points out that unlike conventional machinery, her piece operates silently and organically.

The Inspiration: According to Farahi, inspiration struck when looking at the behavior and properties of skin. “Our skin is constantly in motion. It expands, contracts and changes its shape based on various internal and external stimuli, including not only temperature and moisture, but also feelings,” she explains. Her idea was to create an artificial skin with enhanced functionality that could become an extension of one’s actual skin while interacting with the body and the environment around it.

Modeled after the morphology on fish and snake scales, Farahi adds, “Gaze is one of those elements in our social life which can express and communicate meanings and intentions, as well as a person’s current object of interest.”

How it’s changing the industry: “The main promise is to speculate on the future of fashion,” the designer says. For Farahi, the future of fashion depends on interactive clothing that could eventually act as a type of communication. “Even though this approach is still speculative, it opens up the possibility of a radical new approach to interactive clothing and I think that is why this project might be exciting for the viewers too,” she explains.

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iLuminate
Founded by Miral Kotb
New York, NY
The Innovation: What started as an America’s Got Talent act has since transformed into a staple of New York City’s off-Broadway scene. iLuminate is an entertainment technology company that features a group of talented dancers decked out in electrified glow-in-the-dark body suits performing choreographed routines and illusions in the dark. Think Tron but without the robot moves (and questionable acting).

“We are constantly pushing the envelope in terms of advancing the technology to last longer, be brighter and more illusion-filled,” explains Timothy Dorey, the show’s digital marketing manager. “We were one of the very first to come out with this technology and now it’s causing other companies in the entertainment industry to see how they can incorporate us into their acts and performances.”

The Inspiration: “The concept for iLuminate came about while Miral was developing iPhone apps,” Dorey says. “She had a vision of dancers wearing costumes that illuminated wirelessly to compliment the music and choreography — wireless technology that could be controlled from the palm of one’s hand. It was the perfect way to combine her uniquely different worlds and follow her true passion.”

What’s next: iLuminate is looking to pass on their creative edge to future generations, and what’s the easiest way to do that? Through young’ns. “We are very excited to be getting involved in education as of late. We think it’s really important for students to learn that art and technology aren’t mutually exclusive. You can combine the different things you love and come up with something revolutionary,” Dorey says. The more you know!

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Mayku FormBox
Founded by Benjamin Redford and Alex Smilansky
London
The Innovation: For anyone who’s ever had a business dream but lacks the actual tools to make it a reality, Mayku has your back with FormBox. “At Mayku, we’re building the world’s first desktop factory,” founder Benjamin Redford explains. “A whole family of machines that will enable anyone to make anything, right from their home.”

FormBox is essentially a vacuum-powered molding machine that fits on your counter. Getting the suction it needs from a vacuum cleaner attachment, the machine makes it incredibly easy to mold three-dimensional objects in a short amount of time, and is easy to operate for even the most technologically challenged. Heat up the sheet you want to make something out of, start your vacuum, stick the object you want to mold into the FormBox, and watch it transform. Aside from being able to work with just about any type of plastic, Mayku’s Formbox also allows for just about any kind of free-flowing substance to be used for a final product. So chocolate, wax, silicone, plaster, and water are all fair game.

The Inspiration: Frustrated by the lack of tools in his university’s workshop, Redford decided to take matters into his own hands. Instead of complaining, he opted to build new tools from domestic appliances lying around the house. “The first FormBox was cobbled together from bits of wood, an old floor heater and a vacuum cleaner,” he explains. “But it worked!”

How it’s changing the industry: “We bring making to the masses,” Redford says. “By bringing crazy techniques that you’d usually find in factories into people’s homes, garages, kitchens, and studios, we’re giving anyone the chance to create their own way in this world. Whether you’re just making a few custom chocolates for your friends or you have plans to dominate the phone case market, we’re giving a leg up to the little guys.”

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threeASFOUR
Founded by Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donahauser and Adi Gil
New York, NY
The Innovation: This avant-garde fashion brand has made a name for itself by implementing cutting-edge technology into their designs to create experimental, unique, and, most importantly, innovative fashion lines. threeASFOUR’s latest line consists of a 3D printed dress dubbed OSCILLATION, a product produced from a collaboration between Stratasys, a 3D printing company, and Travis Finch, a 3D designer.

The dress, which made its debut during the 2016 fall fashion week in New York, was based on the geometric patterns that appear from vibration. “At certain frequencies of vibration (in this case Solfeggio frequencies), some very astounding geometric patterns are formed,” explains Plum, the brand’s Communications Director. The Solfeggio frequencies are known to activate the human Chakras. According to Plum, the trio of designers and Fitch chose two of those Solfeggio frequencies to “produce geometric patterns oscillating around the body in aquatic waveforms in shades of blue and white.”

Why it’s different: threeASFOUR says their approach to 3D printing is specifically from a textile point of view. “We view 3D printed and textile weaves as advancing wearable fabric properties drastically in both form and function,” says Plum. “For example, properties such as stretch, wrinkle-free, heat protection, cooling, bullet proof, fire resistant, pressure protective, and so on will be improved dramatically through a set of new 3D oriented fabric weaves.” She adds, “We envision 3D printing changing the fashion industry tremendously by evolving materials and shapes to drastic levels we cannot even imagine.”

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DuoSkin
Created by MIT Media Lab
Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Innovation: Temporary tattoos have evolved from scraps of cartoon characters pulling out your arm hair, to flashy designs plastered around music festivals. But DuoSkin is taking things to a whole new level.

In August of 2016, MIT Media Lab unveiled DuoSkin, a project that uses temporary tattoos to control your electronic devices. With a number of potential functions, like communicating to your cell phone and controlling your music player, DuoSkin fuses an intriguing aesthetic with a technology that’s hard to imagine even exists.

How it works: In a paper presented to the International Symposium of Wearable Computers in September, Cindy Kao, a graduate student from MIT, explains that the creation uses gold leaf paper for basic conductivity along with a vinyl cutter and temporary tattoo printing paper. You can use nearly any computer graphics creation software to design the circuit. Once that’s crafted, feed the design through the vinyl cutter, layer on the gold leaf paper, and apply it to your skin. It may look like an ordinary flash tattoo, but an embedded NFC chip allows for information (like swiping left or right) to be transferred to an electronic device.

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THE PULLOUT METHOD IS MAKING A COMEBACK. BUT WHY?

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“Pulling out”: the contraceptive of choice for high schoolers the world over; and commonly touted as the absolute dumbest strategy around for pregnancy prevention. Yeah, many of us have used it. But it’s a REALLY bad idea. Right?

Well… it appears pulling out isn’t just for horny 17-year-olds too immature to wander into a CVS for a pack of condoms. Despite years of sex ed, magazine articles, and personal experience warning against it, the pullout method is gaining popularity among actual adults. So why the comeback?

Pulling out is rebellious

“[The pullout method] allows for impulsive, spontaneous sex,” says Dr. Robert Axel, a New York sex therapist. “It’s a rebellion against traditional values. Men and women have been using the pullout method for centuries. It can account for preventing births, as well as to reckless conception and pregnancies because it does not work much of the time — many, many times.”

As a means of acting out and pushing (very literal) boundaries, it’s not surprising that teenagers choose pulling out as their second-most common form of birth control. But 60% of ADULT WOMEN in the US have used the pullout method at least once. For the latter, what’s more believable is that a lot of us get caught up in the heat of the moment and can’t be bothered to think rationally. Except…

It’s better than you think — if you do it right

Here’s one you didn’t hear in sex ed: pulling out can be just about as effective at preventing pregnancy as condoms. But hang on — for this statement to ring true, the practice has to be done perfectly (aka BEFORE ejaculation). So long as a man pulls out before his full arsenal of swimmers leaves the gate, only 4% of couples using this method will get pregnant within a year. If guys withdraw too late, the number jumps to 18%.

I don’t know about you, but something that’s only 82% effective doesn’t feel sexy… and doesn’t take into account the whole STD issue, because nothing rains on your sex-filled parade like an open sore.

It’s easy to rationalize pulling out

“The pullout method becomes an easy way to rationalize that you are doing something to prevent pregnancy,” says Dr. Madeleine M. Castellanos, a holistic psychiatrist who specializes in sex therapy and functional medical counseling. “If a person convinces themselves that the pullout method is enough for them, they don’t have to have the more difficult conversation about using an effective barrier method, like a male or female condom, that prevents both pregnancy and transmission of STIs.”

Dr. Castellanos calls this “a false sense of security,” because “there’s no perfect science to controlling orgasm and ejaculation. So there’s a high chance of not being able to pull out in time every time, especially if you’re trying to keep the action going to the last possible moment. Most people aren’t aware that there can be live sperm present in pre-ejaculatory fluid that is present way before ejaculation, and is being secreted during sexual arousal and activity.”

Women are going off birth control

Many women, present company included, initially got on birth control for reasons having nothing to do with the bedroom: skin problems, mood swings, ovarian issues… and while the pill still manages to be the leading form of contraception used by women in the US, a lot of women are now uneasy about being indefinitely on a synthetic birth control that messes with their bodies’ natural cycles. That — paired with changing relationship statuses, transitioning feelings about getting pregnant, and a host of other personal reasons — means countless users are deciding every day to ditch the tablets in favor of alternative forms of protection. Or lack thereof.

“I was on the birth control pill for seven years before I decided to take myself off of it,” says Mel, 26. “I had just gotten out of a relationship at the time and decided I wouldn’t really need it anymore, or at least not for a while. It also made me moody and I didn’t like it. I wasn’t planning on jumping back into anything, so I stopped taking it.”

Of course, this doesn’t cover one-night stands

“I remember using the pullout method once,” Mel says. “I never liked condoms and the guy wasn’t exactly begging to put one on, so we had at it. I woke up the next day pretty freaked out and incredibly guilty. But when nothing happened — I got my period on time and came out STD-free — it was way easier for me to do it again.”

Pulling out can help with sexual issues

The easiest solution to the age-old condom problem (you know the one: “I can’t get hard with this damn thing strangling my penis!”) is to ditch it altogether. In short: the pullout method is helping your sexual prowess when men need it most. Let’s also not ignore the fact that condoms aren’t women’s favorite feel, either.

“Sensitivity of skin-to-skin of the penis and vagina increases if there is no barrier,” explains Dr. Axel, “and with that comes a greater sense of intimacy. If a man fears that taking the time to put on a condom will decrease erectile function or take away from the spontaneity of the sex, it may seem easier and less distracting to enter [a woman] without a condom, then pull out as orgasm nears. For women who want the contact, who want to feel the man inside, then the pullout method helps.”

I’ll grant that a huge plus to having sex is having everything work correctly. But again, it just seems like such a small price to pay until you’re in a committed relationship, both tested for STDs, and on birth control.

Ultimately, though, pulling out doesn’t replace condoms

Even if pulling out can help prevent pregnancy, it’s doing nothing to prevent STD transmission. Bottom line? Until both partners have up-to-date testing done, it’s still advisable to adhere to the “no glove, no love” rule. And although we’re making advances every day in STD prevention and treatment, we’re just not there yet.

So before you go running out touting the benefits of pulling out or using any of this information to enjoy some skin-to-skin contact, it would behoove you to spend some serious time mulling over the very real possibility of pregnancy; and just how pleasant you’d find a chlamydia, syphilis, or herpes diagnosis.

Maybe it’s not time to give up on condoms or birth control just yet, after all.

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MILLENNIALS ARE KICKING THEIR NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES TO THE CURB, HERE’S PROOF

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You’ve heard it before: millennials are lazy. They’re whiny entitled brats who don’t actually want to work, but instead, want to spend their days swiping right on Tinder, hooking up with strangers instead of actually dating them, and complaining about the government without trying to change it. Sure, this might ring true for a select, highly conspicuous few, but the majority manifests the complete opposite. Contrary to popular belief, this generation is ambitious, private, hardworking, and eager to make change. Yes, really.

To make the world a more congenial place for all generations, we swiped left on some of the most popular millennial myths and misconceptions. Enjoy reading this on your miraculous handheld computing device.

The Myth: Millennials are lazy and unambitious.
The Facts: Millennials are actually hard workers who want to prove themselves in the workplace.

Calling an entire generation lazy is a bit of an over exaggeration, to say the least. If anything, millennials are more ambitious because they’re often plagued by the stereotypes that define them, and therefore have more to prove. So what’s the easiest way to disprove this theory? By looking good on paper. In 2013, NACE reported that from the mid-1980s to the mid-2000s, the amount of college graduates taking on at least one internship grew from less than 10 percent to well over 80 percent. In other words, millennials are just as willing if not more to take on coffee runs and stipend-less work than baby boomers, despite the fact that a job offer isn’t guaranteed. However, when interning millennials make their way through the job market, their resumes show they’re qualified and determined workers.

Take Melissa Crosta, a recent PR and Journalism graduate from Monmouth University, who currently works at Nickelodeon after having three production and digital games internships as an undergrad.

“I knew the position really well due to my internships, and throughout my three years as an intern, I always went above and beyond in hopes that one day I could potentially be hired,” she explains. “Although my major only required one internship, I kept going back because it was a great resume builder and I wanted to have as much experience as possible.”

Yup, the generation we sometimes (lovingly) compare to sloths are working hard to beat out the competition and attain the career they want.

Millennials are also the most highly educated generation to date (a feat not easy to conquer if they really are lazy AF), and are working harder than generations before them — literally. In a study from ManpowerGroup, 19,000 millennials in 25 different countries were surveyed about their work lives, and findings confirmed that a large chunk of millennial workers aren’t enjoying the cozy 40 hour work week generations before them were used to. Eighty-three percent of American 20-somethings reported working more than 40 hours a week, with 23 percent of them working over 50 hours a week. On top of that, 21 percent of U.S. millennials are working two or more jobs to make ends meet. Who knew?

The Myth: Millennials love whining, but don’t do anything to change the things they whine about.
The Facts: Millennials came out of the woodwork full force during the 2016 primary election, proving they’re eager to make a change at a cardinal level: by voting.

If there’s anything we got out of the 2016 primary election, it’s that 1) you don’t have to be a millennial to be very, very, very self-involved, and 2) people who actually are millennials want to change the world. The New Hampshire primary kicked off with a whopping 11.2 percent of millennial voters showing up at the polls, making it the second highest youth turnout in the last 20 years.

But beyond millennials speaking up by rocking the vote, they also believe that they truly can make a difference. In a 2013 study from Telefónica where 12,000 millennials in 27 different countries were questioned on global change, 62% said they believed they could make a local difference, while 40% said they could make a global one.

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The Myth: Millennials are, like, so entitled.
The Facts: Millennials are anything but privileged.

While reality shows tend to illustrate differently, millennials are poorer, more indebted, and less employed than the generation before them. Not only was the so-called “Me Generation” thrown into an economic recession, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median income of young adults today is $2,000 less than their parents’ paychecks were in the 1980s. So not only do millennials work tirelessly to get a job in the first place, they thereafter struggle to make ends meet with their low-paying positions.

“I was rejected about 75 times before I got my first real job,” explains Katie, a 24-year-old marketing assistant. “It took a while until I even got my first interview with someone. But I didn’t let it get me down — I was determined,” she explains. “I scanned through job listings every day, applied to everything I could, and interviewed in front of the mirror until I was comfortable. And then finally, a few months into my search, I was hired.”

So unless “privileged” these days means drowning tears of rejection in a dollar cup of not-artisan ramen, you’ve got the wrong idea about that 20-something dude in the artfully disheveled (JK, it’s just old) flannel.

The Myth: Millennials are the most narcissistic generation ever.
The Facts: Selfies aside, millennials are very community-based.

Sure, millennials like a good selfie with expert lighting and angling, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care about anyone else around them. In fact, a 2014 study by the CIA found that millennials were more likely to value giving back to society than the generations calling them narcissistic in the first place. And when it comes to the work place, many would rather succeed as a team than singularly.

The Myth: Millennials are killing the dating scene and promoting hookup culture.
The Facts: Everyone wants love — even 20-somethings on Bumble.

Millennials love a good swipe, but not everyone with a dating profile is looking for a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am/sir situation (not that there’s anything wrong with that). According to the Pew Research Center, college-aged and post-college aged Americans are the most likely to turn to online dating — and 46% of them know someone who met their spouse or long-term SO online. Love in the digital age is possible, no matter whatCatfish (and every single person in their mid-40s) says.

The Myth: Millennials are job-hopping, unreliable employees.
The Facts: Nope.

Based on the generation’s ADD stigma, millennials have earned themselves a reputation as frequent job hoppers, but data shows it’s not specific to this generation — it’s actually a common characteristic among young workers in general. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job tenure for 20-something Americans is almost exactly the same as it was in the 1980s, and even slightly lower than it was in the 1990s.

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The Myth: Millennials have it easier than the generations before them.
The Facts: LOL.

Every generation thinks they had it the worst, but extensive data shows that millennials have a pretty good argument on their side. Recent grads from the Carter or Reagan administrations entered a booming economy that was adding between 150,000 and 250,000 jobs a month. Today’s college graduates are entering the workforce in major debt, with scarce job opportunities and disappearing industries. In January of 2016, Generation Opportunity reported that the unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds was around 8 percent, which is an epic fail compared to the 3.7 percent for those over the age of 29. Aside from that, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a loss of hundreds of thousands of middle class positions due to outsourcing and the development of new technologies, leaving job options for millennials even more limited. The U.S. Postal Service fell from over 700,000 full time employees to 487,000 between the years 2005 and 2014, while travel agencies, newspaper publishing, and mortgage brokerages also took a huge hit in terms of employment growth. And to really put a damper on things, millennials are also making less money. The median income for a 29-year-old millennial is about $35,000, an average salary lower than the previous generation. Cue the tears.

The Myth: Millennials would rather gouge their eyes out with a fork than work towards a legitimate career.
The Facts: Millennials want to work and they want a career  — badly. (They also want their eyes).

Considering the generation’s stifling student debt — today’s recent grad carries an average of $30,000 in student loans — millennials have no choice but to work. However, while their financial struggles give them little choice, they also want to work.

According to the U.S. Labor Force, one-in-three American workers are millennials, and by 2020, the generation will make up roughly 50% of the U.S. workforce. Research from C Space also showed that the majority of millennials prioritized a fulfilling job over one that paid more money or promised security, showing that young workers value their careers.

“I find that millennials, more than anything, want a career,” explains job counselor Eileen Sharaga. Roughly 60-65 percent of her client base is made up of millennials looking for career guidance and tips to help them market themselves, get through interviews, and build better resumes. “I help people figure out what they should be doing by helping them figure out who they are. The lazy ones aren’t going to seek me out.” True that.

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Men are Less Likely to Use a Condom if You’re Attractive, According to Horrifying New Study

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If you’re anything like me, you have an overbearing Italian mother who scared the living sh*t out of you when it came to the repercussions of unsafe sex. Between pregnancy, STDs, and the expected bout of hysteria men assume will happen after you sleep with them (LOL), maneuvering through a newly budding sex life can be tough. But regardless of how you grew up or what you learned in school, there was always one lesson that remained the same: no glove, no love.

Naturally we’ve all heard the protests from whiny partners (“I can’t feel anything!”) pre-coital mediocrity. But according to a new study from the CDC, guys are more likely to refuse a condom if their partner is attractive.

Researchers at the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol presented 51 straight men with 20 photographs of women’s faces and asked the men to rate their desire to have unprotected sex with them. Participants ranged in age from 19 to 61 and all spoke English. The majority also lost their virginity at the age of 18, with one participant having sex at 13 and another at 30. Their amount of sexual partners varied, but the general average was 10.

Scientists discovered that men were much less interested in wearing a condom if they found their hypothetical partner had a prettier face. How charming!

From the Washington Post,

While looking at a black-and-white portrait of a woman’s face, each man used a sliding scale, from of 0 to 100, to rate a) the woman’s attractiveness b) how likely he would be to sleep with her, if he were single c) how likely he would be to use a condom d) how many men like him, out a group of 100, would have unprotected sex with the woman and e) the odds he thought this woman had a sexually transmitted disease.

Not surprisingly, the closer a man rated a woman to 100, the higher his willingness was to have sex with her. But the study subjects were split on whether or not the attractive women were more likely to have a sexually transmitted disease.

Wow. Not that this comes as a total surprise. I mean, women are expected to me more responsible with sex anyways, with their use of birth control and what not. So is there really a difference? Other than the fact that the stupidity of man was confirmed yet again?

Ladies, as always, keep protecting yourselves.

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How To Be Sexy (According To Science)

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Get A Hot Mom

A group of horny mice moms (shut up, that’s totally a thing) recently gave new meaning to the term “I got it from my mama” when Biologists from the University of Utah placed them in an orgy setting – sans drugs and ominous piano music – and studied the immediate mousy offspring, more commonly referred to as “Friday night mistakes”. The study found that the male offspring produced 31% more urinary proteins, a bodily discharge that attracts female mice. Sooo…basically, if your mom was a swinger, chances are, you’re going to be more attractive to the opposite sex. And, uh, mice, we guess? Yeah, writing that just made our brains hurt. But whatever; At least we’re sexy! Thanks Mom!

Stop Doing Chores

If your New Year’s Resolution was to stop being a lazy slob and help out around the house, we advise you to reconsider your life goals. According to a study from the American Sociological Review, married men who partake in more traditionally feminine domesticated chores (ie. washing dishes, doing laundry, cooking dinner) are less likely to get laid on a constant basis than those that don’t. However, married men who took on more “masculine” roles – like paying the bills, doing yard work, and working on car troubles – had no problem getting it in. If only we knew how to mow a lawn or change the oil. Or could afford to pay the bills.

Get Some Flashy Dance Moves

If we learned anything from ’70s movies, it’s that women love a man who can dance – just ask John Travolta – but thanks to research conducted by a bunch of British psychologists, we know exactly which moves reel them in the most. Along with noticeable, varied movements of the neck and ass, women are also turned on by guys who rapidly shake their right knee. Yes, you read that correctly: According to science, Forrest Gump was literally the sexiest dancer to ever walk the Earth. So start memorizing some moves (and don’t forget to videotape that shit; we’re in need of a good laugh).

Stop Using Social Media

Social media is a huge part of our lives these days and has even occasionally helped us find some lovin’, but thanks to findings from OkCupid, we’re stepping away from the computer (and not only because the last online relationship we had turned out to be with a 72-year old Austrian man named Anton). After conducting a survey with the dating site’s participants, it was found that twitter users tend to have shorter relationships than people who steer clear of that pesky blue bird. We’ll admit that workers at OkCupid aren’t exactly scientists, but still – if this is true, we’re doomed. #Sucks

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15 AWESOME ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR FRIENDS

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It’s easy to get stuck in a social rut: going to the same places, doing the same things, and eating the same food every weekend. It’s time to exit that lane and push yourself and your friends to see the light and step up your social game. Sure, they may be reluctant at first — because people tend to stick with the familiar, but we can guarantee that once you push them off that (possibly literal) cliff, they’ll be thanking you profusely and buying you gifts, or at least saying something like, “Hey, I thought that would suck, but it was actually awesome.”

Check out these 15 awesome group activities that you can do to take things up a notch no matter where you are, because cool spots like these are popping up everywhere. So, step. away. from. the. remote.

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Sandboard through dunes

We’re all in need of a good adrenaline rush every once in awhile, but only a select few have the guts to make it happen. But when you commit to sandboarding at Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park, there’s no turning back. And shredding through the tallest dunes (or take your pick from smaller ones throughout the U.S.) in North America on a fiberglass board is a challenge you’re only going to want to face with your closest friends.

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Flip, flop, and soar through the air 

Skydiving is cool, but actually jumping out of a miniature plane sounds absolutely terrifying. To get the same feel without the weeks of apprehensive sweats beforehand, opt for an adventure at Philadelphia’s indoor skydiving facility iFLY, where instructors will teach you how to fly with your body and flip through the air with the help of a self-contained vertical wind tunnel. It’s pretty badass, even if you did cry the first time you couldn’t stop flipping. And these places are popping up everywhere from Virginia to Vegas, so get ready to flip out.

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Shoot lasers at your friends

Austin’s Blazer Tag is no ordinary laser tag arena — it’s the largest laser tag venue in all of Texas. Dive through a three-story maze filled with ramps, bridges, and raised nooks that make sniping your opponent that much more gratifying. Aside from the grand event, Blazer Tag also offers over 60 video games, air hockey tables, skeeball, and an indoor ropes challenge course. But before you go, make sure to get your mail forwarded — you won’t be leaving anytime soon.

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Get high at an indoor trampoline park

You know what’s awesome? Trampolines. You know what’s even more awesome? A trampoline park with foam pits. And you more what’s even awesomer? You in a trampoline park with foam pits doing backflips with your best friends. Bounce! Trampoline Sports is located in Syosset, New York, and comes complete with trampolines, foam pits, and trampoline basketball and dodgeball. Yeah — dreams really do come true.

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Escape the room

Is there a better way of bringing people together than trapping them in a room and forcing them to find a way out? Yes, but it’s a lot less entertaining. Nashville’s The Escape Project will transport you to another world where you’re forced to team up and race against the clock. With themes like The Heist, Underground Playground, Prison Break, and Mission: Mars, you and your friends will be set for a while. And if you’re nowhere near Tennessee, no worries — variations of Escape the Room can also be found in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other cities throughout the country. It’s cool to be locked up these days.

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Overtake zombies

If this election cycle doesn’t kill us, a zombie apocalypse definitely will. Don’t you want to be prepared? Of course you do! Getting your face taken off by a flesh-eating corpse isn’t the best way to go out. That’s where the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp comes in. Instructors will teach you how to shoot guns, work a crossbow, build a shelter, and seal up a nasty wound, all while being chased around by the undead. Take notes. And if you haven’t noticed, zombies are in, so take your pick of your latest local zombie adventure.

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Attend a crazy ball

If there’s one thing you should be doing in New York this summer, it’s attending the Illuminati Ball. Coined “an immersive dinner theater event,” the evening mixes Sleep No More with a dreamlike atmosphere to bring you a night more memorable than your senior prom. After a limo picks you up in a secret NYC locale, you’re whisked away to an undisclosed location an hour outside the city, where the enigmatic evening unfolds. Upon sitting down for dinner, your first course is enjoyed while wearing a blindfold (presumably because it adds to the whole “WTF is going on” ambiance) and actors donning extravagant animal masks wander throughout the jarring lakeside estate. Sounds weird, right? That’s because it is — weird and insanely cool.

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Zip through the sky

Friends are supposed to make you braver, and if there’s one time you’re going to need that courageous boost, it’s when you’re zipping 300 feet above a canyon floor at 40mph — in the dark. Catalina Island’s Nighttime Zip Line Eco Tour provides riders a thorough exploration of the area with nearly a mile’s worth of zip lines. In between heart-pounding rides, guides will provide tidbits of Catalina Island history and its wildlife. Sounds equally frightening and exciting. Start coercing and find a local zipper by you!

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Race up really tall rock walls

After seeing 127 hours, rock climbing in the real world became a lot less appealing. But strapping on a harness to scale a fake rock wall is totally doable. Reno’s Whitney Peak Hotel boasts the world’s tallest artificial rock climbing wall, coming in at 164 feet. If you’re not up for the challenge, the facility also offers three indoor boulders for beginner climbers. Either way, you’re going to be working up a sweat. So rest assured knowing that you have the option to end your day hitting up the casinos and local restaurants, both of which involve a ton of sitting. Score!

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Next-level your paintball game 

Obviously paintball is awesome, but Chicago’s CPX Sports takes things up a notch (or 10) with the town of Bedlam, a town they built entirely from scratch so gamers could adequately hide from their targets. The deserted city gives off a 1950’s feel and comes complete with a city hall, quaint shops, archaic cars abandoned outside of stores, and dusty streetlights. The quiet, creepy feeling you get when walking past the city sign can only mean one thing: it’s go time.

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Unfortunately in today’s world, it’s socially unacceptable for anyone over the age of five to jump headfirst into a ball pit. Unless you’re at City Museum, Missouri’s giant adult playground, where belly flopping down slides, climbing through a pipe organ, and getting lost in caves is perfectly normal for someone with a 401k.

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Learn Parkour without killing yourself

If you’ve ever wanted to flip off a wall Matrix-style, Tempest parkour facility will have you feeling like a bruised-up Neo in just an hour. New students will focus on strength, balance, and full body awareness, while the more advanced will get to try their hand at more elaborate parkour tricks, like back flipping off of walls and freerunning. Don’t forget to stretch though; no one wants a pulled groin.

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See the world without the layovers

Built in 1935, this massive inside-out stained glass globe is the coolest thing you’ll ever find in a library. Visitors will walk across a 30-foot glass bridge that spans the center of the globe to get a closer look at the entire world from a single perspective. It’s also the only place where the surface of the world can be seen without distortion, making many of the countries look entirely unfamiliar. But the best part? You get to go around the world in 20 minutes without any layovers. Sold!

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Score a hole in one in a whole new light

Mini golf was a standard first date in middle school, but things have gotten more exciting with Portland’s Glowing Greens, an indoor, black lit, 3D, pirate-themed miniature golf course. With pirate images popping out of the walls and skeletons that come out of nowhere, this place will have you seeing mini golf in a whole new light. Literally.

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Seek out vampires and ghosts

Lose the beads, step away from Easy Street, and start getting freaky with the paranormal. New Orleans’ ghost and vampire tour from French Quarter Phantoms will take you through NOLA’s most historic neighborhoods, while educating you on supposed real-life vampire-like crime stories. At least your friends won’t judge you for screaming like a baby, right?
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