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  • Gambia bans child marriage

    Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has banned child marriages, the AFP news agency reports.

    It reports that he announced the ban on Wednesday saying:

    Anyone who marries a girl under 18 years will spend 20 years in jail. The girls' parents would spend 21 years in jail and anyone who knows about it and fails to report the matter to the authorities would spend 10 years in jail."

     

    He also threatened a jail term for the imam involved in the wedding ceremony.

    The president called for legislation to confirm the ban later this month.

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  • How Women in Africa Boost Bottoms With Padded Panties

    Despite being an item of ridicule in the past, today, many women are rushing to have larger behinds in the name of wealth, health and a means to build self-confidence as well as attract the opposite sex.

    In Ivory Coast, a woman’s beauty is defined by how big her bottom is. In order to acquire the ‘bootylicious’ bottom, some squirt creams onto their behinds, others pop pills while others adorn padded panties.

    Women who have a ‘botcho’ the Ivorian slang for ‘vast rear end’ are seen as wealthy and healthy hence, some have to do everything possible to achieve the curvaceous look. For the emerging middle class in the nation, this has become routine and has contributed to the growth of businesses dealing with such products.

    In a country like Ivory Coast, the skinny catwalk queens are no role model to a community of women whose desire to enhance their bottoms is overtaken by the risks that come with growth enhancer pills and creams.

    “You need to have good hips to be dubbed a beauty in Ivory Coast,” said a saleswoman named Sarah. “Men like women with a bit of bottom best.”

    A report from Agence France said that infused Press, pills, creams, and broth- infused suppositories, are big business in the country. At Treichville, Abidjan’s biggest market, shop owners do a steady trade in ‘grossifesse’ (butt boosters).

    The side effects of the pursuit are also so real as the pills are made from corticoids, which can cause high blood pressure and diabetes, Fatima Ly, a venereologist in Dakar told the news agency.

    There are creams made with shea butter or cod-liver oil and don’t have the same health risks. However, they are expensive for a country where the average person makes only a little over $100 a month. According to sellers, despite the cream enhancers going for between 15,000 to 25,000 CFA francs ($25 to $45), the products do not last long on the shelves. Women on lower budgets prefer ingesting broth cubes because they are greasy in hope that it will enhance their rears.

    The safer and cheaper option is using padded pants to give an illusion of a larger bottom according to local reports. Despite its safety, it has its own set of problems. Nigerian men are not so happy with the pads which are sold in stores and sometimes by hawkers in the street. Men have expressed their disgust and feelings of being misled by their women who adorn the cloth.

    One Nigerian man, Adelani Makinde filed for divorce just hours after his expensive wedding, after discovering that his bride’s bottom was not as ‘big and round’ as it had appeared during their courtship. On the grounds of false pretense, Makinde promptly filed for divorce.

    For women who have a financial footing, they opt for booty-boosting surgeries abroad or get plastic surgeons flying in to perform the ‘booty miracle’. Parisian plastic surgeon Robin Mookherjee is one doctor who flies to Dakar every month and claims to have treated “hundreds of women patients” from west Africa, notably from Ivory Coast.

    History shows that black women with larger breasts, hips, thighs and bottoms have been items of ridicule, hyper-sexuality, and denigration. But since the legendary butts of Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, it has become an essential part of beauty coveted by many women from different races, who would do anything in their power to have such booties.

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  • Here’s Why Men’s Shirt Buttons Are On The Right While Women Have Them On The Left

    The history of buttons is intriguing. What's even more interesting is the reason behind their different placement on shirts for men and women. From horses to babies to Napoleon, each theory is more interesting than the previous one.

    Button up as we go through the pages of history to find out the reason behind this mystery:

    1. Napoleon Bonaparte's scheme of stopping women from mocking him.

    All of his portraits have his right hand tucked into the coat which could only be achieved if the buttoning was from left to right. It is said that women used to stick their hand in just like he did, mimicking & mocking him. He then ordered all women's clothing to have buttons on the opposite side so that they could no longer do that.

    Source: urbanfinne

    2. Women were dressed by servants and men dressed themselves.

    While men usually dressed themselves when it came to dressing, women in yesteryears had servants to do that for them. Since servants were mostly right-handed, it was easier for them to have the buttons on the left.

    Source: undressinghistorical

     

    3. Men held swords in their right hand while women held babies in their left.

    It was easy for men to unbutton their upper-wear with their left hand as their right was preoccupied with a sword, especially during warfare. As for women, they held babies in their left hand to keep their right hand free for unbuttoning their top to allow babies to breast feed.

    Source: hitfix

    Source: tvinsider

    4. Women rode sidesaddle on the horse while men sat astride.

    While heading into combat, men sat astride and rode on the left side of the road so that they could use their right hand to hold swords. They would draw these swords from their left hip and the left side had to overlap the right to prevent the hilt of the sword from getting stuck in the coat or shirt. Women, on the other hand, sat sidesaddle to the left, like they do on cycles and bikes these days. Buttoning on the left did not allow any wind to enter into their shirts.

    Source: calgaryherald

    5. Women wanted to prove they are equal to men and different as well.

    Another theory says that to prove that women are equal to men, many features of men's clothing were borrowed by them. But they did want to put in a few changes to indicate that they are different too. Hence, buttons on opposite sides.

     

    6. Manufacturers & producers wanted to keep this difference.

    When shirts for both sexes went into mass production, such minor changes are what identified the difference between male and female clothing.

    Source: wearekoalasvintage

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  • This is what you need to do if your Facebook account is hacked

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    This is what you need to do if your Facebook account is hacked

    There is always a chance someone can obtain your password and log into your online account. And, Facebook is no different.

    Hackers can breach a Facebook account in different ways. For instance, spammers hack Facebook accounts to gain access to your following. Similarly, automatic logins through Facebook allow hackers access to several different site accounts once they have taken over your Facebook account. Your account also provides the hacker a lot of personal information about you that can be used to steal your identity.

    However, there is a simple way to check if you are worried that your account has been hacked. Go to the arrow in the upper left-hand corner of your Facebook page and click on it. In the menu, choose Settings. A new menu will pop up. Select Security and then Where You’re Logged In.

     

    It will provide a list of all the devices that you have logged into and their locations. If there is a login you are not able to identify, there are chances that you may have been hacked. If you notice anything that is not you, click End Activity on the right side of the log to end the session. The hacker will be logged out, momentarily.

    In addition, below are some other ways to know if your account has been hacked:

     

    • Your name, birthday, email or password has been changed
    • Someone sent out friend requests to people you don’t know
    • Messages have been sent from your account, but you didn’t write them
    • Posts are appearing on your timeline that you didn’t post

    Steps to be taken if your Facebook account has been hacked

    Once you click on End Activity, change your password right away. Subsequently, get Facebook’s help. In the event you have been hacked, Facebook has a system to help you.

    Go to the Facebook help page, click on I think my account was hacked or someone is using it without my permission, and then click on secure it. Facebook will take you to a page where you log in and then follow the steps to secure your account.

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  • These 23 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Will Blow Your Mind

    Sometimes we capture a photo that turns it into a hilarious coincidence or a beautiful illusion. Here are such 23 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Will Blow Your Mind.

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