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Ugh, Monday morning is here again. I’m spending this Monday traveling, so I am looking forward to dealing with people who don’t understand how the airport security line works, screaming children on the plane, and a mountain of laundry when I get home. But even though my Sunday Scaries are in full effect, it still had a better weekend than some people.
When you’ve built your entire career around being the (oft-victimized) good girl, having your carefully cultivated persona blown out of the water can be devastating for your career.
I’m not going to break the entire sitch down for you (my colleague Veronica did a much better job of that than I could here), but suffice it to say, it seems that Tay-Tay’s image as the perennially wronged victim is as real as the storylines on The Bachelorette. And to have that exposed by someone who openly admits they are famous for absolutely no reason? Painful. But then again, Swifty has made $170 million so far this year, so even if the revelation that she’s as bitchy as the rest of us is her ultimate downfall (which I’m sure it won’t be), I’m thinking she’s going to be ok.
It’s one thing to be a mean-spirited, body-shaming asshole. It’s another thing to have the whole world know you are a mean-spirited, body-shaming asshole, which is exactly what happened to model Dani Mathers this weekend.
Mathers, 2015 Playmate of The Year, thought it would be funny to post a picture of a naked woman in the sauna at her gym. After the internet started to clap back at her, Mathers posted a half-assed apology video on YouTube.
Too little, too late. Mathers was suspended from her job at KLOS-FM; the gym, LA Fitness, banned her from all of their locations nationwide; and she is being investigated for breaking California law by posting the pictures.
Karma’s a bitch, huh, Dani? [via Elite Daily]
It’s also one thing to cheat by using performance-enhancing drugs, and it’s another thing to get caught, which UFC and WWE Brock Lesnar learned over the weekend.
Lesnar, who won his first UFC fight in over five years at UFC 200 in Vegas last weekend, was flagged by the USADA for a potential anti-doping policy violation. While the substance that may have caused the failure was not revealed, Lesnar said in a statement on Friday that “We will get to the bottom of this.”
Interestingly, according to The Daily Mail, “The AP also obtained copies of three letters from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to Lesnar, informing the fighter that he had passed tests on three samples submitted over a nine-day period in mid-June, mere days before the sample with the potential violation was collected.” But even if the test is a false-positive, it’s hard to feel bad for Lesnar who made a UFC record $2.5 million guaranteed purse for last week’s fight. Yeah, nevermind. [via Daily Mail]
Employees at Nootrobox
The Sunday Scaries are legit for any of us that have to head to work on Monday morning, but imagine how bad they would if your employer forced you to starve from Monday night until Wednesday morning?
That’s the deal at a Silicon Valley startup named Nootrobox. The smart drug company, which makes cognitive enhancers called nootropics, has implemented a program in which its employees do not eat for a 36-hour period in an effort to enhance their focus and productivity.
The company’s co-founder and CEO, Geoffrey Woo, said of the program, “We’re actually super productive on Tuesdays. It’s hard at first, but we literally adopted it as part of the company culture,” adding that some of the employees are more hardcore, “Some people don’t eat for even longer. They fast on Sunday night, then breakfast on Wednesday morning.”
A professor from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Anthony Hannan, calls BS on fasting being better for cognitive abilities, saying that “to improve brain functionality is to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, keep your brain stimulated, get eight hours of sleep a night and reduce your stress levels.” And given that my stress levels go wayyyyyyyyy up when I’m not able to eat, I don’t think I’m going to be working on Nootrobox any time soon. [via New York Post]
Golf is one of the sports that you can have one of the best days of you career, and some just has to be a little bit better to completely ruin your day. And while Phil Mickelson was damn good at the British Open this weekend — he shot a final-round 65, his lowest final round at a major in his career — Henrik Stenson was just a little bit better, and made history in the process.
Mickelson and Stenson went back and forth on the leader board all day, but Stenson ultimately prevailed after taking a two-shot lead with three to play.
“I was hopeful that I could shoot something in the mid-60s,” Mickelson said. “I thought anything in the 60s would’ve been a good round today.” He added, “I played well enough to win by a number of strokes and got beat. I’m happy with the way I played, but disappointed it wasn’t enough.” [via Bleacher Report] .