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I Played With Mini Pigs For An Afternoon, And It Made My Year

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Meet the breeders that are making a positive change in the world of teacup piglets

Anybody that knows me knows I have a mildly alarming obsession with mini pigs. If you look at my Facebook page, my friends tag me in every adorable mini pig story on the internet or repeatedly post the same links on my wall (I have been tagged in the Rihanna “Work” mini pig mash-up at least 18 times). Being that I love them so much, and dream of the day that my apartment is large enough for me to house a sweet little pig of my own, I constantly research breeders and farms in the area in the little free time I do have. That’s when I stumbled across NY Teacup Piggies.

Laura and Greg Anderson have been breeding under NY Teacup Piggies for 12 years and are responsible for some very happy city-dwelling and farm-living (and some even Instagram famous) teacup pigs. When I read that they actually do “piggy parties,” meaning they come to you with a couple of these sweet angels for you to meet and play with, I almost cried tears of joy. Once I got the go-ahead that I was allowed to transform the NYLON studio into a piglet playpen for an afternoon, I prepared for my dreams to come true.

This is Oinkert. He is the sweetest angel I have ever had the opportunity to cuddle.

 In case you weren’t sure what pure joy looks like, here’s an example below (that's me trying not to cry).

They’ve also bred some pretty big deal pigs as well. If you don’t already follow Pearl’s Pig Tales, both Pearl and Ruby have come from NY Teacup Piggies and live happy, adorable lives in their “pastel dreamland.”

However, I’m not here to tell you about how adorable and sweet these piglets are, and how sitting in a pen holding them and feeling their tiny little snouts from my hand brought tears to my eyes and basically made my 2016. NY Teacup Piggies has also been making a meaningful difference in the world of teacup pigs.

While there has been a lot of hype about teacup piglets thanks to social media and celebrity pets (ahem, Miley), this has caused some less than reputable farms and breeders to scam customers into thinking their piglet won’t grow to be above 30 pounds, with some of them growing to be a whopping 400 pounds or more. Not all families have the means (or desire) to take care of a pig that size. That’s where Greg and Laura come in to save the day. Since 2011, they’ve been rescuing pigs from families that were misled about their pet pig’s adult size. Instead of these pigs being abandoned, not given to a proper home, or (sadly) being put down, they rescue them and make sure to find a safe, new home, with 10 percent of their piglet sales going to their rescue facility. 

I’m thankful for meeting Laura (and Oinkert and Titan) because it’s hard to find a reputable piglet breeder that really cares about the well-being of their animals and others. My dreams of becoming known as “that girl with the pig” in the city are getting closer, and I will definitely be adopting my sweet little baby from NY Teacup Piggies.

If you’re looking for your daily dose of piglet cuteness, you can follow NY Teacup Piggies on Facebook and Instagram.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.

BREAKING: JON SNOW FINALLY APOLOGIZED FOR SEASON 8 youtu.be

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It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL - Official Trailer www.youtube.com

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"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.

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