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We thought we'd heard it all after the whole 'don't put ice lollies up your vagina' warning yesterday, but this takes the cake.

According to The Sun, a Spanish lake in Galicia is gaining notoriety for social media influencers thanks to it's gorgeous turqoise waters and stunning aesthetic.

There's only one, minor downside. The crystal clear water of Monte Neme is actually a toxic waste dump, created by the Tungsten mine which was utilised during World War II.


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According to reports, the mine was abandoned in the 1980s and the 'lake' is a large hole full of dangerously contaminated water. Lush.

A Spanish publication named Publico claimed that one person started getting sick after taking a dip in the luscious green water, and broke out in a rash that lasted for two weeks.

What did he have to say about his experience? "The photo was worth it." Wow, no wonder the earth is slowly dying.


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Another Instagrammer told them that she "didn't see the warning signs" and went swimming because "the water looked very pretty."

Unfortunately for her, she later suffered from a two-week long skin irritation and vomiting bug. Do it for the 'gram, they said. It'll be worth it, they said.

Doctors have since spoken out about the health concerns which the lake can create.


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Manuel Ferreiro, a doctor at University Hospital of Coruña, told The Local:

"Brief exposure will most likely cause eye and skin irritation but a longer time in the water and digestion of the toxins could cause stomach problems, vomiting and diarrhoea."

Personally, we'd avoid these waters at all costs but you can bet certain influencers will still make the journey to the lake.

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Pop idol Britney Spears is clearing up rumours about her mental health and well-being on her social media, confirming: “All is well”.

37-year-old Toxic singer checked into a mental health facility earlier in April to cope with the stress of her father’s ongoing illness.

Rumours were swirling that there was more going on beneath the surface of Spears’ visit, but she shared a video on Instagram on April 23 to dispel the myth.

“Hi guys, just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me,” Britney said in the video, referring to her father Jamie, who she is very close with.

“My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to deal. But don’t worry, I’ll be back very soon,” she continued.

Her fans were deeply concerned about her treatment and suspected that her family had forced her to enter the facility.

Mental health has been known to play a big role in addiction as a whole. Brittany spears is a perfect example of this. She has finally understood that she cannot enter a drug rehab program without getting help with her mental health issues.

A group of protesters gathered outside City Hall on Monday in LA to demand her release from the facility after claims about her mental health went viral.

Britney’s caption disputes the “out of control” things which fans online have said, and even alluded to shocking death threats made to her family and team;

“I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me,” Britney wrote. “Don’t believe everything you read and hear.”

She wrote a detailed and emotional Instagram post about her dad’s health back in early January;

“A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalised and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time.”

Britney also spoke out against her former manager, Sam Lutfi, who she claimed wrote fake emails in her name to communicate with her team; “My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment,” she said.

“You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want!” Britney continued in the social media video.

“Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful.”

We wish her well and hope her father makes a speedy and full recovery. We need Brit back to her best.

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It's a tale as old as time.

Good girl falls for bad boy…but what about when it's not as innocent as that?

What comes to my mind is that scene in Goodfellas (if you haven't seen this masterpiece – wtf, watch it ASAP).

Karen is dating gangster Henry for a few months when he attacks her neighbour who tried it on with her.

Henry breaks his nose with a gun, threatens to kill him if he goes near Karen again and then hands Karen the bloodied gun to hide.

Her response?

''I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriend gave them a gun to hide. But I didn't. I got to admit the truth. It turned me on.''

And there is the crux of what this article is about.

Why are some women so attracted to men who are genuinely dangerous? 

Forget the likes of Chuck Bass and Jess Mariano, I'm talking about men who are capable of stalking, of hurting, of killing.

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The men we're romanticising

The whole fancying men who should be strictly undesirable has gotten a fresh lease of life, thanks to 2018/2019's popular culture.

Thanks to Netflix, two shows have captured the zeitgeist of our modern social climate – You and a resurgence in interest in Ted Bundy with a documentary and a new movie starring Zac Efron titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. 

Firstly, You focuses on a young man played by former Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley who is a stalker and murderer.

So, someone to avoid at all costs, you would think.

However, because he is also good-looking, he has had swarms of female viewers swooning over him in ways that are worrying on many levels. 

Think tweets like, ''Why am I so attracted to Joe from you he seems so sweet but that’s how they get ya'' and ''Joe from you creeps me out but at the same time I’m attracted to him???????''

In a similar fashion, Ted Bundy was an infamous serial killer, murdering many women in the 1970s and 1980s.

But, you guessed it, people are focusing on what his face looked like and overlooking the fact that he killed repeatedly in cold blood. It also doesn't help that Zac Efron plays him in the Netflix movie.

Back when Ted was alive, he had tons of groupies sending him letters, women who couldn't believe he committed these horrible crimes because he was handsome.
Do we ignore gut feelings of not being safe if a guy is hot?
Or are we attracted to the fact that he isn't safe?
It seems that the latter definitely has some truth in it, but why?

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Why do we do it?

Women are drawn to these unstable men for many reasons.

Karen Kwong, an Organisational Psychologist, says that it's down to the concept of “love is blind” and that people like characters that are mysterious and intriguing. 

Psychopaths are known to be charming – disarmingly so, just like Ted was and Joe is. 

Karen says, ''Typically psychopaths are extremely charming and confident, often venturing deep into narcissism. So on a good day, they’d be fun to hang out with and will flatter you endlessly. Their confidence will be a great draw.''

That's kinda scary tbh. 

And there's actually a word for this pull that some of us experience with men that we should be steering clear of. 

It's called hybristophilia and makes a lot of sense – how many of us have tried to ''fix'' guys? 

It tunes into our nurturing instincts and belief that we can change this guy with our love.

Fan culture

Social media is allowing a fan culture to develop around finding psychopaths hot.

And while it is a great way for viewers to discuss the shows, it can be harmful when others are voicing things like, ''All the hot guys are f*cked up.''

Penn Badgely himself stepped in when the narrative following the release of You turned his character into an object of desire even after he murdered people.

In answer to a viewer who said, ''Said this already but @PennBadgley is breaking my heart once again as Joe. What is it about him?'', he wrote, ''A. He is a murderer.''

There is an intense fan culture surrounding these type of men – Jamie Dornan in The Fall is another example.

The Irish actor portrayed a serial killer – yet he was glamorised because he is also a bit of a ride.

Fans flocked to social media to express how gorgeous he is – forgetting to mention the fact that he murders people. 

One said, ''I haven’t started You yet but if y’all like thirsting after a psychopath let me tell you AGAIN to watch The Fall. Jamie Dornan does DISTURBING shit & he’s still hot. A. F.''

I rest my case.

While this culture is worrying at best, it does start a conversation about what traits to look out for if you find yourself in a relationship where something doesn't feel right.

The traits to watch out for include;

Charm, like I mentioned before. If your partner changes his personality around others and you feel like it's superficial – it might be something to note.

Emotional coldness is another red flag.

Are they empathetic? Do they get upset, cry, does anything affect them? It should because they are human like us….but if they seem unperturbed by everything, that doesn't look good. 

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Watch out or manipulation – is everything always your fault somehow and never theirs? That's a form of control.

Also, if you're in a relationship with someone who is playing the hot-and-cold game, run for the hills.

They are testing you and could be straying also – who needs that mental torture?

Obviously, it goes without saying, if you feel unsafe in any way at any time with them, you shouldn't be with them anymore (sounds duh but hard when you love someone).

So, if you're one of the viewers who has expressed their desire for men who are convicted murders/stalkers etc., maybe you should delve a bit deeper into why you're having these feelings.

Remember, having a boyfriend who is dangerous might seem thrilling but it's just that – dangerous.

And there's nothing sexy about being with someone who doesn't make you feel safe – no matter how drop-dead (excuse the pun) gorge they are. 


Before Taylor Swift shook the industry with a string of chart-topping hits, numerous relationship sagas and several high-profile spats, we had Britney Spears.

Like Taylor, Britney started out as a wholesome, all-American gal until abruptly changing tack in 2002.

Out went the doe-eyes, pigtails and virginal relationship with Justin Timberlake, and in came the live snakes, provocative lyrics and public meltdowns.

And whether this comparison played a part in Andy Wu's decision to remix the two artists' music is unclear, but there's no denying that Britney's Toxic and Taylor's Look What You Made Me Do complement each other perfectly in this recently uploaded mash-up.

Andy, who goes by AKA AnDyWuMUSICLAND on YouTube, has been inundated with praise since sharing the remix in recent days.

"Better than the original," wrote one YouTuber while another added: "This is a MASTERPIECE."

But we'll let you guys decide for yourselves…



OK, she's no Whitney Houston or Beyonce, but Britney can sing.

From Baby One More Time to If U Seek Amy, the pop princess has released some absolute belters over the years, but many still bash her for her heavily autotuned vocals.

Now, we love Britney (in fact, we wanted to BE her as a kids… pre 2007 obvs) and will listen to her music without hesitation.

But in recent years she has been criticised heavily on her live performances and TV gigs.

However, a stripped-down version of Toxic has just been leaked and it's not too shabby.

Sure, the high notes are tricky, but Brit Brit gives a damn good performance.

Also, have you seen the moves she pulls on stage? Nobody would be able to keep their voice in check busting out those dances.

Britney, we salute you. *Listens to Toxic on repeat*




Friends can be great, but not all of them have your best interests at heart.

If you have an inkling there may be some toxicity in your friendship, here are the signs that you need to be aware of:

1. Backhanded compliments
A true friend compliments you without making you say: “Oh thanks so much, I…wait what?”

2. Disappearing act
You are always there when they need you, but suddenly the tables turn and they are nowhere to be found.

3. Boyfriend obsession
Best friends support one another’s relationships but if your so-called BFF drops you like a hot potato when she lands a new fella, she may not be as loyal as you thought. Give her a chance with this one as many girls struggle to find a balance between friends and relationships but if she’s making zero effort even after a talking to, toxicity is something to consider.

4. She uses you
That other girl can’t go to the party so she asks you instead. She knows you just got paid and borrows money, deep down you know she won’t pay you back. She fancies your brother or best friend and suddenly wants to hang out all of the time. Don’t let anybody treat you second best.

5. Sense of dread
You see their name pop up on your phone and only answer it out of guilt – not because you actually want to. 



So, you've been friends with this girl for what feels like forever, but lately you're starting to think something just isn't right. The older we get, the less crap we take. Here are some signs your friend is not a friend after all…

1. You’re the Butt End of all her Jokes
You have become the punchline of all her jokes. Look, we all have that one friend that gets way more slagging then the rest but there has to be a limit. She goes out of her way to make sure you know exactly where your place is.

2. They Can Give It But Can’t Take It
Slagging matches are always good fun but if they only go one way then they tire easily. She is in her element when the spotlight is on you but as soon as you turn it back at her, she goes into a huff and tries to make you feel guilty about making fun of her so you, in turn apologise.

3. She Always Points Out Your Faults
She knows what you’re self-conscious of so she uses it to make sure you stay in your place. She’ll start the sentence with, ‘I’m not being a bitch or anything, but…’ Or ‘No Offence, but..’ If there’s a ‘but’ in the sentence you know where it’s going to go.

4. Back Handed Compliments
This is pretty much used in combination with the pointing out of your faults. She compliments you, you say thanks, and then you realise what she said: ‘I love your hair like that, it really takes the attention off your nose’…‘Aw thanks, wait what?’

5. She Disappears and Reappears
When you’re together, she gets really possessive for weeks at a time. She is constantly hanging off you and wanting to spend time with you but then she’ll disappear for another month. Any plans for coffee are rarely fulfilled.

6. She’s Completely Different Around Other People
When you're alone she’s actually grand but when you are with others, she’s a different person. If you’re with people she doesn’t really know, she gets nervous and she immediately falls back on insulting you for giggles.

7. She is Constantly Changing Friend Groups
Are you the only constant friend in her social circle? She goes through friends like it’s going out of fashion. It’s never just an acquaintance. When she makes a new friend, ‘she loves this girl’. It always ends in a fight and it’s ALWAYS the other person’s fault.

8. She is Always ‘One Upping’ You
If you have a sore finger, hers is about to fall off. Have a date with a boy? Some guy just asked for her hand in marriage.

9. She Has No Problem in Ditching You
If something better comes along, she has no problem in not meeting up with you and cancelling at a minutes notice.

10. Her Friendship is Like a Favour to You
You should be honored. Like seriously, even just to be in her presence should be enough.

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Having a good relationship is fantastic – which is why it’s so important to be aware of whether or not your relationship IS actually a good one.

Check out these five relationship types that are totally exhausting and not worth it. We hope for your sake they don’t sound too familiar!

Feeling like you can’t live without the other person is no way to live. You will both end up letting other aspects of your life suffer in order to make the relationship work. Skipping out on nights out with friends or quitting your job in order to spend more time with your other half isn’t good – and your other half shouldn’t encourage you to do these kinds of things either.

This is possibly one of the most dangerous relationships. Your man may become super jealous and demand you don’t talk to any of your male friends anymore, or he may hate it when you go out with your friends without him. These guys can usually be pretty charming so it’s hard to realise what he’s up to, but once you do, you’ll want to get out. Living under someone else’s control is awful.

You both probably really like each other but all you seem to do is fight, because you can’t agree on anything. Not good.

Prize Possession
He’s either gorgeous or loaded, or both, and he wants a pretty lady on his arm. That’s it. Nothing more. No thanks – we can’t look good every day!

Good on Paper
He looks great, is really nice and has a good job. Your friends like him, your parents like him – even your dog likes him. But you are just not too bothered. You’ll probably try really hard to get to like him for a while but eventually you’ll have to give him his p45. It’s a tragic situation to find yourself in!