10 annoying questions vegetarians get asked – by cats.

1. You don’t eat meat?

You don't eat meat?

2. What do you eat, lettuce?

cat laughing

3. OH, I forgot you were vegetarian, can you just pick the meat out?

pick meat out

4. I don’t know how you do it. I want to be a vegetarian but meat is just so delicious.

cat licking pig

5. But WHERE do you get your protein?


6. It’s evolution, we are meant to eat meat.


7. If I was going to die but you could save me by eating meat would you?

eat meat to save me

8. But you know you’re still killing plants, right?

plants maybe

 9. What if that fake meat is actually real meat, and you’re eating real meat right now!?

fake meat

10. Do you hate me because I eat meat?


All images are from catgifpage.com and giphy.com

Facebook -where opinions and passions go to die

If you have ever seen a cockroach slowly struggle for life as it is sprayed with poison then you will know exactly what it is like to be on the opposing end of a Facebook fight. Here are some tips to win your very own social media battle;

  • Go in strong. Use phrases like ‘lol’ and ‘hahahhaha’ to commence your argument to let everyone else know their opinion is ridiculous and there is no way in social media hell it is valued.
  •  Attack their personal appearance. Check out their profile picture and find their biggest flaw, then use it against them because it will make your argument logical, sound and you will ultimately win the quarrel.
  • Don’t bother reading their comments. It is incomprehensible that you should be open to their opinions and beliefs. Do not question your beliefs because that could incur change. Nobody wants change, especially if it benefits society. But by all means questions theirs, especially if it is arguing against your self-funded education that has been instilled into you and couldn’t possibly be flawed.
  • Screenshot their comments and post them in another thread -potentially one who is on your side (the right side) and laugh. Add some laughing emojis for added effect.
  • Get your similarly educated friends to like all your comments so the opposition feels humiliated. The aim of the game is to completely destroy their opinion or desire to ever have one again.
  • Never educate them on the topic at hand. You want their argument to be wrong, but you do not ever want them to know what you know.
  • If all else fails attack their grammar. “It’s you’re* -YOUR argument is now invalid.”

20 things I have learnt in my early 20’s

In just under two weeks I will be turning 23, and after taking a good week to accept Mean Girls was created a decade ago, I have finally come to terms with my age through a list of everything I have learnt so far. Here is 20 things I have learnt in my early 20’s.

1. It is okay not to have your shit together, actually it is expected to be a complete mess. Waking up with a nightclub’s stamp from the night before transferred onto your face and finishing off the leftover kebab for breakfast, does not mean your teacher was right about you not going anywhere in life, it just means you’re cultured.

2. If you take less than five minutes to decide whether or not to have guacamole on your nachos, it means you have the ability to make informed, intelligent, life decisions. Don’t get me started on sour cream.

3. It is a time when less and less people card you when buying alcohol, so wear a school uniform to trick the bastards.

4. It’s no longer acceptable to just have a gym membership, now you actually have to use it.

5. No matter who comes over to your house (whether it’s a pool boy or a delivery lady) if your parents catch you talking to them they think you are going to marry and start a family with them.

6. Sleepovers don’t mean sleeping over anymore.

7. Post Festival Depression is actually a serious illness.

8. Used by dates become more of a recommendation than a necessity.

9. It’s completely fine to want all your similar aged friends to get married so you can take full advantage of the open bar, but think yourself as too young to tie the knot.

10. You’ve only got a few more years before you become too old for Instagram. Post as many selfies as you can.

11. Unless you are a professional or get paid, it’s kind of weird if you play sport.

12. The snooze button is your best friend.

13. Two day hangovers are actually a thing.

14. It’s time to accept that you will never go to a house party ever again – well not one like you did in your teen years where everyone you had on Myspace showed up, and the police showed up while you were curled up in the backyard telling a bottle of Passion Pop that you love it.

15. If you don’t have internet banking by now, then you aren’t a real person.

16. Chocolate is a colour, not a food source.

17. It becomes your responsibility to check for tissues in your pockets before you wash your own clothes.

18. Dating a celebrity seems more and more unattainable.

19. It is socially acceptable to have a public melt down over Subway not putting enough salad on the sub.

20. You’re going to be 30 sooner than you think.

Sexism or Feminism Feud?

Family feud has flustered the nation with the recent airing of the segment which showed the nation’s answers of what they believe a woman’s job and a man’s job is.

Despite articles and comments stating they believe the two questions were ‘ill-advised’ and ‘wrong’, only the women’s category has caused fierce backlash.

For those unfamiliar with the show’s format, it sees 100 random Australian’s surveyed about certain categories, which host Grant Denyer then puts them forward to two opposing teams, made up of family members, on the show to score points by stating what they think would be the top answers. The winning team then goes on to compete for $10,000.

The criticism it generated centred on the misogynistic answers that topped the women’s question including hairdressing, reception work and domestic duties like washing clothes and doing the dishes.

Obviously the credibility of the surveyed have been questioned, and full-fledged arguments regarding women’s equality rights have developed. However, what about the stigma attached to the men’s category?

Answers for this category included building, mowing the lawns, taking out the bins, being a mechanic, tradie, fixer of things, carpenter and plumber. What about the men who want to be a hairdresser, a teacher, a house husband, or a gardener?

Where is the uproar about these answers for men?

It appears people are so quick to defend women’s rights, but forget that it is equally difficult for men who want to break into industries which have a feminine stigma attached.

Denyer also defended the show on his twitter stating it was not the show’s fault, rather Australia provided those answers.

In some sense Denyer is correct. Ask your parents and grandparents what they think a woman’s or man’s job is and these type of jobs are the first one’s that come into mind because they have been ingrained into their cultural values. It doesn’t mean they are the ONLY jobs women can do. It is just what Baby Boomers grew up with, and more than likely the people surveyed were of this generation, rather than generation Y, as this is the target audience.

All the feminist ladies

I have recently been reading an array of articles on feminism only to have come across multiple women using Beyonce as the poster girl for their argument. While I greatly appreciate my predecessors who fought for my right to choose whether or not I want to wake up and put an apron or a pant suit on, or whether or not I want to get pregnant when an inebriated idiot thinks he doesn’t need a condom, I am disappointed in those who state Beyoncé is the epitome of feminism.

Don’t get me wrong, I love attempting to mimic the star’s illustrious dance moves, wearing my underwear, while singing ‘All the single ladies’ as much as the next woman, but having many argue she represents what women fought for decades ago is somewhat embarrassing.

Beyoncé’s hit song ‘Drunk in Love’, a collaboration with husband Jay Z, has the star echoing the rappers words “Eat the Cake, Anne Mae”, a distinct reference to the biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It, in which Ike Turner assaults Tina Turner.

In the 2013 February issue of GQ Beyoncé argues that men define what is feminine.

“Let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show,” she states. “It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”

As GQ proves by featuring half naked women on the front of their magazine each month, sex sells. Beyoncé states that men define what is sexy, so a men’s magazine that identifies nudity as selling highlights that’s what men believe is sexy.

Since feminism is about gender equality and not being defined by a man, being half naked goes against this ideology especially when paired with these claims. In the same issue of the magazine she features on the front cover wearing underwear and showing her breasts.

But I thought she said it was ridiculous that men define what it means to be sexy?

I find my love for Beyoncé tainted by many people arguing that the star is a feminist. When asked by my friends if I love her I often hesitate because people have reiterated so many times that she stands for gender equality.

I am not arguing that she wants to stand for feminism, as she may not, I am merely stating that people who argue for feminism and use Beyoncé as an example need to ask themselves whether the women, such as Gloria Steinem who pushed for access to the pill, abortion, equal employment opportunity, and more would like to be represented by a woman who glamourises assault and contradicts her statements.

There are kids who want to be vaccinated in Africa

The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has undoubtedly caused devastating effects, but the lesson one should take away from this is that there is no excuse to be against vaccinations.



Despite living in a developed country, where access to a drug and vaccine network is readily available, people still choose to avoid vaccinating not only themselves but their children too.

There is even an organisation which advocates natural alternatives to drug based medicines, including the recent suggestion that epilepsy patients should never take anti-epileptic drugs, and this is in Australia.

In West Africa efforts to control the outbreak  of Ebola are hampered by unfounded suspicion of modern medicine and reliance on herbal medicine.

This misinformation is understandable due to the fragmented, under-resourced, or non-existent health system in the region, but what is Australia’s excuse?

Recently there have been reports of an outbreak of highly preventable diseases such as the Measles in Australia and it is all due to the decline of implementing vaccinations.

In one case, a woman died from Ebola after her family forcibly removed her from a hospital to bring her to a traditional herbalist.

In addition to rejecting medical quarantine in favour of herbal medicine, angry mobs have attacked medical workers to protest what they view as a conspiracy to infect the population, believing it to be a government scheme used to either collect money or harvest the organs of patients said to have Ebola. In Liberia, police shot tear gas and bullets at a mob angrily protesting the quarantining of a densely populated slum in the capital, Monrovia.

While the anti-vaccination community in Australia is not violently opposing lifesaving vaccines, they are rejecting the overwhelming scientific data on the effectiveness of vaccines, embracing conspiracy theories on vaccines causing autism, and refusing to vaccinate their children.

If this outbreak can teach us anything it is that vaccinations have been created to save lives, not destroy them.

Mental illness is a taboo topic until it takes a life



As the world connects on a global scale digital natives have been able to share their opinions and experiences allowing for a better understanding of previously unmentioned issues. A prevalent advancement is the detachment of a certain stigma against mental illnesses. However it seems that it is only discussed on a major scale when someone has resorted to taking their own life.

The discussion has been reignited due to the tragic death of Robin Williams who allegedly took his own life after fighting an ongoing battle with depression.

Robin Williams is unfortunately a great example of why mental illness has a stigma attached to it. But not the stigma so fervently discussed. In a 2011 interview with the Project in Australia, Williams discussed the worlds expectations of him.

“People expect me to kind of be on all the time. A lady walked up to me at an airport one time and I forget where it was and she said ‘be zany’,” he said.

This shows what kind of guilt is attached with mental illness. Not only was he suffering an inner anguish, and constantly attempting to understand his impalpable emotions, but he also had millions of people, including both fans and critics, expecting him to be happy and funny all of the time due to his established career. This creates an added emotion of guilt due to not being able to feel funny, happy, and on all of the time.

While everyone believes that the stigma attached to mental illnesses is the perceived notion of being a cop out or people just being “insensitive”, now that it is highly recognised that it is a serious condition many believe the stigma has been removed. However with this acknowledgement another kind of stigma has been attached, which involves many believing if they lead a comfortable lifestyle, have a great family, and beautiful friends they must be happy. If they are funny, or iconic, or a celebrity, they must be happy. If they are attractive, skinny and have a great personality, they must be happy.


Mental illness can affect anyone from any walk of life and despite a pleasing exterior view their interior may not be so gratifying. Anyone could be suffering an inner battle, so to remove this stigma understanding what meets the eye may be a lie is key.

I am unsure what kind of emotions Williams was battling but I am sure that I myself suffered from a battle with mental illness. For six to seven years I suffered with an eating disorder which consumed my life. Although I had an amazing family, a large group of friends, and was given unlimited opportunities, I was still ultimately overtaken by this mental illness and I could not help how I felt despite the logic being written out for me. Feelings and logic are two different things which many do need to recognise.


Robin Williams’ 2011 Interview on the Project, Australia

My experience with overcoming an eating disorder






Review: (Coco) Nuts about oil pulling

When you hear the name ‘oil pulling’ it is hard not to envision it as a new method for Bunnings’ do-it-yourselfers but in reality it is actually an ancient dental technique that has quickly become a new obsession for health junkies. Although all of the cool kids with their jars filled with green smoothies and Instagram photos featuring acai bowls are yet to catch on I have noticed that a lot of health addicts praise this method.

So what in the world is oil pulling?  While it sounds odd, it is actually quite simple and only requires a tablespoon of any vegetable oil, I prefer coconut, to be swished around the mouth for 20 minutes.


This technique is derived from ancient Ayurvedic medicine with the idea toxins in your mouth are poisonous. Sounds like an old wives tale right? Well after doing countless hours of research and reading hundreds of testimonials I was convinced to try it out. Despite there being no real scientific evidence to back it up, there is copious amounts of reviews from people all over the world who swear by this method.

During the 20 minutes of swishing the oil is pushed, pulled and drawn through your teeth and around gums resulting in bacteria and other debris that regular brushing and flossing can’t catch being pulled into the oil. Enzymes are activated and toxins are removed and caught in the oil. As the process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. If the oil is still yellow, or clear, it has not been ‘pulled’ long enough. Swallowing will defeat the purpose, as will using the wrong type of oil. 

I started to oil pull just under a week ago and despite noticing a slight placebo effect I think there have been some minor results. I tried it firstly at night time, however it is recommended to be done in the morning on an empty stomach as this will refute any chance of something coming up if your gag reflex cannot handle the texture of oil as many testimonials indicate. Although I had no problem with the oil I still decided to move to the morning to get the best results. I chose coconut oil because I absolutely love the smell and the thought of any other oil in my mouth somewhat disturbed me. I believe it has to be unrefined and organic as any additives will defeat the purpose. After twenty minutes of slow swishing, no need to be vigorous, I spit it out into the bin. This is essential unless you want to clog your drains as the coconut oil can solidify once it has entered your drainpipes and block them.

And that’s it.

I do wash my mouth out with warm water, and some advise using salt water to kill any remaining bacteria.

I have noticed my teeth feel smoother and clean all day long and I haven’t woken up with any morning breath, both in which are suggested results. I do think my teeth look whiter, but honestly it could all be in my head since it hasn’t even been a week yet. I want to do this for an entire month and record my results to see if this dental technique is fact or fad. Also it does not replace brushing your teeth, it just adds to it!

Here is a list of problems oil pulling can allegedly heal:

  • Allergies

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Blood sugar levels

  • Breath freshing

  • Bronchitis

  • Cancer

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Chronic skin problems

  • Congestion

  • Detoxification

  • Diabetes

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Headaches

  • Hemorrhoids

  • High blood pressure

  • Joint flexibility

  • Lack of energy

  • Lack of memory

  • Migraines

  • Mental fog

  • Oral health

  • Bleeding gums

  • Tooth decay

  • Gum disease

  • Pain

  • PMS, cramping

  • Radiation removal

  • Sinusitis

  • Snoring

  • Stretch marks

  • Tooth decay

  • Warts

While the list is extremely long, and some of the supposed results seem a bit too good to be true, I do believe it does help your teeth and gums live in a healthier environment.

To read more reviews on oil pulling click here and here

To read a dental professional’s take on oil pulling click here

“I want my Indian Headdress back!”

Following Splendour in the Grass over the weekend a favourite radio presenter of mine, Zan Rowe, posted a picture of a Splendour-goer wearing a long headdress accompanied with the caption, “Hey guys just sayin’… Culturally insensitive. Y’know? #SITG.”


The cultural appropriation argument has been ongoing and not just with headdresses, but many other cultural symbols.

Often the argument against wearing these cultural symbols rely on people lacking an adequate education regarding the matter, but upon researching the history of the Native American war bonnet (headdress) it is revealed only men were given the privilege of wearing them. The headdresses that are being sold by designers are currently styled as to those in which only Native American male tribal leaders could wear, highlighting the unequal rights of a women in the tribe, even if they battled or were chiefs in which there indeed was.

Being a woman myself, I am a part of a minority group so perhaps I can argue that I am deeply offended by the fact women, despite being leaders and helping their community, were not allowed to wear headdresses.

Although I am not offended, my argument is that many cultural appropriation activists actually lack the knowledge of what they are standing up for. While Zan Rowe is educating many who do not understand the importance of these headdresses, which is very beneficial, she can be seen to also be suggesting that she believes it was okay that men were given the privilege of wearing such a powerful headdress, while women were not, even if they were equal in their position within the tribe.

Another issue surrounding these activists is that while protesting against cultural insensitivity for one cultural symbol they will be indulging in many others. For example, many will attack a headdress-wearer or a Bindi-sporter while preparing for their Mexican-themed party on the weekend, in their cowboy boots, and donning a tartan-patterned clothing item.

Although many don’t see the harm, Mexican-themed parties can actually cause offense, with a Latino student group distributing a letter last year stating they are offended by these celebrations.

“Some of our peers choose to throw ‘Mexican-themed’ parties that are culturally insensitive, offensive, and detrimental to the Northwestern community,” said the group, which identified that this was an issue year after year.

“Drinking tequila shots, eating tacos, and wearing sombreros do not commemorate Mexican culture; on the contrary, that offends, marginalizes, and isolates many of our friends, classmates, and community members, and casts our entire community in poor light.”

However on Zan Rowe’s instagram account she has posted a photo of her producer wearing a sombrero in early 2014 without any indication that she believes this is culturally insensitive. This conveys the idea that cultural appropriation is only acceptable when it suits activists.

Cultural appropriation is very real and can understandably offend those who are being represented in a stereotypical sense rather than a respectful manner, however those who attack and shame others for wearing cultural symbols need to question whether or not they have participated in cultural practices which have actually been offensive, despite being fun, for example wearing a lei at a Hawaiian themed party.

Read the article regarding the letter from a Latino group here

Ice Challenge could cause more harm than good for charities

ice challengeThe next trend to sweep social media since the questionable ‘nek nominations’ is the ice challenge. Like its disorderly parent, which involves someone being nominated and recorded to skull certain amounts of alcohol, the ice challenge involves a person being nominated to pour ice cold water over themselves on camera. The video then needs to be uploaded to social media with their nominations to keep the challenge rolling.

Since the trend began it has evolved from a single bucket of ice water to one being completely submerged in pools of ice water. It also originally involved a payment of $10 to a charity of choice if you do choose to do the challenge or $100 if you refuse the test, however it has now changed to only having to pay $100 if you don’t do it.

Many health professionals advise against the chilling challenge suggesting it can be fatal. Evidentially, a New Zealand father died just five hours after filming ice cold water being poured over him. However big a problem that may be people are going to do it regardless the warnings. In doing so, it can be said that one is inadvertently suggesting they would rather pour freezing cold water over them than donate to a charity. This therefore has the potential to damage reputations, and in turn cause loss of employment along with other negative consequences.

For those sticking to the rules of paying the $10 after accepting the icy task actually run the risk of damaging charity’s reputations. The negative reaction that comes with these viral videos compels the question as to whether or not some charities can withstand the criticism. Charities will have to figure out what they do and don’t want to be associated with as accepting money from someone who has behaved in a way that goes against the charity’s beliefs could potentially do long term damage to their organisation and when the novelty of the social media game is all over they will have to deal with the repercussions.

Charities need to be careful not to encourage the ice challenge due to the possible associated health risks. There is also the added issue of alcohol usually being involved when performing the dare adding further health hazards.

According to former neonatal paediatrician Dr Stephen Wealthall , throwing cold water unpredictably over the head is extremely dangerous.

“It invokes the airway protective reflex which closed the larynx, slowing the heart rate and causing a person to stop breathing,” he said.

This means that it could be fatal, even if it isn’t immediate.

“It might set up a stage where someone who already has rotten coronary arteries is short of oxygen, and a lot of heart attacks happen gradually and they don’t necessarily have pain” Dr Wealthall said.

If someone chooses a charity designed to raise awareness and generate donations for the research into heart disease, such as the Heart Foundation, the charity could end up being criticised, resulting in more harm than good from this viral game. Games can be fun, but like many things associated with social media the consequences could potentially be extremely harmful. However charities do need the disposable dollar so these here-today-gone-tomorrow viral campaigns are easy, unpredictable and risky.

Read Dr Stephen Wealthall’s opinion on the ice challenge here