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Have you seen her cheeks?Luna Simone Stephens turns one today! So it's only right to celebrate.
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Will this be your year of realizing things?
Richard Simmons, circa 1980.
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1. Richard was born (and subsequently baptized as) Milton Teagle Simmons.
2. He lived with that name for about 11 years, when he sat his parents down to tell them that he couldn't live with the name. He thought the name was "too serious."
3. When he started to go by Richard, his parents would call him "Dicky," which he didn't like, either.
Simmons as his "Weight Saint" character.
4. He was raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans by his mother, a fan dancer, and father, a singer and dancer. Richard described it as "a loving, musical place" that "wasn't perfect."
5. He was raised Catholic and didn’t find out his parents were Jewish until he was 19 years old.
6. He was in seminary school for a year and nine months but left because he felt his "pulpit could be bigger."
7. Richard studied in Florence, Italy and spent time in Palermo, Sicily, as a fashion illustrator.
8. He stopped working that job because he felt "there was something missing," saying, "I was alone in the room with a dress, and it wasn’t for me — I needed to be around people!"
9. While in Italy, Richard wound up with small parts in Fellini’s Satyricon and The Clowns.
Simmons while filming General Hospital in August 1980.
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10. At his heaviest, Richard Simmons weighed 268 pounds. While in Italy, an anonymous person left a note on Richard's car that read, "Fat people die. Please don't die, Richard."
11. This prompted Richard to move to California, where he became anorexic, losing 137 pounds far too quickly and landing in the hospital. Said Richard of this time in his life: "My hair fell out and I almost died."
12. Richard has been dealing with eating disorders since he was a child. He told Wendy Williams in 2011, "I have eating disorders, I can't lie about that. I've always talked about that. I took diet pills, I threw up, I starved, I thought that people would like me better if I were thin — since I was a kid."
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13. Richard spoke about his childhood obesity with Katie Couric in 2013. He said, "There was five stores from my house to the Catholic school and I stopped in all five of them. And I ate, and I didn't want anyone to know that I ate, so I would take the wrappers and hide them in Kotex boxes. You think it's funny, but you don't want your parents to know."
14. Richard told Regis and Kathie Lee in 1995 that he visited Rome every 10 years.
15. Simmons' first job in Los Angeles was that of a maître d' at a restaurant called Derrick's, where he said he made fettuccine Alfredo and Caesar salads.
16. He also made a lot of celebrity friends working there, like Phyllis Diller, of whom he said "She and I hit it off instantly. I guess she could tell that I was just as silly and laughed just as hard as she did."
17. LA is also where he found the gym for the first time. His first workout was with an ex-policeman who promised him a "new body." It didn't work out that way: "I was in bed for four days, because I overdid it. So I decided then, I need to open a gym for people like me. A place for the overweight and out of shape. And I’m just going to act silly and dance and get them sweating. I saved my tip money from waiting tables, and it took me a year and two months to save $25,000."
18. He then opened his iconic workout studio Slimmons — which was named the Anatomy Asylum to start.
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19. It was open for 42 years before closing in late 2016.
20. In the '90s Richard claimed to receive “25,000 to 30,000 letters a day.”
21. Richard responded to many of these letters, even traveling across the country to meet the writers and help start their weight loss journey. Of this, Richard said, “The reason I travel a lot is to meet these people, who are part of my family. I don’t think of myself as a celebrity. I basically relate to people like myself, who don’t use more than three syllables.”
22. Richard Simmons said in a 1998 interview that he called up to "40 or 50" people per day, and that he kissed and hugged "more people than the pope."
24. Simmons said his nonjudgmental approach to weight loss appeals to fans: that he'd "They know I'm a compulsive eater and I would arm-wrestle Mother Teresa for an ice cream bar. "
25. Richard is said to have sold over 20 million dollars of his extremely popular Sweatin' To the Oldies workout tapes in the '80s.
Simmons during his Cruise to Lose.
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26. Richard owns over 400 pairs of his trademark Dolfin shorts — which are no longer being made, but people know to send them to him when they find them: "People write to me all the time and say, “Dear Richard, I was cleaning out my garage and you’re just never going to guess what I found. I’ve got two pair[s] of Dolfin shorts!” And they send them to me."
27. Back in the ’80s, Simmons rounded up the parents of famous people — Al Pacino's father, Farrah Fawcett's mother, Sylvester Stallone's mother, Dustin Hoffman's father, and his own mother — and recorded the first-ever exercise program for people aged 55 and older called Richard and the Silver Foxes.
28. Richard used to tour through as many as 100 malls per year.
Simmons with Dalmatian puppies in 1985.
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29. Richard has played himself on TV many times, including stints on Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show, Johnny Bravo, All My Children, Saturday Night Live, Dinosaurs, and CHiPs.
30. He voiced an "aerobics instructor" on Rocko's Modern Life.
31. He was always fairly private and reserved about his social life. In 1981 he said, “I don’t go to discos, bars or parties. What’s more important, a one-to-one kid-and-family situation or helping 60 million people get their act together?”
32. Richard was a lover of Dalmatians and had many of them over the years. He named all of his Dalmatians after characters from Gone With the Wind.
33. Before his last dalmatian Hattie died in 2013, he would call home to sing a song to his dogs each night when he was traveling.
34. Many of Richard's many best-selling books are ghost-written because — as he says — "mine is not always the best English.”
35. At one point, Richard sold a line of dolls on HSN with names like "Lillian, Belle of the Ball" and "Smooch the Elf."
36. And they're not just for sale — Richard is a collector and says he has over 400 dolls in his house.
37. Richard once stopped at Tiffany's and bought a diamond ring for Barbara Streisand, despite having never met her. He told David Letterman it was because "she's inspired me for 30 years." Barbara returned the ring.
38. In 2008, Richard testified before the Committee on Education and Labor at a hearing concerning childhood obesity and physical health and education.
Simmons on the Late Show With David Letterman in 2000.
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39. Richard was known for being an entertaining and over-the-top talk show guest, but in November 2000 it went too far when David Letterman hosed him down with a fire extinguisher and gave Simmons an asthma attack. He described the incident in 2002 like so: "Last time I was on and [Letterman] sprayed me with that stuff out of the fire extinguisher, I had an asthma attack, and they had to call the paramedic. I have severe asthma, and I panicked."
Simmons posing in his dalmatian room.
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40. He didn't go back on The Late Show for a full six years.
41. Richard even had his own talk show in the '80s — The Richard Simmons show aired from 1980 to 1984.
42. In 2012, he opened up in Men's Health about the emotional toll working with so many people can take: "After I talk to so many people who are so unhappy about their weight and so depressed that they don’t see any rainbows in their life, after I talk to about 30 of those, then I try to walk away and pet my dog, just do something that makes me happy. But I’ll tell you, it’s hard. I take it all very personally. I’m just that kind of guy."
43. While there are many theories (and a podcast) about why Richard has removed himself from the public eye for the past three years, there's a quote Richard gave to People in 1981 that may shed light on the emotional toll Richard's work has taken on him: “I work real hard to make people laugh and to make them think. The day I don’t love any of this, I’ll walk away.”
Submit your questions here!BuzzFeed will be sitting down with Fate of the Furious 8 star Dwayne Johnson and he's ready to answer everything you've always wanted to know!
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Live out your Beauty and the Beast dreams.If you ever find yourself near Oropesa, Spain, you should probs stay at the Parador Oropesa.
A castle and fortress that dates back to the 14th century, this insanely huge square monstrosity is now a luxury hotel complete with a gorgeous pool and gardens.
Rooms start at $112. Find out more about the castle's history here.
Yeah, yeah, we all love potatoes. But HOW MUCH ACTUALLY?
This year marks the show’s 10th year in production. Time flies!Jim Parsons in 2007:
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Birthday goals.Elton John turned 70 this past weekend (can you believe that???) and threw a star-studded birthday bash for the occasion.
Give us your footwear opinions and let’s settle this once and for all.
This wonder of a machine can be really intimidating when you take it out of the box. Let’s fix that!
Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeedThe cook time listed in your recipe is not the total amount of time it will take.
Nearly every recipe will make it seem that way, but it's not: the Instant Pot needs time to heat up before it starts to cook and needs time to release the pressure afterwards. Add about 10 minutes to the total cook time, mentally, every time you see a suggested number and you'll always have a better idea of the actual cook time.
Instant Pot / Via Facebook: pgYou don't have to thaw frozen foods before cooking them in an Instant Pot.
Skip the defrosting process and add your frozen veggies, fruits, and any other frozen ingredients right into your pot. You won't taste the difference, but you may find that you want to add a little more cook time to the meal if cooking with primarily frozen ingredients.
Bravissimos / Getty ImagesYou can use dry beans and grains without soaking or cooking them first.
The beauty of the Instant Pot is how quickly it cooks your food all at once, especially with dried ingredients. My go-to's for after work are split-pea soup, spanish rice, and lentil dal — based on the dry ingredients I keep in mason jars.
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Breakfast(s) of champions. H/T Quora.
Zoë Burnett / Getty Images / BuzzFeedWhat's in a German breakfast? What ISN'T in a German breakfast?
German breakfasts are kind of the best for people who can't make up their mind. They typically include bread, meats, cheeses, eggs, and fruit.
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“I want them all!”
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Emma Watson is exactly the kind of woman you want on your team — intelligent, talented, and most of all, a HUGE lover of animals. In celebration of her new movie Beauty and the Beast (in theaters March 17), we sat down with the star of Disney's iconic remake to chat film, feminism, and of course...kittens! All questions were submitted by members of the BuzzFeed Community.
Emma Watson: We designed for Belle this ring that would sit on her little finger. The costume designer saw that I had one which my mom had given to me, and she was like, "Can I design one for Belle?" because Belle's mother dies when she's really young. My mom is still alive and healthy and well, just as a side note. Anyway, I was really proud of the ring and thought it was so beautiful that I asked if I could keep one and they said I could.
What spices do you actually use in your kitchen? Are bay leaves a lie? We need to know!
Yes, even your vibrator might be spying on you.
A sex toy company has agreed to pay $3.75 million for secretly collecting customers' data while they were using its vibrators.
Under the agreement, We-Vibe will set aside about $3 million for people who downloaded and used an app that accompanied the vibrator and about $750,000 for customers who just bought its "smart vibrator" before Sept. 26, 2016. Those who controlled the toy with the We-Connect app will get up to $10,000 each, while those who just used the vibrator will get up to $199.
However, people will probably receive much less due to fees, administration costs, and the number of claims submitted.
The amount of the actual payment to Class members will depend on the number of claims submitted and the total amount available in the respective settlement funds after applicable notice and administration costs, the incentive award, and attorney fees have been paid.
The high-end vibrators are designed for couples, enabling partners to text and video chat on the app, as well as adjust and control the toy through Bluetooth. But what they didn't know was that the Canadian company was tracking how they used their devices, including intimate details like the time and date, the vibration intensity, temperature, and pattern, court documents show.
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The company, which has denied wrongdoing and liability, said it will destroy most of the information it collected.
A woman from Chicago, identified as N.P., sued Standard Innovation Corp., which owns We-Vibe, company back in September. She bought a Rave vibrator for $130 last May and frequently used the app, but said she was never notified We-Vibe was monitoring her. Another woman joined the complaint last month. They both claimed that the "highly offensive" secret data collection caused embarrassment and anxiety.
The women also say We-Vibe violated the Federal Wire Tap Act and privacy law, and made money at their expense.
"(N.P.) would never have purchased a We-Vibe had she known that in order to use its full functionality, (Standard Innovation) would monitor, collect and transmit her usage information through We-Connect," the claim states.
About 300,000 people purchased We-Vibe devices covered by the settlement, and about 100,000 downloaded and used the app, according to court documents.
We-Vibe said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that it collected "certain analytical information to help us improve our products and the quality" of its app and that users could opt out of this.
The company has now agreed to clarify and be more transparent about its privacy notices and data collecting practices.
Going forward, customers no longer have to register, create an account, or share their personal information. They can also opt out of sharing anonymous app usage data, the company said, noting that they now have "new plain language privacy notices" that outline "how we collect and use data for the app to function and improve We-Vibe products."
How well can you remember the week that was?
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“Speed Secrets” – the amazing true story of two clueless idiots who accidentally became NASCAR fans.Hi we’re Lauren and Jack. We are literal idiots from New York City who don’t know a goddamn thing about NASCAR. But when we got an opportunity to see the the Daytona 500, aka The Great American Race, we decided to go and see what all the fuss was about. Because for every person who says this joke (which is a lot of people for how dumb of a joke it is!): There is someone else who feels this way:
Jamie Squire / Getty ImagesAnyway, spoiler alert: After 24 hours of nonstop car stuff, we went from being skeptical and confused to loving NASCAR like Kyle Busch loves being a sore loser (that's a NASCAR joke!) This was our journey: