Learn why a former employee says Dairy Queen should be your go-to for a quick bite, especially today.
There are many fast food chains, but in my heart, one reigns supreme. That frosty matriarch of dairy, the Countess of Cool Confections, the Dairy Queen. She gave me my first real job, and I'll always remember it fondly. The Blizzards flowed like wine, and the burgers were always heated to perfection and topped with the meltiest cheese you could hope for. As a former employee, I'm here to divulge a few secrets on why you should visit DQ today, July 27th, rather than abscond to one of those lesser chains (I'm looking at you, King Colonel Ronald Sonic Horton).
COME FOR THE ICE CREAM. STAY FOR THE BURGER.
I can't be the only one that experiences this: You grab a burger from a fast food chain, and you're dismayed to find that it's either cold, lacking in the extra pickles you specifically requested twice (!), or it's mashed up soybeans masquerading as a patty. Granted, I worked there in high school, but in my day [glances wistfully at AARP card] the burgers were made from beef, and to order. There wasn't a huge pile of pre-cooked patties that were then just haphazardly thrown into a microwave—they were cooked when the order came up on the screen, and then put into the microwave. Gotta get that cheese nice and melty somehow!
DO YOU LIKE SOFT SERVE? YOU'RE WELCOME.
I learned while working at DQ that they're the reason we have this national treasure known as soft serve. Three gentlemen opened the first Dairy Queen in Joliet, Illinois, back in 1938 and started serving up the soft. Turn it upside down—it's still going to be thick and delicious. And their recipe remains a closely guarded secret, similar to the Coca-Cola formula.
THE ICE CREAM MACHINE? IT WORKS.
It's 2017. If you've been alive more than a year, you've experienced that iconic McDonald's catchphrase at least twice in your life. "I'm sorry, our ice cream machine is broken." Well, in both my time working for DQ and all the visits that followed, I've not once been told that I couldn't savor a dipped cone or a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard because the machine was down. I'm convinced aliens are already among us and their technology has been appropriated to ensure Dairy Queen keeps the ice cream flowing. If you want a treat that's frosty and sweet, then DQ can't be beat.
THEIR BLIZZARDS SAVE LIVES.
Dairy Queen has teamed up with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals today for Miracle Treat Day. They'll donate $1 of every Blizzard sold to CMN. For context, the CMN is comprised of 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments to children across the US and Canada each year. DQ has been doing this for over 10 years, helping new children each year to receive the treatment they so desperately need. You can learn more about this amazing event here, but if ever there were a more noble cause to dine out, I don't know about it.
Although there are numerous reasons to visit Dairy Queen, that last one should be the takeaway. The Blizzard you buy today just may save a life. So drop what you're doing and head to DQ. Their ice cream machine will be working.
Strict Rules The First Family Must Follow In The White House
Being the president and part of the First Family definitely has its perks, but it also comes with lots of traditions and rules. Just because you’re the leader of the free world, it doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want. While not all of the rules are set in stone, it is generally expected for them to be upheld and if you don’t, then it’s going to start turning heads. Read on to find out the surprising rules and traditions the First Family is expected to observe during their time in the White House. It’s the simple everyday things Melania Trump used to take for granted.
47 vegan celebrities share why they went vegan
One of the most high-profile vegan celebrities who has been vegan since 1987 is American musician and animal advocate Moby.
The musical legend first cut meat from his diet aged 19 thanks to his beloved pet cat Tucker.
Following an epiphany, Moby told Rolling Stone he realised he “would do anything to protect him and make him happy and keep him from harm.”
Recognising that he had “an amazing brain and an incredibly rich emotional life”, he questioned why he would continue to eat other animals too.
He said: “I would never in a trillion years think of hurting this cat. So why am I eating other animals who have four (or two) legs, two eyes, amazing brains, and rich emotional lives?”
In 1987, Moby decided that he no longer wanted to contribute to animal suffering and realised so gave up all animal products and became a vegan.
More recently, the artist gave a TEDx Talk at Venice Beach titled ‘Why I’m A Vegan’ to discuss the cognitive dissonance of eating meat.
Sharing his passion for vegan food, Mody opened vegan restaurant Little Pine in 2015 in Los Angeles and donated all profits to animal rights organisations.
Moby proudly lets the world know he is vegan for life with a number of tattoos on his arms and neck, inked by fellow vegan, Kat Von D.
2. Joaquin Pheonix
Vegan actor Joaquin Phoenix doesn’t let the pressures of Hollywood stand in his way of spreading the vegan message. The actor hit the headlines in February 2020 with his powerful Oscar’s acceptance speech slamming the cruel dairy industry.
Taking to the stage, Phoenix urged people to adopt a plant-based diet to lessen the suffering of farmed animals.
“We’ve become very disconnected from the natural world,” he warned the star-studded audience.
He also questioned why “we feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable.”
The actor has been vegan since he was 3 years old after he and his siblings “witnessed fish being killed in a really violent and aggressive way.”
As well as featuring in a number of vegan billboard ads for PETA, he also attends protests and vigils. In fact, just hours after winning an Academy Award for Best Actor he was seen liberating cows from slaughter.
3. Billie Eilish
Billie Eilis was raised vegetarian before going vegan and uses her time in the spotlight to advocate for veganism. She also regularly uses her platform to share the truth surrounding animal agriculture.
Responding to fans on Tumblr, Billie explained was vegan because she loves animals and wants them to be left alone.
Encouraging her fans to go vegan, she pleaded: “Leave animals alone. Damn.”
In 2018 she took to social media to show her 26 million followers the horrors of an Indiana dairy farm. Expressing her disgust, she questioned how anyone “can watch the videos that I just posted and not give a f—k.”
4. Woody Harrelson
When it comes to vegan celebrities, it’s fair to say that Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson was way ahead of the curve! The Hunger Games star is passionate about animals and the environment and has been vegan for over 30 years.
Many vegan celebrities have credited Harrelson with turning them vegan, including Thandiwe Newton, Sadie Sink and former-vegan Liam Hemsworth.
The actor is friends with vegan chefs and Wicked Healthy founders Derek and Chad Sarno. He has employed Chad as a personal chef on a number of occasions and even wrote the forward for the brothers’ cookbook.
The actor is so passionate about veganism that when starring in Zombieland, he had to eat specially made mock Twinkies made of cornmeal.
5. Rainn Wilson
Rainn Wilson is worlds away from the meat-loving character he portrayed on The Office, Dwight Shrute, as the star is an animal-loving vegan!
During a 2017 appearance on American talk-show, Conan, Wilson revealed his beloved rescue pigs inspired him to go vegan. While eating breakfast, Wilson realised he loved Snortington and Amy more than bacon and so went vegan.
He told Conan O’Brien that he had a revelation one day as he was eating some bacon and “looking at these adorable little pigs”.
Dubbing himself ‘The Fifty Year Old Vegan’ in an Instagram post, Wilson shared the positive health benefits he had enjoyed since going vegan. He told his 2.5 million fans: “I noticed that I had more energy! I was sleeping better and deeper.”
6. Evanna Lynch
Harry Potter star and vegan podcast host Evanna Lynch has said that being vegan was always in her nature. The actress stopped eating meat at 11 years old as she was “viscerally repelled by the idea of eating animal flesh”.
Lynch said that before turning vegan in 2014 she was in “cloud cuckooland eating my ice-cream and imagining that the cows were having a grand old time in the open fields.”
It wasn’t until she read the book Eating Animals that her eyes were opened to the violence inherent in the process of eggs and milk production.
As well as hosting The Chickpeeps podcast, Evanna has also launched her own vegan beauty subscription box for cruelty-free beauty fans.
7. Stevie Wonder
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Legendary musician Stevie Wonder, who has scooped up an impressive 25 Grammy Awards to date, made the decision to go vegan in 2016 for both health and environmental reasons.
Discussing the benefits of his vegan diet, Wonder said: “I’ve been a vegan for two years, so that’s helped my already good-looking self. I think that eating healthy is important.”
The superstar regularly discusses his vegan lifestyle, even singing a vegan jingle with James Corden on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2017.
Stevie is passionate about spreading the vegan message in order to safeguard the future of our planet. He said: “We have to be about making our planet more greener, the urban areas more sustainable for the children.
“We can’t just talk about it, we have to be about it,” he added.
8. Elliot Page
Actor Elliot Page, best known for his role in iconic teen comedy Juno, has been a vegan for a decade. Dubbed the ‘World’s Sexiest Vegan’ by PETA in 2014, the star is an ethical vegan.
The actor has previously spoken out about the injustices facing farmed animals. In 2011, he tweeted his 1.8million followers to ask why people make fun of vegans.
Sharing his confusion, he questioned why the “inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited.”
Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely… http://fb.me/tZtED9Dy
&mdash Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) March 15, 2011
9. Lewis Hamilton
Five-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been vegan since 2017. The British racing legend adopted a plant-based diet to aid with his athletic performance and help the environment.
Keen to make the fast-food industry a kinder, greener place, Hamilton has even opened a chain of plant-based burger restaurants, Neat Burger.
Neat Burger opened the doors to its first restaurant just off Regent Street in London last year and has since opened a second branch in Camden Market.
Lewis isn’t the only vegan in his family either as his beloved bulldog Roscoe has also been feeling healthier since switching to a vegan diet.
His furry companion has suffered from health issues in the past which are common amongst the breed. As a result of his vegan diet, Roscoe’s life has been transformed for the better.
Delightedly sharing the good news, Hamilton wrote: “He’s like a puppy again! It’s been amazing to see these changes in Roscoe and I’m so grateful to be able to share this.”
10. Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara has been vegan for almost a decade after ditching animal products in 2011, having eaten a vegetarian diet on and off since she was nine.
Speaking to Coveteur in 2018 about the reasons why she went vegan, Mara revealed a disturbing video was the catalyst.
“About seven years ago, someone sent me this horrible undercover video of a pig, which led me to another horrible video and another horrible video. I went down the YouTube rabbit hole,” she said.
After finding it difficult to find stylish combat boots that weren’t made from leather, Mara co-founded Hiraeth. The vegan clothing line aims to prove that vegan clothing can be stylish without the use of animal materials.
Alongside her clothing line, Mara also narrated the animal rights documentary Dominion with her partner and fellow vegan, Joaquin Phoenix.
The vegan power couple recently announced that they are teaming up with Cowspiracy filmmaker to executive produce a new documentary, The End of Medicine.
This feature-length documentary focuses on ‘how our treatment of the natural world and the animals within it contribute significantly to the spread of infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance.’
Singer-songwriter Lizzo is one of the latest vegan celebrities to go vegan after she took the plunge and ditched animal products from her diet in 2020.
The Juice singer had previously followed a vegetarian diet for seven years before taking the plunge and finally going vegan in the summer.
Lizzo first revealed she has gone vegan in a TikTok video shared to her 8 million followers. In the video, Lizzo said: “As a new vegan I’m enjoying exploring flavours from plants & plant-based proteins! Every journey is personal & deserves to be celebrated.”
The Grammy-award winner celebrated her six-month vegan anniversary in October in another TikTok video reflecting on her vegan journey. She also showed fans some of her favourite plant-based recipes in celebration.
12. Pamela Anderson
Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is a proud vegan and longtime animal rights activist.
PETA named Anderson its 2016 Person of the Year for her efforts to encourage vegan eating and animal activism.
Regularly collaborating with the animal rights organisation, Pamela has appeared in multiple campaigns encouraging people to go vegan.
The star regularly tweets about animal protection issues to over a million Twitter followers and even opened a vegan pop-up restaurant in France.
13. Alan Cummings
X-Men and James Bond actor Alan Cummings has been vegan for around 12 years and regularly teams up with animal rights group PETA to promote its campaigns.
Speaking about the positive effects on his health since being vegan, Cummings said: “When I stopped and became vegan my skin cleared up.
“I feel much better, I feel I’ve got more energy, I feel cleaner, I feel younger because I’m not asking my body to cope with things that it’s not necessarily good with coping at.”
14. Sia Furler
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Famously private Australian singer Sia revealed that she was vegan in a tweet in 2014 when a vegan restaurant owner invited her to come and visit his restaurant.
Having followed a vegetarian diet for many years prior, the songstress has joined forces with animal rights organisation PETA in the past to campaign to help end animal homelessness.
15. Peter Dinklage
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Famed for his role as Tyrion Lannister in the hit show Game of Thrones, actor Peter Dinklage was a vegetarian for 15 years before deciding to go vegan in 2014.
A staunch animal-rights activist, Dinklage has appeared in several PETA campaigns over the years such as the Face Your Food video. In the video, Dinklage revealed the ugly truth behind the meat, egg, and dairy industries.
The star also warned fans that dogs are a lifetime commitment amid the deadly “direwolf trend”. GOT fans were inspired to purchase their own ‘direwolves’ by the show, leading to a shocking rise in the number of abandoned huskies at animal shelters.
16. Russell Brand
Like many people, Russell Brand had a few false-starts when he first decided to transition to veganism. The actor and comedian has been a strict vegetarian since he was 14, but later turned vegan in 2011 after viewing the documentary Forks Over Knives.
Following his stint on Celebrity Bake Off in 2019, Brand took to Instagram to say: “I’ve been baking like a maniac ever since. And I’m vegan now (again),” alongside a mouth-watering selection of vegan bakes.
17. Mayim Bialik
Actress and star of The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik, is a long-term vegan who regularly uses her celebrity status to advocate for the animals.
Bialik has shared many videos on her YouTube channel explaining her reasons for being vegan, as well as offering advice on how to raise happy and healthy vegan children.
Bialik first cut meat from her diet aged 19, but took the plunge and went vegan after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2009 book, Eating Animals.
Keen to share the benefits of veganism, Mayim has even published her own vegan cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table, with over 100 family-friendly plant-based recipes.
18. Fearne Cotton
Celebrity TV presenter Fearne Cotton said going vegan was ‘energizing’ and ‘not as hard’ as she thought. The star revealed she has gone vegan in an episode of The Chickpeeps Podcast, hosted by Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch.
Fearne said that she stopped eating meat aged 11 after watching a distressing news show on the transportation of animals. However, she said she ‘hadn’t even heard’ of veganism at this time as the movement was still in its infancy.
With veganism becoming mainstream in recent years, Fearne became interested in removing animal products from her diet and decided to ditch them entirely.
“I incrementally became vegan,” Cotton said. “The last thing to go – because I was never a big dairy fan anyway – was eggs.
“It was about a year and a half ago that I just went ‘that’s it, no more eggs. Goodbye eggs.’ And it’s been amazing. It hasn’t been as hard as I thought at all.”
The presenter was asked by podcast host Evanna whether ethical considerations came into play in her decision to adopt a plant-based diet.
Fearne replied: “I think I just wanted to go full hog vegan and really kind of live and breathe that experience and not buy any new leather products.
“Now, I always try and buy either just non-leather products or shoes like Dr. Martens that do great vegan shoes.”
In 2019, the TV host released her first vegan cookbook packed full of family-friendly recipes.
19. Colin Kaepernick
It will probably come as no surprise to hear that one of the US’s most well-known football players, Colin Kaepernick, is a vegan. After all, the sports star and activist has his own flavour of vegan Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to honour his fight for racial justice.
Kaepernick revealed in 2016 that he had been vegan for nine months after making the switch with his longtime girlfriend, Nessa Diab, in order to help him recover from injuries sustained in his career.
The vegan athlete received a lot of criticism for his decision to go vegan, with many doubting that it would help him recover. Proving them all wrong, Kaepernick bounced back stronger than ever, sharing a gym selfie highlighting his muscular physique alongside the caption, “Always ready #NotBadForAVegan.”
20. Sadie Sink
Stranger Things star Sadie Sink credits Hollywood-legend Woody Harrelson for showing her that going vegan ‘totally doable’. Sink met veteran vegan Harrelson five years ago whilst filming The Glass Castle and was inspired to go vegan after spending time with his family.
Sink explained, “He’s a very passionate vegan and his entire family is vegan as well, so by spending time with them, I was able to learn that a vegan lifestyle is totally doable and it’s not as hard as it may seem.”
Before meeting Harrelson Sadie followed a vegetarian diet. But after discovering the horrors of the egg and dairy industries, she decided “That’s it! Going vegan!” and cut out animal products immediately.
21. Leona Lewis
Leona teamed up with Fur Free Britain to campaign for a UK fur sales ban.
British singer Leona Lewis was actually raised in a vegan household! As a result, she has always been conscious of her dietary choices. She turned vegetarian at the age of 12 saying it was a “natural choice”, but went fully vegan in 2012.
The talented star has been a trustee at Hopefield animal sanctuary in Essex for eleven years. The X-Factor winner regularly takes to social media to raises awareness about the sanctuary and animal welfare.
Lewis even had a fully vegan wedding when she tied the knot with husband Dennis Jaunch in 2019, according to her dessert chef, Marco Failla.
Marco told Hello! Magazine that the entire wedding menu was vegan. “Of course everything was vegan and without artificial flavours,” Marco said.
22. Lucy Watson
Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson went vegan after watching the hard-hitting documentary, Cowspiracy. According to the star, “everything changed” when she found how the truth about the cruel dairy and egg industries.
Watson explained that after coming to that realisation “it just didn’t make sense for me to continue to eat dairy, as an animal lover!”
A keen cook, Lucy has released two best-selling vegan cookbooks and a line of vegan ready-meals and desserts. The vegan actress and model also owns vegan restaurant Tell Your Friends in London with her sister Tiffany.
23. Kat Von D
Controversial celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D was first inspired to give up animal products for good after watching Forks Over Knives.
Having followed a vegetarian diet for many years, she said that “eliminating all animal products was a natural step.”
A passionate and outspoken vegan, Kat Von D made the bold decision to transition her popular make-up brand, Kat Von D Beauty, to become a fully vegan brand.
Since then, Von D has sold her eponymous make-up brand to concentrate on new vegan ventures. Von D Shoes debuted its first collection of vegan shoes in 2018 which are handcrafted in Italy.
24. Thandiwe Newton
Star Wars actress Thandiwe Newton was just one of many vegan celebrities who count Woody Harrelson as their inspiration for going vegan!
While promoting the movie she starred alongside Harrelson in, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Thandiwe said she enjoyed having a vegan on the set.
“I think it’s good to have a vegan in the mix. [Good to have] a vegan in a position of power. I have been vegan since working with Woody,” the actress revealed.
Telling the interviewer how long she had been a vegan, she added: “The last four months, it’s been four months. It hasn’t done anything to my brain, I’m absolutely fine.”
25. Jason Mraz
Grammy-nominated singer Jason Mraz has been vegan since 2011. and is a big fan of raw vegan food in particular.
Like many vegan celebrities, Mraz first adopted a plant-based diet thanks to its numerous health benefits. In a blog post, Mraz said he was “feeling stronger, fitter, healthier and more productive” thanks to his plant-based diet.
Mraz has enjoyed a number of health benefits since being vegan. Not only is he fitter and able to “do more pull-ups than ever”, but he also said it has improved his performance in the bedroom!
26. Tobey Maguire
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Spiderman star Tobey Maguire has been a vegetarian since 1992 and a vegan since 2009.
“I’ve never had any desire to eat meat. In fact, when I was a kid I would have a really difficult time eating meat at all,” he told Parade.
While filming The Great Gatsby, Maguire even returned a hire car with leather seats. Instead, the actor requested one with a cruelty-free interior.
Actress Natalie Portman also claims that Maguire inspired her to go vegan in 2008 after starring in the movie Brothers together.
27. Russell Simmons
Music mogul Russell Simmons has been a vegan since 1998 after learning about “the cruelty animals raised for food must endure.”
Long before Veganury, Simmons took the vegan pledge on New Year’s Day and hasn’t looked back since! A keen practitioner of meditation and yoga, going vegan was the natural step for the hip hop icon.
In an interview with Al Roker, Simmons said: “Well, it started with my yoga practice and you know, the practice of non-harming, ‘ahimsa.’”
“So I became a vegan because [of] compassion [for] the animals.”
Simmons has even published a book entitled ‘The Happy Vegan’ to show ‘how a vegan diet can let to greater success and fulfilment’.
R&B singer Mýa credits her plant-based diet for her youthful appearance. In a post, she said: “I would definitely recommend [a vegan diet] in every possible way.
Mýa went vegan to test her willpower but stuck to it after learning the truth about factory farming and the dairy industry.
Speaking to PETA, Mýa praised the “wonders” that eating vegan has done for her skin, body, and overall health.
Encouraging fans give it a try, she said anyone wanting to “see a huge difference in your life” should go vegan. The singer has even released a free online guide to help fans to transition to a vegan lifestyle.
29. Madelaine Petsch
When it comes to vegan celebrities, few can claim they’ve been vegan since birth. But Madelaine Petsch is one who can!
The Riverdale star was raised in a vegan household eating fresh produce grown in her family’s garden.
“I was lucky to grow up with two incredibly environmentally-aware parents, who ingrained these thoughts in me,” Petsch told Elle.
The eco-conscious loves to show her fans how fun a sustainable vegan lifestyle can be. “I want to teach people how positive and easy it is to be vegan”, she said.
On her YouTube channel, Petsch can be seen making delicious vegan recipes, including cinnamon rolls. What better way to show the benefits of going vegan than by showing off some tasty food!
30. Alicia Silverstone
Few vegan celebrities have been vegan as long as Clueless star Alicia Silverstone who went vegan in 1998. Questioning why she continued to eat animals when she loved her pet dog, she made the decision to go vegan.
“I just took a look at my dog and said, ‘If I’m not willing to eat you, how can I continue to eat these other creatures that have the same desire to live, are just as funny, just as cute as my dogs?'” she told Oprah.
Now, Alicia is a passionate animal activist who is raising her son as a vegan. The actress has even posed nude for a PETA campaign, claiming she would “rather go naked than wear wool.”
31. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman credits Tobey Maguire as her inspiration for going vegan in 2008. She said: “I was around Tobey Maguire in rehearsals and he’s vegan and I was eating this energy bar, which was really nice.
“I’m honest about caring about animals. You know, eggs and milk products, there’s a lot of animal discomfort in that, too. I don’t know if it’s a permanent thing.”
Throughout quarantine, Portman has been sharing vegan cooking videos on social media. Speaking to Jimmy Fallon she explained that she enjoyed showing how varied a vegan diet can be.
“I like showing that there are really delicious, varied, easy things that you can do at home that your kids will eat that are plant-based,” she told Fallon.
The actress also recently invested in MycoWorks, a company creating vegan leather from mushrooms.
32. Daisy Ridley
The vegan movement is even mainstream in galaxies far, far away as Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley is a vegan.
During an interview about The Last Jedi, she praised the vegan options while balancing filming and promoting the film.
Moreover, on this year’s Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer, Daisy cooked with 100% vegan ingredients. She created vegan banoffee-inspired millionaire’s shortbread, a chocolate and raspberry tart and a rather unconventional toilet-shaped cake.
33. Emily Deschanel
Bones actress Emily Deschanel is a fierce vegan advocate, having adopted the lifestyle at just 17.
Her passion for animal welfare is undeniable, helping to raise $1.2 million for animal rights charity Mercy for Animals in 2018.
Speaking on a podcast, she explained her reason for going vegan was driven by the environmental impact of factory farming.
“The impact on the environment that meat and dairy have and that factory farming has on the environment, and what it does to the animals, how horribly they’re kept.
“How horribly they’re treated and killed for us to eat, and then it’s about how it affects our health. It was always the triple-whammy that really affected me”, she explained.
34. Kate Mara
Rooney isn’t the only vegan in the Mara family as Kate Mara is also a vegan too!
According to Mara, she “decided to go vegan after reading a book called The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder.”
Since going vegan eight years ago, Mara has found eating a plant-based diet much easier on her digestion. “I’ve always had a pretty sensitive stomach, but when I cut animal products out of my diet, I felt so much better”, told Shape Magazine.
A keen animal activist, Mara also said she felt responsible for making “choices about what I’m putting into my body”.
She added that knowing how animals suffer, she felt she couldn’t “just do whatever I want because something tastes good or something’s convenient.”
35. Ruby Rose
John Wick star Ruby Rose started to question why we eat animals at a young age.
Speaking about a childhood memory that prompted her to go vegan, Rose said: “I used to get something called ‘shark fin soup,’ and I didn’t know. I said to my mom, ‘Wait, is this made out of an actual shark’s fin?’ and she was like, ‘Oh no, darling, of course not.”
Rose when shocked to find out later than the soup did indeed contain shark fins. Sharing her horror at the realisation, she said: “That really scared me.
“I used to have nightmares that they were finless in the ocean and I couldn’t eat any fish ever again”, she recounted.
The Australian-born actress has now been vegan for several years and even won PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Award in 2017.
36. Danielle Brooks
It turns out that Orange Is The New Black star Danielle Brooks is just as compassionate as her character Taystee!
Brooks is an outspoken humanitarian who regularly uses her platform to advocate for minorities and the LGBT community. But in 2017, she told her 2.2 million Instagram followers that she was going vegan too.
Sharing a photo of a delicious tempeh dish, Brookes wrote: “Vegan life! Day nine of the rest of my life??”
37. James Cromwell
James Cromwell had been a vegetarian since the 1970s, but his experience while filming Babe led to him going vegan.
While on set with the animals, he realised he could no longer bring himself to eat them after working closely alongside them.
“I cared about their welfare and then of course you have lunch and it’s all there in front of you. I thought I should go the whole hog, so to speak,” he explained.
Since starring in the movie, Cromwell has teamed up with PETA on a number of campaigns to improve animal welfare.
38. Benedict Cumberbatch
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Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has mostly kept his vegan diet under wraps, only revealing tidbits of information about his diet.
When questioned whether he liked Nando’s, the actor replied with a chuckle: “Well only if they’ve got a vegan option.”
Similarly, when asked if he tried the local cuisine in Singapore while filming, the star answered: “As much as a vegan can.”
Benedict might not be very vocal about his diet unlike some vegan celebrities, but we love that he’s secretly doing his bit for the animals.
39. Nathalie Emmanuel
Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel has been vegan for nine years after trying the diet to see how she felt.
Reminiscing about the beginnings of her vegan diet, Nathalie said the changes she felt were even obvious to others.
“People kept coming up to me and telling me I looked glowy and my eyes looked really bright, so I kept going,” she said.
Now, Nathalie indulges in vegan pancakes as well as veganised Jamaican dishes such as rice and peas with ackee ‘saltfish’.
40. Kevin Smith
Jay and Silent Bob star Kevin Smith went vegan following a heart attack that threatened his life. Realising he needed to make drastic changes to his lifestyle, his daughter Harley Quinn persuaded him to go vegan for two months.
Harley Quinn told New York Post publication Page Six, “He’s the healthiest he’s ever been. He’s vegan now, which is amazing.”
Now, the duo host their own vegan podcast where they interview vegan celebrities and answer ‘vegan-curious’ questions from non-vegans wanting to learn more about veganism.
41. Bimini Bon Boulash
It will come as no surprise to fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to hear that finalist Bimini Bon Boulash is proudly vegan. Upon entering the workroom, the 26-year-old non-binary drag queen announced: “I’m vegan!”
I’m East London’s plant-based princess. I’m like, the most famous vegan in East London because I don’t stop going on about it,” she added.
In the ‘Meet the Queens’ teasers which aired before season 2, Bimini told viewers they have been vegan for nearly seven years, joking “I invented veganism about seven years ago.”
The vegan queen is vocal about animal rights on their Instagram, recreating Pamela Anderson’s famous ‘All animals have the same parts’ PETA campaign in a white bikini.
42. Rob Zombie
Metal rocker and filmmaker Rob Zombie has been vegan for almost a decade after he found himself repulsed one day by his breakfast of eggs. He told GQ that he came to the realisation that “This is disgusting and I’m done.”
Zombie had been a vegetarian since he was 18, but said that he “never really liked eating meat”. According to the musician, he believes that: “We’re all brainwashed from the moment we’re born that all the cows are happy and the pigs are happy.”
Rob and his wife Sheri Moon both enjoy a healthy vegan diet full of homegrown fruits and vegetables ‘elaborate salads’. The couple has also opened up their home to a number of rescued animals, including six goats he rescued with the help of PETA.
43. Romesh Ranganathan
British comedian Romesh Ranganathan first cut out meat and went vegetarian when he was 10-years old before turning vegan in 2013.
Speaking in the past, Ranganathan has said the reason people hate vegans is because “they know it’s the right choice”.
Starring in a hilarious video for BBC2 Two, Ranganathan said: “People hate vegans and the reason they hate vegans is because they think we’re humorless, they think we think we’re better than non-vegans, they think we’re always banging on about it, and all of those things are true.
“I am better than you if you’re not vegan. In terms of my ethical decisions, I am so much better than you. I’m better for the planet, I’m better for the animals. There’s nothing worse about me apart from I’m slightly irritating to have round for dinner”, he added.
During an episode of Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, Romesh discussed what led him to go vegan. Check out it below:
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Black Eyed Peas singer Willi.i.am first went vegan in 2018 as a way of taking back control of his health after suffering from high cholesterol and high blood pressure,
“After we finished filming [The Voice] in December I went home, I became vegan, I biked to work, and I lost 15 lb,” he explained.
Since then, the rapper has been a vocal advocate for veganism and regularly speaks out about the ethics of killing animals for food, as well as the corruption in the food industry.
Willi.i.am even shared a video to Instagram where he highlighted the importance of a plant-based diet as a form of self-help and self-medication. In the caption, he wrote that vegans were “a group of people taking a hardcore gangster approach to wellness and conscious living.”
45. Travis Barker
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has been vegan since 2008 after surviving a tragic plane crash inspired him to focus on his health. A vegetarian since the age of 13, Barker now enjoys a healthy vegan and gluten-free diet, with the occasional vegan treat!
The musician starts his day with an oat milk coffee and often enjoys dinner from his favourite vegan restaurant, Crossroads. Barker certainly doesn’t miss anything on his vegan diet, telling GQ: “I love vegan pizza, I’ll also have vegan sushi, Vietnamese vegan food, a dear friend of mine owns this spot called Au Lac which is just so good.”
46. Brian May
Legendary Queen guitarist isn’t just a talented musician, he’s also an animal lover and activist to boot.
A passionate and outspoken vegan, May recently spoke out about the link between the pandemic and eating animals.
Speaking to NME May said: “This pandemic seemed to come from people eating animals… It’s becoming more well known that eating animals is not the greatest thing for our health.
“To go vegan was just a decision, and I haven’t been preachy about it. But now, we’ve seen more of the effects of how eating animals has brought us to our knees as a species.
“I think it’s time to re-examine our world in a way that doesn’t abuse other species.”
47. Maggie Q
For American actress Maggie Q, eating a plant-based diet is nothing new. After all, the Divergent star has been vegan for over 20 years!
Maggie has been a vocal animal activist for many years, and regularly teams up with PETA to promote the organisation’s causes. She’s also a badass athlete who performs her own stunts thanks to her plant-based diet.
In fact, it was PETA who first inspired her to go vegan when she met a PETA Asia employee at a concert who sent her “information on animal-welfare in the fashion, food, and entertainment industries.”
She told Veg News. “It made me sick, but nothing prepared me for the truth of the environmental impact of meat production. I quit cold turkey and never looked back. I didn’t understand how I could have ever claimed to love animals but hadn’t made the choices to protect them.”
But Maggie isn’t just passionate about saving animals, but also about saving the planet too and regularly shares the benefits of eating a plant-based diet for the environment.
However, despite being an animal rights advocate, Maggie prefers not to call herself a vegan so as not to alienate people from going plant-based.
Explaining her stance to The Beet, she said: “I don’t [call myself vegan], because it has become a weird, negative term and people feel very judged by it.
“So I like plant-based better because it’s friendlier: It’s inclusive. You can’t judge people. They have to be where they’re at, and you have to accept them for where they are.”
Need a little more inspiration from vegan celebrities to ditch meat?
John Cadbury (1801-1889)
John Cadbury was born in Birmingham, England, on 12th August 1801. He was from a Quaker family and did not have the option to go to university as this was against Quaker beliefs. Instead he became an apprentice to a tea dealer in Leeds in 1818. He opened a grocer&rsquos shop at 93 Bull Street, Birmingham in 1824, selling amongst other things, cocoa and drinking chocolate, which he prepared himself using a mortar and pestle. Tea, coffee, cocoa and drinking chocolate were seen as healthy alternatives to alcohol, which as a Quaker he believed was bad for society.
After several years, John decided to start manufacturing on a commercial scale. In 1831 he purchased a warehouse in nearby Crooked Lane. The earliest preserved price list from 1842 shows that he was selling 16 lines of drinking chocolate in cakes and powder format, and eleven lines of cocoa in powder, flakes, paste and cocoa nibs formats. He was only selling one line of eating chocolate at this time. In 1846 John took his brother Benjamin into partnership and the name of the firm was changed to Cadbury Brothers.
In 1847 the business moved to a new factory in Bridge Street. . The partnership with Benjamin was dissolved by mutual consent in 1856 and John retired in 1861, handing over complete control of the business to his two sons, Richard and George. The following decades saw the Cadbury business grow to become an industry leader by harnessing the opportunities of industrialisation and creatively marketing to a growing consumer class.
John Cadbury spent his retirement engaged in civic and social work in Birmingham. Philanthropy had been important to him all his life over the years he had led a campaign to ban the use of boys as chimney sweeps, campaigned against animal cruelty and formed the Animal Friends Society, a forerunner of the RSPCA. John died on May 11th 1889, aged 87.
Adventures in Contacting the Russian FSB
KrebsOnSecurity recently had occasion to contact the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In the process of doing so, I encountered a small snag: The FSB’s website said in order to communicate with them securely, I needed to download and install an encryption and virtual private networking (VPN) appliance that is flagged by at least 20 antivirus products as malware.
The FSB headquarters at Lubyanka Square, Moscow. Image: Wikipedia.
The reason I contacted the FSB — one of the successor agencies to the Russian KGB — ironically enough had to do with security concerns raised by an infamous Russian hacker about the FSB’s own preferred method of being contacted.
KrebsOnSecurity was seeking comment from the FSB about a blog post published by Vladislav “BadB” Horohorin, a former international stolen credit card trafficker who served seven years in U.S. federal prison for his role in the theft of $9 million from RBS WorldPay in 2009. Horohorin, a citizen of Russia, Israel and Ukraine, is now back where he grew up in Ukraine, running a cybersecurity consulting business.
Horohorin’s BadB carding store, badb[.]biz, circa 2007. Image: Archive.org.
Visit the FSB’s website and you might notice its web address starts with http:// instead of https://, meaning the site is not using an encryption certificate. In practical terms, any information shared between the visitor and the website is sent in plain text and will be visible to anyone who has access to that traffic.
This appears to be the case regardless of which Russian government site you visit. According to Russian search giant Yandex, the laws of the Russian Federation demand that encrypted connections be installed according to the Russian GOST cryptographic algorithm.
That means those who have a reason to send encrypted communications to a Russian government organization — including ordinary things like making a payment for a government license or fine, or filing legal documents — need to first install CryptoPro, a Windows-only application that loads the GOST encryption libraries on a user’s computer.
But if you want to talk directly to the FSB over an encrypted connection, you can just install their own client, which bundles the CryptoPro code. Visit the FSB’s site and select the option to “transfer meaningful information to operational units,” and you’ll see a prompt to install a “random number generation” application that is needed before a specific contact form on the FSB’s website will load properly.
Mind you, I’m not suggesting anyone go do that: Horohorin pointed out that this random number generator was flagged by 20 different antivirus and security products as malicious.
“Think well before contacting the FSB for any questions or dealing with them, and if you nevertheless decide to do this, it is better to use a virtual machine,” Horohorin wrote. “And a spacesuit. And, preferably, while in another country.”
Antivirus product detections on the FSB’s VPN software. Image: VirusTotal.
It’s probably worth mentioning that the FSB is the same agency that’s been sanctioned for malicious cyber activity by the U.S. government on multiple occasions over the past five years. According to the most recent sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department, the FSB is known for recruiting criminal hackers from underground forums and offering them legal cover for their actions.
“To bolster its malicious cyber operations, the FSB cultivates and co-opts criminal hackers, including the previously designated Evil Corp., enabling them to engage in disruptive ransomware attacks and phishing campaigns,” reads a Treasury assessment from April 2021.
While Horohorin seems convinced the FSB is disseminating malware, it is not unusual for a large number of security tools used by VirusTotal or other similar malware “sandbox” services to incorrectly flag safe files as bad or suspicious — an all-too-common condition known as a “false positive.”
Late last year I warned my followers on Twitter to put off installing updates for their Dell products until the company could explain why a bunch of its software drivers were being detected as malware by two dozen antivirus tools. Those all turned out to be false positives.
To really figure out what this FSB software was doing, I turned to Lance James, the founder of Unit221B, a New York City based cybersecurity firm. James said each download request generates a new executable program. That is because the uniqueness of the file itself is part of what makes the one-to-one encrypted connection possible. Continue reading &rarr
How Do You Solve Crossword Puzzles?
Let’s split up how to do a crossword puzzle into in the basic steps as well as some pro tips.
- Make a first pass in one direction, usually starting with 1 Across, and solve the most obvious clues first. For instance, solve for fill-in-the-blank questions first, as they tend to be more obvious than others.
- Make a first pass in the other direction, usually starting with 1 Down, solving for the most obvious clues first and making sure there aren’t discrepancies. Find some obvious clues, and make sure they fit together when written out.
- Do your second pass, now with more letters to help you figure out new crossword answers. It’s a good idea to start from the top left and fill in words with some letters already filled in. This in-crossword help will give you more clues. If you’re still struggling, consider trying our anagram solver to help you find words with the letters you have.
- Repeat these steps, taking breaks occasionally to look at the crossword quiz answers in a new way. Do this until you’re done. Keep considering the theme, look out for anagrams, and consider consulting a synonym and antonym finder to find new words that are similar to the clues. Remember to think outside of the box when trying to fill in those boxes!
- Once you’ve completed the whole crossword game, check your answers. It’s possible, though rare, that your crossword clues and answers fit but don’t match the newspaper’s answers.
Tips for Understanding Crossword Clues
It can be hard to understand a crossword clue because crossword-writers are absolutely notorious for being cryptic. A good crossword player is typically a master riddle-solver, as one has to really think outside of the box to figure out some of these more difficult hints. Here are a few crossword-solving tips:
- Question marks often imply wordplay or puns. Usually, crossword clues are written with no punctuation at all, so if you see a question mark, it implies that the answer won’t be as straightforward as you’d think. Think of puns, wordplay, homonyms, and less-obvious answers.
- Tenses in clues are written to match the answers. If you’re searching for crossword synonyms, stick to the same past, future, or present tense that the clue is in. For instance, the clue “jumped” would not result in “hops” or “hopping” but “hopped.”
- Consider abbreviations carefully. If a clue is abbreviated, the answer will likely be, too. Memorize popular abbreviations, including names of events like WWI, military abbreviations like NCO, and titles like Mr. and Ms. Also memorize common suffixes, as they’re quite popular among crossword writers.
- Master “crosswordese.” Learn some of the most commonly used crossword answers. See if you can fit any of the “crosswordiest” words, or words not found in everyday speech but often used in crosswords, in your puzzle.
- Fill-in-the-blank questions are typically easiest. Usually, you’ll see a common idiom, phrase, or pop culture reference that’s only missing one section. Keep in mind, though, that non-native English speakers might struggle with this because phrases can be so regional and colloquial see this list of common idioms if you’re struggling.
- Pop some pop culture references into your head. Past and present hot topics are fair game in crosswords, so keep in mind all of those hit movies, TV shows, and books, including actors, directors, characters, and writers. If there’s a big awards show like the Emmys, Tonys, or Oscars, a newspaper crossword is likely to reference it. If a creator or politician is doing their big media circuit, you’ll sometimes see them appear in crosswords. But not everything is recent! Consider learning more trivia to have more answers in the back of your brain.
- Consider the all-important theme. Crossword writers frequently use themes or even tell stories with their clever puzzles. For instance, if the theme is ballet, an easy answer to “point of pain for dancers” might be “toe.”
- Consult a crossword dictionary. Some people keep crossword puzzle dictionaries in their pockets while filling out physical copies. You can use our online crossword synonyms dictionary to find some great ideas. (It’s not a crossword cheat when you’re desperate for one hint!)
- For the love of your sanity, use a pencil. If you’re using physical paper instead of an online crossword app, use a pencil and eraser. Mistakes, misinterpretations, and confusion are likely to arise, even if you’re a seasoned pro.
- Start with an easier puzzle, then work your way up. If you’re looking up Monday and Tuesday NYT crosswords’ cheats, don’t discourage yourself by trying a Thursday grid. Easy puzzles are a great place to start, with crosswords later in the week getting progressively harder. Don’t expect to be a wiz at a difficult crossword right off the bat!
Tips for Solving Hard Puzzles and Cryptic Crosswords
The most important tip is to practice. Max Deutsch took a month to master the Saturday New York Times crossword, and it required consistent practice, about 46 hours in total. He used a lot of memorization with letter training, memorizing crossword answers and clue pairings and completing a sizable number of puzzles. Practice is a huge piece of the puzzle but not the only piece, as harder puzzles like cryptic crosswords require divergent and flexible thinking.
What Are Cryptic Crosswords?
Cryptics are different types of crosswords with even more tricky wordplay, and the clues are often deliberately misleading. They tend to be more popular in Britain and the greater commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. They can also be found in a few publications in America, like The New Yorker.
Note: Not all British crosswords are cryptic. British-style crosswords tend to have more black squares in a particular pattern than American-style crosswords cryptic crosswords are a separate thing!
How Do You Solve Cryptic Crosswords?
Cryptic crosswords are like normal crosswords, but the clues tend to involve wordplay and also have very convoluted, intentionally confusing hints. If you’re doing a cryptic crossword, know that the definition is typically hiding in plain sight, and don’t lose heart!
Depending on the difficulty and the specific newspaper editor, you might find cryptic crossword clues with weird traits like these:
- Look for anagrams, where you simply need to rearrange letters to find the answer. For instance, “cash trims” would be “Christmas.”
- Many editors like homophones, which are words that sound like other words but are spelled differently. “Their,” “they’re,” and “there” are homophones.
- Reversals involve reversing the letters of the clue to get the answer. The reverse of “era” is “are,” for example.
- Deletions involve deleting one or two letters to get a different answer. For instance, “mend” minus a letter could be “end” or “men.”
- Containers imply that you’ll need to insert a word inside of another word, usually indicated in the clue by words like “within” or “surrounding.”
Of course, it can even get harder, like metapuzzles, crosswords that unlock even more word puzzles, or Schrodinger puzzles, in which clues have more than one correct answer. Once you start getting the hang of being a crosswords-solver, you can start to seek out some of these more difficult puzzles!
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This is unbelievable
Although many buildings and public areas have ramps and elevators, even in our modern world there are many public places that do not have wheelchair access. When looking at the picture, it seems as if this woman wouldn’t be able to enter, as the stone steps are not wheelchair proof and there is no ramp for her to use. However, when she pushes the button for wheelchair users, something amazing happens.
This trick can make every building wheelchair-accessible.
Unfortunately, even in this day and age, not all public places are wheelchair-accessible. Especially older buildings often do not have enough place to build a ramp or a platform elevator for wheelchair users. Most public buildings try to make do with a ramp at the back of the building or someone has to come out and place a makeshift ramp. This is incredibly inconvenient and there are much better solutions.
However, the company Allgood Trio thought it was unacceptable that many public buildings weren’t wheelchair-accessible. Therefore, they came up with a solution which meant the building did not have to change it’s exterior, but it would be accessible to everyone. It’s a very practical solution, but from the outside the building doesn’t look any different at all.
Go to the next page to read about this solution and to watch it in action in a video!
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According to Harvard University's site, tuition begins at $43,280 per school year. Add room and board, and you're up to around $63,000. While the Ivy League school accepts financial aid and has made headlines for the far-reach of its financial aid initiative in recent years, Harvard definitely seems to favor the rich. Farquharson is no exception.
Rugby School, the prestigious boarding school that he attended in England, costs £11,584 ($14,339) per term, according to The Telegraph. Not exactly chump change, to be sure. The Telegraph also reported that the home where Farquharson spent much of his childhood is a £1.6 million ($2.27 million) house in Martlesham, Suffolk. That isn't the family's only abode, however, as the publication also notes a Farquharson home in London.
With a son in Harvard, an executive father, and a mom who is both an accountant and a lay person for London's Upper Tribunal, the Farquharson family seems to be doing quite well financially.