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  • It’s a pretty common misconception that all runners are skinny, but that is truly not the case.

    Women’s Running magazine featured New York City runner and plus-size model Erica Schenk on the cover of its August 2015 issue, to smash misconceptions and embrace all types of runners.

    “There’s a stereotype that all runners are skinny, and that’s just not the case,” the magazine’s editor in chief, Jessica Sebor, told Today.com.

    “I had no idea I was going to be on the cover! I was told afterwards [after her photo shoot] that I would be on the cover,” Erica wrote in an email to E! News. “I was initially stunned. I thought it would be a big deal, but it turned out to be a MUCH bigger deal than I thought it would be!”

    People are loving the cover. Runners of all shapes and sizes have tweeted their thanks to the magazine for featuring Erica on the cover.

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  • It’s the women of video games like you’ve never seen them before! And why do they look so different? It’s because they’ve been given a “realistic” makeover.

    Bulimia.com, an eating disorder treatment site, has taken on the way women’s bodies are portrayed in video games.

    Using Photoshop, they altered the images of such characters as Laura Croft from Tomb Raider and Bikini Girl from Grand Theft Auto V to represent the average American woman’s measurements.

    “The difference between the original video game heroines and their more realistic interpretations is hardly subtle,” the website’s staff wrote in a conclusion. “In these images, unfeasible waistlines expand and arms and legs grow wider. Perhaps the changes are especially noticeable since most of these characters are so scarcely dressed.”

    All of this is to raise awareness of the connection between the unrealistic body image depictions seen in these games and eating disorders.

    The staff added, “Girl gamers — especially young ones — could

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  • WWE star John Cena has already granted 400 wishes through the Make-A-Wish program, and it seems like he has no intention of stopping.

    The pro wrestler recently granted the wish of 7-year-old KJ Lamar. KJ has faced kidney problems since he was born; his left kidney was failing and his right was operating at 40% of the normal capacity.

    Doctors were able to perform a successful kidney transplant, but KJ must take medication daily and is not allowed to play contact sports.

    But this hasn’t curbed his love of wrestling and his wish to hang out with his favorite wrestler, John Cena.

    KJ certainly got more than just a meet and greet with Cena! First, WWE wrestler Triple H surprised KJ and his mom at the movies with a special video message from Cena himself.

    In the video, Cena invited KJ and his mom to sit at the front of the house at “Monday Night Raw” and hang out with him before the show.

    Not only did KJ get some one-on-one time with Cena; he also got to meet a bunch of other WWE wrestlers and

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  • High-priced airline tickets preventing you from taking the vacation you’ve always wanted? Maybe you should take a page out of Ben Schlappig's book.

    The 25-year-old has been traveling around the world for more than a year, for free!

    That’s right — free. Ben is part of a group called Hobbyists, and has managed to outsmart airlines, frequent flyer programs and rewards programs, allowing him to travel constantly at no cost.

    “The fact is, we are beating the airlines at their own game,” he said last year at a Hobbyist event. “The people who run these programs are idiots. ... And we’ll always be one step ahead of them.”

    Ben started traveling in first class at a low cost when he was a teenager after discovering the Hobby website FlyerTalk. He then started spending his weekends jet-setting across the country, and his parents encouraged this hobby. By the time he was 17, he’d logged half a million miles and was the first known member to fly across the Pacific Ocean six times in one trip.

    But this is

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  • Meet Rita Mattos, who has suddenly become a viral sensation because … she’s a street sweeper?!

    This beauty, dubbed “Sweeper Babe,” has been making waves because she works as a street cleaner for a municipal urban cleaning company in Rio de Janeiro.

    After a picture of Rita in her orange uniform was circulated on WhatsApp and then posted to Facebook, an Internet star was born.

    She now has nearly 50,000 followers on Facebook and over 40,000 Instagram followers to boot.

    What’s shocking to Rita is the number of people commenting that she is too pretty for her job.

    “People are surprised when they see a pretty girl working as a street cleaner,” she said in an interview with Brazil’s “Extra.” “They say that I could find a better job than sweeping and weeding. But why should street cleaners necessarily be ugly?”

    Although she was first startled by her new fame, she has now begun to embrace it.

    “At first I thought it was all a joke in bad taste, that people were criticizing me. But later I saw that

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