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John Krasinski reveals he’s in possession of Pam’s teapot from ‘The Office’

It’s been nearly seven years since The Office ended, but we finally know the whereabouts of the teapot Jim Halpert gave Pam Beesly in the “Christmas Party” episode of the show. It’s safe and sound at John Krasinski’s house. On the latest episode of the Office Ladies podcast, John Krasinski revealed to Jenna Fischer and…

It’s been nearly seven years since The Office ended, but we finally know the whereabouts of the teapot Jim Halpert gave Pam Beesly in the “Christmas Party” episode of the show.

It’s safe and sound at John Krasinski’s house.

On the latest episode of the Office Ladies podcast, John Krasinski revealed to Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey that he is one who got to keep the teapot from Season 2, Episode 10. Up until this week, it seemed the whereabouts of the original teapot were unknown — even to Fischer and Kinsey, who literally screamed when they found out.

In a clip shared to the Office Ladies Instagram account, Krasinski explains that Phil Shea, prop master on The Office, is the reason he has his souvenirs from set. “He sent me a box like three or four years later of my bag, my nameplate… and the teapot, bro. Whaaaaaat?” Krasinski said.

In response to the big reveal, Kinsey and Fischer repeatedly screamed in unison, “YOU HAVE THE TEAPOT!”

Kinsey went on to explain, “We have been wondering who had the teapot. Son of a gun.” And Krasinski, who clearly let this extreme honor go to his head in a matter of seconds, pointed at himself and replied, “Teapot, son.”

“Wow. You have it,” Fischer said, still in shock. “I thought you knew that,” Krasinski said. “I didn’t know it was a great caper.”

Fischer and Kinsey assured him that they had no idea where the teapot had gone, but said they had spent years wondering who got to keep it. I assume Fischer would LOVE to have that teapot in her possession, so perhaps they could draw out a shared custody agreement or something. They could consider a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-type situation and mail the teapot back and forth every month, or pull a Mean Girls and saw it in half so that they can each keep a piece. 

At the very least, Krasinski should share a photo or video of the teapot on social media so that

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The absolute best workout apps for exercising at home

Working out in the gym just isn’t in the cards all the time. Whether you don’t have time, find gyms to be intimidating, simply don’t like going to a physical gym, or something else is preventing you from going, you can still exercise. Workout apps allow you to meet your fitness goals at home, and…

Working out in the gym just isn’t in the cards all the time. Whether you don’t have time, find gyms to be intimidating, simply don’t like going to a physical gym, or something else is preventing you from going, you can still exercise. Workout apps allow you to meet your fitness goals at home, and they may actually be the motivation you need to get moving.

Luckily, there are a ton of fitness apps out there. Unfortunately, that can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

What fitness app is best for me?

First of all, decide what kind of exercises you want to do. Are you into strength training? Is yoga more your thing? Or do you want a fitness plan that focuses on cardio? You’ll also need to figure out what your goals are, whether it’s weight loss, muscle toning, or something else.

If losing weight is a top priority, look for the online fitness programs that have strict routines and meal plans to follow.

Traditional gym exercises don’t work for everybody, and that’s where many of these fitness classes come in. There are some apps that do focus on workouts you’d do at a gym, but quite a few apps offer more than that. The beauty of virtual fitness programs is that you can take classes from top-rated professional trainers from the comfort of your living room, and you can try out things like HIIT (high-intensity interval training), dance cardio, and other fun exercises your local gym or studio might not offer.

Benefits of online fitness programs

The obvious benefit of workout apps is that you don’t have to leave your house. Additionally, you usually don’t need much equipment, you can learn at your own pace, and you can still get access to personal trainers (often without paying pricey trainer fees).

You’re also able to start out at whatever fitness level feels comfortable, and with many workout apps offering free trials, you can try out a few before fully committing. As with most things in the age of the internet, you can find super niche fitness programs that give you exactly what you’re looking for in a home workout.

Best for real-time feedback

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The Good

Feedback from real trainers • Personalized meal plans

The Bad

Workouts done on the TV might not record in the app

The Bottom Line

Openfit gives you access to personal trainers without having to pay a personal trainer fee.

Openfit

Work out in your home while still getting live feedback and advice from trainers.

  • Free trial: 14 days
  • 3-month plan: $13/month
  • 6-month plan: $10/month
  • Annual plan: $8/month
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If you like the idea of getting feedback from a trainer while you’re working out, you’ll like Openfit. In addition to on-demand recorded classes, Openfit offers live, interactive classes led by personal trainers who get to know you and your goals.
Through the app you’ll get personalized fitness and nutrition advice to help you along on a customized health journey. You get daily meal plans and can track them in the app. Openfit isn’t just on mobile — you can also access it on your tablet, computer, or smart TV.
In addition to personal trainers, you also gain an online community through social media. You’re encouraged to motivate one another and share your experiences. Head’s up: You’ll need a set of dumbbells for some of Openfit’s programs.

Best for losing weight

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The Good

Specialized fitness programs • Meal plans • Personal coaches

The Bad

Some users experienced issues canceling their subscriptions

The Bottom Line

With Beachbody, you get a well-rounded fitness plan including workouts and meal planning.

Beachbody

Beachbody offers exercise and nutrition plans to help you get fit and lose weight.

  • Free trial: 14 days
  • 3-month plan: $39 every 3 months
  • 6-month plan: $59 every 6 months
  • 12-month plan: $99 every 12 months
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Beachbody on Demand includes more than 40 workout programs that include meal plans, so you get a rounded health plan to follow. Track your progress on workout calendars and access personal coaches, plus fitness and nutrition experts.
Within those 40 workout programs, there are more than 1,000 individual workouts, so there’s plenty for you to try out and find the ones that work for you. Beachbody is accessible from your phone, laptop, tablet, and smart TV.

Best for audio workouts

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The Good

New classes every week • Good music selections

The Bad

Not for visual learners

The Bottom Line

Focus on your body with audio-based guided workouts from Aaptiv.

Aaptiv

Aaptiv cuts out visual distractions from virtual workouts.

  • Free trial: 7 days
  • Monthly plan: $14.99/month
  • Annual plan: $99.99/year
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With Aaptiv, you’re able to really focus on your body and its movements. The platform is audio based, so there’s no video for you to follow along. That means you don’t have to crane your neck to pay attention to a screen while also trying to make sure you’re doing the workout correctly.
You can do Aaptiv workouts at home, at the gym, or outside because all you need is your phone and some headphones. With a membership you get access to more than 2,500 guided workouts, with more than 40 new classes added each week. There’s also curated music to go along with the exercises.

Best for women

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The Good

Meal plans • Focused on female empowerment • Workouts will actually have you sweating and working

The Bad

Workouts are not super customizable

The Bottom Line

Sweat offers fitness and meal plans designed specifically for women.

Sweat

The Sweat app provides challenging workouts while encouraging female empowerment.

  • Free trial: No
  • Monthly plan: $19.99/month
  • 3-month plan: $54.99 every 3 months
  • Annual plan: $119.94/year
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The Sweat app combines intense workouts with female empowerment. There are five trainers who focus on exercises like low-intensity cardio, HIIT, weight training, bodybuilding, vinyasa yoga, and more.
Workouts are designed as a program and the intensity level increases with each week, encouraging you to get stronger. The app also features weekly meal plans and grocery shopping lists. Plus, Sweat has a forum where you can connect with other women using the platform.

Best for non-traditional workouts

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The Good

Different skill level options • Live classes • Private Facebook group

The Bad

Live schedule does not offer evening classes

The Bottom Line

This program is great for people who want to focus on cardio and defining their bodies.

Obé Fitness

Obé Fitness focuses on cardio, strength training, and yoga.

  • Free trial: 7 days
  • Monthly plan: $27/month
  • Annual plan: $199/year
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Obé Fitness is designed for beginners, pros, and anyone in between. Its classes are meant to be taken cohesively as a whole program, and they’re best for people who tend to stray from the typical exercises you’d do in a gym.
Obé offers classes like dance HIIT, cardio boxing, pilates, and barre. These engaging classes are typically 28 minutes long, but there are also 10-minute express classes for when you want to squeeze in a quick workout in the middle of the day.
You can choose to take a live class or follow along with one of the pre-recorded on-demand options. You don’t need any equipment for most classes, but if you want to push it to the next level, Obé recommends grabbing some resistance bands, ankle weights, or sliders.

Best for one-on-one training

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The Good

Quiz matches you to best trainers • Virtual and in-person sessions offered

The Bad

Pricey

The Bottom Line

Find your own personal trainer and get exercise plans specifically built for you.

Find Your Trainer

FYT allows you to train one-on-one with a professional wither in person or virtually.

  • 4 session plan: Standard session rate (starting at $29)
  • 12 session plan: 5% discount
  • 24 session plan: 10% discount
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If you want a combination of virtual and in-person training, Find Your Trainer is great. To start, you take a short quiz and FYT matches you with the best trainer for your goals. Then you book your training session virtually or in person and build a plan with them. 
In-person sessions happen at your home, so you get the one-on-one attention and help you need without the intimidation of a gym. This service is ideal for people who want more than just workout videos to follow along with.
Pricing is by session rather than by month, so you only pay when you use the service. Sessions never expire, so you can use them whenever you want. Pricing starts at $29 per session — though some trainers cost more than $100 per session — so this is a pricier option than typical online workout programs.

Best for dance workouts

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The Good

Fun dance routines • Live and on-demand classes

The Bad

Pricey for virtual workouts

The Bottom Line

Dance workouts are a great option if traditional exercise is not your jam, and DanceBody features fun classes that will have you sweating.

DanceBody

Dance with some of New York’s top instructors in the comfort of your home.

  • Free trial: 7 days
  • Monthly plan: $34.99/month
  • Annual plan: $349.99/year
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Traditional workouts don’t suit everybody and sometimes you have to kind of trick yourself into exercising. Dance workouts are a perfect combination of fun and physical to distract you from the fact that you’re doing cardio while also burning calories and toning your muscles. DanceBody is a popular dance fitness studio in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, but you can take the classes wherever you are with DanceBody Live.
DanceBody Live has videos to break down each routine as well as videos of the routines full out for you to follow along once you’ve mastered the moves. It offers options for different styles and you’ll be doing dances that give you a solid workout and a nice arsenal of moves to bust out at the bar. Follow along with live and on-demand classes.

Best for yoga

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Long fre

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How to set device limits without confiscating your kid’s phone

Screen time is arguably the hottest parenting topic of the past 20 years. A pandemic that closed schools and caused kids to be home at all times forced the topic into the spotlight even further. It’s natural for parents to freak out every time a new study about children and devices comes out, but here’s…

Screen time is arguably the hottest parenting topic of the past 20 years. A pandemic that closed schools and caused kids to be home at all times forced the topic into the spotlight even further.

It’s natural for parents to freak out every time a new study about children and devices comes out, but here’s our advice: Don’t. The evidence between screen time and cognitive or behavior development isn’t super strong. Plus, parents cannot blame themselves for handing a kid a tablet when it’s time for a Zoom meeting, dinner prep, or a nap, especially when it’s high-quality content like an educational show.

But it would be naive to assume that kids are always soaking in high-quality content when they’re on the internet. Though modern kids are scarily adept with technology and social media (TikTok is basically run by teenagers), it doesn’t mean that parameters for web use aren’t necessary.

Minecraft may be distracting them from remote school work, or maybe you’d just feel more comfortable about this increase in screen time if you knew that your child wasn’t landing on any inappropriate sites or scrolling through Instagram at 3 a.m.

How does parental control software work?

The short version is that parental control software lets you monitor your child’s phone, tablet, or computer remotely. The corresponding apps let parents monitor internet searches and browsing history, block inappropriate apps (or block distracting apps during homework hours), or limit screen time all together. It’s a less invasive and more respectful method than physically going through their phone or computer — and when kids know that their activity is being watched or managed, cyber safety habits might stick better.

Is geofencing worthwhile?

Parental control software can also help keep tabs on your kid when they’re not at home. Though most have GPS and some sort of basic “Where’s my child?” function, only a select few software options offer geofencing, which is a big help for parents juggling the schedules of multiple children. This location-based service lets you set up virtual boundaries around where a child should or shouldn’t be, as well as a specific time that the child should be there. Let’s say that your child goes straight from school to a sports practice three times a week. The geofencing feature will monitor their phone’s location and will alert you if your child doesn’t show up to the scheduled area on time. Teenagers may even enjoy not being bombarded with “Where are you?” texts.

Geofencing can also be used to monitor web time when your child is in a designated location. For instance, many parents like to disable games or social media apps during school.

What is the best parental control software?

Every parental control software can put limits on screen time, show browsing history, and block sites. Got it. But some features might apply more to your family’s needs.

Households with a lot of devices in the mix will need to look at device limits. Some software allows unlimited accounts while others work like cell phone plans: More devices, more money. If you have three or four kids who all have a phone and a laptop, the unlimited route will be the best value. Families that share a device will need to ensure that their software doesn’t have a “one account per device” rule, which pretty much lock parents into dealing with kid settings (or vice versa, but that kind of defeats the purpose).

Some software gives kids more autonomy than others. If you’re worried about smothering them, consider an option that provides warnings about screen time instead of immediately locking the device, or an option that lets them request extra time or access to a site that they feel is wrongfully blocked. Things may go smoother when older kids feel like they can be a part of the controls.

Here are our top choices for the best parental control software:

Our pick

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The Good

Real-time website monitoring • Tracks YouTube search history • Panic button for emergencies when kids are away from home • Especially great for tracking social media activity

The Bad

No keyword blocking • No geofencing • Some features are only available on Android phones • Doesn’t play well with iPhones or iPads

The Bottom Line

Sleep better knowing that Qustodio is on the lookout whether your kid is home or not.

1. Qustodio

From Instagram and YouTube monitoring to a panic button for kids away from home, Qustodio covers just about everything.

  • Free version: Yes
  • Five devices: $54.95/year
  • 10 devices: $96.95/year
  • 15 devices: $137.95/month
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You may not know how to pronounce it upon first glance, but there’s nothing confusing about Qustodio’s setup. Everything about it is easy to navigate — from installation, to adding profiles for different children, to jumping between each kid’s activity timelines.
It’s a particularly great (albeit a bit outdated) interface for parents, grandparents, or other guardians who aren’t super tech-savvy. The mobile app is much fresher than the desktop app.
Though Qustodio’s monthly fee is a bit steeper than others, it feels like an appropriate trade for the robust list of ways to keep an eye on behavior. The expected screen time controls, pornography blocking, and browsing history are here (including time limits for specific apps or games), plus a look at posts and comments on social media like Instagram or WhatsApp. YouTube monitoring is a rare addition that plugs a loophole that can occur once savvy kids notice that sketchy websites have already been blocked. The SMS monitoring doesn’t apply to iMessages, obviously.
The panic button (only available in the Premium package) provides an extra layer of protection for parents who don’t get peace of mind from location tracking alone. When away from home, children can send a direct text alert to emergency contacts pinpoi

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5 things everyone is doing better than me during quarantine

Look, whatever quibbles we might have had with the digital age up until now (see: Facebook election manipulation, Reddit trolls, influencer culture, and that terrifying clown emoji), I think we can all agree that we are very, very happy that computers exist right now. We’ve Skyped into meetings, classes, and church services. We’ve held virtual…

Look, whatever quibbles we might have had with the digital age up until now (see: Facebook election manipulation, Reddit trolls, influencer culture, and that terrifying clown emoji), I think we can all agree that we are very, very happy that computers exist right now. We’ve Skyped into meetings, classes, and church services. We’ve held virtual Zoom happy hours, birthday parties, and weddings.

But as much as technology has eased some of our loneliness and stress, it has also been illuminating in far less desirable ways. Like, for example, the fact that I now know that everyone on social media—legit everyone—is Doing It Better Than Me during quarantine. I’ve assembled a non-exhaustive list of ways I’m falling short. 

Cute athleisure-wearing

Unlike Bella Hadid, who is , I prefer to maintain a cultivated air of abandon, and not in the whimsical sense—in the “I give up” sense. As an example: I am, at this very moment, technically “at work,” being as I am writing this article. Am I ensconced in cashmere sweats and a comfortable-yet-professional blouse? Of course not. I’m wearing a hideous bathrobe, no pants, and an Apple Watch that keeps yelling at me to breathe. 

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What’s up guys 😇

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Pillow-fort-constructing

The pillow fort that was significantly larger and nicer than my first apartment, and had much better lighting and Feng shui. The closest we have gotten to a pillow fort chez moi is that day that I decided that in the service of my mental stability, I would abandon all efforts to keep the throw pillows where they are supposed to be, and allow my children to do what they’ve been trying to do for a month, which is kill them. 

Dust-bunny-slaying 

I have a five-year-old, an eight-year-old, two cats, and one puppy, and my home decor could be categorized as “tumbleweeds made out of hair and Nutella-covered toast crumbs.” I need Martha Stewart to come over with and show me her ways. 

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Self isolation with tiny people is no joke. Only a few days in and we are quickly running out of activities. Today we challenged some friends to a fort building contest.

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Child-educating 

Have you seen those color-coded homeschooling schedules that everyone and Karen is posting? Yeah, I posted one, too. On DAY 2. It is now Day 3,459,935 (ish?), and if my kids emerge from this knowing how to boogie board on slime (thank you, Collins Key), I’m going to call it a win. 

Yoga-ing 

Breaking news: Turns out it wasn’t lack of time stopping me from my workouts! I just didn’t want to work out. So I’m still not doing that, despite the enthusiastic exhortations of 10,000,000 wellness influencers who want me to live my best #quarantinelife. 

Short story: Love your technology (after you wipe it down, of course). But remember that while connectivity can be fun and even vital, it’s equally critical to power down for a minute. There are many things we need to know about, but the fact that Drake has a standard-issue NBA-sized basketball court in which to suffer through lockdown is not one of them.

Adapted from by arrangement with TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2020, Jordan Reid and Erin Williams.

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7 people describe what they keep in their ‘spank bank’

May is National Masturbation Month, and we’re celebrating with Feeling Yourself, a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure. The earliest definition of is from March 2003. The entry refers to it as “SpankBank” as if it were a Bank of America competitor, and defines it as “the collection of images, thoughts, dreams, and desires one…

May is National Masturbation Month, and we’re celebrating with Feeling Yourself, a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure.


The earliest definition of is from March 2003. The entry refers to it as “SpankBank” as if it were a Bank of America competitor, and defines it as “the collection of images, thoughts, dreams, and desires one conjures to heighten arousal in order to achieve climax; In regards to Self Gratification/Masturbation.”

Almost two decades later, it’s difficult to conceptualize the world in 2003. For one thing, I was nine years old. But it was society before Facebook (meaning pre-social media as we know) and before the iPhone — but also pre-MindGeek, the and other mainstream tube sites.

While today there are seemingly endless ways to consume porn — from Pornhub to — spank banks are still alive and well and being compiled in all sorts of creative ways. From alt Twitters to an entirely separate device, seven people graciously told me about the digital homes for their masturbation fodder.

The dirty side of Twitter

Multiple people told me about their penchant for keeping alt Twitter accounts solely for the purpose of browsing porn. Here I was, thinking that alt Twitters were just for about people who pissed you off. 

But no — separate, anonymous Twitter accounts are some people’s way of saving porn and following their favorite creators. While three people spoke to me about this on the record, several others also sung the praises of such a Twitter account. 

James, who usually lives in Toronto but is social distancing in their hometown of Sudbury, Ontario along with his family, has had an alt Twitter for two years. He started it as a refuge from Tumblr, which . 

James told me that creating the account was “a reaction to Tumblr very strictly enforcing a no adult content rule, which as a lot of those rules do, affected queer people and sex workers the most, and resulted in most of those profile being flagged or deleted, or their content being hidden.”

7 people describe what they keep in their 'spank bank'

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James pointed out that if you search on Twitter, many sex workers’ accounts have in their bios. He said he only follows queer creators on his alt, and uses it to masturbate a few times a week — or sometimes everyday “if the mood strikes.”

Ana, a woman in Miami, started her alt Twitter this year. She had been looking up porn on her regular Twitter account but, as she told me, it left her feeling “kinda dirty.” Having a separate account gives her more freedom to deep dive into porn Twitter. 

Oscar, a man in South Asia, told me that Twitter is a newfound love — and we actually corresponded via DM on his account. He’s able to like and retweet content from “dirty accounts,” as he referred to them.

“Masturbating has been a helpful stress reliever.” 

For James, the pandemic hasn’t changed his masturbating habits too much. He usually masturbated early mornings or late nights anyway. “I am very lucky in that I’m able to work from home, so I’m occupied during the day doing that,” he said. “I also am staying with family during this time, and we get along well, so not hiding away when I’m not working.”

Ana, however, said that quarantine had definitely changed her habits, given that masturbation helps her sleep in these stressful times. “Even tho I work from home, work has been a lot more stressful,” she said via Facebook messenger. “So masturbating has been a helpful stress reliever.”

“I browse thru my alt Twitter, find something to watch. And masturbate,” she said. “Then I sleep so well.” 

Oscar also said he’s been masturbating more currently — since he has more free time. 

Masturbating to celebrities and former flings

While alt Twitter accounts are popular, some people are more specific in their spank bank preferences. 

Take Corinna, a woman living in Brussels.

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