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An Australian personal trainer was fed up with misleading "Before and After" pictures used to sell programs and pills, so she set out to prove a point.

And prove it she did. Inspired by a similar project by personal trainer Andrew Dixon, Mel V. decided to make her own transformation in under 15 minutes.

Yes, minutes. Because with improved posture, tanning lotion, black bathing suit bottoms and a few clever photo tricks, that's all it took to look like this:

Before and After Weight Loss Pics

"Check out my transformation! It took me 15 minutes," Mel wrote on Instagram.

"Wanna know my secret?" She added, and went on to explain them in detail.

"Well firstly I ditched the phonewallet (fwallet) cause that *** is lame, swapped my bather bottoms to black (cause they're a size bigger and black is slimming)."

Next, she "smothered on some fake tan, clipped in my hair extensions, stood up a bit taller, sucked in my guts, popped my hip, threw in a skinny arm."

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Rappin' For Jesus, a video uploaded earlier this year that went viral for obvious reasons, made the rounds again on Christmas ... also for obvious reasons.

Some might say all the wrong reasons.

The low-tech music video features an alleged pastor named Jim Colerick and his wife rapping about their relationship with their homeboy Jesus Christ.

Calling him a life changer, miracle arranger, and "drink exchanger" (turning water into wine, etc.), they go on to list many other memorable achievements.

While it's undeniably silly and campy, the video isn't too disrespectful ... at least until you get to the chorus, which repeats "Jesus Christ is my n----r."

[Crickets]

The line is rapped by both the pastor and his wife, so much so that the "Rappin' For Jesus" video became an instant Internet hit ... but is this even real?

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Justin Meyer and James Douglas, a same-sex couple, was thrown out of a country bar in Victoria, Texas for dancing together, according to a report.

“It's not acceptable for men to dance together in the type of business that we run,” Cactus Canyon spokesperson Roger Gearhart told a local station.

Women dancing together is acceptable, however, he says.

Meyer and Douglas complained of the club’s discriminatory policies after the couple went out for a night of dancing Saturday, only to be booted.

The owner confronted the two men and told them they couldn’t dance together because they were men and for “security reasons.” Or so he claims.

The men said a manager approached them and told them Cactus Canyon had a policy "barring two men from dancing together to country music."

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Plus-size models and modeling have gained a lot of traction in 2013, as they a purpose beyond marketing plus-size clothing to a growing market.

They also provide women with a more diverse range of bodies to look up to, which potentially improves self-confidence, body image and social norms.

So if we have plus-size models ... should plus-size Barbies be next? That's the question posed recently by Plus-Size-Modeling (dot) com on Facebook ...

Plus-Size Barbie Pic

The illustration of a plus-size Barbie doll actually comes from a contest on Worth1000.com, a site where artists compete in daily creative competitions.

The image, created by artist bakalia, won a contest called "Feeding Time 9."

But when re-posted last week by Plus-Size-Modeling (dot) com, the depiction of Barbie with a double chin and a curvier physique sparked debate.

Over 35,000 people have "liked" it, but many criticize it, asking whether society should be praising being overweight any more than being too skinny.

Maria Kang has yet to weigh in ... but we know where she stands.

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In a sign of how far the gay rights movement has come, Pope Francis has been named 2013 Person of the Year by The Advocate, a prominent LGBT magazine.

"While 2013 will be remembered for the work of hundreds in advancing marriage equality," The Advocate wrote, "it will also be remembered for the example of one man."

Pope Francis, who has single-handedly sought to unite, rather than divide the Catholic Church and all of humanity, was named Time Person of the Year as well.

Pope Francis on The Advocate

The Pontiff has not supported gay marriage, but he has called for the end of the church's "obsession" with gays and abortion and said he does not judge gay people.

That, symbolically, put the finishing touch on 2013, The Year of Gay Marriage.

From statehouses to the Supreme Court, and from shifting public opinion to politicians' "evolutions," the year saw many milestones. The Pope certainly wasn't alone.

After all, 2013 likely would not have happened were it not for 2012, when President Barack Obama finally embraced same-sex marriage and went on to win reelection.

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This is pretty much as moving as it gets.

Earlier this month, KSTZ in Des Moines received a letter written by Brenda Schmitz, a mother of four and the late wife of a man named David. She passed away two years ago from ovarian cancer.

Prior to her death, however, Brenda instructed a friend to send her message to the radio station - specifically during its "Christmas Wish" program - after David found someone else with whom to share his life.

“I have a wish for David and the boys and the woman and her family if she has kids also,” Brenda writes in the letter, which is read aloud in the following footage. “I want them to know I love them very much and they always feel safe in a world of pain."

Brenda goes on to outline a trio of wishes for David and his new fiancee, all of which were actually granted by local sponsors.

As you might expect, David grows incredibly emotional during the surprise and you will, too. Watch now:

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Two husbands have gone ahead and gifted their wives with the most thoughtful Christmas present possible.

Pearls? Diamonds? A night out on the town? Try empathy.

In an unusual medical experiment, the men agreed to be filmed while being hooked up to special electrodes that actually simulate the pain of childbirth. Is it really as bad as woman claim? Or is the fairer sex also the weaker sex?

Watch now to laugh with the ladies and cringe with the men as the latter experience contraction, labor and all the screams that accompany both:

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Both jailed members of cause celebre Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been released from prison under an amnesty law, according to reports.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova walked free from a prison hospital in Siberia, while band-mate Maria Alyokhina was cut loose earlier in Nizhny Novgorod.

Both have dismissed the amnesty as a PR stunt ahead of February's Winter Olympics in Russia, but they are nonetheless free for the first time in 14 months.

The women were jailed in August 2012 after performing a protest song in Moscow's main cathedral. The act was seen as blasphemous by many Russians.

However, their conviction for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" was criticized by rights groups, anti-Putin activists and foreign governments.

Their sentences were due to end in March 2014.

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In a story both heartwarming and heartbreaking, thousands of carolers gathered in West Reading, Pa., this weekend to fulfill a dying girl's Christmas wish.

Delaney Brown, an 8-year-old suffering from leukemia, included carolers on a "bucket list," and organizers expected "a few thousand" to take part.

Close to 10,000 people showed up. Take a look at this clip of the event:

Now that's the true meaning of Christmas, love, unity and compassion.

Brown's family, which has been updating a "Team Laney" Facebook page, posted a photo of the girl giving two thumbs up as she heard the caroling outside.

On December 17, doctors gave her "two days to two weeks to live."

We wish Delaney and her family nothing but the best in these sad circumstances, and are grateful that her entire community appears to be by her side.

Also helping the cause? Taylor Swift herself! See below ...

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Claire Davis, a 17-year-old suburban Denver student, has died after being shot in the head by an Arapahoe High School classmate on December 13.

Claire Davis Picture

Davis had been critical condition after being shot point-blank in the Colorado school shooting one day before the Sandy Hook (Conn.) massacre anniversary.

Friends and well-wishers had posted prayers online and raised money to help pay for her medical care, but the hospital confirms she has passed away.

"It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side," the hospital said in a statement.

"Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire's fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss."

"Claire's death is immensely heartbreaking for our community, staff and families."

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