Skimm'd while prepping for Mother's Day…

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MAY 01, 2020


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Skimm'd while prepping for Mother's Day…


"I had two candles, and yeah, one thing led to another" – Britney Spears on how she accidentally burned down her home gym. Oops, let's not do that again.


The Story

The US intelligence community is ruling out a COVID-19 theory.

Which one?

That the virus was "manmade or genetically modified." There've been a few theories floating around about the coronavirus's origin, including that it was purposely created in a Chinese lab. But scientists say there's no evidence of tampering in the virus's DNA. And believe it jumped from animals to humans, aka how SARS and Ebola originated. Yesterday, the intel community sided with the scientists. But it left open another theory.

Go on...

Namely, that it could have been accidentally released from this lab. The institute in Wuhan had been studying coronaviruses for years, and had done research on bats (whose DNA is in the virus that causes COVID-19). The US had flagged potential safety concerns with the lab two years ago. And the lab is close to where the first cluster of cases emerged. But officials there deny it came from them. And China isn't giving outside experts access. President Trump isn't happy.

Why's that?

For weeks, he's been blaming China for the virus. His admin has also reportedly pushed US spy agencies (think: the CIA) to search for evidence tying the lab to the outbreak. CIA officials don't think they'll be able to settle the theory either way. Still, Trump said yesterday he's seen evidence indicating the virus came from a lab. No word on what the evidence was.


It's important to know where the virus came from to help prevent similar outbreaks. But in this case, experts warn we may never learn the answer. Now, while some theories have been put to bed, the US is risking its relationship with China to press hard on others.


What's affecting workers nationwide…

Unemployment. Yesterday, the Labor Department said another 3.8 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. That brings the total to more than 30 million in six weeks – more than 15% of America's workforce. But that number could be higher, as some people may have not applied and others couldn't access state unemployment agencies. Economists have said we're in a near-certain recession.

May Day. Today, workers from some of the country's biggest retailers are expected to protest. These happen every year on International Workers' Day – but this year, employees at places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, FedEx, and Whole Foods are planning to turn out over issues like sick leave, pay, and what they describe as a lack of protections amid COVID-19.

Psst...see what high unemployment could mean for your income and investments (even if you're still working) here.

Who's bringing the drama off-screen...

AMC Theatres and Universal Pictures. Weeks ago, Universal released a kids movie on-demand, raking in nearly $100 million. It was pretty pleased with itself, and said this week it would keep sending movies to people's small screens in the future. Plot twist: that didn't sit well with AMC. It responded saying it won't be playing any of Universal's films anymore, even when its theaters reopen. Universal tried to do damage control but didn't back away from the idea of continuing to release movies on-demand. Get the popcorn ready – sounds like the setup to a sequel.

Where the moon is the limit...

NASA. Yesterday, it announced that three companies – Blue Origin, Dynetics, and SpaceX – will be helping out with its Artemis program. Aka landing astronauts back on the moon beginning in 2024. It would mark the first time the US came back to visit since the 1970s. And this time, it would be one big step for womankind, too.

...Oh and speaking of things gearing up, NASCAR. It's heading back to the races next month, this time without the crowds. Vroom.

What won't be taking the 1am train going anywhere...

New York City.

Whose time to shine is meow...



"Pretty Things" by Janelle Brown

One grifter. One heiress. One complicated heist. It's set in Lake Tahoe and reads like a page out of the Anna Delvey scandal meets "The Bling Ring." Scammer season wasn't over then. It isn't over now.


The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all in different ways. No matter your situation, sometimes you just need to press pause. Enter: our picks to help you take a break…

1. 17 gift ideas for all the moms in your life. This list has quarantine-friendly finds like a coffee subscription, soft AF loungewear, and a puzzle made of family pics. Oops, bought some for ourselves, too.

2. Mindy Kaling's new Netflix show. "Never Have I Ever" follows a first-gen Indian-American teenager navigating high school bullsh*t. This one's for you, "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" stans.

3. Movies to stream for date night. Because it's fun to watch fictional couples who have more to talk about than their diminishing toilet paper supply. Swoon.

PS: Sign up to get a list of things to do to your inbox every Monday. Up next: a list you'll want to share with the all the moms you know.


For when you'll be celebrating mom with FaceTime mimosas this year…

Send a virtual hug with a Shutterfly Photo Book. They make it easy to celebrate mom from afar. Pick your favorite pics to create a gift she'll still be talking about next year. Create yours now for delivery by Mother's Day. Make some memories.*

For when cranberry juice is not your cup of tea…

An alternative that actually works. This company makes a drink mix that aims to keep your urinary tract in top shape. By flushing it out if you drink it after sex. PS: Skimm'rs get 15% off. Check it out.*

For when your bed is your new office…

Upgrade it with this brand. They make luxe sheets, loungewear, towels, and more. And they're having a rare sale. Get what you need with 20% off sitewide for a limited time. Lounge while you work.*

*PS This is a sponsored post.


In times like these, community matters more than ever. Let us know how you (or someone you know) is making an impact by helping others.

Cooking up some good...Caroline N (TN). She and a couple of her friends organized Feed the Front Lines, Memphis. It's a partnership between nonprofits and dozens of local restaurants that's delivering meals to frontline workers. Learn more and donate here.

Going deep with...Madie H (MN). She works at Play to Your Strengths, which pairs at-risk students with senior citizens, and encourages them to talk about the big moments in their lives. With COVID-19, the org is moving to Zoom and phone calls. Learn more here.

(Some) Birthdays...theSkimm's Robin Bonatesta (NY), theSkimm's Hadley Malcolm (NY), Josh Greebel (NY), Brendan Butler (IL), Chryssy Alba (IL), Anthony Finizio (PA), Lucy Fancourt (NC), Nina Diamond (FL), Allison Paisner (NJ), Diana Kirori (IL), Chelsea Robbins (OH), Crystal Nance (MT), Ben Novogroski (VT), Stephanie Northwood (NY), Christina Carnes (NE)

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