Yes, you really do need a weighted blanket — and these ones are the best

Looking to get cozy and maybe even relieve a bit of stress? Weighted blankets can help you out with that. Here are our top picks for the best ones you can buy on Amazon.

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Weighted blankets have recently joined the pack as one more tool in our “sleep better” arsenal. We’ve explored which mattresses are best, have waded through the online reviews to source the best pillows, and have even tracked down the best sheets. It’s time to top things off with a weighted blanket.

A weighted blanket is exactly what it sounds like: A comforter-style blanket that has a layer of heavy pellets (usually glass micro beads) sewn into it. 

One of the most recognized names in the space is Gravity, a blanket which racked up more than $4 million worth of donations (!!!) on Kickstarter back in 2017 and is our pick for napping (although it may be hard to justify the high price). 

While the idea of a weighted blanket may be alluring as a cure-all — many product listings claim they help relieve things like insomnia, anxiety, and the like — it’s likely that many of the benefits could be the placebo effect at work. In fact, Gravity had to to retract a few of their marketing statements after Kickstarter raised concerns.

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That said, there’s no denying that a few minutes under one will likely make you feel like you’re in a loving hug. Online reviewers are seriously obsessed with these things. And science or not, we don’t need a study to tell us that being wrapped up in a blanket just feels nice. (Read more about our love for weighted blankets here.)

When choosing a weighted blanket, you’ll want to consider a few things. First of all is the weight. It’s generally recommended that people only use a weighted blanket that’s about 10% of their total body weight. So that means if you weigh between 140 and 190 lbs, your weighted blanket should be around 15 lbs. Keep in mind that the bigger and heavier the blanket, the more you’ll pay. You’ll also want to decide whether or not you want a blanket that comes with a duvet cover, as not all of them include one. Finally, while some weighted blankets are machine washable, others are not. So if this is an important factor for you — or you’re purchasing one for your kid — this is something to consider.

If you’re in the market for a weighted blanket but aren’t sure where to start, don’t fret — that’s where we come in. We’ve read through hundreds of Amazon reviews to come up with this list of our top picks. Here are 9 of the best weighted blankets to help you get super cozy.


Premium build quality • Duvet cover comes attached with clasps • Easy to care
Expensive • Can only cover one person at a time • Some reviewers say that the weight shifts around
The Gravity Blanket is the first name in weighted blankets. It’s a premium blanket made from high quality materials that’s expertly design and engineered for comfort and stress relief.

1. Gravity Blanket

Sized to cover one person at a time, these weighted blankets are perfect for a nap on the couch.

  • Weight:
    15-25lbs
  • Dimensions:
    72 x 48 x 1 inches
What began as a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017, the Gravity Blanket is the most recognized brand name in the space. It’s made from premium materials with a high standard of stitching, so its fine-grade beads don’t shift or leak. 
Each Gravity Blanket comes with a removable duvet cover, which is machine washable and made of super soft microfiber. Interior clasps keep the Gravity Blanket, which is hand-wash only, secured to the duvet cover. Blanket weight options include 15 lbs, 20 lbs, and 25 lbs, and though the listing claims that a gridded stitch pattern should keep the beads in place, many reviews state that the weight has a tendency to shift off the body at high points.
Amazon customer Juan Miguel writes:

“I really like this blanket. You can use it for everyday. Weather [SIC] you are on the couch, sitting on a chair or about to hit the hay on your bed. It is the best blanket created for sleeping. It’s as if someone is just caressing your body. Hugging you, and the weight of the blanket, you don’t even feel it. When you lift up the blanket that is when you feel the weight. But when it’s on top of you, nothing. It also is very warming underneath. So it’s comfortable and warms you up. I don’t even use my warmer and comforter anymore because I have this. I use a little blanket then this on top, and there you have it. The best sleep you can get. It is so comfortable, you might not want to get up the next day. Be careful. I just love this blanket though. A great investment for your self. Sleep is the most important thing for your body. So do what’s right for your body.”

The Gravity Blanket comes in space gray and galaxy blue.


Hypo-allergenic and non-toxic • High quality materials • Comes in various sizes and weights • Can cover an entire bed
Might be too big for some
With overwhelmingly positive online reviews and a reasonable price point, we feel confident recommending this weighted blanket as our top pick.
DensityComfort offers full-sized weighted blankets that work for Queen, Full, and Twin beds, while its included duvet cover gives the blanket an added level of comfort and style. 
Each DensityComfort Premium Adult Weighted Blanket is made with odorless glass beads and covered in high quality thick cotton that’s hypo-allergenic. Its durable loops and tight stitching will ensure a tight build quality, so it won’t fall apart as quickly as others.
Amazon reviews for this blanket are overwhelming positive, with some 78 percent of customers giving it a 5-star review. Many cite the reasonable price as one of the things that drew them to this option initially, saying they couldn’t justify paying nearly double for the Gravity Blanket.
Amazon customer Teenie writes:

“I bought this for my son who has Tourette’s and an Anxiety Disorder. He was a bit skeptical at first thinking how can a blanket make him feel good BUT it was fabulous. He has been getting some great sleep and even just sits with it after work to decompress. I did some research on all different types of blankets and am very happy that I decided to go with this one. I have recommended it to many people as well.”

The DensityComfort Premium Adult Weighted Blanket has a 4.6 out of 5 star customer rating with more than 130 reviews on Amazon.


Breathable • Perfect size and weight for adults • A real stress reliever • Fits a Queen-size bed
Expensive • Not organic
The finish on this 100 percent cotton, machine-washable blanket cover will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your space.

3. Dozeology Weighted Blanket

The blanket cover is 100 percent cotton and stylish enough to take the place of your old duvet.

  • Weight:
    15 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    60 x 80 inches
Let’s face it, most weighted blankets aren’t all that great looking. Made with 100% breathable cotton, the Dozeology Weighted Blanket is a premium blanket that can easily take the place of your favorite duvet. Available in a dreamy light blue and a basic grey (although some reviewers cite that there’s also a white option), the finish on this machine washable blanket cover will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your space. And since the dimensions are large enough to fit a Queen-sized bed and the weight is just 15 lbs, it can easily work for two people.
The blanket was designed to be warm enough for the winter, while staying cool in the summer. Eight internal ties keep the cover in place, while an 80-inch opening makes removing it and putting it back together a cinch. Reviewers seem to love this blanket — some 78 percent of Amazon reviewers have awarded it 5 stars.
Amazon customer Cecilia H writes:

“I purchased this for I have been struggling with sleep issues for a long time now. I’ve tried different medications but nothing has really been helpful. I did a lot of research and read a lot about weighted blankets, to be honest I was extremely skeptical about Dozeology’s weighted blanket because they are new to the market but I liked that they offered their weighted blanket along with a removable cover in a package already and it looked to me like a high quality product so I took a leap of faith and invested in it. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It didn’t solve my sleeping issues right away, but after a few nights of sleeping with it, I started sleeping so much better! It made a huge difference! It is definitely one of my best purchases ever on Amazon.”

The Dozeology Weighted Blanket has a 4.6 out 5 star customer rating with over 100 reviews on Amazon.


Inexpensive • Made from breathable materials • Machine washable
Beads might shift • Does not come with a duvet cover
Although it doesn’t come with a duvet cover, this weighted blanket is one of the only machine-washable options on our list — and at a price that can’t be beat.

4. CuteKing Weighted Blanket

A no frills weighted blanket at a super reasonable price point.

  • Weight:
    15-20lbs
  • Dimensions:
    16 x 16 x 6 inches
We don’t blame you for not wanting to drop a ton of cash on an item that may very well be a placebo. Enter the CuteKing Weighted Blanket. For less than $75, you can get a Queen-sized weighted blanket that weighs 15 lbs. The downside is that it doesn’t come with a duvet — although it is one of the only machine-washable weighted blankets on our list.
Made from 100% cotton that’s high density and breathable, the CuteKing Weighted Blanket features cool tiny glass beads and two-layer microfibers inside for additional weight, while its stitching is backed with a three-year mending guarantee. If the beads shift or leak, just return it to CuteKing and the company will re-stitch the blanket for free.
Amazon customer Bretton writes:

“I looked at a lot of these blankets on amazon and originally had picked a more expensive one. They usually say what you get it what you pay for, but this is not the case on this product. The low cost may scare you away, but the value matches some of the more expensive ones. I pulled it out today and used it and immediately felt relaxed and fell asleep. If you have trouble sleeping like me or RLS, this blanket will help you. Comfortable, breathable and good value for the cost.”

The CuteKing Weighted Blanket has a 4.0 out of 5 star customer rating with over 775 reviews on Amazon.


Premium build • High-quality materials • Super soft • Removable duvet cover
The Quility weighted blanket comes with a super soft, plush duvet cover that you won’t be able to keep from petting — it’s worth the money.
If you have a partner who isn’t all that into cuddling — but you are — then this weighted blanket by Quility is about to be your saving grace. Ideal for couch use while binge-watching Netflix, the Quility weighted blanket comes with a super soft, plush duvet cover that you won’t be able to keep from petting. The duvet cover is removable and has a handy zipper and simple string ties to make it easier to separate from the blanket for washing.
Amazon reviewers can’t say enough nice things about this weighted blanket, with some 88 percent awarding it the coveted 5-star review. The biggest reason they love it? It’s just so soft. Available in a few different sizes and weights, there are also options for children.
Amazon customer Laurah writes:

“I ordered the blanket because I experience high levels of anxiety pretty often. Not only did I order it to help with falling asleep but also to use while sitting at my desk working or just laying on the couch. I LOVE it! I always knew I could benefit from one of these but not as much as I actually realized I would. I’m not sure if it is like this on purpose but I love the little bumps on the navy side of the blanket and use these/ stroke with my fingers to help ground myself when I get in bed to go to sleep. I looked at so many options and glad I chose this one! I also love that the cover can be taken on and off easily for washing and that I can tie the actual blanket to the cover so the weight is distributed evenly.”

The Quility Premium Adult Weighted Blanket has a 4.8 out of 5 out of 5,670 reviews on Amazon.


Kid-friendly and fun • Breathable • Comes with a duvet cover
The very limited number of bad reviews said it was too heavy
Many parents cite that it changed the way their kids sleep, helping them fall asleep faster and stay in bed longer.
Weighted blanket makers Sweetzer & Orange offer weighted blankets for kids that range from 5 lbs to 7 lbs, with an additional duvet cover that weighs an extra 1.25 lbs. The blankets are made from silken cotton that’s designed to be breathable and comes with your choice of a super plush cover in a pair of fun, kid-friendly designs. (Seriously — we are obsessed with the sleepy dinosaurs.) The interior of the blankets features nubby “dots” that’ll feel nice against the skin.
Each blanket is weighted with odorless and non-toxic glass microspheres, while their reinforced stitching will prevent the blankets from leaking or shifting during use. In the reviews, many parents cite that it changed the way their kids sleep, helping them fall asleep faster and stay in bed longer. And as any parent knows, having a kid who wakes up multiple times during the night can take its toll.
Very satisfied Amazon customer Fitz218 writes:

“A weighted blanket was recommended by our doctor for one of our kids. He had a hard time falling asleep at night and wouldn’t sleep for more than an hour in his own bed and then would wake up upset. The first night we used it I kept getting up to check on him because he slept alone is his bed like a rock for 5 hours!! The next night he slept even longer and when he woke up he quietly walked down the hall dragging his new blanket to our room. Since we bought this he’s had the best, most restful sleep of his life! It has helped his so much. Thank you for this fantastic product!!”

The Sweetzer & Orange Weighted Blanket has a 4.7 out of 5 star customer rating on Amazon.


Premium materials • Stylish • Machine washable
Not ideal for tall people
The Baloo Weighted Blanket is a great gift to give someone who needs a good night’s sleep. It’s premium materials and high quality will impress you and the gift recipient.

7. Baloo Weighted Blanket

A reasonable price point and stylish finish make this a great gift option.

  • Weight:
    15 – 20 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    80 x 60 x 0.5 inches
If you’re looking to give a weighted blanket as a gift, then the Baloo Weighted Blanket is the best pick. 
It’s made from premium materials, like non-toxic breathable cotton and lead-free glass microbeads, and a high quality build with tight stitching and maximum comfort promotes relaxation and rest.
It comes with a duvet cover that connects to the weighted blanket with a series of loops, while it is machine washable in cold water and can be tumbled dry on low heat.
Amazon customer Mary M. writes:

“I love this blanket! It came in two days with Prime in perfect condition with a lovely card. I felt that whoever made it and sent it really cared. I suffer from anxiety, especially when I try to sleep at night, and that is why I ordered it. When I got into bed and put it over me, it felt strange at first, it was heavy. But shortly thereafter, I started to relax and fell asleep without the usual worries and had a great sleep from the first night. What was even more surprising was the fact that my husband said he slept well. He never says that! It’s always so-so, or okay, never well! I plan to buy this lovely blanket for my daughters at Christmas. I wish I knew why it worked but I am so glad it does.”

Baloo Weighted Blanket has an overwhelmingly positive 4.7 out of 5 star customer rating on Amazon.


Hypo-allergenic materials • Breathable
King size is not available • Doesn’t include a duvet cover
The ZonLi Weighted Blanket is a great choice for people who want a hypo-allergenic solution for stress and anxiety relief.

8. ZonLi Weighted Blanket

ZonLi refined their manufacturing process to tighten up stitching and reduce the size of each quilted square to make weight distribution more pleasing on the body.

  • Weight:
    5-30 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    15.2 x 13.7 x 5.3 inches
The ZonLi Weighted Blanket is made from natural cotton, so it’s highly breathable and cooler on your body. ZonLi refined their manufacturing process to tighten up stitching and reduce the size of each quilted square to make weight distribution more pleasing on your body. The end result is a more premium weighted blanket that won’t leak, thanks to its two layer microfiber lining. Also, it doesn’t seem to be as thick as other weighted blankets on the market.
Available in 14 different colors, these blankets are machine washable but lack a duvet.
The attention to detail makes ZonLi’s weighted blanket perfect for people with allergies or people who want to feel cool and comfortable during the summer season. The majority of online reviews for this blanket are positive (some 75 percent gave it 5 stars on Amazon). And though we did read a few reviews that say the beads were spilling out, we read just as many that said they never had that problem.
Amazon customer Serenity McC writes:

“I purchased this for my son who is a brain injury survivor. He has struggled with sleep issues for years and years, a fairly common issue after TBI. He is on 4 different medications to try to help him sleep (negligible success), and he has a CPAP for central sleep apnea. He frequently twitches himself awake, so after a lot of reading and research, I invested in this blanket for him. He absolutely LOVES IT! He appears to be getting really good, solid rest as the twitching is minimized under the weight of this blanket. He has always tried to cocoon himself in his sheets and blankets, so I wish I’d invested in one a long time ago.”

The ZonLi Weighted Blanket has a 4.5 out of 5 star customer rating with more than 1,550 reviews. It comes in 14 colors, including dark grey, pink and purple, navy blue, cream, and more.


Inexpensive • Even weight distubution • Clever design
Doesn’t come with a duvet cover
YnM offers a high quality weighted blanket, but at a low cost. It’s best for sleeping in a bed and versatile enough to keep on the couch.

9. YnM Weighted Blanket

Versatile enough to be used while lounging around or on the bed while you sleep.

  • Weight:
    7-25 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    14.6 x 13.8 x 5.9 inches
While the YnM Weighted Blanket doesn’t come with a duvet cover, it’s priced to move at less than $80. The weighted blanket features seven layers that are designed to surround your body with more glass beads and less fiber fillers than other budget blankets. It’s also engineered with temperature control in mind, no matter the season.
The blanket is designed with a compartment system that prevents its glass beads from shifting and leaking. This technique also allows the blanket to evenly distribute its weight on your body for a better sleeping experience or just lounging around your home.
The YnM Weighted Blanket comes in five colors, including dark gray, light gray, blue white, gray white, and navy.
Amazon customer Jenny writes:

“I never write reviews but thought I should after buying two of these blankets! I haven’t slept through the night for almost 6 years, thanks to a difficult pregnancy and baby. It trained my body to only sleep a couple hours at a time. I tried everything, and am shocked that a weighted blanket worked so magically! From restless legs, insomnia, anxiety, it is an instant fix! I have it draped over me while I write this and it feels amazing!”

The YnM Weighted Blanket has a positive 4.2 out of 5 star customer rating with over 2,740 reviews on Amazon.

Earthquake TODAY: Major tremor could strike TODAY and last ALL WEEK – shock claim

A line-up of planets in the solar system could cause an earthquake here on Earth it has been claimed. This is because Earth, Mars and Jupiter have become positioned in specific places in our solar system which could apparently cause seismic unrest on our planet. The bold claim was made by ‘Earthquake mystic’ Frank Hoogerbeets, who believes the gravitational pull from our celestial neighbours will cause tension to build in Earth’s tectonic plates.

Mr Hoogerbeets believes the tension could be released on the form of a magnitude seven earthquake today, with seismic activity going all the way through to May 11.

The Dutch researcher wrote on his website Ditrianum: “Critical planetary and lunar geometry, especially the Earth-Mars-Jupiter alignment, could trigger larger seismic activity later on the 6th or 7th, possibly high 6 to 7 magnitude.

“Additional geometry on the 7th and 8th may cause a continuation of seismic unrest from the 8th to the 10th-11th.”

The Dutch researcher reached his conclusion using his Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI) which “is the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.

He said: “After three years of observations, it became clear that some planetary geometry in the Solar System clearly tends to cause a seismic increase, while other geometry does not.”

But experts have previously dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets’ claims, saying that there is no way earthquakes can be predicted.

John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said: “We can’t predict or forecast earthquakes.

“Sometimes before a large earthquake you’ll have a foreshock or two, but we don’t know they’re foreshocks until the big one happens.”

The USGS completely denies that earthquakes can be forecasted, writing on its website: “Neither the USGS nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake.

“We do not know how, and we do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future.”

Bible prophecy? Wild swarm of locust in Saudi Arabia proves ‘biblical plagues are BACK’

Swarms of the destructive grasshopper locust were spotted this week crossing the border between Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Swarms of locusts were seen descending on the town of Tafilah in South Jordan, which is a hub for olive and fruit agriculture. According to The National, the situation was dire enough on Monday, May 6, for Jordanian authorities to deploy the airforce to spray pesticides. And on May 3, Locust Watch, the official locust swarm tracker of the United Nations (UN), has warned springtime locust breeding has intensified over the past few weeks in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Pastor Paul Begley, a evangelist from West Lafayette in Indiana, US, believes the swarms of “biblical proportions” are tied to doomsday prophecies.

The firebrand preacher firmly believes humanity is already living in the end times, as described in the Bible.

He has now claimed online scenes from the Old Testament’s Book of Exodus are unfolding before his very eyes.

Pastor Begley said: “Are you serious? Locusts? Biblical plagues have returned.

“What? Well, just like something out of the Bible folks, swarms, and I mean swans of millions of locusts have darkened the skies in Saudi Arabia, creating a scene out of the Bible.

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“It’s a plague of biblical proportions. It’s cataclysmic even.”

In the Bible’s Book of Exodus, a plague of devastating locust was called down on Egypt as punishment for enslaving the Jewish people.

The locust plague was one of 10 brought down upon the ancient nation by God and his chosen servant Moses.

The other plagues included pestilence of all livestock, turning the waters of the Nile into blood and swarms of frogs invading Egypt.

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Ultimately, God’s final plague saw the death of Egypt’s firstborn sons as the ultimate punishment for the Pharaoh’s transgression against the Israelites.

The Book of Exodus reads: “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail.’

“So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the LORD made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts; they invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers.

“Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.”

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According to the United Nations, locusts are the oldest migratory pest in the world and can cover vast distances in swarms.

The Desert Locust, Schistocerca gregaria, is the most dangerous of all locust species and can affect up to 65 percent of the world’s poorest countries.

The pest can cover distances of up to 93 miles (150km) a day, and given the right conditions, can multiply 20-fold in as little as three months.

Adult locusts can easily eat their own weight in crops and vegetation every single day.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization warned: “If infestations are not detected and controlled, devastating plagues can develop that often take several years and hundreds of millions of dollars to bring under control with severe consequences on food security and livelihoods.”

Loch Ness Monster EXPOSED: How Scottish couple spotted ‘enormous animal’

The Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie, is a mythical creature that is said to inhabit Loch Ness in Scotland. It is often described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water. Scholars of the Loch Ness Monster find a dozen references to “Nessie” in Scottish history, dating back to around 500 AD, when locals carved a strange aquatic creature into standing stones.

However, it was not until 1933 until it became a worldwide sensation. 

On May 2 that year, a local Scottish couple revealed to the Inverness Courier how they spotted “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface”.

The story of the Loch Ness Monster became a media phenomenon overnight and British newspapers soon sent reporters to the scene. 

One even offered a £20,000 reward for the capture of the “four-legged animal”.

After a few days searching the loch, hunter Marmaduke Wetherell reported finding footprints.

Plaster casts of the footprints were sent to the British Natural History Museum, which reported that the tracks were that of a hippopotamus.

That did not stop scores of tourists from descended to Loch Ness though, armed with binoculars and deck chairs, hoping to get a glance of the beast.

The hysteria reached an all-time high in 1934 when a photograph appeared to show a dinosaur-like creature with a long neck emerging out the murky water.

However, it was revealed in 1994 that the famous 1934 photo was a hoax.

Despite the setback, amateur investigators kept an almost constant vigil, and in the Sixties several British universities launched expeditions to Loch Ness, using sonar to search the deep. 

Nothing conclusive was found, but in each expedition the sonar operators detected large, moving underwater objects they could not explain.

The scientific community now regards the Loch Ness Monster as a phenomenon without biological basis, explaining sightings as hoaxeswishful thinking, and the misidentification of mundane objects.

Twitter Users Bake Donald Trump Over His Deliciously Weird Typo

President Donald Trump complained on Sunday about two “stollen” years in office, and Twitter users took him to the bakery over the typo. 

Trump initially retweeted one of his evangelical supporters who claimed the president should get two extra years in office as “reparations” for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation:

Trump then added his own tweet ― complete with the typo: 



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Trump later deleted the tweet and posted a new one without the typo. He also deleted a tweet in which he misspelled “Kentucky” as “Kentuky.”  

Trump’s complaint of two “stollen” years ― and his sharing of Falwell’s tweet demanding two extra years ― came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned that the president may not leave office voluntarily even if he loses the 2020 election. 

We have to inoculate against that, we have to be prepared for that” by ensuring he suffer a decisive defeat at the ballot box, Pelosi told The New York Times. 

But on Twitter, the word #Stollen trended on Sunday because Trump’s typo featured a type of fruit bread served in Germany at Christmastime, which is similar to the fruit breads shared in other parts of Europe during the holidays:  

Prince Harry is ‘over the moon’ after Meghan Markle gives birth to a baby boy

The face of a new dad.
The face of a new dad.

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The royal family has officially welcomed a new member.

On Monday, the @sussexroyal Instagram account announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “overjoyed” to welcome the birth of their son, and Prince Harry later confirmed the new addition to his family to the press.

Though the name of the baby boy has yet to be revealed, Prince Harry made a public statement, assuring everyone that both his child and wife, Meghan Markle, are doing “incredibly well.”

“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined,” Prince Harry told reporters. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, but we’re both absolutely thrilled.”

The Duke of Sussex went on to explain that he and his wife are “still thinking” about names and will offer more details in the coming days, but that he’s “so incredibly proud” of her.

The @sussexroyal Instagram account also released an announcement with additional details.

“We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.” the caption read. “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives.”

The baby — who is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child together — will be seventh in line to the throne, behind Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, along with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

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ONGOING CASE: Charles Manson’s four secret victims

But with the “fantasy take” on the infamous killing spree to hit UK cinemas in August – 50 years after it shocked the world – mystery surrounds the death of at least four other believed victims.

Pregnant actress Sharon Tate, 26 (wife of film director Roman Polanski), and eight others were butchered by Manson’s followers with the aim of sparking a race war.

But Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, starring Margot Robbie as Tate alongside Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Pacino, has no clues for the real-life mystery that haunts detectives half-a-century after the horrifying events of July and August 1969.

They are convinced the cult leader, who died behind bars aged 83 in November 2017, ordered at least four more murders, three of which bear chilling similarities to the nine other killings.

Los Angeles police say all four cases are still active and retired detective Cliff Shepard declared: “I still hold out hope that they will eventually be solved but, after all this time, it’s going to take some luck.”

 

Student Marina Habe, 17, was repeatedly stabbed and her body was found dumped near Mulholland Drive on January 1, 1969.

Police have looked at the evidence using modern forensic methods but detective Tom Kerfoot says: “We didn’t find a trace of DNA that could identify her attacker or attackers.”

Reet Jurvetson, 19, was stabbed 150 times and her body was found in brush on the same road on November 16, 1969.

The attack bore the hallmarks of the Manson Family and one member later said she looked like a hippie, “Sherry”, who had briefly spent time with the cult.

Doreen Gaul, also 19, was found savagely stabbed to death in an LA alley on November 21, 1969.

She briefly lived in the same apartment block as Manson henchman Bruce Davis, who was later questioned in prison but denied ever having met her.

John ‘Zero’ Haught, 22, a Manson follower, was found dead on November 5, 1969.

 

Other family members said he died while playing Russian roulette.

Police, however, found that all his gun’s chambers had bullets and there were no fingerprints, suggesting it had been wiped clean.

They think Manson may have ordered his execution.

Sharon Tate’s sister also believes the murders were the work of Manson’s followers.

Debra Tate, 66, said: “All these people are either known or thought to have had contact with the Manson Family.

The way they were murdered – the stabbing techniques and the overkill – is the same.”

Asteroid WARNING: ‘Unbelievable’ signs in the heavens fulfil Bible prophecy – SHOCK claim

Signs of the coming Apocalypse are evident “everywhere” according to evangelist Paul Begley. The firebrand preacher from West Lafayette in Indiana, US, argued during an online broadcast the cosmos is sending out clear warning signs of the end of the world. Pastor Begley cited the frequent flybys of asteroids and comets as evidence of his biblical doomsday claims. These claims, he said, are based on prophetic passages in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 24.

Pastor Begley said: “If you watch prophetically what’s going on, it is unbelievable the signs that are appearing everywhere.

“First of all, we’re getting more racing past the Earth than we’ve ever had before.

“Meteorites impacting the Earth – small ones – fireballs breaking through the atmosphere and then, of course, there’s other signs, strange signs, some people even say fearful signs.

“Cloud formations and comets going by – all kinds of different prophetic event taking place in the cosmos.

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“But today we’re going to watch and learn about what the Bible says is coming in these last days.”

Pastor Begley read from Isaiah 24, which describes God’s “devastation” of the Earth.

The passage reads: “Behold the Lord taketh the Earth empty, and taketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattered abroad the inhabitants thereof.

“And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest, as with the servant, so with his master, as with the maid, so with her mistress, as with the buyer, so with the seller, as with the lender, so with the borrower, as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

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“The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.”

But how do these cryptic passages in the Bible relate to the end of the world and the supposed signs flashing in the heavens?

Pastor Begley argued the events described by Isaiah are yet to pass but when they do, the results will be cataclysmic for the inhabitants of Earth.

He said: “Many scientists even looked at this scripture and believe it’s referring to a pole shift when the magnetic sphere or the magnetic poles shift.

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“The planet itself is there but the poles are shifting. When that happens, it literally changes the seasons of different locations on the planet.

“We know we’ve had the ice age, we know about these different things that have happened historically during the creation, but this is an event which is coming upon this Earth.

“Now, actually there are people who are staying what could be causing a pole shift.

“One of the things scientists are doing is studying a planet or what’s called a binary system on the edge of our solar system that we can’t see but we know must be there because of the gravitational pull, not only on the Earth but on the Sun and on all the planets that are in our solar system.”

Kid makes cute fake passport for class, unlocks next-level confidence

Once more for the people in the back: I am small and beautiful.

In a photo posted to Twitter on Friday, Zarina Muhammad shared her younger brother’s fake passport, the result of a class exercise — presumably intended to teach kids about international travel — and years of unbridled, tiny-human pride.  

It’s a basic, little worksheet, complete with fake paper stamps, a passport number (12345, of course), fill-in blanks for gender and age, and lastly, an area for a physical description. 

For most, that last section would prompt hair/eye color, height, and skin tone descriptors. You know, the kinds of things one would be asked about by airport security.

For this ray of sunshine, it resulted in the instantly iconic sentence: “I am small and beautiful.”

Self-confidence mastery with just a sprinkle of “i’m baby” meaninglessness, “I am small and beautiful” is the only view of one’s self worth having. 

Print it on t-shirts. Get it up on billboards. Carve it into my tombstone. It’s time to spread the word, “I am small and beautiful.” 

Now, next question.

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