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Happy Hump Day! Here’s A Micro Pig So Blissed Out By A Belly Rub That She Falls Over

This Pig Has It Made

Good morning! This micro pig is loving her feather duster belly rub so much that she reclines with glee and makes a sound that I can only assume is the piggy version of purring. The lesson I’m going to take from this is that micro pigs are pretty much equally adorable, equally cuddly versions of cats. [Laughing Squid]

Apple Unveils The iPhone 6 And The Apple Watch

  • Today, Apple unveiled two new phones: the gigantic-screened iPhone 6 and the even clunkier iPhone 6 Plus. Both phones will be released on September 19th. One exciting feature will be mobile payments, which allows users to use the phone as a credit card on trips to the store. A bigger surprise announcement today was the upcoming Apple Watch, which is essentially a teensy iPhone for your wrist that also heavily monitors your fitness activity. The watch will be available in early 2015 for around $350. Exciting! [The Verge, New York Times]
  • But don’t get too excited: those new iPhones may be too big for women’s hands. [The Atlantic]
  • U2 pulled a Beyonce and announced a surprise album release at today’s big Apple unveiling. (Whatever, Beyonce still did it first.) The album, Songs of Innocence, is currently available on iTunes for free — yes, free. ( [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »

I Just Can’t With This “Fall Boyfriends” Craigslist Ad

According to a “Rants & Raves” Craigslist personal ad, two Manhattan ladies are on a quest to find themselves a pair of fall boyfriends to replace their casual summer hook ups, because “now is the time you must start dating someone in order to spend the holidays together/go on ski trips/have a NYE kiss you’re stoked on.” Dudes without a “chill group of bro friends” need not apply. These guys must be six-foot or taller (those with sparkling personalities may be able to pass if they’re just one inch shy), an Ivy League education, and an affinity for Instagramming homemade autumn meals and couples’ selfies. These chill bros’ sartorial choices should include “Driving mocs, Barbour coat, Half-Zips (at least three, please send pics if possible), Ray-Bans (Wayfarers or Clubmaster preferred, but open to other styles), loafers, Patagonia vest(s), Vineyard Vines, basketball shorts for me to sleep in.” Access to a summer share in the Hamptons is a plus. Keep reading »

Clean & Clear’s #SeeTheRealMe Campaign Is Actually Pretty Awesome

"Reveal Your True Self"

Skin care brand Clean & Clear has launched a self-acceptance campaign called #SeeTheRealMe. To be honest, I’m always a little wary and critical of faux feel-good ads like the ones Dove and Always have churned out, but poet Azure Antoinette makes Clean & Clear’s approach way more awesome. Antoinette, who has been called the Maya Angelou of the millennial generation, tackles how young girls’ longing to be seen clashes with their fear of being judged. I kind of dig it. Thoughts? [Women You Should Know]

20 Powerful #WhyIStayed And #WhyILeft Tweets From Twitter’s Domestic Violence Conversation

20 Powerful #WhyIStayed And #WhyILeft Tweets From Twitter's Domestic Violence Conversation

Yesterday, after TMZ released video footage of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice brutally attacking his then-fiance Janay Palmer, Rice was cut from the team by the NFL. Instead of sympathy or concern, Janay has mostly been the target of criticism, in particular for marrying her abuser and/or somehow inciting the violence in the first place. Writer Beverly Gooden grew fed up with the victim-blaming nonsense she saw on her Twitter feed, and decided to share her own story of abuse. Gooden told Mic, ”When I saw those tweets, my first reaction was shame. The same shame that I felt back when I was in a violent marriage. It’s a sort of guilt that would make me crawl into a shell and remain silent. But today, for a reason I can’t explain, I’d had enough. I knew I had an answer to everyone’s question of why victims of violence stay. I can’t speak for Janay Rice, I can only speak for me…I want people to know that they have a voice! That they have the power. That’s so critical, that survivors feel empowered.” Keep reading »

An Extended Trailer For “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Has Arrived

Under The Creepy Big Top

FX has released an extended trailer for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and it is creepy as hell in the best of ways. It fittingly features the song “Carousel” by Melanie Martinez and gives us a look at Sarah Paulson as a two-headed woman, Kathy Bates as a bearded chick, and Jyoti Amge, who is the smallest woman in the world. Thankfully for my sanity, this trailer isn’t so heavy on the scary clowns like some of the show’s other promos. Only one more month to go until the premiere! [Nerdist]

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