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Watch This Cat Give His Soldier Human The Warmest Welcome Home Ever

So Sweet!

Finn the ragdoll cat really missed his human, Nick, while he was away for a drill. Even before he walks through the door, Finn (and his fellow kitty Boo, who we hear off-camera) knows he’s coming and can’t contain his excitement. Watching Finn leap into Nick’s arms is all the proof I need that cats, for all the bad rap they get, are just as sweet as any other pet! [Tastefully Offensive]

Did Energy Drinks Kill This Teenage Girl?

Did Energy Drinks Kill This Teenage Girl?

Lanna Hamann, a 16-year-old high schooler from Arizona, died suddenly of a heart attack on vacation in Mexico this weekend, and her mom, Kris, believes it was the result of consuming nothing but energy drinks all day. According to friends and family members, Lanna spent all Saturday on the beach drinking energy drinks, but no water. Later that day, she told a friend’s father that she was feeling sick and soon afterward, she went into cardiac arrest. Keep reading »

The Great Diary Project Is Preserving Hundreds Of Years’ Worth Of Angsty Teenagers’ Thoughts

The Great Diary Project Is Preserving Hundreds Of Years’ Worth Of Angsty Teenagers’ Thoughts

Did you keep a diary as a teenager? Does the thought of reading it now make you want to cringe with embarrassment or would you jump at the change to gain some perspective on the course of your life so far?

Dr. Irving Finkel of London, a self-proclaimed diary rescuer, has it made it his personal mission to preserve, archive and exhibit as many long lost diaries as possible. By day, Finkel works at the British Museum, but in his off hours, he’s slowly amassing a museum of his own with his Great Diary Project and receives regular donations of families’ old journals. His reasoning, he says, is that:

Diaries are among our most precious items of heritage. People in all walks of life have confided and often still confide their thoughts and experiences to the written page, and the result is a unique record of what happens to an individual over months, or even years, as seen through their eyes. No other kind of document offers such a wealth of information about daily life and the ups and downs of human existence. The Project’s idea is to collect as many diaries as possible from now on for long-term preservation. In the future these diaries will be a precious indication of what life, in our own time, was really like…All human life, in fact, is there, packed into small pages where every entry – for the future historian – is accurately dated.

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I Am Obsessed With Taylor Swift’s Instagram Replies To Her Fans

Taylor Swift has been stoking the fire of her ever-obsessive fan base by sending surprise replies to her fans on Instagram these past few months. I would venture that she’s tagged in a lot of pictures, so I’m not sure how she chooses which ones to respond to, but they range from posts of fans who mention listening to her music, to concert photos, to paparazzi shots of her. The photo above was in response to a fan’s photo of she and her husband at one of Swift’s concerts years ago, telling her how connected she felt at the show. Keep reading »

“The Feminist Utopia Project” Imagines A World Without Misogyny

"The Feminist Utopia Project" Imagines A World Without Misogyny

What would a feminist world look like? The Feminist Utopia Project anthology, which is currently in the making, aims to help us discover exactly that. Writers Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff are leading the project and are putting together a collection of pieces that will get us thinking about what life might be like in the absence of a patriarchal society. As they note on their website:

Too many of us know too intimately the ways sexism constrains our lives, limiting our opportunities, harming our bodies, reducing us. Often unspoken, though, is the way misogyny limits our imaginations. The ubiquity of sexism comes to feel like the inevitability of sexism. Electoral politics narrow our ambitions to preserving the rights we are told we can have rather than mobilizing for what should be.

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Laverne Cox’s Moving “It Gets Better” Video Is A Tearjerker

"Who You Are Authentically Is Alright"

Laverne Cox wasn’t always as sure of herself as she is today. Growing up in Alabama with a single mom struggling to make ends meet, she got bullied at school for being feminine and struggled with her gender identity. Hearing her talk about recognizing herself as worthy of love in her own right, rebuilding a foundation with her family and overcoming the shame she felt is incredibly inspiring. It does get better. [Refinery 29]

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