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Newborn Prince Of Monaco Chosen As Heir Over His Older Sister Because Sexism

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Princess Charlene of Monaco gave birth to twins, a boy named Jacques and a girl named Gabriella, on Wednesday. Despite the fact that Gabriella is two minutes older than her brother, Jacques will be the heir to the throne because of Monaco’s male inheritance laws. The twins are the first children born to Princess Charlene and her husband Prince Albert, though Albert has two prior children born out of wedlock. Monaco tradition also forbids children born outside a marriage from becoming heir to the throne, so now three of his kids have been deemed unworthy of ruling. Awkward. What will be most awkward of all is when Gabriella and Jacques grow up and she realizes her brother gets to boss her around for no other reason than the fact that he’s a boy, and she’s just the chick who chilled out in the womb with the future king. Keep reading »

Michigan State University Chooses Rape Apologist George Will As Commencement Speaker & Students Fight Back

Michigan State University

Michigan State University selected conservative journalist and noted rape apologist George Will to speak at the university’s commencement ceremony on Saturday and to receive an honorary doctorate of humanities. Will, who taught at the university for a brief period in the 1970s, penned a horrific op-ed in June in which he suggested that women who come forward to report campus sexual assault receive “coveted status” and “privileges.” Students, sexual assault survivors and advocates are furious at Will’s appearance at the ceremony, especially since MSU is one of several schools undergoing a federal investigation for its handling of previous cases of campus assault. As of this writing, over 800 students plan to protest on campus Saturday morning and the numbers are growing by the minute. Keep reading »

Katy Perry & Taylor Swift Still Can’t Get Along

  • The Katy Perry vs. Taylor Swift feud rages on as Katy Perry’s producer sends out a tweet implying that Taylor mimicked Katy Perry’s sound in “1989.” #PopStarProblems [Celeb Dirty Laundry]
  • Kate Middleton is not happy that her sister Pippa dissed Kim Kardashian’s nude Paper magazine cover. [Celeb Dirty Laundry]
  • What dating with herpes is like. [YouBeauty]
  • Character names in the new “Star Wars” film will include Kylo, Ren, and BB-8. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

The Daily Squee: Little Girl Sneaks Pet Cow Into House

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A Girl's Best Friend

Five-year-old Brennan Decker thought she was being sneaky when she let her pet cow into the house, but when her mom catches her, she provides a laundry list of nonsensical excuses that only a kid could come up with. After talking in circles, she calls it quits around 3:30 and settles in for the cutest cuddle between child and cow you’ve ever seen. [Daily Dot]

I’m A Little Bit Terrified Of Nutelasagna

I can’t decide whether Nutelasagna is one of the best or worst things to happen to humankind, but like it or not, it’s here to wreak havoc on your taste buds and your life. Robicelli’s bakery in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn is behind the brilliant creation, which consists of “layers of buttery lasagna noodles, cannoli custard, copious amounts of Nutella, crushed roasted hazelnuts and chopped chocolate, with some marshmallows on top for additional sweetness.” Baker Allison Robicelli invented the dish over the summer during the bakery’s Jump The Shark event, a tongue-in-cheek mission to top gimmicky food hybrid sensations like cronuts. Robicelli’s delivers to parts of NYC and Long Island, so if you’re in the area and feeling brave, head to their website to order yourself some. If you live elsewhere, you can always make a pilgrimage across the country to try it for yourself. [Gizmodo; Gothamist]

I Want To Go To There: “Light Is Time” Art Installation Features 80,000 Shiny Watch Parts

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Stunning

“Light Is Time,” an art installation that consists of 80,000 watch parts, made its debut at this year’s Milan Design Week in April and was on display (in a slightly scaled down form) at Tokyo’s SPIRAL Gallery last month. I’m crossing my fingers that it will be on view elsewhere soon (cough cough, New York City please?). Japanese watch company Citizen and French architects DGT put the project together “with the belief that technology is meaningless without beauty.” Thousands of watch plates, which serve as the base for the rest of a watch’s parts to be mounted on, suspend and shimmer from the ceiling as visitors walk amongst them.

A release from Citizen further explains the artists’ inspiration:

“From beyond the horizon, the rising sun slowly covers the earth in light, shadows transform into a different shapes, the seasons to transmit colour in nature and the waxing and waning of the Moon changes. When humans noticed these things, we unknowingly created the concept of time.”

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