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There Are More Adult Women Gamers Than Gamer Boys Under 18

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  • The face of gaming is still a pack of rowdy preteen boys, faux-blasting each other with pixelated guns for giggles. In the United States, adult women are an impressive 48 percent of all gamers — more than gamer boys under 18. A huge part of the increase is due to mobile games, like “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” “Candy Crush,” and the not-still-popular-but-still-on-my-phone “Angry Birds.” [Wall Street Journal]
  • This Ebola outbreak in Liberia is killing women in far greater numbers than men because it’s women who do most of the caregiving. [BuzzFeed]
  • The family of Renisha McBride is suing Theodore Wafer, the white man who shot the Black teenager to death on his front porch when she rang the door looking for help. Earlier this month, Wafer was found guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter, and one count of a felony firearm. The McBride family is seeking $10 million for emotional distress, among other charges. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Meet Sideshow Performer (And Sword Swallower!) The Lady Aye

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By day, she is Elise S. Carter. Onstage, she is The Lady Aye, a professional sideshow performer. She can eat and breath fire, lay on a bed of nails, escape from a straightjacket, and is one of the few female sword swallowers in the world (and the only Jewish female sword swallower in America). In this mini documentary by Martyna Sarosta for The Jewish Daily Forward, you can watch The Lady Aye doing part of her act. But just as compelling is the story about how the self-discipline of her highly-skilled act has helped her cope with an eating disorder. Her thoughts on what it means to be “pain-proof” — a sideshow term that means smiling through the pain — carries a certain poetic justice. [Forward]

Would You Go To A “Hunger Games” Theme Park?

I love “The Hunger Games.” I’ll read the books, watch the movies and fangirl over the promos and trailers for “Mockingjay: Part 1″ until my obsession reaches a borderline unhealthy level, but if there’s one thing I’m not so enthusiastic about, it’s feeling like I’m in “The Hunger Games.” NOPE.

But soon we may all see firsthand what it’s like to head to the Capitol, because rumor has it that Lionsgate, the studio that brought the popular book series to theaters, is in talks to create theme parks based on the world. Why? Because everyone wants to feel like they’re being forced by a totalitarian government to fight to the death, obvi. Sounds like family fun to me! Keep reading »

Cheetah Cub And Puppy Play Together At The San Diego Zoo

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After Ruuxa the cheetah cub was rejected by his mother, zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park paired him up with Raina, a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. Their friendship was set up as part of the zoo’s animal ambassador program, which creates unlikely bonds between different critters.  And it worked: the new buds are now over three months old and exploring new parts of the park together. They’re being raised alongside each other to create a special bond, with Raina helping Ruuxa feel relaxed in stressful settings. Some of their play fighting is training for Ruuxa to become part of the park’s Cheetah Run experience  — and it’s pretty darn cute.  [NBC]

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Holocaust Survivor And Activist Hedy Epstein Arrested In Ferguson Protest

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Holocaust Survivor And Activist Hedy Epstein Arrested In Ferguson Protest

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, human rights activist, and St. Louis resident, knows a thing or two about standing up against injustice. She’s spent her life fighting inequality, so when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called in the National Guard to get involved in the unrest in Ferguson following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, she showed up at a peaceful march on Monday protesting his choice. The protestors planned to march through downtown St. Louis directly into Nixon’s office to request that he take a different approach to the situation. As they walked, they chanted “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” and ”Hey, hey! Ho, ho! National Guard has got to go!” When they reached the building, the group was blocked from the office by police officers who told them Nixon was not around. The protestors were told to leave, but Epstein and 8 others refused, only to be arrested and carted to a police station downtown. She told Newsweek, “I really didn’t think about being arrested or doing anything like that. I was just going to be somebody in the crowd. I guess maybe I was impulsive: Someone said, ‘Who is willing to be arrested if that happens?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m willing.’” Epstein was released, but she has an October court date looming. Keep reading »

This Little League Coach’s Rousing Pep Talk Is About So Much More Than Baseball

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"We didn't quit. That's us!...You're all my boys."

After the Cumberland American team lost at the Little League World Series on Monday, their amazing coach, David Belisle, gave them a speech they’ll likely never forget. The team lost 8-7 to a team from Illinois, and many of the Cumberland players couldn’t help but cry. Belisle, however, couldn’t have been prouder of his team, and knew exactly what to say to cheer them up. I don’t know about you, but life lately has put me in need of a serious pep talk, and this one totally does the trick, whether you’re losing at baseball or whatever else life is throwing at you right now. [E! Online]

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