Last week, teenagers all across the country got their hopes and dreams crushed when Ivy League acceptance—and more often rejection letters—landed in their inboxes. The acceptance rates this year were scarily low: Harvard, 6.2 percent; Columbia, 6.9; Yale, 7.4; and Princeton, 8.4. Kristina Dell at The Daily Beast took the opportunity to talk to admissions officers and find out some of the craziest reasons why they rejected certain students. My favorite quotes after the jump. Keep reading »
The androgynous look isn’t just a thing that popped up in the 1970s and comes back in vogue every few years. Apparently, it’s an evolutionary fact. Researchers at North Carolina State University (go Wolfpack!) studied Spanish and Portuguese skulls from now, as well as hundreds dating back all the way to 16th century. And it looks like over time, male and female skulls have come to look much more similar than they used to. Why? Apparently while both genders’ skulls looked different, the female skulls showed the most change. Over time, women’s facial structures have gotten larger, probably because of better nutrition. Ahhh, so this explains the Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber phenomenon. [Newser, Science Daily] Keep reading »
A woman who was sexually assaulted by her date from Match.com — a man with six separate convictions for sexual battery — is now demanding the online dating site take steps to screen out criminals.
Would we all feel safer if sexual predators with a criminal history were screened from online dating sites? Of course. But is it practical? Keep reading »
“The moving target is focused on women in America.”
That was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to reporters this morning as he addressed the threat of a government shutdown over an inability by Republicans and Democrats to reach a deal on the budget. The main piece of contention? Funding for Title X, which allocates funds for family planning services, including those offered by Planned Parenthood. The issue? Even though Title X funds don’t cover them, Planned Parenthood provides abortions.
In simple, basic terms, let’s recap seven things you need to know about the threat of a governmental shutdown: Keep reading »
I think I might have found someone who tops the mom of two who robbed a bank and then went to pick up her kids a school. Meet, Sandra Bathke, the 70-year-old woman in Minnesota who robbed a bank in December by holding a hammer in her coat and pretending it was a gun. Check out the interview with her above. “I never touched the money, I never smelled the money,” she said. “[The teller] put in my bag and I said, ‘Thank you’ to her before I turned around and walked out the door. There were times when I went, ‘What am I doing?’ Didn’t dawn on me to stop.” Then Bathke laughs. Keep reading »