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You’re Welcome: Here Are Puppies Shaking Off Drops Of Water In Slow Motion

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Photographer Carli Davidson’s “Shake” photo series captures puppies via high-speed photography as they shake water droplets off their fur. Their reactions in slow motion are much funnier than we’d ever imagine when watching it happen in real time. As if the photos themselves weren’t cute enough, Davidson put together a video of some of her best models that will diminish any and all Hump Day blues in your life. [Laughing Squid]

Read The Last Words of Reyhaneh Jabbari, Who Was Hanged For Killing Her Rapist

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  • Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran on Saturday for killing her rapist. She left her final will in the form of a voice message for her mother, which said, amongst other things, “In the court of God I will charge the inspectors…and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me and trampled on my rights and didn’t pay heed to the fact that sometimes what appears as reality is different from it.” [Independent]
  • Jordan Peele (of “Key & Peele”) is making a horror movie in the vein of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Stepford Wives” that will address racial fear. (AV Club)
  • Dominatrix Margaret Corvid wants CBC host Jian Ghomeshi to stop using BDSM as an excuse for abuse. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

The Out-Of-Control Creepy Clown Trend Is Freaking Me Out

Creepy Clown
Worst Nightmare, Basically

I get being dedicated to the holiday season and all, but this whole trend of dressing up like an evil crown and wreaking havoc is beyond terrifying. The trend seems to have started earlier this month when a man was spotted dressed up as a clown during late nights in Wasco, California (his antics were revealed to be a photography project), but now the nightmare has spread to Jacksonville, Florida and even as far as Britain and France. Keep reading »

Anyone Who Says They Don’t See Street Harassment Happening: Here’s Your Proof

Nothing Like Being Followed To Brighten Up Your Day

My very female-friendly male friends have told me repeatedly that the frequency with which they see and hear street harassment in no way matches up to the frequency with which their female friends tell them they’re harassed. Well! Outfit us with cameras, and you’ll find out for yourself.

This video was produced for Hollaback, an anti-street harassment organization with an app through which users can report locations of street harassment and bystander intervention. In the video, which was filmed over the course of 10 hours walking silently around Manhattan, the woman is catcalled over 100 times, including one particularly off-putting incident in which she is followed by a catcaller for five minutes. Keep reading »

How’d You Like To Buy Your Very Own Ghost Town?

Johnsonville, Connecticut

Johnsonville, Connecticut, is a 62-acre historic village comprised of gorgeous New England houses, a general store and a one-room schoolhouse. It’s also a ghost town — and it could be yours! Johnsonville goes up for auction today with a starting bid of just $800,000, just in time for Halloween. The beautiful town has been abandoned three times in its history, and has currently stood empty for over 20 years. Could it be a curse or a haunting that drove out its previous dwellers? Keep reading »

It’s Going To Take 81 Years To Close The Global Gender Gap At Work

The World Economic Forum released its annual report on gender equality this week, and the results are — well, it depends on how you look at it. As in, there’s been progress in closing the gender gap globally, but it is glacially slow.

When the WEF started compiling data and releasing reports in 2006, women’s economic opportunities and participation were at 56 percent of men’s opportunities and participation. They’re now at 60 percent, globally. The US ranks 20th for gender equality overall, with women’s economic participation and opportunity at 86 percent of men’s, estimated earned income roughly equal to men’s, employment in government position at 75 percent of men’s, and wages at about 66percent of men’s for similar. It’s important to note that that figure is not the same as the 76-cents-to-a-dollar figure, which refers to full-time employment only; the WEF’s figure is based on their Executive Opinion Survey. Keep reading »

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