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So, Did You Hear This Guy Rescued 500 Girls From Boko Haram Two Months Ago?

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 13, 2015
In April of last year, Boko Haram abducted nearly 279 girls from their school in Chibok. Two months ago, they attempted to do the same to 470 girls who were boarding at the Federal Government College in Bajoga town. They were not successful. Why? Because teachers immediately… More »

America’s Bubbe Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pre-Gamed Too Hard Before The State Of The Union

By: Beejoli Shah / February 13, 2015
Professional badass, semi-pro glove-wearer Ruth Bader Ginsburg caught a few Zs at last month's State of the Union, ostensibly because the overwhelming amounts of UV rays emanating from John Boehner's orange face would make anyone drowsy. And now our favorite Supreme Court justice has given us the real reason she was nodding off: Notorious RBG wa… More »

David Carr, Beloved NY Times Media Critic, Dies Suddenly At Age 58

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 13, 2015
Last night, journalism lost one of its very best when New York Times media critic David Carr collapsed in the newsroom and passed away, just hours after he moderated a panel discussion about the film “Citizenfour” alongside Edward Snowden. The Times' executive editor Dean Baquet wrote in an email to the staff, “He was our… More »

Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Sweaters For Penguins Hurt By Oil Spills

By: Claire Hannum / February 12, 2015
At 109-years-old, Alfred Date is the oldest man in Australia. The grandfather of 20 spends his days knitting sweaters for penguins who've been injured in oil spills. When toxic oil sticks to penguins, it mats their fur and makes it difficult for them to regulate their temperature or find food properly. Date's handiwork prevents the penguins from picking… More »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Gay Marriage Is Inevitable

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 12, 2015
Ruth Bader Ginsburg told Bloomberg that gay marriage is inevitable. (RawStory) And speak of the devil, check out this woman’s awesome Ruth Bader Ginsburg tattoo. (CNN) A high school teacher talks about how to effectively teach dead white male authors to students who are tired of studying dead white male authors. (The… More »

You Can Now Appoint Someone To Manage Your Facebook When You Die

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 12, 2015
Planning for our eventual demise is never a fun thing. I don't know if I know anyone who has gotten around to getting a will together yet. I certainly haven't. I mean, it's not like I have much in the way of actual property. I'm probably not going to spend an afternoon detailing who get… More »

Drunk Pair Rudely Awakened in Dumpster Love Nest

By: Newser / February 12, 2015
It takes a good stretch of the imagination to get from a hot night at the casino to the back of a garbage truck, but a couple from America's hotbed of strange and often illegal activity has this morning given us such a tale: As the Tampa Bay Times reports, a Progressive Waste Solutions driver wa… More »

Four in 10 Teenage Girls Report Being Coerced Into Sex

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 11, 2015
More than 40 percent of high school-aged girls in England report being coerced into sex. [The Guardian] A memo to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions: Judges who disagree with you aren’t “activist” judges. [Vox] A new study shows that there are long-term health benefits for LGBT youth who come out during high school. [… More »

Watch Elizabeth Warren Bust Rand Paul’s Balls While Asking About Vaccines

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 11, 2015
Certified bad ass Elizabeth Warren took some time out of a Senate hearing today to have a lovely chat with Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases about the basic facts of vaccines. Warren asked her a series of questions--including, delightfully, whether or not vaccines cause "profound mental disorders"… More »

Dudes Are Losing Their Shit Over An ESPN Writer Tweeting About A Skincare Line

By: Beejoli Shah / February 11, 2015
Anyone who has played fantasy football -- from the novices to the paralyzed with indecision until kickoff -- knows Matthew Berry. The Talented Mr. Roto founder who migrated over to ESPN to become their Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst has built a brand out of being the guy you go to when your friends are… More »

Montana Republican Hopes To Outlaw Yoga Pants

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 11, 2015
Meet Montana State Rep. David "Doc" Moore (R-1860)! Last August, State Rep. David Moore saw a naked bike ride, and he clutched his pearls so hard they spilt out all over the floor, and then he tripped on one and died. Then, he came back to life and decided to make it his life's mission to… More »

Someone Gave Middle School Students Fifty Shades-Inspired Word Searches

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 11, 2015
Whoops: Someone in a Pennsylvania middle school gave students a Fifty Shades of Grey-themed word search puzzle to bring home this past Monday. Very few details are available about it at this point, but we’re given to believe that it was, in fact, a teacher who handed out the word search. Parents complained at… More »

Science ‘N’ Stuff: The Big Bang Might Not Exist, And The Universe Might Literally Be Forever – Where Are My Physicists At?!

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 11, 2015
There’s a new model that hypothesizes that the universe did not start with the Big Bang, and that, in fact, the universe has no beginning or end in time. Like, the universe never started, and the universe is never going to end. I’ll do my best to explain this, not being a physicist or… More »

Truck Driver Fired For Listing Jesus As His Co-Driver

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 11, 2015
Jesus, take the wheel! Ramiro Olivarez, a truck driver from Rio Grande Valley is claiming he was fired for his religious beliefs, which he felt were best expressed by listing "Jesus" as his co-driver on his log sheets. Which is a thing truckers are not allowed to do--not because anyone doesn't want them to… More »

Iggy Azalea’s Boyfriend Thinks A Dolphin Tried To Murder Him, Steal His Girl

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 11, 2015
LA Lakers reserve guard Nick Young, the boyfriend of Iggy Azalea, had a chat with reporters Tuesday night, in which he explained the story behind a recent tweet of Iggy's about how he is scared of dolphins. Via ESPN: "He was playing with everybody else, doing what dolphins do -- the 'ack ack' and… More »

The Muslim College Students Murdered In Chapel Hill, North Carolina

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 11, 2015
Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, has been charged in the deaths of three college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina yesterday evening, in what many see as a hate crime, because all three victims were Muslim. Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, of Chapel Hill, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, were found dead at an apartment complex shortly… More »

Changes On Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia Page Are Being Traced To The Canadian Defence Department

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 10, 2015
Someone in the Canadian Defence Department has been editing Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia page to imply that Parsons’ father believed that she had had consensual sex with the two boys who were later convicted child pornography in her case. (Huffington Post) A letter from ISIS captive Kayla Mueller has been released by her family, i… More »

On #AdviceForYoungJournalists And The Oldest Tropes In The Book

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 10, 2015
On Monday, Fusion published journalist Felix Simon's open letter to young journalists, titled "To All The Young Journalists Asking For Advice." Many people were upset by this letter, as said advice was partially along the lines of "Want to get into journalism? DON'T." I’m sure that many people have told you this already, but… More »

These Tiny Hamsters On A Tiny Date Will Have A Better Valentine’s Day Than Us

By: Claire Hannum / February 10, 2015
Our favorite tiny hamsters have returned to go on the most extravagant tiny hamster date there ever was. With the help of a human, the little couple makes their way down a tiny river on a tiny gondola to eat a romantic tiny dinner. Why a… More »

Women In Sexy Cop Costumes Break Almost 30 Inmates Out Of Prison

By: Claire Hannum / February 10, 2015
When three women wearing sexy cop costumes arrived at a Nova Mutum, Brazil, prison around 3 a.m. Thursday asking to come inside to "chat and drink," the guards strangely did not find it suspicious. After reportedly convincing the guards to have an orgy, they knocked them out with drugged whiskey and proceeded to release almost 30 inmate… More »

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