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Texas Woman: I Was Fired For Gray Hair

Maybe another reason to dread that first gray hair: A 52-year-old former real estate branch manager says she was fired because she wouldn’t dye her hair. She claims her boss ordered her to hide her gray hair and wear “younger fancy suits” when the branch moved to an upscale area. When she refused, she says she was quickly replaced with a woman 10 years younger, reports the Houston Chronicle. Read more… Keep reading »

Sex As We Know It Exists Because Of Parasites, Says New Study

Parasites and sex typically aren’t two things you want to think about together, but according to new research parasites might be responsible for sex as we know it.

PhysOrg reports that Indiana University biologists have affirmed the “Red Queen hypothesis” — the idea that human beings reproduce through sex because we’re, well, keeping up with the parasites, the ones that threaten to potentially harm us.

The hypothesis gets its name from a line in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Read more… Keep reading »

When You Hear What You Smell


Synesthesia is a neurological condition wherein your senses become scrambled and one sensory experience becomes confused with another. So those who suffer from it may “see” sound or “hear” smell. This short film by video team Terri Timely attempts to capture the condition, in an arresting, musical, food-obsessed way. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Admittedly, Setting Up A Co-Worker With A Mail-Order Bride Is A Pretty Baller Prank

This a-hole took screwing around at work to a whole new level: Stephen Pottinger, an employee of the Houston Independent School District, is in trubs for signing up his co-worker for a mail order bride website. During company hours. “He had mentioned that he wanted to get back into dating,” Pottinger said. “We have a long-standing joke that when [the co-worker] starts talking, a lot of people start falling asleep. So I said, ‘Maybe you should start dating someone who doesn’t speak any English. They can just nod and smile.’” So the Michael Scott of Texas signed his colleague up on a website that matches Russian women with American men and forwarded responses to the guy during work hours.

Well, that is quite the prank. Keep reading »

Sorry, But There’s No Poop Fairy, People

I am sorry to break it to you, kiddo. When the dog poop disappeared from the backyard? That was your mom. And when the doo doo vanished from the sidewalk? That was your dad. They only told you the Poop Fairy existed to see the glimmer of joy in a young one’s eye, to expand childhood ever-so-slightly further. Really, the Poop Fairy was just a ruse just like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

All this is to say, please clean up after your dog. [Jefferson County Sheriff's Office] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Man Says Periods Make Women Workers Less Productive

  • A New Zealand man was fired from his leadership of a business group after he suggested that women are paid less because “once a month they have sick problems” and they also take time off to have kids. “I’m sorry, I don’t like saying these things because it sounds like I’m sexist, but it’s the facts of life,” said Alasdair Thompson. The kids thing makes slightly more sense, but blaming periods on productivity and using it as justification to pay women less is absurd. Also, who calls periods “sick problems”? Is that some kind of Kiwi thing? [BBC]
  • An anti-abortion group in Wisconsin has asked the state’s attorney general to stop the University of Wisconsin medical school from teaching med students how to perform abortions. Because, really, neglecting to teach doctors how to perform and/or respond to a widespread medical procedure is an excellent idea to promote health. [Think Progress]
  • The TSA is accused of demanding to search inside a black woman’s hair. [The Grio]
  • Pop culture’s most fascinating “weak female characters.” [Flavorwire]

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