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Kittens In Bowls, Just Because


You can’t watch this bizarro Asian TV video clip of kittens climbing in bowls while the Beatles’ “Ob La Di” plays in the background and not smile. It’s humanly impossible. Is there a word that means random and awesome? Rand-awesome? Because that’s what this is. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Female Competitor Gets A Shot At High School Wrestling Greatness

In my high school, we had a girl on our football team. I always thought she was pretty awesome because A) she had an insane level of knowledge of football statistics, B) she played pretty well, and C) no one ever made a fuss about her being there. Cassy Herkelman and Megan Black—two female high school students who’ve made it to this year’s Iowa state high school wrestling championship—aren’t getting quite the same treatment. In the competition’s 85-year history, this is the first time girls have competed. And while it’s mainly a non-issue, they are finding that not everyone is excited to wrestle them. Keep reading »

Well That’s One Way To Overcome Claustrophobia

How did 23-year-old Kristy Nicholson go from severe claustrophobic to genie in a bottle circus performer? Oh, she had her mother stuff her into a cupboard every day. Kristy was a skilled contortionist with a dream of joining the Circus of Horrors, but her fear of tight spaces held her back until her mom had a brilliant idea. She would help Kristy overcome her fear by shoving her into laundry baskets, cupboards, and animal cages a few times a day. Once Kristy got used to the enclosed spaces, she began using her skill to hide in unlikely places and scare her family members. All the practice paid off and now she is able to squeeze herself into a two-foot by 18-inch glass capsule, but only after getting her appendix removed. And that, my friends, is one way to cure claustrophobia. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Toronto Cop Says Don’t Dress Like A “Slut”

  • A cop speaking at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto suggested a woman could prevent sexual assault by not dressing like a “slut.” Also, men could prevent sexual assault by not sexually assaulting women. It’s that easy! [Excalibur]
  • Attention, men who like to “mansplain”: here are the things you can and can’t get away with saying about CBS reporter Lara Logan’s beating and sexual assault in Egypt last week. [Slate]
  • British model Claudia Aderotimi, who died recently from getting butt implants from a person unlicensed to perform plastic surgery, wanted to become a hip-hop video vixen. Claudia had silicone injected into her rear end at a Hampton Inn in Philadelphia, but the silicone poisoned her vascular system and she died shortly thereafter. [The Grio]
  • Oh good. South Dakota decided it’s not entirely reasonable to allow people to kill abortion providers as “justifiable homicide” for protecting the fetus. [New York Times]

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Baby Gorilla Learns To Walk


Is it weird that my uterus is totally spasming over this video of a baby gorilla — named Tiny! — taking its first steps at London’s Zoological Society? I mean, we’re both primates so it can’t be that weird that I wish I could give birth to a baby gorilla of my very own. It’s totally natural. Yup, uh huh. [The Gloss] Keep reading »

Mom Wants Mentally Challenged Daughter Sterilized

Here’s a sticky wicket for you: the mother of a 21-year-old mentally challenged woman in Britain is asking a court for permission to sterilize her daughter so she will not continue getting pregnant. The daughter, who is referred to in court as P to protect her anonymity, already has two young children who are being raised by P’s mother, Mrs. P, who lives with them. However, Mrs. P said she cannot financially support a larger family and that when she took her daughter to a family planning clinic, she refused to get a contraceptive injection (Depo Provera). As Mrs. P described it, if P were to become pregnant again, Mrs. P would put the baby up for adoption. The nature of P’s mental difficulties are not explained by the Guardian, but Mrs. P told the court that P does not seem to understand the gravity of the situation. “I tried to explain that any future babies will go to a new mum and dad,” Mrs. P said. “She doesn’t understand that she won’t ever see them again. She says, ‘I’m the mummy’. She doesn’t understand they will get a new mum.”

Mrs. P continued, “I want the best for my daughter. We are supporting and helping her, bringing up her children and keeping them together as family unit. Obviously we can’t carry on supporting more and more children. She doesn’t see anything wrong in her behavior.” The judge handling the case, however, said that expert evidence was not available to make a judgment and he declined to rule on an “extremely serious and important” issue without it. Keep reading »

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