Woman confronts catcalling men, secretly records and publicly shames them

July 24, 2014 | 8 comments

28-year-old Lindsey grew tired of catcalls from men on the street during her daily commute, so she decided to do something unusual about it. The Minneapolis attorney created Cards Against Harassment, a website dedicated to educating and exposing men who harass women.

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When she hears a catcall, Lindsey now confronts the man and hands him one of these cards, which she makes available to other women who appreciate direct confrontation…

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This guy’s insanely long list of relationship dealbreakers excludes literally every woman on earth

July 24, 2014 | 44 comments

Last August, a man messaged Emily through OK Cupid. When she checked out his profile to see if she might be interested in him she discovered the most thorough list of dating dealbreakers imaginable.

She took screen caps and posted them for the rest of us to be shocked and entertained by. When you think you’re coming to the end, you’re not. They just keep going…

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“She sells seashells” tongue twister updated for the modern vacation economy

July 24, 2014 | No comments

As quaint as it may be, “She sells seashells by the seashore” just isn’t quite as relevant as it was when it was written in 1908. So SMBC rewrote it step-by-tongue-twisting-step until it was a bit more current…

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Kim Jong-un wants this embarrassing video banned, so obviously we all need to watch it

July 23, 2014 | No comments

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un isn’t known for his warm relations with the world community, but he manages to dance with Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and other world leaders in this hilarious video. Of course, he hates it, but despite North Korea’s request, even China is refusing to block it.

In the clip, the Dear Leader’s face is cleverly edited into numerous viral clips of people dancing and more, resulting in this wonderfully satirical take on one of the world’s most hated public figures…

Woman renews vows with mannequin husband after 14 years [Exclusive pics & interview]

July 23, 2014 | No comments

In February, we featured a series of photos by Suzanne Heintz with her mannequin “family,” (“Single Woman Spends 14 Years with Mannequin Family to Make a Point“). In the spirited comments section, the photos were called “creepy,” “brilliant,” and everything in between.

Since then, Suzanne and I have kept in contact, and a couple months ago I got the skinny on her planned “chapter two” of her project, officially called “The Playing House Project,” in which she and her stoic mannequin husband renew their wedding vows.

I took the opportunity to send Suzanne a few questions to get a deeper understanding of her project. She graciously took the time to thoughtfully answer them, and to give us an exclusive scoop on the renewal ceremony photos.

You’re the first to see these, so enjoy!

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Suzanne, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. I came across your work in mid-February this year and was delighted by it. Since then, on our site alone, it’s been shared 150,000 times on Facebook. And I know you’ve had a lot of press elsewhere too. But you’ve been committed to this project for a long time. How does it feel to see something into which you’ve invested so much time and energy garner the exposure it has recently?

It’s just like jumping into a hot spring. Shocking at first, and wonderful once you get used to it. I’ve said before that I’m pleased as punch to be born at the time I was. Not only because as a woman, I’ve got more choices in life than any generation before, but I’m also amazed at how much opportunity, and exposure, living in the information age provides.

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This math problem is a limerick when said out loud. (Don’t worry, here’s the translation.)

July 23, 2014 | 15 comments

Here’s a little something for the nerds (of both the mathematical and literary variety)…

In 1948, wordplay master and recreational mathematician Leigh Mercer published this equation in Notes and Queries…

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Read in the right way, it follows almost all the rules of a limerick — an AABBA rhyme scheme with the third and fourth lines shorter than the others. I say almost all the rules, because the foremost limerick scholar maintained that the true limerick is always obscene, which this one is not. Sorry.

So, can you read it?

If not, here’s the written translation…

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more.

Jews join their Arab friends, families, and lovers to oppose hate in these 9 powerful photos

July 22, 2014 | No comments

With violence escalating in the Middle East, social media has become an outlet of hate for many people on both sides. In response, a social media campaign has taken off on Facebook and Twitter where people post pictures like this with the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies…

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Organizers of the campaign acknowledge that political differences can’t be solved simply through social media, but they hope to at least change the tone of discourse online, noting

While we may not agree on the political developments of the Arab-Israeli conflict, we must demonstrate that we refuse to be enemies. We stand in solidarity with the Arab and Jewish populations who went to the streets of Israel/Palestine to demonstrate that they refuse to succumb to the hatred sentiments of the minority. We don’t believe that if we will all be friends the core issues will disappear and we don’t have to agree on everything, but we do need to show that we won’t be enemies.

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Homeless people each share one thing about themselves that will surprise you

July 22, 2014 | 20 comments

For a simple but profound project, Rethink Homelessness invited several of Orlando’s homeless residents to tell the rest of us one fact from their lives that, if we walked past them, we would never expect. As you can imagine, the results are poignantly humanizing…

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Man “accidentally” drops his wallet on the street to see if people steal it

July 21, 2014 | No comments

In Adelaide, Australia recently, Adrian Gruszka filled a cheap wallet with bits of useless paper and then pretended to accidentally drop it as he passed various people on the street.

Of the 12 people seen making the choice to keep or return the wallet in this video, guess how many stole it…

As a fun twist, Gruszka included Monopoly money in each wallet he used to make sure the folks who ripped him off knew they’d been tricked.