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Recycling Tokyo Crows Build Their Nests Out of Coat Hangers | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities -
Recycling Tokyo Crows Build Their Nests Out of Coat Hangers | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities
Recycling Tokyo Crows Build Their Nests Out of Coat Hangers | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities
"But perhaps the most amazing crow nests are the ones built around Tokyo, Japan. Twigs and other natural materials are hard to come by in the busy metropolis, so the birds settle for the next best thing, and that seems to be coat hangers. You have got to see pictures to believe it! A blogger had posted some of these images way back in 2005, after solving the mystery of the missing hangers from her back yard. But it isn’t just the one nest – it seems that Japanese Jungle Crows are compulsive collectors of hangers!" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Behind the scenes with London Children's Ballet - Telegraph -
Behind the scenes with London Children's Ballet - Telegraph
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"On a cold day in October Isabella Koos, 14, was one of 500 children assembled in a studio in west London to audition for the London Children’s Ballet’s latest production, Nanny McPhee – The Ballet. Although it is called the London Children’s Ballet, children from anywhere in the country may audition. Isabella lives in Totnes, Devon. She came to ballet when she was six, and it became her life. She danced whenever she could: five times a week by the age of nine. Her performance as the Sugar Plum Fairy in her school’s end-of-year show was remarkable. ‘She led the little group, was totally focused, remembered all her steps, looked straight out at the audience,’ her mother, Gabi, a nurse, remembers. But the top ranks of classical ballet require a certain body type. ‘Small head, long neck, narrow hips, long arms, legs proportionally longer than your body,’ Gabi runs through the criteria. There is also the matter of ‘line’, the arrangement of the head, arms, body, legs and feet in a pose or... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" It isn’t hard to see why LCB is such a success. Every year it mounts a ballet at a West End theatre using talented nine- to 16-year-olds from dance schools across the country. It does not discriminate on grounds of height, shape or income (it costs the company £3,600 for each child to do the ballet; families pay £45). Children are judged solely on their ability. ‘People who select for... more... - Jessie
" Ruby Spicer, from Sidcup, has cherubically curly hair and at nine is the youngest at today’s auditions. She suffers from chronic asthma and severe allergies, and her consultant suggested dance as a way to build stamina and confidence. ‘She was in and out of hospital so many times she missed a lot of school,’ says Ruby’s mother, who works in social services; her father is a... more... - Jessie
Some get crosses. ‘Weight back all the time,’ ‘Jumping on straight legs,’ ‘So unmusical it was horrendous.’ Mukeni gets ticks, as do Cameron (‘So boyish!’ the judges say), Isabella (‘Adorable’) and Ruby (‘Quick learner, great head on the turns’). When the letter arrived, ‘I jumped up and down and phoned my husband at work – “She’s in, she’s in!” ’ Ruby’s mother later tells me. They... more... - Jessie
I think it was watching 'Only When I Dance' where I learned just how rigid the system of judging dancers was. I really don't see why anyone would put themselves or their children through that. - Anika
Virginia Law Phasing Out ‘Fox Pens’ Vexes All Sides - -
Virginia Law Phasing Out ‘Fox Pens’ Vexes All Sides -
Virginia Law Phasing Out ‘Fox Pens’ Vexes All Sides -
"STONY CREEK, Va. — Emerson Poarch Jr., 72, says his father went to his grave incredulous that hunters would pay a fee to run their hounds in a “fox pen.” The fox hunting tradition Emerson Sr. observed as a Virginia farmer was not so different from that known by George Washington, who on horseback joined his hounds in pursuit of foxes through the countryside near his Mount Vernon estate. Eventually, rural turned suburban, and homeowners complained about dogs’ trespassing. Roadways replaced forests, resulting in more dogs being struck by vehicles. And now one kind of fox hunting has become a cultural flash point in a state where many feel that rural traditions are under assault and where animal rights sentiments carry more weight than they ever did in the past. At issue are foxhound training preserves, as they are officially called, which were established as part of an earlier effort to keep the peace. Inside fenced enclosures averaging 200 acres, hounds pursue wild foxes. Sometimes,... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"However, some animal rights organizations want changes now, and some vow to shut down the fox pens sooner than the law requires, possibly through the courts. They are targeting other states, as well. “It’s a gentrified version of dog fighting, and it cannot be done humanely,” said Carter Dillard, director of litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, who added that “helpless animals... more... - Jessie
"Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia recently signed the bill into law, but the legislation did not entirely please either side. “We don’t consider the legislation the end of the story there, at all,” said Mr. Dillard of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The fund, a California-based nonprofit, won a default judgment in 2012 against an Indiana enclosure that illegally allowed dogs to chase... more... - Jessie
"Just before twilight one recent evening, Mr. Weston rolled up to Stony Creek in his GMC pickup truck. A metal “dog box” in the bed held his hounds, who wore Garmin tracking collars. When he and his friend Raymond Reynolds, 57, opened their dog boxes, more than a dozen hounds jumped out and charged into the brush. Fifty yards in, the pack ran past two foxes, who trotted away after the... more... - Jessie
“It’s about having fun. It’s like playing baseball or football.” Yeah- no, no it is not. - Jessie
K-Pop Group Twerks to the (Really) Oldies in First-Ever Classical Music Video | Adweek -
K-Pop Group Twerks to the (Really) Oldies in First-Ever Classical Music Video | Adweek
"Belgium's B-Classic music festival, whose mission is to "give classical music the same recognition as pop and rock music," brings us a rather interesting sensory collision in the form of the music video below, promoting its "Classic Comeback" competition. Korean pop-dance group Waveya interprets the godfather of Slavonik dance music (and Brahm's brosef) Antonín Leopold Dvořák in the three-minute synchronized bump-'n'-grind-gyration-twerk-fest set to "Symphony No. 9 Allegro con fuoco." The video, shot by Raf Reyntjens in South Korea, is cleverly edited and choreographed, albeit shameless in its attempts at drawing in a younger demographic. See, the organizers of the festival believe "the kids" simply need more access to classical music. Music videos, they believe, are the best way to do this." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Is reading too much bad for kids? | Al Jazeera America -
Is reading too much bad for kids? | Al Jazeera America
"Opponents to deep, immersive reading come from all directions. Among American boys, there remains a generations-old sense that books are for sissies; I remember this from my own childhood. For neoliberals and technocrats, reading novels is not “what the market wants.” Concentrated reading doesn’t require ideological opposition to be endangered: The pace of contemporary life, even for children, means that there’s simply no time or energy left for it. Clinging to print these days may be a bit like taking the horse and buggy to work. But doesn’t reading make us more human? Isn’t it a universal sign of civilization? Not really, says Marc Prensky, the media and technology writer who originated the term “digital native.” “There are some things that are common to every human society,” he says. “Speaking is one of them. Reading and writing are not on that list.” In the classical world, we forced ourselves to do something neither natural nor inevitable, he explains, but that solved a problem:... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Cognitive scientist Art Markman, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, points out that the baby deer around Austin are able to function independently within days of birth. His own teenage sons, by contrast, still depend on him for support. Humans require far more “programming,” and unlike most other animals, learn primarily through language and storytelling. This allows... more... - Jessie
"So, should we be proud that we’re raising members of a small, monkish caste, or worry that they’re marginalizing themselves? On reflection, I realize it’s not my son, or Boog’s daughter, who needs to change: The culture they’re growing up into has lost its sense of what matters. But parenting is not just about preparing kids for careers; it’s about asserting values, and serious reading... more... - Jessie
.....I don't think I have EVER heard someone ask that question before. o.O - Soup in a TARDIS
Something tells me that the ones who ask if there is such a thing as "too much reading" are not going to be the ones who ask if there's too much computer gaming and internet. - Uli
When I was a kid, I was told that I read too much by several people. - Katy S from iPhone
I genuinely am bewildered by the people you interact with, Katy. They say, do, and apparently think things I have never seen/heard/be otherwise expressed. It's like you live in an entirely different reality o.O - Soup in a TARDIS
My parents eventually settled on "At least take the book outside and read in the fresh air for a while." - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
This is one time I have no fucks to give about what the "experts" are saying. - MoTO Moca Blend
Soup - I think that some were concerned about my preference of books over interacting with humans. There are a lot of extreme introverts in my family. - Katy S from iPhone
My elementary school used to host "read-ins" where kids brought books from home and read all day, but I doubt they still do that because it doesn't meet Common Core. - Jessie
My mother once grounded me from reading because grounding me from anything else didn't work - I'd just shrug and go read. She said she felt *awful* about it, but it was the only thing that made an impression... - WebGoddess
Lucrative Stardom in China, Using a Webcam and a Voice - -
Lucrative Stardom in China, Using a Webcam and a Voice -
"ZIGONG, China — Dolled up with makeup and a blond wig, the pretty young Chinese woman sat at home in her bedroom on a quiet Sunday evening and began singing karaoke. A large microphone and three webcams clipped to a desktop monitor streamed the performance over the Internet, to thousands of fans who knew her only by her stage name, Poison. “Hey, Big Brother!” she greeted one fan in between songs. “Did you just get back from vacation in Sanya or are you watching on a laptop?” Poison, 26, still lives with her parents and her dogs Blueberry and DuDu in a modest apartment. But she is one of the most popular attractions in a thriving new business in China: live interactive web entertainment. Media and technology companies across the globe have tried for years to attract viewers en masse to live Internet broadcasts, with X-rated websites the only real success stories. China, though, appears to have cracked the code. Millions are now tuning in every night to watch karaoke performances,... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The strategy offers a potential path for the rest of the world, which is struggling to move profitably into online programming. Services like Netflix and iTunes have prompted some consumers to drop cable. But viewers in the United States and elsewhere are largely sticking with traditional television for live shows. Given the government restrictions on all manner of media, consumers in... more... - Jessie
"The viewers tend to be single men in smaller locales with fewer entertainment options. Many are wealthy enough to spend thousands of dollars to get the V.I.P. privilege of driving a virtual Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster to and from the virtual concert halls during performances. They pay $1,100 for the privilege. “People don’t understand why Chinese spend so much money like... more... - Jessie
"Live web shows are empowering amateur entertainers, some of whom can now earn $90,000 annually, nearly 30 times the average Chinese salary. One of the most successful lives here in Zigong, a midsize city in a mountainous region of southwest China. “Just call me Poison,” she says when asked her real name. From a run-down apartment complex, Poison often performs live for more than 10,000... more... - Jessie
What is Your Disney Personality Type? | Oh My Disney -
What is Your Disney Personality Type? | Oh My Disney
"INTJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging): Bright and forward-thinking, you are independent and a natural leader, but you also have a tendency to be skeptical and pessimistic. You are very motivated to reach your goals and hold yourself (and others) to a high standard. (There are some instances where you can learn to let it go.)" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I got this one, too. - LB: Ratchet Bear
*fistbumps LB* - Jessie
but I don't WANT to be Cogsworth. But I supppose someone has to. might as well be me. - ellbeecee
Houston school district abandons mascots offensive to Native Americans | Al Jazeera America -
Houston school district abandons mascots offensive to Native Americans | Al Jazeera America
"Four schools in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) debuted new mascots on Tuesday, replacing previous ones that had sparked complaints of being offensive to Native American groups. The school athletic teams will be called the Lamar High School Texans, Hamilton Middle School Huskies, Westbury High School Huskies and Welch Middle School Wolf Pack, replacing mascot names Redskins, Indians, Rebels and Warriors, respectively. HISD, one of the largest school districts in the United States, made the decision to change the mascot names last year at a school board meeting after several Native Americans said the references were racially and culturally insensitive." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"According to the Houston Chronicle, the school district will spend nearly $50,000 on new uniforms for fall sports, and additional costs are expected for spring uniforms and the replacement of old mascot names and images on various facilities." - Jessie
*slow clap for Houston* - Jessie
Is this not a good thing? - Johnny from iPhone
Oh it is. That is not a sarcastic slow clap. That is a "good for you, Houston, because stuff like this is long overdue" slow clap. - Jessie
Roger :) - Johnny from iPhone
I did not know that "Rebel" had any Native American association or connotations. - Brian Johns
Texas Parents Angered by Fourth-Graders' Bizarre Adult-Themed Homework -
Texas Parents Angered by Fourth-Graders' Bizarre Adult-Themed Homework
"The parents of El Paso elementary schoolers are still trying to figure out why their kids got a strange take-home assignment that involved reading several bleak passages in which a child possibly gets abused, a wife discovers her husband is cheating, and a mother learns of her son's death at war. The fourth-graders at Pasodale Elementary School were asked to draw inferences from the passages as part of a class reading exercise—but when some students took the work home to finish it up, their parents found that "the subject matter was distinctly adult," according to KTSM-TV." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
The most upsetting thing about these reading passages is the use of double-space after a period. - Jessie
I'm more upset at the poor handwriting and spelling in the answers. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Show Your True Colors With Betabrand's Gay Jeans | Adweek -
Show Your True Colors With Betabrand's Gay Jeans | Adweek
""It's proof that some denim really is just born that way," Steven B. Wheeler, lead designer at Betabrand, says in this promo for the fashion company's Gay Jeans. What's cool about these pants is that when they are broken in, they reveal "brightly colored, rainbow hued yarns underneath." While Betabrand's rainbow denim may not be the first in its class, it's certainly the most philanthopic. Ten percent of proceeds from the crowdfunded project will be donated to the San Francisco LGBT Center." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Dr. Ame Corwin, advanced materials researcher at Betabrand, says on the website: "We hope Gay Jeans will help end generations of exclusion and unfair treatment for atypical denim. All jeans deserve equal rights, regardless of color, creed, and fiber content." If you'd like to order your very own pair of Gay Jeans, head over to the site and drop $88 for "Slim-Fit" (or $78 for the "Stretch-Skinny")." - Jessie
"Are you straight? Don't worry. You can wear them, too. Gay Jeans won't make you gay any more than "driving a Toyota will make you Japanese," the brand says in its FAQ. "If you put on a pair of Gay Jeans and begin experiencing gayness, chances are it's because you are gay."" - Jessie
Drug defendant's name: Cocaine - Sun Sentinel -
"The judge did a double-take and there were giggles aplenty in bond court Wednesday when a bailiff announced the name of a man arrested for drug possession: Edward Cocaine. "What?" uttered a stunned County Judge John "Jay" Hurley. "My last name is Cocaine," proudly stated the man at the podium. His name was indeed legal and inscribed on his driver's license." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
""You know, I'd thought I'd seen it all," Hurley laughed, shaking his head. "How many times have the police told you to step out of the car during your life?" "Just about every time I get pulled over," a chuckling Cocaine admitted. The 34-year-old Fort Lauderdale man, arrested Tuesday in Pembroke Pines, explained how he got his name. "My great-grandparents came over here from Greece and... more... - Jessie
"But Hurley released Cocaine on his own recognizance. And the drug he's accused of possessing? Xanax." - Jessie
FLORIDA. - Jessie
Buzzified headline: "Judge Absorbs Cocaine In His Own Courtroom And You'll Never Guess Why" - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Well done, Micah. - Stephen Mack
What Charles Murray Doesn't Get About Women and Philosophy - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic -
What Charles Murray Doesn't Get About Women and Philosophy - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic
"Feminist thinkers have actually spent a lot of time philosophizing about women's inclusion and exclusion from lists of most important this or that, especially in the context of literary canons. Murray is willing to acknowledge that there have been important women writers, (since he believes literary thought is less abstract than philosophical thought) but he glosses over the fact that the literary canon, too, is tilted very male. In the Modern Library's list of the 100 greatest novels of the 20th century, for example, the top 14 are all by men (Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse is 15.)" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"What accounts for this? In How To Suppress Women's Writing (1983) science-fiction author Joanna Russ looked at this imbalance and argued that when women are not included in the canon, the problem is not with the women. Instead, she said, "A mode of understanding literature which can ignore the private lives of half the human race is not 'incomplete': It is distorted through and... more... - Jessie
"Murray's statements about women and about philosophy are based on a slew of preconceptions—about what philosophy is, about which intellectual traditions are significant (not feminism for him, apparently), about which communities get to define "philosophy," and about what influence is considered consequential. When he says that there have been no significant female contributors to... more... - Jessie
Charles Murray is a dude whose mind is utterly trapped in the 1500s. - Victor Ganata
It can't go unstated the irony of a man philosophizing about what philosophy supports talking meaningfully about women. - Todd Hoff
I don't have much exposure to philosophy, but my impression has been that the field in general has a serious problem with sexism. Like, even more so than STEM fields. - Jessie
Absolutely. For some reason when men use their natural reason to plumb the depths of natural law, women almost always come up wanting. Plato and John Stuart Mill being notable exceptions. - Todd Hoff
"In American and European cultures, ballet is typically viewed as a respectable art form, and you wouldn’t think twice about teenage girls taking lessons. But that’s not the case worldwide. The next episode of “Unreported World,” a series broadcast on the British network Channel 4, delves into the lesser known world of ballet in Iraq, where, according to the episode’s trailer, “simply going to school here can make [students] a target for religious fundamentalists who consider ballet little better than prostitution.” Public performances are out of the question because of ballet’s portrayal of women’s beauty." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Check out the two-minute trailer here to meet Leezan, a 17-year-old student at a music and dance school in Baghdad—the last remaining school of its kind in Iraq. Despite living in a war zone threatened by constant acts of terrorism, she continues to take daily lessons, even as her friends drop out. Though her technique may not be as advanced as students at many Western pre-professional... more... - Jessie
"The complete episode, titled “Dancing in the Danger Zone,” premieres this Friday on UK’s Channel 4, but you can stream it online beginning at 8pm GMT on April 18:" - Jessie
Swine Flu Is Jumping Into More Species Than Ever -
Swine Flu Is Jumping Into More Species Than Ever
"Remember the H1N1 flu that spread across the planet in 2009? It was the same flu strain that was predominant during this winter's flu season. Now it's turned up in sea otters living off the coast of Washington state, and researchers don't know how it got there." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
:( - Jenny H.
sad. and to make it worse some otter somewhere got molested by a pig. - Steve C
It Pays to Pay Addicts to Get Vaccinations - -
"For the study, published by The Lancet last week, researchers from three London colleges divided 210 addicts receiving opioid-substitution therapy into three groups: those who were simply offered free shots, those who were paid 10 pounds (almost $17) in grocery vouchers for each one, and those who got five pounds for the first, 10 for the second and 15 for the third. Only 9 percent of the first group got all three shots; 45 percent of the second and 49 percent of the third did." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
CtiTV gets fine for women comments - Taipei Times -
"CtiTV’s news channel (中天新聞台) was fined NT$500,000 (US$16,500) yesterday for broadcasting derogatory comments about female participants in the Sunflower protest movement in one of its popular night-time talk shows. The channel’s News Tornado (新聞龍捲風) program upset many viewers after one of its regular guests, Peng Hua-gan (彭華幹), commented on the appearance of two female participants in the movement against the government’s handling of the cross-strait service trade pact. Based on an episode recorded by the National Communications Commission (NCC), Peng said that one of the women wore a “provocative” low-cut shirt, hot pants and thigh-high boots, which he said made her look “super hot.” He then moved his hands over a photograph of the woman as if to suggest that he was unbuttoning her shirt. Peng then pointed to the photograph of another woman, who was wearing a see-through chiffon blouse while sleeping on the floor of the Legislative Yuan’s main chamber during the siege. Commenting on... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The NCC received more than 1,000 complaints within just two days after the episode was aired. Facing mounting criticism, Peng and Tai later apologized in the program for their comments. As of yesterday, the number of complaints about the episode had reached about 9,000, the commission said." - Jessie
"The NCC commissioners affirmed the penalty recommended by the committee, which was to fine CtiTV NT$500,000 for violating the Satellite Broadcasting Act (衛星廣播電視法) by airing content disrupting public order or adversely affecting good social customs or norms. “Even though this particular infringement was recorded for the first time in the past two years, the committee members deemed it a... more... - Jessie
Dallas Photographer Mike Mezeul Captured the Best "Blood Moon" Photo of All | Dallas Observer -
Dallas Photographer Mike Mezeul Captured the Best "Blood Moon" Photo of All | Dallas Observer
"If you didn't stay up late on Monday night to witness the "Blood Moon," fear not. The cosmos have conveniently scheduled three reruns over the next two years. Can't wait six months? Observer freelancer Mike Mezeul II has you covered. He's the guy who shot the time-lapse photo you've probably already seen on your social media feed. (When my mother-in-law posts it on her Facebook feed, describing it as merely "viral" is woefully inadequate.) The Baltimore Sun's photography blog caught up with Mezeul for an explanation of how he did it. Short answer: He stood out in the cold for a really long time." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Wolves at the door: Study finds recent wolf-dog hybridization in Caucasus region -- ScienceDaily -
Wolves at the door: Study finds recent wolf-dog hybridization in Caucasus region -- ScienceDaily
"Dog owners in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia might want to consider penning up their dogs more often: hybridization of wolves with shepherd dogs might be more common, and more recent, than previously thought, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Heredity. Dr. Natia Kopaliani, Dr. David Tarkhnishvili, and colleagues from the Institute of Ecology at Ilia State University in Georgia and from the Tbilisi Zoo in Georgia used a range of genetic techniques to extract and examine DNA taken from wolf and dog fur samples as well as wolf scat and blood samples. They found recent hybrid ancestry in about ten percent of the dogs and wolves sampled. About two to three percent of the sampled wolves and dogs were identified as first-generation hybrids. This included hybridization between wolves and the shepherd dogs used to guard sheep from wolf attacks." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The shepherd dogs studied are a local breed used to guard livestock. "Ironically, their sole function is to protect sheep from wolves or thieves," Kopaliani explained. "The shepherd dogs are free-ranging, largely outside the tight control of their human masters. They guard the herds from wolves, which are common in the areas where they are used, but it appears that they are also consorting with the enemy."" - Jessie
Zuckerberg Vows Facebook Will Shoot Down Google Drones : The New Yorker -
Zuckerberg Vows Facebook Will Shoot Down Google Drones : The New Yorker
"MENLO PARK, CA (The Borowitz Report)—One day after Google outbid Facebook for a manufacturer of solar-powered drones, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg served warning that his company was prepared to blow Google’s drones out of the skies. At a presentation for Facebook employees at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Zuckerberg announced plans to build a $24 billion Facebook laser shield, a global network of satellites capable of identifying and incinerating Google drones in midair. Zuckerberg delighted his audience with a brief animated demonstration showing a Facebook satellite locking in on a Google drone and obliterating it with a green laser. “Unfriended, bitch,” said Zuckerberg, to a roaring ovation from his employees." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Within an hour, Google responded with a stern warning of is own, vowing, “Any act of aggression against Google drones will not stand.” To that end, the company announced that it was prepared to shoot down Facebook’s laser satellites with a long-range super cannon called Google Gun. " - Jessie
I put my money on Google. Zuckerberg will extract as much private information from participants as he can, but he'll end up ceding that actual destructive weapons battle to Google, or maybe Jeff Bezos. He's equally ruthless and I'm pretty sure he could take the other two in a fist fight. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I think Google may have a leg up in the robot wars. - Ken Morley
Join a Conversation Headed for Catastrophe in Honda's Anti-Texting Ad | Adweek -
Join a Conversation Headed for Catastrophe in Honda's Anti-Texting Ad | Adweek
"On the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's sobering scenario announcing National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Honda and agency RPA bring us the latest campaign in the effort to curb texting and driving. This spot (and accompanying print ad, below) pull the viewer into a text conversation happening on a mobile device, presumably on a road somewhere in America. The dialogue is an authentic glimpse into the life of a young adult, replete with the usual shorthand and emojis common in casual banter. Without spoiling exactly what happens next, the ad succeeds in creating a unique message that is graphically smart, simple and powerful." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Penitents from the Cristo de la Buena Muerte (or "Christ ... -
Penitents from the Cristo de la Buena Muerte (or "Christ ...
"Penitents from the Cristo de la Buena Muerte (or "Christ of the Good Death") brotherhood take part in a procession in Zamora, Spain, in the early hours on Tuesday. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during Holy Week before Easter. Image via Andres Kudacki/AP." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
SPCA calls for ‘pass by’ protest for leopard cats - Taipei Times -
"A number of netizens yesterday responded to an online call to rally in front of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in Taipei this afternoon to protest against several development projects that are to threaten the endangered leopard cats of Miaoli County. The call was initiated by the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Taiwan SPCA) on Facebook. The Taiwan SPCA said the endangered leopard cats — with a population estimated to be less than 500 in Taiwan — are facing a survival threat, because their important habitat in Miaoli’s Sanyi Township (三義) would likely be damaged by planned development projects, including a bypass road for Provincial Highway No. 13, a cemetery and a park, and the expansion of Yulon Motor Co’s plant in the area." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The term “pass by” is an allusion to a statement made by the Taipei City Police Department earlier this month when it said an unauthorized rally held by former gang leader Chang An-le (張安樂) in support of the cross-strait service trade agreement was legal, because the demonstrators had been merely “passing by.”" - Jessie
"According to the Taiwan SPCA, the road would cut through the species’ most important habitat, causing the leopard cat population to be split in two in two separate areas. This would cause the cats’ natural reproduction to become even more difficult, because studies have shown that leopard cats do not like asphalt roads, so they seldom cross a road and when they do, they often get... more... - Jessie
Spanish village called 'kill Jews' considers name change - Europe - World - The Independent -
Spanish village called 'kill Jews' considers name change - Europe - World - The Independent
"A northern Spanish village is voting on whether to change the second half of its name - because it means 'kill Jews' in Spanish. The 60 residents of Castrillo Matajudios - which translates as 'Castrillo Kill Jews' - will meet next week to decide on whether to change its name after Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez submitted the proposal. He has suggested the name be switched to Castrillo Mota de Judios, meaning 'Castrillo Jews’ Hill'. It is believed this was the original name of the village before it was changed to Castrillo Matajudios during the Spanish inquisition." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
In light of Spain's recent offer of citizenship to the descendants of Jews expelled in the 15th century, this is probably a wise decision. - Jessie
It sounds like a good idea. - Anne Bouey
Oh shit, I can get Spanish citizenship? EU passport here I come! - Soup in a TARDIS
I think you have to first prove that a) you are directly descended from Jews expelled from Spain in the late 15th century and b) your family is still Jewish. - Jessie
Dammit. Got screwed by the Catholics twice in this one! - Soup in a TARDIS
Why do wolves howl? -
Why do wolves howl?
"Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish’s three-second memory or a dog’s color-blindness (both also myths). There are countless depictions of moon howling in faux Native American tchotchkes; the scene also appears in Jack London novels and at least one Los Angeles piano bar. This curious fiction has become so quotidian that even The New Yorker’s legendary fact checkers let “a long, lamenting howl at the orange moon” slide into print without a second thought. The truth is that wolves—the real-life, Canis lupus variety—don’t howl at the moon. Scientists have found no correlation between the canine and Earth’s satellite, except perhaps an increase in overall activity on brighter nights. So how did the idea gain such traction, and what do wolves howl at?" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
BBC News - Czech Republic: Wolves return after a century absence -
BBC News - Czech Republic: Wolves return after a century absence
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"A hidden camera has captured an image of a wolf crossing a wooded clearing in the Czech Republic, a hundred years after the predator disappeared from the area, it's been reported. There have been some signs near the town of Doksy suggesting a wolf may be in the region, Radio Prague reports. But wolves haven't roamed free in Bohemia since the late 19th Century. Right now, there is probably just one wolf or maybe a pair, says environmental expert Miroslav Kutal. The animal is likely to have strayed into Bohemia from the border regions of Germany and Poland, where the wolf population has been thriving." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"But Kutal tells Radio Impuls the conditions in Bohemia - especially in former military zones and in the mountainous border regions - seem to be good for breeding. This is something to be encouraged, he adds, since wolves can regulate the deer population and draw tourists to the area. But the arrival of poachers could become a concern." - Jessie
Nation Stunned to Learn Congress Accomplished Something Fifty Years Ago : The New Yorker -
Nation Stunned to Learn Congress Accomplished Something Fifty Years Ago : The New Yorker
"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans were in a state of shock this past week after learning that Congress had accomplished something fifty years ago. Although the incident was widely reported throughout the week, the revelation that Congress had achieved something positive and substantial for the country a half century ago left many incredulous and baffled. Adding to their disbelief were reports that the accomplishment came as the result of collaboration between a Democrat in the White House and Republicans in Congress. Making the scenario even more far-fetched, politicians of both parties came to an agreement without the interference of corporate paymasters operating them like puppets." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Tracy Klugian, thirty-four, was one of many Americans who found “the whole thing hard to swallow.” “I searched for it on Google, and it’s true: Congress did actually get something done for the good of the country and all,” he said. “Still, when I first heard about it, it sounded like a hoax.”" - Jessie
Monk apologizes for shoplifting jerky - Taipei Times -
"A Buddhist monk in Nantou County apologized for disregarding the Buddhist tradition of strict adherence to vegetarianism when he was reportedly caught shoplifting packets of beef jerky at a convenience store last week. After his arrest on shoplifting charges, the 60-year-old reportedly said: “It was the covetous desire inside me, I am very sorry, I have let Lord Buddha down.” “I don’t know why, but lately I had this craving for meat,” he reportedly said when questioned by police." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Cosplay mania rises as Taiwan joins summit - Taipei Times -
"Taiwan has formally joined the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) this year, despite having hosted the event twice, with Taiwanese winners having the chance to vie for a global award in Tokyo in August. Cosplay is a combined term for “costume play,” and has become a global craze in which people dress up as a character out of a comic book, manga, video game or anime, and are known as “cosers.” Taiwan Cosplay Promotion Association director-general Chen Hung-ming (陳宏名) said the Japanese organizers waived the third year of review for Taiwan — after the nation’s two years as an observer member — fast-tracking its entry to the 20-strong club, Chen said. To qualify, Chen said, Taiwan had held national contests, with the results assessed by experts as being at an international level, with performance criteria based on the resemblance of cosers to their original comic character in terms of overall looks and performance content." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"When asked about Taiwan becoming an official member of the WCS, Tsukasa, who has been a judging panel member in international cosplay competitions, said she was very happy. “It is rare for us to be able to share our experiences with foreigners who enjoy our hobbies. Such an event creates the feeling that we have no distance between us, no matter the size of the world, or what language we speak,” she said." - Jessie
"Pocket Princesses **100** Kegs will be tapped, shoes will be lost." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Were You A Spoilt Child? -
Were You A Spoilt Child?
"You ticked off 14 out of 100 on this list! You weren’t spoilt at all. Your parents refused to buy you everything you asked for, which meant that you had to spend a lot of time at your friends’ houses playing with their toys. But that’s OK; it just meant you didn’t become a materialistic adult." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
LOL I'm only going by the stuff I remember. I think my mom has a different account. - Jessie
Well... I might be from a different era because light-up shoes weren't around when I was a kid. =P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Buzzfeed has gotten so stupid. I'm not white according to there very thin measure of white being 30-something middle-class white (with a female bias). This one seemed to have a pretty significant gender bias too. I got a 5. They'd do better focusing on neutral items, and less of them. - Not Me
It feels more like a 'did you have a lot of stuff and were born in the 80's/90's' quiz more than anything. No, I didn't have a Barbie Porsche. She was rocking a 'vette in my day. (And I got that from my cousins as a hand-me-down, which was still awesome.) Half of the stuff I'd check the box for (Dance Dance Revolution, anyone?) were things I purchased with my own money as an adult after or during college. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, they also left off things like music lessons, summer camp, dance lessons, karate, etc. "Spoilt" isn't based solely on the stuff people own. - Jessie
most of this shit is from my late 20s/early 30s...or later. - Big Joe Silence
counting only the things i had as a child in the 70s: "You ticked off 8 out of 100 on this list! You weren’t spoilt at all. Your parents refused to buy you everything you asked for, which meant that you had to spend a lot of time at your friends’ houses playing with their toys. But that’s OK; it just meant you didn’t become a materialistic adult." being piss broke helped a little, of course. - Big Joe Silence
This made me laugh. - Not Me
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