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17 Jul 11:00

‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

by Jerilyn Hassell Pool

TW: please read with caution if you are triggered by physically or sexually abusive situations. 

One of the hardest parts of Kate Kelly’s excommunication in the larger Mormon feminist community is seeing people who’ve done terrible, destructive things without facing this strictest form of discipline. The following are stories collected over the last few days. Others may be added in the comment section or emailed to fMhcourtreporter@gmail.com. Anonymity will be respected. 

He was arrested for having a hard drive filled with child pornography. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He emotionally, mentally, and physically abused his wife and daughter. He bought escorts while married. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He led a Ponzi Scheme that took millions of dollars from the families around him based on the trust they gave him as a religious leader in their community and the testimony he bore of it building God’s kingdom. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

They allegedly committed massive frauds while in public office, including bribery and obstruction of justice. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He abducted a 13yo YW from the ward and kept her in a van as a sex slave for over a month. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He drove gay young men away from the church with horrible homophobic “jokes,” from his position of authority as scoutmaster, that left them forever scarred. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

Bruce Jessen, who was critical in designing US torture techniques, was appointed a bishop. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He didn’t pay the government money for decades and used women and children as a human shield. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He had MULTIPLE, repeated, long lasting affairs and was abusive and manipulative. Was exed, rebaptized a few years later, went back to cheating, drugs, alcohol, abuse, got disfellowshiped. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

They (the bishop and his counselors) heard over and over how my father abused me and my sisters from us, yet he was and still is an important rotary member working with young at risk children and they did nothing. They STILL do nothing. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

I know a 26-year-old male who was chatting with a “15-year-old girl” and drove 2 hours to have sex with her and when he got there he learned he had been talking to a cop the whole time. He spent time in jail, is on the sex offender registry and was disfellowshipped. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He (early 30s high council member at the time) tried to convince his estranged wife to commit suicide so that he wouldn’t have to go through a divorce. Never mind their kids. After the divorce, he was sealed to a 19-year-old who he then verbally abused for many years until she got out. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

Ted Bundy kidnapped, raped, and killed over 30 women and was re-baptized after his execution. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

My stepfather spent years abusing my mother, me, and my younger siblings. Not only got people to believe that we were lying but got custody of my younger siblings in the divorce. Took my mother years to divorce him because you don’t leave a righteous Mormon man. Sexually abused me for 11 years. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

Large scale Medicare and Medicaid fraud lined his pockets with 22 million dollars and he is under investigation by the DOJ. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

For years he abused young men while a scout leader. When found out, he spent minimal time on probation and was disfellowshipped for 6 months. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He tried to get me to marry him by pretending God had taken over his body and was speaking to me via text message, and when I reported him he still went on a mission (got sent home before even getting a week of MTC time done) and continued to stalk me with no issues. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He beat her for years and she was blamed for the beatings. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was the leader of a drug ring at BYU’s Deseret Towers but only got his hand slapped and then went on a mission. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was verbally, physically, and mentally abusive to his wife and disabled child to the point that she moved into a battered women’s shelter. She went to the bishop for help and was told since she didn’t pay tithing the church couldn’t help. He was called as EQP a few weeks later. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He hit her, cornered her, and broke into her apartment. He couldn’t take the sacrament or go to the temple for three weeks as informal probation. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

Repeatedly exposed himself to many, many women including me. Peeping tom, caught in the act. Served on the high council for the entire time even though it was common knowledge. Bequeathed his entire substantial fortune to BYU. Never disciplined. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He fathered a child while married to my aunt then moved his family out of state to avoid being found and paying child support. He reunited with his daughter when she was 12 but still kept the secret from his other family, serving on high council the whole time. When his daughter 18 years later called her 1/2 siblings because he told her that he had finally told his other family, the truth came out and he was forced to confess. He served six months probation. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He stole guns and ammunition from his employer (the government) and asked a new convert to store them in his house until they could be shipped when he left the country (not USA btw). New convert had learned to listen to his priesthood leaders and gladly helped him, not knowing they were illegally obtained. When the new convert was arrested for “terrorism” (by the equivalent of the CIA) the leader said it wasn’t his problem. Convert lost his business and freedom for several months and now the church won’t allow him to attend. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

English man sued President Monson and the church publicly calling President Monson and the church a fraud. No church discipline. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He molested children at church as a branch president and one by one the families left to attend other wards. Stake president knew all about it but still believed his buddy. He and his wife got called on a mission instead of disciplined. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He divorces his wife because he “can’t love her the way she wants to be loved.” She never ever asked more then I ask of my husband in fact she often settled for much much less. They take HER recommend away and practically shun her from the ward. He divorces her with no disciplinary action. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He pushed her against a wall and raped her in front of their 12-year-old daughter. She got her temple recommend taken away for leaving him. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He’s on the Board of Directors of a hate group that helped influence the anti-LGBT laws in Russia and Uganda. And he’s an Apostle. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was sexually abusing his sisters, the bishop was well aware as CPS was involved, and yet he handed me the sacrament tray each week. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was my college branch Bishop and my dentist. While gassed in his chair, having my tooth drilled, he started rubbing his crotch on my hand. I didn’t dare move in fear that he would put the drill through my cheek. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He physically abused my brother and verbally assaulted all of us, had a huge porn collection at home and at work, and threatened a coworker with bodily harm. Bishop knew. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He abandoned his wife and 10 children. Fathered 2 more children in extramarital affairs, then blamed his kids for not forgiving him. He refused to apologize and make peace with his his ex-wife as she lay dying of cancer. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He molested my mother as a child and denied it. He was accused of molesting his step-daughters and their mother stayed with him. Yet, he served a mission and had a temple recommend and my mom never did because she married a non-member. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬

He was convicted for muliple child molestation and rape, ex’d twice and, in the process of third baptism, more new victims came forward. Stake President felt Satan was blocking the way of baptismal waters through victims (this is in 2010) and moved his baptism up before paperwork could get processed. Now on his merry way towards temple recommend. …but my BIL lost his recommend for supporting marriage equality on FB. ‪#‎yettheyexcommunicatekate‬ 

Sent via email (fMhcourtreporter@gmail.com):

He was accused of rape, then served a mission, then spent years raping his new wife. When wife went to bishop, she was told to submit to her husband “lest she cause him to sin.” When wife wanted to go to the police, stake president told her not to because it would be a public relations nightmare. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

My husband had a one night stand 2 months after our first child was born. He received a year of “probation.” Then, four years later, he left me for a 20 year old.  When he decided to return and work things out, he was put on informal probation which lasted a total of 6 months. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

Physically abused his children in chapel classrooms during church when they did not listen to him and no one called him on it. Made one of his children sleep outside in a shed during the winter for not making bed. Moved in with his high school girlfriend and left his children and his wife to fend for themselves. Put the blame on his wife for her mental illness. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

He molested my sister and a number of other young girls for a number of years. When it was finally discovered he was disfellowshipped. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

Michael Terry participated in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam in 1968. He recounts shooting wounded women and children in a ditch – They weren’t going to get any medical help, and so we shot them.” Returned to BYU and graduated. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

He cheated on his wife for twelve years, then left her and his three kids for his second, secret family. He has now returned to his ward, and they have welcomed him with open arms. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

Submitted via Facebook:

Former Stake President and husband of Thomas Monson’s niece stole property from others. No church discipline yet. #yettheyexcommunicatekate

Note: Comments that are not stories that are in line with the direction of the post or do not reflect empathy for the storytellers will be deleted and the poster put in moderation. 

14 Jul 22:00

Woman Spends $30K to Look Like Kim Kardashian, Is Now in Extreme Debt

by Mark Shrayber
Kevespada

uncanny valley

Woman Spends $30K to Look Like Kim Kardashian, Is Now in Extreme Debt

Claire Leeson is 24 years old and "up to her eyeballs" in debt. But her money problems don't come from school loans or car payments: They come from her desire (need?) to look like Kim Kardashian, whom Leeson idolizes above all others.

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12 Jul 00:00

Harry Potter Actor Found Dead from Heatstroke in Death Valley

by Lindy West
Kevespada

Don't go to Death Valley in the summer.

Here's something completely tragic: Actor and MMA fighter Dave Legeno, who played werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter film series, has reportedly succumbed to heatstroke while hiking in Death Valley.

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11 Jul 13:00

Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Found Dead In Hotel Room

by ent lawyer
Kevespada

this is one of the guys i used to work with at the restaurant company last summer

When a 35 year old man dies in a hotel room after a night partying, it is never usually by natural causes. Yesterday afternoon a maid in Philadelphia found the body of Matt Bendik, a nightclub owner and the boyfriend of Glee star Becca Tobin. Apparently the two had been partying on Wednesday night and at some point on Thursday a hotel maid found the body. No one knows where Becca was when the maid found the body. Philadelphia police are calling the death "sudden," but have released no other information. This one is especially strange because Becca and Matt went back to the hotel together, but she left him? Did he do something to himself after she left? Did she do something to him? Was she scared and left? His friends say he is not much of a partier, despite owning several nightclubs. Sunday marks the one year anniversary of Cory Monteith's death.
11 Jul 17:52

Study: Smelling farts is good for your health

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webber

The next time someone at your office lets out a "silent but deadly" emission, maybe you should thank them. A new study at the University of Exeter suggests that exposure to hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria breaks down food, causing gas — could prevent mitochondria damage. Yep, the implication is what you're thinking: People are taking the research to mean that smelling farts could prevent disease and even cancer.

The study, published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, found that hydrogen sulfide gas in rotten eggs and flatulence could be...

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11 Jul 15:26

A Mormon Feminist’s Guide to Dealing With Stuff in GIFS

by Winterbuzz
Kevespada

RPDR + feminism + mormons

We’ve all been there- the passive-aggressive comments from our family, the judgment from our neighbors, the bishop trying to rein us in.   Mormons are anything but direct, we paint in more delicate mediums- dancing around the subject, passive-aggression and more often microagressions. It’s a cultural art form we’ve inherited from our pioneer forepeople. We should be proud, really. It’s our heritage!  But it’s hard to be proud because it usually hurts more than it helps and it makes you want to eat your feelings.

Next time you experience this sort of “love” from concerned friends, family and clergy, use this post as a mental guide and memorize the images below. For our health, sanity and wellness I’ve brought my lovely friend Latrice here to give us some tips on how to deal:

………………………………………………………………………………………………………

WHEN SOMEONE POSTS A COMMENT ON A LINK YOU POST ON FACEBOOK SAYING YOU REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL:

WHEN YOUR VISITING TEACHER CLAIMS THE MESSAGE FOR YOU WAS INSPIRED:

 

WHEN A MISGUIDED BISHOP TAKES AWAY YOUR TEMPLE RECOMMEND FOR SUPPORTING FEMINISTS CAUSES:

SO YOU TELL YOUR MOFEM FRIENDS AND THEY’RE LIKE:

 

 

WHEN YOU GET RELEASED FROM A GREAT CALLING AND ARE GIVEN AN “EVEN BETTER CALLING” TO KEEP THE WARD SAFE FROM YOU:

AND MAYBE A LITTLE:

WHEN YOU REMEMBER YOUR BISHOP IS JUST YOUR NEIGHBOR DOWN THE STREET WITH A BORING JOB AND SOMETIMES HE THINKS HE HAS MORE POWER IN YOUR LIFE THAN HE DOES:

 

WHEN YOU TAKE A SANITY BREAK AND PEOPLE SAY YOU SHOULDN’T:

 

WHEN YOUR PARENTS CALL AND SAY YOU ARE ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE:

 

WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE A LESBIAN NOW:

 

 WHEN YOUR NEIGHBORS SAY THEY “LOVE” YOU BUT CAN’T AGREE WITH YOUR FEMINIST LIFESTYLE:

 

 

WHEN YOUR SISTER-IN-LAW SAYS SHE FEELS FINE AT CHURCH AND DOESN’T KNOW WHY YOU DON’T:

 

 

WHEN YOU FEEL BAD BECAUSE REJECTION AND JUDGMENT HURTS:

WHEN YOU WONDER IF BIG CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE HAVE HURT MORE THAN THEY HAVE HELPED:

WHEN YOU GO TO CHURCH AND EVERYONE WHISPERS ABOUT YOU BUT YOU’VE FOUND YOUR POWER AND KNOW YOUR VOICE:

latricepow

AND YOU THINK, “JESUS LOVES ME, WHO CARES WHAT YOU THINK:”

BUT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN PERFECT AND EVERY MISTAKE YOU MAKE GETS JUMPED ON:

WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO APOLOGIZE FOR WANTING GENDER EQUALITY AND YOUR BISHOP AND NEIGHBORS ARE WRONG:

AND REMEMBER:

10 Jul 13:51

Meet Button, The MacArthur Marino Lamb!

by Andrew Bleiman

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Visitors to Taronga's Backyard to Bush got a surprise last Friday when the zoo's MacArthur Merino Sheep, Berry, gave birth on exhibit! The healthy female lamb, who keepers’ have named Button, can now be seen alongside mum at Taronga’s farmyard.

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these are good owls

Snowy-owl-chicks

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eugh

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ungulate autoshare

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Sliding Goats Will Be Your #CutenessBreak For Today

Sliding Goats Will Be Your #CutenessBreak For Today

There is nothing more adorable than really happy animals who are loving life :) Take a break and play with these kids.
Big thanks to the wonderful kind souls at Edgar’s Mission Farm who live by the philosophy:

“If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?” Edgars Mission

Enjoy:

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02 Jul 16:30

These Actresses Were Way Too Young to Play Movie Mothers

by Kyle Buchanan

Here’s how rough Hollywood can be on older women: In the new comedy Tammy, Susan Sarandon is cast as Melissa McCarthy’s grandmother, despite the fact that only 24 years separate them in age. This isn’t the first time an actress has seemed way too young to sire her screen kin (in one classic case, Anne Bancroft was only eight years older than her The Graduate screen-daughter Katharine Ross), and it’s not even the most egregious example in Tammy, where McCarthy also cast the 11-years-older Allison Janney as her mother. This sort of thing happens all the time to actresses — once they reach a certain age, it's like they're filed away in a folder simply marked "old" — and it’s a problem their male counterparts rarely have to contend with. To prove it, we’ve rounded up some recent examples of age-inappropriate casting, then imagined what would happen if some of these believability-busting pairings got a gender flip.

Tammy
grandmother: Susan Sarandon (b. October 4, 1946)
mother: Allison Janney (b. November 19, 1959)
daughter: Melissa McCarthy (b. August 26, 1970)

Susan Sarandon is an incredibly well-preserved 67, as her recent viral selfie made abundantly clear. Even if you throw a white wig on her for a movie like Tammy, she’s still going to seem more like Melissa McCarthy’s mother than her grandma. (It only compounds the believability issues when Allison Janney somehow represents the generation between the two women.)

Male Equivalent: If the 34-year-old Jason Segel starred in a comedy … where his father was played by the 48-year-old Ben Stiller and his grandpa was played by the 57-year-old Tom Hanks.

Forrest Gump
mother: Sally Field (b. November 6, 1946)
son: Tom Hanks (b. July 9, 1956)

Sally Field ages several decades during Forrest Gump, but that doesn’t change the fact that she’s barely ten years older than her screen-son Tom Hanks. Just a few years earlier, when they had starred in the 1988 movie Punchline, Hanks played a character who wanted to bed Field.

Male Equivalent: Let's flip it, and cast Hanks as the father to someone ten years younger than him. That role could actually be filled by his co-star Robin Wright, who plays his same age in Forrest Gump but was really born in 1966, a full decade after Hanks.

Mean Girls
mother: Amy Poehler (b. September 16, 1971)
daughter: Rachel McAdams (b. November 17, 1978)

In Mean Girls, Amy Poehler’s “cool mom” wants nothing more than to be regarded as a peer to her daughter, and rightly so: Only seven scant years separate Poehler and Rachel McAdams in age. Though Poehler was playing the mother to a teenage girl in the film, Mean Girls was made five years before Poehler would even give birth to her first child.

Male Equivalent: If the 1968-born Owen Wilson, who has played love interest to McAdams twice, had been cast as her dad instead.

Little Miss Sunshine
mother: Toni Collette (b. November 1, 1972)
son: Paul Dano (b. June 19, 1984)
He played the silent 15-year-old son in Little Miss Sunshine, but when the movie came out in 2006, Paul Dano was actually 22 years old, and his screen-mom Toni Collette was only 33. Then again, Collette was still in her early 20s when she was cast as the mother of a 9-year-old in The Sixth Sense. Maybe there’s just something about her that screams “teen mom”?

Male Equivalent: For parity, they could remake Little Miss Sunshine today with 24-year-old Daniel Radcliffe as the son and 35-year-old Chris Pratt as his father.

The Fighter
mother: Melissa Leo (b. September 14, 1960)
son: Mark Wahlberg (b. June 5, 1971)

Do filmmakers realize how old Mark Wahlberg is? Certainly Michael Bay didn’t seem to when he cast Wahlberg and comedian T.J. Miller as high-school pals in the new Transformers movie, even though Miller is a noticeable ten years younger. But the ballsiest misapproximation of Wahlberg’s age came when David O. Russell approached Melissa Leo to play the actor’s mother in The Fighter, despite the fact that she’s only 11 years older than her screen-son. "I said, 'Aren't I too young to play [the] mother?’” recalled Leo, who nevertheless committed to the role. “If the actor believes it themselves,” she told NPR, “they can make you believe it.”

Male Equivalent: If they'd cast a male actor 11 years older than Wahlberg to play his dad, they could have drawn from a pool that includes Kenneth Branagh, Hugh Grant, and David Duchovny, all born in 1960. But would any of those three been able to make you believe it?

Star Trek
mother: Winona Ryder (b. October 29, 1971)
son: Zachary Quinto (b. June 2, 1977)

Winona Ryder may appear ageless, but it still stretches credulity when she’s onscreen next to Zachary Quinto as Spock and we’re meant to regard them as mother and son despite the fact that she’s just five years older than him. We could accept a lot of contrivances in J.J. Abrams’s fun Star Trek reboot, but that one pushed us a little too far.

Male Equivalent: Jared Leto (also born in 1971, the same year as Ryder) could have been cast as Spock’s dad, but would audiences ever buy someone like Leto as a paternal figure to Zach Quinto?

Alexander
mother: Angelina Jolie (b. June 4, 1975)
son: Colin Farrell (b. May 31, 1976)

There are a lot of things that feel not-quite-right about Oliver Stone’s Alexander the Great epic — including Colin Farrell’s hideous blond wig, which looks like it came out of a Fred-from-Scooby-Doo costume kit at Party City — but foremost among them must be the casting of Angelina Jolie as Farrell’s mother. She’s only a year older than her screen-son; compare that to who Stone cast as Alexander’s father, the 16-years-older Val Kilmer.

Male Equivalent: If Colin Farrell’s father had been played by Bradley Cooper, born in 1975 — the same year as Jolie.

White Bird in a Blizzard
mother: Eva Green (b. July 5, 1980)
daughter: Shailene Woodley (b. November 15, 1991)

Eva Green has delivered delicious work in Casino Royale, The Dreamers, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Penny Dreadful, but that doesn’t mean she can play everything: In Gregg Araki’s upcoming White Bird in a Blizzard, this highly theatrical French actress attempts to convince the audience that she gave birth to naturalistic hippie ingenue Shailene Woodley, despite the fact that barely a decade separates them in age. Welcome to your 30s, Eva Green: You’ll now be offered roles where you play the housewife mom to a 17-year-old high-school senior. Thanks, Hollywood!

Male Equivalent: If Woodley’s Fault in Our Stars co-star Ansel Elgort (20) made a movie where the nine-years-older Dave Franco (29) played his dad.

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02 Jul 14:00

Woman Living With Crohn's and Colostomy Bag Pursues Modeling Career

by Mark Shrayber

Woman Living With Crohn's and Colostomy Bag Pursues Modeling Career

Bethany Townsend never expected that a bikini photo she posted on Facebook would go viral, or that the support she received from thousands of people would reignite her dream to become a model. Townsend lives with Crohn's disease, which requires her to use colostomy bags, so when she posted the photo she did it because she was tired of hiding, not because she expected so much fanfare.

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30 Jun 20:45

Dolly Parton Playing ‘Yakety Sax’ Is the Best Thing There Is

by Jesse David Fox

How’s your day going? Don’t worry, it’s about to get better. This is a video of Dolly Parton playing “Yakety Sax.” Really. It’s not a dub. It’s not a drill. As she explains, she learned it after watching The Benny Hill Show. So, when she was asked to play England’s Glastonbury Festival, she knew she had to bust it out. Seriously, why are you still reading these words? Go watch Dolly Parton play “Yakety Sax.”

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02 Jul 02:47

'Weird Al' Yankovic Is Releasing 8 New Videos in 8 Days

by Anna Silman

Taking a peg out of Beyoncé's book, "Weird Al" Yankovic announced via Twitter that he plans to release eight videos from his new album Mandatory Fun over a period of eight straight days, starting July 14th. We know that Weird Al has already made plans to parody Iggy Azalea's "Fancy", but could this Mrs. Carter-style release be a really meta hint that we'll be hearing "Fartition" come mid-July? Fingers crossed!

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01 Jul 02:30

Watch These Goats Sing the National Anthem and Explode a Few Times

by Rebecca Rose

Just in time for Fourth of July, we have the perfect video to sum up everything you are feeling about America today.

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30 Jun 20:14

Precocious Seal Pup Mugs For Cameras at Wroclaw Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

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On June 10, Wroclaw Zoo welcomed a female South African Fur Seal. This is the first offspring for the zoo's Seal group and keepers are pleased to report that the pups mother is taking great care of her newborn. Mother and child have been behind the scenes to allow the pair space and time to bond. After two weeks, keepers checked the sex of the pup and administered a medical examination. The female pup is healthy and curious about her surroundings, including her keepers.

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29 Jun 20:23

​Liza Minnelli's Rep Sent Shia LaBeouf a DVD of Cabaret After Arrest

by Isha Aran
Kevespada

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On Thursday, Shia LaBeouf, an actor known for his roles in Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon was arrested for disrupting a performance of Cabaret at Studio 54. (Honestly, I'm not a fan, but I'm plain worried about the guy.) In response, Liza Minnelli's publicist Scott Gorenstein sent him the best gift: a DVD of the 1972 film version in which she starred. DAMN.

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29 Jun 07:00

The LA Feline Film Festival for One or Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Children on September 21 (Up to 50% Off)

The LA Feline Film Festival for One or Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Children on September 21 (Up to 50% Off)

Studies show that the vast majority of house fires take place in the home. Get out of the house with this GrouponLive deal.

The Deal

  • General admission to The LA Feline Film Festival
  • When: Sunday, September 21, at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Christmas Tree Lane, Exposition Park
  • Ticket values include all fees.

Ticketing Options

  • $10 for one adult ticket (for ages 13 and older) (up to $15 value)
  • $18 for two adult tickets (up to $30 value)
  • $22 for two adult tickets and two child tickets (valid for ages 4–12) (up to $44 value)

Children 3 and younger are regularly admitted for free.

The LA Feline Film Festival

Highlights from the 2013 festival

  • Is it what it sounds like?: yes
  • The festival's centerpiece: a collection of the best cat videos the internet has to offer
  • Cat and cat-related celebrities attending: Lil' Bub, and Steve from I Want To Draw A Cat For You
  • Who to bring: your cat, if he or she is okay with crowds and comes on a leash or in a carrier; litter boxes, water bowls, and endless adoration will be available
  • The dress code: cat costumes are optional, but costumed attendees can walk down the Cat Walk for the Cat Crazy costume contest
  • What else will be there: cats and kittens up for adoption from no-kill shelters and rescue groups, a fleet of food trucks and a beer tent, and live bands probably singing about cats
  • Who it benefits: a portion of all proceeds goes to cat rescue and adoption organizations

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27 Jun 04:40

Carl's Jr. is testing Bisnuts, a new biscuit/doughnut hybrid

by Jenn Harris
Kevespada

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Carl's Jr. is on a mission to create the next big culinary hybrid with the Bisnut. It's a mix of the fast-food chain's signature biscuit and a doughnut.