Reddit user lala989 posted this photo yesterday with the caption: “My daughter’s list in case anything happens to her older brother.” Yes, you have to take everything you see posted on the internet with a grain of salt (especially when children are involved), and yes, there is a possibility that this could be fake — but do I personally think it’s real? Without a question. Little girls are f*cking diaboloical, and I should know since I used to be one. Sure, little boys might pull your pigtails and push you into a mud puddle, but little girls will plot to hammer everything that you love. This kid is going to make one HELL of a divorce attorney someday, I can tell you that much.
According to new research by the University of North Carolina, men with stay-at-home wives are more likely to have a negative outlook on women in the workforce. Five studies were carried out on almost 1,000 married heterosexual men, and even with the use of varying types of research methods and samples, results were grimly consistent.
Guys with stay-at-home wives were also found to have less positive views about companies led by women and to believe they aren’t operating as efficiently. These men are also more likely to deny promotion opportunities to women and otherwise make choices that prevent their qualified female coworkers from moving up in their career ranks.
What’s especially depressing about this is that often the guys’ marriage almost seemed to almost cause these sexist behaviors rather than just reflect beliefs they’ve always held. Most of the time, the men who were found to be sexist didn’t have that kind of outlook when they first got married. Over time, men married to unemployed women become less supportive of ladies with jobs, while on the other hand, men whose wives are employed become more supportive toward working women over time.
This data isn’t only a bummer for working women, but for wives who choose to stay home as well. I don’t believe a guy just automatically goes into jerk mode the second his wife decides to stop working — it’s obviously far more complicated than that. Either way, women should be able to have whatever kind of employment path they want without having to worry that it will somehow alter their husband’s views on equality. I hope these researchers conduct this same study on whether women with stay-at-home husbands go through the same shift in beliefs! [NBC]
Apparently Youtube user Steve Barley had made an obstacle course for squirrels before, but this is some next level shit. He's rigged up the "Triple Squirrel Assault Course" out of everyday items like an ironing board and a sink plunger. Honestly, I wish that thing was human size because it looks way too fun. Anyway, watch these two squirrels achieve Total Victory and feast on some prized nuts!
There won’t be any crazy World Cup fan reaction videos being uploaded to YouTube after today’s 0-0 tie between Mexico and Brazil, unless you’re the kind of person who loves watching people get really excited and then let down within a matter of seconds. Then again, the tie was just as good as a win for Mexico, so maybe their fans were getting crazy in the streets after shutting out the home team. At the very least, the guy in the banner image was probably the life of the party wherever he went with his ridiculous giant winged costume.
Okay, I kind of lied, though, because there is at least one awesome reaction video from today’s Mexico-Brazil tie. Whether she knows it or not, this lady has become one of the Internet’s stars of the day for her late game shock and disbelief.
Meanwhile, if I’m awarding a prize for the saddest fan from today’s early World Cup action, it might be this faithful Brazilian.
I’ve seen Cirque Du Soleil clowns with more zest for life than this fan. Hey, speaking of clowns that might haunt my dreams, this Brazilian fan!
But even when they’re trying to support their team, the Brazilian fans are still sticking it to the corrupt jerks at FIFA with these joyous balloons.
Nothing says, “You’re not welcome here,” like a bunch of colorful balloons.
On Friday, an Alabama appeals court struck down a law banning consensual oral and anal sex between unmarried persons. All over the state, people celebrated by continuing to mind their own goddamn sex-business in the privacy of their own homes.
If you’re prone to bouts of dizziness, then you may want to sit this brand new OK Go music video out and just download the single with the new “Upside Out” EP. The band worked its magic yet again by creating one of the most visually-fascinating concepts that it could come up with, which has always seemed quite impossible when you consider everything from the iconic treadmill video for “Here We Go Again” to both the Rube Goldberg Machine and marching band concepts for “This Too Shall Pass.” But Damian Kulash and Co. somehow managed to take the mindf*cking creativity to yet another level with “The Writing’s On the Wall.”
According to Rolling Stone, this video took the band three weeks and 50 takes to get right, as Kulash wanted to exhibit his mates’ appreciation of artists like Salvador Dali, Felice Varini and Dan Tobin-Smith, while also keeping the theme of the song prevalent (it’s about a breakup, naturally). Go ahead and give it a few views, because it’s almost impossible to keep track of one trick to the next without stopping to wonder, “How the hell did they do that?”
“I would like to do a season of Project Runway where every model is larger than a size 12.”
Tim Gunn had a great answer to the question, “What reality show have you not done but wish you could?” in a recent roundtable interview with The Hollwood Reporter. A special season of PR dedicated to designing clothing for women size 12 and above, of course! God, I would watch the hell out of this, wouldn’t you? You hear that, Bravo? We want a plus-size “Project Runway.” As soon as possible. Make it work. [Hollywood Reporter]
The editors of Cook's Illustrated take their grilling seriously, and they're sharing their secret to uniform cooking: an aluminum baking pan with water, placed opposite the coals.
A Florida man was arrested on Sunday after repeatedly sending lewd and provocative photos to a police officer’s department-issued cell phone.
Paul Arnold Kirleis, 30, initially contacted the police to report a suspicious vehicle in his neighborhood. Then things got flirty:
After their conversation, according to reports, the officer began to receive texts from Kirleis’s phone number. The first text asked, “Who is this?” and the second text said, “I am boo,” according to reports.
Then things got sexy:
Following those texts, the officer received a photo of a man in a black thong and nothing else, according to reports. Two more photos followed, with a man who resembled Kirleis sending a photo of himself naked, bent over and looking back at the camera, and a photo of a man in lingerie, bent over, looking back at the camera, according to reports.
Then things got downright solicitous:
A sixth text said, “Sooo,” according to reports.
Sooo he was put in handcuffs, and not the fun kind. Kirleis, who said he was intoxicated and did not remember much from the night, was charged with “stalking and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscene, lewd materials.”
I'm all SHITT!!!... No, wait. Not mine. :D
Stephanie Amato, 30, is an eighth grade special education teacher in Philadelphia who turned herself into the authorities last week for allegedly having sex with one of her students. According to 6ABC, “the sex was consensual but illegal because the student is a minor.”
A police source told Action News there were “at least 10″ sexual encounters between Amato and the victim.
“He’s not doing too well, he doesn’t want to go to school. He feels humiliated, since that happened he changed,” said the child’s father.
Sources say even though Amato knew she had to turn herself in to police Wednesday, she posted pictures on Facebook of herself hanging out with her students on Tuesday night. (Via)
I’m sure it was worth the 19 Likes, though.
I never would have guessed that combing through stock photography would be such an exciting and enlightening part of my job, but everyday I encounter at least one photograph that teaches me something new about life, love and even my own body. Oh yeah, stock photography is full of wisdom about the vagina — crazy shit your gynecologist probably never told you. For example… [Photos: Shutterstock]
If you're a parent who wants to inspire your daughter to break down gender barriers with her eventual career choice, here's one way to go about it: New research shows that little girls who see their dads participating in household chores are more likely to want jobs in higher paying, traditionally male dominated fields.
When you are trying to troubleshoot internet connection issues, knowledge is power. Viewdns.info consolidates 21 different tests on one handy page.
Toad, Toad, come here. You’re my go-to guy in Mario Kart. You’re Princess Peach’s right-hand shroom. We’ve all had days like that, buddy. It’s going to be okay.
Artist Christopher Hemsworth is the fiendish mind behind these. Click through for more 16-bit angst. Prints are available at Society6.
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One of the great things about working from home is that I don’t have to put up with crap from coworkers who try to assert authority in the saddest and smallest way possible by policing refrigerator real estate, eat loud and/or smelly food at their desks, or come in spreading the plague everywhere after one of their goddamn kids comes home and infects their entire household.
However, as a pet owner who works from home, one of the truths of my daily existence is that at some point during the day, a cat’s butthole will come in direct contact with my laptop — most likely the keyboard part of the laptop.
Well, to solve this problem, an innovative Hong Kong design company called LYCS Architecture has created the CATable, an interactive piece of furniture which can be enjoyed by both humans and their feline companions — designed by Ruan Hao, and exhibited in the University of Milan at Milan Design Week. From the LYCS Architecture website:
[People] who lives with cat always has those kind of experiences:
1. Putting away the cat from your lap top was like a sentimental ritual of temporary farewell.
2. A proper sized hole could be so irresistible to cats. Their curiosity would be greatly satisfied through repetitively exploring the unknown path behind the hole.
The design of CATable was a fusion of those experiences, as well a locus where the interaction occurs. It is a table for us, and a paradise for cats.
The only downside? While daily occurrences of laptop butt-planting might decreased, I have a feeling that “lunch burglaring” might skyrocket. ESPECIALLY on tuna sandwich days.
(All images used with permission of LYCS Architecture)
Reportedly, Chase Bank recently sent letters to hundreds of porn performers informing them that their accounts will be shut down by mid-May. This isn't the first time Chase has targeted those who work in the adult industry — and, sadly, I doubt it will be the last.
The new stamps from the Finland postal service are gay. Like really gay. Like overtly gay. And that's the point. The new stamps feature artwork from Tom of Finland, an artist known for the in-your-face homoeroticism of his illustrations.
You don't have to live large or have a huge garage to get your DIY on , but apartment dwellers and people in small spaces can often find it challenging to find room for tools or just flat space to work. This space-saving workbench handles both, and bonus, it's easy to build yourself.
Portland advertising mavens Jason Kreher and Matt Moore wanted to explore the dark subjects that make people laugh, and more specifically, “take something innocent and make it profane.” What better way to do that than replacing the usual corny one-liners printed on popsicle sticks with some seriously dark jokes? Their finished product is called SchadenFreezers, melting popsicle joke GIFs described as “strawberry, blueberry and lemon-flavored joy derived from the suffering of others.” After the jump, check out a few more SchadenFreezers. The ones that I could post without crying, anyway…
These are far from the worst ones — see whole batch of frozen black comedy on the SchadenFreezers Tumblr (if you dare).
Are you a boy whose name ends in "n"? Congratulations, you are contributing to one of the weirdest naming trends in American history.
Today in "Vogue, noooooo," British Vogue is urging Orange Is The New Black fans to purchase conceptual prison-inspired designer garments. The three recommended items add up to about $1500. So chic!
There’s no show that inspires the internet quite like Game of Thrones. I’ve been almost as excited about the return of next day reactions to each individual episode as I have been about the new season itself.
As you probably guessed, there are plenty of Arya, The Hound, and chicken chuckles to be had today. So let’s get right to it, starting with “sucks to be you, HBO Go user,” followed by my favorite GIF from last night being replaced by my new favorite.
Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have been in New York for a few months performing Waiting for Godot on Broadway, and to celebrate the play’s closing night Sir Patrick tweeted “outtakes” of the pics he and Sir Ian took while palling around the Big Apple. None of your fair Mary Sue writers ran into either one of them on the street while they were in town (though this did happen—be jealous), but looking at these pictures has far less potential for embarrassment than an in-person meeting, so I’m good with it.
Previously in Sirs Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen BROTP
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We hear a lot about the racial disparity in death penalty sentencing, namely, that black Americans are dramatically overrepresented on death row.
Because PREA standards prohibit most cross-gender viewing, TDCJ would be compelled to deny female officers job assignments and promotion opportunities, simply based on their gender. A consultant referred to TDCJ by the PREA Resource Center absurdly suggested that TDCJ solve this proglem by removing security camersas and obstructing lines of sight. That is ridiculous. Doing so would not only be a security risk for both prisoners and staff but also increase the likelihood of assaults taking place, defeating the intent of the law.Fascinating. Perry's letter portrayed this as an Obama Administration initiative but really it's his Texas gubernatorial predecessor-turned-president whose policy he's snubbing.
PREA also infringes on Texas' right to establish the state's own age of criminal responsibility. That age in Texas is 17. PREA, unlike the JJDP Act, which recognizes each state's age of full criminal responsibility, makes no allowances for differences among the states. PREA sight and sound separation standards would require Texas to separate 17-year old adult inmates from 18-year old adult inmates at substantial cost with no discernible benefit to the state or its inmates.
PREA standards also set specific staffing ratios for juvenile detention facilities different from the state's current rate. While this ratio may be ideal in some facilities, the decision of what constitutes appropriate staffing ratios should be left to each state and to those professionals with operational knowledge. One of Texas' 254 counties has said that compliance with this standard would require them to hire 30 more detention officers. That is an unacceptable cost for a small county with a limited budget. ...
PREA standards also mandate that by May 15, 2014, the governor of each state must certify, under threat of criminal penalties, that all facilities under the governor's control are compliant with PREA standards. Texas has approximately 297 facilities subject to PREA, including 164 lock-up facilities. PREA requires one-third of these facilities to be audited each year, yet no audit tool for lock-ups has even been developed. There is no way that I will certify compliance for facilities that have not even been audited. The compliance and certification deadline is further complicated by the fact that PREA requires states to conduct audits by PREA-certified auditors. There are only about 100 PREA-certified auditors nationwide, and the first of those were not certified until late 2013.
Even if the manifest problems with PREA standards I laid out above did not exist, I cannot and will not certify as true those things for which I do not have the facts.
Washington has taken an opportunity to help address a problem in our prisons and jails, but instead created a counterproductive and unnecessarily cumbersome and costly regulatory mess for the states.
I encourage the administration to change these standards and do so soon. Absent standards that acknowledge the operational realities in our prisons and jails, I will not sign your form and I will encourage my fellow governors to follow suit. In the meantime, Texas will continue the programs it has already implemented to reduce prison rapes.
The National PREA Standards state that “The Governor’s certification [of full compliance with the PREA standards] shall apply to all facilities in the State under the operational control of the State’s executive branch, including facilities operated by private entities on behalf of the State’s executive branch.” 28 C.F.R. § 115.501(b). A “facility” is defined as “a place, institution, building (or part thereof), set of buildings, structure, or an area (whether or not enclosing a building or set of buildings) that is used by an agency for the confinement of individuals.” Id. at § 115.5. Some standards apply specifically at the facility level, while others apply at the agency level.
The definition of facility includes local detention and correctional facilities as well as State correctional facilities; however, not all facilities within a State are subject to the Governor’s certification. The Governor’s certification does not encompass those facilities outside the operational control of the governor; namely, those facilities that are under the operational control of counties, cities, or other municipalities, or privately-operated facilities not operated on behalf of the State’s executive branch.
The term “operational control” is not defined in the National PREA Standards. The determination of whether a facility is under the operational control of the executive branch is left to a governor’s discretion, subject to the following guidance.
Generally, there are several factors that may be taken into consideration in determining whether a facility is under the “operational control” of the executive branch:
- Does the executive branch have the ability to mandate PREA compliance without judicial intervention?
- Is the State a unified correctional system?
- Does the State agency contract with a facility to confine inmates/residents on behalf of the State agency, other than inmates being temporarily held for transfer to, or release from, a State facility?
The above list is not exhaustive but it covers the majority of the situations that Governors may face in determining whether a facility or contractual arrangement is subject to the Governor’s certification.By that definition, it doesn't sound to me like Perry must certify that county-run juvenile detention facilities or local jails comply with PREA standards. Texas doesn't have a "unified correctional system" under gubernatorial control that extends to those local facilities. Further, PREA standards specifically do not "apply to adult psychiatric forensic mental health care facilities or hospitals operated by non-correctional agencies," though they "do apply to residential community confinement facilities such as halfway houses operated by community corrections agencies." Even so, I'm still not sure how that gets you to 297.
The Youthful Inmate standard requiring separation of those under age 18 from those over 18 is “setting specific,” applicable only in prisons, jails, and lockups. Even where state law provides for automatic prosecution in adult court of individuals at age 16 (e.g., NC, NY) and age 17 (e.g., GA, NH, IL, LA, MD, MA, MI, SC, TX, WI) when those persons are detained or confined in an adult prison, jail, or lockup, such individuals must be sight and sound separated from those over the age of 18.This is another example of how Texas' outlier status regarding the age of criminal culpability creates ongoing conflicts with federal law.