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21 Oct 11:30

How Japan Makes Winter Food Very, Very Cute

by Brian Ashcraft

How Japan Makes Winter Food Very, Very Cute

You've seen what creative people in Japan have done with bentos , right? Well, imagine the same thing with hot stews.


21 Oct 01:22

Anyone else just witness this live?

20 Oct 22:00

Artist Gives Grandma's Ceramic Figurines A Black Metal Makeover

by Zeon Santos

Thrift store shoppers come across ceramic figurines all the time, figurines which probably remind them of their grandma’s house, but one savvy shopper saw those tchotchkes as an opportunity to make some seriously cool art.

Portland based artist Tom LaBonty started purchasing those ceramic thrift store treasures and giving them ghastly makeovers, and the results are spook-tacular! 

They no longer look like something that would fit in at grandma’s house, unless your grandma has a dungeon in her basement, but their new life as harbingers of doom somehow makes them look even more precious.

Just look at how cute this little girl is carrying around a scythe that's twice her size!

-Via Dangerous Minds

20 Oct 21:52

Wonderful Origami Art by Ross Symons

by EDW Lynch

Origami Art by Ross Symons

Cape Town-based artist Ross Symons creates charming origami art of everything from animals to logos. This year he has committed to creating a piece of origami art every day — a project he is documenting on his Instagram account.

Origami Art by Ross Symons

Origami Art by Ross Symons

Origami Art by Ross Symons

Origami Art by Ross Symons

photos via Ross Symons

via Instagram Blog

20 Oct 19:52

Goalkeeper performs miracle

20 Oct 18:23

A Series of Illustrations Featuring the Meaning of Television Show Names in Other Languages

by Rollin Bishop

Translated TV Shows

Manchester-based artist James Chapman (see previously) has created a series of illustrations (Part One and Part Two) that showcase the meaning of television show names in other languages. For example, the Hungarian version of HBO’s Game of Thrones is literally translated to “Throne Fight” — and the rest are almost as wacky.

Translated TV Shows

Translated TV Shows

Translated TV Shows

Translated TV Shows

images via James Chapman

20 Oct 18:43

‘Girl with a Pierced Eardrum’ by Banksy

by Christopher Jobson

Girl with a Pierced Eardrum by Banksy street art murals

Girl with a Pierced Eardrum by Banksy street art murals

Girl with a Pierced Eardrum by Banksy street art murals

Banksy just published photos of a new piece titled Girl with a Pierced Eardrum, a take on Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring, replacing the girl’s earring with an outdoor security alarm. The mural appears in his hometown of Bristol, UK where he last painted the Mobile Lovers piece earlier this year.

20 Oct 13:30

John Oliver Should Win a Pulitzer for This All-Dog SCOTUS Reenactment

by Kelly Faircloth

amazing! (and work related!)

The august fogies of the United States Supreme Court refuse to allow cameras in their hallowed chamber of justice. And so Americans must settle for mere audio clips, which are generally paired with weird, boring courtroom illustrations for snooze-worthy television coverage. Well, John Oliver and Last Week Tonight have suggested a fix: Let's use costumed puppies with fake paws.


20 Oct 11:31

Here's A Map Of European Countries With Literal Translations Of Their Chinese Names

“Yes, I InterRailed from Lawland to West Classtooth. I had a splendid couple of weeks.”

The good news is we live in BRAVELAND.

The good news is we live in BRAVELAND.

This is not a serious translation by any means – I've translated the names in a pedantic, literal way, character-by-character, which wouldn't make sense to most Chinese people.

I don't want to make fun of Chinese people or the Chinese language, it's just a funny way for me to remember the names of countries as I learn the language. Chinese people don't really think of America as Beautiful Country or the UK as Brave Country any more than we think of Turkey as a bird. Any language unlike your own looks strange from the outside, but I hope people can use this as a stepping stone to learning Chinese rather than laughing at it.

My wife (an actual Chinese person) helped make it, and it's as much hers as it is mine.

Sweden and Switzerland are the wrong way round. This was a mistake, but I'm leaving it in as people do tend to confuse the two as they have similar names in Chinese.

Russia is just Russia because I wanted to call Belarus White Russia – this is both the literal Chinese name and the literal old English name, and the Chinese name, Bai E Luo Si, sounds just like the real name. Which is pretty neat.

He also pointed out that it's worth reading the comments on his original post, as there's lots of great insight there.

19 Oct 17:47

Color Thesaurus, A Visualization of the Various Names for Common Colors

by EDW Lynch

Color Thesaurus by Ingrid Sundberg

To aid her writing, author and artist Ingrid Sundberg has created Color Thesaurus, a visualization of a variety of names for common colors. The visualization includes the following colors: white, tan, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, brown, gray, and black.

Color Thesaurus by Ingrid Sundberg

Color Thesaurus by Ingrid Sundberg

Color Thesaurus by Ingrid Sundberg

images by Ingrid Sundberg

via True Blue Me and You, Carnet Imaginaire, Lustik, Bored Panda

19 Oct 21:00

Kraft Foods to Produce Bacon Cream Cheese

by Lisa Marcus

don't know how i feel about this...

Kraft-owned Philadelphia will be adding Oscar Meyer bacon to their cream cheese, which is already stocked in some stores and will be coming soon to others. As of now, the flavor will only be distributed to American outlets. Their recent Twitter post carried the announcement, which caused the bacon lovers following their account to spread the spread news across the social media platform.

I've been known to put a crispy piece of bacon on top of my bagel with cream cheese, so I'm looking forward to the concoction. In case of bacon emergency, I could still add a slice, for the luscious layered effect. The new spread is another addition to the newer flavors introduced in the line, which include brown sugar and cinnamon, honey pecan, smokey chipotle, spicy jalapeño and smoked salmon. 

Kraft has already posted a recipe using the spread as an ingredient: French toast stuffed with bacon-flavored cream cheese. That recipe is here.Follow Philly's Twitter feedhere. 

Via Lost at E Minor | Image: Twitter

19 Oct 14:16

14 Catcalls That Have Been Turned Into Stunning Embroidery

This artist has sewn catcalls she has received into framed pictures.

Elena Adler is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She's created "You Are My Duchess" - a series of embroidered catcalls.

Elena Adler is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She's created "You Are My Duchess" - a series of embroidered catcalls.

In her art, the traditionally feminine form of embroidery masks the ugly sentiments within.

Adler explains: "You read one sampler. Perhaps you are amused, but as you continue reading and consider the body as an entire collection, the response changes."

Then, the "filth emerges. It is a beautification of an assault."

"They reduce the complex emotional experience of being heckled by catcalls to a simple piece of women's work."

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19 Oct 15:00

Superhero Movies: What to Expect (From 2014 to 2020) [Infographic]

by Geeks are Sexy


Here is what the next few years (2014 to 2020) of your life will look like when it comes to superhero movies (Marvel or DC.)

[Source: ComicsAlliance]

19 Oct 14:10

No, Obama’s Pronouns Don’t Make Him A Narcissist

In fact, quite the opposite — despite what conservative commenters would have you believe. A BuzzFeed News data analysis.

Conservative commentators are fond of pointing to Barack Obama's excessive use of the word "I" as evidence of the president's narcissism. ("For God's sake, he talks like the emperor Napoleon," Charles Krauthammer complained recently.) But there's one tiny problem with this line of reasoning. If you're counting pronouns, Obama is maybe the least narcissistic president since 1945.

BuzzFeed News analyzed more than 2,000 presidential news conferences since 1929, looking for usage of first-person singular pronouns — "I," "me," "my," "mine," and "myself." Just 2.5 percent of Obama's total news-conference words fell into this category. Only Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt used them less often.

Matt Cambell / Getty. Graphic by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

While presidential news conferences don't capture the totality of how Obama or Hoover or Roosevelt talk, they represent one of the largest corpuses — if not the largest — of presidential speaking. Every president has at least 125,000 spoken words in the data set. The news conferences also typically feature a mix of scripted remarks and a question-and-answer session.

Even in presidential speeches, which are highly scripted, Obama's usage of first-person singular pronouns ranks below average — 1.6 percent vs. 1.8 percent.

While Obama has shied from the first-person singular, he's leaned heavily on the first-person plural — "we," "our," "ourselves," and "us." In fact, he's used it more than any president in the dataset. (Obama's most famous slogan, of course, was "Yes We Can.") In his news conferences, those pronouns account for 3.6 percent of all his words. John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan were the only other presidents who used the first-person plural in news conferences more often than they used the first-person singular.

If you combine both the first-person plural and first-person singular — "we" and "I" — Obama's in the middle of the pack. Number one is Harry Truman.

Obama's pronoun usage seems to reflect a longer-term change in political speech. Since 1990, the use of first-person singular pronouns has been gradually decreasing, with first-person plural pronouns rising to take their place.

AFP / Getty. Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images. Graphic by Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed.

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18 Oct 19:08

Ebola may be gruesome but it’s not the biggest threat to Africa

18 Oct 19:53

Waiting In Line

18 Oct 21:00

Controversial Religious Icon Barbie Exhibit Cancelled Due To Death Threats

by Zeon Santos

Most religions take their iconic figures very seriously, and true believers don’t take kindly to people using their icons as the inspiration for products that could be seen as blasphemous. 

Artists Emiliano Paolini and Marianela Perelli discovered just how serious the Catholic Church takes their icons when the duo announced they were creating Barbie dolls based on popular religious figures.

The proposed series would include Barbie dressed as the Virgin Mary, Kali, and the Virgin of Guadalupe, and Ken would play Jesus on the cross, Moses and St. Sebastian, just to name a few.

Emiliano and Marianela’s exhibit “Barbie: The Plastic Religion” was supposed to be shown at the POPA Gallery in Buenos Aires, but the duo began receiving death threats and decided to cancel the show.

The Catholic Church might not see the humor in these figures, but there are plenty of art toy collectors that would pay a pretty penny for these heavenly plastic creations!

-Via Beautiful/Decay

18 Oct 17:31

Props to the Cops – 10 Guns Recovered from a car on 11th Street in Columbia Heights – Three Arrested

by Prince Of Petworth

whoa. props.

From MPD:

“On today’s date [Friday], at approximately 5:30 pm, members of your 3D VICE Unit were conducting Interdiction Operations in the 3100 block of 11th Street, NW when they stopped a vehicle which was found to be transporting numerous illegal and unregistered firearms.

Recovered were a total of ten (10) illegal firearms, to include handguns, assault rifles and shotguns. Three adults were arrested and charged with various Firearm Trafficing offenses.

At this time we believe these illegal firearms were being possessed and intended to be illicitly sold on the streets of DC.”

17 Oct 20:15

adjust your scope to make you cope

adjust your scope to make you cope

18 Oct 05:00

Judge Me By My Size, Do You?: A Yoda Hot Air Balloon

by John Farrier


The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an event filled with glorious sights, including this majestic Yoda balloon. I highly recommend viewing its entire photo gallery. There you can find a pink elephant, a cactus, a sun, and perhaps best of all . . .


. . . a Spider-Pig.

(Video Link)

-via Technabob

02 Oct 23:35

Popularity of the top music genres since 1950 in one beautiful graphic

by Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

Popularity of the top music genres since 1950 in one beautiful graphic

I know that Google has a Music Timeline, but it's horrendous. This one made by Atracktion is much prettier. And it's interactive too, so go an enjoy it here. Rock, pop, hiphop, and electronic look equally distributed now.


07 Oct 14:45

Delightful GIFs Bring Street Art to Life

by Judy Berman

love these

Just as street art livens up urban landscapes, A.L. Creg livens up street art. The Spanish photographer and motion designer transforms the still images that decorate cities into playful animated GIFs. Click through to see some of Creg’s best work, spotted via My Modern Met, and follow him on Tumblr for updates.


Image credit: A.L. Crego

17 Oct 14:00

Batman Saves Kid in Batman Begins, Kid Lets Batman Down [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy
17 Oct 15:30

So, There’s Now a Horrifying Poster for ‘Peter Pan Live!’

by Shane Barnes

american apparel peter pan...


Is NBC’s upcoming Alison Williams-starring Peter Pan Live! secretly an American Horror Story spin-off? Because it sure seems like it. As if the first images weren’t horrifying enough, now we’ve got this, a poster that clearly depicts Christopher Walken as a drag Captain Hook who is out to murder Alison Williams, a young boy in green tights. Smee will probably eat the Lost Boys, and Tinker Bell will probably be an uncredited Jessica Lange, who breaks into burlesque renditions of pirate chanteys as acid-tinged fairy dust rains down on Wendy Darling. Oh, one can dream…

Anyway, this whole thing was dubious from the start, but I don’t know about this, guys. Let’s just shut it down before any crimes are committed, yeah? But that’s not likely to happen. NBC will air Peter Pan Live! on December 4, at 8 PM EST. (Via THR.)


17 Oct 18:28

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb

by Christopher Jobson

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

New Wooden Cityscapes Sculpted with a Bandsaw by James McNabb wood sculpture architecture

Furniture-maker-turned-sculptor James McNabb (previously) just opened a new exhibition of work titled Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. McNabb continues his exploration of architectural shapes using an improvised form of woodworking frequently described as “sketching with a bandsaw.” Without regard to the design or stability a true architect might utilize, he instead works with more abstract shapes cut from repurposed and exotic woods which in turn become component pieces for larger sculptures resembling wheels or tables. McNabb shares via email:

I compare hyperrealistic painting to fine woodworking. Both are slow, tedious, detail oriented process that require great care and consideration through every stage of making. In contrast, I compare my style of rapid bandsaw mark making to the fast paced nature of spray can art. It’s my attempt at “urban woodworking”.

Metros will be on view through October 28, 2014 and you can see more of McNabb’s recent work right here.

15 Oct 16:00

The Visual Encyclopedia of Russian Prison Tattoos

by Paweł Mączewski

In jails and prisons around the world, tattoos can become a significant part of an inmate's uniform, not only marking the crime they’re in for but also serving as a way to communicate with others. In Russia, for instance, a dagger through the neck suggests that an inmate has murdered someone in prison and is available to carry out hits for others—meaning, if you see that guy walking toward your cell once all the guards have disappeared, you should run the fuck away.

Arkady Bronnikov, regarded as Russia’s leading expert on tattoo iconography, recently released a collection of around 180 photographs of criminals locked up in Soviet penal institutes. Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files, published by FUEL, is probably the largest collection of prison tattoo photographs to date, at 256 pages.

I got in touch with Damon Murray, co-founder of FUEL, to talk about the book.

VICE: Why did you want to publish this book?

Damon Murray: At FUEL, we previously published the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia series, as well as Drawings from the Gulag and Sovietsso there's an obvious pattern. These books were based around the drawings of Danzig Baldaev, a prison guard who documented the phenomenon of the Russian criminal tattoo over the course of his career.

It was while researching Soviets that we came across an article about a retired policeman named Arkady Bronnikov. A senior expert in forensics at the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs for more than 30 years, his duties involved visiting correctional institutions in Ural and Siberia. It was then—between the mid 1960s and mid 1980s—that he interviewed, photographed, and gathered information about convicts and their tattoos, building one of the most comprehensive archives to date. 

We knew that this collection of unique material would make a fascinating book and be a perfect addition to our previous publications. It tackles the same subject, but in a more visceral manner. 

How long did it take you to collect the photos?
I visited Mr. Bronnikov at his home in the Ural region in Russia. We'd previously discussed the possibility of making a book, and he very kindly agreed to talk me through the material and discuss the intricacies of the subject in detail. After a few days, it became apparent that there was enough material and information to make a book that was significant in its own right. I then took the photographs back to London to be scanned. 

The skull and crossbones on the prisoner's shoulders indicate that he's serving a life sentence, and the girl "catching" her dress with a fishing line on his left forearm is a tattoo commonly inked to rapists. All photos © Arkady Bronnikov/FUEL

Do you have any information about the prisoners who were photographed?
Apart from a small section at the very beginning of the book, which reproduces a number of actual police files, all the information gathered about the criminals is done by reading the tattoos on their bodies. Their crimes vary from serious cases such as murder or rape to lesser offenses like pickpocketing and burglary.

Every image carries a detailed caption explaining how individual tattoos relate to specific crimes—for example, a naked woman being burnt on a cross symbolizes a conviction for the murder of a woman. The number of logs on the fire underneath the victim denotes the number of years of the sentence.

What kind of equipment were they using to tattoo themselves?
The majority of the tattoos would have been done in a primitive, painful way. The process can take several years to complete, but a single small figure can be created in four to six hours of uninterrupted work. The instrument of choice is an adapted electric shaver, to which prisoners attach needles and an ampoule of liquid dye.

A dagger through the neck indicates that a criminal has murdered someone in prison and is available to hire for further hits. The drops of blood can signify the number of murders committed. 

Where do they find the dye?
Scorched rubber mixed with urine is used for pigment. For health reasons it's best to use the urine of the person getting the tattoo. Because tattooing is forbidden by the authorities, the practice is pushed underground, and usually executed in unsanitary conditions. This can easily create serious complications, including gangrene and tetanus. But the most common problem is lymphadenitis—an inflammation of the lymph nodes accompanied by fever and chills.

But they do it anyway?
In most cases, the inmates interviewed by Bronnikov claimed that they started getting tattoos only after they had committed a crime. As their convictions increase and the terms of incarceration become more severe, the tattoos multiply. In minimum-security prisons, for example, 65 to 75 percent of the convicts have tattoos; that figure increases to 80 percent in medium-security prisons, and to between 95 and 98 percent in maximum-security facilities. In the female corrective facility near the Perm region—about 700 miles northeast of Moscow—Bronnikov found only 201 out of 962 were tattooed, but as many as 40 percent were tattooed in the high-security prison.

As a rule, criminal leaders don't have a large number of tattoos—only a pair of seven- or eight-pointed stars on the collarbones. Also, tattoos are reserved for the criminal element, so they aren't found among prisoners serving sentences for political crimes.

One of many prisoners who contracted syphilis, AIDS, or tetanus while being tattooed in unsanitary conditions

What are your personal views on the culture of prison tattoos?

Well, it's remarkable—nowhere else do tattoos express such a unique and defined language. Every image is charged with meaning; a tattoo can literally be a matter of life or death for its bearer.

When any new convict enters a cell, he is asked, "Do you stand by your tattoos?" If he can't answer—or if word reaches the other inmates that he's wearing a "false" tattoo—then he'll be given a piece of glass or a brick and be asked to remove it, or face the consequences. That could be a severe beating, rape, or even death.

It's for this reason that tattoos became the most respected and feared thing in prison society. Far more than being simply personal, they carry a weight of meaning and are an indelible law in a society beyond conventional law.

The stars on this inmate’s shoulders indicate that he's a criminal "authority," while the medals are awards that represent defiance against the Soviet regime. The eyes on the stomach suggest that he's gay (the penis makes the "nose" of the face). 

You've seen plenty of prison tattoos. What were the most common?

There are many common themes and ideas. Some of the most common imagery is religious: the Madonna and Child, Russian churches, crosses, that kind of thing. However, in the context of the Soviet prison system—or "the zone," as it's called—those images have absolutely nothing to do with religious beliefs; their real meanings are rooted in prison and criminal traditions. They stem from the desire to show oneself as an outcast, as someone who has been misunderstood and is doomed to suffer.

The Madonna and Child is one of the most popular tattoos worn by criminals, and it can have a number of meanings. It can symbolize loyalty to a criminal clan, it can mean that the wearer believes the mother of God will ward off evil, it can indicate that the wearer has been in the jail system and behind bars from an early age...

In the zone, a church or monastery is interpreted as the sign of the thief, with the number of cupolas [domes] on the church signifying the number of convictions. A cross is commonly tattooed on the most important part of the body: the chest. This is intended to show a devotion to the thieves’ traditions and stand as proof that his body is not tainted by betrayal—that he is "clean" before his fellow thieves. All crosses indicate the bearer belongs to the caste of thieves.

What was the original purpose of archiving these photos?
The Bronnikov collection featured in the book is particularly interesting, as its purpose was purely functional. The photographs were taken for police use, to further the understanding of the language of these tattoos and to aid the identification process for criminals in the field.

The photographer's only consideration was the recording of the body for practical purposes. As they're unimpeded by artistry, the photos present a guileless representation of criminal society, unintentionally leaving out their human side and instead simply including evidence of their character: aggressiveness, vulnerability, melancholy, and conceit. Their bodies display an unofficial history—told not just through tattoos, but also in scars and missing digits.

An exhibition of photographs from the Arkady Bronnikov collection will take place at the Grimaldi Gavin gallery at 27 Albemarle Street, London between October 17 and November 21.

17 Oct 05:46

13 Shocking Facts That Show How Widespread Mental Illness Is In The U.S.


we need better mental healthcare!

An average of 108 lives are lost to suicide each day.

This data reflects the most recent information available in the United States gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. These mental illness statistics may not represent the full extent of the problem due to underreporting.

Graphics by Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

According to CDC.

Jenny Chang for BuzzFeed / Via

According to CDC from a study conducted by Croby AE, Han B, and Ortega (2008-2009).

Jenny Chang for BuzzFeed / Crosby AE, Han B, Ortega (2008-2009) / Via

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17 Oct 20:00

How to Make Friends as an Adult [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy


17 Oct 20:00

The London Beer Flood of 1814

by Miss Cellania

It was 200 years ago today that a neighborhood in London, England, was flooded by beer. The Meux and Company Brewery had several large brewing vats on the roof. The largest was a 22-foot-high vat to brew porter. It held 511,920 liters of beer, or enough to fill 20,000 barrels. On October 17, 1814, after fermenting for months, one of the metal hoops holding the porter vat together gave way, and the beer exploded out, causing the surrounding vats to fail as well.

A total of 1,224,000 litres of beer under pressure smashed through the twenty-five foot high brick wall of the building, and gushed out into the surrounding area - the slum of St Giles. Many people lived in crowded conditions here, and some were caught by the waves of beer completely unaware. The torrent flooded through houses, demolishing two in its wake, and the nearby Tavistock Arms pub in Great Russell Street suffered too, its 14-year-old barmaid Eleanor Cooper buried under the rubble. The Times reported on 19 October of the flood:

    The bursting of the brew-house walls, and the fall of heavy timber, materially contributed to aggravate the mischief, by forcing the roofs and walls of the adjoining houses.

Fearful that all the beer should go to waste, though, hundreds of people ran outside carrying pots, pans, and kettles to scoop it up - while some simply stooped low and lapped at the liquid washing through the streets. However, the tide was too strong for many, and as injured people began arriving at the nearby Middlesex Hospital there was almost a riot as other patients demanded to know why they weren't being supplied with beer too - they could smell it on the flood survivors, and were insistent that they were missing out on a party! Calm was quickly restored at the hospital, but out in the streets was a different matter.

At least eight people died from the flood: some drowned, other died of injuries, and one supposedly died several days later of alcohol poisoning, although that story may be apocryphal. Read the rest of the story at h2g2. -via Fark

10 Oct 14:15

Funny Or Die Asks, Which Minority Is Getting Screwed Over The Most?: WATCH

by Les Fabian Brathwaite

re: hobby lobby