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31 Jan 06:06

By Age Six, Girls No Longer Believe They're As Smart As Boys

by Lauren Evans
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If you’ve ever wondered at what point girls (wrongly) begin to think that boys are smarter than them, a new study from Science has pretty solid evidence of the answer: Six. Not five. Not seven. Six.

Lin Bian, a psychology PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and one of the study’s authors, conducted one part of her research by reading a story to 240 children between ages 5 and 7, describing the protagonist as “really, really smart.” Then she held up four pictures—two depicting men, and two depicting women. Which one was the story referring to?

Among 5-year-old girls, the “really, really smart” person was more likely to be a female image. But among the 6-year-olds, something had changed. From the Atlantic:

Among the 5-year-olds, both boys and girls associated brilliance with their own gender. But among those aged 6 or 7, only the boys still held to that view. At an age when girls tend to outperform boys at school, and when children in general show large positive biases towards their own in-groups, the girls became less likely than boys to attribute brilliance to their own gender.

“It was really heartbreaking,” Bian conceded.

This idea that women lack inherent brilliance is a handicap we continue to carry through life, to the detriment of society generally. A related survey conducted by another of the study’s authors, Andrei Cimpian, found that college students were more likely to characterize their professors as “brilliant” and “genius” in fields with fewer women and black professors, like physics, math and philosophy. One likely reason for the low turnout is that women discourage themselves from entering those fields, convinced that men are naturally more capable.

The idea of male brilliance is especially pernicious because it’s demonstrably wrong. Girls often do better in school than boys, and are more likely to finish college.

And yet, many potential STEM standouts shoot themselves down before they even have a chance to try. Another test conducted by Bian allowed children to play two games—one for children who were “really, really smart,” and one for those who “try really, really hard.” As the Atlantic writes:

At the age of 5, girls and boys were equally attracted to both games. But among those aged 6 or older, the girls were less interested than the boys in the game for smart kids (but not the one for hard-working ones). “They’d go from being really enthusiastic to saying: ‘Oh I don’t want to play it, this isn’t a game for me,’” says Bian.

“If we want to change young people’s minds and make things more equitable for girls, we really need to know when this problematic stereotype first emerges,” Bian said.

Researchers tend to think the bias begins at home. Cimpian cites an informal experiment conducted by an economist for the New York Times in 2014, which used anonymous Google search data to find that parents were more likely to research whether their sons were geniuses than their daughters. (For the record, parents of girls tended to investigate whether their offspring were overweight or ugly. Great.)

Though Bian and her team are investigating the basis for these early childhood beliefs, she concluded that “the answer won’t be simple.”

31 Jan 02:04

What the Fuck Kind of Monstrosity Does Ryan Gosling Pull Out of the Oven in La La Land?

by Joanna Rothkopf
Gifs via Summit Entertainment.

La La Land is a movie carried by talented actors doing their best with what they were given. One of the things they were given was this hideous souffle-cake chimera which Ryan Gosling believably portrays as food.

What is it? A grotesquely constructed egg and green souffle made of 100 eggs? A moldy yellow cake? Round flat bread? A tall pizza? 1,000 crepes stacked on top of one another? What fucking food fucking looks like this?

My colleague Rich, who made the gif and watched the dinner scene with me looking over his shoulder, noticed that the culinary Frankenstein is at no point referenced or eaten—Mia and Sebastian (Emma Stone and Gosling) eat a dinner of what looks to be “chicken in a pot,” make a toast “to Boise!,” get into a forced fight about careerism and what it means it “make it” (Mia thinks being in a popular jazz band fronted by John Legend isn’t making it), and then she storms out. He is flustered, forgets about this thing, and rushes to get it out of the oven. But he is too late—it has been burnt beyond recognition.

So, Rich concludes, and I second, “It looks like he cooked a two-tier cake for dessert and ruined it.” Am I to believe that in his best case scenario he was going to ice the cake after their dinner? That Mia was going to wait for it to cool off, for Sebastian to oafily ice some icing on? And then they were going to slice slices of it and enjoy it? My main question is: has Damien Chazelle ever met a real young adult?

Thank you to emailer Nick, who asked, “WHY IS NOBODY TALKING ABOUT IT?? american sniper (rightfully) gets shit for the plastic baby, but this gets a pass??”

30 Jan 22:37

Snow In Kyoto Broke The Nose Of This Tengu, Japanese Fixed It With A Bandaid

by Rokas L

Tengu are supernatural creatures that appear in Japanese folklore, and this one looks really mad. And it should be! A rare snowfall in Kyoto broke his nose. However, the Japanese didn’t want to anger this demon (Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war.), so they “healed” his wounds with a bandaid.


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30 Jan 22:28

Dope Ohio Teen Gets Her Dying Wish: Tasing a Cop 

by Gabrielle Bluestone
Photo: WCMH 10

Finally a light-hearted story after a dark weekend—a teen delightedly causing pain to a fellow man.

Alyssa Elkins, who is 16 and, according to the AP, suffering from leukemia, got to fulfill one of her bucket-list items this weekend with help from the Newark Ohio police department: She tased a cop.

According to WCMH 10, Elkins was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago, had a bone marrow transplant and went into remission. But her cancer came back this year, and her doctors reportedly gave her about four months to live. She decided to spend part of that time being a metal badass. (She also, reportedly, wants to get a micro pig.)

And on Sunday, she fucked Sgt. Doug Bline right up.

“Bline winced and fell onto a mat, guided by spotters,” the AP reports. “He says being hit with a Taser is an unpleasant experience but it was worth it to help fulfill Alyssa’s wish.”

I love this teen!

26 Jan 21:40

Great Job, Internet!: That cool 3-D “S” you’ve been drawing forever is now a full, cool font

by Clayton Purdom

For too long, we’ve been held back by the boring-ass, sans serif fonts of the world. The font cognoscenti in their ivory towers have sneered at attempts to make fonts great again—since when was comic sans not a fun, inventive way to liven things up?—and so the time has come for the common man to reclaim fonts.

Well, the font game just changed.

Remember that sharp-edged, 3-D “S” you used to draw on notebooks throughout school? Well, now that shit is a whole goddamn alphabet.

Designed by artist Tom Goulet, the revolutionary font is delivered via an appropriately cool-as-shit dubstep video. “Make any word look cool,” it promises, before doing so to the logos for Friends, Subway, NASA, Amazon, and more. You can download the font from Goulet’s site to start making the world cooler and more pointy.

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26 Jan 21:30

Great Job, Internet!: Apple-cheeked revolutionary Connor is actually Drew Carey’s son

by Clayton Purdom

Last Friday, the morning of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, there was one healing salve: the image of Connor, a scrappy young hell-raiser straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, who was so pissed off at the state of things that he was forced to create a fire, such that the destruction in the world might match the boiling rage within his heart. When asked by the newsman why he did so, Connor replied, “Because I felt like it, and because I’m just saying… Screw our president!” He then sort of Hulked at the camera and disappeared into the rabble, presumably to help topple a car, distribute uncompromising hard-left pamphlets, punch a sitting U.S. Senator, and create abrasive postindustrial mixtapes using copyrighted material.

Also, at one point the newsman called him Carter, which Connor did not for a second accept. “It’s Connor,” he said, waiting for the ...

23 Jan 08:44

Is Human Placenta Vegetarian?

by Rich Juzwiak
Image via Getty

On one hand, vegetarianism describes a lifestyle in which meat-eating is eschewed almost always for the sake of ethical, health, or environmental concerns (or some combination of any of those elements). In that case, eating human placenta, which was just going to plop out and exist anyway, shouldn’t disturb that practice. On the other hand, human placenta really looks like meat! On a third hand that I’m about to bite off, further complicating this issue with actual cannibalism, a lot of vegetarian food really looks like meat. Beyond Burgers “bleed” and approximate hamburgers cooked rare. And they’re great.

This question arises not because I will ever actually have the opportunity of eating the placenta of my significant other (I’m gay and anyway, no thanks—I’m full) but because food writer Eddie Lin reports that he cooked his wife’s placenta and ate it in the appropriately titled Cosmopolitan.com essay, “I Cooked My Wife’s Placenta. Here’s How It Tasted.” Said placenta was “the size of a whoopee cushion, sprawling with thick blood vessels, dripping in amniotic fluid, and trailing a slimy umbilical cord.” OK, right, sounds like about the meatiest experience I could imagine.

Lin prepared it in “a riff on a medicinal Chinese chicken soup recipe.” As far as the taste, he reports:

The sesame oil amplified the flavor of the broth, and the subtle taste of the placenta gradually revealed itself. It was like beef, only very delicate; soft notes that suitably matched its gentle textures. One spoonful was all I got and needed. There was nothing offensive about it. Actually, it was quite ordinary, sort of beefy, and not the exotic taste I was imagining.

And in turn, that’s not the vegetarian taste someone who’d call this meal “vegetarian” was imagining.

And yet, one Ariel Garlow, who was according to her Quora bio in 2011 “six years vegan, nine years meatless” responded the question “Is it okay for my vegan wife to eat her placenta?” in this way:

Hilarious question.

We eat our own cells passively and constantly throughout our lives, so even a vegan will have “eaten themselves”. Nobody is harmed and you’ve got a, well, perfectly fine placenta to... eat.

I’ve never grasped the appeal of that though. I’ve heard of new moms freezing placenta chunks and stirring it in with their yogurt. Autosarcophagy reminds me too much of Soylent Green.

Let’s take it to the poll:

23 Jan 00:30

10+ Hilariously Painful Jokes That Only People Who Wear Glasses Will Understand

by Greta J.

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19 Jan 22:11

Newswire: Holy shit, Patrick Stewart is the poop in The Emoji Movie

by Sam Barsanti

After what has felt like years of breathless anticipation, Sony Animation has finally—finally—revealed who is playing the all-important role of the poop emoji in its upcoming emoji movie, The Emoji Movie. According to a post on Twitter, it will be none other than beloved Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men, and American Dad star Sir Patrick Stewart.

Sharp-eared emoji fans probably could’ve predicted this from the Emoji Movie teaser that came out back in December, but now we have confirmation that the erudite poop character in that trailer really was Stewart, and not just some similarly fancy-sounding person. Hopefully he’s planning to do something really fun with the money he gets from this.

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18 Jan 23:02

Sir Patrick Stewart Will Voice the Poop Emoji in the Emoji Movie

by Jackson McHenry
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Famed star of the stage and screen Sir Patrick Stewart is going to act like shit, literally. Today, Sony announced that Jean-Luc Picard himself will play the poop emoji in its upcoming Emoji Movie. Also in the cast: T.J. Miller, who will play the main character Gene; Ilana Glazer, who plays the hacker Codebreaker; Maya Rudolph, as Smiler; Jennifer Coolidge as Gene's mother, Mary Meh; James Corden as Hi-5; and Jake T. Austin as a teen named Alex. 

It's just like what William Shakespeare once wrote:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying poop.

18 Jan 20:00

Great Job, Internet!: Artist reimagines villainous Trump quotes as classic comic book covers

by Sam Barsanti

While many people recognize that Donald Trump shares a number of qualities with supervillains, artist R. Sikoryak has made that joke a bit more literal with a series of images based on classic comic book covers that cast President-Elect Trump as a bad guy facing off against the X-Men, the Justice League, and even Richie Rich. They’re posted on Tumblr at The Unquotable Trump, and they all feature quotes that Trump actually said in real life. Also, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to recognize that something is funny and clever while also being horrifying and sad, it feels like this:

That’s Trump fighting the Black Panther, and here’s Trump doing his best to take on Magneto:

He also manages to be scarier than Negan and the zombies from The ...

18 Jan 19:50

Great Job, Internet!: Millennials are wrong: Space Jam is bad

by Randall Colburn

If you’re wondering whether or not you’re a millennial, simply ask yourself this question: Is Space Jam a good movie? If you answered yes, congratulations, you’re a millennial. If you answered no, you’re, well, pretty much anything else.

When it launched in 1996, anyone over the age of 12 could see Space Jam for the capitalist perversion of the Looney Tunes franchise it was, the filmic equivalent of tees depicting “hip-hop” Bugs in backwards jeans. Still, the movie seared itself into unblemished brains with a Taz-shaped brand, resulting in a rippling wave of modern-day nostalgia that’s birthed a Lebron James-starring sequel, live readings, and encore runs in theaters across the country.

Here to challenge your rose-tinted recollections are the folks over at Screen Junkies, who have given the movie a new Honest Trailer. “Based on a sneaker commercial comes a film that got the rights ...

18 Jan 19:46

Richard Curtis Is Just a Boy, Standing in Front of Your Phone, Asking You to Engage With His Davos Pokémon Go Poverty-Awareness Campaign

by Jackson McHenry

If basic appeals to human decency aren’t coming through, there’s always Pokémon. According to a frankly baffling report from Business Insider, Richard Curtis, writer of Love Actually and Notting Hill, is involved in a campaign to educate people at Davos about world poverty through the formerly very popular app Pokémon Go. Project Everyone, which was founded by Curtis, has sprinkled 17 new Pokéstops into the augmented-reality game around the conference, each of which correspond to the project’s global goals like “Zero Hunger” and “Good Health.” “It’s been very interesting, because people attending Davos are quite adept on their mobile phones, and they’ve all heard about this game from their kids,” Curtis said. “I’m hoping a surprising number might think it is quite an amusing thing to do. I’ve noticed the Davos audience are quite willing to laugh at even quite weak jokes, because they're looking for entertainment!” So far Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver have been seen playing the game at the event and Niantic plans to expand the campaign out to the rest of the world soon. Hey, the world of Pokémon does already have universal health care, so maybe it is an inspiration to us all.

18 Jan 19:36

Inside The Video Store That Only Carries 14,000 Copies Of 'Jerry Maguire'

by Tim Loc
 
"We need the tapes here. How else are we going to build our Jerry pyramid?" [ more › ]
17 Jan 22:06

Blind Items Revealed #1

by Enty
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For those of you original shippers from almost two decades ago, it is not a love/hate thing going on between the stars of the show. It is simply a ploy to get some more money. That being said, I don’t want you all to think the couple is seeing each other exclusively or anything like that. They both see other people. They both have frequent co-star things.

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17 Jan 20:09

100 Our friend Ashley G. - Otherwise Engaged

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We did this 100 times, y'all! Link to hear just the megamix: https://t.co/D6QCjAjlOt

Joined by our friend Ashley we celebrated not only Brenda’s engagement to Stuart, but also the first hundred episodes of our Beverly Hills, 90210 podcast. It’s only appropriate that things get pretty silly in this one, and we included a special megamix at the very end, looking back at all the fun we’ve had since starting this podcast in 2014.

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16 Jan 01:22

Peccary Duo Born at Burgers’ Zoo

by Andrew Bleiman

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Burgers’ Zoo announced the birth of two Collared Peccaries on January 1st. The Zoo does not yet know the sex of the two, but the New Year babies weighed between 0.4 and 0.9 kilograms at birth.

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The Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu) is a species of mammal in the family Tayassuidae found in North, Central, and South America. They are commonly referred to as javelina, saíno or báquiro, although these terms are also used to describe other species in the family. The species is also known as the musk hog. In Trinidad, it is colloquially known as quenk.

Although somewhat related to the pigs and frequently referred to as one, this species and the other peccaries are no longer classified in the pig family, Suidae.

The Collared Peccary stands around 510–610 millimeters (20–24 in) tall at the shoulder and is about 1.0–1.5 m (3 ft 3 in–4 ft 11 in) long. It weighs between 16 and 27 kg (35 and 60 lb).

The species has small tusks that point toward the ground when the animal is upright. It also has slender legs with a robust or stocky body. The tail is often hidden in the coarse fur of the peccary.

Collared Peccaries normally feed on cactus, mesquite beans, fruits, roots, tubers, palm nuts, grasses, invertebrates, and small vertebrates. In areas inhabited by humans, they will also consume cultivated crops and ornamental plants, such as tulip bulbs.

They are diurnal creatures that live in groups of up to 50 individuals, averaging between six and 9 members. They frequently sleep at night in burrows, often under the roots of trees, but sometimes they can be found in caves or under logs. However, the species is not completely diurnal. In central Arizona they are often active at night but less so during daytime.

Although they usually ignore humans, they will react if they feel threatened. They defend themselves with their long tusks, which can sharpen themselves whenever their mouths open or close.

A Collared Peccary will release a strong musk or give a sharp bark if it is alarmed. They also make clacking and barking sounds to warn their enemy, before finally charging to bite.

Collared Peccaries can live for up to 10-15 years in the wild. Females attain sexual maturity between 8-14 months while males are mature at 11 to 12 months.

After mating, the female undergoes a gestation period for up to 150 days. The pregnant females generally move away from the rest of the herd before giving birth, as the herd can be a threat to the newborns. On average, they give birth to a litter of one to five babies that are capable of following their mother soon after birth.

The day after giving birth, the female reunites with the herd. The babies stay close to mother and follow her until they are mature at the age of 11-12 months. During this period, only the older females of the herd are tolerated and allowed to groom the baby. Weaning occurs when the baby is approximately 2-3 months old.

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15 Jan 21:51

Newswire: Sales of Representative John Lewis’ March surge after Trump does Trump thing

by Sam Barsanti

On Friday, a story came out that Representative John Lewis would not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration—the first he’s missed in 30 years—because he doesn’t believe Trump is “a legitimate president.” Lewis says that Russia helped get him elected and “helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” which he sees as a “conspiracy” that goes against “the open democratic process.”

Trump, of course, reacted to this the way he always does: by going on a whiny Twitter rant that makes him look like the adult baby that he truly is. In a series of tweets, Trump said that Lewis should “spend more time on fixing and helping his district” instead of “falsely complaining about the election results,” while adding that Lewis—an actual civil rights icon—is “all talk” and “no action.”

15 Jan 21:40

Rare and Tiny Deer Born at Chester Zoo

by Chris Eastland
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An extremely rare Philippine Spotted Deer was born on December 26 at Chester Zoo. The tiny male fawn, which keepers say appears healthy and strong, was shown off for the first time by its proud parents this week.  

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Philippine Spotted Deer are one of the world’s most threatened Deer species.  Zookeepers have hailed the arrival as “a big boost for the species” with fewer than 2,500 of the animals – listed as endangered on Internal Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of threatened species - now estimated to remain in the wild.

Experts say a combination of factors including illegal hunting and large-scale habitat loss have contributed to the demise of the species.

As they breed a back-up population in Europe at the request of the Philippine government, Chester Zoo staff support efforts to protect and restore Deer habitat in the Philippines and build breeding centers for the species.

Like many island nations, the Philippines are home to many unique species.  But a rapidly expanding human population, along with the loss of 90% of the islands’ original forest cover, has brought many species under threat.

In the wild, the Deer can be found in the rainforests of the Philippines’ Visayan islands of Panay and Negros. It once roamed across other Visayan islands such as Cebu, Guimaras, Leyte, Masbate and Samar – but is now regionally extinct on those islands.

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14 Jan 23:22

Great Job, Internet!: Weirdo erotica author Chuck Tingle’s AMA is the feel-good read of the year so far

by Randall Colburn

Chuck Tingle writes erotic fiction with titles like Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt, My Ass is Haunted by the Gay Unicorn Colonel, and his latest, Domald Tromp Pounded In The Butt By The Handsome Russian T-Rex Who Also Peed On His Butt And Then Blackmailed Him With The Videos Of His Butt Getting Peed On. And while he’s pretty much universally beloved for how batshit his books (and tweets) are, he’s also been lauded for his positive messages about self-love and inclusiveness. The truth about how “real” the persona is may never be solved, but, for today at least, that’s besides the point.

On Thursday, Tingle dropped into Reddit for his second AMA, following one from last April, as well as one hosted by his editor and son, Jon, back in 2015. As always, Tingle’s responses are riddled with the peculiarities of his ...

14 Jan 22:53

The Pussy Hat puts Atwater Village shop owner in the political and fashion spotlight

by The Eastsider

ATWATER VILLAGE —  When the Women’s March is held in Washington, D.C. on the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inaugural, many of the demonstrators will be wearing Pussy Hats, pink, cat-eared knitted caps based on a pattern designed by the owner of The Little Knittery yarn shop on Glendale Boulevard.

Kat Coyle came up with the pattern after being approached by Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh, two friends and knitters who wanted to do something after being devastated by Hillary Clinton’s loss to Trump in the November election.  That’s how they came up with the PussyHat Project – a reference to Trump’s infamous remarks that were caught on tape – to support the Women’s March. More than 60,000 hats have been knitted or crocheted by people nationwide, according to an Associated Press story.

Coyle has made the pattern for her Pussy Power Hat available for free, and her shop has been hosting Friday night “Pussyhat Knitting Parties.”  The original Pussy Power Hat pattern calls for hot pink, Malabrigo Worsted yarn.  Many knitters have adapted the design, making  changes and adding embellishments.

Suh told the Associated Press:

“It’s really been just incredible …. The process of making the hats and preparing for the march and really including everyone, everywhere who wants to participate but may not be able to march has been so much of this project.”

PUSSYHAT KNIT NIGHT FRIDAY JANUARY 13 5:00-8:30!!! #pussyhatproject #womenmarchonwashington #thelittleknittery #iloveknitting

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Newswire: Taco Bell to serve chalupas in a goddamn fried chicken shell

by Randall Colburn

Foolish mortals that we were, we scoffed at the KFC Double Down, underestimating the worldwide appeal for a dish sandwiching moist, bacon-like things between a pair of crispy chicken filets. So successful was it, however, that Bloomberg reports Taco Bell has now decided to follow in its footsteps.

Though it sounds like something from the South Beach Diet, the Naked Chicken Chalupa trades a traditional chalupa shell for one made entirely of white meat fried chicken. Inside, you’ll find lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and shreds of your dignity drizzled in a zesty avocado ranch sauce.

“Fried chicken is growing at a tremendous clip,” says Taco Bell President Brian Niccol. “It’s a real void on our menu, and it’s something that our customers ask us for.”

Those same customers are likely fans of Burger King’s chicken fries, Shake Shack’s Chick’n Shack, and McDonald’s Chicken ...

11 Jan 19:54

Woman Who Allegedly Planned Rape Attack On Ex's Wife Was Framed, Say Officials

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09 Jan 16:06

099 Bill Hanstock & Kristen Ray - Twenty Years Ago Today

It’s the twentieth wedding anniversary for Jim and Cindy Walsh, so we welcomed back one of our favorite married couples, Kristen Ray and Bill Hanstock. Together, we reflect on Beverly Hills, 90210, how to get rid of an unlicensed firearm in California, and puzzles.

You can listen to Bill on the Weirdos From Another Planet! podcast, and Kristen on The Logline Podcast. Read Bill’s writing about sports on UPROXX, and see him talk about pro wrestling on AfterBuzz TV. Bill’s previous appearance on The Blaze podcast was for the episode “Fire and Ice,” and Kristen’s was for “One on One.”

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07 Jan 08:58

Why Does This Toy Horse Have Such a Realistic, Tiny Penis?

by jay@dailydot.com (Jay Hathaway)
It's just anatomically incorrect.
06 Jan 21:20

This grandmother has accidentally been praying to a “Lord of the Rings” action figure, and we feel this so hard

by Rachel Paige

This grandmother has accidentally been praying to a “Lord of the Rings” action figure, and we feel this so hard

This grandmother has accidentally been praying to a “Lord of the Rings” action figure, and we feel this so hard

Just when you think you have your whole life together, someone comes along and informs you that your religious relic is not in fact a religious relic, but rather, a Lord of the Rings action figure. Oh yeah, been there, done that.

Gabriela Brandão recently just shared a marvelous discovery to Facebook. As she notes in her photos (which we translated via Google Translate, thanks Google Translate!), she happened to take a closer look at what figure her daughter’s great-grandmother was praying to. Great-grandma thought it was a statue of Saint Anthony. However, over looking over the figure, it is not in fact Saint Anthony.

It is an Elrond figure from Lord of the Rings.

You know, one of the Lords of Rivendell, played by Hugo Weaving in the Lord of the Rings movies, who helps form the Fellowship of the Ring, and then decides to leave Middle Earth with Frodo at the very end of the saga…all that good stuff.

Hey, it happens.

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Posted by Gabriela Brandão on Friday, December 30, 2016

At least, it’s noted, “that the prayers were equally as effective,” so go ahead and keep on praying to whatever, whoever, you want — human, saint, or half-Elf. It’s unclear if great-grandmother is STILL praying for Elrond, but hey, if it works for her, maybe we should consider buying a few more figurines for our shelf.

05 Jan 23:13

Brother Goes To Meet His Newborn Niece In A Suit For The Most Adorable Reason

by James Gould-Bourn

When Olivia Kessler from Pickering, Ohio, recently gave birth to a baby girl named Carter, the newborn’s uncle, 18-year old Grant, was obviously excited to meet his new niece. But when he turned up at the hospital in Columbus, he surprised the family by coming dressed in a suit and tie. He even wore a tie clip. Why? Because you only get one chance to make a first impression.


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Grant’s sister, 16-year-old Iris, recently tweeted a picture of her dapper brother waiting for the imminent new arrival, and the picture has since gone viral with over 126k shares and more than 420k likes. “My sister is about to have a baby and my brother showed up to the hospital in a suit because “first impressions matter,”” wrote Iris in the tweet, and we totally agree with Grant. Carter might be too young to appreciate his old-school efforts, but we certainly aren’t. Best uncle ever.

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When Grant Kessler turned up at hospital to meet his newborn niece, he surprised the family by coming dressed in a suit and tie

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Why? Because you only get one chance to make a first impression

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His niece might be too young to appreciate his efforts, but we certainly aren’t, and neither is the internet

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04 Jan 08:20

This guy found a teenage Mandy Moore mosaic in the shower of his new home, and we don’t know what to make of it

by Caitlin Flynn

This guy found a teenage Mandy Moore mosaic in the shower of his new home, and we don’t know what to make of it

This guy found a teenage Mandy Moore mosaic in the shower of his new home, and we don’t know what to make of it

New York City real estate is notoriously unpredictable and, at times, nightmarish. But sometimes it’s unpredictable in the best (or at least ,the most hilarious) way possible.

Case in point: a guy bought an apartment in Queens and found something quite unexpected in the bathroom — a Mandy Moore mosaic in the shower.

When a friend of a friend discovered the, uh, unique art installation in his new home, Peter Kaplan posted photographic evidence on Twitter because, well, you really do have to see it to believe it.

The mosaic replicates a photo of teenage Mandy Moore when the pop star was a staple in pretty much every teen magazine, and you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing her tune “I Wanna Be With You.”

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After some debate over whether this mosaic was actually Mandy Moore, a person shut down the naysayers by providing Exhibit A — a photo of the bikini clad pop star that proves the previous owner indeed went through a great deal of effort to install art that is a pretty spot-on replica of the original picture.

Bless Peter Kaplan for sharing this amazing story with the world. You know, we’re starting to think 2017 isn’t off to such a bad start.