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20 Sep 17:29

When a kid lost his favorite stuffed animal, the community rallied to make him feel better (Feelings!)

by Teri Wilson

When a kid lost his favorite stuffed animal, the community rallied to make him feel better (Feelings!)

When a kid lost his favorite stuffed animal, the community rallied to make him feel better (Feelings!)

A three-year-old little boy from Baltimore, Maryland, recently suffered the heartbreak of losing his favorite stuffed animal. But in the process he learned a little something about the kindness of strangers. Because sometimes people are truly amazing.

Eoin Ekedahl was out with his family at the Golden West Cafe for lunch on a busy errand day, and when he left the restaurant, his best friend Baa Baa (a stuffed little lamb, natch) was accidentally left behind. Panic ensued, because Baa Baa was a crucial member of the family. Eoin’s mom, Ann Parker, told the Today Show, “Baa Baa was just his favorite animal — so if he went to the doctor’s office, Baa Baa went with him…he just kind of went everywhere, from his first haircut to every kind of milestone, Baa Baa was there.”

Because of course he was. That’s what best friends do, and clearly Baa Baa was a solid bestie. 

But when Eoin’s mom called the Golden West Cafe to check on Baa Baa’s whereabouts, the news was not good. Not good at all.

As Kimberly Dorn, the marketing director at Golden West told Today, “There was another kid who was seen playing with the sheep after Eoin and his family left. They asked if they could buy it from us, and we told them they couldn’t, as it belonged to someone else. Unfortunately, when the family left, the sheep was gone as well. I’d like to think they didn’t take it on purpose, but you never know.”

Omg, you guys. It sounds an awful lot like Baa Baa was kidnapped (lambnapped?) which just about breaks our hearts. But wait…there’s a happy ending up ahead, because apparently the folks at Golden West Cafe are stellar human beings.

First, they took to social media in an effort to locate Baa Baa.

Calling all Golden West patrons: Keep your eyes open for a stuffed lamb on the lamb!

A young customer came in for…

Posted by Golden West Cafe on Monday, August 10, 2015

Weeks went by without word from Baa Baa (or his lambnappers). So the good people at the restaurant went one step further. Dorn says, “Everyone who knew what happened really wanted to see this story have a happy ending. We found this stuffed lamb online. Even if it wasn’t exactly the same, it looked soft, plushy and happy, so we knew it was the right one to get.”

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30 Sep 16:00

A Bioluminescent Pet Glows Bright With a Shake

by Gregory Han

A Bioluminescent Pet Glows Bright With a Shake

I was recently in the southern end of Costa Rica in the Osa Peninsula where at night the shoreline glows an otherworldly blue-green light with every wave, the handiwork of microscopic bioluminescent phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. This luminescence is brief, lasting only a fraction of a second, but is very visible and repeates over and over again as the tide crashes in. A company has bottled these same microorganisms and their unusual effect into a dinosaur-shaped luminescent aquarium of sorts…

The Dino Pet by BioPop could be considered this generation’s Sea Monkeys (aka brine shrimp), each sealed clear ABS plastic micro-aquarium filled with thousands of the sea creatures than are capable of photosynthesizing sunlight to convert into a brief nighttime show when the water within is agitated. Our Dino Pet sample flashed vibrant blue light with a shake right out of the box surprisingly (though only once before requiring a sunlight recharge), the flash visible for a split second, but undeniably bright.


The microscopic creatures do best in temperate temperatures with brief moments of indirect sunlight to feed their photosynthetic hunger (sadly, the recent Los Angeles heat wave might have cooked our sample into permanent darkness) and only glow at night with a shake/movement mimicking the Circadian rhythms of the tide. Those worrying about the ethics of keeping marine plankton should note though alive, the microorganisms are cited as existing somewhere between plants and animals, without brains, nerves, or pain receptors.



Each colony lives on average between 1 to 3 months, but the community could conceivably live indefinitely if supplemented with an additional food mix once a week, care about temperature and light, and the occasional exposure to fresh air, making the Dino Pet a cool science project and aquarium in one.

09 Oct 13:00

Watch: UFC champs Ronda and Joanna decipher Aussie slang

by Zane Simon

The UFC is headed to Melbourne, so the two women's UFC champions tried their hand at figuring out what a few Australian slang terms meant.

ESPN gave Ronda Rousey the keys to the car on Wednesday, letting the UFC bantamweight champion guest host ESPN's SportsCenter, as well as giving her guest appearances on several other ESPN shows. But, Ronda wasn't the only UFC champ on the network that day, as she was joined by strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Both women will be on the card for UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. Rousey in the main event, fighting Holly Holm in defense of her bantamweight title, and Jedrzejczyk in the co-main defending her belt against Valerie Letourneau.

As such, ESPN took it upon themselves to try and accustom the two champions to some of the Australian slang words they might hear during their time down under. Ronda got the better of those terms that are most similar to American slang, like "dunny" and "brekkie," but more notably the segment gave Jedrzejczyk another chance to put her violent streak on display. I mean, who wouldn't think brekkie means, "I break you"?

UFC 193 takes place on November 15th at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Here's a look at the card as it stands:

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09 Oct 15:08

Snowflakes and the beauty of the meme

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Flashback Friday.


The image above is a photograph of a snowflake taken in the late 1800s by Wilson Bentley. Bentley, a 19-year-old farmer in Vermont, was the first person to ever photograph snowflakes. From the Guardian:

Bentley’s obsession with snow crystals began when he received a microscope for his 15th birthday. He became spellbound by their beauty, complexity and endless variety.

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind,” he said.

Bentley started trying to draw the flakes but the snow melted before he could finish. His parents eventually bought him a camera and he spent two years trying to capture images of the tiny, fleeting crystals.

He caught falling snowflakes by standing in the doorway with a wooden tray as snowstorms passed over. The tray was painted black so he could see the crystals and transfer them delicately onto a glass slide.

To study the snow crystals, Bentley rigged his bellows camera up to the microscope but found he could not reach the controls to bring them into focus. He overcame the problem through the imaginative use of wheels and cord.

Bentley took his first successful photomicrograph of a snow crystal at the age of 19 and went on to capture more than 5,000 more images.

What struck me about this story, other than the pretty pictures and neat historical trivia, was the fact that nearly every schoolchild in the Western world knows what a snowflake looks like under a microscope, even as their experience of snowflakes  is mostly of them as cold, fuzzy, frozen blobs, if they have any regular experience with snow at all.  They know because we teach them.

The idea of the meme is one way to discuss our ability to transfer elusive knowledge like this. A meme is a unit of knowledge or a type of behavior that’s passed on from generation to generation culturally. The gene is its evolutionary cousin, passing along knowledge and behavior genetically.  In the US, this particular knowledge meme is found in books or scientific discussions, but it has also become a common arts and craft project: many of us learn about snowflakes when we are shown how to make them from construction paper:

It’s quite amazing to consider how every human generation since Bentley understands the snowflake just a little bit differently than anyone before him.  Because of the advantage that human culture gives each new generation, nearly every child learns to appreciates their beauty.


See a slide show of his photographs at The Telegraph. This post originally appeared in 2010.

Lisa Wade is a professor at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. Find her on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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21 Oct 14:35

It's 2015 and Simple Plan Just Released a Song With Nelly

by Jia Tolentino on The Muse, shared by Kate Dries to Jezebel

Simple Plan, a band of French-Canadian thirtysomethings best known for a song featuring Mark Hoppus and a debut album titled around a ball joke, has released a song with 40-year-old Correll Haynes Jr. (née Nelly), entitled “I Don’t Want to Go To Bed.” What a time to forget why any of us are alive in the first place!


20 Oct 09:24

Whipped Ricotta with Honey and Ghost Pepper Salt

by joythebaker

put in my face plz

Honey Whipped Ricotta with Ghost Pepper Salt

Here’s how I came to be sitting on my living room floor, in my pajama top, wiping my hands on a ripped pair of house jeans, chew-shoving toasted brioche smothered in spicy honey cheese into my mouth: I went to spin class. 

A few years ago when I lived in Venice (CA, not Italy), I’d go to a quaint little exercise class called Soul Cycle. Actually, Soul Cycle was never quaint, and no workout in Santa Monica is to be taken lightly… those beach people are SERIOUS. But! I’d go to Soul Cycle, it was on the high end of my exercise budget but hey.. I’m a Californian and I’ll splurge to exercise my thighs into submission. The spin classes are essentially super-intense stationary cardio bike rides set to super loud, so so loud club music. Sometimes it’s Mariah Carey and everything is right in the world. 

In New Orleans, no one moves the speed of spin class, and God bless it. It just doesn’t make sense. But when I’m back in California I treat (treat?) myself to a spin, a deafening in-place spin. 

Here are some thoughts:

  • There are two places I want to hear Seal’s Kiss From A Rose. 1. Inside a burgundy Toyota Camry Solara WITH SEAL HIMSELF. 2. In spin class while everyone is setting up their bikes for impeding torture. 
  • The front row of spin class is a big deal. Imagine all of the girls from the movie Mean Girls except in their mid to late twenties, wearing expensive work out clothes, vying for teacher’s attention, in a dark noisy workout room… also they have their butts in your face. They all have good hair, too. And probably a lot of credit card debt (speculation). 
  • The spin instructors thighs will be skinnier than a normal human’s arms. Just know that going in. 
  • The music is so loud, you won’t be able to hear yourself think. That’s perfect. If you were able to think you’d realize that , EVERYTHING HURTS. Just pedal to the beat (or to the fancy pants in front of you) and try not to die.
  • Trying not to die is exactly and all you’re doing in spin class.  The instructors will throw out some encouraging mantras and quotes… essentially all they’re saying is ‘hey, try not to die’.  

So… I went to spin class.  And then I flew back to New Orleans and ate a bunch of cheese.  All is back to normal.  All is well.  

Honey Whipped Ricotta with Ghost Pepper Salt

Our ingredients are simple:  two kinds of cream cheese, the power of a stand mixer and whisk attachment, honey, spicy salt, and black pepper.  

Ricotta and cream cheese will smooth and fluff into a light and spreadable dream.  And Jacobsen Ghost Chili Pepper Sea Salt combined with honey is more perfect that I know how to say.   

Honey Whipped Ricotta with Ghost Pepper Salt

After five minutes of medium-speed whisking, the ricotta and cream cheese (and a good splash of heavy cream) will be aerated, light and smooth.  

It’s incredible the way ricotta smooths under agitation.  I wish I were as malleable.  

Honey Whipped Ricotta with Ghost Pepper Salt

While spreadable cheese is certainly appropriate any time of day, I think this sweet and spicy ricotta is a really lovely brunch addition. By Brunch I mean, you sitting alone on your living room floor with a bowl of this cheese, a few slices of toasted brioche, hard-boiled eggs, and hot coffee.  That’s really the only way I brunch, on my floor alone… I’m sure you’re just like me.  

Whipped Ricotta with Honey and Ghost Pepper Salt
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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  1. 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  2. 2 cups whole-milk ricotta
  3. 2 tablespoons heavy cream (or milk if that's what you have)
  4. ghost chili pepper sea salt + fresh cracked black pepper + honey
  5. toasted bread and hard boiled eggs for serving
  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth and pliable. Stop the mixer and add ricotta and cream. Beat on medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture is less grainy and fluffed. Remove from the mixer and place in a bowl of platter. Sprinkle generously with spicy sea salt, black pepper, and a good drizzle of honey. Serve with toasted bread and hard-boiled eggs. Enjoy!
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19 Oct 15:00


by TheKitchyKitchen



Carbonara is one of those comfort foods that just makes me happy. It’s so simple: guanciale, cream, egg, and pecorino, with lots of black pepper. Typically you’ll find it swimming between toothsome tendrils of pasta, but today I decided to mix it up. Poached eggs on cheesy grits is another comfort food favorite of mine, and the grits/polenta seemed like the perfect canvas for carbonara, especially with the poached egg on top. Make sure to enjoy it while it’s hot, and mix the poached egg straight in.

CARBONARA POLENTA // The Kitchy Kitchen

CARBONARA POLENTA // The Kitchy Kitchen


For 4

1/4 cup guanciale

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 3/4 cups milk

2 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 cup coarse ground grits

I used Bob’s Red Mill Grits. Cornmeal or polenta will also work

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup of grated pecorino romano

1/4 cup cream

4 eggs, poached


Place the guanciale in a cold pot with a tablespoon or two of olive oil and place over medium heat, the oil will help the rendering process go a little faster. Once the guanciale has rendered out about half it’s fat (about 7 to 10 minutes), drop the pasta into the water. Make sure to slowly cook down the guanciale – no browning – you want it to look translucent and crisp. Remove the guanciale to a plate, but leave the fat in the pot.

Combine 1 cup of the water, the milk, and chicken broth in the pot. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Add the polenta gradually, whisking constantly. When the mixture starts to boil rapidly, reduce the heat to medium low, a steady but not too vigorous bubble and switch to a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring often, for 15 minutes. Stir in the butter, cream, and pecorino. Season with salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper.

Pour the polenta out onto a large serving platter, or individual bowls. Drizzle the surface with olive oil and shower it with more pecorino. Serve warm with poached eggs. If the polenta ever gets gummy, just reheat and add more milk to loosen it up.

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15 Oct 19:04

How Artists Hacked Into the Homeland Set and Graffitied ‘Homeland Is Racist’

by E. Alex Jung

The second episode of Homeland found Carrie in a Syrian refugee camp, walking by Arabic graffiti. The work was the result of a collaboration of Egyptian artists Heba Amin, an associate professor at the American University in Cairo, and Caram Kapp, an Egyptian-German artist living in Berlin. Stone, the moniker of their friend who works as a publisher in Berlin, contacted them on behalf of Homeland because he was tasked with finding graffiti artists — or “Arabian street artists,” as they were originally called — to provide authenticity to the background. Instead, they chose to use the opportunity to spray-paint “Homeland is racist.”  

On the set in the outskirts of Berlin, Amin and Kapp were given loose guidelines, including the suggestion that they could spray-paint pro–Bashar al-Assad graffiti. “At that moment it was clear that they did not know the content with which they were dealing with,” Amin said to me via Skype. “We were asked not to be too political. There was a suggestion that writing Mohammed is the greatest is okay. Other than that, we were given free rein to write whatever we want.”

Amin and Kapp then set about tagging various phrases, all of which can be seen on Amin’s blog, including those with American relevance, like “#BlackLivesMatter,” to simply, “Homeland is racist.” “One of my favorites is the 'Homeland is a watermelon' one,” said Amin. “That’s a very common phrase that’s used to address something that’s a joke or a sham."

To prepare for the work, Amin binge-watched the entirety of Homeland. “I didn’t watch Homeland prior to doing this intervention,” she said. “I had specifically decided to boycott the show. But when this opportunity came up, I decided to watch the entire series so that I knew the context of what I was functioning within.” As she watched it, the show confirmed many of her suspicions. Amin said, “It’s an enormously popular show, and up until this current season it was taking place predominantly in the Middle East/Islamic world region, and depicting that region in a very particular way that reinforces this mythological stereotype that exists in a lot of the Western world.”  

Indeed, Homeland has received pointed criticism for its cultural inaccuracies and perpetuations of stereotypes — from depicting Beirut’s bustling, cosmopolitan Hamra Street as a dangerous, xenophobic space, to giving one of their terrorist characters the same name as the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Amin sees this conflation as creating a vicious cycle that eventually feeds into foreign policy.

“[Homeland] pretends to be a controversial or subversive show because they critique American policy abroad,” said Amin. “At the very same token, they’re still using these very one-dimensional stereotypes of what the Middle Eastern region is about. Throughout the show, there’s such gross inaccuracies of how the region is depicted that for us it addresses this idea that this is not just 'fiction' or a fictional story, but these images reinforce the very perceptions that people have about the region that in turn affect us in a very real way. Because it does in fact affect how governments are functioning within the region.”

In response to the subversive tagging, co-creator and showrunner Alex Gansa released the following statement: “We wish we’d caught these images before they made it to air. However, as Homeland always strives to be subversive in its own right and a stimulus for conversation, we can’t help but admire this act of artistic sabotage.”

“It’s interesting. If they’re really willing to have a discussion, that makes us happy,” Amin said when I asked her about the statement. She sees this moment as an opportunity for dialogue. “This was a way for us to claim our image back by undermining and poking fun at the inaccuracies of the show, to address the idea that this is absurd: The ways in which we are constantly represented in media and in film is impacting our daily lives.”

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Filed Under: homeland ,art ,tv ,graffiti ,subversive acts

15 Oct 15:55

If Disney Princesses

Here’s what Disney Princesses look like if we gave them tattoos on their face of themselves

or if they were in Taylor Swift’s squad

or if they got their period in the middle of a long American Literature lecture where a lot of the things said would be in the final exam

or if they started eating other Disney princesses alive

Here’s what Disney Princesses look like if they were intersectional feminists (hint: Mulan would look the same)

or if they McDonald’s Breakfast is now served all day!!!

or if they were suddenly aware of Bernie Sanders’ definition of Democratic Socialism

or right after they watched seventeen hours of Law and Order: SVU on the couch

Here’s what Disney Princesses look like if we made them read every stupid article about themselves

or if they read the Hans Christian Andersen version of their stories, yikes Ariel

or if they started to “eat the trend” by making mug cakes

or if they heard that flare jeans come back, yikes!

or if they suddenly realized the brownie they just ate had nuts in it

or if 

or ifffff

15 Oct 21:44

Jay Z Accidentally Admitted in Court That Sometimes Even He Forgets About Tidal

by Dee Lockett

After Jay Z's attempt to delay his extremely convoluted "Big Pimpin'" trial was turned down, the rap mogul took the stand Wednesday for the first time. The Hollywood Reporter reports that he testified to having zero knowledge that the song even had a sample in the first place. (It does: The hook is a snippet from a song by Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi. Thanks to the some complicated rights issues, Jay and Timbaland are now being sued by Osama Fahmy, Hamdi's nephew.) "I didn’t think there was a sample in it. Timbaland presented me with a track. I didn’t even think about there being a sample," he told Fahmy's attorney. When asked how he couldn't have known, he explained, "That’s not what I do. I make music." What else does Jay Z do, exactly? That's a question his own lawyer had him explain for the court in what resulted in just one of the day's many accidentally funny exchanges:

Jay Z: "I make music, I'm a rapper, I’ve got a clothing line, I run a label, a media label called Roc Nation, with a sports agency, music publishing and management. Restaurants and nightclubs ... I think that about covers it."

His lawyer: "I’m not so sure. You have a music streaming service [Tidal], don’t you?"

Jay Z: "Yeah, yeah. Forgot about that."

That's right, even Shawn "I'm a Business, Man" Carter forgets about Tidal sometimes, adding to the list of depressing things about the company its now 1 million users have had to shrug off since the launch. Hov apparently scored even more laughs when he humble-bragged about just a few of the artists he's Svengali'd in his heyday, including Kanye West: "Some people may have heard of him," his lawyer joked, to which Jay Z responded, "One or two. He's running for president."

Already, the long-delayed trial has begun to resemble the hilarity of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" trial. In order to show how little the sample mattered to the overall production, Timbaland attempted to construct a beat live for the courtroom. Unfortunately, his keyboard wouldn't work, so he improvised and just beatboxed instead, treating jurors to a free concert. And now you know where Empire got its next story line from.

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Filed Under: lawsuits ,tidal ,jay-z ,timbaland

12 Oct 07:01

045 Bill Hanstock - Fire and Ice


With special guest Bill Hanstock!

The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat Beverly Hills 90210 podcast is joined this week by screenwriterSB Nation writer and host of Scientific Podcast Goes Boink, Bill Hanstock! And, we all watched Lifetime’s Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story, and have lots to say!

For more information about Tonya Harding: The Musical, check the UCB Theater schedule, as it is performed monthly. Alexandra Martell’s article for Cosmopolitan is Dear Former Teen Soap Stars: Stop Bashing Your Old Show.

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What we were drinking: Cream soda with whipped cream vodka
What we were eating: Baguette with an assortment of spreads


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07 Oct 21:19

Miniature Star Wars Chocolate Desserts Now on Secret LA Pastry Menu

by Farley Elliott

One LA pastry chef is slightly obsessed.

Love Star Wars? Well now’s the perfect time to eat your feelings, as Downtown Los Angeles restaurant Faith & Flower unveils a limited-time off-menu dessert tray based on the massive movie franchise.

A mignardise plate, of course, comprises a series of small one-bite dessert options, usually involving chocolate, cookies, and other simple stuff. Not so at Faith & Flower, where pastry chef Josh Graves is taking the opportunity to meticulously handcraft everything from a dark (read: evil) chocolate Death Star bon-bon to a frozen block of chocolate ‘carbonite’ carrying the encased outline of Han Solo himself.

The coup de grace may well be the gray Millennium Falcon, which is predictably also made from chocolate, but has more detail than you ever thought possible. Thin, perfectly scaled, and astonishingly intricate, the bite-sized bit of dessert is only for the hardcore fans — or, y’know, anyone with a sweet tooth.

Rumor has it this is a limited-time only sort of thing available off menu until December, thanks no doubt to the skill and time it takes to create. But the next time you’re in the mood for an absinthe-candied lightsaber or caramel-filled Darth Vader head, at least you’ll know where to guide your X-wing.

Our chocolate Millenium Falcon: It's the bonbon that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

A photo posted by Faith & Flower (@faithandflower) on

02 Oct 13:15

Nicholas Brendon Arrested Again

by Enty


Nicholas Brendon, who is best known for playing Xander on Buffy The Vampire Slayer actor was arrested in Saratoga Springs, New York when he apparently choked his girlfriend after a fight, according to officials.

Police said they received a call from a hotel around midnight. When they got to the room they found a 33-year-old female there by herself, and she reported that she had been in a domestic incident with Nick, and he had subsequently left before the police got there. She did not have any physical injuries.

The woman told police she had gone to the hotel to give Brendon some personal belongings. When she attempted to leave, he allegedly took her car keys and smashed her cell phone in an attempt to get her to stay. Officers found Brendon a few blocks away from the hotel.

They charged him with two counts of criminal mischief and one count of obstruction of breathing, which are misdemeanors. He was also charged with robbery in the third degree, which is a felony.


02 Oct 14:30

Uh, Doc Martens Did a William 'Gin Lane' Hogarth Capsule Collection 

by Kelly Faircloth on Pictorial, shared by Erin Gloria Ryan to Jezebel

want the satchel so bad

Hot for fall: English artist William Hogarth, 1697 - 1764, famous for his moralistic engravings and paintings. You can now purchase Doc Martens with perhaps his most famous work, the series The Rake’s Progress, slathered all over ‘em. Bewildered, but not mad at it—maybe even delighted?


06 Oct 15:50

Why Margaret Atwood Is a Samantha: An Interview With Slaughterhouse 90210's Maris Kreizman

by Bobby Finger

A little more than six years ago, Maris Kreizman started a Tumblr in which she paired literary quotes with photos from television shows called Slaughterhouse 90210. Over the years, she combined Designing Women with Tolstoy, The Sopranos with Woolf, and, well, you get the picture. Unsurprisingly, the Tumblr took off, and Kreizman eventually got an offer to take it from blog to book.


07 Jul 13:14

Tiny Cavies Come Out to Play at NaturZoo Rheine

by Andrew Bleiman

4 mara

In mid-June, NaturZoo Rheine in Germany welcomed a litter of two Patagonian Cavies, also called Mara. Baby Cavies can walk almost immediately after birth, and from their very first days, the pair started exploring outside of the burrow to play, cuddle and groom. 

3 mara

6 mara

1 mara

2 mara

5 mara

7 maraPhoto credits: Eva Bruns / NaturZoo Rheine

These rodents, a Near Threatened species related to Guinea-pigs and Chinchillas, come from Patagonia. At the zoo, the Cavies live in a larger group together with Llamas in a walk-through exhibit. Because Cavies are active during the day, visitors have a unique chance to follow the development of the litter from close-up. 

Cavies mate for life, only finding a new mate if a partner dies, and breed in the company of other pairs in shared burrows or warrens. Having many pairs of eyes around the den helps to protect offspring from predators.

The young can walk almost immediately after birth, but stay close to the den for their first three weeks as they explore. They will begin grazing on plants with their parents and are weaned at about 13 weeks old. 

26 Jul 11:08

Pygmy Hippo Calf Gets in the Swim

by Andrew Bleiman

i m ded

A baby Pygmy Hippopotamus born in early June at the Melbourne Zoo is learning how to swim under the watchful eye of his mother Petre.

Pygmy hippo calf - Mark KeenanPhoto Credit:  Mark Keenan

Keepers named the calf Obi, which means “heart” in a Nigerian language. You first met Obi here on ZooBorns last month.

Obi started out swimming in the nursery pool, which is shallow, but quickly graduated to the deep end of the exhibit’s main pool.  Petre is a very attentive mother and makes sure that Obi never strays too far.

Weighing only about 11 pounds at birth, Obi has gained about a pound each day since he was born. 

Pygmy Hippos are classified as Endangered in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  Because they live in dense rain forests in western Africa, not much is known about the wild population.

See more photos of Obi below.


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24 Jul 17:36

Why is so much of the internet still inaccessible to disabled people?

by (s.e. smith)

Twenty-five years ago, George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. It was a landmark piece of civil rights legislation for the disabled community, mandating equal treatment and providing for a wide range of protections. But it contained one big loophole: the internet.

Much of the physical realm is more accommodating today than it was in 1990. There are fewer inaccessible stairs or swimming pools. More television shows are required to be captioned. The bBlind are offered alternative ways to fill out ballots. But the disabled community continues to struggle online.

Just take the experience of deaf actress Marlee Matlin, who was surprised to find in 2008 that most networks were posting their videos online without closed captioning — even when it was mandated for broadcast. She began pushing for it online, too — but it took six years for the FCC to begin cracking down and requiring networks to provide quality captioned content. Even now, violations of the rules still are only investigated after viewer complaints.

And Matlin's is perhaps only the most obvious example of the web's failing. Visually impaired and blind users, for instance, struggle with issues like untagged images and low contrast. Other users experience seizures and migraines in response to certain types of content, which often loads and plays automatically and without warning on the web, including on major websites. And those with limited fine motor skills have difficulty navigating sites with small buttons or content packed tightly together.

This is a huge problem, not just because the disabled community deserves the same accessibility as everyone else, but because they otherwise have so much to gain by the web's lack of physical barriers. Take for, instance, distance education, an especially valuable tool for disabled people who have difficulty attending classes in person. Or the power to build online networks, which makes it easier for communities to develop among people who have trouble getting out or who have limitations in their ability to communicate.

And that's what so galling about the inaccessibility of the internet: the wasted promise.

Disabled people need to be active participants on the web now more than ever. Cuts to social services, disability benefits, and other government supports have hit disabled communities especially hard, and the internet could be a powerful tool for self-advocacy.

Nor are the excuses particularly relevant. The commercial internet really didn't start to thrive until after the ADA passed, which could have created a golden opportunity for developing an accessible web from the ground up. Instead, the internet was almost immediately inaccessible, except on government websites, which are required to meet mandates spelled out in Section 508 standards.

These same standards provide a rule of thumb that could be used by any Web developer, yet they're rarely consulted — and few rely on the services of organizations that offer tools and consulting to help people build accessible websites. The Web Accessibility Initiative, for example, provides comprehensive guidelines to help people build visually appealing, functional, accessible websites at costs comparable to those of inaccessible sites.

As the internet ogles listicles of "inspirational" disabled people, members of the very community they're discussing can't participate in those conversations. It didn't have to be this way.

The internet represents one of our greatest post-ADA social failings, as a communications medium that had the potential to build accessibility into its very backbone, but didn't. As the web becomes even more of a way of life in the next 25 years, the disability community will likely have to continue to fight for basic online accommodations, a telling testimony to their status in society.

23 Jul 21:45

Qiyo, the Elephant Calf, Keeps Cool

by Andrew Bleiman


Qiyo, the Asian Elephant calf at Zoo Antwerpen's Planckendael, was recently photographed, having the time of her life. Keepers say she loves the water...and the mud!

Mom, Phyo Phyo, kept a close eye on her calf, but she seemed to approve of the antics and was willing to join the fun.



4_QIYO_MODDERBAD_1Photo Credits: Planckendael / Jonas Verhulst5_QIYO_MODDERBAD_5


29 Jul 13:23

“I have since learned never to be amazed at what men will resort...

“I have since learned never to be amazed at what men will resort to when cornered by a woman’s intelligence.”

–Iris Owens, After Claude

29 Jul 15:55

The pros and cons of Gmail’s newest app “Dmail”

by Elaina Hundley

The pros and cons of Gmail’s newest app “Dmail”

The pros and cons of Gmail’s newest app “Dmail”

Ever send an email and realize that your tone came across completely differently than you meant it to? Or complete a memo and hit send only to notice you spelled your supervisor’s name wrong (yikes!)? OR, send an e-mail with some super important information that you don’t want hanging out in the cloud? Well, Gmail has your back! The latest and greatest from Google is an app that allows you to send emails that self destruct . . . if you want them to. You thought the un-send button was some good news, but it just keeps getting better and better. Google cleverly named their new extension Dmail and we’ve broken down the sweet, sweet pros for you as well as the cons of this new techno-development. Here’s the breakdown and because I like positivity — let’s start with the pros.


The app allows you to encrypt and decrypt your own emails with the touch of a button. This button is called revoke email and once an email is revoked no one can read it anymore. Not even you! Goodbye embarrassment. Right?

You can set a timer to destroy an email. If you need to send really sensitive materials (account numbers etc.) then you can set a timer on your email so that it is destroyed in a certain amount of time.

Unlike the unsend feature, you don’t have the same time constraint with this extension. You can revoke an email long after it’s been sent — maybe you think better of your angry message over the weekend and decide on Sunday night that your boss really shouldn’t read it. Well now you can take it back super easily (as long as they didn’t already read it) and although the person will know you sent it, you’ll be saved from whatever ills could have come from them reading it. 

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30 Jul 14:24

The tiny road signs of Lithuania have stolen our hearts

by Bridey Heing

The tiny road signs of Lithuania have stolen our hearts

The tiny road signs of Lithuania have stolen our hearts

Whether you’re in a car or on foot, when you’re cruising down the street it’s hard to keep track of every little thing. But there’s a lot going on that we all need to keep an eye out for, like the wildlife that could call the places around the road home. In Lithuania, marketing and communications company Clinic 212 has created a petite project to remind the residents of Vilnius that they’re sharing the road with more than just cars.

“Tiny Road Sign” is exactly what it sounds like. Clinic 212 has put miniature street signs, complete with colored edging and silhouette shapes, to show where hedgehogs cross and cats hang out. Ducks and pigeons also get signs, to alert local drivers and pedestrians to be on the lookout.

And, naturally, the signs are totally adorable. What could be cuter than a hedgehog crossing the street? A hedgehog crossing the street while following proper traffic safety etiquette by using his own mini-crosswalk.

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30 Jul 13:01

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05 Nov 19:31

Item Of The Day: Nicolas Cage Eye Shadow

by Apocalypstick

Item Of The Day: Nicolas Cage Eye Shadow

Item Of The Day: Nicolas Cage Eye Shadow
24 Jul 17:20

Wraps Are Bullshit, Eat a Sandwich Instead

by Mark Shrayber

pete writes for jezebel now

Fuck wraps. They taste bad, and Big Carb continues to lie to good, honest people by associating wraps with “light eating.” You think eating a wrap for lunch is healthy? You are wrong, chump, and I’d love you to fight me about it.


24 Jul 17:10

Common Is What a Feminist Looks Like

by Kate Dries

Oh hello. It’s me, Common, actor, musician, probable BF of Serena Williams, and owner of an ethically made, we swear! t-shirt that reads “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like.”


18 Jul 16:15

Lightning storm ignites Echo Park fires [update @ 11:47 a.m.]

by The Eastsider

Working at the zoo today and it has been ridiculous how much lightning there's been this morning.

Palm trees burning near Lake Shore Avenue and Montana Street as rain falls | Video by Jonathan Anguiano

ECHO PARK — Lightning strikes from this morning’s powerful thunderstorms ignited at least two small fires in Echo Park, according to firefighters.

The lighting strikes near Lake Shore Avenue and Montana Street and Baxter and Lemoyne Streets set trees on fire, according to officials at L.A. Fire Station No. 20 in Echo Park (the fire at Lake Shore and Montana had been previously reported as being near Alvarado Street).  In one case, a downpour helped extinguish a burning palm tree, one firefighter said.

Electrical service was knocked out on Lake Shore Avenue following the storm and fires, according to some residents.

Numerous lightning strikes were reported across Los Angeles, including Eagle Rock and near the L.A. River, this morning as tropical storm Dolores moved across Southern California.

Massive lightning storm in #EchoPark caused this fire out our window. Is this end of days?? @LinzHicks

— Laura Zak (@la_wa) July 18, 2015

Firefighters hose down burned trees on Baxter Street  | Robert Adams

Firefighters hose down burned trees on Baxter Street | Robert Adams

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17 Jul 20:19

Local Landmarks: The Weird Occult Origins of Downtown LA's Famous Bradbury Building

by Bianca Barragan

Image via Andriana Baker

The timeless, fantastic Bradbury Building at Broadway and Third Street is a much-beloved Downtown Los Angeles landmark, most widely known for its significant appearances in movies including Blade Runner, (500) Days of Summer, and Marlowe, starring the late James Garner. But before it was a popular film set, it was the idea of a gold-mining magnate who really wanted to put his name on a building. His vision led him to turn down a prominent architect and mysteriously commission a totally untrained one instead, and that not-quite-architect, George H. Wyman, turned to ghosts and literature to pull it off. Avery Trufelman, producer of the design and architecture podcast 99 Percent Invisible, talked to Esotouric operators Kim Cooper and Richard Schave about the eerie history of what 99 PI calls "arguably the biggest architectural movie star of Los Angeles."

As the story goes, Lewis Bradbury, a gold-mining millionaire, decided he wanted to build and put his name on a building, so in 1892 he commissioned prominent architect Sumner P. Hunt, who alone and with partners would design the Southwest Museum, the Ebell Club, the Automobile Club in University Park, and loads of private homes for wealthy clients throughout the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Hunt prepared some plans for the proposed building, but when Bradbury visited the office to check them out, he wasn't taken with any of them. Here's where things get weird.

As Bradbury was leaving the office, he noticed Hunt's draftsman, a young man named George H. Wyman. Wyman had zero training or experience as an architect at this point, but Bradbury still, for reasons not really known to anyone, walked up to Wyman and offered him the chance to design a big, fancy, half-million-dollar office building.

Image via Michael Locke

Wyman was initially and justifiably "weirded out." He was totally unqualified for the job, and in taking the commission, he would essentially be stealing a client from his boss. Unsure of how to proceed, Wyman decided to consult someone wiser: his dead brother. Wyman employed a planchette, which looks exactly like the thing that everyone puts their hands on to navigate a Ouija board—the planchette has a pencil attached, and so instead of indicating letters one by one, it writes out whole words and sentences. (At the time, spiritualism was very much in fashion and, says Cooper, planchettes "would typically be consulted when someone had an issue that they wanted some guidance on." )

In Wyman's case, he and his wife sat down together, put their hands on the planchette, and asked Wyman's dead brother whether or not to take the job. The mystical device wrote out—"in a very childish, script hand," Cooper explains—the phrase "take Bradbury … you will be … ." After that, there was a word that at first appeared to be gibberish, but when read upside-down, it supposedly said "successful." Take Bradbury and you will be successful? Ok! Dead brother came through, and the job was a go.

And Wyman was successful. The Bradbury was such an invigorating project that he eventually went to school and became an actual architect. As for Wyman's first big commission, the Bradbury has a kind of timeless versatility that's led it to play a diverse set of locations—a Burmese hotel, a seedy office building, a futuristic ruin.

Image via Shabdro Photo

It's said that Wyman's inspiration for the building's design was directly inspired by a novel, Looking Backwards by Edward Bellamy, a popular science fiction novel about a utopian society that was published in 1888. A passage from that book describes this incredible building in the future (which, in those days, was 2000): "a vast hall full of light received not alone from the windows on all sides, but from the dome."
· Episode 172: On Location [99PI]
· Bradbury Building [Curbed LA]

15 Jul 21:15

Things I Assume Happened In True Detective S2

because I haven’t seen it

1) naked lady in front of a very depressed, morose man

2) is this man smoking a cigarette? Maybe not at that moment, but later

3) Colin Farrell is so puzzled about a dead body he puts his hand on his mouth to touch his stache

4) Vince Vaughn acts serious, like he did in that movie where maybe Jennifer Lopez gets into his mind, because he is a serious serial killer

5) A woman makes dinner for her husband in yellow lighting, and the yellow lighting means that it’s a grim situation to be married to a woman

6) There is definitely a sex scene, probably preceding a bar scene where somebody drinks whiskey very fast, and nobody is truly enjoying the sex, except the woman because she’s not very smart

7) serious ass shot in the shower to grim country music

8) the person you are watching this makes a joke about who the true detectives should have been, and it’s an extremely overplayed joke

9) somebody puts a gun in a drawer. For some reason this happens in every show about detectives, if it hasn’t yet just you wait

10) somebody looks at a bunch of photos and evidence on a wall at a police station, and I have to tell you, it doesn’t add up

11) but it might add up enough to talk to this lunatic who definitely didn’t commit the murders, even though he’s like, a weird pervert

12) somebody’s very invested in this dead body, so invested dare I say it’s infesting their personal life and relationships. But it’s always been this way. It’s always been this way because they are a detective, that’s all they are. The last of the true detectives.

13) somebody else says “should we keep watching this?” and then the last five minutes are exciting, just like every damn HBO show in the world, and then it ends with a song

18 Jul 17:00

“My first indication that something was off was an email from a colleague: ‘Congratulations on your

by Stassa Edwards

“My first indication that something was off was an email from a colleague: ‘Congratulations on your cool science result getting some press. Also congrats on the apparently successful gender reassignment surgery.’” An astronomer writes about the entire media assuming she was a man after her research went viral.