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This group of scholars has concluded that English is actually a Chinese dialect https://shanghai.ist/2019/09/05/this-group-of-scholars-have-concluded-that-english-is-actually-a-chinese-dialect/

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"Afterward, a reporter questioned the association’s founders about their claims, with Secretary-General Zhai Guiyun explaining that English can be shown to come from Mandarin because of the similarity of words: “Yellow” comes from the Chinese words for “falling leaves,” 叶落 pronounced yelou. “Shop” comes from the Chinese word 商铺 pronounced shangpu, meaning the same thing. “Heart” comes from the Chinese word 核心 pronounced hexin, meaning “core.” "

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Reminds me of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding ": https://youtu.be/VL9whwwTK6I

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My Father Lives in Me: On the Lion King, Grief, and Resemblance | Noah Cho https://catapult.co/stories/my-father-lives-in-me-on-the-lion-king-grief-and-resemblance-mourning-noah-cho

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"Rafiki shows Simba his reflection, and Simba says that it’s not his father, just his own face. “Look harder,” Rafiki says. “He lives in you.” In the dark of the theater, when I watched this scene, I could not stop crying. My father, was alive, in me—in my reflection, in my voice, in my posture. My eyes, my complexion, the shape of my nose and my mouth, and the tones of my skin—it was all there. It was all him. The weight that had been on me since he fell sick, compounded with his death, and finally collapsed under the weight of this scene. I looked like him. I was expected to be him: a surrogate father, a replacement husband, perhaps even a doctor one day just like him. I failed at all of these things. But in that theatre, I knew the crushing loss of my father from the earthly plane, but I also knew that he would be alive, always, in my face and in my heart and in the back of my head. "

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A Guide to Horse Breeds https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/a-guide-to-horse-breeds

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"Thoroughbreds are the sleek, lanky horses that you see at American racetracks. They are bred for speed, and they gallop at around forty miles per hour. This is fairly common knowledge. I mean, the Kentucky Derby is a massive sporting event that all kinds of people watch. It would be pretty weird if you made fun of me for knowing about thoroughbreds."

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"Named for their ability to outpace any other breed in races of a quarter mile or less, Quarter Horses are powerful sprinters. Their compact maneuverability makes them particularly desirable in rodeo competitions like reining and cutting. This is the horse that cowboys ride. We all agree that cowboys are cool. Would you call a cowboy a “horse girl”? Would you make soft clip-clopping sounds with your tongue behind his back? That’s right, I can hear you, assholes."

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"Clydesdale I never even did that thing where you run around pretending to be a horse at recess. I did it maybe once. I definitely never ate grass, and, if I find out who started that rumor, I will burn his house down."

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Lipizzaner cracked me right the hell up.

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I genuinely had to check to make sure someone I grew up with didn't write this (she didn't)

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The Quiet Protests of Sassy Mom Merch https://www.newyorker.com/culture/on-and-off-the-avenue/the-quiet-protests-of-sassy-mom-merch

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"“I’d love to be a Pinterest type of mom but it turns out I’m more of an Amazon Prime type of mom.” The difference between these two moms, Plouff told me, is the difference between spending a month hand-cutting confetti for your kid’s birthday party and ordering decorations overnight. “We could also just flat-out say, ‘We suck sometimes,’ ” she said. “But these little sayings are a way of addressing the situation with a sense of humor.” I told Plouff that it seemed to me that what actually sucked was the idea that kids absolutely needed confetti on their birthday and it was a mom’s job to get it. A mom who wore a “coffee, wine, and Amazon Prime” shirt appeared to be signalling her commitment to doing as good of a job of this as anyone possibly could—of saying, essentially, “I’m stressed, and this is ridiculous, but I love my sweet Ava, and I’m going to throw that ‘Frozen’ birthday party in two days, no matter what.”"

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i thought it was something about wives, not wine.

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The Underrated Haute Couture of Jacobean Needlework https://www.messynessychic.com/2019/12/03/the-underrated-haute-couture-world-of-jacobean-needlework/

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"Seventeenth century needlework was to the rich what, say, Alexander McQueen was for contemporary fashion. An injection of fairytale whimsy into every day life; needleworking unicorns on your bustle, and roses on your rear. Threading gold into your slippers, and gems into the cuff of a glove. It was a style at once over-the-top, yet down to earth in its ties to folklore and cultural patrimony. These Jacobeans didn’t just dress well. They dressed themselves into Narnia…"

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Ooh....

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ENOUGH: Give Me the Biggest Piece You Have https://therumpus.net/2019/12/enough-give-me-the-biggest-piece-you-have/

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"I thought about my mother and how, throughout my childhood, she often ate her sandwiches bookended by two heels. She’d told us—my father, my sister, and me—that she liked them. At least that’s how I remembered it for years. I remembered standing at our family’s kitchen counter, when I was just old enough to hold a knife, cutting thick, uneven slices of homemade bread for each of us. I remembered the question arising of who would settle for the heels and my mother saying, “Leave them for me. I like them.” I’d never understood, as a kid, how my mother could prefer the dry, bitter ends, but over time, I’d accepted it, and it had become household habit to leave the heels for her—toppled on the cutting board or stuck sideways in the bread bag. I was an adult before it occurred to me that she might not have wanted this. That she might never have said that she liked them, only that she didn’t mind them, and that I might have misremembered out of convenience. Or that she might have lied, might have spent years making small sacrifices, and that I, we, might’ve spent years taking them without a word."

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"By the time this possibility occurred to me, I was living, for the first time, with a man. I’d gotten in the habit of assembling sandwiches for us. Between my classes, on my lunch breaks. I’d slice bread, tomato, cheese, mushrooms, avocado, would line the options up next to one another, and would assemble the lesser of my work into an offering for myself and the best of my work into an offering for him, which he would consume without a look, without a word. He wouldn’t have noticed if I’d given him the sandwich with the chipped crust or the slice cut at an accidental incline, but in general, this man was prone to comparison. He had a habit of reminding me that other women were slenderer, fuller, more gifted, more reverent, more alluring, more modest, more assertive, more deferent. In public, he tugged the hems of my skirts down and the necklines of my blouses up, and at home he told me that what was beneath them was undesirable."

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"My mother trained me to respond out of fear instead of love until doing so became my natural response." Ouch. Yes, that's familiar, only it was both my parents. The best I could hope for from them was being ignored (= allowed to exist in peace).

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When the TVA Came to Town — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER https://bittersoutherner.com/from-the-southern-perspective/when-the-tva-came-to-town

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"Apart from scholars, few people know the TVA kept detailed records of the homes they bought and the families forced to leave them. For most of those families, selling, rebuilding, and starting over would be difficult. In the mountains of southern Appalachia in 1941, most people lived well below the poverty level. Beatrice Doyle raised her children — nine in all — in a four-room, dirt-floor homestead that measured less than 700 square feet. With no indoor plumbing or running water, the home was built around a fresh-water well in the kitchen, while an outhouse served its purpose just to the right of the front porch. With only two bedrooms and nine children, they slept four to a bed, with their mother and oldest sister Rosie occupying a dilapidated sofa in what served as the home’s living room. "

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Our Ways of Saying Grace — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER https://bittersoutherner.com/our-ways-of-saying-grace

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"I wondered, when someone talks about the “Southern table blessing” today, if they really know what that phrase means. At every Thanksgiving table in the modern South, the family demographics are changing, just as they are across our region. Include friends and co-workers, and you’re likely to have a gathering of people from different cultures and faiths (or none at all). And they have all assembled to give thanks, to express their gratitude for what life has given them. The 21st century truth of the “Southern table blessing” must, I thought, be much more complex than any simple response the phrase might conjure. Which led me to spend several months talking to religious leaders, folklorists, teachers, friends, and families all over the South. I learned the blessing of food on the Southern table — saying grace — is alive and well. But, like our world, it has changed."

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Five People with Blue Eyes | The Offing https://theoffingmag.com/enumerate/five-people-with-blue-eyes/

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"It was the late 1960s and my mom participated in the Civil Rights Movement mostly by organizing protests against police brutality. She stopped straightening her hair with lye and wore a medium-sized afro. “Black is Beautiful,” she’d remind us, repeating one of the most compelling slogans of the movement. We played with black dolls when she could find them. Our hair was thick and curly, never relaxed, even as we became teenagers. Maybe because of my mom’s efforts, I don’t remember wanting blue eyes as much as admiring them, trying to figure out why they were a feature of privilege. I’d spend hours poring over every detail about Brooke Shields: what she ate for lunch, her lip gloss color, her Calvin Klein jeans. Shield’s prominent, perfectly symmetrical eyes seemed to be her only feature, despite the voluminous number of facts about her life I memorized."

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"Through the fluke of genetics, my white, blue-eyed husband and I gave our son blue eyes. Carson, now 16, is brown-skinned with eyes the color of sparkling Caribbean waters. When he was younger, strangers would sometimes ask me if he was mine. The supermarket cashier and the dad in line at bakery wanted answers. The couple walking past our table at a café who impulsively stopped, stared and began to ask the inevitable question about whose kid he was. Is he yours? Stunned whenever this happened, I wondered if people realized how insensitive it is to ask a mother that question in front of her child. Other times, they tried to be more diplomatic by asking me where Carson got his blue eyes. Where did he get those gorgeous blue eyes? The rudest strangers asked Carson the question directly. Honey, where did you get those blue eyes? Carson would refuse to respond, averting his eyes or staring up at them, unblinking. Politely, I explained more times than I should have that my husband has blue eyes."

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Genetics are amazing, and often people are the opposite of amazing, especially when it has to do with race. I fully do not understand people that feel like the parentage of a child unconnected to them is any of their business. It's only marginally your business if you're family, but not the parent (parent in the broad "I am raising this child" sense, not just biology.)

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Blackface and Fu Manchu moustaches: does ballet have a race problem? https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/nov/20/fu-manchu-moustaches-blackface-does-ballet-have-a-race-problem

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"Do you drop problematic ballets from the repertoire, tweak them around the edges, or keep them on show for archive value? Ballets are not objects like paintings or books, so they can’t be reflected on at arm’s length. To keep them alive, they have to be re-embodied with those stereotypes acted out all over again. And the dressing up is more crudely literal than, say, the gamelan-inspired music of Debussy, which nobody is boycotting due to cultural appropriation."

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"The Nutcracker is a prime example. In 2016, O’Hare oversaw a revision of the Chinese dance into a cheery athletic variation. National dances are a fixture of the big 19th-century ballets: Spanish, Ukrainian, Arabian, Hungarian, Polish. But the European dances tend to be based on genuine folk steps, whereas the Arabian and Chinese variations were imaginative guesses and the Middle Eastern dances were invariably slinky, midriff-exposed harem delights."

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"O’Hare thought in earnest about the decision to stage La Bayadère last year. It was never intended as a piece of realism – its most famous scene is an opium dream of mesmerising ballerinas in white tutus. But still, he says, “it sits awkwardly now, the idea of what India was”. Adjustments were made to the makeup, including the soot-stained skin of some characters that could be mistaken for “blackface”. O’Hare wants to put the work in context, with programme notes and talks surrounding the main show (including one from Indian choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, whose own work made in response to La Bayadère was performed at the Royal Opera House in 2015). “You’re encouraging the audience not to take it at face value,” he says. “It’s a history lesson.” Which all sounds very reasonable, even if it doesn’t change the content of the ballet."

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Remind me never to go to anything Maillot has worked on. Ever. Nope. I do not find adulatory takes on historical racism entertaining; I find them creepy and gross and I don't wish to watch them.

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Maura Quint’s Presidential Debate Recaps: The One With All the Lady Journalists https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/the-one-with-all-the-lady-journalists

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"9:13 PM: Turning to inequality, Warren remarks that her plan for a wealth tax is not about punishing the rich, but about reminding them they didn’t create their success alone. Senator Cory Booker responds that he doesn’t agree with the wealth tax because it’s too cumbersome. Warren, confused, says, “Wait, I thought you were the nice one?” Booker pulls out an orange, crushes it wholly in his fist, let’s the juice drip down his arm, pauses for a beat, and then responds directly into the camera: “NOT ANYMORE.”"

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"9:19 PM: Andrea Mitchell, talking about working with Republicans, remarks that the GOP never stopped fighting Obama, so what would be different this time around with a Democrat in the Oval Office? South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg answers, “Look, this is the Heraclitus river analogy, which I originally learned in Norwegian and—” but he is cut off by Chasten Buttigieg running on stage to take a quick picture of Pete with his phone, exclaiming, “THIS GUY!”"

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"10:20 PM: Maddow raises the topic of the #MeToo movement and asks how a Biden Presidency would address issues like harassment and violence towards women? Biden responds, “We have to change the culture of violence and just keep punching at it and punching at it and punching at it. Stand close to that culture, smell its hair. This is just too important. When it comes to changing this culture, we won’t take no for an answer.”"

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Why China Shouldn’t Exorcise Its Ghost Stories https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1003133/why-china-shouldnt-exorcise-its-ghost-stories

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"To many, reading ghost stories may seem like nothing more than a chilling way to while away an evening. But the more of them I’ve read, the more I’ve come to appreciate their literary value. These heart-pounding accounts of otherworldly apparitions also contain important reflections on the human condition. At a time when tales of demons, specters, and the supernatural are being exorcised from China’s mainstream media, the country’s classical ghost stories should demonstrate that these ghouls still have plenty to teach us."

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"Like Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” the phantasmagoric journeys we embark upon with ghosts can inform us about our own reality. What, we readers must ask, are the apparitions we meet trying to tell us? Is “The Painted Skin” truly just about a terrifying shape-shifter? Or, underneath her morphing skin, can we hear the howls of an enraged, perhaps long-ignored woman, venting her pent-up anger on anyone in sight? Is “Xiucai Guo” a simple lark about a friendly spirit trying to help an ungrateful writer gain literary acclaim? Or is it a clever treatise on academic honesty and integrity? These poltergeists have plenty to say, if we’re willing to listen."

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"Rather than banishing these spooky spirits from the culture, we ought to be paying more attention to them. As “Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio” demonstrates, our own shadows are often far more demonic than any otherworldly creature could ever be. These tales bring us face-to-face with ghosts and ask us to look past their translucent skin to the human souls lurking within. They endure not just for their esteemed place in China’s literary tradition, but because they are a bridge back to ourselves, to our own fears, and to what we see when we look in the mirror. China’s ghost stories reveal the dark places our minds go when the lights turn out. And no one who encounters these specters — whether the hero, the villain, or the reader — can walk away unchanged."

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107-year-old mom hands candy to 84-year-old daughter, hearts melt across China https://shanghai.ist/2019/11/19/107-year-old-mom-hands-candy-to-84-year-old-daughter-hearts-melt-across-china/

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"No matter how old you get, you'll always be your parents' kid"

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"The short clip shows a 107-year-old woman — with a badass cane — from the Henan county of Minquan handing a piece of candy over to her 84-year-old daughter who gives a wide smile to the camera. The man behind the camera was a neighbor, surnamed Yang, who says that he took the mom to a wedding banquet that day where she swiped some sweets to bring home for her daughter."

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Chinese Roast Duck, but Make It Turkey https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/dining/chinese-barbecue-turkey-thanksgiving.html

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"In Cantonese barbecue shops, Asian supermarkets and Chinese restaurants across the United States, there is one day of the year when roast duck, soy-sauce chicken, char siu and crispy roast pork may be cast aside for plump turkeys. Available from chains like 99 Ranch Market and mom-and-pop shops alike, and often with sticky rice, steamed buns and hoisin-based sauces on the side, these Chinese barbecue-style turkeys provide an inroad to Thanksgiving for many Chinese-Americans. And customers of all backgrounds are embracing the American-born innovation."

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Dancers & Dogs Teamed Up With a Local Animal Shelter for the Second Annual "Muttcracker" https://www.pointemagazine.com/dancers-and-dogs-muttcracker-2641344231.html

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"Kelly Pratt and Ian Kreidich, the St. Louis–based husband-and-wife team behind the popular photography project, have collaborated with Saint Louis Ballet and Stray Rescue of St. Louis for the second year in a row for what they've termed "Muttcracker." "Since the beginning of Dancers & Dogs, people have really wanted us to incorporate dogs that are up for adoption," says Pratt. "We have a really strong relationship with Saint Louis Ballet, so we asked if they'd be comfortable wearing Nutcracker costumes to help get these dogs adopted in a new, fun and interesting way." Not only was this project the perfect way for Saint Louis Ballet to promote its Nutcracker, which runs November 29-December 23, but it was a great fit for Stray Rescue as well. As the largest no-kill organization in the greater St. Louis area, it's focused on saving pets that have been abused and neglected. "They were really excited about showing their dogs in a positive way," says Pratt."

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Texas family told to take down snowman because too early for Christmas decorations https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-family-told-take-down-snowman-because-too-early-christmas-n1082106

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"Simonis and her husband, Nick, told NBC News that she is pregnant and expecting a baby Dec. 25. They put up their Christmas decorations a little earlier than usual in case the baby arrives early and because they wanted their two sons, ages 7 and 3, to enjoy the display. “I’m pregnant. And it took us forever to put them up," she said, adding that they won't take down any of the decorations. "If anything, we’re adding more stuff.”"

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HOA: 3 words horror story.

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LOL

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His 22-Pound Cat Was Too Fat to Fly. So He Called In an Understudy. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/13/world/europe/fat-cat-aeroflot.html

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"When airline employees told Mr. Galin that his 22-pound cat, Viktor, was simply too heavy to fly in the passenger cabin on a flight to Vladivostok, in eastern Russia, he devised a plan to ensure his kitty did not wind up in the cargo hold. Mr. Galin said in a post on Facebook that he delayed his flight to the next day and used air miles to secure a business class seat for himself and Viktor. After asking friends for help, he then sourced a 15-pound feline called Fibi, describing her as an “understudy cat.” When he presented the slimmer pet at check-in, she came under the airline’s limit of eight kilograms, or about 17 pounds, for animals flying in the passenger cabin. Mr. Galin and Fibi were approved for takeoff. But unknown to Aeroflot and its staff, Mr. Galin swapped Fibi for his real pet, Viktor, before boarding the plane."

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Lotta kitty shenanigans in the news today.

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Hero snow leopard mother with four cubs pictured in Mongolia https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/hero-snow-leopard-mother-with-four-cubs-pictured-in-mongolia/

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*love*

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The closeup one is amazing!

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RT @jessicamryce: “Hey mom, roll your windows up next time #Popcornkittys #Tornado @TheEllenShow https://t.co/MUVJNSBNpFhttps://twitter.com/jessicamryce/status/1193835899366211585

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Houston shelter cat 'Quilty' goes viral after repeatedly letting his cat comrades loose https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Houston-shelter-cat-Quilty-goes-viral-after-14811265.php

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""Quilty will not be contained. And he has no shame," the shelter wrote in the light-hearted post. "Quilty loves to let cats out of the senior room. Repeatedly. Several times a day." The photos of Quilty ruminating in the lobby he was "banished" to after being caught erupted on Twitter, reaching more than 135,000 people. Despite his seemingly bad behavior, the criminal cat has caught the hearts of people across the world."

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Finnsie once managed to Houdini out of her carrier at the vet's. She was just like "ok I splore nao" and the vet techs were all WAIT JUST A MINUTE THERE

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Sean Spicer Eliminated From ‘Dancing With the Stars’ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/12/arts/television/sean-spicer-dancing-with-the-stars.html

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"Finally, on Monday, not even President Trump’s support could save Mr. Spicer, and the president deleted a tweet that had asked TV voters to stave off the inevitable: The former White House press secretary was eliminated from the reality show, ending what somehow counts as a chapter in American politics. “I’ve loved being on this show, thank you for making me part of it,” Mr. Spicer said after being eliminated. "

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"He clearly had a lot of fans, as evidenced by his remaining on the show into the final six contestants. But from the day he was announced as a contestant in August to his elimination on Monday, Mr. Spicer’s presence on the show grated on two groups of viewers: Those unforgiving of his stint as a White House spokesman, and those who like to watch good dancing."

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THERE IS A GOD

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The Instant Pot Understands The History Of Women's Labor In The Kitchen https://www.bustle.com/p/the-instant-pot-understands-the-history-of-womens-labor-in-the-kitchen-19276122

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"The real value of this machine, in my view, is not the multiplicity of cooking techniques that it offers but the fact that it enables its users to produce a home-cooked meal at all on days when that task seems insurmountable. My kitchen has seen many devices come and go. I have bought more gadgets than I care to remember that promised to make me a better cook, a faster cook, a healthier cook. I own other devices — the microwave being the most obvious — that assume I don’t want to touch or handle food at all. The Instant Pot, by contrast, seems to understand I do want to eat and serve home-cooked food, but it also tactfully relieves me of most of the stirring and switches itself to "keep warm" mode without being asked to save me from burning dinner. It is that rare thing: a labor-saving device that factors in what a cook needs and feels."

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Amazing for anything with beans

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List: Jokes That Everyone On The Mayflower Are Getting Sick Of https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/jokes-that-everyone-on-the-mayflower-are-getting-sick-of

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"IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, the crew and passengers of The Mayflower, Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, do make it known that upon this ship, it will hereby no longer be tolerated to utter the following jokes and japes. ‘Tis not intended to shame any singular individual, though a few perhaps bear more guilt in repeating these jokes than most."

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Young Texas Republicans Are Having An Identity Crisis https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nidhiprakash/texas-republicans-2020

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"Republicans in Texas are facing an identity crisis, revealed in nearly two dozen conversations with BuzzFeed News in recent weeks. With a new generation rising up in Texas, the party is struggling to decide what it should look like in the years to come — torn between embracing Trump as closely as possible and adapting to broaden the party’s appeal to young and Latinx people. Latinos in Texas are projected to overtake white Texans as the largest population group by 2022, according to the Texas state demographer, and other communities of color, too, continue to grow in the state. The significant upswing in support for O’Rourke compared to previous Democratic statewide candidates came primarily from suburban voters, particularly in the fast-growing and diversifying Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio suburbs — areas that have traditionally leaned Republican."

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"And even though Trump won a majority of Texas’s vote in 2016 and beat Hillary Clinton by nine points, Trump is unpopular in the state. A Quinnipiac poll in September showed 45% of registered voters in Texas approved of Trump with 50% disapproving. And 48% of Texas voters said they would definitely not vote for Trump in 2020, compared to just 35% who said they definitely would."

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