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Raccoon Goes on a Ride in Dorian Winds While Stealing Food | The Weather Channel https://weather.com/news/trending/video/raccoon-goes-on-a-ride-in-dorian-winds-while-stealing-food

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"A raccoon was spotted stealing food from a bird feeder at a house in Longs, South Carolina, while Dorian’s winds took the animal on quite a ride."

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>.>

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He thought he might lose his job. So he brought an emotional support clown to work. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/09/13/he-thought-he-might-lose-his-job-so-he-brought-an-emotional-support-clown-work/

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"Speaking to Newshub NZ on a video call, Jack confirmed his employer, advertising agency FCB, let him go this week. But having Joe the clown along for the ride definitely “lightened the mood,” he said. When his supervisors scheduled the meeting, he said he “thought it’s either a promotion or worse." “I thought it’s best to bring in a professional and so I paid $200 and hired a clown,” he added. By the time the meeting was over, Jack didn’t have a job. But he did have two balloon animals: a unicorn and a poodle."

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"FCB could not immediately be reached for comment. But the New Zealand Herald obtained a photograph showing a man with his face blurred out sitting in an office next to a clown, who is wearing, well, a clown outfit, and what appears to be an inflatable hat. The clown reportedly also mimed crying expressions as Jack went over the paperwork describing his termination. When asked by Newshub NZ how his former colleagues reacted, Jack said they “thought it spiced up the meeting.”"

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"As for Jack, he has since found a new job and starts next week, he told Newshub NZ. The Post has been unable to confirm if Joe the clown will be by his side on his first day."

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The Perfect Terror of the White Nightgown https://pictorial.jezebel.com/the-perfect-terror-of-the-white-nightgown-1837707941

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"I don’t believe in ghosts, but maybe I do, just a little. I certainly believe in the power of haunted tales, and the Lady in White is one of the most common structures for ghost stories. She exists throughout the world, from Brazil, where the Dama Branca wanders silently, unable to explain whether she was a victim of an honor killing or died at the hands of her lover, to Estonia where the ghost of a lovesick woman was supposedly immured inside the walls of Haapsalu Castle. Some tales specify that she’s wearing a sleeping dress, others say she’s in bridal garb and others just say she wears a white dress. The stories are most common in American folklore, and she’s often cast as a thin woman with long flowing hair, wearing a Victorian-style nightdress and wandering along roadsides, through cemeteries and churches, under bridges, and through the woods. She exists in contrast to the Woman in Black and the Woman in Red, two other ghostly types that flit through our history. They are always mysterious, dressed in monochrome, lacking distinguishing features— blurred non-people—reeking of sadness. Even in death, what a woman wears is important. Even after death, her outfit still matters."

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"Perhaps it makes sense that the ghost story felt particularly poignant during the Victorian era, when women had so few rights, and perhaps it makes sense that ghost tales are making a comeback in modern American literature, now that women are waking up to our continued oppression. Ghosts allow people to speak about the unspeakable, to give form to things that are too painful to look at straight on. They’re our living nightmares, sublimated into entertainment. Nightgowns feel innocent but also slightly off-putting. These are garments worn to bed, to cover you from neck to toe. Many of art history’s most famous images of women sleeping feature bodies in the nude, soft and sensual and utterly without agency. But a woman in a nightgown is something else. She’s vulnerable and covered at once, like the inscrutable sisters from The Virgin Suicides. "

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"Worn during the day with clunky wooden heels and a market bag in tow, nightgowns are just lightly hued caftans. They really do have to be worn at night in order to realize their full potential—spooky, innocent, sexy, or, if you gather enough nightgown wearing babes, culty. And maybe that’s my favorite form of the nightdress. I like Swift’s girls-in-gowns idea. I like the idea of a gathering of White Women, a coven ready to cause trouble, a group of potential Sabrinas who are unwilling to be good, but not quite ready to be bad."

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Shane Gillis, New ‘S.N.L.’ Cast Member, Used Racial Slur in Podcast https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/arts/television/shane-gillis-snl-chinese.html

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"In the episode, which was also recorded on video and uploaded to YouTube a year ago, Gillis, a stand-up comedian in New York, and his podcast partner, Matt McCusker, mimicked caricatures of Chinese accents. During their conversation, which was often vulgar, Gillis also called it a “hassle” to try to speak with a waiter in a Chinese restaurant and made other offensive remarks, including a slur referring to Chinese people."

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"Later, Gillis mocked a Chinese boy who he described as practicing his English. “We had to move tables, it was so annoying,” Gillis said. “That’s more annoying than any other minority playing music at a restaurant loud on their phone.” “An Asian trying to learn English bothers me more than someone listening to like Lil Uzi Vert while I’m trying to eat,” he continued, referring to the rapper."

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Zoo Opens New Enclosure for Endangered White Male https://thehardtimes.net/harddrive/zoo-opens-new-enclosure-for-endangered-white-male/

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"“We’re proud to be on the forefront of this critical conservation effort,” read the press release. “Over the past decade, representation of white males as the main characters in popular media has plummeted from 97% all the way down to a dangerously-low 92%. The majestic white male once proudly roamed free among our television screens, but now political climate change threatens to wipe them out entirely. Our ‘Protected Zone’ for white males will help ensure they can survive and thrive for years to come.”"

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"The new enclosure is set to open later this month and will house five white males that were rescued from the wild. “Brendan’s a sweetie,” said one zookeeper, during a press tour of the unopened exhibit. “He used to be a VP of Marketing until he was fired for sexual harassment in the workplace, the poor thing. Thankfully we were able to nurse him back to health with a steady diet of angry video essays and Jordan Peterson lectures, and he’s doing great!”"

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"The enclosure has been carefully designed to ensure the comfort of the white males living there, and will include a 60-inch television that will exclusively air the 21 Marvel movies that don’t have Brie Larson in them."

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snoooooooooooooooooooort

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can we put the current occupant of the white house in that enclosure?

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Hillary Clinton, seated at a mock Resolute Desk, reads her once-controversial emails at a Venice art exhibit https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hillary-clinton-seated-at-a-mock-resolute-desk-reads-her-once-controversial-emails-at-a-venice-art-exhibit/2019/09/12/2dd2b91a-d561-11e9-9343-40db57cf6abd_story.html

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"Hillary Clinton took to Twitter on Thursday to share a surreal photo: It showed her seated at a mock Resolute Desk reading emails that she sent from a private server that became a target of congressional Republicans and President Trump. The photo captured her visit two days earlier to an art exhibition in Venice, called “HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails.” “Found my emails at the Venice Biennale. Someone alert the House GOP,” Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, wrote in her tweet."

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"The exhibit by artist Kenneth Goldsmith purports to make public “for the first time in printed format all the e-mails which, according to WikiLeaks, were sent from the domain clintonemail.com between 2009 and 2013” while Clinton was secretary of state. “The pile of papers is rather unimpressive, rebutting Trump’s efforts to make them monumental,” according to promotional materials for the exhibit. “In this way, Goldsmith creates the greatest poem of the 21st century, an anti-monument to the folly of Trump’s heinous smear campaign against Clinton.”"

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"In an interview with Italian news outlet TGR Veneto outside the exhibit, Clinton called the controversy over her email “one of the strangest, most absurd events in American political history.” “The exhibition is further proof that nothing wrong or controversial can be found on these emails,” she said. “It makes them accessible to everyone and allows everyone to read them. . . . They are just a bunch of boring emails.”"

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https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/1172133647178186752

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it would be funny if i didn't want her to be president so damn badly

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"Marvel" Homecoming Assembly Dance https://youtu.be/Kk9NkwFmDN4

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somebody had a GREAT time putting together those music cuts

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sneasel propaganda machine on Twitter “thinkin about that yelp review for an arbys in texas where someone gave the place one star because someone brought their possum in for a snacc” https://mobile.twitter.com/werewolfmoms/status/1167629097687760896

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Oh, Texas.

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never feed him after midnight!

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Perspective | Why Southern white women vote against feminism https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/09/10/why-southern-white-women-vote-against-feminism/

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"Southern white culture had long been a stronghold of traditional gender norms. In theory, the ideal Southern white woman was placed on a pedestal: financially supported, removed from the hardships of public life and protected from dangerous black men she was taught to fear. For poor and working-class white women, the pedestal and its protections were more aspirational than real, but the ideal was nonetheless powerful and pervasive in the South."

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"The next time a woman appeared on the Democratic ticket — this time at the top — the problem of the oversimplified notion of a gender gap was even clearer. Hillary Clinton crushed Donald Trump among nonwhite women and even won white women living outside the South. However, among white women in the states of the former Confederacy, Trump, who was endorsed early on by Phyllis Schlafly, bested Clinton by 25 points, 58 percent to 33 percent. Courting anti-feminist white women was a critical part of the GOP’s Southern strategy, one often forgotten today, and it has solidified them into an integral component of the Republican base. Their preferences help explain why feminist candidates struggle in the South, why the gender gap has been misunderstood, why the ERA failed and why the 2016 election turned out the way it did. If Democrats hope to build a winning coalition in 2020, anti-feminist white women must be considered distinct not only from women of color, but also from feminist white women both inside the South and beyond its borders."

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This explains so much.

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So You Think You Know the Banjo? https://bittersoutherner.com/history-of-the-banjo#.XXevAn97laQ

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"For those of you like me who are not formally trained musicologists, here's a super-quick summation of the first 400 years of banjo history: 1) The handmade gourd instruments that would become the modern banjo originated in West Africa. 2) Enslaved Africans carried the “banjar” and its music to North America by way of the Caribbean. 3) Traditional string music (and the banjo itself) was appropriated from slave culture and was spread into the greater American popular culture through minstrel shows and blackface performances. And 4) the banjo was popularized throughout the United States and Europe by white performers, with various regional playing styles emerging and evolving simultaneously – from the rhythmic role the banjo played in traditional New Orleans jazz to the fingerpicking sound of bluegrass that bloomed in the Appalachian mountains, among many others. In short, we owe the banjo's modern presence in America to Africans who were brought here against their will. Thus has the banjo become like okra, an undeserved gift to all parts of Southern culture, but one that came only from the people our ancestors enslaved. If any of this is news to you, welcome to the club."

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What Caused The Mass Panic At Newark Airport? Racism. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/amberjamieson/alaska-airlines-newark-chaos

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"Dozens of Port Authority police responded to Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey on Monday night around 8.30 p.m. after the female airline employee yelled for people to evacuate before setting off an emergency alarm. Initial reports said she believed two male passengers were acting suspiciously, and when she approached them they started running. But the two Chinese-born men at the center of the incident told BuzzFeed News it all began as a case of racial profiling. In their first media interview, the men said they did not know each other, did not run away, and that it was the airline employee who had been acting erratically. "It was a very shocking experience," said Han Han Xue."

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O.O

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sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-it.

 ‎· LibSkrat 2
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Holy cow. That was awful.

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I'm not saying the employee's life should be ruined but there needs to consequences for actions like these.

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This Adorable Cat's Facial Markings Kind Of Look Like A Penis https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stephaniemcneal/cat-facial-marking-looks-like-a-penis

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""Some say she has unfortunate facial markings, but we call it totally unique," the caption read."

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O.O

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I mean, what's a cat supposed to do about its genetics? See also "kitlers."

 ‎· LibSkrat 1
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I think someone is looking too hard to find that pattern. I was expecting a comment about a heart or similar.

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Yeah, I see an oddly shaped heart. I don't really see a dongle.

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Heart Work https://therumpus.net/2019/09/heart-work/

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"As a single mom of two and graduate student who struggles every month to pay $1800 rent (a steal in the Bay Area) on a rundown triplex in Lafayette, I’m always negotiating the tension between making forward progress and maintenance work. It means getting up earlier on weekends. It means my girls being handed from one neighbor to another so that I can do and keep my day job, though I do not earn quite enough to stretch the full two-week span between paychecks. It means my girls going to another neighbor’s home so that I can solo produce and anchor the International Women’s Day newscast at KPFA, a job that feeds my soul, but pays me nothing. It means that instead of letting my girls sleep in on Saturday, I talk them into going to a solidarity walk for equality."

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"On Saturday, after a cold and rainy morning, after dragging my children out for a fundraising walk, I’m at the radio station. It’s an honor and a privilege to be solely charged with producing the all-women’s newscast for International Women’s Day. My unpaid work at the radio station is work that some say I should’ve given up when I had kids because it doesn’t make financial sense. I started in 2009 right after the life of Oscar Grant, a twenty-two-year old father, was cut short by a BART police officer. I can’t stop police brutality, eliminate gender-based violence, or ensure that everyone has access to education, but I can amplify the voices of those whose lives are at the heart of these issues. One of my first field stories put me in Oscar Grant Plaza, also known as Frank Ogawa Plaza, in downtown Oakland, covering a “Justice for Oscar” protest. Oscar’s uncle spoke with Oscar’s five-year-old daughter and her mother by his side. I fixated on the little daddy-less girl and her heartbroken mother. Five years later, I sat with Oscar’s mother and grandparents in Oscar’s home. They laughed and cried as they remembered Oscar for all that he was and for all that he was striving to become. This is my heart work. The kind of work I want to model for my daughters."

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Last November D decided to go with the health benefits for his new job, so I looked up the form to remove him from mine, filled it out and sent it to HR. No response. In July when open enrollment started, I noticed he was still on my benefits, so I emailed HR again and included my previous email from November, asking them again to remove him. They said they'd take a look.

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A few days later, I emailed them again asking if there was any followup, since our open enrollment period only lasts two weeks. No response.

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Honestly. Keep up the fight, but I ‘m sorry you have to.

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Rooftop weed plantation revealed during Spain's La Vuelta cycle race coverage https://www.thelocal.es/20190904/rooftop-weed-plantation-revealed-during-spains-vuelta-cycle-race-coverage

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" The crop was revealed as a helicopter hovered over the building in Calle Lleida in the Catalan town of Igualada recording live footage of the final kilometre of the eighth stage of the race. Viewers reported the sighting to the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police force said in a statement and they then went to the property to investigate."

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"Officers found 40 individual plants on the rooftop but no arrests were made as the growers had reportedly “left the property in a hurry”."

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oopsie

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The growers planned on people getting high, just not that high.

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Notre Dame’s black leprechaun mascot responds to racist criticism https://beta.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/09/05/notre-dames-black-leprechaun-mascot-isnt-putting-up-with-racist-criticism/

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"“You know what is sad?” tweeted Dave Portnoy, the founder of the sports and culture site Barstool Sports, while watching the Fighting Irish beat Louisville on Monday. “Internet outrage culture has made me afraid to say that I think the ND mascot should always be a midget looking ginger. So I’m just not gonna say it.” Portnoy, who recently battled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), blasted his opinion into the social media ether along with a photo of Jackson in his costume and three white leprechaun mascots."

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"Jackson wasn’t having it. “Like it or not, this guy right here is still one of your Notre Dame leprechauns!” he tweeted, along with a wink and a shamrock. “How about we use this negative energy to bring us together this season? See y’all next game. #GoIrish”"

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"Notre Dame has had leprechaun mascots since 1965, when they replaced Irish terrier dogs. Three students were chosen as mascots, with Lynnette Wukie the third African American and first female chosen in the school’s history. Wukie wasn’t on the field for the season opener. The third, Conal Fagan, is the first from Northern Ireland."

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"Jackson, who said in April that he is “a walking pep rally,” met with Mike Brown, a 2001 graduate who was the first African American mascot, in 2018 and discussed taking on the role. “He encouraged me to go for it,” Jackson said (via the Indy Star). “When I finished talking with him, that vision I had of seeing myself on the field transformed from a vision to something that could be palpable.” Jackson, a Madison, Ala., native who has appeared in theatrical productions at Notre Dame, told Cheddar U in a video clip posted Tuesday that he “saw just how much being the leprechaun was ingrained with performing” and added, “The tradition that Notre Dame has transcends … race, gender [and] class.”"

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"In an interview with WNDU-TV in May, Wukie pointed out that she and Jackson “were not changing tradition. We’re not breaking tradition. We’re just showing that the tradition of Notre Dame is for anyone and everyone that wants to go after it.”"

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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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Shieshenks

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2019 Fall Prediction Map https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

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"When will the leaves start changing? When will they peak? Our Nationwide 2019 Fall Foliage Map and leaf prediction tool has answers and progressive county-level predictions."

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Oh hey, I was just looking at that a couple minutes ago.

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Maid of honor sports T-rex costume for sister's wedding: 'I regret nothing' https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/maid-of-honor-t-rex-costume-sister-wedding

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"“About a year ago, my big sister texted me asking if I would be her maid of honor,” Meador told the outlet. “She, knowing that I'm not a big fan of wearing formal dresses and that I probably wouldn't have a lot of money to buy something really nice, reassured me by letting me know that I could pick out any outfit that I choose.” “I was trying to think of something that I would be willing to wear more than once and thought to myself, "Well, she did say ‘anything,’ and if I'm spending more than $50, I want it to be a dinosaur costume, because they're fantastic and I've always wanted one,” the Texas woman dished. “I sent her a text so that she could have a laugh - surprisingly she was OK with it!”"

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As long as the principals are okay with it, whatevs.

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I’ve always wanted to see a recessional/Rexit.

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Reminds me of "T-Rex trying ..." series of comics. In this case — ... to catch a bride's bouquet.

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Wait! This comic actually exists!!

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On Fairy Tales and the Ghostliness of Early Motherhood | Cate Fricke https://catapult.co/stories/column-tales-for-willful-readers-fairy-tales-and-the-ghostliness-of-early-motherhood-cate-fricke

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"I was already a ghost when my daughter was born. The doctors put a mask over my mouth and asked me to count, not backwards, but starting from one, and I can’t remember whether I was even able to form the words, or what number I got to before I was nowhere. They pulled my baby out of me while I slept. I don’t know what her first cry sounded like."

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"It’s common knowledge that life with a newborn is exhausting, and the particulars of our situation were no exception: Edie woke every couple of hours to nurse, day and night, and I, recovering from the C-section, would pull myself up to sitting with a yoga strap I’d tied to the end of the bed and prepare myself for the intense pins-and-needles sensation that accompanied my milk letting down. I’d nod off while she ate, and my sleepy brain seemed to be in a kind of retroactive dream-state: It led me through scenes from dreams I remembered having months, years, even decades before, allowing me to revisit them as the new, transformed person I was now, hollowed out by childbirth. Edie would drift back to sleep and I’d wake, returning from a nightmare I remembered having when I was eight years old, or a dream version of my parents’ house that opened into a series of elaborate theatrical storage barns. "

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"Last year, when I wrote that the only good mothers in fairy tales are dead ones, the possibility of me becoming a mother myself was more of an abstract mental exercise than an impending reality. Having my daughter has not made me any less cognizant of the raw deal that mothers are handed in fairy tales, but it has further attuned me to how they are depicted when given a chance to exist on the page as something more than a memory or a twisted, evil version of themselves. The in-between mothers—the ones who haunt their children’s nurseries, are doomed to wander deserts with their children, or are falsely accused of infanticide with no ability to proclaim their innocence—are such a vulnerable lot. One surprisingly robust tale type is devoted to stories about women who, due to unfortunate run-ins with axe-wielding male family members, must mother their infants while missing one or both hands. They are characterized by peril and lack, depicted without literal voice, agency, or even corporeal form until whatever enchantment that has endangered them is lifted."

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"What saves these lost new mothers is different in every fairy tale. Sometimes it’s a mere physical reunion with their family or the confession of a past wrong, but often they’re brought back from danger simply by virtue of being seen and recognized. For me, coming back to life took time: Time healed my abdomen, sanded down the acute edges of my regret about the C-section and my anger about the anesthesia, and fed my daughter until she was smiling, growing strong, and exploring her little world. "

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Open Letters: An Open Letter to People Who Say “Summer’s Not Over Yet!” https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/an-open-letter-to-people-who-say-summers-not-over-yet

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"I understand your relentless Instagram-captioning is rooted in deep melancholy mixed with a childish inability to surrender to how seasons work. But what I need you to understand is that summer is over. The calendar might not be saying it, but I’m saying it. It’s over. I can’t have summer just going on endlessly. School is about to start. I have work to do."

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"Every year I work out relentlessly for nine months thinking this will finally be the summer I can run and catch a Frisbee without my thigh fat ricocheting back and forth like a wave pool filled with hot bacon grease. But once again, no. Just, nope. No little line-of-definition running down my outer thigh this summer that says to passers-by, “I know how healthy portions work!” You know why? Because summer is a surprisingly stressful-ass house built on ice cream and beer. Whatever willpower I possessed the majority of the year was impaled on a hastily whittled branch and roasted over a campfire by the 4th of July. And I will be damned if I’m going to self medicate with anything that doesn’t contain fat or alcohol or ideally both. Especially when it’s 95 degrees with a level of humidity that makes me feel and smell like I’m wearing a sweater made of shame and beef."

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"I am crawling toward my pile of jeans, flannel shirts, thick tights, and heavy-ass boots like a Democratic presidential candidate crawls toward an opening in the conversation. I am ready to completely encase my body in fabrics that do not wick. I want to feel the soothing sensation of slipping on a cardigan on a crisp day that is still freakin’ crisp at noon. I’m ready to tuck my seasonally public lower bum back into its off-season all-bum-enclosing wardrobe. I need this right now. I’m done. Please don’t ruin this for me. I’m begging you, please shut your physically superior and non-reality-accepting mouth."

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"Applying these swimsuits to my body — a body which is culturally irrelevant and therefore somehow simultaneously visually offensive yet completely invisible — is the equivalent of trying to wrestle myself into a full-body sports bra without the promised relief of putting on another bigger item of clothing over it"

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Babies Display ‘Werewolf Syndrome’ After Getting Anti-Baldness Drug by Mistake https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/29/world/europe/spain-werewolf-syndrome-children.html

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"At least 17 children in Spain developed a form of “werewolf syndrome” after they were given medication intended to treat heartburn that was actually used to stop hair loss. The children who took the mislabeled medicine, some of them babies, began growing hair all over their bodies, a rare condition known as hypertrichosis, Spain’s health minister said on Wednesday. The minister, María Luisa Carcedo, said that a Spanish laboratory, Farmaquimica Sur, had erroneously distributed to pharmacists minoxidil, a drug that helps fight baldness, that was labeled omeprazole, a drug that treats acid reflux."

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"The Health Ministry said that 17 children affected so far were in three regions of the country: Cantabria in the north, Andalusia in the south and Valencia in the east. The public prosecutor of Cantabria has opened an investigation, and some families there have filed criminal lawsuits against Farmaquimica Sur."

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"The Spanish dermatology association said that the unwanted hair should start to fall out about three months after the children stop taking the drug. But the mother of a 26-month-old girl told El Mundo that even though her daughter had stopped taking the medicine in May, the girl was still covered in unwanted hair. The woman, who was identified only by her first name, Amaya, said she had taken the infant to a doctor because she started growing hair on her face, which then spread to other parts of her body. The woman said her daughter had been given about seven milliliters of a syrup thought to be omeprazole."

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O.O

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From Vitali Ad Star to Taiwan's First African Crosstalker, The Story of Yvon Pierre Loufoua|Insight https://english.cw.com.tw/article/article.action?id=2530&utm_source=fb_english&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_english-social&fbclid=IwAR0MiX7NAngpgzpVcNlS-412jgBFopxz3PUZ5ixv5GeDX4yCTI-5E5yS1GA

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"If you were alive in Taiwan in the eighties, you know this man: he was the Congolese actor who starred in the popular Vitali soft drink ad. Thirty years later, he is the first African crosstalk performer in Taiwan."

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"One time, Hanlin performed at the Youth Cultural and Artistic Center (幼獅藝文中心) and brought me in to help with lighting. They paid me a thousand dollars—many times more than what I usually made. I decided to stay on as a temp. I went through the crosstalk tapes, which helped with my Chinese listening. I found learning to perform crosstalk really helped me learn Chinese, because you could feel the art of the language and gain a deeper understanding of Taiwanese society. The funny thing is, I thought it was just a phase. I didn’t think it would be my life’s work, but here I am in my fifties, still doing crosstalk. "

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Crosstalk is a type of comedy in Chinese, like Abbott and Costello routines. It is hard to even follow it in Mandarin, let alone perform it, if you're not a native speaker.

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What’s Killing California’s Sea Otters? House Cats. - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/science/california-sea-otters-cats.html

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"The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, enters the otter orally and makes its way to the brain, where it can cause swelling, weakness, seizures, disorientation and death. If the parasite doesn’t kill the otter directly, it can render it more likely to be hit by a boat or eaten by a shark. Among California sea otters, a protected species whose numbers are closely monitored, Toxoplasma infections contribute to the deaths of 8 percent of otters that are found dead, and is the primary cause of death in 3 percent. Scientists have been working to determine where the Toxoplasma comes from and how to keep it from striking sea otters. They have long viewed one potential culprit with suspicion, and a study published last week identified the offender definitively: house cats."

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"Not all sea otters that catch Toxoplasma die of it, Dr. Shapiro found. Most of the 135 otters examined by her team showed no evidence of brain damage, an indication that the parasite had not contributed to their deaths. Twelve deaths were determined to have been caused primarily by toxoplasmosis, and all of those otters succumbed to an unusual strain of the parasite, called Type X. Type X is more common among wild cats than domestic ones, which tend to become infected with Type II, a strain of Toxoplasma that isn’t as deadly to otters. But there are far more domestic cats in the United States than wild ones, leading scientists to think that most of the Toxoplasma in the ocean, including Type X, comes from house cats."

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Man Wondering if Long Hair Enough for Diversity Scholarship https://thehardtimes.net/culture/man-wondering-if-long-hair-enough-for-diversity-scholarship/

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"Local high school senior Alex Leyden submitted his application this week for University of Wisconsin-Madison’s diversity scholarship on the basis that his hair is “pretty long,” skeptical sources confirmed. “My hair’s definitely long for a guy,” noted Leyden. “Usually guys have shorter hair. Not all guys, of course, but usually. So I’d say the fact that my hair goes down past my shoulders sets me apart. I should be given the opportunity to represent my community.”"

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UWM is usually thought of as UW-Milwaukee. UW-Madison is just the UW, not to be confused with U of Washington and the U of Wyoming.

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