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Mashable’s scientific approach to the Marvel shirtless scene.
Ranking the impossible.
One of the strangest things about the human mind is that it can reason about unreasonable things. It is possible, for example, to calculate the speed at which the sleigh would have to travel for Santa Claus to deliver all those gifts on Christmas Eve. It is possible to assess the ratio of a dragon’s wings to its body to determine if it could fly. And it is possible to decide that a yeti is more likely to exist than a leprechaun, even if you think that the likelihood of either of them existing is precisely zero.
I am surrounded in my physical life by people who write and teach writing workshops and this technique for mathematically figuring out a plot is one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen as a suggestion for developing a story. Maybe it will work for you!
Boil the Frog is a generator that creates a playlist between two artists/bands (it claims fifteen songs to go from One Direction to Rob Zombie).
Women and the Labor Movement.
While the vote was granted to (some) women in 1918, it has never been clear what the turning point was. The suffragettes had mostly suspended their activities four years earlier, and many historians believe Emmeline Pankhurst’s militant tactics set the movement back. Others argue that it was during the war years that women proved themselves equals through their war work. There is another argument that the 1918 act was about giving suffrage to returning soldiers; that it was nothing to do with the suffragettes at all, but an appeasement for the working class war contribution. I’m not completely convinced by any of these arguments. What’s obvious is the suffragette movement is not the clear-cut success story it is often presented to be.
So why do we look to the suffragettes as the definition of first wave feminism? Possibly because middle classes women’s voices have always been louder than the working classes. Maybe because we have focused our telling of the story of women’s suffrage on glorified acts of civil disobedience (strikes are just not as sexy). Or perhaps because modern feminism has disconnected itself from the labour movement.
If you or anyone you know is signing up for ACA in New York state during open enrollment, please see this article about Fidelis Care.
xkcd’s Map Age Guide.
A giant wooden penis has mysteriously appeared on a mountain in Austria. The article is full of dick jokes and puns.
Study Reveals Bronze Age Women Traveled Far While Men Stayed Home.
Researchers examined the remains of 84 individuals in the Lechtal, a valley region in Austria where ancient settlements once existed. Using genetic and isotope analyses, as well as archeological evaluations, of people buried between 2500 and 1650 BC, the researchers concluded that the majority of the women buried there were not native to the region.
However, these foreign women were given the same burial treatment as the native population, implying that they were very much incorporated into the local society.
Eleven-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device.
Reminiscing about A League of Their Own.
It is a frustration of mine, though not a surprise, that A League of Their Own isn’t considered a slam-dunk top-10 all-time sports film. It is the best-earning baseball movie in history, and it holds up as well today as it did in the early ’90s. The script and characters are funny and nuanced, and the mood isn’t dampened by a forced relationship with a wet-blanket character. (Although, to be fair, and with much respect for the troops, Bob Hinson is pretty dull.)
The baseball scenes are choreographed and performed so well that they rarely take you out of the film. The frying-pan-sized leg wounds are not makeup; the actress who played the superstitious backup catcher, Alice (Renee Coleman), truly did obtain that enormous strawberry while sliding into a base. The humiliating “gracefully and grandly” charm school that the girls must attend is based on the actual baseball players of the ’40s and ’50s being sent to makeup doyenne Helena Rubinstein for etiquette and beauty instruction. Even the “batter up, hear the call” earworm that is sung throughout the movie — in the clubhouse, on the bus, in your mind for the rest of the day — is the real deal.
Self Lymph Drainage Massage. I wish I’d had this last week.
Helpful chart for what to take when: