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  Last week, the ladies of Speed Rack — the nationwide competition for female bartenders that raises money for breast-cancer charities — were engaged in a brutal face-off. But instead of racing each other to see who could create the best gin fizz in under two minutes, these pro mixologists were speed-skating around a roller-derby track in Los Angeles. Speed Rack partnered with the 10-year-old L.A. Derby Dolls and Sailor Jerry rum to treat these top-notch ... Read More
If you haven't already heard, last week 17-year-old Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. You go girl! For the majority of her life, Malala has been advocating for education of girls. She has expressed that she believes that with a more educated world, it will become a better place. Malala grew up in the Taliban-occupied Swat Valley, where her father started a school for girls. The school was overtaken by ... Read More
Neil the lion is going viral, following a Retronaut post on Mashable earlier this week. Neil was the household pet of actors Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall, and Hedren's daughter Melanie Griffith, in 1971. Griffith was 19 years old in the photos. The family lived together on a ranch in California while Hedren and Marshall prepared for their 1981 film Roar.  Melanie and Neil lay in bed.  Tippi Hedren reads on Neil. Hedren is best known for her ... Read More
  For those of you who are hip to the podcast scene, the voice of Ira Glass has likely become a ubiquitous fixture on your daily commute. The host of This American Life may sweep you away with his clever segues and wistful stories of the American experience, but TAL is finite, and sometimes you’ve got to step out of the playlist. (Though not too far, just yet.) This week’s podcast is Serial, a spanking new This American Life spinoff hosted by Sarah ... Read More
The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the latest efforts by Susan G. Komen for the Cure appears to be a somewhat misguided attempt to promote the cause. A partnership between Komen and Baker Hughes, a Houston-based drilling service company, has left us questioning their current pink-washing method. The campaign, “Doing Our Bit for the Cure” involves a $100,000 donation from Baker Hughes to Komen, and 1,000 drill bits receiving the ... Read More
  What is a Fire Horse Woman, you ask? In the Chinese Zodiac, each birth year is assigned an animal and an element. In fact, 2014 is the year of the horse. When the horse and the element of fire align, it is said to create the Fire Horse, also known as hinoeuma. In East Asian culture and astrology, women born in the year of the fire horse are considered unlucky and to have poor relations with men. According to gotohoroscopes.com, “a person born as a Fire ... Read More
Think you know everything about roller derby? Some have the perception that it’s riot grrrls in fishnets, punching the shizz outta each other on skates. Well, did you know that it started in the 1930s, was rebooted in the early 2000’s, and has 1,500 leagues around the world today? Don’t worry, this isn’t a derby pop quiz, but here’s your opportunity to help learn about some famous jammers!  Margot Atwell, some might know her ... Read More
Sometimes we get some interesting snacks in the office when we least expect them. Today we got a little hungry, so we ended up trying these freaky little things; more specifically, we tried the Chili Pumpkin Seed Crunch flavor of the Wonderfully Raw Brussel Bytes (made with real brussel sprouts!). Why not!  These... clusters... describe themselves as "nutrient packed bytes of goodness." "Goodness" is not usually what I care about in a snack, but it doesn't ... Read More
Lena Dunham, star and creator of the HBO hit series Girls, is a longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood, which is why they are teaming up with the writer on her book tour. This month the two partner to both promote Dunham’s new book Not That Kind Of Girl in nine cities and to educate women and men about prevalent health issues. Audiences who attend Dunham’s readings and appearances on her tour are in for a big treat! Not only will they hear ... Read More
  You thought you got that song out of your head. But it’s back. Rock the Vote, the organization that has been trying to make voting cool since 1990, is at it again. This time, they are luring youngsters to the polls with Lil Jon, Lena Dunham, Natasha Lyonne, and more, as well as the big, loud question: turn out for what? Midterm elections are November 4th, so be sure to vote! For what? For prison reform, for global warming, for reproductive rights - ... Read More
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