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Awesome Story Roundup!

12 Dec

CANADIANS ARE SO FRIENDLY- THEY HELP SHARKS IN NEED! (Huffington Post) Two Canadians saw a shark who was choking on a moose and they rushed in to save the sharks life.

You guys! So much is happening in this story it is unreal.

Frankly, I did not think Canada had a lot of sharks (I was wrong). The shark that these dashing Canucks saved was a Greenland Shark and it is basically a hideous monster that eats polar bears, looks like a terrifying statue come to life, and lives forever. If I saw this beast- I would run screaming in the other direction. Luckily, these two guys felt compelled to help their shark brother and yanked the bit of moose out of the shark’s throat. I will repeat that. They had to remove the MOOSE from the SHARK’S throat. A meeting between these two animals would normally only occur in my worst nightmares (Moose are TERRIFYING!!  They are flippin’ BIG, you guys!).

So now, thanks to these brave lads from the North, this formidable creature is alive and well and will be waiting for you in the cold dark arctic seas. THANKS, CANADA!

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WOMEN DOING AWESOME FANTASTICAL DEEDS! (The Toast) While you were living your boring life– six women were quietly having astonishing adventures that basically made Indiana Jones and Lara Croft look like Dora the Explorer.

In order to assemble the perfect team, an archeological expedition did a search for the most highly qualified scientists in the land. In order to be a part of this special bone-finding operation– you had to have a very particular set of skills which included being blindingly brilliant, having no fear, being physically and mentally invincible, and being total nerds when they casually discover bones in what is apparently one of the most lucrative finds in archaeology. Basically they needed to be the freaking Avengers of Archaeology. When it came down to it– the most badass people turned out to be ladies:

Fifty-seven qualified researchers applied for the job. Six were chosen: Lindsay Eaves, Marina Elliott, Elen Feuerriegel, Alia Gurtov, Hannah Morris and Becca Peixotto.

“It ended up that the most qualified human beings on this planet to do this very dangerous, very remarkable job were young women,” Berger said in a video profile of the “underground astronauts.” (NBC News)

Wonderful.

You can follow the Rising Star Expedition and learn about all of their findings over the course of the excavation here.

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HARVARD STUDENTS DON’T KNOW THE CAPITAL OF CANADA (AND WE ALL LAUGH AT THEM FOR NOT KNOWING THINGS)! (Canada) Students at Harvard were asked to name the capital of Canada and pretty much no one knew the answer. Haha- what a bunch of dummies. While the sample size was pretty small, it wasn’t some outsider’s attempt to humiliate Harvard kids. The video was put together by The Harvard Crimson. Well done, guys. (Ottawa is the capital of Canada… more Canadian Fun Facts here).

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Stuff That Happened This Week (May 6-13)

15 May

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IN WHICH I FIND COOL STUFF ON THE INTERNET SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

A weekly collection of kickass stuff I find on the internet.

Cool Stuff // And Also… // Articles // Videos // Trailers & TV/Movie News

**This is late (cos I’ve had a lot of shows recently) but still quality! SO ENJOY!!**

DI Cool Stuff BarGin Is The Best Because Of Reasons! ~ In my experience (experience here meaning unapologetic drinker of gin) gin gets a lot of undeserved slander. I blame Hogarth. The New York Times ran an article titled Gin Doesn’t Make You Sad. I read it thinking it might reveal some amazing scientific discovery about my favorite liquor (I don’t need science to know that gin is amazing, but for everyone criticizing my drink of choice, sometimes it’s nice to throw science in their face). The article is basically one person’s discovery that gin wasn’t making him sad… his life was. Yikes. Anyway… gin is awesome. The key to establishing something as a scientific fact is the ability to replicate an experiment and that yields consistent results. FACT: Gin is fun and delicious EVERY TIME! (That’s right– I’m drinking for SCIENCE!)    [The New York Times]

In Terms Of Awesome Space News– CANADA IS KILLING IT!! ~ So, two weeks ago, Canada announced they were redesigning their $5 bill and putting astronauts on it. Which is awesome (WHY DON’T WE HAVE SPACE MONEY, AMERICA??). Chris Hadfield, the commander of Expedition 35, returned to earth on the 15th of May, after a six month long mission in space. He will be returning with Roman Romanenko (RSA) and Thomas Marshburn (NASA/USA!). Astronauts are clearly very cool. What makes Chris Hadfield double cool? Right before he came back to earth, HE DID A COVER OF DAVID BOWIE’S “SPACE ODDITY”– IN SPACE.  [Space.com]

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– You can’t really be punk when you are attending a gala at the MET. [Jaded Punk]

– Just in case you were wondering how to ask if “you can touch someone’s butt” in elvish. [Tumblr]

– “How to Converse Properly.” A collection of quotes from old etiquette books. [Mental Floss]

  • “Avoid any air of mystery when speaking to those next to you; it is ill-bred and in excessively bad taste.”
  • “Never gesticulate in every day conversation, unless you wish to be mistaken for a fifth rate comedian.”
  • “Never ask a lady a question about anything.”

– Arya is the fastest growing name for girls. Arya (from the TV show Game of Thrones) is becoming a popular name. Given that Bella (the main character from Twilight) was the most popular name last year- it’s going to be interesting when all of these children grow up. It’s basically going to be like that weird epilogue in the Harry Potter books… except none of your children are wizards. [UPROXX]

– Your states highest paid employee is probably a coach. [Deadspin]

– “13 Creepiest Things A Child Has Ever Said To Their Parents.” Yeesh. Kids are so creepy. [Buzzfeed]

DI articles barDepression Part Two (Allie Brosh // Hyperbole & A Half)

How To Be Funny On Twitter, By Expert Funny Tweeter Megan Amram (Megan Amram // Vulture)

Jenny Johnson’s Mother’s Day Etiquette (Jenny Johnson // GQ)

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– Street Performer and kick-ass violinist, Bryson Andres performs “Secrets” and makes you wonder what you are doing with your life. Watch/listen. Tis awesome. [YouTube]

Portlandia sketch on the dangers of concept art [Hyperallergic]

DI trailers and tv news barThe World’s End  (trailer) — Simon Pegg and Nick Frost movie about a pub crawl in a city crawling with aliens.

Brooklyn Nine Nine (trailer) — New TV show on FOX starring Andy Samberg. (Also starring: Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, and Chelsea Peretti).

Arrested Development (trailer for upcoming season on Netflix)

Sleepy Hollow (trailer) — New TV show on Fox

– What got on TV (and what got cut) [Business Insider]

Stuff That Happened This Week (April 29 – May 5)

6 May

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IN WHICH I FIND COOL STUFF ON THE INTERNET SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

A weekly collection of kickass stuff I find on the internet.

Cool Stuff // And Also… // Articles // Videos // Trailers & TV/Movie News

**NOTE: There is some salty language in here.**

DI Cool Stuff Bar

The Best Thing To Come Out Of A Sorority EVAR ~ This is my favorite thing ever. The leader of some sorority sent out a profanity-laced e-mail BLASTING her fellow sorority sisters. The pure concentrated fury in this letter is amazing. In the wizarding world, they would have called this e-mail a howler. This girl got a lot of crap for writing this- but I salute her. Frankly, I think it is full of valid critiques. Like, for example: Don’t be a boner at a party. Totally legit advice. You guys, all she was doing was trying to hold the girls in her sorority to a certain standard– and “cunt-punt” anyone who fails to measure up. Her only crime is caring too much… and being surrounded by “stupid cocks”. [Gawker]

I Just Found My Hero (And She Is A Bi-sexual Swashbuckler… Because Of COURSE She Is) ~ Her name is Julie D’Aubigny and she was a master swordsman, she set a convent on fire, and basically did whatever she wanted. She makes the Three Musketeers look like Care Bears. She basically is like the real-life manifestation of Xena.  [Badass of the Week]

I Will Hear NO UNKIND WORD AGAINST BEYONCÉ ~ The title of the article was What Beyoncé Could Learn From Ke$ha. The title alone elevates my blood-pressure. Both Ke$ha and Beyoncé recently released documentaries about their lives as performers. For those of you who haven’t seen either documentary– they basically reveal what we already knew about both ladies: Beyoncé is a majestic graceful angel and Ke$ha is a bawdy pirate-person who likes to Par-TAY! So what could Beyoncé learn from Ke$ha? How to appear more human. Apparently, failure makes people seem more accessible, and Ke$ha isn’t afraid to show people that she isn’t perfect. Recently on Conan, Ke$ha revealed that she writes songs with her boobs. The last time she was on Conan, she admitted to having sex with a ghost. These are the failures that make her human. Coincidentally, NOT doing this kind of shit is what makes Beyoncé a beloved queen admired by all. This isn’t a slam on Ke$ha. I love her. She is an adorable maniac who writes fun songs. I’m just saying– Beyoncé doesn’t need to learn SHIT from Ke$ha. I don’t need Ke$ha to know that we all have problems/setbacks/failures in life. I am INTIMATELY AWARE OF THAT FACT because I am a HUMAN PERSON. I want someone out there who can deal with problems/setbacks/failures with grace and style. [The Atlantic]

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– Is this a line from The Great Gatsby or an angsty Tumblr user? (You guys, IT IS REALLY HARD TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE) [Buzzfeed]

– 50 Comedians You Should Know And Will Know [Vulture]

– Canada has space dollars!! [Laughing Squid]

– A collection of tweets from Anna Kendrick [Tumblr]

– Disapproval Matrix [Ann Friedman]

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Bow Down Bitches (response to Sarah Dean’s article Who Is Beyonce Calling A Bitch? // UTNE.com)

Meditation On Knowing And Not Knowing [excerpt] (Debbie Millman // Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays On The Intersection of Life & Design)

Amy Schumer, Funny Girl (Jason Zinoman // The New York Times)

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– Wil Wheaton Explains To A New-Born Girl Why Being A Nerd Is Awesome [Laughing Squid]

– Barack Obama and Conan O’Brien at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner [The Comics Comic]

– Curse Me Good. A super-cut of awesome slams and put-downs from the movies. [The Mary Sue]

– The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Roundtable with Cecily Strong, Anthony Jeselnik, Kristen Schaal, Rob Delaney, and Nick Kroll. [The Hollywood Reporter]

– Stephen Colbert and Alan Cumming parody “Accidental Racist” with “Oopsy-Daisy Homophobe” [Entertainment Weekly]

– The Gregory Brothers (same group that does “Auto-Tune The News”) do a new song called: The War On Drugs Is  A Failure [The New York Times]

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– Chris Hardwick is getting a show. And that is awesome. [Deadline]

– Sarah Silverman is gonna headline a HBO Comedy Special. [The Hollywood Reporter]

– Lonely Island guys are putting out a new album [YouTube]