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Netflix's new 'Sexy Beasts' dating show just might be terribly weird enough to work

Okay, Netflix. You may have actually done the impossible and intrigued me enough to want to watch a stupid dating show.

I generally loathe vapid reality shows and roll my eyes at dating series like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Call me old-fashioned, but the idea of gathering a group of conventionally attractive prospects, dating them all at once on camera, and then publicly weeding them out feels super gross to me.

So what makes Netflix's "Sexy Beasts" different? Well, just watch:


Come on. That's so dumb. But at the same time, it looks just ridiculous enough to be entertaining and just mysterious enough to be intriguing.

I mean, it looks horrible. Like, "Is this really what humanity has decided to do with all of its evolution and tech advances?" kind of horrible. And yet here I am, contemplating whether or not I'll watch.

I feel like I'm being trolled, but I'm enjoying it. Even Netflix UK & Ireland seemed to troll their own share of the preview, which would be perfectly appropriate considering the absurdity of it all.

"This is cursed and I love it," is surely the most accurate reflection of most people's reaction honest reaction to the idea.

It's not like we don't know we're being baited. We totally do and we totally are and for some reason we don't even care. It's like the pandemic took away all of the filters we'd normally use to weed out such shenanigans from our lives and left us with nothing but "OH WHY NOT."

I admit it. I'm intrigued. Not really knowing what someone looks like adds a twist to the traditional dating show, but making them look like outrageous creatures and characters takes it to a whole other level.

The amount of makeup time seems absolutely ludicrous, of course. They could have just put bags over people's heads. But where's the fun in that?

Some people have pointed out that the contestants still appear to be conventionally attractive, at least as far as body size and shape goes. So it's not *just* personality that people will be assessing on these dates. Fair point.

Again, it's so dumb. Absolutely ridiculous. And yet, I may actually watch one episode. Maybe just half of one. I can't help it.

And as I say that, I'm feeling this reaction real hard.

Here I was thinking I was above such basic manipulation, but apparently, I was wrong. I didn't even cave to The Tiger King craze—not even one episode—but one weird furry-wanna-be-meets-The-Bachelor preview and I'm a goner.

Damn it, Netflix. Thanks for yanking me straight down the tube.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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