One of the dumbest things I saw on TV in 2014

You can't make this stuff up.

2014 brought some really bad television into the world. The reality TV genre continued its uptick (and downward spiral) of silly, mindless content featuring all women, all the time. But the worst of the bunch combined vapidity with offensive stereotypes about gender and race.

Introducing "Girlfriend Intervention."

Because "wrapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out." No, really. That's what the show says.

Every week, four sassy, animated black women become smart, advice-giving girlfraaans and give a life makeover to a grateful but clueless white woman.

"Each week, we take a BW, a Basic Woman, and turn her from a red, hot mess into a bootylicious babe!

Where do I begin?

In this show, the "basic woman" is typically a plain-Jane or stereotypically frumpy white woman who, we assume, really, really wants to be a bootylicious babe. And we know that ALL black women are bootylicious because all black women have big booties, amirite?

"As a black woman, we are taught to always look your best. Even though hell could be happening behind closed doors, honey, as long as you look fabulous, that is all that matters."

Yes. Because focusing on your physical appearance instead of your mental and emotional health and keeping a cone of silence around your real-life struggles and hardships is a really smart idea and absolutely doesn't lead to increased rates of hypertension, depression, and suicide. Right? Ooookay.

But it gets worse.

There is rapping. And the black wearing of headphones. (I don't know what that means but it actually happens here.)

Comics Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson were so inspired by the show, they decided to give it a try with some man-on-the-street-style interventions. Make sure to check out the hilarious and puzzling results.

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A plaque marking the death of a glacier comes with a haunting message to future generations.

The former Okjökull glacier in western Iceland is the first to lose its status as a glacier due to climate change. Known now as simply "Ok," the once sprawling ice sheet has melted to about seven percent of what it was a century ago and was declared no longer a glacier in 2014.

Scientists predict that in the next 200 years, if the climate crisis is not mitigated, the rest of Iceland's 400 glaciers will meet the same fate.

Next month, the land that Ok once covered will be marked with a memorial plaque. Researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason, and geologist Oddur Sigurðsson—who first declared the glacier's lost status—will unveil the plaque in a public ceremony on August 18.

The plaque's text begins, "A letter to the future," then reads:

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Most of Europe and Canada have banned cat declawing (onychectomy), as well as several U.S. cities, but New York just became the first state to do so. Now, any vet who declaws a cat in the there will face a fine of $1,000, unless the procedure is medically necessary.

"Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops," New York GovernorAndrew Cuomo saidin a statement, per USA Today.

Some people get their cat declawed to stop their furniture and flesh from being destroyed. However, declawing a cat isn't the best way to stop a cat from scratching. In fact, it's probably the worst. "If a person has an issue with a cat scratching, well, first of all, I'd advise them don't get a cat because that is the very nature of a cat. But, secondly, there are ways to change cats' behavior. Get scratching posts. There are vinyl sheathes that could be placed on the nails," Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said. Rosenthal sponsored the bill and is a cat owner, herself. "[T]here's many ways to address that behavior." None of the ways you address the problem should include taking it's claws off.

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Your dinner plate shouldn't shame you for eating off of it. But that's exactly what a set being sold at Macy's did.

The retailer has since removed the dinnerware from their concept shop, Story, after facing social media backlash for the "toxic message" they were sending.

The plates, made by Pourtions, have circles on them to indicate what a proper portion should look like, along with "helpful — and hilarious — visual cues" to keep people from "overindulging."

There are serval different styles, with one version labeling the largest portion as "mom jeans," the medium portion as "favorite jeans," and the smallest portion as "skinny jeans."

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The woman recently had sex with someone she had only just met, and it was her first time hooking up with someone she had not "developed deep connections with."

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