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Why Do All The Girls Who Save The Day Only Look A Certain Way?

I think it's so great that young adult novels with leading women are being made into successful, entertaining films for teenage theatergoers. We're starting to see these movie heroines as much as movies with The Rock, Vin Diesel, or The Rock AND Vin Diesel. While I'm loving the uptick in ass-kicking of the female variety, it makes me wonder where the variety is — for instance, why does a dystopian future only involve two to three black people? Was there some worldwide racist disease? If there was, it must have been called the Hollywood Producer virus...

The point I was trying to make by sharing this (admittedly, pretty innacurate plot-wise) infographic was to highlight the most glaring similarity here:


All of these heroines are thin and all of these women are white. Do you have to be Vogue's idea of a gorgeous woman in order to save the world?

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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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This article originally appeared on 09.08.16


92-year-old Norma had a strange and heartbreaking routine.

Every night around 5:30 p.m., she stood up and told the staff at her Ohio nursing home that she needed to leave. When they asked why, she said she needed to go home to take care of her mother. Her mom, of course, had long since passed away.

Behavior like Norma's is quite common for older folks suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Walter, another man in the same assisted living facility, demanded breakfast from the staff every night around 7:30.

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