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You'll Think She's Just A Dressy Blonde. But Watch Her Say 'F*ck That' In Spectacular Fashion.

Ruby Rose, the creator of this short film, wrote that only 48 hours after posting this video, she got 60,000 new Likes, 45,000 shares, and 900,000 plays on Facebook. Those numbers have gotten a lot bigger since then. Click play to see why.Slightly NSFW: Cameo appearance by a dildo.

Bottom line: Gender isn't just something we're born with — it can also be a function of expression. I love how this film blasts at rigid expectations of who can rightfully present as "masculine" or "feminine." I love even more how it helped me realize that even though gender and sexuality may be cut-and-dried to many of us, it's not for a lot of people. And for that matter, it shouldn't even have to be viewed as a choice.

Ruby Rose is joining the cast of "Orange Is the New Black" for the show's third season, which will air in June 2015 on Netflix. Given the show's progressive and often nuanced exploration of gender identity thus far, Rose seems like a perfect fit, and I could not be more excited to see what she brings to Litchfield.


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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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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 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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