Alyssa Milano Moves People to Tell Their Stories of Sexual Harassment With ‘Me Too’ Twitter Movement

Alyssa Milano Moves People to Tell Their Stories of Sexual Harassment With ‘Me Too’ Twitter Movement

On Sunday, the 44-year-old actress tweeted to her followers: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
The social media movement quickly took off, with celebrities and fans alike sharing their stories.
Hamilton star Javier Munoz also responded to Milano, writing: “I don’t know if it means anything coming from a gay man but it has happened. Multiple times.”
In addition to the “Me Too” movement, Milano penned an op-ed for Patriot Not Patriotism in response to the numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, including Milano’s Charmed co-star, Rose McGowan, who alleges that the movie mogul raped her. “This is a sick culture. “Statistics say that 1 in 3 women are sexually harassed in the workplace.
I am constantly part of this conversation even if I don’t publicly comment on specific scandals. Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace are not just about Harvey Weinstein. We must do better for women everywhere.”

Son Hides All Over Airport Dressed As Waldo To Surprise Mom He Hasn’t Seen In 3 Years

Son Hides All Over Airport Dressed As Waldo To Surprise Mom He Hasn’t Seen In 3 Years

This might be the sweetest game of Where’s Waldo? you have ever seen.
After spending the last three years in Australia, 31-year-old Ali wanted to fly home to London to surprise his mother for her birthday. But he didn’t want to just show up at his parent’s front door – he wanted to do something more memorable.
With the help of his dad and his brother Steve, Ali dressed up as Waldo from Where’s Waldo? and hid in the airport terminal while Steve picked up their parents.
In the video, Ali can be seen running all around the airport in his red and white striped outfit while his parents search for their surprise.
Finally, his Mom spots a red and white hat in a cafe and is positive she’s found Waldo – but what she doesn’t expect is to see her son Ali under the hat!
Ali jumps up and gives his mom a huge hug as she asks, in complete shock: “What are you doing here?

Man Sobs When He’s Reunited With Stolen Therapy Dog Found 8 Miles Away From Crime Scene

Man Sobs When He’s Reunited With Stolen Therapy Dog Found 8 Miles Away From Crime Scene

Andrew suffers from seizures, and Polo is able to detect them.
“It’s hurting. It’s hurting every minute. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. I hear [them] crying,” Andrew told WJW, as he begged for help on the news.
Fortunately, the right person was watching.
Mariah called the Cleveland police, who organized the bittersweet reunion.
Thank God for opening your heart to call,” Andrew said.

After Evacuating His Own Home, Guy Fieri Cooks Up Thousands of Meals For Wildfire Victims

After Evacuating His Own Home, Guy Fieri Cooks Up Thousands of Meals For Wildfire Victims

Just days after evacuating his own home with his family, celebrity chef Guy Fieri wasted no time in giving back to his fellow California wildfire victims and first responders.
The Food Network star says that he and his wife were awoken in their Santa Rosa home by the smell of smoke on Monday morning.
“The smoke was really bad,” Fieri told KQED. “We had to evacuate at two in the morning, and we grabbed what we could, taking pictures off the wall as fast as we could.
On Thursday, Fieri set up shop outside the Veterans Memorial Building in Santa Rosa with a wood-fired oven and a barbecue smoker in tow. He and his crew then started cooking coleslaw, barbecued chicken, bean salad, and other warm meals for anyone who needed one.
The star told news sources that on their first day alone, the crew managed to serve up roughly 3,700 meals to Sonoma County residents.

I Disagree With Your Rant

I Disagree With Your Rant

Ah, life inside the bubble, where the world is divided into two distinct groups: those with agree with us, and those who don’t. But it also allowed us to limit our communications to like-minded individuals and organizations, because no matter how obscure those beliefs are, you’ll find someone on the internet to validate them. So how can we handle those with opposing views?
Ignore them. That’s what the bubble is for, so you can stay safe inside it and have your beliefs reinforced instead of challenged.
Convince yourself your opponents are mentally or psychologically impaired, like this guy.
Argue with them. It’s not going to change minds, but that’s what a lot of folks do.
Remember the Serenity Prayer.

The Influential Trailblazer Who Inspired Mindhunter’s Dr. Wendy Carr

The Influential Trailblazer Who Inspired Mindhunter’s Dr. Wendy Carr

Though Mindhunter at times seems like a fictitious and twisted nightmare, the new Netflix series is very much rooted in reality. Though it’s been widely reported that the straight-laced protagonist Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) is based on real-life FBI agent John E. Douglas, another pivotal character was inspired by a living legend and trailblazer in her field.
According to Screenrant, the character of Dr. Wendy Carr (played by Fringe star Anna Torv) is based on Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, a pioneer in the treatment of trauma and abuse victims. In the 1970s, she cofounded one of the first-ever hospital-based counseling programs for rape victims at Boston City Hospital with sociologist Lynda Lytle Holmstrom. The two created the phrase “rape trauma syndrome,” which is still used to describe the psychological trauma a victim experiences after having been raped.
As a result of her expertise, Burgess went on to work with the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit to help establish connections between serial killers and past trauma. In Mindhunter, the character molded after her pioneering studies helps Ford and his partner legitimize their research with her sociological and science-backed knowledge. In real life, it seems that Burgess did work closely with Agent Douglas and they even authored several books together, such as Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives and 1992’s Crime Classification Manual.
Burgess continues to advocate for synergy between law enforcement and nurses who specialize in trauma. She has said, “It is the particular vantage point of the nurse, who is the steady presence in clinical settings and often in the best position to notice telltale behaviors of trauma victims, that has put nursing at the vanguard of contemporary trauma treatment.”

California Woman Escapes Wildfires On Bike Carrying Her 70-Pound Pit Bull

California Woman Escapes Wildfires On Bike Carrying Her 70-Pound Pit Bull

The Santa Rosa Junior College student had just finished up studying for school across town from her house last Monday when she started driving home and saw that there was a wildfire heading straight for her house where Bentley was waiting for her.
Instead of fleeing the scene, Wallace sped home and picked up the Pittie in her car. As she tried to leave, however, traffic was moving too slowly for them to safely evacuate.
Wallace then went back to her house and picked up her bike and a duffel bag.
“[The fire] was coming faster than I could leave in traffic, so I went back and got my bike,” Wallace told WTVR.
Since Wallace lost everything in the fire, she has since started a GoFundMe page to help her get back on her feet. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, the campaign has already raised $18,000.
“I kept thinking I could get my life back to normal alone because asking for help isn’t easy but without the proper insurance that is seemingly difficult,” says Wallace.

Stranded Family Delighted to Be Rescued By the Hogwarts Express

Stranded Family Delighted to Be Rescued By the Hogwarts Express

This Muggle family was miserable over becoming stranded in the Scottish Highlands – until they found out who would be rescuing them.
Jon and Helen Cluett, along with their four children, had taken a little weekend vacation earlier this week when they arranged to stay at a small cottage in Lochaber.
In order to get to the cottage from their car, the family decided to avoid the 3-mile walk and take a 10-minute canoe ride up the river instead.
When they woke up, however, they found that the river had flooded, and their canoe was nowhere in sight.
Jon and Helen decided that walking back to the car with all of their luggage would be too arduous – even dangerous.
The Hogwarts Express, also known as The Jacobite, is used for giving railway tours across the Scottish Highlands. Since it happened to be passing through the area when Jon called the police, the train made a quick stop about 400 yards from the Cluett’s cabin.
“The train is getting closer, we’re running down, stuff bouncing everywhere, big smiles on the kids’ faces. It all started to be fun at that point,” Jon told the BBC.

How This “Living” Chandelier Uses Algae to Purify the Air of CO2

How This “Living” Chandelier Uses Algae to Purify the Air of CO2

The Exhale chandelier is the world’s first “living” bionic chandelier that uses algae to convert surrounding carbon dioxide emissions into clean oxygen. The microalgae, which are nourished by a special life-support system, are contained in the 70 glass “leaves” of the chandelier, which then cleanse the atmosphere of CO2 by using photosynthesis.
The fixture can also be installed indoors or outdoors, making it able to purify any public or private space.
The chandelier was designed by Julian Melchiorri, a London-based engineer who specializes in biochemical technology. Though the fixture is simply a prototype, Melchiorri has spent years perfecting the “man-made leaf” technology – and he hopes for the design to become a regular part of home design in the future.
“This biological process performed by the chandelier establishes and explores a new symbiotic relationship between object and people where life-giving resources are constantly exchanged, and where each other waste enables respective metabolic processes,” writes Melchiorri.

The Pink Lake of Torrevieja

The Pink Lake of Torrevieja

Together, they form a nature reserve called Las Salinas de Torrevieja. One lake in particular stands out, as its eye-catching bubblegum pink color overshadows its green-tinted neighbor.
But the odd sight isn’t caused by a slew of unnatural ingredients. It’s actually the work of bacteria and algae.
Halobacterium (also known as “salt bacterium”) thrive in salty places, as does a micro-algae called Dunaliella salina. These are the two magic ingredients that concoct the lake’s bizarre hue. Despite its funky color, the water is perfectly fine, though it can get a bit smelly.
Torrevieja relies on its salt lakes. People have been collecting the mineral from the waters for centuries. In the early 19th century, it officially became a hub for Spain’s salt industry.

A Dispatch From the Other Side of the Veil

A Dispatch From the Other Side of the Veil

Sensible shoes and cocktail attire, living life to the fullest in the home of the dead, the flicker of thousands of tea lights across acres of mid-October gloom. Over the two nights—Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14—of Atlas Obscura’s Into the Veil 2017, some 3,500 revelers went on a journey filled with contradictions and hints of the transcendent in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.
Here, for posterity, are a few exceptional moments from these two extraordinary evenings.
At the intersection of Pine and Central Avenues, guests in velvet and lace downed cider-sherry Jell-O shots, while the taps of a dancer’s shoes echoed into the night. Three members of the Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective played to a rapt audience, before “dirty gospel” band the Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir took up a spot in the clearing.
In a honey-gravel voice, Anderson sang about life, death, and his whisky-drinking grandmother. On the slope behind him, the audience gathered like a devout congregation.
Under a tree hung with lanterns, musician Laraaji went both fast—with his hammered dulcimer—and slow—with his voice. The effect was warming but persistent, as audience members sprawled on rugs like moon bathers.
Usually closed to the public, the catacombs were opened for the two special nights.

X-Men: The New Mutants Is Going to Be a Trilogy, and All 3 Movies Will Be Terrifying

X-Men: The New Mutants Is Going to Be a Trilogy, and All 3 Movies Will Be Terrifying

With its newest film, the X-Men franchise plans on going in a much darker direction. Like, much, much darker. Like Logan, it looks like the new installment into the X-Men universe is making a big tonal shift, and if we’re being honest, we’re totally on board. The film doesn’t premiere until next Spring, but apparently a New Mutants trilogy is already in the works.
Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy signed on as Illyana Rasputin (aka Magik, who has teleportation powers), Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton is Sam Guthrie (aka Cannonball, who can fire off powerful balls of energy), Game of Thrones alum Maisie Williams is playing Rahne Sinclair (aka Wolfsbane, who can transform into a wolf at will), The Originals actress Blu Hunt is Danielle Moonstar (aka Mirage, who creates realistic illusions), and 13 Reasons Why’s Henry Zaga will pop up as Roberto da Costa (aka Sunspot, who absorbs solar energy and converts it to physical strength).
According to Boone, the story takes place in present day and was inspired by the Demon Bear run in the comics. “These are all going to be horror movies, and they’re all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. “I will say we’re going to introduce new characters in the next movie as well.

Best Game of Thrones Jokes About Sophie Turner’s Engagement

Best Game of Thrones Jokes About Sophie Turner’s Engagement

Sansa Stark has a wedding coming up, and the internet has a lot of feelings about it.
Actor Sophie Turner announced her engagement to singer Joe Jonas on Instagram over the weekend and Game of Thrones fans could not let a perfectly good opportunity to make some Sansa Stark jokes slip by.
After all, Lady Sansa Stark of Winterfell has already been engaged twice, but neither was by choice. Who is this man she has selected to be her husband, who may end up being the next King of the North or at least Lord of Winterfell? Is the engagement merely a strategic alliance for land and soldiers? Was this engagement just another diabolical move by Littlefinger? Or was Sansa simply getting engaged because she couldn’t let Jon Snow best her with his own engagement?

Librarians Recreate Famous Kardashian Cover, And The Result Is Even Better Than The Original

Librarians Recreate Famous Kardashian Cover, And The Result Is Even Better Than The Original

Marking the first decade of their TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the family has posed for the cover of Hollywood Reporter. After seeing it, these librarians decided it would be funny to somehow channel it with a library spin. “To celebrate, our social media team decided to have a totally impromptu, definitely not planned, photo-shoot.” the staff of Invercargill City Libraries and Archives (New Zealand) wrote in their Facebook post.
“We picked that photo to spoof because it’s iconic and also we thought how funny would that look with ordinary people in it,” Bonnie Mager, the library’s digital and communications manager told BuzzFeed. “We decided the boys needed to be in the most sexualized positions, for both humor and to show how silly it would be to pose males like that,” Mager said.
Major publishing companies are covering the parody, and their readers have clearly made up their mind who wore it better. “I’d prefer to see the Librarians,” one commenter said. “The librarians win this,” concluded another.

Your Wi-Fi Network Is Vulnerable: How to Protect Against KRACK

Your Wi-Fi Network Is Vulnerable: How to Protect Against KRACK

Here’s how to protect yourself from attackers.
What Is KRACK, and Should I Be Worried?
Thankfully, your computer, phone, and tablet will notify you of updates, but you should check your router manufacturer’s web site periodically for router firmware updates—if you have an older router, it may not get updated, but many newer ones hopefully should. (If yours does not get an update, it might be a good time to upgrade that router anyway—just make sure your new one is patched for KRACK before you buy.)
Android devices, for example, don’t always get timely updates, and some may never receive one for KRACK.
Here is a running list of devices that have been patched, or will be receiving patches soon.
Thankfully, more and more sites are using HTTPS by default these days, so you shouldn’t have to do much—just make sure you see that little lock icon when you connect to any site that requires a password or credit card information.
Someone could compromise one of your devices using a KRACK attack, then install malware that attacks your network in other ways—like logging into your router using the password it came with.

Students Raise Over $13,000 To Help A Substitute Teacher Pay For His Wife’s Surgery

Students Raise Over $13,000 To Help A Substitute Teacher Pay For His Wife’s Surgery

Almost every day of the school year, Erickson is at Champlin Park High School. “He’s the kind of substitute teacher where he connects with us more on a personal level and he obviously loves what he does and that makes it more encouraging for us to learn.”
Mr. Erickson has been saving up to pay for his wife to get cataract surgery and some much needed dental work.
Mr. Erickson and his wife have been struggling with money for many years. Mr. Erickson still substitutes for teachers most days as he can not retire due to paying for his wife’s medical bills over many years. Mr. Erickson has impacted Champlin Park students for many years and it would be great if students, staff, and community members could give back to him in this way.”
The initial goal was $500.
Mr. Erickson said.

Clothes designed to ‘grow with your child’ win Dyson award

Clothes designed to ‘grow with your child’ win Dyson award

He wanted to help solve what he saw as a lack of sustainability in the clothing industry, a challenge brought home by how quickly his niece and nephew, Ronja and Viggo, outgrew clothes that he bought for them.
Our reporting uncovers solutions to society’s challenges.
From four months to 36 months, the machine-washable, synthetic fabric expands in all directions to accommodate up to seven sizes, said Yasin, whose company is called Petit Pli.
Most children grow by seven sizes in their first two years, and research suggests that parents spend an average of £2,000 on clothing before their child reaches the age of three.
As well as the expense and limited lifespan of garments, mass production places huge pressure on the environment through waste, water consumption and carbon emissions.
Yasin has already developed more than 500 prototypes and plans to use his £2,000 prize money to expand the business, with the help of investors.

Mr. Peanutbutter For Governor – Bo Don’t Know Jack Because He Voted For A Horse, Man!

Mr. Peanutbutter For Governor – Bo Don’t Know Jack Because He Voted For A Horse, Man!

With the sorry state of American politics today we need people in office who we actually like, someone who will unite America instead of making America hate again, and that somebody is fictional cartoon dog Mr. Peanutbutter. His name says it all- he’s sweet and salty but not too salty, he can be smooth when he needs to be and chunky when it’s time to get down, plus he’s a great source of protein and has a flavor everyone loves! So let’s elect someone who we can actually stomach for once and vote Mr. Peanutbutter for Governor…of the world!
Show your support for a fictional candidate who unfortunately has no chance of winning with this Mr. Peanutbutter for Governor t-shirt by Retro Freak, it’s a tasty tee that everyone will love!

Ed Sheeran Injures Arm in Bicycle Accident, Divide Tour in Jeopardy

Ed Sheeran Injures Arm in Bicycle Accident, Divide Tour in Jeopardy

“I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows,” the singer wrote on Instagram next to a photo of his arm in a cast. “Please stay tuned for further news.”
The BBC reported that Sheeran broke his right arm in the accident, with the Mirror adding that a car struck Sheeran while he rode his bicycle in London. The incident is the latest in Sheeran’s bizarre collection of injuries, which include slicing his face in a fake knighthood ceremony and melting the flesh off his foot at a hot spring.
The singer was currently on a break between legs of his Divide Tour, which was scheduled to resume October 22nd in Taipei, the first show of an Asian leg that runs through mid-November. The final 2017 dates on Sheeran’s itinerary are November 19th in Mumbai, India and November 23rd in Dubai.
Sheeran will return to the road in 2018 for a stadium tour.

Finally Some Good News: Better Weather Helps the Fight Against California Wildfires

Finally Some Good News: Better Weather Helps the Fight Against California Wildfires

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The winds that bedeviled firefighters Saturday were expected to remain mostly calm Sunday, allowing them to go back on the offense after a day of new evacuations. Humidity levels are also forecast to increase up above 20 percent, with temperatures expected to hit a high of 85 in Santa Rosa.
Officials said Sunday that they are making good progress on the big Tubbs and Atlas fires, which were both more than 50 percent contained.
The Atlas fire, which has burned more than 51,000 acres in mountain areas east of Santa Rosa, was 56 percent contained, fire officials said. “Most of the fire is pretty much blacked out,” Battalion Chief Chris Waters told crews Sunday morning as they prepared to head into the wilderness.
The fire is burning southeast of Santa Rosa.
Over the next few days, weather is expected to improve significantly, said Charles Bell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Winds from the southwest could bring lower temperatures and more moisture.
As many as 10,000 firefighters from throughout California and surrounding states have battled the fires around the clock.

Melania Trump And Kumail Nanjiani Had A Dreamy Romance On Saturday Night Live

Melania Trump And Kumail Nanjiani Had A Dreamy Romance On Saturday Night Live

Last night on Saturday Night Live, Kumail Nanjiani and Melania Trump had an affair. Kind of. In “Customer service,” host Nanjiani played a customer service rep for Gucci online orders, and Cecily Strong played the first lady who kept calling and calling, desperate for someone, anyone, to talk to. Melania is filled with “a longing” that she’s been trying to “satisfy with compulsive online shopping, but ultimately just needed to be heard.”
The two have more in common than meets the eye. Both foreigners are sick of Americans and their complaints, both stuck in jobs they don’t like but can’t leave because they’d lose money, and both wondering whether they are helping or hurting when it comes to bullying. We all have our burdens.
Eventually, Melania flies across the globe to meet her new friend, though it’s the last time they see each other. He’s the spider she rescued and kept in a box.
She’s a dreamer, that Mrs. Trump.

‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump demands Pence walk out of everything

‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump demands Pence walk out of everything

Alec Baldwin literally phoned it in for the latest episode of Saturday Night Live.
Among the president’s concerns? Are the basketball players still kneeling in protest of the flag protest of police violence and institutional racism? Has Starbucks again disrespected our “Lord and Savior Santa Claus” with their “Happy Holidays” coffee cups? Does the wedding align with Double Corinthians’ view of marriage, which is between “a man and a woman, then another woman, then another woman (and) maybe one more if you’ve got it in you”?
Following each disappointing brief from Pence, Trump demands that he bail. Later, the president returned his attention to the rally and broached other recent events that have offended him – namely, Eminem’s viral anti-Trump rap during the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher.

What’s Next for Ed Sheeran? Singer’s Broken Arm ‘May Affect’ Upcoming Shows

What’s Next for Ed Sheeran? Singer’s Broken Arm ‘May Affect’ Upcoming Shows

Ed Sheeran may not be performing “Shape of You” live anytime soon, at least not until he has a clearer idea of the shape of his arm. In the caption, he cited a cycling mishap as the cause of the injury. “I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident, and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice,” Sheeran wrote, “which may affect some of my upcoming shows.
Sheeran has largely performed alone on stage on both guitar and vocals, using a loop pedal to create the backing sounds for hits like “Thinking Out Loud,” “Sing” and “Shape of You” live. He has never expressed a desire to be more than a one-man band, and once said in an interview with BBC News that he would not consider using a backing band. “I don’t feel like there’s anything interesting or new about seeing a singer-songwriter with a band behind them,” he said. “I don’t feel like if I suddenly got a band, everyone would go ‘Wow!’
It’s possible the singer would make an exception for a debilitating arm injury. According to the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, forearm fractures typically take around three to six months to heal, depending on the severity of the injury.

Woman Drops Phone Onto Neighbor’s Balcony, Hatches Plan to Get It Back

Woman Drops Phone Onto Neighbor’s Balcony, Hatches Plan to Get It Back

This story reminds me of one of the funniest headlines I think I’ve ever seen from The Onion. We’re all so attached to our phones at this point that a little bit of panic sets in when you can’t find your phone, or you drop it in a toilet. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but it is what it is.
Liz Bertorelli of Toronto, the unlucky lady in this tale, certainly understands cellular separation anxiety. Seems she accidentally dropped her phone on a neighbor’s balcony below.
Fearing her neighbors might never return, Bertorelli decided to take action.
FINALLY, after what must have felt like an eternity, Liz rigged up her drone to be a rescue device, and, wouldn’t you know, it worked!

Watch Overjoyed 11-Year-Old Jump Into Woman’s Arms After Learning She’ll Be Adopted

Watch Overjoyed 11-Year-Old Jump Into Woman’s Arms After Learning She’ll Be Adopted

Then, a security camera captured the moment earlier this week when the 11-year-old girl was told that they were finally being adopted.
The 11-year-old from South Jordan, Utah was in class when the school’s office manager Jackie Alexander got the call from Tannah’s foster mom that she was to be adopted.
“She asked me if I would be sure to tell her sweet girl when she came to my desk for her daily visit,” writes Alexander.
“I felt so happy.

‘Superpope’ Francis T-shirts to Help the Poor and Needy

‘Superpope’ Francis T-shirts to Help the Poor and Needy

A work of street art that turned Pope Francis into “superpope” will now support Vatican charitable projects through the sale of t-shirts bearing the flying pontiff, artist MauPal said Friday.
The pope clutched his trademark black bag in his left hand, from which a blue-and-red striped scarf peeked out.
When it appeared in Rome in January 2014, it captured the imagination of tourists and locals alike.
Two years later, MauPal drew Francis in a school-boy spirit, playing a cheeky wall game of noughts and crosses while a Swiss Guard kept watch. “With the economic and social crisis that hit Italy and the world, I saw Francis as a symbol of hope for all,” the artist said. “I graphically summed up a widely-shared opinion of the pope as someone with a lot of power who is also humane and humble at the same time”.
The images, put up near Saint Peter’s Basilica, were quickly scrubbed off by city workers.
But the sketches remained and reappear on T-shirts. “I offered him the drawing I had painted on a simple piece of wood, a medium I thought fit his (anti-luxury) philosophy. He looked at me, he smiled at me, then he affectionately pinched my cheek,” MauPal said.

7 Facts About AIM to Make You LOL

7 Facts About AIM to Make You LOL

I’m sure you’ve all heard the news by now that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is going away forever in December 2017.
You used to have to pay for AOL, but in 1996, some employees there started kicking around the idea for a FREE, standalone messaging service. This small group worked on the project unofficially, on servers that someone had supposedly “lost,” without pitching it AOL’s executives.
The engineers who created AIM often updated the service without approval from the higher-ups.
This one is no surprise. AIM changed how people talk to each other, and we’re seeing that today more than ever. Smiley faces, LOLs, etc.
They created features in AIM that allowed it to get around network blocks, which we should all be thankful for – now online chatting at work is basically sacrosanct!
Microsoft and Yahoo both tried to create software that would allow their customers to chat with AIM users, and AOL was not happy.

The Tanzanian schoolboy who is a pioneer for handwashing

The Tanzanian schoolboy who is a pioneer for handwashing

An estimated 272m school days are missed every year around the year due to diarrhoea.
Poor sanitation means children fall ill, which can be expensive for families to treat and also means they miss out on schooling. It’s a problem around the world: according to the Global Handwashing Partnership, 272m school days are missed every year due to diarrhoea.
In the village of Peluhanda, 14-year-old Goodluck is the chairman of his school’s SWASH club: a group of 20 pupils who advocate for improved water sanitation practices in their school and elsewhere in the community.
Goodluck said: “In the morning before school I fill all the tippy taps [a handwashing device] and make sure that they have water and soap. Some of the younger children don’t know how to use the tippy taps and wash their hands, so we show them so they understand.
His stepfather, Geoffrey, said: “These sessions have spread around in the families in the community so now everyone is knowing about these issues.

Extraordinary Kids in Zero Gravity

Extraordinary Kids in Zero Gravity

In a collaboration between Les Chevaliers du Ciel (The Knights Of Heaven), the European Space Agency (ESA), and noveSpace (a company that operates a vomit comet), a group of disabled kids got to experience weightlessness, accompanied by ESA astronauts. Ten people with mobility issues were freed from the limits of gravity. It was an experience to remember.
True weightlessness is produced in the large cabin area of this aircraft during repetitive parabolic maneuvers, as in the Air Zero G flights operated by Novespace.
The children also took part in education experiments including lighting a candle, mixing liquids of different densities, playing ping-pong with bubbles of water and working a fidget spinner to demonstrate the effects of weightlessness.
Joining the children were ESA astronauts from their corresponding member states: Tim Peake (UK), Frank De Winne (Belgium), Maurizio Cheli (Italy), Thomas Reiter (Germany), Claudie Haigneré and Jean-Francois Clervoy (France) mentored the children on board and answered their questions.
Two disabled adults, former athlete and German television personality Samuel Koch, a strong advocate for disabled causes, and Philippe Carette, a very active Rêve de Gosse volunteer and pilot, also took part in the flight.

Hospice Patient Cheered by ‘Sexy’ Shout Out From Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Hospice Patient Cheered by ‘Sexy’ Shout Out From Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Johnson received an email from a woman earlier this week asking the former WWE star to say some nice things about her 76-year-old grandmother Judy Rosenberg.
Judy, who is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 17, is currently in hospice care for her stage four pancreatic cancer.
Since Rosenberg is (obviously) a huge fan of Johnson, her daughter wrote an email to the actor asking if he could call her “sexy” and blow her some air kisses.
Johnson then got on Instagram and made a video shoutout for the sweet senior.
“Stay strong Judy, you sexy tiger,” says the Moana star. “We’re all sending you and your family love and light during this time and I’m an extremely grateful man this email reached my eyes.

Truck Driver Carrying 200-Foot-Long Turbine Blade Makes Extremely Tight Turn Onto Bridge

Truck Driver Carrying 200-Foot-Long Turbine Blade Makes Extremely Tight Turn Onto Bridge

Wind farms provide Scotland with much of its power these days, and the Scottish Government would like to have 100% of Scotland’s energy to come from renewable energy technology like wind turbines.
Before these massive turbines can be built someone has to deliver the blades to the site, and some of these blades measure 200 feet long so getting them to the site is no small feat.
However, it appears the turbine blades are in good hands, and the driver from Scottish transport company McFaydens who delivers them has figured out how to make extremely tight turns with hundreds of feet of turbine in tow.
Great to see the possibilities of the SWC Super Wing Carrier. Without, it is almost impossible to do such a transport.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Opts for Opening Bit on Trump Instead of Harvey Weinstein

‘Saturday Night Live’ Opts for Opening Bit on Trump Instead of Harvey Weinstein

Alec Baldwin returned once again as Donald Trump to open Saturday Night Live, this time to take on several of the president’s critics of the week.
The show, however, opted for an opening take on Trump’s week instead.
To open the show, Baldwin walked out thanking the people of “Harass-burg” Pennsylvania during a rally where he spoke about Mike Pence leaving Sunday’s NFL game over player protests and said his tickets would be donated to two lucky fans in Puerto Rico. “They will just have to fly themselves to Indiana because at some point they will have to start doing things themselves,” said Trump.
Trump had lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can’t keep sending help “forever” and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles. The island has been reeling since Hurricane Maria struck three weeks ago, leaving death and destruction in an unparalleled humanitarian crisis.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, with whom Trump has had a running war of words, tweeted that the president’s comments were “unbecoming” to a commander-in-chief and “seem more to come from a ‘Hater in Chief.'”
Baldwin as Trump also took on Rex Tillerson.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle Mexican. I have a huge IQ.

Baldwin reprises Trump ‘SNL’ role: Eminem, Puerto Rico, Obama, Corker provide fodder

Baldwin reprises Trump ‘SNL’ role: Eminem, Puerto Rico, Obama, Corker provide fodder

Alec Baldwin reprised his role as President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, and he took the opportunity to mock the commander in chief on several fronts, using the events of the past week as fodder.
As part of the show’s cold open, Baldwin’s Trump addressed a rally in “Harrass-burg,” Pennsylvania.
In a nod to rapper Eminem’s real-life freestyle rap last week in which he slammed Trump, Baldwin’s version of the commander in chief said, “Eminem apparently did a freestyle network on the BET network the other day, and he rapped some very nasty things about me, and very soon I’m going to release a response rap on the White Entertainment Network, HGT.”
Baldwin’s Trump also poked fun at Tennessee GOP senator Bob Corker, calling him a “midget.”

Mississippi school bans ‘Mockingbird’ for uncomfortable language, making many, well, uncomfortable

Mississippi school bans ‘Mockingbird’ for uncomfortable language, making many, well, uncomfortable

After receiving complaints that some of the language in the book made some uncomfortable, the Biloxi School District pulled the book from Language Arts classes, the Clarion-Ledger reported.
Harper Lee’s tale of a racial inequality in a Southern town, was originally published in 1960. The book, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is set in the 1930s, when Lee was a child, and uses language common for the time, including a derogatory term for African-Americans. “If it is uncomfortable to read and discuss, so be it.
Rather than banning the book, he said in another tweet, schools should make reading it a requirement of graduation from high school.
Biloxi school officials said that other resources would be used to teach the themes found in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The Biloxi School District is not the first to ban this novel. “To Kill a Mockingbird” came in No.
School officials at the time said that they had not received a formal request to reconsider the use of the book.
Protocol called for library staff to review the book, after which they decided not to ban it.

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