Category Archives: Interesting

Backyard crows bring gifts to 8-year-old girl who feeds them: ‘It’s showing me how much they love me’

She often photographs the crows and other birds, and she lost her lens cap in a nearby alley a few weeks ago while photographing a bald eagle.

When she returned home, the lens cap was sitting on the edge of the birdbath.

Mann checked video from the surveillance camera she set up to record the birds and spotted a crow bringing the lens cap into the yard, walking it to the birdbath, and then rinsing it off.

“I’m sure that it was intentional,” she said. “They watch us all the time. I’m sure they knew I dropped it. I’m sure they decided they wanted to return it.”

via Backyard crows bring gifts to 8-year-old girl who feeds them: ‘It’s showing me how much they love me’.

Transgender Rights Are Threatening Women-Only Colleges’ Mission | The New Republic

Every single work of art—every single institution, every group—can’t be about every person. Inclusivity should mean that every person is allowed to have a dialogue with it, to interrogate it, comment on it, and have the space to create their own art or institution or group to stand beside it. (If you think The Vagina Monologues is terrible, write as many op-eds saying so that you want, but don’t stop its production.) It’s also true that every college can’t serve the needs of every single potential student. Women’s colleges are still allowed to exclude certain applicants based on gender because there’s still a need for their exclusionary existence. Transexclusion and transphobia are serious problems, but they are different from the problems most women in America—who are born women, raised in environments where people recognize only two genders, and are punished for the simple fact of their biology—continue to face. After all, those of us born with a vagina and uterus are the only ones who can be forced to carry a pregnancy to term by the anti-abortion laws sweeping the nation.

via Transgender Rights Are Threatening Women-Only Colleges' Mission | The New Republic.

There’s No ‘Right’ Time to Find Mr Right

"Women are now asked to live by second-wave feminist principles, until, boom, they’re informed that they need a man no less than women ever did," writes Phoebe Maltz Bovy in the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, straight men are not judged in the same way: Marry young and you’re obviously more responsible than your peers; reach your 35th birthday unmarried and that’s no problem, you’ve still got all the time in the world. While there are good reasons to urge women not to marry too young ("the stability of marriage in upper-middle-class circles likely owes something to premarital trips around the block," Bovy writes)

via There's No 'Right' Time to Find Mr Right.

On Blackbeard’s Ship: Syphilis Syringe, Rectal Pump

“Also discovered were what’s left of two devices, known as pump clysters, intended for sending fluid into one’s rectum. Researchers plan further investigation to figure out just why the crew needed them.”

This is hilarious. Items found on Blackbeard’s ship. They can’t IMAGINE why a bunch of men at sea together for months at a time would need enemas. No clue whatsoever. Nope, not at all.

via On Blackbeard’s Ship: Syphilis Syringe, Rectal Pump.