How The United States Achieved Full Marriage Equality

Same Sex Marriage

While many have hailed the recent United States Supreme Court ruling that struck down state bans on same sex marriage as a highly consequential–and progressive–moment in our national history, the reality is that it came about after a series of conservative moves on behalf of the court.

As seen in the map above, SCOTUS–in a decidedly restrained fashion–chose to toss back the question of gay marriage to individual states until that approach was no longer viable. After all, one cannot lose rights or recognition just because they move to a different state.

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Legendary Rocker Patti Smith Offers Advice To Young

At the Louisiana Literature Festival in August 2012, legendary artist and poet Patti Smith offers advice to a younger audience about the right ways to go about living life.

Says Smith,


“What matters is to know what you want and pursue it, and know that it’s going to be hard…Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it.”

The Tour De France: Then And Now

At this very moment, around 200 cyclists from 22 teams are pedaling through the French countryside in an attempt to win one of the world’s most difficult sporting competitions. Covering an impossible 2,087 miles that are broken down into 21 different stages, the Tour de France is a beast of a race, which is why it remains the pinnacle of a cyclist’s career. Of course, the race has changed drastically over the past century. From absurd rules to unsafe conditions, we take you from the Tour’s dandy-looking past to its doped-up present…

Tour de France 1904

Though Hippolyte Aucouturier won the 1904 Tour de France, he was suspected of cheating. Source: ESPN

Tour de France 1906

A photo of the 1906 Tour de France. Source: Wikipedia

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The Evolution Of The Bicycle: From Boneshakers To Solar-Powered Wheels

Evolution Of Bicycle

Cyclists in the 2012 Tour de France — Bradley Wiggins, seen in yellow, won that year’s tour. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Cycling is a great way to commute, exercise or explore, but riding a bicycle has not always been plain sailing–or smooth riding. Cyclists of the past had to brave contraptions such as the appropriately named “Boneshaker” bicycle and could be found riding from the dizzying heights of the Penny Farthing. And even those were 70 years after the first bicycle designs.

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