Following the Supreme Court’s decision on the 2013 Shelby v. Holder case–which withdrew the requirement that jurisdictions with a history of discrimination against minority voters get approval from the feds before changing voting laws–and the subsequent addition of voter identification laws in many states, it appears that even as we make new leaps toward equality we’re going backward when it comes to voting rights. But that’s nothing new. In the Oxford Companion to American Law, Grant M. Hayden explains: “The history of voting in the United States has not been characterized by smooth and inexorable progress toward universal political participation. It has instead been much messier, littered with periods of both expansion and retraction of the franchise with respect to many groups of potential voters.”
One large, non-diet soda (32 fluid ounces) at McDonalds is approximately 271 calories, or a little over a tenth of one’s recommended daily caloric intake. Add to that a large order of…
Good posture has long been associated with confidence, power and physical beauty. In the mid 20th century, most interest in posture remained on the latter. The entrants in “Miss Perfect Posture” were to stand on a pair of scales, with one foot on each, which would register her weight. If both scales showed the same weight, that meant that the woman had correct standing posture. This, along with the entrants’ beauty and X-rays (we’re wondering how radiation exposure might affect posture), was considered in choosing the Miss Perfect Posture winners.
As depressing as it is to ponder, when death comes to pass, our physical forms will still inhabit this world for a time – and at this point they become someone else’s responsibility.
What happens when you’re not around to look after yourself? A book by Bess Lovejoy recounts some wild stories surrounding some notable corpses – or pieces thereof. Ranging from humorous to disturbing, these famous historical figures may have had more adventures dead than alive.
The world is facing a growing garbage crisis. We produce too much–2.6 trillion pounds worldwide in 2012 alone–and we’re running out of space to store it. But before we give up we should take a look at what’s going right in Scandinavia. Sweden might have the answer to our garbage problem.