5 Times That Satire Crossed Vladimir Putin

July 18, 2014
Vladimir Putin Satire Kid

Source: Her Beat

The Nikas Awards

Vladimir Putin Satire Nikas

A shot of Yuly Gusman, left, at the 2013 Nikas. Source: The Moscow News

In 2008, the Nikas, Russia’s answer to the Oscars, had jokes about Putin and Dmitry Medvedev cut from their broadcast by a TV station. Medvedev, the man who at the time had just taken over as president while Putin switched to prime minister for a term, was hand-picked by Putin, likely because he would bend easily to Putin’s will. Humorist and Nika Awards artistic director Yuly Gusman joked to the audience, “Traditionally we have a message from the Russian president. Since clearly no one knows who our president is, you can consider it coming from me.”

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18 Uplifting And Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes

July 17, 2014

While Nelson Mandela is formally known as the former President of South Africa, he is regarded all over the globe as a number of thingd: philosopher, philanthropist, politician, revolutionary and advocate. In short, he changed our world for the better. Just five short years ago on July 18th, 2009, the UN General Assembly voted in support of Nelson Mandela International Day. The holiday (which falls conveniently on the activist’s birthday) is meant to honor Mandela’s work and inspire people to change the world around them.

Nelson Mandela called for a global movement; for upcoming generations to address the world’s social injustices and make peaceful changes for the better of humankind. This year marks the first holiday since Mandela’s tragic passing in December of 2013. While Nelson Mandela Day is meant to honor the life and works of this great man, it is also meant to prompt action. Get inspired and uplifted by these 18 Nelson Mandela quotes, and then commemorate the special day by contributing to a more peaceful, equal world.

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Success

Nelson Mandela Quotes

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Let’s Talk About Sex Attitudes, Baby

July 1, 2014

So let’s get all Salt-n-Pepa and talk about sex, baby. Better yet, let’s talk about sex throughout human history. After all, Iwan Bloch, considered by many to be the first sexologist, believed that “historical knowledge offered an important key to understanding contemporary problems of sexuality”. History can also provide valuable perspective on how attitudes about sex and sexual mores have changed over the centuries, and how religion has shaped some ideas we might have about sex today. Here are eight things you never knew about sex in different cultures and eras and were afraid to ask.

Sex Attitudes Roman Orgy

Ancient Roman artwork often depicts scenes of orgiastic debauchery. Source: Blogspot

Sex Attitudes: Rome And Orgies

Let’s start in ancient Rome, which has the reputation for being permissive when it came to all things sexual. Its anything-goes rep might be somewhat warranted. In ancient Roman culture prostitution was legal; what might be considered “pornographic” art was collected in upper-class households; it was not uncommon for Roman men to be attracted to teenagers of both sexes; and pederasty—the homosexual relationship between a male adult and an adolescent male—was commonplace and acceptable so long as the younger partner was not a freeborn Roman. Though effeminacy was frowned upon in men, there was no distinction in Roman society between homosexuality and heterosexuality. In fact, the language did not even contain words for the concepts.

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Why The Human Species Laughs

June 27, 2014

Dr. Robert Provine delves into the elusive phenomenon of laughter and explains it through social and neurological lenses. His conclusions are quite surprising.

Winners From The 2014 iPhone Photography Awards

June 20, 2014
Photographer of the Year

Photo by Julio Lucas, 1st Place Photographer of the Year. Source: This is Colossal

Cell phones have come a long way over the past decade. While we use them to check our email, map the closest route to the grocery store or text a friend, it (almost) goes without saying that the cell phone is absolutely king when it comes to photography. Whether you’re taking selfies or Snapchatting your lunch, many of today’s phone cameras rival professional ones. It is because of these great advances that the iPhone Photography Awards were born. Though not as polished as professional photography contests, these image entries are impeccable in their own right.

Fox Photo Award

Photo by Michael O’Neal, Source: iPhone Photography Awards

iPhone Photography Awards

Photo by Alexa Seidl, Source: Huh Magazine

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5 of the World’s Most Awesome Dads

June 13, 2014

Fathers are a lot like watermelon: green and pink. We kid. What we mean is that dads often present themselves as hard on the outside, yet are actually sweet and soft on the inside. And with Father’s Day quickly approaching, it is time to remember some of the world’s most awesome dads. While many would argue that there’s no dad quite like one’s own, these five dads are pretty incredible.

Jason Lee

Jason Lee Awesome Dad

Source: Visual News

In 2006, Jason Lee’s mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which prevented her from seeing her granddaughters whenever they were sick. Despite having to keep the kids away, Lee wanted to make sure his mother was a still part of his daughters’ lives. So he put his skills as a wedding photographer to use and began creating fun, quirky portraits of his two daughters Kayla and Kristin.

Adorable Daughters Pose for Pictures

Source: Frame Play


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