In February 2014, the world couldn’t get enough of 4-year-old Mayhem, the adorable kiddo who created paper-made dresses, costumes and outfits with her mom, Angie. Although the mother-daughter duo went viral in the blink of an eye, Fashion by Mayhem hasn’t changed in the face of fame. Angie and Mayhem still recreate red carpet gowns and make silly costumes using tape, construction paper and anything else that happens to be lying around.
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The Nikas Awards
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.”
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.
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: 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.
Dr. Robert Provine delves into the elusive phenomenon of laughter and explains it through social and neurological lenses. His conclusions are quite surprising.
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.