Podcast recommendation: Learn your British history with Rex Factor


My new obsession is the Rex Factor podcast, which examines every king and queen of England from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II in order to determine which was the greatest ruler of all time. The podcast actually started way back in 2010 and determined its final verdict in 2014. But hosts Graham Duke and Ali Hood are now working their way through the kings and queens of Scotland, and I’ve been immensely enjoying the show’s back catalogue, which is still easily accessible.

Each monarch gets their own podcast (and sometime several if they’re a particularly important ruler). The hosts briefly go over the monarch’s biography and then rank them from 1-10 on “Battleyness,” (their warfare skills), “Scandal” (the more scandal, the higher the score), and “Subjectivity” (how much they improved the lives of their subjects). They also examine each ruler’s longevity and their ability to produce a strong dynastic line. And finally, Duke and Hood determine whether each monarch has a certain extra special star quality they call “Rex Factor.”

Though they clearly love history, Duke and Hood don’t take their subject matter too seriously. Their conversations are light-hearted and easy to follow, even for the biggest historical novice. I’m only on their Richard the Lionheart episode, but I’m really looking forward to listening to the rest and seeing who they pick as their ultimate Rex Factor winner.

You can listen to Rex Factor wherever you listen to podcasts or learn more via Twitter and Facebook as well as the show's website and blog. Read the rest

If Wolverine and Cyclops went to a birthday party


It might go something like this.

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A brief history of pencil lead


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Watch this insanely fast high school theater costume quick change

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Stunning photos of black women from the Victorian era


Shared by Downtown L.A. Life and Dangerous Minds, these gorgeous photos are dated around 1860 to 1901. I've collected a few of my favorites, but both sites have even more portraits on display. They're the perfect rebuttal for those who argue diversity is a new phenomenon. Read the rest

The Vlogbrothers break down the differences between Trump and Clinton’s tax plans


In just 10 minutes, John Green takes a deep dive into both candidates’ proposals. Read the rest

Watch the world’s fastest clapper in action

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Eli Bishop currently holds the Guinness World Record for most claps in a minute (1,020). And here he is clapping to music too:

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“I Would Love To Live In A Country Where…” perfectly encapsulates the 2016 election

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Ijeoma Oluo’s latest for The Establishment is one of the best, most empathetic pieces I have read on this election. Here's an excerpt:

I would really love it if I lived in a country where bragging about sexually assaulting women on tape would disqualify you from the presidency.

I would really love it if I lived in a country where being an unapologetic White Supremacist would disqualify you from the presidency.

I would love it if almost 50% of the country weren’t currently openly supporting placing hate in the highest office of our land.

I would love it if we could talk about Trump without someone mentioning Bill Clinton, as if it’s not fair that we’d elect one rapist and not another.

I would really love it if Hillary had believed women.

I would really love it if people didn’t call the women who support bad men “even worse” than the bad men who are choosing with their own free will to commit bad deeds.

I would really love it if I never heard someone say “boys will be boys” ever again.

You can read Oluo’s full piece over on The Establishment.

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This little girl has the cutest “mad face”

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Don’t mess with Emani. Read the rest

Tim Kaine isn't so hip on Internet slang

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YouTube personality Tyler Oakley sat down with Tim Kaine to quiz the Vice Presidential candidate on millennial lingo. It turns out Kaine's just as much of a nerdy dad as you’d expect, right down to his love of Dave Matthews. Read the rest

Queer Kid Stuff is the perfect resource for the LGBTQ kid in your life


Looking for a way to talk to young kids about LGBTQ issues? The fantastic web series Queer Kid Stuff is here to help! Along with her teddy bear friend Teddy, host and creator Lindsay Amer breaks down complex LGBTQ issues in language that even really young kids can understand. From sexuality to gender to marriage equality to homophobia, Queer Kid Stuff tackles issues that affect the lives of both gay and straight kids. And in doing so, the series makes the world a little safer and easier for everyone.

New episodes of Queer Kid Stuff are released every Wednesday on YouTube. And you can support the series on Patreon too.

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@GuyInYourMFA is pitch-perfect satire


Observer writer Dana Schwartz (the person behind the account) nails the voice of a generation:

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Watch cat-haters bond with kittens


The cat’s out of the bag: Cats are great.

Bonus: Kittens are also great for stress relief.

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Origami cranes become gorgeous installation art


According to Culture N Lifestyle, French designers Maxime Derrouch, Typhaine Le Goff, and Emeline Marty created this installation for the Architectures Vives Festival. It joins together modern and ancient styles while linking art with architecture. The mirror on the floor acts like a pool and adds more dimension to the space.

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Enjoy an acapella remix of Disney’s best songs


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The live-action references for Disney’s Hercules were amazing


Talk about some real-life muses. Read the rest

Why women of color struggle to find a place in fandom

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Writing for New Republic, cultural critic Angelica Jade Bastién explains:

I have been reading comics obsessively since I was about ten years old. I can probably quote from John Ostrander’s original Suicide Squad run in my sleep, I’ve watched all of the Star Trek series more times than I can count, and I often whip out Klingon when I’m nervous. But I’ve found that the love and knowledge I have on these subjects never seems to be good enough for the people who grow furious at a black woman writing about these properties. White male fans often don’t want to face how their beloved properties often have troubling racial and gender politics. (Just peruse the comments on my review of X-Men: Apocalypse for RogerEbert.com: “The author feels like the X-Men series in general has failed its female characters—ignoring the fact that Mystique is elevated to a leadership and relevance level well above the source material.” Many didn’t want to face a critique coming from a woman, and a fan, who knows them better than they do.) You can only delete emails and block people on Twitter for so long until you feel burnt out. The reason why we don’t see more black women writing about these subjects with such visibility isn’t because we haven’t been interested in them, it’s that publications rarely give us the opportunity, and when we do write, we often find ourselves facing personal scrutiny that has little to do with the actual writing. At times, I’ve been left to wonder, why do I love these stories so much when they rarely care about people who look like me?

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