Quickies

Quickies: Alzheimer’s Studies in Nuns, Trump’s Faith in Denial, and Blizzard Removes Sexy Victory Pose,

  • Overwatch victory pose cut after fan complains that it’s over-sexualized – “Blizzard says it will remove an ‘over-the-shoulder’ victory pose by the Overwatch hero Tracer, following a complaint on the Battle.net forums that it turns the time-bending teleporter into ‘another bland female sex symbol.’ ” From Will.
  • The Neurologists Who Fought Alzheimer’s By Studying Nuns’ Brains – “In 1986, when David Snowden began the Nun Study, Alzheimer’s researchers had a problem: while they were able to obtain donated brains from those who were being treated for dementia at research clinics, there were few non-diseased brains available for scientists to compare them against. When Snowden approached the School Sisters of Notre Dame, however, he found that they were very enthusiastic about the idea of participating in an ongoing study of their cognitive abilities until death. Afterward, they would donate their brains to science.”
  • Trump’s Faith in Denial – “First: Weather isn’t climate. You can’t disprove global warming because it got cold out one day. As the great Stephen Colbert put it: Remember, weather is your mood; climate is your personality. Second: Global warming is happening whether or not you believe in it. Science isn’t faith-based. And the fact that humans are causing it is just that: a fact.”
  • The Forgotten Secret Language of Gay Men – “During these interim years, when being openly non-straight brought the risks of social isolation and criminal prosecution, Polari provided gay men with a subtle way to find one another for companionship and sex. Says Dolan, “if you fancied somebody you’d drop a few words in, see if they picked it up, and go from there.” The code words of Polari, indecipherable to outsiders, made the solicitation process safer, allowing men to approach potential partners without having to reveal their own sexuality.”
  • How a Street Artist Secretly Painted an Urban-Scale Mural in Cairo – “All over the world street artists have become famous by surreptitiously adding swabs of paint or wheatpaste to city walls. But the most remarkable thing about a new mural in Cairo is not only its size—it covers about 50 buildings—it’s that the artist managed to do it in a place that’s not known for encouraging creative expression.”
  • ‘Girls & Sex’ And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure – “Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls today are receiving mixed messages. Girls hear that ‘they’re supposed to be sexy, they’re supposed to perform sexually for boys,’ Orenstein tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, ‘but that their sexual pleasure is unspoken.’ “
  • 5 Things I Learned As A Child Star Of The Worst Movie Ever – “In 1966, when Jackey Neyman Jones was seven years old, she played the character Debbie in a movie called Manos: The Hands Of Fate. The independent horror flick went unnoticed at the time, but would later be made famous by Mystery Science Theater 3000.” This article is presented in listicle format, even though it was unnecessary, but it is still an engrossing and fun read.

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  1. March 30, 2016 at 7:24 pm —

    Oh, in other news, there’s a new hashtag: #BernieMadeMeWhite. Toldja there’d be backlash for the whole “if you don’t like Clinton you’re white” forced meme.

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