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The first time Jessica Hendricks visited Cambodia, she couldn’t shake the horrific sight of young girls being rounded up outside of bars and sold into sexual slavery. Then 20 years old, she was serving as an English instructor in Thailand. And though her teaching stint eventually came to an end, her job as an activist had only just begun. Hendricks returned to the Southeast Asian country three years later and departed only after securing connections with local artisans and anti-trafficking organizations. Back home, the New York...
Recently, the media created a conversation about whether or not rape jokes are funny, or even acceptable. It was a discussion in our office, and I'm sure in many others. What we all can agree on, despite our sense of humor, is that rape is one of the most traumatizing crimes. Those closest to the victim are often the perpetrators of rape, just as complete strangers can forever darken the lives of others with rape as well. Why is it so common?  The new documentary It...
From the folks behind the notorious No Pants Subway Ride comes a summer-themed prank. Be prepared to swim, play Frisbee, soak up some rays, sunbathe, slather on sunscreen, catch up on summer reading, or all of the above. The only difference between this Improv Everywhere event and a normal beach day? You’ll be doing it all decked out in black tie apparel—it’s the third annual Black Tie Beach mission! Black Tie Beach is a mass prank that leaves unknowing beach-goers completely dumbfounded. The organization...
While Wonder Woman's invisible plane isn't the most plausible concept, two Swedish women thought that creating an invisible bike helmet was a possibility, despite what naysayers told them. The pair wanted to design head protectors that weren't as bulky as regular helmets, which they likened to "mushroom caps." The result of seven years of research and crash tests is the Hövdin, which looks akin to a fashionable scarf before it inflates. That's right: inflates. It uses accelerometers and gyroscopes to detect typical motions that occur in an...
How apt that this blog-slash-zine is titled “Got a Girl Crush,” since we certainly have a crush on it. Got a Girl Crush began in 2009 as the brainchild of friends Meg and Andrea, who we got to talk to about the project. In 2011, the first print issue of Got a Girl Crush dropped, and it was chock full of photos, interviews, and inspiration from ladies “doing amazing things in [their] own backyards.” The idea of Got a Girl Crush is...
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