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Every year, an estimated 10 million girls under the age of 18 are forcibly married. It's a scary statistic--child brides are far more likely to experience domestic violence, birth complications, and sexually transmitted infections. The Elders, an independent group of global leaders headed by Nelson Mandela, is working to unite human-rights organizations across the globe to help end child marriage.

On shelves today: The Blessed, the first book in a new young adult thriller trilogy by Tonya Hurley, author of the ghostgirl series! Here’s the official book description: “A re-imagined redemption remix following three wayward teenage girls in Brooklyn that draws on the earliest martyrdom legends of St. Lucy, St. Cecelia and St. Agnes, The Blessed is a dark and gritty supernatural romance that puts an ancient twist on modern love and relationships.

Nerd ladies all over the globe already love YouTube superhero Andre Meadows, writer and star of Black Nerd Rants. And what’s not to love? He’s funny, he’s smart, and he’s geeky as ever-loving fuck. (For those not familiar with Meadows’ YouTube channel, Black Nerd Comedy, he chronicles nerdy news in hilarious short web videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.) But last Wednesday’s video, "Con Creepers Take Pictures", is especially kickass.

Moms are awesome. Case in point: the first uterus transplants from two mothers to two daughters have been completed in Sweden, in hopes that the two younger women will now be able to have children.  A team of more than ten surgeons from the University of Gothenburg carried out the experimental procedures. One woman was born without a uterus and the other lost hers to cervical cancer, so their moms stepped up and donated theirs.  Surrogacy wasn’t an option for these women, as it is illegal in Sweden.

  When French painter and printmaker Amelie Mancini moved to New York in 2006, she didn’t even know what a “curveball” was--but after she went to her first night game at Shea Stadium, baseball became one of the central themes of her work. She started Left Field Cards in 2011, putting a cheeky spin on the common baseball card, and was met with immediate success. Left Field Cards has three (and counting) series; each features ten real players with unique characteristics, such as bizarre injuries, food-related last names, and memorable moustaches.

  OMG! Just as I had predicted, cats are trying to take over the world. As BUST Intern Lilly wrote a couple of weeks ago, a creepy cat parasite has been affecting many. Now, a woman contracted the bubonic plague after trying to save a choking stray cat, but thanks to early treatment and detection, she avoided death by a whisker. Paul Gaylord, a friend of the woman (who wished to remain unidentified), was not so lucky — the cat also bit him. Although his symptoms showed before hers, doctors were unsure of the cause until it was too late.

    Periodically Inspired creates awesome designs inspired by the Periodic Table of Elements. Various elements 'bond' to create fun statements emblazoned on tees, mugs, and even iPhone skins.   Pick up a fun gift for the geeky guy, gal, or baby in your life at the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire! It's taking place at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, New York, this Saturday, September 29, from 10 AM - 7 PM, and Sunday, September 30, from 10 AM - 6 PM. You can purchase tickets to the event here.

    Behind every great man there’s a great woman.  And who is considered amongst the best of men, but Jesus Christ?  Well, evidence has surfaced this past week that indicates the big J.C. had a wife! A small piece of papyrus has been discovered by a private collector and presented to Karen L. King, a scholar on early Christianity.  The artifact, measuring only 1 ½ by 3 inches in size, has writing on it in the ancient language of Coptic and dates back to the fourth century Egypt.

  If you’re a Zadie Smith fan, you’ve been waiting seven years for her latest novel, NW. If you’re not a Zadie Smith fan, NW may turn you into one.  NW stands for northwest — northwest London, specifically Willesden, Smith’s hometown and the setting of her first novel, White Teeth.  We follow the interlocking lives of four thirty-something Londoners as they try to escape the council estate (in American: housing projects) of their childhood.

Fall means pretty leaves, delicious pumpkin-flavored food, and great new music! This is what we'll be blasting from our iPods all season. Cat Power Sun On sale now (Matador) Cult favorite and bona fide indie-rock dream woman Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, hasn’t released an album of new material since 2006’s The Greatest. Hardly anything Marshall’s done has sounded optimistic, but if the title Sun is any indication, her ninth LP might just find her singing a happier tune (in her signature smoky voice, of course).
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