This Is the Most Glorious Way to Respond to Creepy Tinder Advances

Objectification is a two-way street, fellas

This is the beautiful story of how the Tinder creepers who begin their courtship with lines like “Your boobs are even nicer than my mom’s” learned that objectification is a two-way street.

After a few months of online dating, artist Anna Gensler quickly found out that the typical, 20-something, single gal Tinder experience largely consists of combing through inboxes full of blatant and often anatomically complicated requests. But rather than allow herself to become desensitized to the messages, she decided to capture this unacceptable socially acceptable phenomenon in a way that the world (and her potential suitors) could see.

And so, Gensler started drawing her creepers naked and posting them on (NSFW) Instagram. Gensler told Slate that her drawings are “all based off of these guys’ profile pictures, so their faces and their general positions are the same, but from there I tried to make them look a little chubbier or scrawnier or just not particularly well-endowed.”

Although she did warn potential matches on Tinder and OKCupid that she would draw them naked and post the pictures on the Internet if they sent her a rude message, suitors were undeterred. “I feel like the guys who are really creepy don’t even bother to read my profile at all,” she told Slate. “They’re just like, ‘This girl has two arms and two legs.’”

(Slate)

Paralyzed Woman Goes Surfing Thanks To Duct Tape

Everybody's gone surfing

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They say duct tape can do anything. One man tested that theory by duct taping a paralyzed woman to his back and going surfing. It worked, too.

Pascale Honore was paralyzed in a car accident, but that didn’t stop her from dreaming of surfing, especially as she watched her sons learn the sport in the oceans of Australia.

“I’ve always been active, so I had to be active in a different way,” Honore, 51, told TODAY.com “S— happens and you get on with it. After rehab, I started to look at what I’ve got, [rather than] what I haven’t got.”

Tyron Swan, a now 24-year old friend of her sons and a professional diver, thought he could help.

Swan and Honore hit the beach with a roll of duct tape and an idea. Using a backpack and a roll of the strong tape, Swan was able to rig a harness for Honore that MacGuyver would be proud of. They hit the waves for the first time in December 2012, and have been heading out to the breakers together ever since.

They documented their journey in the 2013 short film, Duct Tape Surfing, and a follow-up is in the works as the duo take on bigger and bigger waves together.

[Via TODAY.com]

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celebrity

Ellen Page Is Renaming Everyone’s Dogs On Twitter, Including Lena Dunham’s

Our favorite names include Todd, Carrots and Helen Hunt

Yesterday, actress Ellen Page made a pretty nonchalant confession on Twitter:

Then everyone got really excited about this, and began asking the X-Men: Days of Future Past actress to grant their pups new monikers. She swiftly began to reply, doling out some truly perfect new dog names:

Even Lena Dunham got in on the fun:

Page also proved that she doesn’t discriminate by naming a cat, too:

Good job, Ellen Page. This is by the far the best thing any celebrity has ever done on Twitter.

Food & Drink

Here’s What Your Favorite Coffee Drink Says About Your Personality

If you're a cappuccino drinker, you're probably creative, and if you take your coffee black, you're likely very straightforward

Sure, almost everybody likes coffee, but apparently how you like your coffee can reveal quite a bit about your personality. Coffee-crazed blogger Ryoko of I Love Coffee took the results from a recent study about the habits of coffee drinkers and put them into this infographic. It highlights the differences between those who opt for a simple black cup of joe versus those who spring for something a bit fancier.

These results might not be true for everyone, we know, so we recommend taking this with a grain of salt (or, uh, sugar.)

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Sports

Watch BASE Jumpers Set a New World Record by Diving Off The Tallest Building on Earth

A touching bro-ment

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Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet set a BASE-jumping world record after hopping from the tip of the Burj Khalifa—all 2,717 feet of it—in a stunt sponsored by the skydiving resort Skydive Dubai. Along with a peculiarly uncredited cameraman, the bros share a bro-ment as they soar around the building like unusually large gliders, trailed by twin plumes of dramatic red smoke.

“People think that you BASE jump because you’re crazy, you like to get scared,” either Fred or Vince said. (From the video, it’s not clear whom.) “But, I mean, we like to fly.”

celebrity

Behold: The Best LinkedIn Profile Of All Time

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We would love to network with you sometime, Shaquille O'Neal

Plenty of people out there will try to give you advice on how to make a great LinkedIn profile, but you should just give up right now because your LinkedIn profile will never be as good as Shaquille O’Neal’s.

For some reason, the folks over at Slate found the NBA legend’s profile and confirmed that it’s really his and not a fake. And it’s just glorious. Where most people write their title and company (for example, “Reporter, TIME”) Shaq simply wrote the following:

Owner, A lot of companies

Can we all take a moment to appreciate how incredible that is? Farther down, in the “Experience” section, Shaq writes:

CEO, PRESIDENT

Alot of different companies. Inc

Below that, he elaborates:

I’m working on a lot of different ventures. My best asset is that I am proven to lead teams to championships. I mean multiple championships

So yeah, nobody else is ever going to top this.

Appreciation

Artist Turns Homophobic Tweets About Tom Daley Into a Portrait of the Olympic Diver

The latest effort to turn hate into something beautiful

Jezebel highlights via The Plymouth Herald a U.K. artist’s portrait of the English Olympic diver Tom Daley that is made from homophobic tweets directed at him after he revealed that he was in a relationship with a man in a video message uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 2, 2013. Daley retweeted the artist Conor Collins’s tweet of the portrait last week.

The project is reminiscent of the Honey Maid video in which negative comments about its “This Is Wholesome Campaign” — featuring mixed-race parents and same-sex parents — were rolled up and arranged on the floor to spell out the word “Love.”

technology

This Video Game Will Let You Be a Cat (Finally!)

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It's still in its early stages, so fingers (er, paws?) crossed that it gets the funding it requires

A few months ago, we reported that a video game that would let you pretend to be a cat is in the works. In that game, the player’s only objective is to knock things over. That’s it. You win by pretending to be a cat and then knocking a whole bunch of things over.

Now, don’t get me wrong, that game — which you can play in your browser — is a rollicking good time. It’s truly a delight. But now there’s a new game in the works that offers a much more comprehensive feline simulation experience. Because let’s face it: being a cat is about so much more than just knocking your humans’ stuff to the floor.

Simply titled Cat Simulator, this third-person game will allow the player to chase rats and mice, climb trees, eat, sleep, poop, and do all the other important things that cats do each and every day. It’s still in its early stages of development, and its creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise additional funds. They hope to create more realistic graphics and more cat customization options, along with other animal friends so the cats don’t get lonely.

Here’s a sneak peek. Right now it’s looking pretty low-budge, so here’s hoping that they raise more money.

(h/t Mashable)

Internet

Instagrammers Post 216,000 New Pics a Minute and Other Crazy Internet Data Facts

There are 26,380 Yelp reviews generated every minute. God help all of us.

Every minute, 2.4 billion people on the internet churn out a lot of data. While data generation might not seem like the most interesting of topics, business intelligence company Domo translated them into digestible tidbits of information.

For example: Instagram users post 216,000 new photos every minute, which dwarfs Pinterest users’ 3,472 pins a minute. Meanwhile, Whatsapp users share 347,222 pictures a minute.

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Internet

The First YouTube Video Was Uploaded 9 Years Ago Today

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Today in Internet history: YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video “Me at the zoo” to the website on April 23, 2005, at 8:27 p.m, according to the description of the video, which now boasts more than 14 million views.

The 19-second clip shows Karim standing in front of elephants at the San Diego Zoo and saying that the “cool thing” about the animals is that “they have really, really, really long, um, trunks.” According to a 2010 editorial in The Toledo Blade, the clip was shot by a high school pal, Yakov Lapitsky, who is now a professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo.

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