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Imagine a World Where Men Have Periods

This spoof puts the "men" in "menstruation"

A parody produced by the clean water charity WaterAid imagines how men would deal with menstruation. The hypothetical hilarity? These men take to their periods like professional athletes getting amped about a big game. By reimagining menstruation as a masculine trait, the clip forces everyone—men and women—to consider the necessity and impact of health.

This spoof is part of the charity’s “If Men Had Periods” campaign, which aims to increase awareness about women who don’t have access to toilets during their cycle.

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Hooters Waitress Donates Kidney to Customer

The server was inspired to do so because her grandma recently died after her kidneys failed

This weekend, a Hooters waitress is donating a kidney to one of the restaurant’s regular customers, Atlanta news station 11 Alive reports.

Don Thomas lost kidney function due to cancer, and Mariana Villarreal, who works at the Roswell, Ga., franchise, was inspired to donate because her grandma recently died of kidney failure.

“I wasn’t able to do anything for my grandma,” she told 11 Alive, but “if [Don] can live two more years, happy as he’s ever been, that’s fine with me.”

It is not the first time a stranger has donated a kidney to someone in need. TIME recently reported that a woman found her kidney donor on Reddit. The successful transplant surgery took place in Augusta, Ga., and the two are now close friends.

Read next: How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit

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Husband and Wife Score Back-To-Back Hole-in-One Shots

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That's two aces for the happy couple

A husband and wife in Michigan claim they each made a hole in one back-to-back — at the same hole, no less — during a round of golf last weekend. The couple were playing at Ledge Meadows golf course in Grand Ledge, The Lansing State Journal reports.

After Tony Blundy hit his first hole-in-one as an amateur golfer, his wife Janet told him, “You’re gonna be really mad at me when I put mine in,” the Journal reports. According to Golf Digest, the odds of two amateurs in a foursome making a hole-in-one on the same day and on the same hole are 26,000,000 to 1.

Luckily, two “independent witnesses” — golfers at a nearby hole — saw the couple make these aces, otherwise, Tony said, “nobody would ever believe us.”

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These High School Students Gave Their Class Trip Money to Principal with Cancer

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They said it is the least they can do after all that she has done for them

After high school seniors in New Hampshire raised $8,000 for a class trip to the Adirondacks in New York, they learned that their principal, Courtney Vashaw, had cancer. So the students decided to use the money to fund her treatment instead.

Students at Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem told WMUR that they would organize another trip in the local area and want to host additional fundraisers to help Vashaw.

Christopher Sirois, the senior class president, told WMUR that the principal “has given so much to us that we just wanted to give back.”

 

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Watch 100 Years of Indian Beauty in Less Than Two Minutes

Bollywood stars inspired many of the looks in this video

A video production company called Cut has released a video that aims to show how Indian fashion and style has evolved since the 1910s. In less than two minutes, Trisha Miglani, a dancer and student at the University of Pennsylvania, models a range of bindis, henna designs and looks inspired by Bollywood stars throughout the years such as Aishwarya Rai and Sharmila Tagore.

Past “100 years of beauty” segments have sought to enlighten the Internet about Persian, Korean and Mexican cultures, plus one about American style.

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This Whimsical New Scrabble Ad Is the Perfect Love Story for Word Nerds

It tells a tale entirely through anagrams

She’s a cab driver; he’s a crab driver. She lives in Tokyo; he lives in Kyoto. Her name is Agostina; his is Santiago.

This whimsical 80-second video, part of a new Scrabble campaign, tells a little love story using some major wordplay. Anagrams are what link these two people and eventually bring them together — when they meet at a costume party, one dressed as a pineapple, the other as an apple pie.

The clip, posted on Mattel Games’ YouTube channel, was created by the agency Lola Madrid.

“The idea of using anagrams was a way to salute the intelligence of avid Scrabble players, but by using a love story, the spot became universal,” Pancho Cassis, executive creative director of Lola Madrid, told Adweek. “This communication was aimed at opening up to a broader audience, specifically younger players and non-players who spend a lot of time online but are seeking out offline experiences.”

Ultimately, according to Cassis, the goal is “to convey that words are magical and powerful, and that they connect us with people.”

Read next: ‘Lolz’ And Thousands Of Other Words Added to Scrabble Dictionary

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Delta Ordered Pizza for Passengers on Delayed Flights

After bad weather grounded or cancelled flights

When inclement weather delayed Delta flights nationwide on Tuesday, the crews ordered pizzas.

Passengers like Riley Vasquez, whose plane to Atlanta got diverted to Knoxville, Tenn., have been sharing pictures of these impromptu “pizza parties” on social media:

The airline experienced more than 100 flights cancellations and more than 650 delays on Tuesday, CNN reported via data from the flight-tracker FlightAware.

What makes a few hour delay of your night flight better? Free pizza! Thanks @delta #MLItoATL #pizza

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Earlier this month, ABC News reported a similar pizza party took place on a Delta flight that was diverted to Charleston after the cabin was enveloped in smoke.

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The Craziest New Baby Names of 2014 Include Sadman, Ruckus and So Many More

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We've got some great ideas for potential nicknames

Some of the most popular baby names of 2014 were Noah, Emma, William, Sophia and Jacob — but there were some, uh, less conventional names too.

According to Nameberry, a total of 1,393 new baby names were coined by imaginative parents around the U.S. To earn a place on the Social Security extended name-popularity list, these new names had to occur at least five times. (Feel free to browse that list, sorted into national and state-specific groups.)

Some of these new names are just spectacularly outrageous — and it’s quite entertaining to think about the fact that more than five sets of parents came up with them independently.

Here are some of our favorite new baby names of 2014, along with our ideas for some potential nicknames:

  • Ruckus — This name is basically a portmanteau of the last and first names of Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, so baby Ruckus could be called Hootie, just for fun. He could also be called Wu-Tang in honor of the Wu-Tang Clan’s 1993 song “Bring Da Ruckus.” Either way, this is going to be a kid very well-versed in ’90s music.
  • Mickinley — This is a U.S. President’s name, but misspelled. So the appropriate nickname here would obviously be Prezident.
  • Sadman — Sadman’s nickname would have to be something like Smiley, just for the irony. Or, his nickname could be inspired by a famous sad man, like Thom Yorke or Napoleon.
  • Princecharles — This kid will not have a nickname. You will exclusively refer to him as Princecharles and nothing else. Have some respect.
  • Payzley — Payzley is an independent woman. She will choose her own nickname, or wait patiently for the Universe to present a nickname to her.
  • Legendary — The five boys all named Legendary will have to duke it out with several Feats of Strength. The winner will get to go by Legendary; the losers will all be called Scott.


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See Mary Ellen Mark’s Most Memorable Photo Essay

The photographer, who has died at 75, opened a nation's eyes to the plight of its homeless youth

Mary Ellen Mark frequently photographed people on the fringes of society. By training her camera on those who went unseen, she willed them to be just the opposite.

In 1983, a collection of these photographs was published in a LIFE Magazine photo essay called “Streets of the Lost.” The unseen in this case were the homeless youth of Seattle. When Mark’s indelible images hit newsstands, a once-invisible population was brought to life by an unforgettable collection of very real human faces.

Mark, who died Monday at 75, chose Seattle for this project because it was known as one of America’s most livable cities. She wanted to show that if kids were living on the street there, then they were living on the streets of every major American city. She didn’t photograph from a distance, but rather implanted herself in the daily lives of her subjects, and this intimacy allowed her to capture portraits of them at their most vulnerable.

Mark photographed children holding guns, eating out of dumpsters and injecting their arms with needles. To provide context for the stories she told visually, journalist Cheryl McCall explained the situations that led them to resort to prostitution, theft and violence. They were running from abuse, from alcoholic parents and families who couldn’t—or wouldn’t—care for them. Though their reasons varied, they were all running from something.

The impact of “Streets of the Lost” was so great that Mark’s husband, Martin Bell, convinced Mark and McCall to join him in making a documentary film following up on the lives of several of Mark’s subjects. The result, Streetwise, was nominated for an Academy Award.

Mark and Bell continued to return to Seattle to photograph the young men and women they met there. As Mark told TIME this past March, speaking about another memorable portrait of a child, “Going back is something that’s always fascinating to me.” In 2013, she and Bell raised more than $85,000 on Kickstarter to develop a follow-up documentary focusing on the life of Erin “Tiny” Blackwell, who featured prominently in the original photos and film. Their final collaboration, titled Streetwise: Tiny Revisited, has yet to be released.

Mark’s portraits of these young people—Tiny and Rat, Laurie and Patti and Mike—are arresting without resorting to sensationalism. As Mark told TIME, “I don’t like to photograph children as children. I like to see them as adults, as who they really are. I’m always looking for the side of who they might become.”

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14 Pieces of Practical Dating Advice From My 85-Year-Old Grandmother

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"Even though I married at 21, I think it’s alright to wait, especially in today’s dating world"

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Dating these days can be frustrating and confusing. With all of the technology, dating apps and hook-up culture, things can get complicated.

My friends and I usually try to help each other out when it comes to crushes, but at 22-23 years old, we are all relatively new to the dating world. We all have different opinions on how to approach it. That’s why I decided to take a step back and talk to someone with a little more wisdom: my 85-year-old grandmother.

I am extremely fortunate to have two healthy and loving grandmothers that are still alive today. Sometimes I get so caught up in my own life that I forget to call, or more importantly, forget to listen to the people who always have time to call and listen to me.

I’ve come to realize by talking with my grandmothers that older people are often more than willing to give great advice if we are willing to listen.

While visiting home recently, I had the time to sit down with my grandmother, Kitty, and hear her stories about dating and seek her advice. She was in Pi Phi at the University of Ohio and has tons of interesting stories. She said that because of the time period, there were tons of young men coming home from World War II and she had four or five dates a week.

Eventually, Kitty met my grandfather at a sorority mixer, and after he spent a year trying to get her to accept a date with him, she said yes. They were married for 59 years until my grandfather passed away. I can only hope to find a love like theirs. Maybe with her advice, we all can.

1. “Look for someone who is compassionate.”

The first things people seem to look for in a date (whether they know it or not) is how good-looking they are or what kind of job they have. While you can’t completely ignore these factors, it is also important to look for qualities such as whether or not they are polite to the waiter at a restaurant. Look for little signs that show they are a compassionate person.

2. “If you get involved in something you like, then you might meet someone who likes the same things as you.”

It’s hard to meet people. My grandmother met her husband when she was in college at Ohio State during a sorority and fraternity mixer. When I asked her about how to meet someone, she said to worry about yourself first. Don’t go looking for someone, but rather join clubs or groups that you are interested in and make connections through that.

She does not recommend trying to meet people at bars.“I think it’s sort of crazy you think you have to go to a bar to meet somebody. Sometimes you meet the wrong people there anyway.”

3. “Usually the boy should initiate the first date, but I think sometimes the girl can subtly initiate it by flirting.”

Well, there you have it boys, don’t be nervous — just ask her. And girls, help a guy out by dropping a couple of hints; you don’t just have to sit back and wait for him, but let him know you are interested.

My grandmother said she used to ‘flirt’ or ‘drop hints’ by making sure she was where he was and had the opportunity to talk to him. She also said to smile a lot.

4. “I think being ‘official’ or not, and labels and all that crap are too much of a worry. It should be just sort of something that happens between you and the guy or girl you like.”

Communication is key, and figuring out where you stand with the person you are dating is important. Talking about whether or not you can call someone your boyfriend or girlfriend shouldn’t be a point of stress.

Grandma says, “It just happens. You know you don’t want to go out with someone else—you are happy with the person you are with. But you don’t have to figure it out right away.”

5. “I remember a fun date I went on when we just went to dinner and then we played ‘Fox and Geese’ in the snow (Google it), and decided to come back to the house and put music on and we were trying different dances. And acting just silly. It was spontaneous.”

A first date doesn’t have to be at a fancy restaurant or expensive place, it just has to be fun. Maybe try and find out what the person you are taking out is interested in and do something along those lines.

Do they like music? Find a bar that has a live band to grab a drink. Google has plenty of date ideas. Just remember, too, that not everything has to be planned out but some of the best dates are spontaneous.

8. “If a guy asked me on a date over text, I would text back, ‘Let’s meet for a coke or something and we’ll talk about it.'”

I laughed out loud when my grandmother said this because I can totally see her doing it, but her words have some truth in them. She told me she would meet that person for a coke and then make them ask her on a date in person.

While maybe this isn’t always realistic in lives that are dominated by technology, we need to remember how much better it is to speak face to face than over text message. Grandma says, “Technology has changed things because you don’t hear someone’s voice anymore. Hearing someone’s voice and the feeling or tone of it on the phone is better than a text because then you can kind of feel what’s going on.”

9. “Why can’t your friends introduce you personally?”

When I asked her about dating apps, she just didn’t understand why people have to meet virtually instead of introducing one another. It’s okay to play matchmaker if you’ve got a bunch of single friends.

She says, “I know dating apps happen and they work. I just don’t like that stuff. But if you are sitting around and you haven’t met anybody and that might be something you could do.”

10. “Even though I married at 21, I think it’s alright to wait, especially in today’s dating world. You don’t get together half the time to date so no wonder it takes a while.”

Marriage is huge, so there is no need to rush into it until you’ve found the right one. When you do find the right one, don’t lose them!

11. “I think that you don’t have to see someone and say ‘Oh gosh, he or she is not very good looking, I don’t think I’m going to have fun with that person.’ Don’t rule people out so soon.”

With Facebook, dating apps and so much information readily available before you even go on a first date or meet the person, it is easy to rule people out.

Don’t be judgmental and be open to different people. You’ll never know what a person is really like until you give them a chance.

12. “Relationships are compromise and that’s kind of tough sometimes. Especially for me because I’m bossy.”

Perfection doesn’t exist. I hate to be a pessimist, but everyone you date will have something that eventually will bother you. They say you don’t know if you have a good relationship or not until you survive your first fight.

You just have to learn to work together to build a relationship; the long lasting ones don’t just build themselves.

13. “If you are in love with someone I think you just know that is the person you want to be with, you want to share things with and you know you are happy with them.”

I asked my grandmother, “What does love feel like?” and thought I would get a romantic answer of something along the lines of “flying” or “Your heart beats a million miles per hour.” But according to my grandma, the real kind of love is simple.

You know in your heart that you want to be with that person. It just feels right. Love makes you happy. She says, “There are different kinds of love—when you first get married there is a big romantic passionate kind of love, and then there’s a different kind of love, almost a deeper love. Love is something you have to work on.”

14. “Do what you feel in their heart is right and keep their head on straight. Be true to yourself, and don’t try and be someone else or fit the mold of who you think that person might like.”

Sometimes we are so desperate to find someone that we try and change who we are. This never works.

Besides, you don’t want someone to date you or fall in love with you who doesn’t know the real you.

And keep your head on straight; I guess that means don’t go out of your mind searching for love, it will find a way.

Charlee Dyroff wrote this article for xoJane.

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