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‘Weed Fairy’ Hands Out Free Marijuana Around Seattle

Was she working alone, or was this a joint venture?

A magical creature known as the “Weed Fairy” made her way to Seattle this past weekend to flit around and give away free marijuana to “keep spirits high.”

This illustrious weed fairy — who we’d also dare call a goddess of ganj — is really a 23-year-old woman named Yeni Sleidi. She visits various cities to post flyers with nuggets of pot taped to them:

Originally from California, the Weed Fairy is only in Seattle for a few weeks, she told local Fox affiliate KCPQ. She has done the same thing in New York a few months back, and positive feedback encouraged her to keep it going. Naturally, though, some people are skeptical.

“I think people are a little worried, because this is something new, and suspicious,” Sleidi said. “But it’s real weed and it’s not dangerous. It will get you high.”

Since weed is legal in Washington and not New York, this time around Sleidi didn’t have to worry as much about keeping anonymous. Over the weekend, she managed to give away around 40 nuggets.

Now, if only if a Popchips Fairy would start doing the same thing. Make it happen, somebody.

TIME Culture

Oldest Living American Celebrates 115th Birthday

America's oldest living person, Michigan's own Jeralean Talley, turns 115 on Friday

Happy 115th birthday, Jeralean Talley! The Michigan supercentenarian is celebrating her Friday birthday with family, friends, and a trip to the doctor, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Talley, who reportedly doesn’t need a walker and stopped bowling only eleven years ago, is joining the estimated 300-450 people across the globe who have lived past 110.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Talley said there’s no secret to her three-decade lifespan. “It’s all in the good Lord’s hands,” she said. “There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Talley, who lives in Inkster, Mich. with her 76-year-old daughter, is said to still be in good health and enjoys spending time with her 14-month-old great-great-grandson.

[Detroit Free Press]

TIME society

In Germany, You Can No Longer Keep Nude Photos of Your Ex

When you split with your partner, you have the right to demand that all intimate images they have of you be deleted, a German court ruled this week. The court found that one person's right of privacy was more important than another person's ownership rights to intimate photos taken during the relationship

Ex-partners must delete all intimate or nude photos if one of the partners asks for it, a German court ruled Tuesday.

The case had been brought by a woman in central Germany who demanded that her partner, a photographer, delete all intimate photos of her after the couple split.

During the course of the relationship, the photographer had made several erotic videos and taken many naked pics of the woman with her consent.

A higher court in Koblenz decided that she had the right to demand the material be deleted, because her personal rights were more important than his ownership rights to the material, theLocal reported.

However, the court rejected the woman’s demand that her ex delete all photos taken of her, as it said that clothed pics had “little, if any capacity” to compromise her privacy.

[The Local]

TIME society

These Little Leaguers Don’t Know Who Barack Obama Is

President Barack Obama Visits a Little Leage Baseball Game in Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch at a little league baseball game at Friendship Park May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. Kevin Dietsch-Pool / Getty Images

The commander-in-chief dropped by a game at DC's Friendship Park, and the players were not impressed

On Monday evening, President Obama decided to stop by D.C.’s Friendship Park to surprise some Little Leaguers who were warming up for their game.

Many of the young ball players weren’t exactly impressed, though, mostly because they apparently didn’t know who he was. Allow us to repeat that: the President of the United States of America just dropped by to say hey, and they didn’t know who he was.

While parents reached for their phones to snap pictures, many of the children held back, skeptical about this strange man who they apparently had never seen before, the Associated Press reports.

Daddy, let’s just play,” one boy said to his father, apparently annoyed by all the fuss.

One valiant young player eventually agreed to high-five this strange mystery man:

President Barack Obama Visits a Little Leage Baseball Game in Washington, D.C.
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In 60 years, these kids will tell their grandchildren about this day and they’ll totally pretend they knew exactly who this man was.

TIME society

Study: Drug Testing Boosts African-American Employment

A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research says that because African-Americans are perceived to use more drugs, drug testing enables them to objectively prove to employers that they don’t

It’s no secret that America’s war on drugs hasn’t gone well, at least in economic and racial terms. Labor economist Abigail Wozniak investigated the relationship between race, drug testing, and employment, publishing a paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research with her findings. Surprisingly, she found that the rise of drug testing actually boosts African-American employment by a significant percentage: In states with a high prevalence of drug testing, African-American employment increased between 7% and 30%, while wages increased between 1.4 and 13%.

“A common assumption is that the rise of drug testing must have had negative consequences for black employment,” she writes. “However, the rise of employer drug testing may have benefited African-Americans by enabling non-using blacks to prove their status to employers.”

In case you missed it: She’s saying that, because African-Americans are perceived to use more drugs, drug testing enables them to objectively prove to employers that they don’t, which therefore results in increased employment. Here’s Quartz:

Without the testing, employers went by their gut biases. But when testing became common and showed that black applicants were not actually using drugs, hiring rates for black applicants went up. Wozniak concludes that this is evidence of discrimination against black workers before testing, driven by some combination of racialized belief and ignorance.

Ugh.

TIME Sexual Assault

Mariska Hargitay: ‘Society Continues to Misplace Blame on Survivors’

Courtesy of Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay is the founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation and stars in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Despite the progress we as a nation have made in the movement to end sexual violence, much work remains.

Society continues to misplace blame and shame on survivors—both women and men—on college campuses and everywhere else. That has to end. We must confront the myths and excuses that help perpetuate sexual assault. We must speak about these issues, boldly, thoughtfully and often, because criminals thrive when we are silent, when we are reluctant to engage, when we insist that these issues are too murky to sort out.

I may not see the end of this violence in my lifetime, but I am committed to doing everything I can to bring it about.

(You can read more opinions in TIME’s special report: Ending Campus Sexual Assault and get the full story in this week’s cover article by Eliza Gray: The Sexual Assault Crisis on American Campuses.)

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Anarchy Conference Suffers Outbreak of Irony

The 5th annual Law and Disorder conference descended into screaming and shouting, leaving the gathering in a state of total... well, you get the idea

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An anarchy conference at Portland State University experienced great success last week, after a panel in the 5th annual Law and Disorder conference broke into screaming, swearing, and general… um… anarchy before it even began.

Although the reason for the protest against panelist Kristian Williams was unclear in the video (something about sexual assault? so much screaming!), attendees could be heard chanting, “We will not be silent in the face of your violence.” They weren’t silenced, although according to the You Tube user who posted the video, police were reportedly called.

[Metro]

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Hell Yes! Swearing Is Good For You, Study Says

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Apparently it's just "a harmless emotional release"

Great news for all you pottymouths: a team of researchers have found that swearing is actually good for you. @!%# yes!

Psychologists at England’s Keele University say cursing is a harmless, creative emotional release that can make you feel stronger, the Daily Mail reports. Basically, they argue that profanity is often used as a coping mechanism and can help us feel more resilient.

Participants of the study were asked to play aggressive video games. After their sessions, they could recall a wider variety of curse words.

“The video games made people feel more aggressive so their language became more emotional and they swore,” senior lecturer Dr. Richard Stephens told the Daily Mail. “We want to use more taboo words when we are emotional. We grow up learning what these words are and using these words while we are emotional can help us to feel stronger.”

Okay, so this might not be the most credible or logical study, but we’re going to go ahead and believe that people who swear are creative, beautiful, emotionally intelligent geniuses.

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Dating Show Contestant Reveals He Murdered Wife And Mistress, But Is Still Looking For Love

Ladies, he's single

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When it comes to looking for love, maybe skip the dating shows and hitch a ride on the hook-up truck instead.

While honesty is usually the best policy, Sefer Calinak, a man looking for love on a Turkish dating show, missed his chance to meet a potential wife when he got a little too open and honest too quickly.

The 62-year old shocked the audience of Flash TV’s The Luck of The Draw by admitting — on air — that he had murdered his first wife and later killed a lover with an axe during an argument.

Calinak said he killed his first wife, a cousin, when they were both 17. As is common with young love, things didn’t work out. Less common, Calinak killed her and was sentenced to 13 years in prison, serving four before being released due to an amnesty.

He then started an affair with a married woman and when she refused to leave her husband for him, they argued and he “accidentally” killed her with an axe. “I killed her after she tried to kill me,” he said according to Hurriyet Daily News. “She was accidentally killed when I swung the ax.” He then served another six years in prison, before heading to the bright lights of television to look for love.

According to USA Today, the show’s producer knew that Calinak had murdered someone, but he was allowed to appear on the show because he had served his legal sentence.

In the game show’s defense, the host did ask Calinak to leave after he confessed to the second murder.

As for us, we’re sticking to that cupcake on Tinder.

[Via USA Today]

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Five-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Stars In Her Own Katy Perry Music Video

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Five-year-old Addy, who was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer last year, got to fulfill her dream of becoming a pop star with her own Katy Perry-inspired music video. Now in remission, Addy would spend time during her hospital visits practicing her singing and dancing, according to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who helped put the video together.

Addy chose to sing Katy Perry’s hit “Roar” because KP is her favorite artist and because the lyrics inspired her throughout her battle with cancer.

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