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September 13, 2011
As Miss Angola I’ve already done a lot to help my people. I’ve worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs … I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.
The new Miss Universe, Leila Lopes • Describing what she plans to do to help as the new Miss Universe. The current Miss Angola is a bit of a trailblazer as far as beauty pageant winners go — she’s one of the few black women to win the Miss Universe title, and she had harsh words for anyone that might have a problem with that: “Any racist needs to seek help.” Not that we’re particularly huge fans of Miss Anything pageants, but considering her social stances, we can totally get behind this winner. Africa has a huge HIV problem, and needs any help it can get. Now it has a high-profile ambassador. source (viafollow)
11:08 // 2 years ago
March 22, 2011
First National Spelling Bee winner dies, word recitation skills intact: Frank Neuhauser spelled the word “gladiolus” correctly way back in 1925 to ensure his place in history as the winner of the first National Spelling Bee. He died March 11 at 97. source Follow ShortFormBlog

First National Spelling Bee winner dies, word recitation skills intact: Frank Neuhauser spelled the word “gladiolus” correctly way back in 1925 to ensure his place in history as the winner of the first National Spelling Bee. He died March 11 at 97. source

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10:43 // 3 years ago
March 21, 2011
Just a quick update on that Threadless contest we had last week in honor of our 5,000th follower — we have a winner! Mark Ziemer won for his witty retort about this shirt — "How many licks does it take to get to the reactor core of a steampunk owl? I won’t know unless I get this shirt." We’d like to thank everyone who entered, and we hope to do it again when we hit 6,000. Thanks!

Just a quick update on that Threadless contest we had last week in honor of our 5,000th follower — we have a winner! Mark Ziemer won for his witty retort about this shirt"How many licks does it take to get to the reactor core of a steampunk owl? I won’t know unless I get this shirt." We’d like to thank everyone who entered, and we hope to do it again when we hit 6,000. Thanks!

21:02 // 3 years ago
February 27, 2011

The scale of obviousness of the key Oscar categories

  • kinda Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Best Actress in a role she was destined to win one for.
  • moreso Colin Firth won for Best Actor for being really good at stuttering through a role.
  • most ”The King’s Speech” won for Best Picture, but we think “The Social Network” wuz robbed.
23:40 // 3 years ago
February 20, 2011

Ugandan election results favor dude already in office for 25 years

  • 68% the share of votes Yoweri Museveni, in office 25 years, got in Uganda
  • 26% the share of votes his closest rival, Kizza Besigye, received
  • 6% the share of votes everyone else received in the election source

» The opposition says it’s “illegitimate”: Besigye’s Inter-Party Cooperation is one of a couple of groups who have thrown up question marks about the electoral results. European Union observers, for example, say the elections are “marred by avoidable and logistical failures, which led to an unacceptable number of Ugandan citizens being disenfranchised.” A group of African-based election observers gave a statement claiming, however, that the election was “conducted in conformity with minimum international benchmarks for free elections.” Hopefully this doesn’t turn into the kind of mess that has marred the Ivory Coast over the last few months.

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