breakingnews:

Russia: Bank offers ‘free cat with every mortgage’

BBC News Monitoring: Russia’s largest bank is apparently loaning cats to clients who buy one of their mortgage products - as a sign of good luck.

Read more here

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Every writer, of every political flavor, has some neat historical analogy, or mini-lesson, with which to preface an argument for why we ought to bomb these guys or side with those guys against the guys we were bombing before. But the best argument for reading history is not that it will show us the right thing to do in one case or the other, but rather that it will show us why even doing the right thing rarely works out.
Adam Gopnik on the value of studying history. (via newyorker)
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guardian:

More people have access to mobile phones than to bog-standard sanitation around the world.

The numbers are actually quite close – both are around the 4.5bn mark. But the implications are clear: we value a text, a tweet over one of our most basic sanitary needs: the loo. 

Wow, this is a sad comment on society.

(Reblogged from guardian)
did-you-kno:

Mobile devices can carry 10 times more bacteria than toilet seats. Source

Not surprising.

did-you-kno:

Mobile devices can carry 10 times more bacteria than toilet seats. Source

Not surprising.

(Reblogged from did-you-kno)
did-you-kno:

Rupert Grint always wanted to be an ice cream man, so he used his Harry Potter cash to buy a Mr. Whippy van, which he drives around to hand out free ice cream to kids. Source

did-you-kno:

Rupert Grint always wanted to be an ice cream man, so he used his Harry Potter cash to buy a Mr. Whippy van, which he drives around to hand out free ice cream to kids. Source

(Reblogged from did-you-kno)
huffposttv:

'SHERLOCK' DOMINATED WITHOUT BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, AND MORE EMMY 2014 FACTS 
Many of us banked on a buzzy new show like “Orange is the New Black” or “True Detective” steering the post-Emmy narrative, but instead it’s a middlebrow British crime series in its third season. “Sherlock” was the night’s big winner, with seven awards. The BBC series toppled HBO’s “The Normal Heart” to win two acting accolades (Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special. That puts it ahead of the six wins “Breaking Bad” saw.
For more on the ‘Sherlock’ win go here.

huffposttv:

'SHERLOCK' DOMINATED WITHOUT BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, AND MORE EMMY 2014 FACTS

Many of us banked on a buzzy new show like “Orange is the New Black” or “True Detective” steering the post-Emmy narrative, but instead it’s a middlebrow British crime series in its third season. “Sherlock” was the night’s big winner, with seven awards. The BBC series toppled HBO’s “The Normal Heart” to win two acting accolades (Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special. That puts it ahead of the six wins “Breaking Bad” saw.

For more on the ‘Sherlock’ win go here.

(Reblogged from huffingtonpost)

guardian:

Zara has pulled a striped shirt featuring a yellow star on the front from sale after it was likened to the uniform worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps during the second world war.

The retailer has since apologised and confirmed the shirt is no longer on sale. Full story here

It is unbelievable that nobody caught this before it ended up in a store. It is quite obvious that many people have absolutely no idea of what has happened in the past. Just one more reason history should be taught in schools. 

(Reblogged from guardian)

huffingtonpost:

HERE’S PROOF THAT DOGS JUST DESPERATELY WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH CATS

Cats are notorious for bullying dogs. But none of that will stop Man’s Best Friend from desperately trying to get cats to like them.  So see our full super compilation of cats being complete jerks to dogs here. 

(Reblogged from huffingtonpost)

huffingtonpost:

You Know How James Foley Died. This Is How He Lived.

When we think of James Wright Foley now, one image is seared into our collective memory: a screenshot from a video, a prisoner on the verge of death. It’s a horrifying picture, the final scene in Foley’s tragic journey from documenting war to becoming its victim. So take a look at Foley’s life from childhood to his time reporting in the Middle East here. 

The Foley family requests that any donations be made to The James Foley Scholarship.

(Reblogged from huffingtonpost)