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Should every restaurant have these? Is this part of the new chivalry?

reblogged via seederad:

If someone does this to me, I swear I’ll fall in love instantly.

Adults train kids to become sexually mature in a manner they approve of. We clap and laugh over all the little moments meant to prepare them for this; we give them gender appropriate toys that will prepare little boys for a manhood of tools and trucks and little girls for a womanhood of kitchens and babies, not to mention makeup and high heels. We take “kissing cousin” photos of little boys and girls mimicking grownup sexual behaviour and proudly frame them or put them in our wallets to show strangers because children mimicking adult sexual behaviour is adorable (so long as it’s the correct sexual behaviour). We teach little boys that they’re not supposed to cry and we teach little girls to spend their lives wondering what men are thinking of them. The second the physical aspects of sexual maturity start sprouting, we organize social events to push them toward each other; first, the fumbling and terrifying middle school dances, then the process gets increasingly formal the closer the kids get to maturity: freshman dances, sophomore dances, proms and homecomings, all to push them toward that aisle, and the socially approved method of romantic love and baby-making.

Gay kids get none of that. Not one bit of it. The fact of the matter is, bullying is the natural result of all that socializing that reinforces heterosexuality as the norm and everything else as… well, so under-represented that it might as well still be a taboo. Teenagers see thousands of murders depicted on screen by the time they reach 18 but most of them never see a boy kiss another boy or sing him a sweet love song. You want to prevent gay kids from killing themselves? Push for more scenes like [“Teenage Dream” in “Glee”]. Giving a young gay boy the dream that someday Prince Charming will come and sing a love song to them? You cannot imagine. You simply cannot imagine how revolutionary such a thing is.

The bad news is that this is probably the final straw for Cooks Source. We have never been a great money-maker even with all the good we do for businesses. Having a black mark wont help … and now, our black mark will become our shroud.

Cooks Source founder Judith Griggs • Admitting the internet campaign against her publication did it in. Griggs, who became infamous for ripping off a writer’s online article and then justifying it by saying that nothing on the Internet is subject to copyright, had few kind words to say to Monica Gaudio, letting out her full rage over the incident in her latest open letter: “If my apology to Monica seemed shallow it was because I was angry about the harm she has inflicted on others on behalf of her own agenda.” The real lesson here, and one that Griggs didn’t admit in her own self-serving letter: Acting unethically will do you in – in the end. source (via detnews)

lickystickypickyme:

Help save the English language!

There are over 60,000 words in the English language but only about 7,000 are used.

The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary have come up with a campaign to SAVE THE WORDS. Their adorable website encourages you to adopt an endangered word and pledge to use it as often as possible.

Like philargyrist, “That diva is a total philargyrist!” Which means: someone who loves money.

Please help to keep these beloved words from being erased forever.

At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That’s how we’re made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.

Grey’s Anatomy (via kari-shma)

abcworldnews:

The FDA does NOT want you to smoke.

 Take a look at some of the 36 proposed labels the FDA wants added to cigarette packs.  The labels serve as an obvious deterrent, the FDA hopes these graphic images will prevent potential smokers from buying cigarettes. 

 Of the 36 proposed warning labels 9 will be placed on cigarette packs by October of 2012.

It’s worth noting that the Europeans have tried a similar tactic for awhile – graphic text in bold letters on cigarette boxes, but no pictures.  Among the messages, “Smoking can cause a slow and painful death,” and the more simple, “Smoking kills.”

Would any of these images prevent you from buying a pack of cigarettes?  Let us know.

15 fictional characters

(A Facebook meme that’s circulating)

The Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen fictional characters (television, films, plays, books) who’ve influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag at least fifteen friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what characters my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note.)

1. Buffy, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

2. Roland Deschain, “The Dark Tower”

3. Veronica Mars, “Veronica Mars”

4. Offred, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

5. Rogue, “X-Men”

6. Frodo Baggins, “The Lord of the Rings”

7. Tyler Durden, “Fight Club”

8. Lestat, “Interview with the Vampire”

9. Lisa Simpson, “The Simpsons”

10. Antoinette Mason, “Wide Sargasso Sea”

11. Holden Caulfield, “Catcher in the Rye”

12. Lois Lane 

13. Pacey Witter, Dawson’s Creek

14. Katniss Everdeen, “The Hunger Games”

15. Dobby, “Harry Potter”

secret time! here’s my secret about “TallAndCute”

tell me a secret.

here’s mine: 

I met a boy, to whom i will refer henceforth as “TallAndCute.”

I’ve seen TallAndCute around lately. I’ve given TallAndCute the staredown a few times.

TallAndCute on Saturday night walked over to me, introduced himself, told me a story and asked for my phone number. 

TallAndCute is not only Tall and Cute, he can also form coherent sentences.

TallAndCute has yet to call. 

I AM SO ANXIOUS.

(and it’s remarkable, because i am never this anxious)…

your turn. 

shortformblog:

Meet Whitney Metzger: This Norfolk, Va. resident is basically an unintentional mass-marketing genius. She put up a bunch of flyers and a Facebook event page for an event called “Survive Norfolk,” a massive game of zombie-themed tag. She only put up the event a couple of weeks ago, expecting just a couple hundred people to come. Instead, nearly 10,000 people will probably be there tonight. This event, actually based in our old neighborhood of Ghent, has drawn so much attention that USA Today did a story about her. We’re proud of this event: If any community would be able to support an event like this, it’s Ghent, one of the most engaged single neighborhoods we’ve ever seen. Sigh. We miss Ghent. source

I’m a heroine addict. I need to have sex with women who have saved someone’s life.

Mitch Hedberg  (via lovebug)

andshejustcried:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – 5×16 – The Body

Anya Jenkins: But I don’t understand! I don’t understand how this all happens. I mean, I knew her and now.. there’s just a body! And I don’t understand why she just can’t get back in it and not be dead anymore! It’s stupid! It’s mortal and stupid! And Xander’s crying and not talking. And I was having fruit punch and I thought, well Joyce will never have anymore fruit punch. Not ever. And she’ll never have eggs, or yawn, or brush her hair, not ever! And no one will explain to me why.