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Dogs Are The Best Humans

Two weeks ago in Show Low, Arizona (that’s a really hot town name), two dogs named Remus and Smokey were hanging around in their backyard, sipping wine coolers and looking at porn on their tablets while lying by the pool (let’s say).

Their humans, Laurie and Jay Becerra, wrote on Facebook that they were playing around the pool when Smokey accidentally fell into it. And swimming isn’t really Smokey’s thing.

Smokey struggled to swim and was trying to get back up to safe, dry, land, but it wasn’t happening. So Remus sprang into action and tried to help a bitch out.

The first thing Remus tried was to pull Smokey out with his teeth. When Remus realised that wasn’t going to work, he quickly moved to plan B.

Remus jumped into the pool and heroically saved Smokey’s life by pushing that drowning pooch up on out of that lagoon of death.

Remus is a real-life hero and legend!

And he needs some kind of medal of honour added to his collar.

And I can hear some of you cat-haters saying that a cat wouldn’t do shit but just watch poor Smokey drown. That’s factually incorrect, actually! A cat would so something: it would slowly strut to the water and use its paws to push Smokey further in.

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Google Celebrates Maria Reiche

Fly high over the Peruvian desert and you will see giant drawings on the ground. Some of them are straight lines, some are spirals and rectangles and trapezoids, and some are animals: whales, ducks, hummingbirds.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 115th birthday of Maria Reiche, a German mathematician who became known as the “Lady of the Lines,” the scientist known for studying the Nazca Lines.

In 1941, she worked with historian Paul Kosok and was first introduced to the ancient figures that stretch across the pampa. She dedicated herself to the mysterious white shapes. She measured close to 100 lines and investigated their astronomical orientation.

In her discovery, she found that many lines functioned as markers for the summer solstice. Along with Peruvian Air Force, she mapped the area and discovered the figures represent 18 different kinds of animals and birds, in addition to hundreds of geometric shapes.

And she dedicated her life to protect them.

With a household broom, she shielded the figures from people and vehicles simultaneously raising funds for overall preservation.

For her broom work, she was called, the “woman who swept the desert” but soon gained worldwide recognition as “Lady of the Lines.” Her dedication made her a Peruvian hero.

We still don’t fully understand the Nazca lines or know for sure what they mean, but today they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reiche became a Peruvian citizen in 1992, and died in 1998.

Today Google is honouring her, with its Doodle designed by Guille Comin and depicts “Lady of the Lines” in her element on what would have been her 115th birthday.

A well-deserved homage for this legendary archaeologist. 

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Babushka of Baikal

76 years old grandmother Lyubov Morekhodova (Lyubov = love) from Siberia is not an ordinary pensioner. Despite her age, she managed to not only survive frosty weather but also gained attention for her skating skills.

Babushka Lyubov learned to skate at the age of seven and now she spends her retirement days gliding across one of the deepest lakes in the world, Baikal.

Retired technology engineer lives in a modest house and takes care of her beloved animals consisting of dogs, a cat, hens, roosters, calves, bulls, and cows. She wakes up at 5.30 am to feed the cows and let them out to graze on a hill.

Every day, to shorten the distance, she puts on her skates made in 1943 and glides across the lake to make sure that the cows wouldn’t get lost.

Since her husband died in 2011 babushka Lyubov lives alone, but she is not lonely.

During the summer her grandchildren and nephews come to visit. Even though her family encouraged this fearless lady to move to the city, she insisted on staying because she claims to be happy and fulfilled living in the midst of S.I.B.E.R.I.A.

Without a doubt, she’s made in Russia. What an absolute champ!!!

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Google Honour Dr. Maya Angelou

On what would have been her 90th birthday, today (April 4th 2018) Google Doodle is celebrating the life of iconic poet, author and important civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou.

Inspiring the likes of 2Pac, Dave Chappelle, Serena Williams, Common, and even President Barack Obama, Maya Angelou is more than just her literature, she was, and still is, a beacon of hope.

Loved by many, she is regarded as one of the most important and most influential writers in American History.

This day is also a poignant day for all those involved in the civil rights movement, as it is the day that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Happy 90th birthday, Maya Angelou, you are forever an inspiration!

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Drag Elsa

Mother Nature tried it with Boston and dropped more white stuff than a PornHub clip, but that blizzard was no match for Queen Elsa (or at least a Boston bro drag-queening it up in a drugstore Elsa costume).

Christopher B. Haynes posted a clip on Facebook of a delicately crafted snowflake of subtle glamour single-handedly SAVING the Boston Police Department by pushing one of their stuck paddy wagons out of the snow.

No, Drag Elsa wasn’t trying to break out one of her jailed snow friends. Drag Elsa was doing it out of the goodness of her frozen heart.

Drag Elsa basically sang “Let It Go” to the bitch ass snow holding the wheels of the police wagon hostage, and pushed and pushed until it was set free. 

After Drag Elsa performed that heroic act for Boston, she graciously curtsied.

Um, the Boston Police Department needs to get into that wagon and arrest themselves, because they should’ve been the ones curtsying for Drag Elsa for saving them, and for saving them while keeping her wig game tight. A true queen!

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Stephen Hawking, science’s brightest star, has died

Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76.

“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny”, Stephen Hawking lived by his words. He overcame a crippling muscular disorder to bring the most complex scientific ideas to us.

Such an illustrious star, a supernova, in his brief but stellar moment in the history of our time.

To infinity & beyond, he will always be remembered & missed. RIP Sir!!

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Google Honours Dr. Penfield

To a generation of Canadians, “I smell burnt toast!” means something very specific, and ominous. It means they’re having a seizure. Yesterday’s Google doodle celebrated the 127th birthday of Wilder Penfield, the man behind that strange cultural reference and, more importantly, a groundbreaking neurosurgeon who pioneered new treatments for epilepsy.

Though today a Canadian icon, Penfield was actually born and raised in the United States and moved to Montreal in 1928, at age 37. There, he invented the Montreal procedure for patients with severe epilepsy. The patient remains awake under local anesthesia, while the doctor stimulates various parts of their brain tissue. The patient can then give real-time feedback about what they’re feeling, which helps the doctors destroy the nerve cells that are causing the seizures.

So what’s with the burnt toast? The first patient to undergo the Montreal procedure reported smelling burnt toast when no such thing was happening. Later, this was dramatised in a short and widely played clip explaining Penfield’s work. It’s really something. See for yourself:

On a funny and personal note, when I arrived to Montreal many years ago, Dr. Penfield became a familiar name for me because it’s the name of one of my favourite streets.

I love walking on Dr. Penfield street, winter or summer the quiet semi-private area is located between the chaos and the hills, a landscape that inspires many states depending of the season…

Yet visually stunning all year round, summer evokes adventure, autumn romance and winter solitude. I don’t mention spring because spring is not an appealing season to me.

In short, Dr. Penfield is a famous name and as a Canadian, it makes me happy to see this Google recognition for a local hero who did lots for science, but also, a man whose sole name brings great memories of the city I love the most… Montreal, my home.

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