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  1. Teenage Musician Does Guzheng Cover Of Metallica’s “One” That Will Rock You Gently

    We've posted the awesome cover work of Michelle Kwan before. Last time it was Guns 'N Roses, this time it's Metallica. I'll be over here, gently banging my head with a lighter held up...

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  2. 8 Real Life Girl Geniuses You Ought to Know

    No, not Ami Mizuno!

    It’s time to call these girls by name, and give them the respect they deserve. Write these down, tell your friends about them, and – better yet – tell the kids in your life about them, too. Give them someone (several someones!) to look up to, and give their science teachers a break from having to explain why learning chemistry, biology, and physics might be a handy thing to do.

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  3. Sexual Agency and Zombie Butts: Why Bob’s Burgers‘ Tina Belcher Matters

    Essay

    If you had told me back in 2011 that Tina Belcher would be my absolute favorite character on H. Jon Benjamin’s new show Bob’s Burgers, let alone that she’d be one of my favorite characters on television period, I would have been … skeptical at best. Mostly I just saw the character design and knew she was voiced by a male comedian and, man, does comedy have a bad history of mocking girl characters who have masculine features and don’t fit perfect feminine molds (cough cough Family Guy cough). But the show took what could have been a cheap running gag of “let’s laugh at the weird girl” and turned her into the best character on the whole damn show. And I’m still kind of amazed that she exists.

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  4. Girl Says She Was Booted From Prom For Wearing That Most Scandalous of Attire: Pants

    Oh My Stars and Garters

    No, not pants! Anything but pants! *gasssssssp*

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  5. 16-Year-Old Survives Flight From San Jose to Hawaii in Wheel Well of Plane

    Don't do this. You'll die.

    A 16-year-old boy hopped the fence at Mineta San Jose International Airport and jumped into the wheel well—where the landing gear is stored during flight—of a Hawaiian Airlines jet heading to Kahului Airport in Maui. He spent hours at high altitude, low temperatures, and thin air, but luckily he survived.

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  6. A Whole Bunch of Teenagers Tweeted Bomb Threats at American Airlines Because Humanity Is Terrible

    Everyone is the worst.

    You'd think that seeing a teenage girl get into actual real-world trouble for tweeting a vague and incredibly-racist terror threat to an airline would make other people want to stop doing that. Of course, that's a fallacy on your part. Teenagers are not people. They are monsters.

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  7. Mean Little Girls: Thoughts On Indie Game Journal

    Essay

    Journal is a game with problems. I was on board with so many things about it — wandering through the pages in a notebook, the shadow puppet interludes, the mystery of a young girl whose beloved diary has gone blank. It’s a simple game, one that revolves around talking to other characters and piecing the story together. I’m normally all for adventure games of this sort, but I had trouble getting into this one. The wandering was too open-ended, leaving me sometimes at a loss for what I should do next. There were incongruous moments where a character would reference a past event, and my character had full knowledge of what they were talking about. Weren’t we supposed to be filling in the blanks together? Apparently not. The effect left me feeling distanced from the story. It wasn’t until the day after, when I started reflecting on the game, that it started to bother me. Really bother me. The more I thought about it, the more I didn’t want to write about it. I wanted to let this one lie. The nameless protagonist of Journal is a young girl, who I placed somewhere between eleven and fourteen. That’s an age range I do not like thinking about. And even though Journal’s girl was wrestling with things that I largely did not, the way she reacted to them left me feeling bruised.

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  8. Nerd Girl With Amazing Sense of Humor Takes her Calculator to Prom

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    According to Tumblrer I Ship It Like UPS, as documented by a suite of photos, nobody asked her to prom, so she decided to take somebody who'd had a real and lasting effect on her academic progress: her TI-84. I have to admit: it's a pretty snazzy dresser.

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  9. Jesuit High Schooler Delivers Wet Willy on Live TV, May Be Suspended, Judged by an Angry God [Video]

    It's a well-known fact that when you turn your camera on a teenager, they are going to do something stupid. It's pretty much a law of physics, really. Case in point: This student at St. Joseph's, a Jesuit prep school in Pennsylvania, knew he was on live television and, being any high school student anywhere in the history of time, just couldn't restrain himself from taking probably the one opportunity he will ever get to give the dude in front of him a dreaded "wet willy" before an audience of millions. We know that feel, bro.  Thankfully, someone captured this moment of brilliance to share with the Internet at large, and we're delighted to bring it to you below.

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  10. Teenager Really, Really Needs To Get Online, Drugs Parents’ Milkshakes So They Pass Out

    Meddling Kids

    You've heard the saying, "beware Greeks bearing gifts," yes? How about teenagers bearing milkshakes? No? Well you're about to become familiar with it. A California teen just absolutely had to get on the internet one night and since her parents wouldn't allow it, she drugged them. 

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  11. Think of the Children: South Korea Apparently Planning to Block Porn on Phones of Teenagers

    The untamed wilderness of the Internet is still something that people across the globe tend to find suspicious. There could be anything out there, after all, and we need to protect the children. That's how the argument typically goes, anyway, when calls for censorship crop up. That's what appears to be the case in South Korea, as the nation's reportedly planning on installing filters on the smartphones of teenagers in order to block unsavory material like pornography.

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  12. Angry Swedish Teenagers Riot Over Instagram Sext Account

    Sometimes riots happen. Sometimes Swedish teenagers send sexy pictures to each other. Sometimes riots happen because Swedish teenagers send sexy pictures to each other. That's what happened when a group teenagers swarmed the school of a girl accused of posting sexy pictures on Instagram. The riot also spilled over to a local mall, scaring unwitting holiday shoppers. Rioting teenagers in a mall is exactly what old people at malls are afraid of.

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  13. Jon Hamm Gives Advice to Teenage Girls, Because He Is a Grown Man and Can Offer His Perspective [Video]

    I'll Allow It

    For some great reason, Jon Hamm has taken it upon himself to offer advice to some teenage girls who asked questions on the internet. Because he is a grown man, and he might know a thing or two about life. Like how guys don't care about a girl's farts, because everyone farts. But when it comes to sex, maybe stick to just making out, because that's "super fun." Who are we to argue with Jon Hamm? We're not going to argue with Jon Hamm. As he'd tell us, "Enjoy The Hunger Games!" (via Vimeo)

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  14. 17-Year-Old Invents Low-Cost Mine Detector Using Sound Waves

    Clever Girl

    I'd say I'm sick of hearing about teenagers doing more than I'll ever accomplish in my entire life but I can't do it, honestly. These kids are amazing. The latest? Seventeen-year-old Marian Bechtel. She's a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search thanks to a low-cost device she created that can detect land mines using sound waves. Yup, like I said, amazing. 

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  15. Study Shows Teenagers Tend to Eat More After Gaming

    A new study by University of Ottawa researcher Jean-Philippe Chaput shows that, apparently, teenagers who spend an hour gaming typically eat more afterwards than teenagers who spend an hour performing a similarly sedentary activity. The study involved plopping teenagers in front of a game console --no word on what they had them play-- and then giving them an open buffet afterwards. The control group did some other, sedentary, mundane activity and were also awarded with an open buffet. I haven't finished this article yet, but I can already tell you that, regrettably, there is no open buffet waiting for me when I finish. What the study found is that the teenagers who were playing games eat, on average, 163 calories more than the teenagers who were doing something else. On top of that, the gamers didn't actually burn any more calories than the control group, so the increased calorie intake wasn't replace the energy spent on all that thumb movement or anything. There were also no biological indicators of stress in these gamers, so that couldn't explain it either. No stress? Seriously, I want to know what they were playing.

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  16. Teens Ask Yahoo! “Who Is Osama Bin Laden?”

    Yesterday's news that the most notorious man of the 21st century had been killed struck a chord with millions of Americans. The younger folks seem to have been left out in the cold, though, as Yahoo! reported in a recent blog post. According to their search statistics, searches for "Osama Bin Laden" went up 100,000% making him the most searched person on Monday. One quarter of those searches came from those under the age of 24. Younger users, ages 13-17, were responsible for 1 in 3 of the searches for "how did Osama Bin Laden die," and 40% of searches for "who killed Osama Bin Laden." Most surprising, however, was Yahoo!'s report that 66% of the people searching for the phrase "who is Osama Bin Laden?" were also in the 13-17. For reference, these pubescent users would have been born in 1994-1998, meaning that the oldest amongst them were in first grade during the 9/11 attacks. While it's possible that they were simply too young to remember the attacks, and have -- as teenagers are wont to do -- ignored many of the news issues of the day, search traffic alone doesn't imply ignorance. They could have just as easily used the search term to learn more about the deceased leader of Al Qaeda. But, if you need to make a friend feel old and despair about the future, just share the above factoids with them. (Yahoo! Search Blog via BoingBoing)

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  17. Facebook Message Targets Girls Without Prom Dates — And Worse

    What Boys Think of Girls

    Today in "How Do We Keep Our Children Off of Facebook Forever": A message sent on Facebook to students in Ipswich, Massachusetts that listed female students without prom dates was followed by another message outlining the sexual experience of junior girls at the same school. This, naturally, upset many people besides the girls who were named, and police are investigating to see who wrote the original message. Sad possibility: this could have been written by boys or girls.

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  18. Photo Collection of Girls In Their Bedrooms

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Remember your bedroom as a teenager? Plastered with posters, evidence of your budding social life, the graffiti of youth ... Photographer Rania Matar has conducted a project for which she photographs teenagers in the United States and the Middle East, at home in their bedrooms. And it just goes to show, there's no wrong way to be a girl. (And being one hasn't changed too much, either -- there's surely a picture of my Jim Carrey/movie geek wallpaper floating around somewhere.)

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