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If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

UK Labour MP Points Out There Are No Female Engines In Thomas The Tank Engine

Parents, it’s never too early to teach your kids about fair gender representation in the media! Mary Creagh, the UK’s Labour shadow transport secretary, reminded us all that gendered social conditioning starts young when she pointed out that children’s TV shows unfairly portray transport jobs as exclusively male – particularly placing blame on Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Oh My Glob, Taiwan Has an Adventure Time Train

Cartoon Network took over one of Taiwan High Speed Rail’s trains, festooning both the inside and outside with characters from Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, and more. There’s also a pretty nifty video on the making of the train, the YouTube description for which reads: “Jake the dog also features on an on-board post-box, and passengers are encouraged to mail postcards to their friends and families, plus their favorite websites, onboard.”

OK, I might have added a few words in there.

(images by THSRC, via Tumblr)

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Lady who Drove a Train into a House, I am Impressed

We frequently find ourselves impressed by the accomplishments of women around the world here. Whether it’s Sunita Williams being a total boss in space, the consistently awesome winners of Google’s Science Fair, or Anne Hathaway diverting a creepy question. But it’s safe to say this is a slightly different kind of impressed. Less… in awe, and more… grudgingly respectful?

Anyway, a Swedish cleaning lady drove a train into an apartment building and no one was injured.

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In the Battle Between Talking Trains and Talking Cars, Who Would Win?

We’re all familiar with Maximum Overdrive, right? The movie where inanimate objects come alive and a bunch of trucks make Emilio Estevez pump gas for them? No? Well, I’m terribly sorry to have burdened your mind with that knowledge. You know, if we have to create intelligent machines that are going to fight something… could they fight each other? Maybe for our affection?

Okay, in the fight for our affection between talking trains and talking cars, I think there’s a clear winner.

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