There are two things that are very wrong in Malaysia right now. First, rape in a marriage is not illegal. So, once you get hitched, rape "ceases to exist." Second, adult men can legally marry children. These two things working in tandem make life as a young girl in Malaysia particularly difficult.Read More
Sure, Luke has historically fought the Dark Side of the Force, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't kill a fuckton of people to do it. Check out Mr. Sunday Movies' Movie Kill Count for Luke Skywalker!Read More
The exploration of the Rising Star cave in South Africa led to the discovery of skeletons belonging to a new entrant in humanity's ancestry named Homo naledi, and this task required spelunkers of unusual size in order to explore its very narrow passageways. The size requirement attached to the job led to the selection of an all-female team of scientists, each with both the necessary caving experience and the small stature required.Read More
What fresh hell...
The ad, pictured above, recommends that women "Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, and work like a boss." Yeah. Okay. Sure. What the hell?Read More
Talk about surfin' safari!
Filmed at the Kruger National Park in South Africa, this heron is having a grand old time. We can't be sure, but we think the hippo was having a bit of fun too. If you want to have some fun, try starting the video below first and playing both at the same time.Read More
Except green instead of blue. Because it's a plant.
Jennifer Lawrence isn't the only game in town when it comes to genetic mutants who can change their shape to copy whomeever they want (I mean X-Men JLaw, not IRL JLaw, probably). A new South American plant has been discovered with all of Mystique's shape-changey powers, and it's pretty rad.Read More
Huh. Mine doesn't do that.
Johannesburg's prison system has a complicated, controversial history -- particularly in the case of the women's facility that held Winnie Mandala on several occasions. You know what would be a fitting tribute to the many unjustly incarcerated women of this prison's past? Did you answer "a giant screaming vagina that you can walk around in?" Well, it's your lucky day!Read More
While they certainly aren't capable of curing lepers of their grievous affliction, restoring the sight of the blind, or other supernatural deeds -- insects just don't make ideal religious messiahs -- pygmy mole crickets might as well be some creature of the divine since the little buggers can actually jump from the surface of the water just as adeptly as if they were on dry land. While pond skaters are hoarding all the recognition due to their being more universally recognizable, pygmy mole crickets may soon change all that once they take aquatic insect locomotion to the extreme!Read More
We already knew and accepted that humans have been using tools for a long time. The question, however, has been when the modern use of tools with organics arrived. A group of researchers have now traced a series of tools found in Border Cave, South Africa, which are remarkably similar to those still in use today by the African San culture, to 44,000 years ago. That predates what many had come to conclude was the true start of modern human behavior by over 20,000 years.Read More
What are thought to be the world's oldest human beds were recently found in a cave in South Africa. Considering how primitive they were, perhaps the better term would be "sleeping mats," but in either case, these are the oldest beds or sleeping mats that have ever been found. Previous sleeping mats dated back 20,000 or 30,000 years, but these new ones -- or rather, these old ones -- are more squarely in a 50,000 to 70,000 year old ballpark.Read More
This work symbolizes the internet addiction and consequences that occur nowadays. It also emphasizes negative effects of being reliant to the new technology and internet.Sadly the more we experience it the more we are reliant to it.It does not, apparently, commemorate the countless thousands pwned to death on the battlefields of Modern Warfare 2, as I initially assumed. Still, pretty haunting. Especially considering these times in which we live. Check out a side-view of a similar black skull after the jump. Read More
While taking pictures for a book about endangered African lions, wildlife photographer Roger de la Harpe came across three lionesses while in South Africa's Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve. He placed a digital camera on the path up ahead to see if he could record the lionesses as they hopefully passed by. Harpe got more than a quick pass, as one of the lionesses stopped at the camera, inspected it, then picked it up in her mouth and trotted off with it. Luckily, she didn't damage the camera, and it managed to record the heist from the point of view of the lioness' mouth. Since the camera's lens was unobstructed and inside the lioness' mouth, one can liken the view to what a lioness' prey sees as it hangs from her mouth. After a few minutes, the lioness dropped the stolen item and Harpe was able to retrieve the camera with the lionesses around only 75 meters away.Read More
The 2010 World Cup officially begins this morning, with Mexico's match against South Africa kicking off at 10:00am EDT. But the road to the tournament has been long: Not only have the players been going through rigorous training and conditioning for months, but teams, countries, and companies have held some pretty out-there promotions, encompassing tech, design, and adorable soccer-playing animals. After the jump, 18 of the 2010 World Cup's coolest promotions:Read More
After seeming to show so much promise in the nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not followed through on its promise "to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize."
What this statement meant, when you strip out all the language designed not to offend, is this: to recognize and include genre movies, that is, science fiction, fantasy, action, and animation (yes, I know animation is a medium and not a genre, but Hollywood hasn't figured that out yet).
Much to my should-not-have-been-surprise, when the last award was announced, despite multiple nominations in more than ten categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, and both Screenplay awards, genre movies were snubbed in almost every award except the technical ones.Read More