102 YEAR OLD RECEIVES DEGREE NAZIS STOLE FROM HER
In 1937, the Nazis refused to award Ingeborg Rapoport the PhD she had earned for her studies of diphtheria because she is Jewish. Last month, professors from Hamburg University visited Ms. Rapoport to test her on her work eight decades ago:
“To prepare for last month's exam,” reports BBC, “Ingeborg enlisted friends to help her research online what developments there had been in the field of diphtheria over the last 80 years.
"'The university wanted to correct an injustice. They were very patient with me. And for that I'm grateful,' she told Der Tagesspiegel newspaper.”
Here's some video from the award ceremony.
You can read more here.
GORGEOUS PROM DRESS DESIGNED BY STUDENT
New Jersey high school student, Kyemah McEntyre, wanted something special for her senior prom. And wow – take a look at what she designed for herself:
Ms. McEntyre is headed for Parsons School of Design in the fall. I would hope so. See more photos and read more here.
WHAT IS THE INTERNET AND HOW DID WE GET HERE
Here's a nicely done explanation which refutes some myths, adds some knowledge and does it in words anyone can understand. Thank you, Darlene Costner for the video.
JOHN OLIVER ON THE U.S. BAIL SYSTEM
Week after week, he keeps doing it – John Oliver, that is; surprising me with fascinating investigative reports on important subjects mainstream media doesn't bothers with.
Last Sunday on his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, it was the story of bail in the United States – serious stuff with plenty of laughs too.
NICK UT RETURNS TO VIETNAM
Don't know who Nick Ut is? Sure you do. He's the photographer who, at age 21 on 8 June 1972, took this iconic photo that told the world everything we needed to know about the Vietnam War. It won a Pulitzer Prize.
Here's an interview with Mr. Ut about the photograph on a recent visit to Vietnam.
LOLA THE CAT'S AMAZING JOURNEY
Certainly you have been reading the terrible stories of African refugees risking their lives by the thousands fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea in rickety boats.
Somehow Lola the cat survived a trip with her owner across the desert from Sudan to Libya on foot and then by water to the island of Lampedusa.
”TV footage on La Repubblica's website showed aid workers calming the distraught owner, identified only as Sama, after she had disembarked and Lola was held back for health reasons,” reports Reuters.
“The mayor of Lampedusa Giusy Nicolini and the island's doctor Pietro Bartolo intervened to save the cat, which would otherwise probably have been thrown into the sea to drown, La Repubblica said.”
Here's that video:
And here is Lola the cat:
SCHOOL CANCELS VALEDICTORIAN'S SPEECH
Eighteen-year-old Evan Young had planned to come out to his classmates and to his parents in his valedictory speech during high school graduation in Colorado. But when the administration at his charter school learned this, they canceled his speech and outed him to his parents.
To help make up for this outrage, host of The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore, invited Evan to be on his program. You're gonna love this:
Then, as Huffington Post reported,
”...lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group Out Boulder extended the opportunity for Young to deliver his graduation address to hundreds of people during a fundraising event in the backyard of a private residence.
Democracy Now! captured Young's speech - the same speech originally intended for his peers - on video for an exclusive broadcast.”
And now you can see that full speech.
HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR
Maybe you have to be a New Yorker to appreciate one of the funniest tabloid headlines of all time; it ran on the cover of The New York Post in 1983:
The reason it has come up again 32 years later is that Post editor Vincent Musetto died last week at age 74. The New York Times reported,
”As several former colleagues have recalled over the years, Mr. Musetto’s headline almost did not come to be. That April evening, as deadline loomed in the newsroom, it occurred to someone that the bar in question might not actually be topless.
“'It’s gotta be a topless bar!' Mr. Musetto cried, as his former colleague Charlie Carillo wrote for The Huffington Post in 2012. “'This is the greatest headline of my ''career!” (As quoted by Mr. Carillo, there was an intervening, ungenteel participle between greatest' and 'headline.')
“The Post dispatched a reporter, who phoned from Queens to say, to the relief of all and to the everlasting glory of American tabloid journalism, that topless it was.”
WILD ANIMALS SEEING THEMSELVES IN MIRROR
French photographer Xavier Hubert-Brierre and his wife set up huge mirrors in several locations in Gabon to see what would happen when wild animals came by. Take a look:
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