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Nuns having fun will restore your faith in joy




Sisters tested the swings at nearby St. Joseph’s Village school.

Image: David McLane/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images


Once a year, a boy’s-eye view of the scouting movement is given to nuns from several schools in Bergen County, New Jersey. At an outing sponsored by the Catholic Committee on Scouting of North Bergen, Boy Scouts of America, the sisters competed in various events and visited scouting exhibits

Image: David McLane/NY Daily News Archive via Getty…

These adult-sized wombs are taking over the meditation world



Feeling stressed? Have back pain? Struggling with insomnia?

Try lying naked and face-up in a pitch-black tank of water at a temperature that matches your own skin — about 94 degrees Fahrenheit — with a higher concentrate of Epsom salt than the Dead Sea (up to 1,000 pounds). You see nothing. You hear nothing. You might feel nothing

Welcome to sensory deprivation — and if you’re looking for a way to meditate completely, both physically and mentally, this is it.

Naked with cranberry sauce: 20 things I can’t unsee from NYC’s Porn Film Fest



Editor’s note: The following article contains images and language that may be considered graphic or NSFW.

I can finally cross “watch experimental porn for three days with total strangers” off my bucket list

From Feb. 28 to March 1, Brooklyn hosted New York City’s first Porn Film Festival, sponsored by PornHub. Curated by artist Simon Leahy and held at the avant art space Secret Project Robot, it was … an experience. But not in the way you might think

Tinder launches premium service that costs twice as much for people over 30



You might want to check your bank account before swiping right on Tinder.

The dating app is officially launching its suite of premium features, the cost of which vary based on how old you are. In the U.S., users under 30 will pay $9.99 per month, while those 30 and older will pay $19.99 for the same service, the company announced Monday.

One of the new paid features, which Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s VP of corporate…

5 essential books that broke racial barriers



Seventy-five years later, Native Son is still iconic

Richard Wright’s novel, which was published on March 1, 1940, was a groundbreaking work about racial identity. It tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young, poor African-American man living in Chicago, who accidentally kills a white woman. It was the first best-selling novel by a black American author and greatly impacted the way America discussed race.

In honor of…

Ramp up your Tumblr skills with these 21 keyboard shortcuts



While we sadly can’t help you shirk your work responsibilities in order to spend more time on Tumblr, we can make your time on the platform more efficient

There are some extremely handy keyboard shortcuts that will have you whizzing around the microblogging service like a pro. Get your pinky poised over your control or command key, and read on.

Note: Substitute “command” for “control” if you’re using a Mac, and make sure you’re…

The story of the young pioneer girl with the tattooed face




Olive Oatman

Image: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Olive Oatman was born in Illinois in 1837. In 1850, when she was 14, her family (parents Royce and Mary Oatman and their seven children) joined a wagon train to travel from Utah to California.

Love the skin you’re in: 9 uplifting body-positive blogs



Among the fashion, entertainment and media industries, body-shaming and impossible beauty standards are exceedingly commonplace. But bloggers are fighting back.

Using platforms like Tumblr, an important intersection for young people and issues of social justice, bloggers are changing the conversation and showing it’s possible to love the skin you’re in.

From the inclusive Stop Hating Your Body Tumblr, which promotes self-love among all…

Why ride a horse when you can ski behind one?



c. 1909

Image: Anders Beer Wilse / Arts Council Norway via Europeana

“Skijoring”: the word

Leonard Nimoy celebrated full-figured women through photos



Editor’s note: These photos may be considered NSFW.

Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83, was beloved by fans for his distinctive portrayal of Mr. Spock on Star Trek.

Those fans may not have known that Nimoy, through his work as a photographer, also championed women who did not conform to Hollywood’s ideal of physical perfection.

In 2007, Nimoy published The Full Body Project, a collection of photos featuring nude women of many shapes and sizes.

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