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  • We first told you about the #icebucketchallenge last week. In efforts to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, you dump a bucket of ice water on yourself and then nominate three others to do the challenge. If they don’t, they have to donate at least $100 to the ALS Association.

    You’ve seen your friends doing it all over social media. Well, now the people at the head of those social media platforms are getting in on the action.

    Mark Zuckerberg was issued the challenge by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and in turn passed it on to his Facebook colleague COO Sheryl Sandberg, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Microsoft founder-turned-superphilanthropist Bill Gates.

    Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella braved the cold and also made two $25,000 donations to the cause. He then nominated Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Google’s Larry Page.

    Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, posted his #icebucketchallenge to the Twitter-owned video platform, Vine.

    Since the

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  • It’s Aug. 13, and it’s Left-handers Day.

    Going all the way back to 1976, it’s a day for 7 to 10 percent of the world’s population to celebrate their left-handedness and highlight some of the challenges faced by those who adapt to use right-handed tools and objects such as scissors, spiral-bound notebooks, and can openers. Even high-fiving and shaking hands with a right-handed person can be a little tricky for a lefty.

    The website has a list of ways to celebrate, including creating "Lefty Zones" in the kitchen, playroom, or study or even while you’re away on a holiday.

    Left-handed folks are often considered to be more creative, artistic, and intuitive. An Australia study found that right-handed people tend to be left hemisphere-dominant, therefore, more logical and objective, while left-handed people are more balanced across both hemispheres of their brain.

    In studies on matters of health, lefties are found to be more resilient when recovering from strokes, while

    Read More »from Left-Handers Day Celebrates Southpaws the World Over
  • New York is a big city, and the sheer size of it can be overwhelming for anyone. Now imagine what it feels like if you are a little person.

    Jonathan Novick, 22, has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.

     Sharing a definition of dwarfism, Novick says it is "the abnormal underdevelopment of the body characterized predominantly by extreme shortness of stature." He adds, "The term is dwarf or little person, one or the other is totally fine — just not midget ... not only is that incorrect, but it's incredibly offensive."

    Novick came to New York City about a year ago. He made a short film about his experience and posted it to YouTube on Aug. 7. In less than a week, it's racked up more than 69,000 views.

    He wanted to share this video so that instead of telling people about his condition and his life, he could start showing them.

    In May 2013, he participated in a different film that also tells his story.

    In the more recent project, he uses footage from a hidden camera disguised as

    Read More »from Man With Dwarfism Wears Hidden Camera to Show a Day From His Point of View
  • The big story today on social media is the passing of celebrated comedian and movie star Robin Williams. He died Monday at the age of 63 in his home near San Francisco from an apparent suicide. According to a statement issued from a representative, he had been battling severe depression of late.

    Williams had a devoted following that is evident from the sheer number people who took to social media to remember him.

    In the six hours after the news broke of his passing, he had 7.5 million mentions on Twitter.

    Originally, the response was of disbelief, but as word spread, celebrities and fans alike shared their sentiments, many citing quotes from their favorite films.


    Read More »from Friends and Fans Alike Mourn Robin Williams on Social Media
  • It was a pretty colorful surprise for a Kansas City Police detective when his colleagues covered his Ford Taurus with 4,000 Post-it notes as a prank to mark his 50th birthday.

    Detective Stuart Littlefield, a 20-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department, admits he deserves this as he is a serial prankster and often the first to cause trouble.

    His reaction was pretty upbeat. "Yup, they got me good this time. This was supposed to be a low-key birthday. When you're 50, you don't want anyone to know about it. That kind of blew up in my face," said Littlefield. "I can't tell you exactly what I said, but the gist is, 'Golly, they got me.'"

    The pranksters' handiwork is a lovely work of art: color blocking, pink tires, peace signs, and a smiley face.

    Littlefield adds, "'Creative' is a word. I can think of another word I can't say on camera since we're talking to the public."

    No one has confessed to the prank, and Littlefield has yet to investigate who's behind the prank, but he promises

    Read More »from Cop Gets Pranked With 4,000 Post-Its On Car


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