(CNN)Christmas is a time of the year when you’re supposed to spend quality time with your family. But what to do if your daughter is working for an airline over the holidays?
(CNN)Christmas is a time of the year when you’re supposed to spend quality time with your family. But what to do if your daughter is working for an airline over the holidays?
2019 will see the enactment of a slew of new laws across the country (in California alone, more than 1,000 will be added to the books). In some states, minimum wages will go up, guns will be harder to obtain, plastic straws will get the boot and hunters will get to wear pink for a change.
Here are some of the noteworthy laws going into effect this year:
In the wake of the shooting massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school last year, California passed several measures to prevent domestic abusers and people with mental illness from obtaining guns. Californians who are involuntarily committed to a mental institution twice in a year, or who are convicted of certain domestic violence offenses, could face a lifetime gun ownership ban.
Under an expanded Oregon law that went into effect on Jan. 1, domestic abuse offenders or people under restraining orders are banned from owning or purchasing a gun. In Illinois, authorities now have the right to seize firearms from people determined to be a danger to themselves or others. A similar “red flag” law will go into effect in New Jersey later this year.
At least six states — California, Washington, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois and Vermont — and the District of Columbia are raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 for the purchase of long guns this year, CNBC reported.
Washington state will also be enforcing several other gun control measures, including enhanced background checks, secure gun storage laws and a requirement for gun purchasers to provide proof they’ve undergone firearm safety training.
Several states are taking aim at workplace sexual harassment. California has banned nondisclosure provisions in settlements involving claims of sexual assault, harassment or discrimination based on sex. California employers will also no longer be allowed to compel workers to sign nondisparagement agreements as a condition of employment or in exchange for a raise or bonus.
By the end of 2019, publicly held corporations in the Golden State will also need to have at least one woman on their board of directors. Depending on the size of the board, corporations will need to increase that number to at least two or three female board members by the end of 2021.
In New York, all employees will be required to complete annual sexual harassment prevention training. Larger businesses in Delaware will have to provide such training to their workers, and legislators and their staff in Virginia will need to undergo such training every year.
Though the federal minimum wage has languished at $7.25 since 2009, at least 19 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Washington, will be raising their minimum wages this year. Each will boost its minimum wage to at least $12. Some cities like New York, Seattle and Palo Alto, California, will see their wage floors increase to $15.
As public awareness mounts of the hazards of plastic waste pollution, cities and states around the country have been targeting a major source of the problem: single-use plastic products like straws and food containers.
A new law in New York City bars restaurants, stores and manufacturers from using most foam products, including takeout containers, cups and packing peanuts.
Eateries in the District of Columbia are now prohibited from giving out single-use plastic straws and stirrers. In California, restaurant patrons will need to ask explicitly for a plastic straw if they want to use one. Restaurants can be fined $25 a day for serving beverages with plastic straws that aren’t requested by customers.
On Jan. 8, Florida will restore the voting rights of all former felons except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense. Some 1.4 million possible voters will be added to the rolls — an addition that could have a significant effect on elections in the swing state.
Utah has lowered its blood alcohol content standard for drunk driving to 0.05 percent — the lowest limit in the country.
Under the new law, a driver who exceeds that limit and causes the death of another person will be charged with criminal homicide, a felony offense.
As CNN notes, all other U.S. states have a blood alcohol concentration limit of 0.08 percent for noncommercial drivers. Since at least 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board has been pushing to lower the limit to 0.05 nationwide.
Pets in California will no longer be treated by courts as physical property in divorce cases. Instead, judges can decide who gets custody of the family pet.
Under a separate California law, pet stores will no longer be allowed to sell cats, dogs or rabbits that aren’t from animal shelters or nonprofit rescue groups. That law, which took effect on Jan. 1, also requires that store owners maintain proper documentation of the backgrounds of the dogs, cats and rabbits they sell.
Hawaii’s new law allowing physician-assisted suicide took effect on Tuesday.
Smoking will be banned at all New Jersey public beaches and parks starting in July.
In New York City, a new ordinance bans pharmacies from selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. And Massachusetts has raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.
People who identify as neither male nor female can now list their gender as “X” on birth certificates in New York City.
A health insurance law in New Jersey that came into effect on Jan. 1 requires residents to maintain coverage or pay a penalty. It’s the second state in the country, after Massachusetts, to enact an individual health insurance mandate.
In an effort to promote economic growth, Vermont has offered to pay some remote workers to relocate to the state.
Qualified applicants can each apply for up to $10,000 in funding. The state has earmarked $500,000 for the initiative, The Associated Press reported.
Not into the usual “blaze orange”? Hunters in Illinois can now wear equally eye-catching “blaze pink” under a new law.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) said the new shade could be even more effective in helping hunters stand out.
“[In the fall] we’re hunting in trees and in some fields, there are orange leaves. There is orange in the background, so it’s not always easy to see orange,” Rauner said, according to the Illinois News Network. “So we’re adding blaze pink to be one of the colors.”
In an age of text messaging and email, Ohio is attempting to keep the handwriting tradition of cursive alive. A new state law will require students to be able to write in cursive by the end of fifth grade.
It’s not what you give, but the thought and sacrifice behind what you give that counts. And this gift a teacher received is so thoughtful and sacrificial it hurts.
Facebook user and elementary school teacher Rachel Uretsky-Pratt shared a photo of a gift one her students gave her—a simple bag of Lucky Charms marshmallows—along with a description of how it was given to her:
“To help put your life into perspective: Today was the last day before our winter break. We will have two weeks off to rest with our families and loved ones over the holidays then head back to school in 2019.With it being the day before break and Christmas right around the corner, most teachers bring their kiddos something such as books or little treats and occasionally in return receive something from their students.Today I received some chocolates, sweet handmade notes, some jewelry, but these Lucky Charm marshmallows stood out to me the most.You see, 100% of my school is on free/reduced lunch. They also get free breakfast at school every day of the school week. This kiddo wanted to get my something so badly, but had nothing to give.So rather than give me nothing, this student opened up her free breakfast cereal this morning, took the packaging of her spork, straw, and napkin, and finally took the time to take every marshmallow out of her cereal to put in a bag—for me. Be grateful for what you have, and what others give you. It all truly comes from the deepest parts of their hearts. Happy Holidays. 💕
How unbelievably sweet. I can just picture this student sitting carefully pulling the marshmallows from her cereal—obviously the best part—and carefully wrapping them up for her beloved teacher.
Oof, my heart.
It doesn’t matter how much a present costs. This student doesn’t have much, yet she was willing to give up one of the pleasures she does have in order to express her gratitude and bring a smile to her teacher’s face.
One might assume that a person who has very little would be inclined to hold onto it, while those who have plenty would be more willing to let things go. But that’s often not the case. Berkeley psychology researcher Paul Piff conducted a published study that found that people of lower socioeconomic means were more willing to give what they had, while the richer tended to be more miserly.
And not all giving is equally sacrificial. When you consider how much greater a burden $5 or $10 is to someone struggling to put food on the table compared to someone with a five-figure savings account, a small gift from someone of lesser means is actually a lot more generous than it would be from their wealthier counterparts.
And when you have no money with which to buy a gift and have to get creative with what you have? That’s when a present means the most. The spirit of giving is alive and well in this thoughtful student, and whoever is raising her deserve some praise.
This week, a video by self-described “science guy” Steve Mould went viral on social media. Using a violin bow, a metal plate, and a cup of dry couscous, he demonstrates something that usually takes a rare neurological condition to experience: he shows us what musical notes look like.
“This is a pretty random distribution of couscous,” Mould explains, “but when I take my bow, and I play this metal square like an instrument, this random distribution will suddenly become decidedly non-random.”
Sure enough, as he draws the bow along the edge of the square, the couscous grains seem to vibrate themselves into a stunningly regular geometric pattern. And when he holds the plate and bow further left or right along the edge, new patterns arise.
So what’s going on?
“This is a problem of wave dynamics,” explains Mould in the video. “The equations that describe the motion of this plate are here… that’s how the plate moves when you bow it.”
“If you look at the plate here, the parts that are moving jiggle the couscous around… until they reach parts of the plate that aren’t moving.”
This experiment is actually well over 300 years old, with quite an epic history. The phenomenon was first discovered in 1680 by the prolific scientist and Isaac-Newton-nemesis Robert Hooke – and he used a method virtually identical to Mould’s.
Over a century later, in 1787, Hooke’s experiments were repeated by the physicist and musician Ernst Chladni. But although he could produce the striking patterns – now known as Chladni figures in his honor – a mathematical explanation eluded him.
It wasn’t long before this caught the eye of one of the most powerful figures on Earth. After Chladni demonstrated his experiments in Paris, Napoleon issued a challenge: Whoever came up with the best mathematical explanation for the phenomenon would win the Prize of the Paris Academy of Sciences.
There was just one problem: Joseph-Louis Lagrange, one of the most prominent mathematicians, well, ever, had declared the problem so difficult that it would need a whole new branch of mathematics to solve it. A question that even the great Lagrange found intimidating would be far too hard for any normal mathematician, people thought, and scholars abandoned the problem en masse – with one exception.
Enter one Sophie Germain. Forced due to the prevailing sexism of her time to submit her early work under a man’s name, Germain eventually became one of the most important mathematicians in history, making contributions in number theory and pioneering the field of elasticity theory. And, despite Lagrange’s warnings, she decided to take on the problem of the Chladni figures.
“The maths that explains it comes from Sophie Germain,” Mould told IFLScience. “She did amazing work figuring out how standing waves like this work.”
Her eventual explanation in 1816 made Germain the first woman to win any prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences – although, as a woman, she was still barred from attending sessions.
Mould’s demonstration has received thousands of views this week, with people offering other examples of musical physics.
So what is it that’s so inspiring about this experiment?
“[Standing waves are] a really important part of lots of physics. Especially quantum mechanics,” says Mould. “But on a human level, patterns appearing out of nowhere is just really cool!”
What will come of the future dreamers? Where will the artists draw their inspiration, and how will the free-thinkers function? I wonder if the young minds full of hope will be able to spring forth despite the chains that bind them, and if those who dare to push the envelope will even be heard. Will the next generation be able to climb out of the box, or will they be subdued back into the status quo? It makes one ask if innovation can be wrung from a dry towel? Or if creative, yet dry bones can be resurrected? Again, I say, what will come of the future dreamers? Are we killing our children’s creativity?
I was recently watching my middle child bing-bong back and forth with a happy giggle. It brought back memories of the old Atari game, Pong, and much like the game she bounced to and fro through our living room. At times her intensity and energy were exasperating, and I joked with my husband about it.
“You know,” I mentioned, “if she was in public school they’d probably tell us to medicate her.”
And he agreed, with a laugh. I was only joking, but a part of me imagined there was probably some truth to my statement. I felt bad for public educators. You see, they were forced to take a room full of young children and fit them all into the same mold. So, although each child was an individual with unique learning styles, the constraints of the setting required them to all learn the same.
Let’s say you had a child like my own. High-spirited yet shy. A huge imagination, but not always eager to share it in a large group. She was a tactile learner, meaning she enjoyed hands-on education, and carrying out a task rather than listening to lengthy instructions. She could focus on instruction for short periods, but absorbed them more by doing. She was sensitive, easy to cry, yet also just as easy to laugh.
My daughter liked to move around, hop, dance, and fidget. This wasn’t a bad thing, but in some settings, it might be considered that way. The thing was, she was five, and she was high energy. A lot of children that age are, but they are often treated older than they are. I’m of the opinion that much more is expected out of young children than  to  years ago. I recall kindergarten as a place where I napped, learned to share, tie my shoes, and go back home by noon. Nowadays, according to public school friends, the hours of instruction are longer, sitting still at a desk, without a nap, and with more focus on an advancing curriculum. If they can’t fit into this mold, they might fall behind in class.
The thing about my girl is that although one moment she might be bouncing off the walls, the next she can be sitting still and transfixed on something that interests her and sparks her imagination. She will sit on the floor for hours at a time drawing, coloring, and creating her “art.” She’s told us for some time that she desires to be an artist when she grows up. So we cultivate her interests, and we often structure her school around her creative appeal, while ensuring she also spends time on her A, B, C’s and 1, 2, 3’s. It works well for her, but I see stories in Mommy groups I’m a part of that make me wonder if it also goes as well for other adventurous and unique young ones out there.
When I see the way the education system is shifting, I wonder if we push too hard in just one direction. The system creates markers that children must hit, with little wiggle room for trying a different approach to hit that mark. Standardized testing, increased homework requirements, and a plentitude of projects that are well above the child’s level of understanding. School years that go year round, and if your child rides a bus, then you may have a 5-year-old with almost as long of a day as I have as a bedside nurse. I see cute little pictures of tiny children asleep in the car after school, or crashed out at the kitchen table. Adorable, yet a little sad to me as we push young boys and girls beyond what their little bodies can handle. We have less recess time, but more work that must be completed at home, when children should be spending quality time with their families. This isn’t the educators’ fault, but rather the powers that be who create the overloaded curriculum requirements. I don’t claim to be an expert on such things, but rather share how it appears from the outside looking in. It looks like kids are overwhelmed and exhausted.
And what of the ones who don’t perform well in this environment? Not everyone has the opportunity or circumstances that can afford them the ability to homeschool or send their children to private school. These poor parents are told to take their unique child and put them in a standardized education box. It’s a place where children who like to move must be still, a place where children who learn well with their hands are told to hit the books harder, to prove themselves with improved test scores. It’s a place where suddenly the diagnosis of ADHD or ADD is heard more often than not, and medicating behavior is the standard treatment. It may be a place where the study of arts is pushed out in favor of increased comprehension of Common Core Math.
We now live in a society where everything is seen. Social media is the worst enemy of raising children. It’s become a place to compare behavior, and parents might feel more forced to make their children fit a certain mold. Free thinking is discouraged, and we worry far too much how others parents raise their own children. What will people think?! Social media serves like a herd mentality, where we are made to believe all our children should act the same, have the same interests, or hit milestones at the same time. People judge their parenting compared to the parenting of their peers, forgetting that each child is different, and as such they force their children to follow a certain status quo.
If your child can’t read at a second-grade level by the end of kindergarten, they’re behind. In fact, a second-grade level is the new kindergarten level. And the fact that there are even levels? Don’t get me started. Who set the bar of achievement? And who in the world is it that keeps raising it year after year? Over the past few years, I’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of worried posts on Facebook from moms concerned about their -year-old not being able to read like the exceptional scholar that’s expected. It hurts my heart. These babies don’t have learning disabilities, nine times out of , but rather an inability to bend into the box and achieve this standard set by society today.
It almost seems like we’re rushing our babies along. At 2-months-old we’re putting rice in babies’ bottles so they’ll sleep longer, as all our friends keep asking, “are they sleeping through the night yet?!” We’ll potty train by 18 months, have the ABCs mastered by 24 months, and rush them off to preschool as soon as the diapers come off. They’ll be reading by four and I suppose that’s so they can master an Instagram and YouTube account by seven. Get them out of your bed and out into the world! And as we mourn our empty nest we wonder where the time went, even though we were part of the evil slave master pointing to the clock.
Hurry, hurry. Rush, rush. There’s time for extracurricular activities, but only if they look good on a transcript (or Facebook). Gotta get into the right college. No room for trade school, for sure. In fact, we’ve placed such a high importance on educational excellence that we miss out on even the simplest of things, like being a decent human being.
I just wonder, in all the educational changes over the past  years, and with the push to learn faster, where do the dreamers fit in? Where do the free-thinkers or the intuitive, out-of-the-box children fit? Our future artists and creative geniuses, I wonder how they thrive being pushed and pounded into a certain mold? I would imagine the creative juices are siphoned right out, and after being medicated into submission, being told they’re bad, slow, or too hyper, they just submit to the chain-gang. I remember hearing Einstein didn’t perform well in elementary school. I wonder where our world would be had he or Mark Twain been placed on *Adderall?
Now, I know this is a tender subject, and I know it likely won’t be received well, but let’s just think about it for a minute. Why have we become a world that would rather seek a quick fix of medicating our kids over finding out what environment will help them excel in their own way? And I’m not saying that every child with their head in the clouds not listening to the teacher is the next great genius. But who are we to say they’re not? We’re not even giving them a chance before we put a muzzle on them and push them back into the box that this decade has labeled “normal.”
If we’re not rushing children to hurry to the next milestone, appointment, or extracurricular activity, we’re telling them to slow down, pay attention, and focus on the things we deem worthy of time. We’re telling them to learn a certain way, sit still, and get involved, even if they don’t want to. We praise them for good grades, but don’t notice when they pick up the friend who fell.
“Run faster,” we say. “Don’t slow down for anyone!” And when they find themselves unhappy, years down the road, with the race that is called life, they can always find a new medicine to make them feel better for the dreams they were never able to fulfill. I know, I know. It sounds melodramatic. But isn’t it peculiar that the faster we go, and the more we place on ourselves, the more depressed we become? So, why do we keep up the tradition with our offspring?
Well, you ask, what’s the solution? I guess, maybe, we as parents need to think outside the box. We need to see our children as unique gifts from God, and not expect them to fit a certain mold. We need to relax, stop placing unrealistic expectations on our littles, and put our foot down when the world tells us we must. We have to stop comparing our parenting skills and our kids to others. We have to celebrate their special personalities. We can slow down on searching so desperately for a diagnosis and just love them. We can slow down and savor their childhood, and stop the rat race before it begins. We can look for alternative options for education when our kids won’t fit the new mold, and relax already. We can stand firm, stand up for our kids, and be proud of them. We can focus on what’s really important in life, and stop drinking the kool-aid that says there’s anything more important than loving your children and teaching them to love others.
Is this to say there aren’t children with special needs or children who need medication and diagnoses? Not at all! I just find it interesting how these things have recently become such an epidemic. And it makes me wonder if perhaps we (society) are not the epidemic. It’s worth considering, right?!
What will come of the future dreamers?
I guess you could say if we’re not careful, we might just snuff them out.
*You may wonder if I’ve had experience with this medicine? Yes, for many years, I’ve seen firsthand how it affects a child. No, I’m not a fan.
“Maybe they’ll both disown him and he’ll end up in hell or walking in purgatory for the rest of his life,” he added. “All these things are kind of weighing heaving on Rollo’s mind. There are still some characters that he’s wrong in the past, and he needs to put some things right, almost open up some old wounds and put some salt in them.”
Audiences won’t be able to deny Rollo’s affections for shield-maiden Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), Ragnar’s first wife. And as she ages, fans of the hit show have been desperate on social media to find out whether she will be the next character to die. Hirst hinted earlier this year her fate has already been sealed. However, Standen said that while the fans may not be ready for the beloved fighter to get the ax, they shouldn’t worry too much — yet.
“Lagertha’s one hell of a strong woman,” he explained. “It would take quite a lot to take her out. I think whoever is out to get her this season better watch their own back.”
Like Standen, Winnick is one of the few original cast members who has clung to life and narrowly escaped death. And their bond has only grown since “Vikings” premiered in 2013.
“I think with this cast, it’s been quite special,” he said. “We’ve really kind of bonded in a strange way. We’re a bunch of eclectic morons when you put us all together. We kind of gel. It’s been six years now we’ve all worked together. Katheryn Winnick and I, and Gustaf Skarsgard are the only ones left in the show, from the beginning really. It’s fantastic… Rollo and Lagertha have quite some fiery scenes in this season.”
Standen also had the chance to work alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who’s been starring as Bishop Heathmund since 2017.
“He’s a fantastic actor,” said Standen. “A lot of the crew on ‘Vikings’ were together before on ‘Tudors.’ They all knew him before. They spoke very highly of him. When we got to work with him as well, he lived up to his hype. He’s a very, very thorough actor, very well prepared. Rollo does have a few interactions with Bishop Heathmund, which you’ll have to wait and see.”
But if there’s one character fans shouldn’t expect to make a triumphant comeback, it’s Ragnar, who was tortured and dropped into a pit of poisonous snakes in Season 4.
Some have speculated Ragnar, originally the leading character in “Vikings,” would somehow return. Standen quickly debunked that rumor.
“No, ‘Vikings’ isn’t ‘Game of Thrones,’” he said. “You know, this is history. In history, everybody dies. When you’re dead, dead means dead.”
On the subject of that other hit show, Standen admitted he was initially uncomfortable by the comparisons critics made between the two. “Game of Thrones,” which premiered in 2011 on HBO, explores how noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros. The stories are based on George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy novels.
“It’s a bit unfair really,” said Standen. “Game of Thrones is a fantasy show. It has dragons and things. It all comes from the imagination of one man’s mind. Whereas ‘Vikings’ is a historical drama. It’s documented in history. It’s a very, very broad spectrum of history. But… these are all real characters that lived and breathed and walked the earth. They’re all worthy of the history books. Michael Hirst obviously spins his writing imagination to kind of put it all into one TV show.
“We’re not going to have flying dragons around. [And] I think this is the first time that the Viking history has been done justice. It’s been looked at from the inside out. With the type of people that Vikings are, I suppose with their gods and monsters and the pagan religion, it does seem quite fantastical at times. This is what this race of people really did believe in. They believed the gods walked the earth with them.”
The future of those in “Vikings” still remains unknown. But one thing Standen is certain of is that viewers will be taken on a journey — one that they won’t soon forget.
“I think it’s nice to be able to show Vikings in their true light,” he explained. “They didn’t write much down in history. Most of history was documented by the invaded, the Christians. They were the ones that documented most of history. It’s very one-sided. You have to go to Scandinavia and see what motivated these people to do what they did.
“When you go in from the inside out, you realize that they are just like everyone else. They’re family members. They want to explore… They had a harsh climate to live in. They were just like us. They were family men. They were moms and fathers and children. You start to see it more from a discursive point of view, rather than just seeing them as the raping, marauding murderers that came and colonized countries in Europe.”
“Vikings” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on History Channel.
After Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record to become the all-time leader in passing yardage.
A touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith put the Saints at a 26-6 lead in the second quarter and officially put Brees in the record books.
The pass that put Brees in the history books 💪
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 9, 2018
Undoubtedly, his stunning performance impressed millions of fans, but it was what the quarterback said after the game to his children that really shows the stand-up role model that Brees is.
Following the record-breaking game, a reporter asked the father of four what he told his children that night.
“What has resonated so much with the folks watching was what you said to your kids,” said ESPN reporter Lisa Salters. “Do you remember what you even said to them?”
“Well it’s probably what I tell them every night before they go to bed,” Brees replied with a smile, “which is you can accomplish anything in life you’re willing to work for. Nothing’s given, everything’s earned. God has equipped us for great works,” he continued tearfully. “I tell them that every night.”
“It’s probably what I tell them every night before they go to bed, which is … you can accomplish anything in life if you’re willing to work for it.” pic.twitter.com/boub15kcOh
— ESPN (@espn) October 9, 2018
On top of being an inspiring man of faith, Brees continues to be a shining example on and off the field. He’s also currently on pace to break Peyton Manning’s touchdown record.
Manning sent a hilarious congratulatory video to the Saints legend, first mildly venting, and then sincerely offering his words of praise.
“Drew, for a thousand days I’ve held the record for all-time passing yards in the NFL,” Manning says as he chops tomatoes. “I gotta tell ya, it has been the greatest one-thousand days of my life. And thanks to you, that’s over now. You’ve ruined that for me.”
“So, thank you very much,” Manning jokingly continues. “I have nothing left to look forward to except slicing my tomatoes making dinner for my family, putting together this wedge salad. Also, let this serve as a congratulations for the touchdown record because as you can see I’m very busy. I don’t have time to keep doing these videos for you congratulating you.”
Peyton Manning’s really happy you broke his record.
Well … kind of. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/aUxXIDFzI8
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 9, 2018
Manning then offers a sincere congratulations while holding up an old photo of Brees and himself, dating back to Manning’s third year in the NFL.
“But in all seriousness, Drew, congratulations on this record,” adds Manning. “You’ve done it the right way. All your hard work and dedication have paid off… Way to go. Proud of ya. Good luck the rest of the way.”
Congrats to Brees, and may God continue to be glorified both on and off the football field!
What’s that? The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t dark enough for you?
After negotiating through what Deadline is calling a “competitive situation,” FX has won the rights to adapt Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties into a televised anthology series.
And that’s great news for people seeking out their next bout of nightmares.
The feminist short story collection has been described by its publishing house Gray Wolf Press as a collection of “narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.”
From horrific re-imaginings of Law & Order: SVU to the disturbing observations of a woman who can hear porn actors’ thoughts, Machado’s tellings have gained a reputation for their unnerving depictions of femininity and fairy tales.
The source material comes so highly praised that the fledgling FX series—still in pre-production—has been described as “the feminist Black Mirror.” (Notably, Charlie Brooker’s Emmy-winning science fiction series released its most female centric season to critical acclaim just late last year.)
Machado will produce the project under the direction of industry veteran Gina Welch, who is slated as the series’ EP. Welch previously collaborated on FX’s Bette and Joan with creator Ryan Murphy, who has helmed FX’s mainstay horror anthology, American Horror Story, since its premiere in 2011. (Murphy is not currently expected to contribute to the Her Body adaptation.)
I can *finally* say something! HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES is officially in development over at @FXNetworks. FX has made some of my favorite shows in the past few years (Atlanta, The Americans) & I’m ridiculously excited to see what comes next. 💥 https://t.co/12smhw8xdP
— Carnage “The Hatchet” Machado (@carmenmmachado) October 15, 2018
FX has yet to commit to a production timeline for the adaptation. However, if the fall horror premiere pattern continues, then we can likely expect Machado’s nightmarish tales to hit screens in time for a future Halloween binge.
I’ve been sitting staring at my laptop for the past 20 minutes trying to figure out how to write this news story in a fresh, clever way, but sometimes a story just writes itself and the best way to tell it is to simply word vomit. So, here goes nothing. A novelist who literally wrote an essay called “How to Murder Your Husband” just got charged with, you guessed it, MURDERING HER HUSBAND.
Nancy Crampton-Brophy, the 68-year-old Oregon woman who deadass has a series of books with muscular dudes on the covers called Wrong Never Felt So Right allegedly killed her husband Daniel, and then threw up a shady Facebook status acting shocked. Come on, Nancy. According to The Oregonian, Daniel was found dead at a kitchen in the Oregon Culinary Institute in June, and she was charged with the murder this week.
Her post reads, “For my facebook friends and family, I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning. For those of you who are close to me and feel this deserved a phone call, you are right, but I’m struggling to make sense of everything right now. There is a candle-light vigil at Oregon Culinary Institute tomorrow, Monday, June 4th at 7 pm. While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed. Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function.” And there are over a hundred comments being like, “my heart hurts for you, Nancy!” and “So very sorry for your loss.”
Nancy’s essay, “How To Murder Your Husband”, was posted on a WordPress website called See Jane Publish, which has since completely disappeared. It’s basically just like, a rambling of why she’d rather kill her husband than get divorced, and then a few suggestions on how to do it. Homegirl is certain that every one of us is capable of murder, to which I say, okay that’s your opinion, but I have a hard time believing things can be that infuriating in Portland, Oregon on a daily basis. I’ve never been there, but I have watched a lot of episodes of Portlandia, and it seems like there are tons of nice people who wouldn’t murder anybody. Like, deal with the New York City MTA for one week and then talk to me about wanting to commit a capital offense.
“As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure,” Nancy wrote. “After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail.”
I just feel like… if you’re going to publish an essay all about your desire to murder your husband, maybe just write it under a pen name? I mean, sh*t, I’m even writing this under a pseudonym. Did she really think the police were that dumb?
I’m not even going to hide the fact that I’m a little salty that normal betches everywhere get ghosted for like, triple texting, and this woman stayed married for eight years after writing about how she’d kill her husband.
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A large Roman-era tomb unearthed in modern-day Jordan in late 2016 has continually astounded international researchers in the time since due to its remarkably well-preserved art and artifacts, which provide a glimpse into the rich tapestry of cultures present in the region nearly 2,000 years ago.
The consortium of expert historians, archaeologists, conservationists, and architects – who have been studying the site since spring 2017 – are especially delighted by one finding in particular.
The walls of the 52-square-meter (560 square feet) subterranean chamber are adorned with murals embellished with accompanying text describing what the painted figures are doing – not unlike an ancient comic strip, according to the researchers.
“These 60 or so texts painted in black, some of which we have already deciphered, have the distinctive feature of being written in the local language of Aramaic, while using Greek letters,” Jean-Baptiste Yon, of the Histoire et Sources des Mondes Antiques, told CNRS News. The combination is rare and will help them better understand the structure and development of Aramaic.
That’s not the only unusual thing about it though.
“The inscriptions are actually similar to speech bubbles in comic books, because they describe the activities of the characters, who offer explanations of what they are doing (‘I am cutting [stone],’ ‘Alas for me! I am dead!’), which is also extraordinary.”
The tomb was uncovered under the entrance of a school in the town of Bayt Ras, yet in the first century CE, this location hosted the Capitolias, one of the 10 city-states that comprised the Decapolis. Known from historical records to be Roman-ruled but semi-autonomous from the larger empire, these settlements became epicenters of Greek and Roman commerce and expression scattered amidst a landscape of native Semitic cultures.
The chamber comprises of one large room and two funerary rooms, one of which contained a sizable basalt sarcophagus in excellent condition. The abundant paintings, featuring nearly 260 figures in various scenes, are present on three walls of the main chamber and appear to form a narrative that centers upon a tableau of a priest offering a sacrifice to the patron deities of Capitolias and Caesarea Maritima, the provincial capital of Judaea.
To the left of the entrance, one mural depicts gods reclining on beds, feasting on offerings brought by smaller humans while another shows a country landscape dotted with farmers tending to grapevines, gathering fruit, and plowing fields with oxen. Curiously, the next panel shows woodcutters chopping down several types of trees with the help of gods, an exceedingly rare occurrence in Greco-Roman imagery, say the researchers.
On the right wall, a painting shows the building of a stone wall, replete with stonecutters, foremen, laborers, and even several construction accidents. On the ceiling and near the center, there is a more traditional tableau of marine and Nile-based imagery featuring nymphs and symbols of the zodiac.
“Of course other Roman tombs from the Decapolis also offer sumptuous mythological decor, but none of them can hold a candle to this one in terms of iconography,” they shared in a press release sent to IFLScience.
“For all these reasons, the new painted tomb of Bayt Ras is an extraordinary record of religious, political, and social history, as well as an open window on the cultural interactions in a Greek city in the Roman Near East.”
The first results from their ongoing studies will be the presented at the International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan in January 2019.