Vivian and Alice tied the knot after 72 years together — but tell us again why gay people shouldn’t marry? 

If you need a reminder of what true love looks like, look no further than the picture above.

Last Saturday, Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice Dubes, 90, did something new after 72 years together: tie the knot. The lifelong Iowa couple, who had met in college in the ’40s, were wed at the First Christian Church in Davenport, Iowa, where they lived together since 1947.

"It just hit us immediately – if you can understand that," Dubes told the Guardian of the first time they met. "Kind of like a regular marriage, the boy and girl meet … well, that was just the way we were."

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Stop taking giraffe’s for granted! Join Robert and Julie as they view an amazing viral video of giraffe awesomeness and then school you on the amazing biology of these towering giants.

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According to the “grandmother hypothesis,” we have grandmas, nanas and bubbies to thank for our longer lifespans and big ol’ human brains. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline reveal the compelling science and evolution behind these important maternal figures.

grandmothers kinda totally rule.


Dragon Con Parade 2014: Lauren Vogelbaum nabbed an awesome curbside seat. Lots more photos here on howstuffworks.


Today’s episode is part two in our miniseries on China under the rule of Chinese Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong. Last time, we talked about the Great Leap Forward, which was an attempt to both turn China into a communist utopia and surpass the economic power of Great Britain (and, eventually, the United States). The Great Leap Forward was catastrophic from several angles, and one of its consequences was a massive famine, which we discuss today.

Here’s a link to our notes and research.


Did you know that our very own Ben Bowlin also co-hosts CarStuff? He & Scott just got up close with a 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt!


This Is How Much The Female Portrait Has Evolved In The Last 500 Years

Art history books have a reputation of showcasing dead, white, European males — DWEM — and the (mostly white) women they handpicked as muses. Portrait after portrait reveals a woman’s face through a man’s gaze, casting a rather unsavory light on the tendency of artists to eroticize, objectify or idolize the female form.

See the full video for a striking look at the female portrait.

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Meet Avtar Singh Mauni, a 60-year-old devout Sikh preacher from Punjab, India and proud owner of what may soon be declared by Guinness World Records to be the World’s Largest Turban. His awesome, multi-colored turban weighs 100 pounds and measures over 2,100 feet (645 meters) long when completely unraveled. The fabric itself weighs 66 pounds, while the decorative ornaments make up the rest. Each morning it takes Avtar Singh upwards of six hours to put on his turban, which reached this incredible size after 16 years of diligently adding to its length. In addition to his magnificent turban, he also wears numerous heavy silver bangles and carries a sword, which altogether weigh an additional 87 pounds.

Although the weight is heavy and the size can make everyday activities, such as walking through doorways or getting into cars, a bit challenging, Avtar Singh says he’s most happy when wearing his turban and plans to continue doing so until he’s physically unable to carry it.

“On the rare times I don’t have my turban on, I keep getting this feeling of being incomplete, that some part of me is missing,” he said. “I get afraid that I may fall and I keep wondering ‘have I lost something, where is my turban?’”

Perhaps our favorite detail about Avtar Singh and his magnificent turban, which has made him one of the most respected preachers in the region, is that when making his regular pilgrimages around Punjab, he travels on a motorcycle (and has no problems keeping his balance). What an awesome sight.

Click here for a brief video about Avtar Singh Mauni record-breaking turban.

[via Laughing Squid, Oddity Central and The Telegraph]


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Machine Learning Algorithm Studying Fine Art Paintings Sees Things Art Historians Had Never Noticed


British Royal Navy lieutenant and artist Norman Wilkinson is usually credited with the idea of disruptive camouflage, which became known as dazzle camouflage - those high-contrast patterns painted on British ships during World War I. But, another man, naturalist John Graham Kerr, claimed that he had the idea three years earlier. Today’s episode is about that innovation and the argument that followed.

Here’s a link to our notes and research.