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[Next, photos of potatoes that have ...antlers?.]
For one principal, however, a man who'd spent 16 years shepherding kids in tough South Philadelphia through grades 5 through 12, the budget choice was a call to action. Rather than lay off his music teachers, he walked right out the door.
The 62-year-old Angelo Milicia sacrificed his $180,000 job and long-term health benefits running the Girard Academic Music Program school in order to divert those same funds into his music curriculum. By retiring early and letting his assistant take over, Milicia prevented two of his music teachers from being laid off, both of whom were essential to the school's arts mandate which requires that all students participate in choir and take three music theory classes a week.
The budget cuts "would have been devastating to that program," Milicia told the Philadelphia Daily News. (Note to all other principals out there: Research by the U.S. Department of Education has found that students who reported consistently high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years showed significantly higher levels of math proficiency by grade 12.)
One of his graduating students told the paper, "Here's a man who makes a sacrifice for the students that he loves. You can't get any better than that." We agree. Read the full article...with tissues.
A stunner named Krista won the grand prize at the 2011 German Holstein Show last week. She defended her 2009 title against some 200 other dairy cows in the competition, with her bright eyes, taut skin, strong legs and round belly.
But nothing makes me happier than this factoid: The animals get their hair cut and blow-dried before the big day—but not curled. Cows, you see, have a natural permanent wave.
[via Spiegel Online International]
In 1999 Chad Moore was working as a park ranger near California's Salinas Valley, monitoring falcons' nests and hiking back to the station after dark. "But it wasn't really dark," says Moore. "The glow from nearby towns was drowning out the stars."
Since then Moore and his team have used a specialized camera to take photos at more than 86 national parks and found that in most, vibrantly starry skies—like the stunner that inspired Van Gogh—are fading, thanks to suburbs and illuminated highways.
But there's more at stake than constellations: Light pollution can cause depression in humans and disrupt animal migration. In that sense, dark skies are a natural resource that needs protecting, just like the oceans. Moore's research inspired the National Park Service to create the Night Sky Program, which covers park lamps so that less light escapes and educates nearby homeowners, since light can affect areas 200 miles away. "When you realize the consequences of leaving your porch light on," says Moore, "you might turn it off."
The old rule: Sunscreens are stamped with an SPF value (anywhere from 4 to, in recent years, 100+). This number tells you only how effectively a sunscreen can protect you from UVB rays (the ones that turn your skin red and cause skin cancer). Many sunscreens are also labeled "broad spectrum"—meaning they protect against UVA rays (the ones that age the skin and cause cancer) as well. Manufacturers don't have to prove this claim, though, so the protection may not be adequate.
The new rule: Only sunscreens that pass a new test of UVA protection can be labeled "broad spectrum," a claim that will indicate that the product protects equally against UVB and UVA rays. Sunscreens with an SPF over 15 that earn the "broad spectrum" designation will be allowed to claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and slow down the skin aging process when used properly (applied 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every two hours). Sunscreens with an SPF under 15, or that do not give equal UVB and UVA protection, will have to carry a warning that they haven't been shown to slow skin aging or help prevent skin cancer.
Next: Will "sweatproof" SPF disappear?
[After the jump, hearts that don't have a beat and songs that barely have a pulse.]
Imagine someone tells you a joke—in two separate languages—and not only do you not get it, but it seems like maybe you're the butt of it. It's an age-old problem, and last week it happened to the Dalai Lama on Australian TV.
Once again, His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows an uncanny knack for handling an uncomfortable situation. His response: Laughter always helps. It's a graceful demonstration of compassion for the journalist who looks desperate for a time machine, and it helps us forget that we've just heard a groan-worthy punch line.
It made us remember what the Dalai Lama once told Oprah: "I don't take myself too seriously! That makes me happy." Today it makes us happy too.
(via The Hairpin)
Watermelon Knife, $25. A green handle and red blade will make this the cutest tool in your kitchen, and the nonstick serrated blade and seed-shaped cutouts (which let air in) help the fruit fall neatly onto your cutting board.
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Pressa Hanging Dryer, $4.99. Compact and cute, this hanging dryer offers an easy way to dry the entire family's swimsuits. Or, on a rainy day, have your kids create works of art and display them in their rooms like a mobile.
The World's Smallest Post Service, $22.95. A new kit designed by artist Lea Redmond lets you send tiny—and next-level-adorable—messages to your loved ones.