Arguably, the country that shows its Irish pride on St. Patrick's Day might be Mexico, where the day is celebrated as a sort-of military holiday, in honor of El Batallón de los San Patricios.
Saint Patrick's Battalion was a group of European immigrants and expatriates, overwhelmingly Irish, who had (mostly) defected from the United States army to fight alongside Mexico during the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-48. Their reason for deserting is largely attributed to religion: the U.S., and its army, was majority Protestant, and the Catholic servicemen felt marginalized and reminded of their experience under Protestant British rule in Ireland, so they fled to Catholic confines of Mexico. read more
The number 314 is getting a bit less mystical and a lot more promotional. On National Pi Day (3/14), everyone from pizza parlors and bakeries to clothiers and electronic stores is seizing the opportunity to lure consumers, and take the number "314" to new discount heights -- or lows, if you want to get mathematical about it. read more
It's a little surprising to learn that at one point, 19-year-old biracial actress Amandla Stenberg was seriously considered for one of the coveted leading roles in the film Black Panther. While an undeniably talented actress who is no stranger to the genre (Hunger Games, anyone?), Stenberg would never be mistaken for a purely African woman.
The boy looks into a microscope and sees his desire take form. The teacher lets her hair down. We see her propped on a table, her pencil skirt showing off her butt, her blouse tied in a knot to display her midriff, like Britney Spears in "Hit Me Baby One More Time." Now she's sweaty and naked. Now she's wearing a little black dress and they're dancing close. She's not passive, not threatened. She loves the attention. She loves the male gaze. This is, then, what the video's going for: Récamier as sex fantasy, as object of desire. But then something weird happens. The perspective shifts all of a sudden, and we see the world through the teacher's eyes. She wants the boy, more than anything, but no, he's not available to her. She looks for him in the hallways, in the classrooms, until she finds him with another girl. He looks at her blankly. She cries milky white tears. read more
A High School Student Faces Expulsion for Noticing the Square Root Symbol Looks Like a Gun No adults seem embarrassed by this reaction. They should be. What's really happening here... is administrative ass-covering. If something bad happened because they didn't treat this incident seriously, he says, then parents would get angry with him. It's reminiscent of how the TSA will freak out at any jokes about bombs or guns, yet has a terrible record for assessing risk at airports. Any suggestion that schools should adopt airport-like security absurd and self-defeating.