This 9/11 Story Will Make You Cry In The Good Way And Other News You Can Maybe Use
Wake up, Wonketeers, the weekend's over. Back to the stone what we grind, with some awwwwwwwww news, awful news, and yup, SCIENCE!
- It's not often you read a story about 9/11 and cry happy tears and thank whomever it is you thank when you are grateful that this story has a happy ending. But this story really does:
The woman who worked 13 years to return a wedding photo found in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks is representative of "the best of humanity," said the man who will finally get back the photograph he'd had tacked to his cubicle wall.
Fred Mahe thought he'd never see the photograph again, after his office on the 77th floor of the second World Trade Center tower was obliterated in the Sept. 11 attacks.
But the photograph of him with his college friends at their wedding somehow survived the attacks and for the past 13 years a college professor named Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, who was given the photo by a friend who found it in the ash near Ground Zero, has tried to find its owners.
On every anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Stringer Keefe posted the photo on social media sites or worked with friends to try and find the owner.
"Every year on #911 I post this photo hoping 2 return 2 owner. Found at #groundzero #WTC in 2001. Pls RT," the Cambridge, Mass., woman tweeted Thursday.
And if this tweet in response doesn't make you feel all the feels, well, that's just impossible.
We r all alive. Yeah. We have some "dust in our eyes" too.
- RIP patriarchy:
In suggesting that patriarchy is dead, I am not claiming that sexism is finished, that men are obsolete or that the triumph of feminism is at hand. I may be a middle-aged white man, but I’m not an idiot. In the world of politics, work and family, misogyny is a stubborn fact of life. But in the universe of thoughts and words, there is more conviction and intelligence in the critique of male privilege than in its defense, which tends to be panicky and halfhearted when it is not obtuse and obnoxious. The supremacy of men can no longer be taken as a reflection of natural order or settled custom. [...]
Adulthood as we have known it has become conceptually untenable. It isn’t only that patriarchy in the strict, old-school Don Draper sense has fallen apart. It’s that it may never really have existed in the first place, at least in the way its avatars imagined. Which raises the question: Should we mourn the departed or dance on its grave?
- Klassy Kanye:
Kanye West allegedly pulled a real Joe Biden at a performance in Melbourne last night when he threatened to stop a performance if a wheelchair-bound fan—whoops!—didn't stand up.
- GQ has a list of the 25 biggest sleazebags in sports. Guess who wins first place:
The standard-bearer for all worldwide sleaziness. Racist? Yes. Cheap? Oh yes. Horny Neanderthal? Oh God, yes, yes! A landlord? Check—and by the way, if you don't have a check for him and you are a Latino, he will evict you three days early. He's like a Voltron of shitbags fused together. This is a man who once negotiated buying a fur coat for a mistress in front of the mistress's mom.
- Do you I WANT TO BELIEVE? Because NASA can help with that:
The space agency is out with some new tips for going about your search the right way and avoiding the trap of false positives. Researchers at NASA's Astrobiology Institute’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory conducted thousands of simulations of various atmospheres and star types over the course of four years and came up with a few new recommendations.
Ok, Wonketeers, pour yourselves another steaming cup and share your favorite news we may have missed while we were weekending.