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Iranian is the first woman to win mathematic’s Fields Medal. Score another math victory for Persia.

During the Golden Age of the Persian Empire, Iran was an unstoppable font of mathematical and scientific discovery and progress. And even though she had to move from Tehran to the US to fully pursue her goals, Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematic’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Mirzakhani was awarded the medal for her work in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces.

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So who are the Yazidi of Iraqi Kurdistan and why does ISIS want to eradicate them so much?

While ISIS has been incredibly brutal in their attempts to establish a jihadist Islamic nation, recently they’ve had a particular hard on to try and totally eliminate the Yazidi people of northwestern Iraq. But of all the other religious and ethnic groups in the area, why has ISIS put all its chips in trying to totally wipe out one tiny religious minority? Because while the Yazidi have often been referred to as “Iraqi Christians” in American media, they’re not really— they have their own religion that’s a strange mix of Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism. They’re monotheists, but they believe that after creation, God handed the keys over to seven angels, the chief of which is Melek Taus, aka The Peacock Angel, also known in Christianity and Islam as Satan. Yes, Satan. Essentially, the Yazidi are the last remaining ethnic Satanists, which makes them not so popular not only among the extreme assholes of ISIS, but most other people in the area, Muslim, Christian or whatnot. It would be interesting to see what might happen to public support of American intervention if Fox News for example started referring to them as “ethnic Satanists”. Shit, Billy Graham Jr would be over there in a heartbeat to help with the slaughter. Yay religion.

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More Hollywood sadness: Lauren Bacall died yesterday at the age of 89

While the death of actress Lauren Bacall didn’t send nearly the shock waves through the world as did the passing of Robin Williams, it’s only because Bacall did most of her ass kicking in the 40s and 50s, probably around the time that many of your parents were just tots. Yet Bacall, once the wife of Humphrey Bogart, drew audiences with her sultry charm in movies such as ‘To Have and Have Not’, ‘The Big Sleep’ and ‘Key Largo’.

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Wow holy fuck. Robin Williams dead of apparent suicide at 63

Where to even begin? Legendary comedian and actor Robin Willisms was found dead today at his home at the age of 63. Shit this is surreal.

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Human beings at their best of the day: Dozens and dozens of people push aside a Perth commuter train to free one guy trapped between the train and the tracks

Stay awesome, Australia.

Oklahoma high school teacher shows up for the first day back to work drunk and pantsless. Stay classy Oklahoma teachers

Earlier this week, on the first day back to school for teachers, a Wagoner, Oklahoma teacher Lorie Ann Hill was arrested after a fellow teacher found her passed out drunk and sans pantalones on the first day back to school for teachers. Apparently, Ms Hill had been downing vodka in her car right before she went into the school, and the empty classroom I guess just seemed like the right place to go pantsless.

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If you’re curious as to exactly how much of Iraq and Syria is controlled by ISIS right now, Wikipedia has this handy map. Dark red covers areas firmly under the command of ISIS and the lighter red are areas they’re claiming. That’s not at all an insignificant chunk of territory.

If you’re curious as to exactly how much of Iraq and Syria is controlled by ISIS right now, Wikipedia has this handy map. Dark red covers areas firmly under the command of ISIS and the lighter red are areas they’re claiming. That’s not at all an insignificant chunk of territory.

So in non World Cup news, Israel launched a full ground invasion into Gaza last night…

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