Whereas some wedding rituals—throwing rice, wearing something borrowed—are merely symbolic, the bachelorette party serves a real purpose: It’s an opportunity for a bride and her close friends to celebrate the impending nuptials, let loose, and perhaps most importantly, spend time with one another outside the company of men.
Photographer Dina Litovsky attended more than 40 such parties in three years, capturing both their sexier and more intimate moments, to learn about the tradition. “It’s a ubiquitous ritual for the modern American woman getting married,” she says. “But there is a lot of ignorance as well as stereotypes about it.”
There is now an app that lets you pretend to be the almost-president of Egypt —> http://www.vocativ.com/world/egypt/cult-sisi-gone-digital/
Egypt’s robot air force is growing. Alright, that’s a stretch, but you can now join hundreds of others in directing bombing and plundering raids of Field Marshal Abdul Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil al-Sisi, former Egyptian commander-in-chief and presidential candidate. Gamesawy, an online gaming platform, developed an Android phone app called Super Sisi that lets you fly the Egyptian skies in a military-style plane. While that might sound very exciting—who doesn’t want to be president?—the game is considerably less revolutionary than the man himself.
If you want to see Sisi succeed (say that with a lisp), you can fly the plane across Egypt by dragging your thumb across the screen, dodging bombs and collecting coins—because that’s what presidents do. If you feel about Sisi the way we feel about the functionality of this app, you can simply make the field marshal’s plane crash, over and over again.
Ukraine has captured Maria Kaleda, who is accused of being a Russian spy —> http://www.vocativ.com/world/russia/ukraine-captures-young-russian-spy/
The spy in question is 22-year-old Maria Kaleda, who arrived in Ukraine on April 4 and was detained four days later by the state’s Security Service (the successor to the country’s branch of the Soviet-era KGB). The SBU claimed Kaleda had confessed to shooting Ukrainians in Mykolaiv, organized pro-Russian protests in Kherson and gathered intelligence about Ukrainian forces on the border with Russia. Kaleda also admitted it was her ninth trip to Ukraine over an unspecified period. At the time of her arrest, the SBU confiscated a pistol and ammunition from Kaleda “as well as guidelines for the training of subversive groups.”
The SBU did not respond to requests for comment, but if Kaleda is a spy, she’s not a very good one. Her (sometimes extreme) nationalist leanings are on vivid display on her social media accounts, namely Instagram and Vkontakte, Russia’s Facebook.
Lottery ticket heists are on the rise —> https://www.vocativ.com/underworld/crime/scratch-grab-new-way-win-lottery-without-spending-dime/
Last fall, a gang of crooks using crow bars, hammers, a drill and propane tank to break into Dildar Kumar’s convenience store in Queens, New York, in the deep of night. After smashing through the roof and dropping into the store, they plucked $2,000 from his ATM machine and snatched his entire stockpile of cigarette cartons.
But they also took one more thing from JMD Grocery before jumping into a Honda getaway car driven by a 15 year old: tens of thousands of dollars worth of unused scratch off lottery tickets that were simply hanging on the wall behind Kumar’s cash register.
As consumer drones become more popular, some have begun to shoot them out of the sky —> http://www.vocativ.com/tech/machines/new-drone-hunters/
Over the weekend, DJI, a popular drone company, debuted its brand-new Phantom II Vision, an easy-to-use $1,300 quadcopter equipped with a hi-tech video camera and image stabilizer. The basketball-sized Phantom II can travel at more than 50-feet-per second, swooping in gracefully—and stealthily—to capture high-definition images from the sky.
For the most part, the reaction was positive. “Makes me feel like a kid again,” wrote one commenter on Engadget, the tech blog. “I totally want this ‘toy.’”
But some people are less excited about the rise of increasingly affordable and high-tech drones—and they’re expressing their displeasure with gunfire.
"Family values" group One Million Moms tried to take on Nabisco. Their leader explains why —> http://www.vocativ.com/culture/lgbt/one-million-moms-anti-gay-agenda/
When the conservative group One Million Moms initiated an email campaign against Nabisco for releasing a Honey Maid ad featuring same-sex couples, the company sat up and listened. But Nabisco didn’t retract the ad or apologize; instead, it doubled down, hiring artists to transform the flood of hate tweets and emails into printed pieces of paper that spell out the word “love.”
“That’s how they decided to respond, and that’s fine. That’s their choice. Now we know where they stand,” says Monica Cole, director of One Million Moms. “Now we know not to support Honey Maid, and we won’t be buying their products. …We can vote with our wallets.”
The first Latin American to win the most coveted children’s lit prize doesn’t even have an American publisher —> http://www.vocativ.com/culture/art-culture/illustrator-becomes-first-latin-american-win-highest-kid-lit-honor/
In black jeans and a charcoal T-shirt, his dark hair cropped close, Roger Mello is a study in understatement. Is this really the dynamic illustrator who creates such strikingly vivid rain forests? The one who sent a convoy of magenta, brown and green caterpillars wriggling over the pages of the celebrated Brazilian children’s book Jardins (Gardens)? However, when we meet in Rio de Janeiro, his eager handshake and boyish smile dispel all doubts.
Just 36 hours before, Mello had staggered off a transcontinental flight from frosty Italy into the sauna of an early Brazilian spring. Part of him is still in Bologna, where on March 24 he finally captured the Hans Christian Andersen Award, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature. And it’s clear the elated feeling still lingers as he strides into his favorite neighborhood bookstore—strangers stopping to smile and wave, the store manager wrapping him in a bear hug as Mello’s iPhone warbles with messages.
Have you heard about these ~teens~ and this ~sexting~??? —> http://www.vocativ.com/tech/internet/teens-caught-sexting-face-permanent-humiliation/
Just when you thought sexting represented at best poor decision-making, and at worst the potential for public shaming on social media, some kids in Virginia have taken the concept of sending nudie pics to a new level. Police in six Virginia counties executed a mass crackdown late Thursday night on a high school “sexting spree” (yes, a widespread burst of horny, acne-faced sexters), and it makes us wonder: Have these kids learned nothing from their peers?