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They Start By Ripping His Life’s Work To Shreds. Then The Guy With The Ponytail Steps Forward.

This segment of “Shark Tank” will probably give chills.

“Shark Tank” is a hit show on ABC.

Five investors (or “sharks” … get it?) listen to entrepreneurs who need some cash to grow their business.

If the “shark” likes an idea, they pony up some cash. And in return, they get a piece of the entrepreneur’s business.

Most of the time, the people who win the shark’s money are the ones willing to:

1. Cut the costs of manufacturing,

2. Outsource their product overseas, or

3. Raise their price or cut corners.

Eat or be eaten. These guys are brutal, especially this dude:

I mean, come on, dude.

But not Barbara. #justsayin

Barbara’s cool. She always treats people with respect, she loves helping women, and she watches out for the underdog. (If you’re reading this, Barbara, I love you!)


Not long ago, this farmer guy, Johnny Georges, walked off the fields…

…and into the tank.

Johnny invented *THE* why-did-I-not-think-of-that idea of the year: an irrigation “T-Pee” for trees.

It’s a simple little plastic teepee-shaped device you place over a tree trunk. It conserves water. Like, A LOT of water. Farmers use about 25,000 gallons of water on each tree during its lifetime. This device reduces that to 800 gallons! BONUS: These plastic guys protect trees from frost — frost that would kill most trees.

PLUS, each tree gets a teepee. Got a lotta trees on your farm? You’re gonna need a lotta teepees! Helloooo, Mr. Profit!

Johnny sells his device to farmers and makes $1 profit.

He knows he can’t charge a lot of money because non-gigantor farms (think mom-and-pop) simply can’t afford to pay more.

One of the sharks (guess which one) debated with Johnny about his price being too cheap. This dude wanted to triple the price to immediately scale distribution, thus making the product available primarily to giant corporate farms … leaving family farms in the DUST.

Johnny’s product saves water, helps save the earth, and saves money for small farmers. It could change the world and create a new industry.

But Mr. $12 T-Pee sees money. He doesn’t see people.

Not Johnny.

Johnny did not budge. He wants to help PEOPLE.

Neither did the shark. He wants to help the bottom line of HUGE corporations.

Johnny grew up working hard. He knows what farmers can afford. And it’s not $12 apiece.

I’m not saying that corporations shouldn’t be able to buy stuff, or that sales shouldn’t earn a reasonable profit. But what’s happening here is someone looking at the human bottom line AND the corporate bottom line. Johnny thought it was more important to make a reasonable profit and save TWO precious resources (water AND family farms) rather than throw them both away.

One of the sharks swam in a different direction.


Ponytail guy gave him everything he asked for.

What do you think? Would you rather put your money behind a LOT of humans or a handful of corporations?

Original video by “Shark Tank.” Most of the GIFs are from the video except Barbara Corcoran, “What a waste of time,” and the sharks.

First I Thought It Was A Fake Movie Promo. Then I Got Chills When I Saw It Was Real.

Millions of girls don’t make it to school everyday, and it’s not because they don’t want to go.

It’s the opposite actually.

Millions of girls aren’t going to school because they’re being turned away.

Why? Simply because they’re girls.

Wait — what?

This isn’t a cruel joke or even a fictional film. It’s a true account of what some girls have to endure everyday, just to sit side by side with their male counterparts in school.

A documentary called “Girl Rising” highlights the true stories of nine young women around the world who are on a quest to learn. They’re young, they’re brave, and a lot of them are risking their lives.

If that sounds as incredible to you as it does to me, you’ll understand why I’m tearing up at the end of this clip.

“If you stop me, there will be other girls that rise up and take my place.” — From “Girl Rising”

“Girl Rising” shows how powerful education can be for girls all over the world. To see the documentary and join in their global effort to educate girls, check out their website. You can also follow the latest updates from Girls Rising on Facebook. And learn more about the girls who were profiled here.

This awesome trailer was produced by Richard E. Robbins, The Documentary Group, Vulcan Productions, and Intel Corporation.

She Painted Alongside Him For Years And Years. When She Died, Guess Who Got The Credit.

Women have been making art for centuries, but if you walked into a museum today, you’d never know that.

You know that movie “Big Eyes,” starring Amy Adams playing Margaret Keane in a story about a male artist getting (or, in that case, taking) more credit than the lady artist?

That’s not the first time that happened.

The 17th-century artist Judith Leyster worked at the same time as Frans Hals.

Their paintings were really similar, as you can see.

She was well-respected in her lifetime but disappeared into obscurity after her death.

But then something got people’s attention. Seven of her paintings were wrongly attributed to Frans Hals…

…including this one…


Will I look at all paintings a little different now? Yeah.

If that’s not blowing your mind, wait till you hear the part about the women in the sandwiches at 3:35.

Original by Tate.

This Policeman *Refused* Orders To Shoot At Demonstrators. He Knew His Kids Would Be In The Crowd.

She studied military science and the ways that blowing things up with violence makes way for change. And she used to think that real change (especially the kind you want to make over an oppressive, Hunger Games-y regime or evil dictator-type) *required* that sort of violence…

…that it was naive to think that non-violence would work.

But she was *so* wrong. And she’s telling everyone.

She’s basically putting herself out of business by proving that nonviolence makes the most difference. But she’s doing it anyway. Because she looked into it, and she’s right.

I’m just gonna throw in some of the charts that showed up in this talk:

OooooOoo, OK. That’s a lot of failure from the violence stuff.


Let’s listen to the story of a dad who found himself in the middle.


Aside from reflecting on how great nonviolence is just alone in our little corner in our own little chair, what *do* we do?

Some ideas.

FIRST: Teach your kids (and yourself about nonviolence and nonviolent movements). She wants us to imagine a world where Gandhi and MLK are in the *FIRST* chapter of the history books and not just thrown in as an afterthought.

I never realized until now just how much my textbooks DID focus on battles and laws and not on the massive civil disobedience and people’s movements that preceded them.

I’ll get you started. Here’s a song about a nonviolent, resistance movement called People Power movement. It happened in the Philippines, and it toppled the Marcos regime.

This song is from the musical “Here Lies Love,” and David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) wrote it with Fatboy Slim.

NEXT: Get to pressuring those elected officials who fund violent revolutions around the world. It’s *proven* that nonviolence works better for everyone AND that it increases the likelihood that there’s a more democratic endpoint in the long run, so wouldn’t it be nice — if our nation’s money has to go toward revolutions and movements around the world — if it went toward nonviolent ones?

I would feel very naive and silly, almost “Kumbajah” ridiculous, saying all of this if it wasn’t PROVEN that nonviolence just works better. If you’re still a little skeptical, that’s OK! Listen to the video above, then think about it.

And if you’re as moved as I was, the best thing you can do is tell people about it, share the video, and speak up. There’s strength and power in doing just that.

Original from TEDx Boulder.

She Was Just About To Blow Out Her Birthday Candle When They Heard The First Crash

It’s a K-Cup monster!

You know what I’m talking about. It’s the “K-Cup phenomenon.”

We’re having a gigantic love affair with single-serving coffee machines. So convenient! So many flavors!

Coffee consumption has increased more than 10% since 2008, and that’s totally driven by single-serving coffee drinkin’. Between 2009 and 2013,
traditional roast and ground coffee consumption declined at a 1% rate while K-Cup consumption grew at 80%.

Yay — coffee! More coffee!

There’s just one thing (or, rather, lots of little things).

In 2013, Green Mountain (owner of Keurig, the biggest K-Cup maker) produced 8.3 billion K-Cups — enough to wrap around the equator…

Only 5% of K-Cups are recyclable.

Ouch. We know we are drowning our oceans in plastic. This really can’t be a good idea. The company says it’s set itself a “bold target” of being 100% recyclable by 2020. Good grief! We’ll be buried in K-Cups by then. Or worse, like this:

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If you already own a single-serving coffee maker, buy a reusable filter. You’ll save $ and save the planet!

Video created by Egg Studios of Halifax, Nova Scotia. They’re also behind Kill the K-Cup, a site about the environmental impacts of K-Cups, and a petition to Keurig Green Mountain calling on the company to develop a 100% recyclable coffee pod “NOW” (and not by 2020, which is the company’s target date). The earth can’t wait!

Coffee machine GIF created from this video. Caffeinated parakeet GIF thanks to Giphy. Stats on K-Cup use from Mother Jones and coffee consumption from Specialty Food. Sparkle text thanks to

Next Time Someone Whines About Being ‘Friend Zoned,’ Tell Them These 2 Words

If I hear someone say they’ve been “friend zoned” one more time…

“For the so-called nice guys who complain about being placed in the friend zone: SHUT UP.”

In case you’re unfamiliar with the term “friend zone,” let me explain. The “friend zone” is known as a horrible place where a person may end up if the object of their affection wishes to keep things platonic. Harmless enough, right? Well, not so much.

Turns out the “friend zone” is actually just a place for people who think they deserve to sleep with someone. Um, ew.

There are lots of things worth complaining about. Being “friend zoned”? Not one of them.

“Thinking you are owed something for not being an asshole makes you an asshole.” YES. THIS.

Things brings us to the second part of the performance …

“Who the f*** complains about being placed in something called the ‘friend zone’?”

“It sounds awesome. Like Auto Zone, but for friends.” The two paint quite the beautiful picture of a lovely place called the “friend zone” — the kind without expectations of sex. It’s magical! There are sunflowers and pizza and friendly pirates and only consensual hugs.

The best part? In the “friend zone,” there’s a giant boat filled with s’mores called … wait for it … The Friend Ship.

Boom. Well said.

So remember: If you’re complaining about “just” being someone’s friend, that probably means you’re a pretty bad friend anyway.

Check out Desireé and Justin’s whole performance in the video below.

Original video of Desireé Dallagiacomo and Justin Lamb performing “The Friend Zone” uploaded by Button Poetry. GIFs made by me.

If You Can See Through The Sarcasm, The Point He Makes About Movies Is Kind Of Staggering

When it comes to women in film, we’re making progress, right?

Well, the numbers are in!

The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University has surveyed the 250 top-grossing films from 1998 to 2014. They looked at the the percentage of female producers, directors, editors, writers, and cinematographers. And what did they find?

In the last 16 years, women have made absolutely no gains.

None! Zero. Nada.

In fact, in 2014, women held only 17% of all of the most important behind-the-scenes positions in Hollywood — the same percentage they occupied in 1998.

Let’s break that down, shall we?

This past year…

…of the top 250 highest-grossing films were women.

…were women.

I’m sensing a pattern.

Dear Lord. Make it stop.

Aggggghh. Why? Why? Why?

So yeah, pretty depressing. Infuriating, even. The kind of thing that might make you feel sad and mad and frustrated and hopeless.

But don’t despair! There’s a silver lining!

Don’t know why, but I’m sensing a little to a lot of sarcasm.

FACT CHECK TIME! So yeah, the statistics in the video aren’t exactly 100% accurate. As the SDSU study shows, men actually comprised 93% of all directors, 95% of cinematographers, and 89% of all writers. But … close enough for a comedy video, I’d say. And mostly it’s actually worse than he claims. Hooray?

Original by Funny or Die. James Franco thumbnail photo by Vanessa Lua, Anne Hathaway thumbnail photo by Chrisa Hickey, both used and modified under Creative Commons licenses. All the data in the infographics is from this depressing study.

What Some In Canada Want Made Mandatory Is More Sensible Than Anything I’ve Seen In A Long Time

In June 2012, the campus of the University of Alberta in Canada was rocked by a gunman killing three of his coworkers and critically injuring another.

One of the underlying factors in the shooting was mental illness on the part of the shooter, Travis Brandon Baumgartner. The fact that he didn’t seek help is something that Teamsters Local 362, which represents the guards who also work there, would like to change.

This video is about Canada, but we can make some of the same changes here in the USA. And we must; hearing these stories from survivors and families of those killed is something I’d rather not experience ever again.

This clip was made by Teamsters Local 362.

Young, Innocent Boys. A Simple Question. And I’m Devastated.

How many have to die before this is considered a serious national problem?

Today’s young men of color know that they are targets much more frequently than others. They could be Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown or Tamir Rice … the list just goes on and on. How many have to die before this is considered a serious national problem?

When you look at the underlying reasons these things happen more frequently to youth of color than to any other young people, there’s a common theme: fear.

A collaboration between Rootstrong and filmmaker Kiri Laurel Davis (more about them below the clips), this video shows some of those kids illustrating what it’s like to constantly wear a target. It was filmed in Harlem, New York City, and over 30 African-American and Latino boys from ages 3 to 17 participated and took a stand against racial targeting of kids like them. The most important part comes at 1:40.

This clip is by Just Us Project and Rootstrong.

A New Host Says What Black People Have Wanted To Say For A While

The guy who’s taking over “The Colbert Report” time slot thinks we’re all “race-a-holics.” I kind of love him for that.

He’s also saying a lot of stuff that black people have wanted to say for a while. Now he’s got a new TV show where we can hear all of these thoughts. So, who is this guy?

He’s funny.

He’s quick-witted.

He’s Larry Wilmore!

He’s also the brand new host of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”

As you probably know, Stephen Colbert, who cranked out the LOLs as a fictional newscaster on “The Colbert Report,” moved on to fill Letterman’s slot as the new host of “The Late Show.”

Making way for Wilmore!

Although he’ll be taking over “The Colbert Report” slot, don’t call him the new Colbert just because he’s hilarious. This dude really has a all his own.

So why am I so excited to see Larry?

Here are my top 5 reasons:

1. He can tackle the tough issues.

As the “black senior correspondent” on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” he’s got a knack for talking about the hard stuff — race, discrimination, “black-on-black” crime, and “police-on-black” crime. In a recent “Daily Show” episode, Jon asks him about black-on-black crime and how it’s being brought up as a deterrent to talking about police-on-black crime. Larry responded with:

“Can we stop calling it black-on-black crime? It’s just crime, OK? ‘Black-on-black’ just makes it seem like a category on RedTube — that’s a porn site, Jon.”

“Diabetes, stroke, and heart disease are kicking black-on-black crime’s ass, OK? But no one is saying we need to get rid of those before we can talk about racism.”

2. He’s got a killer resume.

In addition to “The Daily Show,” Larry’s totally been in the comedy circle for more than a minute. You might have caught one of his Showtime “town-hall” comedy specials, “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion, Sex.” He also created “The Bernie Mac Show,” co-created the animated series “The PJs,” was a writer for NBC’s “The Office,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and “In Living Color.” He was also the executive producer for “Black-ish” before taking on “The Nightly Show.”

3. He’s not afraid to ruffle a few feathers.

On “The Nightly Show,” Larry won’t be in character; he’ll anchor the show, interjecting comedic bits from himself, panelists, and a group of diverse correspondents. The show will focus on what’s going on in the news, adding his honest yet cutting perspective, which is often underrepresented in the mainstream. So it’ll probably be stuff like this:

In an interview with ABC News, Larry explained:

“(It’s) better to have an authentic, interesting conversation and have the show be a little quieter than just setting up jokes that at the end of the day nobody cares about. That, I’m not interested in. I’d rather be scared by something somebody says.”

4. He thinks we’re all “race-a-holics.”

Wait … what?! Let him explain.

“We won’t end it (racism). The world’s always been like this — brother against brother, tribe against tribe. It’s not just going to go away. It’s part of our DNA. We’re ‘race-a-holics,’ Jon. We’ll always be in recovery. The best we can hope for is to manage it.”

5. He’s making history.

As the only person of color on TV right now with a late-night talk show, Larry Wilmore will undoubtedly fill a void. I imagine the show to be less like Arsenio Hall, more like Melissa Harris Perry, with a touch of “The Daily Show” added in for comedic relief. He’ll bring a fresh perspective and probably say some things that black people have wanted to say for a long time. Regardless, having a guy like him on late night is long overdue.

To see Larry in action, check out this clip from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”:

This clip is from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Comedy Central. “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” is set to premiere at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 19, 2015, on Comedy Central. To learn more about Larry check out his website and also his IMDb page. You can also show him some love by following him on Twitter. GIFs found on Giphy.