Category Archives: Upworthy

John Oliver Expected To Catch Miss America In A Lie, But What He Found Was Kinda Worse

Miss America has always skeeved me out just a little bit, but I could never totally put my finger on why. Thankfully, John Oliver just put his finger on where my finger should have been all along, and it’s glorious. At 2:35, he gets into what’s really crazy about the Q&A portion of the pageant, and at 7:05, I totally guffawed. Things really take a hilarious turn at 12:30, so make sure you stick around.

Original by “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” So, folks, it’s pretty bad that Miss America is actually in real life the biggest provider of scholarships for women, right? Let’s help change that, shall we? Here’s how you donate to the Society of Women Engineers. Here’s how you donate to the Patsy Mink Foundation. And here’s how you donate to the Jeannette Rankin Foundation.

Every Time I Compare The U.S. Minimum Wage To Other Countries, People Get Angry. So Here I Go Again.

This chart shows us what the minimum wage is in a given country as a percentage of the median wage, which is the exact middle of wages in those countries. In other words, if you find the point at which half of the population makes more than X and half makes below X, then the graph below shows just how much below X the minimum wage actually is. We’re #24 out of 26. Umm … yay?

‘Splainer time: I got a ton of flak for posting an image on my Facebook fan page that showed some similar numbers. What for? Because I didn’t show the cost of living in those countries. Basically, the argument is that “sure, minimum wage is higher in those countries … you have to pay more for everything!”

Welp, I got on my Internet horse and galloped around Google a bit … and here’s what I found:

In some of those countries, it does indeed cost more for basics. In some, it costs much less. It’s pretty much right down the middle; here are some examples:

Cost of Living

Turkey: Consumer prices including rent are 43.6% lower than the United States

France: Consumer prices including rent are 15.3% higher than the United States

Australia: Consumer prices including rent are 45.26% higher than the United States

Slovenia: Consumer prices including rent are 20.02% lower than the United States

The Netherlands: Consumer prices including rent are 14.8% higher than the United States

Latvia: Consumer prices including rent are 33.76% lower than the United States

Canada: Consumer prices including rent are 7.45% higher than the United States

(Figures are as of September 2014. These things change daily, so my numbers might be slightly off.)

Of course, there are other factors to consider here. For example, many countries have a nationalized health care system of some sort and other social safety nets so that people don’t die from working too many minimum wage jobs while not being able to go to the doctor and such … just saying.

This graphic was made by Mother Jones and is used with permission.

Every Time I Compare The U.S. Minimum Wage To Other Countries, People Get Angry. So Here I Go Again.

This chart shows us what the minimum wage is in a given country as a percentage of the median wage, which is the exact middle of wages in those countries. In other words, if you find the point at which half of the population makes more than X and half makes below X, then the graph below shows just how much below X the minimum wage actually is. We’re #24 out of 26. Umm … yay?

‘Splainer time: I got a ton of flak for posting an image on my Facebook fan page that showed some similar numbers. What for? Because I didn’t show the cost of living in those countries. Basically, the argument is that “sure, minimum wage is higher in those countries … you have to pay more for everything!”

Welp, I got on my Internet horse and galloped around Google a bit … and here’s what I found:

In some of those countries, it does indeed cost more for basics. In some, it costs much less. It’s pretty much right down the middle; here are some examples:

Cost of Living

Turkey: Consumer prices including rent are 43.6% lower than the United States

France: Consumer prices including rent are 15.3% higher than the United States

Australia: Consumer prices including rent are 45.26% higher than the United States

Slovenia: Consumer prices including rent are 20.02% lower than the United States

The Netherlands: Consumer prices including rent are 14.8% higher than the United States

Latvia: Consumer prices including rent are 33.76% lower than the United States

Canada: Consumer prices including rent are 7.45% higher than the United States

(Figures are as of September 2014. These things change daily, so my numbers might be slightly off.)

Of course, there are other factors to consider here. For example, many countries have a nationalized health care system of some sort and other social safety nets so that people don’t die from working too many minimum wage jobs while not being able to go to the doctor and such … just saying.

This graphic was made by Mother Jones and is used with permission.

It’s Not *Never* OK To Catcall A Lady. This Flowchart Helps You Figure Out The 2 Times It’s Fine.

If you find yourself contemplating the occasional catcall or wolf whistle (and you are not a literal wolf), print this out and keep it in your wallet for emergencies.

Thanks to Playboy for letting us use this flowchart, designed by Shea Strauss. Follow her on Twitter for more excellent design. Thumbnail image by Bob Mical, used under a Creative Commons license.

It’s Not *Never* OK To Catcall A Lady. This Flowchart Helps You Figure Out The 2 Times It’s Fine.

If you find yourself contemplating the occasional catcall or wolf whistle (and you are not a literal wolf), print this out and keep it in your wallet for emergencies.

Thanks to Playboy for letting us use this flowchart, designed by Shea Strauss. Follow her on Twitter for more excellent design. Thumbnail image by Bob Mical, used under a Creative Commons license.

Her Voice Might Tremble, But Emma Watson’s Message Is Strong And Clear

Emma Watson has become a remarkable young woman — she’s even been appointed a U.N. ambassador. Several times during this speech to the U.N., I found myself applauding at my computer. And, at 7:00, she cordially invites men to join the fight for gender equality. It’s our fight too.

Original speech to the U.N. by badass woman Emma Watson. Please check out the He for She campaign as well. You too, dudes.