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Monday Menagerie #12


2 spectacular motorcycle chicks, 2 amazing swim feats, 3 fantastic new films,  1 Jon, 1 Stephen, and 1 TED.


via thehumanexperiment.com

via thehumanexperiment.com

The Human Experiment

I watched this documentary with my husband last night, and it is good.  It’s not one of those environmental docs that leaves you feeling down and hopeless about the state of humanity, rather I felt uplifted by the thought of so many decent people spending hours, months, years of their time fighting for the betterment of society at large.  How can that not be inspiring?  And this is stuff we NEED TO KNOW ABOUT!!  (all-caps totally necessary!)

It’s streaming on Netflix now.. the trailer is a bit overly dramatic, so skip it and just watch the film!


via Glamour

via Glamour

Stephen Colbert Shares Why He Thinks Women Should Be in Charge of Everything

Can we all start our Monday by reading this?!!  It’s SO great!  Ah.. Stephen Colbert your wit is as charming as your adorable face!

 “To be honest, sometimes I wonder whether the world would be a better place if women were in charge. It would be pretty easy to make that happen. Simply tell the men of the world that you’re trying to start a campfire. While we’re all arguing with one another about proper kindling placement and whether using lighter fluid is cheating,* women can just quietly start getting stuff done.”

(shared by Jamie Bullock)


via Comedy Central

via Comedy Central

Three Different Kinds of Bullsh*t by Jon Stewart

Just another reason to celebrate Jon Stewart being an amazing person on this planet.  His blend of intelligence and comic brilliance is exactly what we need more of!

(shared by Jamie Bullock)


via benkapulko.com

via benkapulko.com

One Woman Travels the Globe By Motorcycle

My dad told me about this woman, Benka Pulko, several years ago, and I’m revisiting her amazing story this month since we’re dedicating August to travels and adventures.  She spent over 5 years touring the world by motorcycle (solo).  Read her page 20 Questions with Benka Pulko, and get inspired!

The stats:

1 woman
1 BMW motorcycle
1 world
5.5 years
7 continents
75 countries
111,856 miles
4 Guinness World Records
35,000 photographs
19 tire changes
10 chain sets
$ 12 a day
5 stitches
1 ten-day hospital stay
1 endless list of amazing memories

June 19, 1997 – December 10, 2002


ZENITH IRFAN Facebook

ZENITH IRFAN Facebook

“1 Girl 2 Wheels” Woman is the first to ride a motorcycle solo across northern areas of Pakistan

Another inspiring young woman rides her bike across the globe…

“Her personal photo blog, called “Zenith Irfan: 1 Girl 2 Wheels,” details the rugged landscape as well as the challenges of being a Pakistani woman traveling alone. She hopes that through this journey, she can destroy gender stereotypes and encourage women to live out their dreams. “


via Good.is

via Good.is

Salma Hayek and Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet”

Kahlil Gibran’s book The Prophet is very near to my heart, because it was a gift from a dear friend.  I had never heard of him before she gave me that book, and it is now one of the most precious books in my small library.  It’s always tricky territory to transform a book into film, but the concept by Salma Hayek seems like a truly lovely idea.


Safin Hameda/Getty Images via Women in the World

Safin Hameda/Getty Images via Women in the World

Angelina Jolie Pitt will produce “The Breadwinner,” the story of an Afghan girl who posed as a boy to feed her family

The work that Angelina Jolie Pitt does in the realm of women’s health/life/rights around the world is profound.. it seems she never stops giving back in truly meaningful ways.

“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those condition. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution,” Jolie Pitt said in a press release. Profits raised by her role as executive producer of the film, which is slated for a 2017 release, will be donated to support the education of girls in Afghanistan.


kim chambers via Makers

kim chambers via Makers

Get to Know the First Woman to Complete the World’s Most Dangerous Swim

She swam through shark infested waters during mating season.. I think that is the definition of “fearless”.

New Zealander Kim Chambers became the first woman to swim through the shark-infested waters from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco – the world’s most difficult swim, according to a Guardian report.

Only four men have ever completed the swim. The swim took more than 17 hours for Chambers to complete.

(shared by Jamie Bullock)


Spanish Synchronized Swimming Team Pushes Conventional Boundaries When Led Zeppelin Begins To Play

Ok, this video seriously made my day yesterday!  Possibly just because I secretly LOVE synchronized swimming (it’s like ice-skating in the water, with a lot more people) and I also love love love Led Zeppelin.  I had chills watching this, that song just gets under my skin no matter how many times I hear it and the swimmers are out of this world.  So cool!

 via Wimp.com:  During the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, 10 synchronized swimmers changed the game in a major way.

This sport requires a tremendous amount of talent and precision. That of which, these women have ten-fold. Ordinarily, this style of swimming is paired with a piece of music that rarely has lyrics, let alone a rock song.

(shared by Jamie Bullock)


via TED

via TED

The Power of Vulnerability

I love the way Brene Brown talks about vulnerability from a pragmatic/scientific viewpoint, it brings a fresh angle to this topic and she speaks with such an honest voice.  Had me laughing out loud at about 13 minutes in, and left me thinking about my own ability to “expose”.

(shared by Jamie Bullock)

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Featured image (at top) by: Maghen Brown, illustrator.

All reviews written and opinions expressed are the author’s own. “Shared by [name]” – Refers to the person who shared the link to the original piece featured here.


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