Pamela Anderson Strips Off Makeup in Sci-Fi Film

It’s “a portrait of a woman grappling with aging, self-perception, and transformation in a technologically optimized world.”

In photographer and filmmaker Luke Gilford’s new sci-fi short, “Connected,” Pamela Anderson lays herself bare. Playing a fitness instructor in a spiritual crisis, Anderson toys with her image as a sex symbol, appearing without makeup and exuding a deeply soulful unhappiness. In the short, Anderson joins a mysterious wellness cult to find a reason for living.

“’Connected’ is a portrait of a woman grappling with aging, self-perception, and transformation in a technologically optimized world,” explains Gilford on his website. “Jackie (Pamela Anderson) is … obsessed with self-improvement tapes (voiced by Jane Fonda), and she is soon drawn to an advanced yet enigmatic wellness spa that promises to enhance her mind, body, and soul.”

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Which Country Takes the Most Showers?

A look at bathing habits around the world.

Nothing makes you realize that you’re not at home more than when you enter a bathroom in a different country. You suddenly comprehend that not everyone cleans up the same way. A poll conducted in July on how various countries bathe highlights the differences across the globe. Interestingly, Americans’ cleaning habits are surprisingly average.

The survey, by market research provider Euromonitor, polled around 6,600 consumers from around the world, asking if they shower, bathe, or sponge-bathe. (The countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.)

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How Does the Education in Your State Compare to the Rest of the World?

A fascinating map of each state’s educational level and its equivalent to a country in the world.

It’s no secret that our country’s education system is in chaos. The rise and fall of Common Core is just one example. But while the debate rages on over national standards, the level of education in our country can vary widely, state by state, district by district, school by school.

The website Home Snacks created a map of each state’s educational level and its equivalent to a country. Using the U.S. Census, they factored in each state’s high school graduation rate, and then compared those numbers to the education index of each country in the world, according to the United Nations Development Programme.

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A New App that Tells You Everything About the Earth Below You

He imagined a guide to show airplane passengers exactly what they are seeing below.

You are in the middle of the air, on a flight across an expanse of terrain, looking out the window. You tap the “my journey” button on your setback screen and stare at the map, of all the little towns and rivers and mountain ranges passing below you. If you are the kind of person who foregoes the back-to-back episodes of Top Chef and complimentary game of Bejeweled to marvel at the topography below, there is a new app for you.

Flyover Country is a National Science Foundation funded offline mobile app for geoscience outreach and data discovery. “The app analyzes a given flight path and caches relevant map data and points of interest (POI), and displays these data during the flight, without in flight Wi-Fi,” describes its website. It “exposes interactive geologic maps from, fossil localities from and, core sample localities from, Wikipedia articles, offline base maps, and the user’s current GPS determined location, altitude, speed, and heading.”

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Muslims March Against Isis in London, and It’s Ignored by the Media

After the Isis attacks in Paris, Beirut and Brussels, this year’s organizers decided to also denounce terrorism.

Their signs said “Every chapter of the Quran starts with the word “mercy.” “Terrorism has no religion,” and “Islam promotes human rights.” Thousands of peace-promoting Muslims took to the streets of London last week, and it was barely covered by the media

Thousands of people took part in the annual UK Arbaeen Procession, coordinated by the Husaini Islamic Trust UK. The march is held each year to mark the Arbaeen, or mourning, of Imam Husain - a seventh-century leader who fought for social justice.

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See What People Were Wearing the Year You (Or Your Grandma) Were Born

A photo series offers a year-by-year look at clothing trends.

Image via (cc) Flickr user Mike Monaghan

The Man bun. Athleisure. Retro folk dresses. These are today’s clothing trends. When they will fall out of fashion is anybody’s guess (Let’s hope in the case of the man bun it’s sooner rather than later.)

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