Soon, in many parts of the world, the temperature will drop dramatically and we’ll be consumed by snow. This makes the roads dangerous, the heating bills rise, and the time spent inside increase exponentially. In a nutshell, there’s a lot of bad that comes with it. But, there’s a lot of good, too. Well, at least one thing. It’s beautiful. Here are 23 places that look absolutely gorgeous in the winter.
Okay, I’m slightly more ready for the winter. How about you? Share this on Facebook and prepare others for the impending change.
Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York and father of current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, died Thursday of natural causes due to heart failure, his family announced in a statement. He was 82.
Cuomo, known for his oratory skills, served as governor for three terms from 1983 to 1994. The democrat was the 52nd governor of New York. He also served as lieutenant governor and secretary of state of New York prior to his terms as governor.
His 1984 Democratic National Convention speech in San Francisco got him national attention after he slammed President Ronald Reagan, characterizing him as out of touch with poor Americans.
Party leaders unsuccessfully urged Cuomo to run for president twice.
He died, with his family at his side, just hours after his son was sworn into his second term in office on New Year’s Day.
“He’s not well enough to come,” his son told a crowd of dignitaries at One World Trade Center, according to The New York Daily News. “He couldn’t be here physically today but my father is in this room.”
Condolences—from politicians to supporters to journalists— began to flow in after news of the former governor’s death broke.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki, his successor, described him as a “great New Yorker” of “soaring intellect” and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called him “a giant.”
To President Barack Obama, Cuomo was a determined champion of progressive values, and an unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity, and opportunity.
“His own story taught him that as Americans, we are bound together as one people, and our country’s success rests on the success of all of us, not just a fortunate few,” Obama said in a statement.
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Gov Cuomo a proud son of immigrants, possessed of a soaring intellect & a great New Yorker.
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) Jan 01 2015
We have lost a true progressive giant with Governor Mario Cuomo’s passing today.
— Gov. David Paterson (@NYGovPaterson55) Jan 01 2015
Tonight, New York has lost a giant. Mario Cuomo was a man of unwavering principle who possessed a compassion for humankind without equal.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) January 2, 2015
Mary Pat and I send our deepest condolences to Matilda, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire Cuomo family.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 2, 2015
So sorry to hear about the death of Mario Cuomo. RIP Governor and heartfelt condolences to the Cuomo family.
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) January 2, 2015
So saddened by Mario Cuomo’s death. He was my FIRST guest on Larry King Live & one of the brightest men ever. His was a great American life!
— Larry King (@kingsthings) Jan 01 2015
Today the New York family lost one of its greatest sons. Prayers to all who knew and loved Mario. -cs
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 2, 2015
He was survived by his wife of 60 years, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, his five children and 14 grandchildren.
UPDATED 6:30 p.m. PT: to include family’s statement
UPDATED 8:30 p.m. PT: to include Obama’s statement
We often talk about how the media treats women horribly in this country, but we also often lose sight of the way media pigeonholes men to reinforce all those horrible attitudes. In this amazing video, an artist named Guante explains how what hurts women can also damage men.
NSFW warning: He uses some pretty coarse language at the beginning, but I promise it’s worth staying to the end. At 1:25, he calls out the media for hurting girls and women. At 2:10, he calls out the media for hurting boys and men. And at 3:15, he gets to the point.
Fuzz was the Manning family’s dog for eight years. They got him when he was just a furry little puppy, and it didn’t take long for them to feel like he was another member of the family. So, when the Mannings came home from church one day to find the gate open and Fuzz missing, they didn’t know what to do.
That’s the end of the story.
They didn’t find him. It’s been about two months now, and no one’s seen him. They’re not even really looking for him anymore because it seems hopeless. The worst part is that they don’t know if he’s dead, and they probably won’t ever find out. That’s just the way it is.
“When Fuzz went missing, we thought he might never come back,” said Keith Manning, who adopted Fuzz nearly a decade ago with his wife, Melissa. “And that’s exactly what appears to be happening. He’s just gone, and it’s really sad.”
Wow. What an amazing story. It really shows how sometimes miracles don’t happen, and we’re left alone and bereft, picking up the pieces of our broken lives, unsure of how to move on.
This is an article about being indecisive, I think. Not 100 percent sure yet, actually. I’ll let you know soon.
Does that sound like something you do often? The “sorry, I’ll let you know soon” answer is almost a knee-jerk response for me at this point.
It’s a classic trait of a “people pleaser,” mixed with a fear of committing to something just because it makes others happy. Okay, I see the irony now.
Maybe I’m over-thinking this.
Anyway, as a self-declared indecisive, I’ve decided to write my struggles in list form, so other indecisive people can read it and feel like they’re apart of something. But, that’s up to them.
Here it goes:
And, that sucks. No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, even if your BIG decision is whether or not to make the pizza guy “sad” because your friend wants to order Chinese. It’s a hard life.
That tasting menu at your favorite sushi restaurant? It’s your savior.
Or, if you’re having something like Chinese or pizza, you either let someone else choose for you or you just order the same thing, over and over again, never interested in trying something new.
This, funnily enough, will make your decision-making process more confusing. Trust me, the hobo on 31st Street doesn’t care what color your throw pillow is.
But, you’ll ask, regardless, so I won’t try to stop you.
“Sorry, not sorry” isn’t your thing. It’s more, “Sorry, so sorry. OMG, so sorry.” But, why? We shouldn’t feel badly about not being able to make up our minds. Or, wait, should we? I don’t know, whatever. I give up.
Which leads me to my next point…
Do I go to dinner with my out-of-town-don’t-really-care-about-you friend, or do I go bar-hopping with people I half-like?
After a few “um, I’ll let you know” answers, you end up having a mostly horizontal weekend streaming Netflix. Not that this is exactly a WRONG decision, amirite?
Ever had to make a semi-big decision? I’m talking bigger than Nutella over Ben and Jerry’s, but smaller than choosing which twin to abort.
When this semi-big decision finds its way into my life, I find myself recoiling into a human ball of despair. But, after a few drinks, I feel a sudden thrill. I can choose anything! I can be anything and do anything I want!
This, of course, eventually turns itself into sheer dread, and then, I find myself seeking out tall buildings.
Like I said, ALL THE FEELINGS.
This is one of the worst parts of indecisiveness. When I make a decision, it becomes the only subject about which I can think.
Then, I overthink every pro and con of the decision, until even my pro-con list doesn’t want to listen to me anymore.
No, really, don’t start. Or else, you’ll suddenly find yourself stuck at the store for two hours, deciding between two identical banana bunches.
Basic tip for indecisive people: Surround yourself with patient, honest people, who can tell you to STFU once in a while. You need it more than you think.
Like I mentioned earlier, indecisiveness is hard work. It makes you feel all the feelings, which get bottled up inside you if you don’t do something to release that energy every once in a while.
Everyone has his or her own way of letting off steam. But, for us, if we don’t cut loose every now and then, our steam will overflow and suffocate us.
So, do what you need to do is have sex, punch pillows, take deep breaths and do yoga.
That’s all I’ve got.
In Germany, displaying Nazi symbols is illegal. Here’s how the new Nazi-killing video game gets around German law.
Section 86a of the German criminal code, the Strafgesetzbuch, makes it illegal to display the symbols of “unconstitutional organizations”. That makes it rather tricky for a game such as the newly-released Wolfenstein: The New Order, which is all about murdering Nazis and blowing up their stuff, especially because Nazis liked putting their symbols all over themselves and their stuff. Verboten in particular are the swastika, the celtic cross, and the SS sig runes.
To comply with German law, Bethesda published a special version of the game in which all of the illegal symbols have been scrubbed out or replaced. Eurogamer put together a fascinating side-by-side comparison of the German and non-German versions of The New Order to show all the work that goes into erasing the bad signs of history.
Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=1hK4Px4O8aE.
Q: When is a taco not a taco?
A: When it’s actually just a waffle folded in half.
Does it look delicious: YES
Is it a taco: NO
Booking you an appointment with a great taco therapist I know (right after I eat you).
You want to eat the King Of The Jungle, whatever. But a $35-per-taco price tag is not what tacos are about.
I see what you’re trying to do, and I don’t like it.
Refuse to justify these with any kind of substantial criticism.
Taco, I want you to think long and hard about how you’ll feel about this when you’re 65.
Hahahaha nice try, secret vegetables that aren’t actually tortillas.
Sometimes the whole is way, way less than the sum of its parts.
Oh, no no, I mean, it’s just kind of a new look for you?
Sorry, but some cuisines are better left un-fused.