Senator Tammy Duckworth Shares Selfie After Breaking Her Leg During A Workout

WARNING: The photo in this article may be AWESOME.

Usually a photo of a broken leg could be unsettling at best, and gruesome at worst. But Senator Tammy Duckworth from Illinois just proved that a broken leg can be hilarious. 

For those unfamiliar with Duckworth, she’s a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in 2004 after a her helicopter was shot down over Iraq. She now wears prosthetic legs. 

Clearly a badass woman with a sense of humor, Duckworth tweeted:

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FaceApp Now Lets You Literally Put On Blackface With Its New Selfie Filters

So. In an idea that somehow was approved by many people to the point where it became reality, the Russian selfie app FaceApp has added filters that mimic the appearance of white, black, east Asian, or Indian people. In other words, you know, blackface, yellowface, brownface. 

You know how sometimes you’ll be watching an old movie and a white character will rub shoe polish on their face out of like NOWHERE and you’re like, gulp, the 1920s were a truly awful and regressive time period? Well, it is 2017 and this is apparently still happening, now with a digital upgrade.

It seems like, well, a LOT for an app that mostly people used to quickly manipulate pictures to appear like they were smiling, or elderly, or of a different gender. And it’s not even the first time FaceApp has been accused of racism; some users accused the company of racism when it proceeded to dramatically lighten skin tone with its “hot” filter.

That’s two racist controversies in the app’s history, and it’s only been around since January 2017. Yikes.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, FaceApp explained the new filters. “The ethnicity change filters have been designed to be equal in all aspects,” they said. “They don’t have any positive or negative connotations associated with them. They are even represented by the same icon. In addition to that, the list of those filters is shuffled for every photo, so each user sees them in a different order.”

“The ‘Spark’ filter was quite a different case. It implied a positive transformation and therefore, it was unacceptable for an algorithm to implicitly change the ethnicity origin,” FaceApp added. 

The statement still doesn’t answer my questions about the filters, which are mostly “What?! Why?!”

[h/t BuzzFeed]

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This Woman's Selfie Of A Ghost In Her Car Has Us Pretty Freaked Out

We’re plenty skeptical about the paranormal — most people’s photos and theories sound like a load of bullsh*t. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get rattled by something eerie every once in a while. Sure, there are coincidences and weird things that just can’t be explained, but sometimes, we can’t shake the feeling that else is going on. 

That’s definitely the case with Melissa Kurtz, a mother of two from Florida who found a ghost boy sitting in the backseat of her car — maybe with a purpose in mind.

Kurtz’s daughter, Harper, took this (totally normal) selfie in the passenger seat of the car. But the photo she took just seconds later was anything but normal. 

Not seeing it? Look closer:

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Yes, that would be a little ghost boy in the backseat of the car, leaning against the back window. 

Kurtz didn’t even notice the unexpected visitor in the photo until she was going through photos on her camera a month later. “It was a real ‘Oh my god’ moment,” Kurtz told The Daily Mail. “I was really shocked by it, incredibly shocked. I ran into the other room and said to friends who were staying with me ‘you have to see this.’ Everyone was awestruck.” 

Kurtz believes the little ghost showed up to warn Harper to wear her seatbelt.

“[Wearing her seatbelt] is something I yell at her about all the time,” Kurtz told The Daily Mail. “I’ve had 13 traffic tickets in two years due to her not wearing one. She is very stubborn though – I’m always trying to catch her when she hasn’t got it on.”

Paranormal experts, if you will, have weighed in on the photo. 

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According to The Daily Mail, Greg Pochadirector of parapsychology, afterlife and paranormal studies at Eidolon Project Canada, believes that the ghost was indeed warning Harper about the seatbelt. Apparently, this kind of analysis of paranormal motive is called spectral profiling.

Here’s where things get really spooky. 

The location where the photo was taken has a tragic past. “Where the picture was taken there was an automobile accident one year ago exactly,” Kurtz said. “When I looked into it, someone had been medevaced away in a helicopter. However, they would not tell me any specific details when I enquired, which leads me to believe that it was a child.”

And, according to Pocha, this would explain why the ghost boy was still there. “Ghosts such as the boy are prone to remain earthbound when the soul is literally ripped or thrown from the body in an accident,” he said. “Chances are that he does not know that he has died. And chances are good that he will haunt this part of the highway forever.”

We’re still not sure we believe in the paranormal, but you can but we’re not sleeping again for a while. (h/t daily mail)

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22 Selfies That Remind Us National Selfie Day Sucks

It’s National Selfie Day, which to some is more important than Christmas. Social media is full of celebration, if you count people posting countless selfies as celebration. But selfies aren’t all they’re made out to be, take these masterpieces that prove National Selfie Day is a total waste of time. 

  1. It’s so nice that he’s helping her use the toilet…


  2. When squirrels attack.


  3. Oh God…

  4. Time out, mommas gonna take a selfie.


  5. What on Earth?


  6. Doing some late night shopping.


  7. “Do you mind? I’m trying to poop here…”


  8. Maybe help your child?


  9. That’s nasty.


  10. That for your Tinder?


  11. You couldn’t have waited?


  12. WHY?

  13. Ouch.


  14. Who pees like this?!


  15. Check the mirror.


  16. Nature is so beautiful.


  17. Seems legit.


  18. Get this man a Darwin award.


  19. That poor dog.


  20. “This is going to get me so many likes.”


  21. Please don’t arrest me.

  22. Just making some ramen.


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