RIP, Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch, the famed actress and singer, died today at the age of 89. The clip above is her performing "The Ladies Who Lunch," from Company; this clip of her struggling to record the perfect take for the cast recording is worth watching, too. Shoot Me, a documentary about Stritch that came out last year and is available for streaming on Netflix now, includes this perfect anecdotal tribute from the late James Gandolfini:

I first met her at a Sopranos premiere. Somebody was behind me and said, "I think you're wonderful!" And I turn around and I look down and I [...]


All Hail the Pink Helmet Posse

This is an eight-minute documentary about a trio of six-year-old skateboarders, and it is wonderful: we recommend that you watch till the end, as not to miss the part where they see a bee.


Florida Woman On That Heroic and Relentless Rotisserie Chicken Tip

A Florida woman has revealed that she spent nearly a year eating free rotisserie chickens from area Publix grocery stores by taking advantage of a store policy promising all sales be priced as advertised or taken off the bill.

Janet Feldman, a 57-year-old who designs stripper costumes, first demanded the so-called 'Publix promise' after realizing many of the stores birds didn't meet the listed 2-pound minimum weight.

A year and 300 free chickens later, the Davie woman portrays herself as a sort of Robin Hood of poultry.

Having presumably built up a level of chicken tolerance that one can only develop after housing approximately one bird every 24 [...]


Men Finally Exposed as "Weak Under the Sea"

For ages, the sea women of Jeju, an island off the southern coast of South Korea, have braved the treacherous waters of the Korea Strait, even during the frigid winters. Using only flippers and goggles — no breathing equipment — they scour the sea bottom for abalone, conch and octopus.

If this New York Times piece on Korean haenyeo women doesn't already seem like an excellent read (there is also an excellent slideshow), how about this:

As late as the early 1960s, 21 percent of the island’s women were professional divers, their bounty accounting for 60 percent of Jeju’s fisheries revenue. While brides in other parts of South [...]


Kacy Catanzaro: 100 Pounds of Magic

She's the first woman ever to complete this course. Via.


91-Year-Old Woman Sets Marathon Record in San Diego

Some 91-year-olds are just grateful to be able to get out of bed in the morning and make it to the breakfast table.

Then there’s 91-year-old Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, who woke up Sunday morning in southern California, threw on some running clothes, and set a record in the San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon.

Despite still-healing burns on her legs due to recent radiation treatments for squamous cell carcinoma, despite temperatures that soared to near 80 degrees along the Pacific, Thompson finished in 7 hours, 7 minutes, 42 seconds. Her average pace (16 minutes, 20 seconds per mile) was faster than a typical healthy adult’s normal walking speed. And she kept it up for 26.2 miles.


On Ashol-Pan, the 13-Year-Old Eagle Huntress

You guys have likely read the BBC story about the 13-year-old Kazakh girl who hunts with eagles in western Mongolia; if you haven't, you must; the Ashol-Pan Lifetime Admiration Society starts now and ends never. ("I will endeavor to make myself worthy of you for the rest of my life, you eagle-wielding teen who strides the narrow world," wrote Mallory Ortberg yesterday.) It's a tough fucking life being a young girl in Central Asia, let alone one who is challenging gender norms, let alone one who is doing so by hunting with eagles: after a year of being harassed out of my skull in Kyrgyzstan I'd still barely seen [...]


Rosie Perez On Her Do the Right Thing Dance Sequence

The weekend before last was the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's classic Do the Right Thing, and Sarah Larson's New Yorker dispatch from the Brooklyn Academy of Music's celebration included this wonderful Rosie Perez reminiscence, on her iconic dance sequence in the film's opening credits:

"It was supposed to be Cool Jerk," she said. "We were doing sixties-style dancing. At the last minute, Spike said he changed his mind, hiring Public Enemy. We had to come up with a new deal in a day and a half." When it came time to shoot, she said, "Spike didn’t tell me he needed anger and angst and exhaustion. Instead, [...]


Tegan And Sara on "How It Got Better"

The always wonderful Tegan And Sara for the It Got Better project, a new video series featuring "LGBT stories of struggle and success": "I choose to be a visible minority every day," says Sara. "I come out every day. I actively look for ways now to talk about who I am because I want to live as openly as I can, but I also want to inspire those [for whom] living and being themselves is a tremendous effort, and takes a tremendous amount of courage."


Happy Birthday, Jane Goodall

Q: Eighty years old. It seems a good time for looking forward.

A: [Laughs.] Somebody asked me the other day at a lecture—they said, "Your life has gone into these neat phases. What do you think the next phase is?"

What do you think the next phase is?

I said, "Well, I suspect it's death."

Jane Goodall is 80 years old today and AS REAL AS EVER. You are also invited to stream her birthday party at 2 p.m.? Cheers. [Screengrab via]