To Americans, some cultural traditions practiced in other countries seem odd (as ours do to them). We just didn’t grow up with those traditions, so we have little to no understanding of their origins or why they are so important. This is often the case when people from different cultures are exposed to other people’s customs for the first time.

And this Spanish tradition is certainly one of those strange activities. On the Catholic feast day of Corpus Christi, Spanish mothers bring their newborns into the streets and place them on mattresses so that men can jump over them. It’s a huge celebration, but what does it all mean?

The festival is called El Salto del Colacho, or the Devil’s Jump. To carry out this tradition, mothers first line their babies up on comfy mattresses.

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After that, men dressed in elaborate costumes step onto the scene. They’re meant to represent the Devil.

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These men jump over the babies. The spiritual significance of this act is that it’s said to cleanse babies of their original sin.

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You can watch it all unfold in the video below.

This looks like a ton of fun, but I’m not sure if I’d trust a bunch of strange men jumping over my child. That being said, it’s pretty amazing to get a glimpse of what life is like for other people around the world.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/spanish-jumping/

Holder Announces DOJ Plan To Sue North Carolina Over Voter ID Law

Eric Holder, the first African-American to hold the position of attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation.

Holder has been one of the longest serving members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, and the fourth longest serving attorney general in US history.

He was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on February 3, 2009. Half a decade later, it seems his historic tenure is over.

According to sources, Holder plans to announce his decision as soon as his successor is confirmed. The leading candidate for the job is apparently Solicitor General Don Verrilli. This process won’t be immediate and could run into 2015.

Evidently, Holder’s decision to resign was not a product of pressure from the White House, but ultimately his own choice. Sources say the White House would’ve been happy to keep him until the end of President Obama’s second term.

A native of New York City, Holder was also the first African-American to be appointed as deputy attorney general by President Bill Clinton.

He’s had a storied career, making huge strides on civil rights issues, particularly. His time as attorney general has not been entirely smooth, however, largely as a consequence of a contentious relationship with republicans in Congress.

Holder has been a voice of reason on issues such as marijuana and the War on Drugs, as well as a champion of same-sex marriage. Moreover, he has fought vigorously against voter suppression, and launched 20 investigations into abuse by local police departments.

Throughout his tenure, Holder has been a fervent advocate for the rights of minorities and there are likely many people out there upset by his decision to step down.

Even though Holder is planning on leaving, he will likely still push on several policy and enforcement initiatives before he walks out the door.

He has not yet signaled what he plans to do after he resigns, but some believe he may return to the corporate law firm Covington and Burling.

H/T: NPR, Photo Credit: Getty Images 

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/politics/eric-holder-announce-resignation-attorney-general/772878/

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and more than 80 of her House colleagues today pushed the Obama administration to put in writing a policy that would help to protect same-sex couples in which one partner is a foreign citizen from being separated because current U.S. law doesn’t recognize their relationship.

The request, the House’s second attempt to move the Obama Administration on the issue, comes after the administration appeared to backtrack this past year on a commitment to include such a policy in its effort to focus the Department of Homeland Security’s resources on high-priority immigration cases.

The administration announced in August 2011 that its focus on the “highest priorities” for immigration enforcement would mean that same-sex couples will be considered a family for the purposes of exercising prosecutorial discretion not to institute deportation proceedings against a foreign partner. Advocates celebrated the move, particularly because many of the foreign partners would otherwise be eligible for a green card because of his or her relationship were it not for the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on the federal government recognizing such marriages.

Two months later, however, and as today’s letter pointed out, a response from DHS to members of Congress asking about the specifics of the new policy stated only that “LGBT individuals’ ties and contributions to the community are taken into account” — with no mention of the family ties that officials had said would be included in the considerations.

In today’s letter, Pelosi — along with Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Mike Honda, the lead sponsors of two bills aimed at addressing LGBT inequalities in the immigration system, and 81 other Democrats — called on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to “issue a written field guidance or a memorandum to explicitly state the policy of your August 18, 2011 announcement which would direct DHS personnel to consider LGBT family ties as a positive factor for the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.”

The House members — including out gay Reps. Barney Frank, Jared Polis and David Cicilline — go on to say that “[a] written policy is the best way to ensure that the decision by President Obama and DHS to recognize LGBT family ties for immigration purposes will be implemented so that families will remain together.”

Calling the letter “a true show of congressional force,” Immigration Equality spokesman Steve Ralls told BuzzFeed, “It is a simple action, but also one that will have a real impact on real people and families. We hope Secretary Napolitano will heed the advice of those who signed the letter, and take this important step toward protecting some of the most vulnerable individuals within the immigration system from deportation.”

Lavi Soloway, the founder of Stop the Deportations and a lawyer who has represented many same-sex couples facing separation said he “commend[s] Leader Pelosi and the other members for keeping the administration feet to the fire on this.”

Working on cases involving immigration officials and immigration judges across the country, Soloway explained why he viewed the step sought by Pelosi and the other members of Congress as necessary.

“DHS’ refusal to confirm that the prosecutorial discretion guidelines are meant to keep LGBT families together continues to send mixed messages to deportation officers, Immigration Judges and Immigration and Customs Enforcement prosecutors who have the discretion to protect our families and stop deportations,” he told BuzzFeed. “These mixed messages confuse officers in the field and leave LGBT families without protection.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/pelosi-presses-white-house-on-immigration-for-gay

It should probably come as little to no surprise Olympic athletes need more calories than you and I in order to fuel up and compete at the highest competitive levels this summer in Rio.

However, after taking a look at exactly what US swimmer Ryan Lochte eats in order to consume 6,000 to 8,000 calories a day, you’re going to be more than a little nauseous.

At the moment, Lochte is crushing the 2016 Summer Olympics, but it appears his domination has a lot to do with the amount of food he’s crushing on the daily.

We’ll get into exactly what the 32-year-old Lochte eats for each meal in a minute, but first, let us take a moment to acknowledge the fact he’s been religiously eating pizza and chicken wings every Friday night since he was 8.

OK, let’s go. BroBible broke down his meals by calories, so you can see exactly how a typical day looks.

Breakfast

-Six eggs (597 calories)
-w/ ham, one slice (46 calories)
-w/spinach, one cup (41 calories)
-w/diced tomatoes, half cup (25 calories)
-Hash browns, one cup (413 calories)
-Pancakes, two (298 calories)
-Oatmeal, one cup (166 calories)
-One banana (105 calories)

TOTAL = 1,691 calories


Snack

-Avocado toast
-w/ half an avocado (145 calories)
-w/ whole wheat bread slice (69 calories)
-w/ spinach (12 calories)
-w/ one egg (91 calories)
-w/ hot sauce (1 calorie)
-w/ tofu sausage (120 calories)

TOTAL = 438 calories


Lunch

-Fettuccine Alfredo (950 calories)
-w/ chicken (282 calories)
-Water with MiO drops (0 calories)

TOTAL = 1,232 calories


Snack

-Peanut butter Kind bar (200 calories)

TOTAL = 200 calories


Dinner

-Domino’s pizza, three plain slices (870 calories)
-Domino’s BBQ wings, four (960 calories)
-w/ blue cheese (240 calories)
-Mountain Dew, 24 ounces (340 calories)

TOTAL = 2,410 calories


Dessert

-Mint chocolate chip ice cream, one cup (300 calories)

TOTAL = 300 calories

This gives us a grand total of 6,271 calories a day consumed by Ryan Lochte, but after a massive event like the Rio Olympics, Lochte reportedly treats himself to a steak dinner, which gets him over that 8,000-calorie hump.

Speaking on his indulgence, Lochte told Bon Apptit,

I’m going to a steakhouse and I’m getting a big, fat steak. I love filets. Anything, really. The bigger the better. It’s going down one tube, so I’m OKwith that. I’m eating French fries, I love sweet potatoes, cooked vegetables, broccoli.

God bless this man and his seemingly insatiable appetite. Eating this much food every single day should be an Olympic event in and of itself.

You’re a patriot, Ryan Lochte, and this drink is definitely for you.

Here’s to next 8,000 calories, bud.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/sports/ryan-lochte-diet-8000-calories-pizza-wings-2016-summer-olympics/1578548/

We’ve all done things we’re not proud of. In fact, many of us feel this way about our questionable fashion choices during the 90s. From bowl cuts to Reeboks pumps, unattractive styles abounded during this time period. So what possessed people to follow these 25 fashion trends that didn’t survive the 90s? The world may never know.

25. Scrunchies

Whether neon-colored, fluffy, or sparkly, scrunchies served many girls’ style and function needs. They could be worn in the hair or around the wrist for fashionable flair.

24. Rice Necklaces

Nothing was more romantic back in the day than a declaration of love written on a tiny grain of rice. It was enough to make even the most cynical girl swoon.

23. Turtlenecks

Although the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles probably appreciated this trend, turtlenecks are best left for cold weather nowadays.

22. Reebok Pumps

These expensive sneakers became a status symbol on urban basketball courts and in school hallways. And as the first shoes with an internal inflation mechanism, they always provided a comfy fit.

21. Pagers on Pants

Unless you’re in the medical profession, you’d better leave your pager at home these days if you don’t want to commit a fashion faux pas – That is, if you even own a pager.

20. Bowl cuts

Every 90s heartthrob had one thing in common—a super flattering bowl cut. From music megastars Nick and Aaron Carter to onscreen idol Jonathan Taylor Thomas, hot guys everywhere sported this ghastly haircut inspired by a common kitchen item.

19. Overalls

Old McDonald had a farm, but what was N Sync’s excuse? Overalls were cool, but wearing them with only one strap buckled was “the bomb.”

18. Blossom Hats

Nothing attracts attention like a bucket hat with a giant flower attached to it. Thanks to quirky 90s TV character Blossom Russo, girls started wearing these outrageous headpieces with pride.

17. Schoolgirl Skirts

Britney Spears made uniforms sexy when she burst onto the scene in her “Baby One More Time” music video, much to the delight of Catholic schoolgirls everywhere.

16. Lisa Frank Pencils

Unicorns and butterflies and puppies – Oh my! Every true 90s girl owned a few Lisa Frank school supplies. The more you had, the higher you ranked in the social hierarchy of elementary school.

15. Babydoll Dresses

Inspired by the naïve yet loveable star of the film Clueless, adolescent girls everywhere began donning these youthful dresses. They could be paired with Doc Martens for a trendier look.

14. Tiny, All-Over-the-Head Buns

Its cousins the ballet bun and the messy bun may still be in vogue, but the tiny buns that engulfed the heads of celebs like Gwen Stefani are certainly not.

13. Airwalks

In the battle between Airwalks and Vans, the latter emerged victorious while Airwalks faded into obscurity, leaving many skater boys to mourn the loss of their favorite brand.

12. Brown Lipstick

Edgy girls everywhere expressed their angst on the outside by sporting brown lipstick. Christina Aguilera, Drew Barrymore, and Jennifer Aniston could all be spotted wearing this deep shade during the 90s.

11. “The Rachel”

Hoping to look like their favorite “Friend”, fashion forward gals everywhere swarmed to their salons. The infamous haircut only went out of style when women began to realize its choppy layers and interesting highlights flattered very few face shapes.

10. Mood Rings

They almost never accurately predicted your mood, but these rings were all the rage back in the day.

9. Stirrup Pants

You might want to hold your horses before buying a pair of these pants. They may be fine for jockeys, but they serve no purpose for anyone else.

8. Discman Headphones

Although we’ve since graduated to bigger and better headphones (think Beats), all the cool 90s kids wore these around their necks when they weren’t listening to their favorite jams.

7. Skorts

What do you get when you cross a skirt with shorts? A skort! Fortunately, the unattractive offspring of skirts and shorts are rarely seen off thetennis courtstoday. At least they were good for keeping elementary school perverts from looking up your skirt on the monkey bars.

6. Butterfly Hairclips

Sarah Michelle Gellar took on much tamer creatures before battling vampires. Butterfly hairclips were once all the rage among party girls or anyone who wanted to add a feminine touch to their outfit. Now they look ridiculous on anyone over the age of 10.

5. Doc Martens

Doc Martens were just right for adding a bold touch to a girly baby doll dress or enhancing the cool factor of then-popular tapered jeans. Every badass owned a pair – even cartoon character Daria Morgendorffer.

4. Flannel Shirts

What did lumberjacks and 90s kids have in common? They both woreflannel shirts. Often worn over graphic tees, flannel shirts became synonymous with the grunge movement.

3. CK1

Ah, CK1. One whiff of this fragrance will forever stir memories of the raging hormones and horribledance movesof proms past.

2. Slap Bracelets

Violence and fun formed an unlikely alliance in this childhood fad. Slap bracelets came in every color of the rainbow and fit wrists of all sizes, but they also caused their fair share of injuries.

1. Gelled Curls on Men

When your hairstyle resembles a collegediet staple, you know it’s time for a new look. Nothing about these curls was attractive, especially when they were bleached to resemble dry ramen noodles.Justin Timberlakewill never live this down.

Read more: http://list25.com/25-fashion-trends-that-didnt-survive-90s/

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Where does ending the “government shutdown” really fall on President Obama’s priority list? Apparently it’s not higher than commenting on whether or not Washington’s NFL franchise should change its nickname to something other than Redskins.

http://twitter.com/#!/GOPBlackChick/status/386829074033041408

Meanwhile, his new healthcare program has been a complete disaster.

http://twitter.com/#!/bigbucks198/status/386942329765908482
http://twitter.com/#!/TPatPerrysburg/status/386940530132664320
http://twitter.com/#!/JpHaar/status/386940203115368448

Remember that time Obama promised to spend “every minute of every day” working to fix the economy?

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/10/06/priorities-obama-takes-time-to-urge-the-washington-redskins-to-get-a-new-nickname/

OK, I hate to bethat girl,but it turns out we’ve all been making a really dumb mistake for more than a decade now.

You know Jennifer Lopez’s 2001 song “I’m Real”? And you know the remix featuring Ja Rule?Of course you do, we’re all proud ’90s kids here.

Well, it turns out we’ve been f*cking that up. Big time.JLo is probably disappointed in us. Ja Rule is DEFINITELY disappointed in us.

Here are the facts.

That song begins with a simple question posed by Ja Rule,

What’s my motherf*ckin’ name?

To which JLo responds,

Are you Ellie?

EXCEPT THAT’S NOT WHAT SHE SAYS AT ALL. As Jia Tolentino from Jezebel figured out at the beginning of this week, JLo actually says,

R-U-L-E

Which… makes sense. She’s spelling out Ja Rule’s name. Like you do in a rap song. Because obviously she knows his name is Ja Rule, because they are doing this song together.

JLois not venturing a random guess as to what this dude who is rapping on her song’s name is. Obviously. And yet, this ENTIRE TIME I thought JLo just straight-up thought Ja Rule’s name might be Ellie.

Like Ja Rule was like, “Hey guys, here’s a fun game, let’s try to guess my name!” and JLo was like, “Ooo I will play that game. Let’s see… are you Ellie?” and Ja Rule was like, “Nope, good guess though! Try again!”

Yep, that was a really stupidthing to think. It makes no sense. And yet for 15 years I accepted JLo was just maybe a little bit dumb. But of course she’s not. She’s JLo. I’m the dumb one.

At least I’m not the only one who made this mistake.

Listen. This is a safe space. I’m just as ashamed as you are. We can all admit our fault together.

I hope someday JLo can forgive us all.

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Read more: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/jennifer-lopez-lyric-im-real/1491601/

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Many are calling it a turnout election. If true, the Romney campaign has to be thrilled with Pew’s finding that it has a turnout edge on President Obama’s campaign.

Breitbart.com has the numbers:

In 2008, among registered voters Democrats held a 12-point lead on party identification. This year, the Democrat lead is just 5 points. That isn’t enough to withstand Romney’s turnout advantage.

If Pew’s findings hold through Tuesday and Romney has the turnout edge, he is well on his way to victory.

I think the pollsters all underestimate the turnout for Romney. Cot for your love of country!

— Lance (@lance4usa) November 4, 2012

@kirstenpowers10 Gallup using a model of voter turnout similar to Ras polls where party ID is about even. If that happens, Romney wins.

— Young Right (@YoungRightBlog) November 4, 2012

don’t get too complacent. we gotta continue working hard, we’ve gota get a huge Romney turnout on Tues otherwise O will still be Pres 🙁

— Kristina (@Kristina_x_x) November 4, 2012

If Pew’s findings hold through Tuesday and Romney has the turnout edge, he is well on his way to victory. <big smile> #RomneyRyan2012

— HappyDae (@HappyDae) November 4, 2012

Surely the media will widely report this.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/04/pew-romney-holds-turnout-edge-ahead-of-tuesdays-vote/

Ill admit it. Women can be complicated, but for every complicated woman out there, theres a man whos too simple for his own good so simple that hes COMPLETELY missing a womans blatant signals that shes flirting with him.

Take these men who responded to a recent Reddit thread, for example.

The prompt asked them to share stories of times a woman was coming onto them, and they didnt realize it, and their responses are, well theyre pretty freaking cringeworthy.

Read along for yourself as these guys share the painfully awkward tales of times girls were essentiallythemselves at them, and they had literally no idea:

She showed him her clit piercing, and he thought it was just NBD.

She showed me her clit piercing. She was hot as fuck. I was not an ugly “so cute” dummy either, just plain dumb and stupid apparently.

/u/nomochahere


She talked to him for MONTHS, and he just let it fizzle.

Couple months back i had started talking to this girl who was literally everything i would have liked in a girl and as the months rolled by we got closer and eventually it kinda stopped . just last week i was talking to out mutual friends and they all spent an hour roasting the fact that i didnt realize she was into me while i mentally time travelled and beat my past selft in the face for being so blind .

/u/Kwetomthesavage


She slyly suggested they grab some condoms, and it completely went over his head.

Went to the University health center together. Like all University health centers, there was a box of condoms near the entrance. I was about to go to the reception when my crush went over to the condoms, grabbed a couple and says, “Hmm what’s this, they look interesting.” And proceeded to keep looking at the condoms and me back and forth for about 5 times. We’re quite close so I thought she was fucking with me and due to my low self-esteem I didn’t think she ‘liked’ me. I looked at her funny and said, “Those are condoms, now come on let’s go talk to the receptionist.”

Everything was normal, after finishing we walked back to our dorm together and talked. We were quite close so I didn’t think about it much until the holidays hit because I’m a dense cunt who is clueless.

The end.

/u/Sickaburn


She told him she loved him MULTIPLE times, and he didnt think anything of it until years later.

This was more than just flirting, but still counts.

During the summer between the end of middle school and the beginning of high school, I FINALLY realized that this girl liked me as more than a friend. Flirting with me since 6th grade, kissing me in 7th grade, telling me she loved me multiple times. all of that somehow flew over my head. What did I do? Like a nervous wreck I waited way too long to ask her out to homecoming. She was already asked by someone else.

/u/PacSan300


She gave him her number, and he didnt even think to use it.

Grade 11 was ending and it was that time of year when everyone writes in everyone else’s yearbooks. Pretty girl I was friends with wrote “Hope your summer isn’t too boring!” along with her phone number.

Never even gave it a thought until at least a year later. Criiiiinge.

/u/DBUniversity


She kissed him multiple times, and he thought she was just being friendly.

About a year ago these doctors I used to live with were in the area for a conference. We hung out in a hotel lobby, played a few songs, some of their colleagues and former students joined us for dinner. One of the women liked my singing and we talked a bit.

After the dinner everyone besides her and I went back to their hotels, she asked if I wanted to get a drink. We wandered the city, found a bar across the river, talked for a while and she paid the tab.

We left the place, she opens the uber app, we say goodbye and she kisses me. I’m taken aback, but she says it’s just a goodbye kiss or something along those lines.

Then her “phone dies” (I see her press the power button), she asks if I can get her a ride. I comply, and as it shows up she kisses me again, tells me I’m beautiful, and the uber driver waits for a few prolonged moments with me outside before taking her to her hotel, never to be seen again.

Later I’m headed home in an uber, tell my driver about the ordeal, and she says I’m an idiot.

In my defense I did suspect something the first time she kissed me, but I was just so confused by the whole situation.

/u/_hephaestus


She stuck around during a BOMB THREAT just to hang out with him, and he still wasnt sure if it meant anything.

I used to go to a community college. One day in my last class, in the after noon there was a bomb threat on a bus near the college. Some lunatic said he had a bomb in his wheelchair so the entire city freaked out, and of course the college went on super lock down. Armed security barricaded the doors, the whole 9 yards, students are sobbing, really tense shit.

Anyway, there was this girl in the class who sat behind me who I kinda thought may have liked me but wasn’t sure, so I did nothing. She use to laugh when the teacher (who I was pals with) would rib on me. Like “look how red Goatsonice’s cheeks are today!” and the girl would bust out laughing. Anyway, I digress, the threat is finally called off, my dad had to come get me, and he was a long way away at work, so i had to wait. So I just sat in the class room, and slowly students trickled out, the traffic in the parking lot was a nightmare because it had been like 4 hours and then everyone left at once.

Finally it was just me and this girl in the room, I thought “why is she staying?”, she had a car, the parking lot was now empty, she waited with me for like 2 hours after everyone had left just talking to me. The one thing that kept me from going for it was she was pretty damn Catholic, and she really liked that I was born/raised Catholic, oh well.

She might have been into me idk.

/u/Goatsonice


She told him he was beautiful, and he walked away.

Posted this before but it fits:

I’m walking through a club and a girl stops me to chat.

Girl: “Hi, you’re beautiful.”

Me: “Uh, I am?”

Her friend: “You are a beautiful man.”

Me “Um, thanks.”

Awkward small talk for a few minutes before I leave to go the bar

Me, a week later: “That girl might have been into me”

/u/ymmv_


She told him he was the cutest boy in their class, and it took him three years to realize that meant something.

In high school, there was this girl in my spanish class that blatantly told me that I was the cutest boy in the class in front of the guy friends that I sit with. She would also be pretty happy when I talked to her.

3 years later i’m a sophomore in college and I realized I should have talked to her about this because i’m never going to meet another women that was confident like that.

/u/GMSaaron


She was asking all sorts of questions about his hip-hop group and he just gave her his instructors info.

So I was on an adult beginner hip-hop dance crew when I lived in Houston nice little weekend activity that kept me in shape and got me in touch with cool people to hang out with.

Got to chatting with the girl who was cutting my hair one time and talked about the team, and she seemed really interested started asking when they offered classes, which ones I went to, etc. She even fucking asked for my number so I could give her more info.

My response? “Here, let me actually give you my instructor’s information she’d be able to tell you way more about it.”

I still cringe when I think about that, but at the same time it’s nice to learn I’m single.

/u/Aldairion

Yeah, I really hope youre cringing as hard as I am right now.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/dating/guys-didnt-realize-girls-flirting/1893322/

Back in the 2008 presidential race, Fey made headlines with her perfect Sarah Palin. Now, after Palin has publicly endorsed Donald Trump with an yet another outrageous speech, Tina has returned to again bring Palin to life like no one else can. Naturally, this SNL clip has instantly gone viral!

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2016/01/24/tina-fey-impersonates-palin-endorsing-donald-trump/