I Love This Bollywood Star's Approach To Dealing With Questions About What Being Gay Means

It was a sad day for the LGBT community and activists worldwide when
the Supreme Court of India ruled to uphold Section 377 of the penal code,
which criminalizes homosexuality. Indians in India and abroad
opposed this ruling, which leaves many people in fear of
harassment and, worse, punishment by the law. I give Bollywood actor Imran Khan
a thumbs up for his clever answers and for helping to educate people
on what it means to be tolerant.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/i-love-this-bollywood-stars-approach-to-dealing-with-questions-about-what-being-gay-means-6

When Hanging Out With A 9-Year-Old Tanzanian Boy Doesn’t Look Like A Feed The Children Campaign

For years, we’ve been guilted into opening our wallets. Finally, something different.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/when-hanging-out-with-a-9-year-old-tanzanian-boy-doesn-t-look-like-a-feed-the-children-campaign

When Women Are Able To Decide *When* To Have Kids, Look How The World Can Change

Thinking about how to help bring the world’s poorest people out of poverty can feel overwhelming. So overwhelming that for a lot of people, it’s more appealing to move on to less challenging problems with easier solutions. But here’s a basic solution we might want to consider, and it gets bonus points for being empowering, too.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/when-women-are-able-to-decide-when-to-have-kids-look-how-the-world-can-change

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Welcome to LANGUAGE GETTER, and congratulations!

You are on the path to learning a brand-new language with proven, effective methods. Acquiring a new language will open up the world to you and give your brain a nice little workout!

First things first! Which language would you like to learn?

Ah, espaol! A fine choice!

The Spanish language has a beautiful cadence that is built to convey the depth of emotion. Spanish language skills will take you from the golden shores of Spain to the Aztec ruins of Mexico to the high mountains of Argentina.

Okay! Lets start out with some basics. This course is geared toward beginners with no Spanish-speaking experience.

Ready to get started, seor or seorita?

You have made an exquisite decision. French is the language of love, and it will allow you to read the original texts of Charles Baudelaire, Honor de Balzac, and Marcel Proust as they were meant to be read!

So, because youre interested in French, youre probably taking a trip to Paris soon?

Really? You know, Paris is quite beautiful. Its a cant-miss city, with world-class cuisine and culture.

So, are you gonna book some tickets to Paris? Maybe some time in the next week or two?

There is no place in the world where French is more celebrated than Paris, the city of lights! Honestly, it feels almost irresponsible to teach someone French and not insist that they go visit Paris.

So, are you going to go to Paris?

Due to your lack of respect for Paris, it is clear that you are not ready for French.

Please return to the main menu.

Fantastic! You are going to absolutely love Paris! Its winding cobblestone streets, renowned museums, and superb restaurants will make your trip unforgettable. I actually spent a summer in Paris about 10 years ago, and it was really, really special.

Yes, it was truly incredible. Even though it was 10 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday.

This one sleepy August night, I walked into a caf on the Rue de Bellechasse with some of my friends from the university, clove smoke swirling with the smell of strong espresso and the carefree laughter of late summer. It was there I saw her.

Margaux.

You could live a lifetime and it would be less than a minute of Margauxs life. She makes angels jealous. These are the only two photos I have of her; the only shadow of a dream that proves she was mine once, for a fleeting moment.

She has the effortless elegance that American women just dont have, nor ever will. There is an honesty about Margaux that is so intimidating and alluring at the same time. When she laughs, it is as if the sun has started shining for the first time, as if she taught the sun how.

Its interesting that you just said youre headed to Paris, because thats where Margauxmy Margauxlives. Maybe you could give her a message for me?

Okay! Uh, yeah! American Sign Language! Great choice.

Just so youre aware, hundreds of millions of people speak our other three languages, but only about 500,000 people use ASL. Maybe youd like to try a different language? Might be a better use of your time.

Okay, you called our bluff. We didnt think anyone would click on American Sign Language. We dont know it, so we cant teach it to you. Were really sorry.

Please return to the main menu, or you can elect to fill out a complaint form.

Are you sure thats what you want to do? Keep in mind that this is a free service, so its really no skin off your back that there werent any ASL lessons.

Our other three languages have robust curricula, and we know youll enjoy them!

Youre really gunning for this complaint form, arent you? We already apologized, so we dont know what youll gain by filling out the form. It goes directly to our manager, so youll just be burning us if you go through with this.

You seem to have no compassion for a team of developers looking to get a free language app to market. Its a competitive field, and getting your work out before its 100 percent is just the nature of the game. So we added American Sign Language to our list of languages to beef up our features. We didnt think anyone would click on it, and now were paying for it. Lesson learned.

A complaint form is really gonna make us look bad with our manager, and were already on thin ice with him, so lets just drop this here.

You could try French! French is fun!

Read this passage and choose the best response:

Durante su primera intervencin, Pujol ha lamentado que el interrogatorio al que fue sometido ante el juez el mes pasado fuera divulgado entero, pero tambin ha dicho que esto permite a los ciudadanos tener informacin directa sobre el caso. Y esto es muy importante, ha dicho. En su opinin lo dicho ante el juez probara que toda la rumorologa y supuestas pruebas manipuladas y fabricadas de arriba abajo contra su persona no tenan fundamento. Con todo, no ha aclarado de qu pruebas hablaba.

Wow, youre a little cock, arent you? If everything isnt perfect for Mr. Dickhouse, you just throw a shit fit. You sniveling piece of human garbage, you cant see outside your own goddamn taint house to care about anyone but you. We tried, we apologized, and were done groveling to the likes of a sweat drinker like you. Submit the fucking form if you want.

Fuck you.

Heres some sign language for ya, you piece of shit. Youre a giant asshole.

You couldnt leave a free language learning app that made one little mistake well enough alone, could you? You miserable fuck.

You somehow LOST a language learning app. Thats not something you should be able to lose, but you fucking found a way. Think on that, dick lips.

ATTENTION: YOU HAVE BEEN SUSPECTED OF CHEATING.

You got the first question correct, even though it was exceedingly difficult. For someone who is taking a beginner Spanish course, thats awfully impressive. The only way you could have done that is through CHEATING with ONLINE TRANSLATORS.

We take cheating very seriously at LANGUAGE GETTER LLC.

Sorry, thats wrong!

Well make the next one a little easier for you.

Read this passage and choose the best response:

El ecologista cataln es conocido en el pas asitico. Sus vdeos, que denuncian el impacto que tendra la construccin de la presa sobre los bosques de alrededor y en la vida de las comunidades indgenas de la zona, son seguidos por decenas de miles de camboyanos. Las organizaciones pro derechos humanos y hasta los partidos de la oposicin se han solidarizado con su causa y haban pedido su permanencia en el pas. El lder del Partido del Rescate Nacional de Camboya, Kem Sokha, lleg a enviar una carta al rey Norodom Sihamoni para que intercediera en el caso.

Hmmm. You dont seem to be getting this.

Maybe you should try another language!

ATTENTION: YOU HAVE BEEN SUSPECTED OF CHEATING.

You got the question correct, even though it was exceedingly difficult. For someone who is taking a beginner Spanish course, thats awfully impressive on the second question. The only way you could have done that is through CHEATING with ONLINE TRANSLATORS.

We take cheating very seriously at LANGUAGE GETTER LLC.

Excellent choice! German is a fast-growing business language due to Germanys booming economy. It can also help you navigate the beautiful streets of Munich, Salzburg, and Berlin!

At LANGUAGE GETTER, we use a proven immersion technique to teach a language. This means were going to show you a picture, and you pick the German word for the thing in the picture. Being immersed in only German will help your brain form associations and nail down the language.

So lets get started!

Trying to run, eh?

You cant go back to the main menu, cheater. The main menu is for people who play by the rules.

Your IP address has been added to a database barring you from accessing LANGUAGE GETTER or any products from the LANGUAGE GETTER family.

Scum.

Thank you for your apology. We think its time you take a break from Spanish.

We recommend our French course.

You have made an exquisite decision. French is the language of love, and it will allow you to read the original texts of Charles Baudelaire, Honor de Balzac, and Marcel Proust as they were meant to be read!

Lets get started, shall we?

You think we forgot about your cheating, cheater? Think you can just waltz over to French and its like nothing ever happened?

Fat chance, asshole. Once a cheater, always a cheater.

Never use LANGUAGE GETTER or any LANGUAGE GETTER product again.

Tell Margaux that someone from her past whom she once shared a month-long tryst with hasnt forgotten the way her hair dances on the Parisian wind. Tell her that this mysterious stranger hasnt forgotten how she lilts her h sound when she speaks in her adorable but confident English. Tell her that he also remembers the warmth of her hand, as he held it walking over the pont Mirabeau. That moment replays every time he closes his eyes. Forever.

Ask her if shes received his hundreds of letters and phone calls. Ask her why she blocked him on Facebook, because he can see through a mutual friend that she still has a profile. Was it too hard to see him go? That must be it.

Merci beaucoup! You have no idea how happy youve made an old soul who hasnt felt complete since he picnicked with his foreign lover in the Jardin des Serres dAuteuil.

Let us learn French now.

Question 1: Pick the French word(s) that best describes Margaux.

All of these answers are correct! All the words in the universe cannot describe my Margaux. Beautiful, brilliant Margaux.

Question 2: When you meet Margaux, will you also fall in love with her?

Hmm…you are a little too eager to have her address. This makes me suspicious that you have now fallen in love with Margaux too. Ive said too much already. Consider the lesson finished.

Erase Margaux from your mind or your suffering shall be immense, as mine continues to be. I apologize for even bringing her up, as I see she has entranced you even from across the Atlantic. Thus is the power of the French goddess Margaux.

Never learn French. Ever. Dont make the same mistake I did. Move far away from here. Forget everything you know about her and youll still have a chance at a normal life not tortured by the impossible nectar of Margaux. Not like me. I am gone.

I was like you once. Thinking my summer romance would be fleeting. But Margaux is unlike anyone youve ever met. She will entrance you. She will change you.

Then go. Go to Paris. See Margaux. Deliver her my love. And see if you do not get swept up in her endlessly brown eyes that can trap a man in them for millennia.

You fell in love with Margaux.

Despite thinking you never would do something as trite as fall for a French woman on a trip to Paris, Margaux entranced you immediately as you told her about the message you wanted to convey from her former American lover. The way she said Not that creep again. I thought Id gotten rid of him hooked you, and hooked you for good. Then you met Margauxs strong Spanish boyfriend and knew that you could never compare. You only spoke to her for 90 seconds, and she told you never to come to her apartment again. It was the best 90 seconds of your life, and the rest of your days shall be spent in torment, trying to recreate even one iota of your brief time with Margaux.

And now we are cellmates in the purgatory of desire, forever pining for a drop of Margaux elixir. A drop that shall never grace either of our lips.

Congratulations! You are fluent in German now!

Thank you for using LANGUAGE GETTER!

You got it!

Not quite. The correct answer is der Doktor. Youll get the next one!

Nice! You got it.

So close, but thats not it. The correct answer is das Hospital.

Right! Nice one.

Thats incorrect. The correct answer is das Stethoskop.

Keep trying!

Right! Well done!

Thats not it. The correct answer is die Defibrillator. Youll get this next one!

Awesome job!

Nope thats not it! The correct answer is die Cartoid Doppler-Maschine.

Correct!

Wrong. The correct answer is die Hmodialyse-Maschine.

It has become quite evident that you are not taking this lesson seriously. Please return to the main menu.

Not cheating? But that…that means you must be the chosen one. The student who was foretold, the one who would speak Spanish with an effortless fluency on the very first lesson.

Please forgive our offensive accusations of wrongdoing. You are the Exalted. You are the Hope.

You are special. Truly special. It is an honor to have you using LANGUAGE GETTER.

His DNA Was Shredded By 2 Atomic Bombs. So What Happened When He Had Kids?

Post-apocalyptic genetic mutants are one of our favorite ways of scaring ourselves. But this crazy story challenges some of our basic sci-fi assumptions about what happens to human DNA when it’s exposed to gamma rays. Cuz it’s not like some of us haven’t already lived through a nuclear bomb, right? What about two?! Yes, that really happened. Nothing stranger than real life, people. Listen in!

At 6:10, our hero starts a harrowing journey with a destination you won’t believe. The “second nightmare” starts at 10:00, but absolutely don’t miss the conclusion starting at 14:10. You will be so glad to hear it.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/his-dna-was-shredded-by-2-atomic-bombs-so-what-happened-when-he-had-kids

I Once Had A Boss That Told Us, 'If You Get Fired, You're Firing Yourself'

My response? “Can I give myself a raise, then?” Something tells me that particular boss was about as clueless as the main guy in this clip from Australia.

Notes for non-Aussies:
At 0:55, “superannuation” means retirement funds, 401(k), etc. At 1:22, the “award system” is basically the same as our Fair Labor Standards Act, setting minimum wage, max hours worked per week, etc.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/i-once-had-a-boss-that-told-us-if-you-get-fired-youre-firing-yourself

Guess What, Ronald? The Folks Who Work For You Have Had Enough.

McDonald’s recently saw workers walking out and going on strike at hundreds of locations around the world. Here are some images and clips from those events; prepare to be inspired.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/guess-what-ronald-the-folks-who-work-for-you-have-had-enough

You Should See What This Woman Sees Every Day. It's Gorgeous And Really Messed Up.

Forget all the politicians and corporations and talk shows playing tug-of-war in the “what climate change is and isn’t” game. This woman beats all of them. I’m joining her team.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/you-should-see-what-this-woman-sees-every-day-its-gorgeous-and-really-messed-up