1. The Arizona Cardinals just hired the first female coach in NFL history.
37-year-old Jen Welter just signed on as the NFL's first female coach. But, she knows her way around an end zone. Welter played 14 seasons in women's pro football, and that's just one of her intimidating credentials. We can't wait to see what this will mean for the NFL's next phase.
2. Smelling happy people's sweat will make you happy.
Gross, but true. Chemosignals (the element of sweat that triggers responses in other people) have been shown to provoke negative emotions. A more recent study shows that they can arouse a positive response as well. So, if you know someone who's always in a good mood, you can borrow a sweaty tee shirt to give yourself a mood boost. At the every least, this might make it easier to tolerate the B.O. of the obnoxious singing guy who always picks the treadmill next to yours.
3. A baby elephant met a flock of swallows, adorableness ensued.
Let's be real: This is not news. But it's a dose of pure, unadulterated joy, and the desire to find those moments in the real world is the reason we started this roundup of awesome things in the first place. Watch, smile, and share it. Everybody could use a baby animal pick-me-up.
4. Kate Winslet reveals the awesome, body positive ritual she shares with her teenage daughter.
As if we needed any more reasons to admire the megastar, Kate Winslet (who's been vocal about her feelings on the unrealistic standards Hollywood has for women's bodies) opened up about the self-esteem exercise she and 14 year-old Mia do. "I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia, 'We are so lucky we have a shape. We're so lucky we're curvy. We're so lucky that we've got good bums.' And she'll say, 'Mummy, I know, thank God,' " Winslet said. "It's paying off."
5. A new technique is allowing paralytics to move their limbs.
Physiologist Dr. Reggie V. Edgerton, best known for his work with Christopher Reeve in the 1990s, has worked with scientists at UCLA to develop a treatment that has allowed five men completely paralyzed in their lower bodies to move their legs. The strategy uses electric stimulation to amplify connections in the spinal cord, acting like a hearing aid for connective tissue, but also requires physical therapy. Edgerton hopes to have it on the market in a couple of years.
6. Harry Potter actors wish J.K. Rowling a happy birthday in the most glowing terms.
Because, duh. J.K. Rowling reached the half-century milestone today, and Time Magazine reached out to some of the film franchise's stars for birthday messages. Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) expressed his gratitude for how she changed his life, and for the "her generosity and loyalty in supporting everything [he's] done since Harry Potter." (Except maybe that magazine spread, huh?)
7. An unpublished story by F. Scott Fitzgerald has been found and published by The Strand magazine.
The story, called Temperature, was rejected by the Saturday Evening Post in 1939 and appears to reflect Fitzgerald's life at the time of its writing. The plot centers on an alcoholic writer trying to make a living in L.A. The story is in the print version of The Strand, and is said to be coming to the web in three months.
8. The family of a girl born with a disfiguring disease finds and adopts a little girl with the same condition.
Danica Wetmore was born with Treacher-Collins, a disease that left her without hearing, and missing bones in her face. At an orphanage in Ukraine until the age of six, she had never had a single visitor until Thom and Tami Wetmore showed up. Their daughter, 12 year-old Juliana, has the same disease, making the Wetmores uniquely equipped to raise Danica. They're giving these girls each a sister who can totally understand what they're going through. "It's just amazing how your daughter that you look at as just a normal, everyday child...has changed so many lives," Thom said. "Because you realize it's OK to be who you are."
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