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Viral Sensation Saturday | 2.15.14 (Day 36)

Since yesterday was Valentine’s Day - let us dedicate this video and song to all the scorned lovers out there today.  This song is Shoulda Known Better from Honey Mahogany off her new EP, Honey Love.  The video is so beautiful and emotional and I mean look at that mug she is beat for days and days.  The song is pure perfection and it is something that I have been listening to on repeat since it came out late last week.  Honey is so talented and so beautiful, and I am so glad that she is out there dipping and doing it.  She had such an unfortunate elimination from RuPaul’s Drag Race last season I just wish she had morn chances to bring these looks and all of the beauty she has out.  Thankfully, unlike most queens who kind of fall to the wayside of relevancy after their appearances, Honey is hopefully here to stay.  Between her music, her acting, and her still amazing drag career she should have no problem being successful, especially with all her HONEYbees behind her. 

Important to commemorate a truly outstanding human being.



Today Google celebrates Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday.  She was popularly known as the “Human Computer”, was a child prodigy, and mental calculator. She passed away on April 21 2013, she was 83 years old. Her achievements include:

  • In 1977 in the USA she competed with a computer to see who could calculate the cube root of 188,132,517 faster (she won). That same year, at the Southern Methodist University she was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds. Her answer—546,372,891—was confirmed by calculations done at the U.S. Bureau of Standards by the Univac 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.
  • On June 18, 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds. This event is mentioned in the 1982 Guinness Book of Records.

Happy birthday Shakuntala!

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, she also (in 1977) wrote The World of Homosexuals, the first study of homosexuality in India.  The book, considered “pioneering”, features interviews with two young Indian homosexual men, a male couple in Canada seeking legal marriage, a temple priest who explains his views on homosexuality, and a review of the existing literature on homosexuality.  It ends with a call for decriminalising homosexuality, and “full and complete acceptance — not tolerance and not sympathy.”

The book was largely ignored because she was famous for her mathematical wizardry, so nothing of substantial import in the field of homosexuality was expected from her. Also the cultural situation in India was inhospitable for an open and elaborate discussion on this issue.

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