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12 Attempts to Bribe Celebrities for Worthy Causes

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Want to contribute to a worthy cause and get your favorite celebrity to do something awesome and/or ridiculous? That’s the idea behind Charity Bribes.

Anyone can post something awesome or bizarre for a specific celebrity to do. These ideas go on a master list, where the good people of the Internet vote for their favorites. Currently on the leader board: “Morgan Freeman to spend an afternoon narrating user-submitted animal videos.”

The activity with the most votes when the current bribe expires (every 30 days) is the next one to be featured. People then pledge money to get the celeb to do the aforementioned awesome thing. If the celeb doesn’t take the bribe, no one has to give the money they pledged. If the celebrity follows through, the predetermined charity gets the cash that was raised.

Larry David fans recently pledged more than $10,000 in an attempt to get LD on Twitter. Larry hasn't reacted to the bribe yet, but he has 30 days from the end of the bribe to make good on the deal. I have a good feeling about the current bribe, which happens to be #1 on our list:

1. Get Conan O’Brien to interview a guest on his show wearing an eye patch and black turtleneck while holding a pipe. If asked why, he should say, “I don’t want to talk about it.” All proceeds from this bribe go to Autism Speaks.

2. Get Christopher Walken to read dramatically from an upper-level biochemistry textbook. Perhaps adding in relevant anecdotes about his life. Proceeds go to The Sierra Club.

3. Get Celine Dion to sing “I Want Your Sex” by George Michael. Proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Quebec.

4. Get Rachael Ray to do a show with Epic Meal Time and each has to make the other's dish according to their recipe and instructions. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

5. Get Donald Trump to post a picture of how his hair looks when he wakes up. Proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

6. Get the Cast of the Wonder Years to reenact a famous scene. Proceeds go to United Way of NY.

7. Get Bill Clinton to do the Icky Shuffle and the Hokey Pokey on video. Proceeds go to the Clinton Global Initiative. (I feel like this probably happens at wedding receptions all of the time.)

8. Get Daniel Day Lewis to post a YouTube video of him reenacting the milkshake scene from There Will Be Blood with an eight year old drinking an actual milkshake. Proceeds go to AIDS. (I’m assuming that means the AIDS Foundation, but the user doesn't actually say).

9. Get Jack Black and Jack White to sing the hit song "Ebony and Ivory". Proceeds go to Little Kids Rock.

10. Get Katy Perry to switch places with Zooey Deschanel for a WHOLE episode of New Girl where no one acknowledges the switch. Proceeds go to Trevor Project.

11. Get Jeff Bridges to anchor ABC World News. Proceeds go to No Kid Hungry.

12. Get Christopher Lloyd to take a video of himself reenacting a scene from Back to the Future where he says "Great Scott!" Proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Let us know if you post a bribe. Anyone want to see Mangesh and Will arm wrestle? Want Ransom to give your town the Strange Geographies treatment?

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These Mobile Libraries Roaming Zimbabwe Are Pulled By Donkeys
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The people behind the Rural Libraries and Resources Development Program (RLRDP) believe you shouldn’t have to travel far to access good reading material. That’s why they have donkeys do a lot of the traveling for the people they help. According to inhabitat, RLRDP manages 15 donkey-powered library carts that deliver books to communities without libraries of their own.

The organization was founded in 1990 with the mission of bringing libraries to rural parts of Zimbabwe. Five years later, they started hitching up donkeys to carts packed with books. Each mobile library can hold about 1200 titles, and 12 of the 15 carts are filled exclusively with books for kids. The donkeys can transport more than just paperbacks: Each two-wheeled cart has space for a few riders, and three of them are outfitted with solar panels that power onboard computers. While browsing the internet or printing documents, visitors to the library can use the solar energy to charge their phones.

Donkeys pulling a cart

Carts usually spend a day in the villages they serve, and that short amount of time is enough to make a lasting impact. RLRDP founder Dr. Obadiah Moyo wrote in a blog post, “The children explore the books, sharing what they’ve read, and local storytellers from the community come to bring stories to life. It really is a day to spread the concept of reading and to develop the reading culture we are all working towards.”

Kids getting books from a cart.

About 1600 individuals benefit from each cart, and Moyo says schools in the areas they visit see improvement in students. The donkey-pulled libraries are only part of what RLRDP does: The organization also trains rural librarians, installs computers in places without them, and delivers books around Zimbabwe via bicycle—but the pack animals are hard to top. Moyo writes, “When the cart is approaching a school, the excitement from the children is wonderful to see as they rush out to greet it.”

[h/t inhabitat]

All images courtesy of Rural Libraries and Resources Development Program

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is Penning a 'Love Letter to Puerto Rico' to Help the Relief Effort
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Like so many other Americans, Lin-Manuel Miranda is pained to see the devastation in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. More than a week after the storm hit, millions of the island’s residents are still without power—a situation that some officials estimate could take six months to rectify. So Miranda, whose parents moved from Puerto Rico to New York, is using his voice to make a difference. On October 6 he’ll release a charity single to help raise money so that the U.S. territory can begin the process of rebuilding. 

"It's a love letter to Puerto Rico," Miranda told CNN of the unnamed song. "I had the idea at 3 in the morning … The initial demo was me singing in a bathroom." We can only assume that the final version will be a bit more polished, particularly as it will feature a number of other celebrity artists (and we’re not exactly sure how many people Miranda can fit in his bathroom).

"[I] called every Puerto Rican I know," Miranda said about enlisting additional artists to assist him in the effort. "To every artist, I've said, 'Can you help out on this song?' And they said yes. Without even hearing the song, everyone's joined in.”

Though he hopes the single will help the island’s recovery efforts, Miranda says that it will take more than the generosity of individual citizens to make Puerto Rico whole again. "Only the federal government has the resources, as we have seen in every hurricane or natural disaster [that] has hit us here in the mainland," he said. “Only the federal government has the resources to really begin the rebuilding process.” 

Still, Miranda knows how the news cycle works. He wants to be sure that we keep talking about the situation in Puerto Rico and doing what we can to help. "I know there's a tendency for fatigue because we've just been through two hurricanes,” he said. “And we can't be fatigued when it comes to our fellow Americans.” 

"We are doing what Hamilton did, we're jumping up and down and screaming for support," he added. "Please don't stop telling our story."

[h/t: CNN]

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