Playing Cards Pay Homage to Groundbreaking Women in History

Earlier this week, Donald Trump told a group of supporters: “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”

In reply, Clinton told her supporters: “Mr. Trump accused me of playing the ‘woman card.’ Well, if fighting for women’s health care, and paid family leave, is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”

Later that night, Every Voice communications director Adam Smith tweeted this question:

… which was then spotted by Iowa City-based siblings Zach and Zebby Wahls. They took that idea and launched a Kickstarter for "The Woman Card[s]," a set of playing cards featuring pioneering women. It was funded in less than five hours, and has now raised nearly $20,000 (its original goal was $5000) with 31 days to go (at the time of writing). The internet moves fast, huh?

The cards are sketched by Zebby, who is currently finishing up a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Iowa. The first sketch was of course, Clinton (the ace in the deck), followed by the queen, Beyonce. While all the figures have yet to be drawn, the full deck has been selected and includes figures like Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the king, along with Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and more.

While the idea is a fun take on politics, the Wahls write on their Kickstarter page that it “isn't just a novelty,” but a way to honor the achievements of female trailblazers in a variety of fields.

While the project is not affiliated with the Clinton campaign, the siblings are supporters of the candidate and a portion of the profit will go to support Hillary for America. The Wahls wrote that Clinton’s people told them that they have something similar in development, so bone up on your favorite two-deck card game and get reading to draw a hand of awesome women from history.

The Woman Card[s] will likely be shipped starting in early July (plenty of time before the big election) and you can check them out here.

[h/t Zach Wahls on Twitter]

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Google Translate Error Accidentally Insults Flat-Earthers
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Google seems to be holding nothing back in its treatment of science deniers. As spotted by Mashable, Google Translate accidentally labels flat-Earthers “crazy” when one particular phrase is translated into French.

You can try this trick for yourself—at least until Google fixes the error. On translate.google.com, select English as the original language, type “I am a flat earther” into the blank field, and choose French as the second language. The phrase translates to “Je suis un fou,” which reads as “I’m a crazy person" when it's translated back into English by clicking the icon with the two arrows on it. (Note: This doesn’t work if "Earther" is capitalized, and it seems to only work for French.)

Google representatives say this wasn't an intentional dig, though. A Google spokesman told CNET, "Translate works by learning patterns from many millions of examples of translations seen out on the web. Unfortunately, some of those patterns can lead to incorrect translations. The error has been reported and we are working on a fix."

Flat-Earthers are those who reject that the Earth is round, instead believing this to be an elaborate conspiracy orchestrated by various governments and space agencies. Members frequently use YouTube as a platform to spread their message, and the UK just held its first Flat Earth convention in April. About 200 people attended.

Intentional or not, this wouldn't be the first time Google snuck an Easter egg into its translation service. One Reddit user discovered that the “world's funniest joke” from Monty Python's Flying Circus translates to “[FATAL ERROR]” when plugged into the translator app. The joke sounds like it’s in German, but the words are actually gibberish and don't translate to anything in particular. In the skit, anyone who hears the joke dies from laughter.

Update: As of May 29, the translation error has been resolved. It now translates to "Je suis un flat earther." 

[h/t Mashable]

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How to Craft the Perfect Gag, According to Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton seen with Donald O'Connor on the set of a film in 1957
Buster Keaton seen with Donald O'Connor on the set of a film in 1957
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Dubbed “The Great Stone Face” for his ability to hold a deadpan expression even as the world (quite literally) crashed down around him, Buster Keaton was “one of the three great silent comedians” in film history, according to filmmaker Tony Zhou.

A video by Zhou, spotted by The Kid Should See This, explains just how Keaton managed to pull off such memorable stunts, and why his scenes continue to influence modern actors and filmmakers. First, Keaton shunned title cards and subtitles, instead opting to advance the story through action. He disliked repetition and thought each movement should be unique, while also insisting on authenticity and proclaiming that a filmmaker should “never fake a gag.” If a gag couldn’t be captured all in one shot, he wouldn’t do it.

The angle and positioning of the camera was also paramount. Many of Keaton’s vaudeville-esque gags were visual in nature, toying with the viewer’s perspective to create illusions that led to hilarious reveals. But for that to be successful, the camera had to remain stationary, and the joke had to play out entirely onscreen.

A low-speed chase scene in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, where Ralph Fiennes's Gustave H. runs up a long staircase in the background to escape cops, is a modern example of this. “Like Wes Anderson, Buster Keaton found humor in geometry,” Zhou says.

Check out Zhou’s video below.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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