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Cool Job Alert: American Girl Is Hiring a Historian

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DOLLS VIA PLEASANT COMPANY CATALOGUE // COLLAGE BY CHLOE EFFRON

The historical backstories that are central to each and every American Girl doll don’t come from nowhere; they're carefully crafted narratives that weave together real-life facts and events with pure imagination. And now, the company is hiring a new researcher to ensure that the next Addy or Felicity or Samantha has a historically precise story worthy of the American Girl name, as MarketWatch reports.

The company is looking for a researcher "to ensure accuracy and authenticity of American Girl characters" in books, toys, games, and anywhere else American Girls appear. Ideally, you’ll have written some historical fiction before, but you just need a degree in a history-related field and a few years of research experience in history and pop culture.

As a researcher, you’ll be responsible for catching any historical anomalies before they make their way into the books' world. Plus, you’ll get a sneak peak at any new dolls coming down the line.

Apply here.

[h/t MarketWatch]

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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