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See Robert Downey Jr., Natalie Portman, And More Celebs As Adorable Theater Kids

OMG RDJ IS SO CUTEEEEEE.

What do Robert Downey Jr., Natalie Portman, Zach Braff, Ansel Elgort, and Sebastian Stan have in common? They all attended the same theater camp when they were kids and they all look ADORABLE in their costumes. In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Stagedoor, here's some pics of our fave celebs as little acting badasses.

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This One-Man Cover Of "Uptown Funk" Is Mighty Impressive

Hot damn.

Singer L Young has created a rather wonderful cover version of Mark Ronson's hit single "Uptown Funk":

The American takes on Bruno Mars' vocals as well as the instrumentals in the clip.

A version uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday has so far received over one million views and been shared over 25,000 times.

His YouTube channel contains a number of similar harmonies.

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His most popular video to date is a cover of Shai's "If I Ever Fall In Love":

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Other popular videos include this version of Extreme's "More Than Words":

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And a medley of 90s RnB:

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24 Realities College Students Face During Syllabus Week

Are you going out tonight? Uhm HELLO yes… it’s sylly week.

Getting to your first class of the semester:

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Walking into the wrong classroom:

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Picking THE most perfect texting spot in class:

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Seeing someone else planted on it next class:

You just messed up the class' unwritten seating chart man.

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11 Fashion Mistakes All Women Should Avoid

Do you wanna be stylish or not?

Trying to wear pants as a shirt.

It's true — pants have two fabric tubes that your arms can fit inside. But they're meant for your legs. And you simply look more polished and put together when pants are on your legs and not your arms.

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Wearing a shoe as a hat.

Shoes are a fun accessory but it's important to remember that they're meant to be worn on your feet. Maybe you can balance a shoe on your head. And if you can, good for you. But you're just making things harder for yourself when there are actually hats designed specifically to fit and stay on your head. You don't need to use a shoe.

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Stuffing your bra full of hamsters.

This may seem like a great idea, but all those hamsters are doing is just creating an uneven, lumpy look at your bust line, especially when they really start to get restless.

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Covering your sweaters in mayonnaise.

You may think you're being chic and edgy when you spread mayo on your cardigan, but in reality, you just look like someone covered in mayo. And everyone is worried about you.

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27 GIFs That Prove Guys Getting Hit In The Balls Will Always Be Hilarious

Because… balls.

This dude who performed a skateboard trick and totally nailed it:

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This 86-Year-Old Woman Spends $164K A Year To Live On A Cruise Ship

Lee Wachtsetter has lived on the Crystal Serenity for seven years.

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People Are Freaking Out Over Zayn Malik's New Hair

Zayn had his hair cut over the weekend and it all got a bit much.

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22 Real People Illustrated As Powerpuff Girls

Sugar, spice, and everything you.

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Here's How To See What College Admissions Officers Wrote About You

A group of Stanford students have found a way to crack open the secretive world of elite college admissions.

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A group of Stanford students have discovered a way to access their own confidential admissions files — including comments by admissions officers, criticisms of their applications, and information about how their status as minorities, athletes, or legacies affected their applications.

The staff of an anonymous Stanford publication called The Fountain Hopper is encouraging thousands of students at Stanford and other universities nationwide to request their own files, potentially cracking open the secretive and controversial world of elite colleges admissions.

College admissions is a topic that has been hotly contested lately — a recent lawsuit filed against Harvard University alleges that the school discriminates against Asian applicants. The details of how, exactly, private schools like Harvard consider race have long been shrouded in secrecy — but could be laid bare if Harvard students follow the methods of the Stanford students at the Fountain Hopper, gaining access to everything admissions officers have written about them.

The Stanford students' method is shockingly simple: requesting access under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, which mandates that schools provide students access to their own educational records.

Almost nobody knows, however, that FERPA can provide students with access to their own highly secretive admissions files. The Fountain Hopper staffers sent out an email to Stanford students last night encouraging them to request their own admissions documents; they estimate that as many as 700 students have already filed their own requests, creating what could be a trove of data about how the country's most selective university selects its students.

Documents viewed by BuzzFeed News show that Stanford students were able to view the evaluative essays written about them by admissions officers and numerical valuations assigned to their personal qualities, as well as descriptions of interviews and recommendation letters. The documents are labeled "confidential." But under FERPA, they legally belong to students. While most applicants waive their rights to view their recommendation letters, the same does not apply to what is written about them by their school's admissions office.

"It caused such a stir on campus," said Tristan Navarro, a freshman at Stanford.

Navarro said sent in a FERPA request for his admissions records after he received the Fountain Hopper's email Thursday night. The next morning, he said, a confused representative from Stanford's IT Services department told Navarro they had been flooded with FERPA requests overnight. An admissions representative, Navarro said, told him that the office planned to honor the requests within the 45 days required by law.

The Fountain Hopper's staffers said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that they hope the documents shed light on Stanford's process. "We think that admission to a University such as Stanford is a process that is biased towards those that are in the know," they wrote in an email. "Everyone has a right to know what goes on in the black box."

Just 5% of almost 40,000 students were admitted to Stanford in 2014, the lowest admissions rate of any university in the country. Stanford declined to comment.

Just contact the admissions office at your university and request access under FERPA to any documents they have, which they are legally obligated to provide within 45 days. This is the language suggested by Stanford's Fountain Hopper:

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g), I write to request access to and a copy of all documents held by the Stanford University Office of Undergraduate Admission, including without limitation a complete copy of any admissions records kept in my name in any and all university offices, including the Undergraduate Admission Workcard and all associated content (including without limitation the qualitative and quantitative assessments of any 'readers', demographics data, interview records) ; any e-mails, notes, memoranda, video, audio, or other documentary material maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

FERPA prohibits the imposition of a fee to review documents (per 34 CFR Sec. 99.11(b)).

If you choose to redact any portion of any documents responsive to this request, please provide a written explanation for the redaction including a reference to the specific statutory exemption(s) upon which you rely. Also, please provide all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I understand that I may have previously waived FERPA rights pertaining to recommendations provided through the Common Application. Be advised that, if selected, this waiver pertains solely to recommendations provided through the Common Application system.

As per 34 CFR Sec. 99.10(b), these records must be made available for my inspection within 45 days of this request.

I look forward to receiving a full response within 45 calendar days.

Most schools only consider FERPA requests for admissions records from admitted students, however. You will likely be out of luck at schools from which you were rejected.

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17 Cats Who Just Want Us All To Get Along

They just want us to hug it out, is that so hard??

"Sometimes I sit in my swing and wonder...why can't we all just get along?"

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"Let's just all take a second and chill."

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"Pretty sure it's time we hug it out!"

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"And give each other some extra love."

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15 Things Petite People Should Be Allowed To Complain About

Can we live.

People never believe how fierce you can be until it's too late.

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You know you can totally pull off certain looks, but...

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...it's impossible to try such daring styles like your friends do.

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If you still sleep with a stuffed animal, just out of habit, you look even more like a child than usual.

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19 Inexpensive DIYs Every Elementary School Teacher Should Know

From the beginning of the year until the end, these fun activities will get your students excited about learning. You should definitely go out and get some popsicle sticks for this.

Create word family LEGO blocks.

The aim is for the child to sort through the blocks and create towers of the same word families. This game will unfortunately pose the same threats to bare feet as normal LEGO pieces do. You've been warned.

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Make popsicle stick number puzzles.

Combine visual learning and numerical ordering with these DIY number puzzles. Children have to arrange the numbers first, looking to the puzzle as clues to see if they're doing it correctly, which aids in self-assessment skills. Find the instructions here and use the images provided, or for higher grade levels, print more complex photos for your puzzles.

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Create a simple game for letter recognition and matching.

Help students to identify lowercase and capital letters, match pairs of letters, and practice alphabetical order with this simple plastic spoon DIY. Use clear spoons for the lowercase letters so that students can match them up and see-through to the capital letter.

WARNING: may make students hungry.

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Breastfeeding Mums Told They Can't Breastfeed At Breastfeeding Event

Yes, really. Mums planning to attend a breastfeeding event in Edinburgh next month were initially told that the venue “couldn’t accommodate breastfeeding”.

Next month, there's a conference at Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium about breastfeeding. The only problem? Women were initially told they couldn't breastfeed their children on the day.

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Delegates were also told in a statement posted on the event website:

This event is mainly aimed at professionals and service providers, working with women both pre and post birth to support them to breastfeed for as long as possible. The views of women who have recently been supported by these services is key to informing our wider thinking in this area.

However, this conference has not been designated to accomodate mothers who are still breastfeeding and wish to bring their babies or infants to the event. We will look at other opportunities to engage with mothers, in a more appropriate setting, in the future, but we would ask that for this conference, babies and infants are not brought along.

Dr Lesley Taylor, who runs the Normalising Public Breastfeeding in Scotland Facebook group, said to the Record:

A few [delegates] asked if they could bring a nursing child or requested an aisle seat in case they needed a quick getaway with their baby.

But they were told the summit could not 'accommodate' breastfeeding. The advert for the event said the government is trying to break down the barriers to breastfeeding.

A Scottish government spokesman told MailOnline:

A statement was put on the event website advising attendees that the conference was mainly aimed at professionals and service providers, and that facilities for mothers were limited.

However, the number of mothers with babies planning to attend the event was underestimated. Consequently we have already arranged for an extension to the baby changing facilities, and a quiet area for mothers and babies to ensure that all who wish to attend can.

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Which Clothing Item Costs More Money?

Are you a shopping genius?

Photo credits from Barney's, Kate Spade Saturday, Forever 21, H&M, Marc Jacobs, Bloomingdale's, J.Crew, Vince, Urban Outfitters, ModCloth, Swell, Anthropologie, TopShop, Nasty Gal.

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Great Prices on Hotels

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Hundreds Of Dying Seabirds Covered In Mysterious Sticky Substance Rescued Near San Francisco

At least 80 birds have already died, unable to shield their bodies with their gunk-coated feathers and succumbing to hypothermia. Now, it’s a race against time to save hundreds of other birds, even as rescuers continue to collect more from the shoreline.

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At least 80 seabirds have already died since since they were discovered late last week along the eastern shoreline.

Even though the sticky substance is not considered toxic, rescuers say it has proven deadly as it separates the birds' feathers, letting in cold air and water. For the unlucky, that can lead to hypothermia and death.

During triage, volunteers have been using syringes to force feed the birds warm water to help them raise their body temperatures from the inside out. Once they're stabilized, volunteers use a washing solution that includes soap, vinegar and baking soda to clean the feathers.

"The good news is that we have modified our wash protocol and it appears to be
working on healthier birds," Barbara Callahan, interim executive director of the International Bird Rescue, said in a statement. "However, some of the birds that have recently arrived are in much poorer condition, likely because they've had this
substance on their feathers for several days now."

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Mexican Government: Not Enough DNA To Identify Possible Student Remains

Austrian forensic experts said excessive heat had damaged the DNA in the samples. But they have a final, risky technique that may help them identify the victims, Karla Zabludovsky reports from Mexico City.

Graffiti protesting the disappearance of 43 rural college students, in front of the Mexican Attorney General's office

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MEXICO CITY — An Austrian forensics laboratory tasked with analyzing remains believed to be those of 42 missing Mexican students could not find any more DNA to identify the victims, Mexico's Attorney General Office said Tuesday.

Excessive heat damaged the mitochondrial DNA in the 16 bone fragments "to the point where routine techniques cannot yield a successful analysis," the Attorney General's Office reported, quoting Innsbruck Medical University.

As a last recourse, the University will use a relatively new technique to identify the remains. The technique, called massively parallel sequencing, is more promising than others of its kind, Mexican prosecutors said the University reported, but it could destroy the samples before producing any results.

Using samples that had been mostly reduced to ash, the University identified one student in December. At the time, the University said it would continue testing the rest of the remains but warned that "the expectations for further results are very low due to the extreme nature of the samples."

The case has captivated violence-weary Mexico, exhibiting the extent to which drug gangs have co-opted local authorities and forcing President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has been averse to security issues in favor of highlighting the economy, to address the matter. That these were impoverished students working toward an honest if humble future touched particular sensitivities across the country.

Widespread distrust in the government's ability -- or willingness -- to properly investigate have prompted massive and often violent protests. Families of the victims, who enlisted the help of Argentine forensic experts, believe that the students may still be alive.

On September 26, students from the teachers college at Ayotzinapa came under fire from police, who were acting on orders of José Luis Abarca, the mayor of the city of Iguala, in Guerrero State. Six people were killed, including three bystanders, and 43 students were piled into vehicles, according to witnesses.

Officials say the students, all men in their late teens or early twenties, were handed over to a local drug gang called Guerreros Unidos, who killed and charred them on a pyre that burned through the night.

Abarca and his wife, María de los Angeles Pineda Villa, went on the lam -- they have since been arrested -- and the governor of Guerrero resigned. More than 70 people are being held in connection with the case. Last week, officials detained Felipe Rodriguez Salgado, whom they believe was a Guerreros Unidos hitman and the mastermind of the students' disappearance.

Results from the latest round of testing could take up to three months.

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Hollywood's Diversity Problem Isn't Just With "Selma"

The problem is how rarely people of color are cast in major roles that are not explicitly written for people of color.

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The reaction of pretty much everyone to the announcement of the Academy Award nominations, besides nominees themselves — Julianne Moore was so overcome with excitement she could "barely breathe" — was that they hadn't seen so many white people in one place since the last time Counting Crows played the Hollywood Bowl.

Most of the consternation seems to stem from the fact that Selma is absent from all major categories except Best Picture (which, of course, is nothing to sneeze at). And even if you attribute Selma's omission from Oscar contention to logistical issues rather than outright racism — Paramount was notoriously slow in sending out screeners to Academy voters, and chose not to send them at all to members of other guilds (DGA, WGA, SAG, etc.) — the Academy's diversity problem isn't just with the number of Oscar nods of single film starring and made by people of color.

The problem is how rarely people of color are cast in major roles that are not explicitly written for people of color. (And sometimes, as in Ridley Scott's abominable Exodus: Gods and Kings, they don't even get those. Despite what Rupert Murdoch might say, most Egyptians don't look like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton.)

The truly egregious "snub" is that of all the not based-on-a-true-story films nominated for Best Picture, only one, The Grand Budapest Hotel — made by Wes Anderson, a filmmaker who is often (unfairly) lambasted for being the philosophical embodiment of "Stuff White People Like" — featured an actor of color in a major role: Tony Revelori, who is of Guatemalan descent, as Zero, the lobby boy. Was there any reason everyone in Into the Woods had to be white? Or in Whiplash, a film about jazz musicians? Or Boyhood, or Birdman? Or, going back a few years, Her, Gravity, or Zero Dark Thirty? There is not.

All of these films are powerful films with incredible performances and universal appeal. But their casting, their public face, is anything but. The problem isn't just in the stories we tell; it's also in who is considered qualified to tell them. And it doesn't just apply to pedigreed Oscar bait. I don't just want to see gifted actors of color playing civil rights leaders and oppressed but noble slaves.

I want to see Lupita Nyong'o as an unlucky-in-love wedding planner in a frothy romantic comedy. I want to see David Oyelowo race against the clock to save his wife and child in a big-budget action thriller; I want Chiwetel Ejiofor to sweep in as the miracle bachelor in a Nancy Myers movie. I want to see Idris Elba as fucking James Bond already, instead of just hearing about how great Idris Elba would be as James Bond. I want actors of color to have the same freedom to make good choices and bad choices and challenging films and mindless popcorn paycheck fluff as every other major performer and director in Hollywood.

With that said: There is one thing that all the actors and directors and writers that were nominated have in common this year apart from their blinding whiteness (and in the case of the directors and writers, their penises, except for my beloved Wes Anderson, who has an artisanal heirloom flowering parsnip). It's that they all did brilliant work on brilliant films. It's not Benedict Cumberbatch's fault. I repeat, none of this is Benedict Cumberbatch's fault.

And sure, no matter who you are, it is incredibly difficult for anyone to make any movie, and when it comes to hiring actors and directors, the question most filmmakers end up asking themselves is not "who can best illustrate my commitment to inclusiveness and multiculturalism?" but "who the fuck can get this movie made?" (Or, more aptly, "who can get this movie made with the best chance of it actually making money?")

But just imagine if everyone involved with the movies — those that make them, and those that love them — let themselves choose applicants from the biggest possible pool. It might even be good for business. Because after all, in Hollywood, green is the only color that matters.

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19 Horrific Problems Anyone Who Grew Up In A British Village Will Understand

Yeah cool, I’ll just listen to that song when it finishes downloading - in EIGHT WEEKS.

When the village magazine seizes every opportunity it can to be dramatic.

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21 Reasons You Should Be Watching "Parenthood"

It’s almost all over FOREVER, which makes it the best time to start.

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Hey Parents: BuzzFeed Has A Newsletter Just For You!

By people with kids for people with kids.

Want even more reasons to smile in the new year? Give the BuzzFeed Parents newsletter a try!

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Who it's for: Parents or parents-to-be looking for recipes, crafts, and parenting hacks — or even just a laugh about what it's like to raise another human.

What you'll get: Brilliant tips that will make every day easier, from the earliest days of pregnancy to the very end of the school year. DIY projects and recipes your kids will love. Special ways to spend time together. Inspired activities to keep them busy. Real talk about what being a parent is really like, hilarious proof that it's OK not to have all the answers, and much more!

When you'll get it: Tuesday and Saturday.

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This Toddler Excitedly Lip-Synching To Taylor Swift Is Literal Joy

She’s definitely getting down to this sick beat.

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Filipinos Fell In Love With A Singing Priest At Pope Francis's Mass

Forgive us, Father, for we have thirst.

As part of his papal tour of the Philippines, Pope Francis held mass at Manila Cathedral on Friday.

He demanded that leaders in the Philippines end "scandalous social inequalities" in the country, calling out corruption in a nation where tens of millions of Catholics endure brutal poverty.

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The congregation's attention was diverted, however, by the good-looking man singing the responsorial psalm.

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18 Times Your Soul Dies In Winter

Why do we live here?

When you wake up all warm and doughy in your bed and you can feel the icy fingers of winter waiting for you on the other side of the blanket.

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When your sock slips off in your boot while you're walking and you just want to lay down and die.

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When there's an unseasonably warm day and you think to yourself, "This is it! It's really over!" And — BAM! — you wake up the next day to -15 degree windchill.

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When every cell on your body is so starved of moisture you're afraid if you even reach for lotion you'll crack and break into a million sad, dry pieces.

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