Words Are Relative

"Words are relative. They're only symbols. If we don't use ugly symbols, we won't have any ugliness."

STUDY: Watching Only Fox News Makes You Less Informed Than Watching No News At All

Yeah this is pretty great

I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot

New and Future Approaches to Medical Education | in-Training


Alternatives to the traditional medical school curriculum: medical student Daniel Lefler of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University reports on new approaches to medical education at Cooper and University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville.

This is beautiful.

Understanding Changing Health Care | in-Training


A medical student primer on health insurance exchanges and how the ACA will affect you, by Dan Lefler of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

You Know What They Say About Assuming…

Today, I was playing tennis with friends on some public courts. As we were leaving, we happened to run into a couple of older gentlemen who struck up a conversation with us. I mentioned where I went to high school, and one of the men said:

— “I coach basketball there. What sport did you play?”

My response was innocuous enough:

"I didn’t play any sports in high school. I sang and did theatre."

He then turned to his friend and my two friends to say:

"Well, I can’t say anything about that. Nothing politically correct, at least."

Why? What would like to say to me, sir? Would you like to tell me that you doubt my athletic abilities? My college intramural basketball team won the championship, and I’m pretty sure that my 6 years of dance lessons were far more athletically grueling than however many years of basketball practices you’ve overseen. Olga was a hell of a ballet teacher, and she kicked my butt every time I walked into her classroom. If you two were to get into some sort of argument, I’d take her in that fight any day.

Or would you like to cast aspersions on my sexuality? I’m pretty sure that’s where you were actually going with your train of thought. I’d gladly tell you that I’m straight, but that’s not the point here. Despite directly disproving your assumptions, my sexuality is irrelevant. I can’t believe that there are still people out there who are willing to be hoodwinked into ignorance and intolerance by dated stereotypes.

I wish I had said something, but I was too much in shock that someone had just openly said that to me.

Yes, I do theatre. I sing. I dance. I also happen to love playing tennis and basketball. None of that plays into my sexuality. And if theatre has taught me tolerance and acceptance while you learned bigotry, you bet your ass I’m happy I chose the arts instead of sports. Stop re-living your high school days and get with the times, sir.

I Don't Know: The Medical Student Motto | in-Training


"I Don’t Know: The Medical Student Motto" by medical student Daniel Lefler of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

My first article was just published in “In-Training!”

Bastille, a fantastic band from the UK, is on tour in the US. They made their first ever trip to New York City last night (September 27th), and they put on a hell of a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn!


A Guide to the Two Williamsburgs | Colonial Denizens vs. The Hipsters
By Adam Leff and Richard Rushfield; Illustration by Zohar Lazar.


A Guide to the Two Williamsburgs | Colonial Denizens vs. The Hipsters

By Adam Leff and Richard Rushfield; Illustration by Zohar Lazar.




Just point your trunk to where you threw my ball… Charming pictures of orphaned elephant playing catch with a labrador.

Bubbles, a 32 year old African elephant, plays in the river with his best friend Bella a 3 year old labrador in Myrtle Beach Safari, South Carolina.

Photographer Barry Bland


Okay, this is pretty cute.

(Source: Daily Mail)

Well-done, Chipotle. And I don’t mean your beef. For more information, read this:


"Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force..."

No matter your view on Syria, Putin writing for the NYTimes is a must-read.

Apparently, this frog photobombed a pretty cool photo of NASA’s recent rocket launch. Which begs the question: when did we start switching out launch pads for lily pads?
Becoming enlightened: studying at a coffee shop