Best of the Web

This week’s Best of the Web stories include; why it’s so sinful to be fat in France, Hurricane Irma in pictures, Ben Arogundade’s curation of Barack Obama magazine covers, and why getting goosebumps listening to music is a sign of being emotionally in touch.  

The Guardian: Gabrielle Deydier: What it’s like to be fat in France


Discriminated for being fat, Gabrielle Deydier describes her experiences working in France as an 150kg French woman. France is a country where huge pride is taken in appearance, to the point that in the south 50,000 gastric-band operations occur each year! Deydier documents how she was forced to leave her job teaching at a special needs school because she was too fat. Her book, You’re Not Born Fat, has become a hit for speaking out against the blatant discrimination and shaming that occurs in the country. Many people have written to Deydier to express their remorse for being part of the problem.

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The New York Times: Hurricane Irma in pictures 


Hurricane Irma has taken up most of the news last week. Destroying Caribbean Islands and moving westwards to the United States, the level of devastation is immense and growing. In pictures, the New York Times shares photos of the storm, from lightning forks to majorly windswept palm trees on Miami Beach. Harrowing aerial view photos depict the whirlwind destruction of the storm.

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It’s Nice That: Ben Arogundade curates nearly a decade’s worth of Obama magazine covers


Following Barack Obama’s presidential victory in 2008, British author Ben Arogundade began to collect magazines and newspapers featuring the former president. The expansive catalogue looks at the changing illustrations of Obama over his eight years as president — from being described as a Messiah to being drawn as a falling Superman. The artistic and linguistic interpretations are certainly a testament to art, moreover they are a reminder that creativity is often the best fuel for expressing public and political opinion throughout history.

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Consequences of Sound: People who get goosebumps while listening to music are more in touch with their emotions, study shows


Listening to that song that makes the hairs on your arms do sun salutations? That’s not as normal as you think. According to a study published in Oxford Academic, people who get goosebumps and chills listening to music have higher volumes of fibres connecting their auditory cortex to parts of the brain known to process emotions. Perhaps that age old psychiatrist’s prescription of listening to music to lift one’s mood has more weight than we thought!

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