Culture Feature

Revolution Roundup: 9 Ways to Help the World This Week

Join the fight for change.

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From climate change to the prison industrial complex to the fact that billionaires exist while other people starve, the world's problems can feel overwhelming.

But the truth is that change starts with one small step, and you don't have to quit your day job in order to maximize your impact in the realm of social change. The truth is, if everyone dedicated some time each day to working on social change, the world would probably be a very different place. Here are seven ways you can help the world this week.

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Music Lists

6 Underrated Metal Bands Led By Women

The future is female, even in rock music.

The future is female, even in rock music.

Over the years, some of metal's best acts have been led by women. Whether it be the soaring vocals of Amy Lee or the gritty belting of Lizzy Hale, women have worked to redefine and expand metal music into exciting new territories. While "female-fronted metal" remains its own, outdated genre, the women listed below can snap with more ferocity than a lot of male-driven acts. For those who equate female vocalists with softness, these women say otherwise. Here are a few underrated, female-driven metal acts worth your time.

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Culture Feature

What Happened to the Virtual Pet Sites of the 2000s?

Enjoy this digital stroll down memory lane.

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Besides watching Pokemon AMVs on YouTube and messing with Kid Pix, the majority of my childhood Internet days were spent on one virtual pet website or another.

Back in the day there were so many options, from Webkinz to Neopets. Free time during computer labs in elementary school was often spent playing Webkinz when we weren't supposed to.

Looking back I can say that these websites were cultural events that were formative to my Internet experience. Lots of people feel this way, especially considering the widespread sorrow that came from Club Penguin shutting down in 2017.

It's about time we look back on the virtual pet sites that defined our childhoods.

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