Something to make you smile

Something to Make You Smile

As Marilyn Monroe put it, “keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” We bet these TED Talks will bring a smile to your face.

 

This is what happens when you reply to spam email.

Suspicious emails: unclaimed insurance bonds, diamond-encrusted safe deposit boxes, close friends marooned in a foreign country. They pop up in our inboxes, and standard procedure is to delete on sight. But what happens when you reply? Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, weeks-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.

A love poem for lonely prime numbers.

Performance poet (and math student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favourite kind of numbers — the lonely, love-lorn prime. Stay on for two more lively, inspiring poems from this charming performer.

A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendships.

Legendary duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends for decades. In a raw, tender and wide-ranging conversation hosted by Pat Mitchell, the three discuss longevity, feminism, the differences between male and female friendship, what it means to live well and women’s role in future of our planet. “I don’t even know what I would do without my women friends,” Fonda says. “I exist because I have my women friends.”

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator.

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

Lemons to Lemonade

Senna recently turned 8 years old — with some hesitation, as she so enjoyed 7, but she went for it anyway. She’s an enthusiastically homeschooled kid, with honorary membership at a wonderful Montessori school, a home teacher she adores, and plenty of activities like art classes (on a farm) and swimming. She was born with multiple, life-threatening food allergies and asthma, which she now loves to teach others about dealing with in a positive way. Senna also adores animals, and, when she is not otherwise occupied reading about them or fundraising for them, likes to write about them (and why she doesn’t eat them) on her blog, VeganKids.net.

Its time for ‘the talk’.

Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction — and starts to ask some very smart questions.