Karinya Chen is a 15-year-old patient at Hospice Austin's Christopher House, living with a rare form of cancer called paraganglioma. Karinya had tickets to see Florence and the Machine, but ended up not being in good enough shape to make it. But what she got was much better: Florence Welch and Florence and the Machine guitarist Rob Ackroyd brought the show to her.

The two visited Karinya before their Austin show. The pair performed "Dog Days Are Over" and "Shake It Out"—all while other patients gathered in the room to sing along.

Certainly, Karinya won't forget this. And we're betting we won't either. Discuss

Elijah Wood spoke out about the sexual abuse of children in Hollywood. Wood, the actor who famously played Frodo in the Lord of the Rings films, told the Sunday Times that abuse runs rampant throughout Hollywood because of all of the "vipers" and people who only have their own interests in mind in the industry. He also said the victims are powerless against the people in power.

After his interview with the Times drew a lot of attention over the weekend, Wood put out a statement yesterday clarifying his vantage point on the topic:

Let me be clear: This subject of child abuse is an important one that should be discussed and properly investigated. But as I made absolutely clear to the writer, I have no firsthand experience or observation of the topic, so I cannot speak with any authority beyond articles I have read and films I have seen.

Still, one of Hollywood's most iconic actors called attention to one of its darkest areas. And now far more people are going to ask questions about the lives of child actors. The comments that caught everyone's attention were these:

It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. There is darkness in the underbelly.


What bums me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power. That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people: They can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged.

In a truly shocking comparison, Wood said the problem in Hollywood is similar to that of Britain with Jimmy Savile, a DJ who sexually abused 72 people throughout his career. For himself—he began professional acting at age 8—Wood says his mother protected him from the predatory culture.

She was far more concerned with raising me to be a good human than facilitating my career. I never went to parties where that kind of thing was going on. This bizarre industry presents so many paths of temptation. If you don’t have some kind of foundation, typically from family, then it will be difficult to deal with.

The rights of transgender students to use bathrooms of their choosing is now the subject of a lawsuit against the federal government.

Eleven states—Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Maine (on behalf of Gov. Paul LaPage)—all joined a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s recent directive that says schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms associated with their gender identity even if it "differs from previous representations or records.” The federal government said preventing this type of access is a violation of established civil rights laws and Title IX law, which prevents discrimination based on gender.

Schools that don’t observe the directive could lose millions in federal education funding.

However, the new lawsuit alleges that the Obama administration’s policy is unconstitutional and says that the government is subjecting states to “a massive social experiment.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton explained to The Washington Post that the lawsuit is based on their belief that the federal government “didn’t follow the proper procedures’’ when issuing the policy.

Last month, the issue of transgender restroom access at schools became the subject of national debate after officials in North Carolina passed a law that mandated people could only use public restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificates. North Carolina is also suing over the bathroom law. Discuss

The Oreo-cereal fusion you’ve always dreamed of will soon be a reality. The cookie maker has announced that two new, limited-edition flavors will soon be released to Target stores, and, speaking totally objectively, they sound incredible.

The Blueberry Pie Oreos (they have graham cracker-flavored cookies) and the “Fruity Crisp” Oreos (which are apparently modeled after Fruity Pebbles cereal) will hit shelves on June 6.

What a time to be alive. Discuss

We don’t mean to brag, but we totally called this one: A new “Bible Emoji” translation will be made available in Apple iBooks later this week. Marketed as “scripture 4 millennials,” the new Bible adds emojis throughout individual verses, eliminating the need to actually “read” every word of the Word.

The mind behind the Emoji Bible explained to The Memo, “A major goal of this whole process was to take a book that I think is very non-approachable to lay readers and try to make it more approachable by removing a lot of its density.”

The author—who simply goes by the smiley face wearing sunglasses emoji, told the outlet, that reception to the idea has mixed been, but they still believe in the project:

I’ve received a lot of tweets, some very nice some very, not nice … But it’s all worth the goal of making the Bible a little more approachable, to inject some levity, and to get people to look at it, with no particular agenda beyond that.

Praise hands to that? Discuss

The future is now people. A video has surfaced of a man who appears to be fast asleep sitting in the driver’s seat of his Tesla Model S as it drives in extremely heavy traffic. The only problem is, the car’s “Autopilot” mode isn’t meant to completely take over for a driver. And, sleeping behind the wheel is not something anyone recommends at this point.

The automaker sent a statement about the incident to Motortrend, and they explained that, “Tesla Autopilot is designed to provide a hands-on experience to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, increase their safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable.” Emphasis here on “hands-on”; in other words, not napping.

They said that the autopilot mode “does not turn a Tesla into an autonomous vehicle and does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility,” adding that drivers are “responsible for remaining alert and present when using Autopilot and must be prepared to take control at all times.”

Completely hands-free self-driving cars could one day greatly reduce traffic, prevent accidents and cut down on carbon emissions, but, for now, it’s a good idea to remain awake if you’re driving down the highway. Discuss