Friday Wrap: Homophonophobia, New Zoo News, Dollars Full of Women, and More…

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It's Friday! Time for your Burnt Orange Reporters to comment on all the news that fits in a blockquote.

First up this week, Joe Biden shared a disarmingly handsome picture in honor of Throwback Thursday and to encourage people to #GetCovered.



We appreciated it.

Below the jump, read about the science behind Harry Potter fan superiority, watch Brian Williams be an embarrassing dad, and learn what Republican Congressman thinks that an American Assistant Secretary of State is working for India.

Construction continues on the Houston Zoo's new gorilla exhibit, to open in Spring 2015.

-Joseph Vogas

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It's time to put a woman on some cash money, y'all.

-Katherine Haenschen

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Nominees for the American Zoos and Aquarium's best new exhibit of the 2013-2014 season (hint go to these zoos!):

-Sea Lion Cove (Fresno Chafee Zoo)

-American Trail (Smithsonian National Zoo)

-Gorilla Forest (Como Park Zoo and Conservatory)

-Blacktip Reef (National Aquarium in Baltimore)

-Turtle Trek (SeaWorld Orlando)

-KidsZooU: Hamilton Family Children's Zoo & Faris Family Education Center (Philadelphia Zoo)

-Hasbro's Our Big Back Yard at Roger Williams Park Zoo (Roger Williams Park Zoo)

-Australian Outback (San Diego Zoo)

-Encounter Africa (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo)

-Joseph Vogas

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Academia has finally confirmed what we all knew to be true: if you read Harry Potter, you're just a better person. Hufflepuff for life!

-Genevieve Cato

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A guy got fired in Utah for what can only be described as homophonia-phobia.

-Katherine Haenschen

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Brian Williams of NBC News just won most embarrassing/awesome dad of the year!

-Joseph Vogas

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File under “Kids Do Not Try This At Home!” Bored kids across the internet world are setting themselves on fire with rubbing alcohol so they can put the resulting video on YouTube. Now at least one Texas teen is recovering from 2nd degree burns.

-Joe Deshotel

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At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last week, freshman Tea Party Congressman Curt Clawson (R-FL) mistook two American government officials for officials from the Indian government–because they happened to be of Indian descent. He told the officials how much he loved “your country,”  until they pointed out to him that they were there representing the same country as him.

Nonetheless, during the hearing “he repeatedly touted his deep knowledge of the Indian subcontinent and his favorite Bollywood movies,” because nothing shows you're an expert on foreign policy quite like repeatedly othering senior American officials based on their ethnicity.

-Katie Singh

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