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This cute emoji party meme is taking over Twitter

This cute emoji party meme is taking over Twitter

The internet is, generally speaking, a terrible place. Yet every so often it will spit out a delightful new meme to remind us that sometimes, when the stars align and the moonlight hits just right, being online can actually be lovely.

In the latest trend to justify the internet’s existence, Twitter users are pairing animal emojis with emojis for various objects, depict adorable scenes of interspecies harmony. 

The meme seems to have kicked off when Twitter user @psthursm posted a five-piece animal emoji band. Setting aside the logistics of how a snail would play a violin, the adorable musicians struck a chord with thousands on the website. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert takes apart team Trump’s legal arguments ahead of impeachment trial

Stephen Colbert takes apart team Trump's legal arguments ahead of impeachment trial

If having Rudy Giuliani as his personal attorney wasn’t proof enough that Trump’s not getting the best legal advice possible, dwell upon this clip from Monday night’s episode of the Late Show. 

Ahead of the president’s impeachment trial in the Senate, the House managers filed a brief calling Trump’s conduct “the Framers’ worst nightmare.” Team Trump’s response was to end the weekend insisting that “abuse of power” — one of the cited crimes in the articles of impeachment — isn’t, like, technically a real crime or anything, so it’s not impeachable.

“Yes it is!” Late Show host Stephen Colbert exclaims in Monday night’s monologue. “It’s the most powerful job in the world — that’s why abuse of power is the thing that a president is not supposed to do.” Read more…

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Meghan Markle’s husband speaks out about royal family split, kindly asks everyone to step off

Meghan Markle's husband speaks out about royal family split, kindly asks everyone to step off

“Harxit” may not really roll off the tongue the way “Megxit” does — but Prince Harry would like to make it clear that the decision to bail on being royalty was actually his, thank you very much.

After weeks of royal family drama and years of appalling treatment by the British press, Queen Elizabeth II confirmed, firmly, that her grandson and his wife would be stepping down from their official roles and ceremonial duties as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with her blessing. The couple will be seeking financial independence, and splitting their time between the U.K. and North America. 

Now, Harry has made his first public comments about the official split with his royal family at an event for a charity he co-founded, Sentebale, which works with children in HIV-affected communities in Lesotho and Botswana. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert pokes holes in Trump’s dodgy reasoning for killing Iranian general

Stephen Colbert pokes holes in Trump's dodgy reasoning for killing Iranian general

Trump and his loyalists have been trying to convince Congress — as well as the rest of the U.S. — that ordering the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was actually a very cool and good move. To that end, President Trump told Fox News on Jan. 10 that he “believe[s]” Soleimani was planning to attack four U.S. embassies. A belief, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert noted, that thus far appears to have little basis in fact.

“He believes it would have been four embassies,” said Colbert on Monday night. “Do we really want to live in a country where we bomb people because of what Donald Trump believes? We’re talking about a guy who believes windmills cause cancer.” Read more…

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Stephen Colbert feels very reassured by Trump’s tweets about Iran

Stephen Colbert feels very reassured by Trump's tweets about Iran

“It’s not World War Three, and that’s wonderful,” Stephen Colbert said during his Late Show opening monologue on Wednesday. “But it’s not like nothing happened.”

The world has been more on edge than usual since Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3. Iran subsequently retaliated, attacking two U.S. military bases with 22 missiles. 

Many Americans are feeling uneasy, but as Colbert points out, fortunately President Trump was there to tweet empty platitudes at the public. “It’s okay folks, it’s okay,” said Colbert. “We’ve achieved Defcon Fine.” Read more…

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Stephen Colbert cracks himself up with savage jokes about Trump’s Iran chaos

Stephen Colbert cracks himself up with savage jokes about Trump's Iran chaos

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry, folks. 

Stephen Colbert came roaring into 2020 on Monday night, opening The Late Show for the year with a solid 10 minutes of bleakly brutal material about Trump’s strike on Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

Trump has subsequently threatened — via Twitter, naturally — to further attack 52 Iranian targets, including culturally important sites, in retaliation for any retaliation. As many legal experts have pointed out, the president may have essentially threatened in a public forum to commit war crimes. The Late Show team, in an attempt to write a joke to measure up to this turn of events, came up with one that was a little much even for the host. Read more…

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To everyone arguing 2019 isn’t *really* the end of the decade: Please, shut up

To everyone arguing 2019 isn't *really* the end of the decade: Please, shut up

Out of all the hills you could choose to die on in these, the final days of 2019, please do not be one of the people currently yelling on the internet about how it’s not the end of the decade, actually.

In the words of the Dude, you’re not wrong. You’re just an asshole.

Well, asshole might be a bit strong. But this insistence is smug and unnecessary; its energy is half Scrooge, half reply guy. As a child, you probably thought “YOUR EPIDERMIS IS SHOWING” was the funniest joke in the world. As an adult, you probably correct other adults when they rejoice in the first day of a new season on the first of September instead of the 21st. (Either is fine.) Read more…

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Greta Thunberg nails the #2019in5words challenge

Greta Thunberg nails the #2019in5words challenge

It might seem difficult to sum up an entire year using only five words, but Greta Thunberg completed the task with ease.

Inspired by #2019in5words, the latest end of year hashtag to trend on Twitter, the 16-year-old climate activist tweeted one of her most powerful quotes: “Our house is on fire.”

Our house is on fire.#2019in5words

— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 28, 2019

Thunberg spoke those five words at Davos 2019 earlier this year when delivering a blunt climate warning to a room full of the world’s most powerful leaders.

The teen’s actions in 2019 have not only gotten her named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, but they’ve inspired many people, including actress and activist Jane Fonda, to fight the dire climate crisis that’s facing our planet head on. Read more…

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Trudeau, Boris, and other NATO leaders caught on video apparently gossiping about Trump

Trudeau, Boris, and other NATO leaders caught on video apparently gossiping about Trump

For anyone whose job is to keep a straight face around Donald Trump, dozens of private conversations such as these must happen every week, and in much stronger language. But to catch world leaders apparently sharing a laugh over the president’s foibles is rare.

This video, from the reporting pool via the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, shows Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, British PM Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Dutch PM Mark Rutte alongside a stiff bouffant appearing to belong to HRH Princess Anne. The group are enjoying a drink and a chat at a Buckingham Palace reception after the day’s formalities at the NATO summit in London.  Read more…

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Trudeau, Boris, and other NATO leaders caught on video apparently gossiping about Trump

Trudeau, Boris, and other NATO leaders caught on video apparently gossiping about Trump

For anyone whose job is to keep a straight face around Donald Trump, dozens of private conversations such as these must happen every week, and in much stronger language. But to catch world leaders apparently sharing a laugh over the president’s foibles is rare.

This video, from the reporting pool via the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, shows Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, British PM Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Dutch PM Mark Rutte alongside a stiff bouffant appearing to belong to HRH Princess Anne. The group are enjoying a drink and a chat at a Buckingham Palace reception after the day’s formalities at the NATO summit in London.  Read more…

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Watch this adorable beluga whale play fetch with a football

A group of South African sailors near the South Pole have had an adorable interaction with a beluga whale, playing fetch with the apparently wild animal as though it were an oversized, wet puppy.

The video, posted to Facebook by Alon Kowen, shows the jovial group throwing a rugby ball into the ocean, watching the playful whale retrieve it and return it to their boat. It may be an aquatic animal, but this beluga radiates big dog energy.

Kowen wrote in the video’s caption that the whale was “celebrating the Springboks victory.” South Africa’s national rugby union team won the Rugby World Cup for the third time this weekend, defeating England 32-12. Read more…

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Watch this adorable beluga whale play fetch with a football

A group of South African sailors near the South Pole have had an adorable interaction with a beluga whale, playing fetch with the apparently wild animal as though it were an oversized, wet puppy.

The video, posted to Facebook by Alon Kowen, shows the jovial group throwing a rugby ball into the ocean, watching the playful whale retrieve it and return it to their boat. It may be an aquatic animal, but this beluga radiates big dog energy.

Kowen wrote in the video’s caption that the whale was “celebrating the Springboks victory.” South Africa’s national rugby union team won the Rugby World Cup for the third time this weekend, defeating England 32-12. Read more…

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Watch this adorable beluga whale play fetch with a football

A group of South African sailors near the South Pole have had an adorable interaction with a beluga whale, playing fetch with the apparently wild animal as though it were an oversized, wet puppy.

The video, posted to Facebook by Alon Kowen, shows the jovial group throwing a rugby ball into the ocean, watching the playful whale retrieve it and return it to their boat. It may be an aquatic animal, but this beluga radiates big dog energy.

Kowen wrote in the video’s caption that the whale was “celebrating the Springboks victory.” South Africa’s national rugby union team won the Rugby World Cup for the third time this weekend, defeating England 32-12. Read more…

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Watch this adorable beluga whale play fetch with a football

A group of South African sailors near the South Pole have had an adorable interaction with a beluga whale, playing fetch with the apparently wild animal as though it were an oversized, wet puppy.

The video, posted to Facebook by Alon Kowen, shows the jovial group throwing a rugby ball into the ocean, watching the playful whale retrieve it and return it to their boat. It may be an aquatic animal, but this beluga radiates big dog energy.

Kowen wrote in the video’s caption that the whale was “celebrating the Springboks victory.” South Africa’s national rugby union team won the Rugby World Cup for the third time this weekend, defeating England 32-12. Read more…

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Watch John Cena and Jimmy Fallon play Fish Slap, which is exactly what it sounds like

WWE wrester and professional meme John Cena appeared on Sunday’s episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to help introduce a new segment called Fish Slap. It was exactly what it sounds like.

In Fish Slap, a game invented by Cena’s opponent Fallon because apparently he loves to suffer, players take turns guessing if a card drawn from a deck will be higher or lower than the previous one. If they get it right, it becomes the other player’s turn to guess. If they get it wrong, they get a real, slimy, dead fish to the face.

It sounds like an awful time but the pair get into it, Cena joyfully proclaiming, “In the name of salmon and mackerel, the day is mine!” Read more…

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Airport buggy spinning in circles is the perfect metaphor for 2019

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If you want to understand what’s going on in Washington D.C. right now, you could read any one of the impeachment explainers going around, or watch snarky wrap-ups by your favorite late-night hosts

Or you could just watch this video of a driverless airport catering cart spinning wildly out of control on the tarmac, endangering everyone around it as they stare in horror, unsure of how exactly to handle this unprecedented disaster in the making.

Dr Kevin Klauer took the video from the departures lounge at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, where he was waiting for a flight (on a different plane to the one pictured) when the commotion out the window caught his eye. Read more…

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Black-market weed vape company linked to lung crisis is verified on Instagram

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Dank Vapes, a brand of black-market THC vaporizer cartridges whose products have been linked to the outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases, has an official verified account on Instagram — despite the fact that it may not even be a real company.

The brand claims “nothing is for sale” in its Instagram bio. However, users can buy products with flavor names like “cotton candy” and “banana split” through third-party distributors advertising their services in the comments of Dank Vape’s verified Instagram posts. 

Black-market weed vape company linked to lung crisis is verified on Instagram

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According to a report the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday, a number of patients affected by the vape-related lung diseases reported they used cartridges from Dank Vapes.  Read more…

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4chan trolling turned the OK sign into a symbol of hate

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This is why we can’t have OK things. 

The Anti-Defamation League has added the hand gesture for “OK” to its database of hate symbols, after sites like 4chan and 8chan began associating it with white supremacy. 

It started out as a trolling tactic by the far right to discredit progressive figures and get a rise out of social media users, but has recently been used by actual white supremacists.

Know Your Meme reports that while the symbol’s origins are innocuous, it’s developed a double meaning over the last four years. In 2015, Viner Pizza Party Ben made a vine of himself making that gesture and captioned it: “White guys be like.” During the 2016 presidential election, he and far-right furry Milo Yiannopolous were spotted making the OK symbol at Trump rallies. Other conservative internet personalities began making the gesture in support of Donald Trump.  Read more…

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Megan Thee Stallion brings #hotgirlsummer to her fall semester

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After the #hotgirlsummer comes the #hotgirlsemester.

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion put every college student to shame last Friday, tweeting about how she’s finishing her homework before she heads out for the night.

The 23-year-old Houston native studies health administration at Texas Southern University, according to Vibe. Clearly, hustle isn’t lacking in her back to school routine and it resonated.

I posted this in my class wiki https://t.co/Zr1i8TYA0Q

— Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd) September 1, 2019

Imagine your lab partner just being meg thee stallion.

— #1 mr rogers fan 🧸 (@madison_eevee) August 31, 2019 Read more…

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Chaos erupts as a rare Porsche seems to auction for a record-shattering $70 million

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Going, going, going, going…

The 1939 Porsche Type 64 was expected to auction for at least $20 million at Monterey Car Week in California over the weekend, but a confusing start with the auctioneer and excitement in the room meant the bidding process on the rare vehicle was more than bungled. 

A starting bid of $13 million was heard as $30 million and from there all the wires were crossedJalopnik shared a video of the auction for the vintage vehicle showing how that initial mistake amidst the din was projected onto the screen as $30 million. Then $40 million. Then $50 million, $60 million, and eventually $70 million — before surprisingly dropping to $17 million. It was never $30 million and it most certainly never was bidding up to $70 million.  Read more…

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Flip flops made of grass, live hermit crabs, and more weird stuff on Amazon this week

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As your friendly neighborhood shopping writers, we spend our days scouring the internet and of course, Amazon, to bring you the best deals on the gadgets and gizmos you need the most. But there’s something we need to get off our chests: beneath Amazon’s calm surface of MacBooks, KitchenAid mixers, and eco-friendly air conditioners there lurks a strange — yet wonderful — underbelly. 

One where you find one hyperrealistic steak pillow and before you know it, you’ve been sucked further into the head-scratching vortex until you’re decorating your apartment with a life size Celine Dion cardboard cutout. It happens.  Read more…

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Twitter reunites woman with man who gifted her a bike when she was a child refugee

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Sometimes the internet takes a break from being on fire and churns out something good. This week, a woman was able to thank the man who gave her a bike when she was a five-year-old refugee, with the help of Twitter’s supreme tracking abilities. 

As Saddam Hussein began targeting Kurdish communities in the 1990s, Mevan Babakar and her family fled Iraq and moved to Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia, and eventually to a city called Zwolle in the Netherlands. Babakar and her mother later settled down in London. 

During her stay in Zwolle, a kind man who worked at a refugee camp gifted her a bike “out of the kindness of his own heart.”  Read more…

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes may be back at Starbucks earlier than ever

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Hot Girl Summer is nearly over, and Basic Girl Autumn is just around the corner. We know this because pumpkin spice season may be arriving earlier than it ever has before.

A report from Business Insider cites Starbucks employees (and otherwise uncorroborated social media posts) as saying that the 2019 launch date for the Pumpkin Spice Latte will be Aug. 27 — a day earlier than last year’s official launch.

Giant jugs of pumpkin spice flavor-sauce arrived in stores at the beginning of August, as documented on r/starbucks (note the June 2019 batch date printed above the label):

On Aug. 7, Starbucks’ Facebook account posted a semi-cryptic clip of a pumpkin converted into a bootleg Magic 8-Ball to official pumpkin-spice fan group Leaf Rakers Society, suggesting the eighth month of the year. (The group is closed, but anyone can join.) The caption promises one clue a week, meaning the next is due on or around Aug. 14.  Read more…

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Blood banks in El Paso are ‘overwhelmed’ by donations after mass shooting

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After a devastating mass shooting, El Paso’s community pulled together to donate blood. 

A gunman opened fire in a Walmart on Saturday morning, injuring at least 23 people, CNN reports. Police confirmed “multiple” fatalities. This is the 249th mass shooting in the United States this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which means there have been more mass shootings than days in 2019. 

The City of El Paso put out an urgent call for blood donors as hospitals drained their supply to treat the victims. 

Blood needed urgently. Multiple injured transported to various hospitals. Blood donation centers Vitalent Blood Services at 424 s Mesa Hills and 133 N Zaragoza

— EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) August 3, 2019 Read more…

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The softblocking meme blends literary references with cancel culture

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Oof. Yikes. A new copypasta has everyone softblocking problematic villains from well known stories, all in the name of the meme. 

Urban Dictionary defines softblocking as “A phrase often used by Twitter users to describe the blocking of another person, then immediate unblock.” 

Essentially, it forces the blocked party to unknowingly unfollow the user so they stop interacting with the user’s tweets. 

It’s a passive-aggressive — but drama-skirting — way to get someone out of your social sphere. When Twitter users find out that someone has been problematic — whether it’s a terrible take they had on a marginalized group or allegations of sexual harassment — they’ll softblock the person to gently remove them from their online social lives.  Read more…

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Google Doodle celebrates July Fourth by letting you play baseball with your favorite foods

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For the Fourth of July, Google wants you to play with your food. 

The newest Google Doodle lets you play baseball, that classic American pastime, with a bunch of “characters” based on our nation’s favorite foods. They include a hot dog (“H-Dog”), popcorn (“Power Pop”), and a corn on the cob (“Cobbra”). 

Quite the lineup, at the ballpark or the barbecue.

Quite the lineup, at the ballpark or the barbecue.

Image: Google

You can play on desktop or on mobile. After a brief intro, you get the chance to choose your preferred food character. 

Take me out to the Doooooooodle....

Take me out to the Doooooooodle….

Image: Google

Follow the on-screen instructions and, well, play ball against a team of peanuts while trying not to get too hungry. Read more…

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Cory Booker’s peeved reaction to Beto speaking Spanish at the debate is an instant meme

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Ever felt threatened by someone else’s fancy language skills?

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker seemed to feel just that during the Democratic Debate on Wednesday night, when rival candidate Beto O’Rourke flexed his Spanish skills first.

When Beto was asked if he would support a higher tax rate for top earners, he responded by stating that the economy needed to “work for everyone.” Beto then switched mid-answer to Spanish, and Booker was caught glaring in his wake.

Booker, of course, can also speak SpanishHe made his pitch to voters when he called into Univision’s Despierta América when he announced his candidacy back in February. Read more…

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Jake Paul and Tana Mongeau got engaged and no one is sure if it’s real

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YouTube’s loudest couple is engaged, and honestly nobody surprised.

Jake Paul proposed to fellow vlogger Tana Mongeau during a weekend trip to Las Vegas to celebrate her 21st birthday. At around 1:30 a.m. at a club on Monday, he brought out a three-tier cake decorated with an enormous ring and the words, “Will you marry me, Tana?”  

She immediately tweeted about it. 

JAKE JUST PROPOSED

— Tana Mongeau (@tanamongeau) June 24, 2019

JAKE PAUL AND TANA MONGEAU ARE ENGAGED! @jakepaul @tanamongeau Y’ALL CRAZY CRAZY DAMN CANT WAIT FOR THE CONTENT & THE DRAMA ALERT @KEEMSTAR pic.twitter.com/eUPns3mv0J

— 💌 (@fullsendjana) June 24, 2019 Read more…

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Jim Halpert invited Roy to the Stanley Cup final to savagely troll Pam

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Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final is upon us and for the first year ever there might be more drama off the ice than on it thanks to the cast of *checks notes* off-air NBC comedy The Office.

Ever since stars John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer learned their favorite hockey teams — the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues — would be battling for the cup there’s been trouble in paradise for Jim and Pam. Even Steve Carell picked a side.

It all comes down to tonight. Game 7#LetsGoBlues #StanleyCup #Gloria #TeamPam @StLouisBlues @NHL @johnkrasinski pic.twitter.com/smGBAAi4t8

— Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) June 12, 2019 Read more…

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Lego’s ‘Stranger Things’ set can be literally flipped over to The Upside Down

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Stranger Things is returning soon, which means brands are rolling out things to throw your money at.

Such as Lego, which has launched a set featuring the Byers’ house, where the real world sits up top while The Upside Down lurks below.

The detail is great, as you’ll notice from the Christmas light communication system which resides at the back of the house. Yes, it even lights up.

The back of the Lego Stranger Things: The Upside Down set.

The back of the Lego Stranger Things: The Upside Down set.

Image: LEGO

Will Byers’ bedroom is even faithfully replicated, where you’ll spot his boombox, bed, desk, desk lamp, drawings and movie posters all in place.  Read more…

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Kanye’s reluctant smile at the Met Gala is a mood

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Kanye West, we love to see you smile.

The rapper made an appearance at the Met Gala on Monday, where all eyes were on the pink carpet, thanks to the outfits worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Billy Porter, which understandably, consumed most of the chatter around the event.

Despite the attention mostly being elsewhere, Kanye was spotted by cameras smiling off to the side, although he doesn’t look too impressed while doing it. Of course, it’s since become a meme.

Now, Kanye’s somewhat reluctant smile can be used to mean all sorts of things, like when you’re forced to smile for random relatives, or running into people that you’d rather not. Read more…

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Dog has existential crisis after finally catching his tail

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There’s a core spiritual question for dogs who chase their tails: What, exactly, are they after?

Twitter user @omw2innisfree‘s friend’s dog, Max, recently experienced something of a spiritual crisis after finally capturing his own tail.

Pay attention to the look on Max’s face after he finally holds onto it.

What exactly could Max be thinking? It’s like he landed on the emotional jackpot of a dog’s life — complete and total tail entrapment — and now he doesn’t know what to do with his riches.

Does he bite his tail? Squeeze his tail? Nuzzle his tail? What was the point of capturing his tail? Perhaps the whole tail-chasing thing was about the journey, not the end destination. Read more…

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Mike Gravel’s campaign is proof that more politicians need meme tutors

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In the age of surrealist memes and viral content, why aren’t more politicians seeking out shitposting tutors? 

Mike Gravel joined Twitter on Mar. 30, and has been spicing up the 2020 race ever since. The former Alaskan senator officially added his name to the ever-growing roster of Democratic presidential candidates in a video Monday, calling for a “Gravelanche” to push centrist politicians further left. He doesn’t plan on actually winning; his goal is to simply make it to the debates so he can challenge contenders on their neoliberal policies in favor of more leftist ones. 

“My message, centered around an anti-imperialist foreign policy and fundamental political reform, is one that no other Democratic candidate is making the centerpiece of their campaign,” Gravel said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone. “After the first two debates, I will drop out and endorse the most progressive candidate.” Read more…

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Well, that incredible optical illusion at the Louvre has been destroyed by the public

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It took four days, 400 volunteers, and around 2,000 pieces of paper to install, and within a day, the public had destroyed it all.

But hey, it was always going to happen, according to the artist.

Taking over the main courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris, the installation was the work of French street artist JR, as he is only known by.

Commissioned as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Louvre Pyramid, the work is a giant paper collage surrounding the structure. 

Although the museum itself dates back to the 12th century, the Louvre Pyramid, designed by Chinese-born U.S. architect I.M. Pei, was officially opened on Mar. 30, 1989. Read more…

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San Diego Padres stay classy with ‘Anchorman’ race

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The Milwaukee Brewers race sausages (tasty!). The Washington Nationals race presidents (America!). But the latest entry into the MLB comically sized mascots running for the laughs of drunk baseball fans might be the classiest.

The San Diego Padres debuted the Anchorman runners on Friday, and in the words of Ron Burgundy, “Don’t act like you’re not impressed.”

Burgundy ran away with the win, handily beating Champ Kind, Brian Fantana, and noted lamp fan, Brick Tamland.  Read more…

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Drivers capture avalanche tearing down side of Colorado mountain

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Drivers going down a Colorado highway had quite the close call, after an avalanche ripped down the side of a mountain in front of them.

On Sunday afternoon, said avalanche moved down through Ten Mile Canyon, located between Frisco and Copper Mountain.

There were several videos of the incident posted online, capturing the snow piling down toward the road.

Caught on camera: @KDVR viewer captured this video of an #avalanche near I-70 today in Ten Mile Canyon between Frisco and Copper Mountain. #CoWX #KDVR pic.twitter.com/eL6uIwB4c3

— Jeremy Hubbard (@JeremyHubbard) March 3, 2019 Read more…

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Urban Outfitters is selling random VHS tapes for $40

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Hope you’ve still kept some old VHS tapes lying around, because turns out they’re actually worth something.

Urban Outfitters has rolled out its latest attempt to get you to buy stuff you don’t need, in the form of a random assortment of five comedy video tapes from the 1990s.

It’s all yours for the princely sum of $40.

Not only can you buy The Waterboy or A Night At The Roxbury on the superseded medium, but there are also horror, sci-fi and romance sets for sale. 

“Each set is unique, iconic and will vary from what is pictured here. Don’t worry – there are no duds in this batch!” reads the product description. Read more…

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Scientists are looking for the owner of a USB drive which was found in seal poop

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USB drives are unfortunately small and easy to lose.

If you happened to misplace one on the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, scientists from the country’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) are looking for you.

Just how they found it is rather interesting: The USB drive was found in the poop of a leopard seal, which had been sitting in a NIWA freezer since November 2017.

Three weeks ago, volunteers pulled out the sample for researchers to study, which starts by defrosting the poop. Read more…

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Spiders ‘rain’ in awesome, but kinda unsettling event

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Rain is already annoying enough when it’s not seemingly made of spiders.

So spare a thought for the people who had to keep an eye on a group of arachnids that appeared to be raining down over rural Brazil, thanks to hot and humid weather.

João Pedro Martinelli Fonseca, who filmed a video of the event, told a local paper Terro Do Mandu (as per a translation from The Guardian) that he was travelling to his grandparents’ farm north east of São Paulo, when he noticed black dots in the sky.

Fonseca said he was “stunned and scared,” in particular when a spider fell through the window, and well, fair enough. Read more…

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Pervs kept stealing the ‘mile 69’ highway marker, so it was replaced with this

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2019 has barely started, and we’ve already suffered a great loss: A “69” mile marker is gone forever, and will not be replaced.

The Washington Department of Transportation is sick and tired of people stealing the marker (notably known as the ~sex number~) so it’s replacing the highway sign with one that says “68.9.” 

“Thieves show no signs of slowing down,” a local CBS station reported. Watch the mildly painful banter between the two anchors as they debate the accuracy of the sign without cracking up over its reference to a sex position.  Read more…

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‘Bachelor’ contestant puts on fake Australian accent, and people aren’t convinced

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On a show like The Bachelor, it’s understandable that contestants need to do what they can to stand out.

With the 23rd season (!) of the popular reality show set to arrive on Jan. 7 on ABC, a promo was released on Thursday featuring a contestant named Bri.

Bri, less understandably, tries her hand at faking an Australian accent when she first meets Colton Underwood, who is the Bachelor in the upcoming season. 

Bri’s accent starts as believable, but then begins to sound like a strange mix of a Scandinavian and Australian accent. Or maybe it’s South African.  Read more…

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No, Netflix isn’t making fake teen accounts to spread ‘Bird Box’ memes

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Even in a year that gave us peak Q Anon, this may be the most 2018 conspiracy theory ever. There are people online who believe Netflix used bot accounts to spread viral memes about its record hit movie Bird Box

The over-the-top apocalyptic thriller, which features a family making the perilous journey down a river in hopes of finding a community safe from invisible monsters that have taken over the world, is ripe with meme potential. The monsters inexplicably make victims commit suicide, which plays perfectly into the younger generation’s grimdark sense of humor.

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People are tweeting surprise holiday visits, and they’re just heartwarming

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They begin in a similar way: Someone sneaks down a hallway, stealthily opens a door, quietly comes down stairs. Then everyone starts screaming and hugging and someone almost always cries. 

Over the past few days, people have been tweeting videos recorded as they surprise their loved ones who didn’t expect them to be home for the holidays. The reveals have become so prevalent that Twitter made a moment to mark the trend

Watch a selection of the surprise videos below and let them warm your heart. 

It’s safe to say my family was surprised! I am beyond blessed to be able to come home for Christmas when some of us can’t. ❤️

Peep my dad’s face in the background 😂 pic.twitter.com/YQRrrgSBBv

— Brooke (@BrookeMoeder) December 23, 2018 Read more…

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Twitter rages at a high school referee who forced a wrestler to cut off his dreads

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A high school wrestler from New Jersey, facing the threat of a forfeit, had his dreadlocks cut at a wrestling meet on Wednesday, sparking outrage across the internet against the white referee that gave him the ultimatum.

A video of 120-pound Beuna Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson getting his hair cut was posted to Twitter by SNJ Today News sports director Mike Frankel. Johnson can be seen being consoled by his teammates and appears visibly upset after his overtime victory over his opponent.

Epitome of a team player ⬇️

A referee wouldn’t allow Andrew Johnson of Buena @brhschiefs to wrestle with a cover over his dreadlocks. It was either an impromptu haircut, or a forfeit. Johnson chose the haircut, then won by sudden victory in OT to help spark Buena to a winpic.twitter.com/f6JidKNKoI

— Mike Frankel (@MikeFrankelSNJ) December 20, 2018 Read more…

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Did you lose a pigeon dressed in a tiny bedazzled vest? He’s been found.

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Hey, if you lost your bedazzled pigeon, he’s safe and sound at a bird sanctuary in Arizona. 

A young male pigeon, inexplicably dressed in a rhinestone-studded vest, was found in Glendale, Arizona on Nov. 10. He’s been under the care of Fallen Feathers ever since. 

“He’s very friendly and fits on your finger,” Fallen Feathers director Jody Kieran told AZ Central.

She posted a photo of the bird and his impossibly tiny get up on the sanctuary’s Facebook page on Sunday. 

“If you know the owner we have your friend here waiting,” the post says.  Read more…

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Air New Zealand’s new safety briefing is a music video set to ‘It’s Tricky’

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Air New Zealand has taken people to Middle Earth and done a Men In Black throwback in its safety videos, setting itself apart from other, boring pre-flight briefings.

The airline’s latest edition is dubbed “It’s Kiwi,” a remake of Run-DMC’s classic track “It’s Tricky” featuring Deadpool 2 actor Julian Dennison, local musicians, as well as talent from 30 community groups.

It’s the 18th safety video the airline has ever produced, and aims to celebrate Kiwi culture and the country’s diversity. Read more…

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It’s a very special Gritty Halloween

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Gritty just celebrated his one month birthday. He’s already accomplished so much in his time on planet earth.

For the past month, Gritty’s brought nothing but joy to the sad people of the internet, crushed daily by Trump. Now, he’s bringing hope in the form of  homemade Gritty Halloween costumes and carved Gritty pumpkins.

Everywhere you look, there’s Gritty. And thank God.

Here’s some of the best Gritty Halloween costumes and pumpkins. There’s more to come.

This sweet lass dressed as a #DIY @gritty is seriously the most entertaining + creative #Halloween costume I’ve seen in ages! I love this town – you never know who you’re going to bump into in @haddonheights! 🏒🧟‍♀️ 🎃 #HootsandHowls pic.twitter.com/RaVdT7XvxQ

— Laura Storck (@Laura_Storck) October 21, 2018 Read more…

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Enterprising Girl Guide sells cookies to Canadians waiting in line at cannabis store

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Canada’s recent marijuana legalization is set to bring a wave of economic benefits.

While the country’s government is set to benefit from taxes, and the cannabis industry is sure to grow, the policy has already done wonders for a Girl Guide in Edmonton.

Elina Childs, 9, sold C$120 worth of sandwich cookies and mint thins to a line of people waiting to buy legal marijuana at Nova Cannabis on Wednesday, as reported by CBC. 

It took her less than 45 minutes to sell all 30 boxes, compared to how slow it was selling cookies to people in her neighborhood. Read more…

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Stop tattling on people smoking weed, Toronto police warn in cheeky tweets

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Marijuana became legal in Canada on Wednesday, and authorities are still trying to get used to it.

Toronto’s police have been pretty blunt about the matter, telling people to stop tattling on their neighbours for smoking weed or possessing pot plants.

The directive came in a series of funny tweets, comparing the reporting of smoking or possession to trivial matters, like calling 911 to ask for directions or what one should do with frozen meat in the case of a power outage.

“Do not call police for this,” the tweets read. Read more…

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Piers Morgan gets dragged for going after men holding babies

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Ugh. 

I regret to inform you that Piers Morgan is at it again. The TV personality, known for his terrible hot takes, blatant misogyny, and strange obsession with Donald Trump took to Twitter to rail against … good fathers? 

He posted a photo of Daniel Craig, who plays James Bond, holding his infant in an adorable spotted baby carrier. Implying that Craig was “emasculated” for caring being a good father, Morgan tweeted, “Oh 007.. not you as well?” 

Oh 007.. not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond pic.twitter.com/cqWiCRCFt3

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 15, 2018 Read more…

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