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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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U.S. Embassy apologises after cat picture mistakenly sent out

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We’d never get you to say sorry for sending an adorable cat picture.

But the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia has apologised on behalf of the Department of State who did just that, accidentally sending a test email featuring a photo of a cat dressed in a Cookie Monster costume.

According to the Australian Associated Press, the photo was was titled “cat pajama-jam” and was sent within an email titled “meeting,” as part of a fake meeting invitation sent by the Department of State to recipients.

It’s been described as a “training error,” and at least the U.S. Embassy saw the humour in it. Read more…

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Jake Paul responds to his ex Alissa Violet appearing in Shane Dawson’s series

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Jake Paul released a reaction video to Alissa Violet’s appearance in Shane Dawson’s upcoming installment in his popular docu-series all about Jake, so buckle up for … genuine self-reflection? 

The controversial vlogger took a rare approach to his ex-girlfriend’s cameo. Alissa, who dated Jake from 2015 to 2016, publicly accused him of physically and emotionally abusing her. In a clip featured in The Mind of Jake Paul, Alissa says Jake dragged her down the stairs. 

In his response uploaded on Friday, Jake claims that Alissa wasn’t originally going to appear in Shane’s docu-series, but he felt that it made sense to add her perspective.  Read more…

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Party Rock Anthem has the same BPM as a lot of songs, and it’s a glorious meme now

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Please take a moment to appreciate one of the internet’s greatest gifts: the Party Rock Anthem music video set to other songs. 

LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem captures the spirit of 2011, from the thick rimmed glasses, to the skinny jeans, to the inexplicable trend of wearing vests over T-shirts. Although the song is now rarely played at public events other than sweet sixteens and unfortunate weddings, it’s still a beloved piece of pop culture. It’s so thoroughly enjoyed, it went diamond earlier this year, snagging 10 million units through song sales and streams. 

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Aussies are baffled over something called ‘Australian battered potatoes’

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Thanks to the likes of Outback Steakhouse, Australians have grown used to Americans and their weird take on what their food is like.

While they’re happy to let the awfully calorific Bloomin’ Onion slide, the Aussies are less amused about something called Australian Battered Potatoes.

Spotted by Rachel Lonergan on Twitter, the concoction of deep fried spuds, topped with a very American combination of ranch and liquid, radioactive-looking cheese left people scratching their heads.

I don’t want to upset anybody but I just found out that you can buy potato scallops at county fairs in the US but they call them “Australian battered potatoes” and they put cheese and ranch dressing on thempic.twitter.com/EgLMxRTr2I

— Rachael Lonergan (@RachaelHasIdeas) September 25, 2018 Read more…

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Next time someone annoys you on Tinder, rock this Halloween ‘ghosted’ costume

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Ghosts are everywhere — in haunted houses and on our most popular dating apps.

That’s why Party City has developed an adult ghosting costume for women. Plenty of women have encountered someone who just won’t stop bothering them on dating apps or over text.

Might as well “ghost” them in real life.

The costume is now available for $24.99 on the Party City website. As of now, there is only a women’s costume.

“If someone’s blowing up your phone, ghost them in a Ghosted Costume for women!” the Party City description reads. “The costume is a hooded white dress designed to look like a ghost with a series of unanswered texts on the front.” Read more…

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Football player stuns fans by retiring from the entire sport at halftime

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It might be only two games into the NFL season, but it’s been a sorry affair for the Buffalo Bills already.

After losing their first game 47-3 against the Baltimore Ravens in the first week, the Bills were pummeled by the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime on Sunday.

Cornerback Vontae Davis, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Bills earlier this year, did something most only dream about. Then and there, midway through the game, Davis decided to quit and retire. Even his teammates had no idea.

“I’ve never seen it ever … it’s completely disrespectful to all his teammates,” Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told reporters. Read more…

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Not hog dog? PixFood lets you shoot and identify food

What happens when you add AI to food? Surprisingly, you don’t get a hungry robot. Instead you get something like PixFood. PixFood lets you take pictures of food, identify available ingredients, and, at this stage, find out recipes you can make from your larder.

It is privately funded.

“There are tons of recipe apps out there, but all they give you is, well, recipes,” said Tonnesson. “On the other hand, PixFood has the ability to help users get the right recipe for them at that particular moment. There are apps that cover some of the mentioned, but it’s still an exhausting process – since you have to fill in a 50-question quiz so it can understand what you like.”

They launched in August and currently have 3,000 monthly active users from 10,000 downloads. They’re working on perfecting the system for their first users.

“PixFood is AI-driven food app with advanced photo recognition. The user experience is quite simple: it all starts with users taking a photo of any ingredient they would like to cook with, in the kitchen or in the supermarket,” said Tonnesson. “Why did we do it like this? Because it’s personalized. After you take a photo, the app instantly sends you tailored recipe suggestions! At first, they are more or le

ss the same for everyone, but as you continue using it, it starts to learn what you precisely like, by connecting patterns and taking into consideration different behaviors.”

In my rudimentary tests the AI worked acceptably well and did not encourage me to eat a monkey. While the app begs the obvious question – why not just type in “corn?” – it’s an interesting use of vision technology that is definitely a step in the right direction.

 

Tonnesson expects the AI to start connecting you with other players in the food space, allowing you to order corn (but not a monkey) from a number of providers.

“Users should also expect partnerships with restaurants, grocery, meal-kit, and other food delivery services will be part of the future experiences,” he said.

Twitter drags CBS News for misleading headline, tweet about that viral Beto O’Rourke video

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If you bothered to log onto your Twitter account at least once this week, you almost definitely saw the viral video of Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke responding thoughtfully to a question about whether he finds it disrespectful when NFL players kneel during the national anthem. The clip drew wide praise, including from LeBron James, Ellen DeGeneres, and Janelle Monáe

But a CBS News story on the exchange created viral outrage by reducing the nuance and insight of O’Rourke’s response to a terribly misleading headline and tweet.   Read more…

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Best Twitter account, dril, has released a book

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Twitter mostly sucks, but one of the few accounts which isn’t terrible is @dril.

Even if you don’t spend much of your time on the platform, you’ve likely come across his bizarre, nonsensical jokes that we wish we knew how to come up with.

Seemingly the ramblings of a cranky old man with poor grasp of the keyboard, @dril has been on the internet since 2008, and was also infamously doxxed last year. Now, he has a book.

Titled Dril Official “Mr. Ten Years” Anniversary Collection, the book is suitably an anthology of the mysterious writer’s tweets and sketches. Read more…

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Free beer! But wait, this smart fridge only opens if Cleveland Browns win.

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Cleveland Browns fans have been suffering for a long, long time.

Not only did the team go winless last season, but its last win was back in 2016 when they narrowly beat the San Diego Chargers in Week 16.

In recognition of this despair, a “Victory Fridge” full of free Bud Light beer has been installed in bars around Cleveland that will open when, or if, the Browns win this season.

You’ve stood by us through it all. We love you for it, and so does @budlight.

These special fridges will unlock celebratory beers when we get our first regular season “W”.#VictoryFridge pic.twitter.com/LgsGNabMpt

— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 14, 2018 Read more…

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Virgin America flight attendant has one more safety video dance

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A Virgin America flight attendant had one more safety video dance before the brand disappears forever. 

People were heartbroken last year when Alaska Airlines announced that it would phase out Virgin America’s brand by 2019. The company bought Virgin in a $2.6 billion merger in 2017, and promised to keep the “flair” that frequent fliers loved about Virgin, like its colorful mood lighting and upbeat loading music. 

In case you didn’t know, the safety video is a total bop. 

One flight attendant paid homage to Virgin’s brand — which seemed to embrace the complete opposite of what airlines are usually known for — by leading an enthusiastic dance to the flight safety video.  Read more…

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Stephen Colbert stages a ‘presidential intervention’ for Trump

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Stephen Colbert has held a “presidential intervention” after the week’s hootenanny of events featuring Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

After brutally roasting Trump’s ‘double negative’ defense on Wednesday after that press conference, Colbert spent Thursday’s opening monologue on Trump’s invitation to Putin to visit the White House in the fall for another summit.

Fed up, the Late Show host staged a little intervention for the president, beginning with Trump’s questioning of the United States’ commitment to defending all NATO allies. Read more…

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People are falling for a fake Mueller indictment citing the ‘international meme community’

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Guys, not everything on the internet is true.

With Special Counsel Robert Mueller at the helm, the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. In a 29 page document, Mueller’s team detailed how Russia’s GRU operatives used spear-phishing attacks through malware to infiltrate the Clinton campaign and gain access to internal communications. 

The document did not mention anything about shitposting or memes. Read more…

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Trump gets rude welcome in UK thanks to giant crop circle

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A massive crop circle that will troll Trump as he flies over the United Kingdom isn’t the work of aliens, but it’s definitely sending a message.

The crop circle on Moat Farm in Stoke Mandeville says “блядь” in Russian, with “Trump” directly beneath it. The Russian word directly translates to “whore.” It’s also used as an exclamation, much like shit and damn. In this context, it probably translates to “Fuck Trump,” possibly a jab at the president’s chumminess toward Russian president Vladimir Putin. The circle is directly under Trump’s flight path from London to Chequers, where Trump will visit Prime Minister Theresa May on FridayRead more…

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Local police lip sync to ‘Uptown Funk’ on their lunch break

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Gotta love a lip sync, especially a one-take-wonder by your local police station.

A video of police officers from Norfolk, Virginia, lip syncing and dancing through their station to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” has gone viral, clocking up 25 million views in two days.

Around 40 officers, who were challenged by Texas’ Corinth Police Department, took part over their lunchtime, reports local newspaper The Virginian-Pilot. Corinth had already thrown down Miley Cyrus’ ‘”Party in the U.S.A.”

Even Norfolk’s bomb squad and fire service get involved. Now, they’ve challenged Seattle Police Department, Norfolk Constabulary, Virginia Beach Police Department, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  Read more…

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‘Dead’ woman wakes up in a morgue. Why does this keep happening?

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A woman was taken to the morgue and pronounced dead after a car crash near Johannesburg in South Africa. 

The only problem? She wasn’t dead.

According to the BBC, the unnamed woman woke up in a mortuary fridge after a car pile-up on June 24 which reportedly left two others dead.

The woman was discovered by a morgue worker, according to the news service, and she is now recovering in a hospital east of Johannesburg.

The woman’s family declined to comment on the incident to the BBC, but said, “We need answers.”

So, how did this happen? An investigation is reportedly underway. Ambulance company Distress Alert, who mispronounced the woman dead, told news publisher Times Live, “Equipment used to determine life showed no form of life on the woman.” Read more…

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Nifty Spanish reporter gets around French-only rule with phone translator

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As the French national soccer team gears up for this week’s World Cup, speculation continues to mount over the playing future of one of the team’s star forwards, Antoine Griezmann.

And journalists want to know what the heck is going on — in any language.

Griezmann, who plays for Spanish team Atlético Madrid, is rumoured to be moving to rivals FC Barcelona next season. The striker has so far confirmed that he’s made up his mind, although he stopped short of revealing where he’s going to.

To stop Spanish reporters from constantly bothering Griezmann about his plans, team France’s press officer only allowed questions to be asked in French during a conference on Tuesday. Read more…

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People wondered what was up with this dirty-sounding church sign

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We guess it’s one way to get people to pay attention to a religious message.

An Australian church has raised eyebrows for its dirty-sounding sign, which reads “FORGIVENESS IS SWALLOWING WHEN YOU’D RATHER SPIT.” Nope, not making it up. 

Here is the sign, as it was displayed in front of the Anglican Church of the Holy Spirit in Surfers Paradise, photographed by local politician John-Paul Langbroek.

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Watch Trump straight up lie about reading the letter from Kim Jong-un

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Trump’s doing that thing again.

A North Korean delegation visited the White House on Friday to hand deliver a letter to President Trump. During a press appearance, Trump said it was a “very nice” and “very interesting” letter.   

“Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter,” Trump told reporters, then pointing at the crowd and asking, “How much? How much?” 

“It was a very interesting letter,” Trump said. 

Eight minutes later, according to the Washington Post, Trump admitted that he hadn’t even opened the letter when a reporter asked if he sent anything back. Read more…

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One Harvey Weinstein accuser says she won’t celebrate his arrest in a must-read thread

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In the days following Harvey Weinstein’s arrest, some within the entertainment industry have posted a statement released by Time’s Up — the organization created in the wake of the scandal. 

Others, like actress Annabella Sciorra, have taken things a step further. Sciorra was one of the women to come forward in Ronan Farrow’s follow up stories featured in The New Yorker. On Sunday, she shared that she felt the farthest thing from celebratory when she heard the initial news about his arrest. 

“The law finally caught up with Harvey Weinstein on Friday and charge him with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault,” she tweeted. “But nothing about that felt celebratory to me.”  Read more…

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Sarah Paulson also does a really great impression of a dolphin

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Ocean 8’s Sarah Paulson is really, really good at impressions.

So much so that Drew Barrymore was rather impressed by Paulson’s portrayal, which made an appearance when she participated in “Wheel of Impressions” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon late last year. Barrymore gave Paulson the thumbs up at Ellen DeGeneres’ birthday party.

But you know what other impression Paulson happens to be good at? A freakin’ dolphin. Skip to 2:15 to be seriously wowed. 

To be fair, it’s not the first time she’s pulled out the dolphin impression out in public, but we’ll still continue to be impressed. Read more…

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These lynx screaming at each other will strike a chord with anyone who has a sibling

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Have you ever made it to the point in an argument with your brother or sister when you’ve both lost sight of what the problem is and NOW YOU’RE JUST YELLING?

You’re just like these two lynx.

Captured on camera by Nicole Lewis in near Avery Lake, which borders Ontario, Canada, and Michigan, U.S., the two lynx appear to be having a mild territorial meltdown — according to National Geographic, lynx tend to do make this weird screechy noise in confrontations, particularly if it’s a first meeting.

According to Storyful, who hosted the video, Lewis spotted the pair closed to the Dinorwic region of Ontario, where lynxes roam and only make human headlines if they attack pet goats (the goat was OK). Read more…

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A floating dumpster became the most relatable meme

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Pittsburgh was hit with heavy rain on Wednesday night, causing severe flooding on a local highway. 

Unlike typical rainfall in the area, the thunderstorm didn’t just pass through. Instead, it stayed over the city, dumping half an inch of rain over Pittsburgh every hour. 

The storm gave us one bright spot during the downpour: this video of a dumpster jauntily floating down the river that used to be Route 51. Local news anchor Ken Rice captured it on the move on Wednesday night. Read more…

Not all Twitter users had fond memories of their past relationships — and this floating dumpster reminded them of that. 

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The ‘I get high on’ meme has fans sharing what gets them hyped

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420 was a while ago, but the internet is still buzzed. This time, it’s off a meme. 

The “I get high on” meme has Twitter fans bypassing drugs, and going straight for the things they love, whether it’s part of their favorite songs or scenes for incredible movies. 

Who needs weed when you have “Africa” by Toto to get you hyped?

i get high on:

⚪️ life

⚪️ drugs

🔘 Africa by Toto

— Plathanos 🐝🇩🇴 (@SavinTheBees) April 25, 2018

Cocaine? Never heard of her. Have you seen the Shibutani siblings at the 2016 Skate America Gala? You can’t say this performance doesn’t get you feeling some type of way. Read more…

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NFL star has last laugh on Twitter after once being hated on after Draft

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It’s hard to believe it now, but Houston Texans fans once hated on J.J. Watt.

That was all the way back after the 2011 NFL Draft, when the player was selected by the Texans as its 11th overall pick. 

The now-beloved NFL star, one of Time‘s 100 most influential people of 2018, hasn’t forgotten the bad times. In a caption-less tweet on Thursday, coinciding with this year’s NFL Draft, he reminded everyone about the hate he received online at the time.

Watt also retweeted a video of fans booing him in 2011, right after he was picked by the Texans in the NFL Draft. Read more…

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We humbly request Spencer the dog to cheer us on at all future events

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Running a marathon in bad weather conditions? You could use a little support from Spencer.

Competitors faced terrible weather at the Boston Marathon on Monday, with freezing rains and wind making for a tricky day.

One consolation? Spencer the dog, who was rugged up in a rain jacket and waving a flag on the side of the road as runners raced by. What a champion.

Spencer the therapeutic dog braved the rain and cold to continue tradition of cheering on runners at the Boston Marathon for the third consecutive year! https://t.co/x5UGJK0KGc pic.twitter.com/npdk5YbHWz

— ABC News (@ABC) April 17, 2018 Read more…

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The Walmart yodel boy actually performed at Coachella, and we can’t believe it either

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Hold up, everyone. The Walmart yodel boy actually performed at Coachella. 

Eric Curtin, purveyor of comedy Twitter account @dubstep4dads, tweeted a video of the performance on Friday. He said that after “yodel kid” followed him on Twitter, he reached out to get him to perform as Whethan’s guest on the first day of the festival.

“I love u mason and i love the internet,” he tweeted. 

after the yodel kid followed me i dmed him to try and get him to come out as whethans guest at coachella. and it happened. ur welcome everyone. i love u mason and i love the internet pic.twitter.com/VSjLjS9mU4

— eric turtle (@dubstep4dads) April 13, 2018 Read more…

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Reddit rolls out its first redesign in more than a decade

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Reddit’s design has stayed mostly the same since it launched more than a decade ago, and that’s the way many of its users like it.

But starting from Monday, the news aggregator will slowly roll out a redesign to a small percentage of users, Reddit’s administrators announced in a post.

The refresh will apply to the desktop version of the site, and in coming weeks users will be able to opt-in to the new version of Reddit. 

Reddit's new card view.

Reddit’s new card view.

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As WIRED notes, the redesign has been in the works for the past year-and-a-half. Reddit’s co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman noted in an “Ask Me Anything” last year that the site’s information-dense setup was often confronting to new users, hence the need for a redesign. Read more…

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MoviePass is great, but we’d like these other monthly subscriptions as well

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We’ve got MoviePass, we’ve got ClassPass, but don’t we need more? 

Woe are the memories before monthly subscription passes came out. Now, we can work out, watch a movie, work out again, then come home to our Book of the Month!

But it shouldn’t stop there.

Here are 10 more passes that we want, that we need, and on which we would love to become dependent.

DogPass

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This pass would allow you to pet any dog in the city without their stingy owners getting in the way. Be sure to register 45 minutes early, because these dogs are getting snatched up like hotcakes. Read more…

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Will Smith tries to make out with Sophia the robot, and it does not go well

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Budding YouTuber Will Smith isn’t afraid to churn out some weird content on his channel, including an attempt at getting frisky with a humanoid.

In his most recent clip, Smith sets himself on a date in the Cayman islands with Sophia the robot, a humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics that uses artificial intelligence to interact with humans. After a few awkward moments and some burns from Sophia to Smith, he leans in for a kiss, and well, gets denied. 

It’s super weird.

Unfortunately, this may have a lasting impression on poor Sophia.

“Every interaction I have with people has an impact on how I develop and shapes who I eventually become,” Sophia’s website reads. “So please be nice to me as I would like to be a smart, compassionate robot.” Read more…

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Former FBI deputy director’s GoFundMe for legal defense raises over $250k in 6 hours

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It’s been a pretty strange year for politics. It’s even stranger now that major political figures are crowdfunding their legal fees. 

A GoFundMe stetup by “Friends of Andrew McCabe” launched Thursday to pay for the former FBI deputy director’s legal defense fund. 

McCabe’s GoFundMe is not only trending, it’s also raised a tremendous amount of money in the past few hours. As of the time of writing, it had raised $252,892 in just six short hours. People have been donating so quickly that the campaign increased its goal to $250,000 after it met its original $150,000 goal in less than four hours.  Read more…

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Battered by tourists, the Thai beach from ‘The Beach’ to close temporarily

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Thailand’s natural wonders are feeling the force of tourism, forcing one to close temporarily.

Maya Bay, a great beach on Phi Phi Leh island made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in the not-so-great movie The Beach, will be temporarily closed for four months a year from June, as reported by the Associated Press.

Thailand’s National Parks and Wildlife Department made the decision on Wednesday to allow the island’s coral reefs and sea life to recover. The beach is open all-year round, in contrast to the many Thai marine parks closed between mid-May to mid-October. Read more…

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Python somehow swallows a slipper, requiring surgery to remove it

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Sure, you’ve heard of snakes swallowing possums, hyenas, and uh, other snakes

They’re at least kinda digestible, unlike a slipper. A man from the Queensland town of Haigslea in Australia had placed by his bed last Tuesday as he went to sleep, only to find one of them missing in the morning.

The snake, with slipper inside, was found on Friday and was subsequently removed by N&S Snake Catcher, who posted the video on Facebook.

Sally Hill, who helped catch the snake with her partner Norman, told ABC News about her theory as to why the reptile devoured the strange item. Read more…

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Here’s what the March For Our Lives in D.C. looked like from space

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Hundreds of thousands of people showed up in Washington, D.C. to attend Saturday’s March For Our Lives. As you might expect, that kind of turnout makes for some pretty impressive photos — even from space.

 New images from DigitalGlobe’s Worldview-2 satellite show the sea of people — and their signs — gathered to march and rally for common-sense gun reform. They’re an astounding reminder of the sheer size of this movement. Isn’t that right, NRA?

See for yourself.

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Unusual smoke-breathing elephant baffles scientists

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For scientists conducting long term research on tigers and their prey, catching an elephant smoking is a rather strange sight.

That’s what they discovered when they visited camera trap locations around India’s Nagarahole National Park.

“I believe the elephant may have been trying to ingest wood charcoal,” Varun Goswami, an elephant biologist working with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). “She appeared to be picking up pieces from the forest floor, blowing away the ash that came along with it, and consuming the rest.”

According to WCS, charcoal has toxin-binding properties which could be useful medicinally. It’s also useful as a laxative, serving a purpose after forest fires, lightning strikes, or controlled burns. Read more…

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Absolute heroes brave rising floodwaters to save a giant spider

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Giant spiders are the kind of creature many people are deathly afraid of, but bless the rest who are willing to lend them a hand.

Like this one found clinging to a branch outside a supermarket in the Queensland, Australia town of Halifax on Sunday, as floodwaters raged on below.

Video of the stranded arachnid was uploaded to Facebook by Andrea Gofton, where of course someone had to put their hand next to it to prove how big it is.

Later, another video shows a man taking the entire branch and placing it onto dry land, where it could scurry away. Read more…

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Landmarks around the world light up for International Women’s Day

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Cities worldwide have outfitted their buildings with magenta lights to commemorate women on International Women’s Day. 

Here are some of the globe’s most iconic landmarks, honoring women with bright lights and projected messages.

Spain

Madrid’s Neptune fountain turns pink for International Women’s Day #8deMarzoHuelgaFeminista pic.twitter.com/YM2cZOMTno

— Sara Houlison (@SaraHoulison) March 8, 2018

Spain saw one of its biggest public demonstrations in history as an estimated 5 million people striked across the country, according to The Guardian. The millions of women workers protested machismo culture and workplace harassment. Madrid’s Neptune Fountain was lit up in magenta in honor of the strike.  Read more…

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The only ‘Mulan’ remake you need to see is right here

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Remakes of Disney classics are a tricky thing to do successfully, but in 38 seconds, this group of brilliant young minds put every attempt to shame in a hilarious rendition of “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from the 1998 film Mulan

Twitter user @senseileskee and a group of friends banded together to create the now-viral clip of the song for a school project, performing a routine that is almost identical to the one from the animated film. 

three days, five broken sticks, a shoe and volleyball stuck in a tree, and 2883827274832 hours of bloopers ALL for a 38 second video 🤦🏾‍♂️😂 — Micronesian Mulan 👌🏿💛 pic.twitter.com/bglMtKENXD

— skee 🍇 (@senseileskee) March 3, 2018 Read more…

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Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ is now a meme, soundtracking your minor, but good deeds

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OK, so it’s very likely you won’t be able to give away close to a million dollars as Drake does in his video for “God’s Plan.”

Not that it should stop you from trying to replicate the feeling he gets, kinda.

People on Twitter are parodying Drake’s charitable efforts in his music video with their own good, albeit very minor good deeds. 

Then “God’s Plan” starts playing, of course, in the background.

Me: *Holds door open*

Friend: Thanks—

*God’s plan starts playing* pic.twitter.com/VwPtBqoZdJ

— 🤞🏼🤞🏼🏁👁‍🗨 (@notklyde) February 26, 2018 Read more…

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Apparently impressed by their appetite for mornings, company offers thieves a ‘job’

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Theft is never fun, but thankfully some people see some humour in it.

A New Zealand business called Smith Crane & Construction put up a Facebook post on Tuesday to find the people who stole their tools on Saturday morning — so they can offer them a job.

“We thought you might like to come and work for us? Maybe make an honest living instead of thieving off us?” reads the post.

It appears the owners are more impressed at the thieves’ ability to get out of bed on time, have a working knowledge of power tools, and have a truck to drive around, than annoyed by the theft. Read more…

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Adorable exchange between Ryan Reynolds and Tessa Virtue reignites Moir shippers

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Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, the gold-winning figure skaters from Canada, are the Ross and Rachel of this year’s Winter Olympics. 

Although Moir addressed romance rumors as “none of your business” — complete with sassy snaps — their fans are still convinced that his partnership with Virtue is more than just a professional relationship. 

This is how Scott Moir helps Tessa Virtue off the podium. What a prince#VirtueMoir #XX pic.twitter.com/119kirHmsU

— Maddie (@mQharper) February 20, 2018

Fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds is one of those fans. On Monday he tweeted his support for the Team Canada, and implied that the figure skating duo was a couple: “And thank you @tessavirtue & @ScottMoir for agreeing to raise my children as your own.”  Read more…

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Thousands of people are apparently gathering to say ‘wow’ like Owen Wilson

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First, people gathered in public places to scream like Goku. 

Now, they’re turning it down a notch, instead meeting up to quietly say “wow” like Owen Wilson.

Thousands of people have clicked “attending” for an event planned for Monday, Feb. 26 in Melbourne’s Federation Square — 3,800, in fact. The event will apparently see a group of people show up, quietly say “wow” and leave.

“Let’s put some positivity out there into the world! Let’s marvel at the beauty and Wonder of this incredible planet we live on, and let’s WOW like Owen Wilson!” reads the event description. Read more…

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What would parents do to their kids if they ridiculed a senator? Give them ice cream, apparently

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Wednesday’s CNN town hall on gun violence was always going to be a heated affair.

But the forum also presented numerous opportunities for the students, teachers and parents of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to confront decision makers about inaction on guns.

Namely Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who was asked by shooting survivor Cameron Kasky if he would reject contributions from the National Rifle Association, in a nod to the lobby group’s political influence.

Cameron Kasky, who survived the school shooting: “Sen. Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?”
Rubio: “People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment” #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/ucmVB74g1C

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 22, 2018 Read more…

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Fergie performed a jazzy rendition of the national anthem. It did not go well.

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Alright, where do you even start with a performance like this.

Pop star and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie opened the NBA All-Star game with her rendition of the national anthem, and by goodness, it was an interesting rendition to say the least.

While other singers may have opted for a straight-up, no fuss performance; Fergie gave the anthem a jazzy twist, which is incredible in both its braveness and repugnance for the ear. 

There’s no saving jazz this time, folks.

Throughout the performance, Fergie wildly shifts between different keys for some reason.  Read more…

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Watch Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright freestyle a ‘Black Panther’ inspired rap

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The best freestyle rapper in Wakanda is clearly Letitia Wright.

Celebrating the release of the already-smash-hit Marvel superhero movie Black Panther, co-stars  Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright decided to share a few impromptu bars. 

The Black Panther lives… and so does Troublemaker! Introducing MC Underbite (@LetitiaWright), best freestyler in Wakanda. All cred to my girl @RobynHoodmusic for the original inspiration and my bars
Happy #BlackPantherDay! #BlackPanther 🎵🎶 @travbryanmusic pic.twitter.com/pIwO9DNBfP

— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 16, 2018 Read more…

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Colorado Girl Scouts can sell their cookies in front of marijuana dispensaries now

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There’s good news for Colorado residents prone to munchies: as of Friday, you only need to make one stop to get both Girl Scout Cookies and weed. 

Girl Scouts of Colorado updated its cookie sales policy to allow Girl Scouts to sell their boxes outside of cannabis dispensaries. 

This is a change of heart for the organization, which previously banned setting up cookie booths in front of dispensaries. In a deleted tweet from 2014, its Colorado council stated, “If you are wondering, we don’t allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars.”  Read more…

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New Zealand’s prime minister looks like the lead of a crime show in her Vogue shoot

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It’s somewhat rare for New Zealand politicians to attract global attention, but Jacinda Ardern’s star continues to rise.

The current New Zealand Prime Minister is featured in the March issue of Vogue, where she’s been labelled the “anti-Trump,” admired for the way she speaks about poverty and homelessness with a “blend of Bernie Sanders’s bluntness and Elizabeth Warren’s fearlessness.”

But of course, being Vogue, there was plenty of attention dedicated to Ardern’s photoshoot. Clarke Gayford, Ardern’s partner, made the photo his wallpaper.

….well thats the desktop sortedpic.twitter.com/9YlqkiwPEZ

— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) February 15, 2018 Read more…

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