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Donald Trump suggests he may pardon Jack Johnson because — c’mon, you know why

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While past presidents were mourning former First Lady Barbara Bush at her funeral in Houston today, President Trump was on his phone in Mar-a-Lago, having his usual Twitter meltdown.

In between excoriating James Comey and tossing around conspiracy theories about Mr. Peepers, President Trump decided to suddenly announce he was considering a pardon for Jack Johnson, the history-making boxer.

Trump, as you might imagine, appears to have taken a particular interest in pardons as of late.

Some background on the controversy: Jack Johnson was the first black man to ever hold the title of world heavyweight champion. By 1912, he hadn’t lost a match in four years. Other white boxers refused to fight him. When one, Canadian Tommy Burns, did, Johnson destroyed him soundly.  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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YouTube star Logan Paul apologises for video depicting an apparent victim of suicide

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YouTube star Logan Paul has issued an apology for posting a video containing footage of an apparent victim of suicide, but it might not be enough for some.

In the now-removed video, the 22-year-old vlogger visited Japan’s Aokigahara forest on the northwestern flank of Mount Fuji. The forest’s name translates to the “Sea of Trees” but is known internationally as the “Suicide Forest,” the site of hundreds of suicides every year.

According to New York Magazine, Paul posted a video to his 15 million YouTube subscribers with the title “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” that was meant to be the third part of his “Tokyo Adventures,” series. The publisher reports that the video contained footage of a person who had apparently died by suicide, with their face blurred. Read more…

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Dark vs. Light: ‘Star Wars’ fans storm social media with dueling ‘Last Jedi’ opinions

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Spoiler alert! This post contains big spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, get out of here now if you don’t want to know what happens.

The critical response to The Last Jedi has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews lauding the film for — among other things — deviating from the Star Wars norm.

Audiences online, though, haven’t been quite so enamored of the movieAs Mashable reported earlier this week, the gap between Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics vs. those from moviegoers was, at one point, a whopping 37 percent.

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Trump’s ‘Time’ tweet got better with every internet spoof

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It’s Thanksgiving week, and you know what that means: Time for Donald Trump’s annual tiff with Time magazine and it’s “Person of the Year” issue. 

Trump won the honor last year, which should have silenced his irritation forthwith. But because he’s Donald Trump, he will not be satisfied unless he is the center of all attention always. 

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017 Read more…

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7-year-old with 3D-printed hand could soon throw first pitch at every MLB stadium

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Turns out, Twitter can be used for the powers of good.

That’s sure the case with Hailey Dawson, a 7-year-old with a penchant for tossing fastballs. She was born with a disease called Poland Syndrome, according to reports, and is missing three fingers on her right hand. But thanks to a specially designed, 3D-printed hand controlled by fishing line, she’s never let that get in the way of her love for baseball.

In fact, after using teaching herself how to hold and throw a baseball, she wants to use her 3D-printed hand to throw the first pitch at every single stadium in the National Baseball League.  Read more…

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Take cover, Australia. It's time to prepare for ungodly magpie swooping season.

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There are few sounds more pants-wettingly nightmarish to an Australian in spring than the ungodly whoosh of a pair of incoming wings. 

It’s the first day of the blooming season for Australia, and with spring comes angry, angry winged new dads who’ll rather accurately swoop at the most tender part of the back of your head.

Magpies can be a particularly aggressive demon bird in Australia from late August to late October — a significantly lengthy time to wear a helmet at all times but so be it. While apparently only 10 percent of magpies actually attack during this time, these can be bloody brutal. Read more…

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Sweet mama rat leading her owner to her new baby is not what it seems

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While this video of a rat introducing her owner to her newborn baby rat looks sweet, there’s more to it than it seems.

In the clip above, a mother rat takes her owner’s hand in her little mouth and guides her to her new baby. The owner holds the rat in her hand as the mama rat hovers over it, almost like she’s saying, “Look what I made!”

While it might appear as though the mother rat is showing off her young, her behavior is more likely fueled by pragmatism, according to Animal Behaviorist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton Dr. Anne McBride. Read more…

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Miss C, believed to be one of the world's oldest sloths, dies at Australian zoo

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For a sloth, Miss C lived a longer life than most.

The Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth was euthanised at Australia’s Adelaide Zoo on Friday, following ongoing age-related health issues that were affecting her quality of life. At 43 years old, Miss C lived more than double her life expectancy.

“The average life expectancy of a sloth in the wild is about 10-12 years old, so Miss C truly was a phenomenal creature and believed to be the oldest of her kind in the world,” Adelaide Zoo’s Curator of Conservation and Native Fauna, Dr. Phil Ainsley, said in a statement via email.  Read more…

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Hey tech bros, we don't want your gimmicky dating apps

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Dating apps are totally out of control. And, we only have tech bros to blame. As an online dater, I’ve had enough of the never-ending barrage of new, gimmicky dating apps from the tech world. For the love of all that is swipe-able, please make it stop. 

Currently, not a single week goes by without the launch of a supposedly quirky dating app claiming to offer something revolutionary and never-before-achieved by the world of online daters. 

In the past few months alone, we’ve seen the release of a “slow” dating app which makes you seduce matches through the art of conversation before you get to see their profile pic.  Read more…

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Dad pranks his son at school in the most embarrassing way possible

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Some parents are embarrassing. Then there’s Justin Beadles.

Justin’s 15-year-old son, Jack, had his last day of junior high recently, so to make it very memorable, Justin decided to pull a super embarrassing prank on his kid.

Dressed in a Speedo, a swimming cap, and medals hanging around his neck, Justin ran barefoot towards his son who was hanging outside of his school, screaming Jack’s name. Yep, his dad decided to dress up as swimmer Michael Phelps while his mother filmed it. 

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James Corden delivers an emotional tribute to the people of Manchester

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James Corden was in the midst of taping The Late Late Show when he received news of the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

So the television host recorded an extra segment to pay tribute to the victims and those affected by the disaster, even though details of the attack were still scant at the time.

“It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen. But especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight,” said Cordon, who was visibly emotional as he shared his love for the city of Manchester, and its inimitable spirit. Read more…

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Boy tries to ransom his dad for more pocket money with WannaCry prank

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It’s not every day that you’ll find a ransomware notice tacked to your door.

WannaCry — the ransomware attack that shut down global systems over last weekend — seems to have inspired a boy in Changzhou, a city in Jiangsu, east China, to hold his family’s electricity supply to ransom.

The boy’s father — surnamed Gao — reported the “hack” to the local power company on Tuesday (May 16), claiming that his smart meters had come under attack by WannaCry ransomware, reported The Paper

He had came home to a ransom notice similar to what users in over 150 countries reported last week — just that this time, it was printed on a piece of paper:  Read more…

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Artist's amazingly intricate cardboard creations will definitely make you smile

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These figurines are a far cry from your usual cardboard cut-outs. 

Monami Ohno, a Japanese artist, transforms plain brown cardboard into incredible objects. 

From Star Wars to Super Mario, there’s nothing she hasn’t done. 

5月4日は世界中でスターウォーズの日! Day of STAR WARS!4.5.2016 #StarWars #cardboard

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A 'Gilmore Girls' lego set might be coming and my wallet is so ready

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Oy with the completely perfect Lego sets already!

The company that enhanced everyone’s childhood could be creating a product that will make Gilmore Girls fans of all ages weep with joy: a Luke’s Diner Lego set.

*passes out*

Now hold up — before you get too excited and down five cups of coffee in celebration, as of right now the Gilmore Girls set is just an idea. The company allows adorkable fans to submit original ideas for new Lego sets and one glorious human, Rainer Zufall, is to thank for blessing the world with this vision of Lego Lorelai. Read more…

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This guy makes amazing coffee art that is seriously next level

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How could you bear to take a sip from this cup of coffee?

26-year-old Lee Kang Bin makes the most amazing coffee art designs — from Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to Pokemon, there’s nothing he hasn’t done.

Lee, who is the owner of Cafe C.Through in South Korea, says he has never formally learnt how to draw.

It was during his ten years at the job that he started creating what he calls “cream art.”

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Marry your love of instant noodles and fried chicken with this incredible burger

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Instant noodles, ramen, whatever you call ’em — it’s always been there for us in our hour of laziness or when we’re short on cash.

But what if you could use it as a coating for fried chicken? Thanks to the brainiacs at Guilty, a restaurant in Sydney, Australia, you can live that flavour-heavy fantasy.

Think fried chicken sandwich, where the chicken has been coated with Mi Goreng noodles and deep-fried, topped with kecap manis (an Indonesian sweet soy sauce) mayo, pickled carrot and wombok, fried shallots and chilli sauce. 

My…my god. It’s beautifil.

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German insurance ad slammed for its 'cheap ripoff' of a Maori haka

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Unfortunate that it has to be said in 2017, but please don’t appropriate other peoples’ culture.

A German insurance company, ARAG, is facing online backlash for a TV spot that features a dance imitating a traditional Maōri haka, a culturally important dance performed on significant occasions and imbued with reverence. 

The ad features actors performing the haka, or at least a dance inspired by it, in the middle of a street, chanting in German.

ARAG said in a Facebook comment that the haka is “ideally suited to bring our messages across,” due to its “rhythm, impressive gestures and facial expressions and determination.”  Read more…

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Guinea pig police mascot is here to melt hearts and teach you about road safety

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You’re already used to the fuzz telling you about road safety, but what about a ball of fuzz?

We’re certainly a fan of what appears to be New Zealand Police’s newest mascot, a guinea pig named Constable Elliot, who is also dressed as a cop.

Just look at it.

Constable Elliot turns out to be not a well-seasoned member of the force, but rather a family pet of one of the members of New Zealand Police’s media team.

“According to his human ‘mum’ he’s pampered, and loves going on trips to explore new food supplies, which is what he was doing yesterday,” according to a comment by NZ Police on its Facebook page. Read more…

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You would eat this pizza and you know it

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We’ve all had days like this. 

I mean, I can’t say with 100 percent certainty that this hasn’t happened to me. 

Big night (it’s 8am) pic.twitter.com/Bz3wxVSu0p

— James Longman (@JamesAALongman) April 29, 2017

The tweet is from BBC reporter James Longman, who witnessed this tragic tableau on the train at 8 a.m. As some people noted, this would look absolutely beautiful hanging in a museum somewhere.

I would love nothing more than to see a 16th c. Dutch Masters-style oil painting of this: https://t.co/Ej5RCxW53l

— John Howell Harris (@jhowellharris) April 29, 2017 Read more…

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Russian flags rained down in a confetti-style protest during Trump's rally

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Trolling is mostly dumb, but sometimes it’s an art. 

President Donald Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday and, as he was speaking, someone tossed a bunch of tiny Russian flags, confetti-style, in front of the cameras streaming his speech to news networks. 

As far as protests go, it certainly earns points for creativity. 

The Trump campaign and administration officials have had a lot of unexplained contact with Russian officials, much of which is currently under investigation. A former campaign manager allegedly laundered money for a Ukrainian political party with ties to the Russian government. The FBI got a surveillance court order in the summer of 2016 to watch a Trump adviser because of an investigation into links between the Kremlin and the current president’s campaign. And if you’re looking for more…oddities…they’re not hard to find. Read more…

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This dad makes the most amazing Disney princess costumes for his daughter

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This is one dad that’s definitely making his daughter’s fairytale dreams come true.

Nephi Garcia, a father of three, is snipping and sewing his way to Instagram stardom, with incredible Disney costumes he makes for his kids.

From Belle to Snow White, he’s pretty much got them all covered.

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His dresses don’t just look incredible, they actually transform. Check out his version of Belle’s village outfit, that with a rip, turns into the iconic yellow gown that she wears to dance with Beast. Read more…

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Judge praises drug dealer's business model, although obviously quite illegal

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We often like to cast criminals as dumb, but one illegal operation has really impressed a judge.

20-year-old Brodie Gary Satterley from Maroochydore, Australia, was sentenced to three years’ jail with immediate parole, and was also praised for his business skills in court, according to Sunshine Coast Daily

Brisbane Supreme Court heard Satterley — who was 18 when he engaged in low-level drug dealing — charged interest on debts, gave price guides on product, discounts, and refunds when there were complaints.  Read more…

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Judge praises drug dealer's business model, although obviously quite illegal

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We often like to cast criminals as dumb, but one illegal operation has really impressed a judge.

20-year-old Brodie Gary Satterley from Maroochydore, Australia, was sentenced to three years’ jail with immediate parole, and was also praised for his business skills in court, according to Sunshine Coast Daily

Brisbane Supreme Court heard Satterley — who was 18 when he engaged in low-level drug dealing — charged interest on debts, gave price guides on product, discounts, and refunds when there were complaints.  Read more…

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Pope Francis just gave this TED talk and what are you doing with your life

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We already knew that Pope Francis was a great communicator, but this is something new. 

The pontiff made a surprise recorded appearance at a TED talk conference calling on the world’s powerful leaders to “act humbly” and urging solidarity to overcome a “culture of waste” that has left people behind. 

“The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly,” Francis, seated at a desk in Vatican City, said.

“You will end up hurting yourself and those around you, if you don’t connect your power with humility and tenderness.” Read more…

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Jeff Goldblum's handing out free sausages in a 'Chef Goldblum's' truck

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After news spread he’ll be in the Jurassic World sequel (yay!), Jeff Goldblum hit the streets of Sydney, Australia to celebrate…well we assume so, anyway. 

He was found casually handing out free sausages to people from a food truck on Wednesday afternoon, which just so happens to be called “Chef Goldblum’s.”

No, we’re not making this up.

And unsurprisingly, there were plenty of people who wanted to catch a glimpse of Dr Ian Malcolm/Mr. Goldblum, as his truck made its way from Wynyard Station to Circular Quay. Read more…

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Man returns home to overjoyed mom after biking around the world for 7 years

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Englishman Leigh Timmis set off on a wild adventure seven years ago.

And by wild we mean he was determined to ride his bike for two years around the world. That ambitious timeline quickly fell to the wayside as he realized how daunting the challenge would be to actually traverse the globe.

Timmis’ journey came to an emotional end Saturday when he arrived home in Derby, England, hopped off his bike, and jumped into a sweet embrace with his mom, who he hadn’t seen since 2014. 

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Trump tried to share a proverb for St. Patrick's Day and it didn't go very well

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After an Ireland-centric day including meetings with its Prime Minster Enda Kenny, Donald Trump attempted to bestow some wisdom by sharing his favorite proverb of “many years.” 

Only, as Twitter users quickly pointed out, it wasn’t a proverb. And it wasn’t Irish. 

“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb—and this is a good one, this is one I like. I’ve heard it for many many years and I love it,” Trump said.

“Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you,” he said. “A lot of us know that, we know it well,” he added. “It’s a great phrase.” Read more…

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