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Lindsey Graham said in 2016 to use his words against him. Twitter followed through.

Lindsey Graham said in 2016 to use his words against him. Twitter followed through.

Senator Lindsey Graham’s own words are being used against him, thanks to old videos recirculating on Twitter. 

Graham is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the cohort of senators who review judicial nominations. In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, he’s facing pressure to reject any nominee chosen by Donald Trump to take Justice Ginsburg’s seat. Ginsburg was a progressive on a largely conservative court, and any nominee Trump puts forward is sure to be conservative as well. 

In years past, Graham has repeatedly insisted that Supreme Court vacancies should remain vacant during election years so the next president has a chance to fill them. When President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat in 2016, Graham led the opposition against the nomination.  Read more…

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Hilarious video shows reporter getting surprised by a sprinkler

Hilarious video shows reporter getting surprised by a sprinkler

Sometimes you just need to sit back, relax, and watch a hilarious news blooper.

If you’re searching for the perfect clip to laugh at on a loop, we’ve got you covered. This 11-second video of Global News New Brunswick’s Shelley Steeves reporting on crops thriving in fields with proper irrigation is just what you need.

The clip shows Steeves reporting from a field, blissfully unaware that the sprinkler system behind her oscillates. It wasn’t long before she realized, though, because she was quickly treated to an unexpected shower.

Global News shared a video of the hilarious moment on Facebook alongside the caption, “A reminder from Global News New Brunswick’s Shelley Steeves that reporters should always be aware of their surroundings.” Read more…

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Helena Bonham Carter’s relatable quarantine video is pure chaos energy

Helena Bonham Carter's relatable quarantine video is pure chaos energy

Celebrity quarantine videos have ranged from the fantastic to the pandering. But Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Neill’s Das Fone Hell (a “Cinema Quarantino Production”) is by far the most relatable.

Neill shared the short film (which we can imagine making the rounds at the next Sundance) with his Twitter followers on Saturday, detailing its vast budget and sprawling production across two continents. What resulted from their efforts is two minutes of pure quarantine madness with an evocative meditation on the ills of digital life.

HELENA BONHAM CARTER stars in this groundbreaking Cinema Quarantino Production DAS FONE HELL. At vast expense, filmed on two continents over what (seemed like) five years , this profound and heartbreakingly candid insight into Modern Life will shake you to the core (Pilates 101) pic.twitter.com/aVXCfvAyfd

— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) May 23, 2020 Read more…

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Wait, Burning Man is going online-only? What does that even look like?

Wait, Burning Man is going online-only? What does that even look like?

You could have been forgiven for missing the announcement that actual physical Burning Man has been canceled for this year, if not next. Firstly, the nonprofit Burning Man organization, known affectionately to insiders as the Borg, posted it after 5 p.m. PT Friday. That, even in the COVID-19 era, is the traditional time to push out news when you don’t want much media attention. 

But secondly, you may have missed its cancellation because the Borg is being careful not to use the C-word. The announcement was neutrally titled “The Burning Man Multiverse in 2020.” Even as it offers refunds to early ticket buyers, considers layoffs and other belt-tightening measures, and can’t even commit to a physical event in 2021, the Borg is making lemonade by focusing on an online-only version of Black Rock City this coming August.    Read more…

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How Easter and Passover are going digital during the coronavirus outbreak

How Easter and Passover are going digital during the coronavirus outbreak

While many are modifying their family rituals for the springtime holidays Easter and Passover as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, it’s even more imperative this year that big religious institutions overhaul tradition.

From communal Jewish Passover seders (that’s the ceremonial meal to kick off the eight-day holiday) to Good Friday mass to Easter Sunday activities, coronavirus fears and social distancing requirements mean any large celebration better happen online

Churches, synagogues, and religious groups are getting creative. Especially since the pressure to maintain social distance is on, most notably after coronavirus infections were traced back to religious gatherings in South Korea and in Sacramento County in CaliforniaRead more…

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Shocking unemployment graph and GameCube’s intro music fit together perfectly

Shocking unemployment graph and GameCube's intro music fit together perfectly

A graph tracking unemployment in the United States somehow works with the iconic GameCube intro music. And seems to highlight our current state of dread with a surreal flair.

Last week, 6.6 million Americans, a 3000 percent increase, filed for unemployment as the coronavirus pandemic continued to devastate the economy. On Thursday, evolutionary anthropologist Dorsa Amir tweeted an animated graph that shows the massive jump alongside data from 1965 to earlier in the year. She also posted it on a data appreciation subreddit

“We’re dealing with truly staggering numbers here,” Amir tweeted, emphasizing the jaw-dropping increase in unemployment so far.  Read more…

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If you’re going to fake paying attention with Zoom backgrounds, make it a looping video

If you're going to fake paying attention with Zoom backgrounds, make it a looping video

As the coronavirus pandemic forces many of us with desk jobs to work from home, some people are getting creative with conference calls.

Zoom has become the go-to video platform for remote calls, online classes, and social distancing parties. Creative users figured out how to spice up their calls by changing their backgrounds. Rather than calling in from the same boring old bedroom, they can instead appear to call in from a tropical beach or the peak of a mountain. 

Others took it a step further, customizing their backgrounds with a photo of themselves so they seem like they’re present in a call while they’re really taking a midday nap.  Read more…

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Oh my god, just wash your hands

Oh my god, just wash your hands

Please wash your damn hands. 

It’s 2020 and yes, full grown adults still need to hear it. 

Health officials in Washington confirmed the first death from the new coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, on Saturday. The virus is highly contagious, and as of Saturday, has infected 85,641 people worldwide and is responsible for 2,933 deaths. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

As panic around the virus rises, preventative supplies like face masks and hand sanitizer are becoming increasingly difficult to buy. They’re out of stock in most drugstores and big box stores like Walmart and Target. On Amazon, brands like Purell and Germ-X are only available through third party sellers at high mark-upsFrustrated shoppers on social media warned others of the hand sanitizer shortage, crowdsourcing lists of stores that still had an inventory.  Read more…

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Please watch this dog gaze at its forbidden lover, a blueberry

Please watch this dog gaze at its forbidden lover, a blueberry

Not all fruits are safe for dogs, but blueberries are perfectly fine. In fact, they’re a healthy, antioxidant-rich treat. 

Unfortunately, this particular blueberry is on a glass table, and this dog is under it. She doesn’t seem to have quite grasped the concept of “glass,” though, and keeps swiping at the berry as if to scoop it out of the air.

It’s a tragedy, ultimately, but it’s still really cute. Read more…

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Co-Star accuses Google of ‘anti-astrology prejudice’ after Play Store pulls horoscope app

Co-Star accuses Google of 'anti-astrology prejudice' after Play Store pulls horoscope app

Co-Star, the “hyper-personalized” AI astrology app notorious (and beloved) for its ego-bruising push notifications, has gone supernova on Google over its sudden removal from the Play Store.

Just two weeks after the app became available to Android users, it reportedly disappeared from the Play Store on Wednesday evening. A few hours later, the app’s official Instagram account posted a furious note on Stories (and reposted on Twitter) in its trademark monochrome, with the header “Don’t Be Evil: Google hates astrology”.

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— Co – Star (@costarastrology) February 6, 2020 Read more…

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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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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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Why use words when you can just DM friends colorful rectangles?

Why use words when you can just DM friends colorful rectangles?

Words, man. Amirite? They’re so limiting — with their defined meanings and their need for correct spelling. And don’t even get me started on grammar.

If you, too, are sick of words, ooh buddy do we have an app for you. Meet Color Chat: an app which lets you DM with your friends by sending colored rectangles of various sizes and hues back and forth. 

It might not be super efficient at getting a message across, but it’s perhaps more fun — and definitely prettier — than just shooting the regular shit.

The future of social is:
– the color chat app where you can chat with colored rectangles only. no text no emoji no video. just colored rectangles pic.twitter.com/KSzyZaOEzd

— freia lobo (@freialobo) December 13, 2019 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

Image: screenshot via instagram

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme about women and it backfired spectacularly

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Donald Trump Jr. might want to hold off sharing Twitter memes for a bit while he recovers from the internet dragging him.

Following the State of the Union, the president’s son decided to tweet a meme about the Democratic women of Congress on Wednesday, who wore suffragette white to the address to make a powerful visual statement.

Trump Jr. tweeted the meme — a photo of the women with the words “NOT ONE AMERICAN FLAG AMONG THEM” across it — to his 3.3 million followers on Wednesday, adding, “Speaks for itself and no one is at all surprised.”

Speaks for itself and no one is at all surprisedpic.twitter.com/kLoJzMmY10

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2019 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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