Much like everything Erlich Bachman has ever attempted, T.J. Miller's Silicon Valley exit was kind of ridiculous.
In the Season 4 finale, after venturing to Tibet to catch up with former Hooli CEO Gavin Belson for a fresh start, Erlich wasted no time going back to his old habits — literally — and getting cozy with an opium pipe.
As Gavin left to rescue Jack Barker from a hostage situation in a Chinese factory to try and curry the favor of the Hooli board, he encouraged Erlich to come with him, but the curly-haired miscreant was too high to pay any attention to him. Instead of dragging him along while stoned, Gavin paid the owner of the drug den enough cash to allow Erlich to stay there for five years, and left him giggling up at the ceiling in a fugue state. Read more...More about Silicon Valley, Mike Judge, T.J. Miller, Erlich Bachman, and Entertainment
The BET Awards featured a surprise guest on Sunday: Michelle Obama. And she taped a special message for none other than Chance the Rapper.
The occasion for the visit from the former first lady was Chance's acceptance of the BET Humanitarian Award.
Michelle and Barack Obama both called Chicago home before moving to the White House, which explains why Michelle was able to reveal to the audience that her family knew the Chicago rapper since he was "a wee little baby rapper."Michelle Obama, Chance The Rapper, Bet Awards, Entertainment, and Celebrities
No series blends style, action, and humor quite like Preacher, which is perhaps the purest embodiment of a comic book we've ever had on the small screen.
Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, along with showrunner Sam Catlin, have distilled everything that made Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's graphic novels so iconic into a shot of live-action adrenaline, and while Season 1 had its speed bumps, taking the show on the road in Season 2 has kicked Preacher into high gear right out of the gate.Amc, Seth Rogen, Preacher, Evan Goldberg, and Dominic Cooper
An AirAsia X flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back on Sunday, after a mid-air technical issue left the plane's cabin shaking like a "washing machine."
Flight D7237 with 359 passengers onboard left Perth at 6:50 a.m. local time, then returned to Perth by 10 a.m., after what reportedly seemed to be a problem with an engine.
"I heard a loud explosion I think on the left-side engine," passenger Tzeyau Chung told ABC News.
"After the explosion it started to shake, it started to bounce, but overall the captain did a very good job. Of course we were a bit worried but at the end of the day ... we safely landed. I think that is the most important thing." Read more...More about Australia, Transportation, Airlines, Plane, and Perth
Facebook certainly didn't forget about Harry Potter's 20th anniversary.
The social media giant quietly rolled out an easter egg in time for Jun. 26, the day J.K. Rowling first published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997 (which Americans will of course know as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).
If you post or comment the name of any of the houses in Harry Potter on Facebook — that's Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, or Ravenclaw — the name will be displayed in the color of the house, and out pops some magic. You can also click on the word to make the wand appear again. Read more...More about Facebook, Culture, Harry Potter, Easter Egg, and Culture
While you were out enjoying the sun and sights here on Earth, SpaceX was busy making history, again.
On Sunday, SpaceX pulled off its 13th flawless rocket landing, delicately putting the Falcon 9 on the seaborne drone ship called "Just Read the Instructions."
And while SpaceX founder Elon Musk knows that every space nerd on the planet was watching in real time, he's also aware of the power of social media. To that end, Musk posted a high-speed version of the space-to-Earth landing on Instagram.
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Here's a weird thing: After a beloved penis-shaped rock formation in Norway was left damaged by vandals this weekend, Norwegians donated their hard-earned cash in hopes of getting it back up.
Per the Associated Press, the Trollpikken rock formation showed signs of vandalism, including drilling holes. Runners spotted the damage on Saturday morning.
Trollpikken in its glory days.
Image: Ingve Aalbu/EPA/REX/Shutterstock
Unwilling to stand for this environmental injustice, more than 500 Norwegians emptied their pockets to raise money for Trollpikken's speedy restoration. By Sunday, donations totaled almost 90,000 Norwegian krone, or about $10,650 U.S. dollars. Read more...More about Watercooler, Culture, and Other
Travel should be fun, not a hellish slog through dystopian security checkpoints and zombie-service employees with penal institution levels of charm.
That's why Kayak's decision to add a bit of whimsy into the travel process by adding an emoji search function is more than welcome.
If you're not emoji fluent, this is the perfect excuse to step up your emoji game and learn about some of the more obscure symbols hiding in your texting arsenal.
The function doesn’t work for all cities yet, but the first cities included are New York (🗽), Tokyo (🍣 sushi!), Chicago (🐇 O’Hare Airport), Dublin, Ireland (☘️ ), Las Vegas (slots! 🎰 ), Easter Island (🗿 ), Amsterdam (🚨 red light, get it?), Los Angeles, San Francisco (📱 yep, that's a smartphone), and Toronto (🍁 ). Read more...More about Travel, Emoji, Kayak, Business, and Innovations
Outside an Iron Maiden concert at Dallas' American Airlines Center, a local musician attracted a rapt audience for his delightful, high-energy saxophone cover of "The Trooper."
Naturally, this impromptu performance ended with hugs and high-fives all around. Steve Harris, take this dude on tour with you. Read more...More about Watercooler, Music, Culture, and Web Culture
Lucky number 13.
SpaceX just performed its 13th rocket landing back on Earth after launching 10 communications satellites on their way to orbit on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The Falcon 9 rocket booster — equipped with brand new titanium fins for landing — touched down on a drone ship in the Pacific, making it the eighth such successful ship landing in the company's history, with the other 5 landings occurring back on a pad on solid ground in Florida.
This also marks the Elon Musk-founded company's second rocket launch and landing in 48 hours, and ninth launch this year. SpaceX also brought back a Falcon 9 booster to a drone ship in the Atlantic on Friday afternoon. Read more...More about Space, Nasa, Science, Elon Musk, and Rockets
On June 28, 1970, more than 2,000 people marched in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, marking the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and, subsequently, the first LGBT Pride March in U.S. history.
In the 47 years since, June has marked a month of celebration and activism for the LGBTQ community. In cities around the globe, millions have marched for LGBTQ rights. This June is no exception. Members of the LGBTQ community have marched with their families and chosen families in cities from New York to Rome to Kiev. Read more...More about Watercooler, Social Good, Culture, and Comic Culture
Is there any theme park horror story scarier than the one where someone falls out of a high-flying ride?
That's exactly what happened at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, NY on Saturday — though the incident thankfully had a happy ending. As an unidentified teenage parkgoer dangled 25 feet above the ground, a crowd gathered below to catch her — which they did — once she fell.
A tense video captured and shared on Facebook by Loren Lent, who witnessed the fall, shows us what happened.
In his Facebook post, Mr. Lent thanks the Good Samaritan attendees who acted quickly to save the day. He also expresses his surprise that Six Flags seemingly has no rapid response plan for dealing with situations like this. Read more...More about Watercooler, Theme Park, Six Flags, Six Flags Great Escape, and Culture
If your name is too long, too short, hyphenated, or contains an apostrophe — you probably have trouble while flying.
Apostrophes, hyphens, and other special characters in names have been an issue for flyers for many years. A blog post from 2007 describes a flyer having trouble with booking a ticket because of a hyphenated last name. A decade later, another flyer, John Scott-Railton wrote a blog post about the same issue. Both airlines and technology have evolved plenty in that span and yet flying with a hyphenated name is as bad as ever.Travel, Airlines, United, Flights, and Tickets
Though everyone loves a clever Pixar theory, one of the production company's most prominent writers and directors is setting the story straight on a viral interview that claims to explain a major Toy Story mystery.
A wildly depressing story about Andy's father circulated the internet on Saturday, stemming from a single interview in which a friend of a late Pixar writer shared what he says is the truth about this mysterious plot point.
Though Andy's father's absence from the films has long been the subject of fan speculation, this interview claims to offer the true story, recounted by the friend of someone who worked on the film. Read more...More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Culture, and Web Culture
French president Emmanuel Macron enlisted a high-profile Donald Trump antagonist in his ongoing quest to #MakeThePlanetGreatAgain.
Terminator star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met with the French president on June 23 to chat about global warming and the fate of the Paris Climate Agreement.
To celebrate this meeting of the minds, the two posed for a video selfie and threw some not so subtle shade toward the White House. On June 1, President Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from this landmark climate treaty, drawing the ire of the global community. Read more...More about Science, Global Warming, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, and Paris Climate Agreement
It's a lesson every journalist learns in school: sometimes, you've got to kill your babies.
Girlboss is the latest Netflix series to receive the kiss of death, in the form of a cancellation notice. After just one season the series joins a small-yet-growing group of streaming experiments that didn't quite land for one reason or another.
Confirmation of the cancellation came via Variety, with Sophia Amoruso — the American entrepreneur whose life story served as the series foundation — also addressing the news on Saturday in an Instagram Story. Read more...More about Entertainment, Tv, Netflix, Girlboss, and Entertainment
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book June 26th, Mashable is reminiscing about the series. Enjoy.
If you grew up with Harry Potter, there are certain things you know about yourself — like that you never got over not receiving a Hogwarts letter, that midnight book releases are the most lit parties of all, or that one should exercise caution when dating a Slytherin.
And of course, like so much fiction, Harry Potter probably ruined dating for many of us. At a surface level, I can never be with anyone who doesn't like it (don't @ me), but if I'm being honest, it goes deeper than that. Without further ado, Mashable presents: The top 10 ultra-specific, most dateable Harry Potter characters — complete with the book in which they are at their most desirable. Read more...More about Entertainment, Lists, List, Books, and Harry Potter
Flame resistant suit with hood and bulletproof vest.
Image: Herbert Gehr/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images
In World War II, women in Allied countries served their nations in numerous roles, both on the homefront and in the theatres of war.
The American Women’s Voluntary Services trained hundreds of thousands of volunteers to provide services in support of the war effort, from aircraft spotting to firefighting to ambulance driving.
Across the pond in Britain, the Women’s Land Army put women to work farming and feeding the country.
In 1942, LIFE photographer Herbert Gehr arranged a photoshoot to show off a small sample of the uniforms of different kinds of servicewomen, from standard nurse’s garb to outfits to help women survive gas, fire, and other hazards of war. Read more...More about Fashion, History, Women, Retronaut, and World War Ii
It's not just the bears. Friends, let us repeat: it's not just the bears.
The (wonderful) world of Haribo is rife with unimaginably delicious, squishy, delightful candies ... and a few duds. Such is the world of the sweet treat.
So we grabbed a bunch of Haribo candies available in the U.S. — FYI, some of the labels are in German because that was the deal at Economy Candy — tasted each, then judged away.
SEE ALSO: Dogs, ranked
You may disagree with these rankings. That's okay! It's subjective. But if you catch yourself feeling angry, please promise us you'll get yourself a packet of Haribo to make yourself feel better. Read more...More about Watercooler, Lists, Food, Candy, and Culture
It's possible that you couldn't keep up with the wild world of app updates this week considering all the changes happening with Uber, including Travis Kalanick stepping down as CEO. If that's the case, there's no need to worry. We've got you covered.
SEE ALSO: Why your iPhone photos look so bad
Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.Tech, Apple, Iphone, Android, and Apps
The Bellas are back and they're finally college graduates. Which is to say: they're buried in debt, desperate for work, and rapidly learning that music isn't a sustainable career for most people.
Fortunately for them, this is the movies. Can't get a job? NBD! Ditch everything, get the band back together, and give the troops a boost on a USO tour.
That's the premise for Pitch Perfect 3, which is dubbed in this new trailer as the Bellas' "farewell tour." As if it's up to anything other than the movie's box office performance to make a decision like that.
Pitch Perfect 3 arrives in theaters on Dec. 22. Read more...More about Entertainment, Film, Pitch Perfect 3, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
It's Pride Month, and millions are celebrating the LGBTQ community by participating in Pride Marches, donning the colors of the rainbow, or continuing to fight for rights through protests and different forms of resistance.
Another way to showing some love during Pride is through art, and it only takes a second to lift up and double-tap queer artists this June and beyond.
Some of these brilliant artists have worked with celebrities and appeared on magazine covers, while others are a bit lesser-known. But one thing they all have in common is their phenomenal work across a number of mediums, from paint to photography to yarn. Read more...More about Watercooler, Instagram, Social Good, Lgbtq, and Artists
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If you're still using regular incandescent light bulbs, you've been left in the dark. Traditional bulbs waste more electricity, burn out in months, and offer little variation in the type of light they provide. Kasa LED Low Energy Bluetooth Smart Bulbs, on the other hand, add fun and functionality to your lighting setup. Plus they can save you money as well as time. Kick off those savings now by taking 44% off a 2-pack of Kasa lights when you purchase from the Mashable Shop.
Kasa's LED technology provides 400% more efficiency compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. This can lighten your electric bill, and save you from the hassle of removing and disposing of burnt-out bulbs. In fact, each bulb can be expected to last 15 years without losing its luster. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Shopping Geeky, Shopping Stackcommerce, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Your wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but actually planning it can make you want to pull your hair out.
Lucky for us, we live in a time of smart phones and we all know there's an app for just about anything. So if you are having trouble organizing your big day, we've compiled a list of the best weddings apps to make the process as painless as possible.1. WeddingHappy
OK, so where do you even start? This free iOS app is great if you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. Just put in your anticipated wedding date, and WeddingHappy will design a schedule complete with a checklist and suggested due dates. Read more...More about Watercooler, Apps, Relationships, Wedding Planning, and Weddings
Actually, the rapper/actor announced his Big 3 league long before the Olympics added the sport to the 2020 games (in January), but his timing for the official launch is perfect.
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The next season of Westworld is still a long ways away, but that doesn't mean the cast isn't hard at work putting together the next installment of robots vs. humans drama.
We got our first sort-of-peek at Westworld Season 2 on Friday thanks to show regular James Marsden. The actor, who plays one of the pivotal robot characters on Westworld, took to Instagram to show off some of his gunslinging skills.
A post shared by James Marsden (@james_marsden) on Jun 22, 2017 at 4:52pm PDTRead more...More about Instagram, Hbo, Westworld, James Marsden, and Entertainment
Before the Senate votes on its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, many people are sharing stories of how the bill would affect them.
One story struck a chord with thousands of Twitter users this weekend. The mom of 3-year-old Ethan Vikash shared a photo of a medical bill for her son's open heart surgery. The 24-line item bill came to $231,115 for 10 hours in surgery, one week in the hospital's cardiac intensive care unit, and one week on the hospital's cardiac floor.
With insurance, Ethan's family only had to pay $500 out-of-pocket. But if Congress passes a healthcare bill that imposes lifetime caps on what insurance companies will cover, families that deal with childhood illnesses or heart conditions like Ethan's would be well beyond priced out of life-saving care. Read more...More about Healthcare, Republicans, Ahca, World, and Politics
You'll have to wait a little longer for your robot Donald Trump.
New reports coming out of the most magical place on earth claim that Disney World's Hall of Presidents won't be showing off its 45th robot President any time soon.
The venerable hall, which has been closed for renovations since shortly before Trump took office in January, was originally scheduled to reopen on June 30th.
Originally opened in 1971 as part of Disney World's Liberty Square, The Hall of Presidents features animatronic robots built by Disney Imagineers for each of the previous 44 presidents. Its last major renovation came in 2009 when it unveiled its President Barack Obama animatronic. The creation was heavily promoted by Disney World and the White House. Read more...More about Donald Trump, Disney World, Entertainment, Celebrities, and Politics