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    Just one glass of wine per day can raise your breast cancer risk

    Just one glass of wine per day can raise your breast cancer risk


    Cancer experts say they're increasingly confident that at least two lifestyle choices can affect a woman's risk of getting breast cancer: drinking alcohol and exercising.  Just one alcoholic drink each day is enough to boost breast cancer risk,...

    Cancer experts say they're increasingly confident that at least two lifestyle choices can affect a woman's risk of getting breast cancer: drinking alcohol and exercising. 

    Just one alcoholic drink each day is enough to boost breast cancer risk, according to a comprehensive new report published Tuesday. Vigorous exercise, by contrast, can decrease the risk in both pre- and postmenopausal women.

    SEE ALSO: Alcohol's cancer risks outweigh any health benefits, study shows

    The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund published their joint report, which includes data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer gathered in nearly 120 studies. Read more...

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    Black Lives Matter gets the global recognition it deserves

    Black Lives Matter gets the global recognition it deserves


    It's a modern-day civil rights movement that has firm roots in the African-American community, but Black Lives Matter has deservedly received international recognition. Namely in Australia, where the Black Lives Matter Global Network has been awarded...

    It's a modern-day civil rights movement that has firm roots in the African-American community, but Black Lives Matter has deservedly received international recognition.

    Namely in Australia, where the Black Lives Matter Global Network has been awarded this year's Sydney Peace Prize, which recognises "leading global voices that promote peace, justice and nonviolence."

    SEE ALSO: Activists want you to shame these major corporations for their ties to Trump

    According to the award's citation, the movement inspired people to "stand up locally, nationally and internationally" to demand respect for "human rights and equality," and remind us "of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice." Read more...

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    Ariana Grande shares heartbreaking message on social media after tragic concert

    Ariana Grande shares heartbreaking message on social media after tragic concert


    The pain was apparent in Ariana Grande's words early Tuesday morning.  Only a few hours after an explosion rocked her concert in Manchester, England, Grande reached out to fans with a heartfelt message on Twitter.  Here's her tweet, sent out just...

    The pain was apparent in Ariana Grande's words early Tuesday morning. 

    Only a few hours after an explosion rocked her concert in Manchester, England, Grande reached out to fans with a heartfelt message on Twitter. 

    Here's her tweet, sent out just before 4 a.m. local time in Manchester:

    broken
    from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.

    — Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017

    The blast killed at least 19 people and injured around 50 others as the show was ending. 

    Many of her peers tweeted messages of support after news of the explosion spread, and plenty of people used social media to help house and connect people affected by the blast.  Read more...

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    Robots could absolutely devastate the retail market

    Robots could absolutely devastate the retail market


    Robots are coming for retail jobs.  In-store automation threatens to kill four in 10 positions in the retail sector throughout the next decade, according to a new study. That could add up to 7.5 million lost jobs—proportionally a much bigger hit than...

    Robots are coming for retail jobs. 

    In-store automation threatens to kill four in 10 positions in the retail sector throughout the next decade, according to a new study.

    That could add up to 7.5 million lost jobs—proportionally a much bigger hit than even manufacturing took when automation devastated its labor market, according to Cornerstone Capital Group, the bank behind the report. 

    SEE ALSO: Trump's treasury secretary is 'not worried at all' about job-killing AI

    It's not as if retail workers don't have enough to keep them up at night. Hundreds of store employees have lost their jobs over the past few years as online shopping and excess store space plunge the traditional retail industry into choppy waters.  Read more...

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    Offers of help flood in online after Ariana Grande concert explosion

    Offers of help flood in online after Ariana Grande concert explosion


    Look for the helpers.  Within hours, if not minutes, of the events at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that saw several people dead and dozens more injured, offers of help were flooding in online. SEE ALSO: Several dead after explosion reported at...

    Look for the helpers. 

    Within hours, if not minutes, of the events at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that saw several people dead and dozens more injured, offers of help were flooding in online.

    SEE ALSO: Several dead after explosion reported at Ariana Grande concert

    On Twitter, one of the first hashtags to emerge from the incident was #roomformanchester, in which local people advertised rooms in their homes for anyone affected by the incident and the ensuing travel chaos. 

    #roomformanchester

    Anyone needing somewhere to stay can come to our Manchester headquarters in the city centre

    127 Portland St M1 4PZ

    — Steven Bartlett (@SteveBartlettSC) May 22, 2017 Read more...

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    Scientists can see through walls with Wi-Fi to create 3D holograms

    Scientists can see through walls with Wi-Fi to create 3D holograms


    Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.   A pair of German researchers have developed a...

    Wi-Fi is everywhere — and as the electromagnetic waves are beamed out from routers to connect our devices to the internet, they also travel through empty space, around corners, and even through walls.  

    A pair of German researchers have developed a method to harness Wi-Fi signals to capture 3D hologram images of objects around a network, even through solid barriers like doors and walls. The key is recording the shapes made by stray radiation, the electromagnetic waves that bounce off objects as they travel through the air.   

    The research behind the 3D-imaging method, which started as an undergraduate thesis project before being fleshed out into a larger study, was originally published in the Physical Review of Letters earlier this month. The technique described in the study was able to provide images as often as 10 times a second and recreate the contents of an entire building in a large-scale simulation.    Read more...

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    Lin-Manuel Miranda can't stop making mixtapes and his latest is about Twitter

    Lin-Manuel Miranda can't stop making mixtapes and his latest is about Twitter


    Spotify mixes and hot takes about Twitter are so hot right now.  The microblogging site now has its very own mixtape, just like the one you gave your high school sweetheart junior year. Except this mix about Twitter is courtesy of the musical mastermind...

    Spotify mixes and hot takes about Twitter are so hot right now. 

    The microblogging site now has its very own mixtape, just like the one you gave your high school sweetheart junior year. Except this mix about Twitter is courtesy of the musical mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

    SEE ALSO: 'DuckTales' reboot taps Lin-Manuel Miranda for fan-favorite character

    While we can't see into the inner workings of Miranda's brain, the playlist consists of tunes that lay the perfect soundtrack for some of your experiences on the site, like "Notice Me" by PnB Rock, and "Too Many Puppies" by Primus. 

    Note: There is no such thing as too many puppies.  Read more...

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    Hillary Clinton Wikipedia page redirected to ‘Mein Kampf’ for 16 hours and no one noticed

    Hillary Clinton Wikipedia page redirected to ‘Mein Kampf’ for 16 hours and no one noticed


    Despite how much we all love it, Wikipedia is not a credible source. That's because any one can edit content at any time, adding in falsehoods that can sit there until, well, someone notices. Case in point: a page dedicated to the bibliography of Hillary...

    Despite how much we all love it, Wikipedia is not a credible source. That's because any one can edit content at any time, adding in falsehoods that can sit there until, well, someone notices.

    Case in point: a page dedicated to the bibliography of Hillary Clinton redirected to Adolf Hilter's autobiography Mein Kampf on Monday for over 16 hours.

    SEE ALSO: Facebook isn't alone—moderating the internet is basically impossible

    According to the edit history, the page was edited to redirect at 6:26 a.m. UTC, which is 2:26 a.m. ET. When you edit a Wikipedia entry, your IP address is logged and is publicly facing. We plugged that address into a tool that provides clues about who's behind the IP, including details about their Internet Service Provider. Read more...

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    Bar thinks Bill Cosby-themed cocktail is a good idea until severe backlash

    Bar thinks Bill Cosby-themed cocktail is a good idea until severe backlash


    The "Pill Cosby" cocktail didn’t last long on a bar menu after the internet found out about it.  SEE ALSO: Bill Cosby comments on sexual assault allegations in first public interview in 2 years The pink hibiscus tequila drink — complete with drug...

    The "Pill Cosby" cocktail didn’t last long on a bar menu after the internet found out about it. 

    SEE ALSO: Bill Cosby comments on sexual assault allegations in first public interview in 2 years

    The pink hibiscus tequila drink — complete with drug capsules floating in the ice — was being served at Diet Starts Monday, a pop-up bar and restaurant in Washington, D.C., according to the Washingtonian. On Monday, the same day jury selection began for disgraced comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, the cocktail was called out on social media. Sixty women have accused him of sexual assault, with many claiming that he drugged them.   Read more...

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    Apple's new ads are a million miles from 'I'm a Mac and I'm a PC'

    Apple's new ads are a million miles from 'I'm a Mac and I'm a PC'


    Clever and funny are out. Short and obvious are in. Watching Apple's new collection of Switch Ads, I was instantly nostalgic for the company's iconic "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" ads that introduced us to the wit and comic-timing of John Hodgman and lovable...

    Clever and funny are out. Short and obvious are in.

    Watching Apple's new collection of Switch Ads, I was instantly nostalgic for the company's iconic "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" ads that introduced us to the wit and comic-timing of John Hodgman and lovable knowingness of Justin Long.

    In those ads, they were affable counterparts in the computing spectrum. Hodgman personified the buttoned-down nature of the Windows PC industry and user—as well as every issue the pre-Windows 10 PC had—while Long was the cool Mac, impervious to Windows viruses and honestly concerned for the well-being of his beleaguered friend. Read more...

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    Several dead after explosion reported at Ariana Grande concert

    Several dead after explosion reported at Ariana Grande concert


    Several people have died and more are injured after an explosion rocked Manchester Arena in the UK at the end of an Ariana Grande concert Monday night. Videos on Twitter showed concertgoers running from the stands and screaming as police warned people to...

    Several people have died and more are injured after an explosion rocked Manchester Arena in the UK at the end of an Ariana Grande concert Monday night.

    Videos on Twitter showed concertgoers running from the stands and screaming as police warned people to avoid the area.

    Local police said they were treating the incident as terrorism.

    Latest statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/BEpLOan3dY

    — G M Police (@gmpolice) May 23, 2017

    Emergency personnel were on the scene outside.

    Greater Manchester Police warned people to stay away from the area just before 11 p.m. local time and armed police were pictured on nearby streets shortly afterwards. Read more...

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    Despite Facebook's push, AI isn't ready to moderate disturbing content

    Despite Facebook's push, AI isn't ready to moderate disturbing content


    Artificial intelligence is the way of the future. When it comes to Facebook's content moderation, however, we are still very much in the present. The almost 2 billion-user strong social media giant is working at a furious pace to change that.  SEE ALSO:...

    Artificial intelligence is the way of the future. When it comes to Facebook's content moderation, however, we are still very much in the present.

    The almost 2 billion-user strong social media giant is working at a furious pace to change that. 

    SEE ALSO: Facebook struggles to prevent violence on Facebook Live

    As a series of leaked internal Facebook slides revealing how the company decides what content violates its community standards shows, the Menlo Park-based Facebook is still largely dependent on its skin and bones Community Operations team to decide which posts stay and which posts go. 

    In other words, despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's efforts to push AI in all things, humans still rule the content-moderation roost. But that is changing.  Read more...

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    'Justice League' director Zack Snyder steps down over family tragedy, Joss Whedon to take over

    'Justice League' director Zack Snyder steps down over family tragedy, Joss Whedon to take over


    Zack Snyder, architect of the DC Comics cinematic universe who has been in post-production on Justice League, is stepping away from the project to deal with the death of his daughter, as is his wife, producer Deborah Snyder. Joss Whedon, who directed...

    Zack Snyder, architect of the DC Comics cinematic universe who has been in post-production on Justice League, is stepping away from the project to deal with the death of his daughter, as is his wife, producer Deborah Snyder.

    Joss Whedon, who directed Marvel's The Avengers movies, will take over the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news Monday. 

    According to THR, the Snyders' 20-year-old daughter Autumn died by suicide sometime in March. Her death was not previously reported in the press. Snyder told THR that at first he'd considered returning to finish Justice League, which will keep its Nov. 17 release date with Whedon taking the lead. Read more...

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    How a YouTube tech reviewer became the face of fidget spinners at 7-Eleven

    How a YouTube tech reviewer became the face of fidget spinners at 7-Eleven


    Fidget Spinners are everywhere now. They've even made it to 7-Eleven stores nationwide. SEE ALSO: The only thing worse than the fidget spinner craze is fidget spinner apps Some of the convenience markets are using an unlikely marketing tactic: a...

    Fidget Spinners are everywhere now. They've even made it to 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

    SEE ALSO: The only thing worse than the fidget spinner craze is fidget spinner apps

    Some of the convenience markets are using an unlikely marketing tactic: a thumbnail from a YouTube video. YouTube channel Techsmartt made a video called the $3 Fidget Spinner back in March, and the trend has since completely exploded. 

    Recently, the channel's fans started tweeting at them saying that the thumbnail of the video (a pic of Techsmartt's Keaton Keller), was being used as an ad for fidget spinners at 7-Elevens in Miami. Read more...

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    Michelle and Barack Obama are thriving in Italy without us

    Michelle and Barack Obama are thriving in Italy without us


    What have Michelle and Barack Obama been up to? Living their best life, that's what.  Since leaving the White House in January, the two have been dropping knowledge at conferences and trying things like kitesurfing.  In early May, Barack spoke at the...

    What have Michelle and Barack Obama been up to? Living their best life, that's what. 

    Since leaving the White House in January, the two have been dropping knowledge at conferences and trying things like kitesurfing

    In early May, Barack spoke at the Seeds & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy, and since then, it seems the two have spent a great deal of time taking a break from politics to be tourists in the country. 

    SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama expertly blasts Trump without even mentioning his name

    The former first lady was spotted roaming the town of Montalcino in Tuscany in a one-shoulder millennial pink blouse, inspiring summer looks.  Read more...

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    Donald Trump has touched The Orb. Here's what that means

    Donald Trump has touched The Orb. Here's what that means


    President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia over the weekend went largely as planned. He appeared jovial on his first trip abroad, he announced billions in Saudi investment in the U.S., and his speech on terrorism was well received.  Last, but not...

    President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia over the weekend went largely as planned. He appeared jovial on his first trip abroad, he announced billions in Saudi investment in the U.S., and his speech on terrorism was well received. 

    Last, but not least, he touched The Orb.

    SEE ALSO: Well-done steak and other items on Donald Trump's tour rider

    And here’s Trump at the opening of the “Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology” in Riyadh pic.twitter.com/gshRT2nFLU

    — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 21, 2017

    Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to touch The Orb. 

    The Orb, of course, has existed long before the United States and even the concept of democracy, government, or even society. Its origins remain unknown and no sitting U.S. president has ever dared touch it, out of both fear and respect for its Power. So what does it mean that Donald Trump touched it? Well, a few things. Read more...

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    In Trump's America, MSNBC and Stephen Colbert are super successful

    In Trump's America, MSNBC and Stephen Colbert are super successful


    MSNBC has long served as an also-ran to Fox News and CNN. Not anymore. At least, not for now.  SEE ALSO: Sean Spicer's comments on Hitler shredded by single MSNBC chyron MSNBC won the ratings battle for cable news channels last week — the first time...

    MSNBC has long served as an also-ran to Fox News and CNN.

    Not anymore. At least, not for now. 

    SEE ALSO: Sean Spicer's comments on Hitler shredded by single MSNBC chyron

    MSNBC won the ratings battle for cable news channels last week — the first time that's ever happened. MSNBC bested its competitors in both overall viewers and the highly coveted demo of adults 24 to 54 years of age, according to TV reporter Joe Adalian. 

    And not just that. Fox News came in third in that demographic for the first time in nearly two decades.

    For 1st time ever @MSNBC is No. 1 cable news net in prime time. For 1st time in 17 years @FoxNews is No. 3 https://t.co/Y8jJeSJVPR pic.twitter.com/Os2992sk3w

    — TVNewser (@tvnewser) May 22, 2017 Read more...

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    Woman's $15 'costume jewelry' ring turns out to be worth $450,000

    Woman's $15 'costume jewelry' ring turns out to be worth $450,000


    One lucky woman who paid $15 for a large "costume jewelry" ring got the surprise of her life after learning the ring is worth way, way, WAY more than that.  Thirty years ago, an unnamed owner bought an "exceptionally sized" stone from a flea market at...

    One lucky woman who paid $15 for a large "costume jewelry" ring got the surprise of her life after learning the ring is worth way, way, WAY more than that. 

    Thirty years ago, an unnamed owner bought an "exceptionally sized" stone from a flea market at the West Middlesex hospital in west London, The Guardian reports. She wore the ring for years while shopping and even doing chores before bringing it into Sotheby's after a jeweler told her it could be valuable. And boy, is it valuable.

    The ring, it turns out, is worth $450,000.

    A ring she bought for $15 is worth almost half a million...

    Image: sotheby's Read more...

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    Sherpas show how the human body can thrive in extreme environments

    Sherpas show how the human body can thrive in extreme environments


    Mount Everest is a grueling, deadly place for many adventurers. Beyond the steep terrain, bone-chilling temperatures, and fierce weather, the air is so thin that your body can begin to shut down. That is, unless you're a Sherpa. Members of the Nepalese...

    Mount Everest is a grueling, deadly place for many adventurers. Beyond the steep terrain, bone-chilling temperatures, and fierce weather, the air is so thin that your body can begin to shut down.

    That is, unless you're a Sherpa.

    Members of the Nepalese ethnic group have evolved over generations to withstand the oxygen-deprived atmosphere high in the Himalayas, a new study found. 

    SEE ALSO: Now you can climb Mount Everest in VR

    Sherpas are, biologically speaking, extremely efficient at producing the energy they need to reach such heights, even where oxygen is scarce, according to research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Read more...

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    Donald Trump made history with his flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel

    Donald Trump made history with his flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel


    If President Donald Trump concludes his first international trip by saying he made history "even while sitting on a plane," no one can say he's wrong. Trump's Air Force One flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday was reportedly a...

    If President Donald Trump concludes his first international trip by saying he made history "even while sitting on a plane," no one can say he's wrong.

    Trump's Air Force One flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday was reportedly a first for a U.S. president, largely because flights between Saudi Arabia and Israel don't happen.

    SEE ALSO: Trump's fave vacation spots like Mar-A-Lago are reportedly very easy to hack into

    Saudi Arabia, like many Muslim-majority nations, doesn't have formal diplomatic relations with Israel because of its ongoing hostilities with Palestinians. Without formal relations, there aren't direct flights between the two nations. Israel and Saudi Arabia even take pains to avoid each others' airspace. The press flight from Riyadh had to make a pit stop in Cyprus.  Read more...

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    Sinkhole opens up outside Mar-a-Lago and Twitter can't resist explaining why

    Sinkhole opens up outside Mar-a-Lago and Twitter can't resist explaining why


    Do you ever wake up, turn on the news, and experience the gut-wrenching feeling that at any moment world might just swallow us all whole? Of course you do, it's 2017! Well bad news people, it's happening. Well, sort of. Not really. What we're trying to...

    Do you ever wake up, turn on the news, and experience the gut-wrenching feeling that at any moment world might just swallow us all whole? Of course you do, it's 2017!

    Well bad news people, it's happening. Well, sort of. Not really. What we're trying to say here is that an ominous sign from the universe in the form of a sinkhole has appeared right outside President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

    *shudders*

    SEE ALSO: Finally, you can book a room at the State Department's Air BnB: Mar-a-Lago

    A sinkhole in front of the winter White House, you say? What could be more perfect at a time like this? Read more...

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    Chelsea Handler looks deep into an orb and sees a brighter future if Melania dumps Trump

    Chelsea Handler looks deep into an orb and sees a brighter future if Melania dumps Trump


    Should Melania Trump elect to cartwheel away from the White House before she even moves in, Chelsea Handler volunteers to step in and be her new best friend.  "I'd take Melania back," Handler said during an appearance on The View, citing the First...

    Should Melania Trump elect to cartwheel away from the White House before she even moves in, Chelsea Handler volunteers to step in and be her new best friend. 

    "I'd take Melania back," Handler said during an appearance on The View, citing the First Lady's apparent allergy to her husband's skin as evidence that she, as we all suspect, wants nothing to do with him.

    SEE ALSO: Melania Trump completely disconnects from reality, praises 'women's empowerment' in Saudi Arabia

    "I have a fantasy. I want Melania to finally come out, divorce him. She would be an American hero, says Handler. "We would embrace her if she just said, listen, this guy'd disgusting and I know all his dirty secrets and I'm willing to tell everybody." Read more...

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    Arizona bus drivers donate thousands of books to local schools

    Arizona bus drivers donate thousands of books to local schools


    A bus operator in Tempe, Arizona had a different kind of “drive” on his mind recently as he pulled up to deliver some 2,100 donated books to schools within the district. It all started with a man named Jermaine Bethea, a former school bus driver who...

    A bus operator in Tempe, Arizona had a different kind of “drive” on his mind recently as he pulled up to deliver some 2,100 donated books to schools within the district.

    It all started with a man named Jermaine Bethea, a former school bus driver who now works for Valley Metro, the public transportation system in the area.

    According to Curry Elementary principal Kenneth White, Bethea is a man “who’s always trying to do the best for the kids and anyone who comes in contact with him.”

    When he drove for the school, he knew the name of every kid on his route. If someone seemed down, he’d pop into White’s office to let him know. On one of those visits, Bethea had a boxful of books in hand — he’d organized a drive among some of his fellow drivers. Read more...

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    The sad, bizarre reason why The Man From Another Place isn't in 'Twin Peaks'

    The sad, bizarre reason why The Man From Another Place isn't in 'Twin Peaks'


    Having a falling-out over creative or financial differences is so Hollywood. Having that falling out on your way down a deep, dark rabbit hole of bizarre accusations, shady motives, and decades of personal bitterness is so Twin Peaks. This is the story...

    Having a falling-out over creative or financial differences is so Hollywood. Having that falling out on your way down a deep, dark rabbit hole of bizarre accusations, shady motives, and decades of personal bitterness is so Twin Peaks.

    This is the story of Michael J. Anderson, the actor who played the diminutive, backward-talking Man From Another Place in four episodes of the original series and prequel film Fire Walk With Me, a character once thought to be as integral to the fabric of David Lynch's wonderful and strange world as Agent Cooper himself. 

    SEE ALSO: Inside the haunting, too-surreal-for-words premiere of 'Twin Peaks' Read more...

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    Hundreds of Naval Academy freshmen climb an obelisk slicked with lard because uhhh tradition?

    Hundreds of Naval Academy freshmen climb an obelisk slicked with lard because uhhh tradition?


    The U.S. Naval Academy notoriously treats its freshmen to the roughest year of their lives: plebe year.  What we didn't know was that to officially complete their plebe year and start their summers, first-years must place a hat on the top of a 21-foot...

    The U.S. Naval Academy notoriously treats its freshmen to the roughest year of their lives: plebe year

    What we didn't know was that to officially complete their plebe year and start their summers, first-years must place a hat on the top of a 21-foot larded obelisk while being sprayed with hoses, which this year was broadcast live on Facebook. 

    It is, as the Facebook Live commentator described it, "a writhing mess of humanity."

    It's grotesque and sloppy and extremely entertaining. Who will make it to the top!? Will anyone get hurt!? What do hundreds of greasy sailors look like climbing on top of each other!? All this and so, so much more. Read more...

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    A new Facebook bot wants to help you have better sex. Seriously.

    A new Facebook bot wants to help you have better sex. Seriously.


    Facebook can do a lot of things, but can it also fix your sex life? That's the goal of Lovely Bot, new Facebook chatbot that engages you in a kind of sex therapy session. It's the first of its kind, and it comes from the makers of Lovely, which is...

    Facebook can do a lot of things, but can it also fix your sex life?

    That's the goal of Lovely Bot, new Facebook chatbot that engages you in a kind of sex therapy session. It's the first of its kind, and it comes from the makers of Lovely, which is basically a FitBit for your dick

    In their continuing quest to improve your bedroom performance, they’ve partnered with sexologist Dr. Agate Loewe to create an experience based on an IRL sex therapy session. It's a service that's meant to open the lines of communication for couples who are struggling.

    Image: lovely

    Basically once you start a message via Lovely's Facebook page, the bot will ask you a few questions to determine if you're satisfied in your relationship. If there's room for improvement, it tries to offer suggestions about things you might try. Read more...

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    Coach is bringing '70s space vibes with new NASA-themed collection

    Coach is bringing '70s space vibes with new NASA-themed collection


    If your 2017 fashion icons aren't Ellen Ripley, the kid from The Shining, or Luke Skywalker in that orange jumpsuit, you need to catch up.  If they are, then zoinks are you going to want everything from Coach's new NASA-themed collection, Coach Space,...

    If your 2017 fashion icons aren't Ellen Ripley, the kid from The Shining, or Luke Skywalker in that orange jumpsuit, you need to catch up. 

    If they are, then zoinks are you going to want everything from Coach's new NASA-themed collection, Coach Space, which is riddled with retro designs and colors. It's a good year for those who can pull off a lot of citrus tones. Bonus points if your hair's already feathered.

    Items like the Dylan bag say "there's no dirt in space, so go ahead and buy white leather."

    SEE ALSO: The latest beauty trend out of Instagram will have you looking like you're wearing Cheetos dust Read more...

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    Google Home has a cute Easter egg about Amazon's Echo

    Google Home has a cute Easter egg about Amazon's Echo


    In the battle of household robots that people talk to instead of using their phones, at least we can all still be friends. There's an arms race going on between Google and Amazon to have the best personal assistant. Amazon has the Echo, and Google has...

    In the battle of household robots that people talk to instead of using their phones, at least we can all still be friends.

    There's an arms race going on between Google and Amazon to have the best personal assistant. Amazon has the Echo, and Google has the Home. Each of the slightly creepy robots have their own pros and cons, but Google just one-upped Amazon on cute Easter eggs.

    A YouTuber noticed that if you ask Google Home to "say hi to Alexa," it actually plays off one of the Echo's automatic responses. 

    "I'm so excited, I have a question for her. Alexa, will you be my friend?" the Home asks. Read more...

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    Kid rapper releases fidget spinner song that actually kinda slaps

    Kid rapper releases fidget spinner song that actually kinda slaps


    World, I guess it's time for you to meet Matt Ox.  If you don't already know who this kid is, just consider him a spawn of Post Malone. It's hard to find much information about him, but Matt Ox is basically the more explicit version of MattyB, and...

    World, I guess it's time for you to meet Matt Ox

    If you don't already know who this kid is, just consider him a spawn of Post Malone. It's hard to find much information about him, but Matt Ox is basically the more explicit version of MattyB, and goes as hard as you can get for a kid who raps. 

    In "Overwhelming," he reps his hometown of Philadelphia and boldly raps about getting money—all while twirling some fidget spinners. 

    If this is what the future of music is like, then well, we've got a lot to look forward to. 

    Twirl on, Matt Ox.

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