In one short blog post about tax reform Wednesday, the House Republicans quickly lost any respect from gamers.
Nintendo fans went into defense-mode after the political group published inaccurate information about Nintendo while trying to compare Legend of Zelda to their tax plan.
The first two paragraphs of the blog post, "What Do the Legend of Zelda and the Tax Code Have in Common?" (which was also share in a since-deleted tweet) tee up the head-scratching answer (if you can call it that):
So two things happened in the same year, and then what? Well, nothing. That's the end of the comparison. Not only that, but Nintendo wasn't founded in 1985 and Zelda isn't its best-selling game. Read more...More about Gaming, Nintendo, Legend Of Zelda, House Gop, and Entertainment
Certifiably crazy, possibly stupid, definitely love.
Warner Bros. is moving ahead with a "Joker and Harley Quinn" movie with Margot Robbie and Jared Leto reprising their Suicide Squad roles — and the directing duo of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) are onboard to helm it.
THR broke the news, which WB had yet to confirm Tuesday.
Ficarra and Requa, the directors and executive producers of This Is Us, are in final talks to both helm and write, THR hollywood reports. But maybe don't hold your breath — word is that Harley and Joker would come after the sequel to Suicide Squad, which is struggling mightily to land a director; whoever that is will have a helluva time hitting the film's 2019 target. Read more...More about Movies, Dc Comics, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, and The Joker
How much is your privacy worth? Does $499,999 sound about right? Because it might soon be sold out for only a dollar more.
A company that specializes in acquiring and reselling zero-day exploits has set its sights on Signal and WhatsApp, two popular secure mobile messaging platforms, and is offering serious cash to hackers willing to play ball.
On August 23, Washington DC-based Zerodium promised up to $500,000 for tools that permit remote code execution and local privilege escalation on the apps. Basically, the company wants the ability to get at your device without you ever being the wiser. Read more...More about Facebook, Apple, Smartphones, Hackers, and Hacking
It's still anyone's guess who'll wind up on the Iron Throne at the end of Game of Thrones (or whether there will be an Iron Throne at all). More and more, though, the signs are pointing to one guy: Jon Snow.
He's got the strongest hereditary claim, and he's cheated death so many times that we can only assume the Lords of Light Benioff and Weiss have big plans for him. And the Seven know he's got the experience: he's been Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and now he's King in the North. Read more...More about Game Of Thrones, Jon Snow, Game Of Thrones Season 7, Game Of Thrones Finale, and Entertainment
Maybe this layout editor should have had that second cup of coffee.
The Truro Daily News out of Nova Scotia, Canada, ran a front page story about a 17-year-old who has been charged with second-degree murder on Monday. Below the headline is a few paragraphs, followed by a two photos of a man, his face stained dark red.
While it looks like the dude in this photos is enjoying a nice meal of human flesh, he's just eating pie.
BELOW the photos was the headline "Into the Blue," a story about the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival's popular pie-eating contest. Someone was either having a ton of fun or made an unfortunate, yet funny mistake. Read more...More about Watercooler, Funny, Culture, Murder, and Culture
Donald Trump's tough talk about muscling Amazon isn't stopping the government from green-lighting the company's Whole Foods mega-merger.
The Federal Trade Commission said in a statement Wednesday that it's decided that the deal doesn't break antitrust laws designed to prevent any one company from gaining too much market power.
The decision comes after an agency probe into the matter prompted at least in part by a complaint alleging that Amazon was misrepresenting its savings to customers.
It also comes after more than a year of periodic jabs from the president in which he hinted that he might use federal watchdogs to crack down on the e-commerce giant for various supposed offenses. The then-candidate told Fox News' Sean Hannity last spring that Amazon has a "huge antitrust problem" Read more...More about Amazon, Donald Trump, Whole Foods, Business, and Big Tech Companies
What starts as a stilted three-way conversation, with especially tense banter between a Republican, Democrat, and an Independent, quickly loosens up after a smoke session.
Cut put three young Americans of different political persuasions in front of a camera and a solid supply of marijuana and snacks. The eight-minute video covers the media, immigration, voting, and, of course President Donald Trump. "We've intensified the negativity," the Independent in the middle says, sparking a discussion about social media and Trump's influence on political discourse. Read more...More about Watercooler, Video, Political Party, Republican, and Democrat
"Spot the snake" is a fun game to play as long as the snake is a photograph and not IRL.
Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a snake-catching company based out of — you guessed it — Australia, posted a photo to its Facebook page on Monday urging its followers to find the snake hiding in plain sight. Bonus points if you can guess the species too.
The page followed up on Tuesday, revealing the location of the snake, which happens to be a Costal Carpet Python.
If you're still having trouble, check out the upper right hand corner of the picture. The snake is hanging off the fence onto the brush behind it. Read more...More about Pics, Snake, Puzzles, Culture, and Animals
Taylor Swift unveiled her upcoming album name, release date, and cover art on Wednesday, sending Swift fans into a frenzy. While some are anxiously awaiting the Thursday debut of her first single, others are less than pleased with the design of Swift's album cover.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 23, 2017
Before hearing even a single note of Swift's new album, people have already started trashing the black and white album cover, which features multiple layers of text rendered in different fonts and varying opacity, all displaying the artist's name. Read more...More about Memes, Taylor Swift, Graphic Design, Culture, and Celebrities
No, Robert Downey Jr. is not messaging you privately and asking you to donate money to a charitable cause— you're being scammed.
The Oscar nominee took to Twitter with the following post, cautioning fans to be wary of online scammers impersonating him and asking for cash donations:
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) August 23, 2017
"It has come to my attention that one or more scam artists have taken to impersonating me online and asking some of you via private message or chat for 'donations' for various 'causes.' Just wanted to let you all know that if you encounter someone on a chat platform claiming to be me, they are lying." Read more...More about Twitter, Internet, Robert Downey Jr., Scams, and Scam
We know it's a little early to start thinking about Halloween, but we just can't resist getting excited about the new sweet treats being released for the upcoming spooky holiday.
M&M's is going all in with fall food trends by packing their classic candy with all your favorite autumn flavors, including White Pumpkin Pie and now the Oreo-inspired Cookies & Screeem M&M's, arriving two months too early to Halloween candy bowls everywhere.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for... cookies? New Cookies & Screeem M&M's at Target. 😱 They feature white chocolate with an outer coating of dark chocolate and a speckled design. We've flirted with this concept before: Easter Sundae M&M's were white & milk, and Double Chocolate M&M's were milk & dark. Of course this is all spooky foreplay for the Triple Chocolate M&M's coming this winter, which have milk, dark, & white.
A post shared by JunkBanter.com 🍫🍺💪🏼 (@junkbanter) on Aug 22, 2017 at 2:37pm PDTRead more...More about Watercooler, Halloween, Cookies, Candy, and Cream
Elon Musk revealed the new SpaceX spacesuit on his Instagram. According to Musk, the suit is the real deal and even went through a double vacuum pressure test.
While we wait for more information, many approved the spacesuit's sleek white design. A far cry from NASA's bulky spacesuits. The snazzy suit is most likely a flight suit that's meant to be worn on the flight rather than for spacewalks. Read more...More about Space, Instagram, Nasa, Elon Musk, and Stars
After just three days of snake videos, we now know for certain: Taylor Swift is back. But before the Wednesday announcement in which Swift revealed her new album cover, a few fans had already figured it out, thanks to a little web hunting.
According to Select All, after fumbling around with the URL of Swift's official website, taylorswift.com, a fan uncovered a glitch that revealed album details, including its title (Reputation), cover art, number of tracks, and length of the album's first single.
A bug on Taylor Swift's official website revealed the supposed name and cover artwork for Taylor's 6th studio album: "Reputation." pic.twitter.com/erlDBBX7jSEntertainment, Celebrities, Culture, Taylor Swift, and Culture
Reader, we'd like to introduce you to a very disloyal man.
This disloyal man is walking down the street with a woman. She is presumed to be his partner, and they are holding hands.
But trouble emerges. Despite being in a relationship, the disloyal man shamelessly glances at another woman passing by — a woman who, we are led to believe, has a good-looking butt. The disloyal man is amazed.
As this indiscretion transpires, the disloyal man's girlfriend looks on, understandably offended by what has happened. But it's too late. The damage is done. A new world has appeared before the disloyal man's eyes — whether good or bad — and nothing will ever be the same. Read more...More about Twitter, Memes, Culture, and Web Culture
Summer is coming to a close, and so the tech world is bracing for the fall event cycle. Now, we might finally have an idea of when we'll get to see the most hyped-up product of the season, the iPhone 8, at an Apple press event.
The site claims that Apple told wireless carriers when to expect the event in order to prep for the ensuing influx of new inventory and the inevitable marketing blitz that will come along with the unveiling of the next generation of iPhones. Read more...More about Apple, Event, Rumors, Keynote, and Iphone 8
It's the tropical storms you think are dead but come back to life that you need to be truly afraid of.
One such storm, soon to intensify into Tropical Storm Harvey, is poised to pick up copious amounts of moisture from the bathtub warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, before making a slow-speed collision with the low-lying Texas coast this weekend.
Like the meteorological equivalent of a White Walker from Game of Thrones, Harvey had previously been a named storm that dissipated as it crossed Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula earlier this week. Read more...More about Climate, Extreme Weather, Climate Change, Louisiana Flood, and Tropical Storm Harvey
Brace yourselves — it's still August but Halloween is coming, and along with the arrival of fall is a fresh batch of needlessly sexy costumes.
Given the Game of Thrones season 7 finale is only a few days away, sexy costume empire Yandy.com just unveiled its Sexy Northern Queen Costume, which is basically a sexy Jon Snow costume.
According to the post, the costume features a black romper with a high neckline complete with gold stud accents, a flap to cover your loins, a belt with a bronze buckle, and a black cloak with faux fur trim. Sorry, pantyhose not included. Read more...More about Watercooler, Halloween, Costume, Game Of Thrones, and Jon Snow
Catching your first fish is a big thing for a little kid. This little dude had an extra special day.
After reeling in his catch, the young boy and his uncle discovered a surprise on the end of their line.
"I've never seen this, Paul. Good catch," the man says to his nephew. Attached to the fishing line is a fish, and attached to the fish is a snake helping himself to an easy meal.
After realizing his first fish was stolen right out from under him, the boy starts to get upset — but luckily his uncle swoops in with the perfect save. Read more...More about Watercooler, Parenting, Kids, Culture, and Fish
We already knew that porgs are basically the puffins of the Star Wars universe (and possible Wookiee food). The adorable creatures are likely to be our favorite thing about the upcoming Lucasfilm blockbuster The Last Jedi.
But what happens when you pit the new cute creatures against BB-8, everyone's favorite droid character introduced in the last Star Wars film, The Force Awakens?
You get so much "OMG THIS IS SO CUTE" that it threatens to rip a hole in hyperspace, turning the universe inside-out into a Star Wars-themed Lisa Frank trapper keeper. Read more...More about Star Wars, The Last Jedi, Porgs, Bb8, and Entertainment
The "dog days of summer," those late July and August days that make us yearn for fall, have come and gone once again. But what does "dog days" even mean, anyway? Well, we are glad you asked!
Unfortunately, the answer has nothing to do with golden retrievers lying poolside, wearing sunglasses and sipping dog-friendly mojitos to stay cool. This is a tragedy — golden retrievers are so cute — but the answer is still pretty neat.
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, while you can find online and also on your oldest relative's oak bookshelf, the "dog days of summer" refer to the period between July 3 and August 11 when the "Dog Star," Sirius, rises just before the sun. This is called heliacal rising. Read more...More about Summer, Explainer, Culture, and Work Life
Every day brings us a new wrinkle that continues to push the Donald Trump presidency further and further into Twilight Zone territory, and Wednesday is no different.
With tear gas still lifting from the streets of Phoenix after Trump's blustery Tuesday night rally, word comes that former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is crowdfunding an effort to buy Twitter for the sole purpose of banning Trump.
Yes, that Valerie Plame, the former undercover CIA agent who was outed in 2003 by the White House via columnist Robert Novak after her husband, diplomat Joseph Wilson, dared to call bull on the Bush administration's assertion that Iraq had tried to buy uranium for building weapons. Read more...More about Twitter, Donald Trump, Valerie Plame, Business, and Politics
Apple's automotive ambitions might finally come to life near its sprawling new HQ, but we shouldn't expect to see an Apple Car anytime soon. The company's long-rumored Project Titan vehicle will instead debut in the form of a shuttle bus for Apple employees, according to a New York Times report.
The Apple Car was an exciting potential not too long ago, but the hype wore off after the leaks about new prestige hires, regulatory meetings, and forward momentum morphed into reports of false starts, layoffs, and finally a shift in focus to an aftermarket self-driving system for auto manufacturers. Apple is still entering the autonomous car race, but it's nothing like we expected. Read more...More about Apple, Apple Car, Autonomous Vehicles, Self Driving Cars, and Apple Campus
Martin Shkreli is back at it again, trolling journalists and just being generally awful.
In his latest menacing move, Business Insider reports the pharma bro and owner of this gorgeous website has been trolling journalists who've written or tweeted about him by purchasing internet domains related to their names. And to pick scabs, he's now mocking them on the sites.
Shkreli reportedly bought several user domains months ago, but has recently been customizing the websites to slander the journalists who share their namesake.
Since 2017 began, Shkreli has reportedly purchased the domain names associated with 12 people from Business Insider and other outlets like CNBC, Vice, New York Post, Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue, AOL, Bloomberg, Dealbreaker, and Gizmodo. Read more...More about Media, Conversations, Martin Shkreli, Trolling, and Business Insider
Mark Zuckerberg just revealed Facebook's new strategy to save the media industry: subscriptions.
After years of simply forcing news organizations to heel to the almighty algorithm and craft their content for the News Feed, Facebook has added several features in the hopes of winning back the love of publishers. One of the biggest changes to come is subscriptions via Facebook.
Here's how it works: Publishers using Instant Articles, Facebook's fast-loading article pages, will be able to have a paywall (certain number of articles per month) or have locked articles (freemium model). For either case, Facebook users will be prompted to subscribe to read more. All payments will be processed directly via publishers' websites, and Facebook will not take a cut—at least not now. Read more...More about Facebook, Media, Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, and Publishers
Friends, a new star is born.
On Wednesday, an ITV Lunchtime News segment about milk allergies became much more interesting when one of the interviewees — a toddler who was there with her mother and her brother, who has a milk allergy — climbed atop the news desk and crashed the interview.
From there, she popped in and out of the shot at her leisure. And, in a truly remarkable feat of self-control, anchor Alastair Stewart stayed calm the whole time. At the end of the segment, he even gave the small interloper a high five.Uk, Itv, Culture, Web Culture, and Kids
The only thing better than Beyoncé or Laverne Cox is Beyoncé and Laverne Cox.
While on the set of Access Hollywood, Orange is the New Black star and transgender activist Cox spilled the beans that she will officially join Queen B on a mysterious upcoming project. Doing what exactly? We won't find out until September 6th—but that hasn't stopped people from guessing already.
"I have no idea [how this happened] to be perfectly honest," she told the Access Hollywood hosts during her Tuesday segment. "I'm like, does she pick out her biggest fans ever and let them work with her? It's pretty amazing." Read more...More about Watercooler, Celebrities, Beyonce, Culture, and Laverne Cox