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Here's a kangaroo on a leash in Detroit. Nope, nothing odd about that.Open in a New Window


Kangaroos are typically found roaming Australia, where their biggest problems are the occasional boxing match, cars and angry farmers.

No wonder then that people were stunned to see the unusual marsupial on a leash, running a man down the street in the suburbs of Detroit.

Footage of the bizarre sight was shared on Twitter Tuesday.

Authorities don't seem so impressed by the idea of a kangaroo hopping down an American street.

"It is not legal to own a kangaroo in the city of Detroit," Kelly McLaughlin, assistant director at the Detroit Animal Control Center, told MLive. Read more...

More about Michigan, Detroit, Animals, Kangaroos, and Kangaroo


Watching this robot print and burn Donald Trump's tweets is oddly satisfyingOpen in a New Window


Do you burn with rage every time you read a tweet from Donald Trump?

Then we have the machine for you. 

It automatically prints out the president's tweets, grabs them with a robotic arm, burns them with a lighter, and then deposits the remains in an ash tray. The videos are then posted to the "Burned Your Tweet" account on Twitter. 

Here Trump tries to deflect attention away from his administration's ties to Russia. Sorry Donald, but that tweet is going up in flames. 

Oddly satisfying.

Let's watch it burn some more tweets, shall we? This one's for the "failing" New York Times, which, ironically enough, added a ton of digital subscribers after Trump became president.  Read more...

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Google has more problems as YouTube ad boycott reaches another countryOpen in a New Window


It takes only minutes on YouTube to find ads from major brands next to hateful videos promoting extremism and racism. 

Though the issue has been longstanding, a global brand boycott of the platform has been gathering steam. It's now reached Australia, with Telstra and Foxtel swearing off YouTube. At least, for now.

As first reported by Fairfax Media, the Australian arms of Vodafone and Nestlé have also joined the boycott.

A spokesperson for the cable TV provider Foxtel said the company is "actively engaged with Google" to ensure its ads are not run next to offensive content, but it still suspended advertising until the issue is resolved. Read more...

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This cockatiel singing Mozart is way more cultured than youOpen in a New Window


Coco is a rescue cockatiel from Sydney who has a very fine taste in music.

You see, it seems to prefer to chirp to the sounds of Mozart rather than the pesky sounds of a human being or whatever the kids are listening to on the radio nowadays.

It's singing an aria performed by the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, which proves that this bird is way more cultured than you'll ever be. Read more...

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A dead man's penis is all anyone can remember from the new 'Baywatch' footageOpen in a New Window


There's a lot described these days as things you "can't unsee," but I promise this is not hyperbole: Even as I type, I cannot banish from my mind the vision of that dead man's penis.

Paramount Pictures opened its Cinemacon slate presentation Tuesday night with the cast of Baywatch, who introduced a "fuscia band" trailer (that's "rated FU for 'fucking awesome'" if you must know) that you may consider skipping, depending on your ability to forget. 

Spoiler alert: If you want to be surprised — shocked? Grossed out? Impressed? — by the Baywatch fuscia-band trailer whenever it's finally released to the public, read no further. (And if you're about to eat, you also may consider reading no further.) Read more...

More about Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, Baywatch, and Paramount Pictures


Cyclone Debbie proved one thing: Australians are super weirdOpen in a New Window


Cyclone Debbie was a big one. It tore down trees, smashed wharves and sent people huddling indoors as it made landfall in north Queensland on Tuesday.

But even in the face of wind gusts that reached at least 260 kilometres (162 miles) per hour, there was plenty of bizarre, occasionally foolhardy behaviour going on in the face of one of the biggest storms to hit that part of the country since Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

Consider that Queenslanders avoided gluten-free bread, despite the supermarket appearing to have no other options.

More about Watercooler, Climate, Hurricanes, Tropical Cyclone, and Cyclone Debbie


Tiny little corgi in a sweatshirt just can't dig a hole in this car seatOpen in a New Window


Here are a few reasons why this video is so great: 

1. The little corgi is wearing a sweatshirt. 

2. Its owner is getting down to Big Pun. 

3. The puppy tries to dig a hole in a car seat.

4. The puppy gives up immediately and smushes its head down because what's the point of anything.  Read more...

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The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila and we're booking our flights nowOpen in a New Window


Grab your rim-salted margarita glass and your galoshes because there is now a cloud that can answer all of your Happy Hour prayers.

The Mexico Tourism Board and the creative agency LAPIZ have partnered to create a manmade cloud that produces raindrops of actual tequila. 

The first cloud that rains tequila. 🍸 #tequilacloud #visitmexico

A post shared by VisitMexico (@visitmexico) on

The boozy puff was developed as a promotional stunt to attract German tourists to Mexico and was put on display at an art gallery in Berlin called Urban SpreeRead more...

More about Science, Mexico, Weather, Cloud, and Alcohol


Bon Appétit is trying to make 'hand salad' a thing, but no one is falling for itOpen in a New Window


Our attempts at living a healthy lifestyle may have just hit a new low.

On Monday, food magazine Bon Appétit tweeted out a link to a recipe for something called "hand salad." While the name is distasteful and can bring to mind some other horrible, more literal scenarios, the tweet came with a photo that shows you exactly what hand salad is in this case.

It's called a "hand salad" but let's not focus on that

— Bon Appétit (@bonappetit) March 27, 2017

Guess now we've reached a point in our society where we feel we can dip individual rom aine leaves into dressing and call it a "dish." Read more...

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Elon Musk, please jam a computer into my brainOpen in a New Window


Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has reportedly launched yet another futuristic company. Neuralink Corp., his latest project, will work to merge the human brain with computers.

I would like to use this post as a means of applying to become the first human subject in this experiment. 

Mr. Musk, please put a computer in my head.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Neuralink Corp. will likely begin with the treatment of brain diseases, eventually growing to expand the basic functions of the human brain. The latter stage, Musk has said, would help give humanity a fighting chance against Artificial Intelligence. Read more...

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Trump plays the villain in trailer for 'An Inconvenient Truth' sequelOpen in a New Window


"Climate changes. Truth does not."

That's the tagline for An Inconvenient Sequel, the follow-up to Al Gore's 2007 documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

The documentary — which debuted at Sundance Film Festival — released its first trailer on Tuesday, and it couldn't be more timely.

President Trump plays a prominent role in the trailer, which dropped on the same day that the president signed an executive order aimed at rolling back the Obama Administration's climate policies.

The order reopens federal lands to coal mining and effectively makes it impossible for the U.S. to meet its goals under the Paris Climate Agreement, which Gore helped advocate for in 2015.  Read more...

More about Climate Change, Science, Documentaries, Film, and An Inconvenient Sequel Truth To Power


Americans now trust ads more than news and who can blame them?Open in a New Window


Are you tired of doubting information from the news media? Fed up with America's public institutions?

Well, you're in luck, because a new survey has revealed one surprising source that Americans trust in increasing numbers: advertising.

A report released by market research firm YouGov on Monday found the American public's faith in the ads they see has grown over the past few years, just as trust in mass-media news, government and other institutions sinks to new lows.  

Nearly three quarters of people surveyed now say they think advertising is generally "honest" — a 16 percent jump from March of 2014.  Read more...

More about Native Ads, Government, Media, Trust, and Business


Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson won't half-ass their new crafting competition show. They'll whole-ass it.Open in a New Window


Our lives have been so much darker since Parks and Recreation left our screens.

Luckily, the beautiful people known as Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (aka Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson) are reuniting to make the world a better place, one handmade object at a time.

Poehler and Offerman will host a six-episode competition series called The Handmade Project (sadly no relation to Hulu's Handmaid's Tale, although we'd love to see their take on that too), which Poehler will produce through her Paper Kite Productions company. 

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You seriously cannot trust the internet to name anythingOpen in a New Window


An ownership group in San Diego that's trying to make their city the next home of Major League Soccer put potential team names online for a fan vote. 

Classic mistake! 

You can never trust those jokers on the internet. 

Remember "Boaty McBoatface"? That's the $243.3 million polar research vessel that the internet overwhelmingly voted to give a ridiculous name. (It didn't quite stick, alas, but kind of lives on.)

Now we have "Footy McFooty Face."

As backstory: A dozen areas, including San Diego, are vying to become home to the next Major League Soccer franchise. To rally supporters and drum up some buzz, the San Diego ownership group let fans on the internet suggest and vote for potential team names via FacebookRead more...

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New online NASA library offers all your free space porn in one placeOpen in a New Window


Have you ever needed a perfect photo of a nebula on which to Photoshop your cat? How about the ideal video of a rocket launch that can be sent as a GIF millions of times over? 

Well, now NASA has you covered. The space agency just set up a searchable image and video library for every space-based need. 

The best part: it's copyright free. You can download and use these images for whatever purpose you want, thanks to NASA's generous public images policy. 

NASA's image and video library.

NASA's image and video library.

Image: nasa

"NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight, and more," NASA said in a press release Tuesday. "Users now can embed content in their own sites and choose from multiple resolutions to download." Read more...

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Teen's Disneyland promposal is sweeter than a pot of Pooh's honeyOpen in a New Window


L.A. high-schoolers Valerie and Gabriel sold custom buttons together for months to save up enough money to visit Disneyland, their third time making the trip together. 

This time, though, Gabriel had a surprise in store, and you know what time of year it is: promposal season, baby! 

Getting asked to prom at Disneyland is a feeling like no other 😭

— val (@nooodleheadd) March 25, 2017

Valerie spoke to Mashable and walked us through the steps Gabriel went to to make this sweet Disney promposal happen. 

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Lucille Bluth explains why the Trump family is 'Arrested Development' IRLOpen in a New Window


Remember the Bluths?

They were the comically entitled clan from Arrested Development with a real estate empire and out-of-touch family members vying for money and power. 

Lucille Bluth, the shopping-addicted matriarch with a martini, was played by actress Jessica Walter. And Walter thinks there's another well-known American family that's just like the Bluths — with one teensy difference.

"They’re both real estate moguls, tycoons, and businesspeople,” she said of the Bluths and the Trumps during an interview with The Daily BeastRead more...

More about Trump, Politics, Tv, Arrested Development, and Jessica Walter


Is a coconut a nut?Open in a New Window


It might not be so obvious at first glance, but a coconut is technically a fruit, a general nut and a seed. 

The coconut belongs to a group of fruits called drupes. Drupes have a fleshy part covering a hard shell containing the seed. Other drupes include peaches, cherries and almonds — the most elusive one of them all (you guessed it) being the coconut. Read more...

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Spiders could eat all humans in one year, and this petition wants to make it happenOpen in a New Window


The Washington Post either ruined or made your day on Tuesday when it published a bit of an analysis that suggests spiders could eat every human on Earth in one year if they really wanted to.

Now musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats is petitioning Senator Al Franken to help make that happen.

It reads:

The WaPo piece that kicked off Darnielle's bid for swift human extinction bases its analysis on a study published this month on the global spider population's eating habits. 

Researchers Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer found that spiders the world over consume, in total, between 400 and 800-million tons of prey per year. It's a set of numbers large enough to trigger a fear-induced blackout for anyone with arachnophobia. Read more...

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NBC will air the 2018 Olympics live because social media always spoils everythingOpen in a New Window


Finally! NBC will air the 2018 Winter Olympics live across all U.S. time zones. 

You can thank — or blame — social media

NBC's conundrum was simple and has sparked complaints from fans for years.

It went like this: The Olympic Games are a global event that often happens half a world away from the United States. NBC used to broadcast the most intriguing competitions during U.S. primetime. But as social media and digital technology revolutionized the ease of learning results as they happened (or even watching them happen via online live-stream), NBC's lack of live broadcasts seemed increasingly greedy and outdated.  Read more...

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This company claims it will make you a watch using your cat's hairOpen in a New Window


You miss your pet when you're not at home, right? Totally. This might help: send an airtight bag of its fur to Analog Watch Co., and they'll (allegedly) send you a hairy "custom to order timepiece" that you can wear everywhere.

The new watch line is called the Companion Collection, and it will (maybe) bring you one step closer to what you've always wanted — smelling, looking and being exactly like your pet.

See, look. Twins.

Image: Analog Watch Co.

How does one make a cat fur watch, you wonder? That's fair — here's a video detailing how they (claim to) pull it off. Read more...

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Dating app figures out what we all hate about sexOpen in a New Window


When it comes to what we love and what we hate about sex, the dating app Hater has got our number.

The app, which launched in February and matches people based on what they both hate, isn't just for helping people find love. Their users can swipe through more than 3,000 topics to indicate if they love them or hate them, and thus it's become a great source of data on how people feel about all kinds of things — including sex. 

Hater analyzed responses to sex-related topics and found that the biggest disagreements between men and women were about “butt stuff.” Even though it’s now been endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP, only 48 percent of women were in favor of it. In contrast, 88 percent of men were on board. Sorry, guys. Read more...

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This jewelry store's billboard got everyone so riled up even Chelsea Clinton tweeted about itOpen in a New Window


A family-owned jeweler thought it had a funny, witty take on an old adage so the company put it on a billboard. 

Spicer Green Jewelers' cheeky sign told motorists "Sometimes, it's ok to throw rocks at girls..." What the owners thought was an innocuous phrase invoking nostalgia and promoting the store's diamonds and gems quickly turned into a storm of outrage.

Asheville's controversial "throw rocks at girls" billboard makes national news #avlnews

— WLOS (@WLOS_13) March 26, 2017

More about Jewelry, Chelsea Clinton, Backlash, Sexist, and Billboard


Trump's climate order puts 'China first' in clean energyOpen in a New Window


President Donald Trump is vowing to put "America First" — just not when it comes to the global clean energy race.

The president on Tuesday signed a sweeping executive order that experts say could leave the United States lagging behind China and other nations as manufacturers and investors throw trillions of dollars into renewable energy projects.

The order will start unraveling the Obama administration's key efforts to address climate change. Flanked by coal miners and cabinet officials, Trump vowed to revamp fossil fuel production and erase "job-killing" restrictions on power plants and pipelines. Read more...

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Donald Trump is now your last hope for the most basic internet privacy rulesOpen in a New Window


Go ahead and assume that everything you do online is being tracked and sold without your knowledge. 

The House voted 215-205 on Tuesday in favor of erasing a rule that would prevent internet service providers from quietly selling off consumer data without notifying those consumers. The rule — enacted last year by the Federal Communications Commission — was so short-lived that it never got the chance to be implemented. 

The Senate voted to do the same thing in a 50-48 vote late last week. Now, it's up to President Donald Trump to sign off on the bill to finalize the repeal. The White House formally indicated on Tuesday that Trump supported the bill's repeal.  Read more...

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Sorry, Lyft, but being less awful than Uber doesn't make you 'woke'Open in a New Window


If Silicon Valley is the land of self-congratulatory BS, then Lyft President John Zimmer just made a play for the crown. 

As his ride-hail company continues to benefit from the ongoing struggles of its top rival Uber, the extremely rich executive took a moment out of his busy schedule rescuing kittens or whatever to chat it up with Time

The topic du jour? How his San Francisco-based company is less a Peter Thiel-backed behemoth working with General Motors to automate its drivers out of jobs than a thoughtful and do-gooding corporate citizen. 

"We’re woke," the questionably woke exec told Time. "Our community is woke, and the U.S. population is woke." Read more...

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This Swedish ad perfectly mocks the hype around self-driving carsOpen in a New Window


We know self-driving cars are the inevitable future of transportation — mostly because all the companies looking to profit from it can't stop hyping the technology. 

A slick ad from Swedish transportation agency Västtrafik has all the hallmarks of a futuristic autonomous vehicle hype video, complete with buzzwords like "sustainable," "electrified" and "delegated driving."

Cue the big reveal... to a standard city bus. Turns out, you can already experience many of the perks we're looking forward to in self-driving cars by taking public transport. 

Well played, Västtrafik. Well played. 

[H/T: - The Verge]

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What we know about Elon Musk’s plan to go full super villain and play with your brainOpen in a New Window


Elon Musk wants people to willingly implant electrodes in their brains so they might upload and download thoughts, and he's building a company to make it happen. 

This is Musk's latest technological frontier. He's working on an electric car revolution through Tesla and trying to send people to Mars with SpaceX. Through Neuralink, Musk plans to merge humans and machines through a technology called neural lace.

Let's take a look at what we know and don't know about what Musk wants to do to the human brain.  Read more...

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These terrible photos might explain why Donald Trump rejected an offer to throw a first pitchOpen in a New Window


Womp womp. 

Hours after a report Tuesday morning that President Donald Trump was "in talks" to throw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game on Major League Baseball's Opening Day, that dream was dashed. 

Now we're left with so many questions.

Politico reported Tuesday morning that Trump was "in talks" to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park on April 3. What exactly "in talks" meant was not clear (more on that in a minute). But by midday Tuesday, the White House cited a "scheduling conflict" to say it would not happen.  Read more...

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These new educational apps will help Syrian refugee kids learn and playOpen in a New Window


Two new apps won an international technology competition to help Syrian refugee children learn, play and cope with trauma.

The mobile games Antura and the Letters and Feed the Monster received top honors for EduApp4Syria, which leverages the widespread availability of smartphones to develop free, educational alternatives for millions of Syrian children forced out of school due to conflict.

The competition is a joint effort from the Norwegian government, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and several global nonprofit partners. The winners were announced last week to coincide with UNESCO's Mobile Learning WeekRead more...

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