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Golden State Warriors Are Good at Basketball, Terrible at SingingOpen in a New Window

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Basketball season is upon us and rookie hazing is in full swing.

The Golden State Warriors’ rookie class of 2014 were subjected to a unique form of public hazing during an open practice this week: Putting on costumes and turning the Oracle Arena into an a cappella karaoke studio.

James Michael McAdoo sang the theme from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air (2:45), Aaron Craft sang “Party in The USA” (8:14) and Draymond Green — well, Draymond Green didn’t do much except annoy the crowd (5:45).

TL;DR: Basketball needs to start already.

Draymond Green bought this costume for Aaron Craft pic.twitter.com/sRTEy9ls2F

— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) October 24, 2014 Read more...

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Was the Amazon Fire Phone a Gross Miscalculation?Open in a New Window

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The Amazon Fire Phone is teetering on the edge of oblivion, and there are signs everywhere.

I haven't spotted a single Fire Phone in the wild since it shipped in late July, and Amazon has millions of dollars in unsold inventory. Even AT&T, which Amazon partnered with, seems less than enthused about the phone.

A look at the carrier's website tells you a little about the current smartphone pecking order. There's a large photo of Apple’s iPhone 6 on its homepage; navigate to its cellphone page and you’ll find that the first slots are filled by Apple (the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5C and 5S); the next ones are filled by Samsung (the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Mega 2) Read more...

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NYPD: Cops Who Threw Away Gloves in Street Didn't Enter Ebola Patient's HomeOpen in a New Window

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Two New York Police Department officers working near the residence of Craig Spencer, the doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola, were spotted Thursday dumping protective gloves and masks into a street corner garbage can — prompting some alarm on social media.

Oh wow can it get anymore comical? Let's not dispose of our gloves & mask in a public street trash can! #Ebola #NYC pic.twitter.com/RPONnSjkWg

— chillbop (@Whatbugsmetoday) October 24, 2014

Have they lost their minds? @MailOnline NYC cops on Ebola case toss gloves and masks in PUBLIC trash can http://t.co/xohMJe9teI #ebola #WTF

— Steen Selvejer (@SSelvejer) October 24, 2014 Read more...

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A New 'Harry Potter' Story Is Coming on HalloweenOpen in a New Window

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It's neither a trick nor a treat.

J.K. Rowling will be releasing a Harry Potter story on Oct. 31, focused on the devil incarnate herself Dolores Umbridge, according to a post on Pottermore on Friday.

The new story will provide a 1,700-word backstory about Umbridge, including new details, plus Rowling’s "revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character," the Pottermore announcement reads. (You can't view the announcement without a membership to Pottermore.)

Harry Potter fans will remember Umbridge as the most sadistic cat lady to have ever lived, torturing Harry and other students during her time as Hogwarts headmistress in the fifth book Order of the Phoenix. (Remember the time she punished Harry with a "blood quill"?) Umbridge also served as the senior undersecretary to the minister for magic Read more...

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CBS Harnesses Star Power for Instagram 'Takeover'Open in a New Window

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CBS has enlisted some major star power for a week of special Instagram content

Actors from all 21 of the network's primetime series are set to participate in a week-long CBS Instagram takeover, which will begin Oct. 27 and run until Nov. 2.

"One of the best ways for the audience to experience a show is through the eyes of its stars,” said Chris Ender, CBS's executive vice-president of communications. “This Instagram campaign captures a week of CBS primetime, as artists release photos and videos from the sets, just for the fans."

Cast members and producers will be posting photos and videos from set on the day their shows air. So Monday, for example, will see actors from 2 Broke Girls, Scorpion, NCIS: LA and The Millers participating

Each morning, the shows' official Instagram accounts will announce which cast member will be in charge of representing the series for that day. Read more...

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13 Spectacular Photos of The Partial Solar EclipseOpen in a New Window

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The moon passed in front of the sun on Thursday, causing a partial solar eclipse visible across North America

For Stargazers lucky enough to experience clear weather during the eclipse, the sun appeared to take on a crescent shape, as the moon partially obstructed it from our view. This is 2014's first partial solar eclipse. A full solar eclipse took place in April.

Although staring directly at a partial solar eclipse can cause permanent eye damage, photographers risked their vision to capture awe-inspiring images of the sun for those unable to see the event live. Check out a few of our favorites, below: Read more...

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Don't Try Bending the iPad Air 2 at HomeOpen in a New Window

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Bendgate continues with the iPad Air 2, and it's far worse than we've ever imagined.

In a new YouTube video that will surely make any tablet owner's knuckles whiten and teeth clench, the latest iPad Air 2 undergoes a bend test to see how much pressure it can endure.

YouTube user Martin Macht starts bending his new iPad Air 2 with his bare hands, but the bend turns into a break. Tiny pieces start to fall off and the screen shatters, leaving your jaw on the ground.

Miraculously, there's a twist: Even after the damage, the iPad Air 2 still works. (Well, sort of.) Read more...

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Touchdown Baby Is Sorta Pumped Your Team ScoredOpen in a New Window

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Hand signals in sports know no borders, even when it's baby talk.

With a name like Ace, it's no surprise that this 9-month-old has taken an early liking to sports. But judging from his reaction, he's probably rooting for the opposite team.

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Madeleine Albright Just Schooled Conan on Halloween EtiquetteOpen in a New Window

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Conan O'Brien's first Twitter fight with a former Secretary of State was a resounding failure. (For him, at least.)

The comedian and talk show host had a good ole Internet flame war with Madeleine Albright (albeit one that ended after one exchange), who served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Conan believes Albright is one of his many doppelgangers (also numbered among them is Tilda Swinton).

The "fight" began when O'Brien revealed his Halloween costume.

I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as “Slutty Madeleine Albright.”

— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 23, 2014 Read more...

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Taylor Swift Thinks Jimmy Kimmel Is a JerkOpen in a New Window

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Taylor Swift, like most people on the Internet, does not appreciate Jimmy Kimmel's pranks

The singer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday, and gave the host a piece of her mind for his "twerking girl on fire" prank from last year, calling him a straight-up jerk. God bless you, Tay Tay — we knew you were a national treasure for a reason

Apparently, Kimmel's music booker also threw Swift out of the building when she was 14, so the host is basically public enemy numero uno to all Swifters out there. Beware Jimmy, it's only a matter of time until Taylor pens a song about you and your evil pranking ways Read more...

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What Do Baseball Players Feel When They Hit a Home Run?Open in a New Window

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Major League Baseball athletes play it pretty cool and collected. They stroll up to home plate with a wedge of gum between their teeth. They ritually tap the bat a couple of times, sinking down to stare at the pitcher. It's a dance, methodical and focused.

That is, until the crack of his bat hurls a ball high into the air, toward the outfield bleachers, farther and farther. The batter is already rounding first, a surprised and hopeful wince on his face. He appears to be praying for a couple more feet, inches at least

Then finally, the ball lands amid a sea of upstretched hands. Home run

The batter's face changes — sometimes he looks down and cracks a huge smile, a silent amen. Other times, he pumps his fist into the air and yells a warrior cry, either to a roar from the crowd or chants of "booo." Read more...

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Ebola-Free Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Thanks God, DoctorsOpen in a New Window

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Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient in Dallas, is now virus-free and was being discharged on Friday, National Institutes of Health officials confirmed.

Pham was the first person to contract Ebola within the U.S. She was infected with the virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died from Ebola. Pham was eventually transferred to NIH's clinical center in Maryland.

Speaking at NIH on Friday, Pham said, "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family, and friends." Read more...

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Heartbreaking Images of Dogs About to Be EuthanizedOpen in a New Window

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Taiwanese photographer Yun-Fei Tou has spent the past five years documenting shelter dogs' final minutes of life, right before being euthanized. Through this heart-wrenching series, Tou is hoping that viewers will consider animal rights a serious moral issue.

The collection of portraits is titled "Mememto Mori," Latin for "remember (that you have) to die." They were taken anywhere from a few hours to a few minutes before the dogs were scheduled to be put down or mercifully killed in public pounds in Taiwan

"Utilizing the classic portrait style that originated in the early 19th century with the birth of photography as an art form, these photographs offer the viewer a chance to look attentively into a bleak future," Tou wrote on his website. Read more...

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Homer Simpson Blamed for Britain's Obesity ProblemOpen in a New Window

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Homer Simpson has been a beer-drinking, donut-eating, generally unhealthy cartoon father for 25 years. Now a British weight loss guru wants him to change.

Steve Miller, host of British weight loss reality show Fat Families, thinks Homer Simpson should lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle to encourage real, non-cartoon families. He even wrote a letter to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, urging him to consider changing Homer's lifestyle.

"I want [Matt Groening] to consider putting Homer on a regime that promotes the message that health rocks," Miller told BBC's Newsbeat. Read more...

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LG's Next Smartphone Is Powered by an In-House ChipOpen in a New Window

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LG announced an octa-core NUCLUN chip on Thursday, a mobile application processor built for “high performance and low energy consumption,” and next-gen LTE networks.

The chip will debut in the company’s new G3 Screen, a 5.9-inch phone resembling the company’s popular LG G3 device. The only catch: its G3 Screen is developed specifically for the Korean market, according to LG.

When the chip makes it to LG’s other smartphone offerings, it will pack a nice punch. LG says it uses four 1.5GHz cores and four 1.2GHz cores — the number of performing cores dynamically adjusts for performance and battery life Read more...

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Spooky Car Wash Prank Will Work You Up Into a LatherOpen in a New Window

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For most of us, the scariest thing about a car wash is the price tag, but this video from Ford gives you another reason to be afraid

As a Halloween prank, Ford enlisted some actors in scary masks to swarm people's vehicles inside a car wash. Between that and the spooky lighting, drivers get predictably freaked out. Most also start guffawing though, as they quickly realize that it's a prank

Prankvertising, as it's known, has become an effective way for brands to insert themselves into viral videos. It may not convince viewers to buy more Fords, but at least it gets the brand name out there, and addresses the first rim of the purchase funnel: awareness. Read more...

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13 People Who Shouldn't Be Allowed Near Remote-Controlled VehiclesOpen in a New Window

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Put down the batteries and step away from the tiny car.

Remote-controlled vehicles are more dangerous than you might think. For starters, you don’t need a license to pick up a remote and start driving stuff. With enough money, anyone can drive whatever RC vehicle they want where ever they want.

On top of that, the hobbyist community is huge, motivated and full of people with crazy amounts of downtime spent trying to supe-up whatever gadget they are currently tinkering with.

We don’t let most 13 year-olds near sharp eating utensils at dinner yet we are suppose to believe that it’s totally cool to let them control model fighter planes equipped with rocket boosters? In the words of John Oliver, “How is this still a thing?” Read more...

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This Dog Can Do Tricks Better Than Any HumanOpen in a New Window

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Trick-or-treating is too easy. Here at Mashable HQ, you have to earn your candy.

Jesse the Jack, a talented Jack Russell Terrier with skills (and YouTube views) that put us all to shame, has a new way to trick or treat.

Jesse was in New York to release his creative new ABC Zoo iBook and app that teaches children the alphabet, so we invited the pup to come to our office and show us his best moves

In the spirit of Halloween, Jesse came with a couple of costumes, so we put him and Mashable reporter Brian Koerber head-to-head to do some tricks for treats Read more...

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World Series Reset: 3 Things We've Learned So FarOpen in a New Window

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The visiting San Francisco Giants dealt the Kansas City Royals their first loss of the 2014 MLB postseason in with a 7-1 whooping in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. In Game 2 on Wednesday night, the Royals exacted sweet revenge with a 7-2 win over the Giants.

Now, the series heads back to San Francisco for Games 3, 4 and 5. Either team can close out the series with a trio of wins; otherwise, we'll head back to Kansas City for Game 6 (and, if necessary, a final Game 7).

Many surprises are still in store, of course. But here are three things we know about this World Series of underdogs so far. Read more...

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The Great 2014 Senate Tug-of-War: What's at StakeOpen in a New Window

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Have you, by chance, heard that Republicans have a pretty good shot at taking control of the Senate?

That seems to be all anyone is talking about heading into the midterm elections that will end on Nov. 4. But what would Republican control of the Senate mean for the next two years and beyond? What will change, if anything?

Below, we've laid out a few bits of information that will help you see past the headlines.

What are the Republicans' chances?

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Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, addresses the media as his wife Elaine Chao looks on, on Oct. 2.

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Strong Winds Make It Really Tough to Land a PlaneOpen in a New Window

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Ultimately, everything turned out OK for this TUIfly flight, but the footage of the landing still caused concern for onlookers

Strong winds created a challenging situation as the plane came in to land at Madeira Airport in Portugal, on Oct. 20. TUIfly operates leisure flights and is based out of Germany.

The winds were a lingering remnant of Hurricane Gonzalo, which battered Bermuda, causing damage and power outages.

Flávio Silva captured the descent to the runway (watch above).

The winds moved to the UK on Tuesday, and the TUIfly plane was not the only one swaying as it landed. At the Manchester airport, an Air Portugal flight was captured on camera swaying in 50 mph winds. About 80 flights at Heathrow were canceled Tuesday due to high winds. Read more...

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Jake Gyllenhaal Is Not Interested in This 'Nightcrawler' Red Band ClipOpen in a New Window

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LOS ANGELES — Nightcrawler isn't your typical Hollywood Halloween movie — and that's a good, creepy thing.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays an ambitious newbie paparazzi videographer in this neo-noir film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to great acclaim. No supernatural scares here; Nightcrawler is horrifying in a visceral, cerebral and very grounded, making it perfect Halloween counter-programming.

SEE ALSO: Bill Murray, Jake Gyllenhaal Test the Limits of 'Antihero' at the Toronto Film Fest

In this red-band trailer from Open Road Films and exclusively shared with Mashable, Louis Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is propositioned by a more seasoned nightcrawler (Bill Paxton) who recognizes his talent early for tracking down and shooting grisly video opps Read more...

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NYC Ebola Patient's Neighbor: 'I Don't See a Need to Panic'Open in a New Window

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NEW YORK — Many residents who live in the same neighborhood as New York's first Ebola patient know their facts and say they aren't afraid of catching the virus.

"Like they said, it's only something you can get from direct contact with bodily fluids," said Ryan Carlos. "So I don't see a need to panic."

Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for Ebola on Thursday after he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with a high fever and nausea. Spencer returned from West Africa, where he was treating Ebola patients with Doctors Without Borders, on Oct. 17. Read more...

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Queen Elizabeth II Tweets for the First TimeOpen in a New Window

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Though she still doesn't have a personal Twitter account, Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch of the United Kingdom, has tweeted for the first time.

The Queen tweeted from the official account of the British Monarchy after opening the Information Age exhibition at London's Science Museum on Friday. The tweet, below, is signed "Elizabeth R."

It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

The last tweet was sent personally by The Queen from her official Twitter account @BritishMonarchy #TheQueenTweets

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MakerBot CEO: No New Hardware at CESOpen in a New Window

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Jenny Lawton took a somewhat circuitous route to the helm of 3D printing leader MakerBot

Before joining the company as “Head of People” in 2011, Lawton spent ten years in retail, running her own bookstore in Greenwich, Connecticut. And though physical book selling might appear the polar opposite of 3D printing, which takes digital ideas and makes them physical, Lawton told me she learned a lot in the “down and dirty” retail business. “Retail is tough, tough work,” said Lawton and her bookstore taught her valuable lessons about small business, inventory management and the critical nature of customer relations. Read more...

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Animals Can Experience the Uncanny ValleyOpen in a New Window

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In 2009, researchers at Princeton University showed macaque monkeys three images of their species: a real photograph, an unrealistic computer rendering and a detailed digital caricature.

The monkeys, which normally coo and smack their lips when they interact in real life, looked inquisitively at the photographs and renderings for extended periods of time. But when they saw the last type of image — lifelike but not quite realistic enough — they quickly averted their eyes, frightened.

The study was the first to find that an animal other than a human could experience the phenomenon known as the "uncanny valley." Japanese robotics engineer Masahiro Mori coined the phrase more than 30 years ago, describing the revulsion we feel when something looks nearly human, but not enough to be convincing. Read more...

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The Impressive Display of Sculptures By The Sea on Sydney's CoastlineOpen in a New Window

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Sydney is starting to heat up. The air is warm, the nights are light, people are baring limbs and mingling in the sunshine

As this time hits every year, the iconic event Sculptures by the Sea kicks off on the Bondi to Bronte 2km coastal walk. If the view doesn't blow your mind enough, this should sort you out.

There are more than 100 sculptures on display this year, with many merging with the landscape, showing off the curves and beauty of the coastline in an artistic way. The seaside exhibition is in its 18th year and sees 500,000 people attend. Read more...

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Ukraine's New 'War Heroes' Waste No Time Seeking Political OfficeOpen in a New Window

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KIEV, Ukraine –-As a journalist, Mustafa Nayyem investigated and exposed the shadowy underworld of Ukrainian oligarchs.

As a civic activist, he is credited with helping ignite the Euromaidan Revolution that ousted the government in February.

Now, Nayyem, a 33-year-old who often dons a T-shirt with the words "Ukraine –- Fuck Corruption," wants to change the system from within, hoping to trade in his proverbial pen and signboard for a seat in parliament.

"I see a window of opportunity…to go inside and change something," said Nayyem, who is running on the ticket of the president’s party, the aptly named Bloc of Petro Poroshenko.

Nayyem joins dozens of other well-known journalists, activists and people considered war heroes, who are running in Ukraine's parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for Sunday Read more...

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These Vintage Halloween Costumes Will Scare the Sheet Out of YouOpen in a New Window

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In an era of body modifications, animatronic masks and advanced cosplay, it's worth remembering that sometimes all you need to generate a sensation of utter terror is a pumpkin, a sheet and a very long stick. Read more...

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The Early Morning Sober RaveOpen in a New Window

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Fifty yogis gathered in the VIP Room, a Manhattan nightclub, at 6:00 a.m. on a weekday morning. By 7:00 a.m., they rolled up their mats and were joined by 400 other Daybreakers, as they call themselves, while DJ Tasha Blank started spinning beats and the room once again transformed into a dance club.

The catch: There were no drugs or alcohol involved; all attendees were completely sober for this early morning rave.

“It was a little bit of an audacious idea,” said co-organizer Matthew Brimer of the origin of Daybreaker. “Can we get a couple hundred people to wake up early before work and dance and do something that has never really happened before,” he asked, “and do it all sober?” Read more...

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