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Jimmy Kimmel Would Swipe Left on Tinder for Bill MurrayOpen in a New Window

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We hate to break it to you, but Bill Murray doesn't use Tinder. if he did, though, he wouldn't be getting any love from Jimmy Kimmel.

The actor stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, where the two spoke about the the dating app — along with the spontaneity of his life and his dream of showing up at an airport and boarding any random flight.

We hear you, man

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Canadian Parliament on Lockdown After Reports of Active ShooterOpen in a New Window

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Mashable is following reports of a shooting on Ottawa's Parliament Hill. Here's the latest:

3 things you need to know:

  • A soldier was shot at Ottawa's War Memorial

  • Members of Parliament reported hearing multiple shots fired inside the Parliament building.

  • Police say the shooter is still on the loose.

  • Watch CBC's live stream


    Canada's Parliament building is on lockdown Wednesday morning amid reports of an active shooter on Ottawa's Parliament Hill.

    The incident began when a man, described by CBC Ottawa as a soldier standing guard, was shot at the city's War Memorial. Moments later, shots were reported inside the Parliament building. Read more...

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    Tim Cook Meets With Top Chinese Official After iCloud HackOpen in a New Window

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    Just two days after China was accused of trying to steal Chinese users' iCloud logins and passwords with a sophisticated cyberattack, Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled there for a high-level meeting with a government official.

    Details of the meeting are murky, but Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai on Wednesday to exchange "views on protection of users' information, and "views on strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields," according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency. Their meeting took place in Zhongnanhai, in central Beijing, the heart of the Communist Party of China. Read more...

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    What Is Your Biggest Dream?Open in a New Window

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    What is the biggest dream you have for yourself? Is it to travel the world? Is it to be the first person in your family to attend college? Or it is to get a big promotion at work or even start your own business?

    For many of us, these dreams remain just dreams. But for others, these dreams are fuel to build a better life or career. In a recent Mashable Spotlight piece, writer Gili Malinsky chronicled New York food vendor Thiru Kumar, better known as the Dosa Man, who opened a tiny food cart in 2001, and has built it into an amazing culinary success.

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    Renée Zellweger to the Haters: 'I'm Glad Folks Think I Look Different'Open in a New Window

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    Renée Zellweger is glad no one can recognize her.

    Following an appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on Monday, the Internet collectively freaked out about Zellweger's new appearance, questioning whether the actress had undergone extensive plastic surgery.

    Plot twist: Renee Zellweger's new face is actually her Halloween costume.

    — Anis Tabet (@AnisTabet23) October 22, 2014

    I don't think Renee Zellweger looks so bad. She just doesn't look like Renee Zellweger.

    — Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) October 21, 2014 Read more...

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    Where Sitcom Characters Lived in New York CityOpen in a New Window

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    Many tours in New York City focus on famous characters from television and the movies, though they usually only focus on the most popular shows — Sex and the City, Friends — and take tourists to the most recognizable facades.

    But many current and former favorite characters have lived in the city, and they often even had real addresses.

    Nick Carr, a movie-location scout who created the blog Scouting NY, researched the exact addresses of the fictional characters who have called New York home over the years.

    Real estate blog The Real Deal went a step further, and created a map marking apartment locations: Read more...

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    Olloclip Revamps Its 4-in-1 Lens to Fit the iPhone 6Open in a New Window

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    Once again, a new iPhone design has forced us to update our iPhone accessories.

    Olloclip’s new 4-in-1 Photo Lens works with both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch 6 Plus, and for the first time, it works with the phones’ front-facing FaceTime cameras to add a new level of image enhancement to selfies (if you’re into that type of thing). It still includes its classic fisheye, wide-angle 10x and 15 x macros

    When Apple first unveiled the iPhone 6 in September, I took a look at my collection of Olloclip add-on photo lenses for the iPhone 5S and realized they were officially obsolete. Read more...

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    Google Is Making Some More Noise About Google WalletOpen in a New Window

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    Now that Apple Pay is here, you'll soon be hearing more about Google Wallet.

    Apple has garnered a great deal of attention this week for introducing Apple Pay, but Google Wallet, another NFC-based solution, has on the market for three yearsGoogle is planning a "couple of ad campaigns" in the fourth quarter for its mobile payment system, according to Sherice Torres, Google's director of marketing for commerce. It's still unclear whether the plan will include TV

    Google has advertised Wallet previously; an inaugural ad from 2011 featured Seinfeld's George Costanza and his overstuffed wallet. (That ad has since been removed.) Read more...

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    Astronauts Are Using Oculus Rift to Put Their Minds at EaseOpen in a New Window

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    You might occasionally fantasize about floating through space, gazing on Earth from above or suiting up for a spacewalk. But astronauts' daydreams might include just the opposite

    Spending extended periods of time on space flights can be mentally taxing, studies show, and confinement on a spacecraft can result in feelings of depression or isolation, not to mention conflict between crew members

    To help, scientists are working with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to offer astronauts a simulated trip back to Earth — whether that be strolling along the beach, sitting at the peak of a mountain or resting at home with family. It's not the same as the real deal, of course, but researchers at Dartmouth's Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation lab (DALI) believe virtual reality could help astronauts feel more at ease in unnatural surroundings Read more...

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    American Held in North Korea Returns HomeOpen in a New Window

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    An Ohio man detained for nearly six months in North Korea has landed back home.

    A plane carrying Jeffrey Fowle landed Wednesday morning at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, where he had an emotional reunion with his family.

    Moments after Fowle stepped off a plane at the base just after 6:30 a.m., he was met and hugged by his three children, wife and other relatives.

    Update: A base official tells us Fowle's children didn't know their dad was coming home http://t.co/bq9cPM8muK pic.twitter.com/QzwFxd5DV6

    — WHIOTV (@whiotv) October 22, 2014

    Base Col. John Devillier said Fowle had a teary reunion with his family. He said Fowle was happy and seemed thrilled to be back in the U.S. Read more...

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    The First 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Is Finally ... ScheduledOpen in a New Window

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    LOS ANGELES — Ready for an Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer? Well, this isn't it, but the wait is almost over.

    After Tuesday night's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, Marvel announced that it would debut the first public trailer on Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

    SEE ALSO: 'Age of Ultron' Cast Rocks Comic-Con, 'Guardians 2' Announced

    Marvel and Disney showed an extensive, spoiler-heavy sizzle reel at Comic-Con this summer, including an extended look at the beginning of the film in which the malevolent 'bot Ultron make his entrance. It also showed a grim scene, in which the malevolent 'bot's mass destruction meets Tony Stark's teammates. Read more...

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    Who Will Control the Senate? Election Is 'Neck and Neck'Open in a New Window

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    The head of the Democratic Party says the mid-term campaign for control of the Senate is "a neck and neck" situation.

    Republicans could recapture the Senate from Democrats with a net gain of six seats.

    Florida Congressman Deborah Wasserman-Schultz brushed off talk that endangered Democratic Senate incumbents are trying to avoid associating with President Barack Obama.

    She tells MSNBC Wednesday that Obama was on the ballot in 2008 and 2012, not now.

    Yet, Wasserman-Schultz cites Obama's economic record when asked about Democratic prospects, saying "we have pulled ourselves out, thanks to his leadership." Read more...

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    15 Emoji Costumes to Express Yourself This HalloweenOpen in a New Window

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    Though it's only October, it's probably not too early to officially declare 2014 as the Year of Emoji

    To review: Drake got a prayer hands emoji tattoo, a parody Tumblr happened, the Internet got really upset about the lack of hot dog emoji and petitioned, Starbucks tried to capitalize on emoji — and oh yes, Seinfeld emoji were born

    Surely, this also means that Halloween 2014 will be the Halloween for emoji costumes. Have a look at these 15 "recently used" emoji costumes to gear up for what will, inevitably, be a day overrun by bug-eyed poop and kissyfaces Read more...

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    The Evolution of Women's Workwear Through the DecadesOpen in a New Window

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    Clothes say a lot about women's evolving roles in the workplace. A history of 20th century office fashion in photos. Read more...

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    Why You're Crazy Addicted to 'Hocus Pocus'Open in a New Window

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    Something wicked this way comes.

    Since 1993, the Disney film Hocus Pocus has been a perennial Halloween favorite, scaring up a new batch of children every year. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as a trio of evil witches known as the Sanderson sisters, the film is a kitschy gem. Through countless showings on TV, and soaring DVD sales (which peak every October), it has become the cult favorite scary movie for a generation of kids.

    But how did a film, which flopped at the box office and got middling reviews become so beloved and financially successful? Like many cult films, it took a winding path that relied on staunch fans and invaluable TV reruns. The witchy little flick had all the right elements: big-name stars, a campy concept and a PG script that flirted with PG-13 jokes. Read more...

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    20 Cat Pranks for When Humans Aren't EnoughOpen in a New Window

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    When your siblings or roommates aren't around, sometimes the purr-fect prank victim is your precious pet.

    You love your fuzzy feline, which is why it's so satisfying to play a friendly joke on your unsuspecting pet once in a whileCats have great senses of humor — most of the time.

    Beware, pranksters. Kitty always finds a way to reap their revenge sooner or later.

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    Red Cross: Ebola Could Be Contained Within 6 MonthsOpen in a New Window

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    BEIJING — A top Red Cross official said Wednesday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six months.

    Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told a news conference in Beijing that the time frame is possible if there is "good isolation, good treatment of the cases which are confirmed," and "safe burials" of those who die from the disease.

    The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people since it emerged 10 months ago, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone the worst-affected countries. Read more...

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    A Video Game Helped Make a Gun That Shoots Teddy BearsOpen in a New Window

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    A post apocalyptic reality means sometimes getting really creative with the remaining resources you have

    Apparently in crises like in Sunset Overdrive, a sassy Xbox One exclusive being developed by Insomniac Games, that may mean weaponizing cute, cuddly teddy bears and classic vinyl to help fight off the mutants laying siege to your town.

    In this Sunset Overdrive ad, we meet a real life version of Walter, your average garage tinkerer who has found a new, violent life after the mutants began to overrun Sunset

    Sunset Overdrive is out on Xbox One on Oct. 28. Read more...

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    Ebola May Be Coming to Australia, But Not in a Terrorist's BackpackOpen in a New Window

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    Ebola is coming to Australia, but everyone can stop freaking out, the chance of getting infected is low. And it is definitely not coming in the form of a suicide bomber, despite a politician's outrageous comments to the contrary.

    Global Health's Professor Barbara McPake, speaking ahead of a conference on global health security in Melbourne on Wednesday, said although it is likely we will see the Ebola within our borders, Australia is well placed to deal with an outbreak

    "As the epidemic gets larger and larger in west Africa the likelihood of the odd case emerging in Australia is quite high, but I do think Australia will deal with it very well," she said. "If anybody dies in Australia it's likely to be somebody who has come already at a fairly advanced stage of the infection ... Australia has a very strong health system." Read more...

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    13 Plane Confessions From the People Running Your FlightOpen in a New Window

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    Those who feel relatively at ease flying at 30,000 feet might reconsider after learning that their pilots might be sleeping on the job.

    For these airline pilots and attendants, sleeping in the cockpit, getting busy in the bathroom and hating your guts are all in a day's work

    Whisper shared a few confessions from its high-flying userbase about what airline staff are really up to behind those kitchen curtains. But don't worry— it's not all bad.

    Parents told me being a flight attendant wasn't a real job. While they sit at home with their real jobs, I get views like this at my " fake" one.

    I'm a young male flight attendant. I fooled around with one of my passengers during the flight. When I walked him back to his seat his wife asked me for another refill ... Ops

    I take pictures of people asleep on airplanes... Hopefully with their mouths open... I'm a flight attendant.

    I fucking hate all of the passengers on the plane. XoXo your Flight Attendant.

    I'm a pilot but I'm afraid of heights.

    I'm a flight attendant. I love meeting sexy pilots and sexy business men. Never gets old!

    I'm a pilot and I get "ground sick" if I stay on ground for too long

    I'm a flight attendant, and I've had quickies with passengers in the plane's lavatory before.

    I'm a pilot and I've fallen asleep while flying before.

    I don't turn off my phone during take off and landing... I'm a pilot.

    I'm a pilot. The whole cell phones will interfere with the plane's system and correspondence is bullshit.

    I dumped and left my ex stranded in another city at an airport after I found out he was cheating on me. He thought we were going on a surprise trip. Surprise: Never mess with a flight attendant!

    I'm a flight attendant and if we ever   had an emergency I would get off the plane first. Everyone else is on their own. Hope they watched the safety demo. ;)

    For more confessions from airline workers, check out Whisper.

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    Government and Students Hold Talks as Hong Kong Protesters Watch OnOpen in a New Window

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    HONG KONG — On one side of a conference room in Hong Kong on Tuesday night sat five people in their 20s, dressed in jeans and black T-shirts bearing the words “Freedom Now.”

    On the other side were representatives from the government, besuited and decades older than their counterparts.

    These were the first talks between students who have spearheaded street protests in Hong Kong for more than three weeks now, and representatives of the government that is trying to convince them to go home.

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    Makeup Artist Uses Face as Canvas to Transform Into CelebritiesOpen in a New Window

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    Some people use makeup to hide blemishes or enhance their appearance. Others use it to completely transform themselves.

    Freelance makeup artist Lucia Pittalis defies gender and age to completely transform her appearance into musicians, film characters and pop culture figures. Pittalis not only masters facial structure, but also somehow captures her subject's essence, dressing perfectly to play the part

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    Prepare For More Devastating Bushfires, Australian Climate Council WarnsOpen in a New Window

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    SYDNEY — Australians are being warned to prepare for another devastating bushfire season this year, particularly in New South Wales.

    A new report by the Climate Council, which was abolished by the Abbott government and is now funded by public donations, warned the length and severity of the bushfire season is increasing year on year.

    "Record-breaking heat and hotter weather over the long term in NSW has worsened fire weather and contributed to an increase in the frequency and severity of bushfires," the report said.

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    The Three Performances That Rocked the Final Week of Battles on 'The Voice'Open in a New Window

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    Battle Rounds are complete

    But in a week filled with fierce competition, there were no doubt some KO's

    So which duos were at the top of The Voice mountain of talent? These are the three best performances of the week:

    Beth Spangler and Mia Pfirrman

    (Team Adam)

    This mega-battle of powerhouses could have been a trainwreck, honestly. Whenever a coach chooses a belty, stylized song for a duo, I get worried. Those types of songs are incredibly hard for the performers to make their own and you run the risk of having a battle that sounds like a band of aggressively mating banshees.

    But, instead, Beth and Mia rocked Christina Aguilera's "I Turn To You" — arguably one of the blander Xtina ballads. Read more...

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    Teddy the Dog Desperately Tries to Retrieve Ball From Evil ChairOpen in a New Window

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    Poor Teddy. At least you can still get by on your looks.

    Teddy — who is "not the brightest dog in the world," according to his owner — tries to retrieve his precious ball from between the spokes on the back of a kitchen chair. For a gleaming moment, he barely figures out how to go around to the front, but he sadly still ends up defeated by his wooden foe.

    It's okay, pup. You'll get it one day.

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    Picturing the Blizzard That Caused Nepal's Worst-Ever Mountaineering DisasterOpen in a New Window

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    The deadliest mountaineering disaster in Nepal's history occurred last week, when the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Hudhud pushed moist air up against the tall peaks of the Himalayas. The result, as the air climbed the rocky mountainsides while cooling and condensing as it did so, was a staggering 6.5 feet of snow at a time of year when foul weather is rarely seen

    The blizzard and related avalanches struck right when hundreds of relatively inexperienced climbers from around the world come to travel along the famed Annapurna trail

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    Vine Updates iOS App With Enhanced Discovery and Sharing ToolsOpen in a New Window

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    Vine just made it easier for its users to discover and share new videos.

    The iOS version of the app was updated Tuesday with new discovery features that allow users to find new videos, regardless of how many users they follow.

    Vine users can now follow specific channels, a feature first introduced last year that categorizes videos based on broad themes such as animals, comedy, DIY, food or style. Now, when you select a particular channel, you have the ability to follow it by tapping the plus symbol in the upper right hand corner of the app. Following a channel will surface "selected featured posts" from within that category in your main feed, even if you don't follow the user who posted it Read more...

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    This Harry Potter Rap Is For Muggles Wishing Quidditch Was a Real SportOpen in a New Window

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    "Just because you're flying on the ground doesn't mean it isn't fun at all, doesn't mean it isn't fun at all. No, and foreheads ain't the only place you can get scars that make you special," Sebastian Milla raps at the end of his Harry Potter-themed song

    His "Snitches and Seekers" rap, featured in the just-released Mudbloods documentary, is about the fictional international sporting event called Quidditch, which students on campuses everywhere have turned into a real-life club sport with brooms.

    Milla, a 2013 graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, penned the rap when he was a member — a chaser to be exact — of UCLA's Quidditch teamMudbloods, released Oct. 14 on demand, follows UCLA's team as they compete for glory in the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup. Read more...

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    Google and Others Sink $542 Million Into Mystery Virtual Reality VentureOpen in a New Window

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    Search giant Google, along with several other interests, just invested more than half a billion dollars in a mysterious venture called Magic Leap, a company that, based on various reports, is working on technology focused on the virtual reality and augmented reality space

    So far, the company has kept a tight lid on what exactly it has to offer in terms of technical specifics but, whatever it is, Google and several other major players believe it's worth the $542 million in investment dollars announced on Tuesday

    Also included in the investment round are Silicon Valley heavyweight venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, private equity firm KKR, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, film studio Legendary Entertainment and telecom company Qualcomm Read more...

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    'Internet Trolls' Musical Gives Upbeat Tune to World's Worst PeopleOpen in a New Window

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    "Internet Trolls - The Halloween Musical" is the anthem of our online generation.

    In their latest video, AVByte takes a break from their bread and butter Disney princess feminism ballads to address the subject of nasty Internet trolls.

    The New York-based comedy group tells Mashable it wasn’t a singular event that led to their targeting of trolls, but rather Internet culture in general.

    “We were looking at ‘The Fappening,’ and how trolling and sites like 4chan were involved,” says AVByte co-founder Antonius Nazareth. “At the same time, we've been on the receiving end of some really intense, but fun and lighthearted, trolling and we just finally wanted to address it in a video.” Read more...

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