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5 creative ways to keep in touch after graduation, besides SkypeOpen in a New Window


Trying to ace finals while keeping track of your cap and gown is stressful enough. Losing touch with your closest friends is worse

As your lives go in different directions and places, it can be scary to think about staying in touch and keeping those friendships as tight as they were in the dining hall and dorm room

But long-distance friendships aren't restricted to missed Skype dates anymore — there are so many other creative ways to ensure your friendships won't wane as much as your tolerance for all-nighters.

1. Group chats


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12 new roller coasters to scream on in 2015Open in a New Window


Amusement parks are opening their gates, and behind them are plenty of new rides waiting for thrillseekers.

This year's new roller coasters are not only bigger, they also plunge faster and flip in spins previous coaster technology could only dream about.

The International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA) recently released the list of new rides opening this year in amusement parks across the U.S., and we're highlighting some of the ones that people who can't get enough adrenaline should ride.

The more than 375 million people visiting amusement parks this year have some serious excitement ahead of them. Read more...

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Riding Cuba's railroad, one of the oldest in the worldOpen in a New Window


HAVANA, Cuba — The National Railway Company of Cuba, Ferrocarriles de Cuba, is the sixth oldest railroad in the world, having opened its first 17-mile long route in 1837. Now the railway covers more than 2,600 miles, stretching from Havana in the west to Santiago de Cuba on the eastern coast.

It has a reputation for being the cheapest — but also the slowest — way to travel from one side of the country to the other.

Passengers wait to board the train in the Central Station in Havana.

A man looks out of the railway car at a passing train that is heading west, to Havana, near the town of San Luis.

The trip from Havana to Santiago de Cuba can take 20 hours, while driving would take about half the time. Tourists and many Cubans choose not to take the train because of its unreliability: It often breaks down or is delayed, sometimes for multiple days. Read more...

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Ireland says 'yes' to same-sex marriage in historic voteOpen in a New Window


DUBLIN, Ireland—In a historic vote, Irish voters appeared to say yes to marriage equality,

While the counting isn't done yet, an early vote count on Saturday showed a groundswell of support for same-sex marriage

David Quinn, a prominent No campaigner and head of the Catholic Iona Institute, appeared to concede defeat early Saturday, tweeting "Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done."

Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done#MarRef

— David Quinn (@DavQuinn) May 23, 2015

Irish voters celebrated on Saturday with one government minister tweeting:

Ireland hasn't just said "Yes"...
Ireland has said:

— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD (@AodhanORiordain) May 23, 2015 Read more...

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Wedding day yoga: 5 calming poses for bridal party nervesOpen in a New Window


You've prepared everything: flowers, finger food, something old and blue. But somehow you forgot to take care of yourself in the process

Wedding day jitters are natural, even expected. Whether you get them in the weeks leading up to your wedding or just the morning of, nerves may play a part in your nuptials

Rather than fight them off with a hefty shove of denial, yoga can help you acknowledge that stress and breathe through it. Even a last-minute stretch before you walk down the aisle can open up the chest so air can move more freely. (Bonus: You'll have better posture, too.) Read more...

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5 major threats to biodiversity, and how we can help curb themOpen in a New Window


The fewer animals we have, the fewer humans we will have

That's why biodiversity is important. The wide variety of species on Earth, whether they're plants, animals or microscopic organisms, are vital to keep the world's many ecosystems healthy, balanced and thriving — growing plants we can eat, trees we can shade under, and landscapes to use for everything from vacations to computer screensavers

In other words, biodiversity ensures natural sustainability for all life on the planet — think more abundant crops and fresher air, for example. More than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity, while more than 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods. The loss of biodiversity affects the lives of more than 1 billion people living in drylands. Read more...

More about Environment, Climate Change, Science, Social Good, and Business


We've hit the peak of 'free' on the Internet. It's time to pay up.Open in a New Window


Everyone wants everything on the internet for free. Just ask the New York Times.

Over the years, the Times website has gone from free, to paid, back to free, and, finally, back to paid. Well, mostly paid. For now, anyway

By practice and by ethos, the Internet has generally been a place where free content thrived and paid — news, music — struggled. The information superhighway had few toll booths. It was, in fact, less like a highway and more like a hippie commune where people shared everything and smelled kind of funny.

More about Digital Media, Paywalls, Streaming Media, Business, and Media


1920s erotic postcards are today's PG-13 selfiesOpen in a New Window


Image: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Like the vast majority of erotic postcards from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, these were made in France. Such cards came to be known informally as "French Postcards" in the U.S. 

However, such postcards were actually illegal to send via mail carrier in the U.S. Thus, they were traded very discreetly in stores and by French street traders.

Creating erotic images could be a lucrative sideline for early photographers, who would use a false signature to avoid tarnishing their professional reputation and encountering problems with the law. 

The identity of almost all "French Postcard" models remains entirely unknown. But this set appears to feature two men and two women, in various combinations. Read more...

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One of the longest lines at Disneyland's 24-hour celebration: StarbucksOpen in a New Window


It wasn't just Sleeping Beauty itching for a nap at Disneyland's 24-hour celebration kicking off its 60th anniversary events.

Thousands of super fans, camped out since 6 p.m. Thursday night, officially entered the park at 6 a.m. Friday to spend all day and night at the Anaheim, California amusement park

“When you’re tired, just find a bench and knock out,” John Valerio, a Santa Clara resident, told the Orange County Register. “It’s an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Other drowsy parkgoers opted for a trip to Starbucks. The line for the coffee shop snaked down the block at one point. Read more...

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen skip 'Full House' rebootOpen in a New Window


The Full House revival has the actors who played Uncle Joey, D.J. and Stephanie on board, but the famous twins who brought Michelle Tanner to life will not be part of the fun.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not be joining the cast of the '90s TV show reboot, dubbed Fuller House, executive producer Robert L. Boyett said in a statement Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family," Boyett said. "It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House." Read more...

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Rare supernova burst shines light on its mysterious originsOpen in a New Window


Debris blown off a dying star collided with its companion, creating a blast of ultraviolet radiation that is helping scientists better understand the evolution of one of the key tools to measure the expansion of the universe.

Known as Type Ia supernovas, these rare events have led scientists to argue for two different theories, but new observations of a recent supernova by NASA's space-based Swift telescope suggest that both may be correct.

"The pulse of radiation detected by Swift is probably produced when the supernova-ejected material slams into a companion star," principal investigator Yi Cao, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, told by email. Cao served as lead author on a recent paper from an international collaboration Read more...

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Watch as one man's 'Victory Parade' morphs into a bizarre police chaseOpen in a New Window


An extremely slow police chase in Los Angeles came to a halt Friday evening after an apparent bystander ran in front of a top-down convertible and pushed the surrendering driver toward a crowd of police officers.

The more than hour-long pursuit, which at times clocked in at below 10 miles per hour, captivated nearby onlookers and news broadcasters, alike. The driver, wearing a newsboy cap, waved to crowds watching the bizarre display from the sidewalk and their stalled cars on the streets of Tarzana and Encino in the San Fernando Valley.

The driver is thought to have been under the influence, authorities told local media. A sign that read "Victory" hung on the driver's black Ford Mustang. The sign was embellished with stars Read more...

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Study pits shoppers against each other in online bargain battleOpen in a New Window


When online shopping emerged as a global phenomenon in the early 2000s, I remember reading prophecies that consumers would now cruise far and wide across the Internet for the best ever bargains, because search had become completely effortless. A decade on, it appears that people can get click-weary more easily than the pundits might have presumed.

Academic studies have long pictured consumers as somewhat lethargic when it comes to search. Studies have shown, for example, that people are not very likely to click beyond the top few links on a results page so if a company's website is to have high visibility on the Internet, it must rank high on search engines' results pages Read more...

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Elephant steals man's GoPro, takes epic 'elphie'Open in a New Window


Animals are just as vain as we are!

While visiting an elephant sanctuary in Koh Phangan, Thailand, traveler Christian LeBlanc captured an adorable photo after a hungry elephant mistook his GoPro camera for food, the Mirror reports

The camera happened to be in timelapse mode (which automatically takes a photo every few seconds), so when the elephant stretched out his trunk, the camera snapped a selfie, or as LeBlanc called it, an "elphie."

LeBlanc says the elephant snagged the camera right out of his hand after he had run out of bananas. Luckily, the gentle giant gave the GoPro back after snapping a few pictures Read more...

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The Rock smashes world record for most selfies taken in less than 3 minutesOpen in a New Window


Kim Kardashian may be known as the Selfie Queen. But Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the speed Selfie King — and his crown is confirmed by the record-keepers.

At the world premiere of San Andreas, The Rock snapped 105 selfies in under three minutes. That was enough to win him a Guinness World Record, the publication revealed Friday

The actor actually took far more than the requisite 105 on the red carpet at London’s Odeon Leicester Square Thursday night, but some were disqualified for being blurry or cutting off parts of his face. In addition to smiling for the camera with eager fans, he got a "helluva shoulder workout," he joked on Twitter Read more...

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Snapchat invests in shopping app SpringOpen in a New Window


Would you buy clothes on Snapchat?

The social media startup seems to think so — or at least, it is investing an unspecified amount into a shopping app called Spring, according to a Re/code report which cites sources familiar with the matter

Spring, which launched last year for iOS and Android, recommends menswear and womenswear via a slick photo-friendly feed somewhat resembling Instagram. Spring's parent company Jello Labs already raised $25 million in April, but it has the option to raise another $5.7 million in this round — which is where Snapchat might come in Read more...

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The Internet golden rule: Pretend your online sex is already public knowledgeOpen in a New Window


Time to update the adage “She’s a lady in the street and a freak in the sheets.” Let’s just simplify that to: “Actually? We’re all a bunch of freaks in the sheets – thanks, Internet!”

Everyone and everything we do online is at risk

In March, a lone Darknet user exposed nearly 4 million users' data from their activity on an adult dating site. Independent IT security consultant Bev Robb uncovered the hack and reported it on her site April 13: a “treasure trove of hacked data that appears to be from an adult social networking of the most heavily-trafficked websites in the world, boasting an Alexa U.S. page rank slightly above 747.” Read more...

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Dwanye 'The Rock' Johnson gave his BFF the best surprise wedding everOpen in a New Window


Dwayne Johnson and Screen Junkies interviewer Nick Mundy have garnered one of the most unlikely friendships throughout the years

The two immediately bonded over candid interview sessions and eating a banana Lady and the Tramp-style. Johnson decided to go all out in a surprise wedding prank by getting officially ordained as a minister so he could officiate Mundy's wedding.

The Screen Junkies crew distracted Mundy by trying to come up with comedy skit pitches for The Rock's team while everyone got ready for the ceremony. After getting his ideas shot down again and again, Mundy was amazed to see The Rock come out from behind a door and lead him into the wedding hall. Read more...

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'Louie' hits the road in latest episode, and the road hits him right backOpen in a New Window


In Louie's world, it's all a disappointment — but that's okay.

"The Road Part 1" follows our hapless hero as he embarks on the first leg of a U.S. comedy tour. As usual, things don't go Louie's way, with the comedian enduring an uncomfortable plane ride, living in a sketchy motel, failing to help a lost child, losing luggage and nearly missing another flight. Naturally, these events stress Louie out, but what's more revealing is his reaction after everything dies down: He seems to let it all go.

Indeed, the episode's final scene shows Louie simply buying a new piece of luggage and new clothes. C'est la vie Read more...

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Ryan Reynolds dressed up as Deadpool to visit a little boy with cancerOpen in a New Window


While Deadpool may be something of an antihero, he did something undeniably heroic on Friday

Ryan Reynolds donned his Deadpool attire and visited Tony Acevedo, a little boy battling Hodgkin's disease, for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool

Image: Instagram

Tony got the chance to try on Deadpool's mask and gloves, which certainly brought out the little superhero's spunky side. Reynolds described on Instragram what it was like to meet such a powerhouse little kid:

"Tony Acevedo asked Make A Wish Foundation if he could meet Deadpool. I wasn't expecting him to sneak the mask, put on the gloves, smile... and then beat Deadpool about the face, arms and jugular with blazing speed," Reynolds wrote Read more...

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Tourist falls off 6-foot cliff while taking a selfie in BaliOpen in a New Window


A Singaporean tourist fell off a cliff on Lembongan Island in Bali while trying to take a selfie, according to local police.

Mohamed Aslam Shahul, 21, was taking a selfie as a wave crashed against the cliff, causing him to lose his balance and fall into the sea from a height of about six feet. His body was recovered and taken to the local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"He could not control his balance when he was hit by a wave. He slipped and fell into the ocean," Nusa Penida police chief Gede Arianta said in a statement. "He apparently couldn’t swim.” Read more...

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Who in the NBA 'sucks at getting dressed'?Open in a New Window


The NBA finals start June 4, which means we're closer to crowning the NBA's most stylish player. In our third week, we've trimmed all the fat and are left with only the top four sartorial stars in the league

Chime in and give your two cents while exploring our infographic, and let us know if you agree with our judges. Just click on your favorite player's picture to view his three best looks.

Check back next week to see who is finally crowned NBA's God of Fashion


1. Kevin Durant vs. Carmelo Anthony


Jeff Laub: "Do I have to pick here? These guys both lose. (Okay, fine, if I have to, Melo)." Winner: Carmelo Anthony Read more...

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Mystery Uber cars in Pittsburgh aren't self-driving — yetOpen in a New Window


Mysterious Uber cars are zipping around Pittsburgh, and witnesses aren't quite sure what to make of them

Uber is currently testing out several vehicles in the city, which are easy enough to pick out by the large gray contraption on top and the words "Uber Advanced Technologies Center" on the sides, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times

The Pittsburgh Business Times originally published a purported image of one of Uber's self-driving vehicles. But Uber claims otherwise. "This is not a self-driving car," an Uber spokesperson told Mashable. "This vehicle is part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems." Of course, given that most driverless car tests require a human as backup in most states at this stage, an autonomous vehicle would not necessarily be described as self-driving in any case Read more...

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Weather whiplash: Texas goes from extreme drought to floods in 3 weeksOpen in a New Window


Talk about weather whiplash.

Just three weeks ago, large parts of Texas and Oklahoma were still locked in the grips of an unrelenting, multi-year drought, with parts of Texas classified as being in "exceptional drought" conditions — the worst possible category. Now, thanks to historic rainfall that shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, these areas, along with parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska and other states, are coping with dangerous flooding

Many locations have already eclipsed their record rainfall total for any calendar month, never mind just setting a record for the wettest May. Wichita Falls, Texas, which was particularly hard hit by the drought, has now had its wettest month of any calendar month dating back to 1897, according to the National Weather Service Read more...

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Don't get too excited if you come across Zedd's profile on TinderOpen in a New Window


Tinder users who stumble upon a potential match resembling Zedd should know there's a reason for that — and it's not because he's looking for love.

The popular dating app is getting into music sales

Tinder signed a deal with the electronic music artist, who is currently hanging on at No. 72 on Billboard's Top 100 with "I Want You To Know." If you're lucky across to come across Zedd's profile, you'll see the following:


Image: Tinder

If you swipe right, you'll receive a scripted message in the app — "We're a match!" — prompting you to download Zedd's new True Colors album for $3.99, which is about $4 cheaper than its price on iTunes or Google Play Read more...

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Spotify Running timed my jog to Jennifer Lopez, and I didn't hate itOpen in a New Window


I wouldn't have guessed that the pace of my jogging is perfectly aligned with the musical stylings of Jennifer Lopez, but today, I learned my feet touch the pavement during "I'm Into You" at all the right times.

One of the best new features of Spotify's newly revamped mobile app is its ability to match a song in its database to your running tempo. This eliminates the need of poking through playlists to find something that matches your mood and speed, and the algorithm pushes out songs based on your listening history.

More about Mobile, Apps, Music Streaming, Spotify, and Music


Steak-loving romantics, rejoice: This slab of meat can use TinderOpen in a New Window


An important new invention turns Tinder into an actual meat market.

Tender uses a rotating slab of meat to swipe right on every Tinder profile that comes up to strengthen your chances of finding a match. If rejection is more your speed, rotating the phone 90 degrees so the raw beef swipes left would probably work, too

The device was created by Dutch students Cors Brinkman, Jeroen van Oorschot, Marcello Maureira and Matei Szabo, according to The Creators Project. The machine will be on display next weekend at Radion Amsterdam, if you need a last minute date for Saturday night. Read more...

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Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' video is even better with animated octopi and robotsOpen in a New Window


Two words: twerking burgers

Students at the University of Newcastle in Australia were asked to animate 52 frames of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" music video using the rotoscope method, a technique that involves drawing over the footage by hand.

The results are a wild, beautiful mix of artistic styles and weird creatures like octopus ballerinas, robots and dancing burger-people.

If there were any way to improve upon T.Swift's work, this is it.



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Pittsburgh Pirates want you to bite their 'sexual' doughnutsOpen in a New Window


While we agree that eating a perfect doughnut can be a near sensual experience, we're pretty sure that isn't what the Pittsburgh Pirates social team was going for

A photo caption posted to the team's Instagram account on Friday advertised a local Dunkin' Donuts promotion that would give drive-thru customers free game tickets and a "sexual Pirates donut!" Oops.

If you're going to have a typo, sexual donuts is an epic way to go#smsports

— Jessica Smith (@WarJessEagle) May 22, 2015

The post was quickly taken down, but not before Internet sleuths could screenshot this autocorrect mistake in all its uncomfortable glory. Read more...

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Dog is totally getting this big stick over a tiny bridge, dammitOpen in a New Window


This dog just found the most perfect stick ever

Unfortunately, the stick is a little too wide to fit across the footbridge that leads home. What's a discerning stick-collector to do? Leaving the stick behind is obviously out of the question.

Fortunately, the clever pooch figures out a way to cross the the bridge — without having to sacrifice his awesome newfound treasure.

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