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Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Fallon play an intense game of Water WarOpen in a New Window

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Maybe Jake Gyllenhaal hasn't managed to shed his gritty Nightcrawler character, because he wasn't messing around when he stopped by The Tonight Show.

Fallon challenged the actor to play the card game Water War, which is mostly just an excuse to soak your opponent

We also learn that, apparently, Fallon did something unspeakable to the Gyllenhaal family. Leave Maggie alone, Jimmy.

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29-year-old cancer patient will not end her life this weekendOpen in a New Window

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Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with terminal brain cancer who had initially declared her intention to end her life on Nov. 1, will not be dying this week

"I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy, and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time right now," she says in a video released on Wednesday by end-of-life choice advocacy group Compassion & Choices

Maynard was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, in April; doctors gave her approximately six months to live. So instead of letting her cancer determine her last day, she had chosen to commit suicide on Nov. 1 under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act so she could celebrate her husband's birthday on Oct. 30. She planned to use a prescription from her doctor, but Maynard has since reversed that decision. Read more...

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Facebook loses $24,420 a minute during outagesOpen in a New Window

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At 6:52 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 28, Facebook went down. (It began working again at 7:27 p.m.) This is the third such outage in the last several months, and it happens to coincide with the company's announcement of impressive summer earnings.

The close proximity of outage and earnings makes some uncomfortable math possible.

In the third quarter, Facebook posted revenue of $3.2 billion. The third quarter lasts 91 days, from July 1 to Sept. 30. This amounts to:

  • $35,164,835 per day

  • $1,465,201 per hour

  • $24,420 per minute

If we consider "revenue per minute" as a benchmark for potential losses, Facebook took a bit of a hit this evening. Their last outage, back in August, lasted for 19 minutes and lost them $426,607 (based on second-quarter revenue.) Using the same hypothetical math, this outage cost them a bit more — their third quarter was much more profitable, after all. Though it was down for just 35 minutes, Facebook lost $732,600 in revenue. Read more...

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'Colbert Report' takes on Gamergate with Anita SarkeesianOpen in a New Window

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Those who were hoping Gamergate might be fizzling out may have been surprised to see the online campaign featured on the satirical Colbert Report Wednesday night.

Stephen Colbert brought feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian on his show to discuss the topic. Two weeks ago, Sarkeesian canceled a speaking engagement at Utah State University following death threats, citing the school's inability to restrict firearms from the event.

Gamergate is the name of a disparate online movement of gamers who claim to be opposed to a loosely defined problem of "ethics" in games journalism. But the movement, formed in the wake of a post by the ex-boyfriend of a female games developer, has also been associated with violent threats against women in the industry. Read more...

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Tim Cook just publicly declared he's gay and Wall Street doesn't careOpen in a New Window

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Tim Cook publicly announced on Thursday what had been rumored for years: He is a gay man. In so doing, Cook became the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to make such an announcement.

The chief executive of any company, but particularly one as scrutinized as Apple, may fear the repercussions that coming out publicly might have on employees, customers and investors. But the last group doesn't appear to be much of a concern for Cook and Apple at the moment

Apple stock was virtually unchanged in pre-market trading immediately after Cook's announcement, and dipped by less than 1% after the market officially opened on Thursday Read more...

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Sperm donors wanted: UK government seeks to address shortageOpen in a New Window

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LONDON — The world's first national sperm bank opened its doors in Britain on Thursday calling for "very special men" to help reduce the shortage of sperm donations in the UK and address the reliance on donations from abroad

Based in Birmingham, the National Sperm Bank, will be a collaboration between the National Gamete Donation Trust and Birmingham Women’s Hospital that, among other things, aims to "change the face" of sperm donations.

"We actually want sperm donors to be very proud about what they do," said Laura Witjens, Chief Executive of the National Gamete Donation Trust, on the BBC 4 Today programme. Read more...

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About.me revamps the business card with Intro appOpen in a New Window

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Business cards haven't changed much in the last few decades. Sure, sites such as LinkedIn make it easy to look up basic information, while card-scanning apps have eliminated the need for a physical filing system, but the cards themselves have remained more or less unchanged.

About.me wants to change that. The startup, which enables users to create simple one-page websites about themselves, rolled out Intro, a new iPhone app that functions as a digital business card

Unlike LinkedIn, whose users skew more toward the corporate world (what about.me CEO Tony Conrad refers to as "traditional W-2ers"), photo-centric about.me tends to attract artists and musicians and those whose skills and experience may not fit into the resume format as well. Read more...

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Get your tickets to the Mashies before they sell outOpen in a New Window

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The Mashies are less than a week away, and tickets are going fast! We don't want you to miss out, so make sure to get your tickets now before they sell out.

The ceremony will be hosted by comedians Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, and will be held at Gotham Hall in New York City on Nov. 4. We'll be revealing the year’s most outstanding examples of digital media from over 20 categories, including Best Real-Time Marketing, Best Branded App and many more.

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From advertising to viral videos, the Mashies are a celebration of the very best in digital media. The awards show, which will include plenty of food and cocktails, is a fantastic chance to meet our finalists, winners and judges, as well as mingle with the Mashable team and digital media professionals from across the globe. Read more...

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A casino is actually a pretty good place to have a heart attackOpen in a New Window

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My brief experience in a casino was pretty typical, I'd say.

Flashing lights. The faint smell of booze. Not much chatter among patrons. The sounds of dice rolling, machines buzzing and coins clanking. The same butts inhabiting the same stools for hours on end. Everything you see on TV or in the movies is fairly accurate, to my untrained eye.

But one thing I didn't notice in either the movies or real-life, likely due in part to the gaudy décor, was the abundance of defibrillators lining the walls.

While nearly as common as water fountains and restrooms in public spaces like schools, malls and airports, automated external defibrillators have more recently taken up residence in a place that probably needs it most of all: the casino. Read more...

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Maine nurse goes for bike ride, defying orders for Ebola quarantineOpen in a New Window

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Sometimes you just gotta ride.

A Maine nurse defied orders from the state that she remain in her home under quarantine over Ebola fears when she took a bike ride with her boyfriend on Thursday morning.

Kaci Hickox, 33, who recently returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in west Africa, has come under fire from the state of Maine after refusing to comply with a voluntary in-home quarantine.

Hickox has repeatedly said she will not abide by the state's requests that she remain quarantined in her home for 21 days and made that intention quite clear by leaving her home on Thursday — on a bicycle. Read more...

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Help Doug the Pug choose his Halloween costumeOpen in a New Window

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Cuteness and candy overload are dangerous side effects of Halloween

Doug the Pug has a serious dilemma on his paws: He doesn't know what to dress as for Halloween.

To be fair, choosing the perfect Halloween costume is no easy task, especially for animals. So to find the best costume, Doug and his human counterpart, Leslie Mosier, purchased half of the costumes in the doggy Halloween store. And now they need help deciding which to choose

Tell us your pick for Doug's costume in the comments below.

No chocolate was consumed by Doug the Pug in the making of this article. Read more...

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50+ events for professionals in PR to mobile developmentOpen in a New Window

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The Mashable Events Board is a great place to find leading conferences in your industry, whether it's advertising, technology, media or public relations. This week, we're highlighting five events that we think can help move your career forward. If you don't find something that's right for you, check out dozens of event listings featured in our complete listing.

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Protests in Burkina Faso spiraling out of controlOpen in a New Window

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Protests in Burkina Faso turned violent on Thursday as demonstrators stormed the country's parliament building ahead of a planned vote that would have paved the way for extending the president's 27-year rule.

The vote, which would have changed the West African country's constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to remain in office, was cancelled due to fierce opposition from the public.

Protesters in the capital city of Ouagadougou were seen dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main parliament chamber ablaze. They swarmed other areas around the country, setting fire to several buildings and ransacking the offices of the national television station which is now off air Read more...

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Peshmerga troops enter Kobani to fight ISISOpen in a New Window

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SURUC, Turkey — Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered a northern Syrian border town, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled Kobani, activists said.

The development followed heavy overnight clashes as Islamic State fighters unsuccessfully tried to capture the border crossing point, the only gateway in and out of the strategic Kurdish town besieged by the militants.

The footage below, from Dubai's Arabic Al Aan TV, shows the fighters driving into Kobani:

Kobani-based activist Mustafa Bani said the 10 entered Kobani first and that the rest will follow gradually later in the day because the border crossing point has been targeted by Islamic State fighters. Bani spoke to The Associated Press just minutes after the peshmerga forces arrived. Read more...

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Sweden officially recognizes Palestinian stateOpen in a New Window

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Sweden's new government has recognized a Palestinian state. The EU member country joined only two other Western European countries — Malta and Cyprus — to do so.

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the Scandinavian country had decided on the move because the criteria of international law required for such recognition had been fulfilled.

"There is a territory, a people and government," she told reporters in Stockholm.

Wallstrom said she hopes Sweden's "excellent cooperation (with Israel) would continue" nevertheless and that the decision would be met in Jerusalem "in a constructive way". Read more...

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'People have no mercy': Inside the life of a Syrian arms dealerOpen in a New Window

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AZAZ, Syria — Abu Ammar is a soft-spoken but charismatic man, who loves his five children and hates ISIS.

Before the war, he ran a moderately successful TV and computer repair shop. But after his showroom in Azaz, Syria, was destroyed by a tank shell, he decided he needed a change of career: he would go into the business of selling and repairing arms instead.

“When I was a child I would go hunting with my father." Handling weapons, he says, "was a hobby."

With fierce fighting raging in Syria and across the border in Iraq, what was once a hobby has now become a lucrative — if bloody — business for Abu Ammar who spoke on condition that only his nickname be used for security reasons. Read more...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'Open in a New Window

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has, for the first time, written publicly about his sexual orientation in an essay published in Businessweek on Thursday

"I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook writes.

In the essay, Cook says he has been open with many people about his sexual orientation for years, including Apple employees"Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me."

He adds that while he never denied his sexuality, he had not publicly acknowledged it either. Writing about his motivation to do so, the Apple boss cites Dr. Martin Luther King: Read more...

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Man walking in NYC is 'harassed' in a very different wayOpen in a New Window

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You've probably seen the recently published video of a woman who walked around the streets of New York for 10 hours and recorded several incidents in which she was harassed.

But what happens when a white man walking the streets of that same city? Turns out, he also gets called out a lot, but the "harassment" he receives is of a completely different sort

Funny or Die did a take on the original video, and while the idea is primarily to make you laugh, the video raises some important questions.

The man in the video is pretty much treated like a king — he's showered with gifts and compliments and at one point, a girl offers him a job. And while that's far from reality, many men who don't receive verbal harassment on the streets — unlike women — probably aren't even aware that the problem exists Read more...

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Suspected drunk pilot escorted off plane moments before flightOpen in a New Window

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LONDON — A Flybe pilot was escorted from the cockpit of a plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit on Wednesday.

The plane, headed for London's Gatwick airport, was moments from taking off from Newquay in South West England.

The pilot was removed from the aircraft so that he could undergo a breath test after a fellow crew member alerted the police, according to the BBC. Passengers were told the pilot was unwell.

A police spokesman subsequently confirmed that a 48-year-old man from Crediton in neighbouring county Devon was arrested and taken to Newquay Police Station. Read more...

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Students in Turkey brawl over war in SyriaOpen in a New Window

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ISTANBUL, Turkey—Istanbul University is more than 700 miles away from the Syrian front lines.

But these days tensions from the bloody civil war can be felt on the leafy campus.

There, Islamists and leftwing students have battled across well-manicured gardens and commons, indicating how the war in Syria has reawakened deep grudges in Turkey

After at least four clashes in as many weeks, riot police now stand guard outside the university gates and students travel in groups for safety

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Sena Ozcanli, a 22-year-old economics major who witnessed the Islamists' attack on fellow students and was detained for not cooperating with police.

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College students trust Snapchat despite hack, study saysOpen in a New Window

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Snapchat may have security vulnerabilities but that's not deterring one of the app's biggest demographics: college students.

A new study found that most students still trust the service and haven't changed their use of the app since the hack, that resulted in nearly 100,000 private user photos and videos being published online.

The study was conducted by Sumpto, a marketing firm that helps connect brands with college students. The company polled more than 1,800 undergraduate students from around the country about their use of Snapchat following the hack of a third-party Snapchat apps that resulted in the thousands of leaked photos. Read more...

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4 questions to ask before hiring your first employeeOpen in a New Window

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The decision to hire an employee is tough for many entrepreneurs, particularly freelancers and founders committed to bootstrapping their business to profitability. There’s no doubt that working as a lone wolf has some advantages. You can set your own schedule, without worrying about how to keep someone else busy. But there’s only so far you can go as a one-man or one-woman show.

If you've been contemplating hiring your first employee, can you be sure the time is right? Will your new employee help grow your business or become a drain on your time and budget? It’s difficult to know for certain how things will pan out, but asking yourself these four questions can help determine if you’re ready to go from solo entrepreneur to employer: Read more...

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Moby: On growing up an artist in the "old" New YorkOpen in a New Window

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Richard Melville Hall, more commonly known as Moby, has a lot of musical accomplishments under his belt. He's one of only a handful credited with popularizing electro in the 1990s, he's sung with Bowie, he's made a James Bond theme song — the list goes on. Now, with more than 20 million albums sold worldwide (including a live release that dropped earlier this year), he's shifted to a different artistic medium: Photography.

The change, which may surprise fans, seems natural when you consider Moby's background: Born in Harlem, he grew up around visual art and artists. Although he relocated to Los Angeles in 2011, attributing his move to the changing face of the city he once knew, New York continues to be a strong influence on his work. Read more...

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Wearables, including Google Glass, must be put away in cinemasOpen in a New Window

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Bad news for those of you who’ve decided to sport your Google Glass everywhere you go.

The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners have updated their anti-piracy policy. It reads, in part, “Other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time.”

In other words, it’s not enough to just power down your Google Glass, you’ve got to put it away too.

That might be a little difficult for those Google Glass users who’ve attached their prescription lenses to the device, as they’ll need to bring backup frames. Read more...

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5 DIY and safe hangover cures to try this weekendOpen in a New Window

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You can run, but you can't hide from a hangover. Damn if we haven't tried

Everyone has a remedy they swear works for them, from chewing garlic, to rubbing a lemon on your armpit, to drinking more (a.k.a. the hair of the dog)

Though there's no cure-all medicine yet for hangovers, there are plenty of ways you can assuage the booze-infused assault that comes after a night of heavy drinking. But first, you have to understand the nature of a hangover

"The most significant thing that’s going on in your body is inflammation," says Dr. Jason Burke in an interview with Mashable Read more...

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What you need to know about the government getting your metadataOpen in a New Window

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SYDNEY — Since the terror alert was raised to high in September, the Australian Government has been very busy.

Tony Abbott’s government has pushed through a number of changes that affect your privacy and life online. First the government changed the law to allow Australian spies monitor the entire internet, they then introduced legislation which allows the government to easily cancel passports and restrict areas of travel for Australians.

On Thursday, the government hastily introduced the third in the set of anti-terror legislation, a data retention bill, which will ensure everyone's metadata is retained for two years by service providers. Read more...

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WHO says Ebola epidemic in Liberia may be slowing downOpen in a New Window

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The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over.

The disease is still raging in parts of Sierra Leone and there is still a risk that the decline in Liberia won't be sustained, Dr. Bruce Aylward, an assistant director-general for WHO, warned.

Several times during the outbreak officials have thought the disease's spread was slowing, only to surge again later. Officials have often blamed those false lulls on cases hidden because people were too afraid to seek treatment, wanted to bury their relatives themselves or simply weren't in contact with authorities. Read more...

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1930s British portraiture by renowned photographer Edwin SmithOpen in a New Window

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Hailed by poet Sir John Betjeman as a "genius at photography" and by photographer Cecil Beaton as "an understanding and loving connoisseur of his subject," Edwin Smith (1912–1971) captured the essence of the places, landscapes and buildings he photographed.

But some of Smith's finest work is portraiture

For a short period he worked as a Vogue fashion photographer, but went later focused his lens on British communities comprised of miners, dockers and circuses.

Smith was sought after by publishers. In the 1950s he was commissioned by Thames & Hudson for a series of books, among them English Parish Churches (1952), English Cottages & Farmhouses (1954), Scotland (1955), England (1957) and The Living City: A New View of the City of London (1957) Read more...

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Channel your inner spook for our Halloween Vine challengeOpen in a New Window

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In the eerie spirit of Halloween, we brought on a true mastermind of spooky art, Jennifer Messmore, to guest-host our Vine challenge.

We want to see moving candles, spine-chilling spirits, terrifying tales and other unsettling scenarios in your videos. Act out classic horror films or animate something like the Ghoulies in stop-motion. Shoot in darkness and show us flashes of red and orange. The scarier, the better.

Messmore, a Las Vegas native, is an artist of all trades. In her spare time she paints, draws, makes jewelry, refurbishes dolls and, of course, creates Vines.

She owes her "Vine addiction" to her sister (Big Red on Vine), who has been active on the platform since its early days. "What interested me most about Vine initially was the six-second loop," Messmore said. "Eventually I fell in love with the community. I’m overwhelmed by the incredibly talented, creative, and amazingly kind people I’ve met there." Read more...

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'The Evil Within' is more frustrating than terrifyingOpen in a New Window

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Your first brush with frustration in Shinji Mikami’s blood-drenched action horror saga The Evil Within comes only minutes after you’re first given control. Bound and hung from the ceiling via meat hook with only corpses surrounding you, you’re forced to swing from side to side until you can free yourself and run to safety

There's a hulking behemoth of what appears to be a deranged butcher in your way, however. He stands before a table, doing who-knows-what to the poor, unfortunate soul in front of him, before pausing and making an exit to the left. As you sidle up beside him, you're greeted with a prompt to educate you on the virtues of “sneak kills.” When you go in to try this new skill, it immediately becomes evident that the correct course of action here would have been to turn around and run in the other direction — assaulting the butcher always ends up with the player meeting a swift and messy end Read more...

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