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Jeff Goldblum's handing out free sausages in a 'Chef Goldblum's' truckOpen in a New Window

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After news spread he'll be in the Jurassic World sequel (yay!), Jeff Goldblum hit the streets of Sydney, Australia to celebrate...well we assume so, anyway. 

He was found casually handing out free sausages to people from a food truck on Wednesday afternoon, which just so happens to be called "Chef Goldblum's."

No, we're not making this up.

And unsurprisingly, there were plenty of people who wanted to catch a glimpse of Dr Ian Malcolm/Mr. Goldblum, as his truck made its way from Wynyard Station to Circular Quay. Read more...

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Please enjoy this super excited dog accidentally somersaulting onto a beachOpen in a New Window

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Man, do we love dogs.

Especially when they pull off acrobatic stunts, like super-excited Rosie, who went chasing after a ball that hopped over a fence, in a video uploaded to 9 News' Facebook page.

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We doubt the ensuing somersault onto the beach was completely intentional, but by god it's hilarious.

Despite the awkward landing, the dog is alright folks.

"Even though it looks bad she was fine, brought the ball straight back for another go," Rosie's owner, Shannon Johnston, told 9 News

And here's a GIF for your eternal pleasure.

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Your headphones aren't spying on you, but your apps are. Here's why.Open in a New Window

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Lawyers in the US are claiming that headphone and speaker company Bose, is secretly collecting information about what users listen to when they use its bluetooth wireless headphones.

Edelson, the lawyers acting on behalf of customer Kyle Zak of Illinois, claim that information about what Zak has been listening to through his Bose headphones was being collected without his knowledge or explicit consent every time he used a Bose companion mobile app called Bose Connect

The app allows customers to interact with the headphones, updating software and also managing which device is connected at any time with the headphones. If the headphones are being used to listen to something, details about what is being played will show up in the Connect App. Read more...

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This college student spent his summer undercover in a Chinese iPhone factoryOpen in a New Window

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Dejian Zeng may have built your phone. Or at least worked on it, anyway. 

The second-year masters of public administration student at NYU Wagner spent six weeks last year working in a Chinese factory manufacturing iPhones for Cupertino-based Apple. Six days a week he  screwed approximately 1,800 screws into 1,800 iPhones. Every day. Over and over again. 

Why did he do this? It wasn't for the wages, which at approximately 3,100 yuan a month (roughly $450) are not even enough to buy one of the iPhone 6s phones he helped produce. Instead Zeng teamed up with New York University and the NGO China Labor Watch to investigate working conditions in a Chinese manufacturing plant.  Read more...

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This murdered woman's Fitbit led authorities to arrest her husbandOpen in a New Window

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After Connie Dabate was killed in her Connecticut home, just two days before Christmas 2015, her obituary described her as "beloved wife and best friend of Richard Dabate."

Fast-forward more than a year later and her "best friend" is the lead suspect charged with his 39-year-old wife's murder—thanks in part to her Fitbit, according to an arrest warrant reported in the Hartford Courant.

Connie's Fitbit has become integral in piecing together her murder. Prosecutors say her husband's alibi that a masked intruder attacked him first and then went after his wife just doesn't add up. He was arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this month and released on a $1 million bail last week. Read more...

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Watch this 101-year-old woman casually win gold in a 100 metre dashOpen in a New Window

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Haven't run a competitive race since high school? It's never too late to start again. 

Like 101-year-old Man Kaur from Punjab, India, who won the women's 100-metre dash at the 2017 World Masters Games in New Zealand on Monday. 

Kaur was the only competitor in the 100+ age category, completing the race in 74 seconds to take the gold medal. 

101-year-old Indian woman wins 100 meter dash at World Masters Games in New Zealand as the only competitor in the 100+ age categorypic.twitter.com/P8VYoTW9Bm

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Jerk cat tricks two owners into giving him double the loveOpen in a New Window

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As most pet owners will tell you: These cats ain't loyal. 

If you have a free-range feline, chances are you've become suspicious of your jerk cat's outdoor past times and with good reason. Cats love having secret lives.  

Especially Simba. Or should we call him Crazy Horse? Yep, this jerk cat's disloyal diablerie has been exposed for what it was — a selfish desire for two mums.

As Simba's owner Shirley Bishop of Inglewood in New Zealand told Stuff, the two-year-old cat disappears for a few days on the regular. Because she respects his privacy, it's chill.  Read more...

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Coachella, we need to break upOpen in a New Window

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Dear Coachella, 

We need to break up. We've been working on our relationship for four years now, but I feel like I'm the only one trying to salvage what we had. And I can't do it on my own any more.

Sure, it hasn't been all bad. Since we've been together, I've had joyous moments witnessing the bright orange sun settle into a pink sky as beautiful music flowed and dancing like crazy after midnight, but those experiences are few and far between now.

You hurt me too often and never take responsibility for your actions. Worse, you never apologize. I often find myself defending you to my friends, and I don't even know why any more.  Read more...

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'Alien: Covenant in Utero' on Oculus Rift is a disgusting and terrifying pleasureOpen in a New Window

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Lovers of sci-fi horror, rejoice. Just weeks before the release of Alien: Covenant, we're getting something we've never seen before: The facehugger's view of being born (or chest burst) into the world, thanks to virtual reality. 

The experience is called Alien: Covenant in Utero and it's a short VR experience launching on the Oculus Rift Wednesday. 

That day, April 26, also happens to be "Alien Day" — a reference to planet LV-426, from the original Alien film. 

Last year, Twentieth Century Fox kicked off the annual date to bring Alien fans together much like Star Wars and Star Trek fans hold regular franchise-based gathering. During the first Alien Day, Sigourney Weaver held court in New York City after a screening of Aliens, engaging a packed theater full of hardcore fans.  Read more...

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The future is being able to monitor the heart rate of your favorite NFL playerOpen in a New Window

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In the perhaps not-so-distant future, NFL players will be able to monetize intimate data about their body. 

The NFL Players Association recently closed a deal with Whoop, a wearable tech company that makes wristbands that track heart rate, sleep quality, and more. 

Whoop will now hand out wristbands to NFL players who will own the data produced by their wearables and can sell that information to, as Bloomberg wrote, a network that could then broadcast the heart rate of that player throughout a particular game. 

Players don't have to sell their data, and they don't even have to wear the wristbands. But if they do both, it could provide some pretty fascinating insights. Read more...

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Watch: Powerful Maori haka spreads support for veteran's mental healthOpen in a New Window

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The haka is always a powerful show of Maōri culture and identity, but you can really feel the force in this one. 

Tuesday marked ANZAC Day, a day to commemorate Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in armed conflicts around the world. In recent years, it's also been a day to recognise the impact that war has on the mental health of veterans.

It's culminated in the Haka For Life, a show of support for men's mental health. 

200 men, women and children performed the traditional war cry at Kings Park in Perth, Australia, according to The West Australian. And boy, it's quite the show of passion. Read more...

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Canadian province to launch North America's first major universal basic income test in 30 yearsOpen in a New Window

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Thousands of randomly chosen Canadians may soon receive free checks in the mail.

The province of Ontario just announced that a major trial run of a universal basic income program could begin as early as this summer.

Universal basic income is a largely untested policy concept in which every citizen would get a regular government stipend with no strings attached.

The idea of such a system has bounced around academic circles for decades, but it's gained newfound traction lately as experts worry that advances in automation and artificial intelligence could kill millions of jobs. Read more...

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Inside the exclusive, stealthy club where future tech moguls are bornOpen in a New Window

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I’m at a New York City heliport in a waiting room so packed with people that the obviously overwhelmed staff are struggling to move through the crowd to check everyone in. While the staff of Blade, the "Uber for helicopters" company, is used to a well-heeled crowd, the current group may be a bit over the top even by their standards. 

Across Blade's three Manhattan heliports more than 200 people are boarding choppers bound for the Rockefeller Estate’s “playhouse,” a sprawling two-story building where members of the Rockefeller family still meet twice a year. 

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This 'impossible' puzzle box is a real head-scratcherOpen in a New Window

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The impossible box gets its name because, at a glance, it looks like an impossible creation. With a dove tail joint attaching two pieces of wood on each side, the box seemingly shouldn't even exist.

Thankfully, YouTuber Mr. Puzzle shows us the ins and outs of the puzzle, but even after the explanation, you still may be scratching your head.  Read more...

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Forget scissors and combs—get your hair cut by an ax, if you're brave enoughOpen in a New Window

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Scissors and combs are fine if you want a normal, non-anxiety-inducing haircut. 

But if you're looking to add a little excitement to your hair maintenance routine, try a shear that's a bit more dangerous with like, I don't know, an ax, perhaps?

A Russian hairdresser from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Daniil Istomin, used the sharp tool to give his client's hair a little trim and claimed it's easier to cut hair with an ax instead of scissors.

Why? WHY? There are easier ways to get a haircut, we swear. We've survived every haircut ever done by a pair of scissors or a razor. This is as terrifying as getting your head set on fire during a haircut, which is also an unnecessarily dangerous thing that happens.  Read more...

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Send this satirical Mar-a-Lago application (and bribe) straight to Donald TrumpOpen in a New Window

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Summer might be right around the corner, but that doesn't mean you can't apply to be a member of President Donald Trump's "Winter White House," Mar-a-Lago.

The satirical website Mar.alago.me is giving users a way to apply for membership to the exclusive Palm Beach club at which Trump has spent more than a quarter of his time as POTUS. Simply print out the joke-laden application, place it in an envelope addressed to Trump and the Mar-a-Lago admissions committee, and include a bribe (a 50-ruble banknote—worth less than $1—was included in an application packet Mashable received).

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The 'Avengers 4' title is apparently too spoilery to reveal so here are our best guesses for what it isOpen in a New Window

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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently revealed a bit of interesting news regarding the fourth Avengers movie, in an interview with CinemaBlend

So basically, they aren't revealing the title of the fourth Avengers film because it has a SPOILER in it. What could it possibly be? 

Truly, it could be ANYTHING. So, after sitting down and really studying Marvel's cinematic universe, I've come up with a handful of predictions for what the title could be.

Image: mashable composite; marvel studios  Read more...

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OMG remember 'Night Trap'? The cheesy live-action game is back after 25 years.Open in a New Window

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We don't see many live-action games anymore, and for good reason. They're goofy AF, and they need to be deployed sparingly.

That's why a 25th anniversary re-release of Night Trap — perhaps the most beloved of the live-action genre, in all its cheesy glory — is exciting. It's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this spring.

Here's all you need to know: The story follows a group of teen girls who are trapped in a house that's under siege by vampires. It's up to you to keep them safe, by flipping between a variety of cameras and triggering traps set throughout the house.

The announcement trailer suggests this is just a straight re-release, instead of a new game based on the original, and that's perfectly OK with me. Read more...

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How one community came together to help four cancer-stricken studentsOpen in a New Window

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For a group of eighth grade girls from Deer Park, Texas, organizing a benefit concert has shown them the incredible power of community.

The Music 4 A Mission benefit concert was born out of a class the girls are taking at Deer Park Junior High School called Caring Communities. The goal is to raise $20,000, through a combination of ticket sales, donations, and a silent auction. The proceeds will be donated to four students in the Deer Park community who are all battling a different form of cancer.

“Our main goal is to let the kids know that the community cares about them, to help them with their financials, and to just be there for them,” says Bethany Joy, director of operations for Caring Communities. Read more...

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Icelandic farmers discover 'unicorn' among their sheepOpen in a New Window

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Just when you thought we'd reached peak unicorn, a sheep in Iceland has been discovered masquerading as the real thing.

A ram, born last spring to family farmers Erla Porey Olafsdottir and her husband, Bjarni Bjarnason, in Hraunkot, Iceland, has been named, literally, "Unicorn," or "Einhyrningur" in Icelandic, according to a translation from the local newspaper the Iceland Monitor.

Unicorn's two horns are fused together at the top of his head making one super-wide horn and making him look like the mythical creature. As the BBC points out, "unicorn" originates from the Latin for "single horn." This isn't a perfect unicorn situation, since the horn splits toward the top, but still.  Read more...

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These gloriously impractical VR goggles are the next Google GlassOpen in a New Window

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Virtual reality as we know it today didn't exist in the 19th century, but what if it did? What if, alongside the monocles, pocket watches, and snuffboxes of proper gentlemen of the time, there existed, somehow, a fancy pants VR headset. 

You may officially turn your imagination off, because we found those VR goggles, and they are gloriously impractical yet compelling in their own hipster-using-a-vacuum-tube-phonograph way. 

The 2VR Virtual Reality Headset is a foldable pair of spectacles designed to work with most 4- to 6-inch smartphones to allow you to view VR content on the go.  Read more...

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A woman claims a Fitbit exploded on her wrist, which is more reason to avoid getting in shapeOpen in a New Window

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A woman in Wisconsin said her Fitbit exploded on her wrist, causing second-degree burns and prompting her to get up and move for all the wrong reasons. 

Dina Mitchell told ABC News in an email she had only been wearing her tracker, the Flex 2, for about two weeks when it burst into flames while she was reading last week. She didn't report any prior issues with the device or its lithium-polymer battery, which was presumably the cause of the explosion. 

"It was either defective or really mad I was sitting still so long," she wrote, proving the incident didn't blow away her sense of humor. "I don’t know. Either way, It burned the heck out of my arm." Read more...

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An Uber engineer died by suicide, and his family blames the company cultureOpen in a New Window

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Uber is in the limelight again for another employee horror story after one of its engineers died by suicide. 

The employee's family alleges that workplace stress and racism contributed to a decline in mental health before Joseph Thomas' death.

Now his wife, Zecole Thomas, has hired a lawyer to hold Uber accountable and fight for what she thinks her family deserves: workers' compensation benefits. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Uber denied her claim after her husband died in August, nearly five months after working for the company. Read more...

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Our fruits and veggies aren't as fresh as you might thinkOpen in a New Window

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When it comes to some supermarket produce, "fresh" is a relative term.

While apples in the store might be crisp and juicy, there's a strong chance they've been sitting in a warehouse for nearly a year, using a process some farmers describe as "putting the apples to sleep."

Packing and shipping companies rely on "controlled atmosphere storage" to keep apples fresh until they're ready to be sold. In sealed rooms, levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, as well as temperature and humidity, are regulated to keep apples in a state of suspended animation.

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This NYU student went undercover as a worker in a Chinese iPhone factoryOpen in a New Window

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NYU Wagner student Dejian Zeng spent six weeks working undercover in a Chinese iPhone factory as part of a joint project with 'China Labor Watch.' Read more...

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Gotham City and Metropolis are coming to this massive theme parkOpen in a New Window

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The worlds of Batman and Superman are getting the theme park treatment.

Soon you'll be able to visit Gotham City, Metropolis and four other worlds at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

The massive theme park is set to open on Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates sometime in 2018. 

The massive Warner Bros. World arrives next year.

The massive Warner Bros. World arrives next year.

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Metropolis will boast skyscrapers from Superman's world, the dark cityscape of Batman's Gotham City will thrill visitors, and Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch will feature characters like Bugs Bunny, the Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo from the Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoons.  Read more...

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Marvel Comics has taken this Nazi Captain America thing too farOpen in a New Window

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History is important. It tells us where we come from, informs where we're going, and if we ignore it then we're doomed to repeat its mistakes.

You know who doesn't seem to care about their own history, or respect those who came before them (or really anyone)? Marvel Comics.

The entertainment juggernaut (X-Men pun intended) recently began a universe-wide storyline called Secret Empire, enraging fans beyond the normal geeky outcries. In this latest and likely temporary multi-month arc, which Marvel has been building toward for a year now, it's revealed that patriotic hero Captain America is actually not a patriot.  Read more...

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What we do in the next 5 years will determine the fate of the melting ArcticOpen in a New Window

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Global warming has pushed the Arctic into a new state unprecedented in human history, with thinning and retreating sea ice, skyrocketing air and sea temperatures, melting permafrost, and glaciers that are shedding ice at increasing rates. 

All of these impacts and more may seem remote at first — after all, few of us live in Nunavut — but if you're a coastal resident anywhere in the world, from New York City to Dhaka, Bangladesh, what happens in the Arctic will affect you during the next several decades and beyond, primarily through sea level rise. 

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This '13 Reasons Why' theory says someone is a ghost which lol no wayOpen in a New Window

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Perhaps the most widely agreed-upon assessment of 13 Reasons Why is that there's way too much Tony. That's not a dig at actor Christian Navarro, whose portrayal of the uncomfortably wise and ever-present character keeps him from being insufferable, but an online theory floating around this week accounts for all of that.

Tony is — wait for it — a ghost.

This theory is 100% not true, duh, and we'll prove it to you. 

The nature of Tony as a spiritual entity is a bit unclear; some theories treat him like a real ghost, while the more appropriate assessment is that he's like a guardian angel looking out for...every single student at Liberty High. Tony is seen by every character in the show, including teachers and parents. If he's an apparition, he's a collective one, which also pushes the show from drama right into a sci-fi fantasy amalgam that should only be touched by Damon Lindelof. Read more...

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At F8, Facebook failed to convince publishers they actually care about themOpen in a New Window

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Facebook is listening. No, not to your phone calls — probably. They are listening to publishers. And yet, publishers are still wary of the technology company's power and its ability to help them succeed in the new media industry. 

Last week, Facebook held F8, its annual conference to tease all the cool stuff it's working on. Traditionally it has provided opportunities for developers to also learn about those new toys, with Facebook CEO and coder Mark Zuckerberg presenting his latest open-source developments.  Read more...

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