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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir watch a montage of themselves, and it’s too much

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With sultry routines that’ve long threatened to melt the ice, people can’t help but egg on figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to requite their apparent love.

Following their Winter Olympics gold medal win, Virtue and Moir sat down with CBC to watch a montage of their 20-year career together on the ice. 

The pair shed tears as grabs of them talking about how proud they were of one another and images — so many images — of them embracing each other played out on screen.

C’mon and just date each other already, you guys.

It’s not just us either — Adam Rippon and Leslie Jones thought so too. When asked about what’s the deal with their relationship by TODAY’s Hoda Kotb, Virtue gave a rather diplomatic answer to the prodding. Read more…

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Welp, Steven Seagal is endorsing a cryptocurrency called ‘Bitcoiin’

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Questionable ICOs have left many investors with Exit Wounds, but that hasn’t stopped Steven Seagal from backing one.

The ’90s action star became the worldwide ambassador of a cryptocurrency called Bitcoiin 2nd Generation, news that he confirmed on his Twitter account.

If the double “i” in the name didn’t prompt reluctance, there’s a couple of worrying signs regarding Bitcoiin2Gen.

As noted by Coindesk, the website for Bitcoiin2Gen lists no details about who’s actually behind the cryptocurrency. Its domain was originally registered in 2015 in Panama, but changed hands around Jan. 8.  Read more…

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Fergie performed a jazzy rendition of the national anthem. It did not go well.

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Alright, where do you even start with a performance like this.

Pop star and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie opened the NBA All-Star game with her rendition of the national anthem, and by goodness, it was an interesting rendition to say the least.

While other singers may have opted for a straight-up, no fuss performance; Fergie gave the anthem a jazzy twist, which is incredible in both its braveness and repugnance for the ear. 

There’s no saving jazz this time, folks.

Throughout the performance, Fergie wildly shifts between different keys for some reason.  Read more…

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Watch Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright freestyle a ‘Black Panther’ inspired rap

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The best freestyle rapper in Wakanda is clearly Letitia Wright.

Celebrating the release of the already-smash-hit Marvel superhero movie Black Panther, co-stars  Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright decided to share a few impromptu bars. 

The Black Panther lives… and so does Troublemaker! Introducing MC Underbite (@LetitiaWright), best freestyler in Wakanda. All cred to my girl @RobynHoodmusic for the original inspiration and my bars
Happy #BlackPantherDay! #BlackPanther 🎵🎶 @travbryanmusic pic.twitter.com/pIwO9DNBfP

— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 16, 2018 Read more…

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Colorado Girl Scouts can sell their cookies in front of marijuana dispensaries now

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There’s good news for Colorado residents prone to munchies: as of Friday, you only need to make one stop to get both Girl Scout Cookies and weed. 

Girl Scouts of Colorado updated its cookie sales policy to allow Girl Scouts to sell their boxes outside of cannabis dispensaries. 

This is a change of heart for the organization, which previously banned setting up cookie booths in front of dispensaries. In a deleted tweet from 2014, its Colorado council stated, “If you are wondering, we don’t allow our Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of marijuana shops or liquor stores/bars.”  Read more…

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New Zealand’s prime minister looks like the lead of a crime show in her Vogue shoot

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It’s somewhat rare for New Zealand politicians to attract global attention, but Jacinda Ardern’s star continues to rise.

The current New Zealand Prime Minister is featured in the March issue of Vogue, where she’s been labelled the “anti-Trump,” admired for the way she speaks about poverty and homelessness with a “blend of Bernie Sanders’s bluntness and Elizabeth Warren’s fearlessness.”

But of course, being Vogue, there was plenty of attention dedicated to Ardern’s photoshoot. Clarke Gayford, Ardern’s partner, made the photo his wallpaper.

….well thats the desktop sortedpic.twitter.com/9YlqkiwPEZ

— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) February 15, 2018 Read more…

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Australia’s government bans politicians from sleeping with their staff

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Sleeping with a co-worker is pretty much a no-no in all workplaces, especially so in the sensitive world of politics.

Not that Australia’s deputy prime minister stuck to the unspoken rule.

Barnaby Joyce been under significant pressure in the past week after it was revealed he had an affair with one of his staff, ultimately leading to the break-up of his 24-year marriage.

The situation has seen Joyce labelled a hypocrite, due to his advocacy of traditional marriage when the country was voting on whether same-sex couples could marry. Read more…

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5 powerful stories by girls whose lives were forever changed by child marriage

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For most of us, a wedding day is something to look forward to. To plan and prepare. Or something to look back with fond memories of a choice once made. 

For millions of young girls and boys around the world, however, marriage is not a choice. It interrupts their childhood, forcing them into perilous cycles that are all too often impossible to break free from. 

Many young women have risked everything to have the right to choose for themselves. And some managed to escape. Now they’re sharing their empowering stories with women all around the world. The stories were presented in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is raising awareness about child marriage around Valentine’s Day – a celebration of love and our right to choose. Read more…

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Swiss Olympic skier casually rides up escalator with one arm on his day off

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Competing at an Olympics is a serious affair, not that it seems to worry Fabian Bösch too much.

The 20-year-old Swiss skier isn’t due to compete until next Sunday in the men’s Slopestyle event, so in the meantime he’s having a bit of fun — or you could call it a spot of training.

Here’s Bösch casually holding onto the rail of an escalator, except he’s not on the steps, instead hanging off the side. The dude has a strong right arm.

A post shared by Fabian Bösch (@buhsch) on Feb 11, 2018 at 11:54pm PST

It’s not the only time Bösch has pulled off a stunt for Instagram, even if the risk of injury would probably send any coach into a conniption. Read more…

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Guy discovers cheeky easter egg on a PS2 disc 14 years after it was released

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We doubt anyone pays attention to what’s on a gaming disc, unless the thing is scratched.

But if you have a copy of 2004’s The Bard’s Tale, the rather funny RPG has an easter egg printed on the disc certain fans might be aware of.

For the rest of us underlings, we’ve only just discovered the joke via a tweet posted by @ajelansolo on Saturday. Here he’s posted a picture of the PlayStation 2 disc, which has the message “really disturbing image… flip disc over.” 

The disc, of course, is reflective.

This PS2 game just flat out gave me the most devastating burnpic.twitter.com/exyaOXRzDL

— A$AP BLOCK ME (@alejansolo) February 9, 2018 Read more…

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The Leslie Jones Winter Olympics live-tweeting has officially begun!

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Every two years, for a few weeks, we all get to enjoy a global phenomenon that brings many countries together: Leslie Jones live-tweeting the Olympics.

Since the Opening Ceremony kicked off the Winter Games yesterday, the Saturday Night Live comedian has returned to Twitter with her enthusiasm, her jokes, and her sheer patriotism. It is a joy.

Two years ago during the Rio Summer Games, Jones was a breakout star for her seriously funny running commentary on the sports. And as of Saturday, she’s back in the saddle. The events are different, but her hilarity remains the same. Read more…

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These startups pitch in freezing water to get sweet, sweet funding

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You’ve likely heard of an elevator pitch, but have you heard of an ice hole pitch? 

Polar Bear Pitching, as it’s called, is perhaps the most extreme form of startup pitch competitions. Participants withstand snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures for an opportunity to win €10,000, among other prizes. There is no time limit, but there is one catch: Entrepreneurs must stand waist-deep in the Baltic Sea for the duration of their pitches. Talk about motivation to keep it short.

Russian entrepreneurs from Tusion keep it professional in the ice hole.

Russian entrepreneurs from Tusion keep it professional in the ice hole.

Image: ERICA SWALLOW / henri luoma Read more…

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The One Where You Decorate Your Space Like Monica’s Apartment

Ever since Netflix Philippines made Friends available for streaming, everyone has become obsessed once again. Memes are popping up on my feeds, people are posting on Instagram Stories, and I’ve even seen behind-the-scenes photos on my Instagram explore page. I too decided to watch it again from start to finish and now that I’m done, […]

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Get some media player nostalgia with this web version of Winamp

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Nestled along Age of Empires II and some sort of cracked antivirus, many computers in the early-2000s were also home to Winamp.

The freeware media player which “really whips the llama’s ass” clocked up more than 60 million users by 2001, well before the likes of iTunes or VLC player made any sort of dent in our music-listening habits.

While Winamp hasn’t been updated since 2013, you can now use a web version of the media player that’s been developed by San Francisco programmer Jordan Eldredge.

Winamp2-js is a HTML5 and Javascript redux of Winamp 2.9, a version which was released all the way back in 2003. Memories! Read more…

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This 18-year-old cartoonist promotes positivity through a genderless, pink bean

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Harry Hambley from Cardiff is only 18, but he’s something of an Instagram sensation.

In June 2016, Hambley put up his first cartoon on Instagram.

U found me 🐉 #no1

A post shared by Ketnipz (@ketnipz) on Jun 7, 2016 at 12:38pm PDT

Hambley is the artist behind the webcomic Ketnipz. It’s an odd name for a comic, and purposefully devoid of meaning.

“The name doesn’t really mean much, except that it sounds fun and that it’s a lot different from typical titles,” Hambley told Mashable. “It’s purposely ambiguous, so that it doesn’t get associated with anything in particular — meaning I can keep using it when I decide to explore different creative fields or ideas.” Read more…

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Elon Musk just replied to Trump’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy tweet

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President Donald Trump has congratulated Elon Musk’s SpaceX for the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket.

Musk replied, “An exciting future lies ahead.”

Trump tweeted at the SpaceX and Tesla CEO on Tuesday after the launch of the Falcon Heavy (and its payload of a Tesla Roadster) from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

It would have been a much more straightforward space-related moment for Trump than the time he looked directly into an eclipse without glasses

Congratulations @ElonMusk and @SpaceX on the successful #FalconHeavy launch. This achievement, along with @NASA’s commercial and international partners, continues to show American ingenuity at its best! pic.twitter.com/eZfLSpyJPK

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2018 Read more…

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Finally, tech’s elite speak out against Silicon Valley’s unchecked power

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They helped create Facebook, Google, and other companies who claim to bring the world together. But on Monday evening, these people gathered to discuss how tech products are tearing us apart. 

“Facebook created a business model that essentially made people who believe [conspiracy theories] more valuable,” said Roger McNamee, an early advisor to Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at an event at The New School in New York City titled “The Dark Side of Design: A Conversation About Addictive Technology. “It was in [Facebook’s] interest to appeal to fear and anger.”

McNamee is one of the founders of the Center for Humane Technology, a new coalition of tech creators dedicated to studying the effects of technology. This week, the group announced a partnership with nonprofit media watchdog group Common Sense Media to launch an ad campaign on tech addiction.  Read more…

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