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Concrete thinking’s in fashion at Brussels’ brutalist Jam Hotel

Budget hotels always offer basic, boxy rooms, but not many are as creative as this alternative gem in the Belgian capital

Brussels is a city of grand townhouses and art nouveau. Yet plonked in the middle of the Belgian capital, on a nondescript street corner, has appeared a hotel that looks like downtown LA had it been swallowed by lava. An old 1970s art college has been redesigned and rebuilt, by people who usually make film sets, to become the oddest, most fashionable, most affordable stopover in Europe.

The reception desk is held up by a pair of motorcycles dipped in concrete – above it rest maquettes, Paolozzi-like little bricks of angles and texture. Three guests under 10 years old leap joyfully between leather sofas and concrete benches while they wait for their parents to check into one of the Supra rooms which sleep five, one up by the ceiling, in what they call a “cabine bed”.

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Man returns home to overjoyed mom after biking around the world for 7 years

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Englishman Leigh Timmis set off on a wild adventure seven years ago.

And by wild we mean he was determined to ride his bike for two years around the world. That ambitious timeline quickly fell to the wayside as he realized how daunting the challenge would be to actually traverse the globe.

Timmis’ journey came to an emotional end Saturday when he arrived home in Derby, England, hopped off his bike, and jumped into a sweet embrace with his mom, who he hadn’t seen since 2014. 

Leigh Timmis and his mom embrace after Timmis' adventure finally ends.

Leigh Timmis and his mom embrace after Timmis’ adventure finally ends.

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Anne Hathaway reveals she’s a big pothead, dude

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The list of celebrities coming out as cannabis users is growing like a weed.

Anne Hathaway appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday, which just so happened to be the unofficial stoner holiday 420. While on the show, Hathaway played a game called “Plead The Fifth.” The game is simple, Cohen asks her three questions, she has to answer two of them, and one she can plead the fifth. 

In the very first question, Cohen brings up a rumor about Hathaway being a stoner, and asks her on a scale of one to ten, how big of a stoner is she? Anne smiles, and responds, “I’m not a little one.” Read more…

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Intense video shows oblivious truck driver drag a car with someone in it

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An intense video captured on a California freeway shows a large tractor trailer truck dragging a car, seemingly unaware the two vehicles had gotten into an accident.

Witness Brian Steimke was driving up the Cajon Pass when he pulled up on the truck dragging a maroon Nissan Maxima. 

“They’re dragging the car,” Steimke can be heard saying in the clip, amazed by what he’s seeing. “They don’t know what’s going on here.”

When Steimke pulls alongside the vehicles, the driver in the car being dragged unrolls the window and is waving at the truck driver to stop.  Read more…

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You’re gonna need some help recognizing this phishing scam

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How do you spot a phishing scam when the URL looks perfectly legit? 

An old phishing technique has recently popped back up in the news, and it has the potential to fool some folks no matter how many times they inspect a URL for typos.

Phishing works like this: Some fool sends people an email that asks readers to please click on this link or download this thing. The person sends the link from a URL with a (theoretically) clever typo (think yhaoo.com instead of yahoo.com). But this other kind of phishing scheme — called a homograph attack — sends an email from a URL that looks nearly identical to the real thing, replacing some the letters with similar ones from other alphabets.  Read more…

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Marvel (quietly) at the top eight most beautifully designed libraries

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A good book and a beautiful library certainly sounds like a match made in heaven to us.

You can dream on, with these eight libraries recognised in the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. Just dream quietly please.

Awarded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), the program encourages and recognises excellence in the architectural design of libraries. 

Projects can be located anywhere around the world, but only those designed by an architect licensed in the U.S. can be submitted in the competition.  Read more…

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All the Details You Need to Order Floral Arrangements from Marian Rivera

We previously told you about how Marian Rivera is adding “florist”to her résumé through Flora Vida: Perennial Blooms by Marian. Now it’s your cue to help out Marian fulfill her dreams as Flora Vida is now on soft opening. Hola! 🌸 Today is the soft opening of Flora Vida. I will be accepting orders from April 18 to […]

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Chili gives Alex Jones amnesia and other odd things we learned at his custody trial

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You ever eat something so goddamn delicious you momentarily lose your mind?

Neither have we. But apparently Infowars conspiracy-theorist-in-chief Alex Jones has. In a deposition during day two of his custody trial, an attorney working for his ex-wife Kelly insisted that Jones forgot what grade his kids were in after he consumed a bowl of chili.

Jones’s custody battle with Kelly over their three children started off strangely and went weirder from there.

On Monday, his lawyer argued that Alex Jones plays a character on Infowars called Alex Jones. That went down well. By Tuesday, however, we were learning some truly memorable things about him. Here are a few highlights from the second day of the trial gleaned from reporters watching along. Read more…

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Now That ‘Girls’ Is Done, Here Are the Apartments We’ll Miss

Don’t you just hate saying good-bye to a series? I bet a lot of you are feeling a little lost after watching the final episode of Girls. The HBO series lasted for six seasons, and many have become attached to the four women—Hannah (Lena Dunham), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), and Marnie (Allison Williams). Sure, […]

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First woman to run Boston Marathon returns, and this time she has another powerful message

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Fifty years ago, a clever, determined woman named Kathrine Switzer crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon — but not before an official tried to drag her from the course. 

See, at the time, only men competed in the race. Switzer signed her registration as “K.V. Switzer,” was accepted and, despite efforts to remove her from the 26.2 mile competition, became the first woman to finish it as an official entrant. Her bib number, 261, remains famous. 

On Monday, Switzer, 70, revisited that rebellious, trail-blazing moment by crossing the finish line again. This time she didn’t have to dodge an angry course director, but was instead accompanied by 261 supporters who ran alongside her. Read more…

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Chance The Rapper is having a very Stevie Wonder birthday

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Rap superstar, joyful youngster, and national treasure Chance the Rapper turned 24 years old this weekend and, to no one’s surprise, had the kind of fun-filled birthday we all want.

He’s throwing a party, appropriately called “Chance The Birthday,” on Sunday night in his hometown of Chicago benefiting Social Works, his non-profit supporting Chicago Public Schools.

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— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) April 12, 2017

He also received toasts on Twitter from a wide-range of folks, from Ellen to Tumblr to the Chicago Public Library.  Read more…

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There’s another United horror story, and it will break your heart

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The United horror stories keep coming out of the woodwork. After the internet exploded over a viral video showing a man being forcibly dragged from his seat on a United flight last weekend, another passenger has taken to Medium to share his horrible experience with the airline.

Trey Harris’ tale of inhumane customer service and unreasonable responses left him frustrated and upset — enough so he wrote a lengthy post Thursday about the incident, which happened at the beginning of last month. 

Harris’ honeymoon was nearly ruined when United barred him from bringing his “previously-approved, DOT & TSA-allowed mobility device,” a Segway miniPro, on board his flight from Newark to San Diego, where the couple had planned to board a cruise. Harris says in the post he has spondylitis, a type of autoimmune spinal arthritis, which can make walking difficult. Read more…

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Iron Chef is coming back! Iron Chef is coming back!

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We don’t mean to get too excited but ..Iron Chef is coming back! Iron Chef is coming back! 

This time the show returns in the form of Iron Chef Gauntlet, with none other than food guru Alton Brown at the helm. 

And people. are. pumped!

If you’ve never bitten into a bell pepper vigorously then looked into the mist with a passionate, steely gaze, let us explain.

Iron Chef started as a Japanese cooking show in 1993 and its mix of melodrama, competition and food skyrocketed the program to worldwide fame. Its stateside adaptation Iron Chef America (not to be confused with the William Shatner-hosted, short-lived Iron Chef USA) lasted 11 seasons on The Food Network. (The show was put on hiatus in 2014 and has not yet returned to film new episodes.)  Read more…

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Staying In? Let These DIY Videos Keep You Busy and Productive

Homebodies would know the struggle of finding something productive to do. Especially with the long Holy Week break upon us. If you can’t find anything interesting on our previous list, you can try your hand at DIY crafts. You may not know it but crafting is great for reducing stress levels. That, and you can […]

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Little girl getting dragged by a merry-go-round is too relatable

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Everyone’s had one of those days. 

Days where it’s hard to care about anything and you’re just barely holding on as life and the world around you just seems to keep going on without you. Days where you can barely muster the strength to get out of bed.

This video proves that kids are not immune to experiencing one of those days. 

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Hero dog opens 3 doors and escapes an animal hospital

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A dog named General managed to escape an animal hospital in Stafford, Virginia after opening three doors with his mouth. General is a true hero to doggos across the world. 

The 10-year-old Great Pyrennes was staying at the Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital while his family was at Virginia Beach on vacation when the great escape took place, according to local ABC affiliate WJLA. At about 4 a.m. on Monday, General was captured on surveillance footage using his snout and mouth to open multiple doors in the facility, and he eventually walked right out the hospital and into the night.

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