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Terrifying Hurricane Maria videos shared from Puerto Rico and Dominica

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As Hurricane Maria continues to rampage through the Caribbean, images of the destruction are starting to surface. 

The island of Dominica was completely devastated by the storm. Puerto Rico was hit by “catastrophic” flooding, as the National Weather Service put it, and its capital could be without power for four to six months. 

When Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, it was a Category 4 storm with winds up to 155 miles per hour. As you can see, it was a terrifying event to live through. 

My moms friend in Puerto Rico sent us this video she took from her apartment #hurricanemaria #maria #MariaPR #pr pic.twitter.com/TzOvmfrTIC

— TheHungryCondor (@TheHungryCondor) September 20, 2017 Read more…

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Goldfish, released into the wild, are somehow surviving in saltwater

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In case you didn’t know, goldfish aren’t meant to survive in saltwater.

Yet that’s what James Tweedley and researchers from the Centre of Fish and Fisheries at Murdoch University discovered in the Vasse and Wonnerup estuaries, located in south-western Australia. 

They’ve been surveying the invasion of goldfish in these waterways, the results of which have been published in an article in the journal, International Aquatic Research. And well, it’s not looking good.

“If you have a goldfish at home, you’d just put it in a tank with tap water which has a salinity of zero,” Tweedley explained. “By comparison the ocean has a salinity of about 35, and we found [the goldfish] in about 17 — which is halfway between the two, but a lot more than we’d expect.” Read more…

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Hero driver rescues possum being harassed by two birds

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No one likes a bully.

Especially Laurence Kirk in Sydney, Australia, who decided to take matters into his own hands when he spotted two magpies giving a possum on the road a hard time.

Beeping the confrontation didn’t seem to work, so Kirk decides to hop out and deal with the matter — taking the possum off the road and escorting it back into nature. What a guy. Read more…

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Tap Nike’s new app-connected NBA jerseys with your smartphone

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The only way to access Nike’s new app? Tap your phone on an NBA jersey.

Nike has announced a new stage for its eight-year NBA partnership, in the form of a jersey-connected app.

Officially announced on Sept. 16 at an event in Los Angeles attended by players from all 30 NBA teams, NikeConnect is a new app activated by Nike’s new jerseys.

Nike and the NBA's new app, NikeConnect.

Nike and the NBA’s new app, NikeConnect.

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Users must tap an embedded NFC chip hidden behind a tag at the bottom of their jersey with their smartphone, which will then launch the NikeConnect app.  Read more…

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Insane Clown Posse’s Juggalo March takes to the D.C. National Mall, and the photos are epic

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When the FBI published its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, the report drew ire for an unusual new addition: Juggalos, the fanbase of Detroit hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse.

Now, 6 years later and still classified by the FBI as a gang, ICP fans descended on Washington D.C. for the Juggalo March, a coming-together of music fans looking to peacefully protest a classification they feel is unjust.

The march took place on Saturday at D.C.’s National Mall, and according to The Hill, hundreds gathered to take a stand.

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World’s oldest person dies, giving title to Japanese supercentenarian

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Some sad news out of Jamaica: the world’s oldest person has died. 

Violet Mosse-Brown was 117 years old, born on March 10, 1900, in Jamaica.

The prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, posted about Mosse-Brown’s death Friday evening.

With her death, Japanese 117-year-old Nabi Tajima is now the known oldest human on the planet. She was born on Aug. 4, 1900, in Japan, a few months after Mosse-Brown.

Our oldest person in the world Mrs. Violet Mosse-Brown has died. She was 117 years old.

Rest In Peace Mrs Mosse-Brown#worldsoldestperson pic.twitter.com/p9fYNDV9vM

— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) September 16, 2017 Read more…

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Restaurant right by a waterfall looks like the perfect getaway spot

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This is one restaurant that definitely has a no-shoes policy.

The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in the Philippines, is as the name suggests, actually sits at the base of a waterfall.

Guests are able to have their meals on bamboo tables at the foot of the majestic water feature, while soaking in the water. 

Buffet Lunch by a waterfall. “It’s more fun in the Philippines” 😬

A post shared by John (@jespanola_travel) on Sep 26, 2016 at 5:33am PDT

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Retired couple that cosplays together is the very definition of relationship goals

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You’re never too old to start doing what you love. 

Retired couple Steven and Millie Tani first stumbled onto cosplaying three years ago, when they were in need of a costume for a Halloween event. The couple, who have been married for 27 years, haven’t stopped since.

From Mary Poppins and chimney sweep Bert, to Captain America and Agent Carter, the couple, who live in Southern California, travel around the state attending various events and conventions dressed up as their favourite characters.

Cosplay, a portmanteau of the words “costume” and “play”, sees people dressing up as their favourite characters — which can be anything from anime to video game characters.  Read more…

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Bride’s doughnut bouquets are a wedding treat we could really go for

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There are many tough decisions to be made when it comes to organising a wedding. But honestly, there’s one easy choice: doughnuts.

Specifically, we’re talking doughnut bouquets, which made an appearance at the wedding of Australian bride Paige Kirk, replacing traditional flower arrangements.

“Me and my husband Steven thought it would be different, fun and lighthearted,” Kirk told BBC News.

Image: dessert boxes

While you’ve probably seen a doughnut bouquet before, it’s not every day you’ll see the bride walking down the aisle with one. Read more…

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These Candles Will Allow Your Home to Smell Like Donuts

“I don’t want my house to smell like fresh donuts,” said no person ever in history. This is why Krispy Kreme, one of the top spots we go to on cheat day, created scented candles based off their famous donuts. Evil comes in many different forms. The candles come in three variants, all created after […]

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Ted Cruz just liked a super NSFW tweet and people are cringing so hard

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You know some intern’s going to cop the blame for this.

A very NSFW video is going viral on Twitter, (no) thanks to Ted Cruz’s official Twitter account. The Texas senator and former U.S. presidential hopeful liked a pretty graphic two-minute long video from @SexuallPosts.

With over 3 million followers, the like from Cruz’s verified account would have pushed the video to the news feeds of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of his followers’ timelines.

Image: twitter/mashable screenshot

As Tuesday morning, the like was still prominently atop Cruz’s account. Read more…

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Dogs go rainbow for marriage equality in Sydney

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Love is love, even doggos know it.

A casual 30,000 people (and a handful of progressive dogs) marched for marriage equality in Sydney on Sunday, to show their support for same-sex marriage in Australia, ahead of a national postal vote on the matter. 

Rally organisers have said the Sept. 10 event now sits as the largest LGBTQ demonstration in Australian history, a declaration reported by ABC

And nothing sells a positive social message like a dog in rainbow, a strong truism not overlooked by rally attendees. Many a doggo donned the spectrum on Sunday, sparking just as many Instagram posts: Read more…

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Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t seem to know which way framed photos of your children should face

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Donald Trump Jr. loves his children so much that he doesn’t actually look at them all day. 

The father of five was pictured sitting at his desk in Trump Tower, contemplating his fate in a New York Times article earlier this week about his meeting with Senate investigators over his ties to Russia. 

On Saturday, however, Twitter noticed something odd about the photo, taken in February. 

I, too, casually arrange photographs of my 100 children to face outwards so I can only see the backs of frames pic.twitter.com/Pa0cHP5ayj

— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) September 8, 2017

Ah, yes. Trump Jr. doesn’t actually seem to look at the photos of his brood all day. Or, more likely, he turned them around for his New York Times photoshoot. Which is weird.  Read more…

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Obama surprising these excited teens at school will give you so much joy

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There’s a lot of terrifying stuff going on right now. 

So if you need a ray of sunshine, just watch these students absolutely lose it when former President Barack Obama walks into the room. 

I mean, these teenagers at McKinley Technological High School in Washington are FREAKING OUT.  Read more…

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Why the latest Google rumor makes total sense

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Here’s a rumor that will blow your mind: Google is apparently “in the final stage of negotiations” to acquire HTC’s smartphone division.

The rumor comes from the Chinese-language site Commercial Times and suggests that Google will acquire only the mobile arm of HTC, not the entire company. The financial news outlet based in Taiwan doesn’t specify how much the deal would be worth.

The possible acquisition — although shocking — makes quite a lot of sense when you consider all that’s happened in the in past few years. Google is desperate to challenge Apple’s dominance in the mobile industry with its own premium phone built from scratch.  Read more…

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Australia’s High Court website crashes minutes before marriage equality postal vote decision

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One of the biggest current debates in Australia — around marriage equality — caused a government website to crash on Thursday.

The website for Australia’s High Court was out of operation just minutes before the court handed down a decision over the legality of the federal government’s same-sex marriage postal vote. And it’s currently still out of action:

The outage came just moments before the High Court found that the government’s postal vote is lawful, a green light which will enable the Australian Bureau of Statistics to send out a non-compulsory survey to enrolled Australians, asking the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”  Read more…

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Netflix thinks Netflix is a joke, apparently

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If you can’t laugh at yourself, maybe everyone else… can?

Giant black and white billboards have popped up over New York and Los Angeles this week, emblazoned with one sentence: “Netflix is a joke.”

Who’s behind this billboard??? pic.twitter.com/qVZAIAeB4r

— Claudia Eller (@Variety_Claudia) September 5, 2017

The whole thing appears to be a Netflix-led marketing campaign to promote a string of new comedies coming to the platform, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter, citing confirmation from anonymous sources. 

It makes sense, seeing as Netflix has become the go-to streaming platform for stand-up comedy, with the likes of Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer and Louis C.K. securing Netflix specials this yearChris Rock‘s specials saw Netflix reportedly outbid HBO by dishing out a casual $40 million.  Read more…

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Who knew ‘Despacito’ played on 2 calculators could sound this good?

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You’ve never heard Despacito like this before.

A video of a Japanese user playing Despacito using calculators has gone pretty viral, and it’s not hard to see why.

In a two minute video, the user who goes by the handle “It’s a small world” plays the hit song using just two musical calculators.

The video has since been viewed almost 200,000 times.

According to the YouTube user, the musical calculators are made in China, and they weren’t too difficult to find online:

Image: taobao/screenshot

Retailing for just $5 on Taobao, China’s answer to Amazon, the AR-7778 calculator which is produced by a Chinese company called Jia Ling Tong, is advertised as being able to play various songs and up to 20 different tunes. Read more…

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