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Oh nothing, just ‘spider lightning’ dancing across a stormy sky in Australia

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“Spider lightning”: It’s a thing.

An especially hard weather phenomenon to catch on film but one savvy videographer managed to capture it illuminating the sky in South Australia.

During an electrical storm illuminating the seaside suburb of Glenelg outside of Adelaide, local man Caleb Travis shot the stunning lightning on Monday night.

What’s spider lightning? It occurs when lightning bolts branch out and creep along the underside of stratiform clouds.

Seriously, if there’s an indication wizards are battling in our atmosphere, this could be it. Read more…

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Chick-fil-A steps in to feed the stranded at Atlanta airport… on a Sunday

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Chick-fil-A, famed for never opening on Sundays and will likely never be, has made an exception.

The fast food chain is stepping in to feed passengers left affected by the Atlanta airport blackout, according to the City of Atlanta

They’ll be served at the Georgia International Convention Center, where they are able to stay overnight, which is a pretty nice consolation given what some of these people have gone through.

The City of Atlanta has mobilized the Georgia International Convention Center and will provide shuttle services for anyone who needs a place to stay for the night@ChickfilA will provide food for passengers.

— City of Atlanta, GA (@Cityofatlanta) December 18, 2017 Read more…

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Firefox users lose trust in Mozilla after a ‘Mr. Robot’ promo went horribly wrong

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Protip for Mozilla and the USA Network: In the future when you’re plotting a tie-in for a show about vigilante hackers, maybe don’t actually compromise people’s privacy.

Some Firefox users were none too thrilled to discover that the web browser had installed an add-on called “Looking Glass” without permission. Bearing a description that read simply, in all-caps, “MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS,” people were understandably suspicious.

(The all-caps utterance, it should be noted, is a quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.) Read more…

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Why Your Succulents Deserve a Spot at the Christmas Dinner Table

It’s Christmas Eve next week and we’re sure you have your dinner party in the works. If you’re the one hosting your family’s gathering, there are a lot of things to be done. From picking out the menu to decorating your home, you might have forgotten about your table’s centerpiece. If you’re scrambling to find […]

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Hoo-boy! This damning Uber letter is a wild ride

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The disasters that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left in his wake at his popular ride-hailing app company was one of this year’s biggest tech industry stories. Now, as we wrap up the year, Uber (through a court case) has gifted us a letter detailing many of the company’s alleged wrongdoings and spy tactics. 

The so-called Jacobs letter was written by an attorney representing Richard Jacobs, a former Uber security analyst. It alleges shady and potential illegal operations, including how Uber employees monitored the competition and acquired trade secrets. 

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Scarlet Snow Belo’s Christmas Tree Is Better than Yours

Christmas is always a great excuse to be a little extravagant. Not counting out what really matters the most: spending time with your family, catching a break from work, and being thankful for the year’s blessings. Still, we get a little carried away with the lights, the festive decorations, and the Christmas trees. Pause into […]

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Dating show promotes openly sexist dude, and like, read the damn room

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If you lived under a rock during 2017 (can I come too?), it was a year in which various sexual harassers were outed for being awful.

It was a year that the conversation around harassment, power and abuse started to be taken seriously, but it seems like Australian television station Channel Nine — who had its own problems recently, missed the memo.

In a commercial for its upcoming season of Married at First Sight, it featured Dean, a man looking for a woman who will listen to him, and openly wants to be the “man in charge” in the household.  Read more…

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Behind the ambitious plan to build and race flying cars

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Since Back to the Future, you’re far from alone if you’ve wondered where the heck your flying car is already.

Sure, we’ve seen pitches by the likes of Kitty Hawk, which is backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, and Slovakian startup AeroMobil — but the reality of a flying car still seems a way off.

An Australian startup called Alauda has an ambition to fast-track that reality with its electric, low-altitude aircraft, the Airspeeder Mark I. 

Alauda is founded by Matt Pearson, who also cofounded space startup Fleet. Over the past two years, Pearson has been working on the project as part of a team of five in a Sydney warehouse. Read more…

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Roy Moore lost the election and everyone made the same joke

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Roy Moore is bad at riding horses, and on Tuesday night, he was bad at winning elections. 

Moore lost the Senate race in Alabama to Democrat Doug Jones and a lot of people were happy about it. Moore’s win came as a surprise, as Democrats haven’t fared well in Alabama elections for about a quarter decade.

But back to the horse thing. Here is the Republican candidate — who was endorsed by Donald Trump, even though he’s been accused of sexual misconduct by nine women and said America was last “great” when slavery was legal — trying to play cowboy earlier in the day.  Read more…

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Spy agency launches interactive online test to see if you’re cut out for the job

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Recruiting spies is seldom a public exercise, but Australia’s intelligence agency is doing something different.

The Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), equivalent to the CIA and Britain’s MI6, has launched an online interactive test to discover people who are cut out for the job. 

Through a series of visual and aural exercises, the test seeks to identify suitable applicants that have the perception and empathy to work in the service. 

You’ll be required to pick out a missing number from a sequence, pick out faces in a crowd, and try and decipher information while three people are talking at the same time.  Read more…

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Would You Want to Live In Meghan Markle’s Former House?

Since Meghan Markle got engaged to Prince Harry, they will be living in Nottingham Cottage. But before moving in with the royal family, Meghan is selling her house in Toronto. With Pantone announcing the color for 2018, this house is already on trend. According to Vogue, the bungalow-style house “has a more muted color palette, […]

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Elon Musk’s hats are selling out faster than you can say ‘boring’

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Elon Musk is quite the hatter. 

Besides running a car company, a space company, a tunnel company and an AI company, he also managed to sell roughly $600,000 worth of hats, and the demand just keeps on rising. 

Musk’s Boring Company sold 30,000 hats adorned with the company logo since they launched in October, Musk tweeted Monday. Just a few weeks ago, Musk said the company has sold $300,000 worth of hats, meaning the sales have roughly doubled since that time. 

Over 30,000 hats sold!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2017

If you order the $20 hat right now, you’ll likely get it in 3-4 weeks. But you might want to hurry, as Musk says the hats will be limited to 50,000 pieces only.  Read more…

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Christmas Decor Just Got Better With Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton Tree Toppers

If you’re still in the process of decorating your house for the holidays, add one of these Christmas toppers to your tree. Women To Look Up To, a UK-based orgnanization has launched Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and Hillary Clinton toppers to choose from. Queen B looks angelic in a white bodysuit and wings, complete with a […]

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Santa on ‘Saturday Night Live’ has some thoughts about Roy Moore

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Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And sexual harassment and assault and NFL anthem protests and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Everything in the news was coming out of Santa’s bag on tonight’s Saturday Night Live cold open, and if their questions were any indication, the kids are not all right.

Precious cherub No. 1 asked Santa (Kenan Thompson) for some toys, a laser tag game, the usual. Then he asked, “What did Al Franken do?”

Oh boy.

Santa punted, but the kid needed to know about Roy Moore. Whether he was on the Naughty List or the Nice List. Read more…

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The polar bear in this video is dying from starvation. Fortunately, most aren’t…yet

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After landing on Baffin Island, Canada, wildlife photographer and environmental activist Paul Nicklen captured video of a frail polar bear — dying and foaming from the mouth — as the weak animal collapsed to the ground. The bear will soon be dead — if it isn’t already. 

On Dec. 5, Nicklen posted the grim video to his Instagram account, and since then, it’s been stirring  emotions around the web. Polar bears are, for better or worse, a symbolic species when it comes to global warming, and many are seeing this video as a new warning sign. 

Fortunately, however, the condition of this bear is not representative of most polar bear populations — at least not yet.  Read more…

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Ambassador posts adorable proposal after marriage equality legalised in Australia

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Marriage equality is finally law in Australia, which means LGBTQ couples can start planning their weddings. Or in plenty of cases, start proposing.

As in the case of the Australian ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, who spared no time proposing to his longtime partner Thomas Marti on Thursday in Paris. 

The video was posted on Berne’s Twitter account mere hours after marriage equality was made legal in Australia.

“Now, as Australia has just approved marriage equality, it is my turn now. My turn to ratify my own relationship with my partner of 11 years Thomas. He is not aware of what I would like to do now,” Berne said in French. Read more…

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Christmas Light Hacks: Create Your Personal Lumi Effect For Your IG Photos

If you’re not done adding decorations to your home yet, we have another suggestion for you: playing with Christmas lights. We usually place these lights on Christmas trees and outside your home to signal that “Hey, the holidays are near!” (Even when it’s only September.) But if you don’t have a tree in your home/apartment/condo, […]

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