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Steven Mnuchin got a present much worse than coal for Christmas this year

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin got an early Christmas present on Saturday when a mysterious package addressed to him was found near his Bel-Air home late Saturday night.

Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad was called to Mnuchin’s neighborhood and, according to Associated Press, the package turned out to contain horse manure.

The manure was gift-wrapped in a box and marked as from “the American people.” 

Aerial footage from @NBCLA‘s NewsChopper 4 shows officers investigating a large box wrapped in wrapping paper; it’s not clear what is inside the box addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchinhttps://t.co/w0QsUKuIHI pic.twitter.com/2j0VmdtHFG

— Whitney Ashton (@whit_ashton) December 24, 2017 Read more…

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The rapid rise and even faster fall of an HQ trivia champion

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HQ trivia, the live game-show app that launched in July, is ridiculously hard to win, but contestant Allan Gibbons repeatedly finds a way.

Better known by his username “AllanG,” Gibbons is an HQ trivia celebrity, born from his knack for dominating the game show’s daily competitions. The 28-year-old radio DJ from Owen Sound, Canada has earned more than $870 from the nine games he’s won and has sat at the top of the all-time leaderboard for about two months.

Sure, maybe his winnings sound like chump change in comparison to the game’s jackpots that range from $500 to $10,000, but it’s been enough to earn him a position atop the leaderboard, and therefore, the envious eyes of the hundreds of thousands contestants who have spent time with the iPhone app over the last six months.  Read more…

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Our favorite books of 2017

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2017 is coming to a close, but if there’s one thing that stands out from this year, it’s all of the great books. 

From poignant, socially conscious YA novels like The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas to haunting short stories like Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez, 2017 was a year that shined bright with unforgettable literature.

This week on the MashReads Podcast, we look back and chat about what we read in 2017.  Read more…

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Fashionable and Comfortable Loungewear For a Lazy Christmas Morning

Picture this. It’s Christmas morning, you’ve just woken up from a night of way too much food and fun family bonding. You’re not quite awake and to be honest you still want to go back to bed. Still, there are people waiting downstairs and you want to look your best despite not really being at […]

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Dude with festive Christmas lights-covered car gets fined by police

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‘Tis the season, except if you’re a car covered with holiday lights.

Brandon Wooden from Beaufort, South Carolina ties Christmas lights around his vehicle annually, spreading the glow as he’s done for the last five years. 

“People usually follow me for a few miles, videotape me, Snapchat, stop me and tell me to pull over on the side of the road to take a picture,” he told WJCL.

But while people follow him around for a photo, the police weren’t too keen on his attempt at holiday spirit.

Wooden received a $232 ticket for “improper lighting” by police, after they stopped to take a photo with the car, then gave him a warning. Read more…

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Lost submarine from World War I found after 103-year search

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One of World War I’s biggest mysteries has finally been solved after a 103-year search.

On Sep. 14, 1914, Australia’s first submarine, the HMAS AE1, disappeared off the coast of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. 

It followed a successful mission to help capture what was then known as German New Guinea, and was the first loss for what was a young Royal Australian Navy. 

35 crew members went missing without a trace.

The AE1.

The AE1.

Image: Department of Defence

That’s until an expedition this week, the 13th search for the submarine, which located the AE1 on Wednesday off the coast of the Duke of York Island group, in east Papua New Guinea.  Read more…

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Santa’s reindeer have been up to mischief this year, wait until you see where Rudolph’s nose is!

Christmas is all about the festivities. We decorate our homes, wear Santa costumes, eat gingerbread, and decorate our boobs. Wait… what? This year, the celebrations have already gone overboard and … Read more

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See the First Sketches of Meghan Markle’s Potential Wedding Dress

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding is one of the most anticipated events of next year. While many of the details like the venue and date have already been disclosed, we’re dying to know who will make Meghan’s wedding dress. Now we have a hint on a possible design. Israel-based bridal designer Inbal Dror […]

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How a majority-Indigenous owned wine company is giving back

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While there are already a handful of wineries run by First Nations people in Canada, Gondwana Wines is hoping to do the same in Australia.

It’s a majority-Indigenous owned wine company and social enterprise founded by Worimi entrepreneur Alisi Tutuila, that aims to simultaneously make great wine, promote Indigenous Australian culture and give back to the community itself.

A multifaceted business, Gondwana Wines gives a portion of its proceeds to the “Leading The Way” program, which provides training and employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians. Read more…

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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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Model Michelle Dee Has the Off-Duty Look Down to a Tee

It’s not every day that you encounter the daughter of an iconic beauty queen. (Save for Isabelle Daza, of course.) When we spotted Michelle Dee at the 7th Philippine Fashion Ball, she could easily pass off as a beauty queen because of her beauty and tall stature. True enough, she’s the daughter of Miss International […]

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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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A History of the Royal Family as Told Through Tiaras

Last week, we let you in on our The Crown obsession. This time, we need to talk about actual crowns to learn more about The Royal Family. It’s quite fascinating when you think how these material objects give a symbol to their power, wealth, and importance. It’s then no surprise how they are made in […]

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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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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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Julie Anne San Jose’s Personal Style Is All About Comfort

Singer and actress Julie Anne San Jose is one to watch. While interviewing her one early morning in Escolta, I got a glimpse of her fashion sense and work ethic. If you follow her on social media, you’ll know that her personal style tiptoes between classic pieces and more edgy, comfortable looks. Whether she’s traveling […]

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