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Police chopper warns paddleboarders they’re surrounded by 15 sharks

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New footage shot near Capistrano Beach from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department adds to the evidence that Southern California has a really bad shark problem this year. 

“You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks,” Deputy Brian Stockbridge announced  from the helicopter to the beachgoers below.

Thankfully, the sharks were relatively small and were not acting aggressively, so the area beaches were not closed but put under shark advisory instead, the Orange County Register reports

“We haven’t had any reports of anyone being bumped or charged, just observations of them either swimming or breaching,” OC Lifeguards Chief Jason Young told the Register. Read more…

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This craft beer company tackles food waste in a very real, delicious way

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What makes a crisp pale ale taste even better? Knowing you’re fighting food waste with every sip.

Toast Ale, a craft beer company founded by author and food waste activist Tristram Stuart, collects fresh surplus bread from bakeries that would otherwise hit the trash and uses it to brew a unique kind of beer. The company has made waves in the UK since 2016, donating profits to Stuart’s organization Feedback.

Now, with a new Indiegogo campaign, it’s finding its way to U.S. shelves this summer. And 100 percent of the proceeds will go to charities fighting food waste.

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Food

A Quick Guide to Our Favorite Summer Treats

In times of need like battling the summer heat, a cold treat won’t let you down. Smoothies are great and all, but nothing beats the classic ice cream cone. Meanwhile, people are also loving other ice cream-like products such as gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, et cetera. I say “ice cream-like” because they’re not all the same […]

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Architecture

All dads should carry around their daughter’s fugly doll, like this tough guy

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It sucks when dads are praised as heroes for doing the stuff mums do every day. 

So instead of saying “look at this incredible dad, actually loving his kids like some kind of saint,” we’ll simply suggest that the actions of Indiana man Keenan Watkins be the new norm. 

When Watkin’s 10-year-old daughter, Aayla, asked her dad to carry around her precious (and anatomically accurate, therefore fugly) ’80s baby doll all day, he obliged. Only later realizing the gravity of what he’d promised. But it was too late to back out. He’s a dad who keeps his promises, without compromise.

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Architecture

Lightning strike leaves a surprise for an unsuspecting motorist

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Thanks to the rise of cheap and reliable dashcams, the internet is filled with random occurrences people have witnessed behind the wheel.

While we’ve seen plenty of meteor strikes, instant justice delivered to bad drivers, and even plane crashes, this clip of a bolt of lighting hitting a bird and whacking it right out of the sky is one for the weird record books.  Read more…

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Architecture

Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon mapped out to perfection by cyclist

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GPS drawings have been a relatively uh, genital-heavy affair so far.

So it’s nice to see the not-so-crude efforts of cyclist Andrew Collins from Canberra, Australia, who sketched out the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars with the Strava app, especially for May the Fourth.

Collins told the Canberra Times that he originally wanted to map out the Death Star, but noticed the roads around Capital Hill in Canberra are circular — perfect for the rounded edges of the famed spaceship.

“I saw the goat that someone had drawn on Strava in Perth a couple of months ago and thought ‘something needs to be done in Canberra,'” he told the news outlet.  Read more…

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The spaghetti-stuffed meatball is here to make you feel bloated

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When it comes to creating weird food, the power couple behind HellthyJunkFood are the unofficial YouTuber champions. From oversized concoctions to DIY versions of fast food, JP and Julia know how to keep things funky.

But this time, they’ve gone too far.

There’s not much room for creativity when it comes to the classic spaghetti and meatballs, so JP and Julia decided to put some spaghetti inside a meatball. Yes, inside the meatball.

We reluctantly approve of this creation, but agree that a smaller version would be a bit more practical.  Read more…

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Architecture

Mother duck and her chicks dodge cars in a nail-biting highway mission

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Catching animals *actually* crossing the road isn’t something you see much in highly-urbanised cities. Except maybe Australian cities, where the country’s wildlife often pop into people’s homes and out of their vehicles

But rather than dealing with snakes or spiders, motorists on a busy highway in Sydney on Sunday had to contend with a group of ducks crossing the road. And as a video shared by 7 News shows, it was a heart-stopping thriller.

Look out, ducks! 

While some cars screamed past the mother duck and her babies, narrowly avoiding them, other drivers were kind enough to slow down as the ducks made their way across the road. Read more…

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Architecture

Free Comic Book Day is now a geek family affair and here’s the proof

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Zounds! ‘Tis Free Comic Book Day, when younglings and olds alike descend upon their local comic book merchants in search of the only nourishment that will slake their savage geek thirst: MOAR COMIC BOOKS. 

But despite the feeding frenzy focused on the wonder secreted in the pages of these paper treasures, Free Comic Book Day is actually a sweet moment for many families when friends and family get to unapologetically share their collective guilty pleasure. 

No, this isn’t the day to haggle over a rare issue of an obscure superhero series, or eye the comic book shop owner suspiciously as she darts into the back room where they keep “the good stuff.”  Read more…

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‘American Idol’ is back from the dead, fulfilling the Ryan Seacrest prophecy

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*Cue theme music* Thisss … is a day Ryan Seacrest knew would come.

It was just over a year ago when the American Idol host, signing off the “final” (ahem) episode of the show after a 15-season run on Fox, said: “And one more time — this is so tough — we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America.” Then he added cryptically, “for now.”

Well it looks like “for now” is over.

Thirteen months after Seacrest’s sign off, ABC has a deal in principle with producer FremantleMedia to bring back American Idol, Mashable has confirmedIdol could return as soon as March for a Sunday night slot, according to Variety, which first reported the revival deal on Friday afternoon. Read more…

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Government Twitter accounts are debating ‘Star Wars’ politics and it’s great

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Not familiar with Australia’s parliamentary system? That’s fine, for now. All you need to know is that the people running its Twitter accounts seem to be massive Star Wars geeks.

Just look at the duelling between the House of Representatives account and the Senate account, that took place on May the 4th (be with you.)

In contrast to the vague Star Wars references brands roll out annually, the Houses provided a rather in-depth and robust discussion about the Galactic Senate on the special day. 

Keep up if you can:

It’s a shame there isn’t a Galactic House of Representatives @AboutTheHouse ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #StarWarsDay

— Australian Senate (@AuSenate) May 3, 2017 Read more…

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Food

Caffeinated Bagels Are the Answer to Rushed Mornings

Stop what you’re doing and listen up: a restaurant just came up with caffeinated bagels. Suddenly, breakfast just got even better and efficient. Einstein Bros. Bagels in Boston recently revealed their latest bagel creations, which include the Espresso Buzz Bagel. Each bagel is said to have at least 32 mg of caffeine—equivalent to one-third of […]

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Architecture

Verizon pays more than $20 million to stream a single NFL game

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Verizon is paying big money to stream a single NFL game this season.

The telecom spent $21 million for the rights to stream a week-three match-up in London between the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The game will be aired across several of Verizon’s media properties, including AOL, its mobile video platform go90, and the online men’s culture magazine Complex, which the carrier owns along with Hearst.

Yahoo may also carry the game if its sale to Verizon closes in time for the September date. Read more…

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Architecture

In one quick video, this guy captures space lightning, meteors and Aurora Australis

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Photographing the southern (or northern) lights can be a tiresome eventful, involving hours of standing around late at night, hoping to land yourself the perfect shot of cosmic activity.

Hence, we’re pretty jealous of Australian photographer David Finlay, who in one night captured the Aurora Australis, a type of space lightning called “lightning sprites,” plus meteors and regular lightning. 

Finlay told ABC News he was trying to capture the Lyrids meteor shower, and didn’t realise at the time he had also caught some rare sprites over the south coast of New South Wales. It was only when the Kiama local reviewed the footage in slow motion that he saw the instance of space lightning, which happens high over thunderstorm clouds. Read more…

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