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Marine biologist captures ‘blue hole’ in the Great Barrier Reef

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef already offers plenty of wonder, but dang, this blue hole is pretty cool.

It was apparently found by marine biologist Johnny Gaskell, who said he spotted the blue hole on Google Maps. He went to check it out with a team, despite it being far offshore, “further than our normal Reef trips.”

“What we found inside was hard to believe, considering five months ago a Category 4 cyclone went straight over the top of it,” Gaskell said in a statement via email. 

Anyway, they managed to capture the inside of the hidden lagoon, and it looks it was like a fun adventure: Read more…

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Coca-Cola with coffee: Meet the ‘Nuts and Gum’ of sodas

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The humble soda hasn’t been getting a lot of good press lately, but you know what everyone still loves? Coffee.

It might just be why Coca-Cola has latched onto our favourite caffeinated beverage, combining it into the (not so catchily named) Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar.

The soda is launching first in Australia as a limited edition item ahead of the country’s summer, following the hype from Coca-Cola Ginger, which was released same time last year. 

Here’s what it apparently tastes like, according to the company’s press release: Read more…

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Make this beatboxed cover of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ the cool video you catch today

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Okay, you thought you knew Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. But this beatbox version of the musical’s eponymous song is unlike any other cover out there.

Singapore beatboxer Dharni Ng starts out the video with the song’s iconic bassline, before Polish soprano Edyta Krzemień sings over his beats.

Krzemień’s amazing whistle register makes this one to watch, but I especially loved the part where they sync up short, staccato notes leading up to the climax.

Just gorgeous. Read more…

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Here’s Where You Can Get the Balut Gelato Everyone is Talking About

The newest addition to our weird food trends list is balut flavored gelato. Yes, you read that correctly. A photo of the gelato posted on Facebook has gone viral with over 1,000 shares and 4,300 comments. Where can you get this and other unusual gelato flavors? La Vie Parisienne in Cebu. It is a French […]

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Walmart wants to deliver groceries to your fridge while you’re not home

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Walmart is now offering to stock your fridge for you—even if you’re not home. 

The big-box giant is teaming with a smart lock startup called August Home to test a service in which workers would use a temporary door code to deliver groceries straight to your kitchen.

“Think about that—someone else does the shopping for you AND puts it all away,” Walmart vp Sloan Eddleston wrote in a blog post announcing the test. “This may not be for everyone–and certainly not right away–but we want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests.”

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Brave, brave woman lets a huge spider crawl all over her face

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After a woman in Pensacola, Florida discovered a golden orb weaver (a type of spider) in her home, she decided to relocate it to a “more appropriate location” — one that we assume is not inside a house.

But before being subjected to relocation, the spider decided to crawl around on the woman’s face. Surprisingly, the woman seemed fairly cool with that, a reaction to which I absolutely cannot relate. (To be fair, it’s not a particularly aggressive spider and does have a low-risk bite, but … still.)

Here’s hoping this yellow friend has now woven a beautiful circular web somewhere in the Great Outdoors. Read more…

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If Rainbow Brite had a job, this would definitely be her keyboard

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Protecting Rainbow Land and bringing color to the universe is a full-time job in itself, but those of us without a Color Belt to lend us magical powers have to go to work every dayThis Rainbow Brite-inspired keyboard is your secret weapon to defeating the King of Shadows — or at least the King of Boredom.

The rainbow LED effects on this mechanical keyboard have adjustable brightness, and can be set to “breathe” mode, which sounds creepy but is actually really cool. They slowly dim and brighten, adding dramatic lighting for the final stretch of that report you’re writing. You can also just turn the lights off if you’re really boring and hate fun. Read more…

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Are These Cocktails Healthy Because They Have Fruits In Them?

Are you the type of person who enjoys drinking but only if the cocktail tastes like juice? Well, we listed down some recipes for you to try. These drinks have one to two types of alcohol like vodka and champagne. For the sweet and tart flavors, they have different kinds of juice like apple and […]

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Video shows incredible rescue off capsized boat following Hurricane Maria

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Hurricane Maria’s havoc has been devastating, but amid the destruction there’s been some incredible work done.

One such example can be witnessed in this video by the U.S. Coast Guard Southeast, capturing the rescue of a woman and her two children, who were stuck on top of a capsized boat off the coast of Vieques, Puerto Rico on Thursday.

The rescue was coordinated by a U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Clearwater, Florida, and a British Royal Fleet Auxiliary Mounts Bay helicopter crew.

“Coast Guard watchstanders received an alert via emergency position indicating radio beacon and then a distress call on Sept. 20 from the Ferrel stating they were disabled and adrift in 20-foot seas and 100-knot winds,” the video’s description reads.  Read more…

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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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There are many ways that companies can do good in this world, and now is the time to do it

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Last year, 64 percent of CEOs increased their business’ investment in corporate social responsibility. Thanks to new technology and the internet, along with advancements in science and medicine, companies have become more informed about their social and environmental impact. Armed with the evidence needed to change business practices for the greater good of employees, consumers, and the environment, there has never been a better time to put this knowledge and these insights into action. 

From climate change to poverty, these are trying times. But these challenges are not insurmountable. If companies, countries, and citizens all come together in search of attainable solutions, this generation can leave this planet better than we found it. 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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5 Ways to Get Over a Hangover Fast

Fridays are for many things, including drinking. But sometimes, we can overestimate what we can hold. Hence: a hangover. If you need to make it to another commitment on Saturday, it can be a hassle. Even if you don’t have anything to do the next day, staying in bed curing a horrible headache and regretting your decisions still isn’t […]

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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” 😬

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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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