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Here’s a snake regurgitating a living snake, because nature is disgusting

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Change.org just got a $30 million investment to expand petitions into real social movements

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Change.org is getting some major support from tech billionaires to create real social movements. 

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million funding round for the site in what he said in a post on LinkedIn was his largest personal impact investment to date. 

Bill Gates and Y Combinator’s Sam Altman are also investing in Change.org in this round, Change.org CEO Ben Rattray said in a blog post

“As a society, we should be doing everything we can to build powerful, easy-to-use civic spaces where upstarts and idealists can effectively challenge entrenched interests. Where people believe their participation makes a real difference. Where every day, in transparent fashion, individual citizens can join forces in highly democratic efforts to make the world a better place,” Hoffman wrote in his LinkedIn post. “That’s why I’m making this investment in Change.org.”  Read more…

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Dad pranks his son at school in the most embarrassing way possible

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Some parents are embarrassing. Then there’s Justin Beadles.

Justin’s 15-year-old son, Jack, had his last day of junior high recently, so to make it very memorable, Justin decided to pull a super embarrassing prank on his kid.

Dressed in a Speedo, a swimming cap, and medals hanging around his neck, Justin ran barefoot towards his son who was hanging outside of his school, screaming Jack’s name. Yep, his dad decided to dress up as swimmer Michael Phelps while his mother filmed it. 

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It’s Possible: Sweet Treats that Cut Down on Your Refined Sugar Consumption

Living in the Philippines traps you into becoming a sweet tooth: sweet spaghetti, our penchant for cold desserts served with sugar on top of sweetened preserves, and rice delicacies rolled in…you already know, sugar. I never realized how sweet most of our snacks are until I tried consciously cutting down on them. The American Heart […]

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DARPA reveals design of its space plane for faster, cheaper satellite launches

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Launching satellites into orbit could get a lot cheaper thanks to an experimental space plane. 

This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed the design for the XS-1, which is set to be built by Boeing. The hypersonic aircraft would launch vertically, deploy a second stage to carry a satellite into orbit, and then land like a normal airplane. 

Although the aircraft is still in the concept phase, DARPA believes the final result will be a vehicle that will provide “short-notice, low-cost access to space” for both military and commercial use. Initial tests of the XS-1 technology will attempt 10 flights over the course of 10 days with the ultimate goal being routine low-Earth orbit flights for around $5 million or less per launch. (Currently, it costs SpaceX about $62 million to launch its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit.) Read more…

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This Mini Champagne Six-Pack Is All You Need for Your Next Party

I’m not much into alcoholic beverages but even I can’t resist the cuteness of the tiny Imperial Brut bottles that Moët & Chandon now sells in six-packs. These 187-milliliter bottles make for a perfect highlight for your next dinner party. I can already see them looking adorable next to hors d’oeuvres. Even cuter? They come […]

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‘Spoon bandit’ bathes in 1,500 spoons he ‘stole’ from school

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A self-described “spoon bandit” lavished in his hard work after claiming to heist 1,500 spoons from his high school cafeteria.

Warning: The following tweet may be too badass for some readers. 

Over this past school year I have stolen over 1500 spoons from the Lincoln Way Central Cafeteria. I’m chaos. I’m fear. I am the spoon bandit pic.twitter.com/ZZnbrujeUc

— J.White (@Jayw1303) May 22, 2017

“Over this past school year I have stolen over 1500[sic] spoons from the Lincoln Way Central Cafeteria. I’m chaos. I’m fear. I am the spoon bandit,” student J. White tweeted, racking up more than 11,900 retweets in just two days.  Read more…

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Someone finally beat Trump at his handshake game

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President Donald Trump has become infamous for his handshaking technique, but finally, he may have met his match.

Thanks to Trump being in the public eye for so long, documentation of his “yank and pull” style handshake is vast. Some think it’s a power play, others believe he’s just being a jerk.

But alas, it appears as if Trump has met his match. The president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, met with Trump on Sunday at a summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and he was not taking any of Trump’s tugging lightly. Rahmon yanked back, turning the already awkward shake into a 7-second game of tug-of-war. Read more…

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Robots could absolutely devastate the retail market

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Robots are coming for retail jobs. 

In-store automation threatens to kill four in 10 positions in the retail sector throughout the next decade, according to a new study.

That could add up to 7.5 million lost jobs—proportionally a much bigger hit than even manufacturing took when automation devastated its labor market, according to Cornerstone Capital Group, the bank behind the report. 

It’s not as if retail workers don’t have enough to keep them up at night. Hundreds of store employees have lost their jobs over the past few years as online shopping and excess store space plunge the traditional retail industry into choppy waters.  Read more…

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Celine Dion performed ‘My Heart Will Go On’ at the Billboard Awards and the internet cried an ocean of tears

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Few songs stick to film’s as firmly as Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” to the 1997 Academy Award-winning Titanic.

In honor of the film’s 20th anniversary, Dion took the stage at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night in Las Vegas to belt out her iconic hit.

After an introduction from Lea Michele, Dion appeared inside a massive floor-to-ceiling chandelier in a bright white dress while clips of Titanic played on the screen. 

💎💙💎💙💎💙💎💙💎#MyHeartWillGoOn +@celinedion +#BBMAs
EVERYONE RN =😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/XpH9HDBMgM

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Microsoft Research shows off its augmented reality glasses

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Because we’re spoiled and don’t appreciate amazing technology unless it’s immediately convenient, some tech pundits are dismissing VR in favor of AR, but the fact is that we’re still years away from easy to use AR glasses. For now, mainstream AR is limited to your smartphone, like most other apps. 

However, a team at Microsoft Research is looking to speed up the progress on wearable AR devices and have introduced a prototype as proof. 

Before Snap can turn its Spectacles wearable camera into a vehicle for its augmented reality app filters, Microsoft’s team presented a pair of glasses on Friday that use near-eye displays to produce holograms to the wearer.  Read more…

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