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NBCUniversal is buying an arts and crafts tutorial site

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NBCUniversal is getting into arts and crafts.

The media conglomerate said this week that it’s buying Craftsy, a DIY tutorial and art supply site, in what Recode reported to be a $230 million deal.

The Denver-based startup merges media and e-commerce with paywalled courses on everything from watercolor painting to “mastering the art of the pizza,” as well as a catalog of crafting kits.

NBC plans to tap Craftsy’s contributing instructors to appear on various shows across the company’s cable and broadcast channels like Bravo’s Top Chef and SyFy’s Face Off. The startup will also use its own production studio to create content for the network. Read more…

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Paul McCartney revealed his ‘Pirates 5’ character and honestly just WHY?!

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Yo ho yo ho, it’s apparently going to be a pirate’s life for McCartney! 

Paul McCartney — yes, Sir Paul McCartney from The Beatles, that’s the guy — on Sunday posted a photo of his Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales character, which was announced last March.

McCartney will be starring in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Yeah, no — we have no idea why or how this is happening either. But it’s happening.

A 74-year-old McCartney posted a promo poster for the fifth Pirates film that shows him looking remarkably like his now co-star, Johnny Depp. McCartney’s pirate hair, beard, makeup, bandana, hat, rings, AHH this man is almost unrecognizable.  Read more…

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Some dude wearing an Australian flag jumped onstage at Eurovision and mooned everyone

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Eurovision fans often complain that Australia shouldn’t be included in the contest — after all, it’s not a European country. And now … the critics have quite a bit more fuel for their fire. Or, alternatively, a reason to include the Aussies forever and ever after a stunt on the show’s finale.

Here’s what went down (under). While last year’s winner, Jamala, was performing her number, an enthusiastic man wearing an Australian flag somehow got himself onto the stage. He then proceeded to moon everyone. Fun!

And the internet, predictably, went wild. (Worth noting: many people watching Eurovision had been drinking for a while at this point.) Read more…

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Michelle Obama expertly blasts Trump without even mentioning his name

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Former first lady Michelle Obama was back on stage doing what she’s known to do: talking about childhood obesity and making Americans healthier. But this talk had some bite to it.

Naturally, the recent decision by Donald Trump’s administration to not push forward with federal rules to make school lunches healthier — something Obama championed for hard with her “Let’s Move” initiative during her eight years in the White House — was brought up.

Obama had some tough words at the Partnership for Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C. Friday. Without mentioning Trump by name or singling out the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue who announced his plan to “make school lunches great again” earlier this month, Obama made her very clear what she thought of the president and his administration’s move. Read more…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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6 Reasons to Start Following K-Pop Group BTS

Korean pop culture has slowly been taking over everyone’s lives in the Philippines. And now, we’re seeing Korean pop music slowly creeping into our lives. Huge idol groups in Korea, like EXO or Twice, already have solid fan base in the country, but the group that has made waves here and on international waters is boy group BTS. All […]

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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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Press Play: 5 Empowering Female Musicians

Not stuck to sugary-sweet pop anthems and odes to heartbreak, female musicians have articulated some of the most powerful thoughts of our time. Think of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and goosebumps will rise as she beautifully sings about the plight of black slavery. Think of the commanding voice of Annie Lennox, declaring sight on the […]

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