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Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby drops dance track and well, it’s terrible

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Convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby spent 13 years in Bali after being found guilty of bringing, oh, 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia.

And now, she’s dropped a dance single.

The 40-year-old Queensland local posted the joke song, dubbed “Palm Trees,” on Instagram on Monday. She’s teamed up with music producer Nat Zeleny for the track, on which Corby provides chorus vocals.

The video currently has 58.5K views, for some reason. Unsurprisingly not available on Spotify, iTunes or Apple Music, “Palm Trees” is the dumb summer track you wish you’d never heard. Read more…

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Trump’s NYE bash has a ‘modern fantasy garden’ theme. We have some better suggestions.

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President Donald Trump is often accused of living in his own personal fantasy world where white supremacists are “very fine people” and New Jersey muslims celebrated the 9/11 attack. So it is perhaps fitting that his New Year’s Eve celebration at Mar-a-Largo has, according to The Washington Post, a “modern fantasy garden” theme.

And while we’re excited to see what mythical bullshit takes root in such a gathering of sycophants and enablers, we also can’t help but note that Team Trump passed up a wonderful opportunity to explore other themes perhaps more germane to the 45th presidency of these great United States.  Read more…

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Food, beaches, walks, adventure … and romance: our 10 best travel stories of 2017

Street dishes to savour, colourful coasts to relax at and cool cities to explore, it’s been another year of exploring. Here, we pick our favourite stories of the year. Warning: contains holiday romances gone wrong!

For an experience of Portugal away from the droves of tourists that go there every summer, we headed to its central coast, where the Atlantic roars into empty beaches lined with delicious seafood restaurants.

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Architecture

My favorite Twitter account is a bot

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Human Twitter accounts serve their purpose, but I prefer tweets from bots.

Research suggests there are now some 30 million tweeting bots — though this might be a low estimate. Some of these bots provide weather updates, make stock recommendations, or attempt to subvert democracy. 

I, however, like bots that aren’t necessarily so useful nor ambitious. I look forward to their musings because their primary directive is to produce creative or absurd content — and I’m not alone. 

“I like anything that’s going to inject a little strangeness, beyond the normal strangeness that we have every day now,” Charles Bergquist, the creator of my favorite twitter bot, NewFound Planets, told Mashable. Bergquist is also the director of the public radio program Science FridayRead more…

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Niagara Falls is a frigid, beautiful wonderland right now

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It’s bitterly cold across parts of the U.S. and Canada right now, and the freezing temps aren’t going away anytime soon

The bright side? Pretty pictures. In Chicago, people captured stunning images of their frozen city. And the images hitting Instagram from Niagara Falls have been beautiful. 

I mean, look at these photos, which went viral after journalist Muhammad Lila posted them on Twitter: 

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Lifestyle

Here’s when all your favorite new phones might be coming out in 2018

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Another year of smartphones will be upon us soon.

We’ll likely see new versions of all of 2017’s major flagship Android phones. But when can you expect them to come out? How long will you have to wait? A newly leaked list might have revealed 2018’s roadmap.

The phone sleuths at GSMArena picked up what appears to be a list of upcoming phones that will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip. 

Though the list, posted to China’s Weibo (like every leak) social network, can’t be verified, the timeline seems to match up with what we’d expect from an annual release cycle. Even so, you shouldn’t base any purchasing decisions on this list; it could turn out to be completely wrong. Read more…

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Even Australia’s prime minister isn’t immune from being fined

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Politics might’ve been mad as ever in 2017, so perhaps there’s something oddly normal about a country’s leader getting what is a rather boring fine.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was issued a A$250 ticket (US$193) on Friday for not wearing a lifejacket when he was moving his dinghy near his Sydney home earlier this week.

The fine was confirmed by the New South Wales maritime authority, who are on the lookout for boaters who are breaking the law — seemingly no matter how distinguished they may be. 

The executive director for NSW Maritime, Angus Mitchell, said it was “a timely reminder during the holiday season to always wear a lifejacket.” Photos of the prime minister sans lifejacket were published in The Australian, which noted the law that had been broken. Read more…

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The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday review: sort of I’m a Child Get Me Out of Here

It’s Cyprus ahoy for the kids from the Channel 4 show but it’s not all sunshine and water slides, for while there may be chocolate spread for brekkie, there’s also squid tasting to be done. Yuck, sort of!

I’m watching The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds on Holiday (Channel 4) with a five year old and a three year old. Then tomorrow we’re going on holiday. Perfect, maybe we’ll get some tips.

Oh, they’ve got passports (still red, I’m already beginning to feel nostalgic about them). We won’t be needing those where we’re going.

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Uh-oh! The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might have its own battery problems

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The best 2018 holiday deals and January sales

Flight offers, family holiday packages and affordable spa breaks all feature in our roundup of New Year travel deals, to destinations such as Italy, the Azores and Canada

Super Break is offering deals on spa breaks, as well as free extra nights at destinations such as Barcelona, where you could get a three-night city break in January for as little as £90.50pp, including flights from Liverpool.
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The backyard Hot Wheels track of your childhood dreams

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If you’ve ever built an epic Hot Wheels track through your house, much to the dismay of your perpetually tripped parents, this will be right up your alley.

YouTube channel 5MadMovieMakers released a video detailing a colossal Hot Wheels track that careens over two stories.

This is a serious amount of track. One car zooms from a second-story window into a highly complex set-up, all the way to a perfect stop. It’s as satisfying as watching the final scene in Happy Gilmore, which you may well have been watching the last time you set one of these up.

If you’re keen for a niche binge of this kind of home track content, check out this mini Thomas the Tank Engine performing stunts. Read more…

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Chrissy Teigen live tweets bizarre flight turnaround, featuring John Legend

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Yep, even celebrities have to go through travel nightmares.

Chrissy Teigen experienced the pain on Tuesday, when the ANA 175 flight which departed Los Angeles for Tokyo was turned back after an “unauthorized person” was found on board, according to KTLA.

LAX airport police told the news outlet that it wasn’t a security issue, but passengers would be interviewed when they arrived back to Los Angeles.

.@chrissyteigen is on an international flight that turned around 4 hours in because a passenger isn’t supposed to be on plane. Look at this flight path! This is my Twilight Zonepic.twitter.com/II06VmfOah

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Readers’ best travel discoveries of 2017

From a Norwegian glacier to an exotic garden in Chennai, and from vegan burgers in Warsaw to a sherry bar in Madrid, readers share their holiday highlights

Looking for a walk to complete the day before tackling the mammoth Trolltunga hike in April, we decided on the trail to Buerbreen glacier. The starting point was a 20-minute drive from our base in Odda. The walk was brilliant: three hours of streams, rickety-looking bridges, ropes and scrambling brought us to the glacier. With the added beauty of having the trail to ourselves, this was a wonderful hike seemingly bypassed by those aiming for the famous Trolltunga rock shelf nearby. We stayed at Trolltunga Studios (doubles from £70): best value and location to hit the trails in this beautiful part of Europe.
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Cyborg strums ‘Star Wars’ theme song with bionic hand

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Jason Barnes has used robotic prosthetics before, but this is the first time he has been able to move each finger independently and even play the piano again. 

Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology developed the unique robotic arm using ultrasound sensors that allow amputees to control each prosthetic finger using muscles in their residual limbs. Read more…

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