24 Jun

NBD, it's just a Bengali cat skateboarding down the street like a boss

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This is Boomer. No, not Michael Phelps’ adorable baby Boomer, but Boomer, the Bengali cat who skateboards.

Yes, this cat skateboards. And skateboards really well. Boomer’s probably better at skateboarding than most people. He’s also most definitely more talented than most cats, whose skills mostly consist of eating, sleeping, and playing games on iPad. 

Just look at how cool and collected Boomer is while he skates through a semi-crowded street. Observe his kicking technique, leaving one front leg on the board and kicking with his others, to keep the acceleration. It’s like he’s the Tony Hawk of cats. Read more…

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24 Jun

Jowls for days: Meet the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog winner

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The 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog winner is perhaps the floppiest yet.

Martha, a three-year-old 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff from Sebastopol, California, took the top prize at the Petaluma competition on Friday. Martha will triumphantly return home with $1,500, a trophy, and a free trip to New York City for media appearances.

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And she seems absolutely thrilled.

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Martha reportedly won over the judges the way we’d all like to — by lying down and not doing anything, even when she was supposed to.

This year’s second and third place winners were Moe, a Brussels griffon pug, and Chase, a Chinese crested-Harke mix. They are both beautiful. Read more…

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24 Jun

In 1943, a farmer's cornfield suddenly sprouted a 1,300-foot volcano

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For Dionisio Pulido and his family, Feb. 20, 1943 began as an average day of clearing and burning shrubbery from their cornfields near the village of Parícutin, Mexico to prepare for the spring sowing.

Later that afternoon, as Pulido moved to a different field to continue his work, he stumbled upon a small hill that had suddenly appeared. Atop the hill was a shallow crack, six feet wide and 150 feet long.

A number of small tremors had been felt over the previous few days, so Pulido was puzzled but not particularly concerned. He returned to the task of clearing brush. Read more…

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24 Jun

Trump's rural internet access drive is one of his few ideas everyone seems to support —but is he serious about it?

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If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet.

Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them live in rural areas. In those regions, nearly 40 percent of people can’t get broadband.

Experts worry this digital divide is slowing small-town economic development at a time when farm and factory jobs are vanishing and young people and retailers are fleeing for cities. 

Donald Trump, who capitalized on this despair in his run for the White House, finally offered a concrete answer to this problem, however vague, in an Iowa speech this week.  Read more…

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24 Jun

Mets fan proves you should either hold your baby or catch a foul ball — not both

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The GIF below, which rose to the front page of Reddit Friday afternoon, truly contains multitudes. It’s got apparent marital discord, rage-bait, an inarguably impressive but morally questionable feat, and so much more.

Really, what more can you ask for from a single GIF? 

Now behold this Mets fan risk a baby’s life to catch a foul ball. 

Here’s a longer look now, via Keith Olbermann.

Idiot Mets fan catches foul ball at Dodger Stadium, nearly drops baby, wife ready to kill him. Video from @SNYtv pic.twitter.com/zBh5Dki4yD

— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 23, 2017

So much going on here. First, he somehow manages to catch the ball without sustaining damage to the baby (??). Second, WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOOL? THAT IS A HUMAN LIFE!! Third, the contrast between the impressed lady behind him and the horrified woman next to him who then yanks the baby away is something to behold.  Read more…

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24 Jun

Virgin Media thinks 800,000 users should change their router passwords

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Virgin Media wants you to change your router password. 

The company recently published guidance on how to do that for older router models after Which? magazine — a publication ”known for testing household products” — found that Virgin Media routers weren’t so hard to hack. 

Which? found that Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 ”can be hacked in a matter of days” if users don’t change the default password the devices come with. Once someone hacks into a router, that person can often get access to devices that use that router. Around 864,000 people apparently own a Super Hub 2. Read more…

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24 Jun

Crunch Report | Google To Stop Scanning Inboxes

Crunch Report June 23 Today’s Stories  Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company’s most expensive smartphone yet YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service Credits Written and Hosted by:… Read More
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24 Jun

Why Sean Spicer is actually a genius

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When it comes to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, most people would not immediately label him as a ”smart guy.” He has drawn criticism for making false and often controversial statements, and his general combativeness with the press. But he is human, is he not? Are you perfect? He deserves a champion. And that champion is me. 

I’m going to outline exactly how Sean Spicer is actually a genius, and how everything he’s doing is actually going really well.

1. He handles the questions like a boss.

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When it comes to handling boring and purposeless questions from the press, Sean Spicer is actually really smarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrttttttttttttttttttttt†t†t†††††††††††††††† / /:ERROR:/ / and handles each question with tACT and pROfFESIONALISM+ Read more…

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