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Chance the Rapper sat in on a third grade math class and it looked really fun, TBH

1 hour 19 min ago

The verdict is in: Yes, math can, in fact, be fun.

'Know this might seem controversial, but hear it out: Chance the Rapper sat in on a third-grade math class during a surprise Career Day appearance at a Chicago elementary school this week, and it looked extremely enjoyable.

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See for yourself. Addition, multiplication, and subtraction are all on the day's menu, and none of the students look even a little mad about it. The lesson even got a cool name: "Math Talk."

Pult up for Career Day and was invited to sit in on Ms. Jackson's class #supportCPS

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Hey, Future: Please hire this badass flute player immediately

2 hours 4 min ago

Flute samples in rap music are having a moment, so here's your next big star.

The internet is currently smitten with a flautist from Dallas, who goes by @BonafideTye on Twitter. On Thursday, she tweeted videos of herself playing along to Future's "Mask Off" and Migos' "Get Right Witcha."

SEE ALSO: Nicki Minaj makes history on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

Spoiler: the videos are amazing. She is amazing. Like ... 🔥 🔥 🔥 . Plus, she knows the bathroom has the best acoustics, so she is clearly an expert.

On Twitter, people are obsessed, of course. @BonafideTye even got a shoutout from singer-rapper Lizzo, who plays the flute herself. Read more...

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Yes, the 'Game of Thrones' showrunners hated HBO's stupid melting ice stunt as much as you did

2 hours 50 min ago

If you care about that which is best in life, or if you're (somehow) out of TV to catch up on or binge, then you're probably anxiously anticipating the new season of Game of Thrones like the rest of us. 

But now one of the show's lead actors, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (a.k.a. Jaime Lannister) revealed that the people behind the show's ice melting debacle considered the Season 7 date reveal a cringeworthy moment in TV history (of course, the internet agreed).

SEE ALSO: The 'Game of Thrones' cast is freaking out about the show ending, too

"I spoke to [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] about that and they were like, 'Oh god… That's embarrassing,'" Coster-Waldau told The Daily BeastRead more...

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Feast your eyes on NASA's stunning 'farewell to Pluto' photo

3 hours 52 min ago

NASA just released a new photo of everyone's favorite dwarf planet, and it's something to behold.

Taken from 120,000 miles behind Pluto by NASA's New Horizons, the shot perfectly captures Pluto's blue haze.

SEE ALSO: NASA may put astronauts on the first flight of its new mega-rocket

The photo's the result of six black-and-white photos stitched together, with color added from separate photos taken in July 2015, just hours after the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto, NASA says.

This allowed scientists to get one of their best shots yet of the dwarf planet's blue haze. The haze, backlit by the light of the sun, is caused by the same phenomenon that makes haze here on Earth sometimes look blue, scientists say. If you look closely, the haze also illuminates Pluto's mountains (near the top left side of the image.)  Read more...

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Alex Jones apologized for stoking the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, but all these protesters don't care

4 hours 5 min ago

Conspiracy theory peddling InfoWars host Alex Jones apologized on Friday for spreading the unfounded conspiracy theory that a D.C. pizza restaurant was at the center of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton. 

But outside the White House on Saturday, the theoretical audience for InfoWars and all matters of PizzaGate conspiracy news didn't seem to care much. A small group of protesters who believe that the White House must investigate claims of sex trafficking at a local pizza place gathered to convince people that the issue is real. 

As The Hill editor Will Sommer pointed out on Twitter, many of the protesters had their hearts in the right place: stopping child sex trafficking. They were just badly misinformed, thanks to conspiracy theorists like Jones.  Read more...

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Dangerous, explosive hoverboards are still lurking, and here's another recall to remind you of it

4 hours 29 min ago

Here we go again. 

Following the tragic deaths of two children in Pennsylvania caused by a hoverboard fire earlier this month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced the recall of yet another hoverboard brand. 

SEE ALSO: The rise and fall of the hoverboard

The brand is Los Angeles-based Vecaro LifeStyle and the reason for the recall is the same as the ones we reported in 2016—lithium-ion batteries. 

"The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of smoking, catching fire and/or exploding," reads the advisory on the CPSC's website, which specifically names the Glide65, Drift8 and Trek10 models of the Vecaro hoverboards.  Read more...

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10 things to look out for in the brand new 'Justice League' trailer

4 hours 38 min ago

The first Justice League trailer has exploded onto the internet, and it's a lot to take in. There are new characters, new lines, new moves, new reasons to cheer, and new reasons to be worried.

SEE ALSO: The new 'Justice League' trailer is here, omg, omg, breathe, please everyone just breathe, akjsdhfgkas;

So, let's get into it. Here are the trailer's ten key moments:

First, let's take a moment to watch the whole thing again, shall we?

And now, let's pick apart this sucker, beat by beat, to get to the most exciting reveals. 

Cyborg showing off his powers

Cyborg may be the most mysterious Justice League member so far, but we're about to get to know him a whole lot better. Although Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice showed us how Cyborg came into being, Justice League teases glimpses of his pre-superhero life.  Read more...

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Here's what it's like waiting in line with fans at Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' memorial

5 hours 27 min ago

LOS ANGELES—For Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds fans, getting a wristband to the stars' public memorial was of a galactic proportion: A rare, once-in-a-lifetime event.

It meant they were guaranteed a seat in the Hall of Freedom at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, where the memorial is taking place later today—a guaranteed goodbye to Star Wars queen and her legendary Singin' in the Rain mom. 

"Princess Leia, Luke and Han Solo—they're like family," said Liza Rios-Proprofsky, who was at the front of the line with her husband. The two had a Star Wars themed wedding last year. They have matching wedding rings with the Jedi symbol on them.  Read more...

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Robots are plotting to make your salads

5 hours 34 min ago

'Casabots' creates robots to help restaurants with food prep. Their first robot, "Sally," makes salads. Read more...

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15 great excuses to not go out tonight

5 hours 34 min ago

It's a tale as old as time: you'll make plans at 10 a.m., bright-eyed and fresh from your first cup of coffee. "Yes," you'll say to your friends. "I would love to do that thing tonight."

Around 3, though, you'll start to have doubts — scary doubts. Do you really have enough energy for a whole thing? 

And at 5:30, you're done. You do not want to do the thing. You're not even sure if you can do the thing.

SEE ALSO: 15 simple things you can do to stay happy at work

But what do you tell your sweet friends? Your nice and good friends who are relying on you? An excuse, that's what.

Here are some good ideas.  Read more...

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Please forgive Ed Sheeran for forgetting the words to his own song in front of the entire world

6 hours 1 min ago

During his Red Nose Day telethon performance on Friday, pop star and baby doppelganger Ed Sheeran briefly forgot the words to his song "What Do I Know."

Okay, let's just get this joke outWhat does he know? Not the words! Boom. Roasted.

SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran's new music video has a very bizarre twist ending

Here's what went down:

Let's assess the damage here: On the one hand, fine, it's a newly released song, and those lyrics go pretty fast. It's also a very small mistake, and he acknowledged it with a nice, self-aware chortle.

On the other hand, Nicki Minaj has performed "Superbass" successfully many times (as has Kendall Jenner, FYI). Read more...

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In 1939, evicted sharecroppers held a roadside protest that captivated the nation

6 hours 34 min ago

Image: Library of Congress

In January 1939, motorists on highways in the “Bootheel” of southeastern Missouri began reporting a strange sight: thousands of sharecropper families were camped out on the roadside, their meager possessions piled around them, exposed to the wintry cold.

The families, almost all African-American, had been evicted by the owners of the farms where they had lived. Because sharecroppers were entitled to a portion of the harvest of the fields they worked, the government had recently announced they were also entitled to a direct portion of federal farm subsidies — a distasteful arrangement for the landowners, who had decided they would rather keep the full subsidies and hire day laborers to bring in their crops. Read more...

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That awkward moment when Republicans failed to kill Obamacare but they bought boastful TV ads anyway and now they're airing, LOL

6 hours 57 min ago

Opponents of Donald Trump's failed healthcare bill got a big, meme-filled laugh yesterday. But fans of both basketball and the Affordable Care Act? Well, they got perhaps the biggest laugh of all.

According to a report from Deadspin, a PAC called American Action Network purchased a series of ads thanking several Republican members of Congress for "keeping [their] promise" to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Of course, this didn't happen: As of Friday, Obamacare is alive and kicking, and the Republicans are facing the bitter sting of defeat.

SEE ALSO: The White House doesn't want to call it Trumpcare, so Stephen Colbert's going to call it Trumpcare Read more...

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The surprising origins of your f*cking favorite swear words

7 hours 34 min ago

As a society, we like to swear.

Swear words have a strange power over us. It starts when we are young, when they are deliciously taboo. Then, as we age, our dependence on swear words increases to the point where as an adult, we find that the magnitude of our emotions can only be captured by cursing.

Yes, many of us have grown attached to swear words, but only a fraction of us actually know where they came from. What old dead languages do we have to thank for some of the best words of all time?

SEE ALSO: Here's proof that 'Finding Dory' is better with a bunch of swearing

We looked into this vital question and are here to report back to you what we have found. We leaned heavily on the Online Etymology Dictionary (OED) for information, in addition to various online dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com and the free online Oxford Dictionary. (The internet can teach you things, everyone.) Read more...

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The internet is arguing about pulp in your orange juice and now you have to pick a side

7 hours 47 min ago

You need only to Google "pineapple pizza" to know the internet loves itself a good (if not: dumb, hilarious) food fight. The latest debate tearing friends, families, and lovers apart? 

Pulp
vs
no-pulp. 

Our personal opinion? Pulp's delicious. It's juice, and then some. But we're just the documentarian, not the dictator, so here's what those online have to say/scream about it:

SEE ALSO: The pineapple on pizza debate is tearing us apart

On Twitter, pulp advocates shamed no-pulp devotees for liking orange juice they feel is artificial and designed for children.

wait.... are you tryna tell me that y'all grown ass adults and you drink OJ with no pulp? pic.twitter.com/U3y18jffRY

— DrellandoCalrisiYeen (@Big_Boss_Flurb) March 24, 2017 Read more...

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Uber's self-driving car crashes in Arizona

8 hours 7 min ago

Uber's very bad, not-at-all-great 2017 just got a whole hell of a lot worse. But this time, somehow, the problem isn't human interactions in the workplace, but self-driving cars on the road. 

On Friday, photos posted to Twitter revealed an Uber self-driving car flipped over on its side after being involved in a car crash in Tempe, Arizona. 

SEE ALSO: The most cringe-worthy quotes from CEO Travis Kalanick on Uber's sexist work culture

The authenticity of the photo of a damaged Uber self-driving Volvo resting on its side, posted by Fresco News, was confirmed by Uber via a Bloomberg news reportRead more...

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'Feud' star Alfred Molina reveals whether he's ever seen an on-set rivalry like Bette and Joan's

8 hours 14 min ago

Alfred Molina may have nabbed one of his finest roles yet, thanks to a filmmaker that’s been dead nearly as long as the actor’s been working. That’s because director Robert Aldrich didin’t give Molina the part – he is the part.

With a movie and TV career that spans nearly four decades – including vivid and memorable appearances as Indiana Jones’ treacherous temple guide Savito in Raiders of the Lost Ark (Molina’s film debut), the coked-out drug dealer Rahad in Boogie Nights, and the multi-armed supervillain Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 – Molina is delivering a star turn on FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan. Ironic, considering that he’s playing one of Hollywood’s less remembered filmmakers. Read more...

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It's official: Uber's Travis Kalanick and Emil Michael are actually the worst

8 hours 24 min ago

In case there was still any doubt, Uber's top executives are really terrible. 

A report in The Information out Friday night alleges that CEO Travis Kalanick and Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael took Uber staffers to—wait for it—an escort-karaoke bar in Seoul, where male Uber managers picked women working at the bar out of a lineup.

Again: Where Uber managers picked women working at the bar out of a lineup. 

Women.

Working.

At.

The.

Escort-karaoke bar.

Out.

Of.

A.

Lineup.

Oh yes. This is real. A female Uber manager who was part of the business trip months later reported the incident to Uber's human resources department. But it wouldn't be a story about Uber unless there were another Uber-sized screwup within it. And oh yeah, there's definitely one of those, too, because Michael tried to get Kalanick's then-girlfriend, violinist Gabi Holzwarth, to lie about it. One more time: Read more...

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The new 'Justice League' trailer is here, omg, omg, breathe, please everyone just breathe, akjsdhfgkas;

8 hours 32 min ago

The Justice League is ready to report for duty.

Warner Bros. has dropped the latest trailer for their DC superhero extravaganza, which brings together Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) in the name of fighting evil.

All the core members first appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but now they're stepping into the spotlight. And it looks like a good day, at least if you're a DC fan.

Maybe less so if you're a DC supervillain.

Justice League is in theaters November 17.  Read more...

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2016 Election: Where are they now?

8 hours 34 min ago

The 2016 election felt like it lasted an entire lifetime. It also feels like it's been an entire lifetime since it ended. 

It has truly felt like years since we were able to wake up and not worry if our president had started a nuclear war via Twitter while we were sleeping. It's hard to remember a time before we had to look at Sean Spicer every day and before we had daily reminders from our president that he, indeed, won the election.

SEE ALSO: Jason Chaffetz and Mitch McConnell are the new 'Hardy Boys' except much worse

Yet, those days existed. Remember Ben Carson refusing to walk to the debate stage? Jeb Bush's plea for his crowd to clap? Remember smiling? Read more...

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