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Blind cat hugs phone when his favorite pianist is playing

I‘m convinced that there is nothing more heartwarming on the internet right now than this video of a blind cat hugging a phone. In the video, an orange tabby named Namik is shown pulling a phone close and hugging it gently. Why? Because his favorite pianist is playing, that‘s why. The man playing is Sarper Duman of Istanbul, a cat rescuer who shares his music online for other animal lovers. It seems a fan sent him the video, whi

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Parents explain to their kids why they smoke weed

Oh gosh, parenthood is so hard sometimes. I‘m a mom to a nearly-teen daughter and I teach her that she should do the right thing as much as humanly possible. This often mean explaining why I can do certain things as an adult that she shouldn‘t do as a child. I‘m pro-cannabis all the way. I‘ve worked in the industry, have a current medical card, and am publicly vocal about it. I don‘t, however, want my kid using

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Spectacular shots of Japanese summer fireworks

Japan‘s many summer fireworks festivals have inspired enthusiasts who specialize in photographing hanabi (literally "flower-fires"), and Keisuke is emerging as an Instagram favorite thanks to works like these. (more)

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Check out these massive curving structures of millimeters-thick strips

Sculptor Marc Fornes sets algorithmic parameters, then generates large self-supported sculptures based on the results. The work has an oltherworldly quality. (more)

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White Supremacist President Furious at Being Called a White Supremacist

FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Face Book.JOIN Tom the Dancing Bug‘s subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for exclusive early access to comics, extra comics, extra words and such. People love it.GET Ruben Bolling‘s new hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures, beloved by young and old alike. (‘Filled with wild twists and funny dialogue‘ -Publishers Weekly) Book One here. Book Two here. More Tom the

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Vancouver housing co-op rescinds family‘s apartment because unborn child is a girl

Kristjan Gottfried and Michelle Hurtig were first the waiting list for Vancouver‘s Marina Housing Co-operative, a nonprofit when a volunteer told them that their new home couldn‘t be confirmed until they found out the sex of their unborn baby. When they found out they were having a girl, they were refused a place to live. (more)

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Watch Depression-era machinists and laborers forge and mill steel parts

When watching assembly line robots of today, it‘s easy to forget that gruelling repetitive work used to be done manually. This beautiful footage from 1936 shows the precision needed, and it‘s beautifully lit and shot in black and white. (more)

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Did an 18th-century engineer manage to build a chess-playing automaton?

In 1770, Hungarian engineer Wolfgang von Kempelen unveiled a miracle: a mechanical man who could play chess against human challengers. In this week‘s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we‘ll meet Kempelen‘s Mechanical Turk, which mystified audiences in Europe and the United States for more than 60 years.We‘ll also sit down with Paul Erds and puzzle over a useful amateur.Show notesPlease support us on Patreon!

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Alabama Senate leading candidate Roy Moore refers to Native Americans and Asians as "reds and yellows"

Wow. One of Alabama‘s Senate candidates, Roy Moore, refers to Native Americans as "reds" and Asians as "yellows." He is competing with and leading Sen. Luther Strange in the GOP Senate runoff next week. In a speech on Sunday, he said, "We were torn apart in the Civil War - brother against brother, North against South, party against party. What changed? Now we got blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and

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Walt Disney reviews work-in-progress "Pirates of the Caribbean"

Walt Disney shows off a ride in production, "Pirates of the Caribbean" to Miss Disneyland-Tencenial. It is amazing to see my favorite ride at Disneyland at this point in its life. During my first visit, my grandmother lost her wig on the second sharp waterfall drop. My father had to fish it out. Cemented my love of that ride forever. Sadly, Walt seems a little condescending.

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Great deal on 150 pack of 10-inch cable zip-ties: 6.36

I just bought this 150-pack of 10-inch cable zip-ties for 6.36 on Amazon. The deal lasts a few more hours.

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Dead man sat in truck for 8 months in airport parking lot before someone found him

A dead body sat in a pickup truck for eight months in a parking lot at the Kansas City International Airport before someone discovered it. 53-year-old Randy Potter disappeared January 17, and had parked at the airport that same day. When his family contacted the airport police to report their missing relative and to see if his truck was still in the parking lot, the police said if it was, they would find it. Astonishingly, they somehow missed it.

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No one wants to host the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee took the unprecedented step of announcing the 2024 and 2028 Olympic host cities (Paris and LA), because both cities were bidding unopposed, and LA had to be bribed with a 1.8B "grant" from the IOC to agree to host the games. (more)

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Elementary school teacher suspended for having students sympathize as KKK members

A fifth-grade South Carolina teacher is on administrative leave after asking students to visualize themselves as KKK members and then ponder the justifications of their treatment toward African Americans. A man who identified himself as an uncle of one of the students posted the assignment to Facebook on Thursday, according to USA Today. "You are there...You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African-Americans is justi

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Equifax was always dirty, it bills the US government for millions, and was repeatedly hacked

Before Equifax changed its name in 1976 -- in the midst of a Congressional investigation and a national scandal -- it was the Retail Credit Company, founded in Atlanta in 1899. (more)

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Twitter users hunt down Seattle Nazi and knock him out

A Twitter user named @bigotbasher posted a photo of a man wearing a Nazi armband on a Seattle bus, who was reportedly "harassing a black man" and "screaming in peoples‘ faces." This set into motion a search to find the Nazi. Less than ninety minutes later he was located and knocked out. #AntiFascistAlertNazi shit head seen on D line headed to downtown #SeattleSubmitter said they were harassing a black man on the bus pic.twitter.com/ianQUny

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Amazon‘s new 10" 1080p Fire HD tablet

Amazon‘s Fire tablets have replaced Apple iPads around our house. This new 10" tablet will be mine. My daughter has broken many very expensive Apple tablets. I switched her over to an Amazon Fire that only cost 50 and she loved it. I tried one and never looked back. Due to my heavy use of Apple OS X for a lot of my day-to-day work, Android doesn‘t integrate quite as well as I‘d like -- but for entertainment, which is mostly w

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How to talk Minnesotan

"It‘s okay to feel good about things here but there‘s no sense running down the street telling people about it at the top of your voice Minnesotans prefer to express their positive feelings through the use of negatives because it naturally levels things out. From the 1993 TPT video "How To Talk Minnesotan" by Howard Mohr. He also wrote a book with the same name. [via Kottke]

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America‘s dirtiest, biggest student lender neutralized by federal watchdog

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, founded by Elizabeth Warren prior to her career as a senator, has entered into an unprecedented settlement with National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, the largest holder of student debt in the country. (more)

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Mom spies penis drawing in Netflix kid‘s cartoon and is "extremely disgusted"

An eagle-eyed mom spotted a cave-drawing penis in a Netflix children‘s show and posted her outrage on Facebook. The phallic depiction is located inside of a log during season one, episode 35 of Maya the Bee, according to The Mirror. ‘I know that something like this should not be in a kid‘s show whatever,‘ the mom says during the video. ‘I‘m extremely disgusted by it...there should be no reason why my kids s

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You can take the TREBLAB XR500 earbuds anywhere

Surprisingly, not all headphones were designed with workouts in mind. Delicate electronics can be vulnerable to rain and sweat, and tiny wireless earbuds will go flying with the slightest movement. If you‘re looking for personal audio that can stand up to the elements without sacrificing modern features, the TREBLAB XR500 Wireless Sports Earbuds check the right boxes.https://www.youtube.com/embed/qBC0-urymX4These earbuds make a perfect outd

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Experimental software makes 3D head models from front-on face photos

Researchers at the Computer Vision Laboratory, The University of Nottingham have posted an online demo of their 3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image paper.

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Fox mistakes bedsheets for snow

Try as it might, this magnificent, noble creature can‘t break the crust of a bedsheet. Why isn‘t the snow breaking? from funny

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"Mad Pooper" terrorizes Colorado Springs family

A Colorado Springs running enthusiast, known locally as "The Mad Pooper," has been leaving gifts on a private lawn in a most public fashion. Via Competitor.com: A mystery woman in Colorado Springs, Colo. is giving runners a pretty crappy reputation. According to local CBS affiliate KKTV, this runner has been defecating outside the house of resident Cathy Budde for the past seven weeks. Even worse-her children first spotted the woman. Budd

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