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Watch this BMW refuel 5 times during an 8-hour drift

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:50

BMW USA drivers managed to break two Guinness World Records during an eight-hour drift. Two all-new M5s were used to perform the stunt for which BMW along with Deetroit Speed, Inc decided to develop a mid-drift refueling system so that the car would not have to stop for topping up. This risky choice could have caused a fire or a crash, but fortunately for the drivers and the person refueling the tank, everything went as planned and BMW set new records for the title of "Greatest distance vehicle drift in 8 hours" and "Longest twin vehicle drift (water assisted)". Read more...

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Netflix is 'exploring the opportunity with Nintendo' to stream on Switch

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:48

Hold your horses, you Netflix-loving Nintendo Switch players: There's still hope that your favorite streaming service could come to your gaming console of choice.

SEE ALSO: The Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling console ever in the U.S.

Netflix's customer service Twitter account @Netflixhelps responded to an inquiry on Sunday from a Twitter user asking whether Netflix would be available on Switch any time soon. To the dismay of the internet, @Netflixhelps responded “There are currently no plans for Netflix on Nintendo Switch.”

The now-deleted tweet.

Image: Polygon/@Netflixhelps/twitter

But miracle of miracles! One day later, Netflix reversed course. They deleted the original response and replaced it with something more open-ended. Read more...

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Woman pretends to give birth to her kitten in hilariously weird cat maternity photo shoot

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:23

Why should babies get all the attention? Well, cat-loving friends, your time to shine has finally arrived. The age of cat maternity shoots is alive and kicking. 

Lucy Schultz and her partner Steven from Denver, Colorado, celebrated their new arrival—an adopted rescue kitten—in the most sweet, if not highly odd, way imaginable. They announced their bundle of joy through a maternity photo shoot, featuring a, uuuh, simulated cat birth. 

SEE ALSO: A woman is knitting tiny wool jumpers to keep her chickens warm

Schultz, who works as a photographer by day, posted a new life event on Facebook on Saturday along with the highly extra photos from the maternity shoot. Since then, Schultz's post has gone viral, gaining over 70K shares and 37K comments.  Read more...

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'Avengers: Infinity War' actor describes scene with a ridiculous amount of superheroes on set

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:06

Marvel executive 1: "How many superheroes should we put in this movie?"

Marvel executive 2: "All of them."

Marvel executive 1: "Really? Maybe we sh-"

Marvel executive 2: "All. Of. Them."

SEE ALSO: 15 of the geekiest cookie jars you need for your kitchen right now

Anthony Mackie (a.k.a. Falcon) was on a panel at Ace Comic Con with Avengers: Infinity War with co-stars Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan, and gave an account of what sounds like an incredible day on set.

🎥 | @AnthonyMackie talking about @TomHolland1996 on the panel of 'Captain America' at @ACEcomiccon pic.twitter.com/2mtCV1p809

— Tom Holland News (@THollandNews) January 13, 2018 Read more...

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Logan Paul says he thinks 'everyone' deserves second chances

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:52

Logan Paul has said he thinks "everyone" deserves second chances in his first on-camera interview since he posted a YouTube video showing an apparent victim of suicide.

Paul later took down the video and apologised after being widely criticised. He's since been removed by YouTube from Google's preferred ad program.

SEE ALSO: Supercut of Logan Paul's Japan visit shows his true colors

"Everyone deserves second chances, bro," Paul said to a reporter from TMZ when he was questioned at LAX airport.

Here's the video in full:

Paul goes on to say he's learned "everything — so many things" from his recent experience. Read more...

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Streams and sales of The Cranberries are surging on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:38

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When the singer of one of your favourite bands passes away, many of us do the only thing we can do: we listen to their music. 

After news broke of The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan's death, sales and streams of the band's catalogue have skyrocketed on Spotify, Amazon, and iTunes. 

SEE ALSO: The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

The Irish rock band are up 900K percent in Amazon music sales since Monday, 15 January, compared with sales from the previous week.  Read more...

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Turns out a lot of Americans think Martin Luther King Jr. is still alive today

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:37

There have been many cringe-worthy editions of Jimmy Kimmel's "Lie Witness News" segment in the past, but this one really is next level.

SEE ALSO: Obama, LeBron James thank Martin Luther King Jr. with emotional tweets

On Monday, to tie in with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Kimmel sent a reporter out on the street to ask the big question of the moment: "Whose side are you on in the Dr King/Donald Trump Twitter war?"

The responses really are something else. Read more...

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This British rapper did the weather forecast and it's absolutely top-notch

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:26

Anything to perk up that dreary British weather is enough to get the public's attention.

SEE ALSO: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's visit to radio station shows the royals are finally tuning in to young people

On Tuesday morning British grime artist Big Narstie was a guest on Good Morning Britain, and he got to fulfil a personal dream — read the weather.

WATCH: 'Man better know it’s cold outside!’ - 😂 @bignarstie does the weather LIVE on air! The full online weather report is coming soon #gmb pic.twitter.com/6NJNAfXiIq

— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 16, 2018

Needless to say, people were amused. Read more...

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Incredible footage shows firefighter catching child thrown from balcony

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:25

If you ever doubted the bravery of firefighters (for argument's sake, because why would anyone do that) let this video be the living proof that they are, in fact, heroes.

SEE ALSO: Terrifying footage shows the cruise that traveled through the bomb cyclone

On Monday DeKalb County Fire Department released helmet-cam footage, showing the moment when a firefighter caught a child who was thrown off the third story of a burning apartment building on 3 January in Decatur, Georgia. 

This wasn't the only child to be thrown from the building. 

"We were catching babies like a football — literally," County Fire Rescue Capt. Eric Jackson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Read more...

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Here's why cryptocurrency prices are tanking right now

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:03

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All major cryptocurrencies are experiencing a severe price correction, with the size of the market shrinking from about $830 billion a week ago to $570 billion, according to CoinMarketCap

Bitcoin is currently at $12,062, down 12.7% in the last 24 hours. Ethereum has fallen 18.8% to $1,082, and Ripple is down to $1.35 per coin, a 26.8% decline. 

SEE ALSO: Here's what you need to know before you buy bitcoin

The correction is likely a result of several factors. Last week, South Korea's Justice Minister Park Sang-ki said the country is preparing a ban on cryptocurrency trading. Even though other branches of government later said the ban is not finalized, the country's stance towards the cryptocurrency market does seem to be getting tougher.  Read more...

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Timothée Chalamet donates salary from Woody Allen film, explains why on Instagram

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:52

Timothée Chalamet, the fast-rising actor and recent star of Call Me By Your Name, has donated his salary from the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York to charity.

Chalamet has said he'll be giving the salary to the Time's Up campaign, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), and New York's LGBT Center.

SEE ALSO: Dylan Farrow questions Hollywood's enduring blind spot for Woody Allen

He took to Instagram on Tuesday morning to explain his decision:

A post shared by Timothée Chalamet (@tchalamet) on Jan 15, 2018 at 8:51pm PST

Woody Allen has previously been accused of sexual abuse by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, who wrote an open letter in The New York Times in 2014 giving a detailed account of events she says took place when she was seven years old. Allen responded with his own open letter denying the allegations. Read more...

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Saudi Arabia just lifted its cinema ban, and well, the first movie screened was an interesting choice

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:07

Saudi Arabia has just lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, and picked an, uh, interesting movie for the first screening.

Ready? The Emoji Movie. Yep.

The very first film hitting cinema screens in three and a half decades was 2017's animated feature about a city populated by talking emojis. It's currently sitting at 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — although, granted, it has a 39 percent audience score. And it's targeted at children.

SEE ALSO: 'The Emoji Movie' has a lovely, timely message. It's not evil. Ignore the meanies.

But hey, let's celebrate the fact that it was shown at all.

The conservative kingdom's Ministry of Culture and Information agreed to issue licenses for cinemas on Dec. 11, 2017. According to Reuters, the country's first permanent theatres could open as early as March 2018, and the authorities are sponsoring temporary cinemas for now — one, in Jeddah's cultural hall, apparently has a popcorn machine. Films will be censored to adhere to the "moral values" of the kingdom — exactly what these censored films look like remains to be seen. Read more...

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Try not to wince at the horrifying sight of this egg sack teeming with tiny spiders

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:56

Spiders on their own are disconcerting enough. So how about a sack full of tiny little crawling spiders? 

A video of a funnel web egg being cut open to reveal hundreds of the arachnids inside was posted on the Facebook page of the Australian Reptile Park on Sunday.

SEE ALSO: 7 new spider species get their names from 'Game of Thrones' and other hits

The park acknowledged it's the "stuff of nightmares" for some people in its post, but said it loves these finds.

It's because the Australian Reptile Park is the only place in the country that milks funnel web spiders of their venom, which is used to make antivenom. Read more...

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Over 1,000 charged for sharing revenge porn on Facebook

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:42

Over 1000 people have been charged for sharing sexually explicit content without consent on Facebook in the biggest case of its kind in Denmark.

According to Danish police, two videos and a sexually explicit image involving two 15-year-olds were originally posted to Facebook Messenger, the platform's private chat service. The video was then shared hundreds of times across the platform, and now, a total of 1,004 young people have been charged — and about 800 are male, reports Bloomberg. While the content was posted by someone within Denmark, it's unclear if everyone accused of sharing it are from the country. Read more...

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Olympian Simone Biles also accuses USA Gymnastics doctor of sexual abuse

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:18

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has stepped forward to say "me too," accusing former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

The 20-year-old athlete's statement on Monday comes after more than 100 women have made sexual assault accusations against Nassar, including athletes Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney.

SEE ALSO: Athlete's #MeToo story sheds light on Asia's reluctance to discuss sexual assault

"Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak those words out loud that it is now to put them on paper. There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault," Biles wrote. Read more...

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Tide Pods food meme has gone too far — just look at all the locked up detergent

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:17

You know a meme has gone too far when grocery stores respond by locking up all the Tide Pods. 

Several stores including Walmart, Walgreens, Ralph's, and Food 4 Less have locked up Tide Pods in plastic blocks or behind glass doors, according to recent social media reports. The protective measure comes as the Tide Pods internet challenge and meme hits peak stupidity. 

SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen just shared an observation about Trump you won't be able to unread

y’all really joked around so much that tide put their tide pods in plastic boxes...smh pic.twitter.com/Z44efALcX5

— ㅤnavid (@NavidHasan_) January 13, 2018 Read more...

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Wallaby on the loose on city highway pursued by police

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:05

Even though wallabies are native to Australia, you'd be hard-pressed to find them casually hopping around in the city.

It's perhaps why police got quite the surprise when a swamp wallaby was found bouncing along the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of the city's busiest roads, early Tuesday morning.

SEE ALSO: Cats watching BBC documentary 'Big Cats' is cat squared

Traffic controllers and police monitored the wallaby's trip down the highway, where it made an exit at the Cahill Expressway. 

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Boing! Boing! Boing! Police in 'hop' pursuit on the Sydney Harbour Bridge this morning#Straya 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/jg3487iSzH

— NSW Police (@nswpolice) January 15, 2018 Read more...

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What is Babe? Meet the site that published the Aziz Ansari allegation

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:49

Bringing a laptop to Saturday brunch isn't the best look. But for Eleni Mitzali, it was a necessary faux pas. 

"I can't bring myself to be away from it while all these responses are coming in," the managing editor at Babe.net had texted a friend, explaining why she'd be glued to her computer during the social outing. She was fielding fact checks and edits for a story about sexual misconduct that would shake the entertainment world later that weekend. 

SEE ALSO: Hey Aziz Ansari defenders, saying 'no' is more complex than you think

At 7 p.m. that night, the little-known site published an account of sexual misconduct relating to actor Aziz Ansari, who won a Globe Globe for his Netflix series Master of None last week. At the time he wore a Time's Up pin, supporting a movement battling sexual harassment in Hollywood and beyond. Now, he was being accused of pressuring a 23-year-old New Yorker into sex acts that made her uncomfortable. The woman, who Babe refers to by the pseudonym Grace and was 22 at the time, went on a dinner date with Ansari in September. She went to his apartment afterward and left crying in an Uber. Read more...

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story will be chronicled in a Lifetime movie

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:38

The Crown may get there eventually, but Lifetime is looking to do it first.

The cable network announced Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story on Sunday during the annual Television Critics Association press tour. As the title suggests, the movie will chart one of the most headline-grabbing romances of the modern era: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

SEE ALSO: This Instagram post contains a major clue about the next series of 'The Crown'

The TV movie is currently in development and casting is underway, so there's not much detail to share yet. Lifetime confirmed that Menhaj Huda will direct the film. Huda has some experience in dramatized UK royal stories, having helmed an episode of E!'s The Royals last year. Read more...

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