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How to worm your way into Trump's inner circle (Hint: Red and pink Starbursts)

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:34

People have strong feelings when it comes to Starbursts flavors. For President Donald Trump, his preferences are red and pink.

When a politician learned of this particular quirk, he used it to his advantage to woo the president. If you're looking to worm your way into Trump's inner circle then you may want to follow House majority leader Kevin McCarthy's lead.

In a story chronicling McCarthy's rise in Washington, both as Trump's friend and fixer, the Washington Post reported that McCarthy had an aide sort through a "plentiful supply" of Starbursts to select only the red and pink ones as a gift for the president. The specially curated Starbursts went in a jar with McCarthy's name on it and then off to the White House, where Trump reportedly accepted it with a grin. Read more...

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The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:28

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish rock band The Cranberries, died Monday. She was 46.

The band confirmed the news on their official Facebook page. There's no cause of death listed; the post only notes that O'Riordan died "suddenly" while she was in London for "a short recording session."

The Cranberries were a staple of the 1990s alt-rock music scene. Their 1993 debut, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, delivered "Dreams" and "Linger," two of the era's most well-known tunes. They followed it up one year later with No Need to Argue, which featured "Zombie," another Cranberries classic. Read more...

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Sharon Stone laughed for 10 seconds after a man asked if she'd ever faced sexual harassment

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:43

Let's give it up for Sharon Stone.

There are so many ways she could have answered a question about whether she'd faced sexual harassment over the course of her 40-year career. But her default was to laugh, and then deliver an honest, frank response that basically boils down to: Yes, you silly man, of course I have.

SEE ALSO: Woman steps forward as creator of the ‘Shitty Media Men’ list

Cannot stop watching @sharonstone’s response to being asked whether she’s ever faced sexual harassment 🔥💯🔥

— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) January 15, 2018

We don't see the lead-in question in the video, but the accompanying tweet and Stone's response makes it clear.  Read more...

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

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:21

Twitter's team has asked celebrities, influencers, and its everyday users, “How has Martin Luther King Jr. inspired you?” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing.

SEE ALSO: Oprah's Golden Globes speech is the newest addition to Spotify's MLK Jr. playlist

Starting Monday, Twitter retweeted those answers from the account of Twitter's black employee resource group @blackbirds and created the hashtag #ThankYouMLK50 with an accompanying emoji.

One man, countless lives changed.

To honor his legacy, share how Martin Luther King Jr.’s life impacted yours with #ThankYouMLK50

— Twitter (@Twitter) January 15, 2018

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7 queer celebrity dating rumors that we desperately wish were true

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:00

All conspiracy theories are trash — unless you're talking about celebrity queer relationship conspiracy theories, which are 100% good and accurate.

Or so we hope. There are so many conspiracy theories in this genre that, if proven true, would bring infinite joy to queer people worldwide. The LGBTQ community has few celebrity queer relationships they can count on for gossip — a Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell here, a RuPaul and Georges LeBar there. By and large, however, these relationships are stable. They are healthy. They are far below the requisite drama standard for gossip. 

We need more. 

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OnePlus issues statement as some buyers complain of credit card fraud

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:44

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A significant number of OnePlus customers have reported suspicious activity on the credit cards they'd used to purchase a OnePlus phone. 

According to this post on the company's official forums, 73 customers who had purchased something from OnePlus using their credit card in the last two months have had fraudulent charges on their card. 

SEE ALSO: The OnePlus 5T could have been perfect—if it weren't for its cameras

"I purchased two phones with two different credit cards (...) Yesterday I was notified on one of the credit cards of suspected fraudulent activity, I logged onto credit card site and verified that there were several transactions that I did not make. I went through the process and switched accounts... no big deal. Today same thing with the other credit card," wrote one customer.  Read more...

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HQ trivia trick changes your app color to rainbow

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:14

HQ trivia is hard to win, but changing the app's color is quite easy.

A tipster told us about the trick Sunday night, shortly after the 9 p.m. ET game, and it seemed to have worked earlier this week as well, per a tweet

Why would you want to change the color of the app? We really don't know. Maybe to show off to your friends a.k.a. HQ competitors. Or, just in the spirit of randomness.

SEE ALSO: This secret HQ trivia cheat will earn you one extra life

Here's how to unlock the rainbow magic: 

Step 1. Open the HQ trivia app. Of course, download the app if you don't have it yet. Feel free to use my referral code "kerrymflynn," though that won't influence if this works.  Read more...

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'Harry Potter' fan-fiction film about Voldemort's origin has over 4 million views

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:00

It's not the first time a fan-made film has blown up online, but ooh-wee, over 4 million views is a lot.

SEE ALSO: Daniel Radcliffe weighs in on Johnny Depp remaining in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Tryangle Films has put out their unofficial Harry Potter fan-flick Voldemort: Origins of the Heir. The film acts as a fan-built origin story about Tom Riddle's school career and early career as Voldemort, dark wizard extraordinaire.

All we want to know is, why wasn't the title Tom Riddle: Misunderstood Genius? Read more...

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

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:12

Princess Margaret, meet Princess Margaret. 

Two actors playing younger and older versions of everyone's favourite character in The Crown came together in a glorious Instagram post. 

SEE ALSO: Helena Bonham Carter is reportedly the new Princess Margaret in 'The Crown' Season 3

Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret in Season 1 and 2 of The Crown, posted a photo of herself with Helena Bonham-Carter, who'll reportedly be playing the princess in the next season. 

Honoured @thecrownnetflix

A post shared by Vanessa Kirby (@vanessa__kirby) on Jan 13, 2018 at 1:44am PST

"Honoured," wrote Kirby, and tagged The Crown's Instagram account.  Read more...

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Amazon's 'Electric Dreams' is your new 'Black Mirror'

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:51

Before we were transported to high-tech dystopia with Black Mirror, twisted sci-fi and fantasy anthologies thrived in the world of short fiction. 

In 2017, Channel 4 (the erstwhile home of Black Mirror) adapted 10 short stories by Philip K. Dick into the anthology series Electric Dreams, a beautiful portrait of worlds beyond our own with a thrumming thread of humanity.

SEE ALSO: 'Black Mirror' Season 4 confirms a long-running fan theory

Now available on Amazon Prime, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams presents 10 episodes – 10 fully-realized worlds which depart in different measures from our own reality, but all of which center around the concept of dreams. What do our dreams say about who we are? Can anything live up to our dreams? What do we make of a dream that feels more real than life itself? Read more...

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

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:37

It took very little time for the same-old deeply dangerous rhetoric to rear its ugly head after the publication of a report accusing Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct. In the anonymous report—published over the weekend by Babe—a woman shares her account the alleged misconduct which took place on a date in September 2017. 

The responses to the woman's story are peppered with the word "should." She should have said no; she should have walked out; she should never have taken off her clothes; she shouldn't have been there in the first place. These responses, which are disturbingly widespread, not only shift the blame and responsibility onto the woman, they also fail to recognise an important truth. For many women, uttering an explicit "no" is not as easy or straightforward as you might think. Read more...

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Dan the Ref has the best seat in the house at Puppy Bowl XIV

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:25

For one blissful day this past October, a nondescript New York City film studio was filled to the brim with adoptable puppies.

Ninety dogs, escorted by volunteers from 49 animal shelters across the country, gathered in playpens throughout the studio for one delightful purpose: the chance to compete in Puppy Bowl XIV, America's finest sporting event.

SEE ALSO: If you're single, get a dog — it could help you live longer

Per Animal Planet, this year's players hail from 25 states across the country and include rescues from the hurricanes in Houston, Puerto Rico, and Florida. The show will also feature its first international player, a dog named Mango who hails from Mexico. Read more...

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Tame your passwords and keep your data safe with Dashlane

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:00

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Passwords can be a pain in the butt. It’s hard to think of a good one, there are way too many of them, and they constantly have to be changed. Sure, you could use the same password for everything, but that puts all of your stuff at risk. Keep yourself organized by using a password management app like Dashlane Password Manager.

SEE ALSO: Wake up and smell the lavender with this aromatherapy alarm clock

Dashlane keeps track of all your passwords in one easily accessible place so you never have to worry about where you wrote them down. It also generates strong, unique passwords and keeps everything secure with military-grade encryption. Whether you’re looking to make digital payments or securely store vital personal data, Dashlane can make your life a whole lot easier. Read more...

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Get a full surround-sound speaker set for more than 40% off

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:00

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Speakers have come a long way since their invention in the late 1800s. Today, they're even included on everything from smartphones, to computers, to television sets — but not always with the best quality. Luckily, if you're ready to take your sound system up a notch, you'll find no shortage of options. Speakers come in all shapes and sizes: some of them wireless, some waterproof, and some that even tell you jokesRead more...

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Hey aspiring project managers, learn Six Sigma and Lean with these online courses

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:00

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Project management is an excellent field for any goals-driven person who likes to complete projects as efficiently as possible. But though you may already have a knack for "getting things done," there's a science behind being a robust and influential project manager (with a hefty paycheck). 

Enter Six Sigma and Lean, two of the most popular project management methodologies. The former uses six steps to control variation and minimize defects. Lean, on the other hand, helps maximize value by reducing time allocated. Read more...

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HTC U11 EYEs has a big battery and a dual front camera

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:57

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After U11 and U11+, HTC has a new phone in its flagship line, the U11 EYEs. 

This one, however, is more of a mid-ranger with a focus on selfie photography. With a 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 camera on the back and dual 5-megapixel cameras on the front, it should be a great companion for anyone who takes lots of photos. 

SEE ALSO: HTC's new Vive Pro is for hardcore VR fans

The dual front cameras allow for portrait mode-style selfies with a bokeh effect that can be adjusted after the photo is captured. The camera on the back comes with electronic and optical image stabilization and UltraSpeed autofocus.  Read more...

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Stubborn dogs attempt to stop human disposing of Christmas tree

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:31


SEE ALSO: Very good dog keeps interrupting his human's shower for a very good reason

A video uploaded to the German Shepherd Dog Community Facebook group has gone viral. In the clip a foolish human goes to throw out a Christmas tree, while two German shepherds try to foil his dastardly attempt to banish Christmas cheer.

Thank God for German shepherds.

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

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:31

Sometimes it's the simplest observations that are the best.

Chrissy Teigen, whose Twitter feed is now so famous it pretty much deserves its own show, is the queen of this.

SEE ALSO: 19 times Chrissy Teigen got hilariously angry with stuff on Twitter

On Sunday evening, she shared an observation that will surely send ripples far and wide throughout the world:

trump became president the same year people started eating tide pods

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 15, 2018

Yep: 2017 will forever be known as both the year that Trump was sworn into office and the year some people started seriously considering ingesting those colourful little laundry detergent bubbles (please, please don't do this, btw). Read more...

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Terrifying photos show plane after it skids off runway towards the sea

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:00

If flying makes you nervous in any way, you should probably stop reading right about now.

SEE ALSO: Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains the term 'the stars align'

A Pegasus Boeing 737-800 came off the runway at Trabzon Airport in Turkey on Saturday. After leaving the runway the aircraft then slid downhill towards the sea.

Breaking News: Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 TC-CPF overrun runway at Trabzon. All pax

— Turkish Air News (@AnalystTK) January 13, 2018

Here's what the aftermath looked like in the light of day.

Image: Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Deadpool's birthday message to Zayn Malik was as hilariously creepy as you'd expect

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:08

In case you didn't already know, Ryan Reynolds and Zayn Malik are essentially BFFs.

SEE ALSO: 69 times Ryan Reynolds was hands down the funniest actor on Twitter

Look, here's some hard evidence:

Paint one mural of Zayn on the hood of your car using gold leaf and real hair, and suddenly you're "obsessed".

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) July 9, 2015

On Saturday, the bromance continued.

Here's a video of the birthday message Deadpool sent to Malik, which the latter shared recently on his Instagram page:

A post shared by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Jan 12, 2018 at 10:35am PST

Here's a full transcript:

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