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Bizarre, Unexpected Facts About Iconic Figures From History

Cracked pays people to make smart memes. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get in on it. There are amazing facts about historical figures that entire industries of publicity people try to keep you from knowing. They may not even be all that sinister or weird, but if they don’t fit the public image that the history books are trying to portray, they get swept under a rug made of Non-Disclosure Agreements. We asked our readers to bring us weird, startling facts about well-known people from the past. The…

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Sonita Alizadeh performs a powerful rap at Social Good Summit

Image: ERIN SCHAFF/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Brett Kavanaugh’s seemingly tenuous relationship with the truth is still haunting those who watched him testify on Thursday. At times, the prospective Supreme Court justice abandoned composure to shed tears and scream, but at his most jarring he straight-up refused to answer questions directly, was unwilling to request an FBI investigation, and, as further research revealed, apparently lied under oath. In the days since the hearing, people have replayed his testimony in their minds and on their screens. They’ve turned Kavanaugh’s words around over and over again…

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‘Enraged’ woman who confronted Flake wanted ‘a hero’

(CNN)One of the women who confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol elevator Friday said she hopes other Republican senators listen to the stories of women who have been sexually assaulted. A short time after the confrontation, Flake said he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without an FBI investigation into his past. When asked by reporters Friday, he wouldn’t say the encounter with Archila and Gallagher specifically changed his mind but that “everything” was weighing on him. The day before, Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that…

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12 Movies That Everyone Misunderstands, And What They Mean

Cracked pays people to make smart memes. Visit the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Workshop to get in on it. Movies are notoriously layered. There are levels of meaning that people frothingly argue about for years. And yet, with all the resources available to us, people still manage to misunderstand and misinterpret the messages movies are trying to get across. We asked our readers to find the most widely-misunderstood movies and set the record straight, in handy meme format. The winner is below, but first, the runners-up: 11 Entry by Chan Teik…

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We’ve All Been Pronouncing Chrissy Teigen’s Last Name Wrong For YEARS – Perez Hilton

Hold up! Supermodel momma Chrissy Teigen confirmed on Twitter Sunday night that everyone has been saying her last name wrong all these years! word! gave up a long time ago. last name is tie-gen not tee-gen https://t.co/M9EvS9pTrW — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2018 I know. I even correct people when they say it correctly. it’s all v effed up https://t.co/aJkweIiL7H — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2018 We know Chrissy definitely has some serious fire inside her, so we’re equally as shocked to find out that she’s a total…

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A 33-year-old vet went to the VA for help. Hours later he took his own life

Washington (CNN)Burdened by suicidal thoughts, Justin Miller, a 33-year-old veteran from Minnesota, reached out to the Department of Veterans Affairs in February for help, telling responders on the VA crisis line that he had access to firearms. Miller exited the hospital upon being released from care but never left the facility’s grounds that day. Police found him dead in his car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound less than 24 hours later. With the permission of Miller’s parents, Minnesota Democrat Rep. Tim Walz, the ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs…

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Amazon introduces APL, a new design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens

Along with the launch of the all-new Echo Show, the Alexa-powered device with a screen, Amazon also introduced a new design language for developers who want to build voice skills that include multimedia experiences. Called Alexa Presentation Language, or APL, developers will be able to build voice-based apps that also include things like images, graphics, slideshows and video, and easily customize them for different device types – including not only the Echo Show, but other Alexa-enabled devices like Fire TV, Fire Tablet, and the small screen of the Alexa alarm…

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Hospice dads’ unbreakable bond

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHospice’s dads keeping each other strong amidst heartbreak “If it wasn’t for this group, I don’t know where I’d be,” says Brad Watson as he sits in the visitor’s room of children’s hospice Ty Hafan. The 40-year-old’s son Archie died aged two, in 2013, of a rare genetic condition. Mr Watson was grateful he could count on dads in a 100-strong support group during the traumatic time. As well as forming strong friendships, they managed to tackle five mountains in just two…

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This Absolute Legend Scammed Her Way To A $100K Engagement Ring, Then Ghosted Betches

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: this week has been f*cking trash. But if anything’s going to cheer me up, it’s a story about female scammers and engagement ring-related lawsuits. This Monday, D.C. lawyer Ryan Strasser filed a lawsuit against ex-fiancée Sarah Jones Dickens for the return of his $100,000 engagement ring. As we learned from my previous reporting on such lawsuits, engagement rings are considered conditional gifts. And as you probably guessed, Strasser and Dickens did not make it down the aisle, instead splitting after 11 months engaged. (Sidenote:…

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May: Brexit plan critics are playing politics

And writing in the Sunday Telegraph, ex-attorney general and pro-Remain MP Dominic Grieve, said the time had come for a “polite rebellion by pragmatic Conservatives”, adding that a “significant” number were prepared to back a second referendum rather than leave the EU with no deal. Meanwhile, the Conservative Party was forced to apologise after a technical issue with its conference app meant Tory MPs had their phone numbers and other personal data revealed. The issue has since been resolved, the party said. The UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office,…

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