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Making an Emotionally Appealing Fish-Man for The Shape of Water

The sinewy fish-man at the center of The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s new film, stands stoic and brave as the rain beats down. But when the director yells “cut,” the man inside the fish suit begins to shiver; the set may look like a Baltimore port, but this is Toronto. Two crewmembers rush over, enveloping the 6’ 3”, 140-pound Doug Jones in coats and their own body heat. Throughout the movie's grueling 45-day shoot, those two men—Legacy Effects co-founder Shane Mahan and monster sculptor Mike Hill, both of…

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Pineapple Christmas trees are the newest trend sweeping Instagram

This Christmas, there’s one sweet trend that’s giving the boring old pine tree a run for its money.  The pineapple Christmas tree trend made its holiday debut on Pinterest this holiday season, and soon caught the attention of many Instagram users sparking a new holiday tradition.  SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged Instead of cutting up your pineapples for a quick snack, consider propping them up on top of a table or desk and dangling a few lights, ornaments, and a cute pair…

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We were just a normal family: Che Guevaras daughter remembers her father

Aleida Guevara with her father Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, Havana, 1964 On the right is my father, cigar in hand, talking to his lifelong friend 50 years ago, on 9 October, 1967. Our mother formed our values and kept him alive in our memory long after he died. She never used him as a way to tell us off or threaten us. Papi was always the good guy. We never enjoyed any privileges: my father was opposed to that, and my mother maintained the line. When she became a…

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31 Days of Happiness Countdown: ‘Meower Rangers.’ (Day 5)

Welcome to Day 5 of Upworthy’s 31 Days of Happiness Countdown! If this is your first visit, here’s the gist: Each day between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, we’re sharing stories specifically designed to bring joy, smiles, and laughter into our lives and yours. It’s been a challenging year, so why not end it on a high note with a bit of laughter? Check back tomorrow (or click the links at the bottom) for another installment! Today’s countdown calendar treat combines two of the internet’s favorite things — nostalgia and…

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Man cooks his own food at Waffle House because the staff fell asleep

A drunk man decided to take matters into his own hands when he found the staff at Waffle House fast asleep. Alex Bowen of South Carolina stopped by his local Waffle House in Columbia for some late night grub early Thursday morning, after enjoying some drinks with some friends. SEE ALSO: The United States of memes has something everyone can relate to “It was around 3 a.m. I was pretty inebriated,” Bowen told ABC News, which, let’s be real, we all knew.  Bowen says he waited at the register for…

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11 photos that answer the burning question: What if nature, but also robots?

If popular culture is to be believed, there are a few great divides that are immutable. Yankees versus the Red Sox. Android versus iPhone. Technology versus nature. Never the two shall meet. But that last one? Maybe we should stop taking it for granted. A new Dutch exhibition called Robotanica is exploring how technology and robotics in particular might play a collaborative role with the natural world. The curators have picked 11 different projects from designers, scientists, and artists that imagine how technology could blend with, and ultimately benefit, nature….

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The ‘Me in My State’ meme is too relatable

We all hate to love and love to hate our home state.Image: shutterstock/twitter State pride is something we can all relate to — except when you’re actually home. As millions of people traveled back home for Thanksgiving, people started to get real nostalgic for their home state. A far-too-relatable trend began, and eventually people of the United States realized that we all hate to love and love to hate our home state. Here’s a little bit of hometown pride from all 50 states. Alabama:  Me in Alaska : i hate…

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Here are 25 of Wendy’s most shady tweets from 2017

Let’s face it: 2017 was the perfect year to stress eat a Baconator and Frosty. Wendy’s not only helped us feed our feelings, the mastermind behind the Wendy’s Twitter account provided emotional comfort when the fourth Spicy Chicken Sandwich just didn’t cut it. The fast food chain has shown no mercy when it comes to its competitors. With its witty clapbacks, Wendy’s kept our mouths watering as it continued to serve up beefy burgers with a cold side of shade.  SEE ALSO: Burger experts weigh in on the Google vs…

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The internet calls BS on Trump’s claim that he turned down Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Lol sure, Donnie. Sure.Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Unless you repressed all memories of 2016 (and who could blame you), you’ll remember that Time named Donald Trump “Person of the Year.” Now, the president is claiming that the magazine asked him again this year but, like, urgh who can even be bothered? SEE ALSO: Sorry, Cards Against Humanity can’t stop Trump’s wall In a tweet Friday, the president took time from his busy schedule of getting absolutely nothing from his agenda done to make a bold claim about rejecting the magazine’s…

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Uma Thurman breaks silence on Harvey Weinstein, saying #metoo

Actor who worked on seven films with disgraced mogul says she is taking pleasure in his downfall Uma Thurman has broken her silence on Harvey Weinstein, saying of the ongoing stream of allegations against him: Im glad its going slowly you dont deserve a bullet. The actor, who worked on seven films with Weinstein including Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill movies, posted a picture of herself as The Bride from Kill Bill. In the post, ostensibly about Thanksgiving, she said she was grateful today, to be alive, for all…

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Maroon 5 and Jimmy Fallon surprise subway commuters in the best way

Even when Adam Levine is wearing an unrecognisable disguise, he can still draw a crowd. SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon photobombed unsuspecting fans to everyone’s delight For a segment on The Tonight Show, Maroon 5 and Jimmy Fallon took to the NYC subway for a spot of busking. They kicked things off with an incognito rendition of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, before abruptly whipping off their disguises and launching straight into “Sugar”. We imagine the only people who wouldn’t have enjoyed the surprise were the subway security…

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Hari Kondabolu’s ‘The Problem With Apu’ battles bad stereotypes.

If you’ve been anywhere near a TV in the last three decades or so, it’s likely that you’ve seen an episode or two of “The Simpsons.” Whether you’re a fan or casual observer, you’re no doubt familiar with Kwik-E-Mart clerk and Indian immigrant Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (voiced by Hank Azaria). Comedian Hari Kondabolu is a longtime fan of “The Simpsons.” But he has a bone to pick with Apu, whose one-dimensional, hackneyed stereotype of Indian immigrants has antagonized his personal and professional lives since he was a child. In his new…

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Al Franken apologizes after accusation he kissed and groped TV news anchor

Senator and former comedian calls for ethics investigation after Leeann Tweeden alleges he forcibly kissed her and later groped her while she was asleep in 2006 US senator and former comedian Al Franken has issued an apology after being accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent. Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor, came forward with the allegations in photo that appears to show Franken placing his hands over her breasts while posing for the camera. Congressional leaders swiftly called for a Senate ethics committee investigation into…

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Cards Against Humanity has a special holiday surprise for Donald Trump and his border wall

The dirty and sometimes downright offensive game Cards Against Humanity is back with another stunt, and this time they’re taking aim at one of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises. The company announced its holiday promotion on Tuesday, called Cards Against Humanity Saves America. Essentially, the company purchased a plot of vacant land on the border of the United States and Mexico, making it extremely difficult for Trump to build his expensive border wall which the U.S. taxpayers will inevitably pay for. SEE ALSO: This new party game will definitely confuse…

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Russia sent election meddling payments with painfully obvious memo lines

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends a meeting outside Moscow.Image: ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images Bad news, America: The terrifying 2016 election meddling plot continues to thicken in such a way that’s sure to make you bang your head against your desk and scream “HOW?” In the saga’s latest installment, a Buzzfeed News report alleges that over 60 payments were sent from the Russian foreign ministry to its embassies with not-so-subtle descriptions like, quite literally, “to finance election campaign of 2016.” SEE ALSO: The NFL protest debate is a great example of…

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