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Risotto, robotics and virtual reality: how Canada created the world’s best libraries

As libraries across the world battle for survival, one system has embraced the digital age and in Toronto, books take a backseat In the lobby of the downtown branch of Britain has closed hundreds since 2010, reduced hours in others and replaced many paid librarians with volunteers. In Belgium, an advocacy group called staff per visitor has fallen across the board since 2012, and circulation and visits are dropping. The disruption of Silicon Valley in which Uber replaces taxis, Airbnb replaces hotels and Netflix replaces video stores has many governments…

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Dog interrupts minor league baseball game, has extremely good time

Truth be told, there’s nothing more delightful than a great “Bark at the Park Night,” special promotions at both minor and major league baseball games throughout the season where dogs are allowed into the stadium. Besides making it possible to watch America’s Pastime with Man’s Best Friend, these games are great for prime dogspotting opportunities and adorable shenanigans. SEE ALSO: Meet the 9-year-old who runs the most wholesome Twitter account about petting dogs Case in point: the German Shepherd-looking pup who got free during Wednesday night’s “Bark at the Park”…

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Ryan Reynolds responds to Kanye West’s tweet about the ‘Deadpool’ music

Could this be a possible future partnership in the making?Image: Marc Piasecki/GC Images/Jun Sato/WireImage/mashable composite If you happened to be thinking to yourself, “The Deadpool franchise is great and everything, but it could use a little more Kanye West”… then we’ve got some good news: you may well be in luck. SEE ALSO: 69 times Ryan Reynolds was hands down the funniest actor on Twitter On Tuesday, the rapper took to Twitter to share his passion for the films — and his thoughts on the soundtrack. your guys writing and…

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A wax version of Ed Sheeran is in a cat cafe, which makes sense we guess

The real Ed Sheeran, not in a cat cafe.Image: Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images Never thought we’d say this, but a wax version of Ed Sheeran is currently surrounded by felines in a London cat cafe. Help it? A wax model of the Grammy-winning artist, created by waxworks museum Madame Tussauds, took centre stage at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London on Tuesday. The cat is LITERALLY out of the bag! You’ve guessed it… @teddysphotos is coming to Madame Tussauds London! Obviously he’s stopped off at @ladydinahscats before coming…

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Majestic fox joins Londoner for rooftop sunbathing session

Are you fur real?Image: Getty Images There’s only one thing in this world more cheering than the sight of a happy fox, and that’s a happy fox sunbathing on a roof terrace. SEE ALSO: Londoner passes out at bus stop, gets an alarming wake up call On Sunday, Tom Bell from London experienced exactly that — a fox had arrived on his roof and decided to make itself comfortable in the sweet, sweet sunshine. This just in. Having a fox on your roof is great. pic.twitter.com/WDz7Vi7aFj — Tom Bell (@tombellforever)…

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Trump and Kim Can Learn a Thing or Two From Singapore

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are spending such a short amount of time in Singapore this week. Maybe they should stick around longer to see what makes its economy tick. Singapore is an especially wealthy nation, with a per capita income of bonuses attached that can double that sum for excellent performance. Is Peace With Kim Jong Un Even Possible? Yet it’s not just about the money. Since independence in 1965, Singaporean leaders have cultivated an ethos of public service in the bureaucracy. The…

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This monster mower can cut more grass than you can imagine

We'll miss you, letter PImage: scott olson/Getty Images Drumroll, please. Or not – it all depends on your feelings about cheap pancakes. As we predicted, after weeks of teasing, IHOP’s dropping its big news. As of Monday, June 11th, 2018, the chain says it’s changed its name to IHOb (for “International House of Burgers”) from IHOP (for International House of Pancakes.)  Wow. This is just breathtaking stuff. SEE ALSO: We think we figured out what IHOP’s name change means The company made the announcement with a splashy burger-filled video posted…

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Spanish government swears in historic female-dominated cabinet

King Felipe VI and Pedro Sanchez Swearing-in ceremony of new Cabinet.Image: JAVIER LIZON/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Spain’s new government has only just been sworn in, but it’s already made history. That’s because the women in this cabinet outnumber the men.  King Felipe VI of Spain swore in the new government on Thursday, with women occupying 11 of the 17 cabinet posts.  SEE ALSO: Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is 50% female ‘because it’s 2015’ That equates to 61.1 percent women—the highest proportion of women in government since the country became a democracy in…

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The Cure’s Robert Smith: ‘I was very optimistic when I was young now I’m the opposite’

The singer and songwriter has been curating the Meltdown festival, and is planning to record the first Cure album in 10 years. But will it be fuelled by magic mushroom tea? The first thing Robert Smith does is apologise for the makeup. He hasnt worn it since his last concert with the Cure, in December 2016, but he has a photoshoot today at the Royal Festival Hall and thinks his features are too indistinct without it. To be honest, I would be disappointed if he wasnt wearing it, along with…

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Star Wars and the Battle of the Ever-More-Toxic Fan Culture

Three Tenets of Nerd: 1. A nerd must not harm another nerd, or through inaction allow a nerd to come to harm. 2. Nerds must cooperate with other nerds, except where such cooperation would violate the previous tenet. 3. Nerds must protect the existence of nerddom, except where such protection violates the first two tenets. So, I was at Comic-Con International in San Diego in 2008, the year of Twilight and True Blood. I’d never heard of either then—a blind spot, I admit—but that year something changed. Women have always…

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How to survive in Fortnite if you’re old and slow

Your reflexes are shot and your hand-eye coordination is dodgy so how do you keep up with the kids in the worlds biggest video game? Here are the 13 rules of survival Your kids are playing it, your friends are complaining about their kids playing it, and the tabloid press are telling you no one should be playing it because its evil. But the fact is, Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/may/29/fortnite-rules-of-survival-tips-games

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Chrissy Teigen shuts down both Donald and Eric Trump in 1 simple tweet

The Twitter Queen strikes again.Image: Rich Polk/Viacom/Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/getty If there’s one thing Chrissy Teigen’s taught us, it’s that Twitter comebacks don’t need to be long and waffling. Sometimes you only need a sentence or two. SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen just shared an observation about Trump you won’t be able to unread This latest example of Teigen’s ongoing Twitter domination started on Monday, when The Hill tweeted the following quote from Eric Trump: ours too! finally, something in common. https://t.co/TwXTVfYUZG — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 4, 2018…

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Be the talk of your tailgate with this portable convection cooker

This, but burned into the air you breathe.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Do you ever light scented candles during or after cooking to get rid of the food smell? Well, A1 – the steak sauce brand – will now let you do the opposite, with meat-scented candles. SEE ALSO: Artist makes perfumes for astronauts that smell like Earth The candles come in three original scents: Original Meat, Backyard BBQ, and Classic Burger. The website urges customers to “grab it while it’s hot” lest supplies run out – Original Meat is already gone. Image:…

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This guy went viral for becoming an unexpected #CatDad, and the internet melted.

Life can come at you really fast. Sometimes you’re just moseying along, smelling the flowers (or getting your usual morning coffee; I don’t know your routine) — and then BAM! Your existence has entered a new and exciting stage you weren’t at all prepared for. We’ve all been there. And that’s probably why so many on the internet are relating to a man named Paris Zarcilla, or as the internet has dubbed him, #CatDad. All Zarcilla wanted was to grab a sweater. He found a litter of kittens under his…

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If you want to help save the planet while staying stylish, Allbirds has got you covered

There are two types of people in this world: those who wear the comfortable rubber clog that is the Croc without a shred of shame, and those who vehemently turn up their noses at the prospect. Whichever side you’re on, there’s no denying that Crocs are having a moment. SEE ALSO: Butt rip jeans are the latest terrible jeans trend that we definitely never needed Case in point: A new collaboration between the comfy shoe retailer and New York-based streetwear company Alife that includes, among other styles, Crocs with built-in…

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