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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir have transformed the Olympics into ‘The Hunger Games’

The 2018 Winter Olympics have arrived and the spotlight isn’t only on the athletes.  The world is keeping a close eye on the skills, performance, and fashion of announcers, too, and on day one of competitions when people wanted a hot new Olympics meme Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski volunteered as tribute. The professional figured skaters showed up looking like announcers for The Hunger Games and Twitter was shook. SEE ALSO: These LGBTQ Olympians are here to break records (and tiny queer hearts) The two got their hair did and…

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Mourning John Perry Barlow, the Bard of the Internet

When I first met John Perry Barlow, we became instant soulmates. While that sentence is true for me, it also applies to probably 10,000 other people. That was Barlow—whether you were a world-famous avatar of LSD, a stuffy CEO, or the Vice President of the United States, he would win you over with his affable demeanor, arresting observations, and a mordant take on the human condition. He had a unique and compelling credential—“junior lyricist of the Grateful Dead” was the way he put it—and he wielded it like an all-access…

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This video of a debut author seeing her novel for the first time is amazing

Unwrapping any book in the post is always a little bit exciting, but now imagine it’s your book that you actually wrote yourself. Then imagine your reaction going viral on Twitter to the point where Stephen fricking King actually ends up retweeting it. That’s what happened to author Tomi Adeyemi on Wednesday. SEE ALSO: I tried to write a novel in a month and now I have a publishing offer Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is coming out next month. On Tuesday, Adeyemi received her first copy…

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Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor’s widow confirms

Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that it was the 70s and drugs were still good Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor’s widow confirms Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that it was the 70s and drugs were still good Thu 8 Feb 2018 05.17EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close wide-ranging interview…

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The #BlackPantherChallenge raised $260,000. Here’s what it is and where the money’s going.

He’s black. His suit is black. His family is black. His country is black. “Black Panther” is blackity-black-black-black. And it’s about damn time. To say people are excited for this film would be an understatement. It’s outpacing every other superhero movie ever in early ticket sales and showings don’t begin until February 15. It has the potential to be a cinematic game changer. Other films have featured black superheroes, but “Black Panther” — with a blockbuster budget, black director, and a predominantly black cast — is in a league of…

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Sarah Silverman torches a guy mocking welfare recipients in a very Sarah Silverman way.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images. A senator, author, and comedian walked into a bar — er, signed onto Twitter — but the “joke” that got told failed to impress. In fact, it was wrong in more ways than one. It all started on Feb. 5, 2018, when Sen. Tammy Duckworth blasted President Trump online for having suggested it was treasonous for Democrats to not clap for him at the State of the Union. That assertion didn’t sit well with the Democrat from Illinois. “We don’t live in a dictatorship or…

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Elon Musk shares the last image of his Tesla Roadster in space

Unless you spent your day under a rock on Tuesday, you probably already know that SpaceX successfully launched its largest rocket ever, the Falcon Heavy. Oh, and on that rocket was a Telsa Roadster, because why not? Elon Musk shared the last image of the Roadster — equipped with a “Starman” at the wheel — before it spends the rest of eternity somewhere in space. Kind of haunting, kind of beautiful. May he ride forever, and not be blown to bits.  SEE ALSO: Watching SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch to space…

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While You Were Offline: The State of the Union Is Riddled with Typos

Before we delve into the darkness of the world this week, let's consider these two tweets from the past seven days that really tell any outside viewer exactly what they need to know about the platform that is Twitter (in addition to the stuff about Nazis and harassment, of course). https://twitter.com/everywhereist/status/959114492318646272 Oh, social media! So many fascinating characters… But that’s not what you came here for. This is what you came here for. The State of the Uniom? What Happened: President Trump got to give his report card to Congress…

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There was a Spice Girls reunion and we might’ve been brought back to the ’90s

The Spice Girls making a comeback is what 2018 needs right now, among other things.  The English girl group reunited on Friday for the first time since the London Olympics in 2012. The group all met up at Geri Halliwell’s (Ginger Spice) home to speak with their former manager about upcoming projects. It feels like 1994 all over again, so bring out the butterfly clips and chokers.  SEE ALSO: Former Spice Girl goes undercover at airport, hilariously pranks passengers the spice girls reunited after 84 years that goes to show…

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While You Were Offline: We Know What President Trump Did Last Summer

Last week was a busy one. Between the government shutdown and deciding whether or not—in light of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar being sentenced to 175 years in prison for decades of sexual abuse—the internet has a new hero in Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, a lot went down. It was also a week that marked the passing of author Ursula Le Guin and the Fall frontman Mark E. Smith. Really, there was a lot going on. In addition to all of that, there was also… this. We Know What President…

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Casey Affleck dropping out of the Oscars should motivate us all.

Last year Brie Larson presented Casey Affleck with the Oscar for Best Actor, and it was … uncomfortable. Just a year earlier, Larson had won the Oscar for her powerhouse performance in “Room,” playing a woman who was held kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and forced to live in captivity with her young son. Hers was a moving performance that reflected a lot of Larson’s own advocacy work for victims of sexual harassment and violence. But then she was asked to present one of acting’s top honors to Affleck, who had been…

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Teens aren’t slowing down on the Tide Pod challenge, according to the latest horrifying numbers

Image: mashable/lili sams Brace yourselves: there has been an embarrassing uptick in the number of teens eating Tide Pods. With a “HIGH ALERT,” the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) shared an urgent press release on the current state of Tide Pod consumption in the United States.  SEE ALSO: Some genius made Tide Pod sushi you can actually eat “Last week, AAPCC reported that during the first two weeks of 2018, the country’s poison control centers handled thirty-nine intentional exposures cases among thirteen to nineteen year olds,” the report…

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Germaine Greer criticises ‘whingeing’ #MeToo movement

Author says women should react immediately to abuse, and historical claims will result in OJ Simpson trial all over again Germaine Greer criticises ‘whingeing’ #MeToo movement Author says women should react immediately to abuse, and historical claims will result in OJ Simpson trial all over again Alison Flood Last modified on Tue 23 Jan 2018 17.00EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Germaine Greer: All the powerful men who are now in all sorts of trouble are already briefing their lawyers. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian…

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Heres how NASA is preparing the largest telescope ever built for space

Goodbye.Image: lili sams/mashable Instagram has never been my favorite app, perhaps because I love reading words more than staring at photos. But beyond that core element, it’s continued to be the bane of my existence — at least while writing about the tech industry, chatting with friends, and watching the world around me strain to be more “Instagrammable.”  SEE ALSO: 2017’s most memorable Instagram moments I understand some people — maybe a decent amount of Instagram’s 500 million daily users — are inspired by the photos they see in their…

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Women’s March 2.0 did not disappoint in the sign department

One year after millions of demonstrators took to the streets in Women’s Marches around the world, it’s time for round two. And yes, everyone brought their finest signs — from the witty to the inspiring to the righteously mad. SEE ALSO: Nasty women (and men) to crowdsource ‘marching orders’ ahead of midterm elections Here are a few of the best. It’s a beautiful day to march for our rights. #WomensMarch2018 #WomensMarchDC pic.twitter.com/2RQortLwl5 — Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) January 20, 2018 Clevelanders – get down to the #WomensMarch and stand up for…

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