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The ‘Guerrilla’ Wikipedia Editors Who Combat Conspiracy Theories

Susan Gerbic spent her career photographing babies at a department store in Salinas, California, just 100 miles south of San Francisco. Today, the retired 55-year-old has dedicated her life to something entirely different: Wikipedia. As a member of the skeptical movement, Gerbic is committed to promoting critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and empirical evidence—particularly when it comes to fringe ideas. In 2010, she started a Wikipedia project to “improve skeptical content” on the crowdsourced encyclopedia, by writing new articles about topics like people who claim to have supernatural abilities and improving…

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Secret Trump tape spawns thirsty meme

A leaked tape shows Trump and former lawyer Michael Cohen discussing a payment for Karen McDougal's story.Image: getty A secret tape featuring Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen discussing a payment for Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story was aired on CNN Tuesday night. And one particular moment has spawned a thirsty meme. SEE ALSO: John Cleese very bluntly confirms that people in Britain don’t like Trump The conversation, which isn’t the best quality, was recorded in 2016 while Trump was still a presidential candidate. Aired on Cuomo Prime…

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Mad Max: Fury Road voted greatest Australian film this century by critics

Top 25 movies also include Animal Kingdom, Samson and Delilah, and Chopper Mad Max: Fury Road, the 2015 feminist reincarnation of the Australian classic film that catapulted a young Mel Gibson to fame, has been named the greatest Australian film of the 21st century so far. Fifty-one working Australian film critics voted to find the top 25 films of this century BBCs 2016 project to name the 100 greatest films of all time, in which critics surveyed 177 film critics from 36 countries. The top films also included 2010s Animal…

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Replace libraries with Amazon? Not if these librarians have anything to say about it.

In case you didn’t know, libraries are cool as heck. They’ve been around for — well — ever (or at least thousands of years), there are more than 17,000 of them in the U.S., and they serve a myriad of purposes beyond just access to an unlimited number of free books (which, let’s be honest, is pretty great in itself). Nearly all libraries offer access to computers and Wi-Fi, and many serve double as venues for community events. Best yet, libraries can help people develop the tools they need to…

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Twitter rips awful Forbes take about replacing libraries with Amazon

Libraries are amazing and bad takes in Forbes are not.Image: Mark Lennihan/AP/REX/Shutterstock There are bad takes, and then there’s the take by Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas (who also serves as Chair of the Department of Economics at Long Island University) that local libraries should be replaced by Amazon book stores.  Among the reasons Mourdoukoutas offers are: libraries don’t have as many public events as they used to because of school auditoriums; people go to places like Starbucks to hang out and work and read now instead of their library; and…

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Stephen King uses a quote from ‘Animal Farm’ to go after Trump and Putin

Stephen King is definitely not Trump's number one fan.Image: strid Stawiarz/Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images When it comes to taking down Trump on Twitter, Stephen King regularly employs his full bag of writer’s tricks to make sure the task is carried out as efficiently as possible. Sometimes, though, all he needs is a well-placed quote. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling and Stephen King join forces to troll Donald Trump Following Trump and Putin’s summit in Helsinki earlier this week, the horror master took to Twitter to quote George Orwell. What Mr. Barclay said.…

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This dexterous humanoid has robot fingers that almost perfectly mimic human hands

Pee after sex or you'll end up with a week-long cranberry juice cleanse.Image: Getty Images Twitter is doing a better job at teaching sex ed than most schools in the United States.  In case your high school education failed you, too, doctors recommend that people pee after sex to help prevent urinary tract infections. It’s become popular for Twitter users to leave wholesome nightly messages for each other, like reminding people to take off their makeup, leave trash exes on read, and pee after sex. After all, nobody wants to…

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Play fetch and crawl through tunnels in this dog-inspired bootcamp

Dogs and babies like peanut butter and chocolate: always a winning combination. It’s a point proven to be true yet again by this adorable video shared to Twitter, Tuesday. In this video from photojournalist Chad Nelson captured by a friend, his young son plays fetch with a high-energy pup, despite the fence dividing them from one another. SEE ALSO: Very good doggo interrupts minor league baseball game for some fetch “A fence can’t stop my two-year-old from playing with his new best friend,” Nelson tweeted.

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Jude Law finally opened up about Dumbledore’s sexuality kind of.

Albus Dumbledore is gay. Although his sexual orientation was never addressed outright in the “Harry Potter” book series, author J.K. Rowling confirmed to fans back in 2007 that the Hogwarts’ headmaster is, indeed, queer. Over a decade later, actor Jude Law will play Dumbledore in the “Fantastic Beasts” film sequel set to release in November. But now his character’s on-screen queerness — or lack thereof — is ruffling Phoenix feathers around the world. Photo by Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images. The film’s storyline follows Dumbledore’s conflicted past with evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald.…

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Arnold Schwarzenegger on Trump’s press conference: ‘You stood there like a little wet noodle’

Arnold Schwarzenegger is not angry, he's just disappointed. No, wait, he's also angry.Image: Hubert Vestil/Getty Images for SXSW There is nothing more devastating than Arnold Schwarzenegger calling you a “wet noodle.” That’s the sick burn dropped by the Hollywood star and former governor of California on President Trump following his widely criticized press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. SEE ALSO: Trump-Putin press conference gets a roasting from late show hosts After the rather disturbing joint media appearance in Helsinki on Monday, Schwarzenegger posted a disappointed response on Twitter, calling…

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Check out Obama’s amazing, unapologetically black summer reading list.

For the first time since leaving office, former commander-in-chief Barack Obama is headed to Kenya and South Africa to visit the Obama ancestral home, convene 200 young leaders across the continent, and deliver a speech to mark the anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. While his schedule is jam-packed, Obama managed to make a reading list for his followers before leaving. And it. Is. Good. Barack Obama recommended six books, the majority of which are authored by African writers. This week, I’m traveling to Africa for the first time since…

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Stir your coffee with this nifty automatic device

Image: starbucks Those days of searching for the correctly sized straw for your giant iced drink at a Starbucks counter will soon come to an end, as the company has announced it intends to fully ditch plastic straws by 2020.  SEE ALSO: New Starbucks policy: You don’t need to buy their coffee to sit or use the bathroom As an alternative, the super-mega coffee chain announced via press release Monday morning that it will roll out new lids designed for cold drinks.  Not completely unlike the lids the company currently…

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While You Were Offline: Man, Twitter Loves a Good Civil War Meme, Huh?

Last week, some Republican senators decided to go to Russia and spend the Fourth of July meeting with lawmakers there in advance of an upcoming summit between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. It was also reported during Independence Day week, that Trump and Putin will meet without staff present, even though the Senate Intelligence Committee this week agreed with intelligence agencies that Russia tried to swing the election in Trump’s, and the Republicans’, favor. But that's just one of the news bits the internet talked about last week when it…

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Stairway to heaven: Jimmy Pages castle is his home

The founder of Led Zeppelin shows off Tower House, his beloved 13th-century Gothic castle in London Growing up in London, there was a house I was fascinated by. It looked like a mini castle with a tower; red-bricked and handsome, a portal to another time with its stained-glass windows. Back then, I had no idea who lived there. Later, I discovered it belonged to the guitarist and music producer Led Zeppelin. I knew I had no hope of ever stepping inside. But life can throw some crazy stuff at you…

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Madeleine Albright: The things that are happening are genuinely, seriously bad

Madeleine Albright decries the global rise of authoritarianism in her new book, Fascism: A Warning, and talks about Trump, Putin and the tragedy of Brexit Madeleine Albright has both made and lived a lot of history. When she talks about a resurgence of fascism, she says it as someone who was born into the age of dictators. She was a small girl when her family fled Czechoslovakia after the Nazis consumed the country in 1939. After 10 days in hiding, her parents escaped Prague for Britain and found refuge in…

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