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Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories

The long read: Outsiders and the disenfranchised have always embraced the existence of wild plots and cover-ups. But now the biggest conspiracy-mongers are in charge In January 2015, I spent the longest, queasiest week of my life on a cruise ship filled with conspiracy theorists. As our boat rattled toward Mexico and back, I heard about every wild plot, secret plan and dark cover-up imaginable. It was mostly fascinating, occasionally exasperating and the cause of a headache that took months to fade. To my pleasant surprise, given that I was…

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Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew dies aged 74

Family of Star Wars star says he died at Texas home on Tuesday The family of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars franchise, announced his death on Twitter on Thursday. He was 74. Mayhew died in his North Texas home surrounded by his family, the statement on Twitter said. He is survived by his wife, Angie Mayhew, and their three children. Peter Mayhew in costume as Chewbacca, left. Photograph: Lucasfilm/Fox/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock Following roles in the original Star Wars trilogy and episode three of the prequels, Mayhew fought…

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Trevor Noah pans ‘professional tickle monster’ Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign

Late-night hosts discussed the former vice-presidents presidential bid and Trumps angry response to it Late-night hosts discussed Joe Bidens presidential campaign and the coup attempt in Venezuela. Trevor Noah The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) Biden could take a page out of Trumps book: instead of letting a verbal miscue trip him up, just create a new reality and plow right through! May 1, 2019 Trevor Noah focused entirely on former vice-president and professional tickle monster Joe Biden and his entry into the presidential race, particularly his Pittsburgh rally, on The Daily…

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People can’t figure out what the hell is happening in this photo

Some pictures are worth a thousand words. For other pictures, there are no words.   A cursed image of well, of something, has been making the rounds on Twitter recently. Upon first glance, it seems to be a hodgepodge of items. Stare at it for more than a couple of seconds, though, and it quickly descends into murkier territory.  This is like realizing you’re having a dream while dreaming. — aquarian-sunchild (@aquariansunchi1) April 23, 2019 I’m not sure what “guelves” are but I see them, too.  This photo knows the…

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Video about swiping guys on Tinder is so real it hurts

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of swiping on men on Tinder, you can probably relate to this video.  A skit by writers Jon Foor and Luke Strickler poked fun at the overplayed trend of everyone on Tinder having exactly two personality traits: Liking The Office and loving dogs.  “Where’d you grow up?” Strickler asks his hypothetical match, jabbing at the repetitive, surface-level conversations people on the app have before either meeting up or ghosting each other entirely. “Real though, if you’re racist, sexist, homophobic, or not hot, this will…

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Kirsten Gillibrand pledges to not use hacked information in 2020 presidential campaign

Sen. Gillibrand felt compelled to let everyone know she wouldn't take info from the Russians.Image: Kena Betancur/Getty Images Donald Trump set such a low bar during the 2016 election that one Democratic candidate is pledging not to use stolen or hacked information from foreign actors in the 2020 race. This is how we live now, folks. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the detailed pledge on Tuesday. While many Democratic candidates, including Gillibrand, went on the record with the Daily Beast in February saying they wouldn’t use hacked material in their respective…

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How to Watch Game of Thrones Online

Welp, winter is here. The army of the dead descends on Westeros, the houses of the North have united against them. Bran continues to sink deeper into that whole creeper vibe. With only five episodes left in the final season, it’s worth a quick refresher on how and when to watch Game of Thrones live, no matter what coast you’re on. Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO, at 9pm in each respective time zone. Simple enough! But that also means New Yorkers get to watch it three hours…

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Justin Timberlake happy to see *NSYNC reunited at Coachella

As Coachella’s second weekend wrapped up, Kanye West celebrated Easter with a live streamed Sunday Service.  Kanye’s Sunday Services were made public in January. They aren’t quite traditional church services with sermons and declarations of faith, but videos of the secretive weekly events show that the services do focus on performing music with religious undertones. The events are invite-only and guests have to sign a nondisclosure agreement before attending. Since guests are forbidden from speaking to press about it, outsiders have only seen snippets of the services through Instagram posts…

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Chrissy Teigen just went hard after this Fox News host on Twitter

Chrissy Teigen is not happy with Fox News host Laura Ingraham.Image: John Shearer/Getty Images/Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images/mashable composite Anyone who follows Chrissy Teigen on Twitter will know that she always speaks her mind — and she’s definitely not afraid to hit back at people who attack her. In the early hours of Thursday morning, Fox News host Laura Ingraham found this out first hand. SEE ALSO: 19 times Chrissy Teigen got hilariously angry with stuff on Twitter It started with a clip of Ingraham mocking Chrissy Teigen’s inclusion…

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Hillary and Clinton review Laurie Metcalf on winning form in solid drama

The Tony award winner dominates as the politician in a 2008-set work of speculative stage drama with John Lithgow as her supportive husband Remember when Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire? This isnt revisionist history. She lost the state to Bernie Sanders in 2016. But in 2008, after an embarrassing finish in Iowa, she beat out Barack Obama. Suddenly, her campaign had momentum. For a while anyway. Lucas Hnaths play, Hillary and Clinton, slight and not especially timely, returns HRC to that contest, nearly a decade before…

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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Already Encapsulates 2019

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" stuns. Literally. It wrenches the listener into a daze. Perhaps you'll wonder where you are, confused by its temperament: both familiar and strange to the ear. But "Old Town Road" is a nexus that pulls in everything with which it comes in contact, and by the fifth listen, with a faint surge of jubilance coursing through you, it feels like a feast. You want more. In the last month alone, the song, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week after…

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While You Were Offline: Is Homeland Security Being Purged?

Last week was the kind of week where we saw a black hole for the first time, former Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti got hit with 36 charges of tax dodging, perjury, and theft, the National Enquirer maybe went up for sale, and Benjamin Netanyahu won a fifth term as Israel's prime minister. If you're wondering what else people have been talking about over the past seven days, these tidbits are a good place to start. Is Homeland Security Being Purged? What Happened: Something is happening at the Department of…

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Fortnite Now Has Reboot Vans to Respawn Your Dead Teammates

Greetings, and welcome to another installment of Replay, WIRED's look at everything happening in the world of videogames. This week we've got news about Fortnite, PlayStation IDs, and the coolest fighting game moment ever. Let's get going! You Can Finally Change Your PlayStation Network ID, But You May Not Want To PlayStation has finally, after much ado, launched a feature allowing players to change their online ID in the PlayStation Network service. But, uh, based on what Sony has to say about it on their PlayStation Blog, you might not…

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Guardian culture critics: ‘Art entangles itself with the raw reality of our world’

The Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones and its deputy music editor, Laura Snapes, discuss the life of reviewing in the digital age bad review of the Tower of London poppies that David Cameron ended up being asked about it at prime ministers questions, its a full and varied working life. And, obviously, a very fortunate one. How do you become a professional art critic? Having known a few, Id say we all stumbled into it. The bottom line, though, is that quality newspapers publish critics. And if they didnt, there…

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