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17 gifts for people who don’t drink their daily water requirements

Here are the perfect gift ideas for someone who doesnt reach their daily water quota.Image: memobottle How much water do you drink a day, really? What about your closest pal, or your family? Be honest. If it’s not the two litres recommended, then we’ve got work to do. We all know someone (or are someone) who refuses to reach their daily H2O quota, so perhaps said rebel just needs a little sprucing up of their water receptacle. Plus, with an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic waste entering the global…

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Inside the pay-for-post ICO industry

In a world where nothing can be trusted and fake news abounds, ICO and crypto teams are further muddying the waters by trying – and often failing – to pay for posts. While bribes for blogs is nothing new, sadly the current crop of ICO creators and crypto projects are particularly interested in scaling fast and many ICO CEOs are far happier with scammy multi-level marketing tricks than real media relations. The worst part of this spammy, scammy ecosystem is the service providers. A new group of media organizations are…

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Joy Division inspired me to write but could I write about their music? | Sophie Mackintosh

Man Booker longlisted author Sophie Mackintosh explains how writing a short story based on Unknown Pleasures led her back to the music that made her want to be an author Two years ago, I received an email inviting me to contribute to a short-story anthology on Joy Division. It would be a literary reimagining of their 1979 debut Unknown Pleasures the only Joy Division album released during singer Ian Curtiss lifetime with each author assigned one of the songs and left free to interpret it however they liked. I was…

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Bear smashes its way out of a minivan in dramatic fashion

You have to hand it to this bear — it’s got a real flair for the dramatic. The bear smashed its way out of a minivan after getting trapped inside. Whether the bear was sleeping off a bender or simply trying out the suburban parent lifestyle isn’t known. But what is known is that the furry, burly animal somehow snuck into Nicole Minkin Lissenden’s minivan and got locked inside.  According to Lissenden, the van’s automatic locks didn’t work so her husband ran over to try to unlock the door manually,…

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Hollywood producers draw up a moral code – archive,18 September 1928

18 September 1928 Twenty-four producers have drawn up a list of things which will be excluded from the pictures for which they are responsible When things get going at Hollywood they always go with a rush even morals. Morals now seem to be rallying very strongly in the film trade, and twenty-four Hollywood producers have drawn up a list of things which they vow that they will henceforward exclude from all the pictures for which they are responsible. One of them is pointed profanity by title or lip, and another…

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Serial is back but can it make a difference in the gritty new era of true-crime podcasting?

From The Teachers Pet to Spr, true crime is making a real dent in the criminal justice system worldwide. Can the third series of the pioneering podcast Serial keep up? On paper, the first season of Serial, launched in 2014, didnt exactly scream hit. Who would have bet on aThis American Life spin-off podcast that investigates a 16-year-old murder case in 12 episodes of excruciating detail without ever reaching a definite conclusion about who was guilty? Yet the host, Sarah Koenig, correctly judged the publics appetite for true-crime stories, and…

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Swiping sucks, so here are 11 dating sites for guys to find love

Whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or otherwise, dating as a guy can be rough. Sometimes you want to make the first move, but you don’t want to appear over eager. After all, if it’s a lady you’re pursuing, chances are she’s received more than a few unsolicited messages already. But if you play it too cool, you risk getting beelined into the friend zone or getting ignored all together. The proposition can be frustrating and intimidating, especially if you don’t know what’s out there or where to start. How does…

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Cantina Talk: Star Wars: Episode IX Just Recruited a Doctor

It might be fall, but that doesn't mean there's a new Star Wars movie to look forward to. This year there's no new installment coming in December. Kind of a bummer, no? Yes, yes it is. But! That doesn't mean there's nothing Star Wars-related to tell you about these days. In fact, there's a lot. Let's get to it right now. Finally, the Doctor Visits a Long Time Ago… The Source: Movie trade bible Variety Probability of Accuracy: It's something that's been confirmed by other outlets, so let's assume this…

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Do you look like your dog? Canine-human lookalikes in pictures

Canine-human lookalikes photographed by Gerrard Gethings Gerrard Gethings says: Certain breeds would be essential because of their unique characteristics: Afghan hounds, poodles, pugs, bulldogs etc. I put out the word on social media and was inundated with dogs. I chose 10 of them and then set out to find their human counterpart. Fenella and Georgine, a Saluki Fenella and Georgine, a saluki The plan was to shoot the dogs, find the humans, style them, then have them behave or pose in a similar way. This process would be repeated until…

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Small children spectacularly cover ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in latest John Lewis advert

Adverts are largely terrible and annoying. Anyone who’s seen the work of John Lewis, though — particularly their Christmas ads — will know that they’re often the exception that proves the rule. Well anyway, they’ve done it again. In the two-and-a-half minute advert above, bored parents at a school talent show are suddenly wowed by a ridiculously impressive cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Give all those children an A+. And spare a thought for the human John Lewis, who’s most likely being inundated with tweets yet again. Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/09/05/john-lewis-ad-children-bohemian-rhapsody-cover/

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We made that scene from ‘The Shining’ a lot less scary with bad foley

White Ring is here to cast a witch house music into a renaissance.Image: Courtesy of White Ring The internet can be a deeply unsettling place, especially when you stumble upon videos that you probably should’ve left alone. But, if you were like me in 2011, you sought out the weirdest of websites and the creepiest of pastas, then shared your intel with all your post-emo friends. By 2016, I was surfing the internet for some quality spooky material during my college years when I stumbled across something called witch house.…

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City of Joy: the powerful Netflix documentary where ‘everything is about love’

The team involved with a centre in the eastern Congo that acts as a refuge for women who have survived violence discuss the impact of their work How does one find joy amid unspeakable tragedy? Madeleine Gavins documentary City of Joy, about a community built around women who have survived horrific violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), gives us a glimpse at both an incredible injustice still occurring today, and how Congolese women are combating it with their own grassroots movement. The documentary follows the beginnings of City…

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Cosby Show star job-shamed for bagging groceries turns ridicule into inspiration.

Just because someone’s a celebrity doesn’t mean they’re set for life. Landing a role on a hit TV show is a one-in-a-million opportunity and replicating that success is an even rarer feat. Karma Lawrence, 50, was astonished when she saw Geoffrey Owens, 57, bagging groceries at her local Trader Joe’s in Clifton, New Jersey. Owens played Cliff Huxtable’s (Bill Cosby) son-in-law, Doctor Elvin Tibideaux, on “The Cosby Show” from 1985 to 1992. Since, he has worked consistently as a guest star on numerous TV shows including: “Law & Order,” “It’s…

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New Yorker readers threaten to cancel subscriptions over Steve Bannon appearance

No, it's not a nightmare: Steve Bannon is really back in the spotlight.Image: Getty Images Update: The New Yorker has disinvited Steve Bannon from the New Yorker Festival.  Proving time is a flat circle and no one ever learns anything, a scheduled appearance by former Donald Trump advisor and Breitbart mastermind Steve Bannon has generated huge backlash for the organizers of an event. SEE ALSO: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Facebook rant shows that de-platforming actually works This time, though, the culprit is The New Yorker, the traditionally staid publication which has slated…

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2 ‘Back to the Future’ stars had an IRL reunion and it’s 9 seconds of perfection

There aren’t many films that still feel relevant 30+ years after their initial release, but Back to the Future most certainly falls into that category. SEE ALSO: A classic ‘Back to the Future’ scene becomes new with terrible sound editing The franchise is so popular that even a 9-second Twitter video of two of its cast members re-uniting can still go viral in 2018.

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