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What is QAnon? Explaining the bizarre rightwing conspiracy theory

The sprawling internet theory, beloved by Trump supporters, has ensnared everyone from Tom Hanks to Hillary Clinton If you happened to be watching YouTube videos on Monday morning and were struck by an urge to check in on one of Americas most beloved movie stars, you were likely in for a nasty surprise. Sarah Ruth Ashcraft says Tom Hanks is a pedophile, read the title of the top video search result for the actors name. Tom Hanks Alleged Sex Slave Speaks Out, read another top search result. Indeed, the top…

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Democracy at risk due to fake news and data misuse, MPs conclude

Parliamentary inquiry to demand urgent action to combat relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views Democracy is at risk unless the government and regulators take urgent action to combat a growing crisis of data manipulation, disinformation and so-called fake news, a parliamentary committee is expected to say. In damning conclusions to a report leaked by former Vote Leave campaign strategist Dominic Cummings before its official publication on Sunday, the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee in a post on his personal blog, saying that it had been leaked to him. Cummings,…

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This Guys Wife Ran Her First 5K So He Spiced Up Her Race Photo

Reddit user zachirino’s wife not only ran her first 5K last weekend but she won in her age group! In an effort to preserve the momentous occasion the couple looked up her official race photo and she was literally flying! The effort, the determination, the grit! It was all there—just waiting to be photoshopped. The first one was a layup: And then his wife made a few suggestions and things really got going.. Congrats on running and winning your first 5K! [via zachirino on reddit] Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2018/06/guy-photoshops-his-wifes-race-photo/

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Internet on edge as daredevil raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper

Climbing raccoon prompts live stream, photos and hashtag #MPRraccoon as world watches Raccoons are not typically known for their bravery, but one is scaling the UBS tower in Minnesota with death-defying nerve. The raccoon was originally spotted on the roof of a nearby office block and was safely removed by maintenance workers. But rather than find safety elsewhere, it jumped over to the UBS tower, one of the largest skyscrapers in the city, where it has been scaling the building all day, and, at the time of writing, was over…

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Yanny or Laurel Sucks, Brainstorm or Green Needle Is Far More Interesting

if you think of the word “brainstorm†you hear the word brainstorm. if you think of the words “green needle†you hear green needle. pic.twitter.com/kNBfIINpgL — Vinny Skywalker (@sirvinnyd) May 17, 2018 While Yanny & Laurel swept the Internet this week, a far more interesting example using similar audio tricks also surfaced. “Brainstorm or Green Needle” however, puts you in charge of your destiny. Try it for yourself! Think of which word you want to hear and you will. Now go back and forth between the two and really have…

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This Is Ajit Pai, Nemesis of Net Neutrality

In March, Ajit Pai, the 45-year-old chair of the Federal Communications Commission, took to the internet—a community he joyfully inhabits and grudgingly regulates—to pay tribute to his favorite movie. “It’s not just, like, my opinion, man: 20 years ago today, #TheBigLebowski—the greatest film in the history of cinema—was released,” Pai wrote on Twitter. “Decades on, the Dude still abides and the movie really ties us all together.” And sure enough, the response to Pai’s cheerful tweet was united. You’re out of your element Ajit.—@JohnsNotHere Yes, Ajit. Stop trying to mingle…

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PTAs Alternative Fundraiser Gets Internet Seal of Approval

In the United States it is common for the PTA (parent-teacher association) to raise money by asking students (or their parents) to sell various goods to their friends and family like wrapping paper, popcorn, cookie dough etc. Often the sale items are provided by an intermediary, so ultimately the PTA may receive less than 50% of the proceeds. So when reddit user Charlie_Oliver shared an ‘alternative fundraiser’ organized at his kids’ elementary school, it was not only applauded, but sparked a plethora of comments from other parents/colleagues/family members who have…

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The 5 Most Accurate Pie Charts Ever

Pie charts can have an elegant way of transforming data into a something that is easy to understand and visually appealing. Sometimes, they go one step further—literally looking like the thing they’re trying to represent. Okay that last sentence was clunky and confusing. Better to use pie charts to get my point across! 1.   2.   3.   4.   5.   *Double Bonus*   Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2018/04/the-most-accurate-pie-charts-ever/

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The rules of written English no longer apply to millennials on social media

Image: bob al-greene / mashable The spelling and grammar rules do not apply on the Millennial Internet™.  That’s because millennials have created a new rulebook for a variant of written English unique to social media. A rulebook which states that deliberately misspelled words and misused grammar can convey tone, nuance, humour, and even annoyance.  Dr Lauren Fonteyn, English Linguistics lecturer at University of Manchester, told Mashable “something exciting” is happening with the way that millennials write, and it goes far, far beyond our proclivity to use acronyms and “like.”   Fonteyn…

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21 Pictures of People Trying to Take Photos of Mirrors Theyre Selling

Online marketplaces are an essential component of today’s Internet. From Craigslist and Kijiji, to eBay and more recently, Facebook; people can and do try to sell everything under the sun. One common household item, the humble mirror, has through its defining trait, created some oddly humorous moments; capturing the people trying to sell it in a number of random situations. A recent post on reddit, led to a viral thread on Twitter, which in turn sent me to a popular Instagram account. So without further ado, enjoy these 21 pictures…

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Where’s Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds

Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has remained silent over the more than 48 hours since the Observer revealed the harvesting of 50 million users personal data, even as his company is buffeted by #DeleteFacebook. Facebooks shares slid 6.77% on Monday following the news, knocking $36bn off the companys valuation as investors worried about the consequences of the revelations. Zuckerberg owns 16% of the company and personally saw his fortune fall…

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SpaceX Will Launch the First of Its Global Internet Satellites

Last week, SpaceX realized a decade-long dream of successfully launching the most powerful rocket in the world. The Falcon Heavy’s achievement, marked resoundingly with thunderous sonic booms following twin booster touchdowns at Cape Canaveral, was only upstaged by Starman—a doomed mannequin at the wheel of Elon Musk’s Roadster With the Heavy’s test flight complete, SpaceX is back to business as usual. Or maybe not. What seems like a routine launch this week may have greater implications for the company’s future and profits. The launch’s primary mission is to deliver Paz,…

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This Woman Cant Stop Photoshopping Trumps Face Onto the Queens (Top 50)

“It’s not about politics. It’s about the magic of Photoshop and making you laugh,” says New Jersey-based graphic designer Michal Krauthamer. The origin story is a simple one: She wanted to practice her photoshop skills so she tried photoshopping Donald Trump’s face onto Queen Elizabeth’s. She shared it with her friends who thought it was hilarious so she made more. Eventually she published an album on Facebook and it snowballed from there; Trump Queen was born. Below you will find the Sifter’s faves, but be sure to check out many…

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Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study

University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Alex Hern @alexhern Last modified on Tue 6 Feb 2018 07.25EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Trump supporters in 2016. Photograph: Bill Wechter/AFP/Getty Images Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing…

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