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When Baby Yoda Met Pikachu

Artwork by @Litt1eR3d on Twitter So Disney+ just launched and the only thing I know about the service is Baby Yoda, who has taken the Internet by storm with his utter adorableness. All I know is that Baby Yoda has appeared in an episode of the new Star Wars tv show, The Mandalorian, and that he has now become a bona fide meme and inspiration for all kinds of Internet goodness.. like this interpretation of Michelangelo’s famous fresco in the Sistine Chapel, The Creation of Adam. The Internet remains undefeated.…

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How our home delivery habit reshaped the world

The long read: The great trick of online retail has been to get us to shop more and think less about how our purchases reach our homes A decade ago, the British department-store chain John Lewis built itself a long warehouse, painted in gradations of sky blue. The shed, as it is called in the industry, cost 100m and covered 650,000 sq ft. Windsor Castle could easily fit inside it. John Lewis named the shed Magna Park 1, after the site where it stands: a logistics campus of warehouses, roads,…

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‘Your throat hurts. Your brain hurts’: the secret life of the audiobook star

As the business booms, narrators talk tricky accents, lonely shifts and tackling 100 pages a day The author Bill Bryson is sitting before a lectern in Audibles London headquarters, narrating his latest book, a disquisition on human biology called The Body: A Guide For Occupants. Seen through the window of the recording booth, Brysons face is largely obscured by the microphone in front of him, but his voice is clear and measured. On the other side of the glass, Brysons producer follows the text on an iPad, adding cryptic marks…

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Amazon profits drop sharply amid big spending to speed package delivery

Quarterly profits down to $2.1bn from $2.9bn a year earlier as US politicians focus greater scrutiny on Amazons business practices Amazons profits slid 26% in the last quarter as the company poured money into free shipping and its cloud storage business. While the companys revenues rose sharply, up 24% to $70bn for the quarter or more than $23bn a month, its profits fell to $2.1bn down from $2.9bn from a year earlier. The financial miss comes as Amazon is facing greater scrutiny from Washington, with politicians from both sides calling…

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Satellite internet startup Astranis books first commercial launch on SpaceX Falcon 9

Y Combinator-backed startup Astranis is now set to launch its first commercial telecommunication satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, with a launch time frame currently set for sometime starting in the fourth quarter of next year. Astranis aims to address the market of people who don’t currently have broadband internet access, which is still a huge number globally, and they hope to do so using low-cost satellites that massively undercut the price of existing global telecommunications hardware, which can be built and launched much faster than existing spacecraft, too. Astranis…

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I left Russia to escape Putins assault on reason. Now I fear the UK is on the same path | Peter Pomarentsev

We need to develop a more collaborative political discourse, built on facts, not spin Nothing is true and everything is possible. That was my one-line attempt to sum up the politics and propaganda that enveloped Russia at the start of the 21st century. It was a world where politicians no longer cared whether they were caught lying; where old ideologies were dead and conspiracy thinking had become the new way to explain the world; where all the old political categories (socialist and liberal, conservative and communist) seemed utterly meaningless and…

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A Definitive List of the Best #BottleCapChallenge Responses

It all started with a Taekwondo champion in Almaty, Kazakhstan. An expertly executed spinning kick posted on Instagram that resulted in the cap of a water bottle spinning off. With it, a challenge into the social media ether, tagging some of the world’s best known action stars and fighters. View this post on Instagram New Challenge with #farakickschallenge 😉! Sending a challenge @jasonstatham @thenotoriousmma @jcvd @jackiechan . Waiting for you video friends .🥋🔥 â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â € â €…

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Game of Thrones is Just Live-Action Shrek (11 Comparisons)

Good citizens of the Internet have noticed striking similarities between Game of Thrones and Shrek, and after this gallery of comparisons I am convinced: Game of Thrones is just live-action Shrek. People will say GRRM started writing his series before Shrek was released but that’s just some silly fact that gets in the way of a good meme. Therefore, the Internet remains undefeated. [Sources: GOT as Shrek on Twitter, GOT Memes on Facebook] 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2019/05/game-of-thrones-is-live-action-shrek/

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21 Photos of Cats Sitting on Glass Tables, Please Disregard

In a surprise to no one, there are a plethora of photos online of cats sitting on glass tables and surfaces because.. the Internet. Also a fun fact, cat connoisseurs like to call the adorable pads on a kitty’s paws ‘toe beans’. Now please enjoy this fine gallery of cats sitting on glass tables in a variety of positions, configurations and moods. Sources – Facebook: Cats on Glass Tables Album – BuzzFeed: Pictures Of Cats On Glass – 16 hilarious pictures of cats sitting on a glass table – 22…

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This Account Creates Collages of the Travel Photos You See Everywhere

@insta_repeat is doing God’s work. Their profile description sums it up aptly: “Déjà Vu Vibes 🌲 Wander. Roam. Replicate.” The account, which is curiously ‘verified’, makes 3×4 collages of common Instagram travel photos that you probably see clogging your timeline. As standalone images in your feed they can be beautiful, even inspiring (or envy-inducing); but as collages like these it reminds us that: originality is tough, social media isn’t real life, and you’re unique just like everyone else 🙂 Finally, it’s just for fun. Please don’t take this parody account—or…

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People Disguising Their Christmas Gifts is My New Favorite Thing

A recent post on reddit entitled, ‘Every year I try to disguise my sister’s Christmas present. This year I think I went a little too far…‘, led us down a glorious Internet rabbit hole of snorts and chuckles. Everyone knows it’s better to give than to receive, and it’s even better to give the gift of laughter in addition to anything material! Below are some of the funniest disguised gifts we came across. Maybe it will inspire you this holidays! [h/t geoffreythehamster on reddit] “Every year I try to disguise…

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