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Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1

After an Facebook campaign against Simon Cowell's chart domination, music fans celebrate their victory In recent years, it had become as predictable as elections in North Korea singer wins X Factor, singer’s debut single goes to No 1. So when Joe McElderry won the TV talent contest, he was no doubt confident he would celebrate Christmas at the top of the charts. Alas for the 18-year-old from South Shields, it wasn’t to be: a song almost his own age denied him the top spot after a successful online campaign. Killing…

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These 10 GIFs Will Give You an Appreciation for Silent Era Filmmaking

For the last three years, Don McHoull has been faithfully uploading gifs from silent era films to Twitter under the handle @SilentMovieGIfs. Not surprisingly, the account heavily features the work of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Fritz Lang. McHoull also routinely adds context and supplemental information to the clips, fostering greater appreciation for the filmmaking and talent of the period’s most famous actors. The Sifter hopes the 10 gifs below will pique your curiosity and encourage you to check out more amazing silent film moments at @SilentMovieGifs on…

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Aging senators ask ‘Mr. Zuckerberg’ for tech support in hilarious Senate hearing meme

Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images In what will probably be the premise of The Social Network 2,Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.  Zuckerberg answered questions about digital privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And a lot of the senators asking the questions were old. Very old.  SEE ALSO: The best part of Mark Zuckerberg appearing in front of Congress was the memes “Senator, we run ads” is my new T-shirt. — drew olanoff (@yoda) April 10, 2018 It wasn’t just…

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Mystery dude saves Chrissy Teigen from a bike as she crossed the street

The man who saved Chrissy.Image: Raymond Hall/GC Images Buckle up, Chrissy Teigen stans, because we’re about to take you on a wild ride involving a fake baby, a total stranger, and a valuable lesson in pedestrian safety. On Tuesday morning, the model logged onto Twitter to reply to a fan sharing a curious photograph of her and an unknown man in the middle of a New York City street.  SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen live-tweeted her reaction to the Stormy Daniels interview “This looks like you have strapped a very small…

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Looking At People Trying To Sell Mirrors Is Our New Favorite Thing And Here Are 20+ Reasons Why

A viral Twitter thread is going around right now, with people posting and judging their attempts, and it’s becoming the unintentionally hilarious hit of the year. Some people have clearly gone to great lengths to hide themselves, others clearly don’t give a hoot. Others still see it as a chance for a little self-promotion. One guy was just browsing around when he noticed there’s something special about pics of people trying to sell mirrors: Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-people-sell-mirrors-reflections/

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The NRA tweeted a photo of an AR-15 while students nationwide walk out of school to protest AR-15s

Image: Max Herman/ Getty Images The NRA had a pretty tactless response to the National School Walkout on Wednesday.  March 14 marks one month since the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 people dead, and students nationwide are walking out of classes to honor those who died and protest gun violence.   On a day being used to remember children killed by an AR-15, the National Rifle Association, a pro-gun lobbying group, tweeted a photo of an AR-15 with the caption, “I’ll control my own guns, thank…

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Tom from ‘Queer Eye’ is engaged to the love of his life and we’re totally not crying

Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye might have only been eight episodes, but the stories of love and acceptance continue. SEE ALSO: Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ reboot is all about empathy at a time when we really need it Tom Jackson, the hero featured in the first episode is officially engaged to the love of his life, Abby. The couple broke up in February, according to Tom’s Twitter, but rekindled their relationship on March 6.  And yesterday night, Tom announced their engagement on Twitter.  Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions.  Everyone is…

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Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly As Designed

When Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller announced criminal charges against Russian operatives for interfering with the 2016 presidential election, descriptions of how the Russians used modern communications technologies were all too familiar. Journalists referred to the ways in which Russia “manipulated social-media platforms,” and tech company executives like Facebook’s Rob Goldman decried “how the Russians abused our system.” WIRED OPINION ABOUT Joshua Geltzer is executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as an ASU Future of War fellow at New America writing a…

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Mark Hamill tweets ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director about a part in next movie

Everyone's favourite Jedi may just have bagged a role in the next 'Guardians of the Galaxy' instalment.Image: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for JumpLine Usually, decisions about who gets cast in a film take place behind the scenes. Obviously there are rumours and reports that circulate, but for the most part the whole process is done behind closed doors. SEE ALSO: 14 times Mark Hamill’s Twitter game was quite simply out of this world Not always, though. This is 2018, after all, pretty much everyone is on social media, and speaking to…

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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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Shop Owner Feeds Deer That Wandered In, Deer Comes Back With Entire Family

Photographs via Satar on Twitter A recent story has gone viral on Twitter after user Satar posted photos and the following story: “A deer entered one of the shops in Colorado. The shop owner gave him some chocolate biscuits and chocolate. He came out of the store and returned after half an hour with all his family members 😂” I mean how could you say no to a face like that! A deer entered one of the shops in Colorado. The shop owner gave him some chocolate biscuits and chocolate.…

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Why Hillary Clinton said ‘activist bitches supporting bitches’

Yes, it’s true. Hillary Clinton did say “activist bitches supporting bitches,” as other media outlets reported on Friday after a tweet from political commentator Alex Mohajer went viral.  Why? Someone who ran an activist organization named after that phrase asked her to do so during a lunch event in New York this week.  SEE ALSO: Why Hillary Clinton’s former CTO left politics for a fitness startup You can watch Clinton say it here:

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Yelp reviewers found the perfect word to describe Trump hotels

Since The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump allegedly asked lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” during a White House discussion on America’s immigration deal, the president has been getting dragged. Trump’s offensive words struck a chord with people from El Salvador, Haiti, and countries in Africa, along with many others, and unfortunately for him, some of those disappointed people have Yelp accounts. Now, angry Yelp users are flooding the comments of Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., with one-star reviews, labelling Trump’s establishment…

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Obama photographer has the perfect reaction to Trump’s ‘really smart’ tweets

The United States President Donald Trump sitting in the drivers seat of a truck.Image: REX/Shutterstock Donald Trump had one of his most unforgettable series of tweets Saturday morning, touting his own mental stability, claiming that he’s, “like, really smart,” and calling himself a genius. SEE ALSO: Pete Souza throws shade at Trump for ‘nuclear button’ tweet Pete Souza, the former photographer for the Obama White House who has become one of the internet’s foremost Trump shade-throwers, had the perfect reaction to the tweets: …like, really smart… A post shared by…

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Chrissy Teigen is NOT having this messed up conspiracy theory about her kid

Watch out.Image: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Chrissy Teigen is not here for your bullshit, especially if that bullshit involves suggesting she and her husband John Legend are involved in a pedophile ring involving their own daughter.  On Saturday, Teigen laid into a conspiracy theorist on Twitter that had tweeted out pictures of her daughter and insinuated that she and husband John Legend were part of some sort of secret society of celebrity pedophiles.  This latest addition to the Pizzagate delusion began on Dec. 27. In a now-deleted tweet, a conspiracy theorist posted photos…

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