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A story of an online stalker takes a bizarre turn down the deepest of rabbit holes

Buckle up — this Twitter thread is a wild ride.  A serial plagiarist was caught in a lie — really, many lies — after making up a fake story for an Instagram caption, and it shines a light on the harassment women in tech face.    In a now-deleted post, a software developer Tee Medlin — supposed software developer, since who knows what’s true anymore — claimed that a woman who was pictured but not named was stalking him during a tech conference.  SEE ALSO: Self-driving robots and cars deliver…

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I started baking bread to spend less time on the internet. It backfired.

Let's get this bread.Image: Bob Al-Greene/Mashable In October, I cracked. I didn’t tell anyone that I’d reached a breaking point in my relationship with screens, and I didn’t try to use any of the many tools or tricks to cut back. Instead, I decided to pick up a new hobby, one that I foolishly thought would not involve the internet. After all, what could be more off-the-grid than learning the age-old art of baking bread? I know, I know. Another tech-obsessed millennial ruining sourdough bread.  I had the best intentions…

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T-Series is actually the best thing to happen to PewDiePie

YouTube's most-subscribed channel, PewDiePie, is bigger than ever thanks to a rivalry with India-based music video production company, T-Series.Image: J. Countess/WireImage PewDiePie just surpassed a new YouTube milestone, and he has T-Series to thank for it. Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie just hit 80 million YouTube subscribers on Monday. The achievement marks the first time any YouTuber has reached this milestone. PewDiePie, the platform’s most well-known (and most controversial) video game vlogger, has been embroiled in a fierce rivalry in recent months with a music video channel from India, T-Series. Both…

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Your favorite Mariah Carey Christmas song broke a streaming record

Image: image courtesy of netflix Even in a year that gave us peak Q Anon, this may be the most 2018 conspiracy theory ever. There are people online who believe Netflix used bot accounts to spread viral memes about its record hit movie Bird Box.  The over-the-top apocalyptic thriller, which features a family making the perilous journey down a river in hopes of finding a community safe from invisible monsters that have taken over the world, is ripe with meme potential. The monsters inexplicably make victims commit suicide, which plays…

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Colin O’Brady makes history with solo mission across Antarctica

Floppy-eared pups aren't as scary as pointy-eared ones, according to the TSA.Image: BARBARA BRADY-SMITH, getty images /HERO IMAGES Expect to see more floppy-eared good boys at your local airport in 2019.  In an effort to put passengers at ease, the Transportation Security Administration says it is deploying more floppy-eared dogs to detect explosives in airports. Their pointy-eared brethren, apparently, tend to make us more nervous.     SEE ALSO: TSA seeks homes for dogs who flunked training or retired “We find the passenger acceptance of floppy-ear dogs is just better,” TSA…

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Dad flies with flight attendant daughter, who had to work over Christmas

No one really likes to work on holidays, but the next best thing is having a loved one beside you on the job. In a now viral Facebook post, Delta passenger Mike Levy shared a picture of himself sitting beside fellow traveler Hal Vaughan, who were both on their way to Detroit, according to NBC Chicago. Vaughan’s daughter, Pierce, was also on the flight.  SEE ALSO: People are tweeting surprise holiday visits, and they’re just heartwarming But Pierce wasn’t a passenger. She’s a flight attendant, scheduled to work over Christmas…

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The Steamie Awards is a ‘Simpsons’ writer’s fast food awards show\n

And the award goes to…Image: Getty Images/EyeEm Fast food is just one of those things that doesn’t get many plaudits. Filling the gap is Bill Oakley, writer and producer of shows like The Simpsons, Disenchantment, Portlandia, who since early 2018 has been reviewing food from chains like KFC, Taco Bell, and even non-meat options like Impossible Burger. SEE ALSO: This ice cream shop makes the most innovative treats Anyway, Oakley has developed quite a following because of his reviews, and it’s culminated in the Steamie Awards, an awards show for…

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Coast Guard Rescues 36 Fishermen from Burning Boat

It’s the end of the year, but it isn’t too late to learn something new before 2019!  Seth Rogen — and a number of Twitter users — didn’t know that the old movie Kevin McCallister watches in Home Alone isn’t a real movie. In a tweet, Rogen said he believed Angels With Filthy Souls was an actual movie his “entire childhood.”  And Macaulay Culkin, who plays Kevin in the film, did too!  Well this tweet just taught me it isn’t. — Becca Frasier (@bexmix) December 26, 2018 It isn’t? (Dead…

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Watch a toy train pull off some pretty slick stunts

If you’ve ever wondered what a Fast & Furious franchise film would look like if shot using a child’s toy train, you’re in luck.  The crew over at 5MadMovieMakers put together the above video, which showcases the swerves and tricks of an old toy diesel train engine on a wooden track, and the results are stellar.  According to the video creators, the clip happens on the fictional Island of Sodor, home of Thomas the Tank Engine and pals in both the original book series and the television incarnation. But you’ve…

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Runner face-plants in the mud during finish line fail, becomes glorious meme

Oh dear.Image: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images for European Athletics Not many people can say they’ve had the glory of celebrating a European Cross Country Championship win in front of a crowd of cheering people. Not many people can say they’ve become a meme after face-planting in the mud, either. Well, Jimmy Gressier can say both. Over the weekend, the runner claimed victory in the men’s under-23, rounding off an epic race off with an attempted knee slide through the mud. SEE ALSO: This face-planting high school sprinter is all of us…

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Ada Hegerberg becomes first woman to win the Ballon D’Or, gets immediately asked if she can twerk

Image: Getty Images When Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg became the first woman to win the Ballon D’Or, she likely wasn’t expecting to get asked about her dancing prowess.   Not only are we still living in an age where women are having “firsts,” we’re also still living in an era where men think it’s cool to ask women if they know how to twerk just as they’re accepting a historic award.  SEE ALSO: 9 books to read if you’re mad as hell at the patriarchy After Hegerberg delivered a speech…

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Spotify just released this year’s most-streamed artists and they’re all male

The top five most-streamed artists of 2018 are all maleImage: Lorne Thomson/Redferns/Prince Williams/Wireimage/mashable composition If you want to be one of the most streamed artists on the planet, there’s one thing in particular that you apparently need. That thing is a penis.  Every holiday season, Spotify releases its end-of-year stats, and we get to have a good look at both our own music habits with personalised top tracks-lists, and the lack of gender diversity in the music industry at large.  SEE ALSO: Ariana Grande’s ‘thank you, next’ just broke YouTube…

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YouTuber shares a touching reunion with his cat who survived wildfire

YouTuber Hamish Patterson revealed in a heart wrenching new video on Sunday that his cat, Mike the mini puma, managed to survive the deadly California wildfire that ravaged Malibu. In the video, Patterson shows his home completely destroyed by the wildfires, mourning the devastation. View this post on Instagram

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This year’s John Lewis holiday advert is a tearjerking tribute to Elton John

Well, it’s that time of year again! Time for the John Lewis Christmas advert and, true to form, it’s a real tearjerker. Especially for fans of the legendary Elton John.  As the familiar dulcet sounds of “you can tell everybody, this is your song” play, you watch the reverse trajectory of Elton John’s musical career, beginning in present day.  As the end of the ad draws nearer, you’ll see a piano-loving schoolboy performing in his assembly hall and peeking over his shoulder to sneak a glance of his mum.  Then…

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Garfield the cat just pissed off a bunch of people on Election Day

The midterm elections have outdone themselves in terms of absurdity thanks to Garfield, the cartoon cat whose comic strip hasn’t been funny since President Ronald Reagan left the White House. Yes, Garfield, the cat who loves lasagna and hates Mondays, is apparently apathetic about whether or not you vote, according to a post on the comic strip character’s Instagram account. Now people are arguing that Garfield’s gone full Melania online. View this post on Instagram What the fuck is this, Garfield pic.twitter.com/zDvQzlkXPd — Matt D. Wilson (@TheMattDWilson) November 6, 2018…

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