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Here's a kangaroo on a leash in Detroit. Nope, nothing odd about that.

Wednesday Mar 29th 2017

Kangaroos are typically found roaming Australia, where their biggest problems are the occasional boxing match, cars and angry farmers.

No wonder then that people were stunned to see the unusual marsupial on a leash, running a man down the street in the suburbs of Detroit.

SEE ALSO: Drought drives huge, deadly cobra to calmly drink from a villager's water bottle

Footage of the bizarre sight was shared on Twitter Tuesday.

Authorities don't seem so impressed by the idea of a kangaroo hopping down an American street.

"It is not legal to own a kangaroo in the city of Detroit," Kelly McLaughlin, assistant director at the Detroit Animal Control Center, told MLive. Read more...

More about Michigan, Detroit, Animals, Kangaroos, and Kangaroo

Watching this robot print and burn Donald Trump's tweets is oddly satisfying

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Do you burn with rage every time you read a tweet from Donald Trump?

Then we have the machine for you. 

SEE ALSO: Trump wants to kill the energy program that helped make Tesla what it is today

It automatically prints out the president's tweets, grabs them with a robotic arm, burns them with a lighter, and then deposits the remains in an ash tray. The videos are then posted to the "Burned Your Tweet" account on Twitter. 

Here Trump tries to deflect attention away from his administration's ties to Russia. Sorry Donald, but that tweet is going up in flames. 

Oddly satisfying.

Let's watch it burn some more tweets, shall we? This one's for the "failing" New York Times, which, ironically enough, added a ton of digital subscribers after Trump became president.  Read more...

More about Tweets, Robot, Twitter, Donald Trump, and Watercooler

Google has more problems as YouTube ad boycott reaches another country

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

It takes only minutes on YouTube to find ads from major brands next to hateful videos promoting extremism and racism. 

Though the issue has been longstanding, a global brand boycott of the platform has been gathering steam. It's now reached Australia, with Telstra and Foxtel swearing off YouTube. At least, for now.

SEE ALSO: Airbnb brings Trips to Australia for a bigger slice of the tourism pie

As first reported by Fairfax Media, the Australian arms of Vodafone and Nestlé have also joined the boycott.

A spokesperson for the cable TV provider Foxtel said the company is "actively engaged with Google" to ensure its ads are not run next to offensive content, but it still suspended advertising until the issue is resolved. Read more...

More about Kia, Holden, Australia, Uk, and Tourism Australia

This cockatiel singing Mozart is way more cultured than you

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Coco is a rescue cockatiel from Sydney who has a very fine taste in music.

You see, it seems to prefer to chirp to the sounds of Mozart rather than the pesky sounds of a human being or whatever the kids are listening to on the radio nowadays.

It's singing an aria performed by the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, which proves that this bird is way more cultured than you'll ever be. Read more...

More about Video, Videos, Cockatiel, Animals, and Birds

A dead man's penis is all anyone can remember from the new 'Baywatch' footage

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

There's a lot described these days as things you "can't unsee," but I promise this is not hyperbole: Even as I type, I cannot banish from my mind the vision of that dead man's penis.

Paramount Pictures opened its Cinemacon slate presentation Tuesday night with the cast of Baywatch, who introduced a "fuscia band" trailer (that's "rated FU for 'fucking awesome'" if you must know) that you may consider skipping, depending on your ability to forget. 

SEE ALSO: 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' is being developed as an animated family film

Spoiler alert: If you want to be surprised — shocked? Grossed out? Impressed? — by the Baywatch fuscia-band trailer whenever it's finally released to the public, read no further. (And if you're about to eat, you also may consider reading no further.) Read more...

More about Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, Baywatch, and Paramount Pictures

Cyclone Debbie proved one thing: Australians are super weird

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Cyclone Debbie was a big one. It tore down trees, smashed wharves and sent people huddling indoors as it made landfall in north Queensland on Tuesday.

But even in the face of wind gusts that reached at least 260 kilometres (162 miles) per hour, there was plenty of bizarre, occasionally foolhardy behaviour going on in the face of one of the biggest storms to hit that part of the country since Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

SEE ALSO: The view from the International Space Station confirms it: Cyclone Debbie is a monster Read more...

Consider that Queenslanders avoided gluten-free bread, despite the supermarket appearing to have no other options.More about Watercooler, Climate, Hurricanes, Tropical Cyclone, and Cyclone Debbie

Tiny little corgi in a sweatshirt just can't dig a hole in this car seat

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Here are a few reasons why this video is so great: 

1. The little corgi is wearing a sweatshirt. 

2. Its owner is getting down to Big Pun. 

3. The puppy tries to dig a hole in a car seat.

4. The puppy gives up immediately and smushes its head down because what's the point of anything.  Read more...

More about Puppy, Dogs, Corgis, Corgi, and Watercooler

The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila and we're booking our flights now

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Grab your rim-salted margarita glass and your galoshes because there is now a cloud that can answer all of your Happy Hour prayers.

The Mexico Tourism Board and the creative agency LAPIZ have partnered to create a manmade cloud that produces raindrops of actual tequila. 

The first cloud that rains tequila. 🍸 #tequilacloud #visitmexico

A post shared by VisitMexico (@visitmexico) on Mar 9, 2017 at 5:41am PST

SEE ALSO: Drought drives huge, deadly cobra to calmly drink from a villager's water bottle

The boozy puff was developed as a promotional stunt to attract German tourists to Mexico and was put on display at an art gallery in Berlin called Urban SpreeRead more...

More about Science, Mexico, Weather, Cloud, and Alcohol

Bon Appétit is trying to make 'hand salad' a thing, but no one is falling for it

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Our attempts at living a healthy lifestyle may have just hit a new low.

On Monday, food magazine Bon Appétit tweeted out a link to a recipe for something called "hand salad." While the name is distasteful and can bring to mind some other horrible, more literal scenarios, the tweet came with a photo that shows you exactly what hand salad is in this case.

SEE ALSO: Finally the perfect kitchen invention for people who hate making salads

It's called a "hand salad" but let's not focus on that https://t.co/fRTxgR79cY pic.twitter.com/XWY0mbAqF4

— Bon Appétit (@bonappetit) March 27, 2017

Guess now we've reached a point in our society where we feel we can dip individual rom aine leaves into dressing and call it a "dish." Read more...

More about Trends, Food, Bon Appetit, Twitter Reactions, and Salad

Elon Musk, please jam a computer into my brain

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has reportedly launched yet another futuristic company. Neuralink Corp., his latest project, will work to merge the human brain with computers.

I would like to use this post as a means of applying to become the first human subject in this experiment. 

Mr. Musk, please put a computer in my head.

SEE ALSO: Attention staff: The portal to hell in our office kitchen is merely a distraction from the real issues

According to the Wall Street Journal, Neuralink Corp. will likely begin with the treatment of brain diseases, eventually growing to expand the basic functions of the human brain. The latter stage, Musk has said, would help give humanity a fighting chance against Artificial Intelligence. Read more...

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Trump plays the villain in trailer for 'An Inconvenient Truth' sequel

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

"Climate changes. Truth does not."

That's the tagline for An Inconvenient Sequel, the follow-up to Al Gore's 2007 documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

The documentary — which debuted at Sundance Film Festival — released its first trailer on Tuesday, and it couldn't be more timely.

President Trump plays a prominent role in the trailer, which dropped on the same day that the president signed an executive order aimed at rolling back the Obama Administration's climate policies.

SEE ALSO: Al Gore is a climate change James Bond in urgent, exhilarating 'Inconvenient Sequel'

The order reopens federal lands to coal mining and effectively makes it impossible for the U.S. to meet its goals under the Paris Climate Agreement, which Gore helped advocate for in 2015.  Read more...

More about Climate Change, Science, Documentaries, Film, and An Inconvenient Sequel Truth To Power

Americans now trust ads more than news and who can blame them?

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Are you tired of doubting information from the news media? Fed up with America's public institutions?

Well, you're in luck, because a new survey has revealed one surprising source that Americans trust in increasing numbers: advertising.

SEE ALSO: It only took us five minutes to find a big brand advertising on a hate group's YouTube

A report released by market research firm YouGov on Monday found the American public's faith in the ads they see has grown over the past few years, just as trust in mass-media news, government and other institutions sinks to new lows.  

Nearly three quarters of people surveyed now say they think advertising is generally "honest" — a 16 percent jump from March of 2014.  Read more...

More about Native Ads, Government, Media, Trust, and Business

Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson won't half-ass their new crafting competition show. They'll whole-ass it.

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Our lives have been so much darker since Parks and Recreation left our screens.

Luckily, the beautiful people known as Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (aka Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson) are reuniting to make the world a better place, one handmade object at a time.

Poehler and Offerman will host a six-episode competition series called The Handmade Project (sadly no relation to Hulu's Handmaid's Tale, although we'd love to see their take on that too), which Poehler will produce through her Paper Kite Productions company. 

SEE ALSO: 'Parks and Recreation,' you perfect sunflower, we're going to miss you Read more...

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You seriously cannot trust the internet to name anything

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

An ownership group in San Diego that's trying to make their city the next home of Major League Soccer put potential team names online for a fan vote. 

Classic mistake! 

You can never trust those jokers on the internet. 

SEE ALSO: These terrible photos might explain why Donald Trump rejected an offer to throw a first pitch

Remember "Boaty McBoatface"? That's the $243.3 million polar research vessel that the internet overwhelmingly voted to give a ridiculous name. (It didn't quite stick, alas, but kind of lives on.)

Now we have "Footy McFooty Face."

As backstory: A dozen areas, including San Diego, are vying to become home to the next Major League Soccer franchise. To rally supporters and drum up some buzz, the San Diego ownership group let fans on the internet suggest and vote for potential team names via FacebookRead more...

More about Mls, Boaty Mcboatface, Soccer, Sports, and Entertainment

New online NASA library offers all your free space porn in one place

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Have you ever needed a perfect photo of a nebula on which to Photoshop your cat? How about the ideal video of a rocket launch that can be sent as a GIF millions of times over? 

Well, now NASA has you covered. The space agency just set up a searchable image and video library for every space-based need. 

SEE ALSO: NASA Releases Footage Celebrating 10 Years of Cassini's Saturn Orbit

The best part: it's copyright free. You can download and use these images for whatever purpose you want, thanks to NASA's generous public images policy. 

NASA's image and video library.

Image: nasa

"NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight, and more," NASA said in a press release Tuesday. "Users now can embed content in their own sites and choose from multiple resolutions to download." Read more...

More about Space Exploration, Nasa, Space Videos, Space Photos, and Space

Teen's Disneyland promposal is sweeter than a pot of Pooh's honey

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

L.A. high-schoolers Valerie and Gabriel sold custom buttons together for months to save up enough money to visit Disneyland, their third time making the trip together. 

This time, though, Gabriel had a surprise in store, and you know what time of year it is: promposal season, baby! 

Getting asked to prom at Disneyland is a feeling like no other 😭 pic.twitter.com/5m6H18ZTL2

— val (@nooodleheadd) March 25, 2017

Valerie spoke to Mashable and walked us through the steps Gabriel went to to make this sweet Disney promposal happen. 

SEE ALSO: Elaborate 'Beauty and the Beast' promposal is like a real life fairytale Read more...

More about Promposal, Disney, Watercooler, and Watercooler

Lucille Bluth explains why the Trump family is 'Arrested Development' IRL

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Remember the Bluths?

They were the comically entitled clan from Arrested Development with a real estate empire and out-of-touch family members vying for money and power. 

Lucille Bluth, the shopping-addicted matriarch with a martini, was played by actress Jessica Walter. And Walter thinks there's another well-known American family that's just like the Bluths — with one teensy difference.

SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert thinks the GOP's Trumpcare seems a lot like 'Game of Thrones'

"They’re both real estate moguls, tycoons, and businesspeople,” she said of the Bluths and the Trumps during an interview with The Daily BeastRead more...

More about Trump, Politics, Tv, Arrested Development, and Jessica Walter

Is a coconut a nut?

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

It might not be so obvious at first glance, but a coconut is technically a fruit, a general nut and a seed. 

The coconut belongs to a group of fruits called drupes. Drupes have a fleshy part covering a hard shell containing the seed. Other drupes include peaches, cherries and almonds — the most elusive one of them all (you guessed it) being the coconut. Read more...

More about Standalone Featured, Real People, Real Time Video, Biology, and Botany

Spiders could eat all humans in one year, and this petition wants to make it happen

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

The Washington Post either ruined or made your day on Tuesday when it published a bit of an analysis that suggests spiders could eat every human on Earth in one year if they really wanted to.

Now musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats is petitioning Senator Al Franken to help make that happen.

SEE ALSO: Watch this horrifying redback spider take out a snake

It reads:

The WaPo piece that kicked off Darnielle's bid for swift human extinction bases its analysis on a study published this month on the global spider population's eating habits. 

Researchers Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer found that spiders the world over consume, in total, between 400 and 800-million tons of prey per year. It's a set of numbers large enough to trigger a fear-induced blackout for anyone with arachnophobia. Read more...

More about Spiders, Science, Watercooler, and Conversations

NBC will air the 2018 Olympics live because social media always spoils everything

Tuesday Mar 28th 2017

Finally! NBC will air the 2018 Winter Olympics live across all U.S. time zones. 

You can thank — or blame — social media

SEE ALSO: These terrible photos might explain why Donald Trump rejected an offer to throw a first pitch

NBC's conundrum was simple and has sparked complaints from fans for years.

It went like this: The Olympic Games are a global event that often happens half a world away from the United States. NBC used to broadcast the most intriguing competitions during U.S. primetime. But as social media and digital technology revolutionized the ease of learning results as they happened (or even watching them happen via online live-stream), NBC's lack of live broadcasts seemed increasingly greedy and outdated.  Read more...

More about Social Media, Olympics, Sports, Entertainment, and Sports
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