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Dream comes true for young girl who was told princesses can't be black

4 hours 46 min ago

Finally, a little girl's dream has come true

In May, 3-year-old Aboriginal girl Samara Muir was the victim of racial vilification when she tried to meet her idol Queen Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen. On Sunday, she got her wish of hanging out with Elsa, free of derogatory comments

See also: The Sydney Opera House says no to selfie sticks

Samara, who dressed in a blue Elsa princess dress and crown, was invited to attend a special Frozen high tea at the Langham Hotel in MelbourneAccording to The Age, Samara had one thing to say to Queen Elsa: "I love you." Read more...

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Donald Trump bested by lowly avocado in poll on Twitter

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

Would you be embarrassed if you lost an election poll to a fruit?

That's the question likely spinning in the mind of fairly Twitter-savvy presidential candidate Donald Trump, as the lowly avocado thoroughly trounced him in a Twitter poll on Sunday

See also: Hackers hit Donald Trump hotels with major credit card breach

A Twitter account called AvocadoFact tweeted what seemed like a fun and harmless message on July 1: Who would you rather have in office? rt for an avocado. fav for donald trump?

As of this writing, the avocado is beating Trump, with 61,367 retweets versus Trump's 5,987 favorites Read more...

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5 skills you should master before applying for a social media job

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

Just a few years ago, the job title "social media manager" didn't exist. Fast forward to today, and almost every company has someone on staff who is responsible for social media. At smaller companies, the person who manages it might be the same person who handles public relations or marketing. At bigger companies, there is usually a dedicated employee who could command a salary of $50K or more.

So, what exactly does a social media manager do? Most people tend to think that social media management means simply answering customer questions on Facebook and Twitter. And while that kind of engagement is a large piece of the puzzle, the job actually goes far beyond answering questions and garnering follows, likes, comments, and shares. Read more...

More about Social Network, Brand, Social Media Manager, Business, and Jobs

Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees, dies at 80

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company, died Sunday. He was 80.

A spokeswoman for Burt's Bees said in an emailed statement Shavtiz died of respiratory complications in Bangor, Maine, surrounded by family and friends.

See also: The best reactions by major companies to the historic gay marriage decision

Our co-founder and namesake, Burt Shavitz, has left for greener fields and wilder woods, but his spirit lives onpic.twitter.com/7mTy2988FX

— Burt's Bees (@BurtsBees) July 5, 2015

In a statement posted to their website, the company said:

Burt Shavitz, or co-founder and namesake, has left for greener fields and wilder woods. We remember him as a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land. Above all, he taught us to never lose sight of our relationship with nature. Thanks for everything, Burt. You will live in our hearts forever Read more...

More about Maine, Us World, Cosmetics, and Burt S Bees

Use this trick to boost your phone speaker's volume

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

Tripp & Tyler Life Hack #007: Make your phone speaker louder.

Comedy duo Tripp and Tyler of The Tripp and Tyler Show, formerly known as “Don’t Be That Guy,” have a bunch of time-saving life hacks — which include tips for getting the best sound out of your phone (watch above).

See also: Get Pringles out of the tube perfectly every time

“The reason we created this show is because we want to make your life better,” Tyler said. “It's that simple.”

Mashable has teamed up with Above Average to feature short clips from The Tripp and Tyler Show YouTube channel, which has more than 160,000 subscribers. In their latest episode, singer-songwriter Matt Wertz joins Tripp & Tyler to question whether or not people like Prince as much as they say they do, which performers they're embarrassed to admit liking, and how to increase your phone's volume. Read more...

More about Prince, Social Media, How To, Youtube, and Gadgets

South Carolina Gov. Haley says church shooting will forever change her outlook

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first minority governor, dismissed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn as a divisive issue far from her agenda.

In her 2010 campaign, she said the two-thirds legislative approval required to move the flag from its 30-foot perch was too high a hurdle to allow for real debate. When her re-election opponent called last fall for it to be removed, she branded it a desperate stunt.

None of that mattered, she said, after nine people were killed last month at a black church in Charleston, including its pastor, State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, in a crime she called "pure hate." When Haley arrived at the church, she found strangers hugging and weeping, and the grief was overwhelming. Read more...

More about Us World, South Carolina, Confederate Flag, and Nikki Haley

The Sydney Opera House says no to selfie sticks

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

Aussies are said to have invented the word "selfie," so it's only right they should bear the responsibility of imposing high selfie standards on the rest of the world.

The first thing on the chopping block: The selfie stick.

See also: Celebrity selfies help us see how memories are formed in the brain

In a win for common decency, the Sydney Opera House is now actively discouraging selfie sticks inside the building's theatres, Fairfax Media reported

If some fool shamelessly pulls out a selfie stick for a blurry shot of his mug during Aida, the ushers can intervene. Let's hope it's a WWE-style smackdown. Read more...

More about Australia, Us World, Selfie, and Selfie Stick

'Oceans aren't swimming pools': Why sharks are biting North Carolina beachgoers

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

A recent spate of shark attacks along North Carolina's beaches has left beachgoers frightened and experts scratching their heads.

The most recent attack, in which a six-to-seven foot shark bit a man swimming in waist-deep water off Ocracoke Island in North Carolina, was the season's seventh.

All of them occurred within the past three weeks.

I JUST WITNESSESED A FREAKING SHARK ATTACK!!!! I WAS THIS CLOSE!!!

— Jackson Fuqua (@jacksonfuqua) July 1, 2015

Shark experts are struggling to explain the recent wave of attacks, but say that regardless of their fearsome reputations, sharks encounter humans when going after their main prey: fish, turtles and other sea creatures. Read more...

More about Tourism, North Carolina, Us World, Us, and Travel Leisure

Soccer-loving dog ignores baby to watch the World Cup

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

Go away, child — the World Cup is on and Carli Lloyd is slaying.

Duece the dog was enjoying watching the Women's U.S. National Soccer Team dominate Japan in the World Cup final on Sunday, and was not going to let anyone distract him from the game. Not even an adorable toddler.

See also: The 10 most American things that happened at the World Cup final

Seriously, kid, playtime is later

#USWNT @jbabcock28: Our dog Deuce is watching USA so intensely that even the baby can't phase him! #USAvJPN pic.twitter.com/n1iUlUACCM

— The Auger (@auggerdogger) July 6, 2015

At least the baby got the point eventually. ¯\(ツ)/¯ Read more...

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Abby Wambach shares a beautiful moment with her wife after winning World Cup

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

If there's anything that perfectly captures the best aspects of American culture in 2015, it may well be this: U.S. national team star Abby Wambach running to the stands to share a beautiful moment with her wife just after winning the Women's World Cup

The U.Srouted Japan 5-2 in Vancouver on Sunday to win its first World Cup since 1999. Carli Lloyd was the star of the match, but Wambach is the leading international goal scorer in soccer history (male or female) and her post-game moment is what really brought the feels

See also: Carli Lloyd's first-half hat-trick is what American dreams are made of Read more...

More about Soccer, Women S World Cup, Entertainment, and Sports

'True Detective' Episode 3: We have another boogeyman

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

SPOILER ALERT: This recap is getting right to the heart of it, so don't read another word if you are saving Episode 3 of True Detective.

LOS ANGELES — As television resurrections go, Ray Velcoro got a pretty quick turnaround.

From blasted at point-blank range — twice — with a shotgun to back on the case in less than an episode, Velcoro is OK, all by way of rubber-bullet "riot shells." Who could've guessed that the big raven was packing birdshot?

SEE ALSO: 'True Detective' Episode 2: Six crazy revelations, one devastating shocker

But other than sore ribs, Velcoro looks no worse than after the usual long night out, and Bezzerides is unhappy with him. "You don't enter a scene without your partner," she barks at him, but Velcoro doesn't flinch; he had his reasons. And now he's back on his feet. Read more...

More about Television, Hbo, Entertainment, Tv, and True Detective

Home routers and coffee shops may soon offer nearby phones a 4G data connection

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

Wi-Fi has become ubiquitous in homes and businesses thanks to the way anyone can set up their own network and start connecting up gadgets. Before long, you may be similarly free to set up your own network to serve nearby smartphones using the high-speed LTE protocol currently exclusive to cellular networks.

That would allow your home router or a business like Starbucks to offer fast LTE connections to mobile devices. It could create new competition for conventional cellular networks, giving consumers more ways to get high-speed data and pushing down prices. Internet service providers or other companies could build this new version of LTE into cable boxes or other home devices to create their own high-speed mobile data networks. Read more...

More about Wifi, Cell Phone, Qualcomm, Tech, and Mobile

Five hungry sharks eat whale carcass in terrifying footage

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

It is a feasting frenzy that is better suited to your nightmares.

Australian diver Brett Vercoe and his wife filmed from their boat as a group of sharks devoured the carcass of a dead sperm whale off the coast of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, according to ABC News. The footage shows five sharks — three white pointers and two tiger sharks — in all their dinner-eating glory.

The sharks, all more than four-metres long, flash their razor-sharp teeth as they hack into the dead whale.

The impressive footage follows two shark incidents on the New South Wales mid-north coast in the last week. A bodyboarder was mauled by a shark near Lennox Head on Thursday morning, while nearby a surfer was knocked off his board by a hungry shark on Friday morning. Read more...

More about Australia, Watercooler, Videos, Whale, and Shark

Patriotic Americans proudly react to the Women's World Cup victory

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

Just a day after America celebrated its independence, the United States women's national soccer team won the World Cup, so it's safe to say that it's been a pretty good long weekend for all.

See also: The 10 most American things that happened at the World Cup final

The team made impressive headway against Japan early on with four goals in the first half, prompting chants of "U-S-A!" to takeover the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.

Ultimately, Team USA went on to win 5-2, and our loud American pride quickly took over the Internet with a flurry of patriotic tweets.

My kid asked if boys can play soccer too. Success! #USAvJPN

— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) July 5, 2015 Read more...

More about Twitter, Soccer, America, Fifa, and Women S World Cup

The 10 most American things that happened at the World Cup final

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

U-S-A! U-S-A!

Mission accomplished, America — the women's soccer team not only won the World Cup, but dominated in a 5-2 win over Japan. Four years ago, the team lost in penalty kicks against Japan in a heartbreaking final for a promising squad. But this was the ladies' year, and suitably it came just a day after the Fourth of July.

See also: The cutest #TBT flashback with the U.S. Women's Soccer Team

The team and fans let their stars and stripes fly in a most 'Merica of matches

1. Winning, followed by immediate chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

2. Joe Biden

Image: Rich Lam/Getty Images Read more...

3. This human-eagle hybridMore about Lists, World Cup, Watercooler, and Sports

The Grateful Dead open 'Fare Thee Well' finale with fine 'China Cat'

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

CHICAGO — We can't stay, but we can look for a while.

The Grateful Dead unloaded a doozy to open the very last show Sunday night with "China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider," just one of many Dead anthem set-pieces the band was sure to bring into the station one more time

One was a tightly wound "Sampson and Delilah," a Dead Sunday favorite, and "Estimated Prophet," the Bob Weir paean to the Dead's home state.

SEE ALSO: The Grateful Dead come out blazing in Chicago for 'Fare Thee Well' tour

In keeping with the "Fare Thee Well" tour's theme of dredging for deep material, the Dead also put a punchy "Built to Last" into Set 1, while Phil took vocals on a spacey "Mountains of the Moon." Read more...

More about Music, Entertainment, The Grateful Dead, Fare Thee Well, and Gd50

Sweet redemption! USA wallops Japan to win first Women's World Cup since 1999

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

The U.S. national team traveled to Canada a month ago with one job: Win the Women's World Cup for the first time since 1999

It accomplished that mission with aplomb and panache in the Women's World Cup final, thanks to a stunning hat trick by midfielder Carli Lloyd in the game's first 16 minutes. The 5-2 victory was sweetened even more because it came against Japan, which beat the U.S. in the 2011 final in a major upset that went to penalty kicks

See also: Carli Lloyd's first-half hat-trick is what American dreams are made of

There was no such drama on Sunday in Vancouver. Instead, the USA, which had relied on its defense to reach the final, came out of the gates like a keg of dynamite Read more...

More about Soccer, Women S World Cup, Entertainment, and Sports

In photos: Greece reacts to referendum vote

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

Nearly 10 million votes were cast today as Greece overwhelmingly voted to reject creditors' demands for more austerity by a margin of nearly 2-to-1. As word of the results came in, Greeks rolled out into the streets, celebrating the vote which will mean the country's government will attempt to kickstart a new round of negotiations with European creditors. For their part, those creditors plan to reconvene early this week to discuss their next moves

See also: Greeks vote 'no,' reject demands for more austerity in key referendum

We've rounded up images, below, of the reaction to today's vote.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

More about Bailout, Greece, Us World, Politics, and Referendum

12 fading TV actors who deserve to land another show

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

TV roles come and go, sometimes leading to other big opportunities for the actors and actresses that star in the show. The entertainment business can be fickle, however, and sometimes big names have trouble finding new TV gigs once a major series has ended its run. Other times, these actors will pop up in a multitude of shows without landing another memorable or lengthy gig

So, we've scoured the internet, avoiding actors and actresses who have managed to land another big TV role, and compiled a list of actors who we feel should be on another TV show as soon as possible

Without further ado, here are 12 former TV actors and actresses who deserve another shot on television. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Tv, Actors, and Tv Shows

More than 200 movies, TV shows and documentaries disappear from Netflix

Sunday Jul 5th 2015

If you wanted to wind-down the long holiday weekend with a classic film or an episode of Melrose Place on Netflix, think again. The streaming service has purged more than 200 movies, TV shows and documentaries between the end of June and July 5.

The purge, which What's On Netflix Now's David Speranza calls "a massacre," has affected all genres across the service.

See also: Get your popcorn ready, here's what's new to streaming in July

Selections as varied as 1935's silent film Happiness to various Ken Burns documentaries (Baseball) to 2000's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon have been purged.

Will McKinley has done a good job of cataloging some of the bigger losses, which include The Apartment, The Graduate, Taxi Driver and Patton. Read more...

More about Netflix, Movies, Streaming Video, Media, and Film
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