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Does Kanye West really think Bill Cosby is innocent?

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:56pm

Kanye West has been particularly troll-like on Twitter lately in the lead-up to his ever-evolving seventh studio album.

And it all took a pretty disturbing turn on Tuesday when he tweeted something that probably won't get the same number of laughs as his fake Rolling Stone cover: "BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!"

And already, people are not happy

In the past year, 46 women have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault over five decades. Last summer, 35 of them told their stories to Vanity Fair. In December, he was charged with aggravated indecent assault in the 2004 sexual assault of Temple University Andrea Constand. He faces a maximum 10 years in prison. Read more...

More about Kanye West, Bill Cosby, Entertainment, Music, and Twitter

Tesla's Model 3 could cost you at least $25,000 after tax incentives, report says

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:46pm

The Tesla Model 3 won't be the first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle to hit the market. That prize goes to the Chevy Bolt. However, the Model 3 could be the least expensive.

See also: Faraday Future's 1,000-horsepower concept car should make Tesla very, very nervous

According to Bloomberg, the Model 3 could cost as little as $25,000 — after tax incentives.

That number is based upon a starting price of $35,000, which was confirmed by Elon Musk on Twitter in September 2015. Subtracting the greatest possible amount of tax incentives off that price brings the out-of-pocket cost to right around the $25,000 mark. That is, if you don't add any options to it. Read more...

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Fifth-graders put Ferdinand Magellan on trial for a real courtroom experience

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:45pm

A fifth-grade class at Girls Prep Bronx Charter School tries famous European explorers, including Ferdinand Magellan, of old crimes they may or may not have committed. Federal Judge Shelley Chapman rules over their mock trial.

Full story: http://on.mash.to/1TQTrwk Read more...

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The NBA just blessed us with Vince Carter's ultimate Toronto mixtape

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:42pm

Before NBA legend Vince Carter was a dunk-bricker, he threw down the greatest slam of all-time

Before that, the young Carter was a Toronto Raptors sensation known in the late 90s simply as "Vinsanity." With its 2016 All-Star game tipping off in Toronto this Sunday, the NBA honored Carter's time as a Raptor by posting his ultimate early-career highlight mixtape to YouTube. It's embedded atop this post

See also: A YouTube Legend Battles for His Basketball Future

Touching the top of the backboard pre-game? Check. One-handed 360-degree dunks? Check. Sky-walking finger rolls? Humiliated defenders? Dunk contest heroics? Check, check and check. This highlight reel has it all Read more...

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'Happy Birthday' song may soon be free to use after tentative settlement

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:39pm

If all goes according to plan, everyone will have the rights to "Happy Birthday to You."

Warner/Chappell, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has long held the copyright to the song, but in September, a judge ruled that copyright invalid, saying the company did not actually have rights to the song's lyrics. The company filed a tentative agreement Monday in California federal court to put the song in the public domain and settle a three-year-long class-action lawsuit.

Warner/Chappell's copyright on "Happy Birthday" was expected to last until 2030 "at the least," but in the settlement, which awaits approval from Judge George H. King, the company agreed to no longer collect fees for use of the song for the next 15 years. The company will also dole out $14 million to those who have previously paid fees to use the song. Read more...

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'Star Wars' and 'Mario Kart' meet in a gorgeous intergalactic race

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:10pm

This is the kart that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs.

From Rainbow Road to the Death Star, this enormous race spanning iconic Star Wars locations makes pod racing look like child's play. The video took Dark Pixel over a year to make.

Time well spent.

Baby is charmingly befuddled by dad's twin brother

Fat cat thinks he's a human baby in this toy swing

Road-raging driver gets a healthy dose of instant karma

Ben Stiller made a mock female Viagra ad for the Super Bowl Read more...

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Fat cat thinks he's a human baby in this toy swing

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:07pm

If you can put a cat in a basket — you help him get out his aggression.

This tubby little white feline had some initial confusion at being placed inside a baby rocker, but he soon saw the perks. Watch as he checks out the jangly toys before him and gets into a little hissy fit over being treated like a baby

Now, get out of that basket right now, cat! The human baby wants his turn.

Baby is charmingly befuddled by dad's twin brother

'Star Wars' and 'Mario Kart' meet in a gorgeous intergalactic race

Road-raging driver gets a healthy dose of instant karma

Ben Stiller made a mock female Viagra ad for the Super Bowl Read more...

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Study: People who listen to music out loud have more sex

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:00pm

If your home is filled with music, it may also be full of togetherness, happiness — and a little more sex.

These are the none-too-surprising results of a new study sponsored by Sonos and supported by Apple and Apple Music called Music Makes it Home, a name which, considering the results, can take on multiple meanings

See also: 10 of David Bowie's most iconic music videos

While the findings make sense, there’s also no getting around its very self-serving nature. The nine-month-old Apple Music is a subscription service that charges you a monthly fee for all-you-can-eat music library access and Sonos is an audio hardware company that sells mid-tier, Wi-Fi-connected music systems designed to fill rooms and, ultimately, your home with music. The study coincides with Apple Music’s new availability on the Sonos system. Read more...

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Rio Olympics, Zika virus present female athletes with awful dilemma

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:59pm

Let's say you're a female athlete who, though years of hard work and dedication, has ascended to the top of her sport. It's quite possible you have two goals in life that stand head and shoulders above all others: Compete in the Olympics, and give birth to a healthy child one day in the future

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have already been tainted by fears about the Zika virus, which is rapidly spreading through Central and South America. The health scare presents female athletes with a potential choice their male counterparts don't have to face. Is competing in the Olympics worth potentially risking the health of your future child? Read more...

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Golden retriever puppy is easily and adorably distracted

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:58pm

Everything is paw-some in the eyes of this baby golden retriever.

Bentley the puppy is easily distracted and it's absolutely adorable.

See also: Polite pup wipes his paws before entering his house

The bouncy ball of fluff just can't seem to get over how wonderful the world is, as everything around him brings such great excitement.

We only wish we felt so happy about all the distractions around us when we're trying to do important things, like getting work done or enjoying puppy videos on the internet.

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

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Runaway pig chases police, crashes New Hampshire polling station

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:56pm

As the New Hampshire primary for the 2016 presidential election was well underway on Tuesday, a runaway pig from a nearby farm decided it too wanted to cast its vote at a polling location in Pelhman.

Multiple intrigued residents snapped videos of the swine at the polling location, which Boston.com describes as "over 600 pounds."

SEE ALSO: Hamlet the emotional support pig is literally flying

Police were eventually able to escort the pig away from the polling area, but not before some people used the opportunity to take a couple of jabs at Donald Trump, calling the swine one of his supporters. Read more...

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People have gotten rowdy at Carnival since at least 1953

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:46pm

Image: Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

In the 18th century, Portuguese Catholics held feasts and celebrations called entrudos before the beginning of Lent. Many would use the feast as a chance to eat meat (carne) before swearing it off for Lent.

This became the basis for the carnaval held annually in Portuguese-settled Brazil

Carnivals are held across the U.S. this time of year. The streets fill with outrageously costumed samba dancers and drunken revelers

Here, tourists and Rio de Janeiro locals go all out celebrating the carnival in 1953.

Image: Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Read more...

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Bronx girls learn about prejudice and empowerment by putting explorers on trial

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:39pm

The fifth-grade girls at Girls Prep Bronx Charter School walked into the courtroom of Federal Judge Shelley Chapman on Jan. 27, and some of their eyes went wide. Other kids looked up and around, stunned by how big it all seemed

And being in adult land was big — the girls had to stand on boxes to get their heads above the courtroom's podiums — but they'd come prepared. They were there for a mock trial (with a real judge) in which they would try famous European explorers of old for crimes they may or may not have committed as they set foot on North America.

See also: 8 ways you can empower girls to learn coding Read more...

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Lego New Hampshire: The primary results, brick by brick

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:27pm

As of 6:30 p.m. ET

It's the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire, which means it's the first-in-the-nation Lego primary on Mashable. Stay with us as the bricks (er, votes) come in.

Each brick represents a New Hampshire county. We'll update the maps to reflect the current leader in each county. (Also see the full results.)

How the maps were built


Clean slate

Early voting

A few small towns delivered a handful of votes to the candidates. Bernie Sanders had an early lead of eight votes over Hillary Clinton, and three Republicans got nine votes each.

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Baby panda successfully climbs tree under mom's careful watch

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:05pm

The Smithsonian National Zoo's latest panda cub, Bei Bei, had his first taste of climbing a tree on Monday. The giant panda cub had some help from his mother, Mei Xiang, after several attempts to climb the tree. The panda made a great effort before getting a helping hand back down to the ground.

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'Happy Valley' is back and Catherine Cawood has demons to face down

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:00pm

The BBC has a knack for a crime drama and Sally Wainwright’s Happy Valley is no different. Tuesday, the show returned for its highly anticipated second series and bring the drama it certainly did

See also: BBC unveils tense teaser trailer for Season 2 of 'Happy Valley'

When we left Sgt. Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) back in 2014, she was taking a well-deserved break from her position in the police force after bringing the investigation surrounding Ann Gallagher’s kidnap to a close and putting Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) — Gallagher’s kidnapper as well as the man who raped, impregnated and caused the consequential suicide of Sgt. Cawood’s daughter, Becky — well and truly behind bars. Read more...

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Road-raging driver gets a healthy dose of instant karma

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:47pm

A driver cruising along a highway in Durban, South Africa, on Jan. 22, captured a road rage incident between two other drivers on his dash cam.

Although it's unclear what happened before the two cars passed the dash cam, the driver in the BMW attempted to either scare or hit the other vehicle, but accidentally overcorrected and ended up in a ditch.

Fortunately, it appears as if the only injury was to the BMW driver's pride. 

Ben Stiller made a mock female Viagra ad for the Super Bowl

Hecklers attempt to exorcise Ted Cruz's demons

This Irish teenager's short film about cyberbullying has a powerful message

'Family Feud' contestant sends Steve Harvey over the edge Read more...

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Target debuts kids decor, but don't call it 'gender-neutral'

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:43pm

Target announced a new line of bedroom furnishings and decor for kids on Sunday, called Pillowfort. The line will go on sale Feb. 21.

The first look at Pillowfort reveals graphic prints, animal and space themes, and perhaps most noticeably, relief from excessive color stereotypes based on gender. 

Though the Minneapolis Star Tribune first reported the line as gender-neutral, Target tells Mashable that is a mischaracterization of the line's intent.

"There are still designs that skew toward more traditional masculine and feminine styles, more pink and blue," Target spokesperson Joshua Thomas says. "But now there's a greater variety, more universal options that could fit in either a little boy's room or little girl's room." Read more...

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This Young Adult novel captures grief without cliches

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:32pm

Writing about grief is notoriously tricky. Everyone experiences it differently; people grieve in private and vastly different ways. Some shut down. Others go into denial. Some get quiet, some loud. My gut response is to try to be useful, to get to work, to be the maid or the mom for whoever needs it.

You'd think that would make it easy to write about grief: no matter how your character reacts, you're not wrong. But that hasn't been the case. Because we have all felt that loss so profoundly, we're acutely aware of fake grief. It's too easy for fiction writers, trying to tap into that universal angst, to slip into a world of cliches. YA writers are especially at risk Read more...

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Beyoncé tickets were impossible for everyone else, too

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:21pm

Everyone just wants to get in formation

Presale tickets for Beyoncé's Formation World Tour went on sale today — but many fans found it impossible to grab seats. Thanks to unbeatable bots and a sluggish Ticketmaster search, many were unable to give Beyoncé all the money she deserves.

See also: There's a simple reason why you can never get Adele tickets

It seems like pretty much everyone struggled, experiencing these seven stages of trying (and failing) to get Beyoncé tickets

1. Positivity.

You'll get Beyoncé tickets! Of course you'll get Beyoncé tickets. You are the Chosen One. Others may not get them, but they are not you, the getter of tickets. Read more...

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