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Kickass fighter Ronda Rousey becomes the athletic new face of Carl's Jr.

58 min 43 sec ago

Ronda Rousey crushed any traces of doubt about her dominance in the mixed martial arts world when she beat challenger Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds to protect her undefeated record.

The Monday after, still hot on the heels of the much-watched bout, it was announced that she would be the face of a fast food joint best known for ads featuring scantily clad supermodels and decadently unhealthy burgers.

But in the ad, Rousey isn't being overtly sexualized — very different for Carl's Jr., which has developed a reputation for controversial ads that emphasize women's bodies more than, say, their athletic achievements Read more...

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Stock footage of baboons at work prompts perfect memes

1 hour 31 min ago

Stock images and videos will forever be a source of Internet entertainment.

For reasons unknown, Getty Images has a massive stockpile of pissed off baboons in corporate environments

See also: 1970s stock photos were even more awkward than today

But these baboons aren't just propped up in an office chair; they're throwing computers, eating paper, mashing on keyboards and tossing money around like they're in Wolf of Wall Street. You know, normal office stuff.

Of course, this being the Internet and all, the awesome primates were GIF'd, and captioned perfectly. And thus a meme is born

When you're at brunch and everyone agrees to split equally but you only got a salad #Brunchnoir #HSDBrunch pic.twitter.com/Oaps4tFDAU

— Petty LaBelle (@HoSitDown) August 28, 2015 Read more...

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Brave souls enter isolation dome to begin simulation of life on Mars

1 hour 44 min ago

Six smiling people entered a dome on a barren Hawaiian volcano on Friday afternoon, and it remains to be seen whether they'll still be smiling after a year of isolation to simulate life on Mars.

The HI-SEAS IV is the longest mission yet to simulate long-duration space exploration. University of Hawaii Manoa researchers will be monitoring the group's cohesion in the NASA-funded study.

See also: Are We Meant to Live on Mars?

.@HI_SEAS crew members were all smiles before entering the dome this afternoon. See you all in a year! #NASA #space pic.twitter.com/ApDnUIgqXj

— University of Hawaii (@UHawaiiNews) August 29, 2015 Read more...

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If the McWhopper isn't real, we demand these other fast food mashups

2 hours 45 min ago

When McDonald's refused to collaborate with Burger King to offer a one-day-only McWhopper burger for International Peace Day, groans of disappointment echoed worldwide. For one shining moment, fast food aficionados salivated over the possibility of their two favorite burgers united under one toasted bun. 

Though it wasn't meant to be, we couldn't let the vision die. Behold, the (unofficial) fast food mashups of your guilty pleasure dreams. 


The Sweet Spud

Wendy's fries and McDonald's soft serve make the sweet and salty pairing you crave

Mashable Artwork/Miles Goscha

The Fiery Loaded Breakfast Biscuit Read more...

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Doug the Pug lives like Justin Bieber for the day

2 hours 50 min ago

Famous Internet dog Doug the Pug lives a more pampered life than most pups, but all of his fame and Facebook likes are minuscule in comparison to the celebrity status of Justin Bieber

So following Doug's transformation into Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift, we decided to give the Pug a sneak peek into the life of the 21-year-old pop star.

See also: Doug the Pug channels his inner Taylor Swift

"What do you mean?" We dressed up Doug like the Biebs, complete with Calvin Klein underwear

Image: Mashable Composite, Lili Sams, Justin Bieber

Image: Mashable Composite, Lili Sams, Justin Bieber

Image: Mashable Composite, Lili Sams, Justin Bieber Read more...

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Aerial images show New Orleans' recovery from Hurricane Katrina

3 hours 15 min ago

In the final days of August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged America's southern shores. In one of the greatest natural disasters in this country, more than 1,100 lives were lost and parts of New Orleans were destroyed. The hurricane displaced more than one million people and damaged more than a million homes.

See also: Katrina ten years later: photos of the scarred city

These satellite images show scenes from the days following Katrina and scenes from New Orleans and the surrounding areas today, which have made great strides in restoring the buildings, streets, and communities that were damaged Read more...

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There's nothing you can do about your crushing hangover

3 hours 25 min ago

You can eat all the greasy food and guzzle all the water you want after a big night out, but it won't prevent hangovers and no one is immune from them, Dutch and Canadian scientists said.

In a summary of their research released just after midnight on Friday in Amsterdam, which seems like a cruel time to tell us this, the authors of the study said it all boils down to the less you drink, the less hungover you get.

See also: 10 delicious hangover foods that won't break your New Year's resolution

Canadian students were surveyed in an effort to find out if there really are people who are immune to hangovers, as 25% to 30% of the drinking population claims to be. In the survey of 789 students, they were asked about their drinking habits and to rate their hangover Read more...

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The perfect snacks to pair with today's hottest TV shows

3 hours 41 min ago

Snacking isn't America's national sport, but it might as well be.

There is nothing as enjoyable as curling up on the couch with a full DVR and a bowl full of...no, a plate stacked with...maybe a bag of...everything? You can't decide what snack to pair with your show.

After all, you can't eat chili with Game of Thrones (no one wants to eat something that looks like human entrails while watching so many human entrails), and snacking on imported brie while watching Orphan Black just seems wrong

Here's a helpful primer to make sure that your snack of choice matches your show of choice. All you need to bring is the remote Read more...

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Explosives, passports found at home of man arrested over Bangkok bombing

3 hours 55 min ago

BANGKOK — Thai authorities say a foreigner arrested in connection with the deadly Bangkok bombing was found in possession of illegal explosives and a number of passports.

Police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said in a televised statement that police also found bomb making materials such as detonators and a metal pipe with lids, apparently meant to be used as a bomb.

See also: Thailand's tourism industry braces for aftermath of Bangkok bombing

He said that all this was found from the 28-year-old man's apartment in the outskirts of Bangkok. The apartment was raided on Saturday by the police and the military who had been searching the area since morning. Read more...

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Still cutting bread with a chainsaw? The best knife for your needs

4 hours 18 min ago

Kitchens are pretty much legal torture chambers. Fire, knives and certain death lurk in every corner. To say nothing of the pressure to actually produce something delicious while trying to stay alive

Never fear, The Basic Kitch is here. Simple techniques, step-by-step demos and a little Mashable twist to make sure you're paying attention

See also: Sizzler has released the cheese bread recipe, it's going to be OK

Premiere episode: Get out of here with your scissors and plastic forks

Chainsaws might look cool but they get crumbs all over the place. Oh, and they could chop a limb off

Step away from the cleaver and embrace your serrated knife Read more...

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Bikes were invented because a volcano killed all the horses

4 hours 48 min ago

c. 1905

A stuntman rides a bicycle through a loop-the-loop.

Image: Corbis

An ever saddled horse which eats nothing.Columbia Bicycle Advertisement

In 1818, Baron Karl von Drais of Baden, Germany patented the design for a two-wheeled Laufmaschine, or “running machine.” It consisted of two in-line wheels beneath a seat and handlebars, and was propelled by the rider pushing off the ground with his feet.

Also called the “Draisine,” the device was created not out of fancy but necessity — Drais was looking for a substitute for the horses that had starved to death in the recent volcanic winter, caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. Read more...

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Podcasting embraces a new era of cool (thanks, Serial)

4 hours 49 min ago

Video may have killed the radio star sometime in the 1980s, but the podcast Serial seems have resurrected him

A milestone in podcasting came in October 2014, almost 10 years after the birth of the first podcast, on the Tonight ShowThis American Life host Ira Glass sat on Jimmy Fallon’s couch in October 2014 and, with the help of his elderly neighbor, explained how to download a podcast.

Glass’ visit and kitschy video were prompted by the unprecedented success of Serial, the slickly-produced podcast that, over the course of 12 episodes, reported on and continued the investigation into the murder of a high school student in 1999 and her popular ex-boyfriend, who is in jail for the crime. Read more...

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5 apps to help you hold onto summer just a little longer

5 hours 4 min ago

Summer is coming to a screeching end, and nobody can figure out how to stop it from happening. Can't we just rewind the clock to June and forget that jackets exist for another three months? Maybe that's not realistic, but these five free apps will help you make the most out of what's left of summer before it's gone for another year.

Get a room with HotelTonight

Find a last minute summer hotel room with HotelTonight. It doesn't matter if you're hitting the beach or going to visit family, you can find a great deal on lodging. In fact, the more last minute you plan, the more money you can save. Find your perfect vacation spot, book your flight, and then grab your room before summer ends completely. Read more...

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10 years after Hurricane Katrina, charities look back at lessons learned

5 hours 20 min ago

Katrina Gay will never forget the hospitals she visited in Louisiana's Jefferson Parish in 2005. Patients' bodies, bleeding and bandaged, were lined up along the halls, lying in gurneys used as makeshift beds four rows deep. Only a narrow space was left among them, where doctors and volunteers could hurriedly pass through.

The staff — those health care workers who stayed and helped in the disastrous wake of Hurricane Katrina — were exhausted and visibly stressed out. It looked, Gay says, like a war zone, and she had no idea how they could sustain it.

"They were saints — saints and soldiers just trying to do their thing," she tells Mashable. Read more...

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What will it take for fashion to embrace plus-size women?

5 hours 42 min ago

The only plus-size models shown in any major September fashion mags were in ads

The Huffington Post recently dug through seven September issues of the biggest fashion publications: (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle and Cosmopolitan) and found zero plus-size models in any of its editorials. It was a clear message: Plus-size still isn't en vogue. Literally

The September issue of Vogue, the publication's biggest yearly edition, has a whopping 832 pages. The only two pages that included any women who were more than sample size comprised a curious advertisement. “It’s time for change,” the ad pleaded along with its hashtag, #PlusIsEqual. Read more...

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Plus-size women are using exercise as activism, and it's glorious

6 hours 49 min ago

It was a warm summer night and Ragen Chastain was in the middle of a training walk for her first marathon — a solid five miles into a nine mile trek. Suddenly, she was stopped in her tracks by jeers from a passing vehicle.

“I heard someone yell, ‘Yo, fat bitch.’ I thought, Oh, that’s probably me.

As she turned to see who was yelling at her, she was confronted by a car of three men. Then, they started throwing eggs at her

See also: 9 hashtags that champion body positivity for all

“They missed me, a 300 pound woman, from 3 feet away,” she says. She laughs. “Mostly, I was concerned about their throwing mechanics.” Read more...

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Nike encourages young Korean athletes to defy their elder haters

6 hours 49 min ago

In Korea, encouragement is largely seen as something that spoils kids: to get young people to work harder, adults often remind them of all the ways they're falling short and everything they haven't done. In a culture that values the wisdom of elders, those early, discouraging messages can be emotionally powerful

That's why a new commercial from Nike Korea is so radical: it actually encourages young people to defy their elders. The spot — part of Nike's long-running "Just Do It" campaign — reminds young sportsmen and women to ignore the doubters standing in the way of their dreams

The twist: some of those haters happen to legendary athletes themselves, parroting the same discouragement they faced Read more...

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Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison in long-running trial

7 hours 16 min ago

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the latest twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

The case against Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled their journalism into the wider conflict between Egypt and Qatar following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

See also: The Egyptian government's war on free speech

It wasn't immediately clear how the sentence would affect the three men. Greste, deported in February, spoke to Al-Jazeera from Sydney and criticized the verdict Read more...

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7 workers at Chinese paper mill die from exposure to poisonous gases

7 hours 47 min ago

BEIJING — Seven workers were killed and two injured after exposure to poisonous gases at a paper mill in central China, authorities said Saturday, in the latest in a spate of deadly accidents to strike the country involving dangerous chemicals.

The accident occurred Friday after an employee fell into a pool filled with poisonous waste paper pulp during a cleaning operation, a statement from the Anxiang county government in Hunan province said. His co-workers rushed to help him but were overcome by the noxious gasses, the statement said.

See also: The apocalyptic aftermath of the explosion in Tianjin, China Read more...

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Rebekah Brooks set for comeback as News UK chief exec, reports say

7 hours 59 min ago

UPDATED 10:52 a.m. London time

LONDON — Rupert Murdoch protege Rebekah Brooks will be returning to News Corp in a high-profile role, a year after being cleared of all charges related to a phone-hacking scandal, reports said.

The Financial Times reported Friday evening that her appointment as chief executive of News UK could be announced as early September

See also: Rebekah Brooks is back with Rupert Murdoch, and this time it's digital

News Corp said in a statement: "We’ve been having discussions with Rebekah Brooks, and when we have any announcements to make, we’ll be sure to let you know."

Her reported return to the company isn't a surprise, even though she was a central figure in the phone-hacking scandal that resulted in more than 100 arrests and the closure of the paper she oversaw, News of the World. Read more...

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