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Be the coolest wrapper this holiday season with 'Hotling Bling' paper

23 min 11 sec ago

The holidays are upon us, and that can only mean one thing: competitive gifting

And while you're bending over backwards trying to come up with the perfect present for your loved ones, don't neglect the gift's presentation. Step up your game with a little help from Drake and a little holiday bling.

See also: Drake's 'Hotline Bling' dance moves are the only dance moves now

This "Hotline Bling" paper from Riff Creative is a nondenominational baby pink, so it's perfect for anyone, no matter what god they send Drake's beloved prayer hands emoji to

Image: Riff

It's the perfect way to present a cozy af turtleneck, fresh pair of Timbalands or rose gold iPhone to anyone in your life you should really call more often, like your grandma Read more...

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Volkswagen releases repair plans for its diesel engines in Europe

31 min 38 sec ago

Volkswagen detailed its preliminary plans to fix the emissions of both its 1.6- and 2.0-liter diesel models in Europe, in a press release issued Wednesday morning. The plan includes both mechanical and software updates to bring the engines into compliance with EU28 emissions laws.

See also: Volkswagen turned in its diesel repair plan, EPA says, but no one's sharing any details

The smaller, 1.6-liter diesel models will be fitted with a "flow transformer" in the intake just ahead of the air mass sensor that will improve the sensor's "measuring accuracy." In addition, a software update will also be added to the car. Read more...

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Artist transforms thrift store paintings by adding pop-culture icons

36 min ago

One artist is helping us all look at thrift store paintings in a totally different light, with all new possibilities

Dave Pollot describes himself as "a software engineer who spends his nights with a beer in one hand and paintbrush in the other." With the help of some oil paints and a bit of ingenuity, Pollot gives new life to old, forgotten thrift store paintings by inserting quirky and unusual pop-culture icons into their landscapes

See also: Artist carves tiny pop-culture icons into crayons

Schmaltzy seaside portraits are transformed with iconic additions such as Darth Vader, Groot, Mario, and Gizmo. Pollot might spice up a pastoral scene with a few Transformers, or perhaps an Alien. Basically: Pollot takes boring paintings and makes them badass Read more...

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Create flawless cat eyes in a flash with 3 easy makeup moves

1 hour 1 min ago

Three different takes on the perfect cat eye look with pencil, liquid and a claypot.

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Attention, Black Friday shoppers: 10 TV box sets for shows that aren't streaming

1 hour 36 min ago

The past few decades have been life-changing and glorious for television fans. TV is no longer something that supposedly rots your brains and stunts you socially. (We have smart phones for that now!) Instead, it's a bastion of cultural connectivity and engagement. Yet even now, as a respected TV fan, you may find yourself forced to answer a surprisingly tetchy question: Why do you still buy DVDs?

See also: 12 awesome DVD box sets for when you're sick of streaming

The reasons may sound thin: "I like having a physical copy. I like the weird artwork. My Internet sometimes randomly cuts out, probably because mice are chewing on the wires in the walls." But more than anything, DVDs offer an entertainment option when streaming just doesn't have what you need. Read more...

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Past 5 years have been the hottest on record, report says

1 hour 39 min ago

Because of human-caused global warming and a strong El Niño, Earth's wild weather this year is bursting the annual heat record, according to a report released by the World Meteorological Organization Wednesday

The period of time from 2011 to 2015 is also the hottest five-year period ever recorded, the United Nations weather agency added

The bird report on 2015 says it is the hottest year on record, surpassing last year's record heat. It made the proclamation without waiting for the end of the year because it has been so extraordinarily hot, and it's forecast to stay that way and unlikely cool down enough to not set a record. Read more...

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' looks absolutely adorable in 'Disney Infinity'

2 hours 5 min ago

Even the villainous Kylo Ren seems downright cuddly in his Disney-fied Infinity appearance.

Disney Infinity 3.0 will be the only home for Star Wars: The Force Awakens-based gaming in 2015 — and you can get a first glimpse of it in this new trailer. The gang's all here: Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, BB-8, even Old Man Solo and his Wookiee pal Chewbacca.

The scenes appear to mix game-ified recreations of moments from the film trailers with completely new bits. Are there hints here of what to expect from the Dec. 18 film? Probably. But who wants to ponder spoilers at a time like this?

The Force Awakens playset — which includes Finn and Rey figurines (Poe and Kylo will be sold separately) — arrives the same day as the movie. Just a few more weeks to go, fellow Star Wars fans. Read more...

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13 movies to get you in the Black Friday spirit

2 hours 7 min ago

It's nearly the most wonderful time of the year... if you love waking up at the crack of dawn, dragging your ass out of bed, and stumbling through the cold in order to fight tooth and nail with similarly sleep-deprived grumpuses over discounted electronics. And who doesn't love that?!

See also: Here are all the Black Friday deals you need to know

Wait, you don't? No worries — this collection of classics should get you in the right mood for soul-crushing, conspicuous consumption. Ain't capitalism grand? Read more...

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Sleepy meerkat takes a tumble off his rock

2 hours 7 min ago

It's hard to remain graceful while you're sleeping

One little meerkat discovered this the hard way, when he dozed off on top of a rock in his zoo habitat. As he was dozing off, he lost all of his balance and tumbled off the rock — while his friends just sat there watching

Don't worry, little meerkat.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' looks absolutely adorable in 'Disney Infinity'

GoT's Tormund Giantsbane hates White Walkers, loves riding his airwheel

Daredevils brave ridiculous 600-foot rope swing on shipwrecked beach

Cute little bird will tap dance its way into your heart Read more...

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Here's what to marathon during your Thanksgiving weekend food coma

2 hours 7 min ago

The arrival of Thanksgiving weekend can only mean two things: more food than you can eat, and the subsequent onslaught of a food coma

Hopefully, you've got a few days to plant yourself in front of a TV and pair that full stomach with the perfect companion: a marathon (or two, or three.).

See also: 16 Thanksgiving-themed TV episodes on Netflix to whet your appetite

Here are some of the best things you can catch on TV over the Thanksgiving holiday (all times listed in PT/ET).

Thursday, Nov. 26

Top pick:

Considering the many classic Thanksgiving episodes over its 10-season run, you're bound to tune into something appropriate during TBS's Friends marathon. Read more...

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Justin Bieber isn't sorry for his $1,500 Nirvana t-shirt

2 hours 10 min ago

Justin Bieber wore a Nirvana t-shirt to the American Music Awards, and people were very certain it had Kurt Cobain rolling over in his grave

And while Bieber is all apologies these days, he's not sorry for repping Nirvana

Now, Bieber's stylist, Karla Welch, has answered all the burning questions about his ensemble of the evening, addressing suspicions that Bieber had never actually heard Nirvana before. She also revealed that the tee is a customized vintage Nirvana shirt by label Fear of God, which also helped create Kanye West's Yeezus merch, and the shirts don't come cheap

See also: I want to Beliebe: The jagged redemption of Justin Bieber Read more...

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10 things we learned from Adele's NPR interview that will make you love her even more

2 hours 19 min ago

LONDON — Adele is one megastar who has successfully managed to keep her private life safely under lock and key — at least for now.

See also: Adele and Jimmy Fallon covered 'Hello' using classroom instruments and it was sheer perfection

But Adele doesn't hold back about the things she loves, and her interview with NPR on Tuesday was no exception

From her love for Britney and T. Swift to her rules about listening to her own music, we learned quite a bit about the record-smashing British singer.

1. Adele's son, Angelo, won't be buying 25, unlike the rest of us.

"He likes 'Twinkle Twinkle,' 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat,' 'Batman,' stuff like that. He's not interested in what I do. He knows I'm a singer and he loves it, and he's proud. He knows that it's going well. But, yeah, he's not — he wouldn't buy my record if he could." Read more...

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Daredevils brave ridiculous 600-foot rope swing on shipwrecked beach

2 hours 39 min ago

Devin Super Tramp and his rotating cast of thrill-seekers have taken a childhood pastime and turned it into an extreme ride that will make your palms sweat just looking at it.

The team recently visited the iconic Navagio Beach in Greece, a fairytale-like location loved by BASE jumpers and tourists alike for its massive cliffs and beautiful beach, complete with a shipwreck.

But instead of BASE jumping, the team decided to hook up a ridiculous 600-foot-long rope swing

35-foot-high waterfall is basically Earth's version of a slip 'n slide

Start your long weekend early with this waterskiing squirrel

Kids launching off a 'blob' will make you miss summer camp

Just a casual day for BASE jumpers: Break into building, jump off the roof Read more...

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Adele says she'll 'probably' grace us with '25' on streaming services one day

2 hours 40 min ago

Adele likes to toy with her fans

In a new interview with the Today show, the record-breaking singer shared that she'll possibly, maybe make 25 available on streaming services sometime in the future. The album is currently unavailable on popular platforms like Spotify and Apple Music

See also: Adele and Jimmy Fallon covered 'Hello' using classroom instruments and it was sheer perfection

"Yeah, probably," she responded when asked by Matt Lauer. "I’m certainly not one for, like, kind of spicing things up. I’m just doing what I’ve always done."

Fans could always try Pandora in the meantime

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Superfan puts epic 'Star Wars' toy collection up for auction

2 hours 40 min ago

Turns out that Nigo, the Japanese designer behind clothing lines like A Bathing Ape and Billionaire Boys Club, is also a huge Star Wars fan. He has one of the biggest and most fabulous collections of rare Star Wars collectibles in the world, and he's auctioning off more than 600 of them in an event that Sotheby's is hosting. The auction is set for Dec. 11.

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Cute little bird will tap dance its way into your heart

2 hours 43 min ago

The quickest way to the heart is through your feet — or talons.

National Geographic uploaded a video of a blue-capped cordon bleu, a species of bird that does a super-speedy tap dance to impress its potential mates. Its dance is so hard to see, it had to capture on a high speed camera.

We'd like to see Drake dance like this.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' looks absolutely adorable in 'Disney Infinity'

Sleepy meerkat takes a tumble off his rock

GoT's Tormund Giantsbane hates White Walkers, loves riding his airwheel

Daredevils brave ridiculous 600-foot rope swing on shipwrecked beach Read more...

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Bacon-scented underwear is now a real thing you can buy

2 hours 45 min ago

Do you love bacon so much that eating it just isn't enough? Do you want to be surrounded by the smell of bacon at all times?

Good news: You can buy-scented underwear is now a thing.

See also: Bacon chips and dip: The sinful addition to your next game day

Image: J&Ds

The undergarmet, available in both men's and women's sizes, retails for $20 a pair from bacon superstore J&D Foods. Comfort and cured meat: two of humans' top priorities.

"If you are hiking in the woods where bears are known to roam, please do not wear Bacon Scented Underwear without also carrying a firearm," the website warns. The underwear will continue to smell like bacon for up to six months, according to J&D Foods, as long as you wash it with unscented detergent (separately, in warm water). Read more...

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Canned wine is marketed to men who need to 'shut up and drink'

2 hours 46 min ago

First there was wine in a bottle. Then there was wine in a box. Now, there is wine in a can.

But, not just any can — a MANCAN.

Although it's not the first canned wine on the market, California based company MANCAN has created one of the first ever man-specific wine products, or so it professes

See also: How to drink wine like your favorite 'Game of Thrones' lushes

MANCAN wants to make wine more portable.


MANCAN founder Graham Veysey tells Mashable that he first thought of the product after visiting a bar one night after work.

"I had been working on a construction site all day, was covered in drywall dust, and met up with a buddy at a bar," Veysey says Read more...

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Canada's Justin Trudeau charms Queen Elizabeth

2 hours 49 min ago

LONDON — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met the Queen in Buckingham Palace for a private audience on Wednesday, but it wasn't the first time the two met.

See also: The many (beautiful) faces of Justin Trudeau, as told by Twitter

Trudeau met Queen Elizabeth II as a child when his father Pierre Trudeau was Canada's prime minister

"Very nice to see you again,” the Queen reportedly said, adding that the 6 feet 1 inch tall prime minister seemed "much taller" since the last time they met, according to The Globe and Mail.

After the private audience, the Queen met Trudeau's wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and two of couple's children Read more...

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A car with a mustache of snow is our No Shave Movember champ

3 hours 56 sec ago

Don't worry, mustachio'd people — No shave Movember is still rolling on. So keep at the cause, all you guys who have effortlessly groomed their facial hair into something like this

Even cars are getting into the no-shave spirit. Check out this sedan repping a Santa 'stache:

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You look great, car. But make sure to donate all funds otherwise used on your personal grooming to research.


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