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NBD: Just an insane jet engine strapped to a 1929 replica biplane

5 hours 4 min ago

Acrobatics pilot Jeff Boerboon is gracefully pivoting in front of me as he raises his hands over his head. Then he arches his body sideways and turns both hands, palms out to the left, like Superman executing an in-air maneuver. Boerboon is, in fact, performing an intricate dance, one that could be replicated hundreds of feet in the air as he pilots the one-of-a-kind Screamin’ Sasquatch Waco biplane, a classic–looking airplane with the unique distinction of having a Learjet engine strapped to its belly.

Jeff and the Jack Link's flying team (yes, that Jack Link's of the always ready-to-eat beef jerky) are preparing for the big Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park on May 23 and 24, one where dozens of airplanes will perform death-defying stunts before an anticipated 400,000 spectators. Right now, though Boerboon, 47, is explaining how he and other stunt pilots perform some of their tricks. Read more...

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How to survive in Destiny's tough new 'Prison of Elders' mode

5 hours 8 min ago

Can you escape the Prison?

Probably not, if you're reading this. Destiny's Prison of Elders, one of the new endgame modes added with the release of House of Wolves, aims to provide a level of challenge that's on par with the Vault of Glass and Crota's End raids.

Developer Bungie took a break from raids in Wolves, but Prison of Elders' five-round gauntlet has already proven itself to be a worthy replacement. It's the gateway separating players from some of Destiny's most powerful gear right now. If you're invested, you have to play it.

See also: 7 essential tips to get you started in 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' Read more...

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5 creative ways to keep in touch after graduation, besides Skype

5 hours 47 min ago

Trying to ace finals while keeping track of your cap and gown is stressful enough. Losing touch with your closest friends is worse

As your lives go in different directions and places, it can be scary to think about staying in touch and keeping those friendships as tight as they were in the dining hall and dorm room

See also: What $1,500 in Rent Gets You in 11 U.S. Cities

But long-distance friendships aren't restricted to missed Skype dates anymore — there are so many other creative ways to ensure your friendships won't wane as much as your tolerance for all-nighters.

1. Group chats

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12 new roller coasters to scream on in 2015

6 hours 23 min ago

Amusement parks are opening their gates, and behind them are plenty of new rides waiting for thrillseekers.

This year's new roller coasters are not only bigger, they also plunge faster and flip in spins previous coaster technology could only dream about.

See also: Where to celebrate spring with amazing views of flowers

The International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA) recently released the list of new rides opening this year in amusement parks across the U.S., and we're highlighting some of the ones that people who can't get enough adrenaline should ride.

The more than 375 million people visiting amusement parks this year have some serious excitement ahead of them. Read more...

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Riding Cuba's railroad, one of the oldest in the world

6 hours 43 min ago

HAVANA, Cuba — The National Railway Company of Cuba, Ferrocarriles de Cuba, is the sixth oldest railroad in the world, having opened its first 17-mile long route in 1837. Now the railway covers more than 2,600 miles, stretching from Havana in the west to Santiago de Cuba on the eastern coast.

It has a reputation for being the cheapest — but also the slowest — way to travel from one side of the country to the other.

Passengers wait to board the train in the Central Station in Havana.

A man looks out of the railway car at a passing train that is heading west, to Havana, near the town of San Luis.

The trip from Havana to Santiago de Cuba can take 20 hours, while driving would take about half the time. Tourists and many Cubans choose not to take the train because of its unreliability: It often breaks down or is delayed, sometimes for multiple days. Read more...

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Ireland says 'yes' to same-sex marriage in historic vote

6 hours 46 min ago

DUBLIN, Ireland—In a historic vote, Irish voters appeared to say yes to marriage equality,

While the counting isn't done yet, an early vote count on Saturday showed a groundswell of support for same-sex marriage

David Quinn, a prominent No campaigner and head of the Catholic Iona Institute, appeared to concede defeat early Saturday, tweeting "Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done."

Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done#MarRef

— David Quinn (@DavQuinn) May 23, 2015

Irish voters celebrated on Saturday with one government minister tweeting:

Ireland hasn't just said "Yes"...
Ireland has said:

— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD (@AodhanORiordain) May 23, 2015 Read more...

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Wedding day yoga: 5 calming poses for bridal party nerves

6 hours 48 min ago

You've prepared everything: flowers, finger food, something old and blue. But somehow you forgot to take care of yourself in the process

Wedding day jitters are natural, even expected. Whether you get them in the weeks leading up to your wedding or just the morning of, nerves may play a part in your nuptials

See also: The 7 best bike routes in the world

Rather than fight them off with a hefty shove of denial, yoga can help you acknowledge that stress and breathe through it. Even a last-minute stretch before you walk down the aisle can open up the chest so air can move more freely. (Bonus: You'll have better posture, too.) Read more...

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5 major threats to biodiversity, and how we can help curb them

6 hours 52 min ago

The fewer animals we have, the fewer humans we will have

That's why biodiversity is important. The wide variety of species on Earth, whether they're plants, animals or microscopic organisms, are vital to keep the world's many ecosystems healthy, balanced and thriving — growing plants we can eat, trees we can shade under, and landscapes to use for everything from vacations to computer screensavers

In other words, biodiversity ensures natural sustainability for all life on the planet — think more abundant crops and fresher air, for example. More than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity, while more than 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods. The loss of biodiversity affects the lives of more than 1 billion people living in drylands. Read more...

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We've hit the peak of 'free' on the Internet. It's time to pay up.

6 hours 53 min ago

Everyone wants everything on the internet for free. Just ask the New York Times.

Over the years, the Times website has gone from free, to paid, back to free, and, finally, back to paid. Well, mostly paid. For now, anyway

By practice and by ethos, the Internet has generally been a place where free content thrived and paid — news, music — struggled. The information superhighway had few toll booths. It was, in fact, less like a highway and more like a hippie commune where people shared everything and smelled kind of funny.

See also: 'The New Yorker' reinstates paywall after a summer of free articles Read more...

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1920s erotic postcards are today's PG-13 selfies

7 hours 51 min ago

Image: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Like the vast majority of erotic postcards from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, these were made in France. Such cards came to be known informally as "French Postcards" in the U.S. 

However, such postcards were actually illegal to send via mail carrier in the U.S. Thus, they were traded very discreetly in stores and by French street traders.

Creating erotic images could be a lucrative sideline for early photographers, who would use a false signature to avoid tarnishing their professional reputation and encountering problems with the law. 

The identity of almost all "French Postcard" models remains entirely unknown. But this set appears to feature two men and two women, in various combinations. Read more...

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One of the longest lines at Disneyland's 24-hour celebration: Starbucks

13 hours 37 min ago

It wasn't just Sleeping Beauty itching for a nap at Disneyland's 24-hour celebration kicking off its 60th anniversary events.

Thousands of super fans, camped out since 6 p.m. Thursday night, officially entered the park at 6 a.m. Friday to spend all day and night at the Anaheim, California amusement park

“When you’re tired, just find a bench and knock out,” John Valerio, a Santa Clara resident, told the Orange County Register. “It’s an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience."

See also: Trippy song uses samples from classic Disney movies to create dance music

Other drowsy parkgoers opted for a trip to Starbucks. The line for the coffee shop snaked down the block at one point. Read more...

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen skip 'Full House' reboot

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:17pm

The Full House revival has the actors who played Uncle Joey, D.J. and Stephanie on board, but the famous twins who brought Michelle Tanner to life will not be part of the fun.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not be joining the cast of the '90s TV show reboot, dubbed Fuller House, executive producer Robert L. Boyett said in a statement Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

See also: Uncle Joey will visit Netflix's 'Fuller House'

“Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family," Boyett said. "It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate their support and good wishes towards Fuller House." Read more...

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Rare supernova burst shines light on its mysterious origins

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:48pm

Debris blown off a dying star collided with its companion, creating a blast of ultraviolet radiation that is helping scientists better understand the evolution of one of the key tools to measure the expansion of the universe.

Known as Type Ia supernovas, these rare events have led scientists to argue for two different theories, but new observations of a recent supernova by NASA's space-based Swift telescope suggest that both may be correct.

SEE ALSO: Supernovas - Amazing photos of star explosions

"The pulse of radiation detected by Swift is probably produced when the supernova-ejected material slams into a companion star," principal investigator Yi Cao, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, told by email. Cao served as lead author on a recent paper from an international collaboration Read more...

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Watch as one man's 'Victory Parade' morphs into a bizarre police chase

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:29pm

An extremely slow police chase in Los Angeles came to a halt Friday evening after an apparent bystander ran in front of a top-down convertible and pushed the surrendering driver toward a crowd of police officers.

The more than hour-long pursuit, which at times clocked in at below 10 miles per hour, captivated nearby onlookers and news broadcasters, alike. The driver, wearing a newsboy cap, waved to crowds watching the bizarre display from the sidewalk and their stalled cars on the streets of Tarzana and Encino in the San Fernando Valley.

The driver is thought to have been under the influence, authorities told local media. A sign that read "Victory" hung on the driver's black Ford Mustang. The sign was embellished with stars Read more...

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Study pits shoppers against each other in online bargain battle

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:18pm

When online shopping emerged as a global phenomenon in the early 2000s, I remember reading prophecies that consumers would now cruise far and wide across the Internet for the best ever bargains, because search had become completely effortless. A decade on, it appears that people can get click-weary more easily than the pundits might have presumed.

Academic studies have long pictured consumers as somewhat lethargic when it comes to search. Studies have shown, for example, that people are not very likely to click beyond the top few links on a results page so if a company's website is to have high visibility on the Internet, it must rank high on search engines' results pages Read more...

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Elephant steals man's GoPro, takes epic 'elphie'

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:35pm

Animals are just as vain as we are!

While visiting an elephant sanctuary in Koh Phangan, Thailand, traveler Christian LeBlanc captured an adorable photo after a hungry elephant mistook his GoPro camera for food, the Mirror reports

See also: If you haven't taken a selfie with a quokka, you haven't lived

The camera happened to be in timelapse mode (which automatically takes a photo every few seconds), so when the elephant stretched out his trunk, the camera snapped a selfie, or as LeBlanc called it, an "elphie."

LeBlanc says the elephant snagged the camera right out of his hand after he had run out of bananas. Luckily, the gentle giant gave the GoPro back after snapping a few pictures Read more...

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The Rock smashes world record for most selfies taken in less than 3 minutes

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:16pm

Kim Kardashian may be known as the Selfie Queen. But Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the speed Selfie King — and his crown is confirmed by the record-keepers.

At the world premiere of San Andreas, The Rock snapped 105 selfies in under three minutes. That was enough to win him a Guinness World Record, the publication revealed Friday

The actor actually took far more than the requisite 105 on the red carpet at London’s Odeon Leicester Square Thursday night, but some were disqualified for being blurry or cutting off parts of his face. In addition to smiling for the camera with eager fans, he got a "helluva shoulder workout," he joked on Twitter Read more...

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Snapchat invests in shopping app Spring

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:58pm

Would you buy clothes on Snapchat?

The social media startup seems to think so — or at least, it is investing an unspecified amount into a shopping app called Spring, according to a Re/code report which cites sources familiar with the matter

See also: Snapchat's CEO on the question he's asked the most: 'Why didn't you sell?'

Spring, which launched last year for iOS and Android, recommends menswear and womenswear via a slick photo-friendly feed somewhat resembling Instagram. Spring's parent company Jello Labs already raised $25 million in April, but it has the option to raise another $5.7 million in this round — which is where Snapchat might come in Read more...

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The Internet golden rule: Pretend your online sex is already public knowledge

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:37pm

Time to update the adage “She’s a lady in the street and a freak in the sheets.” Let’s just simplify that to: “Actually? We’re all a bunch of freaks in the sheets – thanks, Internet!”

Everyone and everything we do online is at risk

See also: Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home

In March, a lone Darknet user exposed nearly 4 million users' data from their activity on an adult dating site. Independent IT security consultant Bev Robb uncovered the hack and reported it on her site April 13: a “treasure trove of hacked data that appears to be from an adult social networking of the most heavily-trafficked websites in the world, boasting an Alexa U.S. page rank slightly above 747.” Read more...

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Dwanye 'The Rock' Johnson gave his BFF the best surprise wedding ever

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:13pm

Dwayne Johnson and Screen Junkies interviewer Nick Mundy have garnered one of the most unlikely friendships throughout the years

The two immediately bonded over candid interview sessions and eating a banana Lady and the Tramp-style. Johnson decided to go all out in a surprise wedding prank by getting officially ordained as a minister so he could officiate Mundy's wedding.

The Screen Junkies crew distracted Mundy by trying to come up with comedy skit pitches for The Rock's team while everyone got ready for the ceremony. After getting his ideas shot down again and again, Mundy was amazed to see The Rock come out from behind a door and lead him into the wedding hall. Read more...

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