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Pro-Confederate flag protesters rally in South Carolina and Alabama

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 3:32pm

Confederate flag-waving protesters crowded the steps of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia on Saturday, hours after an activist named Bree Newsome briefly removed the controversial flag and was arrested immediately afterwards.

See also: Woman climbs pole, pulls down South Carolina Confederate flag, gets arrested

A similar rally drew nearly one thousand demonstrators at the state capitol building in Montgomery, Alabama, where the flag was removed earlier this week on the orders of Gov. Robert Bentley, according to the Montgomery Advertiser

Currently in Montgomery, Alabama#ConfederateTakeDown #ConfederateFlag pic.twitter.com/arUSnXOfqS

— Jay (@jysbr) June 27, 2015 Read more...

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More than 500 people injured in Taiwan park explosion

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 2:58pm

Updated: Sunday, 28 June 2015 3:30 a.m. EDT

More than 500 people were injured during an explosion at a park in New Taipei City, Taiwan on Saturday, reports the country's Central News Agency, according to CNN.

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Fire broke out after flammable powder apparently exploded on stage during a Color Play Asia party at Formosa Fun Coast. At these festivals, dancing patrons are sprayed with colorful clouds of powder, Reuters reports

The explosions took place at about 8:30 p.m. local time, CNA reports. Though local firefighters were able to extinguish the fires quickly, a reported 516 people were injured, with eight in critical condition. Read more...

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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': Everything you need to know

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 2:12pm

If summoning charms were real, Harry Potter fans everywhere would be trying to find the new script for the play Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildAccio more information!

Author J.K. Rowling announced on Jun. 25 that a new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, would debut in London's West End next summer. Tickets will go on sale this fall

Based on a new story, the play is a collaboration between Rowling, director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne. But there are a few more things you need to know about what's soon to be the West End's hottest show

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Stephen Colbert mocks dissenting SCOTUS opinions on gay marriage

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 1:37pm

Stephen Colbert is back with some choice words for the Supreme Court justices who voted against legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 U.S. states.

In response to yesterday's 5-4 ruling, Colbert and his team of writers at the upcoming Late Show mock some of the claims made in Chief Justice John Roberts' and Justice Antonin Scalia's dissents

Colbert's latest political jab comes just a few days after his comb-over heavy take on Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech. Though The Late Show with Stephen Colbert won't premiere until September 8, it's clear his writers are ready to build buzz. Read more...

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Printing stickers with Polaroid's Zip Instant Photoprinter is too much fun

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:22pm

I love being able to hold pictures in my hands, but I love being able to stick my pictures on things even more.

Sticker pictures are back, and they're more fun to print out than they were before thanks to Polaroid's $130 pocket-sized Zip Instant Photoprinter.

Before digital cameras, before cellphone cameras and before Facebook and Instagram, there was the photo booth. And then for a short period of time in the mid to late 1990s, photo booths from Asia that printed "sticker pics" became really popular worldwide.

See also: Can Fujifilm Bring Instant Film Cameras Into the Selfie Era?

It was a much simpler time. Sticker pics let you express yourself and show off your goofy side. They were a precursor to selfies, if you will. Read more...

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Shia LaBeouf as all 13 'Doctor Who' Doctors

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:03pm

It started as a joke.

Brandon Bird was just kidding when he tweeted his idea to paint Shia LaBeouf as The Doctor from Doctor Who, but the artist's Twitter followers demanded it.

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How angry would people be if I drew Shia LaBeouf dressed as The Doctor.

— Brandon Bird (@Brandon_Bird) September 15, 2014

That settles it, going to do a takeoff of the "every Doctor" poster every artist at a comic con does, but with Shia LaBeouf as each Doctor.

— Brandon Bird (@Brandon_Bird) September 15, 2014

Bird tells Mashable that painting LaBeouf as the 13 different actors who have played The Doctor was an experiment with mashups. Read more...

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San Francisco celebrates Pride — and the right to marry

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 11:46am

SAN FRANCISCO — The commencement of Pride weekend was extra sweet here after the Supreme Court decided in favor of the constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry nationwide.

"Happy SCOTUS," a man exclaimed, hugging a friend in the heart of the city's Castro district, near the joyful scene that unfolded Friday evening in the wake of the court's historic decision. In the 5-4 vote in Obergefell v. Hodges, the court's justices effectively enshrined the right of all Americans to marry, regardless of their sex or the state in which they reside

San Francisco, an epicenter of the fight for gay rights since the movement's beginnings, was jubilant. Read more...

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10 unusual alcohol flavors to shake up your next cocktail

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 11:30am

Flavored liquor isn't always the classiest option. (Looking at you, birthday cake vodka.)

But when you want a cocktail that's bound to raise a few eyebrows, adding an unusual flavor is a great option. With wine made from lemons and lawn-flavored liqueur, the strange possibilities have become nearly endless.

See also: 10 Weird Ice Cream Flavors to Terrify Your Taste Buds

Whether you're craving hearty veggies, delicate herbs or even a whole pizza, there's likely someone out there who's figured out how to make your favorite foods alcoholic

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Grotesque art shows animal crackers as living creatures

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 11:00am

Neither delicious nor nutritious, animal crackers are nevertheless an enduring and popular snack. From a young age, we've come to recognize them as our favorite zoo animals

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But take another look at the average animal cracker. How well does that really resemble a living creature?

That's a pretty sad looking lion, pal

Image: Shaffer Smith Photography/the food passionates/Corbis

After an extended investigation, we determined that animal crackers may not actually be based on common species like lions, tigers and zebras. No, they're modeled on hideous, cookie-colored, hairless beasts that walk the world in shame Read more...

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10-year-old mutt Quasi Modo crowned the World's Ugliest Dog

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 10:52am

Who says there's no glory in being ugly?

On Friday, judges crowned a 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo as the 2015 winner of the World's Ugliest Dog competition held in Petaluma, California.

See also: 19 Dogs That Don't Care About Society's View of Beauty

Image: Jason Edelson/Getty Images

The winning mutt, a pit bull-Dutch shepherd, and his owner took home the coveted $1,500 first-place prize, beating out 25 other unattractive pups, The Associated Press reports. Quasi Modo is a shelter rescue who was adopted by a veterinarian from Loxahatchee, Florida

Quasi Modo's appearance has always been a struggle for the dog, according to a biography posted on the competition's website. Though he has birth defects in his spine and an abnormally short back, he still leads and active and happy life. Read more...

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Make a summer statement necklace that won't make you sweat

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 10:30am

Look good all summer without breaking a sweat.

Statement necklaces look great with simple dresses and minimal T-shirt styles but they're always so bulky and heavy, the summer heat can feel especially merciless.

See also: 14 DIY gifts to make for Galentine's Day

However, there are some jewelry styles out there that complement your look without making your uncomfortable — and you can make them yourself.

Image: Chronicle Books, Janet Crowther and Katie Covington

Authors Janet Crowther and Katie Covington's DIY jewelry making book, Make a Statement, inspired us to try out one of their summer friendly necklace styles. Read more...

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Woman climbs pole, pulls down South Carolina Confederate flag, gets arrested

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 10:29am

A woman scaled the 30-foot flagpole outside South Carolina's Statehouse on Saturday morning and pulled down the controversial Confederate flag just hours before a planned rally for the flag's supporters.

Bree Newsome, 30, who is black, was promptly arrested without incident when she got to the bottom. A white man who assisted her on the ground was also detained.

See also: The Confederate flag is a symbol of racism. But here's where it still flies high.

This is Bree. An amazing black woman who climbed the pole and took down the racist flagpic.twitter.com/DK07mcXRMo

— Ferguson Action (@fergusonaction) June 27, 2015 Read more...

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Red, white, and BOOM! Where to watch the best fireworks this July 4th

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 10:10am

Happy Birthday, ‘Merica! The biggest party of summer is just a week away, and everyone is invited.

Filled with brews, bandanas, and the stars and stripes flying high above barbecues and pool parties, July 4th is a highlight of the summer, closing with a booming fireworks show.

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Since 1776, when John Adams wrote that America's independence should be celebrated with "bonfires and illuminations ... from one end of this continent to the other," we've been blowing up colorful rockets to show how much we love America.

If your hometown’s fireworks are losing their luster, check out these spectacles which are sure to reignite your patriotic passion. Read more...

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Lines form at Greek banks as PM Tsipras calls historic bailout vote

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 9:33am

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced an unexpected referendum early Saturday morning, giving the indebted country's people a chance to accept or refuse the bailout deal offered by international creditors Thursday.

In a televised speech, Tsipras called the bailout deal "blackmail" and an "ultimatum that contravenes the founding principles and values of Europe." His recommendation to the people of Greece is to vote "no," but he will respect any outcome of the vote, he said

See also: Refugees and tourism: A small Greek island struggles to balance both

"I am absolutely confident that your choice will honor our country’s history and will send a message of dignity worldwide," Tsipras said Read more...

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13 braided hairstyles to tame your summer 'do

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 9:30am

Summer means a lot of things for your hair. While the extra rays give you that sun-kissed look, the heat, humidity and the occasional downpour can wreak havoc on your breezy, summer 'do.

As much as you'd like to have the time and budget to stop whatever you're doing to restyle your tresses, that's not always an option. But just because the weather has other plans doesn't mean you have to rough it all day.

See also: 13 Hairstyles to Tame Your Mane in Humidity

Brush up on your braiding skills and turn every day into a good hair day.

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'Slaughter on Sunbeds': British newspapers capture horror of Tunisia attack

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 9:07am

LONDON — "Bloody friday", "Massacre on the Beach" and "Laughing as he Fired" were just some of the headlines on the front pages of British newspapers on Saturday morning, a day after 38 people, most believed to be Britons, were killed in a gun attack in Tunisia.

See also: Large number of dead in Tunisia hotel attack are British

Papers captured the stories of British survivors who were sunbathing on the tourist beach in Port El Kantaoui, a coastal resort popular with Britons, when the lone gunman opened fire killing and wounding dozens

Image: Daily Mail

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'Star Wars' battleships crash land on Earth in spectacular photo series

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 9:00am

From a galaxy far, far way to your back yard.

By digitally altering photographs of major cities like London, New York City and Tokyo, French art director Nicolas Amiard brings battleships of sci-fi movie franchise Star Wars to our earthly terrain.

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"I thought the scene of the crashed destroyer in the latest trailer very inspiringStar Wars is an imaginary universe and bringing elements from this universe in our real world seemed to be a very interesting contrast to work on," Amiard said to Mashable.

Iconic vessels like TIE fighters, Star Destroyers and the Millenium Falcon are found on some of the most famous sites in the world in Amiard's series, which possibly implies that both the Rebels and the Empire are looking for a good vacation. Read more...

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How Pakistan and India can prevent future heat wave fatalities

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 8:00am

The 1.4 billion people of India and Pakistan are no strangers to long periods of sizzlingly hot and humid weather at this time of year. The average daily high temperature in Delhi in the month of May is 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

But with nearly 3,000 people killed between the two countries in two distinct heat wave events during May and June, it has become clear to local populations that their governments failed to prepare for and respond to the heat waves. It has also become clear that something must be done, as climate change is increasing the likelihood of severe heat waves around the world. Read more...

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Spotify or Apple Music? Which streaming music service is right for you?

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 8:00am

If it seems like there's suddenly a whole bunch of different music streaming services, that's because ....there's suddenly a whole bunch of different music streaming services

With Apple about to throw its considerable weight into the streaming music industry, the already crowded market now seems downright congested. Every company seems to make its own claim as to why it's best

So which one is actually Simon and the rest Garfunkel? Or for you kids, which one is Harry Styles and the rest of One Direction? This interactive will help you decide. Click through it and figure out which services have the features you want. Read more...

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Handle your package with care: An easy guide to manscaping

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 8:00am

It’s almost a prerequisite: To get lucky in the sack, a man needs to take care of his first. And by that, we mean grooming your boys. They, too, need your attention. No longer a barbaric ordeal — that is, taking scissors to the scrotum or blindly shaving your bits with a razor and face shaving cream — the process of pubic manicuring has become dignified ever since the term “manscaping” was coined a few years ago

See also: Defunk your junk: Your balls smell and that's not okay

"Ladies agonizingly wax and pluck around the bikini line to maintain a sense of dignity that men are slow to embrace reciprocating," Kristan Serafino, a Hollywood hairstylist and beauty expert who's worked with Ryan Reynolds and Matthew McConaughey, tells Mashable Read more...

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