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Taylor Swift is Lorde's biggest fan, again

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 9:53pm

Nothing says BFFs 4 eva n eva more than fangirling over your your besties' American Music Awards' performance, amirite?

During Lorde's head-banging AMA performance of "Yellow Flicker Beat," from the Hunger Games soundtrack, Taylor Swift perfectly played the part of best friend

See also: Lorde compares meeting Pitbull to meeting President Obama

Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat (Live at American... by uploaderdisney

While Lorde was doing her usual exorcism-meets-dancing thing on stage Sunday — bonus points for smearing her lipstick off her face — Taylor was busy losing her marbles over the 17-year-old's performance. Read more...

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This is the most insane touchdown catch of the NFL season

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 9:48pm

Odell Beckham Jr. may be an NFL rookie, but the Giants wide receiver has already scored the most impressive touchdown of the season (or maybe beyond) with this one-handed grab Sunday night:

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Not only did Beckham make the acrobatic catch, but Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr was called for pass interference on the play. Let's take a look at that again:

Yeah, he was practicing for it.

It didn't take long for #ThingsOdellCouldCatch to become a thing.

Lmao y'all are QUICK "@Khokhlachuu: #ThingsOdellCouldCatch"

— Hermit. (@FableMcFly) November 24, 2014

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Lorde compares meeting Pitbull to meeting President Obama

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 9:09pm

Not sure we agree with you on this one, Lorde.

While prepping for Sunday night's American Music Awards, teen pop queen Lorde met host Pitbull backstage for the first time, and shared a glowing tweet about their interaction. Lorde was so enamored with the Cuban rapper, in fact, that she compared meeting him to what she imagines meeting U.S. President Barack Obama would be like.

See also: Taylor Swift is Lorde's biggest fan, again

also i met pitbull backstage, felt this wave of his charisma and loveliness wash over me, probably not dissimilar to meeting the president

— Lorde (@lordemusic) November 23, 2014

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Are you stuck in a political bubble? This site aims to help

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 9:05pm

While many online publishers live and die by page views and uniques, John McIntyre says he has no idea how many people are visiting his RealClear network of sites each month

For co-founder McIntyre, a better metric is "core traffic growth," the people who are going to the sites every day. Another focus is "time spent." He claims the average RealClear reader spends more than 10 minutes on the site. While there's no industry standard, Andrew Lipsman, vice-president of marketing and insights at comScore, said the average is in the two- to four-minute range, so "10 would definitely be on the high end." Read more...

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Taylor Swift opens AMAs with fiery 'Blank Space' performance

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 8:33pm

Taylor Swift's American Music Awards performance just went down in flames ... much like her past 10 relationships

The biggest singer of the moment opened Sunday's AMAs with a quite literal fiery performance of her hit single "Blank Space," recreating the glamorous music video, complete with magic tricks, boys in suits and costume changes

See also: No one dances to Taylor Swift songs in the car harder than Taylor Swift

#BlankSpace performance tonight on the #AMAs!!!!!!! It's gonna be crazy.
No like, actually crazy.

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 23, 2014

She showed us incredible things — including, but not limited to magic, madness, heaven and sin — and oh my god, did you look at her face? OK, we're done now Read more...

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Katy Perry slams 'perverted old men' in Australia

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 8:00pm

Pop star Katy Perry has been having a pretty rough time since arriving in Australia.

It all went downhill when she tried to visit Obelisk Beach in Mosman, Sydney on Saturday. As celebrities of this calibre aren't a regular occurrence in Australia, the paparazzi went super mental about Perry taking a dip at the nudist beach

See also: Why is the average pop song only 3 minutes long?

Perry makes it clear that the way they "harass" her is not OK. On Twitter, she tells the "stalkers" where to go, and it isn't pretty. She says the Australian press that they should be ashamed of themselves, tells the paps they have no respect, no integrity, no character and no humanity. Perry is absolutely disgusted by their behaviour, which she describes as "perverted." Read more...

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Egyptian Cyber Army: The hacker group attacking ISIS propaganda online

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 7:00pm

There's a new hacking group in cyberspace, and it's going after the Islamic State's online propaganda.

Last week, less than 24 hours after ISIS social media accounts posted a threatening message from the group's leader, the audio recording was replaced with a song and its transcript with a logo resembling that of the Egyptian military, accompanied by a writing in Arabic that read "Egyptian Cyber Army."

See also: 5 Biggest Computer Viruses of All Time

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's recording had been hacked, and the operation carried all the hallmarks of a group such as the Syrian Electronic Army

A screenshot of the message that replaced the transcript of the Baghadi's message Read more...

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The 3 fitness trackers to look out for on Black Friday

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 6:08pm

It was a huge year for fitness trackers: not only did we see sleeker, smarter wristband wearables surface from the major players in the space like Fitbit and Jawbone, big tech manufacturers like Samsung and Microsoft threw products into the ever-saturated ring, too.

But there's good reason for its popularity — in addition to tracking steps taken, calories burned and your sleep cycle, fitness trackers promote healthy living. They're for true fitness enthusiasts, who want to stay on track when working out or training for races and marathons, but also the casual user who just wants a nudge to get off the couch. There's also typically a social component, allowing you to compete against friends for virtual trophies and bragging rights. Read more...

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Tensions mount as Ferguson awaits grand jury decision

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 5:20pm

Tensions ran high over the weekend, as residents in Ferguson, Missouri, await word on whether a grand jury will indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown

Anticipating large-scale demonstrations, authorities set up barricades around the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri, where the grand jury has been meeting. Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside the Ferguson police station

See also: Raw City: Inside Ferguson's War at Home

Back in riot gear and a line. The cops seemed like they were actually attempting peace for a min there #Ferguson

— Cassandra (@CassandraRules) November 23, 2014

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Why is the average pop song only 3 minutes long?

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 5:03pm

There's a famous Billy Joel song called "The Entertainer."

In it, the piano man warbles about the perils of the music industry, and having to limit himself to writing radio-friendly tracks.

"It was a beautiful song/But it ran too long/If you're gonna have a hit/You gotta make it fit/So they cut it down to 3:05."

It's a deft set of lyrics that perfectly sums up the music world's short attention span. In the pop industry, most radio hits typically can't be longer than three to four minutes. Case in point, the top three songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100. For the week of November 22, the reigning trio was Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" (3:39 minutes), Meghan Trainor's "All About that Bass" (3:08 minutes) and Maroon 5's "Animal" (3:49 minutes) Read more...

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Woman jailed for trying to watch volleyball game in Iran gets out of prison

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 3:17pm

The British-Iranian woman jailed for protesting against Iran's ban on women watching men's volleyball matches was temporarily released from prison on Sunday.

See also: Freed Iranian blogger sends first tweet after 6 years in prison

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, returned home on bail while she awaits her appeal, Ghavami's mother announced in a Facebook post, following multiple reports suggesting she had been freed.

Ghoncheh Ghavami British-Iranian woman detained for trying to watch volleyball match freed

— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) November 23, 2014

Ghoncheh Ghavami has been released on 100 million tomans bail #Iran #HumanRights

— Persian Banoo (@persianbanoo) November 23, 2014

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Teeny pygmy marmoset can't get enough of toothbrush massage

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 2:11pm

Oh, what we would give to be this baby pygmy marmoset enjoying a light toothbrush head massage

Ninita is a tiny orphaned monkey who lives at the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation. Born deaf and abandoned by her parents, the pygmy marmoset was hand-reared by the staff at the RSCF, and now happily lives in an enclosure with her "handsome boyfriend." She is notably fond of climbing, eating and of course, toothbrush massages.

See also: The 75 Absolutely Cutest Animals on Instagram

The pygmy marmoset is the smallest true monkey, and is indigenous to the rainforests of the Upper Amazon basin of South America. The species is not currently endangered, though it is listed as a species of special concern. The pet trade and human encroachment on its habitat have contributed to growing concern over their well-being Read more...

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Bill Cosby breaks silence on rape allegations, friend drops bombshell

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 1:50pm

MELBOURNE, Florida — Bill Cosby lay on his back onstage, vividly recounting when he had farted inside his bedroom while showing his wife an exercise move

The comedian’s jovial mood stood in stark contrast to the recent dark headlines — dominated by rape allegations — casting a shadow on his life and long-standing career

See also: Bill Cosby gets standing ovation amid mounting sex abuse allegations

Joke after joke, the audience filled the air with laughter inside the King Center for the Performing Arts at Friday night's comedy show. "We love you, Bill Cosby," one woman yelled, while several men slowly but surely raised their fists in the air on Cosby’s command Read more...

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15 delightful photos of the Supreme Cat Show on Instagram

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 1:14pm

For one blissful day a year, serious cat lovers across Europe gather at the Supreme Cat Show to pay tribute to the most beautiful cats on the continent

The competition, which took place Saturday in Birmingham, England, is produced by the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy

See also: 20 Signs Your Cat Is Turning Into a Human

For more than 30 years, thousands of beautiful cats have competed for top titles in categories organized by breed, and for the coveted top prize of "Supreme Exhibit." This year's highest honor went to a British Lilac Tortie whimsically named Premier Pinemarten Tina Sparkle. Read more...

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Family tries to save pet from village's new ban on pit bulls

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:56pm

A village in Louisiana has taken the step of banning residents from owning pit bulls and Rottweilers.

And that doesn't just mean banning new dog purchases — Moreauville, Louisiana, announced it will impound dogs from any households that have not gotten rid of the animals by Dec. 1.

See also: Rescue dogs that got a second chance at life

O'Hara Owens' family received a letter warning that if they did not get rid of their pit bull Zeus, the village would take him for "further disposition."

Her family is challenging the ban, and pleading with Moreauville officials to save Zeus, according to local CBS station KALB. Moreauville passed the ordinance on Oct. 13 of this year. Read more...

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21 DIY holiday gifts that anyone would love

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:30pm

Macaroni art cards and itchy sweaters are not on the list this year.

You don't have to be a big spender this holiday season to give your friends and family amazing gifts. The best part of giving someone a present is knowing that they're smiling out of sheer joy (instead of pity)

See also: 15 simple photo ideas for creative holiday cards

As much as people loved receiving your arts and crafts projects when you were young, it's time to grow up and give them something as sophisticated as you are.


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Paris looks to a future without love locks

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:25pm

Paris is slowly, oh-so-slowly, moving toward a love lock-free future.

Attaching a padlock, or a "love lock," to the bridges over the Seine as a symbol of one's love has become popular in the City of Light. The trend has been encouraged by the false belief that it is a local romantic tradition.

See also: Part of Paris Bridge Collapses Under Weight of Love Locks

It's a problem for other cities, too, but Paris' reputation as a romantic destination has put it at the center of debate.

Whereas New York City stated in no uncertain terms that locks attached to bridges would be removed and trashed, Paris has taken a softer approach to deterring tourists from leaving locks. Read more...

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Dramatic footage shows fire on train in central London station

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:38am

LONDON — A fire broke out in a train carriage at a central London train station platform Sunday, closing it for two hours

The dramatic incident was captured on camera by passenger Vincenzo Minore:

See also: British company reunites lost teddy bears with owners

The blaze, thought to have been caused by an electrical fault, broke out on platform six, and was attended by 33 firefighters and officers

"A small section of the front carriage of a train on platform 6 was damaged in the blaze plus a section of track," the London Fire Brigade said in a statement. "Around 100 people were evacuated from the station. A small number of people were on the affected train, but they were evacuated by station staff and there were no injuries." Read more...

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10 professional athletes dish on their favorite restaurants

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 11:30am

Unless you're a techie genius who sold his Internet stock for millions of dollars, or are the heir of an oil tycoon, you will probably never live the lifestyle of a professional athlete in America. These young stars are paid millions of dollars to play sports, drive fast cars and sleep in hyperbolic champers

You may not be able to live like a pro, but thanks to Urbanspoon, you can now eat like one

See also: 20 boozy Thanksgiving recipes for an extra helping of holiday cheer

The food blog and restaurant-rating website released a list of 10 athletes and their favorites foods to get when eating out. Read up, and then chow down like the pro-star you wish you were. Read more...

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2 children in Ohio test negative for Ebola, report says

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:46am

UPDATED 4:09 p.m. ET: The two children tested negative for Ebola on Sunday afternoon, after they were taken into Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, according to a report.

BREAKING: Tests come back negative for two children being tested for Ebola at Nationwide Children's

— (@10TV) November 23, 2014

Two children who recently traveled to West Africa are being tested for Ebola in Columbus, Ohio, after they showed symptoms of fever.

The children, whose names have not been released, are 4 and 6 years old. They were transported to an area hospital at 2 a.m. Sunday, according to a local news report, citing Columbus Public Health. Read more...

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