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So you thought the dabbing quarterback with the million-dollar smile, Cam Newton, was going to win, huh? Well now, if you put your money where your mouth was — that is, you made a bet on the game with your friends — it may be time to pay up.
But if you decided to do that via the payment app Venmo, you were, at least temporarily, flat out of luck.
Just minutes after Super Bowl 50 ended, the mobile payments service went down, or at least lagged, for many users. A number of them switched over to Twitter to voice their complaints — and their conspiracy theories.Venmo, Software, Tech, Super Bowl, and Super Bowl 50
Turtles don't really need shoes. Their webbed, clawed feet allow them to move around easily, regardless of terrain. Anthropomorphic turtles who battle New York City criminals using ninjutsu, on the other hand, might want a pair of killer sneakers.
Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael have never been the kinds of turtles to splurge on fancy footwear; the closest they've come to wearing shoes is sporting bandages around their heels. But Almossawi and Williams think it would be hard for the crime-fighting reptiles to turn down such a fashion-forward and tech-savvy design. Read more...More about Fashion, Tech, Shoes, Footwear, and Lifestyle
"A clergyman vacuuming alongside his playful child."
"A clergyman using his time reading a book in subway. "
"Two clergymen on a chairlift down after mountain climbing."
These simple, somewhat broken sentences sound, well, simple and broken. But paired with the images they describe, they are helping to dispel the stereotype that Iranian clerics are merely anti-American radicals who rail against "Western imperialists."
In reality, as the Instagram account "Talabe Today" shows, the country's imams are a lot like the rest of us.
The man behind the popular account is Masoud Zareian, an Iranian seminary student who wanted to improve the image of the country's conservative clergy, according to the BBC, citing a local newspaper who interviewed Zareian. Read more...More about Middle East, Iran, Instagram, Us World, and World
Lady Gaga's Sunday evening was very similar to all of ours
First, she shut down Super Bowl 50 with a yass-worthy performance of the national anthem. Then she took a spot in the bleachers to dance it out to Beyoncé's (and Coldplay's and Bruno Mars') halftime performance
You do you, Gaga. You deserve to celebrate — just make sure to invite us next time. Read more...More about Music, Entertainment, Television, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce
It's that time of the year again — Chinese New Year. Lots of good food to feast on, red packets to collect and awkward situations to manoeuvre around.
We know the pain because we've all had to deal with our fair share of nosy relatives who just don't know when to zip it. You'll probably feel more of the heat if your cousins and siblings have settled down, and you turn up at yet another Chinese New Year gathering sans partner.
While it's tempting to get mad and reply with a cutting remark that will ensure that nosy aunt of yours never dares bring up sore topics again, it's never the best course of action to make a scene and ruin the mood. Read more...More about Culture, Asia, Watercooler, Conversations, and Life Hacks
Eli Manning is a man of few emotions.
Just as the Broncos scored the winning touchdown at the Super Bowl on Sunday, the camera panned to the Manning's family box where Eli looked more confused than happy for his big bro Peyton
Despite the remainder of his family freaking out over the win, Eli stared directly into the camera, with a pair of cold, dead eyes
At least Eli's disappointment brought endless joy the the InternetBONUS: Forget the Puppy Bowl. This is Hamster Bowl 2016.
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Football, Watercooler, Conversations, Lists, and Super Bowl 50
The Queen honors The King — of pop, that is
During Super Bowl 50, Beyoncé subtly paid homage to Michael Jackson's Super Bowl XXVII performance by echoing his leather and gold halftime outfit. Bey also sported a military-inspired jacket, made by Dsquared2, with details almost identical to those Jackson donned in 1993
Image: Ezra Shaw
Beyoncé's Dsquared2 leather jacket was a fitting tribute to the pop legend. Especially considering the entire halftime show was a call back to legendary performances from the past five decades Read more...More about Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Music, Tv, and Watercooler
Unless you're a diehard Panthers fan, attending Super Bowl 50 looked like a whole lot of fun
The excitement, the energy, the chance to see Beyoncé outshine an entire stage full of performers— these are the reasons people attend the Super Bowl IRL.
But for those of us watching from our couches, we can choose to instead live vicariously through the celebrities who attended on our behalf.
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Pics, Instagram, Watercooler, and Super Bowl 50
Forget about NFL football players and the Puppy Bowl.
Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele — they of Key and Peele — brought a new form of Super Bowl entertainment with their Squarespace livestream this year. The duo, channeling real life announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, played two aspiring Atlanta sportscasters Lee and Morris, characters of their creation
However, neither the comedians nor the platform had the rights to any of the trademarks related to the "Big Game," which led to a hilarious three-and-a-half hours of commentary around the NFL eventOnline Video, Squarespace, Entertainment, Tv, and Video
Super Bowl Sunday might have been fun for most of its viewers, but not everyone had a good night.
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman struggled to keep it together at the end of the game. After his team lost, Norman summoned all his strength and congratulated Peyton Manning
He then left the field, only to shed a tear. And another tear. And another tear.
One of the strongest, most powerful men in the league bawled — in front of millions of viewers.
Who could blame him? He poured his heart into his game. And then he poured his tears onto the turf Read more...More about Watercooler, Conversations, Crying, Carolina Panthers, and Superbowl 50
LONDON — If you're a diehard sports fan, what I'm about to write may shock you. In fact, you should probably look away now
Until tonight, I had never, ever watched the Super Bowl. My understanding of American football was — and remains — non-existent. And, until recently, I was convinced that the Super Bowl was actually a baseball tournament. Thankfully, someone put me straight about that crucial detail.
No, I haven't been living under a rock my whole life. I'm British. And, for a long time, the Super Bowl was nigh-on unheard of in this country, save the odd mention in Hello! magazine's roundups of celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. We're looking at you, Janet Jackson. Read more...More about Uk, Super Bowl, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, and Beyonce
There are no winners or losers here, just Beyoncé and the un-photogenic rest
Whether you're celebrating a win or nursing the wounds of a loss, Super Bowl 50 is now one for the history books. So relive all the touchdowns, the fumbles, the hot referees and the celebrity performances of the big game in these stunning images.
We're sure Peyton Manning is setting one of these as his desktop background as we speak
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Tv, Watercooler, Pics, Sports, and Super Bowl 50
The results are in: Beyoncé has won Super Bowl 50.
Sure, Queen B isn't technically a Bronco or a Panther. But when she stepped on the stage Sunday night, she stole our hearts — and Chris Martin's stage.
Warning: The following photos are so fierce, you may experience nauseating waves of jealousy. Just make sure to drink water, eat saltines and swoon responsibly. Read more...More about Beyonce, Music, Watercooler, Pics, and Beyonce Knowles
Amazon aired its first-ever Super Bowl commercial on Sunday night to shine the spotlight on its Amazon Echo, a part-speaker, part-smart-home gadget. When actor Alec Baldwin asks voice assistant Alexa how many championships Dan Marino has won, she responds with "zero."
But if you ask Alexa the same question via an Amazon Echo in real life, you'll get a playful clarification from Dan Marino himself
The question: "Alexa, how many Super Bowls has Dan Marino won?"
Alexa: "Dan Marino has won zero Super Bowls. Isn't that right, Dan?"
Marino: "Sure, but no other quarterback has more passing yards on Monday nights, no other quarterback has more completions on Monday nights, and no other quarterback has more touchdown passes on Monday nights." Read more...More about Amazon, Dan Marino, Advertising, Tech, and Gadgets
If you get bored tonight after the game, the NFL has some suggestions
In one of the most bizarre ads of the big game, the NFL rounded up a bunch of children who were supposedly conceived on various past Super Bowl Sundays and had them sing "Kiss From a Rose" with Seal
Unsurprisingly, many people weren't exactly comfortable with the thought of all those kids' parents experiencing physical love around the same time. And if they were, they weren't comfortable with the NFL's unsubtle hint that excited fans should breed tonight Read more...More about Sex, Watercooler, Memes, Sports, and Twitter Reactions
Innocent mistake, Taraji P. Henson.
During the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, where Coldplay headlined alongside Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, the recent Golden Globe winner hit up Instagram to show her support
The only issue: Henson accidentally mistook Coldplay for Maroon 5.
"YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!! #maroon5 is life to me!!! #superbowl50 #HappyCamper I am," the Empire star wrote, before realizing her mistake and deleting the post
She later addressed the mix-up on Twitter in the best way possible:
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Twitter, Music, Entertainment, Television, and Tv
It was only a matter of time before Steve Harvey turned up in a Super Bowl commercial.
In the wake of the TV host's botched announcement of the Miss Universe contest winner, rumors flew that advertisers were trying to nail him down for the Big Game, and it seems that T-Mobile pulled it off.
Harvey appears in a spoof of a Verizon commercial that seeks to explain the differences in carrier coverage with colorful balls rolling down a ramp. In T-Mobile's version of the spot however, Harvey bashfully announces that Verizon's spot is a mistake and the real ramp should actually be overflowing with T-Mobile's magenta balls. Read more...More about Advertising, Business, and Super Bowl 50
It isn't an easy road watching Super Bowl 50 in Australia. It is an early morning at the pub, a sick day from work and those ads.
No, not those ads. There are no sausage dogs, no Helen Mirren drunk shaming, no Drake making jokes. The Australian ads that litter the viewing experience of the Super Bowl are... how do we put this... disgustingly terrible
Obviously, it is not prime time viewing in Australia and the demographic of 10:30 a.m. television viewers is remarkably older than a Super Bowl audience. But surely the people deserve more than life insurance and Panadol Read more...More about Australia, Super Bowl, Marketing, Entertainment, and Sports
Finally, we have some clarity as to what, exactly, the bad guy in X-Men: Apocalypse is after.
"Apocalypse means to destroy this world!" says Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) in the clip above. Oh, so the guy named for the end of the world also has some designs on bringing it about?
Then again, that's just a second-hand source. It would be better to hear it from the horse's mouth.
Luckily, Apocalypse himself (Oscar Isaac) says later: "Everything they've built ..will fall!"
There's also a female singer with marbles in her cheeks singing a more-emo-than-Coldplay version of Coldplay's super-emo "Beautiful World," which is a pretty good sign that darkness and woe are afoot — another clue that the "apocalypse" might be a theme in this film. Read more...More about Entertainment, Movies, Movie Trailers, X Men, and Film
Was this even Coldplay's halftime show to begin with? Did Chris Martin and co. ever really stand a chance against Beyonce?
Probably not. But any glimmer of doubt was extinguished on Saturday when Bey surprise-dropped "Formation" — a video that opened with her crouching on top of a submerged police car in New Orleans. Then it was certain: Coldplay may have been this year's headliners, but the Super Bowl 50 halftime stage truly belonged to Beyonce. Everyone else was just an opening act.
Coldplay kicked things off on Sunday night with the opening words of "Yellow" before launching into the wholly agreeable, Super Bowl-friendly "Viva La Vida," with leading members of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles behind him. Martin's mic seemed far too low, which seemed to be fixed by "Paradise" — but even then, you couldn't help but feel like they were the openers. Read more...More about Music, Entertainment, Coldplay, Tv, and Conversations