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Sunday, November 18, 2018 9:30 pm
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Want to know what the uterus looks like in the various stages before a baby is born? Yeah, you do.

British artist Damien Hirst has officially unveiled 14 colossal bronze uterus sculptures outside a hospital in Qatar, graphically documenting the stages from conception to birth.

The gigantic bronze work is called The Miraculous Journey, and begins with the fertilization of an egg, depicts various stages of a fetus growing inside the uterus, and culminates in a 46-foot baby. 

Each sculpture ranges from 5 to 11 metres (16 to 36 feet) in height and the whole thing weighs a massive 216 metric tonnes.  Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:57 pm
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This year has been horrendous for Silicon Valley's public image.

With a litany of issues like data misuse and political interference laid bare within the last 12 months, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Axios on HBO that government regulation of the tech industry is "inevitable."

"Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation," he said in an interview from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.

"I'm a big believer in the free market. But we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn't worked here. I think it's inevitable that there will be some level of regulation ... I think the Congress and the administration at some point will pass something."  Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 5:13 pm
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Nearly 20 years on and several disappointing sequels later, Shrek is still on our minds.

As it has been for over 200 people, who have contributed to a huge and very weird project called Shrek Retold, a scene-by-scene remake of the 1999 film.

Behind it all is 3GI, the team responsible for the annual festival dedicated to the cantankerous ogre, Shrekfest. A mix of animation, bizarre 3D renderings, and live action scenes, the film's trailer really speaks for itself.

Shrek Retold is set to be released on 3GI's YouTube channel on Nov. 29. Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 3:32 pm
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Facebook's former chief security officer is defending the social network amid the fallout from the New York Times’ bombshell report on the company this past week.

Alex Stamos, who was the company’s CSO from 2015 up until the summer of 2018, wrote a piece published in the Washington Post on Saturday responding to the New York Times report. Stamos attempted to dispel the Times’ report claiming that Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, fearing blowback, delayed taking action following his team’s discovery of Russian interference in the 2016 election via a misinformation campaign on the platform. Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:02 pm
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It's the afternoon of a day ending with "y," so you know Donald Trump has offended someone already.

Look no further than Trump's Fox News interview with Chris Wallace. A clip from that interview went viral earlier on Sunday when Wallace asked the president to respond to comments by Bill McRaven, the former Navy SEAL who oversaw the operation the ended in the death of Osama Bin Laden.

McRaven had previously criticized Trump's frequent attacks against the media — specifically, his characterization of the press as "the enemy of the people" — as "the greatest threat to democracy" he's ever witnessed. The former SEAL spoke up again in August after Trump's apparently punitive revocation of former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance. Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 12:40 pm
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At the beginning of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made changes to its website pages on fracking. 

A watchdog group known as the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative tracked those changes across the EPA’s site and just released a report documenting the group’s findings. The result of the changes has left an official U.S. government website looking more like an extension of the fossil fuel industry than a federal agency with a mission to protect the environment.

The most obvious EPA website change from the report is the very title of the fracking page. Previously called “Natural Gas Extraction – Hydraulic Fracturing,” the EPA webpage on fracking is now titled “Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development.”  Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 12:02 pm
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Just in case you had any doubts, darts and farts do not mix well.

In fact, when the two become involved, things can get pretty ugly. Just ask Gary Anderson (Grown Man #1) and Wesley Harms (Grown Man #2,) professional dart players who recently accused each other of farting at the Grand Slam of Darts in England.

As The Guardian reported on Friday, after Anderson of Scotland beat Harms, a Dutch player, 10-2 in a match that earned him a spot in the quarter-finals, some foul-smelling accusations came out.

In a post-match interview, Harms said he wasn't playing up to his normal caliber because Anderson straight up farted on the stage before him, leaving him to endure a "fragrant smell." Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:03 am
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YouTube has just rolled out dozens of free-to-watch full-length feature films on its platform. The only catch is that the content is ad-supported.

First noticed by AdAge, YouTube began launching ad-supported Hollywood films under a “Free to watch” section on its Movies & Shows vertical. Films like Legally Blonde, The Terminator, Rocky, Hackers, and All Dogs Go to Heaven are listed on the page with a “Free with Ads” tag displayed under the title. Users can watch these films at no cost with commercial interruptions and pop-up banner ads like the ones displayed on other YouTube videos.

(The ads appear to go away for YouTube Premium subscribers, based on our testing so far.) Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:55 am
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J.K. Rowling's big screen Wizarding World is hardly on death's door, but Warner Bros. can't be happy about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's opening weekend.

Sunday estimates point to a $62.2 million start for the newly released sequel, which hit theaters on Nov. 16. That's low. Low for a Wizarding World movie (and one that introduces a young and hot Albus Dumbledore, no less), and low for a November tentpole.

The Crimes of Grindelwald is shaping up to deliver the Wizarding World's weakest box office opening to date. Its 2016 predecessor, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is the previous owner of that dubious honor.  Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:17 am
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Shopping for the tech geek in your life can feel like a major challenge — but it doesn't have to be that way.

Instead of trying to find yet another gadgets for the tech geek in your life who seems to have everything, why not buy them one of these very low-tech tees? 

Whether you're shopping for the engineer in your life, or just looking to pick up something fun for the office exchange, even the geekiest among us will appreciate these shirts.

16 Stages of Debugging

Because debugging is a journey.

Because debugging is a journey.

Image: Amazon

Ah, debugging. This "6 Stages of Debugging" tee is both too real and instantly relatable to anyone who spends their days writing code. Get them this shirt and maybe the next debugging cycle will be a little less painful. Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:09 am
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Michelle Obama's Becoming book tour has been quite the hit so far, but at Saturday night's Washington, D.C. stop a special guest brought the event to a whole other level.

Michelle's husband, former president Barack Obama, strolled onstage with flowers in-hand to surprise his wife and the entire Capital One Arena audience.

And since his former White House advisor Valerie Jarrett was moderating the conversation, he decided to stay and chat for a bit about the book and his love for his wife.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 8:57 am
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If you watched Saturday Night Live's Thanksgiving episode you know a mini reunion for The Office took place and it was glorious. But it wasn't alone.

Turns out Angela Kinsey and Kate Flannery, who played Angela and Meredith, respectively, on the show, were hanging out on Saturday night, too!

Kinsey dropped by Flannery and Jane Lynch's "A Swingin' Little Christmas" show on Saturday night and blessed fans of The Office with a few photos and videos on her Instagram story. Perfect timing, girls!

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:58 am
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Everyone who follows Chrissy Teigen on Twitter knows she loves The Office... including Melora Hardin, the actress who plays Jan Levinson on the show.

On Saturday night, while Luna was asleep and John Legend was performing, Teigen decided to spend her evening in bed, watching re-runs of The Office and tweeting. An extremely relatable thing she does quite often.

But this time, when Teigen tweeted a photo of Jan from her favorite episode, "Dinner Party," JAN REPLIED.

Here is Teigen's original tweet: A photo of Jan showing off her "Serenity by Jan" candle collection and explaining that sometimes she just needs to relax and smell all her candles. Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:48 am
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A good Saturday Night Live sketch is funny. A great one is so funny that some hapless performer — usually, but not always, the guest host — breaks down and laughs. But a perfect SNL sketch? That's when everyone loses it.

That's exactly what happened here in this Space Thanksgiving sketch. The trouble started when someone kicked over a prop at the very beginning, prompting a giggle from Kenan Thompson. Then, everyone openly struggled with the tongue-twisting script, bringing on more laughs. By the time Pete Davidson joined the party as a disembodied, electronically high-pitched voice less than a minute in, the sketch was already over. Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:26 am
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Joe Biden just welcomed a majorly cute addition to his family — a German shepherd named Major.

On Saturday, the former Vice President and his wife Jill officially adopted Major the rescue dog, who they've been fostering, from the Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington, Delaware.

“We are so happy to welcome Major to the Biden family, and we are grateful to the Delaware Humane Association for their work in finding forever homes for Major and countless other animals," the Bidens said in a statement that the shelter shared to Facebook. Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:23 am
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Friends-giving is a sacred, made up, pre-holiday tradition for friends. Not strangers.

So when one couple made the mistake of inviting "a new neighbor" (Cecily Strong) and "a straggler" (Steve Carell) to dinner things got a little weird.

After realizing the two strangers knew the same "famous" and super NSFW Thanksgiving song, a sing-a-long erupted, dinner was ruined, property was stolen, and someone got stabbed.

NBD, but maybe consider adding "Thanksgiving songs" to the list of topics to avoid at dinner this year. Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 7:20 am
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This Saturday Night Live sketch works a lot better if you imagine Steve Carell is playing a dad version of his legendary Anchorman character, Brick Tamland.

Of course, Brick's ignorance was sweet and strangely wholesome. In contrast, Carell's SNL dad is more of a clueless doormat.

The most impressive thing about this sketch is how it makes 6-foot-2 Pete Davidson look like a high schooler. That's some real TV magic at work right there. Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 6:30 am
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Saturday Night Live's Captain Ed McGovern (Steve Carell) thought live streaming to children's classrooms across America from the International Space Station would be great. It was not.

After an unfortunate breach in the system left all the monkeys (and one cat) on-board frozen solid and flying around, things got a bit hectic.

And while we're pretty sure no amount of space puns or jokes could distract from a frozen Russian woman flying outside the spacecraft, that doesn't stop McGovern from trying

We "Apollo-gize" for the horrors you're about to see. Read more...

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Friday, November 16, 2018 7:02 am
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If you're trying to protect your online data, the easiest (and smartest) thing you can do is get a VPN. These virtual private networks (yep, that's what it stands for) can make a big difference in helping to keep your data secure online. One that routinely tops our lists of the best VPNs is PureVPN, which is currently running a sale in honor of Black Friday. (Live in the UK? Go here.)

Get five years of PureVPN on sale for only $79 right now, which works out to be only $1.32 a month. That means five quarters and a dime and you're good to go every month for five years. (We'll just let that sink in.) Read more...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 6:14 am
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Fact: A whole bunch of people on this planet are begging for a reboot of the beloved NBC comedy, The Office. One of the only holdouts, however, is Steve Carell — Michael Scott himself.

For this reason, four former cast members of The Office — Jenna Fischer, Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, and Steve's wife Nancy — crashed his opening SNL monologue to demand he reconsider a revival.

Jenna Fischer, who played Pam, even went so far as to reveal the words her character said to Michael in their famous airport goodbye scene to convince him. And OH BOY are they good.

Was the visit from his old pals and high level of support from the audience enough to bring Michael Scott back? We'll have to wait and see. Things looked promising towards the end, but we know Carell loves to tease us. Read more...

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