Monthly Archives: June 2015

Germany is converting its old military bases into nature reserves.

Germany is converting its old military bases into nature reserves. The AP reports that 62 former military bases and training areas will soon provide nearly 80,000 acres of protected land for imperiled wildlife. “The land will be considered protected immediately, even though details are still being worked out on who will look after the wildlife areas and also how to ensure munitions and other military materials have all been cleared away.”

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Time Travel Amy Schumer-Style Is Dirty, Funny, and Totally Nuts

How many relationships have you had where you wish you could travel back in time and do it all over again? I’d venture to guess lots. Well the key is get your own TV show, like Amy Schumer. Then you can do just that.

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The Chilling 1948 Kidnapping That Inspired Lolita (But Was Way Scarier)

History remembers her as “the real Lolita,” because young Florence “Sally” Horner’s grim ordeal helped inspire Nabokov’s novel. But the author drew on multiple sources for his famous tale, so it’s not an exact retelling. And Sally’s real-life kidnapping was much worse than the fictional version.

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Tonight Venus and Jupiter Will Be Closer Than They’ve Been In 24 Years 

Astronomical conjunctions occur when celestial objects appear close to one another in the night sky—this happens all the time and they’re not particularly unusual. But a conjunction happening tonight is notable in that it involves two very bright planets—Venus and Jupiter—and they’ll be closer together than they’ve been in 24 years.

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Sugary drinks kill 184,000 people each year through diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, according t

Sugary drinks kill 184,000 people each year through diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, according to new research from Tufts University. “It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,” notes lead researcher Dariush Mozaffarian, who says these drinks have no health benefits.

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Mark Zuckerberg Finally Weighed in on Facebook’s “Real Name” Problem

The fervor over the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision is starting to wane across social media, and the rainbow avatars are starting to fade. As such, it’s easy to forget about Facebook’s problem with how it treats some LGBT users. Today, Mark Zuckerberg made his first public statement on the issue, but he didn’t really provide a good answer.

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Slow motion video of a 142mph tennis serve shows the ball turning to goo

A tennis ball is squishy and bouncy and totally perfect for slow motion fun. Watch as a tennis racket hits the fuzzy yellow green ball at 142mph in slow motion, it’s incredible. The more you slow it down, the more flattened and deformed and goo-like the ball gets. At a certain point, it looks like the ball has just been absorbed and eaten alive by the tennis racket.

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A Steel Engineer Explains Why Cast Iron Is So Tricky to Make

By the time it arrives in your home, cast iron is one of the most durable materials you’re likely to lay your hands on. Getting it to that point, though, turns it to be an incredibly finicky process.

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Sports Medicine Journal Reveals Our Childhood Coaches Tried To Kill Us

Remember when you were a kid and all your coaches and camp counselors and those vaguely hippie-ish guys who took your youth group hiking would tell you to drink, even when you weren’t thirsty? Turns out they were trying to murder you.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner to divorce after 10 years of marriage

The pair announced their decision to part the day after their 10th wedding anniversary: ‘We will go forward with love and friendship for one another’

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing after 10 years of marriage.

The Oscar-winner and his wife sent out a joint statement on Tuesday after weeks of public speculation on the status of their marriage.

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If The Battle Of Endor Was Real, Its Documentary Would Look Like This

Imagine we lived in a galaxy far, far away and the battle of Endor from Return of the Jedi just happened. What would the eventual documentary look like? That’s the question posed and answered by the team behind Real Fake History, a new web series from Machinima.

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31 Flavors of Bullshit: Your Horror Stories of Working At a Startup

We asked for your nightmare tales of startup employment. Did you ever deliver—sending narratives of woe, scams, drugs, psychotic managers, drinking at your desk and more hookers than a venture capitalist could handle.

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Frank Miller’s All Star Batman & Robin Is So Bad, It’s Actually Awesome

In 2005, DC teamed legendary Batman comic writer Frank Miller and equally legendary artist Jim Lee for what they clearly hoped would be the ultimate Batman comic. What they got was a comic in which Batman called Robin “retarded.” In short, they got the worst Batman comic ever made. And I love it.

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Gawker White Men Wave Their Butts in the Air for the Confederacy | Gizmodo Ikea’s Wireless Charging

Gawker White Men Wave Their Butts in the Air for the Confederacy | Gizmodo Ikea’s Wireless Charging Is Almost Like Having Magic Furniture | Jezebel California’s Vaccination Bill Is Law, Now Here Comes the Freakout | Kotaku Assassin’s Creed Creator Plans A Most Ambitious Comeback | Kinja Popular Posts

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Deadspin Actually, Cats Are Fine | io9 Eight Books You Need To Know About To Understand The Hugo Awa

Deadspin Actually, Cats Are Fine | io9 Eight Books You Need To Know About To Understand The Hugo Awards Snafu | Jalopnik This Is How Disney Knows You Won’t Get Dismembered On A Roller Coaster | Lifehacker How to Make Sense of the Confusing New Apple Music App | Kinja Popular Posts

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In This Week’s Comics, Canada Defends Itself From an American Invasion

Oh, and did we mention that the U.S. brought giant robots with them? And that this was written by Saga’s Brian K. Vaughn? We Stand On Guard leads the charge of all the coolest new comics starting this week, but it’s not all there is: Barb Wire makes her return! Space Knights! Grant Morrison madness! And more!

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The Campaign to Crowdfund Greece’s Bailout Has Crashed Indiegogo

Yesterday we told you about a silly crowdfunding campaign to bail out Greece . Apparently there’s been so much interest that Indiegogo’s servers have been overloaded. The campaign is currently down. No joke.

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Which Twitter Brand Cares About Gay Marriage the Most?

Moments after the Supreme Court guaranteed everyone in the country the right to marry the person of their choosing this past Friday, gay America’s greatest allies sprung into action, loudly broadcasting their support for the decision. Without a thought to detractors, without a worry about the shrinking minority of people who oppose same-sex marriage, brands everywhere stood up and took a brave stand by changing their Twitter avatars to include rainbows.

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