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30 Viral Fakes That Defined the 2010s

30 Viral Fakes That Defined the 2010s
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The decade of the 2010s saw the rise of social media and the proliferation of digital tools that allow people to alter photos and videos. When you put those two forces together, you get a lot of fake images circulating. And...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 13, 2019 at 19:30. 2 comments

U.S. Military Tests New Missile Previously Banned Under Treaty With Russia

U.S. Military Tests New Missile Previously Banned Under Treaty With Russia

The U.S. military launched a new ground-based missile yesterday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California that landed in the Pacific Ocean. The missile had previously been banned under a Reagan-era treaty between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, but this wasn’t the first time that once-banned missiles have been tested. Back in August, the U.S. launched a new cruise missile that had also...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 12, 2019 at 17:35. 1 comments

Watchmen Creator Alan Moore Explains Why He's Voting Today For the First Time in 40 Years

Watchmen Creator Alan Moore Explains Why He's Voting Today For the First Time in 40 Years

Alan Moore, the legendary creator of graphic novels like Watchmen and V For Vendetta, hasn’t voted in 40 years. But he’s voting in Britain’s federal election today for the Labour Party. Why? According to a new video, Moore says that he’s not sure the UK would ever have a meaningful vote again if the Conservatives got another four years in power.

“I am an anarchist,” Moore said in a video...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 10, 2019 at 02:41. 2 comments

U.S. Army Worries Humanity is Biased Against Deadly Cyborg Soldiers Because of Movies Like Terminator

U.S. Army Worries Humanity is Biased Against Deadly Cyborg Soldiers Because of Movies Like Terminator

The U.S. Army is hard at work imagining what the human-machine hybrids of the future will be able to accomplish on the battlefields of 2050. But the folks in charge of keeping America safe also have their concerns. Specifically, the U.S. Army is worried that humans are biased against deadly cyborg soldiers, just because we’ve all seen the Terminator franchise and it doesn’t work out very well...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 09, 2019 at 18:45. 24 comments

Elon Musk Hits Traffic Pylon With New Cybertruck After Dinner in Malibu

Elon Musk Hits Traffic Pylon With New Cybertruck After Dinner in Malibu

Billionaire tech icon Elon Musk turned a lot of heads in Malibu, California on Saturday night when he showed up to a swanky restaurant in his new Tesla Cybertruck. But Musk’s night on the town included at least one embarrassing hiccup. The founder of Tesla and SpaceX hit a traffic pylon with his shiny new vehicle that some Twitter users joked was roughly the height of a small child.

Musk was...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 06, 2019.

Bullets That Killed President Kennedy to Be Released as 3D Scans

Bullets That Killed President Kennedy to Be Released as 3D Scans

Have you been hankering to see the bullets that killed President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on that fateful day in 1963? Researchers sometimes ask the U.S. National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) if they can see the bullets, but the government doesn’t like to give people access given their fragility. That’s going to change soon, and starting next year, anyone with an internet...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 05, 2019. 23 comments

39 Tattoos of Baby Yoda That Prove We're All Obsessed With The Mandalorian

39 Tattoos of Baby Yoda That Prove We're All Obsessed With The Mandalorian

People are absolutely obsessed with Baby Yoda, a breakout character from the new Disney+ show, The Mandalorian. And it’s easy to see why. Baby Yoda is so adorable we just want to squeeze his little face and protect him forever. Fans are so obsessed that they’re already getting Baby Yoda tattoos, even before the first season of the series has finished. And today we’ve got at least 39 Baby Yoda...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 04, 2019. 18 comments

The Mandalorian Has Been Edited to Look Like a 1980s Sitcom and It's Strangely Perfect

The Mandalorian Has Been Edited to Look Like a 1980s Sitcom and It's Strangely Perfect

The new Disney+ show The Mandalorian has been a huge success for the new streaming service, judging only by the memes. There are countless variations of Baby Yoda drinking his bone broth, Baby Yoda riding in the Tesla Cybertruck, and Baby Yoda playing with the radio.

But maybe the best meme we’ve seen so far is a video that reimagines the sci-fi/Western/samurai adventure in a completely new...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 03, 2019. 23 comments

Trump Regime Threatens 100 Percent Tariffs on French Goods to Retaliate Against Tax on Big Tech

Trump Regime Threatens 100 Percent Tariffs on French Goods to Retaliate Against Tax on Big Tech

The Trump regime is threatening to slap tariffs on over $2.4 billion worth of French goods imported into the United States as retaliation for a new digital services tax recently instituted in France. The French tax of 3 percent is applied on the revenues of about 30 Big Tech companies, most of which are based in the U.S. The Trump regime’s tariffs on France could be as high as 100 percent and...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 03, 2019. 9 comments

Russia Blocks Shutterstock Website Over Photos of Russian Flag in Dogshit

Russia Blocks Shutterstock Website Over Photos of Russian Flag in Dogshit

The Russian government has blocked the stock photography website Shutterstock, according to the English-language news site Meduza. Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, explained that Shutterstock was blocked for “insulting state symbols” a likely reference to photos on the site showing miniature Russian flags planted in dogshit.

The offending photos were created by user Aijaphoto and are...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 02, 2019. 14 comments

Republican Challenger to Rep. Ilhan Omar Banned From Twitter for Rhetoric Trump Uses All the Time

Republican Challenger to Rep. Ilhan Omar Banned From Twitter for Rhetoric Trump Uses All the Time

Danielle Stella, a Republican who’s trying to unseat Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, has been banned from Twitter. Stella’s last tweet, while admittedly horrible, is pretty damn close to the kind of tweets that President Donald Trump sends on a daily basis.

“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” Stella tweeted...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Dec 02, 2019. 19 comments

Viral Photo of Joe Biden Biting a Woman's Finger Slightly Less Weird in Context

Viral Photo of Joe Biden Biting a Woman's Finger Slightly Less Weird in Context

Have you seen that viral photo of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden biting or sucking on a woman’s finger? It’s a real photo, believe it or not. But the bizarre moment looks slightly less weird when you see the video. Slightly.

The photo comes from an event on Saturday, November 30 in Council Bluffs, Iowa—the town where Joe Biden kicked off his “No Malarkey!” bus tour. Malarkey is...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 27, 2019. 8 comments

This Wired Article From 2007 About Throwing Away Your Mobile Phone Makes Some Good Points

This Wired Article From 2007 About Throwing Away Your Mobile Phone Makes Some Good Points

Everyone gets frustrated with their mobile phones at some point, leading many of us to fantasize about throwing our shit into the ocean and just living without one. And back in the ancient world of 2007, that was a much more reasonable possibility. A Wired article from July 31, 2007 made the case that there were plenty of good reasons to ditch your phone. Many of those reasons still apply...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 27, 2019. 15 comments

Massive Explosion at Texas Chemical Plant Felt Miles Away, Damages Nearby Homes

Massive Explosion at Texas Chemical Plant Felt Miles Away, Damages Nearby Homes

A massive explosion rocked a chemical plant that produces petroleum products in southeast Texas overnight, sending fireballs into the air. The shockwave of the blast has damaged walls in nearby homes and even shattered windows miles away, according to early reports on social media, but the cause of the blast is still unknown.

The initial explosion occurred in Port Neches, Texas, near the...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 26, 2019. 18 comments

That Time Animators Brought a Guillotine to the Disney Labor Strike in 1941

That Time Animators Brought a Guillotine to the Disney Labor Strike in 1941

Today, we often think of labor strikes as fairly mundane affairs—at least in the United States. But there was a time when labor actions were much more intense. Like in 1941, when animators supporting the strike at Disney’s studio in Burbank, California brought a guillotine to show just how upset they were with Disney management over low wages at the studio.

By early 1941, many of the major...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 26, 2019. 21 comments

U.S. Police Already Using 'Spot' Robot From Boston Dynamics in the Real World

U.S. Police Already Using 'Spot' Robot From Boston Dynamics in the Real World

Massachusetts State Police (MSP) has been quietly testing ways to use the four-legged Boston Dynamics robot known as Spot, according to new documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. And while Spot isn’t equipped with a weapon just yet, the documents provide a terrifying peek at our RoboCop future.

The Spot robot, which was officially made available for lease...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 25, 2019. 18 comments

Baby Yoda GIFs Are Back Online and Giphy Has Apologized to Disney For Some Reason

Baby Yoda GIFs Are Back Online and Giphy Has Apologized to Disney For Some Reason

The adorable green character that people are calling Baby Yoda (they don’t actually have a name yet) has become a breakout star of the new Disney+ streaming show “The Mandalorian.” But last week, cute Baby Yoda GIFs started disappearing from Giphy, one of the most popular animated GIF sites on the web. The good news: The GIFs are back. The bad news: It’s still unclear why the Baby Yoda GIFs...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 25, 2019. 7 comments

Uber Loses Operating License in London (Again) Over Safety and Security Issues

Uber Loses Operating License in London (Again) Over Safety and Security Issues

Uber has lost its operating license in London yet again. According to the city’s transportation regulator, Transport for London (TfL), the company has shown a “pattern of failures,” including “several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk.” Uber says it will appeal the decision. Again.

“While we recognize Uber has made improvements, it is unacceptable that Uber has allowed...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 22, 2019. 20 comments

Will Elon Musk's Cybertruck Arrive Before the Flying Car?

Will Elon Musk's Cybertruck Arrive Before the Flying Car?

Building the future is hard. And nowhere was that more evident than at Tesla’s grand unveiling of the Cybertruck in Los Angeles last night. But if anyone can do it, Elon Musk can, right? Right?

Unconventional design choices aside, the Tesla presentation had some really embarrassing gaffes, like when Tesla’s lead designer, Franz von Holzhausen, attempted to show off the vehicle’s “armored...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 22, 2019. 17 comments

Sacha Baron Cohen Says Social Media Companies Have Created the 'Greatest Propaganda Machine in History'

Sacha Baron Cohen Says Social Media Companies Have Created the 'Greatest Propaganda Machine in History'

Sacha Baron Cohen accepted an international leadership award from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in New York last night and the comedian did not hold back when it came to the role of social media in the world. Cohen, famous for characters like Borat and Ali G, spent the majority of his speech denouncing social media companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter who have built, in his words,...

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