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Incredible Wooden Lion Carved from a Single Tree (11 photos)

by Woody Smith
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Sculptor Dengding Rui Yao has carved this incredible wooden lion from a single tree trunk. The artist led a team of 20 assistants on a three-year journey to complete the sculpture, which was made in Myanmar and was transported to its permanent home at the Fortune Plaza Times Square in Wuhan, China. According to Woodworking ideas, the lion was carved from a rosewood tree and measures 14.5m (47.5 ft) long, 5m (16.4 ft) high and 4m (13.1 ft) wide. If those measurements are true it would make the lion the longest wood carving in the world, which is currently held […]

If you suffer from Netflix indecision this site should help

by Mark Anderson
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It makes those awful menus a thing of the past.Image: netflix Here’s some great news just in time for the weekend: someone’s created a site that makes browsing through Netflix so much easier. Reddit user CrazedEli, aka Ville Salminen, announced his creation Flixable on the r/television subreddit Friday. It’s basically a search engine for Netflix and it’s worth checking out; it could save you hours of wasted time. SEE ALSO: Netflix is coming to the Razer Phone—in HDR Flixable shows what’s popular, what’s original, and what’s leaving Netflix. Users can browse by genre and IMDb rating, and filter their searches […]

Apple has hired tech team from data science startup SVDS

by Mark Anderson
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Apple has made a quiet but interesting move in its longer-term strategy around courting more business from enterprises. The company has hired the tech team — at least 18 people, including at least two co-founders, one of whom is the CEO — from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS), a startup based out of Mountain View that provides business transformation consulting to enterprises and other organizations using data science- and engineering-based solutions. SVDS the startup is not part of the deal: we had tip that Apple acquired the company but Apple responded to our queries to confirm it had not acquired the […]

Add ‘Badass App Developer’ to your resume after taking this $20 app development course for Android

by Mark Anderson
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App development is a skill everyone should have in their back pocket.Image: pexels Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Sure, it seemed like the whole world was buzzing for a hot minute around the release of the iPhone X and iOS 11 — but don’t sleep on Android. Not only is the latest Google Pixel making significant waves, but it’s actually Android that’s the world’s most popular mobile platform. Taking that into consideration, now’s as good a time […]

As Romney gains buzz, Team Hillary still awfully sore about that Vanity Fair ‘knitting’ video

by Mark Anderson
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Rumblings that failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney might be running for a Senate seat in Utah have really gotten to Team Hillary, who aren’t at all feeling the enthusiasm bubbling up around Romney. After all, it wasn’t long ago that a writer in a snarky Vanity Fair video suggested that Hillary Clinton take up knitting — or any hobby, for that matter — rather than consider another run. Vanity Fair apologized for posting that video, saying it “missed the mark.” However, the video really seems to have left a mark. We thought we’d noticed a trend, but The Free Beacon’s David Rutz […]

From Chubby Basketball Fan to Fratricidal Maniac: How Swiss Boarding School Shaped Kim Jong Un

by Mark Anderson
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NICE, FranceThe world knows North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un as a ruthless dictator prone to testing ballistic missiles while playing a game of nuclear chicken with President Donald Trump. Hes so cold-blooded he had his uncle and half-brother, among others, assassinated. Kim is as unpredictable as he is deadly. Witness his announcement Tuesday that North Korea would participate in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Experts said that Kim may be trying to do an end run around President Trump by reaching out to the South in the hope of breaking its ties with the U.S. Baby-faced […]

Admiral Byrds Secretly Boozy Expedition to Antarctica

by Mark Anderson
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You cant drink, because its 1928 and that marvelously stupid morality law, Prohibition, is in effect. But youre about to shove off from a New York dock and helm an exploration to the bottom of the earth, where the ice is more than a mile thick and its cold enough to freeze spit in midair. Any sailor headed for Tahiti, much less Antarctica, knows you need booze to make a long voyage bearable. But youre the all-American explorer Richard Byrd and youre revered by every person in the country. You flew over the North Poleor at least you said you […]

This New Theory About Trump’s Weight Is Our Favorite Conspiracy Ever

by Mark Anderson
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Everybody stop what you’re doing — there is a movement taking the nation by storm and it’s crucial that you know about it. It’s called the “girther movement” and its basic concept is that Trump is fat. That sounds more like a fact than a theory or a movement, we know. We’re getting to the details, chill. So, remember when Trump started a false rumor that Obama was not born in America? It’s almost like spreading racist lies is a hobby of his. Anyway, that was called the “birther movement” and it was a bunch of BS and Trump is […]

5 Heartbreaking Side Effects Of The Opioid Crisis In America

by Mark Anderson
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People have been getting loaded ever since Julius Wine ate all those bad grapes, and we’re mostly OK with it. Sure, we have that War on Drugs business, but as long as dealers aren’t shooting each other within our immediate vicinity, we tend to put our heads in the sand about the whole matter. But prescription opioid painkillers, our latest drug epidemic, are a different beast entirely, affecting everyone from inner-city dwellers to Middle-American grandmas. Ignoring this problem has only allowed it to grow more powerfully weird. For example … 5 Fentanyl Can Kill You Even If You DON’T Take […]

How to realistically unplug from the internet

by Mark Anderson
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In 2017, we were all extremely online. If we didn’t already have hyperthymesia, the ability to process extremely detailed autobiographical memories, we do now. “No, no,” I’ll hear myself saying, “Covfefe happened after Sebastian Gorka’s necklace was linked to a Nazi group.” Why do I still know this? Because the internet burned it into my frontal cortex, maybe forever. Maybe one day I’ll forget my grand-nephew’s name, but I’ll be able to recall Jared Kushner couldn’t sell 666 Fifth Avenue in 2017. Of course, there are merits to being well-informed: You can do the emotional labor of sorting fake news […]

4 Reasons Anime Fans Have It WAY Better Nowadays

by Mark Anderson
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You know we’ve arrived in the future when we can tell harrowing “Back in my day” stories about anime fandom. But it’s true — life wasn’t easy for us anime fans 20 years ago, and it wasn’t just because people heard that you liked something called Outlaw Star and instinctively wanted to cram you into a toilet. For instance … 4 Anime Video Rentals Were A Minefield Of Porn Outside of glorious, glorious Toonami, there weren’t a lot of televised choices for anime fans in the late ’90s. Thus, you had to search elsewhere, which usually meant going to the […]