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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 […]

This Is Why Copay-Free Birth Control Is So Important To Me

by Mark Anderson
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Why Copay-Free Birth Control Is So Important For My Health, Profession, & Wealth Today, as I do every three months, I went to my local pharmacy to pick up my birth control. As I walked up to the counter, I let out a sigh relief that I didn’t have to open my wallet to receive my chosen form of contraception. This is all thanks to the birth control benefit included in the Affordable Care Act, which designated birth control as preventive health care and made all FDA-approved contraceptives copay-free with insurance. I am one of the more than 62.4 million […]

I Put My Height In My Dating Profile & I Wish You Would, Too

by Mark Anderson
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Should You Put Your Height In Your Dating App Bio? The Case For Always Including It I’ve gone through a million iterations of bios on dating apps. For a while, I liked to quote TLC’s “No Scrubs” to ward off losers. When I returned home from my summer in Israel, I added a Jewish star emoji. And during my senior year of college, my bio was, “Probably drinking wine right now,” because my favorite/only hobby was drinking while swiping to distract myself from panicking over post-grad plans. You get my drift. But there’s one piece that’s never changed: I always […]

10 Gifts To Buy Yourself This Christmas, Because You Know You’ve Had Your Eye On A Few Things

by Mark Anderson
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10 Gifts To Buy Yourself For Christmas, Because You Know You’ve Had Your Eye On A Few Things Just because people say it’s better to give than to receive, doesn’t mean you have to play martyr and deny the fact that when you wake up on Christmas morning to presents under the tree, you’re pretty damn excited to rip off the wrapping and see how your loved ones chose to spoil you this year. You work hard, and probably don’t play as hard as you deserve, so it’s not a crime to scope out gifts to buy yourself for Christmas. […]

Gift Guide: 9 Drones for Every Kind of Pilot

by Mark Anderson
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Drones have risen above niche status. What used to be a pricey hobby for RC enthusiasts and pro videographers is now a field ripe with funky sky gadgets. Choices range from $20 toys up into pro models that cost several thousand dollars. Whether your loved one is brand new to flying machines or can zip a quadcopter through a basketball hoop at 50 yards, we’ve got selections for every type of pilot on your list. And of course, don’t forget that extra batteries—a necessity for extending flight time—make great stocking stuffers. DJI Phantom 4 Know someone who wants to get […]

U.S. Olympic snowboarding team’s new uniforms are perfect for space nerds

by Mark Anderson
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Image: mashable composite: burton snowboards If you love snowboarding and you’re a space nerd the 2018 Winter Olympics are for you. Burton Snowboards released the official U.S. snowboard team uniforms for the upcoming  Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and guess what: They’re astronaut themed. The uniforms were inspired by NASA’s history according to a press release, and even give a nod to the space administration’s old-school logo. SEE ALSO: NASA’s jack-o’-lanterns are next level The uniforms and their aluminum-coated silver fabric definitely give off a futuristic vibe, but upon further inspection there are some clear references to 1960s and 1970s […]

6 Famous People (Whose Origin Stories Are Dark Secrets)

by Mark Anderson
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Nobody expects celebrities to actually be exactly the way they portray themselves publicly. Bruce Willis doesn’t go around killing terrorists every day (that probably happens, like, every other weekend). When you’re famous, it’s understood that you’ll have to bullshit a little and cultivate an image that appeals to your audience. But some do less cultivating and more top-to-bottom renovations. It’s always shocking when famous people turn out to be the complete opposite of what they’re famous for. And that’s the case with … 6 Kid Rock Was Born Rich And Grew Up In A Huge-Ass Mansion No “celebrity goes into […]

Flat Earthers Just Held A Conference And It Was As Ridiculous As You Think

by Mark Anderson
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Last week on November 9 and 10, the Flat Earth International Conference took place in Raleigh, North Carolina. About 400 people are thought to have attended, flying from around the world to take part. And, well, it looked just wonderful. The conference included talks by various notable Flat Earth conspiracy theorists, some lovingly titled with things like “NASA and other Space Lies” and “Waking Up to Mainstream Science Lies”. Tickets to attend ranged from $109 up to $249.   Now, controversial opinion alert, but while Earth is obviously not flat, I don’t necessarily bemoan these people for meeting up. Everyone likes […]

UK millionaires ‘using offshore schemes’

by Mark Anderson
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Image caption A Mauritian company owns Mr O’Toole’s mansion in Northumberland More than 100 UK millionaires have been identified as tax dodgers after hiding their wealth using offshore schemes. Documents in the Paradise Papers leak show the identities of taxpayers who moved assets worth tens of millions of pounds into companies in Mauritius. The tax avoidance schemes involve them claiming to no longer own property, cash and investments in order to keep their fortunes out of reach of HMRC. It appears many of them use the companies like personal bank accounts. This allows them to continue to enjoy the benefit […]

So you wanna be a YouTube star (this online course can help)

by Mark Anderson
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Learn how to turn clicks into cash.Image: Pexels Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. From Tyler Oakley to Jenna Marbles to PewDiePie, creating YouTube videos is no longer a penniless hobby. If you play your cards right, it could actually become your career. Quality videos and thousands of views are just two pieces to the puzzle. Many YouTubers use their platform to cement themselves as experts in their fields, strike up business partnerships, and even make money off their videos. Some vloggers reportedly make thousands of dollars for a […]

5 Things The US Still Doesn’t Understand About Latin America

by Mark Anderson
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Get intimate with our new podcast, Cracked Gets Personal. Subscribe for fascinating episodes like My Job Was Killing People: 3 Soldiers Tell Us Everything and Behind Every War News Story Is A 20-Something College Kid. When it comes to Latin America, the U.S. behaves like a drunken bully. This is kinda hard for me, as I consume American pop culture obsessively. So I might be enjoying me some Parks And Recreation or The Good Wife, when suddenly the show will start cruelly mocking Venezuela. Or I might be watching Friends when, out of nowhere, Phoebe starts to sing about how […]