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Cat Earrings: How I Turned My Hobby Into Business

by Mark Anderson
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Hello! My name is Rita and I’m a Cat Addict. Every day I need a new dose of catdrugs. I will tell my story and maybe it will save you. I spent all of my childhood in a Russian village. There were cows, ghouls, chicken, ducks, pigs and of course cats all around. Since childhood, I spent a lot of my time talking, looking after and playing with them. I never thought that I would devote 100% of my time to cats, but now I have three cats in my apartment and I constantly make earrings in the form of cats. […]

What I’ve Learned About Gender

by Woody Smith
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Its hard to hate up close. Dr. Oz I have spent the last several months immersed in a documentary for National Geographic called Gender Revolution. The entire process was life-changing and mind-altering for me and hopefully for others who watch. The impetus for making the film was simple: I screwed up. When I hosted a daytime talk show (Katie how original!) I did an interview with Carmen Carrera, a trans fashion model. And yes, I asked her a highly offensive question about her private parts. When the show was being edited to air on a later date, I asked the […]

Where Nintendo stands on esports

by Mark Anderson
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We believe in empowering the community. Nintendos sometimes-back-and-forth perspective on embracing and not embracing esports and its surrounding culture can effectively be explained by that sentiment, which Reggie Fils-Aim, Nintendos president, shared with me at E3 last week. SEE ALSO: So, Nintendo’s ‘ARMS’ is actually a super-robust fighting game Esports is about community, sure, but its often a lot more orchestrated than that word would imply. When you think about gaming communities, you think about forums, about meetups and casual tournaments, about collaborative efforts to solve mysteries and take down obstacles, about streamers and speedrunners. A lot of that intersects […]

Daily Shows Jordan Klepper: The Elitist Comedian Who Wants to Solve Guns

by Mark Anderson
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Jordan Klepper may take on the posture of an East Coast elitist his words in his field pieces for The Daily Show. But as we learn in tonights hour-long special on Comedy Central, ironically titled Jordan Klepper Solves Guns, he actually grew up going on hunting trips with his grandfather in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was relatively early in his Daily Show correspondent tenure that Klepper broke through with a hilariously insightful field piece that aimed to debunk the good guy with a gun theory that became a prominent NRA talking point following the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012. Despite […]

Startup megacampus Station F will offer 120 perks, starting with Airbnb

by Woody Smith
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Airbnb co-founder and CTO Nathan Blecharczyk was in Paris today to announce a neat little perk for future residents of Station F. Based in Paris, the huge Station F building is going to have 3,000 desks for tech companies of all kinds. It wants to become the biggest startup campus in the world. And Airbnb is going to offer some free credit. This is just the first perk announcement, as there should be another 119 other perks for everyone at Station F. Airbnb is going to offer 3,000 travel vouchers worth $50 each. In addition to that, anybody who wants […]

Mozambique: 6,000 animals to rewild park is part-funded by trophy hunting

by Mark Anderson
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Donation of animals by Zimbabwe wildlife conservancy to rewild war-torn park could not have happened without big-spending hunters Call it Noahs Ark on lorries. Dozens of trucks rolled over the Zimbabwe savanna carrying elephants, giraffe, African buffalo, zebras, and numerous other large iconic mammals. Driving more than 600km of dusty roadway, the trucks will deliver their wild loads to a new home: Zinave national park in Mozambique. The animals are a donation from Mozambiques Sango Wildlife Conservancy a gift that the owner, Wilfried Pabst, says would not be possible without funds from controversial trophy hunting. In remote places and countries […]

Asgardia: the world’s first space nation

by Mark Anderson
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Hong Kong (CNN)Coming soon: a nation in space for humans. Named after a Norse mythological city of the skies, Asgardia is open to all residents on planet earth and it doesn’t cost anything to join. Russian scientist Dr Igor Ashurbeyli announced his plans to form the world’s first independent nation that operates in outer space in October 2016. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up to be citizens. Ashurbeyli says the project’s mission is to provide a “peaceful society”, offer easier access to space technologies, and protect Earth from space threats, such as asteroids and man-made debris […]

If you’ve ever wanted to be judged by Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope, NBC has the show for you

by Woody Smith
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If you've ever wanted Ron and Leslie to judge you, NBC has the perfect show.Image: Getty Images Our lives have been so much darker since Parks and Recreation left our screens. Luckily, the beautiful people known as Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (aka Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson) are reuniting to make the world a better place, one handmade object at a time. Poehler and Offerman will host a six-episode competition series called The Handmade Project (sadly no relation to Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale, although we’d love to see their take on that too), which Poehler will produce through her Paper […]

5 Of The Stupidest Things I Learned After Owning Fish

by Mark Anderson
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Last December, I got an aquarium. Because like most people who have never owned one, I thought, “This will be a simple, cheap pet that requires virtually no maintenance.” Six months later, I have sunk a couple thousand dollars and a hundred hours worth of research into this soul-crushing, bullshit hobby. So to save you the eventual mental breakdown that comes with learning how to not murder dozens and dozens of innocent fish, I’m going to myth-bust some of the misconceptions I had in the beginning. Here I go. 5 I’ll Just Throw Some Tap Water In The Tank And- […]

Here it is: The most satisfying video on YouTube

by Woody Smith
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With the notable exception of Deadspin writer Tom Ley, I think we can all agree that this video of eye-twitch-inducing failures is YouTubes most unsatisfying video: It takes peaceful things, like Zen gardens, and things that typically bring me great joy, like cake cutting, and bastardizes them beyond repair. I had to stop watching long before the end of its nearly six-minute run. But when I tabbed back over to YouTube to find an antidote, I was met with another form of chaos: Screengrab via Google YouTube returns approximately 1.3 million results for the search term most satisfying video, many […]