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George Carlin Way: City block in New York named after legendary comedian

At a public unveiling ceremony today, October 22 at 1:00pm, the 400 block of West 121st street between Morningside Drive and Amsterdam Avenue will officially be co-named "George Carlin Way," after the celebrated comedian, actor and author, George Carlin, who grew up on West 121 Street. Confirmed attendees include Colin Quinn and Keith Olbermann, along with Carlin's daughter Kelly, older brother Patrick, comedian Kevin Bartini, who headed the efforts in the co-naming of street.

The process to get a street named in Carlin's honor begun in June of 2011 and finally became a reality on July 9, 2014 when Mayor DeBlasio signed the law allowing the co-naming to be official. Comedian Bartini would pass by West 121 Street and realized that there was no recognition of one on the communities' most celebrated residents. Bartini researched the process and went into action collecting over 9000 signatures in support of the name changing.

Although George Carlin is the most esteemed alumni of Corpus Christi School located at 529 West 121 Street, just a few doors away from his childhood home, Bartini met staunch opposition by the church, but with overwhelming support from the neighborhood and as well as local council persons, the church dropped their opposition to the bill. Manhattan Community Board 9 Voted 24-4 in support of "George Carlin Way," the bill then went on to the NYC City Council for a final affirming vote.

"The neighborhood my dad grew up in meant the world to him. He often spoke about his friends and life on the streets of "Irish Harlem." I'm so thrilled that the current and future residents of Morningside Heights will know about that connection through the sign that hangs there. Yay for George Carlin Way!!," says daughter Kelly.

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India gets last laugh against America's 'elite space club'

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The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, October 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Following India's successful attempt to put a vehicle in Mars orbit, the New York Times published a cartoon acknowledging the event that some called racist. But India did not have to wait long to issue a comic rebuttal.

On September 24, India's fledgling space program got a historic first: The country's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) probe achieved the grand finale of its 10-month mission when it entered the Red Planet's gravitational field, thus making India just the fourth country to successfully send a space vehicle into Mars orbit.

The New York Times, however, could not resist taking a cheap shot with a stereotypical cartoon:

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Definitive proof that Nostradamus predicted Star Wars

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The prophecies of the French astrologer Nostradamus remain famous more than 400 years after his death. He has been credited with predicting events like the French Revolution and World War II. But, after careful scrutiny, we present evidence that his prophecies were, in fact, plot spoilers for the Star Wars films.

Nostradamus' prophecies were written in such vague, metaphorical language, that, over the years, people have selectively quoted and interpreted them to prove that he could see centuries into the future.

But, did it ever occur to anyone that Nostradamus wasn't predicting events, but film plots? More specifically, that Nostradamus, through his visions, saw the entire Star Wars saga before it was even made? We believe his writings were those of an enthusiastic fan and, as proof, we present his prophecies and - for the first time in history - interpret them for what they really are.
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Black bears fight on residential street in Rockaway, New Jersery

Watch as these two large predators engage in an epic six-minute long brawl on a residential street in Rockaway, New Jersey

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Two black bears were recorded wrestling and striking each other with huge blows in the middle of a suburban US town.

The shaky video - recorded from the safety of a car - lasts six minutes and follows the two heavy weights as they brawl their way down the street in Rockaway, New Jersey.

The video was reportedly captured in August but was uploaded to YouTube this month and has gone viral.
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Bible too far-fetched even for me, says Pope

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Following yesterday's announcement that the theories behind both the Big Bang Theory and evolution are real and that God is not a 'magician with a magic wand', Pope Francis has issued a second statement today admitting that there are things in the Bible that even he thinks are pure guff.

The popular Argentinian pontiff, who gained admirers with his more lenient views on gay partnership earlier this year, went on to state that there are some parts of the Bible that even he, as God's representative on Earth, has to admit are pretty out there.

Speaking at his daily pre-mass sermon, Pope Francis shocked listeners by reading passages from both Old and New Testaments while making googly eyes and circling one finger around his temple.

Citing key examples of Catholic dogma such as the immaculate conception and the resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ™ as being "metaphors, at best", the 266th pope began to giggle as he moved through chapter and verse of the Bible, angering some of the more senior Cardinals who were present.
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Baby pandas outwit zookeepers plan to deliver dose of medicine

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Getting kids to take their medicine can be hard, but when it comes to adorable panda cubs, it can be even more difficult.

In a new viral video, a Chinese zookeeper needed to give a dose of medicine to two pandas, but it didn't go according to plan, the Huffington Post reports.

The two young cubs mistake the man's presence for playtime as they climb on top of him and even cling to his legs.

As Metro notes, just as the zookeeper is close to getting one of them in position to take the medicine, the other panda climbs on his back, sending all three of them tumbling.
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So much for experts: Europe's food experts fooled by pranksters into confusing McDonald's with organic food

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Dutch pranksters have fooled food experts and consumers and proved that even foodies can't tell McDonald's from real, organic food when offered some on a plate. The comments from misled 'experts' are hysterical.

Lifehunters, as the guys call themselves, posted a video of them visiting one of the most popular annual food expos in Europe, in the city of Houten, to serve their "top of the notch recipes" from their "high-end restaurant" that serves "organic alternatives to fastfood."

"The problem here is that we don't actually own a restaurant," one of the pranksters, Sacha, says on the video.

So they paid a visit to their "favorite restaurant" McDonald's.

Armed with a serving tray of cut up McDonald's sandwiches made into canapé treats they started their hunt for gullible fans of organic food to ask what experts think about their "specialties."
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Police: Woman said Jesus would pay her bill

Kristi Rhines allegedly told restaurant workers Jesus Christ was on his way to pay her tab.

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An Oklahoma woman told restaurant staff Jesus Christ would pick up her tab.
An Oklahoma woman allegedly told restaurant workers her husband, Jesus Christ, would soon arrive to pay her tab, but the holy hubby was a no-show, police said.

Lawton police said Kristi Rhines ordered food and several alcoholic drinks Friday at El Chico and later told workers she didn't have any money, but her husband would soon arrive to pay her tab.

Rhines soon clarified her husband was Jesus Christ, but she admitted the union was not solidified with a marriage license.
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'Sanctioned' Chechen leader asks Germany to apologize to his horses after banning them from racing

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Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov
The head of the Chechen Republic has ironically called the refusal to pay prize money to his horses "a disgraceful page in Germany's history" and added that German authorities will have to pay "multi-millions in compensation" over the scandal.

Ramzan Kadyrov replied to the news that his two race horses, Zazu and Dashing Home, were refused prize money after races in his usual way - by posting a comment on his Instagram account.

The top Chechen politician complained that the decision would make both horses depressed.

"After prolonged debates in the government and Bundestag, after consultations between the president and the federal chancellor they decided to deprive Zazu of the money earned by honest work and fast hooves. They also limited its freedom of movement. In Berlin they say that any horse must fall under sanctions imposed on its master and answer as if it were human," Kadyrov wrote in his comments.

"It turns out that Zazu is to blame for all the troubles that take place in the World - it was this horse who had made the decision to start wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, the decision to bomb Belgrade."

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John Oliver slams SCOTUS for not allowing live video, creates hilarious reenactments, with dogs

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On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight" John Oliver pointed out that the Supreme Court of the United States just began their annual session. Oliver, however, is frustrated because live video coverage of the cases being argued is not permitted.

Audio clips are allowed to be recorded, however when the clips are paired with court drawings, very important country-altering decisions are reduced to bland images. Oliver has a plan to fix this (and possibly get the country to pay attention to the Supreme Court and the very important rulings that emerge): dogs.

Taking inspiration from the Internet sensation "keyboard cat," Oliver introduces animal reenactments. Watch below:
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