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Bad lip reading of the debates

The potential Republican candidates weigh in on a variety of issues.

Democratic hopefuls discuss the important issues of our day.

Comment: That's about the size of it. These candidates really can't be taken seriously.


Sporty deer scores the goal!

You gotta see this to believe it.

© Screen Capture Youtube

A sporty deer stole the attention of kids' soccer fans when he showed up out of the blue and ran onto the field. In the middle of the video you can actually see him score, amusing the little players and their parents who came see the game, but got a brush with wildlife as a bonus.

Cell Phone

A rant about constant connectivity

I don't have a smartphone. I am aware that this puts me in an ever-shrinking demographic (when I got my most recent phone, a model so simple that its most advanced feature is a slide-out keyboard, the person helping me called over two of her co-workers because none of them had seen it before), and there are certainly annoyances I put up with to maintain that status: When I'm heading somewhere unfamiliar I have to plan my journey out in advance. I always need to remind people that if they're going to be late or they need to cancel plans they have to text me because I can't get email. I spend a lot of time standing on line thinking about things instead of calming myself with crushable candy or whatever. (This is perhaps the hardest part of refusing to enter our mobile world; there is almost no one who needs protection from being alone with his thoughts more than I do.) And yet I persist, because I refuse to become a hostage to the web. I refuse to be always available. I refuse to forget that most of life is boredom and discomfort with no easy recourse to distraction.


Mr. Potato

Netanyahu: 'Palestinians killed the dinosaurs'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed today that Palestinians were responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper this morning, the hardline conservative leader was asked to defend his recent comments, in which he claimed Palestinians were responsible for the Holocaust.

"Well it wouldn't be the first time they tried to drive a group to extinction," Netanyahu told the network. "The Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, Rwanda. Even the end of the Dinosaurs. Whenever a group is threatened with annihilation, you better believe the Palestinians are behind it."

A puzzled Anderson Cooper pressed Netanyahu on his most outrageous claim, asking "I doubt Palestinians were involved in any of those things. But do you seriously believe they killed the Dinosaurs? Human beings didn't even exist 65 million years ago. And most scientists believe the Dinosaurs were killed by an asteroid. I mean, how is that even possible?"


A 23-year-old Google employee lives in a truck in the company's parking lot and saves 90% of his income

© Brandon
When 23-year-old Brandon headed from Massachusetts to the Bay Area in mid-May to start work as a software engineer at Google, he opted out of settling into an overpriced San Francisco apartment. Instead, he moved into a 128-square-foot truck.

The idea started to formulate while Brandon — who asked to withhold his last name and photo to maintain his privacy on campus — was interning at Google last summer and living in the cheapest corporate housing offered: two bedrooms and four people for about $65 a night (roughly $2,000 a month), he told Business Insider.


Mum-of-two who claims £5mn a year on benefits spotted wearing diamond encrusted crown

© Waterford Whispers News
A mother of two who is unapologetic about claiming £5mn-a-year in state benefits was spotted in a chauffeur driven Bentley last night wearing what appears to be a diamond encrusted crown.

Cathy Middleton, 33, from Reading in England, refused to explain why she was wearing such an expensive tiara last night, despite being unemployed for the past five years.

"She has two kids, a house paid for by the state and endless amounts of valuable clothes, shoes and vehicles at her disposal," a neighbour told WWN today. "She doesn't hide the fact that she's bumming off taxpayers money either. Her husband too.

They're just disgusting if you ask me and it's people like them that's giving Britain a bad name."


Police get calls about 'burning UFO wreckage' in London suburb - pizza oven found at intersection

Police in Kingston in southwest London, had a close encounter of the third kind early on Saturday morning when they discovered a UFO-like object in the middle of a road. Police in the London suburb were alerted to a mysterious fire next to a traffic light on Malden Road at about midnight between Friday night and Saturday morning. Officers, who wondered whether they had come across the burning wreckage of a UFO, shared pictures of the "crash scene" on Facebook.
© Kingston Police
Police were called to the scene after a concerned member of the public phoned the emergency services to complain about a strange item on fire in the middle of the A2043.

Officers were accompanied by London Fire Brigade, according to a post on Kingston police's Facebook page.


Elderly friends accidentally take 350-mile train journey after day out in London

© Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Two elderly friends from Hertfordshire who took a trip to London for afternoon tea took a wrong turn on their way back and had to sit through a four-hour round trip to York, almost 200 miles away.

Comment: When life gives you lemons make lemonade :)


Real life Winnie-the-Pooh: Bear cub gets caught in window after eating too much (VIDEO)

© Ruptly
It seems as though Winnie-the-Pooh wasn't just a fairy-tale, as a bear in Russia's Far East has been repeating some of the antics portrayed by the cartoon favorite. The bear cub got stuck in a window after having had a little too much to eat.

While animals getting their heads stuck in jars is nothing new, bears getting obstructed trying to exit through a window and flee the scene of a crime certainly is.

A brown bear broke into a house in Kamchatka this week and while the owners were out, the animal apparently helped itself to more than just a little lunch.

He ate, and ate... and ate... and ate... in the kitchen...


More people are dead than alive: The demographics of heaven

Dear Mona,

Assuming that all who expire are promoted to a peaceful afterlife, what would the demographics of heaven be?

Shannah, 27, San Francisco
Dear Shannah,

I don't know much about the afterlife, but that's OK since your question kind of boils down to: "How many people have ever died?" There I can get you some answers. But first I want to start with a bit of expectations management. When it comes to the demographics of the dead, I won't be giving you any numbers to two decimal places. This is kind of like a "guess how many jellybeans are in the jar" competition. If I'm smart about my methodology, I can get pretty close to a decent answer, but it's still a speculative estimate. Here's what I've got: Roughly 100,825,272,791 people have ever died. Let's call it 100.8 billion if you're struggling to read a number that long.