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These plant 'Twins' are named after Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger

8 min 31 sec ago

Okay, so 1988's Twins mightn't be the most critically acclaimed film of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Danny Devito's career.

Still, it's inspired an Australian scientist to name a genus of Australian pea flowers, Daviesia schwarzenegger and devito, after the two actors in the film. 

SEE ALSO: "The Governator" Gets Animated

If you haven't seen the movie (and fair enough), Schwarzenegger and Devito discover they're twins — a result of an embryo splitting during a science experiment to create the perfect child. However, the strength and intellect went to Schwarzenegger, while Devito was left with, well, the dregs. Read more...

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#EdBallsDay: The greatest internet holiday you're not celebrating

21 min 40 sec ago

If you've ever seen the hashtag #EdBallsDay trending, you may be wondering what it all means.

SEE ALSO: 23 times British tweets ruled Twitter

Who is this famous man, you may be asking, and what exactly did he do to get an entire day named after him?

Well, let's start with the basics.

Who is Ed Balls?

Here's a picture of Ed Balls pointing at something.

Image: Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock

Pretty much everyone in Britain will recognise the name Ed Balls, but if you're based elsewhere you may not have heard of him.

In a nutshell, Balls is a British politician who was a Labour MP for 10 years. He also served as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2011-2015, before he lost his seat in the last general election. Read more...

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17 glorious GIFs to help you celebrate #EdBallsDay in style

1 hour 21 min ago

It's 28 April, folks, and that can only mean one thing: it's officially time to celebrate Britain's favourite Twitter holiday.

#EdBallsDay — the anniversary of the day in 2011 when former Labour MP Ed Balls tweeted his own name — has been a long-standing tradition since 2013.

SEE ALSO: 'Happy Ed Balls Day': Brits are celebrating the nation's favourite Twitter fail

This year, though, the opportunities for sweet, sweet GIF-based enjoyed are at a new peak — all thanks to Balls' 2016 appearance on popular BBC dance show Strictly Come Dancing.

To help you celebrate in style, we've created 17 handy, ready-to-tweet GIFs of the great man in action. Simply pick your GIF, click the "GIPHY" link, hit download and you're good to go. Read more...

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Here's why adults stealing foul balls from children at the baseball is wrong

2 hours 13 min ago

Americans don't quite get Australians, and it's the same vice-versa. 

Like, what's the deal with adults stealing or outmuscling foul balls from children at baseball games? 

Luckily we have the foul-mouthed wisdom of YouTuber, Ozzy Man Reviews, who's here to breakdown what the hell is going through these people's heads.

And yes, there is coarse language in this video. It's an Australian, after all. Read more...

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The internet questions the logic of smuggling nukes in bales of weed

2 hours 37 min ago

"What if Kim Jong-un snuck nukes into the U.S. ... in weeeed?"

No, that's not a question posed by a dude outside a Hardee's. It was a scenario imagined by a member of Congress. 

SEE ALSO: The U.S. government grows some seriously garbage weed for research

During a briefing Wednesday, Brad Sherman raised some concerns about North Korea with Vice President Mike Pence. Later, he tweeted out what was said, and while he made a few good points, the internet only remembers one of them. 

I raised two issues: No. Korea could smuggle nuke into U.S. rather than use ICBM. Could smuggle inside a bale of marijuana....(1/2)

— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) April 27, 2017 Read more...

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TV news map shows double the New Zealand, and yes, everyone made the same joke

2 hours 42 min ago

Despite being the most magical, nicest country in the world (sit down, Iceland), New Zealand doesn't get enough attention. It's no wonder its citizens have a slight identity crisis when they're continually left of world maps. You could say they have a chup on their shoulder (sorry). 

So it was with both with excitement and confusion that Down Under Twitter users LOL'ed in the face of a geographical error so nice, it featured New Zealand twice.

SEE ALSO: A new 'continent's' been found under the magical land of New Zealand

Viewers of Australia's ABC News were treated to double the island nation on Wednesday night, with a map of New Zealand seen about 4,000 kilometers west of the original New Zealand. Was this the fabled Zealandia of myth? Was it the secret citizen hiding place of Trump's tech buddy Peter Thiel? Read more...

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Country's first rescued food supermarket lets you 'pay what you can'

3 hours 15 min ago

While many of us have memories of being scolded about food waste as a child, many businesses throw out unsold food on the regular, as well as products with an often arbitrary sell-by date.

France set an example by making it illegal for supermarkets to throw out or destroy unsold food in 2015. Now there's a few supermarkets across Europe filled with food that has either been donated, or would otherwise go to waste.

The OzHarvest Market in Sydney, Australia, is the latest incarnation of the "rescued food" supermarket, and a first for the country. Shoppers there are allowed to "pick their price." Read more...

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Jeff Bezos says Amazon is the fastest growing marketplace in India, and it's just the beginning

3 hours 19 min ago

Amazon’s $5 billion bet on India is working. 

At the company’s first quarter earnings call, CEO Jeff Bezos said the India arm of the ecommerce giant was already the fastest growing marketplace in the country.

SEE ALSO: After bagging Shah Rukh Khan, Netflix nears deal with Aamir Khan

"Our India team is moving fast and delivering for customers and sellers," he said, highlighting the surge in Prime’s catalogue, which he claims has grown by 75 percent in the last nine months since launch in the country.  

But for Amazon, which invested an additional of $3 billion in India last year, this is just the beginning. "It’s still day 1 for e-commerce in India," Bezos said.  Read more...

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These posters for national parks should absolutely terrify you

3 hours 57 min ago

Conceptual artist Hannah Rothstein isn't particularly pessimistic, but when it comes to the future of our planet she's worried. That's what prompted her to recreate iconic National Park Service posters as the parks could look in 2050.

SEE ALSO: The science march is about 'hope' for a fact-based future

"I'm worried about where we might be headed if we don't take responsiblity for our actions and enact positive change," she said in a phone call Thursday from Berkeley, California, where she's based.

Image: RANGER DOUG / RANGERDOUG.COM AND HANNAH ROTHSTEIN / WWW.HROTHSTEIN.COM

Image: RANGER DOUG / RANGERDOUG.COM AND HANNAH ROTHSTEIN / WWW.HROTHSTEIN.COM Read more...

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A late icon turns the camera on himself in 'I Am Heath Ledger'

4 hours 18 min ago

Though he'd been kicking around for a few years already, most audiences first took notice of Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You. From then on, he was never out of the public eye for long – if he wasn't burning up the screen, he was covering the tabloids.

In the new documentary I Am Heath Ledger, though, we get to see the late actor as few of us have seen him before – through the lens of his own camera.

SEE ALSO: Heath Ledger's sister lays those Joker rumors to rest

Directors Adrian Buitenhuis and Derik Murray cover all the usual bases, pulling together clips of Leger's performances and interviews with his colleagues and loved ones. But the film is never more interesting, or moire poignant, than when Ledger turns the camera on himself. Read more...

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Instagram's fixed the glitch that had you spamming everyone you've ever tagged

4 hours 32 min ago

Instagram has fixed a glitch that re-notified everyone you've ever tagged in a photo, when you re-activate a disabled account.

The company said it got rid of the issue via email on Thursday, a day after the bug was identified. And after reproducing the issue, we can confirm that the fix worked for us.

SEE ALSO: If you disable and re-enable your Instagram, it will set off the notification apocalypse

Mashable reached out to Instagram on Tuesday, when the company confirmed that this was a known issue. The bug has been noticed by users on social media since at least January 2016. 

The glitch affected users who had temporarily disabled their Instagram accounts, immediately after re-enabling an account, and would spam everyone previously tagged.  Read more...

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Mom and son end up on the kiss cam, and things got awkward

4 hours 36 min ago

The kiss cam has become a staple at sporting events. But sometimes, things don't always go as planned.

For those unfamiliar, the kiss cam is pretty simple. The camera pans onto an unsuspecting couple in the crowd, which is then projected onto jumbotrons in the center of the stadium. The couple is then urged to kiss for the crowd, which is cute when they're actually a couple. When they aren't, it gets real weird, real quick.

The kiss cam took an unexpected turn during the Milwaukee Bucks‏ game on Thursday evening when the camera panned to a man and a woman, who was apparently the man's mother.  Read more...

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Heineken shows Pepsi the right way to make a politically charged ad

5 hours 26 min ago

Can't we all just get along?

That's been the message of dozens of commercials since the United States elected Donald Trump and the United Kingdom opted for a Brexit, but none have really sold the message like Heineken's latest ad.

The spot, which was hailed as an antidote to Pepsi's disaster of a political message earlier this month, features a social experiment involving three isolated pairs of ordinary UK citizens with opposing beliefs.

The participants are said to be unaware of the purpose of the test, and they have no knowledge of their political differences, which include views on feminism, transgender rights, and climate change. Read more...

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Google's Assistant is headed to a lot more hardware

5 hours 54 min ago

Google's Assistant will soon be in a lot more places.

The company is opening up its Assistant to developers who want to incorporate the digital helper into their own hardware, Google announced. 

SEE ALSO: Google's new AutoDraw wants to make drawing easier for everyone

Interested developers can now take advantage of a preview version of a Google Assistant software development kit (SDK), which allows them to make hardware prototypes that have Google Assistant built in. 

These can be anything from robots to other "smart" devices like connected light bulbs. Once the SDK is integrated, they're able to respond to "OK, Google" commands and other prompts just like the assistant does for Google Home or Pixel phones.  Read more...

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Teenagers are taking breaks from social media —but are you?

6 hours 17 min ago

We've been led to believe that teens are always on their phones or glued to some sort of screen. 

SEE ALSO: The 'digital wellness lady' is on a mission to make you unplug

But a study out Thursday shows that teenagers are better at monitoring their online lives than we thought. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey looked at how often and why teens step away from social media sites and platforms.

After talking to 790 teens between 13 and 17 years old last December, the researchers found that nearly 60 percent of teens have taken a break from social media. Half of the teens surveyed said their breaks last about a week or even longer. That's an entire week of no snaps, or tweets, or video updates.  Read more...

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You can make your Samsung Galaxy S8 transparent, but there's a catch

6 hours 17 min ago

When it comes to the gadgets we use the most, sometimes a little extra transparency can go a long way — just think about how long it took for us to find out what went wrong with the Galaxy Note 7. Literally making phone casings crystal clear, though, might just be taking the sentiment to the extreme.  

YouTuber JerryRigEverything did just that and decided to create a transparent Galaxy S8, à la those classic, clear Game Boy Colors gamers loved in the mid-90s. 

SEE ALSO: The Galaxy S8 blew up Samsung's record for pre-orders

First, he removed the back casing, which, as iFixit noted in its teardown of the device, is a tough task to complete without causing any damage or cracks. Then he used paint and epoxy remover to strip the paint and give the back of the phone that see-through look. Read more...

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This ad for a bong cleaner is just perfectly cheesy

6 hours 51 min ago

There are some stoner stereotypes that just aren't going away anytime soon.

The internet tends to fall in love with low-budget commercials that are just cheesy and awkward enough to be admirable. Combine the cheese factor with weed, and you've got yourself a viral video in the making.

The internet's favorite new goofy spot is from Resolution, a self-described "bad ass cleaning company" that creates a special gel which will clean your glass bongs and pipes. You see, when you smoke the sticky icky through a glass pipe, it leaves a gross, thick resin behind, which can be difficult to clean. Most people use rubbing alcohol and salt, but a number of products claiming to clean pipes better have popped up recently.  Read more...

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Here's how you can make Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino at home

6 hours 51 min ago

A DIY video instructing you how to make your very own Unicorn Frappuccino has arrived, meaning we have reached peak Unicorn Frappuccino.

Thankfully, this DIY instruction video is from YouTubers HellthyJunkFood, who have a pretty solid YouTube history of recreating fast food creations at home.

It definitely won't save you money or time, but at least you can visualize how much sugar you're ingesting.  Read more...

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NASA doesn't have replacements for its aging spacesuits

6 hours 57 min ago

NASA may be running out of spacesuits. 

According to a new report from the space agency's Office of Inspector General, NASA may not have enough spacesuits to make it through 2024—the year when the Space Station is expected to end its operational life under NASA and the other international agencies.

The suits, called extravehicular mobility units (EMUs), are designed to keep astronauts safe when taking spacewalks outside of the ISS.

SEE ALSO: Astronaut Shows Off Leaky Suit That Led to Spacewalk Emergency

The OIG report said that "only 11 of the 18 original EMU Primary Life Support System units – a backpack-like structure that performs a variety of functions required to keep an astronaut alive during a spacewalk – are still in use, raising concerns that the inventory may not be adequate to last through the planned retirement of the ISS." Read more...

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Shocker: United Airlines has the most in-flight animal deaths

7 hours 19 min ago

Next time you're taking a plane trip, you might want to consider leaving your pets at home ... especially if you're flying United.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's February 2017 Air Data Consumer Report, United had the most animal deaths of all United States airlines in 2016 — for the second year in a row, might we add.

Yikes.

It's been a terrible, no good, very bad couple of months for United — from leggings-gate to the infamously violent removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight.

And just this week a giant rabbit unexpectedly died on one of United's transatlantic flights, so add that to next year's report. Read more...

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