Protester hugs a Nazi and asks ‘Why do you hate me?’

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The age-old debate: Should you punch a Nazi? 

Here’s a new one: Should you hug one? Probably not, but a protester outside white supremacist Richard Spencer’s failed speech in Gainesville, Florida this week tried the tactic. 

SEE ALSO: A handful of racists snuck back to Charlottesville under the cover of night for another ‘protest’

High school football coach Aaron Courtney approached Randy Furniss, who was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with swastikas and had been punched earlier. 

A man wearing swastikas is punched at a protest against white nationalist #RichardSpencer https://t.co/NQx2rLelNW #SpenceratUF📷:Brian Blanco pic.twitter.com/DuK6b8VmIX

— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) October 19, 2017 Read more…

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The cutest photos from the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

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Now in its 27th year, the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City continued its reign as October’s cutest event on Saturday, bringing together New York’s fluffiest pets and their ever-creative owners. 

This year’s crop of dog models – dressed in costumes that ranged from the Pope to the Devil to Kellyanne Conway – put on a delightful show for spectators. 

SEE ALSO: Dennis Quaid and dogs: a delightful combination

We’ve collected the resulting photos for you here, because really, no one should have to miss this:

The annual Tompkins square park Halloween dog parade is the best thing ever@CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/GwWnJcw3rS

— Reena Roy (@reenaroy) October 21, 2017 Read more…

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Bille Lourd posts a touching tribute on Carrie Fisher’s birthday

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Saturday marks Carrie Fisher’s first birthday since her death last December. The Star Wars star would have turned 61 on Oct. 21. 

It’s a sad day, but Fisher’s family, friends, and fans are making the milestone a little less bittersweet with tributes to the actor and author. 

SEE ALSO: Carrie Fisher once sent a cow tongue to a sexually inappropriate Hollywood producer

“You can be sure that Billie and I will have a moment in reflection on Carrie’s day,” Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, told E! News about his plans with Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd. 

Lourd posted a touching tribute to her mom on Instagram.  Read more…

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This clip of animals eating pumpkins is a delightful palate cleanser

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For those feeling particularly world weary this week, consider this palate cleanser: the animal residents of Brookfield Zoo in Illinois devouring pumpkins ahead of Halloween. This clip from the Associated Press shows some of the zoo’s cutest residents chomping down on enormous helpings of squash. 

May the delightful image of a python making its home inside a jack-o’-lantern carry you through whatever comes next week. Read more…

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Kit Harington clarifies his 2016 comments about sexism ‘towards men’: ‘I was wrong’

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Kit Harington has clarified comments he made in 2016 about his experience with “sexism” as a male actor, in a new interview with The Guardian 

The Game of Thrones star said he “was wrong” to conflate his experiences as a man with that of the very real sexism women face in the film industry. 

SEE ALSO: Rose Leslie forced Kit Harington to wear a spectacularly embarrassing Halloween costume

As Harington told The Sunday Times in May of last year:

Harington’s comments drew criticism for framing his experience and the experiences of women working in show business today as equal. It’s a deeply unfair comparison, considering women in the industry, in addition to being under hired and underpaid, are routinely subjected to horrific sexual harassment and assault by powerful industry men.  Read more…

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets permission to dig a 10-mile tunnel in Maryland

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The hyperloop is moving ahead. 

Elon Musk got permission from Maryland officials for his Boring Company to build a 10-mile tunnel in the state, the Baltimore Sun reported. The tunnel would be the first part of Musk’s envisioned hyperloop to transport people underground between New York and Washington, D.C. 

“This thing is real. It’s exciting to see,” Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn told the Sun. “The word ‘transformational’ may be overused, but this is a technology that leapfrogs any technology that is out there today. And it’s going to be here.”

The 10.3-mile tunnel will be situated beneath the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Even though the tunnel is part of Musk’s futuristic vision, this first step only required the usual utility permits—just like any electric company getting state permission to dig underground.  Read more…

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Actor known for ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ dead at 56

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Actor Brent Briscoe – known best for his role as JJ of JJ’s Diner fame on Parks and Recreation – died at 56 on Wednesday. Per Variety, the cause of death is internal bleeding and heart complications sustained after “a serious fall” that put him in the hospital. 

SEE ALSO: Ben Wyatt and Jean-Ralphio respond to ‘Parks and Rec’ fan theories

Mashable has reached out to a represenative for confirmation.

On Friday, Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur shared a sweet statement on Twitter, thanking Briscoe for “serving Leslie all those waffles” in his role as the owner of Pawnee’s local diner.

R.I.P. JJ

Thanks for serving Leslie all those waffleshttps://t.co/3V8TGG4T94

— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) October 20, 2017 Read more…

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5 super spooky Halloween sex toys

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What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by getting freaky?

There’s already a glut of sexy halloween costumes —  have you seen Sexy Jon Snow and Sexy Fake News? But if that’s not kinky enough for you, here are a few seasonally appropriate sex toys that will help you bring the spooky times between the sheets. 

Dracula Fleshlight

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Have you always wanted to plunge your most delicate body part into the darkness? Then the Fleshlight Freaks series is for you. There’s the Drac — but why stop there? Try the Zombie or even the Frankenstein. They’ll run you $73 a pop, but it doesn’t get any freakier than this.  Read more…

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The woman who took down Uber gives her first interview since speaking up

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Eight months ago, engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post describing a culture of sexism and sexual harassment throughout Uber. 

Her words set off a firestorm at Uber that led to the ouster of founder Travis Kalanick as CEO, predated widespread allegations of sexual harassment against venture capitalists in Silicon Valley this summer, and even seems to draw a trail through this month’s Harvey Weinstein news. 

SEE ALSO: Uber is in trouble after yet another sexist promo

Throughout it all, Fowler has remained quiet in public, save for some light commentary on Twitter. The former Uber engineer, who now edits a technical publication for the payments company Stripe, gave her first interview since hitting publish on Feb. 19 to Maureen Dowd at the New York Times.  Read more…

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‘Stranger Things’ star fires agent accused of sexual assault after he Facebook ‘poked’ his victim

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Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard has fired his agent after allegations of sexual assault surfaced, Entertainment Weekly reported. 

Tyler Grasham, who was also fired from his job as a talent agent at APA, was accused of sexual assault by a former teen actor. 

SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood

Blaise Godbe Lipman, who appeared on the shows Weeds and Hawaii Five-O, wrote a Facebook post describing “a prominent talent agent from the firm APA” who assaulted him a decade ago, when he was 17. 

That original post seems to have been removed or set to private, but Lipman later named Grasham in a follow-up Facebook post, spurred — incredibly — by Grasham himself. The disgraced talent agent “poked” the former child actor after his initial post, as Lipman wrote. Read more…

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