Someone already made a Wikipedia page for ‘Trump orb’


As we all know by now, the internet is quick to any and everything funny, weird, and downright confusing. We admire, and are maybe just a little bit frightened by, this fact. 

President Donald Trump paid a visit to Saudi Arabia this weekend, the first stop on his first foreign trip as president. While there, he gave a highly-anticipated speech about Islam, and attended the opening ceremony of the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. This ceremony involved touching a cool glowing orb. 

Behold. Donald #Trump and the mysterious glowing orb. – The Washington Post

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Rejected penguin has found new outlook on life with cutout of anime character


Love is a fickle thing, and that’s true for both humans and penguins.

Grape is a Humboldt penguin who lives in the Tobu Zoo in Japan. He was once in a relationship with Midori, a female Humboldt penguin, but he was tragically dumped when Midori left him for a younger penguin.

But Grape’s story doesn’t end in heartbreak because there’s a new girl in his life. The only thing is the girl is a cutout of an anime character.

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やはり、気に入ってるみたいですね。今日も朝から見てます。 #けものフレンズ

— 東武動物公園【公式】リュウくん (@tobuzoo7) April 26, 2017

Kemono Friends is a Japanese anime franchise featuring a group of zoo animals who have been turned into girls. One of those girls, named Hululu, resembles a Humboldt penguin. Read more…

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Trump trying to sword dance in Saudi Arabia is the most awkward thing you’ll see all day


President Donald Trump bobbed and swayed during a traditional sword dance in Saudi Arabia, outside of Murabba Palace on Saturday, the first stop on the first international trip of his term. 

SEE ALSO: Trump’s Russian income is not being mocked at all. With few exceptions.

The sword dance is known as the ardah, part of a dancing, drumming and chanting ceremony that often marks graduations, the birth of children, marriage, holidays, and other events deemed significant. 

Trump did his best to bop along but, according to Twitter, the results were awkward at best.


Not right that they give Trump a smaller

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‘Nancy’ isn’t a person, it’s a podcast. Oh, and it’s super, super gay.


When I ask the creators of new LGBTQ podcast Nancy how gay their show is, they’re caught a little off guard.

“We’ve never been asked that,” laughs Kathy Tu, one-half of the friend duo that hosts the show.

But co-host Tobin Low has it figured out: “We’re ‘Rachel Maddow’s haircut’ gay,” he says. “That’s exactly how gay we are.”

SEE ALSO: Powerful portrait series connects young LGBTQ activists with queer trailblazers

OK, so Low and Tu are joking, but Nancy does wear its queerness loud and proud. It’s a new podcast from WNYC Studios, created by two queer co-hosts featuring queer stories from all arenas of life. Read more…

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Ryan Adams is announcing tour dates with a ‘Lord of the Rings’ tribute


Ryan Adams is on a journey, playing a few surprise shows in Middle Earth Australia and New Zealand. 

He’s announcing shows one by one using a Lord of the Rings-inspired map filled in with song titles from his new album, Prisoners

SEE ALSO: ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ has too many partings in both book and movie


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Facebook vs. the internet cesspool: The ugly fight of our ugly times


Where platforms, social technology, and the internet at large are concerned, over its brief history, Facebook’s been the exception to so, so many rules. 

Except for one.

“There’s no silver bullet for abuse. It’s just a constant area of focus. Unfortunately abuse is human nature,” Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope, explained over coffee back in January, when asked point blank about abuse on the platform. 

Months later, we now know just how much Facebook has worked to get a handle on abuse, and get it right—and also, just how far they are from that goal. On Sunday, The Guardian published a trove of leaked documents from Facebook detailing the social network’s moderation guidelines.  Read more…

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When it comes to online security, being paranoid is no longer enough


You just wanted to see the photos your friend shared. Or buy a pair of shoes. Or read that story. 

Now your email account’s been hacked, your credit card number’s been stolen, and your computer for some reason is mining bitcoin. 

Welcome to the Internet of Today. The Internet of Tomorrow is shaping up to be a lot worse. 

SEE ALSO: Alexa’s whispers are the nightmare fuel narrating our crumbling dystopian dreamscape

But this is not the story of hijacked wireless security cameras crashing the internet, ransomware locking up England’s NHS, or a teddy bear that exposes you to hackers. Rather, this is about how securely navigating the internet for simple day-to-day tasks is becoming harder and harder while at the same time our dependency on successfully doing so is only increasing. Read more…

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Diana does the heavy lifting in powerful ‘Wonder Woman’ poster


Diana’s got a lot riding on her shoulders in the new Wonder Woman movie. But leave it to the Amazonian princess to bear that burden and make it look easy.

A new Wonder Woman poster has Diana lifting an entire tank overhead like it’s no big deal. Because, I guess, it really isn’t when you’re blessed with superpowers like she is.

SEE ALSO: The first ‘Wonder Woman’ reactions hit Twitter and wow, just wow

Witness the latest Wonder Woman poster in its full glory below:

Oh. Hell. Yes.

Oh. Hell. Yes.

Image: warner bros.

If you love this poster as much as we do, we’ve got some good news for you. According to the RealD Twitter account, which debuted the artwork, fans can pick up this poster for free in participating locations while supplies last. Read more…

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The $80 billion question: Why are Bitcoin and Ethereum growing so fast?


A little over two months ago, Bitcoin achieved a symbolic milestone: After an intensive period of growth, the price of one Bitcoin surpassed the price of an ounce of gold. 

That seems like ancient history. The price of Bitcoin has nearly doubled since then and the cryptocurrency is currently trading at about $2,200. Bitcoin’s cousin Ethereum is trading at about $180, its price increasing by a cool 1400% in the last three months. 

SEE ALSO: Ethereum: The not-Bitcoin cryptocurrency that could help replace Uber

But is the rally over, or has it only just begun? And what has propelled the explosive growth in the first place? In the world of cryptocurrencies, answering these questions is anything but easy.  Read more…

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Fidget spinners may hot right now but this pup is not here for it


ShibeNation, a Youtube account devoted to Shiba Inu dogs in hilarious predicaments, uploaded a video they found on Twitter in which one Shibe is not impressed by its owner’s fidget spinner.

The Shibe seemed to be not a fan of the spinner while it was in motion or when it was placed on the ground as the poor pup continuously barked and growled at it.

Too bad the Shibe couldn’t use the spinner to calm itself down. Read more…

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