Someone wanted a Mariah Carey birthday cake. They got Marie Curie instead.


Mariah Carey or Marie Curie? A not-so-common mix-up, but one that saw quite the birthday blunder.

In a tweet, author Harriet Alida Lye explained that her cousin, Siobhan, told her colleagues in England she wanted a cake with singer Mariah Carey’s face on it — a perfectly reasonable request for one’s birthday. 

You’d think one of the world’s most recognisable pop stars would be a piece of, uh, cake for most people to organise, but in this case, Lye’s cousin received a cake featuring Noble Prize-winning French physicist Marie Curie.

“They misunderstood, and [this] is the cake they made her instead,” Lye wrote. “It’s Marie Curie, looking very festive.” Read more…

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Stain removal videos on YouTube are strangely therapeutic


Stain removal is an art form, and one that few have actually mastered. 

That’s why I turn to YouTube to get my stain removal needs satisfied. I’ve spent years trying everything to get the stains off my clothes. I’ve gone through multiple Tide to Go pens, which are supposed to erase away most stains (they don’t). I have poured half-bottles of detergent on my wine-soaked sheets. Beautiful bottles of club soda have been wasted on carpet stains, all for nothing.  

Despite all my efforts, I’m nowhere near as talented as the people who showcase their stain remove techniques on YouTube. These people have skill. Their mastery of stain removal is seemingly unmatched. I don’t even care if their stain removal videos are doctored — I’m here for the magic of it all.  Read more…

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Of course there’s a deepfake of Jon Snow apologizing for Season 8 of ‘Game of Thrones’


“Eating Things,” a Youtube channel usually dedicated to making videos about eating incongruous meals in the middle of famous movie scenes, leveled up with a deepfake featuring Jon Snow apologizing for Season 8 of Game of Thrones. The voice sounds so similar to Kit Harington’s Jon Snow accent it’s hard to discern it from the real thing, except when the (former) King in the North mentions the Starbucks cup and apologizes for wasting viewers’ time with the final season. That much is definitely fake.  Read more…

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Genius said it used morse code to catch Google stealing lyrics


Genius is, well, genius. The company recently accused Google of lifting song lyrics from its site, reports the Wall Street Journal

How did Genius know Google was stealing? In 2016, Genius made a few changes to the punctuation in its song lyrics. Sometimes, it used a straight apostrophe. Other times, a curly one. 

Genius did this in a very specific sequence because (are you ready for this?) when “the two types of apostrophes were converted to the dots and dashes used in Morse code, they spelled out the words ‘Red Handed.'”

That’s how Google was caught, according to Genius. 

Google denied stealing any lyrics. Instead, it claimed, the lyrics that show up in the “information panels” that pop up in a Google search are from licensed partners. Genius, however, says it found more than 100 examples of Google taking its content.  Read more…

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People are sharing their “best” dad jokes on Twitter for Father’s Day


The NPR Twitter account decided to pay a Father’s Day homage to all the dads around the world by inviting people to share their “best” and “funniest” dad jokes in a thread. Some of them are real groaners, but in true dad joke fashion, it’s hard not to laugh at some of them. 

NPR got the ball rolling with some examples of its own. 

When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent.

— NPR (@NPR) June 16, 2019

And others chimed in with their own jokes, either remembered from their own dads or from being dads themselves. 

All of my mom’s sisters are incredibly healthy thanks to all of their auntie-bodies#DadJokes

— Clint (@chillastoria) June 16, 2019 Read more…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just released the first picture of baby Archie for Father’s Day


Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have only been parents for a little over a month, but ever since their son Archie was born on May 6, there haven’t been any pictures of the little fella available to the public. Until now! 

For Father’s Day, the royal couple released an adorable photo of baby Archie on their official Instagram account @sussexroyal, and in the spirit of the holiday he’s pictured in the arms of his loving dad Prince Harry. 

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Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex © SussexRoyal

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Tyler Oakley on the ‘game-changing’ rise of queer YouTubers and the importance of being yourself


Every day of Pride Month, Mashable will be sharing illuminating conversations with members of the LGBTQ community who are making history right now.

Tyler Oakley isn’t tired of the internet yet.

It’s been more than a decade since the 30-year-old created his YouTube channel — which now has nearly 7.5 million subscribers — and over the years he’s made hundreds of videos, encouraging aspiring creators to share their own experiences online, too.

One of the first openly gay YouTubers to attract a major following, Oakley uses his platform to help inspire other members of LGBTQ community to embrace their true selves. He shares everything from makeup, dating, and life tips to insightful videos on the LGBTQ activists he admires; interviews with iconic change makers like Michelle Obama; and an annual series called Chosen Family, in which Oakley highlights “stories of queer resilience” throughout the month of June. Read more…

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Alienware laptop, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, iPad Pro, and more for June 16


Does your laptop or desktop take ages to boot up or do anything in general? Lucky for you, Dell has some fantastic offers at the moment. If browsing the internet and writing up documents is what you’re looking for, you can get the latest model of the Dell Inspiron i5 laptop for $552.49 after coupon code.

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Check out more of today’s best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Dell Home, B&H Photo-Video, Home Depot, and Drop for Sunday, June 16th. Read more…

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TL;DR: This engaging online class on the popular data visualization software Tableau usually retails for $199.99, but you can enroll for only $9.99 during this sale.

To a certain degree, we’re all visual learners: Research has shown that humans are instinctively drawn to things we find aesthetically pleasing because they’re easier for our brains to process. 

That’s a very abbreviated version of modern philosophical and psychological notions of beauty, mind you, but you get the gist: If you’re able to present information in a way that people find fun to look at, they tend to better understand it.  Read more…

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