John Oliver explains why he’s clearly anti-anti-vaccination

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“Accidentally contracting polio” is the hottest new American fad.

John Oliver went after anti-vaccination activists in his latest segment on Last Week Tonight. Oliver carefully debunked every one of the anti-vaccination myths some parents refuse to drop and noted that would be vaccinating his son, who was born premature.

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John Oliver calls Trump’s tape admission for what it is: ‘extraordinarily stupid’

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Word to the wise: if you’re under investigation and seeking to refute a witness’ testimony, don’t confirm it in a tweet.

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver slammed President Trump for doing exactly that. By falsely suggesting that he had recorded Comey, Trump had likely committed “witness tampering,” an act that Oliver called not just “stupid,” “but extraordinarily stupid.”

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‘Silicon Valley’ said goodbye to Erlich in the most Erlich way possible

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This post contains spoilers for Silicon Valley Season 4, episode 10, titled “Server Error.”

Much like everything Erlich Bachman has ever attempted, T.J. Miller’s Silicon Valley exit was kind of ridiculous.

In the Season 4 finale, after venturing to Tibet to catch up with former Hooli CEO Gavin Belson for a fresh start, Erlich wasted no time going back to his old habits — literally — and getting cozy with an opium pipe. 

As Gavin left to rescue Jack Barker from a hostage situation in a Chinese factory to try and curry the favor of the Hooli board, he encouraged Erlich to come with him, but the curly-haired miscreant was too high to pay any attention to him. Instead of dragging him along while stoned, Gavin paid the owner of the drug den enough cash to allow Erlich to stay there for five years, and left him giggling up at the ceiling in a fugue state. Read more…

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Michelle Obama helps make Chance the Rapper’s BET Humanitarian Award historic

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The BET Awards featured a surprise guest on Sunday: Michelle Obama. And she taped a special message for none other than Chance the Rapper. 

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The occasion for the visit from the former first lady was Chance’s acceptance of the BET Humanitarian Award. 

Michelle and Barack Obama both called Chicago home before moving to the White House, which explains why Michelle was able to reveal to the audience that her family knew the Chicago rapper since he was “a wee little baby rapper.” 

Not only is Chance now the youngest recipient of the award, he delivered a pretty damn good speech for a 24-year-old rising star.  Read more…

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‘Preacher’ Season 2 premiere proves the Saint of Killers ain’t messing around

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This post contains spoilers for the Preacher Season 2 premiere, titled “On the Road.”

No series blends style, action, and humor quite like Preacher, which is perhaps the purest embodiment of a comic book we’ve ever had on the small screen.

Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, along with showrunner Sam Catlin, have distilled everything that made Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s graphic novels so iconic into a shot of live-action adrenaline, and while Season 1 had its speed bumps, taking the show on the road in Season 2 has kicked Preacher into high gear right out of the gate. 

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AirAsia X flight shook like a ‘washing machine’ following mid-air problem

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An AirAsia X flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back on Sunday, after a mid-air technical issue left the plane’s cabin shaking like a “washing machine.”

Flight D7237 with 359 passengers onboard left Perth at 6:50 a.m. local time, then returned to Perth by 10 a.m., after what reportedly seemed to be a problem with an engine.

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“I heard a loud explosion I think on the left-side engine,” passenger Tzeyau Chung told ABC News.

“After the explosion it started to shake, it started to bounce, but overall the captain did a very good job. Of course we were a bit worried but at the end of the day … we safely landed. I think that is the most important thing.” Read more…

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There’s an easter egg when you post or comment about Harry Potter on Facebook

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Facebook certainly didn’t forget about Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary.

The social media giant quietly rolled out an easter egg in time for Jun. 26, the day J.K. Rowling first published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997 (which Americans will of course know as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone).

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If you post or comment the name of any of the houses in Harry Potter on Facebook — that’s Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, or Ravenclaw — the name will be displayed in the color of the house, and out pops some magic. You can also click on the word to make the wand appear again. Read more…

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Elon Musk packs the best of SpaceX’s latest landing in 20-second video

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While you were out enjoying the sun and sights here on Earth, SpaceX was busy making history, again. 

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On Sunday, SpaceX pulled off its 13th flawless rocket landing, delicately putting the Falcon 9 on the seaborne drone ship called “Just Read the Instructions.” 

And while SpaceX founder Elon Musk knows that every space nerd on the planet was watching in real time, he’s also aware of the power of social media. To that end, Musk posted a high-speed version of the space-to-Earth landing on Instagram. 

Sped up version of today’s rocket landing on the Droneship Just Read the Instructions (guess it did)

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Norwegians desperate to get damaged penis-shaped rock formation back up

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Here’s a weird thing: After a beloved penis-shaped rock formation in Norway was left damaged by vandals this weekend, Norwegians donated their hard-earned cash in hopes of getting it back up.

Per the Associated Press, the Trollpikken rock formation showed signs of vandalism, including drilling holes. Runners spotted the damage on Saturday morning.

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Trollpikken in its glory days.

Trollpikken in its glory days.

Image: Ingve Aalbu/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

Unwilling to stand for this environmental injustice, more than 500 Norwegians emptied their pockets to raise money for Trollpikken’s speedy restoration. By Sunday, donations totaled almost 90,000 Norwegian krone, or about $10,650 U.S. dollars. Read more…

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Kayak’s emoji search function brings the speed and fun of texting to travel

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Travel should be fun, not a hellish slog through dystopian security checkpoints and zombie-service employees with penal institution levels of charm. 

That’s why Kayak’s decision to add a bit of whimsy into the travel process by adding an emoji search function is more than welcome. 

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If you’re not emoji fluent, this is the perfect excuse to step up your emoji game and learn about some of the more obscure symbols hiding in your texting arsenal. 

The function doesn’t work for all cities yet, but the first cities included are New York (🗽), Tokyo (🍣  sushi!), Chicago (🐇  O’Hare Airport), Dublin, Ireland (☘️ ), Las Vegas (slots! 🎰 ), Easter Island (🗿 ), Amsterdam (🚨 red light, get it?), Los Angeles, San Francisco (📱 yep, that’s a smartphone), and Toronto (🍁 ).  Read more…

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