‘Game of Thrones’ star who played Young Hodor absolutely killed his Reddit AMA

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Considering Sam Coleman was only in Game of Thrones for a couple of episodes, he certainly made one hell of an impact.

You remember Coleman. He played Young Hodor in Season 6; he was in that infamously heartbreaking “Hold the door!” scene.

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Well, on Tuesday he swung by the r/gameofthrones subreddit to take part in a Reddit AMA. From his audition to the number of times he gets asked to hold the door, here are some of the highlights…

On his audition.

Comment from discussion RaspberryPancake’s comment from discussion “[Everything] I’m Sam Coleman, actor, writer and door-holder. I played Young Hodor in Game of Thrones – Ask Me anything!”. Read more…

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Assuming that women journalists don’t tweet strong opinions is ‘complete bollocks’

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A list of the most influential journalists on Twitter during the UK’s general election has failed to include a single female journalist. 

Right after a record number of women were elected to Parliament, researchers are claiming that women journalists get less engagement on Twitter because they often remain “neutral” while male journalists “express strong political opinions.”

SEE ALSO: UK’s chaotic general election was a historic moment for women

Mashable spoke to some of the UK’s most prominent political journalists, who declared the claims a load of “bollocks.” 

Social listening company Lissted claims to have analysed the tweets of thousands of the top political influencers. Over 14,000 tweets from 2,756 key Twitter accounts were assessed, and a list of top influencers was compiled based on the number of retweets and likes, in addition to the average engagement rate of certain tweets.  Read more…

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5 trending topics to start your morning off right

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Someone turned ‘Counter-Strike’ into a ‘Tekken’ clone with fighting chickens

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Nothing about this mod makes sense. 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first-person shooter and one of the central players in the present-day esports world. This is a 2D fighting game in the style of Tekken, except the fighters are chickens.

The mod, it should be mentioned, is called Chikken (though one Kotaku reader brilliantly suggested a change, to Pekken — I wholeheartedly agree). It also features a special move in which the fighting fowls shoot laser beams out of their eyes.

So basically, it’s perfect. You can see for yourself, provided you own CS:GO. Find the map mod on Steam right here. Read more…

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The best TV episodes of 2017 (so far)

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We’re at the halfway point of 2017, so all this week Mashable entertainment will be rolling out our 8.5 (Get it, half of ’17?) picks for the best of the year – so far! – in movies, TV, music, and more. It’s our eight best picks for you, along with a bonus choice that, while not strictly one of the greats, deserves a guilty pleasure mention. Enjoy.

It is a truly terrifying time to be alive, but when it comes to television, that’s terrifying in a good way. We may not share peak TV the way we used to, but there’s more quality television than ever telling an impressive range of stories.

So here they are, in no particular order: The best TV episodes of 2017 so far — and cheers to many more. Read more…

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You can now make your own Snapchat filters without leaving the app

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Snapchat is making it even easier to make your own custom geofilter. 

The app just added its geofilter creation tools to its main app so you can design and buy a filter without ever closing the app. Previously, you could only make filters on Snapchat’s website.

SEE ALSO: Snapchat maps can figure out what you’re doing and it’s either cool or creepy

Beginning Wednesday, you can create the “on-demand geofilters” from within Snapchat’s settings. There, you can find pre-made templates for events like weddings, birthdays, graduations, and baby showers, as well as seasonal events like the Fourth of July or “Summer Vibes.” Read more…

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Stud kitten is feelin’ himself after getting a brand new sweater

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A brand new outfit can do wonders for you mood. A new pair of shoes, or a cool hat instantly makes you feel like you can conquer the world. 

A tabby kitten named Arlo, who may have been a bit down in the dumps, instantly perked up when his mom and Twitter user Eden made him the tiniest yellow sweater to shield him from the chilly A/C.

I made my kitten a sweater so he wouldn’t get chilly with the A/C on and now he thinks he’s a stud pic.twitter.com/7hqT95IfGq

— eden (@eden_bloor) June 25, 2017

He truly felt his new look, so he gave a coy little wink in the camera’s direction, just to show everyone that he feels like a brand new cat. Read more…

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5 of the nation’s most accomplished animal mayors

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In November 2016, a pit bull named Brynneth Pawltro (no relation) was elected mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. She beat out a cat, a chicken, and a donkey for the title.

But Pawltro’s political success is nothing new. Animals have been braving — and, in some cases, winning — elections for years. They also die in office a lot, just like William Henry Harrison!

SEE ALSO: Dogs, ranked

Now, a look back at some of the world’s finest animal candidates … and their many, many tangible political accomplishments.

1. Lucy Lou

Real convo about the mayor of Rabbit Hash:@Nancy_Daly: Is Lucy Lou retiring as mayor?
Me: Yes, to run for president pic.twitter.com/0xDjL2rQ87

— Sarah Brookbank (@SarahBrookbank) August 31, 2016 Read more…

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Somebody beat Nintendo and made a mini SNES out of an old SNES cartridge

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The Super NES Classic Edition is going to be a hot item this year, but one inventive creator beat Nintendo to the punch with their own SNES emulator. 

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Yesterday, a Redditor shared a Frankenstein SNES creation with the world: an SNES emulator installed inside of an old SNES cartridge.

The tiny computer inside that cartridge was made using a Raspberry Pi board and was loaded up with an SNES emulator, complete with a few classic SNES games like Super Metroid and Super Mario World.

If you’re looking at that Super Metroid cartridge and worried that some monster destroyed it, don’t worry, the engineer just printed out a Super Metroid label and slapped it on a copy of some SNES hockey game. Read more…

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