Nightmare two-headed snake found in Virginia just in time for Halloween season


‘Tis the season for nightmare fuel, and one fascinating but unsettling discovery is getting into that fall spooky spirit.

A woman in northern Virginia found an extremely rare baby copperhead snake in her neighbor’s yard recently, complete with not one but two heads. Because, ya know, the venomous viper part wasn’t terrifying enough in itself.

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After initially being picked up by the Virginia Wildlife Management & Control, the rare serpent is now being taken care of by an unnamed, experienced private reptile keeper.  Read more…

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Internal memo from Google’s CEO insists search results are free from political bias


Google chief Sundar Pichai wants the people working for him to understand this clearly: Google’s search results aren’t influenced by political bias.

That’s the message Pichai focused on sending in a Friday email to all employees. He was responding to reports of a January 2017 email chain that started a few days after Donald Trump instituted his first version of the Muslim ban.

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A Thursday report from the Wall Street Journal noted that, in early 2017, employees talked about using Google’s search features to respond to Trump’s controversial travel ban that focused on predominantly Muslim countries. They sought a way to push back against “islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms ‘Islam’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Iran’, etc.” and “prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results from search terms ‘Mexico’, ‘Hispanic’, ‘Latino’, etc.” Read more…

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Bananas donated to a Texas prison turn out to be $18 million of cocaine


No, this is not an episode of Breaking Bad. This is real life.

On Friday, Sept. 21, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) posted on Facebook about a drug mix up that sounds like it has just as wild a story behind it as the hit AMC TV series.

The department received 45 boxes of donated bananas from Ports of America in Freeport near the Gulf of Mexico. But it turns out the donation was a greater gift than either organization could have imagined, containing an additional 540 packages of cocaine, valued at nearly $18 million.

“Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas,” the TDCJ post joked. Read more…

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Silicon Valley’s hottest job is styling helpless tech execs


The casual uniform of the millennial techie is a running joke by now, but some are starting to swap in their t-shirts and worn jeans for actual adult clothes. Stylist Victoria Hitchcock told Vox what it’s like to overhaul the lives and styles of Silicon Valley’s emerging employees – who literally can’t dress themselves – as they go “from boys to men.”

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Hitchcock has been styling members of the tech and business industries for 25 years, convincing them to part with stained tees and ratty jeans and glow up enough to be prominent in the field without embarrassing anyone.  Read more…

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Disney re-did the art for a princess in ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ after whitewashing criticisms


For once, it seems the story of a big Hollywood studio facing criticisms over poor representation ended with a happily ever after.

In the months since teasers for Wreck-It Ralph sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, started showing a Disney princess reunion scene, fans have been calling out the studio behind the movie for whitewashing one of its few princesses of color: Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.

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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Sept. 20, Disney actually listened and re-did her scenes. Read more…

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 successfully deploys two rovers on the surface of an asteroid


It’s just like the movie Armageddon, but without the apocalypse scenario.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has reason to celebrate after successfully deploying a pair of robots on the surface of an asteroid. The mission, which played out on Friday, aims to gather photos and data from the asteroid called Ryugu.

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The mission’s success — marking the end of a four-year journey — was confirmed in a tweet on Saturday from JAXA’s account for the Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer.

We are sorry we have kept you waiting! MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, 1a & 1b. Both rovers are confirmed to have landed on the surface of Ryugu. They are in good condition and have transmitted photos & data. We also confirmed they are moving on the surface#asteroidlanding

— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 Read more…

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Period tracking apps taught me more about my flow than sex ed


The internet has changed how kids learn about sex, but sex ed in the classroom still sucks. In Sex Ed 2.0, Mashable explores the state of sex ed and imagines a future where digital innovations are used to teach consent, sex positivity, respect, and responsibility.

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My period has always been something of a mystery. 

For months at a time it will arrive as expected like clockwork, then it vanishes for what seems like an eternity, and on far less pleasant occasions, it has lasted for as long as 45 days thanks to birth control complications.  Read more…

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J.J. Abrams’ produced ‘Overlord’ beats up Nazis and wins over audiences at first screening


Director Julius Avery’s Overlord screened for the first time at Fantastic Fest on Saturday, and the jam-packed war thriller has audiences buzzing with excitementCollider praises the film’s blend of gore and drama and its commitment to genreThe trailer offers enough to pique our interest – World War II but with super-soldier monsters – but early reactions promise one hell of a ride.

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Overlord is a blast. It’s a men-on-a-mission, behind-enemy-lines, one-goal WW2 movie, with creepy creature stuff spread throughout. Good characters, great set pieces, a ton of fun#FantasticFest

— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) September 23, 2018 Read more…

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Weird new Pokémon with a nut for a head is a big mystery in ‘Pokémon Go’


Something new is happening in Pokémon Go.

A mysterious critter has appeared in the game, and it’s something Pokémon fans have never seen before. It was first discovered when a programming-savvy fan found an image and a reference to “Pokémon 891” in the game’s code.

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The newcomer has the body of a sheet-covered ghost and a nut — the hardware, not the legume — for a head, with one eye staring out of its central hole. It doesn’t have a name and no one’s been able to catch one (not exactly), but it’s definitely appearing in the game now.  Read more…

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Alyssa Milano puts a point on #WhyIDidntReport in a powerful new essay


The #MeToo movement received a jolt this weekend with the new hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, prompted by Donald Trump’s pushback on allegations raised by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Actress Alyssa Milano was among the staggering number of people who tweeted heartbreaking personal stories of being sexually assaulted and choosing not to report it for any number of reasons. In a new essay for Vox, Milano unpacks the stigma of reporting sexual assault and how reactions like Trump’s and Kavanaugh’s are exactly why survivors are so scared to come forward. Read more…

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