Madame Tussauds trolls Disney over its horrific Trump robot

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Let the likeness wars begin.

Disney World unveiled a fancy new Donald Trump in its newly refurbished Hall of Presidents exhibit on Monday, and well, have a look.

Some said the animatronic figure looked like Hillary Clinton, sparking a conspiracy theory. Others claimed it looked more like actor Jon Voight. One thing is certain though, it does not look like President Donald Trump. 

In an attempt at being a cool and hip online brand, the Twitter account for the Orlando location of the wax museum Madame Tussauds decided to hop on the troll wagon with a popular meme that encapsulates how terrible the year 2017 was for all. (The meme actually started to trend in 2016, but 2017 proved to be worse than expected, so it has taken hold again in recent weeks.) Read more…

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Even Dogecoin is rallying in this cryptocurrency boom

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Dogecoin was as high as $0.00673467 Tuesday.

That seems like nothing compared to the $16,663 for one Bitcoin, but the meme-based cryptocurrency is having a moment.

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Look at this price chart from CoinGecko showing Dogecoin since it started in 2013. It’s been going up and up — growth in 2017 was pretty noticeable. Even if Dogecoin is far from even a penny, it’s inching closer. Not even a week ago it was at $0.0038.

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Everyone’s cheering on the joke currency. But with 112 billion coins it’s getting more serious. Read more…

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You know who’s not loving Bitcoin’s rise? Speed freaks.

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Bitcoin is having a moment. In addition to becoming the talk of the town, its staggering price rise over the last 12 months has made some early holders of the cryptocurrency exorbitantly wealthy. 

But not everyone is riding that high. In fact, it’s directly contributed to frustrated would-be Bitcoin transactors chasing a high of a different sort: specifically, the one provided by their drug of choice. 

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It seems that the growth of Bitcoin’s popularity has brought with it some challenges to the dark-web marketplaces that exchange cryptocurrency for illicit goods and services, and people are pissed. The transfer fees, you see, have gotten too damn high. Read more…

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Uh, this chess tournament logo is kinda NSFW

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Look, chess hasn’t been sexy since probably the 18th century. 

So it’s no wonder the folks at London’s 2018 World Chess Championship are looking to get people titillated with a logo that looks like something out of the Kama Sutra.

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If you’re even able to do the deed while playing chess, good for you, but for the rest of us rather perplexed at the logistics, this is the actual kinda NSFW logo for the tournament.

The branding for the 2018 World Chess Championship in London was unveiled today and it sure is somethingpic.twitter.com/Nar2TU87dR

— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) December 19, 2017 Read more…

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Order burgers with your face with this restaurant’s facial recognition kiosk

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Why bother trying to describe your perfect, nitpicky burger over the counter when you could just order one with your face?

Caliburger launched a new point-of-sale system on Tuesday that lets customers order using facial recognition technology. (This isn’t the first time the American fast food chain has gone high tech — it previously welcomed a burger-flipping robot called Flippy.)

The first time customers order using the in-store kiosks, they’ll be prompted to attach their face to their account using NeoFace biometric facial recognition software.

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By recording your face in the system, you’ll be able to automatically bring up a past order next time with a simple face scan, and earn points (or Calicoins) toward free food down the track. You still have to use your credit card for now, but the company hopes to replace this with face-only payment by 2018. Read more…

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‘Get Out’ is the best rated movie of 2017

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The best-rated movie of 2017 was a comedy, horror, or documentary – depending on how you look at it. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out was the highest rated film of the year on Rotten Tomatoes, with a steadfast 99% from critics and 87% from audiences.

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The film released in February, early enough in the calendar year and almost as early as possible in the Oscar year that it could have fallen into obscurity by summer – but it stayed. Many didn’t know what to make of the jarring trailer, but it piqued interest.

When the film released, it was to an unprecedented perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences had sold out theaters to experience it themselves. Read more…

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Hyperloop One races to new top speed, and a famous billionaire chairman

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Hyperloop One set a new company record when it reached a blistering 242 mph outside of Las Vegas on Friday — and days later, it gained a famous billionaire. 

The company named Richard Branson its chairman on Monday, rebranding itself as Virgin Hyperloop One, Axios reports. It hopes to one day zip commuters across the country at 700 mph. 

Virgin Hyperloop One’s previous tests in the Mojave Desert clearly impressed the global airline tycoon, who has helped secure over $100 million in funding for the company since October.

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‘Rogue One’ set up this ‘The Last Jedi’ storyline and you probably didn’t realize it

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Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow. Consider yourself warned. 

Rogue One and The Last Jedi may not seem to have much direct connection. Though the two movies were released a year apart, they are set decades apart in the Star Wars timeline. Only one character (Leia, who shows up at the end of Rogue One for five seconds) appears in both. 

Still, it turns out Rogue One did set up what would turn out to be a major plot point in Last Jedi

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It’s a tiny detail, and easy to miss – but you can always trust Star Wars fans to go over these films with a fine-toothed comb.  Read more…

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‘She Knew’ posters accuse Meryl Streep of keeping quiet about Weinstein’s abuse

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Throughout Los Angeles, posters of Meryl Streep smiling while standing alongside predatory producer Harvey Weinstein now hang. The actress’s eyes are blocked in the image, and within that block is the statement, “She Knew.”

It’s not known who’s behind the street art, but the message is pretty clear: The actress is being accused of enabling years of sexual harassment and assault from Weinstein throughout the entertainment industry. 

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The posters went up around Los Angeles Tuesday. One was spotted at Highland Avenue near Hollywood BoulevardThe Hollywood Reporter also found posters near Streep’s house in Pasadena, near the SAG-AFTRA building and near the 20th Century Fox studio lot. Read more…

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Disney’s Trump robot is as creepy as you’d expect

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He’s here. Following protracted delays, a robotic version of Trump has been installed into Disney World’s Hall of Presidents.

The hall was meant to reopen on Jun. 30, but will now be open from Tuesday after a year-long transformation. 

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Contrary to initial reports that he may be nodding in silence alongside many of the other 44 presidents on display, Trump has voiced remarks “exclusively” for the audio-animatronic figure on display, according to a Disney Parks blog post.

The speech is obviously very G-rated and presidential, unlike the tweets and things Trump has said in the past about women. George Washington introduces Trump, who recites the oath of office.  Read more…

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