Matt Damon has more to say about sexual harassment and, oh boy …


Matt Damon needs to stop talking about sexual harassment until he actually gets it.

After a whole week of being lambasted by folks like Alyssa Milano following his unfathomably misinformed ABC News interview, the Hollywood star has more to add. More!

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In fact, Damon thinks we should be talking more about the men in Hollywood who aren’t sexually assaulting people. In an interview with Business Insider, promoting his new film, Downsizing, Damon said he thinks men “who don’t do this kind of thing” should be given a pat on the back. Read more…

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This bird sings the iPhone ringtone when it gets upset


A sweet cockatiel knows exactly how to get its owner’s attention: imitate an iPhone.

Vimeo user Ben Pluimer posted a video to his page on Monday featuring his friend’s pet bird perfectly recreating that classic iPhone default ringtone. 

“When my friend’s cockatiel gets upset, it sings an Apple ringtone,” he wrote in the clip. 

According to Pluimer, the bird usually gets upset when its humans are tying their shoes and are getting ready to leave the house. 

At one point the real Apple ringtone is played immediately after the bird sings. The pitch is pretty spot-on, which must be confusing if you’re in the next room and you hear your phone going off only to find a sad bird mimicking the iPhone.  Read more…

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Woman expertly trolls text scammer who claimed she won a free laptop


There’s no better feeling than trolling someone that tried to scam you out of money.

Shaina Gimao received an obviously scammy text message recently, probably similar to one you may have received before. Surprise! She won a new laptop, chosen randomly through her phone number.  

Smelling an obvious scam, Gimao decided to troll the scammer back.

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How to give scammers a mini heart attack 🙄

— Shaina Gimao (@sha_bcgimao) December 15, 2017

“Congratulations!” she texted back. “You have successfully subscribed to Prayer of the Day! 50 PESOS will be deducted from your payload.” Read more…

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The dispute between Rose McGowan and Meryl Streep is important, but it’s distracting us from the real problem


As the Harvey Weinstein wounds still fester, women in Hollywood are figuring out how to respond, and not everyone’s on the same page.

Case in point: The recent dispute featuring Rose McGowan, Amber Tamblyn, and Meryl Streep. 

The three have recently expressed, or been linked to, differing opinions on how to call for change in the entertainment industry. The online bickering among spectators that’s followed has muddied the waters a bit, making us momentarily forget who the real villain is: harassers like Weinstein. 

SEE ALSO: Rose McGowan slams women planning to protest Golden Globes by wearing all black Read more…

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This genius scale doesn’t actually tell you how much you weigh


A startup just released the least judgmental scale you’ve ever seen — and it’s powered by AI. 

The scale, called Shapa, looks like any normal scale, with one key difference: It doesn’t tell you how much you weigh. 

Hear me out on this. 

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When you purchase a Shapa scale, you’ll pair it (via Bluetooth) with the Shapa app, available for Android, iOS, or Amazon Alexa. Every time you step on the scale, the app will record (but not show you) your weight. 

There are three things it shows you instead. First, a cute calendar indicates how many times you’ve stepped on (and forgotten to step on) your scale in the past week.  Read more…

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China reminds Google and Facebook to play by the rules if they want access


China has more than 700 hundred million internet users, but if tech companies want a slice of the action, they’ll have to abide by the country’s tight censorship laws.

The reminder comes from Qi Xiaoxia, director general of the Bureau of International Cooperation at the Cyberspace Administration of China, who spoke at the UN’s Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, according to Reuters.

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“That’s a question maybe in many people’s minds, why Google, why Facebook are not yet working and operating in China … If they want to come back, we welcome,” Qi said. Read more…

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Alamo Drafthouse wants you to rent VHS tapes like it’s the 1990s


Alamo Drafthouse is about to put your ’90s nostalgia into overdrive.

The movie theater chain is bringing back an authentic video store. Yes, we’re talking about VHS. 

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The store, Video Vortex, will be part of an 11-theater cineplex expected to open early next year in Raleigh, North Carolina. It’ll rent VHS tapes, along with Blu-ray discs and DVDs.

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The company knows watching VHS tapes isn’t much of an option without a VCR, so the antiquated machines will be available for rent along with a free rental for HDMI-to-RCA adapters. Low tech is back for the win. Read more…

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Alternative Christmas ornaments to discourage your cat from climbing the tree


Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season, unless you have a cat. 

Then, it can be a hazardous event putting all of your favorite ornaments when your cat may climb it and knock the whole thing down at any second.

SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged

That’s why we’ve compiled some ideas for Christmas ornaments that should discourage your cat from climbing the tree.


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Cats are classically afraid of cucumbers, so if you place cucumber ornaments throughout your Christmas tree, they should jump in fear in the opposite direction. Read more…

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‘Last Jedi’ seriously had THE MOST WTF moment of any Star Wars movie


Yes, yes, there are spoilers here. Don’t be a dummy and read below this if you don’t want a mild spoiler on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

While everyone’s fighting over whether or not Star Wars: The Last Jedi is good, no one’s talking about how it contained the most bizarre moment in the franchise’s history.

There is one tiny, COMPLETELY unnecessary scene near the beginning which is SO DAMN STRANGE, that I couldn’t help but be revolted. It stuck with me through the entire two and a half hours of that film and I still haven’t shaken it.

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Soccer star criticised for posting blackface photo of himself


Another day, another case of blackface.

French soccer star Antoine Griezmann has been criticised for posting a photo of himself in full blackface online for an “’80s party” online on Sunday.

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Dressed as what appears to be a Harlem Globetrotters basketball player, complete with an afro wig and darkened skin, 26-year-old Griezmann received a string of angry comments about the costume.

I’m already stressed out about Griezmann’s inevitable apology saying “a lot of my best friends are black.”

— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) December 17, 2017 Read more…

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