Brazen L.A. hawk refuses to leave the hood of a moving car

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On an otherwise normal, sunny day, a bird of prey rode around on the hood of a moving car near downtown Los Angeles.

The hawk, likely a red-tailed hawk common to the city, landed on the car and wouldn’t budge for 15 minutes, reports The Eastsider. The bird didn’t move even as the car drove through the city’s palm-lined streets.

“He’s staring at us like he’s staring into our souls,” one of the passengers says in a YouTube video documenting the incident.

It may have been a younger, immature bird, exploring its urban world. Or perhaps the predator had another, elusive agenda.

Eventually the hawk flew off. But not before thrilling Angeleno dwellers, both in the car and on the street. Read more…

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Amazon shuts down its social network that you forgot existed anyway

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Amazon Spark, we hardly cared about knew you.

The shopping social network (a kinda gross concept to start with) disappeared from the internet and Amazon’s app some time in the past couple days, according to a report from TechCrunch.

Spark launched in July 2017, and was described by your friends at Mashable as “the grossest, purest thing on the internet.” It attempted to bridge online shopping and authentic socializing while also bringing in sweet, sweet cash for Amazon. 

The service allowed Prime users to post photos of their favorite products in an Instagram-like feed with an easy click-to-purchase option built in.  Read more…

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This remarkable Greenland photo highlights extreme Arctic melting

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The melting Arctic is on dramatic display.

At mid-June, Arctic sea ice is now at a record low for this time of year, and melted ice is especially notable both in and around Greenland — home to the second largest ice sheet on the planet. Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute, snapped a photo on Thursday of Greenland sea ice that had melted into a large lake of aqua water, pooled atop the icy surface.

Olsen, along with local hunters, had to sled across the flooded ice to retrieve vulnerable weather and ocean monitoring equipment. Their sled dogs splashed through the icy water. Read more…

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‘Stranger Things’ cast teaches Jimmy Fallon the song they used to annoy each other

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The cute-children-turned-post-pubescent-teens of Stranger Things proved they’re still the charming kids Netflix viewers flipped over when the show debuted in 2016. 

Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, and Sadie Sink squeezed onto The Tonight Show sofas to talk about the on-set antics they used to pass the time while shooting Season 3. The group even taught Jimmy Fallon the “Chicken Noodle Song,” a purposefully irritating tune created by McLaughlin (“Lucas” on the show) to annoy his costars. 

Stranger Things Season 3 debuts July 4 on Netflix.  Read more…

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The ballsy realism of HBO’s Euphoria is worth the risk

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Euphoria is a jarring exploration into the dark gamuts of growing up with addiction, depression, and immense peer pressure among other coming-of-age obstacles. HBO’s gritty teen drama pushes boundaries in its attempts to realistically display the how and why of high schoolers indulge in drugs and sex.

The show found its way into the news before its June 16 premiere when it was revealed that one of the actors quit while filming the pilot after feeling uncomfortable with explicit scenesIn an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, show creator Sam Levinson said, “There are going to be parents who are going to be totally fucking freaked out.”  Read more…

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Jake Gyllenhaal reveals to Ellen what he wears to bed

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This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.


Jake Gyllenhaal sleeps naked, folks. 

During the actor’s appearance on Ellen this week, Gyllenhaal answered all of Ellen Degeneres’ Burning Questions. The pair had a hilariously good time, pressing buttons and chatting about everything from his underwear preferences (briefs) to his favorite body part (the nape of a woman’s neck). 

When asked what he wears to bed, Gyllenhaal answers, “nothing,” to which the crowd loudly responds with whoops and cheers.

Thirsty indeed!

Thirsty indeed!

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NASA spots a telltale ‘Star Trek’ sign on Mars

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The Martian desert is rich in curiosities. 

And Star Trek symbolism, too. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter — a satellite zipping around the red planet — captured a mass of ancient lava rock that looks strikingly like the Star Trek Starfleet insignia donned by the show’s galactic explorers. 

“Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo: and you’d be right, but it’s only a coincidence,” NASA scientists said. 

NASA’s planetary researchers, like they always do, had a realistic explanation for the geologic feature, calling it “a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind.” Read more…

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How ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ will bring out the best of the franchise

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In many ways, Animal Crossing has always been a friendship simulator. 

Sure, over the years it also became about being the mayor of your own town, or crafting, or collectibles. But from the beginning, the true heart of this nearly two-decade old franchise came from developing long-term connections, whether with adorable talking animal NPCs or IRL friends who could visit your virtual utopia. 

“Since I became involved in development during the Nintendo 64 days, the core concept of the game was to try to bring as many people as possible together,” said Nintendo co-director Hisashi Nogami. “The way people communicate has continued to evolve throughout the series, with the latest version having both local play and online play.” Read more…

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Taylor Swift delights with surprise Pride performance at Stonewall Inn

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Latrice Royale talks self-love, values, and voting against Trump in 2020

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Every day of Pride Month, Mashable will be sharing illuminating conversations with members of the LGBTQ community who are making history right now.


“Get up, look sickening, and make them eat it!” 

Latrice Royale, the “chunky, yet funky” queen of RuPaul’s Drag Race, has been offering those immortal words of confidence to fans for years. 

But in 2020, she’ll be taking them straight to the polls — voting not only as a beloved leader of the LGBTQ community, but also as a former inmate with newly restored rights. 

A drag queen, activist, and television personality, Royale first came into the national consciousness in 2012 as a cast member on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4. Snatching the title of Miss Congeniality and placing fourth overall in her season, Royale established a reputation of integrity, kindness, and talent early on in her public history, regularly using her primetime platform to advocate for a cause near and dear to her heart. Read more…

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