Bride bucks bridal shower norms for a party with her male friends

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As one of four women in a class of 60, Brazilian computer engineering student Rebeca Brantes didn’t know how to have the bridal shower she dreamed of because her friends were mostly men. 

But since gendering a simple wedding party tradition is a bit silly anyways, Brantes decided to invite her pals along to be bridesmales and the resulting photographs are hilarious and stunning. 

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“I came up with the idea one week before the wedding,” Brantes told Bored Panda. “I was looking into some “making of” pictures of brides with their gang of girls, all in robes, laughing, drinking champagne and all, and I got a bit sad because I wouldn’t be able to do anything like that.” Read more…

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Get your own bag of (real) moon dust for just $4 million

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On the outside, the plain white bag seems unremarkable. But inside, it’s laced with an exquisite and extremely valuable material: moon dust. 

Neil Armstrong stuffed this sack with the world’s first samples of lunar rocks during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Traces of dust still remain in the outer decontamination bag, which includes a label reading “LUNAR SAMPLE RETURN.”

Sotheby’s New York said the dinner plate-sized bag could fetch up to $4 million when it goes on the auction block on July 20 — the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s historic first moon landing.

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Sasheer Zamata is leaving SNL, and these five moments are why you’ll miss her so much

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News of Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer leaving Saturday Night Live dominated the season finale this past Saturday, but it turns out, ET Online confirmed that another cast member also bid a sneaky farewell to the show without much fanfare—Sasheer Zamata.  

Zamata joined the SNL cast in 2014, after the show specifically sought to cast a black female comedian after diversity concerns were raised, The Hollywood Reporter explained. While many have argued her talents were underutilized on the show, since 2014, she’s appeared in a wide variety of sketches—and below are some of our favorite Zamata moments.  Read more…

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Facebook’s been making it up all along and we’re left holding the bag

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On Sunday afternoon we learned about Facebook’s internal content moderation rules from a massive leak by The Guardian. It confirmed what a lot of people had long suspected: Facebook is making it up as they go along and we’re the collateral damage.

The leaked moderator documents cover how to deal with depictions of things like self-harm and animal cruelty in exceedingly detailed ways. A first read through suggests that the company attempted to create a rule for every conceivable situation, and if they missed one, well they’d write that guideline when it came up. It suggests they think that this is just a question of perfecting the rules, when they’ve been off-base from the outset. Read more…

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People are not okay with the leaked Facebook guidelines on sexual, violent content

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On Sunday, The Guardian revealed internal documents from Facebook that uncovered how the social media corporation moderates everything from hate speech to live streams.  

The guide—which is filled with examples of how to handle sexual content, animal abuse and violent deaths—has pried open the conversation regarding online ethics, and people have begun to hop on Twitter to share their immediate thoughts, many of which aren’t so great for Facebook.

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Folks have expressed their confusion about the subjective rules, and are questioning the logic behind particular parts of the guide.   Read more…

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Secret Facebook documents reveal how site battles violent content

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Facebook’s closely guarded, secret guidelines for monitoring violence, hate speech, and revenge porn have been revealed for the first time after an investigation by the Guardian. They show the extremely fuzzy and imperfect line between what’s considered dangerous material and acceptable content on the world’s leading social network.

Internal documents obtained by the Guardian explore the murky waters that moderators and executives must wade through on a daily basis as they judge user generated content. A Facebook user who exclaims “Let’s beat up fat kids” gets a pass, but a commenter who urges “Someone shoot Trump” is taken seriously. Read more…

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Lady Gaga pens touching note for her late best friend

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Sonja Durham passed away from stage IV cancer this past weekend, and if you do not know who she was directly, Lady Gaga can fill you in.

Durham was one of Gaga’s closest friends, and the inspiration behind the singer’s “Grigio Girls.” After her passing, Gaga penned an emotional note on Instagram in honor of her best friend. 

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“Watching one of my best friends in the world show unfathomable courage, strength, and positivity while battling cancer has really changed my life,” Gaga wrote. “Thank you Sonja for inspiring me and all of us everyday with your joy.” Read more…

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Over 100 students walked out of a commencement speech in protest of VP Mike Pence

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Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement address to the University of Notre Dame Class of 2017 didn’t go as smoothly as he probably would have liked it to, thanks to protesters who walked out as the vice president began his remarks. 

The protest, which was organized by the University of Notre Dame student activist coalition We StaND For, saw over 100 students walking out of the commencement ceremony on Sunday afternoon to a few boos and a few cheers. 

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With 100+ participants #WalkoutND was a wonderful success. Thank you all for the support!

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Magnificent portraits record early 20th century Norwegian villagers in stunning detail

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c. 1912-1920

A wedding.

IMage: Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

Olai Fauske was born in 1887 to a farming family in the Norwegian county of Sogn og Fjordane. With chronic health problems and no inheritance rights to the family farm, he decided to start a career as a photographer.

After training in Bergen, he set up a business in the small town of Førde, where he worked until his death in 1944.

He traveled around the district of Sunnfjord, producing landscapes and postcards that he sold both to locals and far-flung emigrants who missed the vistas of their home country.

As the only photographer in the Førde area, Fauske was commissioned to document weddings, funerals, family portraits, and other notable events, from seasonal celebrations to the capture of a particularly large halibut, all on exquisitely detailed glass plate negatives. Read more…

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How to post Google Photos’ awesome animations to Instagram

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If you use Google Photos, you know the service is so much more than just the best way to store and back up all your photos and videos into the cloud.

Using advanced machine learning, Google Photos can intelligently identify people, places, and things — and it’s all easily searchable. One of the cooler things in Google Photos is the Assistant (not to be confused with Google’s other Assistant on Android and Google Home).

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In the Google Photos app on iOS and Android, the Assistant is a card-based panel that does three things:

  1. Shows you the status of your backup.

  2. Automatically creates “movies” based on related video clips.

  3. Creates “animations” using batches of bursted photos. (You can also create your own animations by manually selecting between 2-50 photos, but the end result is the same — you still get a GIF file.) Read more…

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