Little boy discovers the power of a leaf blower and will never be the same again

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This kid picked up his grandfather’s leaf blower and went absolutely mad with power. 

The leaf blower boy seems pretty ready for supervillain school since he’s got the whole maniacal laughter part down. 

In fact, the boy demonstrates that no one on Earth is safe from his wrath, that is until someone bigger gives him a taste of his own medicine. Read more…

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Hey Alexa, can you order me some accessories?

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Who will you remember as the face – or voice – of 2017?

Alexa.

Amazon’s voice control system and at-home personal assistant has stolen our collective hearts, making the Echo family of products a must-have for any smart home. (Don’t have one yet? Compare Echo products here.)

SEE ALSO: Amazon Echo costs just $130 right now

These eight smart gadgets are a great way to enhance Alexa’s skills and make your life even easier than you thought possible, all with the power of your voice.

“Hey Alexa…” Read more…

“…Is the front door locked?”

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Youngest Solange fan finally gets to FaceTime with her celebrity idol

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The magic of Twitter is real, dreams really do come true, and sometimes your heroes are just as great as you hope they will be.

The little Solange Knowles fan who won a lot of internet fame last week for pretending to FaceTime the musician actually got the chance to video chat with the real deal.

After the teeny fan’s father posted a video of his daughter, Ghazi, pretending to FaceTime the singer, Solange tweeted a picture of her on FaceTime with the young fan (for real, this time) just a few hours later. 

SEE ALSO: Solange’s inspiring letter to her teenage self left the internet in tears

Based on Solange’s tweet, it looks like the two had a wonderful time meeting one another. Ghazi even sang the musician happy birthday. Read more…

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MashReads Podcast: Celebrating 20 years of ‘Harry Potter’

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The ‘Boy Who Lived’ just entered a new decade. 

Today marks the 20th anniversary since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone debuted in the UK. 

20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It’s been wonderful. Thank you.#HarryPotter20

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2017

To celebrate the occasion, the MashReads Podcast sat down and reflected on Harry Potter and the impact that it has had over the past 20 years.

Join us as we talk about J.K. Rowling’s beloved series, how the characters have stuck with us over the years, and the hidden power behind the books. Read more…

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Kelly Osbourne peed her pants and is blaming Starbucks

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Starbucks pissed off Kelly Osbourne, so she pissed herself. Or, to use Osbourne’s own hashtag, #PissedMyOwnPants. 

After she tried and failed to relieve herself at a Manhattan location, she got very dramatic about the whole thing and tweeted about it for some reason. There’s a hefty does of rage for the “shameful employees” that were just doing their jobs instead of dropping everything to direct their attention to Osbourne’s bursting bladder. 

SEE ALSO: Justin Bieber tweets about being a big boy who doesn’t pee himself

The troublesome turn of events went down at the happiest possible setting: New York City’s Pride festival. Osbourne was marching with amFAR, an organization dedicated to fighting AIDS, which is wonderful.   Read more…

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Looking at the Obama family rafting together in Bali makes it seem easier to breathe

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An Obama sighting is a thing to behold these days—and everyone seems to go nuts when they do appear, even if it’s just Michelle or Barack introducing rappers at award ceremonies. 

It’s safe to say, the former first family is busy and might not be missing us as much as we miss them. The crew was spotted rafting in Bali, Indonesia, Sunday where they are currently on vacation. And, well, when you’re rafting down a river in Bali, chances are you’re not thinking about the state of American democracy or the American people. We don’t blame them. 

SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama’s latest Instagram post gives new meaning to squad goals Read more…

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Clever website turns Donald Trump’s bad tweets into poetry

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Still can’t get enough of Trump’s Twitter account for some reason? Well, you are in luck, my friend. Reddit user Darby_Crash created a website called Poet in Chief that randomly generates a beautiful* poem out of the president’s tweets. 

SEE ALSO: Senate reveals detested health care bill, and LORDY Trump just tweeted about Comey tapes

While it is a far stretch to consider these poems art, it does cast Trump’s child-like writing in a new, refreshing light. I generated a few myself and was met with such classics as:

And:

A humorous unintended effect of these poems is that each one has an ominous undertone, which is most likely unavoidable considering the source material it is working with.  Read more…

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This cloud-connected fidget spinner takes uselessness to a whole new level

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Fidget spinners — yeah, they’re still a thing. So why not capitalize on the phase if you can?

Ben Parnas, an electrical engineer at Formlabs, and his buddy Greg Daneault, an associate software engineer at Carbon Black, did just that. The two created a fidget spinner that may be even more useless than the real thing for the Boston Stupid Hackathon. The tagline of the event (also known as Stupid Shit No One Needs And Terrible Ideas Hackathon) was “Come make something we’ll all regret.”

SEE ALSO: Kim Kardashian is selling her own fidget spinner knockoff and it’s shaped like a money sign

The two buddies wanted to take an object that is a useless part of everyone’s lives and make it even easier to use. The connected a fidget spinner to a robot that spins it automatically. That robot is connected to the cloud, so you can activate it via smartphone. Not by tapping or swiping, mind you, but by actually spinning your phone. Read more…

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