The USGS sent SoCal a quake alert on Wednesday for a tremor that actually occurred in 1925

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A powerful and deadly earthquake struck the coastal California city of Santa Barbara back on June 29, 1925. More than a dozen people died and $8 million in damage was reported in the historic quake, which had a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter Scale.

Flash-forward almost 92 years and a quake with the same magnitude and with the same epicenter was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on Wednesday. 

Only this latest event was a false alarm — a database aftershock to be more precise — of the 1925 event.

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Richard Branson: Business leaders are ‘baffled’ by Trump on climate change

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British billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that companies are now even more driven to invest in clean energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

“Whether it’s GE, or whether it’s the big oil companies… I haven’t come across one business person who doesn’t want to get out there and do everything they can to try to compensate for the [Trump] administration’s very strange stance,” Branson said on a Wednesday call with reporters.

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Kid getting real dizzy at the park is the cutest thing you’ll ever see

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The internet can provide the perfect escape for our everyday problems. But when videos of kittens and puppies just isn’t enough, it’s time to watch a kid get real dizzy on a spinning ride at the park. 

After getting a real good spin in, this little dude tried his very best to stand up, but ended up looking like he had a few too many drinks, much to the enjoyment of everyone around.

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Apparently, everyone needed a little bit of contagious laughter today, because the tweet has since racked up more than 205,000 retweets at the time of writing. Thank you for bringing smiles to hundreds of thousands of people, dizzy kid.  Read more…

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Robert Downey Jr. posts a pic of him and his ‘Avengers’ bros hanging out and we’re sooo jealous

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We’re having flashbacks to that feeling where you really want to sit at the cool kids table, but you’re also content just watching from afar.

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On Wednesday, Robert Downey Jr. posted a photo of the ultimate cool kids table, featuring his Avengers: Infinity War costars.

The photo shows Downey posing with his original Avengers buddy Mark Ruffalo and the Doctor Strange duo Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong.

Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong… Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8

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The Knicks used a fake internet holiday to savagely troll their suffering fans

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Wednesday was apparently “National Selfie Day” on some parts of the internet. Lots of people posted photos of themselves, but the New York Knicks used the occasion to torture their poor fans yet again. 

The Knicks, as we documented recently, are an NBA dumpster fire. Perhaps their only saving grace is the promising future of 21-year-old star Kristaps Porzingis. 

Knicks fans booed Porzingis when he was drafted in 2015, but have since come to love the budding star. That’s why they reacted with horror and incredulity when it was reported this week that the team is open to trading him. 

Which brings us to National Selfie Day … which the Knicks used to … post a photo of Porzingis. Amazing.  Read more…

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Police raid homes of 36 accused of spewing hate online in Germany

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German police searched the homes of three dozen people on Tuesday, all of whom are accused of writing hateful messages on social media.

The raids illustrate significant differences between how Germany treats hate speech online when compared with the United States. 

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The 36 targeted people are accused of threatening others, racism, and other forms of harassment, and most of them are classified as “right wing,” according to The New York Times

In the U.S., speech meant to threaten is illegal, but hate speech is not. In Germany, both can result in a visit from policeGerman law prohibits speech that “incites hatred” against a number of groups, including groups defined by race, national origin, and religion. Read more…

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Sean Spicer says reporters ask ‘snarky’ questions because they want to become ‘YouTube stars’

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s obvious disdain for the media seems to have reached a new level.

In an interview with Lifezette publisher Laura Ingraham, Spicer accused the White House press corps of asking “snarky” questions in order to become famous on YouTube, because that is obviously the dream of any reporter. 

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“There’s a lot of them that want to become YouTube stars and ask some snarky question that’s already been asked eight times,” Spicer said of reporters. “There’s a bit of snarkiness now with the press, because, again, a lot of them are more focused about getting their clip on air than they are of actually taking the time to understand an issue.” Read more…

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We’re no closer to a ‘Downton Abbey’ movie than we were a year ago, so slow your roll, internet

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In today’s installment of “old news the internet is suddenly treating like it’s new,” another producer has reiterated that a Downton Abbey movie is in the works. 

This would be much more remarkable if everyone from the show’s creator to its cast hadn’t been promising a Downton Abbey movie ever since the series left the air. 

The movie has been newly “confirmed” since January 2016/March 2016/May 2016/July 2016/August 2016/September 2016/January 2017/March 2017/May 2017 — at least if you have a flexible definition of “confirmed,” but as far as we can tell, not much has progressed since then. There is supposedly a draft of the script, which was “confirmed” by the cast last October. Read more…

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‘Echo Arena’ is the first VR game that made me forget I was real

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Echo Arena is basically ultimate frisbee VR, and it completely consumed me at E3.

In a demo station at E3, I turn my head to watch a disc float by and activate my wrist jets to chase after it, weaving past floating obstacles and using my hands to guide me.

Reaching the disc, I grab it with my dominant hand and look up toward the diamond-shaped goal, about 30 feet away. With a flick, I launch the disc toward the open, glowing goal and nail it right in the middle, setting off sparks and a ripping guitar riff, earning my team three points.

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Self-driving shuttle will take a few lucky college students to class next year

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University of Michigan engineering students will get a slick new ride to class starting next school year — no driver necessary.

The University’s MCity self-driving development hub just announced its plans to launch a free autonomous shuttle service in the school’s North Campus. It’s the first time the self-driving program has offered services outside of the 32-acre MCity complex, which opened in 2015.

The shuttle will run a non-stop, two-mile route between the Lurie Engineering Center and the university’s North Campus Research Complex, so students won’t be able to take advantage of the autonomous transport for their extracurricular activities, if you know what I mean.  Read more…

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