Why ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ costumes are the most powerful meme of the resistance yet


Earlier this week, 18 women dressed up in red cloaks and white bonnets, stood in pairs in the rotunda of the Texas state capitol, and began chanting, “Shame!” in unison. They didn’t stop shouting for eight minutes. 

They call themselves the Texas handmaids. You probably first saw them back in March, when images of their original protest in Austin went viral. That’s when they sat silently in the Texas senate gallery, watching as lawmakers debated bills that would make it harder for women to get an abortion.

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What you may not know is that their demonstrations, inspired by Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale and Hulu’s vivid TV adaptation, are slowly spreading across the country. Read more…

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6 podcasts to listen to if you love the internet


Not everything that’s created on the internet stays on the internet — sometimes things just might make it on a podcast.

If you’re the kind of person who can’t get enough of the memes, videos, art, and all things internet, here are the podcasts you need to start tuning into today. 

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1. Reply All

PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman host this remarkable show all about the internet —both people who create things for it, and its impact. You can listen to old episodes below or check more out here. 

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2. The Apartment with Asif and Baluch

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Burger King upsets actual king with Belgian ad


The king of Belgium is apparently not amused by his appearance in a recent Burger King ad.

The country’s royal family contacted the fast food chain this weekend over an online ad that asks people to choose between its mascot and a cartoon image of King Philippe, the BBC reports.

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A spokesperson for the family told the network that the company isn’t allowed to use the monarch’s likeness without their approval.

As of Saturday evening, the ad remained live at the domain whoistheking.be. 

Visitors who vote for the real-life king are prompted to reconsider. Read more…

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Homer Simpson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. D’oh!


Although it’s no longer “America’s favorite pastime,” baseball is still at the heart of the county’s popular culture and, along those lines, its Hall of Fame just hit a home run by adding Homer Simpson to its ranks. 

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On Saturday, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, added the animated character to its list of greats, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the episode “Homer at Bat,” which aired in February of 1992. 

A legendary reunion to celebrate Homer’s “induction” into the Hall of Fame. #HOFHomer #HOFClassic (📸: Milo Stewart, Jr.)

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Change.org just got a $30 million investment to expand petitions into real social movements


Change.org is getting some major support from tech billionaires to create real social movements. 

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million funding round for the site in what he said in a post on LinkedIn was his largest personal impact investment to date. 

Bill Gates and Y Combinator’s Sam Altman are also investing in Change.org in this round, Change.org CEO Ben Rattray said in a blog post. 

“As a society, we should be doing everything we can to build powerful, easy-to-use civic spaces where upstarts and idealists can effectively challenge entrenched interests. Where people believe their participation makes a real difference. Where every day, in transparent fashion, individual citizens can join forces in highly democratic efforts to make the world a better place,” Hoffman wrote in his LinkedIn post. “That’s why I’m making this investment in Change.org.”  Read more…

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The Warriors have been unbeatable since Klay Thompson fulfilled a weird autograph request


The Golden State Warriors are unbeatable right now. Literally. 

The team America loves to hate has been perfect in the NBA Playoffs, racking up a 12-0 record through the first three rounds in barnstorming its way to a third consecutive NBA Finals. 

All this despite one of Golden State’s vaunted superstars, Klay Thompson, slumping his way through the entire post-season. But it’s possible that Thompson, wittingly or not, traded his on-court talents for something more powerfulMuch more powerful. 

Now, a warning. This is about to get weird. Cosmic, even. But it’s backed up by facts, so what choice do we have?  Read more…

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Juno sees something familiar looking out from Jupiter’s rings


Imagine that you’re standing on an alien world, far out in the galaxy. You look up and see a brilliant bed of stars above you, blanketing totally foreign sky. 

But what if you were on a different planet a little closer to home? What would you see then?

A new photo beamed back from Jupiter by NASA’s Juno probe, gives us a good idea of what that could be like.

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The new Juno image gives us our first view of what it’s like to look out from within Jupiter’s rings — yes, the huge planet has its own rings — back toward something pretty familiar: the constellation Orion.  Read more…

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Shiba Inu dog: Yes, fidget spinners ‘are’ evil


It turns out that dogs (of course) know that fidget spinners are the work of the devil, and one brave Shiba Inu had no problem making her feelings known in a video posted on Instagram this week. 

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Nothing odd happens here other than the mere spinning of the popular time-wasting gadget, but Kiba the Shiba isn’t fooled and emphatically calls out the unnatural movements of the seemingly innocent device. 

#kibatheshiba loves #fidgetspinner #shibainu

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At one point, Kiba even takes an angry swipe at it (or maybe she’s just trying to see if she can spin it herself, by means of paw). Look, we know from the movies that animals (usually dogs, because they’re awesome) can sense the presence of evil. And we know fidget spinners are fun to fiddle with.  Read more…

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Coke made a label that doubles as a wristband for music festivals


Bottles of Coke could get Romanians into concerts this summer.

The soda giant is printing detachable labels that double as festival wristbands to some of the country’s biggest musical events. 

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Not every bottle is a winner; drinkers have to use a special app to determine whether or not their package is a real ticket.

But the company is hoping that the eight quirky designs it’s rolling out will make teens want to wear them regardless.

Among Coke’s festival partners is Transylvania’s Untold, one of the premiere musical events in Europe. Read more…

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