United accidentally puts rapper and his dog on separate flights

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2017 has been ruff for United Airlines and things don’t seem to be improving.

The latest in a string of very bad incidents at the hands of the airline occurred on Friday after Quincy Matthew Hanley — a rapper whom you likely know as ScHoolboy Q — and his dog were placed on separate flights after a layover in Denver.

SEE ALSO: United is now literally taking things from children

On Friday night after realizing he and his pet had been separated, the rapper shared his concern on Twitter, calling the airline out for putting his dog, Yeeerndamean, on the wrong flight and demanding answers.

You guys r idiots @united HOW U PUT MY DOG ON THE WRONG FLIGHT???? I need answers

— ScHoolboy Q (@ScHoolboyQ) July 14, 2017 Read more…

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Ridiculous solar eclipse lodging costs will make you want to watch it online

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The total solar eclipse in August will only darken skies above parts of the U.S. in its line of totality for barely 3 minutes, but for that brief time, people are shelling out big money for hotels, campsites, cruise ships, and more.

SEE ALSO: New solar eclipse simulator shows you what to expect this summer

On Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse will cross over the entire continental U.S. since 1918. This is a big deal for astronomers, scientists, and everyone else eager to see the moon pass across the sun. 

Hotels, home rental sites like Airbnb and Craigslist, and tourism boards in places geographically lucky to fall along the eclipse’s path are capitalizing on the rare solar event that’s attracting visitors from all over.  Read more…

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7 hilarious Instagrams that will make you feel better about your dating drama

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Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or in something that sort of falls in between, navigating romance in our modern times can be really stressful.  

So if you need some sweet comic relief from all the ceaseless swiping, get ready to bless your Instagram feed with memes, comics, and screenshots that will make you say, “Oh my god, that is so me.” 

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Violet Clair posts colorful illustrations that poke fun at single-life for people in their late twenties and early thirties. But even if you’re a college student who’s in a relationship, we guarantee you will find most of these quirky memes very relatable.  Read more…

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John Oliver and Stephen Colbert roast two of history’s most underwhelming presidents

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You don’t hear much about Warren G. Harding and Zachary Taylor, which makes sense. Harding died after two years in office and subsequently had his legacy demolished by scandals. Taylor, after accomplishing relatively little in the first year of his presidency, died when he consumed too much milk and cherries at a Fourth of July party. 

Both are remembered, by and large, as Bad.

So, okay, they weren’t good presidents. But that just means they’re amazing candidates for a roast in the year 2017, courtesy of John Oliver and Stephen Colbert.

Please enjoy, and bask in the relief of forgetting our current president for just over six minutes. Bonus: creepy wax figures! Read more…

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Get the audiobook of Tim Ferriss’ ‘The 4-Hour Chef’ for absolutely free

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In 2007, New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss released The 4-Hour Workweek—a book that effectively disrupted the traditional thinking on the way we work, live, and plan for the future. Now, the ultimate life hack guru is showing readers a new approach to another common stressor on our lives: cooking. 

In The 4-Hour Chef, Ferriss teaches you how to succeed in and out of the kitchen using his acclaimed “meta-learning” techniques. And since your busy schedule may not allow for much reading time, you can grab this game-changing volume in the form of a free audiobook and listen to it while you tackle other important missions.  Read more…

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Here’s why you should always be honest with your friends

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Whether you’ve ever had lipstick on your teeth or get caught with toilet paper on your shoe, this comic captures those feels when your friends let you down, but a complete stranger has your back.

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Be a true friend, people.

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After ‘To the Bone’: How Hollywood should change its portrayal of eating disorders

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Netflix’s new film To the Bone tells two stories. 

The first one, about the central character’s near-fatal struggle with anorexia, is what the filmmaker intended to share with her audience. 

SEE ALSO: ‘To the Bone’ lacks the courage to tackle anorexia in a meaningful way

The second story is about the missed opportunities, omissions, and tropes that remind a skeptical viewer just how much Hollywood needs to rethink the way it portrays eating disorders in film and television. 

That might seem like a harsh judgment of To the Bone, a semi-autobiographical account from TV veteran Marti Noxon, the film’s writer and director. For years, she pitched the idea to producers and heard the subject matter was too niche for a broad audience. She labored to bring the film to life with good intentions, and her efforts have sparked a high-profile conversation about eating disorders.  Read more…

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This plasma beam lighter can start a fire without a flame

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If you’re going out into the wilderness for any significant amount of time—whether you’re tent camping or cabin glamping—you’re going to want to have a more reliable source of fire than your old Zippo. After all, even the cushiest camping trips can get rugged real fast, and it never hurts to be as prepared as possible. 

Replace your current lighter with the Saberlight Plasma Beam Lighter and you’ll have a contingency against inclement weather and low lighter fluid reserves. Plus, you’ll have a remarkably slick lighter that will blow your fellow campers’ moisture-wicking socks off. Read more…

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Trump hires a man with the most magnificent mustache to defend him against Russia accusations

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I dare say, I won’t stand for all of you besmirching my client, Mr. Trump.

To get to him, you’ll have to get through me and my magnificent mustache. My name is Ty Cobb and winning runs in my veins. I’m a high-powered lawyer who represented people in the Clinton administration, and I’m a distant relative of The Georgia Peach himself, Ty Cobb, the baseball player. 

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It’s unconscionable that you would accuse my client, Donald J. Trump, and his associates of inappropriate contact with the Russians just because of evidence. Why, I’d challenge you to a duel, but I’m enjoying a tasty mint julep on a riverboat. Read more…

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Roborace showed off its electric, self-driving race car in the middle of Times Square

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The robotic racing series Roborace is still somewhat of a pipe dream that aims to become the “world’s first self-driving racing series.” On Friday, we got our first in-person look at the 200-mph vehicle that will eventually race itself around the track: the Robocar.

The sleek, brightly colored racer was plopped down in New York City’s Times Square, attracting the attention of NYC locals and tourists who just didn’t know what to make of the thing. Its creators believe those questions will soon be answered, adding to the larger conversation about autonomous driving development.

The race car, which doesn’t need a human driver, will continue its U.S. debut at Formula E’s New York City ePrix event this weekend. When the concept was first introduced back in 2015, the plan was to hold self-driving races before each Formula E event. While the Roborace cars aren’t ready for that just yet, the company will be showing off its autonomous systems in two on track demos this weekend using the company’s prototype DevBot cars. The Robocar, for now, is just for show.  Read more…

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