15 products to satisfy your ‘Wonder Woman’ obsession

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Wonder Woman finally got the superhero movie she deserves — and we couldn’t be more pumped about it.

This Amazonian princess gives us all the feels — and proves that justice will always trump hate. 

For all of those who left the theater feeling inspired, this starter pack has everything you need to channel Wonder Woman in your own life. From themed sneakers to kitchen appliances, we’ll have you feeling like a native of Themyscira in no time.

Spin away at superhuman speed 

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You can’t have a starter pack without a fidget spinner. Keep up with the newest trend, Wonder Woman style. Get it here for $4.99. Read more…

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John McCain’s bizarre excuse for making no sense at the Comey hearing

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The American people are easily distracted. But surely — surely! — our esteemed lawmakers in Congress wouldn’t get distracted by a frivolous entertainment spectacle the night before a hearing in which the very future of America could be at stake. 

If only. 

Now let’s all incredulously sad-cry together after John McCain’s bizarre questioning of James Comey on Thursday in Washington, D.C. — and his even more bizarre attempt to explain the episode. 

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McCain found himself trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons after Comey’s testimony. Comey, of course, was testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about President Donald Trump’s conduct and potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.  Read more…

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Free book downloads are here to help New Yorkers ignore each other on the subway

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Looking for something to help you pass the time on the subway? New Yorkers just got a great (and free!) new option.

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Starting Thursday, commuters can take advantage of the Subway Library, a joint effort between the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, the MTA, and Transit Wireless, which provides subway riders with access to tons of material they can enjoy for free on the train for six weeks.

“The New York Public Library’s mission is to make information and knowledge accessible to all, and this exciting partnership with the MTA is certainly right on track,” said New York Public Library President Tony Marx in a press release. “By making thousands of free stories easily available to subway straphangers, we are encouraging reading, learning, and curiosity.” Read more…

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9 pool floats you need right now

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You heard it here first: No pool party is complete this summer without an epic float.

We can all thank the infamous swan model for adding some much needed spice to the inflatable scene and inspiring Instagram posts everywhere. 

Whether you want to refrain from contaminating your beverage with chlorine or just hate treading water, here are the floats that are guaranteed to get the party started. 

Ride into the sunset on this giant swan

Image: Mimosa Inc. 

The float that started it all, now with a gold upgrade. Get it here for $69. Read more…

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Family throws elaborate quinceañera for their 15-year-old cat

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Pets are a part of our families, and we will go to the end of the earth and beyond to make them feel that way. 

So, when Luna the cat from Charlotte, North Carolina, turned 15 (!!), she got the party she always dreamed of: an extravagant, pink quinceañera.

A quinceañera is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday with cultural roots in Latin America, but celebrated throughout the Americas. The coming of age is celebrated with a huge party, so there’s no way Luna could miss out on that!

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“Our family adores Luna and we really wanted to celebrate her long life in a memorable way,” Luna’s owner Brigitte Olavarria said. Read more…

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Katy Perry accuses Taylor Swift of ‘character assassination.’ Sounds a lot like Taylor Swift!

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If Katy Perry would like to be excluded from the “Bad Blood” narrative, it’s far too late for that. In her new NME cover story, she explained why she chose to respond in the first place. 

“I mean, I’m not Buddha — things irritate me. I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know?” said Perry. “Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls. That’s so messed up!”

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Perry’s response sounds a bit like Swift’s defense following Kim Kardashian’s Snapchats revealing her phone call with Kanye West over “Famous.” It makes sense that once, in simpler times, the songbirds had mad love.  Read more…

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The best marketers are mad scientists

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We’ve come a long way since the Mad Men era of marketing and advertising. The modern marketer is as much mad scientist as inspired creative, thanks to the proliferation of data and tools to access and analyze it. Just as inventor Thomas Edison was able to run 10,000 different experiments, changing a little something here, a little something there, until he found the formula that worked, the best marketers today use their creative side to come up with hypotheses, and can then perform experiments to prove their usefulness. The science of marketing has become increasingly, well, scientific. 

Given the revelation that hyper targeted marketing is more effective marketing, it’s no surprise that almost every marketing department or digital agency out there will tell you they’re “data-driven.” But at this point, “data-driven” marketing is more of a minimum requirement than a differentiator. Without data supporting them, marketing recommendations would be no better than opinions, and analyzing ROI would be imprecise, at best. But if every marketer is incorporating data into his or her campaigns, why is it that most marketing messages, no matter how they’re delivered to consumers, seem to be forgotten within a matter of seconds? And why is it that marketing funds get spent with executives and teams struggling to answer the simple question “What did we get out of that?”  Read more…

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You can now check in and fly out of Dubai’s airport with just your phone as ID

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Need ID while traveling out of Dubai? There’s an app for that.

UAE Wallet is a new app now available on the Apple App Store and could replace physical identification documents for United Arab Emirates residents flying out of Dubai and other airports.

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With the app, users are able to register their passport, ID, and visa information into UAE Wallet. Then, once at the airport, users just show the accompanying barcode that comes up in the app. The barcode is then scanned along with a fingerprint so you can go through “smart” UAE airport gates. Officials said it should be about a 10 second process, according to Gulf News. Read more…

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China just built the world’s biggest floating solar project

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China has installed a massive field of solar panels on a particularly poignant site: a lake formed by the collapse of abandoned coal mines.

The world’s largest floating solar project can produce enough power to light up a nearby city in China’s eastern Anhui province. The local government wants to expand the initiative to more than a dozen sites, which together would generate the same amount of electricity as a full-size nuclear reactor, the New York Times reported this week.

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The 40-megawatt project, which was connected to the grid in mid-May, provides a powerful example of China’s broader ambition to lead the world in clean energy development and the fight against climate change — goals that, until recently, were shared by the U.S. government. Read more…

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