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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These early reviews of ‘Harry Potter’ will make you grin

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In case this article is the first thing you’re seeing on the internet today, it’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released. As the book (and subsequent books) grew in popularity, you’d be hard-pressed to find a negative review for Potter in its two decades on shelves. Many early reviews were in print form and not even archived well on the internet, and the earliest digital hot takes were — predictably — that the series was overhyped (see below).

So in the spirit of nostalgia and to 20 (and more) years of Harry Potter, we revisited some of those very first, pre-hype Sorcerer’s Stone reviews, below.  Read more…

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Angry cow crashes cricket match, probably just mad it couldn’t play

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Clearly, someone gave this cow bad directions to the Running of the Bulls festival.

A lost cow was spotted spectating a village cricket match between two English cricket clubs on Saturday, and for some reason, it really wanted to get involved. The Mossley Cricket Club shared a clip of the strange moment on Twitter. 

SEE ALSO: Lit AF peacock gets away with breaking $500 worth of liquor

At first, the players stayed chill as they watched the cow approach the field from a distance. But their chill didn’t last long when the cow appeared to charge, causing a brief moment of panic. It even appears to hit the umpire, who remained calm and collected against the charging beast. Read more…

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The best movies of 2017 (so far)

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We’re at the halfway point of 2017, so all this week Mashable entertainment will be rolling out our 8.5 (Get it, half of ’17?) picks for the best of the year – so far! – in movies, TV, music, and more. It’s our eight best picks for you, along with a bonus choice that, while not strictly one of the greats, deserves a guilty pleasure mention. Enjoy.

1Get Out

Get Out is Jordan Peele’s first film as a director, and it’s a doozy – a taut, terrifically entertaining thriller that doubles as one of the sharpest commentaries on race that we’ve seen onscreen in recent yearsGet Out encapsulates the experience of being black in America in a way that mere words never could. In the process, it also turns Daniel Kaluuya into a bonafide star, and makes better use of Allison Williams than we ever could’ve dreamed. This one deserves “instant classic” status. Read more…

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Here are all the tweets Donald Trump has deleted since becoming president

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Donald Trump has a Twitter problem. 

In addition to his penchant for delivering surreal, stream-of-consciousness rants at any time of day on the microblogging platform, Donald Trump can’t seem to stop deleting tweets. 

Many times, his tweets are deleted because of typos, including the infamous “covfefe” tweet. But the reasons behind deleting other examples, like one about his alleged appearance on Fox & Friends, remain a mystery. 

SEE ALSO: The ‘Covfefe Act’ is now a thing that exists, because of course it does

Regardless of the reason, a president deleting tweets is serious business. As we’ve noted before, any documentation from the president, tweets or otherwise, should be archived under the Presidential Records Act. And the White House says they’re doing just that. Read more…

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