Professor who said he would eat his Brexit book if Labour polled above 38% eats book on live TV

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Don’t make promises you can’t keep. 

Matthew Goodwin, a professor of political science in the United Kingdom, tweeted last month that he didn’t believe the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn would poll above 38 percent in the U.K. general election. If they did, he said, he would “happily eat [his] new Brexit book.” 

I’m saying this out loud. I do not believe that Labour, under Jeremy Corbyn, will poll 38%. I will happily eat my new Brexit book if they do

— Matthew Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) May 27, 2017

Well, Labour got 40.3 percent on June 9. And now Goodwin is on live TV eating not just his words, but his book.  Read more…

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HTC Vive’s audio accessory leaving black residue for some VR users

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HTC’s Vive headset has just experienced its first major challenge beyond merely getting people to try the virtual reality headset.

According to reports from multiple users, the foam on its new Deluxe Audio Strap accessory begins deteriorating when wet and can leave behind a black substance in the form of particles and black stains. 

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The issue came to light earlier week as some users began posting images and videos of the issue on social media. 

I wondered what that black crap on my head was. My @htcvive Deluxe Audiostrap is melting! #VR pic.twitter.com/Q9nZgQpaiO

— Reverend Kyle (@reverendkjr) June 7, 2017 Read more…

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15 stunningly designed hotels from around the globe

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While you dream up your next long weekend or vacation getaway, swoon over these dreamy hotels from The Design Hotels Book. From sleek and modern rooms with seaside views, to extravagant lodging in the center of London, the book is jam-packed with stunning hotels in every corner of the world. The stories behind the properties are spellbinding too. The Blakes in London is designed and owned by a former Bond girl. Casa Angelina on the Amalfi Coast in Italy is made up of renovated fishermen’s cabins in the cliffs. 

Scroll through the photos below but beware — they’ll probably make your travel bucket list a lot longer.
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Adam West, everyone’s favorite Batman, dead at 88

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Holy epic career, Batman!

If you haven’t already heard, the iconic face and voice of the ’60s version of Batman, Adam West, has died at 88 years old. 

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The actor died in Los Angeles on Friday following complications related to leukemia, according to a report from Variety

West wasn’t the very first actor to play Batman in a live action film, but he was definitely the most iconic before the new army of Batman actors began taking the role up again beginning in the late ’80s. 

Playing the role with equal parts dramatic flair and understated satire, West made running around Gotham City in ridiculous tights with his sidekick Robin somehow look reasonable.  Read more…

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Baseball fan’s footrace with a superhero really couldn’t have gone worse

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When will we as a society learn not to celebrate before the finish line?

Friends, the answer is perhaps never. And the latest premature celebrator to fall is one Atlanta Braves fan, who was selected to run a footrace with the Freeze.

As is tradition for this particular event, the fan was given a 200-foot head start on the superhero — and at first, he ran so fast! In fact, it seemed like he might win! But hubris got the better of him, and as he approached the finish line, the fan started celebrating a little too early.

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The rest is a tale of instant karma. Watch, cry, and learn a lesson or two. Read more…

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Samsung unveils CHG90, its 49-inch ultrawide curved monitor

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Ultrawide really means ultrawide. 

Samsung came out with a new 49-inch QLED gaming monitor on Friday — and it’s basically like an actual TV. 

The CHG90 monitor has HDR technology usually reserved for televisions that “showcases games exactly as developers intended” with improved color and contrast. 

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“Gamers want to feel completely immersed when they play, and our new monitors provide the most stunning visuals to deliver the ultimate gaming experience,” Samsung’s vice president for product marketing Andrew Sivori said in a statement. “These QLED gaming monitors represent the future of gaming for both casual and dedicated players alike, and we’re confident that our innovative design and state-of-the-art features will enhance the entire gaming arena.” Read more…

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In praise of Justin Bieber’s eccentric Instagrams

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On May 20, 2017, Justin Bieber decided he couldn’t suffer in silence anymore. So the pop star posted five stone-faced selfies in rapid succession. Two were grayscale. Some repeated an image with a closer crop. They all had the same message: Bieber’s left eye was battling conjunctivitis. 

This is a great sign. You know, assuming that Bieber and his ophthalmologist cleared everything up. 

Nobody likes you when you’re 23, but at that cursed age when the infantile dregs of youth start to outwear their welcome, Bieber seems to have cracked the code of how to live his extraordinary life. Being Bieber is weird, man. There’s no use pretending otherwise. Read more…

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Women greeted with dish sponges, diet pill pamphlets at ‘Wonder Woman’ screening

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Wonder Woman features a badass female heroine, was directed by a woman, and is killing it at the box office — but leave it to good ol’ misogyny to still get a few jabs in, right?

Attendees at a women-only June 6 screening of the film at a Belgian theater reportedly received bags full of sponges, diet pill pamphlets, squeegees, chocolate, noodles, and chips as a “gift.” (Honestly, we are shocked the bags did not include Bic’s “For Her” pens.) 

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The bags (pictured below) say “Cool things inside,” but, unfortunately, the things inside are not cool. Instead, they’re terribly sexist! And audience members were not pleased. Read more…

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Forget covfefe — Trump’s press secretary just tweeted a bunch of nonsense and traffic light emojis

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President Donald Trump’s deputy press secretary is taking a cue from her boss. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Saturday morning tweeted a string of nonsense that outdoes “covfefe” by far. 

⚓️🚥🚥🚥🚥⚓️🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🗺🗺🗺🗺🗺🗺🏰🗺🗺🏰🏰🏰🚦 :/9//&🗿🛩⛩🏚
#🚦lolaklkk🚥🚦⛲️🚝🚦🚞🚢🚂

— Sarah H. Sanders (@SHSanders45) June 10, 2017

What does it mean?? Is the Trump administration releasing an executive order on traffic lights? Or building a castle to replace the White House? Or outlawing trains? Or communicating with the Russians? Is “lolaklkk” the new covfefe — do other members of the Trump administration know what it means? 

“The president and a small group of people know exactly what ‘⚓️🚥🚥🚥🚥⚓️🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🚥🗺🗺🗺🗺🗺🗺🏰🗺🗺🏰🏰🏰🚦 :/9//&🗿🛩⛩🏚
#🚦lolaklkk🚥🚦⛲️🚝🚦🚞🚢🚂’ means.”

— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) June 10, 2017 Read more…

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Zena Cardman didn’t always want to be a NASA astronaut, but she is one now

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Zena Cardman was with a group of close friends and eating breakfast tacos the day she got a phone call that would change the rest of her life. 

In late May, Cardman learned she had been chosen as one member of a class of 12 new NASA astronaut candidates who could, one day, fly to the International Space Station, or even deep space destinations like the moon or maybe Mars.

“I don’t think I ever smiled that big in my life,” Cardman said during a press conference announcing the new astronauts on Wednesday.

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