Starbucks is trending for a poop-related reason and Twitter says NOPE

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Thinking of getting a refreshing iced coffee from Starbucks to beat the heat? 

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Think twice after reading this. 

A BBC Watchdog investigation uncovered significant traces of faecal bacteria in ice from three of UK’s high street chains — Costa Coffee, Starbucks, and Caffe Nero.

In other words, there’s poop in your “Freshly brewed Starbucks® Iced Coffee Blend served chilled and lightly sweetened over ice.”

Experts swabbed tables, trays, and high chairs in 30 branches as well as collecting samples of the ice used in their drinks. 

Faecal coliforms are bacteria which contain “opportunistic pathogens — the source of human disease,” according to expert Tony Lewis. They were found in 3 of 10 samples tested at both Starbucks and Caffe Nero.  Read more…

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Philippines plans to make it illegal if you don’t sing the national anthem with sufficient ‘fervour’

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Filipino citizens who don’t sing their national anthem enthusiastically enough could face penalties.

Under a new proposed bill, approved by the House of Representatives on Monday, singing to the national anthem will be “mandatory and must be done with fervour.”

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If the bill is passed by the senate eventually, those failing to sing with gusto could face a hefty fine of up to 100,000 pesos, or $1,978.

All citizens also have to stand at attention during the song facing the Philippine flag if it is displayed, or if not, the band conductor, according to news outlet the Inquirer. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert actually challenges John McEnroe about his Serena Williams comment

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It’s great when comedians known for being confrontational actually, you know, confront something.

Stephen Colbert did exactly that when he interviewed the 58-year-old tennis legend John McEnroe on The Late Show. McEnroe caused controversy when he stated that Williams would only “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s tennis circuit.

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“You cannot be serious,” Colbert said, refusing to let the issue go.

Regardless, McEnroe stood by his patently offensive and annoying statement.

Watch the entire moderate-to-strong infuriating exchange yourself. Read more…

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Artist ironically uses AI to make portraits of people with jobs likely displaced by AI

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The Most Famous Artist is all about reverse-engineering art to find what works on social media. In his latest project, he’s using artificial intelligence to create like-able and sell-able work that also comments on AI’s potential to kill jobs and industries.

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Earlier this month the artist, known as Matty Mo, painted three soon-to-be demolished houses in Los Angeles bright pink. They became a hit for photoshoots and selfies, or in Mo’s parlance, an “Instagram honeypot.” He’s moved onto his next project looking into AI and tech. The show kicked off Tuesday with a one-day gallery pop-up in downtown San Francisco. Read more…

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Marvel’s Kevin Feige says ‘thank God’ for ‘Wonder Woman’

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Despite the fact that superhero movies have been all the rage for the past couple of decades, female superhero movies have been a more recent phenomenon.

Indeed, DC’s Wonder Woman marks the first major female superhero movie since Catwoman and Elektra back in the mid-aughts. And the competition has taken notice.

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Speaking with Mashable at a recent press day for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige offered his thoughts on Wonder Woman‘s groundbreaking debut.

The MCU is currently hard at work prepping its first female-led movie, 2019’s Captain Marvel, with Brie Larson set to star and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck confirmed to direct. But if Feige’s feeling the heat from the competition, he’s not showing it.  Read more…

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Sydney Opera House will light up with Indigenous Australian art every sunset

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The sails of the Sydney Opera House are often a canvas for projections throughout the year, but now the icon is set to be a display for Indigenous Australian art every sunset.

It’s called Badu Gili, meaning “water light” in the language of the traditional owners of the land the building sits on, the Gadigal people. 

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The projection will comprise of a seven-minute animation exploring ancient stories, and will begin its appearance on the sails from Wednesday evening at sunset.

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Pandora will stop service outside the US once again

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Five years after relaunching in Australia and New Zealand, music streaming service Pandora is shutting up shop.

Since 2012, the two countries were the only international outposts for Pandora, after the service shut off to international users in 2007 due to licensing issues.

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Listeners in Australia and New Zealand will no longer have access to the service “within a few weeks,” according to a company spokesperson via email.

“After diligent analysis, we have decided to discontinue our operations in Australia and New Zealand and expect to wind down the service for listeners over the next few weeks,” according to the statement.  Read more…

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ finale gives us a fittingly bonkers ending to one of TV’s craziest shows

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Spoiler warning: This recap contains plot details for the Pretty Little Liars series finale, titled “Til Death Do Us Part.”

Pretty Little Liars came to a dramatic end Tuesday with an action-packed two-hour series finale. But a PLL series finale that runs double the length of a normal episode? That’s a recipe for mind-blowing reveals left and right. Here are the six biggest revelations of “Til Death Do Us Part.”

1. A.D. is revealed

In a theory fans guessed at a while back, it turns out Spencer and Charlotte were not Mary Drake’s only children — Spencer is actually a twin. Her identical twin sister, Alex Drake, was adopted by a wealthy British couple who later dumped her at an orphanage when it turned out Alex had some “issues.” Read more…

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Suspect gives deputy a ‘Get out of jail free’ Monopoly card while getting arrested

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Can’t fault a guy for trying.

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota  arrested a man this past weekend with an outstanding controlled substance warrant. At some point during the arrest, Deputy Vai discovered a “Get out of jail free” card on the man, you know, from Monopoly.

Yep, this dude carried around the card “just in case,” according to the cops.

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Unfortunately for the man being arrested, the card did not work IRL, though the sheriff’s office did compliment his effort.

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New images give us our first good look at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8

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We may have just gotten our first good look at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, thanks to this detailed render.

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Although these aren’t photos, the new images are design renders based on what we know from prior leaks.

The images come from OnLeaks, which developed the designs with 91mobiles. The renders provide an up-close look at the front and back side of the handsets. 

The 6.3-inch display is about what we expected — it’s widely thought the front of the Note 8 will look similar to the 6.2-inch S8+, but the back offers an intriguing look at how Samsung plans to implement its dual-camera design. Read more…

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