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- 'The Melbourne Jacket' is kinda crazy, but so is Melbourne's weather
The weather in Melbourne, Australia is notoriously erratic — you basically need to carry around your entire wardrobe just to cope.
The morning might start off sunny, but you'll get caught in the rain at lunch, be sweating by tea time and then freeze on your way home.
But never fear: There's a piece of clothing being designed to help you cope with it all. Aptly-named the Melbourne jacket, the project idea comes from Melburnian Aaron Tyler, an advertising art director by day, who got inspired after a real-life run in with the city's mood swings. Read more...More about Clothing, Fashion, Melbourne, Australia, and Watercooler
- Val Kilmer can't stop tweeting about Cate Blanchett and it's unsettling
Val Kilmer isn't one to forget crushes, even if it's verging on the creepy.
In 2006, Kilmer told Elle that Australian actress Cate Blanchett — who he worked alongside on The Missing three years earlier — was a famous woman he'd most like to have on speed dial.
Kilmer didn't tell her of his feelings on the set of the film, but just gathered she knew of his uh, thirst.
He said at the time: "I think she probably got a sense of it when I not only forgot my dialogue in the scene, I forgot that I was acting, I forgot I was on a movie set, and I just stood there staring at her." Read more...More about Twitter, Watercooler, Entertainment, Val Kilmer, and Cate Blanchett
- Dog playing fetch on an ice rink is as enjoyable as you think it is
We know Disney hasn't made any Air Bud-related movies for at least four years now, but we're hoping this will give its executives the spark of inspiration they need to continue the series.
What we're presenting to you is a golden retriever playing fetch. On an ice rink. With a police officer before a game between the Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.
Don't you dare tell us this is unenjoyable.
Maybe the Capitals and the Coyotes game was great, but a direct-to-DVD release of this cute dog chasing a puck up and down the rink in a loop for 90 minutes sounds better, we daresay. Read more...More about Sports, Animals, Nhl, Ice Hockey, and Hockey
- Amazon eyes VR and AR homewares stores to show you products in your virtual home
Augmented reality and virtual reality are still in their infancy in terms of non-gaming applications, but a new tip hints that Amazon may be about to change all that.
We already know that Amazon is keen to go wide with brick-and-mortar bookstores and grocery stores, but a new report from the New York Times says the e-tailer is looking at doing the same with appliances and furniture.
Citing a "person briefed on the discussions," the report claims that VR and AR are being looked at as possible features of a chain of Amazon homewares stores. Read more...More about Lowes, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Vr, and Amazon
- Women stand together in London to honour Westminster attack victims
Women of all faiths and backgrounds came together on London's Westminster Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
With hands linked, they stood and bowed their heads at 4 p.m. in a vigil following the terror attack by Briton Khalid Masood on Wednesday that left four people dead close by.
The event was organised by the Women's March in London organisers, who on Twitter asked participants to stand for five minutes in solidarity with victims of the attack, but also to "resist forces of fear and division."
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- PSA: Australia is only dangerous 'if you're a dumbass'
Australia is known for freaky accidents, usually involving the country's dangerous wildlife. But is that reputation a little unfair?
Take the guy who narrowly escaped death last Sunday after diving into crocodile-infested waters in Queensland.
Sure, it's a precarious situation. But it could've been avoided...if only the dude wasn't a dumbass, according to Australian comedian Ronny Chieng on The Daily Show.
"Everyone thinks Australians are a bunch of crazy crocodile wrestlers," Chieng said on Thursday. Read more...More about Crocodile, Video, Videos, The Daily Show, and Ronny Chieng
- This 'Call of Duty: WWII' rumor is more legit than you realize
It's time to shoot Nazis again, apparently.
The annual Call of Duty hasn't been announced yet, but a set of allegedly leaked photos suggests the new game will return to an old setting: the second World War. The same military conflict that was at the center of the first three Call of Duty games, as well as 2008's World at War.
The mystery begins with a series of posts shared across multiple subreddits — including WWII, CallOfDuty, and CoDCompetitive — all linking back to an Imgur page. The images shared there appear to be either photos or mock-ups of a poster and a SteelBook-style case for a game titled Call of Duty: WWII. Read more...More about Call Of Duty Wwii, Call Of Duty, Sledgehammer Games, Activision, and Gaming
- UK targets WhatsApp and encrypted messaging after London attack
The UK government wants there to be "no place for terrorists to hide," and that includes on encrypted messaging services. The company first on its agenda? WhatsApp.
Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for companies that provide secure communication apps to work with law enforcement.
"We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don't provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other," she said.
"It used to be that people would steam open envelopes or listen in on phones when they wanted to find out what people were doing, legally, through warrantry [sic]. But in this situation, we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp." Read more...More about Terrorism, Whatsapp, Westminster Attack, Tech, and Apps Software
- EPA chief calls historic climate treaty a 'bad deal' because this is our life now
The Trump administration has made no secret of its plans to dismantle the climate policies of former President Barack Obama.
But what Trump officials bring in fervor, they sometimes lack in understanding.
Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), railed against the Paris Climate Agreement in an interview with ABC News on Sunday. He called the landmark climate change accord a "bad deal" that unfairly penalizes the United States, while giving a free pass to other major polluting countries.
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- MashReads Podcast: 'Fever Dream' is a surrealist 'WTF!?' kind of novel
If you were to look back on the past, could you pinpoint the exact moment that shaped the course of your life?
It's this very challenging and quixotic task that propels Samanta Schweblin's surrealist novel Fever Dream.
The book follows Amanda, a mother who lies in her deathbed as she tells the story of the last days of her life to David, a child who may or may not have had his soul split and put into another body to survive being poisoned. David wants to uncover the mystery of Amanda's dying before time runs out, tasking Amanda with finding "the exact moment the worms came into being," which is to say the exact moment that illness overtook Amanda. Read more...More about Podcasts, Wtf, Mashreads Podcast, Mashreads, and Books
- Celebrities are weighing in on the United Airlines legging mess
When two young girls were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight because they were wearing leggings (an apparent dress code violation on the airline), the internet went nuts.
Activist Shannon Watts first tweeted about the situation on Sunday morning, and since then, everyone from Chrissy Teigen to William Shatner weighed in on leggings-gate with hilarious and insightful remarks.
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I have flown united before with literally no pants on. Just a top as a dress. Next time I will wear only jeans and a scarf.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 26, 2017 Read more...
- Fake VHS ad for Star Wars 'Rogue One' looks straight out of the '70s
Despite the weird uncanny valley performances from some of its digital characters, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story does a great job of time-traveling back to a time before the first film in the series.
So it's only fair that we get to see what the VHS videotape version of the home video might look like if Rogue One had actually been released back in the '70s.
From the amazingly accurate '70s-style voiceover to the grainy footage, the fake Star Wars commercial is so good you might actually be able to trick yourself into believing this is how the franchise chronology played out in real life. Read more...More about Fan Art, Rogue One A Star Wars Story, Rogue One, Star Wars, and Vhs
- Meet the woman behind 'Feud's' most fascinating character
You’d have to possess a pretty colorful character, not to mention some serious acting chops, to steal scenes away from Jessica Lange while she's channeling screen diva Joan Crawford. Fortunately, Jackie Hoffman has both.
From the moment she makes her first appearance in Feud: Bette and Joan, you can’t take your eyes off Hoffman’s tightly-wound but infinitely patient Mamacita — Crawford’s sternly Teutonic live-in housekeeper, valet, mother confessor and all around Gal Friday, who is never far from the movie star’s side and always faithfully and fiercely on her side, even when Crawford believes no one else is. Read more...More about Jackie Hoffman, Feud Bette And Joan, Feud, Entertainment, and Tv
- Aaron Sorkin is just now discovering there's a diversity problem in Hollywood
Despite working in the industry for over 20 years, Aaron Sorkin apparently didn't realize white men had an easier time in Hollywood.
The Academy Award-winning screenwriter and executive producer of “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom” was at the Writers Guild Festival on Saturday, and was reportedly fixated on the issue of diversity in Hollywood—a topic he shockingly didn't seem to have ever mulled over before.
“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on?," Sorkin asked audience members, reported to Variety. Read more...More about Entertainment, Twitter Reactions, Conversations, Oscarssowhite, and Diversity