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Posted by Sam Speedy


Up until 2016, the Rose emoji only had two days in the sun: Mothers' Day and Valentines' Day.

Since before the election of 2016, however, rose emoji began popping up in droves on social media, not as aesthetic, but as symbols.

Placed next to usernames and in bios, the rose emoji signals more than an undying love for American Beauty: it indicates membership in the Democratic Socialists of America

The DSA, which boasts a Twitter following of more than 70,000, first started to amplify their social media presence after Bernie Sanders began his campaign for the presidency in 2015, a DSA spokesperson told MashableRead more...

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Posted by Emma Hinchliffe


One Direction's Liam Payne probably has his own bodyguards, but that didn't protect him from getting shoved out of the way by Jay-Z's. The singer got a little too close when he tried to talk to the rapper and it didn't go very well, Payne said on The Graham Norton Show.  

And Leonardo DiCaprio was there, too. 

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Posted by Brett Williams


Helmets already make the violent game of football safer, but one of the biggest equipment makers in the sport is making them even better. It's developed a new process to create helmets that could play a role in preventing the traumatic head injuries that currently plague the game and threaten its future.

Riddell, the company behind the helmets worn by around 60 percent of NFL players, will use a new 3D head-scanning process on each player who wears its new Precision Fit headgear. To be sure there are other innovations in helmet tech, but unlike just about every other helmet design on the market, which use inflatable pads that are adjusted manually by handheld air pumps, the inside of the Precision Fit models have a custom-fit liner system made of "energy managing materials" built according to the personalized scan data of each player's head.  Read more...

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Posted by Yi Shu Ng


Khajorn Chiaranaipanich flew for more than two hours to be one of the first people to experience Apple's first store in Singapore.

Witnessing its opening was very important for the managing director at a Thai social news company — so important, that he had been waiting in the queue at 5 a.m, five whole hours before the store officially opened. 

Located at the heart of Orchard Road, the city's retail centre, Apple's opened its first Southeast Asian location and added its ninth high-profile Apple Store globally, amidst others in Ginza, Dubai, Soho, and New York. Read more...

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Posted by Alex Arbuckle


Image: Library of Congress

Image: Library of Congress

Shortly after the entry of the United States into World War II, the Office of War Information was established to organize and distribute propaganda and news about the war effort.

The OWI absorbed the famed photographic unit of the Farm Security Administration, reassigning photographers from stories about rural poverty to covering weapon and vehicle factories, scrap metal drives, and other patriotic activities.

In 1942, OWI photographer Jack Delano followed George Camblair of Washington, D.C. through his induction and training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, documenting his daily life and tracing the transformation of an average young man into a skilled and disciplined soldier. Read more...

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Posted by Tricia Gilbride


Every morning you wake up, and there are three new Migos features to add to your summer BBQ playlists. It's a lot to digest. 

Until we crown the 2017 song of the summer, the subject is up for some vigorous debate as we sift through the merits of each before collectively realizing that one song in the pack is harder to escape than the rest. You'll hear it in a CVS when you dodge in to buy an iced tea and then still be humming  it a week later and everything will be as clear as the community pool in the 30 seconds before it opens for the day. 

Until that day comes, here are some of the top contenders this year and a few talking points to make it sound like you know what you're talking about.  Read more...

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Posted by Sam Speedy


In an internet world where trolls lurk around every corner, one has loomed above the rest: Pete Souza, Barack Obama's former staff photographer. An unlikely troll for unlikely times.

Souza has stood out for the blunt savagery of his Instagram posts, but more than that, for the sheer amount of them. It's seemed that for every Donald Trump action, there is an equal, opposite, and wistfully melancholy reminder of how things used to be. 

Since Trump's inauguration in January, the posts have piled up, but these stand out as the best of the best. 

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Fidget spinners, ranked by design

May. 27th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Laura Vitto


In this strange new world, there are those who fidget spin and there are those who wish this toy trend would run its course already, oh my god.

For those in the former group, a boring fidget spinner will not do. Lucky for them, there are hundreds of options on Amazon boasting impressive spin times and various claims of health and well-being benefits.

But really, all that matters is the design. Here's 35 of our favorites.


Image: amazon

The Megatron of fidget spinners.

34Millennial pink with gold accents

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