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New Zealanders worry about a 'chipocalypse' as potato supply drops

Mashable - 23 min 6 sec ago

We don't want to ever live in a world where there is a "chipocalypse."

No wonder New Zealanders are concerned at the prospect, as 20 percent of potato crops have been lost due to extended periods of wet weather, according to the New Zealand Herald.

SEE ALSO: Shake Shack embraces automation—but claims it won't hurt its famed hospitality

Supermarkets have indicated to the newspaper there might be a shortage in potato crisps, as manufacturers have a smaller cut of potato crops in the country. Normal potato supply won't return until the new year.

When the chips are down, people are going to freak out — a bit — on social media. Read more...

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Australia tries to solve its bike-sharing dumping problem

Mashable - 3 hours 10 min ago

Singapore-based, dockless bike-sharing service oBike fished 42 bikes out of Melbourne's Yarra River in one day.

Suffice it to say, something has to be done about the high instances of bike-share dumping — and slowly but surely, local councils around the world are taking the lead.

SEE ALSO: Humans ruined bike-sharing in Singapore so now bikes need parking zones

Dockless bike-sharing services have become synonymous with large, unsightly piles of dumped bikes, or bikes left in unusual locations, up trees, in rivers, or just scattered haphazardly around city streets.

This is not where you return your #obike#melbourne #victoria

— Paul Wong (@___pw___) September 19, 2017

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NBA coach lights internet on fire after he calls Donald Trump a 'soulless coward'

Mashable - 3 hours 28 min ago

The NBA regular season doesn't start until Tuesday, but San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has already dominated an opponent — in this case, President Donald Trump. 

After Trump made the outrageously false claim that former President Barack Obama didn't contact the families of fallen troops, "Pop" went off when talking to The Nation's Dave Zirin

SEE ALSO: Why Gregg Popovich is such a powerful critic of Donald Trump

The five-time NBA champion coach and U.S. Air Force veteran said Trump's comments were "so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words."

Almost is the key here, because Pop definitely found some words to describe Trump.  Read more...

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Australia launches a world-first national reporting tool for revenge porn

Mashable - 4 hours 20 min ago

Taking steps to reporting and removing revenge porn, a.k.a image-based abuse, can be arduous, both emotionally and regarding the amount of steps required to get it done.

Australia's government is aiming to make the process simpler, with the launch of a national portal for reporting instances of image-based abuse.

SEE ALSO: 4 things you should do when you're the victim of revenge porn

The portal will allow victims to report revenge porn online, and provide immediate access to support that had been previously been unavailable, according to a statement. A pilot phase will examine the complexity and the volume of the reports before the portal officially launches early next year. Read more...

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This 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 casting just debunked one of our favorite theories

Mashable - 5 hours 43 min ago

The Golden Company is coming to Game of Thrones in Season 8, and now we know who's leading it — and who isn't. 

Cersei ominously namedropped the infamous sellswords in the Season 7 finale while telling Jaime about her evil scheme to defeat Daenerys and Jon — having tricked everyone into thinking Euron Greyjoy had abandoned her and run back to the Iron Islands when in reality, he was jetting off to Essos to hire some mercenaries to beef up the Lannister ranks.

We've previously discussed how the Golden Company could end up working in Dany's favor instead of Cersei's in the final season, but a new piece of casting news throws a slight wrench into our theory. Read more...

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Pennywise the pumpkin is haunting doorsteps because 'It' balloon pranks just weren't enough

Mashable - 5 hours 51 min ago

As It became one of the highest grossing horror movies, red balloons, a signature of villain Pennywise the clown, were popping up all over the place to spook the living hell out of us. As if that trendy prank wasn't enough, people are channeling Pennywise again — this time in the form of creepy jack-o'-lanterns.  

SEE ALSO: How to make your own 'It' Pennywise cake, if eating clowns is your thing

Pennywise the clown, who infamously spends most of his days hanging around sewers tormenting children, has become Pennywise the pumpkin. 

Just check out the attention to detail in the slew of haunting images below. Pennywise's menacing grin is on point.   Read more...

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Screenwriter close to Weinstein calls out Hollywood: 'Everybody f**king knew'

Mashable - 5 hours 52 min ago

If you've tired of hearing Hollywood A-listers feign shock while sending proverbial "thoughts and prayers" to Harvey Wesintein's sexual assault victims, you're not alone.

Scott Rosenberg, a screenwriter (Beautiful Girls, Con Air, High Fidelity) who worked closely with Weinstein and Co. for a little under a decade, has had enough of the bullshit, too. And he's saying something not too many people in the industry are saying right now: "I am sorry."

SEE ALSO: The Academy has expelled Harvey Weinstein. That's a start.

"Everybody fucking knew," he wrote (not once, not twice, but three times) in a lyrical, near novella-length Facebook response to those shrinking away from responsibility in enabling Weinstein's behavior. Read more...

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Drone-delivered burritos are a real thing, at least for a lucky few

Mashable - 6 hours 2 min ago

The future is here, and boy is it spicy. Alphabet's Project Wing announced Monday that it will start delivering burritos to hungry customers via drone. That's right, you can soon have heavenly manna slathered in Australian Jack cheese dropped right on your head — that is, if you happen to live in the outskirts of the Australian Capital Territory.

Project Wing, one of Alphabet's "moonshot factories" under the X umbrella, is testing delivery drones and has selected the relatively remote area for its latest voyage into the tinfoil-wrapped unknown. In addition to Mexican food from a chain, the company will also ferry medication on behalf of a pharmacy.  Read more...

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Fox Sports announcer channels Ron Burgundy in this teleprompter blunder

Mashable - 6 hours 7 min ago

On Sunday night during the Jaguars-Rams game, Fox Sports announcer Dick Stockton made an awkward teleprompter mistake. And the best his co-host could do was ignore it. 

SEE ALSO: One omitted letter leads to hilarious live teleprompter error

"Look on graphic for the final two bullet points," he read while promoting a halftime report, as a graphic highlighting the top sports stories of the evening popped up on the screen. 

Stockton continued reading to the end of the direction and his co-host, analyst Mark Schlereth, moved right on without acknowledging the blunder, according to For the Win

Dick Stockton is Ron Burgundy?

— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) October 16, 2017

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The #MeToo hashtag was used in an enormous number of tweets

Mashable - 7 hours 7 min ago

Following a week of more devastating and disturbing news about film producer Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood actor Alyssa Milano took to social media to ask women to share their own personal experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

In a message posted Sunday, she asked Twitter users to reply "me too" to her tweet if they had been sexually harassed or assaulted in order to "give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem." They responded in droves and the resulting hashtag #MeToo swept round the internet as a huge viral moment.

SEE ALSO: Women endure a lifetime of sexual harassment even before they enter the workplace Read more...

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Police warn people on Facebook not to fly their drones near wildfires

Mashable - 7 hours 30 min ago

A drone flying near a wildfire in Northern California forced helicopters to stay grounded — and the California High Patrol (CHP) was not happy about it. 

On Sunday, it posted an all-uppercase warning to the public on Facebook: "FIRE FIGHTING PLANES CANNOT FLY IF YOUR DRONE IS IN THE AIR."

SEE ALSO: The science behind the fast-moving wildfires that are devastating California

Police found and cited a 24-year-old man for flying the drone, according to The Mercury News

The pilot had been flying the drone in the vicinity of Petaluma Municipal Airport, forcing air traffic controllers to ground all craft until the drone no longer posed a danger to helicopter blades and engines.  Read more...

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The Academy has expelled Harvey Weinstein. That's a start.

Mashable - 7 hours 44 min ago

Now that Harvey Weinstein has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the obvious question presents itself: What now?

While Weinstein is an unusually high-profile figure whose identity was closely tied with the Oscars, he certainly wasn't the only person accused of predatory behavior within the Academy's ranks. Bill Cosby remains a member of the Academy, for example, as does Roman Polanski.

Does it follow, then, that they'll be kicked out too? Or will the "ethical standards of conduct" only apply going forward? For that matter, will there actually be a new code of conduct, or will the organization quietly carry on as it always has?  Read more...

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5 crucial ways men can help end sexual assault

Mashable - 8 hours 11 min ago

If you've paid any attention to social media in the past 24 hours, you've seen #MeToo, the viral hashtag that women have used to acknowledge, even in two simple words, that they've experienced sexual harassment and assault. 

SEE ALSO: Women endure a lifetime of sexual harassment even before they enter the workplace

The number of people who've shared or discussed a #MeToo post is staggering. That so many women have experienced sexual violence should come as no surprise. 

Last year, after Donald Trump's "pussy grabbing" tape became public, the author Kelly Oxford wrote about sexual assault using the hashtag #NotOkay. Harrowing stories of harassment, assault, and rape poured forth.  Read more...

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The 'First of all' meme is the sass the world needs right now

Mashable - 8 hours 26 min ago

Nothing good happens when someone starts with the phrase, "First of all." You know some major sass is about to come at you.

And that's basically the premise of the best new meme on Twitter. The first sentence starts with a premise said to one person, and the followup is a salty and funny response.

SEE ALSO: Child president tries to talk to little boy who mowed White House lawn, gets memed instead

While the meme's been kicking around for the last few weeks, it exploded this weekend, and we're here for it. 

“you never text me back”

first of all i don’t have your # saved

— matthew (@drugvisuals) October 16, 2017

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A futurist and innovations expert explains what is and isn’t real about AI in movies

Mashable - 8 hours 42 min ago

Jay Iorio, futurist and Innovations Director for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, joins us to talk about artificial intelligence on screen. Could we really fall in love with Her? Are Westworld's 'reveries' within reach? How does a Terminator know what's funny?

Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content.

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Tesla reportedly shipped Powerpacks to Puerto Rico

Mashable - 8 hours 50 min ago

Elon Musk tweeted last week that Tesla would shift its attentions to help with the aid and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Now, it appears that the company is making good on his word: Tesla has reportedly begun to ship its Powerpack batteries, which can be used to store large amounts of energy generated by the sun and other means, to the island. These are Tesla's massive batteries meant for commercial and utility use, as opposed to the smaller Powerwall packs meant for the home. 

After Musk expressed his willingness to get involved, he and Puerto Rico's governor Ricardo Rossello exchanged tweets about Tesla's role on the island, and later spoke in private about the issue. Tesla VP of global infrastructure operations Cal Lankton then met with Rossello, according to Electrek, presumably to discuss a strategy at greater length. The Powerpacks could be the next step in Tesla's recovery efforts.   Read more...

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Former Swedish prime minister has the best time videobombing a live interview

Mashable - 9 hours 24 min ago

Whatever Carl Bildt is drinking, we want a double.

With a mysterious white cup in hand, the former Swedish prime minister gracefully videobombed a live news interview.

SEE ALSO: Actual prime ministers trolled President Trump's orb and I am so embarrassed to be alive

According to The Local, while the interviewee, Benjamin Dousa, a leader of the conservative Moderate Party's youth wing in Sweden, was answering questions, Bildt bounced happily in the background.

Since then, the video's blown up online – even drawing a few apt comparisons to Mr. Bean. 

the real mr. bean 😍

— Human Nature (@TheHumanNautre) October 15, 2017

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These wild animals worry way too much and here’s what they would say to us

Mashable - 9 hours 43 min ago

Do animals also have to deal with horrible traffic, a boss that hates them, and finding time to just... breathe? Yep, pretty much. Introducing our new series 'Talk Like The Animals'!   

Ever wonder what it’d sound like if animals could talk? We were so curious we made it happen with sarcastic, silly and even sassy personalities.  Read more...

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The world looks different after today's big neutron star collision discovery

Mashable - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:37

My grandmother died in 2013. 

She was a stubborn, brilliant woman who ardently believed in the value of science. She came of age in Brooklyn, but I knew her as my Nana in Los Angeles who worked with dinosaur bones. 

When she died, my grandfather gave me one of Nana's necklaces: A jade stone with a gold chain. I wear it most days. 

After today, I will look at that necklace differently. 

SEE ALSO: Researchers watched as gold was made millions of light-years from Earth

While the jade stone on Nana's necklace was forged in the high heat and pressure of the Earth — an appropriate tribute to Nana's roots as a geologist — the gold of the necklace she once wore is alien in origin.  Read more...

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Maisie Williams' response to Sophie Turner's engagement is exactly what you'd expect it to be

Mashable - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:36

Game of Thrones has given us all more than enough to talk about over the years, and one of the surprising best parts about the series is the relationship between Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner that's developed on set. It's a friendship so deep that even an engagement with Joe Jonas can't break it up. 

With a cute Instagram post, Williams left a sweet message for Turner congratulating her best friend on the event. 

SEE ALSO: Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are officially engaged

Congratulations to my beautiful girlfriend on her engagement 💍 This is just one of MANY life milestones we'll share. Love you both 💗 #mophie #jophie #holymoly

A post shared by Maisie Williams (@maisie_williams) on Oct 16, 2017 at 7:29am PDT Read more...

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