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Dark vs. Light: 'Star Wars' fans storm social media with dueling 'Last Jedi' opinions

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Spoiler alert! This post contains big spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, get out of here now if you don't want to know what happens.

The critical response to The Last Jedi has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews lauding the film for — among other things — deviating from the Star Wars norm.

Audiences online, though, haven't been quite so enamored of the movieAs Mashable reported earlier this week, the gap between Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics vs. those from moviegoers was, at one point, a whopping 37 percent.

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Firefox users lose trust in Mozilla after a 'Mr. Robot' promo went horribly wrong

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 23:29

Protip for Mozilla and the USA Network: In the future when you're plotting a tie-in for a show about vigilante hackers, maybe don't actually compromise people's privacy.

Some Firefox users were none too thrilled to discover that the web browser had installed an add-on called "Looking Glass" without permission. Bearing a description that read simply, in all-caps, "MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS," people were understandably suspicious.

SEE ALSO: 'Mr. Robot' fans, today is your lucky day

(The all-caps utterance, it should be noted, is a quote from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.) Read more...

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Musk versus Bezos: Whose rocket is the biggest?

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 21:50

When it comes to rockets, size matters, and Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos know it. The two billionaire entrepreneurs both own their own spaceflight companies. 

Musk's SpaceX is currently using its large Falcon 9 rocket to fly large payloads to orbit for NASA and companies around the world, while Bezos's Blue Origin is testing out its New Shepard rocket designed to fly humans on suborbital flights to the edge of space.

SEE ALSO: SpaceX's 20th successful rocket landing was just as amazing as its 1st

Bezos and Musk have a friendly rivalry when it comes to spaceflight, having sniped at one another on Twitter about their wide and varied space accomplishments. So, at the end of the day, whose rocket is really the biggest?  Read more...

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Please do not eat ghost peppers before a choir performance

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:57

Ever wondered what it would be like to sing "O Come, All Ye Faithful" after downing a ghost pepper? Probably not, but you should probably watch this video now that your curiosity's piqued. 

Chili Klaus, a YouTuber already famous for the clip of orchestra members eating ghost peppers, has now pivoted his experiment to Denmark's Herning Boys Choir. The group sounds perfectly delightful during their pepper-free run of the song, but once the heat hits, many of the choristers have a hard time keeping up with their parts. 

This is to be expected, of course — once over a million Scoville units are in your mouth, it can be difficult to concentrate on anything else. Still, there are a few singers who just chug on through the pepper pain like it's nothing. We assume these musicians either eat ghost peppers for breakfast or are robots. Read more...

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Somewhere in Las Vegas, there's a warehouse containing debris from UFOs

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:50

Let's be clear: "U.F.O." is an acronym for "unidentified flying object." It doesn't necessarily mean aliens.

But it also might mean aliensSorry, Miriam.

SEE ALSO: That interstellar asteroid probably isn't aliens, but the hunt continues

A Saturday report in the New York Times lays out the details of a secret, Defense Department-funded "Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program," formed to investigate UFO reports.  Among the more sensational details is the revelation that a number of buildings in Las Vegas were modified to house "metal alloys and other materials ... from unidentified aerial phenomena." Read more...

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Prank your friends and loved ones with these hilarious fake gift boxes

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:24

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Gift bags are boring, but sometimes your loved ones ask for things for Christmas that are just impossible to wrap. Sure, you could just get a box from the customer service counter, but it's the holidays and lines are long and we're tired.

Prank Packs solve a common problem in a hilarious way. Each box is labeled with a fake product that looks like it's straight out of an awful infomercial. They have everything from the potentially dangerous My First Fire kit to the actually useful but not possible (yet) animal translator collar.  Read more...

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If you're thinking about changing careers, you'll want to enroll in this course

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:15

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Ever get that unsettling feeling in the pit of your stomach once Sunday night hits? Relax, you've come to the right place.

Let's make one thing very clear: It's never too late to try something new. If you're a goal-oriented person who wants to grow products and companies, product management might be your calling — and there's a course that will help.

SEE ALSO: Learn how to find a job with this online course called 'Skills to Pay the Bills'

With 38 lectures and 13 hours of content, the Product Management: Skills Sets to Shift Your Career course will teach you how to make the career jump.  Read more...

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Want to write a novel? This mobile-friendly writing app is on sale for less than $20.

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 20:06

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If the next Great American Novel is strewn upon your desk in stacks of papers and Post-It notes marked up with half-legible scribbles, meet your saving grace: Storyist for Mac.

SEE ALSO: Prep for National Novel Writing month with these online writing courses

This word processor is different than the Microsoft Office 2007 that's been sitting on your laptop for eons in that it's a mobile-friendly writing platform specifically designed for fiction writers. Within the app, you'll find framework and stylesheet templates designed to help manage complicated projects like screenplays, though you can also customize your manuscripts to best suit your distinct writing process. Read more...

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Apple enthusiasts need this dock that will charge all of the things

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:56

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These days, everyone and their mother has an Apple Watch. If you don't have one now, spoiler alert: there's a good chance you'll get one as a gift. With your bedside outlet already overloaded with your smartphone, tablet, and laptop chargers, another device to charge could cause absolute mayhem. 

SEE ALSO: Gift ideas for your friend who can’t put down their iPhone

A great solution for efficient charging without the charging cable jungle is the PowerTime Apple Watch Charging Dock. Not only does it charge your Apple Watch without a wire, but it also features three USB ports so you can charge all of your wired devices using one tool. Just set it right on your bedside table and you'll never have to dig around in the dark again looking for an open outlet.  Read more...

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This speaker makes listening to music even more wireless than Bluetooth

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:45

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Listening to music with an aux cable is so 2000s, and using Bluetooth can get cumbersome when a bunch of people want to control the playlist. MIA Sound wants to deliver a new kind of wireless speaker to make blasting your music more seamless. 

Image: MIA SOUND

Dubbed the Lunchbox Speaker, this new speaker by Mia Sound is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. The idea is that it will get rid of wires and Bluetooth and instead let you play your music for a crowd just by laying your phone on top with its "lay-and-play" technology. The sound should flow seamlessly from your phone and out of the speaker. It also promises to charge your phone wirelessly as it plays music and features a kickstand for when you want to play videos. For phones without built-in wireless charging, it will also come with two adapters, so any phone can get the most out of the Read more...

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Kid-friendly gadgets and app-enabled toys that make great gifts

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:34

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Tech toys are always a big gift around the holidays, and as our world becomes more and more connected, new technology trickles down to our kids who absorb it faster than we ever will.

SEE ALSO: Gift ideas for kids: STEM toys that are fun and teach coding

From kid-friendly versions of devices we use every day, to upgraded versions of toys we loved growing up, the gadgets available to kids these days are the coolest we've ever seen. Thanks to the ubiquity of technology, they're also available at every price point and every age group so you can get all of the kids in your life something neat no matter your budget. Read more...

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Get gift ideas for your in-laws so you don't have to get them a gift card again

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:11

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Ah, the in-laws: whether you love them or just tolerate them, the easiest way to get on their good side is holiday gift that you actually put thought into. Give them something more exciting than a gift card this year —check out our list of unique gifts for the in-laws that already have everything.

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For the person who loses everything

If you have an in-law who has left their keys or phone in a restaurant one too many times, a Bluetooth tracker is the perfect giftTile Mate is a tiny, connected tag that attaches to keychains, phones, and any other easily lost belongings. The app can be used to track down the missing item and the Tile Mate button can make a lost phone ring, even if it's on silent. Get them for $19.99 here. Read more...

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Hillary Clinton is a fan of 'SNL' star Pete Davidson's Hillary Clinton tattoo

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:08

If you get a tattoo of a person you admire, pretty much the best case scenario is that they not only notice your tattoo, but like itSaturday Night Live's Pete Davidson is living that dream.

The comedian posted a photo of his new Hillary Clinton tattoo to Instagram on Friday alongside a very nice caption. 

"Wanted to get @hillaryclinton a Christmas gift so I got a tattoo of my hero," he wrote. "Thanks for being such a badass and one of the strongest people in the universe."

SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton has a new role: Cheerleader for teen girls

A post shared by Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) on Dec 15, 2017 at 11:56am PST Read more...

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On a magical night 22 years ago, Jason Priestley punched Harvey Weinstein in the face

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:05

Let's give it up for Jason Priestley, the unlikeliest hero man of 2017.

The Beverly Hills 90210 heartthrob took to Twitter on Friday with a story about the time he punched disgraced Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein in the face. It was actor Tara Strong who first hinted at the story, in a response to the revelation that Weinstein had blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino.

SEE ALSO: Salma Hayek speaks out on Harvey Weinstein: 'He was my monster'

Heartbreaking....wouldn’t be surprised if this happened to my good friend @Jason_Priestley who punched Weinstein in the face at a club one night. Go Jay 😡👊🏻💙

— tara strong (@tarastrong) December 15, 2017 Read more...

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The most insane White House presser moments of 2017

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 18:00

Prior to 2017, my knowledge of White House press briefings came entirely from The West Wing. I thought fictional press secretary CJ Cregg's collegial relationship with the White House press corps was typical. Oh how wrong I was — at least for the Trump administration. 

A hostile relationship between the press and the White House emerged as soon as Sean Spicer took the podium in January 2017 and continued after his July resignation and the appointment of the more restrained Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Throughout the year, the antagonistic briefings have ranged from absurd to infuriating. 

SEE ALSO: Aidy Bryant kills it on 'SNL' as Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a White House press conference Read more...

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11 Easy DIY holiday gifts your family will actually like

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 18:00

The holidays are already among us and if you're still scrambling for the perfect holiday present for your family, you're probably shit out of luck, my friend. 

But have no fear. It's time to finally skip those long lines and those pesky overdraft fees with a few simple DIY holiday gifts your family will actually enjoy. 

SEE ALSO: D.I.Y. these 'Stranger Things' mini pumpkins while you're binge-watching season 2

1. 'How To Tell Time' Coffee and Wine Glass Holder

Image: Etsy

How to: You'll need an 18 by 16 inch dark-stained piece of wood, white paint, and attach sawtooth hangers. This is a funny but simple DIY gift that anyone can appreciate, cheers.  Read more...

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'The Last Jedi' doesn’t have nearly enough porg and that’s probably for the best

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 18:00
Spoiler alert: This post contains light spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

For months now, it's been impossible to open Twitter or turn on the TV without running into a porg.

You know exactly what we're talking about, even if you haven't seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet. They're those adorable aquatic bird aliens that look kind of like puffins crossed with penguins. 

SEE ALSO: Stock up on porg swag before 'The Last Jedi' destroys your emotions

They won over the fandom the moment we saw them. With those enormous eyes, that pug nose, and that alarmed squawk, they were impossible to resistRead more...

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Alyssa Milano slams Matt Damon for his misguided comments on sexual misconduct

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 17:57

Alyssa Milano is holding Matt Damon accountable.

On Friday, the actress and activist tweeted a scathing open letter to Damon after his series of misguided-at-best comments on sexual misconduct in Hollywood. 

During an interview with Peter Travers, Damon appeared to worry a little too much about the "culture of outrage" around men who abuse their power — not on the damaged lives of their victims.

SEE ALSO: Time Person of the Year poll honors the women who broke the silence with #MeToo

At one point, for example, he opined on Louis C.K.: "I imagine the price that he’s paid at this point is so beyond anything that he — I just think that we have to kind of start delineating between what these behaviors are," he said. Read more...

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American Airlines tried to charge a mother $150 for traveling with breast milk

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 17:55

How is it that airlines keep screwing up simple things like company policy and established TSA rules?

The latest travel blunder belongs to American Airlines. When Sara showed up with her husband and young son for their flight from Boston to Arizona, the gate attendant stopped them for having too many bags and tried to charge them a $150 fee to check a cooler filled with frozen breast milk.

SEE ALSO: Some jerk just diverted a flight by naming his hotspot 'bomb on board'

Salow told ABC 15 that she and her husband had shown up with four carry-on items: a stroller, a diaper bag, a backpack, and the aforementioned cooler. Read more...

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Rudolph is the only good reindeer

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 17:00

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen ...

... and they're all trash.

Rudolph, the red-nosed prince of Christmas, is the only good reindeer. If you have another favorite reindeer, it's time to switch allegiances and go all in for Rudolph.

SEE ALSO: Christmas tree eyebrows are so bad, they're incredible

The other reindeer are terrible, exploitative bullies.

The most obvious evidence that the other reindeer are bad lies in the very lyrics of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." In Rudolph's early days — his childhood, his most formative years! — he was met with nothing but disdain from his peers, who "laughed" at him, "called him names," and refused to include him in activities. (In the 1964 Rankin/Bass stop-motion film, bro reindeer Donner was the ringleader of this gang of tormentors.) Read more...

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