Ambulance gets called out for figure in park, turns out to be a statue

Mashable - 6 hours 40 min ago

We know better safe than sorry is the old adage, but if you call an ambulance out for a statue this idiom loses its wisdom a bit.

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An ambulance in the UK received a call about a person in a park. The caller was worried that they were sitting perfectly still and covered in snow. It turns out there was a very good reason for that.

Next, call from a member of the public who was concerned that there was someone sat on a bench, not moving and covered in snow!
Luckily, on our arrival, it turned out to be a statue! 🙈👍🏻🚑

— Katie Tudor (@wmaskatietudor) December 11, 2017

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Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert have a heated discussion over Christmas tree decorations

Mashable - 6 hours 41 min ago

On The Late Show last night, Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert had a heated discussion over how they like to decorate their Christmas trees.

And it got intense.

When Tom Hanks asks if Colbert has flashing lights on the tree Colbert retorts, "That's insane. Flashing lights? We're not landing a plane!"

The argument climaxes when Tom Hanks tells Colbert to "get off my show," and Colbert immediately gets up and begins to leave. "Sorry, you just have such authority."

The only thing they did agree on was how poisonous tinsel used to be. 

In my opinion, Tom Hanks won with his "symmetrically designed and decorated Christmas tree." Stephen Colbert is just too loose. Read more...

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Master chef sculpts impossibly realistic pastries that look just like fresh fruit

Mashable - 6 hours 44 min ago

Cédric Grolet is a world-renowned pastry chef who's changing up the dessert game in Paris with his incredible food sculptures.  Read more...

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Snag an R2-D2 charging station for 50% off today

Mashable - 6 hours 44 min ago

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R2-D2 is decked out with a lot of handy gadgets, so it would stand to reason that he should probably have a few outlets and USB ports on him. Enter: the R2-D2 charging station.

The Star Wars inspired charging station features two USB ports and four regular sockets so you can increase your outlet options. It's a great and geeky way to refill your batteries and display your love of Star Wars at the same time.

It's normally $30, but you can get your own for only $15 — a 50% savings.

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Someone designed an accordion-like table that unfolds to double its length

Mashable - 6 hours 48 min ago

Heatherwick Studio designers created a shapeshifting table, called Friction Table, that can be stretched to become two times longer than its original size. The result was achieved using a mechanical device that provides its lattice structure. Read more...

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2017 was the year late night grew up, and we did too

Mashable - 6 hours 52 min ago

In an earlier, better time, late night was the place where smart comics got to write mostly meaningless jokes about transitory crap. 

Ah, what an era. 

2017 didn't change all of that — there will always, sadly, be space in our culture for James Corden sing-a-longs — but it did force late night comics to lean in one two directions. Either they could take the easy breezy hair-fluffing Jimmy Fallon road and be ridiculed by rose emojis on Twitter, or they could go the Jimmy Kimmel route and wonk it out on national television.

Most chose the latter, to the benefit of their profit margins and ratings and sometimes, even, get ready for it — the American people.  Read more...

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Stock up on Amazon Cloud Cams — they're on sale today for 25% off

Mashable - 6 hours 52 min ago

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The Amazon's Cloud Cam, the Alexa-compatible camera can connect to your phone or even your Amazon smart TV so you can view your surveillance feed from anywhere or at the sound of your voice. The push notifications from the Cloud Cam app alert you when the camera detects motion, and lets you view what's going on in your house as it happens. Two-way audio also lets you speak to anyone through the camera in case you need to calm down your dog or something.

The Amazon Cloud Cam normally costs $120, but you can save $30 on it and get one for $90. Read more...

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Obamacare sign-ups gain steam as 2018 deadline nears

Health News (Reuters) - 6 hours 52 min ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 1.07 million consumers selected 2018 Obamacare individual insurance plans on the website during the week ended Dec. 9, the U.S. government reported on Wednesday, indicating a pick up in the pace of enrollment as the Dec. 15 deadline nears.
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How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Three: Getting the BIOS Ready

How-To Geek - 6 hours 53 min ago
So you’ve carefully picked out some parts and built a computer, but it doesn’t really do anything…yet. Before we hop into installing your operating system, we need to take a quick look at the BIOS and prepare it for our operating system.
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France's Sanofi pins hopes on new drugs after setbacks

Health News (Reuters) - 6 hours 54 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi's promising pipeline of experimental drugs can help it overcome setbacks including the low uptake of a new cholesterol treatment and concerns about a dengue vaccine, the French pharmaceuticals group said on Wednesday.
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This rapid egg cooker is on sale for less than $20

Mashable - 7 hours 56 sec ago

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When you're in a hurry to make breakfast so you can get out the door, it might not hurt to have this egg cooker on hand, especially when it's 34% off.

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The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker can cook up to six eggs at once, and can prepare just about any egg-related dish you can think of. From hard-boiled to poached to scrambled, this egg cooker has got you covered, and using it is as simple as filling the measuring cup and flipping it on. Read more...

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The 17 best TV episodes of 2017

Mashable - 7 hours 4 min ago

2017 was not a good year for many things, but it was a good year for TV. Peak TV kept us sane in a completely insane time and hopefully it'll do the same in 2018. For now, let's look back at the 17 best episodes of 2017 and how they reflected, resisted, or blissfully ignored the hellscape of reality.

SEE ALSO: 20 pop culture duos that warmed our souls and broke our hearts in 2017

1Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, "Josh's Ex-Girlfriend is Crazy!"

It doesn't score high with feel-good vibes or carefree musical numbers, but Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fully embraced a dark plummet after Rebecca's friends find out her history with Robert and she tells Josh the truth. Rebecca hits rock bottom and hits it hard; she says horrible things to her closest friends in West Covina and ends up sleeping with the absolute last person on earth she should sleep with. Read more...

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame names its Class of 2018, from Bon Jovi to Nina Simone

Mashable - 7 hours 5 min ago

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues, The Cars, and Dire Straits. Meet the full lineup of 2018 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The 33rd annual induction ceremony won't happen until April 14, 2018, but you can start cheering for the new entrants now. Those five musical forces making up the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 are joined by legendary gospel singer/songwriter Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who receives an Early Influence award.

SEE ALSO: Bon Jovi graces wedding reception with surprise performance

The winners emerge from a competitive field that included 19 nominees in total: Rage Against the Machine, Eurythmics, Radiohead, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, MC5, The Meters, Rufus feat. Chaka Khan, Link Wray, and The Zombies, as well as the winning six. Read more...

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Ethereum's price surpasses $700 in another astonishing crypto-rally

Mashable - 7 hours 16 min ago

Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap (behind Bitcoin), is currently trading at $707, a 20% increase in the last 24 hours. 

This is a new record for Ethereum, which has kept pace with Bitcoin for the better part of the year but started falling behind sometime in the summer. Bitcoin's price grew tremendously in the second part of the year. One bitcoin is currently worth $17,176. 

SEE ALSO: Bitcoin's secretive creator could become the world's first trillionaire

Ethereum's market capitalization, according to CoinMarketCap, is currently $66.5 billion. 

Besides being a blockchain-based cryptocurrency, Ethereum has fairly little to do with Bitcoin. While Bitcoin is primarily a payment system, Ethereum is a platform for decentralized apps running on its blockchain.  Read more...

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Gin-flavored cheese is here to confuse your taste buds

Mashable - 7 hours 23 min ago

There are some pretty extreme cheeses out there: stinky cheese, gold cheese, prosecco cheese. They're all delicious, but even the most fervent cheese lover has a line they won't cross. Is yours perhaps gin cheese?

Honestly, we're not sure. A new Gin & Lemon Cheshire Cheese, which is currently being sold by Cheshire Cheese Company in the U.K., looks surprisingly creamy and delicious. 

Yes, the words "gin" and "cheese" together bring a third word, "bad," to mind. However, the cheese's description — "slightly acidic," "melt in your mouth" — doesn't sound bad at all.

SEE ALSO: This blue cheese looks like a moldy brain, but it's actually delicious Read more...

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There's going to be a 'Last Jedi' screening on the International Space Station

Mashable - 7 hours 29 min ago

There's no truer commitment to Star Wars than watching the newest movie while actually in space. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are planning a special screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi while orbiting the Earth. This is a much more enticing option than the previously screened Gravity.

SEE ALSO: Critics swoon over 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

I received confirmation from Disney and NASA sources that the crew aboard the International Space Station will be screening Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

More details soon.

— Robin Seemangal (@nova_road) December 12, 2017

We don't know exactly when or how, but a NASA representative confirmed to Mashable that the ISS crew will indeed watch The Last JediRead more...

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Novartis generics arm says may sell or end some products

Health News (Reuters) - 7 hours 34 min ago
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis's Sandoz generics business is in the process of selling or closing some products in the United States, it said on Wednesday.
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U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks

Technology News (Reuters) - 7 hours 41 min ago
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers.
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Disappointed husky has no time for your foolish human Christmas

Mashable - 8 hours 5 min ago

Christmas, it's a garish display of excess, gluttony and capitalism, and no one makes that point better than one dog in particular.

SEE ALSO: Let the annual 'Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?' debate begin

Anuko is a husky based in the UK, and his owner made him an Instagram account. In some recent images, Anuko has made his disapproval for the festive season apparent.

Merry Christmas.... or whatever

A post shared by Anuko (@huskyanuko) on Dec 11, 2017 at 10:53am PST

Damning stuff.

Smile nunu 😁

A post shared by Anuko (@huskyanuko) on Dec 8, 2017 at 4:13am PST

He will not smile. He will not yield.

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Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

Technology News (Reuters) - 8 hours 9 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp is considering making batteries for electric vehicles (EV) with Panasonic Corp , as it ramps up battery development to help meet its goal for green cars to comprise half of global sales by 2030.
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