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23 Dad Jokes That Are So Bad They're Good

Nothing like a good ol' dad joke.

Jokes

Donald Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong

He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it.<p>Trump may seek separate Nafta talks with Canada and …

Globalization

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Science Fiction

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner reveal the cover for Undying

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are returning with another tomb-raiding sci-fi adventure, and EW has an exclusive first look.<p>In <i>Undying</i>, the authors’ …

Books

Something important was different about this shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> This newest shooting seems, sadly, familiar, but it is important that we pay attention to what is different here.<p>The deadly attack Friday in Santa Fe, Texas, left at least 10 dead. Terrified kids, shocked parents, authoritative law enforcement, inquisitive reporters, and somber politicians …

Guns

Man slowly tumbles into river in undeniably hilarious footage

Sophisticated, high-brow comedy is all very well and good, but sometimes you just want to watch someone falling over.<p>Well, good news — today happens …

Dwane Casey, NBA Coach of the Year, Was Fired. His Response Is a Genius Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Dwane Casey just role-modeled high-level emotional intelligence. His response to his firing will inspire you to up your game, too.<p>As the great Norm Peterson of <i>Cheers</i> fame once said, "It's a dog-eat-dog world and I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear." That's how Dwane Casey must have felt last week.<p>In a …

Toronto Raptors

Year One

• <b>Author:</b> Nora Roberts<p><b>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><p><b>A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…</b><p>It began on New …

Everyone is Sharing Hilariously Bad Stock Photos of Their Jobs

Stock photos generally aren’t the best at showing realistic views of what different jobs are like, but sometimes they’re hilariously inaccurate. …

I Honestly Thought White People Were Better Than This

I had forgotten about the first time.<p>I usually hear their dogs barking as I pass their house while walking my dog, a 165-pound Great Dane. On most …

Southwest and United Airlines: This 1 Simple Quote Explains the Huge Difference

It's not really about what either of them did last month, or the month before. It's about what they've done over the years.<p>There's a big difference between United Airlines and Southwest Airlines, and it comes down to a quote from Maya Angelou:<p><i>"People may not remember exactly what you did, or what</i> …

Steve Martin Got Great Advice from Oprah About Supporting Martin Short

Midwestern Vintner Saves The Forgotten Grapes That Saved Europe's Wines

With the help of a rented plane, Jerry Eisterhold found the perfect place to start a vineyard with grapes native to the Midwest — grapes that no one had cultivated for more than 150 years.<p>The grapes also saved the European wine industry, allowing people today to enjoy chardonnays and cabernets.<p>A …

Ice Age

Woman receives $5,751 ER bill—for an ice pack and a bandage

The hospital zeroed out the bill after a reporter asked questions.<p>A woman seeking treatment from a New Jersey hospital in October 2016 for an ear …

Awesome Cobra Kai Prank Shocks Bystanders as a Real-Life Karate Kid Chops a Bully's Motorcycle In Half

The only thing more satisfying than seeing someone get their “just desserts” is when it’s served by an underdog. We can all relate when a seemingly …

Offended Woman Says Mike Rowe's 'Hard Work' Ethic Belittles Higher Education. Here's His Biting Response.

TV star Mike Rowe posted an <b>NPR article</b> to Facebook on Thursday that noted the massive number of vacant high-paying trade jobs as high school …

After This Photographer Caught A Record Label Stealing Her Pics, Their Response Made Her Jaw Drop

With photography being such a primary and highly shared form of communication in the digital age, it is no surprise that people’s copyrights are …

A Star Is Born trailer scores rave reviews at CinemaCon: '[It] gave me chills'

It sounds like Bradley Cooper might have a hit and an awards contender on his hands.<p>During Warner Bros.’ Tuesday panel at CinemaCon, the three-time …

Antioxidant found to wind back the clock on blood vessel function by up to 20 years

Much mystery surrounds the physiological processes by which humans age, but scientists are learning more all the time. With this knowledge come new …

Medical Research

BREAKING: Anti-Gun Control Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv Questioned By School Security For Visiting Gun Range With His Father

On Friday, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv went to the gun range to learn to fire a gun for the first time, alongside his father. He tweeted this:

Lost Voice Guy: Stand-up comedian wins over audience without uttering a word

For a <i>Britain's Got Talent</i> audition, stand-up comedian Lost Voice Guy (aka Lee Ridley) performed a brilliant set without speaking a word. The …

An American Airlines Passenger Was Stuck Next to a 'Screaming and Kicking' Toddler. His Stunning Reaction Went Viral

You have three choices in a situation like this one. Two of them can wind up making you 'internet famous.'<p>Imagine your happy place. Now, imagine that in order to get to your happy place, you first have to sit next to a screaming toddler in economy class on American Airlines for a few hours.<p>Related:</i> …

Austin Powers, Harry Potter actor Verne Troyer passes away at 49

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for his roles as Mini-Me in the <i>Austin Powers</i> trilogy and the Gringotts goblin Griphook in <i>Harry Potter and the</i> …

Sarah Sellers: the nurse who stunned the world at the Boston Marathon

The story was so good it seemed impossible to imagine. A 26-year-old woman with no sponsors or agents, who had run only one marathon in her life, finished second in Monday’s Boston Marathon, one of the world’s most prestigious road races. And no sooner had she crossed the finish line did the …

Marathons

Grieving mum warns of teddy danger after daughter's death

<b>The mother of a toddler who suffocated under a teddy bear is warning other parents to remove toys from their children's beds.</b><p>Dexy Leigh Walsh found 18-month-old daughter Connie Rose lifeless last month when she went to wake her older daughter for school.<p>She had died while she slept, under a large …

Netflix's New Show Is Basically a Sci-Fi Romeo and Juliet, and It Looks Incredible

Netflix is going all in on their packed slate of new original content, which not only includes fresh true crime documentaries and big-budget films but also some exceptional sci-fi TV series. Not long after the announcement of the Ian Somerhalder-led <b>V-Wars</b>, Netflix dropped the first trailer for <b>The</b> …

These Pilots Say the Captain on Southwest Flight 1380 Wasn't Really a Hero. Here's What I Say to Them

I've got two words, and the second one is "you."<p>Most people are calling Southwest Airlines Captain Tammie Jo Shults a true hero after the emergency landing of Flight 1380 this week.<p>(Related: <i>Southwest's Apology to Passengers on Flight 1380 Is Brilliant, and It's Not Just the Cash. Here's …

Beaten, tortured, sexually abused: An American ISIS widow looks for a way home

<b>Northern Syria (CNN) —</b> For Samantha Sally, a vacation was all it took to flip her quiet middle-American world of muscle cars, cotton candy and an Indiana packing company, into the horror of the ritual beatings, serial rape, torture and propaganda videos of ISIS's so-called Caliphate.<p>A holiday is …

Cotton Candy

The World's Loudest Sound Caused Shock Waves 10,000 Times That of a Hydrogen Bomb

It shattered eardrums more than 50 km away.<p>On 27 August 1883, Earth made the loudest noise in recorded history.<p>Emanating from the island of Krakatoa, …

James Comey's A Higher Loyalty is compelling — and a little disingenuous: EW review

A Higher Loyalty<p>We gave it a <b>B-</b><p>It is extraordinary that the man who served as FBI director less than a year ago has written a memoir assailing the …