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Stephen Colbert Trolls Trump, Announces 2020 Presidential Run on Russian TV

While in St. Petersburg to film segments for ‘The Late Show,’ Stephen Colbert made a very big announcement on a Russian late-night show.<p>As he revealed on Twitter in a trolltastic message to President Donald Trump on Thursday, Stephen Colbert is currently “on assignment” in Russia for an upcoming …

Stephen Colbert

How Ping Pong Balls Are Made

We had no idea that it took so many steps to create a table tennis ball, but if this video of the Double Happiness ball factory is any indication, …

Cool Stuff

Forensic Dogs Enlisted in Search for Amelia Earhart's Bones

A search party set sail for a remote Pacific island this weekend to look for clues about the fate of Amelia Earhart.<p>The American aviation pioneer …

Aviation

Why Do Some Animals Eat Their Own Poop?

Why do some animals poop, and then turn around and eat their own droppings?<p>It may appear icky to humans, but the practice of eating poop, known as …

Cool Stuff

Reset your brain by washing your hands

Looking to reset your goals? It turns out that just washing your hands with an antiseptic wipe can help change your priorities.<p>Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management conducted four experiments that showed that when participants cleansed their hands with a wipe, they …

The Brain

Deer Caught On Camera Engaging In Bizarre 'Slap Fight'

"You want a piece of me?"<p>Oh, deer.<p>A bizarre “slap fight” between two bucks in Tennessee is now getting lots of hits on the Internet.<p>This “Battle of the Bambis” was filmed earlier this week in Hardeman County, Tennessee, by Amy and Bubba Spencer, two trail officers for the Tennessee Wildlife …

Wildlife

Pro-Trump Porn Stars Are Scared Silent: ‘The Industry Is Biased and No One Will Admit It’

Those who strongly voiced their support of Trump both during and following the election now fear adult industry reprisals.<p>A brunette performer in her mid-twenties is too afraid to be named, even though all she’s confessing to is being a conservative. “Can I be anonymous?” she asks, radiating …

Donald Trump

Splash 'dancing' at the Dallas Zoo with Zola the gorilla

<b>(CNN) —</b> There seems to be a lot more going on behind the scenes at the Dallas Zoo -- including some splashy dance moves by Zola the gorilla.<p>The Zoo released video this week of the 14-year-old Western Lowland gorilla dancing in a kiddie pool and the footage has gone viral -- with almost a million …

Dancing

This Snack Machine Conspiracy Is the Greatest Operation in CIA History

There’s more than one moment in the 2006 thriller <i>The Good Shepherd</i>, when any rational movie watcher thinks, “Shit, does Matt Damon know what he’s …

Kim Jong-un

Microsoft Launches New Branded Podcast On How The Future Of Tech Is Decided Today

The podcast “.future” is a partnership with Gimlet Creative, the company behind other branded podcasts for Virgin Atlantic, eBay, and more.<p>As the popularity of podcasts continues to grow, more marketers are considering and investing in the medium, beyond the host reading out their brand name during …

Virgin Atlantic

One Bite From This Tick Can Make You Allergic to Bacon

We like to believe that there’s no such thing as a bad organism, that every creature must have its place in the world. But ticks are really making …

Cool Stuff

J.K. Rowling revealed there are two Harry Potters and we're in total shock

J.K. Rowling, kween of Twitter, loves dropping bombshells for her <i>Harry Potter</i> fans from time to time.<p>The latest will make your jaw drop and shake your fists in the air.<p>In a recent Pottermore entry, the writer explained that in her magical wizarding world there are technically not one, but TWO Harry …

Harry Potter

Doctors warn cities that LED street lights can cause serious health issues

Many cities have shifted to LED lights in a bid to be more energy and cost efficient, but LED lights have another price, and it comes at our health. …

Health

Are you 'old' yet? The cut-off has shifted

The boundary of "old age" needs to change, say researchers. Here's why.

Old Age

Casey Kasem's Widow Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Radio Host's Kids

Jean Kasem alleges radio personality's children from another marriage perpetrated a "homicidal guardianship scam"<p>The widow of Casey Kasem has filed a …

Crime

Ron Howard on ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Directing Gig: ‘I’ve Been a Fan Forever’

Ron Howard, freshly tasked with taking over directing the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff movie, said he’s been around the space-epic franchise from the …

Star Wars

Virgin Mobile will be the first iPhone-only carrier with a bonkers $1 unlimited plan

<b>UPDATE: June 22, 2017, 8:32 a.m. EDT</b> This story has been updated to add statements from Virgin Mobile's spokesperson and clarify some aspects of the new offer.<p>Virgin Mobile USA has taken iPhone fever to the next level.<p>Sir Richard Branson broke the news that Virgin Mobile will become the first …

Phones

"Textalyzer" Device Allows Police to Determine if Drivers Were Texting and Driving

The “Textalyzer” device allows police to plug in and determine if a driver was using a cell phone to text while driving. Jeff Rossen shows how it works.

Uber

These Inmates Could Have Fled When Their Guard Collapsed. They Saved His Life Instead.

“If he didn’t have any help, I don’t know what would have happened to him."<p>When a Georgia deputy suddenly collapsed while on duty, the six inmates he had been supervising could have made a run for it. But they chose instead to save the officer’s life.<p>The group of inmates were out on a work detail …

Prison

Every Day This Dog Rides The Bus All By Herself To Go To The Park

Meet Seattle’s celebrity dog, Eclipse, who takes a bus to a nearby park all by herself. “All the bus drivers know her. She sits here just like a …

Seattle

Ron Howard Is the Reported Frontrunner to Take Over the Han Solo Film

The world of <i>Star Wars</i> was shook to the core Tuesday afternoon when Lucasfilm announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller would no longer be directing …

Star Wars

Daniel Day-Lewis Is Retiring From Acting

Daniel Day-Lewis, widely regarded as one of the finest actors of his time, announced on Tuesday that he is retiring from the profession.<p>"Daniel …

Movies

O.J. Simpson parole hearing set for July

<b>(CNN) —</b> O.J. Simpson may be one step closer to becoming a free man.<p>Simpson will have a July 20 hearing before the Nevada Board of Parole to decide whether he will be released from prison, according to parole board spokesman David Smith. If paroled, he could be released as early as October, Smith …

Crime

Phoenix flights cancelled because it's too hot for planes

<b>As temperatures climb in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40 flights have been cancelled - because it is too hot for the planes to fly.</b><p>The weather forecast for the US city suggests temperatures could reach 120F (49C) on Tuesday.<p>That is higher than the operating temperature of some planes.<p>American …

Aviation

How Much Do Companies Pay to Get Their Logos on Those Blue Highway Exit Signs?

When you’re driving down the highway searching desperately for a bathroom and a Big Mac, the appearance of one of those blue exit signs—the ones that …

Cool Stuff

Department of Defense still uses 8-inch floppy disks and other disturbing details from Jared Kushner's speech

I don’t care what Jared Kushner’s voice sounds like. It’s what he said that blew me away.<p>The globetrotting head of the White House Office of American Innovation broke his cipher-like silence on Monday to offer a stunning outline of the federal government's recidivistic tech tendencies.<p>Chief among …

U.S. Department of Defense

Want to become a social media celeb? There's a college degree for that

Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that.<p>A university in China is offering courses that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame.<p>From make-up classes, catwalk practice to dance performances, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College …

Social Media

So We Never Forget, Holograms Will Keep Delivering First-Person Holocaust Survivor Testimony

The USC Shoah Foundation is using big data to recreate the experience of having a one-on-one conversation with someone who lived through the Holocaust.<p>Before he begins to tell me about living through Hitler’s rise to power as a young boy in Warsaw, Pinchas Gutter, now in his mid-eighties, seems to …

Empathy

Unseen Photos of Mount St. Helens Eruption Uncovered From Forgotten Camera

A vintage camera from the early 20th century containing a roll of undeveloped film has yielded an extraordinary set of images showing the 1980 …

Geology