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Is it OK to photograph the total solar eclipse with a smartphone?

It’s going to be nearly irresistible. On Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to be visible from the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years will occur. That means it'll also be the first total eclipse of the smartphone era here — and the impulse to shoot a picture of the sky will be …

Total Solar Eclipse

Barack Obama’s Charlottesville Tweet Becomes The Most Liked In Twitter History

The former President quoted Nelson Mandela in response to the weekend’s violence.<p>A tweet sent by Barack Obama following the far-right rally in …

Nelson Mandela

Alan Hale Jr. "the Skipper"

<i>Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.</i><p>Alan Hale MacKahan …

TV

Get Smart With Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions

Replace your annoying “Did you know?” factoids with even more annoying “Actually that’s fake” corrections. Wikipedia features a massive list of …

Cool Stuff

Pilot's Phone Is Sucked Out Of Plane, Keeps Filming All The Way To The Ground

If you've ever wondered what it would look and feel like to plummet out of a plane without a parachute but you value your life too much to attempt it …

Cool Stuff

Here's What the Stranger Things Creators Still Can't Believe They Got Away With

Though it easily could have become an overly-reverential love letter to ‘80s movies, the Duffer brothers, who co-created <i>Stranger Things,</i> took special …

Netflix

Here Are The States With The Most Hate Groups

Where does your state fall?<p>Watching the news footage of white dudes walking down the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia brazenly waving around …

Racism

Daniel Craig Confirms He Will Return as James Bond

LOS ANGELES — Daniel Craig has made it official: He'll be returning for another movie as James Bond.<p>Craig confirmed the news, which had been widely expected, during his appearance on Tuesday's edition of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."<p>Colbert pressed Craig about his previous statement …

Movies

A Drinker’s Guide to Watching the Solar Eclipse

When the day goes dark on Aug. 21, distillers, wine makers, and brewers from Oregon to South Carolina hope to be lighting up.<p>Next Monday, sky watchers from the beaches of Oregon through the midsection of America and down the South Carolina coastline, will be trying to catch a glimpse of the first …

Solar Eclipse

Elvis Presley Died 40 Years Ago. Here’s Why Some People Think He’s Still Alive

Elvis Presley, the legendary singer and movie star who became known as the king of rock and roll, died of heart failure 40 years ago this week.<p>His …

Elvis Presley

This Is What Nuclear Warfare Will Do To Our Planet

Growing Concerns<p>President Donald Trump’s recent comments directed at North Korea have us all wondering if we’re slowly building up to nuclear war. …

North Korea

Bill Gates Just Made His Largest Donation Since 2000

Bill Gates just gave away 5% of his fortune.<p>$4.6 billion, to be exact. According to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing released on Monday and …

Wealth

These Are the Smartest Netflix Tricks You Need to Know Right Now

Netflix may have made you an expert in marathoning shows, introduced you to new genres or kept you comfortable during repeat viewings of <i>30 Rock</i> — but …

Netflix

The 15 Best YouTube Channels to Watch Right Now

15<p>Carli Bybel<p>Beauty and makeup how-tos are a massive YouTube genre, and with over 5 million subscribers, Carli Bybel is one of the top vloggers in …

Mario Kart

Fantasy Football 2017: Cheatsheet for Sleepers and Busts Heading into Your Draft

Every year, players picked in the later rounds (or not at all) in fantasy football drafts outperform others taken early.<p>Such was the case in 2016, as running backs Jordan Howard and Jay Ajayi did better than Todd Gurley, who was one of the most touted fantasy football players prior to the …

Los Angeles Chargers

The remarkable history in your cereal bowl

<b>(CNN) —</b> This morning, more than 350 million people devoured a bowl of Kellogg's Corn Flakes. All told, more than 128 billion bowls of Corn Flakes are consumed each year. While perusing the cereal box, peering over the bowl and gripping a spoonful of the stuff, few of these sleepy diners know that …

He Wrote ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ So How Did D.C. Lose Francis Scott Key’s House?

Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that led to ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ When his house was dismantled in the 1940s, the idea was to rebuild it. That never happened.<p>One can imagine the concern of young Francis Scott Key that day in early September of 1814 as he pulled on his boots, kissed his …

History

The bloody, exhilarating Bonnie and Clyde broke taboos when it hit screens 50 years ago

Half a century later, the iconic pair is still a rallying cry for the counterculture.<p><i>Every weekend, we pick a movie you can stream that dovetails with current events. Old, new, blockbuster, arthouse: They’re all fair game. What you can count on is a weekend watch that sheds new light on the week</i> …

Warren Beatty

Google Expels Spyware From Play Store That Recorded Audio and Took Photos Without Permission

Android users are facing new threats to their privacy with the recent discovery of over a thousand spyware apps on the loose. A security firm found …

Google

How an Iroquois Chief Helped Write the U.S. Constitution

History has largely forgotten Canasatego, the Iroquois chief who eloquently introduced American colonists to the federalist ideas that would shape their government.<p><i>In 1744 date, the Iroquois chief Canasatego addressed a treaty conference between the American colonists and the six-nation Iroquois</i> …

History

Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

This is in addition to 47 already known about and eruption would melt more ice in region affected by climate change<p>Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica.<p>The project, by Edinburgh University …

Global Warming

Samantha Bee, the new heroine of American political satire

The graduate of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show now skewers the US president every week in her own Emmy-nominated TV satire, Full Frontal<p>Samantha Bee, a 47-year-old Canadian-born dual-citizen of Canada and the US, has been called the “comedian of the resistance” in the Donald Trump era. It is not a …

Comedy

The best live video feeds streaming the 2017 total solar eclipse

The great American total solar eclipse of 2017 is almost upon us.<p>On Monday, August 21, the moon will slip in front of the sun and cast a dark shadow that will travel across the contiguous United States. A partial solar eclipse will be visible around the entire country, but totality — when the moon …

Total Solar Eclipse

A 100-Year-Old Fruitcake Was Found 'Perfectly Preserved' in Antarctica

The Antarctic Heritage Trust has recovered a 100-year-old fruit cake on Cape Adare in Antarctica, where famed explorer Robert Falcon Scott's team was …

Archaeology

Son of Sam killer says he 'surrendered to dark forces'

NEW YORK (AP) — The "Son of Sam" killer who terrorized New York 40 years ago says he thought he was doing something "to appease the devil."<p>David Berkowitz told CBS News in an interview broadcast Friday (http://cbsn.ws/2vjE4Fa ) that he "surrendered to those very dark forces" when he killed six …

Prison

Dig Into Nearly 30 Years of Free Classic Science Fiction

If you’re a fan of classic science fiction from the likes of Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Robert A. Heinlein, you’re in luck. Archive.org now has …

Science Fiction

Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Clem Albers & Francis Stewart’s Censored Photographs of a WWII Japanese Internment Camp

<i>Image by Ansel Adams</i><p>In places where atrocities or widespread human rights violations occur, we sometimes hear ordinary citizens later claim they …

History

Jimmy Hoffa Mystery Finally Solved, Criminologist Claims

For 42 years, Hoffa's disappearance has spurred innumerable conspiracy theories and urban legends. Have we now solved the mystery once and for …

Crime

America's Best Small Cities to Move to Before They Get Too Popular

The best small towns to visit in America are easy to commit to for a weekend. It doesn’t take much to fall in love with Main Street; all you need is …

Cool Stuff