30 Dec 2017

Russian pranksters fool Nikki Haley in call about fake country

A couple of Russian funnymen prank-called US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley by posing as a Polish government official.

Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov posted a video in which a woman who the cutups said was Haley thought she was speaking with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the [Charleston] Post and Courier reported.

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30 Dec 2017

Humane Society: Dog found dead, frozen on home’s porch

TOLEDO, Ohio – An Ohio humane society is investigating a case where officials say a dog was found outside a home “frozen solid.”

Officials with the Toledo Area Humane Society told The Toledo Blade that the female dog had curled up and died on the porch of a home.

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28 Dec 2017

‘Unclear, unfunny, delete’: editor’s notes on Milo Yiannopoulos book revealed

Court documents filed in the US have revealed the editorial concerns of the publisher Simon & Schuster about the manuscript of the “alt-right” controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos’s autobiography Dangerous.

Having reportedly secured the book for an advance of $255,000 (£200,000), Simon & Schuster cancelled the deal in February after a recording emerged that appeared to show Yiannopoulos endorsing sex between “younger boys” and older men.

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28 Dec 2017

7 Alien ‘Earths’ May Be Swapping Life via Meteorites

The discovery of alien life would be revolutionary. But what if we uncovered it on two—or even seven—planets all orbiting the same star?

That’s the tantalizing possibility offered by the cosmic grouping called TRAPPIST-1, where seven Earth-size worlds circle a star roughly 39 light-years away. According to a new study, those planets are packed so tightly around their stellar host that the seeds of life could be hopping between them with ease.

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25 Dec 2017

Why a Christmas card from 1953 keeps getting mailed every year

It’s a Christmas tradition that’s been going on now for nearly 65 years.

In 1953, Art Clarke, who was 13 and living in Toronto at the time, sent out Christmas cards to six of his friends. All of the cards were the same: they included a lucky coin and invited the receiver to return it to the sender.

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