Um why is there a teddy bear emoji on these leaked Samsung Galaxy S8 camera photos?

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Okay, now the Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks are just getting ridiculous.

We’re just days away from Samsung’s big reveal, so, naturally, we’ve pretty much seen the entire phone at this point.

Now, thanks to another intrepid leaker, we have a new batch of high-resolution photos to obsess over, but the only part we care about with this current batch is: 

Why the hell is there a teddy bear emoji on the camera interface?

The leak, which comes from AndroidMX, shows various up-close shots of the Galaxy S8+ in use (and, once again, not exploding). You can see a clear look at the home screen, and what looks like just about every settings menu (in Spanish), but the real gem is the shot of the camera interface. Read more…

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Okay, now the Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks are just getting ridiculous.

We’re just days away from Samsung’s big reveal, so, naturally, we’ve pretty much seen the entire phone at this point.

Now, thanks to another intrepid leaker, we have a new batch of high-resolution photos to obsess over, but the only part we care about with this current batch is: 

Why the hell is there a teddy bear emoji on the camera interface?

The leak, which comes from AndroidMX, shows various up-close shots of the Galaxy S8+ in use (and, once again, not exploding). You can see a clear look at the home screen, and what looks like just about every settings menu (in Spanish), but the real gem is the shot of the camera interface. Read more…

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Chance the Rapper sat in on a third grade math class and it looked really fun, TBH

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The verdict is in: Yes, math can, in fact, be fun.

‘Know this might seem controversial, but hear it out: Chance the Rapper sat in on a third-grade math class during a surprise Career Day appearance at a Chicago elementary school this week, and it looked extremely enjoyable.

See for yourself. Addition, multiplication, and subtraction are all on the day’s menu, and none of the students look even a little mad about it. The lesson even got a cool name: “Math Talk.”

Pult up for Career Day and was invited to sit in on Ms. Jackson’s class #supportCPS

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The verdict is in: Yes, math can, in fact, be fun.

‘Know this might seem controversial, but hear it out: Chance the Rapper sat in on a third-grade math class during a surprise Career Day appearance at a Chicago elementary school this week, and it looked extremely enjoyable.

See for yourself. Addition, multiplication, and subtraction are all on the day’s menu, and none of the students look even a little mad about it. The lesson even got a cool name: “Math Talk.”

Pult up for Career Day and was invited to sit in on Ms. Jackson’s class #supportCPS

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Feast your eyes on NASA’s stunning ‘farewell to Pluto’ photo

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NASA just released a new photo of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, and it’s something to behold.

Taken from 120,000 miles behind Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons, the shot perfectly captures Pluto’s blue haze.

The photo’s the result of six black-and-white photos stitched together, with color added from separate photos taken in July 2015, just hours after the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto, NASA says.

This allowed scientists to get one of their best shots yet of the dwarf planet’s blue haze. The haze, backlit by the light of the sun, is caused by the same phenomenon that makes haze here on Earth sometimes look blue, scientists say. If you look closely, the haze also illuminates Pluto’s mountains (near the top left side of the image.)  Read more…

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NASA just released a new photo of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, and it’s something to behold.

Taken from 120,000 miles behind Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons, the shot perfectly captures Pluto’s blue haze.

The photo’s the result of six black-and-white photos stitched together, with color added from separate photos taken in July 2015, just hours after the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto, NASA says.

This allowed scientists to get one of their best shots yet of the dwarf planet’s blue haze. The haze, backlit by the light of the sun, is caused by the same phenomenon that makes haze here on Earth sometimes look blue, scientists say. If you look closely, the haze also illuminates Pluto’s mountains (near the top left side of the image.)  Read more…

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Hey, Future: Please hire this badass flute player immediately

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Flute samples in rap music are having a moment, so here’s your next big star.

The internet is currently smitten with a flautist from Dallas, who goes by @BonafideTye on Twitter. On Thursday, she tweeted videos of herself playing along to Future’s “Mask Off” and Migos’ “Get Right Witcha.”

Spoiler: the videos are amazing. She is amazing. Like … 🔥 🔥 🔥 . Plus, she knows the bathroom has the best acoustics, so she is clearly an expert.

On Twitter, people are obsessed, of course. @BonafideTye even got a shoutout from singer-rapper Lizzo, who plays the flute herself. Read more…

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Flute samples in rap music are having a moment, so here’s your next big star.

The internet is currently smitten with a flautist from Dallas, who goes by @BonafideTye on Twitter. On Thursday, she tweeted videos of herself playing along to Future’s “Mask Off” and Migos’ “Get Right Witcha.”

Spoiler: the videos are amazing. She is amazing. Like … 🔥 🔥 🔥 . Plus, she knows the bathroom has the best acoustics, so she is clearly an expert.

On Twitter, people are obsessed, of course. @BonafideTye even got a shoutout from singer-rapper Lizzo, who plays the flute herself. Read more…

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Yes, the ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners hated HBO’s stupid melting ice stunt as much as you did

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If you care about that which is best in life, or if you’re (somehow) out of TV to catch up on or binge, then you’re probably anxiously anticipating the new season of Game of Thrones like the rest of us. 

But now one of the show’s lead actors, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (a.k.a. Jaime Lannister) revealed that the people behind the show’s ice melting debacle considered the Season 7 date reveal a cringeworthy moment in TV history (of course, the internet agreed).

“I spoke to [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] about that and they were like, ‘Oh god… That’s embarrassing,'” Coster-Waldau told The Daily BeastRead more…

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If you care about that which is best in life, or if you’re (somehow) out of TV to catch up on or binge, then you’re probably anxiously anticipating the new season of Game of Thrones like the rest of us. 

But now one of the show’s lead actors, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (a.k.a. Jaime Lannister) revealed that the people behind the show’s ice melting debacle considered the Season 7 date reveal a cringeworthy moment in TV history (of course, the internet agreed).

“I spoke to [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] about that and they were like, ‘Oh god… That’s embarrassing,'” Coster-Waldau told The Daily BeastRead more…

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Alex Jones apologized for stoking the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, but all these protesters don’t care

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Conspiracy theory peddling InfoWars host Alex Jones apologized on Friday for spreading the unfounded conspiracy theory that a D.C. pizza restaurant was at the center of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton. 

But outside the White House on Saturday, the theoretical audience for InfoWars and all matters of PizzaGate conspiracy news didn’t seem to care much. A small group of protesters who believe that the White House must investigate claims of sex trafficking at a local pizza place gathered to convince people that the issue is real. 

As The Hill editor Will Sommer pointed out on Twitter, many of the protesters had their hearts in the right place: stopping child sex trafficking. They were just badly misinformed, thanks to conspiracy theorists like Jones.  Read more…

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Conspiracy theory peddling InfoWars host Alex Jones apologized on Friday for spreading the unfounded conspiracy theory that a D.C. pizza restaurant was at the center of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton. 

But outside the White House on Saturday, the theoretical audience for InfoWars and all matters of PizzaGate conspiracy news didn’t seem to care much. A small group of protesters who believe that the White House must investigate claims of sex trafficking at a local pizza place gathered to convince people that the issue is real. 

As The Hill editor Will Sommer pointed out on Twitter, many of the protesters had their hearts in the right place: stopping child sex trafficking. They were just badly misinformed, thanks to conspiracy theorists like Jones.  Read more…

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Please forgive Ed Sheeran for forgetting the words to his own song in front of the entire world

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During his Red Nose Day telethon performance on Friday, pop star and baby doppelganger Ed Sheeran briefly forgot the words to his song “What Do I Know.”

Okay, let’s just get this joke outWhat does he know? Not the words! Boom. Roasted.

Here’s what went down:

Let’s assess the damage here: On the one hand, fine, it’s a newly released song, and those lyrics go pretty fast. It’s also a very small mistake, and he acknowledged it with a nice, self-aware chortle.

On the other hand, Nicki Minaj has performed “Superbass” successfully many times (as has Kendall Jenner, FYI). Read more…

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During his Red Nose Day telethon performance on Friday, pop star and baby doppelganger Ed Sheeran briefly forgot the words to his song “What Do I Know.”

Okay, let’s just get this joke outWhat does he know? Not the words! Boom. Roasted.

Here’s what went down:

Let’s assess the damage here: On the one hand, fine, it’s a newly released song, and those lyrics go pretty fast. It’s also a very small mistake, and he acknowledged it with a nice, self-aware chortle.

On the other hand, Nicki Minaj has performed “Superbass” successfully many times (as has Kendall Jenner, FYI). Read more…

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That awkward moment when Republicans failed to kill Obamacare but they bought boastful TV ads anyway and now they’re airing, LOL

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Opponents of Donald Trump’s failed healthcare bill got a big, meme-filled laugh yesterday. But fans of both basketball and the Affordable Care Act? Well, they got perhaps the biggest laugh of all.

According to a report from Deadspin, a PAC called American Action Network purchased a series of ads thanking several Republican members of Congress for “keeping [their] promise” to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Of course, this didn’t happen: As of Friday, Obamacare is alive and kicking, and the Republicans are facing the bitter sting of defeat.

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Opponents of Donald Trump’s failed healthcare bill got a big, meme-filled laugh yesterday. But fans of both basketball and the Affordable Care Act? Well, they got perhaps the biggest laugh of all.

According to a report from Deadspin, a PAC called American Action Network purchased a series of ads thanking several Republican members of Congress for “keeping [their] promise” to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Of course, this didn’t happen: As of Friday, Obamacare is alive and kicking, and the Republicans are facing the bitter sting of defeat.

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In 1939, evicted sharecroppers held a roadside protest that captivated the nation

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In January 1939, motorists on highways in the “Bootheel” of southeastern Missouri began reporting a strange sight: thousands of sharecropper families were camped out on the roadside, their meager possessions piled around them, exposed to the wintry cold.

The families, almost all African-American, had been evicted by the owners of the farms where they had lived. Because sharecroppers were entitled to a portion of the harvest of the fields they worked, the government had recently announced they were also entitled to a direct portion of federal farm subsidies — a distasteful arrangement for the landowners, who had decided they would rather keep the full subsidies and hire day laborers to bring in their crops. Read more…

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Image: Library of Congress

In January 1939, motorists on highways in the “Bootheel” of southeastern Missouri began reporting a strange sight: thousands of sharecropper families were camped out on the roadside, their meager possessions piled around them, exposed to the wintry cold.

The families, almost all African-American, had been evicted by the owners of the farms where they had lived. Because sharecroppers were entitled to a portion of the harvest of the fields they worked, the government had recently announced they were also entitled to a direct portion of federal farm subsidies — a distasteful arrangement for the landowners, who had decided they would rather keep the full subsidies and hire day laborers to bring in their crops. Read more…

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The surprising origins of your f*cking favorite swear words

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As a society, we like to swear.

Swear words have a strange power over us. It starts when we are young, when they are deliciously taboo. Then, as we age, our dependence on swear words increases to the point where as an adult, we find that the magnitude of our emotions can only be captured by cursing.

Yes, many of us have grown attached to swear words, but only a fraction of us actually know where they came from. What old dead languages do we have to thank for some of the best words of all time?

We looked into this vital question and are here to report back to you what we have found. We leaned heavily on the Online Etymology Dictionary (OED) for information, in addition to various online dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com and the free online Oxford Dictionary. (The internet can teach you things, everyone.) Read more…

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As a society, we like to swear.

Swear words have a strange power over us. It starts when we are young, when they are deliciously taboo. Then, as we age, our dependence on swear words increases to the point where as an adult, we find that the magnitude of our emotions can only be captured by cursing.

Yes, many of us have grown attached to swear words, but only a fraction of us actually know where they came from. What old dead languages do we have to thank for some of the best words of all time?

We looked into this vital question and are here to report back to you what we have found. We leaned heavily on the Online Etymology Dictionary (OED) for information, in addition to various online dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com and the free online Oxford Dictionary. (The internet can teach you things, everyone.) Read more…

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