You guys, please stop making such morbid Mindy Kaling T-shirts

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Look, Mindy Kaling loves her fans, but some of the tribute T-shirts they make are downright depressing.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night, Kaling was asked her opinion about the popular T-shirt that reads: “If I die tell Mindy Kaling I love her.”

Couldn’t all the Kaling-appreciation fashion just be a little more cheerful? “Obviously, I’m very flattered,” she said. “I wish that these young women who are wearing them could be a fan of mine without the specter of death.”

It must be weird to be famous.

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Look, Mindy Kaling loves her fans, but some of the tribute T-shirts they make are downright depressing.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night, Kaling was asked her opinion about the popular T-shirt that reads: “If I die tell Mindy Kaling I love her.”

Couldn’t all the Kaling-appreciation fashion just be a little more cheerful? “Obviously, I’m very flattered,” she said. “I wish that these young women who are wearing them could be a fan of mine without the specter of death.”

It must be weird to be famous.

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The Great Depression dance marathons that lasted months at a time

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Ann Lawanick struggles to support her exhausted partner, Jack Ritof, during a dance marathon in Chicago.

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During the Great Depression, a bizarre and little-known fad emerged across the United States: dance marathons

Beginning in 1923 as light-hearted competitions of endurance, dance marathons eventually transformed into something rather dark and exploitative. Contestants, who were often in dire financial straits, were given shelter and meals as long as they kept dancing, with a substantial cash award for the last couple standing.

Rules varied from event to event, but many competitions allowed each dancer to take brief naps and bathroom breaks as long as their partner continued dancing. This allowed the marathons to stretch on for days, weeks and even months — as exhausted dancers vied for prize money while event promoters charged gawkers an entrance fee to watch. Read more…

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1930

Ann Lawanick struggles to support her exhausted partner, Jack Ritof, during a dance marathon in Chicago.

Image: Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

During the Great Depression, a bizarre and little-known fad emerged across the United States: dance marathons

Beginning in 1923 as light-hearted competitions of endurance, dance marathons eventually transformed into something rather dark and exploitative. Contestants, who were often in dire financial straits, were given shelter and meals as long as they kept dancing, with a substantial cash award for the last couple standing.

Rules varied from event to event, but many competitions allowed each dancer to take brief naps and bathroom breaks as long as their partner continued dancing. This allowed the marathons to stretch on for days, weeks and even months — as exhausted dancers vied for prize money while event promoters charged gawkers an entrance fee to watch. Read more…

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‘Angels’ guard Orlando victim’s memorial from Westboro protesters

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Hateful words were no match for crowds of people preaching love and their guardian angels. 

The Westboro Baptist Church promised to protest the memorial of an Orlando shooting victim Saturday, but the tiny contingent of four from the homophobic Kansas-based church were drowned out by hundreds of people chanting “We love you!” and “Orlando Strong!”

Among the counter-demonstrators outside 32-year-old Christopher Andrew Leinonen‘s memorial at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, were several people dressed as angels. The costumes were a project of the Orlando Shakespeare Company and Angel Action Network, which outfitted volunteers with angel wings made from white linen. Read more…

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Hateful words were no match for crowds of people preaching love and their guardian angels. 

The Westboro Baptist Church promised to protest the memorial of an Orlando shooting victim Saturday, but the tiny contingent of four from the homophobic Kansas-based church were drowned out by hundreds of people chanting “We love you!” and “Orlando Strong!”

Among the counter-demonstrators outside 32-year-old Christopher Andrew Leinonen‘s memorial at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, were several people dressed as angels. The costumes were a project of the Orlando Shakespeare Company and Angel Action Network, which outfitted volunteers with angel wings made from white linen. Read more…

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Watch Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin perform a risky rocket test during the company’s first live webcast Sunday

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On Sunday, the Jeff Bezos-backed spaceflight company Blue Origin will air a test launch of their space system live for the first time online.

This will mark the fourth time this particular New Shepard rocket and capsule have flown a test flight. 

The actual test is expected to start at 10:15 a.m. ET Sunday, with the webcast itself beginning about 30 minutes earlier, at 9:45 a.m. ET. You can watch the launch directly through Blue Origin, and we will embed the webcast video below once it goes live.

“Watching a rocket launch (and rocket landing!) might add a little extra fun with the kids on Father’s Day — enjoy,” Bezos wrote in an announcement of the launch.  Read more…

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On Sunday, the Jeff Bezos-backed spaceflight company Blue Origin will air a test launch of their space system live for the first time online.

This will mark the fourth time this particular New Shepard rocket and capsule have flown a test flight. 

The actual test is expected to start at 10:15 a.m. ET Sunday, with the webcast itself beginning about 30 minutes earlier, at 9:45 a.m. ET. You can watch the launch directly through Blue Origin, and we will embed the webcast video below once it goes live.

“Watching a rocket launch (and rocket landing!) might add a little extra fun with the kids on Father’s Day — enjoy,” Bezos wrote in an announcement of the launch.  Read more…

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Just a quick reminder that you cannot sneak your iguana into court

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Before stepping through the security line, ensure you do not have any hazardous materials, weapons or large lizard pets.

Security at the Boulder Justice Center in Colorado discovered an iguana in a container during an X-ray security check on Friday, apparently just hanging out with its owner’s cellphone.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s office tweeted an image of the iguana stating that they only allow service animals in the Justice Center.

Mashable reached out to the sheriff’s office and was told the security personnel who dealt with the iguana were off duty until Monday, so there are really no answers as to why the iguana was brought to the courthouse in the first place. Read more…

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Before stepping through the security line, ensure you do not have any hazardous materials, weapons or large lizard pets.

Security at the Boulder Justice Center in Colorado discovered an iguana in a container during an X-ray security check on Friday, apparently just hanging out with its owner’s cellphone.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s office tweeted an image of the iguana stating that they only allow service animals in the Justice Center.

Mashable reached out to the sheriff’s office and was told the security personnel who dealt with the iguana were off duty until Monday, so there are really no answers as to why the iguana was brought to the courthouse in the first place. Read more…

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Finally, you and your cat can have a chill night in and just get wine drunk together

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Finally, you and your cat don’t have to get dressed up on a Friday night, go out to some loud club and spend a lot of money. You can just chill at home and get wine drunk together.

Well, something close to that anyway, given this feline non-alcoholic wine available in the U.S.

Created by Apollo Peak, the drinks (with lovely pun names like Pinot Meow and Moscato) are actually catnip, water and organic beet juice. Alcohol, it seems, is dangerous for your lightweight pets.

According to the Apollo Peak website, all of the ingredients are sourced from central Colorado, which your wine-snob of a cat will surely appreciate. Read more…

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Finally, you and your cat don’t have to get dressed up on a Friday night, go out to some loud club and spend a lot of money. You can just chill at home and get wine drunk together.

Well, something close to that anyway, given this feline non-alcoholic wine available in the U.S.

Created by Apollo Peak, the drinks (with lovely pun names like Pinot Meow and Moscato) are actually catnip, water and organic beet juice. Alcohol, it seems, is dangerous for your lightweight pets.

According to the Apollo Peak website, all of the ingredients are sourced from central Colorado, which your wine-snob of a cat will surely appreciate. Read more…

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Swimming pup realizes he’s tall enough to stand up in the pool

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Cody the Labrador was swimming laboriously through the pool when he realized something. He didn’t have to swim at all.

He could just stand and walk.

Oh, okay. Cool. Cancel those swimming lessons, please.

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Cody the Labrador was swimming laboriously through the pool when he realized something. He didn’t have to swim at all.

He could just stand and walk.

Oh, okay. Cool. Cancel those swimming lessons, please.

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Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving shows off new wearable tech before NBA Finals

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During last year’s NBA Finals, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith introduced many fans to the hoverboard, a tech flourish that some criticized him for as a potential lack of focus on the game, which they ultimately lost

On Saturday, a similar tech turn happened for the Cavaliers when guard Kyrie Irving showed up to the pre-game seven NBA Finals press conference sporting a mysterious piece of wearable technology

When asked by a reporter what the black body harness was, Irving said, “It’s a Subpac, you’ll be hearing about it soon.” Read more…

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During last year’s NBA Finals, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith introduced many fans to the hoverboard, a tech flourish that some criticized him for as a potential lack of focus on the game, which they ultimately lost

On Saturday, a similar tech turn happened for the Cavaliers when guard Kyrie Irving showed up to the pre-game seven NBA Finals press conference sporting a mysterious piece of wearable technology

When asked by a reporter what the black body harness was, Irving said, “It’s a Subpac, you’ll be hearing about it soon.” Read more…

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5 last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas

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If you are reading this article, then it is very likely the case that you’ve procrastinated deeply on your Father’s Day shopping. 

Thankfully the age of online shopping has greatly widened the last-minute shopping window. For those unable to haul ass to the nearest electronics store, there are a ton of online options that require just a bit of research and a method of payment.

From subscription boxes and ebooks to the trusty old gift card, we’ve got you and dad covered:

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…

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If you are reading this article, then it is very likely the case that you’ve procrastinated deeply on your Father’s Day shopping. 

Thankfully the age of online shopping has greatly widened the last-minute shopping window. For those unable to haul ass to the nearest electronics store, there are a ton of online options that require just a bit of research and a method of payment.

From subscription boxes and ebooks to the trusty old gift card, we’ve got you and dad covered:

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert wants us all to pee in the shower

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Using the toilet is so passé.

On Friday night’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert cited some number-crunching from IFL Science: if every American peed in the shower once per day, it could save 185 billion gallons of fresh water per year.

Of course, this is a broad bit of mathematics. It assumes all Americans pee identically (not true), that all newborns use the toilet and that we don’t waste any shower water during those sweet, sweet 21 seconds we spend shower peeing.

A tongue-in-cheek Colbert also demanded apologies from Equinox, Home Depot, Curves and Gold’s Gym. “I’m sorry you caught me saving the planet for our grandchildren,” he said. Read more…

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Using the toilet is so passé.

On Friday night’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert cited some number-crunching from IFL Science: if every American peed in the shower once per day, it could save 185 billion gallons of fresh water per year.

Of course, this is a broad bit of mathematics. It assumes all Americans pee identically (not true), that all newborns use the toilet and that we don’t waste any shower water during those sweet, sweet 21 seconds we spend shower peeing.

A tongue-in-cheek Colbert also demanded apologies from Equinox, Home Depot, Curves and Gold’s Gym. “I’m sorry you caught me saving the planet for our grandchildren,” he said. Read more…

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