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Soldier hits young girl in the face while saluting the Queen

Mashable - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:57

LONDON — It was such a lovely moment. Six-year-old Maisie Gregory, resplendent in her finest traditional dress and clutching a posy of pretty flowers, curtseying for Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen, in turn, remarking that Maisie looked "very pretty" and saying: "God bless."

Then a soldier went and smacked Maisie in the face.

See also: Adorable kid takes off his top hat to shake Queen's hand

The accidental wallop took place Thursday at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff while the Queen was in town to present the Royal Welsh regiment with their new colours.

Wales Online reporter Ruth Mosalski caught it on camera. Read more...

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn is cleared of pimping charges

Mashable - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:55

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cleared Friday of aggravated pimping charges that had been brought against him

Friday's verdict closes four years of legal drama. Ten others were acquitted as well. The economist, known widely as DSK, had faced up to 10 years in prison and a 1.5 million-euro ($1.7 million) fine if convicted.

Strauss-Kahn had admitted taking part in the orgies but said he didn't know the women involved were prostitutes.

It's not illegal to pay for sex in France, but it's against the law to solicit or to run a prostitution business.

Strauss-Kahn had told the court the parties were much-needed "recreational sessions". In often sordid testimony, the women described sometimes brutal get-togethers that, they said, were not fun for them at all. Read more...

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Green ghost town: Nature overtakes an abandoned Chinese village

Mashable - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:50

Creeping vines and other flora have enveloped a small, formerly inhabited fishing village on Shengshan Island roughly 40 miles east of Shanghai, which is part of the Shengsi Islands, a chain of islands in China’s Zhejiang province.

The village along the northern bay of Shengshan Island was abandoned after its residents, mostly fishermen, left in the early 1990s. Take a look below to see what remains of this lush, green ghost town.

See also: Hong Kong's Goldfish Market is bizarre and wonderful

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Australian commuter charged $2.7 million for using public transport

Mashable - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 06:03

An Australian woman apparently owes the state's public transport organisation A$2.7 million. That is one expensive tram trip.

Melbourne commuter Sarah Cole tweeted an image of her myki public transport card receipt on Thursday, which shows a balance of -$2,684,350. The 36-year-old discovered the heart-dropping inaccuracy when she checked her balance at a station

See also: 6 Reasons Sydneysiders Hate the Opal Card

Not being able to afford the "ridiculous" debt, Cole's main concern is being sent to prison, she jokingly told The Age

"I don't want to go to jail. When Alan Bond went to jail he had debts in the billions," she said. "Maybe it will be a nice retreat and I will come out a hardened white collar criminal." Read more...

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Malaysia Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Melbourne

Mashable - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:44

A Malaysia Airlines flight has made an emergency landing at Melbourne airport in Australia, after indications there was an engine fire

Flight MH148, an Airbus A330, left Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne at 2:16 p.m. local time and was heading for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when the emergency incident occurred

See also: Can an onboard hacker really make a plane fly sideways?

A Melbourne Airport spokesperson told ABC News that the plane's system had indicated an engine fire.

"After departing from Melbourne, the aircraft's systems indicated there was an engine fire, so it returned and landed," the spokesman said. "After landing safely, the plane was checked and there was no evidence of any fire." Read more...

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Captivating slow motion footage shows moment lightning strikes a beach

Mashable - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:32

A slow-motion video has captured the moment lightning struck a beach in Florida.

The footage, filmed by Clint Blevins, was taken during a storm at Daytona Beach. It shows the incredible power of the lightning strike, as it illuminates the sky.

On Tuesday, a boy was seriously injured when he was hit by lightning at the same beach. He was fishing with his father at the time. It is understood no one was in the water when the above footage was filmed

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Tortoise with a new set of wheels goes for a spin in Bristol

The trailer for Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig's new Lifetime movie is so Lifetime it hurts

This McDonald's hot sauce prank is so rude

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Australia looks stunning in astronaut's photographs from space

Mashable - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 03:08

American astronaut Scott Kelly has been checking out Melbourne, Australia from his sweet spot floating above the Earth.

The NASA astronaut, who has been chilling in the International Space Station for three months, is a prolific tweeter. He shares photos looking down from above the Earth, often playing geography trivia with his followers

See also: The view from astronaut Scott Kelly's new home 200 miles above Earth

On June 11, he posted a photo of the Australian city with landmarks such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Flemington Racecourse

G'Day #Melbourne from @Space_Station! #YearInSpace

— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) June 11, 2015

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Mother's Day brings sadness, deep conversations in 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 3 premiere

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 23:41

Warning: This article contains spoilers from the first episode of Orange Is the New Black Season 3. Read with caution.

So, faith

In case you couldn't tell from the veladora candle-inspired Season 3 art — or the fact that the cast talked about it outright — that's the theme of Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black

See also: 12 binge-watching tips from the ladies of 'Orange is the New Black'

And in the first episode of this new season, which Netflix dropped hours ahead of schedule, the show succeeds in showing faith's many shades on what is surely one of the most complicated days of the year for Litchfield's inmates: Mother's Day Read more...

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Tortoise with a new set of wheels goes for a spin in Bristol

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 23:33

LONDON — Touche the tortoise has been test driving his new wheels, and he can hit some serious speed.

The creature, who sadly had a leg removed after an accident in Bristol last week, has had part of a toy car fitted to the underside of his shell to help him get around.

See also: Tortoise in Tokyo steps out for a lovely stroll in an adorable pink outfit

He underwent the procedure on Friday at Highcroft Veterinary Hospital in Whitchurch, Bristol, and his owner, Lisa Purnell, says he's "completely relaxed with his new mode of transport, zooming around the garden as if nothing has happened."

Vet Sonya Miles explained the thinking behind the operation, which saw the car part attached with a special resin. "We decided to attach the wheel to avoid him traumatising the underside of his shell by dragging his back end," she said. Read more...

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Sex dolls that talk dirty: The future of artificial intelligence

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 22:30

Sex robots are no longer just a concept to be spoofed in Austin Powers movies

Matt McMullen, the creator of RealDoll sex toys, is in the process of developing a sex doll that will be capable of blinking, opening its mouth and having a conversation with you

Because apparently nobody learned ANYTHING from watching Ex Machina

See also: Finally, sex toy vending machines have come to America

According to a report from the New York Times, McMullen has teamed up with Hanson Robotics to start work on this artificial intelligence project, which he is dubbed "Realbotix."

According to researchers, the sex doll will ideally be able to dish out some dirty talk and respond to the person it is ... um, interacting with Read more...

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Silicon Valley: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo had it tough

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 22:05

Twitter sent shockwaves throughout Silicon Valley on Thursday when it announced that Dick Costolo was stepping down as CEO, and cofounder Jack Dorsey would fill the role as interim chief executive. Costolo's last day with the company is July 1, although he will remain on Twitter's board of directors

See also: In shock move, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey takes over as interim CEO

For his part, Costolo explained the move was his call and that he initiated conversations with several board members about creating a CEO succession plan at the end of 2014. But it's hard to believe his departure wasn't influenced by pressure from investors, who punished Twitter's stock over more recent challenges like stagnant user growth, user retention and disappointing results from its direct response advertising business Read more...

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Netflix releases 'Orange Is the New Black' Season 3 several hours early

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 21:29

If you were napping to prepare for the release of Orange is the New Black Season 3 at midnight: This is your official wakeup call

Season 3 is out NOW

See also: 4 things you need to know about the new season of 'Orange Is the New Black'

Yes, NOW

Netflix made the announcement via Twitter while the show's cast was celebrating the new season — and the very first OrangeCon — in New York City

Attention inmates! Orange Is the New Black season 3 is out on early release#OrangeCon

— Netflix US (@netflix) June 12, 2015

The plan had been for the new season to drop at midnight PT

We, of course, are not going to argue with this change of plans because it means we all get a full night's sleep Read more...

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Sprite cans are going to be covered in rap lyrics this summer

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 21:24

Sprite launched their iconic Drake commercial in 2014, but now the soda is about to become even more rapper-friendly

As part of their "Obey Your Verse" Lyrical Collection, Sprite will be releasing 16 limited-edition cans, each designed with a unique inspirational rap verse. The artists featured in the campaign include Drake, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rakim

See also: 'Let Me Drake That For You' is the only search engine Drake fans need

These rappers were chosen because they are all "celebrated for honest self-expression and being true to themselves," according to a news release from Sprite. Read more...

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3-year-old writes letters to his dead dog and mystery postal worker writes back

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 21:12

After their Beagle Moe passed away in the beginning of April, Mary Architzel Westbrook and her 3-year-old son Luke started writing him letters, addressed to “Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1,” according to her essay in Distinction Magazine

Typically, Westbrook who is from Norfolk, Virginia, took the letters out of her mailbox after Luke went to bed, but one night she forgot. Two weeks later, Mary found an unstamped message in her mailbox. The return address simply read, "From Moe."

See also: Bullied 8-year-old boy grew out his hair for 2 years so he could donate it

Westbrook assumed that the letter would be tossed away, but someone at the post office had a much better idea Read more...

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iOS 9 code suggests next iPhone may have a 1080p front camera

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 20:45

Now that developers finally have their hands on a beta of iOS 9, rumors on potential upgrades for the next iPhone are making their way out into the open.

See also: iOS 9 will give your iPhone up to 3 extra hours of battery life

As reported by SlashGear, developer Hamza Sood was playing with a beta of iOS 9 when he discovered a few lines of code that indicate the next iPhone's front-facing camera will have a 1080p resolution, not to mention able to capture 240fps slow-motion video and panoramas. This theoretical upgrade would make the front-facing camera on the next iPhone as good as the rear-facing one on the iPhone 6. Read more...

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12 binge-watching tips from the ladies of 'Orange is the New Black'

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 20:30

Orange is the New Black returns with a full third season on Friday, so naturally we've cleared our plans for the occasion.

But for those who've managed to go through modern life having never experienced a full-out binge-watching experience, there are key elements to getting it right

See also: 9 'Orange Is the New Black' Actresses In and Out of Character

Let the ladies of Litchfield Penitentiary show you how a proper binge-athon is done

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A tiny spacecraft is sitting on a speeding comet, and is not phoning home

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 20:30

Ever since the European Space Agency's Philae lander made a bumpy landing on a comet in deep space in November 2014, mission managers have been searching for the washing machine-sized probe on the craggy body's surface.

Scientists have been pouring over images beamed to Earth by the Rosetta spacecraft orbiting Comet 67P to try to locate Philae's final landing place, and now they have at least narrowed its landing area down to one part of the comet's surface

See also: Rosetta's ultimate mission: Landing on a comet

Philae had a rougher landing than initially planned, and the little spacecraft may have traveled as far as a kilometer, about 0.6 miles, from where it touched down on the comet initially, the European Space Agency (ESA) said in an update Thursday Read more...

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Did Dick Costolo really understand Twitter?

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:57

Outgoing Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was standing on the precipice, surveying an uncertain Twitter future, when activist investor Chris Sacca came along and all but pushed him over

It would be too easy to say Sacca led directly to Costolo's resignation — but after the investor's 8,500 word screed, Costolo may well have been hanging on by his fingernails.

See also: Twitter will remove 140-character limit on direct messages

On Thursday, Costolo lost purchase on the cliff and tumbled out of the CEO slot, a position he’s held since 2010. Founder Jack Dorsey is the interim CEO starting July 1. If you were looking for cause, it’s pretty simple: lack of user growth, not enough revenue growth and a slumping stock price. Sacca’s diatribe, which has a few good suggestions buried in it, added fuel to that fire Read more...

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Now that beards are over, here's the ultimate guide to shaving it all off

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:45

It's time to come to grips with reality, furry friends

The lush, bushy beard, as we all know it, has succumbed to a swift death and there's now a rampant fear that the lumbersexual may be at the brink of extinction. Blame it on the times, the summer, the melting glaciers or those yuccies. Whatever the case, it's clear that we're living in a different era, one in which millennials are opting for a sleeker, cleaner and minimal look

See also: Sorry guys, beards are over

Though more men are now choosing for a close shave, according to a recent study, more than 50% are doing it all wrong. This means that they're cutting themselves, causing in-grown hairs, shaving off too much of their skin, and clogging their razors. Yeesh. Read more...

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Who should be Twitter's next CEO? Rapper Snoop Dogg volunteers

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:42

Who will be the next CEO of one of the world's most influential social networks?

Twitter shocked many on Thursday by announcing that CEO Dick Costolo is stepping down on July 1 and will be replaced by Jack Dorsey, one of Twitter's cofounders and its first CEO from the early days. Dorsey is interim CEO — without pay — while a three-member committee and Twitter's board searches for a permanent replacement

On a conference call with analysts after the announcement, Dorsey offered one clue into his key criteria for the next CEO of Twitter: "We're looking for someone who uses and loves the product in every single way." Read more...

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