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Why bathrooms are the next frontier in transgender acceptance

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:37

When Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, the focus was rightly on her decades-long emotional journey to embrace her gender identity, and not on the practicalities of living in the world as a transgender person

While coming out can be a profound, celebrated moment, the joy of living authentically doesn't always eclipse the immense pain transgender people experience when they encounter policies that say simply: you don't belong here

See also: Why Caitlyn Jenner represents a new type of American hero

There is perhaps no better example of this than what happens when transgender people need to use the bathroom. They may not feel safe using a restroom that matches their gender identity, or they may be prohibited from doing so by formal or informal school and workplace policies Read more...

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Senator caught calling Lindsey Graham a 'bro with no ho'

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:17

What do you call an unmarried presidential candidate?

According to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Indiana), that would be a "bro with no ho."

See also: The 9 most Rand Paul things Rand Paul has ever said

Kirk wasn't referring to just any bro when he made the terrible joke on Thursday. He was talking about South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a fellow Republican who joked to the Daily Mail that he'd have a "rotating first lady" if elected

Kirk's crack about Graham's predicament was caught on a live microphone at a Senate Appropriations Committee and published by the Huffington Post

“I’ve been joking with Lindsey,” Kirk said. “Did you see that? He’s going to have a rotating first lady. He’s a bro with no ho." Read more...

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This McDonald's hot sauce prank is so rude

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 19:08

These friends went on a seemingly innocent McDonald's excursion, but one of them had a devious scheme brewing

When the prankster friend went in to pick up the food (a deceptively nice gesture), he tied bags of hot sauce to the bottom of their drinks' straws. When his innocent companion took a sip of what was supposed to be a regular fountain drink, he got a mouthful of hot sauce

Basically, this man is something of a genius. An evil genius, but a genius, nonetheless.

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

Indulge in a 1950s Rat Pack-style cover of Usher's 'I Don't Mind' Read more...

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17-year-old discovers a huge alien planet 1,000 light-years from Earth

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 18:52

Tom Wagg discovered a planet 1,000 light-years from Earth and he's only 17.

The student has been completing work-experience coursework at Keele University in Staffordshire, United Kingdom through the WASP program (short for Wide Angle Search for Planets)

See also: Astronaut captures a difficult photo — the pyramids from space

According to a news release from the university, Wagg cleverly managed to spot the unknown planet when he was 15 by "finding a tiny dip in the light of a star as a planet passed in front of it." It has taken two years of analysis to confirm his discovery

While astronomers around the world have found more than 1,000 alien planets, the organization believes Wagg may be the youngest to ever do so. Read more...

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Kyrie Irving has a 'Friends' tattoo because even NBA players love Ross and Rachel

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 18:02

Kyrie Irving: Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star, Friends fan.

One astute fan noticed something familiar on Irving's forearm during an NBA Finals presser Tuesday night

See also: 'Friends' never ended for one man in China

Kyrie Irving has a Friends tattoo. I guess when you love Ross and Rachel, you really love Ross and

— Jack Moore (@JackPMoore) June 10, 2015

The point guard's tattoo of the Friends logo caused a stir perhaps because people don't realize NBA players are normal people who are obsessed with TV shows, too.

Irving later posted on Instagram: "I mean what can I say lol I'm a fan of the show." Read more...

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Indulge in a 1950s Rat Pack-style cover of Usher's 'I Don't Mind'

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:55

This "ode to a stripper with a heart of gold" has never sounded so classy.

Postmodern Jukebox covers Usher's "I Don't Mind" with a 1950s Vegas-style twist that would make Dean Martin proud. And forget pole-dancing — vocalist Wilkie Ferguson and dancer Sarah Reich take a break in the middle of the song to do an impressive tap dance number

And it's pretty awesome to see someone dressed in a tux sing the words "Shawty, I don’t mind If you dance on a pole, that don't make you a ho."

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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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Twitter employees tweet their sentimental farewells to outgoing CEO Dick Costolo

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:45

When Twitter found out that CEO Dick Costolo would be stepping down, the social network immediately started buzzing.

Amid speculation about the company and its stock, Twitter employees chimed in with their sentiments about Costolo, thanking him for his years of service and leadership at the company. He had joined in 2009 as chief operating officer.

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

The hashtag #thankyoudickc began with a tweet from Twitter employee Josh Ober, and others followed suit, adding the hashtag #lovewhereyouwork


— Josh Ober (@ober) June 11, 2015

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Hackers stole data and Social Security numbers of every single federal employee

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:42

WASHINGTON — Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, saying that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged.

See also: How to keep your Starbucks account safe from hackers

Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, said on the Senate floor that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by "the Chinese" without specifying whether he meant the Chinese government or individuals. Reid is one of eight lawmakers briefed on the most secret intelligence information. U.S. officials have declined to publicly blame China, which has denied involvement. Read more...

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Judge: Enough evidence exists to charge Cleveland cop with murder in Tamir Rice shooting

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:34

CLEVELAND — Enough evidence exists to charge two police officers in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was holding a pellet gun outside a recreation center, a judge ruled on Thursday.

See also: 'I'm looking for a conviction': Tamir Rice family wants to bypass grand jury

The judge's ruling is largely symbolic because he cannot compel prosecutors to charge the officers in the death of Tamir Rice last November

But Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine ruled there's probable cause to charge rookie officer Timothy Loehmann with murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide or dereliction of duty. And he ruled there's evidence to charge Loehmann's partner, Frank Garmback, with reckless homicide or dereliction of duty. Read more...

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Drone captures beautiful wedding moment, then crashes into a tree

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:31

High tech weddings are becoming the norm, but there are some disadvantages to having a drone film your special day.

Like when your drone pilot attempts to get that shot, and ends up crashing the drone into a tree. It kind of kills the whole romantic vibe

Of course, this isn't the first wedding drone gone bad. Who could forget the one that attacked a couple on their wedding day?

Eerie drone timelapse takes you soaring through London's underground tunnels

Finally, an X-Wing drone is added to the fleet of DIY 'Star Wars' airships

Drone footage offers beautiful views of massive flower garden

Something incredible happens when you attach a 4K camera to a drone Read more...

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Man learns why you shouldn't try to take a selfie with a sea lion

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:15

This sea lion is absolutely not ready for his closeup

Ruben Cortez just wanted a cute selfie with a sunbathing sea lion, but the sassy pinniped had other ideas. As soon as Cortez's camera came out, the sea lion gave the most impressive bellow of disapproval ever — and Cortez noped right out of there

Fortunately, as he can be heard stating at the end of the video, he managed to capture the photo despite the sea lion's objections

Thank goodness no selfies were harmed in the making of this video. But maybe don't bug sea lions in the future, dude.

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The pros and cons of seeing 'Jurassic World' in 3D

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 17:00

It was just a couple years ago that Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park got a 3D overhaul and arrived in theaters in surprisingly spectacular fashion...but today we're dealing with a whole new chapter of the adventure franchise. This Friday, Colin Trevorrow will be sending new genetically altered dinosaurs into theaters with Jurassic World, and the movie will be coming with an option whether or not to see it in 3D. So the big question is, do you spend the extra money on the ticket?

While we won't be evaluating the quality of the film itself, we will be telling you if you should seek out your nearest 2D screening, or if you should shill out some extra dough to get an extra dimension in your Jurassic World experience. So hop in your Jeep and get ready for us to score the film's 3D worthiness! Read more...

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Twitter will remove 140-character limit on direct messages

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:57

You will soon be able to send much longer direct messages on Twitter.

The site plans to remove the 140-character limit on its direct messaging feature in July, the company revealed in a post on its developer forum on Thursday

See also: When to use Twitter Group DM

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to Mashable the character limit would be changing sometime in July but declined to provide more specific timing. The character limit for regular tweets, which is also 140, will remain in place.

"You may be wondering what this means for the public side of Twitter," Sachin Agarwal, Twitter's product manager for direct messages, wrote in the post on Thursday. "Nothing! Tweets will continue to be the 140 characters they are today." Read more...

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Dinosaur expert critiques dinosaur toys (but doesn't ruin your childhood)

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:45

With the release of Jurassic World, dinosaur toys are everywhere, and some of them are really questionable

We wondered what an expert would have to say about their scientific accuracy. So we asked Dr. Paul Olsen, a Columbia University professor who’s taught a course about dinosaurs for 30 years and has traveled around the world studying them, to share his thoughts on a plethora of plastic dinos

We learned that most commit “dinosaur sins" such as lacking feathers, having the wrong number of toes and making really unimaginative sounds. Others are just total BS. Hear that, dinosaur toy makers? Time to shape up. Read more...

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100-year-old woman says the secret to a long life is 'a lot of booze'

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:35

This is the moment we've all been waiting for

Pauline Spagnola from Plains Township, Pennsylvania, celebrated her 100th birthday on Tuesday and decided to share some infinite wisdom with the rest of the world

See also: Great-grandma skydives and swims with sharks for 100th birthday

Spagnola told local news station WNEP that the secret to her long and happy life was "a lot of booze," and judging by how pumped she was at her party, we're inclined to believe her.

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

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How prisons kick inmates off Facebook

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:30

It takes a little bit of work to get off Facebook. To suspend your profile, you have to walk through some settings pages and submit a form explaining why you're de-activating. And if you want to permanently delete a profile, you have to submit a different form, then wait several days.

But for at least four years, the Facebook accounts of incarcerated Americans had a fast track to suspension.

Since at least 2011, prison officials who wanted to suspend an inmate's profile could submit a request to Facebook through its "Inmate Account Takedown Request" pageThe company would then suspend the account — immediately, often with "no questions asked," reports Dave Maass, an investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), who wrote about having discovered the page. Read more...

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Game of phones: Will marketers be prepared for the mobile storm?

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:24

This article is part of SWOT Team, a series on Mashable that features insights from leaders in marketing, brand-building and public relations.

Much like when the Starks say "winter is coming" when the storm rages outside, the long season of mobile is clearly upon us.

Though pundits have heralded for years that "mobile is coming," brand advertisers were never given the proper tools to weather the storm

See also: Treat mobile marketing like online dating — but avoid these 5 costly mistakes

The speed at which brands are moving dollars to mobile is extremely brisk, yet innovation around ad products is sorely lacking Read more...

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

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:16

Jack is back.

Twitter announced on Thursday that Dick Costolo is stepping down as CEO of the social network, effective July 1, after months of criticism about his leadership and the company's product execution. Costolo will maintain a seat on Twitter's board of directors

Jack Dorsey, the cofounder of Twitter and its first CEO in its earliest days, is returning as interim CEO of the company while the company looks for a full-time replacement. Dorsey is also CEO of Square, the mobile payments company he co-founded, but he has never run a publicly traded business

"The future belongs to Twitter thanks in large part to Dick Costolo's dedication and vision," Dorsey said in a statement. "Dick has put a world-class team in place and created a great foundation from which Twitter can continue to change the world and grow." Read more...

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The cutest #TBT flashback with the U.S. Women's Soccer Team

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:11

Before dominating the pitch on a world stage, the women of the U.S. national soccer team were tough little girls playing in neighborhood parks and backyards.

The team took time before traveling to Canada to the 2015 World Cup to dig through old photos and share a few of their best #ThrowbackThursday snaps. Megan Rapinoe's bowl cut (we all had one), defender Julie Johnston's toothless smile and Hope Solo in a pink dress with stuffed bunnies — it's all here and it's all adorable

See also: 24 World Cup #TBT Photos That Deserve a Red Card

If only the team would consider wearing little Shannon Boxx's shiny yellow shorts.. Read more...

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The Galaxy S6 Active is the tank of all Samsung smartphones

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 16:04

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is the same great device as the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge — it's just way more rugged and water-resistant.

The S6 Active, which is designed for the outdoorsy and adventure-seeking type, will be exclusive to AT&T in the U.S. and has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with the same 2,560 x 1,440 (Quad HD) resolution, octa-core processor (1.5GHz quad-core + 2.1GHz quad-core), 32GB of internal storage, 16-megapixel back camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera on front. The rugged phone runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Samsung's TouchWiz skin, of course.

See also: 8 hidden features every Samsung Galaxy phone user should know Read more...

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