MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin, in typical fashion, was over an hour late to meet Pope Francis on Wednesday. But they eventually met inside the walls of the Vatican, where the pontiff urged the Russian president to make a "sincere effort" to achieve peace in Ukraine
A year-long war in the country has killed more than 6,700 people, and displaced over 1 million others, according to the United Nations.
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A statement from the Vatican said the two met for 50 minutes. The main topic, it said, was eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting separatists forces comprised of local militia and Russian servicemen. Putin has repeatedly denied direct involvement in the conflict, and said he has no soldiers fighting inside Ukraine, despite mounting evidence otherwise. Read more...More about Iraq, Vladimir Putin, Syria, Us World, and Politics
TV on the Radio has a message for the long-suffering citizens of Westeros: take a chill pill.
The band covered the Game of Thrones theme song at their Brisbane concert, and lead singer Tunde Adebimpe added some vocals to the instrumental track. No one really needs lyrics beyond a simple "Mother of Dragons" chant
Cue the jokes about how it would actually be TV on the Radio if this becomes a single.Viral Videos, Tv On The Radio, Music, Tv, and Game Of Thrones
Celebrities are embracing a summer trend: hairy armpits
A women’s rights advocate is currently hosting a contest in China that asks women to post photos of their unshaven armpits. She, along with celebrities like Jemima Kirke, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and Lena Dunham have been challenging the universal belief that women's beauty should include completely shaven armpit hair
“Men have more freedom in terms of what do with their bodies...I’m just saying if some people don't want to shave, the rest of us should not think their underarm hair is disgusting, unhygienic, uncivil or not feminine enough,” Xiao Meili, the woman behind the contest in China, told The New York Times Read more...More about Miley Cyrus, Lifestyle, Lena Dunham, Shaving, and Armpit Hair
In sports and politics, they call it the Big Mo. It's that sense of unstoppable momentum that clings to an athlete, a team or a candidate on the rise — a halo of efficiency and popularity that is profoundly hard to overcome, no matter how much money the other guy has
In its race to dominate the world of music streaming before Apple arrives on the scene, Spotify certainly seems to have the Big Mo. The Swedish company announced on Wednesday that it has more than 20 million subscribers to Spotify Premium. This time last year, it had 10 million. As Spotify points out, that's one new subscriber every three seconds. Read more...More about Spotify, Music, Tech, Apps Software, and Apple Music
If you don't think you're a yuccie, you're probably wrong.
Mashable's piece on Young Urban Creatives — or yuccies, as writer David Infante calls them — officially announced the death of the hipster in favor of its more tech-savvy, mainstream and altogether identical twin. The good news: Creative millennials no longer have to worry about being branded as hipsters. The bad news: They have such a yucky new label to deal with.
Do you know how yuccie you are? Take the quiz below and find out. Read more...More about Quiz, Culture, Millenials, Funny, and Hipsters
Your gym is cold and poorly lit. The great outdoors is your playground.
Mashable followed fitness trainer and founder of New York-based boot camp Trooper Fitness and FL2 ambassador, Prince Brathwaite, around Union Square, New York to learn a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) circuit routine. It only require objects easily found in your local park, and maybe even your backyard. No purchase necessary
Complete this set about three to five times, which should take you about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your fitness level. And don't forget your sunscreen Read more...More about Health, Fitness, Exercise, Lifestyle, and Health Fitness
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft finding that, if finalized, would trigger federal rules to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. commercial aviation. This would add aircraft to the list of entities covered by the Obama administration's climate program, which aims to reduce U.S. emissions by 26 to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.
The action on Wednesday afternoon, known as an "endangerment finding" under the Clean Air Act, is not accompanied by draft regulations that would cut emissions from aircraft, which amount to 11% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. transport sector Read more...More about Travel, Airlines, Global Warming, Aviation, and Epa
It may be time to follow in Barbie’s footsteps and say goodbye to those horribly painful stilettos.
High heel-realted injuried have doubled between 2002 and 2012, according to a new study published in The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. In 2002, there were 7,097 related injuries for women in the U.S.; in 2012, there were 14,140.
The research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham states that an estimated 123,355 high heel injuries were treated in emergency rooms across the United States between that 10-year span. The data was collected from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Read more...More about Fashion, Shoes, Conversations, Lifestyle, and Injury
Since the advent of the Cronut, entrepreneurial cooks have found other ways to combine the deep-fried crisp of a doughnut with, well, pretty much anything that's edible. Now a new hybrid for meat lovers is joining the ranks of the duffin and the ramnut.
The Dausage is U.K. man Liam Bennett's answer to the food hybrid craze. Part sausage, part doughnut, these meaty links are blended with leeks and chives, and injected with a seedless jam.
The jam-filled doughnut-sausage hybrid that
So far, flavors include:
Pork with Strawberry Jam Read more...
Facebook continues to experiment with organizing the Trending area on its homepage by different topics, a test it began in April.
Currently, the social network has five topics that users can toggle between — All News, Politics, Science and Tech, Sports, and Entertainment — and are represented by small, recognizable icons, including a soccer ball for Sports and an old-school film camera for Entertainment
Given that Facebook usually spends a few weeks testing out experiments before rolling them out in some form, expect this smarter, more evolved an update to your homepage very soon Read more...More about Social, Facebook, Trending, Social Media, and Apps Software
Welcome to Google, where a summer BBQ party means having a dancing, headless robot dog dance in a parking lot for your amusement.
A summer party hosted by Google Ventures, Google's venture arm, this week featured a drone taking group pictures, a self-driving car waiting to be used and, most memorably of all, a robotic dog that apparently knows how to dance
Some in attendance — investors, entrepreneurs and public relations folks — had mixed reactions in conversations with Mashable after the event: One person was impressed by the dog's "natural movements." Another person said it felt a little bit like stepping into the dystopian future of Blade Runner — helped along by the odd feeling of seeing a dog without a head trying to dance. Read more...More about Google, Robots, and Business
There have been plenty of whispers and murmurs of Pizza Hut bringing their famed hot dog-stuffed crust pizza to the United States. Now the rumors have been answered.
News outlets have been abuzz with the possibility that this artery-clogging monstrosity might soon grace the U.S. after The Impulsive Buy posted this promotional flyer, emblazoned with a mysterious graphic of a hot dog/pizza Venn diagram.
Well, Pizza Hut has just confirmed: the fast food mashup will indeed be making its American debut on June 18
Image: Pizza Hut Read more...More about Pizza Hut, Pizza, Watercooler, Conversations, and Hot Dogs
The Texas police officer who resigned after he was seen in a video pushing a bikini-clad 14-year-old girl to the pavement and pulling a gun on two of her friends at a teenage pool party "was not targeting minorities," his lawyer said. She noted he also "detained a white female" — an arrest that wasn't captured on video.
"He believed that those who fled were possible suspects," she claimed, while admitting that "he allowed his emotions to get the better of him." She went on to say he "apologizes to all who were offended." Read more...More about Texas, Mckinney, Us World, Us, and Police Violence
Correcting Taylor Swift's grammar does not, historically, have a great success rate. Earlier this year, the Princeton Review asked students to find the grammatical error in a Swift lyric, forgetting that Swift is flawless and misquoting her in the process
This week, a Swiftie, who was willing to compromise her relationship with Taylor to defend the English language, took issue with the caption on a Polaroid that was included as part of Swift's "1989" deluxe CD package
The Tumblr user pointed out the lack of an apostrophe in the contraction "it's" in the handwritten "Wildest Dreams" lyrics. Swift countered by saying the apostrophe was there but it overlapped with another letter — which is exactly the sort of thing someone who is caught carelessly forgoing apostrophes would say. Swift then proceeded to grammar shame the fan for her errors Read more...More about Tumblr, Taylor Swift, Watercooler, and Conversations
Twitter is once again stepping up its efforts to help users facing harassment on its social network.
The company just added new tools that make it easier for people to block several people at once. With the update, users are now able to share lists of accounts they have blocked and make them available to other users
In a blog post Wednesday, Twitter User Safety Engineer Xiaoyun Zhang said that the latest update was an expansion of the platform's existing mute and block tools.
"While many users find them useful, we also recognize that some users — those who experience high volumes of unwanted interactions on Twitter — need more sophisticated tools," Zhang wrote. "We also hope these advanced blocking tools will prove useful to the developer community to further improve users’ experience." Read more...More about Twitter, Social Media, Tech, Apps Software, and Apps And Software
Facebook Messenger has been downloaded more than 1 billion times on Android devices — a feat that's only been accomplished by several other apps.
David Marcus, vice-president of messaging products at Facebook, announced in a post that the company's popular Messenger app is now among an exclusive few to reach 1 billion downloads on the Google Play store.
Besides Facebook, which previously hit this milestone with its flagship app and WhatsApp, Google has earned the 1 billion downloads badge with its Gmail, YouTube, Search and Maps apps. Read more...More about Facebook, Android, Messenger, Facebook Messenger, and Social Media
Pop quiz: what is your body's largest and fastest-growing organ? It's your skin! Apart from keeping your blood and guts from leaking out, skin regulates your body temperature and protects you from a variety of external hazards. Long story short, your skin is pretty darn important.
As we enter the age of wearable tech, fitness and health-related gadgets that can monitor heartbeat and track your workouts abound. Fitbit and Apple Watch are great for giving users a glimpse of their overall health, but despite physically touching it to get a reading, none of these wearables are monitoring your skin. Read more...More about Korea, South Korea, Wearable Tech, Tech, and Gadgets