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    Tebow Homers On First Pitch As Baseball Pro

    Tim Tebow has been resurrected again. The controversial quarterback sports announcer baseball player has no shortage of doubters and critics. But they were silenced – at least momentarily – after the 29-year-old hit a home run during the first pitch ever thrown his way in a professional baseball game. The New York Mets prospect was taking part in his first game in a major league instructional league and rocketed the sweet sounding shot off a pitcher from the St. Louis Cardinals farm team. ​   As USA Today points out, Tebow is probably the oldest player, maybe by a long shot, in the league. And he hasn’t played organized baseball…

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    This 31-Year Survey Says Video Games Are (Finally!) Less Sexist

    The video gaming world is notorious for objectifying women, whether they’re players, creators, experts, or characters. But a comprehensive study by principal author Teresa Lynch and her team of researchers at Indiana University turned up some surprising good news. Published last month in the Journal of Communications, Lynch’s report “Sexy, Strong, and Secondary” charts the representation of 571 lead female characters in video games between 1989 and 2014, tracking instances of nakedness, exaggerated breast size, unnaturally thin waists, and other gratuitous physical details.  The study finds that such instances peaked in the mid-nineties. Lynch writes that, “We attribute this decline to an increasing female interest in gaming coupled with the heightened criticism levied at the industry’s arguably male [dominance].”  Elijah Blythe, a…

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    Here’s Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others 

    There’s nothing that proves the world’s unfairness quite like mosquito bites. Out of ten people sitting around the same campfire, you could end up being the only one to walk away speckled with hot, itchy bites. As it turns out, Smithsonian.com reports one in five people are the unlucky type to get devoured by mosquitoes on a regular basis. With diseases like Zika virus spreading at an alarming rate, it isn’t only a matter of comfort but of safety as well. And because researchers have yet to discover a cure for the affliction, it’s important to arm yourself with all the information out there on the reasons you’re more likely to get bit.…

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    Sinister Photo Of Hurricane Matthew Lights Up Social Media 

    Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in a decade, has already slammed into Haiti, Cuba, Bahamas and now threatens the southeastern United States. The storm is the first hurricane to reach Category 5 status since Hurricane Felix in 2007, but has since weakened to a Category 4 storm. Winds have reached 145 mph, creating huge waves, flying debris and coastal erosion, while leaving many homeless in its wake. The National Hurricane Center predicts, Matthew will stray close to the Florida coast and potentially make landfall on Thursday evening as a Category 3 storm. Because of the storm’s potential strength, Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging coastal residents to evacuate before Matthew makes landfall. South Carolina has also begun evacuating residents ahead of the storm’s…

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    Watch NASA Build An Awe-Inspiring 130-Foot Rocket Tank In Under 60 Seconds

    On Tuesday, NASA released a 60-second time-lapse video that documents the construction of a 130-foot liquid hydrogen fuel tank meant to power the Orion spacecraft into deep space. According to NASA, these core stage tanks produce two million pounds of thrust and carry 537,000 gallons of chilled liquid hydrogen. While the project is beyond cool, there’s one little problem with this video. Where are the people? If you inch your face close to your screen and squint, you can kind of see people scurrying around the bottom of the fuel tank. Otherwise, it looks like a massive network of machines working all on their own, leaving us with a perplexing,…

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    A Lot Of People Really Want Bill Gates To Run For President

    Here’s a good test of your ‘90s nostalgia: Would you vote for Bill Gates for president? In a somewhat idiosyncratic but still illuminating study, 28 percent of respondents said they definitely would—not a bad number considering today’s real live presidential candidates tied or barely exceeded the figure. (Yes, Donald Trump hit the same percentage; Hillary Clinton edged it by just five points.)  But the survey offers a bigger picture of what kind of public figures enjoy some public trust and sympathy these days. Fidelum Partners asked respondents to rate Gates and other A-listers on their warmth and competence—good proxies for leadership, according to leading social psychologists, and a fun way…

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    Magician Slams Anti-Trans Bathroom Laws With A Genius 2-Minute Trick

    Explaining something as simple as basic human rights can be frustrating when some people refuse to accept the fact that all—yes all—people deserve to be treated equally.   Thankfully, comedian and magician Justin Willman (you know, the guy who hosts “Cupcake Wars”) was able to prove the ridiculousness of anti-trans bathroom laws in an engaging way in less than two minutes. Using jars of peanut butter and jelly, Willman explains it in terms that both four-year-olds and adults alike can understand. Sure, a jar might be labeled peanut butter, but if there’s jelly inside isn’t that the only thing that matters? “Guess it doesn’t matter what it says on the…

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    Italy Is Now Home To Europe’s First Vegetarian City 

    This summer, the Northern Italian city of Turin (along with the country’s Roman capital) voted in its first female mayor. Her name is Chiara Appendino, and her five-year municipal plan has a bold component aimed at fighting climate change, improving public health, and decreasing animal cruelty. How? By promoting a vegan and vegetarian diet to the citizens of Turin through municipal campaigning.  Appendino isn’t the only female politician in Italy making waves regarding meat-free eating, however. A few hundred miles away in the town of Forza, city deputy Elvira Sorvino wants to curtail the rising trend toward plant-based eating. In response to recent reports of child malnourishment and neglect by…

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    The End Of The VCR Is Upon Us

    As you should know, the ‘80s are (still!) back—if you haven’t caught Stranger Things on Netflix yet, it’s totally boss—but one of the decade’s iconic devices is soon to be no more.  That’s right: “Japan’s Funai Electronics, which makes its own electronics, in addition to supplying companies like Sanyo, will produce the last batch of VCR units by July 30,” Quartz glumly observed. “Excluding hardcore fans, demand for VCRs is virtually nonexistent.” Cold comfort that the VCR has outlived its nemesis, the Betamax player, which ignominiously folded back in 2002. Bizarrely, the last Betamax tape rolled off the production line in November of last year—and to make matters even more twisted…

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    Louisiana Has Seen 6.9 Trillion Gallons Of Rainfall In One Week

    Nearly 7 trillion gallons of water have thrashed Louisiana over the past week. Since the torrential rainfall and flooding started August 8, more than 40,000 homes have been damaged. Governor John Bel Edwards asked volunteers to help clear the debris and shovel mud from homes, saying on Tuesday, “Not everyone can do this on their own.” CNN crunched the numbers to illustrate the severity of the damage caused by this 500-year flood and estimated that the sheer volume of water is enough to fill more than 10.4 million Olympic-sized swimming pools. The community of Watson was hit the hardest with about 31 inches of rain falling in the early hours of the morning.…