A shelter made online dating profiles for 22 animals. The results are adorable.

January 19, 2018

Anyone who’s ever been on Tinder knows having a cute animal in the photo is usually a big hit. But what if Tinder profile photos only featured that cute animal? And what if, instead of a millennial would-be hooker-upper, it was the adorable dog or cat itself looking for true love? That’s an idea some animal shelters are toying with. “We are always trying to come up with … creative new ways to get our shelter dogs out in front of potential adopters,” says Karen …

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I Made These Comics To Compare Chinese Culture With Western Culture Through Everyday Life

January 19, 2018

I started “tiny eyes” comics a year ago in the hope of sharing Chinese culture through everyday life, To me, learning about other cultures has always been a fun experience, and I want to pass this feeling to people who are curious about China. In lots of my comics, I compare Chinese culture to western culture. Through comparison, we realise how differently we act in front of the same situation and how we tend to think in a certain way instead of another. In the end, every culture is …

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The Strange History of One of the Internet’s First Viral Videos

January 18, 2018

… is, but I think everyone can relate to that moment,” Licciardi says. “They’re so ticked off because their software is not working, or there’s some glitch, and everybody’s wanted to do that at one point in their life.” Faced with the futility of improving—let alone escaping—our dull cyberpunk hell, we take our keyboards and smash. Related Video culture How Do You Make a Video Go Viral? Unruly Media’s Sarah Wood Explains Founder and …

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Softwear: How an Underground Fashion Label for Nerds Got Cool

January 17, 2018

… than women’s at the moment,” says Kay Durand Spilker, costume and textiles curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and one of the people who put on an extraordinary menswear exhibit there in 2016. The availability of interesting materials is one reason. Another is that culture spreads faster, thanks to digital media. And the stereotypical openness to fashion among gay men has gained wider cultural currency. “That kind of adventurousness in fashion has been more …

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Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations: ‘I continue to support the movement’ happening right now

January 16, 2018

… the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.” “In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual. The next day, I got a text from her saying that although “it may have seemed okay,” upon further reflection, she felt …

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Memes Best Friend: The Rise of ‘Doggo’

January 16, 2018

The only way to explain the reaction to Merriam-Webster’s year-end announcement that “doggo” was one of the dictionary’s “Words We're Watching” is to use another colloquialism: Twitter lost its damn mind. Related Stories Andrea Valdez The Most-read WIRED culture Stories of 2017 Angela Watercutter Kim Jong-Un Calling Trump a 'Dotard' Gave the Internet a Language Lesson Angela Watercutter The Internet Defines …

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Artist paints enormous mural of an erect penis in New York City

January 16, 2018

As the headline might suggest, this story contains images of, well, a rather enormous penis. For a brief spell over the festive period, the Lower East Side had an enormous erection.  No, really it did. A huge, four-storey mural of a turgid penis popped up on a building on Broome St. in New York City on Christmas Eve. But, a mere matter of days after the phallus made its debut on the street, the mural was painted over at the request of the building’s landlord.  SEE ALSO: The Navy …

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This app compares your selfies to works of art and the results are hilarious

January 14, 2018

Every so often an app takes hold of web culture to the point where you can’t help but notice its presence every time you scroll through your feeds. This time, it’s the Google Arts and culture app. Though the app launched in 2016, a new feature that compares your selfies to works of art found in museums has been hitting off on social media in the last few days. The concept is pretty simple: take a selfie or photo of somebody else, and Google will compare that to thousands of pieces of …

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Jimmy Ma performed to a Lil Jon song at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship

January 10, 2018

Jimmy Ma just made figure skating the go-to sport of 2018. At the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championship Thursday, Jimmy Ma performed a figure skating routine to “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon.  SEE ALSO: I can’t get enough of this weird trend where people make music out of other people talking @USATODAY The new bad boy of figure skating…an ice devouring sex tornado pic.twitter.com/u6zquozBJF — person of interest (@deepestofstates) January 5, …

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Atlanta cameraman didn’t believe Hunter Fisher was a real name, so just made up a new one

January 8, 2018

In 2018, names aren’t sacred anymore, not even to news stations.  Hunter Fisher (@hunterfisher21) had the opportunity to be on live television on New Years Day, but the cameraman had a different agenda. He didn’t believe Hunter Fisher can be a real name (makes sense), so decided to give him a brand new name – Benjamin Holcomb.  So much for leaving fake news in 2017. SEE ALSO: Live TV news anchor handles fire alarm in the most British way possible Welcome to the …

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20 things in pop culture and technology that are turning 20 years old in 2018

January 8, 2018

Image: mashable composite Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. 2018 is nearly here. And while we wait to see what fresh joys and horrors it will bring, let’s take a minute to rewind and see how far we’ve come. From Google to Harry Potter, the most popular hits, movies and innovations are turning the big 2-0 in 2018. Here are some of the things that …

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Checkpoints, IMAX, and Waterfalls: The Airport’s Terminal Identity Crisis

January 7, 2018

… to the city and nation-state.” It’s an entry point marked by “the flattening affectless provisionality of boarding-lounge culture” and “that omnipresent media-and-candy matrix” built inside “this critical cohabitation of security and entertainment…. It is where police deep-scan your person while blending you a delicious smoothie, without irony or affect.” Or as a two-bit standup comic might say: Airports, right? I mean. But seriously, folks. …

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Person of the Year: ‘Cash me ousside’ teen Danielle Bregoli

January 5, 2018

… focusing on music, Bregoli’s Bhad Bhabie moniker emerged in August with fun and charismatic hip-hop that appropriated Black culture with good choruses. Our readers overwhelmingly hated songs like “These Heaux,” but as our internal traffic showed, they also couldn’t get enough. By mid-September, she was signed to Atlantic Records. (Atlantic declined to make Bregoli available for this story.) Daily Dot/Facebook If 2017 popularized the “Milkshake Duck,” …

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Dad refers to himself as ‘grandpa’ when babysitting Chance the dog

January 3, 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged that dogs are not just pets. They’re a core part of the family.  That’s why this excellent father treated his daughter’s dog like a grandchild when she was away over the holidays.  SEE ALSO: You can now have matching PJs with your dog Meghan Specksgoor tweeted screenshots of her dad’s text updates about Chance the dog’s wellbeing. And he was quite the model dogsitter.  Dear everyone: this is how to absolutely …

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Hulus Runaways Succeeds By Making Superpowers Fun Again

January 3, 2018

… of bad news and worse behavior, it's not hard to find something disheartening, which makes Runaways' relatable escapism all the more necessary. Even as these teenagers are dealing with the reality that their parents are potentially supervillains, their abilities remain a source of autonomy—while still reminding us that magic staffs, gloves that shoot lasers, and dino-bodyguards can also just be, as Nico might say, kick-ass. Related Video culture Who Said it? Luke Cage …

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The forgotten guide that took me to another time

January 2, 2018

… that 1930s culture of going out into the countryside with a rucksack on your back, walking between railway stations and taking the train home again.” I try to find the “warm swimming baths” that the guide promises me – Matlock was known as the home of hydropathy – but Hartwell explains that today they’ve been transformed into an aquarium. In 1939, Derbyshire was renowned for its mineral and thermal baths and when I ask Hartwell if the curative spa town …

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7 Winter Solstice Traditions That You’ll Want To Celebrate With Your Friends

January 1, 2018

… come back. Traditions are deeply rooted, and that’s what’s so beautiful about them. Their very existence lies in people’s belief in them and their devotion to continue them year after year. Even if you and your friends can’t identify with the culture, partaking in a new tradition may broaden your minds. The traditions obviously vary, depending on which culture you’re exploring. Isn’t it so interesting how a day can be perceived completely different because of …

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Look at the breathtaking mansion this MLB star just donated to charity.

January 1, 2018

This year, a bighearted baseball player is doing his part to make the holidays merry and bright. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images. MLB pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi donated their 32,000-square-foot(!) Missouri mansion to charity. Photo courtesy of Camp Barnabas. The Hamelses weren’t able to put the home to good use after Cole was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2015, their lawyer told the Springfield News-Leader. It prompted them to gift it to a deserving cause. …

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Family Sends The Most Awkward Christmas Cards For 15 Years, And Its Too Funny

December 29, 2017

Mike Bergeron, his wife Laura, and their two daughters known online as ‘Gigi’ and ‘Juju’ have made an annual tradition out of the refreshingly original photoshoots, and each December, they choose a new knee-slapping theme. Whether they draw on pop culture, local culture, or embarrassingly awkward family cards of yore, they always seem to pull it off as a team. Special credit is due, of course, to the JC Penney Portrait Studio, which has seen them all the way from …

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Verne Troyer unboxes his Christmas Tesla

December 29, 2017

Actor Verne Troyer got a sweet new ride for Christmas, and he takes us for a spin in this video on his YouTube channel.  It’s a Tesla…. Model S for Kids, by Radio Flyer. (“Ages 3 to 8… I’m 48,” Troyer points out in the video.) He manages to get it out of the box and shows us its features, which are pretty sweet. You can charge the battery and plug it in, just like the adult-size Tesla. Troyer’s got a need for speed so he takes it to a scorching 6 …

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People Are Tweeting Their Old Screen Names In Honor Of AIM Dying & It’s So Funny

December 28, 2017

… our favorite ’90s pop culture. AIM was a crucial part of the relationships seen in and . I hopped on the AIM train a bit later than my peers. When I first told my mom about it, she wouldn’t let me download it onto our family computer. Heartbroken, I settled for the web version, which at the time didn’t have profile capabilities. My family also rarely left our computer on, so I didn’t really get to use away messages. A travesty. But the lucky ones who did get to craft …

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Cards Against Humanity built a working catapult to fire at Trump’s border wall (if they wanted to)

December 28, 2017

Image: CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY STOPS THE WALL  The people behind loved and loathed party game Cards Against Humanity have proven themselves adept trolls. Their latest stunt, which involves building a giant catapult to destroy Trump’s border wall, is no different.  Since his election, Cards Against Humanity have set their sights on Donald Trump, launching a site called Cards Against Humanity Saves America, and a separate site, Cards Against Humanity Stops The Wall. Their first …

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Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo is the best at celebrating snow day

December 28, 2017

At least there’s someone in Washington with a reason to feel happy. Mei Xiang the panda, who calls D.C.’s National Zoo her home, is loving the freshly fallen snow in the U.S. capital this weekend. The zoo kindly shared a video our panda friend’s frolics and… well… it’s delightful. SEE ALSO: The greatest wins and fails in the wild …

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Hull 2017: Highlights from the City of Culture

December 24, 2017

… Williams Soundtrack Challenge This was one of the first events announced ahead of the City of culture year to sell out completely. It was fantastic to see so many families out, trying something different – and when they played the classics, it was spine-tingling. Meeting Barbara Buttrick Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarbara Buttrick started boxing in the late 1940s and went on to win a world title Spending time with Barbara Buttrick was truly …

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The Strange And Sweet History Of The Elf On The Shelf

December 23, 2017

… comics about The Elf on the Shelf. The Elf on the Shelf has been subject to criticism over the years. Parents, journalists and psychologists have condemned its “commercialization” of Christmas, “normalization of surveillance” and just plain “creepiness.” In response to this criticism, Bell emphasized that the tradition is what families make it.  “I don’t know why we feel the need as a culture to care what someone …

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Her future was laid out. But a passion for justice took her places she never imagined.

December 18, 2017

Christine Bischoff grew up in a small southern West Virginia coal town. “Everyone’s dad was a coal miner, and very few people were educated,” Bischoff says. It was the type of place where opportunities were few and far between. There were about six career choices in the whole town. Christine Bischoff. All photos courtesy of XQ. “You basically picked one, and that’s what you were going to be,” Bischoff says. She went with the one that, to her, sounded …

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