New Jersey teen accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools

“Now that she has all of her acceptance letters, a very important decision needs to be made: Which school will she actually attend?”

Celebrities and CEOs are rushing to build mansions that ‘feel like you’re staying in a hotel’

Burdge mentioned a 12,000-square-foot home that his firm is working on in the Palisades…. ‘We’re building a car lift that will take you down to a car collection in the garage below…’

Morgan Freeman on Acting, Obama, and Weed

In an intimate, wide-ranging interview, Morgan Freeman opens up

A former Goldman Sachs employee grew a $150 million startup, then turned half his employees into millionaires

“When I was in the second job at Goldman, I was learning so much. I had a group of colleagues I really looked up to who were mostly academics…”

Woman files lawsuit against US seeking return of grandfather’s JFK assassination film

Woman files lawsuit against US seeking return of grandfather’s JFK assassination film

Ranking all 32 NFL teams by likability

All kinds of things affect the way we think about other people’s teams. Fans, for example. As a neutral, you can’t like a team if you don’t enjoy being around its fans. … Source: Ranking all 32 NFL teams by likability

Wish granted: Six-year-old boy is garbage man for a day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ethan Dean has always dreamed of being a garbage man. He never tires of playing with toy garbage trucks and loves to watch the real ones drive past his house. Source: Wish granted: Six-year-old boy is garbage man for a day

35 deaths linked to scope infections after Olympus told execs not to warn hospitals

Olympus Corp. issued no broad warnings about scope infection risk in America in 2013 or two years afterward despite doing so in Europe. Source: 35 deaths linked to scope infections after Olympus told execs not to warn hospitals

Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel…

Sean Astin Talks Goonies 2 Rumors. [VIDEO]

Sean Astin Talks Goonies 2 Rumors

Momma Goose Asks Officer For Help Untangling Baby From Balloon String

“..’I don’t know why I didn’t just drive off and keep going. It kept looking up, it kept quacking, the only thing I can think of, is that I go down there and drink a cup of coffee sometimes,’ he said. ‘They never came that close to me in the police car before, I was…

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Tony X, greatest new hockey fan in world, gets huge Blues surprise

“..White people been hiding hockey from us for years bruh. This [crap] lit… Hockey got pretty exciting real quick. It was just nonstop action – it was like I was almost having a panic attack every time somebody shot at the goal. Football is exciting, but after every play they take a break. Hockey never stops. It just never stops…” — Tony X

Federal Contractor Spotlight: Lockheed Martin and the F-35 “scandal”

” ‘..It’s been a scandal and the cost overruns have been disgraceful,’ McCain said. ‘And it’s a textbook example of why this Committee has placed such a high priority on reforming the broken defense acquisition system…’ ” –John McCain

Hidden prehistoric monument discovered near Stonehenge

“..the monument is thought to have been built around 4,500 years ago…”

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Mall Santa sign language brings Christmas cheer to little girl

” .. Her mother told him, ‘she can’t speak very well’ .. “

What we Googled in 2015: Lamar Odom, Donald Trump, Snapchat

” ..The top trending searches are those that experienced the greatest spike in traffic over a certain period of time this year …”

Space warships

“NASA hacker” found evidence America has space warships

” ..Gary McKinnon believes he found evidence of a secret American space program run by the Navy …”

Christmas lights

[VIDEO] Entire neighborhood Christmas lights show

Christmas lights.  Best Neighborhood Synchronized Christmas Lights Show with Music in Yucaipa, California (Some are saying it is an animation, but cool none the less)

Beijing issues 1st smog Red Alert

” .. Most of the pollution is blamed on coal-fired power plants, along with vehicle emissions and construction and factory work …”

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Holiday Gifts: The greatest must-haves in history

Each year, as gift-giving season rolls around, some random artifact of pop culture surfaces as the year’s must-have toy.

WSJ: YouTube in talks with studios over streaming rights for shows, movies

” ..It is however not clear which TV series or movies the company is pursuing … YouTube is still deciding how much content to license …”

How to break open a Master Lock with just a small hammer

” .. In fact, you don’t even really need a hammer to do this trick, the end of a screwdriver would work too …”

10 most dangerous toys of 2015

Toys with the greatest potential to cause childhood injuries and even death.

Chlamydia outbreak hits abstinence-only Texas high school, making officials rethink sex ed

“We do have an abstinence curriculum, and that evidently ain’t working”

What one can of Coke does to your body in one hour

” .. while most of us know soda isn’t good for us, we also don’t know exactly what happens to our bodies once we drink it … “

The definitive and final ranking of all 50 states

” .. we thought it was time to use the perfectly American cliche ‘go big or go home’ and rank the states based on everything … “

Bristol Palin lists Half-Million-Dollar Alaska home for sale

” .. the nearly half-acre property features 90 feet of waterfront on Lake Lucille in Wasilla, AK. …”

Paralyzed California toddler denied wheelchair by insurer

” .. Aubrey Allred, 29, of Kingsbury, Calif., told FoxNews.com Friday she wanted to get her son, 2, a wheelchair, but insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross refused because he is too young …”

The secret Tesla Motors master plan

” .. If you travel less than 350 miles per week, you will therefore be ‘energy positive’ with respect to your personal transportation. This is a step beyond conserving or even nullifying your use of energy for transport – you will actually be putting more energy back into the system than you consume in transportation! So, in short, the master plan is … “

Ways to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

” .. King’s dream is well documented, thanks to his 17-minute, Lincoln Memorial speech at the March on Washington nearly 50 years ago …”

Millennials increasingly link money with fulfillment

” .. a generation that grew up with participation trophies and helicopter parents—and unbridled optimism—seems to be waking to the connection between a satisfying life and healthy finances. Nothing in this survey suggests millennials have lost their zeal for meaning … “

What Teens Think About 11 Of The Biggest Social Networks

” ..We see studies day in and day out from Gallup or Pew on polling that is then interpreted by all the hot tech blogs, but very few articles actually cite real, blood pumping teenage humans. And by the time the studies are published, most likely, the stats are dated – as teenage trends move in and out so quickly. What do they actually think, in their own words, about the various social networks? “

Take a globe-trotting tour of 2014’s finest micro homes

” .. equipped with rainwater-collection systems and solar-paneled roofs that power indoor lighting. Meanwhile, efforts to do good with micro homes are also escalating stateside. Oakland-based artist Gregory Kloehn, for example, has been converting dumpsters into quirky, vibrant shelters for the homeless. And just last month, a new trio of tiny houses for the homeless were completed in Wisconsin, and plans for similar projects are brewing in places like New Jersey and upstate New York … “

SpaceLife jacket connects you with our Martian future

SpaceLife jacket – Designed for the frontiers of the future

Cop’s act of kindness toward shoplifting grandma

” .. ‘hopefully this shows we are not robots who just want to arrest people,’ Stacy says. ‘We have hearts – you have to have a big heart and clear conscience of mind to do this job … ‘ “

SUGAR is a greater enemy to the body than salt

” .. A new study warns added sugars – rather than than added salt – are likely to have a greater role in raising blood pressure, as well as triggering heart disease and stroke … “

Ten crazy christmas traditions

What’s with all the pooping?

Christmas sweaters you have to see

” .. Finding the ugliest sweater possible is infinitely more fun than stressing over getting all dolled up. A once-niche holiday gag, ugly holiday sweater parties have gone mainstream … “

VIDEO: NASA Animation follows long, strange trip of asteroid Bennu

” .. The animated feature “Bennu’s Journey” shows what’s known and what remains mysterious about the life of asteroid Bennu and the origin of the solar system … “

Reading Literature makes us smarter and nicer

” .. ‘Deep reading’ — as opposed to the often superficial reading we do on the Web — is an endangered practice, one we ought to take steps to preserve as we would a historic building or a significant work of art. Its disappearance would imperil the intellectual and emotional development of generations growing up online, as well as the perpetuation of a critical part of our culture … “

Stephen Hawking: Artificial Intelligence could end human race

” .. The eminent British physicist Stephen Hawking warns that the development of intelligent machines could pose a major threat to humanity … The CEO of the spaceflight company SpaceX and the electric car company Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, called artificial intelligence ‘our biggest existential threat … ‘ “

What happens when you drink 10 cans of soda per day for one month? [Video]

” .. Prior began guzzling down ten 12-ounce cans of Coca Cola daily for one month to see how the whopping dose of added sugar would affect his healthy physique … “

The CIA wants to destroy thousands of internal emails

” .. the plan has sparked criticism from watchdog groups and historians who note the agency’s track record of destroying potentially embarrassing material … “

Dogs understand human language and tone according to new research

” .. Victoria Ratcliffe of the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex said dogs would react to both verbal- and speaker-related information. However, it is not possible to say how much dogs understand or the way it understands information in speech from the study, she said … Business Insider reported that the researcher, on the other hand, did not claim that dogs understood everything humans spoke. Neither does the research claim that dogs have a human-like capability of language. Ratcliffe said that dogs would pay attention not only to .. “

Former chief Air Force prosecutor ‘outraged’ by military’s handling of sexual-assault cases

” ‘One of the dirty little secrets of military justice is what happens in that courtroom,’ Christensen said, ‘when you have the prosecution on one side of the courtroom and the defense on the other side, and a victim is sitting on the witness stand telling the jury what happened, and she looks out over that courtroom, she looks behind her rapist and she’s going to see her commander sitting behind her rapist. She’s going to see her first sergeant sitting behind her rapist. She’s going to see her squadron leader sitting behind her rapist. That’s what we have to overcome … ‘ “

Photo of Cop Hugging Boy at Ferguson Protest in Oregon

” .. Sgt. Bret Barnum said the interaction with Devonte took place at the beginning of the rally. With emotions running high as speakers were addressing the crowd … “

Dog hitches on to ambulance driving his owner to hospital

” .. The road that Buddy traversed while hanging onto the ambulance included twists and hills, a bridge and a highway … “

FRONTLINE: The Persuaders [Documentary]

” .. We Americans value our freedom of choice—choice in the marketplace of goods, and choice in what has become a marketplace of ideas. When the same persuasion industry is engaged to influence these very different kinds of decision-making, it’s easy for our roles as consumers and our roles as citizens to get blurred. By revealing some of the most effective practices of the persuasion business, we may better understand our choices and perhaps make wiser ones … ”

America’s most iconic drive is not Route 66

” ..Complete with meandering coastline, colossal forest, and some of North America’s most impressive tributaries, the northern half of the 101 is one classic road trip that cannot be overlooked, and not just because of the views …”

Open internet is in everyone’s interest

“… Conservative voters actually have compelling reasons to break from the Republican party’s rhetoric and should support net neutrality and reclassification of ISPs as public utilities. Here are some of them … “

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: SUGAR [Video]

John Oliver:  Sugar. It’s in everything! Is it good for us? Well, the sugar industry thinks so.

Psychedelic mushrooms create hyperconnections in the brain

” .. Many people report intensely spiritual experiences while taking the drug, and some studies even suggest that one transcendent trip can alter people’s personalities on a long-term basis, making those individuals more open to new experiences and more appreciative of art, curiosity and emotion … The research could ultimately also help answer bigger questions…

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Smithsonian Aims to Raise $1.5 billion to Improve Museums

” .. Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush and former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are honorary co-chairs of the campaign. Additional supporters include Ralph Lauren, George Lucas, actress Eva Longoria, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ……

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North Dakota well leaking oil, gas

” .. As of late Friday afternoon, the leak remained out of control, regulators said … “

The heart’s natural ability to recover after heart attack

” .. After a heart attack, fibroblasts replace damaged heart muscle with scar tissue. This scarring can harden the walls of the heart and lessen its ability to pump blood throughout the body. Meanwhile, endothelial cells create new blood vessels to improve circulation to the damaged area. However, sometimes these endothelial cells naturally turn into…

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Mannequin with visible rib cage causes concern

” .. Auckland psychotherapist Anna Drijver, who specializes in eating disorders, told The New Zealand Herald it was ‘absurd’ to use such a thin mannequin … “

Study: Uncertain reward more motivating than sure thing [with Video]

” .. Recently, uncertainty has been getting a bad rap. Hundreds of articles have been printed over the last few years about how uncertainty brings negative effects to the markets and creates a drag on the economy at large. But a new study … “

How to Boost Your Budget with Meatless Mondays

“With meat becoming increasingly expensive, more and more people are adopting Meatless Mondays as part of their weekly menu plan. By integrating more grains and vegetables into your diet, you’ll start to notice some changes to your pocketbook as well as your waistline …”

‘Anti-Facebook’ Social Network Ello Gets Viral Surge

“Ello’s policy states that the practice of collecting and selling personal data and mapping your social connections for profit ‘is both creepy and unethical.’ “

[Videos] Woman photoshops fake 5 week vacation to Asia, fooling all

“..In some cases incorporating locations in Amsterdam and dressing them up to look like South-east Asia, Zilla showed herself enjoying local Thai cuisine, snorkelling, travelling in tuk-tuks and visiting Buddhist temples…” Family and Friends react

Things That Could Be Stressing Out Your Bartender

“..Read this, and next time your bartender’s professional demeanor momentarily cracks, you’ll know it doesn’t mean he’s a jerk, or that you’re a jerk. It just means you can deal with all of the problems some of the time, and some of the problems all of the time, but not all of the problems all of the time…”

[Video] This Is The iPhone 6

“..Apple is also introducing a new M8 co-processor to go along with the A8. The new chip will be able to tell when you’re walking, bicycling, whether or not you’re climbing stairs, and more…”

Police Departments are losing Humvees and weapons given to them by the Pentagon

“..at least three other police stations have misplaced or been robbed of their government-issued Humvees in the past five years. Weapons turn up missing, too. Yahoo News found that local police departments like Palestine’s have been suspended from the Pentagon 1033 program for misplacing at least 14 M16 assault rifles, 11 M14 assault rifles, 21…

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Mysterious Treasures the World Is Still Looking For

“..Buried treasures aren’t just pirate myths. While there are a few legendary pirate booties still allegedly floating around, troves of valuable items still await claim…”

The Bloody Origin Of Labor Day (and more)

“..anti-trust legislation, shorter workdays and workweeks, and the right to organize was often portrayed as un-American and violently repressed…model legislation has been written by the staffs of national corporate-funded lobbies and introduced in largely cookie-cutter fashion in multiple states across the country…”

Three people in Florida claim to be taken hostage, attacked, while hallucinating on Meth (VIDEO)

“..The female reported that she had been stabbed and the knife broken off in her abdomen. Further investigation revealed that she only had a superficial scratch to her abdomen. Furthermore, all of the injuries received by the individuals were self-inflicted while attempting to fight off the attackers. The investigation revealed that there was never anyone…

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It’s the food industry—not the FDA—that’s pretty much determining what’s safe for Americans to eat

“..is the new industry-sponsored database likely to make the concerns of public health advocates go away? Don’t count on it. As CSPI’s Laura MacCleery puts it: ‘Whether these companies’ evaluations are submitted on paper, assembled in a new database, or gift-wrapped with a bow tied around it, it’s no substitute for having independent and rigorous evaluations of suspect additives used in our food…’ ”

Google has 8 wild endeavors

“..there are certain projects and ideas of Google that seem to be shady at first glance and don’t really make much of a sense…”

The most-stolen new and used cars In America. Did your ride make the list?

“..it’s actually the familiar family car that gets stolen far more frequently…”

New giant insect discovered in China

“..’With its wingspan measured as 21 centimetres, the insect won the title of the largest aquatic insect in the world,’ China’s state-run news service has announced…”

Meet Jibo — the World’s First Family Robot

“..As an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, where she directs the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, Cynthia has long had a vision to not only bring robots into everyday life, but also to make technology more humanized and bring intelligence and utility with heart into the home…Initially, Jibo will be able to perform these roles…”

Students Raise Money for Janitor So He Can Visit His Family

“..At Anderson County High School, about 30 miles west of Lexington, Kentucky, janitor Ricky Spaulding was called to mop up a spill in the gym…”

Louis CK and the Hare Krishnas use this trick for success

“..he used a clever psychological technique to make them think they didn’t. And it’s the same trick Hare Krishnas have used to raise billions of dollars. It’s a trick you need to be aware of if you want to succeed in life… ..When the Hare Krishnas first started preaching in airports they had nothing going…

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Raju, Elephant Cries After He Is Rescued Following 50 Years Of Abuse (with Video)

“ ‘Raju was in chains 24 hours a day, an act of ­intolerable cruelty. The team were astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue,’ Pooja Binepal, a spokesman for Wildlife SOS, said, per the Mirror. ‘It was incredibly emotional. We knew in our hearts he realized he was being freed. Elephants…

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VIDEO: SNL “You can do anything.” You can’t do anything

“A little smug self-absorption might be a time-honored trait of at least some subsets of the under-30 crowd. But over the past few decades the prevailing disposition among college students – today labeled Generation Y or Millennials – has slid into full-blown narcissism, according to a study released this week. The ‘all about me’ shift means much more than lots of traffic at self-revelatory websites such as YouTube and Facebook. It points, says the study’s author, to a generation’s lack of empathy, its inability to form relationships – and worse…”

The slow-spreading news of American independence l The Greatest Scoop Of All Time?

“..And then, almost as an afterthought, comes this: ‘Several Men have within these two Days come over to this island, and to the Ships, and I am informed that the Continental Congress have declared the United Colonies free and independent States.’ And that was it…”

Crowdfunding campaign raises $2.2M to build solar roadways

“Skeptics abound, but solar panels may soon replace pavement in Idaho town – the ‘smart’ solar panels — encased in double-layered, bomb-resistant, bulletproof glass capable of withstanding 250,000 pounds — would, among other things, be able to generate ‘three times the electricity that we currently use in the United States,’ prevent accidents by melting snow and ice (and warning drivers of debris in the road with solar-powered LED lights) and even collect storm water. Oh, and cut greenhouse emissions by as much as 75 percent…”

The NSA’s Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

A Close Look at the NSA’s Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool

Iraq Gets International Help from Iran

“..Iran has reportedly dispatched two units of its elite Revolutionary Guards to Iraq to help stem the tide of terrorist gains and defend Baghdad from assault…Obama said the government in Iraq is going to need more help, but expressly stated that ground troops are not an option…”