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This is Why Santa Gives Coal for Christmas

The tradition of giving misbehaving children lumps of fossil fuel predates the Santa we know, and is also associated with St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, and Italy’s La Befana. Though there doesn't seem to be one specific legend or history about any of these figures that gives a concrete reason for doling out coal specifically, the common thread between all of them seems to be convenience.
 
Santa and La Befana both get into people’s homes via the fireplace chimney and leave gifts in stockings hung from the mantel. Sinterklaas’s controversial assistant, Black Pete, also comes down the chimney and places gifts in shoes left out near the fireplace. St. Nick used to come in the window, and then switched to the chimney when they became common in Europe. Like Sinterklaas, his presents are traditionally slipped into shoes sitting by the fire.
 
 
So, let’s step into the speculation zone: All of these characters are tied to the fireplace. When filling the stockings or the shoes, the holiday gift givers sometimes run into a kid who doesn’t deserve a present. So to send a message and encourage better behavior next year, they leave something less desirable than the usual toys, money, or candy—and the fireplace would seem to make an easy and obvious source of non-presents. All the individual would need to do is reach down into the fireplace and grab a lump of coal. (While many people think of fireplaces burning wood logs, coal-fired ones were very common during the 19th and early 20th centuries, which is when the American Santa mythos was being established.)
 
That said, with the exception of Santa, none of these characters limits himself to coal when it comes to bad kids. They’ve also been said to leave bundles of twigs, bags of salt, garlic, and onions, which suggests that they’re less reluctant than Santa to haul their bad kid gifts around all night in addition to the good presents.

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The Real Santa – Oil Tycoon Gives $100,000 Christmas Bonus to Each of His 1,400 Employees

Hilcorp, a private oil and natural gas exploration and production company based in Texas, is in the news for its unprecedented generosity towards employees. To celebrate an excellent year, CEO Jeff Hildebrand gave the entire company staff huge bonuses – $100,000 to each of the 1,381 workers! It seems Santa is real after all.
 
“It’s just a true gift,” said receptionist Amanda Thompson, who has worked at Hilcorp for the past 10 years. “And I think myself, as long as everyone else is not going to give any less than one hundred percent each day.” With this kind of rewards, it’s really no wonder that the company was included in the FORTUNE list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, for the third year in a row.
 
 
“Mr. Jeff Hildebrand, and our president Greg Lalicker, they are such amazing motivators,” Thompson added. “Somedays I just kind of look down the hall and say I can’t believe these are my bosses and they’re the best.” She explained that Hildebrand and Lalicker had promised their employees a sizable bonus if Hilcorp’s size could be doubled in five years, and they kept that promise once that goal was reached. “We were all able to celebrate and enjoy that life changing day together,” she said. “We cried with happiness for each other, and hugged. Surreal. It was a surreal day it was a dream come true. It was likely a day that many people won’t experience in their lifetime and we did it all together.”
 
But this isn’t the first time the employees enjoyed such a momentous occasion. Thompson said they were rewarded for reaching the same goal in 2010 – every employee got to choose between a $50,000-car or a $35,000 cash check. But this year’s reward is life-changingly huge, so much so that they’re now referring to it as ‘Oprah Day’. Some of the workers are planning to use the bonus to retire early, while others are going to remodel their homes, pay for their children’s college tuition, and take vacations.
 
“It’s an incredible thing to be able to take care of things when life happens,” Thompson said. “And I can do that comfortably.”
 
We’ve seen benevolent employers in the past – earlier this year, we wrote about Li Jinyuan, Chinese billionaire and chairman of Tiens Group, who took 6,400 of his workers on vacation to France, spending a whopping 33million euro on the trip.
 
 
 

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Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas & Sugarland to Perform in Times Square for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve

Three massive acts have now been revealed for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas, and Sugarland are scheduled to perform in Times Square in the hours leading up to 2018 to a crowd of more than one million fans. 
 
The festivities begin at 8:00p.m. EST on Dec. 31 on ABC, with Ciara holding it down on the west coast to ring in the New Year three hours later at the Hollywood Party in LA. 
 
Jonas has already reacted to the announcement on Twitter, saying, "No place like New York to ring in the new year."
 
 
Sugarland also reacted, adding, "Ain’t no party like a Sugarland party!" The country act recently confirmed they'd be getting back together, with new music coming later this month and a tour next year.  
 
Cabello is currently prepping to release her debut self-titled album as a solo artist on Jan. 12, and released two new songs on the first day of pre-sales Thursday (Dec. 7). She's currently performing across the U.S. as part of iHeartRadio's Jingle Ball tour.
 
More performers will be announced at a later date.

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Celebrate the Holidays With Candy Canes That Taste Like Pickles, Gravy, Wasabi, and Bacon

Candy canes are a classic seasonal snack that you can pluck right off the tree. Some might argue that the traditionally red-and-white candies are perfect the way they are, but some holiday deviants disagree. If you're sick of peppermint, perhaps we could tempt you with a candy cane that tastes like a pickle? 
 
 
Believe it or not, Amazon has a whole slew of questionable candy cane flavors for purchase: You can try intriguing flavors like bacon, wasabi, gravy, coffee, and, of course, pickles. 
 
 
The unusual flavors are perfect for anyone with daring taste buds—or a wicked sense of humor. The pickle ones are decorated in bright green, so they look festive enough for even the most traditional tree. 
 
 
If you're looking for something equally quirky but not necessarily disgusting, there are also flavors inspired by different sodas and sour Warheads.
 
 

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Here's Exactly What the Royal Family Eats on Christmas

Christmas traditions are sacred, and in that sense, the royal family is no different. Every year, the Queen goes up to Sandringham House in Norfolk on the 19th or 20th of December, with the rest of the family arriving on Christmas Eve around lunchtime.
 
Darren McGrady, former chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry, shared precisely how they spend the next two days:
 
 
One of the more Downton Abbey-esque traditions is one in which Her Royal Highness gets to serve those who usually serve her.
 
"Right before the Christmas buffet, the senior chef on duty goes into the dining room and carves the rib roast or turkey or ham and once he's done, Her Majesty presents the chef with a glass of whiskey and they toast. That's the only time the chef goes into the dining room and has a glass of whiskey with the royal family. It's one of the chef's favorite traditions."
 
 
While Buckingham Palace is always decked out with Christmas decorations, Sandringham is a private residence, and is, therefore, more modestly festive.
 
"The Queen is not lavish, so the décor is minimal. The Royal Family has a large Christmas tree and a large silver artificial tree in the dining room, which is about 30 years old."
 
Of course, like everyone else, the Queen has her indulgences for the holiday.
 
"The queen is a major chocoholic, particularly dark chocolate, so she always has a chocolate treat on Christmas. She also loves mint."

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You Too Can Wear This Armless Giant Sock Dress for Just $280

Consider yourself a person of bold fashion choices AND have 210 pounds ($280) to spare? In that case, the tube scarf created by Bulgarian knitwear designer label Dukyana could be just the winter pick for you. Beware, though: this piece of woolen clothing has no arm holes and is really a beige mohair tube that covers the entire body from the neck down, folding over the shoulders. Lots of people have lots to say about this product, some declaring that it resembles a giant sock.
 
Dukyana is the trade name chosen by a Bulgarian woman called Milena Bunalova, who offers the clothes knitted by herself and her five-member team through third-party retailers and her own website. According to the label, the tube scarf (or sock dress or however you choose to describe it) is a fashion statement. Dukyana hopes the creation will become a hit this winter and sees it as an excellent solution for ladies who favor long walks out in the chilly air. The label also says that the fashion article does not stretch and hugs a woman’s body tightly.
 
 
For all the assurances from Dukyana, shoppers can’t quite see the attraction, as the Daily Mail writes. The armless design is one of the gripes people have, saying the garment could pass for a giant sock but not a dress or a scarf. It also makes the outfit totally unsuitable for its intended purpose, that is, long walks in the open. On top of that, some critics say it makes women look shapeless, not to mention that the fabric gathers in places where no female wants any unsightly wrinkles.
 
“This is a knitted straitjacket… for the winter,” as one person commented online. 
 

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Waffle House Customer Walks Into Kitchen And Cooks Own Meal At 3 AM

When a South Carolina man got hit with a strong Waffle House craving at 3 a.m. on Thursday, he wasn’t going to let anything stop him — including an employee who he says was asleep when he got there.
 
Alex Bowen told WIS-TV that he walked over to the West Columbia restaurant because he couldn’t sleep. After seeing no other workers on the premises and apparently not wanting to disturb the napping person, Bowen decided to take matters into his own hands.
 
He headed back to the kitchen and whipped up a late-night snack for himself, documenting his culinary adventure in a Facebook post that’s since gone viral.
 
 
“Got hot on the grill with a double Texas bacon cheesesteak melt with extra pickles,” Bowen told WIS-TV. “When I was done I cleaned the grill, collected my ill-gotten sandwich and rolled on out.”
 
He admitted to ABC News, “I was pretty inebriated.”
 
Bowen added that he later returned to the restaurant to pay for the sandwich.
 
A Waffle House spokesperson told WIS-TV that the sleeping employee was suspended for a week. Bowen is apparently not in any trouble for his actions.
 
In a statement obtained by multiple news outlets, however, the chain noted that “for safety reasons,” customers should never “have to go behind the counter.”
 
The statement also mentioned the possibility of Bowen getting a job with the company, since he “obviously” has “some cooking skills.”

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Bow Down, New Beer Named After Beyoncé

Cue the I been drankin’ jokes, because a brewery in Brooklyn just unleashed a new German pilsner called Bieryoncé that's inspired by and named after Queen Bey herself -- complete with a pink and black can design reminiscent of the iconically minimal art featured on her self-titled 2013 album. Bow down (and drink up), beyhivers.
 
 
The sudsy adult beverage is the latest offering from Lineup Brewing, a female owned and operated independent brewery based in Brooklyn, and actually came about after one of its head brewers had to bail on a Beyoncé concert. In an interview with Bon Appetit, owner Katarina Martinez explained that she initially brewed the 5% ABV pilsner for an Oktoberfest party that she ended up having to work and miss out on a big show by B. So, she decided to name the new recipe after the showstopping highest paid woman in the music industry. It also follows Lineup’s tradition of giving its beers unique and irreverent names, like their I Bet You Think This Beer Is About You IPA, the Did You Hit It?! American pale ale and the In Defense Of Ghosting, a 4% ABV session IPA.
 
Right now, distribution is limited, but you can sip Bieryoncé and pick up a four-pack at a handful of outposts around Brooklyn and Manhattan including Pine Box Rock Shop, The Ginger Man, Beer Karma, and Malt and Mold.

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Kellogg's Is Making 'Super Mario' Cereal

Although devoted Super Mario Odyssey fans are offering all kinds of praise and tributes to the game — including a tribute utilizing thousands of dominos — it still comes as a surprise that Kellog’s is producing a cereal tie-in. The package includes special marshmallows and a special Amiibo sticker.
 
As the box proclaims, the package includes “Power-Up marshmallows,” which include? Boxes and several varieties of mushrooms, like the 1-Up. Star-shaped oats accompany the sweet flavorings. Kellogg’s notes that limited boxes will include an Amiibo sticker that will function with Super Mario Odyssey, though the contents have yet to be determined.
 
The cereal is reportedly in Target‘s system already, meaning that it should be available very soon. In the meantime, Nintendo and Universal Pictures are in talks to create an animated Mario movie.

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Beyonce Changes Her Email Every Week

It appears that getting in touch with Beyoncé can be almost Mission: Impossible, as she uses burner email accounts, according to Ed Sheeran.
 
The British singer got the pop queen, the highest-paid woman in music, to lend her vocals to a new remix of his single "Perfect" and talked about the way he got in touch with her.
 
"I have an email address that I email that actually changes every week," Sheeran told ET at KIIS-FM's recent 2017 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. "She's very good at [hiding]. It's kind of like what I aspire to be, I think."
 
"So I emailed that and then we got on the phone, and it's been in the works since May," he said.
 
Beyoncé, who had welcomed twins the following month, has not commented on her alleged covert email operations. 

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Woman Leaves Her Husband After Seeing the View from Her Bedroom Window on Another Woman's Instagram

A fuming dentist has given her husband the boot after spotting pictures taken in her bedroom on another woman's Instagram page. Yulia Agranovych saw an image of a view from the couple's bedroom window, captioned 'City Lights' among Vlada Abramovich's photos and hit the roof.
 
Things were made worse when she noticed pictures of her husband on this woman's Instagram.
 
 
"I wasn't searching for anything, it was a normal morning," said Yulia, from St Petersburg, Russia, who worked as a model before qualifying as an orthodontist and children's dentist. "Like any other person in the 21st century I began my day browsing through my Instagram timeline, and suddenly I saw this very photograph. "It turned out that this woman and I have a large number of the same subscribers. "Having visited her account, I found many other interesting photographs, including those of my husband." The distressed wife, in her late 20s, immediately challenged both her husband - who initially denied adultery - and the woman.
 
 
"Beautiful view from my husband's bedroom," she posted to Vlada. Her spouse Nazar Grynko at first told her that when Yulia had been away he invited some friends home for a drink before they went to the cinema, she said. Vlada was the girlfriend of his pal, he claimed. "When the guests came, they would have headed to the kitchen to drink tea - not to the bedroom," she told him. Vlada closed her account after being confronted by the angry wife but later openly admitted on another social media to sleeping with Yulia's husband. Her revelations on her Instagram discovery to Ren-TV show led to other Russian women saying they have suffered the same way.
 
"Many women supported me, posting that they were proud of my bravery, that I openly discussed it with irony and sarcasm, so now they are ready to get rid of their unfaithful men too." She said that for her "it will be divorce. "I hope to do it quickly...such people never change. "If he finds a woman who is ready to be with him, and to accept it, let them be happy together. "I'm so glad I got to know about it now and not when I became pregnant, for example, because we were planning to have a family. "Or when I was 40 and we have three kids." She posted: "Thank you, Vlada Abramovich - you are an experienced woman who taught me a good lesson."
 
Her husband has not so far responded to requests to comment on Yulia's claims on Ren-TV.

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Mulan Has Been Cast for New Live Action Movie

Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to star as the title woman warrior in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic Chinese tale.
 
A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality. In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father's army conscription in fifth-century China.
 
 
In Liu, Disney found the complete package. Nicknamed "Fairy Sister" by the Chinese public for her pure and innocent looks and image, she has been one of the country's most popular actresses of the current generation since breaking out with a series of hit television dramas in the mid-2000s, while she was still a teenager enrolled in the Beijing Film Academy. She is fluent in English, having lived in Queens, N.Y., for part of her childhood, and acted in English in both 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom, alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and 2014's Outcast, opposite Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. She also starred opposite Emile Hirsch in Danish auteur Bille August's period romance The Chinese Widow, which opened the Shanghai International Film Festival in June.
 
Liu, who has served as a brand ambassador for Dior, Tissot, Garnier and Pantene, most recently starred in the fantasy romance Once Upon a Time, which earned $82.3 million in China this summer. Her other credits include 2012's The Assassins, which earned Liu her first major acting award (at the Macau International Movie Festival), Never Gone and The Four trilogy. She recently signed with WME and continues to be represented by Chinese manager David Chen.
 
Niki Caro, who most recently helmed The Zookeeper’s Wife, is directing Disney's live-action Mulan, which is produced by Chris Bender, Jason Reed and Jake Weiner and eyeing a 2019 release. The 1998 animated version, voice-starring Agents of SHIELD's Ming-Na Wen alongside Eddie Murphy and B.D. Wong, earned $304.3 million worldwide as well as Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

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Irish Beach That Vanished 12 Years Ago Reappears Overnight

Imagine waking up one day and finding that your beautiful local beach is no more – gone, its fine white sand swept away by a freak storm. You go about your daily business for 12 long years and then suddenly the beach is back, all its glory restored by another storm. This is what happened on the island of Achill, off the coast of Ireland, where the inhabitants are celebrating the return of the beautiful Ashleam Bay beach that was taken from them in 2005.
 
That in itself is remarkable enough, but the story gets even better! You see, another beach in Achill did a disappearing act once, but took much longer to return. The beach at Doonagh, located only six miles (10km) away from Ashleam Bay, was restored earlier this year after waves created by spring storms had swept away all the sand in 1984, leaving just rock pools behind.
 
 
Back to Ashleam Bay and the lovely surprise the Islanders got. According to Seán Molloy, of Achill Tourism, past storm had cleared the coast of most of the rocks and boulders, and then this past summer Storm Brian finished the job and replaced all the debris with a thick layer of sand.
 
Local legend says that the beach at Ashleam Bay returns for a short while every seven years, but this time around it took a bit longer than that. Not that anyone’s complaining.
 
“There is local folklore that stretches back hundreds of years that says this beach comes back every seven years then disappears again. It was last seen in 2005 and it stayed for a few months at that time before it was washed away again,” Molloy said.

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Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Crowned Miss Universe 2017

 
Nel-Peters beat out first runner-up Miss Colombia Laura González and second runner-up Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett for the crown Sunday night in Las Vegas. 
 
Nel-Peters, 22, recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University.
 
During a pre-taped interview, the Western Cape native talked about how her experience being held at gunpoint made her passionate about training women in self-defense. She plans to bring that passion, along with a self-defense program she helped develop, to the Miss Universe platform. 
 
 
During the competition's Q&A portion, the newly crowned Miss Universe was asked about the most important issue she thought was facing women in the workplace. 
 
"In some places, women get paid 75% of what men earn for doing the same job, working the same hours — and I do not believe that this is right," she said. "I think we should have equal work for equal pay for women all over the world.”
 
Miss Colombia and Miss Jamaica also impressed the judges during the Q&A segment, answering questions on how to talk to children about terrorism and sexual harassment, respectively.
 
“Sexual harassment is a form of abuse and no abuse should be tolerated whether in the workplace or in society,” Bennett said. “I believe that men and women should come together and be professional.”
 
The competition's top 13  finalists were Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Venezuela and China.

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Volcano Eruption Shuts Bali Airport, Stranding Tens of Thousands of Tourists

After weeks of tell-tale rumbles, Mount Agung is spewing ash clouds over Bali while residents and travelers fear for the worst. The Indonesian resort island saw the volcano erupt at least three times over the course of Saturday night and Sunday. In the process, the volcano shot ashes 19,000 feet high, according to CNN. The New York Times further reports that officials designated an area of six miles surrounding the volcano for mandatory evacuations, which has resulted in 24,000 people flocking from their homes and hotels.
 
 
To further complicate matters, especially for tourists, the island’s international airport has been closed for safety reasons. As a result, approximately 7,000 passengers saw the cancellation of their flights. And on Monday, matters may grow worse — a realization that has prompted officials to prep for an “imminent” massive eruption by raising the alert classification:
 
 
The last time (1963) that Mount Agung saw a significant eruption, at least 1,100 people lost their lives. However, the latest rounds of tremors commenced in September 2016, which saw over 145,000 people evacuate. Since that time, businesses surrounding Mount Agung have been feeling the crunch as tourists increasingly avoided the area. Monday’s impending “green” alert is considered a Level 4 classification, although the National Board for Disaster Management says that the island’s condition remains “safe” for the moment.
 
 
(Via CNN & New York Times)

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800-Year-Old Coffin Breaks After Some Genius Tries To Put A Kid Inside It

An 800-year-old coffin smashed to the floor of a U.K. museum last week after someone reportedly tried to put a child inside it for a photo.
 
The sandstone relic was on display at the Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, when someone knocked it over by lifting a child over a protective barrier, the Southend Echo reported.
 
Instead of reporting the damage or taking responsibility for the Aug. 20 accident, The Guardian reported that surveillance video captured the culprits fleeing ? leaving the toppled coffin with a deep crack and a large, triangle-shaped piece missing from its middle.
 
“To be clear, the coffin has always been in three pieces,” Michael Sargood, spokesman for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, told HuffPost by email on Thursday. “The crack in the [center] and the piece missing on the left of the photo has always been there since it has been displayed. The new damage is to the right of [center].”
 
 
“The care of our collections is of paramount importance to us and this isolated incident has been upsetting for the museum’s service, whose staff strive to protect Southend’s heritage within our historic sites,” Claire Reed, the conservator responsible for repairing the sarcophagus, said in a statement obtained by HuffPost. The coffin was found at the priory back in 1921. Inside, it held a skeleton that may have once been a senior monk, according to the BBC. The Echo had reported that the damage would be “very expensive” to repair. But Sargood, in his email to HuffPost, shared that it may be cheaper than previously reported.
 
“The costs are going to be negligible, probably well under £100,” he said, which is around $128. “We still have the piece and specialist adhesives will be used to repair the coffin. Fortunately, we have an in-house conservator who will carry out the careful repair.”

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Miley Cyrus Denies She's Pregnant as She Celebrates Thanksgiving Birthday

For Miley Cyrus, Thanksgiving marks a double celebration this year; it's her birthday!
 
The singer and The Voice coach turned 25 on Thursday and posted on her Instagram page the night before a photo of herself getting ready for a big day of eating; She is wearing a loose-fitting T-shirt and patting her belly, which sparked speculation among fans that she might be pregnant.
 
However, her caption signaled nothing but a food baby. She also later posted on Instagram Stories, "Not pregnant, just eating a s--t ton of Tofurky...RUDE!!!!"
 
"So close to b-day time! Stoked for a day full of Tofurkey & loved ones! Ain't it ironic? #VeganTurkeyBaby," Cyrus wrote.

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Surgery to Turn Brown Eyes, Blue

Blue eyes have historically been a significant measure of attractiveness, and although they’re commonly found among actors and models, only 17% of the global population has them. For the majority of people, approximately 80% of the population, blue eyes have been attainable only with the aid of colored contact lenses or artificial iris implants. But that will soon change with the introduction of a new medical procedure, pioneered by California company Stroma Medical, that can turn brown eyes blue.
 
The laser procedure works by eliminating the melanin -, the pigment that also colors hair and skin – from the surface of the iris, which then allows light to enter and scatter in the stroma, the fibers seen in light-colored eyes. The effect is similar to Rayleigh scattering, in which wavelengths of sunlight hit much smaller molecules in the air and then scatter, which makes the atmosphere appear blue.
 
 
The laser treatment disrupts the fragile layer of pigment on the iris, which causes the body to start removing the tissue naturally. While the procedure itself only takes around 20 seconds, the blue eyes do not emerge for several weeks, as the body can only gradually release the pigment.

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Harrison Ford is a Real-Life Hero

Star Wars and Indiana Jones star Harrison Ford came to the rescue of a woman after she accidentally crashed her car in California.
 
 
The Hollywood actor took a heroic turn late Sunday morning (November 19), after a woman driving east on California State Route 126 accidentally ran her car off the road.
 
 
As TMZ report, Ford was driving behind the woman, when she sped off an embankment. Pulling up behind her and climbing down to help, Ford stayed with the woman until paramedics arrived, when she was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
 
 
 
 

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Harry Styles, Miguel Set for Victoria's Secret China Show

Singer Harry Styles and R&B star Miguel will perform at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Shanghai on Monday (Nov. 20).
 
People magazine reports that Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese singer Jane Zhang will also perform at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The show will air Nov. 28 on CBS.
 
 
Karlie Kloss and Bella Hadid are among the 55 models participating. Gigi Hadid said she will not be walking in the show, a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior.
 
It was not immediately clear whether Hadid had been denied a visa. It is not uncommon for entertainers to be denied visas by Chinese authorities for political reasons.
 
The fashion show’s executive producer tells People they’ve been granted more than 700 visas for the event.

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This Shark From Prehistoric Times Is Back To Freak Us All Out

The phrase “they don’t make ’em like they used to” definitely applies to a rare shark found off the southern coast of Portugal.
 
The shark in question is a frilled shark, a species that is considered a “living fossil” because remains of the animal date back 80 million years, according to the BBC.
 
The nearly 5-foot-long shark has a head like a snake and a body closer to that of an eel, but gets its name because of the frilly way its 300 teeth are arranged.
 
The teeth’s “frilliness,” for lack of a better term, allows the shark to trap squid, fish and other sharks in its mouth when it lunges at them, Professor Margarida Castro of the University of the Algarve told the Portuguese language website Sic Noticias TV, according to the BBC.
 
 
This particular frilled shark was found off the Algarve coast, about 2,300 feet below the ocean’s surface. Researchers working on a European Union project to reduce unwanted catches in commercial fishing found the creature, according to Newsweek.
 
The frilled shark’s ocean habitat covers a wide area. It has been sighted off the coasts of Norway, Scotland and the Canary Islands. It’s also been seen in the Indian Ocean as well as waters off of Japan, Australia and New Zealand, according to a release by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere.
 
Samuel Garman, who was one of the first scientists to study the shark back in 1883, believed its snakelike qualities inspired legends of sea serpents, according to IFL Science.
 
However, because the frilled shark hangs out in such deep waters, there is very little video footage of the animal in its native habitat. Its even rarer for the sharks to be captured live for research.

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The Weeknd and Bella Hadid Are Hanging Out Again

The Weeknd has set off rumors of a reconciliation after being spotted leaving the apartment of his ex, model Bella Hadid, on Tuesday night.
 
The “Starboy” singer split from Selena Gomez at the end of October, with a source telling Page Six that his focus was on his business and “building a legacy.”
 
The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, had previously dated Hadid for about a year and a half before breaking up in 2016.
 
“It was my first breakup . . . and so public,” a heartbroken Hadid told Teen Vogue. “As an outsider, you might think I handled it so well, but it’s always in your heart, and you always feel it very heavily. It’ll be hard for a while. Love hurts, but you have to pull through.”
 
Hadid isn’t the only one The Weeknd’s been seeing. He was spotted earlier this month with Justin Bieber’s ex, Yovanna Ventura.
 
Making that slightly weird, Gomez seems to be back with Bieber. The Weeknd also helped out a friend on Tuesday, getting onstage at Belly’s Hot 97 show at SOB’s to perform their hit “Might Not.” Later, they were joined by 20 guests at Catch, where they were seen playing music on their phones.

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Kim Kardashian Sold $10 Million Dollars Worth of Perfume in One Day

Wednesday was a busy day for Kim Kardashian: She discussed the forthcoming West Baby Number Three on "Ellen," drank a sardine smoothie on "The Late Show With James Corden" and launched three new perfumes — the first under her own brand, KKW Fragrance — which casually netted $10 million within the first 24 hours, reports TMZ.
 
This shouldn't exactly come as a surprise, especially considering that Kardashian's debut cosmetics collection under the KKW Beauty brand sold out within minutes, bringing in $13.5 million in sales. In fact, it's somewhat par for the course for the family's burgeoning beauty empire. Kylie Jenner's makeup company Kylie Cosmetics routinely sells out in minutes; Jenner's birthday collection, which launched in August, brought in $10 million in one day, while the brand's holiday collection netted more than $18.9 million in the same time frame last November, bringing the company's total sales numbers to $420 million in just 18 months.

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Tyrese Will Represent Himself in Custody Battle

Tyrese Gibson will now serve as his own attorney in his ongoing court battle surrounding his 10-year-old daughter.
 
The Fast and Furious star is locked in a legal battle with his ex-wife Norma, who is seeking to obtain a permanent restraining order against him after alleging that he had pushed their 10-year-old daughter Shayla to the ground and beat her in a rage.
 
And now, sources close to the singer and actor have claimed that he will now be representing himself in the trial, as his former attorney Terry Levich Ross, filed documents stating a substitution of attorney in the case.
 
The source claims the 38-year-old star will now be "pro per" going forward, meaning that whilst he no longer has to pay legal fees, he will have to make a case for himself to the judge at his next hearing, which is set for Tuesday.
 
 
Last month, Gibson was granted a monitored six-hour visit with his daughter, which marked the first time the star had been allowed to see her in two months.
 
Meanwhile, Gibson - who was married to Norma from 2007 to 2009 - has filed documents to have the restraining order application thrown out, in which he claimed he believes Shayla had been coached into telling a story while under her mother's care.
 
Norma has claimed Gibson should be kept away from them both as a result of his alleged abuse, but he insists the accusations are false, and his former spouse is just bitter because of his marriage to social worker Samantha Lee Gibson, which took place earlier this year.
 
The Transformers star insisted that the only recent domestic violence incident involving them was when Norma texted him saying she wanted to have his fingers cut off, something which she previously admitted in a court declaration.
 
Over the weekend, the star revealed he has started a fund to help other fathers fund their own custody battles.
 
He said on social media: "Counting the days. And trying to put my mind at ease. #ShaylaRocks.com just went LIVE with LOVE we started a fund and with every shirt sold we're going to get fathers proper representation and the kids need their own lawyers TOO. (sic)."

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Man Sues Bangladeshi Actor for Ruining His life by Showing His Phone Number in Movie

Bangladeshi film star Shakib Khan, one of the country’s highest acclaimed actors, is being sued by an auto-rickshaw driver for using his business phone number on-screen in one of Khan’s recent films. The plaintiff claims that ever since the film launched, he has since been inundated with phone calls from the actor’s female fan base, which caused significant disruption to his life.
 
The film, Rajneeti, was released on June 25, 2017. During a scene with his onscreen love interest, Khan recites his character’s phone number. Although a common trope in Bangladeshi films, in this particular circumstance the number was not fake or made up. It was the real-life phone number of Ijajul Mia, an auto-rickshaw driver from the Jatrapasha village, in Baniachang Upazila, and the scene made the man’s life a living nightmare. A few weeks after the film’s release, the phone number had already been widely shared among Shakib Khan’s fans, and in a five day period in July Mia claims to have received over 500 calls from women seeking the popular actor.
 
 
“Every day I got hundreds of calls, mostly from female fans of Shakib Khan,” Mr. Mia told the AFP news agency.
“They would say ‘Hello Shakib, I am your fan. Do you have two minutes to talk to me?'”
 
At one point the phone calls became so frequent that Ijajul’s wife began to suspect that he was cheating on her with other women.
 
“I am a newly-married man with one daughter,” Mia said. “When these calls started coming, my wife thought that I was having an affair.”
 
One particularly desperate fan, a housekeeper from Khulna, traveled 300 miles to see him after tracking down his address, believing that he was Shakib Khan. This incident caused Mia’s new wife to leave the family home to stay with relatives as she became convinced that he was having an affair with the woman.
 
Mr. Mia is now questioning whether he should sell his family home to escape the unwanted attention, but he cannot change his phone number, because that would mean losing business from his established clientele. He has filed a case against Khan, as well as the film director Bulbul Biswas and producer Ashfaq Ahmad for using his personal information without permission. He is seeking five million takas ($60,000) in damages, accusing the filmmakers of financially damaging him as he now “spends most of his day receiving calls.”
 
Mr. Mia’s lawyer MA Majid said: “It was a fraudulent act to publicize a personal phone number without permission. Until we have settled the case, we have requested to stop the screening of the film.” The case will be heard by a district judge on December 18, 2017. There have thus far been no comments from Shakib Khan regarding the claims.

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Broke Groom Splits on Wedding Day

A Thai woman who got stood up at the altar by her boyfriend of six years is now suing him for moral and financial damages. In his defense, the man said he never showed up at his own wedding because he couldn’t afford to pay the dowry set by her family.
 
26-year-old Boonyang Sawatdee and his long-time girlfriend, Arunee Jaengkrachang, 24, were supposed to get married in the bride’s home village of Khao Din, Thailand’s Kabin Buri district, on October 22, but the groom never showed up. The day before the wedding, the couple met with the bride’s parents to make the final preparations for the wedding party and the groom showed no symptoms of “cold feet”, but on Sunday morning, he failed to show up at the agreed time, and so did all of his relatives, which really made everyone suspicious.
 
 
Seeing that Boonyang was running late, the bride and her family tried calling him to find out what was going on. When he finally answered his phone, he told them that everything was ok, but that he wanted to postpone the wedding by a few hours, because he wasn’t going to make it in time. Left with no other options, the bride let everyone know that the big event was going to take place at 9 am, instead of 6.
 
The hours passed, but the groom and his family were nowhere to be found, so an angry Arunee tried phoning him again, but this time he never picked up. Desperate to get an explanation, the young bride-to-be and her family traveled to his home in the nearby town of Sa Kaeo, but there was nobody there to talk to. Both the groom and his parents had fled.
 
The bride’s family later learned that Boonyang couldn’t afford to pay Arunee, even though the two families had previously agreed that the dowry was to be set at 200,000 Baht ($6,025) in cash and five-baht weight of gold. It’s not clear whether the man just didn’t have the courage to tell them that it was more than he could pay, or if he planned to raise the money and failed to do it before the wedding, but the bride’s family doesn’t really care, they just want him to pay.
 
 
Arunee’s family claim that they paid over 100,000 baht for the wedding party and still owed the caterer around 22,000 baht for the food, so they have filed a complaint against Boonyang Sawatdee and his family, and have already contacted a lawyer to sue him for damages.
 
 
After realizing that her husband-to-be had left her at the altar and that she had to tell the guest that the wedding was off, Arunee started crying and almost fainted. She was so embarrassed by having been stood up on her wedding day that she quit her at a factory in Samut Prakarn.
 
Coconuts Bangkok reports that Boonyang is the second groom to make news headlines in Thailand this year for failing to show up at his wedding. A few months ago, another man called off the wedding at the last minute because his family didn’t agree to pay his bride’s dowry.

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Cockatoos Chewing Up Australia's Broadband Network

Australia’s government-built $36 billion broadband network, already under attack from underwhelmed customers, has found a new and formidable enemy - cockatoos are chewing through cables across the country. 
 
Repairing the damage wrought on the broadband system, including replacing steel-braid wires that the pesky parrots have gnawed, has already cost A$80,000 ($61,500), network builder NBN Co said on Friday.
 
The company estimates the bill could rise sharply as more damage is uncovered and more cables are rolled out in the national telecommunications infrastructure project, which is not due to be completed until around 2021.
 
“They are constantly sharpening their beaks and as a result will attack and tear apart anything they come across,” said NBN Co project manager Chedryian Bresland in a blog post on the company’s website on Friday.
 
“Unfortunately, they’ve developed a liking to our cables ... these birds are unstoppable when in a swarm.”
 
Yellow-crested cockatoos are prolific in Australia and well-known for their voracious appetites for everything from fruit crops to wooden window frames.
 
Much of the cable chomping has occurred in grain-growing regions in Australia’s southeast.
 
“It would have to be an acquired taste, because it’s not their usual style,” Gisela Kaplan, a professor in animal behavior at the University of New England, told Reuters.
 
“Cockatoos usually go for wood, or strip the bark off trees, They don’t usually go for cables. But it might be the color or the position of the cables that’s attracted them,” she said.
 
The broadband network itself has come under fire for poor service and slow speeds, with customer complaints spiking nearly 160 percent this year, according to government figures released last month.
 
Australia’s average internet speed of 11.1 megabits per second ranks 50th in the world, according to the most recent State of the Internet report by Akamai Technologies, an IT company specializing in internet speed technology.
 
NBN Co is installing protective casing it says will protect the wires from birds in the future.

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Shakira Postpones El Dorado World Tour Opening Due to Vocal Strain

The hip-shaking singer has been forced to postpone the opening date of her highly anticipated El Dorado World Tour due to strained vocal cords. The Grammy winner was slated to kick off the tour on Wednesday at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.
 
In a statement shared on her official website, the mother of two wrote (in both English and Spanish), "During these last few days of rehearsals, I have unfortunately strained my vocal cords and as a result, my doctors have ordered me to go on vocal rest to avoid any greater damage that could keep me from performing. I'm devastated to have to miss our first show on November 8th in Koln."
 
The tour for her 11th studio album is now scheduled to open on Nov. 10 in Paris so long as doctors okay the chart-topping songstress to sing.
 
 
The Colombian wrote, "I am focusing on recovering now to be able to kick off on November 10th in Paris, as soon as I get the green light from my doctors. Thanks as always from the bottom of my heart for all the support and love you've shown me heading into this tour. I hope to make it worth the wait and see you all very soon!"
 
The 40-year-old added, "I love my German fans so much and was really looking forward to sharing my first show with you. As much as it pains me, I know I need to heed the advice of my doctors and recover so I can give you all everything I've got once I’m on the road and not risk any further injury."
 
She also added that the plan is be able to come back at a later date. "The Live Nation team is working hard to find a new date for me to come back and share this exciting show with you which I feel is going to be my best one yet," she wrote.

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Camila Cabello Couldn't Dance as a Kid

Camila Cabello couldn't dance when she was younger.
 
The former Fifth Harmony star - who showed off her impressive salsa moves in her recent 'Havana' music video - admits she was never really a dancer growing up but says her music career has ''pulled it out'' of her.
 
She said: ''To be honest, I never used to dance when I was little. I was super shy. I would cry at all the holiday parties when people started dancing, but music has pulled it out of me. My grandma, who is really proud, thought I was a lost cause [as far as dancing goes].''
 
 
And the 20-year-old singer wanted her music video to be like a ''love letter'' to her culture.
 
She added to People Chica: '''Havana' is like a love letter to my culture, to my heritage. It's a mix of the kind of music that I listened to growing up around the house and the kind of music that I listen to now.''

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Ed Sheeran & The Weeknd Step Out For NRJ Music Awards In Cannes

Ed Sheeran dresses casually for the 2017 NRJ Music Awards on Saturday (November 4) in Cannes, France.
 
Also stepping out that night for the awards show was The Weeknd.
 
The guys were both nominated for multiple awards at the ceremony. Ed took home the awards for “International Song of the Year,” “Clip of the Year,” and “International Male Artist of the Year,” while The Weeknd took home the Honor Award.
 
“The first time I’ve ever won 3 awards in one night ever, and it was in France for NRJ. So happy. Off for a kebab now, woofington mc woof woof,” Ed wrote after the show.
 
Also pictured inside: Ed and his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn were seen heading to an after party later that night to celebrate his big wins.
 

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Is Seliber Unofficially Official

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez continue to spent time together, fueling rumors of a possible romantic reconciliation following her breakup with The Weeknd.
 
Last night, the duo kept the rumors swirling when they had a late-night dinner at Morton's Steakhouse in Los Angeles. The restaurant closed at 10 p.m. but stayed open almost two hours after closing time just for them, a source told news outlets. Earlier in the night, the twosome hit up a church event, the Hillsong Conference 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
 
 
Then yet again on Saturday, the exes met up once more when they both attended the final day of the Hillsong Conference 2017. For the day event, Selena donned a black mini-dress and Justin was spotted in a white v-neck, basketball shorts and black jacket. 
 
An eyewitness said that the pair left separately but within 15 minutes of each other. 

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Disney Announces Cast for Lion King

On Wednesday, Disney announced the full cast. It's a crowd pleaser. The piece that has people atwitter is the confirmation of rumors that Beyoncé will join the cast as Nala. She joins Emmy-winner Donald Glover, who was previously confirmed to star as Simba.
 
 
Those two will face off against Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. James Earl Jones will play Simba's father Mufasa, a role he voiced in the original film. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner will play Timon and Pumba, and the trio of giggling hyenas will be played by Florence Kasumba, Eric Andre, and Keegan-Michael Key. It's a pretty solid cast. 

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Baby Named Frankenstein Born at Florida Hospital on Halloween

One Altamonte Springs couple got an extra treat for Halloween.
 
Their baby, Oskar Gray Frankenstein, was born at Winter Park Memorial Hospital at 2:57 p.m. Tuesday.
 
Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein were planning to welcome their baby boy into the world Saturday, but grandmother Jennifer Frankenstein said her family had a suspicion that little Oskar's birth would coincide with the holiday.
 
 
"He was due four days ago and he decided to wait until Halloween,” Jennifer Frankenstein said.
 
Oskar's arrival came after about 14 hours of labor and false alarm Monday.
 
Jennifer Frankenstein said Oskar is her first grandchild and the first with her namesake born on Halloween, although she does have a 13-year-old daughter who shares the same birthday as "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley.
 
“Everybody’s safe and sound and we’re super excited,” Jennifer Frankenstein said.

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Bette Midler Slams Hocus Pocus Remake

A Winifred Sanderson — aka Bette Midler — cameo in the upcoming "Hocus Pocus" TV movie seems unlikely after the star of the cult classic said the show is "going to be cheap." The Tony Award-winning actress shared her feelings on the reboot with People.
 
"I know it's cheap," Midler said at the Restoration Project Hulaween party in New York. "It's going to be cheap!"
 
The original Sanderson sister, 71, also shared her doubts over who could properly fill her pointy witch's boots. 
 
 
"I'm not sure what they're going to do with my character," Midler said. "My character is very, very broad and I don't know who they're going to find to play that."
 
The new Disney Channel production is still in development with the 1993 movie's producer, David Kirschner, and new writer, Scarlett Lacey. The film's director, Kenny Ortega, will also not be involved in the new TV movie.
 
Midler's former castmates like on-screen sisters Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy expressed interest in doing a reboot in the past but the "Hello, Dolly!" star promptly put an end to those hopes when asked if she'd be on board.
 
"No, no, no!" she immediately responded.

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The Weeknd and Selena Gomez are Done

When Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were spotted hanging out last week, The Weeknd was fine with it...but apparently, things have changed.
 
As confirmed in earlier reports, Gomez and The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) decided to split sometime last week, and while we're told Bieber was "no factor" in their breakup, a source tells us the "Starboy" singer isn't stoked to see them spending so much time together.
 
Not only was Bieber photographed hanging out at Gomez's house last weekend, they were also spotted enjoying breakfast at JOi Cafe in Westlake Village, Calif., on Sunday—just a few days after Gomez and The Weeknd called it quits.
 
Now, a source says, "Abel is upset about Selena hanging out with Justin, especially twice in the same week."
 
Still, Gomez and Bieber are just friends.
 
"Selena and Justin have reconnected because they have gone through similar stuff in the past couple years with being physically and mentally exhausted from touring and just dealing with the anxiety and pressure of growing up in the public eye," another source told us. "They have always had a strong connection, and they are leaning on each other as friends. They are both there for each other to talk and support one another."

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Huge Bearded Seal Blocks Airport Runway In Alaska

When airport foreman Scott Babcock went out onto the runway at Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Utqiagvik, Alaska, on Monday to clear some snow, he was surprised to find a visitor waiting for him on the asphalt: a 450-pound bearded seal chilling in the milky sunshine.
 
“It was very strange to see the seal. I’ve seen a lot of things on runways, but never a seal,” Babcock told ABC News. His footage of the hefty mammal went viral after he posted it on Facebook. According to local TV station KTVA, animal control was called in and eventually moved the seal with the help of a “sled.”
 
 
Normal air traffic soon resumed, the station said.
 
Poking fun at the seal’s surprise appearance, the Alaska Department of Transportation warned pilots on Tuesday of  “low sealings” in the North Slope region — a pun on “low ceilings,” a term used to describe low clouds and poor visibility.
Though this was the first seal sighting on the runway at the airport, the department said other animals, including birds, caribou and polar bears, have been spotted there in the past. “Wildlife strikes to aircraft pose a significant safety hazard and cost the aviation industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year,” department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey told the Associated Press. “Birds make up over 90 percent of strikes in the U.S., while mammal strikes are rare.”

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Mexico Smashes World Record With 3-Ton Guacamole

More than 600 student chefs and 400 people from the rural town of Concepcion de Buenos Aires prepared the traditional dish for thousands of people, many of whom came from the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara. The state’s governor was on hand to receive recognition from a representative of the Guinness Book of World Records.
 
 
U.S. negotiators have said they want to include provisions to make it easier for U.S. seasonal produce growers to be able to file anti-dumping cases against Mexico. That idea has been criticized by U.S. restaurants and retailers, who say it would drive up prices. Mexican growers of the fruit say U.S. production of avocado could not meet demand. “The imports of avocados from Mexico have not cost one single job to the domestic industry [in the United States],” said Ramon Paz, the spokesman for Michoacan’s growers.

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Ed Sheeran Manila Show Postponed

Ed Sheeran Manila concert Postponed until April 2018

 

According to the statement, the Ed Sheeran concert has been postponed until April of 2018.   As a result our Flyaway promotion has been cancelled.   STAR101 regrets any inconvenience and looks forward to presenting an even bigger flyaway opportunity in the spring of 2018.

 

Spooky Gin Cursed by Real Witch

If you’re looking for a special treat that captures the spirit of Halloween, how about a bottle of gin made from ingredients sourced from England’s most haunted village and cursed by a professional witch under a full moon?
 
Described as ‘wickedly delicious’, the limited-edition Evil Spirits Gin may just be the spookiest spirit ever created. Not only is it colored a poison-like green, but it’s made with apples and mint plucked from Pluckley, in Ashford, Kent, known as England’s most haunted village. It’s apparently home to no less than 12 ghosts, including Watercress Woman and the farmer Edward Brett.
 
 
“The ghosts here are legendary – you grow up knowing their stories and looking out for them around the village,” said Helen Baird, who owns Pluckley farm shop and supplied the ingredients for the gin. “With all the produce we sell at our farm shop grown within the village area, you could say that the spooky spirit runs through everything we eat and drink.”
 
 
But what really sets this gin apart from other Halloween spirits is the fact that it has allegedly been cursed by a professional which with over 2 decades of experience in the occult. White-haired Julianne White apparently performed a ‘bespoke incantation’ over the spooky gin during October’s full moon. She claims that it “empowers the drinker to follow whatever their hearts desire – whether it is for good or evil”. Evil Spirits Gin is 40% alcohol by volume and comes with a warning label for those crazy enough to try it: “Dare you drink this Evil Spirit? Contains sinister ingredients from Pluckley, England’s most haunted village”.

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Bugstaburger Looks Like a Nightmare

If you think there's a bug in your food, that's nothing compared to this monstrosity.
 
Halloween's almost here, so Melbourne burger group Huxtaburger has cooked up a limited-edition burger that's worthy of a "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons.
 
The Bugstaburger is full of exactly that: bugs.
 
This ungodly masterpiece is stacked full of edible mealworms and a lashing of ant mayo, atop a regular beef patty, cheese, etc., all sitting in a bright blue bun.
 
Look, if you can stomach eating a mealworm, they're actually a solid source of protein, and they're sustainable. But still, it's a hard pass for me.
 
Keen to sink your fangs into one? If you're near Australia, head to their Melbourne CBD store on Halloween and hand over A$10.50 ($8.10).
 
 

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Dentist Offers Children Money and Toothbrushes for Halloween Sweets

An Ohio dentist is offering to buy kids’ trick-or-treating booty this Halloween, and he’s even throwing in a toothbrush to sweeten the deal.
 
The Mansfield News Journal reports that dentist Craig Callen and his associates are offering kids $1 per pound of candy they bring in, with a 5-pound limit per child. The dentists are also holding a draw for two children’s bikes.
 
Callen says brushing teeth and visiting a dentist are good preventive measures, but doing away with excess sweets would give teeth a healthy boost.
 
Callen says candy can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain and can be especially damaging to children’s braces.

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Police arrest stalker at Justin Bieber's LA mansion

A woman in her 40s was arrested Monday night at Justin Bieber's temporary Beverly Hills home on suspicion of trespassing for the third time in a week.

 
Officers met with Bieber's security team, who had the woman in custody and called the police to the home in the 400 block of Castle Place at 7:37 p.m., said Beverly Hills police Sgt. Chris Coulter.
 
Security told officers that Bieber is using the home temporarily and this was the third time in a week that the woman had tried to make contact with the singer, though she never did, Coulter said.
 
The woman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and is being held at the Beverly Hills police station on $4,000 bail, Coulter said.

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McKamey Manor, America's Most Extreme Haunted House

Haunted houses scare up a lot of attention this time of year, but few provide the frights of McKamey Manor.
 
Russ McKamey started this homemade haunted attraction in the backyard of his San Diego home, and it’s considered the most extreme full-contact haunt of all time, according to the new documentary “Haunters: The Art Of The Scare.”
 
McKamey has since moved his scare show to Nashville, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama, but the rules are still frighteningly simple: In exchange for signing a waiver, visitors get waterboarded, covered in tarantulas or locked in a coffin.
 
 
As the clip from “Haunters” shows, once you’re in, you won’t be let out until McKamey has filmed your reactions of true terror.
 
Despite its extreme nature, McKamey Manor has a waiting list of close to 24,000 people, even as some people who experienced it say they have suffered aches, pains and emotional scars.
 
Oh, and if McKamey promises not to lock you in a coffin, don’t believe him.

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Scottish Man Gets Three-Month Jail Sentence for Touching Dubai Man's Hip

A British man has been sentenced to three months in prison in Dubai for touching a man's hip in a bar, according to campaigners.
 
Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested in July over the incident in which he said he put his hand on a man's hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar.
 
The 27-year-old electrician had been working in Afghanistan and was on a two-day stopover in the United Arab Emirates at the time.
 
After his arrest for public indecency, he lost his job and was told he could have faced up to three years in jail.
 
Campaign group Detained in Dubai (DiD) said he was sentenced to three months imprisonment at court on Sunday but lawyers plan to appeal.
 
The group said Mr. Harron is "angry, disappointed, and dreads what may happen next".
 
He is not currently in custody while the appeal is considered, DiD chief executive Radha Stirling said.
 
Mr Harron has already been sentenced in absentia to 30 days in prison for failing to appear at a court hearing for making a rude gesture and drinking alcohol during the same July incident.
 
 
 
DiD said the 27-year-old was not told about the court date in advance and that sentence is also being appealed against.
 
In relation to the alleged public indecency charge, Mr Harron is said to have been holding a drink, moving through a crowded bar and held a hand in front of him to avoid spilling it on himself or others. He then "touched a man on his hip to avoid impact".
 
He was initially jailed for five days and then released on bail with his passport confiscated.
 
Ms Stirling said: "Now Jamie has been sentenced to three months; there is no telling whether a judgement on appeal will be better or worse.
 
"He has already suffered tremendously as a result of these allegations, and now faces the likelihood of incarceration.
 
"His family was unable to visit him during this critical time because they faced a very real risk of imprisonment themselves under the UAE's cyber crime laws which forbid criticism of the government.
 
"At this point, Jamie will definitely be pursuing civil action against his accusers when he does eventually return home, as it appears that he will not be able to find justice in the UAE."
 
She added: "He feels betrayed and exploited by the system, which did not investigate the reports of key witnesses in his defence and led him to believe that the case would be dropped."
 
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We have been in contact with a British man following his arrest in Dubai in July. We are providing consular assistance."

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Janet Jackson Not Joining Justin Timberlake at the 2018 Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake may be bringing sexy back to the 2018 Super Bowl stage, but he won't be bringing Janet Jackson with him. 
 
On the heels of Sunday's confirmation that the 10-time Grammy winner will be next year's Super Bowl halftime show headliner, questions have swirled about whether he would use the performance to reunite with Jackson, more than a decade after her accidental wardrobe malfunction during their controversial 2004 halftime show.
 
According to two sources, the answer is no. While one insider said she is not planning on performing at the Super Bowl, another added that she has time conflicts due to her tour scheduling. 
 
Wherever Jackson will be on February 4, though, she'll be rooting Timberlake on. "She is happy to hear JT is performing and thinks he will be great as always!" one source noted. "She wishes him a great performance. They had some great memories." 
 
 
As for what he plans to do for his halftime set, a second source told E! News it will be "classic JT."
 
"Justin will be playing his old stuff during his Super Bowl performance. He plans to perform the 'classic JT stuff,'" the insider explained. "Justin's team has really been pushing to lock in this deal and he's very excited for the opportunity."
 
Meanwhile, don't expect another wardrobe malfunction. "That won't happen this time," the singer said during an interview with Sunday Night Football. 
 
However, we should all plan on getting our groove on. As he told Football Night in America host Mike Tirico, "What I really want to do is take the opportunity to put together a performance that feels like it unifies. I feel like that would be the ultimate accomplishment, and then the icing on the cake is at some point, within that 12 minutes, that everybody is shaking their booty."
 
Superbowl LII will be taking place on Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Tropical Storm Watch in Effect for Guam and Rota; Take Necessary Precautions

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2017
8:30 a.m.

Tropical Storm Watch in Effect for Guam and Rota; Take Necessary Precautions

At 8 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Guam and Rota and coastal waters as Tropical Depression 27W moves westward.

 

As of 7 a.m., 27W was located 9.3 degrees north latitude and 147.4 degrees east longitude, about 340 miles south-southeast of Guam and 415 miles south-southeast of Saipan. 27W has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, moving west at 8 mph. Some gradual intensification of 27W is expected Tuesday and Wednesday. With the current track, 27W may have wind speeds of 45 mph by the time it passes Guam.

 

The current forecast track anticipates Tropical Depression 27W passing south of Guam on Tuesday. Keep in mind, there is still much uncertainty on how close the system will pass to Guam or locations in Chuuk state so the system is being monitored closely for any changes in motion or intensity.

 

Due to the uncertainty of exactly how close to Guam 27W will pass, it is advised to take basic precautionary actions now. To be prepared for any scenario with 27W, residents and visitors are advised to:
• Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household
• Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind
• Gas your car and get fuel for your generators
• Stay up to date in the event there are changes with 27W or updates to changes in Conditions of 
Readiness

A hazardous seas warning is in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. this evening. A small craft advisory is also in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Guam’s small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday, with seas of 10 to 13 feet. Winds will increase to between 24 and 34 mph early Tuesday. For Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters, seas of 12 to 15 feet will continue today and remain hazardous through Wednesday night. Today, recreational boaters should remain in port or take shelter until waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for rough seas and consider remaining in port of taking shelter in port until hazardous seas subside. Tonight, inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high surf warning is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. this evening along west facing reefs. A high surf warning indicates that dangerous, battering waves will pound the shoreline, resulting in life-threatening conditions. For west facing reefs, dangerous surf of 12 to 15 feet will continue through the day. Minor coastal inundation around 1 to 2 feet is possible around times of high tide. Although surf will diminish, it will remain hazardous through Wednesday.

 

A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Wednesday, for north facing reefs. For north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet will persist through Tuesday, before slowly subsiding Wednesday.

 

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing out on exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, south and west, as rip currents will be life-threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind all residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions or if near the ocean.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
• NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
• NWS Facebook: https: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam 
• GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

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90'S KIDS: Reptar Bars Are Real

Fans of the '90s, prepare to take a bite out of so much nostalgia your tongue will turn green.
 
FYE, For Your Entertainment, will begin selling Reptar Bars at their stores sometime within the next week. The announcement was first made on the pop culture and merchandise chain's Facebook stating that they are stocking their shelves with the popular chocolate candy from the hit '90s animated series Rugrats. In the show, the coveted candy bar was molded after the ferocious fictional dinosaur idolized by the titular Rugrats.
 
 
Like the cartoon, these real-life Reptar Bars boast a milk chocolate exterior and a green frosting interior. Consumers should expect to have their tongues bright green for a few hours after consumption.
 

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A Chip So Hot It's Sold One At a Time

Junk food enthusiasts with a knack for self-punishment are testing their mettle by eating the world's spiciest chip and documenting their anguish on social media. Now in its second year, the Paqui #OneChipChallenge sees grown men don athletic headbands and enter the gauntlet of spice by eating just one of Paqui's Carolina Reaper chips. 
 
 
Paqui's marketing stunt, which sacrifices real human taste buds to promote its borderline cruel product, is going strong in its second year. The company released the second version of its Carolina Reaper chip on Wednesday, which apparently packs 25% more spiciness than its last Reaper chip. Now, all the spicy big boys are vying to be the toughest chip man in America: Paqui's new chips are selling on the company's website for $4.99 each -- yes, a single chip made with Carolina Reaper peppers costs more than an average bag of regular chips. For masochists, this is welcome news, as the chips sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale during last year's contest. 
 
For those of you who don't fear the reaper, there's a grand prize on the line, which you can enter by following Paqui's instructions. This year's chips don't quite match the fire-belching pain of Pepper X, the world's spiciest zombie-pepper which took 10 years and some serious tinkering to engineer. So just know that if you do jump in the fire, it could still be worse. Although it probably won't seem like it. 

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Would You Spend Halloween Night in the Paris Catacombs?

Want to get real spooky this Halloween? We have your solution. Airbnb rented out the Catacombes of Paris, the world's largest grave that's home to the remains of more than six million people. 
 
 
It was originally created when the typical graveyards became overcrowded in the late 18th century and is clearly one of the spookiest places on the planet. 
 
 
Never one to be afraid of a stunt, Airbnb rented out the place for the night, costing them over $200,000. 
 
 
Two lucky winners will get dinner, scary story time, and some rest surrounded by skulls and dead bodies. It'll make for one extreme Halloween.
 

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Binadu Burgers for One Day Only

Arby's is continuing its newfound reputation for being the fast-food chain with the most unexpected menu options. Whether it's porchetta, gyros, or pork belly, Arby's is trying things -- albeit in limited runs -- that other fast food purveyors won't bother touching. (At least, the big ones won't. Bareburger is one smaller chain that has served ostrich, boar, bison, lamb, elk, and venison.)
 
In its latest announcement, Arby's is putting deer back on the menu. Its first release of a venison sandwich was last October, but it was limited to "five select hunting-centric states" where stores sold out within hours. This time, the sandwich will again be short-lived but will be available nationwide. That makes Arby's the first fast-food chain in the US to offer venison at a national level.
 
 
Venison sandwich hunters need only stop by an Arby's on October 21 for the opportunity to lay their calloused mitts on the latest addition to the meat mountain. The sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic and topped crispy onions. The whole ordeal is finished with a Cabernet steak sauce infused with juniper berries.
 
Supplies will be limited, so it could sell out quickly once again. The chain couldn't get enough deer from the US since it's not regularly consumed on such a large scale. It had to turn to a New Zealand source to provide enough grass-fed, free-range deer. Arby’s Chief Marketing Officer Jim Taylor told WHAS it took a full year to secure enough product for what he believes is the "biggest venison promotion in the world any restaurant" has ever put together.
 
Additionally, that same day, the roast beef chain will debut an Elk Sandwich. Like with the first run of venison, the elk sandwich will be available in "hunting-centric states." One restaurant in each of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana will get the sandwich.

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Addams Family Animated Reboot in Development

MGM has long been developing an Addams Family animated movie, but there hasn't been much (if any) movement on the project in recent years. That's about to change, as they've just handed the director's chair to Conrad Vernon, the co-director of Sausage Party as well as Shrek 2 and others. Pamela Pettler, who has some experience with the macabre in animation with Corpse Bride and Monster House, is writing. According to THR, they're already animating this as we speak.
 
The Addams Family were created as single panel gag cartoons for The New Yorker. But their real pop culture claim to fame didn't come until 1964 when a TV series ran for three seasons and then endlessly in syndication, plus a handful of less memorable revivals. 
 
 
Two of the three feature films produced in the 1990s, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values (with a killer cast that included Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, and Christopher Lloyd) are tremendous fun, and feel a little closer to the humor of the original Charles Addams cartoons than the TV series did. An animated movie could really do some fun, weird stuff. There's no release date yet, but hopefully they'll give us something seasonally appropriate in October.

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Sir Rod Stewart Pays Big Money to Hang with Pope Francis

The lot reads: "This is a very rare chance to watch Papal Mass as a personal guest of the Pope himself as he delivers a rousing Mass to the gathered audience from a raised pulpit - right beside this, the winner will be situated in the VIP area reserved for a select number of hand-picked guests, all personally approved by His Holiness. After Mass, Pope Francis visits his waiting guests in this exclusive area, stopping to take and give benedictions.
 
"You will have the privilege of a private tour of the Sistine Chapel after closure, where the Swiss Guard will open the Vatican gates just for you and your party - with your expert guide leading you through the corridors of the city. You will also be taken on private tours of the Vatican Museum and the Basilica with no one but your guide to disturb you, as well as normally restricted areas such as the Necropolis below the Basilica. All guests will also receive an incredibly rare, personalized and hand-written benediction from Pope Francis to take away as a memento or gift!"
 
 
Rod kicked off bidding earlier in the night by pledging £4,000 for a caviar and champagne experience at luxurious London hotel The Ritz whilst his wife Penny Lancaster helped to drive up the bids for the second lot - an exciting morning at ITV visiting 'Good Morning Britain' and 'Loose Women' - by promising the winner she and her fellow 'Loose Women' panellist Gloria Hunniford would join them for lunch.
 
The Pinktober Gala raises money for the Caron Keating Foundation, set up in memory of Gloria Hunniford's late daughter who passed away in 2004 after a battle with breast cancer. Sophie Ellis Bextor provided entertainment at the event whilst Richard Madeley hosted.

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Halloween Traditions From Around the World: Scotland and Ireland

All Hallow’s Eve or All Saint’s Eve (whatever you call it):  it is the old Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, pronounced sow (as in cow)-en.  Celebrated in Ireland and ancient Britain this was the mark of the New Year, the time that summer was ending and the onset of winter beginning. A magical time when the veil between the worlds of the living and dead was at it’s thinnest.   It was believed that the dead revisited their homes and the fairies came out to roam.  Some say Samhain was the God of Death but there is no evidence to back this theory.  The Celts didn’t believe in demons, instead it was fairies that were the makers of mischief.
 
 
In order to stave off any mischief from occurring during the evening of Samhain, homeowners would set out a “treat” of milk or food in hope of deterring any “tricks” being played upon their household.  A small meal would also be left for a deceased relative who came visiting.  In the 19th century, the Catholic Church made Nov. 1st All Saints Day, thus the pagan festival of Samhain merged with the Catholic holiday and became All Hallow’s Eve (the night before the holy day).  Eventually, people began to dress up to deceive the spirits and therefore go out during All Hallow’s Eve to walk freely among the spirits and perhaps collect the “treats” left for the dead?!
 
 
Irish folklore tells the story of Stingy Jack who tricked the Devil not once but twice.  After being tricked into captivity by Jack a second time the Devil agreed not to take Jack’s soul when he died.  However upon his demise Heaven didn’t want him either, so Jack asked the Devil to take him but since a promise was made the Devil sent him on his way into the night with a burning piece of coal to light his way.  Jack carved out a turnip to hold his coal and has been wandering ever since.  Folks began to call this lost soul “Jack of the lantern” and later shortened it to “Jack O’Lantern.”  Later the Scots and Irish began carving scary faces into turnips and potatoes and set them in front of their homes on All Hallow’s Eve to keep away the evil spirits.  When the Irish began immigrating to the U.S. during the potato famine they brought along their traditions.  Pumpkins which are a native fruit to the U.S. became an excellent replacement for turnips. 
 
Another thing associated with Halloween is dunking for apples.  That was actually part of divination rituals performed at the end of the year to see what the future would bring.  “Ducking for Apples” foretold marriage.  The first person to bite one would be the first to marry in the new year.  Another divination ritual was peeling an apple, the longer the peel before breaking off the longer your life.
 
So remember with Halloween soon approaching, leave a little something out for the visiting relatives!

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Stay in Dracula's Transylvania Castle

Bran castle, which is located in the principality of Transylvania, Romania is the only edifice in the entire country which exactly matches the description of legendary vampire Dracula’s castle in Bram Stoker’s novel. Which makes sense, as it’s been reported that the author used a description of the very same castle as a reference whilst writing. And this Halloween, thanks to Airbnb, you and a guest can win a complimentary trip to stay there in vampiric style.
 
 
The rental company’s promotion, which requires no purchase, is perfect for horror, history, and literature fans alike. Upon arrival – “anytime after 7pm,” as specified on the contest page – the winners will be greeted by their host Dacre Stoker, great grandnephew of the famed writer, and taken on a guided tour through the castle’s labyrinthian corridors. Following the tour is a grand candlelit dinner in the main dining hall, before the guests are left to rest in the Count’s Crypt – in which they will sleep in velvet-lined coffins. To enter, you need only submit a short answer to the following question: “what would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?” Just be sure to leave your garlic and crucifixes at home, as neither are welcome within the hallowed walls.
 
 

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Sansa Stark Marries a Jonas Brother

Joe Jonas, 28, and 21-year-old girlfriend Sophie Turner, star of Game of Thrones, announced on Sunday that they are engaged. Both posted on their Instagram pages a photo of her wearing a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring and matching eternity band. They tagged each other in the pics.
 
"I said yes," she wrote.
 
"She said yes," he wrote.
 
A source confirmed the engagement to E! News.
 
The actress and the DNCE singer have been dating since at least late 2016.
 
 
Last month, they appeared to adopt a Siberian Husky puppy together. Turner had posted pics of the pup, writing, "Meet the newest addition to the krew @porkybasquiat." She tagged Joe, who also posted his own pic of the dog.
 
Years ago, Sophie and her family adopted Zunni, the Mahlek Northern Inuit dog who played Sansa's late dire wolf Lady on Game of Thrones.
Joe will be the second Jonas brother to tie the knot. His brother Kevin Jonas, 29, has been married to wife Danielle Jonas since 2009. They have two daughters.
 
"Yeah!!!!!!!" Kevin commented on Joe's engagement announcement photo.
Younger brother Nick Jonas, 25, responded to the pic by commenting "YES!!!" and also penned a separate Twitter post.
 
"Ahh! Congratulations to my brother...and sister in law to be on your engagement, he wrote. "I love you both so much. @joejonas @SophieT."
 
 

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Buffalo Wing Latte!?!

Are you over the Pumpkin Spice Latte and are looking for the next new drink of the moment?
 
Tim Hortons has you covered. The Canadian coffee and doughnut chain has released a Buffalo Latte. For a limited time, the company is offering this special drink at two locations in upstate New York—Buffalo and Depew. The area is both the home of the original buffalo wings and the first U.S.-based Tim Hortons cafe. And according to Stephen Goldstein, regional president of Tim Hortons, both the chain and buffalo sauce were born in 1964, so naturally, the company decided to combine them.
 
 
The drink combines espresso, steamed milk, mocha, buffalo sauce flavoring, and cream on top. It’s then sprinkled with buffalo seasoning and is available hot or cold. While Goldstein calls the “unlikely pairing” an “unexpectedly delicious sweet and spicy treat,” the schtick is more likely to drive attention to the chain than actually cause a new cult following. But who knows? Perhaps Buffalo Lattes will be the next big craze hitting the nation.

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The Weeknd Announces 'Starboy' Comic Book With Marvel

Ahead of his appearance at New York Comic Con today, The Weeknd has announced a collaboration with Marvel Comics. “The Weeknd and Marvel present: STARBOY… comic book coming soon,” the singer wrote on Twitter. He’s previously teased the comic in a series of Instagram and Twitter posts earlier this week. Last month, the Weeknd appeared on Gucci Mane’s new single “Curve.“

 

 

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3 Bears Break Into Colorado Restaurant

DENVER ? They couldn’t find porridge or, for that matter, Goldilocks.
 
But that was of little concern to the three bears that broke into a pizza shop in Estes Park, Colorado, this week.
 
Judging from surveillance footage of the early Sunday heist, the ursine family ? unlike Goldilocks ? was perfectly content eating food that wasn’t “just right.” The mother bear and her two cubs made a meal of cold pizza dough and salami, rifling through a trash can and a prep table to find it.
 
Antonio’s Real New York Pizza shared the video on Facebook. The bears gained entrance to the kitchen by ripping the drive-through window out of the wall, according to the restaurant. They ate more than 40 pounds of dough and caused around $1,000 in damage. Restaurant owner Antonio DeSousa asked that the bears be treated with mercy if they’re caught. 
 
 
 
“The bears need help and we need to figure out how to help them,” DeSousa told “Inside Edition.” “We moved into the woods knowing full well they existed, and the idea they should die because they’re starving is ridiculous.”
 
Estes Park passed an ordinance earlier this year requiring bear-proof trash containers. DeSousa speculated the law “forced the bears’ paws” and inspired a more creative hunt for food.
 
DeSousa elaborated on his thinking in a followup Facebook post:
 
I’ve been thinking about this all day and am embarrassed by the “rules” in place for the wildlife we’ve encroached upon. A bear’s sense of smell is 2100 times ours. They can smell your blood but don’t kill you for it, yet if they are removed from town and dropped off in some random place, then use their sense of smell to return, they are killed. All they want is calories with which to hibernate. Man kills for far less than food to eat. We have to come up with a better set of deterrents than creating rules which ensure their euthanization based on the need to eat.

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Taylor Swift Introduces the Swift Life

The Grammy winner has yet another surprise for fans in the form of a soon-to-be unveiled app. In a newly released video on her YouTube page, the savvy star introduced "The Swift Life," an upcoming app from the House of Swift designed to be a "creative, inclusive and community-driven place for users to better connect with each other… and Taylor," so the video's description states. 
 
While it remains to be seen whether or not Taylor herself will pop up on the app to drop a line, it certainly wouldn't be surprising considering she's known to not-so-subtly comment on her fans' Instagram accounts. 
 
The preview of the app promises exclusive Swift content—including "Taymojis"—as well as the chance to listen to new music, chat with other fans and see new pictures and video of the star.
 
"I think you guys are really going to like this," the songstress says into the camera. "I mean—I hope. It would be preferable if you did."
 
Don't worry, excited Swifties. The preview promises the app will be available late 2017. With less than three months left in the year, it will be here before you know it. Plus, with less than a month until the release of her sixth studio album, there will be plenty of content for the app to showcase. 
The only question is...are you ready for it?

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What is Egg Coffee?

You might think that a macchiato made with turmeric is a wacky by-product of our Instagram-obsessed U.S. food culture, but over in Hanoi, the capital and undisputed epicenter of coffee culture in Vietnam, locals have been doing something way wackier for decades: mixing eggs into coffee. And since Vietnam is the second-largest coffee exporter on earth behind Brazil, it’s high time we perk up to the trend.
 
Coffee was first introduced to Vietnam in the 19th century by the French, and the addition of sweetened condensed milk (now a signature) developed in response to a scarcity of milk. Egg coffee, meanwhile, has been around since the 1940s, when a bartender in Hanoi whisked eggs into his coffee because he couldn't find fresh milk. The result was decadent and delicious, so he opened Cafe Giang, introduced cà phê trúng (egg coffee), and Hanoians have loved the drink ever since.
 
Fast-forward to June 2013, when Sara Leveen and Ben Lowell, both alums of Stephen Starr’s STARR Restaurants, traveled to Vietnam for a month of research. On their first day in Hanoi, the couple (who are now engaged) found themselves at Cafe Giang, and after just one egg milk mustache, they were hooked.
 
 
After returning to NYC to plan the opening of Hanoi House, their restaurant in the East Village, Leveen and Lowell knew they wanted to serve the Hanoian food they had fallen in love with. Hanoi House opened in January and is, to date, one of the only places where you’ll find that magical egg coffee in Manhattan.
 
The drink starts with chicory Cafe Du Monde coffee, whose bitterness makes it an ideal base, brewed with a phin, a single-serving coffee filter specifically used for Vietnamese coffee. Then, Lowell blends egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and sugar, and adds a spoonful of brewed coffee to the mix. He froths the concoction until it resembles cake batter, then dollops it by the spoonful over the coffee and serves it unmixed so that customers can decide whether to cautiously drink the coffee through the egg topping or mix everything together.
 

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Frankie Muniz Doesn't Remember Being on Malcom in the Middle

Former child star Frankie Muniz said he doesn’t remember acting in the hit sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” because of damage to his brain caused by a series of strokes and concussions.
 
“I’ve gotten to really do anything I wanted to do, but the truth is I don’t really remember much of that,” Muniz said in an interview that aired on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night. “I think it almost feels like it wasn’t me. There’s no negative feelings, I just don’t remember.”
 
Muniz, 31, told viewers he’s suffered nine concussions and several mini-strokes that have made him forget much of his formative years.
 
“It makes me a little sad,” he said. “Things pop back into my mind I should have remembered.”
 
After starring in the sitcom, Muniz went on to pursue a career as a musician and race car driver. The brain damage happened before he took up racing, he said.
 
“I don’t know what the cause of it is,” he told Fox News. “It’s just how my brain is, so I thought that was normal. I didn’t know I should remember going to the Emmys.”
 
“Malcolm in the Middle” ran from 2000 to 2006 and helped launch the career of Bryan Cranston, who went on to star in “Breaking Bad.”
 
Cranston said he tries to help his former co-star remember events he’s forgotten.
 
“I will tell him, remember this? Remember that from ‘Malcolm’?”
 
The child star said his girlfriend Paige also helps his memory by keeping a daily journal of their activities for him to look at.

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Brooklyn Must Have a Vampire Problem

Flyers have appeared in the past month along the Avenues in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. They advertise monster disposal and a website is included.
 
It connects you to "The Ambrose Light," a blog that focuses on politics and life in Bay Ridge. It was created a few months ago by Dan Hetteix.
 
 
He describes the site and the card as satire. It is also meant to encourage people to register to vote.
 
The Ambrose Light or Tower was the lighthouse at the southern end of New York Harbor. It was removed in 2008.

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Baby turns 1, Parents Splurge

Housewife Emily Qian, 36, spent about $12,000 on her daughter's one-year-old birthday celebrations last month.
 
The birthday lunch for 70 guests at a five-star hotel here cost about $7,000. The customised, two-tiered birthday cake and dessert spread cost about $3,000, and decor and photography for the event another $2,000.
 
"I know, it's crazy right?" says Ms Qian.
 
"But it was important to me that things were done up tastefully. Besides, this was hassle-free. I just told the vendors what I wanted and they executed things well."
 
She is among parents here who are forking out thousands of dollars to celebrate their children's birthdays with a bang - not to show off, they say.
 
They are willing to splurge for a variety of reasons: It is a milestone birthday, a chance for the family to gather, it makes the grandparents happy and it is also convenient to take up packages offered by local businesses.
 
Ms Qian's daughter Faith was treated to a Red Riding Hood-themed birthday party.
 
There were large red balloons, a balloon arch with a woodland theme, and a dessert table decked out with confections supplied by home-grown bakery Little House of Dreams.
 
"My daughter doesn't remember a thing, but it's fine," says Ms Qian, who is married to bank analyst Danny Ng, 40.
 
"She's the only grandchild and I wanted things to be grand. I want my parents - her grandparents - to be happy with the celebration."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Guillermo del Toro's Official Tequila Looks Like a Prop from One of His Movies

There’s already a Hellboy whiskey that was released earlier this year, but if you’re looking for something a little harder, former Hellboy film franchise director Guillermo del Toro has something that you might want to get your hands on.
 
Beloved horror, fantasy and sci-fi filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with the tequila company Patrón to offer his own extra añejo tequila for the ages. Before you think this is just an instance of another celebrity trying to make some extra cash by slapping their name on a bottle of alcohol, you should understand that del Toro comes from Jalisco, Mexico, which is the home of tequila itself. Plus, once you see the bottle, you’ll see that del Toro put the same kind of effort into this little endeavor as he does his motion pictures.
 
Here’s what Guillermo del Toro had to say about his tequila in the official press release:
 
 
Plus, del Toro got to design the packaging, and it’s right in his wheelhouse:
 
 
The press release goes on to describe the package and the aged tequila inside:
 
 
You can get your hands on the Guillermo del Toro tequila right now at various liquor retailers, but there are limited quantities available with a suggested retail price of $399 per bottle. But if you’re Guillermo del Toro fan who love tequila, you couldn’t ask for a better item.

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Woman Goes Blind After Playing Mobile Video Game Non-Stop

A 21-year-old woman from Dongguan, China, was recently diagnosed with retinal artery obstruction in her right eye, after playing a popular smartphone game almost non-stop.
 
The woman, known only as Wu, apparently noticed that she couldn’t see anything with her right eye on October 1st, while playing her favorite mobile game, King of Glory. Thinking she was just tired, she went to bed, but when she woke up the next day, she was still blind in her right eye. Her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a serious condition known as retinal artery obstruction. This usually only occurs in older patients, but doctors said that Wu’s eyes were incredibly fatigued by the stresses of constantly staring into the small smartphone screen.
 
 
Wu admitted that she had probably spent a little more time than she should have to play on her phone. On a regular day, she would come from work and start playing without any breaks for seven or eight hours straight. She works in finance, so she spent most of her day at the office staring at a computer screen, which only put more pressure on her eyes. Things were even worse on her days off, as pretty much all she did was play on her smartphone and sleep for a few hours.
 
“During my days off, I would wake up at 6am, eat breakfast and start playing until around 4pm. I would stop and eat something before taking a short nap and continue playing until 1am or 2am. Sometimes, I would even be too lazy to stop and eat,” the 21-year-old told Sina.
 
World of Buzz reports that instead of going out with her friends or just resting during China’s Golden Week holiday, Wu decided to stay in and go on a King of Glory playing marathon. Her eyes couldn’t take the stress anymore, and she ended up blind in one eye. The young woman is still in the hospital, where doctors are trying to restore her vision, but, so far, they have made little progress. When flashing a light in her eyes, Wu still reported seeing nothing with her right eye.
 
 
After Wu’s case went viral in Chinese media this week, ophthalmologists used the opportunity to remind people to only use their smartphones and computers for 30-minutes to an hour, take frequent breaks and look into the distance frequently to relax the eyes’ focusing muscles and relieve stress.

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Man Claiming To Be From The Year 2048 Says He's Back With A Dire Warning

A Wyoming man accused of public intoxication allegedly told police he traveled from the year 2048 to warn mankind of an impending invasion by extraterrestrials.
 
 
Bryant Johnson issued his grave warning to Casper police Monday night after officers were called about the man and his out-of-this-world message, according to an arrest report obtained by HuffPost.
 
Johnson, who police said smelled of alcohol and spoke with slightly slurred speech, allegedly told officers that “the aliens were coming next year and we needed to make sure to leave as fast as possible.”
 
According to the report, he didn’t specify an exact date or time for the aliens’ arrival.
 
He refused to speak with nurses or doctors and instead insisted on meeting with “the president” of the town, police said.
 
Johnson informed the officers that he was able to travel through time because the aliens filled his body with alcohol. He also claimed he stood on a “giant pad” which then transported him to the year 2017 — though he said he was supposed to be sent to the year 2018.
 
Johnson, who was allegedly found with a blood alcohol concentration of .136, was eventually transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further incident.
 
Of course, the joke could be on us when all this turns out to be true.

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5 Hospitalized In Hazmat Scare Caused By Pumpkin Spice

A Baltimore high school was evacuated and five people were taken to a hospital on Thursday in a hazmat scare that turned out to be a pumpkin spice air freshener. 
 
The Cristo Rey Jesuit High School wrote on its website that a “strange odor” was detected on the third floor at 2:30 p.m. 
 
“It was a smell that they certainly weren’t used to,” Bill Heiser, the school’s president, told the Baltimore Sun. “It appeared to be getting stronger.”
 
The school was evacuated, with emergency medical teams treating some people on the scene as the Baltimore City Fire Department’s hazmat unit investigated the odor. 
 
“Five members of our community were transported to area hospitals as a precautionary measure,” the school said. 
 
 
 
The local CBS station reported that four of the patients taken to the hospital reported nausea due to the odor, with one taken in for treatment on an unrelated issue. 
 
The Sun said the odor was traced to a plug-in aerosol air freshener with a pumpkin spice scent.  
 
“It’s better safe than sorry,” Baltimore fire spokesman Roman Clark told the newspaper. 
 
Classes have since resumed.

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Venezuelan Thieves Stealing Zoo Animals For Food, Police Say

Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.
 
A police official said two collared peccaries, which are similar in appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park in the sweltering city of Maracaibo near the Colombian border.
 
“What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them,” Luis Morales, an official for the Zulia division of the National Police, told reporters on Tuesday.
 
The chaotic collapse of the country’s socialist economic model has created chronic food shortages that have fueled malnutrition and left millions seeking food anywhere they can find it, including in trash cans and dumpsters.
 
President Nicolas Maduro blames food shortages on opposition protests that have blocked streets and highways and a broader “economic war” led by adversaries with the help of Washington.
 
But zoo head Leonardo Nunez said a wave of thefts that in recent weeks had affected 10 species including a buffalo, which he said was cut into pieces, was orchestrated by “drug dealers” seeking to sell the animals.
 
“They take everything here! The animals weren’t stolen to be eaten,” Nunez said in an interview on Wednesday.
 
Mauricio Castillo, a former zoo director, said thieves had made off with two tapirs, a jungle animal that is also similar to a pig that is described as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
 
Shortages have also left zoos without sufficient food to feed animals, with some 50 animals starving to death last year at a Caracas zoos, according to a union leader.
 
The government denied the animals had starved, insisting they had been treated “like family.” 

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Robert Englund Suggests Kevin Bacon for the New Freddy Krueger

If you don’t already know how character rights work, it breaks down like this: studios need to use characters at least once every few years, or the rights to those characters revert back to another studio. With that in mind, it’s about time for New Line to do something with Freddy Krueger, who hasn’t been seen on-screen since Jackie Earle Haley donned that creepy Christmas sweater for the 2010 remake of Wes Craven‘s classic. And while Haley is a great actor in his own right, there was a lot about the remake that just didn’t feel right.
 
 
 
 
Actor Robert Englund, who played the infamous dream invader from 1984 until 2003, was recently interviewed by Cinema Blend and had some words about who he thinks should tackle the character next. His answer? Kevin Bacon, who got his start in 1980’s Friday the 13th, ironically enough.
 
“Well the gossip I’ve heard, and I don’t know how valid this is, but there has been some talk about using, or perhaps he’s been approached, Kevin Bacon. Yeah. I think that would be great. He’s in one of my favorite little horror movies, Stir of Echoes, and you should check it out if you haven’t seen it. And I just think Kevin’s the right size. I think he respects horror movies. He doesn’t make fun of them. I think it would be real interesting.”
 
 
The more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Even in the case of some lesser celebrated films like Hollow Man, Bacon has proven himself to be one of the few actors in Hollywood who really understands horror films, and his weird, kind of creepy charm would be perfect for a character like Freddy Krueger, who knew how to make us laugh while scaring the pants off us at the same time. Bacon himself has shown an interest in playing the character, as evidenced by this tweet from last year:
 
 
 
Will it happen? Who knows. But could it happen? Absolutely. And that’s more than we can say for a lot of fan casting out there, no matter how good it is.

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Kate Winslet Keeps Her Oscar in the Toilet

Kate Winslet keeps her Oscar in her toilet.
 
The 41-year-old Academy Award winner won the prestigious prize for her role in the 2008 movie 'The Reader', and she stores the golden statuette in her loo to allow people the chance to have some alone time with the special gong.
 
Speaking on 'Lorraine' on Tuesday (03.10.17), she said: "That's the reason for it being in the toilet ... I wanted to give people an opportunity to have that moment. I remember when I went to Emma Thompson's house when I was much younger and didn't have an Oscar.
 
"Her Oscar was on the back of the loo and I picked it up and then years later I was giving my own speech.
 
"I couldn't believe it. Never give up on your dreams."
 
 
 
 
Set in post-war Germany, 'The Reader' follows teenager Michael Berg (David Kross) who begins an affair with Hanna Schmitz (Winslet).
 
Winslet's latest movie sees her star opposite Idris Elba in survival love story 'The Mountain Between Us', and while shooting the motion picture the pair would often have to "make stuff up" if the weather conditions were not suitable.
 
She said: "That is what's amazing about this film. We didn't know what to expect out of every day.
 
"We would have four different versions of the day on our call sheet and one would be, you know, we can only fly if there's no wind, or only fly in light wind or only fly to 8,500ft not 10,000ft.
 
"And if we couldn't fly, we would literally just have to make stuff up. We'd have to change location, change dialogue and it was fantastic to work in that kind of spontaneous environment.
 
"And I have to say, the world is beautiful up there. I was very awestruck by how incredible it as in the Canadian Rockies and I really loved it."

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Halloween Movie Calendar, Day 3...

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Killers Chart First Number One LP with 'Wonderful Wonderful'

Thirteen years after the Killers released their debut LP, the Las Vegas rockers landed their first Number One album on the Billboard 200 with Wonderful Wonderful.
 
Brandon Flowers and company's first album in five years sold 111,000 total copies in its debut week, Billboard reports. The album's sales were bolstered by a promotion that paired free copies of Wonderful Wonderful with tickets to the band's upcoming tour.
 
The Killers' previous chart high occurred in 2006 when Sam's Town, the follow-up to their breakthrough 2004 album Hot Fuss, peaked at Number Two. The band's previous album, 2012's Battle Born, reached Number Three. All five of the Killers' studio albums have finished in the Top 10.
 
Despite the Number One finish, Wonderful Wonderful actually had the lowest-selling first week sales of any Killers album since Hot Fuss; even Day & Age, which peaked at Number Six in 2008, sold 193,000 copies in its opening week. Sam's Town, in finishing second in 2006, tallied over 300,000 copies its first week.
 
 
 
Down at Number Two, with 51,000 total copies, was Macklemore's Gemini, the rapper's first charting album as a solo artist. Of Gemini's 51,000 copies, 27,000 came from traditional sales, with streaming equivalent albums (SEAs) and track equivalent albums (TEAs) making up the rest.
 
Two more new releases debuted in the Top 10: Rapper Kevin Gates' By Any Means 2 finished at Number Four with 40,000 total copies and Jhene Aiko's Trip bowed at Number Five with 37,000 in sales.
 
Lil Uzi Vert's Luv Is Rage 2 led the batch of Top 10 returnees by ending the week at Number Three, ahead of Post Malone's Stoney (Number Six), Imagine Dragons' Evolve (Seven), Kendrick Lamar's Damn. (Eight) and Khalid's American Teen (Nine). Ed Sheeran's Divide closed out the upper tier at Number 10.

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Beverly Hills Doesn't Want Justin Beiber

Justin Bieber has been trying to rent a house in Beverly Hills, offering up to $100,000 a month — but none of the homeowners in the exclusive area want him because of his reputation for trashing mansions.
 
The singer has been holed up at a Beverly Hills hotel, where we are told he is a “semi-permanent resident,” having rented at the hotel for up to a year because he can’t find a mansion to rent in the area.
 
A Hollywood real estate source exclusively told Page Six, “Justin wants to rent a big estate, but many of the owners of the big Beverly Hills properties, which are for rent, have clubbed together to agree that nobody should rent to Justin.
 
“You would think that they would want the cachet of having him at their homes — and Justin is offering $100,000 a month for places that aren’t anywhere near worth that. But he and his entourage have a reputation of trashing his rental homes and then being difficult where it comes to paying for the repairs.
 
“So instead he’s become a resident at a hotel, where the well-heeled guests have been doing double takes seeing him at breakfast on his own with his tattoos and baggy pants.”
 
In 2015, a Beverly Hills home rented by Bieber was trashed at a Grammys party hosted by Meek Mill and attended by Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Chris Brown and Bieber.
 
And let’s not forget 2014’s “Egg-gate,” where Bieber had to pay a neighbor $80,000 after throwing eggs from his own home in Calabasas — which he sold, reportedly to Khloé Kardashian — after the incident. Bieber pleaded no contest to a vandalism charge and attended anger management classes.
 
Meanwhile, back at his Beverly Hills hotel, other guests have been stunned to see the singer skateboarding out of the property.

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Halloween Movie Calendar, Day 2: The Skeleton Key

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Cambodian Farm Breeds Mutant Hulk-Like Pigs

Photos of extremely muscular pigs bred by a farm in Cambodia have been doing the rounds online, sparking controversy about genetically modified animals.
 
The Hulk-like pigs are apparently bred by Duroc Cambodia, a pig farm in the Asian country’s Banteay Meanchey province. The company’s Facebook page is littered with photos and videos of these freakishly muscular animals that appear to be the result of some extreme genetic tampering. Some have accused the breeder of using hormones and steroids to turn the pigs into nightmarish monsters but seeing as Duroc Cambodia is also selling insemination kits to people wanting to grow their own, their unnatural physique is most likely caused by genetic modifications.
 
 
 
 
 
Duroc Cambodia has been sharing updates on the incredibly muscular pigs since December of last year, including videos of the animals struggling to walk under the weight of all that muscle mass and trying to keep their heads up. Photos of the mutant pigs recently went viral online, leaving most social media users furious. 
 
 
 
 
The desire for freakishly large muscles in pigs is believed to be fueled by greed, as breeders look to maximize their profits by artificially increasing the amount of meat per animal. A similar case made headlines in 2015, when scientists in China and South Korea created double-muscled piglets. Double-muscling is also practiced in cattle, with the Belgian Blue breed being known as the “bodybuilders of the bovine world”.

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