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Greenpeace’s bedtime stories are not for children

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Greenpeace has released a series of “storybook” ads that would probably give kids nightmares, Buzz 60′s Patrick Jones reports. The ads are meant to alert the public to the dangers of excessive tree-cutting. One of the “stories” tells of a happy bird family that dies in a tree: “Once, Mama Bird and Papa Bird were [...] [Read More]
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Photographer yells at subway riders, snaps their reactions

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Filmmaker and photographer Benz Thanachart has a unique take on the smartphone revolution. When he left New York and traveled home to Thailand over the summer, he noticed everybody there engrossed in their phones. Like many phone users in the U.S., people there were “always obsessed with the little personal space on their hand,” he [...] [Read More]
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Retailers closer to turning Thanksgiving into ‘Black Thursday’

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“Black Friday” creep is getting almost as bad as Christmas creep, with retailers pushing things ever earlier. Today, Wal-Mart announced it would open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. That’s two hours earlier than 2011, so at this rate, Wal-Mart will be opening at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day before the end of the [...] [Read More]
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Angry gator puts on a show outside Florida home

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A 10-foot alligator put up quite a fight outside a Tampa Bay home this week, and the homeowner who called authorities caught it all on video from inside the house. A student TV station from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Bay reports that it took 45 minutes to control the large gator, which had to [...] [Read More]
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Sushi cologne is a thing

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Demeter Fragrances has solved a real problem for Americans: Why take a date to a sushi restaurant when you can just show up smelling like the sushi restaurant? Yes, the company has a “Sushi” cologne. Demeter doesn’t say which kind of sushi its scent is going for — California roll? Spider roll? Spicy tuna roll? [...] [Read More]
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Booze cruise: Bar floats into town, provides free alcohol post-Sandy

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Residents of Gerritsen Beach, in Brooklyn, got an unexpected bonus from Superstorm Sandy in the form of free liquor. And instead of the town bellying up to the bar, in this case the bar bellied up to the town. The New York Post reported on the wild ride. Sandy’s force caused the bar to come [...] [Read More]
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Pregnancy test could be a real lifesaver…for a man

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Everyone knows what pregnancy tests are used for, but you may not know that they can also detect another delicate condition – testicular cancer in men. The science of testicular cancer and pregnancy hormones is making the national news this week thanks to a Reddit post in which a man makes fun of his buddy [...] [Read More]
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Diane Sawyer’s performance sparks wild Twitter speculation

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ABC’s Diane Sawyer spurred a flurry of Twitter jokes Tuesday night when she delivered a less-than-stellar live performance reporting on election returns. The Associated Press reports that the news veteran “spoke more slowly than usual while seeming to prop herself up on outstretched arms at the anchor desk.” She also referred to the president as [...] [Read More]
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