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Prince Hosted a Facebook Q&A and Answered Just One Really Specific Question

US singer Prince attends the French Open in Paris on June 2, 2014. PATRICK KOVARIK—AFP/Getty Images

But he never meant to cause us any sorrow, he never meant to cause us any pain

After a very long and notable absence, Prince finally joined Facebook this week. He just released two new albums and apparently decided that now would be a good time to engage with his fans, so his first order of business was to launch a Q&A.

“Join Prince for an exclusive Q&A on Facebook right here at 12pm PT/ 3PM EST!! Submit your questions below!!!” the post read, which prompted thousands of giddy Prince lovers to chime in with questions ranging from “You inspire millions around the globe, but who inspires you?” to “Do you ever plan to launch another website? Especially one where we can buy seats with GOOD seats?” to “Will you marry me? ;)”

Three hours after the session began, the icon — who has already amassed 1.7 million Facebook fans — finally decided to pop in and check things out. A man of logic, Prince began by tackling the very first question, which asked: “Please address the importance of ALL music being tuned to 432hz sound frequencies???” His response simply read “The Gold Standard” accompanied by this link.

And then that was it. Nothing. Just as mysteriously as he arrived, he then disappeared, failing to respond to the thousands of other questions.

This is what it sounds like when Prince fans cry.

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That Time Cam and Mitch from Modern Family Crashed a Frat Party

It went down at 2:30 a.m. at Eric Stonestreet's alma mater, Kansas State University

Last night on Conan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitch on Modern Family, had a fun little anecdote to share. He and co-star Eric Stonestreet (who plays Mitch’s husband, Cam) took a trip to Kansas State University (Stonestreet’s alma mater) to host a panel discussion and answer questions about their work in the TV industry. After the event, the actors did some bar hopping and eventually, around 2:30 a.m., Stonestreet decided it would be a good idea for them to stop by his old fraternity house. You know, because most things seem like a good idea at 2:30 a.m.

The actors took photos with some of the college students they encountered (a few of whom were, uh, not properly clothed). See? This proves that even when they’re not on set, all kinds of shenanigans ensue when Mitch and Cam get together.

WATCH: Conan Weighs In On iPhone 6 ‘Bendgate’

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September’s Best News Bloopers Include a Guy Immediately Dropping His Brand New iPhone 6

Your monthly dose of schadenfreude

September was a big month for news — much of it serious and sinister. But of course, there were plenty of lighter, sillier moments too, mostly in the form of on-air mishaps and blunders.

Each month, the YouTube channel NewsBeFunny rounds up the funniest, strangest and most cringe-worthy bloopers so we can all enjoy a nice heart dose of schadenfreude. September’s highlights include one of the first people to get an iPhone 6 immediately dropping it on the ground, a reporter quitting on air after outing herself as the owner of a medical marijuana club, and a bat flying around a TV studio.

MORE: The Best News Bloopers of August

MORE: The Best News Bloopers of July


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Sarah Silverman Discusses Poop and Feminism in New SNL Promo

The comedian returns to the show 20 years after her brief stint as a writer

Back in 1993, Sarah Silverman joined Saturday Night Live as a writer and performer. Things didn’t go too well, though, and she only lasted for one season. (See some of her clips here.) But now, two decades later, the famously potty-mouthed comedian is returning to Studio 8H — this time to host the show, which also features Maroon 5 as the musical guest.

Silverman teamed up with cast member Taran Killam for this week’s promos, which mostly consist of them goofing around. Silverman talks a little bit about poop, a little bit about feminism and a little bit about the importance of voting. Yeah, we can probably expect this show to be a weird one.

On a sort of but not really related note, here’s a video of Aubrey Plaza doing a spot-on Sarah Silverman impression:


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We’d Travel Across the Universe for These Beatles Pancakes

Got to get these into our lives

Man, you could really have a Good Morning, Good Morning chowing down on these pancakes, which look exactly like the Beatles. The video above shows how pancake artist Nathan Shields managed to craft these very intricate flapjacks.

But Shields, who is also an illustrator, math teacher and father, doesn’t limit his edible art to musicians. On his Facebook page, he posts pictures of other creations, featuring everything from marine animals to Star Wars characters. Still, we’re pretty sure the Fab Four flapjacks are our favorite. Even the official Facebook page for the Beatles has shared the clip.

Alternate headlines for this post included:

Everyone Should Come Together to Admire These Beatles Pancakes

We’ve Got to Get These Beatles Pancakes Into Our Lives

Happiness Is a Warm Beatles Pancake

When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble, Beatles Pancakes Come to Me

The Long and Winding Road That Leads Me to Your Beatles Pancakes

Hey Jude Don’t Make It Bad, Take a Sad Pancake and Make It a Beatles Pancake

You Say You Want Some Beatles Pancakes, Well You Know We All Want to Change the World

You May Say I’m a Dreamer, But… Beatles Pancakes


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Here’s a Supercut of Men Telling Bad Guys to “Let Her Go” in Action Movies

One of the greatest cinematic cliches of our time

The damsel in distress is one of Hollywood’s best-known (and most sexist) cliches, and the folks over at Huffington Post noticed one little phrase most commonly associated with that role: “Let her go.” Male protagonists utter these words, often in a low, even voice paired with a determined stare, to get the bad guy to free the beautiful lady. This is often followed by a frantic kiss and then a firefight and maybe a small to midsize explosion.

They put together the above supercut to show just how often heroes say this phrase, featuring scenes from movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and Men in Black. The full list of movies is here.


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Watch an 11 Year Old Perform a Killer Choreographed Dance to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’

It's awesome, even if the song's subject matter isn't exactly, uh, tween-friendly

Sia hired an 11-year-old dancer to perform a ridiculously great dance routine in the video for her smash hit “Chandelier” — and maybe Nicki Minaj should have done the same thing for her “Anaconda” video. Just kidding, that probably would have been weird given the video’s, er, graphic nature. But if Nicki does decide to hire a tween dancer in the future, she should give Taylor Hatala a shout.

In the video above, 11-year-old Hatala — who her instructor Laurence Kaiwai describes as a “beast” — delivers a totally killer performance to “Anaconda” alongside Kaiwai, who choreographed the routine. The song and its lyrics clearly are not the most tween-friendly material, but at a certain point you kind of just forget that Hatala is 11 because whatever. She totally nails it.


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Listen to Aretha Franklin’s Powerful Cover of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’

Some listeners suspect that the legendary singer is being Auto-Tuned

On her upcoming album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, the iconic songstress takes on 10 tracks originally written and performed by fellow female powerhouse vocalists. This week, Aretha shared the first single off the album. It’s a big, fiery, loud cover of a big, fiery, loud song: Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” (The song also manages to incorporate pieces of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”)

This is pretty exciting, yes, but some listeners have raised concerns about a possible use of Auto-Tune in this track. Auto-Tune, of course, is a device used to alter or enhance a singer’s pitch, and it’s understandable why people would be concerned about this, as Aretha Franklin is widely considered one of the greatest singers of all time. Many commenters were quick to point out that even if the track doesn’t include Auto-Tune itself, Aretha’s voice still sounds like it was enhanced in some way.

Either way, she’s still the Queen of Soul, and she still sings her heart out.

The album is out Oct 21, and we’ve heard that it includes a cover of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” so get excited.

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These Ads Show Rob Lowe Like You’ve Truly Never Seen Him Before

As in, really ugly and creepy

Well, this is literally the most hideous we’ve ever seen the notoriously gorgeous (and possibly ageless?) Rob Lowe look.

A new ad campaign from DirecTV features the West Wing and Parks and Recreation actor as a few distinct versions of himself. First, there’s him as a DirecTV customer, which is a regular, handsome, gregarious Rob Lowe. But there’s also him as a cable user, which is a disgusting and creepy Rob Lowe (see above) along with a completely hideous Rob Lowe (see below.)

We have to admit that this is some pretty effective advertising. If you’re saying that using DirecTV will make me as hot and youthful as Rob Lowe (even though he’s 26 years older than me), sign me up.


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Watch Chris Pratt Turn on the Charm in This New SNL Promo Video

The Guardians of the Galaxy star will host the season premiere this Saturday, Sep. 27

Saturday Night Live returns for its 40th season this weekend with Chris Pratt as host.

The gig will bring to a close what was indisputably the Summer of Pratt, thanks to his starring role in Guardians of the Galaxy and, more importantly, his series of impossibly charming and gracious little moments all summer long.

If this new promo video — which stars Pratt and SNL cast member Kate McKinnon — is any indication, it looks like Pratt will do just fine as he kicks off the season premiere, which also features Ariana Grande as musical guest. He totally holds his own alongside the hilarious McKinnon, who mostly just objectifies Pratt, makes him feel “dirty” and then makes him open a bunch of pickle jars.

And hey, if he does as well as we think he will, maybe it won’t feel like the end of the Summer of Pratt as much as the beginning of the Autumn of Pratt. We’d be totally fine with that.

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