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Betty White Is Very Angry With Cecil the Lion’s Killer

"You don't want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man"

Betty White is the latest celebrity to speak out about the killing of Cecil the lion earlier this month in Zimbabwe.

“You don’t want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man,” the passionate animal activist told the Associated Press on Thursday.

The man she’s referring to is Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who paid $55,000 to kill the beloved big cat while on a hunting trip.

Palmer released a statement earlier this week apologizing for shooting the animal, but the circumstances surrounding the killing of the lion, who was lured from a wildlife preserve, are now being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CNN reports.

“It’s such a heartbreaker,” White, 93, added. “You can’t even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in every way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Chris Pratt Wants You to Design Him a New Facebook Cover Photo

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He has already received several excellent submissions from fans

Now that Jurassic World mania has calmed down a bit, Chris Pratt has time for other important projects, like selecting a new cover photo for his Facebook page.

Pratt has many, many talents, but he admits that Photoshop is not one of them — so he’s turning to his fans for help. Whoever creates the best header for his page will receive the following honors:

  • Having their work (and signature) displayed on Chris Pratt’s official Facebook page
  • Maybe a free dinner at Applebee’s
  • Maybe more — “sky’s the limit”

The actor does, of course, have a few specific requests along with some more general ideas to help you get started. He’s looking to have his characters Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet in the mix. He’d also like some other fun stuff in there such as his family, eagles, explosions, cigars, raptors, trophy elk, rollerblades, steak “or maybe even some corndogs.”

Just eight hours after posting this request, Pratt has already received some excellent submissions. For example: a montage of Parks and Recreation cast members faces’ Photoshopped onto dinosaur bodies, a very comprehensive collage and an American flag made of Pratt’s face.

Now everybody else, get to work!

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This Man Called the Police Because His Girlfriend’s Cat Ate All the Bacon

Operator: 'We don't arrest cats'

A man wanted to press charges against his girlfriend and her cat because she let the feline eat his bacon, according to audio of an emergency call released this week by the West Yorkshire Police.

During the call, the operator calmly explained, “It’s not a criminal offense to let a cat eat your bacon, okay? And we don’t arrest cats. I’m very sorry.”

The authorities shared the audio with the Yorkshire Evening Post to show the public how much time is taken up by non-urgent phone calls, from complaints about expired food at the grocery store to a question about how to get a pigeon out of the house.

 

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See Cara Delevinge’s Response to John Green’s Essay Defending Her

"I don’t feel like I need to apologize for being human.”

John Green wrote a passionate defense of Cara Delevingne on Thursday, and while Delevingne didn’t initially realize the strong words were written by the Paper Towns author, she appreciated the support nonetheless.

“Whoever said this! Thank you so much!” Delevingne wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of a section of Green’s text.

Green was quick to respond to Delevingne.

It’s been a busy week for Delevingne, who took part in an interview with Good Day Sacramento that went viral because of its awkwardness. The morning show hosts called Delevingne “Carla” and asked if she had read Paper Towns before starring in its film adaptation. Delevinge was later criticized for her actions in the interview by hosts on The View.

“I am soooooo lucky and anyone who thinks I am unappreciative or ungrateful clearly doesn’t know me,” Delevingne wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “I work really really hard and love what I do, I don’t feel like I need to apologize for being human.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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This Baby Sloth Totally Thinks This Teddy Bear Is His Mother

The sloth's real mother, Marilyn, can't rear him

The London Zoo has released photos of its seven-week-old, two-toed baby sloth Edward hugging a stuffed animal.

The sloth is named after Johnny Depp’s role as Edward Scissorhands because of its four-inch-long claws.

It is being hand-reared by a zookeeper, Kelly-Anne Kelleher, after its mother, Marilyn, stopped producing milk. According to the zoo, “To help build up the muscles that Edward would normally use holding on to [mom], keeper Kelly-Anne customised his sloth-teddy with carabiners so that it can be hung from a branch, enabling the youngster to climb on and strengthen his little limbs.”

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Animal Psychic Claims Cecil the Lion Has Shared a Very Profound Message

'Let not the actions of these few men defeat us or allow darkness to enter our hearts'

The Internet pretty much exploded over the news that American dentist Walter James Palmer had killed Zimbabwe’s beloved lion, Cecil. Some people responded by signing a petition to extradite Palmer. Others flooded his Yelp page with negative reviews. (PETA simply called for his death.)

But Karen Anderson, who calls herself an “animal communicator,” responded to all this by getting in touch with the departed lion himself. She said on Facebook that she was able to communicate with him and received a “profound message.” Here’s her post, complete with Cecil’s message:

So, according to Cecil, it is now time for us all to move on.

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This Distillery Is Going to Age Whisky in Space

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Akio Kon—Bloomberg/Getty Images An employee holds a bottle of Suntory Holdings Ltd.'s Yamazaki whisky at the company's Yamazaki distillery in Shimamoto, Osaka, Japan, on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

The company wants to learn how space whisky compares to Earth whisky

Japanese distillery Suntory is undertaking an alcoholic science experiment to find out how its whiskeys age in space.

The company announced in a release that it would send five different types of whiskey up to the International Space Station on Aug. 16, as well as a bottle of 40% ethanol, to study the “development of mellowness” in a microgravity environment. Identical samples will stay on Earth for comparison when the space whiskey returns. Some of the samples will remain in orbit for one year, some for a period of two years or more (the final number is still to be determined).

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Suntory/AFP/Getty ImagesPouched whisky, from Japanese company Suntory, which will be sent up to space at JAXA’s space center in Tsukuba, Ibraraki prefecture, outside Tokyo on July 22, 2015.

If project is successful, it will help the folks at Suntory pin down the “mechanism that makes alcohol mellow.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the space whisky will not be for sale, meaning customers are going to have to put their dreams of drinking a truly out-of-this-world spirit on hold. But who knows? If the experiment is a hit, an astro aged bottle might one day appear in liquor store right here on Earth.

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The Number of Ways You Can Put Together 6 LEGO Bricks Will Astound You

The math professor who created this computer program appears in the documentary A Lego Brickumentary, out July 31

With the Danish documentary on LEGO, A LEGO Brickumentary, premiering in U.S. theaters, iTunes, and OnDemand Friday, the gaming news website Kotaku posted a clip from the film profiling the math professor who became famous for calculating that there are 915,103,765 ways to combine six, eight-stud LEGO bricks.

Inspired by a LEGOLAND display that seemed to lowball the number at 103 million, Søren Eilers from the University of Copenhagen created a computer program that now drums up that figure in 5 minutes. Why was LEGO’s estimate off? Eilers says it’s because it only counted the ways bricks could be stacked on top of each other in tower formations, not accounting how low, wide structures can be put together.

To figure out how many ways seven bricks can be combined, it took Eilers two hours. Eight bricks? Nearly 21 days (20.83 to be exact). Nine? Ten? That would take years, hundreds of years, he says, so something to think about if you have some free time this summer.

 

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This Is the Best Pizza City in America

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Sorry, New Yorkers

New York City pizza lovers, it’s time to defend your honor as pizza capital of the U.S.

TripAdvisor released a list of the top 10 pizza cities in the U.S. this week, based on the quality and quantity of users’ reviews. The No. 1 city: Chicago.

“Travelers come from all corners of the country to sink their teeth into Chicago’s deep dish, the big cheese of pizza destinations according to reviewers on TripAdvisor,” Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor, said in a statement.

The ranking comes as a blow to New Yorkers, who have long defended their pizza as superior to Chicago’s deep dish. New York City did, however, come in the second spot, followed by New Haven, Conn., Orlando, Fla., and San Francisco.

The method behind TripAdvisor’s pizza madness was based on three factors: the quality of pizza restaurant reviews, the number of restaurants and reviews and the ratio of pizza restaurants and reviews compared to all restaurants in the city. In other words, a city with a higher proportion of good pizza restaurants might edge of a city with fewer pizza restaurants selling higher-quality pizza.

TripAdvisor’s ranking of the best pizza restaurants in the U.S. will soothe the bruised egos of New York pizza lovers, with Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Juliana’s Pizza topping the list. To quantitatively calculate the best of the best in pizza joints, TripAdvisor focused on restaurants with at least 500 reviews, at least 10 percent of which had to mention “best pizza.”

Here’s TripAdvisor’s full list of the 10 best pizza restaurant in the U.S.:

1. Juliana’s Pizza, New York City

2. Pizza Time of St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Fla.

3. Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska

4. Keste, New York City

5. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco

6. Pizzeria Regina, Boston

7. Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, Ga.

8. Bill’s Pizza, Palm Springs, Calif.

9. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, Conn.

10. John’s Pizzeria Bleeker St., New York City

This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com

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J.J. Abrams Broke His Back Helping Harrison Ford on the Set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Kevin Mazur—WireImage J.J. Abrams attends the New York premiere of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" at Times Square on July 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

He was trying to lift a door

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation producer J.J. Abrams was a guest on Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show, and while Abrams was ostensibly there to promote the new Tom Cruise movie, host Jon Stewart only wanted to talk to him about Star Wars. Abrams didn’t reveal anything substantial about directing The Force Awakens, but he and Stewart did get to geek out about Harrison Ford.

“The guy is like a real-life superhero. He should have the Marvel logo above his name,” Abrams said, before recalling what happened when the actor broke his leg on The Force Awakens set last year.

“He’s down there and he’s toughing it out. He’s a super human being. He’s literally lying there making jokes,” Abrams said. “This door had gone down, and I’m trying to help lift it up – because that’s the kind of guy I am. I’m trying to lift up this door and I feel this pop in my back. I’m like ‘Uh, that’s weird.’”

Cut to a couple of days later, and Abrams found himself at a doctor’s office. “He goes, ‘Oh you have a broken back,’” Abrams said. “I broke my L4 trying to lift this door.”

Abrams said he had to wear a back brace under his shirt, while Ford – despite his broken bone – healed relatively quick, and was even able to run at Abrams to give the director a hug at an event a few months later.

“I felt like the most nebbishy Jewish director ever,” Abrams joked about his injury. He then broke into a pretty great Woody Allen impression.

“He’s a Miracle Man, and I’m like, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Darth Vader, could you be more evil?’”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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