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Enjoy This Compilation of the Month’s Funniest News Bloopers

From Freudian slips to bizarre on-air antics

Another month, another assortment of hilarious newscast malfunctions. Do beware that there’s some NSFW language, along with a blooper that actually appears to be a hoax.

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School Apologizes (Kinda) For Altering Female Students’ Yearbook Photos

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The Wasatch High School is shown Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Heber City, in Utah. Rick Bowmer—AP

School says students should have known their *scandalous* tank tops and v-neck shirts would be fixed in the yearbook, but it's sorry it wasn't more "consistent"

Schools are constantly facing backlash from students for strict dress codes that seem to only apply to young women, but this one may take the cake. A Utah high school took a bold step against tank tops and low-cut tees this week by randomly altering the yearbook photos of female students before publication.

Female students who wore tank tops and low-cut tees in their yearbook pictures, taken last fall, were startled by the fact that Wasatch High School had digitally added sleeves and raised the necklines of their tops. The school said in a statement published Thursday that the alteration was done to comply with the school’s dress code, which bans “extreme clothing” including “inappropriately short, tight, or revealing shorts, skirts, dresses, tank shirts, halter or crop tops.”

“Last fall when yearbook photos were taken, a large sign (4 feet by 5 feet) was placed where students could see it before having their photo taken. The sign told students that school dress standards would be enforced,” the statement reads. “Tank tops, low cut tops, inappropriate slogans on shirts, etc. would not be allowed. If a student violated this policy, the sign told them explicitly that the photos may be edited to correct the violation. The sign was plainly visible to all students who were having their photos taken.”

But students told local news station Fox 13 that the main source of their anger was the random nature of the schools editing. (One student also said the alteration “looked like white out on my skin”)

“I feel like they put names in a hat and pick and choose who,” sophomore Rachel Russel told Fox13. “There were plenty of girls that were wearing thicker tank tops and half of them got edited and half of them didn’t.”

The school’s response: our bad. “In the application of these graphic corrections, the high school yearbook staff did make some errors and were not consistent in how they were applied to student photos and the school apologizes for that inconsistency.”

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This Greek Mom Is Positively Over the Moon About the Upcoming My Big Fat Greek Wedding Sequel

"All the other movies can go to hell"

If you thought you were pumped about the news that My Big Fat Greek Wedding is getting a sequel, well, there’s simply no way you’re even half as thrilled as this Greek woman.

“My God, this is the best news I ever heard in, what, the last 10 years,” the woman says. Her son Angelo knew that she’d be overjoyed, so he decided to record her reaction to the news and post it on YouTube. That reaction, it turns out, lasted for six minutes.

“All the other movies can go to hell,” she says. “This is it.”

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The Cast of The Wonder Years Reunited and Took a Bunch of Selfies

They all kinda look exactly the same

Get ready for a very hearty helping of nostalgia. The cast of The Wonder Years – that delightful gem of a 1980s/1990s TV show — reunited this week and then took a bunch of selfies for all of us to enjoy.

That’s right, the entire Arnold family (plus, of course, Kevin’s bestie Paul and love interest Winnie) all got together to tease an upcoming DVD release. But mostly just to bask in glorious memories and, as we mentioned, take a bunch of pictures:

Oh, nostalgia. Sweet, sweet nostalgia. Now let’s watch the opening credits and yearn for simpler times full of striped knee-high athletic socks and overalls and playing ball in the street until your mom called you in for supper:

 

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Hamster Butts Are the Newest Adorable Trend Out of Japan

Who knew rodent rumps could be so kawaii?

From the country that brought you cat cafes and soccer-playing robots comes the next big thing in cute: hamster butts.

The furry pheonemon known as hamuketsu is a portmanteau of hamster and ketsu, the Japanese word for butt. Hamuketsu became a hit in Japanese social media circles around the end of 2013 and becomes the latest example of Japan’s aesthetic for all things kawaii, or cute.

Japanese publishers latched onto this trend and have released two hamuketsu photo books in 2014 already, selling more than 40,000 copies combined. Photos from Why Are Those Hamster Butts So Darn Cute?, Japanese publisher Basilico’s contribution to this emerging genre, can be seen above, while additional user-submitted hamster butts can be seen on their Facebook page.

“The great thing about hamuketsu is that it is delightfully cute. I can’t stop smiling when I see these butts,” Takeshi Takahashi, a spokesman for Basilico, told the Wall Street Journal.

Keep calm and kawaii on.

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‘Weed Fairy’ Hands Out Free Marijuana Around Seattle

Was she working alone, or was this a joint venture?

A magical creature known as the “Weed Fairy” made her way to Seattle this past weekend to flit around and give away free marijuana to “keep spirits high.”

This illustrious weed fairy — who we’d also dare call a goddess of ganj — is really a 23-year-old woman named Yeni Sleidi. She visits various cities to post flyers with nuggets of pot taped to them:

Originally from California, the Weed Fairy is only in Seattle for a few weeks, she told local Fox affiliate KCPQ. She has done the same thing in New York a few months back, and positive feedback encouraged her to keep it going. Naturally, though, some people are skeptical.

“I think people are a little worried, because this is something new, and suspicious,” Sleidi said. “But it’s real weed and it’s not dangerous. It will get you high.”

Since weed is legal in Washington and not New York, this time around Sleidi didn’t have to worry as much about keeping anonymous. Over the weekend, she managed to give away around 40 nuggets.

Now, if only if a Popchips Fairy would start doing the same thing. Make it happen, somebody.

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LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Made $1 Million in a Day

Reading Rainbow's 30th Anniversary Celebration
Actor LeVar Burton attends the Reading Rainbow's 30th Anniversary Celebration Imeh Akpan—Getty Images

The Reading Rainbow host wants to bring the platform to the web

LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter Wednesday to raise $1 million by July 2 to revive kids literary classic Reading Rainbow for the web. It took him less than 24 hours to reach that goal.

Burton hosted the award-winning series during its 1983 to 2006 run, and he converted it to an iPad app in 2012. This Kickstarter is an attempt to bring Reading Rainbow to children whose families don’t have iPads.

Thursday morning, with 34 days to go, the project has been backed to the tune of $1.6 million and counting.

Many of the cool Kickstarter incentives—including a picnic with Burton for a $2,500 donation—have already been claimed. A chance to wear the Geordi visor Burton wore in Star Trek, however, is still available for a pledge of $10,000 or more.

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Elephant Takes The Greatest Selfie of All Time

Notice the photo is not trunk-ated in any way either

A tourist managed to get the photo of a lifetime — even after dropping his camera.

The Daily Mail reports that when Scott Brierley, 23, visited West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley in Worcestershire, England, he dropped his phone while taking selfies during a drive through the elephant enclosure. Park officials retrieved it and saw that 22-year-old African elephant Latabe (a millennial, obviously) touched the screen and managed to take a self-portrait.

The man is lucky that the elephant cooperated for the selfie, unlike the one that Kim Kardashian met in Thailand.

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WATCH: YouTube’s Newest Music Mashup Video

YouTube stars get together to celebrate the ninth anniversary of the website going live.

While the first YouTube video was uploaded nine years ago on April 23, 2005, the site went live in May. So to celebrate the anniversary, the video-sharing network has released a music mashup featuring various YouTube celebrities.

Frozen fans will be excited to learn that, according to data from YouTube, “there are more than 120,000 videos inspired by “Let It Go (based on videos posted with that title).” Not to mention there are “half a million by ‘Gangnam Style,’ and a stunning 1.5 million videos by ‘Harlem Shake,'” in case you thought those memes were dead.

WATCH: The First YouTube Video

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A Whirlwind of Words and Nerves at the National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee commenced on Wednesday, quickening logophiles' hearts as the competition goes about its task of fulfilling or quashing the hopes and dreams of young wordsters. Here are some of the best emotional reactions to getting words right (and wrong) over the years

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