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Dear Teens: Please Stop Lighting Yourselves on Fire

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The newest viral video trend is literally on fire

Trends change with the seasons, and for America’s Internet-addled teens, there is nothing more trendy than melting skin. Now that the season for tossing boiling water into sub-zero air is far behind us, listless teens have found new ways to critically burn themselves. Betraying a nostalgia for simpler times, some of today’s young adults have returned to the most reliable route to injury in the name of YouTube infamy: dousing your body in accelerant and just straight up lighting yourself on fire.

The Daily Dot reports that videos of teens purposefully engulfing themselves in flames are spreading like wildfire across social media platforms like Vine and YouTube. One Kentucky teen whose video went viral even had to be treated for second-degree burns to his torso.

It is scientifically proven that hormones are extremely flammable even without the help of lighter fluid. This is why it is absolutely crucial for teens to stay away from anything that poses a fire hazard, such as matchbooks or a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

So, kiddos, please step away from the lighter fluid or I will use it to burn this One Direction poster, and you wouldn’t want that now, would you?

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Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other’s Butts? Here Comes the Science

An explainer from the American Chemical Society

You know when you see an otherwise cute and perfect dog with his nose just straight up buried in another dog’s behind, and you’re just like, seriously, dude, why?

This new video from the American Chemical Society explains the science behind this seemingly peculiar behavior — and why the smell doesn’t overwhelm them.

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Meet The Screenagers and Other Fascinating News on the Web

July 29, 2014


1. Screenage Wasteland

“This is the first time in history kids know more than adults about something really important to society — maybe the most important thing.” That’s how author Don Tapscott describes Generation Z. They are smart, ambitious, entrepreneurial, and extremely tolerant (except when it comes to parents who need tech support). But what really sets Generation Z apart is that they are the world’s first screenagers. While prior generations had to learn to incorporate technology into their lives, this generation was born into a digital world. “The result could well be the most profound generation gap ever: a digital divide between parents who see the Internet as disrupting society as we know it … and their kids, who are not only at home with the technology … but are already driving many of the shifts happening in how we communicate, the way we access information and the culture we consume.” Get ready for Generation Z.

2. Very Bad

WaPo answers questions about the worst Ebola outbreak in history. “How bad is the current outbreak? Bad — very, very bad.”

+ The Economist charts the spread of the disease.

+ “Today the militant group continues to threaten to kill not only vaccinators but also parents who get their children immunized.” How the Taliban in Pakistan could derail polio eradication.

3. Going to Extremes

In The New Yorker, David Remnick provides an overview of state of the conflict in the Middle East and perfectly summarizes its most dangerous and depressing element (and one that seems to be mirrored in various conflicts across the globe): “The most malign and extremist elements within this conflict — Israeli and Palestinian — grow in strength and deepen their conviction that there is no chance of accommodation. Childhood memories of terror and death accumulate, and cripple the moral and political imagination.”

+ Israel intensified attacks on Gaza and Netanyahu warned the military operations could go on for a lot longer.

+ David Ignatius: John Kerry’s big blunder in seeking an Israel-Gaza cease-fire and The Daily Beast on the Kerry-Israel meltdown. (In fairness to Kerry, we’re talking about peace in the Middle East.)

+ “I learned to empathize with the other side. I have friends who live in these places, in the West Bank and Gaza, that I care about, just as I care about Israeli soldiers.” Views on the conflict from a U.S. peace camp that unites Israelis and Palestinians.

4. The Long Shadow

“‘That’s a lie!’ A man leaning against the back wall jolted upright at the last statement. ‘It’s a lie!’ His friends muttered agreement. That’s not what they had heard. If these children had managed to get all the way to the U.S. border, what was to stop them from scaling the convent’s fence?” When it comes to the immigration debate, a heated town-hall meeting is nothing new. But this town-hall meeting was in Syracuse.

+ Almost 70% of Americans view the children crossing the border as refugees, not illegal immigrants.

+ “There’s no denying the impact of this latest immigration wave or the need for more resources. But there’s no crisis.” In the NYT, Veronica Escobar explains why she thinks the border crisis is a myth.

5. Drive Talkin’

“We don’t want a driver to make a profit because then you end up in regulatory issues.” The car-sharing economy in parts of Europe is a little closer to actual sharing thanks to the growth of BlaBlaCar. “What we’re doing is building a massive transport network out of all of these empty seats in cars.” The Bla refers to the part of the program in which you rate yourself on a level of in-car chattiness.

+ People went nuts when they learned that Facebook was altering some feeds in an effort to play with the emotions of users. Tim Carmody examines why they seem a lot less upset that OKCupid messed with their algorithms, photos and text.

6. The Law of Extraction

“Law is the only career I know that has a sub-profession dedicated to helping people get out of it.” The Atlantic on the budding industry devoted to helping people quit the law. Out here in the Bay Area, it seems pretty easy to get someone to quit being a lawyer. Offer them startup equity.

+ Those who quit the law might want to consider a career in collections. It’s a growing market. One in three U.S. adults have debt in collections. (Maybe some of them were just unable to cancel Comcast.)

7. Putin Off the Ritz

President Obama joined European Union leaders in announcing new economic sanctions against Russia, aimed at forcing Putin to end support for Ukrainian rebels. Meanwhile, Putin continues his war on American fast food joints.

8. Tramps Like Us

“Most people think of pharmaceutical research as a highly technical activity that takes place in world-class medical centers. The reality is somewhat different.” Matter’s Carl Elliott goes to Philadelphia to see how the destitute and mentally ill are being used as lab rats.

9. Pricks and Stones

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith made some remarkably stupid and offensive comments, essentially suggesting that women need to do more to prevent the provocations that could lead to them being beaten by their significant others. What was his punishment? Nothing. In this piece, The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern is not surprised: ESPN — The worldwide leader in pricks.

10. The Bottom of the News

Victoria Bond spent one day modeling for a stock photo company. That was back in 2003. But she still continues to see herself popping up all over the place.

+ Aeon’s Simon Blackburn ruminates on Narcissus wonders whether you can have self-worth without self-love. (I’ve been having the opposite every day since I was thirteen.)

+ “We think of Dylan in a pantheon of great rock stars, at or near the top of a select list that includes the Stones, Springsteen, maybe U2 … But he behaves much differently.” Bill Wyman wonders: How did Bob Dylan get so weird? (This is just a theory. But it could have been the 60s.)

+ Grover Norquist explains why he’s going to Burning Man. Probably for the same reason everyone else goes. The art, the drugs, and the non-gender specific naked hugging of strangers that lasts a little too long but then is mysteriously forgotten a few hours later.

+ Obesity. Climate change. Rabid consumerism. Looking for something to blame? Try your giant fridge.

+ Paste Magazine: The 50 best documentaries streaming on Netflix.


TIME viral

Adorable 5 Year Old Really Doesn’t Want Her Baby Brother to Grow Up

"I don't wanna die when I'm a hundred!"

Video of a five-year-old girl from Phoenix, Arizona, sobbing at the thought of her three-month-old brother growing up is going viral on Reddit.

Decked out in a Princess Sofia dress, Sadie wraps her arm around her little brother Carson, kisses his head, and says at one point, “He’s so cute, and I don’t wanna die when I’m a hundred!” Her brother just smiles, clearly amused by it all and loving the attention.

“She’s cried about not wanting to get older herself in the past, but this was the first time she was upset about her brother,” her father Ryan Miller said in an email statement provided by his brother Alex Miller, who uploaded the video to YouTube. “The funny thing is that this was totally out of the blue — we have no idea what prompted it.”

And to show you how devoted Sadie is to Carson, here’s a photo of the girl reading to him:

Courtesy of Alex Miller

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Prince Harry Continues The Royals’ Photobombing Streak

His grandmother Queen Elizabeth II went viral for photobombing a selfie a week before this photo was uploaded to Facebook

Prince Harry is giving two thumbs up in the background of this photo uploaded to Facebook last night, Monday, July 28, by former Olympic boxer Trevor Shailer. Shailer (center) was sitting with fellow New Zealanders, Sir Gordon Tietjens (left), who coaches the country’s men’s rugby team, and Gary Hermansson (right), a sports psychologist.

His grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, went viral last week for photobombing an Australian field hockey player’s selfie at the games.

At this point, photo-sharing sites should just add a “Royal treatment” filter so everyone can insert their favorite member of the royal family into their selfies.

(h/t Mashable)



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DMX Goes on a Ruff Ryde at the Amusement Park

He pretty much loses his mind (up in here, up in here)

When DMX isn’t busy crashing wedding parties or soundtracking videos of llamas prancing, he’s screaming his face off on amusement park rides. The folks over at TMZ took great care to edit out X’s many, many expletives — but the beauty of this video isn’t really in the words. It’s in the grunts.

(h/t Vulture)

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James Franco Tries and Fails to Give 5-Second Summaries of Serious Movies

'The Tonight Show' turns into a high-pressure game show in this clip

Jimmy Fallon kept James Franco really busy on The Tonight Show last night. Not only did Fallon have Franco give him a pointers on how to take selfies with fans, but the late-night host also made the Of Mice and Men star play a rapid-fire round of 5-Second Summaries.

In theory, the game is simple: one player is assigned a movie title and has five seconds to give a summary of the film so the other player can guess the title. Unfortunately, the rules kept changing while the two played, devolving into a giggle-and-swear fest with Franco getting a quick lesson in what you can and can’t say on television.

While no one was able to get Toy Story or The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, at least Franco was able to figure out Pineapple Express.

Watch part two here:

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TIME Appreciation

The Trailer for the Batkid Documentary Will Make You Cry

The IndieGoGo campaign is halfway to its funding goal

Here’s the trailer for Batkid Begins, a documentary about the time San Francisco became Gotham for a day to fulfill 5-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott’s dream of becoming Batman on November 15, 2013. The campaign was created to raise money to produce a soundtrack and special effects for the film, directed by the Emmy Award-winning director Dana Nachman. The crowd-funding effort is about half way to its funding goal before the funding period ends on August 19, 2014.

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TIME viral

Grunge Gets The 8-Bit Treatment in This Music Video

It's 8-bit Kurt Cobain vs Donkey Kong

The YouTube channel Filthy Frackers have put together an animated medley of grunge’s greatest hits retrofitted to sound like the soundtrack to an old school NES video game. If you’ve ever imagined Nirvana as the soundtrack to Tetris, this could be your new favorite thing.

The chiptune compilation features game-ready takes on tracks by grunge heroes like Nirvana’s “In Bloom”, Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” and Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage”. There’s also a music filled with 8-bit Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots banging their digitized heads alongside Donkey Konkey and Super Mario, with plunger in hand.

The YouTubers have also put together a memorable version of “Hunger Strike”, featuring distraught 8-bit versions of Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell. But if you prefer your 8-bit soundtracks made by indie rockers (instead of your indie rockers turned into 8-bit soundtracks), check out The Advantage who have been releasing their own version of video game soundtracks for years, like this take on the “Castlevania” theme.

(h/t GrungeBook)

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The ‘Turn Down for What’ Music Video Is Even Weirder Without Music

Turn down… the volume? 

The music video for DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s cryptic smash hit “Turn Down for What” is pretty freaky. The protagonist gets hit with some kind of contagious twerking disease and starts smashing things with his genitals. But maybe the lyrics explain the action: the video definitely doesn’t turn down for anything, “keeping the partying going,” as Vox put it.

But when you remove the music, as in this surreal YouTube edit, it’s ten times more bizarre. Without the justification of the lyrics, the video seems to be… a fairy tale about a man who can’t stop air-humping things?

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