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(Not That) Long Read: “Sign language that African Americans use is different…”

One country, two worlds — as if that needed reiterating. Frances Stead Sellers reports, in the Washington Post: Carolyn McCaskill remembers exactly when she discovered that she couldn’t understand white people. It was 1968, she was 15...Show More Summary

Just in time for Hanukkah, J.K. Rowling says at least one "Harry Potter" wizard is Jewish.

yesterdayOdd : Happy Place

It's easy to feel like a wizard in a world of muggles when you're Jewish at Christmastime. J.K. Rowling gets it. So she was quick to reply when a Jewish fan tweeted at her with the following urgent question about wizard religion: @jk_rowling my wife said there are no Jews at Hogwarts. Show More Summary

That crazy Kenyan is at it again!

2 days agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Today the President took action to protect one of America's greatest natural treasures by signing a Presidential Memorandum to protect Bristol Bay. One of Alaska's most powerful economic engines, and home to one of the world's largest wild salmon runs, Bristol Bay has helped sustain Alaska Native communities for centuries. Show More Summary

Bubba Watson drops holiday rap video as alter ego Bubba Claus

Having solidified his position as one of the best golfers in the world, Bubba Watson is taking a swing at rapping -- holiday rapping, to be more specific.

Russia’s Economic Pain Is Just Beginning, Bank Group Warns

Russia’s economy is likely already in recession with the ruble tumbling to new lows. But the country’s pain is just starting, says one of the world's largest banking groups.

Spanish Soccer Official Bails On Meeting To Go To Real Madrid Game

2 days agoSports : Deadspin

One of the most pressing concerns in Spanish soccer today is how to deal with fan violence. Apparently, a more pressing concern is whether Real Madrid will win the Club World Cup that takes place this week, since the president of Spanish Soccer blew off a meeting addressing the violence to watch Los Blancos. Read more...

Sled Zeppelins: Eight Elf'n Cool Futuristic Santa Sleigh Concepts

Sure, reindeer may rock but in today's overpopulated world, Santa Claus needs more horsepower. Any one of these souped-up, Santa-stic concept gift-delivering machines will get the Bearded One from pole to pole and back again in the St Nick of time.

Disney Infinity - 1 million toy boxes downloaded

Thanks a MILLION to all our fans! One million Toy Boxes have been downloaded world wide! — Disney Infinity (@DisneyInfinity) December 16, 2014

Now Is the Time for Action to Preserve Our Precious Ecosystems

It was Ghandi who said, "What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another." This wisdom predated our knowledge of the climate change challenge by half a century,...Show More Summary

This 16-Year-Old Scam is Still Getting Children Sick

Photo by John Vachon for the United States Farm Security Administration, 1943 In 1998, the Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, published a paper by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that asserted a connection between vaccines and the development of autism. Show More Summary

Now Is the Time for Action to Preserve Our Precious Ecosystems

It was Ghandi who said, "What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and one another." This wisdom predated our knowledge of the climate change challenge by half a century,...Show More Summary

Pausing for Hanukkah While Everything Else Keeps Going

Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas has made me aware of how much easier the outside world makes it to protect one tradition over the other.

Big-data analysis reveals gene sharing in mice

HOUSTON - (Dec. 16, 2014) - Rice University scientists have detected at least three instances of cross-species mating that likely influenced the evolutionary paths of "old world" mice, two in recent times and one in the distant past. read more

Oculus goes shopping to bring hands and 3D models into the virtual world

Oculus VR has gone Christmas shopping and purchased a couple companies: Nimble VR on one side and 13th Lab on the other. In addition, in its latest statement the company also confirmed bringing Chris Bregler, an expert in the field … Continue reading ?

OVER THE LINE: Man Denied Bowling Strike By Pin That Stands Back Up

2 days agoOdd : Geekologie

This is a video from the 2014 World Bowling Men's Championship in Abu Dhabi in which Team USA's Bill O'Neill thinks he bowls a strike, but one of the pens flips and bounces itself back upright. Bill then had to bowl for a spare, which he got. Show More Summary

Watch This Definitive Proof That Puppies Are The World's Best Gifts

When it comes to picking the perfect holiday present, there’s one gift that no trendy toy or video game system can beat: A puppy. Watch the above video compilation of people of all ages, crying tears of happiness after receiving their new best friends. Show More Summary

‘Real World: Skeletons’ Spoilers: New Details Emerge As Premiere Is Set To Debut

The Real World: Skeletons premieres Tuesday night on MTV and fans are anxious to dive into this new season. The show is now entering Season 30, but there is a new twist with this one that everybody is anxious to watch play out. FansShow More Summary

Robert Lewandowski Injury: Updates on Bayern Munich Star's Status and Return

Bayern Munich have lost just twice this season and remain Germany's gold standard and one of the top clubs in the world. But the German superpowers may have suffered a huge loss on Tuesday, as star forward Robert Lewandowski had to leave...Show More Summary

What Happens Next In The Global Financial Markets Depends On One Thing (USO)

It's been a wild few days for global financial markets. The ruble collapsed, Russia's central bank raised rates, oil was all over the place, all while equity markets, bond markets, and currency markets around the world were seasawing...Show More Summary

Rare northern white rhinoceros dies at California zoo

A northern white rhinoceros that was only one of six left in the world died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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