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The trailer for Harry Styles’ solo debut that has everyone freaking out

There's teasing new music with a cryptic Instagram post, and then there's really teasing new music with a full-blown television commercial.  Harry Styles—yes, the one from One Direction—is going the trailer route to promote what will be his debut single as a solo artist and the mass hysteria has officially begun. SEE ALSO: Hugh Jackman shares skin cancer removal selfie so you wear sunscreen During Saturday night's episode of The X Factor in the UK, a mysterious ad ran featuring the singer completely drenched and walking through the mist to open a door that leads to blinding light—all before flashing to his eyes and an "April 7th" date appears. Read more...More about One Direction, Harry Styles, Music, Entertainment, and Conversations

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Blizzard remastered the original ‘StarCraft’ so you can game like it’s 1998

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ypU9j4w3_w?enablejsapi=1&] Well that was unexpected. StarCraft is coming back. Not as a sequel or as yet another expansion for StarCraft II. Instead, Blizzard Entertainment is cooking up a remaster of the 1998 original, with a spruced up 4K resolution sheen and an assortment of modern contrivances aimed at making it easier to play a 20-year-old game in 2017. SEE ALSO: Everyone on Twitch can't stop watching this new survival shooter The re-release, titled StarCraft Remastered, will launch this summer. Functionally, it's meant to be the game you remember — none of the rules, mechanics, or any of the stuff that made StarCraft the gold standard of the real-time strategy genre will change. Read more...More about Starcraft Remastered, Starcraft, Blizzard Entertainment, Gaming, and Entertainment

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Gorgeous hand-colored photos capture Japan on the brink of modernity

Street minstrel, Gose.Image: Metropolitan Museum of ArtIn the 1850s and ‘60s, Japan gradually loosened the restrictions on foreign trade and visitors which had isolated it for centuries.Western travelers and technologies began to flow in through a handful of ports, including Yokohama, where photographers such as Felice Beato opened studios to introduce photography to Japan.Suzuki Shin’ichi was one of the first Japanese to take up the trade. He apprenticed in the studio of Yokohama photographer Shimooka Renjō, and in 1872 he was commissioned by Scottish publisher to J.R. Black to create a series of photos for The Far East, a magazine catering to expats in the burgeoning port city. Read more...More about Traditional, Rural, Japan, History, and Retronaut

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13 things only drunk people can do

Often drunk people are considered a nuisance to society. Not here, not today.  For now, we will celebrate our weekend alter-egos. The alter-egos society, our friends, parents and strangers alike have unanimously decided were the "worst version of ourselves." Let us take a moment away to examine what, when we are slurring our words and calling our engaged exes, we really bring to the table. SEE ALSO: 10 things everyone says while drunk and what they really mean Here, friends, in this safe and supportive place, we celebrate all the things drunk people can do that no one else can. Read more... 1. Survive insane fallsMore about Lists, Conversations, Accomplishment, People, and Drunk

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These tiny pies can fit in the palm of your hand

'Tiny Pies' in Austin, Texas sells pies that are a size of a cupcake. They are made with love every morning from bakers in their shop. Every pie looks unique but they all taste the same. Read more...More about Food, Pies, Pie, Texas, and Austin

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‘The Hate U Give’ is required reading for this American moment

To read The Hate U Give as a young black person is to stand in front of a mirror.The No. 1 New York Times best-selling young adult novel that’s been swept up under the category of “Black Lives Matter” books is a true reflection of the life of a young person of color in America—and thank goodness, because there really hasn’t been a mirror like this for people to pore over, well, ever.  Angie Thomas’ debut novel (the title is drawn from a Tupac Shakur reference) brings us into the life of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old living in a predominately black neighborhood but going to high school in an affluent white one. She is battling issues that black kids everywhere recognize, from code switching to confronting racists to death's unfortunate and early knock.   Read more...More about Book To Film Adaptation, Books, Mashreads, Conversations, and Watercooler

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Lyft will let you round up the cost of your ride and donate the rest to charity

Lyft is building on its good PR streak with a new way to donate to charity.  Riders who #DeletedUber or just really like Lyft will be able to round up the cost of their ride to the nearest dollar and donate the rest to charity. SEE ALSO: Meet Roadie, the Ludacris-backed Uber for rideshare-transporting your stuff Lyft users can't choose exactly which charity, but they do get the option to look through causes including the environment, veterans and LGBTQ equality.  To start donating, you have to opt into Round Up & Donate in the app's settings. Then every ride will be rounded up, with the change distributed across good causes. You can always opt out, but donating is not decided per ride.   Read more...More about Ride Hailing Apps, Lyft, and Business

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10 things named after Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough is accruing quite a substantial collection of things named after him. This week our favourite documentarian was the inspiration for the name of a 430 million year old fossil.  And there's an an abundance of other species and objects, including a boat, that carry the Attenborough name.  SEE ALSO: Watch Kids Narrate 'Planet Earth' Here are ten of the best namesakes, starting with that fossil:   1Cascolus Ravitis  Cascolus ravitis is the name of the 430 million year old fossil of a one centimeter long crustacean that was found preserved in volcanic rock. The first name of the new species is the Latin translation for Attenborough. Read more...More about Fossils, Planet Blue, Planet Earth Ii, Planet Earth, and Nature

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Uh oh: The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ series finale will have a ‘huge twist’

Pretty Little Liars is notorious for creating a dozen more questions for every one it answers, so it’s no surprise that the Freeform show set up a big mystery even before it kicked off its panel at the fan-friendly PaleyFest on Saturday. Before the cast (Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Shay Mitchell, Andrea Parker, Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse and Ian Harding) and producers (I. Marlene King and Joseph Dougherty) took the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, audience members were treated to the first minute from episode 11 of PLL’s seventh and final season.  SEE ALSO: 'Pretty Little Liars' fans are cool, will not stand for transphobic tweets Read more...More about Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse, Ian Harding, Tyler Blackburn, and Ashley Benson

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Hey, Paul Ryan: Twitter thinks it’s time to call your office

President Donald Trump is doing just great after the Republican healthcare bill failed to make it to a vote Friday, thank you so much. No heads will roll for that humiliating defeat. Especially not the Just Cuts noggin of House Speaker Paul Ryan. It's all love and affection and onwards and upwards on Pennsylvania Avenue. SEE ALSO: Trumpcare might be gone but the internet is memeing it to death just in case So, please don't read anything into the fact Trump told his 27 million Twitter followers to watch Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News at 9 p.m Saturday, in which the host absolutely eviscerated the Speaker and called for him to resign. Read more...More about Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, Trumpcare, Jeanine Pirro, and Watercooler

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