America Only Voted for Weird-Ass Birds as Its New Monopoly Tokens

GIF For the second time in the past few months, Americans went to the polls and voted in a way that will have half the country scratching its heads. Kicking the classic boot, wheelbarrow, and thimble tokens to the curb, the nation has chosen to replace those classic Monopoly tokens with a rubber ducky, a penguin, and a T-rex. Throughout the month of January, anyone with an internet connection and an opinion (which is everyone with an internet connection) had the opportunity to vote to either keep the eight current Monopoly tokens, or select from over 50 replacements. Somehow, only
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Let’s talk about the weird psychosexual energy in Beauty and the Beast

Sign Up for Our free email newsletters Never would I have expected a live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast to work. The original 1991 animated film was way too weird … especially when it comes to sexuality. For one thing, the original was built around distortions of masculinity that are tough to replicate live — from a rakish talking candelabra to a literal sexy beast to a man who ate 48 eggs every morning to help him get huge. It takes secondary sex characteristics to a truly troubling extreme, sexualizing feather dusters and repeatedly showcasing the contrast between tiny-waisted
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Jon Lester feels ‘weird’ and ‘naked’ as opening night start approaches

Without a scouting report, Cubs left-handed ace Jon Lester jokingly provided an evaluation after allowing nine hits in five innings Thursday in a minor-league game. “We have our A-Ball team locked in,” Lester quipped as he struggled to find the proper arm angle on his fastball to right-hand hitters in a controlled setting. Instead of facing the Dodgers, pitching in a minor-league game allowed Lester to work on mastering certain pitches — albeit in an unlikely environment for him. “These settings are so weird,” Lester said after pitching in front of about 100 fans, minor-league players, coaches and reporters. “It’s
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: Tech :: News :: Hushme :: Paste

Are you tired of stepping out for private phone calls like a person? Are you afraid of people listening in on your conversations with your mom? Do you wish there was some way to make your already-problem-ridden life just a little bit easier? Do you want to look like a Silicon Valley version of Hannibal Lecter? Well, look no further, you creep, because the future is now: introducing Hushme, the “world’s first voice mask for mobile phones.” Hushme is a new tech oddity/Halloween costume that allows you to talk in privacy publicly, by suppressing your voice via an “ergonomic, stylish”
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Weird, Dr. Seuss-looking flower discovered in Texas park isn’t a

It’s white with big pink spots all over it, and if you didn’t know better, you’d swear it was a flower that jumped right off the page of a Dr. Seuss children’s book. >> Read more trending news But it’s not a flower at all. It’s called a wool sower gall and it’s been getting a lot of attention since Texas park rangers at Atlanta State Park near Texarkana discovered one on Tuesday. The galls are created when a wool sower wasp lays its eggs in a white oak, park officials said. “When the eggs hatch in the spring, chemicals
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Weird mask intended for private phone calls just makes you look like Bane · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club

Whether you’re hanging out in a busy coffee shop or working shoulder to shoulder in your row of cubicles, there never seems to be a good place to take a phone call these days. You either look like one of those nut jobs brazenly yelling into a Bluetooth headset or you’re forced to sheepishly excuse yourself into another room just to tell your mom you’ll call her back later. Well, thanks to a big dumb piece of wearable technology, you can now have your private conversations in public spaces and everyone will just think you’re a weirdo that’s really into
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Making Sense of “The Weird and the Eerie”

MARCH 11, 2017 THIS BOOK WAS PUBLISHED in the United Kingdom on December 15, 2016; Mark Fisher died on the January 13, 2017. I have written some of my personal reflections on his death here, and there has been a significant outpouring of reaction to the news across the internet around the world. Although this event inevitably turns The Weird and the Eerie into one of Fisher’s last statements, I want to read the book on its own considerable merits rather than falling into the trap of regarding it as some kind of tragic sign-post pointing forward. ¤ You have
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Could These Weird Radio Bursts In Space Be Aliens?

5525985 Mysterious signals from deep space called fast radio bursts (FRB) could be evidence of advanced alien technology, according to a new study. The study suspects these FRB might be leakage from extremely technologically advanced aliens using planet-sized transmitters to power interstellar probes in distant galaxies. The FRB’s level of power could plausibly be used to push payloads of a million tons of probes or spacecraft to extremely high speeds using interstellar light sails. “Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” Dr. Avi
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Clive James: ‘I couldn’t believe how non-weird Sam Neill was’ | Life and style

Whoever said, “Wagner’s music isn’t as bad as it sounds” got a cheap laugh, but the concept sometimes comes in handy with regard to other fields of creativity. A few years back, an expensive movie called Equilibrium was based on the idea of our world having turned into a dystopia where you could be consigned to the disintegration chamber if you were caught reading a book. Sean Bean got caught reading the collected poems of Yeats and was duly eliminated, barely before you had time to remember that this was yet another variation on Ray Bradbury’s postwar novella Fahrenheit 451, named
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Review: Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is Awesomely Weird

Review: Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is Awesomely Weird by Jeremy Kirk March 10, 2017 Kong is back, and the beast has never been this vicious. Since the 1933 classic, King Kong, the cinematic variations on the creature have been as varied as they are impressively crafted by the film world’s latest technology. The stories surrounding humans trekking to his home, Skull Island, have twirled about similar predicaments, though: they venture to the island, encounter the impressive Kong, kidnap him for display in the world of man. The giant ape deserves a shot of adrenaline, and it’s director Jordan Vogt-Roberts
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