Dove releases new soap bottles that look like very weird human bodies · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club

In recent years, Dove has posited itself as the progressive soap manufacturer of choice, marketing its products in campaigns couched in critiques of the shallow, unrealistic advertising often used to sell things to women. Using natural lighting, documentary-style filmmaking, and a lack of Photoshopped images, Dove ads have invited women to discuss beauty, engineered stunts that involve them suddenly realizing how beautiful they are, hacked stock images, and celebrated imperfect motherhood. Many catch a whiff of these and correctly determine it all to be the cynical maneuvering of a corporate behemoth to co-opt increasingly mainstream progressive attitudes in order to
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A Journal of Musical ThingsA Weird Side Effect from Streaming: Very Short Songs

Technology has always shaped the nature of music. We became used to the idea of pop songs being under four minutes because that was the maximum capacity of the 78 RPM record. Songs were shaped by what radio stations would play. And now streaming is having an effect. More artists are favouring shorter songs. From TheOutline: Frank Ocean isn’t the only artist finding the conventional three minute song structure increasingly superfluous. With traditional radio being replaced by online streaming as the dominant source of music, new artists are discovering that many of the old rules
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Weird baseball: Cubs fall to Yankees in 18, teams set MLB record for strikeouts

A frenetic rally against Aroldis Chapman, over 500 pitches, a major league record record 48 total strikeouts and six hours of play still conspired to end with the Cubs getting swept. Starlin Castro’s go-ahead infield single in the top of the 18th inning sent the Cubs to a 5-4 defeat to the New York Yankees Sunday night into Monday morning in front of 40,584, most of whom had left the frigid late-night conditions of Wrigley Field by the end of the game.  The Cubs were equal parts disappointed and delirious after losing this two-day marathon. The game didn’t just border on ridiculous; it was
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COLUMN: Weird song | Martha Petteys

“We are singing this very weird song in chorus.” To a 10-year-old boy, being asked to not spit toothpaste water on the bathroom mirror can be deemed “weird,” so I took the kid’s classification with the ol’ grain of salt. But then he started singing and I had to admit, the ditty did seem a strange selection for the elementary school stage. “It goes like this: ‘The way that he BURNS and the way that she DIES!’ ” His voice got deep and guttural like Ozzy right before biting the head off a bat. “Our music teacher wants us to
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Weird Pieces And Funky Things Help Donny Schatz Sweep Outlaws Weeekend

Donny Schatz won back-to-back races at 81 Speedway in Park City, KS but he had to wait 11 years between visits to Victory Lane. Schatz was the most recent winner on this track when they last visited in 2006. His second consecutive win at 81 Speedway was also his second straight victory this season. He won Friday night at the Missouri State Fairgrounds Speedway in Sedalia, MO to snap a seven-week winless streak. Schatz led the Kansas Outlaw Klassic from the pole, but his night was not without drama. He tangled with Paul McMahan and Don Droud on lap 18
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How Weird festival celebrates everything that makes SF special

Photo: Amy Osborne, Special To The Chronicle Ari Smith (right) and Crystel Harrison (left) dance at the 18th annual How Weird Street Faire on Sunday, May 6, 2017 in San Francisco, Calif. Ari Smith (right) and Crystel Harrison (left) dance at the 18th annual How Weird Street Faire on Sunday, May 6, 2017 in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Amy Osborne, Special To The Chronicle Ari Smith (center) dances at the 18th annual How Weird Street Faire on Sunday, May 6, 2017 in San Francisco, Calif. Ari Smith (center) dances at the 18th annual How Weird Street Faire on Sunday, May
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MLB Weekly Wrap: The standings look weird

In the National League East, the standings look about right a little over a month through the season. The Washington Nationals are leading the charge, currently 6.5 games ahead of the second-place New York Mets. The Phillies, Marlins and Braves have struggled a little and are nearly ten games out of first already. But that was not totally unexpected. If someone would’ve told you that a month ago, you would’ve been fine with that and not thought twice about it. In other divisions, there have been some surprises so far. In the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays are
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Crows crash in weird round of AFL upsets

North Melbourne’s 59-point demolition of Adelaide headlined a remarkable weekend of carnage for the AFL’s top-eight teams. In all, six of the top-eight sides heading in to round seven were defeated by teams ranked lower than them on the ladder. The only top-eight clubs who did manage a win – the Western Bulldogs and West Coast – beat teams above them. Hawthorn’s hard-fought 14.10 (94) to 14.7 (91) win against Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday afternoon put the exclamation point on a bizarre round of upsets. “We’re all pleased with that because it was a tough week – we
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News of the Weird for May 7 | The Ticket

A San Francisco startup recently introduced a countertop gadget to squeeze fruit and vegetables for you so that your hands don’t get sore. However, the Juicero (a) requires that the fruit and veggies be pre-sliced in precise sections conveniently available for purchase from the Juicero company, (b) has, for some reason, a Wi-Fi connection, and © sells for $399. (Bonus: Creator Jeff Dunn originally priced it at $699, but had to discount it after brutal shopper feedback. Double Bonus: Venture capitalists actually invested $120 million to develop the Juicero, anticipating frenzied consumer love.) Great Art! — Monument to Flossing: Russian
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Mantis Creator Explains Character’s Weird Origin

Steve Englehart has had a tumultuous and storied history with Marvel Comics, but the writer crafted some prolific stories while working for the publisher. In fact, two of his creations are featured in the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The creator already detailed his reaction to seeing Star-Lord on the big screen for the first time, and now he mentioned some interesting details that went into his use of his other character Mantis who is debuting in her first movie. While speaking with Hitfix, Englehart said that a version of Mantis had popped up in
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