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  • René Auberjonois, Odo from 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine', has died

    Veteran actor and singer René Auberjonois has died of metastatic lung cancer at his Los Angeles home on Dec. 8. Auberjonois' son Rèmy-Luc confirmed the news to The Associate Press on Sunday. He was 79.

    Auberjonois was a well-respected and admired actor, having worked in the industry for over four decades. After studying theatre at Carnegie-Mellon University, Auberjonois performed with various theatre companies before landing his first Broadway role in 1968. His career quickly took off, the actor...


  • 'South Park' joke accidentally turns Coloradan's life into a hell of prank calls

    South Park jokes often very pointedly come at someone's expense. But a throwaway joke from the Season 23 episode that aired Tuesday, Dec 3 had an unintended victim for a change.

    A real person from Fairway, Colo. got bombarded with hundreds of calls from fans misdialing a number advertised as co-creator Trey Parker's during the episode titled "Basic Cable." The number appeared in an in-universe commercial urging streaming services to call and buy the rights to a variety of fake spin-off shows...


  • Snapchat Cameo is like a less scary deepfake for your Snaps

    There's been a lot of (understandable) hand-wringing around deepfakes, but consider this: What if you could swap your face onto your cat's body? Not so apocalyptic anymore, right?

    It looks like that's the pitch for Snapchat Cameo. You can use it to superimpose a face over another face in your Snaps, creating a sort of low-rent deepfake GIF or video clip.

    While the upcoming feature hasn't technically been revealed, some Snapchat users in France got to access it a bit early on Sunday. TechCrunch...


  • Bernie Sanders' daring new policy: Cats can have a little salami

    He's been saying it for years: Bernie Sanders is one of the most meme-able presidential candidates of our time. 

    Just one week into December and he's already announced a radical plan to bring everyone high-speed internet. Now, the presidential hopeful is contributing to web culture in the form of a fantastic meme, seemingly adding his voice to the chorus of supporters demanding hungry felines get a fair shot because "cats can have little a salami."

    When you visit the goldmine of a URL...


  • 'Wonder Woman 1984' blasts back with a trailer that's worth the wait

    It's been a long, patience-testing road for Wonder Woman fans. The movie's sequel was originally slated for Nov. 2019, but it eventually got pushed back to June 2020 due to Warner Bros.' desire for another summer release.

    Still, they say good things come to those who wait, and we finally have some footage! The trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, which sees the alliterative Amazonian facing off against Cheetah during the Cold War, is every bit as epic as we could have hoped.

    Is it June yet? Read more


  • Church's nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as a family separated at the border

    Claremont United Methodist Church transformed its Christmas nativity scene into a powerful statement about family separation by caging their figures of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and releasing a theological statement on the United States' treatment of refugees. 

    SEE ALSO: Don't let Trump's executive order fool you — family detention is also inhumane

    A Facebook post by Senior Minister Karen Clark Ristine includes a picture of the nativity and the aforementioned statement, which encourages onlookers...


  • Beloved Big Bird 'Sesame Street' puppeteer, Caroll Spinney, is dead at 85

    Caroll Spinney, the beloved and renowned puppeteer who brought the original Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life on Sesame Street for nearly 50 years, died on Dec. 8 at the age of 85. 

    According to a statement from his colleagues, Spinney left this world in his Connecticut home after a long battle with the muscle disease Dystonia. He leaves behind an enduring legacy of kindness, with his loving world view having helped shape Sesame Street into the unmistakable force for good it remains to this...


  • Apple's $6,000 'cheese grater' Mac Pro finally has a pre-order date

    Apple gave Mac fanatics their first look at the new $6,000 Mac Pro at the Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in July, and after months of speculation on the desktop computer's eventual release date, the day to pre-order the infamous cheese grater–lookin' processor is nigh.

    According to TechCrunch, Apple customers received email notifications stating that the Mac Pro will be available to pre-order on Dec. 10, but the emails gave no indication as to when those pre-orders would ship. 

    When the...


  • Eating the $120,000 Art Basel banana didn't destroy the art, because art

    When Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan duct-taped a real banana to the wall of the Galerie Perrotin at Art Basel Miami and listed it for a starting price of $120,000 dollars, it was par for the course in the art world. 

    When Georgian artist David Datuna walked up to the banana, removed it from the wall, and ate it in a piece of unexpected performance art titled "Hungry Artist," that was somewhat under par for the art world, but Datuna's fruity performance wasn't nearly as destructive at it...


  • Tesla will start charging a monthly fee for 'premium' data usage

    The free ride is almost over, late-arriving Tesla drivers.

    A new update on the auto maker's website confirms that Tesla data access will divide into two tiers starting on Jan. 1, 2020. It doesn't affect every customer (more on that below), but many of them will soon need to choose between the free "Standard Connectivity" tier and the $9.99/month "Premium Connectivity" tier.

    If all you want from your car's data access is basic maps and navigation, plus the ability to stream media over Bluetooth,...


  • 'SNL' casts JLo as a not-so-ugly stepsister in a wacky, murderous throwback sketch

    Saturday Night Live relied on wacky throwback accents and a dash of the macabre in "The Corporal" sketch, starring Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and host Jennifer Lopez. 

    In it, McKinnon and Bryant play sisters vying to marry the titular Corporal, but the presence of their third, objectively gorgeous sister throws a wrench in their plans. The ensuing sketch is one part Twilight Zone, one part Cinderella, and one part an excuse for JLo to pose attractively while channeling a chronically insecure...


  • You can't unsee the Trump/Giuliani TikTok from 'SNL' Weekend Update

    Everything's going fine at first in this Saturday Night Live Weekend Update. Hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost skewer a week's worth of Donald Trump impeachment news under a hail of one-liners.

    Then it happens. The cursed TikTok. You don't have to watch this. Remember: no one's forcing you to hit play right now. Read more