Saturday, April 21st
Verne Troyer, the diminutive actor who appeared as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, died Saturday at the age of 49.

The actor's family confirmed Troyer's death on Instagram. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the family wrote.

"Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude."

While no cause of death was revealed, the family wrote of "recent time of adversary" the actor faced. "Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles," they wrote. "Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much… Depression and suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another."

One of the world's shortest people – achondroplasia dwarfism caused Troyer to stop growing at 2'8" – Troyer initially entered show business as a stunt person; in 1993, he played the stunt double to the infant in Baby's Day Out.
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Saturday, Apr 21st 2018 (2:31pm)
China today is a dominant economic power in the world. But things were a lot different 100 years ago.
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Saturday, Apr 21st 2018 (2:35am)
Friday, April 20th
Last week was Friday the 13th. Superstitions abound for creative types.
They must have worked, since all these people became famous.
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Friday, Apr 20th 2018 (12:00am)
Thursday, April 19th
The stars were brightly shining in Durham, North Carolina, when three women obsessed with Jell-O mounted a pop-up museum exhibition of molded foods. Your grandmama's green "congealed salad" was one thing - but you've never seen the likes of these creations from chefs, home cooks, and one punk-rock bass player.
By: dave
Thursday, Apr 19th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
This can apply to believers also. If you're just hoping that by happenstance your little loved one is going to be a genius, the odds are long and the days are short.

Give the little bugger a head start. Here's one short of a dozen ideas to get them to a great thinking stage.
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Thursday, Apr 19th 2018 (12:00am)
Wednesday, April 18th
This is pretty astounding. Obviously cash is more important than country to some people.
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Wednesday, Apr 18th 2018 (4:29am)
Tuesday, April 17th
Bring your game into the modern era with Koko Nuggs, the chocolate candy that looks like pot. Take a jar to your next church social!
By: dave
Tuesday, Apr 17th 2018 (5:24am)
Harry Anderson, best known as the judge on Night Court and the grifter on Cheers, has passed away at 65. RIP.
By: dave
Tuesday, Apr 17th 2018 (5:21am)
When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, he tried to describe the difference between "surveillance and what we do." "The difference is extremely clear," a nervous-looking Zuckerberg said. "On Facebook, you have control over your information... the information we collect you can choose to have us not collect."

But not a single member of the committee pushed the billionaire CEO about surveillance companies who exploit the data on Facebook for profit. Forbes has uncovered one case that might shock them: over the last five years a secretive surveillance company founded by a former Israeli intelligence officer has been quietly building a massive facial recognition database consisting of faces acquired from the giant social network, YouTube and countless other websites. Privacy activists are suitably alarmed.
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Tuesday, Apr 17th 2018 (12:02am)
Monday, April 16th
Not really RIAA or MPAA but copyright-related.
Feel free to use or modify any of these items for personal use ir profit starting next year.
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Monday, Apr 16th 2018 (3:31am)
Sunday, April 15th
'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74.

R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia.
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Sunday, Apr 15th 2018 (11:18pm)
1 hour BBC TV special rockumentary.
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Sunday, Apr 15th 2018 (12:00am)
Saturday, April 14th
Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain.
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Saturday, Apr 14th 2018 (12:00am)
Friday, April 13th
I'm sure all married persons are higher in fidelity than RCA but just in case you are not? Well, beware the scammers.
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Friday, Apr 13th 2018 (3:58am)
A report of a tiger running amok in the streets of Manhattan briefly caused a social media frenzy early Thursday, as reporters scrambled to find photos of the ferocious feline and warn civilians to stay out of the area. Turns out, it was a raccoon.
By: dave
Friday, Apr 13th 2018 (12:00am)
Thursday, April 12th
So the past few days on my commute to work, I've noticed a new store opened up on my route. The big black and yellow sign announcing CRIME SCENE caught my attention and I had to look it up online once I got to the office. It's exactly what you'd think it would be. Neat.
By: dave
Thursday, Apr 12th 2018 (12:00am)
Our friends at Maxim rate the movies. You may agree, or not. Your mileage will vary.
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Thursday, Apr 12th 2018 (12:00am)
NASA has two teams of researchers working to design a robotic bee that can fly on Mars. The space agency announced the project on March 30. It's in its early stages, but the idea is to replace modern rovers - which are slow, bulky and very expensive - with swarms of sensor-studded, fast-moving micro-bots that can cover much more ground at a relatively low cost.
By: dave
Thursday, Apr 12th 2018 (12:00am)
Wednesday, April 11th
Houses today come in many shapes and sizes, new and old, and in so many different styles it’s easy to get lost in the vast assortment. However, even with this great diversity in homes, there are still a few and one in particular will make your mouth drop.
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Wednesday, Apr 11th 2018 (11:05pm)
Not all McD's are tacky red and yellow with golden arches. Here are just a few with unique themes.
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Wednesday, Apr 11th 2018 (12:01am)
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Tuesday, April 10th
An ornithologist turned an ultraviolet light on a bird and found that its beak lit up like a glow stick at a rave, so he designed sunglasses for them.
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Tuesday, Apr 10th 2018 (12:07am) | Thanks: Mefi
Write songs as the ones who inspired you before. The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration. Writing lyrics with the handwriting of influential songwriters helps imagination to develop. Being in the mood of Bowie, Cobain, Cohen, Gainsbourg, Lennon, might be purely imaginative... but that's precisely the point.
By: dave
Tuesday, Apr 10th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: blort
Monday, April 9th
Each "bird" follows a fairly simple set of rules: Each bird has a velocity, direction, and an angle and accelerates or decelerates a small percentage at a time. They will accelerate when it is going towards its destination, and decelerate when it is going away. Each one decides if it should turn left or right, or up or down, depending which way is best.
By: dave
Monday, Apr 9th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi

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