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Bloated corpse of Colonel Sanders to star in KFC comic

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Announced on Twitter, the Colonel's Adventures will be offered exclusively at the San Diego Comic Con (and therefore eBay within minutes of the doors opening.) You can have it signed at any branch of KFC by rubbing it on a greasy mass of their finest poultryform crude protein.

Reddit moderators revolt over sacking of popular admin

redditalienA number of Reddit communities were effectively shut down last night to protest the unexpected departure of staffer Victoria Taylor, an important liaison between Reddit's employees and its army of volunteer moderators.

Best obituary

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Photoset of the legendary "Nintendo" Play Station

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Sony's classic console was originally envisaged as part of a collaboration with then-market leader Nintendo. It went its own way, and the rest is history. Here's a look at a rarely-pictured prototype, though, thanks to imgur user DanDiebold. [via]

New video games are going to look amazingly realistic

unreal The environmental rendering in Unreal Engine 4 is, contrary to its branding, real. Youtuber koooolalala has been posting spectacular demos created with Epic's latest game development tools.

Mario looks quite out out place in the demo below, by aryoksini: "Here is Mario running in Unreal Engine 4, all the environment assets were taken from the Unreal marketplace, all the character actions were scripted using blueprints only, all animations were re-created from scratch as well as the PBR ready textures."

In 20 years this will look like Pac Man.

P.S. Here's the best part: the tools are free of charge—you only have to pay a royalty, and even then get your first $3k in sales gratis.

Casio calculator watch better than Apple Watch

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According to Amazon reviewers, that is. At Recode, Lauren Goode reports on the bizarre world of the satisfied customer.

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Zero UI will "change design"

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Zero UI is the new term for "invisible interfaces"—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: "If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way." [Fast Company]

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Great white shark tries to chew its way into diver's cage to eat screaming flesh treat

Oh, how the flesh treat screams.

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Car leaps opening drawbridge

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Police say it was an example of distracted driving rather than derring-do, the spoilsports. [via]

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Social networking illusion makes things look falsely popular

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Things we perceive to be virally popular online are often not. Sometimes we fall victim to an illusion emerging from the nature of social networking that makes rare things seem common.

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Cousin Oliver Syndrome

cousin-oliverA ploy associated with failing sitcoms, the addition of younger cast members fell victim to "savvy modern audiences" able to share their contempt in real-time online. [Vulture, via]

Video games' influence on popular music

koji kondoAbstract exultation from technical limitation

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"Gary Lineker Shags Crisps" tattoo explained for Americans

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This photo of a bad tattoo has gone viral. While Americans immediately appreciate that it represents an error of judgment of astonishing magnitude, its semantic content may escape them.

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Russian city "bans yoga" because of "occult character"

OCCULT According to the Moscow Times, yoga studios in Putinland have been told to stop hosting classes, lest they spread the occult.

One of the letters, seen by Kommersant and addressed from Nizhnevartovsk First Deputy Head Sergei Levkin to the head of social and youth policy Marianna Parfenova asks that she take all necessary measures to stop Hatha yoga lessons from taking place at the stadium.

The move is crucial "in order to prevent the spread of new religious cults and movements," reads the letter.

A second letter, sent to the heads of the departments for physical culture and education, refers to Hatha yoga as "inextricably linked to religious practices" and as having "an occult character," Kommersant reported Friday.

Liberals winning, simplistic charts agree

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The New York Times charts the inexorable liberalization of America on social issues. But there's a caveat!

The article's thrust is that gun control and abortion are exceptions: "The second category of major issues is different. In it, both sides in the debate are often able to make a rights-based argument. … That’s why the second set of issues defies the confident predictions that come with the first."

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The number of Americans calling for more gun control has trended down to under fifty percent, but to cast that abortion chart as a similar exception seems a stretch: Americans who are OK with it has gone up from 75% to 80% in the last few decades.

I'm not sure I believe it (most polls put it Americans about net 55/40 OK with abortion). But either way, the imposition of brutal burdens on pregnant women has become a legislative candle in the dark for conservatism. It's hard not to think last week is only the beginning of their misery.

Cheer up, guys: you'll still have your guns!

Missing from the Times' roundup is a climate change chart.

CONCLUSION: Your annoying uncle who proudly declares "social liberal, fiscal conservative" in his smug, nasal voice is winning.

Plastic toys often used to illustrate Eurozone finance stories

Every editor has their favorite way to cheaply generate art for stories with no visual component. Arranging little plastic toys in a cute tableaux is among the classier alternatives to stock art—especially when it comes to the exciting world of international finance.

The current cover design theory at Bloomberg offers a particularly refined version of this school of imagery, unusually comfortable with the absurdity of trying to make this kind of journalism visually engaging.

Pictured above is a photo by Getty Images' Sean Gallup, an emerging master of the genre whose arrangements wed the same ironic self-awareness with genuine storytelling skill.

Hey, it beats the alternative: photos of coins.

Maps reveal San Francisco's streams and springs

Bernal-for-Kickstarter-932x593Even locals don't know they're there, but Seep City reveals the groundwater diverted or otherwise concealed by development—which may yet be useful to parched inhabitants.