"Urban Myths" episode with white Michael Jackson won't air

Cable network Sky will not air the episode of the comedy series Urban Myths featuring Joseph Fiennes, who is white, portraying Michael Jackson. The decision came in response to intense criticism from the likes of Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson who tweeted that the trailer (above) "honestly makes me want to vomit."

“We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a half hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family," said a Sky spokesperson. "We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offence. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”

(NPR)

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Los Pollos Hermanos—Taste the Family!

A perfect teaser for Better Call Saul season 3. The show returns this spring with 10 new episodes, and it looks like Gus Fring, the wonderfully evil meth kingpin in Breaking Bad, will play a role. Read the rest

Watch this news anchor throw a tantrum about her colleague's outfit

Nine News Australia's anchor Amber Sherlock flipped out just before going on air that her colleague Julie Snook was wearing white, just like her, even though she advised her against it. Sure, they weren't live yet, but the Internet doesn't care. "It is an issue. Go and grab a jacket!"

Sherlock must be well-loved by her colleagues, especially whoever leaked the clip.

(News.com.au)

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Baratunde Thurston explains why encryption matters

Rainey from EFF writes, "EFF just launched a new video about its efforts to encrypt the web. It features bestselling author Baratunde Thurston explaining why encryption matters and two simple ways to ensure the web we love is encrypted." Read the rest

The amazing whistling language of Greek shepherds

In the village of Antia on Greece's Evia island, shepherds use whistling to communicate over long distances. This isn't a code but rather a real language.

"Whistles let shepherds communicate between distant hillsides because a whistled sound wave travels farther than spoken words."

(Scientific American)

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T-Mobile customer exacts revenge

A T-Mobile customer in Florida drove her SUV into the store, smashing through the front window and coming to a stop deep in the showroom. Then she emerged from her disabled vehicle, hefted a broken window frame, and smashed a display.

"What is wrong with her?" calls out an unseen observer.

According to witnesses who spoke to WPFB News, she was upset by the store's employees.

It's unclear if the woman was arrested. Palm Spring Police Department has not commented on the incident. T-Mobile representatives referred WPBF 25's questions to police, but did say no one was injured in this incident.

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Man lives in a storage unit and explains how to get away with it

007craft lived a lavish life of luxury—in a U-Haul storage unit. The key, he says, is being a ghost: do nothing that could get you noticed.

I had just came back from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and found myself homeless. I had given up my apartment to go hike and now that I was back I wanted to turn my car into a livable space. I eventually did that ... but found I still needed access to lots of stuff from my storage unit which was 6x4x10 and everything was just jammed in there. I figured there had to be a better way. I scoped out a 10x10x6 unit and moved all my stuff inside. Still super small, I managed to build shelves and organize it in a way where everything is accessible. But why stop there! I decided to build shelves and a water system and setup my actual apartment so I could live there. I was moving in! I ended up living in the unit for around 2 months. I only spent around $100 making the space as efficient as I did, mostly because I already owned so much hardware. The cost of rent on my unit was $205 a month (which included insurance). A bargain, considering an apartment in the area was $1000+ a month. I made this video showcasing my work/unit.

The power extension cable seems awfully obvious to me, too, but I guess if they're not looking for it, they won't see it. Read the rest

Reza Aslan explains why we need more Muslim representation on TV

In a new video for Vox, writer and religious scholar Reza Aslan discusses the importance of representation and why we need a show like Modern Family centered on Muslim characters.

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This simple drawing becomes an impressive dance video

얼마 전 박재범의 All I Wanna Do 뮤직비디오를 뒤늦게 보았다. 음악도 좋지만 춤이 너무나 멋지다. 따라 추고싶지만 몸치인 나는 그럴 수 없으니 로토스코핑으로 대리만족..😇💃🎶

A video posted by 일러스트레이터 김정윤 (@vagab) on Dec 19, 2016 at 1:04am PST

Illustrator Kim Jung Youn shared this incredible video on Instagram. It starts out as sketch and turns into something much more. You can find more drawings and videos on Kim Jung Youn’s Instagram @vagab. Read the rest

Even zoo animals love a good snow day

NBC Nightly News shared this absolutely adorable footage of animals at the Oregon Zoo frolicking in the snow. The storm was big enough to cause the zoo to shut down to the public for the day, but the animals didn’t seem to mind. The Oregon Zoo’s Twitter account has been sharing even more videos:

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Horse enjoys playing with rubber chicken

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Jan and Dean meet Batman

The track Batman is really the only thing worth listening to on the incredibly odd tribute album, Jan and Dean meet Batman.

Shortly after the release of Batman as a single, William Jan Berry was injured in a largely career ending car crash. Read the rest

The perfect dystopian, nihilist news broadcast for todays fucked up times

A video posted by The Everything Report (@theeverythingreport) on Dec 26, 2016 at 2:40pm PST

The Everything Report may be ahead of its time, but not by much. Read the rest

These are the Chinese bros who make bras and underwear

This short documentary by Enric Ribes and Oriol Martínez is titled Xiong Di, which translates in English to "brother" or, according to the directors, "fellas."

"I repeat the same things every day,” says Qu Maomao, 27. “Same clothes, same place, same process." (Dazed)

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Regina Spektor's stunning cover of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

From the Kubo and the Two Strings soundtrack, this hauntingly gorgeous cover of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Regina Spektor who kindly said the following in an interview a few years back:

"I love Boing Boing. It's cool because the site is filled with curated information all about science, art and culture -- plus, you still get cute distractions like little animals."

Thanks, Regina!

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How Shigero Miyamoto, legendary creator of Zelda and Mario Bros., designs a game

"I think that it was in my generation that people who made video games really became designers rather than technologists," Shigero Miyamoto says.

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10 amazing bets you will always win, from Quirkology

Here are 10 amusing sucker bets from Richard Wiseman's book, 101 Bets You Will Always Win. Read the rest

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