Unicorn Frappucino a 'nexus of awfulness' to Anthony Bourdain

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Starbucks' Unicorn Frappucino might give good photo opp, but Anthony Bourdain thinks it's trash.

The inbred show-dog of Starbucks drinks was the target of Bourdain's disdain in a recent interview with Town & Country. He can't seem to comprehend how this wretched, unnaturally colorful thing exists... but he's clearly not a fan.

SEE ALSO: I am the founder of Starbucks and I am begging you to stop buying the Unicorn Frappuccino

Tell us how you really feel, Mr. Bourdain.

The Unicorn Frappucino consists of "a sweet dusting of pink powder blended into a crème Frappuccino with mango syrup, and layered with a pleasantly sour blue powder topping," according to Starbucks. It's apparently like a reverse Sour Patch Kid: sweet when you first drink it, but increasingly tangy as everything stirs together. Read more...

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Fujifilm lance le SQ10 : un Instax hybride au format carré

FUJIFILM a décidé de créer un tout nouveau modèle entièrement dédié au format carré, le format « SQUARE », il s’agit de […]

9 incredible ways we're using drones for social good

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When it comes to alleviating some of the world's most pressing problems, perhaps we should look to the skies.

The word "drone" might inspire images of counterterrorism strikes and the future of package delivery. But quadcopters and other autonomous flying vehicles are revolutionizing the ways we tackle the biggest social and environmental issues of our time.

SEE ALSO: 8 innovations helping homeless populations around the world

While there are definite drawbacks to using drones in this capacity — problems of privacy, ethics, and cost among them — the technology, when executed responsibly, helps aid organizations, scientists, and everyday citizens transform the act of doing good.  Read more...

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London marathoner helps struggling fellow runner cross the finish line

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A London Marathon runner sacrificed his race time when he slowed to assist a fellow runner struggling to finish the race's final stretch.

As the BBC reports, Matthew Rees came to David Wyeth's aid just short of the finish line. 

A clip of the moment shows Rees guiding Wyeth toward the end of the race, before a marathon volunteer comes to assist. Together they helped Wyeth finish out the race.

👏 This is incredible! Swansea Harrier Matthew Rees helps a struggling runner cross the line at the #LondonMarathon pic.twitter.com/Fg83sBfpoo

— BBC Wales News (@BBCWalesNews) April 23, 2017

Members of the Royal Family looked on as the pair helped the struggling runner reach the end of his race.  Read more...

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Google's data center raises the stakes in this state's 'water wars'

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Endless emails, map requests, web searches, and everything else we do online requires the use of energy-hungry, water-guzzling data centers. 

For Google, that enormous thirst for water is causing controversy near Charleston, South Carolina, where the tech giant hosts a sprawling data center complex.

Google wants to draw 1.5 million gallons per day from an aquifer to help cool the servers at its facility in Berkeley County. The data center already uses about 4 million gallons of surface water per day, the Post and Courier newspaper reported.

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Dreamlike color images of Petra and southern Jordan in the early 20th century

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"Petra. Oleanders in bloom with figure."

Image: Library of Congress

Built sometime around the 4th century BC, the city of Petra in southern Jordan was the capital of the Nabataean society.

The Nabataeans carved elaborate and beautiful structures directly out of the raw sandstone cliffs, and devised ingenious cisterns and water conduits to make the city both a fortress and an oasis along the caravan trade routes of the region.

These images of Petra and its environs were created using the Autochrome process, one of the earliest color photography technologies. Requiring long exposures, the process used dyed potato starch grains to capture color in a dreamy, pointillist mosaic. Read more...

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How the hell should you use your tax refund?

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It might be here already. Since Tax Day has already come and gone, we hope it's at least on the way. But when you finally get that sweet, sweet refund, what the hell is the best thing to do with it?

If you have overdue debts to pay, or you've been putting off visiting the podiatrist or something, you'll want to take care of those necessities first. But, if you have a bit — or a lot — left over, here are a few ideas.

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1. Make a donation.

Perhaps you meant to budget for charity at the beginning on the year, but it didn't quite pan out. That's okay; no one is mad at you (we assume). You can still use your tax refund to catch up a little. Read more...

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Instagram bait: Why Starbucks put a unicorn meme on its menu

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To anyone who hasn't spent time on certain corners of Instagram, Starbucks' latest creation and the viral hype surrounding it might be a bit confusing. 

The neon "Unicorn Frappuccino" clashes hard with the coffee chain's affected faux-Italian branding. It's not the sort of drink that one imagines ordering with words like "Venti" or sipping amidst light jazz.

SEE ALSO: Starbucks unicorn frappuccinos to grace Earth for a limited time

By most accounts, the blue-and-pink concoction, which transitions from sweet to sour, doesn't even taste especially good.

None of that really matters to Starbucks, though. The limited-time item isn't meant to blend with the company's coffeehouse chic but rather its customers' social media feeds. Read more...

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Dogs, ranked

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All dogs are good, but some dogs are the best.

Using a unique and complex algorithm that we cannot disclose (just kidding, we picked 50 dogs from the American Kennel Club website, gave each a score out of 10, then argued with each other in the case of a tie), we have ranked 50 good dog breeds from fiftieth-best to first-best.

You may disagree with these rankings, and that's okay. It's subjective! But you have to admit that rating dogs is no easy feat — especially when they all deserve 12/10.

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And, remember: if you'd like to adopt a dog, be sure to check out your local shelter first. The pups there might not be purebred, but they are good as hell and they are ready to meet you. Read more...

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7 activists tell us the best thing about being autistic

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Forget what you've heard — autism isn't something to cure. In fact, it's a condition we should embrace and celebrate.

About 1 in 68 people in the U.S. are autistic, meaning they communicate and experience the world in ways not typically expected. There isn't a "missing piece" to their cognitive puzzle. And they definitely don't need your pity. 

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Autistic people thrive because of their autism, not in spite of it. And the community will be the first to tell you all the glorious things being autistic brings to their lives.

For Autism Acceptance Month, we asked activists to share with us the best thing about being autistic. Their answers challenge the idea that autism causes any sort of "suffering," and instead celebrate autistic pride, community, and passion.  Read more...

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