Runner wins marathon after the people in front of him go the wrong way


Getting lost in Venice is half the fun.

Unless you're a group of runners at the 2017 Venice Marathon on Sunday, who found themselves off course midway during the race.

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The lead pack of seven athletes followed a motorcycle that took a wrong turn 25 kilometres into the race, according to a report by the IAAF. By the time the pack rejoined the race, they trailed a new lead pack by a minute.

The kerfuffle allowed for Eyob Gebrehiwet, an Eritrean-born Italian runner from a local club, to win the marathon in a time of 2:12:16. He is the first Italian man to win the race since 1995. Read more...

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So-called gang of scooter-riding teens cause havoc in city


Truly, nothing says cool like a gang of scooter riding teenagers.

Hundreds of them turned up on Sunday in the city centre of Brisbane, Australia, clashing with police and leading to several arrests. Yes, you read that correctly.

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But, look only words can say so much. Here's the vision of the scooter-induced madness, as per 7 News, who dubbed it "organised chaos."

Queensland Police said in a statement online the riders were riding dangerously, apparently travelling "the wrong way down the road and were weaving in and out of traffic." It said the ride appeared to be organised on social media — it's the fourth instalment of an event dubbed "Street Jam."  Read more...

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'The Walking Dead' Season 8 premiere explains that Old Rick time-jump, kind of


This recap contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 8, episode 1, titled "Mercy."

The title for The Walking Dead's Season 8 premiere couldn't be more appropriate; after last season saw our heroes being continually outwitted and oppressed by Negan and his brutal Saviors, this opening hour showed our characters and the audience some mercy, with the forces of Alexandria, Hilltop and the Kingdom banding together to fight back against the bat-wielding bully. 

The triumphant tone of the premiere fulfilled the promise of the Season 7 finale and leveled the playing field between Rick's posse and the bad guys; ending with the Saviors' base being overrun with walkers and leaving two unlikely characters — Negan and Father Gabriel — trapped in a trailer with no obvious way out. While you might expect Negan to want to kill the preacher outright (or at least use him as a human shield), it sounds like there'll be a little more to their storyline in coming episodes. Read more...

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Twitter outraged for Janet Jackson after Justin Timberlake announced for Super Bowl halftime show


Justin Timberlake has been confirmed as the headliner for the Super Bowl LII halftime show — but not everyone is firing the confetti cannons.

Folks haven't quite forgotten Timberlake's role in the supposed "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 halftime show with Janet Jackson, and how her career took a major hit while his star continued to rise. 

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The incident, referred to often as "Nipplegate," occured when Timberlake exposed Jackson's breast, which was adorned with a nipple pastie, during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVII. The planned nature of the performance was broadly debated, though Jackson's team said it was "unintentional." Read more...

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Cyclist finds a way to scare off swooping birds, with a helmet of party horns


In Australia, it's magpie season.

The black and white birds wreak havoc on picnics, pedestrians, and well, anyone that crosses its path. 

They don't bother this unnamed Queensland cyclist though in a video uploaded by 7 News Sydney, who has a creative — if bizarre way — to ward them off.

As you'll see, who knew party horns could be so annoying useful? Read more...

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'Outlander' finally reunited Claire and Jamie, and it feels so good


This recap contains spoilers for Outlander Season 3, episode 6, titled "A. Malcolm." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our episode 5 recap.

On Oct. 22, Outlander finally gave us the reunion that we've been waiting five episodes for (which is a while, sure, but definitely preferable to the 20 years that Claire and Jamie had to suffer through). 

"A. Malcolm" was supersized to 74 minutes to give Claire and Jamie (and us) ample opportunity to..ahem... catch up — which was just as well, considering how frequently they were interrupted over the course of the episode. 

The narrative spine of episode 306 — beyond the simple anticipation of Claire and Jamie's physical reunion — traced their tentative steps back together on an emotional level.  Read more...

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Justin Timberlake confirmed for Super Bowl 2018 halftime show


Justin Timberlake will be the headlining performer for next year's Super Bowl LII halftime show.

Confirmed by the NFL on Twitter, the pop singer will take the stage on Feb. 4, 2018 for the halftime bonanza in Minneapolis.

Timberlake also announced the billing in a pretty cringy video with old friend Jimmy Fallon on Twitter.

I DO have the time. Half the time...#PepsiHalftime #SBLII @Pepsi @NFL @JimmyFallon @FallonTonight

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) October 23, 2017

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Stephen Hawking makes one of his most famous research papers available online


More than 50 years ago, Stephen Hawking wrote his doctoral thesis on how universes expand. 

On Monday morning (GMT), that research became available for anyone to read through a digital library maintained by the University of Cambridge. 

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“By making my PhD thesis Open Access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos," Hawking said in a statement.  

Hawking's 1966 thesis, "Properties of expanding universes," is the most requested item in the University of Cambridge's open access repository. The catalogue record gets hundreds of views per month, according to the the university. In recent months, hundreds of readers have made requests to download the entire thesis.  Read more...

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Download this: Spilly's AR app is like Snapchat filters on steroids


If you've ever watched a YouTube video and wished that you could be part of it, there's a new augmented reality app that might be able to help.

It's called Spilly, and it takes popular videos of celebrities, YouTube stars, and other famous clips, then allows users to mash them up with Snapchat-like AR effects and even their own faces.

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The app features a seemingly endless feed of video clips sourced from YouTube. For each clip, there's a carousel of special effects you can add to make the video your own.

You could change what Golden State Warriors Star Kevin Durant is wearing, for example, or shower a Miley Cyrus video with virtual confetti or flowers. Or make it rain, or add a spotlight, or any combination of the above. The clips loop so you can keep adding or subtracting effects until you get something you like. Read more...

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Lost dog rescued from an abandoned mine shaft turns out to be a total superstar


There are two types of "lost pet" stories: The happy ones, where good Samaritans lend a helping hand and everything works out in the end, and the unhappy ones, which we don't talk about.

Well. Here we are, talking. I'll let Portia Scovern, the non-canine hero of this story, explain (via her Facebook post):

A subsequent update on Ms. Scovern's post confirms that the owner was located within a day. The little pup — whose name is Cheyenne — had been missing for just over two weeks, but her human caught wind of the Facebook post and stepped up to recover his furry friend.

In comments on Ms. Scovern's Facebook post, owner Michael Captain expressed confusion over the idea that Cheyenne could have fallen down the abandoned mine shaft. As it turns out, she's an extreme hiking dog! Read more...

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