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  1. That Time Chris Pratt Flashed the Parks and Rec Cast for Art

    Andy Dwyer would be so proud.

    Chris Pratt flashed people!? OH, it was for art. Whew. That explains it. "Strip unexpectedly nude," might not be great general advice to get the reaction you're looking for in life, but it sure worked for an episode of Parks and Rec, whether NBC was happy about it or not.

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  2. NASA Unveils Plans for Its Next Mars Rover in 2020

    I hope Curiosity doesn't get jealous.

    We may not have found life on Mars so far, but it sure is getting crowded up there with all the robots running around. Today, NASA revealed what instruments its next Mars rover, planned for 2020, will take with it out of 58 proposals from around the world. That's twice the number of proposals they're used to getting for such missions—looks like everyone wants to get their ass science to Mars.

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  3. Language School Blogger Writes About Homophones, Gets Fired Because of Homophobes

    Is this one of those word crimes Weird Al sang about? It should be.

    Somehow, an official at a language school is easily confused by words that kind of sound the same and fired someone for writing about... words that sound the same. Really, Tim Torkildson, their social media specialist, wrote a blog post about homophones, and he was fired because their English as a second language students might think he was writing about something inappropriate.

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  4. Rosetta and Philae Read a Storybook History of Fantastic Comets and the Spacecraft That Land on Them

    ...but are we there yet?

    Holy crap, the European Space Agency has got me pegged with its campaign to raise awareness about its Rosetta mission to land a spacecraft on the surface of a comet for the first time. I am a sucker for personification of space technology. Rosetta's "little brother" Philae will land on its target comet on August 6th, so here's an adorable new animation of the pair reading a story book about their family's exploits in comet exploration.

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  5. There’s a New Birdman Trailer, and Dang If It Doesn’t Actually Look Great

    When does he become a lawyer, though?

    A serious take on Birdman sounds like a crazy idea until you actually watch one of its trailers and realize what the movie is really about. Then, it sounds like an amazing idea that we can't wait to go see.

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  6. Chris Pratt Stole His Guardians Costume to Visit Sick Kids, Continues to Be the Best

    In case you were wondering how the race for "best human" was shaping up.

    How's this for a legendary outlaw: Chris Pratt took his Star-Lord costume from the Guardians of the Galaxy set to make sure he's all prepared for when the movie is a huge success and he can use it to delight sick children in hospitals. It's not just kids who deserve Pratt's charming presence, either—he's happy to grace your slash fic with an appearance, too.

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  7. Twitter Users Perfectly Hijack AMA Hashtag to Harass Twitter CEO About Harassment

    That is some knee-buckling irony right there.

    Several well-intentioned Twitter hashtags have fallen victim to a misjudgment of the Twitter audience lately and been used to criticize their creators. Unsurprisingly, the same thing happened when Twitter started #AskCostolo for users to ask Twitter CEO Dick Costolo whatever they wanted—and what they wanted to ask was, "Why does Twitter not do more about online harassment?"

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  8. There Never Really Was a “Dark Link,” Link and the Zelda Series Are Just Racist

    It's dangerous to go alone. Someone might spread racist legends about you.

    Gaming has a big problem with gender, race, and white saviors. Maybe that's because Hyrule's historians got it all wrong, and there was never any such thing as Dark Link—the other Zelda characters are just horrible bigots. Here's the real story behind Link's xenophobia and a surprisingly accurate critique on the representation of minorities in a classic game series.

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  9. Peter Capaldi Put His Foot Down on Flirting and Costumes, Is Apparently in Charge of Doctor Who

    All aboard the Capaldi train. Choo f***ity choo!

    As the series 8 premiere in August rapidly approaches, more details keep dropping about how Peter Capaldi's Doctor will change Doctor Who, especially if you've been looking at the recent leaks. If not, let Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat tell you what the show will be like under Capaldi's iron fist—and, of course, more talk of Peter Jackson directing an episode.

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  10. Atari: Game Over Documentary Trailer Makes the E.T. Video Game Look Fun for the First Time Ever

    And if it's not, we can always just toss it back in that hole.

    At first glance, this trailer about a bunch of buried cartridges of a really terrible game might look a tad overdramatic, but there's an incredibly interesting story about the video game industry's near dissolution lying just under that initial impression. Luckily, Microsoft didn't bury all of its Xbox TV content in the desert when they axed Xbox Entertainment Studios, and this documentary will premiere on Xbox Live in the fall.

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