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  1. Britain Will Soon Change Its Traffic Laws to Account for Robot Cars

    What, no one else thinks of Putt Putt when we talk about self-driving vehicles?

    Robots are really great at a lot of different tasks. What they're not so good at yet, however, is critical thinking and interpreting rules less than literally. That's why an official review of the British traffic laws will suggest that the entire system be rewritten so that the future self-driving cars we'll all one day own won't cost us hours of commute time while they painstakingly wait at every intersection for the optimal time to turn.

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  2. The Imitation Game‘s Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Campaign To Pardon Gay Men In Britain

    In the wake of the Oscar nominated film The Imitation Game, Alan Turing's gotten a lot of attention in the public consciousness— but what often gets left out of his amazing story of code-breaking and computer geniusery is that in 1952, he was convicted of "gross indecency" for being gay and was forcibly chemically castrated by his government. A few years later, he was dead by suicide.

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  3. This Just In: Hello Kitty Is Not a Cat

    Nothing is real anymore.

    Up is down! Black is white! Cats are... well, they're not dogs, but they definitely aren't cats either, apparently

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  4. UK Bans Jaguar Ad, Citing Tom Hiddleston’s Devastating Smile Irresponsible Driving

    Should we not tell them about Top Gear?

    Jaguar says that Brits play the best villains, but apparently their latest ad campaign is just a bit too villainous for the actual British population. Driving recklessly? Quoting Shakespeare? This will not stand!

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  5. British Film Institute Enforcing Diversity Standards

    What's British for "two thumbs way up?"

    The British Film Industry announced today that projects wishing to receive funding must first meet industry guidelines designed to foster diversity both on-screen and behind the scenes. If money has to talk, at least it's saying something useful for once.

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  6. Dear British People: Stop Making Fun of Us for Saying “Soccer,” Because You Invented the Word

    We learned it from watching you, okay?? WE LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU.

    It's known internationally as football, because of course it is—it's a game where you kick a ball around with your feet. But in 'Merica, it's called "soccer," and we get an endless amount of heat from the rest of the world because of it. But it's not our fault, guys! As always, it's England's fault.

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  7. A Reminder That Coke Isn’t Awesome For You, From The Woman Who Drinks 50 Cans A Day

    Alyways, always, always Coca Cola.

    In case you are wondering what drinking twice your body weight in Diet Coke a week will do to your health, British Coke addict Jakki Ballan has been there and done that so you don't have to. Unless you're looking for a difficult way to get high, that is.

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  8. British Penguins Stressed-Out by Excessive Rain Are Taking Antidepressants

    Mr. (Pill) Popper's penguins.

    You know how it goes. You're hanging out with all of your penguin buddies, giving rocks as signs of affection, enjoying the snow and being adorable... and then you're in a zoo in Britain in a record-breaking rainy season, and it really bums you out. That's why zookeepers in Britain are slipping their penguins antidepressants.

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  9. “Miracle Beaver” First British Beaver In 500 Years

    He is the one the legends spoke of.

    In case you aren't up on your beaver stats, the buck-teethed busybodies have been extinct in their native England for the past 500 years. (And yes, we do mean the animal, that isn't British slang.) But now, in a miraculous turn of events, a beaver has returned once more to the rivers of England.

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  10. If You Give A Monkey A Banana, You’re Actually a Terrible Enabler

    Bananas are a sometimes food, now.

    A British zoo has made the executive decision to stop giving its monkeys bananas all the time. But before you object, it's not because British people are against the idea of fun and joy. It's because bananas bred for human consumption are basically the monkey equivalent of cake, and it's adversely affecting the monkeys' health.

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  11. UK Labour MP Points Out There Are No Female Engines In Thomas The Tank Engine

    If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

    Parents, it's never too early to teach your kids about fair gender representation in the media! Mary Creagh, the UK's Labour shadow transport secretary, reminded us all that gendered social conditioning starts young when she pointed out that children's TV shows unfairly portray transport jobs as exclusively male - particularly placing blame on Thomas the Tank Engine.

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  12. British Paralympians to Dress Up as Superheroes for Wheelchair Race Because They Are the Best

    It doesn't matter where they actually place in the rankings, they're totally gonna win.

    World record-breaking wheelchair racer and Paralympian Hannah Cockroft has one race left in the 2013 season. To celebrate her upcoming sabbatical, she's decided to go out with a bang. Possibly also a "Pow!" and maybe a "Klang!" for good measure, because she'll be dressed up as Wonder Woman for the race.

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  13. Daleks Threaten to Exterminate Prince Charles, News at 11. [VIDEO]

    Meanwhile...

    Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles and Camilla to most of us Americans) got a special treat recently. They visited the set of Doctor Who with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman as tour guides! Said Smith, “Showing them how to fly the TARDIS was a real treat and something I never thought I would be doing when I first took on the role. The Prince of Wales said he remembers watching the show when he was 15 and seemed very knowledgeable on the Who history, so it’s nice to think they are watching.” Watch Prince Charles get up close and personal with a dalek above, then hit the jump to see the couple flying the TARDIS.

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  14. Stu MacKay’s Daleks Are Ready For A UK Invasion

    It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

    I stumbled upon the work of Stu MacKay after watching a brief documentary on the people and products of Greenwich Market in the UK. MacKay took the iconic Daleks from Doctor Who, designed by Ray Cusick, and combined them with landmarks and other British iconography. We thought the effect was pretty cool so we reached out to him for these images.

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  15. Email Fail: Couple Shares Steamy Sexual Conversation With Entire Office

    A wise man once said that love knows no bounds, but that declaration was obviously made at a time prior to the advent of email. Melanie Anderson and Eric Knisz, an engaged couple working for the Scottish oil company Integrated Subsea Services, learned in the worst way imaginable what happens when one is a bit too quick sending out messages. The two had spent the afternoon exchanging steamy emails back and forth when Anderson wanted to notify her fellow coworkers that the sandwich truck had arrived outside the premises. She accidentally included the emails in her forward, so the entire office learned that lunch was right outside the door and the humiliated couple's bedroom adventure the previous night was pretty "ace."

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  16. British Retail Chain GAME Offers Lock-In Preview Events for Customers, Dead Space 3 First Up

    Too bad none of us gamers here at Geekosystem are living across the pond right now, because if we were, we'd actually have something to look forward to this January. British retail chain GAME -- think GameStop, but with more delightful accents and local idioms -- has recently announced that 18 store locations are geared to host lock-ins: Preview events where customers can sign up to play the hottest upcoming game releases months in advance after GAME's closing hours. This month, GAME has worked with EA and Visceral Games to showcase playable demos of the highly anticipated Dead Space 3. With so many people likely lining up to play one of the most heart-pounding survival horror games in existence, you can bet there will be plenty of terrified shrieks and expletives abound.

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  17. Britain Installs New Guidelines For Prosecuting Threatening Comments Made Online, Should The U.S. Follow Suit?

    Consider the Following

    Keir Starmer, chief prosecutor for England and Wales, spoke this week about stricter guidelines for harassing and threatening comments online. Is it time for the United States to do the same? 

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  18. This Is What A Gender Neutral Toy Store Looks Like (Thanks Harrods)

    Gender Bendery

    Harrods Department Store is a British institution that's just as much a tourist spot as any other historical landmark in London. This past week they made history by opening their first gender-neutral toy department. It was designed by London and Singapore-based interior architects Shed and has been dubbed Toy Kingdom. Everything in Toy Kingdom is grouped by theme, not gender: enchanted forest, miniature toy world, a reading room, a circus area, and a candy store. Take a peek inside and see how easy it would be for other stores to adopt.

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  19. Things We Saw Today: Inspector Spacetime Travels Through Space…and Time

    Things We Saw Today

    Inspector Spacetime is a show we spend far too much of our time wishing was actually a show we could watch. We're not entirely sure we've accepted the fact that it is not (for now). Which is why we're glad when the internet humors us, as with this awesome fan art mocking up a poster of the Inspector and company. As Dan Harmon himself said when he saw it (and reblogged it), "this is really really really cool." (via Dan Harmon)

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  20. Rumor of the Day: Voldemort to Face Off Against Mary Poppins in Epic Olympic Duel

    Together At Last

    Well, this one we didn't expect. In an attempt to show off all the glory that is their Britishness, the open ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Friday may just feature a pretty epic battle scene--headlining Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort and the eponymous hero of Mary Poppins. It's a pairing we never knew we always wanted? Possibly? We don't know, we're still pretty flabbergasted by this.

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