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  1. The TSA Doesn’t Think Washington D.C. Is a Real Place in the US is though, right?

    Okay, so you know how Washington D.C. is a real place that exists and humans live there and it's not made up? Well apparently knowing that is not a requirement to work for the Transportation Safety Administration(TSA). A TSA agent detained a journalist because he had a D.C. drivers license, which the agent didn't know was a place in the US.

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  2. LEGO Curiosity Rover Lands At Kennedy Space Center

    It Came From Outer Space

    NXT builders Doug Moran and Will Gorman put together this awesome working Curiosity rover, which is currently exploring the terrain of the Kennedy Space Center. The rover-replica has a fully working arm, a separately controlled mast, and 4 of the 6 wheels are powered, allowing it to make 360 degree turns. Watch the video for a glimpse of the rover in action -- wouldn't this make a great project for kids, or, you know, adults who still love LEGO kits? Hit the jump for another Mars landing video, from the Curiosity rover's point of view!

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  3. Message From The Future: Your Grandkids Would Really Like You To Stop Talking About Gay Marriage

    Those of you who know me know that being a Contributing Editor here at Mediaite isn’t my only job. Two days a week, I also work as an intern in the lab of a quirky yet lovable mad scientist. Usually it’s just boring office managerial stuff but, this weekend, he let me test out his new time machine! It was awesome! Anyway, while I was in the future, I ran into your Great, Great, Great, Great Grandson and he asked me to deliver a message to you. Apparently he and the rest of the family would really like you to stop talking about gay marriage now.

    Yeah, it was totally crazy! I was just driving around town (Still no flying cars. Apparently they’re incredibly dangerous and impractical) when I started up a conversation with this guy at a traffic light. Noting that my clothes weren’t made of polyester and included no shoulder pads or antennae, he guessed that I was from the past. I said I was and that I was from the early 21st century. He then asked if I knew you! Isn’t that the coolest? What a small space-time continuum we live in!

    >>>Full article at Mediaite.

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  4. Mogulite Is Hiring

    Geekosystem's parent company Abrams Media is looking for editors to help us launch a brand-new site — one covering titans of industry in tech, media, and other fields. To succeed at this editorship, you must be obsessed with the lives and business dealings of the moguls who run the most important and high-profile businesses in the world. Steve Jobs,Barry DillerRalph LaurenJay-Z, the Grahams, the Murdochs — you should be able to reel off a list of dozens more that you feel are ripe for coverage.

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  5. A Thing We’d Like a Scientific Explanation For ASAP, Please: Dead Animals in Arkansas

    It's all well and good to joke about signs of the end times now and again, but seriously.  When 5,000 birds drop out of the sky New Years Night, and then elsewhere in the state 100,000 fish roll over and beach themselves, it's time to start looking at man-made causes. The alternatives are just too creepy.  From Mediaite:

    An AP interview with an expert affiliated with the state’s Livestock and Poultry Commission suggested that the birds may have died as a result of “lightning or high-altitude hail.” Another possibility for the bird die-off? New Year’s Eve fireworks may have startled the birds so severely, that they died from stress. But neither of these reasons would account for the massive fish die-off.
    >>> Read the rest at Mediaite.

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  6. Mark Zuckerberg is TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year

    As announced by TIME Magazine's managing editor Richard Stengel on the Today Show this morning, the founder of Facebook will be honored with their Person of the Year award. Facebook's 500 million user base benchmark and the general ever expanding scale of online social networking seemed to be the prime motivating factors for his claim to the title. While Mark Zuckerberg certainly isn't the only face of social networks, he's got to be the only one with a movie about him. His competition for the increasingly broadly defined title of "Person" of the Year was Steve Jobs, Hamid Karzai, Julian Assange, The Tea Party, and The Chilean Miners. >>> Full article and video at Mediaite.

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  7. The Taiwanese CGI American Scandal Recap You’ve Been Waiting For: Rod Blagojevich

    We said that we were going to stop posting every single thing Taiwan’s Next Media Animation does (they post new stuff every day and, y’know, diminishing returns and all), but this is pretty great. And it is a Friday. So, they’ve tackled the Rod Blagojevich story and, as always, we can learn new things about America when viewed through the eyes of outsiders. This time we learned that Blago’s visage can shatter mirrors, when he runs he sounds like Fred Flintstone, and, most importantly, that the state of Illinois is apparently run out of a series of nondescript tract houses. Fascinating.

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  8. Jimmy Fallon + Neil Young + Double Rainbow = Viral Video Gold

    When a segment on the TV show features Fallon, as Neil Young, singing a song using the lyrics from the Double Rainbow Guy, the real success won't come on TV, but online.

    Fallon has played Neil Young a couple other times (more background from the Late Night blog) but this was the first song that was generated by a purely internet creation. Either way, Fallon is amassing quite a few musical hits through Late Night sketches.

    It’s one thing to hear the Double Rainbow guy ask “what does it mean?” and say “It’s starting to look like a triple rainbow,” but it’s entirely different to hear Neil Young sing it.

    >>>Check out the video at Mediaite.

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  9. Three-Year-Old Onion Video Resurfaces As Real News

    I’m not even going to bother with the label “this exists” because in a world where one frequently feels like the real news is straight out the The Onion it’s perhaps not all that surprising that an actual Onion story would be mistaken for the truth.

    The video in question is of ‘Rep. John Haller of Pennsylvania’ reading out the “homeland terrorist preparedness bill” in which he keeps having to interrupt himself to say “classified.” A Google search quickly reveals that neither Haller nor the bill exist, though should you look closely at the video you will also see theOnion insignia on the lower right-hand corner, which probably should have tipped people off to begin with. Alas, this did not stop the video from making the rounds under the title “Martial Law Plans Revealed.”

    >>>Check it out at Mediaite.

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  10. FourSquare Has Its First Million-Checkin Day – And Then Its Second

    Foursquare reached a milestone this weekend - twice. On Friday, the location-based social network hit one million "checkins" from users in a single day — then followed-up on Saturday with its second million-checkin day.

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  11. Betty White Is Not Enchanted With Facebook: The Internet Kinda Agrees

    Betty White's highly anticipated stint as the host of Saturday Night Live aired last night, and the lovely young lady had some thanks for the community that put here there: Facebook.
    But I really have to thank Facebook. When I first heard about the campaign to get me to host Saturday Night Live I didn't know what Facebook was. And now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. I would never say the people on it are losers. But that's only because I'm polite.
    It's uh, much more funny and endearing when she says it. Video from the folks at Mediaite after the jump.

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  12. Viral Marketing Gone Wrong: Elliott Smith Memorial Vandalized for Commercial

    In the past few years, viral marketing has become a huge component of the advertising. As more and more people do anything they can to avoid traditional marketing, advertisers have been forced to come up with stranger and stranger ways to get potential buyers' attention. When 20th Century Fox is paying someone to draw a 180 ft drawing of Homer Simpson out in a British field, you know the rules have changed. However, if the new name of the game is trying to be progressively more and more outrageous, it was inevitable that someone would go to far.

    That's just what happened in Los Angeles this past week as a fan-made memorial dedicated to the late singer Elliott Smith was defaced all in the name of selling tickets to an upcoming concert. Unsurprisingly, some people aren't too thrilled.

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  13. That’s Not How it Works: CNN Thinks Google Earth “Blurred” Times Square After Bomb Scare

    Last night there was a bomb scare in Times Square, New York, that was less a scare than an actual, you know, bomb. The "amateurish" car bomb was an SUV carrying three canisters of propane, ten gallons of gasoline, and some fireworks. While it's a bit beyond our purview to cover the event itself (we'll leave it to Mediaite), we did notice something funky on CNN. Weekend CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon was alarmed that he was unable to get a clear picture of the Times Square area on Google Earth. After using blurred footage from Google Earth as an illustration of the tight security around the area, he asked his guest, Tom Fuentes, former FBI Assistant Director of International Relations, what this might mean. His guest's answer was not exactly... well. Informed.

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  14. Iceland Volcano Eruption: May Spark MORE Iceland Volcano Eruptions

    News surfaced yesterday that the Icelandic Volcano eruption is not only refusing to abate, but that it might also spark further volanic eruptions nearby.


    A volcano in southern Iceland has erupted for the first time in almost 200 years, raising concerns that it could trigger a larger and potentially more dangerous eruption at a volatile volcano nearby.

    Anderson Cooper reported on the potentially scary scenario last night.

    Video of the exchange after the jump:

    Mediaite's Colby Hall has also penned the mock script to an inspired, Jerry Bruckheimer-like trailer around the volcano events: All disaster movie geeks should head over and check it out.

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  15. Stupid Fight: New Twitter App Finds Out Which Celebrity’s Followers Are the “Stupidest”

    Mashable informs us that Stupid Fight, a new app for Twitter, will allow users to compare the fans of different celebrities and see which group is "stupider."

    Stupid Fight was created by Tom Scott, a designer who also created the equally mischievous Tweleted, and will probably cause anyone who uses it to become completely addicted...for at least a few hours.

    Of course, in a world where complex thoughts are broken down to fit into 140 characters, a few hours can be nearly a lifetime:

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  16. Attention, Comedy Nerds: Conan O’Brien Is Going On “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On TV Tour”

    The rumors were true - Conan O'Brien is going on tour, beginning April 12 in Eugene, Oregon. The news was announced via his Twitter feed this morning, a website has been set up (, of course) and more details about what to expect have been revealed. The web site is referring to the tour as "The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On TV Tour" and promises "a night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence." The tour will stop in 30 cities including Universal City, CA (close to his old studio) on April 24 and Radio City Music Hall June 1 (across the street from his older studio). He'll also make a stop at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. The tour is sponsored by American Express, and tickets are available at

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  17. Oscars Liveblog at Mediaite

    Our sister site Mediaite is hosting a liveblog for tonight's Oscars. We'll be watching, piping in, and hoping fervently for a District 9 Best Picture upset. Failing that: Inglourious Basterds.

    Stay tuned!

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  18. Hawaii Issues Tsunami Warning After Chile Earthquake

    It's been declared a state of emergency in Hawaii, where officials have started to plan for the possible tsunami caused by yesterday's earthquake in Chile. The first waves are expected to hit at 4:19 EST this afternoon. Sirens blare to alert residents in the coastal areas to instruct them to evacuate, even as Hilo International Airport has been shut down and the planes grounded. American officials are prepared to visit both Chile and Hawaii, according to a Washington Post report.

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  19. The 7 Most ‘Awkward’ Crowdsourced Websites

    “Awkward” has pretty much become a replacement for the word “uncomfortable,” single-handedly conveying all of the speechlessness, disturbance, annoyance, uneasiness, and embarrassment that young people endure each day. So it comes as no surprise that this mutually understood (and now welcomed) awkwardness has found its way onto web pages as a resource to connect people. Rather than emphasize the gripes of dealing with unanticipated situations, these contributors and readers highlight the entertainment value to their uncomfortable social circumstances. Here, the seven best sites that embrace the world’s awkwardness:

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  20. Power Grid FAQ

    As you may have noticed, Geekosystem has a nifty feature called the Power Grid, which ranks people, objects, and assorted eidolons from across the vast expanses of geekery. What is this Power Grid, and by what infernal machinations does it issue forth its categories, subjects, and rankings? A brief FAQ:

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