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  1. Things We Saw Today: A TARDIS Tortoise!

    Try saying that ten times fast.

    Headcanon: this is actually Sherlock's pet tortoise, Clyde, who has run off to be with an even more eccentric British gentleman.

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  2. Shut the Front Door, Starbucks To Sell Alcohol Across The US

    Everyone prepare your ridiculously elaborate drink order now.

    Four Loko may be banned, but a strategically covered mermaid is ready to fill the nation's caffeine and alcohol void. Starbucks has announced they will start selling beer and wine across the US as part of an ongoing attempt to fulfill America's every beverage desire.

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  3. What Kind Of Coffee Would Princess Leia Order At Starbucks?

    I See What They Did There

    Now you know. Previously in Star Wars

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  4. Starbucks Introduces System That Lets You Tweet a Coffee to a Friend in Need of Coffee

    You can find us on Twitter @geekosystem. Just throwing that out there.

    Let's say you have a friend on the other side of the country, and you notice from their Twitter feed they've hit a mid-afternoon slump and could use a pick-me-up. Too bad there's no way to send them a coffee through the Internet -- except now there is. Starbucks will let you send friends coffee through Twitter with Tweet-a-Coffee. The future!

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  5. Google Will Provide Better Wi-Fi For All Starbucks Locations

    If their connectivity speeds come in weird pseudo-Italian sizes, though, then I will quit.

    Between being able to monitor our email inboxes, chat logs, and even our Internet history, Google knows almost everything about us -- why not add our coffee preferences on top of that? Because today Google released a blog post saying that starting in August, they'll be in charge of the Wi-Fi connection for all 7,000 Starbucks locations nationwide.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: The Littlest Bender

    Things We Saw Today

    A reddit user recently shared this old Halloween picture of his daughter. I feel like she needs to be holding a sippy cup. (via i09)

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  7. Starbucks Wants to Sell You a $1 Reusable Cup for Your Morning Coffee

    Coffee leviathan Starbucks wants you to kick your morning habit -- no, not your coffee. God, they're not monsters. They just want to see you ditch the disposal cups that so many of us use and then toss into a garbage can -- or, yes, at a particularly annoying co-worker before our second cup. The retailer is banking that they can get more customers using reusable tumblers for their morning joe by crashing the price point, introducing a new reusable coffee cup in their stores in North America that will cost just one dollar.

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  8. Boba Fett Serves You Coffee At The Disney Starbucks

    Keep the Change Ya Filthy Animal

    Starwarsbucks? Yes, this is exactly the kind of nightmare you had when you heard about Disney buying LucasFilm. It's ok though, Boba Fett is just using this as an undercover opportunity. Previously in Star Wars
    • Online Petition To Build Death Star Is Gaining Traction
    • Samuel L. Jackson Wants Mace Windu Back In Star Wars VII. Obviously.
    • A Star Wars LEGO Proposal!
    Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. Researchers Boost Shared Wi-Fi Signal Strength Up to 700%, Coffee Shop Patrons Rejoice

    Having access to wi-fi in places like coffee shops is wonderful, unless those places get crowded with other people using the same wi-fi connection. That's when speeds drop and problems begin. It's almost enough to make you want to carry around your own hotspot, but thankfully researchers from North Carolina State University have a new way to increase wi-fi speeds up to 700% on crowded networks.

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  10. New Technique Could Turn Day Old Pastries Into Plastic, Slight Upgrade From Current Cardboard State

    We've all tested that el cheapo "Day Old Baked Goods" basket at the cafe, and most of us have been burned by it, whether it's with a chocolate chip cookie that goes to dust in your mouth or a scone you could use to hammer nails. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong, working in conjunction with coffee giant Starbucks, have developed a new use for pastries that have overstayed their welcome. By treating the pastries in a bio-refinery, lead researcher Carol S. K. Lin and her team break down the baked goods into their most basic forms -- strands of simple sugar molecules. Those simple sugars can then get a new lease on life as bioplastics or detergents, turning food bound for the dumpster into your next plastic water cup.

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  11. Starbucks Gets Into Energy Drink Game With New Drink “Refreshers”

    Not content with dominating the coffee business, and also not content with their current coffee energy drink, the Starbucks Doubleshot, Starbucks has announced that they'll be entering the non-coffee energy drink market, with a new line of fruit flavored energy drinks, dubbed Refreshers.

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  12. This is the World’s Weirdest, Most Beautiful Starbucks

    To our North American readers, Starbucks likely conjures images of overpriced coffee and a plethora of MacBook Pro users occupying all the seats. It does not bring to mind architectural innovation, but perhaps it should, as the Starbucks located in Fukuoka, Japan is nothing short of astounding. Designed by architect Kengo Kuma, the structure uses hundreds of interlocking wooden blocks -- a particular favorite of Kuma. The architect apparently wanted to give the impression that the Starbucks was nestled in a tree. While beautiful, the design also functions as a roof support and Kuma claims that the entire complex could be disassembled and rebuilt somewhere else. See more pictures, after the break.

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  13. Man Orders Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Possible, $23.60

    You've probably never walked into a Starbucks and thought to yourself "How can I order the most expensive coffee possible?" Logan A. Warren, on the other hand, has. On top of that, he actually ordered it. It doesn't seem like it would be that hard; you just scan the options and pick the priciest one, right? Not so, you can purchase all sorts of upgrades for your coffee, each at extra cost. That's how Warren wound up paying $23.60 for a single coffee, and one that was practically undrinkable at that.

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  14. Things We Saw Today: A Robotic Family Portrait

    Things We Saw Today

    This piece and others by artist Nathan Stapley are being sold through Gallery 1988. Because in this age of digital photography, what your wall is missing is definitely a family portrait. (via Popped Culture)

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  15. Things We Saw Today: A Truly Excellent Electric Mayhem Tattoo

    Things We Saw Today

    Now, this -- this -- is a nice tribute to Electric Mayhem. And yes, we are still reeling from/gearing up for The Muppets. Don't you forget it! (via Diary of a Death Starlette)

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  16. Things We Saw Today: How to Survive Groundhog Day

    Things We Saw Today

    Hey: Are you stuck in an infinite time loop? Then you might benefit from the infographic above by HERO Design, which was part of Gallery 1988's Please Post Bills show. As you might be able to guess, it's an art tribute to Bill Murray. Oh, you're welcome! (via Popped Culture)

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  17. Things We Saw Today: Soldiers With Kittens

    Things We Saw Today

    Happy Memorial Day, everyone! (At Ego TV via GammaSquad)

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  18. Walk Into Starbucks, Read All of Marvel’s Digital Library

    It is a gift!

    The Starbucks Digital Network is the coffee giant's exclusive hand-picked news and entertainment website, available only at Starbucks locations. Walk in to any Starbucks, take advantage of their free wifi (you might want to buy something, just so you don't get the barista evil eye, which can cause mild indigestion and acne) and get access to the site. Well, lets just say I might be drinking way more seasonal iced-mint-lemonades this year than previously, because Starbucks just partnered with Marvel to offer free access to their entire digital comics library through the free Digital Network service.

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  19. Man Walks Into Boston Starbucks, Makes it Rain $100 Bills

    Reportedly, a drunk man entered a Boston Starbucks on St. Patrick's Day and, as they say, made it rain. Shown in the picture above, snapped with a mobile phone, the man threw $100 bills around the Starbucks, while shouting "I'm rich!" multiple times before leaving the establishment. Supposedly, no one made a mad dash for the bills sitting on the floor, probably too stunned by the act, or too embarrassed to be that guy. A Starbucks employee eventually collected the money and donated it to Japan earthquake relief efforts. Head on past the break to see the news report.

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  20. The Trenta, Starbucks’ New 31-Ounce Coffee, Begins Brutal Campaign of Nationwide Expansion

    Remember the Trenta, the 31-ounce coffee drink size that Starbucks teased last year as a means of saving us from smaller coffee beverages ... and ourselves? Well, as of today, the Trenta, housed in Starbucks' biggest-yet coffee cup, is beginning its national debut with a rollout in 14 states: It will be available in Starbucks locations in all 50 states by May 3rd. As the above graphic by the National Post notes, the Trenta is larger than the average capacity of the human stomach, so that's always nice.

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