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Happy 13th birthday to the very first YouTube video

By Martha Tesema2018-04-23 21:36:43 UTC The first video uploaded to YouTube is finally a teen. Thirteen years ago on Monday — on April 23, 2005 — YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded this 18 second clip to the site just a few months after the domain was secured, and nothing’s been the same since.  By the YouTube standards of today, it’s a pretty dull video, but it does embody much of internet

Someone found the 18th-century version of the distracted boyfriend meme

By Morgan Sung2018-04-16 22:16:08 UTC The distracted boyfriend meme — that image in which a man checks out one woman while holding hands with another — gained popularity last summer, used to explain moral dilemmas like choosing between dealing with responsibilities or taking a nap. (The answer is always take a nap.) The original image is just one piece of a multi-part stock photo series about love, infidelity, and the

21 books you need to read this spring

These 21 books are must-reads this spring.Image: Mashable Composite, Little Brown and Company/ Ecco/ Grove Press/ Riverhead/ Simon & SchusTer By MJ Franklin2018-04-16 14:10:35 -0700 Spring is here and that can only mean one thing: time to shake yourself out of hibernation and bust out that spring reading. But with so many great books coming out in 2018, it can be hard to figure out just which ones you should

No, Stormy Daniels' lawyer didn't say he has Trump dick pics

Your eyes are safe … FOR NOW.Image: Spencer Platt/Getty Images By Keith Wagstaff2018-03-20 00:55:14 UTC Chill out, everyone.  Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stormy Daniels, didn’t just claim he had a picture of Trump’s orange wang. (Sorry, allegedly orange.)  A bunch of people on Twitter freaked out after this tweet went viral. Stormy’s Lawyer on MSNBC. I’ll paraphrase. “We have photos of Trump’s penis”. — Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) March 19,

Boy finds a message in a bottle that traveled 1,000 miles in 4 years

By Morgan Sung2018-03-12 23:06:07 UTC In the age of DM’ing, Snapchatting, and texting, there are countless ways to get in touch with new friends. A group of French sailors stuck to a more old fashioned way: throwing a message in a bottle overboard.  Twelve-year-old Joseph Vallis found the message on Saturday while helping out with a beach clean up in Bermuda, four years after the bottle was tossed into the

Jake Paul's video about school shootings doesn't involve any actual gun control

By Brian Koerber2018-03-12 22:51:34 UTC [embedded content] With 14 million YouTube subscribers and millions more on his various platforms, vlogger Jake Paul has massive influence. Unfortunately, his new plan to end school shootings doesn’t instill much confidence that he can use it to truly enact change.  First, we have to applaud Paul for taking a break from his daily vlogging and merch selling to visit Parkland, Fla. in the wake

Watch a hotel rip Trump's name off its sign

A worker removes letters from the sign at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Panama.Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images By Brian Koerber2018-03-05 22:53:17 UTC Owners of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Panama ripped Trump’s name off the front of their building on Monday. Orestes Fintiklis, who purchased the majority share of the building in August, had the Trump Organization removed from the building on Monday after a Panamanian court

FedEx won't end partnership with NRA because 'discrimination'

A FedEx truck.Image: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images By Brian Koerber2018-02-27 00:48:13 UTC After a weekend of pressure from social media activists, FedEx has announced it will not end its discounted rate program for members of the National Rifle Association, which offers a discount of up to 26 percent. Following a school shooting which left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida earlier this month, there has been a public crackdown on

Justice is served when a kid gets stuck in an elevator after peeing on it

By Morgan Sung2018-02-27 00:40:12 UTC [embedded content] It’s karma at its best.  Chinese news outlet CGTN shared footage of a prank gone wrong. After the boy in the video urinated on the panel of elevator buttons, he got ready to bolt out. But things did not go as planned. Instead of opening, the elevator’s doors remained closed, and the entire panel of buttons began lighting up. The boy was forced

People really did gather to say 'wow' together like Owen Wilson

Wow.Image: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic By Johnny Lieu2018-02-27 00:26:19 UTC Now this is a story that’ll make you go “wow.” Fans of the Owen Wilson meme gathered in Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia on Monday afternoon, as part of an event organised by a Facebook page called Owen Wilson Wowposting. And yep, people really did gather and say “wow” in unison. For those unfamiliar with the meme, it all has do with