5 Common Lies About Famous People

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Brownie edges are better than brownie middles and this pan proves it

It’s time to stop giving so much attention to the pineapple on pizza controversy – the real issue is brownie edges vs. middles. If you’re a person who cuts the rectangle of edge pieces out of the pan and leaves the rest to the plebeians, we understand you. Edges are chewier, crispier, and obviously better.

Baker’s Edge has come up with a brownie pan just for you, edge lovers. The genius zigzag-shaped pan makes every inch of batter bake into a chewy edge piece. Because the pan is shaped in one continuous design, there is no end to the edge goodness.

There's no end to the edge.

There’s no end to the edge.

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If you’re more of an inside brownie fan, we forgive you – and now you have a unique present idea for any edge dessert lovers you may have in your life. Equipped with non-stick coating, the pan also comes with its own spatula for scooping out those chewy bites.

You can thank us later.  

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Former astronaut and NFL player bashes Trump with the perfect takedown

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The official portrait of astronaut Leland Melvin with his dogs Jake and Scout.
The official portrait of astronaut Leland Melvin with his dogs Jake and Scout.

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Leland Melvin — former astronaut, NFL player, engineer, author, and owner of the best damn official NASA photo of all time — shared a perfect takedown of President Donald Trump to his Facebook page on Saturday.

In his post, Melvin condemned Trump for many of his recent actions, calling them both “boorish and disgusting.” The post touches on multiple incidents, including Trump’s NFL-connected attacks on free speech, his tweet which depicted violence against Hillary Clinton, his comments after protesters clashed with racists in Charlottesville last month, and just his general pettiness and inability to unite the country.

Melvin’s letter should absolutely be read in full, below, but if there is one takeaway, it’s this passage: “Donald Trump please know that you are supposed to be a unifier and a compassionate and empathetic leader. If you can’t do the job then please step down and let someone else try. I pray that you do the right thing. May God bless you.”

To Donald Trump

I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this country even though at the time they were drafted, their tenets of life, liberty justice for all and eventual freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press and petition amendment ratified in Dec 1791, only applied to a select group of people and not ones that looked like me. Donald Trump I listened to your Alabama rally rant and could not believe how easily you say what you say. We have become numb to your outlandish acts, tweets and recent retweet of you knocking down Hillary Clinton with a golf ball that you hit. Donald Trump your boorish and disgusting actions are not funny. They actually promote violence against women especially when your followers act out what you say.

I used to walk the grounds of UVA in Charlottesville, VA as a graduate student only to watch in horror as those same grounds became a battlefield being trod by Nazi and anti-Semitic worshippers armed with assault style weapons ready to fight to make America White again. (their words). You actually said there were nice people on both sides. People armed and ready to kill other Americans for the purpose of eradicating Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Mexicans, Asians, Latinas and even the first real Americans, Native Americans to make America Great Again were “nice people”? Verses what you say in condemnation of an unarmed black man peacefully protesting by exercising his constitutional First Amendment rights by silently taking a knee is appalling, unnerving and reprehensible. You called Colin Kaepernick “a son-of-a-bitch.” And said he should be fired. You are basically calling his white mother a bitch. The strong contrast in language for a black man and a Nazi is very telling. Do you have any sense of decency or shame in what you say to the American people that are part of your duty to serve respectfully with dignity, presidentially?

The National Anthem that we listen too has been edited to try not to offend because when Francis Scott Key penned the song he watched freed slaves fighting for the British and wrote this stanza:

“And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

I guess if I were a slave back then I probably would have done anything to obtain freedom from my American oppressors who were whipping, killing, raping, dismembering, hanging or releasing the dogs on people like me all under our Constitution. In 1814 former slaves fought with the British for their freedom from their American enslavers and Key witnessed a battle from a ship off the Maryland shore at Fort McHenry which inspired him to write what became our National Anthem.

I served my country not in the military but as 1 of 362 American Astronauts that have explored the universe to help advance our civilization. Not just Americans but all humans. I also was briefly in the NFL and stood for the National Anthem with my hand over my heart. What makes us great is our differences and respecting that we are all created equally even if not always treated that way. Looking back at our planet from space really helps one get a bigger perspective on how petty and divisive we can be. Donald Trump maybe you should ask your good friend Mr. Putin to give you a ride on a Soyuz rocket to our International Space Station and see what it’s like to work together with people we used to fight against, where your life depends on it. See the world and get a greater sense of what it means to be part of the human race, we call it the Orbital Perspective.

Donald Trump please know that you are supposed to be a unifier and a compassionate and empathetic leader. If you can’t do the job then please step down and let someone else try. I pray that you do the right thing. May God bless you.

Sincerely,
Leland Melvin
Former Astronaut and
NFL Player

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Facebook and Microsoft’s big undersea cable is finally finished

More than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, there now lies the “most technologically advanced subsea cable,” providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google’s alternative, now poorly named, “Faster.” The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius. 

Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, began in August 2016. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won’t be operational until early 2018. 

Facebook, Microsoft, and Telxius will jointly own the cable, which weighs almost 10.25 million pounds — as much as 34 blue whales. Telxius will serve as the cable’s operator and will sell and lease its capacity to outside service providers. Microsoft and Facebook will use the cable to serve their own capacity needs. 

Marea coiled on a ship

Marea coiled on a ship

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Most transatlantic communication cables connect to the U.S. in either New York and New Jersey, but having the Marea as its called (meaning “tide” in Spanish) connect in Virginia diversifies connectivity between the U.S. and Europe. Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York and New Jersey in 2012, disconnected North America from Europe for several days.

“The superstorm sparked the realization that another major event could disrupt the vital connectivity lifeline across the Atlantic,” Microsoft said in a blog post. “As part of its ongoing efforts to drive innovation and expand capacity of its global network, Microsoft sought options for making transatlantic connections more resilient.” 

Microsoft will not disclose the amount of its investment, or how much its partners have paid. 

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Sportscaster Dale Hansen’s take on the #TakeAKnee protests is an absolute must-watch

Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen is a fixture of the sports media scene, and his “Unplugged” segment on ABC affiliate WFAA has never shied away from the sometimes-insidious politics of the sports world. 

On Monday, Hansen nailed it again, defending the #TakeAKnee protests that swept the NFL last weekend in a clip that’s quickly becoming required viewing on Twitter. 

Most notably, he refuted the notion that a protest during the national anthem is inherently disrespectful to veterans. (Hansen served in Vietnam.)

“My best friend in high school was killed in Vietnam,” Hansen said. “Carroll Meir will be 18 years old forever. And he did not die so that you can decide who is a patriot and who loves America more.”

Hansen also took several shots at Trump, including at the president’s decision to call players who protest “sons of bitches” despite “[saying] nothing for days” about the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.

“If you don’t think white privilege is a fact, then you don’t understand America,” he said.

You can watch the full video below.

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Obama, Bush, and Clinton enjoy a nice, relaxing game of golf without Trump

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all got together on Thursday to watch a nice, relaxing game of golf. 

The three were all smiles and sat together during the Presidents Cup golf tournament in Jersey City, New Jersey, snapping selfies and hamming it up with the crowd. 

Image: ANDREW GOMBERT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

Missing from the event was current President Donald Trump, who is expected to attend the tournament on Sunday. We’d expect nothing less from a man who criticized Obama for playing golf during his time in office, but has since visited golf courses 60 times as president, playing at least 24 times. 

Regardless, these dudes had a great time! 

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

While the lack of Trump at the competition isn’t necessarily a dig at the current president, the former presidents have previously banded together to raise funding for relief efforts after Harvey, without Trump.

Image: ANDREW GOMBERT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

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‘America’s Team’ kneeled before the national anthem on Monday Night Football

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The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem played before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem played before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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The Dallas Cowboys are about as American as American football gets, and even they kneeled before their game Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals. 

To be clear, “America’s Team” — along with its famous billionaire owner Jerry Jones — kneeled before the national anthem on Monday Night Football. 

That’s not quite the same as kneeling during the anthem. Still, some fans booed the team after the gesture was over. 

The move comes after a weekend in which more than 200 players kneeled, sat, or stayed in the locker room during the national anthem before NFL games across the country in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. 

President Donald Trump ranted Friday about protesting NFL players at a rally in Alabama. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!’”

That unleashed an avalanche of criticism from pro athletes, including NBA superstar LeBron James. 

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Philips and ICRC want to change the world

Another year, another chance to improve lives around the world. 

This year’s Social Good Summit, held at the historic 92nd Street Y in New York, was a whirlwind of inspiration. A full roster of panelists included changemakers, global citizens, and progressive thought leaders from around the world. Collectively, they inspired a packed audience with ideas on some of the tangible changes we can make to the world around us in our lifetime. 

Held during the United Nations General Assembly week, Social Good Summit attendees met to discuss the state of the world today and how it could look by the year 2030. 

Among the many companies in attendance was health technology company Philips, who discussed the work it does with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). While there, Philips also unveiled a new consumer initiative called Better Me, Better World.

Better Me, Better World provides consumers with personal benefits while giving them the opportunity to help prioritize the causes that Philips will support through the Philips Foundation in 2018. Addressing health topics that range from community access to healthcare and first aid training, to ensuring healthy lifestyles for children, are at the heart of the Philips Foundation’s mission to reduce health inequality through meaningful innovation. It does this by deploying the expertise, knowledge, and innovative skills of Philips in collaborative projects with humanitarian organizations — such as the ICRC — to design, adopt, and deploy solutions that are sustainable and inclusive.

The Chairman of The Philips Foundation, Ronald de Jong, and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, took the stage at SGS to talk about their partnership and share a very practical example of how they were working together to improve the lives of women and children in Africa. 

“The world is becoming a more complex place every day,” said de Jong. “We need to work together with parties who have a common understanding of what it takes to make a meaningful difference to people by 2030.” 

The duo premiered a video on stage that focused on how Philips delivered low-tech, high impact healthcare innovation for pregnant women in Africa and Southeast Asia, known as The High Risk Pregnancy Toolkit. 

The stats in the video weren’t easy to swallow: 160,000 African women die in childbirth each year, and 300,000 babies die during labor. Composed of instructional cards and a double-headed, battery free, fetoscope (fetal stethoscope), the High Risk Pregnancy Toolkit will assist healthcare workers in detecting the signs of at-risk pregnancies in women living in remote and fragile environments. The toolkit is being deployed by the ICRC to 75,000 women in up to eight African countries.

In 2014, Philips pledged to support the United Nation’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, committing to improve the lives of at least 100 million women and children in Africa and South East Asia by 2025. This year, Philips is increasing that commitment to 300 million people in underserved markets, thereby recognizing the often critical needs of women and children in many communities. Compounding this need is the added burden that arises from the increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in communities already struggling without adequate access to healthcare.

SGS was a day packed with impressive and important goals — and actionable solutions for helping citizens around the world. Want to become part of those solutions? Choose the causes that The Philips Foundation should focus on in 2018 and become part of a better tomorrow.

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576 border collies gathered together for a borking good time

A magical thing happened on Sunday: 576 border collies with smiling faces gathered together, apparently breaking the unofficial record for the most border collies in one place at one time.

The event, which was put on by the Border Collie Owners of South Australia, was held in Willaston Oval. The group confirmed on its Facebook page that 576 collies attended the event (though we have to admit, we see some Australian shepherds in there, but we’re not judging because they’re all good dogs).

According to the Australia outlet News.com, the pups raised over $6,000 for charity, and broke the previous unofficial record of 503 dogs, which TV veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren organized in 2013. 

The Guinness Book of World Records does not recognize breed-specific accomplishments, so sadly, the record will remain unofficial. 

Whatever, just look at these dogs. 

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#TakeAKnee protests are about police violence, not the military or the Constitution

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Thirty-two Denver Broncos players took the knee on Sunday.
Thirty-two Denver Broncos players took the knee on Sunday.

Image: John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images

An unprecedented number of NFL players kneeled or otherwise protested during pre-game national anthems this Sunday after Donald Trump spent his weekend feuding with the league over the peaceful act.

The hashtag #TakeAKnee (and a variant, #TakeTheKnee) trended on Twitter all day Saturday and Sunday as players and some team owners and front offices defied the president’s repeated attacks with public statements and on-field shows of solidarity.

And despite players’ repeated explanations of the intention behind their decision to kneel or raise a fist, it seems there’s still a lot of (sometimes willful) misunderstanding about why they’re doing so.

Ever since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick started his protest last September, he’s been clear about the fact that there’s no intent to disrespect the military, the country’s bedrock values, or any of the other patriotic ideals commonly raised by his critics. 

Rather, the protest is simply to call attention to the ongoing problem of disproportionate police violence against non-white people in America and the lack of consequences for its perpetrators, Kaepernick has said. 

In fact, he actually opted to kneel rather than sit last year after former NFL player and Army Green Beret Nate Boyer suggested it might show more reverence to soldiers and veterans.   

“Once again, I’m not anti-American,” Kaepernick said at the time. “I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better. I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”

Kaepernick is now a free agent, but the movement he started as a 49ers is now stronger than ever. The dozens of players who’ve joined have been similarly explicit about their reasoning. 

For instance, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, who became the first MLB player to take a knee during the anthem on Saturday, said his gesture was not meant to detract from the significance of his own father’s army service. 

“I know I was on the fence for a long time because I know no one in baseball has ever done it,” Maxwell said in a post-game press conference. “I finally got to the point where I thought the inequality of man is being discussed, and it’s being practiced from our president.”

The severity of the real problem driving the protests was underscored earlier this season when Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett was seemingly arbitrarily arrested in what he claimed was an instance of racial profiling and excessive use of force. 

“The system failed me. I can only imagine what Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Charleena Lyles felt,” he wrote in a statement on the incident.

Despite appeals like that, Trump has never mentioned the issue at the center of the movement, and he continues to openly call it a protest against America itself.

Yet the newfound willingness of NFL owners to make at least conciliatory statements in defense of their players’ right to free expression signals there may finally be more acknowledgment of the substance of the protests rather than the method.

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