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.

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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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Mark Zuckerberg, you dress like crap

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Zuckerberg in his classic uniform. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
Zuckerberg in his classic uniform. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Image: Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Let’s just say it: Mark Zuckerberg dresses horribly, and he should be ashamed every time he appears in public.

Here is a man in charge of the world’s most important social network — one that probably ended American democracy as we knew it! — and thanks to a general acceptance of his limp-ass techno-bro privilege, he gets away with wearing the same ugly T-shirt and jeans whenever he steps outside. It’s a uniform that says “I’m better than you,” an astonishing hubris in 2017 after his company has done so much to divide people. He should be prostrating himself, or at the very least conducting himself with a bit of humility — sartorially and in general.

But he’s not. On Monday, Zuckerberg met with civil servants, including Governor John Carney, in Delaware. He looked like an asshole:

The T-shirt, we’d argue, communicates a lack of respect for the officials in the room. And of course, Zuck doesn’t respect them. His position is invariably that Facebook is a solution to any of the world’s greatest problems despite so much evidence otherwise.

Obvious example: The “Safety Check” feature he touts in this post as a way “to help keep our community safe” is perhaps more immediately recognizable as a malfunctioning panic-stoker. Another: The News Feed he champions for its “free flow of information” was harnessed by bad actors to influence the American election, which he refused to acknowledge until far too late.

Zuckerberg’s T-shirt and jeans are meant to say, “I have no one to impress.” A critical thinker knows they mean otherwise: This is a kid from Silicon Valley’s Neverland who doesn’t understand the grown people in collared shirts, or their constituents.  

And his wardrobe is, as others have pointed out, worse than just immature or stupid: It’s emblematic of a system that lets men get away with whatever while women are held to a different standard. Consider this 2016 piece in which HuffPost‘s Emily Peck explains how Zuck’s awful clothes contrast with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s high-end wardrobe and styling:

Perhaps no two people better exemplify the double standard than the most well-known executives working at Facebook: cofounder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, known for wearing the same grey T-shirt and jeans every day, and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who is typically seen perched atop towering high heels.

… their case highlights the fact that even in the tech world, where the concept of dressing down was invented, and even at Facebook, a progressive company run by a guy in jeans, women and men don’t quite play by the same rules.

So, we won’t belabor the point, but we will remind you that women continue to be dreadfully underrepresented in tech and underpaid overall. 

Meanwhile, the ideals of a T-shirt clad bro, who doesn’t even seem to understand what his product is doing to the world, are given disproportionate weight. If he should ever run for office — a possibility, though we doubt it — remember, at least, all the times he was the arrogant kid in the room getting things wrong during this weird tour of the United States.

Not a good look.

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Jon Snow and Ygritte announce their engagement the old-fashioned way

It’s official, guys. 

After months of speculation, rumours, and reports, we have confirmation that Game of Thrones lovebirds Kit Harington (a.k.a. Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (a.k.a. Ygritte) are tying the knot. 

While People reported the news on Tuesday, everybody took it with a pinch of salt as several lifestyle and entertainment sites — including Life & Style and Bustlehad already reported it earlier this year. 

But now The Times of London newspaper published an official announcement which reads: “Mr K.C. Harington and Miss R.E. Leslie. The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire.” 

Harington and Leslie have been pretty secretive about their relationship — they were photographed together in 2012, triggering speculation they’ve been dating since. Their first public appearance was in 2016. 

As many Game of Thrones fans remember — it’s impossible to forget — Jon Snow and Ygritte’s on-screen romance in the popular TV series ended when Ygritte was mortally wounded by an arrow at the end of Season 5. 

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31 Underrated Horror Movies To Watch Every Day In October

Session 9 is criminally underrated. A story about 5 hazmat workers tasked with cleaning up an abandoned asylum, it’s definitely more of a dripping with dread horror film than a jump scare horror film, but that dread builds and builds and builds until you just can’t take it anymore. Best watched with the lights out on a late night with friends, it’s 100% unnerving.” –ZakGoringer

Session 9 is a completely underrated horror flick made for very little money on the grounds of a real abandoned mental hospital. The claustrophobic energy, the doubting of one’s sanity and the heartbreaking reveal at the end of the film (along with a decent performance by one Mr. David Caruso) makes this flick one of my all time favorites.” –missbanshee

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