Detective Fox - Gee Mister, You Look Fantastic!


Detective Fox by Crab Metalitees

You know that old expression "sly as a fox"? Well, it's true, foxes are the craftiest and slyest critters in the animal kingdom, and that's why they make really good detectives. People assume you must be law abiding and noble as a knight to help bust criminals, but that's simply not true, because the best way to get inside the mind of a criminal is to act a bit like a criminal. You know, steal a few eggs from the hen house, snatch a pie off a window sill, that sort of thing. Nothing serious, just some petty larceny to get you thinking like a crook and help you solve the case. After all, it's not good to go around detecting and solving on an empty stomach!

Add some awesome animal style to your geeky wardrobe with this Detective Fox t-shirt by Crab Metalitees, with deep, bold blues and amazing artistic details that'll drive all but the hens wild with delight.

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The Best Unintentional Cosplay From The 2016 Met Gala

When celebs get all dressed up for a high profile function they usually get some famous fashion designer to choose their wardrobe for them, so they show up looking tres chic and totally cool at the big event.

This system usually works out well for both parties, as the designers get free promotion and the stars get free cutting edge fashion styling, but this system also leaves the celebs at a designer's mercy.

Celebs like Nikki Minaj, Zayn Malik and Solange Bowles showed up to the Met Gala 2016 dressed in designer fashion that really made them stand out, never knowing the designers were secretly turning them all into cosplayers. Well played, fashion elite!

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Why Pen Caps Have Holes in Them

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I'd long suspected that disposable ballpoint pens had holes in the caps so that they'd dry out faster. It's planned obsolescence.

But that was incorrect. It's actually to save lives.

Every year, about 100 people in the USA choke to death on pen caps. The purpose of the hole is to provide an air passage in the event that the pen cap becomes lodged in an airway. Science Alert explains:

By simply adding a larger hole to the top of the lid, pen company BIC increased air flow and the chance that people would still be able to breathe even if that happens - a design feature that, quite literally, saves lives.

"In addition to help prevent the pen from leaking, all our BIC caps comply with international safety standards that attempt to minimise the risk of children accidentally inhaling pen caps," the company writes on its website. "Some of these vented caps, like that used for the BIC Cristal, has a little hole in the top to comply with the existing safety standards."

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Dash Cam Footage Shows Kangaroo Attacking Car At Midnight

I have it on good authority that Australia is full of kangaroos, and if you go there to visit you will most likely see a 'roo hopping around at some point during your trip.

This same authority will tell you that kangaroos are feisty critters that shouldn't be approached in the wild because they may attack, and a kick from their hind legs can cause grievous bodily harm.

But what the authority failed to mention is that kangaroos are so feisty they'll take on a car, using their mighty legs to take out a driver- Mad Max style. (Contains NSFW language)

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Apparently Australia turns into an island of terror at night, where roving kangaroo wrecking crews patrol the roads looking for victims...

-Via Esquire

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7-Pound Breakfast Taco Is the Hangover Cure for Cinco de Mayo

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On May 5, 1862, a Mexican army under the command of Generals Ignacio Zaragoza and Porfirio Diaz defeated a French army at the Battle of Puebla, temporarily halting the French invasion of Mexico. Consequently, Americans drink tequila on May 5 every year.

If you drink too much tequila, then El Original, a Tex-Mex restaurant in New York City, offers this breakfast taco as a hangover cure. It's called the Seis de Mayo. This whopping 7-pound taco contains a dozen eggs, a pound of sausage, a pound of bacon, and a pound of peppers and onions. It costs $50.

-via That's Nerdalicious!


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Walt Whitman—Patriotic Poet, Gay Iconoclast, or Shrewd Marketing Ploy?

Walt Whitman was a distinctive and provocative poet of the 19th century. At the height of his fame, as he faced old age, Whitman became an advertising icon. He didn’t seek it out, and he wasn’t even consulted. He didn’t profit from in, either. And the products that were sold bearing his name or face had little to do with the poet himself. It started with cigars. Whitman didn’t smoke.  

During the Gilded Age, new industrial technology, particularly in chromolithography and tin-stamping, caused an explosion in product branding and advertising with colorful product labels, tin boxes, and tin signs. This new era of marketing meant familiar literary characters and beloved authors could be used to drum up excitement for an unknown products.

So when cigar maker Frank Hartmann bought the Spark Cigar Factory in Camden, New Jersey, in the late 1880s, the celebrated local bard was an obvious mascot. By 1890, his company introduced its Walt Whitman brand of cigars. But Hartmann wasn’t the only entrepreneur to have this idea: At least a few companies in the cigar manufacturing center of Binghamton, New York, started offering their own Walt Whitman cigars around the same time. The branding arrived as Whitman was facing his mortality and doubting whether Americans were truly touched by his life’s work. When Whitman disciple Horace Traubel presented the poet with an 1890 envelope advertising Walt Whitman cigars, he reported that Whitman exclaimed, “That is fame! … It is not so bad—not as bad as it might be: give the hat a little more height and it would not be such an offense.”

But that was just the beginning. Whitman’s name, image, and/or quotes were used to sell calendars, coffee, applesauce, gum, hotels, whiskey, and a slew of other products. Collectors Weekly talked to ephemera collector Ed Centeno about Whitman and his allure with advertisers, and looks at the life of the poet, too.

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Dad Dressed as Darth Vader Wakes up Son


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Rob Lopez began getting his 2-year old son Sebastian ready for Star Wars Day last Friday (it's a holiday that requires a lot of prep work). Lopez woke up the boy while dressed as Darth Vader and menacing him with a lightsaber.

Sebastian, a fine padawan, responded with admirable courage. At 1:43, he demonstrates that he knows exactly what he should do if Darth Vader visits him.

My favorite part of the video is when Lopez thoughtfully gets his wife's written permission to play this prank on their toddler. He's smart!

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Car Repairs So Bad They're Brilliant

It must be amusing to work as an auto mechanic and watch all those wrecks and “there, I fixed it” jalopies roll in begging to be sent to that great big junkyard in the sky.

Oh the stories those mechanics must tell while sitting around the table at dinner time, tales of duct tape patch jobs and Coke can pipe repairs.

Hopefully when someone rolls in with one of these poorly patched up automobiles those kindly mechanics cut them a deal, because you know someone is broke when they can't even afford a new tire!

See 16 Disastrous Car Repairs That Are So Wrong They're Hilarious here


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Following the Top 5 Songs

An animated graph of Billboard’s top songs from Polygraph lets you watch the top five songs rise and fall over time. Not only that, but it plays the number one song while it’s at the top! This covers the years 1956 to 2016, so you can select a great year for memories and just let it play. Well, that’s what I’ve been doing. You might want to to analyze the movement or something. This is cool. There are a few glitches in the 1950s, but the '60s really rock. And so do all the other years. -via Metafilter


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Dog Saves Hummingbird's Life. Now They're Best Friends.


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Rex the dog has come a long way.

He was a stray who lived a hard life of fighting other dogs and killing cats on the streets. Then Ed Gernon of Whittier, California rescued him.

Having been rescued, Rex pushed on the cycle of kindness. He brought Gernon's attention to a sick hummingbird, lying on the ground and covered with ants.

The pair nursed the bird, whom they named Hummer, back to health. Now Hummer lives with Gernon and Rex. She's Rex's constant companion. You can read more about them at CBS News Los Angeles (auto-start video).

-via Incredible Things

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Five Smart Hotels that Take Tech to the Next Level

Some major hoteliers are harnessing technology to cater to their guests without having to hire extra staff, and along the way, they can save room, time, and energy. If you’re used to doing everything with your phone, you’ll want to visit these someday.

Developed by Caesars Entertainment, the LINQ offers hotel rooms control entirely by the WeChat app. This includes adjusting the lighting, opening and closing the curtains and changing the temperature on the thermostat without getting up from the bed. These smart hotel rooms are catering to the overseas Chinese guests. When you first arrive in the hotel room, you simply scan a QR code to instantly download the app which operates under a WeChat official account.

This collaboration between Caesars and WeChat is one of many in operation that is being used to study foreign markets for additional opportunities. Caesars is planning to construct and ecosystem that leverages WeChat in future hotel rooms to provide the ultimate hotel experience.

These hotels are obviously not for everyone. I find the idea of a hotel chain knowing that much about me to be a bit creepy. Besides, I don’t have a smartphone. There is a hotel on the list that provides iPads in each room for those who don’t have a smartphone. Still, that doesn’t make anything easier for older people who are not quite computer literate. But for globetrotting technophiles, these inns are the wave of the future. See all five hotels at Money Inc.


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Hamster - He's Not On A Piano And He's Not Eating Popcorn, But He's Still Cute!


Hamster by Michael Creese

Have you ever wondered why people keep buying hamsters as pets even though they live such short lives and don't do anything cool like other pets? Well, I think this picture sums it up- people buy hamsters because they're so darn cute! They sit there staring at you with those adorably vacant eyes making you want to turn into a python and eat them all up, which would explain why their life spans are so short!

Spread squees wherever you go with this Hamster t-shirt by Michael Creese, it's the artsy way to take a tiny pet hamster with you wherever you go!

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The Secret To Writing A Good Star Wars Script, According To West End Games

Even though a few impossible to satisfy detractors disliked Star Wars Episode VII most audiences loved returning to their beloved Star Wars universe, and saw no real problem with the writing.

So what was the deal with the prequels?

Apparently George Lucas didn't follow the style guide released by Lucasfilm in 1994, but the folks at West End Games read it closely while creating the finest Star Wars RPG to date.

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This extensive style guide was meant to give the West End Games team some parameters for what lore could be included in the game and some guidance on how to approach a Star Wars storyline.

Lucasfilm Creative Executive (and former West End Games writer) Pablo Hidalgo has been tweeting out snippets from the style guide to show us how intense writing licensed Star Wars projects used to be, before Lucas threw it out the window for the prequels.

Reading it is like seeing into alternate Star Wars dimensions that could have landed on the big screen and getting some sound advice on crafting a franchise specific storyline at the same time.

Read The Secrets Of Writing Good Star Wars According To West End Games here


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Luke the Son of Anakin

The Broadway musical Hamilton won a Grammy, a Pulitzer Price, and just this week received a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations. But you really know you’ve arrived when you get a Star Wars mashup on YouTube.

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Set to the tune of Hamilton’s opening number, “Alexander Hamilton,” the song explains Luke Skywalker’s entire life that we know so far.  -via mental_floss

If you prefer your Hamilton/Star Wars crossovers with less staging and more celebrities, check out Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and JJ Abrams performing the song Miranda composed for The Force Awakens.


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The Beard Formally Known as Prince

To commemorate the life of the musician Prince, beard artist James Myrick (whose work we've featured extensively at Neatorama) grew his beard into the shape of Prince's unpronounceable love symbol. The purple background inspired by Prince's Purple Rain is a nice accent.

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This Little Pet Owl Loves To Take Baths

Wild owls bathe every once in a while, mostly by splashing a bit of water on themselves since their featers aren't as , but some wild owls don't seem to like to bathe at all.

It's unclear how little Trude would act in the wild, but in captivity Trude is a big fan of baths, and loves to float around in the bath like a wide-eyed rubber ducky.

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Trude's human Kimora Hidetoshi enjoys sharing videos of the strange little bathing owl online so people can see what it's like to have a floating sack of feathers stare at you when you're lying naked in the tub. *shivers*

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-Via Laughing Squid

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Turkish Pizza

It's called pide and it looks delicious! Instagram member stark_eats describes how he discovered it at a restaurant in Istanbul:

A bearded gent from northern Turkey, crammed in with his family at the table next to ours, upon noticing our non-Turkish tongues, asked us with guarded suspicion how we found out about this family-run spot. Once we gave him a satisfactory answer, he told us we had chosen wisely, for this was his favorite pidecisi in Istanbul. When we were about to dig in, he told us to first slide the butter around the crust and then eat. Glad we did

-via Thrillist

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Squirrel Absconds with GoPro Camera

Viva Frei took his GoPro to a park in Montreal to record the friendly squirrels. One got bold enough to take the camera! The squirrel jumps up in a nearby bush, but when he sees the man coming for his camera, the squirrel takes off and finds a bigger tree.

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Does he get the camera back? Duh, you’re watching the video. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Fashion Trend: Chest Hair (For Men)


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It's time for you to stop waxing your chest. The newest, hottest fashion in manscaping is for men to grow out their natural carpets. The New York Times reports that this is how urban men are reconnecting with their primal masculinity:

“We’re seeing a return to ’70s fashion,” said Tim Bess, an analyst at the trend forecasting agency the Doneger Group. “The late ’60s and early ’70s were about freedom, the hippie movement, having lots of hair.” [...]

Christopher Oldstone-Moore, the author of the 2015 book “Of Beards and Men” and a senior lecturer at Wright State University, in Ohio, believes that an increasingly urban and digitized life has left some men “disconnected from their masculinity.”

“There are different ways to connect to your organic masculinity,” Dr. Oldstone-Moore said. “Hair is one way to do it.”

The obvious next step for enhanced masculine display would be to put glitter in your chest hair.

-via Althouse


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The Salsa Spectrum

In this episode of You Suck at Cooking, we get a lesson in homemade salsa: mainly, what goes in it. The instructions are pretty much chop and stir. And there’s a catchy little song at the end.

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I make gallons of salsa every year, but my recipe is both minimalist and designed for home canning, which involves cooking. The other main difference I find with this method is that I never have included anything sweet. I might try some of these fresh chopped salsa ideas this summer when the tomatoes come in, just not the potato or soap. -via Digg

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Pixelated Makeup Lets You Live inside Minecraft

Makeup artist Promise Tamang looks like she's stepping out of a virtual world! She painted perfectly arranged and shaded squares on her face, neck, and chest to make her look like a pixelated being. You can see her makeup tutorial here and learn how to do this for yourself.

-via Laughing Squid


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Who Was the First First Lady?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

The “First Lady” is a title which refers to the official hostess of the White House. Although it is not a firm prerequisite for the title, the First Lady is commonly thought to be the wife of the president. But who was actually the first-ever First Lady?

If you guessed the logical answer, you, of course, said it was Martha Washington. After all, Martha was the wife of the first U.S. president, George Washington. But actually, the title First Lady was never used regarding Martha during her lifetime.

In the early years of U.S. presidents, their wives were referred to by several different monikers. Their titles were often based on the wife's personal preference. The titles “Mrs. President" and “Mrs. Presidentress" were sometimes used.

Martha Washington was often addressed as “Lady Washington.” The wife of John Tyler, our 10th U.S. president, liked to be called “Queen of the House.”

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The Sorting - This Is How House Slytherin Does Halloween


The Sorting by Raffiti

Jack had always known he lived in a magical kingdom, and Halloween Town was far more magical than most because everyone in town was a supernatural creature straight out of a nightmare. But nobody in his Town had any grasp of the magical arts, so when the Hogwarts Academy of the Arcane Arts asked if they could build a satellite school in his Town he nearly lost his head with happiness. Jack had always dreamed of being a full blown wizard, and he knew that moldy old sock Oogie Boogie would never have the discipline or mind power to become a wizard. But when Mr. Skellington was presented with the Sorting Hat to help him discover to which house of magic he belonged he knew he'd underestimated Oogie Boogie's grasp of the magical arts...

Bring home the most magical mashup ever made with this The Sorting t-shirt by Raffiti, it's a perfect way to show love for two of your favorite flicks at the same time!

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Why You Accidentally Call Your Relatives by Your Dog's Name, But Not Your Cat's

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That person who lives in your house--the one that you've known all of his life--what's his name? Precision is difficult, so just run through the roster and see what sticks.

We've all done this before: call one family member by another relative's name. You may even address your husband or child with your dog's name.

But not your cat's name.

Why? Futurity summarizes research from a Duke University doctoral student named Sparky Samantha Deffler. She explains that it's because dog names have greater significance in families:

In addition to mixing up sibling for sibling and daughter for son, study participants frequently called other family members by the name of the family pet—but only when the pet was a dog. Owners of cats or other pets didn’t commit such slips of the tongue.

Deffler says she was surprised how consistent that finding was, and how often it happened.

“I’ll preface this by saying I have cats and I love them,” Deffler says. “But our study does seem to add to evidence about the special relationship between people and dogs.

“Also, dogs will respond to their names much more than cats, so those names are used more often. Perhaps because of that, the dog’s name seems to become more integrated with people’s conceptions of their families.”

-via Althouse


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The World’s Longest Golf Club

Michael Furrh built a golf club that is 22 feet 6.75 inches long. That’s a new world record, as the previous longest golf club was a measly 14 feet long. How do you swing a 22-foot golf club? From far away.

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It’s not easy to swing. It’s not easy to carry, either. Furrh does it to draw attention to local charities, so it’s not just a silly idea. Oh, it is that, but it’s also more. -via Sploid 


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Teens Are Having Less Sex


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16 and Pregnant? Not anymore. Or, at least, less of it. The number of teenage mothers in the USA peaked in 1991, when it was considered a major public health crisis. But since 2006, the teen birthrate has plummeted, especially among Black and Hispanic populations.

Why? Scholars says that improved sex education and access to contraception has helped. But teens are also having sex less. The Washington Post explains:

“There has been a change in social norms that has happened in the past 20 years, and the idea of not having sex or delaying sex is now something that can be okay,” said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Veronica Gomez-Lobo, director of pediatric gynecology at Children’s National Medical Center, said the trend of abstinence has been mostly among younger teens rather than older ones. While there’s not good data on why this is happening, she thinks of it as a “contagion” factor: So many teens are waiting to have sex, she suggests, that the peer pressure goes opposite to the way that it might have in the past.

“We think this is a very healthy trend,” Gomez-Lobo said.

We would, of course, need hard data to confirm this impression.

-via Marginal Revolution


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Luke Gets a Lightsaber

It never occurred to me as a teenager, but watching the original Star Wars movie again with my own kids, I thought of this exact scene. It must be the mother in me that thought, “Careful, you’ll put your eye out …or something!” Considering what an immature, impulsive kid Luke was, it could have very well all ended before it started, just this way. It’s the latest comic from Jim Benton. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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1913: The First Bollywood Film


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The worldwide film phenomenon known as Bollywood began with this 1913 silent film Raja Harishchandra. Govind Phalke, who is sometimes known as the "father of Indian cinema," produced this, the first Indian feature film.

It tells the story of Harishchandra, a legendary Indian king. The Public Domain Review describes him as well as the film made in his memory:

The story centres around the hero Harishchandra, a noble king, who, to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra, sacrifices his kingdom, his wife, and eventually also his children. By the end, however, having pleased the Gods with his actions, Harishchandra’s former glory is restored.

Phalke was apparently inspired to make films after watching the French film The Life of Christ (1902), twice in one day. He quit his job at a printing press and went to London to learn the technical ins and outs of making a film. Returning to India, he pledged in his life-assurance policies and his wife sold her jewellery to raise the capital needed.

Embedded above is an 11-minute synopsis. You can watch the full 40 minutes that survive at the Public Domain Review.

-via Nag on the Lake


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Han Shot First

It’s part of Star Wars lore that “Han shot first,” referring to the scene where we first met Han Solo. He gets into an altercation with a Rodian bounty hunter named Greedo and shoots him. We all know now that George Lucas was making up the story arc of the original trilogy as he went along, so later when Solo emerged as a fan favorite and Princess Leia’s love interest, he remastered the scene to show that Greedo shot first -and missed, so that Solo only killed Greedo in self-defense. Star Wars fans who were born after the remastered home video version came out never saw the scene as it was shown in theaters in 1977. The revision was to make Solo a more ethical hero, but the change angered fans who adored Solo even with a murderous streak. Today, the New York Daily News has an interview with Paul Blake, the actor who played Greedo. He confirms what we’ve been telling younger fans. 

"Of course, in it said it all in the original script, we played in the scene in English and at the end of the scene, it reads, 'Han shoots the alien.' " Blake told the Daily News. "It's all it says and that's what happened. It was very painful."

Besides, having Greedo fire first and miss from across a table, as has been the case after the original release, is sort of embarrassing.

"He was a bit inept wasn't he?" quips Blake. "He's a worse shot than a Stormtrooper. I don't think Jabba had him under a pension plan let's put it that way.

Blake would like to see the scene eventually restored to its original version. He also tells us how he got the role. Dying early meant it was short-lived, but the retcon gave him a place in history. -via Uproxx 

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Facebook Gives $10,000 to 10-Year Old Who Discovers Security Flaw

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Can you find a security flaw in one of Facebook's social media platforms? If so, the company will give you at $10,000 reward.

The youngest person to ever claim that prize is a 10-year old boy in Finland named Jani. He found a hole in Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The company handed over the cash reward to Jani's parents. The Washington Post reports:

This reward puts Jani in the upper tier of hackers Facebook has paid for finding bugs. Since the company launched its bounty program in 2011, Facebook says it has paid out about $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers.

Melanie Ensign, a security representative at Facebook, told The Washington Post by phone early Wednesday that most of those payouts are much smaller amounts. The reported $1,780 average reward skews high,  she said, with a cluster of very large payouts obscuring the typical sum.

“We base our bounties on the scope of the risk, rather than the novelty or sophistication,” Ensign said. The flaw that Jani found “would have impacted everybody on Instagram.”

Jani hopes to spend some of that reward money on a bike, soccer equipment, and new computers.

-via Marilyn Terrell

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