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The Quest for a Unifying Theory of Time Travel in Star Trek

We’ve had the Star Trek universe for 50 years now, which includes 726 episodes of six television series plus 12 movies (soon to be 13). The concept of time travel has figured prominently in many of those stories, but it doesn’t always work the same way. In some tales, the theory is of a “consistent universe,” in which you can’t change the past. What has happened has always happened, and if you think you’re changing it, you’ll find that you’re just part of history. In other stories, the timeline of the universe is changeable. In fact, if you change the past and don’t like the results, you can go back and change it again. Then there are some episodes where both theories are present, or you might say, a hybrid of those theories.  

The animated series (TAS) was one of the first to build on the ideas presented in “The City on the Edge of Forever.” The episode “Yesteryear” has the Enterprise return to the Guardian of Forever to monitor the past eras flashing across its surface. This causes a change to the timeline—without even going back to the past. Luckily the Enterprise still exists, but Spock has been replaced as First Officer by an Andorian. The change happened because Spock didn’t go back in time as he was supposed to. To repair the timeline, he must go back and visit his childhood self on Vulcan.

Consider: If Spock hadn’t failed to travel into Vulcan’s past, the timeline wouldn’t have been changed. If the timeline hadn’t been changed, he never would have had a reason to go into his past in the first place. (Janeway’s headache coming on yet?)

In a sense, this is an integration of both the consistent universe and the changing timeline models. And some of the episodes mentioned under the header of “consistent timeline” also show signs of belonging to both categories. DS9’s “Past Tense” has the Defiant crew experience their timeline changing around them even though the same time travel incident includes evidence of a “consistent universe” event. In many of these episodes, even if the crew’s actions do end up as part of the way things were “supposed” to happen, the crew still worries about damaging the timeline. They act as if their actions potentially could alter history.

If that wasn’t complicated enough, the crew of the Enterprise occasionally gets stuck in a time loop, Groundhog Day-style, until they can figure out how to stop it. Even more confusing, sometimes time travel splits the timeline in two parallel timelines, two alternate universes that exist without awareness of the other. Can all these theories ever be reconciled? Possibly; after all, Star Trek is fiction. Read about the different rules of time travel in the Star Trek universe, with examples and explanations, at Ars Technica.  -via Digg


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Spider Eats Snake

The caption on this photograph at Aussie Farmer says “Death by Daddy long legs.” Now, what they call Daddy Long Legs in Australia is a different creature from the fairly harmless insects we call Daddy Long Legs in the U.S. This is a cellar spider, which is sometimes called a Daddy Long Legs in Australia. And it’s captured a brown snake. Farmer Patrick Lees took the picture on his property in Weethalle, New South Wales. He said a group of spiders later gathered around the snake

The Australian Museum's arachnology collections manager Graham Milledge said while it was not clear exactly how the snake had died, it was quite possible the spider was responsible.

"The most likely scenario is that the snake got entangled in the spider's web. Usually what happens then is the spider will try to wrap the snake and then they'll bite it," Mr Milledge said.

The Australian Museum lists the daddy-long-legs spider as carnivorous and predatory. The venom is not particularly potent, despite rumours it is one of the world's most poisonous.

It’s pictures like these that get those rumors started, I’d bet. -via Uproxx

(Image credit: Patrick Lees)


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Ripley The Toucan Thinks She's A Lap Dog

I will be the first to admit that my knowledge of toucans is largely based on Toucan Sam from the Fruit Loops commercials and that little plaque in front of their cage at the zoo that tells you where they're from and what they eat.

But despite my ignorance on the subject I don't think I've ever heard of toucans being particularly cuddly birds before I saw this video starring Ripley the toucan, who seems to think he's a lap dog rather than a long billed bird.

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Ripley's proud owners love sharing their silly bird with the world via the official Ripley the Toucan Facebook page and of course by sharing videos of Ripley's odd behavior on her YouTube channel.

-Via Cheezburger

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One Child Will Cherish This Picture Forever

Redditor burnmongham and his brother took their kids on an outing. They took pictures, but there wasn’t one with all of them in it. So he took two of the snapshots and stitched them together digitally to include everyone. It took him a month to realize the one little error in the image fusion. How fast can you find the special child?   


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Woman Crashes Her Own Funeral to Confront Murderous Husband

Noela Rukundo of Melbourne, Australia, was visiting her native Burundi last year when two men kidnapped her. They had accepted money from Rukundo’s husband Balenga Kalala to murder her, and they called Kalala back in Melbourne to prove they had Rukundo in custody. In doing so, they informed Rukendo her husband had contracted the murder. Two days later, the kidnappers gave Rukundo recorded evidence against her husband and set her free. She flew back to Australia without contacting Kalala. That is, until he was leaving her memorial service a few days later. When Kalala saw his wife, he thought it was a ghost -or hoped so.

It was as they drove away that Noela sprang her surprise.

"I was stood just looking at him. He was scared, he didn't believe it. Then he starts walking towards me, slowly, like he was walking on broken glass.

"He kept talking to himself and when he reached me, he touched me on the shoulder. He jumped.

"He did it again. He jumped. Then he said, 'Noela, is it you?'… Then he start screaming, 'I'm sorry for everything.'"

Kalala was then arrested, and pled guilty after being confronted with the evidence of his murder for hire scheme. In December, Kalala was sentenced to nine years in prison. Read the whole sordid saga at BBC magazine. -via Uproxx

(Image credit: Australian Broadcasting Corp.)


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Pup Wipes His Own Paws


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This footage illustrates how Thomas Anamun trained his dog Bentley to operate on a cleanliness level above most canines. When Bentley gets to the welcome mat at the entrance of his home, he stops to wipe his paws thoroughly before walking through the doorway. Once the pup decides his job is done, his presence inside the house is celebrated by an unnamed doggie companion of his at the top of the stairs. Good boy, Bentley, and welcome home! Via Tastefully Offensive 

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Dr. Mittens Lamar

Wouldn’t you love to go see Dr. Lamar, who heals boo-boos with nom-noms? This billboard in Milwaukee grabbed a lot of attention. The website on the billboard is actually for the company that rents out billboards. They just proved how effective nonsense advertising can be! -via reddit

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The History of Japan

Bill Wurtz compressed the history of Japan into nine minutes. Those nine minutes fly by as momentous changes happen. He saves time by dispensing with things like names and dates, because you wouldn’t remember them anyway. By the time you’re through, you’ll remember just enough to want more.  Contains a small amount of NSFW language.

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Wurtz simplifies huge events into humorous, rapid-fire exchanges, but there are a couple of times when the narrative just screeches to a halt, because the subject at hand calls for just that. And it works. This is an overall masterpiece. -via reddit


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Two Men Catch on Video the Moment They Are Nearly Struck by Lightning


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Meanwhile in Australia, where people with charming accents are about to be killed by All of The Things, a storm is blowing in. In this NSFW-clip-due-to-profanities-shouted-by-two-nearly-lighting-struck dudes, Nick and Daniel are at Sydney's Oyster Bay. They've just spent the majority of ten minutes deciding not to take their boat out because they could "feel the static" of the impending electrical storm. Just then, they get confirmation of their decision by one Mother Nature. Learn more and see additional video at Yahoo 7 News Australia.


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The 10 Best Harrison Ford Movies of All Time

Rick Deckard, Han Solo, Jack Ryan, Indiana Jones, Dr. Richard Kimble, President James Marshall… those are only a few of the many roles Harrison Ford made his own in his 40-year movie career (so far). Which movie was the best, or which movie was he best in? Think of your top picks, then check out this list that ranks the best Harrison Ford movies. At least, his best movies so far. I hope he still has more and different roles in him.


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Chef Recreates Epic Mexican Meal From ZZ Top Album Tres Hombres

As a kid I remember cracking open my father's copy of ZZ Top's 1973 album Tres Hombres, opening the gatefold sleeve to check out that classic pic of the world's most heavy duty Mexican food meal.

The picture was intriguing and raised many questions in my mind- Did ZZ Top eat this epic meal after the picture was taken? How much of that cheese and beer foam ended up stuck in their fabulous beards?

And, most nagging of them all- why does this picture make me so hungry?

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Sadly, those questions remain unanswered, but now thanks to Austin, Texas based chef and ZZ Top fan Thomas Micklethwait we get to see what went in to creating that epic spread, and how the whole thing tastes.

ZZ Top's singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons thought it sounded like a delicious project, saying "It's crazy – absolutely nuts, I stand in awe of what he's accomplished."

-Via Rolling Stone

I stand in awe of what he's accomplished. I have to hand it to him, he recreated every last element that you see in the centerfold with exacting detail. It's rather remarkable.
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Renaissance Castle Hidden Inside Oregon Home

When Almine Barton bought a normal middle-class house in Newport, Oregon, in 1979, she knew she had to change it to suit her taste. But she left the outside as it was, because she didn’t want a higher property tax assessment. The interior underwent a complete overhaul. She brought in stained glass salvaged from churches in England, imported velvet curtains, antiques, crystal chandeliers, and even a full suit of armor to decorate her home. 

 

It’s an insanely impressive home, one that Barton crafted especially for herself, relying on construction methods so precise she frequently had to teach the local craftsmen how to perform them.

Some of the craftsmen were even afraid of damaging the raw materials: Barton found the perfect Schumacher fabrics from France for $150 a yard, and had to search for months to find someone willing to mount them to the walls. “They were scared to mess it up because of the costliness of the fabric. The man that hung that wallpaper used to come in drunk every day because he was nervous of messing it up,” she says with a chuckle.

There are a few normal contemporary rooms in the back, hidden behind closed doors. Barton is selling the home now for $399,000. See 47 pictures of the house at Yahoo! Real Estate. Get more details on the property at its listing. -via Fark


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Cat is Obsessed with Balloon

Evie has a balloon, and it’s her favorite thing ever! She carries it around with her all the time. Maybe it’s her security balloon!

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And like any small child with a balloon, she goes into a panic when it gets away from her. There’s a bit of tension in this story, but things work out in the end, and Evie gets her balloon back. -via Tastefully Offensive

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An Oral History Of The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

Thirty years ago today, January 28, 1986, the world watched as the space shuttle Challenger took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, after several delays, on a mission that included the first Teacher in Space. The flight crew was the most diverse that NASA had ever deployed: two women, an African American, an Asian American, a Jewish American, both scientists and test pilots, military and civilian. The flight lasted 73 seconds, the the shuttle disintegrated as we watched on TV. All seven crew members were lost.

That was the day we were all reminded that while space flight may have become routine, it still wasn’t without risk. Popular Mechanics interviewed more than two dozen people who were involved in the Challenger launch in some way: NASA employees, contractors, astronauts, journalists, family members, investigators, and observers, to assemble an oral history of what happened that day and the aftermath.

See more pictures of the Challenger mission, and the biographies of each astronaut.

(Image credit: NASA)


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How To Keep Your Cool After Bombing Your Trumpet Recital

P.T. Barnum is quoted as saying "Always leave them wanting more"- when you have the audience wrapped around your finger and dying to see what you're going to do next you should bow, say thanks and split.

But this motto can also be applied to performers who are bombing, because if they can do something to win the audience back before exiting the stage the crowd will go wild.

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The kid in this video may have just moonwalked his way into the hearts of America, and I've never seen somebody turn the crowd's attitude around so quickly after bombing so badly! Maybe he should try his hand at stand up comedy?

-Via FAIL Blog

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A Real Dumb Thing

What happened here? It doesn’t look good. In fact, it looks like a nightmare of oven cleaning ahead. At least they got a photograph before the whole thing ignited. If you can’t figure out exactly what happened, you’re not alone. People had plenty of strange explanations before they found out. What happened is this: Show Answer

You would never make that mistake, now, would you? -via reddit


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How to Win at Monopoly and Lose All Your Friends

Someone who goes by the name of elpher explained that he doesn’t like Monopoly. Yet he always wins. The point of winning is to prove to his friends that Monopoly is not fun, and they should play something else. Then he gives us his exact strategy so you, too, can win the game. First off, read and understand the rules, because no one else does. He lays out the best monopolies for you to collect. Never upgrade your houses to hotels, because you want to create a housing shortage. He is ruthless.   

At this point, you more or less have the game sewn up. If losing a normal game of monopoly is frustrating, losing to this strategy is excruciating, as a losing opponent essentially has no path to victory, even with lucky rolls. Your goal is to play conservatively, lock up more resources, and let the other players lose by attrition. If you want to see these people again, I recommend not gloating, but simply state that you're playing to win, and that it wasn't your idea to play Monopoly in the first place.

My normal strategy is to avoid the game in the first place, but if you want to learn to win, make sure you load all the images at imgur. -via the A.V. Club


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Quentin Tarantino Confirms His Movies All Exist In The Same Universe

The characters in Quentin Tarantino's movies feel like part of the same universe, and whether the storyline takes place in the past or present certain key elements seem eerily similar in all of his films.

Tarantino also likes to include unifying elements that are obviously meant to be, like the Big Kahuna Burger or having a Vega brother in both Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, all leading to the unified Tarantino universe fan theory.

Quentin finally revealed the fan theory to be true during a recent interview on The Project, confirming that his movies all take place in the same cinematic universe, well, two universes to be precise.

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There's the "realer than real" universe, which is where all the characters live, and then there's the "movie" universe within the "realer" universe that serves as entertainment for the characters.

Which is why Uma Thurman's "realer" character in Pulp Fiction describes the plot to Kill Bill to Vincent Vega when talking about her favorite TV show Fox Force Five...is your brain smoking yet?

-Via Polygon


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The 10 Best Superhero Performances in Movies

Here’s something that fans can argue about for days. Who portrayed Batman the best? I am partial to Michael Keaton, but that may just be an artifact of my age (and the fact that I still haven’t seen The Dark Knight). You may prefer Christian Bale or even Adam West or Val Kilmer. What if none of them made this list of the ten best superhero performances in movies? There are also plenty of actors who’ve played Superman, not to mention the Avengers, X-men, Spider-Man, and so many other superheroes on film. The list isn’t ranked, but if your favorite made it on there at all, you can pat yourself on the back for your good taste.

The picture here? Well, I have taste, too.


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Two Tough Lizards Take Their Scrap To The Street

Lizard gangs like to take their rumbles right to the middle of the street, so all the wimpy humans watching the fight will see how tough they are and leave them alone.

But only one lizard gang lord can rule the block, and as this video shows it can take quite a while for the king lizard to come out on top!

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Sadly, this epic battle was ignored by virtually every human who passed by, but the guy who decided to capture the whole thing on video is now under the protection of the South Side Saurians.

-Via Daily Mail

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Two Single People Get Married For A Week

Some people are what they call "terminally single", also known as "undateable", meaning they have a really hard time finding anyone who "gets" them and therefore might end up "dying alone".

These forever alone folks never seem to land a relationship that lasts and will therefore forever wonder what it's like to get married...or they could just do like the two in this silly social experiment by BuzzFeedVideo and get married for a week! (Video contains NSFW language)

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The two singles in the video agreed they wouldn't want to marry each other again, but they may live to eat those words and look back on this video as the time they met and married their soulmate...Naaaaaaaah!

-Via BuzzFeed


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Monkey Adopts Puppy, Cuteness Ensues

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An unlikely bond between a 
rhesus macaque monkey and a puppy warmed hearts and brought out curious crowds in Erode, India earlier this month. The monkey apparently took the stray pup under her wing and off she went.

The macaque made sure her adopted baby ate well, and kept a tight hold on him as she traveled both on the ground and up in the treetops. Locals who found the pair endearing set food out for them and watched as the monkey had the puppy eat before her. 

There are now unconfirmed reports that local officials may have taken the puppy away from mama monkey, which, though a sad parting, is likely better for the puppy in the long run.

See additional photos — including one of the monkey flying through the trees with the puppy under her arm — and read more on the story here. 

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The White Room

What happens when you die? The people who know the answer to that are dead, and they’re not telling us anything. A skit from Chris and Jack takes a look at what may be in store for this one guy when he buys the farm.

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It’s a little reminiscent of the classic scene of St. Peter meeting you at the Pearly Gates to announce your final disposition. Except it’s not like that at all. -via Viral Viral Videos


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The Disappearing Puppy

This little guy is learning to come when called, just like the big dogs! But it’s not always easy when you’re that little.

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Looks like someone has been landscaping. One more shrub to go! I’m just glad this isn’t an old septic tank hole, because those are truly dangerous. -Thanks, hearsetrax!

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Can You Guess What Names These Baristas Are Trying To Spell?

Writing a name coherently on the side of a cup is definitely not a prerequisite skill for baristas, which is why I always tell them my name is Frank, because it's hard to muck that one up.

But some baristas have a real knack for turning a perfectly ordinary and easy to read name into a illegible jumble of letters or a bizarre new word nobody has ever heard of.

If you think you've got the code breaking skills to figure out barista handwriting then you should take the Can You Guess What Names These Baristas Were Trying To Spell? quiz here.

Some of them are really hard to figure out, but they'll all make you wonder what those coffee fumes are doing to their minds!

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What Job Does Your State Google the Most?



Have you ever, while simply dreaming, seriously planning or during a day of frustration in your career, Googled another job title? Specifically for the purpose of seeing what experience or certifications it may require, or even what related positions are available in your area? 

Recently an employment website recorded what job positions were most Googled by each state. Check out the map to see what potential career is most popular in your vicinity. Via Daily Dot


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Five Possible Futures for How We Watch Television

Television is in a state of flux. Everyone watches, but they also complain about the cost. Some people are surprised that their parents still have cable, while the parents are surprised that the grandparents only watch broadcast TV. And your friend wonders why you pay for a subscription while they just pirate the shows they want. What will people do to watch TV ten or twenty years from now? Paul Tassi lays out several scenarios at TVOM, with their advantages, drawbacks, and odds of becoming the standard for the future of television as we know it.

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Can You Tell Why People Are Drawn To This Hot Dog Challenge?

Most hot dog challenges involve shoving dozens of hot dogs down your throat in front of a cheering crowd, but this video by Howard Lee of Aberystwyth, Wales features a different kind of hot dog challenge.

The challenge here is to figure out which hot dog is real and which is a photo realistic drawing:

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And here's a collection of Howard's 10 most impressive, photo realistic illustrations complete with time lapse of the drawing process, to further showcase Howard's amazing drawing skills.

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-Via Daily Mail

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23 Movies That Were Written By People You’d Never Expect

It's Pat | Image: Touchstone Pictures

The movie business is never short of secrets, or stories that certain people might be somewhat embarrassed to comment on or acknowledge. Prior to the year 2000, the Alan Smithee pseudonym was employed by film directors who didn't want their names associated with disappointing final products. Screenwriters like Joel and Ethan Coen, Charlie Kaufman and Woody Allen have used pseudonyms, not necesarily out of embarrassment, but for other reasons. 

The list linked below connects famous writers to some film scripts they've written, some of which are hard to fathom. For instance, take It's Pat. A largely unremarkable Saturday Night Live skit-based movie, it follows androgynous protagonist Pat. Too roly-poly to discern the outlines of her critical bodily features and with a partner whose gender is also maddeningly questionable, this bizarre comedy keeps the audience guessing. And guessing. But who would have guessed that the writer was none other than Quentin Tarantino? What's that? It's... not Reservoir Dogs.  

Read a list of 23 film writers— talents such as Noah Baumbach, Louis C.K., J.J. Abrams and more — in this article. 


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Manny the Selfie Cat

Cats each have their own quirks, habits, and hobbies. Manny is obsessed with the GoPro camera. He’s reached out and batted the camera so many times that he’s learned to trip the shutter and take selfies! The best are posted by his human, who goes by yoremahm on Instagram. Manny even manages to take pictures of himself with the numerous family dogs.

#selfiecat #GoPro

A photo posted by @yoremahm on Dec 23, 2015 at 8:45am PST

And he’s apparently working on his facial expressions. Here he is trying to look seductive.

when cats do #duckface #selfiecat #gopro

A photo posted by @yoremahm on Dec 11, 2015 at 6:38am PST

And even art shots! I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up with an art exhibit in a gallery somewhere.

#selfiecat #gopro #tongueouttuesday

A photo posted by @yoremahm on Jan 5, 2016 at 12:44pm PST

See more of Manny’s selfies at Instagram, along with pictures of his large animal family. -via Uproxx

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