Emilia Clarke is ready to embark on a new epic story centred around the destructive forces of fire and ice — and Christmas.
The Game of Thrones star is going to be acting along side Henry Golding of Crazy Rich Asians in the upcoming Paul Feig movie Last Christmas. And yes, the movie is actually inspired by the 1984 Wham! song.
Our guess is that Clarke is the soul of ice that starts a fire in the heart of Golding, a man under cover.
The casting was confirmed by Golding on Twitter, and he seems just as excited as we are.
Last Christmas is written by British actor Emma Thompson with co-writer Bryony Kimmings, who confirmed to Radio Times that the movie is based on the Wham! Christmas hit — and all-round excellent song — written by George Michael.
Other than that, all that’s really known about the movie is that it is a holiday romance set in London.
We’re excited to see who’s giving their heart to whom and whether they’ll give it away the very next day.
Since last week, there are now more than 100 people who’ve reported contamination incidents around the country, according to ABC News.
Now there’s a federal investigation and the threat of serious jail time for those responsible.
Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced that he would introduce increased penalties for contaminating food from 10 to 15 years jail time.
“What you get 15 years for are things like possessing child pornography and financing terrorism. That’s our seriously our government takes it — that’s how seriously I take it,” Morrison said on Wednesday.
The Australian government would also look at introducing specific laws relating to the reckless tampering of fruit.
These steeper penalties come as strawberry producers are worried over how the contamination scare is threatening their livelihoods.
A now-viral video by Stephanie Chheang shows truckloads of strawberries which have been dumped, apparently due to the incident.
“This is no doubt the worst thing to ever happen to my family,” she wrote. “This here is a video of our strawberries being dumped, this here is worth more [than] you could ever imagine and within 3 days we lost it all.”
Chheang claimed in the post that markets wouldn’t take the strawberries due to the needle scare.
In the meantime, consumers are still encouraged to buy and eat strawberries, but also to exercise caution. Except for certain strawberry brands like Berry Licious, Berry Obsession and Donnybrook, which people are advised to throw out or return to the store.
“For all other brands, our advice remains that you can continue to eat strawberries, but you should cut them up before eating,” Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.
“Remember if in doubt, throw them out. Otherwise, make sure you chop before you chomp.”
What would the internet look like in 1975? Can you picture scrolling through Instagram in 1984, or tweeting in 1991?
Graphic designer Future Punk reimagined sites like Reddit, Amazon, and SoundCloud as retro logos from the 1970s to the mid-1990s. Complete with classic title music and animations that look like they’re straight off your grandma’s favorite VHS tape, Future Punk’s logos will bring you back a few decades.
Redditors commented on the video, noting that it felt like “being a kid watching late night shows” and that the nostalgic vibes were comforting. The logos even went viral on Tumblr.
Considering flare jeans and fanny packs are back in style, the video fits right in with today’s trends.
What’s the magic ingredient of a really great podcast, the thing that makes people tune in time after time? It’s simple in theory: Have a really good story. But how?
There are all sorts of ways. Take Serial, the investigative journalism podcast that launched with the true story of the unsolved murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee. It’s been downloaded more than 350 million times as of 2018. Come September 20, it will debut its third season. Or, consider This American Life, where producers have been sharing good stories since 1995.
However they do it, one thing is for sure: You won’t want to stop listening. These 15 podcasts deliver on story-telling like no others.
Serial’s first season earned its popularity with its strategically timed narrative, quality production, and a dogged attempt to get as close as possible to the 15-year-old murder of Hae Min Lee, for which her ex-boyfriend was convicted — don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler: It’s merely where the story begins before delving deeper into the case.
In Serial’s second season, the podcast focuses on the true story of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdah, who returns home from Afghanistan in 2014 after being held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. Bergdah’s celebratory homecoming is cut short when the public suddenly denounces his hero status, calling him a deserter and traitor. Bergdah shares the events that lead up to the public’s general disapproval of his actions in Afghanistan.
What makes Serial so captivating, whatever the season, is host Sarah Koenig’s dedication to uncovering the truth behind each story, and delivering key findings, research, and conversations with the people involved.
The Longform podcast is made alongside Longform.org, which curates some of the best longform journalism, like Atlas Obscura’s overview of Britain’s secret nuclear bunkers and the New Yorker’s speculation of whether or not Facebook has had a direct impact on democracy.
Each episode features an interview with journalists about their most hard-hitting stories, their methods, and their connection to their subjects. Well-known interviewees have included Gay Talese, Malcolm Gladwell, and Michael Lewis. Learning what happens in the making of a story gives listeners a better understanding and appreciation of journalism as a whole.
The Moth has been around for about as long as This American Life, though not necessarily in audio form. The New York City-based nonprofit started with live storytelling events and contests (StorySLAMs with themes like “Saved,” “Scars” and “Gratitude”), and now has a podcast featuring these short stories.
What makes the podcast so great is its simple format: people sharing their stories. The tales are heartfelt, humorous, original, and sincere, and they’re told by everyone, from comedians to professional storytellers, like Hari Kondabolu and Elna Baker. You’ll hear of exotic dancing, heartbreaking high school rejections, and experiences with Australian wild life that will make you laugh, cry, and everything between.
Strangers comes from Peabody award-winner Lea Thau, former director of The Moth. The podcast’s ethos is the notion that you can create a connection to someone despite their being a complete stranger just by hearing their story.
Thau explores heartbreak, the connections we make, and what happens when you realize you’re not the person you thought you were. You’ll hear about a person whose parents control their dating profile, what happened when a Somali refugee family moved to Vermont, and learn of the enduring career of a bank robber.
But what really makes this a great storytelling podcast is when Thau shares her own stories. In the three-part episode “Love Hurts,” she delves into the difficulty she faces dating. Her vulnerability and openness is emblematic of the series’ ability to evoke your deepest emotions.
History buffs keen to learn more about the Civil War should listen to Uncivil. The 2017 Peabody Award-winning podcast delves deep into lesser-known Civil War history. You’ll hear stories about everything from political uprisings to corruption scandals, and wonder why, or how, these stories were left out of the textbooks.
The podcast connects abolitionists’ stories to the world we live in today, making the past thrilling, and revelatory, for today’s listeners.
Snap Judgment, like The Moth, is based off a live storytelling show. The difference is that Snap Judgment, which is produced by NPR and hosted by Glynn Washington, adds musical accompaniment to stories, usually making for an experience more along the lines of slam poetry. Public listening risks public tears, thanks to Snap Judgement’s moving and affecting stories.
The aim of Backstory is to take the headlines of history, both banal and historic, and make them into stories. It’s hosted by three American history scholars, so you’ll get both accuracy and fun — thanks to the hosts’ undeniable chemistry and interactions.
Sure, you could just read a history book or google events you’re yearning to learn more about, but then you’d miss out on all the links being made to current events, not to mention the hosts’ witticisms. Learn about the history of college sports, utopia, and extinction in America, among many other things.
Radiolab makes human interest stories out of science and philosophy’s most difficult questions, interweaving these mysteries with music. Popular recommendations include “Falling,” “Numbers” and “Limits” — episodes exemplary of Radiolab’s ability to tackle big themes.
The Truth offers short stories — frightening, funny and heartwarming — woven through with audio elements, like narration and sound effects, to make them come alive. Subjects include everything from co-ops to mall Santas. Then there’s the episode “Brain Chemistry,” in which a cryogenically frozen man returns to life and finds it is not what he expected.
If you like your stories creepy and soothing at the same time, you’ll love Welcome to Night Vale. This podcast blew up with the help of a Tumblr fan base, and has been spinning tales of the weirdest supernatural fictional desert town in America ever since.
The podcast is formatted as if it were a traditional local radio news program, giving its community updates on things like mysterious hooded figures, a sentient glowing cloud, and an old women who lives just outside of town with a bunch of angels.
Watch out for now-renowned one-liners like, “Weird at last, weird at last! God almighty, weird at last!”
The Thrilling Adventure Hour is based on a live production staged in Los Angeles, and it has the nostalgic charm of old radio. Each episode features three unique stories, along with fictional sponsored ads and songs, lending the show an eclectic and whimsical vibe.
With a collection of well-known guest stars and an expanding universe of story arcs, you might want to start at the beginning — and listen to them all.
While many of these podcasts are trying to keep the radio form alive, We’re Alive has been focusing on keeping it undead. It’s a serial podcast that tells the story of one group of people surviving the zombie apocalypse in Los Angeles.
Tune in for vivid and dark descriptions of the apocalyptic landscape, the creatures that inhabit it, and the close bonds formed among the main characters. The characters reveal their hardships, fears, and hopes for survival in this emotional drama.
Leviathan is a science-fiction audio drama with high quality audio effects and an original soundtrack. The premise might seem too stuffed — a secret race of immortals in a city called Leviathan underneath the Pacific Ocean in the midst of war —but it gets a human face with Macallan Orsel, a genetic scientist in New York, who becomes embroiled in a war when she finds out she’s descended from the people of Leviathan.
Ever wonder what it would be like to live on Mars? Well, so did the six people who signed up to reside in a concealed, imitation Mars habitat in Hawaii for a year. This podcast documents the true story of what occurred during this NASA-organized project.
The goal of the project was to help NASA gauge what they could expect upon visiting Mars, and the results of the project are fascinating. The Habitat recounts the experiences of the volunteers, and what life is like on Mars, well, fake Mars, anyway. You’ll learn everything about the mission, from the freeze-dried food ingested to the meticulously monitored and curated “Mars” landscape.
Dirt John tells the true story of interior designer Debra Newell, who meets and becomes entangled with John Meehan, a handsome doctor who seems to fulfill all of Newell’s needs. But something’s not quite right with Meehan. Eventually, he’s revealed to be a con-artist, and he becomes the menacing center of the story — terrifying not only Newell, but also the people who surround her. L.A. Times‘ Christopher Goffard, who reported the story, also hosts the podcast.
The story was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2018.
“I think we all know when something is unfair. When something smells. We all know this. Let’s face it: This is so patently unfair to her. What really bothers me and gets me so angry is that the White House is victimizing this person […] Why should we participate in a victimization who has the courage to come forward? And she is under absolutely no obligation to participate in a smearing of her and her family.”
She then answered another question:
“Of course it helps that there are women on that committee. But, you know what, I expect the men in this country and the men in this committee […] Really, guess who’s perpetuating all of these kind of actions? It’s the men in this country. I just want to say to the men in this country: just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change.”
Hirono cautiously added: “Okay, you can see I’m a little upset by this, the unfairness of it.”
Hirono’s response is getting a lot of traction — and it’s bound to bring out strong reactions on both sides.
Welp, it looks like a restaurant in Maine is trying to get lobsters high before cooking them.
The owner of Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound restaurant, Charlotte Gill, recently revealed the restaurant has attempted to get their lobsters stoned in an effort to make their deaths at her eatery more humane, according to the Mount Desert Islander.
“The animal is already going to be killed,” Gill told the Islander. “It is far more humane to make it a kinder passage.”
Gill concocted a, uh, interesting method of getting her lobsters high. Here’s an excerpt from the Islander that details her first attempt at smoking up a crustacean — a lobster she calls Roscoe:
In an experiment to test the affect of cannabis on lobsters, Roscoe the lobster was placed for a few minutes in a covered box with about two inches of water at the bottom. Marijuana smoke was then blown into the water at the bottom of the box.
Roscoe was later returned to the ocean “as a thank you for being the experimental crustacean.”
Though Gill, a licensed marijuana caregiver, told the Islander that Roscoe seemed more relaxed after his tank had been “infused: with cannabis smoke, it unclear that the lobster actually got stoned.
THC, the compound in cannabis responsible for getting you high is fat-soluble, not water-soluble, according to the Cannabist. This means it binds to fats not water, making it unlikely that the marijuana-infused water had any effect on Roscoe. This is why drinking bong water won’t get you stoned.
Considering lobsters can remove oxygen (and probably weed smoke) with their gills from the air, it’s possible they can get high from the smoke in the tank, but it’s unclear whether or not lobsters even have cannabinoid receptors.
Gill has set up special tanks dedicated to “sedating” lobsters before their prepared for her customers, but only upon their request. And Gill has made it clear that the lobsters aren’t going to get her diners stoned — but she does insist that the lobsters who’ve been exposed to a little THC are tastier.
While the most humane way to cook lobsters has been a popular debate recently, Gill reportedly steams them alive after hotboxing them. Others insist on killing them with a knife before cooking.
Twitter is overrun with truly cursed images of Toad, thanks to Stormy Daniels.
Daniels went into horrific detail about sex with the president in a salacious excerpt of her new book, Full Disclosure. In an anecdote that ruined our favorite Mushroom Kingdom citizen forever, Daniels described Trump’s penis as “unusual,” comparing the “smaller than average” but not “freakishly small” First Dick to a “huge mushroom head.”
Likening Trump’s penis to a “toadstool,” she writes, “I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart…”
First of all, let’s not disrespect Toad like that. He’s in so much more than just Mario Kart!
This is Toad, by the way, depicting exactly how we all felt after reading that excerpt.
Soon after Daniels’ story was released, Twitter users jumped into action to find and create the most depraved images of what Trump’s penis could look like.
Some of them are, uh, unconventional but otherwise relatively innocent, like this image of Toad protecting two Yoshi eggs while wearing a water-blasting tool.
Remember how you used to adjust the margins on your school papers so you could write a little bit less? If you’re still in school, remember how you still do that? Now, at long last, there’s a font that will do all the cheating for you: Times Newer Roman.
According to its creator, the digital agency MSCHF, the typeface “kinda looks like Times New Roman, except each character is 5 to 10 per cent wider.” This means, ostensibly, that you can turn in a paper in Times Newer Roman without it being terribly obvious that you’ve downloaded a full new font instead of writing 200 more words.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison from the website. Honestly, the difference is incredibly subtle.
As with any shortcut, though, there is one major caveat. You’ll only be able to use the font on papers that you either print or save to PDF. As Lifehacker points out, if you submit the document in Word, the font will only register if it’s also downloaded to your instructor’s computer. Unless they’re also cheating on their term paper (if it’s a TA, maybe they are!), this will probably pose an issue.
Anyway, we should probably say that we don’t condone font-fudging of any kind. We’re just letting you know this exists.