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  • Our office played HQ Tri

    Our office played HQ Trivia together. Heres what we think of it.


    We here at Mashable love a buzzy tech startup, whether it's Yo!, Peach, Meerkat, or any of the other dozens of apps that have had their moment in the sun. So when we heard about HQ, the new live trivia app that has created something of a sensation with its daily quizzes, we had to give it a shot.

    SEE ALSO: HQ is the smartphone obsession you never asked for

    That's how much of Mashable's senior editorial leadership found itself in an office at 3 P.M. EST on Monday, trying out HQ Trivia. Most of us hadn't ever played it before, and we generally have fun. Here's a Facebook Live(opens in a new tab) of us playing.

    Each of our players provided us with their reactions to the app. It's only on iOS right now, but it's already got a couple hundred thousand people playing the game at the same time.

    Lance Ulanoff, chief correspondent

    I love trivia. I've been playing Trivial Pursuit for 20 years, and when my local news station does Weekend Trivia, I play that, too. I’m even halfway decent at it (I once got my name on TV for it), so I’m biased toward a mobile trivia game.

    The reason HQ works is that it doesn’t break the mold. It’s a tight trivia game with a little bit of education and the ultra-fun added benefit of maybe, just maybe, winning a few bucks.

    Honestly, though, I think people play for the opportunity to show up on the leader board. Trivia makes people feel smart (or stupid), and being able to say you won at HQ Trivia is like a little nerdy badge of honor for the digital age.

    If I have any criticism, it’s that the host drags out the correct answer way too long. I’d say, reveal the correct answer, then educate us. Also, the chat stream is just broken and dumb, but then, no streaming app has figured that out.

    Jessica Coen, executive editor

    This was my first time playing HQ Trivia, and you always remember your first! I had a lot of fun, but I’m not sure I would’ve enjoyed it so much had I not been surrounded by fun people. For all the isolation that smartphones can encourage, the communal experience — rather than the game itself — was what made HQ so great. It’s also worth noting that for something that is truly modern, the game had me picking up retro vibes: the playing-live-against-strangers reminded me of airplane trivia (is that still a thing?), and the music/graphics were straight out of Kids Incorporated.

    But here’s my biggest takeaway: The irritating host made an off-the-cuff "joke" about Jews and Ponzi schemes. Like, what? Who let this dude out of his cave and decided to put him in front of a camera?

    Alex Hazlett, deputy managing editor

    I can totally understand how it's addicting. It came right around the point in the afternoon where I'm usually ready for a break, and it's over fast enough that it doesn't really feel like I'm slacking in a meaningful way. It's hard to cheat, so I feel like I have a reasonable shot at winning, and I think they make the first couple questions a little easier so it pulls you in. I just really need them to make an Android app so I can play, too.

    Pete Pachal, tech editor


    I can see why HQ is suddenly the next mobile phenomenon: The host is fun, the premise is straightforward, and the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"-meets-Facebook Live format is addictive. But for me, the Moment came when one of the questions was about the "prematurely canceled" show Millennium, which awakened a long-dormant piece of TV trivia in my brain and made it suddenly, urgently useful.

    For a brief moment, I was in total command of the experience, capable of outsmarting thousands of others. If HQ can keep stoking that feeling that we, as individuals, have more wisdom than the crowd, it just might outlive its 15 minutes of fame.

    Miriam Kramer, deputy science editor

    I generally liked my first experience with HQ. I like the fact that it's a private way of doing pub trivia wherever you go. I don't actually love pub trivia generally. I find the social pressure of it stressful, but this took that pressure out of it and didn't take that much time. I'll play again!

    Michael Nuñez, deputy tech editor

    HQ Trivia is about as thrilling as a scratch-off lottery ticket. The stakes are super low. Even when you win, you lose. I’m not a huge fan of trivia to begin with, and when everyone is sober and the winners only get $9 and some change … it’s somehow even more intolerable.

    Jason Abbruzzese, business section editor

    I liked it, but the hype is a bit much. It's definitely exciting to get a few questions right and see the numbers dwindle. And the sense of urgency is legit — I got a little nervous sweating going as we played.

    I'm not sure it's going to become a thing I do all the time, but I can see myself playing if I'm just sitting around and get the push notification.

    Alex Arbuckle, photo curator

    I'd seen friends play it before but had been hesitant to jump in, so this was my first game. I found my heart racing and hands shaking as the countdown began. I busted out on the third question even though I knew the answers to the other ones. I hate the game with my life and I will be playing again at 9 p.m.

  • Passenger shares scary p

    Passenger shares scary photos of her broken planes wingtip after collision


    Taking off is a delicate part of the experience of flying, so we can only imagine the shock among passengers of a London-bound Virgin Atlantic plane when they discovered their aircraft had a missing wingtip.

    SEE ALSO: Here are seven things you probably didn't know about the comedy film 'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles'

    An EgyptAir 777 reportedly clipped the wing of a Virgin Atlantic A330 at JFK airport, New York, as it was taxiing on the runway, moments before takeoff.

    A passenger on the Virgin flight chronicled the whole incident on Twitter:

    In a statement to the Evening Standard(opens in a new tab),(opens in a new tab) Virgin Atlantic said: "Our VS4 flight from New York to London Heathrow sustained damage to the wingtip whilst taxiing to the runway at JFK airport yesterday (27 November). 


    "Safety is always our priority, and all passengers and crew disembarked the aircraft as normal. We’re arranging alternate travel for affected customers to enable them to continue their journeys as soon as possible, and we would like to thank them for their understanding during the delay.”

  • Cool dog doesnt want you

    Cool dog doesnt want you to know how much it loves that damn trampoline


    When a person wakes up and finds their dog bouncing on a trampoline, it raises some questions.

    Does your dog not get enough attention? Does it wish that it could fly? Does it have any trampoline tips to teach you?

    All of these or none of these could be correct. It takes a sharp eye to tell.

    SEE ALSO: Sony's robot dog is back and better than ever

    Twitter user, PendleburyErik(opens in a new tab), shared a video this weekend of his lovely dog bouncing around the trampoline with no care in the world.

    But as soon as the dog was caught on camera, the dog immediately settled down. As if to hide its own enjoyment? We may never know.


    When the dog noticed him recording it sat on the trampoline like it knew there was someone watching. It all feels like a scene out of Toy Story when all of Andy’s toys drop to the floor once they realize a person is coming in the room.

    Hopefully we'll be able to catch this sly dog bouncing again, and find out what it knows.

  • Holiday card family memb

    Holiday card family member is each and everyone one of us


    When it comes to family holiday gatherings, you can pretty much expect the same old typical questions, "How's your love life?" "How's your career going?" or "When are you planning on having kids?"

    Oh, the joy.

    The same can be said of Christmas cards. Families are all too ready to show off how well put together their lives are while the rest of us just grin and die a little more inside.

    SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged

    One family decided to lay it flat in the open, proving we're not all that different, because the majority of us are all "Emily."

    Their super creative and hilarious Christmas card has definitely gotten lots of attention.


    From "excited" to "engaged" and "expecting" to "Emily," there's a mood for everyone and most people seem to agree.

    While others have also pulled an "Emily" at some point in their lives.

  • Going to Russias World C

    Going to Russias World Cup? Dont hold hands if youre gay


    Sport might be for all, but LGBTQ fans following their team at the World Cup next year have been warned about showing public displays of affection.

    The warning comes from the anti-discrimination group, FARE network, who have advised FIFA in the past about on how to combat racism, sexism and homophobia in its stadiums.

    SEE ALSO: Not so great Cristiano Ronaldo sculpture gets a much better version

    FARE will produce a guide advising fans how to stay safe during 2018's World Cup, which takes place in Russia.

    Although homosexuality has been legal in the country since 1993, anti-LGBTQ sentiment is abound in the country. So-called "gay propaganda" laws which ban the promotion of homosexuality to people under 18 were enacted in 2013, but advocates say it "reinforces stigma and homophobia."(opens in a new tab)

    "The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community," FARE executive director Piara Powar told AP(opens in a new tab).

    "If you have gay fans walking down the street holding hands, will they face danger in doing so? That depends on which city they are in and the time of day."

    A rainbow flag is held up during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City on February 13, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. Credit: Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images


    FARE has written to FIFA to ask if it would be possible for fans to hold LGBTQ rainbow flags in the stadium. While FIFA doesn't allow for political flags, nothing in the regulations clearly state something like a rainbow flag would be banned.

    Warnings also applies to black and ethnic minority fans, due to long held concerns about the presence of far-right nationalist groups in the country.

    "There are two elements to it — one towards people of color and other element is far-right nationalism. Far-right extremist groups have had around 300 people banned from attending the World Cup," Powar added.

    FIFA will place anti-discrimination observers will be in stadiums to spot incidents, something which was first tested at the Confederations Cup this year(opens in a new tab).

    With the World Cup draw set to be decided on Friday, fans will start to make plans for the world's biggest sporting event, but certainly questions remain on whether they'll feel safe or not.

  • Louis Theroux responds t

    Louis Theroux responds to important photo of Louis Theroux doppelgänger


    Louis Theroux's Twitter feed is a beautiful place.

    When the British documentary maker isn't taking part in glorious Q&As or filming himself reading a line generated by an actual Louis Theroux Twitter bot, he likes nothing better than to share his thoughts on an ongoing phenomenon: the Louis Theroux doppelgänger.

    SEE ALSO: You'd watch all these documentaries suggested by this Louis Theroux bot

    As it turns out, pretty much everyone in the world seems to know someone who looks like Louis Theroux.

    Here's the latest:

    As you can tell from his response, Louis was clearly impressed.

    As was Twitter.

    It's worth noting that this isn't the first time Theroux has dabbled in the strange world of lookalikes and doppelgängers.


    Here's a photo he posted on Twitter last year, after he met a "rather good lookalike" in Australia.

    He also previously hosted a lookalike competition on his Facebook page(opens in a new tab), which led to the following guy being crowned winner:

    Surely all of these people need to be brought together in the same room, for some sort of televised Louis Theroux-themed event?

    Let's make it happen, BBC.

    BONUS: Louis Theroux discusses My Scientology Movie:

  • Somehow, Trumps week on

    Somehow, Trumps week on Twitter has been even worse than usual


    Donald Trump's week on Twitter has been a raging tire fire, even worse than his usual shenanigans.

    Now, granted, that's a pretty high bar to clear.

    But since coming back from Thanksgiving break, Trump has been spewing toxic sludge in 280 characters or less at an extraordinarily high rate, even for him.

    Indeed, Trump wasn't too stuffed with turkey or overcooked steaks and ketchup to avoid Twitter. After taking it light on Thanksgiving Day, Trump had his own sort of Black Friday and hasn't relented since.

    Now, keep in mind that Trump has sent a lot of tweets out in the past few days and these only represent the worst of what he's shared online. In between many these have been two or three more tweets that only reach the "Standard Bananas Trump" level.

    But these tweets, these are the cream of a very bad crop, like a rotten egg on top of a poop sundae.


    Trump kicked off his post-Thanksgiving spree by playing the hits; namely, his disdain of the NFL players exhibiting their First Amendment rights.

    After more boilerplate fare (blaming Obama, golf, and terrorism) Trump bookended his day by dropping this nugget.

    Predictably, Trump's narcissistic hubris spurred a lot of mockery and even a response(opens in a new tab) from Time which denied all of this. And given that Trump was trailing (and still is(opens in a new tab)) in the reader poll, well, it doesn't help his cause.


    Saturday had a lot of great college football games, but Trump wasn't watching any of it. Instead, he took more shots at CNN, this time besmirching network on a global scale—just as Russia took steps to label foreign media operations(opens in a new tab) as "foreign agents." That move was spurred by the U.S. government pushing Russia's RT to register as a foreign agent(opens in a new tab).

    What's more, he seemed perfectly willing to endorse a website called MAGAPill as a reputable news source, something that should tell you all you need to know about where Trump stands on reliable media coverage.

    CNN's PR wing responded with a pretty fire tweet(opens in a new tab) of their own, but things here wouldn't escalate for a few more days.


    It all started on Sunday when Trump addressed the upcoming U.S. Senate special election in Alabama where Democrat Doug Jones faces off against GOP candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of assault and improper behavior while they were underage.

    Trump already tacitly endorsed Moore in a bizarre appearance on his way out of D.C. for the holiday, but apparently he decided he needed to be more vocal in making sure we all knew who he supported.

    Sure, he name-dropped Luther Strange(opens in a new tab) in a subsequent tweet, but Strange lost the primary to Moore and Trump's message here is no different than before.


    As a groggy world finally trudged back to work after the holiday, Trump showed that his weekend action was really just a warm-up for what he had waiting for us.

    Remember that Saturday tweet about CNN? Well, he circled back around to it in a bigly way.

    Besides being oddly worded (even for him), this tweet continued to hammer CNN while outlining Fox News as Trump's safe space.

    His suggestion of a fake news trophy resulted in -- what else? -- internet jokes! But overlooked is Trump's bizarre use of parentheses, something we'd see throughout following tweets.

    This is pretty tame but I shared it to reinforce my point that in between his really bad tweets, Trump was still up to business as usual.



    Trump continued his verbal assault on NFL players' right to free speech by revisiting the anthem protests and continuing to ignore the issue that spawned the protests in the first place.

    He then decided to knock down a Vanity Fair (opens in a new tab)story(opens in a new tab) that suggested Melania was less than thrilled with being First Lady, and threw in more use of parentheses for good measure.

    He then made sure to retweet this FLOTUS tweet(opens in a new tab) of Melania and the kids and Christmas.

    Not content to let political rivals get away free of criticism, Trump tweeted a criticism of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, with their names inexplicably in quotation marks, ahead of a planned meeting between the three along with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.

    Well, airing your grievances in public isn't exactly the art of the deal and the pair of Democrats canceled their appearance, which led Trump to throw a barely-contained tantrum of a photo opp(opens in a new tab) with two conspicuous empty chairs where "Chuck and Nancy" should have been.

    Trump closed Tuesday with tweets about the stock market(opens in a new tab) and North Korea(opens in a new tab). But on a day when the New York Times(opens in a new tab) reported(opens in a new tab) that he was starting to tell people he doubted the veracity of the infamous Access Hollywood tape and was reportedly embracing the Obama birther conspiracy, what else could we expect but a tweet that cites Fox News, "Crooked Hillary," emails, and the "deep state"?

    It's like Trump Twitter bingo!


    This brings us up to Wednesday, where things really went off the rails.

    Let's start with Trump's retweets of fake anti-Muslim videos by far-right British politician Jayda Fransen, an action that drew scorn from just about everyone, including the office(opens in a new tab) of British Prime Minister Teresa May (but not Fransen, shockingly(opens in a new tab)).

    He then joined his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in delighting in the fact CNN that is boycotting this year's White House Christmas Party, something that seems unbecoming of, well, any rational, well-adjusted adult.

    All of this alone would be a bad day of Twittering for the Commander-in-Chief. But he wasn't done. Oh, no, not at all.

    Because then the news of Matt Lauer's firing broke and a man who was both caught on tape advocating sexual assault and had over a dozen women accuse him of sexual harassment and assault decided that throwing stones in his glass house wasn't good enough—so he fired them out of a rocket launcher.

    Throw in another few innocuous (by comparison) tweets, and we're now up to noon ET on Wednesday, with a speech on the tax reform bill still to come as well as hours and hours of daylight left to tweet.

    So there's still time to somehow make this whole situation worse and, if ever there was someone we could depend on to do just that, it's Donald Trump with free reign on the internet.

  • Rob Lowe serves Trump wi

    Rob Lowe serves Trump with a West Wing grammar burn, and its perfection


    Donald Trump’s tax bill speech Wednesday in St. Charles, Missouri, wasn’t exactly riveting.

    But Rob Lowe -- aka The West Wing's Sam Seaborn, aka the sexiest dang speech writer the executive branch ever did see -- suffered through it and had one very specific complaint.

    SEE ALSO: 10 times typos almost ruined your life

    In his speech, Trump used the phrase "very historic" to describe his administration. But, by invoking a scene from The West Wing in which fictional president Jed Bartlet corrects a speechwriter's use of a similar phrase, Lowe served Trump one piping hot grammar burn.

    Lowe is referring to the Season 2 episode "Galileo," which opens with President Bartlet rehearsing a speech. The liberal, professorial president balks when he comes across the phrase "we have a very unique opportunity to take part live in an extremely historic event."

    "Unique means one of a kind," President Bartlett points out. "Something can't be 'very unique.' Nor can it be 'extremely historic.'"


    Oh, to have a president who knew or cared about such things.

    Or to have one that knew a thing or two about American history. Trump pointed out in the same breath as his "very historic" comment that he had only learned two days prior to his St. Charles appearance that Lewis and Clark began their journey in Missouri.

    We guess a Nobel Prize-winning, nuclear disaster-averting president like Bartlet really does only exists in fiction these days.

    On the other hand, Lowe did misspell "Galileo." Then there's the claim that the same liberal smugness(opens in a new tab) Jed Bartlet, Sam Seaborn, and the rest of The West Wing staff typify on screen has been blamed(opens in a new tab) for helping put Trump in the actual West Wing in the first place. Sigh.

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    The pandemic made me realize I hate cooking, and thats OK

    In the Before Times — approximately pre-March 2020 — my dinners were either out with friends or not much of anything at all. I bought frozen dumplings and pasta from Trader Joe's and heated them up, or I fried some eggs. On occasion, I'd even make a dinner my childhood self could only dream of: a bowl of Reese's Puffs or Ben and Jerry's.


    I didn't think anything of this routine then. I simply "didn't have time to cook" — or actually, I was much too tired to cook! After a long day of staring at a screen and coming home to stare at a different screen, how could I possibly have the energy to prepare an elaborate meal?

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    I liked cooking, I told myself. I just didn't have the time.

    This is a lie.

    The coronavirus pandemic is showing society's ass in many different aspects, like gross inequality(Opens in a new tab), racism(Opens in a new tab), and lack of empathy(Opens in a new tab) for others. But it's also shown our own asses in (hopefully) less harmful ways — how we live and what we care about the most.

    And the coronavirus pandemic has taught me that I hate cooking.

    Sourdough starters? Pass. Pantry recipes(Opens in a new tab)? Blah. Hell, even mini pancakes that TikTok told everyone was "pancake cereal"(Opens in a new tab)? Looks tasty, but I haven't had the gumption to make it. I did bake banana bread once and it... didn't turn out super well.

    These days — especially because I can't even make it to a Trader Joe's anymore — my meals have consisted mostly of snack food, quick fixes like oatmeal or eggs, and instant ramen.

    Lots, and lots of instant ramen.

    While this realization seems small, it has shaken part of my self-identity. In the past, I've described myself as a "foodie" before we all agreed on how embarrassing it was(Opens in a new tab). I've had issues with distorted eating in the past and have come out the other side being someone who often speaks about how much I love food and eating, even if it sounds a bit ridiculous to love something that keeps me alive. But I do, and I love the vast majority of foods (scallops are kinda meh).

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    In addition to actual food, I also love food personalities and cooking shows. I seem to know how to win every episode of Chopped and was riveted by Meryl Streep's portrayal of Julia Child(Opens in a new tab). I feel Claire's frustration during Gourmet Makes(Opens in a new tab) and I binge with Babish(Opens in a new tab).

    When the realization hit that I was going to be home for the foreseeable future, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to hone my cooking skills. To prepare delicious stews and casserole bakes and fried rice and maybe even make my own pasta instead of heating up pre-made pasta from Trader Joe's(Opens in a new tab).

    I soon realized this was a fantasy. I haven't glanced at online recipes let alone cracked open a glossy cookbook. Now, I couldn't care less about what I eat. I could, and probably will, live out the rest of New York City's quarantine rotating between the same five things I'm preparing for myself.

    I haven't glanced at online recipes let alone cracked open a glossy cookbook.

    I never imagined I'd feel this way, but I never imagined the wide array of emotions the neurons in my brain have fired off in the past couple months. Now I'm afraid for the restaurant industry, especially small businesses(Opens in a new tab). I worry about delivery people and other essential workers putting their lives at risk so that people like me can get deliveries and take-out orders. I fear my beloved spots won't come back, and that their employees will have nowhere to go.

    But if this experience has taught me anything positive, it's that it's OK to hate cooking. It's OK to rotate between the same five meals. Not only are we living through a global crisis, but we also may have levels of PTSD after this — which is to say, if my coping mechanism is eating instant ramen five nights a week then goddammit, I'm eating instant ramen five nights a week.

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    It's not easy to trust your gut.

    I received no less than half a dozen emails about the web series Insomnia(Opens in a new tab) before deciding, on a lark, to attend a press screening in May. I jogged there from a dance class, hiding under scaffolding to avoid rain, and paused at one crosswalk to wonder why on Earth I was putting myself through this.

    But I had a gut feeling. A part of me that I can't even access on command knew that I needed to see this series, which I had previously heard of through word-of-mouth in the South Asian American arts community. I arrived at the event just in time to hear writer/creator Vishaal Reddy talk about how tired he is of current South Asian representation, which often tries to avoid stereotypes by doubling down on whitewashing its characters and their stories.

    Trusting my gut truly paid off.

    Credit: insomnia

    Insomnia is the story of Nikhil (Reddy), an aspiring writer whose stress levels and sleep patterns have him working a second job as an escort. He wants career success, he wants love, he wants acceptance, but why invite those recipes for a total emotional spiral when you can, you know, not? Like the eponymous Fleabag, he breaks the fourth wall to give us occasional background and insight, but it's only a distraction between taking care of an aunt with multiple sclerosis and the lingering trauma of his mother's suicide.


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    Each episode is named after the main character who interacts with Nikhil, whether it's a client, a date, an employer, or a relative. They're all standalone episodes in their own right but still propel Nikhil's narrative forward, bringing us and him closer to the memory of his mother without ever showing her. The most magnetic interactions are Nikhil's date with Kat (Aneesh Sheth, Marvel's Jessica Jones) in episode 3 and his first meeting with Madam Linney (Nikki Renee Daniels, Hamilton) in the upcoming episode 5. They're dialogue-heavy scenes but utterly hypnotic, presenting power dynamics and ideologies that neither Nikhil nor many viewers will have considered.

    It's already refreshing and revolutionary that Insomnia quite effortlessly features a bisexual South Asian protagonist, but the best thing Reddy does is to embrace his nuanced identity in a way that previous representations rarely do. Many of today's top actors prefer the overcompensating whitewashing to avoid stereotypes. In 2016, Riz Ahmed wrote(Opens in a new tab) about his desire to play characters whose identities aren't rooted in race. "There, my name might even be Dave," he said.

    I think about that sentiment a lot, one we've heard echoed by other South Asian actors, including Priyanka Chopra, who deliberately distanced herself(Opens in a new tab) from explicitly Indian characters in order to make it, so to speak, in the West. It worked, but at what cost? Ahmed's "Dave" fantasy is of playing a character who was otherwise written as white. Why is playing Dave the ultimate mark of success? Why can't we have intricate, interesting characters who do engage with their cultural heritage, whose names are Nikhil and Shalini instead of Molly and Ray(Opens in a new tab)? (If you can pronounce Daenerys Targaryen, you can learn literally any name on Earth.)

    That's the sentiment Reddy shared the spring screening, along with the view that hyphenated identity doesn't have an off button. In episode 3, Nikhil sits with two other Indian friends (The Big Sick's Kuhoo Verma and Cheech Manohar from the Mean Girls musical), and they slip in and out of accents and references that belong only to our unique cross-section of identities. Hearing Reddy talk about these points in person, I almost stood up and applauded.


    Reddy has big plans for Insomnia, but right now he just wants to send the series out into the world in all its glory and hope that it finds the audience it deserves. And that's not just the audience whose stories it tells – the specificity of Insomnia makes its broader themes, like grief and longing, accessible to anyone.

    "I wrote Insomnia for not only the queer and South Asian communities, but for sex workers of color and for people who deal with mental health issues," Reddy told them.(Opens in a new tab) after the series premiere. "I wrote Insomnia for those who feel like outsiders. I wrote Insomnia for those who are messy, funny, awkward, sad… but I most importantly wrote Insomnia for humans who need to feel seen and heard."

    Insomnia premiered June 5 for Pride, with new episodes on YouTube every week(Opens in a new tab).

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    Go ahead, make fun of Mark Zuckerbergs face all you want

    The internet took a brief reprieve from commenting on our current apocalypse to dunk on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for going Mrs. Doubtfire(Opens in a new tab) on his face with some sunscreen.


    Zuckerberg, the billionaire and enabler of white supremacy(Opens in a new tab), was photographed with his clown-like sunscreen application while surfing in Hawaii(Opens in a new tab), where he owns a $100 million property(Opens in a new tab). Once the photos reached Twitter on Sunday, the memes poured in(Opens in a new tab), poking fun at Zuckerberg's body and heavy-handed sunblock application.

    Along with the memes came defense of his sunscreen use(Opens in a new tab) and also defense of him as a person(Opens in a new tab), down to an editorial from someone wanting to defend him(Opens in a new tab) but deciding he wore "too much sunscreen."

    I'm sorry, but what? Defending Mark Zuckerberg?

    Here is the thing: There are plenty of reasons not to defend Zuckerberg, and him laying it thick with the sunscreen is the least of them. Making fun of Zuckerberg is the ultimate punch-up — yes, even if it's about "his looks."

    Zuckerberg is worth over $80 billion(Opens in a new tab), which depending on your stance is in itself a moral failing. As the fourth wealthiest person in the world, according to Business Insider, Zuckerberg wields more power than billions of people (certainly more than the vast majority of the U. S. population). He has the power to enact real change during a time of global crisis — but instead decides to surf on his $12,000 Efoil board with zinc plastered on his face.

    What's more is Zuckerberg isn't just harming the world at large with his personal inaction; he's also inflicted substantial damage with his inaction as the CEO of Facebook. The ongoing lack of real responses to the scourge of fake news and viral conspiracies that spread in an instant on his website have been detrimental to democracy(Opens in a new tab). At this point he's had years to address it head on, but not much has changed on the platform since the 2016 election.

    In fact, this seems to have gotten worse since then. Facebook gives Trump free passes(Opens in a new tab), despite his posts that encourage violence, all while defending their choice as a matter of "free speech." Not only does this hurt our democratic process, but it hurts marginalized groups. Meanwhile Zuckerberg continues to line his pockets.

    Additionally, Zuckerberg may be hurting marginalized groups himself: Native Hawaiians claim that Zuckerberg is suing them for Kauai land, and started a petition called Stop Mark Zuckerberg from Colonizing Kauai(Opens in a new tab) that amassed over 800,000 signatures thus far. Zuckerberg's team told Newsweek that the petitioner's claims were false(Opens in a new tab).

    Are all of these issues more important than silly photographs where he looks more like a haunting demon than a human man? Absolutely. But these silly photographs — or any of the previous pictures that make him look like a soulless robot — don't exist in a vacuum.

    Zuckerberg hoards his wealth and becomes wealthier by undermining democracy, even if it's in an indirect way. He may give away billions of dollars for social good initiatives(Opens in a new tab) though the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, but the choices he makes(Opens in a new tab) at Facebook eat away at any goodwill he collects from those efforts. His charitable giving is also just a tiny fraction of his nearly $90 billion net worth(Opens in a new tab). And for god's sake, Facebook only exists because Zuckerberg made a hot or not website(Opens in a new tab) to compare women after getting dumped. While I don't, as a rule, think people should be cyberbullied for their looks, in this case I am very willing to make an exception.

    This guy sucks, and he always has. Now he's one of the most powerful men in the world, and he doesn't need any of us to defend him. I'd venture to say it's our right — our duty! — to mock him.

    UPDATE: July 20, 2020, 6:30 p.m. PDT This story was updated with information about the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.

  • Did the White House dele


    Did the White House delete a key question from Trumps press conference with Putin?

    It's been more than a week since Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin held a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland, but new areas of concern keep on springing up.

    On Tuesday night, for instance, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called attention to the fact that it appears the official White House video(opens in a new tab) of the event omits one key question from Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, to which Putin gave a controversial response.

    SEE ALSO: 5 most ridiculous moments from that disturbing Trump-Putin press conference

    During the press conference, Mason asked Putin, "Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?"

    And Putin replied: "Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal."

    But the first part of Mason's question — the part about wanting Trump to win — is not included in the White House's footage of the event.

    In the White House video, Mason is simply heard asking, "And did you direct any of your officials to help him do that," followed by Putin's response.

    The Atlantic reported the significant omission(opens in a new tab) last week, adding that the official White House transcript(opens in a new tab) of the exchange didn't include Mason's full question either.

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    Though it remains unclear if the omission was done intentionally or was simply an oversight, Maddow thinks the people at the White House know exactly what they've done.

    "The U.S. government is essentially following the Kremlin’s playbook and maintaining that something we all saw happen with our own eyes, we all heard happen with our own ears, has nevertheless disappeared ― like old political opponents being airbrushed out of photos," Maddow said. "It’s weird, right? It’s creepy."

    And Mason, the reporter who asked the question, also feels the omission could be extremely misleading.

    "You could interpret that to mean he’s answering ‘yes’ to both," Mason told The Atlantic, but "looking at it critically, he spent a good chunk of that press conference, just like President Trump did, denying any collusion. So I think it’s likely that when he said ‘Yes, I did,’ that he was just responding to the first part of my question and perhaps didn’t hear the second part."

    If that's the case, it's easy to assume the White House omitted the first part of the question so as not to make it seem like Putin wanted Trump to win, which would be further motive for election interference.

    And in case things weren't confusing enough, the transcript on the Russian president's website omitted the exchange(opens in a new tab) in question in its entirely.

    The Washington Post, however, notes that even its own transcript of the event(opens in a new tab) omits part of the question, so the act might not have been intentional.

    "Ours came from Bloomberg Government and ours, too, excludes the first part of the reporters question in which he begins, 'President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election,'" The Washington Post's Philip Bump writes.

    The publication also reviewed video feeds from the conference and noticed a clear switch between the audio feed from reporters to translators.

    A White House official also told CNN’s Abby Phillip that its transcript "did not have Mason's audio turned up in time," which explains the mishap.

    Despite Maddow's impassioned argument, it sounds like technical difficulties might be to blame for this unfortunate omission.

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    Marco Rubios John Lewis tribute gaffe is appropriately, savagely mocked

    On Saturday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) inserted both of his feet into his mouth with a poorly executed tribute to late civil rights legend, John Lewis (D-GA).


    In a since-deleted tweet, Rubio shared a photo of himself and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), another late, highly celebrated Black lawmaker, captioning the image: "It was an honor to know & be blessed with the opportunity to serve in Congress with JohnLewis [sic] a genuine & historic American hero. May the Lord grant him eternal peace."

    Within moments, comments arrived informing Rubio of the mix-up, many of them pointing out its racist undertones and abundant hypocrisy. Some light internet sleuthing(Opens in a new tab) indicates the confusion may have stemmed from the incorrect captioning of the image by its photographer Lauren Schneiderman, who has since removed(Opens in a new tab) the picture from her website and has not responded to Mashable's request for comment.

    (H/t Mashable tech reporter Matt Binder for sussing out that Lewis wasn't even present at the event Schneiderman photographed, thanks to public record(Opens in a new tab).)

    After leaving the photo of himself and Cummings up as his Twitter profile picture for about a half hour, Rubio issued a correction, hilariously featuring a screenshot from a YouTube video(Opens in a new tab) in which Lewis and Rubio are seen posing for a photo. (Where that photo is from, Mashable couldn't assess.)

    "Earlier today I tweeted an incorrect photo," Rubio said. "John Lewis was a genuine American hero I was honored to appear together in Miami 3 years ago at an event captured in video below My God grant him eternal rest"

    Of course, a gaffe as gloriously atrocious as this one couldn't go unrecognized. Images of Rubio next to "John Lewis" (AKA any and all Black public figures) cropped up alongside those honoring "Marco Rubio" himself (AKA nondescript white politicians, a corgi's butt, and a wet sock??) swiftly and spectacularly.

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    Mapping state-by-state tech trends: Most popular dating apps


    We like maps here at PCMag. We recently surveyed 2,033 US consumers across the country on a variety of tech topics, and we gathered additional demographic data, including the respondents' home states. First we told you which states prefer Android or iOS(Opens in a new tab), then we mapped preferred gaming platforms.(Opens in a new tab) This week, we're looking at the most popular dating apps in each state.

    The dating-app landscape(Opens in a new tab) is crowded with options: Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid, Match, Plenty of Fish, and Zoosk, as well as other lesser-known services, such as Coffee Meets Bagel and Hinge. Tinder(Opens in a new tab) was the top dating app in the US, at 17 percent. It was followed by Match, at 15 percent. Bumble and Plenty of Fish each garnered 8 percent, and OKCupid and Zoosk earned 5 percent apiece. Eight percent chose "Other." And 34 percent of respondents said they don't use dating apps.

    On a state-by-state basis, Tinder won in 27 states, followed by Match(Opens in a new tab) with 17 states. Bumble won two states, Missouri and Oregon; and Plenty of Fish won Maine and Utah. The two remaining apps won one state each: OKCupid in West Virginia and Zoosk(Opens in a new tab) in New Mexico.

    The results are also interesting when broken down across demographic lines: 32 percent of Tinder users were ages 18 to 24, and 38 percent of that age group prefers Tinder above the rest. This is the only age group where the percentage of respondents preferring any one dating app eclipses those who answered "none." Although dating apps have become part of our culture, plenty of people are already in relationships, and others simply prefer dating the old-fashioned way.


    Plenty of Fish(Opens in a new tab) skewed a bit older, with 32 percent of users who prefer POF between the ages of 25 and 34. Looking at wider age ranges, respondents ages 18 to 44 generally prefer Tinder, and those ages 45 to 65-plus are more apt to look for love on Match.

    Bumble(Opens in a new tab) is only app of the bunch that requires women to send the first message after a match. For whatever reason, 58 percent of respondents who preferred Bumble are men. Conversely, 58 percent of those who prefer the more data-driven and compatibility-focused OKCupid(Opens in a new tab) are women.

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    This meme is here to tell you what you can say during sex that may not be just about sex

    Name something you can say during sex and also while _______.


    Spending the days thinking about things we could say during sex that fit with other activities isn't the newest form of entertainment, but it's having a moment on Twitter, and some of the replies are too good to pass up.

    From Chuck E. Cheese to *checks notes* the 2019 Toyotathon year-end event, these are the things that can** be said both during sex and while doing other various things.


    At Disney World

    SEE ALSO: The 'cats can have little a salami' meme is the best kind of meme

    It's Cali versus the world.

    At Starbucks

    "Not a big fan of the music choice": You mean you can actually resist the supercharged sexual energy of Michael Bublé's "Haven't Met You Yet"? @thejonbutter, made of stone.

    At a baseball game

    It's crucial that you beat the traffic.

    At Chuck E. Cheese

    STOP IT.

    At the Toyotathon 2019 year-end event


    As a wickie or aspiring wickie in The Lighthouse

    Might have to watch the whole movie again but in this context.

    And then there's this

    All in the spirit of getting to know somebody, of course.

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    Protestors project message for Trump at college football championship


    UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2018, 1:28 p.m. EST This article originally stated, based on a report from Newsweek, that a group named ResistNow was responsible for the projections. The protest was actually made by(opens in a new tab) the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

    While much of the conversation on Monday night was about the overtime thriller that saw Alabama claim yet another national college football title (ugh), there were still murmurs of protests directed at Donald Trump.

    SEE ALSO: Human Rights Campaign projects every banned CDC word on Trump hotel

    While tens of thousands of fans filed into Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the title game, several groups of protesters, including a local chapter of the NAACP, gathered to protest Trump's drop-by(opens in a new tab) .

    One particular group -- Newsweek reported(opens in a new tab) it was "ResistNow" based off tweets from a user of the same name -- let their feelings be known by the hottest protest method around: giant projections on the side of a building. [Update: the group that projected the messages(opens in a new tab) was actually the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.]

    This time, the projections from some of the protesters included "No one is illegal" and the concise "Fuck Trump."

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    It was part of a weird night for Trump, which got off to a rocky start when fans outside the stadium were left wet and perturbed(opens in a new tab), stuck in the rain while security measures for the president's visit kept them from being allowed inside the stadium.

    Once past the wet fans and angry protesters, Trump made an appearance on the field for pregame ceremonies, including the national anthem, welcomed by loud cheers underscored with some lustful booing(opens in a new tab).

    While some of the booing was surely related to politics and the long wait fans endured outside, it's worth noting that many Atlanta residents haven't forgotten(opens in a new tab) the disparaging words Trump lobbed at the city from behind his Twitter account just a year ago as part of his spat with Rep. John Lewis, whose district includes a large chunk of Atlanta.

    When Trump seemed to mumble his way through part of the song, Twitter exploded with speculation over whether or not he knew the words. Without audio, though, it's hard to tell if there's any truth to the conspiracy or if the president just put forth a half-hearted effort.

    It wasn't just fans, though. At least one of the players involved in the game made a pretty vocal proclamation against Trump. As the Alabama team got ready to take the field, star running back Bo Scarbrough was caught yelling "Fuck Trump!" loudly.

    In the end, Trump left at halftime(opens in a new tab) of the game, which is a shame.

    After a slow, offense-light first half which saw Georgia take a 13-0 lead, Alabama staged an impressive comeback, pushing the game into overtime where they clinched the title on an exciting 41-yard touchdown pass from a freshman quarterback who was only brought in during the second half.

    And Trump missed all the excitement (he does have a schedule to keep(opens in a new tab), after all).


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