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By now, you've surely heard about Cecil, the Zimbabwean lion illegally killed by Minnesotan dentist Walter Palmer.

It has brought outrage, protest and sadness from people like Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jimmy Kimmel.

Artist Aaron Blaise, who worked as a Disney animator on The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and more, wanted to find a way to express his feelings about the death of Cecil.

Like many people around the world, I was extremely moved by the recent tragedy surrounding the hunting and killing of the beloved lion know as Cecil... As you may be able to tell I am a HUGE animal lover an it drives me crazy when I see these beautiful creatures destroyed for no good reason. In fact, I've decided to get personally involved and hopefully our efforts can help educate people and prevent these horrible things from happening in the future.

As some of you may also know I was one of the animators on "The Lion King" – When I heard the news about Cecil I got inspired to create a tribute image. It's not much but hopefully it will make people think.



Blaise has documented much of his life as a conservationist, filling his website not only with his art, but also with pictures enjoying the animals of the world.



If you want to see how Blaise made this work of art, he compiled a video to show the process.

Woman credits beer and whiskey to her 110 years on Earth.
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Agnes Fenton will turn 110 Aug. 8.

For such a long life, she has very simple advice to give anyone hoping for many years ahead.

As reported on Northjersey.com, she gives most of the credit to booze.

She told ABC that her only serious health problem was a long-ago benign tumor and that the doctor discharged her with one word of advice.

"He said, 'Agnes, you must drink three Miller High Lifes a day.' "

"So Aggie's enjoyed three beers and a shot of scotch every day for almost 70 years," the ABC correspondent marveled.

Fenton prefers Johnnie Walker Blue Label, the top-shelf stuff.

"Each of our centenarians has their different secrets," said Stacy Andersen, a project manager with the New England Centenarian Study. "If Agnes feels hers is alcohol, maybe it is, but certainly we don't find that to be consistent across all our centenarians."





She didn't say her century-plus long life was only brought to her by keg after keg of sweet Miller beer. She also thanked the high and mighty.

"When I was 100 years old, I went to the mirror to thank God that I was still here. And I thank him every morning," she said in a voice one must strain to hear. She sat in a wheelchair at the kitchen table in her green-shingled, Cape Cod-style home near Route 4.



When you get older than 90, every minute of the day is Miller Time.

So if you want a long life, shoot for the moon.

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Ever since Hulu slapped every Seinfeld episode up, it seems like the 1990s show has resurged into modern parlance. That prompted YouTuber David Elmaleh to craft another take on what many see as a disappointing finale.

It seems like such an interesting beginning (or second season plot line) to a very different, dark and violent show...

Of course the sequel will be to open a coffee shop in Turkey.

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President Obama knows that Donald Trump is probably stressing out over the Aug. 5 first Republican primary debate, so he decided to offer some advice.

Jimmy Fallon's Donald Trump impression might be as weak as his ring finger, but the jokes that spring from this little interaction stand on their own. Plus, half the fun of watching a Jimmy Fallon impression is seeing how far away he can get from the real thing.

This phone preparation covers a great many topics between the sitting president and the man who led the birther cause.

They joked on Chris Christie, Trump got his own Cecil the lion trophy and the whole thing ended with an autotuned duet of OMI's Cheerleader.



Trump's probably had a busy enough week, what with answering all those phone calls after his cell number went public.

That surely won't stop the fireworks from blowing up in tomorrow's debate as the top 10 polled contenders for the Republican party nomination spar for a chance to say anything slightly meaningful in the most presidential way possible.

Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy call it quits and the world goes insane.
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"Where were you when you heard about Kermit and Miss Piggy?"

This will be the question we all ask ourselves when discussing the unforeseen and public break up that announced the two muppets decided to take a one way trip to Splitsville, Aug. 4.

In a shocking Facebook move, Miss Piggy laid out the whole of the reason the famous couple chose to call it quits, thus invalidating all the close relationships in your own personal life.



Kermit delivered the public statement via Twitter:



Now, we know what you're thinking. This could just be some publicity stunt for the sake of the upcoming Muppets show, for which Miss Piggy shamefully shills in her break up message. Maybe you're right and maybe love is not an impossible concept.

Twitter got cynical. If you can believe it.









It's just a rough day all around after hearing about Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale filing for divorce after 13 years of marriage. Of course, that is a little sadder since they were, you know, real people.

Ancient bonsai tree survived the atomic bomb in Japan.
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When America dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, a great many things were destroyed in the devastating blast but some survived it to this day.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the bombing Aug. 6, the United States government will also honor the survival of a white pine bonsai tree that managed to live through it.

Housed in the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington D.C., no one guessed about the tree's significance until 2001.

The tree, donated by a bonsai master named Masaru Yamaki, was part of a 53-specimen gift to the United States for its 1976 bicentennial. Little was known about the tree until March 8, 2001, when — with no advance notice — two brothers visiting from Japan showed up at the museum to check on their grandfather's tree.

Ensuring the continued survival of such an important piece of the collection is no easy task. It falls to Jack Sustic, who has been the curator of the Bonsai and Penjing Museum since 2002.

Bonsai, Sustic said, refers not to the type of tree but rather the manner in which it is cared for. It is the blending of nature and art, he said.

On Aug. 6, 1945, a 9,700-pound bomb exploded over the city at 8:15 a.m. A walled nursery belonging to the Yamakis was less than two miles from the site of the bomb blast, but the ancient tree, Sustic said, was just far enough away to survive.

"Location, location, location," Sustic said. "It was up against a wall. It must have been the wall that shielded it from the blast."



Keep going little tree. In the words of Dr. Ian Malcom:

Women get cold in the office air conditioning because of sexism.
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A new study in Nature Climate Change, snoozingly entitled "Energy consumption in buildings and female thermal demand", has revealed some underhanded reasons why women may get cold in the office environment.

The study by Boris Kingman and Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, published Aug. 3, looked at the comparative metabolic rates between men and women and qualified that with the standards related to thermal comfort in the western workplace.

According to New York Magazine:

[M]ost office buildings set their thermostats using a formula based on the metabolic rate of a 40-year-old man. Yet because women are often smaller and have more body fat than men, they also tend to have slower metabolic rates — meaning that the current standards for air-conditioning are way too cold for most women. After studying women doing seated work while wearing light clothing, researchers found that women's average metabolic rate was 20 to 32 percent lower than the rates used to determine standard office temperatures.



The study has since picked up a number of proponents worldwide, discussing personal experience and anecdotal evidence that corroborates the findings.



The study recommended changing office temperature standards to reflect the average metabolic rates of men and women. This would probably involve turning down that air conditioner a little bit.

Men will deal with it and it might just set new expectations of business attire.



Bonus: lowering air conditioning would help conserve energy, saving money and lowering emissions. It's win win!

Pez candy will finally get a movie based on it.
Via: HitFix
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It's like Hollywood is playing a game with itself to try and make a film out of the most uncinematic objects hidden in the aged wrinkles of western nostalgia.

And we're all losing.

PEZ, you know those cheap, terribly difficult-to-load dispensers that offer chalky, semi-tastless candy out of some recognizable character's throat, is coming to the big screen.

According to Hitflix

Envision Media Arts has entered into an agreement with PEZ Candy Inc. to bring those character heads to the big screen, with Cameron Fay ("The Three Stooges" 2012 movie) primed to pen the script.

"PEZ Candy is beloved by children and adults alike," EMA CEO and founder Lee Nelson said in a statement. "With Cameron Fay we've created a world unique to Pez and a story that will touch the hearts of many."



Yes the inanimate devises that you collected for six months when you were seven will finally grace multiplexes everywhere. Maybe they will come to life and save a young boy from the sadness that accompanies his parent's divorce? Maybe they will team up and convince other toys who come to life that nothing beats motionless inactivity? Maybe it will be a 90-minute still shot of PEZ dispensers laying on someone's carpet?

We can only wait and see!

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It seems like every other day we hear about a UFO sighting. Either the aliens are ramping up their full invasion of Earth with an increase in surveillance, or we just have an exorbitant number of cameras now which allow us to capture anything and say it's 'unidentified'.

Maybe it's just FOX marketing the return of the X Files this January.

Whichever it is, the truth is out there.

Gawker releases Donald Trump's phone number.
Via: Gawker
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Gawker wants to give Donald Trump a taste of his own medicine.

Not a month ago, Trump thought it would be a cute campaign idea to release the number of his competitor, Senator Lindsey Graham. The personal attack was only one in a string of outlandish stunts performed by Trump on his fiery campaign trail, but it resulted in an equally weird response from the senator.

Gawker decided to enter the ring in this bout of numbers Aug. 3. Somehow, presumably through their secure informant portal, they got a hold of Trump's digit and publicly shared them.

Since Trump, in his considered political judgment, has decided that opening up a direct, personal channel of communications between his supporters and his primary opponents is a noble campaign tactic, we think it's only fair and right that Republican primary voters be able to reach out to Trump himself. If it is the case—as Trump's release of Graham's number implicitly argues—that our political discourse improves when voters can ring up candidates on their private cell phones, then we are happy to add Trump's cell phone number to the body of public knowledge. You can reach Donald Trump at 917-756-8000.



So, you can with that what you will. You can tell him how you dress your cat up to look like him. Or you can thank him for the gift of his Twitter account.

To the democratic process!

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