Gender Activism of the Day: It's the Second Annual #UnfollowAMan Day

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Katie Notopoulos' #UnfollowAMan Day sets out plenty of scraps for the trolls.
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Ah, there's nothing like a flame war in the morning.

Today, July 28, marks the second annual #UnfollowAMan Day, begun last year by BuzzFeed News Senior Editor Katie Notopoulos. She wrote an entire article in 2014 why she decided to begin the non-Federal holiday and what it all means.

This year, she summed it up in a tweet.



Everyone on Twitter will surely take this very maturely. Or, as those sweet slackers Wayne and Garth might say: "Not."

As you can imagine, this has been quite a divisive issue.







When asked (by herself) whether this whole thing was a troll, Notopoulos responded:



However, it has raised a decent amount of thoughtful discourse in even large media outlets.

No matter what your feelings are on this day of days, we can all agree that there are too many people on the Internet that are terrible at communication.

Scientology Singalong of the Day: Tom Cruise Joins Jimmy Fallon for a Lip Sync Battle

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We don't need to tell you that, as a culture, we have successfully reached Peak Lip Sync.

With Ru Paul's Drag Race entering its eighth season next year, Jimmy Fallon continuing to rely on it as a perennial favorite on The Tonight Show and the celebrity flotsam that is Lip Sync Battle rising from the shallow minds over at Spike, there's more than enough mouthing words while animatedly moving in the world.

With all of that said, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't pay attention when man of metaphysical mystery Tom Cruise grabs the unplugged microphone and squares off against Fallon.

In one fell swoop, Maverick delivers something from The Weeknd and Meatloaf, creating an unexpected duo of delightful drama.

Of course, Jimmy does great work as well. But he was born and bred for this stuff — it's like complimenting how well a duck swims.

Cruise, on the other hand, pleasantly surprises.

Hitchhiker of the Day: Cats Ride Black Rhinos in South Africa

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South Africa catches cats riding rhinosaurus
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In South Africa, cats are just hopping on rhinos for the ride.

Check out this, probably very rude, kitty letting the rare black rhinoceros do all the work:



OK, OK, it's not exactly a cat. Rather, it's an animal called a genet. Genets are merely cat-like animals that are actually more closely related to mongooses.

But they look a lot like cats!



National Geographic gives an expert opinion of just what in the hell that cat genet is doing up there:

Craig Sholley, wildlife biologist and vice president of the African Wildlife Foundation, says genets likely jump on big herbivores to search for food.

For one, the genet eats insects that the rhino stirs up from the grass, the same technique cattle egrets use on grazing mammals. Sholley says it's also possible the nocturnal genet was searching for ticks that latch onto rhinos and buffaloes.

The rhino also offers the nocturnal, tree-dwelling animal a vantage point from which to scan for their prey, which includes anything from a dung beetle to a baby antelope.

Perching on a large, slow-moving animal could be a great hunting technique—until that animal-turned-lookout gets fed up.



Yeah, either that, or genets just have places to be and Uber hasn't rolled out to South Africa yet.

Mash Up of the Day: Katniss Needs to Kill Jon Snow

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Game of Thrones spoilers may occur. You've been warned.

There's no real reason we can surmise why Katniss Everdeen would aim her bow and the other 12 districts against Jon Snow, or why she would kill Ygritte of all people, but there it is.

By all accounts, Jon Snow had a pretty terrible end of this last season.

And depending on what we recently saw as filming began on Game of Thrones season 6, it might not have been as bad as it looked(?).

Katniss hasn't had an easy life either. So it seems pretty insensitive of her to go after Ned Stark's bastard. Still, the people of Westeros don't live fair lives full of justice.

It's a great mashup and makes us wonder just how Jon Snow would fare in The Hunger Games competition. He'd probably have a terrible time getting sponsors. We all know he's the worst dinner party guest.

Here's the most recent trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, which mercifully directs Katniss away from the Wall:

Looney Tune of the Day: Bugs Bunny Turns 75 Today

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Today marks the 75 year anniversary of the first Bugs Bunny cartoon.
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Bugs Bunny first peeked out of his rabbit hole 75 years ago today.

The first 'official' Looney Tunes cartoon featuring the wascally wabbit is called A Wild Hare and it was released on July 27, 1940.

Many of the long lasting traits, typical in the character, were there from the start of A Wild Hare. The carrot, "What's up, doc?" and the swagger can all be seen from the beginning.

Go ahead and watch it again, even though you've probably seen it many, many times.


Merrie Melodies - A Wild Hare (1940) by Cartoonzof2006

A Wild Hare would end up getting nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons, but it lost to a cartoon entitled The Milky Way.

Links of the Day: Satan Statues, Baby Owls and What You Missed This Weekend

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Skynet of the Day: Stephen Hawking Wants Your Artificial Intelligence Questions for His Upcoming AMA

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Ask Stephen Hawking your questions on artificial intelligence.
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Stephen Hawking will come to Reddit's r/science next week for his first ever AMA and he has a specific topic in mind.

It may not be entirely an 'Ask Me Anything' as Prof. Hawking wants to field questions dealing with artificial intelligence and the hurdles that we face as a species as technology moves forward in the field.

According to CNET:

Typically, a Reddit AMA is live as people throw questions at the subject, and the person tries to keep up with the barrage by responding as best as possible. But for Hawking's AMA, you'll present the questions ahead of time, and he'll answer them over the following weeks.

Specifically, you can submit your questions starting Monday July 27 at 8am ET through Tuesday, August 4, at reddit.com/r/science, and Hawking will respond over the next few weeks. Hawking, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, uses a computer to communicate. So the delayed format will allow him the time necessary to answer questions."



Hawking joined Elon Musk and other notable industry figures earlier this year in an open letter to promote studying the possible dangers of AI research and how to avoid them.

In his first AMA, Hawking surely wants to continue that conversation.

But of course, someone will ask him about his favorite sandwich.