Mutant of the Day: A Viral Picture Blames the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown for These Deformed Daisies

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Deformed Daisies probably weren't caused by the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown.
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Two pictures originally posted to twitter by @san-kaido have received a great deal of attention for seeming to show daisies mutated by the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown.

Reddit posted the pictures and it grew wild from there.



Was this mutation really caused by the Fukushima disaster, in which three of the site's six nuclear reactors melted down after the plant was hit by a tsunami?

Probably not.

Depending on which source you most believe, the majority of outlets trying to find an answer to that question have diagnosed those gross flowers up there with suffering from a condition called fascination.

From Wikipedia:

Fasciation (or cresting) is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in vascular plants in which the apical meristem (growing tip), which normally is concentrated around a single point and produces approximately cylindrical tissue, instead becomes elongated perpendicularly to the direction of growth, thus, producing flattened, ribbon-like, crested, or elaborately contorted tissue.



It says that fascination can be caused by hormonal imbalances, random genetic mutations or bacterial and viral infections.

Now those all sound like things that could be caused by an even like the Fukushima disaster, but Snopes came along and determined that those daisies were probably suffering from a rare but natural mutation.

While radiation from the Fukushima disaster in 2011 certainly has had an impact on the plant life in the surrounding area, the above-displayed photograph doesn't necessarily show the mutation of daisies due to nuclear radiation. It is much more likely that this image simply displays an example of fasciation.



They also showed some other daisies suffering from the same cruel trick of nature that grew nowhere near Fukushima, or any nuclear disaster site.

Like this ugly Dutch one from 2010:



Or this picture from Island Park, Idaho:



Sorry folks, it seems life doesn't always follow the science of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

Peacemaker of the Day: Aaron Paul Tries to End the Twitter Feud Between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.

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Surely, by now, you are already familiar with the pop music Twitter feud that is slowly destroying the world.

If not then you probably just have some personal problems like 'things to do' or 'a social life'.

But for the rest of us, we're stuck wringing our hands over whether Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift will ever get along again, why Meek Mills dragged Drake into this and when Chrissy Teigen will finally leave her computer?





But in walks Aaron Paul with a solution to create peace and bring the world the order it deserves.



You can tell it's been keeping him up all night. And you can't deny that coffee and pancakes with Aaron Paul would solve many, many problems in the world.

I say send him to finally settle that whole Israel/Palestine thing.

Paranoia of the Day: Google Releases 'Your Timeline' to Make Sure You Never Forget They Always Know Where You've Been

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There's no kidding yourself. Google knows where you are, where you've been and where you're probably going to go next.

And they want to share that information with you!

On the evening of July 21, the Mountain View-based company released a new tracking platform called Your Timeline to help you remember where you've been in your life.

Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you've been -- whether it's a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. We're gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way to remember and view the places you've been on a given day, month or year. Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you've taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time. And if you use Google Photos, we'll show the photos you took when viewing a specific day, to help resurface your memories.





Google adds that this Timeline is private and you are the only one who can see it. So, phew. No worries there.

Awkward Politics of the Day: Lindsey Graham Destroys His Phone Because Donald Trump

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It seems like only yesterday that Donald Trump gave out Sen. Lindsey Graham's actual phone number.

Oh wait. It was.

Well, Graham came back July 22 with this cloying video of him destroying a number of phones in answer to Trump's taunting, juvenile move.

The video says nothing about any issues, the campaign, justice, America, et al. Instead, it says everything about what we can look forward to over the next year and a half until the general election silences some of this attention-grabbing nonsense.

However, Graham's video just raises a really, really important question:

Does a 2016 Presidential candidate really still use a flip phone?



Politics in the 21st Century, ladies and gentlemen

Hoverboard of the Day: Build Your Own Non-Flying Back to the Future Deck with this Helpful DIY Video

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It feels like the closer we get to the end of 2015 (the year in which Back to the Future part II was set), the more anxious we are to see the full realization of the hoverboard.

The most recent example is this video wanting to delicately assist you in creating your own replica from the streets of Hill Valley. And it won't be the last.

The last we heard of it was this one that Lexus claims to have designed and built.

Remember that?



Well, this DIY video only goes as far as a step by step instruction on how to make a look alike of the famous prop, but it's still something neat to do.

Get off your lazy butt and go make a pretend hoverboard like an adult.

Longbottom of the Day: Matthew Lewis Returns to Show More Neville

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Parody of the Day: Everyone Gets High Heels in This Reworking of the Jurassic Park Movies

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Jurassic World has done pretty well for itself since it's release last month. It has already claimed the top box office spot in 2015 and is actually vying for the third highest grossing movie of all time.

It even did pretty well by critical standards, but there was one thing that annoyed many people: The fact that costar Bryce Dallas Howard kept wearing high heels throughout the whole rollicking adventure.



It sparked many online articles about the footwear as sexist costuming and about how maybe it's not really that sexist after all.

Hell even this woman who couldn't stop crying over how much she loved Jurassic World commented on how she thought Howard's continual use of high heels was "stupid".

Either way, these heroic people at XVP Comedy took the time to insert high heels into some of the most striking scenes through the past four dinosaur park movies.