Ruined Childhood of the Day: Guile Was Never a Family Man Himself

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"Fate, it would seem, has played a cruel joke with Colonel Guile. One of his signature and most fearsome attack moves, the "Sonic Boom" became the reason for his complete loss of hearing. As a result of that Guile got discharged from the Air Force. And to make matters worse, during the process of the medical exam, overflown with emotions, he lost control over his temper and knocked a military official into a permanent coma. For that reason he got discharged with dishonor and lost all his privileges as a veteran officer. After doing two years in prison, his life went downhill. At this point all we know about him is that he is smuggling illegal immigrants over the border somewhere between Mexico and the state of Texas."


For more alternate universe artworks based on Street Fighter characters, be sure to check out DeviantARTist I-GUYJIN-I's Street Fighter Chronicles collection!

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.

Urine Test of the Day: E-Sports Bans Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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Esports will begin drug testing heavily.
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E-Sports has grown big enough for the New York Times to report on it, unfortunately it's about growing drug use.



The world of the professional video game playing received a lot of attention this week after leaders announced an expansion of testing for performance-enhancing drugs. according to the New York Times:

In response to those comments, the Electronic Sports League, one of the most successful leagues in competitive video gaming, said on Wednesday that it would test players for performance-enhancing drugs starting at a tournament in August. E.S.L. said it would work with two international agencies — the same ones that help oversee anti-doping policies for cycling, the Olympics and other sports — to create anti-doping guidelines and a testing program for players.

The announcement is perhaps the clearest sign yet that e-sports, as professional gaming is widely known, is evolving into a mainstream form of competitive entertainment. This year, overall revenue from the global e-sports business is expected to surpass $250 million from more than 113 million e-sports fans worldwide, according to estimates from Newzoo, a games research firm.



The sport has never exactly endorsed drug usage, however players recently flaunting the use has brought the whole thing into a brighter spotlight.

E.S.L. has long had a general prohibition against doping, but its rules did not specify which drugs were not allowed, and the league did not police players. That changed, though, when Mr. Friesen, who plays under the name Semphis, was interviewed earlier this month and said that he had used Adderall during an E.S.L. tournament for the shooter game Counter-Strike while playing with a team called Cloud9.

"We were all on Adderall," Mr. Friesen said of his team, for which he no longer plays. "Tons of people do it."



With one of the biggest events in professional gaming, the DOTA 2's The International, starting Aug. 3, this definitely won't be the last we've heard about it.