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trending news website national parks leaf peeping website
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If you're like me, you've wanted to catch the leaves changing on your camping trips, but end up booking right before or after they've fallen.

But now you're in luck!

The National Park's Service has given us a fool-proof way to peep on their website, so you can book your holiday at the right time for the best views!

So you can take a beautiful bike ride...



...stiffly hang out at awesome vistas....



...or take a beautiful drive through the woods on the loudest motorcycles known to man:






But let's be honest, you'll probably still just be doing this:





So maybe just think about supporting our Parks Service here.


SDO Witnesses a Double Eclipse

Early in the morning of Sept. 1, 2016, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, caught both Earth and the moon crossing in front of the sun. SDO keeps a constant eye on the sun, but during SDO’s semiannual eclipse seasons, Earth briefly blocks SDO’s line of sight each day – a consequence of SDO’s geosynchronous orbit. On Sept. 1, Earth completely eclipsed the sun from SDO’s perspective just as the moon began its journey across the face of the sun. The end of the Earth eclipse happened just in time for SDO to catch the final stages of the lunar transit. In the SDO data, you can tell Earth and the moon’s shadows apart by their edges: Earth’s is fuzzy, while the moon’s is sharp and distinct. This is because Earth’s atmosphere absorbs some of the sun’s light, creating an ill-defined edge. On the other hand, the moon has no atmosphere, producing a crisp horizon. This particular geometry of Earth, the moon and the sun had effects on viewing down on the ground as well: It resulted in a simultaneous eclipse visible from southern Africa. The eclipse was what's known as a ring of fire, or annular, eclipse, which is similar to a total solar eclipse, except it happens when the moon is at a point in its orbit farther from Earth than average. The increased distance causes the moon’s apparent size to be smaller, so it doesn't block the entire face of the sun. This leaves a bright, narrow ring of the solar surface visible, looking much like a ring of fire. http://go.nasa.gov/2clNBFs

Posted by NASA Sun Science on Friday, September 2, 2016
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For the first recorded time, on the morning of Sept. 1, 2016, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), caught both Earth and the moon crossing in front of the sun, creating a double eclipse.

Check out the deets here:







I wonder if they could see this in Sweden too...


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Oh Amy, how we love you so. Check out 4:15 in the video, where Amy Schumer reveals her sexual history with Patrick Stewart, as she accepted her Man of the Year Award for Best Woman at the British GQ awards ceremony.


You'll always be my Man of the Year, Amy.


Walking with dinosaurs on Cable Beach in Broome. There are hundreds and hundreds of ancient trackways along the coast, but it is rare to find them so close to the tourist precinct because of the deep white sands. A shift has revealed four tracks, which were found by Bindi Lee Porth as she beachcombing this week. ABC's Matt Bamford filmed the tracks at sunset

Posted by ABC Kimberley on Monday, September 5, 2016
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While walking on Broome, Australia's, Cable Beach, a woman stepped into a giant bird-like footprint of a Tyrannosaurus-like dinosaur that had been revealed by receding sands on the highly-popular tourist beach area.



The area has had dinosaurs discovered there before, but never in such a high-trafficked area, around so many tourists. Current theories are that the dinosaurs are actually still living amongst us, dressed in mumus, and getting their hair braided while on beach vacations, or training for Australian Navy exercises.



Read more about the discovery here.


Actual photo of Labor Day on Cable Beach:



Watch out, Olivia.


trending news funny pool toy cockroach float
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Summer's almost over, but the fun can keep going all Autumn long with this Giant Cockroach Raft!



Just think--Dad puts the cover on the pool, you sneak out and hide this baby underneath it, next summer when he goes to open the pool BAM! HEART ATTACK!!

There's also this beauty that I'd love to ride:



I'm gonna ride this heat wave as long as possible, goddammit...




trending news miley cyrus homeless teen vma 2014 moonman ebay for sale
Via eBay
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Remember when Miley Cyrus brought Jesse, a homeless kid, up onto stage at the 2014 VMAs?




Well, he decided he's just about done with owning that moonman and is cashing out by listing it on eBay as Seller "jesshel_42":





Check out the live listing here and get your come up.




trending news homeschooled indian teenager MIT scholarship malvika joshi
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The notable accomplishments of seventeen-year-old Malvika Raj Joshi didn't end when she got a scholarship to MIT after having left school to be homeschooled, or "unschooled" as it's referred to in India. After years of hard work while homeschooling, she was noticed by MIT for having won three different metals (two silver and a bronze) in a Programming Oympiad contest against traditionally-schooled competitors.

However, if you read the coverage of her scholarship win as written by Indian newspaper "The Indian Express," her greater accomplishment is over the sexism and traditional social mores that plague that area.



So we wish Ms. Joshi good luck on her computer science studies at MIT, and GREATER luck fighting that uphill battle against the establishment.



Get yours, girl.


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The LAPD is currently in the midst of searching Chris Brown's home in Los Angeles for a gun he used to threaten a woman after an "hours long standoff."

Here's how the incident started:

- A woman called 911 and claims Brown pointed a gun at her after being at his house:



- CB posts these 3 Instagram videos:


And this one...
And this one.

- Read the LA Times story here.


trending news australia magpie bird attack video
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In Australia, It's Magpie Swooping Season, so prepare yourself with this instructive video:



Record your attack and check Attack Maps here.


One seriously pissed off Magpie



And watch your back!


Via Surface
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Microsoft tries too hard--yet again--in their new Surface Pro 4 ad geared ENTIRELY toward Hipster Millennials. The singing narrator wears a fedora and points out all the ways a Hipster Surface user can be productive. Mostly yawn-inducing, the one highlight is the inexplicably NIGHTMARE-INDUCING "hat for your cat" visual near the beginning:



We don't know what the hell you were thinking, Microsoft, but we want to see MORE of nightmare cat.




#NIGHTMARECAT


trending lgbtq news bea arthur new york homeless shelter
Via MTV News
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Bea Arthur, everyone's favorite Golden Girl Grandma continues to "Mom" us through the legacy of her will. A longtime supporter of the Ali Forney Center for LGBTI youth in New York City's East Village, she left $300,000 in her will to support it. The Bea Arthur Residence will open in Feb 2017, giving hope, counseling, shelter, and a safe place with 18 rooms for LGBTI youth. Though she died in 2009, she'll always be a hero to LGBTI youth everywhere.

Donate to the center yourself here.








trending science news space sounds aliens detected hercules
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The Russians secretly detected sounds out of deep space on May 15, 2015 at the Russian Academy of Science-operated RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia and ONLY NOW told the world about it.

The sounds--signal spikes--emitted from a 6.3-billion-year-old star in the constellation Hercules that is 95 light years away from Earth.


The Constellation Hercules

According to all the scientists, what's most notable about the sounds were how they fit the profile for being a PURPOSEFUL event sent by an extraterrestrial life in a civilization far more advanced than our own; like someone was specifically trying to reach out and talk to us.

The signal is so provocative that the Russian and at least two international teams of scientists at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) are calling for permanent monitoring to be put on this target. The SETI Institute is using the Allen Telescope Array in northern California, while METI International is looking to the Boquete Optical SETI Observatory in Panama.

Space people, nerd out here.



The signal could also be radio interference or a gravitational event, but we're gonna be watching and hoping it's these little guys...



...and not THESE guys:









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Chvrches dedicated their song "Under the Tide" to Harambe while a Red Sox fan ran on the field in a "Harambe 69 Jersey" at Fenway Park on Sunday night:

Done in loving memory of Harambe #RIP

A video posted by Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) on



Not to be outdone though, an awesome Cincinnati school has made Harambe their new mascot for the football team, and decided to dance and drag a kid around during a game to celebrate "Harambe style" in front of a ton of soccer moms to glorious extent:



I don't know who made the final decision on this one--in the town that Harambe died in--but these kids kick serious ass for going this far!




Never change, you crazy gorilla-loving bastards. Never change.




trending news chipotle employees class action lawsuit wage theft
Via CNN
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In the biggest class-action suit for wage theft against Chipotle so far, more than 9,961 current and former workers are suing the company. The suit claims that Chipotle allegedly made employees work extra hours "off the clock" without paying them, in a practice known as wage theft.



Actual Chipotle Customer


Chipotle blames "rogue managers" for not correctly following policy, but we just hope they give their workers their fare cash due.





trending news starbucks pumpkin spice latte facebook messenger chat bot
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You can (pumpkin) spice up your life by chatting directly with a PSL Bot on Facebook Messenger.



Despite attempts, the bot stays kinda boring and clean and pretty stupid, but it was still fun to see what it threw out at me throughout the convo:





#BASICPRIDE