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Thousands of people in animal costumes were forced to evacuate a hotel in Chicago on Sunday at an annual furry convention, after chlorine gas was discovered in the building.

Nineteen people were sent to the hospital with nausea and dizziness, and authorities believe that the crime was intentional based on the way in which the gas was released.

Midwest FurFest, as the event is dubbed, is an annual convention "to celebrate furry fandom, that is, art, literature, and performance based around anthropomorphic animals."

And despite the scare, the FurFest will go on as planned this week - according to a statement on the convention's site - because under all that fur, these folks have some pretty thick skin.

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History was made Wednesday when the European Space Agency successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet for the first time ever.

"We are the first to do this - and that [achievement] will stay forever." said Jean Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA.



The comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, orbits, the sun every 6.45 years. It is 2.1 miles wide by 2.4 miles long.

Rosetta first launched in 2004 to research the comet, and it didn't arrived at its destination until this past August. On Wednesday morning, Philae first separated from the probe to attempt a landing.

Researchers are hoping to learn more about the origins of the solar system and whether or not comets could have brought water and life to Earth. Watch an ESA animated explanation of Rosetta's journey to the comet and it's surface mission below.


The comet has also been emitting a strange "song" into space, which has surprised scientists.
"The scientists think it must be produced in some way by the activity of the comet, as it releases neutral particles into space where they become electrically charged due to a process called ionisation. But the precise physical mechanism behind the oscillations remains a mystery."
But it's obviously aliens trying to communicate with us, right? Hopefully the message isn't "Warning: Do not land on this comet."

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His epic rant continues...

There is also a petition to keep Breaking Bad figures on the shelves and you can sign it here.

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Bungie's composer Marty O'Donnell, who wrote Halo's iconic theme and had been working on the upcoming Destiny, has been fired from Bungie "without cause".

Bungie posted this on Bungie.net:

For more than a decade, Marty O'Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.

We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.
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Indonesian copywriter Mita Diran collapsed and then died not long after tweeting Saturday about working nonstop for 30 hours .
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As reported by Adage.com, the apparent cause to the tragedy is exhaustion and the consumption of too many energy drinks.

It was not immediately clear what medical issues caused Ms. Diran's death, or even if they were related to work, though some local reports blamed her long hours and heavy consumption of a Southeast Asian energy drink. But the death struck a chord, particularly since it came seven months after a 24-year-old Ogilvy PR staffer in Beijing, Gabriel Li, suffered a heart attack and died at his desk. News reports quickly blamed his death on overwork, though the cause was not clear.
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At 78,812 retweets and counting, this totally legit gripe from Green Bay Packers lineman T.J. Lang -- after the Seattle Seahawks were mistakenly given a game-winning touchdown Monday night -- already has overtaken Obama's May tweet in support of gay marriage.

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In the past year, Amanda Bynes has been arrested for DUI, been involved in two hit-and-runs, and had her car impounded for driving on a suspended license.

But she hadn't hit rock bottom until Lindsay Lohan called her out on Twitter.

[bestweekever]

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Cheryl Minton, of Franklin, Ohio, sent a sad tweet to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Ochocinco: "I'm feeling pretty low today. Lost my hubby 2 weeks ago. Together 30 years. Very hard. Please pray for me. Thanks..."

Little did she know, the NFL star is renowned for taking care of his fans -- and he promptly tweeted back an invite to his upcoming wedding.

How did Minton react? "I'm flabbergasted! I love you!"

Awww.

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In the age of social media, sometimes Twitter is faster than the Olympic Committee when it comes to informing athletes that they've qualified for London. 2008 Olympic gold medalist Ricky Berens experienced this firsthand today, after the news of Michael Phelps dropping the 200-meter freestyle reached him through Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman.

Having finished third in an event where only the top two qualify in trials, Beren's path to London was cleared when Phelps bowed out.

This isn't the first instance of someone getting big news from all the wrong places either. Back in December of last year, Oakland Athletics pitcher Craig Breslow found out he'd been traded to Arizona via Twitter.

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Ronan Farrow, the 24-year-old sole biological child of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has never been a fan of his father's marriage to Soon-Yi Previn, who is also Ronan Farrow's adopted sister.

Mia Farrow's "boom" retweet? Perf.

[hypervocal]