If the name of the country and the government that runs it has the words "peoples" "republic" or "democratic" then that is a communism
The winners of the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition have been announced, and these photographs are out of this world (literally). We gathered the winning photos for each section so you didn't have to search for them, and they are A M A Z I N G. From insane details of the sun to long exposure photos of the stars moving in the sky, these photos are the best of the best when it comes to astrophotography. Look in awe and enjoy the beautiful universe and the incredible skill of these photographers. I tip my hat to them (especially the 11 year old photographer!).
So, there's a new reigning Jeopardy champion that is getting a lot of attention. Just not all of it for his smarts.
Uproxx introduces him as such:
Meet Matt Jackson, a 23-year-old paralegal from Washington, D.C. who is currently crushing the competition in a nine-day winning streak on Jeopardy, and likely not going anywhere anytime soon. In a profile posted to Jeopardy's website this week, Jackson says he was encouraged to try out for the show by his friend Sam Spaulding, who finished second place in the 2010 College Championship, winning $50,000.
But there's way more to it.
People are really drawn to the very creepy smile he uses during the introduction sequence.
It's kind of wonderful.
Look at it!
The Soup thinks it's really funny as well.
And on top of that, his signature celebration move is also a thing of beauty.
Here's Jeopardy's video, letting you know the man behind the smile.
If you've spent any time on Twitter at all, you've definitely come across some promotional tweet that asks you to follow or retweet in order to win a contest.
You know, something like this:
Well, Hunter Scott used a little bit of coding know-how to build a Twitter bot to do that work for him. He chronicled the experience over at Quartz.
I wrote a Python script that logs into Twitter, searches for tweets that say something along the lines of "retweet to win!" and then retweets them. I'm not sure if anyone else has done this before, but I didn't see any evidence of other bots that were behaving like mine. I did however see evidence of real people who were manually doing the job of my bot by retweeting hundreds of contests over several hours.
[O]ver the 9 months I ran my script, I entered approximately 165,000 contests. Of those, I won around 1,000. So that means my win rate was just over half a percent, which is pretty miserable, especially when you consider that a good portion of those winnings were things like logos and graphics, which is Twitter slang for a customized image for use in a gaming or YouTube profile.
Another very large percentage of the things I won were tickets to events. I did manage to go to an event that I won tickets to, but the majority of them were for concerts and events in other countries that I obviously couldn't go to. I also won a lot of currency to online games (like FIFA). And when the game Destiny was giving out beta codes, I won about 30 of them through as many contests. I won a lot of cool stuff too though, and getting mysterious things in my mailbox each day was pretty fun.
His haul does look pretty sweet:
But that's not even close to all that he won. Scott documented the full list, consisting of hundreds upon hundreds of items, here.
He said in the piece that his favorite prize was the cowboy hat signed by actors in a Mexican soap opera he'd never seen.
He doesn't say whether he took the bot offline, so it's very possible that it's still out there, just winning stuff.
Meet Miss P, the beagle who was crowned "Best in Show" Tuesday at the 2015 Westminster Dog Show in New York.
Despite being just 15-inches, "she thinks she's the biggest dog in the show," according to her handler, Will Alexander.
Miss P is the grandniece of a Uno, a beagle that also won "Best in Show" back in 2008, so apparently it runs in the family.
Her competitors included a fan-favorite sheepdog named Swagger, Matisse the Portuguese water dog, Flame the poodle, Liz the English springer spaniel and Good Time Charlie the Skye terrier.
Patty Hearst's Shih Tzu "Rocket" won the toy group and was also among the finalists.
Here is Miss P giving a very eloquent victory speech.
Also, this happened.