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Wear Whatever The Hell You Want To The Theater

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 9:58 AM

On Tuesday, New York Post theater critic Elisabeth Vincentelli wrote a piece called "For the love of God, stop dressing like crap." In it, she describes a few incidents in which she witnessed theatergoers wearing what she describes as "hideous" attire. She berates women who "look as...

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I Invited My Friends to Play 'Candy Crush' and Now I Have None

(9) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 5:29 PM

On Wednesday night I did the worst thing a person could do on Facebook. I did something that I have made fun of people for doing. Something I have read countless stories urging people not to do.

I invited most of my Facebook friends to play "Candy Crush Soda Saga." I am my own worst nightmare.

I am a tech writer and former editor of HuffPost Tech. I am an adult, college-educated, sophisticated woman. I should know better. Here's what happened:

I've been playing "Candy Crush" and the spinoff, "Candy Crush Soda Saga," for a few years now. I've generally been able to keep it a secret. I'm not embarrassed about it, per se, but I'm not proud of it either. I'm on level 437 on "Candy Crush" and level 297 on "Candy Crush Soda Saga." I'm great at these games and I play them often. We all have our guilty pleasures, okay? Every night, before I go to sleep, I lie in bed listening to a comedy podcast and playing "Candy Crush." Side note: Yes, I know it's bad to stare at screens before bed. Do as I say, not as I do.

On Wednesday night I was hanging out in my apartment, watching TV and candy crushing when the unimaginable happened. I pressed the wrong thing and sent a request to everyone I know on Facebook.

This is what my friends saw on their Facebook feeds last night:

candy crushed my life

At the time, I didn't realize it had happened, but before I knew it, the texts started pouring in. Not just from friends and family, but from coworkers. Here's a text I got from HuffPost Business editor Alex Kaufman last night:

candy crushed my life

Nope. I wasn't hacked. Though at this point I feel like being hacked would have been less embarrassing than this.

I'm here to say that this could happen to anyone. Seriously.

It's an easy mistake to make. In "Candy Crush" you have the option to send your friends extra lives. Some of my friends and coworkers (don't worry, I won't out you as a candy crusher) send each other lives all the time. There is also an option within the game to invite all of your Facebook friends who aren't playing the game to play the game.

The problem is: Both of these pages look the same. It is VERY easy to accidentally press the wrong button.

Below, you'll see what the page that allows you to ask-every-human-you've-ever-interacted-with-to-play-a-dumb-iPhone-game on the left and a page that lets you ask-your-friends-who-already-play-this-dumb-iPhone-game-for-extra-lives on the right. THEY LOOK THE SAME!

candy crushed my life

This is to say that it's an easy mistake to make, and maybe you shouldn't judge people who send you game requests on Facebook. They're just trying their best.

On an unrelated note, I'll be hiding in my room for the rest of the month if you need...

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Here's What Happens When You're Too Obsessed With Instagram

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:48 AM

There's nothing like the feeling of collecting "Likes" on a great Instagram pic, especially if it's a photo of you. Few things can make you feel as confident and glamorous as racking up those little hearts. 

On the other hand, is there a worse feeling than seeing some garbage photo get tons of sweet, sweet "Likes" while a gorgeous shot of you is being ignored? Not okay. 

Comedy writer John Bershad created a video of what happens when someone takes Instagram a little too seriously.

Be generous with your "Likes," or you may see a meltdown like this one at your next party....

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The 8 Commandments Of Group Texting

(18) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:33 AM

I'm in a lot of group texts. I have one with my parents, one with my college friends, one with my improv team, and various others that pop up to plan parties and get-togethers. Group texts have the ability to brighten or ruin a day.

1. Thou shalt not text...

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세상에서 가장 편한 개 샤워기 발명(동영상)

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 2:51 PM

개를 샤워시키는 건 정말이지 귀찮다.

중간에 물 털기라도 해버리면 옷을 버리는 건 물론이고 화장실 전체가 엉망이 된다.

그러나 바야흐로 21세기는 3D와 360도 입체의 세기. 획기적인 제품이 나왔으니 바로 '우프 워셔 360'이다.

이렇게 고상한 자세로 샤워를 시킬 수 있다는 게 아름답지 않은가?

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This Is Definitely The Funniest Way To Wash Your Dog

(45) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Washing your dog is a pain -- and if you have a pet prone to digging, swimming or befriending skunks, you probably spend a good amount of time scrubbing your pooch. There is a new piece of technology created to make washing your pup a bit easier, and a lot...

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This Is The Cutest Way To Thank Another Driver On The Road

(52) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 11:51 AM

There's enough road rage in the world; it's time to spread some smiles.

Now there's MotorMood, a little light-up smiley face that goes on your car's rear window and lets you say "thanks" to other drivers. The team behind MotorMood has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $130,500...

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These Emojis Nail Those Feelings You Can't Put Into Words

(5) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 12:26 PM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, an emoji is worth five thousand. That's because emojis are meant to replace language! But sometimes, a smile or a smirk just won't cut it. That's where illustrator Chris Gerringer comes in.

Gerringer, whose work can be found on his Tumblr

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Voici les plus belles photos prises avec un iPhone en 2015

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Les lauréats des iPhone Photography Awards de cette année ont été dévoilés, et les photos sont incroyables.

Cette année, des photographes de plus de 80 pays ont soumis leur candidature.

La compétition annuelle est organisée depuis 2007, lorsque le premier iPhone a été lancé. Aujourd'hui, il existe plusieurs catégories, allant...

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Voyez les plus belles photos prises avec un iPhone en 2015

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 4:10 PM

Les lauréats des iPhone Photography Awards de cette année ont été dévoilés, et les photos sont incroyables.

Cette année, des photographes de plus de 80 pays ont soumis leur candidature.

La compétition annuelle est organisée depuis 2007, lorsque le premier iPhone a été lancé. Aujourd'hui, il existe plusieurs catégories, allant...

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The LeanChair Lets You Sit, Stand And Work At The Same Time

(446) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 2:26 PM

There are standing desks, treadmill desks and "breathing" desks, and now there is a leaning desk.

It's called the LeanChair, and the inventor, software developer Wayne Yeager, is raising money for it on Kickstarter. The LeanChair had raised more than $29,000 as of...

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Un pas de plus vers la création d'un emoji officiel en forme de fromage et de hot-dog

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:55 PM

Vos prières ont été exaucées. Les dirigeants d’Unicode (l’organisme chargé de créer les codes devenant par la suite des emojis) ont annoncé mercredi l’arrivée d’une multitude de nouvelles émoticônes.

À quoi pouvez-vous vous attendre? Voici un aperçu:

  • Une bouteille dont le bouchon explose

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We're Getting Closer To Official Cheese, Hot Dog And Eye-Roll Emojis

(7) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:17 AM

Your prayers have been answered. The supreme rulers at Unicode (the organization that writes the codes that become emojis) have spoken. Unicode announced Wednesday that it's created the code behind a bunch of new emojis. Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Bottle with popping cork
  • Burrito
  • Cheese...
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2015년 '아이폰 포토그래피 어워드' 우승 사진 22장이다!

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:35 AM

올해 '아이폰 포토그래피 어워드' 수상자들이 마침내 결정됐다.

심사위원들은 전 세계 80개국에서 온 수많은 사진들 중에서 우승자들을 선발했다.

아이폰 포토그래피 어워드는 지난 2007년 아이폰이 세상에 나오자마자 시작됐다. 규칙은 간단하다. 모든 사진은 아이폰으로 찍혀야하고, iOS 앱으로만 편집을 할 것. 포토샵 같은 데스크탑 용 소프트웨어는...

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9 Things You Shouldn't Do On Instagram... Unless You're A Pug

(130) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 11:17 AM

Pugs can get away with anything. Thanks to their sweet, mushy faces and their snuggly personalities, they're stealing hearts whether they're on the street or on the Internet. Humans have a bit more difficulty hitting their stride.

Thankfully, we got some advice from our friend Doug The Pug about...

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These Are The Best Photos Taken On iPhones This Year

(103) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 10:27 AM

This year's winners of the iPhone Photography Awards were just announced, and the photos are incredible.

A jury chose the winners from iPhone photos submitted by photographers from more than 80 countries around the world.

The annual competition started in 2007, when the first iPhone was...

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This LED Waterslide Will Blow Your Damn Mind

(18) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 12:01 PM

Waterslides are the best part of summer. They cool you off and they're fun, obviously. But you haven't truly lived until you've seen the Black Hole waterslide in Germany.

It's filled with glorious LED lights! Check it out in GIF form:

Are you freaking out?...

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Apple Introduces iOS 9, And You're About To Get More Battery Life

(151) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 2:38 PM

Your iPhone is ready for an upgrade.

Every year, Apple releases an update to its operating system, and at the World Wide Developers Conference on Monday, the tech company announced its latest version of the iPhone and iPad's operating system: iOS 9.

The update will give your iPhone...

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How Smartphones Have Changed Photography, In One Image

(33) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Remember cameras? They could zoom and flash and focus ... cameras were great. There were even disposable cameras that you could buy pretty inexpensively.

And remember photographs? They used to be physical things. You put them in a book or in a frame or even carried them around...

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Take Your First Look At The 'Fallout 4' Trailer

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 10:57 AM

Prepare for the Fallout. The latest installment of the post-apocalyptic Fallout series, "Fallout 4," has officially been announced. Bethesda Game Studios released a trailer for the new game on Wednesday.

The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and can be pre-ordered through Amazon,...

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