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Qiaobi Detergent Ad Might Be The Most Racist TV Commercial Ever Made

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 2:54 AM

While most marketing executives would be thrilled to see an ad go viral around the world, this one's getting attention for all the wrong reasons. 

The spot for China's Qiaobi laundry detergent is being called the most racist commercial ever made. The ad shows an Asian woman doing laundry when a black man appears. He has paint on his face and clothes. 

The two trade flirty gestures, but when he moves in for a kiss, she stuffs a detergent pack into his mouth and forces him into the washer:

She waits for the wash cycle to end:

...and pulls out a freshly laundered, pale-skinned Asian man:

 

Shanghaiist reports that the commercial is being shown on TV and in movie theaters in China.

The website adds: 

"Thanks to traditional beauty standards valuing white skin, many Chinese people have a well-established phobia of dark skin which unfortunately also breeds racist attitudes towards people of African descent, who are viewed by some as 'dirty' simply because of their skin tone."

The commercial is actually a copy of an Italian laundry ad where just the opposite happens: A white man is put into the washing machine and comes out black as the words on the screen declare "coloured is better." 

Even the music is the same.

Although the clip is going viral this week, What's on Weibo reports that it was actually uploaded to social media in Chine earlier this...

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Akash Vukoti, 6-Year-Old Spelling Bee Whiz, Will Blow Your Mind

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 11:59 PM

He may not have won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but this 6-year-old Texan is already winning hearts around the nation.

Akash Vukoti is this year's youngest spelling bee contestant. Even though he's only in first grade, Akash has already gained national attention by appearing on Steve Harvey's "Little Big Shots" TV show.

Vox caught up with the wunderkind wordsmith, who shares his secrets in the clip above -- and even spells pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocon­iosis. According to the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, the word refers to "a pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust." 

While Akash, who is homeschooled, was eliminated from the competition on Wednesday afternoon during the preliminary rounds, check out the clip above to see why it's a safe bet he'll be...

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Rosie O'Donnell Unloads On 'S**t Stain' Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 10:06 PM

Rosie O'Donnell fired a new salvo in her ongoing war of words with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, delivering a series of blistering barbs while speaking before a concert with Boy George and Cyndi Lauper in New York on Wednesday night. 

"I would rather give birth to a flaming iguana while taking a shit," O'Donnell said in a clip posted online by the Daily Mail. "I hate him. I hate him. I'm not going to say his name." 

Someone in the audience at the Beacon Theater in New York yelled "Baba Booey!" which is a nickname for longtime Howard Stern producer Gary Dell'Abate. 

O'Donnell noted that she and Dell'Abate have feuded in the past, but are friends now. 

However, she added, Dell'Abate is also friends with Trump. 

"He is friends with the shit stain, which worries me," she said. "I worry if his shit stains have a tinge of orange." 

Then she asked the audience: "Too much? Too negative?" 

Cries of "NO!" echoed back. 

"Eat me, Donald," she said. 

O'Donnell is also active on Twitter, and on Thursday pinned a tweet predicting Trump will fall short in November:

The pair have been feuding for years, which may have began when O'Donnell memorably mimicked Trump when she was on The View in 2006:

Trump has in turn repeatedly launched his own verbal bombs at O'Donnell, which came up during a debate last year when he was asked about his history of insulting women

"You've called women you don’t like, 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals,'" moderator Megyn Kelly began. 

"Only Rosie O’Donnell," Trump fired back. 

The question led to a feud between Trump and Kelly.

 

(h/t Raw Story)

 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Hidden Tasmanian Devil Colony May Save Endangered Species From Extinction

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 2:00 AM


There's new hope for the Tasmanian devil, the endangered marsupial that's been decimated by a deadly disease. Scientists have found a hidden colony that could add much-needed diversity to the animal's gene pool. 


Tests on samples of devil poo found in a remote part of Tasmania revealed nine...

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Donald Trump Says He'll Debate Bernie Sanders In California For Charity

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 12:42 AM

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders might be getting ready to rumble. 

Speaking Wednesday night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the presumptive Republican presidential nominee accepted a challenge from the Democratic presidential...

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Bill O'Reilly: Black Lives Matter Is 'Killing Americans'

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 10:29 PM

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday night claimed the Black Lives Matter movement was responsible for killing Americans.

"The O'Reilly Factor" host pointed to rising murder rates in some of...

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Rare 'Pizzly' Or 'Grolar' Bear Shot And Killed By Hunter In Canada

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 1:58 AM

It's called a "pizzly" or "grolar" bear, and is so rare only a handful of sightings have been confirmed in the wild -- and no one can say for sure how many even exist. 

Until about 10 years ago, few believed this hybrid grizzly-polar bear even existed in the wild at all.

But earlier this month, one of these rare bears was shot and killed in Canada by 25-year-old hunter Didji Ishalook. 

"It looks like a polar bear but it’s got brown paws and big claws like a grizzly," Ishalook told the Guardian. "And the shape of a grizzly head."

DNA samples from the bear have been sent out for testing, but experts think they already know what the results will say.

"I think it’s 99 per cent sure that it’s going to turn out to be a hybrid,” Ian Stirling, an emeritus research scientist with Environment Canada, told The Toronto Star.

The paper reports that the bear was legally killed as part of a program that allows Inuit to practice subsistence hunting. 

Stirling explained that it can take several days to induce ovulation in a female bear.

"The fact that a grizzly and polar bear are mating tells you that they’re hanging out," he told the Star. "This isn’t just a casual one-night stand kind of thing."

The name of the hybrid bear depends on the father: If he's a grizzly, the baby is a grolar. If he's a polar bear, it's a pizzly, according to Nunatsiaq News.

As sightings become increasingly common, experts are debating the reasons for the seemingly growing number of hybrid bears.

"With climate change, grizzly bears are moving further north, so there is more overlap between grizzly bears and polar bears in terms of their range," bear expert Dave Garshelis of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources told the CBC. "There are even American black bears that are moving further north. And a few black bears have been spotted outside of Arviat."

But not everyone is sold on that theory. 

"We can’t say specifically, 'this is because of climate change,'" Nunavut carnivore biologist Malik Awan told Nunatsiaq News. "There’s many possible reasons. For example, there’s a lot going on in grizzly habitat in the South like habitat change, loss and fragmentation."

Whatever the reason, there seem to be more of them these days -- and that's bad news for the vulnerable polar bear: A 2010 report in Nature find that hybridization "can be the final straw in loss of species,” according to National Geographic. 

"It is not a good thing for the future of polar bears that we see this hybridization occurring," bear expert Chris Servheen told Vice News. "And it's not going to result in some kind of new bear that is successfully living in the...

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Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels Wants Iran To Fear American 'Swamp Folks' And 'Mountain Men'

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 12:36 AM

Country music star Charlie Daniels appeared in a new clip that's gone viral online, but it wasn't a video for a late-career hit song. Instead, it was a warning to "the ayatollahs of Iran and every terrorist you enable." 

The clip, released online by the National Rifle Association, showed the 79-year-old insulting President Barack Obama and people who have attended America's top universities. 

"You might've met our fresh-faced, flower-child president and his weak-kneed Ivy League friends, but you haven't met America," declared the singer of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia." 

He continued: 

"You haven't met the heartland or the people who will defend this nation with their bloody, calloused bare hands, if that's what it takes.

You haven't met the steelworkers and the hard-rock miners or the swamp folks in Cajun country who can wrestle a full-grown gator out of the water.

You haven't met the farmers, the cowboys, the loggers and the truck drivers.

You don't know the mountain men who live off the land or the brave cops who fight the good fight in the urban war zones."

"No, you've never met America," he warned. "And you oughta pray you never do."

The clip was part of an ongoing series called "Freedom's Safest Place," which is largely a collection of grievances against politicians in general and the Obama administration in particular. 

 

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University Of Oregon Fraternity Suspended After Trashing Lake Shasta During Wild Party Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 10:45 PM

A fraternity at the University of Oregon was suspended for allegedly throwing a wild party at California's Lake Shasta and trashing the campgrounds on Slaughterhouse Island. 

Images shared across...

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Siete décadas después, descubren joyas en el fondo oculto de una taza de Auschwitz

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 8:57 AM

Los nazis robaron todo lo que pudieron a las víctimas del Holocausto, pero hubo una familia que se las arregló para engañarlos durante más de 70 años.

Los trabajadores del Museo de Auschwitz en Polonia han descubierto que una antigua taza tenía un fondo falso...

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70 tiburones tigre devoran una ballena jorobada en Australia

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 8:52 AM

Las imágenes que se ven en el vídeo de arriba muestran a decenas de tiburones tigre atacando la carcasa de una ballena jorobada en la costa oeste australiana. Ocurrió la semana pasada: viajeros de un tour de la compañía Eco Abrolhos capturaron con una GoPro y un dron...

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Hoverboard From Hell Spins Out Of Control, Throws Little Girl At Wall

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 2:12 AM

These "hoverboard" videos almost never end well

This one starts out innocently enough, with a little girl on a hoverboard as it goes into a gentle spin.

"This is one thing that you should not do," the spinning girl says in the clip posted by AFV's Kyoot Kids, as another child looks on. 

"I seriously can't stop," the girl cries out as the board spins faster. "I'm serious!"

The other girl moves in to help but instead the hoverboard zooms off and slams the first child into a wall with a thud. 

Hey, at least it didn't burst into flames.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that no hoverboard currently on the market meets its safety standards, according to CNET.

Previously, the commission issued a list of safety instructions aimed at minimizing the device's potential hazards. 

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Woman Trapped In Bathroom Stall By Baby-Changing Station

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 1:23 AM

There's absolutely no reason to fear trans people sharing your restroom, but there is a very real threat in public toilets: diaper-changing tables. 

The woman in this viral video learned the hard way about this potty peril. She was in a stall when someone dropped the baby-changing station and didn't put it back in place.

Left open, the table blocked the door and trapped her inside. Armed with only her cellphone, the woman then filmed her attempts to escape the bathroom bind.

"She had to wait for another person to enter the bathroom in order to be set free," her son wrote in response to a question left in the comments section of the YouTube clip. 

Note to parents: Put that changing table back up.

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What Happens When You Try To Speed Through A Roundabout

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 11:12 PM

Roadway roundabouts are supposed to help control speed and reduce the risk of accidents.

Unfortunately, they're not always successful.

CCTV footage from Braila, Romania taken on May 4 shows a...

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Wrong Bear Killed After Attack On Hiker At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 10:03 PM

A black bear killed at Great Smoky Mountains National Park after an attack on a hiker was not actually the bear involved in the attack, according to a DNA analysis.

"It was a large, dominant male bear that fit the profile of the bear we expected to be responsible," park spokeswoman Dana Soehn told Reuters.

Hiker Bradley Veeder, 49, was bitten on the leg by a bear as he slept in a tent near Spence Field Backcountry Shelter on May 10. Hikers fled the area, and the bear returned and tore through two abandoned tents, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Veeder was treated at a nearby hospital and released, Knoxville NBC station WBIR reported.

Two bears were tranquilized after the incident at the park, which spans parts of Tennessee and North Carolina.

One bear, which weighed about 200 pounds, was fitted with a radio collar and released. The collar wouldn't fit on the second bear, which weighed 400 pounds, so park officials had it killed, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. 

"Park wildlife biologists recommended euthanasia of the bear based on a combination of factors including the presence of dental injuries consistent with the hiker’s bite wound, the size and gender of the bear, and being the first and only bear present near the scene of the attack," said a park news release cited by National Parks Traveler. "The large, dominant male bear fit the profile of a bear expected to have been responsible for the attack. The serious incident included not only an aggressive bite through a tent, but also repeated attempts to enter the victim’s tent."

A later DNA analysis comparing saliva samples from the bears to that found on Veeder's wounds found that neither bear was involved in the attack.

Superintendent Cassius Cash released a statement, which was cited by a number of news agencies:

"Bears are iconic symbols in the Smokies and a decision to euthanize an animal is not made lightly. Park staff have worked diligently over the last year to develop viable alternatives to euthanasia. Understandably, these options won’t be appropriate responses for every bear incident. In the interest of responsibly protecting hiker safety in America’s most visited national park, we make our decisions based on the best available information for each particular situation."

This is the second time in as many years that the wrong bear was killed in the park.

In 2015, a bear was euthanized after an attack on a teen hiker, but DNA analysis also found it was the wrong bear.

The park's website has some tips on what to do should you encounter a black...

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John Oliver Shows Why U.S. Primaries And Caucuses Are 'An Erratic Clusterf**k Every 4 Years'

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 2:37 AM

How is it that a presidential candidate can win a primary or caucus, but get fewer delegates than those who lost?

Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders remain angry over a superdelegate system they see as proof the primaries were rigged against their candidate. And on the Republican side, Donald Trump has complained about winning states such as Louisiana but receiving fewer delegates than one-time rival Ted Cruz. 

"The thing is, I get why he's annoyed," John Oliver said on HBO's "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday. "And there's no clearer piece of evidence that our system is broken -- no more thoroughly dead canary in the coal mine -- than when Donald Trump is actually making sense." 

Oliver explained why the U.S. has "an erratic clusterfuck every four years" and proposed a way to solve the problem... on Groundhog's Day next year.

Check it out in the clip...

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Heartbreaking New Discovery At Auschwitz As Jewelry Found Hidden Inside A Mug

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 1:40 AM

The Nazis stole everything they could from victims of the Holocaust, but one family managed to outsmart them for more than 70 years. 

Staff at the Auschwitz...

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70 Tiger Sharks Devour Humpback Whale In Australia's Shark Bay

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 11:39 PM

Dozens of tiger sharks were caught on video attacking the carcass of a humpback whale off the coast of Western Australia last week. 

Tour company Eco Abrolhos captured the incredible scene at Shark...

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Watch As Casey Anderson Tickles A Grizzly Bear's Feet... And Lives

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 10:12 PM

Adorable... yet deadly.

Bella is an orphaned grizzly bear cub at the Montana Grizzly Encounter sanctuary. A new GoPro clip posted on YouTube shows Casey Anderson, co-owner and director of the sanctuary, teaching Bella about space and boundaries.

Watch him swing Bella around like a teddy bear (one that even as a cub could probably inflict some serious damage if she wanted to): 

Anderson writes on his website that all of the bears at the sanctuary "were born in unfortunate captive situations and could NEVER be released into the wild. The bears have been rescued from often inhumane captive situations all over the U.S." 

Someday, probably very soon, Bella will become one of nature's most efficient killing machines. But for now, check out those little bear feet: 

Along with running the sanctuary, Anderson is also host and executive producer of "Expedition Wild" and "America the Wild" on Nat Geo WILD.  In other words, he's a bear professional, so do not under any circumstances try this on your own.

 

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Official Texas Republican Platform Says More Than Half The State Is Gay

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 11:47 PM

Texas Republicans are worried about which bathrooms people use, but maybe they should be more concerned with hiring a proofreader. 

Due to an apparent grammatical error, the party's official...

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