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All The Sex And Nudity In 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 3:01 PM

Warning: The following video contains sexual content and many “Game of Thrones” spoilers. 

On Sunday, Season 6 of "Game of Thrones" went out with a literal bang. Sadly, it...

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Everything’s Horrible Anyway, So Let’s Watch Cats Getting Brain Freeze

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 12:00 PM

Summer is here, which means we're deep in a sticky sea of frozen treats. Ice Cream! Slurpees! Froyo! With all the delectable options, it’s easy to get carried away,...

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Bask In The Glory Of This Hourlong, Mind-Bending '80s Movie Mashup

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 12:28 PM

From the moment “Megaplex” begins, with a seizure warning, you know it’s going to be a good time.

Hulk Hogan! Tina Turner! Michael Jackson … Skeletor! They’re all here, alongside countless other '80s icons, backed by a pulsing electro soundtrack so catchy you won’t believe most of the songs are unknown or forgotten. The result is a movie mashup that feels like boiling down several hundred bargain bin VHS tapes and a blotting sheet of acid, then mainlining it directly into your brain.

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This labor of love (and psychosis) marks the third collaboration between editors Ben Craw and Brendan Shields, (collectively known as “Smash TV.”) It is also their most nightmarish and transfixing work, practically daring you to keep watching as it turns down increasingly dark and bizarre paths, like a maniacal psychiatrist unearthing suppressed nightmares from your ill-begotten childhood.

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So grab a 40-ounce soda, a bucket of popcorn soaked in “butter-flavored topping” and some Jujyfruits, then head on into "Megaplex." The air conditioner is keeping things at a pleasant 70 degrees, and there’s only a small chance of irreparable psychological damage.

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For more information on the songs and movie clips used, as well as some insight into Smash TV's process, check out their description on Vimeo.

Full disclosure, Ben Craw is a former HuffPost employee. 

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Why Feminism Is Good For Men

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 1:37 PM

Feminism: great for women, great for men.

Achieving gender equality means doing away with society's rigid ideas about what it means to be a woman. That also means getting rid of the limitations that surround what it means to be a man. 

Imagine a world where showing emotion, loving Adele or staying home with your kids wasn't considered feminine, and therefore less than. Doing away with gender roles and bullsh*t ideas of femininity and masculinity is good for everyone. 

Plus, studies show that gender equality is good for the economy, your sex life, and your general happiness

Let the feminist guys in the video above convince you that feminism really is for everyone.

Video scripted, directed and edited by Jessica Samakow and Oliver Noble

Script edited by Emma Gray 

Produced by Alex Berg and Allison Bresnick

Shot by Daniel Fox, Michael Caravella and Ian MacInnes

Special effects and emotional support by Samantha Guff

Thanks to Wade Davis, Fineline Tattoo, and Central Bar.

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CATus InterrPUPtus: When Your Pet Interrupts Sex (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 11:24 AM

There are two kinds of people -- those who browse the Internet for cute animal videos and those who troll to satisfy a more primal urge. Namely, porn.


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These Little Dogs Are No Match For Big, Bad Couches

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 11:57 AM

Aim for the stars, little dogs, and you just might make it to the couch.

We could all learn a valuable lesson from these persistent pups who refuse to...

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Watch Sleep Deprived And Drunk People Go Head-To-Head

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 12:17 PM

In a revolutionary (and totally scientific) experiment, we pitted sleep-deprived and drunk people against each other in the ultimate showdown to test the effects of lack of sleep and alcohol...

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These Horrifying Comments About Your Friends And Family Have One Thing In Common

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 1:41 PM

ICYMI, a famous person has been saying some pretty messed up stuff about your friends and family.

Women, Mexicans, Black people, JewsMuslims and moms -- this monster's...

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These Baby Elephants Think They're Lap Dogs

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 9:13 AM

Babies they may be, but at birth elephants can weigh a whopping 200 pounds.

The special thing about animals is that they're not aware of their size, whether they're teensy or massive. Surely you've...

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Inside A Maximum Security Prison's Production Of 'The Wiz'

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2016 | 8:54 PM

Dunasha Payne always breaks down in tears when she sings "Home."

The song is the finale of "The Wiz," an urbanized, musical rendition of "The Wizard of Oz."

But to Payne, "Home" is a requiem for what she has left behind, and what she's so close to getting back: A life outside the walls of a maximum security prison in upstate New York, where she can properly raise her young daughter.

Just before Payne took the stage as Glinda the Good Witch at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, she cried. On that night in late January, Payne sang "Home" knowing that she wouldn't get there for another two years, after her sentence for manslaughter is served.

"I'm nervous," she told The Huffington Post from inside the prison's gymnasium, where she and her fellow inmates were about to perform the musical for an invite-only crowd of friends and family.

"But at the same time, I feel like I'm free -- I'm in prison, but this opportunity makes me feel like I'm free," she said.

Indeed, "The Wiz" gave Payne and the rest of the cast -- which included Dorothy played by Pamela Smart, whose notorious backstory inspired the Nicole Kidman film, "To Die For" -- the rare opportunity to perform behind bars, and conditioned them for life beyond Bedford Hills.

"The arts open a different pathway in your brain to make you think differently -- and when you think differently you behave differently."

Over the last year, Payne has been training with Rehabilitation Through the Arts, a 20-year-old program that brings theater, writing and music into the prison system. Currently in residence at five prisons in New York, including the Sing Sing, Bedford Hills, Fishkill, Green Haven, and Woodbourne Correctional facilities, RTA provides inmates with a slew of cognitive, social and technical skills that aren't necessarily available to the general inmate population on a daily basis.

Those skills keep inmates from coming back to prison. The national average of recidivism (the rate at which inmates are re-arrested or convicted within three years of their release) has hovered between 50 and 60 percent since RTA was founded in 1996. That rate plummets to about five percent for inmates who take part in RTA's programs, says founder Katherine Vockins.

"It sounds very simplistic, but the arts open a different pathway in your brain to make you think differently -- and when you think differently you behave differently," Vockins told HuffPost. "Our program teaches basic life skills, too: How to listen, work together, problem solve, understand deferred gratification, how to present on your feet without being afraid. It's all so important, both in and out of prison."

Numerous studies have found that education and arts inside the big house are gateways to lower recidivism. A 2013 study by the Rand Corporation notes that every dollar spent on vocational training and education inside prisons saves taxpayers $4 to $5 on re-incarceration costs. Studies commissioned by RTA found that inmates who engaged in the arts had a better chance at completing higher education degrees, and had a lower chance of committing violations behind bars.

Anecdotally, the program's impact is clear. Even inmates with life sentences -- like Mary Voorhees, who played the Lion -- say that training with the arts gives them a sense of purpose.

"It’s not an escape, it’s a tool," said Voorhees. "I figured when they said, 'you’re gonna spend the rest of your life in prison,' that was it ... But that's what makes RTA such a blessing, it's about rehabilitation. You learn how to deal with different people and different attitudes in a positive and constructive way. I never had that before."

Payne admits that, had it not been for her newfound ability to communicate with her fellow inmates, she might have earned herself more jail time.

"In here, we react. We go off our impulses," she said. "This teaches being humble, being patient, controlling your temper, thinking before you act ... I wouldn't be here today to see my family if I didn't have this."

The musical itself wasn't without its hiccups, given the restrictions inherent in a maximum security facility. Props and costumes were meager, the pit consisted of two people on one electric keyboard (though they worked wonders), and corrections officers lined the gymnasium -- a necessary but sobering reminder that we were, indeed, not in Kansas anymore.

Given the limitations, the actors themselves were impressive. The ensembles' tight, polished harmonies and breakout performances by the Scarecrow (played by inmate Judah Parham), the Wiz (inmate Kim Brown) and several others kicked the elephant out of the room for a while.

For the inmates, a year of training in the arts culminated in one night of feeling closer to home.

"I'm coming home!" Payne said. "This gave me a chance… Now you’re definitely gonna see me when I get out of prison. Don’t forget this face, you’ll definitely see me back on stage."


Every dollar spent on the arts helps keep inmates from re-entering the prison system. To learn how you can help support these programs, visit Rehabilitation Through the Arts, or find your local program at The Prison Arts Coalition.

Video Direction: Oliver Noble
Co-producers: Andy Campbell, Emily Kassie and Oliver Noble
Camera: Emily Kassie, Oliver Noble, Andy Campbell and Ric Savarese
Graphics: Tiara Chiaramonte, Dennie Bright and Adam Glucksman

Special thanks to Rehabilitation Through the Arts, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and Technical Directions for making this story possible.

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Donald Trump Demands To Know 'What Is Going On?'

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 10:42 AM

Unlike elitist President Barack Obama -- who “refuses to use the term even of ‘what’s going on?’” -- Donald Trump is not afraid to admit that when it comes to a broad range of geopolitical issues, from immigration to ISIS, he does NOT know what is going on. But he’d really like someone to help him figure it out!

Watch the above supercut of Trump's brash obliviousness, and if you feel equipped to explain “what is going on,” please get in touch with The Donald immediately. He seems very scared and...

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'Why The Bodies I Paint Must Be Absolutely Naked' (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 1:13 PM

(Video by Oliver Noble and Sam Wilkes)

If you're stark naked, a few blocks from the Empire State Building, and an agitated NYPD officer says, "You need to put underwear on right now, bro," the man you want by your side is Andy Golub.

Golub, a body painting artist, has...

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48 Things Men Hear In A Lifetime (That Are Bad For Everyone)

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:53 PM

We recently published a video titled, 48 Things Women Hear In A Lifetime (That Men Just Don't), in order to show how subtly sexist messaging begins at a very young age and then never, ever ends.

Little girls are told not to be bossy; teens and young women are told that no matter their sexual decisions, they're damned if they do, damned if they don't; moms face frustrating expectations that just aren't put upon dads. And at every age, women are reminded that our appearance is of utmost importance. 

Many commenters responded, "men are told things, too!" To which we'd say: Of course! Sexism doesn't exist in a vacuum. Our society has a dangerously narrow view of masculinity, which limits what a man is allowed to "be."

But if you consider the messages men hear -- "be a man!" "boys don't cry!" "don't be such a pussy!" -- you'll find that almost all of them translate to "don't be a woman." Because women are the seen as weaker sex; to be "feminine" is to be less than. So when we tell men they're not "real men" unless they're tough, financially successful (specifically more successful than their female partners), strong, authoritative... yes, we're hurting men who don't fit those parameters. But we're also hurting women. 

The same attitude informs a culture where young men are taught to feel a sense of ownership over women's bodies and decisions. Phrases like "tap that" and "hit it and quit it" enter our vernacular. It becomes "manly" to treat women as objects, it becomes "funny" to call women sluts. 

If little boys are taught to see traditionally "feminine" qualities as "bad," the cycle of sexism never ends. As Gloria Steinem recently wrote, "I'm glad we've begun to raise our daughters more like our sons -- but it will never work until we raise our sons more like our daughters."

Watch the video above to hear what men are taught throughout their lifetimes that is harmful to everyone.


Scripted, Directed, Filmed and Edited by Jessica Samakow and Oliver Noble

Below, watch 48 Things Women Hear In A Lifetime (That Men Just Don't):

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A Brief History Of Hollywood's Complicated Relationship With Cocaine

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 3:44 PM

"Cocaine is a hell of a drug," Rick James once said on an episode of "Chappelle’s Show." It was hilarious, and people laughed. But a few months later, James was dead at the age of 56 -- a mixture of drugs, including cocaine, found in his body. 

Cocaine abuse remains an ongoing problem in U.S. culture. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of deaths by cocaine overdose has increased over 40 percent in a the past decade. 

But the TV and movie industry has always had more of a complicated relationship with cocaine. At one moment, the drug is glorified on the big screen; the next, it is the representation of depravity. To explore Hollywood’s double-edged depiction of the drug, The Huffington Post asked audio and video auteur Swede Mason to craft the above video tapestry. We combed through over 100 hours of movie footage and then handed our findings over to Mason, who edited together the visuals and incorporated the source material in creating the audio track.

Need help with substance abuse or mental health issues? In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National Helpline. 


Full list of movies used in mashup:

"Flight" (2012)
"Requiem for a Dream" (2000)
"Bad Lieutenant" (1992)
"Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" (2009)
"Pulp Fiction" (1994)
"Wolf of Wall Street" (2013)
"True Romance" (1993)
"Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007)
"Traffic" (2000)
"Crocodile Dundee" (1986)
"Tango and Cash" (1989)
"Showgirls" (1995)
"Superbad" (2007)
"American Psycho" (2000)
"Airplane!" (1980)
"Magnolia" (1999)
"The Big Chill" (1983)
"Very Bad Things" (1998)
"Casino" (1995)
"Boogie Nights" (1997)
"Goodfellas" (1990)
"Blow" (2001)
"Scarface" (1983)
"The Crow" (1994)
"The Hangover Part II" (2011)
"The Hangover Part III" (2013)
"Up In Smoke" (1978)
"Greenberg" (2010)
"Lord of War" (2005)
"Modern Problems" (1981)
"Pain and Gain" (2013)
"Basic Instinct" (1992)
"The Departed" (2006)
"Robocop" (1987)
"Any Given Sunday" (1999)
"Wall Street" (1987)
"Bad Boys" (1995)
"Code of Silence" (1985)
"Léon: The Professional" (1994)
"Starsky and Hutch" (2004)
"Donnie Brasco" (1997)
"King of New York" (1990)
"Bright Lights, Big City" (1988)
"Crank" (2006)
"Annie Hall" (1977)
"This is the End" (2013)

Video scored and edited by Swede Mason


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48 coisas que mulheres escutam ao longo da vida (e homens não)

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 8:07 PM

"Não seja uma puta, mas definitivamente não seja muito puritana".

"Não seja tão emocional, mas não seja uma 'cadela de coração frio'."

"Priorize a sua família ao longo de sua carreira; mas você está certa, mesmo de que quer ser dona de casa?"

Ao longo de nossas vidas,...

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48 Things Women Hear In A Lifetime (That Men Just Don't)

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 8:21 AM

Don't be a slut, but definitely don't be too prude. Don't be so emotional, but don't be a cold-hearted bitch. Prioritize your family over your career, but are you sure you want to be a stay-at-home mom? 

Throughout our lives, women hear insidious, often-conflicting messages about what it means to be a woman, about how we should act, talk and look.

In the video above, watch as girls and women deliver messages you'd never say to a boy or a man, one after another. Each individual remark may seem inconsequential, but listening to them in totality shows just how never-ending (and exhausting) subtle sexism really is. 

Commentary on women's bodies, minds and decisions -- from "Stop being an attention whore!" to "Are you planning on working after the baby is born? -- knows no bounds.


Scripted and directed by Jessica Samakow
Produced by Jessica Samakow and Oliver Noble
Filmed and edited by Oliver Noble

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Instead Of Being On The Menu, These Turkeys Get Their Own Feast

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 9:17 AM

As you can see in this video, turkeys gobble gobble gobbled down baked acorn squash, kale salad and...

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Unsuspecting Cats Get Completely Startled By ... Cucumbers? Yep.

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 3:15 PM

“Making cat videos for the Internet is a cutthroat profession," she said. "You’ll never make it! You’re too...

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Who Is Justin Bieber Really Singing About? 'Star Wars' Fans May Be Surprised

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 4:19 PM

A lot of drama has circulated about Justin Bieber's single, "What Do You Mean?" What hasn't been addressed nearly enough is who Biebs is talking to in the video? Some smokeshow model? Selena Gomez? His dad after his nude photos came out?

What if we told...

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Watch Dogs Take On Their Own Shadows In Mighty Battles

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 4:53 PM

Dogs are naturally vigilant protectors. They will defend their household from any threat, be it a robber, the...

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