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Steven Hoffer
Steven Hoffer is New York-based journalist who previously worked for and Relix Magazine.

Entries by Steven Hoffer

This Cat Doesn't Like You And It Definitely Doesn't Like Your Flute

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 1:31 PM

Most of us humans enjoy a well-performed piece of flute music. Or we at least tolerate it. Not this cat, though. This cat clearly does not like something about this young lady and her flute. 

Credit to the flutist for being a persistent musician and not immediately giving in to the cat. More credit, however, to the cat, for being that much more persistent and not allowing itself to be intimidated by some flutist.



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This Machine Will Create The Largest Manmade Waves In The World

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 11:30 AM

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Smashing Jell-O With A Tennis Racket Is Just Fantastic

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Ace! Almost...

Whether you call it Jell-O or Jelly, you can't go wrong obliterating some dessert with a tennis racket.

In this no frills video, "Sl0w Mo Guys" Gav and Dan take a swing at catching the smashing moment in slow motion. The gentlemen explain that Redditors passed along a similar Jello-O smash photo, wondering if it would be possible to recreate it on video. Ask, and you shall receive.

"It's like individual snakes!" says Gav, describing the gelatinous blob as it is crushed to sticky pieces.

And, yes, someone did get hit in the face:

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Monster Sinkhole Engulfs Residential Street, Front Lawn

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 8:24 AM

Residents of a neighborhood St. Albans, England, were evacuated from their homes on Thursday after an enormous sinkhole on...

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놀란 가슴을 더 놀라게 하는 GIF 13개

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 11:23 AM


괜찮다면 스크롤을 아래로 내려서, 이상하고 신기한 세계로 들어가 보자.

"돌연변이"라는 제목의 이 GIF 모음들은 뉴욕을 기반으로 작업하는 비디오, 사진 예술가 샘 캐논의 작품이다. 캐논은 초현실적인 GIF에 탁월한데, 문화 사이트 '컬쳐 팝'에 따르면 그녀는 이 작업을 정지한 이미지와 움직이는...

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Man Tries To Kill Spider With Lighter, Starts Gas Station Blaze

(6) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 10:06 AM

A Michigan man caused a not-so-itsy-bitsy blaze to erupt at a suburban Detroit gas station on Saturday when he saw a spider sitting by his fuel door and tried to set it on fire.

The man later admitted that he is extremely frightened by the arachnids, so he pulled out his lighter and attempted to burn it, Fox 2 Detroit reports.

"Do you know gas go boom?" the store employee on duty during the incident later told the station.

The motorist can be seen on the surveillance video at the Center Line, Michigan, station examining the gas tank and reaching into his pocket for the lighter. The video then shows flames erupting along the side of the car, the pump and the pavement.

The man darts to safety and later uses a fire extinguisher to put out the flames. The spider cannot be seen.

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.

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Attempted Drill Thief Made 'Chicken Noises,' Ran Away: Cops

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 8:49 AM

New Hampshire authorities are searching for a man who allegedly tried to steal several drills from a hardware store, only to make chicken noises and run away.

Employees at the Sears hardware store in Concord told police that the man had placed four DeWalt drills inside...

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Florida Man Accused Of Stealing $540,000 Worth Of Citrus

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 8:30 AM

Orange you in some trouble now. 

A Florida man is accused of stealing more than 4 million pounds of citrus, valued at approximately $540,000.

Officials say that Bradley Reiter, of Winter Haven, Florida, agreed to three contracts to harvest local citrus groves in March 2014,...

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13 Surreal 'Mutations' GIFs That Will Freak You Out

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Scroll down, if you dare, and enter a world of the bizarre and extreme.

This collection, "Mutations," comes from New York City-based video and photo artist Sam Cannon. Cannon specializes in creating surreal GIFs, which she says explore "the space between still and moving...

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Cat To Dog: Shut Up

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 2:21 PM

Cats and dogs. Do they get along? Not usually. But is there respect? There better be. This cat demands it.

In the video above, it's clear that Greyscale the cat will tolerate zero funny stuff from Chazz the dog, even if the humans are out of the house.

Greyscale is no fun, but that cat has a point.

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Without Skull, Experts Can't Say If Bones Belong To Mona Lisa Model

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 10:48 AM

Researchers testing bone fragments thought to be from the body of a woman who some contend was the model for the Mona Lisa said Thursday that their findings were inconclusive.

Experts analyzed the remains found at a Florence church grave, but said that without a skull,...

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Just Looking At This Giant Onion Will Make You Cry

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 9:13 AM

We'll get straight to the point: These vegetables are massive.

Just think about the size of the salad you could make! Can you even fathom the soup that would come from those leeks? Let's sauce that tomato and make a huge pizza! Just looking at that onion brings tears to...

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'Ghost Adventures' Couple Found Dead After SWAT Standoff

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 8:27 AM

A pair of paranormal investigators who appeared on the hit Travel Channel series "Ghost Adventures" was...

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Adorable Kid Has A Hard Time Blowing Out His Birthday Candle

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Little Marty is celebrating his 2nd birthday, but before he can enjoy a scrumptious chocolate cupcake, he's going to need a quick lesson in how to blow out a candle.

That's because, try as he may, Marty can't seem to get this exhaling-on-command thing down. After all, how many birthdays could he possibly have celebrated?

Luckily, his dad has a plan. Watch the video to see how he saves the day.

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Fidel Lopez Says He Killed Girlfriend After She Screamed Ex's Name During Sex

(9) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 8:45 AM

A Florida man says he killed his girlfriend during a tequila-fueled rage after she screamed her ex-husband's name twice while the couple was having sex.

Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence. 

Fidel Lopez, 24,

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이 남자가 174만원으로 샌드위치 한 개를 만든 이유(동영상)

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 3:03 PM

"174만원 샌드위치"라는 제목을 클릭했을 때, 어떤 샌드위치를 상상했나? 금을 뿌린 빵에 비싼 트러플(송로버섯)으로 덮은 필레미뇽(뼈가 없는 쇠고기 부위)을 얹은 것?

지금 소개할 샌드위치는 우리가 먹는 음식이 어디에서 오는지를 생각하게 한다. 동영상 시리즈 '모든 것을 만드는 법(How To Make Everything)'의 호스트 앤디 조지는 이번에...

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Police Identify 'Baby Doe' Found Dead On Boston Harbor Beach

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:03 PM

After a nearly three-month investigation, authorities have identified a young girl who was found dead on a Boston Harbor beach as Bella Bond. She was previously known as "Baby Doe," and officials believe she was about 3 or 4 years old when she died.

Citing a law enforcement source, CNN reported that the girl's mother and her boyfriend were arrested in connection with the case. The charges against them were expected Friday, according to the network.

"It appears as though it was a situation of the boyfriend who was involved and apparently, I think, mother and boyfriend sort of blaming each other in terms of who harmed the child," Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D) said during a news conference.

DeLeo confirmed the identity of the child as Bella Bond. He could not immediately confirm the name of the child's mother. He said the boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, 35, was being treated at a Boston hospital for drug issues. He also said authorities are "in the process of taking a witness or two before the grand jury."

WHDH also reported on the mother's arrest.

Police identified the child after they searched a home in Mattapan, Massachusetts, late Thursday night, WCVB reports. 

Investigators said they carried out the search warrant after they received a tip from "someone who said Bella's mother made a comment about her death," WHDH reports. 

The girl's remains were found wrapped in a trash bag on June 25. She was wearing white pants with black polka dots and had with her a soft zebra-print blanket.

The discovery of the girl's body sparked a massive social media campaign. Within two weeks, a compose image of the chubby-cheeked, brown-eyed girl had reached an estimated 47 million people on Facebook.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Breathtaking Iridescent Cloud Sighted Over Costa Rica

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 11:43 AM

Footage from earlier this week shows pedestrians in Costa Rica gazing up as a vivid halo of color...

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Seal Surfing On A Humpback Whale Is Riding In Style

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 12:53 PM

A photographer in Australia with some fortunate timing snapped this shot of a seal riding on the back of a humpback whale.

Robyn Malcolm captured the photo while whale-watching near Eden, New South Wales. The whales were having such a feeding frenzy, Malcolm says, she didn't...

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This Newfangled Hair-Washing Machine Looks Perfectly Safe

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 10:46 AM

Good people of Weird News. What you see here is purportedly a full-service, automatic hair-washing machine, made in China. 

If you take Imaginechina's word for it, the contraption "received a national patent after experimenting for 16 years [and] breaking 18 motorcycle helmets." 

Don't worry, that's...

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