Trump discovers a whole new way to embarrass himself on Twitter

This guy.
This guy.

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Donald Trump was quick to defend himself on Twitter after a Senate hearing over his campaign’s ties to Russia. 

The strange thing? He did it with an extremely awkward banner photo.

That’s actually one of his tweets, Photoshopped in what appears to be a font from the 1980s over a photo of a bunch of white people giving the thumbs-up sign. 

Clapper said Monday that he was not aware of any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Which isn’t surprising, since he also said that he wasn’t even aware of an investigation into the matter until FBI Director James Comey made it public in March. 

Still, nuance isn’t exactly Trump’s thing, which would explain the banner. 

Of course, people outside of the White House also have access to Photoshop and Trump’s past tweets, so you knew this was inevitable …

In case you’re wondering, yes, someone has already made a “Trump Twitter Cover Generator.”

Have fun, kids. And don’t think about the many, many connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Want to find a date? Here’s where Tinder says you should work.

Now that they’ve shared U.S. citizens’ proclivity for right-swiping on pilots (for men) and on physical therapists (for women), Tinder has released data on the sexiest jobs around the world. 

And the results prove that no matter where you’re from, your thirst for certain professions is more or less universally shared. 

In most countries surveyed, love is literally in the air. Especially if you’re a dude.

In Australia, men were more likely to right-swipe on a flight attendant than any other profession, while women were coo coo for swimming coaches first, with students and cabin crew members (not sure how they differ from flight attendants, but carry on) coming in a close second and third. 

Flight attendants are the second-most popular among females in Spain too, after store managers. And in Germany, male cabin crew members were top-ranked and male flight attendants (again, how is that different?) were placed fifth. 

But wait, there’s more! Colombia’s male flight attendants are rated fifth most popular and France’s male cabin crew are at the very top of the swipe food chain. The UK, Chile, Japan, Korea and Mexico all feature top-ranking male flight attendants and/or cabin crew as well. Who knew?!  

Meanwhile, Argentina has somehow managed to avoid the flight obsession. Instead, Tinder users there opt for “liking” people in marketing and product development. Good for you, Argentina! 

The rest of the world will be over here, fawning over those dreamboats in the sky. 

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Finally, someone combines a salt shaker, Bluetooth speaker and mood lighting

Salt and Bluetooth technology are paired in one of the weirder inventions for the “smart” home.

Smalt (yes, really) pairs a music player, mood lighting, centerpiece and flavor enhancer into one gadget. Right now, it’s just a concept, so you can’t buy one yet. 

On the device’s website, it’s pegged more as a smart centerpiece that happens to have a salt dispenser. And a Bluetooth connection to your phone to play music. And a rainbow of light colors to “create the ambience that’s right for the night.”

The device hopes to be on Indiegogo by June 15 to raise money for its launch, but in the meantime enjoy the idea of the “first multi-sensory device to make dining experience fun.” We asked how much the smart shaker will go for, but CEO Bipan Singh said a pricing study is still under way. 

The company’s blog includes a few articles about the longtime practice of using centerpieces to decorate the home and innovations in kitchen technology — the perfect blend of tradition and the future. 

Just like this souped-up salt shaker.

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‘Irreplaceable’ plant specimens destroyed by customs officials with no chill

The Museum of Natural History in Paris.
The Museum of Natural History in Paris.

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Fun fact: Australia’s custom officials are known for procedures teetering on the absurdly overzealous, thanks to the continent’s unique natural environment.

But those procedures are under investigation, after officials destroyed “irreplaceable” rare flowering plants sent from France. “They were the first type specimens collected of a species,” Michelle Waycott, chair at the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, told ABC News

“That would be the equivalent of material collected in the Flinders expedition, going and then destroying those. So literally irreplaceable collections and of high historic and scientific value.”

D’oh! These border officials have absolutely zero chill.

The plant samples from the Museum of Natural History in Paris dated back to the mid-1800s. It was intended for the Queensland Herbarium, but was destroyed due to paperwork issues in March.

In a statement via email, the Department of Agriculture acknowledged “the intrinsic value of the specimens,” and conceded that its destruction was “premature.” 

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Once the plants were detained, the Queensland Herbarium sent correspondence to an incorrect email address. Ugh. When their information was eventually received, it was not sufficient, and the plants were destroyed in line with policy. RIP, rare flowering plants.

A “comprehensive review of this incident” will be undertaken by the department to prevent a similar situation from occurring again. “This is a deeply regrettable occurrence, but it does highlight the importance of the shared responsibility of Australia’s biosecurity system, and the need for adherence to import conditions,” according to the statement. 

In a similar incident, New Zealand’s Landcare Research Allan Herbarium loaned lichen samples collected in the 1930s to the Australian National Herbarium last year. The loan was to see if lichen found in both countries were similar, but the sample was destroyed by border officials in Sydney. 

The incident prompted the Allan Herbarium from stopping further samples being sent to Australia until assurances of its safe arrival are made in writing. 

The department said it was “unaware of this incident,” however it is “investigating it as a matter of priority.”

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Who needs T-Pain? Waze now lets you record your own GPS directions

Sick of the way your GPS app reads out directions? Now you can take the wheel by recording yourself talking, in a new Waze update.

The new feature (only on Android for now) lets you record your own turn-by-turn instructions. You’ll add your clips to the app’s library so you can make your Waze experience completely unique. 

If you’re weirded out by your own voice, like most of us are, you could add a spouse’s voice instead, or maybe your kid’s. Or maybe your friend who does a great celebrity impersonation — why not?

The feature could also be useful for users who prefer languages that the app doesn’t support yet — you could record commands for a parent who speaks another dialect, for example.

Recordings are private, and not shareable with other users…for now.

[H/T Engadget]

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Justin Bieber’s plate and John Lennon’s tooth are among weird items sold at auction

They have also shelled out for some French toast left on Justin Timberlake’s breakfast plate, a drop of Ronald Reagan’s blood and even a tissue used by Scarlett Johansen. 

But though some of these may sound gross, they are merely the bottom end of a booming multi million pound market for celebrity memorabilia, said the report by auction analysts. 

At the other end of the scale, rich collectors are spending £1 million or more on the dress Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz or nearly three times as much on James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. 

A report by Barnebys, which lists a million items from 2,000 auction houses worldwide, said a ‘significant’ number of its lots are now celebrity memorabilia, but not all are glamorous. 

Among those it has seen sold are William Shatner’s kidney stone – which he sold for £14,000 to raise money for charity – a lock of Justin Bieber’s hair and John Lennon’s tooth. 

Its report said: “The cult of celebrity is so powerful it seems that collectors will pay more for memorabilia touched and used by famous people. 

“They believe it has something of the essence of the celebrity who once owned it and in this way that get to own a piece of the celebrity.” 

Outfits are particularly big business, from the cowardly lion’s costumer in the Wizard of Oz, which sold for £2.3 million, to an evening gown Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s which sold for around £470,000. 

But almost any famous prop will sell, say auctioneers. A whip used by Harrison Ford in the role of Indiana Jones went for £47,000 and a Delorean in Back to the Future sold for £417,000 for instance. 

At the less glamorous end of the scale, a tissue used by Scarlett Johansen was sold on eBay for £3,600.

US could face magnitude 9 earthquake within DAYS sparking tsunami, quake mystic claims

A self-styled earthquake predictor is warning of a magnitude seven, eight or nine quake hitting the planet between now and May 12.

‘Quake mystic’ Frank Hoogerbeets has issued an online “major earthquake warning” amid fears a “big one” is on its way, claiming it could also cause a tsunami.

Mr Hoogerbeets, who is based in the Netherlands, uses a non-scientifically recognised way of predicting earthquakes based on planetary alignments with Earth.

He wrote on his website ditrianum.org: “On May 9 2017, three planetary alignments converge, one of which is Earth-Mercury-Uranus. 

“It will be the third time this year that these three planets align; the previous two caused a 6.6 and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake respectively.

“The other alignments around the 9th are Mars-Venus-Saturn and Mars-Sun-Mercury.

“This convergence is also close to Full Moon (May 10).

“Earth Harmonics say that an 8 plus magnitude earthquake may occur between the 7th and 10th of May, a time-frame that overlaps the 9th.

“Because of  the alignments converging around the 9th and the Full Moon on the 10th, these two days are the most likely candidates for an 8 plus magnitude earthquake.”

He said if a “mega-thrust earthquake does not strike between the 7th and 10th, we may still see a considerable 7 magnitude earthquake up until the 12th.”

He added: “A mega-thrust earthquake may involve a large tsunami so it is a good thing to be prepared for a large-scale event if you are near a subduction zone area.

“Because the West Coast USA (Cascadia) is the only area on the planet that has not had an weight plus magnitude earthquake in the last several decades, this is where I would put emphasis on. 

“But in general every subduction zone, especially around the Pacific can be hit.”

Scientists agree the Cascadia subduction zone is long overdue a mega quake, but they do not agree with Mr Hoogerbeets prediction techniques which have been ridiculed.

Mr Hoogerbeets claims the positions of the planets and the moon have an impact on tectonic plate movement here on earth.

Mr Hoogerbeets places the warnings on his website and in videos on a connected YouTube channel.

He claims to have previously predicted a string of major earthquakes across the globe, but is ridiculed by mainstream scientists who say the position of the planets has no impact on seismic activity.

But, Mr Hoogerbeets has made several predictions with distinctly mixed results. 

There have been significant quakes after some of his warnings, but he is no longer specific about where they will strike or the exact day.

In December 2015 he was mocked after predicting a powerful magnitude eight earthquake that could “change the world forever” would strike on the 11 or 12 of the month, only for it to fail to materialise.

There was also the much publicised mega quake he warned was about to hit California in May 2015 – but it too never arrived.

But Mr Hoogerbeets, who has asked for donations on his YouTube channel so he can continue his “research” and avoid returning to full time work, has a number of online supporters.

So should we fear his latest warning?

Mr Hoogerbeets admits he also relies on messages from spirits, crop circle formations, and so-called “key Earth dates” in order to predict when earthquakes will strike.

Astronomer Phil Plait, who writes for New Scientist, previously said of his predictions: “Let me be clear: No, it won’t. It can’t. 

“There is simply no way an alignment of planets can cause an earthquake on Earth. It’s literally impossible.”

Mr Hoogerbeets said seismologists needed to take note because “whenever the three objects in our solar system lined up there was a significant earthquake anytime from the day before to one or two days afterwards”.

WHERE WAS IT FROM? ‘Tattooed fish’ pulled from sea… alien hunters say it’s from space

Alien enthusiasts have been quick to blame the markings on the supernatural trying to deliver a message, while others fear it is due to changes in Earth’s oceans.

The creature was reportedly netted by fishermen from Lopez Jaena in Mindanao, Philippines.

Pictures of the weird fish went viral after being posted online by the stunned seafarers, triggering bizarre speculation about what could have caused it.

GMA News said: “Whatever may the reason be as to how the fish got the design on its body, nobody knows. But maybe, it is a sign perhaps that something is wrong with our ocean.”

The intricate markings even appeared to include strange letter-like symbols.

One theory is it could have become tangled up in plastic waste in the sea.

Missinggalacticfreedom.wordpress speculated: “How this fish got symbols, letters, numbers, etc in his body remains a mystery but could it be that the fish was sent by something supernatural to deliver a message to humanity?

“Can you decipher it?”

Even UFO hunters got involved.

Scott C Waring, editor of ufosightingsdaily.com, is quick to blame any mystery at the door of alleged alien visitors.

He blogged: “This large fish may have been a visiting alien species that wanted to mingle with a species similar to its own, only to get caught and eaten as food. 

“The species has a sign of inteligences… tattoos covering 100 percent of its body. 

“Normal non-intelligent animals do not. 

“I can see fern-like designs, and a shield and a strange creature on top. 

“This style of design if more European than the tribal designs of the Philippines.

“Sadly, if this was an intelligent alien visiting Earth, its first contact with humans didn’t end well. 

“Aqua intelligent species would be very difficult for humanity to communicate with, let alone believe in, but they do exist. 

“Like mermaids, stories that last the test of time, always have some truth to them.” 

Publix And Wegmans Are Tied For America’s Favorite Grocery Store

Wegmans and Publix are tied for America’s favorite grocery store, according to a 12,700-person study conducted by Market Force, a company focused on consumer experience.

Participants in the online survey ranked the stores based on a Customer Loyalty Index, according to a press release. The index looks at a customer’s satisfaction with their last shopping experience at a grocery store and whether or not they would refer the store to others.

Wegmans (a chain based in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic) and Publix (which is based in the South) each scored a 77 percent rating. Trader Joe’s came in second, followed by the Texas chain H-E-B. Last year, Wegmans took home the top spot by itself, beating out the longtime winner, Trader Joe’s.

Below are the top 15: 

1. Publix and Wegmans

2. Trader Joe’s

5. Harris Teeter

6. Hy-Vee Food Stores

7. Costco

8. WinCo Foods

9. Whole Foods

10. Fry’s

11. Kroger

12. Target

13. Winn-Dixie Stores

14. ShopRite

15. Food Lion

The complete ranking of grocery stores is below, with Walmart coming in last place:

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The complete rankings based on the Composite Loyalty Index Score.

When the grocery stores were ranked by attributes, Publix topped the fast checkout, availability of items, ease of finding items and store cleanliness categories.

Wegmans only topped the speciality department service category, but came in second on availability and ease of finding items.

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A grocery store ranking based on attributes.

Perhaps the tie would’ve been broken if participants ate a delicious Publix sub and then took the survey.

Case closed.

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Why You Should Be Cautious About The 23-Karat Gold Face Cream At Sephora

Like many pricey products, the latest best-selling moisturizer at Sephora may be more hype than help.

Tatcha’s The Water Cream is reportedly Sephora’s top-selling moisturizer after selling out twice in just about a month, no doubt boosted by Instagram beauty influencer endorsements. According to the product description, the cream uses Japanese wild rose, Japanese leopard lily and an “anti-aging trinity of green tea, rice, and algae” to boost skin’s appearance, while a dash of 23-karat gold “imparts a subtle, shine-free glow.”

Using the cream feels “like splashing water onto your face” because it has a “unique delivery system that bursts when it comes in contact with your skin, releasing a cooling sensation,” Refinery29 reports.

At $68 for 1.7 ounces, this gold-kissed cream is currently back in stock on Sephora.com. Although online reviews at the retailer have so far been largely positive, dermatologists told HuffPost there are several reasons to be cautious about using it.

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Many doctors say gold won’t irritate most people’s skin ― it is an antioxidant, though not the most effective one ― but any glow you may get from gold-infused makeup or cream likely doesn’t come from the metal. Instead, it probably comes from the product’s other ingredients, according to New York City dermatologist Tabisum Mir.

“The price of gold in skin care is never worth it,” said Mir. “There are far better antioxidant alternatives available for anti-aging.”

Janellen Smith, a dermatology professor at the University of California Irvine, agreed the metal likely isn’t doing much for your skin.

“Gold sounds sexy, but there can’t possibly be much [in Water Cream], because gold costs over $1,000 an ounce,” she added.

What’s more, the botanicals and fragrance like those in Water Cream ― and many other skincare and makeup products ― can cause contact dermatitis in people who have sensitive skin or are allergic, said Marie Jhin, a dermatologist at California Pacific Medical Center. Symptoms of these adverse reactions include rashes, itching and swelling.

Add gold to the mix, and Smith says the cream is not worth the risk

“Both gold and botanicals are allergens, and there is potential for people to develop an allergic reaction,” said Smith, adding that “the best thing for skin is a good sunscreen, and I don’t see this [in the Water Cream].”

A Tatcha spokeswoman told HuffPost the company’s own testing shows Japanese wild rose extract “improves the appearance of pores,” but Jhin said no published research shows it can hydrate skin or help with so-called flaws like large pores.

If you don’t have sensitive skin, botanicals like green tea may be beneficial, Jhin said, because some research suggests they have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties while protecting skin from sun damage.

But in general, it’s best to opt for moisturizers with simpler formulas to decrease your overall chances of irritation, says John Hanifin, a dermatology expert at Oregon Health and Science University. He recommends Cerave and Cetaphil to his patients.

Tatcha said their lab tested the cream’s wild rose extract on real people with no adverse results.

“Every formula from Tatcha is a labor of love and developed by leading Japanese skincare scientists at the Tatcha Institute,” a spokeswoman said. “Like all of Tatcha’s formulas, The Water Cream is developed and dermatologist-tested to be non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-comedogenic.”

While the Water Cream and other fancy products may not bother those whose skin isn’t easily irritated, there are certainly cheaper options that can moisturize equally well. As in all beauty choices, it’s wise to weigh your options before making a purchase.