T. rexes crashed a news segment and it was glorious

Live news segments gave us plenty of glorious memories in 2017 (remember BBC kid?), and thankfully those spontaneous moments aren’t slowing down any time soon. 

The latest comes courtesy of a few folks who donned T. rex costumes and made their way onto a live MSNBC shot on Thursday. The result is a hilarious fight in the background of a very serious report. 

The anchor and reporter didn’t seem to notice the antics in the background, which makes it even better. Nothing but the utmost respect those three brave souls who, intentionally or not, made property tax news a lot more interesting and actually enjoyable for Twitter users all day long. 

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The Avengers wish Stan Lee a happy 95th birthday on Twitter

HB Stan Lee.
HB Stan Lee.

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Marvel icon and perpetual film cameo fiend Stan Lee turned 95 on Thursday. 

The co-creator of X-Men, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor and so many, many more heroes seen in comics, television, film and games is celebrating his birthday, with well-wishers posting messages on Twitter.

Chris “Captain America” Evans, Mark “Hulk” Ruffalo, Don “War Machine” Cheadle, and Chad “Black Panther” Boseman posted a hip-hooray for the Avengers creator. Lee wrote and edited The Avengers, which debuted in comic form in September 1963, with iconic Marvel artist Jack Kirby.

More Marvel figureheads celebrated Lee on Twitter, including Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige (in charge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.

Plenty of Lee’s other film, television and media friends also hit Twitter with their birthday greetings.

And of course, plenty of comic artists posted heartfelt messages.

Happy birthday Stan Lee, we’ll be sure to see you in your Deadpool 2 cameo in 2018.

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UFOS AND THE PENTAGON: Mystery craft ‘tailed USAF plane half way across Atlantic’

The loadmaster, who has yet to be named, has broken a 37-year silence about the encounter that he failed to report at the time in December 1980 for fear of ruining his career.

However, the man reported the unexplained case to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) yesterday, just days after there were headlines across the globe revealing details about a top secret US Department of Defense five-year probe into the threat posed by UFOs.

Details of the Department of Defense Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification £16.5million secretive programme were exposed after the US Government claimed for years it had not interest in UFOs, something conspiracy theorists refused to believe.

US-based MUFON is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to UFO and alien research, and keeps a global database of UFO sightings and reports.

Loadmasters are responsible for getting cargo and personnel onto a plane.

In a report to MUFON the man explained he failed to officially report the sighting for fear of affecting his career, due to the perceived ridicule surrounding UFO sightings.

He said: “I was a loadmaster on an C-141 transport aircraft we took off from Charleston Air Force base Going to Dover Air Force base, Delaware, when we pick up an object on radar.

“The object was pacing our aircraft. We reported the incident to the tower they also saw the object, but said we may have a problem with our radar. 

“Once we landed at Dover the technicians checked out the radar on the aircraft and found no problems.”

He said the plane then set off again from Dover towards Ireland.

The loadmaster said: “Half way across the Atlantic Ocean the object returned and continue to paced us the rest of the way across the ocean.

“We once again contacted the tower to report the incident and the tower confirmed that they also had the object on radar. 

“At this, we were asked if the crew wanted to file a UFO report.

“We discussed it as a crew and decided it would be bad for our careers so no report was filed.”

MUFON is investigating the case, but cautions that most sightings can be explained.

The man joins a growing number of military and airline witnesses to come forward with details of seemingly inexplicable UFO encounters.

These include Cmdr David Fravor, a former US navy pilot, who was one of two men who filmed on radar cameras a shocking UFO encounter off the coast of San Diego that was looked at by the Department of Defense probe, with no explanation coming forward.

Bombshell video of what Mr Fravor and Cmdr Jim Slaight saw was released with the recent revelations.

Mr Fravor said they encountered the oval shaped white UFO “which defied physics” at the end of a two-week period when the US Princeton ship had been tracking mysterious aircraft that appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, before shooting down towards the ocean.

They stopped at 20,000 feet and appeared to hover, before dropping off range or heading back upwards. 

Nostradamus 2018 predictions: World War 3 and disaster BUT survivors could live to 200

French prophet Nostradamus is believed by some to have accurately predicted the rise of Napoleon and Hitler and the 9/11 Twin Towers attacks. 

Many researchers of the infamous prophet, who died in 1566, are also convinced he has correctly foretold the current barbaric acts being committed by ISIS in the Middle East including its bid to capture areas of Europe to fulfil its Caliphate.

Now people are looking at what his writings could foretell about 2018. 

Alessandro Bruno wrote on Lombardiletter.com: “The Nostradamus predictions for 2018 are dire, as they include what might become World War 3.

“The Nostradamus WW3 predictions have gained traction because so many people feel helpless. They sense that the world is beyond their control and they feel that difficult times are ahead.

“Beyond the individual Nostradamus future predictions 2018, there is a common theme. 

“Negative energy will intensify and accelerate with unprecedented intensity and speed. 

“World War 3 news has become current again. That’s because most people are ignoring the fact that Russia and the United States have resumed a level of tension not seen since almost 30 years ago. 

“Instead of diffusing it, Senators and congressional representatives in Washington are fuelling the risks.”

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Nostradamus has predicted terrible woes for 2018, but people may live until 200.

An earthquake shall concern particularly the western area of the United States. Its power shall be felt in lands throughout the globe.

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2018 PREDICTIONS:

1. World War 3:

The most chilling prediction for 2018 is from Nostradamus’ book Les Propheties.

It includes a quatrain that some have interpreted as describing the start of the third world war. 

Nostradamus said: “The big war will start in France and all Europe will be attacked, it will be long and terrifying for everyone and then finally there will be peace but only a few will enjoy it.

“A war will start between the two great world powers and it will last for a period of 27 years.”

Some commentators have predicted China, Russia and North Korea will unite to take on the US.

2. Major eruption of Mount Vesuvius

The Italian volcano will “shake the earth every five minutes,” and at least 6,000 people will be killed, according to the prophecy.

In early 2016 more than 1.5million people were warned they are were living in the danger zone of the super volcano, which it was said could go off anytime -causing a global catastrophe.

Half of the three million people living in Naples were told they live within a new yellow danger zone of the Vesuvius supervolcano, the infamous peak which was responsible for the historic destruction of Pompeii in 79AD.

3. Terrible earthquake:

Nostradamus appears to have predicted natural disaster across the United States. 

He wrote: “An earthquake shall concern particularly the western area of the United States. Its power shall be felt in lands throughout the globe.”

Worryingly, the US Geological Survey (USGS) carefully monitors seismic activity in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where there were a series of medium tremors in 2016, and two fault lines in California, including San Andreas.

Scientists say both the California fault lines and the Cascadia Subduction Zone are long overdue a major earthquake of magnitude eight or above. 

They have revealed the Cascadia Subduction Zone is of most concern.

It runs about 60 miles offshore along the Pacific coast from northern California to Vancouver Island, so major cities including Portland, Seattle and Vancouver are within its tsunami range, threatening millions of people and major infrastructure. 

4. Comet or asteroid strike:

A major asteroid strike is expected as Nostradamus has been interpreted as saying for 2018: “A moment of great violence will coincide with the appearance of a comet in the sky. A nuclear terrorism and natural catastrophes will destroy our planet.” 

While it is accepted an asteroid or comet will one day threaten Earth, NASA says it knows of no major one that threatens is for at least 100 years.

5. Economic collapse: 

Nostradamus said: “the rich would die many times over.”

This is taken by many to mean the global economic collapse as a result of WW3 and the effects of many natural disasters.

6. Humans will live to be over 200: 

With so much doom and gloom predicted, this seems as unlikely one.

However, Nostradamus predicted: “The advancements of medicine will raise humans’ life expectancy up to at least 200 years of age.”

It has been interpreted as meaning towards the end of 2018, an 80-year-old person will resemble a 50-year old.

Other predictions for 2018 include humans will become able speak to animals people who want to have children will require a licence or permit; language differences will disappear, wild fires from global warming, but on the plus size there will be an end of taxes in the west.

However, according to Ancientcode.com, which looks at such prophecies, the interpretations have to be taken with a pinch of salt as similar ones were made for 2017. 

It said in an article: “But what does Nostradamus say about 2018?

“Nostradamus’s quatrains describe a level of destruction more gruesome than anything he had predicted earlier.

“According to these reports, Nostradamus saw terrible events happening in 2018 (Although similar things were said about 2017).

“Consider these predictions with caution, but many of these warnings—with a few detail changes— could certainly apply to the modern world.

“For the skeptics, among whom I include myself, there are doubtless some ominous-sounding Nostradamus predictions from the past to generate concern.”

Sceptics also point out that there have been many earlier interpretations of other Nostradamus quatrains which said WW3 would begin around 1999.

This problem with dates has led some Nostradamus researchers to conclude we are already in a WWIII, which some how started in 1999, and should therefore come to an horrific conclusion, “probably involving nuclear weapons”, in 2026, after the 27 years ends.

Nostradamus is also claimed by some to have correctly predicted the Twin Towers attacks of 9/11 with the line: “The year 1999 seven months, from the sky will come the great King of Terror”, prompting Bin Laden’s brief holder of the third Antichrist title, but it was actually around two years out.

Sceptics of Nostradamus point out that at least 50 per cent of his premonitions were so way off that even the die hard researchers leave them alone.

And, of the 50 per cent that he is said to have got right, there are many that believe the vague terminology used by the French “prophet, and so-called Nostradamus codes need a strong dose of hindsight and imagination to prove the prophecy after the event.

One online researcher wrote: “By using the same techniques as those who find miracles in the Quran or Bible, “researchers” have done the exact same thing with Nostradamus.

“To be clear, I don’t believe such nonsense, since all Nostradamus did was write a whole bunch of cryptic things and then let the reader use their imagination to interpret verses to suit their own beliefs.

“The verses can only be understood once the event has already happened, as hindsight.”

SHOCK CLAIM: Mars moon Phobos is ALIEN base say UFO hunters

When NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) sent back images of the potato shaped moon Phobos, alien enthusiasts were excited to see what looks like a small white cube on the surface of the Martian satellite.

Images from MGS, which was launched in 1996, shows what appears to be an artificial monolith on Phobos.

A white box-type building is seemingly partially submerged in the moon with dirt building up on all sides.

And astronaut Buzz Aldrin has acknowledged the strange ‘base’ in the Martian moon.

Dr Aldrin said: “We should visit the moons of Mars. There’s a monolith there – a very unusual structure on this little potato shaped object that goes around Mars once every seven hours. 

“When people find out about that they are going to say, ‘Who put that there?”

Some claim the entirety of Phobos is artificial and allege it is hollow and used as an alien base.

Alien hunting webiste UFO Sightings Daily said: “Evidence Phobos is artificial: 1st: Phobos is at such a low orbit to Mars it should crash, but its doesn’t. 2nd: Phobos changes speed, it accelerates and slows down…impossible unless it has its own propulsion.”

However, there is no solid evidence that Phobos is hollow and scientists have attempted to explain the strange cube anomaly.

Yisrael Spinoza, from the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory department, said it is a completely natural phenomenon and that you would find similar structures here on Earth.

He said: “There are lots of rectangular boulders on Earth and Mars and other planets. 

“Layering from rock deposition combined with tectonic fractures creates right-angle planes of weakness such that rectangular blocks tend to weather out and separate from the bedrock.”

Ivanka Trump Claims She Had A ‘Punk Phase,’ But Folks Online Aren’t Buying It

Ivanka Trump claims she went through a punk phase in the 1990s, but folks online don’t believe it.

President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser made the comment in her mother Ivana Trump’s new book, Raising Trump. Ivanka also said she was “really into Nirvana” and cried “inconsolably” for 24 hours when the group’s frontman, Kurt Cobain, died in 1994.

In an excerpt, Ivanka recounted dying her hair blue and owning a wardrobe full of ripped corduroy jeans and flannel shirts.

After the news broke, tweeters imagined what Ivanka would have looked like as a punk. They also questioned her punk credentials and noted how Nirvana was actually considered more grunge:

Merriam-Webster tweeted about doggos, so people sent a flood of personal pooch photos back

More good doggos ahead.
More good doggos ahead.

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Dogs are good.

Merriam-Webster got plenty of them when they tweeted the word “doggos,” which is one of the words the dictionary is watching — but hasn’t yet made the criteria for entry.

The classical definition of doggo originates from late-19th century slang. It means to be in hiding, as to “lie doggo,” as per a Time article from 1886 the dictionary cited in its blog post.

“Sharks abroad. Breakers ahead. Benjamins on the war-path. Lie doggo. Joe.”… “What’s the meaning of it?…And what is ‘lying doggo?'”

However, the dictionary acknowledged the word’s meteoric rise over the past year or so, which is chiefly the internet’s doing.

Anyway, while the dictionary figures out if “doggo” can be used in lieu of dog, here’s a whole bunch of pictures of “good boys and girls” sent to Merriam-Webster, thanks to its tweet about the word.

And cats, because cat people.

Is “mlem” next?

[h/t HuffPost]

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‘A dog’s breakfast’ explained for everyone confused by that CNN alert

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CNN sent out a news alert Wednesday that was … well, a little confusing to some people. 

Here’s what it said: “Analysis: With Trump at the helm, US policy in the Middle East has been a dog’s breakfast of confusion and contradiction.”

Yes, “a dog’s breakfast.” If you had no idea what that meant, you weren’t alone. 

Chances are a Brit sent out that alert. It’s British slang that means “a confused mess or mixture,” according to Merriam-Webster.

Back in 1993, readers wondered what the phrase meant when the New York Times published a story with the sentence, “Aides repackaged a dog’s breakfast of White House trade and fiscal policies into an ‘agenda for American renewal.'”

The writer of the sentence explained it like this: “A dog’s breakfast is any kind of smorgasbord prepared, in haste or at random, from life’s castoffs. In this case, it was the chicken bones and half-eaten pizzas of policies that the Administration had proposed earlier and Congress had rejected. . . . Cat people wouldn’t understand, but anyone who has ever walked a dog down an alley would.”

The phrase was traced back to Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1930s. 

Basically, the writer of the CNN story thinks Trump’s Middle East policy is a mishmash of leftover and unappetizing ideas. Which, yeah, seems about right. 

WATCH: Belgian police issue alert about foldable gun that looks like a phone

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The backyard Hot Wheels track of your childhood dreams

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If you’ve ever built an epic Hot Wheels track through your house, much to the dismay of your perpetually tripped parents, this will be right up your alley.

YouTube channel 5MadMovieMakers released a video detailing a colossal Hot Wheels track that careens over two stories.

This is a serious amount of track. One car zooms from a second-story window into a highly complex set-up, all the way to a perfect stop. It’s as satisfying as watching the final scene in Happy Gilmore, which you may well have been watching the last time you set one of these up.

If you’re keen for a niche binge of this kind of home track content, check out this mini Thomas the Tank Engine performing stunts.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Some Think An Alien Space Probe Just Passed Earth And Deliberately Ignored Us

Breakthrough Listen, which has been scanning the first-known interstellar asteroid for signs of alien technology, said it hasn’t found anything yet.  

“Breakthrough Listen’s first analysis of ’Oumuamua, the mysterious cigar-shaped object speeding through the solar system, finds no evidence of intelligent life,” the organization said on Facebook. “But observations continue.”

That silence has people more than a little suspicious. Some have taken to social media to wonder if maybe there were aliens involved, but after a quick scan of Earth, they simply decided to keep going: