Police Arrest 6 People Who Changed Hollywood Sign To Read ‘Hollyboob’

The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested six people for allegedly altering the famous Hollywood sign to read “Hollyboob.”

The prank occurred early Monday afternoon in the Hollywood hills. The six-person group covered the letters “W” and “D” to look like the letter “B” by affixing what appear to be tarps to the sign, according to NBC Los Angeles.

LAPD Sgt. Leonard Calderon said participants told an officer they made the change to raise awareness of breast cancer.

“They didn’t commit any permanent damage,” Calderon said.

Five men and one woman were taken into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, according to the Los Angeles Times. They were later issued citations and released on their own recognizance.

Julia Rose, founder and CEO of adult magazine Shagmag, was among those arrested and took credit for the prank. She told Vice, however, that it wasn’t just for laughs.

Rose said the altered sign was meant to get the attention of Instagram head honcho Adam Mosseri. She said the social media platform recently suspended both her personal and business pages ― which have a total of 6 million followers ― because of nudity.

“My product is nearly identical to that of Playboy’s, and my content may even be considered safer than what Playboy’s has been allowed to publish on your platform,” Rose told Vice. “I want to know how they are picking and choosing which accounts to disable and why.”

Rose also posted about the prank on Twitter.

Rose told the Los Angeles Times she and her crew were only at the sign for 30 minutes at most before they walked down the hill where they arrested.

They were released Monday evening and LAPD officials said the group wasn’t charged with vandalism because there was no damage to the sign.

Still, Mark Panatier, chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, which maintains the site in Griffith Park, told the paper that it was “unfortunate that such an important icon for the city of L.A. is not being appreciated.”

“This is an icon that’s there for visual reinforcement of the importance of Hollywood, not just for the city of L.A. but to the world,” he added. “It needs to be upheld; it doesn’t need to be demeaned.”

Rose and the other members of her crew are due in court June 3 and hope the judge considers their prank harmless.

This isn’t the first time the Hollywood sign has been altered.

In Jan. 2017, a man altered the famous “Hollywood” sign to read “Hollyweed.”

Get Amazon Prime for free with the Fire TV Stick 4K

SAVE 50%: The Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for £36.99 on Amazon, and comes with three months of Amazon Prime for free.

We’ve got a great deal to kickstart your weekend, but it comes with one big caveat: you can’t access this deal if you’re already a Prime member. We know this is a bummer, but you’ll have to sit this one out.

Anyone who isn’t already a Prime member can get a three-month subscription for free with a Fire TV Stick 4K. This streaming stick bundle is on sale for £36.99 on Amazon as of Feb. 13, saving you 50% on list price. 

Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to literally thousands of movies and shows, plus ad-free listening to over 2 million songs with Prime Music. The Fire TV Stick 4K is Amazon’s most powerful streaming media stick with a new WiFi antenna design optimised for 4K Ultra HD streaming. They make a great pair.

Save 50% on this powerful streaming bundle.

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Here’s how to get unlimited access to your favourite songs for free

TL;DR: As of Feb. 13, new users can get a 30-day subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited for free.

Keeping busy is basically a competitive sport at this point, as we’re all desperately looking for entertainment. With options severely limited, streaming services have never been more important.

Fortunately, there are absolutely loads of streaming sites out there offering millions of movies, shows, and songs. Amazon Music Unlimited is one of the most popular of these services, with users getting access 70 million songs and thousands of playlists.

New users can get a 30-day subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited for free. Your subscription will automatically renew at the full price after the promotional period, but you can cancel this at anytime. There is no obligation to continue with the service, so if you’re not impressed, you don’t need to pay anything.

Keep busy with the your favorite songs, playlists, and podcasts on Amazon Music Unlimited.

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Unblock and watch American Netflix with PureVPN

SAVE 70%: A two-year subscription to PureVPN is on sale for £2.46 per month as of Feb. 13, saving you 70% on list price.

PureVPN is one of the best VPN providers when it comes to server network, customer support, security, and the number of simultaneous connections allowed with the same plan. It has experienced problems unblocking Netflix though, so all of the positives haven’t really mattered to a lot of users.

This frustrating situation has now changed, because PureVPN can unblock American, Australian, and Japanese Netflix libraries. This cat and mouse situation is constantly evolving, but for the time being, PureVPN is a great choice for unblocking Netflix.

Once you have installed the PureVPN app (or the browser extension), you simply need to select “stream mode” and choose Netflix from the channels tab. Then all you need to do is log into your Netflix account, and you should have access to all that extra content.

A two-year subscription to PureVPN is on sale for £2.46 per month as of Feb. 13, saving you 70% on list price. Alternatively, you could try a seven-day free trial of PureVPN. This would give you the chance to test it out on your favourite streaming sites.

Unlock more content from around the world with PureVPN.

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Near death experience: Woman claims paranormal premonition ‘saved my life’

A woman, known only as Ramona M to protect her anonymity, has recounted escaping from an accidental death after “existing outside” her body. Incredibly, she believes only a paranormal premonition immediately prior to car crash give her information that may have saved her life.

Ramona recounted the apparent 2003 incident to the Near-Death Experience Foundation (NDERF) site.

She said: I was trying to get home, running late for curfew, and driving home on county roads late at night.

“It had been raining, so the roads were slippery and it was extremely foggy.

“A car was tailgating me and it made me nervous. So, I sped up and kept speeding up.

“I still felt like the car was following too closely. On an S-turn, I felt the back end of the car coming up around.

“I had just had a driver’s training course that taught me exactly how to correct this.”

However, at this point, she believes she “clearly left my body” and acquired a higher state of consciousness that may have resulted in saying her life.

She said: “Before I could act, I heard a powerful voice and felt like I didn’t have a choice in what to do.

“At the same time, I also had a most peaceful sense of surrender come over me.

“The voice told me, ‘Take your hands off the wheel’. Time slowed down as the back end of the car came around.

“It felt like I was up above and watching the car.

“In slow motion, the back end of the car came around and shot across the road. The back end crashed into a hydro-pole.”

And it was at this point Ramona believes: “everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning.”

“I was completely unscratched. The rest is hazy, how I got out, how the ambulance and fire truck came. I remember smelling gas everywhere.

“A woman approached me but there was never a sign of the car behind me or if it even existed.”

However, despite such compelling first-hand evidence, the overwhelming majority of scientists believe near-death experiences are in fact associated with increased brain activity in extraordinary circumstances.

One prominent study saw University of Michigan researchers induce cardiac arrest in rats while simultaneously monitoring their brain activity.

They found a significant surge in brain activity in the final few seconds of the rodents’ lives.

Professor Jimo Borjigin, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.

“We reasoned if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.

“The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data.”

Punxsutawney Phil Lays Out Cold Hard Facts At Annual Groundhog Day Ceremony

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — There will be six more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil predicted as he emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning to perform his Groundhog Day duties.

Members of Phil’s “inner circle” woke up the furry critter at 7:25 a.m. at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see whether he would see his shadow or not.

Shortly after this year’s prediction was revealed, one of the members of the inner circle shared a message he said Phil had told him earlier in the day: “After winter, you’re looking forward to one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you’ve ever seen.”

Another member of the “inner circle” noted the uniqueness of the past year.

“People have been referencing Groundhog Day. It has felt like at times we’re all living the same day over and over again,” one of the members said. “Groundhog Day also shows us that the monotony ends. The cycle will be broken.”

“Today actually is Groundhog Day, there’s only one,” he added. “There is quite literally a new day coming over the horizon.”

The spectacle that is Groundhog Day still went on, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, revelers weren’t able to see Phil and celebrate in person: This year, it was all virtual and included cardboard cutouts to represent spectators.

A livestream, which had more than 15,000 viewers at one point, played footage from previous Groundhog Day’s ahead of the big reveal.

Then of course, the prognosticator of prognosticators emerged at dawn. The lore goes that if he sees his shadow as he did this year, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring comes early.

Wearing top hats, members of the club summoned Phil from a new tree stump.

“You look beautiful,” club president Jeff Lundy told Phil, who directed members to one of two scrolls.

A club member announced, “We have all passed through the darkness of night, but now see hope in morning’s bright light. But now when I turn to see, there’s a perfect shadow cast of me.”

The livestream from Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh, is made possible by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office’s Holi-stay PA. The event there — always Feb. 2 — dates back to 1887.

Phil this year, like many years in the past, gave his forecast during a major snowstorm that hit the entire Northeast.

The annual event has its origin in a German legend about a furry rodent. Records dating to the late 1800s show Phil has predicted longer winters more than 100 times. The 2020 forecast called for an early spring — however, Phil didn’t say anything about a pandemic.

In its 135-year history, Phil has predicted winter 106 times and spring 20 times, the club said. Ten years were lost because no records were kept.

Punxsutawney Phil may be the most famous groundhog seer but he’s certainly not the only one. There are two other high-profile “imposters,” as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club calls them, in the region.

Connecticut marked Groundhog Day with a hedgehog making the prediction after the state’s official groundhog, Chuckles X, died last year. Like Phil, Phoebe predicted another six weeks of winter after seeing its shadow at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester.

New York City’s Staten Island Chuck disagreed, predicting an early spring in a video shown on the Staten Island Zoo’s Facebook page.

“We’re going to have an early spring! Spring is coming,” Brian Gomez, of event sponsor Investors Bank said in a video message.


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Google Chrome on iOS will soon let you make Incognito tabs a lot more private

Incognito tabs in Chrome are a nice privacy feature. If you’re not careful, however, you could hand your phone to someone who might see exactly what you didn’t want them to see. 

Google has fixed this in the latest Google Chrome beta on iOS, 9to5Google reported Thursday. 

The new version of the app lets you add Touch ID or Face ID security to your Incognito tabs. Once you do that, whenever you open an Incognito tab, it will be blurred until the phone confirms it’s you, either via a face or fingerprint scan. 

The feature can be turned on and off by going to “Settings” -> “Privacy” -> “Lock Incognito tabs when you close Chrome.” 

As noted by 9to5Google, Google Search and Google Drive already have a similar privacy-protecting feature on iOS. 

Incognito on Chrome lets you browse fairly (but not completely) privately, with the browser not leaving any local traces of the websites you visited. 

Google Chrome hasn’t officially been updated on iOS since December, likely due to Apple’s new privacy requirements regarding iOS apps. Despite the delay, it’s reasonable to expect that the new version of Chrome will come soon, bringing the new Incognito privacy feature with it. 

Prep for warmer weather with $500 off Samsung’s outdoor 4K TV

Need guidance at a glance? These are our favorite TV deals from Walmart, Best Buy, Dell, and Amazon as of Feb. 12:

Valentine’s Day marks one month until Daylight Saving Time saves us from sunset before 6 p.m. We’d like to thank our TVs for getting us through this extra-dark time.

To prepare for longer (and warmer) afternoons, Best Buy has slashed the price of Samsung’s gorgeous outdoor TV, The Terrace, by $500. To tide you over until then, a slew of other 4K TVs are on sale, including a few 75-inch models under $1,000. Use this last month to watch Wanda Vision in UHD.


OUR TOP PICK: Samsung 55-inch The Terrace 4K UHD Smart TV (QN55LST7TAFXZA) — $2,999.99 (save $500)

In 2020, we learned how to have nice restaurant-level happy hours at home. In 2021, we’re bringing the bar TVs to our own patios. The Terrace is Samsung’s QLED partial sun outdoor TV, made specifically to portray the vivid colors and crisp blacks that are typically hard to see in the sun. It’s equipped with anti-glare technology and has an IP55-weather-resistant durability rating.


OUR TOP PICK: LG 75-inch NanoCell 85 Series 4K UHD Smart TV (75NANO85UNA) — $1,299.99 (save $400)

The NanoCell TVs normally strapped with meager discounts are treating us recently. This particular mammoth model is seeing one of the best price slashes — its discount doubles that of a same-size model that’s just one tier below it. Since 2017, LG’s NanoCell TVs have been a solid choice that we keep coming back to. The technology builds on LCD and LED by deploying particles to soak up light and boost color saturation, while still staying out of the QLED price range.


OUR TOP PICK: Sony 77-inch A9G Master Series OLED Smart TV (XBR77A9G) — $3,999.99 (save $500)

The XL version of one of Sony’s slickest TVs is nearly back to its holiday pricing. Even so, it’s still not exactly the cheapest 77-inch out there — but cinephiles who are wasting away due to missing movie theaters deserve this viewing quality in their living room. This OLED masterpiece is armed with Sony’s “best processor ever” and uses Acoustic Surface Audio+ sound to bring concert hall-like sound to each scene.

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OUR TOP PICK: RCA 65-inch 4K QLED Smart Roku TV (RTRQ6522-US) $492.22 (save $207.77)

Budget QLEDs were a big theme in the 2020 TV market, and we’re really seeing it come to fruition with this stellar deal from RCA. A 65-inch TV for less than $500 is notable even when it’s just traditional LED — but RCA has managed to pack quantum dot nanocrystal technology and 100% color volume into a package that the average household can still afford.

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‘Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’ finally has a release date — here’s where you can snag a preorder

TL;DR: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart finally has a release date (June 11, 2021) and is available for preorder — get yours for $69.99 at Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop | PlayStation Store

2021 is the year that we finally start getting some of those next-gen games we were promised so long ago (yes, 2020 counts as “so long ago”). By that, we mean the next-gen (or, we guess current-gen now) exclusives that won’t be seeing the light of day on older consoles. They were made specifically with new consoles in mind, which means we’re hopefully in for something that actually feels like the future of gaming. 

One of the most highly anticipated PlayStation 5 exclusive titles, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, has finally gotten a release date (June 11, 2021), and is now available for preorder at multiple retailers for $69.99 (Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop | PlayStation Store). 

The dynamic duo is back.

The dynamic duo is back.

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Your favorite Lombax and robot duo is finally back in a brand-new installment of the Ratchet & Clank franchise following the beloved 2016 reboot. While details are scarce on exactly what we’ll be doing in Rift Apart, we know for certain that it’ll be an exciting adventure full of space travel, snappy quips, an arsenal of high-tech weapons, and dimension hopping (which developer Insomniac Games says will happen with near-instant load times thanks to the PS5’s internal SSD). The series will also see the introduction of a mysterious new playable character.

If you were lucky enough to score a PlayStation 5, we recommend you place your preorder for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart as soon as possible, because why not?

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart — $69.99 at Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop | PlayStation Store

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UFO sighting: Missile launch over Florida sparks ‘cloaked alien ship’ conspiracy claims

“The white cone begins to fade and the shiny object which has wings and a light at each wingtip, seems to be investigating the white cone.

“But the white cone quickly fades more and more as if it were a UFO cloaking to hide itself.

“This is a common practice of UFOs that believe they are going unnoticed, but when they realise they were wrong and that someone was watching them on the ground, they cloak.

“Looks like the object becoming more and more transparent until it’s totally gone.