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This competition gets startups to pitch in freezing water for funding

Winner Tatsiana Zaretskaya of Artisun keeps it cool at Polar Bear Pitching 2018.Image:  henri luoma  You’ve likely heard of an elevator pitch, but have you heard of an ice hole pitch?  SEE ALSO: Everything you need to understand the Uber-Waymo legal battle Polar Bear Pitching, as it’s called, is perhaps the most extreme form of startup pitch competitions. Participants withstand snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures for an opportunity to win…

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In a touching post, Michelle Obama said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by her portrait. So are we.

On Feb. 12, 2018, the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were revealed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images. It truly was a historic moment. The artists behind both of the Obamas’ portraits are black. There hasn’t been a black artist previously been commissioned for a presidential portrait for the National Portrait Gallery. Baltimore-based Amy Sherald — a rising star in the art…

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The Final, Terrible Voyage of the Nautilus

On May 3, 2008, a sunny Saturday in Copenhagen, a crowd gathered along a dock to watch a 58-foot submarine be lowered into the water. Part art project, part engineering feat, the submarine weighed 40 tons and had been built by volunteers at minimal cost from donated iron and other parts. The onlookers cheered as the submarine floated for the first time. Peter Madsen, the designer of the vessel and…

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10+ Powerful Stories Behind Tattoos With Real Meaning

These tattoos are different, they are meaningful in ways that are deeply touching. From loving memories of departed family members, to reminders of past struggles and the recovery from things like addiction and depression, this list compiled by Bored Panda will inspire and move you, and perhaps make you reconsider that that rainbow pooping unicorn you were considering getting on your ankle. Story behind the tattoo: My father passed away…

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7 Grisly Valentines Day Murders That Will Make You Happy You Dont Have A Date

1. Surgeon bought orchids for his wife, but crushes her head instead. Youtube / Aphrodite Jones Firstly, there was this note that his wife wrote him in his Valentine’s Day card: I bought my cards two weeks ago, so I guess maybe they don’t seem as appropriate now. But I do love you. Have a good day. — Susan. Some of Susan’s family confirmed that she was considering divorce after…

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Florida School Shooting Suspect Nikolas Cruz Was Creepy and Weird, Survivors Say

Nikolas Cruz, 19, was identified by law-enforcement sources as the suspected gunman who Parodies 15-year-old sister, Milan, had a similar impression of Cruz. I could tell he tried to be social at times but there was something off about him, she said. I never really saw him with many people. Girls thought he was creepy and weird. He was pretty pale with red hair. I didnt talk to him that…

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Google Autocomplete Still Makes Vile Suggestions

In December of 2016, Google announced it had fixed a troubling quirk of its autocomplete feature: When users typed in the phrase, "are jews," Google automatically suggested the question, "are jews evil?" When asked about the issue during a hearing in Washington on Thursday, Google's vice president of news, Richard Gingras, told members of the British Parliament, "As much as I would like to believe our algorithms will be perfect,…

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Russian plane crash kills all 71 people on board

Moscow (CNN)The crew of the Saratov Airlines flight that crashed near Moscow on Sunday didn’t report any problems before the plane crashed into snowy terrain, killing all 71 people on board, state-run media said. “The snow is very dense … the Moscow region has had some of its heaviest snowfall in decades,” CNN’s Matthew Chance reported from Moscow. “It’s not clear at this stage whether weather was factor in this…

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McDonald’s Cuts Cheeseburgers From Happy Meals

McDonald’s Corp. is removing cheeseburgers from its fabled Happy Meal menus as the fast-food giant responds to a clamor for healthier eating. All Happy Meals advertised on U.S. menu boards will be 600 calories or less by June, McDonald’s said in a statement Thursday. While the classic cheeseburger will still be available if a customer requests it, the listed entree choice will be a hamburger or a box of chicken…

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Mourning John Perry Barlow, the Bard of the Internet

When I first met John Perry Barlow, we became instant soulmates. While that sentence is true for me, it also applies to probably 10,000 other people. That was Barlow—whether you were a world-famous avatar of LSD, a stuffy CEO, or the Vice President of the United States, he would win you over with his affable demeanor, arresting observations, and a mordant take on the human condition. He had a unique…

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Macy’s becomes first major department store in the U.S. to sell hijabs.

Just in time for New York Fashion Week, Macy’s announced it will be partnering with a modest fashion line for Muslim women. Photo via Macy’s. Starting Feb. 15, the retail giant will feature an assortment of hijabs, cardigans, abayas, and dresses from the Verona Collection on Macys.com. Lisa Vogl, founder of the Verona Collection, is a graduate of The Workshop, Macy’s business development program for minority and/or women entrepreneurs. After…

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Victoria Beckham Just Nixed The Spice Girls Reunion Tour Again

Ok, wait, literally THREE DAYS AGO the Spice Girls were all reunited This isn’t the first time we’ve learned that the Girls’ long-discussed reunion tour was supposedly going to become a real thing, and it’s also not the first time that Victoria has flat out turned down the reunion after earlier indicating it might happen. But this time seems especially… sudden??? Just days after meeting with the other four Spice…

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GOP Congressional Candidate Antonio Sabato Jr. Still Thinks Obama Is Muslim

Antonio Sabato Jr. says hes been blacklisted from Hollywood for actively supporting President Trump. But the hosts of The View think there might be another reason. Sabato, one of the few celebrities to announced his bid for Congress in Californias 26th District, which is currently held by three-term incumbent Democrat Julia Brownley. After letting their guest get out a few platitudes about his plan to follow in Trumps footsteps by…

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Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

Image copyright Getty Images It’s been a long time coming, but finally passengers will have the option of travelling between the UK and the Netherlands direct by rail. The German operator Deutsche Bahn announced and then cancelled a link between the UK and Dutch capitals five years ago. Since then, Eurostar’s efforts have been plagued by technical and bureaucratic set-backs. Uptake is likely to be small, at least at first….

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The Obamas unveiled their official portraits and it was too much to handle

Let's all cry while Barack and Michelle Obama unveil their official portraits.Image: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Looking for something to cry at today? You’re in luck! The Obamas just unveiled their official portraits. On Monday the former POTUS and FLOTUS pulled the curtains off of stunning new portraits of themselves that will hang in Washington, D.C. Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.  It should go without saying, but our hearts were 100 percent…

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Get Ready for Most Cryptocurrencies to Hit Zero, Goldman Says

The tumble in cryptocurrencies that erased nearly $500 billion of market value over the past month could get a lot worse, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s global head of investment research. Most digital currencies are unlikely to survive in their current form, and investors should prepare for coins to lose all their value as they’re replaced by a small set of future competitors, Goldman’s Steve Strongin said in a…

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A step-by-step guide on how to revert back to the pre-redesigned Snapchat

Image: Daniel Sambraus/Getty Images All is not well for Snapchat. The app has ticked off its most loyal users with its latest redesign which merges your friends’ snap messages with their Stories.  It’s the app’s first major #facepalm. But good news! There’s a way to switch back to the old Snapchat, and we’re gonna show you how do it. But it does come with one big catch. SEE ALSO: 9…

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Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebookand the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His message pertained to some walls at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters where staffers are encouraged to scribble notes and signatures. On at least a couple of occasions, someone had crossed out the words “Black Lives Matter” and replaced them with “All Lives Matter.” Zuckerberg…

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Trump Proposes to Cut Medicare and Spend Big on Wall, Defense

President infrastructure proposal the administration plans to unveil alongside the fiscal year 2019 budget, as well as new regulatory cuts. “This will be a big week for Infrastructure,” Trump said in a Twitter message Monday. “After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!” Monday’s document will outline proposed spending reforms the administration says would, if enacted, cut deficits…

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CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

(CNN)California’s insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. The California probe centers on a deposition by Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, who served as medical director for Aetna for Southern California from March 2012 to February 2015, according to the insurer. During the deposition,…

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U.S. Olympic Skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim Opens Up About Relying on God During Serious Illness

ShareTweet While winning a medal would certainly be a dream come true for figure-skating couple Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim, their victory has already been won, just by making it to the Winter Olympics this year. The star American christian athletes have won two National titles in their career and were selected as alternates in the Sochi Olympics. Coming in 7th place at the World Championships in 2015, the Knierims also…

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The Falcon Heavy backlash and the public trust

I watched the Falcon Heavy launch this week. Not as an accredited journalist, from an observation tower, but as one of the masses on Alan Shepard Beach twelve miles south. Watched it arc across the sky; watched the two boosters return safely to the landing pads like a video game; heard the sonic booms. And then, over the next few days, I watched the opprobrium rain down: the clearest sign…

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