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The great Australian avocado shortage: What is really going on?

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Australians like to put avocado on a lot of things. Smashed on toast. For breakfast with a side of poached eggs. On pizza

So, when the price of the much-cherished fruit began to rise, a freakout ensued with brunch and lunch eaters taking to the Internet in droves to spit out their outrage. It made them so angry, they couldn’t even spell their words right

Even this humble fruit store had to put up a sign to…

Twitter may launch its new Facebook-like timeline next week, report says

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Twitter’s most controversial change yet may be a lot closer than we thought.

The company plans to formally roll out a redesigned version of its timeline in the near future, possibly next week, according to a new report in BuzzFeed.

The feature, which Twitter has been experimenting with for some time, uses algorithms to determine the order of tweets rather than the strict reverse chronological order. The…

L.A. mayor uses his sultriest R&B voice to announce freeway ‘slow jam’

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This was one smooth move

For most Los Angeles residents, few things are more rage-inducing than traffic—so what better way to announce a 40-hour freeway closure (a.k.a. “slow jam”) than with the soothing tones of smooth jazz?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti did just that, with the help of a few cool cat high school musicians, in a Facebook video posted Friday.

“The 101 freeway east of Downtown will take a break for 40 hours of R&R, and R&B,” Garcetti crooned. “Stay safe out there, cats—and…

Brazil warns pregnant women not to kiss due to Zika virus

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In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.

U.N. officials also called on many Catholic-majority countries in Latin America to loosen their abortion laws to allow women to terminate pregnancies if they fear the fetus may be at risk for a rare birth defect that causes brain…

Upside down wine glass lets you look even less sober

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The image of fancy people drinking from regular wine glasses has become such a cliche. Defy convention and look like you’re too drunk to hold a glass properly with the upside-down wine glass.

The novelty glass comes from gadget shop Red5, which dreams of a world in which people don’t conform to mainstream drinking vessels. While similar in appearance to your standard wine glass, a quick examination reveals that the rim is sealed off while the foot contains an opening you can drink from.

See…

Johnny Manziel’s dad fears for the fallen star’s life

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In August 2013, when Johnny Manziel was at the height of his college football mega-stardom, ESPN sent its best feature writer to Texas to profile him. Wright Thompson’s resulting piece, titled “The trouble with Johnny,” was dynamite

It portrayed a young man struggling to grapple with fame and success, and a father who feared for the boy’s future. Less than three years later, re-reading the words of Manziel’s father back then is chilling. Why? Here’s another quote, something Paul Manziel told…

Banged up and beautiful: Short oval racing the UK’s most unruly sport

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It’s a rainy and miserable midsummer Sunday in Thurrock, Essex, in the southeast of England. A middle-aged man, drenched to the bone, sits in the mud.

16 of Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsches to fetch millions at auction

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Jerry Seinfeld will be sending 16 Porsches from his own collection to the bidding block on March 11 at the Amelia Island Auction held by Gooding & Company.

It’s not yet clear how much the lot is worth, but each single car could fetch from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

To mark the momentous occasion for both the car-collecting and the celebrity world, we decided we’d survey the lot. Arranged…

Twitter may launch its new Facebook-like timeline next week, report says

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Twitter’s most controversial change yet may be a lot closer than we thought.

The company plans to formally roll out a redesigned version of its timeline in the near future, possibly next week, according to a new report in BuzzFeed.

The feature, which Twitter has been experimenting with for some time, uses algorithms to determine the order of tweets rather than the strict reverse chronological order. The…

Johnny Manziel’s dad fears for the fallen star’s life

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In August 2013, when Johnny Manziel was at the height of his college football mega-stardom, ESPN sent its best feature writer to Texas to profile him. Wright Thompson’s resulting piece, titled “The trouble with Johnny,” was dynamite

It portrayed a young man struggling to grapple with fame and success, and a father who feared for the boy’s future. Less than three years later, re-reading the words of Manziel’s father back then is chilling. Why? Here’s another quote, something Paul Manziel told…