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105-year-old asks for sexy firefighters for her birthday, please


No greater gift exists than the gift of love — especially the love of a hunky firefighter.

Ivena “Ivy” Smailes celebrated her 105th birthday last Wednesday like the queen she is. Smailes had previously asked workers at the Addison Court Care Home in Crawcrook, England, to bring her a pack of “hunky firefighters” for her birthday. While most employees would simply laugh off the request, this crew took her seriously — and sent a team of firefighters through her front door.


Marijuana makes lab rats lazy, says study out to harsh your buzz


Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered some truth in the theory that marijuana makes you lazy — at least if you’re a rat.

In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neurosciene, they found that THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, made the creatures less likely to try cognitively demanding tasks.

They used 29 rats for the experiment and tested both the…

‘Regular guy’ Mike Pence has a very awkward encounter at a barbershop


Mike Pence might be running to be vice president of the United States — but he’s desperate to show us he’s just a regular guy.

On Tuesday, CNN produced a Facebook Live video of Pence getting his hair cut at Henry Jones’ barbershop in Norristown, Pennsylvania. It was supposed to be a moment for the campaign to communicate its reach to everyday voters. The only problem?

This everyday voter had no idea who Pence was.


Olympics ratings fell for the first time since 2000 and advertisers aren’t happy


Aside from the Super Bowl, few television stages command as much attention as NBC’s broadcast of the Summer Olympics.

It’s the sort of broadly appealing, captivating live event that was supposed to remain intact even as traditional television eroded around it, or so popular belief in the advertising industry held.

So it came as a rude surprise when NBC’s ratings clocked in much lower than expected last week — their first dip…

Thousands of fish have washed up dead in New Jersey


Hundreds of thousands of fish became trapped close to the shore in New Jersey and died due to a lack of oxygen, the BBC reports.

The fish, which are known as peanut bunker fish, were trapped in the creek by bigger fish in Raritan Bay and have completely surrounded some of the boats moored there.

They died from suffocation thanks to low oxygen levels due partly to the warmth of the…

Cat ‘adopts’ baby squirrel monkey after his mom abandons him


When Fyodor the baby squirrel monkey was abandoned by his mother at a Siberian zoo, he probably thought his life was over forever.

Thankfully for the little mite, a friendly Russian cat has taken him under her wing (or rather her fur).

Rosinka, a 16-year-old cat owned by the zoo’s director Tatyana Antropova, has been letting the primate cling to her back for warmth, according to the Associated Press.

Antropova says that the cat is gradually getting tired of the tiny monkey “biting and…

Thor and Loki visited a children’s hospital, and all is right with the world


So Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston have done a pretty great job of thrilling the people of Brisbane, Australia.

This book explains why it’s OK to be ‘Wasting Time on the Internet’


Do you mess around on the internet? Ever get stuck in intense loops, checking back and forth between Facebook, Twitter and Gmail? Fooling yourself that you’re doing something important, but, in the back of your mind, dimly aware that you are simply pushing levers and waiting for the next pellet of stimulus like a rat in an experiment?

Simone Biles’ fierce beach photo started an internet conversation on the male gaze


After the Olympics competition ended, a few of Team USA’s gold medal-winning gymnasts took a well-deserved beach day in Rio.

When Simone Biles shared a shot of herself and teammates Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman displaying their strong gymnast abs, a Twitter conversation erupted, proving that women are subject to the male gaze no matter their accomplishments.

Firstly, here’s the ab fierceness, posted by Biles on both Twitter and…

Chill out to this footage of a vinyl record being created


Not everyone listens to vinyl records nowadays. Still, the process of making them is pretty fascinating.