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Discovery Channel Turning Scrapped Everest Jump Into Avalanche Documentary



Discovery Channel is repurposing its scuttled live jump from Mount Everest as a documentary special after the deadliest single incident ever recorded on Everest killed at least 16, including 13 Nepalese Sherpas, last week. The documentary will focus on the avalanche, Discovery confirmed to Mashable.

A crew producing the jump special was at the base camp on Friday when the avalanche swept the Sherpas off the mountain

SEE ALSO: Everest Sherpas Pack Up for the Season After Deadly…

Watch the Guys of One Direction Morph Into Each Other’s Faces



One Direction‘s new video for “You & I,” reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White,” has some odd face-morphing special effects.

One Direction didn’t give fans much warning about going heavy on special effects (freeze frames included), though the band did tease the video in a series of Instagram videos in the days leading up to Friday’s release.

And people certainly had a lot to say about it.

All the boys mid-morph

Your Calendar Looks Perfect for Palindrome Week



This particular week of April is very special. For this year only, the dates read the same backward or forward from April 14 to 19.

Mind blowing, right?


Image: Mashable

If you think we’re just being palindromatic, consider how rare this calendar phenomenon is. This special week will happen once a year for the next decade and a half. Then it’s just regular, boring, random-number weeks for the rest of the century. How…

Could Russia Use Cyberwarfare to Further Destabilize Ukraine?



Eastern Ukraine is full of rioters ready to separate from their nation’s government in Kiev — at least, that’s the message the Russian government may want to project to the world. And analysts believe the Kremlin could use cyberattacks to create more chaos and support its objectives.

Protesters in eastern Ukraine have clashed with police and stormed government buildings. A group of separatists who took over a building in Donetsk declared a “People’s Republic of Donetsk” and demanded a…

Movie Characters Jumpstart New Careers With Business Cards



Your favorite movie characters have a wealth of marketable skills beyond the silver screen. After the audiences go home, our favorite fictional friends need to find some way to make a living.

Benedetto Papi and Edoardo Santamato from Italian creative agency Invasione Creativa have the perfect solution for out-of-work movie characters looking to fill their free time. The graphic designers created a series of 27 business cards to showcase the special talents of Hollywood‘s most famous heroes…

Mark Your Calendar for Spring Meteor Showers and Eclipses



From eclipses and planets to meteor showers galore, the northern spring season of 2014 will bring a number of eye-catching celestial sights for stargazers on Earth.

Weather permitting, some of the best spring night sky events could be readily visible without the aid of binoculars or a telescope, even from brightly-lit cities. But you’ll need to know when and where to look to make the most of the season.

I’ve always felt that many astronomers started their careers as perceptive children who…

10 Obscure Muppet TV Specials You Forgot About



It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights — it’s time to remember where the Muppets got their start.

While gearing up for the premiere of Muppets Most Wanted this weekend, we thought back on all the truly bizarre TV specials that have aired over the years.

You don’t usually think of “sex and violence” when you hear Kermit the Frog’s name, but that was indeed the title of a special back in 1975. Other specials feature…

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Andy Serkis Goes From Gollum to Directing ‘Jungle Book’ Movie



Andy Serkis is finally getting his shot in the director’s chair, by gollum

The affable Brit has signed on to helm a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book for Warner Bros., a person with knowledge of the deal confirms to Mashable.

Serkis has lent his formidable voice and motion-capture talents to a number of major special-effects films, most memorably as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. He became such an integral part of those productions that Jackson named Serkis his…

Old ‘Cosmos’ vs. New ‘Cosmos’: Who’s the King of the Universe?



There were two times in my life when I was literally brought to my knees by the beauty of the night sky. Once was on a camping trip in the Nevada desert in my late 20s, when I looked up, caught the Milky Way shining brighter and clearer than ever I’d seen, like a river of a billion diamonds. My legs started to buckle, apparently realizing their insignificance in the scheme of things. I sat down rather rapidly on the desert floor.

The other time was when I was a child and first watched the…

Social Media isn’t a Megaphone. It’s a Two-Way Radio


Social media is the one marketing medium that allows customers and businesses to interact in an organic fashion.  However, it astonishes me just how many companies don’t take advantage of this.  Rather than engaging with their customers on social media, they use it to tell the customer what the business wants to say.  There is very little listening going on.

I would suggest that every business should use social media as a two-way radio as opposed to the megaphone that it currently is for…