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Airport Delivers Warning To The Many Visitors Who Wildly Shatter Its Glass

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Visitors of Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport have been creating chaos on a number of occasions in order to get as close to their celebrity idols as possible. Their destructive behavior reached a breaking point when a large crowd waiting for stars turned rowdy and damaged public property, including breaking the glass on the side of escalators.

In an official statement by China’s Ministry of Public Security, anyone who comes in the way of public order can be punished through detention, fines or even prosecution by law.

The warning was delivered after fanatic fans shattered the glass on the sides of escalators, in addition to other property damage. The shocking images have been captured and posted on Chinese social network Weibo.

This is not the first time people have acted inappropriately in an attempt to invade the privacy of celebrities. Some have gone so far as sell celebrities’ flight details, and fervent fans have checked in for unnecessary flights just to get close to their idols.

It is probably only a matter of time before the next level of crazy fandom hits the headlines.

[trending] Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport found to have damages to the escalator (broken glass) and at the parking lot as hordes of fans went down to meet their idols (more than 10 celebrity arrivals today) Authorities urge fans to please be mindful of their safety

— c-drama tweets (@dramapotatoes) April 20, 2019

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Miley Cyrus Kills ‘Avengers’ Red Carpet With Sexy Cut-Out Black Dress

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth dressed to kill at the premiere of Avengers: Endgame on Monday night, where they made their first appearance as newlyweds at a premiere.

The couple looked sophisticated in matching black outfits courtesy of Saint Laurent. Cyrus wore a black gown that featured a sweetheart cutout at the front with a beautiful sparkling embellishments in between her breasts. She then paired her dress with matching silver bracelets and necklace.

Liam Hemsworth, on the other hand, opted for a classic black suit and crisp white shirt. He matched it with black shoes, forgoing the tie.

The couple attended the event to support Liam’s elder brother, Chris Hemsworth, who plays ‘Thor’ in Avengers: Endgame.

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@avengers end game premier! @ysl @anthonyvaccarello 🖤

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I’m really that extra 🖤 @ysl

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— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 23, 2019

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US Border-Loving Couple Gets Trolled For ‘Walls Work’ Sign At China’s Great Wall

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This couple seems to be such avid fans of the remarkable Great Wall of China, that they decided to show their love for it in a tweet.

The photo of the duo has gone viral, not because of the beauty of the wall, but because they held up signs that read “Walls Work”—showing their support for Trump’s US-Mexico border wall.

Twitter user @Makno20 responded to the image with an accompanying caption that said, “Genghis Khan literally walked around these walls.”

He then voiced out his thoughts on how neo-liberalism and capitalism might have brought in an influx of economic immigration. Social media users were quick to reply to his opinions, and before he knew it, the image had become an instant meme on the internet.

Many have replaced the words “Walls Work” with other pressing messages like “We irritating” and “Send Nudes.”

Take a look at more responses below.

Genghis Khan literally walked around these walls….

— ANARCHIST DOⒶ (@Makno20) April 21, 2019

Also immigrants aren't invaders

Irony that the US and the UK hate immigrants so much.

They're not going to do what you did when you were in foreign countries. They just want to live there, not rob and steal everything don't worry

Also our economic system creates immigration

— ANARCHIST DOⒶ (@Makno20) April 21, 2019

I made it wholesome

— 🛡️ Alyssa Katze 🛡️ (@AlleeCatBlues) April 21, 2019

— chilling adventures of aaron (@hellocyberdream) April 21, 2019

— Ashe 🛌💤☀️ (@ashekirk) April 22, 2019

— Shit Heteros Love (@HetsLove) April 22, 2019

— bad mood ! (@andrayaltn) April 22, 2019

— Bridget Dunleavy (@DunleavyBridget) April 21, 2019

— Pat Hartman (@PatHartman_) April 22, 2019

— Knutt Beefton (@KnuttBeefton) April 22, 2019

I think they’ll like it

— a friendly barrel cactus (@ricamende) April 22, 2019

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Odd Wedding Dress Receives Heavy Flow Of Mockery For Resembling Bloody Tampon

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Why do some brands seen fascinated with “period” looks lately? Following Marks & Spencer’s bikini bottoms, a wedding dress that is dyed in dark red on its lower half has surfaced online.

The gown has a dip-dye effect, going from pure white to deep red at the bottom of the dress. Unfortunately, the color combination bears strong resemblance to a tampon that is soaked at the bottom.

The picture of the outfit was originally posted in a Facebook group that shames weddings, according to Metro UK.

The post is also accompanied by the question, “Am I the only one that thinks tampon?” Apparently not, as many users have agreed with the comparison. Another user has also clarified that while dip-dye generally looks good, this is not one of those instances.

It certainly seems that companies have to be extra careful with their product designs before social media rips them apart, especially if “blood stains” are featured.

Bride struck for her & # 39; period spot & # 39; wedding dress that looks like a & # 39; used tampon & # 39;

— XpressNews (@xpressnewsasia) April 23, 2019

[via Metro UK, cover image via Dressywomen]

Kendall Jenner Strips Down To Her Underwear To Promote New Oral Care Brand

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Kendall Jenner has announced her collaboration with upcoming dental care company Moon, which will soon arrive in major beauty store Ulta.

To tease her fans, the supermodel stripped down to her underwear and wore a loose sweater in her promotional image. Here, she mimicked brushing her teeth while putting her hair up in a bun.

The reality television star is also seen all over on the beauty brand’s Instagram page, modeling with the new dental care products.

According to WWD, Moon’s products will hit Ulta’s outlets this June. These include an ‘Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste’, a ‘Soft Bristle Toothbrush’ and a ‘Clean Slide Floss’. There is also a ‘Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen’, which Kendall flaunts in a teaser video that shows her out and about in a car.

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Excited to launch @moon #moon_partner

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An oral care experience unlike any other. #ElevateYourRoutine

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BBQ Brand Grilled Over Controversial ‘LGBTQ’ T-Shirts That Mean Something Else

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A Kentucky BBQ brand’s owner has outraged social media users for selling t-shirts displaying the letters ‘LGBTQ’ that stand for a different kind of ‘LGBTQ’.

The initials in LGBTQ generally represent “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer,” but the founder of Belle’s Smokin’ BBQ, Jamie Smith, thought to change it to mean, “Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump and BBQ.”

Smith retailed the apparels on the company’s Facebook page, which quickly went viral over the controversial message. Unfortunately, the additional attention has also resulted in the t-shirts being sold out.

The now-deleted Facebook post garnered a wave of negative comments, with one user describing it as, “simple bigotry.” A resident, Ariel Lewis, told Wave 3 that the t-shirt was “offensive,” and that she would boycott the business in the future.

According to The Courier Journal, Smith has gotten “about 30 threatening calls,” in addition to a local church canceling its order for an upcoming event. Louisville Fairness Campaign too shared the controversial t-shirts on its Facebook page, which incited negative reviews for the BBQ joint.

Speaking about the t-shirts, Louisville Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman said it was “a bad idea” and a “bad business model,” as the movement not only drove away customers but also isolated family and friends.

The BBQ company has sent out a letter of apology for offending “groups, organizations or individuals” with its product. The restaurant said it “respect[s] all belief and lifestyles,” and was hurt over the “harassing messages and threatening phone calls.”

Smith said that the t-shirts didn’t mean to offend anyone. He added that many people from the community have showed their support for the BBQ company and the t-shirts are now sold out.

Belle’s Smokin BBQ in Williamstown, KY removed this post after #LGBTQ supporters let them know how they feel about their shirt. How do you feel about it?

Posted by Fairness Campaign on Thursday, April 18, 2019

Posted by Belle's Smokin BBQ on Friday, April 19, 2019

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Morocco’s Famous ‘Goat Trees’ Have Been Found To Possibly Be A Hoax

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For years, travelers to Morocco have been lured to a site of trees outside Marrakech, where goats presumably enjoy climbing. The area is a popular tourist destination, and is often featured on social media and in travel guides.

Sadly, one seasoned traveler has reason to believe that the phenomenon is staged. Just like how actors of Disneyland are choreographed carefully in parades, these animals are purportedly moved onto Argania trees for the purpose of entertainment and profit.

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British environmental photojournalist Aaron Gekoski has documented observations, via the Telegraph, that tell of the goats being brought in from elsewhere and arranged onto the trees’ branches. Farmers then charge visitors who wish to take photos of the creatures.

Gekoski details that when the goats get tired, they simply get replaced—sometimes with supposedly cuter young goats, or kids.

As bizarre as the concept seems, Gekoski says the apparent stunt is cruel to both the animals and the trees, which get damaged from being held down by the goats’ hooves all day long.

The goats also appear stressed, unhealthy and “very skinny” from being forced to stand under the hot sun. While several of them have learned to walk around the trees, many choose to stay put.

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The environmentalist adds that locals have told him the area does not bring in older goats, as they get eaten after no longer being of use.

Dr Chris Draper, who leads the animal welfare and captivity department at wildlife foundation Born Free, describes that the unassuming sight “is anything but natural,” and is an “exploitative set-up” created to con tourists of their money.

Gekoski urges for Morocco’s tourism trade to take on more sustainable endeavors instead. Some local women, for instance, “harvest Argan oil by hand,” which is a holistically friendlier option.

Popular 'goats in trees' tourist attraction in Morocco 'staged' by cruel and opportunistic farmers

— Siglov Freudivan (@DerangedRadio) April 24, 2019

Goats In Trees 😂

— Nature and travel ✈️ (@Nature1Travel2) April 14, 2019

[via Telegraph, images via various sources]

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Elon Musk Offers Job Opportunity At Tesla To Internet User But Gets Rejected

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk was impressed by a lengthy technical analysis produced by social media user, going so far as to suggest an interview with his company, to which the latter seems reluctant.

In the original post on Reddit, the user—who goes by the handle ‘GreenTheOnly’—evaluated a Tesla ‘Hardwear 3’ self-driving upgrade for the upcoming Model ‘S’ and ‘X’ vehicles. Musk liked it so much that he shared it on Twitter saying, “Anyone who did the analysis should interview at Tesla.”

After seeing the tweet, ‘GreenTheOnly’ responded to Musk directly with rather daring questions, “What’s the ‘work from home’ policy? Are the layoffs done with for now?”

The Tesla co-founder has not responded, and while other Twitter users encourage the promising individual to at least try out for the interview, he or she has expressed doubts about having to move to California, and would much rather work at home.

Since the drama’s unfolding, it has also been found out that there are two other contributors to the technical analysis. They have since deleted their accounts.

For now, it seems that no one has taken the plunge with the interview.

Reddit is hardcore. Mostly correct analysis. Comments so dark …

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2019

Anyone who did this analysis should interview at Tesla

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2019

What's the "work from home" policy? Are the layoffs done with for now?

— green (@greentheonly) April 23, 2019

Reportedly Tesla has a very strict "no remote working" policy, and I don't view California (or anywhere, really) as a place where I'd like to move.

— green (@greentheonly) April 23, 2019

I've been working from home (on distributed teams) for close to 20 years now. I just cannot imagine having a commute (such a waste of time!)
A team face-to-face meeting every few months is more than enough in my view.
Sadly lots of companies walk away from it nowadays.

— green (@greentheonly) April 24, 2019

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McDonald’s Fans Protest New Eco-Friendly Straws That Ruin Drinking Experience

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McDonald’s UK customers are not lovin’ it after the fast food chain replaced its plastic straws with new paper ones.

Thousands of patrons have signed a petition to get rid of the paper straws, which the fast food chain recently adopted in a bid to save the environment. Customers claim that the new straws have led to a difficulty in enjoying drinks, especially milkshakes.

According to a Twitter user, the paper straws are just “a sheet of paper rolled up,” so its corners adhere together after just two sips of a milkshake. Another says the paper straws “saturate too easily and feel horrible” for sipping.

McDonald’s UK, however, isn’t changing its mind on the paper straws despite the petition. A spokesperson for the chain defends that its suppliers have created special paper straws that are made to last in most liquids for at least 30 minutes.

Some social media users side with McDonald’s, with many firing back at those who are asking for the return of plastic straws.

According to McDonald’s UK CEO Paul Pomroy, the chain chose the sustainable route as many customers wanted the company to implement greener initiatives.

I’m all about saving the turtles and that, but @McDonalds paper straws are honestly just a sheet of paper rolled up, make them thicker!! I take 2 sips and my straw starts sticking together

— Nicole Anderson (@Niicoleeaxo) April 23, 2019

@McDonaldsUK I'm afraid that your paper straws and milkshakes don't go together, unless you like the taste of cardboard and a disintegrating straw.

— Geraint Owen (@geraintwn) November 1, 2018

These new paper straws are awful @McDonalds. They saturate too easily and feel horrible in the mouth. Got to be better options out there?

— Mutley (@mutley4659) April 14, 2019

Drinking a @McDonalds milkshake through the paper straws are vile.

— PALMER 🌴🥥 (@rjpalmer__) April 16, 2019

Yo @McDonaldsUK how I meant to drink my milkshake outta this lmao. Stop with the paper straws…

— Joe Gomez (@joegmez) April 21, 2019

Can @McDonalds send me the instructions for how to drink a milkshake with a paper straw. Thanks in advance.

— Adam Swanick (@SwanickAdam) April 16, 2019

The feel of those straws offend me more than nails on a chalkboard

— Pete (@pimperelli7) April 16, 2019

@McDonalds the new paper straws are horrible, bring back the plastic #coketasteslikepaper

— michael (@mikey_quinn99) April 22, 2019

You’re the most selfish person if you’re sat complaining about @McDonalds paper straws.

— El (@el_b96) April 23, 2019

God i hope @McDonalds dont give in to the petitions. If you dont want a paper straw, then use your own reusable one.

— Tori 💛 (@Afi_Tori) April 22, 2019

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Cute ‘Dolphin’ Succulents Have Leaves Naturally Alike Mini Leaping Sea Mammals

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If you’re looking to stay more connected to nature, this subtle interior design idea will bring your home a little closer to the earth and sea.

Spotted by POPSUGAR, an Instagrammable plant called senecio peregrinus, which means dolphin necklace, appears just as its name suggests.

The succulent is recognizable for its leaves that resemble tiny leaping dolphins. As the plant grows, so will the “dolphin” population.

To care for the succulent, homeowners will need to place it under bright but indirect light, according to Gardening Know How. It thrives in temperatures around 72°F, surviving in cooler temperatures between 50°F and 55°F, and is dormant in winter. Its soil has to be dry before you water the plant.

Would you add a splash of nature to your home with this dainty houseplant?

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‘GoT’s Maisie Williams Directly Responds to Unsettling ‘Arya’ Sex Scene

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The ‘Arya-Gendry’ sex scene in Game of Thrones has left many viewers dumbfounded, as they have not expected Maisie Williams’ ‘Arya’ to grow up so fast. Some feel uncomfortable, while others—including co-star Sophie Turner—strongly support the steamy segment. Now, Williams has decided to make her own response.

Although Williams’ character, ‘Arya’, is brazen and sexually upfront during the scene, in reality, she has her fair share of awkwardness during and after the filming process. In addition to having people on set averting their gaze and counterproductively adding to her discomfort, the actress also tells fans to imagine how her family might feel about the same scene.

She has responded candidly on Twitter, reminding fans who feel uncomfortable that her own loved ones have to watch the uncomfortable scenario too. Being a young actress filming a NSFW part for the first time, there is indeed a lot to get used to.

if u feel uncomfortable just know that my mother and my step dad and my 2 sisters and my 4 brothers have all probably watched this too ahahakillmeehehe

— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) April 23, 2019

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Social Media Influencer Faces Prison For Trying To Rob Domain Name At Gunpoint

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If you have ever attempted to apply for an email address or domain name, you might have come across a message saying that the exact string of letters has already been reserved by someone else. Most people would let it go. Not this guy.

A bizarre press release issued by the US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Iowa reports of a social media star who devised a plan to steal an existing domain name with a gun.

Rossi Lorathio Adams II, who once had over a million fans on social media, could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, where he will have an opportunity to boost his following. Adams hired his cousin to enter someone’s home in Cedar Rapids and extort a domain name registered by this person, but his plan was foiled.

The audacious 26-year-old entrepreneur started a social media channel named State Snaps, which had Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts. In these platforms, his followers would often share their most extreme “partying [and] college life” stunts, often quoting the tagline, “Do it for state.” This prompted him to buy ‘’.

However, the URL was taken, and Adams relentlessly tried to claim the domain name from its existing owner between the years of 2015 and 2017. He then bullied the owner’s friends by sending them gun emojis.

Who knew an innocuous emoticon would manifest into an actual weapon?

When push came to shove, Adams hired his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr, to enter the house of ‘’s owner. The intruder broke in wearing a pair of pantyhose over his head, along with dark sunglasses and a hat to mask his identity.

To secure the success of this obviously fool-proof plan, Hopkins made sure to use his voice as scarcely as possible, and instead brought a note instructing the homeowner to hand over the domain name.

He then grabbed the person’s arm, demanding for the victim to connect to the internet with a gun pointing at the latter’s head.

The frightened homeowner soon gained composure, turning the gun towards the perpetrator and shooting him a number of times. The victim then called the police.

Hopkins was sentenced to two decades in prison in 2018. Adams, the mastermind of this crime, is now held in custody, and also faces up to 20 years in prison in addition to receiving a US$250,000 fine and three years of supervision following his release.

A man was found guilty of hiring his cousin to break into a house and force the transfer of an internet domain at gunpoint

— CNN International (@cnni) April 21, 2019

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Texas Tech #StateSnaps #DIFS #DoItForState

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Key Appointments for Law Firm as Turnover Hits 10 Million –

Welsh law firm JCP Solicitors has made two key appointments from within its ranks, to continue to manage ongoing growth as turnover hits 10 million at the
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Welsh Health Sector Recycling Specialist Secures £400k Innovate UK

The Cardiff-based Thermal Compaction Group (TCG) has been awarded £426k by Innovate UK to develop its pioneering work in the recycling
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What A Female’s Milk Ducts Really Look Like Leaves The Internet In Awe

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Human evolution is an incredible thing to witness and explore. Even until now, there are still countless questions of the concept being left unanswered and unforeseeable discoveries to be found. One recent study, for instance, recounts an excavation of bones belonging to an unknown human species.

The next to fascinate social media users is an image depicting a woman’s muscle system. The graphic also features the body’s mammary glands and milk ducts, which are akin to sachets placed in a flower-like arrangement.

The picture has some internet users realizing that they have never seen an illustration of the female muscle system until this point. Some have also expressed their awe in the workings of motherhood.

Others, however, appear frightened by the magnificence of evolutionary design, wondering how the human body was able to develop such an intricate setup.

Of course, considering the nature of the internet, some meme lovers have also likened the milk ducts to man-made products like a pack of balloons and a nail display wheel.

Take in the beauty of the female evolution in the image below.

I just realized I never saw a photo of a female muscle system. This is NOT what I imagined milk ducts to look like.

— Artist formerly known as Byeonce (@lemonadead) April 21, 2019

It gets worse lol

— CartierCameron (@BeyDaze) April 21, 2019

as a breastfeeding mama this is SO incredible to me. it all makes sense now & it’s beautiful!

— mamashocks (@mikaylashocks) April 23, 2019

It sort of looks like…flesh flowers? Terrifying but also kind of beautiful?

— Bree (@womanyst) April 22, 2019

Okay…abit scary at first but then they kind of look like flowers covering the muscle. I think it's pretty.🌻 Love it! …Also this explains a lot 😩

— Samantha Amari (@Babe_artist) April 22, 2019

why is everyone saying it’s gross, we have literal flowers on our titties that’s so cool

— hunny bunny🍯 (@sierrabestill) April 22, 2019

At first I thought someone put flowers over boobs because art. Now, it looks like a weird alien creature lives inside my body and I'm terrified.

— Amandala What You Must 🤷🏾‍♀️* (@PearlPillay) April 22, 2019

We aren’t supposed to see this. We weren’t supposed to know.

— Azie Dungey (@AzieDee) April 22, 2019


— lol no (@notthateasysis) April 22, 2019

This reminds me of those nail tip wheels they show you in the salon. This is deeply distressing.

— Kristel (@the_vajabond) April 22, 2019

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‘Avengers: Endgame’s Spoiler-Free, First-Day Reviews Prove The Queue Is Worth It

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The long-anticipated Avengers: Endgame has created a lot of uproar on social media since it was first announced, with spoilers leaking out and the Russo brothers writing a letter pleading fans not to reveal its secrets. Now that the film is finally out in theaters, it has generated drama again, with epic non-spoiling reviews from first viewers.

Erik Davis, the managing editor at Fandango, has been tweeting about the film relentlessly, calling it a “masterful epic” and exclaiming, “Wow, what an ending!”

He even retweeted his own review, and most recently shared a picture that was captioned with, “Good films make your life better.”

His claims are supported by many fervent fans who describe that they cried multiple times and even screamed during the movie.

SlashFilm’s Peter Sciretta also calls Endgame an “exhausting, rewarding epic worth celebrating” in his review on Twitter, revealing that he has not been able to stop the tears either.

For fans who have not yet seen the film, this is a timely reminder to prepare a box of tissues before heading to the cinema.

#AvengersEndgame is a masterful epic – a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it. You’ll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending!

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 23, 2019

Words to live by…

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 8, 2018

'Avengers: Endgame' Review: An Exhausting, Rewarding Epic Worth Celebrating

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 23, 2019

So I just saw #AvengersEndgame, and you guys aren’t ready for shiiiiit. All the theorizing didn’t prepare you for this. I cried a lot, I flung my hands in the air and screamed out loud. It’s incredible. #EndgamePremiereLA #Avengers #Endgame

— Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) April 23, 2019

#AvengersEndgame made me feel good and SOOOOO so bad.


— 📺 Michael V. GMA 🇵🇭 (@michaelbitoygma) April 24, 2019

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How To Easily Hack Facial Unlocking Systems, According To Some Very Smart Kids

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You’ve probably heard nightmarish stories of kids locking their parents out of their devices for entire decades. Well, part of the younger generation seems to have wisened up with the times, as one parent has learned the hard way.

Irish politician Matt Carthy related on Twitter that he was baffled as to why his laptop battery was draining so quickly of late. He then discovered that his kids have been bypassing his device’s facial recognition-powered unlocking system with… his election flyers, which largely showed his face.

Yes, there are a number of young geniuses who have attempted to go through gadgets’ security technology by trying to recall all the numeric combinations ever mentioned by their parents, but a rare few have thought to work smart instead of work hard. In some cases, a simple photo would suffice.

Carthy, a Member of the European Parliament for the Midlands Northwest constituency, reflected that he did not know whether to be proud of his children, or be “concerned by the sneakiness.”

Not all facial unlockers might be convinced by 2D faces, but if you’re living with a little brainiac, here’s a lesson worth noting.

So, I was wondering why the battery on my laptop was running down every time I left it at home.
Turns out the kids have been using my election leaflets to get through the facial recognition lock…
I’m not sure whether to be proud by the wit or concerned by the sneakiness?

— Matt Carthy MEP (@mattcarthy) April 23, 2019

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‘Fake A Vacation’ Photoshops You In Trips If You Don’t Have A Travel Budget

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This weird website lets you fake an enviable lifestyle in the comfort of your own home.

Fake A Vacation’ allows homebodies and Instagramming wannabes to submit their images and have themselves plastered against fake backgrounds, including settings that resemble Las Vegas, Disneyland and Hawaii.

Customers first need to place an order for a photo package beginning at US$19. A staff member will then send them a link to drop their pictures, as well as suggest which kinds of outfits they might want to wear in the photos.

Following which, ‘Fake A Vacation’ will superimpose the individuals against their dream “destinations.” The whole process will take about three days.

The backgrounds are offered by Krome Photos, a photo-editing and design service. Some of the scenic locations include the famous hot air balloons in Cappadocia in Turkey and Beijing’s Forbidden City. According to chief marketing officer Teri Llach, the company is even able to edit individuals in Oktoberfest if they wish to be a part of the festival.

‘Fake A Vacation’s marketing and support head, Tom Eda, describes that people might be tempted to to lie about going on vacation because traveling is expensive. By doctoring images, they can even have their peers envious of their lifestyles.

Besides attempting to combat FOMO, past customers have also purchased faux vacation pictures because they had to cancel their trips at the last minute. Founded in 2017, the app was created to satisfy the need for such a service. According to Eda, the demand increased thanks to the rise of social media use.

The company is set to venture into two other services for the masses. The first, called ‘’, will be launched by the end of this year, and will cater to celebrities and influencers. The second one is called ‘’, and while it is still in the early stages, it will hopefully serve as a platform for those who are looking for some travel inspiration.

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Apple Might Make Its ‘Pencil’ Feel More Like A Paintbrush For Higher Quality Art

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The US$129 Apple Pencil already seems to write as fluidly and naturally as a real-life pen can get, making it an ideal accessory for tasks like note-taking, but it could soon be more useful for artists and creative souls.

A recently approved patent discovered by Patently Apple in the US Patent & Trademark Office’s (USPTO) portal details that Apple could be working on a revamped stylus that comes with a removable add-on to transform its ‘Pencil’ into a ‘Paintbrush’ with the snap of a tiny extension.

The additional pen tip is described to be designed with “flexible contact members” that individually interact with each other, creating a paintbrush-like effect with sensors for independent “bristles.”

Additionally, the accessory could be improved with advanced haptic feedback to mirror the feel of illustrating with real art tools. According to iDrop News, should Apple create more than one interchangeable tip for this stylus, each could represent a different utensil, such as a pencil or a marker.

Currently, Apple’s ‘Pencil’ and lower-priced ‘Crayon’ are only compatible with its iPads, but the patent’s drawings also hint that the stylus could work with the iPhone.

The concept also shows that, with the attachments, Apple users might be able to recreate the aesthetics of renowned artists like Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and more.

Don’t be too expectant for this product to arrive so soon, though. Apple is known to register numerous patents for legal leverage, and several of them might never be developed. However, since the USPTO has granted the technology to the company, there’s a greater chance of it reaching the masses.

Image via USPTO

Image via USPTO

Image via USPTO

Image via USPTO

[via iDrop News, images via various sources]