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Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones.

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"Baby Turtle Eating Strawberry" Is the Most Adorable Thing I Have Ever Seen

| Sun Jan. 18, 2015 3:02 PM EST

I don't know if this is real. I don't know the context. I saw it on Twitter and it appears to be from some fly-by-night viral Vine account. So full disclosure, that could very well be an ambitious USC undergraduate in a turtle costume. Maybe that strawberry was created by Industrial Light & Magic. Having said that, I don't care. This is so adorable. I've never seen anything this adorable. And I've seen adorable things! I've seen bunnies hold hands and beagles wrestle. This baby turtle puts them all to shame. It makes the porcupine eating a pumpkin video look like Unforgiven. Unforgiven is not adorable! It's a blood soaked black hole from which cuteness cannot escape. That is how adorable this vine is.

 

 

via Lauren Evans.

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Watch: Maggie Gyllenhaal Just Gave a Perfect Golden Globes Speech

| Sun Jan. 11, 2015 10:05 PM EST

Maggie Gyllenhaal is great. She just won the Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie Golden Globe for "The Honourable Woman." Her speech was perfect.

"I've noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I've watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."

Watch, watch, watch:

Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Opening Monologue at the Golden Globes

| Sun Jan. 11, 2015 8:38 PM EST

The Golden Globes are tonight! Tina Fey and Amy Poheler are hosting! They just finished up their monologue! They finished up their monoluge with some semi-awkward Bill Cosby jokes!

Watch!

This Is One of the Worst Retractions a Newspaper Has Ever Had to Publish

| Thu Jan. 8, 2015 8:04 PM EST

The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, had a story on its front page today that paraphrased a local police official as saying that most cops typically go into law enforcement "because they have a desire to shoot minorities." Spicy stuff! Only problem: It never happened.

The paper quickly issued a retraction on its home page and updated the online version of the story—ironically headlined "Law enforcement to be honored for service"—to include a formal apology from editor Ben Sheroan. The corrected story now reads: "Hardin County Sheriff John Ward said those who go into the law enforcement profession typically do it because they have a desire to serve the community."

So what happened? The paper initially called it a "typographical mistake" but that obviously didn't make any sense. Jim Romenesko reports that it was actually a joke mistake. "One [copy desk staffer] wrote the 'shoot minorities' line on the page proof as a joke and the second—in charge of the front page—put it in the story."

Never joke on the page proofs.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Bringing Science to Late Night Television

| Thu Jan. 8, 2015 2:39 PM EST

"April is the cruelest month, breeding/ lilacs out of the dead land, mixing," wrote T.S. Eliot. I don't know what the hell he was on about because this April is going to be awesome.

Famous science man Neil deGrasse Tyson's new late-night talk show Star Talk, based on his acclaimed podcast, is coming to the National Geographic Channel in that very merry fourth month of 2015. With it brings the promise of dozens of easily embeddable, highly shareable video clips of Tyson debunking anti-science nonsense to creationists, and explaining actual science goodness to America's sweethearts (movie stars) and black sheep (comedians). The Hollywood Reporter, err, reports:

Star Talk will indeed follow a similar format to Tyson's podcast, which marries science and popular culture and feature interviews with celebrities, comedians and scientists. He's still sorting through all of the elements that he'll add to the television iteration, but he does intend to give Bill Nye a platform for a minute-long rant in each show, much as Andy Rooney had for many years on CBS' 60 Minutes.

Look out, John Oliver: America fucking loves science.

(via NYMag)

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