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Motorcycles ski races: What could possibly go wrong?

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At the 1953 Motorcycle Skiing championships, held at Ehrwald in Tyrol, Austria, skiers held on to ropes attached to the backs of motorcycles — some even with sidecars — which had spiked wheels to grip the snow. Read more…

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13 albums we can’t wait to hear in 2015

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New year, new music

In 2015, a slew of artists will bless fans with brand new albums. From the surprise return of Modest Mouse to the embattled swan song of Lil Wayne, audiophiles are eagerly awaiting a bunch of new releases

While we can speculate about the potential return of stars like Adele, Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna, here are 13 albums listeners can definitely spin in 2015. Read more…

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8 free wallpapers to zap your phone into the holiday spirit

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You’ve decked out your home with festive lights, decorations and a dead tree — now it’s time to get your phone into the holiday spirit.

As a gesture from Mashable, we’re giving you a collection of eight festive, X-ray vision mobile wallpapers from our graphic designer, Christopher Mineses.

So, from our family to yours, Internet, have a safe and happy holidays with a stylish new background on your phone

Click your device or screen resolution, then download:

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Image: Mashable, Christopher Mineses

iPhone:
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iPhone 5/5C/5S
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Top 10 must-play games of 2014

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2014 was an exciting, surprising year in gaming

While the new consoles found their footing, game creators also had to wrestle with that new hardware. It was a year of triumphs, experiments and some utter fails.

As the dust settles, we picked 10 games for consoles and PC worth your time and money

Watch the video, above, or read the following list to see the titles that delighted us the most with their creativity and execution.

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Comedy as activism: Why laughing together beats mourning alone

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“Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.”

This famous first sentence of Langston Hughes’ 1966 essay “A Note on Humor” still rings true today — especially for comedians whose work tackles serious issues, when “it” can mean anything from racial justice to gender equality to LGBT rights.

Humor can address these important topics in a powerful but nonthreatening way. Jokes help us confront the world’s most pressing issues, inspiring laughs to inspire change.

Comedy’s role in raising awareness is extremely prevalent right now, amid the #BlackLivesMatter protests that continue to sweep the United States. Stand-up comics such as W. Kamau Bell, a self-declared socio-political comedian who doesn’t shy away from charged topics, have addressed police brutality and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere. Read more…

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Making sense of the minority police officer experience

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If you have ever been near the front of an anti-police brutality protest — which have exploded across the country since grand juries in Missouri and New York exonerated white cops for killing unarmed black men — you have heard people talk shit to the police.

Some of it is banal, some clever and some visceral. But most can agree that some of the worst is reserved by black and Latino protesters for black and Latino officers.

These people don’t give a damn about you. Before you put on that badge did these people think of you as any [more] than a n*****? No! Before you put on the badge they didn’t give a damn about you…And you know I’m right, that’s why you stopped looking at me. Read more…

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The 11 most useful web tools of 2014

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There’s no shortage of great websites, apps and programs available on the Internet. Some, however, rise above the rest

Your 2014 list of our 11 most useful tools of 2014 covers everything from creating charts to making your computer screen a little easier on the eyes. Of course there’s plenty we missed, but these are some of the tools that came to our attention this year.

Have other newish tools that you love? Post them in the comments!

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1959: The year Fidel Castro completely charmed America

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When Fidel Castro came to New York in April 1959, it was a mere four months since the 33-year-old had led the successful revolution to overthrow the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Castro had pulled no punches in his anti-America speeches, and he had extensive associations with the political left. Yet the press loved Castro, and it was the American Society of Newspaper Editors who extended an invite for his visit to the U.S

Castro seemed almost super-real, like a character from an action movie, in his trademark green army uniform, boots and bushy beard. Castro certainly did not disappoint his journalistic hosts, regaling reporters with the many tales of his time as a fighter in the Cuban guerilla war. Read more…

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How people celebrate Christmas on the beach

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Christmas on the beach

Sun, sea, sand … and Santa

by Chris Wild

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A vintage colour illustration featuring children playing at the seaside and Christmas greetings.

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Beauty queen as Christmas tree: Girl in her bathing suit with Christmas tree dressing on a Californian beach.

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Visitors staying at the Branksome Towers Hotel in Bournemouth enjoying an unseasonable swim on a private beach at Christmas time.

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7 baby steps for a holiday tech detox

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Ditch the Kindle and grab a real book.

During the holidays, it’s difficult to appreciate free time and family when you’re constantly plugged in. Technology is ingrained in our everyday lives, so taking time off is a foreign feeling

If you think parting with your devices is such sweet sorrow, there are some baby steps you can take to unplug. Delete some apps, give up your tablet and take things slow.

We interviewed Levi Felix, founder of Digital Detox and Camp Grounded — Summer Camp for Adults, for his professional take on simple things you can do to unwind this holiday season. Read more…

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