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In 1927, the MGM lion’s plane crashed and he survived on sandwiches

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A cameraman and a sound technician record the roar of “Leo” the lion for MGM’s famous movie logo. The footage was first used on MGM’s first talking picture White Shadows in the South Seas.

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The MGM trademark lion, Leo, famously roars at the beginning of every MGM film. In fact, “Leo” has not been one lion but seven, starting with “Slats” the lion from 1917 to 1928. An actual lion named Leo roared from 1957 to the present day.

“Jackie,” born in 1915, was the second MGM lion and the first celebrated roar. The roar was recorded separately and then married to a film of Jackie roaring, with Jackie’s head in a frame to give a black surround. The final product was first used in MGM’s first sound production, White Shadows in the South Seas (1928). The sound was provided to the studio microphone by a gramophone record. Read more…

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7 ways to fill the ‘Empire’-shaped hole in your heart

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Face it — your weekly dose of Cookie Lyon is gone

The smash show Empire rolled into our lives like a wrecking ball. It came, it saw, it conquered primetime audiences. But now that the season finale has aired, Wednesday nights are feeling a little empty

How should you cope? By diving headfirst into another round of pop culture. Whether by digging into the show’s music, or catching up with hit shows like Scandal, here are 7 ways to tide yourself over until Empire returns

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Despite loss, Ellen Pao succeeded in calling out subtle sexism

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SAN FRANCISCO, California — Ellen Pao sued the famed, powerful venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender discrimination and retaliation, and lost that years-long public battle on Friday

A jury of six women and six men rejected Pao’s claims that Kleiner Perkins discriminated against her because of her gender by failing to promote her and firing her

Pao, a former partner at Kleiner Perkins, sought $16 million in lost wages and punitive damages in a messy case that revealed the inner workings of an exclusive Silicon Valley institution Read more…

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Unlike drones, kite photography insists on staying under the radar

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NEW YORK, New York — On a frigid winter day at Brooklyn Bridge Park, I found myself flying a kite for the first time in 20 years

The kite’s owner and my instructor for the day was Scott Dunn, a tall, cheerful man. He handed me a remote control. It operated a complicated mechanical rig mounted with a digital camera dangling from the kite

I used the remote to twist and tilt the contraption. With another button, I triggered the camera’s shutter. In the brisk wind, I pointed the lens all over the place, snapping greedy, sloppy pictures. After some fiddling, I managed to face the kite to the Manhattan skyline Read more…

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How to use Facebook for thank you notes

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We’re all a little lax when it comes to sending as many “thank you” notes as we should

That’s where Facebook comes in. It’s the perfect platform for thank you missives that can be personalized and shared, giving a public shoutout to someone who’s done you a solid

Here’s our how and why of using Facebook to say thanks. Let us know your ideas in the comments below

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There are endless ways in which Facebook is ideal for sending a thank you note

  • Someone’s given you/your child/your pet a gift. Snap a picture of the recipient with said gift and create a photo post, tagging the giver as a thank you. You get to show her how much the present was appreciated and she gets a public shoutout for her thoughtfulness

  • You enjoyed a delicious meal at someone’s home. Be sure to grab a tasty-looking image of the food and the next day, post a Facebook #foodgram complimenting his amazing cuisine and tagging him as the chef. He’ll be flattered you liked the food so much to create a post

  • You were invited to a party or other event. Take some arty shots and create a mini-gallery on Facebook, tagging the organizer. Make sure you mention details (the decorations, the venue, the music, etc.) so the organizer knows you really noticed the small things Read more…

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Rare color photos of 1928 England, full of soul and spunk

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A policeman directs buses in the intersection of Trafalgar Square, London.

Image: Clifton R. Adams/National Geographic Creative/Corbis

In the late 1920s and early 1930s National Geographic sent photographer Clifton R. Adams to England to record its farms, towns and cities, and its people at work and play. 

Only, Adams happened to record it all in color using the Autochrome process.

The Autochrome was the foremost color photographic process of the day, since it was first brought to market by the Lumière brothers in 1907. The core ingredient? Potatoes. Tiny grains of dyed potato starch, around 4,000,000 per square inch, coated a glass plate. The gaps between the grains filled with lampblack, and the coated layer allowed the exposure to capture a color image. Read more…

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What ‘Broad City’ can teach ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ about racial humor

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Netflix’s latest show, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is a sugary sweet delight that nonetheless leaves an odd aftertaste.

The series, which follows a woman who escapes from a cult and moves to New York City, has a spectacularly diverse cast. But some of the show’s punchlines hinge on stale racial stereotypes. Some critics have called the show offensive. Some have defended it. Some say it isn’t quite offensive enough

If you haven’t seen the show, there’s a Vietnamese character named Dong who’s really good at math; a Latina character who can’t speak English and was a maid; a white woman who plays an American Indian woman ashamed of her heritage (whose parents are, thankfully, played by real Native Americans); a sassy gay black best friend. On the surface, these decisions seem to bait controversy, but there’s more depth here — nonetheless steeped in maddeningly perplexing stereotypes. Read more…

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What to know before visiting your first pot shop

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SEATTLE, Washington — Washington state has banked more than $120 million in sales since recreational marijuana first hit the market there in July 2014, according to the state’s Liquor Control Board.

And as sales have started to move from dark alleys to storefronts, new and curious users are emerging

But the idea of “buying drugs,” regardless of legality, can be nerve-wracking. Regardless how well they know pot, even veteran aficionados get overwhelmed by the sheer diversity of products available. From vaporizers to dab rigs to edibles and kief, there’s a real learning curve.

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5 creative ideas for one-second Snapchats (besides full frontal)

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Seriously, why do one-second Snapchats even exist? Well, besides the obvious…

We’ve got some super cute ideas for one-second Snapchat messages for your nearest and dearest

Whether you’re Snapchatting with your bae, your bestie or even your mom, these are sure to put a smile on their faces. Take a look through our sweet suggestions below

Sneak peek of a gift

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Sometimes it’s the anticipation of giving the gift that’s just as exciting as watching someone finally unwrap it. Hype up excitement levels even further by sending a hint of a forthcoming present. Just don’t give it away! Read more…

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The problem isn’t if the Germanwings pilot had a mental illness, it’s why he hid it

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The investigation into the deadly Germanwings crash revealed Friday that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz hid a psychiatric condition from his employer

While prosecutors have yet to specify the exact nature of that illness, there is speculation that mental illness may have affected his performance and perhaps the final decisions he made in the plane’s cockpit

Lubitz is accused of purposefully crashing Flight 9525 into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board.

Dr. David Ballard, director of the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence and Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, tells Mashable that it would be misguided to draw any conclusions about why Lubitz steered the plane onto a fatal course Read more…

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