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Stephen King Did The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge And The Video Is Great

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1. Stephen King accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of his friend, Rocky Wood, who suffers from ALS.

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2. And his reaction to the freezing cold ice was pretty funny.

And his reaction to the freezing cold ice was pretty funny.

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3. “Oh boy.”

"Oh boy."

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4. Now he’s challenging John Grisham, known for his legal thrillers, to do the same.

Now he's challenging John Grisham, known for his legal thrillers, to do the same.

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18 Fantastic Halloween Costume Ideas For ’90s Girls

1. Cher or Dionne from Clueless

In the words of Cher herself: “Classic!”

3. Wednesday Addams

Perfect for people who hate Halloween — just wear black and scowl.

4. The Girls from The Craft

Any excuse to dress like a goth schoolgirl…

6. The Spice Girls


7. Kelly Kapowski

All you need for the queen of Bayside is a school sweatshirt, some floral spandex, and some teased bangs.

8. Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Leather jacket + flare pants + stake = Buffy.

9. Helga Pataki from Hey Arnold

Now you don’t have to tweeze your eyebrows for the month of October.

10. Romy and Michele / Via Peace Love Shea

OMG you guys are awesome.

11. Log Lady from Twin Peaks

Get a log. Act weird. Bam. Halloween costume.

12. Lydia from Beetlejuice

Although it came out in 1988, ’90s girls watched this movie on VHS obsessively. If you don’t happen to have a red ’80s prom dress lying around, you can always do a schoolgirl outfit — just get those spiky bangs right and you’re good to go.

13. The Chipettes from Alvin and the Chipmunks

As long as you don’t do the high-pitched voices all night, this could be totally cute as a trio costume.

14. Gwen Stefani

Ohhh, the choices with Gwen. Are you going to be Rock Steady Gwen? Harajuku Gwen? Bindi Gwen? Blue-hair Gwen?

15. The Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus

16. Sarah from Labyrinth

Whoa! OK, you win. We can all go home now. (Technically, Labyrinth is an ’80s movie, however it became a cult classic with ’90s girls as well.)

17. Corey Mason from Empire Records

18. Angela Chase from My So-Called Life

Otherwise known as you, 15 years ago.

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51 Facts About The Human Body That Prove We Have Super Powers

You’re basically an Avenger.

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1. The human heart, ripped from a chest cavity ala Indiana Jones can indeed continue to beat for a short period of time because it has it’s own electrical system and would continue to receive oxygen from the exposed air.

2. Stomach acid is so strong that your body grows an entirely new stomach lining every 3-4 days.

3. The human nose can recognize and remember 50,000 unique scents, which is still no where near as powerful as a dog’s.

4. You sneeze at the speed of 100 miles per hour or more.

5. You have 60,000 miles of blood vessels inside of you, which is enough to wrap around the Earth’s equator roughly two and half times.

6. Everyday your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck for 20 miles. In a lifetime, your heart creates enough energy to drive that truck to the moon and back.

7. On average a human sheds so much skin in a lifetime that by the time you turn 70, you’ll have removed an entire small human, 105 lbs, from yourself.

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8. If you look into a clear night sky and can see Andromeda, it means your eyes are so sensitive and powerful that they’re picking up a small fuzzy blob of light that, as our closest neighboring galaxy, is 2.5 million light years away.

9. It’s possible to snore at 80 decibels which is equivalent to sleeping next to a pneumatic drill breaking up concrete. Noise levels over 85 decibels are considered hazardous to the human ear.

10. A person produces enough spit in a lifetime to fill two swimming pools, roughly 25,000 quarts.

11. You are made up of 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 7 octillion) atoms.

12. And every single one of those 7 octillion atoms is billions of years old. 13. Neurons fire at the speed of 150 miles per hour.

14. In addition to the five senses, you actually have an extra meta-sense called proprioception which combines your brain’s knowledge of what your muscles are doing with a feel for the size and shape of your body so you can know where the parts of your body are with respect to each other. It’s how you can close your eyes still touch your nose unerringly.


15. Your heartbeat changes and mimics the music you listen too.

16. Your brain, when awake, generates enough electricity to light a lightbulb.

17. Ounce for ounce, your bones are stronger than steel, since a bar of steel of comparable size would weigh four or five times as much. A cubic inch of bone can in principle bear a load of 19,000 lbs, roughly five standard pickup trucks.

18. And yet despite they fact that they’re stronger than steel, 31% of your bones are made of water.

19. If the human eye was a digital camera, it would have 576 megapixels. In comparison, the Mamiya DSLR was the highest megapixel count camera I could find at 80 megapixels, retailing at a whopping $34,000.

20. In addition, experts estimate that the human eye can distinguish 10 million different colors.

21. If uncoiled, the DNA in all the cells in your body would stretch 10 billion miles—from here to Pluto and back.

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22. In a lifetime, your brain’s long-term memory can hold as many as 1 quadrillion (1 million billion) separate bits of information.

23. The human brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex which helps us with social skills and understanding other people, is still developing well into your 40’s.

24. During an average lifetime, the heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood—enough to fill 200 train tank cars.

25. Your body makes 180 million red blood cells an hour.

26. While a normal pregnancy lasts nine months, the longest recorded pregnancy is 375 days, 12.5 months.

27. During pregnancy, if the mother suffers organ damage, the baby in the womb sends stem cells to repair the damaged organ.

28. It takes 200 muscles to take one step.

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29. Researchers found 1,458 new species of bacteria in belly buttons.

30. Most astronauts become two inches taller in space.

31. 6 billion steps of DNA are contained in a single cell.

32. For every egg that’s impregnated, there’s 200-500 million sperm vying to pass on it’s DNA.

33. By the time you die, you’ll have spent a third of your life sleeping.

34. A study found that you can reset your brain’s sleep-wake clock (circadian rhythm) by shining a light on the back of your knee.

35. A person can survive for 2 months without food.

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36. Your tongue isn’t the only place you have taste receptors, you also have them in your stomach, intestines, pancreas, lungs, anus, testicles and brain.

37. New physical connections are created between neurons in the brain every time you form a memory.

38. It’s scientifically proven that even a small dose of power changes how a person’s brain operates, usually by diminishing empathy.

39. You can survive without oxygen for 5-10 mins before your brain cells start to die.

40. Your brain is 60% fat.

41. The human brain will eat itself as a last ditch attempt to ward of starvation (aka in case of extreme dieting/malnutrition).

42. The vagina is self-cleaning.

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43. Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors.

44. Your auto-programmed response to certain stimuli is called emotion.

45. Long-term memories create permanent lasting physical changes in the brain.

46. If you adjust your facial expression to reflect an emotion, you’ll actually begin to feel that emotion.

47. A human eye can only see a small fraction of your visual field at a time, so the eye performs 2-3 saccades (quick, automatic eye movements) per second to complete a single complete picture.

48. When you recollect a memory, it’s not the original memory, it’s creative reimagination that will often feature holes and completely new parts.

49. Your mind forgets information to protect itself from information overload and emotional hangovers which helps it to think more quickly and assimilate new information easier.

50. The mind can practice new tasks, such as learning a new piece of music during REM sleep. REM sleep also appears to boost performance with tasks involving procedural memory, or the subconscious “how-to” knowledge.

51. Society has a “canonical perspective” which means we all view certain things the same way. For example: when researchers asked people around the world to draw a coffee cup, almost everyone drew a coffee cup from a perspective slightly above the cup looking down and offset a little to the right or left, no one drew it looking straight down from above.

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4 Ways The BBC Could Be About To Change Forever

The BBC needs to make the case for its existence in the face of political opposition.

The BBC has always been closely scrutinised but it’s now facing unprecedented pressure to change the way it operates.

4 Ways The BBC Could Be About To Change Forever

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Last week’s announcement of the closure of youth channel BBC Three, was just the start of the political horse trading and negotiating that will take place between now and the renewal of the BBC’s Royal Charter in 2015.

While its many defenders want to keep the Beeb as a vast, independent-minded broadcaster and web publisher, publicly-funded through the licence fee, there is political will to radically change it, cut its budget, make the UK’s media market more commercially competitive. Everyone seems to agree that the BBC can’t survive in its current form.

The corporation’s Royal Charter – which gives it special status as the national broadcaster (and its most significant digital publisher) as well as the small matter of £3.6 billion in funding – is up for renewal in 2017 and set to be an issue at next year’s general election.

So what’s in store for the world’s oldest and largest national broadcaster?

1. The BBC could have its budget cut and end up significantly smaller.

The BBC could have its budget cut and end up significantly smaller.

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A consensus is emerging that the corporation is just too big.

This year so far, not one but three former BBC director generals told the House of Commons Select Committee’s long-running investigation into the future of the Beeb that the corporation must change the way it operates, chiefly surviving on less public cash. On newspaper comment pages they were joined by a parade of current and former executives and on-screen stars saying similar things.

Tory party chairman Grant Shapps has already signalled the BBC faces a big budget reduction if it doesn’t get its house in order (while also, in a possibly related move, taking the time to criticise BBC journalists for broadcasting stories unflattering to the government).

Speaking at the DCMS select committee, Michael Grade, who has been chairman of both BBC and ITV as well as CEO at Channel 4, said: “(The BBC) tries to do everything itself. It is now into property, the post-production business, it’s into everything and has become far too big in areas it doesn’t need to be in.

“We ask the director general to be a master of the digital universe, a master of property, of international exploitation and distribution, of studio management, production, creativity. I don’t know any business that is as diversified as the BBC.”

Grade suggested that outsourcing more of its content creation to independent, private businesses (it currently commissions at least 25% of shows to the private sector) was “the only way they are going to keep the licence fee within a number that is affordable and defensible.”

2. It may have to scrap other channels, including BBC Four and perhaps even radio stations such as Radio Three.

It may have to scrap other channels, including BBC Four and perhaps even radio stations such as Radio Three.

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The BBC runs a lot of things that don’t attract many viewers or listeners. When the political debate heats up, these get harder to justify.

BBC TV director Danny Cohen says he can’t guarantee BBC Four’s survival, telling Five Live “we can’t keep offering the same with less money.”

Michael Grade suggested this week that BBC Two and arts-centered BBC Four should be merged, echoing similar arguments from former BBC editorial chief Roger Mosey and Question Time host David Dimbleby, who both argued that the Beeb has too many channels.

The Beeb is already committed to saving £100 million by 2016 and BBC 3’s closure gets the corporation closer to – but not quite at – that target.

What chance services such as BBC Alba, which is watched by around 600,000 Scots Gaelic speakers a week and costs around £15 million a year to run, can survive?

3. It could be forced to share the licence fee with Channel 4.

It could be forced to share the licence fee with Channel 4.

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This sounds like a long shot, but Lord Grade is convinced it could work. Grade, who was CEO of Channel 4 from 1987 to 1997, said at the Select Committee this week that a higher proportion of the TV Licence Fee should be shared between the BBC and others.

“You can go one of two ways – you can relieve Channel 4 of its public-service organisations and let it float into the free market, or if you believe as I do that the BBC should have some public-service competition to fill the gap, then I think Channel 4 could come into play as a competitor to the BBC for the licence fee,” he said.

This would, in the eyes of the Beeb’s many critics, be a fairer way to distribute public money and end a near monopoly on licence fee funding. But who decides exactly whom gets what?

4. It could get rid of the licence fee entirely and bring in subscriptions.

It could get rid of the licence fee entirely and bring in subscriptions.

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Non-Britons are often shocked to learn that every household must – by law – pay a non-negotiable subscription of £145.50 to watch TV.

In two years’ time there is a chance this won’t be the case. There are growing calls for non-payment of the licence fee to be decriminalised or for the fee to be scrapped altogether.

Former BBC chairman Gavyn Davies told the select committee last month: “There’s no doubt the licence fee is a bad tax if you were designing a tax. It’s very unfair … But it has benefits for the public service broadcasting infrastructure – that’s an ecology we should bear in mind.”

A blue-sky-thinking internal BBC report written by assorted industry experts suggested a number of alternatives to the current compulsory £145.50-a-year TV licence fee, including:

— A kind of shareholder model where licence fee payers buy into the BBC – presumably for more then £145.50 a year.

— A simple rise in the licence fee from 2017 – which would be hugely unpopular in Westminster and among voters.

— An inflation-linked funding scheme with better use of commercial assets and perhaps more cross-industry collaboration.

The obvious alternative to the licence fee is a system of subscriptions, where people pay for different kinds of service, but BBC strategy chief and former Labour minister James Purnell says this would lead to the creation of “first and second” class services and cost about £500 million to implement.

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