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    The ebb and flow of superstardom is something of a regular thing in Hollywood. It can collapse suddenly and without warning. Or, it could take years of bad choices that suddenly render you irrelevant. Here are our choices for the greatest celebrity comebacks of all time.

    10. Natasha Lyonne
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    The Rise: When Natasha Lyonne was 16, Woody Allen cast her in "Everyone Says I Love You." Over the next 10 years she would have 30 credits to her name, including the "American Pie" movies.

    The Fall: In the mid-2000s, Lyonne could've changed her name to Lohan and no one would've noticed. She fell into dire territory. On one occasion she was even evicted by her landlord, actor Michael Rapaport (I always knew he was a dick). Anyway, Lyonne was arrested for DUI in August 2001, and once again in 2004 for threatening to molest her neighbor's dog. By 2005, her health had deteriorated and she was admitted into a hospital suffering from hepatitis C, a collapsed lung, and a heart infection. However, it seems this was only training for her comeback as Nicky Nichols.

    The Comeback: Lyonne's first regular TV role came with "Orange is the New Black." It was a smash success as a Netflix Original, and critics highly praise her part.


    9. Neil Patrick Harris
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    The Rise: After 1993, everyone knew NPH has Doogie Howser, MD. He then did "Starship Troopers" in 1997. It seemed to be just another faded child actor succumbing to his own early success. But wait --

    The Comeback: He was once Doogie, but now he's Barney. Many have even said that without NPH's iconic Barney Stinson, "How I Met Your Mother" wouldn't have been the success it was. Interestingly, right after acting as a wash-up, womanizing, hooker-addicted version of himself in 2004's "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," NPH serendipitously became the womanizing chick slayer character in "How I Met Your Mother."

    Call it a comeback, call it careful planning. Truth is, even though NPH starred in only three films during the '90s and one popular TV show ("Stark Raving Mad"), he was likely just getting his doctorate in taking show biz by storm. On February 22, 2015, he was the first openly gay actor to host the 87th Academy Awards. He is now firmly back in action as a household face and name.


    8. Rob Lowe
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    The Rise: Alongside Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Demi Moore and Ally Sheedy, Rob Lowe was part of the '80s Brat Pack. It was a result of starring in "The Outsiders" and "St. Elmo's Fire" in 1983 and 1985, respectively. Then Rob Lowe launched headfirst into vagina.

    The Fall: In 1988, Lowe invited two girls back to his hotel room and filmed a sex tape. In the morning, the chicks were gone and so was the tape. It came to light that one of the girls was 16 and -- although legal in Georgia -- it tamed the adulation for him. He never quite disappeared, but Lowe became quietly inward and alone.

    The Comeback: What turned him around were a few words his father said: "You know what? We have had so many amazingly positive experiences that we would have never had, because you're famous. We can stand to have a couple negative ones too." And with that, he became a lighthearted funnyman with "Wayne's World," "Tommy Boy" and "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery." This positivity eventually brought him back to A-list status as Sam Seaborn in "The West Wing." He's been prominent on TV ever since.


    7. Michael Keaton
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    The Rise: Nearly 30 years ago, he was Batman. Two years ago, he played a frustrated theater actor trying to reclaim his glory days as Birdman. Coincidence? You betcha. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu planned the hell out of it.

    The Fall: In the twilight of the '80s, Tim Burton made Michael Keaton with "Batman" and "Batman Returns." But when Burton left the franchise, being replaced by Joel Schumacher, Keaton left, too. It was probably a good idea, because "Batman Forever" starred Val Kilmer. Although Keaton later landed roles in kick-ass movies like "Jackie Brown" and "Multiplicity," the late '90s and '00s were filled with quiet roles that ultimately withdrew him from the spotlight.

    The Comeback: "Birdman." Simply put. Just "Birdman." So let's look at some fun facts: Did you know Keaton failed as a stand-up comic in his early days? Did you know that being a full-time production assistant on Pittsburgh's own "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" basically gave him his career? Did you know that Michael Keaton isn't actually his real name and that his last name is "Douglas," but he wanted to change it due to that other actor sucking up all the fame? Also, we can all agree he absolutely killed it as Captain Gene in 2010's "The Other Guys."


    6. Mickey Rourke
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    The Rise: When Mickey was a kid, he was a boxing champ. He tallied 27 wins and only three losses as an amateur boxer. He retired due to concussions and began trying out acting. The '80s highlighted Rourke as a butch, sordid sex symbol in films such as "9 1/2 Weeks" and "Rumblefish." But then "Wild Orchid" happened in 1990, which won him a Razzie.

    The Fall: It was at this time that he said he "had no respect for himself as an actor." He even reportedly turned down roles in "Platoon," "Pulp Fiction," "Beverly Hills Cop," "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Rain Man." These films would've catapulted him to new heights, but he chose to get back into boxing instead. He went undefeated in six fights and traveled the world, perhaps soul searching.

    The Comeback: When he came back to the acting scene, Rourke played Marv in "Sin City." He also took a role in Tony Scott's "Domino." This apparently gave him just enough juice to lead him to his title role as Randy "The Ram" Robinson in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler." It won him 10 awards, firmly making up for "Wild Orchid" with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 98 percent. You probably also saw Rourke recently as that Russian psycho cybergenius in "Iron Man 2."


    5. Sylvester Stallone
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    The Comeback/Rise: Unlike others on this list, Stallone's comeback took place before his rise. From 1970 to 1975, he was truly struggling. We all hear about struggling actors, but Stallone was a mess. He even once took a role in a soft-core porno because he got evicted from his apartment. "It was either do that movie or rob someone because I was at the end -- the very end -- of my rope." He also once slept in New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal for three weeks in 1970.

    Here's where it gets interesting. He was dead broke living with his wife, Sasha, in Los Angeles. He refused to get a regular job because he wanted to be an actor and that was that. Tragically, he sold his beloved dog Butkus outside a liquor store for $50 to eat. And then he saw a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, which reportedly inspired him to bang out the screenplay for "Rocky." He wrote it by hand in less than three days. Others have reported it took him only 20 hours.

    When producers came to him to buy the script, he declined. Even though they offered $100,000 initially, and then negotiated the price up to $265,000, Stallone still refused. He said he was an actor and he wanted to star in his own film. The producers dropped the price significantly but allowed Stallone to star in "Rocky." One year later, he was the first actor ever to be nominated for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

    He also bought back Butkus from the family he sold him to for $15,000. You might've seen Butkus Balboa in the movie.


    4. Ben Affleck
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    The Rise: Kevin Smith and "Good Will Hunting" established Ben Affleck as a creative force. "Armageddon" established him as a leading man. It wasn't until Jennifer Lopez came along when things started going badly.

    The Fall: Winning Sexiest Man of the Year in 2002 made Affleck a tabloid joke. Actually, it was "Gigli" and "Pearl Harbor" that made him a joke. "South Park" parodied the actor ruthlessly, calling him Ben Assfleck, and even wrote a song about how much Affleck and "Pearl Harbor" sucks. But Matt and Trey would eventually eat their words.

    The Comeback: No more sexiest man. No more Jennifer Lopez. Ben Affleck was on a mission some 10 years ago. He became a director. He did "Gone Baby Gone" in 2007, which caused whispers that Affleck might actually have tricks up his sleeve. In 2010, he directed "The Town" and finally, in 2012, "Argo." With "Argo," he made it back. "South Park" actually retracted their previous misgivings about him in the episode "Going Native."


    3. Jason Bateman
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    The Rise: Jason Bateman began his career as a cherubic child actor with his first success being a commercial for Golden Grahams cereal. He began working his ass off. At the age of 18, the Director's Guild of American recognized him as the youngest director, having directed episodes for a popular series which he also starred in, "The Hogan Family."

    The Fall: Then, in 1987, he did "Teen Wolf Too." It tanked at the box office, and Bateman followed with a series of four TV shows ("Simon," "Chicago Sons," "George & Leo" and "Some of My Best Friends") that lasted only one season. His status as a young money-making guarantee faded. It was around this time that he also started getting blitzed on drugs and drink. For the next decade. "I'd worked so hard that by the time I was 20, I wanted to play hard," he said. "And I did that really well."

    The Comeback: In 2003, Bateman became Michael Bluth in "Arrested Development." It won him awards including a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. Launching himself back into a network of showbiz giants, Bateman did "Dodgeball," "Starsky & Hutch," "Smokin' Aces," "Juno," "Extract," "Hancock" and of course, "Horrible Bosses." All huge names. As of today, Jason Bateman has a reported net worth of $30 million, proving that a '90s slump can be cured with a little sobriety and can-do attitude.


    2. Matthew McConaughey
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    Note: Matthew McConaughey's career can be summed up a little differently, with these three stages -- 1) Finding himself, 2) Romantic comedies, and 3) Mr. Serious.

    Finding Himself: In 1993, McConaughey played the Spicoli-esque lovable stoner who hangs around high school students in "Dazed and Confused." After that, he starred in a collection of films that couldn't typecast him: "Contact," "Amistad" and "EDTV."

    Romantic Comedies: Then the '00s hit. As McConaughey stated himself, it was his "lifestyle, living on the beach, running with my shirt off, doing romantic comedies," that officially typecast him. He apparently found himself. But no, no, he didn't. "Fools Gold," "Failure to Launch" and "Ghost of Girlfriends Past" led to Matt Damon impersonating him on Letterman, which probably shook him to the core. It apparently really bothered him, because...

    Mr. Serious: He turned the dial. "Mud" and "The Lincoln Lawyer" were dramatically flawless. "Dallas Buyers Club" won him an Oscar and a Golden Globe. "Interstellar" put him over the top. Although I'm pleased as punch with McConaughey's recent choices as an actor, I don't want to get ahead of myself because a new decade is coming.


    1. Robert Downey Jr.
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    The Rise: Iron Man as we know him wasn't always Iron Man. He began acting at the young age of six, and it was coincidentally the same age his father gave him his first hit of marijuana. "When my dad and I would do drugs together, it was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how." After a meteoric rise from young Broadway star to A-list actor in the early '90s, he reverted back to that old method of love.

    The Fall: A love for coke, heroin and occasionally trespassing into an unsuspecting stranger's bed landed him in trouble. From 1996 to 2001, Downey's life was riddled with doing the wrong things. He was sentenced to three years in prison at one point, spending only one in California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, CA.

    The Comeback: Today, Downey maintains that he hasn't had drugs since July 2003. Sobriety and a reported yoga routine helped him secure roles in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Good Night and Good Luck" and "Zodiac." In 2008, he had career-redefining roles in "Tropic Thunder" and famously, "Iron Man." In December 2015, the governor of California, Jerry Brown, pardoned his prior convictions.

     

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    Another week, another batch of the most hilarious tweets, compiled just for you. Be sure to follow these guys and gals, and check back here every week for more jokes you can tell your friends and pretend you came up with them. They'll think you're hilarious, but inside you'll be cold and dead.

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    They may be damn delicious, but don't even get us started on the corn syrup, caffeine or dangerous ingredients in your favorite sweet drinks. For now, let's start with the sugar alone, of which these popular drinks have way too much. You can practically taste the diabetes. Note that we tried to rank them by potency, as many come in different sizes, from the tiny, mighty bullet (8 oz.) to the towering fatties (32 oz.)

    10. SoBe Citrus Energy
    10 Sweet Drinks You Didn't Know Have Way Too Much Sugar
    SoBe, an "enhanced" drink brand owned by PepsiCo, has a number of sugary drinks waiting to pump you up, more so bloated than energized, including their Citrus Energy, a sweet orangey substance with 63 grams of sugar in its 20-ounce bottle. SoBe also has a "healthy" Energize Green Tea 20-ounce with 51 grams of sugar and the energy drink, Adrenaline Rush, which has 66 grams in only a 16-ounce container, by far the strongest in sugar of them all.

    9. Minute Maid Lemonade
    10 Sweet Drinks You Didn't Know Have Way Too Much Sugar
    Remember when your mother gave you some fresh Minute Maid, thinking it was healthier than the other crap she shoved down your gullet? Well, Minute Maid Lemonade, like most lemonades, has a little too much tart thanks to more than 67 grams of sugar in its 20-ounce bottles. Just wait until you see which drinks gets the number-six slot. You'll be surprised it tops this.

    8. Sunkist Orange Soda
    10 Sweet Drinks You Didn't Know Have Way Too Much Sugar
    Another orange splash of sugar is Sunkist, whose 20-ounce bottle has 72 grams. Orange Crush, a similar competitor weighs in just under Sunkist with 71 grams of sugar in theirs. This is hardly an accomplishment, as both are listed as two of the most sugary soft drinks readily available.

    7. Mountain Dew
    10 Sweet Drinks You Didn't Know Have Way Too Much Sugar
    Coca Cola's citric sister, the Dew, is no stranger to charts of the extreme. With a number of new Dews on the extreme block, we'll just give you the stats for regular, old-fashioned Dew: 77 grams of sugar in a 20-ounce bottle. Know anyone with a Dew addiction? It's not too late for an intervention.

    6. Minute Maid Cranberry Grape
    10 Sweet Drinks You Didn't Know Have Way Too Much Sugar
    Here's a curveball for you: a seemingly healthy fruit juice. Minute Maid is back again with an even smaller container, yet somehow more sugar, in what you'd think to be a healthier choice. The cranberry-grape concoction is a smaller, 15-ounce bottle with a larger sugar total, approximately 71 grams in all.

    5. Tropicana Twister Orange Soda
    10 Sweet Drinks You Didn't Know Have Way Too Much Sugar
    Apparently, orange sodas can't be successfully distributed without a shit-ton of sugar. The leader of the pack: Tropicana. Their orange juice alone has been known to contain a bit of extra sugar compared to your everyday hand-squeezed OJ, but their Twister Orange Soda is a baffling 20-ounce bottling with a whopping 87.5 grams of sugar. That's nearly worth notifying the National Guard.

    4. Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha
    10 Sweet Drinks You Didn't Know Have Way Too Much Sugar
    Starbucks?! No way! Yes way. Your fancy coffee drinks have it, too. A 20-ounce Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha has 94 grams of sugar. And their white hot chocolate has 76 grams of sugar. Pictured above, their line of new frappucinos are chock full of sugar as well, which keeps the cracked-out sugar lovers coming in daily. We're not saying Starbucks regulars look or act like crackheads, but we kind of are.

    3. Rockstar Punched Guava
    10 Sweet Drinks You Didn't Know Have Way Too Much Sugar
    Hold onto your seat, as we're about to give you something to help you poop. Rockstar, known for boosting energy levels, is also probably known for boosting diabetes, as their Punched Guava is known to have more than 100 grams of sugar in a 22-ounce bottle and 74 grams in its 16-ounce drinks, which is more than what most of these have in their 22-ounce servings.

    It's ironic enough since the regular Rockstar Energy Drink claims to be sugar free. Why'd they have to go and make something more sugary in their Punched Guava? It's not a contest! At least it's kind of low in sodium? This drink is currently not listed as active on their wiki page.

    2. McDonald's Triple Thick Chocolate Shake
    10 Sweet Drinks You Didn't Know Have Way Too Much Sugar
    Why doesn't it surprise us that McDonald's, seemingly the king contributor of obesity in our country, would not only have one of the most sugary drinks but serve it in one of the largest sizes. Their Triple Thick Chocolate Shake, which just sounds fat, comes in a 32-ounce tub with 168 grams of sugar. Broken down, if that were a 22-ounce drink (two-thirds the size), it would still have significantly more sugar than the other 22-ounce drinks (112 grams). Their Frappe Mocha 12-ounce has 62 grams of sugar as well, meaning there's more than one way to fatten a cat with sugar over at Ronald's house.

    1. Hype
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    There's a reason why it's called Hype. Living down to its name, a tiny 250 ml can has between 64 and 67 grams of sugar, all derived from high fructose corn syrup, which may seem like less but it's actually the most concentrated of all these sweet drinks. That's just over 8 ounces with the same amount of sugar as most of the 16-ounce drinks above. This makes Jolt Cola, a classic '90s staple soda with 94 grams of sugar (280 mg of caffeine, too) in a 24-ounce container, look good for you. Alright, now somebody alert the National Guard.

     

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    The 1980s saw the rise of Japan as a technological superpower, quickly dominating the world of gadgets and gizmos with the Walkman, the Nintendo and other fine products. That spurred a generation of young Japanese people to explore the inventor's art on their own. Some of them went on to become multimillionaires (or at least very important cogs in massive corporations). Others, though, went on to invent these insanely weird gadgets. Here's a rundown of 10 of the oddest products to come from the Land of the Rising Sun.

    Muscle Mouse
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    Spending all day at a computer isn't so great for getting swole, even if you have one of those standing desks. Thankfully, one Japanese tech company has a solution -- sort of. The Muscle Mouse is an ordinary wireless peripheral that promises to help you build mass as you surf the web. No, it's not packed full of lead weights -- instead, the Muscle Mouse comes with a "stimulus pad" that you plug in and attach to a part of your body that needs work. As you push the mouse around, it delivers a small electric shock through the pad, causing your muscles to contract. Whether this actually works or not is anybody's guess, but it can't hurt to try.

    Armpit Fans
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    This summer's looking to be a hot and sweaty one, and if you want to beat the heat you need to focus on the most vulnerable area of your body -- the armpit. Pits are notorious for getting super moist when the temperature rises. That can lead to the proliferation of stinky bacteria that gives you BO and shirt stains. Keep your underarms cool with the clip-on Under the Armpit Cooling Device from Thanko. These battery-powered fans attach to the interior of your shirtsleeve and blow refreshing cool air right at your pits for five to nine hours on a single charge.

    Nose Straightener
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    Beauty standards are becoming increasingly difficult to live up to in the age of plastic surgery and Photoshop, but what if you can't afford to have work done like the pros? There's a gadget for that. The Hana Tsun Nose is a specially designed plastic clip that you wear for 20 minutes a day to "strengthen and straighten" your proboscis. The bottom part hooks into your nostrils and pushes the tip upwards for a perky appearance, while the greaves on the side slowly force the nose into straightness. Now if only they could invent something like this for the rest of your body.

    D Free
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    One thing that's a commonality among many of these gadgets is that they solve problems that nobody really has. Here's an example: It's pretty easy to know when you have to poop, right? Apparently not, because that's why Triple W created the D Free. Users attach a small sensor to the skin on their stomach and pair it through Bluetooth with their mobile phone. The sensor listens for activity in your digestive tract, and when it hears something it delivers an alert telling you to make your way to a toilet. The app also keeps track of your bathroom visits for you, in case you need to revisit the memories.

    VR Sex Bodysuit
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    There are plenty of stereotypes about Japan's love for computerized sex, but the Illusion VR Sex Bodysuit makes us think that stereotype is based in fact. The $400 outfit comes with a Samsung headset, a Tenga electronic masturbation machine and a pair of silicone breasts to fondle while you enjoy the simulated sex experience. One would think that purchasing this thing is tantamount to advertising your permanent virginity to the world, but the company completely sold out of their initial production run shortly after the device was announced.

    USB Pollen Blocker
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    Allergies are a real problem, and when there's pollen in the air you'll do anything to stop sneezing. Or at least that's what beloved Japanese gadget company Thanko hopes with this USB-powered pollen blocker. The enormous orange hood slips over your noggin and uses a filter fan to purify the oxygen that comes in from particles. Considering it's socially acceptable to wear a mouth mask if you're sick, this is just a natural evolution. Thanko even measured the noise levels inside the hood to make sure you could go about your day relatively normally with the fan running.

    Iphone Smell Attachment
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    Our electronic devices basically only stimulate two of our senses -- sight and hearing. Maybe touch, if you really want to push it, but it's a distant third. What about taste and smell, though? All senses matter, people. That's the logic behind the Hana Yakiniku, a plug-in device for iPhone systems that when activated emits one of three savory odors: Short Ribs, Beef Tongue, and Buttered Potato. Yakiniku means "grilled meat," and it's a pricey food option in Japan, so the device is designed to make people able to experience it with their nose at least.

    Ingrown Toenail Fixer
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    Okay, this thing just looks like a torture device. Ingrown toenails are awfully uncomfortable, true, but they might be better than clamping the Makizume Robo Ingrown Toenail Fixer onto your foot and letting it do its business. The gadget has a pair of clamps on the side that slide under your nail, and a crank that raises them so they no longer cut into the flesh. Follow it up with a soak in warm water to let the nail dry in its proper position and you've got a seriously grisly home cure. How often do you get ingrown nails that you'd have to buy something just for them, though?

    Facial Fitness Pao
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    Here's another Japanese beauty gadget that looks absolutely ridiculous. The Facial Fitness Pao is designed to give your facial muscles much-needed exercise, which will apparently "bring out your best and most youthful smile." How this works exactly is anybody's guess, but to use this wacky gadget you hold a plastic grip in your mouth with the two cantilevered ends wobbling madly to either side, then swing the ends up and down for 30 seconds. The company hired soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to make promotional videos, which are just as funny as they sound.

    Private Karaoke Microphone
    10 Craziest Japanese Gadgets
    We all know that Japan is a pretty private country. But we also know that karaoke is big business there. So how do the nation's amateur singers practice belting it out without disturbing their neighbors? Enter Hitori de Karaoke DX. This insane-looking device is a private karaoke microphone that captures your voice in its funnel-like mouthpiece. It then routes the signal through a control box that plugs into a TV, stereo or computer and mixes in instrumental tracks. The end result is a karaoke booth inside your own skull.

     

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    We're in the middle of summer and it is boiling hot out there -- so hot that sometimes it's extremely tempting to just stay indoors with the fan on high, park yourself in front of the television and try to pinpoint where life went wrong. Since that was on your agenda anyway, you might as well check out the hottest summers ever. And by that we mean the hottest characters named summer. Check out our top 10 below and try not to sweat too much. Unless you have a fever, then by all means sweat it out.

    10. Summer - "Clueless"
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    Before she went on to be part of another popular teen movie in "Bring it On," Nicole Bilderback got to be a part of one of those memorable movies of the '90s in "Clueless." She of course played Summer and got to hang around Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash. And that's the Stacey Dash before she lost her marbles version.

    9. Summer Wheatley - "Napoleon Dynamite"
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    Sure, so Hilary Duff is the more popular one, but that doesn't mean that her sister Haley Duff hasn't had her time in the spotlight. And she did that in "Napoleon Dynamite," where she played the popular girl who Pedro had to run against to become high school president. She even went all out on a Backstreet Boys song in order to get your vote. Now that's dedication.

    8. Summer - "True Blood"
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    If you watch "The Big Bang Theory," and we really hope you don't, you may have noticed that Melissa Rauch is in it. Melissa plays, you guessed it, a gal named Summer who is really into Hoyt, and really wants him to taste her biscuits. And judging by this scene, we hope she has some left for us, too.

    7. Summer Rae - "WWE"
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    Danielle Moinet plays her character Summer Rae at WWE. Aside from being in the WWE since 2013, Rae also got to be a part of the cast in the groundbreaking film "The Marine: Moving Target." But we can forgive her for that because she is also a former football player in the Lingerie Football League.

    6. Summer Quinn - "Baywatch"
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    It wasn't all about Pamela Anderson on "Baywatch," as Nicole Eggert also turned heads as Summer Quinn. When Summer wasn't parading around on the beach, she was fighting off her mom's abusive ex-boyfriend and overcoming bulimia. Man, life's rough out on that beach.

    5. Summer Edgecombe - "The Mentalist
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    Samaire Armstrong did more than appear on "The OC" and in Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" video, she actually played a prostitute on CBS' "The Mentalist." Now that's keeping a career afloat. Samaire played Summer Edgeshow on the police drama -- a prostitute who goes on to become an informant. Talk about moving up the corporate ladder.

    4. Summer Finn - "500 Days of Summer"
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    OK, she was one fickle character, but we get why Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) fell for Summer Finn, played by Zooey Deschanel. Summer Finn is just another manic pixie dream girl, but we fell for it, and wanted more than 500 days.

    3. Summer Hartley - "Definitely, Maybe"
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    Before Ryan Reynolds was living it up with Blake Lively, he actually got to shack up with Rachel Weisz. Sort of. Weisz played Summer Hartley in "Definitely, Maybe," and we're actually OK with seeing Weisz in any role. At all. Even if it's just teaching us how to properly say Michael Caine's name.

    2. Buffy Summers - "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    So her first name wasn't Summer, but there's no way we could make this list and not include Buffy Summers, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. For seven seasons we got to see this hot vampire slayer kick ass, and throw out witty remarks left and right.

    1. Summer Roberts - "The O.C."
    Ranking Our Favorite Summers
    While one may think it might be tough to top Buffy Summers, Rachel Bilson and her Summer Roberts character did just that. The character appeared on Fox's "The O.C." for four seasons, and was the perfect sidekick to the whiny and dramatic character that Mischa Barton portrayed. Bilson's character also gave me an excuse to watch every single season of that show. Every damn one of them.

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    Last time we saw Sofia Vergara she was enjoying a weekend BBQ in a bikini, and we have to admit that that was a good time. And even though she's ditched the bikini this time around, she's traded it in for a corset. So the good times don't seem to be ending anytime soon.

    Take a look at Sofia in the best corset you'll ever see thanks to her Instagram:

    Just another day at the office 😂 #setlife #thebritsarecoming

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    Another day at the office? Sure wouldn't be a bad thing to work at her office.

    Oscars are fun again: Sofia Vergara's Red Carpet Dress Will Make You Care About The Oscars

     

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    Sure must be nice to be Leonardo DiCaprio. Not only is he super rich and famous, and not only does he finally have a dude named Oscar on his mantle, but the man can pretty much reel in any model that he wants. And that's pretty much what he did for his fundraising gala.

    DiCaprio recently invited hot and famous folks to St. Tropez for for his annual Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala -- a fundraiser that helped raised $45 million for environmental causes. And since good karma exists, this is what the karma gods rewarded Leo with: models. And lots of them.

    July 20th: Barbara, Enikő, Hana, Lais and Soo Joo at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala in St. Tropez. #LDF #StTropez ❤✨

    A photo posted by Barbara Palvin Source ♡ (@palvinbarbara) on


    Yep, these were just some of the models that attended Jay Gatsby's party. And that model invite list was longer. Just check out the other gorgeous models that were there:

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    Last night at the #LeonardoDiCaprioFoundation Gala . Such an amazing event!! #StTropez #LDF

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    Reunited after #mykarana #leonardodicapriofoundation thank you @celiakritharioti for the beautiful dress

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    And hey, if hot models aren't your thing, here are some other folks who attended: Jonah Hill, Mariah Carey, Kate Hudson, Bono, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and Chris Rock. You know, the usual crowd.

    h/t Elite Daily

    One chill dude: Leonardo DiCaprio Vaping Was The Most Fascinating Thing At The SAG Awards

     

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    I haven't been able to talk to dogs or understand what they're saying since I swore off pot brownies, but I think it's safe to say that if the budget cinema complex near your apartment allows dogs inside their theater and they've got "Zootopia" on the bill, odds are your mutt would really appreciate it if you took it along.

    But hey, don't take my word for it. Listen to what this German Shepherd has to say about how awesome Disney's 55th animated effort is:


    Since it's release on March 4 this year, "Zootopia" has raked in more than $1 billion worldwide, which is just a tad more than what I've made writing for Mandatory during that same time frame.

    h/t Uproxx

    If you've had doubts as to whether or not ball pits can be fun, this pup should sway you in the right direction: Friday Got Me Feelin' Like This Dog Jumping Into A Ball Pit

     

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    Geez. I think I would have rather had them undercook the chicken.

    If I'm ever forced to take a trip to Russia, the last place you'll find me is onsite at what's left of Chernobyl. Next on that list? You guessed it: KFC.

    By the looks of things, they take their $5 Fill-Ups rather seriously over there:


    Well, if the monosodium glutamate wasn't already destroying that guy's brain, it looks as though that one-and-done right hook did the trick.

    Godspeed to that poor bastard. I mean, here's to hoping the next time he walks into a KFC he's able to eat the mashed potatoes and gravy without the need of having somebody spoon-feed it to him.

    h/t Barstool Sports

    Asking to get punched in the face is a poor idea: So, Asking A Dude Way Bigger Than You To Punch You In The Face Is A Terrible Idea

     

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    Don't you hate it when you leave something sitting on your desk but then it just up and vanishes. As if it sprouted arms and crawled away or something. Well, the following set of photos from the Lolnein Facebook page may have just offered up a solution to why this happens in the form of a missing pen. But first, you gotta find it.

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    Did I say they offered up a solution? I meant they drew a silly face on the pen and called it a day. Same diff', right?

    Any more brain busters?: Can You Spot The Phone Camouflaged Against This Rug?

     

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    It looks like Alanis Morissette can add another line to her smash hit "Ironic."

    According to the New York Post, male escorts hanging around the RNC in Cleveland reported making more than six times their usual haul thanks to the abundance of "mostly married white men" in their 40s and 50s who couldn't make it through the week without taking in some dude.

    Male Escorts Made Bank At The RNC Thanks To All Of The Gay White Men There
    "Business has been way better," said one male escort. "I've seen 10 clients so far. Most of them were first-timers. You could tell they were nervous, but once they became more comfortable, they seemed to be having a good time."

    Another escort told the Post that as of Thursday, he had already raked in more than $1,600, and that was nice since he normally pulled down somewhere between $200-$300 for his "services." Another gigolo said he was pocketing about $800 a day since the convention began, and all of his business was courtesy of men from Florida, Louisiana and our nation's capital.


    "When it comes to anything people aren't supposed to be doing, they like to do it," another male hooker said. "The Republicans have a lot of delegates in the closet, let's put it that way."


    Here's what happens when you don't pay up: An Escort Blasted Cowboys' La'el Collins On Twitter After He Failed To Pay Up For Her Oral Services

     

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    Buy this truck before it disappears!

    Sure, Craigslist is a cesspool, but sometimes you come across a deal that's just too good to pass up. This is one of those deals. Take a look at a camouflage truck that someone is selling in Virginia:

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    Here's a closer look at this gem.

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    "1984 Chevy shorted in great shape with a perfect camouflaged paintjob. 4 wheel drive like new interior, very clean windows. low miles," the ad reads.

    And it's all yours for $1800 or best offer.

    Get on this quick, folks.

    h/t Boing Boing

    Get this car, too: This Is The Greatest Used Car Craigslist Posting Of All Time

     

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  • 07/25/16--04:32: Today's Funny Photos
  • Welcome back to the workweek, friends. I hope you had as wonderful and weird a weekend as I did (I went to a "Weird Al" concert). If not, just scroll down and let the funny photos consume you. It feels good.

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    There are a lot of strange folks out there, and anyone with an internet connection can probably realize that fairly quickly. And yet, even if we completely accept the world's strangeness, there sometimes are things we see that immediately need an explanation. And the pictures below are proof of that.

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    I get why the "Independence Day" sequel bombed.

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    This is a tight-knit family.

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    Strange way to promote your new dentist practice.

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    Well that's one way to quickly dry your shame.

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    They told him there were no spots available.

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    Sticking your foot in a bowl of acid might be safer.

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    When your lady tells you everything is "fine."

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    When you haven't slept in days but you still want to party.

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    This guy is really lovin' it.

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    When UPS tries to deliver a package and you aren't home.

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    Quite the traffic update.

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    This dude really, really wants peace.

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    The new "Star Trek" looks different.

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    Perfect for any NYC resident.

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    This is for all the Nessie naysayers.

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    When the store is closed but you really need your goods.

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    When you stumble upon a really great sale.

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    When you want seconds.

    Via Izismile

    And what's going on here? Something Strange Must Have Happened For These Signs To Exist

     

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    If you're like me, you learned to party from the movies. Particularly those on HBO in the '80s, when PG sometimes meant boobs, and most of us were left home unsupervised for the majority of the decade and were thus pretty much raised by Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. Somehow I didn't get their height, but I believe they did help shape the excellent partyer you read before you. And I couldn't have gotten here without these nine motivational partying speeches.

    Animal House

    Of course this list has to start here. Otter's speech is pretty much all you need to know in order to live a happy life: "I got news for you, pal. They're gonna nail us no matter what we do. So we might as well have a good time. Toga..." If you didn't say this to your buddies in high school and end up partying with a bunch of girls dressed in sheets, then by God, I hope you did in college. Those words were stamped on my mind the second I saw "Animal House" back in seventh grade. And to me, they're still words to live by.


    The Hangover
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    This is where the Wolf Pack begins. And probably should have ended, considering the state of the two sequels. But can you really judge a speech on what it leads to? Well, in military terms, there probably isn't really a better metric. Regardless, Alan Garner's expansion of his wolf pack from one to four is comedy gold, made all the better by the blood spilled and then the intoxicating, blackout effect of the shots taken. This is one of those movies that came at a good time for me, as far as my development as a human goes. A lot of my friends were getting married at the time, and because of Alan's lessons, I learned that if you really want to have fun at a bachelor party, you have to drug your friends.


    Old School

    Why do you think the gentlemen of the inaugural pledge class of Lambda Epsilon Omega put themselves through the rigors and embarrassment of possibly not having enough slack on that rope attaching their cocks to cinder blocks? Do you know why they put themselves through such humiliation? Because of the quality speech delivered whilst bearing such trauma. And also to earn the privilege of partying with Frank the Tank, of course. But honestly, if you're not willing to lose your bits and pieces to be a better partyer, maybe it's time to look yourself in the mirror and ask exactly what you are willing to lose them for?


    Back to School
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    Rodney Dangerfield basically spends the entire movie teaching his lame kid how to party. And the lesson, suitably, is that once the kid finally learns as much, is when he finally gets the girl. No wonder all I ever wanted to be good at was partying. To further stress this point, to encourage the apples not fall too far from that partying tree, Thornton Melon ends the movie by becoming the first freshman to speak at a graduation service and lets all the outgoing seniors know that they're best bet is to live at home with their parents, an idea that was basically 30 years before its time.


    Project X

    Right after Costa flips off the neighbor, Scorsese-style, we follow him out to the balcony, a familiar perch for many a powerful speech. And as he looks out upon the gathered congregants, the hushed masses below, he raises his goblet in blessing, and pronounces mightily this very succinct, but oh-so-effective masterpiece of a speech: "Till the break of dawn, yo!" And ecstasy-fueled hedonism ensues, insuring that today's unsupervised, HBO-watching youngsters will have even bigger problems than I.


    PCU
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    Before Jeremy Piven turned into Ari Gold, he was Droz, the smartest asshole on the Port Chester University campus. Of course, that should be what years of schooling gets you (I'm looking at you, "Tommy Boy"). And Droz understood full well that only a party, and an epic penis-party at that, could unite the disparate, antagonistic, diverse subsections of the campus. He knew, that underneath all that rage, hate, fear and misunderstanding, all we really need are sex, drugs and P-Funk.


    Real Genius

    Remember when Val Kilmer wasn't bloated and had the best hair around? If you saw "Real Genius," then you certainly do. For us dweeby types with no foreseeable future of ever talking to a girl, Chris Knight was the spiritual guru we so desperately needed. He broke all the rules, and did so while spouting the best one-liners and wearing the coolest Hawaiian shirts. That kind of irreverence -- laughter in the face of those who would stifle such consumptive joy -- is what's on display in Knight's speech that he delivers to his inhibited geek classmates, right after he leads them to a pool party via a zigzagging laser. It's a speech so good, that one of the geeks actually manned up so much afterwards, he became the bad guy in "The Karate Kid Part II".


    Bachelor Party
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    I know all Tom Hanks' boys call for him to make a real speech after this pre-speech, which may just be a great line and not a great speech, technically, but f--k that; I don't believe in formalities. And if one line can sum up every single thing a bachelor party needs to really cook, then one line is all a speech needs. So for all you would-be Best Men out there, just remember that all you need to throw a great bachelor party is "chicks and guns and fire trucks and hookers and drugs and booze." That's it. Now go do your job.


    Animal House, Part Deux

    Of course this list has to end here, too. This isn't just the greatest movie motivational party speech; this is the greatest speech in all of speeches (that's right MLK, Roosevelt and William Wallace, I said it). Sure, it's more about sticking it to the man than it is strictly about partying, but partying and sticking it to the man are basically the same thing, aren't they? Indeed, Bluto and Otter sum up what it means to fight for your right to party, against even the most hellacious, Wormer-enforced odds. To party in the face of such odds is to grasp freedom from the clutches of tyrants, and win this war against all those oppressing authorities who don't wear togas, slather themselves in booze and roll around on the ground to a kickass soul band.

     

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    Leave it to the folks on the internet to take a wholesome and innocent show like "Arthur" and make it completely inappropriate. And leave it to us to find it hilarious. While "Arthur" on its own is one of the best cartoons of the '90s, inappropriate "Arthur" is one of the funniest things we've seen. Take a look at some of the changes folks have done to "Arthur."

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    Via Smosh

    And "Hey Arnold!" slipped in a dirty joke: The Internet Is Going Nuts Over This Apparent NSFW Scene In 'Hey Arnold!'

     

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    People Are Getting Very Injured Playing 'Pokémon Go'
    Less than a month into its release, "Pokémon Go" has been downloaded over 30 million times worldwide and has generated profits exceeding $35 million. But with 30 million users comes its fair share of near-fatal accidents. From stabbings to falling off 80-foot cliffs, here are some of the most newsworthy accidents caused by what is currently and inarguably the most influential app on your smartphone.

    1. User collides with parked police car

    It's one thing to hit a car while on your phone. It's another to hit a PARKED POLICE VEHICLE while playing Pokémon Go on your phone. This is exactly what happened to a Baltimore native who struck a parked police car in his Rav4. Lucky for us, one of the police officers captured the whole thing on a body camera.

    When struck, officers pursued the driver who got out of his vehicle, exposed his phone and shouted "That's what I get for playing this dumbass game!" Indeed, driving Pokémon Go player, that IS what you get.

    People Are Getting Very Injured Playing 'Pokémon Go'

    2. Woman gets trapped in tree, calls 911

    In Clarksboro, New Jersey, a moronic woman tried catching Pokémon in a local cemetery. While this already sounds idiotic (and perhaps disrespectful), it gets worse. In the cemetery, the woman decided to climb a tree. Inevitably, she got stuck. As a result, she called 911 to be rescued. As such, a team of firefighters did their civic duty and set up an extension ladder to bring her down. Officials chose not to release her name, saying they wanted to spare her additional embarrassment.

    3. Driver crashes into tree, breaks ankle

    At 10:45 on a Tuesday night, a 28-year-old driver smashed his car into a tree in Upstate New York in pursuit of a Pokémon in Pokémon Go. The driver wasn't seriously injured, but the car (which was his younger brother's) was reminiscent of a smashed soda can, a total write-off. The driver broke his ankle and received multiple cuts to his legs as a result. He was then rushed to hospital. All for a Pokémon. In a game.

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    4. Pikachu causes major highway accident

    In Massachusetts, a 26-year-old caused what the local media is calling "one of the worst highway accidents" after coming to a complete stop in the middle of the highway to catch none other than the symbolic Pikachu. If that isn't dedication, I don't know what is.

    The driver, Lamar Hickson, admitted to police that he was playing Pokémon Go, adding: "Sh*t, if you wanna catch them all you gotta risk it all, so I put my car in park and started tossing these balls!" The media then spoke to one of the victims who admitted he too was playing the game. Thankfully, nobody was seriously hurt in the crash.

    5. ANOTHER police car is hit

    A driver and passenger playing the game in Quebec City crashed into a police vehicle (yet again) in -- get this -- a parking lot.

    Officers had been preparing to pull over the car for failing to signal a turn when the accident happened. The police were struck so hard that both officers were sent to the hospital for minor injuries sustained in the collision. When asked by police, both players admitted to playing the game. As a result, the driver of the car received two tickets: one for failing to signal, and the other for not properly looking behind the car before reversing. Being a complete idiot cannot be punishable by law, apparently.

    6. Drunk guys fall off cliff to catch rare Pokemon

    Two drunk dudes (21 and 22 years old) fell off a cliff -- a CLIFF! -- in San Diego due to some hardcore hunting on Pokémon Go. On the day of the accident, San Diego lifeguards received a report saying someone had fallen off the cliff and, when the fire department arrived, officials found an injured man roughly 80-90 feet down on the beach. The second victim was found completely knocked out about 50 feet down. Police officials say there is a fence that warns the public not to trespass in that area, but the men disregarded this warning insistent on finding a rare Pokemon that was indicated on their phone.

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    7. Popular Pokestop in California houses sex offenders

    Pokestops are landmarks in the app that players are urged to visit with promises of free items and other in-game advantages. So imagine how parents felt when they discovered a popular Pokestop in California was Sunny Acres, a 72-acre treatment facility housing alcoholics and sex offenders. Pretty sketchy, right? Just a bunch of innocent children ripe for the picking.

    The report concludes that it is was not immediately clear how Pokémon Go developer Niantic Inc. chooses its locations and that Niantic's support page has an online request form where players can ask for removal of a location, but it "is not guaranteed." Let's hope this one is.

    8. Pokémon Go players Beware of landmines

    Pokémon Go players in Bosnia have been asked to avoid areas "littered with unexploded mines left over from the 1990s conflict." Things got so bad, that the NGO Posavina bes mina issued this statement on its Facebook page: "Today we received information that some users of the Pokémon Go app in Bosnia were going to places which are a risk for (unexploded) mines, in search of a Pokemon," adding that "Citizens are urged not to do so, to respect demarcation signs of dangerous minefields and not to go into unknown areas," it added. Since the end of the war, landmine blasts have killed some 600 people and wounded more than 1,100.

    9. Man stabbed, continues on in pursuit of Pokémon

    A 21-year-old, Michael Baker, was stabbed while catching Pokémon around 1AM in Oregon. He stumbled across someone he thought was another player, but when he asked him if he wanted to battle, the stranger instead stabbed him in the shoulder. He said he didn't go to hospital because he wanted to continue catching Pokémon. "Right after I was stabbed, I continued my mission to Plaid Pantry for my mission for chips and beer," he said. "I basically risked my life."

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    10. Gain a Pokémon, lose your wallet

    Armed robbers (aged 16-18) in Missouri used the app to lure Pokémon Go players into an isolated location -- an abandoned parking lot -- around 2AM to rob them. "Using the geolocation feature," Sgt Bill Stringer said, "the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims." The adult suspects were charged with first degree robbery, a felony and had bond set at $100,000 cash.

    In a separate statement, a department spokesperson added: "You can add a beacon to a Pokestop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate [people] standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in." The middle of a parking lot at 2AM? Maybe those people deserved it.

    Forget Pokémon: 10 Things You Should Be Catching Instead Of Pokémon

     

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    No one likes to get flipped off. That's why 90% of road rage incidents begin with a middle finger. And that number is accurate until someone proves me wrong. With that said, people aren't the only ones that get upset when they are flipped off, dogs get pissed, too. At least this dog does.

    Nelson the chihuahua completely goes bonkers anytime his owner flips him off. Check Nelson's reaction thanks to Instagram:


    That guy better watch his back.

    And don't ever flip this monkey off: Young Tourist Flips Off Monkey, Gets Dropped Kicked By Monkey

     

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    It's been a pretty rough year for the police -- but then, it's also been a pretty rough year for people who had to deal with the police. While many cops are good, honest people who join the force to help their communities, others are -- and let's be frank here -- sociopaths who are bad people in uniform and out. In this feature, we'll spotlight 10 police officers who took the law (or the lack of it) into their own hands when they were off duty and ended lives because of it.

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    Domestic violence is a big issue in the police department, and when you're authorized to use deadly force in your day job, sometimes things go wrong at night. Philip Seidle was a New Jersey cop who was divorced from Tamara Wilson-Seidle. Obviously the emotional wound was still raw, because when he found out his ex-wife was living with another man, he rammed her car and discharged a firearm a dozen times into it...in front of their seven-year-old daughter, who he was taking to a father-daughter dance! After the murder, he sent a text message to his other children, telling them, "Your mother is dead because of her actions."

    Norbert Poehlke
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    The thing about being a cop is that you're exposed to crime every single damn day, and as a result you come to feel like you know how to do it better than ordinary criminals. That's what inspired German police officer Norbert Poehlke, who moonlighted as the notorious "Hammer Killer" for several years. In a series of robberies, the masked Poehlke would murder people, steal their cars and then use them as getaway vehicles in bank robberies. When police discovered his uniform in a train station locker, he realized the jig was up and murdered his wife and children before taking his own life. Posthumously, his pistol was found to be the same weapon used in three killings.

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    It's not just male cops who snap and kill people; the fairer sex can be just as dangerous. Stephanie Lazarus was a detective for the Los Angeles Police Department who, in a fit of jealousy, murdered her ex-boyfriend's new wife Sherri Rasmussen. After brutally beating the hapless woman, Lazarus shot her multiple times. The crime went unsolved for a staggering 23 years, despite Lazarus having threatened Rasmussen in public. Finally, the cold case unit discovered DNA evidence in a bite on the victim's arm that linked it to Lazarus. She was allowed to retire from the LAPD before her indictment, and in 2012 she was convicted of murder in the first degree.

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    The police are empowered to enforce the laws of the land, but sometimes they feel like those laws shouldn't apply to them. Richmond Phillips was a D.C. police officer who fathered a child with his girlfriend Wynetta Wright and didn't want to pay child support. Instead of heading to court to contest it, he met Wright and his daughter in a park, shot his girlfriend and drove her and the child to an isolated location, locking the baby in a car where temperatures reached 125 degrees and leaving her to die. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

    Shannon Kepler
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    When your day job lets you use deadly force, it's not surprising that you take that problem-solving method home. So when Oklahoma police officer Shannon Kepler decided that he didn't like the dude that his daughter was dating, it was a short drive to homicide. In 2014, Kepler's daughter Lisa was walking with boyfriend Jeremey Lake when Shannon Kepler pulled up in his car and discharged his firearm at the happy couple. Lake was killed and Kepler is currently standing trial in what prosecutors believe will be an open and shut case.

    Frank James Coppola
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    Some of these murders are so petty and pointless that it boggles the mind. Frank Coppola was a Virginia police officer who, in 1978, broke into the house of a woman named Muriel Hatchell. With an accomplice disguised as a flower delivery person, Coppola tied Hatchell up with blind cords and brutally smashed her skull into the floor, killing her. The take from this grisly crime? A mere $3,100 and a few pieces of jewelry. Police tied him to the crime quickly and he was sentenced to death in the electric chair, still proclaiming his innocence with his last breath.

    Antoinette Frank
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    We talked about this a little earlier, but the line that separates police and thieves is a pretty blurry one. That's gotta be what inspired New Orleans cop Antoinette Frank to kick over a Vietnamese restaurant in a bloody robbery that left three dead, including a fellow officer. Frank was a 23-year-old rookie on the force when she teamed with boyfriend Rogers LaCaze to rob the Kim Anh eatery. Using a stolen key, the duo entered the building but were stopped by Officer Ronald Williams, who worked security there at nights. They shot him as well as two of the Vu family members who worked there. Survivors reported the incident to police, who arrested Frank and LaCaze. The crooked cop was put on death row, where she remains at press time.

    Drew Peterson
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    The thing with cops is that they can be very good at concealing crimes. Illinois officer Drew Peterson cheated on his first wife and abused his second, so when his third wife Kathleen Savio was found dead in a bathtub, people were naturally suspicious. There wasn't enough evidence to pursue an investigation, but when Peterson's fourth wife mysteriously disappeared things started getting weird. A new investigation revealed that Kathleen Savio had died after a struggle, and Peterson was found guilty of her murder. While in prison, he added insult to injury by trying to pay a hit man to have the state's attorney who put him away murdered as well.

    Tore Hedin
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    Sweden is widely regarded as a pretty peaceful nation, but there's always a bad apple. Tore Hedin was a Kävlinge cop who had been a secret criminal since his teens, when he burned down a brewery. He killed his first civilian in 1951, robbing and murdering a friend after a poker game and again setting fire to the crime scene. A year later, after his girlfriend broke up with him, Hedin went on a terrifying murder spree. First he slayed both of his parents, burned their house down and then went to the retirement home where his ex worked and killed her with an axe before barricading the doors and setting fire to that building, too. Police started a manhunt and found his corpse in a lake. He had left a suicide note, in which he confessed to all the above crimes.

    Manuel Pardo
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    One of the highest body counts on this list belongs to Florida cop Manuel Pardo, who was let go by the Sweetwater police department just a few months before he embarked on a murder spree that would leave nine people dead. Pardo's police career was checkered at best, with brutality charges dogging him, but things would only get worse in 1986. No longer able to "punish the guilty" at his day job, he proceeded to start a vigilante crime wave against drug dealers, shooting them to death and robbing them. He was caught because he shot himself in the foot and used one victim's credit cards. Prosecutors noted that despite Pardo's vigilante claims, he was on the payroll of a competing drug dealer and was just taking out the competition. He was put to death by lethal injection in 2012.

     

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    It's no secret that Ted Cruz is one bizarre creature, but even he seems sane when compared to Donald Trump. Of course that all changed when Bad Lip Reading took on Cruz's speech against the presidential hopeful at the Republican National Convention.

    Take a look at the hilarious video to see how much he hates Trump, and how much he loves hairballs:


    The lesson here is to never look straight at Ted.

    More where that came from: 'Bad Lip Reading' Actually Makes The First Republican Debate Entertaining

     

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