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This Is What Aurora Borealis Looks Like In Real Time

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How Dreamy

Posters, photos and time-lapse videos of the Northern Lights are stunning, but what would the Lights look like in real life if we came upon them ourselves? Videographer O Chul Kwon captured a the real-time movement of Aurora Borealis in Yellowknife, Canada, and now I can sufficiently daydream that I’m right there experiencing it too. The video captures the excited gasps and shouts of people on the ground as the Lights grow brighter and brighter. They sure do move fast! [Gizmodo]

A Friendly Reminder That Life Is One Big Lie

After over a year of complacent denial since the big reveal of this grim truth, yesterday it came to the internet’s attention once again that Bed, Bath and Beyond, home of sky-high stacks of fluffy bath towels and Laura Ashley duvet covers, has been lying to us. Their formerly awe-inspiring displays are nothing but a farce of a foam rubber/super glue craft project dumped onto some unwitting intern. Just doing my duty to once again expose the truth to you good folks on the internet. Feel free to continue about your day now, wondering all the while what other seemingly real things in life are actually just cracking facades of crushed hopes and dreams held loosely together by our own denial. Or something like that. [BuzzFeed] [Image via Reddit]

Life Dream Status: Now You Can Relive A 1970s Pan Am Flight

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If you have a tendency to romanticize the golden age of air travel like I do, you can buy yourself a ticket on a glamorous faux Pan Am flight and pretend you’re a part of the magic. Air Hollywood, the aviation-themed movie studio in Los Angeles, created the Pan Am Experience to simulate a 1970s trip on a 747 plane. Air Hollywood has an exact replica of Pan Am’s former 747s, and stewardesses greet passengers in original uniforms from the period. Every last detail on the plane, including the glassware and types of meals served, is historically accurate. As a guest on the flight, you’ll be served cocktails in your seats and enjoy inflight entertainment before heading to the upper deck for a meal. After that, you’ll be able to view the studio’s “vast collection of airline memorabilia” and check out other film sets at the studio. It sounds pretty sweet, except for the part where the plane is a set and doesn’t actually fly. Are there at least plane engine sound effects or fake turbulence for a true aviation ambiance? If you find yourself buying a ticket, report back on whether they stage a take-off and landing. [Laughing Squid] [Image via The Pan Am Experience]

FOX Picks Up New Show Based On Neil Gaiman’s Lucifer

ASDFJKLGHSJKL GUYS THIS IS SO AWESOME.

For those of us who have been waiting decades for a movie version of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, this is almost as good: FOX has picked up a pilot based on the Lucifer character from Sandman. Uhhhhhh what. Some of the greatest scenes in the Sandman narrative take place in Lucifer’s Hell, and, IMHO, Lucifer as a character is right up there with Death. In other words, this is almost as good. Maybe better? We all (well, we all fans of Sandman) know the narrative needs to be fleshed out in order to do it justice, so maybe a series is better than a movie.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, now’s the time to go check out the Sandman volumes from your local library. Also, kudos to Neil Gaiman for his continued and well-merited success. True story: We have a mutual friend who finds it amusing to tell me personal anecdotes about Neil in order to make me blush because I may or may not have a giant crush on him/he may or may not be my hero. Suffice it to say I’m excited. [A.V. Club]

Roger Goodell On NFL’s Handling Of Ray Rice: “I Made A Mistake”

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  • In a press conference today NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he is not considering a resignation of the league’s handling of Ray Rice’s assault on his then-fiancée, which has been pretty much a hot mess from the get-go. Rice was originally suspended by the NFL for only two games; his team, the Baltimore Raven, terminated his contract after a video was released by TMZ showing him punching his wife in the face in the elevator. In his press conference, Goodell repeatedly said he was “not satisfied” with their response and admitted, “I made a mistake.” He didn’t specifically address what that singular “mistake” was, but said he is committed to “the opportunity we have to make a difference and do the right thing.” Domestic violence and sexual violence prevention programs for all 32 teams in the league will take place within the next 30 days. [New York Times]
  • Three Black women claim they were accused of being sex workers (specifically:”soliciting”) while sitting at the bar of the upscale Standard Hotel in New York City. A hotel employee later offered the women a bottle of champagne and a $400 dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »

Kansas City Is Considering An Ordinance To Ban Street Harassment

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Kansas City, Missouri, is considering an ordinance that would provide fines and jail time for street harassers. So Iguess I’m movin’ to Kansas City! I have family there, it’ll be all good.

Various other cities in Missouri (of all places), including Columbia and St. Louis, have put together bans on public harassment similar to this ordinance. They point out that in the years since these anti-harassment laws have been in effect, they’ve never issued a citation for it, because it’s hard to enforce the laws without an officer witnessing the harassment. Kansas City’s solution to this problem is to find out where harassment happens the most, and increase police presence in those areas. Keep reading »

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