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Australia’s "Biggest Leaf" Will Make You Feel Things

Y’know what they say about a man with a big leaf.

This is Geoff Cochrane. Geoff is really happy because he just broke the Australian record for biggest leaf. His leaf is 1.7 metres, beating the previous leaf of 1.65 metres. You can beleaf ‘dat.

This is Geoff Cochrane. Geoff is really happy because he just broke the Australian record for biggest leaf. His leaf is 1.7 metres, beating the previous leaf of 1.65 metres. You can beleaf 'dat.

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Geoff loves his leaf and his leaf loves him.

Geoff loves his leaf and his leaf loves him.

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Geoff’s granddaughter can even sit on the lily (which is what the leaf really is) without it sinking. Unbeleafable.

Geoff's granddaughter can even sit on the lily (which is what the leaf really is) without it sinking. Unbeleafable.

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So. There ya go. Leafs can get really damn big.

So. There ya go. Leafs can get really damn big.

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Mexican Government: Not Enough DNA To Identify Possible Student Remains

Austrian forensic experts said excessive heat had damaged the DNA in the samples. But they have a final, risky technique that may help them identify the victims, Karla Zabludovsky reports from Mexico City.

Graffiti protesting the disappearance of 43 rural college students, in front of the Mexican Attorney General's office

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MEXICO CITY — An Austrian forensics laboratory tasked with analyzing remains believed to be those of 42 missing Mexican students could not find any more DNA to identify the victims, Mexico's Attorney General Office said Tuesday.

Excessive heat damaged the mitochondrial DNA in the 16 bone fragments “to the point where routine techniques cannot yield a successful analysis,” the Attorney General's Office reported, quoting Innsbruck Medical University.

As a last recourse, the University will use a relatively new technique to identify the remains. The technique, called massively parallel sequencing, is more promising than others of its kind, Mexican prosecutors said the University reported, but it could destroy the samples before producing any results.

Using samples that had been mostly reduced to ash, the University identified one student in December. At the time, the University said it would continue testing the rest of the remains but warned that “the expectations for further results are very low due to the extreme nature of the samples.”

The case has captivated violence-weary Mexico, exhibiting the extent to which drug gangs have co-opted local authorities and forcing President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has been averse to security issues in favor of highlighting the economy, to address the matter. That these were impoverished students working toward an honest if humble future touched particular sensitivities across the country.

Widespread distrust in the government's ability — or willingness — to properly investigate have prompted massive and often violent protests. Families of the victims, who enlisted the help of Argentine forensic experts, believe that the students may still be alive.

On September 26, students from the teachers college at Ayotzinapa came under fire from police, who were acting on orders of José Luis Abarca, the mayor of the city of Iguala, in Guerrero State. Six people were killed, including three bystanders, and 43 students were piled into vehicles, according to witnesses.

Officials say the students, all men in their late teens or early twenties, were handed over to a local drug gang called Guerreros Unidos, who killed and charred them on a pyre that burned through the night.

Abarca and his wife, María de los Angeles Pineda Villa, went on the lam — they have since been arrested — and the governor of Guerrero resigned. More than 70 people are being held in connection with the case. Last week, officials detained Felipe Rodriguez Salgado, whom they believe was a Guerreros Unidos hitman and the mastermind of the students' disappearance.

Results from the latest round of testing could take up to three months.

9 Variations Of The Word "Stomach" That No Self-Respecting Adult Should Ever Use

If you aren’t a baby or talking to a baby, then these words are not for you.

Belly

Belly

Used in a sentence: “My belly hurts.”

Easy fix: “My stomach hurts.”

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Bewwwy

Bewwwy

Used in a sentence: “I have butterfwies in my bewwwy.”

Easy fix: “I have butterflies in my stomach.”

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Tum-tum

Tum-tum

Used in a sentence: “My tum-tum is grumbling.”

Easy Fix: “My stomach is grumbling”

Stummy

Stummy

Used in a sentence: “My stummy is gonna eat itself!”

Easy fix: “My stomach is going to eat itself!”


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Kim Kardashian In A Furkini Is Peak Kardashian

Looking FURBULOUS, duh.

Kim Kardashian has seemingly done it all in her 34 years on this planet: starred in a reality TV show, landed on the cover of Vogue, and served as personal assistant to Paris Hilton.

Kim Kardashian has seemingly done it all in her 34 years on this planet: starred in a reality TV show, landed on the cover of Vogue, and served as personal assistant to Paris Hilton.

Basically, she is a Renaissance woman, a woman of many talents.

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But there was one glaring thing missing from her resumé: wearing a fur bikini, aka “Furkini.”

But there was one glaring thing missing from her resumé: wearing a fur bikini, aka "Furkini."

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UNTIL TODAY. Kim has #blessed us with three ICONIC images of herself frolicking on snowy slopes in some exotic mountainous locale.

Naturally, the Furkini as Kim has dubbed it is a Kanye West design. NATURALLY. #BootsWithTheFur


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9 Clever Fan Theories In Disney Movies That Tumblr Users Noticed

But what do white gloves really mean?

Frozen used gloves very cleverly.

Frozen used gloves very cleverly.

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Well played Disney, well played. Elsa was hiding her ice powers and Hans was hiding his true, evil identity. Very clever.

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Mother Gothel’s affection was all about the hair. Eugene’s wasn’t.

Mother Gothel's affection was all about the hair. Eugene's wasn't.

Mother Gothel always kisses Rapunzel's hair instead of her forehead. This is a reoccurring theme throughout the entire movie. Whether it be Mother Gothel kissing Rapunzel's hair, singing to Rapunzel's hair, or her pet name “my flower” for Rapunzel's hair, Mother Gothel is always showing affection to Rapunzel's magical hair rather than Rapunzel. Meanwhile, whenever Eugene is being affectionate towards Rapunzel, he always pushes her hair out of the way.

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Disney is clever in more than one language.

Disney is clever in more than one language.

Well done, Disney.

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Tell Us About Yourself(ie): Candice Patton

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What's your wallpaper on your phone and/or computer?

My phone wallpaper is of Marnie the dog in her santa suit. I'm just now realizing I probably need to change it to a more 2015 photo of Marnie the Dog.

When you walk into a bar, what do you typically order?

I'm a red wine drinker. Cab, Merlot.

What's the one word you are guilty of using too often?

“Shame-piece”. It's used to express something disgraceful. I actually got it from Jesse Martin. But I've started using it in all sorts of ways “jam-piece” “lame-piece”, but “Shame-piece” is still the staple.

What is the last thing you searched for on Google“?

how to look up your google search history”

Who is the last person that called or texted you?

My mom. It's always my mom.

What was the last awkward situation you were in and how did you handle it?

It's probably not the last, but it's the one that comes to mind. I told a guy I missed his pretty blue eyes. He reminded me that they were green. And I handled it by giving myself points for being close.

When is the last time you went to a theater?

Yesterday I went to see The Imitation Game.

What TV show should everyone should be watching?

Insert shameless self-promotion.

And what is your TV guilty pleasure?

Anything and everything on ID Discovery and Shark Tank.

What's the first CD you bought?

Mariah Carey, probably. I was obsessed.

What is the one food you cannot resist?

The one? lolz.

What music are you currently listening to?

Fink, City and Colour, Sam Cooke, Sam Smith, SZA, Kendrick Lamar.

What movie makes you laugh the most?

This is the End.

What drives you absolutely crazy?

People who talk loudly in public spaces.

What was your first online screen name?

JerseyNumber69 I believe. And it should be noted that it's 69 because thats the sign for cancer, not because I was a 14 year old freak.

What's your favorite emoji?

Definitely the side eye.

Pick one: Kittens or puppies?

Puppies

New York or Los Angeles?

Los Angeles

Comedy or drama?

Both

Bacon or Nutella?

Bacon

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

'80s or '90s?

'90's

NSYNC or BSB?

BSB! What's up Brian Littrell? AJ Mclean? I still know your favorite colors, so…

Hannah Montana or Lizzie McGuire?

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And finally: tell us a secret.

I squeeze the toothpaste from the middle. I'm that person. I'm ashamed and I don't know how to change. This is where you say, “Shame-piece!”.

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22 Reasons You Should Only Drink Wine Out Of A Box

#franziafriday, anyone?

Literally anyone can afford it.

Literally anyone can afford it.

Only $5.99 for one box? I'll take four, thank you.

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Or just use the ol’ five finger discount.

Or just use the ol' five finger discount.

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Plus, you’re helping the environment.

Plus, you're helping the environment.

Boxed wine is in lighter packaging than bottled wine, and helps produce less carbon-dioxide emissions when being transported. You're welcome, planet earth.

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Even your favorite talk show hosts endorse boxed wine.

Even your favorite talk show hosts endorse boxed wine.

They're just like us!

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When These People Learned How Much They Actually Use Their Phone In A Day They Were Pretty Freaked Out

How much do you really use your phone?

We asked people to guess how much they use their phone and then tracked their actual usage. And then surprised them with the results…

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First, we asked them about their phone habits.

First, we asked them about their phone habits.

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Next we asked them to guess how often they use their phone on a typical day.

Next we asked them to guess how often they use their phone on a typical day.

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Supreme Court Sides With Muslim Prisoner Over Right To Grow A Beard

With all nine justices agreeing, the decision wasn’t even a close shave.

The Supreme Court has ruled that an Arkansas prison policy banning beards violated the religious freedom of a Muslim inmate.

The Supreme Court has ruled that an Arkansas prison policy banning beards violated the religious freedom of a Muslim inmate.

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Gregory Holt, who is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery at Arkansas' Varner Supermax prison, had sought a religious exemption to the state Department of Corrections' ban on all facial hair.

State officials argued the policy was necessary to prevent inmates from smuggling contraband.

Holt, whom the court described as a “devout Muslim,” believes his religion requires him to never trim his facial hair, but had compromised by only seeking to grow a half-inch beard.

Holt, who is also known as Abdul Muhammad, got his case heard after filing a handwritten petition with court officials, pleading for them to hear his case.

In an opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito, the court ruled that Holt's religious liberties had been violated under a federal law from 2000 known as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

The court held that the state failed to prove that Holt's beard would be a burden, “especially given the difficulty of hiding contraband in such a short beard and the lack of a corresponding policy regulating the length of hair on the head.”

“Although we do not question the importance of the Department's interests in stopping the flow of contraband and facilitating prisoner identification, we do doubt whether the prohibition against petitioner's beard furthers its compelling interest about contraband,” Alito wrote.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor filed their own concurring opinions for the case, known as Holt v. Hobbs.

The American Civil Liberties Union praised the court for “upholding religious liberty,” as did the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a religious rights group that represented Holt.

“No religion is an island,” said Eric Rassbach, the group's deputy general counsel said in a statement. “This is not just a win for one prisoner in Arkansas, but a win for all Americans who value religious liberty.”