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This Dating App Lets You Search for Celebrity Lookalikes

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Online dating is a slog. Forget true love; it can take hours of swiping just to find a few people you think are kind of cute. But maybe finding your next date would be easier if you could filter profiles by appearance—say, if they look like your favorite celebrity. That’s what the UK-based dating site Badoo is banking on, according to Fast Company.

Badoo has rolled out a new "lookalike" feature that lets you browse profiles based on how much a potential mate resembles a particular famous face. Based on image-matching technology that takes into account 160 different facial features, from chin size to eyebrow style, you can find lookalikes for actors, musicians, sports stars, and even the occasional Silicon Valley hotshot like Elon Musk or politicians like Barack Obama, in case your tastes run a little more on the dweeby side.

You can also upload your own photos to the search function, so if you aren’t over your ex, you can find someone that looks just like him or her. You can even connect your Facebook account, so that you can verify exactly which one of your high school friends looks the most like Justin Bieber.

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The algorithm seems to be pretty hit or miss when it comes to actually figuring out who looks like Beyoncé or Kevin Durant, but it's not surprising that the world isn't teeming with people who look exactly like Beyoncé. And trolling for people who look like cute celebrities doesn’t seem any crazier than filling out surveys with hundreds of questions in search of your soulmate on OkCupid or spending hours mindlessly swiping on Tinder. And it's definitely no stranger than matching with someone based on their love of bacon or your mutual disdain for cargo shorts.

These days, there are not that many differences between the popular dating apps, except color schemes and the occasional feature like video uploads or Bumble’s women-message-first rule. So it's not surprising that companies are coming up with more inventive ways to help them stand out from the rest of the crowd. Now, daters who honestly just want to have dinner with a Chris Evans lookalike know which app to download.

Just maybe don’t tell your date that you only found them because you wanted to date someone who looked like Uber's disgraced ex-CEO Travis Kalanick.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Samsung’s Star Wars Vacuums Offer Everything You Want in a Droid
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Hate housecleaning but love Star Wars? Samsung’s got the solution. In anticipation of December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the newest film in the Star Wars saga, Samsung has transformed a limited number of its VR7000 POWERbot robot vacuum cleaners into two familiar faces from George Lucas’s legendary space opera: a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (which comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a remote control).

In order to create a unique device that would truly thrill Star Wars aficionados, Samsung consulted with fans of the film throughout each stage of the process. The result is a pair of custom-crafted robo-vacuums that fill your home with the sounds of a galaxy far, far away as they clean (when you turn Darth Vader on, for example, you'll hear his iconic breathing).

“We are very pleased to be part of the excitement leading up to the release of The Last Jedi and to be launching our limited edition POWERbot in partnership with Star Wars fans,” B.S. Suh, Samsung’s executive vice president, said in a press statement. “From its industry-leading suction power, slim design, and smart features, to the wonderful character-themed voice feedback and sound effects, we are confident the Star Wars limited edition of the VR7000 will be a big hit.”

Be warned that this kind of power suction doesn’t come cheap: while the Stormtrooper POWERbot will set you back $696, the Darth Vader vacuum retails for $798. Who knew the Dark Side was so sparkling clean?


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Tales from the Butterball Hotline
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It’s 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and you just realized you forgot to thaw your turkey. What do you do?

Don’t panic. You just need to call 1-800-BUTTERBALL. Yes, the Turkey Talk-Line is real. And yes, they really do have poultry experts standing by to help you with your last-minute snafus, flubs, and foul-ups. If you wake up in a cold sweat at 2 a.m. thinking about salmonella or whether you can bathe your turkey with your toddler (see below), never fear—Butterball is there for you. And it's not just about Thanksgiving. The line is open in December, too, to help you with those holiday feasts as well.

When the hotline first opened up to panicked chefs in the early 1980s, a mere six “home economists” responded to 11,000 phone calls during November and December. These days, their staff has expanded to more than 50 and they answer more than 100,000 questions. 

Those staff members have heard it all, too. They get the typical questions you’d expect turkey experts to get, of course: How long will it take to thaw the turkey? How do I stuff a turkey? Are there any allergens in Butterball products? But there’s also the, um, unexpected.

Among the more questionable calls the turkey experts have received: “Can I brine my turkey in the washing machine?” and “The family dog is inside the turkey and can’t get out.” (It was a Chihuahua, in case you’re wondering, and the Butterball expert did manage to help the owners get the dog out safely.)

Another inexperienced caller worried that her turkey wouldn’t come out of the oven because she figured it was going to rise like bread does.

One Butterball employee actually stayed on the line while her caller walked through a grocery store and painstakingly picked out ingredients for his Thanksgiving dinner.

More recently, a hotline employee was surprised to hear from a wife who came home to find the turkey floating in the tub while her husband gave the kids a bath. Believe it or not, because the turkey hadn't been removed from the package, it was salvaged—though the kids complained about the chilly water.

Don’t feel bad if you have to call the Butterball hotline for assistance, though. Even President Bartlet knows when to call in the experts:

By the way, there’s also an option for those of you who prefer assistance in the form of written word: you can text your questions to 1-844-877-3456 through December 24. The company is also answering questions via its social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. And they've recently added Spanish-speaking experts plus their first male turkey-talker.

This post originally appeared in 2011.

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