The Most Identical Twins

Parisian twins Monette and Mady have spent their lives embracing their shared appearance, dressing exactly alike every day of their adulthood. The results are unsettling, to say the least.

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According to a recent Reader’s Digest poll, the most trusted figures in America include Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Noam Chomsky, and Peyton Manning – a fairly diverse list, but heavy on Hollywood fixtures like Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Denzel Washington. It raises the question: are actors really the trustworthiest people we know, or are they just good at faking it?

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When parents text, hilarity ensues.

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Steven Soderbergh, director of the Ocean’s Trilogy, Erin Brokovich, and Magic Mike, retired from filmmaking this year. His latest venture is a novella entitled GLUE, published in 140-character snippets on his Twitter feed. He’s up to Chapter 14 so far.

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Late comedian George Carlin’s love letters to his wife, Sally Wade, are as clever and colorful as his stand-up act was.

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What does a sine wave look like? MFA candidate Daniel Sierra’s animated experiment “Oscillate” explores the connection between sight and sound in a video reminiscent of Windows Media Player’s visualizations, but better.

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee is scheduled for the end of this month, and though only students under age 16 are eligible to compete in the annual competition, Oxford Dictionaries Online have an online spelling challenge suitable for more mature language wranglers. The three difficulty levels are Tricky, Difficult, and Fiendish, but don’t let those tweens show you up!

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Wrigley’s has abruptly pulled its new caffeinated Alert Energy Gum from the shelves, in the wake of FDA concerns about the proliferation of caffeine in the food industry, but until the day coffee stops working, the tired masses will always find a way to get their fix.

Watch Alexei From Stranger Things Drink a Slurpee For 12 Hours Straight

Netflix
Netflix

*Warning: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things season 3.*

As if we needed a reminder of how much we miss a certain late Stranger Things character, Netflix just went and drilled it into our hearts again.

As reported by CNET, the streaming service recently released a video tribute to the Russian scientist Alexei (Alec Utgoff), showing him sipping his Slurpee on a loop for 12 hours. Yep, you read that right: 12 hours of nonstop Slurpee-sipping.

The video is captioned: "To honor our Slurpee sipping hero, we are pouring one out for our pal. Sip along!"

In season 3 of the Netflix hit, Alexei opens the portal between Hawkins and the Upside Down to help the Soviets in their research. When the fan-favorite character gets kidnapped by Jim Hopper, his request is a cherry Slurpee in exchange for information ... and he won't compromise on the flavor.

Tragically, Alexei doesn't make it to the end of the season. And in true Stranger Things fashion, his death was totally unexpected and left fans shocked.

While you're still mourning the fallen character, just try and enjoy the oddly mesmerizing video of Alexei sipping away.

This Caturday, Watch Two Kitties Duke It Out in the World’s Oldest Cat 'Video'

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VladK213/iStock via Getty Images

Yes, Thomas Edison’s invention of the first commercially successful light bulb indisputably altered the landscape of modern technology. But was it really his most important contribution to the world as we know it? This first-ever “cat video,” shot in his Black Maria Studio in New Jersey, suggests the answer is "No.”

In the 20-second short film from 1894, two cats bedecked in boxing gloves and harnesses duke it out inside a tiny ring. According to the Public Domain Review, the cat-thletes were members of Professor Henry Welton’s touring cat circus, which also featured cats riding bicycles and doing somersaults.

The film’s subject matter is actually pretty on par with the level of eccentricity reached in Edison’s other early recordings, which weren’t always animal-friendly. Atlas Obscura reports that he electrocuted an elephant, filmed a trapeze artist undressing, and also captured the first copyrighted film, “Fred Ott’s Sneeze.” In it, Fred Ott sneezes.

The decision to film a couple of kitties seems oddly prescient in the wake of today’s internet culture, where viral cat videos reign supreme. But if you’ve studied ancient Egypt even a little, you know that 1894 was hardly the beginning of our obsession with fascinating felines.

Hopefully, you’re not forcing your own cat to entertain the neighborhood with boxing matches, but are you treating her as well as you could be? Find out the best way to pet a cat here.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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