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This New Company Offers Break-Up Services on Your Behalf

@TheBreakupShop, Twitter
@TheBreakupShop, Twitter

News that a relationship is over is often hard for the person receiving it, but it can also be difficult for the person who has to deliver it. A new company called The Breakup Shop understands that situation can be dicey, so it is offering a range of services for guys and girls who want to sever the link, but can't necessarily handle the dirty work.

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The Breakup Shop's catalog of services, which are completely real, according to The Atlantic, are divided into two categories: Breakups and Gifts For Exes. The dumper can choose between having the company send a text, a standard or custom letter, an email, or an old-fashioned phone call to inform their soon-to-be ex that the ship has sailed—and they're being left at the dock. The options start at $10 for a text or email and go up to $40 for a rushed custom letter.

If the dumper is the compassionate type, he or she can also use the Gifts For Exes collection to send over a DVD of The Notebook (2004), Netflix gift cards, rainbow cookies, Call of Duty: Ghosts for PS4 or Xbox One, or a pair of wine glasses. There is also a "Breakup Gift Box" for $80 that includes all of the above (with one of the media options), a sympathy letter, and the "comforting gift box" with a broken-heart graphic on the side.

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The Queen of Code: Remembering Grace Hopper
By Lynn Gilbert, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Grace Hopper was a computing pioneer. She coined the term "computer bug" after finding a moth stuck inside Harvard's Mark II computer in 1947 (which in turn led to the term "debug," meaning solving problems in computer code). She did the foundational work that led to the COBOL programming language, used in mission-critical computing systems for decades (including today). She worked in World War II using very early computers to help end the war. When she retired from the U.S. Navy at age 79, she was the oldest active-duty commissioned officer in the service. Hopper, who was born on this day in 1906, is a hero of computing and a brilliant role model, but not many people know her story.

In this short documentary from FiveThirtyEight, directed by Gillian Jacobs, we learned about Grace Hopper from several biographers, archival photographs, and footage of her speaking in her later years. If you've never heard of Grace Hopper, or you're even vaguely interested in the history of computing or women in computing, this is a must-watch:

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Watch Christmas Island’s Annual Crab Migration on Google Street View
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Every year, the 45 million or so red crabs on the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island migrate en masse from their forest burrows down to the ocean to mate, and so the female crabs can release their eggs into the sea to hatch. The migration starts during the fall, and the number of crabs on the beach often peaks in December. This year, you don’t have to be on Christmas Island to witness the spectacular crustacean event, as New Atlas reports. You can see it on Google Street View.

Watching the sheer density of crabs scuttling across roads, boardwalks, and beaches is a rare visual treat. According to the Google blog, this year’s crabtacular finale is forecasted for December 16, and Parks Australia crab expert Alasdair Grigg will be there with the Street View Trekker to capture it. That is likely to be the day when crab populations on the beaches will be at their peak, giving you the best view of the action.

Crabs scuttle across the forest floor while a man with a Google Street View Trekker walks behind them.
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Google Street View is already a repository for a number of armchair travel experiences. You can digitally explore remote locations in Antarctica, recreations of ancient cities, and even the International Space Station. You can essentially see the whole world without ever logging off your computer.

Sadly, because Street View isn’t live, you won’t be able to see the migration as it happens. The image collection won’t be available until sometime in early 2018. But it’ll be worth the wait, we promise. For a sneak preview, watch Parks Australia’s video of the 2012 event here.

[h/t New Atlas]

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