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Want to Marry a Canadian? There's an App for That

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Planning a post-election move to Canada? Don’t dig out your passport just yet. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not that easy to emigrate North. For Americans to become Canadian residents, they pretty much either need to land a job offer, or marry a Canadian citizen. But if you’re really determined (and single), Business Insider reports that a dating app called Maple Match will pair you with a paramour from the land of snowshoes and syrup.

Maple Match launched in May 2016. After a seven-month beta period, the iOS app was officially released on November 5—just in time for the presidential election. For the most part, Maple Match is similar to other dating apps, like Tinder, Hinge, and Bumble. But in addition to filling out a profile and selecting a picture, users are provided with the option of listing their citizenship, and stating which citizenship they’re looking to marry into. There’s also a survey designed to gauge users' political views, and which ones they desire in a partner. Once your personal information is all filled out, Maple Match selects potential matches, and you can message the ones you’re most interested in.

Long-distance dating is hard, but plenty of people seem up for the challenge: As Vice reports, more than 4000 people signed up for Maple Match during its first week, and about 70 percent of those love-seekers were Canadian. There's currently a waitlist.

[h/t Business Insider]

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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Watch Astronauts Assemble Pizza in Space
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Most everyone enjoys a good pizza party: Even astronauts living aboard the International Space Station.

As this video from NASA shows, assembling pizza in zero gravity is not only possible, it also has delicious results. The inspiration for the pizza feast came from Paolo Nespoli, an Italian astronaut who was craving one of his home country’s national dishes while working on the ISS. NASA’s program manager for the space station, Kirk Shireman, sympathized with his colleague and ordered pizzas to be delivered to the station.

NASA took a little longer responding to the request than your typical corner pizzeria might. The pizzas were delivered via the Orbital ATK capsule, and once they arrived, the ingredients had to be assembled by hand. The components didn’t differ too much from regular pizzas on Earth: Flatbread, tomato sauce, and cheese served as the base, and pepperoni, pesto, olives, and anchovy paste made up the toppings. Before heating them up, the astronauts had some fun with their creations, twirling them around like "flying saucers of the edible kind,” according to astronaut Randy Bresnik.

In case the pizza party wasn’t already a success, it also coincided with movie night on the International Space Station.

[h/t KHQ Q6]

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