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Exploding Sewage Truck in Moscow: When You’ve Got to Go, You’ve Got to Go

Drivers in Moscow were subjected to more than a proverbial crap-storm when a sewage tanker burst. Traffic in Russia can be more than a little crazy. In fact Moscow often can be constipated with traffic, but this took things more to the level of a very bad case of diarrhoea. Fortunately, maybe, thanks to power of a dashboard cam, it was all caught on film. Not only did things really hit the fan, the explosion managed to spray the vehicles on either side of the tanker. And in what could be the worst of all kinds of toilet splash-back, while the white 4WD in the city may never really get off-road, that’s not spray-on mud to boost the owner’s ego.

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Articuno Reportedly Found in Pokémon GO, then Revoked by Developer

The Legendary Pokémon, Articuno, reportedly surfaced in Pokémon GO, only to subsequently be removed from players’ accounts by the game’s developer Niantic. One such claim of owning Articuno, came from gamer Kaitlyn Covey in Ohio, USA. Purporting that Niantic gave her the Legendary Pokémon, Articuno. Videos of Articuno have been posted to both Facebook and Twitch to offer up proof of the rare Pokémon’s existence. Discussion on Reddit, along with screenshots, has also sort to corroborate (or falsify) the legitimacy of Articuno’s appearance. However, the claims have been questioned, including that it’s a standard hoax, in addition to suggesting that the Pokémon GO code may have either been hacked or the appearance of Articuno was a glitch. Niantic subsequently released the following statement to IGN about the matter: “We recently noticed that a few Legendary Pokémon got into a few accounts when they shouldn’t have. To preserve the game’s integrity ...

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Greyhound Adoption Day: The First of Many in NSW?

As the tussle over NSW Premier Mike Baird banning greyhound racing in the state continues, something more proactive is occurring than the rhetoric of political posturing and legal challenges. This something, is to help the dogs find new homes. These greyhounds are unlikely to keep racing, and they may never had a hope of winning any greyhound races to begin with. But they can be given new hope, and can make great pet dogs for the right people. Greyhound Adoption Day will be held 10am-2pm this Saturday, 16 July 2016, at the Wentworth Park greyhound racing track in Sydney, NSW. At least 20 greyhounds will be there and available for adoption as pets. Giving people the opportunity to meet the dogs, other owners, and speak with greyhound experts to learn more about the breed. Admittedly it’s short notice for this first Greyhound Adoption Day. However, the event is being run ...

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Pokémonald’s – the Pokémon GO and McDonald’s Partnership

There’s secret sauce and secrets in the source code of Pokémon GO. Hinting that the app, developed by Niantic, may have Pokémon GO partnering with McDonald’s in the near future. For those who’d like fries with that, evidence of the order is evolving. Spotted by industrious Redditors using Reddit (obviously) and reported by Gizmodo, the Pokémon GO game code makes reference to “Sponsor.MCDONALDS.POKEMON_STORE” as shown below: Image Credit: Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo The Pokémon GO app is free to download (available from the App Store and Google Play), and is what Niantic describes as a “real world game” requiring players to walk around physical locations for the full Pokémon catching experience. Niantic’s CEO John Hanke has previously mentioned the use of sponsored locations as part of the monetisation strategy used on the business side of things for Pokémon GO, in addition to the more traditional in-app purchases. While Hanke was ...

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How to Revoke Pokémon GO’s Full Access to a Google Account

Pokémon GO has unwittingly caused some woes for players who have signed in with their Google Accounts. Amongst the early adopters, some unknowingly gave the game’s developer Niantic full access to their Google Accounts. While it is false that Niantic can send emails from players’ Gmail accounts, giving Pokémon GO full account access does allow Niantic to do almost all other things across someone’s Google Account with the exception of the ability to change their passwords. Niantic has since released patches for both Android and iOS users to fix this. However, some players may be unaware of the need to manually revoke Pokémon GO’s “Full account access” status and reset the app’s permissions to “Basic access” status. The latter means Niantic can only access the player’s name and email address. To revoke the Pokémon GO app’s full access status to your Google Account do the following: First, log in to ...

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Ghostbusters Reboot Retitled for China, but Release there Unlikely

Censorship works a little bit different in China. Make that a lot different at times. To the point that new Ghostbusters (2016) movie is unlikely to be released in China at all because of Chinese censorship laws. For a potential Chinese cinema release, Sony Pictures have reportedly already renamed the rebooted Ghostbusters to 超能敢死队 which is rather literally, wait for it: Super Power Dare Die Team Surely the ghost escaped from that title because the body didn’t want it, and something got lost in that slimed translation. Or someone really did cross the streams. Regardless of the double good fun awesome winning name change, it’s still unlikely to be enough to appease Chinese censorship standards. Sources speaking to Variety have indicated: “Though Ghostbusters hasn’t officially been screened for Chinese officials, its subject matter will likely run afoul of the country’s censors. The state-controlled film board does not approve of films ...

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Mark Ruffalo Smashes with Hulk Fists on Thor: Ragnorak Set

Actor Mark Ruffalo has shown off a pair of Hulk fists from the set of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnorak, currently filming in Australia. Mark Ruffalo also offered a sentiment shared with Kermit the Frog, that it’s not easy being green. Though the actor seems to be enjoying it much more than the Muppet. Hello from the set of #Thor3! As you can see, I’ve got my hands full. It ain’t easy being green….@thorofficialhttps://t.co/PnYTnX8n96 — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 12, 2016 The Thor: Ragnorak (2017) movie plot is rumoured to be a mix of the Ragnorak and Planet Hulk storylines. Apart from the titular Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), this also allows Marvel to bring the Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo) into this Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film and avoid the distribution issues related to Universal holding such rights for standalone Hulk films. Hulk may smash such inconveniences, but the more Bruce ...

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Eddie Hall Breaks World Record with 500kg Deadlift

The deadlift may or may not be the ultimate test of strength, but when Eddie Hall became the first man ever to deadlift 500 kilograms (1,102.31 pounds) officially in competition over the weekend, few had any reason to doubt his strength. That he broke his own deadlift world record again only solidified that fact. Burst blood vessels and nosebleeds were the price paid for victory and all part of Hall’s half ton deadlift. Eddie Hall, also known as “The Beast” is currently considered England’s strongest man. A title he was held since 2011. The 28-year-old Englishman is also currently ranked the fourth strongest man in the world. Speaking to the Yorkshire Post about his record-breaking 500kg deadlift, Hall offered up the following: “That nearly killed me. The pressure on my body was surreal. I passed out after. I had nose bleeds. It’s not healthy doing something like that. “But I’ve ...

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Spanish Matador Victor Barrio Dies in Bullfight

Professional matador, 29-year-old Victor Barrio, was killed in a bullfight in Teruel, in Spain. The event was filmed on live television, as part of the festival Feria del Ángel. The bull, known as Maños and weighing some 529 kilograms, flipped Barrio over with its horns, before goring him further as it drove him into the ground. Festival participants came to the matador’s aid, though Victor Barrio’s injuries were severe and he later died in hospital with doctors unable to save him. A warning that the following video contains graphic images. Bullfighting in Spain is considered part of the Spanish heritage and culture; there are also those who are strongly opposed to bullfighting. Barrio’s death is said to be the first death of a matador in a bullfight in Spain this century, and the first human death in the bullring death since 1987. The deaths of the bulls, however, are virtually ...

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How to Start with Pikachu in Pokémon GO

Pokémon Go is being praised for many things. Apart from the game itself, it’s also encouraging people to go outside and walk around, actively searching for Pokémon in the augmented reality (AR) experience of Pokémon GO. Indoors and outdoors, video games and physical activity, are all somehow coming together nicely. The official release of Pokémon Go has also been thanked for the near 9 percent jump in Nintendo’s (TYO: 7974) share price on Friday, 8 July 2016. If only cause and effect were so easily established in the real world where it’s not like the simple but random matter of evolving an Eevee, but that’s beside the point. At hand is a fourth choice. A fourth way. A fourth starting Pokémon. And that starting Pokémon is none other than Pikachu himself. (Assuming Pikachu is a male. The issue of an individual Pokémon versus collective Pokémon gets a bit muddled, and ...

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