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.

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Living Room, Jaws Gets Its Own Board Game

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Jaws made countless viewers terrified of the beach when it swam into theaters the summer of 1975. Luckily, you don't need to be anywhere near the water to play this new board game from Ravensburger.

Jaws the board game recreates Steven Spielberg's nautical thriller on a tabletop in your home. It features the cast of the movie as playable characters, including Quint, Hooper, Chief Brody, and the great white shark that stalks the waters outside the Martha's Vineyard-inspired Amity Island.

Like the film, the game plays out in two primary locations: on Amity Island and onboard The Orca. For the act 1 portion of the game, the human characters team up to take down the shark as it picks off Amity beachgoers. Flip the board over and it transforms into Quint's ship. For The Orca section, Quint, Hooper, and Brody try to defend their boat as the shark tears it apart. Players can either complete both acts or stick to one location for a shorter gaming experience.

The game is also a nostalgic collector's item for Jaws fans. Illustrations on the board and cards capture memorable scenes from the film, and the box itself is printed with the iconic poster art.

You can order the Jaws board game from Target for $30 in time for your summer celebrations (whether they're beach-related or not). Here are some facts about the film to read before you play.

Box of Jaws board game.
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Jaws board game.
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Scamp the Tramp Named World’s Ugliest Dog

Scamp the Tramp won the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair on June 21, 2019 in Petaluma, California.
Scamp the Tramp won the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair on June 21, 2019 in Petaluma, California.
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In a society overrun by fashion magazines, beauty contests, and Instagram models, it’s nice when the not-so-photogenic are appreciated. Take Scamp the Tramp, this year's winner of California's World’s Ugliest Dog competition. “[He’s] Scamp the Champ now,” Scamp's owner, Yvonne Morones, said of her pup's hard-won victory. “We had to change his name.”

Scamp, who was the 2018 competition's runner-up, came out on top of the dog pile against 18 other adorably ugly pooches. His winning looks are courtesy of matted fur that “no conditioner can calm,” a tongue that appears to perpetually hang from his mouth, and bat-like ears. According to his official biography, Scamp’s pastimes include partaking in various community service activities and serving as an uncle to numerous foster kittens.

UPI reports that Morones is experienced in grooming champions; she has claimed the World's Ugliest Dog title several times before with two of her previous pooches. Her dog Nana was even reigning champ from 1996 to 2002.

Morones rescued Scamp from a Los Angeles shelter in 2014, and the two quickly clicked. “It was on the way home that I knew I made the right choice,” she said in a press statement. “There we were, two strangers in a car on the way home to a new start. Bob Marley was playing ‘One Love,’ and I looked over and little Scamp was bobbing his head. It was like he knew he had found his forever home.”

First-prize winners of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest take home a trophy, $1500 in earnings that will also be matched in donations to animal charities, and validation that they’re certifiably good boys and girls.

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