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POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3:36 PM
The cofounders of Pinterest are on the Nov. 3, 2014, cover of the Forbes. Images from the website are in the background.

Pinterest, the Internet's bulletin board, has such growth potential and such a strong appeal to advertisers that it's on the verge of becoming an "ad colossus" that could rival Facebook and even Google, according to a feverish treatise by Forbes.

Interesting that Pinterest hasn't even yet announced plans to go public, but Forbes showcases it on the cover of its Nov. 3 issue, which also touts the 50 Hottest Growth Stocks.

Not even five years old, Pinterest, with its emphasis on visual content, "accounted for nearly a quarter of all social sharing activity during the 2013 holiday season," is expected to have 40 million users this year, and already drives more traffic to Web publishers than any social network except Facebook, writes Jeff Bercovici.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 2:50 PM
Filmmaker Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams discovered the sound a rock skipped across a frozen lake makes and at least two minutes of kid-in-a-candy-store-like bliss ensued. (via YouTube)

YouTube star and filmmaker Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams discovered the sound made by a rock skipping across a frozen lake and at least two minutes of kid-in-a-candy-store-like bliss ensued.

“This is the coolest sound I’ve ever heard,” Williams exclaimed in the YouTube video. Williams and his girlfriend moved to Alaska in August and he has been vlogging about his adventures ever since. When the pair decided to take a walk near a lake in Anchorage, Williams was delighted at the echoing “ping” sound made when he skipped a rock.

According to a magazine cited by the Huffington Post, the sound is made when ice vibrates after being struck.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:09 PM
An alien-looking creature hauled out of the sea near Singapore confounded many people but seems highly likely to have been a basket star or basket starfish, which can move its many limbs to corral food.

Most people have probably never seen anything as freaky as the creature a Singapore fisherman hauled out of the sea a couple of weeks ago.

He had no clue what it was, and neither did the first wave of Internet stories in recent days.

On five branches emanating from a central purple structure were dozens of waving, flailing groups of tentacle-like parts, as seen on the original video posted on Facebook by a "Jr. Saim." It looks almost like a mad scientist's surgical conjoining of a crowd of baby octopi, or an aerial view of a kind of zombie mosh pit.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:03 PM
In her new Vine video, Michelle Obama asks, “Turnip for what?” before she rocks out to the screaming Lil Jon’s single playing in the background. (via Vine)

Malia and Sasha Obama might be mortified by their mom’s newest Vine (how would you feel if your mother was dancing with veggies on the Internet for the world to see?), but everyone else just thinks it proves she’s the coolest first lady ever.

First, she hit the “Dougie” and the “Running Man,” and proceeded to showcase her dancing skills on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in 2013. But on Tuesday, Oct. 14, Michelle Obama took a modern approach to her Let’s Move! initiative when she spoofed DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s club hit “Turn Down for What,” with a turnip twist.

The six-second gem came as an answer to a question posed to Mrs. Obama during the White House’s “Ask the First Lady” event designed to support her Let’s Move! campaign to address the problem of childhood obesity in the U.S. One man asked the first lady, “How many calories do you burn every time you ‘turn up?’ ” With a bright purple turnip in hand, Mrs. Obama asks, “Turnip for what?” before she rocks out to the screaming Lil Jon’s single playing in the background.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 2:40 PM
Edward Smith of Yelm, Washington poses with his "girlfriend," a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle named Vanilla. (via ITV screenshot)

Edward Smith gets around. Wearing a shirt with his beloved white Volkswagen Beetle on it, Smith told interviewers Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden he’s had sex with 700 … cars.

There’s a term for this type of sexual involvement: Smith is a mechanophile, meaning he’s attracted to machines. Though he’s somewhat settled down with a lucky punch-buggy, Smith has engaged in mechanophilia with Jaguars, Mustangs and even a helicopter. He lost his “virginity” to his neighbor’s Beetle when he was 14.

The story goes on to get really … unique. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 10:33 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Shia LeBeouf talks to Jimmy Kimmel.

Shia LaBeouf was so drunk he thought he was at a party when he disrupted a New York theater performance in June.

The Transformers star was arrested at Manhattan venue Studio 54 after interrupting a performance of Cabaret, smoking in the venue, and scuffling with cops outside. He later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to complete six months of alcohol rehabilitation treatment, and the actor has now recalled his night of shame, revealing he was so drunk he thought he was attending a party and was simply joining in the fun.

Speaking on chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, LaBeouf admits that after drinking huge amounts of whiskey, he was invited to see Cabaret by a dancer he met in the street. He says, "I'm walking towards the (theater) and now the drunk (sic) is really kicking in. I'm really good and drunk at this point. I get into the theater and it's set up like an old club... They have tables and there's all these women in burlesque and I'm like, 'Oh, this really is some kind of party or something'... Now I'm drinking these drinks and the show starts and out comes Alan Tuding... Alan Cumming. It could have been Allen Iverson at this point. He's smoking a cigarette and so I go, 'Oh, it's that kind of party. Perfect. I want to have a cigarette too.' So I pull this cigarette out and I'm smoking a cigarette and these women want nothing to do with me. Nobody wants nothing to do with me, but I don't care. I'm just seeing Allen Iverson in leather pants and saying this is the craziest show I've ever seen."

POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 10:22 AM
A woman screams after her cowboy lover rides off in a Geico ad that asks, "Did you know that words can hurt you?"

Took me long enough.

Despite seeing a particular Geico ad dozens of times, I have to admit I never got the punchline.

Until yesterday.

POSTED: Monday, October 13, 2014, 2:44 PM

Taylor Swift fans already know that she loves her cats. John Cleese, however, does not.

Swift and Cleese made appearances on the Graham Norton Show over the weekend, somehow ending up in a simultaneous interview with the show's host. The result, perhaps not surprisingly, was nothing short of genius.

"Is it damaged?," Cleese asked at one point of Swift's cat, Olivia Benson. "That's the weirdest cat I've ever seen in my life." 

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