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Forget Yo: Beer?! is the Ridiculous Messaging App We Can Actually Use

When Yo came out we thought it was totally ridiculous. A single use app that just sends the word 'Yo' to your friends, it seemed like another sign of the world going app crazy — a new age equivalent of the creepy and superfluous Facebook poke. (Seriously, that thing was...

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Lena Dunham is Your New Agony Aunt in This 12-Part Web Series

In preparation for the release of her super-hyped, internet-breaking personal memoir Not That Kind of Girl, your spirit animal Lena Dunham has created a 12-part web series. Taking the whole 'voice of her generation' thing to its logical conclusion, Dunham poses as an agony aunt for people's personal and relationship...

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Win a Double Pass to National Geographic Live: Extreme Adventure on the Edge

From white-water kayaking in Russia, Peru and India to down-hill skiing the backcountry, National Geographic filmmaker Bryan Smith's job makes all of us office-based folk look like adventure rookies. Equipped with a basic recorder camera from Wallmart, the self-taught Smith started his filmmaking career ten years ago with nothing but...

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Your Guide to Queenstown Part Three: Where to Drink and Where to Sleep

An over-achiever in every sense, the little alpine resort town of Queenstown doesn't just show up almost every other worldwide holiday destination in just the skiing and eating departments, nope, the town takes the cake for its drinking establishments and sleeping quarters too.See Part One: Where to Ski and Part Two: Where...

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Five Things to Learn at the Big Screen Symposium

Held on September 27 and 28 right here in Auckland, the annual Big Screen Symposium is the biggest television and film industry event open to the public. From funding and marketing shoestring budget films, to writing a genuinely great comedy or drama, the Big Screen Symposium's collection of masterclasses, talks...

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This Guy is Rolling a Giant Testicle Across the USA

Stories involving someone's testicles (especially engorged ones like this) usually aren't very heartwarming. But 31-year-old Thomas Cantley is currently proving that assumption wrong. Over the course of this month, Cantley has been rolling a giant inflatable testicle across the USA to raise awareness of testicular cancer. Relying on people's kindness...

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Pantone Beer Could Solve All Your Rookie Questions at the Bar

As craft and boutique beer become more and more common, the pastime of sinking a few brews become increasingly complicated. Like snooty wine connoisseurs, beer drinkers are now expected to pick up on subtle flavours and new styles. Coffee IPA is a thing that exists, for instance. And, if you're...

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Survive Your Digital Detox with the NoPhone

This week has really shown we need to chill out about our phones. Demand for the iPhone 6 has created endurance-testing queues outside every Apple store in the country. People are bartering, arguing and crying; one woman nearly got arrested. This obsession is even starting to find its way into...

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Would You Cruise Around in This Stained Glass Car?

Right now, automobile design faces two significantly big restrictions: one, the need for a driver; second, it's got to be safe. Pretty straight forward. However, if tech projections are on the money, we're heading into a future in which neither will be a factor. Driverless vehicles, currently limited to Google...

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Surreal Photos of People Squishing Themselves Into Improbable City Spaces

For all the logicality of urban planners and architects, we often end up with some pretty weird conglomerations of concrete and steel around town. Once in a while, we all end up staring at a nonsensical urban nook while waiting at the traffic lights and thinking, 'why?'.Austrian choreographer Willi Dorner...

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This Dancing Red Light Man Could Stop Pedestrians Walking into Traffic

The red light man never gives us much joy in life. Holding us up from catching the train or making us that crucial extra bit late for work, he is the cause of much frustration and general bad vibes in your day. Faced with his staunch neon presence we must...

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These Photographs of Underwater Puppies Will Explode Your Heart

Puppies underwater. That's all you really need to know.But if you're looking for some more context, photographer Seth Casteel is actually one of the world's biggest catches — the man teaches puppies to swim. Teaches. Puppies. To swim. According to Mashable, Casteel has taught over 1500 dogs to paddle their...

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