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  • The first tweets began around 8 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving night. By midnight, #WalmartFights was trending on Twitter.

    Attached were pictures and videos and Vines of all sorts of violence and chaos and other nonsense.

    None of this is a surprise. It was expected, which is why police were at the ready at your local Walmart. You just wonder if those caught up in it thought they would be when their day began.

    Did you think you'd be the one on a video gone viral, being arrested while lying on top of the TV you were hoping to buy?

    Or the guy lying face down on the ground with a police officer's foot planted on his back?

    Or part of this stampede?

    Or this stampede?

    Or this stampede?

    Uh, bud, think a few people beat you to it.

    By 10 p.m. Thursday night, Walmart had done 10 million cash register transactions in only four hours, according to a release, prompting the

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  • Impressed with your roommate, the self-professed master of beer pong? Fool, thou shall not worship false idols! For he or she will surely cower in the presence of the great Slade Manning.

    Manning created a nearly three-minute video which compiles dozens of trick shots done with pingpong balls. It took Manning three years to create, according to the clip's description. That's dedication, folks.

    Manning told Yahoo News that he can't even estimate the number of times it took to make each shot. "I just leave the camera going for one-two hours at a time and cut the misses out when I finally make it. Most shots take around 2-5 hours so that could be anywhere from 500 to 5,000 tries."

    The trick at the 0:18 mark was, according to Manning, the hardest shot to make. "I went out trying for a few hours at a time for about 15 different days over several months until I finally made it. I didn't really have any skill or control, so it was just a matter of hitting balls over and over until one finally

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  • So you're at home in New York City watching the twins while your wife is visiting her brother in San Francisco. Six months later, you get divorced.

    You're making $43,000 a year when you split, and part of that goes to child support.

    A few years later, you're poking around the internet when you hop on your now ex-wife's LinkedIn page and, to your surprise, it says she's a first-round investor in Twitter, which made millionaires out of a lot of people when it went public on Nov. 7.

    Huh? When did she invest in Twitter?

    Ahhh, San Francisco.

    Jennifer Johnson (LinkedIn)Meet Stuart Strumwasser. According to the New York Post, he's suing his ex-wife, Jennifer Johnson, claiming she secretly invested between $10,000 and $50,000 in the social media giant, an investment that's now worth millions.

    From The Post:

    "Johnson secretly went to San Francisco to meet with her first ex-husband," Strumwasser’s Manhattan Supreme Court suit alleges.

    "She also met with one or more of the founders of Twitter," according to court papers.

    Johnson's
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  • Twin tragedies push Malaysia Airlines to the brink
    Twin tragedies push Malaysia Airlines to the brink

    Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) was already struggling with years of declining bookings and mounting financial losses when MH370's mysterious disappearance in March with 239 people aboard sent the carrier into free-fall. "The harrowing reality for Malaysia Airlines after MH17 is that if the government doesn't have an immediate game plan, every day that passes will contribute to its self-destruction and eventual demise," Shukor Yusof, an analyst with Malaysia-based aviation consultancy Endau Analytics, told AFP. "I'm not considering going to Malaysia in the next few years.

  • Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless

    DENVER (AP) — Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city's streets.

  • DR Congo's insect cuisine: nutritious and delicious
    DR Congo's insect cuisine: nutritious and delicious

    In Kinshasa's Gambela market shoppers can find insects for every occasion -- from unctuous white weevil larvae for fancy dinners to crispy caterpillars and snacky termites that stick in your teeth. They may be an unbeatably cheap source of protein, but DR Congo's many insect connoisseurs insist they also have real gastronomic value. "The caterpillars and the other insects we eat are very rich in protein," said Maguy Manase, a seller at the market. Caterpillars are sold living, dried or boiled up into a kind of porridge.

  • 'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con
    'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of "The Avengers" descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel.

  • Public Invited to See Shuttle 'Lift Off' at Space Center Houston
    Public Invited to See Shuttle 'Lift Off' at Space Center Houston

    HOUSTON — The countdown is on for the liftoff of a space shuttle from Houston — and you are invited to take a front row seat. On Thursday, Aug. 14, Space Center Houston's full-size space shuttle replica, named the "Independence," will be hoisted by crane on top of NASA's historic Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet. "The free event 'Rise of Independence' will mark another chapter in the ongoing story of Space Center Houston's future world-class exhibit," Space Center Houston officials said Wednesday (July 23). On Friday, the center's president and CEO Richard Allen, assisted by shuttle astronaut Clay Anderson, revealed the "Independence" decal affixed on the side of the vehicle as one of the final touches to be done before the Aug. 14 lift.

  • Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city
    Hundreds of human skeletons found in Bolivian mining city

    Construction workers in Bolivia have stumbled upon a mass grave with the remains of hundreds of likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era, a researcher said Saturday. The workers found the remains this week as they started construction on a new building in the "El Minero" district of Potosi, located high up in the Andes. "We are talking about a common grave found at about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet), and the human remains are scattered over an area of four by four meters," said Sergio Fidel, a researcher at a museum belonging to Tomas Frias University. In the Spanish colonial era, Potosi became famous for its massive silver and tin reserves, which started to be mined in the 16th century.

  • Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel eased its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply on Monday, the military said, with both the United States and United Nations calling for a durable ceasefire. As international pressure mounted to end a 21-day conflict in which more than 1,000 people have been killed, an Israeli military official said the army would only fire in response to attacks, adding that this would be for an "unlimited" period. Hamas said on Sunday it wanted a 24-hour truce to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which started on Monday. In the hours after its announcement, Gaza gradually fell quiet.

  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine
    US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

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