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  • President Obama thanks 'Batkid'

    "Batkid" already received the key to the city of San Francisco for saving Gotham. Now, he's got a congratulatory Vine from none other than the president of the United States.

    Politico reports it's the first Vine the White House has published featuring Obama, according to the White House Director of Online Engagement.

    Just 5 years old, Miles Scott has suffered from leukemia for most of his short life. Now it's in remission, and his dream has been to be a superhero. On Friday the city of San Francisco (via the Make-a-Wish Foundation) rallied around him to make that dream a reality in a way that, well, is just so perfectly awesome.

    He got a ride in the Batmoblie, saved a woman from an oncoming trolley, "sealnapped" Lou Seal (the San Francisco Giants mascot) from the Joker and captured the Riddler after a robbery in the Financial District – all in front of thousands of people who stormed the streets to watch.

    The San Francisco Chronicle issued a special edition thanking Batkid for saving the

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  • Oprah Winfrey says that President Barack Obama has been the victim of racism and that the ongoing issue of prejudice is a generational one.

    “There is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs,” Winfrey said Friday in an interview with the BBC. "And that occurs in some cases and maybe even in many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says but everybody is thinking it.”

    Winfrey pointed to Republican Congressman Joe Wilson yelling "liar" during a 2009 speech Obama was giving to Congress.

    The interview was part of a promotional tour for the film “The Butler,” which tells the story of Cecil Gaines, an African American man who served as a White House butler for eight different presidents.

    Winfrey took her comments one step further, saying that the issue of racism is largely generational. Specifically, she said that cultural prejudice in the U.S. will largely recede after the last generation of individuals have

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  • Stuck in Ikea

    If you've ever been to Ikea, then this "horror film" needs no introduction.

    For those who haven't, Ikea, an international home furnishings store, is set up like a big labyrinth — a really, really, really big labyrinth. You're corralled right from the start, forced to walk through the entire store — passing kitchenware and bed frames and couches and weird chairs and bad art work and shag carpets, all with names like Ekby Viktor and Förhöja and Vardö.

    Even if you are there just to pick up a new nightstand, you'll end up with a hundred-pack of votive candles, four throw pillows and a bookshelf named after someone called Billy. Which is kind of the point of the layout.

    It's horrifying and brilliant, as is this parody.



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  • Murray nears milestone with 499th career win
    Murray nears milestone with 499th career win

    Britain's Andy Murray won his 499th career match on Sunday, downing Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the ATP and WTA Miami Open. The 27-year-old Scotsman, who won the Miami title in 2009 and 2013, would become the ninth active player to reach 500 victories if he wins his next match against South African 15th seed Kevin Anderson, who eliminated Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-4.

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