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  • A couple of musical mashups will have you both reminiscing and finding a song or three stuck in your head today; that is, if you're not already humming any of the melodies to these tracks.

    Chad Neidt is a musician who decided to take to YouTube with his guitar and play what he calls "the 20 most overplayed songs of 2013." Surely anyone could rattle off a similar list, but Neidt performs a clip from each song in 60 seconds.

    Most of the targets are the usual suspects: from Katy Perry and Bruno Mars to One Direction and Selena Gomez. Neidt shows some indie rock love to Capital Cities and The Neighbourhood, while acknowledging the trap music movement with a clip of Baauer's hit, "Harlem Shake."

    Of the 20, Neidt's favorite is Mars' "Treasure," saying that despite its "overplayed" status, he "loves that dude." That's a good thing, because the fifth single from Mars' sophomore release, "Unorthodox Jukebox," is "Young Girls," and it just went to radio stations for airplay.

    On the TV side, the

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  • Bullying continues to rear its ugly head in different shapes and forms – from the most recent scandal involving players of the Miami Dolphins to the countless stories of kids that are made fun of or beat up at school.


     Yousef Erakat, who has built a solid online following through videos that highlight everything from rapper Drake’s lyrics to pranks at the gym, is taking a stand. The comedian teamed up with actor Ali Amjad for a video entitled, “The Bullying Experiment.” In the clip, Erakat plays a bully who is beating up a student (Amjad) in front of innocent bystanders. Hidden cameras capture whether a person intervenes or simply turns a blind eye.


     “Why bullying occurs in America is because people like that don’t stop it when they see it happen right in front of their eyes,” Erakat yells at a hidden camera after two people not only ignore the student that is getting beat up, but then refuse to stop and speak to Erakat about the incident. Bullying is still an issue in the States, but

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  • The death of actor Paul Walker over the weekend elicited an outpouring of memories and photos from his peers who had worked alongside him on set. And fans of Walker's, who knew him from movies like "Fast and Furious," "Varsity Blues," and "Joy Ride," took to social networks to share experiences of meeting the star in person. Judging by the comments, it seems that everyone who came in contact with Walker left with a smile on their face.

    Twitter picture uploaded by Michael Raisch

    Twitter user Hanna Ochoa posted a shot of Walker in a Starbucks, writing in the caption that he was "such a nice person" and "called me sweetheart." Another Twitter user, named Kristina, from New Orleans, uploaded a picture of her with the actor, saying that he was her favorite and was a down-to-earth guy. A mother named Brandy uploaded a photo of Walker with her son, calling the fallen star both "a great guy and a role model."

    Fan on Twitter recounts meeting with Walker

    Rapper RZA also paid tribute to the actor, with a new song called "Destiny Bends." The Wu-Tang Clan emcee met Walker on the set of

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  • You're sitting in a New York City Starbucks location, and more than 20 people in the place begin re-enacting an iconic scene from a film starring Kirk Douglas. Improv Everywhere took its "Movies In Real Life" YouTube series to one coffee shop and re-created the "I am Spartacus!" scene from "Spartacus." The group pulled off the stunt without a hitch, and the actors even received an ovation from both customers and workers at the store.

    The clip starts with an actor walking up to a barista and ordering a venti strawberry Frappuccino. The Starbucks worker asks for his name, and he replies "Spartacus." When the drink is served up at the bar and the name is called out, about 20 different men stand up claiming to be the gladiator. The range of reactions from customers runs the spectrum from unfazed to laughing to "Let me get my phone out and film this immediately." Perhaps unknowingly to some, cameras were already rolling.

    Eventually, an actor dressed as a Roman slave walks in, claims to be the

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  • Since its invention, language has gradually moved from being primarily a spoken medium to a text-based one, as in the words you're reading now. Communication by text has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, as people forego phone calls to text or instant-message. But, as Ben Crair notes in a recent article in the New Republic, a new phenomenon in how we communicate has been born: Punctuation that was once completely neutral is now seen as having inherent emotion. Take the period (like the one at the end of this sentence). It was one of the first punctuation marks, and its purpose was to note a definitive pause, as it was first used to mimic speech.

    Now, though, a period can make the difference between a message seeming calm or seeming angry. Crair uses the example of a boyfriend, tired from work, asking whether, instead of eating at a restaurant for his girlfriend's birthday that night, they can eat at home. Her answer of "we could do that" is laid back. The answer becomes

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