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  • Honestly, even though my job is to follow social media trends, sometimes it's hard for me to keep up with the ever-changing world of memes. Surely by now you've heard all about everything from planking to Tebowing, and, of course, cat bearding. Well, hot off the presses, there's another new meme to try: baby mugging.

    Now before you go getting all angry with me, let me explain what it is. Baby mugging participants take pictures that make it look like their babies are sticking out of a coffee mug. Obviously, the precious little tots aren't actually in coffee mugs. (First, they wouldn't fit, and second, that would just be weird.)

    The new trend was the brainchild of Ilana Wiles, a mommy blogger who featured her own little one on her blog, Mommy Shorts. The optical illusion plays with depth perception.

    Fans of the trend started uploading their own mug shots of their babies to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And the trend isn't only in the United States. Parents across the pond, too, have

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  • Imagine you have an innovative idea for a new movie, an invention, or just a good cause, but you're an average Joe or Joanne and you do not have a lot of money. In order to get the resources, you turn to crowd funding, and thanks to the growing popularity of the nonprofit company Kickstarter, your dream can turn into reality.

    Kickstarter is a private company that began in 2009 as a creative way to help people raise money online. The site has become the place to fund your dream project.

    Comedian Jon Lajoie, who is recognizable from his popular YouTube videos and his role on TV's "The League," does not have any intention of helping anyone else through his Kickstarter project. Yes, he is looking out only for No. 1: himself.

    Here's what he says in part of his self-flattering pitch: "What if instead of relying on traditional methods of wealth acquisition, I turned to you, my fans, for money?" He continues, "Sir Lajoie, you are the most amazing person I know. Why are you not superrich yet?

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  • Admit it, all you "Star War" fans out there. If you could get your hands on a real-life lightsaber, you would go for it, right? It just might be the holy grail for the biggest of "Star Wars" enthusiasts, and one man claims to have created it.

    In a YouTube video that is causing quite a stir throughout the galaxy, user "The DIY Laser Guy" demonstrates his "handheld laser" cutting through objects such as paper, cardboard, tape and a pingpong ball. The blue laser itself is 3,000 milliwatts, which the laser guy says is the strongest he has ever used. He writes in the video's description, "I usually try to refrain from using the term 'lightsaber' when referring to my lasers but there really isn't much else out there to describe this laser." He also notes that owning a lightsaber is legal in the U.S.

    The video is proving to be a hit, with more than 330,000 views and counting so far. Some commenters were thrilled by this potential light sword. One person was particularly enthusiastic and wants

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  • The Internet has become a vital tool for reconnecting lost objects with their rightful owners. You might remember the story of Todd Bieber, who helped return a roll of film filled with pictures to New York City tourists, traveling all the way to Paris to do so. Now, Bieber's friend Abbi Jacobson needs some help.

    Jacobson recently received a letter delivered to her apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood. However, the letter was not intended for her; it was addressed to someone who lived in the apartment in 1944. The letter was sent by Joseph O. Matthews to his wife on December 2, 1944. And it had already been opened.

    On receiving the letter and realizing how old it was, Jacobson said, "Imagine getting this. I was like, this is crazy!"

    Jacobson is searching for the owner of the letter, or at least the owner's family members so that she can give it to them. She started her search at the municipal archives. After searches at historical societies and libraries yielded

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  • Are you aware that there is an unofficial ongoing battle to be the cutest animal on the Internet? Everyone gets a vote, and certainly it seems as if everyone contributes a picture of their cuddliest, most adorable pets, or animals they encounter at the zoo. We're all familiar with Grumpy Cat and Boo. Get ready, because new competition has entered the cyberspace.

    Meet Ray Charles the dog: He's a blind Golden Retriever who is stealing hearts left and right on the Web. Born in a Boston shelter last December, there was some concern that he would have trouble getting adopted, because blind dogs tend to have problems finding a suitable home. But according to his very own Facebook page, there is no reason to worry about Ray Charles. His owners, who also serve as his human interpreters, write for him on his page: "I can run and play and do everything else other dogs that can see do."

    His Facebook page also contains pictures of Ray wearing silly outfits, taking baths, and playing with his

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