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Man’s security camera prank on unsuspecting friend escalates spectacularly

By Sam Haysom

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Turns out if you combine a security camera, some remote control lights, an Amazon Echo and an unsuspecting friend it can make for a pretty fun Twitter thread.

On Wednesday, writer Nick Kocher took to Twitter to share the epic tale of a sequence of pranks he played on his buddy Jon Bass, who was crashing at his apartment while he was out of town for the weekend.

Here’s the full thread, in all its glory:

Here’s a story

So about a month ago, my coat was stolen. This was not fun….

— Nick Kocher (@NickKocher) …

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Why spending $1,000+ on a phone isn’t as crazy as it sounds

By Raymond Wong

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On Oct. 27, I joined millions of people worldwide in pre-ordering the iPhone X in the middle of the night. I went back to sleep after spending exactly $1,250.97 for the fully-loaded version, and I woke up the next day feeling completely unfazed by my purchase.

A thousand dollars is a lot of f*cking money to spend on a phone that will eventually get banged up and slow down after software updates. For most people, blowing that kind of money on a gadget is reckless and stupid. The money is better spent elsewhere.

But when you break down the value proposition the iPhone X and other $1,000 phones like it, including the Samsung …

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McDonald’s makes the McVegan burger a permanent fixture on 2 countries’ menus

By Rachel Thompson

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McDonald’s isn’t exactly number one on the list of vegan-friendly eateries. But, for vegans in Sweden and Finland, McDonald’s just got a hell of a lot friendlier.

McDonald’s is making its McVegan burger a permanent menu fixture in Sweden and Finland after a successful trial of the item in Tampere, Finland, a spokesperson confirmed to Mashable.

Den 28 december är den här – #McVegan, vår första veganska burgare! 😋 #donken #vego #vegan

A post shared by McDonald’s Sverige (@mcdonaldssverige) on Dec 12, 2017 at 5:31am PST

So, what exactly is in a McVegan burger? Per the McDonald’s Finland website, the vegan hamburger is a “100% vegetable-based hamburger” comprised of a soybean steak, topped with “Vegan McFeast sauce,” fresh tomato, salad and pickles. …

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This trailer re-imagines ‘Star Wars’ with a green-skinned Han Solo and a female lead

By Gianluca Mezzofiore

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In a parallel universe, in a galaxy far, far away, Han Solo is green-skinned with gills, Stormtroopers brand lightsabers, and the main character is a heroic young girl named Luka Starkiller.

Those are just a few of the anomalies that can be seen in the paintings of talented artist Ralph McQuarrie who in 1975 was commissioned by George Lucas to “capture the grand theme, scale, and complexity” of the universe that was only on his mind and scripts.

Naturally, Star Wars turned out to be very different, but students from Florida Technica College’s DAVE (Digital Animation & Visual Effects) have created a concept trailer for what might have been The Star Wars.

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An airplane drew a Christmas tree on a flight tracker because why not

By Isobel Hamilton

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How far would you go for a Christmas gif?

Airbus A380 — the world’s largest passenger plane — carried out a very festive test flight over Germany on Wednesday, as can be viewed on flight tracker websites.

An early Christmas gif from the @Airbus A380.

See how Airbus drew their tree at https://t.co/YQPtQ179tG pic.twitter.com/ah1eBzFGGY

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 13, 2017

A spokesperson for Airbus told The Telegraph that this was a regulation test flight, of which there are hundreds every year.

“Thanks to the co-operation of the air traffic controllers (Eurocontrol and DFS), it was possible to fly that Christmas tree flight path,” they said. “It was the idea of test pilots and engineers — an Airbus greeting to all aviation fans during this Christmas period.” …

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