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Disney star Dylan Sprouse has confirmed that it is indeed him in nude selfies posted to Twitter over the weekend. The former cast regular of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (he was Zack) fessed up to posing for the pictures showing him wearing sheer boxer briefs and cupping his private parts while completely naked. On Monday, Sprouse, 21, went back on Twitter to say, “Whoops, guess I’m not 14 any more. I messed up … but I’d be a fool not to own up to it. Got to move past it I suppose.”
Source: Us magazine
Tall men have a big advantage when it comes to online dating. New data from the dating website AYI.com reveal that taller is better when women go searching for a soul mate online. The ideal height women seek in a man is six feet tall, and those six-foot men who were already members of the site were 33 per cent more likely to be contacted than a man of average height (deemed to be 5-foot-7). Conversely, any male 6-foot-4 or taller was 24 per cent less likely to be contacted.
Source: The Daily Mail
At long last, somebody has taken the light bulb in a flatter direction. The Dutch tech company Philips has created a new bulb called SlimStyle that has been described as resembling a regular light bulb that has been hitting the gym. The flat bulb emits light at a brightness equal to a 60-watt incandescent bulb, but is instead powered by an light-emitting-diode (LED), which means it consumes a mere 10.5 watts. The best part: The SlimStyle bulb has an estimated lifespan of 22 years.
Remember the fuss stirred up by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly insisting that Santa Claus was white? Now Kelly says she was kidding. Early last week, Kelly told viewers and “kids watching at home” that Santa, like Jesus, was a white man. After being ridiculed by online media and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Kelly attempted to play down the controversy on Friday’s edition of The Kelly File by saying: “Humour is what we try to bring to this show, but that’s lost on the humourless.”
Those annoying robo-callers are getting smarter all the time. A Time magazine reporter recently received a call from a woman named Samantha West who wanted to discuss health insurance. When the reporter asked whether she was a robot, the caller responded by saying, “I am a real person, can you hear me okay?” Turns out Ms. West was an automated voice, which was deduced by the reporter and his colleagues asking questions like, “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” To which the voice replied she did not understand the question.
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