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This Haunts Me: Did Scientists at CERN End the World in 2012?

Can the strangeness of recent history be blamed on scientists meddling with forces beyond their understanding?

Do you remember 2012?

People were convinced that the world was going to end — that the Maya calendar had predicted it more than 2,000 years earlier. And protesters and time travelers continued to decry the cataclysmic dangers of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, where scientists were taking apart the building blocks of the universe to understand how they worked...

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Great Beers to Drink on National Beer Day (Instead of Corona)

It has nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic, but to the residents of Mexicali it's just as important.

April 7 is National Beer Day in America.

As such, it's as good a time as any to make a pledge that you won't drink Corona beer ever again...

Last February — back when the pandemic was just kicking off — Twitter had a field day with a survey revealing that 38% of American beer drinkers wouldn't buy Corona "under any circumstances." They had the right idea.

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BTS Speak Out Against Anti-Asian Hate, Share Their Experiences

The K-Pop stars are using their platform to contribute to a broader conversation on the discrimination that breeds hate crimes.

K-Pop sensation BTS have added their voices to the concern around a recent spike in anti-Asian hate crimes in the US and elsewhere.

On Tuesday the band — who, along with their management company, donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter last summer — took to Twitter with the hashtags #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate, sharing a message of unity and anti-discrimination, expressing "grief and anger" over violence and lives lost, and recounting some of their own experiences of anti-Asian racism.

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Are Disney World And Universal Orlando Doing Enough To Keep Visitors Safe?

Is it possible to keep a theme park clean and safe during a pandemic?

Back in October, California governor Gavin Newsom announced a plan for reopening theme parks in the state.

After months of lobbying for reopening from both Disney and Universal as the state sought to limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the plan was not received well, with representatives from both companies balking at measures they saw as overly restrictive. Then — after huge spikes in COVID numbers — Disneyland was converted into a vaccine distribution site in January...

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Is Grimes Just as Dumb About COVID as Elon Musk?

She says she "finally got COVID," and is "enjoying the Dayquil fever dream."

Elon Musk is a moron.

He's a man whose forward-thinking ambition combined with his unusual access to resources has propelled him to unimaginable levels of wealth. He's also a man with notable talents in the fields of technology, business management, and (especially) self-promotion.

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Dr. Fauci Says Live Music Could Return This Fall

"By the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience," Dr. Fauci said.

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Aside from those who crowded a fated Chainsmokers concert in the Hamptons last summer, music fans in the United States are going on a year without a typical live music experience.

Though livestreams and drive-ins have been able to hold most of us over in the meantime, social distancing regulations have taken a big emotional toll on concert goers — not to mention the financial burdens it's ravaged on artists as well as independent venues, which are closing by the numbers nationwide. Things might be looking up by the end of 2021, though.

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