In time for Star Wars Day, Lego on Wednesday unveiled a massive Millennium Falcon that it claims is the largest in the world, at its Legoland Malaysia theme park.
It got its father-and-son professional lego builder team of Dan and Christopher Steiniger to construct the 4.8-by-3.6 metre model with 250,000 bricks, across 50 hours over the weekend.
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The two had built a smaller model of the legendary Corellian YT-1300 — better known as the Millennium Falcon flown by Han Solo and Chewbacca — last year in Melbourne. Read more...
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SAN FRANCISCO — Amid national concern about police officers' use of force, five activists have been starving themselves for the last two weeks outside of Mission Police Station, vowing not to eat until controversial Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns.
Drained of nutrition and barely able to stand, the hunger strikers on Tuesday were pushed in wheelchairs through the streets of San Francisco to city hall, where they called for Suhr's removal. Hundreds joined them in support, holding signs decrying police brutality and chanting "No justice, no peace. No racist police."
The call for Suhr’s resignation — or firing — follows the controversial police killings of Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, Amilcar Lopez, and most recently, a homeless man named Luis Gongora. Earlier this month, the uncovering of racist text messages in which a San Francisco police officer referred to African-Americans as "nigs," Mexicans as "beaners" and Indians as "disgusting" further strained the fraught relationship between community members and police, culminating in the hunger strike. Read more...
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Instagram need not be an endless feed of artfully arranged avocado slices and laxative teas.
There's a corner of the social media platform, far from the lifestyle bloggers and stolen memes, where things are a little bit weirder and a little more beautiful. Call it art Instagram — there are plenty of Australians whose work is worthy of a follow.
Here's a selection of five of the best to improve your feed.
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1. Scott Marsh
You may know graffiti artist Scott Marsh from such famous works as Kanye West kissing Kanye West, but his striking pieces can be seen around Sydney, as well as on Instagram. Follow Marsh if you like colourful, energetic portraits of pop culture figures with a side of politics. Read more...
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Soon Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t be the only semi-average person who can talk a good quantum computing game.
On Wednesday, IBM unveiled the world’s first cloud-based quantum computing experience. Starting today, regular humans will be able to access real quantum computing hardware based in IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, which means virtually anyone can run quantum computing experiments from the comfort of their lab, office or living room couch.
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Redditors will do anything for love.
User whatsausernamefor decided to ask fellow Redditors, "What is the most cringeworthy thing you did to woo your crush?" and boy, did they deliver.
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While few of these embarrassing displays of affection worked out, at least several wooers got into a steady, long-term relationship with their sad, cringey memories.
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French Fries. Chips. Pomme Frites. Whatever you call them, few of us can stop at just one fistful.
While you may know them as a savoury food item, those days are long gone. Groundbreaking chefs out there are pushing the envelope, helping make the potato a sweet and salty combination you'd consider having for dessert
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Not quite convinced? Here are a few ways you can use fries to cure a sweet tooth, with Australia leading the pack in this brave new world.
These "Blame Canada" fries are like poutine, but for dessert
Slightly influenced by Canada's classic poutine dish, Bar Luca from Sydney, Australia has put together their "Blame FriesCream" Fries, loaded with ice cream, salted smokey caramel sauce, maple bacon and chocolate — all on a bed of fries, of course. Read more...
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Forget texting. Sex could be the next greatest safety hazard facing our roadways.
As semi-autonomous systems like Tesla's Autopilot or Honda Sensing become more prevalent and lull drivers into a false sense of security, a new form of distracted driving might endanger people on the roads: in-car sex.
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"I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars," Barrie Kirk of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence told the CBC.
You might imagine, this is perhaps the most distracting thing you can do in a car. Accordingly, it could be devastatingly dangerous. Google estimates it takes 17 seconds to respond to an semi-autonomous car's prompts to retake control of the vehicle. I can only imagine, if in the midst of coitus, it's a bit longer than that. Read more...
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So it really happened. Blustery reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee for president.
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Given there's still a handful of primary elections, the conventions and the entire general election cycle still to come, we've got a ways to go. But the country is coming to terms Tuesday night with what few initially thought would happen and they've turned to Twitter to make sense of it all.
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A man protesting Target's new bathroom policy was responsible for causing a disturbance that was initially reported as an "active shooter" at one of the chain's stores in Bradley, Illinois.
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Police responded to a call of an active shooter at the store around 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon resulting in lockdowns at nearby stores and other law enforcement agencies responding to assist.
However, according to police, when they arrived on scene there were no indications of shots having been fired and the man, Michael Merichko, was taken into custody "without incident." Merichko caused people in the store to panic as he protested Target's inclusive bathroom policy. He was charged with disorderly conduct. Read more...
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If you're going to lose, do it with the style of a sullen teenager.
Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, 23, did just that on Tuesday, deciding for some reason to hold his racket in reverse while trying to "defend" match point at the Madrid Open.
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The world number 22 tried, with the least possible amount of effort, to hit back the serve of Italian Fabio Fognini who was up 40-0 in a 5-4 set. Predictably, the ball sailed past the ridiculously small surface area of Tomic's racket handle.
Tomic could have tried to win back three points in quick succession given he wasn't losing by that much, but nah, screw it. Tomic's appetite for bad behaviour has been a lingering issue for years, varying from accusations of lack of sportsmanship to getting arrested in Miami. Read more...
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Things did not end smoothly for the Cruz campaign.
After Ted Cruz announced the suspension of his campaign to a crowd of people crying and yelling "NO!" he had the most awkward send-off since Jeb Bush left the race in February.
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Immediately following a loving hug with his wife, Heidi Cruz, Ted accidentally knocks her in the nose, and follows it up with a swift elbow to the eye as he goes to give his father Rafael Cruz a hug. A fundamental mistake in the hug-to-hug transition.
In an attempt to right his wrong, Cruz then tries including Heidi in a very awkward group hug. Because there is no such thing as a non-awkward group hug. Read more...
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A massive wildfire fueled by record heat and low humidity threatened the Alberta oil boomtown of Fort McMurray on Tuesday evening, prompting the largest wildfire-related evacuation in the province's history.
Officials have ordered the entire city of Fort McMurray, with a population of about 61,000, to evacuate. The city is located about 270 miles (435 kilometers) northeast of Edmonton, Alberta.
The fire exploded in size on a day when temperatures soared 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) above average for this time of year following a relatively dry winter. The average high temperature on May 3 in Fort McMurray is 58.28 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6 degrees Celsius). Read more...
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