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Tormund From Game of Thrones Is Beardless, And It’s Amazing Everyone

Sometimes an item or look becomes part of someone, to the point where one can’t distinguish them without it. It could be a particular piece of clothing, hair style, hair color, or just a way they move. The point is that it’s them, and when they lose it it’s impossible to see them the same way.

That was the case when Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju, known for playing the fan-favorite character Tormund Giantsbane in the show, had pictures of himself without his iconic beard released online.

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American Sailors Missing After Naval Ship Collides With Oil Tanker

Ten American sailors went missing on Sunday, August 20, after a collision with a cargo ship. The American missile destroyer, USS John S. McCain, collided with a 183m-long oil tanker, Alnic MC, at 10:24 AM (NZT) along the coast of eastern Singapore.

A week later on Monday, August 28, the remains of all ten missing sailors were found. The navy said that all 10 of the men died within the destroyer.

The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 was created to prevent collisions between shipping vessels. Today, 95% of the world’s cargo is transported by ship, and international shipping lanes are more crowded than ever.

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Can We Actually Learn in Our Sleep? Researchers Say Yes

It is the dream of many a college student — to doze off and learn course material while you sleep. While this may seem like an unrealistic pipe dream, new research has shown that this may actually be more realistic than one might think.

New research published in the journal Nature Communications shows that it is possible for someone to form auditory memories while sleeping. To come to this exciting conclusion, researchers played complex sound patterns while test subjects were sleeping to see if their memory could actually remember these patterns once awake. And it turned out they did — the sleepers were able to recognize with perfect accuracy the noises they heard in their sleep.
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Team of International Botanists Create World’s First True Blue Flower

Photo c/o Nanobu NARO

Flowers have plenty of meanings. For example, red carnations symbolize deep love, white represents pure love, and yellow is meant for dejection. There are meanings for every color flower in the rainbow, except blue. 

That’s because a true blue flower doesn’t exist. Until now.
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Bride Calls Off Wedding, Turns Reception Into Celebration for Homeless Veterans

One Indiana bride is making headlines by using her called-off wedding to make dozens of people happy.

Sarah Cummins and her ex-fiance Logan Araujo were set to get married in the middle of July. Unfortunately, they called the wedding off the week before the big day. The former fiances were left with a reception venue and food for 170 guests that was nonrefundable. The wedding was booked at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, near Indianapolis, and was worth about $30,000.

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Daddy Yankee Officially Becomes First Latin Artist To Reach Number One On Spotify

In an email to The Associated Press last week, Spotify announced that Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, also known as Daddy Yankee, is officially the first Latino artist to reach the music streaming service’s number one spot.

With hits such as Gasolina, Despacito, and Shaky Shaky, Daddy Yankee surpassed Ed Sheeran, who previously held the coveted number-one spot, according to USA Today. Continue reading

Department of Veterans Affairs Fires 500+ With Presumably More To Come

While veterans programs like VA home loans have helped more than 22 million veterans achieve homeownership, a radical shakeup within The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs itself will likely mean that hundreds of former employees will be in need of help themselves. Since Donald Trump took office on January 20, the VA has fired 525 staffers — and there are probably more dismissals on the way. Continue reading