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Visiting Dignitaries

Prehistoric ‘Long-Legged Pig’ Named After Lookalike Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger, or prehistoric pig? You be the judge. (Wikimedia Commons)

In what really doesn’t sound like a flattering gesture at all, scientists have named a recently-discovered prehistoric pig after Mick Jagger because they look alike.

Researchers noticed that the 19 million-year-old “long legged pig” fossil, discovered in a remote location in Egypt, had a very distinct snout, the Guardian reports. A self-proclaimed “huge Stones fan,” researcher Ellen Miller said the “highly innervated muzzle with mobile and tactile lips” reminded her of none other than Mr. Jagger. They named the creature Jaggermeryx naida. Read More

XXX in Tech

A Birth Control Injection for Men Might Soon Be Here

Vasalgel could be on the market within three years. (Facebook)

With the exception of condoms and straight up abstinence, todays’ contraceptive options — birth control pills, diaphrams, IUDs, you name it — are generally made for women. But a nonprofit medical organization says that within three years, a contraceptive injection for men might be on the market.

The injectable drug, called Vasalgel, would be injected into the man’s vas deferens and block his sperm from making its way to his penis, the Daily Mail reports. To reverse the effects of the drugs, users would ideally inject another gel that would flush the Vasalgel away. Read More

Apple

The iPhone 6’s New Features, Ranked from Most to Least Exciting

Behold, the iPhone 6!

In case you haven’t ventured within a 50-foot radius of Twitter today, Apple debuted its highly-anticipated new iPhone 6 this afternoon. Because it’s hard to keep track of all those new features — NFC chip! f2.2 aperture! A8 processor! — and also because everything’s way more fun when it’s in list form, Betabeat has pooled its efforts to create a definitive list of the iPhone 6’s new features, ranked from most to least exciting. Read More

Amazon

Amazon Says ‘Screw It,’ Charges 99 Cents for Fire Phone

It's like an iPhone, but worse! (Facebook)

Customers are so excited about the iPhone 6, they’re willing to pay people to wait in line at the Apple Store for them. Sadly, we can’t say the same for the enthusiasm surrounding the Amazon Fire Phone, whose price has just been reduced to a measly $0.99.

The phone, which has been on the market for less than two months, has already decreased nearly $200 in price, Time reports. Amazon Devices’ vice president, Ian Freed, described the news in a press release today:

Fire is now 99 cents with a two-year contract, plus customers get one full year of Prime included. With access to all of the Prime content, Mayday, 32GB of memory and free unlimited cloud storage for photos, plus the exclusive Dynamic Perspective and Firefly features, Fire is another example of the value Amazon delivers to customers.

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Craigslist Goodies

There’s a Craigslist Black Market for iPhone 6 Line Sitters

Professional line sitters already camped out outside the Apple Store's Fifth Avenue location. (Twitter: Dan Benton)

Craigslist might be home to a ton of creepy job listings, but it can also be a valuable resource for people who vehemently hate waiting in line for stuff.

Take 2013’s cronut craze, for instance. New Yorkers who didn’t have the requisite 7485 hours to wait in line outside Dominique Ansel’s bakery could turn to Craigslist’s cronut black market, wherein people were purchasing the coveted baked goods, and selling them online at up to five times the original price.

With Apple set to unveil big news tomorrow, another such black market has emerged on Craiglist: iPhone 6 line sitters. For the low, low price of hundreds — or thousands, in one case — of dollars, impatient consumers can pay people to wait in line and purchase the newest iPhone for them, when it eventually hits stores at an unknown future date. Read More

Internet 911

Idiot Lights Himself On Fire For ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: A Play-By-Play

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We never thought we’d see the day when the Fire Challenge and the Ice Bucket Challenge were united as one.

Dubbed the Dumbest Man in the World by E!, the man in this YouTube video staged an absurd Ice Bucket Challenge wherein he lit his head on fire before dousing himself in ice water. To make matters more absurd, he also equipped himself with a tiny stars-and-stripes-covered vest, camouflage cargo shorts, and a giant Confederate flag. God Bless America. Read More