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Liberals Accuse McConnell Of Favoring China Because Of Wife’s Race

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WASHINGTON — Kentucky liberals have accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of making policy decisions about trade with China based on the fact that his wife is Chinese, claiming she has undue influence over his positions.

The liberal organization Progress Kentucky has in at least two instances sought to make the Chinese heritage of McConnell’s wife an issue in his relection campaign.

First, in a Feb. 14 tweet, the group wrote, “This woman has the ear of (Sen. McConnell)—she’s his wife. May explain why your job moved to China!” and included a link to a conspiracy website alleging McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, had discriminated against Americans during her time as Labor Secretary. The tweet was first reported by Louisville public radio station WFPL

Then in a second tweet on Feb. 26, the group wrote “China Premier grateful to McConnell father-in-law/@KYGOPcontributor-4 his role in developing China industry” and including a link to a China State Shipbuilding Corporation press release.

The daughter of Taiwanese immigrations, Chao was born in the United States and has been a leading conservative figure on labor issues for years. Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China are separate nations.

A spokesman for the group, Curtis Morrison, sought to downplay the tweet in a comment to WFPL.

“It’s not an official statement. It’s a Tweet. And we will remove it if it’s wrong … People make mistakes in Tweets. It happens. Inferring that Elaine Chao is not a U.S. citizen was not our intention,” Morrison told the radio station.

However, while the group has deleted other tweets since then, both of the Chao tweets remained in their feed as of Feb. 26.

McConnell’s campaign spokesman Jesse Benton slammed the tweets as racist.

“Secretary Chao and her family are shining examples of the American Dream: salt-of-the-earth folks who escaped oppression, came here with nothing, joined our great melting pot, worked exceptionally hard to build a thriving business, and then dedicated so much of their lives to giving back,” Benton said in a statement.

“It is unconscionable that anyone would use blatant race-baiting for political again. Progress Kentucky should be ashamed of themselves. We hope all Americans can agree that these disgusting tactics have no place in American politics as we try to bring people together to solve our difficult problems,” he added.

UPDATE: The executive director of Progress Kentucky, Shawn Reilly, himself retweeted one of the two attacks, which focused on McConnell’s father-in-law:

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10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Our Reality

Cool technologies that were once reserved for science fiction are invading our reality at an accelerating pace. In some cases, our Earth-bound scientists have proven that seemingly impossible technologies can be developed, but they still have some obstacles to overcome first. In other cases, those technologies are already here.

10Squishy Robots

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If you’ve watched the movie Terminator 2 then you’ve seen the T-1000 robot squeeze through tight areas by changing into a liquid. It could repair itself that way, too. Now, scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have made their own version of the shape-shifting T-1000 a reality.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wanted deformable (or “squishy”) robots that acted like an octopus. That means they could squeeze through tight spaces and enlarge afterward to move around a larger space. In a surgical setting, a squishy robot would be able to move to a certain point in a human body without causing damage to blood vessels or organs. Then it could perform the necessary surgical task. In a search-and-rescue operation, a squishy robot could squeeze through rubble to find survivors.

To achieve these goals, scientists needed a material that could shift between a hard state (when the robot would handle tools or perform other tasks) and a soft state (when the robot would squeeze under or between objects). As Anette Hosoi, an MIT professor, said in a news release, “You can’t just create a bowl of Jell-O, because if the Jell-O has to manipulate an object, it would simply deform without applying significant pressure to the thing it was trying to move.”

Ultimately, the scientists chose a low-cost, polyurethane foam which could squeeze to an extremely small size and expand to its normal shape afterward. Then they coated it with wax that’s cheaply available in craft stores. By applying medium heat to wires running along coated foam struts, the wax could morph from a hard shell to a soft surface. The current could be turned on and off as needed. When heat was applied to the wax, the robot would also repair itself automatically.

9Mind Control Of Inanimate Objects

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In “Spock’s Brain,” an episode from the original Star Trek series, a beautiful Eymorg extracted the brain from Mr. Spock’s body and used it to control things like air circulation in the underground complex where her people lived. Successfully removing someone’s brain to run a building may seem far-fetched, but controlling an inanimate object with your thoughts has become reality.

The goal of a project called “Brainflight,” which is funded by the European Union, is to control an airplane using only the signals from a human brain. The researchers want to make flying easier, cheaper from a training standpoint, and accessible to more people. They believe this will increase safety by reducing the burden on current pilots.

The initial test results have been amazingly accurate. While wearing a cap with electroencephalography (EEG) electrodes attached, a pilot’s brain waves are converted into commands for the aircraft. The pilot never touches the equipment or controls. Instead, they appear to move by themselves. But it’s not mind reading, just signal processing determined by an algorithm developed by the researchers. The position of the plane will repeatedly correct until it lands smoothly—all through mind control.

Seven people with various levels of experience participated in flight simulator tests. One participant had no real cockpit experience, but everyone was precise enough in their thought commands to pass the flying portion of a pilot’s license test. Many of the participants were even able to land smoothly under conditions of poor visibility.

8Weather Modification

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On Star Trek: The Next Generation and other sci-fi shows, the characters sometimes mentioned “scientific” techniques that would stop tornadoes or modify the weather in other ways. But they were just creations from a writer’s imagination. Even in our world, some people make up conspiracy theories about weather modification. Well, they’re about to get something real to talk about.

Researchers from the University of Central Florida and the University of Arizona are enhancing a way to shoot a high-energy laser beam into the clouds to produce rain or lightning on demand. Other researchers have been able to cause an electrical event in the clouds, although they couldn’t trigger a bolt of lightning.

The Florida and Arizona researchers faced at least a couple of problems. First, they had to make sure that this type of high-energy laser beam didn’t fizzle out before it reached the target. They also needed to aim the beam from a safe distance to avoid being struck by lightning. To solve these problems, they decided to use a secondary laser beam to surround and sustain the high-intensity primary beam. With the secondary laser acting as an energy reservoir, the primary laser beam could travel much farther than before. It’s like using a laser extension cord to reach the clouds.

With their method, they’ve extended the reach of the laser from 25 centimeters (10 in) to at least two meters (7 ft). But they believe it’s possible to go 50 meters (165 ft) or more. This would allow us to control rain and lightning over a vast area.

7Tractor Beams

Tractor beams that use energy to pull objects toward you or your ship are commonly used in science fiction, especially in Star Wars and Star Trek. But for a long time, it seemed contrary to the laws of physics in the real world. Recently, though, scientists at Australian National University developed a tractor beam on water. According to the leader of the team, Dr. Horst Punzmann, they “figured out a way of creating waves that can force a floating object to move against the direction of the wave.” In other words, this wave-generated tractor beam draws the item to it.

Using a wave tank, the scientists figured out how to move a ping pong ball in the direction they wanted by manipulating the frequency and size of the waves generated. They discovered that these three-dimensional waves cause currents on the water’s surface in different patterns. One of those patterns is a tractor beam that should be useful in containing oil spills or maneuvering objects adrift in the water.

Physicists at the University of Dundee have also developed an acoustic tractor beam that’s able to move an object of 1 centimeter (0.4 in) in size. Until now, only microscopic objects have been moved with this type of beam. The scientists were able to use ultrasound energy to exert force behind the object and move it toward the ultrasound device. They believe that this technology will significantly advance the use of ultrasound in healthcare.


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Another Star Trek device is the tricorder, a handheld scanner that was often used by Dr. McCoy to scan patients when making a medical diagnosis. Other characters used tricorders to scan for life forms or to analyze planet surfaces. In our world, the technology now exists to make certain types of tricorders a distinct possibility in the near future.

At the University of Southampton, scientists are developing a handheld medical scanner that uses electronic components as chemical sensors. That would allow for same-day diagnosis of protein samples from a patient’s bedside. These scanners reduce the cost and time needed to get a patient their treatment by eliminating the need to send samples to a lab.

Other scientists at the University of Missouri are developing another type of tricorder that uses a radiation source as small as a stick of gum. Their tricorder would be a handheld X-ray scanner that could be used for medical X-rays, for fighting terrorism, or even for interplanetary exploration.

The scanner itself would be the size of a cell phone. In addition to reducing medical expenses, this tricorder could bring much needed X-ray diagnostic services to patients in poor, remote areas. It could also be used for dental X-rays that reduce the patient’s exposure to radiation.

To fight terrorism, this tricorder could search cargo for weapons and other illegal items at points of entry into a country. Plus, these scanners could be designed with sensors to help in exploring planets, either our own or others if used on interplanetary probes.

5Biometric Payments With Vein Scanning

It’s commonplace in science fiction to use retina scans or other biometric methods to access top-secret information, like with Project Genesis on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Now Fredrik Leifland, an engineering student at Sweden’s Lund University, has taken that concept and applied it to biometric payments that access secure bank accounts. As of April 2014, there were 15 restaurants and stores in Sweden that used Leifland’s vein-scanning technology to take payments from a customer’s bank account. At that time, about 1,600 customers were actively using the system as an alternative to paying with cash or credit cards.

This vein-scanning payment method is supposed to be easy, quick, and secure. As Leifland said in a Lund University article, “Every individual’s vein pattern is completely unique, so there really is no way of committing fraud with this system. You always need your hand scanned for a payment to go through.”

Signing up for hand payments appears to be fairly easy. You go to a store with a vein-scanning terminal. Then you enter some personally identifying information and scan your hand three times. You get a text message with an activation link. Finally, you complete a registration form with all the necessary banking information and you’re good to go.

4Robonauts With Space Legs

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Human-like robots have been a mainstay in science fiction films, TV, books, and comic books. They run the gamut from Astro Boy to C-3PO and beyond. In the real world, we have Robonaut, a robot designed by General Motors and NASA which we told you about before.

But the human-like Robonaut 2 (R2) is now taking the next step. The R2 robot aboard the International Space Station (ISS) originally had just a head and torso with two arms and hands. That meant astronauts had to take work to the robot.

But that’s changing—now, R2 has climbing legs to take over more duties from the astronauts. This is the first robonaut in space that’s mobile. R2 will start by working inside the space station with the eventual goal of being able to work outside the station. NASA wants to send increasingly sophisticated robonauts wherever humans go in space. Whether astronauts intend to go to a moon or a planet, robonauts will be useful. They may go ahead of humans to get things ready, go with humans to help with the tasks of everyday living and exploration, or stay without humans to maintain things in space.

3Deflector Shields

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University of Leicester students wrote an interesting paper on the feasibility of creating Star Wars–type deflector shields to protect a spaceship from enemy laser fire in today’s world. According to these students, you’d need to use a strong magnetic field to contain a dense, super-hot plasma field around your ship. To deflect higher frequencies of laser radiation, you’d need denser plasma in your shield.

This might seem implausible, but we already use a similar technique with radio communications and radar. You see, the ionosphere that surrounds our planet is a plasma field. It reflects radio transmissions and radar back to Earth just as a shield around a spaceship would deflect laser fire.

Although the required magnet strength for a deflector is possible today, there are at least a couple of problems that need to be overcome to shield a spaceship. First, the size of the necessary power source would be so big that there wouldn’t be much room left in your spaceship. Our science hasn’t yet developed a power source that’s feasible in size. The second problem is that pilots would be effectively blinded by the shield. Any shield that deflects light radiation also prevents light from getting to the pilot. So unless the Force is guiding you, you’d need another light source that’s beyond the frequency of light radiation. An ultraviolet camera would be one possibility.

Even though we’re not ready to engage the Imperial Fleet yet, there are other applications for this type of technology that we could use here on Earth. For example, instead of deflecting the radiation, the Leicester students suggest trapping it for use with a fusion reactor.

2Cloaking Devices

In fiction, cloaking devices appear in many forms, from the Romulan cloaking device in Star Trek that could hide a spaceship, to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, to the perfectly camouflaged Predator that blends in with its jungle environment.

We’re not able to hide a spaceship yet, but real cloaking technologies are being developed in today’s world for light, sound, touch, and heat. Many of these technologies are expected to use artificial metamaterials, which refract light in such a way that an object is rendered invisible. Since we last talked about metamaterials, scientists have developed a way to use unfocused laser light like needles to help produce metamaterials at the nanoscale. Metamaterials are also being developed to cloak sound and touch.

There are still a lot of hurdles to overcome before metamaterials become part of our everyday reality. One problem is cost. Another is scalability. But scientists are making progress in that area by working on a technique called nanotransfer printing that will make larger swaths of metamaterial.

There’s one type of cloak that is a reality today. According to engineers at the National University of Singapore, a Predator-like device is possible right now to some extent. These engineers have created a device that can simultaneously provide the illusion of camouflage and render someone “invisible” by blocking their thermal signature. That means that the person can’t be tracked by their body’s heat signature.

This method of cloaking soldiers is cost-effective because it uses natural, self-warming materials instead of more complicated metamaterials. The thermal cloak is ready to go for military applications and can be easily scaled, if necessary. Researchers are also working on a camouflage device that will see color and match it so that an object can blend in with its surroundings like an octopus does.

1Rosie The Robot Maid

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Even cartoons can inspire technology. Rosie the Robot was a maid that the space-age Jetsons hired to do their housework. In the early 1960s, when the cartoon aired, that seemed like a futuristic fantasy. But today we’re a big step closer to the reality of anyone being able to buy or rent an inexpensive robot to sweep up or even detect a gas leak. You’d simply contact a robotic helper facility, tell them what you need, and in about an hour they’d provide a basic robot to complete your task.

That’s the vision of scientists who’ve devised robots that can assemble themselves and walk or crawl away to do their jobs without human intervention. These engineers built a self-assembling robot that can put itself together in four minutes using little more than paper and a children’s toy called Shrinky Dinks, which are sheets of flexible plastic that shrink when heated into small, hard plates. This method is patterned after the way amino acids self-assemble into proteins with different functions. These robots could be used on Earth and in space, although they’re not quite ready for prime time. The scientists want to experiment with materials that are stronger and need less heat to work.

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This Driver Pulled Over A Police Officer For Going 90 MPH On The Highway

On Friday, a Florida woman took matters into her own hands when she spotted a police officer allegedly driving over the speed limit.

The woman, Claudia Castillo, was driving along the highway in Miami when a police car reportedly breezed past her at a high speed. After following the cop for a while, Castillo said she realized the officer was driving upward of 90 miles per hour.

So, what did she do? She pulled him over, of course.

Castillo tailed the Miami-Dade police officer for several miles, until he apparently conceded and pulled onto the shoulder. When he did, he approached Castillos car, andshe caught the whole thing on film.

The video from the incident shows Castillo chastising the officer for speeding and eventually squeezing an apology out of him.

After reminding the officer to be safe, the woman sent the very confused policeman back on his way.

The video, later posted to YouTube, since wentviral with over 144,000 views. Its amazing, but my question is this: How did she know the cop wasnt speeding off to some crime scene? Kind of a risky move pulling over a cop, no?

Fortunately, it all worked out in Castillos favor.

Watch the video below.

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Family Of Christina Grimmie Releases Touching Tribute Video During Memorial

Fans, friends and family got to bid a final farewell to deceased singer Christina Grimmie during a memorial service on Friday night.

The public service was held near Grimmie’s hometown of Evesham Township, New Jersey, andattracted over 1000 supporters, according to

Duringthe service, Christina’s brother, Marcus, described how the singer was true to her nature, even down to her last moment.

Marcus said,

All the rumors are true, that when the gunman came he was very quick.It happened so fast that her arms were open. That’s how she treated everyone she knew. Her arms were open to them at all times.

Grimmie was killed last week after a performance in Orlando. She had been with fans when a man attacked her.

Marcuswould eventually tackle the gunman who targeted the singer. The gunman then turned the weapon on himself, committing suicide.

At the memorial service, her brother added,

I don’t have anything to say, I don’t have words still and it’s a good and bad thing. All I’m going to say is thank God for the mark that she left on this world.

After Grimmie’s Twitter handle was the subject of a eerie and morbid post after her death, her account sent out another post on Friday. This time, it was a much more touching, straightforward and poignant message, attached with apowerful tribute video.

The full tribute was shown at Grimmie’s memorial service, according to Rolling Stone, and is available in the player above.

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Planet Spotted Forming In Binary System

Planets may form in multi-star systems more often than we realised and indeed we might even have caught one in the act.

The idea of planets with twin (or more) suns makes for great science fiction visuals and plot devices, but for a long time no one was sure how realistic it was for these to exist. 

If two stars are widely spaced, it would be possible for a planet to survive orbiting one without being greatly affected by the other, but could it form that way? What about a Tatooine situation where a planet orbits both stars at once?

These questions discouraged astronomers from even looking for planets in binary systems. A planet was found in 1993 orbiting PSR B1620-26, which was a pulsar/white dwarf combination but aside from this case, most early planetary discoveries were around single stars. Now, however, new configurations are being revealed. It is clear that circumbinary planets are not just isolated freaks, but there is still a lot we don’t know about how they come to be.

All of this makes the images from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) of the GG Tauri system exceptionally exciting. Located 460 light years away in the Taurus Dark Cloud, GG Tauri is a set of five stars 1 to 5 million years old; so young they are still surrounded by a protoplanetary disk. Two of the stars are so distant they would not affect planetary formation, but the area known as GG Tauri A contains three stars with distances less than that between the Sun and Neptune.

On closer examination there is a major disk hundreds of astronomical units wide encircling the brightest star (GG Tauri-Aa) and its two tightly locked companions, along with an inner disk 15 AU wide surrounding GG Tauri-Aa alone. 

The mass of the inner disk is estimated to roughly equal that of Jupiter, although whether it will eventually become one large planet or several smaller ones remains to be seen. The most significant aspect of the findings however, is the connection between the inner and outer material. 

In Nature, Dr. Anne Dutrey of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) reports that material is streaming between the two, and refreshing the inner disk, which otherwise would be depleted within a few thousand years as material became captured by the stars in their orbits.

“Material flowing through the cavity was predicted by computer simulations but never imaged before. Detecting these clumps indicates that material is moving between the disks, allowing one to feed off the other,” says Dutrey. “These observations demonstrate that material from the outer disk can sustain the inner disk for a long time. This has major consequences for potential planet formation.”

Planets take a millions year to coalesce, so if the inner disk could not survive for that time they would never get the chance to form. The umbilical cord of gas and dust running between the two disks could be enough to eventually birth a new world, indicating the hunt for extrasolar planets should widen its focus to include locations previously written off as unlikely.

There are signs that a planet may be starting to form at the outer edge of the inner disk, but Dutrey says more observations are needed to confirm this.

University of Hawaii. A wider view of the GG Tauri system, with the stars themselves and masked.

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50 Things You Simply Must Do In Birmingham

Bham is back and cooler than ever.

1. Watch fireworks at Vulcan

Watch fireworks at Vulcan

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Vulcan is Birmingham’s famous patron god (Iron City, anyone?) whose statue overlooks downtown (and moons Homewood). It’s by far the best place to watch fireworks… except for those who get queasy from heights.

2. Attend a baseball game at Regions Field

Attend a baseball game at Regions Field

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Birmingham’s newly-built baseball stadium has helped revive downtown and Birmingham’s love for the sport. It features a beautiful view of the city (perfect during a sunset) and is conveniently located across from Good People Brewing Company- Birmingham’s famous local brewery!

3. Enjoy a sunny day at Railroad Park

Enjoy a sunny day at Railroad Park

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And attend one of their free exercise classes while you’re there! And be sure to check out the “You Are Beautiful” graffiti nearby- part of a campaign to uplift Birmingham and its citizens.

4. Get some local coffee at Urban Standard

Get some local coffee at Urban Standard

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This cool spot on 2nd Avenue North also has some delicious sandwiches, local brews, and some of the best cupcakes you’ll find in the city.

5. Or enjoy coffee and catch up on your reading at Church Street Coffee and Books

Or enjoy coffee and catch up on your reading at Church Street Coffee and Books

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Local coffee, great books, delicious baked goods, and an awesome staff, this is the best little nook to study or catch up with friends. (Be sure to try the Breakup Cookie, their claim to fame).

6. Explore the treasures at What’s On Second

Explore the treasures at What's On Second

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This little antique shop (next to Urban Standard!) is home to some of the weirdest and coolest little knickknacks in town.

7. Dine at the award-winning restaurants

Dine at the award-winning restaurants

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Hot and Hot Fish Club is home to the world-renowned chef Chris Hastings, famous for beating Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America (yes, really). Other award winners include Highlands Bar and Grill (featured above), Gianmarco’s Restaurant, Avo, Ocean, Bottega, and more!

8. Breakfast at Bogue’s

Breakfast at Bogue's

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This local treasure features some of the best southern breakfast foods in the city.

9. Or, if it’s Sunday, grab some brunch at Trattoria Centrale

Or, if it's Sunday, grab some brunch at Trattoria Centrale

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If you get there right when they open, you may have to wait a while, but it will all be worth it when you get some of their French toast.

10. Have (at least) one crazy night at Zydeco

Have (at least) one crazy night at Zydeco

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Regrettable? Maybe. Worth it? No doubt.

11. Attend a concert at Iron City

Attend a concert at Iron City

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This new venue in Birmingham is already making huge waves. With bands like Neutral Milk Hotel, Local Natives, Trey Anastasio Band, Neko Case, and Arctic Monkeys, this is becoming the new hit venue in the city. Other venues to check out include Workplay, BJCC, Boutwell Auditorium, and the Forge.

12. Or, if you’re feeling indie, catch a show at Bottletree Cafe

Or, if you're feeling indie, catch a show at Bottletree Cafe

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Last June, comedian Rob Delaney praised Bottletree in a tweet, saying, “No offense other venues but I think I’m gonna marry @BottletreeCafe in Birmingham. If you’re a performer, get here. It’s NUTS”. This cool venue showcases comedians, spoken word poets, well-known indie bands, and local performers, as well as the best vegan food in Birmingham.

13. After your show, grab some late night at Al’s Deli and Grill

After your show, grab some late night at Al's Deli and Grill

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Located in Five Points and next to UAB, Al’s is another beloved local treasure. Open 24 / 7, you can always count on Al’s for some delicious Mediterranean-American food (be sure to try the Baker!).

14. Watch the sunset from Red Mountain near English Village

Watch the sunset from Red Mountain near English Village

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This spot is somewhat hard to find, but any true Birmingham native will know how to find it- and once you do, it will take your breath away.

15. Grab some delicious bbq at Saw’s

Grab some delicious bbq at Saw's

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Whoever said Alabama wasn’t home to the best BBQ clearly never ate here. Whether at Saw’s BBQ in Homewood, Saw’s Soul Kitchen in Avondale, or Saw’s Juke Joint in Crestline, your whole world is about to change. I recommend the smoked chicken sandwich with white BBQ sauce.

16. Spend a day at McWane Science Center

Spend a day at McWane Science Center

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Experiment with weight, sleep on the bed of nails, play with optical illusions, or enjoy an IMAX. One of the best places to get kids interested in science.

17. Marvel at the Satanic Fountain in Five Points

Marvel at the Satanic Fountain in Five Points

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One of Birmingham’s weirdest features, this famous fountain in Five Points is still the object of great speculation. Some people claim the fountain, which features a ram-headed storyteller, to be satanic, while others say it’s just art. Have no fear though- I’m pretty sure the church behind it negates any evil it might emanate.

18. While you’re there, veg out at Golden Temple

While you're there, veg out at Golden Temple

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This health foods store and cafe in Five Points is home to Birmingham’s only exclusively-vegetarian menu as well as some cool purses, jewelry, and clothes.

19. Go hiking at Ruffner Mountain Park

Go hiking at Ruffner Mountain Park

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This serene haven in the city is home to some beautiful trails and even more beautiful cliff views.

20. Zipline at Red Mountain Park

Zipline at Red Mountain Park

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This park offers a beautiful zip tour of the local woods as well as beautiful hiking and biking trails- and soon a dog park!

21. While you’re feeling outdoorsy, picnic at Oak Mountain State Park

While you're feeling outdoorsy, picnic at Oak Mountain State Park

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Hike, run, bike, swim, canoe, and geek out when you find some of the spots Marble Hornets was filmed.

22. See a film at the Alabama Theater

See a film at the Alabama Theater

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Built in 1927, it’s one of the most beautiful structures in Birmingham. It’s also the best place to catch movies not in commercial theaters. Come by for their Christmas movie series, Harry Potter marathons, summer movie shows, and the annual Rocky Horror Picture show (and the pre-movie singalongs, of course!).

23. Go to Secret Stages

Go to Secret Stages

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Secret Stages is Birmingham’s new music festival. Hosted downtown over a weekend in August, attendees can see up to 80 bands from all over the US (including Birmingham!) in the Historic Loft District.

24. Float down the Cahaba River

Float down the Cahaba River

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Grab a tube and some friends and float down the Cahaba River on a hot summer day. You can also canoe, kayak, swim, and, if you’re bold, jump in using one of the rope swings.

25. Stock up on some fresh food at the Pepper Place Market

Stock up on some fresh food at the Pepper Place Market

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Birmingham’s biggest farmers market is held on Saturdays in Pepper Place from mid-April to mid-December. Come by for fresh food from local farms, music, clothes, jewelry, pottery, and good company.

26. Support local artists at Art Walk

Support local artists at Art Walk

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Art Walk is an arts festival held in September on 2nd Avenue North. Shops open their spaces to local artists, and attendees can purchase any available art, meet the artists, listen to good music, or just enjoy the local art scene.

27. While you’re feeling artsy, visit the Birmingham Museum of Art

While you're feeling artsy, visit the Birmingham Museum of Art

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The museum is free to the general public and includes incredible exhibits, including an outdoor sculpture garden.

28. Attend Art on the Rocks

Attend Art on the Rocks

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While you’re at the art museum, stay for Art on the Rocks, a summertime series featuring the best of local art. Drinks, food, music, performances, activities, and features of local artists are available to attendees (of legal age, of course).

29. See a play at Virginia Samford Theater

See a play at Virginia Samford Theater

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This theatrical treasure showcases the best of local theater- from comedians to musicians to dancers to actors. Summer classes and workshops are also available for those hoping to express themselves with a little more flair.

30. Climb at First Avenue Rocks

Climb at First Avenue Rocks

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First Ave is Birmingham’s indoor climbing gym- one Birmingham natives have embraced fully. Learn to boulder, buy climbing supplies, or bulk up in their gym.

31. Or, if it’s just too pretty outside, climb at Moss Rock

Or, if it's just too pretty outside, climb at Moss Rock

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Moss Rock Preserve is home to some beautiful trails, creeks, and boulders, just ready and waiting to be explored.

32. Go to the Symphony (like the royal you are)

Go to the Symphony (like the royal you are)

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra is the state’s only full-time professional orchestra. Though they usually play at a few select indoor venues, they’ve been known to play a few outdoor concerts in local parks- perfect for a summer night.

33. Participate in the Mercedes Marathon

Participate in the Mercedes Marathon

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Run the marathon or the half marathon and get some free beer and massages. Running not your thing? Come out and cheer your fellow citizens on- and discover some beautiful parts of Birmingham you haven’t seen before.

34. Pig out at one of the food festivals

Pig out at one of the food festivals

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The Greek and Lebanese Food Festivals are two of the biggest food festivals in Birmingham and are sure to leave you happy, full, and wishing you were Mediterranean. Be sure to check out the students dancers, the Lebanese family tree, and grab some of that Greek coffee while you’re there.

35. Attend a music festival at Avondale Brewery

Attend a music festival at Avondale Brewery

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We love our festivals in Birmingham, and luckily for us, Avondale Brewery does too! This local brewery and restaurant hosts several family-friendly music festivals over the summer. The day-long festivals have featured some great local artists, including up-and-coming St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

36. Cool down with some Doodles

Cool down with some Doodles

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Doodles is Birmingham’s beloved homemade Italian ice and sorbet provider. Located in Cahaba Heights, there’s nothing better on a hot day than one of their treats. But be sure to stick around during the fall to grab some of their delicious Great Pumpkin sorbet.

37. Not a fan of Italian ice? Stop by Steel City Pops instead

Not a fan of Italian ice? Stop by Steel City Pops instead

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Steel City Pops is Birmingham’s gourmet popsicle store. With various locations throughout the city, it’s the best place to indulge on handmade, all-natural popsicles and show your love for the city.

38. If you’ve got a major sweet tooth, stop by Savage’s Bakery

If you've got a major sweet tooth, stop by Savage's Bakery

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Seriously, do you see all that icing? Nom nom nom nom nom.

39. Or grab some cupcakes with your lunch at Olexa’s

Or grab some cupcakes with your lunch at Olexa's

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Olexa’s is an adorable French restaurant in Mountain Brook Village that also happens to have some of the most delicious treats in town.

40. Burn off those calories with a run on Jemison Trail

Burn off those calories with a run on Jemison Trail

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And be sure to check out the historic Old Mill!

41. Get scared at Sloss Furnace

Get scared at Sloss Furnace

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Sloss is one of the oldest and most famous structures in Birmingham- and one of the coolest. It’s now a sort of interpretive museum of industry and is home to a bunch of awesome metal artwork. It’s also a cool venue and, near Halloween, a haunted house. Furnaces were dangerous back in the day, and there are a bunch of ghost stories surrounding the site, making it one of the most haunted structures in town.

42. Learn about Birmingham’s history at the Civil Rights Institute

Learn about Birmingham's history at the Civil Rights Institute

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Birmingham was at the center of the Civil Rights Movement, and its history is riddled with stories of triumph and stories of deep discrimination and violence. The Civil Rights Institute is open to the public and has incredibly moving exhibits- by the time you see the 16th Street Baptist Church, famous for the bombing and killing of 4 little girls, you’ll be speechless.

43. Picnic at the Botanical Garden

Picnic at the Botanical Garden

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The Birmingham Botanical Garden is located in Mountain Brook Village and is home to dozens of gardens, secluded little nooks and crannies, and beautiful trails. It’s also a popular wedding destination.

44. Go to Zoolight Safari

Go to Zoolight Safari

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Each December, the Birmingham Zoo hosts Zoolight Safari, which is basically when they cover the zoo in thousands of beautiful twinkle lights. Few things were more magical as a kid.

45. Go to a race at Barber Motorsports

Go to a race at Barber Motorsports

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Barber Motorsports hosts dozens of races a year and also happens to be incredible beautiful and cool (yes, those are giant spiders). While you’re there, be sure to stop by the museum and check out some vintage motorcycles.

46. Attend a UAB Blazers basketball game

Attend a UAB Blazers basketball game

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Some people are Auburn fans, some people are Alabama fans, but in Birmingham, everyone’s a Blazer fan. Cheer on the Blazers to a win- but maybe leave the paint at home.

47. Host a party with some Ousler’s sandwiches

Host a party with some Ousler's sandwiches

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Ousler’s sandwiches are basically mini celebrities in Birmingham. There are few parties you’ll go to where you won’t find some of these incredibly delicious (and addicting) delights. Just make sure to pace yourself- it’s way too easy to scarf down a whole plate.

48. Visit some of the incredible churches

Visit some of the incredible churches

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Whether or not you subscribe to any Christian beliefs, if you love architecture, you’ll love some of these churches. The Cathedral of St. Paul is one of the most famous Catholic churches in the south- and I think it’s obvious why. If you’re into a warmer feel, check out the Cathedral Church of the Advent for some insanely beautiful woodworking.

49. Stroll through the Color Tunnel at Night

Stroll through the Color Tunnel at Night

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The Color Tunnel is new but was instantly popular. Tumblr is obsessed with this tunnel and so is the rest of Birmingham.

50. Attend Sidewalk Film Festival

Attend Sidewalk Film Festival

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The Sidewalk Film Festival is Birmingham’s annual local film festival, showcasing student and professional films downtown. Some of its most notable films include “4 Little Girls,” a film on the 16th Baptist Church bombing and “Our Mockingbird,” a documentary about the partnership between two schools and their production of “To Kill A Mockingbird”- one that even Harper Lee came out to see.

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Celebrities Pretending To DJ


Jessica Szohr, of Gossip Girl


Danny Masterson, of That ’70s Show.


Hulk Hogan. I pretty much only did this post so I could post this photo.


Kelly Rutherford, aka Lily Bass of Gossip Girl


DJ Frodo, aka Elijah Wood


Olivia Palermo (She was on “The City,” she counts as a celebrity!)


Michelle Rodriguez


Audrina Patridge


Idris Elba (aka STRINGER BELL!!!!!)


Tommy Lee, opening for Skrillex


Mindy Kaling

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Online Dating Advice From Insane Dudes

There’s a special kind of person on internet dating sites who isn’t just there to find love (or sex), but who wants to work out their Ann Landers fantasies on unsuspecting users. That is, instead of just sending or responding to a message, they send advice. Lots of advice, about what’s wrong with your profile, about how your message was insufficient, about how your picture is bad.

Now don’t get me wrong — clearly, I enjoy criticizing online dating messages and profiles more than the average bird. I understand the impulse to respond to a person’s message with an explanation of what they’re doing wrong, because so many people do so many things wrong. But responding directly to a profile with unsolicited criticism (unless they’ve done something totally offensive, in which case, hate on haters) is just plain rude.

User: How about a date? Drink etc.

Me: Yeah, that sounds like fun. How about next week? Always enjoy meeting new people. xx

User: always enjoy meeting new people? That’s not a nice thing to say. It’s very generic. You seem to be a generic person. When you write to someone, you should explain why exactly you want to meet them. I think you should start making more of an effort with other people or you will never find anyone to settle with. You will just be going from one guy to the next like every other seedy gay. Don’t get angry and bite back. I told you something which is so true. Learn from it. Accept it. Try to alter your ways and treat guys with a bit more respect.

“When you write to someone you should explain why exactly you want to meet them” and “you should start making an effort” is excellent advice coming from a guy who’s opening line was “Drink etc.”

And there’s this guy, who directly jumps into explaining to one girl how her politics is ruining her online dating experience:

You’re psuedo-liberal, trusting of government and into eugenics….. There’s your problem right there.

Thank you, without this totally unsolicited message, this lady — who it should be said does not in fact list “eugenics” or anything like it in her interests — would have had no idea what her problem was.

But that’s nothing like the advice from this guy — remember, this is through an online dating service — who tells one woman:

if you don’t want to get treated like a piece of meat, don’t go out dressing like that. you’re obviously flaunting it. but if you don’t want a guy to “victimize” you and look at you like a piece of eye candy… don’t dress like that showing off everything. i’m sorry, i just don’t sympathize w/ girls who don’t want to be treated like that but then dress up like they obviously know what they have and they want guys to notice it. y’all can’t have it both ways. well, maybe there is absolutely nothing wrong w/ being sexist. maybe there’s something wrong w/ being a feminist. y’all are nuts. you can’t expect to dress like a whore and have a guy not think you are one.

Shorter version of this message: If you wear a skirt on our date, it’s not my fault if I rape you. See you Friday?

Finally, some advice from a guy on how to smile correctly on

Him: You look fake with that smile. Doesn’t look right.

Him: Just trying to help you out.

Him: The wannabe dead pic on the road…. sucks too.

Her: What is it about picking on others that you find enjoyable? If you don’t like me or my pictures, why are you messaging me. You have a strange way of using an online dating site…

Him: I am just saying… Be real, I’ve seen many people on this Earth. I know a fake smile when I see one. Not picking on you. You are probably a nice girl.(not my flavor), but nice. Drop the fake.

I was going to write you off as a psycho who messages women on simply to tell them that they aren’t his “flavor,” but since you pointed out that you have had the unusual experience of seeing many people on Earth, and since you are clearly a totally normal and very well-socialized human being, I will change my face so that my smile no longer displeases you. Thanks for the feedback!

If you’ve got your own online dating horror stories, drop them below, or submit them anonymously.

The A(n)nals of Online Dating is a weekly column about How We Date Now, from the proprietor of the website of the same name, showing the best of the worst internet dating has to offer.

Illustration by Leslie Wood

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