Game of Thrones: the shocking book moments that never made it to TV

There just isnt enough time in eight series to cram in all the juicy bits from George RR Martins novels … but here are the ones we wish had made the cut Warning: this article contains major spoilers from George RR Martins A Song of Ice and Fire books Cramming five novels worth of the dense plot and detailed characterisation of George RR Martins A Song of Ice and Fire into posted an image of a heart shape made of stones in 2014 but perhaps the vengeful, reanimated corpse of Catelyn Stark would have been a little hard for viewers to swallow. Equally, her pudding-like skin the colour of curdled milk would have looked terrible without some budget-busting CGI. Aegon …

Police set up a secret camera to catch a mountain lion. That’s when everything went bonkers.

On March 29, young mountain lions attacked a 7-year-old boy in Canada, but they were fought off by the boy’s mother. This came on the heels of encounters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Palestine, Texas, and Santa Barbara, California. The recent encounters in the news aren’t a fluke, but actually the sign of something good. Since the ‘60s, conservation efforts have helped replenish the mountain lion population in North America, so they’re becoming more visible to humans. Then two alien gorillas joined each other in what appears to be a loving embrace. My god, let’s hope they don’t mate. Gardner Police Department / Facebook The Gardner Police Department released the bizarre photos and now it looks like the mountain lion was …

The Coachella experience: California heat and millennial cool

Childish Gambino leads the global pop survey for the lucky and wealthy patrons at the USs premier music festival At Glastonbury, you pray for the ground to dry out; at The 1975 perform with a glowing rectangle behind them a totemic image for this portrait-format generation and is gently, fondly satiric: frontman Matt Healy is clearly as beholden to ego as much as anyone here. Earlier on the main stage, Kacey Musgraves has a slot at golden hour, reflecting the title of her Janelle Mone later on, who proudly announces her queerness and tells us not to give a fuck about pissing off this administration. With the occasional gaps in her songwriting papered over with majestically heavy arrangements and Janet …

Police set up secret cameras to try and catch a mountain lion and then everything got surreal.

On March 29, young mountain lions attacked a 7-year-old boy in Canada, but they were fought off by the boy’s mother. This came on the heels of encounters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Palestine, Texas, and Santa Barbara, California. The recent encounters in the news aren’t a fluke, but actually the sign of something good. Since the ‘60s, conservation efforts have helped replenish the mountain lion population in North America, so they’re becoming more visible to humans. Then two alien gorillas joined each other in what appears to be a loving embrace. My god, let’s hope they don’t mate. Gardner Police Department / Facebook The Gardner Police Department released the bizarre photos and now it looks like the mountain lion was …

When Black Horror Consumes Us

Black horror is having a moment. All of a sudden the genre feels alive, feral, infinite. How delicious it tastes, too. Like Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man biting into that ambrosial yam, savoring something like self-release, the genre has gone sweet and hot, enriched as anything we’ve witnessed, a divinely wicked nectar, a sustenance of arrant want. But even with all this chatter about black horror’s Hollywood renaissance, and how Hitchcock heir apparent Jordan Peele has masterminded a movement toward the macabre—with Get Out, Us, The Twilight Zone, and upcoming projects that include a Candyman remake—one point gets lost: Donald Glover got here first. When I consider What Black Horror Means Today, with the thick of the present around me and …

This artist is fighting back against selfie culture by ‘dying’ at the worlds most popular landmarks.

via Instagram Remember 15 years ago when taking a photo of yourself seemed like the height of narcissism? Nowadays, when people visit a landmark or beautiful landscape, they don’t take a photo to document its beauty; instead, they stand in front of it and make themselves the subject of the picture. Then they post the photo on social media and the underlying message is: “Look at me standing at this location.” Artist Stephanie Leigh Rose is fighting back against selfie culture with an Instagram page called STEFDIES. It’s a performance art piece where Rose plays dead at historical sites and landmarks and captures people’s reactions. One of her main goals with the project is to call out how people stage …

Grantchester’s Emma Corrin to play Princess Diana in The Crown

Grantchester actor says she will strive to do justice to Diana in season four of Netflix show The Grantchester actor Emma Corrin has been cast as Diana, Princess of Wales in the fourth season of the critically acclaimed series Olivia Colman who replaces Princess Margaret. The series creator Morgan said: Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us all when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer. As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation. The second series of The Crown took five Emmy awards, …

Someone plastered The Louvre with 2,000 sheets of paper and it looks cool AF.

If you and I (in this fantasy we are best friends fulfilling our lifelong dream of visiting Paris) decided to see what The Louvre’s glass pyramid looked like covered in paper, we would likely spend the majority of our trip becoming intimately acquainted with France’s legal system. I know it sounds unfair but the reality is that you (best friend) and I are not famous artists. And while the french government may not trust us to cover one of its most famous landmarks in paper, I have some excellent news: We can still see what it looks like. Spoiler alert: It is very, very cool. Here’s one pic of the thing to tempt you before we get into the backstory: …

New Mexico just became the latest state to ditch Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

What is the point of Columbus Day again? Anyone? Bueller? Let’s go over brief reacap of why Americans have spent decades celebrating Christopher Columbus every October: In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue in search of a Western route to Asia. Instead, he ran into the islands of the Caribbean, but declared that he had, in fact, found the land he was looking for. He said Cuba was China. He thought that Hispaniola was Japan. He maintained these erroneous claims for two entire trips back and forth from Europe. While he was at it, he also pillaged and tortured the native population of the islands, forced them into slavery, offered them the gift of infectious diseases, and claimed their lands …

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

The internet is a vast and wondrous place, friends—or, rather, it was. Scale and greed and countless other culprits have spun the geologic clock backward. A realm that once comprised countless nations has become a supercontinent, a monolith of homogenized use and mood. In its present state, it comprises two primary uses, each of which manages to be more existentially unsatisfying than the other. The first is simply a giant data set, a contextless compendium of information consulted via websearch or Alexa query to fill whatever momentary gnaw has interrupted your day. How often you need to replace the filters in your water tank. The nature and purpose of something called "voodoo floss." How tall Halsey is. The result, invariably, …

Ariana Grande just revealed she likes women and men and refuses to label her sexuality.

Pop sensation Ariana Grande just released a new single called “Monopoly” this week, featuring her best friend Victoria Monét. The single’s release was unexpected, but the biggest surprise in the song comes from this revelation from Grande: “I like women and men.” Monét previously came out as bisexual last year with a tweet that read: “After coming out, this thanksgiving coulda went waaaay left!! But she love meeeee how I am and I’m so happy.” The lyrics sparked speculation online about Grande’s sexuality and she responded by saying she won’t label herself. “i haven’t before and still don’t feel to now which is ok,” she wrote on Twitter. i haven’t before and still don’t feel the need to now 🖤🧚🏼‍♂️ …

Florida teacher fired for giving zeros to students who dont turn in their work.

A Florida teacher has been fired for giving her students zeros for missing assignments. Diane Tirado has been a teacher for years. Most recently, she was an eighth-grade history teacher at Westgate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Diane recently gave her students two weeks to complete an Explorer notebook project, but several students simply didn’t hand it in. Since there was zero work done, Diane gave them zeros. She got fired for it. Diane later shared the story on Facebook, hoping to spread awareness about the school’s policy. “A grade in Mrs. Tirado’s class is earned,” she said. “I’m so upset because we have a nation of kids that are expecting to get paid and live their life …

5Gs Potential Health Hazard, Zucks Deleted Posts, and More News

Tech news you can use, in two minutes or less: 5G: Cool for your cellphone, terrible for your health? 5G, the cell phone network that promises to exponentially increase data speeds for all, might help load a web page faster but could also hurt your health. It turns out your sweat glands act kind of like antennas in response to the high frequency waves planned to be used in the service, and funding for research on the health effects is relatively slim. 5G is still in its infancy in the US though, so here's to hoping research about its potential health hazards catch up with the technology itself. Facebook had a hell of a weekend Over the weekend, Facebook poked …

This teacher’s viral ‘check-in’ board is a beautiful example of mental health support.

Update: We have found the teacher who originate the mental health check-in board! Kudos to Erin Castillo for the brilliant idea and for sharing how she’s using it to help kids. She is offering a free download of the board as a poster along with instructions for utilizing it on Teachers Pay Teachers. Thanks, Erin! This teacher is making a difference in her students’ lives, one simple Post-it Note at a time. Excellent teachers do so much more than teach. They can be mentors, role models, guides, and even confidants. Sometimes a teacher is one of the only trusted adults in a child’s life—a fact that drives home the immense responsibility educators hold in their hands. Perhaps that’s why a …

Black People Asked White People About Things They Dont Understand About Them And Actually Received Frank Answers

A few years back, when social media was in its infancy and people were thinking about its potential to change the world, we imagined all the ways that it would help to bring us together. Easy and instant communication with people from all over the planet would surely break down the artificial borders constructed between us, and lead to greater cultural exchange, mutual understanding and a shared humanity that could help us to solve the bigger global problems that affect us all. Sadly, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Sure, there are some great examples of social media being a force for the common good, but ultimately we are a tribal species, and we seem to prefer segregating ourselves …

Hail to the Veep: the best and most brutal comedy of the century

Over seven seasons, Veeps bipartisan skewering of the bozos of Beltway political culture has made it unimpeachably perfect. It will be missed As HBOs Veep enters its seventh and final season, we should reflect on the maxim that all political careers end in failure. Selina Meyers career started with failure and she has been failing spectacularly ever since. When we first encountered her, in the series premiere in 2012, she had failed to secure her partys presidential nomination after casually referring to one of her staffers as a retard at a fundraiser. Such a defeat would end a lesser woman, but wood-chopping campaign commercial. If The West Wing often felt like a homily from an out-of-touch pastor, Veep is the …