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Almost As Many Celebrities Died In 2017 as 2016 – Here’s Why You Didn’t Notice

Quick, think back to 2016! What an awful year. Even if we could erase Brexit and Trump from history, it’d still be remembered as a miserable time because of all of the beloved celebrities we lost: Bowie! Prince! Carrie Fisher! And, umm, Fidel Castro. Read More >>

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Influencers Beware: Authorities Are Cracking Down on Paid Instagram Posts

Sponsored posts from celebrities — or worse yet, “influencers” — are terrible in any form, but they’re especially bad when it’s not clear they’re actually advertisements. That’s why, according to a report from Bloomberg, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to crack down on these fuzzily labelled posts. Read More >>

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Facebook Pumps £34m Into Celebs’ Pockets to Push Live Streaming

Facebook is said to have earmarked a $50m (£34m) lump of cash to throw at the celebrity and entertainment content generators of the world, designed to get news organisations and a handful of the most shareable celebs to create live streaming events specifically for the massive social network. Read More >>

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Is 2016 Really a Bizarrely Bad Year for Celebrity Deaths? Here’s the Data to Prove It

2016 has not been a good year to be a celebrity. Since the start of the year it has felt like every few days we lose another big name. David Bowie died on January 10th, and Alan Rickman followed him less than a week later. Since, we’ve lost Terry Wogan, Keith Emerson, Sir George Martin, Nancy Reagan, Ronnie Corbett, Victoria Wood and most recently Prince, and countless others. Even Admiral Ackbar himself, Erik Bauersfeld, passed away. It makes you wonder… is there something weird going on? Read More >>

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What Happens When a Popular Instagram Account with 8 Million Followers Posts a Picture

As if you needed more proof that celebrities live in a different world than us: here’s what happens when an Instagram account with 8 million followers (this particular one shows the 433 football account) posts a picture and then gets deluged with likes, comments, emojis, and whatever other notification. Read More >>

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No, Celebrities Don’t Die in Threes

You’ve probably heard the saying “celebrities die in threes.” This, of course, is one of the more silly things that a human can utter. But in case you needed someone to fact-check this one for you, the New York Timeswent to the trouble in an article from 2014: Read More >>

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Vlogging Hell, This is a Real Magazine

There's a new incredibly specific magazine in town, this time aimed at the very small niche of people who are into YouTube stars. It's called Oh My Vlog! and it celebrates the internet celebrities with their nice hair and winning smiles and secret product endorsement contracts they don't like to talk about, and it's out now for £3.99 if you can tolerate having this much enthusiasm in your life. Read More >>

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Tinder Wants You to Think You’ll Boink a Celebrity

At last, no more roaming the streets of your town hoping Cupid’s arrow will guide you to that dreamy B-movie star. Because thanks to Tinder’s new Verified Profiles, those local celebrities on Tinder will now be verified. Read More >>

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Applying the Golden Ratio to Celebrity Faces is Quite the Facelift

The golden ratio in mathematics is supposed to be one of the most pleasing shapes in art. After all, it occurs all of the time in nature, and forms the basis of the Fibonacci sequence (c'mon, you remember the Da Vinci Code, right?). The thinking was that Euclid had this all figured out 2000 years ago. But now artist Igor Kochmala seems to have proven that this is not always the case... by using that most scientific of measures: celebrities. Read More >>

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Sandra Bullock’s Lawyers Kick Off “Sex Tape” Frenzy With Domain Shopping Spree

Lawyers acting on behalf of actor Sandra Bullock have been signing up porn-related domain extensions on her behalf, it seems, with sandrabullocksextape.porn and sandrabullocksextape.adult now in the bag, should she ever fancy ditching the method acting in favour of something a little more gonzo and grimier. Read More >>

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Thatcher, Tesla, Edison, and More. The Rich and Famous Had Some Odd Sleeping Habits

This interesting infographic shows the sleeping habits of people like Edison, Donald Trump, Mozart, or Obama. All of them sleep less than the recommended eight hours and despite that—or maybe because of that—they became very successful in their careers. Read More >>

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Kim Kardashian Admits to Secret BlackBerry Shame

American celebrity Kim Kardashian has outed herself as a surprise BlackBerry fan, saying she can't relax unless she has a BlackBerry Bold and at least two backup spares easily to hand. But she's got an iPhone for taking the important photos of her interesting life and scientifically impossible bottom. Read More >>

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Morgan Freeman Becomes E.T. and Other Age-Prediction Software Horrors

Yesterday, we got a look at a fun (if creepy) little bit of tech that claims to give us a peek at our grizzled, age-stricken faces in 20 years' time. What we got was certainly... something. So we decided to put the Future Self software to the real test, by inputting celebrities as they were 20 years ago and comparing the results to how they look now. It's terrifying. Read More >>