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UpdatePosted 04/23/2014 05:00PM

Watch Avril Lavigne's Bizarre New 'Hello Kitty' Music Video

Originally posted 04/23/2014 01:00PM

[YOUTUBE "IWbGtAWi3QY"] There comes a time when a pop star needs to throw off the shackles of her old identity and embrace a new culture – specifically, someone else's culture. On Tuesday, Avril Lavigne reached that moment.

Lavigne had flown under the radar since her "Sk8r Boi" heyday, releasing a few albums of pretty-good music that all got less attention than her marriage to Chad Kroeger.

That changed with the arrival of "Hello Kitty," the fourth single from Lavigne's 2013 self-titled album, which is quickly reminding us that there's no news like bad news to a pop provocateur.

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This Is What a Fireworks Display Looks Like from the Inside Out (VIDEO)

This Is What a Fireworks Display Looks Like from the Inside Out (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/23/2014 03:00PM

Katy Perry, eat your heart out. (Because of "Firework." Get it? Never mind.)

Flying a camera-equipped drone copter into the middle of a fireworks display may not be the soundest idea, but it certainly paid dividends in this instance.

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Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty
NYPD's Twitter Promotion Backfires Dramatically

UpdatePosted 04/23/2014 01:15PM

NYPD's Twitter Promotion Backfires Dramatically

Originally posted 04/23/2014 12:30PM

The NYPD may need a new social-media guru.

New York's finest attempted to institute a Twitter promotion Tuesday with the hashtag #myNYPD, in which they asked people to Tweet "a photo w/ a member of the NYPD." The results were probably not what they expected.

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UpdatePosted 04/23/2014 11:10AM

Frozen's Elsa as a Man? Gender-Bending Portraits Reimagine Disney Ladies

Originally posted 04/22/2014 04:00PM

What if The Little Mermaid were a large merman?

Did we just blow your mind?

Well, we can't take full credit for it. Sakimi Chan, a digital artist based in Canada, specializes in exactly this sort of thing. And Chan's gender-swapped portraits of female Disney characters are a) very pretty, and b) excellent for raising questions about just what Disney films are saying.

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VIDEO: This Dog's 'Squirrel Song' Must Be Heard to Be Believed

VIDEO: This Dog's 'Squirrel Song' Must Be Heard to Be Believed

Originally posted 04/22/2014 11:55AM

Let this spaniel sing you the song of his people.

Rocco the springer spaniel enjoys chasing squirrels, as most dogs do. However, we can't really say we've ever heard a dog express his love quite as uniquely as Rocco.

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Connecticut Senator Nearly Clipped by Metro-North Train During Speech on Rail Safety (Video)

Originally posted 04/21/2014 11:30AM

There's a fast train a comin' to this Connecticut press conference on train safety.

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Watch: Air Canada Workers' Luggage Abuse Caught on Camera, Confirms Travelers' Suspicions

Watch: Air Canada Workers' Luggage Abuse Caught on Camera, Confirms Travelers' Suspicions

Originally posted 04/21/2014 09:00AM

The simplest solution can sometimes be the best one.

Unless you're a luggage handler and it involves a 20-foot drop.

But that doesn't stop one dedicated Air Canada worker.

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Credit: Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves
8 Photos of Amazing Record Collections Around the World for Record Store Day

8 Photos of Amazing Record Collections Around the World for Record Store Day

Originally posted 04/19/2014 06:00PM

Record Store Day 2014 is April 19. The annual holiday, conceived as a way for people to celebrate a cherished and once-dormant musical medium, sees record stores nationwide stock collector's editions, hold special in-store events and celebrate vinyl's resurgence.

Eilon Paz knows about vinyl. The N.Y.C.-based photographer started photographing record collectors in 2008 after emigrating from Israel, and his hobby/labor of love gradually grew into full-fledged work.

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Opera Singer's Comedic Aria Livens Up Paris Subway for Commuters (Video)

Opera Singer's Comedic Aria Livens Up Paris Subway for Commuters (Video)

Originally posted 04/17/2014 02:00PM

It's a mix of high and low culture – literally (high culture being opera and low culture being ... the subway).

Opera singer Christophe Ménager likes to liven up the Paris subway with arias. This video captures him performing a comic selection for daily commuters.

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People Interview for World's Toughest Job in Delightful Video with a Twist

Originally posted 04/17/2014 08:50AM

Having a rough week at work? Hey, it could be worse.

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