Stephen A. Smith picks the Cavs to win the NBA Finals … which is very bad news for the Cavs


ESPN’s chief bloviator, Stephen A. Smith, is usually the loudest guy in the room but he’s not always the sharpest tool in the shed. 

He’s also remarkably bad at picking NBA Finals winners. Like comically, preposterously, impossibly bad. 

  • In 2011, he picked the Heat to beat the Mavericks; then the Mavs beat the Heat. 

  • In 2012, he picked the Thunder to beat the Heat; the Heat then beat the Thunder. 

  • In 2013, he picked the Spurs to beat the Heat; the Heat then beat the Spurs. 

  • In 2014, he picked the Heat to beat the Spurs in their finals rematch; the Spurs won this time. 

  • In 2015, he picked the Cavaliers to beat the Warriors; the Warriors ended up beating the Cavs. 

  • In 2016, he said the Warriors would beat the Cavs; this time, the Cavs beat the Warriors in their rematch.  Read more…

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Good dog sits on editorial board of 7 bad medical journals


For scientists and researchers, getting papers published in respected journals is critical for their careers.

So it’s a good thing that Dr. Olivia Doll, respected authority and academic, is intimately involved in curating journals within the medical community. She sits on seven different editorial boards for journals focused on everything from drug abuse to respiratory medicine.

She also looks like this.

Yes, Dr. Doll is a 5-year-old Staffordshire terrier whose real name is Ollie.

Mike Daube, Ollie’s owner, is a public health expert and professor at Curtin University in Australia. He decided to create a fake academic background and persona for his dog, and use it to apply for positions on editorial boards because he wanted to draw attention to the plethora of sham academic journals that exist. Read more…

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Say hello to your favorite 2032 Olympic swimmer, Boomer Phelps


Michael Phelps is back in the pool, baby! But this time he’s not the one training…

The legendary 23-time Olympic gold medalist became a father back in May 2016, and lucky for us, his ridiculously adorable son Boomer is finally old enough to start following in his dad’s footsteps.

On Friday the Phelps family announced they would be partnering with Huggies Little Swimmers to train Boomer for the 2032 Olympics. (!!!) The #Trainingfor2032 campaign encourages babies around the world to partake in fun and safe water play with their parents, but Phelps further explained the initiative at a very important and very real press conference. Read more…

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FCC details plan to roll back net neutrality rules

 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, newly appointed by President Trump, announced his intention to rescind the net neutrality rules created by the agency’s 2015 Open Internet Order. He called the 2015 Open Internet Order “an aberration” that “puts the federal government at the center of the internet.” Read More