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Don't Even Bother Trying to Reason With Babies - http://mashable.com/2014...
Look, baby, I'm trying to be rational with you. Why can't you use your baby logic and speak to me clearly? There's no reason we can't solve this problem. YouTube user and parent dhant122 learned an important lesson when he attempted to do a little housework recently — reasoning with babies is a futile endeavor that will ultimately end in disappointment See also: Vine Dad Feels Your Parenting Pain You would think being the bigger, stronger and more logical being, dad would have no problem winning a battle of wits with his tiny toddler. Despite not knowing actual words yet, it looks like the little tyke is winning this argument. Poor dad — all he wants to do is put in a load of laundry. Read more... More about Kids, Dads, Viral Video, Watercooler, and Videos
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Shakespeare and Shatner Go Head-to-Head in Lego Film - http://mashable.com/2014...
Beam me up, Shakespeare! This Lego stop-motion adventure pits the famous playwright against an actor who isn't quite up to Shakespearean standards — William Shatner Action Bill follows the Star Trek star as he travels back in time to destroy Shakespeare for ruining his career. But Shatner finds that his futuristic technology can't hold a death ray to Shakespeare's smarts See also: How a Student Used Lego to Build the Ultimate Resume Texas-based production company AMAA Productions is the team behind Action Bill. It took them 14 days to shoot the five-minute film, which they animated using only Lego pieces. Check out behind-the-scenes photos on the company's blog, as well as a visual effects breakdown in the clip below. Read more... More about Lego, Viral Video, Watercooler, Videos, and Work Play
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Fire TV Voice Search Adds More Content Partners - http://mashable.com/2014...
The voice search feature on Amazon's Fire TV is about to get a lot more useful. Amazon on Thursday announced that Hulu Plus, Crackle and Showtime Anytime are adding their full catalogs into the Fire TV's unified voice search. They will join Vevo, which already supports the feature. See also: Amazon Fire TV Is a Great Living-Room Companion Unified voice search is one of the Fire TV's most promising (and time-saving) features. The only problem — as noted in our review of the set-top box — is that the unified search so far only works with Amazon and Vevo content. So unless you happen to be searching for a music video or a title Amazon carries, unified search is useless. Searching manually for a show on Hulu Plus (unless it is also carried by Amazon) or Netflix requires going inside those separate apps and using the keyboard. Read more... More about Amazon, Film, Tv, Tech, and Gadgets
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The Ultimate Chelsea Clinton Baby Shower Gift Guide - http://mashable.com/2014...
It's less than 24 hours since Chelsea Clinton announced that she was pregnant, and expectations are already high for the unborn child. America finally has its own Royal Baby, of sorts, to look forward to; the country has counted down the years until he/she can become president. But let's take a step back. First, there's the baby shower to think about. See also: Chelsea Clinton's Baby News Is a Great Reason to Pull Out the Family Photo Album But more importantly: the guest list for the baby shower. And the gifts Guest: Barack Obama Image: Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images Gift: A changing table Image: Overstock.com Read more... More about Gifts, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Babies, and Bill Clinton
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Heartbleed Aftershock: The New Certificate Threat - http://mashable.com/2014...
Ten days after the Heartbleed bug was first revealed to the public, companies are scrambling to patch servers and update software. But the crisis isn't over. See also: The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now It's not enough for companies to simply patch the copy of OpenSSL — the software at the root of the Heartbleed bug. Companies must also revoke and reissue digital certificates for their Heartbleed-vulnerable sites. And the clock is ticking. The DL on digital certificates A digital certificate — often called an SSL certificate — is most commonly used by a web browser to validate that a web server is secure. The website applies for a certificate with a certification authority (CA) as a way to prove the site is who it says it is. This certificate shows that website X is connected with a specific name, email and DNS address, which helps "prove" its identity. Read more... More about Security, Ssl, Youtube, Tech, and Apps Software
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Google Releases Android Camera App With Selective Focus, Lens Blur - http://mashable.com/2014...
Google has released a standalone version of its stock camera app for Android— and it's a significant improvement on its predecessor. The new app, called simply Google Camera, features a new user interface with revamped shooting modes, as well as the ability to selectively focus the camera. See also: 10 Free Android Apps You'll Use Every Day Rumors of the new app first surfaced earlier this month after it was reported the company was testing a new camera app that would be released independently of the upcoming Android 4.4.3 update. Google also unveiled Lens Blur, a brand new effect that enables users to shoot with a shallower depth of field to selectively focus on certain portions of a particular image. This is the first time Google has included the feature in its camera app Read more... More about Google, Android, Tech, Apps Software, and Camera App
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Swedish Supercar Has Sexiest Curves at the Auto Show - http://mashable.com/2014...
It's easily the sexiest car at the New York International Auto Show — and also the most mysterious The Koenigsegg Agera R drew a lot of attention from nearby onlookers — despite the fact that it sat next to a Lotus and a Bugatti. That's largely thanks to the Agera R's otherworldly shape and daring design. See also: 5 Free Android Apps for Tethering Hailing from Sweden, Koenigsegg is already a familiar name among supercar enthusiasts, but for the non-fanatic, it's a relatively unfamiliar brand. Many supercars are designed with great attention to detail, but the Agera R was clearly designed with love. How so? First let's take the unique reverse wing-like doors, designed by Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg himself (who prefers that you refer to the doors as the "dihedral synchro-helix actuation system") Read more... More about Design, Tech, Dev Design, Mobile, and Supercars
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Micro Magnet Robots Can Build Mini Super Structures - http://mashable.com/2014...
Magnets and their properties have long fascinated everyone from children to scientists, but it's unlikely you’ve ever seen them harnessed quite like this SRI International, a non-profit research firm serving government and industry, has found a novel way to control tiny, low cost magnets via electromagnetic pulses delivered to them through contact with printed circuit boards. See also: 15 Nerd-tastic Robots From CES 2014 The patented process, known as Diamagnetic Micro Manipulation (DM3), can move magnetically actuated micro-robots at speeds of up to 3 CM per second, in any direction and even along curved circuit boards. As long as there’s an electromagnetic current running through the circuitry, the magnets will hold on and do your bidding. The system can host not just one magnet on a board, but dozens, which can work together or perform separate task. All the instruction comes through the electromagnetic pulses in the board. Read more... More about Research, Robotics, Tech, Dev...
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12 Best Long Takes in Film History in One Short Video - http://mashable.com/2014...
When it comes to immersing audiences in another world, nothing seems quite as impressive as a dazzling long take. While some filmmakers opt for quick cuts filled with explosions and special effects, there are certain auteurs who love to savor the moments in film. Cinefix compiled the 12 most impressive long takes in cinema history for film geeks to salivate over. See also: Warning: This Movie Supercut Is Nothing But Spoilers From Welles' Touch of Evil to Cuarón's Children of Men, these masters of movie-making have found the perfect way to forget you're watching a film. BONUS: 30 Movies Turning 30 in 2014 Read more... More about Youtube, Viral Videos, Videos, Lists, and Movies
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5 Innovations That Will Transform India in the Next 5 Years - http://mashable.com/2014...
MUMBAI, India — Following the United States and China, India is the world’s third largest Internet population. The country is projected to be home to 243 million Internet users by June 2014 -– but that’s still only a fraction of the country’s 1.2 billion population As access to the Internet penetrates deeper into the Indian population, it is changing the ways politicians campaign, companies lead and people connect. See also: 15 Joyful Photos of India's Vibrant Holi Festival Mashable was in Mumbai last week to explore the influence connectivity is having on the country at the first-ever India +SocialGood conference. The event brought together more than 400 members of India’s technology, social media and non-profit communities for a day of exchanging ideas and networking. More than one million people participated in the social discussions and joined the event via Livestream. Read more... More about India, Innovation, Social Good, Us World, and World
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Riot Gear: How Protesters Around the World Suit Up - http://mashable.com/2014...
Many of the photos coming out of Venezuela, Ukraine, Thailand and Turkey over the past 10 months are images of violent disarray. Pictures of fire, blood and tear gas have woven a theme of chaos into the minds of those who have seen them. Yet, while each of those nations has gone or is going through a period of violent unrest that has pitted citizens against their government, a closer look at the riots shows they're not as disorganized as they seem. No matter the country, protesters show up to clashes outfitted with gear designed to protect them from deterrents used by their governments' military and/or police. They use shields to block batons, masks of all kind to make sure they don't inhale tear gas, molotov cocktails to launch attacks of their own, and more. Read more... More about Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Protest, and Us World
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How 2 Animators Recreated Pixar Magic — Without Pixar - http://mashable.com/2014...
Pixar filmmakers Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi know a thing or two about using technology to tell stories with animation. The duo worked together to bring to life the characters in Monsters University and Toy Story 3 and did so with some of the most sophisticated animation tools on the planet. When Kondo and Tsutnami took a three-month leave to work on a short film called The Dam Keeper, they had to leave all that behind. The film falls under Pixar's Co-op Program, which exists so employees can challenge themselves with hands-on learning of production techniques — but without the help of studio dollars, guidance or even office space. Read more... More about Film, Pixar, Tech, and Apps Software
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3D-Printed Ford Gran Torino Is the Muscle Car From Hell - http://mashable.com/2014...
Walk through this year's New York international Auto Show, and it's clear that the current crop of cars are rapidly catching up with the concept vehicles of the future But one audacious 3D-printed car on display at the event, a Ford Gran Torino, looks like it just arrived from the underworld or an alien planet — and we doubt automakers will ever catch up to this kind of design See also: The 12 Most Expensive Cars at the New York Auto Show Crafted by Ioan Florea, this "liquid metal" version of the 1971 Ford Gran Torino looks like it was touched Ghost Rider or peeled from the walls of an H.R. Gigerspacecraft Read more... More about Design, Cars, Auto, 3d Printing, and Tech
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The Insane, Probably Fake, Plan to Brighten the Moon - http://mashable.com/2014...
It sounds like the plot of a James Bond movie: There's a plan afoot to make the moon brighter in the night sky, potentially saving the world billions of dollars in power costs running street lamps. How would such an ambitious idea even be possible? By strategically placing highly reflective material on the lunar surface. A lot of it. See also: Here's What NYC Would Look Like on Other Planets The project is called Brighter Moon, and Swedish parent company Foreo says it has already secured more than $52 million in funding. The thing is, Foreo is a cosmetics company. When asked for more information on the backers of Brighter Moon, company reps declined to name even one, citing privacy reasons. The "Foreo Institute" is also supposedly trying to crowd-fund a new kind of toothbrush — which may in fact be real — so the moon project may be an elaborate hoax created to drum up interest in that. Read more... More about Space, Moon, Us World, and World
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Chelsea Clinton's Baby News Is the Best Excuse to Dig Up Old Chelsea Clinton Photos - http://mashable.com/2014...
Move over North West and Prince George, there's a new royal baby headed into town Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton announced her pregnancy on Thursday, alongside her mother (and soon-to-be grandma) Hillary Clinton at an event in New York City See also: Hillary Clinton: I Am Thinking About Running for President "Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year," Clinton, 34, said. "I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me," she added. Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio...grandfather-to-be! @hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc! — Bill Clinton (@billclinton) April 17, 2014 Read more... More about Pregnancy, White House, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Us World
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Metallica and the NHL Playoffs: A Match Made in Hardcore Heaven - http://mashable.com/2014...
Featuring two months of bone-crushing hits and a king-sized dose of drama, the NHL playoffs are one of the most hardcore events in sports. Featuring heavy guitar riffs, cascading drum breaks and dark lyrics, Metallica is one of the more hardcore bands in rock history. Put them together and what do you get? Extremely freaking pumped for pro hockey's Stanley Cup Playoffs, that's what See also: Where NHL Fans' Playoff Loyalties Lie, in 1 Facebook Map The heart-racing video above is the 2014 playoffs promo for the Canadian Broadcasting Company's show Hockey Night in Canada. It features Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" laid over a seize-the-moment quote from Ernest Hemingway (who of course wrote a novel of the same name) along with hockey footage from the past and present Read more... More about Nhl, Entertainment, Sports, and Watercooler
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Is Turkey Really Going to 'Pixellate' Tweets It Doesn't Like? - http://mashable.com/2014...
The Turkish government will now pixelate or blur all "malicious" content on Twitter, according to the local Dogan News Agency Twitter has also agreed to implement court orders "quickly" and to "act meticulously" to shut down fake accounts, said Turkey's Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan in a statement Thursday. See also: 'Twitter, Mtwitter!': Turkish Prime Minister's 9 Craziest Quotes About Social Media After two days of meetings between a Twitter delegation and government officials, Turkey said the parties agreed on how to deal with content that the Turkish government doesn't want its citizens to see. "We have reached a consensus to neutralize malicious content that is the object of court decisions by pixelating," said Elvan. However, it's unlikely that Turkey has now the power to pick and choose which Twitter content to censor (something it couldn't do without Twitter's consent anyway). It seems more likely that the minister is referring to a system in place since 2012 that allows...
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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Hosts First Google Hangout With Movie Stuff for Sale - http://mashable.com/2014...
We've seen big movies throw big Google Hangouts before, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wants you to get your wallets out for this one, too. On Monday, the cast of Sony's May 2 blockbuster and director Marc Webb will host the first ever film-themed "Google+ Shoppable Hangout," during which fans can pick up tickets for the film via Fandango, and catch up with the rebooted origin story or buy the soundtrack on Google Play. ("Shoppable" hangouts have been done before, but this is the first one around a movie.) SEE ALSO: Is the Spider-Man and X-Men Movie Team-Up for Real? The cast and director will do the regular hangout thing, too — they'll answer fan questions and discuss the latest film in the franchise via pre-submitted questions using the hashtag #SpiderManHangout. Read more... More about Movies, Entertainment, Film, Google Hangout, and The Amazing Spider Man 2
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Cannes: 15 Women Directors, Tame Dragons and Ryan Gosling's First Time - http://mashable.com/2014...
The abysmal state of affairs for female directors in Hollywood got a tiny glimmer of hope in Paris this week, as the Cannes Film Festival announced its lineup: a group including 15 female filmmakers (though only two are in the main competition this year). Another quirky highlight from the 2014 fest is the world premiere of Lost River, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling, who also wrote the bizarre tale of a single mom swept into a dark and twisted underworld (kind of like in Drive). Ben Mendelssohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Saoirse Ronan (The Host) and Gosling's main-squeeze-for-now Eva Mendes (and his co-star in The Place Beyond the Pines) also star in the film. Read more... More about Movies, Cannes, Entertainment, Film, and Ryan Gosling
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Why You Shouldn't Like Cheerios on Facebook - http://mashable.com/2014...
Cheerios has about 1 million fans on Facebook. Here's why you shouldn't be one of them. On Tuesday, Cheerios parent company General Mills updated the privacy policy on its website. The new language alerts consumers that they waive their right to sue the company if they download coupons or like any General Mills brands on Facebook. As The New York Times notes, those who become Facebook fans of General Mills products will then be required to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration — rather than the courts — to seek relief if they have a dispute with the company. See also: Yes, Emoji Death Threats Are Admissible in Court Read more... More about Law, General Mills, and Business
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The 12 Most Expensive Cars at the New York Auto Show - http://mashable.com/2014...
From futuristic designs to energy-saving technologies, the New York International Auto Show is something of a who's who of automotive geniuses. The show opens to the public on Friday, but Mashable got a sneak preview of some of the most dazzling concept cars of the year — in terms of their capabilities and in terms of price See also: All the Cars Recalled So Far This Year It's obvious some of these cars are not quite aimed at the average consumers — after all, price tags start at $800,000 for base models. But take some time to daydream a little and swoon over some of the most expensive cars we could find at this year's show Read more... More about Cars, Tech, Gadgets, Mobile, and New York Auto Show
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There's a Ford Mustang on the Empire State Building, But Good Luck Seeing It - http://mashable.com/2014...
If you put a car on the Observatory of the Empire State Building, people are going to come to see it. So it’s no surprise that when Ford finally unveiled its 2015 Mustang convertible 86 stories up, there were hundreds of people packed cheek-by-jowl around it. It was, to put it simply, a mob scene. I’d already written about how Ford did it, for the second time in 50 years, but Wednesday night was my first chance to see the proof; to ride up 86 floors (through three elevators) and stand beside the car that had been chopped up into six pieces, carted up those same elevators and rebuilt on the Empire State Building’s iconic observation deck Read more... More about Automobile, Cars, Mustang, Ford, and Empire State Building
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This Oculus Rift Game Will Scare the Crap Out of You - http://mashable.com/2014...
You wake up and find yourself in a dark forest in the middle of the night. You walk around looking for someone, with only the light of a few lamp posts to guide your way. You come across a small cabin that's lit from within. As you walk up to the door, you see a figure standing inside. It's a little girl, and it looks like she's been waiting for you. Creeped out yet? Sure, it's one thing to read about this chilling scenario, but imagine experiencing it in a virtual world. That's the premise of the ultra-eerie Oculus Rift game Alone in the Rift. See also: What Is Oculus Rift — and Why Should You Care? Read more... More about Video, Games, Gaming, Virtual Reality, and Mashable Video
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Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 - http://mashable.com/2014...
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, has died, the AP reported Thursday. He was 87. See also: The 25 Best Tumblr Accounts for Book Nerds Márquez, a native Colombian who for years had lived in Mexico City, was reportedly in failing health, including a recent battle with pneumonia. The AP did not list a reason for his death, which it attributed to a source close to the author and journalist's family. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Us World, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Obits
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Positive Energy Habits That Are Too Simple to Skip - http://mashable.com/2014...
Making good choices isn't always easy — and we get it. After all, the drive-through lane can be pretty tempting after a long day in the office, and who hasn't stayed up an extra hour and a half half-hour watching just one more episode of the latest Netflix phenomenon? But the truth is that sensible choices can help with your energy level. Tweaking small daily choices — like adding in a few glasses of water to your afternoon routine, choosing healthy snacks or going to bed earlier to avoid hitting the snooze button seven times in the morning — can make a difference in your overall well-being and happiness. And with an extra bounce in your step, who knows what more you can accomplish during your typical day-to-day? Read more... More about Brandspeak, Lifestyle, and Health Fitness
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Rolex: How a 109-Year-Old Brand Thrives in the Digital Age - http://mashable.com/2014...
Last year, the decision makers at Rolex decided the time was right for a shakeup. Unlike with most "shakeups," however, there wouldn't be widespread corporate reorganization, and scores of merchandise wouldn’t be cut. Instead, Rolex executives decided that it was time for the company to launch its first branded Facebook page, a herculean leap for a brand that has, for decades, closely monitored its reputation and only made tweaks — in both its watches and marketing strategies — after subjecting them to significant scrutiny. "Creating buzz is not the intent," the brand told Mashable. "We craft our content thoughtfully, privilege quality over quantity, talk only when we have something to say and when we feel it's right." Read more... More about Facebook, Advertising, Business, Marketing, and Content Marketing
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From Selfies to Thunderclaps: 7 Ways to Pump Up Your Earth Day Celebrations - http://mashable.com/2014...
The latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that a changing climate will cause an array of new environmental problems — and there's no better day to respond than on Earth Day Over a billion people in 190 countries celebrate Earth Day each year with a variety of outdoor activities or action events, according to the Earth Day Network. The annual event, which began in 1970 and is celebrated on April 22, this year's global focus is on green cities and the need to make cities more environmentally resilient and communities more sustainable See also: Celebrate Earth Day With These 10 Spectacular Time-Lapse Videos Read more... More about Nasa, Earth Day, Us World, Social Good, and Us
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Flickr Boosts Speed and Adds HD Video to iOS and Android Apps - http://mashable.com/2014...
Flickr unveiled its completely redesigned iOS and Android apps on Thursday. The apps include faster navigation, a more streamlined design and add support for HD videos. Flickr's refreshed home screen emphasizes sharing and interacting with photos in your feed. The redesigned timeline ditches its past grid layout and instead opts for a clean, single-column feed that displays images one at a time with options to share and comment underneath each photo. See also: A Look Back at Flickr's First 10 Years With the latest update, Flickr has simplified the in-app navigation and emphasizes interacting and sharing photos. Image: Flickr Read more... More about Android, Flickr, Tech, Ios, and Apps Software
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Boston Celtics Star's Touching Tribute to Marathon Bombing Victims - http://mashable.com/2014...
NBA star Rajon Rondo knows firsthand the pain that last year's Boston Marathon bombing inflicted upon the city where he plays point guard for the Celtics. So, before Wednesday night's final game of the Celtics' season, Rondo honored bombing victims in a special way — with his sneakers. See also: All 5 Boston Sports Teams Send the Same Heartwarming Tweet at the Same Time Rondo sat out the game in Boston with a hamstring injury, but the sneakers he wore on the bench were covered with the initials of bombing victims. The shoes' tongues featured the date of the attack on April 15, 2013, along with the city's subsequent rallying cry, "Boston Strong." Here's a photo Rondo shared on Twitter before the game. Read more... More about Entertainment, Sports, and Boston Bombings
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Taylor Swift Surprised a Fan at Her Bridal Shower - http://mashable.com/2014...
Taylor Swift and bridal showers were made for each other — the pastels, the baked goods, the love songs (minus the breakups) Surprisingly, though, the singer had never attended a bridal shower until this past weekend, when she surprised a longtime fan See also: A Comprehensive Guide to Taylor Swift's Grammys Dance Moves Swift recorded the entire experience and shared it on her YouTube page on Wednesday. In the video, she explains finding a wedding invitation for a woman named Gena Gabrielle in her fan mail. Swift decided since she couldn't make the wedding, she'd pop by the bridal shower in Ohio instead. Read more... More about Taylor Swift, Weddings, Watercooler, Videos, and Celebs
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