There's an easter egg when you post or comment about Harry Potter on Facebook

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Facebook certainly didn’t forget about Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary.

The social media giant quietly rolled out an easter egg in time for Jun. 26, the day J.K. Rowling first published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997 (which Americans will of course know as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone).

If you post or comment the name of any of the houses in Harry Potter on Facebook — that’s Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, or Ravenclaw — the name will be displayed in the color of the house, and out pops some magic. You can also click on the word to make the wand appear again. Read more…

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Elon Musk packs the best of SpaceX's latest landing in 20-second video

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While you were out enjoying the sun and sights here on Earth, SpaceX was busy making history, again. 

On Sunday, SpaceX pulled off its 13th flawless rocket landing, delicately putting the Falcon 9 on the seaborne drone ship called “Just Read the Instructions.” 

And while SpaceX founder Elon Musk knows that every space nerd on the planet was watching in real time, he’s also aware of the power of social media. To that end, Musk posted a high-speed version of the space-to-Earth landing on Instagram. 

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Norwegians desperate to get damaged penis-shaped rock formation back up

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Here’s a weird thing: After a beloved penis-shaped rock formation in Norway was left damaged by vandals this weekend, Norwegians donated their hard-earned cash in hopes of getting it back up.

Per the Associated Press, the Trollpikken rock formation showed signs of vandalism, including drilling holes. Runners spotted the damage on Saturday morning.

Trollpikken in its glory days.

Trollpikken in its glory days.

Image: Ingve Aalbu/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

Unwilling to stand for this environmental injustice, more than 500 Norwegians emptied their pockets to raise money for Trollpikken’s speedy restoration. By Sunday, donations totaled almost 90,000 Norwegian krone, or about $10,650 U.S. dollars. Read more…

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Here's the Iron Maiden saxophone cover you didn't know you'd want

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Outside an Iron Maiden concert at Dallas’ American Airlines Center, a local musician attracted a rapt audience for his delightful, high-energy saxophone cover of “The Trooper.” 

Naturally, this impromptu performance ended with hugs and high-fives all around. Steve Harris, take this dude on tour with you.  Read more…

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SpaceX sticks its 2nd rocket landing in 48 hours, and oh just take us to orbit already

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Lucky number 13. 

SpaceX just performed its 13th rocket landing back on Earth after launching 10 communications satellites on their way to orbit on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. 

The Falcon 9 rocket booster — equipped with brand new titanium fins for landing — touched down on a drone ship in the Pacific, making it the eighth such successful ship landing in the company’s history, with the other 5 landings occurring back on a pad on solid ground in Florida. 

This also marks the Elon Musk-founded company’s second rocket launch and landing in 48 hours, and ninth launch this year. SpaceX also brought back a Falcon 9 booster to a drone ship in the Atlantic on Friday afternoon.  Read more…

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Theme park nightmare takes a happy turn after one attendee falls 25 feet

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Is there any theme park horror story scarier than the one where someone falls out of a high-flying ride?

That’s exactly what happened at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George, NY on Saturday — though the incident thankfully had a happy ending. As an unidentified teenage parkgoer dangled 25 feet above the ground, a crowd gathered below to catch her — which they did — once she fell.

A tense video captured and shared on Facebook by Loren Lent, who witnessed the fall, shows us what happened.

In his Facebook post, Mr. Lent thanks the Good Samaritan attendees who acted quickly to save the day. He also expresses his surprise that Six Flags seemingly has no rapid response plan for dealing with situations like this. Read more…

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Pixar writer says that viral 'Toy Story' narrative is 'fake news'

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Though everyone loves a clever Pixar theory, one of the production company’s most prominent writers and directors is setting the story straight on a viral interview that claims to explain a major Toy Story mystery.

A wildly depressing story about Andy’s father circulated the internet on Saturday, stemming from a single interview in which a friend of a late Pixar writer shared what he says is the truth about this mysterious plot point. 

Though Andy’s father’s absence from the films has long been the subject of fan speculation, this interview claims to offer the true story, recounted by the friend of someone who worked on the film.  Read more…

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