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Books Turned LeVar Burton Evil

Books provide us with endless amounts of knowledge. Knowledge is power — but power is evil.

Just days after LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow successfully funded the resurgence of the hit show, it has been revealed that we have made a terrible mistake.

This Funny or Die skit shows an updated version of the show’s mind-numbing theme song, proving that Burton and his catchy tune will probably kill you — or, worse, the entire world.

We trusted him with our children and more than 3 million dollars.

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What Happens Every Time Gotye Starts Playing

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Music snobs may try to scoff at Gotye’s megahit “Somebody That I Used To Know,” but when the catchy tune comes on the radio for the 843,201,743rd time, they belt it out just like the rest of us singing superstars. Well, superstars in our own car and showers at least.

Sing it, ladies and gents — we’re not judging.

Mashable Weekend Recap: 65 Stories You Might Have Missed

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The weekend started off with a bang, thanks to the dazzling opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. That was spectacular enough to get everyone super-ready for the athletic competition involving our entire planet.

There were plenty of stories about the Olympics, and at the same time, your intrepid Mashable team discovered so much more — happenings in the digital world, tech innovations that felt like they were from a future world, and GIFs, comics and weekend fun that seemed to be from another world entirely.

Best of all, we’ve gathered all those stories here for you, in one big easy-to-peruse package. So take a look at the latest Weekend Recap, where you can catch up with the entire weekend of delightful news and views, right here:

Editor’s Picks

James Bond and the Queen Parachute Into the Olympics [VIDEO]

Please, NBC and IOC, Learn How to Share the Olympics

13 Surprising OS X Mountain Lion Facts [SUNDAY COMICS]

Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week

Mountain Lion Vs. Windows 8: Which One Is Better?

Best Pics Yet: This Could Be the Real iPhone 5

How to Watch the 2012 Summer Olympics Online

Spoilers: Angry Olympics Fans Tweet Their Protests, NBC Responds

Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]

News & Opinion

Marissa Mayer Brings Free Food to Yahoo, Eyes Acquisitions [REPORT]

MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’ Facebook Game Is Feast for Fans in First 5 Weeks

Where to Get Back-to-School Deals on Tablets, Computers

How Dictation Tools Can Help Speed Up Your Workflow [INFOGRAPHIC]

Russian Cargo Spacecraft Docks With Space Station on 2nd Try

Olympic Check-Ins: Hot Foursquare Deals and Badges for London 2012

Record-Setting Electric Plane Flight Almost Didn’t Make It [VIDEO]

Mysterious Billionaire Commissions World’s Largest Yacht [VIDEO]

Twitter Jokester’s ‘Bomb Threat’ Charges Dropped [VIDEO]

Olympic Popularity: Starcount Reveals Which Olympic Athletes Are Trending

Amazon Sales Tax — What it Means for You

Down to the Millisecond: All About Olympics Timing

Trioh! The Flashlight You Can See When The Power Goes Out

On Reddit, Rapists Say They’re Sorry

Latest Apple Ads Take a Turn for the Worse

Why the London 2012 Olympics Is the First Real-Time Games

The 9 Most Important Tablet Mysteries of 2012

Device Turns Eye Movement Into Handwriting

Apple Considered Investing in Twitter [REPORT]

Hidden Genius Project Provides Tech Mentorship for Young Black Men

What Higher Education Will Look Like in 2020 [STUDY]

Why Do We Keep Going Back to Mars?

This Is What the Olympians From 100 Years Ago Looked Like

Shedding Light on Mitt Romney’s Unexplained Twitter Surge

New Leaked Pics May Hint at iPhone 5 Design

Chick-fil-A PR Chief Dies as Company Battles Controversy

Hacking the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Romney Advisor Tweets ‘Follow Friday’ List of Potential VPs

Facebook’s Not the Only One Struggling With Mobile Advertising

Weekend Leisure

This Cute, Cubed Bamboo Speaker Packs Crazy Sound [VIDEO]

9 Nifty Laptop Feet to Keep Your PC Running Cool

Kickstarter Project Is a ‘Smartwatch’ for Your Smartphone

‘Fund Me Maybe’ Is Tech World’s Parody of ‘Call Me Maybe’ [VIDEO]

10 Stylish Onesies for Baby Geeks

12 Pictures of Animals Being Forced to Marry

It’s Official: This Is the Cutest Picture on the Internet

Twitter Doghouse Lets You Temporarily Dump Annoying Tweeps

Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Boys Will Be Boys In This ‘Girls’ Parody [VIDEO]

10 Brits Snubbed from the Olympic Opening Ceremony

You Have Upset The Tetris God [VIDEO]

Sneak Peek: Justin Bieber Teases ‘As Long As You Love Me’ Video

If ‘A Space Odyssey’ Were Remade as a Hollywood Blockbuster

Forget Traditional Tours; Vayable Helps You Discover New Ways to Travel

Listen to Talk Radio on Your iPhone? You’re Probably a Liberal

You’ll Grin and Bear it With This Wild Live Video Stream

Mr. Bean Gets Carried Away During Olympics Appearance

Get a Bird’s-Eye View of 25 Olympic Stadiums

Top 6 Comments on Mashable This Week

Helpful Resources

Everything You Need to Know About Foursquare’s New Merchant Tools

How to Structure Your Daily Job Search to Help Land Your Next Job

50 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

6 Key Software Updates You Should Be Doing

The Beginner’s Guide to Socialcam

4 Reasons Why Recruiters Should Stop Accepting Traditional Resumes

The Anatomy of a Killer Content Marketing Strategy

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/30/weekend-recap-64/

Celebrities Go Face-to-Tweet With 140 Character Insults

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The average person doesn’t lounge on luxury yachts in the Caribbean or encounter a swarm of paparazzi while exiting Whole Foods, but believe it or not, celebrities are real people with real feelings. In a world where snark is celebrated, that fact can be easily forgotten — especially on Twitter, where 140-character jabs are met with favoriting and retweets.

Jimmy Kimmel asked celebrities to read a few of the tweet insults directed their way in a segment that might (emphasis on might) make you feel bad for Snooki.

Katy Perry’s Victorian Dreams Go Up in Flames in ‘Unconditionally’

Katy Perry has found an era that suits her perfectly — Victorian.

The pop star went retro-chic in a visually stunning music video for power ballad “Unconditionally,” the second single from her “Prism” album. There are gowns, snow, pearls, flower petals, an owl, underwater scenes and a bed on fire — so nothing really out of the ordinary for Perry.

The singer recently told MTV that this music video would be a departure from her other videos because it “doesn’t have a complete narrative.”

“I usually have quite a big story line,” she said. “This time I wanted to give a lot of gorgeous, beautiful looks, which I don’t usually go for. But it’s mostly just a beautiful video that is supposed to evoke this power of love.”

Mission accomplished, Katy.

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Perry also released a lyric video for the song in October, featuring models Janell Shirtcliff and Erika Linder.

A Cat’s Nifty Guide to Life

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Be curious. Eat properly. Chase lasers. Who needs a life coach when cats provide all the wisdom you could ever need?

Breton the cat dishes a simple guide to life in 10 steps — none of which require learning proper hairball hacking techniques. So curl up in your favorite paper bag and soak up a little kitty wisdom.

BONUS: These 10 Cats Hate Toasters, Popcorn and Treadmills

A Clever Guide to Not Failing Miserably on Instagram

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If Facebook is Lucky Charms, Instagram is just the colorful marshmallows. That’s the breakfast-themed wisdom laid down by filmmaker Casey Neistat in his charming and informative guide to not sucking so bad on Instagram.

Like any form of social media, you can participate in a way that delights your network or you can abuse the system until you find yourself unfollowed, unfriended and talking to your cat. Neistat’s quick list of filtered photo etiquette tips ensures you won’t turn into an uber-hashtagging, selfies-loving Instagram outcast.

BONUS: 12 Most Cliché Photos on Instagram

10 Crazy Ways to Use a GoPro

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The Secret of Viral Videos, in One Hilarious Parody

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We know, it’s a little meta, a viral video about viral videos. But how could we resist, when this parody encapsulates all we’ve ever wanted to know about making a video an online sensation.

“Buyral” seems to have tapped into the future of viral and is working to make viewers themselves obsolete — as long as it gets the clicks.

And Buyral looks like it has the edge in viral innovation, not only enlisting the elderly, but even the youngest of tots to be click engineers. And don’t forget those “clickterns,” making it possible for videos to explode, all without the messy job of getting real people to watch them.

This company even seems to have figured out that anyone can make a video go viral — it takes no skill, just outsourcing and an algorithm. And a lot of laptops and mice.

But we’re lucky someone has figured out the anatomy of a viral video. If not, then how would Mashable even have its Watercooler?

And don’t forget, with all that clicking — you gotta stretch.

Have you ever made a viral video? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Tara the Hero Cat ‘Throws’ Out First Pitch

Tara the Hero Cat is a feline of many talents. Unfortunately, baseball isn’t one of them.

California’s Bakersfield Blaze invited Tara to throw out the first pitch on Tuesday night after a video of her saving a young boy from a vicious dog attack went viral last week.

The media hit the minor league baseball field in full force, and cameras rolled as Tara attempted to toss out a pitch as the boy she saved sat close by. Cats don’t exactly throw like A-Rod, so she sort of swatted at a ball on a string three times before her owner, Roger Triantafilo, admitted defeat and tossed out a real ball instead.

Tara blamed her bad toss on humans. Typical cat.

It seems like a good time for her to take a much-deserved cat nap.