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30 Skiers Do Backflip While Holding Hands

In what may be a new world record, 30 skiers pull off a major backflip while holding hands on the slopes of Mont-Saint-Sauveur in Quebec.

Homepage image courtesy of Flickr, John Lemieux

See Carl Sagan’s Childhood Vision of Space Exploration

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Carl Sagan’s passion for astronomy made him one of the most respected and celebrated space geeks of the 20th century. The science legend’s enthusiasm for exploring worlds beyond our own began as a child growing up in Brooklyn.

At age 5, Sagan began frequenting the New York Public Library to browse books that could give him a better understanding of the stars. He later reflected on the what he discovered: “There was a magnificence to it, a grandeur, a scale which has never left me. Never ever left me.” The experience got him hooked on outer space.

Sagan’s fixation continued and as a pre-teen he sketched his vision for the future of interstellar space exploration. The drawing featured newspaper headlines he predicted would happen in the future.

The Library of Congress recently shared a digital copy of the drawing, along with a couple other gems you can view in the gallery below.

Black Friday Prank Dupes Target Shoppers

On Black Friday, the plan was simple for a couple of pranksters — go to Target dressed as employees and have a little fun with shoppers. The faux workers, sporting Target-red t-shirts, pointed customers in the wrong direction and offered everything but a Kindle when asked about the tablet.

While these tricky fellows shouldn’t expect Target to extend job offers, the duo did provide some much-needed tension breaking on the fiercest shopping day of the year.

Watch the video above as unsuspecting shoppers get pranked during their Thanksgiving weekend shopping sprees.

BONUS: Pranks Gone Viral

How Aliens Are Dealing With the Government Shutdown

While furloughed employees may seem to be getting the brunt of the government shutdown, our neighbors to the north are also feeling the backlash — and by north, we mean waaay north.

In this comic, artist Nick Seluk from The Awkward Yeti imagines that our favorite space-dwellers are wondering what’s up with all the empty tourist spots in Washington, D.C.

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Bear Cubs Rescued From Dumpster Diving Fiasco

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If you’ve ever experienced the gut-wrenching middle-school pains of accidentally throwing a retainer in the garbage, you can almost imagine how this mother bear must feel.

Three black bear cubs stuck in a dumpster were rescued with help from a couple of good Samaritans armed with a pickup truck and ladder.

According to ABC, which interviewed the clever rescue squad, the mother bear is notorious in the Ruidoso, N.M. neighborhood.

Sip on Whimsical Illustrations of Important People Drinking Coffee

Important people need a kick of caffeine to tackle the morning, just like the rest of us less superior peons.

Illustrator Steven Weinberg offers a look at the java habits of powerful people (and Muppets and dinosaurs) with a quirky series titled “Important People Drinking Coffee.”

Pack the cream and sugar, then head to Weinberg’s website to take a sip of the full series.

Image courtesy of Steven Weinberg

Image courtesy of Steven Weinberg

Image courtesy of Steven Weinberg

Image courtesy of Steven Weinberg

Image courtesy of Steven Weinberg

20 Quick How-To Guides to Solve All Your Troubles

If you have a problem and need a quick and simple solution, Jeff Wysaski of Pleated Jeans has 20 of them for you.

Wysaki’s helpful hints range from quirky, like looking in the couch cushions to find your spirit animal, to totally bizarre, such as becoming a cat to avoid paying rent.

These 20 how-to guides may not be entirely practical — but they will leave you laughing at the very least.

5 Craters That Look Like Other Things

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Petraeus Scandal Is the New Guilty Pleasure

CNN is quickly replacing E! as the go-to channel for juicy reality television.

Comic written by Larry Lambert, illustrated by Jerry King.

‘Simon’s Cat’ Partakes in the Animal Olympics

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A new “Simon’s Cat” video hit the web Saturday, and this one gets into the competitive spirit of the Olympics … with a snail race. Check it out above.

For the uninitiated, “Simon’s Cat” is created by English animator Simon Tofield, who regularly uploads new short films to YouTube. He animates each frame by hand. Twelve to 25 drawings are required to create just one second of a “Simon’s Cat” film.

Revel in some more hand-drawn kitty-cuteness in the slideshow below.