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Buffett: moving oil by rail safely major industry concern

Buffett, co-chair of the 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council, takes part in a panel discussion in Detroit, MichiganBy Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett, chairman of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, said on Wednesday that safety is a major priority for the rail industry, after a recent spate of accidents raised concerns about how to transport oil safely. He added that the delay in the construction of the Keystone pipeline was unlikely to prompt additional purchases of tank cars at Berkshire railroad unit BNSF. COCA-COLA COMPENSATION PLAN Buffett also said, in an interview with CNBC the same day, that he thinks Coca-Cola's equity compensation plan was excessive, but that Berkshire Hathaway abstained in a shareholders vote. Earlier on Wednesday, Coca-Cola said 83 percent of shareholders approved the plan.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Talia Eisenberg, co-founder of the Henley Vaporium, uses her vaping device in New York. Soon, the Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing industry and its legions of customers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)The government wants to ban sales to minors and require health warning labels.


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The Dumb Way We Board Airplanes Remains Impervious To Good Data
There are many ways to board a plane, with “back-to-front” — the chosen boarding process of most U.S. carriers — the slowest. It is so ineffective that timed research shows that simplerandom boarding ends up being faster.

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Body of Korean boy who raised ferry alarm believed found
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that an overloaded ferry with hundreds of children on board was sinking has been found drowned in the underwater wreckage of the ship, his parents believe, the coastguard said on Thursday.

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26 Moments That No '90s Kid Will Ever Get Over

RIP Mufasa

When Britney and Justin broke up.

When Britney and Justin broke up.

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When your gel pens ran out of gel.

When your gel pens ran out of gel.

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When the vacuum swallowed your Polly Pockets.

When the vacuum swallowed your Polly Pockets.

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When Mufasa died.

When Mufasa died.

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Tea Party Favorite For Senate In Oklahoma Plagiarized From A Bunch Of Current Senators

A trend of plagiarism among Republican Senate candidates in 2014.

Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is vying for the Senate nomination in the Republican primary in Oklahoma. He’s the Tea Party favorite, endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin, and is polling strongly in the state.

Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is vying for the Senate nomination in the Republican primary in Oklahoma. He’s the Tea Party favorite, endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin, and is polling strongly in the state.

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Here's Inhofe:

The greatest trust placed upon Congress by the American people is to provide for their security by maintaining a strong national defense.

And here's Shannon:

The greatest trust placed upon Congress by the American people is to provide for their security by maintaining a strong national defense.

Here's Coburn:

I believe the goal of ensuring U.S. energy independence is vital to our long-term national security. We can move toward this goal of maintaining sufficient, reliable domestic energy sources by opening up vast reserves off shore and on federal lands , while providing adequate protections for the environment, developing safer and more reliable nuclear energy, protecting marginal well production and pursuing the development of renewable energy. Coupling this strategy while removing regulatory barriers to the development of new technologies like coal gasification (a process that converts coal into diesel fuels) America can achieve energy independence. I am proud that Oklahoma has been a pioneer in creating the key aspects of new energy technology.

And here's Shannon:

The goal of U.S. energy independence is critical to America's long-term national security. We can move toward this goal by maintaining sufficient, reliable domestic energy sources, and by opening up vast reserves both offshore and on federal lands. With the right energy policies, Oklahoma can remain a leader in the development of new energy technology. I support moving forward to build the Keystone Pipeline. With increasing abundant energy being produced right here at home, it's time to lift the federal law banning the exportation of our crude oil. Oklahoma stands to grow its economy if we free up the export market. Following the lead of Sen. Jim Inhofe, I will fight for a sound and effective energy policy and put an end to programs designed to pilfer the taxpayer in the name of environmental protection.


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23 Songs To Play You To Sleep

AKA lullabies for grown-ups.

Ólafur Arnalds' "Þú Ert Jörðin."

Icelandic producer Ólafur Arnalds' gorgeous instrumental "Þú Ert Jörðin" translated is '"You Are The Earth."

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Jon Hopkins' "Small Memory."

Jon Hopkins is an electronica musician based in London, and his dreamy music is a staple on many-a-sleeping-playlist.

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Agnes Obel's "Riverside."

This Danish singer/songwriter's haunting melody will have you snoozing in seconds.

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Erik Satie's "Gymnópedie Part One."

The French composer's Gymnópedies are a revelation for insomniacs everywhere.

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Facebook's Mobile Advertising Juggernaut Keeps Growing

The company reported its first-quarter earnings Wednesday . Facebook has emerged as a dominant force in mobile advertising in just a few short years.

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In just a few short years, Facebook has built one of the largest mobile advertising businesses in the world.

Riding the ever-increasing momentum of its mobile app install advertisements, Facebook once again posted a positive quarter on the strength of its new mobile advertising products. Mobile advertising revenue now accounts for 59% of Facebook's total advertising revenue. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also said the company has served 350 million installs through its app install program — adding another 100 million or so installs in the first quarter of the year and setting the business well on its way to hitting a $1 billion annual run rate.

However, as part of the announcement, Facebook said its Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman, who took the company through its somewhat tumultuous initial public offering, would step down later this year. He'll be replaced by Dave Wehner, the company's VP of finance. Facebook brought in $2.5 billion in revenue, compared to the $2.36 billion analysts were looking for. The company said it earned 34 cents per share, compared to analyst expectations of 24 cents per share.

Mobile App Install Advertising has proven to be one of Facebook's most lucrative new businesses. At the end of 2013, Facebook had already served 245 million mobile app install ads, as BuzzFeed first reported in February of this year. Of those, 100 million came in the fourth quarter of the last year alone — meaning the business is rapidly ramping up.

Ads in Facebook's News Feed — which include mobile app install ads — have proven to be the natural extension of Facebook's advertising business as it shifts to becoming a more mobile-focused company. The app install business is particularly lucrative, leading many competitors to copy the product, like Twitter did recently. Though Facebook was not the first to use mobile app install advertising, it has essentially refined it to be a massive advertising business.

Even as the business has blossomed, Facebook is already looking beyond the News Feed. Facebook has said it is seeking to "unbundle" services in its primary Facebook app — like Messenger, which is already a standalone app. Internally, the company is already spending time considering the natural evolution of Facebook's ad products into other standalone apps.

In the same quarter, Facebook has spent what is essentially more than $20 billion in cash, stock, and restricted stock units in acquiring new companies — including WhatsApp for what is collectively $19 billion and an extra $2 billion for Oculus Rift. Facebook still said it had $12.63 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2014.

Beyond its advertising business, Facebook proper continues to also grow. The company now has more than a billion people checking in on mobile devices every month, and more than 600 million of those are checking in every day. It has a total of 1.28 billion monthly active users, more than 800 million of which check Facebook every day.

Both of those things are good news for Facebook as a business, which to grow needs to find new, successful advertising businesses and new users. Shares of Facebook were up slightly after the company released its earnings.


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15 Movies You Might Not Know Were Based On Shakespeare Plays

Shakespeare has been adapted in countless ways over the years, sometimes — as in the case of these films — rather subtly. Here are 15 movies inspired by some of the Bard’s greatest works.

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Based on: The Tempest

Instead of getting stranded on an island, the space crew in Forbidden Planet ends up on a seemingly utopian planet. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) is a stand-in for Prospero, keeping a protective hold over his daughter Alta (Anne Francis) — Miranda in The Tempest. As in the original story, the daughter falls in love with one of the outsiders despite her father's objections.

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Throne of Blood (1957)

Throne of Blood (1957)

Based on: Macbeth

Although Throne of Blood is a fairly straightforward adaptation of Macbeth, director Akira Kurosawa's most significant innovation was transposing the action from 11th century Scotland to feudal Japan. Macbeth becomes Taketoki Washizu (Toshiro Mifune), with his scheming wife Lady Macbeth transformed into the equally power-hungry Asaji (Isuzu Yamada).

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The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Based on: Hamlet

Just three years later, Kurosawa directed another Shakespeare adaptation. The Bad Sleep Well is a noir about corporate corruption, but it was inspired by Hamlet. While far less close to the original than Throne of Blood, the film has, instead of Hamlet, Toshiro Mifune's Koichi Nishi, a man seeking revenge against Vice President Iwabuchi (Masayuki Mori) for his father's death.

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Strange Brew (1983)

Strange Brew (1983)

Based on: Hamlet

Strange Brew could have been an even more direct adaptation of Hamlet, but screenwriter Steve De Jarnatt was advised to make the film a little less faithful to the original. Hamlet is still represented, of course, not only in the Elsinore beer that figures so heavily into the plot, but in the evil Uncle Claude (Paul Dooley) that Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug (Dave Thomas) must take down.

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Who Should You Marry?

Discover your destiny.

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28 Marvelous Municipal Nicknames

City of Brotherly Love? Try again.

The Halloween Capital of the World

The Halloween Capital of the World

Anoka, Minnesota

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Muck City

Muck City

Belle Glade, Florida

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The City of Subdued Excitement

The City of Subdued Excitement

Bellingham, Washington

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The Potato Capital of the World

The Potato Capital of the World

Blackfoot, Idaho

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Hillary Clinton's Comments About Media Being More Entertainment Than News As Explained By "Saved By The Bell"

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Hillary Clinton is widely seen as the presumptive nominee if she decides to run for president in 2016.

Hillary Clinton is widely seen as the presumptive nominee if she decides to run for president in 2016.

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...love...

...love...

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...hate...

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These Are The 8 Types Of Gay Guys You'll Date In Your Twenties

Who’s your gay type? A video guide to modern gay dating.

1. The Scenester

1. The Scenester

The Scenester wears his pride on his sleeve (even though his shirts never have any). What he lacks in subtlety he makes up for by being absolutely fabulous. He's fun, but exhausting-- like dating a drunk StairMaster.

2. The Revolutionist

2. The Revolutionist

Some of his favorite catchphrases include-- "internalized homophobia," "heteronormative bullshit," and "of course I have lesbian friends." He never knows when to shut up, but his strength of conviction is as great as his heart.

3. The Manchild

3. The Manchild

When gay nerds kind of grow up, you get the Manchild. His resumé includes adult sports leagues, video games, and fluency in pop culture. To him, life is one big inside joke.

Watch the video to meet the rest of the guys:

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26 Times You Wish You Could Take Off Your Pants But Can't

Pants are like prison, but for your legs.

When people who don't regularly see you naked are at your house.

When people who don't regularly see you naked are at your house.

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During any family dinner.

During any family dinner.

Looking at you, Thanksgiving.

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When you are crammed into a small space with other people, and it is a billion degrees.

When you are crammed into a small space with other people, and it is a billion degrees.

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In a restaurant, waiting for a check.

In a restaurant, waiting for a check.

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18 Things Guys Need To Stop Wearing After College

Because after you graduate so should your clothes.

White sunglasses

White sunglasses

I know you think they say, "I'm pretty cool" but what they really say is, "I can drink my weight in Natty Light and still be up by noon."

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Baja hoodies

Baja hoodies

Unless you are a professional surfer who travels the world on an endless summer, then you have no reason to wear one of these monstrosities. I mean, I know you want to hang onto those spring break memories from Cancun, but it really is time to move on.

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White hats

White hats

A: They get dirty.
B: They're ugly.
C: Yours is probably dirty and ugly.
Throw. It. Away.

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Shower sandals

Shower sandals

The ultimate in lazy, college dude fashion. These are fine when you have an 8 a.m. science lab, not so great when you have an 8 a.m. job interview.

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Johnny Weir And Tara Lipinski Will Be Covering Kentucky Derby As Fashion Correspondants For NBC

The Kentucky Derby: It’s not just a horse race!

The Kentucky Derby is known all over the world as "the most exciting two minutes in sports."

The Kentucky Derby is known all over the world as "the most exciting two minutes in sports."

But what you may not know is that its also a much anticipated excuse to get dressed up and amazingly fabulous and incredibly drunk.

AP Photo/David J. Phillip

This year, NBC will be adding fashion coverage to its Derby telecasts with champion figure skaters John Weir and Tara Lipinski at the helm.

This year, NBC will be adding fashion coverage to its Derby telecasts with champion figure skaters John Weir and Tara Lipinski at the helm.

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most popular sporting events of the year among women. NBC's coverage drew 16.2 million viewers last year, 51% of whom were women.

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The fashion conscious Weir and Lipinski are obvious choices for style commentary in the sports world.

The fashion conscious Weir and Lipinski are obvious choices for style commentary in the sports world.

They received praise for their figure skating and fashion commentary during the Sochi Olympics, which ultimately landed them a gig on Access Hollywood's coverage of the Academy Awards.

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Especially Weir, who is basically more fabulous than any of us could ever hope to be.

Especially Weir, who is basically more fabulous than any of us could ever hope to be.

You could never.

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29 Cutest Moments From North America's First Cat Café

Purina ONE ‘s Cat Café is only open for four days, but you can hang out with adoptable cats while you sip some coffee. Here’s the scoop!


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Why What You Wear Is All About Sex

You can’t get naked unless you put clothes on first.

Clothes aren't just clothes: Lots of the things we wear are closely intertwined with sex.

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For example, the color red really DOES make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

For example, the color red really DOES make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

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Men's belts aren't just for holding up their pants.

Men's belts aren't just for holding up their pants.

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And ties? Guess where they're pointing.

And ties? Guess where they're pointing.

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Where Will You Be In Five Years?

Astronaut, pop star, financially crippled by student loan debt. You could be anything!

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Apple Increases Dividend, Share Buybacks In Bid To Appease Investors

The news came as part of Apple’s strong second quarter earnings report. The company also announced a 7-for-1 stock split.

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Apple's strong second quarter results took a backseat to a slew of other announcements the company made Wednesday, among them a dividend increase of 8%, an additional $30 billion increase in its stock buyback program to $90 billion and a 7-for-1 stock split.

The stock split, which will take effect in June and give investors of record 6 additional shares for every outstanding share held, was perhaps the biggest surprise. The move, as Chief Executive Tim Cook said on a conference call to discuss its results, is aimed at making Apple stock "more accessible to a larger number of investors." Put another way, the split will make Apple shares cheaper for pension funds, institutional investors and, importantly, individual retail investors. Post-split, based on Wednesday's closing price of $524.75 per share, Apple shares will trade at around $75, making them affordable enough for average investors to buy into the stock.

Apple's increased dividend and share buyback program follows a widely publicized battle with billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, who called for the company to return more of its cash pile, which is now in excess of $150 billion, to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple will increase its share buyback plan to $90 billion from $60 billion and its dividend by 8% to $3.29 per share. Further, Apple said it will increase its dividend payout annually going forward. The company currently pays out about $11 billion in dividends annually, making it one of the most generous payers on that metric in the world.

Icahn endorsed Apple's moves in two tweets Wednesday, saying in one that he was "extremely pleased with results" but "will be happy when we see new products." In another tweet he added that Apple remains "meaningfully undervalued."

On the numbers, Apple beat analysts estimates for both revenue and net income. The company reported revenue of $45.6 billion and net income of $11.6 billion, against expectations of $43.6 billion on revenue and $10.2 billion on net income. Net income for the quarter grew at its highest rate in recent memory.

While the company sold more iPhones than analysts projected — 43.7 million units versus 37.7 million — it sold less iPads, only moving 16.4 million units against and expected 19.7 million.

Much of the discussion on the earnings call focused on the iPad sales figure, with analysts expressing disappointment with the results and Apple executives providing reasons for why they shouldn't be. Cook cited two reasons for the difference in actual and expected sales: in the same quarter last year Apple had increased iPad supply while this year they reduced it, and at the end of December the company had a backlog of iPad Mini demand that spilled over into the first quarter whereas this year it didn't.

"I can't help but still be extremely excited about where we are," Cook said in defense of the iPad's performance.

The earnings results coupled with the increased dividend and share buybacks and stock split sent Apple shares soaring in after-hours trading after closing down for the day. Apple shares ended trading at $524.75, down $6.95, but leapt more than 7%, or around $40, to roughly $565 in after-hours trading.

Patience among Apple investors had been wearing thin lately in the absence of a dramatic new product launch. Cook has born the brunt of that pressure, with his tenure thus far marked by product refinement, international expansion and iteration rather than innovation. That has kept Apple's business strong and stable, but hasn't been able to ignite new growth. While Cook has hinted on previous earnings calls in the last year that new products would be launching throughout 2014, nothing new has been launched thus far. The company is widely rumored to release a new version of its Apple TV set-top box and, eventually, a wearable device, but there is still no indication when these might come.

Cook again was asked about Apple TV on Wednesday's earnings call, and while he didn't shed any new light on whether a new product was in the offing, he did say that 20 million Apple TV devices have been sold and that more than $1 billion of content has been bought directly off of them.

"We continue to make the product better and better," Cook said, adding, "I'm feeling quite good about that business and where it can go."

Still, Cook conceded that the best thing Apple could do for its business is make great products.

Throughout its resurgence, Apple's staggering revenue and profit growth has been on the strength of new products: the original iPhone, the revamped iPhone 4 and its follow-up devices, and the iPad and its later iterations. The company tried diversifying its phone lineup this year with the iPhone 5c, but it was initially met with lukewarm reaction and didn't provide much growth for Apple, which has basically been treading water for the past several quarters. (The company is still bringing in an insane amount of money, to be sure, but it isn't growing at the rate that it is accustomed to). But this quarter iPhone sales gained steam, with the 43.7 million units sold marking its best-ever quarterly performance.

Outside of the iPad and iPhone sales, Apple made a point to highlight the strong performance of its iTunes business, which along with software and services generated $4.6 billion in revenue during the quarter. There are now 800 million iTunes accounts, executives said.

All this is overshadowed by the fact that Apple has more than $150 billion in cash. While companies like Google and Facebook are aggressively making large purchases that could potentially lead to new businesses — like the Oculus Rift for Facebook and Nest for Google — Apple has opted to let its cash trickle out through dividends and share repurchases. This has drawn a lot of criticism, as most other technology companies are in fact increasing their spending on research and development and acquisitions, while Apple seemingly is not.

Cook moved to squash that misconception Wednesday as well, noting that Apple has acquired 24 companies in past 18 months.

"That shows that we are on the prowl you could say," Cook said, adding that Apple "will not underinvest" in its business.

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27 Moments From "The Notebook" Premiere That Will Take You Back

2004 was the year of McGosling.

The lovely Gena Rowlands (aka Old Allie) graced the red carpet.

The lovely Gena Rowlands (aka Old Allie) graced the red carpet.

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Chris Evans paid homage to Avril Lavigne "Sk8er Boi" style.

Chris Evans paid homage to Avril Lavigne "Sk8er Boi" style.

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Of course James Garner (aka Old Noah) was there! And he was giving off some serious Jack Nicholson vibes.

Of course James Garner (aka Old Noah) was there! And he was giving off some serious Jack Nicholson vibes.

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Apparently Kate Walsh decided not to wear a bra.

Apparently Kate Walsh decided not to wear a bra.

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Architect Imagines What London Might Look Like In 2025

For one, the Shard will no longer be the tallest building in London.

British architect David Edwards has designed concept images of what London might look like in 2025. Although it's only 11 years away, Edwards envisages a London that looks entirely different.

British architect David Edwards has designed concept images of what London might look like in 2025. Although it's only 11 years away, Edwards envisages a London that looks entirely different.

Concept art by architect David Edwards for British Sci-Fi film THE MACHINE

For one, Waterloo Bridge will host a beautiful garden in Edwards' future London.

For one, Waterloo Bridge will host a beautiful garden in Edwards' future London.

Concept art by architect David Edwards for British Sci-Fi film THE MACHINE

Westminster Bridge will be entirely underwater, with multiple turbines lining the River Thames.

Westminster Bridge will be entirely underwater, with multiple turbines lining the River Thames.

Concept art by architect David Edwards for British Sci-Fi film THE MACHINE

And the Shard will no longer be the only high-rise in the capital.

And the Shard will no longer be the only high-rise in the capital.

Concept art by architect David Edwards for British Sci-Fi film THE MACHINE


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