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    I've been on a handful of flights where the crew puts a little extra effort into the safety presentation. They want you to pay attention, after all, and people are more likely to watch when the flight attendant isn't visibly bored out of their minds while they're going through the motions of demonstrating how the seatbelt works. Still, I've never seen ANYTHING like Southwest Airlines employee Martha "Marty" Cobb, whose viral YouTube video makes me want to book a flight just to see her perform in person.

    If it seems hard to believe that a three-minute pre-takeoff safety speech could turn emergency exits and oxygen masks into topics of pants-wetting hilarity, well, you need to take a look at Marty in action.

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    The following websites were affected by Heartbleed and say they have been patched: Google services, including Gmail and YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Netflix, Yahoo and Dropbox. Security experts still recommend changing your passwords ONLY for sites that have been declared safe (like those listed). You do NOT need to change your Google passwords. Contact any website directly if you think you are not getting enough information from them. Twitter, Paypal, Microsoft accounts, and Amazon.com were NOT affected.

    There's a new way to get your heart broken online, and it has nothing to do with Internet dating. Nope, it's a boring ol' security breech. But here's the thing: It's huge and threatens things like our banking passwords. As much as 66 percent of the web could be affected by "Heartbleed," the security bug that's gone, well, viral in a very un-funny way. Here's everything you need to know about this bug and how to protect yourself.

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    I've been writing online for a long time, and I thought I'd address a few questions I've had over the years about how the sausage gets made. Excuse me if this is a little insidery, but I wanted to talk a little about how and why we're now inundated with "You Won't Believe How This Smiling Baby Will Change Your Life!" and "35 Funniest Sidewalk Signs of All Time" posts on Facebook and Twitter.

    There are a few types of web content, the most prevalent of them being "online journalism." I wrote a book about it, and it's what I've been doing for most of my professional career. And I'm part of the problem. Let me explain.

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    A Netflix user has discovered a new scheme by scammers to get you to hand over your sensitive information so they can steal your identity. This one goes beyond ye olde Nigerian prince email scam and uses our trust of customer service reps against us.

    This phishing scheme directs Netflix users to a fake login screen, and when users enter their name and password, a screen pops up saying there is a problem with their account, and they need to call someone to get it cleared up.

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    Did you happen to see last year's Pepsi ad featuring Jeff Gordon scaring the pants off a used car salesman by taking a Camaro on an utterly crazy test drive? At the time, Travis Okulski from Jalopnik wrote a post denouncing the video as a fun watch that was also 100 percent fake. Okulksi debunked the video in a number of ways, ultimately concluding that Jeff Gordon wasn't even driving the car, and that everyone in the video was an actor.

    Fast forward nearly a year to earlier this month when Okulski was picked up at a North Carolina hotel by a tattooed cabbie who confesses that he just spent 10 years in jail. The two of them are driving along when a cop pulls the cab over -- at which point, as Okulski puts it, "This is how NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon gets revenge."

    The resulting video of this most epic of pranks is not only completely real, it's completely hilarious.

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    Have you heard of the musical duo who go by the name 2CELLOS? Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are Croatian cellists who shot into Internet viral stardom back in 2011, when they uploaded a YouTube video of their cello-only cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal." They've gone on to perform a fantastic variety of cover songs by U2, Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Sting, Coldplay, Nirvana, Muse, Kings of Leon, and more.

    2CELLOS is back in the news this week thanks to their just-released, brain-melting cover of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck." Even if you're not much of an AC/DC fan, I can almost guarantee this amazing video will send your jaw crashing to the floor.

    (Also, not to be a dirty old lady or anything, but … it doesn't exactly hurt the enjoyment factor that Luka and Stjepan are seriously easy on the eyes.)

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    Benedict Cumberbatch and Sesame Street: two great tastes that taste great together? Come on, like you even have to ask. Whoever's running the guest-star side of things at Sesame Workshop should get a biscuit for bringing everyone's favorite awkwardly-named British hottie on the show, because the results are predictably awesome.

    In the clip, Sherlock -- excuse me, Cumberbatch -- must face a tricky challenge presented by Murray-arity the Muppet. Does the table have more apples on it or more oranges? I'm not going to spoil the answer for you, but I will tell you that the clip includes a very, very sneaky Sherlock spoiler. If you've seen season 3 cliffhanger finale, you'll definitely recognize a certain scene in the Sesame Street version.

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    Let's say, just theoretically, Fast and Furious uber-action-stud Vin Diesel were to release a video of himself dancing to Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and Beyonce's "Drunk in Love." I don't mean some little 6-second Vine clip, either. I mean a 7-minute, 29-second long video. Would you guess that he'd only do this if he had some seriously impressive dance skills?

    Because if so, you'd be wrong. OH SO WRONG. Vin Diesel's surprisingly lengthy, hilariously terrible dance video selfie is ... I don't even know. It's like watching an Emperor penguin tearing it up on the dance floor. It's even worse than my husband, whose default moves include a mimed ass slap. It's so bad I officially love Vin Diesel for sharing it, because only someone with a fantastic sense of humor would do so.

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    You probably think there's no possible way you could sit through yet another version of Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" video, right? I mean, Christ, it's been done to death. Some of remakes have been ingenious (Steve Kardynal's Chatroulette performance), some have just been kind of baffling (a Minecraft version? Really?), and some are downright awkward (oh, honey ... no). It seems like the last thing the world needed was one more take on Miley's unlikely iconic hit ... and yet just like Jello, there's always room for Ron Jeremy.

    As in Ron "The Hedgehog" Jeremy, famed porn star who has appeared in more than 2,000 adult films. He re-did "Wrecking Ball" shot-for-shot down to the teary closeups, mallet-licks, and pantsless ball-riding -- and seeing all of this in high-definition is pretty much exactly as delightfully horrific as you'd think it would be. Plus, he actually sings the ENTIRE THING.

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    It's one of those crimes that just leaves you shaking your head in despair. Sanaz Nezami was beaten to death by her husband. Smart and vibrant, she had just arrived to Michigan to pursue an advanced degree in engineering when his savagery left her brain dead. Far away from her family in Iran, they couldn't be there physically in her last moments, but the nurses at the hospital helped them say their final goodbyes over the Internet.

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