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    I have never used Chatroulette -- because the idea of randomly connecting with perfect strangers in order to engage in the highly unpleasant activity of video chatting pretty much sounds like my worst nightmare except presumably it doesn't involve spiders -- but I absolutely love the Chatroulette pranks floating around the web. Particularly when they result in a glorious collection of magic and wonder and holiday cheer, like this amazing performance titled "All I Want for Christmas Is You (Chatroulette Version)."

    It's Mariah Carey's warbling voice, but she's not exactly the one on camera. The song is passionately lampooned by Internet comedian Steve Kardynal, who takes great pleasure from surprising the hell out of his unwitting collaborators. Seeing Kardynal gyrating around in Santa-themed drag is pretty funny, but it's the reactions from Chatroulette users that make this video pure gold.

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    You've seen Jean Claude Van Damme's Volvo stunt that rightfully went viral, thanks to its extreme awesomeness, right? And then there was the Channing Tatum spoof, which was slightly less majestic but still deeply entertaining? Well, there's a new 'epic split' video that's sweeping the Internet, and it may actually trump the original clip. What could possibly be more badass than Van Damme's supernatural groin maneuver, you ask? Two words: CHUCK NORRIS.

    To be specific: Chuck Norris, Shakespeare, 11 paratroopers, two massive cargo planes, a memorable Christmas greeting, and the most impressive CGI work I've seen since freaking Avatar. This video is insane, ridiculously over the top, more than a little strange, and completely delightful in every way.

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    There's no two ways around it, sending out holiday cards can be expensive. The problem? Everyone does it. Your friends, your family, your boss, and your boss' boss. Even though you may hate to admit it, you love getting them, and even though selecting the right holiday photo isn't exactly easy, you kind of love making them. Which is why it's clear what every mom is looking for this time of year: a way to get 'em on the cheap.

    Well fear not, my savvy holiday card-making friends, because there are a whole slew of websites out there where you can easily design your own holiday card without shelling out big bucks.

    Check out our 3 favorite websites to make your own holiday cards. Oh and the best part? No need to wait for shipping ... and it's free.

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    I'm generally not a fan of pranks. No thanks. Not cool. But if a prank involves an evil looking snowman hanging out on a busy sidewalk just looking to do a little boo-scaring to those passing by, I'm down. Sort of harmless. It's scary and funny.

    It's actually season 4 of the "Freaky the Scary Snowman Prank" and for this year's first installment, the ice man went to Boston. The reactions? Wicked good.

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    Google Is Ruining My Potential Dating Life

    posted by Jenny Erikson November 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM in Technology
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    When I got married in 2002, no one had ever even heard of MySpace, let alone Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Also no one was really blogging, meeting people on the Internet seemed creepy, and text hadn’t become a verb yet.

    In other words, things have changed since I’ve been on the dating scene.

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    Christmas shopping hasn’t been the same since the advent of online shopping. And by not the same, I mean it’s way better now. Now you can shop anywhere from your smartphone -- you don’t even need to be sitting at your computer anymore. In fact, more moms than ever are planning to do some holiday shopping on their mobile devices.

    According to a survey from our sister site, The Prowl, nearly half of all moms say they will be using their smartphone or tablet to shop for presents and other holiday goodies this year.

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    Super Mario Brothers was a staple of my childhood. My little brother and I once spent an entire summer completing that map in Super Mario 3 -- I know you know the one I’m talking about. Anyway, I can’t help but get nostalgic when I think of Mario and Luigi and all of their overall-wearing, brick-breaking, flame-throwing awesomeness.

    Writer and director Evan Daugherty decided to take this happy childhood favorite and reimagine Mario like it was real -- and dark and gritty as all get out. Because there’s not really anything happy about an addiction to mushrooms, or flowers that light you on fire, or a woman being held captive by a reptile.

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    According to a recent survey, Facebook is down in popularity among teens -- for the first time ever. Well, at least since the launch of Piper Jaffray’s semi-annual report on the habits of American teens.

    And according to my own unofficial research conducted by listening to my friends and wasting less and less time on Facebook myself, it seems that more and more people are growing tired of the social media behemoth. Seriously you guys, I think there was an entire 24-hour period last week I didn’t check Facebook even once. It was weird.

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    Halloween is right around the corner, so it seems like an appropriate time to share with you the most DISTURBING VIDEO ON THE INTERNET, and I'm not even talking about that teen YouTube singer's "Chinese Food" performance (although: wow). This clip is titled "The Haunted Doll," and unlike other creepy things you can sit back and watch, this one is interactive. Meaning, you put your finger on the computer screen to follow the narrator's directions ... then reel back in horror at the mind-bending, inexplicable results.

    Are you prepared to face the haunted doll? Got your index finger all primed and ready to go? Okay then. Just keep in mind that the doll wants to control your mind, and if you choose her -- which you WILL, for you have no choice -- she'll join you in your dreams tonight.

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    Pencils down, Internet: there is a Game of Thrones Bad Lip Reading video. REPEAT: there is a Game of Thrones Bad Lip Reading video, and it's exactly as awesome as you might imagine it would be.

    In fact, it's even better. While most Bad Lip Reading clips dub over movie and TV show dialogue with hilarious mistranslations, this one takes things a step further by somehow shaping the nonsensical results into a satirical trailer for a wacky theme-park comedy they've titled "Medieval Fun-Time World." I honestly did not think the Bad Lip Reading folks could possibly outdo themselves after their take on the NFL ("An orange peanut? For me?"), but you guys, they TOTALLY DID.

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