Dogs are obviously very talented. They can chase tennis balls, cuddle and even play video games.

But their superior sense of smell and people-pleasing disposition also provide skills that make them valuable members of the workforce. From bomb sniffing to acting, dogs have plenty going on that will make your parents wonder why you’re not doing more with your life.

If you need to improve your resume, check out these dogs with jobs for some career inspiration.

There’s nothing more petty than losing friends over video games — but that doesn’t mean we haven’t all done it.

When you’re really into gameplay, it’s easy to let your emotions take hold of you. You may forget the times you’ve shared together IRL and instead focus on that extremely unfortunate blue shell hit in Mario Kart or how bad your friend is at drumming on Rock Band. And when that happens, you’re tempted to scream and shout and shut them out of both your Facebook and your real life. In a green shell: you hate the player and the game.

These games are probably the biggest catalysts of the sometimes-not-so-friendly fights you have at LAN parties — you’ve been warned.

If you liked David Neevel’s Oreo Separator Machine, we’ve got a treat for you. MTV and its connected content lab, MTV Other, have a new web series starring the quirky physicist.

The new project, Practically Useful, premieres today — watch the debut episode above. It centers on Neevel as he attempts to tackle some of life’s greatest challenges, like applying deodorant and opening bottles.

The physicist, both the star and the creator of the show, stepped into the Internet spotlight after videos of his Oreo splitter and email-writing guitar went viral (watch both below).

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Using his engineering skills, Neevel taps commonplace electronics to make “practically useful” inventions — ones that are not only simple, but also simple-minded — to improve our everyday lives. After all, if his brainchilds only work in theory, they’re not “practically useful.”

MTV Other also serves as the home of shows Late Night Munchies, Inside Joke, Showbiz and Rock Stories. The digital studio’s content is currently accessible via the MTV app on iOS and on its standalone site. Apps are also in the works for Android and Xbox users.

What do you think of the first episode of Neevel’s show? Let us know in the comments below.

Image courtesy of MTV Other

Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/06/27/mtv-other-practically-useful/

If you jump a mile the next time you unexpectedly cross paths with a cat, don’t feel bad — everyone from demon hunters to FBI agents can be spooked by a kitty.

Slacktory assembled a supercut of TV and film’s action heroes and horror victims freaking out when they stumble upon cats in unexpected places. They even included a clip of Community poking fun at the surprising cats.

While most of these cats don’t warrant terrified shrieks, Mrs. Summers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (at 2:05) should be startled by that particular feline, considering it recently rose from the dead.

BONUS: 15 Best Cat Memes Ever

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It turns out that watching horror movies helps you burns calories. But it’s not enough calories to offset a giant bowl of butter-drenched popcorn, so this news isn’t nearly as good as it seems on the surface.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Westminster found that the increased heart rate that results from watching a horror movie will burn approximately the same amount of calories as a half-hour walk,which also happens to be less than what’s in a normal-sized bar of chocolate.

University of Westminster’s Dr. Richard Mackenzie explains the science behind the discovery:

“As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline. It is this release of fast-acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case, brought on by fear), which is known to lower the appetite, increase the basal metabolic rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories.”

The average number of calories burned by watching a 90-minute horror movie is 113, but the study found that some movies, particularly those with regular “jump-scare” moments, result in a substantially larger loss. According to the study, here are the top 10 horror movies for feeling the burn:

  1. The Shining: 184 calories

  2. Jaws: 161 calories

  3. The Exorcist: 158 calories

  4. Alien: 152 calories

  5. Saw: 133 calories

  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories

  7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories

  8. The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories

  9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories

  10. [Rec]: 101 calories

Forget about the gym! Just treat yourself to a “Shining-Jaws-The Exorcist-Alien” quadruple feature. But don’t forget the popcorn. That’d just be wrong.

This article originally published at The Mary Sue
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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/10/30/horror-movies-burns-calories/

If you regularly spend more than 10 minutes on the Internet each day, you know that the Internet has a long-standing love affair with cats. Kitten pictures, videos, GIFs — we can’t get enough.

Giggle with joy at the cutest clips of kittens crawling up and slipping down slides in this adorable new video from CrazyFunnyStuffCFS.

Check it out above for your daily dose of adorable kitten footage.

BONUS: 15 Best Cat Memes Ever [MEOW]

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The 2012 U.S. presidential election, fittingly dubbed the first meme election by some people, came to end this week when Americans re-elected Barack Obama.

While his victory messages went viral across Facebook and Twitter, other candid moments and political parodies caught people’s attention on the web (watch the video).

Never ones to stray away from attention, cats also clawed their way into the spotlight, as did Angry Birds.

BONUS: Speaking of Cats …

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Burned out on Royal Baby updates? You’re not alone.

That’s why we’re bringing you the following extremely important story of a woman who was fined by police over the weekend for bringing her horse into a McDonald’s location in Greater Manchester after employees wouldn’t serve her from the drive through window. Once inside, the horse took its revenge for this act of discrimination by making the McDonald’s dining experience worse in pretty much the only way possible — taking a horse-sized dump on the floor.

According to a Facebook statement from the Greater Manchester Police:

The staff refused to serve the women due to company policy. The women then took the horse into the restaurant who ended up doing his business on the floor.

The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members.

Officers arrived at the location and woman was issued a Fixed Penalty notice for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff.

Speaking of staff, here’s hoping the police also made the rider clean up after the animal, otherwise some poor British burger flipper just had the worst day at work in McDonald’s in recorded history — which is really saying something. On the other hand, we’ll wager those McDonald’s employees will think twice before turning away an equestrian who wants to get a Big Mac without dismounting first.

Mashable horse enthusiasts — we know you’re out there — have you ever tried to get drive-through fast food on horseback? Were you successful? Is this a thing?

Image: paukerman/Flickr

This article originally published at Geekosystem
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Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/07/22/horse-mcdonalds-uk/

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Halo 4 had the unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on your perspective) timing of coming out on Election Day, but it doesn’t mean the development team behind the game wants fans to spend all day sitting in front of their Xbox.

Players are sharing the message they received upon booting up their copy of Halo 4 Tuesday. 343 Industries tells fans “that if you are in the U.S., don’t forget to vote!”


In addition, Microsoft also used the last month to encouraged players to “vote first, play second” in a campaign that ran at NY Comic Con.

Are you picking up your copy of Halo 4 after voting, or spending all day playing? Let us know in the comments.

More Coverage of Election 2012

Image courtesy Reddit

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/06/halo-voting/

It’s not just the superheroes who wear the masks.

Marvel cover artist Mr. Garcin, who is known for his stunning collages, wears a face mask when he is in public. The mysterious artist has crafted covers for The Amazing Spiderman, Daredevil and Iron Man.

As part of his appearance at London Comic-Con 2014, Garcin created a time-lapse video with camera manufacturer Autographer to show how he creates his work.

“I really wanted to share with my fans how exactly it’s done. […] I really enjoyed the challenge, actually. My work normally takes days or weeks to complete, but to make the video work, I had to do it in hours,” Garcin told Mashable.

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Image: Mr. Garcin

More of Garcin’s work can be found on his official Facebook page.