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October 19, 2012

When it comes to keeping your face warm, most parkas leave you out in the cold. But not the wildly enveloping Matt Nylon Hooded Down Jacket, which zippers over your face, built-in goggles and all, and includes ventilation holes to prevent suffocation. "Although, that could be a better fate than venturing outside in this," says Andrew Liszewski at Gizmodo. Shipped exclusively from Italy, the coat costs $424 — and, says Liszewski, "the only other cost is your dignity." The Week Staff

2:20 p.m. ET

Finland is turning 100 this year and to celebrate the occasion, Norway has confirmed it is considering giving its southern neighbor a mountain as a birthday present. "There are a few formal difficulties and I have not yet made my final decision, but we are looking into it," Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told the national broadcaster, The Guardian reports.

Although Solberg wouldn't have to move any literal mountains, she would probably have to move a couple bureaucratic ones since it would require slightly tweaking Norway's borders:

At [4,344 feet] above sea level, the highest point in Finland currently lies on a bleak mountain spur known as Hálditšohkka, part of a far larger fell known as Halti, more than 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle.

Halti's summit, at [4,478 feet] high, is [a little over half a mile] away in Norway. But moving the border barely [131 feet] further up the mountainside would put Hálditšohkka's [4,367] summit in Finland — and make the country’s highest point [23 feet] higher. [The Guardian]

Some, though, say the proposal is "a joke" and would actually violate Article 1 of the Norwegian constitution, which asserts that the nation is a "free, independent, indivisible and inalienable realm." Norway doesn't need to hoard its mountains, though; the hilly nation's highest peak, Galdhøpiggen, is a dizzying 8,100 feet. Jeva Lange

1:35 p.m. ET
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Here is a good reason to leave your house tonight — and no, it's not Pokémon Go. Thursday night is the first major night of the Delta Aquarids meteor shower; the annual event peaks Thursday and Friday, with stargazers able to see up to 20 meteors an hour.

Although the Perseids meteor shower is the better known celestial summer event, with more than 150 meteors per hour flickering through the sky (so keep your eyes peeled August 11, 12, and 13), the Delta Aquarids is still nothing to sneeze at. The meteors are thought to come from a comet discovered in 1986, 96P Machholz, USA Today reports, and are most likely to be spotted in the late evening, or around 2 or 3 a.m. For the best chance at seeing some shooting stars, look to the south.

It doesn't much matter where you live, either, as NASA reassured stargazers that most of the world can see the Delta Aquarids. "With clear, dark skies away from city lights, you can see meteors any time after full dark, with peak viewing times in the two hours before dawn (your local time)," NASA said. Luckily, with the moon a waning crescent this evening, it will be dark enough to spot the meteors as they burn up at 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

And hey, if the outdoors isn't your thing, you can watch from your couch by clicking here. Jeva Lange

12:39 p.m. ET
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The North Carolina GOP was not happy about Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine blatantly wearing a Honduras flag pin on his jacket at the Democratic National Convention, "but no American flag." "Shameful," the group's account tweeted, only to be corrected: It wasn't the flag of Honduras Kaine was wearing, but a Blue Star Service pin honoring his son, a deployed Marine.

WNYT reporter Ben Amey caught the embarrassing mistake:

The North Carolina GOP may have been confused because decades ago Kaine served as a missionary in Honduras. But compare the images side-by-side, and, well…

(Flag of Honduras)

(Blue Star Service Banner)

The North Carolina GOP deleted its tweet and thanked Amey for setting them straight. Jeva Lange

12:15 p.m. ET
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Rounding off a week of endorsements from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, running mate Time Kaine, and former opponent Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton will formally accept the Democratic Party's nomination on Thursday after a night of speeches addressing issues that effect women, such as equality in pay and the workplace. And just as Donald Trump was introduced by his daughter, Ivanka, Clinton will be ushered onto the stage at the end of the evening following an introduction by Chelsea Clinton.

Under the theme of "Stronger Together," the President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin and the Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) will also be giving speeches. See the full schedule here. Jeva Lange

11:06 a.m. ET

Stephen Colbert is no longer allowed to play Stephen Colbert. Or at least not that Stephen Colbert, the hilarious conservative patriot of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. After Colbert broke out the old Colbert character in a version of "The Word" on CBS's Late Show, apparently Comedy Central got in touch to say they own the "intellectual property" of Stephen Colbert. The character, that is.

"Which, is surprising, because I never thought of that guy as much of an intellectual. So it is with a heavy heart that I announce that thanks to corporate lawyers, the character of Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, will never be seen again," Colbert told his audience to loud boos. "The lawyers have spoken. I cannot reasonably argue that I own my face or name."

But fear not — Colbert might have found a loophole. He introduced the audience to Stephen Colbert's identical twin cousin, Stephen Colbert. "Our moms were identical twins, who married identical twin husbands, then had sex at the exact same moment and gave us the same name," Stephen Colbert (the twin) explained.

Confused? Let the Stephen Colberts explain it all, below. Jeva Lange

10:42 a.m. ET

In the Jewish faith, a young woman's bat mitzvah is an important rite of passage, marking the transition from childhood to adulthood. But in the realm of political party fundraising, well, attending a bat mitzvah is probably low on the list of priorities for a party's heavy-hitters.

However, Politico reports Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, thought differently when she was tasked with enlisting Vice President Joe Biden to help raise money for the Democratic Party:

Democratic National Committee staff had sent [Wasserman Schultz] to the vice president armed with four specific requests for getting him involved in raising money for the party.

She decided to scrap them for two of her own.

First, she asked Biden to do a fundraiser for her own reelection to her House seat in Florida in the primary challenge she's facing next month. He agreed.

The second was to get down to Boca Raton for [her daughter's] bat mitzvah.

Biden's staff balked. They offered to tape a video message from him instead, hoping that would satisfy her. [Politico]

Wasserman Schultz "eagerly" accepted the video offer, Politico says — but the out-of-turn request was just one more reflection of the chairwoman's reportedly increasingly disruptive leadership of the DNC. The Florida congresswoman was forced to resign from her post Sunday after a leak of internal emails revealed some party officials had attempted to influence the Democratic primary race against Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton's main rival for the presidential nomination. Read more about the DNC's internal chaos — including Wasserman Schultz's allegedly defiant response to criticism of her and her staffers on social media — at Politico. Kimberly Alters

10:35 a.m. ET

Megyn Kelly's contract at Fox News will expire after the election, and the star anchor has publicly confessed that she doesn't know what's going to happen after that. "I've had a great 12 years here, and I really like working for Roger Ailes. I really like my show, and I love my team. But, you know, there's a lot of brain damage that comes from the job," she told Variety this spring.

Speculation about Kelly's next move is really ramping up now that Kelly has admitted she hung out at the CNNGrill in Philadelphia in the wee hours of Thursday morning, The Washington Post reports:

Politico also wrote that while she was there, Kelly apparently spoke with "CNN chief Jeff Zucker" — who does the hiring at CNN — as well as "Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, according to several tipsters." Kelly is in Philadelphia covering the Democratic National Convention for Fox News.

Hmmm. It's enough to raise eyebrows — but when asked for comment by The Washington Post, Fox News did not immediately reply. You can read the Post's whole scoop here. Jeva Lange

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