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December 6, 2019

Earlier this year, Friends star and human mortal Jennifer Aniston turned 50 years old, because that's how time works.

Of course, Aniston is also a famous actress, which means she also has to answer weird questions about how she manages to "embrace" the completely involuntary process of aging. Her answer: "What's the alternative?" Because, frankly, that's the only sensible response to an inquiry that stupid. Read more at People. Scott Meslow

December 8, 2018

President Trump announced his pick to succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a pair of tweets Saturday morning:

Milley's nomination was anticipated after Trump suggested Friday evening an announcement about the role was forthcoming. Dunford's term does not expire until next October, and Milley will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Trump's choice was reportedly opposed by Defense Secretary James Mattis, who is thought to have preferred Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein for the post. Trump met with both candidates in advance of his choice.

Milley has commanded U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and has endorsed increased military spending on weapons development and preparedness. Bonnie Kristian

August 31, 2015

Some people might look at a newly discovered crustacean and think "it looks like a shrimp," but Dr. James Thomas saw Elton John.

The species Leucothoe eltoni lives in the reefs of Indonesia and Hawaii, where it is likely an invasive species. Thomas, a professor at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, said he's listened to John's music in his lab throughout his scientific career, and that's how he came up with the name. "When this unusual crustacean with a greatly enlarged appendage appeared under my microscope after a day of collecting, an image of the shoes Elton John wore as the Pinball Wizard [in the movie Tommy] came to mind," he said.

Scientists who discover new species are given the honor of coming up with a name, which is why there was once a reptile named after Jim Morrison, and there are coral reefs in the Caribbean with parasites recognizing Bob Marley, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Researchers are still studying the L. eltoni, and Thomas says that finding the new species shows "the importance of regular environmental monitoring, especially in tropical environments." Catherine Garcia

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