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Everyone needs to take a personal day sometimes. 

But we're sure that every HR department in the world is probably sick of the phrase "due to personal reasons" when someone requests the day off. After all, it could mean anything from "my great-aunt died" to "my nails need a fresh coat of polish and I don't want to finish this expense report today." 

The internet, of course, has taken this a step further to take a self-deprecating laugh at our best avoidant tendencies. 

According to Know Your Meme, Twitter user @samelpan kicked off the round of over-the-top excuses, with this gem of a tweet. Read more...

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Love Phillip Yesterday, 05:00PM · Tags: mashable
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One of our favorite U.S. presidents and the NBA will help launch Africa's first pro basketball league. The International Basketball Federation is also involved. The new organization will be known as the Basketball Africa League or BAL. Read more...

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Love Phillip Yesterday, 05:00PM · Tags: mashable
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4K displays are becoming the norm, with more streaming content available, game consoles running games in 4K, and 4K Blu-rays available for collectors. 

With all the ways to get 4K content today, you'll need a TV that's up to the task. And there's no shortage of choice. But how do you know which one is the best for you?

We've combed the internet for some of the best 4K TVs depending on your needs. Maybe you're looking for pure power, or you maybe you're on a tight budget. No matter what your needs are, these seven TV models are some of the best out there. Read more...

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Love Phillip Yesterday, 05:00PM · Tags: mashable
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Playing video games solo can be really great, but sometimes you just want to jump into something that you can share with your friends. With Xbox Live Gold, you can do exactly that – including more perks that you seriously don't want to miss. 

Microsoft's online service is now on sale for $10 off at Best Buy with either a 3-month or 6-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Usually priced at  $24.99 for 3-month access and $39.99 for 6-month access, you can now pick up subscriptions for $14.99 or $29.99, respectively. If you're yearning to build unforgettable gaming experiences with your buddies, you're going to want to check this out.  Read more...

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Love Phillip Yesterday, 05:00PM · Tags: mashable
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No matter how intelligent you are, there's always a chance a word will escape your brain right when you need it the most.

A recent Twitter thread, started by Paul Coxon — a physicist in materials science at the University of Cambridge — proved that not even scholars with impressive degrees are immune to forgetting words.

On Monday, Coxon tweeted to his thousands of followers to explain that even though he has a PhD in physics, he had a brain freeze and "forgot the word for photon." Instead of remembering on the spot, he was forced to describe "photon" as "a shiny crumb" in front of his colleagues. Embarrassing! Read more...

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Cold brew coffee has a smoother and sweeter taste than traditionally brewed coffee. Heat produces oils that bring out acidic flavors in coffee, so therefore, lack of heat does not. (Science.)

Those smooth flavors don’t come easily though — it can take up to 24 hours to steep cold brew coffee using traditional methods. But hold your disappointment because the Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffee Maker produces authentic cold brew coffee in as little as 25 minutes. That may seem like an annoying amount of time to wait for coffee when you’re used to having it ready almost instantaneously. But compared to 24 hours, 25 minutes is a blink of an eye.  Read more...

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Love Phillip Yesterday, 05:00PM · Tags: mashable
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Because of severe weather, Princeton University will close at noon today for non-essential personnel. Classes and events will be held as scheduled.

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/02/20/university-closes-early-because-storm-classes-go-scheduled

Kemzy Dayo Yesterday, 05:00PM · Tags: princeton university - home
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Christopher Tokita, a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology, has been awarded a Graduate Student Policy Award from the Ecological Society of America.

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/02/20/tokita-receives-graduate-student-policy-award-ecological-society-america

Kemzy Dayo Yesterday, 05:00PM · Tags: princeton university - home
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Looking for a budget tablet that doesn't feel like a budget tablet? Enter the Fire HD 8, Amazon's mini tablet that's now on sale for just $59.99, or 25% off its list price. 

Usually going for $79.99, the Fire HD 8 has a beautiful and colorful 8-inch HD display — which brings your favorite movies and TV shows to life, while it makes reading e-books and comic books easier with crystal clear text. The tablet features up to 10 hours of battery life and 16GB of storage, but it's upgradeable to a whopping 400GB with a microSD card.  Read more...

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Love Phillip Yesterday, 04:00PM · Tags: mashable
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If you are desperate to join the iPhone club but your budget isn't quite stretching that far, we have some deals that might be of interest. 

Purchasing a brand-new iPhone doesn't always make a lot of financial sense, particularly when you see some of the prices offered for refurbished handsets. Online smartphone retailer Mobiles.co.uk has just announced a new set of refurbished iPhone deals with some great bargains available.

Refurbished deals offer you the chance to own an iPhone with a heavily reduced price tag. These deals offer savings of up to £200 compared to the regular full-price deals. Read more...

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