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Garrison Keillor fired from Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of inappropriate behavior

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Writer and radio personality Garrison Keillor says he has been fired from Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) over allegations of inappropriate behavior.

The former host of "A Prairie Home Companion" told(opens in a new tab) the Associated Press via email he'd been fired over "a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard."

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Minnesota Public Radio confirmed the news, saying he was terminated "after learning of allegations of his inappropriate behavior with an individual who worked with him," without giving further details.

"Based on what we currently know, there are no similar allegations involving other staff," a statement(opens in a new tab) added.

MPR added that it will end broadcast of "The Writer's Almanac," which Keillor produced, and rebroadcasts of "A Prairie Home Companion," the weekly radio show Keillor created and hosted from 1974 until last year. Musician Chris Thile took over the music and news program when Keillor retired -- MPR and American Public Media announced it will change the show's name to further cut ties with Keillor.

The timing of Keillor's departure is a little awkward. The Washington Post published an op-ed from Keillor on Tuesday night, entitled 'Al Franken should resign? That's absurd,' in which he wrote that talk of Franken stepping down was "pure absurdity, and the atrocity it leads to is a code of public deadliness."

The unfortunate chain of events didn't go unnoticed.

Garrison Keillor fired from Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of inappropriate behavior(图2)

Keillor recorded his final installment of "Prairie Home" during a live broadcast(opens in a new tab) at the Hollywood Bowl in July 2016 after almost 42 years. In addition to continuing to produce the now-canceled "Writer's Almanac" for public radio, he went on to write regular columns(opens in a new tab) for The Washington Post.

UPDATE Nov. 30 1:05 p.m. PT

The Washington Post's editorial page editor Fred Hiatt announced Thursday the paper wouldn't be publishing any more columns from Keillor, and expressed disappointment that he wrote a column on the subject while knowing he was under investigation.

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    Reddit user oh__golly(opens in a new tab), who joined the community about nine years ago and started moderating the r/neopets subreddit a little more than a year ago, said the Scientology bomb "wasn't huge news for a lot of the community," since Neopets creators Adam Powell and Donna Williams already discussed the topic in a 2014 AMA on the subreddit(opens in a new tab).

    However, when Chrissy Teigen got in on the action and confessed to being a former Neopets comment board moderator, the community quickly began trending again.

    "We mods generally buckle up when we see a celebrity mention Neopets," Steve said. "So far it's never been a bad thing… When people see 'Neopets' they're like 'Wow! I remember that!' and then Google it and find the subreddit."

    But Reddit isn’t the only online platform where Neopets fans converge — people are also forming Facebook groups to bond over the virtual world. The main Neopets Facebook page(opens in a new tab) has 216,508 likes, but superfans looking for more frequent and intimate discussions are drawn to smaller Facebook groups like Neopets Nation(opens in a new tab).

    Melissa Forbes, a 26-year-old Neopets lover from South Australia serves as the group’s administrator with two of her friends, and together they provide a place for Neopets fans to chat, share information on events, site updates, and more. Since creating the group in 2015, the biggest change Forbes has noticed is an influx in returning Neopets players. Credit: screengrab/neopets

    "Over the past few years, the kids who used to play back when I first started seem to have found their way back and essentially taken over the site," she explained. "Whenever Neopets appears on a popular site or in an article, we generally get an influx of users returning and trying to find their feet again. This is when Neopets Nation gets a bunch of new members looking for advice and also [they are] just generally surprised to see how many adult players are still around."

    Neopets was bought and sold twice since 2005, so there’s been some changes to the site that tend to confuse returning users, but according to Forbes, Neopets is "very much still a large, thriving community."

    Can viral fame be everlasting?

    While the furry, DIY, and Neopets subcultures have all evolved in their own ways, as new communities rise to fame one can't help but wonder if they'll be able to beat the viral odds and stand the test of time.

    When it comes to the furry community, Nos Hyena(opens in a new tab), a 25-year-old furry who joined the community in July 2015, thinks the key to future growth lies in people outside the furry fandom making an active effort to better understand it. "I’ve noticed furry has way more visibility and way more acceptance from the general population since I’ve joined," Nos Hyena, whose fursona is a brightly colored hyena with abs and a mohawk, said.

    "Right now it's been cooler than ever to be a furry."

    He went on to explain that furries used to be made fun of a lot more, but media outlets have attempted to cover positive aspects of the community and clear up common furry misconceptions(opens in a new tab). Influencers like Shane Dawson have also given furries a platform(opens in a new tab) on which to express themselves, and moms of young furries even started a YouTube channel(opens in a new tab) and Twitter account(opens in a new tab) to help educate other parents.

    Ultimately, outside attention — positive and negative — has helped the community grow, and today more than 15,000 furries are registered(opens in a new tab) on "Right now it's been cooler than ever to be a furry!" Nos Hyena said.

    As for the future of DIY, Bourke feels as long as technology continues to advance, DIY will thrive. It's not only being seen as an opportunity to cut down on costs but as a seriously rewarding hobby. "I think that’s a big reason why it’s exploding," he said. "A lot of us are looking for hobbies that will take us away from the screen, and this is sort of the best of both worlds."

    From a moderator’s point of view, Hareuhal’s hopes the subreddit keeps growing and wants to try and coordinate some meetups amongst the group that take place offline. Going forward, if the main DIY subreddit gets too overwhelming, it’ll be interesting to see if more specific offsets of the main hub — such as woodworking(opens in a new tab), welding(opens in a new tab), and even the DIWhy(opens in a new tab) subreddit — gain more popularity in the future.

    "A lot of us are looking for hobbies that will take us away from the screen..."

    Finally, Neopets — which is also seen by many as its own escape from the real world — recently announced(opens in a new tab) at San Diego Comic-Con that a mobile site, app, and game called Legends and Letters are on the way. Despite the fact that a planned site redesign was shelved when JumpStart acquired the site in 2014, the community remains optimistic and hopes to keep drawing new and returning members. “Now's a great time to get back into the game,” subreddit moderator Steve said.

    Overall, members of these communities are positive about their futures, and though there may come a day when these subcultures dwindle down, for now they’ve withstood the storm that comes with viral attention, and they don’t seem to be fading into the background any time soon.

  • Quordle today: Here are the answers and hints for September 6

    Quordle today: Here are the answers and hints for September 6

    It's another Tuesday, and you're stuck on another Quordle. Nothing wrong with that. Life is hard enough without having to solve four Worldle puzzles at the same time (and yes I mean "having to." If you're like us, you're addicted). Plus, this is a hard one!


    Fortunately it's not hard to find the Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you'll get what you need.

    What is Quordle?

    Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.

    Is Quordle harder than Wordle?

    Yes, though not diabolically so.

    Where did Quordle come from?

    Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30(Opens in a new tab). Meyer's creation was covered in The Guardian(Opens in a new tab) six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue(Opens in a new tab) from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. 

    How is Quordle pronounced?

    “Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like "curdle.”

    Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?

    Yes and no.

    Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you.

    After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle.

    What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?

    Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can't afford to waste guesses unless you're eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. 

    Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn't the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it's a normal part of the player's strategic toolset.

    Is there a way to get the answer faster?

    In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses:

    Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We've had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand(Opens in a new tab) suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.”

    Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses.

    If strategy isn't helping, and you're still stumped, here are some hints:

    A semi-useful hint about today’s puzzle

    Synonyms for all four words are in the following sentence (in no particular order).

    According to plan my friends have all granted their implied approval, since the current calendar entry is the my birthday, everyone is supposed to come to where I live, and when I hear my doorbell chime, a surprise party will begin.

    Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?

    One word has a letter occurring twice in a row. Another word has a letter that repeats, but non-consecutively.

    Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?


    What do today’s Quordle words start with?

    T, D, R, and T.

    What are the answers for today’s Quordle?

    Are you sure you want to know?

    There’s still time to turn back.

    OK, you asked for it. The answers are:

    1. TODAY

    2. DWELL

    3. RING

    4. TACIT

  • Skip-It is that highly addictive 90s toy that forced you off the couch


    Skip-It is that highly addictive 90s toy that forced you off the couch

    If you grew up in the'80s or '90s, you knew there was no joy quite like hopping up and down on one foot with a Skip-It.

    Sounds a bit too active for today's age of toys, but back in the day, Skip-Its peppered suburban neighborhoods and schoolyards alike. Originally released in the '80s, then rereleased with a makeover a decade later, the Skip-It was one of the most popular toys of the '90s. It even forced you to get off the couch and hop around.

    SEE ALSO: Crossfire is the most epic '90s game you never played

    That hippity, hoppity joy is the subject of this week's episode of The Toy Shop, Mashable's new show where we revisit retro toys from the '80s and '90s.

    If you don't remember this fun little gadget, it was a nifty contraption you looped around one of your ankles. You then spun it around your leg while hopping up and over the string with your other. It was kinda like playing jump rope with yourself, but took twice the energy.

    You jumped over it as much as you could, while the counter on the ball at the end recorded your score. But step wrong, and that giant, wrecking ball of an anchor would wrap around and peg you right in the shin — which felt like a metaphor for never exercising again.

    Here's the original commercial to immerse you in full '90s nostalgia.

    If you want more blasts from the past, be sure to follow along with 'The Toy Shop.' We'll be posting new videos every other Tuesday to Mashable's Watercooler YouTube channel(opens in a new tab).

  • USWNTs historic win has Twitter asking why theyre paid less than men

    USWNTs historic win has Twitter asking why theyre paid less than men


    The U.S. women's national team won 13-0 against Thailand in their first match in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday. In light of their incredible victory -- it was a record win in both men's and women's World Cup history -- people want to know why they're paid so much less than the men's national team.

    Player Alex Morgan alone managed to score a record five times during the match. To put the team's 13 goals into perspective, the U.S. men's national team scored 12 in their last three World Cup attempts combined.

    So yeah, this is pretty freaking impressive.

    SEE ALSO: Dutch soccer referee accidentally scores a goal... and counts it


    The USWNT actively wins more than the men's team, but they're still fighting for equal pay. In 2016, they were given raises after filing a complaint(Opens in a new tab) with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, but despite the collective bargaining, they still weren't paid as much as the men's team.

    The complaint noted that the women's team generated almost $20 million more in revenue than the men's team did in 2015, but the women's team was paid(Opens in a new tab) a quarter of what the men's salary was.

    The women's team escalated(Opens in a new tab) the fight for equal pay this year and sued the U.S. Soccer Federation — on International Women's Day, to really drive in the point — for "institutional gender discrimination." The Federation argued that the two teams are paid differently because they're "performing different work ... that require different obligations and responsibilities."

    "Performing different work," apparently, means breaking World Cup records when the men's team didn't qualify(Opens in a new tab) for the 2018 World Cup. Twitter users couldn't get over the win.


  • The weirdest Valentines Day tweets filling up our timelines

    The weirdest Valentines Day tweets filling up our timelines

    Happy Valentine's Day!


    Everyone's favorite Hallmark holiday is back, and performative love is in the air once again. It's in our timelines, too.

    The annual love holiday always brings out social media's various peanut galleries, but 2021 is a special case because it's our first Valentine's during the U.S. era of COVID-19. We've all been cooped up in our homes for the better part of a year, which means we've also had plenty of time to write new material instead of going out and finding love (or lust or, really, whatever you're searching for — it's all valid!).

    The result is a timeline full of corny, hilarious, ridiculous, and generally just weird tributes to love. Or to whatever thing the author happens to be thinking about in that given moment. Don't think too hard about it yourself. Valentine's Day may have its roots(Opens in a new tab) in a Christian feast day, but for most of us it's just a day of roses and chocolates and saccharine sentiments.

    Even the CIA is feeling the love. The U.S. intelligence agency made a game of the whole thing, releasing a coded phrase a couple days before Feb. 14 and then sharing the obvious-in-hindsight answer.

    (The replies(Opens in a new tab) to this one are especially entertaining. Needless to say, the expression of love from the premiere U.S. spy agency did not go over well.)

    The Sonic the Hedgehog brand Twitter got in on the fun with the most off-putting Valentine's bouquet you'll ever see.

    A Twitter account that's meant to personify the U.S. Constitution's 1st Amendment put out a little reminder about how the often-misunderstood "Freedom of Speech" does and doesn't work for U.S. citizens.

    Professional basketball's Golden State Warriors handed out a set of four player-themed cards for you to share with the Valentine(s) in your life.

    A superb deep cut for all the Star Trek fans out there.

    Pee-Wee Herman, forever a delight, kept it nice and wholesome.

    This one requires a little Star Wars inside joke knowledge. (Obi-Wan's line here is "I have the high ground." Enjoy!)

    Look, they don't always have to rhyme.

    One for my fellow ancient computer nerds.

    Kelly's not wrong. This is the sweetest Star Wars ship.

    And because it's never the wrong choice to end with an adorable red panda, here's an adorable red panda.

    Happy Valentine's Day!


  • Spicy air fryer nuts are a tasty snack and super easy to make

    Spicy air fryer nuts are a tasty snack and super easy to make


    I love anything spicy. If it were feasible — barring health issues, practicality, and social norms — I would eat hot wings for every meal.

    So when I bumbled into this air fryer recipe for air-fried, spicy peanuts on(Opens in a new tab), I thought it'd be perfect to test out. Why? Well, half my working life involves an air fryer and I love spicy things. Match made in heaven.

    Now, a quick caveat before we dive into this thing. My local grocery stores, for on reason or another, had only raw cashews, not raw peanuts — so I had to make those instead. Frankly, I like cashews more than peanuts anyway, and cashews are large enough that they wouldn't slip through the holes in the grate of my air fryer. Win-win.

    SEE ALSO: The best air fryers for making crispy food faster than the oven

    The TL;DR on the recipe? It's a fantastic idea but you better watch the cooking process carefully. Maybe it was substituting cashews for peanuts, but my snack got a little too charred. But more on that later, for now, here's what you need to know.


    • 2 tablespoons of oil

    • 3 tablespoons (or as much as your heart desires) or Old Bay seasoning or similar seafood seasoning

    • 1/2 teaspoon (or way more, if you're like me) of cayenne pepper

    • 8 ounces of raw peanuts (or cashews, or whatever raw nut)

    • Salt


    1. Whisk together the oil, Old Bay, and cayenne

    2. Toss nuts in the oil and season mixture

    3. Air fry at 320 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through

    4. Salt, then air fry for five minutes more

    5. Salt again, if needed, and enjoy

    The details

    OK, so here was my final product. Let's just get this out of the way.

    OK, a bit well done. But we can fix that. Credit: Mashable

    To be clear, while the cashews were overcooked, they look worse than they tasted. They were still pretty spicy and tasty, but definitely cooked for too long.

    I'm uncertain if the cooking issue was a result of swapping peanuts for cashews, or if it was just an issue with the recipe in general. To be honest, air frying any nut for 25 minutes total feels like... a lot. For instance, here were my cashews as they went into the air fryer and after about 10 minutes of cook time, respectively.

    Doesn't that look promising? Credit: Mashable
    I should have stopped cooking here. Credit: Mashable

    They much better, right? To be honest, I should have just pulled them at 10 minutes, but I wanted to see how the recipe turned out, if followed exactly. I wanted to heed the recipe as best I could, but next time I'll probably cook the nuts for 15 minutes or so. If you're cooking cashews like me, 15 minutes might be the max.

    But there's the catch: I'll most likely make this recipe again. The promise was there, if my execution was a little off. The spicy, salty combo was tasty in the less-charred cashews. It had that addictive quality you look for in a great snack. I also think you could mix things up if you so desired. A little honey for sweetness? Sure. Cumin for complexity? Why not. Go buck wild.

    So, spicy air fryer nuts? They're good. Just watch them carefully.

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  • Chrissy Teigen accidentally leaks her own email address on Twitter, styles it out perfectly

    Chrissy Teigen accidentally leaks her own email address on Twitter, styles it out perfectly


    If you're an average Joe who accidentally tweets out their personal email address, chances are not a lot is going to happen. Especially if you delete the thing again quickly.

    If you have over 11 million followers, though, it's a whole different story.

    On Tuesday night, Chrissy Teigen found this out firsthand.

    Now, we don't know what the original post looked like -- it's apparently been deleted -- or how Teigen managed to let her email slip, but judging by the replies from fans it seems genuine.


    SEE ALSO: Donald Trump goes after Chrissy Teigen on Twitter, gets brutally shut down

    Not long after Teigen doxed herself, the inevitable FaceTimes started. But rather than ignoring them all and immediately deleting the email address forever, Teigen decided to somewhat embrace her mistake — yep, she answered a random call.

    Soon, though, it all got a bit much.

    Apparently Teigen now has a new email, which she'll surely be doing her best to shield from future tweets.


    At least she made the day of that random guy who got to FaceTime with Teigen and her mom on a casual Tuesday.

  • Chrissy Teigens face is priceless as John Legend does a sexy elf dance

    Chrissy Teigens face is priceless as John Legend does a sexy elf dance

    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are getting into the holiday spirit. Well, one of them is, at least.


    Teigen tweeted a video Thursday night which showed Legend, who's been christened the "Sexiest Man Alive,"(Opens in a new tab) decked out in a holiday outfit that only he could get away with. Or can he?

    SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen had the perfect reaction to John Legend being crowned 'sexiest man alive'

    Tight red pants. A sleeveless Santa vest with no shirt underneath. And, of course, we have to mention the elf hat and the gold chain draped around his neck. 'Tis the season, we guess.

    After a pelvic thrust or two (or three...who's counting?), the camera pans to Teigen, watching whatever this is unfold before her, looking 100 percent unimpressed with what her life has become.

    She wrote, "sexiest man title has been a curse upon my family." Evidently, there is before your husband wins People's Sexiest Man, and there is after.

    At least she's keeping him humble.

  • And now, a toast to the #CeleBreadies hashtag


    And now, a toast to the #CeleBreadies hashtag

    Love puns, bread, and celebrities? I feel like a lot of you do. If so, please direct your attention to Twitter, where the hashtag #CeleBreadies provided a fair amount of yeasty delight on Wednesday.

    The concept here is simple: fresh-baked bread puns made using celebrity names.

    There is literally nothing else to it, and there doesn't have to be. And so I present these examples without further comment, hopeful that you'll also almost spit out coffee when you see the phrase "Sharon Scone."

    SEE ALSO: Salads are better without the leaves

    Please enjoy.

  • 25 tweets that prove people take ice cream very seriously

    25 tweets that prove people take ice cream very seriously


    Ice cream is a delicious summertime treat. It is also an excellent subject to argue about.

    People's ice cream opinions are extremely strong, whether they're talking about the best type of cone (waffle) or which toppings are truly fit to share a bowl with the sacred dessert (chocolate sauce, yes; sprinkles, rainbow only; no nuts of any kind). And do not get anyone started on which is the best flavor. (Mine is raspberry chocolate chip, but I respect other opinions ... kind of.)

    Please enjoy these 25 vehemently expressed tweets about ice cream. Also, please know that the inclusion of any tweet in this story should not be interpreted as endorsement. (I hate Magnum bars.) Thank you.


    SEE ALSO: Police find viral ice cream licker, but there's a catfish twist