President Trump gave a speech at the United Nations in September of 2017 where he famously called Kim Jong Un, "rocket man." Now, in one of the most bizarre stories we've heard this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver a CD of Elton John's song "Rocket Man" to the North Korean dictator today. Our world is truly beyond parody.
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President Trump and Kim Jong Un had a historic private meeting earlier today in Singapore. And while we don't know exactly what was said between the two men, we do know that Trump played a video for Kim on his iPad. The video was created to look like a Hollywood movie trailer and it's honestly pretty bizarre.
Russia-1 aired a segment yesterday about Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's recent meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But one part of the news broadcast was pretty weird. Take a look at Kim's face in the screenshot on the left. Kim has been photoshopped to look like he's smiling. And it's not even a very good photoshop job.
US President Trump announced yesterday that he was unilaterally pulling the US out of the so-called Iran Deal, an international agreement that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for the cessation of Iran's nuclear weapons program. But now that the sanctions are being reinstated, some American companies stand to lose a lot of money. Boeing alone is losing about $US20 billion ($27 billion) in contracts.
Hey, don't freak out or anything, but Bill Gates thinks there is a new flu epidemic lurking just around the corner and we are woefully unprepared for it. The billionaire philanthropist warned today that there is a "significant probability of a large and lethal modern-day pandemic occurring in our lifetimes".
Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy living in the UK, is "improving rapidly" after being poisoned by a nerve agent, according to the latest report by his doctors. But Skripal's pets aren't quite as lucky. British authorities say that once a vet was able to visit Skripal's sealed off home, two guinea pigs were found dead and the family's cat was euthanised.
In 2010, the Library of Congress started archiving every single public tweet that was published on Twitter. It even retroactively acquired all tweets dating back to 2006. But the Library of Congress will stop archiving every tweet on December 31, 2017. Why is it stopping? Because tweets are trash now.
It's that time of year again when we look back at the photos and GIFs that went viral over the past 12 months. We did similar year-end round-ups in 2014, 2015, 2016 and I must say that 2017 was even weirder than usual. How so? There were so many fake images swirling around the internet that it was difficult to decide which ones to debunk.
We've been debunking fake photos at Gizmodo since 2013, but in the year 2017, the fakes seem to be spreading online faster than ever. Here are just a few of the images we've seen swirling around the internet lately. And none of them are what they appear to be at first glance.