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• The Taliban celebrated the completion of the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan last night by shooting bullets into the air for hours.

• Remember when shot snobs were telling everyone that Pfizer was the status vax? A new study out of Belgium found that Moderna's vaccine creates twice as many antibodies as Pfizer's, and gives recipients twice as much protection against breakthrough infections.

• "Virtual Burn," a Burning Man substitute complete with some kind of "Orgy Dome"-esque experience, is underway in VR headsets around the world.

• Rich people are increasingly getting fridges that look like cabinets and house guests are very confused about where to grab a can of seltzer.

• A 19-year-old lifeguard was killed by lightning strike and seven others were injured on Monday afternoon at the Jersey Shore.

• A cheating scandal has rocked the world of competitive European bridge, with everyone refusing to play against the Italian team because one of its players has a history of alleged foul play.

• Arctic researchers have found a new island that qualifies as the world's northernmost island: a 100-foot-by-200-foot chunk of silt and gravel up by Greenland.

• Gawker has this reminder that Cameron Diaz retired back in 2014 and would probably be a fun actor if she decided to make movies again.

• Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been crashing at his friend's house in Southampton.

• Here's one guy's account of not taking his phone with him to the bathroom for a month.

• And finally, a groundhog (?) that knows what it wants: