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  • It's almost 65 degrees in Antarctica, which could be a record high for the continent.
  • Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council who testified about Trump during the impeachment inquiry, was escorted out of the White House by security and told his services were no longer needed: “He followed orders, he obeyed his oath, and he served his country...And for that, the most powerful man in the world—buoyed by the silent, the pliable, and the complicit—has decided to exact revenge," Vindman's attorney said.
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the Trump administration has been using a database that maps the movements of millions of cellphones to monitor the Mexican border and make immigration arrests.
  • Learn about the high-tech secret behind the brilliant cinematography of Uncut Gems.
  • That out-of-control official New Jersey Twitter account has gone too far this time, declaring the state “the pizza capital of the world.”
  • Peter Sarsgaard makes it sound like Bruce Wayne is going to have to battle a bad case of food poisoning in the upcoming film The Batman: "That’s what I feel like about this. It is not sanitized,” the actor said of the movie. “It’s got a raw power to it, a raw emotionality.”
  • Have you ever heard of the 1876 meat shower, a mysterious event where chunks of flesh rained down over nearby Olympia Springs?
  • Here's the first trailer of the upcoming fifth season of Billions, featuring new cast members Corey Stoll and Julianna Margulies.
  • A study of more than 150,000 songs has found that "the sunny outlook of early pop has given way to an increasingly forlorn landscape of hatred and despair."
  • Apollo Masters—a manufacturing plant that supplies the lacquer used for making master discs, which are used to make vinyl records—suffered a "devastating" fire this week at its manufacturing and storage facility in Banning, California, which experts say could "present a problem for the vinyl industry worldwide."
  • And finally, I usually don't find snakes cute, but I'm willing to make an exception in this case: