Link Tank: 200 Shrek Fans Completely Remade 2001 Film

Shrek Retold, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elon Musk, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

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200 Shrek Fans Created A Shot for Shot Remake of Original Film. 

In one of the most dedicated moves in the history of fandom, 200 fans of the 2001 hit animation comedy Shrekcreated a shot for shot remake of the original movie. The film, titled Shrek Retold, is free to watch on YouTube. In addition to being covered by mutliple media outlets, the fan-made film has over one million views on YouTube. 

Watch Shrek Retold on YouTube. 

NASA encourages nine private businesses to get involved in space travel.

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NASA is launching a new effort to encourage private businesses in the United States to get into space. In Washington D.C. Thursday, leaders at the space agency announced that nine privately owned companies will be able bid on contracts to deliver supplies to the moon. And industry sources tell Inversethat this news is just the start of something much larger.

Read more at Inverse.

Neil Degrasse Tyson addresses allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Last week, astrophysicist and science celebrity Neil Degrasse Tyson was accused of sexual misconduct by two women, and sexual assault by another. Now, Tyson has issued a response via a long-winded Facebook post, where he addresses each incident with his own recollections of the events.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Marriott International admits to massive security breach.

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“Marriott International today admitted that it has suffered a security breach on a massive scale, with the personal details of up to 500 million guests having been exposed due to a database breach. Worse still, unauthorized access has been happening since 2014.”

Read more at PCMag.

Coal is operating at a massive loss, despite Trump Administration’s efforts.

“As Donald Trump’s administration continues to try to make coal happen despite it being increasingly expensive and a serious tax on the environment, a new report claims that more than 40 percent of the world’s coal power plants are actually operating at a loss. It’s a figure that will only climb with increased regulation and carbon pricing as well as increasingly cheaper renewables like wind and solar power.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Ice-T explains why he hasn’t ever eaten a bagel.

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“The bagel-loving hordes on the internet erupted with confounded cries a few weeks ago, when Ice-T, in a Twitter exchange about his Law and Order character holding a cinnamon raison bagel in a recent episode, admitted that he had never in his life actually eaten one of the ring-shaped carb bombs. He is an enormously successful 60-year-old American man who’s no doubt been around a lot of on-set catering trays. He must have had at least, like, one, right?!”

Read more at Thrillist.

Here are 27 facts about National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

“On December 1, 1989, a new chapter of Griswold family dysfunction was unleashed upon the world when National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation made its debut in movie theaters and an instant holiday classic was born. Here are 27 things you might not know about everyone’s favorite Christmas comedy.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Elon Musk’s plan for LA tunnel has been blocked.

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“The Boring Company (TBC), Elon Musk’s solution to Los Angeles congestion, has been thwarted by local residents. The residents, consisting of the Sunset Coalition and the Brentwood Residents’ Coalition, filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming TBC’s Sepulveda test tunnel needed a proper environmental review.”

Read more at Alphr.