Link Tank: The Biggest Box Office Flops of 2018

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The Biggest Box Office Flops of 2018

An ancient mummy of a baby was mistaken by researchers as a hawk.

“When a private collector gave the UK’s Maidstone Museum a gift of a small mummy in 1925, it was given the mildly exciting label of “EA 493 – Mummified Hawk Ptolemaic Period.” For years, the small, linen-wrapped and oddly shaped mummy was assumed to be a carnivorous bird, mummified as some sort of religious votive. Researchers only realized this year how wrong they were.”

Read more at Inverse.

Here’s a ranking of every hairstyle in Aquaman.

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“There’s a lot to love in the overstuffed underwater romp that is Aquaman, but personally, the very best thing about it was the fantastic array of hairstyles. In the underwater scenes, especially, the detail on the flowy hair animation was mesmerizing. Some hair was better than others, though. Here are the Atlantans that stood out, from worst to best.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

An ISS hole has been drilled from the inside.

“Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev said that the mysterious hole in a Soyuz capsule docked to the International Space Station was drilled from the inside, according to the Associated Press. Prokopyev was one of two cosmonauts who inspected the hole during an “unprecedented” spacewalk back on Dec. 11. This report is the latest in a months-long saga that’s long since turned weird.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Amazon accidentally sent 1,700 audio files belonging to a stranger to a random customer.

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“An Amazon customer in Germany was surprised to receive 1,700 audio files from a stranger’s Alexa. The man had requested a copy of his archived data from the internet giant, only to be dumbfounded when he received over one thousand copies of someone else’s private conversations.”

Read more at Alphr.

Here are 14 facts you should know about Lin Manuel Miranda.

“Do you follow Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter? If not, you should. The Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of Hamilton tweets prolifically—and delightfully—about his life and his work, dropping in inspirational messages along the way. (For example: “Gnight. More kindness tomorrow. Plant seeds of it everywhere. See what grows.”)”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Here are the biggest movie flops of 2018.

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“This year has seen a bevy of great movies hit theaters and streaming services, but even with entertainment this good, there are bound to be some duds mixed in here and there. While 2018 featured plenty of Marvel and Disney successes — and the inexplicable popularity of one Spider-Man villain — there were also some pretty spectacular failures. The rise of guaranteed sequel success and big-budget blockbusters has not eliminated the box-office bomb from the cultural lexicon just yet.” 

Read more at Thrillist.

Insurance-related spam calls have skyrocketed this year.

“According to new data from Truecaller, insurance-related spam calls have skyrocketed in the last year: They now account for 39 percent of all spam calls in the US, up from just 2 percent last year. According to new data from Truecaller, insurance-related spam calls have skyrocketed in the last year: They now account for 39 percent of all spam calls in the US, up from just 2 percent last year.”

Read more at PCMag.