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Candy Crush Saga turns one year old today. In that time, it has been downloaded more than half a billion times and played more than 151 billion times.

That's about 200 times per download! If you're familiar with the mobile game, you're likely not surprised by those totals. You know you contribute to them.

Its combination of strategy, cool design, vibrant colors, and availability via Android and Windows phones and tablets has fueled the Candy Crush craze.

Still, its success is staggering. Why does Candy Crush Saga achieve so much, given its similarities to other time-consuming, mind-numbing distractions?

Tommy Palm, head developer at King, cites humanity's affinity for candy, color, and interesting shapes. The simpler things go a long way, apparently.

Additionally, constantly updated content keeps its users engaged and addicted. After starting with just one level last year, the game has 544 as of now.

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No one wants to be the last kid in the class on Facebook. How embarrassing, right?

An estimated 7 million children are on Facebook these days, with over 5 million of those children being under the age of 13. To sign up, they use a fake birthday, create a profile, and they're off and running in the world's largest cyber-playground.

Parents who know about their kids' online activity need to know how to keep their children safe as they navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of social media. Faye Rogaski de Muyshondt has a solution: socialsklz:-)

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A new Facebook app called What Would I Say answers exactly that question, generating Facebook updates automatically so you don't have to!

It works by accessing every post a user has come up with, mixing them up and regurgitating bits of them in an order that (kind of) makes sense.

Added bonus? It sounds just like you, or how you come across to other Facebook users, according to the developers that built What Would I Say.

Facebook Phoograph

“Technically speaking,” its creators say, “it trains a Markov Bot based on mixture model of bigram and unigram probabilities derived from your past post history.”

There you go.

As for security risks, they also reassured users that info is not stores, and all computations are done client side, so only your browser ever sees your history.

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Selfies. Some call the burgeoning trend of online photo self portraits a major symptom of a self-centered, self-important, narcissistic, vain, "me" generation.

Others argue it's harmless fun, or even a way for an individual to "brand" themselves, as in maintain total control on how they are represented online.

Call it what you want, some are clearly more into it than others. So who posts the most? Mashable actually combed through Instagram to find out.

The results may surprise you. Well, at least some of them might.

The fact that four of the top 10 are related is obvious. Just try to guess which family we're talking about. Yet two of the top three overall are a bit surprising.

This is just Instagram, mind you. Miley Cyrus, who has long reigned as queen of Twitter selfies, doesn't even crack the top 10 on this social platform.

The top 10 most selfie-loving celebs on Instagram are ...

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Is this real life? Are we all on Family Guy? Are cartoon avatars the new Instagram?

Maybe. 

The single-panel comic strips dominating your Facebook timeline (and the rest of everywhere else on the internet, too) are called Bitstrips, and they're easier than ever to create now that there's an app for that.

Bitstrips Brought To You By The Letters THG

Bitstrips, which launched early this year, released the 1.1.7 version of its mobile app this week, and rallied to the top spot among free apps in both the App Store and Google Play with over 10 million users as of Thursday. 

The app, which boasts more than 1,000 customizable templates with new ones added every day, allows users to fully comic-ize their lives for sharing, well, everything.

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Shreddies, a new brand of underwear, promises to filter out farts with its cutting-edge technology, so you can break wind without consequence anywhere, anytime.

Seriously, this is a thing. An amazing thing designed to smother your nasty fart's smell and neutralize odors with up to 200 times the strength of the average fart.

Underwear Models

These random models are not wearing it, but if they were? She could fart away!

How they determined what the average fart's potency is, we can't say. But you can imagine the testing facility reeked to high heaven after it was over.

The technical secret, in any case, is that Shreddies uses a thin and flexible carbon cloth called Zorflex - used in chemical warfare suits - in its underwear.

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An Illinois dad who discovered something repulsive - a Facebook spam page exploiting his sick daughter for Likes - responded in amazing fashion.

Sean Murphy took to the page, which is described as a "social content farm," and managed to raise money for the hospital that saved her life.

A picture he posted online that shows his little girl, Serafina, recovering from heart surgery, was used to bolster the advertising revenue of a page called Starteens.

Pretty awful. But the University of Illinois law student simply went on the page and asked readers to donate money to the hospital instead of "Liking" anything.

As a result, he raised thousands of dollars for the medical facility.

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We've all heard Siri's voice. Now for the first time, we can see her face! Susan Bennett has been revealed as the woman behind Apple’s digital assistant.

Bennett, a veteran voice actor, said she has stayed silent about her role as Siri’s voice since she first learned about with the software’s launch in 2011.

“A colleague emailed me (about Siri) and said, ‘Hey, we’ve been playing around with this new Apple phone. Isn’t this you?’” she told the network.

Bennett, who did not own the iPhone, went online and listened to clips announcing the groundbreaking technology, and knew right away it was her.

“It’s obviously me,” she said. “It’s my voice.”

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Dogs do a lot of cute things every day, but this may take the cake.

In a textbook example of the affection and excitement for their owners that make our four-legged friends so beloved, this one got REALLY excited about seeing his BFF.

On Skype, that is. Check out their long-distance reunion:

Dog on Skype

The dog owner, who goes by the Reddit username Nekofrog, is on deployment in the U.S. military and uses Skype to keep in touch with family back home.

On this particular occasion, he received the best greeting ever.

Clearly, the canine misses his human companion and vice versa, and the photo really says it all better than we can, but two thoughts come to mind:

  1. They need to Skype more often, for both of their sakes
  2. He's going to FREAK when they reunite in person

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Quin Woodward Pu's response to being dumped via text message illustrates why dumping someone via text message is probably never a good idea.

If a guy texting his mistress to break up but actually sending the offending message to his wife wasn't crazy enough for you, you've got to read this:

Quinn Text

Pu is the author two memoirs about becoming a writer, PR worker and girl-about-town in Washington, D.C. instead of attending medical school.

As such, she has a personal blog ... which she used to RUIN a guy she met in a bar, went on a few dates with and was soon dumped by over text.

The text above is what Pu (pictured) got right before her birthday. She was turning 26, she writes on her blog. She'd been out with the guy twice.

Pu, at first, was "stunned into paralysis" by the breakup text, and "had no words."

Then she decided to let the dude have it with this epic response:

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