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In what is either a very strange coincidence or a very weird easter egg, promotional materials for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past feature a pastor named Bob Bell, which ought to sound familiar.

The material comes from an X-Men site called 25 Moments, which purports to show pivotal events in humanity's history with mutants. Among these moments is Pastor Bob Bell and what we talk about when we talk about X-Men. The site doesn't paint him in a particularly flattering light, casting him as a televangelist with a group called "The Human Majority," who believe that mutants are God's curse on humanity. Womp, womp. It's not clear whether or not the pastor actually appears in the real movie and, in any case, the whole thing could be a coincidence. We'll see if the movie happens to feature anyone by the name of Prancis Chan ... Discuss

 

A source close to the family has confirmed that the magnificent Nobel laureate novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has passed away in his adopted land of Mexico. The 87-year-old was immortalized for works like Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude, along with numerous short stories ... Discuss

 

Just how hospitable to life is Kepler-186f, the planet that has NASA freaking out? Well, you couldn't breathe there, for one thing. But, other than that, it's the most habitable planet NASA has yet discovered. It exists in its sun's "Goldilocks Zone"—neither too hot nor too cold for life—and could very well have liquid water. It's about ten percent larger than our own planet and just a little further away from its sun, which might mean it's a touch cooler but given our own rising temperatures, maybe that's not such a bad thing. All in all, it's unusually similar to our own chuck of the universe. "This is a really profound discovery. It's a major milestone," Tom Barclay, a member of NASA's Ames Research Center, told NPR.

That said, at 500 light-years away from earth, it's not exactly a day trip, so there's no need to go packing any bags just yet ... Discuss

 

This clip is like a time machine to a distant era known only as "the '90s," in which big ties were cool, the "@" symbol was referred to as "that 'a' with the little ring around it," and the Internet was a—well, what was it, exactly? Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric try to figure it out here, in a clip which just surfaced from NBC (and which may have cost someone their job.) They do manage to get a few details right, but they miss the part about it being an omnipresent nightmare flooded with cat GIFs and mindless political debates ... Discuss

 

Very scary, very sad news out of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which has been taken over by pro-Russian militants. Reports are saying that Jews are being forced to register with their government, provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated." The information was printed on leaflets and distributed to the city's synagogue, all bearing the name of Denis Pushilin, who's styling himself as the chairman of Donetsk's interim (maybe) government. The leaflet said the registration was necessitated by leaders in the local Jewish community who supported Stepan Bandera, who fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II. "We don't know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it's serious that it exists," Olga Reznikova, a 32-year-old Jewish resident of Donetsk, told USA Today. "The text reminds of the fascists in 1941" ...

Update: Pushilin has denied any connection with the flyers. Whether they were distributed by a rogue faction of his government, a pro-Russia splinter group or someone else altogether remains unclear. Secretary of State John Kerry says that his department is taking the leaflets seriously, saying "In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable—it's grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable." Discuss