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Celebrate Les Paul’s Birthday With Playable Google Doodle

Today, Google is paying tribute to the late guitar pioneer Les Paul with a guitar-themed doodle that allows users to play it and record songs of their own.

The doodle, which was designed by engineers Kristopher Hom and Joey Hurst and doodle team lead Ryan Germick, will be up for 24 hours, and was released to celebrate what would have been Paul's 96th birthday. (Paul, a leader in the development of the solid-body electric guitar, died of complications from pneumonia in 2009.)

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Celebrity Birthdays for June 8 - Joan Rivers, Kanye West, Others
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Celebrity Birthdays for June 8 – Joan Rivers, Kanye West, Others

Here's a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Joan Rivers
Age: 78
Occupation: Comedienne
Known For: Scathing celebrity critiques and being a plastic surgeon's best friend

Kanye West
Age: 34
Occupation: Rapper
Known For: Smash albums like '808s and Heartbreak' and never letting anyone finish a sentence

Boz

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‘Golden Girls’ Theme Song Writer Andrew Gold Dead at 59 [VIDEOS]

Singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, whose song 'Thank You For Being a Friend' was made popular by the Emmy-winning comedy 'The Golden Girls,' died Friday in his sleep from a heart attack, PEOPLE has confirmed. He was 59.

Gold, who worked with artists ranging from Cher to Art Garfunkel during his career, set out as a solo artist in 1975 following a stint with the band Bryndle. In 1977, he released arguably his best-known song, 'Lonely Boy,' which peaked at number seven on the U.S. charts.

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Zimbabwe Cop Imprisoned After Using President’s Bathroom

A cop in Zimbabwe has been locked up in the police barracks for the past month because he had the audacity to use a bathroom reserved for Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (pictured) during a trade show.

Mugabe wasn't using the bathroom, and homicide detective Alois Mabhunu really had to go. So he allegedly "rushed" the VIP loo, leading to his immediate detention.

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Millionaire Kills Two Pedestrians, Skirts Jail With Restitution Fees

A recent story about millionaire Ryan LeVin bypassing jail time with the help of money has infuriated people in his home state of Florida and across the U.S., as well.

In February 2010, while racing his Porsche against a friend's BMW in Fort Lauderdale, he ran into and killed two British tourists and then fled the scene.

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US Named Funniest Country; Germany Named Least Funny

Maybe we should work on exporting some knock-knock jokes.

The US has been named the funniest country in a Badoo.com survey of 30,000 people from 15 nations around the globe, while Germany - long known for its poor sense of humor - kept up the stereotype by finishing at the bottom.

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Student Takes First Steps At Graduation [VIDEO]

Angeline Lavasseur didn't want to break the time-honored tradition of graduates walking to get their diplomas at graduation.

The 18-year-old girl, who has been confined to a wheelchair throughout her childhood after being born with spina bifida, recently walked across the stage to pick up her diploma at Pinckney High School's graduation in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Ice Cream Parlor Sells Cicada-Filled Ice Cream

Ice cream makers have always pushed the limit when it comes to flavoring their creamy dessert.

This week, Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream, located in Columbia, MO, joined the ranks of bold and off-the-cuff ice cream makers when they offered an insect-filled cicada ice cream.

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