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In 1996, Sheryl Crow's second album was banned from Wal-Mart after one of her lyrics referenced the store's relaxed gun sales.

23 years later, however, following a shooting at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas that left 22 dead, the company has finally decided it will "no longer sell handguns, handgun ammunition, or ammunition that can be used in military-style assault rifles."

Crowe happily reacted to the news on Buzzfeed's AM to DM.


Sheryl Crow Is "So Happy" to See Walmart Change Its Gun Policy youtu.be

Crow expressed happiness during the interview, saying:

"I was so happy to see Walmart take the stance that it did and how just forward-thinking and responsible it was to take that"



Crow's 1996 song "Love Is a Good Thing" targeted Wal-Mart for their gun selling policies.

"Watch out sister / Watch out brother / Watch our children as they kill each other / With a gun they bought at the Walmart discount store"
Sheryl Crow - Love Is A Good Thing - Sheryl Crow youtu.be

In response, Wal-Mart banned the record from their stores, with a spokesman for the company saying:

"Selling a record implying behavior that is against all we stand for is something we just could not profit from."

Now 20 years older and wiser, Crow told Buzzfeed she doesn't regret her lyrical choice.

"Being banned at Walmart was really hard because at that time that was where people bought physical records, and in my hometown, that was the only place you could buy your record, but I wouldn't change it. It's always good to point out what you see, even if it's not popular."


Moving forward, Crow hopes Wal-Mart's decision inspires other retailers to take similar steps.

"I'm glad to see Walmart change. I would love to take total responsibility but that was a 20-year-old song. At least they've made the stance that they have, and I hope other stores that sell guns will take that same stance."


Get five Crow albums in one package with 5 Classic Albums: Tuesday Night Music Club (1993), The Globe Sessions (1998) C'mon C'mon (2002), Wildflower (2005) and Detours (2008), available here.

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

'Invisibility cloak' that could hide tanks and troops looks closer to reality www.youtube.com

Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

Meet the Canadian who created a real-life invisibility shield youtu.be

Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.





Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.

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Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.





Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.





Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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