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Extinction Rebellion activists staged a surprising demonstration Sunday, floating a model of a sinking house down the River Thames in protest over rising sea levels.
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BlueMail Creators to Apple: Let Us Back Into the Mac App Store
The creators of BlueMail, who are suing Apple, take their case directly to Tim Cook in the name of “fairness and empathy.”
Kyle Edmund gives Great Britain 1-0 lead in Davis Cup quarter-finals
Kyle Edmund steps up again in Andy Murray's absence to start Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final against Germany with a win.
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NHL has to suck it up when it comes to the women’s game
OTTAWA — After a summer, and then almost the first two months of the NHL season, it was easy to forget. It was easy to forget for those of us whose lives went unchanged when about 140 of the best women hockey players in the world remained on strike. Easy to forget that the CWHL...
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Massachusetts man smuggled salamanders and turtles into U.S., authorities say
A man from Worcester, Massachusetts was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday with allegedly smuggling salamanders and turtles into the United States. Court documents say that Nathan Boss, 27, was sending and receiving packages containing live reptiles for about two years, ”none of which were declared as live animals and some of which were species barred from being imported to the U.S.” From Wildlife inspectors received a package in November 2017 when U.S. Customs noticed what appeared to be reptiles in X-ray scans of the box, according to court documents. The package was inbound from Hong Kong and addressed to Robert Boss. It was declared as “porcelain pallet” on customs documents. Officials opened the package and found approximately 24 newts — only two of which were alive — packed in moss and plastic containers with breathing holes. A few days later, USPS intercepted a package going from Worcester to Hong Kong that was identified as “hand carved figurines.” The package actually contained three plastic tubs, one housing three live eastern box turtles, each of which had been stuffed in a sock. Another tub contained 11 orange lizards determined to be eastern newts. The third tub contained 13 more lizards. Boss was arrested in October, charged by indictment with two counts of smuggling wildlife into the United States, two counts of smuggling wildlife out of the United States, and making a false statement to a federal agent. Worcester man charged for allegedly smuggling salamanders and turtles into U.S. [] Read the rest
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College football ‘scholarship offers’ celebrated for team that sort of doesn’t exist
More than 100 football players around the country received an “offer” to come play for the Florida Gulf Coast University’s football team. There’s just one small problem. The university, which has 15 Division I sports teams, doesn’t actually have an intercollegiate football team — only a club team. However, someone associated with the club sent...
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Florida dog left in car drives in circles, befuddling cops
“I’ll tell you what, the dog drives better than most people in Florida.”
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Beer-guzzling bartender discovers she’s pregnant while in labor
Stephanie Gregory had no idea she was pregnant, until she went into labour. The bartender, then 22, dismissed her stomach ache as a tummy bug which was going round work, until the pain forced her to go to hospital. Gregory, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, England was taking the contraceptive injection and had no pregnancy symptoms....
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I have 20 toes and 12 fingers
Ten fingers and 10 toes? Not this woman. Kumar Nayak was born with 20 toes and 12 fingers, a deformity that has caused the nearby community in Ganjam, India, to believe that she’s a witch. “I am forced to stay indoors as I am treated differently,” the 63-year-old said.   Subscribe to our YouTube!
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How Iran Turned Off the Internet
Turning off the internet for an entire country is not impossible, but it’s rarely cheap, quick, or easy.
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60 Minutes goes inside Russia's 2016 election hacking
The Justice Department official overseeing the case against 12 Russian intelligence agents who were indicted for hacking the 2016 election says he believes he could prove the agents' guilt before a jury. 60 Minutes reports, Sunday
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Zack Wheeler Rumors: Reds Expressing Interest in Former Mets Pitcher
The Cincinnati Reds are among the teams interested in free-agent pitcher Zack Wheeler , according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Since debuting in 2013, Wheeler has spent his entire MLB career with the New York Mets ...
FCC bans carriers from buying Huawei, ZTE gear with subsidies
The FCC is acting on its vow to keep Chinese technology out of American wireless networks. Commissioners have unanimously approved an order barring any carrier receiving Universal Service Fund subsidizes from using that money to buy equipment from co...
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Luis Ortiz says Deontay Wilder is 'the best heavyweight of this millennium' and punches so hard, so crisp, it's like the crack of a whip
Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images Deontay Wilder hits so hard his right hand power punch is like the crack of a whip, Luis Ortiz told Business Insider. Wilder and Ortiz fought once before when, in 2018, the 40-year-old Cuban gave a good account of himself with his southpaw stance, probing jab, and counter left hand. Ortiz, though, was eventually dropped and stopped in the 10th round. In Saturday's rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Ortiz is confident he can capitalize on the flaws in Wilder's approach, and secure the million dollar paydays that would have instead headed the American's way against Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Andy Ruiz Jr. "I'm going to give it my all," he told us. "I'm going to leave my soul in the ring" Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Luis Ortiz says Deontay Wilder is "the best heavyweight of this millennium" and punches so hard and so crisp that it's like the crack of a whip. Ortiz fights Wilder for the second time at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 23, having provided good opposition in their first fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, last year.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:Floyd Mayweather should disappear into retirement forever, because a comeback could end in tearsDeontay Wilder, the 'John Wick' of boxing, says he relaxes by firing guns through obstacle courses at SWAT team rangesThe 15 richest billionaire NFL club owners, and how they made their fortuneSEE ALSO: Take a look inside the new and improved Straight Blast Gym where John Kavanagh trains Conor McGregor and James Gallagher
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Northwestern QB Commit Aidan Atkinson Arrested on 2018 Sexual Assault Charges
Fairview High School quarterback Aidan Atkinson, a 2020 Northwestern commit, was arrested in Colorado and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault toward multiple juvenile girls on a party bus in September 2018...
Marcell Ozuna Rumors: Cardinals, Braves, Rangers, D-Backs, Reds Interested in FA
There is reportedly a healthy market developing for free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna on the heels of his two-year stint with the St. Louis Cardinals ...
Watch: Tesla's Cybertruck "Armor Glass" fail
While unveiling his new Cybertruck, Elon Musk asked one of his colleagues to demonstrate the toughness of its "Armor Glass" windows by throwing a metal ball at them. The windows shattered as if they were made from candy. Image: YouTube/BBC screengrab Read the rest
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Early Galaxy S11 renders show Samsung joining the giant camera rectangle trend
Image: OnLeaks (via 91Mobiles) We knew this was coming, but the first batch of early renders for the upcoming Galaxy S11 show that Samsung might be joining Apple and Google in the trend of sticking massive rectangular camera modules on the back of its phones. The renders come from noted hardware leaker OnLeaks, over at 91Mobiles. To be clear, these aren’t official Samsung images; they’re renders created by OnLeaks based on the current rumors and leaks going around about Samsung’s latest flagship. OnLeaks does have a pretty good track record when it comes to their renders, though, correctly showcasing the Galaxy Note 10, iPhone 11, OnePlus 7T Pro, and other phones months before release — so even if the eventual Galaxy S11 doesn’t look exactly like this, there’s a good... Continue reading…
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Florida man in ‘MAGA’ shirt robs bank, then gives some money back
A bank robber in a “Make America Great Again” T-shirt allegedly held up a Wells Fargo branch in Florida — but told a teller “you gave me too much” when she handed over $900 more than he’d asked for, according to a new report. Sandy Hawkins, 73, of Boca Raton, wore a blue, short-sleeve shirt...
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Michael J. Pollard of ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ dead at 80
Michael J. Pollard, a character actor best known for roles in 2003’s “House of 1000 Corpses” and 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” has died. He was 80. His death was announced by rock star and filmmaker Rob Zombie, who directed Pollard in his role as Stucky in the former cult film. “We have lost another member...
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Chris Noth has a bad day on the court and more star snaps
Chris Noth tries to take a bite out of the competition, Liam Hemsworth wipes out and more...
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Video shows hit-and-run driver mow down elderly Bronx woman
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Christine Lagarde calls for more public investment in first ECB speech
President of the European Central Bank says US/China tariff war should be seen as an opportunityChristine Lagarde has called for European governments to boost innovation and growth with higher rates of public investment, in her first major speech as president of the European Central Bank.Speaking to an audience of bankers in Frankfurt, Lagarde said that rising trade barriers triggered by the US/China tariff war should be grasped by European governments as an opportunity to build a stronger internal market. Continue reading...
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Review: Frozen II is fun family fare with stunning visuals and so-so soundtrack
There's no musical equivalent of "Let It Go" here—a mercy to parents everywhere.
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Can You Raise a Veggie-Loving Child in a Cookie-Giving World?
A recent crop of books takes on the maddening struggle to feed our children well.
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Watch the viral clip of Sacha Baron Cohen tearing into Mark Zuckerberg over hate speech, violence, and political lies on Facebook
Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen had harsh words for the country's biggest tech companies while accepting the International Leadership Award from the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday. Cohen criticized online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google for generating "the greatest propaganda machine in history," and giving violent extremists a platform to reach billions of people. Cohen called Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's stance on free speech "ludicrous," referring to Facebook's unwillingness to remove political ads and other social media posts that contain intentional lies and misinformation. "Freedom of speech is not freedom of reach," Cohen said during the 25-minute speech aimed at some of the world's most powerful tech companies. You can watch Cohen's full acceptance speech below, and read our complete breakdown for more context. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Youtube Embed: // Width: 560px Height: 315px NOW WATCH: Apple just released iOS 13.2 with 60 new emoji and emoji variations. Here's how everyday people submit their own emoji.See Also:Sacha Baron Cohen tore into Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook over hate speech, violence, and political liesFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had an undisclosed dinner with Trump and Peter Thiel at the White HouseAmnesty says Google and Facebook threaten human rightsSEE ALSO: Sacha Baron Cohen tore into Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook over hate speech, violence, and political lies
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John Bolton says his Twitter account was 'suppressed unfairly' after he left the Trump White House, and he dropped a cryptic hint that he might drop a bombshell
The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images Former national security adviser John Bolton raised eyebrows with a cryptic tweet that appeared to hint at a potential bombshell as the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump continues. The tweet comes after new details of Bolton's relationship with Trump emerged in recent testimonies to Congress during the impeachment inquiry, painting him as an increasingly central figure to the interactions at the center of House Democrats' interest. Former National Security Council official Fiona Hill told Congress about a dramatic meeting that Bolton abruptly left a meeting after US ambassador Gordon Sondland said Ukraine had to commit to investigations favorable to President Donald Trump to meet with him at the White House. Chuck Cooper, Bolton's attorney, hinted at the former ambassador's extensive involvement and knowledge in activities related to Trump's dealings with Ukraine in a letter to Congress earlier this month. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former national security adviser John Bolton raised eyebrows with a cryptic tweet Friday morning when he hinted at a major potential bombshell after liberating his Twitter account. The tweet comes after testimony in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has pointed to Bolton as a potentially key figure in filling in the gaps of questions into Trump's alleged pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his own political gain.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Former NSC official Fiona Hill gave a masterclass on what it means to be a nonpartisan fact witnessFiona Hill and David Holmes gave powerful testimony about how everything was about to 'blow up' with Trump and Ukraine. Here are the biggest takeaways from their impeachment-inquiry hearing.Trump openly admitted on live TV to doing the thing he's accused of in the impeachment inquirySEE ALSO: John Bolton's lawyer dropped an intriguing hint that shows why he could be the most dangerous witness against Trump
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Lawyer calls for GMC to push Daily Mail for Shane Sutton documents release
• Richard Freeman’s QC makes plea during medical tribunal• Freeman charged with ordering performance-enhancing drugThe lawyer representing the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman in his medical tribunal has called on the General Medical Council to apply pressure on the Daily Mail to release documents relevant to the case.Mary O’Rourke QC wants the Mail to release the witness statement or affidavit signed by the former British Cycling and Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton which she alleges is in a safe in the managing editor’s office. Continue reading...
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Twitter’s ‘Hide Replies’ Option Gives Users More Control
The option, now available everywhere, is supposed to help nudge Twitter in a less toxic direction.
Behringer cloned the buzzy Wasp Deluxe synth
Behringer has been cloning old analog synths and drum machines, and doing it for cheap. Its latest creation is the Wasp Deluxe, an "ultra-affordable homage" to the iconic synth born in 1978.
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Arby’s will have Sonic kids meal toys
Gotta go fast ... to Arby's. The fast food chain has announced that will give away Sonic the Hedgehog toys with its kids meals.
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Play Chess Against Simulated Grand Masters on Chess DB
I just lost at chess to Bobby Fischer, three times in a row. Then for a change of pace, I lost to Magnus Carlsen, world champion since 2013. Then I lost to the lowest-ranked player I could choose, 15-year-old Abhishek K. Over 29,000 people can play chess better than Abhishek. I cannot. Read more...
Behavior Science Expert Chase Hughes Trains Real-World Jason Bournes on How to Negotiate, Interrogate, and Read People for Extreme Persuasion
Hint: It has to do with laundry.
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Tony Robbins accused of sexually assaulting high schooler at summer camp
Motivational speaker Tony Robbins has been accused of sexually assaulting a high schooler at a summer camp. We've written previously here at Boing Boing about that time when than people were burned during a Tony Robbins "motivational" firewalk. As Rob put it, the “Motivational speaker failed to motivate 21 people to walk over hot coals fast enough.” Buzzfeed News and others have reported extensively on allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct involving the self-help guru. New reporting shows there is more where that came from. “Tony Robbins has been accused of sexually assaulting a high schooler at a summer camp,” says Buzzfeed's Katie Baker. “Jane Bradley and I tracked down eyewitnesses, dozens of sources, teenage diary entries and the alleged victim herself to tell this story.” Excerpt: Nearby in the woods, close enough to see Robbins kissing a camper with his arms wrapped around her, stood 16-year-old Eva Bush. Her first impulse was jealousy; then it hit her that Robbins was a grown man, and her feelings turned to anger. That camper, she thought, was “definitely too young,” and the self-help guru was in a position of power. You’re taking fucking advantage, she thought at the time. Under the trees with Robbins was Elle, a studious teenager who, along with the other campers, had been sent to SuperCamp by her parents to boost her grades, build self-confidence, and gain new life skills. To protect her identity, BuzzFeed News is not revealing her full name or exact age, but she was under 18 — legally a minor in California — at the time of the events described. Read the rest
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Germany's risk-averse savers grapple with negative interest rates
Debate deepens on whether savers should be compensated or taught instead how better to invest their moneyGerman policymakers are locked in debate over how to react to negative interest rates, with a split between those who believe savers should be compensated and others who say they should learn to invest.The Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats, has proposed either banning banks from passing on negative rates to savers, or giving savers tax concessions. Continue reading...
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Queens neighbors horrified to learn three people were killed in fire at abandoned home
Neighbors of a long-abandoned Queens home that went up in flames late Thursday were hoping no one was inside — then three bodies were carried out. Authorities say the blaze erupted in the home on Farmers Boulevard near 110th Road in Jamaica around 11:55 p.m. Thursday, killing a trio of squatters. The building had been...
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Trump’s Senate Impeachment Defense Will Be to Put Joe Biden on Trial
There’s every reason to believe Trump will try to mount an extended attack on Biden as part of his defense in a Senate trial.
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Listen to the original, slower, better (!) version of Men at Work's "Down Under"
This is Men at Work's "Down Under" as it was originally released in 1980 as the B-side to the band's self-released "Keypunch Operator" 7". A year later, the band re-recorded it for their Columbia Records debut Business As Usual. The track flew up the Australian charts and hit number one in the US a few years later as the video (below) became an early MTV staple. I remember it spurring me to look up the meaning of vegemite. Then in 2010, the band lost a controversial copyright infringement suit brought by record company Larrikin Music who argued that the song contained a riff from the traditional children's song Kookaburra that most people thought to be in the public domain but, apparently, wasn't. Anyhoo, while the band was arguably oversharing their reggae inspirations on the original version, I prefer it to the later recording. It has a nice swing to it. Read the rest
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The Guardian view on election economics: there is an alternative | Editorial
Economics dominates public debate while being seen as an abstract authority over which people have little control. That must changeOn BBC Question Time on Thursday there was an exchange between an audience member and a Labour politician – Richard Burgon – that revealed how poor economic literacy deepens the democratic deficit. The audience member, a man who said he earned more than £80,000, rounded on Mr Burgon and called him a liar for claiming that Labour’s manifesto pledge of raising income taxes for those with salaries like his and larger would only affect the top 5% of the population.Yet Mr Burgon did not lie and the Labour party is right: 95% of workers earn less than £81,000. The man was undeterred, with a heartfelt plea that he was “not even in the top 50%” of earners. In fact, anyone with an annual salary of more than £25,500 would be in the top half of UK wage earners. Plenty of heads nodded along with the questioner’s falsehoods, underlining perhaps the post-truth nature of our times that many consider it better to be sincere than to be correct. The back-and-forth also exposed how mainstream economic stories have been successful in convincing people that there is no alternative to help the country. Continue reading...
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Trump administration may allow drilling in Alaskan conservation areas
Critics say the reversal could harm indigenous communities and wildlife
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Artist Olafur Eliasson wants to change how we see the world
Larger than life artist Olafur Eliasson talks about his latest exhibition, making art on a massive scale and how art fuels his climate advocacy
A Michelin-star chef reveals the Italian dishes you should stop ordering, and what you should try instead
Alexander Prokopenko/Shutterstock Italian cuisine has many dishes that people know and love, from fettuccine Alfredo to chicken Parmesan.  But there's a number of lesser-known dishes from across Italy that deserve some acclaim as well.  Michelin-starred chef Fabio Trabocchi has shared with Insider the Italian dishes that he believes people should actually be ordering, like cacio e pepe.  He also revealed his swaps for shrimp scampi, garlic bread, and more.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. From risotto to gelato, Italian food has become popular around the world. And while everyone adores spaghetti, there's a number of lesser-known dishes from across Italy that deserve some love as well.  So Michelin-starred chef Fabio Trabocchi has shared with Insider the Italian dishes that he believes people should actually be ordering — pizza not included.  Trabocchi, the head chef of Fiola at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, also revealed his swaps for fettuccine Alfredo, shrimp scampi, garlic bread, and more. Skip your usual order of chicken parmesan ... AS Food studio/Shutterstock The Italian-American dish features a breaded chicken cutlet, hearty tomato sauce, and plenty of melted cheese on top.  While many consider chicken Parmesan to be a staple of Italian cuisine, it actually originated in the US. Italian immigrants modified the classic eggplant Parmigiana, swapping the main vegetable for chicken instead. The dish rose to popularity in the US in the 1950s, according to The Cookful, and is now beloved in the UK and Australia as well.  ... and order cotoletta alla Milanese instead. AS Food studio/Shutterstock Cotoletta alla Milanese, also known as veal Milanese, is a popular Italian dish that is traditionally made with a veal cutlet. It is one of Milan's signature dishes.  Trabocchi is a huge fan of the simple dish, which he said isn't overpowered by toppings the way chicken Parmesan can be.  "The breading is crispy and isn't weighed down or soggy from too much tomato sauce and melted cheese," he told Insider.  Take a break from spaghetti and meatballs ... Atsushi Hirao/Shutterstock Spaghetti and meatballs are usually on the menu at Italian restaurants in America, but you'd struggle to find the dish in Italy.  The meatballs we enjoy today are actually far larger and denser than the ones eaten in Italy, which are called polpettes. Italian immigrants made their meatballs bigger when they moved to the US, where they were able to afford larger quantities of meat, according to The Smithsonian.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:13 of the most Instagrammable foods in TokyoHow Thanksgiving dinner has changed over the yearsA NYC pizza shop makes gnocchi-stuffed sandwiches
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Updated WWE Survivor Series 2019 Match Card Ahead of PPV
For the first time ever, Sunday's Survivor Series pay-per-view will pit WWE's three brands against each other, with Raw, SmackDown and NXT competing in a series of matches...
African Union urges Britain to cede Chagos Islands, end "colonial" rule
The African Union on Friday called on Britain to withdraw from the Chagos Islands and end its "continued colonial administration" there after a U.N. deadline for it to do so expired. Francis Maguire reports.
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The interview with a sportsball player has been deemed the best sportsball interview of all time
Here's a professional sportsball player who is about to embark on a second career as the voice of Mister Ed. This rugby interview is one of the best sports interviews I’ve seen, as it keeps getting delightfully weirder as it goes on. — Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) November 21, 2019 Read the rest
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The best pre-Black Friday deals on laptops and tablets this weekend
As of this writing, it's the last Friday before Black Friday, but if you can't wait just one more week, there's no shortage of deals happening as we speak.  We're just as impatient as you are when it comes to getting a good deal, so we took the liberty of scraping together all the best deals on laptops and tablets this weekend ahead of the year's biggest shopping event. There's a ton of tech on sale, but Fire Tablets are taking over. Grab one before they're all gone!  SEE ALSO: What not to buy on Black Friday 2019: Here's what we're passing on this year Take a look at the full list below — happy shopping! Read more...More about Apple, Tablets, Laptops, Dell, and Mashable Shopping
I took the Presidential Physical Fitness Test as an adult and it wasn't as soul-crushing as I remember it being in high school
Taylor Tobin/Insider The Presidential Physical Fitness Test (now part of the larger Presidential Youth Fitness Program) includes six challenges: curl-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, the sit-and-reach, the 30-foot "shuttle run," and the one-mile endurance run. In order to win the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, students must score above the 85th percentile for their age and gender.  I, as a full-fledged grown-up who hasn't taken one of these tests in over a decade, made the attempt this year.  I wouldn't win the Presidential Physical Fitness Award today, but I performed better than I expected. If you were a kid in the US who took gym class anytime between the 1960s and 2012, chances are you took the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. This gym-class tradition happened on an annual basis, requiring students to undergo a series of six physical challenges to test their endurance, agility, flexibility, and muscular strength. The kids who scored within or above the 85th percentile earned the coveted Presidential Physical Fitness Award.  I spent my school days in the drama club, in choral groups, and in the library. Yearly fitness tests in gym class were the bane of my existence. So when the opportunity arose to retake the Presidential Physical Fitness Test as an adult, I had to find out whether this challenge was really as arduous and soul-crushing as I remember.The Presidential Physical Fitness Test is comprised of six activities: curl-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, the sit-and-reach, the 30-foot "shuttle run," and the one-mile endurance run. Insider Today, I am much more active than I was at 17 years old. These days, I travel around NYC on my trusty road bike, I attend yoga class or barre class once a week,  I do calisthenics (push-ups, sit-ups, squats) at home three times a week, and I walk at least 10,000 steps a day. The prospect of completing the Presidential Physical Fitness Test was still daunting. The old version of the test, which was replaced in 2012, includes curl-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, the sit-and-reach, the 30-foot "shuttle run," and the one-mile endurance run. I started this challenge really terrified of the mile run, but I did better than I expected. Taylor Tobin/Insider As a kid, the mile run was always the fitness challenge that bummed me out the most. I didn't like running then, and I created such a mental block against the mile run that, every single year, I'd run about half a lap and then walk the rest of the way. I headed to the running track at my neighborhood park on a cool fall morning, ready to give this mile-long behemoth my best shot as a total running beginner. I surprised myself by jogging the entire mile (with a few walking breaks sprinkled throughout) and ended up with a time of 12 minutes and 44 seconds. I decided to measure my scores against those expected for 17-year-old females. To earn a Presidential Award, these teens need to run a mile in 8 minutes and 15 seconds. So I definitely didn't make the cut, but according to Healthline, the average mile speed for runners in my age and gender group is 12 minutes and 29 seconds, so I wasn't far off. The shuttle run showed me that I'm a better sprinter now than I was a decade ago. Taylor Tobin/Insider For the shuttle run challenge, the gym teacher will set up two lines of cones 30 feet apart and place two blocks behind the far line. Students will sprint from the starting line, grab the first block, run back to place the block behind the starting line, then turn to dash to the far line and grab the second block, finishing off by dropping the second block behind the starting line.  As a teen, I did OK on the shuttle run. I was reasonably agile, and sprinting didn't wear on me like "distance" running. Turns out, I'm still a decent shuttle runner. I set up my own impromptu "course" and did the whole block-grab-and-drop challenge using my phone and my water bottle in place of foam gym-class bricks. I finished in 10.9 seconds and the Presidential standard for 17-year-old females is 10 seconds, so I came pretty close. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:14 celebrities who say they've been pressured to lose weight in order to succeed in Hollywood10 things you must see in London that aren't Big Ben30 of the most popular movies of the year, ranked from worst to best
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At launch, AT&T’s real 5G will only be as fast as its fake 5G
5G on low-band spectrum will be similar to LTE-Advanced until further upgrades.
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Gigi Hadid saddles up in $880 horse-print puffer coat
Giddy up!
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