Commentary Big Ten finally remedies mistake of Leaders and Legends

We’ve all made bad decisions. Remember your freshman year when you wore an Ohio State shirt, OSU hat, OSU lanyard and cargo shorts around campus every day? That was brutal. We knew you went here. Or remember that one time when you decided to participate in extracurricular activities a little too much and had to miss out on Mirror Lake Night because you needed to lie down early? It’s OK. We’ve all been there. Admitting you erred and moving on is the best course of action when you make mistakes. Thankfully for everyone involved with Big Ten football, Jim Delany, the conference’s commissioner, is finally making that realization about a mistake that most people recognized the moment it happened in 2011. Leaders and Legends was a galactic, humongous, fill-in-your-own-superlative-here failure. As if everyone wasn’t laughing at our brand of Midwestern football already, we had to pile on by trying to be “edgy” and “creative.” Instead, we came off as “hilarious” and “trying way too hard.” Honoring legends and building leaders, they said. This is completely dumb, I said. But good news, folks. With the recent ESPN.com report that the Big Ten has stopped huffing glue and come to its senses, deciding to change the names of its divisions to “East” and “West” for the 2014 season, we can finally be proud of our conference again. Not only are the names changing, ESPN is reporting the alignment is changing, too. Finally, and most notably, Michigan will be moving to OSU’s division. This is good news for two reasons. First, “The Game” will still mean something. Could you imagine both teams having their divisions locked up and resting their starters in the regular season to prevent injuries before meeting in the Big Ten title game? It would be a travesty, and it is possible under the current alignment. Also under the reported new alignment, a win against Michigan will mean more for OSU in preventing the Wolverines from becoming conference champions because divisional losses impact the standings more than cross-divisional ones. Ruining Michigan’s season twice as hard? Sign. Me. Up. I praise Delany for this. It takes a lot of guts to tell everyone, “Hey, I blew it the first time, but I’m fixing it now.” Don’t get me wrong, Delany still has made some huge errors (Rutgers and Maryland) but for the most part, he has improved the Big Ten tremendously. He added a football power in Nebraska. He made the Big Ten conference the land’s richest with a way-before-its-time TV network. No one remembers how much backlash he faced when he basically started the Big Ten Network from scratch before the 2007 season. No one thought a single conference could support a TV network. Now? The Pac-12, SEC and Big 12 have all followed suit. Big Ten football might still be lagging behind nationally, but hey, Delany’s vision has made the Big Ten the richest conference in the country. The Leaders and Legends experiment was horrifying. Delany was to blame. But, with the news that its three-year run is mercifully coming to a close next year, I can praise Delany again for coming to his senses. He listened to his conference’s fans and made the change. Good for him. Better for us. And don’t get me wrong, I like the names East and West, but I’d like to use this space to propose a different pair: Teams Decimated By Urban Meyer Often and Teams Decimated By Urban Meyer Less Often, But Still Often Enough. Has a good ring to it, eh? I guess we’ll have to wait until 2015 for that fix. read more

Mountain Lion Found Dead in California May Have Been Poisoned

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ A mountain lion that was found dead last month in the Santa Monica Mountains in California had rat poison in its system, according to wildlife officials.The lion, dubbed P-47, had no visible wounds when its remains were discovered on March 21 by biologists from the National Park Service (NPS) after the lion’s GPS collar sent out a mortality signal.A necropsy revealed that the lion, dubbed P-47, may have succumbed to poisoning from anticoagulant rodenticide, commonly known as rat poison. (Photo Credit: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area)According to a statement by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a necropsy revealed that the three-year-old mountain lion may have succumbed to poisoning from anticoagulant rodenticide, commonly known as rat poison.Biologists tested a sample of his liver and found that the animal had been exposed to not just one, but six different anticoagulant compounds. Internal hemorrhaging was also found in the head and lungs.“Although it’s not known exactly how P-47 ingested the poisons, researchers believe mountain lions are exposed through secondary or tertiary poisoning, meaning that they eat an animal that ate the poisonous bait, such as a ground squirrel, or an animal that ate an animal that consumed the poisonous bait, such as a coyote,” officials said.Researchers first marked P-47 when he was around four weeks of age with a tracking device. (Photo Credit: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area)Researchers first marked P-47 when he was around four weeks of age at the den with a tracking device. He was later fitted with a GPS collar in January 2017 when he was 14 months old and weighed 108 pounds.At his last capture in January 2018, he weighed in at exactly 150 pounds, which tied him for the largest among all the mountain lions in the history of the NPS study.Biologists have documented the presence of anticoagulant rodenticide compounds in 21 out of 22 local mountain lions that they have been tested, including in a three-month-old kitten. Lab results for another mountain lion, P-64, who died a few weeks after the Woolsey Fire, also found six different anticoagulant compounds in his liver.Infographic illustrates how rodenticide works its way through the food chain and how local residents may be inadvertently poisoning wildlife. (Credit: NPS)Mountain lions are large carnivores that can weigh up to 150 pounds in California. Males use ranges of up to 200 square miles, although in Southern California, roads and development can limit movement.The National Park Service has been studying how mountain lions survive in an increasingly fragmented and urbanized landscape since 2002. Researchers have monitored more than 50 mountain lions in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. GPS collars provide detailed information about the animals’ ecology and behavior.More on Geek.com:Bobcat That Survived California Wildfire Gives Birth to Four KittensWatch: Colorado Runner Who Killed Mountain Lion Describes AttackArizona Wildlife Sanctuary Founder Mauled by His Own Tiger Stay on targetlast_img read more

Study Male and Female Superheroes Have Unrealistic BMIs

first_imgStay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Popular superheroes, including Black Widow and Thor, might be able to save the universe in Avengers: Endgame, however, a new study suggests that these characters’ comic book depictions do not have a healthy body mass index (BMI) or realistic body proportions.The study, which was conducted by Binghamton University and SUNY Oswego, explored the BMI data of various superheroes. SUNY Oswego associate professor of human development Rebecca Burch and Binghamton University Ph.D. student Laura Johnsen, who published their findings in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, found that in comic books, male superheroes were on average obese, while female superheroes on average were close to underweight, said a Binghamton University press release.Burch and Johnsen collected BMI data for 3,752 Marvel Comics characters and analyzed the visualization of male and female superheroes. They focused on costuming and physical dimensions that accentuated hyper-masculine or hyper-feminine features like shoulder-to-waist ratio, jawlines, upper body muscularity, waist-to-hip ratio, and breast morphology. They discovered that the male higher body mass was generated by extreme upper-body masculinity, with male shoulder-to-waist ratios above human limits. On the other hand, female superheroes had lower than average body weight and much lower waist-to-hip ratios than average-sized humans.Just in time for #AvengersEndgame, new research featuring a Bing student! https://t.co/2MIVC4HlRo— Binghamton University (@binghamtonu) May 1, 2019“The main findings were that comic book characters are an expression of supernormal stimuli, and they have body morphology that is beyond what humans are capable of having. For male and female characters, there are certain characteristics that are associated with masculinity and femininity; for males, that tends to be wide shoulders and a narrow waist, and for females that tends to be a small waist-to-hip ratio, and a larger bust,” Johnsen said. “These are traits that humans tend to find attractive, but for comic book characters, artists take those traits and make them super-exaggerated.”The team pointed out how the superhero comic book bodies aren’t achievable in real life, and how movie makers use special costume effects to transform actors and actresses into these hyper-masculine and hyper-feminine figures.“People who read comic books know that these body types are fantastical representations of the human form,” Johnsen added. “It’s pretty clear you can’t create that body type through just diet and exercise. Even for the films, the costume designers have to modify costumes to make the actors look even more robust than they actually are in real life.”“We need to live up to our name.” Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame is now playing in theaters. Get tickets: https://t.co/93jQYXAc6I pic.twitter.com/naIQZNMWLQ— The Avengers (@Avengers) April 30, 2019However, studying comic books from an evolutionary point of view can provide more insights into why certain superheroes have a particular look and why fans feel a connection with them.“Comic books and films are sometimes trivialized as ‘kids’ stuff,’ but increasingly they offer detailed and creative storylines and fine artistry,” Johnsen explained. “They also offer themes that reflect deep human emotion and desire. By studying comics from an evolutionary perspective, we gain insight as to the underlying origins for why the characters look the way they do, why we are attracted to them, and why we connect with them on such a personal level.”More on Geek.com:Girls Want — And Need — More Female SuperheroesIron Man Was Completely Right (‘Avengers: Endgame’ Spoilers)‘Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Recordslast_img read more

The 3DS Is Dead Long Live the Portable Nintendo Switch

first_img Two years ago I got to try out the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and by any metric it was the best dual-screen portable Nintendo had ever made. It dropped the dumb 3D gimmick but kept the upgraded processor. It had a sturdy clamshell body and from a certain angle even looked like a premium mobile phone. And of course it could leverage the massive library of great 3DS (and DS) games. I wanted to love it.But I couldn’t because in 2017 I was already fully onboard with the Nintendo Switch, not only Nintendo’s next-generation console but also a next-generation handheld thanks to its hybrid design. Not only was the Switch technologically superior to the 3DS but it also promised a grand unified library of Nintendo software no longer split across two devices. The last roadblock to this glorious future was the 3DS, and the longer the aging handheld kept getting new cool games like Metroid: Samus Returns or WarioWare Gold the longer the Switch would be arbitrarily hamstrung.It was frustrating, especially since the only reasons to keep the 3DS on life support were financial, not beneficial to players. And for two whole years Nintendo kept up the charade that the 3DS could co-exist with its clear successor. But at last, it seems the jig is up. The 3DS was a fantastic device. It helped keep Nintendo going during the Wii U dark days. But it’s dead. Long live the portable Nintendo Switch.We’ve felt the tide change these past few months as 3DS sales dried up and Nintendo simply stopped announcing games for the system. Nintendo Directs became entirely focused on Switch. The last big 3DS game, the Kirby’s Epic Yarn remake, conveniently came at the end of the fiscal year. And now based on comments at a recent investors briefing, the 3DS firmly seems like a thing of the past, much to my relief.The good news is that for a company as conservative as Nintendo to make this risky transition they must believe the Switch is fully ready to step up. And they’re right. The Switch is massively popular. It’s built up a great game library even while having to share software with its weaker sibling. And with big new consoles versions of Mario and Zelda out of the way, the rest of the Switch’s 2019 seems poised to fill that 3DS-shaped handheld hole in your life.Super Mario Maker 2 can use a stylus for easy portable level editing. Franchises like Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, and Luigi’s Mansion were huge 3DS and now they’re coming to Switch. Rumors persist that Nintendo is planning a smaller, handheld-only version of Switch for release soon. Combine that with the next-gen Pokemon games, Pokemon Sword and Shield, being Switch-only and that should put the final nail in the 3DS coffin.You don’t even need to point to these big games though to make the case that Switch really is Nintendo’s next-generation handheld. Since its launch the Switch, like the PlayStation Vita before it, has proved how cool portable indie gaming is. Take something like Duck Game, a recent game I’ve been playing. On consoles it might seem a little slight. The single-player modes are sparse and the retro radical 80s graphics are… definitely retro. But a portable game about quacking and blasting your friends in frenetic fast-paced Smash Bros-esque battles feels totally right. You can even make your own levels with the touch screen. Being able to play on TV too is just a bonus.And we’re also starting to enjoy the fruits of all Nintendo games, big and small, coming to one device. In 2017 the 3DS saw its last BoxBoy game, Bye-Bye BoxBoy. It’s a quintessential handheld game, a clever but modest little puzzle-platformer about spawning boxes off of your cube body to traverse levels, filling in gaps or blocking lasers. The straight lines and monochrome art style would work on the original Game Boy, the revolutionary device which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. And now the newest BoxBoy game, BoxBoy + BoxGirl, is on Nintendo Switch. It looks prettier and has more complex gimmicks like a new co-op mode. But this is a handheld game through and through, so of course it’s on Nintendo’s new handheld system, the Nintendo Switch.For more on Nintendo Switch here are some other cool new games to play this year and check out our review of the Nintendo Labo VR Kit. Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG last_img read more

NASA 19Year Scheme Caused Two Mission Launch Failures

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target A 19-year aluminum scam is to blame for a two failed NASA missions.In the 25 years since Taurus XL (known as Minotaur-C) first launched, the four-stage solid-fueled vehicle has successfully completed 70 percent of its military and commercial missions.Three of four launches between 2001 and 2011, however, ended in failure—including the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) and Glory missions of 2009 and 2011, respectivelyAt the time, NASA said its launch vehicle malfunctioned: The Taurus rocket’s payload fairing failed to separate.But now, the agency’s Launch Services Program (LSP) investigation revealed the glitch was caused by faulty aluminum materials, provided by Sapa Profiles, Inc.A multi-year technical investigation by LSP found that the Oregon-based manufacturer—now Hydro Extrusion Portland, Inc.—falsified thousands of certifications for aluminum extrusions.“NASA relies on the integrity of our industry throughout the supply chain. While we do perform our own testing, NASA is not able to retest every single component,” according to Launch Services Director Jim Norman.“That is why we require and pay for certain components to be tested and certified by the supplier,” he continued. “When testing results are altered and certifications are provided falsely, missions fail.”In this case, the Taurus XLs that failed for the OCO and Glory missions resulted in the loss of more than $700 million and years of people’s scientific work (though, thankfully, no human lives).“It is critical that we are able to trust our industry to produce, test, and certify materials in accordance with the standards we require. In this case, our trust was severely violated,” Norman said.Hydro Extrusion Portland (formerly Sapa Profiles, Inc.) and its corporate parent Hydro Extrusion USA (formerly Sapa Extrusions, Inc.) admitted to falsifying certifications and altering test results.In a press release, Hydro claimed the misconduct, once exposed, was “immediately stopped” and those employees responsible were terminated.The company has agreed to pay $46 million to NASA, the Department of Defense, and other customers to resolve criminal charges and civil claims.“Corporate and personal greed perpetuated this fraud against the government and other private customers, and this resolution holds these companies accountable for the harm caused by their scheme,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said in a statement.Sapa Profiles/Hydro Extrusion was also suspended from government contracting in September 2015, and can no longer do business with the federal government.“We have invested significant time and resources to completely overhaul our quality and compliance organizations,” Charlie Straface, business unit president for Extrusion North America, said. “We are committed to serving the needs of our customers and conducting business with the highest level of ethics and integrity.”More on Geek.com:NASA: Giant ‘God of Chaos’ Asteroid Will Fly Past Earth in 2029Unusual Ice Formation on Saturn’s Titan Moon Stretches for MilesPluto Debate Sheds Light on Challenges With Classifying Planetslast_img read more

Four Critically Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born at Chicago Zoo

first_img It’s a boy! And a girl! And another boy… and another girl!The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago has welcomed four red wolf pups — a critically endangered species, with less than 30 remaining in their native habitat of North Carolina. The pups, two males and two females born on April 13, are the first new litter of red wolf pups at the zoo in nearly a decade.The pups’ parents, Becca and Rhett, were recommended to breed as part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative effort among Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions to save the species, according to a press release.“Scientists estimate there are less than 30 red wolves left in their native habitat of North Carolina meaning species is on the very brink of extinction in the wild,” said Curator Dan Boehm. “We could not be more ecstatic for the arrival of these pups to help save this species and bolster the population.”One of the four new red wolf pups get a check-up. (Photo Credit: Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo)The Zoo said canine gestation is around 60 days with litters ranging from 3-6 offspring. The cubs typically stay in the den for the first month as they surpass critical milestones such as nursing, opening their eyes, and gaining strength.The pups have yet to venture from the den but have received their first veterinary check-ups.The pups’ parents were recommended to breed as part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan. (Photo Credit: Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo)Once common throughout the Eastern and South Central United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the early 20th century as a result of intensive predator control programs and the degradation and alteration of the species’ habitat, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Red wolves are mostly brown and buff colored with some black along their backs, often with a reddish color on their ears, head and legs, and they grow up to weigh 45 to 80 pounds.Red wolves grow up to weight about 45 to 80 pounds. (Photo Credit: Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo)Since 2005, Lincoln Park Zoo has been involved in the Red Wolf Recovery Program to try and assist the wild population with cross-fostering of zoo-born pups into wild family groups and other reintroduction efforts.More on Geek.com:Puppy Rescued From California Canyon Turns Out to Be… Not a PuppyUnique Red Wolf DNA Found in Texas CaninesBobcat That Survived California Wildfires Gives Birth to Four Kittens Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Netflix Sounds Better Than Ever With New HighQuality Audio

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on target Netflix never sounded so good: Inspired by a Stranger Things car chase, the streaming platform this week introduced “high-quality audio.”In late 2017, sat in a living room with the Duffer brothers, reviewing the sci-fi/horror show’s second season, the Netflix team agreed that the series opener’s action scene didn’t sound as crisp as it did on the mixing stage.“We immediately got our sound expert involved, spun up the engineering teams, and were determined to make it right, no matter how much effort it was going to take,” the company wrote in a blog post.“Fortunately, we were able to address the problem for Stranger Things by delivering a higher bitrate for the audio,” Netflix said, announcing the service-wide roll out of better sound.Simply called “high-quality audio,” the new feature promises acoustics that sound “closer to what creators hear in the studio, so every little detail is captured for a richer, more intense experience.”Though geared toward TV viewers, the feature is adaptive, so even folks with bandwidth or device limitations will still hear the best possible audio to match their capabilities.“Preserving the original creative intent of the hardworking people who make shows like Stranger Things is a top priority, and we know it enhances your viewing—and listening—experience for many more moments of joy,” Netflix said. “Whether you’ve fallen into the Upside Down or you’re being chased by the Demogorgon, get ready for a sound experience like never before.”Take high-quality audio for a ride this weekend with 2018 congressional election doc Knock Down the House, Zac Efron’s turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, or the classic Michael Keaton romp Mr. Mom—all available now to stream.Season three of Stranger Things, meanwhile, returns July 4 with a thrilling ’80s summer of teen romance, mall trips, and a new Demogorgon threat to Hawkins, Ind.More on Geek.com:Obamas’ Production Company Reveals Upcoming Netflix ContentNetflix Films Can Still Win Oscars (For Now)Here Are the Most Binge-Watched Shows in Every Statelast_img read more

Peter Mayhew Chewbacca in Star Wars Dies at Age 74

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, has died at the age of 74, according to his agent.On April 30, Mayhew passed away in his North Texas home with his family by his side, CNN reported. Mayhew’s official Twitter account posted the news on Thursday, however, a cause of death was not disclosed. In July, Mayhew had undergone spinal surgery to improve his mobility, The Hollywood Reporter noted. The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 2, 2019Mayhew played Chewbacca in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge of the Sith (2005), and The Force Awakens (2015). The London native also did other minor acting, including playing a minotaur in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) and he was working as a hospital orderly when he auditioned for the role of Chewbacca. Writer-director George Lucas hired Mayhew for Star Wars due to his 7-foot-3 physique, since he needed someone who would be taller than Darth Vader for the part.“We are deeply saddened today by the news of Peter Mayhew’s passing. Since 1976, Peter’s iconic portrayal of the loyal, lovable Chewbacca has been absolutely integral to the character’s success, and to the Star Wars saga itself.”-Kathleen Kennedy.More: https://t.co/iGfk9XRzKa pic.twitter.com/5edrPrEuRS— Star Wars (@starwars) May 3, 2019Even though Mayhew didn’t provide Chewbacca’s voice, which was created by sound designer Ben Burtt, Mayhew is credited for his excellent body language and expressiveness he brought to the 200-year-old Wookiee, which made fans love his character. Mayhew worked as a consultant on The Last Jedi (2017) and helped actor Joonas Suotamo transition into the role of Chewbacca.The Star Wars family, including Mark Hamill and JJ Abrams, posted sweet tributes to Mayhew on Twitter, describing him as “the gentlest of giants” and a “sweetheart to work with.”He was the gentlest of giants-A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly-I’m grateful for the memories we shared & I’m a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete #RIPPeterMayhew #Heartbroken @TheWookieeRoars pic.twitter.com/8xbq9HEWF2— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 2, 2019 pic.twitter.com/IN7JJxRSw2— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) May 3, 2019Harrison Ford, the actor who played Han Solo in many Star Wars movies, also shared an emotional statement on Mayhew’s death. “Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca,” Ford wrote in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter. “We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience. ”A private memorial service will take place on June 29, and there will be another gathering for Star Wars fans at EmpireConLA, which will be held in December 2019. Mayhew is survived by his wife Angie, and three children.More on Geek.com:‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Trailer Teases a Good Star Wars Game‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Finally Gets a New ExpansionCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkiecenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

You Can Buy a Kentucky Derby Winners Poop Online for 200

first_img As the fancy hatted flock to Churchill Downs in Louisville for the 2019 Kentucky Derby this weekend, the closest some horse racing fans will get to the fastest thoroughbreds in the country is watching them run for the roses on television. But now you can get even closer, close enough to touch the poop of one Kentucky Derby winner — Silver Charm, who won the Derby in 1997.Online shop Kentucky for Kentucky is selling jars of Silver Charm’s poop — for $200.Silver Charm won the 123rd Kentucky Derby. (Photo Credit: Jamie Squire / Getty Images)The brainchild of Kentucky artist Coleman Larkin, “Derby Turds” features “gorgeous nuggets of digested Kentucky bluegrass and whatever else horses eat” that were harvested from the haunches of Silver Charm at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.The 1997 winner was the great-great-grandson of the famed War Admiral, and also won the 1997 Preakness Stakes and placed at Belmont, narrowly missing the third jewel of the elusive Triple Crown. He is considered one of the Top 100 racehorses of the 20th century and, in 2007, he was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame.Silver Charm now spends his days at Old Friends Farm and sales of the poop will benefit the Thoroughbred retirement facility. Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ center_img What do you get with your purchase? The poop is suspended in crystal clear epoxy resin inside a 16-ounce mason jar.“It’s a very long, very ridiculous procedure,” Larkin said in a blog post. “The most difficult step is probably the one where I have to ask the type of people that own million-dollar Thoroughbreds if I can please have some horse turds to put in jars.”Every jar comes with a card signed by artist Coleman Larkin, authenticating the contents as genuine ‘Ky Derby Turd.’ (Photo Credit: Kentucky for Kentucky)Each jar even comes with a card authenticating the contents as a genuine “Ky Derby Turd.”“Put it on the mantle in your Old Kentucky Home and be whisked away to a sophisticated world of mint juleps and seersucker every time you see it,” the Kentucky for Kentucky website suggested. “Set one on your windowsill and let the sunlight sparkle upon this exquisite specimen of equine excrement.”Supplies (at least of the preserved version) are limited, so you might want to go online and put the poop in your cart ASAP.More on Geek.com:Cosplayer Creates Awesome Star Wars AT-AT Costume for HorseThis Is How Long It Takes to Poop Out a Lego Minifig HeadClimate Change Could Melt Tons of Human Poop at Denalilast_img read more

Emilia Clarke Next Game of Thrones Fight Will Be Bigger Than Winterfell

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Game of Thrones’ last season is in full swing, and the “Battle of Winterfell” left many fans in shock, as they watched a long fight between Iron Throne contenders and White Walkers. But, the power struggle is not over yet: According to Emilia Clarke, one of the last episodes will be bigger than Season 8, Episode 3’s deadly showdown.On Wednesday night, Clarke spoke with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about filming the final season of Game of Thrones and what audiences might expect for the last three episodes.“Episode five is bigger,” Clarke told Kimmel. “Episode five is—I mean, four and five and six, they’re all insane, but like…find the biggest TV you can.”It’s likely that Episode 4 could be a transition episode, where the surviving heroes will form a plan of attack against Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister, who are building up the ultimate fleet, as shown in the Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 preview trailer. From what Clarke said though, fans might need to prepare themselves for what’s to come on Episode 5 and Episode 6.The “Battle of Winterfell” wasn’t a typical TV fight though: Season 8, Episode 3 required 55 nights of shooting and 750 people, according to Clarke. The episode, which featured multiple fight scenes between many characters and the Night King’s death, was the longest battle sequence created in TV history, Vox reported.Even though Season 8, Episode 5 is two weeks away, Clarke is making everyone stay on the edge of their seats for now. In the meantime, Season 8, Episode 4 could give fans a better understanding of how some of Westeros plans to take down Cersei Lannister, who will be the “last war” following the “Battle of Winterfell” aftermath.Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 will premiere on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.<em><strong>More on Geek.com:</strong></em>&nbsp;</p><p>More on Geek.com:First Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Photos ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Preview: One Last War to Win‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Say Goodbye to ‘Battle of Winterfell’ Fallen Heroeslast_img read more