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  1. Adam Savage, the co-host of Mythbusters has launched a new show called “Savage Builds” and in the first episode, he built a real-life Iron Man suit that can fly. Savage and his team used a 3D printer to build the Iron Man armour and it can actually fly. The major challenge in making this suit was using 3D printers to make the armour light enough so that it could fly. © YouTube As for the flying bit, Savage worked with jet pack company Gravity and its owner, Richard Browning, to build jetpack that was capable of flight. The Iron Man Mark II armour from the movies is made entirely out of titanium. © Youtube/Cnet "It sounds like hyperbole, but I swear… if Tony Stark was not fictional and he was building an Iron Man suit right now, this is precisely how he would do it and this is the exact technology he'd be using," Savage told CNET. © YouTube The show “Savage Builds” is all about Savage trying to build things which involved the entire process of trials, tribulations, collaboration and even failures. The show will run with 8 episodes and in one of the episodes, Savage will also build the British army's Great Panjandrum. It's basically a car that has been outfitted with a massive, rocket-propelled, explosive-laden cart designed by the British military during World War II. If you want to know how Adam Savage built the working Iron Suit, watch the video below: Source: Cnet
  2. What happens when you take meat-loving, fruit and vegetable-hating, fallacy-advocating men and design a diet for them? The Carnivore Diet is born. The introduction in itself would come across as a strong one, and you would agree with it once you know more about this new emerging diet that has been doing the rounds of social media galore recently. © Getty Images Popularized by Shawn Barker, a mid-50s strong and ripped world indoor rowing record-holder and an ex-MD, the carnivore diet is a dietary pattern that promotes only eating animal products. Mainly meat for all your meals. And it strongly advocates against eating any fruits and vegetables. It's not known if this was started as a strong contention to the vegan diet or an extreme extension of the ketogenic diet, but it sure as hell makes some questionable claims and promises that would fall flat in the face of science and logic. Here are some of the claims propagated by the Carnivore Diet: 1. Fruits & Vegetables Are Actually BAD For You © Getty Images Yes, you read this right. The carnivore diet goes ahead and makes claims on the lines of fruit and vegetable consumption being detrimental for your health. Even a fifth-grader can tell you the benefits of it, namely being fibre intake, nutrient intake, etc., and the carnivore diet makes an absurd claim against the same. 2. You Should ONLY Eat Animal Products © Getty Images Yup, just animal products and consume meat, primarily, for all your meals. Though the ketogenic diet also suggests eating mainly fats and protein, there are still some carbohydrates in your diet like green veggies. The carnivore diet, on the other hand, is virtually ZERO carbohydrates. 3. Calories Do Not Count Another absurd claim by this diet is that calories DO NOT count. As you are technically cutting out an entire food group, rather limiting yourself to just one food group in this diet, stating that it overcomes the law of thermodynamics is absurd. Calorie counting may NOT be necessary when you have such a restrictive dietary pattern but stating they do not matter at all is downright dubious. A sample carnivore diet and food options permissible in it looks like the following: • Food Options: Meat, fish (fattier the better), eggs, dairy (though most do not consume any due to carbs), bone marrow, fatty meat products, salt and pepper. Basically, anything that walks, crawls, flies, swims, or has had parents (barring humans, of course). • Breakfast: Coffee, scrambled eggs and bacon • Lunch: Steak or chicken liver • Snack: Bone broth or cheese • Dinner: Steak or hamburger patty or fatty fish For me, this diet would go down as an extremely misleading fad due to the following reasons: 1. Science Claims Otherwise Saying that fruits and vegetables are harmful is outright misleading. The fallacy is outright stupid in this case. You will hardly ever find any study showing unfavourable effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on human health. A study by Boeing et. al. concluded that regular fruit and veggie consumption has protective effects against coronary heart disease, hypertension, and stroke. 2. It Is Expensive Animal products all day long, all life? A diet has to be economically feasible as well in the long-term. An all-animal diet goes far off the reach for a majority of the population in terms of the cost. © Getty Images 3. Unsustainable Having an exclusive diet is hardly sustainable, be it any kind of a diet. If you think that you can follow an all-animal diet (I still think it is a bad idea) all your life, go ahead. For almost 99% of the population, this may not be the case. 4. It May Be Unhealthy Eating just meat all-day long adding lard and butter on top of it and consuming it day-in and day-out. You may as well put up a big fancy board inviting a host of cardiovascular diseases and health problems. I'd say that the carnivore diet is just a new addition to the host of pre-existing fad diets and I am sure many people would still fall for it. Like I have mentioned multiple times, it is yet another fad that is far from healthy. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  3. Labelled as one of the most unpredictable sides in the tournament, West Indies looked at their menacing best during a seven-wicket triumph over Pakistan in their ICC World Cup opener. The Windies pace attack turned out to be the nemesis for the Pakistani batsmen who were hurried on by the pace and bounce of the opposition bowlers. Amongst the multiple pace options in their armoury, Sheldon Cottrell is arguably the one that stands out. The left-arm seamer can not only generate serious pace, but his searing bouncers and control on length make him more lethal. But, Cottrell isn't just famous for his bowling capabilities, in fact, if anyone has seen this man bowl, they'd have found his unique and animated wicket celebration just too hard to go unnoticed. Sheldon Cottrell celebration moment after taking any wicket he's amazing.!!! Sheldon did same celebration today when He get out David Warner today..!! Tahir & Cottrell both are amazing in their own way ð#SignatureStep #JaiHind#CWC19 #AUSvWI #MenInMaroon #CmonAussie #WIvAUS pic.twitter.com/z9NPz35xsx — ð®ð³ Archie Agarwal ð®ð³ (@_rchie0425) June 6, 2019 During his team's ongoing clash against Australia at Trent Bridge, the 29-year-old was once again at his prolific best as he dismissed the likes of David Warner (3) and Glenn Maxwell (0) with relative ease. After taking the wickets, Cottrell unveiled his iconic 'salute celebration' where he celebrated his dismissals with a short march and a soldier-like salute. David Warner's gone! Sheldon Cottrell is delighted, and out comes the salute! #MenInMaroon on top early on. #CmonAussie | #CWC19 #AUSvWI Live â¬ï¸ https://t.co/riLpupROEA pic.twitter.com/bRORY7jn0q — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 6, 2019 While the majority of fans and even experts thought it to be his way of giving a send-off to the opposition batsmen, the truth behind Cottrell's unique celebration is actually quite inspiring. The Windies speedster's short march and a salute to the pavilion is a mark of respect and tribute to the Jamaican Armed Forces, where he was earlier employed as a soldier. “It's a military-style salute. I'm a soldier by profession. Me saluting is just to show my respect to the Jamaica Defence Force,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC earlier this year. Sheldon Cottrell's salute is actually great - and for those still not sure, here he is teaching some school kids in Nottingham how to do it. Good on him pic.twitter.com/lwtDVRDran — Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) June 6, 2019 “I do it every time I get a wicket. I practised it for six months when I was training in the army,” he further added. Cottrell even trained a group of children and taught them his famous army salute when some members of the West Indies cricket team helped take an ICC Cricket4Goodcoaching clinic in Nottingham on Tuesday. Attachments areaLabelled as one of the most unpredictable sides in the tournament, West Indies looked at their menacing best during a seven-wicket triumph over Pakistan in their ICC World Cup opener. The Windies pace attack turned out to be the nemesis for the Pakistani batsmen who were hurried on by the pace and bounce of the opposition bowlers. Amongst the multiple pace options in their armoury, Sheldon Cottrell is arguably the one that stands out. The left-arm seamer can not only generate serious pace, but his searing bouncers and control on length make him more lethal. But, Cottrell isn't just famous for his bowling capabilities, in fact, if anyone has seen this man bowl, they'd have found his unique and animated wicket celebration just too hard to go unnoticed. Sheldon Cottrell celebration moment after taking any wicket he's amazing.!!! Sheldon did same celebration today when He get out David Warner today..!! Tahir & Cottrell both are amazing in their own way ð#SignatureStep #JaiHind#CWC19 #AUSvWI #MenInMaroon #CmonAussie #WIvAUS pic.twitter.com/z9NPz35xsx — ð®ð³ Archie Agarwal ð®ð³ (@_rchie0425) June 6, 2019 During his team's ongoing clash against Australia at Trent Bridge, the 29-year-old was once again at his prolific best as he dismissed the likes of David Warner (3) and Glenn Maxwell (0) with relative ease. After taking the wickets, Cottrell unveiled his iconic 'salute celebration' where he celebrated his dismissals with a short march and a soldier-like salute. David Warner's gone! Sheldon Cottrell is delighted, and out comes the salute! #MenInMaroon on top early on. #CmonAussie | #CWC19 #AUSvWI Live â¬ï¸ https://t.co/riLpupROEA pic.twitter.com/bRORY7jn0q — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 6, 2019 While the majority of fans and even experts thought it to be his way of giving a send-off to the opposition batsmen, the truth behind Cottrell's unique celebration is actually quite inspiring. The Windies speedster's short march and a salute to the pavilion is a mark of respect and tribute to the Jamaican Armed Forces, where he was earlier employed as a soldier. “It's a military-style salute. I'm a soldier by profession. Me saluting is just to show my respect to the Jamaica Defence Force,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC earlier this year. Sheldon Cottrell's salute is actually great - and for those still not sure, here he is teaching some school kids in Nottingham how to do it. Good on him pic.twitter.com/lwtDVRDran — Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) June 6, 2019 “I do it every time I get a wicket. I practised it for six months when I was training in the army,” he further added. Cottrell even trained a group of children and taught them his famous army salute when some members of the West Indies cricket team helped take an ICC Cricket4Goodcoaching clinic in Nottingham on Tuesday.
  4. It's Computex week and there have been some crazy concept machines that were unveiled during the show and we came across a very unique device. HP unveiled a VR gaming backpack that basically runs RTX 2080 and comes with a VR headset. The entire setup where all the computing and processing takes place is strapped on your back while you can enjoy VR games anywhere. © HP The concept basically comes from VR gamers who complain that they are often confined in their room or a specific area. HP has come with a solution who want to enjoy VR games and not be confined to an area by putting everything that powers a gaming machine in a backpack-like-device. HP has launched something similar for their Omen gaming computers however this version comes with all the bells and whistles of a desktop gaming PC. © HP The VR backpack comes with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU and can also be used via a display port for high-res VR gameplay. Compared to the previous model, HP says that the new VR backpack has 30 percent better performance and 25 percent faster graphics. In the case of wanting it to use as a traditional desktop, it can be plugged into a dock. It would look something like this: © HP Other specifications include 16GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. The backpack can only last for 1-hour on battery life which is more than enough for VR gaming. Naturally, the HP VR backpack doesn't come cheap as it will sell for $3,300 (approx Rs 2,30,000). With the backpack, you get a battery charger, desktop dock, two batteries and a harness. The VR backpack is expected to be available sometime this summer.
  5. When your character has always been the good guy no matter what (even when you have to execute people who literally murdered you), finding out that you have to kill that one person you love has to be a hard and emotional thing. Poor Kit Harington was so distraught, so much in disbelief when he learned that Jon Snow is the one who'll have to stop the 'mad queen' who is also his aunt and the person he loves. (He's also a Targaryen - not that it mattered - so incest is okay I guess) A new documentary called 'The Last Watch' which basically shows what was happening behind-the-scenes while the filming and production of Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones' was taking place is out. It shows all the actors preparing and shooting for the final season, and learning the ending and their character's fate. The documentary also shows the table read for the final episode and well, Kit's real reaction to finding out Jon kills Dany and well, as expected, it's the same as our reaction to that scene. He's so emotional, almost crying, that people are calling it better than the actual final scene. Look at it yourself. Poor Kit is having a proper existential crisis. And, compare to the episode. The best part is Emilia Clarke's reaction. How are her eyebrows like that? I mean, people aren't exaggerating that much. Kit looks like he went through so many emotions in just a few seconds. Obviously Sophie knew. The stages of Jon finding out he was the one to kill Dany. Note: Kit Harington did not read his script ahead of time, so this is him finding out for real. Sophie Turner obviously did, because LOOK AT THAT KNOWING SMIRK. Sansa knows what's up. pic.twitter.com/sVjKUi9Ye6 — Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) May 27, 2019 I know, right? Watching Kit Harrington learn that Jon Snow is going to kill Dany is actually more emotional than watching Jon kill Dany pic.twitter.com/eWGoFDljP8 — Laura Hudson (@laura_hudson) May 27, 2019 The best series of images to ever exist. Kit Harrington's reaction to finding out that Jon kills Daenerys is everything #TheLastWatch pic.twitter.com/LuAEBaWj4t — Shar (@99thprecincts) May 27, 2019 This was us watching season 8 as well. game of thrones season 8 moodboard pic.twitter.com/5vTpg0lxCt — patricia (@heartfiIiaz) May 27, 2019 People are getting emotional. kit's reaction to finding out that jon kills daenerys literally has me in tears stop this immediately #thelastwatch pic.twitter.com/Yk82CNn9eG — Ù (@emiliacIarked) May 27, 2019 Very emotional. Seeing Kit Harrington's reaction to his final scene was heartbreaking #GameofThrones — Nerd Soup Aaron (@nerdsoupmonkey) May 27, 2019 Just look at him! First and last table read. Goes to show how the series went downhill. #EmiliaClarke #KitHarington pic.twitter.com/PDjy2A3hai — Irina Meller (@IrinaRatcu) May 27, 2019
  6. Pre-workout supplements are always a hot topic to discuss. Supplement manufacturers know this quite well and are thus quite responsive towards the surge in the demand that has recently caught up. You can find a new pre-workout supplement on the shelves of the supplement stores, whenever you visit the market. However, not all of them work and are as effective as they claim to be. Here is the list of pre-workout supplements that are really effective and are backed up by solid research: 1. Creatine Monohydrate © Getty Images One of the most researched supplements out there, Creatine Monohydrate has been tested for long term safety as well. If you train for mass and strength, Creatine Monohydrate is the supplement that you should be consuming. Research over the decades has shown its efficiency in increasing lean muscle mass and strength without any major side effects. Creatine serves the crucial role in your energy system by increasing your ATP production. Consequently, you will be able to lift more weight and build more muscles. Though the timing is not that relevant when it comes to consumption of creatine monohydrate, yet it's a good option to have it as your pre-workout.' 2. Caffeine © Getty Images Caffeine is a natural stimulant which is also found in coffee. It is extensively used in almost all the blend pre-workout supplements available in the market. Caffeine intake before a workout can improve your exercise performance by increasing your mental alertness and increase in power output. Since it is a stimulant, it works quickly once it enters your bloodstream. In less than 30 minutes of consuming caffeine, you will start feeling more energetic. It helps you to set yourself in that workout mode even if you were earlier feeling tired. If you work out in the morning and find it difficult to push yourself to the gym, caffeine has to be your supplement. Though stimulants work differently on different individuals, generally a preferred dose would be around 3-6mg per kg of body weight. 3. Beta Alanine © Getty Images Beta-Alanine is an amino acid. It is also one of the most researched and effective sports supplement which is easily available these days. Once taken in the correct dosage, its positive effects on human exercise performance has been documented in various studies. Beta Alanine is especially helpful in exercises that last from one minute to four minutes. An example of such exercise would be hypertrophy training where you perform 8 to 12 repetitions in a set. With the increased concentration of beta-alanine over a certain period, you may be able to pull in more reps than before. The recommended dosage is around 4-6 grams daily. You may feel a slight tingling sensation with its use which is harmless and will go away in approximately 30 minutes. 4. Citrulline/ Citrulline Malate Citrulline or Citrulline malate is also an option to be used as a pre-workout supplement. Though your body produces this amino acid by itself, increasing its concentration with the help of supplementation may help you to increase your exercise performance. Citrulline helps in increasing blood flow which, in turn, may help you in increasing oxygen supply to your muscles. Most studies on endurance exercises have been done on citrulline and effective dosage of 6 gm is recommended to boost exercise performance. Studies on weight training used Citrulline Malate as the supplement and found an effective dosage of 8 gm to reduce soreness by 40% after the workout. However, there have been recent studies that disputed this claim. Though one thing that the studies still agree upon is that citrulline helps you with more blood flow and thus can help with better vascularity as well. 5. Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) Though I am not a big fan of this supplement, yes, there are places where you can fit in EAAs. Before I tell you how exactly to do that, let me be clear that you really don't need to supplement EAAs separately if your total protein intake for the day is enough according to your goals. Now supplementing EAAs in pre workout may be helpful where you are on an extreme calorie deficit and perform empty stomach workouts in the morning. Doing this may help you to reduce muscle catabolism if you train fasted or prefer to workout on an empty stomach. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  7. 'Game of Thrones' may be over, but the craze around it will not get over anytime soon, for reasons that we all are aware of. If you ever wondered whether the show has any Indian connection (apart from the well-known Indira Verma who plays Ellaria Sand), here is one more. The Dothraki 'Qhono' has a solid Indian connection. Before we get on with it, here's Qhono, in case you don't remember who he exactly is. View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Sep 4, 2017 at 9:32am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Sep 17, 2017 at 10:02am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:59am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Apr 12, 2016 at 1:06am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on May 20, 2019 at 5:52am PDT The role of 'Qhono' is played by Staz Nair, who is a Russian-Indian actor and singer-songwriter, actually hails from Kerala. As a tribute to the show once it got over, he posted on Instagram: "GOT also allowed me to reconnect with my Indian heritage, it's such an honour to be a part of so much pride, the hometown (Kerala) support has been so humbling so Thank you to all of my malayali/Indian people." View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Apr 14, 2019 at 11:19am PDT Staz started grabbing eyeballs because of his fierce, yet measured portrayal of the character of 'Qhono' season 6 onwards, and he rose through the ranks as one of Dany's right hand men, till he died in the war against the Night King's army. View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Apr 30, 2019 at 4:00am PDT Apart from being an actor, he is also a singer-songwriter who is super fashionable. Take a look at his pictures. View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Jan 30, 2019 at 10:47am PST View this post on Instagram when bae asks if you want a Red Stripe A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Jun 8, 2018 at 1:16pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Jun 21, 2016 at 5:36am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Dec 29, 2015 at 11:13am PST All the best for all your upcoming projects, Staz!
  8. Sadly, most theories and prophecies didn't work in 'Game of Thrones', as we saw a rather clustered final season, with a lot of loose ends, that did not even make sense. Even so, towards the bittersweet end, the fog finally settled and things played out as and how they had to. But truly, if 'Game of Thrones' has taught us anything, it's how prophecies don't always come true even though they've been predicted by a reliable source. For instance, the infamous Valonqar prophecy, where Cersei was told by a fortune teller that her younger brother would eventually strangle her to death, didn't see the light of day. Although, all the other predictions Maggy the Frog had made, came true eventually. Cersei lost all her children but she died with Jaime when the Red Keep structure collapsed on them. (c)HBO Just like the Valonqar prophecy, the show emphasised a lot on the 'Prince That Was Promised' as well. The prophecy entailed a reincarnated form of the folklore warrior Azor Ahai, who ended the long night and brought light into the world, again. Azor Ahai killed the White Walkers in the past, by forging a sword by the name of 'Lightbringer' and brought in an era of peace and tranquillity. In a conversation with Ser Davos, Melisandre once stated: “There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world, In this dread hour, a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.” (c)HBO So, in all practicality, she was predicting Azor Ahai or the return of the 'Prince That Was Promised', to end the long night again. At first, we all concluded that Arya Stark could be the warrior reborn, as she was the one who killed the Night King in episode 3 of Season 8 but as the Season progressed, we saw the possibilities of that not being true. (c)HBO The final twist towards the end of the show reveals that perhaps Jon Snow actually fulfilled the Azor Ahai prophecy and could clearly be the 'Prince That Was Promised.' Let's go back many years, shall we? According to legend, when Azor Ahai became a warrior, he needed to forge a hero's sword to end the darkness. A sword that would burn bright, while being used on the enemy. He spent 30 days and 30 nights to create his 'Lightbringer'. But when he tempered his sword in water, it broke. He didn't give up that easy and started making it from scratch, again. This could metaphorically be seen as Jon gathering an army to defeat the Night King. Even though Arya killed the Night King, Jon assembled the resources to defeat him and his army. Coming back to Azor Ahai, the second time he tried to create the Lightbringer, he took fifty days and fifty nights to make the sword. To forge it properly, this time he tempered it by capturing a lion and driving the blade through his heart, but alas, the steel shattered again. (c)HBO Again, this could have a metaphorical angle as the lion here can refer to Cersei, the ruling queen, whose house sigil is indeed a lion. Even though Jon didn't kill Cersei, he did defeat her army and fought till the very end, till there were no Lannisters aka lions left in Kingslanding, except, of course, Tyrion. Again, getting back to Azor Ahai's third attempt to forge his sword, it wasn't too disappointing this time. He knew what he had to do to create the perfect blade. He worked straight for 100 days and 100 nights and finished it. This time though, he called his wife Nissa Nissa and asked her to bear her bosom. He drove the blade right through her heart, where the steel combined with her heart and her soul to create the ultimate sword the 'Lightbringer', the Red Sword of heroes, finally. The sword was as warm and lit as Nissa Nissa's heart. (c)HBO Now, going back and connecting the dots, Jon did something similar, for the greater good of the realm, to drive any evil away. He stabbed Dany right through her heart and protected the world from any darkness and fire, bringing in the light, so that the kingdoms could be ruled peacefully. Azor Ahai's prophecy also reads the following: “Once Azor Ahai fought a monster, when he thrust his sword through the belly of the beast its blood began to boil. Smoke and steam poured from its mouth, its eyes melted and dribbled down its cheeks and its body burst into flame.” (c)HBO In this case, after Jon kills Dany, the monster refers to the Iron Throne, which Drogon, Dany's dragon burnt down to ashes, as it was a monster of sorts that drove Dany towards the depth of madness and didn't bring her back. So, all in all, you can see that Jon's personality is somehow very synonymous to who Azor Ahai actually was, as Jon too made the ultimate sacrifice. Even though he was the rightful heir to the throne, he gave that up to let Dany rule the world. But when he saw grave injustice and her act of violence towards the end, he ended her life, someone he deeply loved, to protect the realm and making a world a better place to live in. (c)HBO It might not be everything that was prophesied, but there are similarities that do match up to what Azor Ahai did years ago and Jon selflessly, almost did the same. Well, we'll only know more once George RR Martin finishes his last two books, shedding some more 'light' on this prophecy.
  9. It's 2019, a ballpark year where millennials are taking over new ways to think and act freely and as a rejoinder to that, a recently conducted survey on Tinder suggests that most millennials prefer being single than in relationships. It's apparently cooler flying solo than choosing a partner to spend time with and most young people agree. © Pinterest Back in the day, being single was looked down or lamented upon and everyone was trying to find the 'right partner' or get back in the game till they hit jackpot but now, it's out of choice, men especially, like to remain single and dabble in either light dating or just hooking up once in a while. The fair assumption of ending up with 15 cats or as a loner ceases to exist as people embrace singlehood more willingly. © Excel Entertainment Being single does have its perks though. You can roam about freely without having to check with your significant other if you can! You don't have to share your dessert and you don't have to try hard to look good for someone else. Maybe just do that for yourself instead. Men and women between the ages of 18-25 are selectively choosing to remain single and live life on their terms and it's certainly a good evolutionary curve and a step away from getting married at a particular age. The results from the survey are quite fascinating, to be honest. So much so, they inspired Tinder's new 'single is a terrible thing to waste' campaign, promoting the single life to be fun, fascinating and aspirational. © Eros International The survey was conducted by the consultancy firm Morar HPI and over 1000 young people from the age groups of 18-25 were asked about their attitude and ideas of singlehood and dating. About 72% of men and women claimed they had made a conscious decision to be single and not because they didn't have a choice and that's quite a high percentage for a survey like this! About 81% of them agreed to the fact that being single benefited them as they had more room for personal growth, platonic friendships, scope to find new people all the time and time and space to work on themselves. More than 17% of men felt the need to stay single and not give relationships a thought, in general. Most of them were a little apprehensive on commitment and getting hurt in the longer run of the relationship. © Eros International The fear of becoming 'boring' in a relationship made at least 39% of the population a little wary to get into one in the first place and about 55% thought being single opens up new and fresher experiences than being in a relationship! Apart from these reason, 66% didn't want to get into a relationship because of a cultivated fear of being with the wrong person. Of course, single friends have friends in relationships that could have gone absolutely south, making them believe it's better to be single than to end up with the wrong person. A lot of men believe that they don't want to compromise on their independence so they choose to be single instead of tied down to another person. © UTV Motion Pictures So, mostly the reasons the millennial generation prefer staying single in this day and age is to be more independent, make selective life choices without anyone else's intervention, the fear of heartbreaks and ending up with the wrong person and establishing an identity that's synonymous with being fun and exciting rather than boring. Well, in my opinion this is a progressive standpoint taken over by the younger generation today and unlike before, this view will help the generation understand how to make relationships work a lot better, whenever they do decide to get into them.
  10. Spoilers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a long-standing tradition of heavily manipulating their trailers, especially when it comes to movies like 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Avengers: Endgame'. Or, maybe it's just the Russo brothers being very extra. We all know how much of a secret the plot of 'Endgame' was, as even the actors weren't given full scripts and the Russo brothers even made some of them shoot fake scenes to keep them in the dark. Yes, they went to extreme lengths to keep everything under wraps so obviously, they wouldn't have undone all of that by just straight up giving away scenes in the trailers, teasers, and TV spots. Last year, we managed to find a bunch of differences between scenes in trailers and the actual scenes in the movie for 'Infinity War'. Now, for 'Endgame', the stakes are higher and so it the secrecy. Here are all the scenes from the trailer that were manipulated or just didn't appear in the movie: 1. Nat Practicing To Fight Thanos With A Gun??? Well, if a freaking axe made from a dying star can't kill the giant grape, a gun will, apparently. Okay, I don't want to be so mean about a scene that never even made it to the movie - probably because it was stupid - but what was the point? Sorry Nat, you can't kill Thanos with a gun. 2. Black Widow's Hair, Part One If you recall, Scott Lang showing up at the Avengers compound is what set everything in motion. Also, that happened five years after the Avengers managed to kill the present day Thanos. So, during that time jump, Nat has been keeping busy making peanut butter sandwiches and getting emails from a racoon, so of course, she let her hair grow out. In this particular scene in the movie, her hair is long and almost entirely red and not short and blonde. 3. The Avengers Walking In Their New Suits This was one of the best moments from all of the trailers when it came out because we saw everyone together. At that time also, a lot of people noted the absence of Thor and Bruce Banner. Well, now we know they were there but their look for the movie couldn't be revealed before. 4. 'Bring Me Thanos' (Again) A scene from 'Infinity War' that wasn't even in 'Infinity War'. This is basically a different version or maybe just a close of the best moment from the third Avengers movie - Thor's entrance in Wakanda. 5. Steve Crying In the trailers, the scene is set up as if he's crying because they couldn't stop Thanos before he snapped his fingers, but in reality, this comes after Natasha Romanoff's sacrificial death to get the Soul Stone. Moreover, there's someone else in the shot as well, standing in the back. (I can't remember who, I'm sorry, I've only watched the movie once yet) 6. Black Widow's Hair, Part Two I love how Natasha's red/blonde hair is used to make a timeline and also used for manipulation. This exact scene happened after the five-year time jump in the movie, therefore her hair was red and not 'Infinity War' blonde by that time. 7. Cap's Shield Captain America's shield is literally the most reliable and constant thing throughout the entire MCU and it's almost indestructible. But, it was time for Cap to get a new, improved weapon so the shield's gotta go. In the movie, when he's strapping on the shield to his arm, it's almost completely broken, thanks to the grape I mentioned before, so that crucial information sure as hell couldn't be revealed in the trailer. Also, is it just me or does this gif has 'I can do this all day' energy? 8. Cap's Giddy Optimism 'I missed that giddy optimism' - turns out Cap and Tony weren't all hugs and smiles when Tony actually said this line. In the trailer, it seems like he said this to Cap as a joke right at this point, but obviously, it came at a different time in the movie. Tony said this to Cap at his house, not the Avengers compound and plus, it wasn't a friendly comment but rather a taunt. 9. Captain Marvel's Helmet I really don't think anyone cares about this one, but in this scene, she wasn't wearing her helmet. I'm pretty sure the edit here is just to not reveal her new hairstyle, which again no one cares that much about. But hey, it got us a funny quip from Rocket so it's all good.
  11. Before I begin, there are spoilers, please click away if you don't want them and move on with your life instead of commenting 'unfollowing this page' or 'at least give a warning about spoilers'. I mean it, I'm tired of explaining this to some people who apparently can't read. As for everyone who's seen 'Avengers: Endgame' and is interested in reading more about it, carry on. So, the movie of the decade is here and it was better than our expectations. While it felt like it was totally unexpected - everything from Nat dying to Tony dying (or maybe we were just in denial about the deaths) - it turns out, a lot of it had already been predicted by the fans. Every Marvel fan has spent the entire year watching and rewatching all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and spent so much time coming up with theories and predictions ever since the release of 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Obviously, all of that didn't go to waste; so many theories actually came true in the movie, thanks to everyone's vast knowledge of Marvel comics and just by observing everything properly. While we didn't know this is exactly what would happen before, we still heard about theories at least once before. 1. Professor Hulk Everyone was almost 100% sure we'll get Professor Hulk in 'Endgame' and the Russo Brothers did not disappoint. After seeing the constant disagreement and fighting between the Hulk and Bruce Banner all throughout 'Infinity War', we finally got to see that they had put aside all their differences and come to an understanding. Which means that we got Professor with the body and strength of the Hulk and the brilliant mind of Bruce altogether in one giant green Avenger. 2. Time Travel No one knew for sure but everyone knew that the movie will deal with time travel in some way or the other. Actually, this theory was or less proved with leaked pictures of Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr at a set that looked like the final battle scene from the first Avengers movie. Now, we know for sure that all of them travelled back in time to retrieve the infinity stones from the past so they could undo Thanos' snap. The time travel actually ended up giving us some of the best moments from the movie - Cap fighting Cap, 'Hail Hydra', Thor and Rocket sneaking around in Asgard while Loki is lying in a cell, Howard Stark & Peggy Carter in 1970. Well, it also gave us one of the worst moments as well, but I guess it was inevitable. 3. Time Jump A not that important or big theory but still a theory that came true. A lot of people predicted that there would be a time jump in the movie just like a desi soap show our mom watches and it became canon as soon as the trailers came out since we could make a timeline just with Nat's hair. 4. Tony Stark Dying It was something I don't think anyone was ready for but was prepared for at the same time, if that makes any sense. We knew there would be some permanent deaths of some of the OG Avengers and throughout the year, Marvel and Chris Evans were subtly hinting at Cap's death in the movie. I'm pretty sure that it was a strategy to keep Tony Stark's death even more shocking in the movie. Well, it worked, everyone knew this was probably Robert Downey Jr's last movie as Iron Man but we all were rooting for him to retire and have a long and happy life with Pepper and Morgan. Well, at least he got his perfect life for five years and Dad Tony is honestly one of the best parts of the movie. 5. Steve Rogers' Fate Again, we were all prepared, but not really, for his death with all the emotional goodbyes and the jokes by Chris himself. But, he got one of the best endings in the movie and it wraps up his storyline perfectly. He has been ready to sacrifice himself for greater good since he first appeared in the MCU, and he did that in 'Captain America: The First Avenger'. But, after everything was wrapped up in 'Endgame' and Thanos was gone, it was time for him to have his date with Peggy and finally, finally have that dance. While old man Steve was a little shocking at first, it was still a heartwarming moment since he got to live out his life not fighting but being with the love of his life. 6. Cap Passes On The Captain America Mantle To Falcon It felt like Marvel had been hinting at Bucky Barnes to become the new Captain America ever since he held the shield back in 'Captain America: The First Avenger' but turns out, it was passed on over to Sam Wilson aka Falcon. Well, it was going to happen sooner or later and the choice was always between Bucky and Sam. 7. Captain America Wielding Thor's Hammer The electric Captain America was everything we ever wanted, and more. It was hands down the best moment of the movie for me. Thanos is about to kill Thor, but no Cap and Mjölnir to the rescue. What a moment, I would watch the movie like five more times in the theatres just to experience that scene again and again. 8. Thanos Dies In The First Twenty Minutes Last time, it was Loki dying in the first 15-20 minutes, this time it was none other than Thanos. He's alone, without his shield or armour, just cooking and chilling alone after murdering trillions of people. Well, the Avengers obviously avenged everyone but that did not bring back anyone, of course. While it was ultimately a pretty useless thing, since he had already destroyed all the stones and the chance of undoing the snap with it, he was pretty harmless now, considering everything. But, he did see Thor finally aiming for the head and delivering that line perfectly. 9. Pepper Potts Suits Up This was also a theory that had been floating around for a while and yes, it came true in 'Endgame'. Literally everyone fought, so obviously the woman who has killed more Marvel villains than any other character wouldn't sit out the final battle. And, of course, the badass moment of all the powerful women of Marvel together would have been incomplete without her.
  12. Any Marvel fan would agree that end-credit scenes are an integral part of Marvel Cinematic Universe. For over 10 years, we've all sat through really, really long credits, just to get a few seconds of something more. Yes, they have been very important ever since Nick Fury showed up at the end of 'Iron Man' to talk to Tony Stark about the Avengers initiative. Since then, end-credit scenes have been instrumental in connecting 21 movies with each other and building an entire cinematic universe, that even Bollywood is trying to copy now. While not a single true fan would mind sitting for 15 minutes extra, this time we might not have to since it's being reported that 'Avengers: Endgame' will not have any end-credit scene. But tbh, I'm still not getting up from my seat until and unless all the credits are over because I don't trust the internet and of course, Marvel. I was actually a little disappointed after hearing this news at first because well, there won't be an iconic scene like the Earth's mightiest superheroes eating shawarmas after a big fight, but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. We've been calling this movie the end of an era for the longest time and giving the audience a scene about what's next doesn't really fit in well with that. Obviously, as the name suggests, this is the end, the culmination of 21 movies and it is all about finality. This is probably the last time we'll see everyone together and with the end of phase 3 of MCU, an end-credit scene would not really add to the movie in any way. Moreover, 'Endgame' will not just conclude the 'Infinity saga' but will also tie up the loose ends of each and every MCU movie that came before. It's basically like one big story coming to an end and that's why end-credits were crucial as a way to connect it all so effortlessly, but 'Endgame' doesn't have any need for it. So, as much as I have enjoyed all the end-credit scenes, it is perfectly okay for the Russo Brothers to give it a pass this time, because we already know the movie will be incredible in itself and we won't really need to look forward to what's next for some time.
  13. Some PC gamers are legit creative and you can easily find some drool-worthy PC builds if you scour the internet. But we bet you'll never come across a PC that's made out of pasta. Yes, the good ol' pasta that comes in lots of cute shapes. We've truly seen it all now. This obnoxious PC was built by a YouTube creator who goes by the name 'Laplanet Arts'. He says he started working on this project after his wife joked about making a PC of pasta. Well, this is what he made - © YouTube So, the machine which he built is based on the hardware from an old ASUS Transformer convertible tablet. He stripped out his convertible and built it into a new case made entirely out of lasagna and rigatoni. Also, you see the tomato sauce and melted cheese there on the build? Ya, that's not really tomato sauce or melted cheese. It actually hot glue that's painted red, because using tomato sauce and melted cheese would be ridiculous. Even the PC that he made isn't overly powerful either. It's got aged specs. You can watch the video to find out more.
  14. Kim Kardashian is a lot of things already - reality star, socialite, influencer, businesswoman - and she'll add one more title to the list soon enough. In her Vogue cover, she talked about her aspirations of becoming a lawyer, inspired by the role she played in getting Alice Marie Johnson out of prison. She revealed that she started her four-year law apprenticeship last summer and now has one goal--taking the bar exam in 2022. She said, “The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency and I'm sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh, shit. I need to know more. I would say what I had to say, about the human side and why this is so unfair. But I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case. It's never one person who gets things done; it's always a collective of people, and I've always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.” The first thought that would come to anyone's mind when hearing that Kim Kardashian is becoming a lawyer would be 'fake news'. Yeah, at first it sounds so unbelievable but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. In case anyone's forgotten, she is the daughter of late Robert Kardashian, who gained widespread recognition for the OJ Simpson case. A lot of people are actually supportive of her while obviously a lot of people are hating on her. But, this is the best reaction. Call my lawyer @KimKardashian pic.twitter.com/oR1tUfotAx — Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) April 11, 2019 Well. The judge when you walk into the courtroom with Kim Kardashian as your lawyer pic.twitter.com/0E3lqxE4Gu — Pikliz Papi (@so_rudez) April 10, 2019 People are really salty. This is why we don't take her seriously. A criminal justice lawyer? Why make a mockery of the hard work, diligence, respectability and INTELLIGENCE it takes to be a lawyer? You can have ambition, but not too much. Please stay in your lane. — Realm of Consciousness (@geminihazeleyes) April 10, 2019 Exactly. People: "Kim Kardashian is useless and she doesn't contribute anything to society." Kim Kardashian: "I'm studying to become a criminal justice lawyer." *People: "How dare you. Stay in your lane." pic.twitter.com/TuObBVmaKw — â°ððð ð»ðº (@pinklionheart) April 10, 2019 If she actually does it, it would be so great. Kim Kardashian is studying to become a lawyer? Wow honestly didn't expect that, but given who her father was and her slight interest in prison reform, it's not too surprising. If she's serious about this then s/o to her I can fw that. — taylor ð (@quattlestrology) April 10, 2019 Same. It sounds crazy, but I think Kim Kardashian will actually become a lawyer. — starheal (@starheal) April 10, 2019 Agreed. I agree, but she should go to school like everyone else who wants to be a Lawyer. She's buying her way in and it's shameful. — Jay Miller (@jzilla75) April 10, 2019 Literally everyone. Kim Kardashian is studying to become a lawyer omfg she's literally more qualified to be president than Trump at this point... but then again who isn't — it's paris, bitch! (@ITSPARISBXTCH) April 10, 2019 Another great edit. kim kardashian being the real life elle woods of wanting to be a lawyer and going to law school ðð» pic.twitter.com/BWLvtG5dl4 — Ren (@hairennie_) April 11, 2019 Still a lil funny I'm full of these Kim Kardashian studying to be a lawyer memes ð#KimKardashian pic.twitter.com/6X6pZJ9D1J — FreeRangeMemes (@MemesRange) April 10, 2019 She should. There are two ways you can look at @KimKardashian becoming a lawyer. Personally, after watching her show and seeing her use her influence to help release Alice Johnson and then pay Matthew Charles' rent for 5 years after release, I think she's going to do great things. pic.twitter.com/abqst9vTui — Young & Dumb in NYC (@loverboy_nyc) April 10, 2019 Okay. Kim Kardashian is studying to become a lawyer. pic.twitter.com/uZMLVSP5j9 — 2 (@prizordtoo) April 10, 2019
  15. Every day, people are still searching on the internet the best fat burners on the planet and are ready to shell any amount of money on falsely marketed pills as they promise magic. Fat burners, which were earlier used only by professional athletes, have become common even with beginners in the gym. Not only is this trend stupid and pointless but you are not going to achieve any results out of it except an empty pocket. So, before you think of taking any shortcut in your fitness journey let me give you a single tool that will help you more than any fat burner or a magic pill out there. Start Tracking Your Nutrition This may sound trivial, but trust me it makes a huge difference when it comes to results. I am not saying this based on just my own experience but I have noticed this working on my clients as well. While you may think that you are on low carb and high protein diet, but if you are not tracking your calorie and macro intake, there are chances that you might be consuming more than your target calories. Tracking your food intake gives you a precise calculation of how your body is responding to varying levels of carb and overall calorie intake. This, in turn, will help you in making a smart decision as to how much can you play around with your calories and macros. Fun Fact 1: It Is Backed By Science This phenomenon of tracking calories has been subjected to studies as well and studies do show a positive impact on the results as well. A study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute established that people who regularly tracked their macro intake were able to lose twice more weight than people who did not. Fun Fact 2: It Helps In Portion Control When you update your food diary daily, you can measure the number of calories you have consumed in every single meal of the day. While some meals might be absolutely healthy but there are chances that you may be consuming a larger portion of it. Even if the meal is healthy, you can't just binge on it and expect that it will not have an impact on the overall calculations. Once you start tracking your meals, it will help you to identify if the portion size of the meal that you were consuming is within your target area or not. For example, a meal comprising of Kidney beans and brown rice would be an ideal choice for lunch but that doesn't mean that you can have 'n' number of portions of the same every day. It Will Help You Connect The Dots There are small food items that you consume throughout the day but they often get unnoticed while you make your diet program. These include multiple cups of tea and coffee, biscuits, namkeen, sugary drinks, flavoured energy drinks, artificially flavoured juices etc. While you may think that they may not make any difference but once you start tracking them you may notice that that's not the case. Sometimes these small snacking items contribute a significant addition to your total calorie intake which may slow down your health and fitness progress. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  16. Make up a diet that promises overnight results without the person needing to do some work themselves or exercise, you will have a queue of people lining outside your door to get their hands on the magical solution. This was something similar that happened in 1976 when someone known as Dr Roger Linn introduced a magic weight loss solution and a book titled 'The Last Chance Diet' promising a quick-fix to the overweight people. The premise of the diet was that people had to consume a very low-calorie liquid protein concoction and they would start dropping weight immediately. What made it all the more lucrative was that you were not expected to exercise if you followed this. To no surprise, people jumped onto the plan. It was again no surprise that people started losing weight as they started consuming nothing but a serving of the 'Prolinn drink' every day. Then came the big shocker. There were reports of people dropping around 10 to 30% of their body weight in no time and then suddenly dropping dead. Yes, you read it right. People were dying on this diet/weight loss protocol. How did that happen? The 'Prolinn drink' or the magic weight loss protein liquid concoction was found to be lesser than 400 calories. That means, people were consuming less than 400 calories per day for extended periods which often counts as starvation in itself. © Workout Trends In today's world, when we think of a low-calorie protein drink, a protein shake with high-quality protein from dairy comes to our mind and drinking those is pretty normal and safe as well. The problem with the 'Prolinn drink' was that apart from being very low in calories considering it was for the entire day, it was a poor-quality collagen drink which was low in vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and the protein itself. This drink was made from slaughterhouse leftover products like crushed animal horns, hooves, tendons, hives, and bones. Flavours and colouring were added to it to make it look more appealing but overall it was still a very poor quality drink in itself with many nutritional deficiencies. It was estimated that approximately somewhere between 2 million to 4 million people jumped on this plan or routine as soon as it was introduced as it promised to make a person lose weight without even doing anything. From these people, approximately 60 deaths were reported due to following the routine. These deaths were attributed to the subjects having abnormal heart rhythms which would have resulted from the shrinkage of the heart due to the diet/drink being low in vitamins and calories. Such similar protocols are popular even today and as we see, they may hold a very huge risk with the guarantee of making a person lose weight real quick without any exercise or intrusion into their routine by providing a magic concoction or drink that replaces the food that you eat completely. So, be very careful before jumping on to any such routines just in a bid to lose some weight quickly. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  17. Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of incredible movies, of course, but it is also full of even more incredible bromances. The entire cast loves each other and their off-screen friendship does translate well on-screen. I feel like Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans have the most famous MCU bromance but two other actors are here to try and take the title, with a little bit Chris Hemsworth mixed in. Ever since the second trailer for 'Avengers: Endgame' dropped, everyone is talking about it and coming up with more and more theories about it. But, no one can deny that the biggest thing that stood out was Jeremy Renner's new snazzy hairstyle. Yep, Hawkeye's mohawk inspired a lot of memes and jokes online and it was all very well-deserved. I still stand by my original thought of him getting the hairstyle just because of the name. While we were coming up with more jokes, Mark Ruffalo decided to remind everyone who has the inspiration behind the mohawk. It's been 15 years since the release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and 0 years since @renner4real stole my look ðð»‍âï¸ But I don't blame him. It's a good look. Stealing from the best. (Sorry again, @chrishemsworth. It's for a good cause.) pic.twitter.com/fngC1ddDXu — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 19, 2019 Yes, we don't blame him for stealing, after all Mark should be an inspiration to all of us. Are we getting another 'I see you've copied my beard scene' in Endgame? Please say yes, Marvel. Unrelated, but everyone needs to see this right now. This is what really happened hahahah pic.twitter.com/bGXxFiI0md — Gabyð¨ð± (@rockmeperfect) March 19, 2019 Coming back to Mark's tweet, actually Jeremy is not the only thief in the MCU since Mark himself recently stole something from none other that the God of Thunder. Thor's friend from work recently stole Mjölnir, for charity of course. Yes, Jeremy, we all are. Well @MarkRuffalo @chrishemsworth it appears as if we are all thieves in our own way ð https://t.co/LgyGM3Gi1z — Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) March 19, 2019 What are you doing with his pillow, Banner? Firstly, @MarkRuffalo if it's for charity then I'll forgive you. Secondly, you also stole my pillow...which was kinda weird. Are you auctioning that off as well or just for your personal use? https://t.co/QfpzJtKZjF — Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) March 14, 2019 Okay, Jeremy is the real culprit here. Ah @chrishemsworth I grabbed that pillow brother and a toothbrush.... but for personal use. Thanks @MarkRuffalo for the distraction ð¤ð» — Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) March 14, 2019
  18. 2003 was a different time for both India and Pakistan. Much like today, some sensible sections of both nations wanted peace and prosperity over a war. A year in which the neighbouring nations agreed to a Cease Fire Agreement. Such were the relations, that India toured Pakistan the very next year and came out on top by beating them comprehensively in both Test and ODI series. Remember Sehwag's 309? Well, that was in Pakistan. © Reuters India vs Pakistan has always been a clash charged with emotions, energy and the determination to get one over the other, for players and fans both. If we're to compare it with a footballing rivalry it is 10 times bigger than El Clasico and North-West Derby (Manchester United vs Liverpool). This game is the only one where I'll see even my grandma glued to the television, constantly asking about the score and the players who are batting. It was the fourth World Cup meeting between the neighbours, exactly 16-years back when 'someone' named Sachin Tendulkar stayed true to his godly status, scoring 98 off 75 balls at Centurion. © Reuters I still remember, as a 7-year old, how disheartening it was watching Saeed Anwar's classy century help Pakistan to a total of 273. It was a match between India's batting vs Pakistan's bowling; India, possessing the likes Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in their batting lineup and Pakistan having the likes Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar and Abdur Razzak at their disposal. It was a match Tendulkar said he'd been thinking/listening about for a year. Having spent 12 sleepless nights, Tendulkar's audacity upfront changed everything. Slamming Pakistani bowlers as if he playing at a local cricket club, the Master Blaster showed no signs of anxiety. His majestic six over the square third man became an iconic shot. To the amusement of many, this was the only time I saw my father jump in joy, and scream, “Only this man can hit a shot like that.” © Reuters In the end, Tendulkar was injured and fell prey to the Rawalpindi Express' shot delivery, robbing him of a well-deserved ton. Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh then stepped up to steady the ship, helping India to a comfortable win, leading me to overhear the ladies in my street talking about how well India batted and how they won it by losing only four wickets.
  19. Ranveer Singh's prime weapon in promoting a film is the way he dresses for promotions. These outfits are out of the ordinary and no one can imagine wearing these outfits in the restricting space of Bollywood. The fact that someone mainstream like himself goes ahead and wears these outfits makes all the more flutters in the mainstream media. So, when he wears something even slightly mainstream, it is indeed shocking. Recently, Ranveer Singh wore a super wearable (IRL) gorgeous gold and black shibori sherwani with straight pencil pants by Rohit Bal in Abu Dabi, Dubai. Take a look © Instagram/Nitasha Gaurav © Instagram/Nitasha Gaurav Firstly, nothing outlandish there. There's nothing in here that you would possibly shrug off as not your league clothing. And here's the thing, he's also teaching us (or rather Nitasha Gaurav's styling is) how to pair accessories with shaadi lewks. He's wearing a Franck Muller Geneve watch and really smart Carrea shades and embellished heeled footwear that we adore.
  20. "Cum stains." Does even reading this phrase make you feel a little uncomfortable? Well, it shouldn't, because it's a completely natural thing, but it still does because of our societal conditioning. Imagine, if you're getting embarrassed just reading about it, how embarrassing it must be to talk about it openly. No wonder, we were never taught how to get rid of them. But don't worry, because post reading this article, you'll be ready to fight those pesky little white stains. Here is a 5-step guide that will help you get rid of semen stains from your clothes and sheets: © Getty Images 1. Step one is to not let it set. Use your finger to remove the semen from the fabric. Use it from the side as a scraper, and not on it. Rubbing it will just make it worse. Use some water to wash off the remaining stain quickly, before it sets. 2. Use some detergent to rub the remaining stain, and wash it off with water. In most cases, this should be enough. © Getty Images 3. If the stain is still visible, try using a little bit of dishwasher soap/liquid, with a cleaning sponge. Rub it firmly but gently till it's not visible anymore. © Getty Images 4. If the stain is still there, take a little bit of baking soda and rub on it for about 30 seconds or so, and wash it off with water. © Getty Images 5. Now ideally, it should be gone by this point, but if it turns out to be a little white devil that just won't let go, you need to use some spot cleaning techniques or enzyme cleaners that are available in the market. However, be careful while using them on coloured clothes, because excessive exposure may result in colour bleeding. Pro-tip: Never use hot/warm water to wash semen stains. Semen will get coagulated and stick even more to the fabric fibre under hot water. Always use cold water for the best results.
  21. Apple has changed the primary charging and data transfer port once, and people weren't so happy about it. While new ports bring in better features, it means we need to buy accompanying cables and this simply adds unnecessary cost to the product. The iPhone initially came with a Dock connector, consisting of a 30 pin port. Then came the Lightning Port, it was psignificantly smaller and had a satisfying click to it. According to recent reports, Apple may soon make a shift to USB-C with the new iPhones. © WikiMedia Yes, the lightning port is more than capable. But a shift to USB-C means a universal port for all gadgets in Apple's portfolio. The MacBook already has it, the new iPad has it, and now the iPhone. You can use the same cable for all the devices in the ecosystem, meaning the cost to acquire these cables 'll l will actually come down over a period of time. Even though USB-C should technically reduce the need of adapters as more and more peripherals support the port out of the box, you have to remember that old iPhone accessories are compatible only with Lightning. Apple chargers sell for roughly US$ 25 (Rs 1,500) for an official cable and replica versions are also available for far less. © Apple Last week, Anand Mahindra tweeted how he needs to buy new cables every time a new Apple product is bought. This issue may soon come to an end once all Apple products are supporting USB-C. The Android world has embraced the port long back, and even budget phones are housing one. Bloomberg also reports that the upcoming iPhone will have a triple camera setup, like some Android counterparts. The third camera will have a more powerful zoom, a higher resolution and a wider field of view than any camera on today's iPhones. © Reuters Going a step further, the 2020 iPhone is reported to have a 3D camera system that can sense distance and measure depth through lasers, improving the iPhone's handling of augmented-reality apps and features. Additionally, the Live Photos feature will mean that it can capture videos that are six seconds long, instead of just three seconds.
  22. 'Boys will be boys' - this is such a common phrase, unfortunately. But finally, people are realizing the negative impact of it. No, don't let boys be boys and excuse any kind of horrible behaviour. Don't just let boys be boys but hold boys accountable for their actions, because let's be real, it's about damn time. Toxic masculinity is a thing that everyone needs to fight against, regardless of the gender, but first people need to understand what it means. Trying to get through to people about the same topic, Gillette released a powerful ad. The ad tries to shed light on all the negative consequences of letting boys be boys, the biggest example being the #MeToo movement. If no one sets a good example for little boys, they will grow up to do the same things that have been happening for years and the cycle of toxic masculinity will never ever be broken. But, it's high time for a change and the powerful ad is advocating what's required right now. “Boys will be boys”? Isn't it time we stopped excusing bad behavior? Re-think and take action by joining us at https://t.co/giHuGDEvlT. #TheBestMenCanBe pic.twitter.com/hhBL1XjFVo — Gillette (@Gillette) January 14, 2019 Of course, this was met with backlash, but it was great to see the appreciation for it as well. After reading all the negative tweets, I feel like people who are hating on it don't even understand the concept of toxic masculinity but rather think that it's just calling all men toxic when it's so clearly not the case. I'd like to thank Gillette for reminding me how horrible it is to be man. This should sit well with your customers. NOT. — Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) January 14, 2019 So basically being asked to behave like decent human beings and treat other human beings with respect is asking for too much. No one is saying it is horrible to be a man, people are just saying ignoring or perpetuating the horrible behaviour by some men has been creating a bad environment for everyone. I've used @Gillette razors my entire adult life but this absurd virtue-signalling PC guff may drive me away to a company less eager to fuel the current pathetic global assault on masculinity. Let boys be damn boys. Let men be damn men. https://t.co/Hm66OD5lA4 — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2019 I shouldn't really be surprised that Piers Morgan is also ranting about it online, I would have been shocked if he hadn't said anything. Piers, it's a global assault on toxic masculinity, not masculinity, but the fact that you can't even distinguish the two says a lot about you. Hey @Gillette, I have an idea, stay out of politics. Real men already stop other guys from acting badly. A razor company should want me to shave with your product. And, btw, I'm extremely masculine. And there's nothing wrong with that. #TheBestMenCanBe — Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) January 15, 2019 When did asking people to be good human beings become political? And, yes there's nothing wrong with being masculine. Thank you, next. So nice to see @Gillette jumping on the “men are horrible” campaign permeating mainstream media and Hollywood entertainment. I for one will never use your product again. https://t.co/uZf7v4sFKm — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 14, 2019 If you can't comprehend the message, maybe you're part of the problem and that's why you felt personally attacked. Take some time to sit back and reflect on your own actions rather than ignoring this realization. Dear @Gillette: Some men are violent misogynists. Most are willing to die to protect our liberties and freedoms (including those of women). It is grotesque to repeatedly ascribe collective guilt onto half of humanity known as men. Being a man is not a disease nor a pathology. https://t.co/CAxGadDiD6 — Gad Saad (@GadSaad) January 14, 2019 No one is calling all the men in the world horrible, just the ones who still don't understand how their actions have so many horrible consequences. Its main message seems to be "don't HAVE a dick". https://t.co/VvD7HPFfqi — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2019 Just FYI, you don't need to have a dick to be a man, because you know, trans men exist. Okay, I feel like that was enough hate, and enough answers to hate so let's enjoy some sensible tweets by woke people. .@Gillette's new campaign thoughtfully and critically examines what "The Best a Man Can Get," the brand's iconic tagline, means today. A must watch. https://t.co/5WKmfferhl — Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) January 15, 2019 And, people seriously have a problem with people trying make the world a better place. Once again, I'm very much okay with this shift in cultural standards. "Be a good human" is getting ever-more commercially viable. I'm down with a future where it's cool to be protective and proactive at making the world better. https://t.co/iYsGxBQ9QF — Mika McKinnon (@mikamckinnon) January 14, 2019 Take notes. THIS is how you use your brand. THIS is how you engage with your audience. Gillette being aware of mostly having a male audience and using their influence as a global brand to make a change for the better. other companies take notes pic.twitter.com/KCdxKDLji0 — laq (@spidervesre) January 15, 2019 It's so damaging and it's time for change. Folks are upset @Gillette? No #men and #masculinity are not #toxic. But #Toxicmasculinity is a cultural belief that real men don't cry. Real men don't show fear. Real men don't lose. Real men take what they want. This thinking isn't new. It is toxic and it damages men and women. https://t.co/EWBJeRZnZm — Jeffrey Reddick (@JeffreyaReddick) January 15, 2019 Same. aaaaannnnnd Gillette made e cry at my desk https://t.co/9HYV24ZDbV — 20Pemberteen (@DaveYourFave) January 15, 2019 Very well done. Exploitative? Maybe. Brave and timely? Absolutely. Also, I cried. Well done, @Gillette. #foroursons https://t.co/4hYNcgsxoX — Emily Andras (@emtothea) January 15, 2019 It truly is. Amazing call to action. https://t.co/MF1Hivkjfu — Marcus J. Carey (@marcusjcarey) January 14, 2019 Exactly. Thanks for this Gillette. I agree. We absolutely as men can do a better job instilling better morals and behavior overall with one another. Handing those core values down to our kids is paramount. And don't tell me it doesn't exist. Not all of us sure. But enough to change. https://t.co/3UVbnq2WtO — Max Gonzalez (@GassyMexican) January 15, 2019 Shave everything! Screw toxic masculinity. This is an awesome step to take. Great ad. *urge to shave things increases* https://t.co/ebAQ0ZsB0m — Joaquin Baldwin (@joabaldwin) January 14, 2019 We definitely do. lmao woke razor blades is the future we deserve https://t.co/diAPiIvnsA — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) January 14, 2019
  23. This is one myth that just refuses to die. A layman knows a simple fact that he/she needs to exercise hard and eat good to lose weight. Though this line itself has quite a lot of loose ends, we will not get technical about it. But this simple understanding has got a lot complicated now, for most people. One stupid complication which has come out of it is the DIET: EXERCISE ratio. There's No Diet To Exercise Ratio © Unsplash There are clearly two camps, in here. First one is the group which supports exercise and claims it to be the one-in-all, end-in-all concept to a fit body. Then there is the other camp, the now dominating one, that is, the diet camp, which consists of primarily the dieticians, and some common trainers and people. For them it's the diet which matters the most. Worse, they claim that even if you don't exercise, a good diet will cover it up all. It is mainly the diet protagonists which have made these ratios of 70:30, 80:20, 75:25 etc. wherein the greater part is taken up by the diet. Now if you ask them a simple question “how did you come down to this ratio?” The answer is either a blank stare with a confused look on the face, which if you closely observe means “what do you mean by 'why'?” Or, it is a common generic answer for many such questions i.e. “everyone says the same thing.” © Unsplash Similarly, when you ask dieticians, as to where they got this stupid ratio from, they simply have no answer. This is not a scientifically designed ratio based on studies. This is simply a self-made ratio. Understand this thing, for a dietician the primary earning is through diet recommendations. If she tells you that diet is not of much importance, or is of equal importance as exercising, she has a fear of losing her customers. Because dieticians are taking money to design a diet for you, they will of course emphasize on diet more. It's their bread and butter. The ratio is always one, has been one and it remains the same. The correct Exercise & Diet ratio is 100:100. Yes, you read it right. Its 100% diet, 100% exercise & overall movement, 100% sleep and relaxation. If any of the components takes a hit in any way, the others will surely suffer. Michele Olson, PhD, professor of physical education and exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, US, says: “Yes, you can lose weight with diet alone, but exercise is an important component. Without it, only a portion of your weight loss is from fat — you're also stripping away muscle and bone density. Since working out stimulates growth of those metabolic tissues, losing weight through exercise means you're burning mostly fat Are 'Abs' Really Made In The Kitchen? © Unsplash If you ask me about the statement “abs are made in the kitchen”, I would like to restate it, “abs are made in the kitchen, after you return from the gym”. Diet is extremely important, and there is no doubt about this, but then lazy snob, eating less sitting on a sofa, will never ever be healthy or fit, just by being on a diet, neither can a person who is eating and exercising perfectly, survive without proper sleep and recuperation. Even the studies have shown the same, it's a complete package. Human body doesn't work in parts. Akshay Chopra, is a graduate of the National Defence Academy & the Air Force Academy, and a former IAF pilot. He is one of the most qualified health, fitness & nutrition consultants in the country, and an author of multiple books & ebooks. He is among the few in the country to have a background of competitive athletics, military training and bodybuilding. He is the co-founder of the Body Mechanics chain of gyms, and India's first research based channel We R Stupid. You can check out his Youtube here.
  24. The moment Ranveer and Deepika shared their wedding announcement on Instagram, a particular round of memes started doing the rounds on the Internet. 'Ranveer is going to wear a Lehenga on his own wedding' was the essence of those memes. Now, a typical Indian man would probably feel a lot of emotions in such a scenario - ranging from anger to embarrassment, but Ranveer Singh is no ordinary man. He dealt with it like a pro, and shut the trolls up in a way that should be legit textbook material. He went ahead and wore an insane Angrakha by Sabyasachi with an elaborate flare - an outfit that gave all the Lehengas and skirts of the world a run for their money. © Instagram/Deepikapadukone Just look at that man, will you? Hell, he probably wore it to hide his massive steel balls. Take THAT, haters! © Instagram/Deepikapadukone Who else can take a joke, and convert that into a statement? Actually, that was just a bi-product of his nonchalance tbh. We're sure Ranveer didn't even flinch once the memes started pouring in. He went ahead and did his own thing, just like he has been doing it since he stepped inside the kaleidoscope called Bollywood. © Instagram/Deepikapadukone Plus he got Deepika as a partner in crime - someone who has always conducted herself with utmost grace and sophistication in the industry, even in the face of difficulty (remember 'Padmaavat release?) © Instagram/Ranveersingh Clearly, Deepika probably just told him, "You do you, baby." And boy, did he, and how. © Instagram/Ranveersingh Can we also take a moment to appreciate the Goddess that Deepika is, here? Look at that zen face, while being absolutely gorgeous at the same time. © Instagram/Deepikapadukone We don't care how cliched this term is, we will still go ahead and say that this couple is legit #CoupleGoals.
  25. Water is the very foundation of life on earth. I think we can all agree that life, as we know it, would not have existed in the absence of water. The human body itself is about 70% water. It is pretty obvious that like everything else, there would be different opinions on how much water one should be drinking every day. Some people believe you need to sip on water even when you're not thirsty, while some recommend not drinking more than 2 litres of water every day. So many opinions, so much confusion! But Why Is Being Hydrated So Important? © Thinkstock Images Because you constantly keep losing water from your body, primarily via urine and sweat and being dehydrated can negatively impact your fitness levels. If your body weight decreases by meager 2% from fluid losses, your endurance goes down and if the number goes up to 3%, it can negatively impact strength. So, to prevent dehydration and (more importantly to be alive), adequate fluid intake is very important. What All Can Be Considered As Fluids? All fluids except for alcohol should be counted in your total fluid intake. Alcohol is not considered because it is dehydrating and makes you urinate more fluids out than you drink. Other than that, every other fluid contributes to your fluid intake. Even things like coffee and diet sodas which are often looked at as dehydrating agents are fluids. So all fluids, including coffee, diet soda, milk, juice, tea, flavored waters and any drink (besides alcohol) will count towards this intake. So How Much Fluid Should You ACTUALLY Consume? © Pixabay Your total water (fluid) intake for the day depends on a lot of internal and external individual factors and there are a couple of ways to decide optimum water (fluid) intake. Body weight method - The first way to calculate your fluid intake will involve calculations based on your body weight. For every 23 kg of your body weight, you should have a litre of water. 2. Qualitative method - The second method is based on your individual needs. Following this method, you should drink the amount of fluid which makes have 5 clear urinations per day. Out of 5, two urinations should be after you workout or during your workout if you have long workout sessions. Out of the two methods, I find the second one superior over the method where you intake is determined by your bodyweight. This is because two people of same body weight can have very different needs when it comes to fluid intake. A few determining factors could be: 1. Sweating - Some people sweat more than others and depending on the geographical location some people lose a lot more fluid through sweating than others. So, a 75 kg guy living in Jaipur will need to drink a lot more water than a 75 kg guy who lives in Kashmir. 2. Training And Lifestyle - Your hydration status depends a lot on the quantity and type of training you do. For example, if you work out 6 days and do 3-4 hour long cardio sessions in a week on top of the weight training, you'll need a lot more water to stay hydrated than someone who does not. Your profession also pays a big role in deciding your fluid intake. If you are someone who has to do physical work for their livelihood, you naturally will need more water than someone who is sedentary and sits at his office desk working on computers all day. Conclusion The best way to begin is to initially set your water(fluid) intake as per the body weight-based fluid recommendations. Check the colour and frequency of your urine while drinking this set of amount of fluid and increase or decrease your fluid intake accordingly by aiming for 5 clear urinations per day. Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. He has coached individuals from all forms of life, right from people looking to get in shape in general to national level bodybuilding and physique athletes. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness or his Instagram handle if you are looking for professional help with your fitness goals.
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