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People Are Freaking Out Because Pennywise Keeps Showing Up At ‘IT’ Screenings

The remake of Stephen King’s classic clown thriller IT is now in theaters, and a group of people are showing up in theaters dressed up as Pennywise, the killer clown from the popular movie, and it’s basically making everyone else lose their minds. To the credit of these Pennywise cosplayers, at least they’re doing it before the movie (for the most part) and not waiting in the parking lot afterwards because that would be even more terrifying to the people that think this is scary. A lot of people just think it’s funny, too.

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Have you watched the original IT recently? It terrified a whole generation, but in hindsight it doesn’t necessarily hold up – but now the remake is here to scare a whole new generation of horror fans. The thing with really influential movies and games and any art, for that matter, is that when you revisit it, it might not seem as special, because you’ve seen so many things that came afterwards and were strongly influenced by it. A good example of this is the game Bioshock. It was hugely influential, and many games that followed it borrowed bits and pieces from it, so for somebody who went back and played it for the first time more recently, they might not see what all the fuss is about, since they’ve played so many other games that drew from the best parts of what made Bioshock so special. The horror movie genre has come a long way since the 80’s and 90’s, so that’s why the original IT might not hold up as well in terms of being scary, and it’s also probabally why we see a lot of horror movies getting re-made or revisited in different ways. There’s all these classic franchises, and all they need is a fresh coat of paint to make them scary to today’s generation of movie-goers.

If that wasn’t enough, you’ve got these people dressing up as Pennywise and showing up to movie theaters all over. Like this guy, for example, who was the first one in the theater, just sitting there dressed up in his Pennywise clown costume holding the iconic red balloon. Could you imagine walking into the theater and seeing that? Even if you aren’t familiar with the original IT, you’ve probabally seen the red balloon imagery already.

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It’s up for debate whether the original Pennywise, played by Tim Curry, or the new one, played by Bill Skarsgård, is the scarier looking version of the clown. Regardless of which Pennywise is creepier looking, seeing either one sitting alone as you arrive in an empty theater is going to leave you feeling at least a little bit squirmish.

This has been happening all over the place during the initial screenings of the movie. Over the years, IT has built up a big cult following, so it shouldn’t come as any big surprise that people are going to want to get into character before the movie, but it’s still pretty surprising when you lock eyes with Pennywise out of nowhere.

Some of the clowns are just sitting there minding their own business, or walking around, but this next one is just a savage. This clown decided to wait until the movie was halfway done and THEN walked into the theater. Imagine that. You’re watching this movie, you’re terrified, things are right in full swing, and then in walks none other than Pennywise himself. You can bet that at least a few of those movie theater seats had to be hosed down afterwards.

Stephen King’s IT novel, which the original movie was based off of, came out in 1986. The original movie was released in 1990. It played a big role when it comes to people being scared of clowns, and now a whole new generation of kids are going to be scared to shower at the gym or really careful to make sure that their paper boats don’t fall into the sewer.

This isn’t it for the IT franchise, there’s already talks about a second part. The first movie was technically a miniseries, and here’s what the director of the new IT had to say about a follow-up: “We’ll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.”

It will be interesting to see how far they carry this franchise into the future with further sequels, spin-offs, maybe even crossovers with another horror franchise? Pennywise Vs Leprechaun in Space, anybody? Unlikely, certain horror cliches are better kept in the past.

What would you do if you walked into a theater early to get the best seats, thinking you’d be all alone, and you came face to face with Pennywise in the back row? Would  you be comfortable sitting down with your back turned to him, or would you try to play it cool and act like you forgot to buy some snacks and leave the theater until more people showed up?

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Heroic Reporter Saves Flood Victim’s Life On Live Television

As Texas battles the raging Hurricane Harvey, the country is coming together to offer their support and help. Disasters like this are terrible, they put lives in danger, they destroy family homes and memories, and it can take years until things are back to normal, and for those who lose their lives or lose loved ones, things never really go back to normal.

If there’s any silver lining at all, it’s the human spirit coming together, especially in such divisive times in our world. There are a few small groups on Twitter who are cheering on the Hurricane and saying people in Texas deserve this to happen to them, including a Professor from Florida who said “I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas,” but other than some cruel outliers, the outpouring of support has been massive. “It’s historic, its epic, but I tell you it happened in Texas and Texas can handle anything,” said the President during a speech in Texas.

There are all sorts of stories of people making their way to Texas in order to help out in any way they can. UFC Heavyweight Derrick Lewis was driving around in his huge truck helping anyone he could, for example.

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There’s something about the worst things happening that really brings out the best in people, and puts all of the pettiness of our world in perspective. It really reminds you that not all heroes wear capes. For instance, a local news anchor named Brandi Smith was reporting in the field to let people know what was going on, which is already a bold move and really helpful in a time like this, when she noticed a semi truck that was stuck below and jumped into action.

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As the Category 4 storm wreacked havoc in the streets of Houston, Brandi and her crew from KHOU were right in the thick of it. The cameraman working with her noticed a semi truck that was stuck below where they were filming, surrounded by the rising waters and unable to move his truck. Brandi quickly noticed that there seemed to be somebody inside of the truck, and started offering advice and guidance to the driver, all while being broadcast live on TV:

“The lights are going on this truck and the windshield wipers are going and as we get a little closer, it does look like there is someone inside… There is movement inside of this truck.

‘Sir, are you OK? Can you get to the top of your vehicle? Can you get to the top of your truck? Do not climb into the water.”

In what can only be described as perfect timing, a truck drove by moments after, towing a boat. Brandi and photographer Mario Sandoval were able to flag down the truck and to let them know that there was a man trapped in the semi-truck, unable to free himself and nowhere for him to go as the truck was completely surrounded by rising storm waters.

It’s really worth pointing out that this was a team effort. The KHOU studios were flooded out and her colleagues had evacuated the building. Brandi continued to report on the storm, the photographer with her, Mario, noticed the truck, they noticed somebody was inside, they managed to flag down rescuers who were the ones that actually made the heroic rescue. Since Brandi was the one on TV holding the microphone with the camera pointed at her, she become the face of the rescue, but everyone involved deserves a lot of credit for their parts in saving this man’s life. Without the teamwork and the perfect timing, this wouldn’t have been possible. If any one of those people didn’t step up to the moment, that truck driver could very well have lost his life inside the cab of his semi. Brandi was quick to point out that there’s credit due across the board here:

It’s been reported that the live feed died while the rescue was underway, which left people wondering what happened to the semi truck driver who has been identified as a man named Robert, and Brandi Smith made sure to report that Robert was save, and what his plans were moving forward. Here’s her statement on the whole thing, along with a video showing more footage that was cut from the airwaves:

“As many of you know, KHOU 11 News was evacuated due to flooding. That meant my photographer Mario and I were the only ones left on air for … well … I don’t even know how long.

The #KHOU11 signal cut out just as Harris County Sheriff’s Office crews got their rescue boat in the water to pull a semi driver out of his flooded cab. I’ve had SO many people asking if he made it out OK and I wanted to share the video. (We kept going and rolling until the camera’s battery died, not knowing we’d been knocked off the air.) They pull him out around the 4:40 mark. THANK GOD for that crew.”

There’s also some sad news to report, the passing Sergeant Steve Perez, who lost his life after his vehicle was overcome by the high waters. We’re sending our strongest condolences to his family, friends, and other officers who are putting their lives at risk in the line of duty, not to mention the countless volunteers doing the same.

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Here’s Everything We Know About The Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Movie

Obi-Wan is finally getting some serious respect, as Lucasfilm and Disney are working on putting out a new Star Wars movie centered around this Jedi Master. By now, that’s probabally not news to you, so we’ve put together a collection of everything that’s known about this upcoming film to date, along with some speculation.

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What We Know About Star Wars: Obi-Wan

The Obi-Wan standalone Star Wars movie was just announced, and people are getting really excited for it, and for good reason.

So far, the director Stephan Daldry is in talks with Disney about taking the helm of this movie. He has directed The Hours, Billy Elliot, and a number of other slightly less recognizable things. He’s also set to direct Wicked, a film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical based on the Wizard of Oz, in 2019. Will they be filming the Obi-Wan Star Wars before that? It’s unclear at the moment, since there isn’t even a script for it yet.

Daldry is Oscar-nominated, so he’s bringing some serious chops to this movie if it ends up moving forward with him. He would be overseeing the development and writing along with some higher-ups at Lucasfilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Daldry (image: wikipedia)

This isn’t the only Star Wars movie in some stage of the development process that strays from the current main series. There’s a Han Solo movie that’s just about done shooting, with Ron Howard directing it.

To take things even further, there are talks of doing another one based on Yoda, and even a Boba Fett standalone film. Disney is using their Marvel-style of doing the group films along with the side-stories that have a stronger emphasis on one main character, and it means they’ve unlocked a whole treasure trove of Star Wars lore to explore in upcoming movies for decades to come.

Ewan McGregor has also supposedly expressed an interest in reprising his role, this time as an older Ben Kenobi, however there isn’t even a script yet so it’s too early to know much of anything.

Here’s some speculation and theories from what we might see in this upcoming Obi-Wan movie:

It’s unknown where this movie will be taking place, and at what time, but it makes sense that it would be somewhere in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. There’s a gap of nearly two decades there during which it’s unclear what he was up to. This theory comes via Den of Geek. They also suggested that it’s possible that Lucasfilm and Disney could do a movie all about a much younger Obi-Wan, or one that takes place during The Clone Wars.

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Most people, we’re guessing, would much rather see a standalone Obi-Wan movie that takes place during Kenobi’s time on Tatooine. If we do hear anything about McGregor being confirmed to star in this movie, then we’ll have a pretty good idea when it will be taking place. However, if he doesn’t have a starring role, it’s still possible that he could appear for a flash-forward-in-time type of scene.

Since there’s basically nothing to go on yet, since the script hasn’t been penned and we can only speculate as to what early ideas are in the heads of the people working on this, or what exactly was pitched at the private closed-doors meetings, it’s hard to say exactly what the plot will revolve around, but it’s also possible to take some guesses just based on knowing the character.

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If the movie ends up taking place on Tatooine, we’ll likely see some familiar bad guys along with some new faces. If Jabba ends up being the antagonist, it’ll be interesting to see how they end up handling things, since Jabba wouldn’t be able to be killed in the movie. Any existing characters that Obi-Wan were to encounter, you’d know that if they appear in a later film, that they ended up surviving their encounters with him, and it could make things kind of strange to watch.

There’s a lot to look forward to, as these solo films with some of our favorite Star Wars characters really open up a ton of doors for interesting movies, not to mention games.

Make sure you let us know what you’re expecting to see from this movie, do you have any ideas of cameos of other characters that might show up? It seems super likely that, at the very least, we’ll see an appearance from Jabba, but beyond that – the rest is really up in the air. As soon as we learn who some of the cast are, or more details are released, we’ll be able to start putting more of  the pieces together, but even then, there are surely going to be some surprises along the way once this movie is finally released.

There isn’t a release date yet, or even a rough window, but we’ll keep you posted.

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Ketchup Has Been Replaced As Most Popular Sauce By This

Ketchup might not be the most glamorous sauce out there, but it still used to be the most popular sauce until very recently when tomato ketchup was dethroned. People are losing it over what it was that replaced ketchup. Not only do some people hate this other option, others say it’s not even a sauce at all and shouldn’t be eligible to begin with.

What do you think it is that replaced ketchup? Could it be BBQ sauce? Maybe mustard? Some experts are attributing the fall of ketchup to the fact that ketchup has more or less failed to innovate. Sure, you might find a hand-picked blueberry ketchup at an upscale burger restaurant, but for the most part, when you look in the ketchup aisle at the grocery store, it’s all the same sugary redness that’s been there since we were kids and long before.

It’s not for a lack of effort. Ketchup has tried to innovate over the years, remember when they released different colors of ketchup and people absolutely hated it? Maybe instead of making purple, green, and blue ketchup – they could have been coming up with some unique twists on the flavor.

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But alas, ketchup’s moment in the sun has faded and it has been outsold by something else recently. That something else might not be what you’re expecting, and that’s mayonnaise. Good old fashioned mayo has done a good job of branching out. From chipotle mayo, to countless other flavors of mayonnaise and aioli and similar sauces, there’s just a lot more going on than you’ll find in the world of ketchup. Not only that, but the beans have been spilled in a recent marketing campaign saying the secret to a perfect grilled cheese sandwich is to use mayonnaise on the outside of the bread when you fry it, instead of butter.

Now for  the controversial part…

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Debates have been breaking out as to whether or not mayonnaise is even a sauce to begin with. Google’s definition of sauce is “thick liquid served with food, usually savory dishes, to add moistness and flavor.” A quick google search for ‘what is mayonnaise’ turns up the following definition: “a thick, creamy dressing consisting of egg yolks beaten with oil and vinegar and seasoned.”

Based on that, mayo is definitely a type of sauce, although there are obviously many other sauces that aren’t mayo.

This study was done by Kantar Worldpanel, a consumer research organization that looks into trends in the marketplace. Ketchup and Mayo both sell roughly 200 million dollars worth in a year in the UK in particular, with mayo still edging out ketchup 200 million to 192 million. In the UK, they have something called brown sauce, and it’s what is known as BBQ sauce in North America. Since ketchup is like a base for BBQ sauce, it would be interesting to see if adding ketchup and brown sauce together would be enough to take back the crown from mayo or not.

It’s based on how much money is spent on each sauce, and it’s worth pointing out that mayo is generally quite a bit more expensive than ketchup. A jar of mayo is probabally going to cost you at least 2x-3x as much as a bottle of ketchup. This is significant because it could mean that people are still using a lot more ketchup than mayo, they’re just spending more money on the mayo since it’s more expensive.

We’ve looked at the numbers for the UK, but in the USA it’s not even close. In recent years, Americans spend about 2 billion dollars per year on mayo, and about 800 million on ketchup, according to Quartz.

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If mayo is the champ, and ketchup is in a distant second place in America, then which sauce comes in at number three? The answer is soy sauce. To put things in perspective, here are some of the top selling condiments (not necessarily the same criteria as a ‘sauce’, since these don’t need to be thick) in America:

“A substance such as salt or ketchup that is used to add flavor to food” is the definition of a condiment.

  • Mayonaise – 2 billion
  • Ketchup – 800 million
  • Soy sauce – 725 million
  • BBQ sauce – 620 million
  • Mustard – 425 million

That’s the amount of money spent on each of those different types of sauces in America every year. Hot sauce has been getting some real heat lately, too, but it still hasn’t grown big enough to outpace mustard, and until it does, it’ll have to be content with resting outside of the top 5.

If you had to put together your own list of the top 5 sauces and/or condiments, how similar would it look to the above list? Make sure you also mention where you’re from, since sauce usage is going to vary significantly between regions. It’s also worth pointing out that salsa isn’t included in the table above, as it had been classified as a “dip” rather than a condiment, but that seems kind of iffy since you can definitely put salsa on things as a condiment.

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YouTube Superstars Got Into a Fight On Stage For This Reason

Upload is a yearly event where content creators gather together with a bunch of their fans. From gaming channels, comedy channels, music channels, and more – you’ll find a lot of the top Youtubers all under one roof, and sometimes that can lead to a healthy dose of chaos.

You might remember Vidcon from earlier in the summer, where there were also some hectic moments like when Jake Paul decided to randomly hide money everywhere and nearly caused a riot when he decided to run into a crowd of fans after being warned about doing so.

What’s popular on YouTube varies as trends come and go. From Story Time to Let’s Play to filling up a swimming pool with cola, thees things come and go. Lately, if you’ve been keeping an eye on the top trending videos, you’ll have noticed that diss tracks are trending often these days, and KSI has been one of the names that keeps popping up again and again.

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The event features all sorts of things to see and do, and has grown significantly since last year. There are multiple stages, designated areas where fans can meet their favorite creators, there are gaming tournaments that you can enter and watch, places to buy merch from your favorite channels, contests and competitions, a retro zone for a walk down memory land, and more.

Despite everything there was to see and do at Upload London 2017, there’s one event in particular that’s getting all of the attention, and that’s when KSI took the stage with another popular creator named Joe Weller, and as the crowd looked on chanting “fight! fight! fight!” as the two got right up in each other’s faces. With the crowd, the adrenaline of the moment, and realizing that everyone’s watching and this could get them both a ton of buzz, it was really only a matter of time until they put hands on one another and started to fight.

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Tazza managed to catch the scuffle on camera, and also offered up some more background information while speaking with LADbible:

“The previous day (Saturday, September 9) KSI was on a panel and was talking badly of Joe Weller.

“Joe then replied to someone on Twitter who had informed him about this. Joe then gatecrashed KSI’s panel on Sunday, which led to the face-off.

“The screams were mostly from kids full of excitement. Some parents and other people were quite shocked.

“The bodyguards had to pull them apart as well as Joe Weller’s close friend, Elliot Crawford. Joe was escorted out of the panel room and KSI didn’t seem very happy throughout the rest of the panel.”

Tensions between Joe and KSI go back before that first panel, however. The day before they got into it, KSI was talking trash about Joe at a different panel, and the next day Joe showed up out of nowhere to confront him about it publicly. Some people are saying this is all staged in order to get people talking about the event and to help these two grow their channels, and it wouldn’t be unprecedented since they’ve all tapped into this latest wave of YouTube drama and have been using it to grow their channels in recent months.

Here’s a video from the confrontation between Joe Weller and KSI:

Even before this confrontation, there have been videos back and forth between the two, planting the seeds of this rivalry. Whether or not this was all a big publicity stunt, what really matters is how the fans and the audience react to it, if they eat it up then it’s a success. Even if most people think it’s fake, it can still be a success since everyone’s talking about it either way, and it seems like the old saying “all press is good press” is truer these days than ever before.

Here are some reactions that people have had to this whole kerfuffle:

“It doesn’t work when they’re all smiling and laughing at it, I know it’s fake but at least try,” said Dwyane Wade.

“They must feel really badass having a bunch of children screaming at them to fight,” said macnams.

“Fake af and just straight cringe,” said JarrShyy.

Others with a more critical eye, or having flashbacks to the recent Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor bout, are pointing out that KSI seems like he’s out of breath just from this, and how that could mean he might not fare very well in an actual fight, so they’re giving the edge to Joe. Others are pointing out how this manufactured drama is just cringy and hard to watch. Which camp do you fall into, do you think this was real or just set up to get attention? And of course, the most important question, who would win in a fight between KSI and Joe Weller?

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They Ranked English Accents In Order of Sexiness and People Went Insane

There are a lot of different English accents on the other side of the pond from America. To people outside of the region, we can usually identify maybe two of them. There’s the John Oliver style accent, and then the Royal Family style accent. But to people who are used to hearing all of the different varieties their whole lives, there’s a lot more nuance involved that they’re able to pick up on, that people from other places usually can’t recognize at all.

Someone decided to go ahead and rank all of the different English accents based on how sexy they are, and obviously this created quite a stir. On the one hand, for people who are attracted the the accents, it caused a fury in that sense. Also, it caused an additional fury among the locals and people living in any of those places, especially if their accents were ranked really high or really low – but people were even arguing over the middle of the list. They could see which regions were ranked directly above them, and it caused some jealousy, but mostly it was all in good fun. Let’s go over some of the different accents, how they ranked, and how people have been reacting ever since this list was released.

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There’s an on-going debate about which English accents sound the nicest, and which ones… don’t. It’s the same in a lot of places. If you traveled around America, you’d hear a lot of different accents, and certain stereotypes associated with them. Same goes for Canada, and Australia, but the English accents are among the most diverse.

Here are the ten English accents that ranked the LOWEST on the list:

  • Truro
  • Southampton
  • Salisbury
  • St Albans
  • Norwich
  • Wakefield
  • Wolverhampton
  • Sheffield
  • Hull
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham

The folks in Truro probabally aren’t thrilled to be so low on the list, but if somebody only looked at the bottom ten with a quick glance, they might think Truro was ranked 1st, so that’s something. The poor folks in Birmingham, however, are dead last no matter how you slice it.

Here’s how the original list defended their choice of putting Birmingham last: “Let’s face it, you don’t want a brummy reading the 9 o’clock news while you’re eating your cheerios. Nobody deserves that first thing.”

Here are some other highlights from the list, via LovinManchester:

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  • 50. Bristol: A hearty, rum ol’ mystery of a sound. Learn what ‘lush’ and ‘gert’ mean and you’re pretty much fluent.
  • 45. Norwich: If it were a colour it would be beige.
  • 40. Coventry: The land of elongated words. Takes them a good hour to say anything at all.
  • 34. Peterborough: A truly frightening sound.
  • 23. Bradford: Allegedly the pioneers of the British curry, so these guys are ok with us.
  • 13. Chichester: If you can pronounce the name, you’re halfway there already.
  • 8. Oxford: The quintessential English accent? We can’t make up our minds.
  • 3. Cambridge: Hard to distinguish it as a unique accent as the place is inundated with ‘rah’ like students, all of whom are from Guildford anyway.
  • 2. London: Hard to resist the charm of the Queen’s English… if you can get them to give you the time of day, that is.

It’s worth pointing out that this list was made by a site called “LovinManchester” so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Manchester made the top of the list, and that most of their readers are also from Manchester and would agree. We can only imagine that LovinOxford would have Oxford in the top spot, LovinLondon would rank their own accent first, LovinNorwich would put Norwich at the top of the list, and so on and so forth.

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Here are some of the reactions that people had:

Some people handled this list better than others. Some people had meltdowns, some thought it was just funny…

“While I 100% agree Manchester is by far the best city in the UK, if not thr world, I can’t agree the Manchy accent ‘cuts the mustard’ at all. It is a very lazy accent. While not technically a Mancunian as I was born in Warrington i have lived in Flixton for all but the first 5 years of my life as have my family for many generations !” said Anna from Facebook.

“would rather be sweet talked by a newcastle lad or yorkshire lad any time over a mancunian accent its awful particularly around Salford area” said Michelle on Facebook.”

“I agree that Norwich is boring but how is Chelmsford with it’s whiny Essex accent at number 15?! Surely that’s competitive with Birmingham for last place! You got the Manchester accent right though!” said Andy on Facebook.”

A lot of the arguments weren’t over who was in first place, but just wanted to be ranked ahead of their rivals, like Andy who wasn’t happy with Clemsford in 15th because he thought they deserved last.

Where are you from, and what do people think of your accent when you meet them?

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Woman Who ‘Accidentally Destroyed’ 40 Million Dollar Lotto Ticket Has Died

The woman who became known as Lotto Gran has tragically passed away inside of her home after going into cardiac arrest. She is known for her story involving an incident with a lottery ticket which went viral, but left her feeling suicidal from all of the negative attention she had been getting.

Her death isn’t being treated as suspicious by authorities. The family said they don’t know what happened yet, and are still awaiting more information from the coroner to understand what happened and what caused this cardiac arrest.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service offered more information about the details of what happened: 

“We can confirm that it was called to reports of a woman in cardiac arrest at a property in Borrowdale Drive, Worcester, at 5.35pm yesterday.”

Susanne Hinte, a grandmother from Worcester, originally made headlines after she made the claim that she had accidentally put a £33 million (About $42,000,000 USD) winning lottery ticket through the washing machine, destroying the ticket by making the numbers difficult to read.

It started when there was a lottery for the equivalent of over 80 million USD, and one of the winning tickets was still unclaimed. Susanne said she found the winning lottery ticket, but then accidentally put it through her washing machine in her laundry. That’s one expensive load of laundry.

Camelot is the company that manages the lottery in the UK, and they soon sent investigators to look at the ticket that had gone through the wash to try to determine if they could make out what the numbers on it were. Photos of the lottery ticket that allegedly went through the wash showed what appeared to be the winning numbers.

The truth about the lottery ticket

After close inspection, Camelot’s investigators were able to determine that the lottery ticket wasn’t, in fact, a winning ticket. It was a phony. It had gone through the washing machine in a pair of jeans which made it harder to verify its authenticity, and the backlash to this public story was really powerful and damaging for her. She had said that she was living the lifestyle of a celebrity but without all of the money that comes with it, so basically just getting harassed by photographers all day.

She sold the washing machine that she had said ruined her winning lottery ticket. (image: dailymail)

Susanne earned the nickname Lotto Gran, and became a bit of a meme, and had a LOT of hate coming her way from people who thought that what she did was just the worst thing ever. Now, Susanne said it was an accident, that she thought she had the winning ticket and ended up being mistaken after all, however it seems like a lot of people think that she was just lying, and trying to claim winnings that weren’t rightfully hers. It’s hard to imagine that she would ever really think they’d hand over the money just because she had a washed-up lottery ticket with numbers that had been partially washed out. It seems like you could give her the benefit of the doubt over that. It was all sorted out, and eventually the person who actually did have the winning ticket was able to claim their prize.

After the dust had settled, Susanne had said that she regretted the entire experience, and the nasty comments she had been getting from everyone were making her feel suicidal.

“We can confirm that it was called to reports of a woman in cardiac arrest at a property in Borrowdale Drive, Worcester, at 5.35pm yesterday. An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent on arrival at the scene that nothing could be done to save the patient and she was confirmed deceased.”

Locals had spotted a moving van outside the house, as next of kin arrived to go through her things and to make final arrangements.

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“Police were called by the ambulance service to an address on Borrowdale Drive, Worcester at 5:40pm yesterday, August 14. A woman, aged 49, was declared dead at the scene. Her death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner. Her next of kin are aware,” revealed a spokesperson for the local police.

Becoming notorious for something like this can be absolutely devastating for someone, especially if they aren’t looking for fame at all and aren’t prepared for it, and especially when it’s for something that rubs people the wrong way and attracts all sorts of vitriol. There’s people like Cash Me Outside Girl who go looking for the attention and negativity and leverage it to make lots of money, but in this case it’s all of the negativity without any of the upside, so you’ve got to feel for her, whether or not the whole lottery thing was an honest mistake or an attempt at trying to be sneaky, she still definitely paid the price and then some.

We are sending our best to her family in this difficult time.

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Real Life Version of Mario Kart Has a Multi-Level Track You Can Race On

Literally everyone who has ever played a Mario Kart game or gone go-karting has dreamed about a real life version of the game, but most go-kart tracks don’t even come close to the tracks in Mario Kart… Except for a small handful of them, anyways.

There’s an incredible go-kart track in Missouri called Branson Tracks and it takes the typical boring 2d go-kart tracks and turns them on their head like they got hit by a red shell. At Branson Tracks, their courses are multi-leveled, and shaped more like roller coasters than go-kart tracks. It’s very reminiscent of Mario Kart, but obviously they don’t call it that because they’d probabally get sued into oblivion.

Their tracks are literally next level. One of them has four floors, loops, and is a mile long. They don’t have any mystery boxes on the course, so while you will be able to race your buddies, you won’t be able to toss any shells at them. You’re also probabally not allowed to bring your own banana peels to toss onto the course, either.

There are tandem go-karts, multiple tracks, and a lot of other things to do there too. We have to imagine that people showing up in Nintendo cosplay isn’t something that never happens. In addition to the karts, they also have mini golf, stuff specifically for kids, solo karts, a water park, a ferris wheel, laser tag, lots to eat, and plenty of other ways to spend a ton of money in a short amount of time. But let’s be real, you’re going there for the go-kart track, and it’s about ten bucks to go on each track.

Heavymetal Highrise

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This track was built in 2011, and it’s 1200 feet long. It has four unique stories that you can ride on, and is made with 200 tons of steel.

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The Branson Tracks website describes it as follows: “4-story spiral climb, 3-tiered down slope, rock and roll stage lights, logo that makes for a sweet tattoo!”

Here’s a video that gives you an idea what this track looks like in action:

The Lumberjack

This is the OG track, the first one at the park that took go-karting into the 21st century. From 2001, it’s three stories high, and the length of this course is 1,186 feet. It’s made out of wood, obviously, and has two full spirals, a blind peak, and some hardcore go-karters consider it their favorite.

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The Lumberjack was originally a mini-golf course that was converted into a go-kart track, and will definitely fulfill your Mario Kart IRL dreams. Just to make things even more authentic, they have one of the last remaining “steam donkeys” on display, which is a piece of old-school logging equipment that hasn’t been used in ages.

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There are other tracks too, including a shorter sprint course that’s just for adults who have a valid driver’s license. On the surface, it looks like a pretty standard course, but what sets it apart is that the max speeds have been cranked up to 40 mph and you can race them around at night, they light up the track.

Just in case you can’t make it over to Missouri, there’s another park opening up in time for the busy season in 2018 and this one is going to be in Niagara Falls, a beautiful waterfall surrounded by tourist traps. This particular park is on the Canadian side, so both Canada and America will have their own real-life versions of Mario Kart to check out soon.

The new go-kart attraction, at Clifton Hills in Niagara Falls in taking things to the next level, their Niagara Speedway is going to be the biggest attraction of its style in North America.

Here’s another look a the upcoming Niagara Speedway as they near completion.

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Here’s how the Clifton Hill website describes this upcoming attraction:

“North America’s largest elevated go-cart track facility.  It’s like go-carts on steroids! This Coming Spring (2018) be sure to visit North America’s largest elevated go-cart track facility.  The the first of its kind in Canada!

Niagara Speedway is a marriage of traditional go-karts with the added fun & excitement of an elevated coaster styled track. Test your driving skills along the straigt away, negotiate the hair -pin turns and climb the elevated ramp as you head for the checkered flag! To sum it up in a few words ”its like go-carts on steroids”!!!”

The people behind this new track have said that they’re inspired by Heavy Metal Highrise at Branson Tracks, and it’s hard to imagine that both parks weren’t influenced by Mario Kart.

The Mario Kart franchise has been a staple on Nintendo’s roster since the SNES version dropped all the way back in 1992.

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Ryan Reynolds Addresses Tragic Death of Stuntwoman for Deadpool 2

A stuntwoman working on the set of Deadpool 2 tragically passed away, and as the main actor in the movie, people turned to Ryan Reynolds for guidance. Tragedies like these can really serve as an opportunity to put things in perspective.

Deadpool 2 is one of the most highly anticipated sequels in the pipeline, a follow-up to last year’s hugely successful first Deadpool movie. This tragedy took place during the filming of a motorcycle scene in Vancouver. Investigators into this tragedy have released statements offering more information, which we’ll take a look at in a moment.

Update: New reports have surfaced saying that crew members had warned the producers before this happened that she wasn’t experienced enough for this stunt yet, and had has trouble during the trial runs, and that the death could have possibly been avoided. According to a source from The Hollywood Reporter, “The producers put pressure to have somebody of the same sex and ethnicity in a position she wasn’t qualified to be in. The stunt coordinators caved to the pressure. All the stunt people could do was take it to their higher-ups. They’re going to follow their chain of command,” and another stunt person reported walked-off the set before the accident, when producers ignored safety concerns.

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Joi “S.J.” Harris is the name of the stuntwoman who died on the set of Deadpool 2. She lost her life after being thrown off the bike, through a window. This was her first time working stunts for a film.

“The motorcycle struck the concrete sidewalk curb, the worker was thrown off the motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window of a building,” says a report on the accident.

Local news had reported that the ambulance drove away from the scene of the accident without having their lights on, which is a bad sign, because it means they aren’t rushing back to the hospital as quickly as possible, it means it’s already too late.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Joi, who are going through an immense loss. We can imagine the release and incredible hype leading up to this film could serve as a painful reminder for those that knew and loved her, but perhaps it will also be bittersweet, a reminder of the adventurous life she lived, spent doing what she loved.

In a difficult time like this, people are going to turn to Ryan Reynolds since he’s the face of this film. He’s expected to make a statement and put on a brave face for the rest of the cast and crew, while also dealing with this tragedy. You have to wonder if there’s ever a moment on a movie set after a tragedy like this, where they’re thinking “What are we doing? Is this worth it?” Big budget movies are very careful when it comes to the safety of the cast and crew, but accidents can still always happen for a number of reasons. Workplace accidents and deaths happen in all professions, especially very dangerous ones, like stunt work, but it’s still always a sad shock to hear about things like that.

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Here’s what Ryan Reynolds had to say:

Not only is Reynolds the star of the movie, but this accident took place in his home city of Vancouver, Canada.

“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming ‘Deadpool,’ We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated … but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them – along with each and every person she touched in this world.”

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This tragedy has also sparked a conversation about stuntpeople deserving more recognition in movies. There are some stars who do their own stunts, but for the most part, typically for the more dangerous scenes, a lot of the physical scenes, especially the very dangerous ones, are performed by stuntpeople. It’s them that you’re watching during some of the most awesome scenes in movies, yet most people can’t name a single stuntperson.

Some people on Twitter have discussed whether or not Deadpool should directly addresses this as a form of tribute in the movie, but others have said it might be too jarring.

An initial report describing the accident from WorkSafeBC is as follows:

“A temporary worksite had been setup to record a film scene for a movie production. The site had been cordoned off from general public and traffic by the Vancouver Police Department. The worker had been rehearsing a stunt scene that involved driving a motorcycle, Dictate 939 Hyperstrada, out of the open doors of a building, across a concrete pad and down a ramp that had been built over three stairs and coming to a stop on the stair landing. During the first shooting of the scene the stunt driver continued driving beyond the planned stopping spot on the stairway landing, and continued to drive down a second ramp built over the bottom stairs and across the roadway. The motorcycle struck the concrete sidewalk curb, the worker was thrown off the motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window of a building.”

This is the second tragedy in recent months involving a stuntpersron. This past July, John Bernecker lost his life on the set of The Walking Dead. This also comes on the heels of a serious injury sustained by Tom Cruise while working on a Mission Impossible movie where he was smashed into a building, and collapsed while limping away.

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Justin Bieber Got Embarrassed After Trying To Slide Into This Girl’s DMs

When you’re one of the most popular musicians and biggest celebrities on earth, you don’t have to look very far when it comes to finding someone to fool around with. Biebs might not be the smoothest guy in the world, but he definitely pulls his fair share wherever he goes. Do you really think his recently cancelled tour was due to exhaustion, just from singing every night? That’s not the only way to get exhausted on the road, if you catch our drift. In any case, he allegedly went about trying to pick up this one woman in a kind of creepy way, and it totally backfired, and also made her boyfriend feel like an absolute boss. So, what happened? Here’s her side of the story…

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It all started when her gym’s Instagram account posted a video of her. The video features her holding an energy drink and shaking her hips on a loop. One of her many nice features obviously caught Bieber’s attention. Whether it was her lovely smile or something else, only the Canadian crooner knows for sure. In any case, he must have been bored with all of his new downtime after cancelling the rest of his tour, maybe feeling a bit restless, looking for some female companionship, but he was barking up the wrong tree and ended up getting publicly humiliated instead.

Anyways, after Justin stumbled across this little video, he send a DM directly to the gym’s Instagram account asking who she is:

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The girl in the gym video is named Jessica Gober, she works at the gym, and she posted the screenshot of Justin reaching out to her own account to show off that Justin was asking about her.

Just to play devil’s advocate, he didn’t say anything about wanting to date her or if he was even asking for personal reasons. Maybe he needed a model for an upcoming music video, and she killed her opportunity by assuming he wanted to hook up?

The really strange thing here is that the video was posted to a very small Instagram account, and it was only their 6th post. Is it possible that this is a hoax in order to promote the social accounts of Jessica and the gym? After all, she did appear in Cosmopolitan shortly after to promote her upcoming “Booty workout plan”. It’s definitely possible, but it’s not inconceivable that Justin would have somehow stumbled across that account, either. If so, does that mean he’s lowkey cruising around Instagram for the accounts of obscure gyms in order to meet up with their staff, or is this a one-off kind of thing?

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At the end of the day, he wasn’t rude or crude at all, he was simply asking who she was, and then he gets put on blast with everybody assuming what his intentions were when only he knows the truth.

Jessica followed up by posting a bunch of pictures of her and her boyfriend, saying “I’ve got everything I need right here.”

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Also, to be fair, someone in the comments pointed out that he was simply asking who she was, not proposing marriage… and she responded sarcastically to basically say, “Yeah, no kidding.” So it’s not like she thought Justin wanted to run away with her or anything. Either way, it was clearly a fun experience for her to find out that Justin was asking about her, and it’s got to be a huge ego boost for her boyfriend, too. Some people have speculated that she could have popped up on his Explore page, rather than him somehow cruising around for small gym pages. Makes sense. All’s well that ends well.

However, there are some hardcore Justin Bieber fans who are absolutely heartbroken and torn up with jealousy. Like this one:

Something tells us that Justin isn’t too heart broken over this whole thing, either. There are also already people making fake accounts in Jessica’s name to try and impersonate her, perhaps to set a trap for Bieber in hopes that he’ll message them and they can try to catfish him. At this point, who knows? At the end of the day, he reached out to find out who somebody was, nobody really knows why he did it, then she was presumably very amused, possibly flattered and a bit star struck and took those messages public, and that’s all we really know about this.