Mario Kart Is Coming To Smartphones And People Are Excited

Girls and boys, charge your Excitement Engines because we have some big-ass news – Mario Kart is coming to a smartphone near you.

As of yet, Nintendo haven’t released full details of the game or its release date but it’s likely that the game’s release will result in commuters UK-wide replacing Candy Crush with early-morning, high-octane 2D races around Yoshi Valley, Koopa Troopa Beach (those turtles) and ultimate fucker Choco Mountain.

Nintendo took to Twitter to tell fans that the game is in development and should be with us in 2019.

When first released on the SNES in 1992, the original Super Mario Kart was so unbelievably good it was awarded a special, bespoke gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics. And they don’t even have car racing in the Olympics.

(Not all of the above is true.)However, it was 1996’s revamped and re-released N64 edition Mario Kart 64 that cemented Mario and pals’ place in the pantheon of all-time classic console games, even though the sheer competitiveness it unleashed in humans destroyed friendships, families and one vase at my auntie’s house.

Mario Kart 64 was the N64’s second best-selling game (beaten only by Super Mario 64). Shifting almost 10 million copies, gave bananas a nutrition-free second wind and Bowser an uncomfortable looking 50cc means of transportation with which to race about in. My word, it was good.

Debate has raged for aeons as to which was the best course and tournament in the Mario Kart universe. The answer, of course (wahey), was the Mushroom Cup, mostly because it looked liked the developers had been on mushrooms while designing it.

Luigi Raceway, the first track in the game, was a deceptively simple thunderbastard of a track with an irritatingly open course that resulted in many crashes into water, pillars and inexplicably blocky green hills. Final course Kalimari Desert, meanwhile, had something extremely fishy about it (BOOM!), not least those extremely narrow wooden bridges that generally resulted in at least three pitfalls. It was glorious.

Beep. Beep.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo / PA

 

Father of 3 victims attacks Larry Nassar during sentencing

The father of three sexual abuse victims tried to attack disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar during his sentencing hearing in Charlotte, Mich.

After one of his three daughters detailed Nassar’s sexual abuse when she was 13 years old during her victim impact statement, Randall Margraves charged at Nassar before being blocked by the ex-doctor’s lawyer, Matthew Newburg, and restrained by three deputies, according to multiple reports.

Margraves asked Eaton County Court Judge Janice K. Cunningham if he could have five minutes alone with the man who assaulted his three daughters, Lauren, Madison Rae and Morgan. When Cunningham said that wasn’t possible, he asked for one minute, and when she refused again, he rushed at Nassar.

“Let me at that son of a bitch,” Margraves said as deputies pinned him to the ground and handcuffed him. “I want that son of a bitch. Give me one minute with that bastard. One minute.”

He asked the deputies, “What if this happened to you guys?”

Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis asked the courtroom not to respond violently.

“You haven’t lived through it, lady,” Margraves responded, before being led out of the courtroom.

After a brief recess, Cunningham addressed the gallery, informing the court that Margraves’ daughters had all provided victim impact statements — two this week and one last week in Ingham County.

“I recognize Mr. Margraves has three daughters that he has had to watch go through the pain and the hurt,” she said. “[…] If it is hard and difficult for me to hear what his daughters have to say, I can’t imagine what it is like for a parent. And no one is making any excuses for what the defendant did in this case. However, these are legal proceedings, and the criminal justice system is doing what it is supposed to do. I am going to listen to all the impact statements, I’m going to apply the law, and Mr. Nassar will be sentenced.”

She also asked that nobody react violently again. The courtroom is expected to hear at least 65 victim impact statements before Nassar’s sentencing. He has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for pleading guilt to possessing child pornography and 175 years for assaulting more than 150 victims.

Political Correctness Kills Chief Wahoo

Political correctness has officially killed Chief Wahoo.

The Cleveland Indians’ logo that’s been in official use since 1947 will be gone after the 2018 season, it was reported Monday.

The caricature of a Native American, which is beloved by Cleveland fans far and wide, has been under attack for years by Native American groups for being racist. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred also objected to the logo’s use and had been pressuring team owner Paul Dolan to change it.

Dolan, for his part, said it was “the hardest decision” his family had to make during their ownership of the team, which began after the 1999 season.

“There are people who have a strong emotional tie to Chief Wahoo and see it as a positive symbol of our community,” said Dolan, reports Cleveland.com. “They don’t see it as anything negative toward Native Americans. It’s about Cleveland and the Indians and what all that means to us.”

He continued: “We also want to respond to people who we think have legitimate considerations that the logo is no longer appropriate.”

Dolan insisted, however, that the team name will stay the same.

“Not only are we adamant about keeping the name Indians, but the Commissioner (Rob Manfred) is similarly supportive of the name,” said Dolan. “Yes, some people will continue to make noise about that, but I’m not troubled by its use. The Commissioner is not troubled by the use of the name. We are confident the name will continue on.”

While the logo will be removed from uniforms, banners, and signs in the stadium, fans will still be able to purchase items with Chief Wahoo in the team shop at the stadium and in retail stores in the Cleveland area.

The reactions have been mixed.

Super Bowl Could Become Deadly Flu Nexus as Millions From Across the Country Converge on Minneapolis

This year’s strain of the flu is the worst that has been seen in decades. The vaccines were less effective at prevention, and fatalities have become all-too commonplace. All of this is making public health officials nervous as thousands of Americans are about to gather for a sporting event that no one wants to miss, even if they have the flu.“Super Bowl event organizers are taking extraordinary steps to minimize the risk of football fans getting this season’s deadly dominant flu strain by disinfecting the massive Super Bowl Experience exhibit at the Minneapolis Convention Center multiple times this week,” Fox writes, “and urging fans to get their flu shots.”

But it isn’t just the stadium that needs disinfecting. The Super Bowl is a reason to throw a good party. Chips and dips, finger foods, and Solo cups (which all look the same) are prime opportunities for contagions.The state of Minnesota is expecting as many as 1 million people will participate in Super Bowl events. Many of those will come from other states, and they’ll bring their super bugs with them.Official venues are doing their part. “Super Bowl Experience organizers say they’re doing everything they can to help reduce the risk of flu,” Fox adds. “Staff are wiping down all exhibits multiple times a day with sanitizing wipes, and volunteers with the United Way disinfect virtual reality equipment between each use at their Super Bowl Experience booth.”In the 2014-2015 season, an estimated 34 million Americans came down with the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 710,00 were hospitalized. While most got better, 56,000 died. “We’ll expect something around those numbers,” Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, director of the CDC’s influenza division, said during a teleconference.“There were 111 school-based outbreaks last week, compared to 72 the week before. Since more kids in schools come and go into the community, they carry the virus to more people than those who are in long-term care facilities,” Fox writes.

The flu is hard to avoid in crowded areas. Wash hands regularly. Keep from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. And know that the flu is airborne, so avoid enclosed spaces and large crowds.

Teacher Told His Class Military Members Were ‘Dumb Sh*ts’ – The Pentagon Just Responded

After a video emerged showing a high school teacher, who is also a city councilman, referring to members of the military as the “lowest of the low” and “a bunch of dumb shits,” the Pentagon issued a response on Monday to address the rising controversy. Footage of the original incident was captured by a student and posted on social media.Amber Smith, the director of outreach for the Pentagon, said she found the comments, which were made by Gregory Salcido, a teacher at El Rancho high school and member of the Pico Rivera, California city council, “uninformed,” according to a report by the Washington Examiner.

“I have seen maybe a few things that he said that were very uninformed,” said Smith, “and I think that’s an excellent example of who we would like to connect with and inform them with an accurate image of those who are serving and why they serve.”

The president of the school board under which Salcido teaches has confirmed that a full-blown investigation is underway in regards to the comments that were made.In the footage, Salcido warns students not to join the military, claiming that the poor quality of its troops is preventing the country from winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We all have night-vision goggles, all that kind of stuff, and we can’t greakin’ control these dudes wearing freakin’ robs and chanclas [flip-flops] because we have a bunch of dumb sh*ts over there,” said Salcido in the video. “Think about the people you know who are over there, your freakin’ stupid uncle Louie, or whatever; they’re dumb sh*its. They’re not like high-level thinkers; they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the freakin’ lowest of the low.”

Salcido went on to say, “I don’t understand why we let the freakin’ military guys come over here and recruit you at school. We don’t have pimps come into school. Anyone interested in being a ho? And they’re going to freakin’ lie to you.”He even directly addressed a student wearing a Marine Corps shirt, stating, “Why are you wearing that Marines shirt? I thought you were going to college.”

The student replied, “I am, I just had the shirt,” but Salcido says that the student shouldn’t wear it.

“Why would you wear something that you can’t freakin’ support?” asked Salcido. “Don’t ever wear that again, don’t ever wear it here.”

Smith discussed a new Pentagon initiative with reporters that is designed to educate the public about the US military called “This is Your Military.” She stated that the program’s goals are to introduce the community to those who choose to serve in the military and serve as a platform for correcting misconceptions.

“We are going to be telling military stories to a non-military audience,” said Smith. “We need to get some facts out there and make sure people are getting accurate information.”

Custom Donald Trump 1911 built by Jesse James

Jesse James brought something special to his booth for SHOT Show 2018, a custom 1911 in honor of Donald Trump.

“I build cool guns. So, it’s like, I’m going to build a presidential gun,” he said in an interview. “Donald Trump’s kind of old school, like 1970s, you know, New York City rich guy. So, a little bit of gold, a little bit of decorative filigree work.”

There’s definitely a Trump-level of gold and prestige on this pistol. Just take a closer look here,

The Grandmaster X 1911 in .45 ACP is one of Jesse’s largest models. To make a true .45 in honor of 45, he added a 2″ comp to the existing 7″ long barrel then detailed the slide with the words “Donald Trump” and “The 45th President, United States of America.”

“It’s kind of like, a modern Dirty Harry gun,” James explained. “He’s kind of bigger than life, I think. So he needs a bigger than life pistol.”

James says he hasn’t spoken with his old friend about the pistol yet, but plans to visit the White House soon to present it to him.

Hear Jesse speak more about his presidential 45 in the video below.

Elon Musk is Releasing a $600 Flamethrower to the Public

Elon Musk isn’t your typical Billionaire. In an economic bracket known for eccentric behaviors, Musk stands out. The South African-born American magnate is the founder of SpaceX, the brains behind Tesla Inc., co-chairman of OpenAI and the CEO of Neuralink. But it is one of his other companies, The Boring Company, making headlines this week.

Instead of electric cars, or trips to Mars, Musk is now focusing on street-legal flamethrowers.

He announced on Twitter in December that if The Boring Company could sell 50,000 hats, he would start selling flamethrowers.  “I know it’s a little off-brand,” Musk wrote, “but kids love it.”

Kids do love flamethrowers. So do adults, though most of those adults are men who never got to play with flamethrowers when they were kids. And that may turn out to be beneficial for Musk, as The Boring Company flamethrower is expected to sell for $600.

Selling 50,000 hats for The Boring Company was easier than he’d assumed. It only took two weeks. At that point, Musk had to make good on his flamethrower promise, or admit it had been a joke.

So is it a joke?

“Mark this down as one of the promises Elon delivers on,” The Verge writes, “apparently, because it looks like the Boring Company flamethrower is here. Redditors in a few SpaceX, Boring Company, and Musk-related subreddits noticed earlier this week that the URL ‘boringcompany.com/flamethrower’ started redirecting to a page with a password box. And at least one user was able to guess the original password, too: “flame.” (It’s since been changed.)”

“According to a Redditor who figured out the password (‘flame’), which has since been changed,” Task and Purpose writes, “he or she was redirected to another page where they had the option to pre-order Musk’s flamethrower. ‘Prototype pictured above,’ the listing apparently read. ‘Final production flamethrower will be better.’ The Redditor also claimed the page said the flamethrower will start shipping in April.”

It is still unclear how the flamethrower will function. How far will the flame stretch? What will fuel it? How much fuel with its tank hold? And where is its tank? For now, we have very little to go on. The image looks like a Nerf gun with a small section of hose at the back.

Tom Hardy Might Be The Next Wolverine

What would you think of a world in which Tom Hardy was the new Wolverine? It could become a reality now that Hugh Jackman has taken the claws off for good.

Wolverine is one of the X-Men, who are a part of the Marvel Universe. He is a mutant and he possesses animal like senses, enhanced physical prowess, accelerated healing factor powers, and three retractable bone claws on each hand. To say the least, he is pretty badass.

The character has been around for over 40 years, appearing in comic form in 1974 in issue #180 of The Incredible Hulk. He became a popular antihero, classified as such by his broodiness and his willingness to use deadly force. This became the standard for these types of characters, and made him popular enough to have earned his own comic, since 1988.

Wolverine earned the top spot on Wizard magazine’s 200 Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time. IGN honored Wolverine with a respectable 4th in Top 100 Comic Book Heroes. Empire magazine has also called him the 4th greatest comic book character.

From the beginning in comics, until today when the portrayal of the character must change hands, there is no doubt that Wolverine is a great character with a lot of staying power. I’m sure one day there will be an article speculating on who will replace Tom Hardy in the role.

It’s no secret that people absolutely love Jackman in the iconic role, but all good things have to end eventually. A suitable replacement needs to be found and Tom Hardy seems like a logical choice.

He has the strong body that is required to play this role. He has the rugged good looks that we are accustomed to when we see Wolverine on the big screen. The fact that he’s also an awesome actor is the cherry on top.

Now that Disney has acquired Fox, the speculation has grown surrounding who will play this beloved character, and Tom is favored 3/1, apparently.

Jessica Bridges of Ladbrokes said he checks off all the boxes needed to take over the part.

We already know that Hardy can handle a big budget superhero film. He was convincing as bad guy Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He will appear in Sony’s Venom, as well. He’s also played the amazing Alfie Solomons in Peaky Blinders.

Logan will be the last time Hugh Jackman will reprise the role of Wolverine, one he played for 17 years and nine films.

In Variety magazine, Jackman got a little nostalgic about leaving the character behind. He said he finally found the heart and would of Wolverine in Logan and wished he’d played him like that from the first film.

It seems that Jackman has given his blessing for Tom Hardy to replace him, saying that he would be great in the role.

Hardy has the votes of confidence from many fans that he would be perfect for replacing Jackman. There are tweets supporting the idea, and someone has even drawn a likeness of Hardy as Wolverine, and it looks awesome.

Tom Hardy was born on September 15, 1977. He is a producer and actor hailing from England. He has already had a long and fascinating career, appearing on TV programs in the U.K. and the United States, as well as many movies. You may have seen him in the miniseries Band of Brothers, put out by HBO, or The Virgin Queen on the BBC. He is well known for his role in Peaky Blinders, as mentioned above. He was also in one of my favorite wartime movies, Blackhawk Down.

His body of work has earned accolades and awards already, and I’m sure winning the part of such a great character will bring even more recognition and earn him even more fans from all over the world

Just Weeks After Being Put in Prison for Molesting a Young Boy, a Pedophile Has Been Found Dead

Over an 18-month period in 2015 and 2016, a young boy was sexually abused six times by Daniel Davey while being babysat by the man. On December 1st of last year, Davey was sentenced to six-and-a-half years behind bars for the abuse he inflicted upon the boy. He likely expected to one day rejoin society as a free man, but that did not turn out to be the case. On January 12th, Davey was found dead in prison.

The place of his death was HM Prison Bullingdon, which is located in Oxfordshire, England in a village named Arncott. It houses over 1,100 young adult and adult prisoners.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson stated that Davey’s death—which occurred while in the custody of Her Majesty’s Prison Service—will be investigated. An inquest into the death was opened late last week.

Davey, who worked at McDonald’s, was living in the town of Chippenham at the time of the abuse for which he was jailed. The little boy he abused was five and six-years-old at the time.

The victim, name unknown for privacy reasons, revealed the abuse to his mother, stating that he had ‘something dirty’ to tell her. After hearing that, the mother contacted law enforcement authorities. Davey’s DNA was found on the victim’s underwear.

In addition to hearing that, the court had to hear from a witness that Davey had an image of a teenaged child being sexually abused on his computer. The child was estimated to be about 13 years of age. When confronted by the aforementioned witness, Davey claimed he had sent the image off as a joke. The image was deleted from his computer prior to Davey’s arrest.

Davey pleaded not guilty to molesting the boy, but the Swindon Crown Court jury wasn’t buying his claim. He was found guilty of most charges. He was, however, found not-guilty of one charge regarding an accusation made against him that he touched a boy’s rear end.

When found guilty, Davey was placed on the register of sex offenders, and a restraining order was also issued against him in order to protect his victim.

The detective who led the investigation into the abuse of the victim said that he welcomed the sentence. He believed that the prison time to which Davey was sentenced adequately reflected the seriousness of the offenses committed as well as the impact the abuse had on the child victim. In a statement, he called Davey “depraved”.

The detective also commended the young victim for his bravery, and thanked the family. He acknowledged that it must have been difficult for the young boy to recount what was obviously a “distressing time”. He also encouraged all victims of sex abuse to report the crime to law enforcement, promising that there will be an investigation and everything possible will be done to make sure justice is served.

So what happened to Davey? We’ll likely find out eventually. HMP Bullingdon is known for having staff shortages, and three prisoners have killed themselves lately. It is entirely possible that Davey might be a 4th suicide victim. The guilt over the harm he did to a young life might have gotten the better of him, and he might have realized that he’d never be able to truly reintegrate himself into society.

Of course, you may be thinking what I’m thinking. In general, people end up in prison because they’re criminals. Sure, there may be a few innocents behind bars, but let’s be honest here—most people behind bars are guilty of doing something wrong and harming society in some way. Just because someone is a criminal, though, doesn’t mean they don’t have standards and a sense of honor. Even those who are incarcerated because they have taken a life or lives tend to loathe and detest people who make the appalling decision to sexually abuse children—is it possible one of Davey’s fellow prisoners murdered the 22-year-old man because he was a pedophile?

It may be months before we know for sure, and it is possible we’ll never know. One thing for certain: we all earnestly hope that Davey’s young victim is not too scarred by what happened to him and can go on to live a happy, fulfilling life.

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Michigan woman facing homelessness wins $25K for Life

 – A Clarkston woman who said she was on the verge of homelessness said she woke up in the middle of the night and just had to check her tickets. When she did, she learned she won $25,000 for life.

Shawna Donnelly, 50, said she bought a ticket at 7-Eleven on Sashabaw in Clarkson for the January 15th drawing. She said that the past few year have been challenging for her and her family.

“The last year has been the most difficult of my life. I’ve been taking care of my mom full-time, and it’s hard to make ends meet. Winning this prize couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Donnelly said that after she bought her ticket, she went to sleep but then something woke her up.

“I woke up in the middle of the night and had a feeling I should check my tickets,” said Donnelly. “When I saw I matched five numbers, I must have refreshed my phone 100 times to make sure I really won!

She won’t be collecting the $25,000 each year, she chose the lump sum of $390,000, which she picked up on Monday.