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No Rambo V Says Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has decided it’s time call it a day on his movie character John Rambo. At 69 years of age, Sylvester Stallone notes that while Rambo may not be expendable, his chances of appearing in the previously discussed fifth Rambo film have expired. In an interview with Variety, the veteran actor offered the following thoughts on reprising his role as Rambo one last time for the tentatively titled Rambo: Last Blood. “The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!’ It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.” Rambo (2008) wrapped up the film series as far as Stallone is concerned: “There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another ‘Rambo,’ I said, ‘If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why?’” Time to put the headband out to pasture. And as ...

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Obama’s Gun Control Speech: Are Emotions Relevant to the Gun Debate?

An emotional speech from US President Obama proposing increased background checks in an attempt to stem gun violence in America has hit an equally impassioned divide amongst citizens of the USA. Obama’s proposal aims to bolster existing gun laws though: expanded background checks, including usage of criminal records and streamlining the reporting of mental health issues; broadening the definition of a gun dealer; and better tracking of firearms reported as lost or stolen. While the intention appears not to lessen Americans’ right to bear arms or confiscate their guns and weapons, others feel it’s unconstitutional and an overreach of executive power undermining civil liberties. Understandably lines are being drawn around clusters of the anti-gun lobby with victims of past shootings and gun violence often politically aligned with the Democrats versus the pro-gun lobby including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others often politically aligned with the Republicans. Is there a ...

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Chris Gayle’s Comment Stirs Sexism Debate, Baby

Cricketer Chris Gayle’s comment in an interview on Monday night with journalist Mel McLaughlin has sparked considerable controversy. “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well. That’s the reason why I’m here, just to see your eyes for the first time,” Gayle said. “Hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink later. Don’t blush, baby.” “I’m not blushing,” replied McLaughlin. Gayle was subsequently fined $10,000 by his Big Bash League (BBL) team the Melbourne Renegades, and apologies were offered to the reporter. Money from the fine will be donated to the McGrath Foundation. Feature Image Credit: NAPARAZZI

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Nintendo Console Kept Powered On for 20 Years to Preserve Saved Game Data

As testament to just how important saved video game data can be to someone, a Japanese man using the Twitter handle Wanikun, has kept his Super Famicom turned on for the past 20 years. The Super Famicom console, or Super Nintendo or SNES as it’s known outside of Japan, has had its power kept on for 20 years by the man to preserve his saved data for the Umihara Kawase video game. ちなみに、20年以上SFCの電源を入れっぱなしにしてある初代 #海腹川背 は、稼働時間は 18万時間を突破しているものと思われます。 電源落とすとリプレイデータは消失します。たぶん pic.twitter.com/6ZJfLi997x — Wanikun (@UMIHARAKawase) September 30, 2015 To retain the saved game data, the game cartridge uses static RAM powered by internal batteries for when the cartridge is removed from the machine. Provided the batteries remain charged, the saved data remains intact. However, when the batteries in the game cartridge started to fail, the only way Wanikun could keep his precious Umihara Kawase saved data, was to leave the cartridge in the Super ...

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Australian McDonald’s store imposes a dress code, how very un McDonald’s?

“Would you like a shirt and shoes with that?” McDonald’s and its newish Create Your Taste menu in Australia may be as claimed as being “very un McDonald’s” and possibly more than a bit la-di-da. However, when it comes to the McDonald’s Oak Park restaurant in Melbourne, Victoria, imposing a dress code on its customers, it’s a bit like the notorious pickle: Some want it kept in, others would rather throw it out. Although it is not standard practice, or McDonald’s corporate policy, to implement a dress code across the McDonald’s stores in Australia, the Oak Park McDonald’s restaurant in Melbourne initially displayed the following sign: No shirt. No shoes. No service. Making it not so much a case of supersize me, as a case of refine me. Sartorially speaking, that is. Ignore the menu for the moment. The Oak Park restaurant is located nearby the Oak Park Aquatic Centre, ...

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Australia Post Raises Stamp Price to $1, Leaving Customers Unhappy

As of today, 4 January 2016, the cost of a standard postage stamp in Australia will be $1. Australia Post has raised the price of stamps from $0.70 to $1, amidst a significant attempt at restructuring the business following to $222 million dollar loss in the 2015 financial year. The $0.30 jump in stamp price, represents a near 43 percent increase in cost. Leaving many of Australia Post’s customers less than happy about the situation. Under the new stamp pricing structure, to post a standard letter (weighing under 250 grams) domestically will cost $1. A single Christmas stamp will cost $0.65. Concession stamps are available for $0.60 per stamp where a valid MyPost Concession account is held. Pricing of stamps for international postage is subject to the county and letter type. Typical strategies where a business is struggling financially, are often a combination of cutting costs and product prices, as ...

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Star Wars Fan Builds Real Burning Lightsaber

In the time around the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems anyone capable of stringing together a few words has been devoting much of their time to punning on how the Force has truly awakened. Fact of the matter, the Force never sleeps. Rather it’s around times like these that Star Wars fans instead step out of the dark and into the light. Often choosing sides in the process, but not awakening by any means. Alhough it is rumoured a few fans have been seen inside of replica Tauntauns. But only to keep warm. Nothing else. While many other fans have been concerning themselves with vital matters such as how to make their own slave Leia bikini out of recycled metal cans – purely for cosplay purposes – one fan in particular has turned his attention to more potentially practical matters. Imbued with secret Jedi training to ...

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Driver Crashes Car into Building, Thinking he could “Travel Through Time”

“Great Scott!” A man drove into office buildings thinking he could apparently “travel through time”. Ignoring the fact that he was driving a Dodge Challenger, and not a DeLorean, there’s no word on whether the car was fitted with a working flux capacitor. While Ford did briefly offer a flux capacitor, sort of, probabilities here on the Dodge favour the answer is firmly no. Especially since he crashed into the wall. Unless he was playing chicken with it, possibly because the wall called him “chicken”. The crash occurred Monday 21 December 2015, but time and news of purported time travel can move in strangely nonlinear ways. Particularly around the internet, and distorted by the holiday season. The driver crashed into the office of Advanced Tax Services, in Pensacola, Florida, USA. General manager Emanuel Mores spoke about the incident to the local news: “I was mad, then eventually I was happy ...

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Lemmy is Dead, Long Live Motörhead

With the death of Motörhead frontman and bassist Lemmy on Monday 28 December 2015, it has been officially announced that the band will not continue on without him. Ian Fraser Kilmister, or Lemmy as he was known, died in Los Angeles at age 70, after a battle with an aggressive cancer. Passing away four days after his 70th birthday, Lemmy had been diagnosed with terminal cancer on the Saturday. Manager Todd Singerman revealed Lemmy had only been given two to six months to live. Confirmed via Motörhead’s official Facebook page the sad news: There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, ...

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Bicycle Riders Over 18 Require Photo ID by Law in NSW in 2016

As of 1 March 2016 adult bicycle riders in the state of New South Wales, Australia, will be required by law to carry photo identification with them. It will not be a requirement that minors, those under the age of 18 years, will also have to carry photo ID with them if riding a bike. For bicyclists’ not carrying photo identification, it’s anticipated that warnings will be in place initially for one year, with $106 fines expected to be imposed from 1 March 2017. Within the NSW legislation of the Road Rules 2014 (which are subject to be changed), the following definition within the Dictionary is given: “bicycle means a vehicle with 2 or more wheels that is built to be propelled by human power through a belt, chain or gears (whether or not it has an auxiliary motor)”. Which rules out arguing the legality of an adult not carrying ...

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