How Vladimir Putin Became a Toy in a Central Park Playground

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A vivid red sculpture of Russian president Vladimir Putin riding a miniature tank recently appeared parked in the sand at a children’s playground in New York City’s Central Park.

The sculpture is the handiwork of “Street-artist” James Colomina, and politically-charged red sculpture is something of a calling card for him: over the last few years, Colomina has installed bright red sculptures of little girls wearing gas masks, hooded klan members and children holding semi-automatic rifles in places as far-flung as Barcelona, Switzerland and Disneyland Paris.

The sculpture is intended to denounce “the absurdity of war and at highlighting children’s courage when faced with violent, catastrophic situations triggered by others,” Colomina wrote on Instagram in claiming authorship of the Putin statue, also punctuating the president’s first name with two droplets of blood emojis.

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Pac-Man Is the Latest Random Toy to Earn a Live-Action Film

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We’re living in an entirely new moment of cinema. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie is only the beginning of the American cinema’s very own French New Wave phenomenon—call it the Great Product Period of the 21st Century. A number of bizarre brand-based projects are already in the works (Barbie, a movie about Uno, Lena Dunham’s Polly Pocket movie), and now, Hollywood has really upped the ante with: here comes a live-action Pac-Man film.

How you can make a yellow chomping circle into a live-action event is beyond me. Didn’t we already have The Emoji Movie? But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Jane the Virgin alum Justin Baldoni has assembled a team under his Wayfarer Studios production company—though as of now, the actor hasn’t joined the film’s cast. He’s currently only set to serve as producer.

The studio has yet to announce any plot details (though we predict colorful ghosts will be hungry for some Pac-Man blood), but the idea comes from Chuck Williams, who most recently worked on the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action saga. Apparently, the director has a penchant for tapping existing video game IP for silver screen stories.

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‘FBoy Island’ Is the Greatest Thing Nikki Glaser (and Humankind) Has Ever Done

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As she walks me through her days on the Atlantis-like FBoy Island, Nikki Glaser can’t stop using the word “great.” Residing on the archipelago, as teeming with crypto bros as it may be, is a “great, great life.” The comedy-heavy production team is “great.” The trio of girls at the helm of the show? Also “great.” Hell, even the FBoys themselves can be great. Emphasis on the can, because most of the time, they’re as manipulative as Mark Zuckerberg on FBoy steroids.

Naturally, it doesn’t take the comedian long to declare the HBO Max reality TV show “the greatest thing I’ve ever done.”

And she’s right. While Glaser has done a slew of great things in her life (judged RuPaul’s Drag Race, roasted Alec Baldwin on Comedy Central, and a few hilarious specials, including a new one dropping on HBO Max later this week), it’s easy to see why she’d call hosting FBoy Island the greatest thing she’s ever done. That’s because the show is the greatest thing anyone’s ever done.

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Score Black Friday-Level Deals During Therabody’s Back to School Sale

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It is no secret to anyone that Therabody’s Theraguns are some of my all-time favorite products. Built to perfectly target sore areas of the body, every Theragun model has proven itself to be one of the most effective ways to curb body pain and improve recovery times post-workout. I personally own the Theragun Mini and use it nearly every day without fail. I simply cannot stress enough how incredible it feels to use and how much the small device has improved my muscle tension. Beyond that, it has helped my muscles recover after workouts much faster, leading to significantly less soreness the next day. If you want to check out all of the reasons why I can’t live without my Theragun Mini, you can read my full review here.

Of course, Therabody also offers a slew of other devices, including their recently launched TheraFace device, which contains eight facial devices (including massager heads for tension, microcurrent heads for anti-aging, and LED lights for killing bacteria!). The only thing stopping me from filling my entire apartment with more Theraguns (and the brand’s other wellness products) is the price tag.

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Whether You’re Taking Them to the Office or Class, These Durable Adult Backpacks Are Up for Any Task

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It’s officially back-to-school season, which means it’s time to refresh your school or office lineup for the fall. Backpacks are practically a wardrobe staple when you’re a kid, but, as you get older, many adults tend to graduate to more “adult” bags like totes, briefcases, and satchels to carry their essentials to and from the office. But if you think about it, backpacks are really where it’s at—especially for those of us grown-ups who battle constant neck, shoulder, and issues.

Backpacks are the ultimate everyday carry item when it comes to both convenience, utility, and comfort. They allow you to commute and run errands hands-free, distribute weight evenly across your back, and can stow much more stuff than your average tote or briefcase.

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New Health Fears as Queen Moves Public Event Inside Balmoral Castle

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There was renewed speculation over Queen Elizabeth’s health Monday after it was revealed that a traditional public welcoming ceremony, usually held outside Balmoral Castle to mark the start of the queen’s summer holidays in Scotland, will this year take place behind closed doors.

The event, which usually sees the queen inspect a guard of honor at the gates of Balmoral Castle, will now take place “privately within the grounds of Balmoral” a royal source told The Daily Beast.

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Brian Kemp Slams Stacey Abrams for Something She Didn’t Do—but He Did

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Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp says he has a problem with boycotts, particularly ones related to Georgia’s new voting restrictions law. But apparently that repulsion to boycotts only applies to Democrats and issues he favors, because Kemp has personally proposed boycotts of his own.

Kemp and his campaign have recently reupped false attacks on Democratic rival Stacey Abrams, accusing her, erroneously, of promoting a 2021 Major League Baseball boycott in Georgia as a means to pressure conservatives into repealing the new voting law Georgia passed in April 2021.

While Abrams did not encourage that boycott—and, in fact, publicly discouraged it—Kemp himself personally called on Georgians to boycott companies when it suited his political agenda, and asked state legislators to take punitive economic action against Georgia-based Delta Airlines over ideological differences.

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Police Name Vehicle of Interest After Fourth Muslim Man Killed in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque Police are asking the public’s help to locate a “vehicle of interest” that could be linked to the recent murders of four Muslim men in the city. Police posted images of the car across social media on Sunday night and said it could have been used as “conveyance” in the recent homicides.

The car is described as either a dark gray or silver Volkswagen Passat or Jetta sedan with four doors and tinted windows. “We have a very, very strong link,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said Sunday. “We have a vehicle of interest… We have got to find this vehicle. We are outraged by these attacks and will not relent in our pursuit of justice for those we have lost.” It is unclear where the images of the car were taken.

The first of the four killings in New Mexico’s biggest city was reported in November 2021, when 62-year-old Mohammad Ahmadi was shot and killed outside a halal cafe. Aftab Hussein, 41, was killed in his apartment complex parking in July. Then, less than a week later, on Aug. 1, 27-year-old Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, was shot and killed outside his apartment. A fourth Muslim man, believed to be in his mid-20s, was killed on Friday night. His identity remains unknown. The fourth death came a day after police said they believe Hussain’s death is connected to the previous deaths and that Hussain and Hussein were both members of the same mosque. Authorities are now trying to piece together a link with Ahmadi’s death in November.

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