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How Project Power turned Joseph Gordon-Levitt into a superhero – Exclusive

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The first step was deciding how Frank’s classic comic book-style powers could be depicted in a new and fresh way. While many of Project Power’s super abilities have their roots in the animal kingdom, Moran took inspiration for the ripple effect we see when Frank is under the influence from a more unlikely source. “You’re probably familiar with Oobleck, I think is what they call it in North America, which is basically corn powder mixed with water,” says Moran. “It produces this gloopy… it’s called a non-Newtonian fluid. And basically, it acts as a liquid when it’s got no pressure. And then, when you apply pressure, it acts as a solid, and there’s YouTube reference of people firing bullets into this stuff. It can stop a bullet, it can stop a brick, it can stop anything.”

How does that translate into superhuman abilities? For Moran, it all came down to subatomic vibrations. “We came up with the idea that perhaps inside his body, power has amplified his subatomic vibrations,” he recalls. “They’ve coalesced into this non-Newtonian fluid, which is what takes the impact of the bullet.”

The webbed, rippling effect we see when Frank takes a hit did not, however, solely have its roots in Oobleck, also drawing from military technology and animal biology. “There’s research and development for military armor that’s basically a very high form of that Oobleck idea on the inside,” says Moran. “But then, it has this laboratory-made spider web stuck on the outside that actually stops the thing penetrating in the first place. So, we came up with the idea that on the outside of his skin — again, riffing off an armadillo or a rhinoceros — that power had changed the biology of his skin surface to act like a bit of armor plating.”

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4 Noble (Yet Goofy) Attempts To Make The English Language Less Of A Trainwreck

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The English language was invented by a collection of hairy men with poorly healed axe wounds to the head, then refined by a bunch of guys in bad wigs who drank a pint of mercury every morning to treat their syphilis. It was spelled entirely at random until the late 1500s, when the earliest attempts at standardized spelling were made, largely out of spite. Since then, English has grown to become the second most widely spoken language in the world, but some of the most famous names in history have found themselves inexplicably unhappy with the language’s rigorous development process and have proposed reforming English spelling. 

They were obviously wrong. The world is a cruel place ruled by forces beyond our control, and there’s no better way of teaching children that than forcing them to spell “colonel” or “enough.” Does the word “embarrass” need those double letters? No! Will we be changing it? Also no! Memorize it and move on with your life, Timmy, because it’s going to be about 70 more years of this bullshit. But let’s at least take a moment to recognize those brave heroes who tried to find a better way … and failed horribly.

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Ben Franklin Tried To Get Rid Of The Letter ‘C’

Ben Franklin was probably the coolest founding father, spending approximately half his time humiliating his enemies and the other half plowing his way across Europe. But every jock has a boring side and Franklin was a passionate advocate of spelling form. Specifically, Franklin wanted to introduce a more phonetic alphabet, where letters correspond directly to spoken sounds. 

In modern English, letters can be pronounced wildly differently depending on context. For example, in “Pacific Ocean” the first C is pronounced like you’re sexually harassing a snake, the second C should sound like you’re choking on an aspirin, and the third C is pronounced like a slowly deflating air mattress around 3 AM. The word “fish” can famously be spelled “ghoti” (“gh” as in “enough,” “o” as in “women” and “ti” as in “action”), while “potato chips” could just as easily be “ghoughpteighbteau tchoghs.” Franklin correctly thought that this was bullshit and eventually came up with his own alphabet to avoid the problem. 

Franklin proposed dropping unnecessary letters like C, which could be replaced with K or S, depending on the sirkumstanses. He also wanted to drop J, Q, W, X and Y, thus making it completely impossible to spell Jamiroquai. To replace the lost letters, Franklin proposed six new ones to represent sounds like the “-ng” in “running” and “jumping,” or the “sh” in “action.” Of course, it took him a while to actually tell anybody about his amazing alphabet, since none of the new letters could actually be rendered on a printing press until Franklin had special blocks of type cast. But he did eventually go public with the alphabet, which was met with a complete lack of interest from everyone. Because it was terrible.

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Well, gramps is on the ghoughpteighbteau vodka again.

The new alphabet was incomplete, inconsistent and virtually incomprehensible to English speakers, making it a nightmare to learn. But Franklin persevered and his friends were soon staring in horror at cheerful letters asking them to “Kansider chis alfabet and giv me instanses af syts Inlis uyrds and saundz as iu mee hink kannat perfektlyi bi exsprest byi it.” National Treasure would have been a very long movie if Nick Cage had to decipher that shit. One of Franklin’s friends did politely write back that the alphabet could “bi uv syrvis,” but Franklin himself clearly couldn’t quite get the hang of writing with it, using the new spellings inconsistently from one sentence to the next. He eventually dropped the whole thing and the idea faded…or did it?!

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A Rat Named Magawa Is Being Honored For His Heroic And Life-Saving Work

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Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She’s the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

When thinking of a heroic rat, your mind might first go to Remy, the chef rat in Disney’s hit Ratatouille.

Next, likely Pizza Rat — otherwise known as the rat who scored a full slice in New York City. But, there’s a new rat in town, and he’s saving lives.

His name is Magawa, and he’s an African giant pouched rat. He lives in Cambodia, and he’s responsible for helping clear undetonated land mines, which is quite a scary job. But he’s quite good at it — and has already made a huge difference in his community.

According to Today, Magawa has already cleared out 39 land mines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance throughout the past five years.


He was trained by a nonprofit called APOPO, an organization that works with animals to help detect both land mines and tuberculosis. The organization believes its rats can help solve a bunch of global concerns.

Magawa’s official title with the organization is “HeroRAT.” And, the title fits. It’s out to prove that rats can do so much more than simply detect pizza on the subway. In fact, all due to the power of scent, these rats are changing the world.

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Westside Gunn’s ‘Who Made The Sunshine’ Tracklist Includes Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, And More

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In an ideal world, Westside Gunn‘s Shady Records debut Who Made The Sunshine would have dropped last month. The Griselda rapper announced the album back in July in an Instagram post that revealed its artwork, which was curated by his daughter WS Pootie. Unfortunately, due to the untimely death of Griselda’s DJ Shay, Westside, as well as the entire group, pushed back the release of all of their future projects. But fans won’t have to wait long, as Westside Gunn revealed the new release is this Friday, October 2.

Who Made The Sunshine will serve as Westside’s third album of the year, following April’s Pray For Paris and July’s Flygod Is an Awesome God II. The album includes many a great guest, among them the entire Griselda squad: Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher, Armani Caesar, and Boldy Jame. Others from outside the label will also be present, including Slick Rick, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Smoke DZA, A.A Rashid, Stove God Cooks, Flee Lord, Estee Nack, ElCaminio, and Keisha Plum.

The announcement comes after Westside joined RMR on the video for “Welfare” and Armani Caesar on the track “Mac 10s For Everybody,” off her Griselda debut, The Liz.

Check out the artwork and tracklist for Who Made The Sunshine below.

01. “Sunshine Intro” Feat. A.A. Rashid
02. “The Butcher and The Blade” Feat. Benny The Butcher & Conway The Machine
03. “Ishkabibble’s” Feat. Black Thought
04. “All Praises” Feat. Boldy James & Jadakiss
05. “Big Basha’s”
06. “Liz Loves Luger” Feat. Armani Caesar
07. “Ocean Prime” Feat. Slick Rick & Busta Rhymes
08. “Lessie” Feat. Keisha Plum
09. “Frank Murphy” Feat. Stove God Cooks, Flee Lord, Estee Nack, ElCamino & Smoke DZA
10. “Goodnight” Feat. Slick Rick
11. “98 Sabers” Feat. Armani Caesar, Conway The Machine & Benny The Butcher

Who Made The Sunshine is out 10/02 via Griselda/Shady.

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