How Dylan and Cole Sprouse Avoided the Child Star Curse While Becoming More Than the Suite Life Twins

Cole Sprouse, Dylan SprouseThe Suite Life sure doesn’t have to end once you leave the Disney Channel.
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Justify Breaks 136-Year Racing Curse to Win 2018 Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths on Saturday, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old.

The colt that began his racing career in February improved to 4-0 and gave Bob Baffert his fifth Derby victory. That snapped a tie and left the 65-year-old trainer trailing only Ben Jones with six.

Mike Smith earned his second Derby victory. The 52-year-old jockey crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs with only a few specks of mud on his white and green silks in the rainiest Derby in the race’s 144-year history.

Justify, the 5-2 favorite in the field of 20, ran 1¼ miles in 2:04.20.

Good Magic finished second and Audible was another head back in third.

One other record was broken at the 144th Run for the Roses — and not one anyone will be celebrating.

The National Weather Service declared it the wettest Derby on record, and the rain is still coming down. The weather service tweeted that the official rainfall measurement stood at 2.83 inches at 6:10 p.m., about a half-hour before the big race.

Rain was still pouring, and the weather service expects it to taper off slowly through the evening. A flash flood warning was issued for areas within a few blocks of Churchill Downs. Puddles of ankle-deep were scattered around Churchill Downs, and the downpours sent Derby goers cowering for cover all day long.

The Courier-Journal reported that the rainfall Saturday edged out the previous record of 2.31 inches, which held for nearly a century since May 11, 1918.

The weather service also said it was the wettest May 5 in Louisville history.

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‘Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris’ Review: A Glimmer of Hope or Just a Bad Loot Drop?

After all the online controversy over the current state of Destiny 2, it’s easy to forget how captivating its core gameplay can actually be. As the glare of the sun illuminates Mercury’s majestic yellow structures and a hauntingly melancholic Egyptian melody fades into the foreground, Curse of Osiris’ opening mission reminds me exactly what made the franchise so enticing in the first place.

At its best, Destiny 2 is a game where stonkingly-high production values and fluid-feeling gameplay come together like few others. It’s a grin-inducing co-op experience where eye-rolling intergalactic melodrama, satisfying shooting and addictive loot-loops collide to keep you in a constant state of bliss.

Now, after two months off, I’m ready to fill that engram-shaped hole in my heart once again. Yet, unfortunately, only mere moments after being wowed by Curse of Osiris, the depressing reality of Destiny 2 hits me like a Red Legion battleship.

Once again, PVP offers more of the same in ‘Curse of Osiris.’

For every beautifully designed mission in this new expansion, there’s another that’s a carbon copy of one from the base game. For every tantalising new weapon and armour set, there’s a baffling mess of conflicting progression systems.

In short, Curse of Osiris isn’t the fixer-upper many fans hoped for — in fact, it arguably feels even more disjointed than the main game.

A Loot Drop Worth Holding out For?

It’s a shame because there are some genuinely brilliant moments littered across this fleeting campaign. Artistically, the new setting of Mercury and the Infinite Forest provide some of the most aesthetically memorable experiences you’ll find in the franchise to date.

With the eponymous Osiris having gone missing while fleeing the Vex, it’s your job to delve into the robot race’s time-bending playground and bring him back. After battling your way across the sand-splashed steps of Mercury, a sea of brightly coloured swirling vortexes suddenly usher you into this robot-controlled simulation – The Infinite Forest.

New planet Mercury is the highlight of an otherwise sparse DLC offering.

With this Vex world functioning as a reality-bending simulation, each visit to The Infinite Forest gives players a randomly generated environment. Unsurprisingly, this makes visits there brilliantly unpredictable. Yet, despite the ever-changing environments keeping players on their toes, the campaign’s pitiful difficulty level certainly doesn’t.

Yet, it’s not just the easy cannon fodder that quickly turns Curse of Osiris’ story missions into a tedious exercise. Just as I began to enjoy navigating the stunning locales on Mercury, it seemed as though the team began to panic about overusing their interesting new setting. This means that players are instead forced to do a few incredibly familiar-feeling missions on planets they’ve already been to.

To make matters worse, the story is incredibly bare bones here. With Osiris only showing up at the start and the end of the campaign (and Bungie only bothering to animate two proper cutscenes) the whole thing just feels incredibly half-baked. The much-touted new ghost, Sagira, is disappointing too, with her grating quips making her feel like a Clayde-6-lite — all sass and no actual personality.

The Infinite Forest is a refreshing and clever new environment that changes on each visit.

It feels like the symptom of a larger problem that plagues Destiny 2 – an over-reliance on the same few ideas.

Less of an Expansion, More of an Iteration

You may remember that at launch, we were fairly fond of Destiny 2. Thanks to the sequel’s grander storytelling ambitions, stunning visuals and more open environments, the game’s first 20 hours felt exactly like the sci-fi spectacle we hoped for. Unfortunately though, it’s what came after that disappointed.

Once the main campaign was done, players were left with a solid but uninspiring Crucible component, a slow-crawl to level up, or with simplying farming the same strikes and public events over and over. The addition of the Leviathan raid improved this slightly, but for many, the repetitive slog of the end-game saw them leave Destiny 2 in droves.

Ultimately, those hoping that Curse of Osiris will have enough substantial new additions or well-considered fixes to bring them back to the engram-loving horde are going to be bitterly disappointed. Like with the first few expansions for Destiny 1, this early DLC feels very much like a stop-gap release.

The Vex are the main enemy this time around, but sadly, there aren’t really any new enemy types to speak of.

There are also a few baffling decisions showcased here. While the power level cap has been raised from 20 to 25, increasing your power level is largely irrelevant. With missions, raids and strikes still locked behind a player’s light level, guardians will still be lusting after loot to level them up. So why bother giving players another unnecessary bar to fill up?

It’s been no secret that Bungie has been desperately working to appease players, but despite some welcome changes to Destiny 2‘s systems, there’s simply not enough here to make Curse of Osiris worth the cash. What should have been an innovative and exciting new content drop instead just feels like filler.

It’s worth noting that the new raid layer has yet to go live. We will update our review once we’ve cleared it.

Is Curse of Osiris Any Good?

This is an expansion that’s a mix of the brilliant and the lazy, the ill-thought out and the majestic. In other words, it’s not bad, but it should have been so much more. And sadly that’s exactly what many fans have come to expect from Destiny. Destiny 2 may well be worth playing again in the future, but as it stands, you’re better off waiting for the inevitable Taken Kingstyle year two refresh.

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Curse of the Lake Monster

Curse of the Lake Monster

Based on the new live-action movie on Cartoon Network The movie is sure to score high ratings, and our novel is sure to score big sales. The kids from Mystery, Inc. are off on another adventure. They’re heading to the lake at Erie Pointe, where they’ll spend the summer working as waiters and golf caddies at Daphne’s uncle’s country club. Legend says that a Lake Monster haunts the country club’s grounds, but no one’s seen it for years. until the kids arrive. Now the monster’s back with a vengeance, and it’s terrorizing all the club members. Can the gang crack the case of the curse before tee time?

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The Bengals and the Curse of Woody Harrelson

I was born and raised in New England, just outside of Boston, so the whole notion of sports curses is nothing new to me.

I heard about the infamous Curse of the Bambino growing up. For a New England kid, hearing that story was the modern day version of hearing an ancient orator recite verses from Homer’s Iliad. It was a rite of passage, a part of New England’s history that was passed down from generation to generation.

But then a funny thing happened: The Red Sox won the World Series. The curse had been lifted and we were left to rejoice in our first championship since 1918. Now that the Sox have won three World Series titles since 2004, the whole idea of a curse seems a little silly now, at least to some.

But I assure sports curses are real. Just look at the Cincinnati Bengals.

What curse, you say?

I’ll admit, it’s not as well known or sexy like the Curse of the Bambino, but it’s real and can also be traced to one man: Woody Harrelson.

Allow me to explain.

The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season, which is currently the longest drought of any team without a playoff victory. Hell, even the Jacksonville Jaguars have had more playoff success than the Bengals in recent years.

Now the irrational fan will attribute this to bad coaching and poor drafting by management and the front office (can you say Ki-Jana Carter, Akili Smith and Peter Warrick?). But the rational fan knows that logical excuses like these are just that: excuses. The rational fan will see the truth, and realize that the only explanation for the Bengals’ postseason woes has to go beyond the logical and into the realm of the supernatural. This is where Woody Harrelson comes into play.

Harrelson was born in Texas but raised in Lebanon, Ohio. He’s a big Bengals fan to this today, so it would probably kill him to know that he inadvertently cursed his beloved franchise. But the truth must be told.

Harrelson is a well-accomplished actor, best known for his roles in films such as The Hunger Games, King Pin, and White Men Can’t Jump. But before all that, Harrelson made a name for himself by playing Woody Boyd in the hit sitcom Cheers.

Boyd was the lovable, yet naïve, bartender who hailed from a small town in Indiana. And, it was this naivety that brought upon a curse that would ripple from the barstools of Boston to the gridiron of Cincinnati.

On January 6, 1991, the Bengals won their playoff game against the Houston Oilers, 41-14. Little did they know it would be their last playoff victory for decades. Four days later on January 10, a new episode of Cheers aired entitled Achilles Hill. In that episode, Woody Boyd finds an old foosball table that Carla tells him is cursed. She says bad things happened to people who used it. Sure enough, at one point in the episode, Dr. Frasier Crane gets his hand stuck in the machine, and Carla has to call in a priest to exorcise the demons that possess the table in order to free Frasier. Granted, all the priest did was pull Frasier’s hand from the table, but by the end of the show the table was neither destroyed nor dealt with. It was simply forgotten about (like most things on weekly sitcoms).

However, Woody’s discovery of that table would prove to be the ultimate undoing for Cincinnati. Three days later, on January 13, 1991, the Bengals lost to the LA Raiders in the divisional round, 20-10. They have never won a playoff game since.

So go ahead; shake your head and laugh all you want at this notion of the Harrelson Curse. But take a look at the Bengals’ subsequent playoff appearances since that episode aired. Who knows what role it played in the Carson Palmer-Kimo von Oelhoffen game? All I’m saying is that come Sunday, if the Bengals should fall again in the postseason to the Chargers, we all know who is to blame.

Cheers to you, Woody.
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