Taylor Swift handled a concert malfunction like a professional stand-up comedian

Taylor Swift handled a concert malfunction like a professional stand-up comedian


Taylor Swift handled a concert malfunction like a professional stand-up comedian

Even though live performers spend months preparing for a tour, things can quickly go awry onstage, as plenty of artists know all too well. Recently, everyone from Beyoncé to Britney Spears have experienced stage malfunctions — from costumes that won’t stay put to getting stuck in mid-air…making for some majorly memorable moments for the thousands of fans in the audience.

The latest icon to get stuck in a stage snafu is none other than Taylor Swift, who’s currently on her Reputation World Tour. The singer was onstage for night two of her stop in Philadelphia on July 14th when she literally got stuck mid-air during a performance of “Delicate” (in a sparkly basket, no less). And it was a, well, delicate situation.

“I’m pretty sure I’m stuck up here,” Swift said as soon as she realized something was wrong. “It’s a nice view though,” she added.

“I think it’s really important to be honest with friends,” she continued. “What you just saw was me going straight up and down in this sparkly basket. It’s supposed to take me to the other side of the stadium. I’m somehow gonna figure out how to get over there. So what happens now is basically I’m just chilling waiting to figure out what happens next.”

As her crew worked to get her safely back to the main stage, Swift continued updating the crowd, saying, “This is such a spoiler alert but I have another flying thing across there that works apparently. Or wait! So there are people talking in my ear. This is so boring for you, I’m sorry.” She then joked about how there’s no way for her to talk to them without addressing the entire crowd, asking her team if she can walk over to the other stage or, “does it have to be flying?”

Instead of awkwardly standing there with no music to perform, Swift improvised, singing two of her biggest throwback hits, “Our Song” and “Wildest Dreams,” without any background accompaniment. Pro move, Ms. Swift!

Not only are we majorly impressed with Swift’s ability to improvise on the fly, but um, Tay — have you ever considered a career in standup if this whole music thing doesn’t work out?

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‘Roe v. Wade’ Star Breaks Silence: Anti-Abortion Film Is Like Lancing a Boil

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Filming of the stridently anti-abortion film Roe v. Wade has been roiled by its gruesome, dismembered-fetus-filled script, but actor Corbin Bernsen is sticking with the controversial production.

While the macabre details of some portions of the script sent the film’s original director, costumer, location scout, and once-committed actors like Kevin Sorbo and Stephen Baldwin running, the L.A. Law and Major League star likens the way he says the movie will relieve political tensions to lancing a boil.

“We are a country that is festering right now,” Bernsen said Thursday on the sidelines of a Roe v. Wade shoot at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial. “We have a boil on the skin. And what’s happening is we’re popping it. So the infection doesn’t spread.”

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A new arrival on the festival circuit, Albania is tempting younger holidaymakers to dance on its beaches and explore beyond its pristine shores

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Serena Williams on Heading to the Wimbledon Final: ‘It’s Not Inevitable For Me to Be Playing Like This’

Serena Williams is headed to her 30th Grand Slam singles final after beating Julia Goerges in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday. Her win sets the stage for a redux of the 2016 Wimbledon final in which she defeated Angelique Kerber, who will also be her 2018 opponent.

It was an especially sweet victory for Williams, a 23-time champion, who survived harrowing complications when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just 10 months ago. Following the baby’s delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

Williams isn’t taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.”

“It’s not inevitable for me to be playing like this,” Williams said. “I had multiple surgeries and nearly didn’t make it when I gave birth. I’m enjoying every moment.”

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she’ll tie Margaret Court’s all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

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Where is Love Island 2018 filmed, can you book to stay in the villa in Majorca and what’s the place like inside?

THE Love Island villa is the setting of 2018’s hottest show.

But where exactly is the luxury holiday home? Can you stay there and who many people does it sleep?

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This year the villa looks better than ever. It is located in Majorca
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Where is the Love Island 2018 villa?

The Love Island villa is located on the Spanish Balearic Island of Majorca (Mallorca), in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar on the East of the Island.

The villa is the same luxury location that last year’s contestants stayed in, but it’s been given an overhaul.

The famous hideaway has been given a makeover, meaning the stars will be tempted to spend more time in there away from the prying eyes of their co-stars.

The bedroom is decorated with bright blue and pink blankets and cushions, with giant, holiday-themed images on the walls.

Outside seating and day beds have been set up around the pool area, with sun loungers and an al-fresco bar set up for late-night drinks.

The villa also boasts an enormous pool, gym area and jacuzzi.

The round seating area complete with a fancy fire pit is still in place, along with the enormous open-plan kitchen and living room.

Staff have been busy for weeks setting up the hidden cameras and linking up the microphones to make sure every cough and spit is captured on screen.

The villa features an expansive infinity pool which looks out on the lush countryside
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Where is Majorca and what is the weather like?

Mallorca is the largest Balearic Island and is located in the Mediterranean Sea off the south-east coast of mainland Spain.

The island is known for its beach resorts and is a popular destination with British tourists.

Majorca is the “sister” island to Ibiza and Menorca and flying time from the UK is about two and a half hours.

The island’s capital is Palma, known for it’s Gothic Santa Maria cathedral and beautiful bay.

The island is also the home of notorious party destination Magaluf, which has previously played host to reality TV show The Magaluf Weekender – which has now relocated and become known as The Ibiza Weekender.

The weather in Mallorca is typically Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, sunny summer months.

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Yes, you can stay in the villa, but it will cost around £3000 for a week’s stay.

The luxury villa boasts a super-sized hot tub, infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and terrace.


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Brett Kavanaugh’s Environmental Record Looks Like Scott Pruitt’s

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Not surprisingly, most of the coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has focused on social issues like abortion, LGBT equality, and contraception.

But while Kavanaugh’s record on those issues is sparse and unclear, his record on economic and environmental issues is as clear as a smog-free day: Judge Kavanaugh is like the Scott Pruitt of the federal judiciary.

This assessment is based on a long string of Kavanaugh’s rulings as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, most of which rely on the premise that, contrary to prevailing Supreme Court doctrine, administrative agencies have very limited discretion to act in the absence of congressional instructions.  

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Margot Robbie has responded to claims she looks like Megan from Love Island

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Megan Barton Hanson seems to be the girl pretty much everyone wants in the Love Island villa this series.

You may remember that during one episode, Alex (aka Dr Love) referred to Megan as ‘the hottest girl on the planet’ and compared her to Margot Robbie. And it’s true, there’s definitely a resemblance.

But funnily enough, the actress herself saw the clip and has some thoughts.

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‘The other night we were watching and I think it was Alex who said that, and we all lost it! We were like, “Oh my god, they know who I am on Love Island!”,’ she recently told Metro.

Side note: we are loving that even Margot Robbie is obsessed with the show.

So what did the star think of the comparison itself?

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‘I personally don’t see the resemblance,’ she said. ‘We’d just finished drinking beer and eating crisps and saying, “We’re so disgusting we could never be on Love Island we’re such fatties, they would never let us on”.

‘They all have amazing bodies and they are so gorgeous and always so done up and looking incredible, and then they said [I look like her] and we were like, “Oh my god!”‘

We definitely don’t agree that Margot Robbie isn’t seriously gorgeous herself. Come on now.

On another note, anyone else think it’s a bit weird that she was surprised they knew who she is? You’re an Oscar-nominated actress, girl!

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Somebody thought a politics-free version of ‘SNL’ in China sounded like a good idea

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Almost as soon as you learn that NBCUniversal licenses a version of Saturday Night Live to be produced locally in China with help from the Alibaba-owned video site Youku — and that said local Chinese version of SNL actually started airing a few weeks ago – you may find yourself wondering about, let’s say, aspects of the arrangement.

Like, what the writers’ room is like. Or if they even have a writers’ room. And if they do, what’s it like to come up with a sketch for a show that leans heavily on political satire in the U.S. — indeed, where a centerpiece lately has been endless lampooning of President Trump — but which can have none of that in the Middle Kingdom.

It’s like with anything, apparently — you make do. In a Communist Party-ruled land with powerful censors, you come up with skits like this to tickle the ol’ funny bone: In one, per Quartz, news anchors downplay China’s soccer team not qualifying for the World Cup because — why else? — the team is “too good.”

In another, the words to a hit song are changed from “dancing in the waves” to “let’s keep playing computer games.” The show — the first episode of which was watched nearly 100 million times, according to this report — also ran with a sketch that seemed inspired by a version of one from the American SNL. In this one, a restaurant customer complains about crayfish being dirty, which kicks off a song-and-dance number performed by people wearing crustacean costumes.

NBCUniversal actually licenses more than half a dozen international versions of SNL in places like France, as well as the Middle East. When NBC announced this deal for a Chinese version last year, it was understood from the outset there likely wouldn’t be any comedians ribbing Chinese president Xi Jinping. And it’s not just politics — Chinese TV shows are also forbidden from including some of the more risque humor that makes its way into a typical SNL episode.

According to one Chinese news company, the first hour-long “SNL China” episode included things like an opening monologue and music performances. But it was taped in advance and stuck to “safer topics” like the World Cup, pop music and food.

“Out of the 177 people that rated SNL China on review platform Douban, more than 60% gave the show less than three stars out of five, which is generally considered a poor score,” reads that news report from the company Caixin. “Many commented that the jokes were ‘dry’ and ’embarrassing.'”

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Grilling is a competitive sport. Seriously. Whether it’s neighbor verse neighbor or a family rivalry, the competition can be fierce.

And while people, of course, barbecue year-round, the prime time is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and one of the highlights of the season is July 4.

And for those who truly love the smell of charcoal in the morning, there is a circuit of professional barbecue contests and competitions. Pitmaster Tuffy Stone has won dozens and dozens of titles and recently released Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue, which includes his tips and advice as well as plenty of his signature recipes.

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Adam Lambert joined Queen because they felt like a “safe space”

OHMYGOSSIP — Adam Lambert joined Queen because they felt like a “safe space”.
The 36-year-old singer has been performing vocals for the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ group on tour since 2012 and he took the decision to go out on the road with the British rockers because of the criticism he was receiving for his flamboyant persona.
He explained: “I needed an outlet for me that wasn’t judging. I needed to be in a safe space that didn’t say to me: ‘Don’t do that, people won’t like that.’
“Now there’s an audience for me being exactly who I am. There’s permission given.”
The former ‘American Idol’ contestant admitted his early shows with the band were “a mindf**k” and he never expected to still be touring with them now.
He told The Guardian newspaper: “I’ve figured out how to make those songs work for me. I’m not playing a part, I’m interpreting them from my viewpoint and a lot of what Freddie [Mercury] was exploring is stuff I’m exploring.”
Adam doesn’t think performing with Queen has sidelined his own solo career but he’s trying to figure out how his “different worlds” can exist alongside one another.
Asked if he thinks his solo career has been sidelined, he said: “No. No. I think I’ve managed to balance it. It’s two different worlds and two different ideas, but right now, I’m trying to get them to coexist.”
The ‘Ghost Town’ singer praised flamboyant late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991 – for being “ahead of his time” and has discussed a lot with bandmates Roger Taylor and Brian May how proud the ‘Under Pressure’ singer would have been of the way sexuality is much more open in the mainstream music industry now.
He said: “Roger was like, ‘I think he would be really open and upfront about it, because that’s what he was like to all of us.’
“[His sexuality] was just taboo in the media. But he was very matter of fact once he’d come to terms with it. And from what I have ascertained, he was fully bisexual. He was dabbling everywhere. I think he was ahead of his time.”
Adam is proud to be open about his own homosexuality and embraces the “responsibility” of being a role model.
He said: “I didn’t get into this to be a role model, but then slowly I realised it was a responsibility I wanted. There’s so much good that can come from being a leader and being open.”

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12 Mushroom Skin Care Products That Work Like Magic

Beauty has been going green in more ways than one. In addition to more vegan, cruelty-free products, we’re seeing ones that are packed with superfoods plus fruits and vegetables. Similar to food and wellness trends, there are certain buzzy ingredients that seem to be everywhere. Watermelon is one of the hottest ingredients for summer, with the juicy fruit showing up in everything from masks to serums. Pomegranate, avocado and almost every leafy green have enjoyed their time in the spotlight. Now it’s the divisive mushroom that’s popping up in skin care launches, making it a perfect candidate for the next It ingredient.

Whether you love eating them or fall into the camp of people who find mushrooms too earthy to eat, you’ll like them in beauty routines, promise. When it comes to skin care, mushrooms can be pretty magical — which is why they’ve been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. According to Dr. Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of Shiffa, it’s the variety of mushrooms to choose from that makes them interesting. “There is no one hero mushroom,” she says. “Different varieties have different properties.” Hamdan suggests looking for a product that has a blend of at least three different mushrooms to get the most benefits.

In general, mushrooms are popular in skin care because they soothe, soften and provide mega moisture. Some, like reishi, are “super antioxidants,” Hamdan says. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skin Care Collection, says that tremella fuciformis, aka snow fungus, has the ability to retain moisture in skin even more than hyaluronic acid. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been proven to accelerate wound healing.

In addition to knowing whether a product has oyster, enoki, chaga, portobello mushrooms or another variety, Hamdan says it’s helpful to know the extraction method of the mushroom as well as what part of the mushroom is used because products that typically use the whole mushroom are best. In terms of specific products, Vargas says mushrooms are mostly found in serums, masks and moisturizers.

There’s no need to go foraging beauty aisles on a hunt for fungi. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best mushroom skin care products so you can see for yourself just how good ‘shrooms are.

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All the times Meghan Markle dressed like Princess Diana

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Call it a coincidence or not, but Meghan Markle has taken a leaf out of Princess Diana’s sartorial book more than once since she started her official Royal duties. There was the time she wore the late Princess’ ring on her wedding day, and when she was inspired by her for her Trooping the Colour dress.

Just yesterday, Meghan was spotted wearing a button-down dress for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, which resembled an outfit Diana wore at the Order of the Garter ceremony back in 1992. So we thought it was about time we’d look back at all the other times Meghan copied Diana’s style.

The button-down skirt suit

Meghan wore this chic suit for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, while in 1992, Diana wore a similar dress for the Garter Ceremony. While Diana wore a hat and Meghan didn’t, both dresses had cream buttons down the front, and a belt to accentuate the waist.

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The Royal Ascot dress

For her first Royal Ascot appearance, Meghan opted for a chic monochrome look. The embroidered shirt dress was by Givenchy, and she accessorised with a Philip Treacy hat. In 1985, Princess Diana also opted for black and white in a chic skirt suit with matching hat.

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The pink off-the-shoulder dress

For Trooping the Colour, Meghan broke Royal protocol by showing off her shoulders in a chic Carolina Herrera dress with buttons down the front. This was reminiscent of the Catherine Walker gown Diana wore to visit the Berlin Opera House in 1987, don’t you agree?

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The blue floral dress

In June, Meghan and Harry attended the wedding of Princess Diana’s niece, and whether on purpose or not, Meghan went for a floral Oscar de la Renta dress which was remarkably similar to a Catherine Walker tunic worn by Diana in the Gulf States in 1986. The bride, Celia McCorquodale, also wore the Spencer tiara (the one Diana wore on her wedding day) for the first time since Diana died.

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The white coat

You’ll remember how Meghan wore a wrap coat by Canadian brand Line the Label for her engagement photocall, prompting their site to crash. Diana was also a fan of oversized white coats, and she wore this Versace number in London in 1996.

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The striped dress

Meghan wore this cute pinstripe dress for one of her first official engagements, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in April 2018. Meanwhile, Princess Diana wore pinstripe suits many times, and we love this dress she wore in Australia in 1985.

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This Beer-Maker Broke Down What It’s Like to Actually Own a Craft Brewery


It was blisteringly cold in Dayton, Ohio, in late January, but my Bangarang! IPA was keeping me warm and content as I sat inside Eudora Brewing Company across from owner, head brewer and quality control extraordinaire, Neil Chabut.

After years of homebrewing, Chabut opened Eudora back in 2013, during his time studying psychology at the University of Dayton.

My hometown of Dayton has become quite the hot spot for microbreweries and nanobreweries like Eudora. In the last decade, the area has become home to some of my favorites, including Warped Wing, Lock 27, Toxic, Carillon Brewing, Lucky Star, Dayton Beer Company and, of course, Eudora.

This is representative of a much larger trend nationwide as craft beer continues to gain popularity with drinkers of all ages, creating jobs for thousands of beer lovers. Breweries accounted for more than half of the employment growth within the beverage manufacturing industry from 2006 to 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At the time of the recession in the late 2000s, breweries (including macrobreweries like Budweiser and craft breweries like Boston Beer Company) employed about 25,000 workers nationwide. By 2012, that number had grown to nearly 30,000, and by 2016, it had climbed to almost 59,000 employees. In just six years, the industry had more than doubled.

My home state of Ohio has been at the front of that industry growth. In 2006, Ohio was one of just four states (joined by California, Colorado and Texas) to employ more than 1,600 brewery workers. Today, another 10 states have joined the list.

As someone who loves an ice cold beer — and with the gut to prove it — I understand why breweries are on the rise from a consumer’s standpoint. But I wanted to hear from Chabut why he had chosen to make a career out of brewing and selling beer and what life is like when you spend it creating the world’s most special beverage.

Brewing Beer for a Living

Neil Chabut, owner and head brewer of Eudora Brewing Company in Dayton, Ohio, makes a batch of beer at his business.
Neil Chabut, owner and head brewer of Eudora Brewing Company in Dayton, Ohio, makes a batch of beer at his business. Photo courtesy of Eudora Brewing Company

“What I love about brewing beer,” Chabut told me, “is that it mixes creativity and science.”

After learning the fundamental science behind brewing beer, Chabut has been able to get creative and develop new recipes. He told me he is currently working on a nitro beer and eventually wants to do a full line of nitros, including a hoppy nitro or two.

But brewers in micro- and nanobreweries don’t just flex their creativity when concocting new recipes. They also have to develop a name for every beer they brew and sell, which can be fun — and challenging.

“You have to consider beers named by breweries nationwide,” Chabut explained, “because you don’t want to name yours the same.”

He has trademarked a few of his more popular beers, like Bangarang! IPA and Sundowner.

And how he has named all of the beers?

“The names come from a variety of inspirations,” Chabut said.

Robin Williams fans will recognize Bangarang! from the movie “Hook,” one of Chabut’s favorites. He used another movie — a James Bond flick he watched with his grandfather—to name his oatmeal stout Thunderball. Worm Burner, Eudora’s recent Scottish ale, is named after the golf term.

“Even though I’m a crappy golfer,” he added.

Chabut also had the same challenge every new small business owner encounters: naming the company.

I asked Chabut how he had come up with Eudora, and he smiled while he remembered a sociology class he had taken back in college.

“In this class, I had learned about the major water crisis much of the world is facing. I planned to use my business to help the cause by giving back, so I wanted a name that conveyed that. And Eudora is Greek for ‘good gift.’”

And voila — the brewery had his name.

As for the water crisis, Chabut’s brewery has followed through on the very mission that inspired the Eudora name. A portion of every sale is donated to Charity Water.

Chabut also told me that his donation buckets have been successful. Thus far, Eudora has helped fund projects to bring clean water to people in Laos, Ethiopia and Cambodia, among other countries. The brewery currently aims to raise $ 10,000 to fund a project entirely on its own.

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A vat of beer is brewed at Eudora Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Eudora Brewing Company

With 59,000 employees working in the brewing industry in the U.S., the work is bound to be varied.

I (and my taste buds) have had the pleasure of doing a brewery tour in Washington D.C., as well as the Budweiser tour in St. Louis, where I got to see firsthand what the employees did each day.

While Budweiser had a lot of varied roles — from management to marketing to tour guide to actual beer taster (yes, that was someone’s job) — the smaller breweries are run a little differently.

At Eudora, for instance, Chabut has about 15 employees, yet he is the only one brewing the beer. He also runs the day-to-day operations.

“Every day is different, every week is different,” he told me. “Some weeks I work 50 hours, and sometimes I work 30. Depends on what I’m scheduled to brew and what challenges I run into.”

The evening I visited his taproom, he had just overcome a new challenge he hadn’t yet seen in his four-plus years as a brewer: a broken pump.

“I couldn’t send it away to a professional because I am set to brew tomorrow, so I just ordered a few parts and figured out how to fix it myself,” he explained.

But Chabut also battles the same issues other small business owners must tackle — issues ranging from credit card machines going down to customer service problems. Luckily, though, Chabut said he runs a pretty tight organization, much of which is due to his stellar employees. Many have been around since the beginning.

Most of Chabut’s employees actually work as bartenders, chatting with the regulars and finding them the perfect beer. Chabut also has an accountant (a good call, because in my experience, beer and math don’t mix) and a few employees who manage the customer brewing portion of the business.

Customer brewing is actually something that makes Eudora unique in the Dayton area. I haven’t tried it myself (yet), but Chabut explained that, much like the wine and painting events that have become popular in recent years, customer brewing is a great event to do with friends.

Customers are involved in every part of the process, from grinding to adding hops. They can even design their own logos for the bottles when they pick up their beer a few weeks later.

If you’ve given thought to working at a brewery or even opening your own, you should find a brewery near you that does customer brewing and try it out. Better yet, follow in Chabut’s footsteps and begin brewing at home.

Chabut hinted that it’s not the most lucrative career in the world, but he works with something he’s passionate about every day with co-workers and customers who share that same passion. He met his girlfriend through the beer industry and has even traveled to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.

“My favorite part of running the business is getting to know the customers and other people in the industry,” he explained. “I’ve met so many awesome people over my beers; it’s like ‘Cheers.’ I have plenty of Norms who each have their own seats. It’s really cool to see this community of people who love good beer.”

So where does the brewery industry go from here?

My (beer) gut tells me it will continue to rise over the next decade, especially if I keep shelling out my hard-earned cash for six-packs. Now is a good time to get into the game, whether you hope to work at an established brewery (there are plenty to choose from—they’ve grown fivefold in the last six years) or to open your own.

Learn more about Eudora Brewing Company here and take a deep dive into the growth of the brewery industry with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent spotlight.

Timothy Moore is a writer, editor and long-time beer drinker. His favorite go-to beers are Lagunitas IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale and, on a hot summer day, a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. But for the best IPA of your life, he wholeheartedly recommends Flying Monkeys’ Smashbomb Atomic IPA, which is also just really fun to say.

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Every now and then there’s a certain model who captivates not only our forums but the industry. We couldn’t get enough (still can’t, really) of Grace Elizabeth last year following a spectacular Vogue Italia cover and a campaign for Max Mara. Now, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of Birgit Kos. After walking just about every major show during fashion week and an appearance on Vogue Italia‘s April offering, Birgit now takes to the cover of Vogue Brazil. The Dutch beauty stars on the title’s signature duo of covers for June 2018, serving some serious supermodel realness in the retro-inspired images, captured by photographer Mariana Maltoni with styling from Pedro Sales.

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Members of our forums were all for seeing Birgit. “She’s everywhere! If Grace Elizabeth was the model of 2017, Birgit is the face of this year. Hope she gets a cover by [Steven] Meisel,” praised forum member ivano upon checking out the covers.

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Sharing the same sentiments as everyone else was forum member lelaid. “The second cover (below) is simple and amazing! She looks like a true supermodel.

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If yesterday’s phone launch proves anything, it’s that we’ve reached peak smartphone design. In a world of iPhone X clones, Oppo came up with a crazy new phone that forces itself not to copy the notch. Of course, the irony that the Find X looks just like a Galaxy S/Note or that Color OS looks a lot like Apple iOS doesn’t escape us.

However, the Find X design is hardly perfect. We’ve got a motorized camera system that slides up whenever you want to unlock the phone, take a picture, or take a selfie. It’s a neat concept, but it’s destined to fail for a couple of reasons. The first one I already mentioned, the motorized sliding mechanism. The second one is related to the first one. This phone doesn’t have any water resistance, and that’s not what we want for the future of smartphones.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is very concerned about people likening him to a certain genocidal dictator.

“The cost is entirely on you,” Carlson told his audience in a Monday night monologue in which he warned of immigrants moving to their neighborhoods, “but don’t complain, or else they will call you ‘Hitler.’”

But Carlson’s monologue wouldn’t have been far out of place on a white supremacist forum. Hours after ProPublica released disturbing audio of immigrant children who had been separated from their parents at the U.S. border, Carlson told viewers the immigrants were coming “to change your country forever.”

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I Feel Like I’m Screwing Up by Holding Out for Student Loan Forgiveness


Lucky,

Congratulations on your degree! What an accomplishment.

But oh, student loan guilt. It’ll take the shine off your new diploma in an instant.

Even when you have a repayment plan to follow, and even when you know you’ll be saddled with this debt for much of the rest of your mortal life, there’s still the guilt factor. The feeling that you should be doing more.

Have you ever grabbed a calculator to fiddle with the numbers and see if you have any hope of paying off your student loan debt quicker? I’ve done that. It usually ends in the fetal position on the couch. A high balance makes it difficult to make headway unless you come into some cash, like lottery or long-lost aunt cash. Otherwise, every month when the bill is due, you get a reminder of just how long you have to go.

But you’re doing it right, even if your income-based repayment (IBR) amount seems trivial. Interest rates for federal student loans are lower than for other consumer debt, such as credit cards. Long-term student loans are gross, but they’re just a third wheel in your relationship with your money. Everyone’s got a third wheel.

To knock out some of that guilt, stop thinking about your student loan balance as debt, and start thinking of it as just another bill. Instead of focusing on the total balance, take it month by month and focus on what’s due now. Then, free up some mental space to think about your other financial goals, like paying off your credit card debt or saving for retirement.

Don’t feel bad about the loophole — seriously. From you to me to the rest of the United States, we collectively have more than a trillion dollars of student loan debt. Take the way out.

Now, for a few words of caution about that way out.

I asked two experts about your situation: attorney Adam Minsky, whose Boston-based law firm specializes in student loans, and student loan consultant Heather Jarvis.

If you don’t already have proof of your forgiveness date in writing, make sure you get it and triple-check it. Minsky explained that since IBR wasn’t created until 2008, the earliest someone could get their loans forgiven with the 25-year payment plan would be 2033 — 15 years from now. If you had income-contingent repayment before IBR came into play, your situation may be different. It would behoove you to have a conversation with the federal Student Loan Support Center to verify your status and ask for proof. Always get proof, especially when you think there’s a loophole in play.

As for your income, remember that income-based repayment. “Your currently low payments are likely based on last year’s lower income, and so [they] won’t last,” Jarvis warned.

You’re smart to also be thinking about the tax obligation for the forgiven loan balance.

Jarvis explained that Public Service Loan Forgiveness, for those who work in government or nonprofits, is not taxable as income. But income-driven repayment plans of 20 or 25 years, depending on the plan, require forgiveness be taxed as income.

Minsky suggests working with a tax adviser or accountant if you haven’t done so already. “They would have a better handle on potential tax consequences of loan forgiveness,” he said in an email. “Any tax resulting from cancellation of debt typically must be paid either all at once, or over a relatively short installment period with interest and penalties added, and the IRS has powerful collections tools if the borrower cannot pay.”

Changes to federal law could impact your situation, too, Minsky warned. “We don’t know what the tax legal landscape will look like 10 to 15 years from now,” he said.

The inbox is open. Send your worries to dearpenny@thepennyhoarder.com, and I’ll see what I can do to help.

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The list of racist retail incidents across the nation just got its latest addition after a Howard University graduate detailed the racial profiling horror — complete with handcuffs— that she was subjected to during a visit to a Victoria’s Secret in Tennessee this week.

Jovita Jones Cage previously bought a bra before bringing it back because its sensor wasn’t removed at the time of purchase. She went back to the store in the Carriage Crossing mall in Collierville Monday with her receipt, which an employee verified before removing the sensor. However, all hell broke loose when she then decided to do some browsing in the store before leaving, WREG Memphis reported.

A Collierville Police Officer decided to profile Cage while she was on her way to the store’s fitting room. Cage, who is a children’s tutor, was instantly accused of shoplifting and ordered to put both of her hands behind her back.

“The police officer walked straight up to me and slapped handcuffs on me. I think it was for the simple fact that I was black,” she said, adding that the store manager called the cops without speaking with her.

The horrific scene played out in front of store shoppers, which could have been friends or colleagues of Cage.

“I don’t know if one of the parents of the kids I tutor could’ve been there,” she added, touching on the stigma and embarrassment felt by people of color who are racially profiled. “I don’t know if one of my old professors could’ve been in there.”

The officer forcefully searched her purse before finally realizing that she hadn’t taken any merchandise. A crying Cage was escorted out of the store and banned from coming back. Really?

She later made a complaint to Victoria’s Secret corporate office, speaking with a representative who only offered a standard apology and a $ 100 gift card, which Cage turned down. The company later pulled out all the familiar stops: an executive’s phone call to Cage, investigation, termination of the employee involved in the incident and promise to better educate workers on the stores’ policies.

Cage was still dealing with the trauma over the incident, having reached out to the NAACP for help. The standard protocol for stores when employees are caught racial profiling doesn’t fully address the biases that prompt discriminatory behaviors.

“They’re going to have to do more,” Cage said. “I want justice not only for me, but for people everywhere. I hope after this, other victims of racial profiling will come forward. It’s solidarity. It’s not just about African-Americans. It’s about everyone being treated fairly.”

 

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Turning 21? Here’s How to Manage Your Money Like a Real Adult


Turning 21 is a pretty big milestone.

Aside from the ability to legally drink alcohol and all the responsibility that comes with that, your 21st birthday serves as the final stepping stone into adulthood and all the responsibilities that come with that.

I mean, sure, for some people, 21 is liberating — the beginning of the rest of their lives.

But for others, 21 simply means financial independence.

And while it’s all rosé-colored glasses for the first few months, you quickly realize just how much a good bottle of your favorite Cab Sav costs and that things like, oh, y’know, cooling and heating your living space to temperatures that don’t make you want to tear your skin off or burrow into the earth, respectively, means dropping the big bucks.

Yeah, there’s a reason that internet joke about dads and thermostats makes the rounds, and I’m betting you can finally relate.

Add in student loan payments that are about to kick in, heading into your first adult job and your parents letting you know you’re on your own for car insurance, and it’s enough to make your head spin more than it did the night you went out to celebrate your first night as a legal consumer of alcohol.

Yikes.

If you’re freshly 21 — or getting close to it — we’ve got some tips and tricks for making, saving and managing your money so you don’t end up blowing this whole adulthood thing on your first try.

Financial Tips and Tricks Every 21-Year-Old Should Know

Whether you’re worried about budgets, bills or booze money, here are some things a 21-year-old should know about managing money.

1. Make a Little Wiggle Room in Your Bar Budget

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Look, I understand. You’re finally legal. You’re ready to hit the very bars that have been turning you away for years. (Just remember to drink like a responsible adult!)

But if you’re not careful, it’s easy to blow your entire beer budget in one weekend — after which you’ll be stuck drinking $ 3 wine at home by yourself while your coworkers hit up happy hour.

Luckily, there’s a way to earn cash back on alcohol.

Yeah, seriously.

Ibotta is an easy-to-use cash-back app that’s partnered with more than 50 retailers offering deals on many of your favorite brands.

The app features both liquor store deals and cash back on drinks from any restaurant or bar.

We’ve seen deals like $ 5 back on 750-milliliter or 1-liter bottles of Absolut vodka, $ 3 back on any pitcher or bucket of Budweiser or Bud Light and $ 3 back on any mixed drink or cocktail featuring 1800 Tequila.

Those are some pretty sweet deals.

2. Know Your Credit Score

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If you’re just starting out in the adult world, you’ll quickly learn your credit score is the key that opens nearly every door. (Sometimes frustrating, but true.)

Want to rent an apartment? They’re going to check your credit.

Ready to buy a car? Credit check.

Need to refinance your student loan? They’ll be checking. That. Credit.

The first step to having a good (or great!) credit score is knowing what you’re dealing with.

Your credit report will give you this information.

You can get your credit score and “credit report card” for free from Credit Sesame. The website breaks down exactly what’s on your credit report in layman’s terms, how it affects your score and how you might address it.

Jerry Morgan was able to increase his credit score 120 points after signing up with Credit Sesame, thanks to the platform’s suggestions and resources.

He’s also learned a lot about what elements go into a credit score and how to keep his score as high and healthy as possible.

If there’s one thing you learned at college, it’s to never pass up free stuff, right?

3. Cut Your Debt Interest Rates

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Like so many other young people these days, if you grew up in a home where debt wasn’t discussed, you probably weren’t aware of just how easily you could get sucked into the quicksand pit of credit card debt.

And you probably didn’t understand the impact it would have on your young life, either.

If you’re sitting on an account showing a few too many zeros (and not the positive kind), but find yourself unable to dig yourself out because of sky-high interest rates, it might be time to look into refinancing or consolidating your credit card debt.

A good resource is consumer financial technology platform Even Financial, which can help match you with the right refinancing loan to meet your needs.

Even searches the top online lenders to match you with a personalized loan offer in less than 60 seconds. Its platform can help you borrow up to $ 100,000 (no collateral needed) with fixed rates starting at 4.99% and terms from 24 to 84 months.

All it takes is three easy steps to know what kind of loan you qualify for.

4. Wow Your Friends by Becoming a Real Estate Investor

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Listen, it’s not every day a 21-year-old can say they invest in real estate.

But this one isn’t just for the street cred — it’s also a smart way to dip your toes into the world of real estate investing without handing over thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars.

Twenty-one-year-old Katie Smith, who recently graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., had some money sitting in a regular, low-interest savings account.

She knew her money could be making more money and liked the idea of investing in real estate, she didn’t really have “buy a house” kind of money.

Then she heard about Fundrise.

You can start investing in real estate with a minimum investment of just $ 500, and Fundrise does all the heavy lifting for you.

Through the Fundrise Starter Portfolio, your money will be split into two portfolios that support private real estate around the United States.

This isn’t an obscure investment, though. You can see exactly which properties are included in your portfolios.

“I can go into my Fundrise account and see what I actually own,” Smith says. “I own a piece of an apartment complex in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Property on the West Coast. Bits and pi

5. Set Your 401(k) — and Yourself — up for Success

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If you’re just getting started with a real adult job (or will be soon), you’ve probably been hearing a lot of talk about 401(k)s.

If you have a 401(k), you’re on the right track.

Now, though, you need to make sure it’s doing the absolute most to get you ready for retirement.

We know: Understanding, managing and optimizing your 401(k) account takes up more time and brain-power than most of us are willing to commit.

When Kelsey Buxton opened her 401(k) account in November 2016, she had big plans to get the most out of it with some smart investing.

“But that’s a full-time job,” she says. “That’s what a financial adviser is for.”

Luckily, she found a robo-adviser for that. Blooom, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm, will optimize and monitor your 401(k) for you.

It gives you an initial 401(k) checkup for free, and you’ll get to know your account a little more intimately. Find out whether you’re paying too many hidden fees, have the appropriate amount invested in stocks versus bonds, that kind of fun stuff.

After that, the tool is $ 10 a month to use to continue to monitor your retirement account. Let Blooom know your target retirement age, and it can help you get there by investing more and less aggressively.

6. Save for a Rainy Day

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Remember all that adult responsibility we were talking about earlier? Yeah, that comes with a lot of surprise expenses.

From emergency vet visits or medical bills to pricy repairs when your car starts making that thudding noise one random morning, unplanned expenses crop up everywhere.

The adult thing to do? Save up an emergency fund to fall back on.

If you’ve tried (and failed) in the past to beef up your savings account, you’re probably wondering how this time will be any different.

Not to worry: Chime has your back.

Chime is an online-only bank account that offers some unique features other banks haven’t caught on to yet.

Along with not charging overdraft fees, monthly maintenance fees, foreign transaction fees or minimum balance fees, Chime gives you access to thousands of fee-free MoneyPass ATMs around the country and even has a “Pay Friends” feature, so you don’t have to mess with cash, math or other apps to split the bar tab.

But that’s not even the best part.

Chime also has this awesome feature called “the round-up tool,” which will round up your transactions to the nearest dollar and dump the change into savings.

Recently, Samuel Demeny switched from Wells Fargo to Chime to get away from those unnecessary fees and restrictive daily spending limits.

After opening his account, Demeny decided to try out Chime’s automatic savings tools. Within nine months, he managed to save up $ 800 — money that will help him with last-minute moving expenses when he and his boyfriend make the move from Texas to the Pacific Northwest.

7. Start Investing Like an Adult

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As you venture further into adulthood, you’ll hear more and more people at more and more social functions talking about things like investing.

If you want to get ahead of the financial game (the small-talk-at-adult-dinner-parties potential is an added perk), try investing with Stash.

Stash lets you start investing with as little as $ 5 and for just a $ 1 monthly fee for balances under $ 5,000.

The app curates investments from professional fund managers and investors and lets you choose where to put your money — but it leaves the complicated investment terms out of it.

You just choose from a set of simple portfolios reflecting your beliefs, interests and goals.

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8. Stay on Top of Your Student Loans

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If you recently graduated or will soon be graduating from college, you probably have student loans looming ominously on the horizon.

The best thing you could possibly do for yourself? Learn everything you can about paying them off, and make a plan to stay on top of them when repayment time hits you like a ton of bricks.

First, you’ll need to know your loans inside and out.

Then, set your student loan repayment journey up for success: Know what you owe, understand what “deferment” means, figure out how to lower your interest rate and learn how to make a little extra money so you can pay down your loans quicker.

And when you hit that point that we all hit — that “will this be the rest of my life?!” point — here’s a little inspiration that just might get you through it.

9. Let This Financial Assistant Negotiate Your Bills Down

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Somebody’s gotta keep the Wi-Fi on.

I mean, how else would you Tweet your very valid opinions on the latest episode of “Drag Race” or post that fire selfie on Instagram? (You’ve got your priorities; no shame in that game.)

While you’ve probably heard you can call your cable company to negotiate your cable and internet prices down, if you’ve actually tried it, you know how long you can sit on hold.

That’s why it’s time to call in a robot. The personal finance bot Trim will negotiate your cable or internet bills down for you.

It works with Comcast, Time Warner, Charter and other major providers.

You can sign up simply with Facebook or your email address. Then, upload a PDF of your most recent bill, and Trim’s magic gets to work. If at first it doesn’t succeed, it’ll keep negotiating until it can save you some money.

Trim takes 25% of the savings tab, and you get the rest.

A robot that will work to save you money? That’s some of that “living in 3018” business.

10. Learn How to Budget

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A 21-year-old needs a budget — no ifs, ands or buts about it.

If you’re making money, paying bills and still hoping to have a little spending money to live that (sort of) carefree lifestyle of the young and untethered (you’ve got big plans to travel, right?!), you need to be allocating every dollar to, well, something.

Yeah, now that you’re 21, it’s time to create a budget for yourself.

It’s not as easy as just spitting out some guesstimates of what you spend (or want to be able to spend) on the daily, but it also doesn’t have to be a totally intimidating process. We’ve got some tips that will help you create a budget that works for you — meaning you’ll still be able to funnel some money into your travel fund.

The most basic budgeting rule is the 50/20/30 rule. It’s not a science, but it’s a great starting point that will help you understand how much of your paycheck you should allocate to different areas of your life.

Once you’ve got the basics down, follow these seven steps to creating a budget that fits into your life — not one you have to fit your life into.

eces of apartment complexes in Texas and Denver, a construction loan, a mixed-use property.”

11. See Whether You’re Paying Too Much for Car Insurance

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For most people, car insurance rates will begin to drop dramatically once you hit 25. But even at 21, you might be overpaying for car insurance and not even know it.

While there’s no way to completely avoid paying for car insurance if you own a car, one way you could save money is by shopping around and comparing rates at least once a year.

If you’re a smart shopper, you already compare prices, right? So just like you compare the prices of flights, shoes and laptops before purchasing, why not compare car insurance?

The Zebra, an online car insurance search engine that offers “insurance in black and white,” compares your options from 204 providers in just a few minutes.

Artie Januario was paying $ 95 a month for car insurance, and because one of his best friends was his insurance agent, Januario didn’t question it. (Question everything, guys.)

After a cross-country move from Boston to Austin, Texas, he decided to try out The Zebra’s services. Within half an hour of starting his search, Januario had new insurance, and his monthly payment was just $ 65 — a pretty big deal, because car insurance rates in Texas are generally higher than those in Massachusetts, where he’d been living before.

A Real Adult With Real Adult Finances

Yeah, that’s you — the real adult.

And whether your plans involve grad school, a life of travel and adventure, or getting a jumpstart on your career goals, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your finances to ensure they’re going to get you where you want to go.

In the meantime, though, feel free to pop a few bottles to celebrate the last birthday people will actually get excited about.  

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Why We Like Rich Heroes Like Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen

Barry Allen: What are your superpowers again?

Bruce Wayne: I’m rich.

These two words, taken from last year’s Justice League movie delighted fans and reminded us of everything we love about wealthy heroes like Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen. They’re mysterious, powerful and, more importantly, they’re brutally real. The superhero element of these characters may be fantasy, but often they’re underlined with a morality that injects some much-needed realism into a fictional world.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous


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According to Forbes, Wayne Enterprises’ annual net income is valued at approximately $ 31 billion. The cost of maintaining Batman is approximately $ 682 million.

One of the main appeals of rich superheroes is that they’re rich. And, logically, this billionaire status affords their alter egos a lot of enviable super luxuries. Most people born into multi-billion dollar fortunes lead regular lives. They live in opulent mansions, own expensive foreign cars, and build multi-billion dollar franchises. You know, regular people stuff.

But wealthy superheroes like Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen take the dream one step further. They build Arrowcaves and drive Batmobiles. They hire efficient British butlers to run their households and superhero operations. And can we talk about the gadgets?

Wealthy superheroism, as showcased by Wayne and Queen, explores affluence in its extreme. With a moral compass and a billion dollars, rich superheroes live out the kind of conversations you might have with your friends. Their resources read like a thought experiment into what you could do with unlimited funds. The answer? Buy a lot of cool things. Naturally.

Born This Way


Batman and Martha Wayne: Flashpoint Timeline
‘I’m not the hero of this story. I’m a man who’s been corrupted by his own unbearable pain. I’m a man who has too much blood on his hands to be called good.’ – Batman (Thomas Wayne)

When it comes to the crunch, we may like rich superheroes because their gadgets are cool, but we revere them because we can relate to their struggles. Sure, none of us has ever scaled a 60ft building to stop an intelligent gorilla from taking over New York, but the problems of heroes like Wayne and Queen are more complex than the villains they face. Our protagonists are ultimately mortal beings, with weaknesses rooted in realism. Their origin stories are human: shrouded in loss, retribution, and self-realisation.

These characteristics are evident in both Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen, but they also hold true for rich superheroes as a whole. And you don’t have to look too far to find them. In one of the most literal iterations of The Dark Night: The Flashpoint Batman, millionaire Thomas Wayne is the one who takes up the mantle of Batman after his son Bruce is killed in a robbery-gone-wrong. His wife, Martha, goes mad after the loss of her son and later becomes Batman’s archenemy – The Joker. Although this origin story is by no means the darkest in the DC universe, in a twisted way, it’s perhaps the most realistic.

Strip away the gadgets and the vigilantism and Thomas Wayne’s Batman is essentially a father, grieving over the loss of his son. He feels an overwhelming sense of guilt and love that still tie him to his estranged, now insane wife. When Wayne the senior sacrifices himself and his entire universe to save his son, he acts in a way that any father would, and despite his riches, this human motivation makes him relatable.

Rich Is a Superpower


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Under the hood, Oliver Queen still lives up to the hero title.

The 2016 DC Comics series, Rebirth established Oliver Queen as an advocate for social justice. Aside from trick arrows and sewer villains, the storyline explored the obligations of the rich to the poor and voiceless. Though the series’ modern take on the character upset a lot of fans, the ‘new and improved’ version of Oliver Queen isn’t that new.

Questions of what those with power owe those without are ever-present in the superhero genre. DC has used this trope before, adopting heroes like Superman as an archetype. In the 1998 comic Superman: Peace on Earth and the 2008 movie Man of Steel, Superman struggles with what it means to be powerful and questions whether one man can ever really possess the power to change the world. Add money to this narrative, and rich superheroes start to explore a real-life parallel that counterparts like Superman can’t convey.

In their daily, non-superhero lives, the super-rich of the comic-verse are a reflection of wealthy living as it exists in the real world. We hold our rich and famous accountable for their actions, and in some ways, we expect them to represent the best of us.

In real life, our heroes often fall short of being role models, but our favourite fantasy superstars give us the kind of heroes we deserve. Their everyday heroics allow us to indulge in the reverence we expect to give real celebrities.

The Spy Who Saved Me


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The name’s Wayne, Bruce Wayne. Out of costume, Wayne leads an even more glamorous and clandestine life than his alter ego.

With the expensive gadgets, dapper suits, and double lives, the plot of most Batman stories would fit quite comfortably into a 007 novel. Part of the excitement of the superhero genre has always been the double lives our heroes often lead. But rich superheroes raise the stakes even further. There’s an allure to the secret lives of the rich that makes the men behind the mask as compelling as the heroes.

Arguably, our fascination with rich superheroes is a two-fold affair. It’s impossible to separate the characters from their money, so ‘rich’ certainly lends to the appeal. But it doesn’t end there. Ultimately, we appreciate these heroes because they’re profoundly accessible. And more like us than we often realise.

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Brain activity and structure in transgender adolescents more closely resembles the typical activation patterns of their desired gender, according to new research. The findings suggest that differences in brain function may occur early in development and that brain imaging may be a useful tool for earlier identification of transgenderism in young people.
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Have you ever wondered what your Twitter timeline would have looked like a decade ago if you were following all the same people then that you are now? Wonder no more, because Twitter’s robust search engine can make this dream a reality. All you have to do is click on this link and start scrolling down your time travel timeline.

The best part of this fun Easter egg is that it doesn’t matter if you actually had a Twitter account back in 2008. As long as you have one now and are following people who were using Twitter ten years ago, then the page will populate with tweets from the most recent day it can and then move backwards chronologically as you scroll.

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Put his tweets together and the President’s paranoia goes something like this: The deep state is out to get him with a coordinated witch hunt unlike anything this country has ever seen. He’s been cheated, bugged and now spied on as they try to bring him down. Maybe. Meanwhile, the real criminals, who he vanquished despite long odds in 2016, walk free and the Department of Justice won’t even investigate them.


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Jay Leno Is Worth $350 Million and Owns 181 Cars But Says He Still Lives Like Someone Who’s on Their Last Dime

Jay Leno got rich by being America’s class clown. The comedian has an estimated net worth of $ 350 million, largely thanks to his tenure as the host of The Tonight Show, which he left in 2014. He’s still cracking jokes, but now he does it on Jay Leno’s Garage, which started as a web series and is now in its fourth season on CNBC (airing Thursdays). It follows Leno’s one true splurge: collecting prized and pricey cars. We talked to him about the money tips he’s picked up from his auto obsession, how he started his standup career homeless, and the one thing he tells every comic who’s trying to make a buck telling jokes.

You were extremely scrappy when you started in comedy. In Leading with My Chin, you wrote about being homeless and telling jokes to police when they picked you up off the street.

[Laughs] Yeah, I did. I just got on a plane one day and went to Los Angeles. I looked in the paper for open houses, say, from noon to 4 p.m., and I would get there at 3:30, and then I would hide in the closet. The realtor would leave and lock the door, and now I had a place to stay. Sometimes I could stay in a house two to three days. I didn’t wreck anything. I did get picked up twice for vagrancy on Hollywood Boulevard. In fact, where I got my [Walk of Fame] star was where the cops picked me up. They’d put you in the back of the car, and they’d drive you around their entire shift, and then let you out in the morning.

They must’ve been used to that on Hollywood Boulevard.

I would tell the cops jokes, and most of the cops are pretty blue-collar guys. Once they realized you’re not dangerous, you’re not a crazy person… “You find a place to live yet? No? Okay, get in the back.” It was okay. They were nice guys.

How’d you become a car geek, anyway?

I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, which was a pretty rural area when I was a kid. There were always broken tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles you had to fix. I remember somebody had abandoned an old Renault in a field when we were about 11 or 12. We would drive it around the backyard. Your mom would kind of watch through the window. Of, course now they’d call child services, and the parents would be taken away. Back then, it was seen as not a bad thing—it taught you how to fix cars and get things running. I never set out to collect cars. I just bought what I liked. The general rule of car collecting is if you’re reasonably astute and you understand how things work, if you like it, chances are other people will like it, too. My three things are: It should be of technical and historical significance. It should be fun to drive. And it should be attractive to look at. If an automobile has those three qualifications, then it’s probably something that would be considered collectible.

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There’s a lot of speculation out there about your vast car collection. Exactly how many do you own?

About 181 cars, and about 160 motorcycles.

Do you have any idea what they’re all worth?

No. I know individual ones. I bought a McLaren F1 in ‘99 for $ 800,000, and the last offer I got was $ 17.5 million. They only built 64 of them.

Are there any cars you look back on and think, “I wish I hadn’t bought that”?

There’s this thing in the car world: “You didn’t pay too much, you just bought it too soon.” There are a couple there. I don’t really dwell on them too much. If you buy something that’s rare and valuable, it will always be rare and valuable.

Jay Leno with his car collection
Charlie Nucci—Corbis via Getty ImagesJay Leno in his garage with his McLaren F1

How often do you sell the cars?

I’ve never sold a car [Laughs].

Ever?

I will donate a car to charity. We’ve done that probably 10 or 15 times.

Your passion for cars is palpable. Is there anything else you don’t mind dropping serious dough on?

You know, there’s really not. It’s obviously not clothes. I’m not an experienced person. I know I’m pretty wealthy, but I live like someone who’s on their last dime. I take nothing for granted. I don’t take vacations. When you’re in show business, you get to go to vacation places. I enjoy doing philanthropy stuff. I like feeling like if I don’t work this week, I’m gonna go broke. People say, “Why do you work all the time?” I go, “What do I do on a Tuesday that’s worth this kind of money?” A job comes up, and I always feel like I was broke for so long, I never wanted to be in the position of, “Well, how much is that job? Oh no, I’m not…” It just seems so presumptuous to turn down.

You still have that hustler mentality.

Yeah, and I like being a piecemeal comic, the idea of write joke, tell joke, get check. I don’t do HBO or Netflix specials because I can make almost the same money doing a live show. Why not just do four or five live shows instead of giving something away on TV?

Jay Leno arrives in his 1909 Baker Electric car at "Revenge Of The Electric Car" Premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Jeff Vespa—WireImageJay Leno arrives in his 1909 Baker Electric car at “Revenge Of The Electric Car” Premiere held at Landmark Nuart Theatre on October 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

So no eight-figure Netflix special for you.

It doesn’t interest me. I’m not saying that to be snobby. It just doesn’t appeal to me because once your joke is on TV, it disappears forever. I always think, “Did this person just hear me say this last night?” I always know where my act is. I control it.

You came into quite a lot of money as a famous comedian. What did you learn about spending money from that?

I never spent money before I had it. I never bought anything before I could afford it. I never bought anything on time. I don’t lease vehicles. Cash is king.

You’re not risky with your income.

I work and my money relaxes—that’s the way I look at it. I live pretty frugally. I’m a huge believer in low self-esteem. The only ones with high self-esteem are actors and criminals. I’m dyslexic. My mother would say, “You’re gonna have to work twice as hard as the other kid to get the same thing,” and that always seemed like a fair tradeoff. The nice thing about being dyslexic—people tend to focus on something and then that becomes their goal. That always worked pretty well for me. I’ve always had two jobs, and I lived on one job and banked the other. All through The Tonight Show, I never touched a dime of my TV money because TV money is fleeting money. When you’re a comedian, you can always generate income. You can always stand somewhere and tell jokes and get paid for it. In college I would go to what they used to call hootenanny night and I would put $ 50 on the bar. I would say to the bartender, ”Let me go up and tell jokes. If I do good, give me my $ 50 back. If I do bad, you keep the $ 50.” Eventually you could make $ 15, $ 20 bucks a night by doing that.

What do you say when you talk to a young comedian who’s coming up and reaching for the kind of career you’ve had?

My advice is just take the job. Don’t worry about how much it pays. I’m always astounded when I meet comedians who go, “I’m not going there for that kind of money,” and I go, “Who are you? You haven’t done anything. No one knows who you are.” If you’re any good, the money will come. Pay attention to your product. If you’re not making enough money, it’s ‘cause you’re not good enough.

I spent almost a year at the Comedy Store asking to go on after Richard Pryor. No one wanted to follow Pryor because he just blew the room out. He was really the best. After that, I realized I didn’t have an hour of material. I had about 18 minutes of really funny material. I just kept throwing out everything that wasn’t funny.

 


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YouTube remix release date

Google has a complicated relationship with music streaming. On the face of it, Google Play Music is a viable streaming alternative to Spotify or Apple Music, but the service has never quite received the resources that you might expect from Google. At the same time, YouTube also has its own “music” service, which puts a more traditional music player interface on top of YouTube’s videos.

The two have never quite worked together, which is why we weren’t surprised to see a report last week that suggested Google is planning to integrate all its music ambitions into one app, to be called YouTube Remix. Now, it appears as though Google is rolling out a significant redesign to the YouTube Music app for some users, which could well be the interface for YouTube Remix.

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Falling in love when you have autism: ‘It’s like being on the same first date for 20 years’

Growing up with undiagnosed autism, Laura James had no idea how to handle love, until she met and married her neurotypical partner, Tim.

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Laura James at 25, when her autism was still undiagnosed

There are 700,000 people in the UK living on the autism spectrum, according to the National Autistic Society, but as many as 42 per cent of women with autism spend decades of their lives struggling to get a diagnosis. Here, Laura James, now 47 and author of Odd Girl Out (Bluebird, £8.99) explains how it feels to love, date and marry when you have autism without realising it.

‘I struggle to name and understand my emotions, so from early on in life, I have always split them into two categories: There are the good ones that are pink and soft. Then there are the bad ones, which are sludgy green, and feel jagged and dangerous. Love is confusing as it often comes with both these feelings.

Like many teenage girls I was obsessed with love. From 15, I was enchanted by a boy who lived a few streets away and who seemed only intermittently to notice me. He had everything I thought a boy should have: Irish roots, blue eyes and a detachment that acted like catnip to my teen self.

I would spend hours getting ready to “casually” bump into him at the coffee shop where he worked or at various gigs I knew he’d go to. We’d often go back to his parents’ house, where we lay on his bed listening to Bob Dylan. We were together but not together, almost pretending the other wasn’t there. We were friends, but it was unlike any other friendship I had. It always hovered on the edge of being more, but had it have gone any further I would have bolted.

“My undiagnosed autism had informed this seven-year crush”

It turned into a seven-year crush and, looking back, I can see it was informed by my then-undiagnosed autism. Other girls would have flirted fiercely or got bored and moved on to another boy. In retrospect, I think I liked the security of this pseudo relationship, where I could project my romantic fantasies on to someone without having to deal with the confusing mess that is the reality of many true relationships.

I (like many other women and girls with autism I have spoken to) found teenage dating and romantic entanglements difficult to fathom. We can lack social imagination and there seemed to be so many unwritten rules. If you liked someone, you were meant to pretend that you didn’t. It was all so confusing.

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Author Laura James, aged 25, when her autism remained undiagnosed

Many people with autism have intense interests and sometimes these can be focused on individuals. An autistic special interest can be all-consuming. Mine are usually relatively benign subjects, such as politics or fashion, but during the time I focused on this boy, he was literally all I could think about. If he had tried to kiss me though, I would have run a mile. Autistic girls often grow up more slowly than their neurotypical counterparts, and I simply wasn’t emotionally ready to have a relationship.

It’s often said that one of the main autistic emotions is fear and meeting someone new and knowing it could turn into a relationship is a terrifying concept for me. I would wait by the phone longing for it to ring and then, as soon as it did, I would be too scared to answer in case it was the object of my affection so I would just leave it ringing.

I felt this same sense of yearning and fear when I met my husband, Tim, ten years later. It was in rehab, a cold, bleak, scary place where I clung to the idea of him as if he were a life raft. He was suffering a vicious bout of depression. I had been admitted for a prescription drug addiction resulting from a misdiagnosis, something worryingly common for women with autism.

My husband says: “Its like being on the same first date for the past 20 years”

The stereotypes for autism are so strong and so based on the male model that medical professionals often fail to spot it in women, instead misdiagnosing them with mental health conditions such as Bipolar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. If they are unlucky enough also to have physical health issues, such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (a connective tissue disorder, often seen in autistic women), they risk being written off as hypochondriacs or, in extreme cases, told they have Munchausen syndrome. I was misdiagnosed with Hyperventilation Syndrome and prescribed tranqulisers. That is one route to addiction, another is the alcohol and drugs that some autistic women use to ease social anxiety.

There is a forced intimacy in the cocoon of a psychiatric hospital, a soothing rhythm to the day and – somewhere between group therapy and a 12 steps meeting – I fell in love. I knew the feelings were different to what other people experienced. But again I was gripped by longing and terror.

I would wait for hours in the patients’ kitchen, hoping to get a glimpse of Tim, and then feel sick with fear as soon as I saw him. I would have imaginary conversations in my head, but struggle to engage with him when he was right there in front of me. The reality simply didn’t match the experiences of the heroines in the Jilly Cooper and Marian Keyes books I voraciously devoured at the time.

Somehow it worked and we dated and eventually married, although even today ours is a different kind of relationship. Tim has said it is like “being on the same first date for the past 20 years”. It is, he explains, the strange dichotomy of my need for structure and sameness and his failure ever to quite get into my head.

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Laura James with her husband, Tim

I like to live in what Tim calls “the grey”. It’s where I feel neutral. Any extremes of emotion leave me feeling de-stabilised. Falling in love can be full of highs and lows, and early on it left me exhausted and out of sorts. I knew, though, that my relationship with Tim was worth pursuing. It was initially uncomfortable, but because we got on so well, had so many shared interests and because he was funny and clever and unlike anyone else I had ever met, we somehow just got each other. Eventually, at least.

Unaware of my autism and completely different to me in terms of personality, Tim was loud and excitable and constantly lusting after adventure. While I craved the neutral, he wanted excitement and volatility. It shouldn’t have worked as a relationship. We are opposites. He is driven by emotion and is fiery, passionate, creative. I need life to be lived at one volume. He thrives on the kind of peaks and troughs that leave me longing for a dark room.

“We are married and very happily so, but not in the traditional sense”

I once suggested going to Devon for a weekend and within 10 minutes Tim had gone from researching B&Bs in Salcombe to looking at trips to the Arctic Circle and trying to persuade me to take three weeks off work for “the trip of a lifetime”. He needs newness constantly and cannot much see the point in going to the same place twice. I love sameness and will always try to sit at the same table and order the same dish in the same restaurant.

The turning point came with a startling realisation: we don’t argue. Ever. Early on in our marriage I was terrified of any sign of anger on his part. Even mild irritation left me quaking. I would shut down and not respond. In the end, we found a way to be and we haven’t had a cross word for more than a decade.

Years ago, Tim would snap over something small and I would retreat upstairs and not come down until I knew he had either gone out or had calmed down. I simply didn’t engage. Now he no longer even considers getting cross; he knows nothing will come of it. Problems are discussed calmly and solutions negotiated. Anything else seems bizarre to me. Why would anyone want to scream and shout at the person they love?

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Happily ever after: Laura James today

We are married and very happily so, but not in the traditional sense. We rarely go out with other couples. Instead, we spend time at home, together but separate. He makes music while I immerse myself in whatever special interest is enchanting my brain at any given time. I make no demands on him and bristle when he presses me to do something. But it works. There is a kindness in our relationship that is rare and precious.

A few weeks ago, we went shopping together for a sofa for our new house. Overwhelmed by the sensory overload of John Lewis on a busy Saturday afternoon, I turned to Tim and said, “please make it stop”. He knew what I meant. “I know,” he joked, “it’s awful – it’s just like being married.”

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Kanye West Says 400 Years of Slavery ‘Sounds Like a Choice’

(LOS ANGELES) — Before the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a “choice” in an interview Tuesday.

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice,” West said on “TMZ Live” after questions on his pro-President Donald Trump posts and pictures that caused a dust-up last week. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”

“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked the TMZ employees in the room.

“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ’s Van Lathan quickly cracked back at West, as many would in the ensuing hours.

Lathan said while West gets to live the elite artist’s life, “the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was our choice.”

Symone D. Sanders, political commentator and CNN contributor, led the anti-West chorus on Twitter.

“Kanye is a dangerous caricature of a ‘free-thinking’ black person in America,” Sanders tweeted. “Frankly, I am disgusted and I’m over it. Also (I can’t believe I have to say this): Slavery was far from a choice.”

Others put it more briefly.

“Slavery wasn’t a choice,” Russ Bengtson tweeted, “but listening to Kanye is.”

West also told TMZ that he became addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he had liposuction surgery in 2016. He was hospitalized for a week and had to cut short his “Pablo” tour. West said the painkillers drove him to a “breakdown,” which became a “breakthrough” when he found himself again.

West also doubled down on his love of the president, which Trump has been returning in tweets.

“I just love Trump,” West said, adding that most in hip-hop agreed with him before Trump became president. “Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”


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How to Speak Like a Gentleman

We should learn to speak as soon as we learn to talk. I hope the reader forgive me for the wordplay, but more often than not, we find out that our friends and colleagues do not listen to themselves – and if they did, they’d be appalled! We hope this Gentleman’s Gazette article helps you to remember some guidelines for a proper gentleman’s speech, which, we are sure, you did learn before.

Jonathan Swift’s Polite Conversation

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A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation

A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation

One of the Gulliver’s Travels author last works, A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation (published in 1738), assembles a list of mortal sins against the art of conversation, which remain valid these days. I’ll list them and make some comments.

Lack of attention of the listener

Stow that smartphone away!

Stow that smartphone away!

More common than we may think, this peccadillo is rude to the speaker and is equivalent to say, “what is on my mind is more important than what you are saying.” If you are talking to someone, forget the screen – of your phone, tablet, computer, whatever – and look at the interlocutor.

In the book The Active Listener, the author – Rodrigo Crespo – says that “active listening requires a considerable amount of effort to enable us to concentrate on the verbal communication and body language of our interlocutor.” No matter how unattractive the subject or how monotonous the rhythm of the speaker, pull up your focus and show you are interested.

Interrupting the speaker or talking at the same time

Talking at the same time

Talking at the same time

Yes, I know: everybody is in a hurry these days. But in a conversation, interruptions suggest that you have something more important to say than your interlocutor, an attitude inexcusable for a gentleman. Wait until the speaker finishes the argument and then talk. Try to control your anxiety.

Take notes of points you'll discuss later

Take notes of points you’ll discuss later

If you are on a business or office meeting, take a notepad along and make notes of points you wish to make regarding what is being said; when the occasion arises, express your own position about the subject.

Showing off one’s wit or culture

 Nobody knows everything

Nobody knows everything

An uncalled-for exhibition of erudition and unbecoming a gentleman. If you are among friends, they know you know certain subjects well, and so you don’t need to show off.

Or you may have a limited or “almanac” knowledge about a subject and, unknowingly, you have an expert on the same subject at the table. If you start to talk about that theme as if you were a Nobel Prize winner on it, the expert may cut you down to size and you will not feel good.

Milton Berle

Milton Berle

A good example that comes to mind concerns Milton Berle, who loved Cuban cigars. He was buying H. Upmann cigars at Saks Fifth Avenue just before the Cuban Embargo. He told this story to Cigar Aficionado:

“When I went into Saks and asked if they had any Upmanns, the salesman said he had a few left. I told him to trot them out, as I’d like to sample one. Which I did. But after a couple of puffs, I pronounced, ‘this is not an Upmann.’ The salesman, a very polite young man, insisted that it was. ‘Well, it doesn’t taste like an Upmann,’ I told him. Now there was a guy with a little mustache sitting on a couch nearby. He interrupted me and said, ‘that’s an Upmann.’ Well, I got testy and cracked, ‘who asked you? I’m buying cigars, and I’m an expert on Upmanns. And I can tell you this is not an Upmann. I don’t know what it is, but this is not an Upmann.’ The guy on the couch said, ‘but I can tell you it is an Upmann.’ Finally, I turned to him and yelled, ‘will you shut up? I’ve had enough of you. Who the hell are you, anyway?’ And he turned to me with a straight face and said, ‘my name is Upmann. H. Upmann. And my father started the Upmann Cigar Company.’ I was never so embarrassed in my life. I felt like crawling out of the place.”

And if you are among acquaintances or colleagues, just let them know – shall it be the case – that you know a thing or two about the subject in question and that you will be glad to deepen it. Try to assess the depth of the conversation and do not force the tone up or down if not needed.

Egoism

A conversation monopolizer

A conversation monopolizer

Needless to say, a good conversation is a two-way street. Do not try to monopolize the subject, and even more so, do not make yourself the main (or sole!) theme of the talk. Even if your professional or personal accomplishments are notable, everyone has nice, sometimes fascinating, stories to tell.

Trying to dominate the conversation or its subject

It seems that everybody is out to be a “leader“, even in conversations. A gentleman convinces the interlocutor with arguments and elegance; he does not raise the volume of his voice to force a point: it is annoying, not elegant. As Glenn O’Brien says in How to Be a Man,

“How often have we encountered a fellow with an “outdoor voice” and wished he had a volume-control knob? Talking too loudly is a basic offense, like standing too closely: it violates the physical conventions of human interaction. Of course, the loud talker is probably unaware of his offense, and it may actually result from his being hard of hearing, but as often as not it results from a bombastic temperament given to boast and bluster.”

Pedantry

The pedant, always ready to criticize someone

The pedant, always ready to criticize someone

Akin to exhibitionism, pedant is the individual with “a slavish attention to rules, details, etc.”, according to The Free Dictionary; the Oxford dictionary goes the same way, saying it is “an excessive concern with minor details and rules.” It may be a teacher’s or professor’s habit to correct the students, but if you are not in a classroom, control the impulse. In a professional setting, do not correct your colleagues in front of others, even if you are hierarchically above them. Ask for a private meeting and say something like, “I believe you may be mistaken as to (this or that). Please, check the (numbers or facts) again.”

Lack of continuity in the conversation

Turn off the phone during a conversation

Turn off the phone during a conversation

Some people interrupt a given line of thought in a conversation to talk about something that “has just occurred to me” or to smoke a cigarette outside. This attitude is a conversation killer, to be avoided at all costs.

A permanent jocosity

Don't be the office clown

Don’t be the office clown

Our world is certainly less formal and more democratic than our grandparent’s, but that does not mean you are free to make jokes about everything being said. Over time, this behavior will make you known as “the club (or office, or college) clown”, and you will have a hard time trying to be taken seriously – even when you are dead serious.

A contradiction spirit

A permanent questioning generates stress

A permanent questioning generates stress

Some people think that a constant questioning is an evidence of intelligence and wit, but nothing could be further from the truth: it just begets a tense and heavy climate. There is nothing wrong in questioning something every now and then, and you may even insist a little. More than this, only among close friends; otherwise, you will be inconvenient.

Exposing an argument in a frenzied way

The risks of speed-talking

The risks of speed-talking

You damage your case, to use a legal jargon. Breathe deeply, organize your thoughts, then speak.

By the way, don’t talk too much, in a non-stop way. There is a saying in sales that apply to many social and professional situations: “shut up after the sale”. Once someone has agreed to something, stop talking. The more you say, the more opportunities they have to change their minds.

Bringing in personal subjects in detriment of general ones

The interests of the many

The interests of the many

Paraphrasing Mr. Spock’s famous quote, “The interests of the many outweigh the interests of the few.” Your recent surgery, the cute tricks of your dog, pictures of your daughter making saliva bubbles are themes not too worthy of attention from your party at a restaurant or from your friends at their place. Try to keep the conversation around general interest themes.

Talking about this, some say that the British liked to wear a tuxedo in social situations because this garment is unbefitting with “business talk”. Thus, gentlemen would feel free to talk about more pleasant subjects, such as horses and women – which, as everybody knows, are the national preferences, in that order…

Avoid dead-end answers

Use these (simple “yes” or “no” answers) only if you are trying to shut down a conversation. Otherwise, elaborate your answers in a way that keeps the exchange going.

Themes to avoid

Since everybody today lives under a certain stress, it is wise to avoid heavy, destructive, negative or unpleasant subjects: diseases, bankruptcy, neighborhood violence, etc. (In Brazil, they say that one should not talk about religion, politics or soccer, but the last two are almost the sole conversation subjects… It seems that we just can’t help it!)

Don't be the spoilsport

Don’t be the spoilsport

Also, avoid being the spoilsport. Yes, some people smoke, some are fond of a good spirit, some are keen on a juicy steak – things that bring (or at least seem to bring) pleasure. If you managed to quit tobacco or became a vegetarian, good for you. But don’t turn your victory into somebody else’s gloom!

On jokes

Bad jokes

Bad jokes

There was a time when it was normal for one to tell sexist or racist jokes among friends. Times have changed and many people are aware of the impropriety of those jokes. Do not tell them and do not encourage friends or colleagues who tell them; if someone asks why you are not laughing, just say it is not your kind of humor. It is about time we change things for the better.

Also, avoid gross, pornographic or tasteless jokes. Try to imagine your teenage daughter (or a friend’s) around your group: would you still tell this or that joke to the group? A gentleman should have good taste in every circumstance; there is no such thing as a part-time gentleman.

Finally, avoid the “joke competition”, as in “that is funny, but wait until you guys listen to this one”.

On slang and jargon

Slang dates you

Slang dates you

Slang is a set of expressions that identify a certain age group. And if you begin to use certain slang expressions, the older members of your group will resent the fact that they are “outsiders” for not knowing what you are talking about. Inversely, if you are older, using the slang of your own youth will instantly “date” you, with undesirable consequences. Besides, slang limits your vocabulary.

 Crutch words, a bad habit

Crutch words, a bad habit

Another bad speech habit is the use of “filler” words or sounds. According to an article by dictionary.com, “crutch words slip into sentences in order to give the speaker more time to think or to emphasize a statement. Over time, they become unconscious verbal tics. Most often, crutch words do not add meaning to a statement.” So, when you are elaborating your reasoning and suddenly you miss the best word, make a short pause instead of using an “um”, “you know”, “like”, etc. But make it too long and you will sound like Colin Firth in The King’s Speech!

Foreign languages

Eça de Queiroz

Eça de Queiroz

Eça de Queiroz was one of the greatest Portuguese writers, and in one of his books, he exhorts us to speak badly – as a noble patriot should – any foreign language. As romantic as that notion may sound, we live in a global society. You may have friends or business associates in other countries and it is a nice touch to study and memorize at least one or two phrases to use with them: it is a sign of attention and respect.

The best example may be the French, who are known – with a certain degree of truth – for being zealous of their language, treating with condescendence English speakers, for instance. So, instead of waiting for a bad attitude from the French the next time you visit Paris, memorize some phrases or expressions for your daily needs (bonjour, bon soir, merci, s’il vous plaît, etc.) and the Golden Key: désolé, mon Français est nul, est-ce que vous parlez Anglais? (sorry, my French is bad, do you speak English?) Check the pronounce with Google Translator.

Conclusion

Perhaps you were not the valedictorian of your class, but that does not exempt you from knowing the main tips for a good communication with people around you, in any situation.

 Practice your expressions

Practice your expressions

Practice before a mirror to check your body language and see if your words and your body convey the same message. And never be afraid of saying, “I don’t know”. Nobody knows everything – but you may always check with Google and return with an answer…


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Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin Can’t Replace the Dollar, Says New York Fed Chief Nominee

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey predicted that Bitcoin will eclipse all the world’s currencies in around 10 years .

But the man nominated to be head of the New York Federal Reserve disagrees. In a speech Friday, the current San Francisco Fed President John Williams laid out a case for why cryptocurrencies, the most prominent of which is Bitcoin, cannot replace paper money.

Like others who question Bitcoin’s usefulness as a currency, Williams noted that cryptocurrencies are volatile, making it difficult to pay the correct price for an item. Secondly, while the world’s central banks try to stabilize the economy at times by either increasing or decreasing the amount of cash circulating, Bitcoin has a fixed supply: 20 million.

“Cryptocurrency doesn’t pass the basic test of what a currency should be,” he said, as reported by CNBC.

Still, some entrepreneurs are hoping to address the shortcomings of using cryptocurrency. Most recently, a project seeking to keep the price of a cryptocurrency at $ 1, dubbed Basis, raised $ 133 million in venture capital funding. Its creator, Nader Al-Naji, added that he was uncomfortable spending Bitcoin, because he thought it could rocket up to a much higher value.

The price of Bitcoin is up about 7% today to $ 8,800 after peaking around $ 20,000 in December.

That’s not to say all cryptocurrency proponents feel the same. Twitter CEO Dorsey has said he personally thinks Bitcoin will be used as a currency.

“The world ultimately will have a single currency, the Internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be Bitcoin,” Dorsey told the The Times of London in March.

That comes as critics and proponents alike debate over the status of cryptocurrency and how to regulate it–even as it grows harder to wrap all digital assets into one category. Cryptocurrency has undergone an explosion in recent years, with entrepreneurs creating cryptocurrencies to raise funds or even just for fun. So while they are considered commodities by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, many are also thought to be securities that grant their owners a share of an underlying company or project.

 

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Italy’s new parliament is now the most diverse it has ever been. It has more women. It is younger and for the first time ever, it will have a black face occupying one of its seats in its parliament. Nigerian-born Tony Iwobi made waves around the world last month after his electoral triumph made him the country’s first ever black senator.

“After more than 25 years of fighting as part of the League’s big family, I’m about to start another great adventure. I’m ready, friends,” Iwobi wrote, going on to thank his party leader Matteo Salvini and his other fellow party members.

There’s just one issue: the new black immigrant senator’s election promise was to stop “the invasion of immigrants” in Italy.

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Iwobi is a member of the far-right League, formerly the Northern League, whose regional policy “was succession from the rest of Italy.” According to the Local, the party has threatened to take Italy out of the euro and the European Union. Its leadership thinks Islam is incompatible with Italian values. It fiercely opposes immigration and has promised to expel thousands of illegal migrants in Italy.

In February, one of its far-right supporters shot and injured six immigrants of African descent in an attack that was deemed racially motivated. Yahoo News even went as far as to describe Iwobi as “the black face to Italy’s far-right” movement.

Iwobi, who moved to Italy on a student visa in 1976 was born to a Roman Catholic family of 11 in Gusau, Nigeria, in 1955. He worked several odd jobs like plumbing, garbage collector, and in construction while earning a degree in accounting and computer science. He now runs an IT security and services company in Spirano, where he has lived for the majority of his 42 years in the country.

HIS TOUGH STANCE ON IMMIGRATION:

Just days after his election victory, one of Italy’s famous black footballer blasted the 63-year old on social media for his stance on immigration.

“Maybe I’m blind or maybe they haven’t told him that he’s black yet. Disgrace!” Mario Balotelli wrote of Iwobi on Instagram.

Balotelli, who is now 27 years old, was born in Palermo, Sicily, to Ghanaian immigrants and was given to foster parents at the age of two. Because his foster family didn’t officially adopt him, Balotelli had to wait till he was 18 years old to be granted Italian citizenship.

”It’s an absurd law which needs to be changed. He was born and raised in Italy but had to suffer the humiliation and hardships of being considered a foreigner,” said Silvia Balotelli, his foster mother said.

Reforms proposed in the Senate in December to make the process easier was vehemently opposed by Iwobi.

“Why should the children of foreigners become Italian just like that? It’s not right,” Iwobi was quoted in Il Giornale, Italy’s right-wing newspaper.

Jean-Léonard Touadi, a Congolese-born journalist and politician with Italy’s center-to-left Democratic Party said Iwobi suffers from “Stockholm’s Syndrome”

“He acts as a mouthpiece for the anti-African proclamations of his own jailers,” Touadi said.

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A gay man, a gender-fluid person, and a straight guy walk into a gender-neutral clothing store to try on some clothes.

While this may sound like the beginning of a bad millennial joke, this actually took place when I and two others headed to The Phluid Project, the world’s first gender-free clothing store that opened in downtown Manhattan in March.

The Phluid Project was founded by Rob Smith, a fashion industry expert who worked for almost 30 years for brands such as Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s, and Nike. Inspired by his travels and studies of different cultures after spending a year on a “journey of self-discovery” in 2017, Smith came back to the United States and opened the store.

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‘His Royal Highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received’

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The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to hospital earlier this month, with the royal family releasing a statement to break the news, explaining that the 96-year-old royal was undergoing surgery.

‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow,’ read a statement from Buckingham Palace. ‘Further updates will be issued when appropriate.’

After over a week in King Edward VII’s hospital, Prince Philip was discharged today, waving to the crowds as he was driven away in a Land Rover.

‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh left King Edward VII’s Hospital at midday today, following a hip replacement operation last week,’ announced Buckingham Palace in a statement. ‘The Duke will continue his recovery at Windsor.’

The statement continued: ‘His Royal Highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received.’

This is good news for royal fans who were worried that the Duke would not be able to make it to his grandson Prince Harry‘s wedding next month.

Luckily, it looks like Prince Philip will be there in high spirits, recovering in the very wedding venue – Windsor Castle – and expected to use a walking stick or crutches for the royal wedding.

We hope he’s feeling better for the big day!

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In the wake of The Simpsons‘ attempt to address the stereotyping controversy surrounding Apu, one man’s story of growing up with a father similar to the character is going viral.

After Sunday’s episode of the animated comedy included a scene in which Marge and Lisa discussed political correctness in 2018 before the camera panned to a photo of Apu with the words, “Don’t have a cow,” written on it, the show was criticized by some who saw the response as dismissive.

The problematic nature of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon — an Indian immigrant who is the proprietor of the fictional town of Springfield’s local Kwik-E-Mart — was cast into the spotlight following the November release of comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary, The Problem With Apu.

Now, Twitter user Amar Shah is making waves with his own personal story of being raised by a father who owned a convenience store. “Everybody has an opinion about Apu, but did they ever talk to someone who owned a convenience store or gas station or work in one or grow up in one? You know, like my dad and I?” Shah tweeted on Monday.

Kondabolu later noted that he and his team had, in fact, interviewed Indian small business owners for the documentary, but the footage didn’t make the final cut.

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#Boyswear: How to Get Boys to Dress and Act like Gentlemen

We all know how the #menswear movement has taken the internet (and the world) by storm. More men than ever in recent years are upholding and promoting a classic style. But what about the next generation of little men–our young sons, grandsons, and nephews? How do we inspire them to have an interest in dressing well? What clothing should they wear and how do we outfit them?

A Brief History of Clothing for Boys

In Europe from the beginning of the Early Modern period (the 1500s) even up to the early twentieth century, young boys wore the equivalent of a dress up until the age of seven or so, when they would be initiated into wearing pants. This was referred to as a breeching, which was marked by a ceremony as an important moment in a boy’s development. Wearing breeches often coincided with the “age of reason,” when children were thought to be able to understand the consequences of their actions though it could be done as early as age four. Putting boys in dress-like clothes before this, which often makes it difficult to distinguish male and female children in paintings, was a practical consideration that made toilet training easier and facilitated clothing alterations as the child grew. From an ideological perspective, unisex clothes showed that children were innocent and pre-sexual.

Until last century, boys wore dress-like garments in their early years. Pink was also a color associated for a long time with male children.

Until last century, boys wore dress-like garments in their early years. Pink was also a color associated for a long time with male children.

In English-speaking countries, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, boys usually wore short pants in childhood and would only graduate to trousers when they hit puberty. Even today the association remains; adult men wearing shorts outside a beach setting are often labeled as juvenile by those who uphold the traditional rules of dress. Long pants marked a true transition to manhood. When boys were breeched, they were also expected to conform to the norms of masculine dress of the time period when they were in public–for example, they had to keep their jackets on–and they had little choice in what they could wear. However, being children, they generally had more freedom than men in how closely they were required to follow the rules of dress. Nowadays, the freedom boys have to wear what they want has definitely increased, and, since the rise of casual wear, many adults would consider putting a boy in the equivalent of a suit on a regular basis a form of cruelty and confinement.

Three generations of British princes in traditional shorts

Three generations of British princes in traditional shorts

 

Getting Started: Expand their Wardrobe

Given that boys were not held to the same standards as men even during a time of strict dress codes, we should also be flexible in dressing them today. Though we may be obsessed with traditional style and may refuse to go without a sport coat even in the dog days of summer, we can’t insist that our sons and grandsons do the same. Essentially, you want to sow the seeds of good taste where clothing is concerned and try to get your kids to dress well at least some of the time. Take it slow and start with small changes if you need to.  In traditional households, mothers are the ones who choose and buy clothing for the children, so this is your chance to provide input as a gentleman of style.  You might start by building a wardrobe that includes shirts with buttons and proper collars, flat caps, cardigans, and leather shoes, for example, instead of (or in addition to) the usual jeans, sneakers, baseball caps and hoodies with dinosaurs on them. Smart casual is a safe target as well, and tracking the styles of the photogenic Prince George of Cambridge wears is one way to get ideas.

Expand a boys' wardrobe beyond the typical t-shirts and jeans.

Expand a boys’ wardrobe beyond the typical t-shirts and jeans.

9 Ways to Get Boys to Like Dressing Up

Even if you diversify a boy’s wardrobe, it’s useless without building a foundation of knowledge and interest. For many boys, their first exposure to tailored clothes–a blazer and dress pants or a suit–is as a school uniform. Otherwise, it’s at a special occasion like a wedding or funeral or at a weekly religious service. In one case, they’re forced to dress up and wear essentially the same thing each time, and in the other, they get the sense that dressing up only happens occasionally. So, the first hurdle is convincing boys to enjoy being more dressed up outside of these situations. This is not unlike convincing grown men that tailoring isn’t only for the office, but it’s better to start early! Here are nine techniques and tips to create a lifelong interest in being a gentleman.

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Your style will have an effect on the children around you

1. Be a Style Role Model Yourself

First, simply by enjoying and wearing classic menswear yourself, you can serve as a role model for the young men in your life, at least until they become rebellious teenagers. Boys want to be like their dads or adult men they know. If dad is well dressed, a boy will be more inclined to emulate than if dad also hates to wear a suit to work. I remember vividly a math teacher I had in junior high or intermediate school who wore an array of three-piece suits when he taught a class. He was of Italian descent if that had anything to do with it. I also recall how meticulously he styled his hair and beard. I may not remember how to do trigonometry anymore, but I remember him decades later as a style role model.

Frank Galluci acting as a style role model at Pitti Uomo.

Frank Galluci acting as a style role model at Pitti Uomo.

2. Get them Clothes that Fit Well

When kids talk about their school uniforms they usually express how they dislike them, but the reasons are that they’re uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Getting clothes that fit well, whether a uniform or outside of school, is paramount to remove the dislike of dressing up. The advice is the same for men buying a suit–if it fits well, it creates a sense of enjoyment and confidence. If boys are made to wear a jacket that is too big or pants that puddle around their shoes from being too long, they’ll hate being dressed up. The fit doesn’t have to be as perfect as it does for the connoisseur of men’s style, just good, and having some tailoring done is a modest financial investment in shaping a boy’s positive attitude to structured clothing.

School uniforms that are too large.

School uniforms that are too large.

3. Dress Boys to Suit Their Age

Though they may have only been in the world for a few years, the maxim of always dressing your age applies to boys too. You don’t want to put a boy in chalk stripes or somber colors, for example. Instead. go with brighter hues of blue and choose accessories with fun patterns like geometrically printed ties; these still have a sense of childhood about them. Kids will intuitively know when what they’re wearing is or isn’t appropriate to their youth.

Emmett wearing a bright blue jacket and tie with a geometric print that is appropriate to his age.

Emmett wearing a bright blue jacket and tie with a geometric print that is appropriate to his age.

4. Dress Them Like You

Dads who are outgoing can also opt to do a “mini-me” sort of thing, dressing their sons in a similar or matching outfit to theirs. If you wear a tobacco linen suit, a tie, and a Panama hat, your son could wear a vest and pants in a similar color or fabric. This gets a lot of attention and will definitely be seen as cute, so it works well at special events (including Pitti Uomo!) but not every day. Many kids like attention as much as your typical Pitti Peacock, so they may be game to getting a taste of tailoring. Boys are proud and will smile widely if they are complimented their clothes. If your pockets are lined with gold, you can certainly go full matching bespoke for both of you, but you can easily coordinate on a budget as well.

Big and mini versions of @burezaonline attending Pitti Uomo.

Big and mini versions of @burezaonline attending Pitti Uomo.

5. Get Them Interesting Books and Resources on Classic Men’s Style

Beyond just being you, introduce the boys in your family to some books on menswear. Many of us can remember looking through printed works when we were growing up, like the DK Eyewitness Books or the World Book encyclopedia, that combined information with pictures. Many coffee table books of interest to gentlemen or books specifically on men’s style do this. Let your young man look at a copy of Bruce Boyer or peruse The Italian Gentleman. If not books, direct a boy you know to the abundant videos and articles on The Gentleman’s Gazette. If anything, by osmosis they’ll absorb what good style looks like, but it is equally likely you can instill some memories and develop interest.

6. Take Small Steps and Compromise

You can educate a young man about classic style and basics like how to pair blue and gray. Give them sartorial fundamentals, including color combinations, but always let them take things at their own pace. Maybe they’ll show you one morning that they can pick out clothes to suit the occasion. Maybe they’ll want to wear a tie to the movies. Count these as little victories based on the foundation you’ve laid.

Similarly, you likely will want to compromise where kids are concerned even if you wouldn’t for yourself. Even if you would never wear wrinkle-free shirts because of their sheen, you might still buy them for a boy since they look better on an active child than a shirt that needs to be pressed carefully and worn with care. You know not to buy suits made of synthetic materials, but for the sake of budget, you don’t need to lose sleep buying a well-fitting polyester suit for a child who will outgrow it within a year.

7. Participate in Gentlemanly Activities Together

Establish the interest early not only with books but with hands-on activities. These also create bonding opportunities, activities you can do together, which are ever more important in an era where young people sit alone in front of screens during their free time. Knowledge transmission is also important. Throughout history, men have taught the next generation of boys how to be gentlemen, including the art of dressing and grooming. David Coggins’ book Men and Style contains several sections of interviews and testimonials from well-dressed men of today talking about their early years and the memories they had of the way their fathers and grandfathers dressed. Nowadays we read comments online from so many young adults in their twenties who don’t know the basics because they were never taught. Sites and online resources like The Gentleman’s Gazette have acted in loco patris to help transmit this knowledge, but if you can teach the next generation directly, firsthand, so much the better. When I was growing up, my grandfather had an awesome shoeshine kit with Kiwi wax polishes, horsehair brushes, buffing clothes and more. I would watch how he polished his shoes and eventually did it for him. To this day, I enjoy the ritual of shoe care, and I can do it well.

Starting young is the key. The accouterments of menswear can be fascinating to a boy who wants to learn, who is eager to be like a grown-up man. Teaching the art of shaving is usually spoken about as the defining father-son moment, but skills such as tying a necktie with a proper dimple, tying a bow tie, or tying their shoes the right way are all excellent opportunities.

8. Let Them Choose

As mentioned at the start of the article, kids today have unprecedented choice compared to their forebears. Sometimes they will choose wrongly, like wanting to wear sneakers and a suit, a skinny tie, or a Merovingian knot that makes you want to cringe. Part of their self-development and individualization involves the process of personal discovery. You can make suggestions and direct them, but let them experiment. Nothing kills enthusiasm and ruins learning more than disapproval. As adults, we’re still learning every day about how to improve our style, and our mistakes find their way onto eBay; kids should have even more margin for error. Even if you need to settle for the long game, and it takes them until they’re 30, they’ll eventually realize the importance of the style lessons you taught them.

Let kids experiment with personal style without harsh judgment even if they want to wear sneakers with a suit.

Let kids experiment with personal style without harsh judgment even if they want to wear sneakers with a suit.

9. Teach the True Meaning of Being a Gentleman Today

As part of inspiring youth, I would urge all men to act as teachers and role models for the boys in their lives, not just in terms of style but in all aspects of what makes a gentleman. This means things like etiquette and table manners, how to accept a compliment, and respect for others, particularly the opposite sex, which the #MeToo movement has shown to be sadly lacking in many men. These lessons can bear fruit immediately when other boys are running amok and screaming at a wedding or farting in a restaurant while your young man is well behaved. They also obviously have a long-term impact on their adult lives.

6 Obstacles to Dressing Boys Well

We’ve already mentioned the negative association boys may have when wearing tailored clothing, especially as a school uniform. Beyond this, there are a number of other challenges that you may face as you try to get a young man to dress well.

1. Outgrowing Clothes (and Your Budget)

First, the fact that kids grow, and often rapidly, makes dressing them well potentially expensive, unless you’re Kanye West, who notoriously puts his kids in thousands of dollars worth of Balenciaga. The solution, as with anyone who wants to pursue style on a budget, is thrifting. For a tip, you may want to check out thrift stores in upscale neighborhoods or those that specialize in finer wares. As mentioned earlier, you can also settle on cheaper department store brands provided they fit well and are examples of good taste; they will damage or outgrow stuff anyway.

2. Kids Get Messy Quickly

Boys get dirty and aren’t particularly careful about maintaining their clothes in an orderly way. As adults, we may carefully avoid sitting on a dirty bench when wearing light grey wool trousers and tuck in our shirts if they become untucked, but we can’t always expect a boy to show the same self-awareness. Teach him how to take care of his clothes, but get washable or stain resistant garments and favor dark over light colors nonetheless. Again, children shouldn’t be confined by what they wear, so it’s not worth getting fastidious about keeping them clean. Besides, when boys are indifferent to maintaining perfection, you can chalk this up to a kind of natural sprezzatura. If they forget to button the collar on an OCBD or purposely open up their sleeve buttons, they are unselfconsciously achieving something a lot of the #menswear crowd are aiming for!

3. Society Trends Are Against You

Living in a casual society certainly doesn’t help with the resistance boys may feel about dressing well. Nearly everyone around them is dressed with little attention to polished presentation. Moreover, many adults and the popular media enforce the idea that wearing ties and suits is uncomfortable, or merely a way corporations create conformity and turn men into office drones. The lapse of etiquette in contemporary society also means you’re paddling upstream when trying to teach gentlemanly behavior to a young man. These are major challenges you have to overcome. However, by simply modeling your own comportment and showing that there is another side of being well dressed, you can counter the current state of affairs.

4. Kids Are Trendy

Another challenge to properly outfitting boys is that kids tend to be trend chasers; they are conditioned at an early age by advertising to prefer the latest fashion over clothes with a timeless appeal, an attitude that is only fed by their peers and what celebrity kids are wearing on Instagram. The solution, once more, is to furnish the fundamentals on style that transcends fads and take what you can get.

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