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Tonya Peters’ husband, Miles Rugh, was skeptical.

She wanted to list their Virginia Village basement apartment in Denver, Colorado, on Airbnb, but he wasn’t keen on welcoming strangers into their space.

Finally, he agreed to give it a try. It’s been three years, and the couple has hosted too many guests to count.

“It’s fun, and it’s nice to earn money and give people a positive experience,” says Peters, now an Airbnb Superhost. “I find it to be a win-win situation.”

Even better: Denver is Airbnb friendly. What does that mean? In 2016, the City of Denver passed regulations welcoming home sharing.

So if you’re interested in giving this whole Airbnb hosting thing a try in Denver, we’ll walk you through the sign-up process and offer some pro tips, courtesy of Peters.

How to Create the Best Airbnb Listing in Denver

Before becoming an Airbnb host, you’ll want to check your local laws and prepare your space for guests. (We’ll get into that later.) Creating a listing itself is simple, but you’ll want to put some thought into it, so your space stands out from all the other Mile-High listings.

Answer Some Quick Questions About Your Space/Amenities

In this first part of setting up your listing, you’ll answer some basic questions about your space. In Denver, hosts can only list their primary residence, so you’ll provide details about things like the number of guests your space can accommodate and the included amenities.

Set the Scene With Photos

When it comes to photos, include a good variety of wide shots and close-ups. This will give interested guests a good idea of the overall space, but also point out important details from the listing.

“Some people are very visual and won’t read the listing description,” Peters says. “I make fun of the close-up coffee pot pictures, but in reality, someone might be really excited about that Keurig, because they know they’re going to have coffee.”

She offers another example: A photo of the keypad entry. “Then people know they can let themselves in any time,” Peters says. “That’s important for people.”

Think about what makes your listing appealing. Maybe it’s only a $ 20 Uber from Red Rocks, or it’s close to the light rail. It might be within walking distance of a King Soopers or Sprouts. Use photos to convey these selling points.

Oh, and that washer and dryer? It probably isn’t the prettiest sight, but if someone’s looking to stay in Denver for a week, it could be a major selling point — especially if they’re planning to do a lot of hiking.

Bottom line: Showcase your space, its amenities and its location in the photos. In a world full of people who scan, you can’t count on folks reading your description.

Write a Description

All right. Now that you’ve hooked your potential guests with your photos, it’s time to give them more details in the description.

Here, you should highlight everything that makes your space unique and sellable. When starting out, Peters did a little market research by browsing similar listings in her area. She looked at each one from a guests’ point of view, like she was looking for a place to stay while out of town.

She concluded: “I don’t like novels written or when people don’t separate out paragraphs. I want it easy to read, and I want to invite people to ask for more information.”

In Peters’ listing, she starts by concisely describing the space and its location. It’s steps from the light rail and tucked between downtown and the Denver Tech Center, two hotspots.

She even calls out the type of guest her space tends to best suit: “Best for low-key couples, biz travelers, DU visitors, tourists, cannabis consumers, LGBTQ folks, honeymooners and Red Rocks concert goers.”

The listing launches into more specifics, but no paragraph runs longer than two to three sentences.

Bottom line: Think about what you look for as a guest when you’re traveling, then highlight these features and amenities in short and concise paragraphs.

Name Your Listing

Now this is the fun (but sometimes tricky part): Giving your listing a name. Besides your featured image, this is what potential guests will see when thumbing through Airbnb options, so it should call out both an appealing feature and also give it a bit of character.

For example, Peters named her space the “Retro Pad by DU in Virginia Village.” That’s because her space is full of relics from her childhood and her grandmother’s house: an orange crushed velvet chair, a macramé lamp, her grandmother’s afghans, a starburst clock… The name totally fits.

Because it stands out from the crowd, it helps make her listing more memorable to guests — and potential guests. “I think naming it gives people more attachment to it,” Peters says. “They’ll say, ‘We loved staying at the Retro Pad!’”

Bottom line: Give your listing a name that calls out its best features and also differentiates it from other listings. Bonus points if you give it a unique personality of its own.

Set House Rules

Airbnb has a set list of rules you can opt into if you’d like them included in your listing. A few of these include: suitable for pets, smoking allowed, and events or parties allowed. You also have the option to write in additional rules.

Try not to set too many rules; it could turn guests off. One area you’ll want to be clear with (because we’re talking Denver, after all) is your stance on smoking.

Peters decided to make her space 420-friendly, but she sets boundaries. She installed a charcoal-filter fan and asks that guests who do smoke use the fan. She also welcomes them to use the shared back porch. One rule hard no? No butane extractors, because they pose a safety issue with the water heater.

“We keep little signs around the apartment as reminders,” she says. “We haven’t had negative experiences around it; we’re pretty flexible people.”

Bottom line: When it comes to setting rules, don’t set too many. Pick and choose your battles. Those rules you do set, leave little reminders around your space to help your guests follow along.

Set up Your Calendar

Taking time to set up your calendar is important, because if you cancel on your guests, Airbnb will charge you a penalty fee.

A few questions you’ll answer include:

  • How often do you want to have guests?
  • How much notice do you need before a guest arrives?
  • When can guests check in?
  • How far in advance can guests book?
  • How long can guests stay?

You can always change these settings as you go, so don’t feel like you’re locked into anything.

Peters has found that most people don’t plan more than three months in advance. In fact, she gets a ton of reservations one-and-a-half to two months ahead of time, especially in the summer.

“It’s just understanding how it works and not panicking if you don’t have a full calendar right away,” Peters says.

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Price Your Space

Airbnb has a Smart Pricing tool, which you can opt into to automatically adjust the price of your listing according to demand. For example, Airbnb will likely increase the price of your listing automatically if folks start booking up listings for a big concert at Red Rocks or during Denver PrideFest or the Great American Beer Festival.

You can — and should — set price minimums and maximums, so your listing won’t dip below a certain amount or spike to something unrealistic. Although Airbnb will suggest these amounts when you’re signing up, you should do your own research, too.

To determine these prices, you’ll first want to consider your expenses and how much it costs to maintain your space. Second, you’ll want to check out other similar listings to see how much they’re going for.

When you’re starting out, you’ll want to price your place lower, so you can get guests in the door, accumulate reviews and work your way to that Superhost status, which will help increase bookings in the long run.

Note Your Local Laws

All right! This is the fun part. Just kidding, but your local short-term rental laws in Denver aren’t bad. In fact, Peters says it’s one of the reasons Denver is such a great place to become an Airbnb host.

In Denver, you should:

  • Review Denver’s short-term rental rules and insurance requirements. These are all listed in this three-page document.
  • Secure a short-term rental license from the City and County of Denver if you plan to rent your property to guests for one to 29 days at a time. This must be your primary residence; if it’s not, you’ll need to obtain a Lodging Facility License. You can apply online, and note there’s a $ 25 fee. You’ll have to renew your license annually.

Also note Airbnb will ask you provide your business license number on your actual listing. When you’re signing up, you’ll see this, or you can add it by going to manage listing > calendar > location. You’ll find a box to paste it into there.

  • Don’t forget the Denver Lodger’s tax. You’ll need to apply for the Lodger’s Tax license, which is a $ 50 fee for two years of coverage. The tax rate is 10.75%, which is automatically charged to guests when they book through Airbnb.

These are the main licenses and regulations to consider. If you have questions along the way, Denver’s Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee meets regularly and aims to provide guidance and recommendations for short-term rental hosts.

In addition to hosting laws, you’ll also want to check with your homeowners association or landlord to make sure short-term rentals are permitted.

Also note that short-term rentals could invalidate some homeowner’s insurance, so check these policies with your provider.

Ready to Give This Whole Hosting Thing a Go?

How are you feeling? Like we said, listing your place on Airbnb is simple — but it does require some creativity and strategy. The good news is you can adjust or change your information and settings at any time, so you’re not locked into anything permanently.

Peters’ biggest tip? “It’s just staying up on your listing and being connected to it,” she says.

Airbnb is constantly changing its features, so keep your eyes peeled. Don’t be afraid to tweak your listing description, prices and calendar settings. Plus, Denver itself is constantly evolving, so stay in tune with your city.

And Peters reminds Denverites: “You’re not locked in. You can try hosting and see if you like it. There’s not a lot to be afraid of. If you’re curious, it’s worth making the investment of trying it.”

Interested in seeing how much money you could start making by listing your space? Use Airbnb’s price calculator to get started.

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She lived in Denver for a short time several years ago and deeply misses it.

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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Fashion Editor Lucia Debieux takes a early Spring break at Atzaro Hotel & Spa, escaping the hustle & bustle of the party island of Ibiza.

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa
Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Why go?

As soon as you drive up the long winding road leading up to the five-star Atzaro Hotel & Spa, nestled in the heart of the Ibizan countryside, you feel your shoulders dropping. The family owned finca is known as an agroturismo, basically a working farm, (in this case a orange farm) which means that its ethos is rooted in farming and agriculture, plus the delicious smell of orange blossom fills the air everywhere you go. So far so good. With sustainability at its core, this place has been living and breathing the organic lifestyle way before it became fashionable. If like me, eating a homegrown menu fresh from the onsite vegetable patch, being surrounded by lush gardens full of flowering cactus and palm trees and feeling close to nature rocks your boat then look no further.

Plus it feels like its in the middle of nowhere when in reality you are not more than 15 minutes away from civilisation, hello Santa Eulària and every taxi driver knows Atzaro, so you’re still very much connected to Ibiza should you want to leave.

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Rooms

When a place has been in the same family for 7 years and is built around a 300 year old finca, you can feel that history. The original farmhouse is still part of the hotel with more rooms added on, finishing with 24 rooms including huge hidden villas which are set back and separate from the grounds across the road. Dreamy.

With most rooms coming with their own private plunge pools and terrace. Filled with bespoke handmade furniture, teak four poster beds, traditional terracotta tiles with white plaster walls, the vibe is spacious yet cosy meets pared back Ibizian luxury. Most mornings we found it hard pressed to actually leave the huge double walk in shower in the luxurious marble bathroom. But we did, mostly down to waking up craving the delicious scrambled eggs at breakfast. Possibly some of the best Ive ever tried and believe me, Ive sampled a lot!

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa with its four poster bed

Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Spa

You can’t not pay a visit to the open-air spa with its 43 metre long fresh water pool, nestled in the lush gardens while you’re there. It would almost be a crime. The huge day beds quickly became a favourite morning hang out for us, the perfect place to while the morning away. With more than enough spots like this around the hotel, fear not this isn’t the kind of place you have to wake up early to secure a bed. Phew!

Whether you try the new Scandi-inspired sauna pod nestled between the vegetable patch, head to the hamman or go straight for a couples massage in the solid teak treatment cabins, you always have that feeling of being close with nature but in the most authentic way. Yoga and wellness classes are all included in your stay, with daily classes you can be sure to grab a mat and get your namaste on. The chance to restore your inner glow is more than possible here and quit frankly hard to resist, we had come to chill after all.

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa, the freshwater pool in the open-air spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Food

With all the vegetables and herbs coming from the kitchen garden and the meat from local farms in the surrounding areas, the food is a big part of Atzaro Hotel & Spa.  Menus are based on a true farm to fork concept, with mediterranean flavours that are healthy and fresh, dining here is as delicious as you would imagine. Try the melt-in-your-mouth homemade Iberian ham and cheese croquettes to start, suckling pig or for the veggies the beetroot & avocado burger is too good not to try and finish with the praline sponge. Boom.

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa, La Veranda restaurant

Don’t Miss

The newly launched ‘Vegetable Garden’ coming in the Summer, entirely organic, using water from the estates well and electricity from the on-site solar panels, this is a special place. Walk through colourful vegetable rows and fig laden trees to find water features, a tree shaded bar and the most dreamy spot lined with palm trees to enjoy picnics plus used as a open air cinema in the evenings. We are sold.

Pop to a beach club, Atzaro Beach to be precise. Situated in the picturesque bay of Cala Nova in the North East of the island, its a unpretentious place to relax and unwind while the sun shines. Think rattan and wicker 1970s boho vibes, with palms a plenty and the turquoise sea twinkling in the distance. If you like a beach club with a chill atmosphere, that the crowds don’t know about yet this is the one for you.

When it comes to eating out you must try Aubergine, a restaurant spread across two buildings owned by the Atzaro group. Its a short cab ride away and like stepping into a little piece of authentic Ibizian heaven. With its super pretty gardens with twinkling lights, a small shop filled with local craft and pottery buys that will catch your eye and a rustic healthy menu full of vegan and veggie options, you wont want to leave. Everything on the menu is seasonal and local, either grown in the gardens or from the Atzaro estate and you can taste it.  You will also wonder what exactly is that paint colour that is over all the upcycled furniture, is it sage green or mint and how can you start renovating your house back home in it? FYI you cant, its bespoke to Aubergine, damn.

Aubergine Ibiza, the garden

Aubergine Ibiza

Aubergine Ibiza

Aubergine Ibiza, the delicious buddha bowl

 

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Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Carretera Sant Joan KM15, 07840, Ibiza

Rooms: 24

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Check-in: 14:00 pm

Check-out: 11:00 am

Pool: Yes

Gym: Yes

Spa: Yes

 

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You can get paid to be a spa and hot tub tester and it’s the perfect summer job

Words by Maisie Bovingdon

Summer is just around the corner, so when the sunshine hits everybody wants to ditch their offices and channel their inner child by going out to play outside. Fact.

So, what if we told you you could ditch your nine to five for the perfect summer job, and it may involve sitting in a hot tub in various different spas.

SpaSeekers are recruiting for an official spa and hot tub tester, and we can’t cope.

Your entire summer could involve getting pampered, practicing your lengths in infinity pools, and sitting back whiling away the hours in a jacuzzi, for £500.

The successful candidate can choose any four days between Monday and Friday across July and August to visit four different spas in the UK assigned to them by the company.

They will be given a VIP pass, one free treatment a day and unlimited use of the spa facilities at each venue, as well as two glasses of complimentary champagne.

During each visit you will be required to share images and videos, being sure to tag SpaSeekers and using the hashtag too.

But, there’s a catch.  Applicants have to be UK residents and 18 years old or over to sign up for the role, and payments will be received at the end of summer on 30th September when all the work is complete.

However, if you can’t attend a day the role will be offered to another entrant.

The terms and conditions state: ‘This is not an offer of full-time employment. You will be our summer spa tester and visit four different spas in the UK.  Entries are only open to UK residents aged 18 or over.

‘You will be paid £500 at the end of summer (30th September 2019).’

To apply for the role simply send a picture of your most-loved holiday picture with SpaSeekers on social media, whether it’s you on holiday, on a beach, or sitting in the hot tub.

Whether it is uploaded on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter remember to tag @spaseekers, alongside the hashtag #dreamsummerjob.

The application closes on May 31st, and the winner of the competition will be announced on June 3rd.

Where do we sign up?

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The Russo brothers’ fourth MCU title is playing in theaters across the known universe as we speak, breaking countless box office records and raking in positive reviews — here’s our spoiler-free take on Avengers: Endgame. As in previous films, including the last two Captain America movies (The Winter Soldier and Civil War), as well as Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame will also deliver plenty of controversial choices.

I’ve already discussed what I think is the most controversial thing about Endgame, but that’s just one of many. There are plenty of other character choices the Russos made together with Kevin Feige and the writers behind these four films that fans might not like. In what follows, I’m going to tell you why Thor’s arc makes perfect sense in Endgame, no matter what your initial reaction might be. Before I explain, remember that huge spoilers will follow below, and you should watch the film before proceeding.

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“We are proud to be recognized once again by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our ongoing commitment to ensure our workforce represents our members, patients, and communities — irrespective of gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president and chief equity, inclusion, and diversity officer. “For over 70 years, Kaiser Permanente has regarded equity, inclusion, and diversity as core principles of our organization.”

Now in its 17th year, the Corporate Equality Index report scores businesses on their LGBTQ-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, employment benefits, competency programs, public engagement on LGBTQ equity, and responsible citizenship.

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None of Our 10 Million Computer Generated March Madness Brackets Are Still Perfect

March is not Mad. It is simply fickle. Whenever 64 teams gather for a single-elimination tournament, even trace amounts of entropy will resemble high drama and improbable returns.

In anticipation of this year’s NCAA March Madness hysteria, which comes on the heels of the maddest tournament in history in 2018, I approached the men’s basketball tournament with a time-honored palliative for neurotics everywhere: radical over-preparation. Instead of filling out a bracket, I wrote a computer program (open-sourced here) that generated 10 million unique NCAA brackets, randomly predicting each matchup with a modest weight toward the lower-seeded team. Here’s how it’s going:

After the first two rounds, which amounted to 48 games, a perfect bracket would have 64 points under a traditional scoring system: 1 point for each of the 32 first-round games and 2 points for the next 16. (Points double each round as the number of teams reduces by half, so the maximum is always 32). Five of my brackets have 61 points — on par with two brackets in ESPN’s pool that are tied for first place, according to the current leaderboard. Another 334 of my brackets missed a few first-round games but guessed the second round perfectly. (ESPN’s scores are inflated by a factor of 10 but are otherwise scored by the same system.)

Those five 61-point brackets all have a maximum payout of 189 points out of a possible 192, while 16,933 of them still have a maximum potential score of at least 180.

Meanwhile, for the first time in documented bracket history, one entry in the NCAA’s official bracket challenge remains unblemished going in to the Sweet Sixteen, for the maximum 64 points thus far out of 192 total. If you were to choose a bracket by flipping a coin, the odds of pulling this off are 1 in 281 trillion.

I might overtake that particular bracket in the Sweet Sixteen, but I don’t expect to outperform the winner of ESPN’s challenge. For one thing, 17.2 million people entered ESPN’s contest. There’s surely a wide spread between those who carefully weighed a wealth of factors for each matchup and those who chose whichever school had a nicer logo. My program, meanwhile, was not endowed with any data other than the seeding of each team.

But it’s possible. What remains to be seen is whether, on the whole, a computer with less information can outperform, on average, 17.2 million people with varying amounts of information, much of which is clouded by loyalties, anecdotes, and the fact that many people just really hate Duke (which is still the most popular pick for champion in ESPN’s pool.) Every year, the graveyard of busted brackets balloons with more and more entries by both the unlucky and overly optimistic alumni.

Which is to say: Between the tournament, the NCAA selection committee, and the tens of millions of people who drop everything to follow every game–and, I suppose, me–who is actually the most Mad?

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There’s a secret to winning your March Madness pool that Vegas doesn’t want you to know: All you have to do is enter 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 brackets, and you are certain to pick perfectly. Once.

There are 63 games in the NCAA tournament, not including the four play-ins. Filling out a bracket involves making an up-or-down decision for each one. Of course, after the first round of 32 games, not everyone guesses the outcome of the same remaining 31 matchups since it depends on who you’ve predicted will advance.

This means there are, in fact, 9 quintillion — hold on, let me count those digits again — yes, 9 quintillion possible outcomes for the tournament, or 2^63. By way of context, that’s 1.2 billion outcomes per human being on Earth, or 21 times the number of seconds since the Big Bang. Even if you reduced every bracket to just 63 bits, the size of a computer file containing every possible outcome would be about 72,500 petabytes, which is many times larger than the Internet itself, by most estimates.

Which is not to say we can’t still try to crack March Madness with what computer scientists call a “brute-force attack,” in which one tries to solve a problem by testing every possible solution rather than gaming it out methodically. (Like, say, cracking a password by trying thousands and thousands of possibilities until one works.) So rather than making any attempt to fill out a bracket wisely, I stayed up one night writing a short program that generates about 1,000 brackets a second, weighted slightly toward plausibility. By noon the next day I had over 10 million entries, none of them the same.

As the the tournament progresses, I’ll be scoring each of these March Madness brackets and comparing the best-performing entry to public data on how the nation is faring on popular bracket sites. I’m genuinely curious whether any of my entries stand out or whether even a few million attempts is insufficient to break through the noise. (We’re not putting our money where our algorithmically-generated mouth is, of course, seeing as $ 10 million in entry fees might raise a few questions with the expense department.)

I suspect the odds would be slightly greater in my favor if I had carved out more time to embolden the code with data from the regular season. College basketball dilettantes like USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin have developed techniques over the years that take into account all sorts of factors, like the difficulty of a team’s schedule and each game’s proximity to its home campus.

As it stands, the only factor my code weighs is the difference in the seeds of the two teams. When two teams have the same seed, the algorithm forks, Sliding Doors style, and guesses that both teams will win in parallel brackets.

I definitely wouldn’t want to bet any money against Sagarin, but a computational experiment that TIME ran last year lends some confidence to relying on seeding. As much as people complain about the NCAA selection committee, a 1,000-trial live simulator we developed found that, if you just always choose the higher seed to win and flip a coin when the top seeds face off in the Final Four, over time — a long time — you generally either win or lose a small net amount when pitted against colleagues who rely more on historical data.

Whether this experiment succeeds will probably hinge on the Madness Quotient this year, and the more dramatic the better. Had I tried this last year, about 3 percent of my brackets would have chosen UMBC to defeat Virginia (my alma mater) in the first round. That’s not very many, but that’s the beauty of delegating the work to a computer: It can spend all night guessing and only has to be generally correct once.

Methodology

Every matchup begins with 50-50 odds. For any matchup between unevenly seeded teams, the odds are adjusted to favor the lower-seeded team by about 3 percentage points for every 1-point difference in the seeds. This means a team that is one seed lower than its opponent has 53% odds of winning, while a first-round faceoff between the top-seeded team and the 16-seed will go to the 1-seed 97% of the time.

This generates a sensible spread of championships based on seeds: 10% for the four top-seeds, 6.1% for the 2-seeds, all the way down to between 5 and 7 total victories each for the 16-seeds out of 10 million trials.

Our source code is available on GitHub.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made perfect use of this 20-year-old video game meme

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants the super-rich to pay a heavier share of taxes.

The newly elected Congresswoman’s proposal that any earnings higher than $ 10 million carry a 70 percent tax rate has been widely popular. That’s true even among voters who might be more inclined to put on a MAGA hat; a recent Hill-HarrisX poll showed that some 45 percent of GOP voters agree.

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The Bears Mascot Had the Perfect Reaction to Losing to the Eagles On a Missed Field Goal

The mascot of the losing team is not usually known to be the center of attention at the end of a game.

But during the wild card matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on Sunday night, online spectators couldn’t help but note the Chicago Bears mascot’s dramatic reaction to a dramatic loss.

He just fell in defeat, ever so slowly, and he did so with the utmost gravitas.

His soul was crushed, and the internet was smitten.

The Eagles ultimately triumphed 16-15 by shutting down the Bears at the last possible moment thanks to a missed field goal. Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt hit the uprights, smacked into the crossbar, and fell back into the field of play in the final seconds, clinching the win for the Eagles.

It was bad news for the Bears and exciting news for fans of the 2018 Super Bowl champions, and the Bears mascot reacted accordingly.

In a different sport entirely, Philadelphia’s own Gritty, the hockey mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, has a large internet fan base.

But on Sunday night, the internet was in love with a new guy, Staley Da Bear.

Of all the Bears and eagles highlights, all agreed that his strong reaction on the field was something of a masterpiece and people have plenty to say about it.

The Eagles will advance to play the top-seeded New Orleans Saints in Sunday’s divisional round, but not before the internet recovers from some considerable internet breakage at the hands of the Bears mascot.

His antics are not entirely new, but they were appreciated.

Here is the mascot acing the best Bears reaction to loss to Eagles. He is the real most valuable player.

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Ryan Reynolds Gave a Fellow Expert Troll the Perfect Present

Ryan Reynolds has kicked the holiday season off by gifting a fellow expert troll with an early Christmas present.

After Twitter user @AGuyInChair, who owns the web domains AvengersEndgame.com and AvengersEndgameMovie.com, changed those URLs to redirect visitors to 20th Century Fox’s website for the Deadpool movies following the release of the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Deadpool himself decided to show his gratitude with a gift.

@AGuyInAChair took to Twitter on Friday to share photos of the Aviation Gin case —and accompanying gifts inside — that he received from Reynolds. However, he also noted that he was ready to trade Reynold’s offerings to accomplish his original goal of finagling tickets to the Avengers: Endgame premiere.

“Package from @VancityReynolds just arrived! Wow! This thing is beautiful!!! And I will trade it immediately for 2 tickets to the premiere! Any takers?” he wrote, adding, “Holy crap! There’s stuff inside too! (These have got to be worth two tickets, right?) They’re from Canada! Or a Canadian at the very least!!”

But Reynolds clearly wasn’t fazed by @AGuyInAChair’s response. “This isn’t to say I’m proud of what you did,” he replied. “Just that I happen to love you.”


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Carissa Moore Takes The 2018 Maui Pro Win After Scoring Perfect 10

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HONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii/USA (Tuesday, November 27, 2018) – The conditions at this year’s Beachwaver Maui Pro, the final stop on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour (CT), were all-time and 3X WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) took full advantage, winning over Malia Manuel (HAW) in the Final heat of the season with a 10 point ride.

Moore clinched her 20th CT victory today, her third at Honolua Bay, and rounds out the season at No. 3 on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“It’s so special,” said Moore. “My whole family came over and the waves were perfect. Probably the best competitive day I’ve had in my life and just to finish off the season like that is so good. I’m so in love with everything in my life right now. My support crew, surfing and I’m so grateful for the WSL. I’m speechless right now.”

“It was a dream come true to get a 10,” continued Moore. “There was so much emotion at that point, I just started crying and I can’t thank the locals enough for letting us surf your beautiful wave. I’ll definitely take some time off to soak it in. Nothing beats winning in the ocean in perfect surf. The Surf Ranch was awesome, but this is pretty sweet. I’m just loving what I’m doing and so fired up. I’m excited for next year and stoked for Steph (Gilmore), it’s been a big event and a big year and everyone deserves some time off.”

Manuel finished runner-up for the second consecutive year, after blitzing through her Quarterfinal match-up against an injured Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and eliminating the newly crowned WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in the Semifinals before facing Moore in the Final. Today’s result, Manuel’s best of the year, sees her move up to ninth place on the Jeep Leaderboard and secure her place on the CT for 2019.

“It’s such an honor to share the stage with Steph (Gilmore) and Carissa (Moore), two of the best surfers of my generation,” Manuel said. “I’m happy to be here and having an event at home, and having my friends from Kauai here is so lovely. I’m feeling a lot of good vibes right now. I have a new spark in me now that I’ve qualified for the Tour next year. I’ve got a lot of plans. Sally (Fitzgibbons) had a tough day yesterday but she’s an animal. I knew she was going to want to surf even with the injury. We’re both just looking forward to next year and hopefully, we will both be in the World Title conversation together.”

7X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) receives her World Title Trophy at the 2018 Beachwaver Maui Pro at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA.
7X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) receives her World Title Trophy at the 2018 Beachwaver Maui Pro at Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA.

 

Although eliminated in the Semifinals, 7X World Champion Gilmore will come back on the 2019 Championship Tour ranked No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard.
“Malia (Manuel) is always on the best waves,” said Gilmore. “I tried to fight my way back but it’s all good. I’ve had an incredible couple of days. This year has been beyond anything I could’ve dreamed of. Surfing is so fun. People always ask me why I’m smiling so much but if they did what I did they would know why.”

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We’ve found the perfect coat, and it’s from Primark

Yes, really

Don’t get me wrong, I love a gorgeous designer coat, and a Max Mara camel coat has been on my wish list for quite a while, but sometimes you just can’t beat a good bargain.

It might not be quite the same quality, but I’ve found a great coat at Primark, and it’s only £25. You can’t argue with that now can you?

The coat is quite classic in its shape, but with an on-trend pink check that will easily upgrade your look for autumn.

In fact, quite a few of us in the office have our eye on it, we just wish you could shop it online – however it’s worth the in-store visit in my opinion.

You can do the tonal thing and wear it with pink corduroy trousers and a matching oversized knit, and finish it off with a pair of tab faux snake print ankle boots.

Plus, you’ll still have money leftover for Christmas presents.

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Your HelloGiggles horoscope, November 25th to December 1st: It’s the perfect post-Thanksgiving week

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Your HelloGiggles horoscope, November 25th to December 1st: It’s the perfect post-Thanksgiving week

This week will be fairly easy-breezy, thank goodness. We can breathe in the expansive and optimistic air of Sagittarius season, and enjoy the dreaminess that Neptune going direct has evoked in our lives. It’s probably the perfect post-Thanksgiving week as we get back to our daily grind, not to mention deal with the demands of the holiday season. However, not everything’s 100% peachy in the cosmos. Let’s not forget we’re still in the midst of Mercury Retrograde, and this week the little planet enters Scorpio on December 1st. Ouch.

Scorpios, the serious and salty stingers that they are, don’t mess around. As a result, we might be perceiving and picking up on a whole lot in the energy field, which might cause us to impulsively speak out about something without knowing all the facts. You might find yourself thinking negative and suspicious thoughts instead of giving people the benefit of the doubt. Beware of knee-jerk reactions and old fears cropping up. Instead, try to do some self-reflection and self-soothing.

Here’s what else the stars have in store for you in your weekly horoscope.

SAGITTARIUS

You’re feeling a huge shift in your life in so many ways, Sag. It’s important to understand that you are able to make anything possible right now. Really. So make sure you’re focusing on what’s truly moving you towards the highest good. Think long-term gains and get ready for your blessing.

 

CAPRICORN

Don’t worry, Capricorn, all is well. You might be in the midst of an upset or disappointment, but the stars want you to know that life’s rejections are truly the Universe’s blessings. Try to see that everything is working out for you right now, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Trust.

 

AQUARIUS

You’re surrounded by an awesome support system, Aquarius. This is important to keep in mind when life becomes overwhelming or even overbearing at times. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your tribe wants to help you thrive, so lean on them.

 

PISCES

It’s time for you to make some moves, Pisces. While you might have hesitated or doubted whether you should move forward with this new transition—whether it’s a relationship, project, or literal move—the cosmos want you to have faith in yourself. You can do this.

 

ARIES

You’re headed for a major revelation, Aries. You’ve always known you’re a powerful manifester, but lately, something’s been off about a certain project or situation. Now the stars are lining up for you so that you’re able to finally hit that reset button. You got this.

 

TAURUS

You’re ready to just hunker down for the holidays, Taurus. You’re at a place of stability and comfort, which is where you like to be. Enjoy this for now because the stars don’t want you resting for long. There’s a spark within that needs to be lit. Don’t underestimate yourself.

 

GEMINI

You’re feeling feels, Gemini, which feels a bit scary for you. You typically like to remain in control of your emotions, but a certain situation or relationship requires you to empathize and sort it out with feelings rather than solutions and intellectualism. Feel what you need to. It’s the only way through.

 

CANCER

It’s time to revisit something you left behind, Cancer. Maybe it’s a project, a job opportunity, or relationship. Perhaps the timing was off then, but maybe it’s the right time now to pursue it. Or maybe you need to return to it in order to finally let it go. Whichever you choose will push you forward.

 

LEO

You’re waiting to see if something is worth it, Leo. You like to be sure that whatever you’re doing is worthy of your time and talent. You don’t want to waste your electric energy on just anything or anyone. But sometimes you gotta take a chance and find out by doing it. So, do it.

 

VIRGO

You’re finally seeing your value and worth, Virgo. Meaning you now know that you deserve to reach for the stars. Like, really reach. You’ve always known you’re talented and intelligent, but now you understand you’re worthy of greatness. Don’t forget this feeling.

 

LIBRA

You’re doing you, Libra. While it might feel odd to be so focused on yourself and not really caring about what others think, this is the most liberating thing you can do for yourself. Continue to break free from old connections and habits, and keep moving ahead.

 

SCORPIO

You need to act on the images you have in your head, Scorpio. You have big goals, but sometimes you lack the wherewithal and the confidence that you can make those dreams into your reality. The only thing stopping you is you. Get out of your own way.

 

Basically, bbs, if we can take life day by day and continue to check in with our feelings about where we are and where we want to be, this could be a turning point for us. Keep yourself in check, and let the Universe take care of the rest.

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