Confession: I’m A Grown Man Who Has Spent Over $45,000 On Legos

Confession: I’m A Grown Man Who Has Spent Over $45,000 On Legos
I get it. It’s a response I’ve grown accustomed to. A grown man that collects a child’s toy is weird to some and just plain creepy to others. I’ve been so embarrassed by this hobby that one time I even lied to a Lego store employee and told him that I was looking for their newest Marvel set “because my son can’t get enough of Iron Man.” Except I have no son. I’m a father of three daughters ― and I’m pretty sure they have no idea who Iron Man is.  David Beckham, for example, shared a photo of himself on Instagram last year where he was surrounded by a massive Disneyland Lego set with the caption, “Page 1 of the Disney castle. 4000 pieces. 490 pages of instructions. I look confused but I’m so excited.” Charlotte HornetsCenter Dwight Howard loves Legos so much that when he made an appearance on “The

One state’s novel idea to make Big Pharma pay for opioid epidemic

One state’s novel idea to make Big Pharma pay for opioid epidemic
(CNN)Big Pharma should pay the billions it will take to fix the opioid crisis it created in Arkansas, a first-of-its-kind lawsuit says.Opioid manufacturers, the suit alleges, "falsely touted the benefits of long-term opioid use, including the supposed ability of opioids to improve function and quality of life, even though there was no 'good evidence' to support their claims.Tapley said the administration's strong stance only helps the Arkansas case. He compared the dire situation there to a massive oil spill, with city and county officials trying to return their communities back to the way they were before the disaster. "That's our objective in this lawsuit: to restore Arkansas communities back to where they were before the opioid crisis began," he said.Drug companies in Arkansas, the suit says, sold enough opioids in the state for every man, woman and child to take 80 pills a year. In 2016 alone, more than

Dont Call Adam Pally a Hero: Its 2018 and Not Cool to Hate on Creators

Dont Call Adam Pally a Hero: Its 2018 and Not Cool to Hate on Creators
On Sunday night, actor Adam Pally took the stage at the unscripted rant in which he negged specific creators for their work, trashed the industry he was there to honor, and compared the awards show itself to the DMV. At the end of his diatribe, he finally proclaimed: This is the worst night of my life.Internet onlookers were quick to praise his hilarious hate fest. Quartzy declared that for 10 glorious minutes, social-media influencers were mocked at their own awards show.What Adam Pally did at the Shorty Awards was perfect and I howled with pure joy, proclaimed noted on Twitter, You dont have to agree to show up (and presumably get paid) to do this if you think its stupid? Its just insulting to the people there.The Shorty Awards were created in 2008, at a time when social media and the concept of influencers were still nascent. Michelle Obama

Grindr Will Stop Sharing Users’ HIV Status With Outside Companies After Security Flaw

Grindr Will Stop Sharing Users’ HIV Status With Outside Companies After Security Flaw
Grindr security chief Bryce Case told Axios that the issues with the app’s data-sharing practices were “a misunderstanding of what was being shared and with whom.”  The company has said it will change its policy, allowing advertisers to have access to user information like age, interests, location and relationship status, but not HIV status. Apptimize and Localytics, companies that help apps sharpen marketing strategies, “receive some of the information that Grindr users choose to include in their profiles,” BuzzFeed reported. That information includes HIV status and “last tested date.” “The HIV status is linked to all the other information. That’s the main issue,” said Pultier. “I think this is the incompetence of some developers that just send everything, including HIV status.” Gam1983 via Getty Images “Thousands of companies use these highly regarded platforms. These are standard practices in the mobile app ecosystem,” Scott Chen, Grindr’s chief technology officer, told BuzzFeed

Does talcum powder cause cancer? A legal and scientific battle rages

Does talcum powder cause cancer? A legal and scientific battle rages
(CNN)Visitors who walk into Deborah Giannecchini's ranch house in Modesto, California, will notice a well-tended garden, four small dogs who greet every visitor with enthusiasm and a sign that hangs prominently displayed in her living room that reads "It's never too late to live happily ever after."Giannecchini is living with what is considered terminal ovarian cancer. "That's what they say. I'm trying to prove that it's not," she said. "I don't wish this on anyone else. And if I can save one person, then I've done my job." The most recent studies seem to suggest a small connection. A January meta-analysis, or review of 24 case-control and three cohort studies, found "a consistent association" between talc use and ovarian cancer. "Some variation in the magnitude of the effect was found when considering study design and ovarian cancer subtype," the study said.A July meta-analysisof27 studies found a "weak but statistically

Marketing platform Punchh raises $20M Series B to give brick-and-mortar retailers better data analytics

Marketing platform Punchh raises $20M Series B to give brick-and-mortar retailers better data analytics
Founded in 2010 as an online loyalty card service, Punchh has since grown into a marketing platform serving more than 115 restaurant chains, including Pizza Hut and Quiznos. Now it’s raised a $20 million Series B to expand into more retail verticals and increase the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in its cloud software. The funding was led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from returning investor Cervin Ventures. Along with its angel and Series A financing, this brings Punchh’s total funding so far to about $31 million. The startup says its goal is to give brick-and-mortar stores the same level of data analytics as e-commerce giants like Amazon. Punchh’s platform enables restaurants to digitize their customer loyalty programs and complements that with tools like Punchh Acquire, which is designed to help businesses turn casual customers into regulars by promoting offers through multiple channels, including email, SMS, social

20 Years Later, Viagra Means Something Different For Millennials

20 Years Later, Viagra Means Something Different For Millennials
Jason K. was 27 the first time he tried to have sex with a woman and couldn’t get an erection. He knew it wasn’t a physiological problem, because he had no problem getting hard at home while watching porn and masturbating, but the embarrassing episode gnawed at him. Jason grew anxious that it could happen again, so he decided to bring it up at his doctor’s appointment a few weeks later. After a brief exam, Jason’s doctor prescribed him a small dose of Viagra to “experiment” with. The next few times he tried to have sex, Jason popped a pill beforehand and his performance anxiety vanished. “He gave me a dose that was a little bit more than I needed, but it was enough that it kind of broke my slump,” recalled Jason, who asked to use his middle name and initial to protect his privacy. But over time,

Netflix nears a $150B market cap as its subscribers continue to balloon

Netflix nears a $150B market cap as its subscribers continue to balloon
Just last quarter Netflix passed a $100 billion market cap — and we might already be talking about it as a $150 billion company before too long with yet another big financial quarter that sent its stock soaring. Netflix, again, beat out some expectations Wall Street held for the first quarter and provided a pretty good outlook for the next quarter as well, where it said it expected to add around 6.2 million new subscribers. In the first quarter, Netflix added 7.41 million new subscribers — around 2 million of them domestic and the rest internationally. The company continued to see some pretty strong streaming revenue growth, which was up around 43% year-over-year in the first quarter this year, to around $3.6 billion. With all this, Netflix now has nearly 119 million paid streaming memberships — and it wasn’t all that long when Netflix finally said just over two years

Here are the ‘Star Wars’ Easter eggs to look out for in ‘Ready Player One’

Here are the ‘Star Wars’ Easter eggs to look out for in ‘Ready Player One’
That guys still looks like some cross between Spielberg and George Lucas, thoughImage: warner bros.As an unabashed homage to geek culture and 80s nostalgia smorgasboard, you probably assumed Ready Player One would be dripping with Star Wars references. You'd be wrong. While the marketing for Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie showed zero restraint when it came to pop culture references, the director said he was actually careful about name-dropping Star Wars. Or rather, which Star Wars movies he included from the ever-expanding movie franchise. SEE ALSO: These icons of girlhood culture deserve adaptations like 'Ready Player One' "We didn’t want to use the main cultural icons from any of the Disney Star Wars films, because those are ongoing. That’s really part of our contemporary world right now. And even though it began in the ’80s, it is so much a part of our real life today in the 21st century. So

Woman Says She Cant Believe Curvy Wife Landed a 6-Pack HusbandHer Response Is Perfect

Woman Says She Cant Believe Curvy Wife Landed a 6-Pack HusbandHer Response Is Perfect
ShareTweet From the sexy women on billboards to the Photoshopped thighs on the cover of Cosmo, our society generates millions of messages a day that scream, “You’re not good enough.” Body positivity is SO much easier said than done. We all internalize insecurity in our own ways, but a standard of bodily perfection particularly seems to loom over women who are told in hundreds of subtle ways every day that “thin = beauty,” that “skinny = worthy,” and “flawless = enough.” It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that those equations don’t exactly add up. For nobody is flawless — and let’s face it, there are plenty of thin people who are downright rotten to the core on the inside, so equating that to beauty is nonsensical as well. Body positive advocate and self-acclaimed “goal digger” Jenna Kutcher is all too familiar with the criticism that comes along with

Apple’s red iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are real

Apple’s red iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are real
The red iPhone 8.Image: Apple Disclosure Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. The rumors are confirmed: Apple just launched a red version of the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.  The (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition iPhones are the same as regular iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in every other way besides the color.  SEE ALSO: Behold: The Bentley of iPhones “This special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone features a stunning red and black colour combination and also offers customers the opportunity to make an impact in fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of product marketing. According to Deborah Dugan, the CEO of (RED), Apple has donated more than $160 million to (RED)'s efforts to combat AIDS and HIV in the last 11 years.  The iPhone

The Science Behind The $650 “Penis Facial”

The Science Behind The $650 “Penis Facial”
The latest beauty fad to be doing the rounds in the celebrity circuit is the Hollywood EGF facial, or what Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock refer to as “the penis facial”. First of all, it’s not what you’re probably thinking: no dicks are directly involved (or harmed) in the process. The treatment is so-nicknamed because it involves the application of an epidermal growth factor (EGF) serum developed from the progenitor cells of the human fibroblast taken from Korean new-born baby foreskin, which sounds bizarre enough in itself. But you can breathe a sigh of relief – the cells that are actually added to the serum are, in fact, just clones of the original foreskin cells. Georgia Louise, beautician and penis facial originator, assured readers of as much in an interview with People magazine, saying: “I am always very mindful to explain radical serums and potions that I carry in

What To Do If Facebook Tells You Your Data Was Used By Cambridge Analytica

What To Do If Facebook Tells You Your Data Was Used By Cambridge Analytica
Not coincidentally, Facebook revealed its notification plan as CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg prepared to testify before Congress about how user data came to be exploited to target and mislead voters. The company has issued multiple mea culpas and announced plans to rectify the privacy breach, although it steadfastly refuses to call it a breach. Data were not hacked or leaked; the information was collected by a third-party app for a personality test that was created by a researcher. About 270,000 Facebook users signed up to take the test, giving their consent to have their data collected. Because of Facebook’s terms of service at the time, the app was also able to collect the data of their friends. The researcher later gave Cambridge Analytica the raw data. We asked several experts precisely that. Knowing your information was used “accomplishes next to nothing, since there’s nothing you can do about it other than be

These cheese and bacon-scented hair products might be the worst bathroom idea ever

These cheese and bacon-scented hair products might be the worst bathroom idea ever
Image: Einstein Noah Restaurant GroupDo you love bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches? Do you love them so much you want to smell like one? Yeah... neither do I. Einstein Bros. is selling a limited supply of Cheesy Shampoo and Wakin' Bacon Condition, and boy do they reeeeeek. Sadly, they're already sold out. SEE ALSO: Sugary cereal is the unsatisfying food I'll love forever Of course this is just promo for a sandwich.  "Einstein Bros. Bagels wants to awaken consumers’ morning routines with something totally unexpected that will get them excited about breakfast and our delicious Cheesy Wakin’ Bacon sandwich," SVP of Marketing, Product, and Innovation Kerry Coyne wrote in a press release.  I can't even fathom a group of people sitting in a board room agreeing on cheese shampoo as the perfect promotional product. We at Mashable were too scared to actually use these products on ourselves, but

How to get Higher Rankings, More Leads, More Sales, & More Commissions Using FREE TRAFFIC

How to get Higher Rankings, More Leads, More Sales, & More Commissions Using FREE TRAFFIC
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