Gil Croes used to work as a salesman in Aruba, but his heart wasn't in it. Instead, he dreamed of becoming a performing artist.So Croes and his younger brother Jay began making videos and posting them on Musical.ly, a social media app that later became TikTok. The videos were short -- 15 seconds or less -- and featured the muscular and tatted Croes dancing or lip-syncing as he contorted his face and body. Soon Croes was racking up followers. With 18 million fans, he's among TikTok's most popular creators. Croes' large following attracted sponsors interested in promoting their movies or music, and he now makes a living on the social media platform."We were just making a lot of videos, and the likes started going up and up," said Croes, 25, describing his sudden stardom. "Everything was happening so fast, and it's like you can't believe what is happening." Croes and his brother are among the millions of acts whose short, off-beat videos, often featuring lip-syncing or … [Read more...] about TikTok’s quirky videos can nab you your 15 seconds of fame
If yesterday’s strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson was evidence of the kind of goal that can be produced by individual brilliance, then today’s game between Arsenal and Fulham provided an example of the sorts of wonders a team that’s perfectly in sync can conjure. In the second half, with Arsenal up 2-1, the Gunners zipped the ball from one end of the field to the other through a series of deft and daring touches, erasing all Fulham defenders in the process. Aaron Ramsey, who used two headers to keep the attack going, finished it all off with a gorgeous backheel strike that found the far corner of the goal. This is pretty much as good as soccer gets. … [Read more...] about Arsenal Needed Just 15 Seconds To Craft The Best Team Goal Of The Season
Second Amendment activist Joseph Gabriele of Littleton, Colorado gathers with other activists in support of gun ownership on Jan. 9, 2013 at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, Colorado. Marc Piscotty/Getty Images In a March 2018 New York Times opinion essay, retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens put forward a startling proposal. In the wake of the Feb. 15 school shooting in Parkland, Florida in which 17 people were killed by a teenage gunman, Stevens applauded demonstrators marching in support of stricter gun-control laws. But Stevens argued that merely banning military-style semiautomatic rifles, increasing the minimum age for purchasing guns and imposing more thorough background checks wouldn't be enough to prevent more deaths. Instead, Stevens proclaimed, the marchers should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms. Stevens' proposal immediately provoked an emphatic response from … [Read more...] about How the Second Amendment Works
Large or small, most mammals have one thing in common: the amount of time it takes to defecate. Maya Ohe Vami/EyeEm/Getty Images It's a revolting job, but somebody has to figure out the physics of feces. Vertebrates have been pooping on this planet for hundreds of millions of years, yet our understanding of the hydrodynamics of defecation is alarmingly limited. Thankfully, an intrepid team of researchers is on the job. A new study published in the journal Soft Matter (no, this is not fake news, this is real news) reports that no matter the animal's size, it takes every mammal an average of 12 seconds to produce a bowel movement. We're talking cats, elephants, kangaroos, moles, water buffaloes — you name it, the poop slips out of their individual rectums on a cushion of mucus at the same impressive speed. But why? And what allows for this consistency in so many different types of animal bodies? First, in the natural world, it's kind of a good idea to be an expedient pooper, … [Read more...] about Poop Duration for Mammals Averages About 12 Seconds, New Study Finds
Even if you’re a regular runner who knows your body’s behavior during physical exertion, you can’t always control or even predict your second wind. © ChiccoDodiFC/iStockphoto The thing about second winds is that they can't be counted on when you need them. They're a real phenomenon, yes, but what they are not is a predictable phenomenon. Second winds depend on a number of factors, including everything from exercise intensity and frequency to what kind of shape you're in. But although physiologists know they happen, they don't all agree what's going on behind the scenes to cause it. Some theorize that your second wind, also known as a runner's high, may be caused by the body's release of pain-relieving endorphins. However, that doesn't explain the whole thing. More commonly that "high" is believed to happen as the body's systems come back into balance: Your respiration is regulated; your oxygen intake is fast, deep and plenty; and your body is operating at … [Read more...] about What’s happening when you get a second wind?