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10 Best 3D Printers For Serious Hobbyists and Professionals

3D printers have become essential equipment for hobbyists and professionals that require rapid prototyping and have a diverse range of uses for anyone who needs to create a three dimensional object in the physical world. The market is saturated with many excellent intermediate models, so we narrowed down the selection to 10 of the absolute best 3d printers that can be successfully used both by serious hobbyists and by professionals

Dremel Digilab 3D20

Costing only $600, Dremel Digilab 3D20 is a fairly small printer that comes fully assembled and ready to work right out of the box. Its completely enclosed design and non-heated build plate make this printer extra safe so it can really be used anywhere in your home without fearing that harmful fumes will affect you or your family. Dremel Digilab is the ideal choice for the enthusiast that wants to get high quality 3D prints without spending a fortune on a printer.

LulzBot Mini Desktop 3D Printer

Packing in extra useful features such as auto-bed leveling, auto-nozzle cleaning and a low maintenance print surface, LulzBot mini Desktop 3D Printer is a highly popular and appreciated model, its $1500 price making it very accessible both for professionals and for serious hobbyists. This printer has a modular print head that allows users to choose from a large variety of materials, making it highly versatile and a joy to operate.

Sindoh 3DWOX DP200

Sindoh has a slick and elegant design, making it an immensely appreciated piece of tech that is able to print even the most intricate models. Including a wide range of connectivity options such as USB flash or Wi-Fi, this gadget has an internal monitoring camera that will send a live feed of what you’re printing directly to your PC or laptop. Sindoh 3DWOX DP200 costs about $1100 and it can really be considered great value for money.

FlashForge 3D Printer Creator Pro

FlashForge is resting on a sturdy metal frame and is made out of aviation level aluminum plate, which makes it a real work horse, being able to sustain an impressive number of prints and being bought and appreciated by hundreds of customers. Equipped with the most revolutionary traits, this 3D printer can be used for an extended period of time and its printing surface is very resistant to warping during the heating process thanks to the high-quality materials that it’s made out of.

MakerGear M2

MakerGear M2 is able to operate with CNC precision when printing highly detailed objects, this machine being a robust beast able to use a nice assortment of materials, like ABS, PLA and PET, for example. Featuring a price point of around $2000, this 3D printer is produced in Beachwood, Ohio and it’s marketed towards the professional segment of users. MarkerGear M2 is truly an amazing piece of tech and it definitely is worth all of the money.

Zortrax M200 is compatible with PC, Mac, and any 3D design or modeling software that exports .STL files, this aspect making it a highly versatile printer. The high-quality 3D print combined with the affordable price of about $1700 make it an ideal model for the professionals in this domain, this gadget being very sought after by industrial companies. The Zortrax M200 works with an integrated system and it’s able to print with an impressive dimensional accuracy and repeatability.

QIDI TECH

Equipped with the latest dual extrusion technology, Qidi Tech is known to have occupied the leading position in education, engineering, design and home or hobby printing, making for a truly beloved 3D printer. Its 4.3-inch integrated touch screen allows for a smarter and easier operation, making the entire printing experience a highly pleasant and fun one. Qidi Tech is priced usually at $700 and it’s a really remarkable home 3D printer.

Original Prusa i3 MK3

The Original Prusa i3 MK3 is by far the most popular 3D printer of the past few months, its highly affordable price of only $749 being a huge selling point. Being the successor of the ultra-successful MK2 model, this gadget packs in all the killer features of its predecessor while also bringing its own added value to the table. Prusa i3 MK3 really made a name for itself on the market and we’re glad that it is available at such a good price.

Dremel Digilab 3D45

Granted the PCMag 2018 Editors’ Choice Award, Dremel Digilab 3D45 has a 5-inch full color touch screen with intuitive icons for easy setup and operation and it will be ready to print in just 15 minutes after you take it out of the box. Its fully closed case made of solid plastic is ideal to keep the harmful fumes inside and grant a higher degree of safety while operating this lucrative 3D printer. Thanks to its astounding features, Dremel 3D45 works very well for the users leaning more towards the professional type of printing.

Robo R2

Robo R2 is a very good-looking 3D printer that is also impressively easy to operate and offers the opportunity of using over 30 types of materials for printing any kind of miniature model you could ever imagine. The wi-fi connectivity comes as a big plus because it allows users to print directly from their smartphone or tablet, making this already entertaining process an even more mesmerizing experience. Robo R2 is definitely one of the most impressive 3D printers out there and, priced at about $1500, it is affordable enough for casual users too.

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10 Games That Let You Destroy The World

There is no better cure for when you’re feeling just a little bit misanthropic than to get your hands on a video game and shatter the entire universe to pieces. Thanks to the rebellious nature of many developers we now have the chance to enjoy a good deal of gaming titles where we get to fully annihilate entire planets or civilizations, so without further ado let’s get to the action and see ten of the best games that let you destroy the world.



Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction

Playground of Destruction received acclaim for its “focus on exploding mayhem” and we think this phrase pretty much sums up the nature of this action-adventure title. Set somewhere in North Korea, Mercenaries focuses its entire gameplay around the idea of extreme violence, giving players numerous opportunities to destroy everything that might stand in their way. With a voracious appetite for chaos, this video game is definitely not joking when it comes to blowing up the world.

7 Days to Die

7 Days to Die is a whole different animal, being a FPS, survival horror, tower defense and role-playing game at the same time. Very similar to Minecraft, this holistic gaming title allows players both to build and to destroy pretty much every type of construction, but as you might have already guessed, we are mainly interested in the demolition part of this equation and this destruction can be achieved fairly simple with the use of the almighty TNT, a really nice invention that facilitates the destruction of things.

Universe Sandbox

In Universe Sandbox you are able to literally blow up the world, an exploding Planet Earth being one of the most iconic images associated with this gaming title. At its core, this interactive space gravity simulator was mainly intended to be used as an educational tool but because the sky is the limit when it comes to human imagination, players often create mayhem and destruction within this game, unleashing their darkest desires.

Breach

Breach is a first-person shooter that is known for its ultra-destructible environment and, similar to any other gaming title that involves a certain amount of violence you can point your gun at pretty much anything that happens to cross your path. As a media product, this video game does not dwell on refinement and intelligence, instead it can be used as the perfect tool to blow off some steam while rampaging through the battlefield smashing everything in your way.

The Incredible Hulk Ultimate Destruction

Everyone who has even the slightest idea who the Hulk is knows that wherever this green giant might be, ultimate destruction will surely follow, his unstoppable rage being the tagline that defines his entire career in the Marvel universe. Similar to the comic book counterpart, this beat’em up title focuses on the neurotic episodes of the verdant monster, the final result being an adrenaline infused gameplay where you get to rip pieces out of buildings and crush cars as if they were mere cans of coke.

Blast Corps

A 1997 classic, Blast Corps comes from an age and time when video games where in their early stages of development, being a fairly unknown and often misjudged medium. In such a context, this action video game was sporting a premise where the player had to destroy various buildings by crashing into them while driving a number of different vehicles. Blast Corps was highly appreciated back in its time and it still remains an iconic title to this day.

Destroy The World

With a name that perfectly summarizes its intentions, Destroy the World is a video game where you get to try your hand at obliterating everything that is alive by using the force of nuclear power plants to your advantage. This innocent looking title packs much more under the hood and, in fact, is a ruthless simulator where players can go wild and kill each and every life form from the face of the Earth, including baby seals.

Red Faction: Guerrilla

We simply couldn’t have made this list and without including Red Faction: Guerilla, this abhorrently entertaining gaming title having just one goal: to facilitate the utter and absolute destruction of the universe. Sweating testosterone and anger, this gaming title is nothing more than a practice ground for the ultra-irritated gamers who want to calm their minds by exploding building after building or sledge hammering some cars.

Planetary Annihilation

Sporting a name that makes you think of an extreme gore death metal band, Planetary Annihilation is a real-time strategy game with a fast-paced gameplay and an action infused storyline, the players having to show their craftsmanship when it comes to defeating and totally obliterating the home planets of their enemies. Planetary Annihilation gets bonus points for making you think a little before encounters because sometimes brute force and brawn won’t be enough to win.

Destroy All Humans!

Last but definitely not least, Destroy All Humans! Is probably in the hearts and minds of many players, its witty plot and well-oiled mechanics making for a truly enjoyable experience of vaporizing the human race in a blink of an eye. Stepping into the shoes of a quirky alien who wants nothing more than to wipe all humans off the face of the Earth can be a very welcome change of perspective and it will definitely pave the way to new and untested methods of destroying the world.

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10 Time People Took Survival Games Too Far

Survival games are a very sought-after adrenaline rush that some people enjoy a lot and others even become so obsessed with them that they spend hundreds of hours playing and replaying their favorite titles. Either knowingly or involuntary, these people tend to get way too involved in their gaming sessions and do all kinds of record-breaking things, and to celebrate their immense passion we’ve put together a list with ten instances when people took survival games too far.

Lorenzo Ramondetti Played Resident Evil 4 & 5 for 36:29:40

It’s simply unimaginable how someone could stay productive for 36 and a half hours, constantly having his heart tested by jump scare after jump scare and gory monsters that seem to appear out of nowhere. But the truth is that Lorenzo Ramondetti managed to play and replay Resident Evil 4 and 5 time and time again, without getting bored or dying of a heart attack, for that matter. Honestly, he deserves all the kudos in the world both for his patience and for his stamina, that were surely needed for such a terrifying endeavor.

Dying Light Spotlight Edition costs $10m

Priced at the whopping sum of $10 million, Dying Light Spotlight Edition was not only intended to be sold as part of a tremendous PR stunt the developers came up with, but it is also a perfect example of “when people take survival games too far”. In this case, the exaggeration comes from the fact that nobody in their right mind would spend such a fortune on a gaming title, even though this would give them the opportunity to win a speaking role in Dying Light: The Movie including professional acting lessons from Roger Craig Smith, who is playing Ezio in Assassin’s Creed.

Longest Marathon Playing Minecraft lasted 35:40:02

Everybody knows that Minecraft is one of the most popular video games in the world, its massive player base being comprised of gamers of all ages, but it was only one person who was able to set a word record playing this survival title. Mark Walls-Sawchuk from Wisconsin glued himself to the chair from the 1st to the 2nd of June 2016 and played Minecraft as if there was no tomorrow for no less than 35 hours, 40 minutes and 2 seconds. Impressive, right?

UnReal World (survival) – Longest Update Support for a Videogame

UnReal World is a 1992 rogue-like survival game developed by two Finnish friends, the truly interesting fact about this gaming title being that it receives regular updates even to this day and, in conclusion, the Guinness Book of Records awarded it an accolade for the “longest update support for a videogame” back in 2017. The dedication these two developers had and still have towards their game is simply amazing and even though they might have taken their love for the game too far, this time it’s definitely for a positive outcome.

Streamer uhTrance Finished Resident Evil 7 in 94 minutes

Resident Evil 7 gained quite a recognition when it comes to scaring the heck out of its players, the majority of them being unable to spend even one full hour playing this ultra-gory gaming title. But as we already know, there is always a hero ready to save the honor of all these faint-hearted players and finish the game in 94 minutes! His name is uhTrance, he is a streamer and he deserves a round of applause for managing to finish a 10 hour long survival game in one and a half hours, scary moments included!

Carcinogen – the Player Obsessed with No-hit Runs in Resident Evil

Carcinogen began his speed running career back in 2006 and since then he managed to finish a great deal of video games in a blink of an eye, his specialty being horror survival titles from the Resident Evil series. As if they weren’t already hard to beat while playing them at a normal pace, this fearless gamer is now aiming to finish them without even taking a single hit, showing that dedication can sometimes go as far as to become an everyday life style.

Kurt J. Mac Traveled 2,097 km in Minecraft’s Survival

Kurt J. Mac has been walking towards the fabled Far Lands since 2011 and in 2015, when this record was set, he had managed to traverse the stunning number of 2,097,152 blocks – the equivalent of 2,097 kilometers (or about 1300 miles). This wild dream started as a mere hobby, but as videos featuring him simply walking through Minecraft gained quite a YouTube following, he thought of using this as an encouragement to continue even further and also use this quest as a means to raise money for charity.

The Longest Survival-horror Marathon is 46:34:48

In September 2017, a gamer named Thomas Frey managed to get the record for the longest videogame marathon on a survival-horror title, playing for 46 hours, 34 minutes and 48 seconds. The inspiring resilience of intensely focusing for two full days while running for your life in a video game is definitely an out-of-this-world thing and we cannot feel but amazed by each and every player who owns a world record of this caliber.

Twitch Horror Gamer Breaks World Record after Being Startled by Daughter

JurassicJunkie is a Twitch streamer from the UK who became popular by gathering over 2 million viewers on one of his clips where he was playing Outlast 2 in the dark, with his headphones on, when suddenly his daughter surprised him with a cold beverage. The shriek of terror he let out when he saw the toddler lurking behind, helped him enter the Guinness Book of Records for the “most viewed video on Twitch”. When you get a jump scare from your infant, you know you have been playing for too long, right?

Fastest Time to Build a House in Minecraft Survival is 3:54 min

Building a house in Minecraft Survival mode is no walk in the park but if you manage to be very resourceful, know where to find materials and how to put them together in a fast and efficient way you can get it done in as few as 4 minutes, or so we can gather from the record established by Christopher Rüsch from Germany, who managed to raise this structure from the ground in just 3 minutes and 54 seconds.

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8 Things Rockstar has Planned for GTA 6

A lot of rumors have been sprouting all over the internet about the upcoming Grand Theft Auto title, including a fake release date and numerous failed photoshop jobs depicting a disk cover managed to get released to the public and this made gamers skip a heartbeat. But because none of them proved to be true, we’re here to discuss 8 of the possible things Rockstar is planning to put into GTA 6. Even though we’re not certain of anything as of yet. So, keep your fingers crossed and hope good things will happen!

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Release Date in 2022

Because we know this is one of the first questions that comes to mind when thinking about the upcoming Grand Theft Auto title, we’re going to cut to the chase and tell you that we’re not going to see any new heists until 2022. From what could be gathered from online trusted sources, Rockstar is most probably going to release the sixth installment of the series just in time for the new generation of consoles so this is why they’re not hurrying things along.

Flights between US and South America

It seems that one of the novelties that this new game will bring will be a series of missions that will likely take pace somewhere in South America, the player will have to take a flight from the US in order to reach the exotic destination where the next mission will take place. This is apparently a real possibility and we truly hope that this feature will be included in the final game because it sounds so good that we simply can’t wait to experience such an amazing change of scenery.

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Theme: Drugs

It is believed that this time Rockstar is going to dive into stories involving mobs and drug trafficking, drawing inspiration from the success of Netflix’s Narcos. While they have already experimented with more mature themes in the other GTA titles, tackling the subject of narcotics is definitely way more sensitive and might raise a series of eyebrows upon release. However, there’s no doubt that the release of GTA 6 is definitely going to stir up some controversy somewhere.

Massive Map: All America

Another assumption that was wildly present across the web is that this ultra-expected gaming title will spread across a massive map and will have an extensive world that is going to include all of America. Most probably the players will be able to travel between locations and take part in instanced missions across a number of different cities, each and every time enjoying a varied and entertaining scenery where major action scenes will play off.

Set in Vice City

Even though the storyline might take the protagonist throughout the two Americas, the main action will most likely be set in Vice City, thus Rockstar making a return to their origins and bringing back a lot of memories from the earlier title from the GTA series. It remains to be seen if this presumption is really going to become a reality; but chances are that it will be, from what we could gather reading and listening to interviews with the developers. So, get ready to search for those nostalgic easter eggs reminding you of the original GTA Vice City.

A Female Protagonist

When Dan Houser, vice president of Rockstar, was asked if they ever thought about introducing a female character in GTA 5, he answered that it didn’t necessarily seem natural for the plotline of that particular title but, in the future, they are definitely thinking of giving the lead to a strong lady figure. Now, the sensible conclusion is that the sixth title in the famous GTA series is most probably going to break the ice and have at least a female character included in the cast.

Playing as a Cop or as a Criminal

Yet another idea that makes our heart jump with joy: being able to play either as a cop or as a criminal would be one of the most wonderful surprises Rockstar could ever unveil, this dual storyline being a true gem when it comes to gameplay variety and overall immersion into the story. Let’s hope that we can get this piece of news confirmed as soon as possible because it’s really something we are looking forward to in the new GTA 6. We also hope to see some great undercover cop action.

Will Take Place in the 70’s/80’s

Many people tend to believe that the upcoming Grand Theft Auto title will take place in the 70’s or the 80’s, the retro vibe of these periods giving an entirely unique feeling to the whole gaming title in its entirety. Will Rockstar go for the vintage look, or give us modern, even electric, cars to play around with? We have to admit that GTA 6 is one of the most expected gaming titles of the future and we simply cannot wait until new information will surface about this highly anticipated game.

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Lyanna Stark’s tomb might hold the key to proving Jon Snow’s Parentage

Game of Thrones season 8 has already premiered and hype levels are at an all time high.

After delivering two emotion-packed episodes, the upcoming episode promises to feature the fabled “Battle of Winterfell” which is basically going to be a battle of the living against the forces of Death led by ancient beings called the White Walkers.

There are a lot of fan theories about how the battle will pan out and who will come out victorious but there seems to be a consensus about one particular thing – that there is going to be deaths of some of the fan favourite characters.

However, one interesting fan theory seems to reveal how Lyanna Stark’s tomb might hold the key to proving Jon Snow’s parentage.

Before you even think of reading any further, let me warn you there are some HUGE spoilers ahead and even if you have watched the show, it might still take you by surprise.

Unless you want things spoiled or are already very aware of it all, having read the books as well, I will recommend you skip reading further till you watch episode 3 of the ongoing season.

Lyanna Stark is the sister of Ned Stark and was secretly married to Rhaegar Targarian. Jon Snow, unlike what everyone thought, is not the bastard of Ned Stark but in fact the love child of Lyanna and Rhaegar.

His name was recently revealed to be Aegon Targarian. However, this information was revealed by very sketchy means of his brother Bran experiencing visions showing the events leading up to his birth and Samwell Tarly chancing upon some records at the Citadel which chronicles the marriage of Rhaegar and Lyanna.

Now, it will be extremely difficult to prove that Jon Snow is indeed Aegon Targarian to the others considering Bran is his brother and Sam is his best friend. Here’s where Lyanna’s tomb comes into the picture.

A theory on Reddit suggests that Lyanna’s tomb contains a Harp belonging to Rhaegar Targarian and Daenerys will discover it in the next episode.

A series of events will lead Daenerys to the crypts of Winterfell where she will find Lyanna’s tomb and inside of which she will find her brother’s Harp, proving beyond any doubt that Jon Snow is indeed the legitimate son of Rhaegar which automatically gives him the first right to claim the Iron Throne and become the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

This discovery will potentially start a conflict between the cousins cum incestous lovers with Daenerys feeling her claim to the throne is under threat.

“Will you make a song for him?” the woman asked.

“He has a song,” the man replied. “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.”
— ACOK, Daenerys IV

Read this post at a fan forum to delve further into this theory and why the harp is so important in all scheme of things to come.

How she will take this discovery is anyone’s guess but we personally can’t wait for the next episode to start to find out if this theory indeed proves out to be true and what kind of implications it might have.

If Lyanna’s tomb indeed contain Rhaegar’s Harp, it will prove to be vital evidence for proving Jon’s true parentage to others and Jon might finally accept the fact that he was destined to rule.

Would this result in a lover’s tiff between Daenerys and Aegon a.k.a Jon? Only time will tell, but considering how volatile the mother of dragons has proven to be in recent episodes, she might want Jon’s head to resolve her differences.

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Here’s Everything We Know About The Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Movie

Obi-Wan is finally getting some serious respect, as Lucasfilm and Disney are working on putting out a new Star Wars movie centered around this Jedi Master. By now, that’s probabally not news to you, so we’ve put together a collection of everything that’s known about this upcoming film to date, along with some speculation.

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What We Know About Star Wars: Obi-Wan

The Obi-Wan standalone Star Wars movie was just announced, and people are getting really excited for it, and for good reason.

So far, the director Stephan Daldry is in talks with Disney about taking the helm of this movie. He has directed The Hours, Billy Elliot, and a number of other slightly less recognizable things. He’s also set to direct Wicked, a film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical based on the Wizard of Oz, in 2019. Will they be filming the Obi-Wan Star Wars before that? It’s unclear at the moment, since there isn’t even a script for it yet.

Daldry is Oscar-nominated, so he’s bringing some serious chops to this movie if it ends up moving forward with him. He would be overseeing the development and writing along with some higher-ups at Lucasfilm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Daldry (image: wikipedia)

This isn’t the only Star Wars movie in some stage of the development process that strays from the current main series. There’s a Han Solo movie that’s just about done shooting, with Ron Howard directing it.

To take things even further, there are talks of doing another one based on Yoda, and even a Boba Fett standalone film. Disney is using their Marvel-style of doing the group films along with the side-stories that have a stronger emphasis on one main character, and it means they’ve unlocked a whole treasure trove of Star Wars lore to explore in upcoming movies for decades to come.

Ewan McGregor has also supposedly expressed an interest in reprising his role, this time as an older Ben Kenobi, however there isn’t even a script yet so it’s too early to know much of anything.

Here’s some speculation and theories from what we might see in this upcoming Obi-Wan movie:

It’s unknown where this movie will be taking place, and at what time, but it makes sense that it would be somewhere in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. There’s a gap of nearly two decades there during which it’s unclear what he was up to. This theory comes via Den of Geek. They also suggested that it’s possible that Lucasfilm and Disney could do a movie all about a much younger Obi-Wan, or one that takes place during The Clone Wars.

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Most people, we’re guessing, would much rather see a standalone Obi-Wan movie that takes place during Kenobi’s time on Tatooine. If we do hear anything about McGregor being confirmed to star in this movie, then we’ll have a pretty good idea when it will be taking place. However, if he doesn’t have a starring role, it’s still possible that he could appear for a flash-forward-in-time type of scene.

Since there’s basically nothing to go on yet, since the script hasn’t been penned and we can only speculate as to what early ideas are in the heads of the people working on this, or what exactly was pitched at the private closed-doors meetings, it’s hard to say exactly what the plot will revolve around, but it’s also possible to take some guesses just based on knowing the character.

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If the movie ends up taking place on Tatooine, we’ll likely see some familiar bad guys along with some new faces. If Jabba ends up being the antagonist, it’ll be interesting to see how they end up handling things, since Jabba wouldn’t be able to be killed in the movie. Any existing characters that Obi-Wan were to encounter, you’d know that if they appear in a later film, that they ended up surviving their encounters with him, and it could make things kind of strange to watch.

There’s a lot to look forward to, as these solo films with some of our favorite Star Wars characters really open up a ton of doors for interesting movies, not to mention games.

Make sure you let us know what you’re expecting to see from this movie, do you have any ideas of cameos of other characters that might show up? It seems super likely that, at the very least, we’ll see an appearance from Jabba, but beyond that – the rest is really up in the air. As soon as we learn who some of the cast are, or more details are released, we’ll be able to start putting more of  the pieces together, but even then, there are surely going to be some surprises along the way once this movie is finally released.

There isn’t a release date yet, or even a rough window, but we’ll keep you posted.

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Ketchup Has Been Replaced As Most Popular Sauce By This

Ketchup might not be the most glamorous sauce out there, but it still used to be the most popular sauce until very recently when tomato ketchup was dethroned. People are losing it over what it was that replaced ketchup. Not only do some people hate this other option, others say it’s not even a sauce at all and shouldn’t be eligible to begin with.

What do you think it is that replaced ketchup? Could it be BBQ sauce? Maybe mustard? Some experts are attributing the fall of ketchup to the fact that ketchup has more or less failed to innovate. Sure, you might find a hand-picked blueberry ketchup at an upscale burger restaurant, but for the most part, when you look in the ketchup aisle at the grocery store, it’s all the same sugary redness that’s been there since we were kids and long before.

It’s not for a lack of effort. Ketchup has tried to innovate over the years, remember when they released different colors of ketchup and people absolutely hated it? Maybe instead of making purple, green, and blue ketchup – they could have been coming up with some unique twists on the flavor.

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But alas, ketchup’s moment in the sun has faded and it has been outsold by something else recently. That something else might not be what you’re expecting, and that’s mayonnaise. Good old fashioned mayo has done a good job of branching out. From chipotle mayo, to countless other flavors of mayonnaise and aioli and similar sauces, there’s just a lot more going on than you’ll find in the world of ketchup. Not only that, but the beans have been spilled in a recent marketing campaign saying the secret to a perfect grilled cheese sandwich is to use mayonnaise on the outside of the bread when you fry it, instead of butter.

Now for  the controversial part…

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Debates have been breaking out as to whether or not mayonnaise is even a sauce to begin with. Google’s definition of sauce is “thick liquid served with food, usually savory dishes, to add moistness and flavor.” A quick google search for ‘what is mayonnaise’ turns up the following definition: “a thick, creamy dressing consisting of egg yolks beaten with oil and vinegar and seasoned.”

Based on that, mayo is definitely a type of sauce, although there are obviously many other sauces that aren’t mayo.

This study was done by Kantar Worldpanel, a consumer research organization that looks into trends in the marketplace. Ketchup and Mayo both sell roughly 200 million dollars worth in a year in the UK in particular, with mayo still edging out ketchup 200 million to 192 million. In the UK, they have something called brown sauce, and it’s what is known as BBQ sauce in North America. Since ketchup is like a base for BBQ sauce, it would be interesting to see if adding ketchup and brown sauce together would be enough to take back the crown from mayo or not.

It’s based on how much money is spent on each sauce, and it’s worth pointing out that mayo is generally quite a bit more expensive than ketchup. A jar of mayo is probabally going to cost you at least 2x-3x as much as a bottle of ketchup. This is significant because it could mean that people are still using a lot more ketchup than mayo, they’re just spending more money on the mayo since it’s more expensive.

We’ve looked at the numbers for the UK, but in the USA it’s not even close. In recent years, Americans spend about 2 billion dollars per year on mayo, and about 800 million on ketchup, according to Quartz.

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If mayo is the champ, and ketchup is in a distant second place in America, then which sauce comes in at number three? The answer is soy sauce. To put things in perspective, here are some of the top selling condiments (not necessarily the same criteria as a ‘sauce’, since these don’t need to be thick) in America:

“A substance such as salt or ketchup that is used to add flavor to food” is the definition of a condiment.

  • Mayonaise – 2 billion
  • Ketchup – 800 million
  • Soy sauce – 725 million
  • BBQ sauce – 620 million
  • Mustard – 425 million

That’s the amount of money spent on each of those different types of sauces in America every year. Hot sauce has been getting some real heat lately, too, but it still hasn’t grown big enough to outpace mustard, and until it does, it’ll have to be content with resting outside of the top 5.

If you had to put together your own list of the top 5 sauces and/or condiments, how similar would it look to the above list? Make sure you also mention where you’re from, since sauce usage is going to vary significantly between regions. It’s also worth pointing out that salsa isn’t included in the table above, as it had been classified as a “dip” rather than a condiment, but that seems kind of iffy since you can definitely put salsa on things as a condiment.

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YouTube Superstars Got Into a Fight On Stage For This Reason

Upload is a yearly event where content creators gather together with a bunch of their fans. From gaming channels, comedy channels, music channels, and more – you’ll find a lot of the top Youtubers all under one roof, and sometimes that can lead to a healthy dose of chaos.

You might remember Vidcon from earlier in the summer, where there were also some hectic moments like when Jake Paul decided to randomly hide money everywhere and nearly caused a riot when he decided to run into a crowd of fans after being warned about doing so.

What’s popular on YouTube varies as trends come and go. From Story Time to Let’s Play to filling up a swimming pool with cola, thees things come and go. Lately, if you’ve been keeping an eye on the top trending videos, you’ll have noticed that diss tracks are trending often these days, and KSI has been one of the names that keeps popping up again and again.

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The event features all sorts of things to see and do, and has grown significantly since last year. There are multiple stages, designated areas where fans can meet their favorite creators, there are gaming tournaments that you can enter and watch, places to buy merch from your favorite channels, contests and competitions, a retro zone for a walk down memory land, and more.

Despite everything there was to see and do at Upload London 2017, there’s one event in particular that’s getting all of the attention, and that’s when KSI took the stage with another popular creator named Joe Weller, and as the crowd looked on chanting “fight! fight! fight!” as the two got right up in each other’s faces. With the crowd, the adrenaline of the moment, and realizing that everyone’s watching and this could get them both a ton of buzz, it was really only a matter of time until they put hands on one another and started to fight.

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Tazza managed to catch the scuffle on camera, and also offered up some more background information while speaking with LADbible:

“The previous day (Saturday, September 9) KSI was on a panel and was talking badly of Joe Weller.

“Joe then replied to someone on Twitter who had informed him about this. Joe then gatecrashed KSI’s panel on Sunday, which led to the face-off.

“The screams were mostly from kids full of excitement. Some parents and other people were quite shocked.

“The bodyguards had to pull them apart as well as Joe Weller’s close friend, Elliot Crawford. Joe was escorted out of the panel room and KSI didn’t seem very happy throughout the rest of the panel.”

Tensions between Joe and KSI go back before that first panel, however. The day before they got into it, KSI was talking trash about Joe at a different panel, and the next day Joe showed up out of nowhere to confront him about it publicly. Some people are saying this is all staged in order to get people talking about the event and to help these two grow their channels, and it wouldn’t be unprecedented since they’ve all tapped into this latest wave of YouTube drama and have been using it to grow their channels in recent months.

Here’s a video from the confrontation between Joe Weller and KSI:

Even before this confrontation, there have been videos back and forth between the two, planting the seeds of this rivalry. Whether or not this was all a big publicity stunt, what really matters is how the fans and the audience react to it, if they eat it up then it’s a success. Even if most people think it’s fake, it can still be a success since everyone’s talking about it either way, and it seems like the old saying “all press is good press” is truer these days than ever before.

Here are some reactions that people have had to this whole kerfuffle:

“It doesn’t work when they’re all smiling and laughing at it, I know it’s fake but at least try,” said Dwyane Wade.

“They must feel really badass having a bunch of children screaming at them to fight,” said macnams.

“Fake af and just straight cringe,” said JarrShyy.

Others with a more critical eye, or having flashbacks to the recent Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor bout, are pointing out that KSI seems like he’s out of breath just from this, and how that could mean he might not fare very well in an actual fight, so they’re giving the edge to Joe. Others are pointing out how this manufactured drama is just cringy and hard to watch. Which camp do you fall into, do you think this was real or just set up to get attention? And of course, the most important question, who would win in a fight between KSI and Joe Weller?

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They Ranked English Accents In Order of Sexiness and People Went Insane

There are a lot of different English accents on the other side of the pond from America. To people outside of the region, we can usually identify maybe two of them. There’s the John Oliver style accent, and then the Royal Family style accent. But to people who are used to hearing all of the different varieties their whole lives, there’s a lot more nuance involved that they’re able to pick up on, that people from other places usually can’t recognize at all.

Someone decided to go ahead and rank all of the different English accents based on how sexy they are, and obviously this created quite a stir. On the one hand, for people who are attracted the the accents, it caused a fury in that sense. Also, it caused an additional fury among the locals and people living in any of those places, especially if their accents were ranked really high or really low – but people were even arguing over the middle of the list. They could see which regions were ranked directly above them, and it caused some jealousy, but mostly it was all in good fun. Let’s go over some of the different accents, how they ranked, and how people have been reacting ever since this list was released.

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There’s an on-going debate about which English accents sound the nicest, and which ones… don’t. It’s the same in a lot of places. If you traveled around America, you’d hear a lot of different accents, and certain stereotypes associated with them. Same goes for Canada, and Australia, but the English accents are among the most diverse.

Here are the ten English accents that ranked the LOWEST on the list:

  • Truro
  • Southampton
  • Salisbury
  • St Albans
  • Norwich
  • Wakefield
  • Wolverhampton
  • Sheffield
  • Hull
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham

The folks in Truro probabally aren’t thrilled to be so low on the list, but if somebody only looked at the bottom ten with a quick glance, they might think Truro was ranked 1st, so that’s something. The poor folks in Birmingham, however, are dead last no matter how you slice it.

Here’s how the original list defended their choice of putting Birmingham last: “Let’s face it, you don’t want a brummy reading the 9 o’clock news while you’re eating your cheerios. Nobody deserves that first thing.”

Here are some other highlights from the list, via LovinManchester:

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  • 50. Bristol: A hearty, rum ol’ mystery of a sound. Learn what ‘lush’ and ‘gert’ mean and you’re pretty much fluent.
  • 45. Norwich: If it were a colour it would be beige.
  • 40. Coventry: The land of elongated words. Takes them a good hour to say anything at all.
  • 34. Peterborough: A truly frightening sound.
  • 23. Bradford: Allegedly the pioneers of the British curry, so these guys are ok with us.
  • 13. Chichester: If you can pronounce the name, you’re halfway there already.
  • 8. Oxford: The quintessential English accent? We can’t make up our minds.
  • 3. Cambridge: Hard to distinguish it as a unique accent as the place is inundated with ‘rah’ like students, all of whom are from Guildford anyway.
  • 2. London: Hard to resist the charm of the Queen’s English… if you can get them to give you the time of day, that is.

It’s worth pointing out that this list was made by a site called “LovinManchester” so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Manchester made the top of the list, and that most of their readers are also from Manchester and would agree. We can only imagine that LovinOxford would have Oxford in the top spot, LovinLondon would rank their own accent first, LovinNorwich would put Norwich at the top of the list, and so on and so forth.

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Here are some of the reactions that people had:

Some people handled this list better than others. Some people had meltdowns, some thought it was just funny…

“While I 100% agree Manchester is by far the best city in the UK, if not thr world, I can’t agree the Manchy accent ‘cuts the mustard’ at all. It is a very lazy accent. While not technically a Mancunian as I was born in Warrington i have lived in Flixton for all but the first 5 years of my life as have my family for many generations !” said Anna from Facebook.

“would rather be sweet talked by a newcastle lad or yorkshire lad any time over a mancunian accent its awful particularly around Salford area” said Michelle on Facebook.”

“I agree that Norwich is boring but how is Chelmsford with it’s whiny Essex accent at number 15?! Surely that’s competitive with Birmingham for last place! You got the Manchester accent right though!” said Andy on Facebook.”

A lot of the arguments weren’t over who was in first place, but just wanted to be ranked ahead of their rivals, like Andy who wasn’t happy with Clemsford in 15th because he thought they deserved last.

Where are you from, and what do people think of your accent when you meet them?

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Woman Who ‘Accidentally Destroyed’ 40 Million Dollar Lotto Ticket Has Died

The woman who became known as Lotto Gran has tragically passed away inside of her home after going into cardiac arrest. She is known for her story involving an incident with a lottery ticket which went viral, but left her feeling suicidal from all of the negative attention she had been getting.

Her death isn’t being treated as suspicious by authorities. The family said they don’t know what happened yet, and are still awaiting more information from the coroner to understand what happened and what caused this cardiac arrest.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service offered more information about the details of what happened: 

“We can confirm that it was called to reports of a woman in cardiac arrest at a property in Borrowdale Drive, Worcester, at 5.35pm yesterday.”

Susanne Hinte, a grandmother from Worcester, originally made headlines after she made the claim that she had accidentally put a £33 million (About $42,000,000 USD) winning lottery ticket through the washing machine, destroying the ticket by making the numbers difficult to read.

It started when there was a lottery for the equivalent of over 80 million USD, and one of the winning tickets was still unclaimed. Susanne said she found the winning lottery ticket, but then accidentally put it through her washing machine in her laundry. That’s one expensive load of laundry.

Camelot is the company that manages the lottery in the UK, and they soon sent investigators to look at the ticket that had gone through the wash to try to determine if they could make out what the numbers on it were. Photos of the lottery ticket that allegedly went through the wash showed what appeared to be the winning numbers.

The truth about the lottery ticket

After close inspection, Camelot’s investigators were able to determine that the lottery ticket wasn’t, in fact, a winning ticket. It was a phony. It had gone through the washing machine in a pair of jeans which made it harder to verify its authenticity, and the backlash to this public story was really powerful and damaging for her. She had said that she was living the lifestyle of a celebrity but without all of the money that comes with it, so basically just getting harassed by photographers all day.

She sold the washing machine that she had said ruined her winning lottery ticket. (image: dailymail)

Susanne earned the nickname Lotto Gran, and became a bit of a meme, and had a LOT of hate coming her way from people who thought that what she did was just the worst thing ever. Now, Susanne said it was an accident, that she thought she had the winning ticket and ended up being mistaken after all, however it seems like a lot of people think that she was just lying, and trying to claim winnings that weren’t rightfully hers. It’s hard to imagine that she would ever really think they’d hand over the money just because she had a washed-up lottery ticket with numbers that had been partially washed out. It seems like you could give her the benefit of the doubt over that. It was all sorted out, and eventually the person who actually did have the winning ticket was able to claim their prize.

After the dust had settled, Susanne had said that she regretted the entire experience, and the nasty comments she had been getting from everyone were making her feel suicidal.

“We can confirm that it was called to reports of a woman in cardiac arrest at a property in Borrowdale Drive, Worcester, at 5.35pm yesterday. An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent on arrival at the scene that nothing could be done to save the patient and she was confirmed deceased.”

Locals had spotted a moving van outside the house, as next of kin arrived to go through her things and to make final arrangements.

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“Police were called by the ambulance service to an address on Borrowdale Drive, Worcester at 5:40pm yesterday, August 14. A woman, aged 49, was declared dead at the scene. Her death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner. Her next of kin are aware,” revealed a spokesperson for the local police.

Becoming notorious for something like this can be absolutely devastating for someone, especially if they aren’t looking for fame at all and aren’t prepared for it, and especially when it’s for something that rubs people the wrong way and attracts all sorts of vitriol. There’s people like Cash Me Outside Girl who go looking for the attention and negativity and leverage it to make lots of money, but in this case it’s all of the negativity without any of the upside, so you’ve got to feel for her, whether or not the whole lottery thing was an honest mistake or an attempt at trying to be sneaky, she still definitely paid the price and then some.

We are sending our best to her family in this difficult time.