Apex LegendsWattson's fences are causing problems again. / Photo courtesy of Respawn Entertainment/EAWattson's ability to create electrical fences to control space in Apex Legends has caused an inordinate number of bugs in the game, and players have recently discovered yet another.Apex Legends player and Twitter user @lilakeyLK pointed out the bug with a short video. The video demonstrates that every time a node is connected in the fence, a beam of light shoots into the sky.Going to look into this. Thanks!— rspn_pav (@rspn_pav) June 15, 2021"it seems insignificant, but this beam can stretch across entire POI's and maybe even further," lilakeyLK wrote in follow-up tweets. "it happens every time a fence is connected. you're basically just firing off flares into the sky every time you use your tactical."Respawn Entertainment developer support "pav" responded to lilakeyLK's video, thanking them for finding the bug and saying they would look into it.It's likely this bug fix will be swept into the next update to the game, but likely isn't disruptive enough to warrant an emergency hotfix. Pav didn't provide a timeframe for a fix.
Congratulations, kids!You’ve finally made it to the end of this bizarre, terrifying, mystifying, exhausting school year!You’ve been spectacular, and strong. We asked too much of you. Because we were trying to protect you from a virus we didn’t fully understand, you were cooped up for months, separated from your friends and almost every kind of ordinary fun. Those of you who ventured back into classrooms lived with constant caution, disinfection, constriction. All of you lived with relentless sameness, in shrunken worlds.All of you, even the luckiest, were changed by it. But for some, of course, the losses were devastating. Some of you tried to learn in homes that were crowded, unconnected, unsafe. Your parents were felled by COVID, or lost their jobs, or had to risk their health to keep working. The pandemic severed you from the classrooms that were your lifelines, and your parents’.Some of you fell behind. Some of you fell apart. Some of you disappeared altogether, your teachers unable to track you down.Many of you will be fine without the learning you missed this year, but some of you won’t. Millions of dollars and thousands of hours will be devoted to catching you up over the summer, but it will take more than a couple months’ instruction to make up what you’ve lost. Experts are saying some of your deficits — academic, mental, physical — could last for years.Watching you try to learn taught us much about ourselves, or made what we already knew painfully undeniable: Seeing you struggle made it impossible to ignore the criminally vast disparities between schools; and the impossible living conditions for millions of you; and the racial and economic inequality that put your families’ lives and livelihoods at risk.We’re sorry we let you down in so many ways this year, and more importantly, the many years before it. If we’d done a better job, those of you whose families suffered the worst of this year’s hardships would have been spared.We learned things, too, in this perilous time, things we must never forget: that it’s possible to feed hungry kids, target extra resources and learning time to those who need it, support their parents, honor all kinds of work — as long as we have the will. We watched with delight as remote learning gave some of you the comfort and flexibility you needed to thrive. And we saw the depth of your teachers’ devotion: They were patient and energetic even as their own families confronted the virus, and their toddlers ambled into their Zoom classrooms — a pleasure and a distraction.Will these lessons drift away from us now that summer is upon us and your worlds are opening up? Probably. Look how quickly we forgot our reverence for the essential workers we called heroes at the start of the pandemic. See the governors in some states ripping extra unemployment benefits and food aid from their own citizens in the hopes of forcing them back into jobs that pay too little.Maybe you’ll have longer memories than many of us do. Maybe, in addition to dealing with climate change and all of the other cataclysms we’ve dumped on your generation, you can make our schools more just too — so that future disasters, and benefits, fall more evenly upon our children.But all of that can wait, because summer is here!It is glorious to see you coming back out into the world. You’ve had field days and proms and graduation ceremonies these last few weeks. You middle and high schoolers are getting the vaccines that will free you to gather safely at parties and gaming consoles and sleepovers. You’ll have movies and dinners out and first kisses and singing with friends in crowded cars. And maybe, in a few months, the youngest among you will also be vaccinated and free.Every single one of you deserves the most gloriously indolent of vacations. You’ve been champs, and you have the right to let loose for a couple of months. We’ll try not to give you too hard a time about screen time or sleep or eating healthy.You made it through an impossible year. You’ve earned all the ice cream.Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeAbraham.
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Not all countries survive — and sometimes that’s for the best. The reasons for a nation’s demise can run the gamut from “mistakes, lies, stupid schemes and a lot of things that you’d file under the umbrella term of general idiocy,” explains Gideon Defoe in his new book, “An Atlas of Extinct Countries: The Remarkable (and Occasionally Ridiculous) Stories of 48 Nations that Fell Off the Map” (Europa Compass), out now. “Sometimes it’s murder,” Defoe writes. “Sometimes it’s an accident. Sometimes it’s because they were too ludicrous to exist in the first place.” Just as often, their leaders can be . . . well, less than admirable. Defoe describes these failed nation founders as “a catalogue of racists, con men, madmen, and people trying to get out of paying taxes.” Here are 10 upstart countries that were unable to persevere, and the reasons for their untimely demise. Rough and Ready Hotel The Great Republic of Rough and Ready, April 7-July 4, 1850 How It Ended: Couldn’t get booze When an 18-pound gold nugget was discovered in 1849 near an outpost called Rough and Ready — named for then-President Zachary Taylor’s military nickname — the news attracted thousands to the area, 62 miles northeast of Sacramento. The trouble started when California, just months away from becoming an official US state, imposed a mining tax. The townspeople were outraged. They took a vote and decided to secede from the United States. They created a flag and a constitution, which was pretty similar to the US Constitution — it even included the “life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” line. All was well until the next July 4th celebration, when neighboring towns refused to sell them booze “on the grounds that they were now foreigners,” writes Defoe. “It was also pointed out that you couldn’t really celebrate the Fourth of July if you weren’t part of America anymore.” The town had another meeting and decided to rejoin the Union, deciding it was a better alternative to being sober. William Augustus BowlesSepia Times/Universal Images Group Editorial The State of Muskogee, 1799–1803 How It Ended: Countrymen handed leader over to Spain William Bowles, a bored 16-year-old from Maryland, decided that what the indigenous Creek and Cherokee tribes needed was their own country, but with a white teen in charge. So he founded Muskogee in northern Florida, a self-governing “Indian nation,” with himself as“Director General.” It went well until 1792, when Bowles met with Spanish leaders about a peace treaty and they “clapped him in irons and shipped him off to the Philippines,” writes Defoe. He returned in 1800 and tried again, this time with a small army of Creek warriors. But after declaring himself “Chief of all Indians present,” his pissed-off army handed him over to the Spanish in 1803, who put Bowles in a Cuban prison for the remainder of his life. James Harden-HickeyAlamy The Principality of Trinidad, 1893–1895 How It Ended: Telephone poles James Harden-Hickey, a San Francisco native and monarchy enthusiast who despised democracy, noticed a small, unclaimed island during a boat trip and claimed it for himself. Harden-Hickey took the island’s existing name, Trindade (Portuguese for “trinity”), and translated it into Spanish, despite not being Spanish-speaking himself. Bankrolled by his rich father-in-law, he commissioned a flashy crown and began selling $200 bonds for free passage to his new kingdom. But then in 1895, the British Empire began laying a transatlantic cable to Brazil, and Trinidad “happened to be a convenient stopping-off point along the route,” Defoe writes. Harden-Hickey plotted an invasion of England in retaliation for the unwelcome telephone poles, but his father-in-law refused to fund it, so he committed suicide by poison instead. Princess Juliana with her daughter Princess MargrietAlamy Ottawa Civic Hospital Maternity Ward, January 1943 How It Ended: Dutch royal baby was born After Germany invaded the Netherlands in 1940, the Dutch royal family went into exile, with Princess Juliana ending up in the Canadian capital, Ottawa. She became pregnant while living there, which presented a problem: For the exact moment of the baby’s birth, the heir apparent had to enter the world specifically on Dutch land. So the Canadian government agreed to create an “extra-territorial” zone for the unborn child. Wherever the princess happened to be, even if she gave birth while out on a stroll, would be considered Dutch territory. Once Princess Juliana entered the third floor of Ottawa’s Civic Hospital to give birth to Princess Margriet, Canada declared the maternity ward part of the Netherlands, even flying a Dutch flag until the royal baby was born on Jan. 19. After the birth, the “extra-territorial” zone immediately reverted back to Canada. Jonathan LambertAlamy The Islands of Refreshment, 1811–1816 How It Ended: Pirates Jonathan Lambert, a young adventurer from Salem, Mass., discovered these remote islands (today called Tristan da Cunha) and colonized them for himself, three friends and a dog. With a welcoming name, his new kingdom “had the stated aim of providing refreshment to passing travelers — in effect, a glorified motorway service station, but in the stupidest place possible,” writes Defoe. Unfortunately, the only passing ships in that part of the Atlantic were more interested in stealing refreshments (and anything else they could grab), especially from an island nation run by four dudes and a dog. The flag of the Republic of Perloja The Republic of Perloja, 1918–1923 How It Ended: Written out of maps The inhabitants of Perloja, a small Lithuanian village, took advantage of the chaos following World War I to declare themselves an independent republic. They had their own flag, a bison with a cross on its head, and elected officials including a prime minister, minister of the interior, and a judge (who was popular for once sentencing a wife-beater to be beaten by his wife.) They also had a spy whose skills included bird impressions and dressing like an old woman. But when new maps were drawn up, their village suddenly appeared on the Polish side of the border. “The Polish police would turn up, and the Perlojans would hide in caves until they’d gone,” writes Defoe. They eventually gave up and reluctantly agreed to follow the laws of Poland, “though they commemorated their bold independent stand with a plaque,” Defoe writes. Ludwig II of BavariaAlamy The Kingdom of Bavaria, 1805–1918 How It Ended: Their king was insane This former German state that gained its independence after the fall of the Holy Roman Empire had a series of OK kings who mostly kept the nation together. But then came Ludwig II, the fourth king of Bavaria, who favored wearing a “weird bouffant that made his head look massive” and almost bankrupted the country by constructing over-the-top fairytale castles. Distracted by a toothache to back the wrong side in the Austro-Prussian War in 1870, Ludwig also ordered citizens to be executed for sneezing, organized expensive productions of plays in which he was the only audience member, and tried to have the Prussian crown prince kidnapped and “chained up in a cave.” In 1886, Ludwig’s body was found floating in a lake, either by murder or suicide (the case was never solved). Over the next few years, Bavaria slowly became part of the German Empire, “almost without anyone noticing,” writes Defoe. Hong XiuquanAlamy The Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace, 1851–1864 How It Ended: Only poisonous weeds to eat Hong Xiuquan, a failed civil servant convinced he was the Chinese younger brother of Jesus, formed a cult on Jan. 11, 1851 (his birthday), known as the God Worshippers, devoted to the destruction of demons. After a fierce and bloody battle with the Qing dynasty, they captured the city of Nanjing in 1853 and established it as their capital. Opium and polygamy were outlawed, which annoyed Hong’s followers, but the breaking point came in the summer of 1864, when the kingdom began to run out of food. Hong promised they’d be fine with “manna,” which turned out to be old weeds from the palace grounds. Unsurprisingly, Hong fell ill, “because rotten vegetation will do that,” writes Defoe. Twenty days later, he was dead, and the Heavenly Kingdom fell shortly thereafter. Jimmy StevensParis Match via Getty Images The Republic of Vemerana, May-September 1980 How It Ended: No weapons to defend itself A bearded, messianic, half-Scottish former bulldozer driver named Jimmy Stevens staged an uprising on the Espiritu Santo island in the South Pacific, with Stevens calling for a return to “the old ways.” He gave all government employees badges, from himself (as “chief president”) all the way down to “school children’s guard.” The republic was overthrown a few months later by an army from Papua New Guinea. The conflict, sarcastically dubbed the Coconut War by the foreign press (to mock both sides’ lack of any real weaponry), didn’t last long, since the islanders only had rocks, slings and some bow-and-arrows to defend themselves. The total casualty count for both sides was three, including Stevens’ own son. It was enough for the Republic to surrender. Today, it’s known as the Republic of Vanuatu, and is part of the Melanesian archipelago that compromises around 80 islands in the South Pacific. Getty Images The Kingdom of Sarawak, 1841–1946 How It Ended: Sold to Britain for jam After helping the Sultan of Brunei end a native uprising in Borneo, British-born James Brooke was given the governorship of Sarawak (and a pet orangutan named Betsy). Under his rule, he outlawed giving skulls as presents and tried to crack down on man-eating crocodiles — even sentencing a crocodile to death to discourage the other reptiles. The kingdom passed on to his grand-nephew, Vyner Brooke, who had an obsession with jam (his father forbade it, deeming it “effeminate”) and was so socially awkward he hid in cupboards to avoid conversations. After the kingdom was bombed during World War II, he sold it to the British for “a big lump of cash and all the jam he could eat,” writes Defoe.
“First time for everything.” Viktor Hovland had been tipped for great things at this week’s US Open. The Norwegian rising star, ranked 13th in the world after four top-three finishes on the PGA Tour this year, was earmarked by many as a potential winner at Torrey Pines (he finished tied second at the Farmers Insurance Open, also held at the San Diego venue, in January). However, the golfing gods often operate in cruel – and sometimes confusing – ways, as evidenced by Hovland’s exit from the tournament after just 27 holes on Friday. During his warm-up for the second round, Hovland was left with sand in his eye after hitting a bunker shot in the practice area. Sand in the eye isn’t an overly rare thing in golf, but while most players are lucky enough to be relieved of the discomfort after a few minutes, Hovland was forced to end his participation in the year’s third major. “First time for everything,” Hovland said on his Instagram page. “Hit a bunker shot in my warm-up today and caught some sand in my left eye. Get well soon, Viktor Hovland. Never change. pic.twitter.com/VX06nxaWIg — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 19, 2021 “Typically, when faced with such an unfortunate circumstance, the remedial action is to blink a few times for the sand to clear. However, the unique San Diego sand decided to linger. Much like the stubborn belly fat we all possess even after countless hours of cardio.” Hovland, who shot a three-over-par 74 in Thursday’s opening round, decided to persevere and began his second round with a sandy eye. However, having felt some relief while out on the course, the two-time PGA Tour winner’s vision ‘took a turn for the worse’ and he was forced to withdraw having fallen to nine-over, well outside the cut mark. “To withdraw, or not to withdraw. That was the question.” “After coming to terms with reality, my tee time was quickly approaching,” he added. “With a greatly diminished eyesight in the oculus sinister (left eye), the plan of attack was to try not to implode on the first few holes in order to have a chance to make the cut when eye sight had been regained. “After miraculously remaining unscathed for the first four holes, I sensed some improvement. I had just enough hope to keep going. A few more bogeys inevitably ensued and on hole 18 (my 9th hole), the slowly improving vision took a turn for the worse. “We were back to where we started. The inkling of hope that was once present had sought refuge elsewhere. To withdraw, or not to withdraw. That was the question. Just watched Viktor Hovland put his driver in a trash can on the range and walk away. Jovially, of course. (I think it was cracked, still pretty hilarious). — Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 17, 2021 “All jokes aside, hate to withdraw but will be back soon. Thanks for the messages!” England’s Richard Bland, 48, who recently captured his maiden European Tour title at the 478th attempt, leads the tournament at the halfway mark alongside American Russell Henley on five-under. Former Masters winner Louis Oosthuizen is just one back with Matthew Wolff, while Jon Rahm and Bubba Watson are well-placed at three-under. Rory McIlroy is at one-over following a disappointing 73 on Friday, while Shane Lowry battled well to make the cut at four-over. Read More About: golf, us open, Viktor Hovland
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Right LADs, I've got some bad news to bring you. Apparently there's a new trend for double moustaches going on.Yes, not content with the fact that everyone has decided to grow out their locks and see if they can achieve facial hair during the past lockdown, people have apparently decided to grow not one moustache, but two. It comes in various different forms, sometimes with the second 'tache beneath the mouth, sometimes with both shoved in above the lip. See what we mean?Credit: RedditEither way, it's weird, and it's not immediately clear whether we should be encouraging this behaviour or not. As you can see from a few of the pictures, the double 'tache can be performed with varying degrees of effort, from the delicately curled and manicured to the rough and ready. I mean, just look at the pictures - that's the point of this, after all.Credit: RedditOf course, the above effort is pretty outstanding, but it doesn't need to be so extravagant. You can do it your own way, as this one proves. Credit: RedditSo, if you fancy giving it a go, why not try it and submit your own effort?You couldn't do any worse than the chaps who thought that monkey tail beards were going to be a thing earlier this year. If you're madly trying to picture how it works, it's basically when a bloke grooms the beard and moustache into a long monkey tail-like shape that runs down one sideburn, down the jawline, along the chin, and then curls up around the side of the mouth, and then ends above the top lip.The primate-inspired look was first spotted back in September 2019, when MLB baseball player Mike Fiers donned the bizarre facial hairstyle to get a laugh out of his teammates.The look soon exploded into a full-on trend across social media, with many taking it to wild new heights by adding stripes or even a spiral curl under the chin.It's utterly bizarre. However, the double moustache might just be even more strange.
In 2021, social media users posted various photographs showing a bizarre flyer that encouraged passersby to “Retrain as a swan.” The full poster read: Want a New Challenge? RETRAIN AS A SWAN Two day courses / No previous experience necessary Full Tuition in:– Honking– Gliding serenely– Eating bits of bread– Breaking a man’s arm Earn up to £40 working on one of Britain’s illustrious waterways Book online at Cygnusjobs-4-u.net The surreal poster was shared especially widely on Facebook — the extent of its popularity is illustrated in the screenshot below, which shows just a selection of examples from 2021 alone: The text of the flyer offered no direct clues as to its origins, and the website listed on it (Cygnusjobs-4-u.net) was quickly claimed by someone who openly admitted “I didn’t create the meme.” However, rather than being a mysterious and amusing presence on lampposts throughout the U.K. with an anonymous creator, the flyer actually originated in a fake classified advertisement published by Viz, a renowned British comic book, in February 2020. The ad design could be found in a Feb. 9, 2020, Facebook post by Viz, which is known for its distinctive brand of surreal and off-color humor: Back in 2020, tweets showed the swan ad in its original context — next to another parody classified ad for a “motivated person to be moorhen five days a week,” under the “Aquatic fowl opportunities” section: