Fernando Alonso reportedly will race for Toyota at Le Mans

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And perhaps in both WEC and F1 at the same time.

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SpinX aims to take over a crappy task

The SpinX is claimed to fit most toilets

Cleaning the toilet is one of those jobs that nobody likes. Wouldn’t it be better if toilets could just, you know … clean themselves? Well, the creators of the SpinX are claiming that their device will allow your toilet to do just that.

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SpinX aims to take over a crappy task

The SpinX is claimed to fit most toilets

Cleaning the toilet is one of those jobs that nobody likes. Wouldn’t it be better if toilets could just, you know … clean themselves? Well, the creators of the SpinX are claiming that their device will allow your toilet to do just that.

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Are You As Fit As a Military Athlete?


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Rob Shaul, the founder of Military Athlete, couldn’t give a rip about your tricked out biceps or Oak-like chest. As a trainer of tactical athletes—as well as those who simply aspire to have military-grade conditioning—he is much more concerned about what you can do with all that muscle.

“Relative strength refers to strength per your individual bodyweight,” he says. “I believe relative strength, not maximal strength (or the most you can lift), is most important for military, law enforcement, and rescue athletes because you must travel over ground and carry your engine. We’re not training powerlifters or bodybuilders here. You’ve got to be able to run, climb, sprint, jump, and move.”

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The good news is that those are all traits that benefit everyone, regardless of how jacked you want your physique to be. All of those things, when trained regularly, can help as much with body composition as they can with pure athleticism. 

Shaul has devised a test that he feels is powerfully indicative of where you stand with your own levels of relative strength. If you’re the least bit curious as to where you stack up against the M&F community, post your (honest) results in the comments section below.

Relative strength test

Weigh yourself on a scale for present bodyweight.

Active warm-up: Try four rounds of a barbell complex (various multi-joint exercises performed back-to-back without rest) using 45lbs (women) or 65lbs (men). Suggested moves include deadlifts, hang cleans, overhead presses, rows, and upright rows. Shaul recommends four rounds, going for about 10 reps of each move, with about a minute between complexes. He suggests following this with light stretches of your ankles and hip flexors.

(1) Work up to 1RM Front Squat

(2) Work up to 1RM Power Clean

(3) Work up to 1RM Bench Press

(4) Max Reps Pullups

“The test involves three classic, simple barbell exercises: front squat, power clean, and bench press,” Shaul says. “We finish with max reps of strict bodyweight pullups.”

Barbell test

The barbell reveals truth in a lifter. Either you’re gonna beat gravity, or you’re not. And since barbells allow for the coordination of multiple muscle groups at once, it’s important to be a master of these moves. The front squat is a departure for the many among us who have become too comfortable with back squatting—it calls for greater core strength and shifts the muscular emphasis to your quads. The power clean is a very technical movement that requires a high degree of athleticism. Getting that bar from A to B is a purely alpha accomplishment that recruits a ton of muscle while also training your central nervous system. The bench press is perhaps the most familiar movement for most lifters and it remains a stalwart indicator of upper-body strength.

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Relative strength equation for barbell moves:

1RM Front Squat Load + 1RM Power Clean Load + 1RM Bench Press Load divided by your bodyweight

Barbell Standards:

Men: 4.0+

Women: 3.0+

Example for Shaul (165lbs):

250lbs + 195lbs + 250lbs = 695lbs

695lbs / 165lbs = 4.21

“A big difference in your 1RM front squat and bench press numbers points to a strength imbalance, one way or another, between your upper and lower body,” Shaul says. “The two should be close for good relative strength.”

Shaul suggests working briskly toward your 1RM on each lift, trying to get there in 10 minutes, or about 5-7 progressively heavier sets, not done to failure.

Pullup test

Shaul scores pullups separately. You can use whichever grip works best for you. The only parameter is that your hands may not leave the bar once you begin your set. So if you can manage to complete additional reps without letting go of the bar, those reps will count toward your total.

“There is no time limit but both hands have to remain on the bar and you can’t touch anything with your feet,” says Shaul. “I generally rep out seven, then start doing singles. I’m weird, I know, but this seems to work for me.” The key, he says, is finding out what works best for you. Just summon whatever intestinal (and muscular) fortitude you can to get your chin to that bar.

Pullup standards:

Men: 12+

Women: 6+

Example for Shaul (165lbs):

19 reps

Being “relatively” strong

“Some guys are just physical mutants, like my assistant coach Jordan—huge lungs and very strong,” Shaul says. “But most of us aren’t like this, unfortunately.  And if you’re a normal guy with a score above 5.0, I’m betting you’re in love with the barbell and that your speed, running, endurance, and sprinting have suffered. Mine sure would.”

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Rob Shaul, CSCS, is founder of Military Athlete (www.militaryathlete.com) in Jackson, Wyoming. Military Athlete specializes in day-to-day programming for military and law enforcement athletes, as well as focused, sport-specific training plans for military fitness tests, special forces selections and training schools. 

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The KAWS x Air Jordan 4 “Black” Is Dropping on Cyber Monday

Brand: KAWS x Jordan Brand

Model: Air Jordan 4

Key Features: Blacked-out suede construction, signature KAWS detailing, glow-in-the-dark sole unit

Release Date: Monday, November 27

Price: TBA

Availability: Select Jordan Brand retailers

Editor’s Notes: Introduced as a friends and family exclusive, the potential public release of this highly-sought after silhouette has now received a release date according to reputable leaker Yeezy Mafia, with Cyber Monday as the target drop.

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This variation is a follow-up to the grey pair that released earlier this year.

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Actor Anthony Edwards Claims He And A Friend Were Molested & Raped By Broadway Producer Gary Goddard

Hollywood isn’t the only showbiz town with a sexual assault problem.

Actor Anthony Edwards has come forward to claim he and his friend were molested by Broadway producer and theme-park designer Gary Goddard (above, insert).

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In a powerful post on Medium, Edwards recalled meeting Goddard when he was 12, and described how the producer “quickly became a dominant force in [his] life” as a mentor and role model.

But the mentorship program, so to speak, took a dark turn when Goddard “exploited” Edwards and his friend. The actor continued:

“My vulnerability was exploited. I was molested by Goddard, my best friend was raped by him — and this went on for years. The group of us, the gang, stayed quiet.”

Because Edwards felt responsible for getting abused, he remembered not being able to tell his mother the truth when she asked him about rumors that the producer was a pedophile.

At that time, Edwards was 14 years old, but he said the resulting damage stuck with him for years:

“The resulting damage to the emotional development of a child is deep and unforgivable. Only after I was able to separate my experience, process it, and put it in its place could I accept this truth: My abuse may always be with me, but it does not own me.”

The now-55-year-old claimed he ran into Goddard 22 years ago and confronted him for his actions. Edwards felt a “temporary sense of relief” when the producer allegedly expressed remorse and said he had gotten help.

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But Edwards’ feelings of rage resurfaced four years ago when Goddard was in the press for alleged sexual abuse.

For those who don’t know, Goddard was targeted in a pair of lawsuits from aspiring actor Michael Egan that also named X-Men director Bryan Singer. Egan and the other anonymous British man both dismissed their suits.

As for Edwards, he’s hoping that shedding a light on his abuse can help break the stigma of the subject and encourage more victims to open up about their trauma, concluding:

“I’ve learned a lot in these last four years. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I’m not alone. One in six men have an abusive sexual experience before they turn 18. Secrecy, shame and fear are the tools of abuse, and it is only by breaking the stigma of childhood sexual abuse that we can heal, change attitudes, and create safer environments for our children.”

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Apple’s iPhone X vs. Google’s Pixel 2 XL

Now that the new 2017 flagship smartphones from both Google and Apple are available and in the hands of consumers, we thought we’d compare Apple’s iPhone X with the Google Pixel 2 XL to see how these two devices measure up.



In the video below, we took a look at specific features of both phones, including design, hardware, camera and display, along with each device’s unique features like Face ID and Active Edge. We also compared what it’s like using each phone on a day to day basis to give an overall picture of the similarities and differences between each of the devices.



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Both the Google Pixel 2 XL and the iPhone X have high price points ($849 for the former and $999 for the latter), and similar display sizes at 5.8 inches for the iPhone X and 6 inches for the Pixel 2 XL.



Inside, the iPhone X has a custom Apple-designed A11 processor, while the Pixel 2 XL features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. In raw benchmarks, the iPhone X outperforms the Pixel 2 XL, but the differences in processor and GPU speed aren’t as noticeable in real world usage. When it comes to intensive tasks, though, the iPhone X will handily outperform the Pixel 2 XL.



Both devices feature OLED displays, but the iPhone X’s display is leagues better than the OLED display of the Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 XL is plagued by serious display issues that have been making headlines for the last couple of weeks, including burn-in and bizarre color variations.



iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL both have impressive cameras and produce some amazing photos, but the Pixel 2 XL does a lot of what the iPhone X can do with just a single camera. Apple’s iPhone X is equipped with dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, one with an f/1.8 wide-angle lens and the second with an f/2.4 telephoto lens, while the Pixel 2 XL is sporting just a single f/1.8 12-megapixel camera.



As for front-facing cameras, the Pixel 2 XL has an f/2.4 8-megapixel camera while the iPhone X is sporting an f/2.2 7-megapixel camera that also happens to be equipped with an additional infrared camera, sensor, and dot projector to enable Face ID, one of the flagship iPhone X features that gives the iPhone X an edge over the Pixel 2 XL.



Face ID has proven to be largely fast and accurate, making it an improvement over fingerprint sensing technology. Pixel 2 XL continues to offer a fingerprint sensor, albeit a fast and accurate one. Active Edge, the Pixel 2 XL’s distinguishing feature, lets users squeeze the sides of the device to quickly activate Google Assistant. Speaking of Google Assistant, that’s another feature where the Pixel 2 XL has an edge over the iPhone X — many believe Google Assistant is more useful than Siri.



Pixel 2 XL has a larger battery than the iPhone X (though the iPhone X often wins out in battery life tests), but it doesn’t offer the same Qi wireless charging functionality that’s available in the iPhone X. It charges over USB-C, though, while the iPhone X continues to use a proprietary Lightning port for non-wireless charging purposes. Neither device has a headphone jack, as Google followed in Apple’s footsteps and opted to rely solely on wireless technology.



So which of these devices is better? It’s impossible to say. Both the iPhone X and the Google Pixel 2 XL are entirely different platforms, and each one is the best in its respective category. There are some things the Google Pixel 2 XL does better than the iPhone X, and some things the iPhone X does better than the Google Pixel 2 XL. Choosing one really comes down to the ecosystem you prefer — iOS or Android.

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Are These Virgil Abloh x Nike “The Ten” Blazer Customs Better Than the Original?

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In this day and age of DIY, no sneaker is safe from the custom treatment, not even one of the more coveted releases and collaborations of the year. Accordingly, here we get a look at a fire rework of Virgil Abloh’s Nike “The Ten” Blazer.

As you can see, some minor surgery was performed at the ankle, thus leaving the shoe with a unique branding flap at the heel. And for some added flavor, a number of safety pins have been applied to the customized collar — we think Abloh would approve, by the way.