How Bored Panda Survived Facebook's Clickbait Purge – WIRED


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It's a surprising ranking for a 40-person site associated with the early days of blogging—a throwback to when the Internet was less an addictive, stress-inducing reflection of the ugliness of modern life, and more a place to kill time when we were

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Dallas Cowboys Week 13 rookie report: Xavier Woods and Chidobe Awuzie primed to have larger role – Blogging The Boys (blog)

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Dallas Cowboys Week 13 rookie report: Xavier Woods and Chidobe Awuzie primed to have larger role
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The Dallas Cowboys fell to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving Day in yet another ugly game. The offense still can't get going, the defense cannot make the plays needed in important games, and the injuries (and suspension) have been too much to …

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McGregor Upset Over Mayweather Would Put UFC Model to the Test

On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather will put his undefeated record on the line against mixed martial arts’ biggest star, Conor McGregor. But the person with the most to gain — and lose — may be Dana White, president of McGregor’s employer, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

By letting McGregor step into the ring, UFC and its owner WME-IMG are highlighting the financial differences between boxing and mixed martial arts. UFC will make money on the fight, and a McGregor upset would give mixed martial arts newfound status. White’s company may also risk losing its biggest star to a sport that will pay him much more.

Whatever the outcome Saturday, McGregor will make more from his first professional boxing match than he has in 4 1/2 years as a UFC fighter — one who’s held titles in two different weight classes and been a part of five of the eight most lucrative fights in UFC’s history, based on ticket sales.

McGregor could make $100 million from the fight, and Mayweather will make well over $100 million, White said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “It’s tracking as the biggest digital event we’ve ever been involved in,” he said.

Saturday’s fight is expected to sell more than $72 million worth of tickets, a record for a professional fight of any kind. According to Bloomberg Intelligence, the match-up should also set a record for pay-per-view sales. To do so, it will need to surpass the 4.6 million orders for the 2015 fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Read more on the big fight from Bloomberg Intelligence

All of those numbers dwarf the take from the biggest UFC fights. When McGregor fought Eddie Alvarez in New York City last November, UFC sold a record $17.7 million in tickets. The promoter’s record for pay-per-view buys is 1.6 million, a night headlined by McGregor’s fight against Nate Diaz in 2016.

But it’s about more than boxing’s popularity — the way fighters get paid in the two sports is also totally different. In a standard boxing pay-per-view event, fighters get about 60 percent of the pay-per-view money. (The rest is split between the network and the cable providers.) UFC doesn’t disclose how its money is divvied up, but the company keeps a large percentage of what’s available after the cable providers take their share. That’s why McGregor, as the sport’s biggest star, has likely never made more than $15 million for an MMA fight.

“The question is what parts of the UFC business model need to be changed in order to satisfy Conor’s monetary needs, now that he’s made over $100 million as a boxer,” said Ross Greenburg, former head of HBO Sports and a consultant for Showtime on the Mayweather-McGregor fight. “The UFC business model is threatened by this fight.”

Pay Criticism

In recent years, UFC fighters have criticized their employer for its relatively miserly revenue sharing, and few have been more outspoken than McGregor. In April 2016, he voiced his displeasure in a Facebook post, highlighting the amount of money he’d made for UFC in his previous three fights and clarifying that he’d refuse to fight unless he renegotiated his contract.

A few months later, after he knocked out Alvarez and UFC was sold for $4.2 billion to WME-IMG, he said he wouldn’t fight again unless he was given an equity stake in the company. “I want what I deserve,” he said. “I want what I earned.” He hasn’t been in an Octagon since, and White has acknowledged UFC may have to pay him more.

In the run-up to the Mayweather boxing match, McGregor has said that he’d like to continue to contend for titles in both MMA and boxing — “and I will rule both with an iron fist.” It may be more complicated than that. He’s under contract with UFC and had to negotiate to make this boxing match happen. Any conversation about a future in boxing will likely have to include UFC.

A lot of this will depend on how McGregor fares Saturday. He’s a heavy underdog, but that hasn’t stopped the betting public from backing him to win. Should McGregor lose, Greenburg said there probably won’t be enough of an appetite for him to keep boxing, at least not in another major pay-per-view fight. If he wins, it’s great for UFC’s brand — the company can say its champ, with no pro boxing experience, did what 49 previous pros could not — but that likely complicates the MMA star’s return.

“The more record-breaking this fight is, the bigger the issue they have with Conor McGregor and his managers when he tries to negotiate his next UFC deal,” Greenburg said.

Meantime, White is enjoying his foray into boxing promotion.

“When two guys like this come together, these type of events show you where the bar is set for the right guys and the right place at the right time — and what a big fight can do,” he said on Bloomberg Television.

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    Your Horoscope For The Last Week Of Mercury In Retrograde Has Things Looking Up

    It’s been a helluva retrograde cycle this month, with a total solar eclipse, a new moon, and with Saturn (the disciplinarian planet) going direct after months of retrograding in Sagittarius. This month, we’ve all been challenged to reassess the areas in life where we feel we can improve, where in life we feel we’re ready to step into a more authentic version of ourselves, and your horoscope for the week of Aug. 28 will continue that trend, with the focus more on play than on work.

    You may have given something up, either literally or figuratively, and been dealing with the consequences of that. You may have adopted a new outlook on life before truly giving up another, and Mercury retrograde has taught you that you need to be more thorough. This week, that focus will be on your love life, and your money — not how much money you make, but the ways in which you make it, and how much joy it brings you.

    Ultimately, because of Mercury’s retrograde coinciding with the solar eclipse, we’ve all been forced to utilize this time in the most efficient way possible, and we have one week left to go before Mercury goes direct. Here’s what to expect in that time.

    Venus in Leo: Hot Sex On A Platter

    Venus is the planet of romantic love, beauty, and money. Leo is a sign of drama, theatrics, play, creativity, and being in the spotlight. This last week of Mercury retrograde, you’ll be wanting a lot of attention. You will be stepping into the spotlight in your relationship, wow-ing your partner by being more expressive, outgoing and romantic. Your warmth is bound to attract others, whether you’re single or attached, so enjoy the attention!

    If your focus is less on your love life and more on career, you’ll be feeling like you want to start making your money in ways that allow you to shine the way you feel you’re meant to.

    Venus Square Uranus: Unconventional Methods

    Venus is the planet of love, beauty, and money. Uranus is the planet of unexpected surprise. It’s easy to remember because, like a finger in your ass, this planet always surprises you. Your love life could come across some fairly sudden, abrupt changes… or you could find that your regular toss in the sheets just isn’t doing it for you anymore. You need change to keep moving forward, so if you’re single, try saying yes to that date you thought was “too whatever” for you. Think of it as an experiment. If you’re attached… dare I suggest a finger in the ass? If you’re into that.

    If your focus is on money rather than your love life, chances are you’ll start finding alternative ways to make money this month. Beware of impulsive changes before Mercury stations direct on September 4.

    You may have been feeling like making sudden moves throughout this Mercury retrograde period, but have been restraining yourself. GOOD for you. Keep doing that. Restraint of pen and tongue during this last week of Mercury retrograde will keep you in a stable place, as the information that needs to reveal itself before you make changes will do so in the next week.

    You may feel stuck in the hallway of life, but remember, that’s just a part of life. You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.

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    How Long Before You Start Making Good Money Blogging? – Business 2 Community (blog)

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    The one blog topic that doesn't fit this approach is “Make Money Online” and that's simply because there's too much misinformation and disinformation out there. There are legitimate bloggers who are writing about and earning an ethical living helping

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    Three ways the Dallas Cowboys can jump-start their offense – Blogging The Boys (blog)

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    Scott Disick Opens Up To Khlo K About Anxiety In New ‘KUWTK’ Clip

    Khlo Kardashian is worried about Scott Disicks mental state when hes not around his kids, according to a sneak-peek trailer for Sundays new episode of Keeping up With The Kardashians.

    During the clip, Scottopens up to Khlo and says ever since Kourtney took the kids for the week, he feels anxious and he needs to book his time up to keep his mind off his family.

    This usually means making club appearances for money.

    Khlo makes the point this may not be the best choice for him at the moment and suggests he finds other ways to make money.

    Im going to be honest, Im not the biggest Scott Disick fan. I think he was kinda funny for a little a few seasons back, but hes now mostly an annoying whiner.

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    Joan of Arc ring stays in France after appeal to Queen

    French theme park has refused to return 15th-century relic that belonged to the teenage warrior who helped defeat English invaders

    A ring believed to have belonged to Joan of Arc has gone on display in France after its new owners made an appeal to the Queen to keep it out of the hands of its historic rival across the Channel.

    French historical theme park Le Puy du Fou bought the 15th-century gold-plated silver ring at auction in London in February for 300,000 but was told after it had arrived in France that it had not obtained the necessary export licence for a historical artefact.

    Arts Council England, which oversees the export regulations, said the ring should be returned to Britain.

    Puy du Fou president Nicolas de Villiers, whose father Philippe, a French politician, founded the theme park, said there had never been any question of returning the ring.

    The request made us laugh, he told the Guardian. We wrote to the Queen asking her if she could help sort things out quickly. Clearly Buckingham Palace spoke in the right persons ear because we then heard we could keep the ring.

    De Villiers added: Its a symbol, a relic, that has been held prisoner in England for 600 years. Its a small ring which does not appear of much value, but it has extraordinary symbolic significance for the French and we had to get it back.

    Its a strong symbol of an extraordinary period in our history and reminds us of this great woman who overcame such obstacles to get people to listen to her and lead our our country to victory.

    We hope this symbol of hope and victory will help the French rediscover the pride and confidence that they have lost today.

    The medieval hoop is decorated with three crosses and the letters IHS and MAR for Jesus and Mary, and was allegedly taken from the French heroines prison cell before she was burned at the stake for heresy in Rouen, northern France, in 1431 aged 19.

    On 17 March, 1431 under interrogation by an English ecclesiastical court, Jeanne dArc, the teenage peasant girl turned warrior, when asked about the visions she claimed had urged her to lead the French army to push the English out of her country refused to answer, infuriating her captors. Questioned about the ring, she told her captors it was a gift from her parents and she would look at it fondly before going into battle against the English invaders out of respect and fondness for them.

    The auctioneers details from the sale earlier this year, suggested it had been enlarged at some point from a band suitable for a small, feminine finger the degree of wear generally evident to the ring, including to the hoop insert, suggesting an extended period of wear, long after the date of making.

    It stated the ring had passed from Cardinal Henry Beaufort, who died in 1447, who was present at the trial and execution of Joan of Arc in 1431. She is believed to have given him the ring on the eve of her execution, though there is no official documentation of its provenance. From Beaufort it went to the Duke of Portlands family, to painter Augustus John. It was sold by Sothebys at auction at 1947, ending up as the property of an Essex gentleman.

    After six centuries in English hands, the French were ecstatic to have the ring back, which had sold for many times more than its estimated 10,000 value.

    The Puy du Fou is looking to build a special chapel where members of the public could see the ring, bought after an appeal for donations, for free.

    It will never be a business for us. That would be a very serious betrayal of the promise we made to donors. This is a relic and to make money from it is out of the question, de Villiers said.

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    Poll: What is wrong with the 2017 Dallas Cowboys? – Blogging The Boys (blog)

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    We can all moan about it, but the money they save is the money that will be used to retain known talent they have acquired through the draft. Where they've … And you simply can't just pick the seasons you want to count to match the point you're

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    Cowboys injury update: Zack Martin to “do something” today at practice, La'el Collins still out – Blogging The Boys (blog)

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    Even if you're on a three-game losing streak and look awful in those games, you still have to play out the schedule. That means the Cowboys have a game this Thursday night with Washington. So who will be able to play? We take a look at the latest

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