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      • Hey Tom Brady and Michael Jordan, I have 6 too. Plus I have "6" MVPs (a record in all sports) and scored the most points ever 3 NCAA MVPs and won 3 NCAA titles .. "Slow ya roll on the G.O.A.T. chatter young men!!" AND I fought BRUCE LEE!! - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


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          • "Swole" is now in the dictionary.


            BOSTON (AP) — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and maybe you’ll have a better chance of surviving the omnicide.

            Translation: Hit the gym and bulk up, put a bunch of stuff essential for survival in an easy-to-carry bag, grab a drink for the road, and perhaps you’ll live through a man-made disaster that could wipe out the human race.

            Swole , bug-out bag , go-cup and omnicide are just a few of the 640 additions to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary added Monday.

            Deciding what gets included is a painstaking process involving the Springfield, Massachusetts-based company’s roughly two dozen lexicographers, said Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large.

            They scan online versions of newspapers, magazines, academic journals, books and even movie and television scripts until they detect what he calls “a critical mass” of usage that warrants inclusion.

            The words are added to the online dictionary first, before some are later added to print updates of the company’s popular Collegiate Dictionary, which according to company spokeswoman Meghan Lunghi, has sold more than 50 million copies since 1898, making it the “best-selling hardcover book after the Bible.”

            “So many people use our website as their principal dictionary and we want it to be current,” Sokolowski said. “We want to be as useful as possible.”

            The latest additions include mostly new words, or phrases, but also some old words with new meanings or applications.

            Take unplug and snowflake, for example. Unplug means to literally tug an electric plug from a wall socket, but now, it also has a more metaphorical meaning, as in to disconnect from social media, he said.

            And yes, a snowflake is still a beautiful ice crystal that floats from the sky during winter, but it now also has a usually disparaging meaning of “someone who is overly sensitive,” according to Merriam-Webster’s definition.

            Some of the words have been around for decades, but are included in the dictionary because of increased usage.

            Omnicide, which means “the destruction of all life,” dates to the Cold War and was used in reference to the threat of nuclear annihilation, but lately it has been used to define the risk of other man-made disasters, primarily climate change.

            Popular culture —movies, TV and sports — is a common source of new words, such as buzzy , an adjective that literally means creating a buzz, such as a “buzzy new movie.”

            And then there’s EGOT , a noun that refers to an entertainer who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg are among the elite group .

            Garbage time, those painful final minutes of a game when one team has an insurmountable lead and both teams empty their benches, has been around since 1960, but is on the latest list of new words.

            With the rapid advance of science, many new words come from the fields of technology and medicine.

            In the internet age when it’s sometimes difficult to determine whether the vast amounts of information we’re exposed to is accurate, the dictionary is a rock, Sokolowski said.

            “We need the dictionary more than ever now that we have information flying at us from all directions,” he said.


            • Car manufacturer Renault certainly knows how to roll a performance check! A recently released commercial in Brazil for the KWID Outsider highlights the adventures you can find in the new SUV. To help them on this epic quest, the characters of the classic 1980s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon step out of animation into a fiery real-world adventure that begs to be watched over and over.

              Hank, Eric, Diana, Presto, Sheila, Bobby and, oh yes, Uni face off against an appropriately menacing and imposing-looking Tiamat in this unforgettable commercial.


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                • Star Wars Fans Direct Traffic With Lightsabers During New York Blackout


                  On Saturday night, a power failure in New York City left the West Side of Manhattan in the dark. Some of the city’s denizens became trapped in subway cars. Others had to navigate the roads of the city without the aid of streetlights or stoplights. Some good Samaritans took to the streets, using what light sources they could find to help direct traffic through the city. These included cell phones as well as lightsaber blades.

                  Some in the city, including The New York Times reporter Liam Stack, took photos of the Jedi in action. “Now that it’s getting dark the civilians directing traffic in Hell’s Kitchen are using whatever light they can get, including cellphones and... light sabers #NYCblackout,” Stack tweeted with a photo on Twitter.

                  The one in Stack’s photo wasn’t alone.

                  Directing traffic is a difficult and necessary job during incidents like this one. "I know how tricky it is when it comes to that intersection and I just saw in my mind car accidents people getting hit, people screaming," a woman told CNN, saying she learned the skill from her police officer father. "So I felt like I should have just tried."

                  The power outage lasted for approximately three hours. Con Edison said that a mechanical problem — an explosion and fire, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — at a substation was the cause of the blackout. The substation problem led to issues in six power sectors, leading to the power outage in portions of Manhattan.

                  The power came back on around 10 p.m. “Power has been restored after today's #blackout, but New Yorkers should continue to exercise caution as everything returns to normal,” Cuomo tweeted. “When things are at their worst, New Yorkers are at their best, and they were at their best tonight.”

                  Parts of Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen were also affected by the blackout. The outage occurred on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 blackout that left the city in darkness.

                  Some found themselves trapped in elevators waiting for the power to return. Broadway shows canceled their performances.


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                        • The world’s tallest residential building, Central Park Tower, tops out at 1,550 feet

                          Central Park Tower officially topped out on Tuesday, breaking the record set by nearby 432 Park Avenue for the tallest residential building in the world. Reaching 1,550 feet high, the skyscraper at 217 West 57th Street would be the tallest building in New York City if not for the 400-foot spire of One World Trade, as New York Magazine reported. Developed by supertall-specialists Extell, Central Park Tower includes a seven-story Nordstrom flagship store and 179 luxury condos.

                          Some of the residences were listed for the first time in May, ranging from a $6.9 million two-bedroom to a five-bedroom apartment for $63 million. In 2017, it was reported that 20 of the 179 units will ask for $60 million and above, including a penthouse for $95 million. Closings are expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.

                          Developers predict the building will have a sellout of more than $4 billion, which would make Central Park Tower the country’s most expensive condo project ever.

                          But the market has slowed for luxury towers, specifically those located on Billionaires’ Row. Jonathan Miller, a real estate appraiser, told the New York Times that 40 percent of seven towers in the Central Park South area are unsold. While sales data for Central Park Tower has not yet been released, the Commercial Observer reported last month that Extell’s other supertall on the Lower East Side, One Manhattan Square, has seen just 173 of 815 condos closed.

                          According to a press release from Extell, “Central Park Tower’s beautiful facade features combined elements of glass, satin-finished stainless steel, and light-catching vertical and horizontal details that accentuate the interplay of texture and light. At a height of 300 feet from the street, the tower cantilevers to the east, creating Central Park views for all north-facing residences.”

                          The 131-story tower was designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and includes three full floors of amenity space, dubbed the Central Park Club. The club spans 50,000 square feet and features an outdoor terrace with a pool, a wellness center with an indoor pool, and a massive ballroom and cigar bar on the marketed 100th floor.

                          Smith designed Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in world, and the Jeddah Tower, the soon-to-be tallest, a 3,280-foot tower in Saudi Arabia. In an interview published Monday, New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson asked the architect if Central Park Tower could have been taller if local zoning had allowed it.

                          “Oh yeah,” Smith said. “Jeddah Tower is twice the height of this one. You could drop that in here for sure.”



                          • This WWII veteran wants 100 birthday cards for his 100th birthday

                            James South is about to hit a big milestone in his life and he’s hoping others can help him celebrate by mailing him a birthday card.

                            South turns 100 on October 7 and his birthday wish is to receive 100 cards. It’s a wish his assisted living home is trying to make come true.

                            Brookdale Senior Living in Watauga, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, posted an image of South with a sign on Facebook on Friday.

                            “Hello! My name is James South and I am a proud World War II Veteran! I will be turning 100 on October 7th, 2019 and I would like to receive 100 birthday cards,” the sign reads.

                            South grew up in northeast Texas in a large family of sharecroppers, his son, Jim South, told CNN. He joined the Army in 1940 and was deployed to Normandy seven days after D-Day. During his service, his girlfriend Sophie wrote him a letter every day.

                            “They were married for 55 years until she passed in 2001,” said Jim South, who is the couple’s only child.

                            Since retiring at the age of 65, South has stayed active by woodworking, growing his garden, playing golf, and attending church, his son said. It was only last year at the age of 98 that he moved into Brookdale.

                            Jim South said he has a three-day celebration planned for his dad’s big birthday that includes playing golf, eating chicken fried steak and catfish at his favorite restaurants and spending time with his family.

                            “My dad taught me that a hug is better then a handshake,” said Jim. “And that money wasn’t the goal in life — it was happiness.”

                            South plans on hanging the cards on a wall in his room and Jim said they have already contacted the local post office about a possible increase in mail.



                            • Samuel L. Jackson’s voice is coming soon to an Amazon Alexa device near you

                              Say Alexa again.

                              If you want to hear Samuel L. Jackson's voice coming out of your Amazon smart speaker, you'll be able to.

                              Jackson's voice will be available thanks to neural text to speech, Amazon's David Limp said Wednesday. Neural Text to Speech will be able to mimic celebrities' voices, with their permission, Limp added.

                              Enabling Jackson will cost .99. CNET's Ben Fox Rubin noted it's not yet clear if the cost is per celebrity. The feature will roll out later in the year.



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