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You’ve seen him. You’ve feared him. You’ve loved him. You’ve respected him. 

The Inflatable Tube Man aka AirDancer aka SkyDancer aka Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man is a man of honor, dignity, and salesmanship. His charms have likely persuaded you to buy a car, sign a petition, or just drop your jaw in wonder. But where did this symbol of human-kind’s ingenuity, something that brings out the best in all of us, come from?

Great Big Story has the secret origins of the Inflatable Tube Man, and they aren’t just blowing hot air. Caribbean artist Peter Minshall, known for his “larger than life” puppet work, and Israeli artist Doyon Gazit designed the ITM for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Originally called the Tall Boy, he soon grew into a Tall Man defined by the inflatable tube body that has become his namesake.

Now used mostly to put a smile on the face of consumers every where, the Inflatable Tube Man’s legacy continues to be as noble and memorable as his humble beginnings.

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Two Dudes Rushed Lying Olympian Ryan Lochte on Dancing With the Stars Wearing Anti-Lochte Shirts



The Debate Over Lochte Is in Full Swing



Where Many Had Excellent Points


Like this....



...and this:



And also this:



Some People Didn't Buy His Comeback AT ALL...

Wanting him to get more punishment...



Tying it into Black Lives Matter



...and reminding Lochte to genuinely apologize for LYING, which he still hasn't done yet:




Frankly, after all of this, I'm just left wondering where I can buy one of these t-shirts.... anyone?




#APOLOGIZERYAN


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Wimbledon & Australian Open Champion Gordon Reid shared his view from center court as he got into the Quarter Finals playing Wheelchair Tennis Men's Doubles with Alfie Hewett at the 2016 Rio Paralympics:


The pair won the Wimbledon Wheelchair Men's Doubles earlier this summer:



...so they are used to kicking ass and taking names.



Go get 'em boys!


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Ryan Lochte finally got his punishment for pissing on the wall of a locked service station and pulling a framed poster from the wall in Rio during the Olympics and lying about it saying someone robbed him.



CNN reports that The Liar will serve a 10-month suspension and will be banned from the 2017 World Championships, in addition to monetary losses that are still being determined.




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Al Roker, America's favorite formerly-portly weatherman, just lost his shit on international tv, calling Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte a liar, for the lies Lochte recently told about being attacked at gun point in Rio. Which he wasn't. Which makes that a lie. Which makes Lochte a liar.



Lochte, the liar, even admitted to "embellishing the truth" in an interview with Matt Lauer.



Read more about the drama here.

For his punishment, Lochte is getting his own turn on Dancing With the Stars, while other Olympians who created international incidents are actually getting in real trouble for wrongdoing.







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So Tinder has revealed the top six sports by gender that were most-swiped in Rio, but they didn't get specific about which athletes may have been the chosen ones. That leaves us left guessing which athletes they might not be mentioning...

For Women's Sports they listed:

Table Tennis, Field Hockey, Rowing, Weightlifting...



...and Rugby and Swimming.





For Men's sports they listed:

Tennis, Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Sport Shooting, Judo...



...and Boxing.



Wait, let's take a look at that Judo guy again...



Okay, yeah, we get it.



#Olympics!


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