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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?


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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.


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Here's all the news you may have missed:

1. Grab that Remote, It's Fall TV Time, beotches!

Time to lace up your Taylor Swift-issue Keds, grab your retro backpack, and queue up your DVR so you don't miss these awesome new Science Fiction and Fantasy Shows on TV This Fall!

2. Hunger Games IRL at the Olympics

During the men's marathon on Sunday, Ethiopian long-distance runner Feyisa Lilesa pulled a Hunger Games moment and showed his support for the Oromo Protests in his home country by making a specific motion with his arms:

Showing the sign is highly political though, so when he spoke a press conference after the marathon he said what he risked with the gesture, "If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me," he said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"If I am not killed maybe they will put me in prison. [If ] they [do] not put me in prison they will block me at airport. I have got a decision. Maybe I move to another country."

Like the Hunger Games, let's hope the people can rise above this oppression.

2. Donald Trump Breaks the Lie Barrier

Fact Check says Trump's First Ad Averages 1 Lie Every 4 Seconds. I can hear Hillary's slow golf-clap from here. Let's hope his next ad doesn't disappoint us either.

3. But Did You See the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team on the Beach in Rio?

I'm just saying, I didn't know it was possible to get an 8-pack:

Great job getting all those Olympic metals, ladies.

4. It's Thor Time!

Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth have started filming Thor: Ragnarok in Brisbane, Australia:

Checking pulses.... yep, we're still in love! Looking forward to this next step in the series!

5. All of NASA's Research is Now Online for Free

Yep, you can now follow along on super-scientificcy NASA research stuff from the comfort of your home sweatpants:

Now it's time to dig into their data and see if I can create that settlement on Mars next door to Mark Watney.

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Olympics commentary finally was worth watching this weekend, when a Bachelorette party crashed the BBC's coverage

The bride, Maria, refused to end her 15 Minutes of Fame, but paid back the favor by giving the network some free publicity by having her party chant "BBC! BBC!" for the cameras...

The commentator, Scott Bryan, didn't seem to mind...

...and even followed up with her the next day

The cutie finally ended her brief guest starring role by signing off with the "call me" sign....

Here's to hoping her husband doesn't mind her public lack of marital commitment.

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Australian Badminton player Sawan Serasinghe drowned his Rio loss sorrows like only an Olympian can: with an 8,000-calorie gorgefest at Mickey D's.

His fans don't seem too upset about it yet...

...but just wait until that 8,000 calories hits his thighs

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RAWR, those Olympic bodies!

Rio athletes have been allocated 450,000 condoms, and it seems they intend to use them all.

Tinder use has been up, with an increase in matches of 129% in the Olympic Village over the weekend.

But with bodies like these...

...all we can be is jealous.

Read the full AP article here.

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Rio was crazy busy over the weekend! Here are the highlights of what you missed:

  1. You missed the torch lighting by Vanderlei de Lima, an athlete from the 2004 Athens Olympics who had been attacked during the 2004 games during his event. No one stabbed him this time though.

  2. Giselle did a stupid walk across the stage in a shiny dress. Was it cool? No. Was it meaningful? Debatable. Was it pointless? DEFINITELY.

  3. There was a hot guy in the opening ceremonies from Tonga and he was really really shiny for no apparent reason. We are all better people for it.

  4. A French gymnast suffered the worst break during a qualifier. Ouch. JEEEEZ. Almost TOO graphic. You won't unsee this.

    Oh, wait, yeah, let's just see that one more time...

    So shiny!


This Lifeguard Has the Most Useless Job at the Olympics and the Internet Can't Get Enough of the Irony

To be fair to the person who made the decision that there needed to be 75 lifeguards keeping an eye on the world's best swimmers, concussions and other accidents do happen. That hasn't stopped the internet jokesters from commenting on a picture of a bored looking lifeguard.

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A gymnast makes history by pulling off a move never before done in competition. The move will be get your surname.

Marisa Dick pulled of a unique "change-leg leap to free-cross split sit", which was named after her as it referred to as (yes, you guessed it) "The Dick."

During the Olympics 2016, Marisa is expected to showcase a variation of the move that, if recognized as such, will be know as "The Dick II".

Afterall, what's in a name?

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Following their previous hit with "Call Me Maybe", the USA Olympic swimmers hit the road for some carpool karaoke fun.