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.
A medal like no other! These Paralympic winners are listening to their medals! For the first time ever, the Paralympic Games have placed a device inside the medals that use tiny steel balls to make a sound when they are shaken, allowing visually impaired athletes to identify which type they are. The bronze medals have 16 steel balls and make the lowest sound. The silver ones have 20 balls and the golds have 28, producing the loudest noise. All of the medals also have the words 'Rio 2016 Paralympic Games' written on them in Braille. Awesome! @rio2016 @paralympics
And also this:
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?
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!
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.
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.
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...
Wait, let's take a look at that Judo guy again...
Okay, yeah, we get it.
Here's all the news you may have missed:
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.
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.
I'm just saying, I didn't know it was possible to get an 8-pack:
Great job getting all those Olympic metals, ladies.
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!
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.
Olympics commentary finally was worth watching this weekend, when a Bachelorette party crashed the BBC's coverage
This is the beautiful moment when a hen party crashed BBC Four's late-night Olympic coverage. pic.twitter.com/urlBmFzzKA— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) August 14, 2016
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.
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.
Rio was crazy busy over the weekend! Here are the highlights of what you missed:
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.