Jimmy Fallon Plays Beer Hockey With Drake

Jimmy Fallon loves nothing more than playing games with his celebrity guests.

This time, Jimmy played a new game with musician Drake called Beer Hockey

“It’s the perfect combination of beer pong and air hockey.” 

Coming to a college party near you.

 

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One Chinese man – Zhang Biqing – let nothing stop him from building his idyllic mountain retreat, not even government safety regulations or the concerns of his neighbors. Biqing, a successful practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, spent six years piling rocks and plants into and around his penthouse on the 1000-square-meter roof of a 26-story apartment building in Beijing. [Read more…]

With gardens and open terraces, Biqing has converted the rooftop property into a picturesque mountain resort. His neighbors don’t see it that way, however. They have complained about noisy construction and leaking cracks in the ceiling, and some residents even fear that the makeshift mountain has compromised the apartment building’s structural integrity. Others have complained of receiving threats or physical abuse from Biqing. Local planning officials have given him 15 days to either remove the structure or prove that it is legal, or else they will remove it by force.

Biqing certainly could have gone about things in a nicer way, but I can’t blame the guy for wanting to live in a mountain penthouse.

Source: South China Morning Post (via)

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We know that a lot of you like to read our articles while you’re at work (naughty, naughty pandas), so we’ve created a virtual vacation trip with amazing hotels around the world that you’d rather be sitting in right now.

These locations will take you from the icy forests of Finland to the jungles of Bali and from the streets of Paris to the turquoise Mediterranean waters of Greece. As diverse as they are, there’s one thing tying them together – each location is perfectly suited for you to take a breather and relax. [Read more…]

In their fight to attract adventurous (and often wealthy) visitors, hotels have often been at the forefront of creative structure and interior design, struggling to create ever more intriguing and attractive rooms in ever more exotic locales. That’s why you get hotels perched atop cliff faces, hotels built inside of sea caves, hotels with waterfalls, and other amazing feats of engineering. Some, like the Conrad Maldives shown here or the Manta resort in Zanzibar, even let their guests sleep underwater.

These places look good (though probably a bit pricey), but I wonder about some of the sleeping arrangements. I’m not sure if I’d like to sleep together with my significant other in a bed that anyone could see! Although I guess that’ll only be worth worrying about once I can afford a trip to one of these places.

If you could pick one of these places as your next vacation destination, which would it be?

1. Äscher Cliff, Switzerland

Website: myswitzerland.com

2. Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland

Website: kakslauttanen.fi

3. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia

Website: ladera.com

4. The Manta Resort, Zanzibar

Image credits: Genberg Underwater Hotels

5. Rayavadee Krabi, Thailand

Website: rayavadee.com

6. Shangri La, Paris

Website: shangri-la.com

7. Hotel Ristorante Grotta Palazzese Polignano a Mare, Italy

Website: grottapalazzese.it

8. Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island

Website: conradhotels3.hilton.com

9. Panchoran Retreat, Bali

Website: panchoran-retreat.com

10. Hotel Ubud Hanging Gardens, Indonesia

Website: hanginggardensubud.com

11. Attrap Reves Hotel, France

Website: attrap-reves.com

12. Katikies Hotel-Oia, Greece

Website: katikies.com

13. Hotel Le Sirenuse, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Website: sirenuse.it

14. Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

Website: icehotel.com

15. The Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden, Switzerland

Website: thecambrianadelboden.com

16. Dedon Island Resort

Website: dedonisland.com

17. Homestead Resort and Spa, Utah, USA

Website: homesteadresort.com

18. Villa Escudero, Philippines

Website: villaescudero.com

19. Hotel-Restaurant Öschinensee, Switzerland

Website: oeschinensee.ch

20. Astarte Suits Hotel, Greece

Website: astartesuites.gr

21. Hotel Le Moulin du Roc, France

Website: moulinduroc.com

22. Juvet Landscape Resort, Norway

Website: juvet.com

23. Montana Magica Lodge, Chile

Website: huilohuilo.com

24. Giraffe Manor, Kenya

Website: giraffemanor.com

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NFL football is played in real life, too.

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There is one one surefire tip to make this NFL season your best, most enjoyable and most successful fantasy football year yet.

That secret is: Don’t. Just don’t.

But unless you’re a fellow football Luddite, this advice falls on deaf ears. You probably have a fantasy draft coming up this week; hell, maybe it already happened. Maybe you got Aaron Rodgers. Congratulations.

This ship has sailed, ufortunately. Fantasy football isn’t just an offshoot of the NFL; for some it is the NFL. It has entire magazines devoted to it. It’s vehemently debated on cable TV segments. It has its own channel.

“Five years ago the very idea of this channel would have been mocked,” Will Leitch recently wrote for Sports on Earth about fantasy football’s boom during his lifetime. “Now it has the Manning brothers rapping about it.”

That Manning brothers rap, which is an ad for yes, that channel we mentioned above, has been viewed more than 3.5 million times in two weeks online.

Still, not all of us are cool with this. Our numbers dwindle by the year, but viva la resistance.

The problem with fantasy football is that it’s the the most egregious example of alienation from our collective sports-fan species-being, to paraphrase noted NFL nut Karl Marx. March Madness brackets have a similar effect, but at least only last for a few weeks.

“Once the NFL and the networks realized just how much more people were watching their games for fantasy (and gambling of course) than for the beauty of a well-orchestrated counter trap lead, the game of football took a backseat,” writes Leitch of the graphics and fantasy references that inundate NFL-related media of all stripes nowadays.

Indeed, this question may have already been answered when it comes to NFL football:

Numbers-centric media overload isn’t the only way fantasy has changed the entire experience of being an NFL fan. It’s also changed because of what fantasy does to people — many of them, anyway.

For these people, some of them dear friends of mine, the game is no longer just about that astounding, contorting catch for a touchdown while being trash-compacted by two safeties. No, what’s important is whether they “own” the guy who caught it or he scored against “their” defense.

Epic comebacks, mind-bending feats of athleticism and displays of sporting greatness are what should be celebrated, not how many points you racked up in your weekend fantasy matchup. Telling sign: No one cares if “your” savvy free-agent pickup scores — not even people in your own league, unless you’re matched up against them.

You might argue that fantasy lets you get into games you’d otherwise have no interest in. But if your only interest in said game is counting digital beans in front of a screen, then my advice is to go outside and get some fresh air.

But hey, perverting the very basis of sports fandom and becoming more alienated from your true human self is totally your prerogative — just don’t ruin it for the rest of us. This isn’t a call for an all-out boycott — just a reminder that, like other addictive substances, fantasy football must be enjoyed responsibly and with cognizance of those around you.

If you’re in the ever-growing zombie army of the fantasy-deluded, here are two simple things you can do to keep from tainting the NFL experience for the rest of us.

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is one of many players who seem non-plussed about fantasy football’s role in the modern NFL.

Image: John Froschauer/Associated Press

  1. Don’t get super-pumped when someone from a random team who’s on your fantasy squad makes a half-decent play. Your fist-pumps and exaltations of digital points make the couch feel harder and the beer taste warmer.
  2. Don’t pull for a random team simply because you “own” their defense or some key player. Doing so means rooting against another, perhaps more deserving, likable or aesthetically pleasing team — an act that corrodes your sports-fan soul.

See? Two things. It’s that easy — at least it should be.

But this is a losing battle; the bots have already consumed us. There’s that TV channel, remember? And NFL star Richard Sherman recently implied that fantasy is impacting how actual games are officiated. So if you’re going to play, fine — just keep it to yourself, stifle those spasmodic, self-absorbed yelps and don’t forget your analog-fan brethren.

OK, now get off my lawn.

BONUS: The Rookie’s Guide to Fantasy Football

Read more: http://mashable.com/2014/08/25/fantasy-football-please-enjoy-resonsibly/

Have you ever been out for dinner and been confused by the number of knives and forks? Don’t know what to do with that napkin? This is a list of the top 10 tips to help you get by if you are invited to a fine dining experience. The rules may vary from place to place but this should serve as a good guide.

1. Knives and Forks

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This is one of the most common problems for people that are used to flatware (knives and forks) being brought to the table with each course. On a properly set table you usually see a series of forks on the left side of your plate, and a series of spoons and knives on your right (the table is always set for right handed people). The very simple rule is to always work from the outside in; the cutlery farthest away from your plate is for the first course. If you are still unsure what to do, wait and follow your hostess or host.

Always take small portions of food at a time and put your cutlery down between each mouthful. When you put your cutlery down, place it on the plate (never back on the table and do not rest it half on and half off the plate); cross the tips of the two pieces (if there are two) or angle it if there is just one. This tells the server that you are not finished. When you are finished, place your knife and fork together in the centre of the plate vertically. The tines of the fork should point up and the blade of the knife should point to the centre towards the fork.

You should always hold both your knife and fork – you should not cut your food up at the start and then use your fork only (this is an American tradition and is generally fine in America, but not in Europe). The tines of your fork should always point down toward the plate – for difficult foods like peas, you should use your knife to squash them onto the tip of the fork. The fork is not a scoop, do not use it like one.

Do not pick up any cutlery that you drop to the floor. It will be replaced by the server.

2. Soup and Pudding

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Soup spoons generally come in two shapes – one is shaped like a round bowl, and the other is shaped like an egg. When eating soup the soup bowl must stay on the table. It is never acceptable to drink your soup from the bowl. To eat your soup, push your spoon away from you starting at the centre of the bowl to the farthest edge. Bring the spoon to your mouth and drink the soup from the edge – do not put the whole spoon in to your mouth. Do not slurp.

Pudding is not to be confused with dessert – they are two entirely separate courses though one can take the place of the other. Pudding is a sweet course, whereas dessert is usually fruit or cheese. To eat pudding you are usually given both a fork and a spoon. The pudding spoon is held in the same way as your knife, with the bowl of the spoon facing inwards, and (for right handed people) is held in the right hand. The pudding fork is used as a pusher only. You do not put a pudding fork in to your mouth. Using the fork, push a small portion of your pudding on to the angled spoon. As you lift the spoon to your mouth, tilt it a little so the bowl is now facing upwards. When you have finished eating, the same rules apply here for placing your cutlery back on the plate.

Occasionally the pudding fork and spoon will be found directly above your plate, rather than in the cutlery at the side.

3. Napkins

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A napkin is used for one thing only – dabbing the mouth. Never wipe your mouth with a napkin, you should always dab. Your napkin should be unfolded and placed on your knees. It is never acceptable to tuck your napkin in to the front of your shirt or dress. In ancient times this was normal, nowadays it is the height of vulgarity.

If, for some urgent reason, you must leave the table before you have finished, you should place your napkin on your seat (after you have asked your hostess to excuse you). This tells the server that you plan to return. When you are ready to sit down again, simply replace the napkin upon your knee.

If your napkin drops to the floor, it is acceptable for you to pick it up unless the house has a butler or servants near the table. In those cases they will remove the fallen napkin and replace it with a fresh one. Never place anything in your napkin (especially not food).

When you have finished eating, the napkin should be placed tidily (but not refolded) to the left side of your plate (but not on your plate).

4. Glasses and Wine

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Normally you will have two or more glasses at the table. Your glasses are on the right upper side of your plate. You can have up to four glasses. They are usually arranged in a diagonal or roughly square pattern. The top left glass is for red wine. It will usually have a fairly large bowl. Directly below that you will find the white wine glass, that will be smaller. At the top right you will find a champagne glass or perhaps a smaller glass for dessert wines or port. on the bottom right is your water glass.

If someone offers a toast to you, you remain seated while the others may stand. Never raise a glass to yourself. You should never touch glasses with other guests when toasting – it is enough to raise the glass in their direction. Keep eye contact when toasting. If you wish to raise a toast, never tap the side of your glass with a utensil, it is the height of rudeness and you could damage very expensive glassware. It is sufficient to clear your throat.

Do not gulp your wine. It is impolite to become drunk in front of the other guests or your hosts. Sip quietly and occasionally. The purpose of the wine at dinner is to complement your food, not to help you along to way to drunkenness. If your server is refilling your glass, you should never place your hand over or near the glass to indicate when you have enough. You should simply tell the server that you have sufficient or tell him prior to pouring that you do not wish to have any more. Never hold the glass for the server to pour your wine.

5. Body and seating

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There will usually be a seating plan near the door of the dining room, or place cards on the table. If neither exist, wait to be seated by your hostess. There are strict rules as to whom sits where at the table and it would be extremely embarrassing if you had to be asked to move, both for you and your hostess. Remember, the hostess governs the table, not the host. The host will sit at the head of the table (this is normally the seat farthest away from doors or commotion. To his right sits the wife of the guest of honour and to his left sits the wife of the next gentleman in order of importance. The hostess will have the guest of honour on her right, and the second most important gentleman on her left. The remainder of the seating plan can often be arbitrary but will always alternate based on gender.

When you are seated at the table your feet should be firmly planted on the floor in front of you. Do not cross your legs, do not lean back on your chair, and do not shake your feet. Your elbows should be at your side at all times. Sit upright and do not lean over your plate when you are eating; bring your food to your mouth.

In England, the correct behaviour is to keep your hands on your lap when you are not using them. In France the rule is to keep your hands above the table at all times. You may place them on the edge of the table but you must never put your elbows on the table.

6. Food in General

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You must not start eating until everyone has been served. If there are a large number of guests, the hostess may indicate that you may begin before everyone is served. If this is the case, you should begin. If you take a mouthful which contains something you cannot swallow, you should excuse yourself and remove it in privacy. Absolutely do not do so at the table table and never place it in your napkin or on your plate for all to see.

If you are eating something that has stones or pips in it, you may use your forefinger and thumb to remove them from your mouth. Place them on the side of your plate. You must never use a toothpick at the table, nor should you blow your nose. If you have something stuck in your teeth that you must remove, excuse yourself and go to the bathroom to remove it. It is also acceptable to remove bones with your fingers.

Do not salt your meal before you have tasted it; it is an insult to your hostess. If you do need salt, use the tip of a clean knife (if a salt spoon is not provided in the salt dish) to transfer some salt to the side of your plate which you can use for dipping.

Small pre-dinner snacks must always touch your plate before being put in the mouth. Do not take it from the serving tray and put it straight in your mouth.

7. Bread

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If you are having bread with your meal there will usually be a small side plate on the left hand side (or above your left left hand cutlery) of your place setting; if so, use it. If not, it is perfectly acceptable to place your bread directly on the table to the left of your plate. You should not put the bread on your plate directly.

Bread should never be cut. When you wish to eat it, tear a bite sized piece off with your fingers. Don’t worry about crumbs if there are no side plates – the servers will sweep each setting between courses if needs be. Normally there should never be butter served at a dinner table, but these days it is seen from time to time. If there is butter, use your butter knife (found either on the bread plate or to the extreme right of your setting) and transfer sufficient butter for your bread in one go. Place it on the side of your side plate. If there is no side plate your hostess should ensure that you have your own individual butter dish. You should butter each piece of bread as you eat it, rather than buttering it all up front.

8. Conversation

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Unless you know every guest at the table very well, you should not discuss politics, religion, or sex at the table. You should also avoid any controversial subjects that may fall outside of the scope of those three topics. Dinner is meant to be enjoyed, not to be a forum for debate.

You should give equal time to the person sitting on your left and your right. It can be difficult to talk easily with strangers but it is absolutely imperative that you do so that everyone can join in on the conversation. This is such a strict rule that I know of a lady of high standing who was seated next to her greatest enemy. In order to comply with the rule, she simply recited the alphabet to him the whole time. Having said that, I would not recommend this behaviour at all as it implies another kind of rudeness.

Do not yell to the ends of the table. You should speak in low tones but you do not have to act like you are in Church or a Public Library – dinner is meant to be enjoyed and the conversation is a fundamental part of that. If you are not very confident with speaking to others, a good rule of thumb is to ask the person questions about themselves (never personal questions). Everyone loves to speak about himself and this will also make you appear to be a good listener.

9. Difficult Foods

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Some foods can be difficult to eat. This is how you should do so:

Artichokes: using your fingers break of one leaf at a time. Holding the spiny end, dip the base in your dish of melted butter or sauce and suck out the fleshy interior with your teeth. Place the remains on your place. Once you reach the soft centre called the heart, use a knife and fork to eat it as you would a steak.

Asparagus: Pick up each stem with your left hand and dip the tip in the butter or sauce. Eat it one bite at a time, never put the whole stalk in your mouth. If you are left with a hard base, you may discard it on your plate. The thick white variety sometimes seen in Europe should always be eaten with a knife and fork, never with your fingers.

Cheese: Small round cheese must always be cut in small pie-shaped wedges. Larger cheeses that have already been cut into a large should be cut from the pointy end first (this is called the nose).

Escargots: These snails are usually served with a special gripping tool and a small fork. Grip the snail shell with the gripper and use the fork to turn the meat out.

Fruit: If a dessert course is served, you will probably have a dessert fork and knife. You should use these on larger pieces of fruit.

10. General Dont’s

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Don’t make a fuss. If you don’t like something, leave it.

Don’t blow on hot food to cool it down. Wait for it to cool itself.

Don’t smoke at the table unless invited to by the hostess.

Don’t photograph the table, it looks desperate.

Don’t move your plate after your meal has been served.

Don’t treat the servers badly. It makes you look common.

Don’t eat chicken or chops with your fingers.

Don’t point with your cutlery.

Don’t hold your fork while you drink your wine.

Don’t overstay your welcome

Finally, be sure to say thank you to your host before leaving and send a letter of thanks the next day (if you are lucky you will be invited back).

Bon appetite!

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Once you get over driving on the opposite side of the road, driving in Europe isn’t that different from driving in the UK….. There’s plenty of great road trips to take around Europe, here’s a few!

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2. Col De La Bonette… South East France

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When most people think of the South of France they think of St Tropez, not the Col de la Bonette. Don’t miss out on this gorgeous drive around the Alps… if you take a wrong turn you might even end up in Italy!

3. Sintra to Cabo da Roca…. Portugal

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A World Heritage site, Sintra has some gorgeous views and buildings that can make you feel like you’re lost in a fairy tale. If you drive through to Cascais on the Cabo da Roca, you’re not too far away from Lisbon… which I can vouch has some great shops!

4. The Amalfi Coast….. Italy

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Another World Heritage site, the Amalfi Coast is a beautiful stretch of Southern Italy… full of quaint towns and expensive shopping. Beyonce fact: the Amalfi Coast is referenced in Upgrade U.

5. North to South…. Croatia

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Croatia is the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world and this drive will show you exactly why…. with gorgeous views and great local delicacies to try. Adriatic Fact: The Adriatic Sea coast has more than a 1,000 islands!

6. Monte Carlo… Central Monaco

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Monte Carlo is well known for its casino and grandness, but it’s actually a place of great beauty too. The hotel de Paris is one of the most luxurious hotels in Monte Carlo, with 106 rooms that will cost you a small fortune to stay in! Plenty of films have used Monte Carlo as a back drop including 3 Bond movies, Iron Man 2, Cars 2, Madagascar 3 and a film called Monte Carlo (I hadn’t heard of it either..).

7. Know The Laws…

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Some European countries have different laws than the UK regarding what you need to carry in your car. Do your research before you go as the last thing you want is a fine to ruin your holiday!

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We recently took a look (at a great distance) at some of the world’s very largest things of their kind. After all that mind-boggling immensity, we decided it’d be fun to go in the other direction and scale down . . . way, way down. All of the things on this list are man-made, and they are all functional, just like their regular-sized counterparts.

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According to the company website, the Swiss MiniGun is “a double action revolver and has all the same features as are found on a real size gun.” As the name implies, the gun and its components are Swiss-made, which kind of makes sense—a country famous for the quality of its clocks and watches should have no trouble with a working pistol the size of a thumb drive.

The six-shot revolver fires 2.3-caliber, 1.97-grain bullets, which are made by the same company, and even produces a tiny little kick as it shoots these tiny little bullets at a muzzle velocity of around 400 feet per second—right around the same as your average child’s BB gun and capable of doing about the same amount of damage.

Of course, there are still those who are up in arms, so to speak, about the alleged weapon’s potential concealability, which we suppose is a valid argument. Even the slowest, smallest projectile can injure or kill if placed properly, and despite the fact that it looks almost exactly like a key chain, the Swiss MiniGun is, in fact, a gun—the smallest in the world.

9 Model Train Set

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The little countryside diorama seen above is impressive enough in its incredibly small scale, but look closely— there’s a train track, and a five-car train runs around and around on it. It’s the world’s tiniest model train, and it was built by New Jersey model train enthusiast David Smith for about $12.

It’s part of a larger, very post-modern project—another large train set, which is an entire model village that contains . . . a model of a model shop, with smaller models inside. This little thing is powered by a five-centimeter (two inch) motor carved out of plastic. In fact, all of the parts were carved out of plastic by hand—the hand that is holding the finished work in the picture above, which just doesn’t seem possible.

Smith says that the entire larger project, which he calls “James River Branch,” will take him two and a half years to complete, and “is going to be very impressive once it is finished,” demonstrating a consistent gift for understatement. In terms of scale, the larger village is being built to 1:220. This little model train, the smallest anywhere, is built to 1:35,200 scale. Here is a video of it in action.

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First manufactured from 1962 to 1965, the Peel P50 Microcar gained renewed attention after 6’5″ Jeremy Clarkson took one for a drive on a 2008 episode of the popular British TV series Top Gear. The smallest production car ever was sold in Great Britain for about £200; its 49cc engine was mated to a three-speed manual transmission (no reverse), and it also had three wheels. Other than that, they had one of everything: one seat, one door, one windshield wiper, and one headlight.

In its original run, only about 50 were made. Thanks to renewed interest in minis (not to mention the exposure on Top Gear), the company has been revived after a slight hiatus of 50 years. The new Peels are almost exact replicas and come in gas or electric. The P50 now tops out at 72 kilometers per hour (45 mph), as opposed to about 56 kph (35 mph) for the original, with the slightly larger two-headlight Trident model managing about 69 kph (43 mph). The P50 is 137 centimeters (54 in) long—less than 1.6 meters (5.5 ft).

We know what you’re thinking: What kind of mileage do they get? The gas model P50 delivers better than 241 kilometers (150 mi) to the gallon, with the Trident getting a whopping 338 kpg (210 mpg)—which sounds great, until you consider that the gas tank must have roughly the capacity of your average lawnmower. Strangely, the company website doesn’t mention gas tank capacity.

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In 2011, researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute introduced a new kind of disposable camera. While this in itself may not sound particularly impressive, its medical application—capturing images inside the body—is very valuable, and it can do this because of its freakish size. These easy-to-manufacture, inexpensive disposable cameras are one cubic millimeter, or about the size of a coarse grain of salt.

The cameras are meant to be disposed of after one medical procedure, and while their resolution doesn’t seem spectacular (0.06 megapixels—far less than even a cheap cell phone), it’s good enough for the job they were designed for. And their size makes them able to get to places within the body that, obviously, no other camera could. (Yes, that’s a syringe in the picture above.)

Also, they could be an effective replacement for standard endoscopes, which are expensive and costly to maintain. It seems a matter of time, as well, before we start hearing about the applications of such tiny image sensors in consumer products. It also seems likely, judging by the last decade or two of explosive technological leaps, that the resolution will improve dramatically, and soon.

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Speaking of which, Norway’s FXI technologies has brought to market a personal microcomputer, in the truest sense of the word. That machine in the image is not a USB drive; in fact, there is a micro USB port on that machine. It is the FXI Cotton Candy, and it’s a fully functional PC capable of running Android or Ubuntu operating systems.

Specifications? Absolutely: a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM main processor and a 1 GHz quad-core ARM graphics processor, with 1 GB of RAM memory and a micro SD card slot capable of supporting up to 64 GB of storage. FXI will load it for you with either operating system, and it also packs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and full 1080p HD video output.

A keyboard/mouse combo can easily be connected to its micro USB port, and it’s easy to connect to any standard HD display as shown in this video. The price? According to the company website, the price is $200. The video link shows one of these computers running Android and flawlessly playing a full HD video file. Since we literally have cheap, reasonably powerful personal computers smaller than our thumbs, we’re thinking it’s now safe to refer to the era in which we’re living as “the future.”

5 Ocean-Faring Vessel

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Sven Yrvind of Sweden is a respected, master boat-builder, which is the only reason anyone believes the septuagenarian (74 as of 2013) when he tells them what his plan is. He’s building a boat in which he will sail around the world, but not just any boat—the smallest ocean-faring boat ever built, which is roughly the size of a large hot tub. In it, Sven plans to circumnavigate the globe, nonstop without docking, in about a year and a half.

Sven insists that the diminutive size of the boat doesn’t increase the danger of the mission, since larger boats have more mass with which to cause havoc when the ocean doesn’t cooperate. He says his craft is designed to be tossed about, pitched, and even capsized—only to bob back to the surface like a cork. It’s 1.5 tons of fiberglass cork smashed into just three meters (10 ft), but a cork nonetheless.

The boat is equipped with gel batteries and a foot crank for power, can also harness wind and solar energy, and can collect and purify rainwater. He’ll be bringing along just enough food—800 pounds of muesli and sardines—to complete the trip. Why sail around the world in such a tiny vessel? Sven said, “I want to show people that we can live in a small space and still be happy . . . We need to get back to nature. We need to hear and listen to our inner voice.” We wish him luck, and hope that he doesn’t get sick and tired of said inner voice on his trip.

4 Television Screen

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In 2007, Guinness World Records recognized Scottish firm MicroEmissive’s ME1602 as the smallest television screen in existence. As of this writing—and despite the aforementioned tech explosions of recent years—it’s a record that still stands.

Sure, the resolution isn’t great. With a display of roughly 4×3 millimeters in surface area, there are only so many pixels you can cram in there (160×120—almost 30,000 pixels).

But the little displays are mainly used as components in viewfinders and other things that require, well, extremely tiny embedded displays. In August 2013, the company signed a pretty rich deal with an “unnamed Asian consumer-products manufacturer” to provide displays for them. Inquiries have also come in from the medical establishment and, of course, the military.

Since we know some of you are curious (we sure were), we did the math: Remember the largest video screen in the world from the previous list? You could fit 283,333,333 of the smallest screens in the world inside of it.

3 Jet Airplane

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From the late 1960s to mid-1970s, the Bede Aircraft Corporation, a small company led by US plane designer Jim Bede, manufactured a kit for a small aircraft that sold over 5,000 units. This craft, the Bede BD-5J was, is, and is likely to remain the smallest jet-powered aircraft in the world, weighing just over 350 pounds.

Since the company discontinued due to its bankruptcy, only a few hundred of the kits were completed, but they are remarkably sound, fully functional jet planes capable of speeds up to 483 kilometers per hour (300 mph) on 225 pounds of thrust from its Sermel TRS 18 Microturbo jet engine. The planes were popular in the ’80s in airshows, and also turned up in beer commercials and the opening sequence of the James Bond film Octopussy.

Specs varied by model, but generally, the BD-5J has a four- to six-meter (14–20 ft) wingspan, can weigh no more than about 1,000 pounds on takeoff, has a range of about 483 kilometers (300 mi), and a maximum cruising altitude of 7,010 meters (23,000 ft)—fine for a jetliner, but (we imagine) abjectly terrifying in a craft no larger than your average sedan.

2 Drone

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Yes, it is technically a drone, but the RoboBee is, well, exactly what the name implies: a very, very small drone that is directly inspired by insect biology. And it has many interesting potential applications beyond just spying.

For instance, it’s easy to imagine swarms of robot bees being very useful in hazardous environment assessments, say, in the aftermath of a nuclear plant accident or a natural disaster, or in search-and-rescue situations. Roboticists at Harvard, where the RoboBee was developed, also see them perhaps being used in weather and traffic monitoring, climate mapping, and other such already-entrenched technologies that the drones could further improve.

For that matter, you may have heard that actual honeybee colonies have been declining, potentially causing a host of problems for the rest of the planet’s creatures. This may not be so worrisome if we are able to deploy vast swarms of artificial bees, programmed to pollinate just like real ones, to compensate—another very realistic task for the RoboBee.

1 Artificial Heart

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Finally, we have this little device, created by Dr. Robert Jarvik—the man many credit with the invention and perfection of the artificial heart. And that’s exactly what that battery-sized device is: the world’s smallest artificial heart, for the world’s smallest artificial heart patient.

The 16-month-old baby had dilated cardiomyopathy, a degenerative condition of the heart wall, and was awaiting a transplant. But with no donor immediately forthcoming, doctors were forced to improvise. Jarvik’s device, an implantable pump weighing all of 11 grams (an adult artificial heart weighs 900 grams), had only been tested on animals. (It is connected to tubes that must run outside the body, thus escalating the risk of infection.) But in May 2012, with nothing to lose, the doctors proceeded to remove the infant’s heart and replace it with the device in the image above, where it remained for 13 days.

This was, of course, how long it took for a transplant donor to be found, and while the device would not have kept the patient alive indefinitely, the doctors who participated say that this could definitely be on the horizon. We find this to likely be an understatement. At the rate technology continues to shrink, we can see an easily removable, shot glass–sized RoboHeart with a 300-year warranty on the shelf before we’re old enough to need one.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2013/08/18/10-smallest-things-of-their-kind-in-the-world/

Photo from where Remit stayed in Thailand

Photo from where Remit stayed in Thailand

We found this article by Remit Sethi and thought we would share a portion for all of you millionaires in the making . . . 

THINK BIG. If you tell me your dream is to stay at a Best Western in New Jersey, I am going to unsubscribe you from my email list.

When you’re brainstorming, think big. You can always cut down later. But for now, think big.

After you come up with something — “I want to go to Paris!”, get specific.

When I used to say, “Yeah! I want to travel,” I never did. There was no specificity, no urgency. It was a dream easily deferred.

Pick a date so you can start breaking it down. Notice how reluctant we are to set dates and specifics because, gasp, what if we fail? I would rather have you try and fail than never try at all.

How much will it cost? Really map it out. This doesn’t have to be exact, but you should know if you want a $4,000 trip to the beach or a $20,000 trip around the world.

Here’s an example.

BAD: “I want to go to Paris some day”

GOOD: “By December, I want to go Paris for a week with my significant other. I also need to find a significant other, but that’s another story”

Flight for 2: $1,600
Hotel: $2,000
Food: $1,400
Fun money: $1,000
(If you’re not sure where to find these numbers try here and here. Just approximate and add 20% if you’re not sure.)

Total: $6,000

OMG! THAT’S SO MUCH MONEY! RAMIT WE DON’T ALL SLEEP ON A BED OF $100 BILLS LIKE YOU.

Ok, this is where my training in breaking down big problems comes in handy. That’s a big number, but if you break it down, it’s absolutely achievable.

Let’s break it down even further and I’ll show you what I mean.

$6,000 = $500 x 12

One of the principles I realized when I earned my first dollar as a consultant was, if I can make $1, that means I can make $10…and if I can make $10, I can make $100. And on and on.

So — if you can earn $500 once, you can do it 12 times. And you’ve paid for your dream romantic getaway to Paris.

Let’s keep breaking it down.

How long would it take to earn $500? Let’s do the math.

You have a lot of options. You could:

Save all your change in a jar by the washing machine. At .50/day, it will only take you 2.7 years to earn $500. Which means your Paris trip is a mere 33 years away. Love you, frugalistas
Cut out your morning latte 5 days/week. If you remember to put that money aside, you’ll have $780/year and have a Paris getaway in a little less than 8 years. Except you won’t be reading my emails any more since you’ll have moved to a shanty town in South Dakota and ceased the usage of electricity. Nice knowing you.

Take $100 out of each of your paychecks. At biweekly pay, you’ll have enough in just over 2 years. This is reasonable and it adds up way faster than you think — especially when it’s automatic. (Btw, when people say, “I’ve already cut to the bone…there’s nothing more I can cut” these are the very same people who have never automated their savings. They don’t know what they’re talking about.)

We’re going to break it down further, because there’s another, even quicker option that doesn’t require cutting back. You can use the skills you already have to earn money on the side. And you don’t need that much time.

Look: To earn $500 you could…

Work 10 hours and charge $50/hr
Work 5 hours and charge $100/hr
In other words, with just 5-10 hours of work per month — that’s only 1½ – 2½ hours per week — you’ll have your Paris trip in a year or less.

You can also think about it in terms of clients.

$6,000 =

20 one-time clients paying a $300 project
Even better: 6 one-time clients for a $1,000 project
Best: 2 recurring clients for 6 months at $500/month

Notice how much easier this is. 6 clients? I can do that.
(Read the entire article on I Will Teach You To Be Rich)

So apparently someone believes that a doodle and autograph from Andrew Luck is worth $1,500. Of course Andrew Luck hasn’t taken a single pro snap that counted. And the track record for QBs picked first overall isn’t stellar (how would you like a Tim Couch doodle of Cleveland Browns Stadium?). But according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell someone chose to ignore all that and shell out a bunch of money on eBay for what may in a few years be an expensive piece of toilet paper.

I mean what’s the best case scenario here? Let’s say for a second Andrew Luck is the next Tom Brady.

Would you even pay $1500 for this if Tom Brady drew it?

A look at the man the NBA has banned for life and what’s next for him and his team.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

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Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling

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Just three months into his tenure as NBA commissioner, Adam Silver brought the full weight of his office down on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, banning him from the league for life and fining him the maximum penalty, $2.5 million.

Next, Silver will move to have Sterling excommunicated from the NBA completely by forcing the sale of his team. To achieve this, Silver will need at least three-quarters of league’s owners to agree on a nuanced interpretation of the NBA bylaws and vote Sterling out.

Silver said he has the necessary support to do so, but the lawsuit that could follow that vote would prove to be quite messy.

A date for the owners’ vote is yet to be determined, but while we wait, here’s everything we know about Donald Sterling, the man the NBA banned for life, and how the league will try to get rid of him.

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1. Who is Donald Sterling?

Donald Sterling was born Donald Tokowitz sometime around 1933. His actual age is a mystery (he’s believed to be 80 or 81). The only son of an immigrant produce peddler in Chicago, Sterling moved to the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, then a poor area of the city, at age 2.

After graduating Roosevelt High School, Sterling attended college at Cal State Los Angeles and Southwestern University School of Law, graduating from the latter cum laude in 1961, at age 23. To pay his way through law school, Sterling worked as a salesman at a furniture store. While selling furniture he changed his name from Tokowitz to Sterling. (In 1999, he told LA Magazine he changed his name because Sterling “sounded like success.”) In 1955, Sterling married the boss’s daughter, Rochelle.

Sterling and Shelly had three children together: Scott, Chris, and Joanna. In 2013, Scott Sterling died of an apparent drug overdose in a Malibu, Calif., apartment.

According to multiple media reports, Donald and Shelly Sterling are separated but not divorced.

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Rochelle Sterling (center), wife of Donald Sterling.

2. How did Sterling make his money?

After law school, Sterling opened his own small firm and mostly represented clients from his Boyle Heights neighborhood. By age 27, Sterling was representing more prominent Beverly Hills clients, and eventually he started to get into the real estate game.

Much of Sterling’s wealth comes from real estate. In 2000, Sports Illustrated reported he owned the Malibu Yacht Club, the Beverly Comstock Hotel, and scores of apartments in Beverly Hills.

Sterling developed a reputation for buying properties in disrepair, fixing them, and upping the rents. In 1986, some of his Beverly Hills tenants marched on City Hall to protest the rent increases in Sterling’s buildings.

3. How did he become an NBA owner?

In 1979, Sterling bought 11 Santa Monica apartments from another Los Angeles real estate magnate, Jerry Buss. Buss used the money to buy the Los Angeles Lakers. Buss pitched pro basketball to Sterling as a great investment and encouraged him to go after the professional team in San Diego, the Clippers.

In 1981, Sterling purchased the San Diego Clippers. The asking price was $12.5 million. Sterling got the team on a layaway plan, assuming almost $10 million in debt and deferred compensation.

“It’s the start of a new era!” Sterling promised in an open letter to fans, Dave Zirin wrote in his book Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love.

“I’m in San Diego to stay and committed to making the city proud of the Clippers. I’ll build the Clippers through the draft, free agency, trades, spending whatever it takes to make a winner,” Sterling said at the time.

After Sterling took over, the San Diego Clippers had a record of 72–174 and averaged fewer than 4,500 fans per game for three consecutive seasons. By 1984 the Clippers were gone; Sterling moved the team to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, the team posted just one winning record (‘91–92 season; 45–37) and three playoff appearances (‘91–92, ‘92–93, ‘96–97) between 1985 and 2005.

Since 2010 — superstar Blake Griffin’s rookie season — things have started to turn around for the Clippers. The team had its first-round playoff win in the 2011–12 season, and its back-to-back first place regular season division finishes in 2012–13 and 2013–14.

Still, during Sterling’s tenure — the longest in the league at 32 years — the Clippers have the worst winning percentage in the NBA, as well as the worst winning percentage in the four major American professional sports.

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4. Has Sterling had legal problems in the past?

Yes.

In 1984, when Sterling moved the Clippers from San Diego to Los Angeles, he failed to seek the NBA’s approval for the relocation, and the league fined him $25 million.

Sterling sued the league for $100 million and withdrew the suit when the league agreed to reduce his fine to $6 million.

Apart from team business, most notably, Sterling was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for racially discriminatory practices involving his Los Angeles rental properties. According to the lawsuit, Sterling wouldn’t rent to non-Koreans in Koreatown and wouldn’t allow any African-Americans to rent his Beverly Hills properties. According to the suit, Sterling said he did not like to rent to “Hispanics” because “Hispanics smoke, drink, and just hang around the building.” He also stated that “black tenants smell and attract vermin.”

Sterling settled with the Justice Department in 2005 for a record $2.73 million, the largest ever obtained by the government in a discrimination case involving apartment rentals.

5. What about the Elgin Baylor incident?

In February 2009, Sterling was sued by former Clippers General Manager Elgin Baylor for employment discrimination on the basis of age and race. Baylor accused Sterling of having a team vision “of a Southern plantation–type structure” in the lawsuit.

Baylor claimed the team had “egregious salary disparities” based on race. He also claimed he was told to “induce African-American players to join the Clippers, despite the Clippers’ reputation of being unwilling to fairly treat and compensate African-American players.”

Baylor said Sterling had a “pervasive and ongoing racist attitude.”

Baylor later dropped the race charges of the case and a jury ruled in favor of Sterling in March 2011.

6. Anything else?

Another notable incident occurred in 2003 when Sterling sued his mistress Alexandra Castro, whom Sterling said under oath he was paying for sex. “Every time she provided sex she got $500,” Sterling said, according to the deposition. “At the end of every week or at the end of two weeks, we would figure it out, and I would, perhaps, pay her then.”

During the case Sterling reportedly took back a $1 million dollar property Castro said he gave her as a gift. They would later reach a confidential settlement.

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Donald Sterling (right), and V. Stiviano (left), his former mistress, sit courtside at an NBA game in this photo taken Oct. 25, 2013.

7. What is the latest controversy involving Sterling?

The most recent headlines involve a recording of Donald Sterling telling his former mistress, V. Stiviano, that he disapproved of her being seen publicly with black people, and reprimanded her for posting of pictures of herself on Instagram with Magic Johnson.

The recording, first obtained by TMZ Sports, was made public Saturday.

Among the things Sterling told Stiviano, who is black and Latina, during the argument:“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”

“You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”

“I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.”

“…Don’t put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.”

After the recording surfaced, the NBA conducted a forensic investigation and interviewed Sterling. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said a forensic expert confirmed the audio recording was of Sterling and had not been altered in any way.

8. How did the Clippers players react?

During warm-ups before the team’s first game following the allegations, Clippers players threw their team gear down at midcourt and warmed up in logo-less red shirts and pants. The Golden State Warriors went on to defeat the Clippers, 118–97.

In a post-game press conference, Coach Doc Rivers said he got 45 minutes of sleep the night before the game.

The next day, Rivers issued a lengthy statement to reiterate how “disappointed I am in the comments attributed to [Donald Sterling] and I can’t even begin to tell you how upset I am and our players are.”

Two days later, on the morning before Game 5 of the series, Rivers reportedly said that if Sterling remained the team’s owner he would not be back to coach the 2014–15 season.

After the decision by Silver was announced Tuesday, a report was released that said Golden State players were prepared to boycott Game 5 against the Clippers if the NBA did not mete out a harsh enough punishment to Sterling.

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Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group / MCT

 

9. And what did the NBA do to punish Sterling?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that he is banning Sterling for life and fining him $2.5 million.

During his press conference, Silver called the comments by Sterling “deeply offensive” and “hateful.”

Silver also said he will urge the league’s Board of Governors to force a sale of the Clippers. The Board of Governors consists of the team owners or the majority owner if a team has multiple owners.

For a forced sale to happen, Silver will need three-fourths of the league’s owners to support him and vote Sterling out. He said Tuesday he fully expects to get the support needed.

A date for the vote has not been set yet, but the NBA owners’ advisory and finance committee will meet Thursday to discuss next steps in the final removal of Donald Sterling.

10. What about Sterling’s First Amendment rights?

The First Amendment might be a defense from government action but not from a private entity, such as the NBA taking action.

Also, according to Article 24(i) of the NBA’s constitution, Silver as commissioner has broad authority to suspend and fine an owner for conduct detrimental to the league.

Practically speaking, “banning” Sterling is more of an indefinite suspension. He is forbidden from attending games, practices, and other league events. He also can’t have contact with players, coaches, and staff.

The $2.5 million fine might seem a paltry sum to Sterling, who is reportedly worth $1.9 billion, but it is the maximum allowed under the league.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media on April 29.

11. Will Sterling have to sell the team?

Judging from the early response from other NBA organizations, it appears that Silver will likely have more than enough support to force the sale of the team.

Owners siding with Silver will decide that Sterling is guilty of “conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the Association” under Article 35A(d) of the league constitution and should be removed.

They will also argue Sterling has damaged labor relations between the players and league.

Furthermore, owners can say that while the Clippers are not currently in financial trouble, Sterling’s behavior has been detrimental to the Clippers organization. More than 10 sponsors, including Red Bull, CarMax, State Farm, and Kia, suspended or ended their relationship with the team when the news of Sterling’s comments broke.

The team Sterling bought in 1981 for $13.5 million is now estimated to to be worth between $550 and $700 million. According to several estimates, the price could go as high as $1 billion.

12. What if Sterling doesn’t want to sell?

Sterling’s best argument is an antitrust case.

“The owners gathering together and taking a collective action to oust Donald Sterling and force him to sell his position in the Clippers could be deemed a ‘group boycott’ and a restraint of trade,” attorney Darren Heitner told BuzzFeed. “Courts do not react favorably to group boycotts.”

The league’s best bet to avoid this is to carefully ensure that the sale process is as open as possible — possibly even opening it up to an auction.

It’s a good bet to assume that Silver, a lawyer himself, has thought of this argument.

13. So that’s it, Donald Sterling is going to sell the team and make a giant profit?

If the market dictates that’s what the team is worth, Sterling is going to make a lot of money.

Sports Illustrated sports law writer Michael McCann breaks down what Sterling will have to give back in capital gains when the team sells for big money:

Sterling reportedly purchased the Clippers for $12.5 million in 1981. If he sold the team today, it would be worth at least $600 million, perhaps closer to $1 billion. Between federal and state capital gains taxes, Sterling would pay an approximately 33 percent tax rate on the difference between what he paid for the team and what he sold it for. For instance, if he sold the Clippers today for $1 billion, Sterling would pay capital gain taxes of 33 percent on a gain of $987.5 million. As a result, Sterling would owe Federal & state capital gain taxes of approximately $329 million.

Via sportsillustrated.cnn.com

14. What does this mean for the NBA?

Some have argued that banning Sterling sets poor precedent for the NBA that would allow the league to kick out other owners and gives too much power to the commissioner in the process.

According to attorney Heitner, Silver and the league need to be careful that two things don’t happen:

“It is so important that Commissioner Adam Silver provides sufficient justification to cause the owners to vote for Sterling’s termination. If the vote is vacated by a court of law, it could seriously dismantle the commissioner’s powers that are believed to exist. Alternatively, if a court deems that Antitrust Law does not apply, it could lead to penultimate commissioner power and allow for more subjective decisions to be made in the future without fear of recourse.”

Ultimately, it seems important to the NBA that Sterling’s banning is not transformed into just a suspension with him back sitting courtside at some point in the future.

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The seats of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sit empty before the start of play against the Golden State Warriors on April 29.

Correction: A previous version of this post misstated the year Donald and Shelly Sterling were married. It was 1955. (4/30)

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/how-the-nba-will-fight-to-get-the-clippers-away-from-racist