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What a Smithsonian Folklorist Thinks about Marvel's Cleaned-Up Version of Thor

The first public screenings of Thor: Ragnarok take place this Thursday, which is fitting considering that the day just happens to be named for the Norse god of thunder himself. Thor’s Day in Scandinavia was traditionally a day of rest, rather than work, to honor one of the most powerful gods in the pantheon of Norse mythology. The latest offering from Marvel Studios, the new film is the third to put the comic book Thor front-and-center, and this version pays passing homage to the mythical Thor, the divine, but finds…

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Does this Balenciaga skirt look like a car mat? The internet thinks so

The Balenciaga skirt currently sells for around $ 2916 online.   Is there anything quite as fun as comparing fashion to inanimate and unlikely objects? Hardly. The latest fashion piece to cause both mirth (and despair) is Balenciaga’s just-landed “leather embossed” skirt, which eagle-eyed internet commenters have noted looks rather like a car mat. Are balenciaga really just gonna put their logo on a Car Mat and sell it as a skirt 😭 pic.twitter.com/vJIBxEMrl9 — George (@GeorgeMihic) October 17, 2017 Dear @BALENCIAGA, You and I both know damn well that this…

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Trump thinks he has 'one last shot' at changing health care vote

Convinced there’s a way to move forward on the Republicans’ promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump hopes to change the minds of Republican senators over lunch at the White House today. Trump and Republican senators will talk health care and other issues two days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded that the effort to repeal and immediately provide replacement legislation for Obamacare “would be unsuccessful.” A senior White House official told ABC News the lunch was entirely Trump’s idea. “He wants one last shot” to persuade…

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Arsenal are further behind than Wenger thinks – Lineker

Media playback is not supported on this device Arsenal are “a long way behind” their Premier League rivals and are likely to miss out on a Champions League place again next year, says Gary Lineker. Despite manager Arsene Wenger being set to sign a new two-year deal, ex-England striker Lineker’s views were echoed by former Gunners goalkeeper Bob Wilson. He believes Arsenal will struggle to attract quality players without the offer of elite European football. “How are you going to get Antoine Greizmann to sign?” Wilson said. “Without the Champions…

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Arsene Wenger thinks Sanchez & Ozil want to stay but is coy on own future

Media playback is not supported on this device Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil want to stay at the club but says his own future is “not sorted completely”. Contract talks with Ozil, 28, and Sanchez are on hold until the summer. Sanchez, 28, has been quoted stating he wants to stay in London at a club with a “winning mentality”, prompting speculation of a move to Chelsea. “I personally believe both of them want to stay and I hope the club will find an…

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Lonely Planet thinks you should visit this US city this year

Lonely Planet has named a town that’s known as “Beer City USA” the most exciting place to visit in the United States this year. In their list of the Best In The US 2017, travel experts at Lonely Planet named Asheville, North Carolina as the No. 1 destination to visit for its creative spirit, eclectic architecture, thriving artistic community and booming food and drink scene, set against a mountain backdrop. Asheville is likewise a beer lover’s paradise. In second spot, experts chose western Washington which had a starring role in…

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