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“O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” From emperors to kings and queens, there is none more important to Americans than the President of the United States. With patriotism to the red, white and blue and the promise of continual freedom, Americans gather together to elect the newest leader of the free world every four years with the hopes of change, peace, and good fortune.

With America’s history steeped in greatness thanks to forefathers like George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, today’s elections seem more like a popularity contest or a joke. As media coverage grows over candidates like Donald Trump and Kanye West’s promise for a 2020 campaign, the title of President seems to be a race focused more about money and charisma rather than on issues that matter.

In the spirit of the presidency and as we gear up for campaign season, we can’t help but wonder about our past presidents. Who were the smartest and what did they study? While it’s nearly impossible to say which President was in fact the most intelligent, we found the top 20 smartest U.S. Presidents based on their grades in school. From our country’s first Commander-in-Chief to our more recent presidents, let’s take a look at the history of the United States’ greatest leaders!

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The sixth season of Game of Thrones is right around the corner, and people are more excited than ever to find out exactly what lies in store for the show’s last seasons. After so many cliffhangers and memorable deaths in the show’s closing episodes, there is finally an opportunity for us all to get some closure and see where we’re heading next. There are loads of Game of Thrones questions to be answered. Who can we expect to see returning for the next season, where will these story arcs be taking place, and how many of our favorite characters will have to mercilessly die to keep Westeros safe?

Leaked casting information, set photos, writer interviews, and leaked script information has given us a pretty good idea of season 6’s direction, and now we just have to wait for it to unravel. But what spoilers have us the most excited to see exactly how the next season is going to unravel? Here are the top 10 Game of Thrones season 6 leaks that will make you crazier than the Mad King. You’ve been warned, there are some serious spoilers past this point, so don’t blame me if you lose your head, Ned.

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No matter who you are, no matter how old you are and no matter how cool you think you are, you have taken a selfie. You can try and pretend like you have never snapped one, but we all know you have, don’t deny it. For the most part, we usually just take selfies with friends or family, or possibly in a mirror by ourselves, but those are boring and nobody really cares all that much about seeing them.

There are some selfies out there, however, that really belong in a museum. Between death defying stunts, leaving the Earth’s surface or getting a group of people together in a rare situation, there have been some legendary selfies taken by people. Out of the millions of selfies that are taken on a daily basis, which ones stand out as the best of all time?

It’s time to hand out the selfie awards and check out the 10 best that have ever been snapped, and they are ones that the normal person will never have a chance to take.

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Imagine the world of Walt Disney where Elsa is evil, Simba is a snob and Cinderella is a villain. There is no music and the characters truly aren’t what they seem. Can you picture it?

Pitching a script to big-shot Hollywood producers is no easy task, especially among creative minds who make high demands. Let’s face it. Hollywood producers are notorious for their ridiculous suggestions and insane demands. Don’t believe us? Just look back at the giant robot spiders and Will Smith’s character in The Wild Wild West. This goes to show that, sometimes, producer suggestions really embody the good, the bad and the ugly.

Many Disney movies that we know and love would actually be completely different had the studio gone blindly with the original story pitch and ignored the demands and suggestions of producers. While this may not seem significant, this list of 10 Disney films will leave you thanking Disney producers for saving you, your childhood and your children from emotional scarring and trauma of these original, off-the-wall scary storylines.

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It’s 5:00 a.m. and your alarm goes off. Do you hit the snooze button? Or, are you one of the few who hop out of bed, throw on your workout gear and head to the gym for early morning cardio? Enjoy it. We’ll be here drinking coffee when you get back.

The world of fitness has grown by leaps and bounds as healthy living habits increase in popularity and span everything from vitamins and protein shakes to gym memberships and sunrise yoga classes. Everyone is learning how important it is to stay in shape to have a better quality of life. This means, that gyms are more popular than ever before, bringing in more memberships and a new set of issues for gym goers: more (obnoxious) people.

If you’ve been to the gym lately, perhaps you’ve run into the weightlifter who claims he’s an expert. Are you in cycling class with the queen of selfies and social media? Despite the fact that most people prefer to work out alone, the popularity of gyms makes solitary workouts difficult, especially with obnoxious people like the weightlifter and selfie queen. But, these aren’t the only two gym goers who are likely to hijack your workout; we found 10 totally obnoxious gym members who literally drive health nuts well, nuts! See if you can recognize any of these people the next time you hit the gym!

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Writers take to drinking, and musicians and actors basically prefer anything they can get their hands on. And there are a lot of different drugs to choose from. Some help you keep going, some will give you tiger blood and turn you into a rock star warlock from Mars. Whatever your drug of choice, when it spirals out of control, there’s usually a tear filled intervention, rehab, the long road to recovery and a successful TV show.

And whatever your addiction, the first step to overcoming it, is admitting that you have a problem. You have to stand up and say “Hello, I’m Charlie Sheen and I’m addicted to basically everything that’s on the market.” But for some people, everything on the market is just not enough. They take their addiction to new and strange places, baffling therapists and doctors alike. The main question friends and loved ones will be asking these people at interventions, is not “why are you destroying your life?”, but rather just a head scratching “why?”

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Have you ever met someone who not only claimed to be really smart, but also that they had a much higher IQ than anyone they know? Most of the time, these self proclaimed geniuses are actually full of it, and are simply parading around with the results of a faux IQ test they found online: using it as a way to feel better about themselves. But even though the world is full of pseudo-savants, there are a few places in the world where the real geniuses are walking among us (and it probably isn’t your local community college).

These brilliant minds can be found in some of the most exclusive intellectual societies, such as the widely respected “MENSA” and the “Mega Society.” The smartest people in the world are all harboring an IQ of 160 or more, so you might want to be a little skeptic when your friend Tiffany says she took a test and scored something comparable to Steven Hawking!

The IQ test is certainly an inexact science, but it provides us with a fairly accurate understanding of just how intelligent and advanced someone’s mind is. But who among us have the highest IQs in the world today? Here are the top 10 mega-minds boasting IQs that are astonishing.

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Can you imagine a sequel to ET? What about Forrest Gump? With umpteen Mission Impossible movies (and let’s not forget Rush Hour or The Expendables), it’s no surprise that Hollywood takes a cheap shot in agreeing to movie sequels with the hopes of easy money and larger audiences. But, if you’re like the rest of us, sequels, trilogies and even series are often frustrating as they lack the quality of the original in everything from casting to the storyline itself. In fact, sometimes, Hollywood should simply leave well enough alone.

Horrible sequels are a dime a dozen but we can’t deny that there are still a few quality sequels on the silver screen such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Godfather Part II and The Dark Knight that do justice to their originals. Sequels like these are actually well planned and executed unlike the countless others who are scrapped, chopped or trashed (and thankfully so) before they ever get to the casting call!

As you can imagine, the list of scrapped sequels is incredibly long but, we found a few almost-made sequels that will most likely shock you because of their box office hit originals. In fact, these mistakes in the making would have easily ruined the legacy of the originals that the world has grown to love. Which movies had sequels and why were they scrapped? Here’s our top 10 list of movie sequels that we are thrilled to have never seen!

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Predicting what the future will look like is never an easy task. In the 1950’s people were assured they would see flying cars zooming overhead by the 60’s, ten years later the most popular grand prediction was that we would all be blasting off on holiday to the moon by the 70’s, ten years after that… well, you get the picture. The future may not have turned out as some people expected, but there are plenty of futuristic, world changing inventions that are so close you can almost touch them. You thought flying cars were exciting (although they are coming soon too)? Just wait till you see what’s in store for the next few years.

You’ll be glad to know that this isn’t a list of predictions; all of these amazing things are either happening right now or just about to happen. There is an exciting future ahead of us, so read on and discover how the world is about to change.

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Professional wrestling is built around eccentric characters of both massive size and ego, which can capture and entertain any crowd through their daring maneuvers and over the top antics. Wrestling promotions give the impression that only the biggest and baddest competitors can make their way to the top, because an average size guy would have an awful hard time actually beating a guy like “The Big Show” in a one on one match (or even a three on one match, that guy looks like he eats bones for breakfast).

While many people have spoken out about the use of steroids in professional sports over the years, Vince McMahon (current Chairman and CEO of the WWE) has said that professional wrestling is now completely clean. Whether it’s true or not that steroids can longer be found in the WWE locker room, wrestlers are still becoming increasingly massive over the years.

Bulking up to enter the ring has led to some incredible body transformations over the years, with some of wrestling’s biggest stars looking completely different than they did when they first started their careers; which ones have gotten the biggest? Take a look at the top 15 wrestlers that you might not recognize due to their incredible physical transformations.

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If you want to make it in the world of professional wrestling, you’ll need more than flashy moves and the ability to dive off the ropes and land on your opponent without having to go to the hospital afterwards. You’ll need to create an unforgettable persona fans can instantly recognize, like Hulk Hogan or the Rock. And whether the fans love you or love to hate you, the single most important thing about being a wrestler is to be memorable.

But coming up with the right character, or gimmick, as it’s known in the profession, is a lot harder than you may think. And of course those bulky wrestlers are generally not known to be the smartest people in any room. So when they fail, they fail hard. They become memorable, just not in the way they originally intended. Whether it’s lack of effort or imagination, or just plain too many folding chairs to the face, these guys will leave you scratching your head and keep you puzzled for quite some time.

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There was a time when professional wrestling was believed to be undeniably real, but now almost everyone is aware that it’s scripted; the action in the ring may be real, but only the viewers aren’t clued in who the night’s victor will be. These days it’s almost impossible to tell someone you’re a wrestling fan without being asked: “You know it’s fake, right?” The constant reminder can get pretty annoying, especially since no matter how much you train, jumping off of 12 foot ladders never really feels too great on the back.

While the pain that wrestlers feel is from the ring, the ropes, or a shattered prop, occasionally they will actually inflict real pain on each other (most of the time, it’s an accident). Every now and again wrestling gets out of hand and can turn into a real bare knuckle brawl. Over the years there have been quite a few instances of wrestlers getting into full-on fist fights, and as a result, some competitors have gotten seriously hurt for real (if it only it had been McMahon).

So when has wrestling gone off script, and become an ultra violent blood sport that would MMA fighters wince? Here are the top 10 matches where the wrestling wasn’t fake, and neither was our excitement.