How to stop being ridiculously busy

How to stop being ridiculously busy

Let me guess…

You’re an honest person.

And when you talk to potential customers on the phone, you sound genuine, helpful, and frank. No fluff. No marketing drivel. No sleazy sales talk. You give honest advice.

But what happens when you write copy for your brochure or your website? Do you sound as sincere as you do on the phone?

Marketing drivel seems hard to avoid. Most websites are full of it.

A dash of sleaziness sneaks into your copy without you noticing it. Creepiness crawls into your brochure just because you couldn’t find the right words.

How can you eradicate the marketing prattle and write honest copy that sells?

Let’s look at 11 copywriting tips that give sleazy sales-ness the middle finger. Follow these tips, and your copy instantly becomes more sincere, more enchanting, and more persuasive.
Sound good?

Copywriting Tip #1: Cut crappy phrases

How do you know your copy contains crappy phrases?

Put on your devil’s advocate hat, and ask yourself for each sentence: what does this mean? If you can’t come up with a specific answer immediately, then cut or rephrase until your text is concrete and meaningful.

Much better:
549,333 websites use our widgets to increase email sign-ups

Copywriting Tip #2: Slaughter marketing claptrap

Words like hundreds or millions may seem specific, but they sound like a marketer exaggerating the truth. Use specific numbers to draw attention and increase credibility.

Much better:
254 small businesses use our accounting service to save time

Copywriting Tip #3: Stop pussyfooting around

Subtleties and politeness are great (of course!).

But a subtle call-to-action gives people an excuse not to do as you ask. Starting a call-to-action with if, is the best way to give people an excuse. Be bossy and tell people exactly what you expect them to do.

Simple and direct:
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Copywriting Tip #4: Give people a reason to do as you tell them

Do you want people to listen to you and follow your suggestions? Just give them a reason why. How are you going to make them happier, healthier, or richer? Which problems, complications, and difficulties will you help to avoid?

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Copywriting Tip #5: Give people a better reason

What do your readers really want?

Try to avoid fake benefits and focus on a benefit your readers are looking for. Most real benefits are related to saving money, making more money, becoming happier, being free from fear and worry, a feeling of belonging etc.

Even better:
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Copywriting Tip #6: Cut sugary testimonials

You know the type of testimonials that sound like they’re written by a marketer? The sugar-coated words that tell you how wonderful, amazing, and super-perfect a service or product is?

Do you think anyone believes these fantastic testimonials? Well?

Write story-based testimonials that help you overcome objections.

Much better:
I wasn’t sure about hiring Henneke. She seems a little crazy and she’s not even a native English speaker. But the copy she’s written for my business helped me to win more customers. And she was fun to work with.

Note: just like all other examples in this article, the above example is made up.

Copywriting Tip #7: Don’t walk away from the difficult stuff

Do you believe in miracles?

In business they don’t exist. I’ve never seen objections magically disappear. You need to address them.

If customers think you’re too expensive, then explain how you help customers save money, how you help them make more money, or explain how much more enjoyment they’ll get from your product or service. Prove your value.

What objections do your customers have to buying from you? How can you address them? Copywriting is about sales. And selling is about taking away customer objections to buying from you.

Further reading: The old-fashioned Aga sales manual, written by the legendary David Ogilvy in 1935, provides examples of how to overcome objections.

Copywriting Tip #8: Kill self-indulgent nonsense

Marketing messages become drivel if they go on and on about a company and its products. The quickest way to turn drivel into sales copy is to address a benefit or a problem your customers have first.

Much better:
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Copywriting Tip #9: Don’t use exclamation marks

Exclamation marks are the signs of a lazy writer or a sleazy salesman. Simply remove all exclamation marks from your copy. Period.

Copywriting Tip #10: Don’t commit superlative sins

Superlatives like best or easiest are a surefire way to sound insincere. Only use superlatives if you can prove why you’re the best.

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Copywriting Tip #11: Eradicate adjective mumbo jumbo

If marketers have nothing to say, they add adjective upon adjective to their sentences. It makes your readers think yeah, yeah, what nonsense or it sends them straight to sleep.

Mucho better:
The classic look of this cookware collection suits most kitchen styles.

Even better:
Show pictures of your cookware. Or explain who inspired the design. That’s much more interesting than marketers’ hogwash.

How to stamp out marketing drivel

You’ve edited your copy to remove the marketing fluff.

Now, imagine talking to your favorite customer on the phone and read your copy aloud.

If your customer slams down the phone, then your copy is still too sleazy. Get back to work.

If she gets a little impatient and interrupts you, then you’re nearly there. Just a little more fluff to remove.

And if you can’t persuade her to buy, then you’ve not addressed her problems or you’ve picked the wrong benefits. Ask her how you can help.

When you write sales copy, you need to think about your customer (of course!).

But you also have to remember who you are. Be yourself. Be honest. Be enchanting.

Then there is the ‘90–10’ rule, due to which 90% of the women are only attracted to the top 10% of men. So it’s only easy for these top men. The remaining 90% of the men are left competing for just 10% of the women.

The real problem for women is actually having too many choices and suffering from decision fatigue.

So my opinion is, unless you are the best of the best among the male species, the cream of the crop, the crème de la crème – dating is certainly MUCH harder for men. And almost always, it’s a ‘maximum investment, minimum returns’ preposition for us men. In the end, all we are left with, is emotional pain, misery, rejection and abandonment. Totally not worth it .

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She must be real ugly. He told her to wear a hijab to hide her identity if she wanted to go out.

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  1. Approach her (She can decline the approach)
  2. Strike up a conversation (She can reject you on the convo by cutting it short)
  3. Ask for the number (She can reject by giving you fake number)
  4. Phone up or Text (She can reject you by not responding to text or block you)
  5. Ask for the first date (She can reject you by saying she’s busy with work)
  6. Meet on the date (She can reject you by saying the can’t make it)
  7. Pay for the date
  8. Lean forward for the first kiss (She can reject you by giving you her cheek or telling you "I don’t know you")
  9. Ask and pay for the second date (She can reject you by telling you there was "No chemistry / spark / connection")
  10. Take the lead on xes (She can reject you by telling you "I don’t want to rush. "
  11. Buy her the first gift (She can reject you by saying the gift is not expensive enough)
  12. Ask her to be their girlfriend
  13. Buy her a ring
  14. Get down on one knee (She can reject your marriage)
  1. Say yes or not to men approaching them
  2. Once in the relationship, relax, while he bends backwards to make things work and keep you interested in him.
  1. Taken or married
  2. Still hung up on an ex
  3. Already crushing on some other dude.
  4. Not available for a different reason (focus on career or something similar).

Then there is the ‘90–10’ rule, due to which 90% of the women are only attracted to the top 10% of men. So it’s only easy for these top men. The remaining 90% of the men are left competing for just 10% of the women.

The real problem for women is actually having too many choices and suffering from decision fatigue.

So my opinion is, unless you are the best of the best among the male species, the cream of the crop, the crème de la crème – dating is certainly MUCH harder for men. And almost always, it’s a ‘maximum investment, minimum returns’ preposition for us men. In the end, all we are left with, is emotional pain, misery, rejection and abandonment. Totally not worth it .

LMAO you can tell this this guy was just WAITING to rant about this. Signed up for LSA, saw this thread, and said, "This is my moment!"

How to stop being ridiculously busyThe South African 2021/11/19 Craig Lewis

Rassie Erasmus first drew plenty of attention when he served as a ‘water boy’ during the British & Irish Lions series, which allowed for an extra person to fulfil this sideline role.

Some onlookers thought it was rather strange to see a director of rugby performing such a duty, including Lions coach Warren Gatland, who said he certainly wouldn’t be found in such a role.

However, it worked a treat for the Springboks, with Erasmus feeding information to the players, while also serving as another set of eyes from the sidelines.

Erasmus was seemingly being fazed out of the role after the Lions series, and in fact didn’t travel with the team on their Rugby Championship tour as he focused on preparing for his disciplinary hearing related to a now infamous video he produced in relation to officiating complaints.

That video has now seen the SA director of rugby receive a double suspension from World Rugby, which includes a two-month ban from all rugby-related activities, while he has also been suspended from all match-day activities with immediate effect until 30 September, 2022.

The World Cup-winning head coach has been part of the Boks’ end-of-year tour group, though, and returned to his role as a ‘water carrier’ against Scotland last weekend.

Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend, who was an assistant during the Lions tour said the fallout from the Erasmus video was a “real bad episode for our game”.

“I was there at the time, so I experienced what was going on, and I later spoke to Nic Berry about it and he went through a real tough time, and so did his family.

“That was a real shame and a pity that these things can happen in our sport. I don’t think it could have been allowed to continue. Those antics … we can’t fall into that trap of winning at all costs and putting pressure on individuals.

“It has been a while for that decision to come,” he added. “That would be my only frustration, that it has taken so long to come to this decision.”

Townsend added that he hopes the stance taken by World Rugby will be the catalyst for a tougher approach against backroom staff who overstep the mark.

“[It was] four months too late,” said Townsend, when asked if it was frustrating that Erasmus was not suspended before the Scotland-Boks game. “I remember having to go to two hearings for Zander [Fagerson] when he got banned in the Six Nations. I feel that whatever happens around a game, whether it’s a player or coach or someone related to the game like a physio, decisions have to be made more quickly.

“We got to the decision that was announced yesterday, but for me this is the tip of the iceberg. We’ve seen a lot of incidents where people on the sidelines are trying to intimidate players and officials. Going onto the field of play as well to either coach their team or intimidate officials on the field. It’s got to stop.

“I would urge World Rugby to make further changes. Why do we need coaches on the sidelines? If they are on the sidelines they have to live up to certain behaviours and values that we pride in our game, which sadly I felt over the summer and since then have been lost.”

How to stop being ridiculously busyIndependent Online (IOL) 2021/11/15 Staff Reporter

Cape Town – On Saturday, Siya Kolisi and his Springboks were involved in a Titanic tussle against Scotland at Murrayfield.

After the game, though, the world champions showed they can have a little bit of fun after the final whistle has blown.

While doing a lap of honour around the park, the battle-weary Springboks had time to show appreciation to the South African contingent that had gathered at the home of Scottish rugby, with Kolisi being kind enough to sign a fan’s Speedo and give him a cheeky slap on the butt that must have left Rachel worried about her marriage.

The madness did not stop there, however.

Afterwards, the Boks found themselves in the presence of Hollywood royalty and king of the Spartans, Leonidas, who, fortunately was not upset that his beloved Scots had been beaten, so no one had to be kicked down a hole.

Gerald Butler, the actor who played Leonidas in the movie, received a gift jersey from Kolisi and his men as he fanboyed over the world champions.

Before the game, on their day off, some of the Springboks also played a round at the “Home of Golf” – St. Andrews.

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I try to write stories with an actual plot and a realistic feel, imagining how ordinary people would act/react when put into bizarre and outrageous situations. It should go without saying that some of the things that happen in my stories are completely abhorrent, and I do not condone those things, or wish for them to be inflicted upon any real person, male or female. Well, not without actual consent anyway. I usually write from the protagonist’s perspective, imagining those things happening to me rather than inflicting them on someone else.

I’m from Australia so I usually use British English spelling. Any political views expressed by characters aren’t necessarily my own but more to develop the character and/or plot.

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How to stop being ridiculously busy

I was coaching Sanjay,* a leader in a technology firm who felt stuck and frustrated. He wasn’t where he wanted to be at this point in his career.

He had come to our coaching session, as usual, prepared to discuss the challenges he was currently facing. This time, it was his plan for conducting compensation conversations with each of his employees. After a few minutes of listening to him talk through his plans, I interrupted him.

“Sanjay, you’ve had these kinds of conversations before, right?” I asked.

“And, for the most part, you know how to do them, right?”

“Yes,” he said again.

“Great. Let’s talk about something else.”

“But this is what’s on my mind right now,” he protested. “It’s helpful to think it through with you.”

“I’m glad it’s helpful, Sanjay,” I said. “But you don’t want me to be merely helpful. You want me to be transformational. And focusing on what’s top of mind for you right now is not going to get us there.”

You see, the reason Sanjay is stuck — and the reason many of us feel that way — is that we focus on what’s present for us at any particular moment.

On the other hand, what most of us want most is to move forward. And, by definition, paying attention to the present keeps us where we are. So, sure, I can help Sanjay be a better “present” Sanjay. But I will have a much greater impact if I help him become a successful “future” Sanjay.

It’s a familiar story: You’re busy all day, working non-stop, multitasking in a misguided attempt to knock a few extra things off your to-do list, and as the day comes to a close, you still haven’t gotten your most important work done.

Being busy is not the same as being productive. It’s the difference between running on a treadmill and running to a destination. They’re both running, but being busy is running in place.

If you want to be productive, the first question you need to ask yourself is: Who do I want to be? Another question is: Where do I want to go? Chances are that the answers to these questions represent growth in some direction. And while you can’t spend all your time pursuing those objectives, you definitely won’t get there if you don’t spend any of your time pursuing them.

If you want to be a writer, you have to spend time writing. If you want to be a sales manager, you can’t just sell — you have to develop your management skill. If you want to start a new company, or launch a new product, or lead a new group, you have to spend time planning and building your skills and experience.

Here’s the key: You need to spend time on the future even when there are more important things to do in the present and even when there is no immediately apparent return to your efforts. In other words — and this is the hard part — if you want to be productive, you need to spend time doing things that feel ridiculously unproductive.

I want to expand my writing abilities, so I have started waking up at 5:30 in the morning to write fiction. Unfortunately — and I am not being humble here — I am a terrible fiction writer. So my writing time feels painfully unproductive. I can’t sell it. I can’t use it. I can’t share it. Honestly, I can hardly bear to read it out loud. I have such a long list of things that actually need to get done, it is almost impossible to justify losing sleep in order to do something so unrelated to my present challenges. I know this is how my clients feel when I ask them to put aside their immediate concerns and focus on more distant challenges.

A question I hear a lot is: What about all the things I actually need to get done? Don’t I need to get through my cluttered email box, my pressing conversations, my project plans in order to create space to focus on my future self?

That’s a trick your busy self plays on you to keep you away from the scary stuff you’re not yet good at and that isn’t yet productive. Sometimes you need to be irresponsible with your current challenges in order to make real progress on your future self. You have to let the present just sit there, untended. It’s not going away and will never end. That’s the nature of the present.

You may not end up with an empty email inbox. You may not have the perfect compensation conversations. You may not please everyone. But, as your coach, I’m willing to bet that you will do those things well enough.

It’s the other stuff I worry about. The wildly important stuff that never gets done because there’s not time or it’s not urgent or it’s too hard or risky or terrifying. That’s the stuff I want to help you work on.

Even though Sanjay is delighted at the idea of focusing on his future self, he resists it because it doesn’t feel as good as solving his current challenges. He isn’t as skilled at it yet. That’s why it’s his future.

That’s a lot of sheep! NBA’s 6’10 star Kyle Kuzma is roasted for wearing ‘ridiculously’ oversized $1,700 pink sweater to Wizards game

  • Kyle, who plays for the Washington Wizards, was spotted rocking the huge piece of clothing at his team’s match against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday
  • The basketball player, who is 6-feet-10-inches and has a wingspan of 7-feet-0.25-inches, showed off the look on Instagram – and right away, the internet went wild
  • The Raf Simons Oversized-Sleeve Virgin Wool Jumper costs $1,659 and comes in pink, yellow, or black
  • Many people headed to Twitter to make fun of the gigantic shirt, with some social media users comparing it to things that cartoon characters have worn
  • Others claimed that Kyle reminded them of various household items in the massive piece of clothing, including Pepto Bismol, a loofah, and more
  • Even LeBron James got involved, calling Kyle’s outfit ‘outrageous’
  • Kyle is well-known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to fashion, and he previously admitted that he is constantly trying to ‘outdo’ himself with clothes

Published: 16:09 GMT, 23 November 2021 | Updated: 20:15 GMT, 23 November 2021

NBA star Kyle Kuzma has become the subject of hilarious online mockery after wearing a ‘ridiculously’ oversized $1,700 pink sweater to his latest game.

Kyle, 26, who plays for the Washington Wizards, was spotted rocking the enormous item of clothing while entering the locker room at his team’s match against the Charlotte Hornets in Washington, D.C., on November 22 – sparking a slew of memes in the process.

The sports star, who is 6’10” tall and has a wingspan of 7-feet-0.25-inches, faced even further mockery after showing off his ensemble on Instagram – where he posted an image of the high-fashion design, the sleeves of which fall well below his long arms, while the hem reaches almost to his knees.

Within minutes, social media users began calling out the oversized sweater, with some comparing it to a variety of cartoons, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Number Three from The Kids Next Door, and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.

Others claimed that Kyle reminded them of various household items in the massive shirt, like Pepto Bismol and a loofah.

‘Kyle Kuzma took a break from waving his arms outside at a local car dealership to play hoops tonight,’ one person wrote, referring to the inflatable dancing tube men that are normally put outside of stores to try to rake in customers.

How to stop being ridiculously busy

NBA star Kyle Kuzma, 26, is being completely roasted online for wearing a ‘ridiculous’ oversized pink sweater that has sleeves that are so long, they almost touch the floor

How to stop being ridiculously busy

The basketball player, who plays for the Washington Wizards, was spotted rocking the huge piece of clothing at his team’s match against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday

How to stop being ridiculously busy

Many people headed over to Twitter to make fun of the dramatic look, with some social media users comparing it to things that cartoon characters have worn, including Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

How to stop being ridiculously busy

Another person said Kyle, who is 6-feet-10-inches and has a wingspan of 7-feet-0.25-inches, reminded them of Number Three from The Kids Next Door

How to stop being ridiculously busy

Others claimed that Kyle reminded them of various household items in the oversized shirt, including Pepto Bismol, a loofah, and more

How to stop being ridiculously busy

‘Kyle Kuzma took a break from waving his arms outside at a local car dealership to play hoops tonight,’ one person wrote, referring to blow-up dancing tube men

How to stop being ridiculously busy

Another Twitter user agreed – sharing a snap of Kyle in the sweater next to a photo of the inflatable men that are normally put outside of stores to try to rake in customers

How to stop being ridiculously busy

How to stop being ridiculously busy

The Raf Simons Oversized-Sleeve Virgin Wool Jumper costs $1,659 and comes in pink, yellow, or black

Another compared him to a shower sponge. They asked, ‘Who did it better? Kyle Kuzma or the pink loofah?’ with side-by-side photos.

‘Kyle Kuzma looked like a big a** bottle of Pepto Bismol last night,’ another person tweeted.

The Raf Simons Oversized-Sleeve Virgin Wool Jumper costs $1,659 and comes in pink, yellow, or black. He paired the sweater with black jeans, a white beanie, and white sneakers.

‘Raf Simons showcases its signature oversized style by continuing to experiment with proportions,’ a description on its website reads.

‘Woven in a cable-knit virgin wool, this jumper exhibits a second branded feature with frayed detailing at the neckline, complete with a logo patch.’

‘Kyle Kuzma taking sweater [season] to another level,’ another tweet read. A different Twitter user added, ‘Bruh is probably cozy as hell.’

Others said he looked like Ariana Grande, who is famous for wearing oversized clothing. And someone else brought up the time that Lenny Kravitz wore a gigantic scarf.

‘Lenny Kravitz walked with his giant scarf so Kyle Kuzma could run with whatever exactly he’s wearing tonight,’ they said.

It was reported today the parents of the 15yo shooter were in School THAT MORNING meeting with teachers and administration about the behavior of the shooter. Can’t be anymore involved in your childs well being than that. Unfortunately, the kid was way past that on a dark mental course.
DA may bring charges for the Parents. How the kid got the gun and ammo ?

Also, reported today the kid had detailed planes on how he would carry out the shootings, both in his phone and on unsocial media.

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I have no stats to support it, but I don’t think there are many schools outside of big cities that have metal detectors. Of course I see your point if you were saying that every school should.

A new wrench in the works on that issue, by the way: Having metal detectors would mean someone to staff them and deal with whatever arises. Right now our local schools can’t even keep a full staff of bus drivers.

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The purchase was legal.

Over seas I would ride in a horse drawn carriage or taxi from time to time. The practice was, you had your fee in your hand and if in an accident, throw the money on the seat and take off. The demented archaic thinking of this backward Country is, if you did not hire the ride, the accident would not have happened.

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Mom and her son were videoed at a range shooting the firearm. It was labeled mom and son shooting his early Christmas present. Obviously the parents are gun people. They misjudged their son. I owned a gun at 13 but never shot any fellow students. We all knew we could, but we never would. It’s enough to make a man really believe in Satan. Those big schools seem dehumanizing to me. I’m just a small town guy.

Let’s GO Brandon.

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I think a conviction might depend on how much the parents knew of the kid’s drawings and comments beforehand, and how much time passed between their knowing and him doing what he did. NY Times article says the prosecutor is citing what the school officials knew the previous day — though the article did not specify whether the parents knew at that time, too, or not until they came in for the meeting on the day of.

If the parents had sufficient knowledge to think the boy was unstable, and then a reasonable opportunity to get the gun locked up, I’m betting they’ll be found guilty. And should be, in my opinion. If I had a kid, no matter how much I loved the kid, if I’d seen a drawing of people being killed and the comment, "The thoughts won’t stop," I’d darned sure get to my guns as fast as possible and make sure they were inaccessible. For everyone’s good including my kid’s.

In my opinion, these school-shooter situations, when they’re in that stage beforehand when the big red flag goes up, should be handled just like suicide threats. If a kid mentions suicide to you — no matter how it’s said, no matter what they say afterward, no matter what — they are not to be left alone from that point forward. You don’t leave them until they’re in the care of their parents or emergency personnel or a counselor.

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I had a jackknife in my pocket every day at school, and I was the class president! I had a shotgun in my truck a few times and there were shells rolling around too! Hunting ages have dropped, and school shootings have soared. I thought being a kid was tough in the 1960s. I really feel for today’s kids.

Let’s GO Brandon.

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I think a conviction might depend on how much the parents knew of the kid’s drawings and comments beforehand, and how much time passed between their knowing and him doing what he did. NY Times article says the prosecutor is citing what the school officials knew the previous day — though the article did not specify whether the parents knew at that time, too, or not until they came in for the meeting on the day of.

If the parents had sufficient knowledge to think the boy was unstable, and then a reasonable opportunity to get the gun locked up, I’m betting they’ll be found guilty. And should be, in my opinion. If I had a kid, no matter how much I loved the kid, if I’d seen a drawing of people being killed and the comment, "The thoughts won’t stop," I’d darned sure get to my guns as fast as possible and make sure they were inaccessible. For everyone’s good including my kid’s.

In my opinion, these school-shooter situations, when they’re in that stage beforehand when the big red flag goes up, should be handled just like suicide threats. If a kid mentions suicide to you — no matter how it’s said, no matter what they say afterward, no matter what — they are not to be left alone from that point forward. You don’t leave them until they’re in the care of their parents or emergency personnel or a counselor.

Why they would let the kid have the weapon without supervision is beyond me.
My kids had / have no access to firearms even their own without my supervision.
We make to many excuses for bad behavior .
We also need to realize that some kids are just plain evil/ bad. Seen it several times.

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JAW-DROPPING Red Carpet Looks of 2021: Kim, Gaga & More

From Kim Kardashian's head to toe Balenciaga Met Gala look to Zendaya's skin-tight Balmain gown, relive some of the best red carpet looks of 2021!

Celebrate the Holidays With "The Holiday": E! News Rewind

The holidays are here! To celebrate, take a look at these 2006 throwback interviews with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black!

Mariah Carey Dishes on Christmas Traditions & Beyonce!

The "All I Want for Christmas Is You" singer weighs in on the Mariah Carey vs. Beyonce debate and shares her favorite Holiday traditions. Watch!

CUTEST Kardashian-Jenner Kids Pics of 2021

From Kim Kardashian's Easter photos with her kids to Stormi taking over Kylie Jenner's Instagram, here are the cutest pics of the Kardashian-Jenner children in 2021.

"Real Housewives" Are in the HOT SEAT!

From the salad tossing controversy to revealing the "Ultimate Girls Trip" secrets, these ladies are NOT holding back! Check out this "Real Housewives" smackdown!

2021's Couples With MAJOR PDA: Bennifer, Kravis & More

These couples couldn't help showing off their love! From Bennifer's reunion make outs, to Megan Fox & MGK's endless tongue-touching & Kravis' entire aesthetic – these duos gave us the most PDA of the year.

Dua Lipa & Anwar Hadid "Taking a Break" After 2 Years of Dating

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Kathy Hilton Sounds Off on Daughter Paris' Groomzilla!

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"And Just Like That" Cast Spills Series Secrets!

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Taraji P. Henson, Halsey & More Share Holiday Plans!

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"How the Grinch Stole Christmas": E! News Rewind

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Cringiest Split, Get a Room & Biggest Stank-A-Dank

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James Franco Breaks Silence After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Snooki & Tori Spelling Share MESSY Holiday Moments

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Soulja Boy has been benched for two upcoming Millenium Tour dates over concerns of retaliatory violence following the slaying of fellow rapper Young Dolph.

G-Squared Events, the touring company behind the tour, which features several artists including Soulja Boy, Bow Wow, Omarion, Ashanti, Sammie, and more, announced on Nov. 18 that in an effort to protect the “safety and welfare” of concertgoers, the “Crank That” rapper has been pulled from at least three upcoming shows, including Memphis, where rapper Young Dolph, born Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was gunned down just a day before on Nov. 17.

“To preserve the safety of The Millennium Tour 2021 artists and patrons, tour representatives are exercising caution and want to make a smart decision to be safe,” reads the statement.

“The safety and welfare of our patrons are the first and foremost priority,” said a representative from G-Squared Events. “We pride ourselves on bringing high-quality concert experiences to our patrons. In times like this, we will stop at nothing to ensure that everyone that participates in these experiences is healthy, safe, and quite frankly having a good time.”

In response to the news, the artist posted a comment on The Shade Room making light of the situation, writing, “I’m still getting paid [shrug emoji] what him dying got do with me? [facepalm emoji] I’m tryna see my fans [smiling devil face emoji]”

Many fans, however, slammed Soulja for his insensitive comment.

“Somebody said he the first one to be taken off the tour & DONDA.”

“Clout is one hell of a drug.”

“Smh, He should’ve just got paid and stayed quiet. This aint it.”

Another person sided with the rapper.

“i mean he gotta point.”

The “Turn My Swag On” artist, who is also being forced to sit out of the St. Louis show, and the late rapper were involved in some online back-and-forth a week before Thornton was killed. The “100 Shots” rapper posted an Instagram Story referencing pulling in over $100,000 per show while remaining independent, to which Soulja Boy responded, “That’s big cap. They signed to @empire I’m really 100% Independent no cap.”

Soulja Boy later posted a video calling out Dolph and his team, who appeared to have contacted him privately, referencing previous attempts made on the rapper’s life.

“Man, Young Dolph, if you don’t get your b***h ass artist out my muthaf****n DM, n***a,” Soulja snapped. “…N***a thought he was bulletproof ’til he got shot like Dolph, n***a. F**k you talkin’ ’bout, n***a? Ain’t you the n***a getting shot at 100 times? Ain’t you the n***a getting popped and shot at all the time? Y’all b***h ass n****s better get out of my DM. F**k Paper Route. F**k Key Glock. F**k Young Dolph. F**k all y’all n****s.”

Young Dolph was gunned down while purchasing cookies from Makeda’s Cookies, a Black-owned business in his Memphis hometown that he was known to frequent. Police have released footage of suspects who carried out the shooting, however, at the time of this writing no arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.

NEWS Johannesburg residents who have been without water for longer than expected have aired their frustration on social media.

Johannesburg Water’s social media team has been feeling the wrath of angry residents, who are frustrated that the updates from the water utility on planned maintenance are “useless” to them.

Mpho Metsi* told City Press said that he had been without water for three days. “We haven’t had water since Wednesday morning around 9am in Melville.

Twitter user Susan Reynard said: “This makes me very sad. After a week of trying to manage relentless loadshedding, very hot days and no water supply, those of us in Joburg south still have no water and no estimation of when we can expect water supply – it’s disheartening to say the least. Hard to feel positive.”

This makes me very sad. After a week of trying to manage relentless loadshedding, very hot days and no water supply, those of us in Joburg south still have no water and no estimation of when we can expect water supply – it’s disheartening to say the least. Hard to feel positive.

— Susan Reynard (@SusanReynard) November 19, 2021

Metsi said: “When we ask questions on their [Johannesburg Water] Twitter account, they keep on ignoring us but [have] got time to update their Twitter page. They haven’t even provided us with an ETA (expected time of arrival) as to when can we expect water in our hood. I even called them this morning on their help desk, spoke to a consultant. She just responded with, ‘We don’t know when the water will be back, to be honest’.”

This week Rand Water, Johannesburg’s bulk water supplier, undertook planned maintenance on its system, which saw disruptions to the city’s water supply.

On Monday, Rand Water chairperson Faith Matshidiso Hashatse said that the 54-hour maintenance was part of its capital renewable programme.

“Most of the time when we are busy with the programme you don’t even feel it,” she said.

She explained that this week’s maintenance programme was extensive, hence the disruption to the water supply.

Rand Water had assured customers that the maintenance would not result in people being without water.

In a statement released ahead of the maintenance, it said, “during this period, water will be flowing into the system although this will be in reduced quantities and pressure”.

Metsi said: “Last week they did mention that there will be water cuts and they even said, ‘do not store water because this is not a crisis, use water wisely.’ We didn’t prepare anything because that is what the minister said. Metsi said:

Work on the system was concluded on Wednesday as planned.

Metsi said that is when he started to experience water outages.

Rand Water said that the work it did on the system resulted in reservoirs running low. Rand Water said:

Rand Water met with Johannesburg Water to ascertain the extent of the current water outages affecting parts of the City of Johannesburg,” Rand Water said in a statement on Friday.

“Johannesburg Water is providing alternate supply to affected areas where feasible. We urge customers to reduce consumption as the systems gain capacity and recover.”

Metsi said he still has no idea when the water supply would be fully restored.

Rohit Lalloo tweeted the same sentiments: “Please stop ignoring paying clients, we respectfully requesting for an update as to an ETA of water for Florida Glen and surroundings”.

City Press’ efforts to get an estimated restoration time from Johannesburg Water and Rand Water’s spokespeople were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

The Honeymooners is an all-time classic sitcom, with countless of Ralph Kramden’s quotes still being hilarious in 2020.

The Honeymooners, a sitcom from the 1950s, set a precedent in television history. Many of today’s shows follow the format of an ensemble cast thanks to the genius of Jackie Gleason, the show’s star and comedic mastermind. Also, many of the one-liners from the show are still known today and have become an indelible part of the American culture.

While Gleason was known for his heart of gold, the character he played, Ralph Kramden, had a blustery temper. His bark was far worse than his bite. His wife and his friend Norton never really batted an eyelash no matter how mad Ralph became. Instead, they seemed to enjoy egging him on, which provided adoring audiences with many hilarious iconic moments to appreciate. If you need a good laugh, here are ten Ralph quotes that are still hilarious today.

10 “I brive a dus. I dus a brive”

Poor Ralph. For all of his bragging, he’s actually pretty insecure, and it’s something Jackie Gleason pulled off very well. He’s at his best during the “$99,000 Question” episode, where Ralph is a contestant on the game show.

A beautiful woman leads Ralph out on stage, and given Ralph’s puppy dog look for which Gleason was so famous for, he pumps the host’s hand up and down a thousand times. Forget answering the question for the big money, Ralph can’t even answer what he does for a living.

9 “Hardy har har.”

Most of Ralph’s funny lines were in response to Alice, who was the embodiment of a smart mouth. Alice always seemed to have an endless supply of snarky, sarcastic remarks. This was stated when Ralph seemed to be at a loss for words, and he wanted to have a way to say, “Very funny” when he didn’t really find it funny at all. The audience, though, thought it was hilarious anyway.

The Flintstones used this line also, and many other parallels have been drawn linking the shows together, such as the two-couple dynamic, an overweight friend with a shorter, slimmer friend who was a bit of a bird brain.

8 “Hamina hamina hamina hamina.”

When Ralph got caught lying or became scared, he didn’t know how to respond, and then this line came out. It wasn’t just the line, but the way Gleason said it, the face he made, and the entire package. Gleason pulled it off, looking like he was at a total loss for words.

This really spoke to the actor’s talent. It’s a funny reaction to the absurd situations he often found himself in.

7 “You. are a mental case.”

Many of the zany situations Ralph gets in were because of his friend, Ed Norton. Ed really suffers from a chronic case of foot-in-mouth. Time and again, Ralph had to pay the consequences for his friend’s inability to know when to keep his tongue idle.

It’s no wonder that Ralph gets aggravated. Half of his aggravation really comes from Norton.

6 “You’re a real riot, Alice, a real riot!”

The other half of Ralph’s aggravation comes from his wife Alice. After all, she is married to Ralph, lives in a run-down apartment, and puts up with all of his cockamamie schemes.

Alice’s way to deal with the love of her life, who by all means, can sometimes be impossible, is to poke fun at him. Obviously, this opens the door for many hilarious situations and reactions from Ralph.

5 “Now I know why people play golf. It’s to get away from their wives.”

There are too many funny moments to address in “The Golfer” episode, from Ralph’s golfing outfit to Norton addressing the ball as “Hello, ball.”

Even funnier, Norton decides that he has to wiggle his hips around to relax enough to swing the club, so Ralph does the same. They imagine Ralph being able to golf up hills using this motion until Alice walks in and stares him right in the face when he’s just about to take a practice swing. She lays a few good ones on Ralph before walking into the bedroom. All Ralph can do is retort this remark, but Alice never seems affected by it at all.

4 “I’ve got a big mouth!”

Ralph has a habit of bragging beyond what he is actually capable of living up to, forcing him to confront what he’s done. In these times, Ralph knows he is going to lose face in a big way.

In typical Ralph Kramden style, he doesn’t just say the line. He has to shout it, and he crosses his eyes while yelling at the top of his lungs. Jackie Gleason, you were a treasure.

3 “YOU ARE A BLABBERMOUTH! A BLAAAAABERMOUTH!”

Being a blabbermouth was a big deal in The Honeymooners. It seems Ralph was surrounded by people who were incapable of holding their tongue, especially his friend Norton. No secrets existed in a social group like this.

There was one time when Alice’s mother visited, which Ralph detested because everything that came out of the woman’s mouth was an insult. Ralph bet Alice that she would pick a fight with him even if he sat there and said nothing at all. He put his theory to the test, brought out an alarm clock, and set the alarm for three minutes.

After a constant barrage of fat comments, how poor of a provider he was, and bringing up Alice’s old boyfriends, she spills the beans about the surprise ending of a play Ralph and Norton were to see, essentially ruining the entire play for him. The alarm clock rang, and he could no longer hold it in: “Blaaaaaabermouth!”

2 “Recapture my youth? If I keep this up, I’ll lose my old age!”

If you watch enough of The Honeymooners, you start to understand that a lot of what Ralph yells about has to do with his insecurities. In “Young at Heart,” Alice just wants to recapture some of the fun she and Ralph used to have and wants to go dancing and rollerskating, but Ralph’s initial reaction is not welcoming.

To make it up to Alice, Ralph vows to take her. Norton and Trixie tag along. Then, it is revealed that Ralph’s initial resistance was simply due to the fact that he can’t rollerskate. On top of that, Alice asks him to get some coffee. Gleason’s physical comedy is at its best in this episode. How does he get that coffee all the way back to that bench in rollerskates without spilling it? He does fairly well. until he sneezes. Then they all go down.

1 “Baby, you’re the greatest.”

At the end of the day, no matter how many potshots Alice’s mother lays into Ralph, no matter how loudly Ralph yells, and no matter how many jabs Alice gets in, Alice and Ralph still love each other. At the end of some of the episodes, Ralph professes his love to his wife, and Alice happily reciprocates.

Without this happy statement, Ralph’s temper and Alice’s needling would have been a portrait of a sad, turbulent marriage. It makes the banter seem less significant when we know that deep down, the couple really does love each other, conveying that all of the other stuff isn’t that important after all, so relax and laugh a little.

Best Open World Games: Satiate your wanderlust with the 30 incredible open world video game titles.

Best Open World Games

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What is an “open world” game? Wikipedia defines it as a type of videogame level design where the player can freely roam through the world and is given considerable freedom to interact with objectives and the like.

I decided against including the likes of Deus Ex and the Thief series, which despite the freedom they offer to the player, are strictly linear titles—at least in terms of exploration.

Rather, the showcase you see before you is a collection of the best open world experiences in which you, the player, can explore freely and to your heart’s content while engaging in a myriad of activities unrelated to the “main story”, if there is one.

You may want to make note that these games are not necessarily ranked in any particular order. You will find a wide range of titles available both current releases to classic titles launched for previous generation of consoles.

#36 The Division 2

The Division 2 takes place just a few months shy from a full year after the first title where there is a new primal enemy focus. As The United States of America begins to get back on their feet from the viral outbreak that plagued the first installment, the government has started to unleash harsh laws.

Innocent civilians are being slaughtered leaving daily life to be a difficult struggle. Players will be taking on the role of an agent within The Division as they start a new civil war. This installment mainly focuses around Washington D.C. as you attempt to get the area back under control from the rebel groups attempting to overthrow the government completely. However, the game did bring out expansions as well with the first bringing players back to New York. Just as before, The Division 2 is really set up to be enjoyed with multiple players rather than a single player experience, but you can still get away with doing missions solo.

#35 The Outer Worlds

Obsidian Entertainment is a well-known and beloved video game development studio after they have released countless iconic RPG titles. For instance, the developers were responsible for Fallout: New Vegas and during The Game Awards 2018 came the announcement of The Outer Worlds. This is a brand new experience which resembles a bit like their past Fallout: New Vegas work. Within the game players will be embarking on an adventure set in the distant future where mankind has colonized space.

Just like with past RPG titles developed under Obsidian Entertainment, the gameplay narrative will present players with multiple answers and options. Depending on the options selected may result in various branching storylines. In this game, players take the role of a crew member from a ship that was essentially abandoned years ago. Stuck in an endless frozen slumber, you are only awoken when a scientist that’s deemed mad rescues you in hopes you will help free civilians from the tyrannical reign by the current day government. From there, you’re given the freedom to explore different planets, take on quests from various NPCs and choose just how the story will end.

#34 Death Stranding

After Hideo Kojima and Konami parted ways the legendary video game developer opted to make his own video game development studio called Kojima Productions. It took a little while but Kojima started to alert fans about his debut title. In a true Kojima fashion, his first game was going to be cryptic with plenty of teasers leaving players guessing as to what this next project would be about.

We, of course, now have this debut title which is Death Stranding. It’s a game that follows a man that has to deliver goods to different parts of the world. However, because of the supernatural event that left most of humanity spread across massive terrains, players are mainly preparing for large treks. This means making sure your packages are secure and finding an appropriate pathway to lead you around dangerous obstacles and enemies. There’s also a bit of content scattered across this game world which prompts players to take a bit of time and explore their surroundings. You may find some really incredible landscapes, places, and cargo that will make it all the more rewarding spending a bit more time wandering about rather than heading to your next destination.

#33 Day’s Gone

Days Gone is a game that takes place after a virus outbreak turning most of humanity into mindless zombie-like creatures. Players step into the role of a biker named Deacon St. John, who is surviving the harsh world doing odd jobs for various factions with his best friend Boozer. This title is set in an open world environment allowing players to freely explore and take on various missions at any given time. However, because this world is filled with zombies, it can be difficult to visit certain places, especially if you find yourself being blocked off by a horde.

It’s a survival game set in the open world where Deacon is taking on various tasks while seeking resources to keep himself healthy along with his motorcycle functioning. Of course, there’s a campaign story to keep you pulling along where Deacon is still holding out hope that despite all odds, somehow his wife is still alive somewhere out there.

#32 Spider-Man

In this particular Spider-Man title the game is focused around Peter Parker, eight years after he has established the role of being the famed hero. Players are forced into fighting against a new enemy, Mister Negative along with a few other iconic nefarious foes you may recall from the comic book series.

It wouldn’t be a Spider-Man game if you couldn’t freely explore New York City. Players can swing around the busy city, stop by to interact with citizens and take out some random criminal thugs that start trouble. If you haven’t tried this game out yet and own a PlayStation 4 then you’re really missing out.

#31 Dead Island

Set on a resort island overcome by a viral outbreak that turns everyone into zombies, you take on the role of one of four main characters who find themselves among the lucky (or unlucky) survivors.

Equipped with little more than a boat paddle, you must make your way through the hordes of the formerly living and bring the rest of the survivors to safety before finding out what caused the outbreak in the first place.

Dead Island may be a little rough around the edges, but its ambitiousness can’t be denied. The game is without rival in terms of being an open world, zombie-killing action RPG.

#30 Far Cry 5

The fifth main title within the franchise, Far Cry 5, takes place within the United States of America in a fictional Montana area known as Hope County.

Within the narrative, Far Cry 5 pins players against Joseph Seed, a leader of a cult who has forced his way into controlling Hope County. As more innocent civilians become trapped and forced into submission under Joseph Seed’s rule, only a handful of resistance stands in his way.

Just as before, players can expect the title to deliver as a first-person shooter in an open world environment which can be explored either on foot or through vehicles. However, the campaign can be experienced both as a single player narrative or through cooperative multiplayer.