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Avengers: Infinity War's heroes take coffee breaks in-costume and Karen Gillan 'cannot deal'

Karen GIllan enjoyed quite a boost to her geek credentials since appearing as Nebula the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, but nothing could prepare …

Comics

9 actors who would be a better Batman than Ben Affleck, who is 'contemplating' leaving the role

Ben Affleck currently stars as Batman in "Justice League," but it may not be that way in future films. The actor recently told USA Today he's "contemplating" starring in the stand-alone Batman film that's being directed by Matt Reeves ("War for the Planet of the Apes").<p>Affleck acknowledged that …

Psychologists studied 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here are their 6 key takeaways

Follow thousands of superbright kids for four and a half decades, and you learn a thing or two about how to raise a high-achiever.<p>One of the biggest takeaways: Even kids with genius-level IQs need teachers to help them reach their full potential.<p>Since it began in 1971, the "Study of Mathematically …

India's War On Biryani Mixes Caste, Religion, Cow-Avenging Vigilantes

A legendary South Asian dish has suddenly found itself in the midst of a war in India. Made up of layers of meat and rice and cooked with fragrant spices, the dish is the much-loved biryani. And the latest battlefield is in the northern Indian state of Haryana.<p>The police there have been collecting …

11 basic Excel tricks that will change your life

Microsoft Excel is an amazing piece of software, and even regular users might not be getting as much out of it as they can. Improve your Excel efficiency and proficiency with these basic shortcuts and functions that absolutely everyone needs to know.<p>Of course you can move from cell to cell with …

The 15 Biggest Video Game Controversies Of 2015

2015 has been, in many ways, a less controversial year than years past. That’s a good thing, given what a total disaster the back half of 2014 was.<p>Still, there were a few big, controversial stories, industry mishaps and various other sundry outrages to keep the popcorn flowing.<p>And while I always …

Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the year's best

This is the Tomb Raider game we've been waiting for<p><i>Every year the Polygon staff chooses 10 excellent games to award our Game of the Year honors, but that means some games we love don't quite make the cut. As with last year, we're running a series of opinion pieces by members of the Polygon staff</i> …

Tomb Raider

5 Ways You Can Be Mighty Instead of Mediocre

Perhaps most of life is mediocre -- that is, average. But you can get beyond the ordinary with work and determination.<p>Time for some basketball memory. In the 1980s, Larry Bird was a dominant power on the court. But it didn't come naturally. For all his height, he wasn't the most talented player …

Michael Jordan

2016 Election: Washington Post Reporter Calls Race ‘Surreal’ and ‘Twisty-Turny’

<i>The 2016 race for president is fully underway. On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains embroiled in an email controversy, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to rise in the polls, and Vice President Joe Biden is deciding whether or not to jump into the race. On</i> …

Guilt, Shame, And Quiet: Women In 'Metal Gear Solid'

<i>[Content warning: an attempted rape scene will be described and discussed.]</i><p>Everyone’s afraid of Quiet. When she arrives on Mother Base in the early parts of <i>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain</i>, soldiers glare at her unfamiliar face, suspecting the sniper who’d tried to kill their leader shouldn’t …

Metal Gear

9 Incredible Ways To Get A Cardio Workout That Aren't All Running

The cure for the common cardio.

Japan's huge sex problem is setting up a 'demographic time bomb' for the country

The Japanese press has taken to calling it <i>sekkusu shinai shokogun:</i> celibacy syndrome.<p>Basically, the country just isn't that interested in sex — and it could have huge effects beyond its borders.<p>The most recent evidence comes in a survey by the Japan Family Planning Association, reported on in the …

This Judge Has A Tearful, Sobering Reunion With A Middle School Classmate In Court

It’s usually a memorable moment to run into an old classmate in the many years after you graduate school. Sometimes it can be positive and build bridges, but other times it can be quite embarrassing. This situation is a bit of both.<p>Arthur Booth was arrested on Monday in Hialeah, Florida in the …

Middle School

Goebbels review – the man behind the Nazi myth revealed

Peter Longerich’s life of Goebbels, the first to benefit from access to his complete diaries, may want for colour but is meticulous in its detail<p>The very last social call Adolf Hitler made, before he retreated for ever into his bunker as the Red Army closed in on Berlin in April 1945, was on Joseph …

This may have been the most embarrassing moment in the history of the world's strongest military alliance

Among many accomplishments over the course of its 66-year history, the alliance protected Europe from Soviet expansion during the Cold War, intervened to stop ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, and provided air support for the rebels who overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.<p>And now it's responsible …

What Saddam Gave ISIS

Newly unearthed documents shed light on the foundations of the terror group—and the crucial role Baathists played in organizing and directing a …

11 Dumbbell Moves You Should Know To Start Lifting Weights

Seriously, don't be gymtimidated. We will walk you through this.<p>Personal trainer and founder of ReModel Fitness, Jessi Kneeland, NASM suggests getting started with the 11 moves below.<p>When you add any of these moves to your workout, choose a weight that's challenging but not TOO hard — your last rep …

Louis van Gaal says Ron Vlaar took first Holland penalty in World Cup semi-final shootout as team-mates refused

Holland manager Louis van Gaal explains surprise choice for penalty duty and then calls for Fifa to scrap third-place contest<p>Louis van Gaal revealed that he took the surprise decision to make Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar his first penalty taker only after asking two other unnamed Dutch players.<p>…

David Letterman asks Clint Dempsey stupid soccer questions

"Late Night" host lives down to expectations, but Dempsey handles it well enough.<p>David Letterman's "Late Show" has a lot of viewers, like about 3 million on a pretty average night. So, it's not surprising that given a chance to parade Clint Dempsey in front of all those people, Major League Soccer …

5 Things You Need to Know About the World Cup Final

Under the brightest lights imaginable and with the eyes of the world square upon them, perennial juggernauts Germany and Argentina are set to square off in a mouthwatering World Cup Final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.<p>Here are the five major story lines coming out of Brazil …

Brazil's Neymar says he was nearly 'nearly paralysed' by Zuniga tackle in World Cup clash with Colombia

Tearful Brazil hero Neymar says he was within inches of being paralysed after knee to the back in World Cup quarter-final<p>Brazil striker Neymar fought back tears as he claimed he had come within a few inches of being paralysed.<p>Giving his first press conference after being rushed to hospital with a …

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano: 'I tore my anus'

Argentina's midfielder made a spectacular save against the Netherlands. At the expense of his bottom.<p>Near the end of regulation in Wednesday's World Cup semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina, Arjen Robben seemed like he was about to score the game-winner, when Javier Mascherano came out …

Neymar: "I no longer want to see this shit, let's play poker"

Brazilian star Neymar couldn't stand watching Brazil's historic defeat of his team on Tuesday were Brazil fell 1 - 7 against Germany in the FIFA World Cup's semifinal clash in Brazil.<p>Neymar: "I no longer want to see this shit, let's play poker"<p>07/10/2014<p>Brazilian star Neymar couldn't stand watching …

Lionel Messi is exhausted ahead of World Cup final clash with Germany, reveals his father

Argentina's talisman feels 'as if his legs weigh 100 kilos each', according to father Jorge<p><b>Lionel Messi</b> is struggling at the <b>World Cup</b> because he is suffering from exhaustion, his father Jorge has claimed ahead of <b>Argentina's</b> final showdown against <b>Germany</b> on Sunday.<p>The Argentina playmaker, who was …

Alien: Isolation's Ripley DLC isn't just available with pre-orders

<i>Alien</i> fans won't need to pre-order <i>Alien: Isolation</i> to receive the additional DLC missions starring the original cast from the Ridley Scott film, Creative Assembly confirmed on Facebook.<p>While originally announced as a pre-order bonus, the downloadable content will also be released at a later …

Why football can change the world

Will Brazil’s World Cup defeat change national politics? The results of football matches don't just determine winners - they can spark wars and decide elections<p>It’s not just a game. Brazilians wept for national pride as their team lost spectacularly in the semi-final of the World Cup, and the …

Dunga: Barca and Neymar not suited for each other

World champion in 1994, runner-up in 1998 and national team coach in 2010 for South Africa, Carlos Dunga gives his view of the World Cup and talks about Brazil's current form.<p>Dunga: Barca and Neymar not suited for each other<p>07/03/2014<p>World champion in 1994, runner-up in 1998 and national team coach …

Robin van Persie's withdrawal in Holland's win over Mexico shows Louis van Gaal will make tough decisions

By withdrawing his leading striker with his side trailing Dutch coach sends out message to Manchester United: no one is indispensable<p>It may not have been his intention, but in substituting Robin van Persie when his <b>Holland</b> team was still trailing to a valiant Mexican side, Louis Van Gaal sent out a …

Prandelli quits as coach after Italy's exit

NATAL, Brazil (AP) — Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says he is resigning after his team was eliminated from the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to …

The US Needs A Point Against Germany Much More Than People Realize

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images<p>A Ghana win would be bad for the U.S.<p>In the aftermath of the United States men's national team's gutting 2-2 draw …