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14 of the most popular board games on Amazon this summer

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Board Games

We Compared Life Expectancy in All 50 States to Countries Around the World. The Results Are Truly Stunning

If you live in Mississippi, you have the same life expectancy as someone in Bangladesh.<p>What's the difference between living in Minnesota and living in Mississippi? About seven years.<p>It sounds like some kind of weird joke, but according to a new study, it's no laughing matter. That's because there's …

World Health Organization

Fallout 76 Is The New Bethesda Game Featuring Vault 76; Watch First Trailer Before E3

Bethesda Softworks has made good on its teases by revealing not a remaster or re-release, but an entirely new game from Bethesda Game Studios: <b>Fallout 76</b>. The company revealed a brief teaser video you can watch above, and while many of the specifics remain unknown, it does give us quite a few clues …

Bethesda

NFL bans running starts, restricts where players can line up on kickoffs

Getty Images<p>The NFL has once again changed the kickoff.<p>NFL owners voted today to change the rules on kickoffs, with the following implemented for the …

NFL

'Fortnite' Solo Showdown: How to Win and Earn Free V-Bucks

Put those skills to the test.<p>Epic Games announced a new limited time mode for <i>Fortnite</i> that will attempt to find the best players and reward them with …

Gaming Industry

16 of the highest paid movie roles of all time — including $100 million for a single film

It's rare for actors to rake in huge salaries today, at least compared to the days when audiences were drawn to a movie primarily based on its leading star.<p>Years ago, if a certain actor's name was attached to a movie, it was almost a guaranteed success. Stars like Will Smith, Tom Cruise, and Jim …

Film Industry

Recruiters Will Ignore Your LinkedIn Profile If It's Missing These 2 Things

Invest the time to stand out early on and success will follow.<p>If I delivered a commencement speech to 2018 college graduates, I'd tell them that nobody will ever care as much about their career as they do.<p>They'll always need to do a little public relations for themselves--and they should probably …

Employment

Shadow of the Tomb Raider trailer shows a darker adventure

Watch the new trailer for Lara Croft’s next game<p>The latest full-length trailer for Lara Croft’s next adventure, <i>Shadow of the Tomb Raider</i>, shows the adventurer facing off against the apocalypse as she climbs and jumps and falls (eep) her way through some brutally dark jungle environments. If she …

An 87-year-old millionaire buried treasure in the Rockies—and he’s offered one main clue

Somewhere in the Rockies, in the roughly 1,000 miles between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Canadian border, may be a treasure chest worth millions. …

Archaeology

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t have traditional single-player campaign

Black Ops 4 will instead focus on multiplayer and Zombies, according to sources<p><i>Call of Duty: Black Ops 4</i> won’t include a traditional single-player story mode, according to sources with knowledge of the project’s status. The shift in creative direction will make <i>Black Ops 4</i> the first mainline Call of …

Using these words can give away your social status, according to an anthropologist — and you’ll never hear a royal say them

Language is a minefield, and everyday habits can be an instant giveaway, revealing the speaker's social class. That's according to Kate Fox, a social anthropologist who picked out terms that a true upper-class Brit or royal would never use.<p>Her 2004 book, "Watching The English: The Hidden Rules of …

Jake Paul also wants in on Fortnite popularity, launches ‘Team 10 Gaming’

‘You need to get those normies’<p>Jake Paul doesn’t so much like games as much as profits off whatever people want to watch.<p>That’s why he manufactures drama with other YouTubers, offers to fight them in a stadium with a capacity of 20,000 seats and uses clickbait titles for his videos. It’s no …

The Only Thing Creepier Than Déja Vu Is its Opposite, Dêjà Rêvé

It's like a dream, but you're wide awake.<p>Déjà vu is the phenomenon that a person experiences when they feel that they’ve experienced an event in …

The Brain

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Release Date Announced

Save the Baldur's Date.<p>Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition will be released for PC via Steam on March 27.<p>Developer Beamdog shared the news during a …

Gaming

What happens when North Korea’s Olympians return home without medals? A public shaming

Having spent the Olympics in Pyeongchang competing not for medals but to avoid inevitable last-place finishes in nearly every sport, North Korea’s 22 …

North Korea

Edward Snowden made an app to protect your laptop

Wait, Snowden built an app?<p>Earlier this year, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Jacqueline Moudeina, the first female lawyer in Chad and a legendary human rights advocate who has worked tirelessly to bring former dictator Hissène Habré to justice. Habré was convicted of human rights abuses …

There's No Such Thing as a Hard Game (Or an Easy One)

I was seven years old when I first cheated in 1993’s classic <i>DOOM</i>. The game came on a floppy drive, and the label said “DOOM - IDDQDIDKFA”. It took me …

11 Hidden Secrets in Famous Works of Art

1 of 13<p>Introduction<p>There's often more to a picture than meets the eye, and many of the world's most famous artworks have secrets hidden beneath the …

Fortnite Battle Royale: Everything You Need to Know

The battle royale genre is growing fast thanks to last year's break-out success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Fortnite Battle Royale has …

Gaming Industry

Pineapples Are The New Jack-o'-Lanterns This Halloween

Try carving this tropical alternative.<p>Pineapples might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about decorating ideas for Halloween, but it turns out, the fruit works pretty well as a tropical alternative to the traditional pumpkin jack-o'-lantern.<p>Need proof? In the lead-up to this …

Decorations

The Playstation Credit Card: Don’t leave your console without it

Playstation has done it all from setting the tone of 3D gaming to mediocre motion controls and incredible VR, but now gaming could help build your …

‘Destiny 2’ Patch 1.03 Fixes Map Exploits And More, Adds Faction Rallies

<i>Destiny 2</i> received a new update Monday following server downtime that was extended to eight hours. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners have patch 1.03 …

Custom Digital Dungeons and Dragons Table Lets You Play in 4k

A <i>Dungeons and Dragons</i> Dungeon Master has a profound responsibility to make any given campaign an enjoyable adventure, utilizing imagination and …

Bungie Confirms Same-Class Alts In 'Destiny 2' Are Being Hamstrung On Purpose

Bungie wants you to play <i>Destiny 2</i> with three classes. Bungie does not want you to play <i>Destiny 2</i> with three of the <i>same</i> class, with the other two being used as workhorse mules to generate infusion fuel to crank up the level of your main with a constant clown fiesta of gear switching.<p>This recent …

Destiny 2

Tomb Raider reboot trailer drops as industry hopes video game movies finally find an audience

It might surprise you to know that the most successful movie based on a video game at the U.S. box office was the 2001 release “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” starring Angelina Jolie.<p>Not particularly beloved by anyone, that movie grossed $131,168,070 at the U.S. box office, or about $183 million in …

Intimidated by Destiny 2’s Leviathan Raid? This guide will help you conquer it

The first raid in <i>Destiny 2</i>, Leviathan, is the toughest content the game has yet made available. The hours-long multi-stage battle requires a team of …

Getting Destroyed In Destiny 2 PvP? Don't Worry A Fix Is Coming

Bungie is not completely satisfied with the state of Destiny 2's PvP. In Bungie's latest weekly blog post, the developer said while the Quickly Crucible playlist is "working as we had hoped," the Competitive playlist is running into some issues.<p>Specifically, it's a matter of unfair matches …

Bungie explains how Destiny 2 armor resembling hate symbol made it into the game

It’s being patched out next week<p><i>Destiny 2</i> developer Bungie responded swiftly this week once it was notified of a piece of armor in the game featuring artwork resembling a logo associated with a white nationalist movement, apologizing for the design’s presence and pledging to remove it. Today the …

Southern Poverty Law Center

Destiny 2: Top 11 Exotic Weapons

There are a multitude of powerful Exotic weapons in Destiny 2 that are each packed with unique characteristics and attributes. With so many Exotic weapons to discover, it can be tough to figure out which ones are worth keeping. To help you narrow down your choices, we've highlighted 10 Exotic …

Destiny 2 servers are currently down for maintenance, here's what you need to know (update: they’re back up)

“Ah, who doesn’t love infrastructure.”<p><b>Update 3 (</b><b>5</b><b>:14 p.m. ET):</b> Bungie has given the all clear and it looks like the servers are coming online. Bungie warns that there may be a queue as they spool up.<p><b>Update 2 (3:19 p.m. ET) :</b> It looks like something went a little wrong with today’s hotfix. Bungie …