That Time Pavarotti and James Brown Got Together For an Unforgettable Duet

 

I had no idea this performance even existed until recently. The Godfather of Soul and the King of the High C’s together on stage singing a duet? Unbelievable!

This is from a recorded performance of a series of concerts entitled “Pavarotti and Friends” which was held during the 90s. Here we are blessed with a stirring rendition of James Brown’s, “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”. May both of these legendary musicians rest in peace. What incredible voices.

 

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The Shirk Report – Volume 493

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to [email protected]

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
Seal slaps kayaker in face with octopus. End quote
Seriously though
I regret to inform you
Hey hey, a Ford fiesta!
I can tell this guy is gonna be the king of Dad jokes
And the academy goes to
Incredible. Terrifying, but incredible
I have so many questions
Don’t be like Dave
Meanwhile at Cosmo
Pink Floyd, Venice ’89
Charles, is that you?
Snapped a photo of a rare and majestic albino buck—mid sneeze
Huge space fan
It needed to be said
These are the things that keep me up at night
When you realize your best friend is a wizard
Making a moment
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

The Existential Void of the Pop-Up ‘Experience’
‘I follow a different person every day’: using strangers to explore the city
Extreme Athleticism Is the New Midlife Crisis
WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind
The untold story of the vegetable peeler that changed the world
How to Make a Big Decision
A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon
Could Pablo Escobar’s Escaped Hippos Help the Environment?
Why Your Brain is Wired for Pessimism—and What You Can Do to Fix It
How to write the perfect sentence

 

5 VIDEOS + tequila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER WE HARDLY KNEW YE

 

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Ikea’s latest recall is terrifying

The company is recalling Calypso lamps that pose “laceration hazards.”

Months after Ikea recalled a product that killed two dogs from its first line of pet furniture, Ikea announced a sweeping recall of a popular ceiling lamp that has a tendency to fall off by surprise above unsuspecting people (and their pets), showering them with dangerous glass shards and “posing impact and laceration hazards.”

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Alexander Gerst Captured Some Incredible Shots of Typhoon Trami from Space

 

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst recently shared a series of incredible images of Typhoon Trami from the International Space Station, where he is currently serving as Station Commander for Expedition 57.

Trami was originally a category 5 super typhoon but has since weakened to a category 3 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of approximately 195 km/h (121 mph) as it prepares to make landfall in the Ryuku islands (southwest) of Japan this Friday.

According to CNN, ‘Trami comes on the heels of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which cut a swath of destruction through northern Luzon in the Philippines less than two weeks ago.’

Check out the incredible images of Trami below which Gerst described, ‘as if somebody pulled the planet’s gigantic plug.’

 

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Photograph by Alexander Gerst

 

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Photograph by Alexander Gerst

 

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How 2 Jokesters Turned a Harmless Prank Into a $50,000 Payday

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Local McDonald’s in Houston

 

Like so many great ideas do, it started over some burgers and fries with friends. Jevh Maravilla, a 21-year-old college student at the University of Houston, had just seen the box office hit Crazy Rich Asians when he noticed a distinct lack of Asian representation in the in-store marketing posters at his local McDonald’s.

 

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In store lifestyle marketing

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In store lifestyle marketing

 

As he looked around the restaurant at all the various lifestyle shots, he chanced upon a big empty wall and jokingly thought, “I wonder how long a fake poster of us would last?”

 

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A blank wall beckons

 

For most people, it would have ended there. Finish your food, laugh about it and move on. But for Jevh the idea lingered in his mind and he decided to do it. The first step was shooting the lifestyle shot, which he accomplished on campus.

 

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McDonald’s mock photo shoot on campus

 

The next step was to edit the photo to look like the others inside the restaurant and then print a giant poster version of it.

 

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Unwrapping the poster!

 

Next was to install the new poster without raising suspicion. The solution? Find a McDonald’s shirt for cheap at a thrift store and transform it into an official looking uniform with black pants, a walkie talkie and a tie; then make a fake identification badge and call yourself a ‘regional interior coordinator’; and finally, act like you belong there.

 

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The uniform

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The ID badge

 

Success! The poster was up, nobody noticed and it had been nearly two months until they decided to tweet about the prank and it went viral. Just look how many retweets and shares the post has!

 

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The poster had been up for 51 days before they shared the prank on twitter

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The poster had been up for 51 days before they shared the prank on twitter

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The poster had been up for 51 days before they shared the prank on twitter

 

i noticed there was a blank wall at mcdonald’s so i decided to make this fake poster of me and my friend. It’s now been 51 days since i hung it up. pic.twitter.com/5OTf5aR4vm

— JΞVH M (@Jevholution) September 3, 2018

 

When you go viral and get something crazy like a million likes and 250,000 retweets you know what happens next..

 

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Obligatory Ellen appearance

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Obligatory Ellen appearance

 

And that’s when they found out they were not only going to be featured in an upcoming marketing campaign for McDonald’s but they were going to be paid $25,000 each for it!

 

 

And there it is. Enjoy your day. If you prefer a video recap of the prank check out the vid below 🙂

 

 

 

Seal Slaps Kayaker in the Face with Octopus

 

Kyle Mulinder was kayaking off the coast of Kaikōura in the South Island of New Zealand when he was slapped in the face by an octopus wielded by a seal.

According to The Guardian, ‘the seas off the coast of Kaikōura are renowned for their marine life, drawn to the region by the 50km-long Kaikōura canyon, which creates an unusual series of sea currents that sustains a rich food chain.’

The video clip was first seen on Taiyo Masuda’s Instagram page but has since spread online after going viral on social media.

 

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Everything You Should Know About Tech Footwear

Everything You Should Know About Tech Footwear

In recent years, the motto behind many footwear brands seems to be: Make it as light as possible, without reducing performance. The result means we’ve got sock-like running shoes, hiking boots utilising nylon instead of leather, and men’s dress shoes with textured EVA outsoles. In short, tech features are everywhere, even when we don’t even realise it. As a secondary response, we’re also seeing a wave of futuristic-seeming shoes that, while visually interesting, are pure novelty products. Under Armour’s ArchiTech, for instance, opts for a 3D-printed lattice-like outsole, and is one of the first of its type to hit the mass retail market. ShiftWear, meanwhile, lets the user connect a smartphone to his shoes to customise the design via a series of panels. But, beyond these innovations, most consumers wonder what’s being cut out when they go lighter, and what’s replacing or upgrading that familiar sense of security. Here, we’ve put together a rundown of familiar concepts, and what they do.



Everything You Should Know About Tech Footwear

Ultralight Uppers 

By now, a running shoe with an all-mesh or mesh and textile upper isn’t a novelty – it has become the standard. In fact, the all-around breathable sensation created has spread to both hiking and work boots; as such, even for something heavy duty, mesh or woven nylon panels in key areas turn into a necessity. Otherwise, that lack of ventilation causes your feet to overheat and get fatigued – a liability when you’re on the trails or worksite. Yet, mesh alone isn’t enough. Nike’s been pushing the boundaries with its Flyknit, a single-piece polyester upper that simultaneously reduces material waste and seams. The result uses less fabric, cuts down on potential chafing, and is comfortable enough to be worn without socks.

Everything You Should Know About Tech Footwear

Midsole Cushioning 

EVA is now the default midsole material, no matter if you’re hitting the gym or dressing up. The foam, typically compression molded, performs a series of duties: shock absorption, impact reduction, and cushioning, all to lessen fatigue and keep you comfortable without seeming heavy and bulky. Yet, especially for athletic footwear, EVA’s list of properties has become mundane and, frankly, unexceptional. As a step up, Adidas created its Boost, designed with a proprietary midsole that not only takes in the energy from your impact but further repurposes it once your foot hits the ground. The result helps with evening out your strides, makes your foot feel lighter, and gives you that go-forward sensation. The Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4% involves a similar blend of technologies. ZoomX foam and an internal carbon fiber plate help increase your speed and, by lightening up the overall design, eliminate more potential distractions. Not just relying on foam, Under Armour devised an ‘Energy Web’ for its UA HOVR. Although the cushioning’s still there, thanks to an innovative olefin-wax based foam, the mesh is said to improve both responsiveness and energy return, offering greater shock absorption and a more cloud-like sensation.

Everything You Should Know About Tech Footwear

Waterproofing 

Certain situations call for waterproof footwear, or at least some degree of water resistance: Shoveling or walking through snow, regularly working in a wet or damp environment, and hiking or trail running through variable terrain. To anticipate these situations, footwear typically has a waterproof or GORE-TEX membrane and an exterior waterproof treatment. The combination repels moisture from the outside and prevents it from seeping through. Unfortunately, especially with fully waterproof footwear, your feet start to sweat, even as you stay dry. To combat this, Vessi Footwear came up with a new approach, using its own hydrophobic Flash-Knit Technology. The single-piece, seamless design eliminates that plastic wrap-feeling liner, shedding moisture from the surface and having no spots where it could seep through. Secondarily, the technology results in a lightweight, breathable shoe.

Everything You Should Know About Tech Footwear

Changing Outsoles 

No traction? You’ll be slipping all over the place. For this reason, footwear from lace-up Oxfords to work boots has some kind of pattern that keeps you stable. Slip-resistant and oil-resistant outsoles give this an extra dimension, while mud-shedding lugs and cleats ensure you don’t track debris all over your car and house. Yet, beyond these essentials, outsoles are literally changing shape. Consider Adidas’ Feet You Wear, recently revived with the Crazy Boost You Wear basketball shoe. Initially, Feet You Wear rounded out basketball shoes’ harder edges, going along with the wearer’s motion and smoothing out his performance. The revival, designed more for streetwear than true court use, divides the sole into three separate pods. The change continues the original’s idea, allowing the outsole to completely line up with the wearer’s strides. Nike’s Lunarlon has toyed around with a similar variable-density, multi-part concept. The sole unit starts with a softer foam core, which causes impact to spread out over a greater area, and balances that out with a firmer material, which helps the foam bounce back into place. With more recent shoes, such as the LunarEpic Flyknit 2, the outsole seems thick at a glance, but in response to the degree of stress your foot could experience, its construction adjusts the density and support received. For future shoes, however, Lunarlon will be replaced with React technology – essentially the same concept but with an even cushier sensation.

Everything You Should Know About Tech Footwear

Self-Lacing
 

No, it’s not uniform and still gets referred to as ‘Back to the Future’ technology, but self-lacing shoes became a reality in 2018. According to reports, Nike’s CEO announced the HyperAdapt 1.0, a Tinker Hatfield-created trainer with this feature, in 2015 and officially unveiled it in 2016. Consumers could start purchasing the shoe in 2018. How does the feature work? A sensor’s part of its design, and once the heel hits it, the shoe’s laces automatically tighten. Yet, because the fit won’t be precise, two side buttons let the user tighten or loosen the laces to his or her needs. Beyond the novelty value, this technology, also called ‘adaptive lacing,’ may eventually benefit serious athletes. Specifically, the sensor delivers real-time, body-specific adjustments, reducing loose laces during training and races and eliminating the time needed to correct this issue manually.

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The Top 9 Affordable Menswear Brands

The Top 9 Affordable Menswear Brands

Fashion magazines – menswear ones included – stick to the idealised: The product roundups picking right from the runway and latest high-end lookbooks, all geared toward readers who can fork over a few thousand for what appears to be an ordinary T-shirt. For men, wardrobe advice guides reinforce these aspirations: Spend a bunch to get started, with the assumption that everything’s going to stay classic and last you at least five years. At the same time, you’re encouraged to stay away from fast-fashion retailers, under the assumption that price is indicative of quality. So, what happens when you’ve got high-end tastes without all that disposable income? Although some get creative with eBay and resale websites, reliable yet affordable brands are your best – and perhaps most consistent – bet. If you’re fairly new to menswear, or have stuck strictly with hit-or-miss shopping centre offerings, where do you begin? 

Uniqlo
 

Not quite a fast-fashion retailer but neither an aspirational brand, Uniqlo does a bit of everything and, in the process, offers an equally wide assortment. Over the years, the Japanese fashion brand has introduced accessible tech styles, produced a few fun collaborations (like those Dragon Ball Z tees), and worked with a handful of Fashion Week-level designers, such as Lemaire and J.W. Anderson. Yet, even with this degree of ground covered, any time you walk into a Uniqlo, you’ll find your basic tees, button-downs, trousers, and knits, all seemingly high quality without that overtly polyester feel.

The Top 9 Affordable Menswear Brands

ASOS 

Ask any menswear aficionado about a good ‘starter’ brand, and ASOS is nearly always recommended. Although its initial concept brought in-the-moment red carpet style at affordable prices to the masses, its own in-house line surpasses anything you’ll find from a fast-fashion retailer, in terms of design, quality, and price. Yet, like a typical High Street brand, its variety spans your basics – think charcoal-coloured chinos and white camp collar shirts, plus unstructured navy blazers – to the far less practical, like metallic and sequin getups strictly for festival season.



The Top 9 Affordable Menswear Brands

H&M 

Reputation as a ‘shopping centre brand’ aside, H&M also serves as a solid starting point for a guy beginning to care about his personal style. Shapes are far trendier and more flattering than what you’ll find at Primark, yet not to the point that you’re staring at a rack full of joggers and moto jeans, wondering what to do about your work wardrobe.

Rather, with its brick-and-mortar experience trumping its ecommerce store, H&M’s physical locations distinguish the dressier basics from the more streetwear-leaning pieces. As such, you can find those flat-fronts and button-downs for the office in one section, while grabbing a pair of space-dye joggers in the same trip. While the quality may be questionable, with some shirts allegedly only lasting a few washes, these aren’t meant to be investment pieces. Instead, they’re a serviceable introduction that lets you see what does and what doesn’t work for your personal style.

The Top 9 Affordable Menswear Brands

Zara 

From basic tees to suiting, Zara dabbles with a bit of everything, and much like H&M, its physical stores let you explore that varied assortment. But, although the trendier styles are all there, much of its men’s section leans more toward those key wardrobe pieces, essentially making it the prime retailer to pick up something business casual for the job. Especially for someone starting out in an entry-level role, you’re not going to have a ton of cash to spend – but you don’t want to look cheap or out of place at the office. Thus, finding flat-front trousers, a few button-downs, and a blazer gets you started – and makes that professional impression – without a major upfront investment.

The Top 9 Affordable Menswear Brands

BoohooMan 

Boohoo’s concept – first for women and later expanded to men – epitomises the fast-fashion ecommerce store. New pieces come in and sell out at record times, and much of what’s there reflects what you’ll find on the runways, in street photography, or on Instagram. In short, it’s 100-percent trendy and intends to stay that way.

Yet, more so for its men’s offering, those patterned shirts and embroidered jeans now digitally sit next to more practical styles. These days, you can shop BoohooMan for a suit – granted, it still might be a purple paisley party suit – and find a crisp white button-down while you’re at it.



The Top 9 Affordable Menswear Brands

Everlane 

From how materials get sourced to where clothing gets made, the fashion industry has long kept its processes and supply chain murky. Counteracting this, higher-end and green-leaning brands have lifted the curtain just a bit, but with that decreased opaqueness comes prices often out of reach for the typical consumer. What’s a conscious shopper to do?

Enter Everlane, a brand that, at face value, sticks to reasonably priced basics for men and women. You know the drill: jeans, trousers, tees, and button-ups in neutral hues, with outerwear and undergarments making them a standout. Yet, aside from its wider selection, Everlane sticks to its ‘Radical Transparency’ concept: ethical factories and better-quality materials meant to last longer than typical fast-fashion offerings.

The Top 9 Affordable Menswear Brands

Mango MAN 

Mango officially dipped into the menswear market in 2008, launching H.E. by Mango. By 2014, they rebranded it as Mango MAN, but the quality and styles are essentially the same. Lookbook shots seem reminiscent of something you’d see from Reiss, albeit at a lower price point, and cover just as much ground. The trendy stuff, on the other hand, has been deep-sixed: Rather than neon yellow trousers or psychedelic prints, chinos, blazers, and nothing more boundary-pushing than a striped button-down give your wardrobe a firm foundation from which you can only build up.


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Introducing Zadig and Voltaire AW18

Introducing Zadig and Voltaire AW18

There are currently close to 400 Zadig&Voltaire stores around the world, so you might already be aware of the brand. If not, we are here to give you a bit of background to the company and possibly an understanding as to how they have achieved such impressive heights of success in the fashion industry. The Autumn collections are arriving in stores and we also take a look at what to expect in the fast approaching season.

Introducing Zadig and Voltaire AW18

The ‘house’ was established in 1997 by the French entrepreneur Thierry Gillier with his first store in the fashionable Saint Germain Des Pres, in Paris. With routes stemming back to the Lacoste family and his own parents owning a large collection of 17th and 18th century art, creativity already ran through the veins of Thierry Gillier from a young age. A graduate from Parsons School of Design, he originally set about joining forces with his brother and delving into the world of textiles.

Introducing Zadig and Voltaire AW18

After parting ways, Thierry Gillier went on to form Zadig&Voltaire, with his inspiration stemming from the book ‘Zadig, or the Book of Fate’, written by Voltaire in 1747, where he discovered his admiration of the modernity and courage explored in the leading character. He started the company solely as a women’s brand hoping to ‘bring them closer to freedom, ease and autonomy’ with his clothing. It was only a few years later, in 2004, that Thierry Gillier decided to add a menswear collection which was soon followed by the addition of Swedish-born Cecilia Bonstrom as artistic director, who has aided the brand’s alternative outlook on luxury fashion.

Introducing Zadig and Voltaire AW18

Zadig&Voltaire encompasses the parisian spirit with its casual-chic and effortless style. The founder started the brand with the intention of creating clothes that are easy and comfortable to wear and for some with a free-spirited attitude. They are clothes you can easily coordinate but with a nonchalant approach. The brand is aimed at the younger generation with their campaigns well-known for featuring model sons and daughters of celebrities; such as Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis and Anwar Hadid. These familiar faces are often spotted on the front rows of Zadig&Voltaire fashion shows, drawing in further attention. Actors and sports stars are also fans of the men’s clothing range with the likes of NFL player Tom Brady and Jared Leto frequently spotted in various outfits.

Introducing Zadig and Voltaire AW18

For the upcoming Autumn season, Zadig&Voltaire has continued to embrace the rock’n’roll strand of their DNA, however with a slightly more romantic style. There is definitely a look of James Dean to the collection with leather biker jackets layered over soft cotton simple T-shirts and loose-leg denim. And if you have previously turned your nose up to the prospect of ‘double denim’, it still remains for this coming season and you might think again with their more relaxed approach. There is a sense of military within the collection; a khaki shirt and trousers are seen with added army detailing, stylishly worn with a charcoal mid-length tailored coat to smarten the look. For the colder months, their soft polo neck knits (featured on the catwalk) are guaranteed to keep you warm. They can be worn on their own or as a layer under their selection of oversized outerwear jackets – again, adding to the typical Parisian cool tone.

Introducing Zadig and Voltaire AW18

The autumnal muted tones of most of the pieces are offset by loud red and stark white denim, to be worn with simple t-shirts with the continuing slogans/proper nouns which Thierry hopes hit a note on the streets. The standout French phrase of “Je m’en fous” (translated as “I don’t care”) features on a variety of t-shirts, which clearly represents the general casual mood of the pieces. This brand is also admired for their popular lines of statement accessories including bags, scarves and men’s jewellery. The footwear for Autumn consists of suede Chelsea boots as well as all black high-top lace-up sneakers and combat boots which add a tougher edge.

Introducing Zadig and Voltaire AW18

The brand’s ethos has always revolved around combining opposites, for example; modern and traditional, light and dark, humorous and serious. In this new collection it is clear to see this continues with the harder leather jackets styled with softer cottons or tailored plaid jackets worn with more casual layers. The laid-back feel makes the clothes ideal for the typical millennial and ‘digital dad’ who enjoys the world of social media but doesn’t want to come across as trying too hard. They aspire to be ‘cool’ but without much effort. The Autumn collection can easily be worn as part of your everyday wardrobe but will almost certainly be your chosen attire to wear to a gig or tagged in a weekend’s instagram photo with your mates.

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