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How Spam Became One of the Most Iconic American Brands of All Time – TIME

While you might think of Spam as a basic canned meat, it’s actually one of the greatest business success stories of all time: Since Hormel Foods Corporation launched the affordable, canned pork product in 1937, it’s sold over eight billion cans in 44 countries around the world. On July 5, Spam celebrated its 80th anniversary.…

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This Fan-Made Game of Thrones Trailer Will Get You Even More Excited for ‘Battle of the Bastards’ — TIME

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the sixth season of Game of Thrones. In “Battle of the Bastards,” the ninth episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, viewers will finally get to see the highly-anticipated clash between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton, as the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch fights to reclaim Winterfell…

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Maisie Williams on Arya’s Big Game of Thrones Showdown — TIME

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the sixth season of Game of Thrones. On Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark faced off against the Waif. Tension has been building between the two in recent episodes, and it spiked at the end of last week’s, when the Waif stabbed Arya in the streets…

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Hamilton Falls One Award Short of Equalling the Tonys Record — TIME

It was hardly a surprise that Sunday night’s Tony awards show was pretty much devoid of surprises. Start to finish, it was a Hamilton lovefest: from the cast’s rapping introduction of host James Corden, through Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rhyming acceptance speeches, to the big finale, as the show’s cast returned for yet another number to accompany…

via Hamilton Falls One Award Short of Equalling the Tonys Record — TIME

The future of fear: VR rollercoasters are coming — Quartz

On a routine trip on the Metropolis subway one morning, disaster struck. Lex Luthor, the famed tech billionaire secretly set on world domination, destroyed the elevated train line, tossing my carriage into the air and putting me at eye level with the peaks of Metropolis’s tallest skyscrapers. The train started to fall, and I could…

via The future of fear: VR rollercoasters are coming — Quartz

Former Voice Contestant Christina Grimmie Shot Dead at Concert — TIME

Singer Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on The Voice, died after a gunman shot her and fatally shot himself following a Friday night performance in Florida, police said Saturday. Grimmie, 22, was shot as she signed autographs for fans after she performed with the band Before You Exit at the Plaza Live in Orlando, the…

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This Man Built Shanghai Disney’s Tomorrowland — Fortune

This Man Built Shanghai Disney’s Tomorrowland Scot Drake imagined and built the company’s most futuristic attraction. If you have young children, you probably know how tricky it can be to explain your job to them. (“Mommy is an investment banker” doesn’t mean much to a 5-year-old.) But for Scot Drake, little explanation is required. His…

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New Netflix data suggest it’s not “Netflix and chill”—it’s Netflix and hibernate — Quartz

Be honest. Do you have a binge-watching problem? When you start a new TV series, do you neglect your family, your friends, or your job? Do you enter a quasi-hibernative state of audiovisual euphoria? According to new data released by Netflix, you’re not the only one. When we start a new television show, it usually…

via New Netflix data suggest it’s not “Netflix and chill”—it’s Netflix and hibernate — Quartz

John Oliver Gave Away $14 Million on Last Week Tonight — TIME

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tackled debt, which is apparently “the reason that Nicholas Cage has made so many great choices over the years.” According to Oliver, American households collectively own over $12 trillion in debt, $436 billion of which is 90 or more days past overdue. These debts has spawned a billion-dollar industry…

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