Someone Is Photoshopping Mr. Bean Onto the Faces of A-list Celebrities

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Someone Is Photoshopping Mr. Bean Onto the Faces of A-list Celebrities

 

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Someone behind the Instagram account Kingdom of Bean is trying to answer a simple question. “If everyone was Mr. Bean, what would the world look like?” The Instagrammer is giving us an idea with their collection of images that superimpose the face of actor Rowan Atkinson with celebrities of all stripes. From James Corden (“James Corbean”) to Mark Zuckerberg (“Mark Zuckerbean”) to Ariana Grande (“Ariana Beande”), the artist shows that Mr. Bean’s face can fit anyone.

As Mr. Bean, Atkinson is known for his expressive eyes and eyebrows that say a lot without having to utter any words. The portraits on the Kingdom of Bean showcase a few of the actor’s most notable expressions. Featured are his raised brows with a sly smile as well as similarly raised eyebrows and a smirk, and a wrinkled nose as if he’s confused or surprised. The result is a complete reimagining of the celebrities that we know. But for better or worse? That’s for you to decide.

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Someone behind the Instagram account Kingdom of Bean is trying to answer a simple question.

 

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“If everyone was Mr. Bean, what would the world look like?”

 

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The Instagrammer is giving us an idea with their collection of images that superimpose the face of actor Rowan Atkinson with celebrities of all stripes.

 

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It seems that Mr. Bean’s face can fit anyone.

 

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Google’s new adventure game takes a top-down trip through ancient Mesoamerica

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I love the cute characters in the game. | Screenshot by Jay Peters / The Verge

Google’s Arts & Culture division has released a charming new educational game all about ancient Mesoamerica. The game, The Descent of the Serpent, is available to play right now in your browser or via the Google Arts & Culture iOS and Android apps.

There’s a light plot to Descent of the Serpent, shown in a short video that plays at the beginning of the game. While exploring a museum, a large artifact is stolen by Tezcatlipoca, the Lord of the Smoking Mirror, and a living statue asks for your help to recover 20 icons included on the artifact to prevent floods from taking over the world. You, naturally, agree, and the statue says they’ll send you back in time to ancient Mesoamerica.

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First Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2 pre-orders begin arriving to buyers

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Most of the Apple products announced at the company’s special event earlier this month are already available in stores. However, the official launch of the Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2 has been delayed by a week, as both are set to hit stores on Friday, September 23. Now customers are finally getting their hands on these products.

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Impressions: Shovel Knight Dig is my new roguelite gaming addiction

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Enlarge / Dig deeply enough in Shovel Knight Dig, and you’ll find trippy treasure just like this. (credit: Yacht Club Games)

Shovel Knight Dig has been on our radar since its announcement in 2019—back when games could be revealed and immediately demonstrated at physical gaming expos. That many years ago, Dig was one of a few planned series spinoffs, and its demo at that year’s PAX West show floor filled me with dungeon-digging excitement.

This week, the series’ third formal spinoff finally goes on sale on PC, iOS, and Nintendo Switch, and in great news, Dig is easily the best Shovel Knight offshoot yet. What’s more, it stands out compared to other arcadey, action-focused roguelites, and the result feels like a depth-filled mod for the mobile classic Downwell.

A new pit stop on the randomly generated road

Shovel Knight has reasons to dig with his namesake weapon in search of treasure, secrets, and revenge. If you’re interested in this character-filled story, Dig‘s interactions with beautifully drawn and animated animals are as charming as the plot found in the mainline series’ four campaigns. Or you can mash buttons to skip the dialogue and get to the satisfying digging.

Control in this new 2D side-scrolling game resembles the mainline series, as well: Use an action button to swipe your shovel left or right (or downward if you hold down on the D-pad) while your hero lands from jumps and falls with his shovel facing downward, which not only harms vulnerable foes but also makes the Knight bounce upward off most stuff it contacts, except certain ground types. Instead of running left or right to a goal, Shovel Knight now digs downward through randomly generated levels (with a few left and right exceptions, usually found in the game’s wealth of hidden challenges).

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People Are Sharing a Simple Trick to Get Quick Relief for Tinnitus

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People Are Sharing a Simple Trick to Get Quick Relief for Tinnitus

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Have you ever felt like you had a constant ringing in one or both of your ears? This condition is known as tinnitus, and it can be enormously frustrating. Now, there’s quick internet trick that claims to stop the irritating sound that’s spreading fast. It might be the relief sufferers have been looking for, but the jury is out as to whether it actually works. Reddit and Twitter, specifically, have been abuzz recently with this easy cure.

So what exactly is the life hack to getting rid of those pesky sounds? According to the original Reddit post, the solution is to place your palms over your ears, and to “thump the soft spot at the back of your head with your fingers.” This should resonate as though your head is the inside of a drum. Do this for 15–30 seconds and your tinnitus is said to go away, at least for a while.

Many people are skeptical, saying the trick seems too simple to solve something that many people have suffered from for years. One person on Twitter claimed to have had tinnitus since 1996; he was hearing six to eight different noises, all day long. He tried the solution doing the rounds, and, just like that, he was suddenly free from the constant sound.

Though it may seem to be an internet hack, this “cure” is actually a version of an article by Dr. Jan Strydom on how to stop ringing in the ears. “One should always understand that we are all different so that it is impossible to suggest a single form of treatment that will work in every case and for every person,” Dr. Strydom clarifies. However, he adds that the technique he describes has often shown to be effective in many cases of tinnitus. Strydom’s instructions begin (as does the internet version of the technique) by telling one to place the palms of their hands over their ears, with their fingers at the back of their head. But then his version varies from the more muddled version that is currently circulating. “The middle fingers point towards each other and are on the base of the skull just above the point where the skull ends,” writes Strydom. “Now lift the index fingers and place them on top of the middle fingers and then snap the index fingers off the middle fingers so that they beat the skull like a drum. In fact, with your hands covering your ears, the sound may be quite loud and may indeed sound like the beating of a drum.”

Though it seems this trick works for many, it’s important to note that any strange hissing, humming, clicking, throbbing, or whooshing sounds should first be checked out by a medical professional, preferably in person, before trying any technique for tinnitus, from the internet or elsewhere. There are many different ways that tinnitus can occur, and also many different reasons for the experience of this constant, internal sound in the ears. For a lot of people, because tinnitus is most often associated with hearing loss, wearing a hearing aid is the first line of treatment that sometimes solves the problem. But the condition can also be the result of a myriad of other causes, such as a side-effect of medication, a neurological issue, or a structural abnormality. Also, it seems that researchers are coming up with different kinds of cures, too. The University of Aukland is excited about recent results from a study that uses cellphone-based technology with a self-help app that produces white noise to stop tinnitus. According to the study, the group that used the app showed significant improvement within 12 weeks.

But what is the basis for the solution that Strydom suggests? Sometimes, it seems, tinnitus can also be caused by tension in the jaw and neck. Treatment of muscle tension can also be a possible solution to the annoying accompanying ringing in the ears. The explanation as to why Strydom’s technique might relieve tinnitus in some cases, is that the suboccipital muscles are often overworked or strained because of constant computer and technology use. Constantly bending your neck to stay on top of work, your texts, or your social media feeds takes its toll on the muscles that support your neck and spine, and this can lead to tension headaches, and tinnitus. Tapping the suboccipital muscles, as with Strydom’s technique, causes these muscles to relax and contract, offering tension relief and, hopefully, relief for tinnitus, too.

You can read the original post on Reddit, and see what others have to say about this simple fix for tinnitus.

People on Twitter and Reddit are sharing a quick trick that some claim will cure tinnitus, a condition that manifests as a constant ringing or similar sound in the ears.

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I briefly played with Logitech’s new G Cloud Gaming Handheld

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When you’re in the Xbox Cloud Gaming app, the yellow Logitech button pulls up the Xbox shade as if you were playing on a console. | Photo by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

Yesterday, Logitech announced its $349.99 G Cloud Gaming Handheld, which is coming out in the US on October 17th (until then, it’s $50 off to preorder). Today, I got to briefly test it out. It was just a 10-minute demo, but it was long enough for me to snap a few photos, launch some apps, and see how it felt in my hands. We’ll have a full review in the coming weeks.

As I arrived at the testing station, Deathloop (freshly available on Xbox Game Pass) was streaming via Wi-Fi to the handheld’s Xbox Cloud Gaming app. Sadly, it was the action-less intro sequence, but I still got to sprint and jump around. Though it wasn’t a fun killer, like all of my experiences with cloud game streaming, there was just a whiff of input lag that, at least for…

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Amazon is tightening its ebook return policy to thwart BookTok

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Amazon plans to limit automatic ebook returns to cases where people have read no more than 10 percent of the book, according to the Authors Guild. The change, which follows complaints that Kindle buyers were returning titles they’d fully read to get a refund, is expected to take place by the end of the year.

The Authors Guild says it reached the deal after negotiating with Amazon executives. Individual authors raised concerns about an uptick in returns earlier this year, noting that Amazon would bill them for any royalties they earned from the books. Some pinned the practice’s rise on the book community of video platform TikTok, and in a press release, the guild blamed “BookTok influencers” for encouraging people to get “free” books by…

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The case of the murdered mummies: “virtual autopsy” reveals fatal injuries

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Enlarge / Face and upper body of one of two South American mummies that were likely murdered, based on a recent “virtual autopsy.” (credit: A-M Begerock et al., 2022)

An international team of scientists used CT scanning to conduct “virtual autopsies” of three South American mummies and found evidence of fatal trauma in two of them, according to a recent paper published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine. One of the mummies had clearly been hit on the head and stabbed, possibly by two assailants, while the other showed signs of massive cervical spine trauma. The third female mummy also showed signs of trauma, but the damage was inflicted post-mortem. The study is part of ongoing efforts to determine the frequency of violence in prehistoric human societies.

According to the authors, there is a large database of ancient Egyptian mummies and skeletons that show signs of having suffered a traumatic injury, but there is far less data for South American mummies, many of which formed naturally and are exceptionally well-preserved. Nonetheless, evidence of fatal trauma has been reported previously in a few cases, such as a pre-Columbian skull from the Nasca region showing rational trauma to the cervical spine and accompanying soft tissue bleeding into the skull. An almost complete female mummy showed signs of facial bone fractures consistent with massive strikes from a weapon, as did the skull of a mummified male infant.

An extensive 1993 survey used conventional X-rays to analyze 63 mummies and mummy fragments, 11 of which showed signs of trauma to the skull. But those mummies came from different locations, populations, and time periods, making it difficult to draw general conclusions from the findings. Last year, researchers looked for signs of violence in the remains of 194 adults buried between 2,800 and 1,400 years ago in the Atacama desert of northern Chile, 40 of which appeared to have been the victims of brutal violence.

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Valve overhauls Steam’s stats page with new real-time charts

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Valve’s stats page for its Steam storefront now has real-time charts showing both the top-selling and most played games at any given moment. You can look at the new stats page right here.

As I write this, the top-selling title is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II — which perhaps isn’t too shocking given that preordering the game gets you early access to the open beta — but the next best-selling game is, to my surprise, Slime Rancher 2.

According to a blog post from Valve, the top-selling lists are ranked based on total revenue, including DLC and in-game purchases, which is intended to provide a “more complete picture of which games players are excited about getting into and continuing to play.” And Valve has added metrics like number of…

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