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How Playing "Mario Kart" Will Help You Build a Bigger Brain

How Playing "Mario Kart" Will Help You Build a Bigger Brain

When the Wii first hit market over 15 years ago, it came with a rock-solid pitch. Americans were overweight — everybody knew that, it was always on the news — and this was going to be a low-stakes, offbeat way to get in shape without leaving the house. The motion-capture console wasn’t unilaterally intended for kids, either; earlier that very year, a study conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association had concluded that adults spent more time playing computer and video games than children. Wii Sports was successful in at least one of its missions: it became the bestselling...

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Why Competitive Chess Is as Vicious as 10 Rounds of Boxing

Why Competitive Chess Is as Vicious as 10 Rounds of Boxing

Chess can get nasty.Zeferli via GettyIn my late forties, with father time beginning to gun for me, I decided to become a chess player. I wanted to line up a leisure activity for the day when my body would force me to quit banging into guys playing hockey, when my knees would tell me to stop chasing tennis balls across a hardcourt. Chess seemed like a pathway to staying nimble in my golden years. Didn’t Max von Sydow stave off the Grim Reaper with a game of chess?I had no idea I was walking into an airplane propeller of brutality. Chess is merciless and nasty. The image of tweedy professors...

Jun 22
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Decades After Its Release, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro Revisited "Heat"

Decades After Its Release, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro Revisited "Heat"

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino attend "Heat" Premiere during 2022 Tribeca Festival at United Palace Theater on June 17, 2022 in New York City.Dominik Bindl/WireImageIt’s a good time to be a fan of Michael Mann’s 1995 crime epic Heat. To be fair, it’s never been a bad time to be a fan of the film in question. Combine an absurdly great cast with a director firing on all cylinders — the film’s climax at LAX is an absolute master class in how to inventively stage suspense — and you have a film tailor-made to stand the test of time.This year has brought with it a host of appreciations of the film,...

Jun 20
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On the Emotional Realism of "Obi-Wan Kenobi"

On the Emotional Realism of "Obi-Wan Kenobi"

Ewan McGregor in "Obi-Wan Kenobi."Disney+Obi-Wan Kenobi’s face says everything.When Kenobi learns in the second episode of the Star Wars spin-off bearing his name that Darth Vader is alive, the exiled Jedi knight (played by Ewan McGregor) looks genuinely stricken as a mix of shock and guilt washes over his face. “You didn’t know,” Third Sister (Moses Ingram), one of the Inquisitors hunting Kenobi, says softly, sensing the turmoil of his reaction to the news as she prowls around the loading dock where Kenobi has hidden himself while trying to reach a star freighter and escape his pursuers....

Jun 22
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The Darts Player Who Takes His Cues From a Former Pro Wrestler

The Darts Player Who Takes His Cues From a Former Pro Wrestler

There was something odd about two-time Professional Darts Corporation champion Peter Wright at the bet365 US Darts Masters at Madison Square Garden earlier this month — and it wasn’t his mismatched socks, neon mohawk or the signature snake painted on the side of his face. No, what was different at the event, which was the first time the World Series of Darts visited New York, for the world’s top-ranked player was that he didn’t win and instead ended up bowing out in the semifinals after dropping an 8-6 match to the eventual winner Michael Smith. Win (which is most of the time) or lose...

Jun 22
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Amazon Is Throwing a Sale on Fire TVs and Streaming Devices

Amazon Is Throwing a Sale on Fire TVs and Streaming Devices

A wide range of Alexa-controlled Fire TVs are currently on sale at AmazonAmazonNota bene: If you buy through the links in this article, InsideHook may earn a small share of the profits.If you want an inexpensive flatscreen, and Amazon and Alexa are part of your everyday routine, then this latest event is your best chance to land a smart TV for a heavily discounted price.Right now various Fire TV media streaming devices and Amazon’s own Fire TV sets are up to 40% off. The 4K sets have Alexa capabilities already built-in, so you just use your voice to access any streaming content you want....

Jun 13
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Moaning Is Not (Officially) Part of the Female Orgasm, Says Study

Moaning Is Not (Officially) Part of the Female Orgasm, Says Study

No word on whether impassioned sheet-grabbing still counts.ChristopherBernardLike many aspects of female existence, relatively little is understood about the — even, and perhaps especially, by the medical professionals whose job it is to know these things. While the male orgasm is much easier to define (and much ) thanks to ejaculation, experts have had a tough time figuring out what, exactly makes the female orgasm the female orgasm. Such a tough time, in fact, that their attempts to figure it out have somehow resulted in not one but two rather lengthy lists of what I guess can be vaguely...

Jun 22
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Why You Need to Update Your Chrome Browser Right Now

Why You Need to Update Your Chrome Browser Right Now

If you haven't updated your browser in a while, do so nowJaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesThis week Google released Chrome version 102.0.5005.115 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This version “addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system,” as  (CISA) dryly notes.If that’s confusing, let’s make it simple: Update your browser. And for many people, this isn’t something they think about doing often.Google itself is about why they’re doing updates, though the company did identify seven security fixes in its new update. “Access to bug...

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My Dad's Best Grilling Hack Is This Goofy-Looking Skillet

My Dad's Best Grilling Hack Is This Goofy-Looking Skillet

You, probably: "Where has this been all my life?!"Home DepotNota bene: If you buy through the links in this article, InsideHook may earn a small share of the profits.It seems like everyone has their own family grilling secret. Maybe it’s as simple as throwing a special spice in with your salt rub, maybe it’s a local meat or vegetable provider that you’re torn between bragging about at cookouts and bragging about how you’ll never tell anyone who attends your cookouts, or maybe it’s a five-figure outdoor cooking apparatus with a built-in TV next to the pool at your Hamptons getaway. To each...

Jun 15
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Cake's Sale Is One You Won't Want to Miss

Cake's Sale Is One You Won't Want to Miss

Maryna Terletska/CakePlease note: If you buy through the links in this article, InsideHook may earn a small share of the profits.To celebrate its second birthday, Cake is kicking things off with a sale. Its biggest sale of the year, to be exact.has swiftly become one of our favorite sexual wellness brands looking to modernize and diversify the space with an offering of products designed for everyone and everything. For those unacquainted, Cake offers a line of lubrication products tailored to every kind of sexual play (solo, vaginal, backdoor) as well as ingenious sex toys and other sexual...

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