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Boston Dynamics’ creepy robotic canine dances in sparkly blue costume


As the world celebrated #InternationalDanceDay, a unique duo took the stage, or rather, the screen, to showcase a different kind of choreography. 

Spot, the quadruped robot developed by Boston Dynamics, found a new friend in Sparkles, a dazzlingly dressed counterpart designed to explore the fusion of robotics, art and entertainment.

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Sparkles and spot canine robots dance (Boston Dynamics)

A cartoon come to life

At first glance, the video in question seems like a whimsical animation straight out of a children’s show. Yet, this is no fiction. The footage is a testament to how far robotics has come, featuring Spot adorned in a blue, sparkly, albeit slightly creepy costume, performing a dance routine that could rival any animated character.

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Sparkles and spot canine robots dance  (Boston Dynamics)

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Meet Sparkles

“Spot is meeting another strange dog and making friends through the power of dance. Meet Sparkles!” Boston Dynamics announced. The video features two Spots — one in the recognizable black and yellow, and the other, Sparkles, in the blue, sparkly dog costume — engaging in a robotic dance-off that culminates in a mechanical kiss.

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Sparkles and spot canine robots kiss  (Boston Dynamics)

This display of robotic affection and agility has sparked conversations about the potential applications of such technology in entertainment venues like theme parks, where robots could add a layer of realism to character interactions.

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Social media’s mixed moves

The reception on social media was as varied as the dance moves displayed. Some viewers were enchanted, praising the mobility and innovation, while others expressed discomfort, humorously suggesting that the cute facade could well be the stuff of nightmares.

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Sparkles and spot canine robots dance (Boston Dynamics)

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Kurt’s key takeaways

After watching Spot and Sparkles bust a move together, it’s pretty wild to think about where robotics is heading. It’s like we’re watching a live-action cartoon, isn’t it? These robots are not just showing off some fancy footwork; they’re opening our eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Whether they’re making us smile or giving us the heebie-jeebies, they’re proof that creativity knows no limits.

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Missouri museum achieves world record for largest gathering of people with underwear on their heads

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A museum in Missouri recently broke a Guinness World Record for hosting the world’s largest gathering of people with underwear on their head. 

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, wanted to commemorate “314 Day” this year with flair. 

As a nod to its town’s area code, 314, the museum hosted an event on March 14 and decided to shoot for the stars by trying to achieve yet another Guinness World Record title. 

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The museum, known for being a “quirky, artist-built playground,” set out to bring in 314 people to gather and wear underwear on their heads for one minute, as Katy Enrique, director of sales and marketing at the museum, told Fox News Digital. 

Before this attempt, the museum already held four other Guinness World Records: World’s Largest Pencil at 76 feet long, World’s Largest Seesaw at 82 feet long, World’s Largest Tennis Racket and World’s Tallest Man. 

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, achieved a new title on March 14 as a way to honor its town’s area code of 314. (City Museum)

“City Museum also touts that it owns the World’s Largest Pair of Underwear, which famously hangs in our Beatnik Bob’s Café,” she added, noting where the inspiration for this new world record attempt originated. 

“The giant underwear is an icon that guests try to find on their journey, and they take tons of photos with the underwear,” she said.

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Guinness World Records noted that the giant underwear on display at the museum was created in 1996 by St. Louis-based artists Pat Eby and Ann Paidrick — that it has a 16-foot waistband. 

The underpants are not officially the world’s largest, however — as that Guinness World Record title is currently held by Cottonil in Egypt with an 82-foot waistband. 

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Shown above, 355 people participated in achieving the new Guinness World Record in St. Louis, Missouri.  (City Museum)

The museum was also hosting a traveling exhibit called the “Science of Guinness World Records” earlier this year. It explored “the science behind how people achieve these Guinness World Records,” Enrique explained. 

Sure enough, on March 14, the museum did officially achieve another Guinness World Record title for hosting the world’s largest gathering of people with underwear on their heads with 355 participants at the unique event. 

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With a motto of encouraging people to “explore, crawl, slide, climb on, swing on and simply get lost in the museum,” Enrique said this Guinness World Record attempt was right up their alley. 

“We take great joy in that achievement and proudly display the 355 pairs of underwear in Beatnik Bob’s right next to the giant underwear that sparked the idea,” she said.  

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The museum also holds the Guinness World Record for the largest pair of underwear, which is displayed in the building. (City Museum)

After opening in 1997, the City Museum has turned from a passion project to a place for adventure-seekers with indoor, outdoor and underground playgrounds. 

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Housed in an old shoe factory, the St. Louis museum is finding ways to involve and engage the community through year-round events such as City Nights, July Fest, the International Craft Beer Festival, Fright at the Museum and much more. 

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With Memorial Day weekend just up ahead, the museum is “saying THANK YOU to those who have served, or are currently serving, in the military. [On] Memorial Day Weekend — Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27 — all active and retired service members get in FREE,” the museum notes on its website (citymuseum.org).

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Graduation ceremonies canceled: How disappointed grads can overcome ‘milestone FOMO’

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Four years ago, many high-school graduates missed out on their traditional ceremonies due to the pandemic — and this year, some of those same students have lost the chance to have their college graduations amid ongoing political protests.

Columbia University and the University of Southern California both announced the cancellation of their traditional “main stage” commencements for 2024. 

Other colleges such as the University of Michigan had their ceremonies disrupted by anti-Israel protesters.

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“Regardless of how one feels about the recent protests, it is important to recognize that graduating students and their families and friends were swept up in the wake of unrest on college campuses,” Zachary Ginder, a psychological consultant in Riverside, California, told Fox News Digital.

As they mourn the loss of this celebratory event, some grads may experience “milestone FOMO” — leaving them feeling disappointed, angry, depressed and anxious about their futures as they prepare to enter the real world.

Graduates attend commencement at UNC Chapel Hill on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Earlier in the day, students vandalized the chancellor’s building in protest of the Hamas-Israel war. (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)

Here’s what’s important to know. 

What is ‘milestone FOMO’?

Milestone FOMO (fear of missing out) refers to the fear of missing significant life events or milestones that others may be experiencing or achieving. 

“It can also be described as a type of envy where people are seeing their friends reaching major life milestones, like getting married or buying a house, and this contributes to the person feeling left behind or not on par with their peers,” Nicholette Leanza, a therapist at LifeStance Health in Ohio, told Fox News Digital.

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As they mourn the loss of an important celebratory event in their lives, some new grads may experience “milestone FOMO” — leaving them feeling disappointed, angry, depressed and anxious about their futures as they prepare to enter the real world.  (iStock)

For graduates, experiencing milestone FOMO may lead to a reduced sense of accomplishment, she said. 

“We all like to have a reward after hard work, and the pomp and circumstance of a graduation ceremony can be seen as the reward for one’s hard work,” Leanza said. 

“So if graduates are not allowed that celebration of their accomplishment, it can feel like all their hard work was diminished and that they lost out on that rite of passage.”

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For many, a graduation ceremony marks not only the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, but also a pivotal transition into adulthood and the next phase of life, Ginder noted.

“Missing out on this milestone event can lead to feelings of grief and loss, sadness, disappointment, and a sense of incompleteness for those involved,” he said. 

“If graduates are not allowed that celebration of their accomplishment, it can feel like all their hard work was diminished and that they lost out on that rite of passage.”

“It isn’t too hard to imagine the distress some likely felt in working for four or more years toward a goal, only to have the culmination and official public recognition dissolve just days before the event.”

Students may feel “robbed of the opportunity” to celebrate their achievements with classmates, teachers and loved ones, Ginder said.

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“The absence of closure and the lack of a tangible marker for this important transition can make it harder to process the end of this life chapter and move forward,” he added.

4 ways to counter ‘milestone FOMO’

For graduates unable to have a ceremony, experts suggested four ways to process and overcome the ensuing emotions.

1. Focus on acknowledging and accepting the emotions

“Sadness, anger, disappointment and frustration are all normal responses to loss,” Ginder told Fox News Digital.

“Graduates should allow time to process these emotions, while also keeping in perspective that life is a journey with lots of ups and downs.”

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For many, graduation marks not only the culmination of years of hard work and dedication, but also a pivotal transition into adulthood and the next phase of life, one expert noted. (iStock)

Graduation, for many, will not define their college career, Ginder pointed out.

“Refocusing on what has been gained, friendships and positive memories can help folks move past the acute emotional challenges of missing graduation.”

2. Challenge and reframe any unhelpful thinking

Students working through this disappointment may have negative thoughts such as, “I’ll never get to experience this milestone,” or “My achievements don’t matter anymore,” according to Ginder. 

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“When these thoughts bubble to the surface, graduates can try replacing them with more balanced thoughts, such as, ‘I can find other ways to celebrate my hard work,’ or ‘my accomplishments are still valuable, even without a traditional ceremony.’”

3. Create your own ceremony

“Organizing a more personal graduation ceremony where close friends and family celebrate your accomplishment can be a wonderful way to mark this special occasion,” Leanza said. 

“Dressing up in full graduation regalia, having loved ones give inspirational speeches, and even walking across a symbolic or makeshift stage could help the graduate acknowledge the achievement.”

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“The absence of closure and the lack of a tangible marker for this important transition can make it harder to process the end of this life chapter and move forward,” an expert said. (iStock)

If the campus is nearby, Ginder suggests visiting with family and friends, taking photos, and sharing and appreciating all the good things that occurred during schooling to help ease the pain.

4. Take stock of what’s been accomplished and gained, not what’s been lost

“Human nature is to focus on the negative, and while graduation is an important milestone, it’s not the end of your journey,” Ginder said.

While acknowledging the loss, graduates can also “hold space for gratitude” for what has been gained and the good things that exist in the present moment, he added.

“Human nature is to focus on the negative, and while graduation is an important milestone, it’s not the end of your journey.”

“If this is difficult, try taking action toward the future, like setting short- and long-term goals and shifting focus to the next steps in life,” Ginder advised.

How parents, loved ones can help

Family members should allow graduates to feel sad and disappointed by the loss, according to Leanza.

“Encourage them to talk about it and give them your full attention as they share their feelings with you,” she suggested. 

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Family members should allow graduates to feel sad and disappointed by the loss, according to experts. (iStock)

Encouraging acceptance can also help the graduate process emotions, Leanza said.

“Accepting something doesn’t mean you have to like it — it just means that you accept the facts of the situation,” she said.

“This acceptance enables you to put energy toward coping with the situation instead of trying to avoid or deny it.”

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Helping recent graduates plan their next steps — like updating their resumes and job searching — can be another way of showing them support, she said.

Loved ones may also help to find another way to celebrate and recognize the graduate’s achievement, Leanza said, such as organizing a surprise graduation ceremony or party to help raise their spirits. 

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“We all like to have a reward after hard work, and the pomp and circumstance of a graduation ceremony can be seen as the reward for one’s hard work.” (iStock)

Parents and family can help, said Ginder, by validating graduates’ feelings without minimizing or dismissing them, finding alternative ways to celebrate or acknowledge the accomplishment of graduating, and offering support and encouragement.

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“Everyone handles loss differently,” he said. “While some may not consider it a significant loss, others may find it very difficult to get past.”

For graduates who find it difficult to move past this issue — and if it begins to interfere with daily functioning and mood — it may be advisable to seek professional help from a licensed clinician, Ginder said.

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This Will Be the Next Artificial Intelligence (AI) Company to Split Its Stock

Several technology companies have recently undergone stock splits. Some of the more notable stock splits in the tech realm in recent memory include “Magnificent Seven” members Tesla, Nvidia, Amazon, Alphabet, and Apple.

While there are a number of upcoming stock splits to be aware of, there is one artificial intelligence (AI) company that I think could be next in line: ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW).

Let’s dig into why ServiceNow makes a compelling stock-split candidate and explore the investment merits of this software-as-a-service (SaaS) leader.

How do stock splits work?

Before diving into ServiceNow specifically, investors should understand the basics of stock splits.

Stock splits are essentially a form of financial engineering. The number of outstanding shares increases by the ratio in the split. For example, in a 5-for-1 split, there will be five times as many shares following the split.

As a result, the share price of the stock in question decreases by that same multiple. This dynamic means that the market cap of the stock-split stock does not inherently change.

A stock chart and financial trends on a laptop screen.A stock chart and financial trends on a laptop screen.

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Why would ServiceNow split its stock?

One of the most common reasons that a company decides to split its stock is because shares have soared significantly over a relatively short time frame. As a result, most retail investors perceive shares as expensive and out of reach.

Again, although a stock split doesn’t change the value of the company, investors tend to view shares as cheaper because the stock price is now lower. Subsequently, stock splits are typically followed by a new pool of investors pouring in.

Since its initial public offering (IPO) in 2012, ServiceNow’s shares are up 2,970%. Moreover, since AI has become a focal point among technology stocks in the last 18 months or so, ServiceNow shares have risen 77%.

With a share price of $755, ServiceNow stock doesn’t look cheap. Considering the company has never split its shares and secular themes are fueling the AI landscape, now could be a unique opportunity for ServiceNow to follow in the footsteps of its larger tech peers as further gains look to be in store.

Should you invest in ServiceNow stock?

It’s very important for investors to understand that the share price alone is not what determines a stock as over or undervalued. In fact, the chart below illustrates that ServiceNow is largely trading at a discount on a price-to-sales (P/S) basis when benchmarked against other SaaS growth stocks.

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NOW PS Ratio Chart

After analyzing the data above, there is a legitimate case to be made that ServiceNow is undervalued despite its seemingly expensive share price.

Another way of looking at this dichotomy is that it is not the number of shares that you own that matters; it’s the amount of money you’re putting to work. It’s almost certainly a better idea to own one share of a $1,000 stock than 1,000 shares of a $1 stock. Generally speaking, the share price reflects the sentiment of the business.

As far as ServiceNow is concerned, there’s one other reason I see the company as a potential stock-split opportunity. As I recently expressed, ServiceNow is not as well known in the technology and AI arenas as its competition. A stock split would be a good way for the company to make headlines and potentially land on the radar of a broader group of investors.

Now, with that said, I’m not suggesting that ServiceNow should use a stock split as a PR stunt to juice its price. Investors should buy shares in ServiceNow purely based on concrete business results.

Over the last several quarters, ServiceNow has moved swiftly in the AI world and it’s showing in the company’s results. Revenue growth is accelerating thanks to impressive customer retention metrics as well as ServiceNow’s ability to cross-sell additional products and services.

Moreover, the company has forged partnerships with Microsoft, Nvidia, and International Business Machines. I see these as important stepping stones for further lead generation and new sales opportunities for long-term growth.

At the end of the day, ServiceNow is a rock-solid investment opportunity regardless of a split. Now looks like a great time to scoop up some shares and prepare to hold for the long term as the growth story continues to unfold.

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Massive Dell data breach hits 49 million users; what this means for your privacy and security


Computer maker Dell faced a huge security challenge after a cyberattack stole information for approximately 49 million customers. 

Dell confirmed that the type of information stolen includes people’s names, postal addresses, and Dell hardware and order information, such as service tags, item descriptions, order dates and different warranty information.

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What happened: a breakdown of the incidents

Menelik, the threat actor behind the attack, openly told told TechCrunch how he extracted such a huge amount of data from Dell without being detected.

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Menelik set up several partner accounts within the Dell company portal which, when approved, allowed the hacker to use a brute-force attack to access customer data. A brute-force attack consists of an attacker submitting many passwords or passphrases hoping to eventually guess correctly.

The hacker sent more than 5,000 requests per minute to the page for nearly three weeks, and Dell did not notice anything. After sending nearly 50 million requests and scraping enough data, Menelik sent multiple emails to Dell, notifying the company of the vulnerability. It took Dell nearly a week to patch it all up, according to the hacker. Dell confirmed to TechCrunch that it received the hacker’s email notification of the vulnerability.

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How Dell responded to the data breach

Dell sits as the No. 3 PC vendor in the world behind Lenovo and HP, and the affected accounts represent a small fraction of its user base. The company communicated this statement to affected users:

“We are currently investigating an incident involving a Dell portal, which contains a database with limited types of customer information related to purchases from Dell. We believe there is not a significant risk to our customers given the type of information involved.”

We reached out to Dell and a representative for the company provided us with this statement:

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“Dell Technologies has a cybersecurity program designed to limit risk to our environments, including those used by our customers and partners. Our program includes prompt assessment and response to identified threats and risks. We recently identified an incident involving a Dell portal with access to a database containing limited types of customer information including name, physical address, and certain Dell hardware and order information. It did not include financial or payment information, email address, telephone number or any highly sensitive customer data. 

“Upon discovering this incident, we promptly implemented our incident response procedures, applied containment measures, began investigating, and notified law enforcement. Our investigation is supported by external forensic specialists. We continue to monitor the situation and take steps to protect our customers’ information.  Although we don’t believe there is significant risk to our customers given the type of information involved, we are taking proactive steps to notify them as appropriate.”

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What this means for your privacy and security

There’s no immediate aftermath of this data leak. Dell believes the risk to its customers is not significant since financial and payment information, email addresses and phone numbers were not stolen in this attack. However, the risk of phishing or even major malware and ransomware attacks still exists. The threat actors might try sending personalized letters with infected drives, a tactic seen before.

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There’s a good chance this data leak has already been sold on the dark web. The hacker posted the information for sale on the dark web and then took it down quickly, which often happens when someone buys the whole database. If you’re a Dell customer who bought hardware between 2017 and 2024, be very careful about any messages you get in the mail claiming to be from Dell, especially if they ask for personal information.

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7 proactive measures to take to protect your data

In the wake of the cyberattack on Dell, consider taking several proactive steps to protect your personal information:

1. Change your passwords: Although Dell says your personal details like phone number and email address haven’t been leaked, it’s still advisable to change the password of your Dell account if you have one. Consider using a password manager to generate and store complex passwords.

2. Avoid tech support phone scams: Since the hackers have your data, they may try to get in touch with you, posing as a Dell employee. Always verify if the tech support person you’re talking to actually works for Dell. Be skeptical about all unsolicited phone calls, and don’t provide any personal information.

3. Be wary of mailbox communications: Bad actors may also try to scam you through snail mail. The data leak gives them access to your address. They may impersonate people or brands you know, and use themes that require urgent attention, such as missed deliveries, account suspensions and security alerts.

4. Report any suspicious activity: If you notice any suspicious activity related to your Dell accounts or purchases, report them to security@dell.com. This may include unauthorized purchases, unusual login attempts, or changes in account information.

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5. Monitor your accounts and transactions

You should check your online accounts and transactions regularly for any suspicious or unauthorized activity. If you notice anything unusual, report it to the service provider or the authorities as soon as possible. You should also review your credit reports and scores to see if there are any signs of identity theft or fraud.

6. Use identity theft protection

Identity Theft protection companies can monitor personal information like your home title, Social Security Number (SSN), phone number and email address and alert you if it is being used to open an account.  They can also assist you in freezing your bank and credit card accounts to prevent further unauthorized use by criminals. See my tips and best picks on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

7.  Invest in personal data removal services: While no service guarantees complete data removal from the internet, utilizing a removal service can be beneficial for those seeking to monitor and automate the deletion of their personal information from numerous sites over time. Check out my top recommendations for removal services here.

Kurt’s key takeaways

Dell’s recent data leak highlights the lapse in the computer maker’s security infrastructure. The attackers being inside the network for an extended period is especially troubling. Given Dell’s role in providing hardware and software solutions, including backup and recovery tools, for critical infrastructure, a thorough investigation into its code and supply chain for signs of tampering is crucial. Dell is working with law enforcement and third-party security experts to investigate the incident, so that’s a step in the right direction.

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Theme park necessities: Helpful items to pack in your backpack for a day at the park

A day at the theme park in the summer can bring hours of fun for the whole family, unless you are carrying a backpack stuffed almost to its breaking point. 

If that’s the case, a day of fun can quickly turn into one of exhaustion and frustration. 

It’s vital when packing your bag for the day to only bring the essentials. Keep in mind that if you carry a backpack with you, you’ll want it to be small enough that it doesn’t weigh you down and also fits inside a locker when you ride the coasters. 

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So, what are the essentials? 

This guide is split up into the items you absolutely can’t forget — and items that you may find helpful if you do have a little extra room to play with. Jump right in!

This guide is full of helpful items to have in your backpack for a trip to a theme park. (AP Photo/Erik Verduzco)

Theme park essentials 

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Mini portable fan
  4. Water bottle
  5. Slim wallet
  6. Snacks
  7. Hand sanitizer
  8. Lip balm
  9. Hair clips and bands
  10. Band-Aids

1. Sunscreen

Be sure to find a spot for sunscreen in your backpack. You’re going to be spending the whole day, possibly multiple days, in the hot summer sun. 

Even if you put on sunscreen in the morning before you go, you’ll want to reapply throughout the day to ensure your skin doesn’t burn. 

Burnt shoulders will quickly make your day painful. If you don’t have enough room in your bag for a full-sized bottle, you can always get a travel size instead. 

2. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are essential for a day at the theme park. You’ll be spending the whole day outside, often stuck directly in the sun while waiting in line. 

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Just make sure not to leave your sunglasses on or on top of your head once you get on the ride, or else you’ll likely lose them once it takes off.

The best place to keep your sunglasses while you ride is safely tucked away in your bag or secured in a closed pocket. 

3. Mini portable fan

When you’re walking around with the heat surrounding you, a mini portable fan is going to save the day. 

You can even get one that you wear around your neck if you don’t want to hold it. 

These fans are a perfect way to enjoy nice cool air as you make your way from ride to ride. 

4. Water bottle

It’s so important to stay hydrated while you are at an amusement park. 

Collapsible water bottles are perhaps the best way to go, as they take up very little space in your bag. 

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Make sure to stay hydrated during your day spent outside at a theme park. (iStock)

Buying water at the parks is very expensive, so having your own bottle to refill will save you lots of money.

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Many amusement parks also offer guests souvenir cups that you can refill with your favorite soft drinks throughout the day. 

These are a great option for a practical souvenir you can take home with you. 

5. Slim wallet

You’ll want to have your license, credit card and some cash with you while at an amusement park, but a bulky wallet is less than ideal. 

Find something slim that can slip into your bag with ease and fit only the essentials. 

Amazon is full of slim wallets you can choose from for your travels. 

6. Snacks

Hungry children (and adults) are no fun at amusement parks. Let’s face it, snacks at amusement parks are costly and can add a large expense to your vacation bill. 

Granola bars, trail mix and fruit strips are great snacks to pack in your bag. Think of things like those that are small and that won’t get crushed in your backpack. 

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Before packing your snacks, make sure to check the food policy of the theme park you are visiting to make sure you won’t have to dump any of your food upon entry. 

7. Hand sanitizer

Amusement parks are dirty places — so hand sanitizer is a must-have, especially before snacking. 

Railings and lap bars on coasters are hot spots for germs, among many other places. 

Make sure you have hand sanitizer and maybe even wet wipes with you to keep your hands clean throughout the day. 

8. Lip balm

Chapped lips are not fun. This is such a small, easy item to add to your bag. 

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Throw lip balm in your bag with SPF in it to avoid painful chapped lips. (iStock)

Make sure you have lip balm with SPF for extra sun protection. 

9. Hair clips and bands

Your hair is bound to be wind blown after a roller-coaster ride. Pack plenty of extra hairbands and clips. That way, you can tie up your hair quickly before you ride to avoid inevitable knots and tangles from leaving it down. 

You’re also probably going to want to tie up your hair after a few hours in the sun. 

10. Band-Aids

Accidents happen. If they do, you’ll be prepared with Band-Aids packed neatly in your bag. 

Blisters are common at amusement parks from walking around all day long. 

Putting a Band-Aid over any blisters that form will keep you going through the day comfortably. 

Additional helpful items 

  1. Individually wrapped ponchos
  2. Portable phone charger
  3. Sweatshirt
  4. Waterproof phone case
  5. Extra pair of socks
  6. Travel-sized deodorant
  7. Hat
  8. Plastic bags
  9. Motion sickness remedies
  10. Cooling towel

1. Individually wrapped ponchos

Check the weather forecast before you head to the park. If there’s rain in the forecast, you’re going to want a poncho. 

Regular ponchos can take up a lot of space, but an individually wrapped poncho is slim and easy to fit into your bag. 

Even if it’s not going to rain, these are helpful to have on water rides, so your clothes don’t get soaked. 

2. Portable phone charger

This isn’t an absolute necessity, as your phone battery is likely to be strong enough to last you the whole day. But, if you are an avid phone user, or your device has a short battery life, a portable phone charger is good to have. 

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There are lots of portable phone chargers that plug directly into your phone without any pesky cords needed. These are great space savers, and you can also easily use your phone while it charges. 

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If you’re going to be taking lots of pictures and videos on your phone throughout the day, packing a portable charger in your backpack isn’t a bad idea. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

3. Sweatshirt

A sweatshirt isn’t a necessity, since most likely, it’ll be hot most of the day. Consider bringing a sweatshirt only if you plan on staying in the park late, as the temperature will cool as the sun goes down. 

These are going to take up a lot of space, so if you’re willing, it may just be easier to purchase a sweatshirt from the gift shop if you get cold at night. 

4. Waterproof phone case

If you’re going to be visiting a water park during your travels, a waterproof phone case is going to come in handy. 

One of the best you can get is a clear pouch that you simply place your phone in and secure shut. These come with a lanyard, so you can wear your phone around your neck as you move about. 

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These cases allow you to still see and use your phone while it’s secure. These pouches float in the water, so if your phone comes off your neck, you’ll very easily be able to spot it. 

This may not be something you think to pack, but you’ll be glad that you did. 

There are a few different reasons why a fresh pair of socks can come in handy. The first is if you go on any water rides during your day in the park, such as a flume ride.

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An extra pair of socks can be helpful after a wild water ride. (Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)

If you’re wearing socks and sneakers, and they get wet after a water ride, you’re in for an uncomfortable rest of the day. Having an extra pair of socks to change into will make you a bit more comfortable. 

Also, while walking around in hot temperatures, you’re bound to get a little sweaty. Changing your socks at the halfway point of the day can help you feel (and smell) clean. 

6. Travel-sized deodorant

Speaking of smelling clean, a travel-sized deodorant can be a lifesaver when you are feeling sweaty at an amusement park.

Swipe a little deodorant on and you’ll feel brand new. 

7. Hat

To avoid a hot scalp and the sun beaming in your eyes, keep a hat in your bag. 

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This also helps keep the hair out of your face throughout the day, while also hiding your coaster hair. 

A bucket hat is a great option to have in your bag, since you can fold it up nice and small. You can also clip a baseball hat right onto your bag to save space. 

8. Plastic bags

Plastic bags are a multi-use item that can be extremely helpful at amusement parks. 

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Use plastic bags to store snacks you don’t get around to finishing. (Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

If you get a snack, like popcorn, that you don’t finish in one sitting, don’t throw it away. Instead, put the remainder in a plastic bag so you can snack on it later. 

Plastic bags are also a great holder of cash, coins and credit cards if you don’t want to bring a wallet with you. 

9. Motion sickness remedies

Just in case anyone you are traveling with gets motion sickness from all the rides, having some remedies packed with you isn’t a bad idea. 

Dramamine, motion sickness patches or bracelets are all options. 

10. Cooling towel

This is definitely not a necessity and more of a helpful tool. 

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Placing a cooling towel around your neck can fill you with relief from hot temperatures. 

These usually come in a tube or bag, so you can put the wet towel right back in its container before placing it in your backpack to prevent all your other items from getting wet. 

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Fox News AI Newsletter: How artificial intelligence is reshaping modern warfare


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IN TODAY’S NEWSLETTER:

– How artificial intelligence is reshaping modern warfare
– Sebastian Maniscalco admits AI makes a guy who writes like ‘Rocky Balboa’ sound like he ‘went to Yale’
– Researchers create AI-powered sarcasm detector

NEXT-GEN BATTLE: Modern warfare is changing rapidly, and harnessing artificial intelligence is key to staying ahead of America’s adversaries.

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TECHNICALLY SPEAKING: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco isn’t sure what to make of artificial intelligence in the industry

FUNNY BOT: A team of university researchers in the Netherlands says they’ve developed an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that can recognize sarcasm, according to a new report.

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‘OUTCOMPETE CHINA’: A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Wednesday joined in a call to boost American funding of artificial intelligence research.

‘MACHINE LEARNING’: The widespread use of artificial intelligence tools has many workers concerned that the rapidly-evolving technology will eventually result in them losing their job, and one expert says that is a real concern — but not in the way some might expect.

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AI AT WAR: The world may end up breaking into tech alliances as a guiding political issue in the years to come, according to a retired American serviceman-turned-novelist as detailed in his new book. 

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Aerodynamic electric hypercar is packing some serious horsepower


As the automotive world gathered at the 2024 Beijing International Auto Show, a star was born. 

MG unveiled the EXE181 concept, an electric hypercar that had everyone in awe over its aerodynamics.

With a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.181, it’s poised to set records if it hits production.

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EXE181 concept car. (SAIC Design)

A nod to history

The EXE181 isn’t just a number; it’s a tribute to MG’s storied past. The original EX181 was the chariot that carried Stirling Moss to a world land-speed record in 1957. Fast-forward to today, and MG’s concept car could eclipse the Volkswagen XL1’s record Cd of 0.189 — the best ever for a production car.

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EXE181 concept car. (SAIC Design)

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Why aerodynamics matter

The less drag a car has, the less energy it needs to move. That’s why the EXE181’s potential as the most aerodynamic production vehicle is such a big deal. It’s not just about beating the likes of McLaren Speedtail or Mercedes-AMG ONE; it’s about leading the charge in energy-wise automotive design.

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EXE181 concept car. (SAIC Design)

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MG’s centenary celebration

2024 marks a century since MG began in Oxford, England, and what better way to celebrate than with the EXE181? It’s a testament to MG’s revival under SAIC’s stewardship and a symbol of its global ambitions. With MG’s exports skyrocketing, the EXE181 could be the crown jewel of a brand reborn.

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EXE181 concept car. (SAIC Design)

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Kurt’s key takeaways

The MG EXE181 represents a brand that’s risen from the ashes, ready to claim its place in the pantheon of automotive greats. As we approach the Goodwood Festival of Speed, all eyes are on MG. Will the EXE181 make the leap from concept to reality? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: MG is driving into its next century with bold ambition and the wind at its back.

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‘Hush vacations’ trend as remote workers slip off for getaways without telling the boss

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Remote workers seem to have lots of perks these days, including a commute-less job, a favorable work-life balance and the ability to save on a business wardrobe and other previously needed requirements for jobs. 

But beyond saving time and money in a remote arrangement, some workers are finding new ways to stretch the work-at-home privilege by taking days off without officially clearing their paid time off as vacation days

The “hush-cation” trend may seem amusing to some — but the consequences of this deceptive practice can have a lasting impact.

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Here’s a deeper dive into the “hush cation” trend. 

What exactly is a ‘hush-cation’?

“Hush-cations” have been trending across social media and in popular culture.

“People are often bending the rules by continuing to work remotely as agreed upon, but not from the remote location their boss expects them to be,” said Smriti Joshi, chief psychologist with Wysa in Boston. 

The phenomenon of “hush-cations” wasn’t “feasible prior to the onset of fully remote jobs [and] is presenting a new challenge for employers” today, said one workplace expert.  (iStock)

“This phenomenon, not feasible prior to the onset of fully remote jobs, is presenting a new challenge for employers and is also quite telling of what employees are feeling they need right now.”

What has led to the trend of ‘hush-cations’?

It’s a desire for autonomy, flexibility and control over their work environment, combined with a need to feel safe while asking for time off, that is leading to trends like this, Joshi told Fox News Digital. 

“There’s a pervasive sense that the freedoms of working flexibly could soon be diminished.”

“Especially as many large organizations have begun to call workers back into the office, there’s a pervasive sense that the freedoms of working flexibly could soon be diminished,” she noted. 

To that point, Joshi said employees feel passionately about their right to work under their terms and see where they work as a decision they should have control over. 

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“Hush-cations in that sense may be a way of quietly battling back against their employer, or attempting to assert that control back to themselves,” she said.

Lauren, 29, a graphic designer in Florida, told Fox News Digital that she’s taken “hush vacation” days here and there, but is still contemplating whether she’s going to come clean to her employer about her upcoming trip plans

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“In July, I plan to take a few long weekends and I don’t think I am going to use official vacation days. Since I work from home, or anywhere else, I feel like as long as I do my job I can bank my vacation days until I want to officially use them.” (iStock)

“I have taken a day off to move a friend or for a mental health day, and didn’t tell my boss that I was really off,” said Lauren, who has chosen to use her first name only for privacy reasons. 

“In July, I plan to take a few long weekends and I don’t think I am going to use official vacation days. Since I work from home, or anywhere else, I feel like as long as I do my job I can bank my vacation days until I want to officially use them.”

Is burnout causing ‘hush-cations’?

A lot of today’s career trends, including hush-cations, quiet quitting and other buzzy concepts, said Joshi, tie back to a similar issue: Employees are stressed out. 

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“They’re looking for ways to relieve the pressure they’re feeling at work and at times are getting pretty creative with how to do that,” Joshi told Fox News Digital. 

“These trends underscore the need for organizations to prioritize mental health and well-being initiatives, challenging the stigma surrounding discussions about mental health in the workplace.”

What else is fueling the trend?

Rosencrans said it’s all about the attention paid on social media.

“They’re looking for ways to relieve the pressure they’re feeling at work and at times are getting pretty creative with how to do that.”

“As we’ve seen with other workplace trends like this, once it starts getting talked about, the more it inspires others to follow suit,” she said.

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“Especially with the summer coming up, I anticipate we’ll see an uptick in hush-cations with people wanting to take advantage of warmer weather while conserving vacation days for other peak seasons like Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

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“I plan to use my two-week official vacation for a trip to later in the year,” one worker confided. “I don’t feel bad about doing this, as many people take sick days off when they aren’t really sick.” (iStock)

To that point, Lauren, the “hush-cationer,” shared that in addition to non-reported summer escapes, she has other PTO dupe plans regarding banking her vacation days for later in the year.  

“I plan to use my two-week official vacation for a trip to later in the year,” she confided. 

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“I don’t feel bad about doing this, as many people take sick days off when they aren’t really sick. This is a new version of an old hooky tactic.”

What should employers do if they find out about a hush-cation?

If managers find out someone on their team took PTO and didn’t officially take off, the manager should speak to the employee for clarification, experts advise.

“Seeing how an employee responds is important, as it can indicate whether this is a pattern, a mistake or an intentional move to take extra time off.”

A first step is to ask an employee directly what they were doing on the days in question, and explain it was brought to their attention that the person was not working but was instead on vacation, said Annie Rosencrans, people & culture director, Americas at HiBob in New York. 

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“It’s crucial for a manager to impress upon the employee the importance of following PTO protocols.” (iStock)

“Seeing how an employee responds is important, as it can indicate whether this is a pattern, a mistake or an intentional move to take extra time off,” she said.

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Following that, Rosencrans said managers can note they are aware of the time off taken, remind the employees of the time-off policy, and make sure it is added to the company’s system as PTO. 

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1 Magnificent Stock With Plenty of Power to Cash In on the AI Megatrend

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Enbridge (NYSE: ENB) has quietly done a magnificent job of growing value for its shareholders over the long term. The Canadian energy infrastructure giant has increased its dividend annually for nearly 30 straight years. The company’s high-yielding, steadily rising dividend has helped give it the fuel to produce an 11% average annual total shareholder return over the last 20 years.

The pipeline and utility company should have plenty of power to continue growing its dividend and shareholder value in the future. One emerging catalyst that could become a powerful long-term growth driver is artificial intelligence (AI). Here’s a look at all the ways it could cash in on AI’s insatiable need for energy.

AI-powered energy growth

AI and the data centers that house these applications and the computing power needed to run them will require a lot of energy in the coming years. Enbridge’s CEO Greg Ebel highlighted this opportunity on the first-quarter earnings conference call. He stated: “The build out of data centers and generative AI is forecasted to require a material increase in power generation. This new power generation will be fed by a combination of natural gas and renewables, and supports our view that the world needs all forms of energy.”

He noted that there are a lot of predictions about how much more power AI and data centers will need in the coming years. He said that while it’s early to know how big it will be, “it’s going to be positive from a power and gas demand perspective.”

Ebel threw out some numbers, noting that some forecast power demand growth of 0.5% to 1.5% annually through 2030. Meanwhile, he’s seen numbers for incremental gas demand “from 5 billion cubic feet (bcf) up to 16 bcf.” These are big numbers in the context of the North American power sector. Growing energy demand should drive the need for more infrastructure to produce, transport, and store this energy in the coming years.

Many ways to capitalize on the opportunity

Ebel believes “Enbridge is well-positioned to serve this increased demand through the vast footprint of our assets connected to key supply basins.” Its unrivaled platform spans natural gas transmission pipelines, natural gas distribution utilities, and renewable power operations. That diversified platform is “a competitive advantage that we have to offer in jurisdictions throughout North America.” While he expects it will take time for data center power demand to ramp up, Enbridge is “ready to serve our customers and their energy needs through our integrated infrastructure network.”

Several other Enbridge management team members chimed in on the call, highlighting how Enbridge could capture AI-related opportunities. Cynthia Hansen, president of gas transmission and midstream, commented, “We are excited by this opportunity, obviously, to help build out the supporting infrastructure for the natural gas generation to support AI data centers.”

Hansen noted that Enbridge has strategically located gas transmission assets, adding, “We’re within 50 miles of 45% of all the natural gas power generation in North America, so we are going to be in a position to build that out.” She noted that the company could see some incremental expansion opportunities in the near term and that the longer-term outlook “seems to be really positive.”

Enbridge also expects AI-powered demand to benefit its gas utilities, especially those it’s acquiring in the U.S. from Dominion. As companies build data centers in the regions Enbridge serves, its utilities should see incremental gas demand growth, since data centers require reliable and affordable electricity, which gas provides. That should drive volume growth in its distribution networks.

Meanwhile, Matthew Akman, president of Enbridge’s power segment, commented on AI’s impact on renewables. He noted that “demand for renewables is already very strong.” However, he believes that “the data center stuff just enhances that. Large tech companies are really our kind of customers, and I think we’re their kind of developer.”

Enbridge is a reliable and large-scale developer, which is what large tech companies require to ensure they have the power to meet their needs. “So, it just adds another tailwind for our renewable business,” Akman said. 

Finally, CEO Ebel noted on the call that “we didn’t mention storage. Enbridge has a massive and growing gas storage business, allowing it to supply utilities with reliable gas volumes. Because of that, this business should also benefit from AI’s need for more energy.

AI-powered demand

Enbridge has delivered magnificent total returns over the last couple of decades, fueled by the continued growth in energy demand. The company expects energy demand to keep rising, partly driven by power-hungry AI data centers. Enbridge’s integrated platform puts it in a strong position to benefit from AI’s need for energy, which could drive growth across several of its businesses. Because of that, Enbridge looks like a great stock to buy to ride the AI growth wave.

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