The real reason the Queen owns all of the dolphins in the U.K.

Queen Elizabeth has captured global attention and managed to keep it during her record-breaking reign. According to HuffPost, in September 2015, she beat her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, by becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. The world is so fascinated by Queen Elizabeth that Netflix shelled out some serious cash to make the fictionalized series of her life in The Crown

In fact, according to The Guardian, The Crown was the most expensive Netflix show to make, with the streaming mogul committing $130 million for the first two seasons. If Netflix was willing to invest so much money into depicting the life of Queen Elizabeth, it offers solid evidence that cultural fascination with the monarch remains strong. 

There certainly is something remarkable about Queen Elizabeth, as she juggles a charming balance of being down-to-earth and yet anciently regal. Like the average person, she loves dogs — Corgis to be specific — and can often be seen driving herself with a jaunty scarf tied around her head, according to Hollywood Life

Yet none of this would be inherently interesting without the mystique of monarchy behind her. One such example of her regal might is the fact that Queen Elizabeth owns six palatial dwellings, per Town & Country, including Buckingham Palace, which serves as her headquarters; Windsor Castle, her country home; Holyrood Palace in Scotland; Balmoral Castle; Sandringham Estate; and Hillsborough Castle in Ireland. 

While this is impressive, Queen Elizabeth also owns many other things in the United Kingdom. 

Queen Elizabeth's many possessions include 'royal fish'

The Crown Estate is careful to point out that Queen Elizabeth’s many palaces — in addition to so much else — are technically owned by the “Monarch in right of the Crown,” so it’s Elizabeth’s title as Queen that gives her the right to claim ownership.

Queen Elizabeth’s regal claim also gives her access to things beyond just castles, and amazingly, she actually owns all of the dolphins in the United Kingdom. The reason goes back all the way to a statute issued from 1324 from the reign of King Edward II which stipulates: “The king shall have wreck of the sea throughout the realm, whales and sturgeons taken in the sea or elsewhere within the realm, except in certain places privileged by the king.”

The statute includes sturgeons and whales, and clarifies that the porpoise is a “royal fish.” The realm of ownership includes any dolphin that washes ashore and stretches as far out as three miles from the United Kingdom’s shores. 

Queen Elizabeth, 93, also owns all of the swans on the Thames River and she even owns a colony of bats who live in the hall of Balmoral Castle, according to CBC News. Yikes! It’s safe to say she has more fun feeding her corgis than the bats.

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The real meaning of Maren Morris’ new baby’s name

In the midst of all the stress concerning the coronavirus pandemic, there’s still plenty of good news to be celebrated. In this difficult time, country star Maren Morris and her husband, Ryan Hurd, welcomed their first baby. The singer announced her son’s arrival on Instagram shortly after his birth and also announced the name she and her husband had chosen for him. Morris captioned a picture of the mother and son, writing, “Hayes Andrew Hurd. 3/23/20. Love of our lives.”

The couple married in 2018 and are thrilled to add to their family. Is there a special meaning behind the name that they gave to their new bundle of joy?

There is a lot of history behind Hayes Andrew Hurd's name

According to baby name website Behind the Name, the name Hayes was originally a surname. It was sometimes used as a first name in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, perhaps as a tribute to former U.S. president Rutherford B. Hayes. It disappeared from the list of top baby names in 1932 and wasn’t seen again for decades.

Lately, however, it seems that the name Hayes is making a comeback. In 2009, it popped up in the top 1000 names for baby boys in the United States and is now ranked in the top 350 names for boys. In naming their baby boy Hayes, Morris and Hurd ensured that he’d have a name that feels current and trendy without being so popular that a lot of his classmates will have the same name once he starts school. The name also has a link to Ireland, coming from the Irish name Ó hAodha, which means “descendant of Aodh.” Aodh, in turn, comes from the name Áed, a popular name in ancient Ireland which means “fire.”

Baby Hayes’ middle name, Andrew, is a popular name for boys. Per Behind the Name, Andrew means “manly” or “masculine” and comes from the Greek name Andreas.

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Real estate agent still showing homes as couples trade up for comfier quarantine – The Sun

REALTORS have still been showing houses amid the coronavirus outbreak — sparking some to jokingly ask: “Can you see yourself being quarantined here?”

Rob McGarty, of Bushwick Real Estate, in the greater Seattle area of Washington state, says selling homes during the global pandemic has been interesting.

He told The Sun on Monday that real estate group Northwest Multiple Listing Service stopped listing open homes for realtors to show because of the virus last week.

The realtor described it as "a good move."

McGarty said: “Open houses even with the outbreak and concern and social distancing, people were crowding into spaces.”

Recently, nearly 20 people piled into an open house for a two-bedroom home for sale, he said, and “no one was socially distancing” themselves from one another.

They were just interested in buying a new home.

He joked to KUOW: "If our clients show an interest in the house, we’re now jokingly asking: 'Can you see yourself being quarantined here?'"

But while realtors haven’t been able to host open houses in the past week, they were still able to physically show homes to clients, McGarty said.

They're “being a little more protective,” and are doing their jobs a little differently now — with the coronavirus pandemic in mind.

“We’re not showing on top of other showings right now,” he told The Sun, adding that if clients are looking at one house that’s for sale, he and other potential buyers will wait for their turn outside.

And realtors have been staying clean, according to McGarty, who said he’s “got a bunch of Purell and Lysol wipes,” and he “just started wearing gloves, as well” as a reminder not to touch his face.

The real estate market in the Seattle area is “very hot right now,” McGarty said.

He added he’s experienced multiple offers, even bidding wars, on houses he’s trying to sell.

But despite the busy market, McGarty said: “We’re seriously reviewing the news every minute.”

After McGarty spoke to The Sun on Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered nonessential workers to stay at home for at least the next two weeks to prevent the virus’ spread.

Real estate companies are not on the state’s list of essential businesses — and McGarty said the move is preventing them from showing houses in-person.

New home sales in the month of February fell 4.4 percent to 765,000.

The National Association of Realtors said on Friday that home sales jumped 6.5 percent for closings in February from contracts signing in January and December.

Around that time, conditions in the housing market were almost ideal, with hiring strong, wages rising, consumer confidence near a peak, and the stock market at a record high.

The economy has since come to a halt and potentially millions of people have lost their jobs, which will likely cool sales in real estate.

Washington state, particularly the greater Seattle area, which includes Bellevue and Kirkland, was the initial epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

The first American who tested positive for the novel virus arrived in Seattle on January 15, after traveling from Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have originated.

At least 110 people have died from the coronavirus and more than 2,220 people have tested positive in Washington state alone.

New York City is now the center of the virus, where more than 12,000 people tested positive as of Monday.

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The Real Story Of Madam C.J. Walker’s Marriage Is So Much Juicier Than In ‘Self Made’

Self Made tells the remarkable true story of Sarah Breedlove, aka Madam C.J. Walker, a hair culturist and entrepreneur who build a cosmetics empire in the early 1900s. One figure who looms large in Walker’s story is her husband C.J. Walker, played by Blair Underwood in the show. Underwood’s Self Made character differs from his real life counterpart in some key ways, and Self Made does take liberties with its source material, the On Her Own Ground biography written by Walker’s descendant A’Lelia Bundles.

When did Madam Walker meet C.J.?

In Self Made, Addie (Annie Turnbo in real life) comes to Sarah’s rescue after her abusive husband storms out. After Addie rehabilitates Sarah’s hair and gives her some newfound confidence, Sarah meets the more well-to-do C.J. Walker.

In real life, Bundles wrote that that Sarah started "quietly seeing" Walker "as early as the fall of 1902" when she was actually still in an unhappy marriage and living in St. Louis with John Davis, the prior husband portrayed in Self Made. Walker lived within walking distance.

C.J. Walker was light-skinned

Considering colorism is a major theme of Self Made, one noticeable change is that Self Made cast a darker-skinned actor to play C.J. Walker. In reality, acquaintances described him as "what you would call yellow," meaning he had a light complexion.

C.J. Walker was an ad man

Self Made does accurately portray C.J. Walker as working in advertising. He was listed in the 1900 St. Louis city directory as a newsman; Bundles surmised that he likely sold subscriptions and advertising, and may even have done some reporting for one of St. Louis’ black newspapers like The Clarion. According to Bundles, Walker was a "boaster, charmer, and self-promoter," perhaps all honed by working at a barbershop and saloon. Bundles said that calling Walker a "mere huckster" would be too simplistic, but he clearly had a knack for business that sometimes crossed the line into scams.

C.J. Walker’s time in Denver

Because Self Made skips over their time in Denver, you never see that for a time, Madam Walker and C.J. made a formidable team, and C.J. really did help grow the business. C.J. worked in both real estate and entertainment in Denver, and threw festivals and events that directed customers to Madam Walker.

"The Walker husband-and-wife partnership appeared to be flourishing, with one’s individual pursuits reinforcing the others," wrote Bundles.

The Walker’s mail order business

After Denver, the Walkers started a "mail order business" and traveled all over the states for 18 months. When they realized their business was expanding too quickly for them to handle on the road, they set up headquarters in Pittsburgh in 1907, then Indianapolis in 1910.

This is around when C.J. struggled to keep up with Madam Walker’s vision. He tried to make scammy knock-off health remedies like Walker’s Sore Wash and Walker’s Rheumatic Cure, for example, but they all used ingredients the FDA had banned.

C.J. Walker’s financial irresponsibility

In Self Made, C.J. Walker’s great flaw was infidelity, but in real life it was that and financial irresponsibility. C.J. Walker has a lovable dad in Self Made who talks to Sarah about C.J.’s numerous shortcomings. In real life, that person was C.J.’s younger sister, Peggie Prosser.

Prosser, who C.J. abandoned for 16 years after their mom died, came to Madam Walker in 1910 with concerns that C.J. was squandering company funds. She told Madam Walker that C.J. was "meeting the postman, getting the mail" but "not filling orders."

Later, it became increasingly clear that he was mismanaging company funds, and spending an exorbitant amount of money on fancy cars, clothes, and other women.

Did C.J. Walker cheat on Madam Walker?

He did. After five years of marriage, the Walkers were richer than ever, but Bundles described their marriage as more "business arrangement than affectionate alliance." C.J. Walker was on the road growing the business in various cities more than he was at home, and as a result his eyes wandered. His first recorded affair was with a woman named Louise in Kansas City, Missouri.

C.J. Walker and Dora Larrie

As Self Made shows, he also had an affair with Dora Larrie, but they met up in Birmingham, Alabama while Madam Walker was in Mississippi. Larrie apparently promised the "gullible C.J." that if he married her instead, he would be "the master of the situation" and not feel emasculated like he did with Madam Walker.

After they eventually married, Dora Larrie ended up doing the exact opposite. In a letter to the Freeman newspaper, C.J. lamented that Larrie only wanted the title of "Madam Walker" and Sarah’s formula. Larrie actually had C.J. arrested for "interfering with her business" and "tied up what little mail there was coming in" so C.J. got no money. All she gave him was "10 cents on Sunday for a paper and shoe shine."

Madam Walker and C.J. Walker’s divorce

The adultery and C.J.’s financial woes were too much for Madam Walker, and with the help of her lawyer Ransom, they served up divorce papers. After C.J. failed to even appear before the judge in October 1912, the divorce was made final.

Unlike in Self Made, Madam Walker did not waffle about divorcing C.J., and acted rather swiftly. She did not sleep with him one final time, though C.J. did beg Madam Walker countless times after that to take him back, or to send him money. Peggie Prosser always warned Madam Walker about what her brother was up to — like trying to start a new business with a new woman, whether it be Larrie or someone else — and Madam Walker always remained unmoved.

Ultimately, Madam Walker went on to become a household name, while the husband who gave her said title faded into anonymity.

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The real reason Eva Amurri got divorced

The Banger Sisters star Eva Amurri is clearly living her best life as a single mom to newborn son Mateo Antoni Martino, but fans still have many unanswered questions about her sudden split from her soccer star ex, Kyle Martino.

As you may know, Amurri, 35, and Martino, 39, called it quits in November 2019, while the actress — Susan Sarandon’s daughter — was still pregnant. They finalized their divorce on Feb. 4, more than a month before their son’s birth on March 13. As Page Six reported, Martino wasn’t even in the room for their baby’s birth, as Amurri said she didn’t feel comfortable with him seeing her in that vulnerable stage now that they are not together. 

The stars — who were married for eight years — announced the news of their breakup on Instagram, alongside a photo of them looking happy with their two eldest kids: son Major James, 3, and daughter Marlowe Mae, 5. “Our family is starting down a new path,” the caption in their identical posts read. “After a lot of thoughtful consideration, and work on our relationship, we have made the difficult decision to lovingly part ways as a couple.”

Eva Amurri and Kyle Martino announce their split

The celebrities insisted at the time of their breakup announcement that there’s no bad blood between them and they’re devoted to peacefully coparenting. “We are committed to, and excited about, raising our three beautiful children as close friends and deep partners, and we have the utmost respect for one another,” they wrote in their Instagram statement. “We feel so grateful for the wonderful gifts we have created and received throughout our decade together.”

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Our family is starting down a new path. After a lot of thoughtful consideration, and work on our relationship, we have made the difficult decision to lovingly part ways as a couple. We are committed to, and excited about, raising our three beautiful children as close friends and deep partners, and we have the utmost respect for one another. We feel so grateful for the wonderful gifts we have created and received throughout our decade together. We have realized over time that the best path to happiness for us as a family is in this different direction, and we look forward to forging ahead in to a new beautiful relationship. We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this new transition for our family. All the love, Eva & Kyle

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Strangely, just one month before their unexpected separation, the parents-of-three still celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary, and gushed about each other on their Instagrams! There really must be no negative feelings here.

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“Thanks for being able to see the funny side of the craziness of sharing a life with me. Through all the ups and downs you’ve stayed a rock for us all. Thank you for that. 8 years ago I decided to walk across a room, that day saved my life. Happy anniversary babe, I love you,” Martino captioned a shot of them laughing together on their wedding day.

Eva Amurri and Kyle Martino's biggest scandal

Both stars managed to stay away from Hollywood drama throughout their marriage, but a few years ago, they came clean about a nanny scandal that shocked the world.

In 2016, Martino had to fire their children’s nanny after she sent him a naughty text — allegedly meant to go to one of her girlfriends — admitting that she wanted to get cozy with him! According to Amurri, her then-husband confronted the woman after seeing her text and asked about it. The nanny didn’t seem too embarrassed, making him believe it was not a mistake. Then, he fired her.

While Amurri told the story as a kind of funny but annoying anecdote, rumors quickly spread that Martino may have been hiding an affair. Still, the couple insisted it was nothing but a bad experience with an employee. Amurri even shared the dirty details on her blog, Happily Eva After

That same year, Amurri opened up about difficulties in her marriage to Martino. She wrote in her blog that their relationship was a “work in progress” and admitted that “things are not always easy between us, and we’ve had our fair share of relationship ‘downs.'” She didn’t elaborate on their issues. 

Eva Amurri and Kyle Martino are now moving on

Kyle Martino moved out of their family home shortly after his and Eva Amurri’s Instagram breakup announcement. He even documented the move-out day on his social media channels, praising his kids for being understanding and supportive. Neither her nor his famous ex have further explained their split. Still, it seems they’re keeping their promise to remain friendly and united. On Valentine’s Day, the athlete even posted a loving Instagram tribute to Amurri, writing: “I will always carry your heart, carry it in my heart. Love you Mama.”

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While the world is thirsty for gossip about outrageous affairs and shocking marital drama, it seems Amurri and Martino’s split came after years of subtle relationship complications, and in the end, resulted in them drifting apart. Now, as they juggle being single parents amid the coronavirus pandemic, they are socially distancing from one another, all while continuing to take care of their kids.

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The real reason Lana Del Rey and her boyfriend broke up

Lana Del Rey and her police officer boyfriend, Sean “Sticks” Larkin, have decided to go their separate ways, per People. However, despite the split, it seems like the two are on good terms. In an profile published by The New York Times on March 19, 2020, titled “Policeman. Reality Star. Recent Ex-Boyfriend,” Larkin said, “Right now, we’re just friends. We still talk and whatnot, we just have busy schedules right now.” Del Rey has yet to publicly address the breakup, but she has deleted the Instagram photo that commemorated her and Larkin becoming “Instagram official,” according to Page Six

For fans who are interesting in knowing how the couple met in the first place — good luck. Larkin responded to The Times‘ request for details simply by saying that they “crossed paths” while working in New York and “hit it off from day one.” When asked if he knew who Del Rey was when they met, Larkin replied, “Like, of course I knew who she was.”

The Norman F***ing Rockwell singer brought Larkin as her date to the 2020 Grammys Awards where the couple made their first red carpet appearance. When asked about the pressure of cameras at the event, he denied being nervous, pointing out that his day job is a bit more intense than paparazzi. “We drive cars 120 miles per hour, and I don’t want to sound like a tough guy, but I mean, when you’re behind a known shooting suspect and he jumps out the car running, you’ve got to get out chasing.” Basically, the Grammys were a walk in the park.

Lana Del Rey has yet to open up about the breakup

So the Grammys weren’t quite so stressful, as Sean Larkin pointed out, compared to being a police officer,”Taking pictures and answering questions. I’m not trying to sound like a bravado tough guy, just like, you know. It was enjoyable, for sure.”

To be fair, Larkin, who goes by “Sticks,” is actually familiar with the spotlight. He works in the “gang unit of the Tulsa, Okla., police department” for four days of the week and spends the other two in New York City shooting “Live PD,” a reality show about police officers, per The New York Times. However, the exposure Larkin gets from his reality TV show is nothing like the fame he got from dating one of the most celebrated musicians in the world. 

While she has stayed silent about the breakup, Lana Del Rey spoke about her relationship with Larkin in an interview with The Los Angeles Times in October 2019. When asked about her first date with Larkin in Central Park, Del Rey said: “I didn’t know we were being photographed. I would’ve worn something different.” When asked about dating a police officer, Del Rey responded: “Well, the thing is, he’s a good cop. He gets it. He sees both sides of things.” 

Who knows what the future holds for Del Rey and Larkin, but considering that Larkin’s kids were impressed when they found out who “Dad’s new girlfriend was,” it’s safe to assume his kids are disappointed that their dad is no longer with the singer.

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The real reason Tom Brady left The Patriots

It is the end of an era in New England. After two decades with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady announced he would leave the franchise he helped turn into the NFL’s greatest dynasty. “Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM accomplishments.,” he said in a statement. The news sent shockwaves through the sports world — and for good reason.

After being drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, Tom Brady was a long shot, hand-chosen by Bill Belichick. According to Business Insider, the Patriots head coach had closely studied Brady and was impressed by the QB’s “mental makeup and leadership skills,” even though no other teams seemed interested in him at all. Flash forward 20 years later: 18-year team captain, 17 playoff appearances, and nine Super Bowl appearances (including six wins and four-time Super Bowl MVP awards). We may never see a run like that again.

But was Brady’s departure from New England years in the making or was it destiny? “It will end badly,” Brady’s father said of his son’s future with the team in 2015 (via ESPN). “It does end badly. And I know that because I know what Tommy wants to do. He wants to play till he’s 70. … It’s a cold business. And for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn’t.” Let’s huddle up and call the real reasons Tom Brady left the Patriots.

Did Bill Belichick want Tom Brady gone sooner?

On Oct. 31, 2017, the Patriots traded Tom Brady’s backup, Jimmy Garoppolo (above right) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers’ second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (via ESPN). The problem? Head coach Bill Belichick reportedly didn’t want to pull the trigger on this trade and wanted Garoppolo to be his quarterback of the future.

According to a separate ESPN report, “The Patriots repeatedly offered Garoppolo four-year contract extensions, in the $17 million to $18 million range” and promised to “go higher” once Brady retired. Garoppolo refused since he wanted to be a starter, but Belichick was unable to promise a timetable for that to happen. The report then describes a fateful and contentious meeting before that year’s trade deadline between Belichick and Patriots CEO Robert Kraft that lasted “half the day.” Belichick reportedly walked out “furious and demoralized” after Kraft laid down the law: trade Garoppolo, and then “find the best quarterback in the draft and develop him.” In other words: Brady’s job was safe — at least from Garoppolo.  

After the trade was completed, Brady was reportedly “liberated,” however, an internal power struggle within the organization — with Belichick on one side and Brady and Kraft on the other — was now public. “He won,” a Patriots staffer said of Brady. A meeting between the three men was scheduled to “clear the air,” but according to the report, “it never happened.”

Tom Brady's personal trainer caused a rift

Another rift between Tom Brady and the Patriots organization occurred in 2017 when Bill Belichick banned Brady’s trainer, close friend, and TB12 business partner, Alex Guerrero, from the team’s plane and sideline. Per CBS Sports, Brady credits Guerrero, for his ability to play at a high level past the age of 40.

However, Guerrero’s alternative and holistic training methods and constant presence at the Patriots facility caused friction between the trainer and the team’s official medical and training personnel who preferred a more traditional approach. It finally came to head. According to a report in The Boston Globe (via CBS Sports), Belichick “stripped Guerrero of his special team privileges” and banned him from training players “other than Brady in his exclusive office at Gillette Stadium.”

Belichick saw Guerrero as a distraction, but the decision to outright ban him was difficult due to Brady’s standing and influence within the franchise. “Tom wants him. What am I supposed to do?” Belichick allegedly said. In the end, the decision was made. When asked about it during his weekly radio appearance on Boston’s WEEI, Brady said, “I don’t have any comment on that other than to say Alex, it’s been well-documented, has been a huge part of what I do and I’m so fortunate to have him not only as a friend, but with everything that we’ve been able to do together.”

Gisele Bundchen hinted that Tom Brady's days were numbered

Gisele Bundchen has zero problems speaking her mind about the New England Patriots and her husband Tom Brady. Who can forget her infamous rant after the Patriots’ loss to the New York Giants in 2012? In a game marred by dropped passes from Patriots’ receivers, Gisele let her frustrations known in full view of reporters inside Lucas Oil Stadium while waiting for an elevator. “My husband cannot f*****g throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time,” she said (via Deadspin). “I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”

Seven years later, Gisele and Brady sold their nearly $34 million Boston mansion, leading many to speculate on Brady’s future in New England. During an Instagram Q&A two weeks before the 2020 free agency period, the supermodel was asked by a fan how she enjoyed living in the northeast. “Yes, I love it. I’ve been living there for 12 years. My kids love it. They love the snow,” she responded (via NBC Sports). “As a Brazilian, I have a little harder time with the cold but I really can appreciate the beauty of the seasons there.”

However, when asked where she and Tom would be living, she was maybe too diplomatic. “I would love to know where I’m going to be living this year but I don’t know that yet,” she replied, adding, “But hopefully somewhere nice. And wherever my husband is happy playing, so we will see.”

Was there a communication breakdown between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick?

When Tom Brady signed an extension with the New England Patriots 2019, the writing was clearly on the wall. The terms of the contract, per NFL insider Ian Rappaport, included a provision that didn’t allow the Patriots “to franchise or transition tag” Brady for the 2020 season and “automatically” voided the final two years of the extension — essentially making Brady a free agent in 2020.

Despite being a free agent, Tom Brady going back to the only team he’s ever known would be a no-brainer. Not so fast. According to NBC Sports Boston, Brady and Bill Belichick had an early March 2020 telephone discussion “that wasn’t particularly productive.” A source told the publication that Belichick was strictly business and spoke to Brady like he was “still under contract.” Was that the last straw for Brady?

For Tom E. Curran, an NBC Sports Boston reporter who covers the Patriots, that appears to be the case. “In the end, a tangible effort by the Patriots to keep Tom Brady in New England never happened. No negotiation,” he tweeted. “Just the intimation that it was on Brady to say what he wanted. For Brady, that stance spoke volumes.” The Boston Globe‘s Ben Volin had a more succinct take on the negotiations. “Source: ‘They gave Tom a number. He didn’t want it,'” he tweeted. Yikes.

Aqib Talib offered some insider information

In March 2013, cornerback Aqib Talib signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. However, after a solid season where he notched four interceptions and fourteen passes defended, he wasn’t re-signed the following year. While discussing Tom Brady’s pending free agency, Brady’s former teammate revealed his dealings with Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization and rightfully predicted how Brady’s situation would play out.

“If (Belichick is) treating everybody the same in the meeting room, he’s probably treating everybody the same around free agency time, as well,” Talib said on NFL Network (via Sporting News). “I think Tom is gone. I think it’s a done deal, and Bill is going to be Bill. Them calls are going to be short and to the point.”

“We got a report that said (their call) didn’t go well,” he added. “I had a call that didn’t go well with Bill before, so I can imagine what happened on that call. It’s kind of a chip on both of their shoulders that’s like, ‘I want to do this thing and see if I could do it without him.'”

Statements from Tom Brady's bosses offered nothing but love

After 20 years of leading the New England Patriots to unprecedented glory, Tom Brady didn’t leave as a player, he left as a hero and icon. And who better to reflect on his legacy than statements from the two men who took a chance on him in 2000 — Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. 

“How do I possibly sum up the depth of my gratitude to Tom Brady for what he’s given us these past 20 years, or the sadness I feel knowing it’s ending? I love Tom like a son and I always will,” Kraft said. “There simply will never be another Tom Brady. I now look forward to the day we can bring him back home to New England to celebrate his Patriots career, his endless achievements and his legacy as the greatest of all time. I love him very much.”

“Tom was not just a player who bought into our program. He was one of its original creators. Tom lived and perpetuated our culture. On a daily basis, he was a tone-setter and a bar raiser,” Belichick said. “Tom and I will always have a great relationship built on love, admiration, respect, and appreciation … Nothing about the end of Tom’s Patriots career changes how unfathomably spectacular it was. With his relentless competitiveness and longevity, he earned everyone’s adoration and will be celebrated forever. It has been a privilege to coach Tom Brady for 20 years.”

A new beginning for Tom Brady

As expected, it didn’t take long. Tom Brady has a new team: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL Network‘s Ian Rapport was the first to break the news. “Former #Patriots QB Tom Brady has an agreement in principle to join the #Bucs, source said. It is believed to be roughly $30M per year,” he tweeted.

Rapport elaborated on what led to Brady’s decision during an appearance on the NFL Network. He stated that “family and being on the east coast” was more important than offensive “scheme or what he’d be running.” And according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, we might know what the Buccaneers offered Brady in addition to $30 million. “Some of those things that Brady wants: Control over roster, and he wants to be part of making decisions on the play calling,” she said on an episode of Get Up.

It also appears Gisele Bundchen got that warm weather she wanted, too.

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Barcelona and Real Madrid monitor Lyon’s 16-year-old wonderkid Rayan Cherki as Man Utd also show interest – The Sun

BARCELONA and Real Madrid are monitoring Lyon's 16-year-old wonderkid Rayan Cherki, according to reports.

Manchester United are also said to be interested in the youngster but all three will face competition from Juventus who are also hovering.

Cherki does not turn 17 until August but his exploits for the French side have already caught the attention of the European quartet, according to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato.

The youngster has already racked up 12 first team appearances for the Ligue 1 outift.

And he has managed three goals and two assists in that time in the French Cup.

The right-footed winger has also scored five from four appearances in the Uefa Youth League this campaign.

At 16 years and 140 days old, Cherki became the youngest player in Lyon's history to score in an official competition.

And the second youngest to make his Champions League debut 38 days before.

Cherki is not the only Lyon star Juve are interested in.

The Serie A champs have reportedly identified Houssem Aouar as an alternative to Paul Pogba.

It is claimed Juventus have lined up 21-year-old Aouar as a back-up option if they fail to land the United midfielder.

Chelsea have also been linked with a £43million move for the Frenchman following his impressive spell of form.

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Experts Break Down How Real ‘Contagion’ Is Following A Surge In Viewers

“Nothing spreads like fear,” suggests the tagline of Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 pandemic thriller Contagion, which has skyrocketed on the iTunes movie rental chart in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, COVID-19 has rapidly transformed every aspect of our daily lives, with the NBA suspending its season, over 118,000 people being infected with the disease as of March 12, and anxiety spreading like wildfire. (Though according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people are at low risk of catching coronavirus, and those who do may only present moderate symptoms such as coughing, fever, and shortness of breath.)

In these unsettling times, Contagion may seem like a surprising salve. But audiences have found that the film provides a sense of much-needed certainty about what’s to come, albeit a melodramatic Hollywood version.

So how much stock should we take in Contagion’s depiction of a coronavirus-like pandemic? Bustle spoke with three infectious disease specialists to break down the science behind the film. Here, they share their insights on vaccines, bat-to-pig-to-human disease transmission, and how the movie’s fictional virus compares to COVID-19.

The virus in Contagion is an accurate depiction of a worst-case scenario

Contagion opens on Gwyneth Paltrow’s character, Beth Emhoff, coughing quietly as she awaits a connecting flight out of Chicago O’Hare. Within five days, she is dead — along with her son — from a mysterious virus that seems to cause rapid and catastrophic brain damage. In an unforgettable autopsy moment, two horrified medical examiners peer into Beth’s brain after surgically removing the top of her skull. “Should I call someone?” one asks, to which his superior responds, “Call everyone.” It’s soon revealed that the virus affects both the brain and lungs, and has a mortality rate between 25 and 30%.

“It’s your worst-case scenario,” Dr. Paul A. Offit, M.D., professor of vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania, tells Bustle. “What’s depicted is a contagious disease that caused a fatal encephalitis [inflammation of the brain]. You can think of it like airborne rabies – if you develop symptoms of rabies, it’s a death sentence, but it’s very difficult to contract.”

Though a “worst-case scenario,” it’s a real concern in the medical community. “For years, infectious disease epidemiologists have been very concerned about the possibility of a flu that is not only easily transmitted from human to human but has a high mortality rate,” notes Dr. Christiana Coyle, M.D., professor of epidemiology at New York University. “Fortunately, most flu viruses are easily transmitted but have relatively low mortality rates.”

But it’s not remotely like the coronavirus (COVID-19)

At least, not in terms of its symptoms or prognosis. “[The virus in Contagion is] absolutely not what we’re dealing with with the coronavirus,” says Coyle. “If people are rewatching it, I just want them to be very clear that there is no evidence that the virus we’re seeing today is anything like the virus in the movie.”

There are some similarities in terms of the fictional virus’s origin, though. In the final moments of the movie, we see the chain of events that led to the virus’s creation: a tree is bulldozed, displacing a bat. The bat flies over a pigsty and drops a piece of banana from its mouth. A pig eats the piece of banana, ingesting the bat virus. The pig is later slaughtered and prepared by a chef, who doesn’t wash his hands in between touching the carcass and shaking hands with Paltrow’s character — which is how Beth becomes patient zero.

What happens in this sequence is known as a “spillover event,” when a pathogen moves from one species to another. Once it’s jumped into an unfamiliar host, it may mutate and become deadly. Rather than going directly from a bat or bird into a human, most viruses need a “bridge host” to act as a go-between — which, in the case of Contagion, is a pig. “Once it’s in the bridge host, it usually just takes a couple of mutations in the virus to make it transmissible to humans,” Coyle explains. Just like in Contagion, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is most likely the result of a spillover event but the bridge species isn’t yet known.

Matt Damon’s character has a natural immunity to the virus, which is plausible

After his wife and stepson both succumb to the virus, Damon’s character is put into quarantine, but is ultimately found to be immune. Though this may seem like a convenient Hollywood twist, it’s a real phenomenon. “We do, in a disease like this, sometimes find an individual who for one reason or another has genetics that are resistant,” explains Dr. Alice Huang, Ph.D., senior faculty associate in biology at Caltech. “The fact that the father was naturally resistant, and found out during the course of things that his daughter was not, was very believable to me.”

Using the novel coronavirus as an example, Huang noted that children under 10 are so far seemingly proving to be relatively resistant. “One could say that not many of them have been infected and we just don’t have enough numbers yet, but so far that’s standing up and we’re seeing it across the board. So there’s something about them that could help us save other people, if we understood what that resistance involved,” she says.

The movie’s depiction of how a vaccine is created is a mixed bag

One of the film’s less plausible plot elements is just how fast they’re able to develop a vaccine in the film. “This is a novel virus where you’re starting from scratch, and I think they did it in a few months in the movie, which is ridiculously fast,” notes Offit, who co-invented a rotavirus vaccine that took 26 years of work.

But in other respects, Contagion’s vaccine is highly plausible — mainly the process of inventing it. “They didn’t get it on the first try. Far from it. You see them make something they think is a vaccine, give it to monkeys, and then you see scene[s] where they’re taking dead monkeys and putting them into plastic bags, [because] it’s not working. That’s an accurate message, that you’ll encounter a lot of failure before success with making vaccines,” Offit says.

The vaccine is also given out via a randomized lottery system using birthdays, which would be unlikely in reality. “There is a question of production capacity, assuming you need 300 million doses for every person in the U.S.,” says Coyle. “So yes, if we had limited production there would have to be some sort of rationing, but I don’t think it would be birthdays, I think we would do health care providers and first responders initially, and then we would kind of go out in waves from there.”

Yes, the average person really does touch their face a lot

The horrifying statistic that the average person touches their face 2,000 to 3,000 times per day, quoted in the film by Kate Winslet’s EIS officer Erin Mears, may have some truth to it. While studies put the actual number closer to 15 to 23 times per hour, it’s still a lot of face-touching. “Have you ever put a camera on yourself and seen what your hands are doing, when you think you’re doing other things or working at your computer?” Huang asked. “Everyone’s thinking about it more now, and you can control it — you can say OK, while I’m at this restaurant, I’m not gonna touch my face, and as soon as I get home I will wash my hands. You can do that, but it takes a lot of control.”

The film does a great job of underscoring the danger of touch, particularly of potential fomites — objects or materials that come in contact with an infected person and later transmit the virus. A perfect example is a casino sequence in which Paltrow’s character unknowingly infects multiple people by way of her credit card, an empty cocktail glass, and a casino token. “That was extraordinarily well done, to give you the sense of how a virus like this can be transmitted from one person to another with the most casual contact, with fomites,” says Huang. This is why washing your hands, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, is so vital.

Contagion depicts the real and heartbreaking moral dilemma health care workers face

In the film, CDC employee Dr. Cheever (Laurence Fishburne) is reprimanded after he secretly informs his wife that the epidemic is about to get serious in Minneapolis, and tells her to get out of town. This is both a deeply human impulse, and a serious ethical blunder for someone in his position. But according to Coyle, it’s a conflict that comes up in the field.

“That felt absolutely familiar to me,” she says. “It’s been years since I worked with CDC, but we did have a situation that could have developed into something more serious and did not, and we did have employees who were reprimanded for doing exactly what [Cheever] does in the movie. Your impulse in a potential disaster is to protect your family and it is very, very difficult to have this kind of information and not use it for your family’s benefit.”

Jude Law’s panic-mongering anti-vaxxer may be the film’s most timely character

“That’s the one character that always haunts me,” Huang says of Alan Krumweide, the fake news-spouting blogger who spreads conspiracy theories about the virus online while selling his own homeopathic remedy, forsythia. “This anti-vaccine activist who is essentially a huckster? I mean, I got an email today from somebody about Alex Jones [who is currently promoting a toothpaste that he claims kills coronavirus], and this is what always happens,” says Offit. “With every outbreak, every disease, there’s an element of ‘don’t trust mainstream medicine, don’t trust doctors, don’t trust vaccines, trust me, I have this magic medicine that’s gonna make you better.’”

While still a Hollywood movie, Contagion offers a number of important takeaways

If you decide to give into that morbid impulse to rewatch Contagion, it may not be a bad thing. While a highly dramatized portrayal of a pandemic, the movie still offers valuable lessons and insights — especially in its depiction of the quiet fortitude of health care workers on the front lines. “Keep in mind that as incompetent as government seems, there are also so many people like [Winslet and Fishburne’s characters], who are incredibly deovted and do have your very best interests at heart,” says Coyle.

The film also offers a model of the level of caution viewers should take. “I think the movie offered a very realistic sense of what you should be afraid of, as opposed to this free-floating anxiety, the idea that no matter where you are, you’re at risk,” says Offit. “I hope that people at least have a realistic expectation of how a virus is spread, how you can reasonably protect against that by hand washing, not touching your face, [and] social quarantining to some extent.”

Huang also hopes that watching Contagion will encourage preparedness rather than panic. “The two things that we have some control over is our social distancing and our personal hygiene,” she emphasizes. “We all need to be aware that what is coming is really a very mild disease, for most people. If we all do our part, we will slow down the spread of the virus.”


Dr. Paul A Offit, M.D., professor of vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Christiana Coyle, M.D., professor of epidemiology at New York University

Dr. Alice Huang, Ph.D., senior faculty associate in biology at Caltech

If you think you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus, which include fever, shortness of breath, and cough, call your doctor before going to get tested. If you’re anxious about the virus’s spread in your community, visit the CDC for up-to-date information and resources, or seek out mental health support. You can find all of Bustle’s coverage of coronavirus here.

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The real reason Eva Mendes doesn’t post about her family on Instagram

As if fans weren’t already totally in love with Eva Mendes, she’s just given them another reason to adore and respect her all the more by opening up about why she keeps her personal life so private. Mendes met Ryan Gosling almost 10 years ago when they were working on the 2012 film The Place Beyond The Pines. They’ve remained together as a couple and had two daughters along the way — and even sparked reports that they may be secretly married.

While this is all amazing, what makes them really stand out as a couple is their dedication to privacy. Gosling and Mendes are virtually never seen together in public. As Elle pointed out, “Not even when Gosling was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for his role in La La Land in 2017 did the couple choose to make a public appearance together.” 

In the world of Instagram Stories and reality TV, it seems like a foreign concept to have privacy be such a vital element for a celebrity couple. Fans have gotten so used to the idea of total exposure online, unfiltered thoughts, and tell-alls, so Mendes’ dedication to keeping things under-wraps is almost shocking and counter-cultural.

While Mendes is committed to privacy, she does, in fact, have and use social media, especially Instagram. When a fan recently asked for a glimpse of her family, Mendes actually jumped into the comments in order to explain her stance on the topic.

Eva Mendes prioritizes privacy

Eva Mendes was active on Instagram recently, posting photos from a clothing launch with New York & Company. While she looked totally adorable, a fan asked for a little more. According to People, someone wrote, “wouldn’t mind an [appearance] by Ryan on this page.” Mendes decided to reply and explain both kindly and clearly that a Ryan Gosling sighting was not going to happen anytime soon.

The actress admitted she sometimes struggles with social media, but wrote, “As far as Ryan, I’ll only post flash backs of things that are already ‘out there’ (like pics from movies we did or stuff like that). My man and my kids are private. That’s important to me so thanks for getting that. Have a beautiful day. Sending so much love!”

For Mendes, having kids wasn’t even a specific dream until she met Gosling. In an April 2019 interview with Women’s Health, she spoke about her personal journey into motherhood and said, “Ryan Gosling happened.” (If that’s not bumper sticker material, I don’t know what is.) Mendes continued, “I mean, falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have…not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him.”

Of course, every person’s journey is unique, and while some feel comfortable sharing photos of their loved ones online, that has not been the case for Mendes. And we totally respect her decision to keep her family life private.

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