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The audience starts to feel manipulated if you ask more than one or two of these, because you’re forcing the audience to join in a choric response, and there’s little for them to do except ... See how Slido can help you engage your audience, whether it’s your team or event attendees. Learn more. Questions. Let your participants ask questions from any device and vote for their favorite ones. Learn more. Live polls. Make your meetings and events more interactive by polling your audience in real time. Learn more. Quizzes Ask the Audience graph in the United States's shuffle format (Ken Jennings' game) the audience or not, and if to use another lifeline. This lifeline is notorious for its accuracy; even Regis Philbin once stated that the Audience is right 95% of the time. However, this usually applies only to the first 10 questions; this lifeline is usually no longer useful after question 10. Contestants stumped for an answer are given three lifelines — 50/50 (two choices), phone a friend, or ask the audience. According to author James Surowiecki, phoning a friend will give you the right answer about two thirds of the time — better than the 50/50 option. But asking the audience yields the right answer more than 90% of the time. Ask.com is the #1 question answering service that delivers the best answers from the web and real people - all in one place. - Suggestion number six to improve your confidence…and overcome nerves is I think probably my favorite one,…which is to ask the audience questions during your talk.…Now this takes a little bit of practice,…but believe me, it's brilliant once you get used to it.…Ask them questions during your talk.…If you just do a talk…and they're all just sitting there silently, it's horrible ... (Audience applauds) 6. Another round of applause for… It’s normal to ask for applause before a performance, but you can also ask for applause after the guest leaves the stage, even after the audience already applauded the performance! In that case, you can ask for another round of applause for someone. An ask blog for my MCSM story, Movie Mode, on FanFiction.net! Ask the audience any question, be it about their thoughts on the episodes or their relationships with the other characters. And maybe, just maybe, you'll get an answer from the monster that lurks within the mansions walls... You can ask a series of questions, building up to the ‘big one’. Build towards the answer to the ‘big question’ by asking several smaller ones. Let’s say you want to emphasize the importance of using the right icons on an app to an audience of marketers.

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2020.07.10 20:40 wandering-monster LPT: See through job scams by remembering M.A.S.T.: Mistakes, Automation, Spending requests & Too good to be true

I've noticed a lot of posts about job scams in personalfinance and other subs lately. I wanted to try and share some info learned working in the security space to spot scams/attacks. These take all sorts of forms, but the economics of scamming mean they'll almost always exhibit certain patterns.
I use the acronym "MAST" when explaining it to friends and relatives. You're looking for:
These features apply to most scams. I'm going to use examples from job scams here because they're on the rise right now and hitting a new audience.

Mistakes

Have you ever spotted scam messages with obvious errors or unbelievably wild stories and thought "what dummies, nobody would fall for that!".
That's the point. Scammers have limited time, so they want a highly concentrated stream of gullible and/or desperate people. They will fill their first contact with obvious red flags to filter out the cautious. Those will gradually vanish after you bite to avoid spooking you.

Automation

Interviews are intentionally high-touch to give the employer maximum information about your abilities, attitude, and personality. An employer is about to spend thousands of dollars on your work, so they don't want to rush the process.
A scammer—again—is going for volume. They will have a bot talk to you over a chat program, take an online survey, or have you do an "email interview" whenever possible. Those take zero hands-on time, which is great for scammers. If they do conduct an interview it will be short (30m or less) and only with one person to minimize commitment from them.

Spending requests

If they ask you to spend money before or immediately after assigning you work IT IS A SCAM. Full stop.
The check will bounce even if it's cleared, and you will lose everything you sent. No, this is not an exception, and you do not have a way to outsmart them. Just don't.
NOTE on expensing: Some legitimate employers may have you expense things like travel or supplies, but that is typically after several weeks or months of ongoing work and many cleared paychecks. It won't be day one, and they will have you directly pay the airline or a well-known store.
If you think this is the case, try to pay it with a credit (not debit!) card. A real company generally won't care how you pay because they're legit. Scammers hate credit card companies because they're sending their money (not your money) and they're much more cautious as a result. If it's a scam and you paid with a credit card, you'll likely be able to get out of it.

Too good to be true

Last but not least, think about the value of what they're asking for and offering. Nobody is paying 80k a year for a work-from-home data-entry job. Nobody from India wants to pay you a San Francisco salary via a random outreach. Nobody is offering a full-remote version of your job at an industry-leading salary.
C'mon. You're smarter than that. Don't let your desperation or ego override your common sense, that's what they want.
I'm not saying never take a good opportunity, sometimes you get lucky! But when the offer seems like a lifesaver, get (politely) suspicious and look out for other red flags.
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I hope this helps at least a little for some people. Stay safe out there, and stay wary!
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2020.07.10 20:28 UnepicDumbass The Error Arc - Episode 8: Taco Tuesday and Wormhole Wednesday

Episodes: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7 Part 1 and Part 2, Episode 8
「WARNING! THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SCENARIOS OR IMAGES THAT CERTAIN AUDIENCE MAY FIND IT DISTURBING! PUBLIC DISCRETION IS ADVISED.」
The UD and SMG4 Logos display on the white background with the quote of the week: "Are you ready for Mario time?" "NO!" "Oki doki... YOU MUST DIE!" (Cringe moment, I know)
At UD's House, 8:18 AM
???: "Actually I thought we could help you."
UD: "And... Who the hell are you?"
Luigi Q: "My name is Luigi Quinn, pleased to meet you! What would be your name, fellow Koopa?"
UD: "UnepicDumbass."
Luigi Q. gives to UD a "really, n#[email protected]?" face. He proceeds to ask again.
Luigi Q: "My apologies, should've been specific. What is your real name?"
UD (Medic's voice): "I HAVE NO IDEA!"
GVO: "Actually, his real name is Yudi Grigore Jokescu."
UD (Mario's voice voiceclip): "THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU PIECE OF SH€T!"
???: "Oi Luigi!"
Behind Luigi Quinn, there were three other guys (appearances will be shown in a drawing later): Joshua Higashikata, Chardawg and Officer Tenscreen.
Joshua: "Are we done with finding recruits for the cause? I mean, I hope you know that we are on our own, right?"
Luigi Q: "Look, we can't just miss the opportunity. We need to stop those Errors from taking over-"
UD: "Wait, you know about those glitchy sentient shenanigans?"
Luigi Q: "If it wasn't for the fact that my Universe has been destroyed by these fellas, would've we still been here in the first place?" (Now to the trio) "Also weren't you guys supposed to buy supplies?"
Tenscreen: "After what I have seen at those wicked stores? I'd rather drug myself to death. Now that I've mentioned it..."
Officer Tenscreen searches through his pocket when Luigi Quinn just pulls his hand out of his pockets.
Luigi Q (softly): "Don't"
Tenscreen: "I forgot that you aren't the kind of guy that enjoys getting funky."
Luigi Q: "Change of plans: I now have to introduce my friends aswell, if you may. Joshua Higashikata"
Joshua: "Ey there!"
Luigi Q: (Now pointing to Tenscreen) "This is Officer Peter Tenscreen. Or more accurately, Corrupt Police Officer Peter Tenscreen."
Tenscreen: "Hello, kiddos." (Pulls out a joint from his pocket) "Finally. Found my [email protected]." (As he says that, he inserts it into his ventilation shaft system, as if that was his actual mouth)
Luigi Q: (Now to Chardawg) "And this is my BFF, Chardawg."
Chardawg: "Sooo... You guys interested in the D.A.W.G. Suit or not?"
As Chardawg says those words, he pulls out his prototype suit that he has been working on. UD and GVO peacefully decline the offer, which slightly upsets Chardawg, since he really wants to make sure he gets the sales.
Luigi Q: "Could we please focus on what's important?"
Joshua: "Sure, let me just give to my dolphin some fresh-"
Jotaro heard Joshua, and the second Joshua pulls out of some magic box he was carrying in his pockets a dolphin (which grows to natural size), Jotaro rams into GVO, yeeting him to the opposite side of the street, then steals the dolphin from Joshua-
Joshua: "HEY! THAT'S MY DOLPHIN!"
-Then gets onto UD's house rooftop.
Ween - Ocean Man starts playing (with an alternative video) --- https://youtu.be/dhfF3XCGE5A
Jotaro starts dancing to the beat of the music with the dolphin in his hands. His smile was from ear to ear while holding onto Joshua's dolphin, whose owner was upset that his pet has been kidnapped by some marine biologist. Joshua, for the sake of rescuing his dolphin, summons his stand 「Sticky Fingers」which (literally) extends his fingers and stick them to the dolphin, pulling it out of Jotaro's arms.
Music stops
Jotaro, now from a smile to a big angery face, proceeds to assault Joshua, which dodges the punch that was directed to his face by 「Star Platinum」. Then their Stands start to clash. As Star Platinum and Sticky Fingers keep rejecting, blocking and dodging each other's attacks, UD, Tenscreen (Stand user aswell but his Stand will definitely not be revealed today), Chardawg (cannot see stands, but is amused by Jotaro's face), Toad (Same cause), Tenscreen (same cause aswell) and Archie (Who just wants to bet for the first time in his life) now look at the two, making bets on who would win. Luigi Quinn has enough of this battle party, shouting.
Luigi Q: "STOP THIS MESS ALREADY!!"
Everyone else (Except the two JoJos and GVO): "Nah."
Luigi Q: "IF YOU WON'T THEN I WILL!"
And so Luigi Quinn freezes everyone's motions even the Stands too through a spell from a casting book he had in his backpack. He takes Joshua's dolphin then puts it back into the box, which then shrinks back to the size of a thumb. He then unfreezes everyone. Jotaro, noticing that the dolphin is now in Luigi Quinn's pocket, gets grumpy and ready to punch anyone in the face whenever they might try to even slightly annoy him.
Luigi Q: "Could we please just focus on stopping the Corruptions!?"
Everyone but GenericVillagerOne now look at Luigi Quinn, either disappointed that the battle is over or upset that they can no longer see the dolphin (JoJos in this case).
Luigi Q: "What!? Am I the one to blame here!?"
UD: "Ok killjoy. Let's get straight to business then."
Later
UD pulls out of the garage the cargo truck that he drove all the way from his first home to New Exton.
UD: "Ok so I, Toad and Generic will sit in the cabin. Rest of you into the container."
Chardawg: "Why so?"
UD: "Shorties are the one to sit in the front."
Jotaro: "Yare yare daze..."
Joshua: "That's kinda wacky."
Chardawg: "I agree with the JoJos on this one. Why the fact that my height restricts me from sitting in the cabin?"
UD: "My truck, my rules."
Tenscreen: "Well, I sh#t on your 'my truck, my rules' argument and just take the driver's seat."
As he says that, he gets to the driver's seat, holding tight on the steering wheel. UD gives to Tenscreen the "oh so this is the game we play now?" face. He gets close to Tenscreen.
Tenscreen: "Personal space, f#@ker."
UD: "Well, I sh#t on your 'personal space, [email protected]#ker' argument and will destroy your tiny ass nuts if you don't leave this spot this instant."
Tenscreen: "Make me."
UD, snapping from his neck joints and finger joints, thrusts his fist into Tenscreen's supposed location for his balls with the force of 20 Marios crashing into the ground from 500 meters above. Tenscreen's pelvis area starts leaking oil (equivalent of blood I suppose). He rolls on the ground, screeching in an insupportable level of pain, while putting his hands to cover the leaking spot.
UD: "Quickest Nutcracker in the South"
He then takes Tenscreen off the driver's seat and throws him in the container. He also throws a 1 meter3 blue sphere, resembling an atom with a bright core and flashy 'electrons'. As soon as the ball touches Tenscreen, the ball enters inside him as if he was permeable, healing his wound and killing his pain. He still keeps screaming for 3 seconds before realizing that he now feels nothing at all. He then tries to get up but wakes up with UD being nose to nose with him.
UD: "Next time you pull sh#tty tricks like that, I'll go full strength. Understood?"
Tenscreen just nods, still upset that he got so easily beaten up. UD now turns to everyone else.
UD: "Whatcha waiting for, folks? Let's get in it!"
And so everyone gets in the truck the way UD has suggested: Him, GVO and Toad in the driver's cabin while everyone else in the container.
UD: "Yo, Gen, any idea where to go?"
GVO: "I heard Mario is now having a speech at Husky Mittens Park, near downtown. Drive there."
UD: "Got it."
UD turns on the radio while starting the engine.
Up on the mountain top starts playing --- https://youtu.be/n7Ol0t3_Clo
And so UD's truck hits the road, going downtown.
Toad: "What's with this music? I mean it's not bad it's just that I understand nothing of what that [email protected] is singing there."
UD: "Ah, that's just some folk music to remind me of home. I mean, the home before this one."
GVO: "Now that I've just realized, you never told us where do you come from."
UD: "I'd say the same about you, but I suppose the answer to my question would be pretty obvious in your case."
GVO: "Is it okay if I ask you where was your first home, like right now?"
UD: "Sure. My home used to be in Suceava, Romania. Nice place out there, but kinda poor if you live the average Moldavian life."
GVO: "So you are from Moldova, not Romania."
UD: "No, Moldavia. Moldova is the separated republic. I was referring to the region of Moldavia.
GVO: "Ah, my bad. I thought you have mixed up between countries."
UD: "No problem. Often happens to other foreigners aswell."
Toad: "Okay cool but that helps me with nothing when it comes to understanding whatever the lyrics are saying."
UD: "Google it up, 'Up to the mountain top'. Should have the lyrics in English too. Sadly, that's not the case when it comes to audio tho."
Toad: "Alrighty then."
Toad seems to actually enjoy this music playing from the radio. GVO does seem to enjoy it too.
Joshua: "You know, it would've been better if you had some furniture inside this place so we don't have to sit on cold metal."
UD: "What can I say? I've been caught off-guard. Never thought I was gonna have a gang of people inside my truck while having to rescue the world."
Joshua: "Atleast turn the radio louder then."
UD: "Okay."
UD turns the radio louder. Now everyone can hear UD's national folk music. Jotaro too which isn't very happy about that.
Jotaro: "Turn that [email protected] down."
Joshua: "How about nah, Mr. Wack?"
Jotaro: "Yare yare daze.... I am in Hell."
Meanwhile, at Husky Mittens Park, 9:34 AM
Sentenced to death starts playing --- https://youtu.be/_nbZZaICuvI
We get to see a third of Mushroom City's population witnessing Alt-Mario's speech. As he was sitting on a long platform, next to him were two big TF2 Demo bodyguards, Alt-Bob, Neri-Desti, Neri-Francis and an executioner. On the opposite side of the platform, Shroomy, JubJub and Fishy Boopkins are handcuffed next to a guillotine.
Alt-Mario (speaking to a microphone): "Citizens of Mushroom City and Mushroom Kingdom, today we shall celebrate the liberation from a brainwashing dictatorship as three heroic individuals, Ivan Yoshitake, George Goombason and Timmy Toadslad, have taken down Princess Peach, aswell as most of her agents. Of course sadly they have ended their lives, but for a good reason. These folks have decided toens their lives with their own hands because 'Death is a preferred alternative to Communism'. Today, we have managed to successfully catch three other agents. And today they will pay the price for siding with a dictatorship: beheading." (Now to the executioner, without the mic) "Ok, buddy. Your turn."
The executioner takes JubJub first as he cries for help, but the only ones to believe him as worthy for help would be Fishy and Shroomy, who were anyway condemned for the same reason.
Fishy Boopkins: "Please, stop!! He doesn't even know Pea- (Gets zapped by a Taser) KWAAAAAAAZZZZAAAG!! (Falls on the ground)
The executioner locks JubJub on the guillotine, who still cries for help. Shroomy turns purple but then he gets zapped by one of Alt-Mario's bodyguards, keeping him red. The executioner drops the rope which holds the blade. The blade slices through JubJub's face, separating it from the head while revealing organs such as brain or the blind spot of the eyes.
Fishy Boopkins: "JUBJUUUU-" (Zapped again) "ZRRRRZRRARRRZZZZZRREEEERRR!! (Falls again)
The executioner throws JubJub's corpse into a trash bin while keeping JubJub's face as a mask. He pops out JubJub's eyes so he can see aswell. The executioner now takes Shroomy, which is now too stunned to oppose. But he isn't stunned enough to keep his mouth shut.
Shroomy: "Mario... You monster..."
Alt-Mario: "Hm? Was I called?"
Shroomy: "Think... About what you have done... To this kingdom..."
Alt-Mario: "I sure will."
The executioner lifts the blade, locks Shroomy on the guillotine, drops the blade then takes Shroomy's head, shoving it on Fishy Boopkins's face. It was now his turn.
Alt-Mario: "Oh, and Bob?"
Alt-Bob was genuinely upset and sad about what was about to happen.
Alt-Mario: "I will need you to be the one who has the front row seat when it comes to your 'friend"s death. Your attachment to that agent is rather dangerous."
And so Alt-Bob goes with Boopkins to the guillotine.
Fishy Boopkins: "Please, make him stop! Please, Bob, I beg you!"
But he remained silent. Fishy Boopkins tried again to cry for help from him but he remained silent. Boopkins cried louder and louder, more and more desperate, almost drowning in own tears.
Fishy Boopkins (as he has been locked on the guillotine): "-P-PL-PLEASE!!! BOOOB!!..."
Now Alt-Bob looks at Boopkins one last time, with the same sad face. Boopkins now cries his last tear.
Fishy Boopkins: "Please..."
But he remained silent.
Executioner: "FIRE IN THE HOOOOOOOOOLE!"
And the blade has been dropped. Fishy's face now lies on the ground. Alt-Bob now looks at it as he is trying to stop himself from bursting in tears aswell.
Alt-Mario (on mic): "Now that these agents are gone, there are a few announcements I'd like to make. First of all, due to fear of possibility that propagandist material may persuade citizens like you, any form of Google services, Facebook, Instagram, Discord, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, Reddit and any other social media platforms are now officially banned. Second of all, there is one more agent that I must get rid of. His name is Wing Fury. Wing Fury is a black ink octoling with super short inkling haircut in a tuxedo. He is the official carrier of a mass destruction machine known by the name of Decorruptor. The agent's goals are uncertain, but without a doubt they might try to destroy our Universe. If you ever see agent Wing Fury, kill him as soon as possible. Third of all, I'd like to thank you all for arriving here. It is a pleasure to know that all my citizens are now in safe hands. Have a wonderful day, Mushroom Kingdom."
The citizens however starts booing him, as they refuse to believe anything Alt-Mario has said. Plus they disagree with everything that Alt-Mario has said about the terror night. They throw at him tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage and shoes. Alt-Bob takes Fishy's face, still affected by his pal's death. Alt-Mario just leaves with the rest of the people that were on the platform.
Music stops
Neri-Desti: "What a pleasant speech, master Mario. Never thought you would make such a boring act this entertaining. Especially with the guillotine part."
Alt-Mario: "Why thank you. Francis?"
Neri-Francis: "How dare they disrespect you... HOW DARE THOSE BAKAS DISRESPECT SUCH A HUMBLE MAN LIKE YOU!?"
Alt-Mario: "It'll take them a while to realize that. All those social medias are really brainwashing them. Meggy?"
But she wasn't paying attention to him; she was watching some hentai on her phone while having her AirPods on.
Alt-Mario: "Well... I suppose that does it. Bob?"
Alt-Bob: "..."
Alt-Mario: "C'mon Bob, you gotta understand that we did what was needed to be done. Who knows where your platonic compassion for that spike would've led you to."
Alt-Bob: "It's so easy for you to say it, since he wasn't even your friend in the first place."
Alt-Mario: "I can assure you that you will thank me-"
Jesah summons out of the blue next to his gang. Jesah's gang look at him with curiosity (except Alt-Meggy which was still watching that hentai). Jesah coughs for a little then speaks.
Jesah: "Dear friends, I have bad news and good news to bring. This time I have to start with the bad news."
Alt-Mario: "Sure thing."
Jesah: "The bad news is that the keeper of the Decorruptor has resurrected it thanks to some funky computer he found in a basement of a residential building."
Alt-Mario, Neri-Desti and Neri-Francis at unison: "Really!?"
Jesah: "Sadly, yes. But the good news it that he is currently in a basement that does consume time when they have to get out of there as fast as possible. And since they cannot see through the basement, I have decided that now it is the perfect time to release my new entity."
Alt-Mario: "Which is??..."
Jesah: "Right up there..." (Pointing to the centre of the sky, where instead of the regular blue, there were tiny black pixels covering a wider and wider area of the sky) "...I call it... The Supervelocital Dimensional Devourer."
Fight Against An Armed Boss starts playing --- https://youtu.be/8WjMytgvcus
Alt-Mario (MAAAAAMAAAAAAA scream as voice): "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! ALL MY PROGREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESS!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!"
Jesah: "Aww c'mon Mario, you gotta understand that I did what was needed to be done. Who knows what would've happened to this Kingdom if you actually would have started to reign."
Alt-Bob: "Well, isn't karma a wonderful woman?"
Alt-Mario (voiceclip): "SHUT YOUR [email protected]#CH @SS!"
Neri-Desti: "Well, can we get out of this situation?"
Jesah: "Why, of course we can!"
And as he says that, he grabs out a PS2 console. He takes the controller and presses the Start button which activates the same type of portal like Archibald Senior's PS2. Jesah drags them all into it, then closes the portal. The only ones left behind are the two Demoman bodyguards, which now have just pissed themselves.
Bodyguards (voiceclip): "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIIIIEEEEEEE!!"
Meanwhile, at Jordan's Heights Avenue, leading to Husky Mittens Park, inside the Cargo truck
Music stops
UD, GVO, Toad, the two JoJos, Chardawg, Tenscreen, Luigi Q. and Archie have managed to approach the park, but as soon as they get to 60th Mushroom Street (which basically is the park's borders), UD, Toad and GVO notice that the population starts to run in every direction, shouting that "THE ARMAGEDDON IS HERE!!" and that "WE ARE ALL DEAD MEAT!!".
UD: "What's with all this madne-" (Sees the Devourer) (Voiceclip) "*-Holy Jesus. What is that? WHAT the [email protected]#K IS that!?"
GVO: "This... goes more South than my nightmares ever went."
Toad: "WHAT THE [email protected]#K ARE WE GONNA DO NOW!?"
UD: "Any of you folks with extra universal portal thingy!? Like you know, some Doctor Who tech like that!?"
Archie: "The TARDIS doesn't travel through universes! But the Pandimensional Swiper 2 can!"
Toad: "Pandimensional Swiper 2... PS2- Wait, you mean you still got that old console?"
Archie: "Yup!"
Toad: "That's great!"
UD: "Okay, so we have a way out of this place. Now my question is: what are still doing here then?"
Toad: "Wait! We need to take SMG4's gang aswell!"
UD: "SMG4? Who the hell is that guy?"
Toad: "A meme-obsessed degenerate of a friend of mine. I am pretty sure he can help us alongside his gang!"
UD: "Fine then. Gen?"
GVO: "Yes?"
UD: "Do your bookworm thing and locate this 'SMG4' if you can.:
GVO: "Sure thing!" (Starts consulting the Book Of Enhanced Knowledge, looking for SMG4's coordinates.) "Okay, found him. He should be at 'Super Mario Bros.' residence."
UD: "Ok got it."
UD steps on the gas pedal and drives with high speed towards Luigi's house.
At Mario's house
Luigi, SMG4, SMG3, Dr. E Gadd, Wario and Bowser have gathered at the dining table, discussing the recent events.
SMG4: "So... What are we gonna do now?"
Luigi: "I... Seriously have no idea."
SMG4: "SMG3?"
SMG3: "Dunno. I mean... This wasn't something I would've ever expected to happen."
SMG4: "Bowser?"
Bowser: "Maybe live here for the rest of our lives? I mean, it's a pretty nice place anyway."
SMG4: "Okay, how about you, Wario?" (At this moment, Luigi is checking stuff on his phone)
Wario: "What's the point of living... Without getting money?"
SMG4: "Okay, so far Bowser has the best idea. Doctor?"
Dr. E Gadd: "Well, there is nothing I can currently do to improve the situation."
SMG4: "Okay, so Bowser wins. Yaaaaay!..."
Wario: "Should we check on the rest of the people too?"
SMG4: "Well, from what I know, Swag has been shot down by 2 Mushroom Kingdom Military Forces infantrymen and Greg is now in Area 51, currently safe from public eye. Chris is somewhere near the castle, he just texted me. I have no idea about Toad tho, he hasn't answered any of my messages."
Wario: "Well... I suppose that's all of us the-"
Luigi: "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!"
SMG4: "WHAT, WHAT'S WRONG, LUIGI!?"
Luigi: "WE ARE ALL GONNA DIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE!!" (shows to the house the current news)
Wario: " 'Unknown phenomenon has just occured in the Mushroom City's skies, devouring everything in its path. It is uncertain what will happen to the city, or to the world, but one thing is certain: the Armageddon is here, and it is a very, very, very dark and mysterious one.' Yep, the world is as good as doomed."
Everyone except for Wario starts panicking like mad. He just stands here, disappointed but not surprised by everyone's reaction to these news.
Wario: "Since when have you all been such pussies?"
Luigi: "WARIO, DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND!? WE ARE ALL DEAD!!"
Wario: "No we are not! Plus, that thing ain't gonna eat us."
Dr. E Gadd: "WELL THEN HOW ABOUT SOME EVIDENCE!?" (yeets his cell phone to Wario's face, displaying that the Devourer already ate half of Milky Way and the entirety of Andromeda, aswell as the majority of the neighbouring galaxies) "HOW ABOUT THAT!?"
Wario: "Okay, so the thing is gonna eat us. That doesn't mean we can't get out of here!"
Dr. E Gadd: "Really?? You actually have an idea that will help us?"
Wario: "It's not that I have an idea. I have a brother that has the key of getting out of here."
Dr. E Gadd: "And that is?..."
Wario: "Wormhole Wednesday"
Luigi: "Is it available only Wednesdays??"
Wario: "Technically yes, but I thi-"
Luigi (female child scream sfx): "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"
Wario: "SHUSH, GREEN MARIO!" (Luigi stops screaming) "Okay... Technically, it is only available only during Wednesdays, but they can be activated and during any other day-" (His phone starts to ring) "Just a moment" (he picks up) "Yeah, this is Wario, hello?-"
Waluigi (on phone): "WARIO! YOU MUST COME OVER! HELL'S UNLEASHING AND I BARELY AM ABLE TO FACE WAVES TO PEOPLE USING MY PORTALS TO GET OUT OF-" (a scream can be heard from Waluigi's background, then as sudden as the first one, tons of more voices are heard screeching as they are terrified of what's going on) "*SNAP, A MONSTER JUST ATE STEVE!"
SMG4: "WHAT!?"
Waluigi: "OKAY, DOESN'T REALLY MATGER ANYMORE, HE IS GONE. COME AT UTTERLY UGLY N' STUPID MALL, AND QUICK!"
Wario: "Okay, on our way!" (Closes phone) "Whatcha waiting for, sucker's? Let's move!"
SMG4: "Okay! TO MY VAN, EVERYONE!"
To Be Continued
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2020.07.10 20:23 sizzlethizzle Should I wait?

I know everyone’s been asking the same thing “should I wait until the ARM models are released?” But I still do not know. You see, I was planning on springing for the $1800 13” version for school and design purposes. I am starting at ASU Online at the end of August which is why I needed a laptop.
The catch: I also need a car (I have two jobs and I hate depending on my mother for transportation) but laptop is also very much needed for school. For almost a year now I’ve been using a 2018 11” iPad Pro for school, but that was high school and I’ve graduated already. It’s worked almost perfectly fine for school purposes, but my classes weren’t online then. So my question is, should I wait for the 14” MBP coming at the end of the year and depend solely on my iPad for school and purchase a car?
Majoring in Digital Audiences just in case it’s important.
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2020.07.10 19:48 great-saiyaman37 Looking for a specific SBS

I'm looking for an SBS where someone asked Oda about why he does things the way he does (I think they asked why he draws women the way he does) and his response was something along the lines of because most of my audience is teenage boys.
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2020.07.10 19:46 EbolaMan123 The Tricky Dick Show #5 Featuring: Eternal Iberian

The Audience claps and applauds as Nixon comes in to the stages and bows has usually before getting seated
"Thank you for joining me for today folks, we gotta a great guest for you today and plus, hes the only weeb I know from Spain! So let's get him on stage shall we?"
Iberian dances to some weird anime music onto the stage and bows and then takes a seat N=Nixon EI=Eternal Iberian
N: Alright so can you introduce yourself to the Audience?
EI: Sure, Im paoloOMG but ive been using the Eternal Iberian nick in the server since god knows when...
Iberian goes into a thousand yard state before continuing...
Im a moderator in the discord since 10 months ago?But have been on the community since its early days on the discord, around Jan of 2018,so although im somehwat new on the team im probably one of the oldest discord server members.
N: Alright, so first question, how did you discover the TNO subreddit?
EI: Hell if I remember, I think I was starting to enter into the world of HOI4 modding and somehow got a link into the server
N: Interesting. And at what time did you become a active member of the Discord?
EI: I'd say for the first 3-4 months I was just lurking around in the discord, responding questions in ask a dev. but then slowly I started being more active in the rest of the chats thanks to a really old and now gone moderator, HellHound.
N: Who is Hellhound?
EI: One of the first TNO discord moderators, really old guy.
N: What happened to him?
Iberian goes to speak but then catches a glimpse of something in the audience before suddenly stopping and taking a nervous gulp before beginning to speak again
EI: Uhhh dunno exactly, I think he just got bored of TNO..
N: Ah ok then, alright moving on, so could you explain "ask the dev" to the new members of the audience?
EI: Sure, so back in ye olden days, the discord had a channel dedicated solely to asking question about the mod, like a more limited #general_discussion, it dissapeared long ago tho. The discord administration, as far as I know, was planning on closing down that channel cause general served the same purpose. So then the infamous day came when Baxter asked the "Can you build the Big building in Neu Berlin". And apart from making Panzer fall more into his insanity it was a good funny excuse to close down the channel. I think this was explained in a recent subreddit post where panzer laid out what happened that day. I was the last person that got a post in that channel before it closed down 😎 (as far as I remember).
Weird Flex but ok, Nixon thinks
N: So how did you come to be a moderator of the discord?
EI: I have been for a very long time a member of the community and a few months before becoming a mod I got ComVet. One day I was offered a tester position in the team, as until recently they were offered that way. But I only lasted around 4 days lol, I remember our old head moderator talking about needing a new european moderator. And I just told him "yo Im free if you want, and Id prefer it as I dont see me doing a good job as a tester". and thats how I became a moderator, basically thanks of years of unlimited shitposting 😎.
N: Haahahah yes, So do you have any other roles on the team besides moderator?
EI: Nope, Im one of the few pure discord moderators. I think only Alexmaths and I are pure discord moderators.
N: Interesting, Would you want to do anything else besides moderator in the team?
EI: I mean Id love to help more, but I know my limits of what I would actually contribute and I like my position as it is.
N: So out of your experiences of discord moderator, what has been the weirdest things you've seen as a discord moderator?
EI: I couldn't say exactly, like, to be a good discord mod you have to really be unfazed by almost anything. I suppose my wackiest moment was when I spent like 3h defending alone againt a raid attack. Cause the rest of the mods couldnt be online at the moment.
N: A raid attack?
EI: bunch of people joining with throaway account just to spam shit or do unfunni stuff, thats the one I remember the most cause it was pretty tiring. rest of things Ive had to deal been are what you would expect. fascist, tankies. mass spam attacks. insults of every kind.
N: Do you experience fascists or tankies more?
EI: Definitely fascists. But I guess thats normal seeing the setting TNO is in. the pure fascist/tankies are the funniest. cause they wear their ideology with a badge of honor. So they come in the server, and you can already see in their name/pfp/first comment whats coming. you just make a bait question, and its like a floodgate of shit opens. then I just ban and gone, honestly the best characterstic to be a discord moderator is to take everything with humor.
N: Interesting, alright one last question, do you have any advice to the people who want to join the dev team?
EI: dont think that just because you arent the best codewritewhatever you should join the team. its a learning process, and if your app gets accepted the rest of the team will gladly help you get better. Also one last thing, just wanted to say for yall subreddit readers. Be nice and don't do the dumb
The Audience claps
"Thank you so much for tuning for our show today, tune in next time for a very special guest..."
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2020.07.10 19:06 roraima_is_very_tall Opinion: The Real Horror of ‘Jaws’ Isn’t the Shark, It’s the leader who initially values capitalism over saving lives.

source at nyt
Looking back, I can see it was the definition of overkill. But a few weeks ago, I decided that what my family needed, in the summer of 2020, was a horror movie. So my husband and daughters and I headed to the drive-in movie theater in Wellfleet, Mass., to watch a 45th anniversary rerelease of “Jaws.”
In the past, the drive-in — the same one my parents took me to when I was a child — was a reliably good time. The kids would wear pajamas and visit the playground and usually run into a friend from day camp or from the beach. Adults would bring sweatshirts and blankets and set up folding chairs on the pavement outside of their parked cars, the better to enjoy the night air. The national anthem would play at the start of the show, and the scent of rose hip blossoms and popcorn would be borne by a stiff ocean breeze. When twilight finally deepened to dark, you could see thousands of stars in the sky.
This year was different, in a dozen ways large and small. We bought our tickets online. The woman inspecting the receipt on my phone wore gloves and a mask and handed me a list of rules: No moviegoers allowed outside of their cars. The playground was closed. Only two people per group allowed at the snack bar.
I hadn’t planned on attempting the snack bar. We brought our own popcorn and, after some fumbling with the speakers, we arranged ourselves in the back of the minivan and got ready for blood on the water.
“Is this going to be too scary for me?” my 12-year-old asked. I told her I thought she’d be fine. The truth was, my memories of “Jaws” were limited to the theme song, the gore and the line, “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”
I didn’t recall the real horror of the movie. Or maybe, the last time I saw it, I was too young to understand that the shark was simply doing what a shark is built to do, and that the true villain is not the coldblooded predator — it’s the warm-blooded mayor.
“All I’m saying is that Amity is a summer town — we need summer dollars,” Mayor Larry Vaughn argues after the first attack, when the chief of police wants to close the beaches. It was a phrase that could have been ripped off for a speech by one of the Republican officials who initially refused to shut down his state’s beaches or insisted on reopening the bars.
Even in the face of the gruesome evidence, Mayor Vaughn decides that the victim had been killed by a fishing boat. He tells the police chief that he’s being too hasty — “You yell ‘shark,’ we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.”
The beaches stay open. The shark kills again, its victim, this time, a young boy.
On the dock, the boy’s grieving mother gives the chief of police — the one man who had been trying to do the right thing — a hard slap across his face. “You knew there was a shark out there,” she says. “You knew it was dangerous. But you let people go swimming anyway. You knew all those things. But still my boy is dead now.”
I found myself bracing for a Trumpian response — for the police chief to say that he didn’t take responsibility, or to talk up Amity’s great job numbers, or to point out that most swimmers will not get bitten by a shark, and that almost all young people who do get attacked make complete recoveries. I prepared for fringe theories or culture-war distractions, maybe a rant about how the hippies were the real threat to Amity’s way of life.
But the chief, Martin Brody, doesn’t bluster, doesn’t counterpunch or pass the buck or stage a photo op. When the mayor apologizes after the mother’s outburst, saying, “I’m sorry, Martin. She’s wrong,” Chief Brody responds, “No, she’s not.” His shoulders slump, as if he’s taken on the weight of the mother’s grief and sorrow, and he walks away without another word.
By that point, my 12-year-old was dozing. I woke her up. I wanted her to see a story about a leader doing the right thing in the face of a deadly outbreak (of shark attacks) — even if it took one more death, with the police chief’s own son imperiled, to finally prod him into action. So we watched the chastened mayor release funds for a shark hunt, and the police chief, in the company of a nerdy scientist and a grizzled old salt, goes off to vanquish the underwater enemy. There is tension. There’s tragedy. Finally, there is triumph. The police chief blows up the shark and dog-paddles home.
In Wellfleet, the audience cheered as the credits rolled. But it was hard not to think about our real-life, real-time horror: a pandemic that continues to disproportionately affect the poor, Black people and Latinos (and that has taken the life of the actress who played that mourning mother in “Jaws”).
Masks have been politicized to the point that donning one is akin to sporting a “Biden for President” bumper sticker on your face. And instead of a leader who steps up to do the right thing, we’ve got a president who delights in divisiveness and wallows in woe-is-me, while too many of his fellow Republicans, loath to cross him, seem to care more about those summer dollars than dead citizens or grieving families. Instead of a boat on the water, we’ve got heads in the sand.
That night, driving home in the dark, I imagined our country as the first girl to die in every horror movie, the pretty one who falls victim to the monster or the serial killer. The one who is blithely certain of her own invincibility, or maybe just bored with taking precautions. The one who goes down to the basement or up to the attic as the audience screams that she shouldn’t, knowing what will happen to her if she does.
This shouldn’t be so hard. It shouldn’t be so hard for the government to support workers. It shouldn’t be so hard for citizens to stay home as much as possible, to wear a cloth mask, to postpone birthday parties and barbecues. From the Ozarks to Fire Island to the Jersey Shore, we’ve all seen pictures of Americans who won’t deny themselves their summer pleasures, insisting they happen just as they always have.
But how can we be surprised? Our leader is standing knee-deep in the shallows, smiling and beckoning and telling us that the water’s fine.
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2020.07.10 19:03 clayt6 TIL Astronaut Jim Lovell was asked if he would go on another spaceflight after an explosion almost killed the crew of Apollo 13 on its way to the Moon. Lovell was about to say yes. Then he saw a hand shoot up from the audience and slowly give the thumbs-down sign. It was his wife, Marilyn.

TIL Astronaut Jim Lovell was asked if he would go on another spaceflight after an explosion almost killed the crew of Apollo 13 on its way to the Moon. Lovell was about to say yes. Then he saw a hand shoot up from the audience and slowly give the thumbs-down sign. It was his wife, Marilyn. submitted by clayt6 to todayilearned [link] [comments]


2020.07.10 18:52 bojack_horsemack I finished reading their fanfic - I mean "book" part 7 (FINALE) *EMOTIONAL* (YOU WILL CRY)

Hi diddly ho there, snarkerinos! (I'd love to know what Ned Flanders would think of the Labrants)
Here we are, the final frontier. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my previous posts! Check them out here:
Part 1: https://www.reddit.com/LaBrantFamSnark/comments/hkncnt/i_finished_reading_their_fanfic_i_mean_book_last/
Part 2: https://www.reddit.com/LaBrantFamSnark/comments/hl5bga/i_finished_reading_their_fanfic_i_mean_book_part_2/
Part 3: https://www.reddit.com/LaBrantFamSnark/comments/hmekj8/i_finished_reading_their_fanfic_i_mean_book_part_3/
Part 4: https://www.reddit.com/LaBrantFamSnark/comments/hmtr82/i_finished_reading_their_fanfic_i_mean_book_part_4/
Part 5: https://www.reddit.com/LaBrantFamSnark/comments/hngw7z/i_finished_reading_their_fanfic_i_mean_book_part_5/
Part 6: https://www.reddit.com/LaBrantFamSnark/comments/ho3ugs/i_finished_reading_their_fanfic_i_mean_book_part_6/
Please keep in mind that these aren't really meant to be summaries, these are points I highlighted and wanted to discuss here. Let's dive into the snark infested waters!
We left off with them securing the wedding venue in Temecula.
Thank you for reading and commenting on all these posts! As painful as reading it was, I've loved discussing this with all of you. Discuss!
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2020.07.10 18:19 UnicornDick31 Jeff Hardy's Retirement PART 3 - The Final Tour

Post-Summerslam
The night kicks off with the ring decked out in Jeff Hardy memorabilia, and a whole celebration set up for him, he makes his way out as the audience give him a warm reception. Hardy takes a microphone and thanks the fans, for all their undying support, if it wasn’t for them he probably would’ve given up years ago, but because he has them they give him the will to make his dreams come true. He holds up the WWE Championship, saying this win is for all of them, and he will defend the title at every opportunity for them. He goes to speak again, but then Triple H’s music hits and he says the WWE are honoured to have hosted a legendary career from the likes of Jeff Hardy, so he had the boys backstage put together a video for him.

Once the video has finished playing, Jeff Hardy applauds it and thanks them for the video, and as he is about to continue again…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6rhLTg6M7A

Edge makes his way down to the ring applauding Jeff, he takes a microphone and he says that he and Jeff have gone through a lot in their careers together, they’ve been rivals on plenty of occasions in the past, whether that be the tag team TLC matches or fighting over the World Heavyweight Championship. And ever since returning after being forced into retirement for 9 years, he always thought to himself, “could I be WWE Champion again?” he would replay that question over and over in his head, but he always stopped himself, he’d always consider to himself whether it would be fair on all the young guys, the guys like Ricochet, Aleister Black, Kevin Owens, etc. and he rather had matches with those guys over the past year, with his last match being against Seth Rollins at Wrestlemania. Then he was sitting at home, watching Summerslam, he saw Jeff Hardy become the WWE Champion once again…

The question popped in his head once again “could I be WWE Champion again?” but this time he didn’t push it to one side, he took the question into consideration, thinking to himself the multiple possibilities and ways he could become WWE Champion, “and there was one glaring reality, the reality that I haven’t faced in over a decade. That is the person I once was, the person who everyone else as well as myself thought I had left behind, but when I look back, it was when I found the most success. I realised that I needed to go back to being… The Ultimate Opportunist…”

Edge’s eyes turn cold as he stares at Hardy, he drops the microphone and attacks Hardy, taking Hardy to the ground and beating the Champion senseless, Edge gets out of the ring and looks completely unhinged, ripping at his hair, he grabs two chairs from under the ring and slides them into the ring, he puts Hardy’s head down on the one chair and then smashes his head with the other. As Edge stands over Hardy, security, referees and doctors run down to check on Hardy, trying to get Edge to leave which he eventually does.

The next week on Smackdown we get an update on Jeff Hardy, saying that he won’t be able to return for 2 months, which means they’ve had to vacate the Championship, but a new Champion will be crowned at Clash of Champions. On the same episode Edge comments on how Hardy hasn’t kept up his quality of work over the years like he has, when he returned he was better than ever, whereas watching Hardy barely able to walk is just painful for everyone, and he should just call it a day right now, meanwhile he will go on to win the WWE Championship at Clash of Champions, and he will do what Hardy couldn’t and actually be a fighting, worthy champion.

Over the next couple weeks we see Edge return to his Ultimate Opportunist schtick, picking up victories by any means necessary, eventually earning his spot in the WWE Championship match at Clash of Champions, where he will face the other man who earned his spot, in the form of Daniel Bryan. The two of them have a great match and in the end, Edge manages to come out victorious and crown himself the WWE Champion. When he returns he has his own celebration set up where he has made a video of his own, where it highlights all the moments in his career, but mostly the moments where he’d beat up Jeff Hardy. He is interrupted by Chad Gable who says that what Edge did to Jeff was despicable, and he should be ashamed of himself. Edge says to Gable that he needs to turn his ass around and walk back up that ramp, because he doesn’t belong anywhere near a legend like himself, or a Champion like himself for that matter. Gable tries to rush the ring but Edge has private security at ringside, ready to hold him back and Edge ends the segment with his obnoxious smirk as Gable is dragged back up the ramp.

The following week, Edge had his celebration, but now he wants to know who his opponent will be for Hell in a Cell, to which Kurt Angle’s music hits and he walks onto the stage. Edge questions that Angle can’t possibly be the challenger, he’s retired after all. He then reminds Angle of that time when he shaved Kurt’s head, that was embarrassing… Angle is clearly annoyed by the comment, but he holds his composure and reveals that last week Edge told Chad Gable he doesn’t belong anywhere near a champion and legend such as himself. So at Hell in a Cell, he will get the opportunity to prove that, because Edge will defend the WWE Championship against Chad Gable.

At Hell in a Cell, Chad Gable and Edge have a killer match, a star making performance for Chad with Kurt at his side this could be the start of a beautiful career for him. He manages to take Edge to the limit, getting a few near falls, but eventually Edge gets the referee and Gable in the corner so he can low blow Gable without the referee noticing, he pushes Gable back and quickly hits the Spear and covers Gable, 1… 2… 3… Edge retained the WWE Championship, but came surprisingly close to losing it. After the match, Edge is in the middle of the ring with the WWE Championship over his shoulder, but he is attacked by a hooded figure, it doesn’t take long for him to reveal himself as Jeff Hardy though. The crowd goes wild for the return of Jeff Hardy, he picks up the WWE Championship and looks at it, making it clear he is coming for the championship.

The following Smackdown, as we are now on the road to Survivor Series, Jeff Hardy comes down and says that as much as he wants to, he understands he won’t get his title shot against Edge until after Survivor Series, but make no mistake about it, he will be coming for Edge. As Hardy is speaking, he is all of a sudden grabbed from behind by Karrion Kross who locks in the Kross Jacket and makes Hardy tap out. However this isn’t a shot at Jeff, this isn’t even a shot at Smackdown. Kross just wants to kill any and everyone on his way to Survivor Series where he will face Edge and Roman Reigns in the Triple Threat match between World Champions.

On that week's Smackdown, Karrion Kross is in the ring, while Scarlett addresses Roman Reigns and Edge, Hardy jumps Kross, however he is able to retreat, not wanting to waste his energy on Jeff Hardy any more than he already has when he made an example of Hardy. However Hardy isn’t satisfied and calls out anyone from the back to fight him, to which he is answered by KUSHIDA, the two have a great match, which Hardy manages to get the win, while putting over KUSHIDA, he raises the hand of the Japanese wrestling legend.

When we get to Smackdown two days later, Hardy is scheduled for a match with Mustafa Ali, but during the match, he is attacked by Tommaso Ciampa, he brutalises Hardy, screaming at him that he came into Ciampa’s house and thought he could do whatever he wanted, well he was wrong. Ciampa hits a Fairytale Ending and exits the building having sent his message perfectly clear. On the following episode of NXT, Tommaso Ciamp cuts a promo saying he doesn’t appreciate what Jeff Hardy did, and he wants a match with Hardy at Survivor Series, so he can knock some sense into him. The match isn’t made but is decided that Hardy and Ciampa will captain a team of Smackdown and NXT stars respectively in a 5v5 Traditional Survivor Series match.

Over the next few weeks, Hardy and Ciampa begin selecting their team, Hardy’s first recruit is Intercontinental Champion, Mustafa Ali. Ciampa's first recruit is KUSHIDA, followed by North American Champion, Damian Priest. By the time Survivor Series rolls around, both teams are filled out:

Team NXT:
Tommaso Ciampa
KUSHIDA
Damian Priest
Grizzled Young Veterans

Team Smackdown:
Jeff Hardy
Mustafa Ali
Matt Riddle
Chad Gable
John Morrison

Survivor Series
The Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team match goes on about halfway through the show, with the 10 men read for war. The match starts out with Gable and KUSHIDA, they have a clinic to open the match, with both men showing some great technical offence. Eventually the first elimination comes when Matt Riddle eliminates James Drake, only to immediately be eliminated by Zack Gibson in revenge. Morrison and Gibson go at it, with Gibson being eliminated next after a Starship Pain. Morrison himself is the next eliminated by Damian Priest, who also manages to eliminate Mustafa Ali. When Hardy gets in the ring, Ciampa wants in and the two go at it, in a battle back and forth, Hardy almost gets the better of Ciampa and eliminates him, but Ciampa hits a Fairytale Ending and covers Hardy for the 3.

Gable is the sole man left on Team Smackdown, and Ciampa tags out to KUSHIDA, back to where this match began, the two have another great back and forth, but Gable manages to eliminate KUSHIDA with an Olympic Slam. Priest looks to make this quick and just eliminate Gable like that, but Gable manages to evade his offence and hits a Rolling Kick, knocking Priest into the corner, Gable hits the O’Connor Roll German Suplex and scores the 3. Ciampa and Gable are the final two left, with both going back and forth, Ciampa being the more ruthless of the two, hitting a Project Ciampa and covering Gable, 1… 2… But Gable is too close to the ropes and pops his foot on the rope to stop the count. Ciampa is incensed, he goes for the Fairytale Ending but Gable reverses and hits another Olympic Slam, but he doesn’t go for the cover right away, instead hitting a Moonsault and covering Ciampa, 1… 2… 3…

Team Smackdown def. Team NXT

Chad Gable with yet another fantastic performance, he truly is shooting up the rankings week after week ever since Kurt Angle has aligned himself with the young star. Hardy comes out to celebrate with Gable, and the two close the segment with Hardy raising Gable’s hand and directing all the praise to him and his impressive performance.

Build to TLC
With Survivor Series out of the way, Edge coming off a crushing loss to Karrion Kross in the Triple Threat match, it is back to regular business, Jeff Hardy comes out and demands a shot at the title he never lost, he wants Edge at TLC. Edge tries to get out of the match saying that Hardy never earned a shot, but eventually he is unsuccessful and the match is made, Edge will defend his title against Jeff Hardy at TLC, and with all their history together, the match will be selected to have the TLC stipulation and Main Event the show.

TLC is built up as a bit of a “blast from the past” show, with the main event of the show being one that wouldn’t have been out of place about 12 years ago. In the weeks leading up to the show, highlight packages from their bouts in years gone by are replayed, specifically the classic TLC matches, as well as their Ladder Match from Extreme Rules 2009.

TLC
The culmination of this rivalry that started the night after Summerslam when Jeff Hardy was celebrating his victory for the WWE Championship, which was spoiled by Edge who in his words “took the ultimate opportunity”. But now they settle their differences in a TLC match right here tonight.

Both men make their entrances and the bell is rung, these two have a great match. Not as physical as some of the previous TLC matches, since this is two guys in their mid 40’s, but they use the weapons to their advantage and have a great match regardless. Managing to both come within inches of victory on multiple occasions, right up until the end when both men are battling atop the ladder, with one big bump reserved right for the end of the match, Jeff Hardy throws it all in to this high risk, high reward maneuver and does a Twist of Fate off the ladder as both men crash to the mat below. Hardy begins to stir first and drags himself up the ladder, managing to pull down the title and hold it high above his head, celebrating finally winning it back, and hopefully he will have the chance to actually defend the title a few times this time around.

Build to Royal Rumble
With Jeff Hardy having put Edge behind him and winning the WWE Championship back, he now looks ahead to Royal Rumble where he needs a new challenger for the WWE Championship. A No.1 Contender’s Battle Royal which sees Smackdown’s best compete for a shot at Jeff Hardy’s WWE Championship, and in the end, John Morrison is able to be the last man standing and earn that shot. So at Royal Rumble it will be Jeff Hardy vs John Morrison.

Royal Rumble
Jeff Hardy and John Morrison have a great match and both put in a great performance, Hardy managing to defeat Morrison and retain his championship in a great encounter. Meanwhile in the main event, during the Royal Rumble match, Chad Gable further cements himself as a star, eliminating 4 men and making it to the final 2, before being dumped over the top by Aleister Black. With Black going after the Universal Championship at Wrestlemania.

Build to Elimination Chamber
In the build to Elimination Chamber, Hardy is set to defend his WWE Championship inside the Elimination Chamber Match. Daniel Bryan, Matt Riddle, Adam Cole, Seth Rollins and Andrade qualify for the match and will fight for the WWE Championship.

Elimination Chamber
The first two men in the Chamber match are Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole, who have a great match just like their Smackdown match in 2019, and then Seth Rollins joins the fray, having a face off with Adam Cole, and the wo go back and forth for a bit. Matt Riddle is released next and he takes the fight to everyone sending knees into everyone's faces, he’s on a roll until Jeff Hardy is released and he gets a hot start, taking out everyone. Andrade as the final man in and the 6 all brawl amongst themselves. First eliminated is Adam Cole when Seth low blows him and nails a Curb Stomp and makes the cover.

Daniel Bryan manages to eliminate Andrade after a Flying Knee, but quickly after is eliminated by Rollins who rolls up Bryan. Rollins and Riddle go back and forth, eventually Riddle gets the better of Rollins and hits a Bro To Sleep for the 3. And it is finally down to Riddle and Hardy, which sees Riddle lock in the Bromission, when it seems Hardy is done, he just won't give up and manages to get out of the move, Hardy finally hitting the Twist of Fate, he climbs to the top of the pod where he hits a Swanton Bomb and scores the 3 count.

Super ShowDown
Jeff Hardy faces a former demon of his in what could be one of his final matches, when he takes on Triple H, the two have a fun match built on pure nostalgia, which sees Hardy pick up the win and he and HHH put a cap on all their history together.

Build to Fastlane
A tournament is put together to find a challenger for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania:

Round 1:
Daniel Bryan def. Kevin Owens
Adam Cole def. Shinsuke Nakamura
Matt Riddle def. AJ Styles
Chad Gable def. Andrade

Round 2:
Daniel Bryan def. Adam Cole
Chad Gable def. Matt Riddle

The finals will take place at Fastlane, meaning Chad Gable and Daniel Bryan will go one on one for this shot to face Jeff Hardy at Wrestlemania.

Fastlane
Chad Gable and Daniel Bryan make their ways down to the ring, and when the bell rings these two men have a technical masterpiece, with the former Olympian and the submission expert showing exactly what they’re capable of. Gable and Bryan transition in and out of submissions and wrestling holds with some of the smoothest wrestling in recent memory. Eventually as the match reaches a climax, surprisingly the crowd have got firmly behind Gable, and when Bryan hits the Flying Knee, the crowd all gasp in unison, holding their breath and hoping for Gable to kick out when Bryan makes the cover, 1… 2… Thr-... Gable does, he throws the shoulder up and makes his way back to his feet, when Bryan goes for another Flying Knee, Gable dodges and hits Bryan with an Olympic Slam, he covers Bryan for the 1… 2… 3…

Chad Gable def. Daniel Bryan

Chad Gable celebrates in the middle of the ring, having shot up the card and proving himself against some of WWE’s best in the past months. From putting on a great performance against a legend like Edge, to beating Bryan here at Fastlane and moving on to Wrestlemania where he takes on Jeff Hardy for the WWE Championship. Pinning guys like Tommaso Ciampa, KUSHIDA, Andrade, Damian Priest and Matt Riddle along the way. As Gable is celebrating, Jeff Hardy comes down to the ring and he faces off with Gable and congratulates him, but they both know that at Wrestlemania it will all come to a head and their “friendship”, if you could call it that, will go out the window.

Build to Wrestlemania
On the go home show for Wrestlemania, Chad Gable and Jeff Hardy are set to sign the contract, both guys express their respect for each other, but assure that come Wrestlemania, they will give their all for the WWE Championship. Jeff Hardy said that any match now could be his last, and if this is going to be his last, he will give it his all. Gable says that it will be an honour to be in the ring with Jeff Hardy, let alone for the WWE Championship and on the grand stage of Wrestlemania, but he will beat Hardy, because this is his moment.

Wrestlemania 38
Chad Gable and Jeff Hardy make their grand entrances in front of the near 100,000 crowd, Las Vegas holding an electric audience. Hardy and Gable lock up at the sound of the bell and Gable gets the upper hand, controlling Hardy in a great showing. The two battle for the better part of 20 minutes, leading to the final moments, Hardy hits the Twist of Fate and climbs the turnbuckle to hit a Swanton which he misses and Gable gets up, hopping to the top rope quickly and hitting a Moonsault, covering Hardy, 1… 2… Hardy shows some life, when Hardy stumbles to his feet, Gable gets behind and hits an Olympic Slam, covering Hardy and the referee counts the 1… 2… 3…

Chad Gable def. Jeff Hardy

The crowd explodes as Gable is in complete shock, getting handed the WWE Championship and celebrating with Kurt Angle, having finally reached the top of the mountain after the rocky road his career has been the past few years, with the whole Shorty G era of his career well and truly behind him now. Hardy sits in the corner watching Gable celebrate, unable to help but looking proud of the guy. He pulls himself to his feet and embraces Gable, putting the title around his waist, and then Gable having his arms raised by both Angle and Jeff Hardy. Gable and Angle leave Hardy with the audience for one final moment, the crowd chant “Thank You Hardy” as he takes in the moment, tears welling in his eyes, realising just how much the crowd love him, he walks to the back with pride.

Post-Mania Smackdown
Chad Gable comes down to the ring for his celebration and after giving a bit of a speech, thanking the fans and everyone who ever believed in him. But he eventually invites Jeff Hardy to the ring, where he thanks Hardy personally for believing in him at Survivor Series, which truly kick started this whole amazing run he’s been on. Jeff Hardy expresses how proud he is that his… final match was against Gable. The crowd and Gable are in shock, Gable saying that it was an honour to be the final man to ever step in the ring with Hardy, he leaves Hardy to give his retirement speech. Hardy goes through all his accolades and the troubles he’s had in his life, Hardy thanking every single person who has ever watched and supported his work.

Hardy is cut off by Edge once again, and the crowd boo, commentary ask why he’d feel the need to ruin this moment, but surprisingly Edge says to Hardy that he respects him more than Hardy could ever imagine, and he was going to do this later, but it feels almost too perfect, with their careers being entangled for so long, so he wants to announce right now that he is also retiring from active ring work, the crowd made these past couple years unimaginably great, giving him the end to his career he always dreamed of. The show comes to a close with two legends embracing and raising their hands together, the true end of an era…
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2020.07.10 18:16 emailout Email Marketing Growth Hacks

Every now and again, you might hear – or read – email marketing is dead. Well, with an ROI of 42:1, we just busted that myth.

Email remains not only the best but also the perfect way to connect with both prospects and customers. Why? It’s quite easy to personalise and it allows more traceability than any other communication channel. But, is your email marketing effective?

“A small email list that wants exactly what you’re offering is better than a bigger one that is not committed.” – Ramsay Leimenstoll
You’ve probably read hundreds, if not thousands, of email marketing stats (these ones are worth a read!) – as well as countless case studies – supporting the fact that businesses can experience an enormous growth through email marketing. However, have you actually ‘tasted’ that success yourself? Every email marketer makes mistakes and some, like losing a customer or a sale, can cut deeper than others. But, there is a way to prevent such disasters from happening. Instead of marketers going through a ‘trial-and-error’ strategy, why not use some tried-and-tested email marketing growth hacks?

In this article, we’ll cover the following topics:

  1. Growth hacking – what is it and why do marketers need it?
  2. 14 email marketing growth hacks
Let’s dive in.
We are firm believers that in order to apply a concept – any concept – in your marketing strategy, one must first understand it. As such, we will ‘dissect’ each word in the concept of growth hacking.
Growth is well… growth, bigger, better, harder, faster, more – like your sales graphs. Hacking (no, we’re not talking about the malicious practice of invading one’s digital device) is a marketer’s dedication to constantly searching for knowledge and strategies beyond the ordinary concepts. With these two parts analysed, we can now form the full definition of growth hacking – low-cost, creative techniques used by marketers to help their business acquire and retain customers.
Why is growth hacking needed? Email marketing is the best communication strategy for both B2B and B2C organisation (do you remember its ROI?) and when it meets growth hacking’s best prerequisite – low-cost, it creates an outstandingly effective symbiotic relationship focused solely on growing a business – from the email list through the market positioning to the holy grail – increasing sales.
Ah, did you know that Hotmail is acknowledged as the first growth hacker? The Hotmail team devised a strategy of sending emails to potential customers as an approach to accelerate their growth which had an intriguing line in it – “PS: I love you. Get your free email at Hotmail”. This piece of content served as an invitation for people to sign up for an account and the personal touch in it led to Hotmail’s growth from nothing to a company worth $400 million. It was quite the clever email marketing growth hack, wasn’t it?

Email Marketing Growth Hacks Every Marketer Needs

From higher conversion and open rates and healthier email lists through better reach and more email ending up in the recipients’ inbox instead of the spam folder to improving the effectiveness of our email campaigns, as email marketers, we are all constantly trying to reach new heights. But, how can we achieve all this on a small budget?
Well, by taking advantage of our list of tried-and-tested email marketing growth hacks designed for businesses on a low-cost budget, of course.

1) Everywhere: that’s the place to collect email addresses

Building an email list can feel like a Herculean task. Not to mention that attracting new customers costs five times more than nurturing existing ones. However, with the proper tried-and-tested list building techniques, email marketers can achieve this task with ease.
When it comes to growing your email lists, why limit yourself only to signup forms on your website or blog? In today’s marketing world, there are all types of creative ways where marketers can utilise pop up forms and ask people to subscribe to their mailing list(s).
Your social media profiles – all of them – can be used to share your sign up form to attract new subscribers. Twitter’s Lead Gen Card, for example, is a pretty cool tool for better engaging with your audience and converting followers into customers/subscribers – for free.
Another way of collecting email addresses is at business meetings, seminars, exhibitions or any other business-related events. Just make sure when you’re exchanging business cards, people are giving you explicit consent to be on your mailing list.

2) Share relevant content even if – occasionally – it’s someone else’s

With recipients’ spending an average of 20 seconds on an email, your content must be relevant and encourage them to read your email through to the end, as well as, take action. However, as much as you might be giving them things for free or offering seductive discounts, would it be enough? Is there something else you could be doing to get them to cross that figurative finish line?
As much as marketers might be vigilant of, and a bit reluctant to, share someone else’s content, this marketing tactic will provide a much better chance of being effective and demonstrate a business’s genuine care for its subscribers/customers. Here are a few reasons why –
a) the subscribers on your list want relevant, useful content and by sharing someone else’s you are giving that to them; b) your goal is to show your subscribers’ needs are your top priority and this is the perfect way to prove it; c) writing relevant, great content is not always easy and businesses might not always have the time; and, d) sharing someone else’s content is a perfect way to build a harmonious relationship with them.

3) Use forwarding and referrals

Referral programs are basically using what you have (existing subscribers) in order to get more of what you want (new subscribers).
Simply put, you are ‘bribing’ people so they refer friends, family and colleagues to your website where you ‘seduce’ them to sign up for your mailing list. Don’t worry though, you are not actually bribing them in the real sense of the word. It’s more of an exchange program.
People refer others to your website and as a show of gratitude, you give the referrer a discount, a free ebook or an extended trial of your service. However, there is a free approach where you don’t have to ‘bribe’ anybody: a forwarding option in your welcome email or newsletter. A referral program can do wonders for attracting new subscribers and turning them into paying customers later. Furthermore, segmenting these subscribers will help you narrow down where they came from, as well as, which marketing funnel they should be following – for either manual or triggered campaigns – based on where they were sourced and their subsequent behaviour.

4) Incorporate social proof in your email campaigns

How do you convert leads to customers – paying customers? Simple. You motivate them by providing social proof.
Social proof is the concept that people will follow the actions of others under the assumption – and belief – that those actions are reflective of the correct behaviour. Simply put, if many people take the same action and behave the same way, then it must be the correct behaviour.
There are various ways email marketers can apply this email marketing growth hack into their strategy. For example, including press mentions, product/service reviews, testimonials and, why not, the number of people subscribed to your mailing list(s) into your email campaigns.
By utilising social proof, marketers can show how valuable their products/services are to others and that they are worth purchasing. It also encourages even the most reluctant prospects to take action.

5) Receipts can be a game-changer

Are you a bit confused by this email marketing growth hack? Trust us, you are not the only one. So few businesses actually devote time to turning these messages into powerful marketing vehicles but… customers do love transactional emails. Even Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey called receipts “the next publishing medium”.
With that in mind, instead of having the same old boring, dull receipts, why not –
a) make them look not only awesome but functional as well – with most of them looking bland it’ll certainly help you stand out; b) incorporate a referral program encouraging customers to share their experience and, of course, give them something in return; and, c) show them products/services related to their purchase.
Trust us, email receipts are the easiest way to the recipients’ inbox and yet, a lot of marketers underutilise this valuable form of email marketing. Don’t be like them and miss this huge opportunity.

6) Email retargeting is your golden ticket

The ever-evolving and improving digital marketing technology offers businesses numerous methods that they can use in order to approach potential clients who’ve already had an interaction with their brand. So, instead of trying to guess what customers want, why not take a look at the information you already have?
A lot of marketers utilise retargeting only via ads, however, your presence in the inbox is much more powerful than a few ads across other platforms.
Each time a customer comes in contact with your product/service, you are presented with the opportunity to make a sale. Even if the person doesn’t initially make a purchase you are still in the game. Thus, don’t perceive them as a lost cause and simply move on. After all, according to stats, almost 60% of people’s purchase decision-making process is influenced by marketing emails; and, 80% of marketers say that email marketing increases customer retention.
We know ads can be powerful. But, behavioural emails are the thing that will differentiate you from the competition. Such emails are –
a) opened but didn’t click – change future content to spark their interest beyond just opening your email campaign; b) clicked but didn’t make a purchase – trigger discount follow up; or, c) clicked but only read one article of a series – offer the second article in the series – ex. ‘[FirstName] you might be interested in…’.

7) Use powerful call-to-actions

In every email marketing strategy, call-to-actions (CTAs) are what delivers the actual results as it takes the recipients beyond just your email campaign and leads them further along the conversion path – being it a purchase, a subscription to your newsletter or simply further reading.
The design of a CTA – from placement to colour and text – might seem like a minor consideration, but according to… well, science, designing the perfect email CTA buttons can have a huge impact on your conversion rates.
Wondering what the qualities of a perfect CTA are? Well…
1) compelling text – don’t’ say the same thing as everyone else. Create unique, enticing text for your CTA that will make the user take the action you want them to; and,
2) standing out – barely visible CTAs or ones with long text aren’t really useful to your end goal. Instead, use bold formats and colours that will create a sense of urgency driving the recipient to actual action.

8) Take advantage of email automation

Wouldn’t it be awesome if every new customesubscriber gets a personal email from the CEO or an account manager or a customer service rep instead of a generalised message lacking the personal touch most people appreciate?
Let’s say you are a small business owner working on a limited budget and doing a lot of tasks yourself. How can you ensure the growth of your business when you’re being pulled in so many directions? Easy – email automation.
This is the one email marketing growth hack that will deliver the biggest results. There are many different advantages of adopting an email automation process (if you haven’t already).
First and foremost, this marketing technique allows organisations to improve the customer experience since it sends behaviour-triggered emails and ensures you are creating a personalised experience for your customers – every single time. A few other advantages are saving money on staff by reducing the need for employees to go through repetitive tasks, recovering lost revenue, predicting and shaping customer behaviour as well as increasing customer lifetime value.
With email automation, companies will be able to maintain and scale their business profitably and successfully at very little cost. Just remember that not all marketing strategies are created equally. Therefore, email automation is just one piece of a greater puzzle which needs constant care in order to flourish.

9) Allow recipients to ‘reply’ – ask them for a response

Even after reading your email and being almost convinced to take action, some people might require a tiny bit of further information before they become a customesubscriber. Thus, you need to not only make sure that recipients can respond to your emails by also having a real inbox where replies are gathered and, most of all, monitored. You don’t want to be a business that lets people assume you don’t care about them by not replying to their feedback, do you? Nothing says I love you more than a [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) email address, don’t be impersonal.
This is a simple but quite overlooked email marketing hack. Why is it important? Because by gathering feedback from subscribers/customers you can provide further social proof of the value your business can bring to them. So, move away from embedding forms in your emails (which a lot of email clients don’t support fully – or at all) and encourage replies. It’s a much easier process and it shows the subscribers their opinion matters and someone is listening.

10) Reduce your email lists dead weight

Riddle us this – would you rather have 30,000 subscribers on your email list with only 10,000 of them engaged or would you rather have 10,000 and all of them engaged?
We know you want to build an email list as big as possible and how important email lists are to your business. But, if most of the people on your mailing lists are inactive and your attempts to re-engage them have failed, there is no reason for you to keep that ‘dead weight’. No matter how hard you worked to gather those subscribers, email list decay is a natural occurrence.
With this in mind, if you see that your subscribers haven’t opened or engaged with your email campaigns in a while be considerate and notify them – with one last email – that you do not want to clutter their inbox and will opt them out from your email list within a specific timeframe – for example, 2 days. However, don’t write them off completely. Offer them the option to stay or customise their email preferences.
This email marketing hack is really effective as it’ll not only increase the long-term value of your active subscribers but also, reduce the risk of your emails ending up in the spam folder because recipient servers will see a huge uplift in your engagement rates as a percentage of those sent, trust us, this is really important for great delivery.

11) Optimise for the small screen

Even before fully opening their eyes with a coffee mug in hand, most recipients will notice a badly-formatted email with no optimisation for the small screen. Stats point out that 42.3% of recipients delete emails if they are not optimised for mobile devices with 32.2% reading the email on their desktop later and only 11.3% will read it despite the lack of mobile-optimisation.
With most people checking their emails on a mobile device, optimising your emails for the small screen is a ‘must-do’. The best way to implement this imperative email marketing approach is by creating a responsive, stackable content which is as easily viewed on mobile devices as it is on the desktop. The best professional ESPs – like EmailOut – support responsive email design so the only thing marketers need to worry about is which design they’d like best (EmailOut has a variety of free templates) and what content to include, our app will do the rest.

12) Your subject line is like a movie trailer – think it through carefully

Since your subject line is the first element your email recipients see, as well as THE KPI of your open rate, crafting the perfect email subject line is crucial.
Let’s say you’ve crafted the perfect email campaign but you’re conflicted between two subject lines that fit the content perfectly – what do you do? You A/B test (a.k.a. split test) them, of course. For example, you might have read that email subject lines with emojis get 29% more opens than those that don’t and you want to test if that’s true for your campaigns. This gives you a clear variable to measure in your split testing. It means you can interpret the results and use your findings to improve future emails.
Despite what people say, they do judge emails by their subject line. In fact, 47% of marketers state they test different email subject lines in order to optimise their emails’ performance. At the end of the day, if your emails aren’t getting opened, they’re definitely not getting seen. Hence, if you’ve got great content to share you’ve got to prove it in your email subject line.

13) The power of the email footer

As an email marketer, have you ever thought about the potential power of your email campaigns’ footer? We believe that no copy should be wasted copy. As such, why would most marketers neglect the opportunity presented by such a simple thing as a footer? It’s a perfect place to reiterate your call-to-action.
So, instead of hiding your campaign’s footer in a tiny font, make it distinctive. Include links to your website to generate free traffic, add further contact information so recipients can reach out more easily or include social media buttons to boost your follower-base. This email marketing growth hack might seem like a waste of time but you’d be wrong to waste it. Remember we told you Hotmail was considered the first growth hacker? Well, their “P.S. I love you” footer (with a link to their homepage) was exactly what transformed the company from a nobody to a million-dollar business in just 18 months. Impressive, isn’t it?

14) Test once, twice, thrice and keep going

In order to figure out which two versions of your email campaign will work better – without having to commit to either of them – you should use split testing, also known as A/B testing.
A small portion of the total email list will receive the two set up versions of your email campaign. Half of these initial recipients will see Version A, and half will see Version B.
The email marketing technology you’re using to run your split test then swiftly tracks important performance indicators like open rates and click-throughs from this initial batch, and figures out whether Version A or Version B is seeing the most success. The rest of your email lists will then receive the winner of the two based on the results.
The awesome thing about this wonderful email marketing growth hack is that with trying out both versions simultaneously marketers can take out all the risk of getting it wrong. It means you can try a completely new and experimental idea alongside a tried-and-tested one. All without the creeping terror that it’s all going to blow up in your face and get you fired.

Final Thoughts

Email marketing trends are constantly changing. The landscape is constantly evolving. However, one thing that remains absolute is how powerful email marketing is when done properly.
Thus, to avoid missing out on the advantage of being ahead of the competition, these tried-and-tested email marketing growth hacks are exactly what you need to keep your business ahead of the game.
The most vital of email marketing growth hacks is to never back down – never quit. In order to gain trust and prove your value to customers, you need to be in the game for the long haul – and then you’ll find your troops will buy and recommend and review over and over again. It’s not easy and it takes a fair while to establish your place in the industry. But once you’ve done it – with the help of your awesome email marketing growth hacks of course – you’ll be that much closer to the finish line and start seeing the impact of optimising your processes and closing in the gaps in your email marketing strategy.

Highly recommended further reading –

1) Email Retargeting vs Email Remarketing 2) Design The Best CTAs For Your Emails 3) Permission-Based Email Marketing 4) How To Develop An Impactful Onboarding Sequence? 5) Email Segmentation Secrets 6) Email Design Best Practices 7) Inactive Email Subscribers 8) Avoid Messing Up Your Email A/B Testing
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2020.07.10 18:16 emailout Email Marketing Growth Hacks

Every now and again, you might hear – or read – email marketing is dead. Well, with an ROI of 42:1, we just busted that myth.

Email remains not only the best but also the perfect way to connect with both prospects and customers. Why? It’s quite easy to personalise and it allows more traceability than any other communication channel. But, is your email marketing effective?

“A small email list that wants exactly what you’re offering is better than a bigger one that is not committed.” – Ramsay Leimenstoll
You’ve probably read hundreds, if not thousands, of email marketing stats (these ones are worth a read!) – as well as countless case studies – supporting the fact that businesses can experience an enormous growth through email marketing. However, have you actually ‘tasted’ that success yourself? Every email marketer makes mistakes and some, like losing a customer or a sale, can cut deeper than others. But, there is a way to prevent such disasters from happening. Instead of marketers going through a ‘trial-and-error’ strategy, why not use some tried-and-tested email marketing growth hacks?

In this article, we’ll cover the following topics:

  1. Growth hacking – what is it and why do marketers need it?
  2. 14 email marketing growth hacks
Let’s dive in.
We are firm believers that in order to apply a concept – any concept – in your marketing strategy, one must first understand it. As such, we will ‘dissect’ each word in the concept of growth hacking.
Growth is well… growth, bigger, better, harder, faster, more – like your sales graphs. Hacking (no, we’re not talking about the malicious practice of invading one’s digital device) is a marketer’s dedication to constantly searching for knowledge and strategies beyond the ordinary concepts. With these two parts analysed, we can now form the full definition of growth hacking – low-cost, creative techniques used by marketers to help their business acquire and retain customers.
Why is growth hacking needed? Email marketing is the best communication strategy for both B2B and B2C organisation (do you remember its ROI?) and when it meets growth hacking’s best prerequisite – low-cost, it creates an outstandingly effective symbiotic relationship focused solely on growing a business – from the email list through the market positioning to the holy grail – increasing sales.
Ah, did you know that Hotmail is acknowledged as the first growth hacker? The Hotmail team devised a strategy of sending emails to potential customers as an approach to accelerate their growth which had an intriguing line in it – “PS: I love you. Get your free email at Hotmail”. This piece of content served as an invitation for people to sign up for an account and the personal touch in it led to Hotmail’s growth from nothing to a company worth $400 million. It was quite the clever email marketing growth hack, wasn’t it?

Email Marketing Growth Hacks Every Marketer Needs

From higher conversion and open rates and healthier email lists through better reach and more email ending up in the recipients’ inbox instead of the spam folder to improving the effectiveness of our email campaigns, as email marketers, we are all constantly trying to reach new heights. But, how can we achieve all this on a small budget?
Well, by taking advantage of our list of tried-and-tested email marketing growth hacks designed for businesses on a low-cost budget, of course.

1) Everywhere: that’s the place to collect email addresses

Building an email list can feel like a Herculean task. Not to mention that attracting new customers costs five times more than nurturing existing ones. However, with the proper tried-and-tested list building techniques, email marketers can achieve this task with ease.
When it comes to growing your email lists, why limit yourself only to signup forms on your website or blog? In today’s marketing world, there are all types of creative ways where marketers can utilise pop up forms and ask people to subscribe to their mailing list(s).
Your social media profiles – all of them – can be used to share your sign up form to attract new subscribers. Twitter’s Lead Gen Card, for example, is a pretty cool tool for better engaging with your audience and converting followers into customers/subscribers – for free.
Another way of collecting email addresses is at business meetings, seminars, exhibitions or any other business-related events. Just make sure when you’re exchanging business cards, people are giving you explicit consent to be on your mailing list.

2) Share relevant content even if – occasionally – it’s someone else’s

With recipients’ spending an average of 20 seconds on an email, your content must be relevant and encourage them to read your email through to the end, as well as, take action. However, as much as you might be giving them things for free or offering seductive discounts, would it be enough? Is there something else you could be doing to get them to cross that figurative finish line?
As much as marketers might be vigilant of, and a bit reluctant to, share someone else’s content, this marketing tactic will provide a much better chance of being effective and demonstrate a business’s genuine care for its subscribers/customers. Here are a few reasons why –
a) the subscribers on your list want relevant, useful content and by sharing someone else’s you are giving that to them; b) your goal is to show your subscribers’ needs are your top priority and this is the perfect way to prove it; c) writing relevant, great content is not always easy and businesses might not always have the time; and, d) sharing someone else’s content is a perfect way to build a harmonious relationship with them.

3) Use forwarding and referrals

Referral programs are basically using what you have (existing subscribers) in order to get more of what you want (new subscribers).
Simply put, you are ‘bribing’ people so they refer friends, family and colleagues to your website where you ‘seduce’ them to sign up for your mailing list. Don’t worry though, you are not actually bribing them in the real sense of the word. It’s more of an exchange program.
People refer others to your website and as a show of gratitude, you give the referrer a discount, a free ebook or an extended trial of your service. However, there is a free approach where you don’t have to ‘bribe’ anybody: a forwarding option in your welcome email or newsletter. A referral program can do wonders for attracting new subscribers and turning them into paying customers later. Furthermore, segmenting these subscribers will help you narrow down where they came from, as well as, which marketing funnel they should be following – for either manual or triggered campaigns – based on where they were sourced and their subsequent behaviour.

4) Incorporate social proof in your email campaigns

How do you convert leads to customers – paying customers? Simple. You motivate them by providing social proof.
Social proof is the concept that people will follow the actions of others under the assumption – and belief – that those actions are reflective of the correct behaviour. Simply put, if many people take the same action and behave the same way, then it must be the correct behaviour.
There are various ways email marketers can apply this email marketing growth hack into their strategy. For example, including press mentions, product/service reviews, testimonials and, why not, the number of people subscribed to your mailing list(s) into your email campaigns.
By utilising social proof, marketers can show how valuable their products/services are to others and that they are worth purchasing. It also encourages even the most reluctant prospects to take action.

5) Receipts can be a game-changer

Are you a bit confused by this email marketing growth hack? Trust us, you are not the only one. So few businesses actually devote time to turning these messages into powerful marketing vehicles but… customers do love transactional emails. Even Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey called receipts “the next publishing medium”.
With that in mind, instead of having the same old boring, dull receipts, why not –
a) make them look not only awesome but functional as well – with most of them looking bland it’ll certainly help you stand out; b) incorporate a referral program encouraging customers to share their experience and, of course, give them something in return; and, c) show them products/services related to their purchase.
Trust us, email receipts are the easiest way to the recipients’ inbox and yet, a lot of marketers underutilise this valuable form of email marketing. Don’t be like them and miss this huge opportunity.

6) Email retargeting is your golden ticket

The ever-evolving and improving digital marketing technology offers businesses numerous methods that they can use in order to approach potential clients who’ve already had an interaction with their brand. So, instead of trying to guess what customers want, why not take a look at the information you already have?
A lot of marketers utilise retargeting only via ads, however, your presence in the inbox is much more powerful than a few ads across other platforms.
Each time a customer comes in contact with your product/service, you are presented with the opportunity to make a sale. Even if the person doesn’t initially make a purchase you are still in the game. Thus, don’t perceive them as a lost cause and simply move on. After all, according to stats, almost 60% of people’s purchase decision-making process is influenced by marketing emails; and, 80% of marketers say that email marketing increases customer retention.
We know ads can be powerful. But, behavioural emails are the thing that will differentiate you from the competition. Such emails are –
a) opened but didn’t click – change future content to spark their interest beyond just opening your email campaign; b) clicked but didn’t make a purchase – trigger discount follow up; or, c) clicked but only read one article of a series – offer the second article in the series – ex. ‘[FirstName] you might be interested in…’.

7) Use powerful call-to-actions

In every email marketing strategy, call-to-actions (CTAs) are what delivers the actual results as it takes the recipients beyond just your email campaign and leads them further along the conversion path – being it a purchase, a subscription to your newsletter or simply further reading.
The design of a CTA – from placement to colour and text – might seem like a minor consideration, but according to… well, science, designing the perfect email CTA buttons can have a huge impact on your conversion rates.
Wondering what the qualities of a perfect CTA are? Well…
1) compelling text – don’t’ say the same thing as everyone else. Create unique, enticing text for your CTA that will make the user take the action you want them to; and,
2) standing out – barely visible CTAs or ones with long text aren’t really useful to your end goal. Instead, use bold formats and colours that will create a sense of urgency driving the recipient to actual action.

8) Take advantage of email automation

Wouldn’t it be awesome if every new customesubscriber gets a personal email from the CEO or an account manager or a customer service rep instead of a generalised message lacking the personal touch most people appreciate?
Let’s say you are a small business owner working on a limited budget and doing a lot of tasks yourself. How can you ensure the growth of your business when you’re being pulled in so many directions? Easy – email automation.
This is the one email marketing growth hack that will deliver the biggest results. There are many different advantages of adopting an email automation process (if you haven’t already).
First and foremost, this marketing technique allows organisations to improve the customer experience since it sends behaviour-triggered emails and ensures you are creating a personalised experience for your customers – every single time. A few other advantages are saving money on staff by reducing the need for employees to go through repetitive tasks, recovering lost revenue, predicting and shaping customer behaviour as well as increasing customer lifetime value.
With email automation, companies will be able to maintain and scale their business profitably and successfully at very little cost. Just remember that not all marketing strategies are created equally. Therefore, email automation is just one piece of a greater puzzle which needs constant care in order to flourish.

9) Allow recipients to ‘reply’ – ask them for a response

Even after reading your email and being almost convinced to take action, some people might require a tiny bit of further information before they become a customesubscriber. Thus, you need to not only make sure that recipients can respond to your emails by also having a real inbox where replies are gathered and, most of all, monitored. You don’t want to be a business that lets people assume you don’t care about them by not replying to their feedback, do you? Nothing says I love you more than a [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) email address, don’t be impersonal.
This is a simple but quite overlooked email marketing hack. Why is it important? Because by gathering feedback from subscribers/customers you can provide further social proof of the value your business can bring to them. So, move away from embedding forms in your emails (which a lot of email clients don’t support fully – or at all) and encourage replies. It’s a much easier process and it shows the subscribers their opinion matters and someone is listening.

10) Reduce your email lists dead weight

Riddle us this – would you rather have 30,000 subscribers on your email list with only 10,000 of them engaged or would you rather have 10,000 and all of them engaged?
We know you want to build an email list as big as possible and how important email lists are to your business. But, if most of the people on your mailing lists are inactive and your attempts to re-engage them have failed, there is no reason for you to keep that ‘dead weight’. No matter how hard you worked to gather those subscribers, email list decay is a natural occurrence.
With this in mind, if you see that your subscribers haven’t opened or engaged with your email campaigns in a while be considerate and notify them – with one last email – that you do not want to clutter their inbox and will opt them out from your email list within a specific timeframe – for example, 2 days. However, don’t write them off completely. Offer them the option to stay or customise their email preferences.
This email marketing hack is really effective as it’ll not only increase the long-term value of your active subscribers but also, reduce the risk of your emails ending up in the spam folder because recipient servers will see a huge uplift in your engagement rates as a percentage of those sent, trust us, this is really important for great delivery.

11) Optimise for the small screen

Even before fully opening their eyes with a coffee mug in hand, most recipients will notice a badly-formatted email with no optimisation for the small screen. Stats point out that 42.3% of recipients delete emails if they are not optimised for mobile devices with 32.2% reading the email on their desktop later and only 11.3% will read it despite the lack of mobile-optimisation.
With most people checking their emails on a mobile device, optimising your emails for the small screen is a ‘must-do’. The best way to implement this imperative email marketing approach is by creating a responsive, stackable content which is as easily viewed on mobile devices as it is on the desktop. The best professional ESPs – like EmailOut – support responsive email design so the only thing marketers need to worry about is which design they’d like best (EmailOut has a variety of free templates) and what content to include, our app will do the rest.

12) Your subject line is like a movie trailer – think it through carefully

Since your subject line is the first element your email recipients see, as well as THE KPI of your open rate, crafting the perfect email subject line is crucial.
Let’s say you’ve crafted the perfect email campaign but you’re conflicted between two subject lines that fit the content perfectly – what do you do? You A/B test (a.k.a. split test) them, of course. For example, you might have read that email subject lines with emojis get 29% more opens than those that don’t and you want to test if that’s true for your campaigns. This gives you a clear variable to measure in your split testing. It means you can interpret the results and use your findings to improve future emails.
Despite what people say, they do judge emails by their subject line. In fact, 47% of marketers state they test different email subject lines in order to optimise their emails’ performance. At the end of the day, if your emails aren’t getting opened, they’re definitely not getting seen. Hence, if you’ve got great content to share you’ve got to prove it in your email subject line.

13) The power of the email footer

As an email marketer, have you ever thought about the potential power of your email campaigns’ footer? We believe that no copy should be wasted copy. As such, why would most marketers neglect the opportunity presented by such a simple thing as a footer? It’s a perfect place to reiterate your call-to-action.
So, instead of hiding your campaign’s footer in a tiny font, make it distinctive. Include links to your website to generate free traffic, add further contact information so recipients can reach out more easily or include social media buttons to boost your follower-base. This email marketing growth hack might seem like a waste of time but you’d be wrong to waste it. Remember we told you Hotmail was considered the first growth hacker? Well, their “P.S. I love you” footer (with a link to their homepage) was exactly what transformed the company from a nobody to a million-dollar business in just 18 months. Impressive, isn’t it?

14) Test once, twice, thrice and keep going

In order to figure out which two versions of your email campaign will work better – without having to commit to either of them – you should use split testing, also known as A/B testing.
A small portion of the total email list will receive the two set up versions of your email campaign. Half of these initial recipients will see Version A, and half will see Version B.
The email marketing technology you’re using to run your split test then swiftly tracks important performance indicators like open rates and click-throughs from this initial batch, and figures out whether Version A or Version B is seeing the most success. The rest of your email lists will then receive the winner of the two based on the results.
The awesome thing about this wonderful email marketing growth hack is that with trying out both versions simultaneously marketers can take out all the risk of getting it wrong. It means you can try a completely new and experimental idea alongside a tried-and-tested one. All without the creeping terror that it’s all going to blow up in your face and get you fired.

Final Thoughts

Email marketing trends are constantly changing. The landscape is constantly evolving. However, one thing that remains absolute is how powerful email marketing is when done properly.
Thus, to avoid missing out on the advantage of being ahead of the competition, these tried-and-tested email marketing growth hacks are exactly what you need to keep your business ahead of the game.
The most vital of email marketing growth hacks is to never back down – never quit. In order to gain trust and prove your value to customers, you need to be in the game for the long haul – and then you’ll find your troops will buy and recommend and review over and over again. It’s not easy and it takes a fair while to establish your place in the industry. But once you’ve done it – with the help of your awesome email marketing growth hacks of course – you’ll be that much closer to the finish line and start seeing the impact of optimising your processes and closing in the gaps in your email marketing strategy.

Highly recommended further reading –

1) Email Retargeting vs Email Remarketing 2) Design The Best CTAs For Your Emails 3) Permission-Based Email Marketing 4) How To Develop An Impactful Onboarding Sequence? 5) Email Segmentation Secrets 6) Email Design Best Practices 7) Inactive Email Subscribers 8) Avoid Messing Up Your Email A/B Testing
This article was originally published on 2 July and can be found here.

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2020.07.10 18:05 Significant_Fruit FBE Firestorm 47 - Booking Jeff Hardy's Retirement - Part 3

Following Jeff Hardy's loss at Summerslam, he goes on an indefinite hiatus. In the meantime, Finn Balor holds both the Intercontinental Championship and Universal Championship till the Smackdown after Hell in a Cell 2021, where Balor drops the championship to the Miz, who was helped by the new team of Bo Dallas and Riddick Moss.

Build to TLC
Following Survivor Series 2021, where the Miz was successful in defeating NXT's North American Champion Damien Priest and Raw's United States Champion Buddy Murphy in the traditional triple threat match between the champions, the Miz cuts a promo talking about how great his Intercontinental Championship run has been. He puts over Bo Dallas and Riddick Moss as individuals who can help get things done, and ensure that Smackdown remains as must see television. The Miz is interrupted by this music, and out comes Jeff Hardy!! Jeff Hardy grabs a microphone and says that in his time away he's come to realise that he might not be able to compete much longer, but he's going to do everything he can to give back to the business whilst he still can. The Miz berates Jeff Hardy for interrupting such must-see TV with his pathetic return story, but before Miz can finish Jeff Hardy snatches the Miz's microphone and tosses it out of the ring. Hardy then goes on to say that now he's back, he's gunning for the Intercontinental Championship once again, before handing his microphone and leaving the ring.
On next week's Smackdown, the Miz, Bo Dallas and Riddick Moss are being interviewed backstage by Paige, and Paige asks what the Miz has to say to Jeff Hardy's challenge. The Miz agrees to give Jeff Hardy a title match if he can beat either Dallas or Moss. Jeff Hardy arrives and asks which of the pair Miz thinks could actuallly beat him, and the Miz chooses Riddick Moss. Later that night, Jeff Hardy vs Riddick Moss gets underway, and after 7 minutes Jeff Hardy pins Moss following a Twist of Fate. After the match Bo Dallas tries to jump Jeff Hardy, but Hardy fights back, knocking out Dallas. Hardy then lays Bo Dallas and Riddick Moss on top of each other and its a Swanton Bomb on the pair.
On the go home show for TLC, it is revealed that the Miz and Jeff Hardy will compete in a non-title match, with the winner choosing the stipulation for their match at TLC. The Miz wrestles quite arrogantly against Jeff Hardy, believing that he is the superior wrestler, as he also has backup in the form of Bo Dallas and Riddick Moss. However, Dallas and Moss interfere one too many times and get ejected from ringside. This decision distracts the Miz, and allows Jeff Hardy to sneak up behind Miz and roll him up for the 3 count. Before Greg Hamilton can announce Jeff Hardy's victory, Jeff runs over to Greg and grabs the microphone to announce that Miz vs Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Championship will be a ladder match. This decision enrages Miz, who walks up the entranceway in a fit of rage as Jeff Hardy gets back in the ring to celebrate.

TLC 2021
The Miz (c) vs Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Championship in a ladder match
The match begins with some back and forth in the ring between Hardy and the Miz. After a few minutes of going back and forth, Miz leaves the ring to bring a ladder into the mix. Miz tries to use the ladder as a weapon, but Hardy avoids the attack, clotheslining Miz from behind and causing Miz to drop the ladder. Hardy then picks up Miz and powerslams him onto the ladder. Hardy leaves the ring to grab a second ladder and brings it into the match. Hardy begins setting up the ladder when Miz recovers and throws Hardy into the ladder, knocking it over. Hardy then hits Miz with a sitout jawbreaker, before repositioning the ladder and making the first ascent. However, as he climbs, Miz recovers and puts Hardy in the electric chair position, before dropping Hardy back first onto the first ladder lying in the ring.
Miz grabs Hardy's left leg and smashes it against the ladder. Miz then tries to trap Hardy's leg in the ladder, but whilst trying this he gets too close to Hardy, who sucker punches Miz. Hardy pries his leg free, before getting to his feet and dropkicking Miz into the ladder. Hardy then repositions the ladder and once again makes the climb, attempting to bring down the belt, but Miz recovers and smacks Hardy's left leg against the ladder once again. Miz then grabs Hardy off the ladder and powerbombs him back down to the canvas.
Miz then makes the climb up the ladder, trying to grab the belt himself, but Jeff Hardy recovers and climbs up the other side. Miz and Hardy begin brawling at the top of the ladder, but their brawl ends abruptly when Hardy grabs Miz's head and smacks it against the ladder. This momentarily stuns Miz enough to allow Hardy to hit the Twist of Fate from the top of the ladder back down to the canvas.
Jeff Hardy slowly recovers and repositions the ladder before making the climb to try and retrieve the title. As Hardy is reaching, the Miztourage arrive from guerilla. Bo Dallas and Riddick Moss run to the ring and push over the ladder, sending Hardy crashing down on the ropes. Dallas and Moss try to wake up Miz, who is still out cold following the Twist of Fate. In the meantime, Jeff Hardy recovers and begins fighting off Bo Dallas and Riddick Moss, sending them both out of the ring, but he is left distracted, allowing a now recovered Miz to hit Hardy with the Skull Crushing Finale.
Miz repositions the ladder and begins making the climb. Miz looks like he is about to retrieve the title, when Jeff Hardy suddenly gets to his feet and pushes over the ladder, sending Miz crashing down onto the ropes. Jeff Hardy very slowly climbs the ladder, selling the injury to his left leg, but manages to reach the top and grabs onto the title belt. The Miz pushes over the ladder, but Jeff Hardy doesn't let go of the belt, hanging on for dear life. The Miztourage arrive to try and help Miz find a way to prevent Hardy from bringing down the title as he falls. However, the belt buckle finally releases, and Hardy is sent crashing down onto the Miztourage with the Intercontinental title in hand.
Jeff Hardy def. The Miz (c) to win the Intercontinental Championship (15:21)
Jeff Hardy celebrates the title win as the Miztourage flee up the entranceway, holding their bodies in pain.

Build to Royal Rumble
Following his victory over the Miz, backstage interviewer Paige hosts a championship coronation ceremony for new Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy. During this, Paige asks if anything has changed now that he's back, and Jeff says that some big things have changed. "Firstly, in my time away, I have managed to bury my final demon, Willow. He's no more. The Jeff Hardy you see here is the Jeff Hardy you will get for the remainder of my time here in WWE. But my time away has also reminded me of how fortunate I am, to still be doing what I love, and to once again be the Intercontinental Champion!". Hardy pauses, but continues. "I don't know how much longer my body will be able to take competing at such a high level. It could all come crashing down after any match. But whilst I can fight I'm going to fight. I returned so I could give back to the business that helped me so much"
On the following week of Smackdown, Jeff Hardy is the guest on an episode of Miz TV, and the Miz takes this opportunity to berate the new champion, making baseless claims such as the belt looking better on the Miz, and that Jeff Hardy will lose any potential rematch with the Miz. Hardy interrupts and says that Miz is one of the most privileged wrestlers on the roster, so unlike the rest of the locker room, who don't get the opportunities Miz does, Miz will have to earn a title shot. Miz responds "well if you're such a defending champion as you like to say, why don't you defend your championship against one of my two friends here? You couldn't beat them if they had their hands tied behind their backs". Jeff Hardy laughs before reminding Miz that he's beaten Riddick Moss already, but Hardy says he'll happily give an Intercontinental title match to Bo Dallas, "in fact", Jeff adds, "why don't we have that match, right now! Clear the ring!" Jeff Hardy then goes on to beat Bo Dallas in a 5 minute match following a Twist of Fate for the 1, 2, 3.
On next week's episode of Smackdown, Cesaro wins a triple threat match against Ali and John Morrison to earn an Intercontinental Championship match against Jeff Hardy on the following episode of Smackdown.
Jeff Hardy vs Cesaro is the main event of the following week's episode of Smackdown. Cesaro puts up a good fight, and it appears Cesaro may be pull of an upset and take the Intercontinental Championship, but Jeff Hardy pulls a Hail Mary and hits the Twist of Fate on Cesaro out of nowhere, shifting the tide of the match. Hardy quickly capitalises, following up the Twist of Fate with a Swanton Bomb, pinning Cesaro for the 1, 2, 3.
On the go home show for the Royal Rumble, Jeff Hardy announces that he will be entering the Royal Rumble match, and has elected to defend his championship at the upcoming Super Show Down PPV in order to make up for the lack of title defence at the Royal Rumble. The Miz interrupts to once again berate Jeff Hardy for claiming to be a defending champion, however his actions speak louder than his words. Jeff Hardy says that he's proud to be the Intercontinental Champion, but if Miz doesn't like that, he should step in the ring and prove why he should receive a title shot. Miz accepts Jeff Hardy's challenge and a match is underway. However, about 6 minutes into the match, Miz suddenly grabs Jeff Hardy and throws him over the top rope out of the ring. Miz then orders the referee to ring the bell, stating that their match was actually an over-the-top rope match, not a normal match. Jeff, visibly pissed off, walks to the back as Miz and his new Miztourage celebrate the victory.
Royal Rumble 2022
At the number 9 spot, Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy enters the match. Currently in the ring are the Miztourage, Drew McIntyre, Andrade, Kofi Kingston and Dominick Mysterio. As Jeff Hardy comes down the entranceway, Miz orders Dallas and Moss to focus their attention on eliminating Hardy. However, Drew McIntyre suddenly grabs Dallas and Moss and throws them both over the top rope. Hardy enters the match and goes at it with the Miz for a little bit. After the Miz gets a close elimination on Jeff Hardy, Hardy is able to hold on and put pressure on Miz to stay in the match, however Kofi Kingston comes along and helps Jeff Hardy eliminate the Miz and return to the match. At about the number 14 spot is NXT's Johnny Gargano who comes down to the ring with a lot of momentum, hitting his signature offence on the people in the ring. Jeff Hardy tries to go at it with Gargano, grabbing Gargano and trying for an elimination, but Gargano is able to counter it by eliminating Jeff Hardy from the Royal Rumble. Roman Reigns would go on to win the Royal Rumble match this year.
Roman Reigns wins the Royal Rumble (30:30)

Build to Super Show Down
Following the events of the Royal Rumble, Jeff Hardy reminds the audience that he still plans on defending the Intercontinental Championship at the upcoming Super Show Down PPV. He's spoken with his old friend Triple H, and they have agreed that there's a certain NXT talent who both Triple H and Jeff Hardy agree would be an excellent opponent for Jeff Hardy to face in Saudi Arabia. Jeff Hardy is handed a contract by one of the ringside officials. Jeff Hardy pulls out a pen, and asks his Super Show Down opponent to come down and sign the contract to make the match official. Out comes Mansoor, who excitedly runs down to the ring. Jeff Hardy hands Mansoor the contract, and Mansoor energetically signs it, before handing it back to Jeff Hardy and offering the Intercontinental Champion a handshake. Jeff Hardy takes Mansoor's hand as a sign of respect. Jeff Hardy is audibly heard to say "you've got a massive opportunity ahead of you, but I'm not going down without a fight. I won't go easy. Best of luck kid!"
On the following week's episode of Smackdown, Michael Cole reminds us that at Super Show Down, Jeff Hardy will be defending his Intercontinental Championship against Mansoor. In a backstage interview segment, Paige catches up with Jeff Hardy, where Jeff explains that he gave Mansoor a huge opportunity like this because he feels that Mansoor hasn't been given many opportunities to showcase his talents, and Jeff feels that this may be his breakout moment. "I wouldn't want to take that away from him and give that title opportunity to someone far less deserving like the Miz or one of his Miztourage". Jeff Hardy politely thanks Paige for the interview before leaving to train some more for his upcoming match.
Super Show Down 2022
Jeff Hardy (c) vs Mansoor for the Intercontinental Championship
Jeff Hardy and Mansoor are presented as evenly matched for the majority of their bout. Mansoor is provided with opportunity to demonstrate his in-ring offence against the veteran Jeff Hardy, whilst Jeff Hardy is still given ample opportunity to demonstrate his experience and natural wrestling ability.
Mansoor is provided the first opportunity to get in some unanswered offence on Jeff Hardy. Mansoor begins his string of offence with a springboard arm drag followed by a Fisherman's suplex, followed by a standing moonsault for a 1 count. Hardy recovers and the pair lock up, but Mansoor takes control, hitting Hardy with a Falcon Arrow that gets a 1 count.
The momentum changes in Hardy's favour when Mansoor goes for a top rope move, but Hardy recovers and hits Mansoor with an avalanche hurricanrana. Hardy then climbs the top rope and hits Mansoor with the Whipser in the Wind corkscrew senton. Mansoor recovers quickly and goes after Jeff Hardy with a clothesline, but Hardy baseball slides behind Masnoor and performs a school boy roll up pin for a 2 count.
Mansoor and Jeff Hardy once again lock up, and Mansoor is once again able to take control of the lock up, with a headlock, but Jeff Hardy manages to get out of the headlock and hit Mansoor with a sitout jawbreaker. Mansoor quickly recovers but eats a Mule Kick for his troubles. Hardy then goes for a double leg drop to the abdomen of Mansoor, but Mansoor rolls out of the way of the attack. Mansoor then goes for a kick to the gut, but Jeff Hardy catches it, spinning Mansoor around and hitting him with the Twist of Fate. Hardy then covers Mansoor, 1, 2, kickout by Mansoor.
Hardy then picks up Mansoor and prepares to hit Mansoor with a fisherman's suplex, but Mansoor avoids the attack by hitting Hardy with a Northern Light Suplex cover for a 2 count. Mansoor quickly recovers and hits Hardy with a running superkick, collapsing his shoulders over Hardy for a cover as the referee counts, 1, 2, kickout by Hardy who rolls through and secures a crucifix pin on Mansoor, 1, 2, 3.
Jeff Hardy (c) def. Mansoor to retain the Intercontinental Championship (12:07)
After the match, Jeff Hardy offers a handshake to Mansoor, and Hardy holds Mansoor's hand in the air to honour an admirable performance by Mansoor.

Build to No Way Out
Following his victory at Super Show Down, Jeff Hardy is once again invited to be a guest on Miz TV. Miz takes the opportunity to remind the WWE Universe that he still hasn't received a title rematch for the Intercontinental Championship. "And to add to that, when I faced Jeff Hardy on Smackdown, I beat him, fair and square". Jeff replies with "fair and square. Miz, without even informing me, you made our match an over the top rope match, mid-match. How on earth is that fair and square?" Before Miz answers, Bo Dallas and Riddick Moss jump Jeff Hardy from behind, and the trio then proceed to beat down Jeff Hardy, with the Miz finishing off the beat down with the Skull Crushing Finale.
On next week's episode of Smackdown, it is announced that Jeff Hardy and two superstars of his choosing will face off with the Miztourage in a 6 man tag team match. Jeff Hardy is seen speaking with Renee Young backstage, and Jeff Hardy reveals that his partners this week will be none other than Ali and Chad Gable. Gable and Ali thank Jeff for the opportunity to put a beating on the Miztourage. Ali explains, "because we, along with the entire Smackdown locker room, have been sick to death of the Miztourage thinking they run Smackdown". The six man tag team match gets underway later in the show, and the babyfaces show strength, as now the Miztourage no longer has the numbers advantage, they are struggling. However, after causing various distractions, Miz makes a blind tag to Riddick Moss and sneaks into the ring to hit Ali with the Skull Crushing Finale, pinning Ali for the 1, 2, 3. Following the match, Miz gets a microphone and demands that Jeff Hardy gives him a title shot. Jeff Hardy relents, agreeing to face Miz next week on Smackdown.
Jeff Hardy and the Miz have their scheduled Intercontinental title match the following week on Smackdown. The dynamic of this match is that Jeff Hardy gains momentum, Miz's henchmen create some sort of distraction that allows the Miz to get his heat back, Hardy makes a comeback and gains momentum, rinse and repeat. The match ends following a Twist of Fate by Jeff Hardy. Hardy goes for the cover, put Bo Dallas jumps up onto the apron to distract the referee so he doesn't see the pinfall. Jeff Hardy walks over to Dallas and punches him in the face, before climbing the top rope to set up a Swanton Bomb. However, before he leaps, Riddick Moss jumps onto the apron and pushes Jeff Hardy off the top rope, causing a disqualification. The Miztourage then proceed to beat up Jeff Hardy after the match, with Ali and Chad Gable making the save for Hardy.
On the go home show for No Way Out, it is announced that Jeff Hardy and the Miz will have yet another championship rematch at the PPV, due to the controversial ending to their previous encounter. Jeff Hardy cuts a promo to reveal that in line with the name "No Way Out", Hardy will defend his championship in a steel cage match against the Miz, in order to ensure that the Miztourage don't get involved in the outcome. Miz is watching backstage as this reveal goes down, and he loses his temper, flipping over a nearby table.
No Way Out 2022
Jeff Hardy (c) vs the Miz for the Intercontinental Championship in a steel cage match
Jeff Hardy and the Miz begin the match going back and forth with their signature offence, each man given some opportunities to showcase their offensive strengths.
The stipulation really kicks into gear once Miz hits Hardy with a snap DDT and immediately begins climbing the cage to try and escape. Hardy quickly recovers and knocks Miz back down to the canvas to continue the match inside the cage. Hardy begins to incorporate the cage into his offence, whether its throwing Miz into the cage, or using the cage to perform a slingshot manoeuvre to Miz.
However, each time Miz sees an opportunity to try and escape the cage, Miz takes it, making the climb to escape. At one point Jeff Hardy climbs up with Miz, and the two proceed to brawl on the way up. Once Miz and Hardy are both sitting at the top of the cage, they begin trading more blows, but Hardy manages to hit Miz with a punch that sends him crashing back down to the canvas. Hardy sees the opportunity to try and leave the cage, but Riddick Moss and Bo Dallas both climb the cage to prevent Hardy from escaping, pushing Hardy off the top back into the cage to continue the match.
Miz tries to make yet another escape attempt after he hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Jeff Hardy and the Miztourage open the cage door to try and help Miz crawl out of the cage and escape. However, Jeff Hardy recovers just in time to grab Miz and pull him back into the cage, with the referees shutting the door once again.
Another one of Miz's attempted escape tricks results in Miz and Hardy brawling on the turnbuckle in the ring. Miz tries to position himself ready to hit an Avalanche Skull Crushing Finale on Hardy, but right as he goes to stick the landing, Hardy grabs onto the cage, preventing the move from connecting. Hardy then grabs Miz and hits him with an Avalanche Twist of Fate. As Miz lays unconscious in the middle of the ring, Hardy decides to climb the turnbuckle once again and hit Miz with a Swanton Bomb. The finisher lands, and Hardy makes the cover on Miz, 1, 2, 3.
Jeff Hardy (c) def. the Miz to retain the Intercontinental Championship (16:43)

Build to Wrestlemania
Following his victory against the Miz at No Way Out, Jeff Hardy cuts a promo talking about how great it has been holding the Intercontinental Championship. He admits that he feels he's accomplished so much over the last few months as Intercontinental Champion, and he is looking on to Wrestlemania, where he plans on defending the Intercontinental Championship. "Now the only question is, who am I going to face? There's so many people on the roster who could benefit from such a massive opportunity. And there's so many potential opponents I'm going through in my head and it's a really..." Hardy is interrupted by by this music. IT'S JOHNNY GARGANO FROM NXT! Michael Cole reminds audiences that it was Gargano who eliminated Jeff Hardy from the Royal Rumble earlier in the year. Gargano says that he's waited to long for his moment of glory. "I've achieved all there is to achieve in NXT. I've done it all. Quite frankly I'm sick of the treatment I've been receiving over there. The fans have no respect for me, or what I've accomplished, and would much rather boo me than respect all the hard work I've put in to NXT. Now I'm ready for something new to conquer. I'm ready to fight for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania. What do you say, Mr Charismatic Enigma?" Jeff Hardy contemplates Gargano's offer, but says he needs to ponder his thoughts.
On the following episode of Smackdown, Johnny Gargano is booked in a singles match against Humberto Carrillo, a match that Gargano wins in 6 minutes after locking in the Gargano Escape and forcing Humberto to tap out in the centre of the ring. After the match, Renee Young comes to the ring with a microphone, and asks Gargano if there's anything he'd like to say now he's officially made it to the big leagues. Gargano snatches the microphone from Renee Young and chastises her for implying that NXT is the little leagues. Gargano then goes on to call out Jeff Hardy, reiterating his challenge from the previous week, before dropping the microphone and leaving the ring.
On the following week of Smackdown, Jeff Hardy addresses the challenge put forward by Johnny Gargano on last week's episode of Smackdown. Jeff Hardy admits "Gargano has impressed me no end with his feats over in NXT. His rivalry with Tomasso Ciampa will go down as one of NXT's greatest feuds. You've held every championship there is to hold on the black and gold. You even made an appearance in the Royal Rumble match this year, and you eliminated me. If there's anyone out there who I firmly believe could show what they're capable of at Wrestlemania, it's you. Which is why I have decided to accept your challenge for a match at Wrestlemania".
The following week of Smackdown has the contract signing segment between Johnny Gargano and Jeff Hardy for their Wrestlemania clash over the Intercontinental Championship. Gargano signs first, before arrogantly sitting back in his chair whilst Hardy signs his contract. However, once Hardy has put pen to paper, he grabs a microphone, and says "in the past week I've come to the decision that my time in the ring is nearing an end. I'm not moving as fast as I used to, I'm not hitting as hard as I used to. I'm relying more and more on my years of experience to carry my body through each match. But I also want to keep going for as long as I can, and continue to demonstrate why I'm in the fortunate position that I'm in. So I have come to the decision that if I fail to retain the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania, then I will officially retire from professional wrestling". Johnny Gargano suddenly shoots up to his feet, shocked by the announcement. Gargano grabs a microphone and says "wait wait wait. You're giving me the honour of retiring you? Jeff... I'm honoured, truly. Thank you". But Jeff puts a hand in Gargano's face, before saying, "maybe you didn't hear me clearly. I'm only retiring if you beat me. If this might be my last match, I'm not going down without one hell of a fight. So Johnny Wrestling had better come into Wrestlemania at 110%, because any less won't get the job done. You feel me?" Gargano and Hardy face off, before officials have to step between the pair. As Hardy and Gargano are being separated, Hardy takes the opportunity to pick up the Intercontinental Championship and hold it in the air.
On the go home show for Wrestlemania, Jeff Hardy is cutting a semi-retirement promo. He begins by thanking the WWE Universe for showing him so much support over the years, but promises them that he's not giving up, and should he win at Wrestlemania, he'll continue to defend that Intercontinental Championship as much as he can, because that's the fighting champion he has always wanted to be. Hardy is interrupted by Vince McMahon, who comes to the ring in his trademark strut, before saying a few words about how grateful he is for the service Jeff Hardy has provided for the WWE. Vince says that should Jeff Hardy be victorious, he'll be happy to see Jeff continue his reign on Smackdown or Raw. However if Hardy loses, Vince admits that he's proud of what Jeff Hardy has accomplished in his lengthy career, and admits that Jeff Hardy is a guaranteed Hall of Famer. Jeff Hardy and Vince share a hug to end the final segment for Jeff Hardy before Wrestlemania.
Wrestlemania 38
Jeff Hardy (c) vs Johnny Gargano for the Intercontinental Championship (if Jeff Hardy loses, he will retire from professional wrestling)
This match is a pure wrestling clinic. Both Hardy and Gargano have a wide range of moves in their arsenal, and every move in their respective playbooks is hit in the duration of this match. They begin the match going back and forth with holds, strikes and signature offence.
Jeff Hardy is the first to put together a string of offence on Gargano, hitting various of his signature moves on Gargano one after the other. However, Hardy tries to rush a Twist of Fate attempt, and Gargano capitalises, reversing the Twist of Fate into a discuss lariat.
Gargano is next to put together his own string of offence to get some heat back. Gargano pulls out many of his attacks, before finishing his series with a slingshot DDT into a pin attempt for a 2 count. Gargano quickly tries to put Hardy in the Gargano escape, but Hardy is able to avoid the submission by making a quick cover on Gargano for a 2 count.
Gargano and Jeff Hardy then get to their feet and lock up, trading rest holds for a bit. Gargano manages to secure a headlock on Hardy, but Hardy is able to get out of the hold by pushing Gargano to the turnbuckle. Hardy then runs at Gargano with a running forearm smash in the turnbuckle, knocking Gargano into a seated position and hitting Gargano with the Hardyac Arrest corner dropkick. Hardy then pulls Gargano away from the ropes and makes a cover but only gets a 2 count.
Jeff Hardy begins complaining with the referee that he got a 3 count, but the referee continues to insist it was 2. Hardy gives in and turns around into a superkick by Johnny Gargano. Gargano then covers Hardy, 1, 2, kickout by Jeff Hardy. Gargano picks up Hardy and goes for a clothesline, but Hardy baseball slides underneath Gargano, re-emerging behind Gargano and hitting him with the Edgecution for a cover, but only gets a 2 count.
Hardy and Gargano lock up again, but this time Hardy takes control, quickly hitting Gargano with a sitout jawbreaker. Hardy picks up Gargano and irish whips him to the turnbuckle once again. Hardy runs at Gargano with a splash in the corner, but Gargano avoids the attack, sending Hardy crashing into the turnbuckle. With Hardy resting in the turnbuckle, Gargano runs at Hardy and hits him with a step-up enzuigiri. Hardy staggers off the turnbuckle following the enzuigiri, and Gargano looks for yet another superkick, but Hardy ducks underneath the kick, and manages to hit Gargano with the Twist of Fate. Hardy then climbs the top rope and hits Gargano with the Swanton Bomb. Hardy then makes the cover, 1, 2... kickout by Johnny Gargano!
Hardy leaps back in shock that Gargano kicked out, but Hardy quickly gets back to his feet and makes the ascent up the turnbuckle once again, but this time Johnny Gargano recovers quickly, grabbing Hardy and slamming Hardy onto his back from the turnbuckle. Gargano then steps onto the apron and lines up a slingshot spear, connecting with the move and covering Hardy, 1, 2, kickout by Jeff Hardy!
Hardy and Gargano exhaustedly get to their feet and begin trading knife-edge chops. Gargano begins laying in a series of them, but Hardy suddenly kicks Gargano in the gut and goes for the Twist of Fate, but Gargano reverses it into the Gargano Escape. Hardy struggles with the move, crawling with everything he's got to get to the ropes and break the submission, but the pain gets to a point that he can't take anymore, and Hardy taps out to the Gargano Escape at Wrestlemania.
Johnny Gargano def. Jeff Hardy (c) to win the Intercontinental Championship and retire Jeff Hardy (22:50)
After the match, Gargano celebrates whilst Jeff Hardy lays in the ring in pain. Gargano then leaves the arena with the belt, as Jeff Hardy slowly gets to his feet, with the audience giving him a standing ovation. Chants of "Thank you Jeff" swell the arena, as Jeff Hardy makes the long walk down the Wrestlemania entranceway, one final time.

That is how I would book Jeff Hardy's retirement. If you have managed to get through all three parts thank you so much for doing so, I hope you enjoyed my booking. Take care lads!
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2020.07.10 18:01 YooooooLago Sleep Paralysis at Work Story.

So I was in the back of the truck sleeping on my back. It was about an hour and half trip. When we arrived I was sleeping. The driver and passenger said, "wer'e here you awake"?. Although I heard them say it out loud, I couldn't respond. I tryed to talk, but of course nothing came out.So the passenger hit me in the leg which I saw him do and saw him smiling. I was aware I had to get up but was stuck for a couple seconds, all the while I had full vision of what was happening around me. So when I got up and started to work, I asked my co worker in the passenger seat if my eyes were closed, and he said yeah you were out cold dude. I then told him that I heard everything and saw him hit me on the leg. Now when I told him he had a smile on his face, he got weirded out. Now the two guys I work with think I'm a freak. This was the first time I had sleep paralysis with a live audience, and saw everything happening with my eyes closed. I get sleep paralysis all the time but this one changed me a little bit.
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2020.07.10 17:56 Havryl Content Theory: Asking The Right Questions

Content Theory: Asking The Right Questions
My last post was about setting expectations when starting out. It raises the possibility of putting effort into something and not having some sort of payoff. It's a scary proposition and unfortunately, it leads to questions on this subreddit such as,
  1. What tips do you have for a beginner?
  2. If a streamer did ______, do you think people would watch?
You may be tempted to ask these questions, but they really translate into complex multifaceted questions,
  1. There's some tried and true info that I might not know about, but show no indication that I might know them - can you find it and distill it into an easily understandable concept for me?
  2. I'd like to start streaming <insert vague content idea>. Are there any observable metrics that you can analyze for me to see if it's a viable content creation strategy?
These aren't really the questions to be asking if you're beginning to stream. The first question is kinda lazy - I mean, this is a maturing industry and it's been talked about so much here. There's even a Feedback megathread [Collections link here] where you can get feedback directly from other streamers and work towards actionable goals. The second question is more interesting, but IMO is for someone who is already comfortable streaming and is looking to do multiple types of content. The hot take is that the folks that ask these types questions of others tend not to be in a position to ask such questions in the first place. They should solidify their skills on doing research or work on solidifying their streaming skills with the content they're already doing.
In my mind, a good question would be,
Hey, I stream <my favorite game> for 3-4 hours during the weekends and wasn't getting any viewership. I changed my streams from weekends to weekday nights and I got a jump in numbers. Has anyone else tried this? I think it's because of <insert reason>. What do you guys think?
This can lead to so much! What if you tried an hour earlier? What about an hour later? What was your audience like - young, old, engaged or lurking, etc? It gives you possibilities to tweak and fine tune your content to the way you want to stream and to see what your audience will be receptive to.
If you're asking vague questions and only getting vague answers, one can't claim to have really learned anything about the topic. Hopefully this pushes people to ask questions of themselves that are meaningful.
To cap it off,
you can't expect the right answers if you don't ask the right questions.
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2020.07.10 17:54 MurCoutinho [SPOILERS S3] Theory of Everything

TLDR: The loop continues, Charlotte is Charlotte, there are 3 worlds a TRIQUETRA, Old Claudia from the last episode is another Claudia she is the Big Boss of world 3. A video explaining the theory: https://youtu.be/HZWqJRN-HOY
So I want to share a theory that I developed about Dark's end that I haven't heard elsewhere yet. If it already exists or been posted, then I’m sorry. First, let me say that I saw a lot of criticism of the series and to the authors and for the most part it was clear that some people didn’t even tried to understand what was happening. The only thing I can say is that “What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean”.
I really consider dark to be the most well written series of all time. So when I saw the last episode I got the feeling that something was wrong about that ending. How Claudia knew about the “original” world? How young Jonas and Martha saw themselves in the closet if they were not in a loop?
Dark is not a conventional tv show, it was clearly made for an intelligent audience, therefore I concluded it could never have a conventional ending. My guess was: if it had finished in a loop, it would have been quite obvious, but at the same time, if the loop had been broken, it wouldn't make any sense. The fact is that both of these endings would never be up to Dark's excellence. It must be something else, and I concluded that the perfect end for the series would be something that seems to break the loop, but it never really does, and all the evidence would be there to be found.
I’m not a physicist, however I'm very curious and studied this topic quite a bit. I feel confident to say that I understand the concepts of quantum mechanics well enough and, in particular, when it's under the umbrella of the many worlds interpretation. This interpretation states that the universal wavefunction never collapses and because of that we live in a deterministic multiverse even if we don’t experience it that way in our own particular reality.
I could not believe that they would end the series with a happy free will end. Therefore, I watched the whole thing again to try to solve the mystery. I concluded that the only acceptable way to argue that the loop continues would be to try to prove that the scientist Tannhaus has a time traveler in his family tree. My guess was that it would be the mother of the blind old man, Gustav Tannhaus. So, I became a little bit obsessed with the guy. Finally, I noticed something: there is another character in the series which has a cataract in the eye like him, and it is Elizabeth!
Now, it turns out that a cataract can actually happen because of genetic reasons, thus, I concluded that they were related. Remember that the watch has the name Charlotte because of Gustav’s mother, Charlotte Tannhaus? Well, then I took a wild guess, Charlotte Doppler, is the same Charlotte as Gustav’s mom. Ok. This is our hypothesis, our theory, and like science the data must fit with the theory. If you have the patience to continue I will show that indeed this is the case. First, let’s follow the trajectory of the mysterious watch, with Charlotte's name engraved on the inside. So consider:
It all starts chronologically in 1822, when the watch first appears in time, under the possession of Heinrich Tannhaus, who is the father of Gustav Tannhaus - the old blind man. In this scene, the father Tannhaus talks about Gustav's mother, now deceased. Many years have passed and it’s now 1888, when the watch is seen again - now with Gustav already very old - when the character "Unknown", son of Martha and Jonas, comes to kill him. In this scene, the Unknown kills old Tannhaus and takes the watch for himself.
Ok. So what now? The Unknown, in possession of the watch, travels to 2019 and delivers it to Eve - the Martha of universe 2. Eve then gives it to her newest version, which teleports until the period between 1888 and 1920, leaving the watch on the table in the Tanhauss workshop room, where Jonas was trying to develop the time machine.
If you remember, 1920 is the year that Adam is already working at Sic Mundus, and we can assume that he takes possession of the watch precisely because of the following events: Noah acquires this watch through Adam, goes to the year of 2019 and hands it to his future wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth will then keep this watch for many years, even after the apocalypse, when she is last seen with it in 2041, at the fateful event where Charlotte and older Elizabeth herself steal baby Charlotte, along with the watch.
Well, we know that Charlotte and Elizabeth go back in time, to the year 1971, when they deliver the watch together with baby Charlotte to the scientist H.G Tanhauss, who raises her. Then, the watch is seen one last time in the year 1987, now under the ownership of HG Tanhauss, when teenage Charlotte asks about her parents. There’s a small scene here where we can see the watch on the table, and that’s the very last time it appears. He probably keeps the watch, and the story goes on.
We know that these 2 universes are stuck in a time loop, right? Therefore, it is necessary that this watch somehow returns to the year of 1822 or earlier, where it is seen for the first time. But then, who would take it there? First, remember that we do not know how Charlotte and Elizabeth came back from 2041, when they stole baby Charlotte, since in that time period there weren’t any time machine available (remember that Noah, Jonas and Elizabeth are stuck there for this reason). Also, traveling back to 1971 doesn't fit in a 33, 66 or 99 year cycle. Clearly, one possibility is that they possess the ball time machine. If this is the case, then they could travel some more times, provided that they had that little ball with “fuel”, let’s say.
If this is the case they could go forward to 1987 to get the watch at Thannhaus office and then get back to the past to fulfil their destiny. Remember that Charlotte, as far as we know, is the only character who knows where the watch is. So the watch loop is complete. Charlotte, now in the past, will marry (or at least have a child) with the father of blind Gustav Tannhaus.
At this point you can be still a little skeptic, but the show actually provided a few more hints in this direction. Remember that I teased with the genetic cataract disease, but Charlotte actually make her children genetically death as well: Elizabeth in world 1 and Francesca in world 2. In fact, all characters with disability have in common the same mother. With that in mind we get to the dialog between the “Unknown” and Old Gustav Tanhauss when the Unknown said: “Whoever has eyes to see and ears to hear, is convinced that mortals cannot hide any secrets. For he who does not speak with his lips, speaks with his fingertips”. And then he affirms that Gustav knows what he is talking about. Of course is about him who is blind and Elizabeth, his sister, who is deaf.
Another piece of evidence is the creation of Sic Mundus, which I claim was created by Elizabeth. In reality nobody seems to care about Sic Mundus, not even Adam. The only real believers are Noah and Elizabeth. Pictured in various scenes asking Noah About paradise, and obsessed with it, and her own husband being a great religious and devoted to Sic Mundus, Elizabeth sets out on the mission to create this cult that will even have the support of the father of old Gustav Tannhaus as one of its first members. Don't forget that Elizabeth had already created the Sic Mundus sect also in the future when she was the leader who guided the group in search of paradise.
Now things will start to get interesting. If Charlotte is really the mother of Old Tannhaus, what does that mean? It means that H.G Tannhaus himself, the scientist, is the great-grandson of Charlotte. Keeping up? So we're ready for the theory's first big conclusion: If Charlotte is the great-grandmother of HG Tannhaus, it means that, for him to exist, he needs to be a product of a temporal distortion, of time travelers. Which would be ok in universe 1 and 2 (here in the apocalypse she can be saved by Elizabeth as in world 1). But we know that he also exists in the “original universe”, just like in the others and therefore, he would have to be the son of the same parents. This leads to the conclusion that Charlotte and Elizabeth must exist in the so called “original universe”. But how?
Among the multiple characters that would cease to exist with the death of the character "Unknown", we will focus on 2 of them that are not tied to the plot, and are viable in universe 3. Regina, shown in this universe alive and well, whom we discovered not to be Tronte's daughter, therefore viable, and Aleksander who, although not portrayed, may exist because he is not the result of any temporal distortion. What does that mean? That Bartosz is also possible.
If Bartosz exists, then it means that we already have the first piece for the puzzle of universe 3: Noah's father. Now, it would be necessary for Hannah (who also exists in universe 3) to travel to the past and have a son with Egon (who also exists in universe 3). By parallelism between universes, we know that things can happen differently between worlds, but in any case, they happen. Therefore, as in world 2, it would be an inescapable fate for Hannah to abort the child she is pregnant with and go back to the past to have a child with Egon, who would be none other than Silja. Then, the conditions are created for Bartosz and Silja to exist, and therefore Noah.
Now to the tricky part. Charlotte is also the baby Charlotte of Marek and Sonja. Note that it is never said that the baby with Marek and Sonja are not adopted, this is actually a possibility. There is a very relevant, usually forgotten, piece of information in the series: that when the accident happens on the bridge with H.G Tanhauss family in universe 1, the bodies of Marek and Sonja were found but the baby was never found. She’s actually alive.
Therefore, what really happened was that when Elizabeth and Charlotte steal baby Charlotte in 2041 and go to the past, they actually deliver the child not to HG Tannhaus, as we initially thought, but to his son and wife. Yes, the baby who curiously shares the name Charlotte with the protagonist does not happen by chance, she is Charlotte herself! When the accident occurs, Charlotte and Elizabeth go to the scene and save the child, later handing her, in the same night, over to HG Tannhaus, who will raise her.
I know that it seems weird that HG Tannhaus would not recognize the baby, but this is actually the purpose of the dialog between Sonja and Marked who said: “He lives in his head, in his big ideas, …, he only ever looked up, start, galaxies, stupid universes, but me… He never saw me”. Thus, he never saw the baby.
In other words, the child from the accident in all 3 universes, including the one saved by Jonas and Marta in the final scenes, is none other than Charlotte herself! Yes, and if she exists in the “original universe”, it means that regardless of what happens, there must be time travel in that universe too, even after the supposed “break of the loop”, or Tannhaus and his son would have disappeared, and we see that is not the case. The loop is alive. In universe 3, we can then assume that Charlotte has aged, had her children with Peter, or at least had Elizabeth, and then as a variation of that universe Peter assumed his homosexuality, and that is precisely why we do not see Charlotte sitting at the table in the final scene. Yes, Peter was with someone else and she would not be going to the party on this occasion. Aleksander also did not show up, probably because he was busy, or even divorced from Regina, remember that in season 1 Michael and Peter were not present in Katharina’s party, therefore, this is not a big thing here.
It's not over yet.
Now you must be asking yourself: what about Claudia? There are a lot of people out there who didn't understand how she came back from the dead. Or even how she could have discovered the existence of the alleged original world.
It's simple. If the third universe is part of the loop, then it can act upon the others as well. Claudia did not come back from the dead. The Claudia we see is actually Claudia from the “original universe”! Yes, she is the BIG BOSS from the “original universe”, just like we have Adam at 1 and Eve at 2. Guys, the whole series throws this at our face all the time. There are 3 seasons. 3 parallel universes. 3 sequences of years that can be traveled through the cave, every 33 years. It is clear then that there is a third BIG BOSS, one for each universe. Remember the speech of HG Tannhaus to the adult Jonas: “Our thinking is shaped by dualism. Entrance/ exit. White/ black. Good /Evil (Adam and Eve). Everything appears as opposite pairs. But that is wrong, have you ever heard of the TRIQUETRA?”
And the history of the original universe, about breaking the loop? It's a lie. Just as Adam's goal was to kill everyone, Eva's to preserve the Loop and save her son, Claudia's from the third universe was to preserve the timeline in which Adam orders his newest version to prevent the accident, thus generating conditions for universe 3 to exist and Regina to be saved, her greatest goal.
Yes, and for that she lied to Adam, so that he would keep this time fork alive. This was not the first time, but it always happened again and again. Additionally, in the last episode, the dialog between old Claudia and Claudia is weird. When Claudia asks old Claudia to say sorry to her father, old Claudia gives a weird face, as she did not know what Claudia was talking about. Also notice that when talking with Adam she refers to HIS world rather than OUR world.
Wait a minute, but doesn't everyone disappear in the end? Yes. The fact that a specific timeline, or fork, is erased, does not imply the end of the loop. Don't you remember Jonas who dies? Or Marta who dies with the baby? Was the loop finished? In a multiverse the destruction of one universe means nothing to the others.
Ok… and what about Claudia who also disappears at the end? How could she be the boss from the universe 3 then? She wouldn't disappear if she was! Yes again, and she does not. Take a closer look at the Claudia who disappears. She is a younger version, the one from Adam's universe, the one from this fork of time that vanishes. The Big boss Claudia is the older version, the same age as the one who dies on Adam's universe.
That’s about it. The theory ends here.
There are some extra interesting things though but may be just my imagination. First, the antichrist is portrayed in the show as the person who is in the knot of the connection between the universes. In this case, the antichrist should be Charlotte, because before 1800 there are no signs of Sic Mundus or time travel. This hypothesis is also interesting because Charlotte is actually present in both apocalypses and in world 2 she actually causes it. Additionally, remember that in season 1 the birds always die around her. Also, about the birds, the doctor analyzing them told Charlotte that the birds had “burst eardrums on both sides” (deaf?) and that “white feather are not typical of this species” and that the white feathers “started appearing after Chernobyl, it’s a kind of mutation”, it turns out that the white eyes or cataract can also happen as a mutation after contact with radiation.
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2020.07.10 17:14 kafcatontheshore What were some of the life-changing readings that your prof gave you in class?

Hello! I’ve exhausted my reading list since I have a lot of free time now. Hahaha. I’d like to ask if you can give me recommendations from a UP class you took? I find that readings recommended by UP profs are mind-blowing gems that I’ll never ever forget. Fiction or Non-fiction. Essays or Novels. Historical or Romance. Kahit ano! I’d love to know sana. :) Hehe. Kahit titles lang and walang description. :)
I’d start! I love these readings so much: * Axolotl by Julio Cortazar (Short Story) * Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Family Tragicomic) * My Life in The Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola (Novel) * This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Novel) * Marcos, Memes, and the Manipulation of Memory by Jose Santos P. Ardivilla (Essay) * The Haunting of the Filipino Writer by Resil Mojares (Essay) * Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema by Laura Mulvey (Essay) * The Child Audience, The Hays Office, and Saturday Matinees by Richard de Cordova (Essay)
Thank you! :)
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2020.07.10 16:54 qualnex WEBSITE DESIGN TIPS FOR CREATING EFFECTIVE HOME AND LANDING PAGES

Tasting your fruit of success easily & instantly is tedious in the current competitive environment. Using practical and modern tools is vital to reach success and leadership. You need to concentrate on both the home page and landing page if your goal is to enhance your sales, attract new customers, and carry out any service or product promotions to pay attention to multiple golden opportunities. You can stick with the best web design company in Kochi to help with web design tips while creating an effective home and landing pages for your products or service.

What is a home page and landing page?

The home page is the first thing the visitor checks out while entering your website. It’s essential to provide them with the result they need to start browsing for your products and services. Similarly, the landing page is considered to be the cornerstone of perfect online marketing. The landing page is the page that the visitor sees when they click any of your links from a post, an ad, or email. The page should provide the visitor with the information they require in an exciting way so that they will be ready to take a singular and specific action. Almost all landing pages will ask the visitor to place an order, subscribe to the newsletter, register on the website, call for the office, and more. It means this act as an essential tool to enhance your SEO traffic.

How to design your home page and landing page effectively?

First, let’s check out for the home page and then the landing page.

Tips for creating an active home page

Focus on your website content

The important thing you need to provide the visitor when landing on the home page is that the targeted audience gets the required thing they came in search of. You need to know what your targeted audience needs so that you can improve your sales both in-store and online. Make sure you are excitedly sharing the information, and also the content should be relevant to the things they need.
For instance, you can share the testimonials, photos of your products or services, product reviews, or pricing with them. It will increase your business credibility and your services and products to get popular in the market.

Visual is a crucial element

When the visitor lands on your web page, you need to evoke their feelings and curiosity. You need to know what your targeted audience would like to experience. Whether it may be laughing or even crying. A home page with no spark or curiosity means no visitors to your website.

Make it attractive

It’s mandatory to focus on your website appearance. You need to make your home page simple and beautiful with chosen images, fonts, and colors.

A powerful call to action will work

The best way to improve your website’s functionality is to add a call to action on your home page. For example, Call today to know about the trends, click on the link to get a free trial version of the product, enroll with us to get a free membership, and so on. This will make the visitor happy, and they will love to get your products and services. The hyperlinks you provide over the call to action is essential. Test whether they work correctly so that the visitor can reach you instantly.

Tips for creating an attractive landing page

Stay focused on navigation

You need to make sure whether the navigation of your landing page is simple. The content should be visible on the screen before the visitor scrolls off the page. Ensure eliminating any links, images, and information that are not relevant to the product you are offering.

Color Psychology is mandatory

Color Psychology plays a vital role while making your landing page optimization. According to science, the color is powerful enough to describe the positive and negative things. Research shows that choosing the right colors, among other elements, will help to boost the conversion by 24%. According to Satyendra Singh, 62 to 90% of the customer interaction is calculated by the product color. If you need to know more about the color Psychology, I would recommend you guys to read out Neil Patel’s blog on how to Use the Psychology of Color to Increase Website Conversions.

Typography matters

Font type, font size, white space between letters, individual characters, symbols, spacing, and more are a few Typography elements. There are many typography practices you need to focus on while designing your landing pages.
You need to read this blog How Typography affects conversion from Neil Patel so that you will come to know about the importance of typography.

Discreet content

The landing page content should be to the point that your visitors require. You need to highlight your essential and UVP (Unique Value Proposition). Do not dump with excessive information because there are chances for the visitors to cause inconvenience, and they may leave the page. Focus on heading, subheadings, and call to actions.

Scannable copy

Most of the online readers use it to scan the website content for future use. It means you need to make your website landing page copy Scannable with the help of lists and bullet points to break up the different text or show variation in the font color and size to show the difference between the essential page elements.

SEO Optimization

You need to optimize your landing page using SEO so that you’re landing page appears on the search pages. When a visitor searches for any information with a keyword, your landing page should get listed on the SERP (Search Engine Result Page). For example, if the visitor is searching for the best web design company in Kochi, you need to optimize the landing page for the keyword Web Design Company in Kochi.

Responsiveness matters

Responsive and mobile-friendliness is vital for any website. It’s also one of the major ranking factors of Google. You need to make your landing page mobile-friendly so that the visitors can check your page from desktop, mobile, or laptop.

Make use of images and videos

Visually pleasing photos and videos with relevant content should be added to your landing page. You need to make sure whether the pictures and videos are short and whether the visitors feel enthusiastic to check them and purchase your products or services. When it comes to images, make sure to add your face rather than adding stock images. More research says that real photos increase the conversion rate by 50% over the stock images. Video helps to make the visitors too close and also educates the importance of your service or product.

Customer testimonials are important

You can increase the trust and confidence of the visitors through the customer testimonials. Add the testimonials of the current customers through quotes on your landing page. It acts as a proof for the work you have done for them.

Utilize trust symbols

You should make use of the accolades, awards, and other similar trust symbols of your brand on the landing page. If you have worked with famous brands, you can add their logos on your landing page to increase your visitors’ trust.

Contact Information

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2020.07.10 16:30 throwawaylisam Scenes from the book and movie adaptions that show how both, Richie and Eddie, reciprocated each-other’s feelings.

i know chapter 2 has been out for almost a year now, but I still see people say that eddie didn't like richie back. i think it's very clear that richie liked eddie romantically, but i’ll still include the subtext for Richie in this post.
Some of these points are not solid proof, but i think still relevant to mention.
So, for Eddie;
These points below are ALL for Richie;
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2020.07.10 16:30 AcePaisly Give us a baby photo!

I'm not 100% this is the most appropriate place for this story but it does fit so if anyone knows a more suitable place then do tell.
In highschool, senior year, my graduating class was a wild ride. Our class song was an original from one of us, and our class flower was a cactus, we just went all out on the weird and original. Something a bit less original was the yearbook club who was going to put together a "before and after slideshow" pretty much a baby photo of everyone followed by their graduation photo.
Well I was a bit late submitting my picture and they found me and told me "Send us a baby photo or we are going to google asian baby and the first thing that comes up is yours." Now that by itself is funny simply for the fact that I'm not asian, nobody in my school was even asian. (Small school, less that like 30 in my graduating class)
Not I don't like pictures of myself so I don't tend to keep any of them. My mom however has a ton of baby photos, as a mother would. I get ahold of her and before I even ask to see any I know which one I want.My mom is laughing so much about the picture I chose and is loving the idea of it being part of the slide show.
I told all mg friends and family who were going to the graduation, nobody else knew. To the yearbooks credit, they didn't say a thing about the picture.
Day of graduation we (the class) are all sitting on stage with out diplomas and they bring down the projector for the audience. (They also rolled out an old tv so we could watch as well) And the cooing begins!
All of the family's in the auditorium are oo-ing and ah-ing at all the baby photos. Two guys behind me are trying to guess who everybody is before they come up, and to their credit getting most of them right. I know the pictures aren't in alphabetical order so it's going to be a surprise when it comes up.
Suddenly all the cooing stopped and there was a moment of silence before the audience went "eeeeewwhhh" with confusion and discomfort, the boys behind me went "Who the fuck?!"
Me and my friends are all laughing out hearts out.
It changes to my graduation photo, the audience is murmuring, the boys behind me go "Of course" angrily. I found out later that over both photos my mom wanted to hoot and holler but physically couldn't cause she was spending too much effort to not pee her pants from laughing so hard.
Now the picture. I don't still have a copy of it but I can describe it. It was my first ever picture, still in the hospital. The background is dark and faded, i am beat red, screaming and there is just this skin and bones pale hand reaching over me like that of the grim reaper. (I call it the crypt keeper hand, she was the nurse) That photo randomly among normal baby photo that were meant to be cute.
Honestly my greatest highschool achievement. I don't like pictures being taken of myself and I don't like seeing pictures of myself, and now everyone who bought a yearbook has to live with that demon picture.
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2020.07.10 16:20 RomanSMironov Never Chase a Girl

I sat down with a relationship coach Genie Goodwin to discuss our best tips for chasing women.
Follow these tips to get better at meeting women, dating, and relationships.

Tip 1: Find a sweet spot between chasing and protecting

Testosterone drives men to chase women. They are hunters by nature. So chasing is not a bad thing in it itself.
It becomes a problem, though, when a man overdoes it, scaring a woman and making her go into a self-protection mode.
And women are easily scared, believe me!
What’s the solution?
Be a hunter and a protector at the same time.
Have a vibe about you showing that you want to protect everyone around you.
Here’s an example from a Tony Robbins conference where Genie went a few years ago.
  1. Tony asked a man to get up on stage and ask the women in the audience out on a date. 98% of the women said, “No.”
  2. Next, Tony whispered something in the man’s ear and asked him to do it again. The man said the exact same words but this time, he came from a place of masculinity, strength, and confidence. To that 98% of women responded with “Yes.”
What had Tony told the man? He had told him to come from the vibe of “I’m hunting but I’ll also protect you against anything that might hurt you.”
So yeah, don’t approach this “Never chase a woman” principle as black or white. Hit a sweet spot between being aggressive (chasing) and gentle (being protective).

Tip 2: Let yourself be vulnerable

It’s important to be vulnerable and authentic as a man.
If you play games as I did with Anna, you might get lost in them and won’t feel any connection to a woman.
And your woman will also sense that you’re fake. Women are very good at reading you.
So the more vulnerable you can be in a relationship, the deeper is the level of intimacy and connection.
I know it takes courage to be authentic and open up, though.
To be clear: vulnerability doesn’t mean you’re a loser. It means you feel confident to express your emotions, without worrying what the woman will think about them.
That’s what Genie says about opening up:
When my husband hasn’t talked to me all day and then wants to have sex, I don’t like that. I feel I’m being used for my body. Women use conversation to create the emotional intimacy that will lead to sex.
See? If you open up to your woman, you’ll enjoy a deeper connection and better sex!

Tip 3: Do this if she doesn’t respond

Normally, you send a text or call a woman a couple of days after meeting her.
If she doesn’t respond, wait one day and text something funny and filled with confidence:
You missed out on me yesterday, baby. You and I had a really great connection. And I was really looking forward to it.
The funnier you can make it, the better. Humor takes off the pressure in a relationship.
And then don’t ask her anything but let her respond instead. That’s how you come from a masculine place.
If she still doesn’t get back to you, you might want to do it the third time a couple of days or even a week later.
I really enjoy your X. I’m really looking forward to Y.
That might her feel special and finally respond to you.

Tip 4: Don’t buy her love with gifts

Don’t lavish a woman with gifts or free help if she’s not attracted to you initially.
These things only provide comfort, creating a brother-sister vibe but not passion.
See, these things themselves are not a problem at all. But using them as a replacement for your testosterone-driven vibe is.

Tip 5: Pass your woman’s tests like a pro

Women make things a little bit difficult for men at the beginning of dating.
Because she’s weaker, she’s going to test you to see if your strength will always be there when she needs it.
For example, when you two just met, you need to chase a little bit more:
Call or text her first
Initiate a few first dates
Be calm when she cancels a date
And to be honest: these tests never stop. They do become less frequent or intense, though, as your woman starts to feel safer around you.
One common test later in a relationship is this:
She has something on her mind but she just won’t tell you. Again, this is when healthy chasing is a good thing. You want to set a timer for three hours and keep asking her:
Honey, what’s on your mind?
Honey, something’s bothering you? I’m not going to allow that to happen.
Honey, what do you need to get off your chest?
And you don’t stop until she opens up. And then make sure not to make her feelings wrong. Listen instead of “fixing” her.

Tip 6: Feel okay when she doesn’t respond

When a woman ignores or flakes on you, it’s easy to get upset. You might have thoughts like these:
· I’m a loser
· Will I ever find someone?
· She’s a hottie and I’m not good enough for her
Focusing on such things makes you feel less masculine and destroys your confidence. When you feel that way, you can’t deliver your good to the world as a man.
Instead, ask yourself:
· Is that thought serving me?
· Does it really have anything to do with the woman?
· Is it her or me who is in charge of my thoughts?
And then create a new focus:
· How do I want to respond to this situation?
· What do I really want in a woman in general?
· What kind of good qualities do I want to display to a woman?
· What do I want to receive from her?
This will shift you back to the testosterone-fueled mindset. It’ll make you unstoppable and pumped to meet another woman.
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TL;DR; : Everything you need to know about the "Never chase a girl" principle. This post includes practical tips and examples.
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2020.07.10 15:54 OliverBagshaw Kelly Reichardt's Wendy And Lucy's portrayal of The Bond Between Owner & Dog

Video essay.
This film is so beautifully understated. It's only just 70+ minutes long, but within that time, we feel the weight of the world on Wendy. The basic set-up: Wendy is a homeless drifter heading for Alaska to find work, her only companion is Lucy, a loyal dog. When Wendy is arrested for shoplifting dog food, she is forced to leave Lucy at the front of the store. When Wendy returns, Lucy is nowhere to be found.
Lucy is Wendy's main motivation for her independence - Wendy is able to strive onwards from the support of her loyal dog but when Lucy is missing, it feels like a pit in the stomach for any compassionate dog-lover. The friendship between an owner and their dog is powerful, there's just something so pure about a bond that transcends language and species like that, which is why, while watching Wendy And Lucy, every panicked moment Wendy searches for Lucy with the thinnest of leads (she goes back to the store and asks if anybody saw her dog; she checks the local dog pounds to no avail; etc) is felt by any dog-lover in the audience. I personally think even if you weren't a dog-lover, you'd likely find it difficult not to empathise with Wendy's turmoil.
I think the film is especially powerful when Wendy is reunited with Lucy through a chain-link fence, Lucy clearly in the back garden of some residency that Wendy has never visited before, the implication is that Lucy has been re-homed. After a few brief games of fetch, Wendy realises she must leave Lucy behind: someone else has given Lucy something which Wendy could not provide - a home. Wendy, walking alone without her best friend is probably some of the most quietly upsetting imagery this film has to offer - those final shots of Wendy sat on the train car drifting to another location, watching the trees pass by, filled with a loneliness. Wendy has done something so selfless - she could've taken Lucy back, but she knew not to. Wendy put Lucy's needs ahead of her own.
Have you seen Wendy And Lucy? How do you feel it compares to Kelly Reichardt's other films? Would love to hear what others have to say. I fell in love with this film pretty quickly, but what do you think? <3
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