MESSENGER SERVICES

Since it was founded in 2009, WhatsApp has become one of the apps you’re most likely to find on phones worldwide. 

Today, it has 1.5 billion users in 180 countries – even more than users of its stablemate, Facebook Messenger, which is presumably why Mark Zuckerberg’s company were so keen to gobble it up for an eye-watering $19 billion in 2014.

But lately, the app has come under fire. Back in May, it was revealed that malware had been developed that could potentially open up all of your WhatsApp data to hackers. 

Since then, Facebook has patched WhatsApp so that the current version isn’t impacted – but you can still be forgiven for starting to wonder…what alternatives are out there? Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular.

Facebook Messenger

Two of the most popular messaging services are also owned by Facebook. Facebook Messenger is an integral part of the Facebook experience, but a separate app enables private messaging between individuals and groups.

Until recently, Instagram Direct did a similar job for Instagram, however the app was recently scrapped.

While Facebook Messenger offers a distinctive user experience at present, it may not be the best options for an alternative to WhatsApp going forward. 

This is because Mark Zuckerberg has announced his intention to merge Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct and WhatsApp together – at least on a technical level (which could also be why Instagram Direct was shut down so abruptly). 

Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp may continue to exist individually, but they will share back-end infrastructure. On one level, this is a good thing, as it means you’ll be able to message people on WhatsApp via Facebook, and on Facebook via Instagram, and so on (and Facebook has said that eventually both messengers will be end-to-end encrypted) – but it also means that features-wise it’ll be like choosing between Coke Zero and Diet Coke.

iMessage

In response to the growth of WhatsApp, Apple has built out its own Messages app – iMessage – to be just as fully featured. 

Now, when messaging iPhone to iPhone, there are no character limits, you can send pictures, videos and…well, pretty much anything, thanks to a plethora of app integrations. 

Most notably, this includes Apple Pay in some countries, so that you can literally send money over text and, of course, Animojis. Hit a button and rather than type out your missive, you can perform it as a 3D animal puppet, with the fox, monkey or unicorn’s mouth movements matching your own. 

And yes, you can also be a talking poop emoji, but we recommend only using that when, say, dumping someone or telling a loved one about a death in the family.

There’s just one catch: iMessage is, by design, only available on Apple devices, so if you want to chat with your Android mates you’ve got to go back to using plain old 140-character SMS.

Google Messages

In response to Apple not playing nicely with iMessage, Google launched its own Android-only messaging service called…Messages. 

Available on the Play Store, this app also replaces your standard SMS app, and the big point in its favor is that it deeply integrates with all of Google’s apps and services. 

This means that you can easily share images from your Google Photos, or use Google Assistant to make a restaurant reservation with a friend from right within the app.

Telegram

Telegram is perhaps WhatsApp’s closest competitor in terms of functionality – and it even looks almost identical to the Facebook-owned behemoth. 

What sets it apart is that it doubles down on the promises over security: Not only are messages end-to-end encrypted, but it is possible to set messages to self-destruct after a given period of time – leaving no trace of whatever important conversations you were having.

One other nice feature is that, unlike WhatsApp, it’s truly multi-platform – with apps available for desktop, as well as mobile and on the web.

Signal

Many of these alternatives boast about their security credentials but if you’re really paranoid there’s only one option. Signal offers a similar suite of features to its competitors, as well as end-to-end encryption, but there’s one big difference: The app itself is open-source.

This means that all of the code for the app is publicly available to view, making it impossible for the creators to sneak in any backdoors that could give governments or hackers access to your messages. 

The app has also scored a major endorsement to bolster its privacy credentials even further in the form of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Line, Viber, WeChat and others

There are a number of other messaging apps out there which have millions of users. Line, for instance, reportedly has 700m registered users and Viber supposedly has 260m active users every month. 

Some of these apps have some really interesting functionality too – for example, WeChat has an entire mini-app eco-system inside of the app, so that you can shop, order taxis and so on without leaving WeChat itself.

But we wouldn’t necessarily recommend making the switch to these apps as they may not be all that useful. Why? Because they’re mere minnows in the English-speaking world. 

WeChat dominates China, Line is the go-to messenger in Japan, and BlackBerry Messenger is the biggest in Indonesia (no, really) – which are great if you live there. If you’re in the UK, the United States, or Australia however, you’re not going to find that many of your friends on these apps.

HOW TO WHEELIE

“Generally speaking, this is one of the most time-consuming and difficult moves out there,” says Hans. “Some guys, even in the World Cup race, cannot ride a good wheelie. But you’ll see kids riding them because they put the time into it.”

Steps:
1. Adjust your seat to a low position. You’ll ride the wheelie sitting down, and seat position will help keep your center of gravity and balance.

2. Put the bike into a medium or low gear and begin at rolling speed.

3. Crouch your upper body so your weight is over the handlebars.

4. Turn the cranks to the 11:00 position.

5. Pedal down and pull up on the handlebars simultaneously.

6. Immediately lean back – as if you were in a rocking chair – and continue pedaling. You need to trust your rear brake, otherwise you’ll flip over backward.

7. Outstretch your arms and sit on the tip of the seat.

8. Keep one finger on the rear brake while the others firmly hold the grip.

9. Feather the brake continually – this helps to control speed and can prevent you from falling on your butt.

10. Relax. The front tire should be pretty high in the air.

11. Begin controlling the two balances: vertical and sideways.

12. Adjust the vertical balance with the rear brake (if leaning too far back) or by pedaling (if your front wheel begins to drop).

13. Fight the sideways balance early; it’s impossible to recover if you wait too long.

14. Control the sideways balance by sticking out a knee or foot, or by turning the handlebars in the opposite direction. (Just make sure the handlebars are straight before you come down.)

15. Let the front wheel drop to come out of the move.

Tips:

All these intricate and slight movements happen at once, which is why this is a difficult trick.

“I hate riding wheelies clipped into the pedals,” notes Hans. Ride it flat.

For beginners, try riding slightly uphill. Also, practice hopping off the back for practice – so you’ll be able to in a pinch.

There’s no such thing as perfect balance – you will always be plus or minus your balance point. It will slowly become easier to correct.

Warnings:

Don’t keep your weight over the handlebars once the front tire is in the air.

Don’t try to pedal too fast or your speed will become uncontrollable.

CHRISTMAS ALTERNATIVES

Christmas can be maddening. Between the endless barrage of tacky songs, rampant commercialization, and saccharin sentimentality, some of us can’t wait for it to end. 

Others have taken a bolder stance, however, and created new holidays for themselves. These holidays are celebrated with varying degrees of seriousness and good humor, but do offer alternatives to Christmas and the issues many people have with it. From the secular to the silly, here are five of the best. 

The Winter Solstice

Representing the shortest day of the year and the beginning of a long trudge back to days with reasonable amounts of sunlight, the winter solstice has been celebrated since time immemorial. Recently, the holiday has been taken up again by a wide variety of people for an even wider range of reasons. Those who celebrate it include neo-pagans, non-theists, and those in need of a break from Christmas. 

Celebrations can vary dramatically. Common practices include feasting, attending secular parties, undertaking elaborate rituals of rebirth, and gathering at Stonehenge to watch the sun pass by. The hemispheric event that prompts the holiday has been used by many cultures for their holidays, and the people turning to it today continue a long tradition of making it their own. 

Newtonmas

On December 25th many people celebrate the birth of a man whose radical thinking changed the world forever, who showed humanity the light and lead us into a new age. While many have turned away from his thinking, the influence he had on the world is unmatched by another other thinker, sage, or prophet. 

That man was Isaac Newton. Were you expecting somebody else?

Dating back to a meeting in 1890, the holiday is only half serious. Named by The Skeptic’s Society when they realized they needed another name for their annual Christmas party, celebrations including wishing people “reason’s greetings,” eating apples, and gifting others science related items. Since Newton’s birthday is technically on January 4th on our modern calendar, some celebrate the holiday over ten days. The following for the holiday is growing, and it was once featured on The Big Bang Theory. 

HumanLight

A holiday explicitly created for humanists who wanted an alternative to Christmas, HumanLight dates back to 2001. Created by the New Jersey Humanist Network, the holiday has attracted some attention over the years and has a decent following. This year, at least 18 large celebrations are planned.

Typically observed on the 23rd , the holiday is celebrated anyway you want. Holiday co-founder Gary Brill tends to celebrate with family, but others exchange science books and throw large festive parties. There is a general agreement that candles should be burning, and the event should be open to everybody. While many people are happy to have a secular alternative to Christmas, some non-theists have written on why the holiday might be a bad thing; showing that every holiday has a Grinch. 

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster reaches out to Adam. 

The winter festival of the Pastafarians, this tongue-in-cheek holiday lacks any official date and is often considered to last from late November to early January. It also doesn’t have much in the way of formal practices, so followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster may do as they please. This is fitting, as the church rejects dogma. The wiki for the church does encourage eating a feast and having an orgy. 

Several leading officials of the Pastafarians have erected holiday displays at state capitals and are celebrating the increasing acceptance of their faith as evidenced by people saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Marry Christmas.”

Festivus

 

Created by the father of television writer Dan O’Keefe, Festivus was made famous by its appearance in the classic Seinfeld episode The Strike. The television form of the holiday was created in response to the commercialization of Christmas and is celebrated by many people today both for a laugh and as an anti-consumerist statement. It is typically observed on December 23rd. 

There is no tree, only an unadorned aluminum pole (since tinsel is distracting). Other celebrations practiced by the orthodox include the “airing of grievances” and “feats of strength.” More than a few people celebrate the holiday, which has a website. Not least among the people who celebrate is former Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle, who gave his pole to the state historical society

VEGAN BLT

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Toast bread (optional). In the meantime, heat skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add eggplant bacon (if using coconut bacon, no need to heat) and cook for 1-2 minutes. Then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes on the other side until warmed through. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. To assemble sandwich, spread vegan mayo (or hummus) on the toasted bread slices. Then top one piece with Eggplant or Coconut Bacon, onion, tomato, and lettuce. Top with other piece of bread, slice (optional), and enjoy.
  3. Could be made ahead of time (up to a few hours), but best when fresh.

FLAT CAPS

Given its simplicity and practicality, it’s small wonder that the flat cap has almost global appeal. But then, while Peaky Blinders may have energised interest in it and its six or eight-panelled cousin the ‘baker boy’ style, the flat cap has been around since the 14th century.

An Act of Parliament in the UK in 1571 made it mandatory to wear a woollen cloth cap on Sundays and public holidays – more as a boost to sheep farming than weekend style. But today, it’s all about aesthetics and what it can add to your look.

There are plenty of pitfalls of course, but these can be easily avoided if you know what you’re doing. The whole ‘faux-gentleman’ thing that embraced the flat cap (as well as the beard and exaggerated moustache) has come and gone, but it is possible to wear one and look both contemporary and cool.

What Is The Flat Cap?

There is, in fact, a genius inherent to this affordable and durable design: less formal than more structured hats – and so less off-putting for men who can’t, as it were, get their heads around hats – its design is still a deceptively clever one.

Cut deeper at the back, it has more purchase than it looks like it does – useful especially when lifting eyes to the sky while shooting, for example; the brim is short but still enough to shade eyes; and the whole thing is foldable, easily stowed inside a pocket.

These are all notions nicked by spin-offs such as the driving cap, cycling cap and even the baseball cap. Perhaps the most appealing thing about the flat cap right now though is that it’s not a baseball cap. Ever understated, you’d never get a flat cap sporting some brash logo.

How To Wear A Flat Cap

Like its American equivalent, the baseball cap, the flat cap has an everyman quality to it, as fitting atop a pigeon-fancying Yorkshireman as it is an estate-touring toff, whether working the land or owning it. It found a place in skinhead culture, but also hip-hop and has been favoured by everyone from Del Boy to Samuel L. Jackson.

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Likewise, while it’s not a hat for all seasons – linen versions may work for summer, but the flat cap is essentially a cold-weather style – it is a hat for almost all occasions. Unlike the baseball cap, the flat cap is as at home with tailoring as with jeans and T-shirt, flattering most faces into the bargain.

Opting for one in a neutral colour such as navy or dark grey will offer up the most versatility. Introduce one as part of a monochrome look consisting of black tailored trousers, a grey T-shirt and a navy bomber jacket, and it’ll serve you well in a casual office environment as well as the weekend.

Wear It With

Best Flat Cap Brands

Lock & Co

Unarguably one of the UK’s most esteemed hatters – its namesake’s story in hat-making can be traced back to the 1750s, and the company is said to have invented the bowler hat – this is the place to go should you ever need a hot weather flat cap. They have styles in cashmere and Escorial wool, but also linen.

Garrison Tailors

Yes, there really is an official ‘Peaky Blinders’ flat cap, not least because the TV show’s creator, Steven Knight, set up a company to make them and other clothing befitting a Brummie hoodlum at the turn of the last century. The English-made tweed style names? Arthur, Thomas and Shelby, of course.

Bailey Hats

One of the all-time great American hatmakers, it was Bailey – once better known as Bailey of Hollywood – that made hats for all the big stars of the golden era of cinema, Gary Cooper and Cary Grant among them. Grant’s best hat moment?

In None But the Lonely Heart, wearing a flat cap throughout. Bailey’s also makes them in showerproof cotton.

Kangol

Better known for its bucket hats – LL Cool J might spring to mind – Kangol is the definitive headwear of US hip-hop, despite being a British brand.

It adopted its marsupial logo only in 1983 to deal with American’s persistently and puzzlingly asking for ‘the Kangaroo hat’. Its cloche-like 504 flat cap is a classic.

Gamble & Gunn

Based on Portsea Island near Portsmouth, where a naval cap might be more in order, hatmaker Gamble & Gunn have built a deserved reputation for the bolder choice of materials from which it makes its caps, ochre Donegal tweed, suede and lux merino wool among them.

Christys’

Established in Scotland in 1748 by one Miller Christy – his company would later win one of the first contracts to supply hats to the newly formed Metropolitan Police, while Queen Victoria’s consort Albert favoured its top hats – Christys’ offers flat caps in trad tweed but also hardwearing melton and moleskin.

Borsalino

It was a Borsalino that Warren Beatty wore in Bonnie and Clyde, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones – a tall crowned felt fedora that in time would take the name of its maker.

But who’s to say the Italian hatter can’t turn its hand to caps? Its version, in fact, has an innovative multi

SPICED APPLE TEA

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 tea bags
  • Additional cinnamon sticks (3 inches), optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the apple juice, cloves and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Strain juice mixture, discarding cloves and cinnamon. Stir into tea. Serve warm, with additional cinnamon sticks if desired.
Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 47 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

NOKIAS TOP TEN

10. Nokia N9
The first and last device to run Nokia’s ill-fated MeeGo operating system, the N9 provided plenty of design inspiration for the Windows Phone-based Lumia range that followed. Despite being doomed to early obsolescence from a software perspective, so popular was the N9 that consumers petitioned the company to continue developing for MeeGo. Reviewers at the time heaped praise on the N9, with some bemoaning Nokia’s decision to move to Windows Phone for its smartphones exclusively.

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9. Nokia N95
This 2007 device, released in the same year as the original iPhone, slid open in two directions. Moving it one way revealed a regular numeric keypad, while sliding it the other way allowed access to dedicated media playback controls. With its wide array of multimedia capabilities and hardware such as a GPS and an accelerometer, the N95 was one of the first mobile phones deserving of the “smartphone” moniker, which, for a time, made it the handset most desired by geeks the world over.

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8. Nokia 7650
Another of Nokia’s forays into “slider” form factor, the 7650’s claim to fame was its built-in digital camera, Nokia’s first in a phone. Though only capable of capturing images at a resolution of 640×480, when it was launched in late 2002 the 7650 pioneered the idea of putting a camera in a mobile phone to the delight of citizen journalists and the dismay of gubernatorial candidates in years to come.

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7. Nokia E55
In its heyday, the E55 was the pinnacle of design and functionality for the business user who wanted to be able to read their office e-mail in traffic. Its unconventional keyboard, with two letters sharing a key rather than three, and its dedicated keys for frequently used punctuation, made it a discreet and understated mobile phone with all of the features.

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6. Nokia 9000 Communicator
In many ways, the 9000 Communicator was the precursor to netbooks and tablet computers. Weighing almost 400g and with 8MB of memory, the 9000 included a 24MHz processor, a 4,5-inch monochrome display and cost more than most desktop computers. Introduced in 1996, the 9000 even made its way into pop culture with appearances in the 1997 remake of the film The Saint and Bret Easton Ellis’ novel Glamorama. The 9000 deserves to be on this list because of it was so groundbreaking. Our favourite Communicator, though, was the 9500, introduced in 2004.

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5. Nokia 3310
One of Nokia’s best-selling phones — at over 125m units — the 3310’s enormous success stems from its sturdy construction, intuitive user interface and the fact that it embodied just the right mixture of functionality and price. As the first mobile phone to allow users to send three SMS messages in one, it also proved incredibly popular with teenagers, students and anyone else with plenty to type.

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4. Nokia 808 PureView
Nokia’s long prided itself on the quality of its cameras, and the 808 PureView has the dual accolade of being the phone with the world’s largest sensor and resolution (41 megapixels) and the last device to run the Symbian operating system. The same imaging technology is set to make an appearance in Nokia’s forthcoming flagship device, the Lumia 1020, which also may be the last smartphone bearing the company’s name.

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3. Nokia E71
Nokia’s Eseries handsets set the bar for business devices before BlackBerry stitched up that market (for a time) with its Bold range. The E71 included a full Qwerty keyboard, and support for Wi-Fi, and dedicated keys for functions like calendar, contacts and e-mail. It also included a 3,2-megapixel rear camera and and Nokia’s mapping software.

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2. Nokia 6310i
The fourth reworking of the massively successful 6110, Nokia’s 6310i included support for e-mail, text and picture messages as well as Java applications, making it the first choice for business users and one of the first mobile phones to hint at the hyperconnected world to come. Added to this was a triband antenna, making it the perfect travel accessory. Launched in 2002, it was discontinued in 2005.

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1. Nokia 2110
Released in 1994, the Nokia 2110 was the first mobile phone capable of sending SMS messages and the first to offer Nokia’s now unmistakable ringtone. It also included the ability to store the last 10 dialled, received and missed calls. Its retracting antenna also made it the device of choice for busy professionals who liked little more than pulling out the antenna with their teeth while dashing between meetings and looking far busier than their phoneless peers.

LIFESTYLE PODCASTS

If you’re ready to make a lifestyle change, are looking for motivation, or simply need a kick in the pants to move you to achieve your goals, chances are there’s a podcast for you. With their casual, conversational attitude, podcasts offer the listener a glimpse into the minds of some of the world’s most successful people.

According to Podcast Insights, there were over 28 million podcast episodes broadcast in 2018. While this provides a wealth of information it also creates sensory overload. How do you find the best of the best? We’ve done the work for you. From bestselling authors to business gurus, these podcasts encompass the best in cultivating wellness, personal development, and happiness.

If you’re ready to start living your best self, do yourself a favor and tune into some of these top lifestyle podcasts.

Good Life Project

At the Good Life Project, listen to inspiring stories and influential conversations that focus on how to lead a purposeful life. Guests run the gamut from researcher Brene Brown and author Gretchen Rubin to less-well-known individuals, but every story focuses on helping you live a better life.

Entrepreneurs on Fire

Hosted by John Lee Dumas, Entrepreneurs on Fireexplores what it is that makes top entrepreneurs so successful. Dumas interviews leaders in their fields to find out their secrets for success, providing motivation and inspiration to anyone looking to improve his or her life as an entrepreneur.

Zero to Travel

Does your ideal lifestyle include the ability to travel the globe? If so, tune into Zero to Travel. Host Jason Moore is your guide in all things travel. Find topics including online work opportunities, how to travel on a budget, and how to make travel the main theme of your life.

The School of Greatness With Lewis Howes

Regularly appearing in the top 50 of all iTunes podcasts, The School of Greatness brings together some of the biggest game-changers in the world to discuss business and self-development. Each inspiring interview is facilitated by host Lewis Howes, a bestselling author and former pro athlete.

Happier With Gretchen Rubin

Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin brings her expertise to your ears, offering advice about forming good habits and cultivating happiness. Tune in on Mondays for a short episode featuring a story or quick tip, and then listen Wednesdays for an in-depth discussion or expert interview.

Get Busy Living

On Get Busy Living, host Benny Hsu explores many of the things that deter people from reaching their goals. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or need the motivation to move forward, give this one a listen.

Youpreneur FM

If you want to hone your brand, you need to listen to Youpreneur FM. Host Chris Ducker is a bestselling author and speaker who interviews guests who offer a fresh perspective on what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Achieve Your Goals

Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod offers inspiration and motivational action plans to propel you forward according to your goals. His successful guests offer personal development and self-help advice that can benefit just about everyone.

Extreme Productivity

If you’ve ever wondered how some of the world’s most successful people have time to do it all, Extreme Productivity may offer some answers. Host Kevin Kruse shares productivity and time management advice from a variety of people such as entrepreneurs, Olympic athletes, and self-made millionaires.

The Sean Kim Show

Sean Kim is the CEO of RYPE, an online language learning platform. His podcast brings together a variety of minds to discuss how listeners can become the best version of themselves.

Noah Kagan Presents

Noah Kagan takes a deep dive into a variety of topics designed to help you improve your productivity, grow your business, and be more successful.

Operation Self Reset

Every so often you need to take a step back and reevaluate how you’re doing things. Operation Self Reset helps you with the tools you need to become more motivated and more self-confident, offering actionable advice to get you moving forward in the right direction.

Beyond the To-Do List

Beyond the To-Do List with host Erik Fisher offers life hacks from some of the world’s most productive people, helping you achieve the always-difficult work-life balance.

The Daily Boost

If you need motivation, you’ll find it at The Daily Boost. Boasting almost 26 million downloads, this podcast provides strategies, lessons and logic to help you stay motivated 24/7.

Project Life Mastery Podcast

Host Stefan James takes his actionable strategies from the Project Life Mastery blog to a podcast. Learn his secrets to success, how to change your mindset, and how to be more productive.

10% Happier With Dan Harris

Author of the best-selling book ”10% Happier” and ABC News journalist Dan Harris uses his podcast to interview some of the world’s leading health experts, meditation pioneers, and psychologists to discuss strategies to train your mind.

The Art of Charm

Increasing those networking and people skills goes a long way in helping you improve your lifestyle. The Art of Charm focuses on these important elements, touching on topics such as self-doubt, healthy relationships, and habit building.

Optimal Living Daily

If you don’t have time to scroll the web for the best lifestyle advice out there, Optimal Living Daily can help. This podcast brings the best in web content on personal development, finance, health, and more straight to your ears.

The Fizzle Show

Fun and informative with a lot of actionable advice, The Fizzle Show touches on a range of topics from self-employment to productivity to managing a work-life balance. If you’re ready to change up your lifestyle and build your own business, this podcast is for you.

Aubrey Marcus Podcast

Aubrey Marcus is the founder of Onnit, a company that focuses on mind and body optimization. He brings this expertise to his motivational podcast, discussing wellness and mastering your life with some of the biggest and brightest minds in athletics, science, and business.

MANPEDIA CENTREFOLD: EMILIA CLARKE

Emilia Clarke is another surprise character that seemed to come out of nowhere and simply mystified people at the same time she was enchanting them. Since her meteoric rise, and it’s been just that without a doubt, she’s become something of a media icon and someone that you can’t help looking at whenever she shows up since she is quite lovely and in some ways very alluring. The roles she’s taken on during her career thus far have been quite diverse if you really look at them since in Game of Thrones her character has taken on a startling transition from being a weak young woman to a queen that doesn’t accept any nonsense from anyone. But throughout her time in the spotlight at this point she’s been overwhelmingly positive in the way she’s been seen and the impact she’s had on the industry.

Here are a few things you might not have known about Emilia.

1. She actually replaced someone on Game of Thrones.

Tamzin Merchant was another newcomer to the acting industry and while there was no definitive reason given for her departure from what might have been a standout role for any woman, Emilia took the part of Daenerys and ran with it to the delight of many fans of the show.

2. She has very unique-looking eyes if you peer in closely.

She has what is called central heterochromia, meaning that the irises of both eyes are a different color on their rims and have another color within them, creating a ring-like effect that is hard to see from a distance but can be seen up close if one looks. Of course you might want to ask her permission to get that close otherwise it might seem kind of weird.

3. Emilia has stated that if she hadn’t become an actress she would be in a very different profession at this time.

If not for acting she might have been an architect, a singer, or a graphic designer. It’d be hard thinking of anyone else filling for her right now since she’s been a mainstay of GoT and other films for long enough that her presence would be missed.

4. Her love for acting came at a very young age.

Emilia knew she wanted to be a part of the scene when she was just 3 years old. From that moment on she never gave up the dream of being in movies or on TV and started studying the moment she as able to become an actress.

5. She’s not the only actress from Game of Thrones to take on the role of Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise.

Her costar and character rival in GoT, Lena Headey, actually took on the role of Sarah Connor in the TV version, the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Unfortunately the show didn’t last that long but it did try to establish what happened between T2 and T3.

6. Emilia likes to stay active and has a very wide range of activities she enjoys.

She’s not the type of person to just sit around and do nothing in her free time as she enjoys going out and being a part of the landscape she’s in while engaging in very engaging hobbies and activities that get her blood pumping.

7. You might not believe it but it’s hard to recognize her without the platinum-blonde hair that marks her as Daenerys Targaryen.

If you’re a dedicated fan then you probably know what she looks like without the hair but some people have actually not recognized her without the long, platinum locks that define the character so well. It’s kind of hard to believe but it’s true.

8. She worked six regular jobs before being cast for Game of Thrones.

Emilia is not the type to sit back and expect things to be handed to her as she was a hard-working individual before she was finally cast as Daenerys Targaryen in GoT. This could be why her character seems a little extra driven in the show, she has a will that doesn’t allow her to back down so easily.

9. Emilia did audition for a role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Obviously she didn’t get it but she was angling for the role of Sharon Carter, which might have been interesting but also might not have been the right role for her since if she was going to show up in the MCU it seems as though she’d better suited for something else.

10. She’s admittedly been a big Terminator fan and starring in the movie with Arnold was a huge moment in her career.

Arnold was visibly impressed with Emilia’s work ethic and the time she took to receive the training that was necessary for the picture. For Emilia it felt as though she was overreaching at the time, but she was given a lot of support by her costars.

She seems like a woman that is genuinely glad to be where she’s at in life.

11. She Did the Funky Chicken Dance At Her Game of Thrones Audition

One of the most famous stories about Clarke’s audition for Game of Thrones is how she winded up doing the funky chicken dance. In short, what happened was that she was very nervous because it was a big event. As a result, when the audition was at a close, she asked the show-runners whether there was anything else that she could do. David Benioff suggested that she do a dance, thus resulting in the famous funky chicken dance incident.

12. Was Approached About Anastasia Steele Role

It has been reported that Clarke was approached about doing the Anastasia Steele role. For those who are curious, Anastasia Steele would be the main female character of the Fifty Shades of Grey movies. Clarke has said some very positive things about the director Sam Taylor-Johnson, but she winded up turning down the offer.

13. Didn’t Want to Get Pigeonholed

Clarke’s reasoning was pretty simple and straightforward. Essentially, while she isn’t absolutely opposed to doing nude scenes, she doesn’t want to get pigeonholed because of them. Since the role of Anastasia Steele would have required a lot of nude scenes, well, that was the end of that.

14. Dated Seth MacFarlane

In 2012, there were reports that Clarke had started dating Seth MacFarlane, who is currently famous for The Orville. However, that relationship had come to a close in 2013.

15. Couple of Reasons for the Breakup

There were a couple of reasons for the breakup. One, there were serious stresses because of the long-distance nature of their relationship much of the time. Two, Clarke was less than pleased about the fact that complete and utter strangers decided to start offering her dating advice on their own initiative because of it.