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Twins separated shortly after birth were both named Jim and led wildly parallel lives

Sometimes stories comes along that seem too far-fetched or remarkable to be real. The entire Ripley’s Believe it or Not? franchise is built on such stories, the ones that defy logic and reason and yet have been proven to be true.

One of those stories has recently resurfaced and it has us all scrunching our brows and questioning how it could possibly be: The tale of two twins named Jim.

According to People, Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were identical twins born in 1940 to a 15-year-old mother, but they were separated and put up for adoption a few weeks later. The fact that their respective adoptive parents named them both James (and called them Jim for short) would be a weird enough coincidence by itself, but that’s only the beginning of the uncanny parallels in their lives.

As kids, both Jims were good at math and woodworking, but struggled with spelling. Both initially went into similar careers, one as a security guard and one as a deputy sheriff. Such similarities could be explained by the men sharing the same DNA, but there are far more specific parallels that are simply unexplainable.

They both had a beloved childhood dog named Toy and a brother named Larry. They both married women named Linda, got divorced, then got remarried to women named Betty. It’s hard to see how these coincidences even fit into the nature vs. nurture question at all. It’s just too strange.

But there’s more.

Both men had identical smoking and drinking habits, both were habitual nail biters, and both started getting a distinct kind of tension headache at age 18. They both drove a Chevrolet and vacationed at the same beach in Florida, despite living in Ohio.

They even both named their sons the same name with just one letter difference—James Alan and James Allan.

The Jims first met in 1979 when they were 39 years old, after one of them decided to pursue finding the other through the court system. Their unique story caught the attention of researchers at the University of Minnesota, who were studying genetic influence on humans by analyzing twins who had been reared apart.

One of those researchers, Dr. Thomas Bouchard Jr., found the twins’ similarities as jaw-dropping as the rest of us.

“If someone else brought this material to me and said: ‘This is what I’ve got,’ I’d say I didn’t believe it,” he said, according to the New York Times. “The probability of two people independently being given the same name is not that rare. But when you start to compound the coincidences, they become highly unlikely very quickly. In fact, I’m flabbergasted by some of the similarities.”

The Jim twins were even invited to The Johnny Carson Show, which you can see here:

Having identical twins raised separately was an ideal case study, considering the ever popular nature vs. nurture question, but the bizarre similarities between the two Jims even baffled the experts. Personality traits, shared interests and the like can be chocked up to genetics to some degree. But marrying women with the same name, not once, but twice? Where’s the genetic explanation for that?

Of course, there were some differences between the two men as well. They styled their hair differently, one was more of a talker while the other was more of a writer, and one of them got married a third time to a woman named Sandy. Still, those differences hardly make up for the similarities. (Seriously, a dog named Toy?)

The Jim twins helped contribute to modern genetic research in a unique way in that they lived during a fairly narrow window of time in which genetics was being studied in earnest and in which adoption agencies would break up sets of identical twins for adoption (which is no longer the case). But they also remind us that there are mysteries in this world that science can’t even begin to try to solve.

Hopefully, people will keep trying, though, because we definitely need an explanation for the Linda-then-Betty marriage thing.

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‘What on Earth is a GYAT?’ Millennial feels ancient after learning the latest Gen Alpha slang

Once you finally discover what Gen Zers mean when they exclaim “Slay!” every third sentence, Gen Alpha has arrived to make you feel even older. Gen Alpha is the official title for those born between 2010 and 2023, and the most senior have just become teenagers.

In a new TikTok video seen over 5.4 million times, Nicole Pellegrino, a Millennial-aged director of TikTok strategy for a media company, attempts to communicate with her Gen Alpha sister Simone, and bestie, using slang that she has no idea is “out.”

“I can’t say, like, ‘That’s a slay’?” Pellegrino asks.

“It’s not even funny how ‘out’ slay is,” Simone replies.

WARNING: Video has adult language.


Why did noone tell me slay is out #genalpha #genalphatok #genalphaslang

In the video, Pellegrino is most confused by the term GYAT (which not everyone agrees is an acronym). “What on Earth is a GYAT? A yacht?” Pellegrino asked. The Gen Alpha girls couldn’t believe that she had no idea what the acronym meant.

According to the girls, GYAT is a way to compliment someone who has a nice butt. It stands for Girl Your A** Is Thick. “If you have a BBL or if your butt shakes when you walk, that’s when you would yell GYAT at somebody,” Simone clarified.

The language lesson caught many older people off guard who weren’t ready for another generation to crop up and confuse them. “I’m still trying to learn all the Gen Z slang and now there’s Gen Alpha slang too. Man, I am so old!” Jwoo991 wrote in the comments. “Why are Gen Alpha like fully formed beings? I thought they were still babies,” India added.


Replying to @hollymadison Gen Alpha’s out here using Siri to write essays 😹 #genalpha #genalphaslang

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90s kids still refuse to believe that ‘SHAZAAM’ starring Sinbad never existed

By now most everyone has heard of the Mandela effect where collectively a large group of people believe something that wasn’t true. Some of the most famous ones are the Berenstein Bears actually being the Berenstain Bears and Jiffy peanut butter really being Jif peanut butter.

The reason it’s called the Mandela effect is due to the widespread collective “memory” of the famous South African activist Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s. He never died in prison, he was released and continued his activism until his death in 2013 but that’s not how people remember it.

Over the past few years the Mandela effect of “Shazaam,” a movie starring the comedian Sinbad that actually never existed. Sinbad exists but not the movie that many 90s kids fully remember watching never did. There is no evidence of the existence of this movie and even the star of the movie denies he starred in the non-existent film.

But people who grew up in the 90s insist it did, some even believing Sinbad’s denial to be a joke or a conspiracy that includes the government stripping the globe of the VHS tapes. Other people accept that the movie didn’t exist but don’t fully believe it because of the distinct memories they have of watching it as a child. So how is it possible that hundreds of thousands of people between the ages of 35 and 45 remember details of this movie?

There are some theories that make sense but the best one comes from Sinbad himself when he too was trying to figure out why people so firmly believe they saw him in “Shazaam.” Sinbad’s best guess is that he hosted an all night movie marathon wearing a turban dressed like Sinbad, the sailor. This was during the same time frame as the movie “Kazaam” starring basketball legend Shaquille O’neal, who played a genie. So the theory is that our brains mushed the two together, which would explain why people are spelling Shazaam with two As.

Another theory proposed by a Reddit user is that people are remembering Sinbad playing in a movie called “Aliens for Breakfast” which has a very similar storyline as “Kazaam.” Both movies came out around the same time so if you piece those two movies together and throw in that Sinbad was in fact wearing a turban around the same time frame, it’s the perfect recipe for a false collective memory.

It also doesn’t help that in 2017, Sinbad collaborated with College Humor to pull the ultimate April Fool’s prank–creating a scene from “Shazaam.” People briefly felt vindicated before the joke was revealed but due to the internet being forever, the fake scene is still available, which has people using it as proof the movie existed, disregarding that no other evidence supports the claim.

The argument of the existence of this false memory just won’t go away and recently popped back up sending the internet back into a meltdown.

“I watched the movie!! I know it happened I can even remember certain scenes lol,” one person writes.

“I don’t care what anyone says I KNOW HE WAS THE FIRST SHAZAAM #Sinbad. I can vividly remember watching him play SHAZAAM,” a commenter declares.

“The thing that doesn’t make sense to me is how do we all have the same false memory. It can’t be explained,” someone inquires.

By the way, there is no movie from the 90s called Shazaam but there is a movie by the same name minus an “a” that was released in 2019 with a different actor and different premise. But that won’t stop people being fully committed to believing Sinbad once played a genie and is simply playing a long running prank on a whole demographic of people.

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Travis Scott’s ‘Utopia Tour’: Everything We Know Including The Tour Dates, Setlist, Merch, And More

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The year may be coming to a close, but Travis Scott fans still have plenty of opportunities to attend one of the most critically acclaimed tours of the year. The Utopia: Circus Maximus Tour has several dates throughout the remainder of 2023, and a second leg beginning early next year.

For those that haven’t had a chance to attend the tour, or those trying to get last-minute tickets, we’ve put together a nifty guide for your trip to Utopia.

What Are The Remaining Dates For Travis Scott’s Utopia Tour?

You can see the remaining tour dates below.

12/01/2023 — Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena *
12/04/2023 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
12/06/2023 — Baltimore, MD @ CFG Bank Arena
12/08/2023 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
12/10/2023 — Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
12/12/2023 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
12/15/2023 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
12/18/2023 — Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
12/19/2023 — Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center *
12/21/2023 — New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden
12/22/2023 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden *
12/23/2023 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden
12/26/2023 — Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
12/28/2023 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena *
12/29/2023 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
01/03/2024 — Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
01/06/2024 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
01/09/2024 — Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
01/12/2024 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden
01/14/2024 — University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
01/17/2024 — Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
01/20/2024 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
01/22/2024 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
01/23/2024 — Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
01/28/2024 — Miami, FL @ Kaseya Center
01/31/2024 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center

What Is Travis Scott’s Utopia Tour Setlist?

According to, these are the songs Scott has performed throughout the Utopia: Circus Maximus Tour.

1. “Hyaena”
2. “Thank God”
3. “Modern Jam” (with Teezo Touchdown)
4. “Aye” (Lil Uzi Vert cover)
5. “Sirens”
6. “Praise God” (Kanye West cover)
7. “God’s Country”
8. “My Eyes”
9. “Butterfly Effect”
10. “Highest In The Room”
11. “Mamacita”
12. “Circus Maximus”
13. “Delresto (Echoes)”
14. “Mafia”
15. “I Know?”
16. “90210”
17. “Meltdown”
18. “Topia Twins”
19. No Bystanders”
20. “Fe!n”
21. “Antidote”
22. “Sicko Mode”
23. “Goosebumps”
24. “Telekinesis”

Is There An Opener For Travis Scott’s Utopia Tour?

Teezo Touchdown has served at Scott’s opener over the course of the Utopia: Circus Maximus Tour.

Does Travis Scott’s Utopia Tour Have Merch?

Since the beginning of the tour, fans have taken to Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit to share merch from the Utopia: Circus Maximus Tour. Evidently, fans can choose from an assortment of graphic tees, hoodies, and sweatpants, ranging from $25 to $150. Much of the merch features images of creatures, as well as tour logos and a listing of tour dates.

How To Buy Tickets For Travis Scott’s Utopia Tour?

Fans can purchase tickets through Scott’s official website.

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Sabrina Carpenter Had A Funny Response To The Religious Scandal Surrounding Her Blood-Soaked ‘Feather’ Video

Sabrina Carpenter isn’t sweating the scandal surrounding her music video for “Feather.”

The Diocese of Brooklyn denounced the blood-soaked video, in which the singer kills a bunch of dudes before dancing in a church, in a statement to the Catholic News Agency. Bishop Robert J. Brennan said he was “appalled at what was filmed at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Brooklyn,” adding, “The parish did not follow diocesan policy regarding the filming on Church property, which includes a review of the scenes and script.”

Carpenter told Variety that “we got approval [for the shoot] in advance.” She then made a joke about how she shares a last name with a certain someone’s profession. “And Jesus was a carpenter,” she said.

Carpenter has been touring with Taylor Swift on The Eras Tour, but she brought a part of her own show to her opener set. She changes the lyrics to “Nonsense” to make it city-specific. For instance, in Mexico City, she sang, “Felt so good he made me hit the top note / Eras tickets girl you won the lotto / Mexico I kinda think te amo.” Carpenter called the rhymes the “kind of the jokes I make on a daily basis,” adding, “Humor is such a healing part of my life. And I use it in everything — that’s how a lot of my songs happen.”

You can watch the “Feather” video above.

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Scientists find that coin tosses aren’t 50/50. Here’s how you can get an advantage

Settling things by coin toss has been around for centuries. The ancient Romans called it “‘Heads or Ships.” Britains of the Middle Ages knew it as “Cross or Pile.” Throughout history, this game of chance was believed to be a fair, unbiased way to settle a dispute, choose which team goes first in a sports game and make decisions.

And the thought behind this makes sense. After all, there are only two sides to a coin, making the odds for each outcome an even 50/50. It doesn’t get more even than that.

However, a team of scientists, led by former magician and American mathematician Persi Diaconis, have discovered that this age-old method isn’t as evenly split as we believed. And there’s even a way to slightly cheat the odds to your advantage.

Diaconis made a name for himself by studying (and debunking) randomness, one of his more famous feats being determining how many times a deck of cards must be shuffled in order to truly mix up the deck. Even as a teenager, he exposed how casino scammers would shave their dice to improve their chances against customers.

When it comes to coin games, Diaconis has long argued that while it’s “pretty close to fair,” it’s definitely not 50/50. Especially when a little wobble is introduced into the toss, which increases the chance that the coin will land on the same side it started.

A group of scientists set out to test Diaconis’ findings and their study, currently in preprint, revealed that coins did indeed land on the same side they were tossed from around 51 percent of the time.

“According to the [Diaconis] model, precession causes the coin to spend more time in the air with the initial side facing up,” they wrote. “Consequently, the coin has a higher chance of landing on the same side as it started (i.e., ‘same-side bias’).”

The study recorded 350,757 coin flips, carried out by 48 people using 46 different currencies. In the end, there turned out to be a 50.8 percent chance of the coin showing up the same side it was tossed from.

They also found that some tossers showed a strong same-side bias while others had none at all, indicating that coin tosses may come down to the tosser, ever so slightly.

While this might not seem like a huge margin, the advantage becomes clear when you put into a betting scenario. “If you bet a dollar on the outcome of a coin toss (i.e., paying 1 dollar to enter, and winning either 0 or 2 dollars depending on the outcome) and repeat the bet 1,000 times, knowing the starting position of the coin toss would earn you 19 dollars on average,” the team explained.

“This is more than the casino advantage for 6 deck blackjack against an optimal-strategy player, where the casino would make 5 dollars on a comparable bet, but less than the casino advantage for single-zero roulette, where the casino would make 27 dollars on average.”


You could also use physics to your advantage, not just probability. Diaconis also proved that the head side of a coin is a tiny bit heavier than its tails counterpart, causing it to land on tails more often. Especially when it comes to Lincoln Memorial pennies.

So next time you are fighting with a loved one over whose turn it is to do the dishes, you can still settle it with a coin toss. Just conceal the starting position first. Or take a peak a use this hard earned knowledge. No judgement.

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Dreamville Festival 2024: Everything We Know So Far Including Tickets, Lineup & More

Over the past five years, J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival has become one of the top artist-fronted music events in the business, alongside Tyler The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. The lineups, curated by J. Cole, have included some of the hottest up-and-coming talents and biggest names in the game, as well as Dreamville’s roster, which grows in prominence each year. Here’s all the info you need for next year’s Dreamville Festival, which will be the event’s fifth iteration.

When Is Dreamville Festival 2024?

Dreamville Festival 2024 is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7.

Are Dreamville Festival 2024 Tickets Sold Out?

As of press time (Wednesday, November 29, at 10 a.m. PT), General Admission tickets have not sold out yet. You can add yourself to the waitlist for GA+ and all VIP tickets.

How Much Are Dreamville Festival 2024 Tickets?

Ticket prices are below:
A 2-day General Admission pass is currently $299.99
2-day GA+ tickets are $549.99.
2-day JV VIP tickets are $899.00.
2-Day Varsity VIP tickets are $999.99.
2-Day MVP VIP tickets are $1,999.99.

What Is The Dreamville Festival 2024 Lineup?

As of press time, the lineup for Dreamville Festival 2024 is TBA.

Where Is Dreamville Festival 2024?

Next year’s Dreamville Festival is booked for Dorothea Dix Park near downtown Raleigh.

Will Dreamville Festival 2024 Have Merch?

Presumably, yes. You can actually purchase exclusive tees from the 2023 festival on the ticketing site here. The official Dreamville Festival merch site has branded, non-festival year-specific gear here.

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Militarie Gun Admit They’ve ‘Never F*cked Up Twice’ And Get ‘Very High (Under The Sun)’ On Two Remixes

Militarie Gun dropped a bunch of new surprises for fans today. The band put new spins on tracks from their recent debut album, Life Under The Gun. The first, “Never F*cked Up Twice,” is now a collaboration with Bully (Alicia Bognanno), which opens with a twinkling instrumental and calming vocals, as she tackles the second verse of the emotional track.

The second reimagined song out today is called “Very High (Under The Sun).” This takes a similar vibe, creating a dreamy tone with an acoustic guitar, despite the vulnerable lyrics.

Additionally, Militarie Gun announced dates for a new 2024 North American Tour next year. Presale tickets open this Friday, December 1 at 10 a.m. local time, with more information available through their website.

Check out both of the band’s songs above. Below, find a complete list of their new tour dates.

01/31/24 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge*
02/02/24 — Dallas, TX @ Rubber Gloves*
02/03/24 — Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
02/04/24 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues Bronze Peacock*
02/06/24 — Nashville, TN @ Basement East*
02/07/24 — Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)* #
02/08/24 — Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar*
02/09/24 — Miami, FL @ Gramps*
02/10/24 — Tallahassee, FL @ 926 Bar*
02/12/24 — Raleigh, NC @ Kings^ #
02/13/24 — Washington, DC @ The Atlantis^
02/14/24 — Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church^
02/15/24 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom^
02/16/24 — Boston, MA @ The Sinclair^
02/17/24 — Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques^
02/18/24 — Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey^
02/20/24 — Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground^
02/21/24 — New Kensington, PA @ Preserving Underground^
02/22/24 — Detroit, MI @ Edgemen Printing^
02/23/24 — Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge^
02/24/24 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry^
02/25/24 — Kansas City, MO @ recordBar^
02/26/24 — Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre+
02/28/24 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court+
02/29/24 — Las Vegas, NV @ Eagle Aerie Hall+
03/02/24 — Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium at The Catalyst+
03/03/24 — San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop @ Rickshaw Stop+
03/05/24 — Sacramento, CA @ The Starlet Room+
03/07/24 — Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall+
03/08/24 — Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre+
03/09/24 — Seattle, WA @ Neumos+
05/29/24 – 06/02/24 — Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound

# = no Pool Kids
* = w/ Death Lens
^ = w/ Spaced
+ = w/ Roman Candle

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Offset Announced The Return Of His Toys 4 The Nawf Holiday Drive, And Aims To Support Over 500 Families This Year

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Offset has announced the return of his annual Toys 4 The Nawf Christmas, which will take place this Saturday (December 2). For the second year, Offset will partner with the Ann Cephus Family Fund Corporation to provide toys and support to families in the Atlanta ara.

Last year, at the inaugural Toys 4 The Nawf, Offset, and the Ann Cephus Family Fund Corporation were able to provide support to 248 local families, including approximately 500 children. They were able to achieve this with the help of community volunteers, as well as support from local organizations like the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“We had a great turnout last year, and I’m hoping for an even better one this year,” said Offset in a statement. “I’ve been so blessed this year, I’m excited to bless others. That’s the reason for the season.”

This year, Offset and Toys 4 The Nawf want to significantly increase their impact. They plan to double the number of families served last year, with the goal to support 500 to 600 families and 1,000 children. The crew also aims to provide winter coats to families and children in need, along with wellness checks offering immunizations and blood pressure checks.

Also during the event, barber services will be provided for children, and there will also be an educational portion for the Internet Affordable Connectivity Program, aiming to raise awareness about the importance of Internet access for all.

This year’s Toys 4 The Nawf event will feature a Christmas Carnival Theme, offering an assortment of carnival snacks and drinks. Attendees and volunteers can register here.

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Christopher Nolan Has Surprisingly Strong Praise For Zack Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’ And Wishes It Came Out After ‘The Avengers’

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After delivering the surprise blockbuster hit, 300, based on the Frank Miller comic of the same name, Zack Snyder was handed the keys to the crown jewel of graphic novels: Alan Moore’s Watchmen. While others had tried and failed to bring an adaptation of the seminal comic book to the big screen, Snyder brought the movie in for a landing.

However, in a taste of things to come, Snyder delivered a massive three-hour long film (with an even longer director’s cut) that received a decisive reaction from audience and critics. There were also slow-motion action scenes, a Zack Snyder signature move, that seemed to suggest the director missed a point of the comics. These characters aren’t supposed to look cool. They’re a refutation of the notion of superheroes. Yet the film was somehow also excessively devoted to the Moore comic despite also creating an alternate ending.

Jump to the present where Snyder’s Watchmen has earned itself a notable champion: Christopher Nolan.

In a new The Hollywood Reporter profile on Snyder, Nolan outed himself as a huge fan of the Rebel Moon director’s first crack at the world of superheroes.

“I’ve always believed Watchmen was ahead of its time,” Nolan said. “The idea of a superhero team, which it so brilliantly subverts, wasn’t yet a thing in movies. It would have been fascinating to see it released post-Avengers.”

Nolan has a point, and one only has to look at the success of The Boys, which swims in very similar waters as Watchmen. Both properties deal with how superheroes would really act in real life, and mostly, they’d be messy humans who are either drunk on power or very, very disturbed.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)