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A NetCredit study breaks down global currencies to see what faces people carry around in their wallets. They scanned coins and notes to see which category of famous person was most prevalent. Roughly half of the world’s currencies features faces of either a monarch or head of government. There are around the same number of poets on currencies around the world as there are musicians, writers and authors combined. In Bosnia, over 88 percent of the faces on currency are poets. Currencies with historians’ faces have the highest average monetary value – primarily thanks to the 1,000 Franc which features Jacob Burckhardt. Queen Elizabeth II is the only individual in the world to be featured on more than 100 currencies – The Most Popular Faces Found On Notes And Coins Around The World, Visualized (Digg ~ FACE OFF)
George R.R. Martin has offered his latest update on the next entry in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. Martin has said in the past that the ending of his book series will likely be quite different from the ending of the show, but he’s never said it so definitively and clearly as he did in this new post. There are dozens and dozens more characters in A Song of Ice and Fire than in HBO’s series, along with many points of few characters and many characters that have very different forms in the novels – including fan-favorite Euron Greyjoy who Martin says is, “way, way, way, way different” in his version of the story. One thing I can say, in general enough terms that I will not be spoiling anything: not all of the characters who survived until the end of Game of Thrones will survive until the end of A Song of Ice and Fire, and not all of the characters who died on Game of Thrones will die in A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin has big updates on Winds of Winter and why his ending is very different from the show (Polygon ~ NEWS – TV – BOOKS)
Tony Sirico, the actor known for playing mobster Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri on “The Sopranos,” died Friday, Variety confirmed with his manager. Sirico balanced Paulie’s menace with his deadpan humor, and his penchant for malapropisms, once calling Sun Tzu “Sun Tuh-Zoo,” later referring to the philosopher as the “Chinese Prince Matchabelli.” Sirico appeared on all six seasons of “The Sopranos,” after he initially auditioned for the role of Uncle Junior. Born Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr. on July 24, 1942 to an Italian family in New York City, Sirico spent much of his early life getting into trouble with the law, and has been associated with the real-life Colombo crime family. In an Instagram post, Sirico’s “Sopranos” co-star Michael Imperioli wrote, “It pains me to say that my dear friend, colleague and partner in crime, the great TONY SIRICO has passed away today.” According to his family’s post, Sirico is survived by his two children, Joanne Sirico Bello and Richard Sirico, as well as grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and other relatives – Tony Sirico, Paulie Walnuts on ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 79 (Variety ~ TV – NEWS)
July 8 – Elon Musk, the chief executive officer of Tesla and the world’s richest person, said on Friday he was terminating his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter because the social media company had breached multiple provisions of the merger agreement. The announcement is another twist in a will-he-won’t-he saga after Musk clinched the deal to purchase Twitter in April but then put the buyout on hold until the social media company proved that spam bots account for less than 5% of its total users. The contract calls for Musk to pay Twitter a $1 billion break-up if he cannot complete the deal for reasons such as the acquisition financing falling through or regulators blocking the deal. Shares of online advertising rivals Alphabet, Meta Platforms, Snap and Pinterest have seen their stocks tumble 45% on average in 2022, while Twitter’s stock has declined just 15% in that time, buoyed in recent months by the Musk deal. “This is a disaster scenario for Twitter and its Board as now the company will battle Musk in an elongated court battle to recoup the deal and/or the breakup fee of $1 billion at a minimum,” he wrote in a note to clients – Twitter vows legal fight after Musk pulls out of $44 billion deal (Reuters ~ Technology)
A delivery driver delivered a breathless account of dropping an Erewhon order to Kylie Jenner, claiming that he walked over a pathway with a “river beneath it” and heard a baby scream at the residence. After Pablo Tamayo’s TikTok went viral, Jenner disputed some of the delivery person’s account, saying he was lying for attention. No one comes through the gate! the river ?? no river. The lying for attention rubs me the wrong way sorry. Lied too about seeing through my windows and hearing my son cry. She later shared a video of what she did with the pepperoni that the Instacart driver delivered. I’m convinced you either loooooove mayo or absolutely hate it – Kylie Jenner Wasn’t Happy About This Instacart Delivery Guy Making A TikTok About Dropping Food Off At Her House (Digg ~ ‘I CANNOT MAKE THIS SH*T UP’)