#411: Legos Releasing Braille Bricks, Taylor Swift Breaks Records & More!

Legos To Release Braille Version

  • Legos are launching Braille Bricks in 2020 to help visually impaired children learn in a playful & engaging way
  • They will be fully compatible with existing lego bricks plus they’ll include printed characters so sighted people can also read them
  • The final set will comprise approximately 250 bricks, covering the complete Braille alphabet, numbers from zero to nine, math symbols, as well as "inspiration for teaching and interactive games"

 

Taylor Swift Also Breaks Some Records

  • On Friday Taylor Swift released a new single ME! With Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco
  • Taylor & Brendon will be opening the Billboard Music Awards Wednesday night with a live performance of that song
  • She broke a few YouTube records as well with the release of the video-- the video was watched 63.3-million times in its first 24 hours, the most YouTube views in a 24-hour period for both a solo artist and a female artist
  • The video also set a new Vevo record, with more than 65-million views in the first 24 hours, the highest number of views for any video

She also revealed there are some pretty big Easter eggs in the video, here’s what people think:

  • When she sings about a “lot of cool chicks,” the video features a wall of pictures of chicks in sunglasses, as well as one very visible picture of the Dixie Chicks, which many believe is a hint that she has recorded a collaboration with them
  • In one image she is wearing cowboy boots, which some think means there will be some country-inspired songs on he album
  • The snake exploding into butterflies in the opening scene is a message about being transformed since her last album, which was filled with butterfly themes
  • The Christmas tree in the video is likely a callback to the Christmas tree farm she grew up on
  • At one point Urie pops the question with a ring, leading some to think it’s a hint that Taylor and boyfriend Joe Alwyn are engaged.
  • Some think the album is coming on July 13th because in the scene where the girls dancing there are seven briefcases, and 13 clouds (i.e. 7/13)
  • There is also a scene of a clock that stops at 8:30, which some fans think means the album will drop on August 30th (which is a Friday)

 

Avengers Smash Box Office Records

  • Avengers: Endgame broke over a dozen records in its debut weekend—it brought in a $350 million domestic debut while globally it raked in $1.2 billion
  • It’s already the 18th highest grossing movie of all time

Check out every record it broke:

  • Biggest Worldwide Opening EVER
  • Fastest To Reach $1-Billion Worldwide
  • Top North American Opening
  • Biggest Domestic Weekend Total
  • Top Daily Totals
  • Top China Opening
  • Biggest International Debut
  • Highest Opening Weekend In 44 Markets
  • Top Market Share
  • IMAX Record
  • Biggest 3D Sale
  • Widest North American Release

Just a few hours ago, Chris Pratt posted a behind the scenes video on IG that he definitely wasn’t supposed to—it’s a shot of everyone on set kind of standing around but cool to see everyone dressed up but just acting like regular people

 

Planet Fitness Launches Nationwide Teen Summer Workout Program

  • Planet Fitness is offering teens age 15 to 18 to work out free at any of its locations as part of a nationwide Teen Summer Challenge
  • This year’s program runs May 15-Sept. 1
  • Planet Fitness is also offering 51 scholarships across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., in a sweepstakes that can be used for academic or fitness activities

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