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Tom Cruise secretly stuffed his shoes to achieve iconic Mission Impossible scene

Today, Saturday July 3, 2021, legendary actor Tom Cruise turns 59-years-old. The American icon has appeared in countless films and has become one of the most recognisable Hollywood stars of all time. Perhaps his biggest cinematic franchise is the Mission: Impossible series. Before he was climbing up the world’s tallest building or jumping out of moving planes, however, he carried out a heist at the CIA’s headquarters.


This thrilling and tense scene involved Cruise being dangled from the safe room’s ceiling to hack into its computer terminal.

Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt had to avoid a number of motion sensors in the room, as well as a number of other safety measures, including temperature and sound detectors.

This all came to a nail-biting end when his colleague, Franz Krieger (Jean Reno), dropped Hunt before narrowly catching him just before he hit the floor.

What followed was one of the most iconic moments in the M:I franchise: Hunt hanging just centimetres from the floor.

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Cruise was interviewed by director and screenwriter of the series Christopher McQuarrie for the anniversary edition Blu-ray of the 1996 movie.

During the chat, Cruise revealed he almost didn’t make the dangling shot. He said: “We were running out of time, and I kept hitting my face and the take didn’t work.”

Eventually, in the final take the director was willing to do, Cruise had a stroke of genius to counteract his face from falling forward and hitting the floor.

Cruise filled his shoes with British pound coins to act as a counterbalance, levelling out his body and succeeding in the take.


Cruise’s dedication to the franchise has continued into the latest in the franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

One of the film’s scenes involved Cruise running across London rooftops to chase August Walker (Henry Cavill).

However, one slip-up on a jump left the actor with a broken ankle.

Telling the story on The Graham Norton Show, Cruise said: “I was chasing Henry and was meant to hit the side of the wall and pull myself over but the mistake was my foot hitting the wall.”

Cruise continued: “I knew instantly my ankle was broken and I really didn’t want to do it again so just got up and carried on with the take.

“I said: ‘It’s broken. That’s a wrap. Take me to hospital’ and then everyone got on the phone and made their vacation arrangement.”

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Author: Callum Crumlish
Read more here >>> Daily Express

Duchess of Cornwall once had ‘forgotten’ shoes flown 3,000 miles on royal trip

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is a very seasoned traveller yet that doesn’t always mean she doesn’t forget to pack certain items. Yet, unlike the typical traveller, the Duchess need not worry about having to forgo a forgotten garment during her international adventure.

Instead, as one might imagine for a Royal Family member, she has a team of staff both at home and abroad who are on hand to tend to her every need.

According to insiders, in one instance this meant flying a special pair of high heels 3,000 miles after it was discovered they had been left behind.

In 2007, Camilla and her husband Prince Charles jetted off to Kuwait as part of a the-day tour of the Gulf region.

However, upon arrival, the Duchess reportedly discovered she was missing a pair of high heels.

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“The Duchess did not ask for the shoes to be sent, but a member of staff did arrange for them to be flown over to her after they realised that they had forgotten to pack them,” the spokesperson told the Evening Standard.

“They were not specially couriered, but were sent along with a number of items and paperwork as is often the case on royal tours.”

Of course, this is not the only luxurious luggage treatment that Royal Family members can enjoy.

When jetting off abroad, it is reported that the Duchess of Cambridge’s own garments get some very special treatment.

According to royal insiders, when travelling on private chartered flights, Kate’s dresses have been known to get their own seat.

This is particularly true when flying with haute couture items or garments for special events.

The dresses are draped over seats to avoid creasing which could occur in the aircraft hold.

“When it’s small charter planes and there is space, her clothes do have their own row,” revealed royal correspondent Emily Andrews.

“This happened on a private plane we took in India to Kaziranga National Park.

“Natasha Archer [Kate’s stylist] brought all her dresses on and laid them over an entire row.”

Kate’s team are also clued up when it comes to knowing which garments are suitcase-friendly, and which should be carried in a garment bag.

“All the Duchess or her ‘people’ have to do is familiarise themselves with the best wrinkle-free fabrics,” former creative director of Mulberry, Scott Henshall, told MailOnline.

“Typically synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, acrylic and olefin have a natural resistance to wrinkles and a greater stability since they do not absorb water as efficiently.”

Author: Aimee Robinson
Read more here >>> Daily Express

How Abebe Bikila won the Olympic marathon without shoes

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How Abebe Bikila won the Olympic marathon

By Claire Maldarelli 

Running shoe technology has come a long way in the last 100 years. Companies have added arch support, ridged soles designed to minimize shin splints, and, most recently, literal carbon-fiber plates sandwiched between an energy-returning ultra-lightweight midsole. All of this research and investment is meant to help athletes run their best races, and while world record times, particularly in the marathon, have come down with the advent of higher-tech shoes, sneakers aren’t everything. Case-in-point: Abebe Bikila and his barefoot Olympic triumph.

Bikila was a last minute addition to the Ethiopian marathon squad at the 1960 Summer Olympic games in Rome. According to a documentary on the Olympics YouTube channel, a few days before he was set to leave for the big games, his shoes fell apart. Despite a long search, he couldn’t find a pair comfortable enough for him to race 26.2 miles in.

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Instead of settling for a mediocre pair of kicks, he ran arguably the most important run of his life barefoot—and won. In doing so, he became the first Black African to win an Olympic Gold medal. This all goes to show that while technology can help an athlete succeed, it doesn’t always make or break a race. That’s one of the things about sports—you can’t predict everything that will happen on the day of the event. Listen to this week’s episode to hear how Bikila pulled off such an incredible fee(a)t.

FACT: The early-modern Olympics were a mess of bizarre sports and inconsistent rules

By Rachel Feltman

Before we get into the madness that used to count as an Olympic event, let’s start with a bit of historical context. The Olympics are at least around 3,000 years old—that’s when we know the Ancient Greeks held several major sporting festivals, one of which took place every four years at Olympia—but they didn’t exist from the year 400 to the year 1859. The ancient games tapered off during the Roman empire, and it was only in 1859 that Greece started holding modern Olympiads in Athens. The first international games took place in Athens in 1896, not long after the International Olympic Committee first formed.

The winter games weren’t a thing until 1924, and in general, it took a few decades for the Olympics to look anything like the events we hold today. Olympians had to provide their own lodging until 1932, for instance, so at those first games, most international competitors were people who happened to be in the host country for some other reason—like diplomats. Also, only amateurs were allowed to compete, and rules were kind of all over the place.

For those first few Olympic games, and especially the second iteration—Paris 1900—countries just inserted events that they expected locals to do well in, which led to some very weird competitions. Motor boating, pigeon shooting, pistol dueling, and croquet were all featured in the 1900 games, to name just a few of the wildest examples. Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about when and how the Olympics became the tightly-run ship they are today.

FACT: The Olympics used to give out medals for art and poetry

By Sara Chodosh

When I found out that there used to be Olympic medals for art, I honestly thought I must have misheard or misunderstood the podcast I was listening to. Or maybe that there was some technicality that I was missing—surely they couldn’t have done this.

But it’s true: there used to be Olympic medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, and music.

There’s still kind of an artistic component to the Olympics today, in that there’s always a new logo design and some kind of overall aesthetic that ties the event together. There’s usually a public installation of the Olympic rings or some such event, and often the host city keeps that structure in place for years afterward. But the Olympics have changed so much in the past century that it now boggles the mind to consider holding a painting contest as part of the festivities.

There’s lots to admire about Olympic athletes—their commitment, their ambition, their skill—but in the end, the Olympics are an athletic endeavor. And the modern Olympics, in particular, are an event largely designed to make the organizers very wealthy, despite rules against paying the athletes who actually participate. Sorry to be a downer! Listen to the episode for far more fun facts and to learn how all of this somehow relates to Michael Jordan.

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Author: Rachel Feltman
This post originally appeared on Science – Popular Science

Customs: Woman Hid Cocaine in Shoes at Atlanta Airport

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman was caught trying to smuggle $ 40,000 worth of cocaine in multiple pairs of shoes through the Atlanta airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Customs officers stopped the 21-year-old on Sunday after she arrived on a flight from Jamaica, the agency said in a statement Monday. Her bags were inspected, and seven pairs of shoes were found to have a powdery white substance concealed in their bottoms.

The substance tested positive for cocaine, according to the agency. About 3 pounds (1.3 kilograms) of the drug were recovered.

“Smugglers go through great lengths to conceal drugs from our officers,” Paula Rivera, the agency’s Atlanta port director, said in the statement. “Narcotics interdiction remains a priority CBP enforcement mission, one that we take very seriously.”

The officers turned the unidentified woman over to Clayton County Police Department for state prosecution.

Customs and Border Protection says it seizes an average of nearly 3,700 pounds (1,700 kilograms) of drugs daily.

Author: AP News
This post originally appeared on Snopes.com

Saving their soles: After suing over ‘Satan Shoes’, here are 5 other times Nike was forced to defend its reputation

As a multinational sportswear giant that takes a stance on social issues, while also sponsoring athletes and politically-squabbling countries, Nike has often been embroiled in controversy and forced to defend its reputation.

The latest scandal threatening to bring its name into ill-repute involves Brooklyn-based streetwear company MSCHF, which has released a limited edition run of 666 pairs of Nike Air Max ‘97 sneakers dubbed ‘Satan Shoes’, whose air bubbles are filled with red ink and “one drop of human blood” and are adorned with diabolical symbols. 

Nike has stressed it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the controversial footwear, and is taking MSCHF to court for potentially harming its reputation as well as copyright infringement. 
Also on rt.com Nike SUES Brooklyn company over ‘Satan Shoes’ in bid to salvage brand from critics
After the scramble to save their souls – or should be that ‘soles’ – here are five other occasions when Nike was forced to come out swinging.  

Pakistan Sweatshop Scandal

In 1996, Nike faced a backlash when Life magazine published a photo of a young boy sewing together its footballs in the Asian country. 

Its then chairman Phil Knight made a list of promises, including the minimum age to be raised to 18 for workers in shoe factories and 16 in their clothing factories. 

But an independent report in 2001, Still Waiting For Nike To Do It, found that workers were still doing excessive hours in high-pressure environments and failing to meet their children’s basic needs. 

“I think we’ve made significant strides, and I’m proud of what the company has done over the last three years,” Knight said at the time, as boycott movements raged.

“It may take a while longer, but I do think that it will be understood that Nike is a good citizen in all the countries that it operates in.”

Nike is accused of costing Brazil the 1998 World Cup

That they have still won the most World Cups of any nation is a source of immeasurable pride for Brazilians. 

But a then-fifth or sixth overall title slipped out of their reach at France ’98 when a headed brace by Zinedine Zidane handed the host nation the trophy. 

As the reigning Ballon d’Or holder, Ronaldo was on top of Planet Football. But a seizure meant he could not perform at his mercurial best. 

Edmundo would have been a better punt up front, yet instead Ronaldo was picked and it effectively meant Brazil played the French with 10 men while claims have also been made he was meant to mark Zidane. 

Gutted at being unable to retain the title, as seen in 1962 in the Pele era, conspiracy theories spread among the population in South American’s largest country that kit and Ronaldo sponsor Nike made him play.

At a congressional inquiry commission, R9 was forced to debunk them. “I only played after medical tests showed I was clinically and physically fit to do so. If the tests had showed otherwise, I would not have played,” he said. 

“The only thing Nike have asked of me is that I wear their boots.”

Colin Kaepernick takes a knee

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first began making political statements on social media against police brutality, then started taking the knee during the American national anthem from the preseason through to the NFL 2016 regular season.

Supposedly blackballed by prospective teams as a consequence, once he and the 49ers parted ways, Nike stood by the ousted controversial figure and even had him star in an award-winning advertisement. 

Nike shares took a nosedive and products were burned in counter-protests by patriots and Trump supporters.

The company tried to release a Betsy Ross-flag pair of Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July to make amends, but Kaepernick also kicked a stink by declaring he associated the symbol with slavery.

With Kaepernick now retired to focus on activism, the row has died down. But with race relations more strained than ever in the US, and the Black Lives Matter movement still going, it could flare up at any moment once more. 
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Nike boots prohibited for Iran players at Russia World Cup

Again at FIFA’s flagship international football tournament, Iran’s players were barred from wearing boots in Russia. 

The action came as part of US sanctions on the Middle Eastern Country, with Nike fearful of hefty fines if it didn’t toe the line on Donald Trump’s watch. 
Also on rt.com Iran hits back after Nike refuses to supply players with boots due to US sanctions
“US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time,” it said in an EPSN-published statement.

“Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law.”

The furor caused outrage among Iranians, who launched the No to Nike boycott movement as a response. 

Nike shuts down scandal-hit Oregon Project

Born in the US west coast city in 1964, Nike once ran the Oregon Project for elite long distance running but was forced to shut it down when a doping scandal involving head coach Alberto Salazar came to light.

“Nike has always tried to put the athlete and their needs at the front of all of our decisions,” began a statement, when Salazar was handed a four-year ban.

Though pointing out that there had been no discovery PEDs were used, it continued that “this situation including uninformed innuendo and unsubstantiated assertions has become an unfair burden for current OP athletes. That is exactly counter to the purpose of the team.

“We have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project to allow the athletes to focus on their training and competition needs. We will help all of our athletes in this transition as they choose the coaching set up that is right for them.”
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