The logo features the GOP elephant mascot in front of a large crown, the symbol of Charlotte, the Queen City, which is where President Donald Trump is expected to accept the nomination to seek his second term next August.
But much of the crown is obscured, leaving what looks like a tangle of arms ― or perhaps tentacles ― ominously emerging from behind the elephant.
Some people thought the logo looked like an elephant in front of an octopus. Others saw a mind flayer from the hit Netflix show “Stranger Things.” Still others thought it looked like the logo for Hydra, a terrorist group in the Marvel Universe. And many saw Cthulhu, one of the dreaded Great Old Ones from the tales of early 20th-century horror author H.P. Lovecraft:
That logo suggests it will be Elephant v. Cthulhu 2020. Why does the Elephant have those stars? How long till someone suggests this is all the mark of the beast? pic.twitter.com/XVJhIaWKHa
Four problems: The flag of Thailand 🇹🇭 adorns the bottom of this logo. As a graphic designer, I can see clearly that the letter spacing is erratic. Also, the crown behind the elephant reads like a ribcage of a deceased elephant. The live elephant looks like a circus animal.
With so many digital platforms out there, marketers are tasked with meeting audiences where they already are. You know the drill: Facebook and Snapchat, Pinterest and Instagram — the list goes on.
But do you know the nuances and best practices of these platforms? In order to be a better online marketer, you’ll want to understand the ins and outs of how users interact with campaigns on each platform specifically.
For that, we turn you to this Digital Marketing Certification Training Bundle, in which you’re able to name your own price for a set of 10 courses. (At the time of this writing, the price to beat was just $12.) And as an added bonus, all of the courses come with CPD certifications.
Ahead, we’re giving you a quick snapshot of every course available within the online program.
One of the biggest digital marketing tools available at your disposal is Facebook Ads. This four-part lecture (which features three hours of practical content) teaches you how to format and track your ads, using real-life campaign examples.
Reddit’s popularity and cult following have made it a massive destination for monthly visitors. And as such, it has become a huge playground for digital marketers. With this course under your belt, you’ll best understand how to leverage the tools of the platform in order to lead generation strategy and establish a niche audience for your brand.
The key to unlocking the full potential of YouTube is understanding SEO strategies, creting high-quality and engaging videos, and mastering YouTube’s tricks of the trade. This 76-lecture course will give you the insight to do just that.
Once you’ve understood YouTube best practices, you’ll want to ensure that your channel stays consistently updated. This quick course gives you the insight into maintaining a successful (and profitable) channel, showcasing tips on thumbnail creation, advertiser outreach, and more.
Skype for Business allows you to improve your team’s overall communication. This course focuses on how to optimize and streamline communication, showcasing how Skype allows for more effective meetings.
Social media marketing is one of the most crucial aspects of digital marketing these days. While this field may seem overwhelming and complex, this four-part lecture breaks down various tools, resources, hidden costs, and insider knowledge to help you conquer this seemingly complicated field and effectively promote your brand or business.
Many companies rely on Google Analytics to monitor web traffic, learn about their audience, and track its website goals. So in order to be a well-rounded digital marketer, you’ll want to have experience pulling insights and understanding data. This course can get you started.
This three-hour course focuses on how LinkedIn can help provide more than just awesome new team members; it can also help build your overall brand awareness, improve your own professional appearance, and even drive sales.
The footage of the mystery object was posted on YouTube by channel thirdphaseofmoon and was taken onboard SpaceX’s Amos 17 satellite which launched earlier this week, according to The Daily Star. The object seems to separate leaving a bright orb zoning past the camera. It then veers to the left before disappearing into space.
Blake and Brett cousins run the conspiracy channel on YouTube and claimed the object could not simply be debris because of the flight path.
Brett said: “It’s moving and shoots straight ahead, then banks to the left.
There is the potential for so much scattered debris from UFOs that there are like other ‘Area 51s’ around the world, James Abbott said. Mr Abbott said too many people have made alien allegations against Area 51 for the site to simply be a conventional US Air Force base. The US-based author, who has just published the second volume in his Outsider’s Guide to UFOs, made his remarks after a Facebook event calling for people to “storm” the secret facility attracted more than a million people confirming their plans to attend.
The event, intended as a joke, has nevertheless focused attention of the mysterious base, officially known as Homey Airport or Groom Lake, where conspiracy theorists claim the US Government is hiding technology “reverse-engineered” from extra-terrestrial spacecraft.
Mr Abbott, whose books attempt to take an objective look at UFO phenomena, said: “Too many people over the years have made allegations about what is going on in Area 51 for one to simply believe it’s a straightforward advanced aircraft design facility.
“If – and it’s a very big if – the US government has come into possession of some incredible material or technology which could not have originated on this planet, Area 51 would be at the top of anyone’s list for researching it.”
There could be UFO wreckage all over the world, Mr Abbott said (Image: GETTY)
A satellite picture of Area 51 in Nevada (Image: GETTY)
The USA is not unique in terms of UFO sightings – there have for example been several famous cases in the UK, including the so-called Rendelsham Forest incident centred on Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk.
Consequently, Mr Abbott said there could be wreckage from crashed UFOs “in almost every developed country on Earth”.
He added: “It’s not the only place that people believe bits of strange objects might be stored and researched – there are allegations of ‘crashed’ UFOs in almost every developed nation on Earth.
UFO sightings spiked after World War 2 – like this one in Nevada in 1950 (Image: GETTY)
“If they exist in Russia, China, America and even Britain there’s no doubt that the best brains will be thrown at them and that the whole thing will be kept top-secret just in case one of those brainboxes manages to crack the technology.”
He also suggested the insatiable public curiosity for all things extraterrestrial, coupled with years of rumours and the secrecy with invariably applies to all military facilities, meant the US Government was in an impossible position.
He said: “You have to feel a certain amount of sympathy for the US government.
The so-called Rendlesham Forest incident occurred in 1980 in Suffolk (Image: GETTY)
Filmmaker Jeremy Corbell and Bob Lazar at the premier of the Netflix documentary (Image: GETTY)
“Even if they threw Area 51 open to public tours or to controlled groups for investigatory inspections, no-one would ever believe that there was nothing unusual being hidden there and concealed even from the most official of inspections. Governments are the villains whatever they say.”
Explaining the ethos behind his book, which is available for Kindle download on Amazon, Mr Abbott said: “Some of my friends are part of this group of intelligent outsiders – people with open minds but with limited understanding of the subject – and I wanted to write a balanced book which would tell the story and allow them to make up their own minds about what was going on.
“The second volume is intended to take the story into this century and do two things: firstly, demonstrate that the sightings continue (ie it is not a dead subject with nothing going on) and that they are every bit as compelling and credible as the ones from the first book.
A map showing reported UFO sightings in the United States (Image: Business Insider)
“And secondly, explore the paranormal side and its possible connections with where scientists are currently going (ie down the route which leads to the quantum world, to ever-expanding universe, and to their increasing interest in zero-point energy).”
He was also keen to stress his scepticism, notably with regard to the claims of Bob Lazar, subject of a recent Netflix documentary, to have worked as a scientist at Area 51 dealing with alien artefacts.
Mr Abbott said: “There are just too many gaps and loopholes in his story for me to even begin to accept most of it.
James Abbott’s book is available for Kindle download on Amazon (Image: James Abbott)
“If this is clever disinformation and character-assassination by the US government we’ll not know for a very long time.
“Within the UFO community there are severe doubts about Lazar’s testimony and not all of them seem to be the result of jealousy.
“Usually one can weigh a witness according to the average reaction to him or her by the more serious people who know the subject.
“In Lazar’s case he has his supporters and detractors but not enough of the former for the outsider to accept his bona-fides.”
Competitive eater Joey Chestnut had a bone to pick with an eating challenge this week ― lots and lots of bones.
Chestnut, Major League Eating’s No. 1-rated glutton, devoured 413 Hooters chicken wings in 12 hours at the Mall of Georgia, according to a news release. (See the video below.)
The top-dog trencherman celebrated National Chicken Wing Day by attacking Hooters’ $15.99 all-you-can-eat special, USA Today reported. He started at 11 a.m. Monday and downed 250 by 5:50 p.m. to merit a T-shirt presentation. Then he continued his wing assault for several more hours.
In honor of National Spoil Your Dog Day on Aug. 10, we’re looking at some of our favorite pet products that will help you show your dog how you really feel. Gone are the days when the pricey wet food and a belly rub were enough. It’s time to show your dog how much they mean to you — by getting extra AF, of course.
Although you probably don’t need an excuse to spoil your pooch, we’re always down for a silly holiday. Show your dog who loves them the most by snagging one of these over-the-top pet products and give a whole new meaning to the phrase “treat yo’ self.” (Because dogs eat treats — get it?)
You know that face that dogs make every day when you’re headed out the door? The literal worst part of every morning. That “please don’t leave me” face? The one you think about all day at work? Yeah that face sucks, but now you never have to see or think about it again. Simply bring your dog with you wherever you go with this adorable dog carrying backpack.
Although I’m pretty sure this counts as a gift for both you and your dog you can get this Whizzotech pet carrier for $17.59 at Amazon.
If your obsession with your dog is matched only by your dedication to LaCroix sparking water, then this is the chew toy for your home. This “Lick Croix” is perfect for the foodie dog who’s always trying to get into whatever you’re eating. Available in small, large, and extra large sizes, you can purchase your dog’s new favorite chew toy for $13.99 at Amazon. Plus, shop a range of other designs, like a Corona-inspired “Grrrona” bottle or a “Barkweiser” beer.
It’s only right that you pop a few bottles to celebrate how awesome your dog is. This dog champagne — or Dög Pawrignon, as petwinery.com call it — is made from filtered water and Alaskan salmon oil, and is truly the only way to spoil your dog. Grab a 12 oz bottle and pour one out for your BFF.
Dog are different when it comes to bath time. Some love it, others love to avoid it. Whether your dog is a sucker for self care or just trying to make it through wash day, the Aquapaw is the perfect tool. It’s handheld design allows you to control your pup while also bathing them. The Aquapaw also includes an adapter for both the shower and garden hose so you can easily bathe your pooch wherever you go.
iFetch is an on-demand ball launcher that plays fetch with your dog when you’re not in the mood. Now your pup can play fetch whenever they want (and for however long they want), simply by dropping the ball into the opening and letting iFetch do the rest. Available in both large and small, the iFetch comes with three tennis balls and can be adjusted for distance.
Whistle is a device that combines a GPS and health tracker so you can see updates about your dog’s health while also helping them reach their fitness goals. (Yes, dogs have fitness goals too.) Simply download the Whistle app and get a peek into your pet’s activity, including their sleep patterns, and even view recaps of how they spent their day. Normally $99.95, Amazon has it on sale right now for just $63.95 — a 36% discount.
This stroller is perfect for pups who get tired on long walks or just want to be along for the ride. This particular stroller offers several features to ensure the comfort of dog and owner alike, such as multiple zippers, a canopy to block the sun, and a large kick area to make pushing it super easy.
This dog stroller is available at Walmart for $99.99.
Every dog should own a pair of booties to protect their paws from things like hot pavement, rocks and ice. These booties are perfect for the adventurous dog as they are water resistant and anti slip, so your dog can accompany you on all of your hikes and trail runs. Available in a wide range of sizes, you can grab these booties for $35.99.
PetChatz allows you to check in on your dog from anywhere in the world. Does your dog often get into trouble when you’re at work? Or do you just miss that adorable face throughout the day? PetChatz lets you call your dog just as easily as you would any other contact, and with a built-in treat dispenser you can even give them a snack.
Your dog deserves to get a good night’s rest just as much as you do. This Casper dog bed is made out of the same materials as larger Casper mattresses, customized to fit your pup’s needs. It’s durable enough for scratching and playtime, but comfortable enough for your dog to fall asleep with ease, and is available in three different size.
The epitome of #treatyoself, this Louis Vuitton bag is perfect for your bougie buddy. This monogrammed carrier is both water and scratch resistant and even has a little mesh window so your pup can have a front row seat to all of your adventures. Snag it for a cool $2,690.
Now every meal for your dog can be at Tiffany’s with this Tiffany’s & Co. dog bowl. Made out of sterling silver, this dog bowl is sure to make every pooch in the dog park jealous (and maybe even a few humans). For an extra special touch you can even have this bowl engraved with your dog’s monogram.
We’re big fans of Furbo, a pet camera and treat dispenser in one. Although it doesn’t have two-way chat like Petchatz, it does allow you to see and talk to your dog throughout the day. Reward their good behavior by using Furbo to toss treats from anywhere when you use the mobile app. (Pro tip: We often see this device on sale.)
This designer collar by Coach is only for the dogs who eat, sleep, and breath fashion. Made of the finest leather, this scratch-resistant collar can keep fashion faux pas at bay.
Facebook has seemingly changed its mind on allowing an event to be organised which is encouraging users to raid the US’s top secret military base Area 51. What started as an initial joke on Facebook quickly gained international attention and genuine enthusiasts, some two million of them if the list of attendees is to be believed, are planning on raiding Area 51. The event, titled ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’, is scheduled for September 20, and the description reads: “We will all meet up in Rural Nevada and coordinate our parties.
“If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”
However, after gaining international attention, the event was suddenly deleted from Facebook on the weekend of August 3.
There was no official explanation from Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant at the time, but it has now been reinstated, with a spokesperson claiming that the removal of the event was a “mistake”.
One user commented: “What happened with the event? It disappeared a couple days ago and is now back.”
Area 51 Raid: Facebook page reinstated after being mysteriously deleted (Image: GETTY)
Area 51 is highly guarded (Image: GETTY)
Although the Facebook event is meant to be humorous, US military is not taking any chances in protecting the top secret base.
US Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said: “Area 51 is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.
“The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
The event is due to take place on September 20, but if previous attempts are anything to go by, the public should steer well clear of the military base.
On January 28, an unnamed man drove through a security checkpoint at Mercury, some 70 miles north of Las Vegas, as he attempted to get into Area 51.
A car chase quickly ensued for eight miles, when the suspect exited his car and approached Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) officers with a “cylindrical object” in hand, according to an NNSS statement.
The man failed to respond to officers’ requests to stop, and was promptly shot dead at the scene.
However, organisers of the page have insisted the event is a joke, and have no plans on storming Area 51.
The video in question appears to show a strange space craft-like object with two legs hovering close by to the ISS. Conspiracist Of Sound Mind and Body reposted the footage last month, originally captured in 2016, on his YouTube channel. In the clip he said: “As you can see, there is a massive object lurking in the background.
“The object is completely illuminated by the sun and it is very hard not to notice its bizarre shape.
“Viewers were then hit by the infamous NASA blue screen, we say ‘infamous’ due to the number of times it happens when a UFO is seen.”
Conspiracy theorists often look for signs of extraterrestrial activity in official NASA videos and live streams, many believe NASA cut the videos on purpose.
Experts often describe these sightings as floating space junk and debris.
A Brazilian drug trafficker attempted to escape from prison on Saturday by disguising himself as his daughter and then switching places with her.
Authorities said 42-year-old Clauvino da Silva tried to sneak out of a prison complex in Rio de Janeiro by wearing a silicone mask, a wig, a black bra and a tight T-shirt with three pink doughnuts on it.
Da Silva is serving a 73-year sentence for drug trafficking, and he apparently planned to leave his 19-year-old daughter in prison to do the time.
The plan didn’t work though. Prison guards saw through the disguise when da Silva asked for his daughter’s ID while attempting to leave, according to The Guardian.
After guards discovered it was really da Silva, he came clean about his disguise.
Footage released by prison officials shows the suspect removing his disguise, including peeling off a silicone mask he wore to make himself look more like his daughter, according to The New York Times.
The Times noted that da Silva was one of 31 prisoners who attempted to escape another prison via the sewer system. His daughter was one of eight people who were arrested on suspicion of helping him attempt the escape. He has since been moved to another jail unit and will face punishment for the attempt, according to Reuters.
Before his arrest, da Silva was one of the leaders of the Red Command, a powerful Brazilian criminal group that controlled drug trafficking in a large part of Rio, according to the Associated Press.
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Samsung’s big Note 10 event came with a surprise reveal: the Galaxy Book S, an LTE-enabled laptop with a whopping 23-hour battery life.
The company unveiled the $999 laptop onstage at its Note 10 event in New York. It will go on sale in “select markets” later this year.
During its event, Samsung described the laptop as having the “essence of a smartphone.” The 13-inch laptop is meant to be “always-on” with gigabit LTE capabilities and weighs just over two pounds. It comes with 8GB of RAM and will be available with 256GB or 512GB of storage. To that end, it will also include a microSD slot for additional storage.
But the most impressive spec by far is its battery life. The Galaxy Book S battery will get almost a full day of use, according to the company.
According to Samsung, the company worked closely with Qualcomm and Microsoft on the laptop, which is a successor to last year’s Galaxy Book 2.
The Galaxy Book S is among the first laptops to make use of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, a new system on a chip (SoC) specifically designed for always-on PCs. One of the biggest advantages of the 8cx, according to Qualcomm, is its ability to deliver significantly better battery life.
Though the Galaxy Book S won’t have the “multi-day” battery life Qualcomm has said would be possible with the 8cx, a 23-hour battery life is still quite impressive.
Whether the Galaxy Book S is as impressive as Samsung makes it out to be is still unclear. Last year’s Galaxy Book2 also boasted an impressive battery life and Qualcomm processor, but was criticized by reviewers for lackluster performance. Stay tuned for a closer look and our first impressions of the laptop.