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Adult Legoland fans are really angry they’re not allowed in the kids playground

Everyone loves Lego, but not everyone is allowed to enjoy the new Legoland Discovery Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

According to The Guardian, members of the Adult Fans of Lego community (AFOL) – yes, this is a thing – were outraged after learning they couldn’t access the center’s playground because of their age. So outraged, in fact, that one man went so far as to threaten to file a human rights complaint against Legoland.

For goodness sake, Lego – sometimes grown adults just want to have fun.

The complaints against the Discovery Centre, which just opened on Tuesday, stem from the fact that it reportedly prohibits adults from entering the center unless they’re accompanied by a child age 17 or younger. 

Though the center holds special themed “adult nights,” which prohibit kids, unaccompanied adults who want to enjoy all the Legoland attractions offered on any given day, and those who claim to have already bought annual passes with no knowledge of the age restrictions were seriously disappointed after being turned away at the playground’s door.

The issue was discussed further on the center’s Facebook page, which is now home to several scathing one-star reviews from dissatisfied adult Lego lovers who feel a deep sense of betrayal.

One especially disappointed fan, Mark Robinson, wrote he was “absolutely disgusted” to hear that Legoland sets restrictions based on age. “Lego is something that is enjoyed across all the ages … and it’s clear that many adults without children will want to experience the attractions.” He then went on the explain that if the center were to ever prohibit him from entering based on age he would file a complaint to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal in Melbourne as a violation of equal opportunity and human rights. Yeeesh.

Another AFOL community member wrote, “Absolutely appalled by the fact I was unable to enter without somebody under the age of 16. Lego is not just for children and I’m sure the majority of people would agree with me. I understand it’s a play center but I have no intention on climbing around, simply just to look and admire.”

Okay, adults. We get you love to play, but to be fair, the promotional video for the center does look very kid centric.

A spokesperson from Legoland replied to Robinson’s review, explaining why the age restriction policy is in place and encouraging Robinson to attend a adult night. “Discovery Centres are not theme parks but small, indoor attractions specifically designed to provide safe and fun environments for families with children aged 3-10 to enjoy together. Many of the key features in the attraction therefore are not suitable for grown adults.”

“In order to constantly maintain a welcoming environment in which to play, the Centres do not permit entry to any groups of adults, adult couples, or lone adults, who are not accompanied by a young child or children,” the spokesperson went on.

Despite the explanation, other fans began posting negative reviews on the page, reiterating that Lego products are enjoyed by people of all ages and declaring they would no longer attend the attractions. There were, however, some loyal and understanding AFOL members who came to Lego’s defense.

Ryan Evans shared his belief that the regulations aren’t discrimination, rather, they’re common sense. “As a member of the AFOL community, I apologise wholeheartedly for their lack of understanding of this policy and indeed the intentions of the centre. Please be reassured we are not all like this. Most of us ‘get it,’” he wrote.

According to The Guardian, the same age limits are in place throughout the 17 other Legoland Discovery Centres worldwide, and it should also be noted that unaccompanied adults are still permitted to enter the Lego shop.

So maybe just chill, adults. Let the kids have their fun.

Mashable reached out to Lego for comment.

Article source: http://mashable.com/2017/04/21/legoland-playground-adults-denied-access/

4 reasons ‘Shark Tank’ investors—including Mark Cuban—went in on $24 adult wine sippy cups

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The Goverre co-founders pitch on Shark Tank.

Two mothers-turned-entrepreneurs pitched their adult sippy cup for wine on the episode of “Shark Tank” that aired Friday — and they were in the enviable position of having almost every shark interested in doing a deal with them.

Co-founders Shannon Zappala and Regan Kelaher were seeking a $200,000 investment in exchange for 13 percent of their business, Goverre.

Cheers to Fri-YAY!!! What’s in your GOVERRE glass today?!? I bet you can guess what’s in ours!

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Kevin O’Leary, who owns an online wine business, made them an offer of $200,000 for a third of their business, and then Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec teamed up to make the exact same financial offer.

There was some friendly competition in play. When Herjavec proposed the three-way deal, Cuban exclaimed, “Oh! Just to beat the hell out of Kevin!” Greiner then piled on O’Leary, aka Mr. Wonderful: “We will squash you like the little cockroach you are!”

Despite the showmanship, the sharks wanted to invest in Goverre for several reasons.

1. The co-founders impressed the sharks with their energy and professionalism.

“I think it’s a great product, but I think what is most impressive is the two of you,” says Herjavec. “You are a perfect partnership.”

We’ve got glasses and more glasses!!! Order yours soon before we sell out again!! Cheers!!

A post shared by GOVERRE (@goverregirls) on Feb 11, 2016 at 2:19pm PST

2. The investors understood the demand for the product.

“It’s great anytime you want to take a glass of wine to a picnic, out on the boat, to the park and you don’t want to fuss with a bottle and an opener,” says Kelaher.

Cuban gave his nod of approval: “I can see that.”

GOVERRE is the first ever glass, wine glass with a silicone sleeve and a drink-through lid. “…the classiest sippy cups ever.” – Oprah Magazine Watch #GOVERREGirls on ABC’s #SharkTank | THIS Friday, April 21st 9pm ET/PT – will we sink or swim?!

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The cups are made out of glass, twice as thick as regular wine glasses and protected with a Silicon sleeve. “Wind does not taste very good out of plastic,” says Zappala.

O’Leary, the resident wine connoisseur, validates their product decision. “When you actually put your hand on the glass, it transfers the heat of your body into the wine and releases the beautiful nectars into your nose.

Hello, hot pink. New color alert! Watch #GOVERREGirls on ABC’s #SharkTank | THIS Friday, April 21st 9pm ET/PT – will we sink or swim?!

A post shared by GOVERRE (@goverregirls) on Apr 19, 2017 at 9:03am PDT

3. The sharks liked the high profit margins.

The Goverre glasses sell for $24 a piece and Zappala and Kelaher make them for $5.50 each.

4. Zappala and Kelaher already had demonstrable success.

They co-founders were on track to do $500,000 in sales in a year, had placed their product in 300 specialty shops and had just received a purchase order from the Container store for 9,000 units, as of when the show was shot.

“Our product seems to be flying off store shelves,” says Kelaher. “Retailers are starting to get frustrated that we can’t keep up with the demand for the product. We are starting to get bigger orders and we don’t have the inventory or the money to fulfill those orders.”

See also:

Why ‘Shark Tank’ investors Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary got in a bidding war over wine for cats

How this sports start-up with $2 million in sales won over Mark Cuban on ‘Shark Tank’

Mark Cuban, Daymond John and other ‘Shark Tank’ investors share 10 things you have to do to be successful

How Daymond John’s ‘biggest deal ever’ on ‘Shark Tank’ went from $154,000 to $16 million in sales in 3 years

False ‘Flag’: Here’s why billionaire Chris Sacca eviscerated a pitch on ‘Shark Tank’

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2 kids, 1 adult shot during south Fulton County house party


Posted:Apr 20 2017 08:38PM EDT

Updated:Apr 21 2017 08:25AM EDT


– Fulton County police said two young children and one adult were shot at a party Thursday night outside a home on Buckhurst Drive. One of the children was still listed in critical condition as of early Friday morning.

Commanders on scene called those responsible “horrible,” and asked for witnesses with information to come forward “for the sake of the victims.” 

Police said they responded to the scene at 6:50 p.m., after reports of shooting outside the home. Authorities on the scene said there were numerous people outside the home and children playing in a bounce house, when a vehicle drove up to the scene, and people started an argument; officers said gunfire erupted and at least a dozen shots were fired, but could not immediately give details as to who was responsible or how many weapons were present.

Witnesses said a silver vehicle fled the scene. Authorities said a lookout was placed for a silver vehicle, but could not provide a detailed description of the car.

FOX 5 News was able to confirm a 3-year-old, a 5-year-old and an adult in their 20s were admitted to Southern Regional Hospital, which was placed on a temporary lockdown upon their arrival.

Police said the 3-year old and 5-year-old were later transported to Children Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Investigators said they are searching for surveillance of the ordeal from neighboring homes.

Police said numerous people on the scene were not cooperative with providing information and ask any witnesses to come forward to call Fulton County police with tips at 404-613-6600.

Article source: http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/249812661-story

Middle Tennessee leads the way in adult education

Encouraging Nashville-area adults to follow their educational attainment aspirations is more than a noble mission. Prioritizing adult education directly affects the bottom line of the Middle Tennessee economy.

How do we tackle this critical need? Nashville resident Sandra Timberlake finished high school but wasn’t able to further her education due to being a single mom on welfare. Her desire to attend college was unattainable until she became involved with community support organizations like the Middle Tennessee Reconnect Community and Christian Community Services, Inc. (CCSI).

After graduating from the CCSI’s welfare-to-work program and attending the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Nashville, Timberlake received a TCAT Reconnect Grant. Like many of the 240,000-plus adults in Middle Tennessee who have some college but no degree or the countless others with no college credit, she needed support in order to graduate. It all started with the TCAT Reconnect grant.

Timberlake graduated with multiple honor diplomas and now attends Lipscomb University. With financial aid, scholarship support and the invaluable encouragement from her TCAT Reconnect adviser, she is now a part-time student working toward her bachelor’s degree.

She also works full time at CCSI, helping other adults who find themselves in situations just like hers: on welfare and with no hope for furthering their educations.

Adults entering or returning to school face multiple barriers; but with support, encouragement and guidance from Reconnect advisers, more adults are finding their way to postsecondary success across the region and state.

In Tennessee, more than 900,000 adults have some college credit but no degree or credential. Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, with its goal for 55 percent of Tennesseans to obtain a degree or credential, is an important piece of the puzzle. However, even if every high school student who graduates between now and 2025 graduates from a postsecondary institution, our state won’t reach that goal.


While the emphasis on the region’s adult learners has gained new visibility through the leadership of the governor and the General Assembly’s prioritization of education, our workforce will be better equipped to meet the needs of current employers and employers who may relocate to the region.

Sandra Timberlake’s life was changed with the help of TCAT Reconnect grants, scholarships and community support. Our state is full of people who share her story – people who have the opportunity to earn a degree or credential and enter into a workforce that is agile, educated and equipped to meet the demands of our region’s economy.

Laura Ward is the director of the Middle Tennessee Reconnect Community, based at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact her to find out how you or your employer can support adult education attainment efforts in Middle Tennessee by visiting midtnreconnect.org.


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The myth of Aaron Judge, our large adult baseball son

Here is a complete list of things I know about Aaron Judge: He is the rookie right fielder for the Yankees. He bats and throws right. He wears No. 99. He mashes dingers. And he is very, very large.

Look at this great big baseball boy sliding into second base and STILL nearly interfering with Logan Forsythe’s throw (Forsythe is listed at 6’1).


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That’s it. That’s all I know. I don’t know that handsome homer boy’s age, nor do I care to. His height, perhaps, is 6’7, but measuring him feels like cutting down an oak to learn its age. I have never heard his voice, though I imagine it is deep and booming.

What I don’t know about the Yankees’ large adult son could fill a book, and I have filled that book with myths of his size. How old is he? No one really knows, I’ll say, clenching a corncob pipe in my teeth. People say he was 4 or 5 when the MacPhersons found him in their orchard, standing on his toes to pluck apples from the tallest branches. Where’s he from? Oh, here and there. Hard to be from any one place when three steps in any direction takes you over the state line. The less I know, the stronger his legend.


They call him Paul Funyun, the Babe in blue socks.

The flabbergasting thing about my love for our Baseball Hodor is that I hate the Yankees. I have hated the Yankees for as long as I have been aware of baseball, well before the late-’90s dynasty gave me a reason to. I hate Yankee fans. I hate Yankee Stadium, with its dedication to the cloying “God Bless America,” stringent bag-check policy, and extreme price gouging (egregious even for New York City and baseball stadiums). I hate Derek Jeter’s blandness and his PR website that gives athletes masthead positions for the work of ghostwriters.

If the Yankees were erased from history — no Babe Ruth, no Lou Gehrig, no Mantle or Yogi Berra or Mariano Rivera or iconic “NY” logo designed by Tiffany and Co. — my only reaction would be some ephemeral disappointment at the disappearance of their collapses in the ’95 ALDS and ’04 ALCS. They’re worthy villains, but ones I’d be happy without.

So, it’s tough. On one hand, I have 30 years of hating a vile, pompous franchise with every fiber of my being. On the other hand, one of their players is young and large — VERY large, not to mention lowkey thicc (the butt helps jack dingers). And dammit if that big thicc bat boi isn’t uppercutting baseballs into the ionosphere. It’s a dilemma. I would as soon hate a Leonberger puppy in pinstripes.

Part of Judge’s appeal is scarcity, as well. Very tall baseball players have a place: on the mound. The advantage (a shorter response time for batters) is so clear, and the disadvantage of batting so plainly obvious that it takes a freakish talent to even knock on the door of the bigs as a large adult batter. Frank Thomas and Jim Thome are the obvious cornerstones in the Big Boy Hall of Fame, but Richie Sexson may be more representative of the tall man’s curse: the power of a Greek god, but also a strike zone the size of Crete, and a hole in his swing to match.

The most recent crop of big baseball boys is even less fulfilling: Calvin Pickering, Nate Freiman, and Kyle Blanks are all frankengolems who have toiled in anonymity and through injuries to become little more than Bigfootnotes to history. Friends, we have earned Aaron Judge. We deserve this tall strong jar of American Vegemite.

Let’s enjoy this moment now, while our beefy adolescent giantling is still swatting baseballs into orbit with uprooted redwoods and avoiding any kind of scrutiny from the vampiric back pages of New York’s daily rags. The baseball season is long, seasons-long, interminably long, and daily games and scouting reports have a way of bringing rookies — even our tallest and tastiest hunks of baseball nougat — down to earth. A slump will make our precious young King Dong appear human.

So what are we to do? Spread the myth of Danny Almonte’s major league brother, our large adult pinstriped son, a baseball jager smiting the kaiju of indifference.


Article source: http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/4/21/15208138/aaron-judge-yankees-large-adult-baseball-son

For Your Next Adult Coloring Book, Shade In Data On Climate Change

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Adele Peters is a staff writer at Fast Company who focuses on solutions to some of the world’s largest problems, from climate change to homelessness. Previously, she worked with GOOD, BioLite, and the Sustainable Products and Solutions program at UC Berkeley.

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Troopers: Woman used adult site video as extortion

  • FatinAnn Ahmad, 35, of East Main Street Waterbury woman, offered services on an adult classified ads site videotaped people in compromising positions, according to State Police. She then threatened to release the videos if she was not paid.on Apruil 18, 2017, she was charged with voyeurism with malice, disseminating voyeuristic material and second-degree larceny. Photo: Contributed Photo / Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post Contributed

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A Waterbury woman, who State Police say, offered services on an adult classified ads site videotaped people in “compromising positions.”

She then threatened to release the videos if she was not paid.

Fatin Ann Ahmad, 35, of East Main Street in Waterbury, posted several ads on Backpage.com that resulted in the victim contacting her for “dominatrix services.”


Troopers say Ahmad then videotaped the victim in “compromising positions and threatened to release the videos if the victim did not pay her the amount of money she was demanding.”

State Police Western District Major Crime detectives began investigating the case after a victim reported they were being extorted by a woman in Waterbury. Detectives identified Fatin Ward/Fatin Ahmad as the suspect.

Through the course of the investigation detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant.

On Tuesday, police arrested Ahmad on charges of voyeurism with malice, disseminating voyeuristic material and second-degree larceny. She was held on $100,000 bond.

Article source: http://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/Troopers-Woman-used-adult-site-video-as-extortion-11084046.php

Adult Rights for Adult Businesses | Cato @ Liberty – Cato Institute

An ordinance of the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia, prohibits the sale of sex toys. Businesses and individuals have challenged this statute as unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause in controlling their consensual, sexual behavior in the privacy of their homes. The district court and a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the ordinance given the Eleventh Circuit precedent of Williams v. Attorney General (2004), which upheld an Alabama sex-toy-sales ban.

Cato has now joined the DKT Liberty Project on a brief to the entire (en banc) Eleventh Circuit asking it to overturn Williams, which is inconsistent with more recent Supreme Court precedent in United States v. Windsor (2013) and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) (the DOMA and same-sex marriage cases, respectively). Williams had relied on Washington v. Glucksberg (1997), where the Supreme Court declared that for a right to be protected under the Fourteenth Amendment, its specific articulation must be “deeply rooted in our history and traditions” or “fundamental to our concept of constitutionally ordered liberty.”

Williams upheld the law after finding no history or traditions concerning sex toys, though the Fifth Circuit disagreed in 2008 in striking down a similar Texas restriction. Windsor and Obergefell then raised the protection of rights concerning private sexual intimacy and Obergefell described this right as “fundamental.” Obergefell also explicitly rejected the Glucksberg test, at least as applied to sexual intimacy, as “inconsistent with the approach this Court has used in discussing other fundamental rights.”

Williams also misinterpreted Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which in striking down a ban on homosexual sodomy made clear that it wasn’t merely the right to perform “a particular sexual act” that was in question in these intimacy cases, but the infringement of rights regulating “the most private human conduct, sexual behavior, in the most private of places, the home.” Lawrence also made clear that state assertion of a “morality” interest isn’t a sufficient justification for limiting the right to adult sexual intimacy. Lawrence held that, as to “whether the majority may use the power of the State to enforce these [moral] views on the whole society,” the answer is no.

Williams essentially ignored Lawrence, given that state’s only asserted interest in upholding the law here is also based on morality. Windsor also clarified the prohibition on morality being a “legitimate state interest” was a holding of Lawrence. The sexual devices at issue here implicate “the most private human conduct, sexual behavior … in the most private of places, the home.”

Although the Sandy Springs ordinance only prohibited the sale of sex toys, and not possession or use, even Williams recognized that “restrictions on the ability to purchase an item are tantamount to restrictions on the use of that item.” The Supreme Court also recognized in Carey v. Population Services International (1977) that the same test must be used for such burdens on the right as prohibiting its exercise entirely, noting that the burden need not be “as great as that under a total ban on distribution.”

Williams is simply no longer good law and should be overturned. Bans on commercial access to sex toys, like restrictions on other forms of sexual intimacy, are unconstitutional. The Eleventh Circuit will hear Flanigan’s Enterprises v. City of Sandy Springs later this spring.

Article source: https://www.cato.org/blog/adult-rights-adult-businesses