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Barcelona Opera Reopens For An Audience Of Over 2,000 Houseplants

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You have to see it to be-leaf it.

Things are slowly and cautiously getting back to normal as the guidelines put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic are loosened. Although retailers and restaurants are further along in the reopening process, music venues face a greater struggle as they typically house thousands of people within close proximity. Well, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu found a creative solution to their reopening issue and put on a performance for an audience chlorophyll-ed with over 2,000 houseplants.

On Monday evening, the UceLi Quartet performed the opera’s house first concert since mid-March and in each of the 2,292 seats was a vibrant, verdant, vivacious houseplant. In a release the theater said ““After a strange, painful period, the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director and the curator Blanca de la Torre offer us a different perspective for our return to activity, a perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature. The Liceu, one of the largest and most important opera halls in the world, thus welcomes and leads a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music and nature as a letter of introduction to our return to activity.”

The greenhouse opera house won’t be filled with fauna for long as each of the 2,292 houseplants will be donated to healthcare workers at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Which is probably good news for the poor sap who thought he’d have to spend his day watering everything from orchestra to mezzanine.

Check out highlights from the unbe-leaf-able concert below!

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Oh My Bard, There Is A Medieval Cover Of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ And It’s Actually Really Good

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This cover is off the chain-mail.

If you scour the internet long enough you will find thousands of covers for Dolly Parton’s classic 1973 hit “Jolene.” Unfortunately most of those covers don’t come close to Parton’s perfection but every once in awhile you do stumble across a version that truly stands out. In this instance, YouTube singer Hildegard Von Blingin’ churned out a medieval cover that is so good you could say she slayed it.

The unique twist on the classic hit tweaks the lyrics to fit in with the ye olden theme but still drives home the idea that Jolene was a no-good runaround, no matter what the era. “He talketh of thee in his sleep, and alas I cannot keep, from weeping when I hear thy name Jolene,” Von Blingin’ wails.

This isn’t the first time the popular, viral sensation has gone medieval on our asses as she has dropped remakes of other big hits such as “Bad Romance,” “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Creep.”

The cover is pretty cool and if nothing else an interesting way to enjoy a song we all love. Check out the video below to hear the whole song and click here to see what other Von Blingin’ tunes you can jam to.

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POLL: YouTuber Tyler Oakley Made A 12-Minute Video Ranking Different Ways To Eat Potatoes So We Have To Know Which Is Your Favorite?

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Is your spud a stud or a dud?

The potato is really the Meryl Streep of the food world. It is grounded, versatile and adored by many. I’m sure Meryl wouldn’t necessarily like being compared to a root vegetable but it’s not like I’m comparing her to Brussel sprouts. In any event, with all of the ways to enjoy a potato, whether it’d be mashed, fried, baked, boiled or sipped (here’s looking at you Vodka), it couldn’t hurt to have a definitive ranking of all the ways you can enjoy a spud. Well luckily for us YouTuber Tyler Oakley created a nearly 12-minute video dedicated to just this.

In the video, which Tyler describes as “controversial,” the viral sensation breaks down 20 different forms of potato and ranks each one from “God Tier” to a big, old, stinking F. Tyler comes out swinging by stating he does not like the classic baked potato. I feel I have to oppose this strong start because while a baked potato may not be the fanciest way to enjoy the carbohydrate, it is like the little black dress of the potato world. It can be dressed up, dressed down, accessorized and perfect for any occasion. For those keeping track I have now compared a potato to both an Oscar winning actress and a fashion staple. The video continues on with some more controversial tater-takes, hilarious commentary and only two contenders making it to the “God Tier” ranking.

So we want to know, how do you like your taters?

Vote on the poll below to see just how popular your potato is.

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Bill Nye Goes Viral For TikTok Demonstrating The Importance Of Wearing A Face Mask

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Perhaps we should listen to the SCIENCE GUY.

It has been well over a hundred days since the coronavirus began shutting down the United States and for some reason there is still a debate roaring about why we should be taking the simplest of measures to protect ourselves and others from the potentially deadly virus. Well luckily for us, scientist Bill Nye just shared a very informative TikTok explaining just how important the use of face masks is during this unprecedented time.

The 64-year old tv star made a series of two TikToks (meaning it literally takes less than 2 minutes to understand this message) demonstrating the effectiveness of different face coverings and then explaining just how important it is to wear one. Face masks… prevent particles from my respiratory system from getting into the air and getting into your respiratory system” Nye shares. 

The experiment shows the scientist trying to blow out a lit candle while wearing a knitted scarf, a homemade double layered mask, and then an N-95 mask. Obviously the medical grade N-95 mask garnered the best results but Nye goes on to reiterate the importance of face coverings in general by saying “Everybody, this is a matter literally of life and death. And when I use the word ‘literally’, I mean literally a matter of life and death.” Eerie to hear it put it that way but that is the truth!

Check out the videos below and get yourself a good mask!

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