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Stephen King on Fenway’s new Netting
The novelist is a season ticket holder, and he received a call from a Red Sox spokesperson who informed King that his seats would be guarded by netting in the upcoming 2016 season. King had this to say:

“There are questions inherent in the decision to net, and I think they’re bigger than baseball. Like when does protection become overprotection? Is the safety of a fan at a public event like a baseball game the responsibility of the organization putting on that event? (According to the back of every MLB ticket sold, the fan is responsible.) When do safety precautions begin to steal away the pure joy of being there? I understand the Red Sox bear some responsibility, but I also accept my responsibility to take care of myself — to the best of my ability — when I’m at the ballpark. Is there a certain element of risk? Yes. Is the risk perhaps increased by being only two rows from the playing field? Yes again. But you can see everything from that vantage, not just the players but the breathtaking green of the grass, the bright white of the uniforms, the sky as it goes from blue in the top of the first to black by the bottom of the sixth. And hey, there’s always the chance that you can catch a foul ball instead of being hit by one. That chance goes away once the net is in place. In fact, a lot goes away. That netting may be a fine mesh, but you’re still looking through a barrier instead of right at the thing you came to see. Which means you’d do almost as well to sit home watching the game on TV.”

Today is opening day at Fenway park. Always a great time- new uniforms, fresh grass, great vibes up&down Yawkey way; however, this year Fenway has a different look. I’m not just talking about the new infield which has added grass and removed dirt to create a smaller diamond, but the netting that wraps around home plate to the corner bases. I can’t be the only sane person that things this is fucking awful. At least we have one major voice coming out to vocalize the Pussification of Fenway– and that man is Stephan King, renowned author and season ticket holder for years. King summarizes it perfectly. Is fan safety the responsibility of the organization or the PERSON WHO IS AT THE GAME. Is that even a question? Unfortunately with sue-happy Americans, I guess its becoming the latter. How can this be allowed to happen to baseball? I remember the joy of being a kid in Fenway; eyes glued to the field, cheering as loud as I could, bringing a glove with hopes of catching a foul ball in the stands. Now for everyone sitting closer, who pay good money for these seats, they dont have that chance. Sure there are stray balls and flying bats into the crowd, but thats apart of the experience! You’re not supposed to go to the stadium to fuck around or stare at your phone. You go to the stadium to cheer and be apart of the game! Like King said, “When does protection become overprotection”. Its the classic case of what it feels like growing up as a millennial. One thing goes wrong and ruins the fun for everyone moving forward. Any millennial will know exactly what I am talking about, and anyone older than us will remind us constantly how its just not like it used to be. This cant last, I need to find a way, some type of petition to sign, some door to knock on, some foot to piss on to get back to how it should be. #MakeBaseballFunAgain

For those of you who would like to see the travesty that is the new netting: check the video.

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Marta Alonso; Redefining Modern Marketing

Martha Alonso
Likewise with men, there are many women in this world that find a profession, become proficient, and pursue a successful career; however, there a select few that redefine what a profession is by becoming an entrepreneur. Marta Alonso is a woman from Spain who I would clarify as redefining. From the beginning, Marta has chosen her own path to success- bouncing from positions and companies to pave her own path. Starting at small marketing firms eventually becoming employed at one of the largest with HP, to creating massively viral social media accounts- Alonso now is the owner of a marketing management team of only 3 with renowned success.

In today’s day and age, changes to the marketplace occur every year, if not every couple of months. Just in the last ten years, there has been a massive switch from the traditional style of entertainment and news consumption; changing from predominant medium television to the now highly connected mobile world of today. While the younger generations are more in tune with this switch than that of older generations, everyday more and more adults are learning of new forms of technology and what can be accessed with them. Not only is the usage of mobile data growing, but what is viewed is shaking up many industries including the entertainment business, news networks, sporting clubs, and especially advertisers who market through each of these pathways. Instead of watching mainstream films, or listening to networks delivering bias news presentations- consumers are beginning to receive their content through other means, means which they prefer and can relate to; other citizens creating user-generated content.

Personally, I receive news from apps and sites like Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, while also listening to podcasts like Barstool Sports and Philip DeFranco. Thousands of users of these services have found success from delivering their own content which apparently is more accepted than traditional sources. It has taken years for major companies to figure this out, and now they are turning initiatives towards these alternative outlets- especially Advertisers; however, their major problem is learning the most effective way of targeting consumers and finding the best producers to fulfill their needs. This is where Alonso comes in.

Marta has found continued success in finding outlets for companies and developing strategies to garnish loyal consumers and profits. I believe where Marta first understood the power of social media and user generated content with her creation of IGers– the Instagram account. Here thousands of users were able to connect and share stories of their passions, attracting tens of thousands with similar thought patterns. Users were even able to come together and meet locals who were connected in these groups as shown in THIS VIDEO HERE. IGers has grown in size to now being featured in over 50 cities with hundreds of thousands of followers in each account.
Marta has encouraged companies to change the way they market themselves online like the Catalonia Website. Instead of an uninspiring, confusing site, Marta has used her eye for creativity and found a more efficient, profitable, and fun way to showcase the city- using generated content of real people with their real stories.

😜🍾 Batuar Dinner  #smiletolife

Today, Alonso runs a 3 person company called CircleLine where she continues to help companies found the best way to market themselves to their target populations. When asked about the power of social media, Marta replied, “the younger generations are using these platforms to not only connect with people, but learn about the world, and their communities. The old ways of doing this are not as prevalent in their lives as the older generations once were”. While she believes Instagram is a very powerful tool to reach consumers and sell products, Facebook triumphs all. It controls Instagram, Whatsapp, and with Instant Articles coming into development, sources of news can now be accessed there.

Overall, Marta is an amazing inspiring woman. Her efforts to find her passion of creativity have never failed her yet. While there have been some bumps in the road, like many career paths, Marta has used them as lessons instead of road blocks. For business inquires you can find Marta Alonso here or through her social media accounts.
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Exploring Spain; An American’s Experience

Some call Spain the most beautiful country in Europe; from its Mediterranean landscape to its vibrant culture. For an American college student, living in Spain can come as a cultural shock due its its change of pace in the environment. While there is noticeable differences in everyday Spanish and Catalonian life in comparison to what American’s perceive as normal, many will embraced the differences rather than attempting to combat it. Such differences as time, rules of the house, specificity (in regards to many things like directions), personal space, tipping, and how university is set up are just few of the many things any American college student would notice. Getting adjusted to the timing of things should be more difficult to adjust to than dos besos, as it seems as if everything has been pushed ahead two hours (from meals to dancing at discotecas). The following multimedia report is a third-person account of an American student’s experience traveling through the cities of Spain; from Catalonia to the nation’s capital. How he did this was only achievable through the schooling of CEA and its Academic Integrated Cultural Activities Programs- AICAP for short.

The first two weeks of this student’s Spanish travels started in the vibrant city of Barcelona. Bouncing though historical sites sites like Montjuïc, the Gothic Quarters, and even Park Güell, to the more relaxing side of Barceloneta Beach, his eyes were open to views never seen before back in the states. In comparison to the US, monuments can date back to older moments in time- even longer than the entire history of America. The aspects of culture shock as discussed above truly gained shape. Once he was able to comprehend the differences between his native culture and his new environment, the American student felt confident in his upcoming AICAP adventures to Catalonia and beyond. His first stop was northern Catalonia to the land of three cultures; Girona. Alongside the Onyar River, the buildings are all tailored to a specific color which brings out the vibrant nature of the town. Its Muslim, Jewish, and Christian influence can be seen throughout. The narrow streets and segregated neighborhoods, like the Jewish Call streets, based on its history is what truly makes Girona remarkable. The streets of cobblestone were completely empty in this village where siestas are a commonplace. The truly breathtaking monument in the city was the Girona Cathedral, which shows its rich heritage in transitioning from a mosque to an extravagant roman-esc cathedral. The religious influence has toyed with the landscapes and architecture. What remains true, and was more outstanding than in Barcelona, is the presence of independence driven Catalonians. These unforgettable independencia flags rained from almost every window and this is something one should come to expect after learning about where the majority of pro-independence persons reside- outside the major cities.

Continuing in Catalonia was traveling through the wineries of the Penedès region and up to the top of Montserrat Mountain. Catalonia joins the likes of France with their very fine selections of wine and champagne; however, because champagne is only allowed to be made in Champagne, France- Catalonia has branded their own drink called Cava. Here one will learn how Cava is made and also how to drink it! Share cropping is common in Spain, especially in the south, and in Catalonia it is no different. After a drink of Cava and some native Calçots, the students were headed to Montserrat.  With a name derived from the literal meaning serrated mountain, the different rock formations and piles of sediment are truly breathtaking. At about four thousand feet up, one can explore the area, climb the eight stages of life, tour the famous Santa Maria Cathedral, and kissed the orb of the Black Madonna. The vast landscapes varied from what one would be used to in comparison to Barcelona city; but, the values are shared among common folk in the area. Once one travels away from Catalonia towards Spain’s capital it is becomes easier to witness the segregation among all Spaniards. For one, it is close to forbidden to call a Catalonian a Spaniard because they truly believe they are different. From the language to their historical background, Catalans feel that Spain, especially the capital of Madrid is disingenuous. Talking to locals in both areas, there seems to be a true disdain towards one another. While there are some citizens who try and look past the politics of the current situation, many people cannot let go of the independencia movement. Nonetheless, Madrid is a fantastically diverse city. After Madrid, the last AICAP adventure as heads to Valencia- home of the famous paella dish. Immediately what strikes any visitor is the sense of community, the street art, and the passion for food in the area. One more noticeable mural was that of David de Limón’s Los Ninjas which could be found on almost every street corner. He is always seen with a spray can and some sort of symbol in the middle of his chest. The weather here was perfect, partly due to its southern location on the sea. Although Valencia is outside of Catalonia, its language called Valencian is almost exactly like Catalan. Valencia is a city that has many values aligned with Catalonia. Do not forget to check out the city of arts and sciences with its beautiful architecture designed to appear like a ship and sail- oh, and of course the famous seafood paella dish served over a warm skillet of Spanish rice.

In an interview conducted inside of CEA, Juan, a CAE employee who was apart of the committee to bring AICAP to life, was asked questions in regards to culture shock of American students and the values traveling to other locations in Spain can offer. Many of Juan’s answers coincide with the differences noted above. To watch the interview, watch the video below. To any American student who plans on studying abroad to the fruitful country of Spain, there are many things one should anticipate. Cultural differences, changes in landscapes, and contrasting political ideologies. Despite this, nobody should find difficultly adjusting thanks to the personable population of Spaniards and Catalans- just make sure to not get them confused!


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The Panama Papers

In what appears to be the largest leak of all time, investigative journalists from all across the globe are putting in hours around the clock to sort through the papers. In a name that seems perfect for a movie title already, the Panama Papers are a massive collection of data from the last 40 years from leaders, politicians, and celebrities who appear to have been scheming the tax system and stashing money off shores- I know, tell us something we didn’t already think. What makes this leak both historic and important, is its incriminating proof of some of the richest people we all recognize. Some of the facts in the case: The leak, which includes over 11.5 million documents has and will reveal the rich and powerful of our generation avoiding taxation and hiding money. In all, there are 4.8 million emails, 3 million database files, and 2.1 million PDFS equaling over 2.6 TERABYTES of Data from the Panamanian law firm MOSSACK FONSECA. For those of you who dont full grasp how much data that is, look for the photo to the side- or take this into account:an average iPhone has 32GB worth of room, now imagine 32 FULL iPhones and that’s how much data has been released.

This leak has 2000x as much data as the WikiLeaks State Department Papers that were released and everyone remembers how much of a buzz that created inside and outside of American boarders. The documents which were given to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have since been given to over 107 media organizations in over 70 countries. While the investigation is young, already 12 current and former leaders have been exposed including Putin and the Prime Minister of Iceland. While Russia is reacting in typical fashion saying “We’re totally fine, its just people trying to smear us”- Iceland Prime Minister has reacted by saying “I will not resign”; thus enraging the citizens of Iceland which can be seen via live stream of their protests. China continues to sensor the entire situation from their citizens which does not look favorable in their future. Other celebrities who have been accused include Lionel Messi & Jackie Chan.
So what exactly was the wrongdoings? Let me break it down as simply as I can. When a company makes say a million USD worth of profits in a year, they can take some of their earnings and invest it back into the company. This action not only helps the growth of the business, but is a tax-reduced incentive. The other earnings will be tax according to a countries tax rates. What these rich scumbags have been doing essentially is placing the rest of their earnings in what is called a shell corporation which does not actually exist- no workers, no products, and sometime not even a tangible building. Due to no international protocol, some corporations do not need to assign a name to the CEO field- which has now resulted in tens of years of tax evasion and overall shitty moral decisions. Didnt quite get that? Here is an explanation to a 5 year old which sums it up even better:

While the investigation is still young, many who are interested in who will be accused in this debacle have noted that no Americas have been sought out….yet. Looks like the show is just starting. This is journalism at its best, hard hitting and data driven. Time to expose these greedy bastards.

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Philip DeFranco; Youtube’s top Source

Looking back through the history of Youtube to its modern state, it is impossible to overlook the creative genius that is Philip DeFranco. The 30 year-old New York native started when he was just 21 in his dorm room at East Carolina University. Talking about “newsie-type stuff and things that mattered to him today” quickly resonated with audience viewers and formed what he now considers DeFranco Nation; almost 4 million subscribers. Covering topics such as viral videos, politics, sports, entertainment, and everything in between, Defranco discussed his beliefs in front of a camera for years, garnishing a heavily tight group of followers and eventually catching the attention of corporate sponsors. Discovery network, the multi-million dollar conglomerate, purchased a stake in the Defranco network and has launched it into something Defranco could never have imagined once in his dorm room. Talking at conventions like Comic-con and hosting segments during Shark Week, Philip has found a niche and has ran with it.

While he has continued to cover topics that matter to him on a daily basis through his Youtube Channel SxePhil (Monday-Thursday), he has also become a advertiser for products he enjoys or has invested interests in. When talking about advertising, many tend to think in terms of effectiveness; however, with traditional marketing becoming less effective and more expensive many sponsors have turned to other channels including DeFranco to reach targeted audiences. Evangelist consumers of the DeFranco nation have grown their trust for DeFranco and his beliefs. This level of trust is something that companies can struggle with developing, so instead of pushing it through traditional marketing campaigns, they have turned to Phil to explore their products and promote them. This garnishes sales for the company, followers for Phil, and more importantly- a steady flow of income for DeFranco which has resulted in a full time job. Through his sponsored Youtube videos and social media profiles, DeFranco has become a full time influence on both news stories and products. DeFranco himself could be considered all of these categories: Reporter, Consumer, Explorer, and a Communicator. A master marketer, a trusted influence, an entertaining reporter, a father, husband, and a beloved human being- Philip DeFranco has grown from a person with not too much, to a person with a little more. His charisma and ability to relate to much of his audience as just another guy, not a corporate voice, is exactly why he has found and continues to find success. As a consumer and voice in DeFranco Nation, he has influenced me to voice my own opinion and cover a wide range of topics- exactly what WickedMillennial is today.

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Citizen Journalism at its Finest

Well, so far this election season has been a complete shit show (to say the least) in America. As a millennial, we have grown up with “two of the worst presidents ever”, Bush and Obama. Whoever your friend is, they will take a side on that stance, but finally, with 2016 approaching we have a chance to weigh the shit in comparison to what we have grown up with. At first it was looking like either a black republican, a latino republican, TRUMP, a woman, or a Jewish socialist as the president. As time and erroneous statements have passed, it is appearing to be that the election will come down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (but thats just my guess). Throughout the campaigns, there has been an increidible amount of citizen journalism relating to rallies, protests, what the candidates have said, and what the candidates have done. Donald Trump, the Republican front runner at the moment, has said plenty of things that have upset millions of Americans and foreigners across the globe; just like Hillary. Comparing statements made now to statements made in the past seem to be a trend amongst many political commentators including Steven Colbert, Jon Oliver, and Bill Maher. Most recently, Hillary Clinton has come under fire because of a statement made at her recent rally condemning Bernie for his non-stance in Health care years back. Funny thing is, Bernie stood right behind Hillary when she was promoting Universal Health Care and again and again she chooses to ignore the truth.

How stupid is this? How stupid are the candidates that are running to control our military and country. I am twenty one years old and I feel like I could run the country better than some of these people talking in front of millions. The foreign policy issues are a complete scam, and inside our boarders dont seem to be getting much better with anyone. I guess we are just going to have to wait and see who becomes the two nominees and vote against the lesser evil. Isnt that how it always turns out anyways? The most impressive thing about this whole political process is not what the candidates have been saying, but what the citizens have been saying in response. Citizen journalism is at an all time high thanks to the creative social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Constantly we are updated what is happening in local states, and the responses of the citizens in the crowd. Anywhere from protests to peaceful gatherings, you can see everything on social networking sites. When Barack Obama took over Facebook and won the election n 2008, Democrats have not stopped using the World Wide Web to their advantage in gathering votes- especially from millennials. Europe- please dont think we are racist, sexists, or bigoted because of our candidates, look at us as your brothers and sisters trying to make the world better.

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Selfies as Passwords for Credit Cards

NBCNEWS Soon MasterCard customers will be able to use fingerprints, wearable devices to detect things like heartbeats, and even selfies to confirm purchases online. This news is just the latest in gadgetry coming right out of Barcelona at the Mobile World Conference. Ann Cairns, the head of international markets for MasterCard has said, “biometric checks have been trialed in the US and now the company will begin launching these checks in the UK very soon”. According to a survey by MasterCard, 53 percent of shoppers forget passwords at least once a week, wasting more than 10 minutes to reset their accounts and leading to a third of shoppers abandoning their purchase.

No really, people now can take selfies for a legitimate reason. Does anyone see any issue with this? At first glance it seems like a great idea- especially with the crazy statistic that over fifty percent of people forget their passwords in a week; but I have a feeling like this could be abused. Fingerprint scanners seem legit, I use mine all the time to unlock my iPhone and get into my mobile banking; although it is kind of sketchy that companies now have your fingerprint in storage (not that mines not already with the 5-0 anyways. What about this facial recognition software? Facebook has already invested a ton into this new technology and it’s kind of freaky how much it works- ever notice how Facebook knows who to tag in your photos? What about if you had a photo of someone and you used it to confirm purchases? Still this idea of companies knowing your face, fingerprints, and overall life and selling this data to other companies to target you seems too much for me. It’s like Minority Report and I don’t know if I’m ready to deal with that.


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Upcoming Twitter Changes 

As many know by now, Twitter is struggling to stay afloat amongst the social media index; however, with upcoming changes to the platform- Twitter hopes to regain lost ground.

With CEOs coming and going as fast as active users on the site, Jack Dorsey, the original creator of Twitter, has decided to take back the reigns and attempt to stear the ship back to safe waters. With the recent release of Twitter’s Q4 earnings, many skeptics see this as a forewarning for a future fallout. Dorsey, or @Jack (what the creator goes by for a twitter-handle), has decided to make some changes that has few excited and many infuriated, leading to the hashtag #RIPTwitter. This prompted @Jack to release a series of tweets to slow the downwards roll of negativity:

So what are the actual changes coming?


1) Twitter has essentially redesigned it’s time feed. While it continues to be realtime, they have added a feature called Timeline Personalization. When this setting is turned on, “Tweets you are likely to care about most will show up first in your timeline. We choose them based on accounts you interact with most, Tweets you engage with, and much more. You can find instructions for how to turn off this behavior here.” This could mean great things for advertisers and company’s to really connect with their users; however, it can also take away from what users truly love about Twitter- real time tweets from any and everybody. Learn more about this feature here.

2) @replies will not contribute to 140 characters. Whenever you want to respond to a chain of tweets comprised by multiple users, tagging all of them sometimes leaves tweets with only tens of characters to spare. With these changes, @replies will not take up the strict character limit. Instead, any @users you reply to will be separate from your text and the user names may be crunched down to avoid the longevity.

3) .@user will be a thing of the past. Prior to these changes, if you replied to somebody only your followers that share this connection would be able to see the tweet in their timelines; this resulted with people using a character like a period before a reply so followers can see what they said. No longer will users need to do this for everyone to see their tweets.


While some users are excited about these few (of many) changes coming to the interface, many people are angry about this. I personally enjoy Twitter for its ‘real-time’ sense compared to other sites like Facebook. When news breaks, or tragedy strikes, one can be immediately alerted. Also for events such as the Superbowl, I can keep up with moments as they happen and everyone’s immediate reaction. While this new feature may keep out smaller accounts tweets in comparison to large networks like CNN, I believe this will make the platform better than worse. The already present ‘While you were away’ feature will essentially be replaced by this new concept. This feature, which encapsulated the most important tweets or at least the tweets that received the most traffic, were brought to the top of the feed, but that is only after 10 or so tweets and it was marked with the tittle ‘While you were away’. I personally enjoy this feature because when I am away from the app, I can come back and immediately be caught up on big news, or at least when my friends post a photo of someone else passed out I can laugh too. For the other updates, I see no harm in any of this. While sometimes I tweet specifically to a company and dont care for any one to see this, I can see why in other situations this will come in handy. Have no fear. Twitter will once again be great- Jack promises us. If not, Twitter will join the likes of Myspace lost to eternity in the internet underworld.

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Barstool Sports Purchased by Chernin Group


What started out as a small time fantasy sports newspaper in Massachusetts, Barstool Sports, a popular online blog has now been sold to the media conglomerate The Chernin Group for an estimated $15million dollars.

In a video press conference released by the site, David Portnoy (the creator of the newspaper referred to by his readers as ‘El Presidente’), still retains,”complete and total creative control” but is no longer the majority owner of the company. Portnoy, who started distributing tangible newspapers door to door and at the entrance of South Station in Boston, has transformed the company over the last ten years into a highly visited, highly profitable website which touts over 5 million readers monthly. The content and overall scope of the company has moved on from its earlier days of fantasy sports to covering current events pertaining to sports, entertainment, politics, and other viral occurrences. Traditionally, Boston was the major market for Barstool, but now New York, hosted by Kevin Clancy (KFC), and Chicago, hosted by Dan Katz (Big Cat), are gaining active readers as well.

Portnoy has promised the fan base that although there is major changes to the ownership, that the content will stay true to what it has been in prior years. He granted readers a chance to propose questions about the acquisition through a reddit server.

As an active reader of the website and a potential intern in the future, I am on the side that this is a great decision made by the team. This acquisition allows the company to be bigger, better, faster, and more connected on a daily basis. Their daily rundowns, which covers the most important topics of the day, frequently suffer from connection issues and other annoyances that truly deter from the viewer’s experience. With their location being changed and centrally located in Manhattan, the team will now be able to brainstorm ideas with one another to bring greater content to the stoolie nation.

While some stoolies are irked by the recent purchase, describing Portnoy’s decision as, “selling out”, I firmly believe that this is not that moment. Others believe that this will change what many have grown to love about the site; the attitude. What has made me come back everyday to view content is not necessarily the information I am taking in, but more importantly is the voice of the writers. They are relatable, true to their beliefs, and never afraid to voice their opinion. When larger networks tame voices of journalists, Barstool encourages its staff to be as gritty and human as they can be. I am excited to see what is in store for the brand, and I am here to tell stoolies- have no fear, elpresidente knows what is best for us. VIVA LA STOOL!


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Solar-Powered Plane breaks longest nonstop solo flight record

NYTimes – KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun’s rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu. His 120-hour voyage from Nagoya broke the record for the world’s longest nonstop solo flight, his team said. The late U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett set the previous record of 76 hours when he flew a specially-designed jet around the globe in 2006.

Fuck yeah- this is the shit us millennials see as we grow; switching from burning natural fuels to using sustainable practices to get us from point A to B. Now it is just the start, and I know it’s a stretch for the record name (longest solo nonstop), but this kind of stuff gets me amped. More money needs to be poured into this type of R&D cause eventually it’ll pay for itself.

Side note- this dude had a toilet built right into his cockpit. Barely got up for this 5day journey- just breaking records, enjoying the view, and shitting effortlessly. A+ Job Andre.

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