Voted ‘Dullest Man in the UK’, This Dad Has Collected Over 9,000 Beer Cans

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Nick West is a pretty average guy.

A father of two and now recently retired, Nick is so notably average that in 2015 he appeared in a book titled “Dull Men of Britain” which showcased 40 of the dullest men living in the UK.

Now several years later, Nick is finally getting the individual recognition he so rightly deserves.

A newspaper in Scotland ran a poll to once and for all determine the absolute dullest man in Britain and Nick received over 20% of the votes, more than enough to claim the title.

So what could possibly make people think Nick West is so incredibly dull you ask?

It’s his hobby.

Since Nick was 16 years old he has been collecting one thing: beer cans.

No, he wasn’t cashing in the refunds, but instead amassing one of the largest collections of these shiny metal canvases known to man.

According to an interview the DailyMail, Nick says it all began when he saw a news report in 1975 on collectors in the US scooping up the discarded containers. Shortly after his wife, then girlfriend bought him a book on collecting.

Now 40 plus years later with a collection topping out at over 9,300 cans, Nick has finally decided to cash in and cash out. He has sold about 6,000 pieces of his prized art to private parties and has also donated 1500 cans to a local museum that will keep them on display.

While that may seem like a lot to give up, that still leaves the can connoisseur with over 1500 in his personal collection, allowing him to now move to a smaller home with his wife.

It was with his wife Deborah’s help that Nick says he was able to realize his dream, telling the Mail “I drank the beers and stouts and Deborah would drink the lagers.”

While his oldest can dates back to 1936, there are plenty of modern masterpieces as well. The craft beer boom has not only created many different beverages, but a myriad artistic and unique containers to go along with them.

Part of the reason Nick is hanging it all up is due to that craft beer surge. With so many new breweries and offerings, Nick was collecting up to 600+ cans a year as opposed to only a few hundred.

“Deborah grew to resent the hobby because I had a small collection when I met her but it’s had a massive impact on our lives.”

Nick says after making his wife move to a larger home just to accommodate the massive collection, they are now in a much more suitable home and settling in to retirement.

As for his new title of Dullest in the UK, Nick seems ok with it.

“I’m never going to be most handsome or tallest so I’m quite happy with my mantle of dullest man.”

Tweet Roundup: The 15 Funniest Quarantine Era Tweets From May

May's Quarantine Tweet Roundup
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It’s either month three or month 347 of quarantine, at this point, it’s hard to say. With every day feeling like it’s blending into the next, time has more or less lost all meaning. Fortunately for us, humor hasn’t! What better way to pull yourself out of the repetitiveness of life in isolation than to laugh at the absurdity of it all? Please enjoy 15 of the funniest, most relatable tweets about living in the era of quarantine.

Maybe you’ve developed a new self-care routine,

Even though everything seems a little bit harder right now.

Or maybe you’ve discovered new ways to make money,

And taken some time to challenge yourself.

Though being at home constantly can be challenging enough.

It may be helpful to remember that you’re not the only one struggling,

And missing life before all of this started,

Finding little things to keep you going.

But we’re all adapting,

And trying to make the best of it.

Listening to the experts,

Making new friends along the way,

And remembering that it’s ok to treat yourself right now.

Because even though there may be some bumps along the way,

There’s so much to look forward to.

Parenting in the quarantine era is tough, so here are 15 funny parenting in isolation tweets to ease the tension.

George Floyd Was a Dad

George Floyd Was a Dad
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Before his name was a flashpoint for protesters demanding justice. Before his name became a permanent fixture on cable news scrawls. Before his final moments were recorded and shared across every social media platform in existence. George Floyd was just a dad trying to make a better life for himself and his family.

Earlier this week, Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis, and well, you probably know the rest by now. The arresting office knelt on Floyd’s neck, for reasons unclear, while other officers watched. Floyd tried to get the officer to relent, struggling to tell him he couldn’t breathe. He lost consciousness and died. The officer was arrested, only after several nights of protests (which escalated into violence in some areas), and the other officers have yet to be charged. Protests have erupted in dozens of cities throughout the nation, with rioting in several of them, as some see this as little more than another episode in a long line of similar incidents of police brutality.

The case, and the underlying issues it ignited, is not going away anytime soon. George Floyd’s name is one you’ll hear for a long time. But it’s important to know there was more to the man than his final moments. There was more to the man than his tragic and unjust murder. George Floyd was a dad.

Floyd had three kids (the youngest being six years old) and the Houston native had relocated to Minnesota for better employment opportunities. He worked as a truck driver and most recently as a bouncer at a bar/restaurant. His friends described him as someone who was a protector and a provider. His brother described him to CNN as a “gentle giant” without a hateful bone in his body.

“Knowing my brother is to love my brother,” he said.

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson was friends with George Floyd when he lived in Houston, and described him as someone who got along with everyone.

“The last time I talked to him was about a year ago and every conversation we had in that year was about bettering ourselves and being better fathers,” Jackson told CNN. “That’s all he talked about.”

His uncle told a newspaper Floyd was the type of guy who would “give the shirt off his back for anyone.”

The man, the life he lived, the kids, family, and friends he leaves behind, will be overshadowed by what comes next. As protests continue and his story serves as a flashpoint for systemic injustice, his name will live on. The tragic circumstances around his death won’t be forgotten. And the horrifying video of his final moments will continue to be shown.

But it’s important to remember he was more than those 9 minutes. It’s important to remember the man, a dad, and the grieving loved ones he leaves behind.

Texas Principal Congratulates All 240 Graduating Seniors in Person

Texas Principal Congratulates All 240 Graduating Seniors in Person
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Being a principal is no cakewalk. You’ve seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off right? Every school basically has 1500 Ferris Bueller disciples running around their halls. So yeah, being a principal can be a crap job at times.

Fortunately, there are so many who go above and beyond the call of duty to show their students that no matter what, they have someone on their team. There was this assistant principal, who without a second thought, laid down on the pavement next to a student with autism who was having a tough time. And who could forget this committed principal who dressed from head to toe as Elf on the Shelf, before spending the day hiding around his school. The newest addition to this ever-growing list of A+ principals is Dr. Scott Rudes, from Dallas, Texas.

Rudes, principal of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, is a father of a senior himself. He saw firsthand how devastating the effects of the coronavirus have been on this year’s graduating class. They didn’t get to build cherished memories of prom, graduation, or their final days alongside their best friends. They missed out on so much, and Rudes wouldn’t stand for it anymore.

According to Fox News’s KDFW, Rudes said in a message to his seniors, “Whatever presents in life, find the opportunity with that and run with it.” And that’s exactly what he did.

Rather than mourning the fact that his students couldn’t walk across the stage to accept their diplomas, he saw an opportunity. Why not give each senior their own little graduation? It seems insane, how can a single person deliver hundreds of diplomas, one by one? I guess the only real answer is “uh, you just do it”.

It took 10 days, and Rudes covered a total distance of 1,500 miles to visit all 240 of his seniors. He laughed with them, danced with them, and gave them something they never thought they’d get – a memory of their very own high school graduation.

Some lessons can be taught in the classroom. Math, history, you can learn about those from a book. Some lessons though, like selflessness and generosity, are often best learned outside of the classroom. Preferably from one excellent principal.

Josh Gad Is Reuniting the Cast of ‘Lord of the Rings’ Tomorrow

Lord of the Rings Reunion
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Over the course of the quarantine, Josh Gad has been doing the Lord’s Work.

He’s used this period, during which we are all forced to stay home and occupy ourselves inside, to bring together the casts of some classic 80s movies. The man who embodies Olaf created a YouTube series titled “Reunited Apart” in which he gathers cast members from various movies onto a big video call, and they reminisce about the making of their movies.

Thus far, Gad has focused on 80s flicks like The Goonies, Back to the Future, and Splash. We rounded up all of the full episodes here for your nostalgic viewing pleasure.

But for his next episode, he’s chosen a classic property that’s only a few decades old instead.

This Sunday, Gad will debut the Lord of the Rings episode of Reunited Apart, complete with Elijah Wood, Sean Astin (who already appeared on The Goonies episode), Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, and Sir Ian McKellen. That’s all four hobbits, Legolas, and Gandalf! A pretty solid collection of cast members from one of the most epic fantasy trilogies ever made.

Check out the trailer below, and let us know what case you want to see Gad bring together next. I vote for Red Dawn. WOLVERINES!!!

Watch the Full Episodes of the 6 Best Cast Reunions (So Far)

6 Best Cast Reunions
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Celebrities: currently just as bored as the rest of us nameless nobodies. And if there’s one silver lining to all this, it’s that they’re far more susceptible to the concept of cast reunions. Most are willing, eager even to recapture any modicum of onscreen chemistry they shared with former costars. It’s truly a treat for everyone involved.

Here are 6 of the best pop culture reunions we’ve seen so far this year.

The Goonies


Heeyyyy you guyyyyys! If the prospect of a Goonies TV series doesn’t shift your nostalgia gear into overdrive, this certainly will. Josh Gad, Olaf himself, recently launched a reunion-centric YouTube series called Reunited Apart, and so generously invited on the clan from this 80s classic. Thank goodness Goonies also never say no to reunions.

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Back To The Future

Josh Gad making with the goods once again. If you’re even the most casual fan of the BTTF trilogy, you’re certain to get a kick out of this one.  Featuring Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, Lea Thompson, director Robert Zemeckis, and several surprise guests! Spoiler: Huey Lewis! There was also one cast member missing from the first round but he made his presence known here.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

When Will Smith launched his quarantine Snapchat show, Will At Home, we knew this was an inevitability. Will successfully reassembled the whole Banks family (minus Uncle Phil of course, RIP) to chat about their time together on Fresh Prince. Carlton, Hilary, Ashley, Geoffrey, Aunt Viv. Even Jazz pops in for a bit!

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Parks & Recreation

It’s been 5 years since your favorite crew from Pawnee, Indiana appeared together in the series finale of Parks & Rec. In a bid to raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, and a few other familiar faces got together for, not just your run-of-the-mill cast reunion, but a whole freakin’ scripted episode, with everyone filming remotely. Hopefully, this paves the way for other shows to do the same. Fingers crossed for Seinfeld’s “The Zoom Call.”

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Community

Community is one of the most resilient sitcoms in TV history. It stayed on NBC for four seasons despite abysmal ratings, got canned, was immediately revived by its fan base, and then killed once more. Now the students of Greendale Community College are back, raising money for frontline workers with a table read of the season 5 classic, “Cooperative Polygraphy.” Even Donald Glover was there!

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Splash

Okay, now you’re just showing off, Josh. But we approve of the John Candy related content.

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Ryan Reynolds Joins the Reunited Cast of ‘Splash’ to Discuss John Candy

Splash Reunion
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The COVID-19 quarantine is forcing us to be stuck inside, with only our families and our streaming services for company. It can be a little boring, even with all the extra content. Not having any sports and with very few new movies and events going on, there’s still a substantial void in our lives.

Luckily, some people in Hollywood are doing their best to spice things up, releasing movies early, having virtual watch parties, and more. Josh Gad has gone the extra mile, using his connections and celebrity friends to reunite some of our favorite casts and bring some excitement to our daily screen regimens. Gad – Broadway star, the voice of Olaf, upcoming costar in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids legacyquel – has been taking advantage of a captive audience – and captive celebrities – to bring together stars from some classic 80s movies. He’s reunited the casts of the Goonies and Back to the Future, and for the latest episode of his YouTube show “Reunited Apart,” he brought the cast of Splash into our homes. And the highlight of the episode is when John Candy becomes the focus.

Gad brought together stars Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah, co-star Eugene Levy, and director Ron Howard to discuss the movie that made Hanks a star – and made him fall in love with a fish. One notable absence from the reunion was legendary comic actor John Candy, who passed away a few years ago. The cast spent some time reminiscing about their old friend, and Howard shared a hilarious story about Candy’s hi-jinks.

The director recalled the most amazing excuse Candy offered when he arrived late to the set one day.

“He said, ‘Look, I’m drunk!’” the director said. “Here’s what happened … I’m at the bar and Jack Nicholson’s at the bar. Jack Nicholson knew my name, Ron. He starts buying me drinks, I said, ‘I gotta go shoot’ and he said, ‘You’ll be alright kid, don’t worry about it.’ I never went to bed, Ron, I never went to bed!”

Ryan Reynolds, a fellow Canadian and comic actor, even pops up to praise Candy, calling him one of his favorite performers.

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Ryan Gosling to Play The Wolfman in Modern Take on Classic Monster Flick

Gosling is The Wolfman
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A few years ago, Universal tried to resurrect its classic movie monsters and get in on the “expanded universe” game that was working so well for Marvel and Star Wars. They called theirs the “Dark Universe” and it was meant to kick off with Tom Cruise’s Mummy movie, before new versions of the Invisible Man and the Wolfman followed, starring Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, respectively.

Well, The Mummy was laughed out of theaters and the Dark Universe died a quick death.

Or did it?

Earlier this year, Elisabeth Moss starred in The Invisible Man, which put a horror-fire, Me Too spin on the tale, and now news has it that Ryan Gosling may be throwing on some prosthetics to play The Wolfman.

Variety has the news that the Canadian heartthrob, last seen in Damien Chazelle’s First Man as Neil Armstrong, may fanging up, but it doesn’t sound like your typical werewolf movie.

Based on Gosling’s own idea, this version will take place in the modern-day and would be in the vein of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler, which was about an unhinged cameraman who, to get ahead in the news business, created his own news. How that movie will inspire a tale of a man who turns into a bloodthirsty wolf once a month is yet to be seen, but it sounds a little like Jack Nicholson’s fun 90s version.

These movies don’t appear part of any type of linked universe, so far, as Universal has apparently switched gears to make one-off movies featuring their iconic monsters. Which is probably a good thing. For one, the idea of a bunch of monsters forming an alliance or whatever it would take to unite them into a shared ecosystem is beyond silly. For another, can’t we just make the occasional movie that doesn’t require tons of backstory and mythology?

One thing is for sure, Gosling’s werewolf will almost certainly be charming AF.

The Sonic Redesign Must Have Worked Because He’s Getting a Sequel

Sonic Sequel
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Ben Schwartz is a busy dude.

His Space Force just debuted on Netflix, before the quarantine he was performing improv on tour with Thomas Middleditch (you can see those three specials on Netflix too), he reprised his legendary role as Jean-Ralphio for the Parks and Rec virtual reunion, and he starred in last year’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie as the voice of Sonic himself.

Now, according to Variety – and Schwartz’s own Instagram account – he’ll be back to reprise that role too, in a sequel to the surprisingly successful movie.

 

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Variety doesn’t have many details, but Schwartz will obviously be back as the speedy critter from another world who struck up a friendship with James Marsden’s small-town cop. Together the pair evaded the evil Dr. Robotnik, portrayed with scenery-chewing glee – and a scene-stealing mustache – by Jim Carrey, who ended the first movie stranded on a mushroom planet.

No idea yet if he or Marsden will be back, but based on the movie’s end-credit scene, Sonic’s little friend Tails will be joining the adventure, no matter what form it takes.

The movie’s success was a bit of a surprise, especially after Sonic himself underwent a total redesign after fans objected to his look in the first trailer. Apparently fans were happy with the new version, as the movie grossed $58 million in its opening weekend, which was the biggest opening for a movie based on a video game character.

Hopefully, the studio won’t have to re-engineer Tails for his debut in the sequel!

Watching Jack Black Torment His Celebrity Friends for Charity is Therapeutic

Jack Black Celebrity Escape Room
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Celebrities are just like us! They drink coffee, they get gas, they let their hair go and their beards grow and get desperately bored during the quarantine the same way you and I do! We’re all doing what we can to survive this thing, and also find ways to pass the time so we don’t go insane.

Ok, maybe celebrities are having a little easier time navigating this pandemic, hunkered down in spacious luxury homes with pools, home gyms, and personal assistants providing for them. That said, watching them get mocked by Jack Black is the guilty pleasure we need right now. And it’s also for charity.

If you’ve never been in an escape room, it’s essentially a real-time puzzle you and your groups are forced to solve in order to, well, escape the room. Usually, these rooms don’t include celebrities, but for this special edition, Friends’ Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow were joined by Adam Scott and Ben Stiller, with Jack Black serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Duties he took obvious delight in performing while his pals attempted to solve their way out of captivity.

The show aired on NBC on Thursday, May 21st, aka Red Nose Day, just before a two-hour Red Nose Day special, to help raise funds for children in need.

Check out the whole episode here: