They're here, they're bike lanes, and sometimes a really strong man can make sure you respect them.

This man was riding his bike in Brazil. And lo — a car had parked right in the middle of the bike lane. So he did what he had (the strength) to do.

He got off his bike, grabbed the car, and ever so gently lifted the car out of the bike lane.


GIFs via Joe Loreto.

Here's the whole video so you can hear the bystanders cheer.

This guy is the hero we all need.

In the battle of bikes vs. cars, it's usually cars that win. But this guy proves, in his own unique way, it's not a battle, it's a beautiful dance. There's room for everyone.

New York City is a great example of this. The city has increased its commuter cycling population (people who ride bikes to and from work) by "nearly doubling the citywide on-street bike network."

That means ... bike lanes.

In real life, working together means everyone respecting everyone else's space and lane.

That means cars staying out of bike lanes and bikers staying out of the way of cars.

You might already know about the different kinds of car lanes, but do you know your bike lanes???

If you drive a car or ride a bike, here's a quick top three:

  • The bi-directional protected lane (like the one above)

  • The good old-fashioned shared lane, or "sharrow"


  • Or my favorite, the physically protected lane


Parked cars are protecting you from traffic. Note the position of the parked cars — not in the lane! Images via TransAlt.

According to NYC.gov, commuter cycling in NYC increased by 26% in 2008-09 and has more than doubled since 2005. Bike lanes are working.

But bikes and cars can't play a zero-sum game. The different lanes work together to help prevent nasty interactions between bikes and cars. But what really prevents nasty interactions is people. Smart people. Kind people. Inhumanly strong, Herculean types of people. Now that bikes and cars are sharing more roads, all different types of people have a chance to help each other.

Bike lanes help both cars and people ride off into the sunset ... together. Now that's something I want to lift up.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Seven years ago, Bill Murray shared a powerful story about the importance of art. The revelation came during a discussion at the National Gallery in London for the release of 2014's "The Monuments Men." The film is about a troop of soldiers on a mission to recover art stolen by the Nazis.

After his first time performing on stage in Chicago, Murray was so upset with himself that he contemplated taking his own life.

"I wasn't very good, and I remember my first experience, I was so bad I just walked out — out onto the street and just started walking," he said.

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