Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Addresses His Sexual Orientation in an Essay, ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’

Tim Cook

In an essay for Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged his sexual orientation, explaining that while he hadnt kept the matter secret, he had never addressed the issue in a public forum.

So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me. Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life.

The executive, who has largely made a point to keep his private life private, addressed the issue after calling on his home state of Alabama to do more for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights — a statement keeping with Apple’s history of fighting for workplace equality.

We’ve taken a strong stand in support of a workplace equality bill before Congress, just as we stood for marriage equality in our home state of California. And we spoke up in Arizona when that state’s legislature passed a discriminatory bill targeting the gay community. We’ll continue to fight for our values, and I believe that any CEO of this incredible company, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, would do the same.

image via Businessweek

Kevin Smith Shares Photos of Himself Before and After Shaving Off His Iconic Beard

Kevin Smith Beard

Kevin Smith recently shared photos of himself before and after shaving off his iconic beard. Smith got rid of his facial hair for Yoga Hosers, his upcoming action-adventure film that is a spin-off of the 2014 horror movie Tusk.

Kevin Smith No Beard

photos via Kevin Smith

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Paul Reubens Announces a New Pee-wee Herman Movie on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

On a recent episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Paul Reubens announced that a new Pee-wee Herman movie will be produced by Judd Apatow and begin filming in February 2015. The director of the film is currently being kept a secret. Reubens also announced that a remastered version of the Pee-wee’s Playhouse series has been released on DVD and Blu-ray.

As an added bonus, Reubens humorously applied his iconic Pee-wee Herman voice to the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie trailer to make it that much better.

100-Year-Old Notebook From Robert Falcon Scott’s Ill-Fated Antarctic Expedition Discovered in Antarctica

Levick Notebook Found in Antarctica
photo via Antarctic Heritage Trust

Last year, a notebook belonging to a member of the Terra Nova Expedition, the ill-fated final Antarctic expedition of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, was discovered near Scott’s Hut in Antarctica. Dating from 1911, the notebook belonged to George Murray Levick, a British explorer, photographer, and surgeon. It contains Levick’s photography notes from the first stage of the expedition. Levick would go on to serve in both World War I and World War II before dying in 1956 — Scott and his exploration party would perish during a failed attempt to be the first explorers to reach the South Pole (he was preceded by a Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen). The notebook was restored by the Antarctic Heritage Trust in New Zealand, and has been returned to Scott’s Hut.

Levick Notebook Found in Antarctica
photo via Antarctic Heritage Trust

Levick Notebook Found in Antarctica
George Murray Levick self-portrait. Photo via Scott Polar Research Institute

images via Antarctic Heritage Trust

via Radio New Zealand News, PetaPixel

ArKay Beverages Creates a Full Line of Alcohol-Free Liquors For Those Who Prefer Not to Indulge

ArKay Alcohol-Free Whiskey

ArKay Distributing of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has created a full line of alcohol-free liquor flavored beverages (previously) for those consumers who like the taste of the spirit but don’t want the harmful effects of ethanol intoxication or can’t ingest alcohol due to personal religious beliefs or medical reasons.

ArKay is the world’s first alcohol free liquor, which means it tastes like liquor, looks like liquor, smells like liquor, but has never been fermented or aged in a wooden cask and contains no alcohol. This version of the popular spirit is ideal for anybody who – for personal, philosophical or religious reasons – cannot drink alcohol or simply doesn’t want to indulge.

Flavors include tequila, vodka, gin, spiced rum, and amaretto, just to name a few. A number of recipes are also provided online for a vast array of “mocktails” and recipe substitutions.

ArKay in Vegas

In 2013, ArKay partnered with the band Arkay to create a “memorable” PSA song warning of the dangers of drinking and driving.

via Daily Mail

Trapped in a Room With a Zombie, A Real-Life Room Escape Game for the Daring

Trapped in a Room With a Zombie is a real-life room escape game where twelve people are locked in a room with an actor playing a chained zombie. The participants must look for clues and solve riddles to escape the room within one hour, but every five minutes the zombie’s chain gets one foot longer making it easier for the zombie to tag participates, eliminating them from the game.

The game is produced by Room Escape Adventures, and locations can currently be found in 16 major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

via LAist, Super Punch

An Illustration That Demonstrates the Six Types of Gamer Couples

Gamer Couples Comic

Illustrator George Rottkamp has posted an illustration over at Dorkly that demonstrates the six kinds of gamer couples. Though they appear to be playing only video games, the majority — such as “The One-Sided Rivalry” — would work equally as well for other kinds of games. The full illustration is available at Dorkly.

image via Dorkly