Hulkamania Is Turning 65: Here Are the Most Shirt-Ripping Moments From His Career

Hulkamania Is Turning 65: Here Are the Most Shirt-Ripping Moments From His Career

My entire childhood was defined by the rivalry between Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan. It explains why I love ripping t-shirts and the colors yellow and red so much, and why I have such a deep-seated hatred for men with grey hair who rock bedazzled robes.

Both in and out of the ring, Hulkamania ran wild on everyone. Here are some of the most amazing moments from his career.

When he bodyslammed Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III.

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While my Albanian relatives looked at me with slight worry and awe as I ran around the house holding a piece of wood pretending I was “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, or ripping the neon streamers off of the neighborhood girl’s bikes to look like The Ultimate Warrior or Macho Man Randy Savage — even they stood and watched in awe as Terry Hogan lifted Andre The Giant off the mat and slammed him to the ground.

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The lead-up to the match, we’d find out years later, was even more dramatic than the spectacle the world saw on TV. The Hulkster wasn’t sure Andre, with an ego big enough to match his frame, was going to comply with the script he had come up with for the fight beforehand, and Andre’s health troubles meant that it was possible the match could be called off at any minute. But he ended up electrifying the crowd along with Hulk Hogan, and the rest is history.

When he tried selling a meatball maker instead of a grill.

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Celebrity endorsements of household products are nothing new, just ask Selena Gomez and Kylie Jenner how much they get paid to pretend they like stuff on Instagram. But when it comes to “As Seen on TV” cooking apparatuses, there’s one man whose product reigns supreme: George Foreman and the George Foreman Grill.

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When he was in Rocky III out of nowhere. 

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If you grew up in a family that loved testosterone-fueled movie franchises, or underdog stories that involved a lot of violence, then you probably watched all of the Rocky films repeatedly. And if you didn’t, well, then you can just imagine the delight on kids’ faces everywhere when they realized that the “charity” match opponent Stallone’s character was facing was none other than Hulk Hogan himself.

Sure, he didn’t appear as himself and his name was the ridiculous, had-to-be-conjured-up-by-Stallone, “Thunderlips,” but Hogan’s scene with Rocky was one of the most memorable in the film — and years later, the actor gave props to Hogan for his work on set. Hogan responded, thanking Sly for giving him his start in movies and helping him expand his career opportunities outside of the world of professional wrestling.

His awesomely bad film/TV career after Rocky III.

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The Princess Bride is a classic film packed with smart writing, incredible performances, and an aesthetic that perfectly fits the movie’s fairy-tale theme. Among all that greatness, Andre the Giant managed to stand out as the character of Fezzik. Just look at him say, “Anybody want a peanut?” and tell me it isn’t awesome.

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Now, The Rock got his start in pro wrestling (he still makes appearances) and has managed to go on to become the biggest box-office star in Hollywood right now. Hulk Hogan had a few films of his own, but didn’t enjoy anywhere near the amount of success that The Rock is lapping up right now. And it’s probably because a lot of the stuff Hogan was in was bad. I mean, really, really bad.

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Did I love No Holds Barred as a kid? Yes. Did I memorize all of the lines and get legitimately scared every time the film’s main protagonist, Zeus, appeared on camera? Absolutely. No man should angrily shake that much. But does that mean the movie is good? Hell-to-the-no.

Suburban Commando didn’t really astound the box office, or critics either, along with the similarly poor-performing Mr. Nanny

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That hasn’t stopped the Hulkster from constantly returning to WWE for spells here and there and epic one-off matches, nor did it impede him from having his own action TV show: Thunder in Paradise and being featured from time to time on various TV shows and cameo roles in movies.

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The greatest wrestling promo of all time: when the Madness met the Mania.

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Anyone who’s ever worked with professional wrestlers will tell you that, especially during the ’80s, it was a traveling circus. You’ve got a bunch of dudes on the road away from their families with nothing to pass the time between matches because they were in a different city every night. You can imagine that a certain amount of substance abuse came into play. Some substances were clearly at work in this promo with the inimitable Macho Man Randy Savage. 

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If you’ve ever seen the Macho Man cut a promo, it was evident that there was something else at work aside from pure human enthusiasm. He and Hulk knew that the first promo they cut together as newly-joined forces needed to be special. So they stepped up their game.

Leg-dropping ‘Gawker’.

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A friend of mine have noticed a trend that whenever he’s been snuffed, rebuffed, or rejected by an individual or a company, something terrible befalls them. Whether it’s an MMA fighter’s career going downhill after ghosting him when they were supposed to chill, or getting embarrassed against a no-name opponent when they got condescending when he asked for an interview, to a local restaurant going out of business after they got his food order wrong and were rude to him: The man has strong karma associated with him. He’s also an avid pro-wrestling and Hulk Hogan fan. But years back, he applied to a job at Gawker Media… They ultimately passed on him, but both he and I agree that if he had been working there, the site would’ve thought twice before posting a link to a sex tape the pro-wrestler recorded.

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They somehow got their hands on it and linked to it on their site. Hogan took Gawker Media to court and, after some embarrassing court depositions where the people at Gawker realized they couldn’t snark their way through a hearing, the site settled with the wrestler for $ 31 million. Gawker never recovered after the 1-2-3 the Hulkster dealt them.

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Butterbeer Donuts Are Here And 'Harry Potter' Fans Are Freaking Out

My wife is the one responsible for my appreciation of all things Potter-related. One of the biggest takeaways I had from the movies when she finally sat me down to binge watch them all was that the wizards of Hogwarts really, really knew how to eat.

Cauldron cakes? Steak and kidney pies? Treacle tarts? Come on, sign me up baby. I want it all! But the one treat I craved for most wasn’t even really food: it was Butterbeer. I’m not the biggest fan of butterscotch, but my God, when those three little magical nerds sat down to sip on some of the buttery business, my mouth began watering.

Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee out of Virginia has created a Butterbeer donut that looks absolutely incredible. If you’re not familiar with Butterbeer, it tastes like a mash-up of cream soda and butterscotch. 

Not only has Sugar Shack made a donut that’s full of Butterbeer flavor, but as an homage to Harry Potter, they packed a golden snitch made out of a donut hole so you can regale your friends with tales of your quidditch prowess right before you bite into it.

The donuts pack golden star sprinkles and the snitch is decked out with vanilla fondant wings: It truly is a thing of beauty.

Now if you want to get yourself one of these tasty treats, you’ll have to be quick about it. Sugar Shack is offering these at all of their locations eventually, but the availability will be limited. So hop on your nimbus 2000 to pick one up, but you may want to call ahead just to make sure your nearest shop carries them.

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Pepsi Fire Is Here To Satisfy Your Cinnamon Soda Needs

It might be that deep down inside I’m a 19-year-old college student, but I really, really like Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. But I can’t help the fact that I love the way it tastes.

But that doesn’t mean I love everything cinnamon. No, no, no. Because all of the love that I have in my heart for Fireball can never change how I feel about Pepsi’s latest concoction.

Cinnamon Pepsi. Or “Pepsi Fire,” which is what they want you to call it. Don’t give in.

Probably in an attempt to try and expunge the bad taste Kendall Jenner’s ad left in everyone’s mouths, Pepsi tried to go and get all West Jersey club on us and release a cinnamon-flavored soda beverage that sounds about as appetizing as drinking rusty tacks, in my opinion. 

What’s interesting is that Pepsi Fire first debuted as a special edition Slurpee Flavor at 7-11 chains.

Which people, of course, posted to Instagram, probably because they couldn’t believe it was real.

Would you want to try the “hottest drink of the summer”? I mean, it’ll probably mix really well with Fireball, so…

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The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Is Finally Here And It's Dividing The Nation

Starbucks released their special edition Unicorn Frappuccino on April 19, and it was the perfect Internet sensation. Bright colors, great for Instagram pics, associated with one of Tumblr’s favorite mythical beasties. Of course everyone would want one! And the flavors described on the menu didn’t sound…that bad. Unfortunately, the votes are in and the Unicorn Frappuccino tastes like it came out of the unicorn’s backend.

Twitter is full of responses to this monstrosity’s flavor, but Katy Perry somewhat perfectly encapsulates the experience of taking your first sip with this Snapchat:

In addition to the Unicorn Frappuccino not being all that delicious, it is also apparently slowly killing our nation’s Starbuck baristas this week. 

The Associated Press reports that Colorado barista Braden Burson posted to social media about his first day of making these concoctions, and it sounds like a nightmare. He eventually deleted the post after it went viral, and Starbucks reached out to him (with a promise not to fire him from his job), but apparently he claimed he’d “never been so stressed out” in his life than during his attempts to fill Unicorn Frappuccino orders. 

He’s not the only barista claiming to have that experience:

So, it tastes bad and it’s bad for the people making it, but damn…it looks good.

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Here Are Some Jobs You'll Wish You'd Known About When You Were In School

Growing up (thanks to TV and school) we always heard about specific professions: doctor, lawyer, police officer, fire fighter, nurse — more “standard occupations” — oh, and reality TV star, of course.

But as we pursued higher education, we still had this limited number of professions swirling around in our minds as the only options post graduation. But, as it turns out, there are a plethora of jobs out there that we’d never heard of or really considered — all of which make decent money. Time to start thinking about those… It’s never too late, right? 

Redditor EduardoA96 asked the question we all should have asked long ago — “What is a great career path that kids in college aren’t aware exists?”

So, lost souls, here are some professions to consider:

1. Perfusionist 

Oh perfect, no one knows about my career. Only 3,500 people doing it nationwide and we are in a job shortage. I am a Perfusionist and run the Cardiopulmonary bypass machine during heart surgeries. Get a Bachelor of Science degree, then go to a Perfusion School (1 or 2 year program). I am 4 years out of school and made six figures last year. I probably averaged 30 to 35 hours per week. It can be stressful because you can kill a patient very easily (won’t happen unless you’re careless) but it is very rewarding to know you are saving people’s lives everyday.

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2. Accent / manners tutor

If you’re from the UK/US, some people in China will pay you great money to babysit their kids so their kids can learn the “right” accent and manners. They’ll prefer someone with a college education since it’s more prestigious, and I know someone who was earning $ 50k straight away.

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3. Stagehand

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Stagehand, I am 22 I started at my local community college that I went to school. The starting position was $ 16 an hour and I was learning stagecraft, how to mix, focus lights, use the rail. Soon after doing that I started working for my local IATSE Local (Stagehand Union) and I am currently an apprentice there. I make about 40$ an hour doing the work and it is fantastic. I get to work for cool artists like Prince, Fleetwood Mac, the Who and see some really cool gear. Many people don’t really think about it.

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4. Flight Attendant (although the consensus seems to be that it’s a better deal for people working outside the United States)

Flight Attendants. I recently started working as one. I get 72 days of paid holidays a year, more than enough money, they cover my language learning expenses and medicine is already free in my country. It is not an easy job, but interesting and beneficial one.

After being a junior FA you can become senior FA and then an instructor.

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5. Card Dealer

Card dealing, just moved to Vegas. In 4-5 years you could work your way up to a top tier casino (cousin made it into Ceasers in 18 months but was a special case). Depending on your game could easily net 6 figures a year. Edit: tokes for Sunday and Monday combined were 700 usd a dealer. Gotta love football season.

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6. Museum Worker

Museums! I am currently in my third year of an awesome museum studies program at my university and I also work part time in a museum on campus. It is an extremely diverse field. You could do: • Curatorial work – basically object preservation, both preventative and repairs • Collections Management – overseeing the accessioning, deaccessioning, cataloguing, and storage of objects • Educational coordinator – create and execute educational programs and collaborate with exhibit designers • Exhibit design – making those awesome exhibits you see, from the placement of the text and pictures to the actual physical construction • Basically anything else – museums need all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Digital design, video production, fundraising, HVAC, etc.

Museums are amazing and fun and creative. And you can pair museums with any area of study too.

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7. Packaging Engineer

You basically engineer the packaging for products (so you hate that plastic clam shell packaging? You can be the solution!).

Great pay, interesting work and the job outlook is awesome. You can’t name many companies that don’t use some kind of packaging!

Not many school have the program, but if yours does, I highly recommend it.

8. Lesser-known health care professions. 

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A lot of the smaller healthcare professions get forgotten by kids in college or high school. Everyone focuses on being a doctor, nurse, dentist, or pharmacist, but there are so many other professions in healthcare. Speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, respiratory therapists, medical imaging technologists (X-ray, MRI, US, Nuclear Medicine), radiation therapists, dietitians, audiologists, chiropodists, laboratory technologists. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some. They all tend to pay middle-class income or better with reasonable hours, they require specialized knowledge and skills that put your brain to work at least a little bit each day, and you get to work with patients who are typically quite appreciative.

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9. Air Traffic Controller (especially in Canada). 

If you’re in Canada, air traffic controller. All you need is a high school education. There’s lots of testing to get in, iq and personality, but if you do you’ll get paid while you’re in training. Then, depending on where you end up and how much overtime you put in, you can make over $ 150k per year.

hidaniel

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Here Are The 17 Best Tweet Reactions To Last Night's Commander In Chief Forum

Last night, far too many weary Americans tuned in to NBC’s Commander In Chief Forum— a dry run for the debates beginning in just three weeks. 

It seemed as good an opportunity as any to get some clarity on the candidates’ policies and to partake in political-themed drinking games. There seemed to be more drinking than clarity, though. 

Luckily, this was Twitter’s time to shine. So, here are the tweet reactions you’ve been waiting for:

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The Season 6 'Game Of Thrones' Blooper Reel Is Here To Keep You Sane Until Next Summer

As it turns out, there’s more to San Diego Comic Con than updates on the complex and intertwined worlds of Marvel comics. It’s also the place to be for bonus material from pretty much any T.V. show you’re binging. At this year’s convention, the powers that be released a Season Six ‘Game Of Thrones’ blooper reel— and it’s everything we hoped for and more. 

TBH, there’s nothing more fun than watching actors break character… And watching Peter Dinklage wage a war on the English language.  

We have Peter Dinklage struggling to say the word “benevolent.”

…Some unintended indecent exposure…

The ‘unintended’ part being very rare for this show.

…More of Peter Dinklage trying to say “benevolent…”

…Prop malfunctions…

…And, again, Peter Dinklage epically failing to say the word “benevolent.”

Personal favorite: some priceless footage of Dinklage finding out that he has to say the word again in another scene. 

Watch all the magic below. 

This is definitely just as good as the show. We thank the ~benevolent~ HBO people for bestowing upon us this gem. 

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