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The Mountain from Game of Thrones deadlifts 970 lbs live on stream

Published: 6/Apr/2020 0:00

by Bill Cooney

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Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as The Mountain in Game of Thrones, casually deadlifted 970 lbs for viewers on Twitch in his ongoing pursuit at setting a new world record.

In addition to being the real-life face of Gregor Clegane, Björnsson is also an accomplished weightlifter and strongman, if you can’t tell by looking at him.

For his latest feat of inhuman strength, the Icelandic monster is attempting to break a deadlift world record set back in 2016, and based on how easy he made 970 lbs (or 440 kilos) look, he seems to be well on his way.

The current deadlift world record of 1102 lbs (500 kilos) was set by former English strongman Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall, who actually briefly lost consciousness after getting the weights down and setting the record.

Björnsson has made it known he’s gunning for the title, and it’s clear having to stay home won’t slow him down at all, with his family off-screen providing the appropriate Viking war cries of encouragement.

After psyching himself up for a few moments The Mountain lifted the bar, which bent like a wet noodle from the weight, not once, but three times. Once his set was over, Björnsson let out a wild victory cry and proudly declared the 970 lbs he had just thrown around “lightweight.”

“F*ck yeah lightweight, let’s go!” the strongman bellowed. “501, I’m coming for you baby, I’m coming for you.”

501 kilos (or 1104 lbs) is the amount Björnsson will have to deadlift in order to take the world record, and even though he’s still about 60 kilos (132 lbs) away, what he’s lifting now is more than most of us normal-sized humans could even dream of.

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Working out at home seems much easier when you’re a world-class strongman.

The Mountain is still preparing for his world record attempt, which was originally scheduled to take place on May 2, in Bahrain. Björnsson has said he’ll still attempt the 501kg lift on the same day, but whether or not it will happen in the Middle East or at his home remains to be seen.

For what it’s worth, Björnsson has already locked up the record for most weight ever lifted on a Twitch stream, so a new world record is the obvious next step.

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YouTubers & influencers congratulate Halsey on pregnancy announcement

Published: 28/Jan/2021 0:45

by Theo Salaun

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Singer-songwriter Halsey is pregnant – and social media, from influencers and YouTubers to countless fans, has lit up with congratulations for the beloved cultural sensation.

Ashley ‘Halsey’ Nicolette Frangipane is an American singer-songwriter with Grammy nominations, Billboard accolades and, above all else, a feverish social media following. Known for her activism and eclecticism, the musician has become a cultural icon with fans across the world.

That variety of fans is not restrained to just social media stans, either, as the singer has apparently amassed a ton of appreciation from fellow influencers. Some of the biggest names from YouTube and social media have popped up congratulating her, nestled between messages from the 36.9 million followers Halsey boasts throughout Instagram and Twitter. 

Posting a “surprise” Instagram carousel of baby bump pictures, the 26-year-old’s comment section is filled with verified check marks sending their love and joy. From established models (and fellow activists) like Emily Ratajkowski to YouTube superstars like James Charles, the support has been nothing short of overflowing.

In the replies to Halsey’s viral IG post, influencer Gabbie Hanna was joined by TikTok legend Addison Rae by sending an ecstatic “congratulations” message. Singer Olivia Rodrigo, whose “Drivers License” track has gone viral on TikTok, joined in too, but wasn’t satisfied with just one message.

In all caps (the pinnacle of excitement), Rodrigo sent a “YESSSS” before following up with a “SENDING U SO MUCH LOVE.”

Similarly uppercased, Charles chimed in with a reply that seems to concisely echo the sentiments shared by all of Halsey’s fans and friends: “CONGRATULATIONS AHHH.”

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Aside from being happy about the idea of a mini version of Halsey entering the world, close fans are likely well-aware of how meaningful the moment is for her. The singer has been candid about her past with infertility and her desire for a child, as a 2015 miscarriage prompted the song “More” on her Manic album.

In the wake of such a harrowing history with the desire to bear a child, the news of Halsey’s pregnancy is certainly cause for celebration. Caps-locked congratulations are most certainly in order and few, influencers and fans alike, have held back in rejoicing with the singer and her boyfriend, screenwriter Alev Aydin.

“More,” too, can now be played with added joy. Some of its more expressive lyrics take on a new dimension, as a foreseeing welcome to her baby: “And when you decide it’s your time to arrive, I’ve loved you for all of my life.”