Report: Ecuador to Withdraw Asylum for Julian Assange, Hand Him Over to UK

Ecuador’s Presiden Lenin Moreno met with British officials Friday to finalize an agreement under which Ecuador will withdraw its asylum protection of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, eject him from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and hand him over to British authorities, The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald reports.

Since 2012, Assange has been under Ecuador’s protection. However, Ecuador blocked Assange from accessing the internet nearly three months ago after the Spanish government expressed its anger over Assange’s tweets about Catalonia. He has not been able to communicate with the outside world since.

Assange currently faces a pending 2012 arrest warrant for “failure to surrender.” That bail violation happened when he obtained asylum from Ecuador rather than return to court for a hearing on his attempt to resist extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations. That violation carries a prison term of three months and a fine.

A source close to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry and the president’s office tells Greenwald that an agreement to hand over Assange to the U.K. could be finalized within the next several weeks, and the withdrawal of asylum and physical ejection of Assange could come as early as this week.

“The far more important question that will determine Assange’s future is what the U.S. government intends to do,” Greenwald writes.

Netflix’s New Show Visits the Most Dangerous, Off-Limits Sites in the World

Dark Tourist, an eight-part series exclusively on Netflix, celebrates some of the most dangerous hot spots around the world. These include a nuclear fallout zone, a voodoo initiation ceremony, or Jeffrey Dahmer’s old stomping grounds. Want to know what it’s like to hang with Pablo Escobar’s top assassin or Charles Manson’s best friend? You got it.

Dark Tourist is the brainchild of journalist and documentarian David Farrier, who was responsible for Tickled, a non-fiction feature about the world of competitive endurance tickling. Dark Tourist focuses on areas defined by death and destruction, writes The Daily Beas— basically places that you are told to straight-up avoid.

The episodes are 40 minutes long and allow the viewer to watch Farrier get into strange and perilous situations. He goes to a haunted house where customers are literally tortured; he spends time in South Africa with an Afrikaner family who prepares each day for a “race war apocalypse”; he visits the ghost town of Famagusta, Cyprus, where Turkish officials threaten intruders. The Daily Beast writes that Dark Tourist seems to try to shine a light on locales that are constantly shrouded in darkness.

Russian Warship Wreck Believed to Hold $130 Billion Worth of Gold

The wreck of a Russian warship that is believed to still contain 200 tons of gold bullion and coins worth $130 billion has reportedly been discovered by a South Korean salvage team. The Russian Imperial Navy cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi, which was sunk 113 years ago during a naval battle, was discovered about 1,400 feet deep in the ocean about one mile off the South Korean island of Ulleungdo, reports CNBC. The team was made up of experts from South Korea, Britain and Canada.

The images captured by the team show  “extensive damage to the vessel caused in an encounter with Japanese warships in May 1905, along with cannons and deck guns encrusted with marine growth, the anchor and the ship’s wheel,” according to The Telegraph. It has been reported that the Dmitrii Donskoi went down with 5,500 boxes of gold bars and coins, which still exist in the holds. Half of any treasure found aboard would be handed over to the Russian government, and 10 percent of the remainder would be invested in tourism projects on Ulleungdo Island.

New Study Says Men Who Drink Beer Are More Fertile

Here’s another reason to order one more beer: A recent study published by researchers at the Policlinico hospital’s fertility clinic in Milan, Italy, says that men who drink about one beer a day produce more sperm. The study included 323 male patients who had varying weekly alcohol intakes. Thirty percent of them reported having 1-3 drinks per week, 30 percent reported having 4-7 drinks per week and 30 percent reported having 8 or more drinks per week. Men in the two groups with higher alcohol intakes had “significantly higher sperm concentration” than those who had 1-3 weekly drinks, reports Maxim. Men who had 4-7 weekly drinks also had a “significantly higher median semen volume” than those who had 1-3 weekly drinks.

Researchers also tested 39 men who reported having 14 or more drinks per week. However, “no statistically or clinically significant association was observed.”

The research also suggests that antioxidants from grapes in wine, and a compound in beer hops called Xanthohumol helps to protect sperm cells from damage, Maxim writes.

Gorgeous Castle Featured in “Game of Thrones” Is For Sale

Live out your dreams of being in Game of Thrones: A beautiful castle that has been featured multiple times in the show is up for sale. Located in Northern Ireland, the Gosford Castle is now listed on sale with “endless possibilities” for development, reports Luxury Launches. The property is situated right outside Markethill and is listed by Maison Real Estate. It was built in the 1800’s, but is still in fairly good shape and boasts over 15 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and 10 reception rooms. The castle was designed by London architect Thomas Hopper in classic Norman Revival style and has seen several upgrades.

During World War II, the castle was commandeered and used to accommodate troops and a prisoner of war camp, reports Luxury Launches. It was previously occupied by the Earls of Gosford until 1921 and then was passed down to different owners. It was used as a backdrop for Game of Thrones recently and though there is no official word on its price, you can expect it to cost millions.

The Most Fun Things You Missed This NFL Offseason

The NFL offseason feels endless, and in July, there is never any news. Most training camps are still two weeks away and even coaches are out on vacation. But The Ringer is here to help you out with a list of the most heartwarming, fun and goofy things that have happened this offseason. And since its the NFL, The Ringer cut the list into categories, with a winner in each. Winners are in bold.

Best Budding Friendship: 

Sam Darnold & Josh Allen

Saquon Barkley & Baker Mayfield

The entire Tennessee Titans roster

Darnold and Allen became fast friends through the pre-draft exercises and media appearances. So close, that Allen can be seen giving Darnold a wet willy on Instagram.

It was a close call though, since the Titans not only chugged beer at a Nashville Predators game (and left tackle Taylor Lewan chugged beer out of a catfish), but they invented a real-life version of Fortnite at minicamp.

Best TV Show (series)

Von Miller, Von Miller’s Studio 58
JuJu Smith-Schuster, JuJu TV
Jay Cutler, Very Cavallari
Josh Norman, Dancing With the Stars 
Mike Renner, The Bachelorette

Cutler became the star of his wife’s reality show. He gives off the “body language, general apathy, and total disinterest that made him unsuccessful in the NFL,” writes The Ringer. 

Best Celebrity Crossover Event

Antonio Brown, “God’s Plan” music video cameo
Beckham, hanging out in Cristiano Ronaldo’s Bugatti
Rob Gronkowski, “Gronkowski” nearly winning the Belmont Stakes

Gronkowski (the horse) is now partially owned by Rob, and came in second at the Belmont Stakes. You can see the NFL star rooting hard for his horse-pal in this video.

Best Gift for Mom

Derwin James, House for Mom
Derrius Guice, Car for Mom
Saquon Barkley, House for Mom and Dad

Everyone is a winner in this one, because, come on, you can’t beat the idea of kids giving back to their parents. Barkley bought his parents a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house near where he grew up in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Chargers first-round pick Derwin James also bought his mom a house. But the most tear-inducing video came from Washington’s second-round pick out of LSU, Derrius Guice, who bought his mother a car, writes The Ringer. 

Hey momma @shim_mer got a surprise for you👀🚘

A post shared by Derrius Guice™ (@dhasickestt) on Jul 9, 2018 at 3:47pm PDT

Boxing Trainer Isn’t Down For Count Following Wife’s Plot to Murder Him

In 2015, Houston-area boxing trainer Ramon Sosa’s wife Maria hatched a plot to have him killed.

It’s 2018 and Ramon is still standing – and a new E:60 episode on ESPN details the compelling story why that’s the case.

The story has lots of nuances, but basically, Maria, who was also known as Lulu, wanted to take everything in a divorce from Ramon and, when he wouldn’t consent, she began to consider other options.

One of those options was hiring someone to kill him, which she tried to do by posing the idea to one of Ramon’s best friends. However, she misjudged the friend’s loyalty as he told Ramon instead of finding someone to do the deed.

What followed was a series of events that involved burner phones, invented gang members, and even staged murder photos appearing to show Ramon dead from a gunshot to the head.

The end result was Maria getting 20 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to solicitation of her husband’s murder.

An E:60 episode about the case will air on ESPN on Sunday. Here’s a preview:

Internet Sleuths Help Find Identity of Skeleton Found in 1975 With Hole in Head

The human skeleton, stuck in the mud along the banks of the Rocky River in Strongsville, Ohio, was found in 1975 by three boys. At the time, it was missing most of its flesh and part of its jaw, and though the boys didn’t see it at the time, there was a small bullet hole in its skull. No one claimed the skeleton, so it was buried in an unmarked grave and remained there for more than 40 years. But then, Christina Scates, who was working on a family genealogy research project came across Unknown White Female Bones in the cemetery index in 2014. She started digging, calling police agencies and reading files. She decided to upload all of her research to Reddit’s “Unsolved Mysteries” forum and on Websleuths.com.

The case caught the attention of Carl Koppelman, a forensic artist, who cross-references unidentified remains with unsolved missing-persons reports. Then he makes facial-reconstruction drawings using what he knows about the skulls. He did that with the Strongsville Jane Doe. Fischer then entered the case into NamUs, where it was discovered by a police officer working on cold cases.

Thanks to the network who worked on the case, it was discovered that the body belonged to Linda Pagano, a 17-year-old who went missing in 1974 following an argument with her stepfather.

Merchant Ship Sunk by Nazi U-Boat Reveals WWII Secret

On January 9, 1942, a steamship left the port in Galveston, Texas and headed towards Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada. World War II was raging on, and the Octavian was a Norwegian freighter transporting sulfur and wood resin. But it never made it. For almost 100 years, Norwegian historians considered the fate of the ship an unsolvable mystery. One popular theory was that a German U-boat torpedoed and sunk an unidentified ship near Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, eight days after the Octavian set sail. But then, on the Fourth of July, a few divers changed 80 years worth of history.

About 70 miles to the south, in a resort shore town along the Atlantic coast, four divers with the local expedition team RV Explorer dove 227 feet to meet a previously marked wreck about 70 miles from Cape May. They found a steamship, and one diver spotted large pieces of yellowed sulfur sprinkled along the hull of the boat. Another pulled off the bronzed boilerplate and brought it up to the surface. Though they were not the first people there, it seems they were the first to find this plate, and the boiler number matches the Octavian.

The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the boat was probably sunk by a German U-boat, but not the one historians thought. The divers are planning to go to Norway and gift the plaque to a museum in Norway and meet some of the relatives of the 18 crew members who went down with the ship.

How “The Dark Knight” Changed Hollywood For Better or Worse

The X-Men and Spider-Man movies convinced Hollywood that a growing audience existed for comic-book adaptations. But then in 2008, those superhero movies were floundering. Films like Hulk and Superman Returns were high-profile disappointments and audiences did not like movies like Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider or Catwoman. The hit of the summer that year was supposed to be Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited fourth Indiana Jones movie, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Instead, Iron Man and The Dark Knight were the two biggest movies of the year, and each provided a different roadmap for the future of a genre that now dominates theaters.

Iron Man started the Marvel universe, which just released its 20th entry this year. But that wouldn’t have been possible without Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, writes The Atlantic. It was so successful that it conferred instant validity on the comic-book movie. The film was powerful enough to realign studio’s business strategies, but, The Atlantic writes, those strategies made sure that a movie like The Dark Knight would never be made again.

These Colorful Atlases Put The Night Sky Within Arm’s Reach

Living in London in 1822 was not always great. Since the skies were filled with soot, rivers with sewage and the streets with people, carts and waste, people needed a bit of an escape. For a relatively modest fee, you could buy a celestial atlas that placed the night sky and otherworldly landscapes in the palms of your hands. You could search for crabs and bulls and mythological heroes in the heavens above your head.

Constellations have been orally discussed since ancient times, but in the early 17th century, they were compiled into comprehensive atlases. As the 17th century wore on, more and more people started to make celestial maps for a public audience, writes Atlas Obscura, and they were designed for non-experts. Stars were made into recognizable, wonderful creatures and scenes, often depicting the ancient myths that gave the constellations their names. In 1822, Scottish schoolteacher Alexander Jamieson created and printed in London a book of 30 illustrations of only constellations that could be seen with the naked eye. The Celestial Atlas was easy to carry around, and it was popular enough that Jamieson released a second edition only a few months after the first.

Roseanne Barr Freaks Out, Says She Thought Valerie Jarrett “Was White”

In a new video posted to Roseanne Barr’s YouTube page, Barr speaks out unapologetically about the racist Valerie Jarrett tweet that got her Roseanne reboot canceled, saying, “I thought the b—ch was white!” reports Page Six. 

In the video, Barr smokes a cigarette while talking to a producer. She starts screaming about the tweet, in which she said the former Barack Obama adviser was a creation of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. 

“I’m trying to talk about Iran! I’m trying to talk about Valerie Jarrett about the Iran deal,” Barr said in the clip, according to Page Six. “That’s what my tweet was about. I thought the bitch was white, goddammit. I thought the bitch was white. F–k!”

Barr originally blamed Ambien for her tweet, then later apologized, saying that she “lost everything” and the tweet made her a “hate magnet.” ABC greenlit a 10-episode Conor family sitcome without Barr in it, which will air this fall.