Friday, April 26, 2019

The Power of the Infinity Gauntlet

I just tried googling the word Thanos and when the results showed, I clicked on the Infinity Gauntlet icon (left) which caused it to 'snap'. And when it did, my Google Search result page played a little animation that turned half of all the search results to 'dust'. 

A really neat trick! Of course, this is in relation to the much-talked-about events at the end of Avengers: Infinity War where the Mad Titan Thanos (right) successfully completes the Infinity Gauntlet and snaps his fingers – and eliminating fifty percent of all living beings in existence.

If you had watched the movie, you probably already know this. But in the unlikely event you haven't, please, please give it a watch! 

And unlike the events of Infinity War, you can actually bring back all your dusted search results by simply clicking on the same Infinity Gauntlet icon. When you do that, it looks like the gauntlet activates the Time Stone and everything fades back into existence. 

That should prompt you to go and watch Avengers: Endgame.

Even without this neat little trick, you should still watch this Disney movie. It’s almost impossible to escape the epic hype surrounding the biggest superhero movie of this year! 

The Sri Lanka bombings are still in the news. 

On Wednesday, the death toll supposedly rose to 359, with more than 500 people wounded. Additionally, Police had detained 60 people in connection with the bloody attacks. 

Two days later, Sri Lanka revised down the death toll from Sunday's blasts by more than 100, to "about 253". It blamed a calculation error. Huh? 

Their head of health services told Reuters news agency there had been so many body parts it was "difficult to give a precise figure". 

According to the health ministry, all autopsies were completed on Thursday and it transpired that some victims had been counted more than once. 

BBC World Service South Asia editor Jill McGivering said the revised figure came as the government are struggling to restore their credibility – amid criticisms of their apparent failure to respond to intelligence warnings before the bloodbath. 

They’re also battling to counter fake news swirling around the crisis – and this sudden dramatic revision is unlikely to put the government in good light. 

Anyway, President Maithripala Sirisena had come out to say that Sri Lankan intelligence services believed around 130 suspects linked to the Islamic State group were in the country and that police are hunting 70 who are still at large. 

On Tuesday, IS had already claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday carnage, although they had not provided direct evidence of their involvement.

The statement came after an unconfirmed video posted to social media by an affiliated group strongly suggested that the Islamic State was behind the bombings. 

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