Philadelphia Tops This Year's List of the Most Facial Hair-Friendly Cities in America


It's a complicated time for people sporting facial hair. While one recent study claims beards make people healthier and more attractive, there's also research that suggests they're a magnet for germs. No matter the risks and rewards, bearded and mustachioed individuals should be free to sport their facial scruff with pride, and if they live in one of the cities below, that shouldn't be a problem.

This list, spotted by Philadelphia magazine, comes from the men's grooming company Wahl's annual roundup of the most facial hair-friendly cities in America. This year, Philadelphia claimed the No.1 ranking as the best city in the U.S. for anyone who prefers a rugged mug to the clean-shaven look. "Facial hair enthusiasm from the women of Philadelphia" was apparently among the deciding factors that pushed the City of Brotherly Love into the top spot. The fact that Philadelphia hosted a beard festival on April 29 probably didn't hurt its cause.

Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco rounded out the top five most facial hair-friendly cities in America. For the top 25, check out the ranking below. And if you're a beard lover or a bearded individual looking to make a connection in one these cities or elsewhere, there's an app for that.

1. Philadelphia
2. Chicago
3. Atlanta
4. Washington, D.C.
5. San Francisco
6. Seattle
7. Los Angeles
8. Austin, Texas
9. Portland, Oregon
10. Denver
11. Dallas
12. New York City
13. Nashville, Tennessee
14. San Diego, California
15. Houston, Texas
16. Phoenix, Arizona
17. San Antonio, Texas
18. San Jose, California
19. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
20. Orlando, Florida
21. Miami
22. Winter Haven, Florida
23. Palm Springs, California
24. Irvine, California
25. Sarasota, Florida

[h/t Philadelphia]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar


Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

Funko Pop!/Amazon

Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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The World’s Tiniest Rubik’s Cube Will Set You Back $1700

The world's smallest Rubik's Cube is fully functional.
The world's smallest Rubik's Cube is fully functional.
Mega House

Introduced in 1980, the Rubik’s Cube has become the gold standard in puzzles. The cube is made up of multiple colors, with the objective being to make a solid color on all six sides. For some, it takes weeks to solve. For others, it can take seconds. But a new version created for the iconic toy's 40th anniversary promises to have you rethinking the challenge entirely. That’s because it’s only .39 inches tall.

Japanese toy company Mega House has introduced an officially-licensed Rubik’s Cube that was made in collaboration with metal precision processing company Iriso Seimitsu Co. Ltd. using precision metallurgy to craft a diversion sized for a Keebler elf. Each colored piece is only .10 inches. And instead of having a white side, Mega House left the metal unpainted. There’s even an engraved Rubik’s logo.

While it’s totally functional, you’ll need to have some nimble fingers to manipulate it.

Mega House is selling it for 180,000 yen, or about $1700, and will begin shipping it at the end of December. The cube will also be on display as part of a 40th anniversary exhibition at the Hungarian Cultural Center in Tokyo through November 9. While it’s only available in Japan at the moment, Mega House hopes to bring it to other countries in the future.

[h/t Nerdist]