How Medieval History Could Lead Sansa and Tyrion to the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Based on the events of season 7, many Game of Thrones fans believe that Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow will end up either jointly or separately sitting on the Iron Throne come the series finale. But there is one theory that argues that Dany and Jon aren't the only couple who could end up ruling the Seven Kingdoms. If we look to real-life world history for guidance, perhaps we should be putting all of our faith in Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister taking the throne—together.

Digital Spy once posed the idea that the pair, who married in the season 3 episode "Second Sons," are perfect to sit on the throne. The proof is in real-life history books. Parts of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series—which inspired the HBO show—is famously based on the War of the Roses, a long-running feud between England's House of Lancaster and House of York, which resulted in the two families combining forces after decades of war.

Looking for historical equivalents between the Westerosi characters and the medieval Plantagenets, the line of succession seems to correlate to the 16th-century post-war years. Robert Baratheon would be the Thrones equivalent of King Henry VIII; Joffrey Baratheon would be Edward VI, the boy king who died at age 15 of a rumored poisoning; and Cersei Lannister embodies Bloody Mary, the queen who was known for her persecution of Protestants and tendency to burn heretics at the stake (Cersei did blow up the Sept of Baelor, after all).

The next Tudor ruler was Elizabeth I, and as Marie Claire points out, she was known to be "wise, fair, and just," while Digital Spy mentions that "she vowed to rule via wise counsel." Plus, she had red hair. This sounds a lot like Sansa Stark.

And though Elizabeth I famously refused to marry, Tyrion could come into play as he and Sansa are potentially still married (though, since she is now Ramsay Bolton's widow, her first marriage might be considered completely illegitimate, especially since Tyrion is always quick to point out that their marriage was never consummated—and it's unclear how Game of Thrones views this former union). Regardless, Tyrion certainly represents the idea of wise counsel, and if their bond is renewed, the warring houses of Stark and Lannister would be combined—the Thrones equivalent of when Henry VII of the House of Lancaster wed Elizabeth of York after a generation of war.

There's no mistaking the many similarities between the show and real history, but this is only a theory for now. If Sansa and Tyrion do end up on the Iron Throne it would be a great twist, and it would bring two cautious and thoughtful leaders together. But what fate would that mean awaits the Mother of Dragons and the King in the North? We'll have to see if there's any weight to this theory when the final season returns on April 14.

[h/t Glamour]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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Which Friends Character Would Earn the Most Money in the Real World?

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Warner Bros. Television/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Although Friends went off the air in 2004, the iconic sitcom continues to attract new fans who've discovered the show via re-runs and streaming networks like HBO Max.

To play into this devoted fan base, the professional resume writers at StandOut-CV conducted a fun experiment: They asked more than 3000 fans to predict where Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica would be today, career-wise. They also took the time to figure out how much each character would earn in their respective fields in the real world. Could we be more curious?

Bringing in the highest salary is Joey, whose acting exploits are projected to earn him approximately $61,022 a year. Next comes Dr. Ross, whose career as a paleontologist brings in an estimated $59,023. After that comes fashion designer Rachel, earning $54,563 a year, followed by Chandler's writer/editor salary of $47,039 annually. Phoebe comes next, with her musical career bringing in an annual salary of $43,604 (although the site doesn't mention how her massage therapy business might factor into her life today). Surprisingly, Monica would bring in the least amount of money; she'd earn an average of $43,165 per year as a head chef.

As far as where fans think the Friends gang would be today, the answers are pretty great: They believe Joey would have expanded his acting career to include his own reality series called Keeping Up With Joey Tribbiani. Monica, meanwhile, would have taken the next step in her culinary career by opening up her own restaurant, and her husband Chandler would have continued his passion for writing at a comics magazine. The last season of Friends follows Rachel as she works as an executive for Ralph Lauren, and fans theorize that she would have used her breadth of experience to start her own fashion brand. It's believed Phoebe would have continued her music career, perhaps even becoming a music teacher, while Ross would have spent time writing dinosaur-themed children's books.

Hopefully, the upcoming Friends reunion special will give fans a final answer on what the characters would be up to today.