A Game of Thrones Fan Predicted How the Battle of Winterfell Would End a Full Year Ago


*Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers ahead.

One of the reasons fans come up with their own theories while watching their favorite TV shows and movies is because they want to be the first ones to predict those monumental scenes and twists we talk about for years afterwards. Even if their ideas prove to be wrong or are deemed just bizarre, theories give fans the chance to decide the outcome for themselves, to an extent.

But what if those wild posts on Reddit proved to be true? It’s pretty rare for a fan theory to actually come to fruition, though it does happen. Most recently, as Mashable reports, one major Game of Thrones moment from the Battle of Winterfell was actually predicted by a fan last year.

If you were able to see “The Long Night,” the third episode in Game of Thrones season 8, through all the poor lighting, then you probably have some opinions about how the Battle of Winterfell turned out. Fans have been divided about the episode, with some loving the fact that Arya Stark defeated the Night King, and others hating how anticlimactic the moment was. But either way, no one expected it to turn out the way it did—except for one person, who predicted it all on Reddit one year ago.

Redditor gride9000 theorized the Night King’s death would play out exactly how it did. The fan pointed out how strange it was that the assassin’s blade kept popping up throughout the series, especially in some pretty obvious close-ups. Then it all made sense to them once Bran gave the knife to Arya in season 7. The Three-Eyed-Raven knew what was going to happen, so he gave it to Arya knowing she’d use it to kill the Night King. While we all know that now after watching the latest episode, the Redditor really did figure it out a while ago. And the funniest part? Fellow fans in the comments section weren’t exactly convinced.

Here’s hoping that a few more fan theories come true in the final three episodes of Game of Thrones, because we still have so many questions that need answers.

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


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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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.