Game of Thrones Fans Think Daenerys Was Almost Poisoned in 'The Bells'

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
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As many fans expected would happen, the latest episode of Game of Thrones, titled “The Bells,” began with Varys taking action after learning that Daenerys Targaryen wasn’t the true heir to the Iron Throne, and that it was instead Jon Snow, a.k.a. Aegon Targaryen. The master manipulator is known to switch alliances at the drop of a hat, and it was obvious he would no longer be following Dany as his ruler. He was burnt alive for treason. But before he was killed, fans had reason to believe that he was actually planning on taking out the Mother of Dragons in the form of poison. Here’s why.

Many viewers were confused about why the episode was focusing on Varys’s conversation with a random young girl named Martha, whose job was to bring Daenerys her food. As Cosmopolitan reports, their chat went as follows:

Martha: "She won’t eat."

Varys: "We’ll try again at supper."

Martha: "I think they’re watching me."

Varys: "Who?"

Martha: "Her soldiers."

Varys: "Of course they are. That's their job. What have I told you, Martha?"

Martha: "The bigger the risk, the bigger reward."

Could it be that Martha was supposed to bring Dany food that was poisoned by Varys? Some fans have taken to Twitter to argue just that, with some even finding a callback to the show’s first season. During a conversation between Ned Stark and Maester Pycelle in the season 1 episode “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things,” in which the pair discuss Jon Arryn’s death, Ned asks if he could’ve been poisoned.

“I heard it said that poison is a woman’s weapon,” Ned tells Pycelle, to which he replies, “Yes. Women, cravens ... and eunuchs. Did you know that Lord Varys is a eunuch?”

It definitely wouldn’t be out of character for Varys to poison Daenerys, especially considering that the true heir does not want to rule. But as we all saw, Tyrion Lannister got to Dany first to inform her of Varys’s betrayal, and his fate was sealed.

[h/t Cosmopolitan]

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.