This Lucha Libre Wrestler Is Sewing Masks Instead of Costumes During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Lucha libre wrestler El Hijo del Soberano sews masks for the coronavirus pandemic.
Lucha libre wrestler El Hijo del Soberano sews masks for the coronavirus pandemic.
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While people in North America know professional wrestling as the arena for muscled grapplers like Hulk Hogan and the Rock, the simulated competition has a different flavor in Mexico. There, it’s known as lucha libre, and luchador athletes often take to the ring wearing masks to honor the traditions of the sport. Now, one lucha libre wrestler is using skills honed on costumes to contribute to coronavirus efforts.

According to NPR, a wrestler known as El Hijo del Soberano—luchadores often protect their identities—is using the downtime owing to shuttered wrestling arenas by turning his talents to protective coverings. Both Soberano and his wife Marissa Espinoza Rodríguez had sewing supplies and materials and decided to convert their wrestling-oriented workshop into one that produces face masks.

Coronavirus masks sewn by El Hijo del Soberano are pictured in April 2020
The coronavirus masks pay tribute to the legacy of lucha libre in Mexico.
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These are no plain coverings. Owing to Soberano’s involvement in lucha, his masks are designed in part as a tribute to iconic luchadores like El Santo and the Blue Demon, with bright colors that recall the vibrant costumes of in-ring performers.

Soberano, who had been struggling to make ends meet, quickly saw business take off. The masks sell for 150 pesos, or about $6.26, and he’s moving roughly 200 per week. Orders are being fielded via his Facebook page, where Soberano is asking requests to be sent via his WhatsApp account. It’s not clear whether he’s shipping to the United States, but either way, business appears to be booming.

[h/t NPR]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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Do Dogs Get Headaches?

Even without raging benders, dogs might still get headaches.
Even without raging benders, dogs might still get headaches.
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Like babies, dogs can be hard to read in the medical ailment department. Are they listless because they’re tired, or because they’re sick? What’s behind their whining? And can they suffer that most human of debilitating conditions, the headache?

Gizmodo polled several veterinarians and animal behavior specialists to find out, and the answer seems to be a resounding yes.

Although a dog can’t express discomfort in a specific way, particularly if it doesn’t involve limping, animal experts know that canines that have diagnosed brain tumors or encephalitis can also be observed to have a high heart rate, a sign of physical pain. According to Tim Bentley, an associate professor of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at Purdue Veterinary Medicine, administering painkillers will bring a dog’s heart rate down. If signs of physical distress also decrease, a headache was likely involved.

Unfortunately, not all dogs may offer overt signals they’re feeling some brain pain. According to Adam Boyko, an associate professor of biomedical sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, dogs instinctively try to mask pain to avoid showing weakness.

Ultimately, dogs have many of the same central neural pathways as humans, which can likely go awry in some of the same ways. But the kind of persistent headaches owing to head colds or hangovers are probably rare in dogs. And while it goes without saying, they definitely don't need any of your Advil.

[h/t Gizmodo]