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R2-D2 now ‘gliding around’ Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge, bleeping, blorping

Good news for people who pretend to understand gibberish-spewing robots!

R2-D2, arguably the cutest droid in the galaxy before BB-8 came along, is now “gliding around” freely at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, probably bumping into people’s feet or being mistaken for a trash can.

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“On your next transport to Batuu in Disneyland park, you may see a familiar sidekick gliding around: R2-D2!” Disneyland announced on social media earlier this week.

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A recent post on the Disney Parks Blog further confirmed that Artoo has been bleeping and blorping around Galaxy’s Edge since at least Tuesday.

“A resourceful astromech droid, R2-D2 has shown great bravery in rescuing his masters and their friends from many perils,” the blog post reads, while cleverly avoiding any explanation as to how this real-life version will navigate even a short set of steps, or avoid some jerk trying to dump Bantha milk on its head.

While certainly a fun addition to Disneyland’s new Galaxy’s Edge, the Disney Parks has not unleashed a similarly free-gliding R2-D2 upon the Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney World. But until they do, “Star Wars” fans can still assemble their own droids at the parks’ Droid Depots — for the cost of “$99.99 per astromech droid unit, plus tax.”

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When reached for comment, R2 himself said only, “Bleep blorp. Zwip! Zwippity!”

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Joshua Rogers: What a child’s dance moves can teach us about brokenness

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I have friends who adopted a little girl from another country and their child has some significant disabilities that require her to wear a brace on her leg. You would think that fitting braces for a child’s leg wouldn’t be a difficult thing but it has actually been a long process that has been debilitating and painful for her.

What strikes me, however, is the joy with which my friends diligently work to rehabilitate their daughter’s leg and the joy she has when her parents do so.

In my favorite example, the mother posted a video of her daughter using her braces to dance around the living room to a worshipful song. Despite the girl’s struggle to use an uncooperative leg, she beamed while moving across the hardwood floor as gracefully as she could.

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What was just as beautiful as her dance was the sound of her mother behind the camera emotionally saying, “Oh my goodness — I’m so proud of you!”

All believers have been adopted into the family of God (Romans 8:15). We come with imperfections, with brokenness that will take years to rehabilitate.

Our journey is painful and embarrassing at times and it’s easy to feel like we’re the only ones who struggle. But when we move in acts of worship – no matter how humble they may be – it is beautiful in our Father’s eyes.

Our journey is painful and embarrassing at times, and it’s easy to feel like we’re the only ones who struggle. But when we move in acts of worship – no matter how humble they may be – it is beautiful in our Father’s eyes.

Our repeated attempts to forgive an unrepentant offender . . . they are beautiful.

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The awkward attempt to encourage a depressed coworker . . . lovely.

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That simple, helpless prayer, “Lord, I believe — help my unbelief” . . . it moves Him.

None of our offerings are perfect, but they are all lovely. And what makes them lovely is our Father’s love for us.

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We are the children He called worthy; adopted; and taught to dance, one step at a time.

To us, in the midst of our broken and imperfect efforts, He nonetheless exclaims, “Oh my goodness — I’m so proud of you!”

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Utah woman goes missing in Florida while on work trip; last seen on hotel video in pajamas: husband

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Utah woman in Florida on a work trip has gone missing, Florida authorities say. Kelly Glover was last seen on hotel security footage in her pajamas, according to her husband.

“We are missing an amazing woman. We just need her home,” Kelly Glover’s husband, Adam Bremer, told reporters. “She’s got a sweet spirit and she’s a very sweet girl and she has a big heart. She’s a good person, an amazing wife. She’s my best friend.”

Glover, 37, of Holladay, Utah, had been staying with a friend at the Westin Fort Lauderdale. She was in Florida on a trip related to her job, FOX 13 of Salt Lake City reported.

“Her friend went to bed early,” Bremer said, according to Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV. “My wife was still up and her friend woke up around 4 a.m., and my wife was nowhere to be found and the door was left open.”

Bremer told reporters his wife left behind her phone and purse.

“She left it in the room and that’s the last we’ve seen of her,” he said, according to Miami’s WPLG-TV.

Bremer said hotel security footage shows Glover in her pajamas and socks in a back stairwell headed for an exit around 2 a.m. Thursday.

“As far as I know there is no evidence that she’s left the hotel,” her cousin, Ryan Glover, said, according to KSL.

He said he knew something was wrong when he hadn’t heard from her in the morning.

“She’s pretty responsive,” he said, KSL reported. “I usually get up before her and I send her the first message in the morning and not one morning has gone by where I haven’t heard from her by 9 o’clock.”

”I can confirm a report was made for the missing person, detectives are investigating and following up on any leads they get but have no other details other than she has not been recovered at this time,” Fort Lauderdale Police Department Detective Tracy Figone said, according to KSL.

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Police dive teams searched a nearby body of water, and they’ve also used helicopters and dogs to try to find her, FOX 13 reported.

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NY man held in murder, sex assault of 92-year-old woman claims his ‘pants fell’ before alleged contact

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The man accused of sexually assaulting and killing a 92-year-old woman in Queens claimed to cops that he’d been trying to help the old woman — but then he lost his balance, his belt broke, his pants fell down and his genitals accidentally came in contact with hers, it was revealed in court Friday.

The suspect, 21-year-old Reeaz Khan, told detectives that he found the woman, Maria Fuertes, on the ground near Liberty Avenue and 127th Street in Richmond Hill at about midnight on Monday and tried to help her, a prosecutor said at his arraignment on Friday.

Khan told detectives, “He fell down, his belt broke, his pants fell down and his penis fell near her vagina,” the prosecutor, Joseph Grasso, said in court.

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At that point, something came over him, Khan claimed.

“Defendant then stated that he did lift up her skirt and he tried to put his penis inside of her,”  the prosecutor added.

Sources previously said Khan admitted to suffering “uncontrollable urges,” and said that this was the first time he acted on them.

Fuertes lay half-dressed in 32-degree weather for two hours before she was found, conscious but “incoherent,” at around 2 a.m., according to the criminal complaint.

She suffered a broken spine, rib fractures and bruising on her chest and neck, among other injuries, according to court papers.

Prosecutors noted investigators have collected significant surveillance footage that places Khan at the scene and traces him back to his house.

He was ordered held without bond and is due back in court on Jan. 15.

His defense attorney asked the judge that he be placed in protective custody while he is behind bars.

Khan allegedly followed Fuertes from Liberty Avenue onto 127th Street, where he came up behind her, threw her to the ground and attacked and sexually assaulted her, police said.

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“There was some sort of physical contact between the two … causing both of them to fall to the ground, where they landed behind a parked car,” Deputy Chief of Detective Bureau Queens South Joseph Kenny said earlier Friday.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, noting the victim was found “with her clothes pulled above her waist and near death,” called the slaying “a senseless, brutal act of violence.”

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Bernie Sanders top pick for Democratic nomination in latest Iowa poll ahead of February caucus

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The latest poll in Iowa — the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary nominating calendar in just three weeks – shows Sen. Bernie Sanders claiming a narrow lead over his top rivals for the Democratic nomination.

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Twenty percent of likely caucusgoers preferred the Vermont independent as the Democratic Party’s pick to face off against President Trump in the general election come November 2020, the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll published Friday showed.

The three other top-tier candidates meanwhile fell closely behind him, clustering in a neck-and-neck competition for second place with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden polling at 17, 16 and 15 percent respectively.

“There’s no denying that this is a good poll for Bernie Sanders. He leads, but it’s not an uncontested lead,” pollster J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll, told the Des Moines Register.

This is the first time Sanders was chosen as the top pick for president in an Iowa poll. He and Warren, Buttigieg and Biden have each now placed as the lead in an Iowa poll conducted during a fluctuating and crowded 2020 campaign cycle among Democrats. But Selzer added that poll numbers also suggested that Sanders’ “got a firmer grip on his supporters than the rest of his compatriots.”

Since skyrocketing ahead of his rivals in an earlier Iowa poll in November by the same group, Buttigieg notably fell 9 percentage points, placing him in third among Democratic presidential candidates in the race. The poll published Friday had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

Of the 701 likely Democratic caucusgoers questioned between Jan. 2-8, 40 percent said their mind was made up on who they would support on caucus night – a 10 percentage point jump since November. But 45 percent said they could still be persuaded on which candidate to support. And 13 percent said they still had not chosen a favorite Democrat vying for the White House.

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“The caucus process is an invitation to keep an open mind,” Selzer added, pointing out that a similar number of potential caucusgoers said they were undecided at the same point before 2016’s crowded Republican primary.

The Iowa caucus is scheduled for Feb. 3, which will be followed by the New Hampshire primary Feb. 11. Other Democratic candidates — holding out for a last-minute spike in support – polled accordingly: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., at 6 percent, entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 5 percent and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., at 3 percent.

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Utah to decide if driver’s DEPORTM license plate violates state guidelines

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Can a vanity license plate that makes a personal statement about illegal immigrants cross the line?

Utah officials said Friday they are reviewing a motorist’s “DEPORTM” plate to decide if it violates state guidelines.

“We’re not sure how it got through,” Tammy Kikuchi, a spokeswoman for the Utah State Tax Commission, which oversees the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles, said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “We’re really quite surprised.”

She confirmed the plate was approved in 2015.

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Salt Lake City resident Matt Pacenza saw the plate and posted a photo on Twitter on Thursday, questioning how it wouldn’t violate the commission’s guidelines.

The post got the attention of a handful of state senators and the tax commission, which confirmed it is reviewing it, according to Salt Lake City’s Deseret News.

Many commenters agreed the plate was “offensive,” “horrific” or simply put: “yuk.”

Others said the matter could be a First Amendment free-speech issue.

Utah law says vanity plates may not show “contempt, ridicule or superiority of a race, religion, deity, ethnic heritage or political affiliation.”

“I think there’s a wide range of opinions in Utah when it comes to an issue like immigration and that’s a good thing,” Pacenza said, according to Deseret News. “I think it’s good to live in a place where we can express ourselves freely and have a diverse set of attitudes about complex issues, but it doesn’t feel like to me license plates are the right venue for that. And this particular issue just seemed unusually aggressive and confrontational.”

In the last few years, the Utah Tax Commission has banned plate requests like “3MERL0T” “4TWENTY” and “KKKADEN,” according to The Tribune.

“A private citizen has a first amendment right to say offensive things. The State does not, and has rules about license plates,” Republican State Sen. Daniel W. Thatcher tweeted. “I believe those rules have been violated here. Hopefully Tax Commission agrees.”

Democratic State Sen. Luz Escamilla tweeted that the plate would be discussed at the next Administrative Rules Review Committee.

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The commission also refuses plate requests that are vulgar, sexual, profane or derogatory.

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Biden slams Trump on Iran policy, says he hurt US interests

SPARKS, Nev. — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday blamed President Donald Trump‘s withdrawal from a nuclear agreement with Iran for the current instability in the Middle East and touted his own foreign policy experience as a key reason he’s the Democrat with the best chance to unseat him in November.

Biden said at a rally in the early caucus state of Nevada that everything that has happened in Iran and Iraq in recent weeks was brought on by Trump “walking away” from a nuclear deal in 2018 that enjoyed strong international support.

Mocking one of Trump’s favorite political slogans, he said the president’s obsession with isolationism has pushed America’s allies away.

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“ `America first’ has made America last,” he told a crowd of more than 600 in a gymnasium in a blue-collar neighborhood of Sparks. “This is a president who doesn’t listen to his military, who doesn’t listen to his intelligence community.”

“ ‘America first’ has made America last. This is a president who doesn’t listen to his military, who doesn’t listen to his intelligence community.”

— Joe Biden

Biden, who was vice president when President Barack Obama signed the nuclear deal and earlier served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said he warned more than a month ago that Trump would “get us in a war …. and get us in a war in Iran.”

“This president has embraced thugs across the world. He has poked his finger in the eye of our friends and allies,” Biden said. “The next president better be able to figure out how to bring back these alliances and pull us back together.”

Trump ordered new retaliatory economic sanctions Friday on Iran, even as his administration faced persistent questions over its drone strike on an Iranian general that helped ignite the latest crisis with the Islamic Republic. The new sanctions were in immediate response to Iran firing of a barrage of missiles at American bases in neighboring Iraq this week after the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The larger U.S. goal is to force Iran to negotiate a new agreement on limiting its nuclear program to replace the one signed under Obama that traded curbs on the program for the easing of sanctions.

Biden offered similar criticism of Trump earlier Friday during a fundraiser in Los Angeles, saying the U.S. “is in a much more dangerous position than we were even a month ago,.”

“When we walked away from that agreement, the rest of the world walked away from us. We became a pariah,” he said.

“When we walked away from that [Iran nuclear] agreement, the rest of the world walked away from us. We became a pariah.” 

— Joe Biden

Biden’s speech Friday night was in the same Sparks High School gymnasium where then-Vice President Dick Cheney made an appearance on the November eve before George W. Bush’s re-election victory over Democrat John Kerry in 2004.

It was the last time Republicans carried the state or Washoe County, which had been staunchly GOP for four decades.

Four years later, Obama became the first Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964 to win in Washoe County, part of the state’s most rural congressional district where no Democrat has ever been elected to the U.S. House in its history dating to 1982.

Nevada was one of the only swing states President Donald Trump failed to win in 2016, and Democrats are increasingly confident the Silver State is turning blue. They now hold both U.S. Senate seats and three of four House seats.

Bill Clinton won Nevada in 1992 and 1996, as did the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 and 2012 after Bush’s victories in 2000 and 2004.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a community event, Saturday, Dec. 21 in Ottumwa, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses follow only the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses in the presidential pecking order.

Biden said Friday night the crisis in the Middle East “just reinforces the stakes in this election.”

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“The single biggest requirement in my view will be whether or not we have someone who can be the commander in chief,” he said. “There’s not going to be a lot of time for on-the-job-training.”

“I”ve spent a lot of my life dealing with foreign policy. I’ve met every major world leader in the last 35 years,” he said.

Biden’s campaign was headed to a community even in north Las Vegas on Saturday with the Latino and immigrant advocacy group Mi Familia Vota.

On Saturday morning in Las Vegas, candidates Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg were scheduled to hold town halls with the powerful casino workers’ Culinary Union. Buttigieg also planned a rally later in the day.

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Tornadoes hit Missouri, Oklahoma, as severe storms move east

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Tornadoes destroyed homes in Arkansas and Missouri and also caused damage in Oklahoma as severe storms threatened much of the South over the weekend, officials said.

The national Storm Prediction Center said more than 18 million people in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma were at an enhanced risk of storms Friday, including from strong tornadoes, flooding rains and wind gusts that could exceed 80 mph (129 kph), the speed of a Category 1 hurricane. The area included several major Texas cities including Dallas, Houston and Austin.

The storms also unleashed downpours that caused widespread flash flooding. Dallas police said one person died when a car flipped into Five Mile Creek west of downtown Dallas about 7 p.m.

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Earlier in the afternoon, a tornado destroyed two homes near Fair Play, Missouri, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of Springfield. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said no injuries were reported.

Shortly before 3 p.m., a tornado stripped the shingles from the roof of a home near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa. No injuries were reported there either.

What the NWS described as “a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado” roared through parts of Logan County, Arkansas, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) east of Fort Smith on Friday night.

At least three homes were destroyed by the Arkansas tornado, said Logan County Emergency Management Coordinator Tobi Miller, but no injuries were reported. Downed trees and power lines were widespread, she said.

Miller said the tornado skirted her home in Subiaco, Arkansas. She said she heard but couldn’t see the rain-wrapped twister in the dark.

Ahead of the storms, Dallas’ Office of Emergency Management asked residents to bring in pets, outdoor furniture, grills, “and anything else that could be caught up in high winds to reduce the risk of flying debris.”

“Trampolines are very easy to loft into the air during high winds,” said Matt Hemingway, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Shreveport, Louisiana. “Anything outside that could be blown around could become a projectile.”

“We’re pretty much right in the crosshairs,” Hemingway said of Shreveport. “Damaging winds are our biggest concern because of the widespread nature of that threat, with tornadoes not far behind that.”

Such strong winds are a key concern in an area at greatest risk: A zone that includes parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, the Storm Prediction Center warned. Weather service meteorologists in northern Louisiana said that such a dire forecast for the area is only issued two to four times each year, on average.

“We could see some very strong tornadoes — possibly those that may stay on the ground for some time — not just the brief spin-up tornadoes,” Hemingway said.

Tornado watches Friday night covered parts of eastern Texas, northwestern Louisiana, southern Missouri and much of Arkansas.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said boats, helicopters, medical and rescue teams had been placed on standby in case they are needed.

“I ask that all Texans keep those in the storm’s path and all of Texas’ first responders in their prayers as they deal with the effects of this storm,” Abbott said in a statement.

Wicked weather also will pose a threat to Alabama and Georgia as the system moves eastward on Saturday, forecasters said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Friday the state was making necessary preparations ahead of the potential weather.

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“At the state level, we continue to closely monitor this storm system, while making all necessary preparations,” Ivey said in a statement. “I encourage all Alabamians to do the same, stay weather aware and heed all local warnings.”

On Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Baldwin County canceled school activities including sporting events that were scheduled for Saturday. The weather service warned of flooding and the potential for 10-foot-high waves on beaches, where northern visitors escaping the cold are a common sight during the winter.

Heavy rains also could cause flooding across the South and part of the Midwest.

Many streams already are at or near flood levels because of earlier storms, and heavy rains could lead to flash flooding across the region, forecasters said. Parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana were under flash flood watches on Friday in anticipation of the drenching rains.

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Lou Ferrigno, TV’s ‘Hulk,’ to become New Mexico sheriff’s deputy

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Actor Lou Ferrigno, who played “The Incredible Hulk” on TV, is about to undergo another remarkable transformation.

The 68-year-old former bodybuilder will be sworn in as a New Mexico sheriff’s deputy next week, according to reports.

Ferrigno became a reserve deputy with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office in California in 2012 and was a member of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s volunteer sheriff posse in 2016 where he helped patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Socorro County Sheriff William Armijo, whose jurisdiction is south of Albuquerque, said Ferrigno will play a crucial role in department recruitment efforts.

Starting in 1973, Ferrigno won several bodybuilding titles, including Mr. America and Mr. Universe; he also worked as a sheet metal worker in a Brooklyn, N.Y., factory at that time, according to his website.

He is best known for his title role on the 1977-83 TV series “The Incredible Hulk,” but has also acted on other shows, including a recurring role on the comedy “The King of Queens.”

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Ferrigno’s father was an NYPD lieutenant, according to his website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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‘Remember the Titans’ star Ethan Suplee shocks fans with massive weight loss transformation

Actor Ethan Suplee is sharing his impressive weight-loss transformation with his fans.

The “Remember the Titans” and “My Name Is Earl” star has been posting photos on Instagram and is also speaking about his journey on his new podcast “American Glutton.”

In the premiere episode earlier this week, the 43-year-old explains that he had a very complicated relationship with food at an early age.

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“I guess the first diet I was ever on, I was 5 years old … I went to visit my grandparents in Vermont and they were kind of shocked at the state of me,” Suplee recalled. “Now, back then — this was like late-’70s, early-’80s — the fat version of me at 5 years old was probably closer to what the average is today, but back then it was startling … So they weighed me and they were just shocked. I have no idea what the numbers were but their response was not good and they started limiting my food.”

He continued: “I learned really quickly that if I wanted a second helping of lasagna when I cleared my plate, I had to eat it in the kitchen without them seeing, that I was not supposed to have that second helping of lasagna.”

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“I was also made to walk every day … which was ‘exercise,’ which I hated. I did not like being put on this forced march every morning,” Suplee added.

By the time he was 10, Suplee said he weighed over 200 pounds, and his father put him on a liquid diet, but his mother took him off, and he “had a big upsurge of weight gain.”

During his adulthood, Suplee dieted on-and-off for years, experimenting with different ones.

“I lost a s—load of weight. I went from 530 to, at my lowest, 220,” Suplee said. “… At 220, I was very, very thin.”

However, he said due to his weight loss he “definitely struggled with work.” “… At some point I was like, ‘Well f—, I’m just gonna get fat again because maybe it’ll be better for work,’” he said. “And honestly, it was.”

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Suplee estimates that throughout his life, he’s “gained and lost probably close to 1,000 pounds at this point.”

Fast forward to today, Suplee says that he uses “food as an energy source” and his current goal is to get a six-pack.

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“… I’m not far off. Pretty f— close actually,” he shared. “So it’s an utterly vain goal. I don’t care. Who cares? I’ve never had a vain goal like that before.”

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