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5 Crazy Junk Food Combinations

You gonna finish that pickle juice Popsicle?

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Crack open a beer and grab a sandwich because it’s National Junk Food Day.

In honor of the day, here are some zany junk food combos that have to be seen to be believed. So spread that beer, crack open a sandwich and get ready to take snacking to a whole different level.

TIME MLB

1964 All-Star Game: Putting the ‘Classic’ in Midsummer Classic

Legendary names, drama, and a come-from-behind finish - the '64 MLB All-Star Game had it all.

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Crowds that skipped the ’64 Worlds Fair in order to see the thirty-fifth MLB All-Star Game were treated to one of the best games of all time.

While sports pundits whine about how the All-Star Game has become a joke and broadcasters report lower and lower viewership, match-ups like the ’64 contest remain a shining beacon of what the game could be.

The big names like Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente showed up to play (with Mays even laying out for a hard-hit ball).

In the end it came down to a bottom of the ninth two-out, two-strike home run to decide the game, putting the “classic” in Midsummer Classic.

TIME Soccer

World Cup 2014 by the Numbers

400 million tweets, 3.4 million fans, and 171 goals add up to one great tournament

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Footie fans may be leaving Brazil now that the World Cup’s over, but the numbers on one of the biggest events in the world are just coming in.

The World Cup easily became the most tweeted event in history, but the amount of posts, tweets, and selfies (even by the players) is just overwhelming.

Add those numbers with a tie for most goals during a World Cup, a monstrous budget, and some odd team regulations and you have yourself one very exciting sporting tournament.

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What Sports to Watch After the World Cup

The World Cup may be over, but your summer of sport isn't

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The World Cup comes to an end on Sunday, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to switch off ESPN until the fall.

There’s still great baseball, football, tennis, golf, and even soccer (you still like soccer, right?) to watch this summer.

Sports are about to kick into high gear for the high summer season, so get your jersey and call in sick because TIME has put together a list of sporting events so good, you’ll quickly forget that soccer tournament thing even existed.

 

 

 

TIME NBA

Hometown Has-Beens: Sports Stars Who Returned

Can LeBron avoid being a hometown has-been?

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It’s not often sports heroes get to bring it back to where it all started.

LeBron James is going back to the team that drafted him in 2003 while he’s in his prime, but usually stars return in the twilight of their career.

The memories fans have of their favorite players loom over diminished play from the stars, and even greats like Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth couldn’t bring back their hometown magic.

If James is hoping to make this a happy reunion, he’s going to have to buck decades of hometown has-beens.

TIME Culture

WATCH: The Delicious History of the Hot Dog

The history of tubular meat goes way back.

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Red hots, dogs, brats, frankfurters, wieners, sausages — whatever you call them, you’re probably getting ready to scarf down some hot dogs on the Fourth of July.

Before they were on your picnic table, hot dogs graced the fires of ancient Greece, the beer houses of Germany and the White City of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Whether accompanied with sauerkraut, slathered in mustard or just nestled in a bun, no food represents America’s melting pot better than the well-traveled, immigrant hot dog.

TIME Culture

These Terrible National Anthem Renditions Will Make Your Ears Bleed

'Oh, say can you see,' more like 'Oh god, did you hear.'

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To Americans, the Star Spangled Banner sounds like home, baseball and apple pie — unless these guys are singing it.

In honor of the national anthem’s 200th anniversary, TIME has found the worst renditions of our beloved Banner and combined them into the most god-awful performance of the national anthem ever heard by human ears.

Voices crack, lyrics are forgotten, vocal runs go horribly, horribly wrong.

Enjoy!

TIME e3 2014

WATCH: Battlefield: Hardline Takes ‘Cops and Robbers’ to a New Level

Good guys vs. bad guys just got an update.

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The Battlefield series stepped away from its military sweet spot to get back to the childhood classic “Cops and Robbers.” But this isn’t the game you played as a little kid — unless you imagined destroying construction cranes to stage elaborate bank heists.

The epic scale means more weapons and vehicles as well, adding tasers, baseball bats and armored vehicles into the mix.

Want to get in on the action? Visceral Games just launched a beta trial with two different game play options. The blood money option puts a pile of money in the center of the level and lets cops and robbers duke it out, while the heist mode the criminals try to beat the police and pull off the big score.

TIME e3 2014

WATCH: Hands on With Super Smash Bros. 4

TIME picks up a controller and dukes it out in Super Smash Brothers 4.

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TIME may be good at writing about video games but playing them … not so much. TIME senior editor Matt Peckham faced off against two Nintendo product evaluators — but somehow nobody won.

A CPU playing as the Villager from Animal Crossing took the prize, but that only goes to show what the new Super Smash Bros. has to offer, including new characters like video game legend Pac-Man, new more-balanced levels, and all the bashing you can handle.

And give Peckham some credit, he was doing an interview while playing.

TIME e3 2014

The Evil Within Refuels Survival-Horror Games, Fuels Nightmares

Please turn on the lights to watch this video.

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King of creepy Shinji Mikami’s newest game looks to scare you. That’s the only goal.

Unlike some of Mikami’s recent work like latest Resident Evil titles, The Evil Within does not require you to kill everything that moves in an environment. Instead, it takes the survival-horror genre back to its roots of scarce resources, chilling isolation and seemingly un-killable enemies.

Stealth and ingenuity are the best weapons against the game’s monsters, but even the character’s own mind will not be safe, as hallucinations and visions blur the line between reality and nightmare.

When the The Evil Within hits shelves, make sure to leave the light on while playing.

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