Valentino Rossi was “very close” to joining the F1 grid, even his mum wanted him to do it, but he ultimately decided to stay on two wheels. Last year Rossi called time on his MotoGP career after 26 years. The Italian walked away with nine World Championships, 115 victories and 235 podiums to his name. However, his career almost ended more than a decade earlier when Ferrari and Formula 1 came knocking. “That was a very big moment of my life,” he told ‘In Depth With Graham Bensinger’ . “Stefano Domenicali called me and said why don’t you try our car, we have a track in Fiorano – it is interesting, fast and has a hairpin. “I said okay and we organised it. “We arrived in secret the day before because we tried to keep it secret but it wasn’t at the end.” That private test with Ferrari was followed by another at Valencia, this time the Italian up against 14 regular F1 drivers. Day One didn’t go according to plan, Rossi spinning into the gravel after only ten corners … [Read more...] about Rossi reveals his mum tried to encourage him towards F1
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Oliver Belleza was recently at a friend's apartment talking about relationships when he noticed a new feature on one of his dating apps: His Hinge profile now included an option to record a voice response to some of its quirky introductory questions. He hit record. "My most irrational fear are frogs," he said to potential matches (and a bemused friend in the room). Yes, frogs, Belleza said. When he was 4, he was walking home and got "jumped by a bunch of frogs" in the Philippines. He remembers seeing the frogs crawl out of the ground and surrounding him, "just like that one meme of Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic Park.' " A screaming and crying Belleza was guided back home by his aunt while the frogs followed, and the trauma lingers. Belleza kept the recording up on his Hinge profile and then posted it on TikTok, where it quickly racked up more than 28,000 likes. The 24-year-old mechanical engineer was flooded with responses from people who shared his aversion to frogs or wanted to … [Read more...] about Hinge added a new voice recording function. Will it change how we digitally date?
14 GRETNA, Va. - There was so much Fredrick Miller didn't know about the handsome house here on Riceville Road. He grew up just a half-mile away and rode past it on his school bus every day. It was hard to miss. The home's Gothic revival gables, six chimneys, diamond-paned windows and sweeping lawn were as distinctive a sight as was to be seen in this rural southern Virginia community. But Miller, 56, an Air Force veteran who now lives in California, didn't give it much thought. He didn't know it had once been a plantation or that 58 people had once been enslaved there. He never considered that its past had anything to do with him. Two years ago, when his sister called to say the estate was for sale, he jumped on it. He'd been looking, pulled home to the place he left at 18. His roots were deep in this part of Pittsylvania County, and he wanted a place where his vast extended family, … [Read more...] about An old Virginia plantation, a new owner and a family legacy unveiled