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Any amount of regular running is associated with a lower risk of dying prematurely, particularly from cancer or heart disease, compared to not running at all, a research review suggests.

Researchers examined data from 14 previous studies with a total of 232,149 adults who were followed for 5.5 to 35 years. During that time, 25,951 of them died.

Compared to individuals who didn’t run at all, those who did were 27 per cent less likely to die for any reason during the study, 30 per cent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease and 23 per cent less likely to die of cancer.

The frequency, duration, pace and total weekly running time didn’t appear to impact the lowered mortality risk associated with running, the analysis found.

“Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose, would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity,” Zeljko Pedisic of the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

“Any amount of running, even just once a week, is better than no running, but higher doses of running may not necessarily be associated with greater mortality benefits,” Pedisic and colleagues write.

The World Health Organisation recommends that adults aged 18 to 64 get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or at least 75 minutes of intense activity every week.

Ideally, each exercise session should last at least 10 minutes.

Moderate-intensity activities can include things like brisk walking, gardening, ballroom dancing, water aerobics or a leisurely bike ride.

Vigorous exercise includes things like jogging, lap swimming and cycling at a minimum of 10 miles per hour, according to the American Heart Association.

The current analysis, however, suggests that running much less than these guidelines recommend could still make a big difference, the researchers conclude.

For example, running no more than once a week for less than 50 minutes at a speed below 6 mph (or below 8 kph) still seemed to be associated with longevity benefits.

This means running for 25 minutes less than the recommended weekly duration of vigorous physical activity could boost longevity, the researchers note.

This makes running a potentially good option for those whose main obstacle to exercise is lack of time, they say.

But upping the “dose” by running longer than the guidelines suggest wasn’t associated with a further lowering of the risk of death from any cause, the analysis showed.

The analysis wasn’t designed to prove whether or how running might impact death rates.

And the studies included in the analysis did not account completely for other factors that might influence the results, such as illnesses besides cancer or heart disease that could prevent some people from running and contribute to their earlier death, the authors note.

In addition, the analysis doesn’t show how much running is ideal, how fast people should go, or how long or far each workout should be for optimal longevity benefits.

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Wanita gempal ‘idaman’ lelaki di 5 negara

November 7, 2019 | Info | No Comments

Tiada sesiapa yang rela untuk menjadi gemuk, apatah lagi tidak mempunyai potongan badan yang ideal. Itu semua perkara yang dielakkan ramai wanita khususnya di Malaysia kerana semua ingin tampil cantik dan seksi.

Selain mengelak daripada menghidapi penyakit kritikal, potongan badan yang kurus seperti buah “pear” juga menjadi idaman wanita.

Oleh itu beberapa senaman khusus perlu dibuat bagi mendapatkan hasil yang diimpikan.

Namun berbeza di beberapa buah negara yang mengejar wanita gemuk untuk menjadi pilihan mereka.

Di beberapa negara ini, wanita kurus tidak mendapat tempat dalam golongan lelaki kerana menganggap wanita kurus ini berpenyakit dan tidak begitu “menggairahkan”.

1. Mauritania

Sangat malang hidup wanita bertubuh kurus atau langsing sekiranya mendiami negara ini.

Terdapat banyak kes penceraian yang berlaku di Mauritania berikutan isteri tidak mampu mengekalkan tubuh badan yang besar.

Bukan semua wanita mempunyai genetik gemuk. Misalnya ada yang mengikut genetik ibu bapa yang bertubuh sederhana, justeru pasti agak sukar untuk menjadi gemuk.

Apa yang pasti, itu keunikan budaya masyarakat di benua Afrika ini yang memandang gemuk sebagai suatu keindahan.

2. Nauru

Kegemukan menjadi lambang kesuburan dan keindahan bagi masyarakat Nauru.

Ini kerana masyarakat negara itu yakin wanita gemuk memiliki tenaga yang lebih untuk melahirkan cahaya mata. Oleh itu, tubuh gemuk diharuskan bagi wanita-wanita di negara itu.

3. Afghanistan

Lelaki Afghanistan dikatakan lebih mudah tertarik dengan wanita berbadan gempal berbanding yang kurus.

Bagi mereka, wanita dengan potongan badan sebegitu, mempunyai kehidupan yang stabil serta sifat yang lebih tenang.

4. Kuwait

Sama seperti Afghanistan, lelaki Kuwait juga menganggap wanita yang bertubuh gemuk memiliki kehidupan yang stabil dan mewah.

Bagi menjaga status sosial suami di khalayak ramai, wanita Kuwait menjaga agar tubuhnya tetap gemuk.

5. Afrika Selatan

Afrika diisytihar sebagai negara yang mempunyai penghidap AIDS paling ramai di dunia.

Oleh kerana itu, mereka beranggapan wanita dengan fizikal kurus kemungkinan mempunyai masalah berkenaan.

-FMT

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GUNTUR (INDIA): Seorang wanita berusia 74 tahun didakwa menjadi individu paling tua di dunia yang berjaya melahirkan anak, kata doktor di sebuah hospital di Andra Pradesh, India.

NDTV melaporkan, Mangayamma yang menggunakan kaedah persenyawaan in-vitro (IVF) selamat melahirkan bayi kembarnya di bandar Guntur hari ini.

Wanita yang berasal dari Nelapartipadu itu tidak mempunyai anak selepas 54 tahun mendirikan rumah tangga dengan suami, Y Raja Rao sebelum membuat keputusan untuk menjalani IVF.

Times Now News yang memetik Dr Shanakkayala Umashankar berkata, laporan ujian yang dilakukan sebelum itu menunjukkan Mangayamma sihat untuk hamil.

“Ini adalah keajaiban perubatan. Dia tidak mempunyai penyakit seperti darah tinggi, kencing manis malah sejarah perubatan keluarga juga amat baik. Selepas menjalani beberapa ujian, kami meneruskan IVF sebelum berjaya hamil,” katanya.

-Harian Metro

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MENGAMBIL inspirasi daripada peniaga kopi kenderaan saji di New Zealand, seorang pesara tentera tampil menjual minuman itu menggunakan kenderaan dengan caranya tersendiri.

Mohd Ariff Saharudin, 45, akan membuka bonet belakang kenderaan utiliti sukan (SUV) Kia Sportage dan menyusun pelbagai peralatan membancuh kopi di atas meja di tepi jalan.

Uniknya, kenderaan digunakan itu sudah diubah suai sepenuhnya menyerupai kaunter membancuh kopi seperti di kafe yang menyediakan minuman itu sebagai hidangan utama.

Mohd Ariff berkata, idea menjual minuman itu timbul selepas dia mengikut isteri menghadiri kursus di Australia selama setahun dan bercuti di New Zealand pada 2004.

Dia yang ketika itu bekerja sebagai jurulatih fizikal Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) mengambil cuti tanpa gaji bagi menemani isteri.

Katanya, dia amat meminati minuman kopi dan di sana dia sering berkunjung ke kafe yang menjual kopi lalu tertarik dengan bau harum serta keenakan rasanya.

“Apabila bercuti ke New Zealand, saya lihat ada peniaga menggunakan van untuk menjual kopi di tepi jalan dan tertarik dengan konsep itu.

“Saya mula memasang niat untuk melakukan perkara sama apabila kembali ke Malaysia. Ketika itu juga saya berangan-angan untuk menyediakan bancuhan kopi terbaik khas buat pelanggan.

“Sebaik pulang ke Seremban pada 2005, saya mula membeli mesin dan peralatan membancuh kopi sedikit demi sedikit. Saya kemudian mengubah suai SUV mengikut idea sendiri dan semua dilakukan itu menelan kos lebih RM50,000,” katanya di rumahnya di Rasah, di sini, semalam.

Menurut Mohd Ariff, dia memulakan perniagaan secara sambilan sebelum melakukan sepenuh masa selepas bersara pada 2017.

Katanya, dia berniaga di tepi jalan di Ampangan dan Sendayan setiap hari kecuali Selasa secara bergilir-gilir antara jam 7 pagi hingga 11 pagi dan pada hujung minggu pula jam 6 petang hingga 12 tengah malam di Sendayan.

Katanya, apa dilakukan itu kerana minat dan mahu berkongsi kenikmatan rasa kopi dengan pelanggan, selain mengisi masa terluang.

“Saya tidak mengharapkan pulangan lumayan sebaliknya berpuas hati apabila pelanggan memuji rasa kopi yang dibancuh. Adakalanya, tiada pelanggan yang datang dan saya hanya bancuh kopi untuk minum sendiri.

“Untuk membuat seni kopi contohnya bentuk bunga dan hati pada lapisan permukaan minuman menuntut masa agak lama sebelum boleh menghasilkan hiasan yang cantik.

“Selain itu, pembancuh kopi perlu mengetahui teknik betul untuk mendapatkan hasil yang baik seperti sukatan tepat. Sekiranya salah, kopi tidak akan menjadi. Semua itu saya kaji dan belajar sendiri,” katanya.

Harian Metro

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Semua ibu bapa tahu akan kepentingan “car seat” untuk bayi.
Tetapi ada yang masih berdegil tidak meletakkan anak kecil mereka di dalam tempat itu kerana lemas dengan tangisan bayi yang mungkin tidak selesa diikat di dalam “car seat” tersebut.

Namun anda perlu tahu, ia mampu menyelamatkan nyawa anak anda sekiranya perkara tidak diingini berlaku.

Menjadi contoh kepada insiden yang dikongsi dalam laman sosial Facebook Meme Umaida Taib tentang anaknya yang terselamat dari tercampak keluar semasa kemalangan yang teruk minggu lalu.

Jelasnya, beliau sangat bersyukur kerana telah meletakkan anaknya dalam “car seat”.

Kemalangan tersebut mengakibatkan keretanya terbalik dan jika anda lihat keadaan kereta tersebut, pasti anda berasa mereka sekeluarga akan cedera parah.

Akan tetapi, mereka ditemui dalam keadaan yang selamat dan paling penting anak mereka yang berusia 4 bulan juga tidak mengalami sebarang kecederaan.

Ketika itu, anak mereka berada dalam car seat dan waktu kereta terbalik, anak mereka masih lagi dalam keadaan “buckled up” di “car seat” dan tidak tercampak keluar.

Bayangkan jika anak mereka tidak diletakkan pada “car seat”?

Anda pasti tahu apa akan terjadi, bukan?

Sehubungan itu, Meme Umaida menyeru ibu bapa yang masih berdegil tidak mahu menggunakan “car seat” untuk anak-anak mereka agar mengambil iktibar daripada kejadian ini.

Malang tidak berbau, jika tidak mahu penyesalan di kemudian hari, anda haruslah menambah keselamatan untuk anak anda.

Nyawa tidak boleh dibeli tetapi harta boleh dicari.

-FMT

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Soon, mischievous spirits will no longer roam the land. For this year, at least.

Nationwide, the last Hungry Ghost ceremonies are taking place as the festival month ends on 29 August, by which time the gods will have been sent back to the underworld with, devotees hope, a good year is ensured for the living.

As in every year, weeks are spent preparing for one of the country’s biggest Taoist and Buddhist events, with everyone pitching in to help, except for one demographic group: young people.


A Taoist monk leads devotees in prayers during Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations in Bangsar.

Oon Ee Seng of Persatuan Perayaan Yee Lan Bangsar told FMT that Hungry Ghost festival celebrations are still important in the Chinese community, but the younger generation just isn’t as interested.

For the past 39 years, the association has organised grand three-day celebrations during Hungry Ghost month, when the gates of the underworld open and wandering souls and restless spirits are free to roam the world of the living.

“The festival is still very much alive. Nearly everywhere you go you will find festivals organised. But young people do take part but they treat it like a party,” said Oon.

“They don’t care much for the traditional celebrations.”

Most temples, he said, face the same problem as only the older generation is interested in actively maintaining traditions.

For people like 31-year-old Kathlyn Foo, participating in the rituals is not a priority.

“I take precautions according to the taboos, like not going out late at night, but I don’t put out offerings or even go to festivals,” she says, adding that at most she visits her late father’s resting place to offer prayers.

“I think there are many young people like me who just aren’t interested in taking part in the festival. Maybe we take it for granted that the older generation will do it.”

Foo says that in her case, she feels her faith is personal and she believes how she practises it is between her and God.


People join a banquet in conjunction with the Hungry Ghost Festival in Bangsar.

For Oon and his fellow devotees in Bangsar, the start of their yearly festival is always highly ritualised.

This year the yellow-clad devotees were in high spirits, carrying deities and banners, to welcome Tai Su Yeah, the Lord of Hades.

The gods were borne to tables laden with food donated by members of the public and businesses, everyone hoping to appease the spirits.

Tai Su Yeah and his lieutenants and lesser deities keep watch over the teeming spirits who will come amongst us to enjoy the offerings and entertainment.

Over three days, devotees and members of the public of all races, come to pray to Tai Su Yeah, to ward off illness and to ensure wealth and prosperity.

“We also had food offerings and religious ceremonies for those whose family members have departed,” said Oon. “Also stage shows too, featuring contemporary songs and dances.”


Persatuan Perayaan Yee Lan Bangsar members sending spirits back to the underworld in a ship, which will be burnt later.

On the final day, the devotees send Tai Su Yeah, his lieutenants and the spirits back to the underworld in a burning ship.

Oon is concerned about the missing young people.

Asked whether he thinks their dwindling interest means such ceremonies are in danger of dying out, he said although numbers are down, some youngsters are still interested in learning the rituals from their elders and are now being prepared to carry on the traditions.

He is optimistic but also realistic. “The tradition will always survive. The Hungry Ghost festival has a legacy of over a thousand years.

“The only uncertainty now is how big or how small it will be.”

-FMT

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Rendang flavored condom sold in Malaysia

August 21, 2019 | Lifestyle | No Comments

Can’t get enough of the delightful taste and aroma of local favourite – the rendang?

Well, now you may also enjoy it while being intimate.

ONE Condoms — the company which added flavours to Malaysians’ sex lives with their durian, nasi lemak and teh tarik condoms — have come up with a new limited edition laced with rendang flavour for its fourth iconic Malaysian series that was introduced in 2016.

The arrival of the new flavour comes in conjunction with Malaysia’s 62nd Independence Day and will be on the market for a brief period only.

In a statement, Karex, which manufactures ONE Condoms said the innovative idea behind the local flavours series is to break the stigma and get people comfortable enough to talk about sex in an educational and beneficial way.

“The end game is simple – pleasurable sex in a safe holistic way which is the ultimate objective of our iconic Malaysian series, now proudly in our fourth year,” the statement reads.

Industry giant Karex, which is the world’s largest condom maker, already offers an array of flavours in numerous textures.

Karex also has other brands under its portfolio which include Carex, Pasante and bespoke condom label called TheyFit.

The “super sensitive” rendang-flavoured condoms come in distinct package designs and are sold in packs of three at major pharmacies and convenience stores nationwide.

RM0.50 will be channelled to PT Foundation, who champions the cause in eradicating HIV, from the sale of each pack from ONE official stores on onecondoms.com, Shopee or Lazada.

-MalayMail

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Eileen Wee found herself short-staffed and ended up having to cover for a few employees across multiple projects for about eight months.

The founder and managing director of a public relations and events agency in Singapore, she would work tirelessly right up until bedtime, and repeat that routine the next day.

She realized her non-stop schedule was affecting her health when she began experiencing heart palpitations and shortness of breath.

She also had trouble sleeping. Later that year, Wee went for a routine medical check-up and was told she needed to take better care of herself.

“I had gone into overdrive and the check-up was a wake-up call for me to slow down and be more mindful of my health,” she shares. “I have a high stress threshold and I love what I do, so when I was pushing myself all those months I really didn’t think it was a problem.”

Wee is a good example of someone who has experienced burnout, and she is not alone. The syndrome is so prevalent that in May this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially recognized it as an occupational phenomenon – “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.

The WHO says it leads to exhaustion; negativity or cynicism towards one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy.

According to Dr Adrian Low Eng-ken, a Hong Kong-based psychologist who has done substantial research on workplace stress, burnout is a kind of energy disorder, the result of having to deal with causes of stress at work and not giving oneself the chance to rest or recharge.

Low’s research identified eight categories of workplace stress: physical stress, task-related stress, role stress, social stress, schedule-related stress, career-related stress, trauma-related stress, and environmental stress.

So, if you wear many hats at your company (your role causes you stress), struggle with meeting deadlines (schedule-related stress) and do not think that your job is an ideal one (career-related stress), then you are at risk of burning out.

If not addressed, Low says that burnout may lead to depression, which is a serious mental health condition.

Joanne Wong Chung-yan, a holistic kinesiologist and mind-body-medicine practitioner at Zhi Holistic Kinesiology in Sydney, Australia, has worked with clients who are extremely stressed at work.

The most common symptoms she sees include anxiety, creative blocks, menstrual and gynaecological disorders, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, eczema and skin dryness, chronic neck and shoulder pain, digestive issues, and lower back pain.

Eczema or chronic neck and shoulder pain are not normally associated with work stress. Wong’s job, though, is to consider each client’s “body, mind and soul” when helping to resolve their chief complaint.

When she applies the Chinese “five elements” theory – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur – to their conditions, she often finds psychological stress is at their root.

“For example, in traditional Chinese medicine, conditions of the skin and areas of the lateral aspects of the neck and shoulders are governed by the metal element (lung and large intestinal meridians),” says Wong, who was born in Hong Kong but has lived in Australia for most of her life.

“The core emotional states observed when this element is in disharmony are a lack of self-worth, a lack of respect and honour, excessive focus on material possessions, and a constant need for validation,” Wong says.

“The solution is to start seeing value within that deeper part of yourself that does not identify with the modern-day trappings of success.”

Of course, not everyone who experiences work-related stress also experiences burnout.

This is because we all have different ways of coping with stress. For instance, some people are able to convert “distress” into “eustress”, or positive stress.

“These people tend to have better time management, have good relationships with all their colleagues, and find their work meaningful and purposeful,” Low says.

Much has been said about creating a better work-life balance to help manage stress, but Low says that simply distributing time equally between these domains is not enough. “It’s more about having a sense of belonging at work, finding meaning and purpose in what you do, and working towards a noble vision.”

Low, who takes a holistic view of health, says that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to minimising your risk of burnout.

On top of taking care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, he believes that you should assess the eight types of stress that may be having an impact on you in the workplace.

To assess this, he suggests you ask yourself questions such as, “Am I taking on more tasks than I can handle?”, “Are my personal values aligned with my company values?” and “Does my company emphasise the use of technology more than it does relationships?”.

To get her health back on track, Wee took a nine-month sabbatical – her first extended break in her 10 years of managing the business.

During this time, she got the rest that she needed. Her team took over her operational duties while she adopted a flexi-work arrangement that saw her do only consulting work.

Now that she is back at work – and feeling better than ever – Wee is more mindful of how she treats herself. Every morning, she takes walks with her husband to give her energy for the day ahead.

She also meditates, reads books that develop her spiritually, and is learning how to play the guitar.

She recently moved to a new office, which she says benefits everyone who works there.

Not only does it have a gym and a pool, it also features relaxing bay-window areas for anyone looking for a quiet, peaceful spot.

“We also have a community wall, on which everyone is welcome to post ideas on how to make the company a great place to work,” Wee adds. “Plus, we offer flexi-work hours and encourage our staff to leave work early on Friday evenings. During peak periods, we have regular check-ins to make sure that everyone feels supported in their respective roles.”

It is one thing to take your job seriously and another to have your job define your life, Wee has learned.

“Working hard is certainly important to doing well in life, but prolonged stress won’t do your health any favours. Finding meaning in what you do, being passionate about your job, enjoying regular breaks, and having things to do outside of the office are just as essential if you want to enjoy the journey.”

EASY WAYS TO MINIMISE BURNOUT RISK: WONG’S FIVE TOP TIPS

1. Start the morning with a short meditation or visualisation session. Connect deeply with the emotional states you want to experience that day. For example, do you want to feel productive and have a sense of achievement? Find meaning and joy in your tasks? Form harmonious connections with your colleagues?

2. Your lunch break is for lunch, so do not schedule or accept meetings during this time, and eat away from your desk.

3. Had a stressful interaction? Walk around the block. Allow your body to feel all the emotions you are experiencing rather than suppress them.

4. Do you need to resolve a conflict with someone? Do not enter the discussion assuming that they “have it in” for you. Always show empathy, avoid getting defensive, listen to what they have to say and give them the benefit of the doubt.

5. Take deep, conscious breaths regularly. This practice settles your nervous system.

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A senior citizen in Johor Baru has been hailed as a local hero after a post telling of how he would often mend potholes in the Taman Pelangi area went viral.

The images of an unidentified elderly Chinese man on a bicycle, complete with a bucket of tar and some rags was initially shared by a Facebook user aduka.pbj, along with a post detailing how he saw the man squatting in the middle of the road to patch a hole.

“I was on my motorcycle going through Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi JB. I saw someone squatting in the middle of the road.

“When I looked closer, I saw it was elderly Chinese uncle who was squatting, while covering a pothole. I don’t know where he got extra tar he carried in his bucket which he brings everywhere.”

The author praised the uncle and said he prayed the man would be blessed for his deeds.

Tadi masa aku jln naik moto melalui Jalan Kuning Taman Pelangi JB,, aku ternampak orang cangkong tengah jalan.. Bila aku…

Posted by Persatuan Bangsa Johor on Rabu, 26 Jun 2019

The comments section was flooded with praise for the senior citizen and many shared prayers for his continued good health, while several had additional remarks for the authorities to learn from the man’s dedication.

David Mahadus who said, “If I was the YB of the area, I’d resign,” while praising the man’s noble and selfless act.

Halmy Makmin shared how the uncle was a regular face in Taman Pelangi, and said many worshippers of the Jamek At Taqwa mosque nearby were aware of the man’s deeds.

Ridzwan MyJihad said the uncle’s selflessness extended beyond repairing potholes, but also serving as a traffic warden when the traffic lights were out during a thunderstorm despite being drenched.

-MalayMail

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Still can’t move on from Avengers: Endgame? This quaint lakeside cabin listed on Airbnb may be the perfect sanctuary for you to deal with your feelings.

If the cabin looks familiar, that’s because it’s reportedly the lakeside property featured as Tony Stark’s family home after the five-year jump in Endgame.

To jog your memory, the Starks’ family home was where Morgan first uttered “I love you 3,000” to her dad and where Tony solved the intricacies of time travel. Most devastatingly, it was also the location of Tony’s funeral at the end of the movie.

The Airbnb listing for the three-bedroom lakeside cabin was pretty much under the radar until it was spotted by Reddit user u/Brayud. The discovery was quickly picked up by several online portals, and has since gone viral among die-hard fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

According to the listing, it will cost you USD335 (RM1,394) per night to stay at the property, which can house six guests and is located 20 minutes away from the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The listing also includes interior shots of the cabin, some of which may seem familiar such as the staircase and the lounge area.

It is entirely likely that the family home’s interior may have been filmed elsewhere, although we think the staircase really looks like the one Morgan was sitting on when Tony was figuring out time travel in the “dining area”!

In proving their theory, Reddit user u/Brayud also compared a photo of the door in the listing with that of a screenshot from the movie: 

According to some Reddit users, the exact same cabin was also featured in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which was released about a month after Endgame and is currently playing in cinemas.

In a stroke of coincidence, Lexi Rabe – the cute little girl who plays Morgan in Endgame – is also in the new Godzilla movie as the younger version of Millie Bobby Brown’s character. 

Anyway, if you have a couple thousand of dollars lying around and are in need of a quiet getaway in rural Georgia, check out the listing here.

-says

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