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NFT Tech

What Is X2Y2.io?

With the NFT marketplace, OpenSea, having a monopoly over 90 percent of the NFT transactions, comes several issues. Many of which X2Y2 is attempting to alleviate.

X2Y2.io is an NFT marketplace with the goal to build a truly decentralized NFT market and give it back to the community. The marketplace’s smart contract, frontend, and backend are all 100% independently developed.

X2Y2 is in the infant stages of development, but its mission seems promising. Let’s take a closer look at what X2Y2 has to offer the NFT ecosystem.

What is X2Y2?

X2Y2 is a truly decentralized NFT marketplace on a mission to solve some of the greatest issues in the current NFT marketplace infrastructure. The popular NFT marketplace Opensea is not only one of the oldest and most well-known marketplaces, but it also has a considerable amount of issues.

The fact that Opensea has monopoly over 90 percent of the NFT market is one of the biggest problems. Why? The issues stem from having such a strong impact on the entire industry, meaning whenever there’s an issue with Opensea, it affects the entire NFT industry, that’s a dangerous pool to swim in if you ask me.

Some of these issues include:

  • System downtime impacts the entire NFT industry. 
  • Centralized management model, arbitrarily withholding user assets. 
  • Siding with investors in Silicon Valley and Wall Street to share the enormous profits of the transaction fees, which were contributed by the community.

Of course, X2Y2 isn’t the only attempt at competing with Opensea, both OpenDAO and LooksRare have had their shot at challenging Opensea’s monopoly, however, these marketplaces proved to be not as great as they set out to be initially.

From a lack of transparency to wash trading, these NFT marketplaces have fallen short in their attempt to compete with the almighty Opensea.

Why is X2Y2 so significant?

X2Y2 plans to resolve many of the issues of the LooksRare marketplace specifically, with their own tokenomics:

  • No private token sale — The liquidity bootstrapping comes directly from a public Initial Liquidity Offering and is locked permanently.
  • Share the market fees — 100% of market fees collected are rewarded to X2Y2 stakers.
  • Inclusive airdrop — An airdrop that covers all OpenSea users that had traded before (expired on March 30, 2022).

The total supply of 1,000,000,000 X2Y2 tokens will be allocated as shown in the picture below, taken directly from X2Y2. 

To ensure the airdrop reached real potential users of X2Y2, there was a precondition for claiming: users must have listed all NFTs currently listed on OpenSea on X2Y2 at the same price.

To maintain transparency, X2Y2 will not hold any private rounds to “strategic investors” and will only do a public liquidity pre-sale. The sale will be based on a whitelisting system, with the following rules (rules were taken directly from X2Y2’s litepaper):

  • 15,000,000 (1.5%) X2Y2 tokens will be divided into 1,000 shares, each for 1.5 ETH. A total of 1,500 ETH will be raised. (15,000 X2Y2 = 1.5ETH, 1 X2Y2 = 0.0001ETH ≈ $0.25)
  • 1,000 addresses will be whitelisted among Discord community members and users traded during the beta. X2Y2 will publish the results on Discord.
  • All users who win the whitelist can claim the X2Y2 Founding Edition NFTs (check the X2Y2 Marketplace section for NFT features). All unsold X2Y2 tokens will be burned directly after the sale.
  • After the sale, 10,000,000 (1%) X2Y2 tokens + 1,500 ETH will be put into Uniswap to create the initial liquidity.
  • All LP Tokens will be burned to 0x…dead, thus locking the liquidity permanently.
  • 5,000,000 (0.5%) X2Y2 tokens will be used to provide LP staking rewards. And with the above 1% constitute the 1.5% Liquidity Management part of the token allocation.
  • The X2Y2 obtained by participating in the sale will be unlocked linearly within 360 days.

To complement X2Y2’s honest intentions to create a fair NFT marketplace, the platform has some pretty exciting features as well.

X2Y2 Marketplace features

The X2Y2 marketplace will be a full-fledged NFT market offering all the things you’d expect from an NFT marketplace, plus some additional features, including:

  • Instant push notifications for buys & sells.
  • Integrated rarity ranking and analysis.
  • Bulk sending & listing.
  • Bidding on a collection and traits.
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To be fair, these initial features are just the beginning of what X2Y2 aims to accomplish.

The future of X2Y2

This year is set to bring some exciting developments to the X2Y2 platform. Users will enjoy a 3D/VR immersive user interface and experience, socializing, and trading. Ultimately, the X2Y2 team plans to take the final form of the platform to a DAO.

Upon the completion of the X2Y2 first phase of market construction, they will slowly transfer the leadership and financial control from the team to members of the DAO who will assist in the direction of the project thereafter.

Oh, and if you were wondering why it’s named X2Y2, it’s because that is the formula for creating a perfect circle, and coincides with X2Y2’s vision to build the perfect NFT marketplace.

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Sports Strength

Qatar Opens Largest Sports Museum in the World

Qatar will play host to the biggest sports event in the world later this year when it houses the FIFA World Cup, but the Arabic nation is also the home of one of the largest sports museums in the world. 

On Wednesday, Qatar opened the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum during a ceremony at the Khalifa International Stadium, one of the hosting sites for the World Cup.

The 3-2-1 Museum is one of the latest to open as a member of the Olympic Museums Network and it was designed by Spaniard Joan Sibina.

Qatar Museums

What makes the facility so unique is that it is joined by the Khalifa International Stadium and the museum itself spans over 19,000 square meters, making it among the largest dedicated to sport in the world.

“This is the very first museum in the Middle East dedicated to achievement in sports, to exploring the profound role of sports in society and in our personal lives, and is the only Arab institution to join the international Olympic Museums Network,” said Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa.

“In doing so, we demonstrate Qatar’s commitment to the ideals of the modern Olympic Movement, which recognizes the potential for athletic competition to lift the spirit, foster cooperation among people, and encourage a healthy and productive way of life.

By hosting the World Cup this November, Qatar will be participating in the tournament for the first time in the nation’s history, making a huge achievement.

Qatar Museums

Many distinguished guests were in attendance for the unveiling, including H.H. Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, President of Qatar Olympic Committee H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, FIFA legends and ambassadors of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The museum features several other intriguing options, including Naua – a restaurant that promotes healthy eating as well as fine dining.

To learn more about the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, please visit their official website.

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Art NFT

What Is Manifold.xyz?

Currently, NFT artists looking to create their own NFTs generally turn to NFT marketplaces to mint their creations, however, the marketplace’s third-party contract fails to highlight the artist, and instead, creates a random smart contract. Manifold.xyz is changing how artists put their creations on the blockchain, for the better.

Manifold.xyz is an NFT minting platform that enables Web3 creators to mint their own NFT, while maintaining creative ownership, preserving on-chain provenance, and interoperating with all popular NFT marketplaces.

Curious to know more about Manifold.xyz and how creators benefit? Continue reading below to discover how it all works.

What is Manifold.xyz?

Generally, NFT creators mint their NFTs using a smart contract provided by the same marketplace that is selling their NFT. Although this option works, it doesn’t shed light on the creator.

Manifold.xyz was founded by Web3 developers Eric Diep, Richerd Chan, and Wilkins Chung to serve as the first platform where NFT artists can enjoy full ownership of their work.

All NFTs that are minted on Manifold.xyz are also compatible with all the popular NFT marketplaces we know and love today, including OpenSea, Rarible, Foundation, SuperRare, Nifty Gateway, Zora, and more to come.

Manifold offers users embedded smart contract technology called Manifold Creator Contracts, which enable creators to take full ownership of their NFTs by allowing their name to stand out, rather than the marketplace.

In August 2021, Manifold received $7.9 million in seed funding to continue expanding its market. Artists like Jay Z and Steve Aoki have even produced their own NFTs using the platform, along with a variety of other well-known artists and creators.

What is the Manifold Creator Contract?

As of now, many NFT creators NFT marketplaces to mint their own NFTs. What’s wrong with that? Well, your NFT becomes a product of the marketplace’s third-party minting contract, meaning it’s assigned a random ID and is often listed next to unrelated NFTs that were created using the same contract. However, with the Manifold Creator Contract, that is not the case.

The Manifold Creator Contract ensures that NFTs minted on the Manifold platform are authentically attributed to the creator. This way, collectors can assure the NFTs they purchase from their favorite creators are 100% authentic, and artists are better recognized.

Having collaborated with Pak, Mad Dog Jones, and FVCKRENDER, Manifold.xyz has come to terms with what NFT creators desire. Essentially, the main focus of Manifold’s Creator Contract is:

  • Authenticity — true provenance for creators
  • Interoperability — works with existing ERC-721 and 1155 NFT platforms
  • Extensibility — unique, creator-approved NFT applications

To mint your own custom NFTs, Manifold has created what they call their Manifold Studio.

What is the Manifold Studio?

Manifold Studio allows you to mint your own NFT with zero coding required while retaining the ownership and provenance of your creation.

Using Manifold’s seamless user interface allows you to mint your own NFT with the click of a button. The Studio takes care of all the technical back-end work for you, allowing you to focus on creating and enabling you to make your own custom smart contract.

Once the contract is deployed on the mainnet, you have complete control over your own smart contract and the ability to mint ERC 721 and ERC 1155 tokens. The minting process is as easy, if not easier, than posting something for sale on Ebay.

Simply upload your asset, customize your metadata, then press the Mint button, It’s that simple.

Currently, the Manifold studio supports:

  • High-resolution video and images (4K+; unlimited file size).
  • Attribute customization.
  • Video thumbnail customization.
  • Fully decentralized on-chain storage.
  • Compatibility with major NFT platforms (OpenSea, Foundation, Nifty Gateway, Rarible, SuperRare, and Zora).

The overall goal for Manifold.xyz is to offer a creative platform in the best interest of artists and creators alike. Giving artists a toolset to create their own NFTs and allowing them to customize their own smart contracts without knowing how to code is important as we continue to push forward in the NFT space.

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Sports Strength

A Conversation With Rapper-Turned-McDonald’s All-American Flau’Jae Johnson

Giving an interview is not easy. You have to be prepared to answer any and all questions, and most likely you are talking to someone you’ve never met before. Some people, however, are born to be in front of the camera. It is just natural for them. Flau’Jae Johnson, a hybrid hooper-musician, is an example, and that’s because this is nothing new to her. Johnson has been in the lime-light since she was 13 years old on shows like “The Rap Game” and “America’s Got Talent”. The 5’10” guard will be continuing both her basketball and rap careers at Louisiana State University next season under Coach Kim Mulkey, and It’s going to be exciting to see what’s next for the 2022 McDonald’s All-American. Check out ONE37pm’s chat with the impressive rapper-turned-baller.

ONE37pm: One of the taglines on your merch is “it’s hard where we come from”. Can you tell us a little about the meaning behind that?

Flau’Jae: Yes, thank you. I made a song called “Come From” and it was just speaking on how I’m from Savannah, Georgia, and a lot of people don’t come out. [There’s] violence, poverty, and murder, and stuff like that. It’s hard where we come from, and I just wanted to put that on a shirt and put that out because a lot of people can relate to that.

ONE37pm: What does that mean to you to represent Savannah, Georgia?

Flau’Jae: It means everything to me, because that’s what my father was doing before he was tragically murdered in the city. He was doing his music and he was rapping, he was putting on for the city, so I feel like it’s my duty to carry on that legacy.

ONE37pm: With the new Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) deal in place for college athletes you’re now able to pursue and profit off of your music career. Before the current NIL rules were put in place, did you ever think that you’d have to choose between your two passions and if so what was that like?

Flau’Jae: That was never a thought for me, because a lot of people don’t know I really just started taking basketball seriously two years ago. I started getting training and just got on the EYBL [Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League] circuit and so in my head I’m like I’m just a rapper you know what I mean? I didn’t even know anything about college and didn’t plan on going to college. I just planned on pursuing music, so the fact that the NIL deal came into effect by the time I was coming to college was just a blessing honestly. That’s how I looked at it. I never thought I’d have to choose. I remember I was getting recruited by colleges and they were like, “well, which one do you want to do?” and I was like, “you’re scratched off the list.” So when I talked to coach Mulkey at LSU and she was like “we’re gonna put you on both, we’re gonna make you the best person you can be overall”, that’s when I knew I was at the right school.

ONE37pm: That is really awesome to hear. You recently broke the Sprayberry High School single-game three-point record hitting 12 three-pointers in a game. What was that moment like for you to have the whole crowd behind you wanting to break that record and being that locked in?

Flau’Jae: It felt like I was on the highest mountain in the world. You’re on cloud nine during those moments and my team was just finding me, getting me the ball. I told them, I feel it today. I was in warmups. I went like twelve for twelve. I said oh yeah, it’s that time. Give it to me. I got you, and I did my thing. I broke the record, and it was just an honor for real for real. Everybody was cheering. It was lit.

ONE37pm: Thank you so much Flau’Jae and we want to wish you the best of luck on your journey!

Flau’Jae: Thank you so much!

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Consoles Gaming

These 5 Combat Tips are Essential for Conquering ‘Elden Ring’

The “Lands Between,” while masterfully and equitably crafted, is a dangerous and unforgiving place. Enemies await at every corner, ready to take down an unsuspecting player. There is no “easy” enemy to speak of, with each capable of punishing the player for even the simplest mistake with the infamous “YOU DIED” screen. Fortunately for the player, Elden Ring offers plenty of options to fight back. As such, players should not be afraid to try new methods or mix them up for specific enemies as there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. Below are some general combat tips that help you get started.

1. Don’t Die!
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This is a big ask, impossible really. In a FromSoftware game, death is inevitable. At one point, you will triumph over a colossal enemy after numerous attempts only to die to some rats moments later. As such, the first and perhaps most important combat tip for Elden Ring is everything can and will kill you. My favorite line from Darkest Dungeon describes the tip perfectly: “Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer.” So it’s important to be alert and prepared no matter the enemy or environment (yes, even the environment can and will kill you).

2. Master the Dodge Roll
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While a shield can be effective in negating most if not all damage from some attacks, nothing beats the impenetrable defense of rolling through an enemy attack. Nothing beats the adrenaline rush either of rolling through enemy swings to counterattack. Rolling provides invincibility frames, commonly known as I-frames that make the player invulnerable to damage for a period. Masterfully rolling through attacks will be the difference between death and victory in all battles. The speed and I-frame length will vary depending on equipment load.

Staying under 30% equipment load will provide the best and fastest roll. However, many players should aim to be below 70%. Staying between 30-70% equipment load will provide that standard roll which is a nice compromise for speed and length. As it allows a decent roll and allows you to equip a reasonable number of items as well. Never go over 70% equipment load as that will cause the infamous fat roll which is very slow and stamina heavy. 

3. Practice, Practice, Practice
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Trying new weapons will have adjustment periods. Fortunately, enemies will respawn upon resting at a “Grace Site.” Allowing you to practice to your heart’s content against any enemy in the area. This will be important as different weapons will have different strengths, weaknesses, and movesets which you will need to know if you want to survive in the Lands Between. Just be sure to use your runes often so you don’t lose too many from repeated deaths. 

4. Melee Weapons
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Melee combat is the bread and butter of Elden Ring. Even if your build is focused around ranged combat such as bows, sorcery, or incantations, you will at some point be locked in melee combat. Either because you are low on ranged options due to lack of ammo or FP, or the enemy is aggressive and gives you no breathing room. As such, it’s important to always have a melee option.

Melee combat has numerous offensive and defensive options. You will have to experiment with the different weapons and pick the style you like. Most melee weapons can be dual-wielded, meaning one in each hand, which will increase their combat prowess and their move set enabling new combat strategies. A single weapon can also be wielded two-handed which will increase its efficiency and potentially change its move set.  

A sword and shield is the go-to melee style. It’s tried and true, plus it works. A sword provides a decent move set and damage.

Axes have shorter ranges but attack faster allowing some more aggressive combat engages. Dual-wielding axes can allow some hyper-aggressive engagement. However, two handing a combat ax is a waste in my opinion. 

Greatswords are heavier swords that swing harder but also require more stamina per attack. They also usually have higher STR requirements as a result. However, these swords are great all-around melee weapons that strike a nice balance between single enemy damage and damaging a group with their swing. 

Spears and Polearms are thrust weapons that work best against single enemies. They have some wide-range sweep attacks but they shine with their thrust attacks. Spears can be used with a raised shield which can be a decent (though stamina draining) combination. 

5. Upgrade Your Weapon
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While spending runes to increase your attributes is important, equally important is upgrading your weapon. It’s important to note that upgrading each item fully is an impossible and tedious task. Upgrading weapons require smithing stones of which there are two varieties and numerous tiers. “Smithing Stones” are used to upgrade standards weapons and range from tier 1-to 9. The 9th tier is officially called Ancient Dragon Smithing Stones.

The second variety is called Somber Smithing Stone. This type is used to upgrade special and unique weapons, generally, those obtained from bosses. Somber Smith Stone ranges from tier 1-to 10. With the 10th tier being called the “Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone.”

Once you have picked your handful of weapons, ignore the rest in terms of upgrading. Focus on our main weapon choice first, obviously, and try to keep it upgraded to the maximum level your resources allow. As you progress, newer tiers of smithing and somber stones will become available. As you progress through the world and story, the lower tier smithing stones will become commonplace allowing easier upgrade of weapons. So, don’t fret if you decide to change your weapon after upgrading a different weapon.

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Culture Movies/TV

‘Halo’ Series Episode 2 Recap: “Unbound”

The second episode of Halo throws us back to the earlier days of Master Chief’s life—I mean, not so far back as to give us a visual of an armored-up Baby Chief, but far enough to give us a better sense of Chief’s changed psyche.

Getting ready for bed as a young man in the UNSC, Chief notices that the bed labeled “066” is missing its occupant, Soren (Bokeem Woodbine), who’s Chief’s best friend. He leaves to find Soren on the brink of leaving the UNSC base for good, as they had apparently agreed to leave together. As Chief hasn’t brought his armor or ditch bag, it’s clear to Soren that his friend won’t be joining him. Soren tries to convince him to leave while Chief pleads with him to stay, though Soren is set in his ways—and so is Chief. Finally, Chief pulls a gun out on him, though he has a slight change of heart and decides to not to kill Soren, telling him instead that he has five minutes to leave before he alerts the authorities.

Back in the present day, Chief and Kwan are out on the loose as they were narrowly able to escape the UNSC headquarters just before. Though it’s at first unclear where exactly they’re headed in their ship, Chief has a whole plan figured out in his head.

There’s an almost extreme quietness as they head through the asteroids in space, but Chief finally settles on a specific one to hone his sights on. Landing on the Rubble, a city on an asteroid, Chief meets up with none other than Soren, who seems to be living a particularly happy life after having left the UNSC.

We switch our gears to High Charity (a planet that houses the Covenant), where plans are being put in motion to steal back the artifact that Chief took from Madrigal. The Covenant clearly understands the full capabilities of the artifact’s powers and are desperate to get it back. Also, apparently what I’ve been referring to as the “artifact” is actually considered the “relic,” so from here on out, we’re going with “relic.” The relic is part of one of the main keystones, which is why it’s so valuable to the Covenant. And at the Rubble, one of Chief’s main goals is to figure out just what that relic is capable of.

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Chief gets a surprisingly positive greeting from Soren, even though he threatened to kill him previously (no biggie). Chief brings him up to date with the situation at hand and Soren—being the (sort-of) man in charge at the Rubble—escorts Chief and Kwan to his personal home. Now, it’s no easy walk to get to his place, as they have to take a chaotic, subway-like car that ziplines itself to Soren’s place. After that rough ride, they finally arrive and are greeted by his family. They hang out for a bit but then get down to business, as Chief asks him about the relic and if there’s anyone he knows who could help him. It turns out that Soren does have someone in mind, but that certain someone might be a bit on the extreme side.

Elsewhere at the UNSC base, a group of admirals, scientists, and other high-ranking officials gather to discuss the issues with Chief as well as their options in controlling both him and other UNSC spartans going forward. Dr. Catherine Halsey has a solution: Cortana. She explains that Cortana would be the next stage in human evolution—an entirely new upgrade to the UNSC spartans, as she represents the intelligence of the entire galaxy. The others in the room express some concerns, bringing up the illegal practice of flash-cloning humans, but Halsey tries to make a good case for Cortana.

Back at the Rubble, Soren brings Chief and Kwan along to a hallway filled with cells, where they focus on one cell that holds Reth (Johann Myers), a man who had been taken to a Covenant ship at one point in his life. Clearly mentally affected by this experience, he stays close to the ground, jumping all around while talking extremely fast. Reth ends up confirming everything that Chief had suspected about the relic, and while Reth’s touch to it does nothing, Chief’s touch sends the cell into a spin, as Reth realizes that Chief is chosen one.

It turns out that the relic has the capability to end all life entirely, but because of Chief’s connection to it, he would be able to stop it from getting to that point. The only catch: if he destroys the relic, he destroys himself. With that information, Chief decides to leave the Rubble, except he’s also leaving someone else behind: Kwan. Claiming that she’ll be much safer there, Chief heads off to the UNSC.

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Style What To Buy

A Timeline of the 15 Coolest Croc Collabs

It’s funny to think that the shoes that once made us uncomfortable with their style but comfortable on foot are still clogging around the streets to this day. From an outsider’s perspective, Crocs jumped right into the competitive footwear industry. On account of being the world’s ugliest shoe, Crocs slowly started to make their mark when they toyed with the idea of new colorways, designs, and Jibbitz making the shoes a bit less bizarre and a tad more flavorful. 

Two decades later, Crocs has continued to prove that they are here for the long haul. Although they will always be known as the “what are those” shoes, it will place no bearing on the brand’s bandwidth. To date, Crocs has extended its reach by working directly with big-name brands and artists to produce limited-edition clogs. Have you seen the recent announcement of the Jeff Staple X Crocs dropping on April 14th, 2022? 

If truth be told, these not so stylish clogs have substantially impacted the fashion industry, especially once comfort was put at the forefront of fashion leaders’ minds. Balenciaga, one of the world’s prominent fashion brands, bought into Crocs back in 2018, making waves at Paris Fashion Week. 

As a result of this odd match, people’s eyes opened to the idea and value of Crocs. From there on out, what people knew the brand originally for—which was its inability to focus on style—completely shifted. Notable brands like Lucky Charms, Hidden Valley Ranch, and Space Jam, to name a few, started to work alongside Crocs to put their own unique twist on the shoe. Below are some of the coolest Croc collabs of all time from the years since the brand’s inception.

The History of Crocs

Crocs were born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, by Lyndon “Duke” Hanson and George Boedecker Jr. Initially, the foam-based shoe was designed as a comfort-driven boating shoe. Sticking to the brand’s core, bringing the shoe back to its roots and right to the Sunshine State of Florida was practical. Hanson and Boedecker Jr. debuted the shoe at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show with only 200 pairs on deck. By the end of the event, they were sold out. 

Based on the promising response, the Crocs team took it viral as the “look” of the shoe did not affect the value of comfort. What was designed as a single-use boat shoe has now expanded to over 120 variations sold worldwide, a testament to the brand’s mission of comfort over style. 

Devoted fans of the Crocs brand took it to the extreme when they created a fan-made Crocs Day. October 23rd, most popularly known as Croctober, is a fancied period where Crocs usually announces brand collaborations. 

The Crocs Collabs, a Timeline (from newest to oldest)

The value placed on Crocs’ collaborations with brands goes without saying. As the brand progresses into new spaces, we take a look back at the pairs that were pivotal in its growth starting with the newest and going fifteen pairs back to some of the oldest. Without further ado, a timeline of some of the coolest Croc collabs of all time.

The Lucky Charms Crocs
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Never say there isn’t a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow because if you were able to get your hands on a pair of these, I’d have to say you legitimately struck gold. With luck on your side, Lucky Charms was able to work with Crocs to make a flavorful collaboration “Magically Delicious.” Unfortunately, at this moment, there are no more retail-priced pairs available and can only be purchased on resell sites like Goat or StockX.  

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Palace x Crocs
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If there was one brand to do it, it would be Palace. Rare, majestic, and highly sophisticated—the jungle camouflage crocs seemingly blend into the mix of the previous work Crocs has forested. They are available in two colors ways, Palace Desert and Palace Camo, with the desert pair featured above. 

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Salehe Bembury x Crocs
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A new mold. A nature-inspired look. A whole new dimension. Renowned footwear designer Salehe Bembury paired up with Crocs to create a new-fashioned silhouette of clogs, the Crocs Pollex Clog. The first drop involved two colorways, and now word on the street is that there are two more that will be making an appearance in the collection. These once $85 USD clogs—in the colorway Cucumber—are now being sold for the hefty price of around $370 USD on resale sites. 

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Hidden Valley Ranch x Crocs
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Eating wings? Ranch. Having a pizza? Ranch. Indulging in a salad? Ranch. It’s by no surprise that Hidden Valley Ranch, a staple in everyone’s home (regardless of its form), has made its mark in the fashion industry. Taking a bite into the company’s foundation of “spreading ranch love,” it seems proper that a committed brand of comfort and innovation decided to ranch out with Hidden Valley. 

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Free and Easy x Crocs
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What do Free & Easy and Crocs have in common? A few things. Take a trip down memory lane and go back to Crocs root as a boating shoe. Then compare it with designer, Kevin Cricosta’s love for the Golden Age of 70s West Coast Surf. At heart, both of these brands have ties to the big blue sea, making it almost impossible to not work together. Via StockX, you can embrace the Free & Easy way of livin’ too. 

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SANKUANZ x Crocs
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An iteration of the Classic Clogs, the Sankuanz x Crocs factor in an extra protective outer shell, which plays a role in both style and comfort. The added component provides extra comfort, shoe protection and emphasizes the streetwear look. Designer, Sankuanz is most remarkably noted for its association with young subculture-inspired pieces and for working with brands like Crocs. The brand launched three different colorways: white, black and lime punch. 

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Space Jam x Crocs
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Crocs knew they had “a real jam goin’ down,” when they welcomed Space Jam: A New Legacy to the world of Crocs. To get a shot at owning one of the two limited-edition designed pairs, dance your way to StockX. Both comfort-filled clogs, the Classic Clog and the All-Terrain pair feature on brand Jibbitiz including—but not limited to—the trademark bullseye, Space Jam logo, and Tune Squad graphic. 

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Drew House x Crocs
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Beliebers, this one is for you. Justin Bieber’s streetwear brand, Drew House, successfully teamed up with Crocs for its second collaboration. This time around, Bieber placed an emphasis on Crocs with socks. Unlike the first yellow pair, these lavender classic crocs are themed to complement the Drew House smiley logo and teddy bear that are featured across the brand’s platform and apparel sold. 

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Karol G x Crocs
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A match made in heaven: Karol G and Crocs. Colombian artist, Karol G, has her fans swooning over her not one but two limited edition valentine’s day inspired clogs, “A Crush Worth Having” and “A Killer Classic, Karol G Style.” If you are anything close to a heartbreaker, these classic styled bold-red clogs with decorative barbed wire are perfect for you and your loved one. 

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Post Malone x Crocs
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After realizing Post Malone’s love for Crocs, it would be interesting to check out his footwear collection. Now on his fifth collaboration with the brand, his long-lasting partnership has us assuming that Malone really loves a food pair or five of Crocs. The newest launched pair is a continuation of the black and blue colorway from the year before. Adhering to a similar scheme and design, the latest shoe factors in branded rivets, lanyard clips and chunky outsoles. Sold in both black and pink colorways. 

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Takashi Murakami x Crocs
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These clogs are as exclusive as it gets. Only sold at ComplexCon Long Beach, these highly demanded Crocs are in collaboration with renowned artist Takashi Murakami. The pair showcases the artist’s bright, colorful style that he uses to blend the gap between fine art and pop art. You can purchase a pair for the sturdy price of $1,895 USD, an indication of the artist’s prominence and eccentric work throughout all platforms. 

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Pizzaslime x Crocs
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Warning: these are not your ordinary pair of crocs. Anyways, the reality is that no one wants to be known as typical these days, so if anything it gives these epic pairs a leg up amongst the rest. Deployed off the idea of making crocs function in a new way, Pizzaslime designed a crossbody bag out of one croc (not a pair). Following this collaboration, they launched a pair of classic crocs featuring Pizzaslime Jibbitz on a white base, which you can see above. 

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Market (fka Chinatown Market) x Crocs
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Just when you thought that Crocs maxed out on all the eccentric collaborations they’ve put forth, you’ve thought wrong. Take a look at the limited edition Chinatown Market x Crocs Dimitri Clog “Barefoot Grass” that was the complete opposite style of the edgy Pleasures pair that was launched before. If you have any interest in snagging a pair and you are a dog owner, beware. With these turf-designed shoes, it would not come as a surprise if your cute fluffy animal mistook it for its own stopping ground. 

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Pleasures x Crocs
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In the theme of Croctober, Los Angeles-based streetwear brand Pleasures teamed up with Crocs to mold together a pair of spooktastic Crocs. The Classic “Skelton” Crocs has a white skeleton foot graphic on an all-black base going hand in hand with the brand’s heavy metal, vintage culture vibe. 

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Balenciaga x Crocs
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We weren’t lying when we said that the not so trendy Crocs have somehow crept their way into the luxury world of fashion. The acclaimed fashion house, Balenciaga diverged from its customary footwear designs when they teamed up with Crocs. To put their stamp of authenticity on Crocs, the brand created street-styled Rubber Sandals and Men Rain Boots. 

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Sports Strength

Hailey Van Lith Isn’t Done

Off the court, Hailey Van Lith is the premier celebrity endorser in college sports. With over 700,000 Instagram followers, Van Lith is estimated to be the most valuable athlete in the NCAA’s new Name, Image, Likeness era; according to Opendorse, Van Lith’s social media clout is worth approximately $1 million. Since NIL restrictions were lifted last summer, she has inked deals with Icy Hot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Billionaire Girls Club and Twitch. Her Instagrams and TikToks are standard influencer fare: dancing videos, paeans to the grind and sponsored content.

On the court, Van Lith is a fucking maniac. A prominent character in the extended Ball Is Life/SLAM/Overtime cinematic universe, Van Lith is all unrelenting swagger—or, as the titles of her high school mixtapes would say: she is DANGEROUSLY SAUCY, so you should watch your ANKLES, SHEESH [fire emoji]. During Louisville’s run to the Final Four, she became the first player in school history to score more than 20 points in four straight NCAA Tournament games. Although she’s often been compared to James Harden on account of her left-handedness, Van Lith plays with a more direct tempo, eschewing Harden’s winding solos for decisive bursts to the rim. 

Naturally, Van Lith is part of the wave of Kobe Bryant disciples who have recently taken over women’s basketball; Bryant befriended Van Lith when she was in high school precisely because she’s the best kind of competitive psycho. When asked what advice Bryant would give her now, Van Lith responded, on Disney-owned ESPN, “He would say ‘Go fucking win this shit, Hailey, we not done.’” 

Over the last four games, Van Lith has amped up her aggressiveness in the pursuit of winning this shit, unspooling defenses with drives and talking copious amounts of shit while doing so. Nobody is safe—not the University of Albany, not the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, and definitely not Jimmy Fallon.

“We’re kind of like the Bad News Bears. We upset everyone’s bracket, we piss people off that we’re good,” she said after her Sweet 16 win against Tennessee. “We don’t need the people picking the brackets. We don’t need Barack Obama’s bracket, we don’t need Jimmy Fallon. We don’t need none of that, OK?”

This is—and I mean this as a compliment—truly insane stuff, the product of a competitive psycho. Louisville is a one-seed! They’ve been ranked in the top ten the whole season and have been in the top five since Christmas; Van Lith is a former five-star recruit and a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award as one of the best point guards in college basketball. It’s hardly unusual for athletes to dip into their nobody believes in us rhetorical bag in the postseason, but that’s patently untrue here: everybody believes in them. Because, at this point, it’s becoming impossible not to believe in Van Lith. 

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Sports Strength

Best and Worst USMNT World Cup Draw Scenarios

The first major goal for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2022 was to successfully qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

After a hard-fought 14-match cycle in Concacaf, the Americans were able to complete that job on Wednesday despite losing to Costa Rica.

It’s never an easy task or a given considering the hostile environments and physical teams the USMNT faces during World Cup qualifying, but now the Americans can turn towards their ultimate goal; the World Cup.

The Yanks won’t travel to Qatar until November for the kick off of the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, but there is a short turnaround with Friday’s World Cup draw.

That’s when the U.S. and 31 other nations will be drawn against one another in eight groups of four.

This is the last time for the foreseeable future that a World Cup will only feature 32 countries, with the 2026 edition of the tournament expanding to 48 nations.

There will be plenty of expectations for this American side led by Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie, so ONE37pm decided to take a look at some of the best and worst-case scenarios for the USMNT ahead of Friday’s draw.

How Does the Draw Work?

Just a quick reminder, there will be 32 teams up for selection on Friday being drawn into eight groups.

There are four pots of eight teams to select from, with teams like Brazil, England and Portugal in Pot 1 (top-ranked group).

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As hosts of the World Cup, Qatar has also been placed in Pot 1 and they’ll be automatically dropped into Group A.

From that point, teams will be drawn so that one Pot 1 team will be in Groups B-H and then they’ll move onto Pots 2-4.

The USMNT is in Pot 2 after being ranked 15 in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Worst-Case Scenarios

Let’s preface this by saying everything here is hypothetical and the draw won’t take place until tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play out some doomsday scenarios real quick.

Potential Draw 1

Brazil, USMNT, Serbia, Cameroon

The U.S. will obviously be hoping they can draw a side like Qatar from Pot 1, but if that doesn’t happen then there’s a guarantee of taking on a top 10 FIFA-ranked nation.

In this case, it would be Brazil, who’s only lost two matches over the past two years. The South American giants have one of the strongest teams in the World Cup led by Neymar, Casemiro and Thiago Silva.

Being grouped against Serbia and Cameroon won’t make life for the U.S. any easier.

Serbia boasts one of the best young strikers in football with Dušan Vlahović, while Cameroon has an extremely quick attack that can cause great difficulties for any opponent.

Potential Draw 2

France, USMNT, Senegal, Ecuador

Having to face the World Cup champions and arguably the deepest team in the tournament wouldn’t be ideal by any stretch, but to make matters worse the U.S. would also get the African champions and one of the most improved teams in South America.

Senegal has a core of amazing Premier League and European talent, including Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, while Ecuador looked significantly better during qualifying.

Best-Case Scenarios

Potential Draw 3

Qatar, USMNT, Tunisia, AFC/CONMEBOL

Drawing Qatar would be the dream scenario for the Americans not only because they’re the weakest Pot 1 nation but also due to the fact the USMNT has some familiarity with them.

The U.S. faced Qatar in last year’s Concacaf Gold Cup, beating the Middle Eastern side in the semifinals.

Out of all the African teams in Pot 3, Tunisia would definitely be the best option for the U.S. given their ranking and who they had to face in African playoffs.

Meanwhile, drawing a team like Peru wouldn’t be a cake walk, but there’s a lot of familiarity with the South American side boasting many MLS players.

Potential Draw 4

Belgium, USMNT, Poland, Saudi Arabia

Outside of drawing hosts Qatar from Pot 1, every other seeded team is going to present a challenge in this tournament.

Belgium is still a top side, but they’re definitely not the powerhouse the U.S. faced at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

And if the true goal is to simply make it out of the group stage, this would be one of the easier paths for the Americans even if they can’t pick up a point or three against Belgium.

Facing a team like Poland with one of the best strikers in the world isn’t ideal, but the Americans have shown throughout qualifying that they’ve improved significantly defensively.

In fact, the USMNT didn’t concede more than two goals in any match during World Cup qualifying.

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Culture Music

The 12 Best Grammy Performances of All-Time

The 64th annual Grammy Awards are this Sunday, April 3rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with notable names such as Jack Harlow, Nas, Billie Eilish, and BTS amongst others taking to the Grammy stage for performances. Speaking of performances, we decided to take a look at what we feel are some of the best Grammy performances in the history of the show. Now keep in mind the very first Grammy Awards ceremony was all the way back in 1959, so we’re talking over 60 years of performances here folks.

Obviously, it would be hard to include 60 years’ worth of performances in one article, but we can narrow down several that have been considered/agreed to be among the best. These performances weren’t just memorable, but they left a lasting impact in the sense that they have been remembered years or even decades after they happened. These performances may have even played a part in taking the artist’s career to the next level or be a significant part of a defining era for them. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit these classic gems.

12. Prince and Beyoncé – 2004 Grammys

The 2004 Grammys were memorable for both Prince and Beyoncé. Prince had been largely out of the public eye for about five years as he battled his record label Warner Bros. for his masters (the rights to his music), and Beyoncé was in the middle of the promotional campaign for her first solo album Dangerously In Love.

Prince enlisted the services of the then 22-year-old Bey to open the show with a medley of his greatest hits from the 1980s and 1990s including Purple Rain and Baby I’m A Star. The two brought the house down, and Beyoncé would go on to add to her historic night by winning five Grammys and performing her single Dangerously In Love.

11. Janet Jackson – 1987 Grammys

Janet Jackson is one of the undisputed musical GOATs, but in 1987, she was a youngin determined to blaze her own trail and separate herself from the comparisons of her famous family. Jackson’s third studio album Control was setting the charts on fire, and the 21-year-old hit the stage with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to perform her hit record “What Have You Done For Me Lately.”

The performance was a simple one that consisted of just Janet, Jam, and Lewis, a few dancers, and loads of talent. Wowed by her incredible performance, the audience rewarded Jackson with an enthusiastic ovation.

10. Eric Clapton – 1993 Grammys

In what remains one of the most emotional performances in the history of the Grammy Awards, Clapton performed his song “Tears In Heaven” as a tribute to his four-year-old son Conor, who had passed unexpectedly two years prior. Clapton went on to win both “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the ceremony.

9. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx – 2006 Grammys

Kanye and Jamie Foxx linked up to perform their 2005 smash “Golddigger” at the 2006 Grammys. Joined by a marching band, West and Foxx were literally everywhere during the performance and got the crowd super hype. This is just our personal favorite due to the energy and nostalgia, but Ye also has other great Grammy performances such as “Jesus Walks” at the 2005 Grammys, and his “Stronger/Hey Mama” medley at the 08 ceremony.

8. Alicia Keys – 2005 Grammys

Sometimes folks forget about Mrs. Alicia Keys, so that’s why we’re giving a reminder. It takes a ton of skill to wow an audience to the point of a standing ovation with a ballad, and yet she did just that. Playing the piano version of her 2003 single “If I Ain’t Got You” from her album The Diary of Alicia Keys, Alicia served vocals, expert piano playing, and beauty in this stunning performance.

7. Amy Winehouse – 2008 Grammys

Boy, do we miss Amy Winehouse. While it will always stink that we lost such a superstar so early, we’re fortunate that she left us with her incredible music and performances to remember. The 2008 Grammys were Winehouse at her best with sultry soulful renditions of her songs “You Know I’m No Good,” and “Rehab.” Winehouse would later win the prestigious “Record of the Year” award for her 2006 album Back to Black.

6. Adele – 2012 Grammys

Who do we need to talk to in terms of getting a clear video of this on YouTube? Is it YouTube? Adele, is it you sis? This performance was way too good to only have 1990s quality videos available of it. Nonetheless, 2011-2012 was all about Adele, and the 2012 Grammys were just a part of the artist’s iconic era. Performing “Rolling In The Deep,” it was just Adele and her microphone. That’s all that was needed, and the entertainer entertained.

5. Tina Turner and Beyoncé – 2008 Grammys

The legends had a thing for working with Bey during the course of her early solo career, and this combination was a perfect one. Beyoncé had long drawn comparisons to a modern-day Tina Turner in terms of her performance style, look, and costumes, with Bey citing Turner as one of the artists that had influenced her the most growing up (behind the scenes footage shows Beyoncé literally skipping to Turner during their rehearsals).

The two legends performed Turner’s 1970 hit “Proud Mary,” and the crowd was on their feet the entire time.

4. James Brown and Usher – 2005 Grammys

Usher is another artist that had the privilege of working with the GOATs during his younger career, bringing James Brown on stage for a “Caught Up/Sex Machine” mashup. Of course, James Brown is known as one of the greatest dancers of all time, and Usher is one of the greatest amongst his generation, so the performance included tons of dancing and intricate footwork. Needless to say, a show was put on.

3. Whitney Houston – 1994 Grammy

Two things. First of all—how did the Grammys not feel compelled to get up out of their seats after a performance like that? What was their problem? Second of all—Whitney Houston was just unfair. You shouldn’t be that gorgeous and have a voice like that. It’s just simply not fair. That said, if you know music, then you are already aware of the impact of Houston’s I Will Always Love You remake from her 1992 movie The Bodyguard.

To say this song rocked the universe would be a massive understatement. With the success of the song and the movie, Houston was pretty much left with no choice but to perform the record everywhere, and the Grammys were on the promo trail. Again to the crowd—what were you thinking?

2. Beyoncé – 2010 Grammys

So we’ve reached the point in this article where we have to decide which Beyoncé Grammy performance makes the final cut. It came down to this one and her 2004 Grammy performance of “Dangerously In Love” which we mentioned earlier. It was a tough call (especially since Bey ended the 04 performance with a dove landing on her hand which is a very hard thing to do), but we went with the 2010 Grammys performance of “If I Were A Boy” as it was 2004 Beyoncé, but even better.

Always known for continuously working on her craft, Bey’s stage presence, sharp vocals, and choreography had evolved immensely in those six years, which could especially be seen in the middle of the performance when she busted out her version of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” It was a ballad, pop, and rock show all in one, and boy was it good.

1. Michael Jackson – 1988 Grammy

Last but not least—Michael Jackson. To set the scene a bit, this was the only time Jackson ever performed at the Grammys. He didn’t perform during the Thriller era (though he did show up to collect his eight Grammys), and he didn’t perform again after. Jackson opened up his set with his number one single “The Way You Make Me Feel,” switching to his other number one “Man In The Mirror” midway through. Jackson was joined by a church choir at the end, making this one of the most memorable performances in Grammy history.

Honorable Mention: Okay for our honorable mention we have Daft Punk performing “Get Lucky” at the 2014 Grammys, and then Kendrick Lamar performing “DNA” at the 2018 Grammys.

The 2022 Grammys will air live on April 3rd on CBS at 8:00 pm EST with Trevor Noah hosting the event. Tune in to see if your favorites win.